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Flow dynamics of the Rutford Ice Stream ice-drainage basin, West Antarctica, from radar stratigraphy

Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, drains a catchment of >45 000 km(2) into the Ronne Ice Shelf through a 26 km wide, 2.4 km deep subglacial trough adjacent to the Ellsworth Mountains. Forty-two per cent of its catchment boundary is common with Pine Island Glacier, where rapid change to ice dynamics is currently underway. These changes may eventually affect adjacent catchments such as Rutford. Radar sounding data were acquired over the Rutford ice-drainage basin that show the internal structure. In particular, distinctive reflector groups were identified that mark the boundaries between four different flow elements. The flow-margin reflector groups include curvilinear events that cross-cut isochrones and are therefore likely to be post-depositional. These reflections may arise from crystal orientation fabrics generated by localized strain in a flow margin. One of the sectors of the ice-drainage basin supplies the largest share (38%) of the ice volume flux through the main trunk of Rutford Ice Stream. This sector may be preferentially affected by continuing surface lowering in the Pine Island Glacier catchment. read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Canada on first Westlant port call

first_img View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy View post tag: Westlant View post tag: HMS Queen Elizabeth Share this article Photo: HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Halifax, Canada. Photo: Royal Navy The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 12 for the ship’s first port call to the city.The 65,000-ton warship, the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be joined in harbor by other ships from the UK carrier strike group who are on a deployment called Westlant 19.The HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group includes destroyer HMS Dragon and the tanker RFA Tideforce.They will be joined when they return to sea, by frigate HMS Northumberland which is currently taking part in exercise Cutlass Fury, a Canadian forces-led multi-national, joint maritime exercise designed to promote and enhance regional cooperation in the Atlantic, involving 20 ships and 36 aircraft.The main purpose of Westlant is to conduct operational tests with UK F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets for the first time, off the east coast of the USA.The carrier has made Canada her first port of call, since crossing the Atlantic from her home port of Portsmouth.Welcoming the carrier as she prepares to anchor south-east of George’s Island in Halifax Harbour, Commander of the Maritime Forces Atlantic (COMMARLANT), Rear Admiral Craig Baines, Royal Canadian Navy said: “The Royal Canadian Navy and the sailors of Maritime Forces Atlantic are pleased to welcome and host one of our oldest allies to our home station of Halifax. We recognise that our city has a unique place in the heart of the Royal Navy and this week’s visit represents a meeting of the old and the new – emphasising the Royal Navy’s historical ties to one of Canada’s oldest ports and providing the opportunity for the Royal Navy to showcase their newest capability. View post tag: Royal Navylast_img read more

FALLON, THERESA (nee: Koch)

first_img87, passed away on July 21, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her family. Theresa was born in Pennsylvania, was raised in Jersey City and has resided in Bayonne for over 35 years. Wife of the late James M. Fallon. Mother of Kathleen Fallon McGowan, and the late Cpl. Michael J. Fallon, Patricia M. Fallon, and Robert J. Fallon. Grandmother of Kristie Hanley, Dennis Hanley, Patty Walker, Michele Scibetta, Heather McGowan, Ryan McGowan, and the late Michael J. Hanley. Great-Grandmother of Stephanie, Jamie, Thomas, Paige, Michael, Lily, Isabelle and James. Sister of Eva Coleman, Susan Koch, and the late Peter Koch, Mary Peffley, Anna Robinson, Lena Webster, Jacob Koch, Joseph Koch, Thomas Koch and Sandra Gratson. She is also survived by many Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces & Nephews. If you wish to make a donation in Theresa’s, please do so to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Sacvan Bercovitch

first_imgSacvan Bercovitch, the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Emeritus, and the foremost Americanist of his generation, was born in Montreal, the third child of Ukrainian Jewish parents, the painter Alexander Bercovitch and the radical Yiddishist Bryna Avrutik, who named him after Sacco and Vanzetti. He and his two sisters Sara (renamed Sylvia) and Ninel (Lenin spelled backwards) grew up in poverty, and Saki spent much of his childhood in foster homes, reaching higher education only through a circuitous route that included brief episodes at the New School for Social Research and at Reed College and work as a dairy farmer in an Israeli kibbutz, where he met his first wife, Gila (Hannah Malmquist).Back in Montreal, he worked in Steinberg’s grocery store, whose manager encouraged him to continue his education. He went to night school and received his B.A. from Sir George Williams College when he was 27, then entered graduate school at Claremont and was awarded the Ph.D. in 1965, with a dissertation on Cotton Mather. Various teaching appointments followed at Brandeis University, the University of California at San Diego, and Princeton University. He taught at Columbia University from 1970 to 1983, where he became the Old Dominion Professor in the Humanities. In 1983 he joined the faculty of Harvard University and soon taught such popular courses as “The Myth of America,” which would itself assume mythic status. He met his second wife, Susan Mizruchi, a Professor of American literature at Boston University.He became internationally known for learned and provocative work on the entire range of American literature. In his book The Puritan Origins of the American Self, he undertook a “cultural close reading of popular and high literature, sermons and histories, July Fourth orations and protest manifestoes” and traced the pervasive presence of Puritan rhetoric in America. “The rhetoric of America,” he writes, “united a more or less random gathering of emigrant groups under an identity of newness, and declared as preordained its dramatically, sometimes arbitrarily, shifting boundaries, from thirteen East Coast states to half a continent.” Central was a new notion of selfhood that he called “auto-American-biography: the story of one’s self as symbol of America, as in Thoreau’s Walden.” In The American Jeremiad he wondered how rhetoric of critical indictment, going back to the fire-and-brimstone sermons of the Puritans, could be transformed into a mode of affirmation. “In this country,” he writes, “the unmediated relation between social structure and social ideal has made the very exposure of social flaws part of a ritual of socialization—a sort of liminal interior dialogue that in effect reinforces the mainstream culture.” The books The Office of the Scarlet Letter and Rites of Assent: Transformations in further expanded and deepened his approach. He edited such landmark collections as Typology and Early American Literature, Reconstructing American Literary History, and Ideology and Classic American Literature. For an entire decade he served as general editor of the monumental eight-volume Cambridge History of American Literature. He also took a deep interest in Yiddish literature and translated into English works by Sholem Aleichem, Solomon Ary, Itzik Manger, and his own mother. He was a charismatic lecturer who advised more than a hundred doctoral dissertations and senior theses.Bercovitch found a global following for the way he defined the field, and his work was translated into many languages, among them Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Portuguese. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, served as President of the American Studies Association, and received such honors as the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize for the best book of the year and lifetime achievement awards in three fields: Early American Literature, American Literature, and American Studies. Upon being awarded one of these remarkable distinctions, he commented drily: “I’m trying to let it go to my head.”Saki, as he was known to his friends, students, and colleagues, was a vivid character. An anarchist at heart, he was a figure from a Kafka story, or a chess player who has to deal with rules that are constantly changing. He could quip skeptically: “The universities used to cater to the elite, now it’s democracy. But universities are elite, you can’t democratize physics and chemistry, so the humanities are the tithe that they pay to the culture.” Still he would remind graduate students that a career in the humanities was a “good gig” and that university teaching was in reality “the last aristocratic profession.” Recalling how, after a lecture on the problem of American identity, he was pressed (“a bit belligerently”) by a questioner as to where he himself stood, he replied, “One foot out the door.” Later, looking back on that exchange from retirement, he glossed his earlier remark without disowning it: “I would say now that I stand securely within a community that can accommodate chronic outsiders.”In conversation he was congenial, humorous, paradoxical, and utterly unpretentious. He had an uncanny ability to be at once knowing and innocent, a sophisticated master of the textual archive and a wide-eyed stranger, like Kafka’s Karl Roßmann, amazed by what he was witnessing on the shores of the New World. He was warm, and at the same time elusive. His readers must have guessed that he was—and his colleagues and former students knew Saki to be—a whimsically self-questioning, disarmingly candid, and charmingly vulnerable man who would surprise you—and then surprise you again.In 2000 ill health forced Saki into early retirement. His long and complex life and his own illnesses gave him patience and insight about how to deal with adversity. He succumbed to cancer last December and leaves his wife, Susan, his sons, Eytan and Sascha, and his sisters, Sylvia and Ninel.Respectfully submitted,Donald FangerStephen GreenblattLewis LockwoodWerner Sollors, Chairlast_img read more

Seven Pruning Tips

first_imgRule No. 5: Choose the right plant for the right place. A vigorous plant in a place where asmall plant should be can’t be kept small forever by pruning. Many landscape plants, too, canbe dense and full in the sun but are often very open and leggy in shady areas. Pruning can’tcorrect this problem. Thinning cuts tend to open up plants. That’s because you entirely remove limbs at their base,and replacement growth, if any, doesn’t fill the opening you created. Fruit growers use a lot ofthinning cuts to let light penetrate the canopy, to improve the fruit color. Rule No. 7: Contact your county extension office. Look in the phone book under “CountyGovernment.” They have a number of publications on the culture and care — including pruning– of just about any garden plant adapted for Georgia. They’ll be glad to help you out. Rule No. 2: Never prune woody plants in late fall through January. If dehorning is to be done,do it in late winter just before budbreak. Pruning is both the art and the science of cutting woody plants to produce desired results. Woody plants pruned in October, November, December and January are far more susceptibleto cold injury than if pruned in other months. Make heading cuts by cutting back portions of shoots. Where each shoot is headed, bud breakscreate two, three or four shoots from the remainder of the shoot you headed. So the canopygets thicker. A formal hedge is a good example of heading cuts. Rule No. 3: If spring flowering plants require pruning, do it right after they flower. Pruneplants that bloom in summer, fall and winter before they start growing in the spring.center_img Rule No. 1: There are only two types of pruning cuts: thinning and heading. Rule No. 4: Dormant pruning is an invigorating process. In simple terms, you’ve given theroot system the upper hand. You’ve reduced the top it will support once it starts growing. Here are a few rules to keep in mind before cutting woody plants. Rule No. 6: Complement pruning by going easy with the fertilizer. In many cases, landscapeplants get all the nutrients they need when you fertilize your lawn. On the other hand, late-spring pruning tends to devitalize the plant somewhat. That’s becausestored reserves in the shoots, trunk and roots were used to produce the new growth. In effect,you’ve removed part of the food-producing foliage before it can “pay back” the shoots, trunkand roots with food reserves. That’s a mouthful, I know. And it almost sounds as if I’m dodging the issue. But if you thinkof all the effects a gardener might seek from different plants by pruning them, then a goodpruner is both an artist and a scientist.last_img read more

Climate Change and Rivers

first_imgRivers may well be hard hit by climate change, given the likelihood of increased droughts, floods and the associated spread of waterborne diseases. Pictured: The Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest, which has lost 14 percent of its water volume since the 1950s due to higher temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns. Credit: iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: How is it that climate change is negatively affecting the health of rivers and, by extension, the quality and availability of fresh water?                      — Robert Elman, St. Louis, MOGlobal warming is no doubt going to cause many kinds of problems (and, indeed, already is), and rivers may well be some of the hardest hit geographical features, given the likelihood of increased droughts, floods and the associated spread of waterborne diseases.For one, rivers are already starting to lose the amount of water they channel. A 2009 study at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that water volume in the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest declined by 14 percent since the 1950s. This trend is similar in major rivers all over the world.“Many communities will see their water supplies shrink as temperatures rise and precipitation patterns shift,” reports the nonprofit American Rivers, adding that a rise in severe storms will degrade water quality and increase the risk of catastrophic floods. “Changes in the timing and location of precipitation combined with rising levels of water pollution will strain ecosystems and threaten the survival of many fish and wildlife species.” These shifts will have dramatic impacts, threatening public health, weakening economies and decreasing the quality of life in many places. In the U.S., the number of storms with extreme precipitation has increased 24 percent since the late 1940s—and the trend is expected to continue.Another certain impact on rivers is more pollution as more frequent and powerful storms increase runoff from urban and agricultural areas that contain fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals and motor oil. “In older communities where storm water and sewage are transported together in one pipe, heavy storms can overwhelm the system and send raw sewage and polluted storm water into nearby streams and rivers,” says American Rivers. “These combined sewer overflows will grow more frequent as extreme storms increase.”Lower water flows and rising temperatures compound problems caused by more runoff. “More frequent droughts and shifting precipitation patterns lower water levels in rivers, lakes and streams, leaving less water to dilute pollutants,” says the group. “Higher temperatures cause more frequent algal blooms and reduce dissolved oxygen levels, both of which can cause fish kills and do significant harm to ecosystems.”American Rivers reports that the health of our rivers in the face of increasing warming will depend largely on community preparedness. Municipalities that fail to address aging infrastructure “will experience greater increases in storm water runoff and sewer overflows.” And communities that have damaged their wetlands, forests, streams and rivers will have fewer natural defenses to protect against the effects of climate change.There is much we can do to protect rivers besides reduce our carbon footprints. American Rivers is promoting green infrastructure—an approach to water management that protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle—as the way to bolster the health of rivers. “It means planting trees and restoring wetlands rather than building a new water treatment plant. It means choosing water efficiency instead of building a new water supply dam. It means restoring floodplains instead of building taller levees.”CONTACTS: NCAR, ncar.ucar.edu; American Rivers, www.americanrivers.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Plenty of Jon Stewart in Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Debut

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Trevor Noah welcomed viewers from behind a new fancy wooden desk, part of an entirely new studio set. The opening words sounded the same, but with a twist: “From Comedy Central’s World News Headquarters in New York, this is The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”And so began the second most anticipated transition in late-night television this year–after Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert took over for David Letterman–Noah’s replacing Jon Stewart.“Growing up in the streets of South Africa, I never dreamed that I would one day have, well, two things, really,” the 31-year-old comic said. “An indoor toilet and a job as host of The Daily Show. I’m quite comfortable with one of them.”Who could blame him? Viewers may recall Trevor Noah as a Daily Show correspondent before Jon Stewart’s final episode on Aug. 6, but the skeptical media labeled him as the South African-raised outsider and a young millennial draw-in who was “stepping into big shoes.” Noah paid tribute to his predecessor by vowing to continue Stewart’s near legendary “war on bullshit.”No pressure there.According to Noah, he wasn’t Comedy Central’s first choice. He wasn’t even their second option. Women and men declined the offer, Noah explained in his opening.“So, once more,” he quipped, “a job Americans rejected is now being done by an immigrant.”But he harbored no resentment. Actually, he sounded almost grateful.“And to you, the Daily Show viewers—both new and old, at home or on your phone—thank you for joining us as we continue the war on bullshit.” From there, the tapes rolled out the first Noah-hosted news clip montage—from NBC to CNN to Fox. Noah critiqued the overhyped media coverage of Pope Francis and expressed disappointment in House Speaker John Boehner’s abrupt resignation. He wasn’t so much upset about the Ohio Republican’s departure as he was over the loss of good comedic material.“I just got here!” Noah complained. “I got a fancy suit and a new set. I learned how to pronounce your name.”But all is not lost. There’s still the 2016 presidential election. In the mean time, he took on this more immediate issue: Who will the Republicans pick to replace Boehner as their Congressional leader?After all, Noah noted with with longtime Daily Show “correspondent” Jordan Klepper, if the wrong guy got the job, it could lead to a complete disaster.“I mean, wow, those are big shoes to fill,” Noah said.“I’m sure they’ll find someone extremely qualified,” Klepper said matter of factly.“But this is John Boehner!” responded Noah with feeling. “Whoever takes that job will probably fall flat on their face in front of the entire nation.”“I get how you’re feeling,” remarked Klepper. “Taking over for John…Boehner is hard.” Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows Moving on, the discovery of water on Mars and an interview with superstar comedian Kevin Hart took up the remainder of the show. Perhaps the most interesting part of the Mars segment was the debut of Roy Wood Jr. as The Daily Show‘s newest correspondent. As for Hart, he dominated the interview, which is not surprising given his dynamic personality.It’s difficult to compare Noah to Stewart. Where Stewart verbally assaulted deserving media and political buffoons, Noah analyzed topics from multiple angles and then carefully dissected his way to a story’s rotten core. He didn’t attack his targets.Jon Stewart will sorely be missed, but audiences should not expect Noah to be his clone, either—something Stewart’s arch nemeses are probably grateful for.In short, Comedy Central’s promo motto for Noah’s Daily Show takeover was no joke: “Same chair, different ass.”last_img read more

10 best and worst ways to handle financial stress

first_imgMoney is a significant source of stress for a staggering 64 percent Americans, and that stress can cause health, personal and relationship problems, according to data recently released by the American Psychological Association. The way in which you deal with your money problems can have a substantial impact on your circumstances in the long run.We talked to financial experts, who shared with us the 10 best ways to handle financial stress, as well as the 10 worst. Whether you’re managing debt, living paycheck-to-paycheck, or considering a bankruptcy, practice these expert tips to help you figure out how to deal with financial stress — in the best way possible.Best Ways to Handle Financial StressSome stress-busting strategies are far more effective than others. Here are some of the best ways to overcome the stress that accompanies money problems. continue reading » 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Three offers have arrived for the Hotel Hrvatska in Baška Voda

first_imgBased on the Government Decision, on September 13, 2018, the Ministry of State Property published a Public Invitation for the purchase of the Hrvatska Hotel in Baška Voda. The deadline for collecting bids was October 26, 2018, and for the hotel Hrvatska with a starting price of HRK 35.902.625,00, three binding bids were received.The company MAROS NEKRETNINE doo, Slatina offered the amount of HRK 36.500,000,00, the company ADRIA COAST TURIZAM doo, Zagreb the amount of HRK 42.400.000,00, while the highest price offered by the company MAREA ALTA doo, Makarska in in the amount of HRK 46.126.000,00.According to the Poslovna.hr portal, the owner of Marea Alta is Petar Ćorluka, the owner of one of the most successful companies in BiH, Violeta from Grude, which is one of the leading brands of hygiene products in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the region.Ćorluka already owns one hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is the Colors Inn hotel located in Sarajevo. Hotel Hrvatska is located in the center of Baska Voda, has 136 accommodation units, of which 128 rooms and 8 suites.last_img read more