May 9

Interannual variability beneath Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica

first_imgAs a result of their importance in the production of Antarctic Bottom Water, processes over the Antarctic continental shelf have a strong impact on the global ocean. Some of the ice shelves that cover much of the continental shelf are thought to play a significant role in the production of AABW, particularly in the southern Weddell Sea[Foldvik and Gammelsrød, 1988]. The impact of the ocean on ice shelves is of interest from a glaciological perspective also, as ice shelves form the seaward boundary of much of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.last_img read more

May 7

Blackstone-led group signs deal to takeover Tallgrass Energy

first_imgBlackstone and other investors have signed a deal to acquire the remaining 56% stake in Tallgrass Energy US midstream company Tallgrass Energy (TGE) has accepted a sweetened takeover offer of $22.45 per share from Blackstone Infrastructure Partners and other investors.In this connection, the Kansas-based pipeline operator has signed a definitive merger agreement with affiliates of Blackstone and affiliates of Spanish energy company Enagas, Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC, South Korean public pension fund NPS, and British pension fund Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).Under the agreement the Blackstone-led group will acquire the remaining stake of about 56% in the US midstream company.The latest all cash-deal values Tallgrass Energy at nearly $6.3bn, reported Reuters.Enagas revealed its part of the investment in the US pipeline company to be $836m.Established in 2012, Tallgrass Energy is focused on transportation of crude oil and natural gas from the Rocky Mountains, Appalachian, and Upper Midwest regions in the US. The midstream energy infrastructure firm operates more than 13,357km of natural gas pipeline, more than 1,287km of crude pipeline, along with water pipeline of more than 482km.Background of the takeover offer to Tallgrass EnergyThe earlier offer from Blackstone and other investors to the midstream company was $19.5 per share, which was made in August 2019. Following the “take private” proposal, the pipeline company formed a conflicts committee to evaluate the proposal.Subsequently, the offer was sweetened by the investors to $22.45 per share.Prior to the “take private” proposal, the Blackstone-led group had signed a deal earlier this year to acquire a stake of around 44% in the pipeline company for about $3.3bn. The transaction was closed last month.The midstream company stated: “The Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Tallgrass Energy GP, LLC, TGE’s General Partner (“TGE GP”), after consultation with its independent legal and financial advisors, unanimously approved the transaction and determined it to be in the best interests of TGE and its public shareholders.”The Blackstone-led investor group is expected to finance the acquisition with nearly $3bn of equity, and the remaining amount through debt.Subject to shareholders’ approval and satisfaction of customary conditions, the transaction is likely to be closed in the second quarter of 2020.last_img read more

May 3

Addressing Social Exclusion

first_imgThe Labour Party Manifesto set a stiff challenge for the Party in Government – “our aim is to make the goal of ending child poverty in Britain a political litmus test for any political party running for office.” For me this challenge is at the heart of the Labour Party’s core values. But our ambitions do not stop with children. We have also set ourselves demanding targets to address pensioner poverty, joblessness and social exclusion. Our task is so urgent and so huge because of the divided society that the Tories left us with. We inherited one of the highest poverty rates in Europe, unemployment rose from just over 1 million to peak at 3 million and when we took office over 1 in 5 children were living in workless households. Since 1997 our policy has been to increase support for children whilst, through tax credits and labour market measures, helping parents into jobs and ensuring work pays. That’s why we have introduced both the New Deal, helping 1 million people into work, and provided record increases in child benefit, up 25% for the first child. It’s also why we introduced the National Minimum Wage, which by ending the scandal of poverty pay, both attacks poverty directly and also helps ensure that it pays to work. From this April the new Working Tax Credit will for the first time mean that all lower-earners aged over 25 – not just parents – will get in-work financial support. Together these measures put into practice Labour’s core values – getting more money, help and support to those who need it most. The average family with children gains £1200 a year, but the poorest gain £2400 a year. We want to go, and we are going, further. Childcare is essential in helping lone parents get back into work and since 1997 we have created over half a million childcare places. By 2006 we will have created a further 250000 places benefiting 1.6 million children. For pensioners we are introducing the Pension Credit in October that will provide a guaranteed level of income below which no pensioner should fall and rewarding those with small levels of saving. This reform of the welfare state together with our investment in public services is starting to yield real results in addressing social exclusion. We have seen a doubling of the rate of teenage mothers in education, employment or training from 16% in 1997 to 33% in 2001. We have also reduced by half a million the number of children in relative income poverty and of 1.8 million in the number in absolute poverty. With Labour we have seen a quarter of a million fewer children living in workless households than in 1997 and a million fewer pensioners living in absolute low income than 1997. We still have much more to do, as too many are still living in poor conditions denied the opportunities that many of the rest of us have. That’s why we have set ourselves tough targets of halving child poverty by 2010 as a step towards its elimination by 2020 and helping 70% of lone parents into jobs by 2010. As we move forward we must remember that poverty is about more than an arbitrary income level – poverty is a multifaceted problem. Addressing low income on its own is not enough and we must also prioritise the health, educational and housing opportunities of poorer people – tackling poverty of opportunity and aspiration, as well as deprivation in basic living standards. In our community in Oxford, the acute need for affordable housing, and meeting the needs of homeless people are pressing priorities. I have seen at first hand the contribution of many students who undertake voluntary work, at the Night Shelter, Simon House, the Bridge and other facilities. They deserve recognition and support, as do the students who provide the KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) programme of recreational and social activity for disabled young people. I know how highly this is valued by the young people and their families. These sides of Oxford student life too rarely feature in the media, but they are more representative of the values of our student community than some of the stories which do! So at community and voluntary level, as well as through statutory agencies and Government there is a lot we can be proud of, but there is much more to do so that we bring into effect our values, making Britain a fairer society. Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, is Secretary of State for Work and PensionsARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

April 20

Press release: Signs help to identify flood risk car parks

first_imgThe joint project is working to identify all car parks in Tyne & Wear at risk of flooding. The first two areas to be identified are the Quayside in Newcastle, near the Swing Bridge, and low lights car park at North Shields Fish Quay.Signs have now gone up in both car parks advising people to check tide timetables, sign up to the Flood Warning Service and information on alternative parking locations. In Newcastle, the council will advise when the car park is going to be closed.The Environment Agency’s Taryn Al-mashgari, Flood Community Engagement Officer for Tyne & Wear, said: It’s great that, alongside our partners, we’re taking vital steps to ensure the safety of our residents by giving them early warning of flood risks. We are committed to protecting the public and keeping everyone informed as much as possible of current flood risks and how to keep safe. The project is part of the Environment Agency’s ongoing work with local authorities to raise awareness of flood risk in our communities and ensure people know how to prepare.Driving through flood water risks lives – just 30cm of water is enough to float your car. Those travelling over Christmas and through winter are urged to check their route for flood warnings. If you find your way blocked by flood water always turn around and find another way – never take the risk.For more information on what to do in a flood visit the gov.uk website The signs are not to deter people from parking there as the vast majority of the time there are no issues. But we want people to be more informed about flooding – it’s absolutely vital people understand how they can find out what the current flood risk is and what to do to keep themselves safe. These car parks are in flood risk areas and during particularly high tide they are liable to flooding. It’s particularly important for visitors where people might not be aware of the flood risk. This way that they can be more informed about the current and upcoming flood risk and ensure it’s safe to park there. Councillor Carole Burdis, North Tyneside Council’s whose portfolio includes Community Safety, said: Extreme weather events are an unfortunate challenge we all face from time to time so anything we can do to get one step ahead is a positive move. Flooding can strike in an instant and warning drivers of the potential of it occurring by leaving their cars in at-risk locations provides another layer of preparation to go with the defences which have already been invested in. The work carried out with our partners like the Environment Agency is not intended to deter people from using these car parks, we simply aim to raise awareness of the risks. The same signage will be used at flood risk car parks across Tyne & Wear. Taryn is also working with local authorities to identify car parks also at risk of surface water flooding. Councillor Nick Kemp, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for Environment, added:last_img read more

April 20

Birds Bakery joint-MD Patrick Bird passes away

first_imgPatrick Bird, joint managing director of Derbyshire-based family business Birds Bakery, has passed away after a short illness.Joint managing director since 1992, Patrick retired from the day-to-day running of the business in 2016. Managing director Nicholas Bird will continue in his current role, and staff have been informed the business will not be affected and will continue to operate as normal.“Patrick was a first-class baker and confectioner with a passion to consistently produce fresh-quality products with the finest ingredients every day for the customers of Birds Bakery,” said the company.Birds was founded as Birds the Confectioners by brothers Frank, Thomas and Reginald Bird in 1919, who had returned from the First World War and purchased an existing shop in Derby.The business is currently marking its centenary with the revival of some of its traditional baked goods.last_img read more

March 2

My Morning Jacket Won’t Stop Playing Full Albums In The Dominican Republic

first_imgMy Morning Jacket fans have converged on the Dominican Republic’s Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana this weekend for the band’s only scheduled shows of 2018. With a touring hiatus planned for the remainder of the year, the annual One Big Holiday destination festival offers MMJ aficionados their only chance to catch Jim James and Co. for at least the next 10 months. Fortunately for those MMJ aficionados, the Louisville-based rockers have delivered in spades by working their way through the entirety of their first four albums over the course of the event’s first two nights.It all started on Friday when My Morning Jacket ran through their 1999 debut The Tennessee Fire during the first set of their three-night run at the picturesque Caribbean resort. It was their first time playing the LP in full since 2010, when the band performed their first five albums during a five-night stand at New York City’s Terminal 5. Fans who missed out on that experience eight years ago were in for a treat, as MMJ dove right into their sophomore effort—2001’s At Dawn—when they returned to the beachside stage for Friday night’s second set. The nature of the show meant plenty of bust outs were in order, including rarities like “By My Car”, “If It Smashes Down”, and “ I Need It Most”, all last played during the 2010 Terminal 5 run.One Big Holiday attendees were a bit less surprised when Saturday night’s show kicked off with “Mahgeetah”, the fan favorite that opens My Morning Jacket’s 2003 juggernaut It Still Moves. Widely regarded as one of the best offerings in the band’s catalog, It Still Moves features some of MMJ’s most cherished tunes, all of which got the live treatment during the night’s first set. Interestingly, the group enlisted their friends from New Orleans institution the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for some of the album’s biggest numbers like “Dancefloors”, “Easy Morning Rebel” and the gathering’s namesake, “One Big Holiday”. Naturally, the set also showcased rarities like “Just One Thing” and “One In The Same”—the latter of which also appeared last during the 2010 Terminal 5 run.Of course, set two was all about the My Morning Jacket’s fourth album, the delightfully psychedelic and synth-heavy 2005 effort Z. Favorites like “Gideon”, “What A Wonderful Man”, “Off The Record” and the downright glorious closer “Dondante” all made appearances during the set, which also featured bust outs “Knot Comes” and “Into The Woods”. Not content to end it with the glory of “Dondante”, My Morning Jacket returned for an encore rendition of “Cobra”, a monster of a tune from the band’s 2002 Chocolate & Ice EP that rarely gets played in full. Nevertheless, the band went big for this one as well, delivering a complete take on the number that clocked in at over 20 minutes.My Morning Jacket – “Gideon”[Video: Craig Dodge Lile]My Morning Jacket will return to the stage on Monday night to close out their fourth annual One Big Holiday, and its safe to say fans are anticipating an exploration of the band’s three most recent LPs—2008’s Evil Urges, 2011’s Circuital and 2015’s The Waterfall. Tonight the festival will focus on some of the other artists on the bill, with headlining sets from Portugal. The Man, Sylvan Esso, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Other acts that have already performed include Spoon, Broken Social Scene, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.last_img read more

January 26

University establishes new Office of Military and Veteran Affairs

first_imgThe University announced the establishment of an Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA) in a press release Wednesday. According to the release, the office will expand the University’s support for Notre Dame-enrolled veterans and their families, active-duty and ROTC students and those who are dependents of service members.The office will be led by Regan Jones, who, according to the OMVA’s website, is a United States Marine Corps veteran who came to Notre Dame in 2014. Jones said he was hired as the director of the OMVA in September, and since then has accomplished “a lot of work” through collaboration with various resources, offices and departments at the University.“The creation of this office is really special because I’m in a position to help foster sort of this connective tissue amongst pockets of excellence to create an ecosystem and ensure that these [military-connected] students have a robust Notre Dame experience,” Jones said.Provost Thomas G. Burish said in the press release that the Military and Veteran Initiative Steering Committee, an organization Jones said he was involved with for 10 months before the OMVA’s establishment, led the initiative to create the new office.“With this new [OMVA], we will further strengthen our commitment to serving those who have given so much to our nation and the University,” Burish said in the press release.According to the release, the new office will focus on growing the military-connected undergraduate and graduate student populations and developing targeted services to meet their unique needs. Jones said his immediate goals for the office are centered on “infrastructure and capacity.”“An important first step includes things that may not seem very exciting: how do we tag and track these types of [military-connected] students on campus, what’s the success rate and what programs are they interested in,” Jones said. “That’ll tell us a little bit about not only how to support the students we have but how to attract more.”Jones said the OMVA will also expand existing programs such as The Warriors Scholar Project, a program designed to help service members pivot from the battlefield to the classroom, and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), among others. As an example, Jones said, the OMVA is working with the enrollment division to further support ROTC students through financial aid for room and board.“We’re going to leverage all of the available resources and work with different stakeholders depending on what program we’re talking about,” Jones said. “So looking with the enrollment division and our deans to think about how we can structure not only our financial aid, but also more development and recruitment strategies to attract [military-connected students] for undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.”Jones said when he considers the community aspect of the OMVA, he believes it is important to both integrate the students into the campus community and ensure that they have a network they can meet and connect with in a “really deep and meaningful way.”“Being someone from the military [with a] military background, I put myself in the minds of these students,” Jones said. “They’ve done incredibly brave things, [such as going] overseas in combat, but they’re terrified about their next act and what life looks like after service. I feel fortunate to be able to help create a bridge for them from service to their next act and ensure that they’re successful, that they have a robust Notre Dame experience and that they go out and graduate and become a force for good so it’s super exciting.”The announcement comes during a special time, Jones said, in terms of the backdrop of the football game between Navy and Notre Dame to take place this Saturday.“It’s really special, that historical relationship [Notre Dame has] with the U.S. military in general, but more specifically, the U.S. Navy and that rich, deep history in relationship with Navy that really kind of saved the University back in the 1940’s,” Jones said.According to the OMVA website, during World War II more than two-thirds of the Notre Dame student body enlisted in the military, placing the University in “dire financial straits.” However, after the creation of a Navy program through which 12,000 officers were trained on campus and the University was financially “kept afloat,” former University president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh promised to play the Naval Academy in football every year.“The bonds between Notre Dame and the U.S. military predate the American Civil War and have grown stronger over many years, as successive generations of Notre Dame graduates and Holy Cross priests have served our nation in times of war and peace,” Burish said.Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost and chair of the Military and Veteran Initiative Steering Committee, said in the release that she believes Notre Dame can achieve singular distinction as one of the nation’s “best universities for veterans, military, ROTC and their families.”“In Regan Jones, a highly decorated Marine Corps veteran who has spent the past three-plus years getting to know the University from a variety of perspectives, we have the ideal leader to direct us in this endeavor,” Carlson said in the release.Tags: Military, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, ROTC, Veteranslast_img read more

January 18

New York State Leaders Release Phase Two Reopening Guidelines

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) A small business owner places an open sign in his window. Photo: USAFALBANY – New York State has released guidelines for phase two reopening which could start as early as Tuesday in Western New York.In a post on the forward.ny.gov website, leaders said the following industry types may begin reopening if they follow the state’s guidelines.OfficesReal EstateEssential and Phase II In-Store RetailVehicle Sales, Leases, and RentalsRetail Rental, Repair, and CleaningCommercial Building ManagementThe full list of business is posted on the state’s website.Officials also released a list of suggested best practices to keep employees and customers protected from COVID-19 exposure. There is also a county-by-county reopening tool to help businesses find what phase of reopening they would fit in to. Still, officials say the following industry types will remain closed during phase two reopening:Malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease; however, any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open;Dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption;Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;Movie theaters, except drive-ins; andPlaces of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.last_img read more

January 17

Spring special

first_imgVolume XXXIIINumber 1Page i Welcome to the 33rd annual Spring Garden Packet from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Written by 14 CAES faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students, these 27 feature articles are provided to help you give your readers the timely, valuable gardening information they want. Your UGA Cooperative Extension county agent (just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1) can help you localize these features. The stories are available on Georgia FACES at a georgiafaces.com.This year’s edition is split into sections. First, you’ll find articles on fruits and vegetables, followed by general gardening, gold medal winners, garden pests and plant diseases. Fruits and vegetables1. Top 10 vegetables to try – Kristen Plank2. Georgia oranges? – Sharon Omahen3. Growing sweet potatoes – Terry Kelley4. Put your harvest on the table – Plank5. From garden to grub: Ratatouille – PlankGeneral gardening6. Good gardening saves green – Matthew Chappell7. Gardening success during drought – Plank8. Alternatives to turf – Amanda Tedrow9. Gardening ‘achoos’ – Peppers10. Creating a garden with children – Plank 11. Growing gourds in Georgia – KelleyGold medal winners12. Georgia’s plant all-stars for 2008 – Plank13. Comeback plant – Bodie Pennisi14. Paperbush adds heavenly scent – Gary Wade15. American Hornbeam adapts – Wade16. Pride of Augusta great vine for Georgia – Wade17. Cranesbill a ‘floral blockbuster’ – PennisiGarden pests18. Using pesticides safely – Paul Guillebeau19. The ultimate unwelcome guest – Elmer Gray20. Tips to keep mosquitoes away – Guillebeau21. Widow spiders and work gloves – Stephanie Schupska 22. Hornworms love tomatoes – Nancy Hinkle23. The lowdown on chiggers – GrayPlant diseases24. Prevent some vegetable diseases – Brad Haire25. Take-all root rot – Holly Thornton26. Pick tomatoes resistant to virus – Kelley 27. UGA clinic diagnoses sick plants – ThorntonHere are all of the annual UGA garden packet articles for the past seven years: 2007 Garden Packet Articles2006 Garden Packet Articles2005 Garden Packet Articles2004 Garden Packet Articles 2003 Garden Packet Articles 2002 Garden Packet Articles(Stephanie Schupska was principle editor of the 2008 Spring Garden Packet and is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

December 8

Binghamton University hosts ugly sweater contest to help feed the hungry

first_imgThe donations are given to the Bare Necessities Food Pantry. They help students who are struggling to put food on their tables. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University held its second Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Friday. “Getting ready for tests, especially right now when we’ve got finals next week. So, its a real issue and right now its something that we want to shine a light on here at Binghamton.” “With college students, if students are hungry they have a hard time studying, they have a hard time focusing,” said Ryan Yarosh, Director of Media and Public Relations.center_img People who participated were asked to bring a food item to donate to students in need. Students, faculty and staff showed off the ugliest sweaters they could find.last_img read more