Bed conditions of Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica

first_imgAlthough 90% of Antarctica’s discharge occurs via its fast-flowing ice streams, our ability to project future ice sheet response has been limited by poor observational constraints on the ice-bed conditions used in numerical models to determine basal slip. We have helped address this observational deficit by acquiring and analyzing a series of seismic reflection profiles to determine basal conditions beneath the main trunk and tributaries of Pine Island Glacier (PIG), West Antarctica. Seismic profiles indicate large-scale sedimentary deposits. Combined with seismic reflection images, measured acoustic impedance values indicate relatively uniform bed conditions directly beneath the main trunk and tributaries, comprising a widespread reworked sediment layer with a dilated sediment lid of minimum thickness 1.5 ± 0.4 m. Beneath a slow-moving intertributary region, a discrete low-porosity sediment layer of 7 ± 3 m thickness is imaged. Despite considerable basal topography, seismic observations indicate that a till layer at the ice base is ubiquitous beneath PIG, which requires a highly mobile sediment body to maintain an abundant supply. These results are compatible with existing ice sheet models used to invert for basal shear stress: existing basal conditions upstream will not inhibit further rapid retreat of PIG if the high-friction region currently restraining flow, directly upstream of the grounding line, is breached. However, small changes in the pressure regime at the bed, as a result of stress reorganization following retreat, may result in a less-readily deformable bed and conditions which are less likely to maintain high ice-flow rates.last_img read more

Al Sharpton avoids engaging in Union debate

first_imgAmerican baptist minister Al Sharpton pulled out of a debate at the Union on Friday night, instead preferring to give a speech before the debate began. Originally scheduled to lead the proposition on the motion “This house believes the United States is institutionally racist,” the Reverend withdrew on short notice from participating in the main debate.Mr Sharpton had previously been expected to join Black Panther leader Aaron Dixon and liberal blogger Mychal Denzel Smith in supporting the motion, against opposition from Fox News contributor David Webb, conservative commentator Joe Hicks and BBC radio host Charlie Wolf.A statement on the Oxford Union website read, “Instead of the Emergency Debate prior to the US Racism Debate this evening, there will be an individual address by Rev Al Sharpton as a precursor to the main Debate.”No further explanation was given and many attendees of the debate were disappointed not to hear Mr Sharpton participate in the debate itself. Instead of debating, Mr Sharpton delivered a wide ranging 45 minute talk at about 7pm.Other participants in the debate were quick to condemn Mr Sharpton’sactions. David Webb, billed as a “conservative commentator and contributor to Fox News” by the Union, attacked the MSNBC host. Speaking to the US news network Breitbart, Webb stated, “He [Sharpton] doesn’t want to be exposed for what he really is – a shakedown artist and racial coward. After years of conning people into giving him money by fanning the flames of racism, he’s just too afraid to have a civil, fact-based conversation about the issues of race in America.”Al Sharpton is no stranger to controversy in the US. An informal adviser to both President Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, his comments on the Ferguson shooting provoked criticism from the American Right.In the debate itself, Webb condemned Sharpton as a “coward” for not speaking and the other opposition speakers expressed indignation for not subjecting his views to scrutiny. Outside the debate Webb stated, “It would be wrong to allow Sharpton to get away with just his usual thin, inflammatory rhetoric when this is supposed to be a substantive discussion.”Student reaction to Sharpton’s decision to avoid the debate was mixed. Ben Evans, a first year PPEist at Univ said, “Given the weakness of the opposition, he wasn’t needed”.First year historian Jack Edwards commented, ‘‘I was a bit disappointed notto see him in head-to-head debate. However, his talk was very good and gave us a greater opportunity to question him directly. He was very good but it would have been better if he had spoken and debated.’’There was some unhappiness from Union officials at Sharpton’s decision. A Union insider told Cherwell, ‘‘Listening to the debate, it became clear that the quality of the speakers wasn’t quite up to Union standard.’’The Union could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

delSECUR to purchase the intellectual property assets of the corporation

first_imgdelSECUR CORPORATION, a Nevada Corporation based in South Burlington, Vermont (Pink Sheets: DLSC) announced today that its Board of Directors has accepted, subject to the approval of the majority of the shareholders entitled to vote, an agreement to purchase the Intellectual Property Assets of delSECUR CORPORATION. The consideration for such purchase will be in the form of a 49% interest in the shares of common stock of Q Tech Systems, Inc., an Ontario, Canada Corporation.The primary asset to be acquired by Q Tech is the del-ID technology, a patented device and system of authenticating individuals through biometric means invented by Pierre de Lanauze, the former President & CEO of delSECUR. Q Tech, which also develops and markets technologies to enhance security and identification processes, plans to incorporate the del-ID technology with its proprietary technology. “Q Tech will be immediately focusing on the invention of Pierre de Lanauze’s analog technology and believes it can make this combined technology commercially viable and bring it to the marketplace,” said Randall McCormick, delSECUR’s current CEO.Mr. McCormick further stated, “We believe this is a great opportunity for the advancement of the del-ID technology and puts our business plan and mission statement immediately into action without further delay.It is time to bring the del-Id technology to the next level and to test its capabilities. With this new alliance we are much closer to that goal.”delSECUR, a public company (Pink Sheets: DLSC) with its head office in S. Burlington, VT., is a technology development company of a unique authentication process based on abstract images of biological data collected from the fingers of living persons.This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” and other similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements relating to anticipated future earnings, margins, and other operating results, future growth, construction plans and anticipated capacities, production schedules and entry into expanded markets are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements, based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management, are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements and are subject to the risks normally associated with the completions of a corporate transaction. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. We assume no obligation to update the information contained in this press release, except as required under applicable law. SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 4, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

Appellate rules amendments

first_imgAppellate rules amendments 9.180(f)(5)(D) and (E)44-0Housekeeping changes. November 1, 2005 Regular News 9.200(a)(2)41-0Provides that orders and judgments remain with the trial court, with copies to the appellate court as part of the record, in dependency and termination of parental rights cases, as well as cases involving families and children in need of services. This is consistent with the treatment of these orders in family law cases. 9.120(d)45-2Deletes language so to permit jurisdictional briefs in certified question and conflict cases. 9.130(a)(3)(C) (ii)39-0Allows appeals from nonfinal orders granting, modifying, dissolving, or refusing to grant, modify, or dissolve writs of replevin, garnishment or attachment. 9.300(d)(10)49-0Eliminates the requirement that a litigant seeking an extension of time in the Supreme Court also file a separate request to toll time. Appellate rules amendments The Appellate Court Rules Committee invites comment on proposed amendments to the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure shown below. The full text of the proposals can be found on The Florida Bars website at Interested persons have until December 1, 2005, to submit comments to Jack Roy Reiter, Chair, 2525 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Ste. 400, Miami, Florida. 33134-601 2. 9.130(a)(5)48-0Clarifies 9.130(a)(5) by referencing the right to immediate review of any authorized motion for relief from judgment rather than specifically identifying a particular rule. 9.370(c)47-1Clarifies that amicus briefs are permitted in extraordinary writ proceedings. Provides internal consistency and explains that service of amicus briefs does not alter or extend the briefing deadlines of the parties. 9.180(e)44-0Allows the OJCC to intervene in a limited number of cases when the usual adversary process does not fully protect the rights and duties covered by statute. 9.200(b)(2)44-0Requires court reporters to include an electronic version of each transcript with each transcript designated for inclusion in the record on appeal. 9.210(a)(5)36-8Limits the page number of briefs when cross-appeals are filed to maintain equilibrium between the page limitations applicable to both appellants/cross-appellees and appellees/cross-appellants.. 9.180(f)(5)(A);(g)(3)(A) and (D)42-0Redaction from the rule’s subdivisions references to a Workers’ Compensation Procedure rule that has been repealed. 9.146(b)46-0Clarifies who may take an appeal in matters covered by rule 9.146, and confirms that the rule does not provide a basis for independent jurisdiction beyond those orders specified in rule 9.130. RULE/FORMVOTEEXPLANATION 9.130(a)(3)(C) (iii)32-14Authorizes appeals in dependency and termination of parental rights cases of a nonfinal order determining the right to child custody.last_img read more

Can’t find employees? You’re not alone

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you’re having trouble finding and retaining good employees, then you’re not alone. That’s my takeaway from this article in today’s American Banker which quotes a leading HR professional as suggesting that banks have to get more creative in how they go about attracting new hires as the competition for new employees gets more intense across many industries.There’s more going on here than a historically low unemployment rate. The banking industry is disproportionately benefiting from a growing economy which of course puts pressure on employee wages. According to the latest survey released by Crowe & Horwath, which has been tracking employment in the banking industry for 36 years, for the first time since the great recession more than half the banks surveyed said they planned to increase total employment during the coming year. In fact, only 35% of banks surveyed plan to maintain their current staffing levels. continue reading »last_img read more

Albany gives child abuse survivors more time to file suits

first_imgIncreases the amount of time during which perpetrators of these crimes may be held criminally accountable;Allows victims of these crimes to commence a civil lawsuit at any time before they reach 55 years of age;Provides survivors seeking to file actions against public and private institutions for previously time-barred claims a new opportunity for their day in court by opening a one-year window, now extended to two years, for them to commence their civil action;Eliminates the need to file a notice of claim for sexual offenses committed against a minor;Requires judicial training with respect to crimes involving the sexual abuse of minors;Authorizes the Office of Court Administration to promulgate rules and regulations for the timely adjudication of revived actions. Cuomo initially moved the deadline to Jan. 14 with an executive order, and the new extension would extend it to Aug. 14. “As New York continues to reopen and recover from a public health crisis, extending the look back window is the right thing to do and will help ensure that abusers and those who enabled them are held accountable,” he said. The original deadline for those making claims under the Child Victims Act was Aug. 14, 2020. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/WBNG) — A new state law gives people who were sexually abused as children until Aug. 14, 2021 to file legal claims against individuals and public and private institutions over concern that closure of the courts amid the pandemic is keeping survivors from coming forward. The law act lifted statute of limitations even for allegations that were decades old, initially for a filing period of one year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday he signed the latest extension for the legislation. The Child Victims Act does the following: “The Child Victims Act brought a long-needed pathway to justice for people who were abused, and helps right wrongs that went unacknowledged and unpunished for far too long and we cannot let this pandemic limit the ability for survivors to have their day in court,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release.last_img read more

HHS: Most H5N1 vaccine on hand is still potent

first_imgNov 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A Department of Health and Human Services official said today that loss of potency is affecting less than 20% of H5N1 avian influenza vaccine doses in the national stockpile, not a majority of doses as reported here yesterday.Bill Hall, an HHS spokesman in Washington, DC, said the agency has acquired a total of about 7.5 million doses of H5N1 vaccine to date, and about 200,000 of those have been used for research.About 1.4 million doses have begun to lose potency, Hall said. “That leaves about 5.9 million doses that are mostly in bulk, with some in vials, that still have potency,” he said. “That would treat about 3 million people.”Hall gave the numbers in response to the report here yesterday in which he was quoted as saying that a majority of vaccine doses in the stockpile had begun to lose potency. He said his comments were mischaracterized.HHS has been stockpiling H5N1 vaccine in preparation for the threat of an influenza pandemic sparked by the avian flu virus. In a Nov 13 pandemic planning update, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said the agency had enough vaccine on hand for about 3 million people. A previous update in July said the stockpile contained enough vaccine for about 4 million people.Hall cited the loss of potency in some of the vaccine as the main reason for the decrease in the number of people who could be immunized.Most of the vaccine was made by Sanofi Pasteur, but HHS also has bought some from Chiron Corp., Hall said today.He reiterated today that all vaccines and other biologic products have a limited shelf life. “The expected shelf life of seasonal flu vaccine is probably about a year,” so the fact that most of the stockpile is still good after about 2 years “is probably a good thing,” he said.Hall added that HHS-sponsored research now under way, particularly on the use of adjuvants (immune-boosting substances), may help to stretch the vaccine supply.See also:Nov 13 HHS pandemic planning update read more

Inland revenue

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Local authority funds cash-flow positive ‘due to investment return’ – report

first_imgLocal authority funds in England and Wales remain cash-flow positive, largely due to returns from investments, a report has shown.The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Advisory Board, set up by the government to monitor the performance of the English and Welsh funds, published the first annual report covering all of the nearly 90 schemes in the two countries.The report showed that the average funding ratio for the 2012-13 financial year stood at 79% across the schemes, with total assets of £180bn (€213bn) compared with liabilities in excess of £227bn.It also found that schemes received £12bn in income over the course of the year, exceeding the £9.2bn in benefit payments made during the same period. However, last financial year’s contributions only stood at £8.3bn, leaving investment returns of £3.1bn to prevent the system from becoming cash-flow negative.Kris Hopkins, the junior minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government responsible for the LGPS, welcomed the report’s publication.“By bringing together the data from all English and Welsh funds, the Shadow Scheme Advisory Board has helped usher in a new standard of transparency for scheme members, employers and taxpayers alike,” he said.“This will also provide a comprehensive and clear reference document for the scheme as a whole.”According to the report, the funds invested the largest amount of their assets, £73.5bn, in pooled investment vehicles, without offering a breakdown of what underlying assets these held.It added that a further 38% of assets were invested in standalone UK or overseas equity mandates, and £17bn in fixed income.The remaining £10.5bn were invested, directly or indirectly, in property and the final £9.8bn in undefined ‘other’ assets.In his remarks, Hopkins stressed the importance of the sustainability and affordability of the LGPS, shortly after the funds switched to a career-average, rather than final salary, approach for future pension accrual.His department is currently mulling how to cut costs among the local authority funds, with a ban on active investing considered.For more on the debate between active versus passive, see the active management Special Report in the current issue of IPE,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to the LGPS Advisory Board’s first scheme annual reportlast_img read more

​Keva, VER returns boosted despite ‘restless’ markets

first_imgBoth funds cited equity as their strongest performer, with listed equity returning 11.7% at VER and 12.6% at Keva.Timo Löyttyniemi, who was last year appointed vice-chairman of the EU Single Resolution Board for banks and will leave his current position by the end of February, noted that signs of growth were still outstanding across the global economy, despite improvements in the US.He added that low inflation expectations had meant monetary policy remained “lax”.“This enabled low interest rates, and, consequently, the return on fixed income investments and equities was sound despite intense fluctuations,” he said. Both funds also saw noticeable year-on-year improvements in returns from their fixed income holdings, with VER’s portfolio seeing performance up 6.5 percentage points, to 4.9%, over 2013.For its part, Keva also saw fixed income return 4.9%, improving on the 0.4% return from 2013, but CIO Ari Huotari said the coming year would only see limited potential for improved returns.Private equity was the local government fund’s strongest performer, returning 22%, with real estate returning 5.6% and a small commodities portfolio suffering a loss of 36%. Keva and the Finnish State Pension Fund (VER) have seen double-digit returns on equity holdings and renewed strength in fixed income portfolios, with both schemes beating their 2013 results.Jukka Männistö, chief executive at the local government pension provider, said Keva’s 8.7% return in 2014 was an “excellent testimony” to the work of its in-house investment team.“The markets were very restless throughout the year and consequently showed great fluctuations,” he said. “Notwithstanding the challenging market conditions, we performed well.”Keva outperformed VER, which said investments had returned 7.8% over the course of the last year, up from 6.4% in 2013.last_img read more