Subglacial lakes and hydrology across the Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands, West Antarctica

first_imgSubglacial water plays an important role in ice sheet dynamics and stability. Subglacial lakes are often located at the onset of ice streams and have been hypothesised to enhance ice flow downstream by lubricating the ice–bed interface. The most recent subglacial-lake inventory of Antarctica mapped nearly 400 lakes, of which ∼ 14 % are found in West Antarctica. Despite the potential importance of subglacial water for ice dynamics, there is a lack of detailed subglacial-water characterisation in West Antarctica. Using radio-echo sounding data, we analyse the ice–bed interface to detect subglacial lakes. We report 33 previously uncharted subglacial lakes and present a systematic analysis of their physical properties. This represents a ∼ 40 % increase in subglacial lakes in West Antarctica. Additionally, a new digital elevation model of basal topography of the Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands was built and used to create a hydropotential model to simulate the subglacial hydrological network. This allows us to characterise basal hydrology, determine subglacial water catchments and assess their connectivity. We show that the simulated subglacial hydrological catchments of the Rutford Ice Stream, Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier do not correspond to their ice surface catchments.last_img read more

Richard P. Young

first_imgIt is with great sadness that the family of Richard P. Young announces his sudden passing on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the age of 63.Richard will be lovingly remembered by his wife and high school sweetheart, Susan, and his children, Blake, Morgan and Jordan. Richard will also be fondly remembered by his brothers, Robert, Ronald, and Randal, and his sister, Nancy.A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, May 8th, at The Godfrey Funeral Home, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo. Visitation will be held from 9-11 am, with service to follow.Memorial donations can be made to the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (iaslc.org).  www.godfreyfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

American Legion R&R Program Seeks Condo Donations

first_imgMarine Corps Lance Corporal Bobby Raditz, his wife Erika and their daughter, Emma, are wrapped in a Quilt of Valor during a Post 524 ceremony celebrating the Veterans Rest & Relaxation Program in 2018. Ocean City American Legion Post 524 is seeking a one-week donation of two island condominiums to honor visiting military families.The Legion’s Rest & Relation Program, now in its eighth year, welcomes service men and women annually to America’s Greatest Family Resort as a way to say “Thank you” for their service and sacrifices.“Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment and we support their efforts as well,” said Jerry Bonner, chairman of the R&R Committee.“Many of these military personnel have spent time in the hotspots of the world, and the least we can do is honor their commitment to our country and the protection they provided us,” Bonner added.The Legion’s weeklong expression of thanks to a military family begins with a police and firefighter escort onto the island. The family is given the use of a free condo for the week.During a reception at Post 524, the guest military family receives donations of products and services from many Ocean City merchants, such as tickets to Boardwalk amusement centers, dinners at local restaurants, groceries from food markets and admission to the Aquatics and Fitness Center.Anyone with a potential condo to donate should contact Jerry Bonner at (609) 525-0258 or [email protected]last_img read more

Statement to parliament: Sports Minister Mims Davies oral statement on racism in football

first_imgThe Government is concerned about the recent rise in racist abuse in football, which threatens to overshadow everything we love about our national sport.Last weekend The English Football League said it was “saddened, disappointed and angered” after a weekend of fixtures were blighted by four separate incidents of alleged racism against players.At the same time, in the Premier League, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha reposted an online tweet calling him “a diving monkey”.This all happened on the very same weekend that the Premier League’s new “No Room for Racism” campaign was visible at grounds up and down the country.Late last year – the unthinkable occurred – a banana skin was thrown on the pitch in the direction of a player during the North London derby. Around the same time, we saw the abuse Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling suffered at Stamford Bridge.We all witnessed the appalling scenes of racism directed at several of our England players in Montenegro. Homophobic and anti-semitic chanting both here and abroad has also been prevalent in recent times. English football is revered across the globe for its excitement and passion. No other sport or country opens its doors and embraces so many different nationalities. We simply cannot have millions of people, in particular our young people tuning in, or witnessing first hand, the type of vile abuse that has been apparent of late. Abuse directed at our players; our managers; by opposing fans.Messrs Zaha, Sterling, and Rose deserve our respect for speaking out about the abuse that is happening now, but ultimately they deserve our support. They need clear demonstrations that zero tolerance of this behaviour means just that. Be it player, manager or supporter nobody who goes to games should have to tolerate discrimination of any kind, whether playing or attending.We welcomed the Football Association’s call for UEFA to take strong and swift action following events in Montenegro. However if this country is going to show the rest of the world that this behaviour is intolerable, then we need to ensure we are making all efforts to combat discriminatory behaviour domestically.I want to put on record that there is some fantastic work being done by many of our clubs to stand up to the challenge of racism and intolerance, and it must also be said that the majority of football fans behave impeccably, creating a fantastic atmosphere which is a major part of the experience of watching live football.Racism is not of football’s making, but sadly it is being used by certain individuals and groups to spread hate. This extends to the grassroots with Kick it Out reporting a rise in racist incidents at this level too.It cannot be right for clubs to be fined for players taking action and walking off the pitch if they are receiving racist abuse. It is vital that players are supported. This fine sends out the wrong signal. The FA must review whether their rules and the guidance they give to clubs is effective in these situations.Putting a stop to this is a challenge to all fans, all clubs or agencies at all levels. This government is determined to help them tackle this problem.On the 25 February I brought all the various administrators, campaign bodies, fan group representative, players, managers and their representative organisations together for a summit to discuss this issue, and collectively decide on what steps must be taken to help eradicate it.At that summit it was agreed that a number of areas needed to be examined further. These were:To review if football’s current sanctioning regime goes far enough, and if not, what more is needed to act as a deterrent to this type of behaviour.To ensure the partnership between football authorities and the police is close enough to improve the identification and sanctioning of offenders at matches;To ask, do we give enough support to stewards? Can we improve their capacity to deal with discrimination consisitently throughout the football leagues?Can football improve the information flow of incident reporting on the pitch, and support players?How can we double down efforts to ensure match officials, stewarding operations, coaching and academy staff are all able to fully engage in their responsibilities to maintain an open and inclusive sporting environment.I also want to see initiatives to help increase the numbers of people from BAME background into football professions beyond playing. Transparency and opportunities around the recruitment process are central to this.Government will now work with those key groups to deliver clear, tangible actions in the areas I have just described.My intention is to announce these in partnership with football before the end of summer. If we are able to deliver these before then, even better.I want to see change ready for the next season.The ongoing cross-government sport strategy ‘Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation’ seeks to ensure that access to sport is equal for all. It is vital that the atmosphere and environment in which sport and physcial activity takes place in our communities – be it grassroots or at the elite level – is safe, supportive and free of discrimination.The experience of players, staff and fans therefore at football games both home and abroad will prove the ultimate test of success in this area, but I am confident that the appetite is there to accept this challenge and working in partnership, we will quash this disturbing ugly recent trend of racism across our beautiful game.last_img read more

Gorillaz Plot 2017 North American “Humanz” Tour

first_imgGorillaz have returned to the public consciousness after seven years of silence, with all sorts of power moves toward their 2017 Humanz. After announcing their first North American show in years at Festival d’été de Québec in Quebec City this summer, the group sent shockwaves through social media when they were announced as a headliner for this summer’s Outside Lands alongside The Who and Metallica. Then, they released their own mixed reality app for fans to get a glimpse inside the weird and wonderful universe of the Gorillaz with the first-ever world’s largest album release party. While additional dates have felt close, you can never be sure with the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-masterminded animated group.Today, Gorillaz have officially announced a North American tour in support of Humanz. Kicking off in Chicago, IL at Northerly Island (!?!) this July, the tour will make stops in favorites venues like Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, DC, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Forum in Los Angeles, CA, and more through October, with previously unannounced festival appearances at Meadows Music & Arts Festival, Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival in Las Vegas, and III Points Festival in Miami (lineups forthcoming). This will be their first North American tour since 2010’s promotional Plastic Beach tour.The press release states: “As always, Gorillaz will be joined onstage by a stellar lineup of featured artists—the new album offering such possibilities as Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis, among others.”Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 21. The album drops the following Friday, April 28.While a North American Demon Dayz has certainly been talked about, it was not specified on today’s press release. Though, Chicago’s Northerly Island is certainly a big enough venue to hold an event of that scale. Fingers. Crossed.Gorillaz 2017 Tour Dates:06/10 – Margate, UK @ Demon Dayz Festival07/08 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island07/10 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre07/12 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion07/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing07/15 – Quebec City, QC @ Quebec City Summer Festival07/17 – Colombia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion07/28-30 – Icheon, KR @ Valley Rock Music & Arts Festival07/28-30 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival08/11-13 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival09/15-17 – New York, NY @ The Meadows Music & Arts Festival09/18 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre09/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium09/22 – Kansas City, MI @ Sprint Center09/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival09/26 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre09/30 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center10/05 – Los Angeles CA @ The Forum10/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center10/13-15 – Miami, FL @ III Points FestivalListen to all five released tracks below:last_img read more

Pretty Lights Announces Lineup And Location For Island Of Light This Winter

first_imgThe DJ and producer Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) has been dropping new announcements left and right this year, with the biggest one yet coming yesterday. Earlier in April, Pretty Lights dropped that a destination event was in the works for December of this year dubbed Island of Light, with more information coming soon. Well, now the wait is over—the Colorado producer has big plans for Island of Light, and he just announced where its going down and who’s coming along with him for the ride.The four-day destination event will go down at El Conquistador – A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Island of Light is scheduled to run from December 7th through 10th this winter, and in addition to performances by Pretty Lights, will also see sets by Thievery Corporation, Atmosphere, Gramatik, Break Science, Cut/Copy, Tycho, French Kiwi Juice, Lettuce, Emancipator Ensemble, The Floozies, Manic Focus, Ganja White Night, Michael Menert, Thriftworks, Late Night Radio, and Maddy O’Neal and more, in addition to the bountiful collaborations that can only go down at these special destination events.Island of Light is set to be a decadent affair, and music will be going all day long with a main stage on a private island that attendees boat to and from (!!!), daytime poolside sets, and late-night ballroom sets. The Island of Light experience is all-inclusive, with concert tickets, buffet food offerings, drinks, lodging, and transportation to and from the airport included with the event, in addition to discounted rates on local excursions, resort amenities, and even swankier restaurants on site.Information about pricing is released this Wednesday, and tickets for Island Of Light on sale on the event’s website here on Friday, May 10th, at 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST; this is going to be an event you don’t want to miss, so snag your tickets fast once they’re up!last_img read more

Letting his fiction wander

first_imgThis month, Paul Yoon begins his second year teaching fiction in Harvard’s Creative Writing Program. The son of South Korean immigrants, he is the author of the novel “Snow Hunters,” which won the 2014 Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, and the 2009 story collection “Once the Shore.” In his new book of stories, “The Mountain,” characters touched by violence and loss search for a forward path. Until he started his five-year term as a Briggs-Copeland lecturer, Yoon moved on a near-annual basis. In a Gazette Q&A ahead of his Aug. 17 reading at Harvard Book Store, he spoke about the migratory nature of “The Mountain,” his writing habits, and why he judges a book by its cover.GAZETTE: Where did “The Mountain” come from?YOON: I was thinking about the amount of access we have to the world right now. Because of social media and our phones, we have access to events around the world in a heartbeat, a global event or something more intimate such as a domestic event, and I thought, “Rather than tackle that in an obvious way, why not write a book set all over the world and simply let it stand for itself?” I wanted to present a global canvas and write as many time periods and locations as I could. I always knew I wanted to start in the Hudson Valley because that’s where I’m from. In the first story, “A Willow and the Moon,” I didn’t realize it was set in the second half of the 20th century until halfway through it. I went east and went forward in time from there. That became the guiding light.GAZETTE: Few of the characters have close friends or family, and there are hardly any children. How did loneliness become such a powerful theme?YOON: When I was given the opportunity to write a book as a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, I was coming at it from a place of transition. Thinking about how many times we had moved, where we had been, where we had ended up, that was the original theme for me.GAZETTE: Can you describe your life in motion?YOON: I lived a peripatetic life. My dad was a doctor. He was bounding around hospitals, and eventually we made our way to the Hudson Valley area. I spent my formative years in New Hampshire at boarding school. I went to college in Connecticut. Since then, I’ve moved around and continued this itinerant life. I married a writer [Briggs-Copeland lecturer Laura van den Berg], so we both live this life where we need to have day jobs. We would move, unpack, try to write our books, make some money. Then the contract would be done and we’d move again. That’s what we’ve been doing last five years. The beauty is we’re doing it together.GAZETTE: There are subtle connections from one story to the next. How did you thread it together?YOON: I had a world map on my wall when I was working on this book with two dots in New York, two in Europe, and two in East Asia. I think what was interesting was the amount of space in and around the dots. I set the stories in specific locations, but the map made me painfully aware of the places I wasn’t telling about. It was also fun on a nerdy writer level to write the end of one story and somehow link it with the next one. So “A Willow and the Moon,” the first story, ends with two people staring out from a porch and the second story begins with two people waiting on a bench.GAZETTE: How do you like to write?YOON: When I was starting out I was a nighttime writer, [now] I find myself working in the afternoons. Consistency is very important. If I do it one day, I do it as many days as possible. I’m a nerd about rhythm. It drives everyone around me crazy, but it’s always been the only way I know how. As life goes on, more things vie for your attention. No one is waiting for my work, so it’s this constant confrontation with day-to-day life to have the courage and the right to hide myself for even like an hour.GAZETTE: The book cover is beautiful. Is it a watercolor?YOON: Yes, the physical book is so important to me. I think about it quite often. My first love was as a reader. The magic of going into a bookstore is you have to judge a book by its cover. I gravitated to whatever called to me, [such as] the old hardcovers of Michael Ondaatje that Knopf designed. On his older book, “In the Skin of a Lion,” there’s a beautiful, sensual painting. Or the black-and-white photograph of the sandstorm on “The English Patient.”GAZETTE: You teach fiction, but focus on short stories. What lessons are unique to that genre?YOON: Regardless of short or long form, it’s a race against time. Class goes by so fast. I could talk about one student’s story for three hours and not even get to the tip of that iceberg. The challenge is how to pinpoint something in a short story that’s teachable to them. It’s also a conversation of literature as a whole culturally, but also in this semester with the class as a kind of family unit. A lot of students will never take a creative writing class again. I feel the responsibility with great joy to instill upon them ideas of wholeness and completeness.Interview was edited and condensed.last_img read more

Hackathon participants seek to develop mobile apps

first_imgWhen Notre Dame introduced Innovation Park, a research facility that aims to transform innovations into marketplace ventures, in 2009, it was trying to develop its standing as a research university by commercializing intellectual property. Natalie Gunn-Stahl, the facilities manager at Innovation Park, said the location will do just that today when it hosts its first Hackathon, a 36-hour event in which participants compete to create mobile applications.  The Hackathon is open not only to coders or designers, but to anyone who wants to participate in the technology-based event. “People with ideas will pitch them and say what kinds of team members they need – business, marketing, etc.,” Gunn-Stahl said. “If people don’t have an idea, they tell the audience what their skill set is, and then there is an hour or so where people network.” Participants then form teams and work together to develop their mobile apps, Gunn-Stahl said.  According to the Park’s website, a panel judges participants equally on the app’s pitch, the originality of the idea and how technically challenging or innovative the app’s implementation is. Gunn-Stahl said judges award prizes at the end of the competition. “For [Notre Dame] students, there is … an all-expense paid trip to the AT&T foundry in Plano, Texas,” she said. “There are also opportunities to win cash prizes for best user interface, best overall app, etc.” Gunn-Stahl said the Hackathon is not limited to just Notre Dame students.”We are hoping to get the majority of participants from Notre Dame, but faculty or staff are also welcomed, as well as members of the community,” she said. This is the first Hackathon hosted at Notre Dame, but Gunn-Stahl said they occur all over the country and even around the world. “Usually, there are different types of Hackathons,” Gunn-Stahl said. “For example, in Chicago, they opened up public data sets and gave money to people who helped make apps that helped fight crime, help parks and were somehow related to making Chicago a better city.” Participants in the Innovation Park Hackathon may create an app about any topic they want, but Gunn-Stahl said people will most likely tailor their creations to the criteria of the prizes. The event begins today at 6 p.m. and stretches until Saturday night, when participants are invited to a tailgate and football game watch, Gunn-Stahl said. Innovation Park will provide food and snacks. It asks participants to bring laptops to the event.  “We just really encourage people, at least Friday night, to come see what it is all about,” Gunn-Stahl said. “Just come and try it.” More information about the Hackathon and how to register is available at http://mobileappnd-org.eventbrite.com Contact Katie McCarty at [email protected]last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Hamilton’s Okieriete Onaodowan Set for SVU & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton’s Okieriete Onaodowan & More Set for SVUHamilton’s Okieriete Onaodowan is one of a trio of Broadway favorites who will guest star on upcoming episodes of Law & Order: SVU. On the November 2 show, Bad Rap, “Oak” is set to appear as Cash Lewis, a music producer whose friend and business partner is arrested for assault, while Tony nominee Will Swenson will take on the role of Mitch Hampton, the attorney hired by the record label to defend the suspect. Meanwhile, Corey Cott is slated to play Ellis Griffin, a young finance professional accused of rape, in an episode titled Rape Interrupted on October 26. We will be setting our DVRs!Lin-Manuel Miranda: a Poppins UpdateLin-Manuel Miranda is non-stop! After making a $100,000 donation for a new DCP projection system that will produce a Hollywood-quality image at the United Palace in Washington Heights, he will debut the new projector on October 16 with a screening of the original Mary Poppins. Of course, the Hamilton mastermind is then off to London to shoot Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the classic 1964 Disney movie. Incidentally, it was revealed today that Emily Mortimer has signed on to play Jane Banks in the film; her brother Michael will be portrayed by Broadway alum Ben Whishaw, while Emily Blunt has been enlisted for the title role.Catch Nick Blaemire’s A Little More AliveNick Blaemire’s A Little More Alive will play two concert presentations on October 17 at Le Poisson Rouge. The original Barrington Stage cast, including Tony Nominee Daniel Jenkins, Van Hughes and Nicolette Robinson will reunite to appear in the original folk-pop musical. Buy tickets here.Matt Damon Tells Idina Menzel He Doesn’t Hate WickedIdina Menzel was in for a surprise when she stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 5. After admitting she had had a crush on the host’s nemesis, Matt Damon, she then revealed how disappointed she was by the actor’s reaction to her Tony-winning performance in a certain popular show. “He looked like he hated Wicked,” said the Broadway supernova. “He just seemed to hate me.” Kimmel proceeded to confront Damon about it in a dressing room; check out Menzel’s priceless reaction below. Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

Filth Flies

first_imgHave you ever noticed flies buzzing around your favorite restaurant? No big deal, right? Wrong.“People view flies as a nuisance, but the evidence shows they are much more than that,” said Ludek Zurek, faculty member with the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Agriculture. “House flies may be the link of bacteria between food animals and residential areas.” The University of Georgia Department of Entomology, College of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine will host Zurek for a seminar April 12 at 11:15 a.m. The seminar is titled, “Microbial Ecology of Muscoid Flies from Two Perspectives: Public Health and Paratransgenic Control.”“Dr. Zurek illustrates so well that controlling flies not only protects us from the annoyance, but from illness as well,” said UGA entomologist Nancy Hinkle. Flies like the smell of garbage and feces, and they feed on them. Because they do, their digestive tracts are full of bacteria, viruses and fungi. What is commonly referred to as a stomach virus is usually food poisoning. Zurek says the food might be contaminated by disease agents deposited there by flies. “E. coli O157 is one of the most important foodborne human pathogens, and we find this in house flies,” he said. The main source of E. coli O157 is undercooked ground beef, but recent outbreaks have been linked to raw spinach and peppers. The bacteria are found on cattle and swine farms and can live in the intestines of healthy animals. House flies can carry the bacteria in their digestive tract. “When flies feed, they regurgitate their gut content, and they poop on the food, spreading these dangerous microbes,” Zurek said. “A small number of flies can heavily contaminate food.” Results from his recent study show as few as five flies can thoroughly contaminate a hamburger in as few as 15 minutes. Flies also spread pathogens through fecal matter left on kitchen surfaces, eating utensils and food. “Flies concentrate the microbes somehow; the microbes found in the fly per unit of weight is 10 times more concentrated than the fecal matter itself,” Zurek said. “They are attracted to food and drink in residential areas, and they are carrying a lot of microbes.”E. coli isn’t the only dangerous pathogen they carry. Zurek found antibiotic-resistant microbes present in the flies used for his research. Other insects may transmit foodborne pathogens, but Hinkle says houseflies are the best at it. “Any animal can get dirty and then land on our food, but flies are so well equipped for transferring disease,” she said. “They have fuzzy feet and hairs all over their bodies for picking up and transferring fungi, bacteria and viruses.” While flies only live a month, populations explode every summer because each female lays nearly 500 eggs in that time. “The good news about this fly-microbe association is that fly larvae depend on bacteria for development and survival,” Zurek said. “That’s what we are trying to use against them for control.” The seminar will be held in room 404-A of the Biological Sciences Building in Athens, Ga. “House flies are called filth flies because their larvae develop well in decaying garbage and animal feces,” Hinkle said. “Not surprisingly, they pick up disease agents such as bacteria, fungi and viruses from these materials. And, because adult flies can fly, they are highly mobile and can transfer these agents to our homes and even onto our foods.”last_img read more