Lake highstands in the Pensacola Mountains and Shackleton Range 4300-2250 cal. yr BP: Evidence of a warm climate anomaly in the interior of Antarctica

first_imgWe surveyed and dated the former shorelines of one lake in the Shackleton Range and two lakes in the Pensacola Mountains, situated inland of the Weddell Sea embayment Antarctica between 80° and 85°S. These are amongst the highest latitude lakes in the Antarctic and are located in areas where there is little or no Holocene climate and hydrological information. Surveys of the lake shorelines show that past water levels have been up to 15.7, 17.7 and 69.5 m higher than present in the three study lakes. AMS radiocarbon dating of lake-derived macrofossils showed that there was a sustained period of higher water levels from approximately 4300 and until sometime after 2250 cal. yr BP. This is interpreted as being the result of an increased number of meltwater events and/or degree-days above freezing, relative to the present. The closest comparable ice cores from the Dominion Range in the Transantarctic Mountains (85°S, 166°E) and the Plateau Remote ice core on the continental East Antarctic Ice Sheet (84°S, 43°E) also provide some evidence of a warmer period beginning at c. 4000–3500 yr BP and ending after 2000–1500 yr BP, as does a synthesis of oxygen isotope data from five Antarctic ice cores. This suggests that the well-documented mid- to late-Holocene warm period, measured in many lake and marine sediments around the coast of Antarctica, extended into these regions of the continental interior.last_img read more

The taxonomy and palaeobiogeography of small chorate dinoflagellate cysts from the Late Cretaceous to Quaternary of Antarctica

first_imgSmall chorate dinoflagellate cysts are common in Upper Cretaceous to Quaternary sedimentary successions around the Antarctic margin. Taxonomic confusion surrounding dinoflagellate cysts and acritarchs of similar morphology throughout the southern high palaeolatitudes has hitherto limited investigation of their palaeoecological significance. This study aims to solve the taxonomic problems, and to allow a new assessment of dinoflagellate cyst acmes. A detailed morphological study of new material from the López de Bertodano Formation of Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula, is presented. These dinoflagellate cysts are identified as Impletosphaeridium clavusWrenn & Hart 1988 emend. nov. Their gross morphology and their vast abundances in the James Ross Basin are strongly suggestive of dinoflagellate blooms. This scenario implies similarities to modern dinoflagellate cysts from the polar regions.last_img read more

Tragic death of German tutor at St John’s College

first_imgThames Valley Police, though, are still treating the death as “unexplained” and are “awaiting the result of a post mortem examination”.Members of the college have been quick to pay tribute to Mrs Loftus, who received a University Teaching Award in 2007 for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Sir Michael Scholar described her as “a fine teacher” who “will be very much missed”.One second-year student admitted, “Everyone in college is shocked”. Both said that their thoughts were with Mrs Loftus’ family. Meanwhile, fears are being raised about some of the staircases in St. John’s. According to another undergraduate, there are many steep and “dangerous” staircases in the older parts of the college. He described Mrs Loftus’ fatal fall as “an accident waiting to happen”. A Lecturer in German at St. John’s College, Mrs Gudrun Loftus, has died after sustaining what a police statement described as “serious injuries”. Mrs Loftus, 52, was taken to the John Radcliffe hospital after her body was discovered at the foot of a spiral flight of stairs at 6.45am on Tuesday morning of this week. She was declared dead shortly after 10 am. An email sent by the Principal Bursar of St. John’s, Andrew Parker, to members of the college on Wednesday morning said that Mrs Loftus had died after “an accidental fall on a staircase”. A statement released by Sir Michael Scholar, College President, reiterated the view that the incident was a “tragic accident”. The email said: “Members of the College will be aware of the deeply unfortunate death of Mrs Gudrun Loftus, following an accidental fall on a staircase within the College.” All students at St John’s College were urged not to speak to the press so that the event does not “become the focus of inaccurate speculation.”last_img read more

Tuned to taste

first_imgLook at the change in our eating habits over the past 15 years. It’s all due to outside influences,” says Nellie Nichols, sandwich consultant.The European Sandwich and Snacks show, which took place recently in Paris, was a showcase for many of those changes, revealed in everything from ingredients to packaging.While you don’t have to be a genius to see how sandwich fillings have changed, a company called Genius has certainly pioneered new combinations that have found favour with popular UK sandwich supplier Pret A Manger, for example.Based in Parma, Italy, Genius supplies mouthwatering, soft, chewy, colourful vegetables that add brightness, texture and ’health’ to a sandwich. Courgettes, aubergines, sun-dried tomatoes – the list, like the display, was long. The vegetables are authentic, Italian and fresh. Most are then dried or grilled and supplied pasteurised, sterilised or chilled. They looked appetising in their dishes – even without a sandwich bread in sight.PackagingColpac of Flitwick, Milton Keynes, was responding to questions in a number of languages. Its stand showed just about every type of packaging for any shape carrier imaginable. “Do you have microwaveable packaging?” I asked. “Yes,” said Frank Mills, sales and marketing director. “And biodegradable?” “Yes, just here.” “What about packaging for filled tortillas?” “No problem” was the reply.Colpac can design and provide almost any sandwich packaging and if you happen to have a strong independent streak, they can sell you the machinery and you can make your own. So how was the show going for them? “It’s going incredibly well,” said Mills. “Not everyone places orders at the show but many get in touch afterwards when they have had time to discuss what they have seen.”ViennoiserieIn the UK, we have seen mini muffins and diddy doughnuts, but bite-size has always been bigger on the Continent, where there is the habit of stopping for an espresso and a little something that just pops into the mouth. Vandemoortele of Hounslow’s pre-baked pastries are too small to pile on the calories, but these little indulgences are almost impossible to refuse. A mere mouthful, a little encouragement from the sales assistant and, before you know it, it’s on the plate or in the mini bag.Le SandwichRoberts Bakery of Northwich, Cheshire, was at the show to uphold the famous British phenomenon of sliced and wrapped, which gave its name to Le Sandwich. The firm has been exporting sandwich bread as far as Japan. John Jump, national accounts manager for Roberts, noted that the timing of the show clashed with the Convenience Retailing Show back in the UK, but Roberts’ bread is almost synonymous with Le Sandwich in many parts of France and beyond, having, as one Frenchman told me, “just the right crumb and just the right crust”.Say ’cheese’Leerdammer’s cheese symbol is the laughing cow and Bel Foodservice of Paris must have laughed all the way to the bank if the crowd around its stand were all customers. Many were tempted by the small sizes – so convenient for making rolls and sandwiches or for customers to pop into a lunch box. There were mini-bels and baby bels; cheese for ease in strips, rounds and squares; or cheese as you please for big sandwich runs. nlast_img read more

Shareholders accept delSECUR offer

first_imgdelSECUR CORPORATION, a Nevada corporation, (Pink Sheets: DLSC) announced today that its Board of Directors has accepted the majority Consent vote of over 60% of its shareholders in favour of the agreement to purchase the Intellectual Property Assets of delSECUR CORPORATION which was announced on August 4(th). The consideration for such purchase is 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 acquired by Q Tech was the del-ID technology and its patents, a device and system of authenticating individuals through biometric means invented by Pierre de Lanauze, the former President & CEO of delSECUR CORPORATION. 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. “We at Q Tech are excited about the prospects of the del-Id technology. Along with our technology and the del-Id patent designs you can bet we will be quickly at work with our technicians to produce a ‘functional prototype,'” said Q Tech’s President & CEO, John Johnston.delSECUR, a public company (Pink Sheets: DLSC) with its head office in South 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 completion 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. Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

Ricchiuti: Downturn could be on the horizon

first_img“Recession” is a scary word but worries of an upcoming recession are not something that should keep people up at night.“A recession is not necessarily the end of the world,” says Peter Ricchiuti, a finance speaker and professor at Tulane University, told CUNA Lending Council Conference attendees during a keynote address Monday morning in Anaheim, Calif.While the 2008 recession is still fresh in people’s minds, they shouldn’t believe any future recession would be similar to that one, because that recession was a “whopper” that lasted 18 months. Ricchiuti, who gave a keynote address at the CUNA Lending Council Conference Monday morning in Anaheim, Calif., says that was more like a depression.There are three stages of bear market, Ricchiuti says—denial, reality, and surrender. Currently, he says the population is in the reality stage, where stocks are declining and investors are beginning to realize how weak the economy is. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Facility Solutions: The power of options

first_img“In order to make a choice, you need the power to see there is one.” – Gloria SteinemMost of us have been in a place where there do not appear to be choices or options. This can happen for organizations as well, particularly when it comes to group decisions. Boards of directors regularly make decisions critical to a credit union’s prosperity—one of the costliest is facility occupancy, as it is the second highest and least flexible use of resources.While occupancy decisions seem like they would be straightforward, often they are not. Bias can be a big influence. In the process of completing a branch network occupancy study, I noted that a $3.5 million investment in a new urban branch would never break even due to its location, lack of surrounding target member segments, limited interest in expanding product lines and high facility cost. The branch was three years old. The board did not want to leave the site due to the big investment they made. They were stuck. But when the study was completed and the board was presented with rational business options, they sold the building, took a loss and relocated to a profitable location with a two- to three-year break-even estimate. They saw choice where they did not before. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Owego Fire Department mourns the loss of former chief

first_img“A real leader, they really don’t make guys like Don Warner anymore. A chip off that generation’s block,” said Owego Fire Department member and historian Patrick Gavin. Warner joined the department after graduating from Owego Free Academy and over the years he left his mark. Gavin says his father and grandfather worked side-by-side Warner. Warner was fire chief from 1984 to 1985 and four years prior, he was going through the ranks as assistant chief. It’s a loss that goes even deeper than the department. “I often heard him referred to as a voice of reason and somebody that department members really respected,” said Gavin. “It’s a challenge because you look back to those folks to guide you and give you the direction needed, especially during these difficult times of COVID. Making sure everything is prepared and you’re doing your job right to serve your community,” said Morris. Gavin remembers hearing stories of two block fires in the 80’s that Warner played a major role in. Warner won Owego firefighter of the year in 1983. “Anybody who commits six years of their life as a chief officer with that huge responsibility and all of the work involved, definitely a servant of the community,” said Gavin. “Just gave his life and devotion to the Village of Owego and the community,” said Morris. “Everything I’ve heard was he was a laid-back, go-getter, making sure the job was done and done right,” said current Owego fire chief Jim Morris. “Those fires were very intense and if they weren’t tackled by the members of the Owego Fire Department, the whole village could have burnt down,” said Gavin. (OWEGO) — The Owego Fire Department is mourning the loss of a lifetime member, Don Warner. Not only a standout firefighter but a standout guy, making for a tremendous loss for Owego Fire. He also recalled hearing about a silo fire where Warner had the wits to collaborate with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Warner passed on May 31 at 76 years old.last_img read more

Barr’s Decision on Voter Fraud Inflames Existing Tensions With Anticorruption Prosecutors

first_imgA Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.The Public Integrity Section was created as a post-Watergate safeguard against abuses of power. It has secured bribery and extortion convictions against politicians as part of the Abscam scandal of the 1970s and early 1980s and a corruption conviction against the lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2006.Its reputation suffered with the botched prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens, Republican of Alaska, a case the department ultimately dropped.The mistrust between lawyers in the Public Integrity Section and Trump officials began soon after Mr. Sessions became attorney general early in 2017.He asked public corruption lawyers to brief him on high-profile investigations that they had declined to prosecute under the Obama administration and whether they could be reopened — including inquiries into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s foundation and an I.R.S. employee’s denial of tax-exempt status to conservative groups, according to two people with knowledge of the conversation.Though public corruption staff members expressed views that Mr. Sessions’ questions were inappropriate, they were relieved when he did not push them to act after they explained why the cases had been closed, the people said. Mr. Sessions said in a statement that he did ask for briefings on “certain high-profile cases” that been heavily scrutinized, defending his requests as “entirely proper.” The move stunned Mr. Rabbitt, Mr. Amundson, Mr. Pilger and others inside the criminal division, according four people who spoke with them. Mr. Pilger stepped down from his post within hours for a nonsupervisory role at the department.Some colleagues expressed hope that his protest would send a message to the public and to other officials that they did not condone Mr. Barr’s memo. They told others that they feared he had set the stage for a U.S. attorney in a battleground state to announce an inquiry or take investigative steps that advance Mr. Trump’s debunked narrative that the election was stolen.Michael S. Schmidt and Coral Davenport contributed reporting. Mr. Rosen expressed doubts about the strength of the case and sought a stronger prosecution. The prosecutors agreed to work further, and the inquiry has not been officially closed, according to people familiar with the matter.The presidential race reignited the tensions in the weeks leading up the election. Mr. Barr told leaders in the criminal division, which oversees the Public Integrity Section, that he wanted to allow prosecutors to look into voter fraud allegations before the results of the presidential race had been certified, according to two people briefed on his conversations.Such a move would not only contravene a longstanding department policy intended to keep the department from inadvertently affecting the results of the race, but it would also allow federal prosecutors to bypass the Public Integrity Section and Mr. Pilger, who had long been assigned to approve requests to conduct election fraud investigations that fell outside of the department’s guidelines.Mr. Barr had a fundamental disagreement with Mr. Pilger over the original policy, which presumed that any overt investigative steps like questioning witnesses could harm an election. Mr. Barr had argued that fraud allegations should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, according to a department official.The head of the criminal division, Brian Rabbitt, Mr. Barr’s former chief of staff, pushed back on the attorney general’s proposal. He and his staff considered the matter resolved when Election Day passed without Mr. Barr issuing any edict.But the attorney general concluded it was ultimately his call, the department official said. He made it on Monday, saying that with all the votes cast it was proper for prosecutors to look into claims of voting irregularities. “All of these incidents coming to light show that Barr has been single-minded in his efforts to end the longstanding norm that the Justice Department be independent from politics,” said Vanita Gupta, a former department official under the Obama administration and now the head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. WASHINGTON — As the scandal over President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine unfolded in Washington last fall and prompted his impeachment, public corruption prosecutors in the Justice Department were stewing.They had examined Mr. Trump’s actions and found no campaign finance violations, and were initially given the green light to pursue a potentially explosive inquiry into whether he had broken any other laws.- Advertisement – But Attorney General William P. Barr and other top officials held them back while Congress investigated the same matter during impeachment hearings. After the Senate acquitted the president, Mr. Barr in effect took the case away from the Public Integrity Section, sending all Ukraine-related inquiries to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, according to six people familiar with the matter.Compounding the prosecutors’ dissatisfaction was a stalled case around that time against a member of Mr. Trump’s cabinet, the former interior secretary Ryan Zinke. The deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, told the section’s lawyers that they needed a stronger case. “Ensuring the professionalism and integrity of the department is the high duty of the attorney general,” Mr. Sessions said. “No member of the department and no part of their work is above supervision and review.”Mr. Trump also took aim at the work of public corruption prosecutors in Washington and at U.S. attorney’s offices around the country, issuing pardons and commutations for people they had prosecuted, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, a staunch supporter of the president who had been convicted on contempt of court charges.Mr. Barr’s confirmation hearing early last year did little to alleviate the prosecutors’ fears of continued interference. He testified that he had urged Mr. Sessions to end the department’s bribery and corruption prosecution of Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, whose first trial had ended in a hung jury. The department did withdraw the case under Mr. Sessions.He said that the case was similar to some he had taken issue with during his first stint as attorney general in the first Bush administration and that he “the prosecution was based on a fallacious theory” that could have long-term consequences for the department.The anti-corruption lawyers’ fears about Mr. Barr were put to the test in August 2019 when the department learned that Mr. Trump had urged President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in a phone call to work with Mr. Barr to announce investigations that could help Mr. Trump politically.Mr. Barr deterred two intelligence officials from forwarding a whistle-blower’s complaint about the phone call to Congress and said that the department would handle the criminal referral against Mr. Trump. The Public Integrity unit, which examines allegations of political corruption including campaign finance law violations, took on the matter.Officials asked Mr. Pilger, who oversaw election-related crimes, and another lawyer to look into the matter, according to three people familiar with the inquiry. He and a colleague determined after about two weeks that Mr. Trump’s actions did not meet the threshold necessary to open an investigation into violations of campaign finance law, the subject of the referral. “All relevant components of the department agreed with this legal conclusion, and the department has concluded the matter,” the department said in a statement in September 2019. Officials said at the time that the campaign finance determination did not preclude further investigatory work on any other potential issues.Mr. Trump’s allies seized on that determination on the narrow question of campaign finance law to declare his innocence. But lawyers in the Public Integrity section had not examined any other potential violations, according to five people familiar with the section’s work.It was not clear whether that office pursued an inquiry into Mr. Trump.Their swelling frustration was a test for the new head of the section, Corey Amundson, who had joined from the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility that September.At the start of his tenure, Mr. Amundson told staff members that he had prewritten a resignation letter that he would submit if he felt he was asked to act unethically. He soothed tempers in the Ukraine matter in part by agreeing that the reconstructed transcript of the call issued by the White House left open questions about whether Mr. Trump had violated other statutes, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions.He said that more investigation was warranted and notified his boss, Brian A. Benczkowski, then the head of the criminal division, about the tensions over the Ukraine call. Mr. Benczkowski agreed that further inquiry would be appropriate, the people said.But once Congress began its impeachment inquiry, top Justice Department officials decided that an investigation of Mr. Trump had been overtaken by the events of impeachment, according to two people briefed on the matter. Then any inquiry into the call was consolidated with other Ukraine matters at the beginning of this year under the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office. Under the Trump administration, the department has often moved politically fraught work to prosecutors far from Washington. Those investigations have rarely resulted in charges. The details of their case are not public, making it difficult to evaluate its strength, but the response from Mr. Rosen exacerbated a sense inside the Public Integrity Section that top department officials would hinder investigations into Mr. Trump and his officials, according to several people familiar with the inquiry who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive investigations.- Advertisement – Around that time, the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, also told prosecutors in the section that they could not proceed with charges against Mr. Zinke of making false statements to federal investigators, a case that stemmed from a referral from the Interior Department inspector general, according to three people familiar with the case. The boiling frustration was a critical moment in the long-running tensions between the Public Integrity Section and the Trump administration that began under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They spilled into the open this week Mr. Barr issued a memo authorizing prosecutors to investigate voter fraud claims before the results of the presidential race are certified, prompting the section’s lawyer who oversees voter fraud investigations, Richard Pilger, to step down from the post in protest.“Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications,” Mr. Pilger wrote in an email to colleagues, “I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch.”The encounters were the latest example of Trump appointees at the top of the Justice Department overruling career prosecutors, drawing criticism that the administration was eroding the department’s typical separation from politics. Critics have also accused Mr. Barr of using the department to protect Mr. Trump and further his interests.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

COVID-19: Surabaya ‘plus two’ to apply together for PSBB

first_imgPresent at the meeting were acting Sidoarjo regent Nur Ahmad Syaifuddin, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini and acting Gresik administrative secretary Muhammad Nadlif, as well as East Java Police Chief Insp. Gen. Lucky Hermawan and Brawijaya Military Command chief of staff Brig. Gen. Bambang Ismawan.Khofifah said that the three administrations would be working with the East Java COVID-19 task force to draft their PSBB proposal for submitting to the Health Ministry for approval.”At the same time, we are drafting a gubernatorial regulation on the PSBB so that once the Health Ministry grants the PSBB, we need only two or three days to inform the public before implementing it,” she said. Sidoarjo’s Nur Ahmad told reporters that implementing the PSBB would mean that many factories in the regency would be prohibited from operating.  The Surabaya municipal administration and two regencies of its greater metropolitan area, Gresik and Sidoarjo, decided on Sunday to apply to the Health Ministry for permission to impose the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said that the three regional administrations had agreed to apply to the ministry together to implement the PSBB during a two-hour closed-door meeting on Sunday afternoon at his residence in the provincial capital. “The multilayered measures that we have all taken to contain COVID-19 [transmission] don’t seem to be enough,” Khofifah told reporters after the meeting. Read also: ‘Outbreak won’t end in 14 days,’ says Anies as he gears up to extend PSBB in Jakarta”The social and economic impacts of the PSBB will be bitter for all of us. But we must be brave in taking this correct but difficult decision if we want to stop this virus from spreading further,” he said. Surabaya Mayor Risma, however, declined to answer questions from reporters after the meeting and headed straight to her car. East Java, home to around 40 million people, has the third highest COVID-19 tally in the country with 588 confirmed cases and 56 deaths as of Sunday. Surabaya is considered the epicenter of the outbreak in the province, with 299 confirmed cases and 31 deaths. “The number of confirmed cases in Surabaya has doubled at least four times,” Khofifah said, adding that the virus had spread to all 31 districts in the city.Surabaya’s close ties to Sidoarjo and Gresik meant that the PSBB should be implemented in the two regencies simultaneously, she added. Sidoarjo regency borders the provincial capital on the southeast, while the regency of Gresik lies to the west. Sidoarjo is the second hardest-hit regency in East Java with 57 confirmed cases and 6 deaths, while Gresik has the fourth highest tally in the province with 20 confirmed cases and two deaths. Topics :last_img read more