9 May
2021

Numerical simulations of the ice flow dynamics of the Brunt Ice Shelf – Stancomb Wills Ice Tongue System

first_imgIce shelves play an important role in determining regional ocean properties and in modulating ice flux fromland to sea. Their dynamics are complex, however, and localised rifts and zones of weakness can have asignificant but poorly understood effect on flow and ultimately on the integrity of the shelf.The Brunt Ice Shelf (BIS)- Stancomb Wills Ice Tongue (SWIT) System, situated on the Caird Coast, OatesLand, Antarctica, is characterised as a thin, unbounded ice shelf with a highly heterogeneous structure. Incontrast to most ice shelves, icebergs calve along much of the grounding line but are trapped and subsequentlybound together by sea ice. This calf-ice / sea-ice aggregate makes up a large part of the Brunt Ice Shelf inparticular, and this heterogeneity makes the BIS-SWIT a good test case for investigating the importance ofweak zones in shelf dynamics.We applied a diagnostic, dynamic/thermodynamic ice-shelf model to simulate the present flow of the iceshelf that results from the ice-thickness distribution, the influx at the grounding line and the surface andbottom temperature. We then compared the model results with flow velocities measured by SyntheticAperture Radar feature tracking. We found that our simulations were clearly improved by the use of ahigh- resolution ice thickness distribution on the heterogeneous ice shelf calculated from ICESat surfaceelevation data using an assumption of hydrostatic equilibrium. We then assessed the model’s sensitivity toice thickness, inflow velocities and a flow enhancement factor that parameterises the role of sea ice, whosemechanical properties are known to be significantly different from those of meteoric ice.We found that the numerical simulations were improved by incorporating the detailed variations in shelfstructure. Simulated flow velocities on either side of rifts in the ice shelf became decoupled as we softenedthe sea ice within the rifts. On a larger scale, we found that soft sea ice can lead to a decoupling of themovement of the Stancomb-Wills Ice Tongue and the Brunt Ice Shelf. When we simulated a regime wheresea ice was absent, ice shelf flow speeds increased along the western edge of the SWIT ice front, in generalagreement with observations made in just such a sea- ice-free dynamic regime that occurred inlast_img read more

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2 Mar
2021

Turkuaz Announces Two-Night NYE Run With Moon Hooch, Kung Fu & West End Blend

first_imgIt’s a funky New Year’s celebration! On December 30-31, Turkuaz will keep up the tradition and celebrate NYE with their annual The Ball Drop show. Coming to the Fete Ballroom in Providence, RI, Turkuaz has put together a truly fun lineup for the two nights of music that will certainly keep you dancing through the end of 2016.The show features Turkuaz playing both nights, with support from Moon Hooch on night one and from both Kung Fu and West End Blend on night two. After a truly successful year that saw the band play at festivals nationwide, this is sure to be a celebration in the truest sense of the word.For tickets and more information, head here. Enter to win tickets & more below.last_img

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1 Mar
2021

New hope for imperiled children

first_imgAn estimated 2.4 million children in the world are exploited sexually, and 300,000 are child soldiers. Millions more children toil in virtual slavery in private homes, in agricultural fields, in mines, and on fishing boats.Those dismal statistics are an indication that the global system of child protection isn’t working. But François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is working to fix it.“It really is a broken system,” said Jennifer Leaning, the François Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and FXB Center director.To help address the problem, the FXB Center is creating a suite of five classes focused on child protection as part of the curriculum for HSPH’s master’s degree in public health. Led by Leaning and Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Center research director and professor of the practice of health and human rights, the program will be a sub-concentration in the public health program situated in the Humanitarian Academy, which offers courses in disaster response.The program will be one of the first interdisciplinary graduate programs in child protection and will train a new generation of leaders in the field. It also will begin to build a foundation of research and teaching to strengthen the theory and policy of child protection.Though the courses will be open to students at HSPH, a key element of the program will involve building leadership skills among experienced practitioners in developing nations. To foster their growth, the program will offer scholarships to three mid-career child protection professionals from nations in “the global south.”Two of the courses will launch next spring, and all five will be in place by fall 2014. The program was designed in collaboration with UNICEF, with that agency’s chief of child protection, Susan Bissell, providing important impetus, Bhabha said. Bissell contacted the FXB Center two years ago out of a belief that the field needed a stronger academic and research foundation. Leaning and Bhabha agreed.The courses will cover: management, budgeting, and administration; gender and reproductive rights; juvenile justice; human rights and child protection; and children as émigrés and refugees, fleeing wars and disasters. The program has an international advisory committee, co-chaired by Bissell and HSPH Dean Julio Frenk.The program’s initial development, as well as the three scholarships, have been financed by an anonymous donor, Leaning said. Additional development is planned. Within two years, Leaning hopes to offer the curriculum to other universities, especially those in developing nations. Faculty will develop online versions of the courses, which could be offered through the collaborative online course initiative edX. Students at universities around the world would be able to watch lectures created at Harvard, and then discuss issues raised with their local instructors.The problem the courses aim to address is enormous. It is global and involves populations both in developing and unstable nations, where trafficking is known to occur, and in stable, industrialized countries, where it takes place under the radar. The concern also includes populations that are institutionalized, such as children in group homes or prisons.Some children labor in mining or agriculture. Others are domestic servants, or even prostitutes. The problem among the refugee community alone is enormous, Leaning said. There are 40 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world, 80 percent of them women and children. Many were displaced years or even decades ago, and, unable to go home, have lived in refugee camps in host countries unwilling to accept them as permanent residents.Unable to earn a living, families become mired in poverty and dependent on aid, their children at risk for exploitation.“They’re gravely impoverished and dependent on humanitarian aid,” Bhabha said. “Families become desperate.”last_img read more

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26 Jan
2021

Lecture features Irish secret society

first_imgThe Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies hosted graduate student Jessica Lumsden for the Shamrocks and Secrets lecture series, which focused on early 19th century Ireland and the growth of a secret and frequently violent society known as the Ribbonmen.Although many rumors concerning the Ribbonmen still circulate, Lumsden said there are only a few established facts on the society and consequently little historical investigation into the subject.“What we do have is we have many, many police reports; we have letters of gentlemen who were actively investigating the Ribbonmen; we have newspaper coverage of Ribbon crimes; we have a collection of captured passwords and oaths and signs,” she said. “So you have all these things that indicate what Ribbonmen were up to or at least what they thought they were up to.”Lumsden said much of what we know about Ribbonism comes from the personal testimonies of informers claiming to be part of the society, as well as scattered references to Ribbonmen in Irish literature.The sources reveal Ribbonmen operated on both a local and national level, she said. On the local level, Ribbonism was primarily agrarian and the Ribbonmen were involved in “trying to control local trade, local land, local politics and do some local policing of the community.”On the national level, Lumsden said Ribbonism supported the nationalist movement and worked to repeal the Act of Union that both declared Ireland a part of Great Britain and merged the British and Irish parliaments.“Ribbonmen are actually critically important to Irish history, and they’re forgotten for a number of reasons,” she said.Emerging from the remains of a previous secret society known as the Defenders, the exclusively Catholic Ribbonmen became active around 1810 and gained traction between 1816 and 1824, Lumsden said.Violence was a key component of Ribbonism, and Lumsden said members often left “coffin notices” containing death threats. The 1816 murders at Wildgoose Lodge, in which the Ribbonmen burned alive an informant and his family, cemented Ribbonism’s status as a powerful secret society characterized by violence.“It caused uproar in Ireland,” she said. “This was violence that was not unknown, but it was violence that was attached to this secret society that was a new secret society, so that gave it some weight.”Lumsden said following a schism which divided the Ribbonmen into two factions – the Dublin Ribbonmen and the Ulster Ribbonmen – the capture and trial of the secretary of the Dublin Ribbonmen resulted in the collapse of Dublin Ribbonism.The Ulster Ribbonmen disintegrated soon after, she said, and by the mid-19th century, Ribbonism no longer occupied the position of power it once held.“The specter of Ribbonism really gets broken after the 1840s,” she said.The Ribbonmen’s legacy lies in their intricate national network, which Lumsden said enabled the persistence of Irish nationalism.“These Ribbonmen built this diasporic network of Irish nationalism and fed that fire and kept that network alive so that it could be used by later nationalist groups,” she said. “The Ribbonmen keep alive this nationalism, and then they spread it.”Tags: Ireland, Jessica Lumsden, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Ribbonmen, Shamrocks and Secrets lecture serieslast_img read more

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26 Jan
2021

Edit-a-thon aims to highlight notable women

first_imgTags: Center for Digital Scholarship, Edit-A-Thon, Hesburgh Library, History Museum, SB150, Wikipedia Keri O’Mara | The Observer Students, faculty and staff are invited to gather in the Hesburgh Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship on Tuesday to create or edit Wikipedia pages for important women in Notre Dame and South Bend history.The Women’s History Month Edit-A-Thon, sponsored by Hesburgh Libraries, the Center for Digital Scholarship, Student Government and the History Museum in South Bend, is open to the public and will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.Visiting assistant librarian Kai Smith said participants will work from a list of local women who do not have pages or whose pages need updating.“The majority of these women don’t have pages at all, except for, I think, a few that are related to Notre Dame history,” she said. “For the majority, people are going to be able to create pages for them.”The Edit-A-Thon is part of a wider effort in South Bend to increase representation of women on the Internet encyclopedia’s pages. Similar events took place earlier this month at the St. Joseph County Public Library and the History Museum, as part of the the South Bend’s 150th anniversary celebrations.Smith said participants will use the library’s resources, including the University Archives, to find the information for the pages, and there will be help for people who have never edited Wikipedia before.“For people who are beginners, we have some training that we can give them, teach them how to edit Wikipedia pages, and the librarians will be available to assist the people with scholarly research and citing,” she said.Among the women whose articles will be added to Wikipedia’s nearly 4.8 million are Florence Epsy, the first female Notre Dame employee and librarian; Delores Leibeler, the first female reporter in Notre Dame Stadium’s press box; and Isabel Charles and Sr. John Miriam Jones, two associate provosts in the 1970s.The list of women important to South Bend history includes Sr. Maura Brannick, who founded the St. Joseph Health Center; Janet Allen, the first woman elected to the South Bend Common Council; and Jean Savarese, a costume preservationist known as “the costume lady.”“There are artists and teachers,” she said. “There’s the former head of the South Bend Public Library, Virginia Tutt. There are a number of pretty amazing women on this list.”Smith said while one of the goals of the Edit-A-Thon is to close a “gender gap” in Wikipedia editing — according to a 2010 Wikimedia survey, only 13 percent of Wikipedia editors are women — anyone is welcome to attend.“We definitely want to be teaching people about the library, the skills that we can teach people and also the sources that we provide,” she said. “But in addition, it’s Women’s History Month, and learning about the women important to Notre Dame and South Bend history, and how you can research, write and publish their stories in Wikipedia.”last_img read more

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18 Jan
2021

County DMV Installs Outside Drop Boxes At Dunkirk, Mayville Offices

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) Image by New York State DMV.MAYVILLE – Outside drop boxes were installed Tuesday at the Dunkirk and Mayville DMV offices, according to the Chautauqua County Clerk’s Office. Officials say renewals may now be dropped off at any one of the DMV’s three offices 24 hours a day as well as mailing them to us if this is a preferred method. The DMV will accept registration renewals, plate surrenders, vehicle registrations for new purchases and plate transfers.All automobile dealer work can now be left at any one of the DMV offices. The DMV, however, can’t renew driver’s licenses at this time as a personal visit is required. New York State extended the expiration date on driver’s licenses until further notice.New York State DMV is currently closed and has been closed for several weeks. Any renewals done online will not be processed by them at this time. Make sure that all DMV work is mailed to a Chautauqua County DMV office or left in one of their drop boxes. You may call any of the DMV offices with questions. The DMV, however, has limited staff and many calls, so this may be difficult at thistime. Whether by mail or drop box, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope large enough to hold what you are requesting, and containing enough postage for your request as the DMV will mail your items to you, and include your phone number as the DMV will need to contact you for payment. Any forms that you need can be found on the NYS DMV website atwww.dmv.ny.gov.last_img read more

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19 Dec
2020

Board to discuss lawyers who represent policyholders

first_imgBoard to discuss lawyers who represent policyholders Board to discuss lawyers who represent policyholders A long running ethics debate about the role of lawyers hired by insurance companies to represent policyholders will reach the Bar Board of Governors later this month. The board, at its August 25 meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, will review three proposed advisory opinions from the Professional Ethics Committee dealing with insurance company lawyers, both those on the company payroll and outside counsel. The board will also hear several other committee reports and select nine finalists for three seats on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. It will be the board’s first meeting of the 2000-01 Bar year. It will be the second time this calendar year the board has considered an insurance-related issue. It earlier approved the recommendation of the Insurance Practices Special Study Committee to create a disclosure form to be given to policyholders when they are sued. The form advises policyholders of their rights and conditions under which the insurance company-provided attorney will work. (The special committee’s report and the disclosure form can be found at the Bar’s website at www.flabar.org/newflabar/organization/committees/scins.html.) While the insurance industry cooperated with the special committee and supported its final report and recommendation, it has opposed the three PAOs drafted by the Professional Ethics Committee. The opinions arose out of concerns that insurance company auditing practices and restrictions on what they would pay threatened client confidences and impinged on the attorney’s duty to provide an adequate defense. The three opinions provide: August 15, 2000 Regular News The board will make several appointments. Those include nine finalists for three seats on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the Supreme Court making the final appointments. The board will also select one lawyer each for four-year terms on the 16th and 19th circuit judicial nomination commissions and select one former public board member for a four-year term on the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. In PAO 99-2 that, “An attorney hired by an insurance company to represent an insured may not provide confidential information relating to the representation to an outside auditor or other third parties at the request of the insurance company without the specific consent of the insured. Such consent cannot be implied by the contract between the insured and the insurance company.” Russomanno will report on the ABA House of Delegates approval of the recommendation by The Florida Bar and other state bars to reject changes to the model rules to allow MDPs. center_img Insurance industry critics have submitted hundreds of pages of briefs to the board and have requested permission to make oral presentations. Aside from those, the board will also receive a recommendation from its Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics. Criticisms have ranged from the committee improperly considered the opinions since they were not based on an inquiry from an attorney to that it used faulty reasoning, to the opinions unfairly discriminate against attorneys retained by insurance companies. “The PAOs are a remedy in search of a problem,” wrote Tallahassee attorney Katherine Giddings, representing the American Insurance Association. “They neither address specific conduct, nor propose clear, workable solutions. Instead, they are generalized edicts that flout established Florida law, and make it more difficult for attorneys to follow the ethics rules and for insurers to conduct business.” Aside from the insurance issue, the BRCPE will report on an appeal of an ethics staff opinion on whether an attorney can represent a client in a countersuit involving a loan that may have been obtained by fraud and where the loan document may contain misrepresentations. The committee will also present six advertising appeals. The Program Evaluation Committee will report on its reviews, including three programs that are top priorities of Bar President Herman Russomanno for the coming year. Those are a Judicial Independence Commission; a Technology Task Force to help Bar members make better use of new technologies and the Internet; and a commission to study the application of current ethics and bar admission rules to the multi-jurisdictional practice of law. The Legislation Committee will report on Bar legislative positions that should be readopted for the new biennium. Under Bar rules, all legislative positions automatically sunset on June 30 of general election years. The committee will recommend that the board immediately readopt three positions: That the Supreme Court continue to oversee the legal profession, that state agencies be authorized to pay Bar annual fees and CLE costs for their staff attorneys, and that the Bar continue to support switching to merit selection and retention in the choosing of all trial judges. The latter will be the subject of referenda in every circuit and county on the November general election ballot. The board is also scheduled to review materials for the merit retention campaign, including brochures and an educational video. The Member Benefits Committee will present its recommendation that Business Planning Concepts replace Jardine Group Services at the broker/administrator of Bar member benefits insurance programs. On other matters: In PAO 99-3 that, “An attorney is ethically prohibited from entering into an agreement with an insurance company to represent insureds where the attorney’s independent professional judgment and the client’s rights will be affected by restrictive billing practices imposed by the insurance company.” In PAO 99-4 that salaried attorneys or attorneys in firms that derive all or most of their income from an insurance company have a potential conflict of interest and must ensure that their independent judgment to act in the policyholder’s best interest is not impaired. The board also will hear a report from Florida Bar Foundation President Hamilton Cooke.last_img read more

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20 Nov
2020

Jeremy Grantham reiterates bubble call, calls Covid rally truly crazy

first_img“You want to see lots of crazy behavior, which we really have seen a lot of” since June 17, Grantham added, which was when he first told CNBC that he was witnessing the fourth major bubble of his career. “And you want to see not just the market rise, but if anything, an acceleration. And the rate of market rise, since the turn in March/April, has been nothing sort of sensational.” – Advertisement – Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of Grantham Mayo van Otterloo, speaks at the ReSource 2012 conference in Oxford, England.Getty Images – Advertisement – (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)Investor Jeremy Grantham doubled down on his belief that the U.S. stock market is in a bubble, telling CNBC that many aspects of its recovery from pandemic lows have been “truly crazy.”“The more spectacular the rise and the longer it goes, the more certainty one can have that you’re in the ‘Real McCoy’ bubble,” Grantham said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Closing Bell.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Jambi student allegedly locked up, raped multiple times by tutor over 20 days

first_imgA female junior high school student in West Tanjung Jabung, Jambi, was allegedly locked up and raped multiple times by her own tutor over the course of 20 days.West Tanjung Jabung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Guntur Saputro said the police had arrested the tutor, identified only as AG.“We have taken him into custody. We’ve also taken the victim home,” Guntur said on Saturday evening as quoted by tribunnews.com, adding that the perpetrator was still being questioned. “The victim’s phone was confiscated. She was afraid that she would be hurt if she resisted [AG’s advances],” Guntur said.Distraught by their daughter’s sudden disappearance, her parents then reported the case to the authorities.To investigators, AG insisted that the multiple instances of sexual intercourse with the victim had been consensual, Guntur added. However, the police suspect that the victim was pressured into obeying AG.He called on parents to be present during their children’s online schooling and supervise their everyday activities during the quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“Don’t let what happened to the victim befall other children,” Guntur said. (rfa)Topics : Guntur said a preliminary investigation revealed that the 16-year-old victim had been a student of AG’s private learning course, as schools remained closed because of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.AG had allegedly abused his pupil’s trust by asking her to come with him to a local hotel, where he reportedly sexually abused her for the first time, Guntur said.After the hotel incident, AG allegedly abducted the victim and locked her up in his private residence for 20 days, he said.The victim was unable to reach out to her family because AG had confiscated all means of communication.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Team Civil Defence to Meet Team Muller in Finals

first_imgNCC TENNIS LEAGUETeam Civil Defence at the wee secured their second final of the NCC Tennis League in three years beating defending champions Team Offikwu of Kaduna 6-1 in the second semifinals decided in Abuja.Team Civil Defence, runners-up in the first edition and third place finishers last year will meet debutantes and hot favourites Team Muller of Lagos in the finals taking place at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club this weekend Saturday December 9 and Sunday December10. The Abuja-based paramilitary team took full advantage of a depleted and injury ravaged Team Offikwu whose lead player, Sylvester Emmanuel, did not look fully recovered from an appendicitis operation he had eight weeks ago. The defending champions also did not have the services of Shehu Lawal who had traveled to the Emirates to pursue a coaching career.Former national champion, Clifford Enosorogbe, started the rout by beating Emmanuel 6-3, 6-2 and Abdulmumuni Babalola followed with a decisive 6-2, 6-2 victory over Henry Atseye who was also said to be spotting an ankle sprain.Sarah Adegoke, the leading female player in Nigeria, halted the onslaught temporarily by defeating Christie Agugbom 6-2, 6-2 in the ladies’ singles but Team Civil Defence not ready to leave anything to chance, fielded their strongest combination of Babalola and Enosorogbe to win the men’s doubles against Atseye and Emmanuel 6-4, 6-3 to stretch their lead to 3-1.On the second match-day, Babalola beat Christopher Bulus 6-3, 6-0 to secure an unassailable 4-1 lead that earned his team a place in the finals.The last two matches became mere ‘formalities’ with reserve players of both teams getting a chance in the spotlight.Michael Chima beat Christopher Itodo in the second reverse singles 7-5, 6-3 while the pair of Bukola Olowu and Nonso Madueke finished off the defending champions by winning the mixed doubles match against Bulus and Adegoke 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.Team Offikwu will now take on Team Ndoma-Egba in the third place match taking place Thursday and Friday also at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.The champions of the league will get the top prize of N7 million, runners-up N5 million, third place N3 million and fourth place N2 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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