A 800 year record of nitrate from the Lomonosovfonna ice core, Svalbard

first_imgDetailed chemical analysis of the 122 m, relatively high-altitude and lowmelt Lomonosovfonna ice core provides the best-dated record of nitrate from Svalbard. A very significant non-linear trend present in the record shows: (a) a rise in concentrations from the 12th to the mid-16th century, (b) reasonably stable concentrations until the mid19th century, (c) a rise in concentrations into the 20th century, with (d) a rapid rise in the 1950s and (e) a decrease after the mid-1980s. Nitrate is well correlated with ammonium before 1920 and after 1960 but not in the intervening period. The correlation between ammonium and nitrate concentrations indicates that ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) has been common at Lomonosovfonna. There are also places in the core where nitrate is very closely associated with calcium.last_img read more

NFL invites teams to Colin Kaepernick workout, QB’s reps requested different workout date

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(ATLANTA) — NFL teams were informed on Tuesday that a private workout will be held this weekend for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but ESPN reports that Kaepernick and his agents had requested a different date for the event.According to a memo obtained by ESPN, the session will take place on Saturday in Atlanta, and will include both an on-field workout and an interview. All 32 teams are invited to attend.Kaepernick tweeted about the workout on Tuesday, saying that he is in shape and prepared to show teams what he can do. The 32-year-old Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, the year he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. ESPN says Kaepernick only found out about the workout on Tuesday morning, just hours before teams were told it would take place. Kaepernick’s representatives reportedly requested that the workout be held on a Tuesday, which would more easily allow NFL head coaches and general managers to attend.On Saturday, they point out, nearly half of the league will be traveling to their games this weekend. According to ESPN, Kaepernick’s team then asked whether the event could be held next Saturday, to give more teams time to determine whether to attend. The NFL declined and did not provide a reason.Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia and Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn all said Wednesday that they will have representatives at the workout. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. November 13, 2019 /Sports News – National NFL invites teams to Colin Kaepernick workout, QB’s reps requested different workout date Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

IS IT TRUE June 6, 2016

first_imgWe are saddened by the news of the death of a long-time friend, patriot and political activist, Berniece Timmerstein, yesterday in a traffic accident?  Our dear friends and neighbors, Jim and Charlene Braker were also injured in the same accident.   We offer our prayers for them and their families?IS IT TRUE  are hearing that a local charity thrift store known for its generous service to the most needy among us has fallen on hard times? …we know that other non-profit organizations are doing very well financially and hope that they will share their bounty with the more humble charities? … we have noticed that a few faith-based non-profits appear to be frequent recipients of grants through DMD because they have seemly exercised political influence helpful to the Winnecke administration?IS IT TRUE an Appeal Application has been quietly filed with the Zoning Appeals Board requesting that they give permission for an variance for someone who wants to start a STRIP CLUB on South Green River Road just across from Planet Fitness, Stein Mart and soon to be built Schnuck grocery store?  …we are hearing that property and business owners that do business in that section of South Green River Road are banning together to oppose this development? ….If you would like to join this battle please call Charles (Skip) Garnett at 812-430-2606?  ….this a developing story so get ready to read about a in your face Zoning Appeals battle?IS IT TRUE we have been told that a group of respected and well-heeled Democrats are already seeking a young, energetic primary opponent for Second Ward Councilwoman Missy Mosby in 2019?…that they have already identified one fresh face with no political baggage who is receptive to the idea? …we also hear the same group will seek opposition for other Democrat office holders? … the names of Jonathon Weaver and James Brinkmeyer might appear on their list, too?IS IT TRUE that the Southwestern corner of Indiana is shaping up to be a battleground in the Governor’s race?  …John Gregg has opened a campaign office in Evansville as a sign that he is courting local support?  …it looks like Mr. Gregg is in the  Governors race to win?IS IT TRUE attached below is the most recent 990 IRS Tax Report filed by Deaconess Hospital-Evansville for you to analyze?  …we hope you will pay special attention to the section that gives a detailed breakdown of salaries paid to top administrators?http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/350/350593390/350593390_201409_990.pdf?_ga=1.41844321.2138777471.1456258981IS IT TRUE we advise our readers to check for detours if they plan to traverse the downtown area anytime soon? …that construction of the land-based casino, the North Main project, and the public events held in the summer will cause a lot of street closings?IS IT TRUE today’s “READERS POLL” question is:  Who do you feel is the most effective Vanderburgh County Council member?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

A Better Life Basketball Playoff results

first_imgOKC beat the Raptors, 64-62. This game was down to the wire both teams , OKC trailing all throughout the game, Raptors had missed a one-on-one foul shot 3 times (OKC on Penalty ) giving an opening for OKC’s comeback , a buzzer beater by Danny Liming completed the comeback.OKC: D. Liming – 15, M. McMonagle – 12, J. Roberson – 11, L. Pagan – 9, J. Guthrie – 9, R. Lawandy – 5, P. McMonagle – 3 Raptors: J. Conroy – 16, D. Lamont – 15, S. Devaney – 11, J.D. Amato – 9, K. Jaworski – 5, T. Hicklen – 4, N. Compton – 2Cavs defeated the Lakers, 63-54. Cavs missing 2 players on their lineup: MVP Candidate Travis Conyers and their leading rebounder Joe Stevenson. But even without their two key players they gave the Lakers a battle. Lakers led by Kevin Walkers 36 points held a strong comeback by the Cavs on this game. They made their foul shots in the end. How important the foul shots were.Lakers: K. Walker – 36, M. Barry – 11, R. King – 8, Mo Stacks – 2, D. Knight – 2, C. Simons – 2, T. Hawkins – 2Cavs: R. Hoffman – 17, J. Flynn – 14, R. Baptiste – 14, J. Galeon – 6, E. Camaligan – 3Championship game, Lakers vs. OKC, on December 21 at 8 p.m.Besides the Trophy, we will give an MVP award for the game and A Better Life hoodies for the champion team.last_img read more

That Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Is No Longer Playing Trump’s Inauguration Gala

first_imgThe B Street Band certainly got a lot of attention for being included on the lineup for the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19th, at a time where Trump has been having trouble finding musicians willing to perform. Today, the band has formally dropped out of said lineup, citing Bruce Springsteen’s affiliations and unwarranted personal emails as reasons.“We felt that we had to make it known that we didn’t want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band,” says bandleader Will Forte in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I don’t want to upset them. We owe everything to him and our gratitude and respect to the band is imperative above all else. It became clear to us that this wasn’t working and we just had to do what we thought was the right thing to do and that was to pull out.”To the band’s credit, they did get caught up in something without it really being their fault. The B Street Band has been touring regularly since 1980 and has been a fixture at the New Jersey-based inauguration celebration at the last two events. Their presence is distinctly representative of New Jersey, and they signed the contract for this year’s event way back in 2013.Still, the band ultimately had to make a decision about whether to show up to a Trump-hosted event. Though Springsteen himself never publicly weighed in on the issue, he is an outspoken critic of a Trump presidency. In that spirit, the band decided to remove themselves from the controversy surrounding the performance.“When I started this band 37 years ago, it was only about performing and making people happy,” said Forte. “I never thought the distortion of what we do as a band would’ve been so intense. I wish it never would’ve happened. We would’ve never got involved in this if I knew how this would turn out. Even with all the support and publicity, I would trade that all in just to go back to where we were four months ago. I don’t think they’ll ever be a cover band of our size in the history of music that has gotten the attention of something this big.”Clearly they haven’t heard Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.last_img read more

The robots are coming, but relax

first_imgThe fear of losing your job to a robot is by no means a new phenomenon, despite being a worrisome one. Jason Furman, professor of the practice of economic policy at Harvard Kennedy School and former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, proved that at a session called “Will You Still Have a Job When the Robots Arrive? AI and Its Effect on the Workplace.”Early in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Furman showed an alarmist newspaper headline that read “Robots Rise: They bid for big jobs, both in outer space and in U.S. factories.” The story was from The Wall Street Journal. The year was 1960.“So you can see it’s not a new thing,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of transformation. For example, most of the food that we now eat is produced by machines. But if you look at the unemployment rates for 1901 and for 2017, they were almost the same. In the past five years, we’ve actually been creating a lot of jobs, but not adding much to the GDP [gross domestic product]. People are working more but not producing very much, which is exactly the opposite of what you’d expect from AI [artificial intelligence]. So maybe the robots aren’t coming fast enough.”The tone of Thursday evening’s panel, moderated by Greg Ip, chief economics commentator for The Wall Street Journal, was largely optimistic. The panelists agreed that artificial intelligence is transforming the workplace, creating jobs that call for different skills, putting low-income jobs at most risk. They also agreed that education is crucial to equip workers with the required shift in skill demands. So to answer the panel’s title: Yes, you’ll probably still have a job, but maybe not the same one.“Humans and machines are very complementary,” said Francesca Rossi, AI ethics global leader at IBM Research. “I want to stress the word ‘transformation.’ Every job will be transformed, and we need to adapt. Some tasks will be eliminated, and others will appear. And it’s important to engage in educational efforts to help the workplace adapt.” She cited P-TECH, the program that IBM developed to provide technical education to students in grades 9–14, as one such effort. “Avoid the doomsday predictions and hype from the movies and media,” she advised. “Those scenarios aren’t realistic, and we are very far from them.”Still, as Ip noted, the economic climate in 2017 is a long way from 1960. This, he said, was the third panel on AI that the Kennedy School has hosted this year. “Nothing terrible has happened yet, but smart people are saying it’s different this time.” And he asked the panelists to name specific areas where new jobs might be created because of AI’s rise.Wilson White, public policy and government relations senior counsel at Google, responded that his company currently employs a team of AI researchers working specifically on Google Assistant, an app that responds to directed questions and demands. “It’s hard to use Google today without using an AI product, such as Google Search or YouTube,” he said. “We need to examine how to get the maximum benefit from the technology, in terms of how we’d like to see society grow.” He cited automated teller machines as one innovation that was feared would put humans out of business. Instead, he said, ATMs led to more branches opening and more tellers being hired.Rossi also raised the possibility that robots, in the end, could prove to be more ethical in some areas than humans. If robots were choosing whom to hire for a company or to approve for a bank loan, they could be programmed to avoid biases that humans might feel, Rossi said.Ip pointed out that many ethical issues remain. “We still don’t have pilotless aircraft,” he noted, “but Facebook has algorithms that decide where to target ads. So why should Facebook be able to do what airlines can’t do?”last_img read more

Russell Tovey & Denise Gough Join Andrew Garfield for Angels in America

first_img Russell Tovey Russell Tovey, who appeared on Broadway this season in A View from the Bridge, and recent Olivier winner Denise Gough will star opposite the previously reported Andrew Garfield in the National Theatre’s Angels in America. According to the Daily Mail, Tovey will take on the role of Joe Pitt, while Gough is set to play his wife Harper. The London production, directed by Marianne Elliott, will begin performances in May 2017.Prior to A View from the Bridge, Tovey appeared on Broadway in The History Boys, reprising his performance from the original production in London. His additional stage credits include Howard Katz, Henry V, His Girl Friday and His Dark Materials. Tovey will appear in HBO’s upcoming feature-length finale of Looking.Gough took home the Olivier earlier this month for her performance in People, Places and Things. Her additional credits include Desire Under the Elms, Our New Girl and The Duchess of Malfi on stage and Jimmy’s Hall and Complicit on screen.Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Denise Gough Russell Tovey & Denise Gough (Photos: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images & Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)center_img Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway Vet Alisan Porter Wins The Voice

first_imgAlisan Porter on ‘The Voice’ Alisan Porter, who starred in the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, won season ten of NBC’s talent competition The Voice. The stage and screen vet’s win was a big triumph for pop diva Christina Aguilera, who became the first female to coach a contestant to victory.Porter played Bebe in the revival of A Chorus Line, a role first played by her mother on the show’s national tour. She had her first taste of fame as a spunky child star in the 1991 film Curly Sue and was also seen on stage in the Los Angeles musical The Ten Commandments opposite fellow reality competition star Adam Lambert.While she was preparing to made her Broadway debut in A Chorus Line, Broadway.com profiled Porter in the interview below, in which she reveals her journey to the stage. Congrats Alisan! View Commentslast_img read more

Burlington Electric sells Renewable Energy Certificates

first_imgAbout BEDBurlington Electric Department, the municipally owned electric utility for the City of Burlington, Vermont, serves about 16,000 residential customers and more than 3,600 commercial customers. As a city department, BED shares the values of the residents who have voted for energy efficiency programs, who have supported a clean power mix and who have expressed a desire to move forward into the 21st century in a manner that is sustainable and will provide future generations the chance to enjoy Burlington and its beautiful resources as the current generation does. For more information, see:www.burlingtonelectric.com(link is external)About World Energy Solutions, Inc.World Energy (NASDAQ: XWES; TSX: XWE) operates online exchanges for energy and green commodities. For buyers and sellers of electricity, natural gas, capacity, and green- energy assets who are impacted by today s volatile markets, World Energy s proven approach has transformed the normally complex procurement process into a powerful, streamlined vehicle for cost savings. In addition to enabling customers to seek competitive pricing on traditional energy commodities, World Energy is taking a leadership position in the emerging environmental-commodities markets. Its award-winning World Green Exchange® supports the ground-breaking Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative s (RGGI) cap and trade program for CO2 emissions. For more information, please visit www.worldenergy.com(link is external).This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our revenue is dependent on actual future energy purchases pursuant to completed procurements; the demand for our services is affected by changes in regulated prices or cyclicality or volatility in competitive market prices for energy; we depend on a small number of key energy consumers, suppliers and channel partners; there are factors outside our control that affect transaction volume in the electricity market; and there are other factors identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Source: BED. Burlington, VT and Worcester, MA April 30, 2009 World Energy Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: XWES; TSX: XWE), an operator of online exchanges for energy and green commodities, today announced Burlington Electric Department (BED) has successfully brought to market, and sold, CT Class I Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on the World Green Exchange®. BED produces a significant number of CT Class I RECs annually through a wood-fired facility in Burlington, Vermont. The RECs have been sold on behalf of BED and the other joint owners of the facility: Central Vermont Public Service, Green Mountain Power, and VPPSA.The successful transactions, in which multiple bidders were awarded RECs, have set the stage for future REC sales events, including one planned for later in May. Prior to engaging with World Energy, BED sold its RECs through various brokers, but it was looking for additional methods to bring its clean-energy assets to market. Using the World Green Exchange has enabled BED to solicit the interest of multiple bidders, test pricing, and come to contract terms quickly with buyers. At BED the creation and sale of RECs are an important part of our clean energy strategy, so finding effective ways to bring these assets to market is a priority, said Ken Nolan, Director of Resource Planning at BED. Posting our RECs on the World Green Exchange is helping us build a dialogue with interested buyers while also making it easier for us to transact with confidence. We like the transparency we are gaining with this system and the momentum we are building with buyers in advance of future postings.Phil Adams, President of World Energy, added, RECs are an important part of how utilities and retail energy providers comply with renewable portfolio standards, yet the REC market remains illiquid and opaque. The REC market needs to provide buyers and sellers more transparency if it is to become a mainstay of how business is done. That is the spirit informing every aspect of the World Green Exchange, and we are happy to be attracting companies of BED s caliber to our platform and helping them achieve positive results.The World Green Exchange® is an open, information-rich marketplace that enables buyers and sellers of carbon commodities to transact with confidence. Working with leading standards, registries, consultants, project developers and banks, the World Green Exchange streamlines the procurement process while delivering transparency, quality, choice and value. More than 78 million green commodities, spanning CERs, VERs, RECs, Alberta offsets and RGGI allowances, have been transacted on the World Green Exchange, making it one of the largest primary carbon marketplaces in the world. The World Green Exchange is owned and operated by World Energy Solutions, Inc. (www.worldenergy.com(link is external)).last_img read more

Interview with the Chief of Gen. Staff of the Chilean Navy, Vice Adm. Federico Niemann Figari

first_imgBy Dialogo October 25, 2010 Diálogo – What is Chile’s effective participation with the other countries of the region, chiefly in the fight against drug trafficking? Vice Admiral Niemann – From an overall perspective, I dare say that the relationship on the regional level is chiefly on the level of the exchange of information. There are agreements in place with certain countries, some of them in bilateral terms, to exchange information ahead of time and on the national level in order to be able to react with the resources and the regulatory and legal authorizations that each country has in this regard. Diálogo – What is the chief problem affecting Chile in relation to national security? Vice Admiral Niemann – I would say that at this time, from the perspective of national security, it’s probably drug trafficking that is beginning to be the most important problem in Chile, especially in the more northern regions. This is undoubtedly the result of the success that the fight against drug trafficking has had in the Caribbean region, chiefly in the area of Colombia, in the area of Ecuador, and also in Peru. So now all the traffic heading from South America to the leading markets, the most important markets, such as, for example, Europe and North America, is gradually edging to the south. This has been demonstrated by the growing percentage of drugs that we’re seizing in different areas and through different means in northern Chile. The second area that is affecting the country’s security at this time, in one way or another, has more to do with natural disasters. In Chile we just went through a really major disaster on 27 February, affecting the country in a really significant way. We have the loss of a significant number of human lives to mourn, on top of the material losses that resulted, and this has undoubtedly also affected the institutions of the armed forces, generating significant demand on those institutions in terms of their capacity to react to natural onslaughts of this kind. Diálogo – Do you believe that this movement of drugs toward the Southern Cone is due to the pressure being exerted in Mexico, Colombia, and other countries, or not? Could you comment on this issue? Vice Admiral Niemann – The truth is that I can’t specify the reason why it’s happening, but the fact that there is an increase in the drugs seized in that sector is possibly due to the success that’s being had further north. To the degree that the flow is restricted, or there are actions to prevent this flow from easily passing through this channel, seeking the shortest distance between the center of production and the market, then there’s a search for a path that is further from a straight line between two points. This undoubtedly indicates to us, by deduction, that in one way or another, it’s easier or should be easier to follow the route that’s more distant, in this case. This poses an enormous challenge to us in preventing this from happening. Diálogo – What is the importance of this event, and do you think that anything concrete has come out of it, for fighting drug trafficking specifically? Vice Admiral Niemann – Effectively, this is an extremely important event. This occasion marks fifty years of the CNI. The CNI was born as an institution with the purpose of bringing together the navies of the Western Hemisphere, North, Central, and South America alike, to address those issues that are important and of global concern in the sphere of our responsibilities. I would say that the topic chosen for this occasion, which is MDA, Maritime Domain Awareness, and the threats that can affect our countries’ maritime security from different perspectives, effectively addresses an issue that is of extraordinary importance today. I would say that in the Americas, the fight against drug trafficking occupies a place of real importance, as might in other regions of the globe be the case, for example, of piracy, which we don’t normally have in our area of operation, thank God. It happens to be the case that the sphere of the fight against drug trafficking is important. There are countries – as was true of our country in the past – in which the armed forces, generally speaking, are not extremely involved with this issue, but there’s been a change in Chile in particular, in the sense that little by little, the involvement of defense institutions, chiefly in regard to detecting illicit activity, has gradually become more ongoing and more routine, and this is a result of the fact that the plague is increasing and not decreasing.last_img read more