The Amundsen Sea Polynya International Research Expedition (ASPIRE)

first_imgIn search of an explanation for some of the greenest waters ever seen in coastal Antarctica and their possible link to some of the fastest melting glaciers and declining summer sea ice, the Amundsen Sea Polynya International Research Expedition (ASPIRE) challenged the capabilities of the US Antarctic Program and RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer during Austral summer 2010–2011. We were well rewarded by both an extraordinary research platform and a truly remarkable oceanic setting. Here we provide further insights into the key questions that motivated our sampling approach during ASPIRE and present some preliminary findings, while highlighting the value of the Palmer for accomplishing complex, multifaceted oceanographic research in such a challenging environment.last_img

U.S. Utility Execs Concede Need for More Innovation (or Better Messaging)

first_imgU.S. Utility Execs Concede Need for More Innovation (or Better Messaging) FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Glen Boshart for SNL:Top officials with the Edison Electric Institute wrapped up the group’s annual convention June 15 in Chicago by discussing what they must do to prosper in a rapidly changing industry environment.Tom Fanning, EEI’s newly elected chairman who also serves as chairman, president & CEO of Southern Co.: “We are innovative, we are in the customer interest, we are constantly looking for ways to create the future,” Fanning maintained, suggesting that the problem has been more one of messaging.Christopher Crane, president and CEO of Exelon Corp. and EEI vice chairman sees storage as something utilities need to embrace by working with the labs and universities “to help advance that along.”But the officials acknowledged that the traditional utility culture may be holding them back. Patricia Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president & CEO of PNM Resources Inc. and EEI vice chairman, stressed the need for utilities to hire people from the younger generation who are more adept at using new technologies in innovative ways.“You have to walk the talk, you have to bring in people from the outside, you have to protect them from the internal immune system of the utility” that wants to quickly “kill off anything that’s different,” Vincent-Collawn said.Picking up on that theme, Fanning noted that the culture and employees at his company can be represented by a pie chart, only a tiny slice of which is composed of “the revolutionaries, the creative disruptors.”“The people in the big pie slice want to murder the people in the little pie slice,” Fanning acknowledged. Thus, he said companies need to keep from living on their past successes and instead embrace innovation and new technology.Full article ($): EI officials debate how to keep up with rapidly changing timeslast_img read more

Feel the tranquillity in this Gold Coast property

first_imgWhat a pool! From the front. 55 Simpsons Rd, Elanora has hit the market.WELCOME to your own private oasis.Vendors Clint and Danielle Barends bought their slice of paradise in Elanora in 2010.“We moved from a small block in Palm Beach wanting space, privacy and quietness,” Mrs Barends said. The indoors flows outside to the deck and pool.“It’s like living in the bush as we look down to a nature reserve. It’s a big strip where we get all sorts of animals including koalas and wallabies.”Since owning it, the pair have completely modernised the house.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The house was only seven years old but it had terracotta and blue tiles everywhere,” the mother-of-three said.“It wasn’t rundown as such, it was a just brick house that we basically modernised.”These changes included partially renovating the bathrooms and kitchen and installing new carpet in the bedrooms. There’s plenty for the kids to do.Mrs Barends said the property was a great family home or entertainer’s haven.“Once you come down the driveway it is a really flat, single-storey residence,” she said.“We’ve retained the backyard, landscaped it and put plants in so it’s a very low-maintenance property. “You can really just live here and enjoy it.”Billy Jaz and Jason Monk, McGrath — Palm Beach are taking the property to auction on April 21. Relax in the lounge.Outside, the pair installed a spectacular pool and covered the entertaining area.“The outdoors is really brought inside in the way the kitchen, lounge and deck area all flow,” she said. “It’s a lovely easy layout to live in.”The pair also rendered the outside of the house and restored the roof and driveway.” The kitchen has been modernised.last_img read more

The Final Ride at Stuart ends with Marriott in victory lane

first_imgSTUART, Iowa (July 2) – Everything about the Ron Little Memorial was big. Both Modified and Stock Car events were part of the Arnold Motor Supply Midwest Madness Tour. Northern SportMods – 1. Doug Smith; 2. Thomas Egenberger; 3. Brayton Carter; 4. Hunter Longnecker; 5. Jake Sachau; 6. Dylan VanWyk; 7. Cody Olsen; 8. Daniel Fellows; 9. Colton Nel­son; 10. Daniel Baudler; 11. Kyle Bentley; 12. Austin Kaplan; 13. Tyler Inman; 14. Kody Havens; 15. David Schwartz; 16. Dusty Masolini; 17. Brett Vanderheiden; 18. Garrett Nelson; 19. Brandon Patava; 20. Ronnie Hults; 21. Blair Simmons; 22. Ed Hamilton; 23. Mitchell Morris; 24. BryBryan Morris. Jeff Aikey came from tenth to second in his first ever visit to Stuart with 14th starting Jesse Sob­bing third, Most fourth and Laney fifth. Dubbed The Final Ride by members of the late IMCA Modified driver’s family, the main event saw Mar­riott and Travis Hatcher show the way, with Marriott leading Josh Most and Hatcher early on. Cody Laney advanced to third on lap four and with three and even four wide racing back in the pack it was still Marriott out front at the halfway point. Lapped traffic started around this time, but Marriott was smooth and strong as he went on to lead the entire way to pick up the top check. The Missouri speedster was already qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  A track record 141 cars took to the track Tuesday for the 20th and final event at Stuart Speedway. Forty-seven of those entries were IMCA Modifieds and Hunter Marriott wrote his name in as the $2,000 feature winner of a 30-lapper that ran green to checkers. Doug Smith followed the mid-program fireworks display with an impressive show of his own, win­ning the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature and $1,000. Feature Results  Buck Schafroth took the lead early and stayed there to the $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car check­ers. Sport Compacts – 1. Chris Vannausdle; 2. Ramsey Meyer; 3. Tyler Fiebelkorn; 4. Mitchell Bunch; 5. Colton Garside; 6. Shannon Mahlberg; 7. Anthony Clark; 8. Bruce Hower; 9. Curtis Master­son; 10. James Reeves; 11. Nikole Kimmel; 12. Owen Richards; 13. Kolby Sabin; 14. Hunter Patrick; 15. Ryan Barnes; 16. Logan Richards; 17. Terry Hurley; 18. Michael Love. A caution set up a four-lap dash to the checkers with Brandon Pruitt and then Mike Nichols challeng­ing before Schafroth took the checkers. Modifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott; 2. Jeff Aikey; 3. Jesse Sobbing; 4. Josh Most; 5. Cody Laney; 6. Tim Ward; 7. Travis Hatcher; 8. Nick Roberts; 9. Chris Abelson; 10. Todd Shute; 11. Josh May; 12. Josh Gilman; 13. Shane DeMey; 14. Kollin Hibdon; 15. Jacob Hobscheidt; 16. Randy Foote; 17. Ethan Braaksma; 18. Ryan Jenkins; 19. Jesse Dennis; 20. Brandon Spanjer; 21. Matt Bonine; 22. Austin Howes; 23. Austin Kuehl; 24. Joel Bushore.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Solomon Bennett; 2. Chuck Madden Jr.; 3. Jack Phillips; 4. Zach Hem­mingsen; 5. Adam Ayers; 6. Jordan Androy; 7. Corey Madden; 8. Matthew Wahl; 9. Jamie Coady; 10. Tanner Dixon; 11. Dustin Thompson; 12. Miciah Hidlebaugh; 13. Jerry Richards; 14. Dallas Larson; 15. Richard Pahlka Jr.; 16. Dylan Nelson; 17. Nick Foster; 18. Ralph Jones.  By Josh Reynolds Eleventh starting Solomon Bennett topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and Chris Vannausdle won the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.  Stock Cars – 1. Buck Schafroth; 2. Mike Nichols; 3. Brandon Pruitt; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Chris Pruitt; 6. Marcus Fagan; 7. Daniel Hilsabeck; 8. Damon Murty; 9. Jeremy Gettler; 10. Josh Dan­iels; 11. Robert Stofer; 12. Gary Bass; 13.  Dusty Van Horn; 14. Mike Albertsen; 15. Dan Macken­thun; 16. Chad LeGere; 17. Keith Simmons; 18. Kurt Hansen; 19. Corey Piffer; 20. Bryan Snell; 21. Todd VanEaton; 22. Brock Badger; 23. Craig Carlson; 24. Mike Stapleton. Hunter Marriott won the 20th annual, and final, Ron Little Memorial feature for IMCA Modifieds at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)last_img read more

Buck ‘open minded’ in Blues boss search

first_img The Portuguese would be the fans’ choice, having steered Chelsea to two Barclays Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups during three years in west London before departing in acrimonious circumstances in September 2007. Chelsea are still to draw up a list of the possible 10th manager of Roman Abramovich’s 10-year ownership. “We really haven’t started that yet,” Buck added. “We’re all thinking about it and have some ideas and certainly Mr Abramovich is thinking about it. At the moment we’re concentrating on the end of the season.” Benitez was appointed in November after Champions League-winning boss Roberto Di Matteo’s departure when the Blues became the first holders of the trophy to exit at the group stage. Buck has been chairman since Abramovich’s takeover in 2003, with the Russian oligarch’s reign coinciding with great success, despite managerial turmoil. Buck said: “I know we have fired what most people would say are a lot of managers – terminated the relationship is a better way to describe it – but we’ve always thought long and hard when we’ve done it. “It’s always difficult, it’s always sad when a relationship is terminated. We don’t look back, we always look forward and see where we’re going and figure out how we get there. We certainly believe in stability in managers, but it has to be with the right manager.” HASH(0x2254380) Press Association Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has insisted the search for the club’s next manager has not yet begun in earnest, but the Blues are “completely open minded” about the role, suggesting a return for Jose Mourinho is possible.center_img Mourinho is expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and has long been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, where interim boss Rafael Benitez is under contract until May. Asked if anyone had been ruled out and about Mourinho in particular, Buck told Al Jazeera at the Business of Sport summit in Singapore: “I am completely open minded about it”. last_img read more


first_imgA TOTAL OF 58 STAKES, INCLUDING NINE GRADE I EVENTS, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH  SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY, APRIL 8                 For a complete roster of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet stakes, please visit ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will offer 58 stakes races beginning with opening day of its traditional Winter Meet on Dec. 26, has announced that the prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, which was most recently run in May, 2015, will now be run on Dec. 31. Santa Anita’s 72-day Winter stand will conclude on April 9 and be followed by its Spring Meet, which will run from April 14 through July 4.A blockbuster card consisting of four graded stakes will await fans on opening day, with a pair of Grade I, $300,000 races at seven furlongs–the Malibu for 3-year-old colts and geldings and the La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies, highlighting a 10-race program. The Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) and the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Handicap, at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, will round out the graded stakes action.Heading Santa Anita’s Grade I Winter Meet stakes lineup is the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 17 Kentucky Derby winners, and will be run on April 8. The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be contested for the 81st time, will be run on March 11.Additionally, there will again be a similar number of $75,000 overnight stakes as well as a robust menu of California-bred stakes offered throughout the meeting.HERE IS A COMPLETE ROSTER OF SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I WINTER MEET STAKES:                Dec. 26                  $300,000 Malibu Stakes                Dec. 26                  $300,000 La Brea Stakes                Dec. 31                  $300,000 American Oaks                March 11             $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf)                March 11             $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes                March 11             $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap                March 18             $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes                April 8                   $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks                April 8                   $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derbylast_img read more

Cult South African novel to get film adaptation

first_imgCape Town-based author Charlie Human’s critically acclaimed Apocalypse Now Now will be made into a feature film, with the award-winning District 9 and Chappie screenwriter adapting the novel for local production company Be Phat Motel and its international partners. Cover art for Charlie Human’s novel Apocalypse Now Now (2013), set to be adapted for the big screen in 2016 (Image: Random House Struik ) CD AndersonThe cult novel Apocalypse Now Now by Cape Town writer Charlie Human is set to be turned into a film by local production company Be Phat Motel, in cooperation with Canadian digital company Redlab and independent film producers XYZ Films.Oscar-nominated screenwriter Terrie Tatchell, who gave the distinctive South African tone to films like District 9 and Chappie, will adapt the book for screen.Described by critics as “Neil Gaiman meets Tarantino“, Apocalypse Now Now is a chaotic, subversive voyage into Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, filled with bizarre urban landscapes and engaging characters, most notably, its near-iconic anti-hero Baxter Zevcenko.Lauren Beukes, an early champion of Human’s work, calls the book “dark, irreverent and wonderfully twisted“. Human gained early recognition with his winning contribution to the Moxyland short story competition and was invited to contribute ideas to Beukes’ Zoo City expanded universe. Apocalypse Now Now, his debut, was published in 2013. Human continued building the book’s skewed universe with the much-anticipated sequel Kill Baxter in 2014.Meanwhile, science fiction fans are eager to see how his world will be translated for film. “South Africa has always pushed through the usual limits of my imagination and Apocalypse Now Now is no exception,” Tatchell said about the challenge of recreating the world, “Charlie has actually upped the game and obliterated them all altogether.”The film is set for release during 2016. Meanwhile, Human himself reacted on Twitter with nonchalant pride to the news.Apocalypse Now Now is optioned for movie. Internet is hilariously unimpressed, asks if I’m a robot (read comments)— Charlie Human (@charliehuman) July 20, 2015last_img read more

2019 World Food Prize Laureate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — World Food Prize Foundation President Kenneth Quinn announced Monday, in a ceremony at the State Department, that Simon Groot, a Dutch vegetable breeder who developed seeds that have benefited farmers and consumers in Southeast Asia, has been chosen as the 2019 World Food Prize laureate.Groot will accept the $250,000 prize on Oct. 17 at the Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, where the World Food Prize is headquartered during the weeklong Borlaug Dialogue — named for Norman Borlaug, the developer of the wheat that led to the Green Revolution and the founder of the prize.Quinn introduced the event’s host, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Republican Kansas House member, as “the man who has returned the swagger to the State Department.”In short remarks, Pompeo said it is hard to predict world events and therefore the world must rely on innovation to solve problems. He noted that “the majority” of the world’s hungry at the present are in conflict zones, and highlighted Venezuela as one of the countries experiencing hunger due to internal discord. But he also said that innovations such as those developed by Groot are the keys to finding a “cure” for a world hunger.Quinn told the agriculture leaders who attended the event in the Benjamin Franklin reception room atop the State Department that Groot left the Netherlands in 1982 at age 47 to move to the Philippines. There he and a business partner, Benito Domingo, formed East-West Seed to develop vegetable varieties with enhanced disease resistance and significantly higher yields. At that time, commercial vegetable seed breeding was all but unknown in the tropics.“As the use of his seeds spread throughout the Philippines and to Thailand, Indonesia and across Southeast Asia, farmers’ daily lives were uplifted and consumers benefited from greater access to nutritious vegetables,” Quinn said. “Mr. Groot in effect developed a stunningly impactful global network of seed producers who are transforming the lives of 20 million farmers every year.”Today East-West Seed serves more than 20 million smallholder farmers in more than 60 tropical countries, the World Food Prize Foundation said in a news release.“Working closely with local and international NGOs, Mr. Groot created East-West Seed’s innovative Knowledge Transfer program — a unique feature for a seed company — which trains tens of thousands of farmers each year in good agricultural practices for vegetable production,” the foundation added.“Mr. Groot has led the transition of millions of subsistence farmers, many of them women, to horticulture entrepreneurs, thereby greatly enhancing their livelihoods and income,” the foundation said.“These farmers have invigorated both rural and urban markets for vegetable crops in their communities, making nutritious vegetables more widely available and affordable for millions of families each year.”In a news release, Henne Schuwer, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States, noted that his country “is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, behind only the United States. I hope this award will serve as an encouragement to further strengthen the relationship between our two countries in the field of agriculture.”“Mr. Groot has truly shown the world what can be achieved when agricultural industry places the needs of smallholder farmers at the heart of their business,” Schuwer said.“The awarding of the World Food Prize to a vegetable seedsman is reason for excitement and gratitude,” Groot said in the release.“But the ultimate recognition is for the millions of smallholder farmers that stepped up farming from a way of living to building a business. Small-scale vegetable farming is a great way to grow rural income and employment and improve nutrition at the same time.“Partnering modern science with a long tradition of Dutch seedsmanship has contributed mightily to the growth of the vegetable farming industry of tropical Asia in the last 35 years. Now it is the turn for tropical Africa where again quality vegetable seeds combined with major farmer knowledge transfer programs can create sustainable income for the next generation of African farmers.”Earlier, the Access to Seeds Foundation, a Dutch group, awarded Groot and East-West Seed its top prize for making its products available to smallholder farmers.World Food Prize Symposium:…Access to Seeds Index:…Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “People said, ‘Floyd said, Oh, he’ll be fighting in the UFC for a billion dollars’ – that’s not what I said,” Mayweather explained in an interview with “What I said was this: I made a billion dollars. If I made a billion dollars before, I’ll do it again. If I choose to get in the UFC and fight for the UFC, or fight three fights or four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars, which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights. I could make a billion dollars.”After cashing in over a hundred million dollars in his retirement bout against UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor last August—notching a 50-0 pro career record in the process—fight fans marveled at the idea of a rematch under MMA rules.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I choose to get in the octagon and fight – fight three fights, three or four fights, and then fight Conor McGregor in the octagon. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather, and I don’t look forward to getting back in the boxing ring,” he said.“That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. So, I’m just saying, I could (make a billion in the UFC). I’m not doing it. But I’m saying, what I could do is make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.” Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues McGregor, meanwhile, has noted publicly several times that he wants a rematch against Mayweather but under the UFC banner.Pundits, however, doubt the cunning Mayweather will risk his unblemished fighting record, especially out of the comforts of the boxing ring.“I never said I was going to fight in the UFC,” Mayweather said. “I didn’t say that. I just said if I wanted to and what I could do. ‘Would’ and ‘could’ do isn’t the same thing. I’m not going to do it, though.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’ADVERTISEMENT In this file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during a weigh-in for a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.  APUFC President Dana White dropped a bombshell revelation on Wednesday, claiming that he was having “real” talks with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. about possibly fighting inside the octagon.The 40-year-old slugger, however, denied White’s claims and said that people have “misconstrued” his earlier comments about mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Shots fired at shop in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) In a suspected case of extortion bid, two armed assailants riding a bike fired at a shop near Gola Dairy in southwest Delhis Dwarka area today but none was killed or injured. The owner of the hardware and building material shop, Sunil Kumar, was at the shop along with his elder brother and father when two persons on a bike stopped at the entrance of the shop. “They were wearing helmets. One of them got down and fired two shots aiming at us as we sat there and fled from the spot on their bike. We were lucky not to been hit,” Kumar said. Kumar then called up the police who are checking the available CCTV footages in the area in order to ascertain the identify the attackers. “A case has been registered. We are checking the footage. Registration number of their vehicle is being traced and they will soon be arrested,” a senior police officer said. Kumar in his complaint said that two persons with their faces covered had intercepted him while he was on his way to the shop some 15 days ago. They had asked him to pay Rs 20 lakh rupees and threatened him with dire consequences if he approached police. However, no case in this regard was registered at that time. Police are yet to make arrests in the case. PTI DEY PLB PALlast_img read more