Timescales for dust variability in the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP) ice core in the last 100,000 years

first_imgThe calcium (representing dust) concentration record of the last 100,000 years from the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP) ice core shows a huge dynamic range (factor>100). The relationship between dust concentrations and temperature (represented by the oxygen isotope ratio) is not a simple one, as has often been assumed. A rapid alternation (factor of 5–10) between low concentrations during the Dansgaard-Oeschger interstadial periods and high levels in colder periods is superimposed on a long-term trend encompassing a further factor of 5–10. Within climate periods, there is only a very weak relationship between Ca concentration and temperature. Previous authors [Biscaye et al., 1997] have suggested that the most likely source for the increased dust is eastern Asia. For the first time, we consider each possible cause of both rapid and slow increases from source to deposition. We suggest that, to account for the size and rapidity of the fast changes, significantly higher wind speed in the source area is required, although changes in atmospheric residence time could also play a role. For the slower long-term variability, changes in transport speed or, possibly, route are probably also involved. Changes in the size of the source area could give some change on longer time periods. The probable importance of changes in source area wind speed, almost simultaneous with Greenland temperature changes, confirms that climatic parameters in high and low latitudes were strongly coupled through the atmosphere during glacial climatic changes. This adds to evidence that the atmospheric circulation system underwent almost instantaneous large-scale changes during the last glacial period.last_img read more

US Senate to Discuss Arleigh Burke Destroyers’ Funding

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: discuss View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Burke View post tag: usa View post tag: Appropriations Bill The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill to provide $594.4 billion in funds for the Department of Defense (DoD). The bill includes an additional $100 million and report language for the Arleigh Burke destroyer program to fund a tenth ship in the DDG-51 multiyear procurement-a ship Bath Iron Works would build.The bill also included funding for many other investments in Maine. “The funding of another DDG-51 ship as provided in this measure and report language would result in additional savings for the taxpayers which have totaled more than $1.5 billion to date through the multi-year procurement contract. It would also allow the Navy to send another DDG-51 to sea that is capable of performing many roles and missions in support of our national defense,” said Senator Collins, who is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. “I am grateful to Chairman Durbin and Vice Chairman Cochran that the Defense Appropriations bill illustrates the importance the Senate places on this program and our nation’s Navy as a whole.”Senator Collins was able to successfully appropriate funding for, among others, the following defense programs:• $2.4 billion for the Navy’s DDG-51 program, including an additional $100 million to allow the Navy to put the tenth DDG-51 destroyer under contract with the funding included in this bill.• $231 million for the DDG-1000 ships, which are built at Bath Iron Works.The Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.[mappress]Press release, August 2, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Arleigh View post tag: Senate View post tag: US Share this article View post tag: naval defence View post tag: funding US Senate to Discuss Arleigh Burke Destroyers’ Funding View post tag: Destroyer’s View post tag: Defense August 2, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Senate to Discuss Arleigh Burke Destroyers’ Funding last_img read more

Stueben County Police arrest suspected molester at South Bend bus station

first_img Google+ Previous articleBlaze at grocery store in Mishawaka under investigationNext articleSnow totals from this weekend’s winter storm Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ Stueben County Police arrest suspected molester at South Bend bus station Pinterest Twitter (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) Steuben County police arrested a man, who was wanted on two county of child molesting Friday.Preston Young, 35, was found, Friday, Jan. 29, at a bus station in South Bend.Police say he had sexual contact with a teenage girl in July of 2020.He is being held without bond. Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – January 30, 2021 1 364 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Be Relevant, Or Be Gone

first_imgThe Webster’s definition of “relevance” leaves absolutely no room for misinterpretation: the meaning of relevance is “having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand.”Today, making that “significant and demonstrable” impact is really about the end-user. How can companies deliver immediate, tangible outcomes for their customers and consumers? Some organizations are doing this already, and harnessing unique technologies to make it happen. You don’t need look any further than Uber, Apple, or Amazon. These are not just companies. These are entirely new operational models that are disrupting their industries, but more appreciably, they are changing end-user expectations. I used to drive myself or take a town car to the airport. Not anymore. Now I Uber every time. The cars are cleaner, booking is easier, service is better, and the cost is often less expensive. Uber has changed my expectation of car service, and now nothing less than better, cheaper, and easier will suffice.The thing about the Ubers of the world is that it’s not just a killer app. Uber and others like it are completely new offerings that put end-users first. So much more than products, they are totally user-centric experiences that deliver real-time and tangible benefits, and true business outcomes.The user-centric, benefit-focused business model is the path forward for businesses today. Customers and consumers increasingly expect and demand solutions that translate to immediate impact and results. Results that are specifically tied to the outcome needed to maintain share, grab share, or create a market. To say it’s exciting is an understatement.  To say it’s challenging companies to be better than ever before is very real indeed.Around the halls at EMC, it’s become a bit of a mantra: customers want solutions that enable opportunity and transformational outcomes. Solutions that make the business better, more efficient, more profitable; that make employees’ lives better, easier, and more productive.  No longer can a salesperson walk into a room and solely compete on technology alone. That person would struggle to connect the product to the desired outcome, and ultimately the changing landscape of buyers.  Because there’s no relevance to the customer, no relevance to the marketplace, and no tie to what the product will enable the business to accomplish.Today’s salesperson must deeply understand her customer’s industry and business, his customer’s specific pain points and opportunities. And from there, the salesperson must architect a solution that is hyper-relevant to the customer, addressing today’s needs and enables tomorrow’s opportunities. Without that relevancy to the customer and its industry, more often than not, there is no sale.So how can companies ensure relevancy? At EMC, we are shifting our model – we still focus on providing best-of-breed, cutting-edge technology, but we are also going deeper into our customers’ businesses to understand what they need, what they want, and the best way to help them achieve their goals. It’s not always about selling the most expensive or the largest amount. That’s a short-term gain and we’re not interested in blips.We know our success depends on our customers’ success. So we are building solutions that have, in the words of Webster’s, “significant and demonstrable bearing” on our customers’ businesses. Often, uncovering the best solution means leaning on our partners’ expertise in specific industries. Our partners play a critical role in diagnosing customer pain points, and helping to prescribe the right solution. This is one of the many reasons I’m so excited about EMC’s Global Alliances, and the ability to leverage the vertical expertise from our partners: the coupling of our world-class solutions and with our partners’ IP and experience not only answers the question of relevancy, but solves the problems facing our customers today.We’ve never experienced a market as fluid as today’s. Transformation is all around us, in every industry and in every operation. To me, it couldn’t be more thrilling to be a part of it, and know that EMC, together with our partners, is driving forward a new reality for many of our customers.last_img read more

3 ways to connect through co-working spaces

first_img continue reading » Co-working spaces are a fast-growing phenomenon that have emerged as the rise of the gig economy and other self-employed entrepreneurs has created the need for affordable locations for innovative spirits to commune and create.They’re also a natural fit for credit unions, a movement that began as tiny savings and loan pools that has grown into a network of full-blown financial services institutions hard-wired to collaborate on ideas and resources.A report by Emergent Research for the Global Coworking Unconference Conference predicts the number of U.S. co-workers to grow from 331,000 in 2015 to 754,000 this year to nearly 1.1 million in 2022. The same report pegs the number of co-working spaces at 14 in 2007, 5,026 this year, and a predicted 6,219 in 2022. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Broome County’s 30th Riverbank Cleanup

first_imgAt Otsiningo Park, many residents of all ages came together to clean up the park for the annual Riverbank Cleanup. They added people spread out throughout the park to help pick up waste in different areas. Organizers say that cleanup usually lasts around two hours each year. Members of the community were also thrilled to see so many people showed up to help. Organizers say they were happy to have such a high turnout.center_img (WBNG) — Members of the community came together today to clean up the environment. They say they want to keep the community clean and beautiful, adding they were lucky to be able to help out with such nice weather conditions for the day.last_img

German football kicks off as Europe begins reopening

first_imgSuch fears have delayed the return of team sport, and on Saturday all eyes were on the Bundesliga’s opening games, which were played to vacant, echoing stadiums.’World looking to Germany'”It’s sad that matches are played in empty stadiums, but it’s better than nothing,” said 45-year-old Borussia Dortmund fan Marco Perz, beer in hand, as he prepared to watch the game on TV.Dortmund’s prolific striker Erling Braut Haaland was the first goalscorer after the two-month shutdown, helping his team thrash rivals Schalke 4-0.He celebrated by dancing alone — away from his applauding teammates — in keeping with the strict hygiene guidelines which allowed the league to return.”The whole world will be looking at Germany, to see how we get it done,” said Hansi Flick, the boss of league-leaders Bayern Munich.Russia has announced its football league will return next month and plans to lift restrictions despite recording its highest daily death toll on Saturday, at 119.Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the government would seek to extend the country’s state of emergency for “about a month”, until the transition out of lockdown is completed.In France, the first weekend after the most strict measures were lifted saw many venture out into the spring sunshine — and hit the beach.In the Riviera city of Nice, keen swimmers jumped into the surf at daybreak.”We were impatient because we swim here all year round,” said retiree Gilles, who declined to give his full name.Here comes the sunWith the Northern Hemisphere’s summer approaching, governments are moving to help tourism industries salvage something from the wreckage.Parasols and sunloungers have popped up on coastlines in Italy and Greece, which opened its beaches on Saturday.Pedri Alatras, who works at the Kavouri beach near Athens, said disinfecting lounge chairs after each customer was a burden, especially in temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius: “It’s exhausting but we have to respect the measures,” he said.Officials in England warned people to stay away from newly reopened beauty spots and avoid overcrowding.In Asia, malls reopened in the Philippines’ capital Manila but few shoppers showed up, while in Vietnam, hundreds queued to visit the newly reopened UNESCO heritage site of Ha Long Bay.’A Europe without borders’Germany, under pressure to follow Italy by allowing in EU visitors, instead reopened its border with tiny Luxembourg.Germany also saw the latest in a growing wave of anti-lockdown protests, with thousands gathering Saturday in major cities for rallies.”We want a return to normality and to not have any impediment on our public freedom,” said a protester in Dortmund who gave her name only as Sabine, 50.France, Switzerland and Poland also saw protests.Perhaps the best chance of ending the pandemic is a vaccine, and US President Donald Trump voiced hope late Friday that one would be available by late 2020, “maybe before” — a timeline deemed unrealistic by many experts. But amid an enormous push for medical and scientific tools to fight the virus, the US on Saturday approved a home-based kit for coronavirus tests, adding a simple option for a country eager to expand its COVID-19 testing.Economic havocSince emerging in China late last year, the coronavirus has whipped up a catastrophic economic storm.After Europe’s powerhouse Germany tipped into recession this week, the government on Saturday announced a 57 billion euro ($62 million) aid package to help local authorities weather the onslaught.In the US, the world’s worst-affected country with more than 88,000 deaths and 1.47 million confirmed infections, retail sales have plummeted with no certainty when they might recover.Former president Barack Obama took a swipe at the response to the pandemic ravaging America, telling graduates at a virtual commencement ceremony that many leaders today “aren’t even pretending to be in charge” — a remark widely regarded as a rare rebuke of his successor Donald Trump.”I hope you are bold,” Obama added.Forty-eight of the 50 US states have now eased lockdown rules to some extent. The virus is still surging in Latin America, and Chile’s capital Santiago spent Saturday under its first total lockdown following a 60 percent leap in confirmed cases.Brazil’s virus death toll passed 15,000 on Saturday and it became the country with the fourth-largest coronavirus caseload with 230,000 infections. Peru said it will construct a fast-build hospital in the Amazon in response to infections sweeping through indigenous communities.Topics : Top flight German football kicked off again on Saturday as the French returned to the beach and Italy announced a resumption of European tourism, providing much-needed relief against the relentless drumbeat of death and economic devastation wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic. The reopenings mark the beginning of a tentative return to normality in some of the countries worst affected by the global outbreak, which has killed almost 310,000 people according to official tolls, and infected over 4.5 million.As governments sought to restart economic activity while treading cautiously amid the lingering — though in many cases waning — pandemic, Germany’s Bundesliga became the first major European football league to resume. Italy, for a long stretch the world’s worst-hit country, announced that European Union tourists would be allowed to visit from June 3 and a 14-day mandatory quarantine would be scrapped.”We’re facing a calculated risk in the knowledge that the contagion curve may rise again,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said during a televised address. “We have to accept it otherwise we will never be able to start up again.”But as governments lift restrictions to boost stagnant economies, there have been widespread fears of a second wave of infections that could necessitate renewed lockdowns.last_img read more

Property with development potential on massive block of land

first_img1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley.JOHN and Megan Mitchell have owned their Aspley home since 1997 and, due to personal reasons, have decided to sell.The four-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 1193 Gympie Rd was the first property Mrs Mitchell purchased.The home is on a massive 1196sq m block.Mrs Mitchell said they had done some renovations to the home, adding an extension out the back.“The kitchen bench is where the house use to end,” Mrs Mitchell said.“We put in a swimming pool and the deck.” 1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley.The property has been marketed by RE/MAX – Signature selling agent Richard Siganto as having development potential.“This stunning residence occupies a mammoth block, oozing possibility at every turn,” Mr Siganto said.“Face-to-face with this grand old girl and you will feel what a presence she has.“With a pool out back for the summer and ducted heating for in the winter, there’s an option for all occasions.” 1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley.The property, which has been soundproofed, is ready to be raised or renovated.There is an office which has been built downstairs.The home is being sold with offers over $619,000. 1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley. 1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley.Mrs Mitchell said she had many memories of the home, including having her first two children there.She said many Christmas gatherings and family parties were held at the home too.Hoping another young family will buy the home, Mrs Mitchell said there was plenty of space in the backyard for children to run around.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“The yard is amazing,” she said. “It’s perfect for children and animals.“We even had two dogs here, they were german shepherds.”last_img read more

Master trust authorisation process attracts 38 applications

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has received 38 authorisation applications from defined contribution (DC) master trusts as the extension period for authorisation ends.TPR revealed yesterday that, of the 10 schemes it had granted an extension to, eight had filed an application, with one scheme no longer meeting the definition of a master trust, while the other scheme decided not to apply for authorisation.The deadline for master trust submissions for authorisation was 31 March, but schemes could request a six-week extension from the regulator.Kim Brown, head of master trust authorisation and supervision at TPR, said: “We now have the final number of applications for existing master trusts and we will be continuing to assess these applications over the coming months. “Once authorised, master trusts will immediately be supervised by us. The supervision of authorised master trusts is vital to ensure the new standards imposed in this market are not only demonstrated to us as part of the application process but also continue to be met in the future.”Six master trusts have already been granted authorisation, the latest of which was the DC section of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Two trusts run by Legal & General (L&G), Willis Towers Watson’s LifeSight offering, and the Crystal Trust and BlueSky Pension Scheme – both administered by Evolve Pensions – are the others to have secured authorisation.Mark Futcher, partner and head of DC at Barnett Waddingham, said: “The most interesting aspect of the authorisation process will be those master trusts that do not receive authorisation. “We would expect a number of casualties from this list of 38; the industry knows there are still some poorly run master trusts out there – some still have historic errors to rectify.”He added: “On an ongoing basis, we would expect the bar to rise which would mean some master trusts winding up in the future.”Those schemes that fail to meet the application deadline will be forced to exit the market. Last year, TPR estimated that 30 providers could exit the market, including some as a result of mergers.In a blog on the TPR website, Brown said for those schemes leaving the market that “we continue to oversee the process and ensure trustees are taking the right steps to protect savers when they are moved to an alternative arrangement”.last_img read more

Danica adds to Danish backing of net-zero asset owner group

first_imgDanica Pension has joined a now 26-strong group of asset owners committing to a carbon-neutral investment portfolio by 2050, with the DKK450bn (€60bn) provider stating it viewed active ownership as an important tool for doing so.It is now the fourth Danish member of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, after MP Pension and PFA joined in the past two months;  PensionDanmark was a member at launch.Danich Pension CEO Ole Krogh Petersen said the provider’s €60bn in assets under management “can make a huge difference for the green transformation”.“That is our focus already now and will be for many years to come,” he said, adding that long-term ambitions were “a good thing but acting in a timely manner is even more important”. Danica is aiming to have DKK30bn invested in the “green transformation” by 2023, DKK50bn by 2025, and DKK100bn by 2030; the latter represents around one-fifth of the provider’s current assets under management.In the first quarter, Danica increased its green transformation investments by 38%, from around DKK10bn to DKK14bn.Announcing its net-zero commitment, Danica said it saw active ownership as an important tool in the work to achieve a carbon-neutral portfolio.“By addressing climate issues through climate dialogue and voting at general meetings, Danica Pension as an investor can help, encourage or require the companies to transform their business on a scale and at a pace that is consistent with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5° target,” it said.Earlier this month Danica released its first climate report, according to which the CO2 emissions related to its equity and corporate bond investments were 33 tons per DKK1m invested at the end of 2019, 21% less CO2 than the global benchmark for these asset classes.The Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance was launched in September. Its action “focuses on implementing the Paris Agreement, the main goal of which is to limit the rise in global average temperature to 1.5°C”.Participating investors’ must emphasise emission reduction outcomes in the real economy. According to the alliance, those joining make their commitment to net-zero “in the expectation that governments will follow through on their own commitments to ensure the objectives of the Paris Agreement are met”.The Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance is part of a new campaign called Race to Zero that is seeking to build momentum ahead of COP26, rescheduled for November 2021, by rallying the private sector, including finance, to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.It is under the stewardship of Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Munoz, UN high-level climate champions for the UK and Chile, and supported by Mark Carney, UN special envoy for climate and finance and advisor to the UK government on COP26.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more