Analysing the timing of peak warming and minimum winter sea-ice extent in the Southern Ocean during MIS 5e

first_imgThe peak of the Last Interglacial, Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5e (130–116 ka), provides a valuable ‘process analogue’ for validating the climatic feedbacks and forcings likely active under future anthropogenic warming. Reconstructing exact timings of MIS 5e peak warming and minimum winter sea-ice extent (WSIE) throughout the Southern Ocean (SO) will help to identify the interactions and feedbacks within the ice-ocean system. Here we present a new MIS 5e marine sediment record from the SW Atlantic sector together with 28 published core records (chronologies standardised to the LR04 δ18O benthic stack; Lisiecki and Raymo, 2005) to investigate the timing and sequence of minimum WSIE and peak warming across the SO. Sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) peaked earliest in the Indian (20oE–150oE) and Atlantic (70oW–20oE) sectors, at 128.7 ± 0.8 ka and 127.4 ± 1.1 ka respectively, followed by the Pacific sector (150oE–70oW) at 124.9 ± 3.6 ka. The interval of minimum WSIE for all three sectors occurred within the period from 129–125 ka, consistent with the ∼128 ka sea salt flux minimum in Antarctic ice cores. Minimum WSIE appears to have coincided with peak July insolation at 55 oS, suggesting it could be linked with the mildest winters. The reduced WSIE during MIS 5e would have likely reduced the production of deep- and bottom water masses, inhibiting storage of CO2 in the abyssal ocean and lowering nutrient availability in SO surface waters. Examining a wide spatial range of proxy records for MIS 5e is a critical step forward in understanding climatic interactions and processes that will be active under warmer global temperatures.last_img read more

Kafka’s Dick

first_imgThis production of Kafka’s Dick, directed by Sophie Buchan and Sara Carroll, is an excellent interpretation of Bennett’s absurdist comedy. It focusses on the relationship between Kafka (Simon Motz) and Brod (Thomas Eyre-Maunsell), both of whom give energetic and vivid performances. The production examines the relationship between these two characters, and brings out too the lighter, more farcical side of the play to create some truly funny moments. The scene in which Brod tries to hide from Kafka the fact that he did not burn his books brings out the best of Eyre-Maunsell’s acting talents. Kieran Wanduragala’s Sydney is a banal man, and his contemptuous dismissal of Juliet Lough’s Linda is effective and in sharp contrast with Kafka’s encouragement of her more thoughtful side. The play works in pairs, and the dialogue between Kafka and Linda is especially effective. The directors have chosen to emphasise the literary allusions in the play, in order to highlight its subtext, and to make its satire as accessible as posible. This allows both those familiar with Kafka, and newcomers to his works, to appreciate the play. The production is ideally suited to the BT, as the intimacy highlights the absurdity of Bennett’s world, as well as emphasising the interplay between the characters. The themes which run through the comedy are excellently drawn out in a production which is both thoughtprovoking and entertaining.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

The Humans Will Haunt Broadway

first_img Reed Birney Stephen Karam’s The Humans, which just opened officially off-Broadway on October 25, will transfer to the Great White Way next year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the production will play Broadway in early spring 2016, with the cast from the current Roundabout production—including Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell—intact.In addition to Birney and Houdyshell, the company includes Arian Moayed as Richard, Lauren Klein as Fiona, Cassie Beck as Aimee and Sarah Steele as Brigid.Joe Mantello directs the production, which is scheduled to play off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre through December 27. No word yet on exact dates or a venue for the move to the Great White Way.This will mark the Broadway debut of Karam, whose previous plays include Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate and columbinus. The show follows Mr. Blake, who, after a sleepless night, brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. Family tensions reach a boiling point as things start to go bump in the night. View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Resistance growing to Canada’s planned purchase of Kinder Morgan pipeline

first_imgResistance growing to Canada’s planned purchase of Kinder Morgan pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 resistance to buying the Trans Mountain pipeline system Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary Kinder Morgan Canada is increasing, and with it so is short interest in Kinder Morgan. Short sellers added 12.5 million shares to their positions in the two-week reporting period ended July 31, and 2.4% of Kinder Morgan shares were short.Environmental groups and Canadian First Nations have ramped up opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion project, but the rise in short interest may be due to growing doubt among investors about whether the U.S. government will approve the pipeline’s sale to the Canadian government.A report last week at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) noted that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) must approve the sale. And because one of the assets included in the sale is an existing pipeline that crosses the Canada-U.S. border, the U.S. State Department must issue a “presidential permit” for the sale. Given the current frosty relationship between the U.S. and Canadian governments, neither of these approvals is a foregone conclusion.Then there’s a potential increase in the cost of the expansion project. In a filing with Canadian regulators earlier this week, Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (KML) revealed cost estimates to complete the Trans Mountain expansion project that were as much as C$1.9 billion higher than the published estimate C$7.4 billion. The new estimates are included in the company’s proxy filing and announcement of a special meeting of KML shareholders scheduled for August 30 in Calgary.Canada’s federal government has agreed to acquire the Trans Mountain system for C$4.5 billion and to contract with KML to complete the construction project that expands the system’s capacity from 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000 barrels a day. The pipeline transports crude oil from the oil sands of Western Alberta to a KML terminal near Vancouver where it will be loaded on ships for transport, primarily to Asian and U.S. west coast buyers.According to the TD Securities review, if the expansion project is not completed, the implied value for the Trans Mountain system is between C$2.2 billion and C$3.1 billion. From where we sit, Canada may be about to plunk down C$4.5 billion for a pig in poke. If scrutiny of the deal intensifies, Kinder Morgan may not realize a payday after all, and that’s what the short sellers may be counting on.More: Why short sellers piled on Kinder Morganlast_img read more

SUP the TUCK: Day 5

first_imgJohn and I searched the eddies for my camera to no avail. My Gopro “float” obviously didn’t work and we moved on thankful I had uploaded the pictures to my iphone the night before. Paddling  leisurely we watched a black mink play in the rapids, clearly a weaker swimmer than his cousin the otter. Camp was set up on a long sliver of rock island at the end of the gorge section just before the river becomes visible behind Uncle  Bill’s Flea Market on highway 74. Stay tuned all this week to read about the rest of their river journey! John resumed where he left off and quickly caught up in his expedition kayak– around noon. I sent him a text message to portage the Low-Head Dam in Cullowhee to avoid the dangerous river-wide hydraulic at the base. This dam is almost a century old and is being considered for renovation or removal, a local controversy with sound arguments on both sides.  We fished the 5 mile section of world-class trout waters down to Dillsboro. Fishing from a standup paddleboard is a joy. Floating and spinning in the current with a 6 foot vantage point provides a 360 degree opportunity for visualization and spotcasting. The river opens wide here and provides a western-style fly-fishing experience. I improved my  casting skills but did not catch enough for dinner and set my eyes on Dillsboro for nutrition. Paddling down from Dillsboro in the late afternoon we entered  the Tuckasegee gorge, a 5 mile section of class 1-2 whitewater. Anna Levesque, former freestyle kayak world champ and founder of Girls at Play chose this section as her favorite beginners whitewater. She accurately described our paddling experience, “wave trains are common and the safest lines through rough water are usually easy to discern.” This section is also perfect  for the intermediate stand up paddleboarder wanting to move into the whitewater scene. I navigated the whitewater well but became a little careless photographing  in a shallow rapid and “caught a fin” launching me forward. I lost my Gopro camera and gained a bruise and a sober reminder to keep my helmet on! Click here to read Day 4 In 2010 a large orange crane outfitted with a hydraulic hammer sat in the Tuckasegee River removing the 12 foot  high and 310 foot long Dillsboro Dam in chunks. Mark Cantrell, biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, “What we’re seeing now is the rebirth of that section of river and a confirmation of the decision to remove it. There’s no question about it-if you are an angler, boater, fish or bug,  the Tuckasegee River is better with the Dillsboro Dam removed.” (Tuckasegee River, biodiversity, revives after dam removal two years ago. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, March 28, 2012) I paddle over the lip of what once was a dam into a class 2 whitewater rapid, native boulders and all. I manage to stay upright on my paddleboard for the obligatory photo before falling off into the froth.  The banks were still green with fresh seeding from the dam removal as I collected myself below the resurrected rapid. We hid our boats in the river cane grove near Dillsboro Park and celebrated the freeing of a river with a burger and beer at LuLu’s! June 27, 2018, day 5/7last_img read more

See much progress in women’s equality? Depends who you ask

first_img“It just may be more obvious to women,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Older women had a brighter outlook than younger women. Three-quarters of those over age 65 said they think equality exists or will in the next 20 years for women in politics.Only a third of women aged 18 to 44 shared that view.”Older women have had more time to see more change,” Saad said. “There have been gains, and the longer you’ve been around, the more you see.”The results were based on self-administered web interviews conducted between July 13 to 19, using a random sample of 3,745 US adults. The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points. Topics : Talk about a gender gap. Women and men have vastly different views on how much equality has been achieved in the US workplace, with half as many women as men seeing progress, poll results showed on Monday.Women are more pessimistic about the future as well, with almost twice as many as men predicting equality in politics will take at least 30 more years, if ever, said the survey by Gallup, a US-based polling company.Men and women agree that equality is missing from politics and the workplace, but by distinctly different margins, according to the survey, held to mark the 100-year anniversary of ratification of the US Constitution’s 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.center_img Overall, about seven in 10 US adults said women have not yet achieved equality in the workplace and in politics.But, divided by gender, 21% of US women think there is workplace equality compared with 42% of men. Also, 25% of women think there is equality in politics compared with 43% of men.Looking ahead, 32% of women and 17% of men said they predict political equality will take 30 years or more to achieve.”I can only imagine that women are just more sensitive to those factors than men, whether it has to do with equality in the number of women in Congress, the number of women CEOs, the number of women superintendents relative to teachers,” said Lydia Saad, Gallup’s director of US social research.last_img read more

Hawthorne home that was a tiny cottage scores big price after reno

first_imgMONEY MAKER: This Hawthorne home looks fancy, and fetched a very fancy price.IT LOOKED to be a disappointing day for the owners of a an expansive home in the blue chip suburb of Hawthorne before things changed quickly.There was a lot of interest in the five-bedroom, two-storey home at 63 Malcolm St, but when it came to bid yesterday afternoon it seemed that few were willing to part with their money.There were a few moments of awkward silence when auctioneer Paul Curtin started bidding off at $2 million, when none of the registered bidders willing to put up a price. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe major renovation transformed the home.Eventually one solitary bidder did jump in, that one bidder eventually put in a bid of $2.2265 million, which was accepted.“He was the only bidder and the owners wanted to get it done,” said Place Bulimba agent Annabelle O’Hare. Although there were a lot of onlookers, just one person bidded.The massive renovation was only finished in 2016, with Ms O’Hare saying they decided to sell because it was “just too large for them” once the work was done.The sale even included the state of the art appliances that are currently in the home, including a coffee machine and a theatre system.Ms O’Hare said the successful bidder already had plans to build a swimming pool in the backyard.center_img As an added bonus some of the high-end appliance was included.The home had been through an intense renovation by the previous owners, who transformed what was a two bedroom single storey cottage to a very modern five bedroom double storey modern home. last_img read more

Hogge, Ahlwardt Win R. Charles Snyder Salute features

first_imgBobby Hogge IV banked $5,000 for his IMCA Modified feature win at Southern Oregon Speedeway’s R. Charles Snyder Salute. (Photo by Carole Bryan, Shadows of Light Photography)WHITE CITY, Ore. (Sept. 2.) – Bobby Hogge IV won the 50-lap R. Charles Snyder Salute main event for IMCA Modifieds Sunday at Southern Oregon Speedway.The big win paid the Salinas, Calif., driver, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, $5,000.Hogge led from the start. Darrell Hughes II settled into second on lap 19 and followed Hogge closely during the second half of the race for a $2,500 payday. Bricen James made a nice charge from the back to finish third, followed by Clint Reichenbach and Robby Sawyer.Guy Ahlwardt scored an impressive victory in the 30-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. The win paid the Antioch, Calif., visitor $2,000.Ahlwardt led from the initial green flag. Two-time track champion Jorddon Braaten settled into second on lap eight and ran in close pursuit of the leader all the way to a nice $1,000 payday for second.Daniel Ray finished third ahead of Braxton Possinger and Matt Sanders.last_img read more

EC Trojan Basketball Standout Jack Driggers Signs Collegiately With Saints

first_imgEast Central Trojan Basketball standout Jack Driggers will be continuing his Basketball career at Thomas More majoring in Business.Jack is the son of Jim Driggers and Beverly Vingisaar.last_img

ITS launches USCmobile to give users instant information

first_imgAll the latest USC news and information can now be carried around in a purse or pants pocket.The recently launched USCmobile program allows smartphone users to access USC news and information on a streamlined web browsing program designed specifically for mobile phones.Members of the USC community can visit to view the mobile site and can add the program to a phone’s home screen or bookmark it. USCmobile differs from the regular USC website in that its format is made especially to be read on a smaller screen. Unlike some other mobile applications where someone must scroll up and down to see content, USCmobile is formatted in an easy-to-read layout with simple navigation.“In the coming years, mobile communication is going to be a really important area,” said Kevin Durkin, director of communications for USC’s Information and Technology Services. “We want to optimize access by smartphones so people at USC can reach their target audience. We feel this is a very important first step.”Developers at ITS began working on USCmobile because of the increasing use of smartphones, including iPhones, Droids and BlackBerries, around campus.ITS started working on this program in fall 2009. Initially, the department hoped just to make existing versions of USC web content more accessible, but then decided to create a whole new mobile website instead.The site lets users access the full student directory, USC maps that are searchable by category or building name, and an arts and events calendar. In addition, the Track a Tram feature shows the location of USC trams in real time, and the USC News, USC Reader, USC Twitter and Daily Trojan tabs display the latest and most popular posts.Students were particularly drawn to the Track a Tram capability.“USCmobile is an efficient way to get information fast,” said Ashley Harlow, a sophomore majoring in sociology and social science. “I especially like the Track a Tram feature. It saves me a lot of time.”The website also features a feedback button, which enables USCmobile users to send questions, comments and suggestions to ITS developers.“We want people to tell us what they want to see next or ways to improve what’s already up there,” Durkin said. “If we get feedback, we’ll be able to make it so it’s exactly what students are asking for.”Some USCmobile users have already offered their suggestions on how to enhance the program.“Athletic information, like scores and schedules, could be easier to get to,” said Ariana Case, a freshman majoring in communication.Some students, however, didn’t see much use for the program.“I don’t have a smartphone, but even if I did I don’t think this would be something necessary to use,” said Park Desloge, an undeclared freshman.last_img read more