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Major advance of South Georgia glaciers during the Antarctic Cold Reversal following extensive sub-Antarctic glaciation

first_imgThe history of glaciations on Southern Hemisphere sub-polar islands is unclear. Debate surrounds the extent and timing of the last glacial advance and termination on sub-Antarctic South Georgia in particular. Here, using sea-floor geophysical data and marine sediment cores, we resolve the record of glaciation offshore of South Georgia through the transition from the Last Glacial Maximum to Holocene. We show a sea-bed landform imprint of a shelf-wide last glacial advance and progressive deglaciation. Renewed glacier resurgence in the fjords between c. 15,170 and 13,340 yr ago coincided with a period of cooler, wetter climate known as the Antarctic Cold Reversal, revealing a cryospheric response to an Antarctic climate pattern extending into the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. We conclude that the last glaciation of South Georgia was extensive, and the sensitivity of its glaciers to climate variability during the last termination more significant than implied by previous studies.last_img read more

Toyota and PGNiG set to jointly advance hydrogen technology in Poland

first_imgPGNiG has already signed a contract with a consortium of Poland- and UK-based companies for the design and construction of the station Officials from Toyota and PGNiG. (Credit: PGNiG SA) Toyota Motor Poland and Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) signed an agreement on cooperation in advancing hydrogen technology in Poland. A pilot hydrogen refuelling station will be built under the agreement.‘The launch of a pilot hydrogen refuelling station will be PGNiG’s first step in the implementation of the Group’s hydrogen programme. In testing the station we will work with Toyota, a partner with a strong reputation in the automotive industry and a leading manufacturer of hydrogen-powered vehicles. I am confident this partnership will contribute to successful advancement of the hydrogen fuel market in Poland,’ said Jerzy Kwieciński, President of the PGNiG Management Board.PGNiG’s hydrogen research programme unveiled in May provides for the production of hydrogen, including green hydrogen using renewable energy sources, hydrogen storage and distribution, and industrial applications. The operation of a hydrogen refuelling station, to be built in the Wola district of Warsaw, is also part of the programme. PGNiG has already signed a contract with a consortium of Poland- and UK-based companies for the design and construction of the station.‘Operation of the pilot station will help PGNiG to acquire hydrogen competencies relevant to such projects. We aim to expand our product range to include hydrogen, also as a motor fuel, which would complement our CNG and LNG offering and contribute to the advancement of low-emission and zero-emission gas mobility in Poland,’ said Arkadiusz Sekściński, Vice President of the PGNiG Management Board, Development.The agreement forges a partnership between two entities actively involved in the development of the Polish Hydrogen Strategy. The joint operations are intended to introduce hydrogen as a clean fuel for zero-emission fuel cell vehicles on the Polish market. Hydrogen has been hailed by experts as a fuel of the future.Toyota Motor Poland, representing the global leader in the development of hydrogen technology for automotive applications in Poland, is preparing to launch the second generation of its Mirai passenger car next year. It is the first hydrogen-powered sedan car manufactured on a mass scale. Compared with the previous version, the new generation fuel cell car has a driving range extended by 30%, to 650–900 km on a single tank. Refuelling will only take a few minutes, making the car fully functional and environmentally friendly.“In the automotive industry, we are currently dealing with a revolution, and Toyota as a global brand has been supporting the development of the entire sector for years, including by sharing patents. As Toyota Motor Poland, we have been one of the leaders in innovation and electromobility for years. We are glad that we will work with PGNiG as our partner to make the most effective use of hydrogen at all stages. Engineers of both brands will jointly participate in the process of designing and building a hydrogen refueling station, as well as planning and conducting research,” said Jacek Pawlak, President of Toyota Motor Poland and Toyota Central Europe. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Farming Experts Try To Educate Public, Stay Afloat In Trade War

first_imgBy Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The soybean has become a de facto symbol of the Indiana farmer.Shuttles carrying families from the south to the north venues of the Indiana State Fair, a hub for state agriculturalists, are emblazoned with signs that read “powered by soy diesel.” Near the Indiana Soybean Alliance’s Glass Barn, a half-bean, half-man sculpture — “Bennie the Bean” — greets passerby with a cartoonish smile.And for the agriculturalists who flock to the fairgrounds annually for exhibitions and other programs, the soybean is often a main source of revenue for Indian’s farming families.But soybean prices have fallen in the month since President Donald Trump announced his administration would impose billions of dollars in tariffs on aluminum and steel exports to China, Mexico, the European Union and Canada. The countries targeted, particularly China, retaliated soon after the announcement, with their lashing out aimed at the United States’ agriculture industry.That is only the beginning, experts warn, considering China’s past reliance on U.S. soybeans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, reported that $12.3 billion worth of soybeans were exported to China in 2017 alone.Austin Berenda, 18, saw the brunt of the changes earlier this summer.He grew up on a 2,000-acre farm growing soybeans, corn, and popcorn and raising cattle in Benton County, near the Illinois-Indiana border. He now serves as treasurer for the Indiana division of the National FFA Organization, or what was the Future Farmers of America.On his lunch break Thursday at the FFA Pavilion on the fairgrounds, an area that includes a country store and mini-golf, Brenda explained that his parents, who generate all of their combined income from their farm, knew they needed to act fast as trade tensions hit a fever pitch.“My family panicked,” he said.Rather than continue to grow soybeans they had contracted for the season, the family sold all of their soybean crops ahead of time to ensure that, when the prices dropped from retaliation from foreign countries, they could salvage some money.“They claim it’s a long process, and if we stick it out it’ll eventually be better,” Berenda said, referring to Trump’s administration. “But that’s so hard for a farmer to see when he takes less money, and when he has to depend on government assistance to stay afloat.”The 18-year-old referred to the president’s promised $12 billion in reimbursements to farmers, some of which can be directly pocketed by soybean growers.Those subsidies, Brenda added, might sharpen what he called the “double-edged sword” leading the trade war — they won’t help farmers at home build a better relationship with their consumers, who might be wary of farmers receiving taxpayer dollars.And connecting with the public has worn down agriculturalists for some time, the officers and other state fair agriculturalists agreed.Sami DeLey, this year’s president of the Indiana FFA, said the public is needlessly afraid of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, which have become commonplace in crops in recent years. She said she is on a mission to end the stigma.“It’s a very touchy subject,” she said. “But we as agriculturalists just need to inform people that our food is safe, and that’s potentially the best way to produce food.”Gabi Reese, a 21-year-old student enrolled in Purdue University’s agricultural education program, is on a similar path. Randy Price, a former optometrist, was in attendance. He agreed that it is important for the public to understand farmers’ growing practices, which often require high-tech gear and extensive planning.When asked about Trump’s tariffs, he said they are a positive sign for all Americans, including farmers.“[Trump] wants to help the ones who get hit the hardest,” he said. “He’s shooting for total free trade.”Randy Price was accompanied by his wife, Roseanne Price, at the event. They also attended to visit Reese, one of their grandchildren.The Lebanon couple agreed that the president’s intentions are good and that the tariffs will result in a better future for the country.“We’ve never fought back until now,” Roseanne Price added. “That’s because, until now, we’ve never had a president that realized we needed to.”For those on the front lines of Indiana agriculture, however, the future is uncertain.“We’re probably set for this year, as long as we have a good crop,” Berenda said. “But the years to come are scaring us.”FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Cuisine de France in brand push

first_imgBake-off supplier Cuisine de France is to air a new regional TV commercial to raise awareness of its in-store bakery offer.The campaign will run in Scotland and the south-west from mid-February to mid-March. It uses a 30-second advertisement and a 10-second advertisement, where a girl is pictured going into a store and enjoying the smell and taste of Cuisine de France products.Marketing director David Girdler said the new advertising initiative is designed to increase brand awareness and drive consumers in-store. “It is a very exciting time for us as a business,” he commented. “We are investing heavily in the Cuisine de France brand in 2006; our aim is to achieve significant growth while maintaining a great relationship with our customers.”Marketing support will also include point-of-sale material as well as swing signs and posters.last_img read more

Reporting in Sandwich sales up, but challenges remain

first_imgDespite all the gloom of the recession, evidence suggests that sandwich sales are doing well, with sales up by some 3% in volume year-on-year.Given the considerable drop in sandwich sales when the recession first bit in autumn 2008, such growth is remarkable, as it shows the industry has regained most of the ground it lost in those early months. Research also shows that the average price of a sandwich has risen and is now just over £2, and that perceived value for money remains important.One of the biggest potential problems facing the industry is limited product innovation, partly due to increasing pressures for reformulations to meet government health targets. The big question is how far one can go in reducing salt and fat levels in foods before consumers start to reject them.Another issue facing the retail sector is trialling calorie information on display in foodservice and retail outlets where sandwiches are made on-site. To date, these establishments have escaped much of the labelling requirements, but the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is pressing for outlets to display more information at point of choice.While the FSA says this will remain voluntary, it is hoping peer pressure will force outlets to start providing this information. But there are still some big questions to be answered not least how businesses can accurately calculate the values without falling foul of Trading Standards legislation.A consultation is now under way on the results of these trials which can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ycrvx56.last_img read more

Restaurant @pizza raises £1m for drive-thrus

first_imgSource: @pizzaRestaurant @pizza has raised more than £1m through crowdfunding to expand its offering by adding drive-thrus in Edinburgh and Birmingham. The new units will be semi-permanent and situated in areas with high traffic density, such as suburban carparks, to drive growth with hopes to expand the concept across the UK. @pizza described the format as ‘highly-scalable, low-cost business and operating model’.Restaurants will include counter based dine-in, contactless takeaway and home delivery options suited to the post-lockdown world, it added.The first two drive-thrus will be added to its existing restaurant clusters in Edinburgh and Birmingham. Once established, it plans to expand further around the UK to develop 4-5 new clusters in the next stage of expansion.Its initial fundraising target of £820k was surpassed in just six hours and is now sitting at £1.01m as of 7 October with 17 days left to go.“We’re thrilled to have secured a site on the pedestrianised section of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the busiest street in Edinburgh. Our fast-paced service and excellent quality is perfectly suited to the needs of consumers in this location. We’ll be offering convenience and flexibility to enjoy pizza exactly how you want it in this prime location,” said Rupert Lyle, co-founder of @pizza.Investors can own a share of @pizza for a minimum of £10. Every investor will earn lifetime rewards, including free pizza on their birthday.The fundraising round takes the form of an equity crowdfund through Crowdcube. Investments will grow by 10% per annum and will be repayable in 36 months, @pizza said. If a further funding round takes place within 36 months, the investment will be convertible at a 25% discount to the prevailing share price being offered.last_img read more

Dispatch Announces Extensive Summer 2018 Tour With Nahko And Medicine For The People

first_imgYesterday, the folk-rockers Dispatch announced the dates for their upcoming 2018 summer tour, during which Nahko and Medicine for the People will serve as support for the majority of performances. Dispatch’s tour kicks off at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre in Vail, Colorado, on June 16th—the day before the band’s headlining show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on July 17th. From there, Dispatch will hit Salt Lake City, Utah on June 19th before taking a break from the road until July.On July 13th in Burlington, Vermont, Dispatch will begin the second leg of the tour, which accounts for the majority of dates on the group’s upcoming calendar. They will hit Bangor, Maine and Utica, New York before a two-day stand at New York City’s Central Park SummerStage on July 18th and 19th and performances at fan-favorite venues Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury Park, NJ) and Merriweather Post Pavillion (Columbia, MD) on July 20th and 21st, respectively.Foll0wing a Midwest detour to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 23rd and 24th, Dispatch will make stops in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The band will then hit Texas for three nights—one night in Irving on August 10th and two nights at Austin’s Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater on August 11th and 12th. After landing in Los Angeles on August 16th, the group will end this leg of tour by working their way up the West Coast, eventually landing in Redmond, Washington, on August 25th.After a brief break, Dispatch will return to the Midwest in September for dates in Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Cincinnati. To round out the band’s newly announced tour dates, Dispatch will perform at Philadelphia’s The Mann Center followed by two tour-closing shows at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on September 20th and 21st.Tickets for Dispatch’s upcoming tour with Nakho and Medicine for the People begin their on-sale on Friday, March 2nd, at 10 a.m. (local). For more information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Center for Spirituality to hold lecture series

first_imgBeginning next month, the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality (CFS) will bring three speakers to campus as part of the 2013 Spring Lecture Series, “Mind, Body, Spirit: Connected.” CVS director Sr. Kathleen Dolphin, PBVM, Ph. D, said these lectures will illustrate the overall goal of the Center, reminding people how the body, mind and spirit of a person are connected and dependent on one another. “The mind and spirit are intimately connected and mutually enriching to each other in an academic setting,” she said. “We’re in a unique position to engage the Saint Mary’s community in discussion of the critical issues related to spirituality that are facing students.” The lecture series, sponsored by the College’s Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund, kicks off March 5 when Margaret O’Brien Steinfels will deliver a talk called “Perspectives on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” Steinfels is the former co-director of the Center for on Religion and Culture at Fordham University. “What we are trying to talk about in this first lecture is the Catholic intellectual tradition, which is very strong throughout history,” Sr. Dolphin, PBVM, Ph. D said. “It’s an acknowledgement of the power of human intellect.” Sr. Dolphin said the human mind is a crucial part of a developing spirituality. “It’s an emphasis on the mind in that we must think about the issues of the world, and it’s concerns and the issues in the church,” she said. “We are constantly thinking about what role the church plays in these issues.” Sr. Dolphin said she admires Steinfels as both an author and a speaker. The two have a history together that came about long before their mutual interests in spirituality and the Catholic tradition. “I went to grade school with Margaret in Chicago, so I’m very excited to hear see her speak and talk,” she said. “I highly respect her.” However, Sr. Dolphin said she is also looking forward to the other two lectures in the series. The second speaker visiting campus is Suzette Bremault-Phillips, from the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta in Canada. Bremault-Phillips will speak March 26 in a talk called, “Exploring the Body/Spirituality Interface.” The talk, according to Sr. Dolphin will focus on the use of spiritual experiences in medicine. “She is exploring how the body and spirit get along with each other,” Sr. Dolphin, PBVM, Ph. D said. “She is studying the impact spirituality can have on someone who is ill. She’s done research on how people get better and recover if they’ve had some sort of spiritual or religious experience.” Sr. Dolphin also said she is extremely interested in this lecture because the topic of connecting science and religion in this way is still in its early stages. “I’ve met [Bremault-Phillips) before and she’s very energetic and very convinced there is something about spirituality and physical/mental health that we need to take a look at,” she said. “It’s a new field and study so I’m excited.” The third and final speaker in the series, Mary Jo Weaver, is a Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Indiana University speaking on April 2. Her talk, titled “The Evolutionary Adventure of Catholic Spirituality,” focuses more on the development of Catholic spirituality throughout history, according to Sr. Dolphin, PBVM, Ph. D. “Catholic spiritually has evolved over the years and seen major changes,” she said. “We’ve seen old ways that didn’t work for people falling by the way side.” Sr. Dolphin 5 said the audience might be hesitant of the talk or unsure of how to react because of the world “evolution” in the lecture’s title. “Some people don’t like the world “evolved” when it comes to Catholic spirituality,” she said. “But it has certainly and Weaver is a high-energy speaker who has a lot to say on this subject.” Each lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the CFS at (574) 284-4636 or visit www.saintmarys.edu/spirituality-current-lecture-series.last_img read more

South Bend updates taxi ordinances

first_imgThe City of South Bend has worked to better regulate local taxi companies and improve the municipal code, assistant city attorney Ann Carol Nash said.  “What we’re really trying to do is help taxi drivers know that they’ll do better business-wise if they become more customer oriented. … I’m hoping the requirements of the ordinance will help them along,” Nash said. “It will be good for taxi business and better for the city as a whole.”  In an effort to improve safety, the City now must inspect taxi vehicles once a year and the South Bend Airport must do the same once a year.  “We make sure the car is in very good condition,” Nash said. “We always did inspect [the cars], but we standardized our criteria with the criteria of the airport, so there is no confusion.” Following a suggestion made by former Notre Dame student body president Grant Schmidt, all cab drivers the City licenses must display a placard inside their vehicles that shows the driver’s name, the company, the cab number, a city map and the company’s rates. The drivers must also post the phone number of the City’s Central Office in case an issue arises, Nash said. “One of the biggest complaints we have gotten is people feel they were overcharged,” Nash said. “You should be able to look at this card and know what it is you’re going to be charged.”  Nash said other major changes include requirements for taxi companies to have more vehicles and drivers, increasing from two to six of each. At least two taxis must be available at all times, she said. “We need someone available all of the time. … We don’t want anybody stranded,” Nash said. “We require them to have something available.”   Nash said in order to be more customer-friendly, improve business and encourage safety, taxis must equip themselves to accept credit and debit cards. “It’s been a long time since we had a taxi driver hurt,” Nash said. “They’re already vulnerable – they have to drive anywhere in the city anytime they’re called. We certainly don’t want them hurt. If they’re taking debit cards instead of cash, they’re better off.”  Due to public health and safety risks, the City forbids smoking in vehicles, Nash said. She said passengers who smell tobacco smoke in their taxi should immediately report it to the City number posted in their cab. “Nobody should be smoking in the cab,” Nash said. “We’re dead serious about that. That’s not allowed. … There’s absolutely no excuse for that.”  Nash emphasized to students the importance of only using City-licensed taxis because these are the only safety-inspected vehicles. She said the City also screens licensed drivers for unsafe driving records and administers drug tests to them. “We have some security measures in place when we do our licensing of our drivers,” Nash said. “If you get into a taxi that isn’t licensed, you have no idea if that person has a criminal history, how they drive or even if they have a license at all. You can’t just rely on the fact that they call themselves a cab driver. We encourage people only to use City-licensed vehicles.” Nash said before getting into a taxi, students should look for special taxicab license plates and should verify that the outside of the vehicle displays the company name and rates. She said if the taxi does not display the required placard and license, students should not use the vehicle and should report a description of it to the City or to the police.  Nash said these changes will ensure students and other customers have positive and safe experiences in taxis. She applauded Notre Dame students for relying on taxis, especially while intoxicated, and she said this usage has made drinking and driving a non-issue in her eyes.  “Don’t be afraid to get in cabs,” Nash said. .The drivers are very safe, and are very excited to serve the students. … for the most part you’re going to get great service and safe driving. These are the people who are doing it right. The people who are doing it wrong are giving others a bad name.”  Contact Abi Hoverman at [email protected]last_img read more

Broadway.com’s 2014 Lessons of the Year!

first_imgIt’s almost 2015—we can’t believe a year went by so fast! (Name the musical that’s from and get 525,600 bonus points.) But before you jump into your jammies to watch Idina Menzel belt out “Let It Go” on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, we have one question: How do you measure, measure a year? In Lessons, of course! We’ve learned so much from our favorite shows and stars in the last 365 days on Broadway. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?Audra McDonald Needs to Write a PlayWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Audra McDonald is freaking unstoppable. Now that she’s won a whopping six Tony Awards—one for every acting category and then some—she needs to take up some new hobbies, like playwriting, orchestrating or costume design, so she can rack up some more Tonys in 2015. Either that or a sex change.Everybody Wants a Piece of HedwigDrag is so last year. Hedwig and the Angry Inch has been a cult hit for over a decade, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the transgender rock goddess finally took center stage on Broadway and racked up four Tony Awards. Now everyone wants to play her—even Rob Thomas and James Corden want to get in on the action. Wait, this is the perfect role for Audra McDonald! (We’re actually not kidding.)Adele Dazeem. Just Adele Dazeem.Who knew getting your name botched on national TV could send your career into the stratosphere? We hope If/Then and Frozen star Idina Menzel bought John Travolta some really nice Christmas Hanukkah booze. Because nothing says, “Thank you for effing up my name on the Oscars” like a bottle of Goldschlager.We Like Our Broadway Stars on IcePeople all over the world got cold and wet for a good cause in 2014, and Broadway stars were no exception. All of the Ice Bucket Challenge videos were awesome, but we were particularly fond of the ones that featured Ramin Karimloo and the Newsies guys for some reason. We’re not exactly sure why. Maybe they should do more ice bucket videos so we can figure it out.Dream Roles Come TrueBroadway is the land of opportunity (we think we read that in a book), and this year, the Great White Way made dreams come true for two lucky guys: Bradley Cooper, who had been dreaming of starring in The Elephant Man since he was in college, and Norm Lewis, who officially became Broadway’s first African-American Phantom. See that, kids? Santa is real (even though he didn’t get us that Wicked movie we really wanted).Vintage Shows Get Better with AgeOld shows are like Grandma’s pantsuit collection: Sure, they’re a little dusty, but this year proved you can pull a play or musical out of the back of the closet, dust it off and pretend it’s brand new again. Producers added some star power and spritzed a little Febreze on relics like Hedwig, This Is Our Youth, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Side Show in 2014…and the tourists didn’t even notice!There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Sure Thing’The Rolling Stones said it best: “Producers can’t always get what they want.” (We think that’s how it went.) Sometimes when a show seems like a guaranteed hit—an acclaimed director, a starry cast, a genius book writer, based on a movie with the word “Broadway” in the title—it flops. Meanwhile, a less flashy musical (also about murder) swoops in and wins Best Musical. Never underestimate the power of a top hat and a bustle.If You Don’t Like It, Tweet About ItYou got a bone to pick? Forget the op-ed page—just fire up your iPhone and start tweeting. Thanks to your Twitter comments this year, marquee lights were dimmed for Joan Rivers, the sound design awards might be reinstated in future Tony ceremonies, Peter Pan Live! was even more successful than The Sound of Music and the Les Miz revival finally got a cast recording. Oh wait. Not that last one. Get to work, guys!Kelli O’Hara Is the Susan Lucci of B’wayYep, five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara is a lucky lady. She has gorgeous skin and hair as yellow as corn, she’s about to star in her 10th Broadway show, she has a handsome husband, two adorable kids and a talented father-in-law, she just wowed the country on national TV and she can make some mean cheese grits. Yep, Kelli O’Hara pretty much has it all. EXCEPT ONE THING.YES, We Want to Build a SnowmanWhen we’re old and gray, and our grandchildren ask us, “What was 2014 like?” Here’s what we’ll say: “Once upon a time, there was a princess named Liz/Beth Adele Dazeem Idina Menzel Elsa and she sang this song called ‘Let It Go.’ But that was the crazy thing—we could not let it go. Our love for her grew into a giant Frozen snowball that got so big, we had no choice but to abandon Earth and move there. And that, kids, is why we live in an igloo in Arendelle. Now go to bed.” View Commentslast_img read more