Where might we find evidence of a Last Interglacial West Antarctic ice sheet collapse in Antarctic ice core records?

first_imgAbundant indirect evidence suggests that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) reduced in size during the LastInterglacial (LIG) compared to the Holocene. This study explores this possibility by comparing, for the firsttime, ice core stable isotope records for the LIG with output from a glacio-isostatic adjustment (GIA)model. The results show that ice core records from East Antarctica are remarkably insensitive to verticalmovement of the solid land motion driven by a simulated hypothetical collapse of the WAIS. However,new and so far unexplored sites are identified which are sensitive to the isostatic signal associated withWAIS collapse and so ice core proxy data from these sites would be effective in testing this hypothesis further.last_img

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Beresfords present home sellers with an Audi A1

first_imgBeresfords a major independent estate agent in Essex and Greater London, has presented a couple from Upminster with a brand new Audi A1, following one of Beresfords most successful brand awareness and sales incentive campaigns.Mr and Mrs Plank were stunned to hear that they were the owners of a brand new Audi A1 after they were selected as part of a prize draw after successfully selling their family home through Beresfords. As part of the promotion, Beresfords also paid the management fees for one landlord, Nigel Thomas.Both winners were presented with their prizes at Beresfords Chelmsford office by Chairman/Managing Director Paul Beresford and Director of Beresfords Lettings Division, Bernie Barcham.Mr and Mrs Plank said of their new car, “When we found out that we had won the car we were shocked and cried for about an hour! We just couldn’t believe it; we’ve never won anything in our lives! ”“This is the third time we’ve used Beresfords and as per the previous times the service was very good. Everything went smoothly, it was an easy transaction and there was nothing to worry about. Our house went on the market on a Thursday and it was sold Friday morning!”Beresfords landlord, Nigel Thomas who is benefiting from his management fees paid, said, “I was really pleased, we only started out two years ago getting rental properties so to get a year’s free service is very helpful.”“I’ve found Beresfords to be very good. They’ve found me rental properties that meet my requirements and rented them out without any aggravation. I also find the staff very helpful and friendly.”Paul Beresford (left) said at the presentation, “Congratulations to both winners. We began this promotion at the start of January but to ensure as many people as possible could be entered into the draw, the winners were only selected at the start of July. As you can imagine there has been much anticipation leading up to this announcement!”sales incentive campaign Beresfords Beresfords Audi A1 prize brand awareness September 7, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Beresfords present home sellers with an Audi A1 previous nextMarketingBeresfords present home sellers with an Audi A1Mr & Mrs Plank said, “We were shocked and cried for about an hour!”The Negotiator7th September 201601,606 Viewslast_img read more

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Press release: Tree Champion to expand England’s woodland

first_imgWorking Group We have a responsibility to make sure the next generation inherit the woodlands, forests and trees they deserve. We are beginning to see good progress in growing tree cover, but we need to go further – and faster. I’m confident Sir William Worsley will bring the expertise and vision required to rapidly drive forward planting rates and prevent street trees being felled. The Tree Champion will explore how local authorities can improve their reporting on tree felling and re-planting, as well as encourage more effective approaches to tree management that promote and preserve the benefits of existing street trees, while at the same time managing the health and safety risks associated with diseased trees. The Tree Champion will make recommendations to the Defra Forestry Minister and the Plant Health Minister who will then consider how best to take these forward. These will need to be: A new Tree Champion to drive forward planting rates and prevent the unnecessary felling of street trees has been appointed today by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.Sir William Worsley, current Chair of the National Forest Company, has been tasked with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years and supporting the Government’s manifesto commitments to plant 11 million trees, plus a further one million in our towns and cities.Alongside the Government’s recently-launched review into National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Champion will help to improve the environment for the next generation and make the ambitions of our 25 Year Environment Plan a reality.He will bring together mayors, city leaders and other key players across local government to prevent the unnecessary felling of street trees – alongside supporting the introduction of a new duty for councils to properly consult with communities before they cut down trees.With a number of grant schemes already in place to help landowners grow woodland cover, the Tree Champion will support the development of a future scheme outside the EU – one that encourages large-scale tree planting, reduces carbon and rewards landowners for enhancing the environment.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Promoting the Government’s woodland creation schemes to landowners and other stakeholders and encouraging the right trees to be planted in the right places. Driving forward the Government’s manifesto commitment to plant 11 million trees. Working with Defra and Forestry Commission on the design of future environmental land management outside the EU. Identifying and promoting best practice across local government to prevent the unnecessary felling of street trees – supporting the introduction of a new duty for local councils to consult before felling. Working across local government to ensure ancient woodland is more strongly protected. Supporting the planting of one million urban trees, and influencing decision-makers to generate ideas and buy-in locally. Working with Defra’s Chief Plant Health Officer to drive the protection of tree health across England, raising awareness of the impact pests and diseases have on our environment and economy. Tree Champion – Terms of Reference The appointment of a Tree Champion is a commitment in the 25 Year Environment Plan. The stated objective is to promote the benefits of trees and forests, support manifesto commitments and targets, and drive a step change in tree planting. The Secretary of State is keen that the Tree Champion supports other objectives, as follows: The appointment of a Tree Champion is a key commitment of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. The plan, launched in January this year, sets out how we will improve the environment over a generation, including through growing woodland cover.Since the launch of this plan, Government has committed to providing almost £6 million to kick-start the creation of an ambitious Northern Forest along the M62 corridor. We want to see 50 million trees planted over the next 25 years from Liverpool to Hull – boosting habitats for woodland birds and bats and protecting iconic species like the red squirrel.The Government has also made it easier to apply for its woodland creation grant schemes, recently approving two large-scale woodland creation projects. More than 600,000 trees are being planted at Doddington North Moor in Northumberland, while Lowther Park in the Lake District is planting more than 200,000 trees thanks to government funding.Sir William Worsley will be appointed in the role for one year, and his responsibilities will include: I am delighted to be appointed as the Government’s Tree Champion. Trees and woods are an important part of my life, as they are to local communities. They transform our landscapes, improve our health and wellbeing and help grow the economy. I look forward to working with stakeholders and local authorities to promote these benefits and grow the country’s woodland cover. The 11 million trees commitment, by promoting the government’s woodland creation schemes to landowners and other stakeholders, to encourage take-up The 1 million urban trees commitment by influencing decision-makers to generate ideas The commitment to strengthen the protection of ancient woodlands through the planning system Supporting the introduction of a new duty for local councils to consult before felling As Chair of the National Forest Company, Sir William Worsley currently oversees the successful National Forest – which has transformed 200 square miles of industrial land in the heart of England and now attracts over eight million visitors a year – helping wildlife like otters, water voles and dragonflies to flourish.Sir William Worsley said: Objectivescenter_img This role will report to Defra Ministers responsible for Forestry Policy and Plant Health & Biosecurity The Tree Champion will do this by challenging the forestry sector and other stakeholders to develop new ideas and ways of working and by listening to their concerns and aspirations for the development of future policy. The Tree Champion will promote the government’s woodland creation schemes to landowners and other stakeholders, to encourage take-up. The Tree Champion will also support Defra and Forestry Commission with the development of a future grant scheme outside the EU to encourage woodland creation. The Tree Champion will need draw on expertise as required. To be effective the Tree Champion will need a clear mandate from Defra Ministers and to secure time and resource from across the Defra Group to contribute meaningfully and to engage constructively with his role. The Tree Champion will bring together Mayors, city leaders and other key players across government to promote the value of trees in urban and rural environments and promote local authorities’ development of comprehensive Tree and Woodland Strategies for their areas. The advice and recommendations of the Tree Champion will help contribute to the achievement of Defra’s objectives. In particular, the Tree Champion will support a number of manifesto commitments: The Tree Champion will work closely with a Defra officials Working Group, which will meet as required. This will comprise policy leads from Defra Forestry Policy Team, Plant Health Team and delivery leads from the Forestry Commission and Natural England. This group will help the Tree Champion to develop any outputs or other reports for Ministers. Explore how local authorities can improve their reporting on tree felling and replanting. Convene and marshall forestry and other stakeholder views to support Defra and Forestry Commission in their design of a future environmental land management scheme Work with Defra’s Chief Plant Health Officer to strengthen the protection of trees from pest and disease threats and improve resilience of trees in England, this includes raising awareness of the impact pests and diseases have on our environment and economy. Outcomes Clear and concise cost-effective options to achieve the stated objectives, which take into account the needs of relevant stakeholder forestry bodies and industry interests Aligned with Defra policies including those in the 25 Year Environment Plan, manifesto commitments, the Tree Health Resilience Strategy and the BEIS Clean Growth Strategy Consistent with other Ministerial priorities A further anticipated outcome of the Tree Champion’s work will be strengthened cooperation and partnership working between the Tree Champion, Defra, Forestry Commission, Natural England and key forestry stakeholders Defra Forestry Policy TeamJune 2018last_img read more

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Bindi Irwin & Alexa PenaVega Embrace Their Inner Roxie & Velma

first_img Related Shows from $49.50 Chicago View Comments Bindi Irwin and Broadway alum Alexa PenaVega showed off their best Fosse-esque moves on week nine of Dancing With the Stars. PenaVega was (spoiler) eliminated at the end of the November 9 episode, but not before donning a Velma wig to perform a sparkly, flashy rendition of Chicago’s “All That Jazz” and “Hot Honey Rag” opposite Irwin’s Roxie and alongside their seasoned partners Derek Hough and Mark Ballas. Take a look below to see how they did! Wait a minute; is this all one big audition for the Weisslers?! If so, just remember: you saw it here first.last_img

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Suffolk Confirms First Female Police Commissioner

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Geraldine Hart, the FBI’s former Long Island office leader, officially became the Suffolk County Police Department’s first female commissioner after county legislators unanimously confirmed her historic appointment as top cop on Tuesday.After lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised her, Hart was confirmed by a vote of 18-0. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone chose her after his administration’s search of more than 100 candidates that applied for the position.“It is essential that we represent the population that we police,” Hart told the panel when asked how she will how more diverse officers. “It is a process that is slowly evolving…but it is a program that I would like to look into as far as mentoring to see what we can do once those officers are in the department, how we can get them hooked up with somebody who can show them the lay of the land.”With nearly 2,500 sworn members, the department is the 11th largest in the nation.Hart replaces Timothy Sini, the former police commissioner who was elected Suffolk County District Attorney last fall.She takes over shortly after the department was rocked by scandal. Former Suffolk Police Chief James Burke is serving federal prison time after pleading guilty to beating a handcuffed inmate and trying to cover it up.Her appointment also comes as the department is in the midst of a crackdown on the increasingly violent MS-13 street gang that has drawn national headlines for its crimes on LI and while Suffolk detectives are investigating the largest unsolved murder case in the department’s history after the discovery of 10 sets of human remains on Ocean Parkway nearly seven years ago.last_img read more

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System for global pandemic vaccine development challenged

first_imgFeb 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia, the country that has seen more human deaths from avian influenza H5N1 than any other, has ceased sharing viruses isolated from its patients with international health authorities, challenging the global system for flu-strain identification and vaccine development.The World Health Organization (WHO) has not received any viral isolates from Indonesia since the end of 2006, Dr. David Heymann, the agency’s acting assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said in a telephone briefing this morning.”We have been in discussions with the Ministry of Health since November of last year,” he said. “We will continue to work with them and with all countries to ensure this virus will remain somehow a public good.”Indonesia is also preparing to sign on Wednesday an agreement giving a single vaccine manufacturer rights to its isolates, Heymann said—though by the end of the day Tuesday, it remained unclear whether the agreement with Baxter International would block health authorities and other manufacturers from accessing the samples, or solely guarantee Indonesia’s right to purchase vaccines made from its viruses.The episode highlights the fragile and increasingly contentious system by which flu viruses—from both seasonal flu and novel strains such as avian influenza H5N1—are identified and shared around the world.Under that system, designed by the WHO with the agreement of its 193 member states, flu viruses are isolated in a country and analyzed to increasing levels of sophistication by a national lab, regional lab, and 1 of 4 WHO Influenza Collaborating Centers in Tokyo, Melbourne, London, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.Gene sequences from the analyses are used to identify emerging strains of flu—to track the evolution of the disease and, crucially for Tuesday’s news, to provide the basis for flu vaccines made by pharmaceutical companies.For about 50 years, the system has operated on goodwill, with its costs borne by the WHO membership and no compensation offered for viral contributions. There have been signs in recent months, though, that the agreement is breaking down.China last year refused for a time to share flu virus samples internationally, complaining that credit for discoveries was going to Western scientists at the top of the network’s pyramid rather than to the Chinese researchers who originated them.And last month, developing-world members of the WHO’s 34-country Executive Board complained at the board’s annual meeting that the system routes viral isolates, and the vaccines that result from them, away from the developing countries that lack the capacity to manufacture them but are likely to need them the most.”The pandemic will definitely occur in developing countries, not developed countries. But we are sending our virus (samples) to the rich countries to produce antivirals and vaccines. And when pandemic occurs, they survive and we die,” Suwit Wibulpolprasert of Thailand said in remarks carried by Reuters.”We are not opposing the sharing of information and virus, but on the condition that every country will have equal opportunity to get access to vaccine and anti-virals if such a pandemic occurs.”He was supported by Sameer Khalfan of Bahrain, who said: “There should be a fixed percentage of the vaccine produced for the pandemic strain for each region, proportionate to the population of each region, to ensure equitable and fair access.”At the end of the meeting, the board passed a resolution—to be sent to the full membership for a vote during May’s World Health Assembly—that pointedly said: “No national influenza centre laboratory, Global Influenza Surveillance Collaborating Centre or H5 Reference Laboratory should charge fees or sell influenza viruses or strains or in any way seek to profit from participation in the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network. . . . No national, influenza centre laboratory, Global Influenza Surveillance Collaborating Centre or H5 Reference Laboratory should impose agreements or administrative procedures that may inhibit the proper functioning of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network, including in particular the timely sharing of material and information.”Indonesia is a WHO member state but does not belong to the executive board.In the teleconference Tuesday, Heymann said the virus-sharing relationship has broken down over twin concerns of intellectual property rights and vaccine access.”Their major concern is that the virus strain they have put into the WHO network . . . has been used by several manufacturers to develop vaccines,” he said. “Indonesia feels they must be getting some compensation for the use of their viruses in production and marketing of these vaccines.”In addition to intellectual property rights, Heymann said, the dispute hinges on the mismatch between where vaccine seed strains originate and where the vaccines that result from them are sold. Most vaccine manufacturers are in the industrialized world, whose countries are also the major markets for seasonal vaccine. If a pandemic strain arises and a vaccine can be developed against it, developing countries that also want to purchase it could find themselves at the end of a long queue.”Developing countries . . . would like to have their own stockpiles, or would like to have some benefit from the viruses that they have given, seeing that there is not great access to vaccines in the world,” Heymann said.Indonesia is due Wednesday to sign a memorandum of understanding with vaccine manufacturer Baxter International. How much that memo could alter the relationship with the global flu-identification effort is unclear.”We anticipate the MOU will then modify the way in which Indonesia participates in the network for sharing of novel influenza viruses,” Heymann said. But Baxter told the Financial Times and Canadian Press today that the agreement would not block the sharing of Indonesian viral samples with others.Whatever the memo’s content, the issue of developing countries’ desire to exert some self-protective control over flu-virus identification is unlikely to go away—as Heymann acknowledged Tuesday.”The solution to this certainly comes from a round table at which many people are seated; that round table has to include pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines, it has to include countries that are having human infections, it has to have countries in whose interest it is to have those viruses and it has to have international organizations,” he said. “We have begun those discussions with the pharmaceutical industry, with the governments, and we are gradually trying to come to a paradigm that will work.”last_img read more

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Unipension cites equity returns for schemes’ strong 2013

first_imgPetersen said Unipension produced one of the very best returns in the pensions industry for its scheme members over the last five years, both compared with traditional with-profits products and unit link pensions that had the same risk profile.He said the international economy was improving, and companies were tending to recognise that better times were on their way.“The optimism has rubbed off on the stock market in 2013, and this is why we have seen these price rises,” he said.However, while progress had been made in the world economy in 2013, there are still big challenges in the US and Western Europe in the form of high unemployment and low investment, Unipension said.Petersen said one of the most interesting topics in 2014 would be how the rollback of US expansionary fiscal policy will be received in the financial markets.“The US has pumped an almost unimaginable amount into circulation to stimulate the economy, and when the flow of cash stops as planned in 2014, the markets will have to deal with the new situation,” he said.On top of this, there are still problems in Southern European economies, which could well flare up again in 2014, he warned.But overall, he said the world economy was in better shape than a year ago. Denmark’s Unipension produced 2013 investment returns of between 8.3% and 9% for the three professional pension schemes it runs, and said returns were driven in particular by strong equities performance.The Architects’ Pension Fund returned 8.4%, the Pension Fund for Danish MAs, MSCs and PhDs (MP Pension) produced 8.3% and the Pension Fund for Agricultural Academics and Vets ended the year with a 9% return, Unipension reported in preliminary figures for last year.The 2013 returns are lower than investment profits the pensions administrator produced the year before, which were between 12.8% and 13.3% for the three pension funds.Niels Erik Petersen, head of investment at Unipension, said: “The return in 2013 was especially driven by shares, which have performed very well.”last_img read more

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Young Veterans Still Alive

first_imgNewsSports Young Veterans Still Alive by: – August 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet 17 Views   no discussions Young Veterans. Photo credit: DAVA Technical Committee.Young Veterans put up a strong fight to ensure that they lived to fight another day. Facing eliminations from the playoffs, Young Veterans defeated Club Olympia in 4 sets to force a game 3 in the LIME/Dominica Amateur Volleyball Association National Volleyball League semifinals.Young Veterans started off strong, winning the first set 25 – 15 before dropping the second set 26-24.After a slow start in the third set, Young Veterans picked up the pace and won the third and forth sets 25-21 and 25-15 respectively. The series is now tied at 1-1.The deciding game 3 is set for Thursday 25th at 7:30pm at the Point Michel Hardcourt.DAVA Technical Committeecenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Duterte bans another US senator backing De Lima

first_imgUnited States Sen. Edward Markey joins fellow Democratic senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy, authors of the entry ban amendment, in the list of American lawmakers barred from entering the Philippines. AP “Yes [the ban is extended] to Markey,”Panelo said in a message to the media on Wednesday. Markey, Durbin and Leahy are three of the 11 sponsors of Senate Resolution 142 passed by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee calling for the release of De Lima from detention. US President Donald Trump has signed into law the 2020 national budget, which includes the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Bill 2020 where a clause banning Philippine officials who detained De Lima is included. Panelo saidMarkey was included in the ban for supporting the travel restriction againstofficials involved in the detention of De Lima. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier banned US Senators Richard Durbin and Patrick Leahy from entering the country for calling for de Lima’s freedom from detention.center_img Panelo has said the possible change invisa rules for Americans is the administration’s way of resisting attempts byforeigners to meddle in the Philippines’ processes./PN MANILA – American Sen. Edward Markey ofMassachusetts was added to the list of United States lawmakers who were barredfrom entering the Philippines for calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima. Curiously, however, the entry ban is not yet extended to eight other US senators who sponsored the resolution namely Marco Rubio, Marsha Blackburn, Chris Coons, Jeff Merkley, Tina Smith, Brian Schatz, Dianne Feinstein and Benjamin Cardin.    President Duterte retaliated by orderingan entry ban against Durbin and Leahy and threatening to require Americans tosecure visas before coming to the Philippines.last_img read more

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Tip leads to arrest in tri-state property theft ring

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN— A lengthy investigation by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office and the Special Crimes Unit has resulted in the arrest of Danny “Troy” Denison, 56, of Aurora in connection with a tri-state area theft ring.According to Prosecutor Lynn Deddens, in January, police received a tip that individuals from Dearborn County were involved in the thefts of equipment as well as golf carts from all over the Tristate area of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. On March 2, police executed a search warrant for the property, residence, and outbuildings of Danny “Troy” Denison located in Aurora. Detectives located and seized multiple allegedly stolen items including a golf cart and blacktop roller.During the follow-up investigation, the Sheriff’s Office and Special Crimes Unit Detectives located five other stolen golf carts in Dearborn and Ripley County with the assistance of the Dillsboro Police Department, Lawrenceburg Police Department, Aurora Police Department and Rising Sun Police Department. The golf carts are alleged to have been stolen from a business in Mt. Vernon, the Dearborn Country Club, and Shawnee Lookout Golf Course. The blacktop roller was allegedly stolen from a barn located on State Route 48 in Lawrenceburg.Danny “Troy” Denison was arrested and charged on allegations of Corrupt Business Influence and Theft.last_img read more

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