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The deuterium excess records of EPICA Dome C and Dronning Maud Land ice cores (East Antarctica)

first_imgNew high-resolution deuterium excess (d) data from the two EPICA ice cores drilled in Dronning Maud Land (EDML) and Dome C (EDC) are presented here. The main moisture sources for precipitation at EDC and EDML are located in the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, respectively. The more southward moisture origin for EDML is reflected in a lower present-day d value, compared to EDC. The EDML and EDC isotopic records (delta O-18 and d) show the main climate features common to the East Antarctic plateau and similar millennial scale climate variability during the last glacial period. However, quite large delta O-18 and d differences are observed during MIS5.5 and the glacial inception with a long-term behaviour. A possibility for this long-term difference could be related to uncertainties in past accumulation rate which are used in the glaciological models. Regional climate anomalies between the two sites during MIS5.5 could also be consistent with the observed EDML-EDC delta O-18 and d gradient anomalies. Simulations performed with the General Circulation Model ECHAM4 for different time slices provide a temporal temperature/isotope slope for the EDML region in fair agreement to the modern spatial slope. T-site and T-source records are extracted from both ice cores, using a modelling approach, after corrections for past 8180 seawater and elevation changes. A limited impact of d on Antarctic temperature reconstruction at both EDML and EDC has been found with a higher impact only at glacial inception. The AIM (Antarctic Isotope Maximum) events in both ice cores are visible also after the source correction, suggesting that these are real climate features of the glacial period. The different shape of the AIM events between EDC and EDML, as well as some climate features in the early Holocene, points to a slightly different climate evolution at regional scale. A comparison of our temperature reconstruction profiles with the aerosol fluxes show a strong coupling of the nssCa fluxes with Antarctic temperatures during glacial period and a tighter coupling of delta O-18 and T-site with ssNa flux at EDML compared to EDC during the glacial period and MIS5.5. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.last_img read more

JCRs criticise University’s new strategic plan

first_imgBut some common room presidents expressed scepticism over the plan’s priorities. Abdossalam Madkhali, Linacre College MCR President, argued, “Oxford needs to put more emphasis on retaining its academic excellence. Global reach is a top priority, but I’m not sure it should be number one. If we don’t have enough funding for students, the crème de la crème will go to other universities, and we will not be able to attain the global reach we aspire to.”Christian Beck, MCR President at St Edmund Hall, stated, “Global reach comes as a natural repercussion of maintaining adequate funding and academic excellence: they are the less abstract components that can be affected to produce global reach.”Mapstone defended the emphasis on global reach, saying, “We can’t get complacent. We’re not going to stay number one by focusing on internal affairs. Global reach is something we have to pay attention to.”Most presidents supported the global focus, requesting more international exchange opportunities for students. Nicole Sparkes, Merton JCR President, said, “If the university did something so that students didn’t have to organise it themselves, that would be very positive.”The importance of ‘interdisciplinarity’ was also discussed. One JCR President studying PPE argued, “My course is already very broad. I’m worried I could leave with broad but very shallow knowledge.”However, presidents agreed that faculties need to collaborate more. Margery Infield, JCR President at St Edmund Hall, stated, “In some cases when you’re doing joint schools, it can feel like no one tutor is taking care of you. It’s easy to feel like you’re falling through the gaps.”Undergraduates’ responses to the university’s plans have been mixed. Caroline Rogers, an English student at St Hilda’s, commented, “I’m not sure I like the university’s new proposals. Draft Strategic Plan? More like Daft Strategic Plan!”A spokesperson for the University commented, “The University’s draft plan has been put out for consultation among the Oxford community precisely to give University members the opportunity to feed in their views, and the new Strategic Plan will aim to reflect the priorities and goals of the collegiate University as a whole.” Common room presidents have discussed Oxford University’s strategic plan for 2013-18, questioning the university’s two new priorities of “global reach” and “interdisciplinarity.”At a meeting of JCR and MCR Presidents on Tuesday, students debated whether the 2012 Draft Strategic Plan represented students’ interests.OUSU President David J Townsend chaired the meeting, which presented the university’s goals for the next five years to common rooms.Dr Sally Mapstone, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, claimed, “Academic freedom, independent research and the tutorial system still form the absolute bedrock of the university. The five year plan aims to deal with some of the particular problems facing this university.”The Draft Strategic Plan was released in November 2012, and announced the university’s two focuses. The new first priority is “global reach,” aiming “to develop the university’s position as a global forum for intellectual engagement through the proactive communication of ideas generated at Oxford and through openness to new ideas generated elsewhere.”The second is “networking, communication and interdisciplinarity,” The university hopes “To build on Oxford’s multiple disciplinary strengths and enable collaborations in new and developing areas. Many of today’s research questions cut across traditional departmental and divisional boundaries.” The document is the result of a year’s collaboration between colleges, OUSU and the university.The plan states, “The University of Oxford aims to lead the world in research and education, and to share its work on a national and global scale. We shall realise this vision by taking forward new and transformative approaches to research, teaching and engagement with society.”last_img read more

Zimmer, State Get Partial Judgments From Tax Court

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Zimmer, State Get Partial Judgments From Tax CourtOlivia Covington for www.theindlianalawyer.comThe Indiana Tax Court has granted summary judgment to both the Indiana Department of Revenue and an in-state manufacturer, holding that the state’s use tax applies to some of the manufacturer’s products that are stored in Indiana, but not to those products used solely for out-of-state work.In Zimmer, Inc. v. Indiana Department of State Revenue, 49T10-1507-TA-25, Zimmer, Inc., a Warsaw corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes medical products, marketed its products at dozens of out-of-state trade shows and conventions during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 tax years. In preparation for one of the largest conventions, Zimmer hired an Illinois-based exhibit house to annually design and manufacture a new exhibition booth, which incorporated some of the original, repaired, refurbished or modified components of previous exhibition booths.Each year, Zimmer arranged for some components of its previous exhibition booth to be shipped to the Illinois exhibit house, while other components were kept in an Indiana warehouse. Then, the components would be shipped from the Illinois location and Indiana warehouse to be set up at the out-of-state convention site.At the conclusion of a convention, all of the components would be returned to Zimmer’s Indiana warehouse for storage. However, any components that were found to have major damage were either shipped to Illinois for immediate repair or set aside in the warehouse for subsequent in-house repair or other modification.After Zimmer filed a claim seeking a nearly $1.1 million refund in sales tax remitted on the purchase of items used to manufacture its products, the Indiana Department of State Revenue conducted an audit on Zimmer and determined that the company owed $523,890.93 in use tax on its exhibition booth components. The department granted Zimmer’s refund claim in part, offsetting the refunded amount by the use-tax liability.After the department denied Zimmer’s protest of the use-tax determination, the company appealed to the Indiana Tax Court, and both parties filed cross-motions for summary judgment. Indiana Tax Court Judge Martha Blood Wentworth granted each of those motions in part on Thursday.In its appellate argument, the department claimed that Zimmer’s in-state storage of the exhibition booth components subjected it to the use tax “because the type of storage excluded from use tax requires permanent use outside the state, not – as here – continuous revolutions between in-state storage and out-of-state use.”But Wentworth rejected that argument, writing that “Nowhere in Indiana Code section 6-2.5-3-1(b) is there an express temporal limitation on storage or a prohibition on returning previously stored property to Indiana for continued storage.” Instead, the judge said the statutory exclusion from the tax applies when property is stored in Indiana for subsequent use solely outside of the state, as is the case with Zimmer.However, Wentworth agreed with the department that the repair of damaged components by an in-house carpenter at Zimmer’s warehouse constituted a taxable use because the designated evidence “does not establish that those repairs were necessary for storage to occur or that the exhibition booth components (or any others) deteriorated during storage.”Thus, the tax court granted summary judgment to Zimmer on the exhibition components that were stored in Indiana for solely out-of-state use, while granting summary judgment to the Department of Revenue on the components that were repaired in Indiana.last_img read more

Gram rounds off cabinets

first_imgEnergy-efficient commercial refrigeration supplier Gram UK, has announced the launch of two new cabinets, to complete its Compact range. The new Compact 210 and 410 models join the existing 610 cabinet, to offer a full range of options that combine low-energy consumption with high quality.The new cabinets boast a unique air distribution system to maintain a correct and uniform temperature throughout, said the firm. Cold air is directed down the air distribution plate positioned at the back of the cabinet. From there it circulates around the cabinet and back to the evaporator fan at the top of the cabinet, to maintain a consistent temperatures, while drawing as little energy as possible. For example the Compact K410 consumes as little as 256 kWh/year, which at 10p/kilowatt hour, gives an annual electricity cost of just £25.60.Each cabinet has an outside width of 60cm and a depth of 64cm, and can be built under counters, stacked on top of each other or wall-mounted. The cabinets also feature in-built alarms and emergency programs designed to maintain temperature if a fault was detected, thereby minimising the risk of food degradation until it was rectified.last_img read more

Dead & Company Honors Gregg Allman In Sin City Tour Opener At The MGM Grand [Videos]

first_imgAfter months of anticipation, Dead & Company‘s 2017 tour is finally upon us! Last night, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti rolled into Las Vegas to kick off their 20-date summer run. The band came in hot in their first performance since 7/30/16 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, opening the show with classic cuts including “The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw,” each highlighted by poignantly beautiful guitar interplay by Mayer and Weir. You can watch pro-shot footage of the show’s first three songs (“The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw”) via nugs.tv, which the band streamed live on their Facebook page:Set one continued the string of jukebox Dead sing-alongs, including “Loser,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Brown Eyed Women,” and “Bird Song.” Set two kicked off with a joyous “Playin’ In The Band,” which eventually bled into “Deal,” sung with sly charisma by Mayer. A classic “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” pairing came next, and eventually dissipated into “Drums/Space,” giving Mickey and Billy their first crack of the year at their patented percussion odysseys. Out of the “Space” arose “The Other One,” as Bobby fearlessly led the band on vocals through the remainder of the set, including “Black Peter” and the obligatory “One More Saturday Night.”However, as we all know, yesterday wasn’t just another Saturday night. Earlier that evening, the music world received the devastating news that Gregg Allman, the leader of the iconic Allman Brothers Band and widely respected rock and roll elder statesman, had passed away. In a moving tribute to the fallen legend (and Burbridge’s former Allmans bandmate), Dead & Company delivered a delicate rendition of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” the Bob Dylan classic performed by the Allmans, the Dead, and just about everyone else. As the band played, images of Gregg were projected behind the stage, blending with visuals of fluffy white clouds to give Allman’s  an angelic aura. After the touching tribute, the band slipped back into a “Playin’ in the Band” reprise to cap an excellent tour opener. Watch fan-shot footage of the end of the encore tribute to Gregg Allman below, courtesy of YouTube user Nala ThaBoxer:SETLIST: Dead & Company | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 5/27/17Set 1: The Music Never Stopped, Dire Wolf, Jack Straw, Loser, Friend of the Devil, Brown Eyed Women, Bird SongSet 2: Playin’ In The Band > Deal, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Drums > Space > The Other One > Black Peter, One More Saturday NightEncore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door > Playin In The Band (Reprise)The band keeps playin’ on tonight as they make their way to Phoenix AZ for a performance at Ak-Chin Pavillion. From there, the band will play a pair of two-night runs in California, at Hollywood Bowl and Shoreline Amphitheatre, respectively. For a full list of upcoming Dead & Co shows, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Erik Kabib[Cover photo via Instagram user @deadandgang]Dead & Company | MGM Grand | Las Vegas, NV | Photos by Erik Kabib Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Spafford Adds Soule Monde, Southern Avenue, Hayley Jane, And More To Fall Tour

first_imgArizona four-piece Spafford is coming in hot with a 39-date Fall tour, starting September 27 in Charlottesville, VA and ending back home in Flagstaff on November 18. Each club date will feature two full sets from Spafford, with opening support from some of their rising companions. Along for the ride are Soule Monde (Ray Paczkowski & Russ Lawton from Trey Band), Southern Avenue, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Space Bacon, Voodoo Visionary, Lesser Bangs, Shaky Feelin’, Tiny Massive, and Red Rose.Spafford Shares New All-Improv Release, “Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience” [Stream]Spafford have been cutting their teeth on coast-to-coast tours for the better part of the last year, headlining venues across the country and supporting heavyweights such as Umphrey’s McGee. Their biggest tour yet will include two nights at Asheville Music Hall in Asheville, North Carolina, two nights in Denver, Colorado (including a special VIP-only performance), their first headline play at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York, an appearance at Suwanee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida, among many other exciting stops.In partnership with CID Entertainment, Spafford is offering their fans an “All In” VIP Experience to those catching their Colorado shows. This limited-run ticket includes admission to the Ogden Theatre on Thursday 11/9, alongside an intimate private VIP-only performance at the new Globe Hall in Denver on Saturday, 11/11. The “All In” VIP Experience also features a Meet & Greet/Photo Opportunity with Spafford, access to the Ogden Theatre soundcheck on 11/9, a limited edition event poster signed by the band, one exclusive Spafford merchandise gift, a high-quality download of soundboard audio from each night, and on-site concert hosts.Spafford is a four-piece funk rock group hailing from Phoenix, AZ, comprised of Jordan Fairless (Bass/Vocals), Red Johnson (Keys/Vocals), Brian Moss (Guitar/Vocals) and Cameron Laforest (Drums/Vocals). Head to the band’s website for ticket information.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G. (Instagram: @PhiercePhoto)]last_img read more

The Happiest Song Plays Last Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows The Happiest Song Plays Last tells the story of cousins Elliot and Yaz, who discover the joy in coming home again and the comfort of family, both by blood and by love. When Elliot gets a lucky break in the film business, Yaz takes on the role of familial and neighborhood matriarch, nourishing those that pass through her door. Featuring the sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, The Happiest Song Plays Last is the story of a year in Elliot and Yaz’s life. Directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Nelson Gonzalez leads the live band. The Happiest Song Plays Last Show Closed This production ended its run on March 23, 2014 View Comments Patience is a virtue! Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last opens off-Broadway March 3. The cast features Anthony Chisholm, Dariush Kashani, Tony Plana, Armando Riesco, Annapurna Sriram and Lauren Velez.last_img read more

Former VPR chief Vogelzang to lead Maine Public Broadcasting

first_imgVermont Public Radio,The former president of Vermont Public Radio has been hired to lead the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. The Board of Directors of the MPBN announced Tuesday that it had chosen Mark Vogelzang as its new President and CEO. Vogelzang will be in charge of both public radio and television. In Vermont, public television is a separate entity.Vogelzang, 56, is a veteran of public broadcasting, having served most recently as station manager at WBFO-FM, Buffalo’s NPR member station, where he helped facilitate a merger to be completed in 2012 between WBFO and WNED in western New York.Vogelzang was also president of Vermont Public Radio (VPR) for 16 years, from 1993 to 2009, where he helped the organization complete a $10 million endowment campaign and created two regional networks – one that carries news, information and cultural programming and another devoted to classical music and the arts. He was elected to NPR’s Board of Directors for seven years (2001-2008), and served as the Executive Director (Interim) of the NPR Foundation for most of 2009, overseeing the foundation’s entire fundraising operation.Like its Maine counterpart at MPBN, VPR is a statewide network in a largely rural state with a relatively small population, and the similarities in the challenges faced by each played a key role in his selection, according to MPBN Board Chair Henry “Hank” Schmelzer.”Mark’s long tenure as the leader of a statewide public media network in northern New England with a roughly equal number of stations, individual donors and corporate supporters,” said Schmelzer, “combined with his deep knowledge of non-profit fundraising, makes him the ideal candidate to lead MPBN into the future.”When he takes over as the head of MPBN in January, Vogelzang will replace Jim Dowe, who has been MPBN’s President and CEO since April 2006 and who last spring announced his plans to retire at the end of this year.Prior to leading VPR, Vogelzang worked as Program Director and Radio Manager at WHYY in Philadelphia, helping Terry Gross with the national launch of “Fresh Air” and assisting colleagues with national television productions, and led a major format change in Philadelphia public radio in the early 90’s.Vogelzang received his BA degree from Dordt College in Iowa, where he also began his public radio career at the campus radio station. He and his wife Rhonda have 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren.  Maine Public Broadcasting NetworkThe Maine Public Broadcasting Network was formed in 1992 through the merger of the educational radio and television stations provided by the University of Maine System and WCBB public television operated by Colby,Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network is an independently owned and operated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with office and studio locations in Bangor, Lewiston and Portland, Maine. MPBN operates seven radio and five TV stations. (Lewiston, Maine) MPBN 11.29.2011last_img read more

Cops Release Video in Gary Melius Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police released surveillance camera footage showing the moment when Long Island power broker Gary Melius was shot in the head outside of his Huntington home, Oheka Castle, two years ago.Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said he decided to release part of the video and ask the FBI to take a fresh look at the case after Sini recently took command of the department. He said he hoped that the video would spark tips that could help investigators crack the unsolved case. The footage doesn’t depict Melius being shot.“This is an individual who was lying in wait and was able to shoot the victim in the face,” Sini told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters in Yaphank on Thursday, the day after the two-year anniversary of the case. “It’s a frightening thing.”Melius, 71—who lives at the 109,000-square-foot historic chateau that he turned into a catering hall, hotel and restaurant—had just got in his car in the service parking lot when the shooter walked up and shot him through the drivers’s-side window at about 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2014, police have said.Four months after the shooting, investigators released surveillance camera images of the shooter’s getaway vehicle: an older model, Khaki-metal-colored four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee. The shooter was only described as wearing dark clothing. The video, which is poor quality, did not capture the suspect’s license plate number.READ MORE: Gunfire at the Castle: Who Shot Oheka’s Owner? And Why?In the video, the shooter is seen exiting the driver’s seat door of the SUV, partially ducking while walking up to Melius’ car, walking around to the driver’s side and stopping. The shooting itself is obscured from view by the parked cars. Afterward, the shooter is seen walking back, pausing, and then getting back in the SUV.Sini said detectives witheld a portion of the video in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation and their ability to test the credibility of any witnesses that come forward. He declined to discuss if there are any suspects in the case.Melius was on his way to have lunch with former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato—one of the many powerful attendees at Melius’ Oheka card games—when the bullets started flying. He was taken to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, where he underwent emergency surgery before returning home a week later.Last year, Melius said that he and his supporters are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to and arrest in the case. That is is quadruple the $25,000 that Crime Stoppers is offering for tips in the Long Island Serial Killer probe—an amount that authorities have said was the biggest in county history.Suffolk County police ask that anyone with information about this shooting call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Melius also set up a hotline for tips in the case, asking tipsters to call 631-912-6969. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Insurance ‘myths’ contribute to public reluctance

first_imgInsurance is expensiveFinancial coach Philip Mulyana said during the webinar that people could essentially determine for themselves the kind of protection they wanted based on how much they were willing to pay, as insurance “is a flexible product that you can structure” accordingly.“Insurance companies can cover a huge amount of money with the small amount that you spend,” said Philip.“The price of an insurance premium depends on your coverage and age. The more coverage you want, the higher the premium,” Karin said.She explained that an insurance premium included the cost of risk and cost of administration to cover the customer’s policy. If the product has a cash value or an investment component, it also builds up to the pricing of the policy.Indonesians’ purchasing power has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in business closures, layoffs and furloughs across all business sectors. This is evident in recent consumer surveys and inflation rate touching the lowest level in 20 years at 0.07 percent in May.My employer covers my insuranceThe difference between what is offered by employers and independent health insurance is that the benefit of the former is only offered as long as the person is employed to that company, Philip explained. “If you are ill and you can’t continue your employment, you can’t continue that health benefit,” Philip noted.For Karin, the problem she has encountered frequently when discussing insurance coverage by employers is that many times the employee is not aware of the degree of coverage.  “Find out what’s covered and whether your spouse and dependents are also covered,” Karin said.This is an issue common to the “sandwich generation”, or those who have to provide for both their young family and old parents at the same time. These aging parents will need protection as well and might not be covered by existing insurance plans, Karin noted.It is difficult to access insurance“Information is available, you just need to do the research and spend time to read the offer,” Karin suggested.Customers can engage with insurance companies on social media, as well as other digital platforms, including buying policies on e-commerce platform Bukalapak or the Gojek app.Throughout 2019, 92 percent of policies were submitted electronically, while 15 to 20 percent of issuance policies were delivered within 5 minutes, down from policy issuance of seven to nine days prior. Aside from that, the share of e-policies has reached 46 percent.Topics : Young people do not need insurance“When you’re young, you think you’re bulletproof,” Karin said. “Unfortunately that is not always true”. She noted that the average age of a person making an insurance claim was 37 years old, with many illnesses deriving from unhealthy lifestyle choices. Apart from promoting a healthy lifestyle to prevent unwanted risks, insurance has become a financial vehicle that more young people are gravitating toward to hedge against risks.  “The cost of having insurance is cheaper when you’re younger because you have lower risk, and hence, a lower premium,” Karin noted.  Several myths surrounding insurance have contributed to the reluctance among the public at large to purchase its products, according to major insurer Allianz Life Indonesia.Allianz Life Indonesia chief marketing officer Karin Zulkarnaen explained that these myths persisted despite rising awareness about the importance of being insured due to the pandemic. Insurance penetration in Indonesia has been low for a long time, with 2017 data from the World Bank pointing to 1.3 percent life insurance premium volume to GDP.During The Jakarta Post’s webinar Jakpost Up Close on Monday, titled “How to navigate insurance during a pandemic”, Karin debunked the four most common insurance myths.last_img read more