Ice and firn heterogeneity within Larsen C Ice Shelf from borehole optical televiewing
We use borehole optical televiewing (OPTV) to explore the internal structure of Larsen C Ice Shelf (LCIS). We report a suite of five ~90 m long OPTV logs, recording a light-emitting diode-illuminated, geometrically correct image of the borehole wall, from the northern and central sectors of LCIS collected during austral spring 2014 and 2015. We use a thresholding-based technique to estimate the refrozen ice content of the ice column and exploit a recently calibrated density-luminosity relationship to reveal its structure. All sites are dense and strongly influenced by surface melt, with frequent refrozen ice layers and mean densities, between the depths of 1.87 and 90 m, ranging from 862 to 894 kg m−3. We define four distinct units that comprise LCIS and relate these to ice provenance, dynamic history, and past melt events. These units are in situ meteoric ice with infiltration ice (U1), meteoric ice which has undergone enhanced densification (U2), thick refrozen ice (U3), and advected continental ice (U4). We show that the OPTV-derived pattern of firn air content is consistent with previous estimates, but that a significant proportion of firn air is contained within U4, which we interpret to have been deposited inland of the grounding line. The structure of LCIS is strongly influenced by the E-W gradient in föhn-driven melting, with sites close to the Antarctic Peninsula being predominantly composed of refrozen ice. Melting is also substantial toward the ice shelf center with >40% of the overall imaged ice column being composed of refrozen ice.
Landlords must be wary of rising tenant arrears
Challenging conditions for landlords and letting agents could cause rent arrears to rise – something landlords should be wary of. RentalStep says that if rents continue to rise and wage growth remains stagnant, tenants may find it difficult to meet their monthly payments, causing long-term problems for landlords.According to Your Move, the number of tenants in arrears increased each month between January and April – the proportion of its tenants in arrears rose from 8.4 to 9.4 per cent.Belvoir says a fifth of its offices had four to 10 tenants in arrears during the first three months of the year.Rent arrears cost landlords an estimated £900 million each year. As tougher conditions affect landlords and agents, the number of tenants in arrears could increase.“Rent arrears are a serious issue, landlords need to do everything in their power to protect themselves from being seriously affected,” says Mike Georgeson, CEO.One of the most crucial processes is to carry out comprehensive checks on prospective tenants.RentalStep’s TenantPassport, a digital rental history profile, including rental history, employment details and references, can be shared with landlords and letting agents.“Making it a formality for rent payments to be included in credit scores is key to securing the financial future of the next generation,” concludes Georgeson.www.rentalstep.co lettings Rentalstep tenant arrears TenantPassport digital rental history profile August 24, 2018The 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Landlords must be wary of rising tenant arrears previous nextProptechLandlords must be wary of rising tenant arrearsThe Negotiator24th August 20180287 Views
UK Navy Sailors to Sign up for Four-Month Exchange with Royal Australian and New Zealand Navies
View post tag: sign August 26, 2011 Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Four-Month View post tag: Australian Share this article View post tag: New View post tag: Naval Sailors are being encouraged to sign up for a four-month exchange with the Royal Australian and New Zealand Navies in 2012.Each year a few dozen British sailors head to Australia and New Zealand for sun, sea, surf and, er, ships… and Aussies and Kiwis head in the opposite direction for sea and ships.The aim of the Long Look exchange is to broaden the experiences and professional knowledge of sailors travelling in both directions – which makes it easier for the RN, RAN and RNZN to work together and means personnel will take back fresh ideas about the way their day jobs can be carried out.The programme runs from March to July and generally works on a straight swap basis – namely a Royal Navy diver trades places with his counterpart from Australia or New Zealand. Typically around two dozen personnel take part.During Long Look 2011, LPT Dean Goulding from RNAS Culdrose found himself putting recruits through their paces at HMAS Cerberus, the RAN’s main training establishment near Melbourne.There, trainees get their first taste of life as sailors (on an 11-week course, one week longer than the equivalent training at HMS Raleigh for Royal Navy newbies). Early morning physical training begins at 4.45am (!) and Dean found himself in charge of 300 recruits – all on his own.Four hundred and fifty miles to the northeast, marine engineer LET ‘Tugg’ Wilson spent four months in Sydney keeping frigate HMAS Newcastle running as she carried out patrols along the east coast, visiting Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and her namesake city.On a more poignant note, Long Look sailors who were attached to the New Zealand Navy found themselves supporting their Kiwi comrades during the massive aid and clear-up operation in the wake of the terrible earthquake which struck Christchurch and killed more than 180 people.Feedback to the Long Look organisers on Whale Island in Portsmouth from some of this year’s sailors who took part in the swap includes:“It’s a fantastic opportunity. Not only does it allow you to work alongside a different Navy, but it’s also excellent for meeting new people, travelling and experiencing a different culture. It’s enhanced my personal and professional development.”“I travelled all over New Zealand, immersing myself in Maori culture, getting up close with local wildlife and sampling the best Kiwi cuisine. There is so much to see in New Zealand.” “Long Look has been a great learning experience – I’ve brought a number of lessons back to the UK. I would recommend people to give it a go.”Long Look is open to most branches but only at sub lieutenant and lieutenant ranks for officers and leading hand through to warrant officers for ratings. Able seamen will only be considered from the diving branch.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, August 26, 2011; View post tag: Navy View post tag: Royal UK Navy Sailors to Sign up for Four-Month Exchange with Royal Australian and New Zealand Navies View post tag: Zealand View post tag: Exchange View post tag: Navies View post tag: sailors Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Navy Sailors to Sign up for Four-Month Exchange with Royal Australian and New Zealand Navies
Australia: Mast Modules for LHD Superstructure Ready for Transport
View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Ready View post tag: modules June 5, 2012 View post tag: Navy Mast modules for the 27,000 tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), fabricated and constructed at BAE Systems Henderson, facility are now completed and ready to be transported to Melbourne. The three mast modules weighing between 19 and 36 tonnes will form part of the superstructure of the LHDs and will house equipment including communication and combat systems, navigation and air traffic control radars and infrared search and track sensors.The mast modules will be loaded onto the heavy lift ship Henan Scan berthed at BAE Systems wharf at their Henderson load-out facility. The vessel will leave the load-out facility tomorrow and is scheduled to arrive in Williamstown the following Monday, weather dependent.The mast modules will then be consolidated together with the superstructure being constructed at BAE Systems Williamstown. The superstructure together with the masts, and all the control, combat and communications systems, will be installed, integrated and tested at the BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard.Director of Maritime for BAE Systems, Bill Saltzer, said the manufacture, outfit, blast and paint works on these three mast modules began last September.“It was decided to construct the mast modules at the Henderson facility because of its proven track record for fabricating vessel masts for the Royal Australian Navy and by keeping the superstructure build on BAE Systems sites we can ensure consistent quality in the LHD project.“Also with the amount of work currently being undertaken at the Williamstown yard, with two major projects, it made sense to utilise our workshops and personnel in Western Australia.“Complete with its own 6,000 tonne load-out facility, our Henderson site sits on 14.5 hectares with direct waterfront access and has the facilities, capacity and technical capability to accommodate this part of the build,” he said.BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the LHD Project. The first hull which is being constructed in Ferrol Spain is expected to arrive in Williamstown in the fourth quarter 2012.Mr Saltzer said BAE Systems had also commenced phase one of a major upgrade to the Henderson facility.“The upgrade to the site includes expansion of the existing rail system which will allow more capacity for ship dry-dockings along with a number of other facility improvements to enhance the overall working environment.“Upgrading this well-located waterfront facility will put us in a prime position to secure future opportunities within Western Australia, both in the naval and commercial markets” he said.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 5, 2012; Image: BAE Systems View post tag: Mast Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Mast Modules for LHD Superstructure Ready for Transport Australia: Mast Modules for LHD Superstructure Ready for Transport View post tag: Transport Equipment & technology View post tag: LHD View post tag: Superstructure View post tag: Australia View post tag: Naval
Three-Car Accident on 34th Street Bridge Now Clear
A three-car accident shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday on the 34th Street Bridge is blocking traffic.Public safety personnel are responding now, but motorists may want to seek an alternative route to get off the island.UPDATE: Accident is cleared and traffic is flowing normally at 4:30 p.m.
Stop the Week: online
We look at how sausage rolls can get the coppers on your case and whether we should be chomping cheese on toast, not downing oysters in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week. Police questioning over sausage rollsAs Alan Partridge experienced grief with his “hotter than the sun” apple turnover, bakery is now at the core of another issue – and the police have been called to action.It’s all over the humble and well-loved sausage roll that was at the heart of a UKIP candidate’s campaigning tactics… along with some sandwiches and other fodder. UKIP’s Kim Rose is now “to be questioned” by the rozzers over allegations that he used the pastry treat to influence voters by giving them away at a party with “long-time friend” snooker star Jimmy White. The Southampton Itchen candidate was told to report himself over allegations of treating.But British Baker thinks he’ll be OK, as long as his intentions were pure. The Electoral Commission defines a misdemeanour of this nature as: “A person is guilty of treating if… they directly or indirectly give or provide any food, drink, entertainment or provision to corruptly influence any voter to vote or refrain from voting. “Treating requires a corrupt intent – it does not apply to ordinary hospitality.”Rose insists that people wouldn’t allow their minds to be swayed by a mere sausage roll… which does beg the question of why he did it. Who has a definition of ‘campaigning’, please?Food for thought (and other activities)Scientists are always trying to link the unlinkable, aren’t they? Bacon gives you bowel cancer, eggs are bad for you – no, good for you (make your minds up) and cheese toasties are an aphrodisiac. Wait, what was that last one?It’s true, apparently (although based on results that fall far from a landside). A study by social networking/dating site Skout has thrown caution to the wind and laid its reputation on cheese toasties making better, or at least more frequent, lovers.The survey claims that your grilled cheese preferences say much more about you than just the maturity of your taste buds. Would you believe that mild cheese lovers are likely to be easy going, while aged Cheddar might indicate you’re a little high maintenance.Now onto the gritty stuff – what do your grilled cheese preferences say about your sex life? Of 4,600 people surveyed, 73% of grilled cheese lovers copulate at least once a month, compared with just 63% of those who claim not to love grilled cheese.And 32% of grilled cheese lovers have sex at least six times a month, compared with 27% of non-grilled cheese lovers.British Baker isn’t entirely convinced of the link but, somewhat surprisingly, the public aren’t as divided as you may expect. A poll asking whether respdonents think there is a connection clocked a higher-than-expected 22% in support.It may be best to stick to oysters though as it’s back to reality with a fairly crushing 78% majority who call ‘boohockey’.Great British Fake OffTV bakers Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are to be stars of a Great British Bake Off spoof – whether they like it or not.ITV’s new puppet show Newzoids will transform them into plastic puppets of questionable likeness for a six-part series launching on 15 April that also includes TV presenters Ant and Dec, Charles and Camilla and Andy Murray and Beyonce – we assume not together. Our esteemed leaders David Cameron and Nick Clegg will also be depicted on Jeremy Kyle’s controversial chat show.It follows similar sketch show Spitting Image, which ended almost two decades ago, but cast and crew members fromt he original run have been reunited to make the revised programme, including impressionist Jon Culshaw.The new puppets are made of plastic and have been 3D-printed and finished off by hand. Each is around a foot tall, controlled by metal rods. Computer artists then make the puppets’ lips and eyes move in synch using CGI animation.We can only imagine how thrilled the subjects will be.
Robert Plant Joined A Rockabilly Group To Sing Elvis Covers At His Ex-Wife’s Birthday Party [Videos]
It’s no secret that nearly all of the classic rock icons who dominated popular music in the 1960s and 70s were all heavily influenced by American artists in the 1950s, most notably Elvis Presley. One of those rock icons would be none other than former Led Zepplin frontman Robert Plant, who took it upon himself to belt out some of his Elvis favorites during a party for his former wife, Maureen Plant, held at the Fox Inn in Stourton, England earlier this month.According to reports, the singer took advantage of the celebratory event by joining a local rockabilly band from West Midlands, England known as The Hayriders, who acted as his backing band while Plant performed a trio of Elvis tunes, including “One Night”, “Little Sister”, and “A Big Hunk O’ Love”. Thankfully, the band’s actual vocalist Neil Wright must have been cool in stepping aside to let the Zeppelin singer take the reins for a fun and impressive musical gift to his ex-wife of whom they share two children. Those who weren’t lucky enough to snag an invite to the party can check out Plant’s performances of “One Night” and “Little Sister” in the fan-shot videos below.The Hayriders with Robert Plant – “Little Sister” (Elvis Presley Cover)[Video: 1967mjt]Kudos to Mr. Plant for being able to keep a strong relationship with his former wife after all these years. Then again, they do come from the 1960s as part of a generation that didn’t quite grasp the more traditional, uptight concepts of marriage and relationships. Robert and Maureen divorced back in 1983, just a few years following the breakup of Zeppelin.The Hayriders with Robert Plant – “One Night” (Elvis Presley Cover)[Video: 1967mjt]While he may want to put his career as an Elvis impersonator on hold, Robert can definitely look back at the last year with a celebratory attitude. The singer toured throughout much of the year in promotion of his 2017 solo album, Carry Fire. He also teamed up once again with his former Zeppelin bandmates to celebrate their 50th anniversary since forming in 1968 with the release of a commemorative picture book, in addition to reissuing their How the West Was Won and The Song Remains The Same live albums.Speaking of Led Zeppelin, fellow hard rock band Umphrey’s McGee also announced on Tuesday that they’ll be returning to Red Rocks Amphitheatre next summer for three nights. One of those nights (June 23rd) will feature a special Led Zeppelin set with guest drummer Jason Bonham.[H/T JamBase]
On God and evolution
The Asa Gray Bicentennial rolls on through the month of November. For more events and information. Theater is not typically associated with naturalist Charles Darwin, or science at all, for that matter.But on a small stage at the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s (HMNH) Geological Lecture Hall, Darwin’s relationship with famed Harvard botanist Asa Gray came to life in a one-act play kicking off HMNH’s Asa Gray Bicentennial Celebration.Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science and chair of the Department of the History of Science, was instrumental in putting together the bicentennial, and in bringing the Cambridge, England-based Menagerie Theatre Company to perform “Re: Design,” a dramatization of the correspondence between Darwin and Gray that was written by Craig Baxter.Browne, who introduced the production, called on the audience to think “back into the 19th century,” which was not difficult, given that many of the stage props were historically accurate artifacts taken from the museum’s holdings. The stage was outfitted with a desk where Darwin and Gray both sat, at various points in the play. There was also a coat rack; a draped side table where Darwin pondered, drank tea, and wrote to Gray; and another small desk belonging to Gray that housed an inkwell and scattered letters from Darwin.Gray, played by Patrick Morris, was born on Nov. 18, 1810. He forsook his profession as a physician to become a botanist, and was appointed a professor of natural history at Harvard in 1842, the same year he became head of the School’s Botanic Garden. Harvard had no herbarium, no botanic library — only a small greenhouse and garden. Portions of Gray’s salary went toward cultivating a library and herbarium, both so extensive that they would eventually take over his house.Gray offered his collections to Harvard with the stipulation that a suitable building be erected to house them. Today they can be found inside Harvard’s Gray Herbarium.A devout Christian, Gray’s struggle between the concept of design by a higher power and Darwin’s theory of natural selection are well-documented in his letters to Darwin, which were the primary source in developing the play, with direct quotes culled from the duo’s elaborate correspondence.The pair met at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England. The play picks up shortly after their introduction, with Darwin, played with lumbering and breathless intelligence by Terry Molloy, soliciting Gray’s knowledge on a variety of flowers — knowledge that would further Darwin’s theory of natural selection.The letters propel Gray and Darwin through the years, shining light on their various achievements, the publication of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” to a reuniting in England in 1868. Though he fundamentally disagreed with Darwin’s assertion of natural selection, Gray staunchly defended Darwin, advocating that a combination of evolution and theism could allot for his combustive theory.“I advise nobody to accept Mr. Darwin’s theory as true. Time has not come for that, perhaps never will. I also advise against a similar credulity on the other side, and blind faith that species have no secondary cause,” Gray wrote in an 1860 article for the Atlantic Monthly.The play’s script, largely built from letters, is also informed by articles and book excerpts, and was commissioned by the Darwin Correspondence Project.In the preface to his book “Darwiniana,” Gray wrote: “[I remain] one who is scientifically, and in his own fashion, a Darwinian, [and] philosophically a convinced theist.”“Natural selection is not the wind which propels the vessel, but the rudder which, by friction, now on this side and now on that, shapes the course,” he continued. “Variation answers to the wind.”
MBTA Red Line update from Campus Services Transportation
Campus Services Transportation would like the Harvard community of faculty, students, and staff to be aware of the following change to MBTA Red Line weekend service. MBTA Replacing Weekend Train Service With Bus Shuttles on Red Line between Alewife and Harvard stations from November 5 through March 15.Please note that the MBTA has announced that weekend train service between Harvard and Alewife stations will be shut down from November 5 through March 2012 (with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s weekends). The train service will be replaced with MBTA bus shuttles. The weekend train service is being shut down in order to perform track maintenance.For more information, visit http://www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/t_projects/default.asp?id=22956
A burgeoning interest in the benefits of delicious, local honey and increased concern for pollinator health has led more and more Americans to start keeping their own bees.Bees can be raised successfully across the state of Georgia due to the state’s long growing season and relatively mild winters. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has the tools to help the novice beekeeper get started.Putnam County Extension agent and beekeeping expert Keith Fielder will host a beekeeping basics workshop on Saturday, June 18, as part of the “Saturday at the Rock” educational series at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. The workshop will include information on how to start and maintain a bee colony, as well as provide the chance to meet other novice and experienced beekeepers.The beekeeping basics workshop is recommended for those 14 and older, but organizers will also host a child-friendly program for the junior beekeeper. Rock Eagle’s environmental education team will lead an exploration of the inner workings of a beehive and basic bee biology. Educators will share ways in which participants can attract honeybees to their yard, as well as discuss the many benefits bees can provide to the garden.Both programs will run from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Guests will convene in the center’s Natural History Museum preceding the program. Advanced registration for this program is required, and the cost is $5 per person.For more information or to register, please contact Jessica Torhan at 706-484-4838 or by email at [email protected] A complete list of “Saturday at the Rock” sessions can be found online at rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html.