Paleo ice flow and subglacial meltwater dynamics in Pine Island Bay, West Antarctica

first_imgIncreasing evidence for an elaborate subglacialdrainage network underneath modern Antarctic ice sheetssuggests that basal meltwater has an important influence onice stream flow. Swath bathymetry surveys from previouslyglaciated continental margins display morphological featuresindicative of subglacial meltwater flow in inner shelf areas of some paleo ice stream troughs. Over the last few years several expeditions to the eastern Amundsen Sea embayment(West Antarctica) have investigated the paleo ice streams that extended from the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers. A compilation of high-resolution swath bathymetry data from inner Pine Island Bay reveals details of a rough seabed topography including several deep channels that connect a series of basins. This complex basin and channel network is indicative of meltwater flow beneath the paleo-Pine Island and Thwaites ice streams, along with substantial subglacial water inflow from the east. This meltwater could have enhanced ice flow over the rough bedrock topography. Meltwater features diminish with the onset of linear features north of the basins. Similar features have previously been observed in several other areas, including the Dotson-Getz Trough (western Amundsen Sea embayment) and Marguerite Bay (SW Antarctic Peninsula), suggesting that these features may be widespread around the Antarctic margin and that subglacial meltwater drainage played a major role in past ice-sheet dynamics.last_img read more

Too many Americans face losing access to health care

first_imgDear Editor:Far too many Americans with disabilities are facing a future with the prospect of losing access to health care. Access to comprehensive, affordable health care coverage can make or break the lives of any American, but particularly people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Affordable Care Act, which Congress is poised to repeal soon, has been a lifeline for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). People with I/DD can require a comprehensive array of health services, including behavioral health, rehabilitation and habilitation, assistive devices, and long-term supports and services. The ACA, by increasing access to private health insurance, and by allowing states the option to expand their Medicaid program, has helped people with I/DD live healthy and independent lives. Eliminating the ACA jeopardizes this progress and puts consumers’ ongoing access to comprehensive, affordable coverage at risk. The Arc of New Jersey urges lawmakers to preserve the ACA or at least replace it simultaneously with a functionally equivalent alternative. Repeal may make a good sound bite – but what Americans with I/DD need now is more than talk – they need action that keeps the promise of the ACA.Robert Hage, PresidentThe Arc of New Jerseylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts annual Food Week

first_imgSaint Mary’s annual Food Week kicked off Monday and brings diverse and fun food options to campus, while also promoting food education with a wide variety of events, Food Services Committee chair and sophomore Bailey Oppman said in an email. “[Food week] ranges from learning how to nourish your body with food, to special themed meals in the dining hall, to learning about food sustainability, to dining from local food trucks,” she said.The week’s events started with “Meatless Monday,” a vegetarian lunch served in the Noble Family Dining Hall. Food Services General Manager Barry Bowles led a question-and-answer took place in the dining hall during dinner, during which students asked questions and voiced their opinions about dining hall food.Monday night ended with with a screening of the movie “Julie & Julia” in Vander Vennet Theatre.Tuesday’s first event, “Tortilla Tuesday,” took place in the dining hall during lunch. In the evening, students were able to try healthy treats and make their own recipe books.On “Waffle Wednesday,” the dining hall will serve waffles during lunch, and Wednesday evening’s dinner will be Saint Mary’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.“Three Cheese Lunch” will take place Thursday in the dining hall, and Sara Stewart, a nurse from Unity Gardens, will discuss food sustainability and food justice in Vander Vennet Theatre from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oppman said she is looking forward to hearing from Stewart and feels students will enjoy the discussion. “She’s a really energetic and passionate person, so I think the discussion will be really dynamic,” she said. On Friday morning, coffee and doughnuts will be served to students in Spes Unica Hall and Madeleva Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Food Week will draw to a close Friday evening, with local food trucks parked in the McCandless parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. Students can purchase food truck tickets at lunch throughout the week.Oppman said she is most excited for the food trucks.“[They] will be a new way for students to get some delicious food,” she said. Food Week aims to provide students with fun ways to learn about improving healthy eating habits, Oppman said. “We try to incorporate the fun things about food, like food trucks and free donuts, along with educational and important food topics, like sustainability and knowing how to make healthier choices,” she said.Tags: Food Week, saint mary’slast_img read more

Vineyard Theatre Kicks Off New Season with Gigantic

first_img Related Shows Gigantic, a new musical that previously played the New York Musical Theatre Festival under the name Fat Camp, will kick off the Vineyard Theatre’s 2015-16 season. The show features music by Matthew roi Berger, lyrics by Randy Blair and a book by Blair and Tim Drucker. Scott Schwartz will direct. Off-Broadway performances will begin on November 11; opening night is set for December 3.As previously announced, the new season will also feature Colman Domingo’s Dot, directed by Susan Stroman, as well as Indecent, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, directed by Rebecca Taichman. Casting for all three productions will be announced later.Gigantic follows Robert as he is shipped off to Camp Overton, a Southern Pennsylvania weight-loss camp. There, he—along with a group of misfit teens—search for acceptance and more. The production will feature choreography by Chase Brock. It is set to run through December 20.Additionally, the Vineyard will present a developmental lab production of You Mean to Do Me Harm by Christopher Chen in June 2016. The 2016-17 season will kick off next fall with Kid Victory, a new musical by John Kander and Greg Pierce. Gigantic Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 20, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

Big Data will improve consumer experience

first_imgThe largely uncharted world of data analytics holds countless opportunities for community financial institutions (FIs) to change the way consumers think about them.A virtual treasure trove of valuable consumer intel, Big Data’s dazzling, almost fantastical nature has a tendency to overwhelm. FIs often have difficulties determining their next steps once they’ve acquired the data.A recent flexcu.com article takes a look at the four best practices for effectively utilizing Big Data to improve the FI consumer experience.Don’t use it like a crystal ball — While Big Data can be a helpful tool in forecasting, it shouldn’t be used just to predict future behaviors. In fact, data analytics can be just as effective at monitoring the present. With that snapshot, FIs can make appropriate changes/improvements as needed to promote retention and growth.Make it all about the consumer — A main goal of any community FI’s data analytics program should be to perpetually enhance consumer service. FIs should use Big Data analytics to better understand what will keep current members and customers happy, as well as attract new consumer segments. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Protecting privacy with contract management software

first_imgWith a high number of privacy rules and guidelines currently being enforced, how can a credit union use contract management software to mitigate risk and protect members’ personally identifiable information?Legislation and regulations continue to evolve to protect consumer and other personal data considered private. Government organizations, such as the Federal Trade Commission, help prevent unfair and deceptive business practices. Recently, the FTC reported that it obtained 114 court orders against businesses with deceptive practices. Keep in mind, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation protects private data, and the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects data related to an individual’s health. The credit card industry and the Security Standards Council published guidance for the industry to protect data related to payment transactions.Even the US Government is publishing guidance for protecting personally identifiable information. The United States Office of the Management and Budget published guidance for safeguarding against, and responding to, the breach of personally identifiable information. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Four industry trends to shape your strategic priorities

first_imgDue to the rapidly evolving landscape, researching and analyzing various sources to compile reliable data and extract insights steals valuable strategic planning time. With so many competing priorities, it can be extremely challenging to identify where you should focus your efforts. Having an in-depth understanding of the factors influencing the credit union industry can make these tough decisions a little bit easier. Here’s a look at some trends you’ll want to understand.Invest in the employee experienceA great example of a critical trend is investing in the employee experience. At first glance, it may seem like less of a priority than some of the other items you need to tackle, but when you understand the connection the employee experience has to the member experience you may think twice about its role in your future plans.Collaboration is key to cybersecurity readinessYou probably already know how critical cybersecurity readiness is, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this concern even further. Credit unions creating a culture of sharing cybersecurity information can bolster preparedness and guard against threats old and new.The expanding gig economyThe gig economy generally refers to self-employed, freelance or independent workers paid by the task.  The pandemic has increased the challenges these workers face, such as declining income and lack of access to health insurance. Credit unions are well-positioned to improve these workers’ financial well-being and can do more through innovation and technology partnerships.Build an inclusive cultureAdvancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is more important than ever but requires a careful approach unique to each institution. Understanding how DEI supports your mission, attracting diverse talent and identifying internal inclusion champions will all be key factors to consider along your path to inclusion.Learn more at cuna.org/escan. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dayna Johnson Schmitt Dayna Johnson Schmitt is a Madison, Wisconsin based product manager with 15 years of experience.  As a CUNA product manager she has helped enhance CUNA’s strategic planning and compensation products. Web: https://www.cuna.org Detailslast_img read more

Georgia Will Begin Recounting Votes, With Biden Still Favored

first_imgBut after that, the Trump campaign can still request an official recount, if the result is within half a percentage point. That means President Trump could effectively get three bites at the apple — or the peach, as it were — in Georgia. Still, with the margin in the first tally giving Joseph R. Biden Jr. an edge of more than 14,000 votes, election observers do not believe any number of counts will alter the outcome.Counties will begin their audits on Friday morning and are required to finish up by midnight on Nov. 18. Auditors from the counties’ elections divisions will sit at tables and count the ballots. Most of what will be reviewed will be straightforward: printed copies of in-person votes cast on electronic machines. But county officials will also review absentee ballots marked by hand. If they find ambiguities, the ballots will be referred to a three-person adjudication panel in each county made up of a Democratic representative, a Republican representative and a county official who will break ties.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Georgia’s 159 counties were poised on Thursday to begin recounting nearly five million ballots in the presidential election, but confusion surrounded the proceedings even as county officials raced to get ready.A day after Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, described the process as a hand recount, his subordinates said Thursday that it was technically an audit and not a recount, though it would have largely the same effect. Counties are being told to audit every vote cast and tally a new result by midnight on Wednesday, two days before the state’s Nov. 20 deadline to certify its results.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The situation in Georgia grew more complicated on Thursday when Mr. Raffensperger went into quarantine after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus; as of Thursday afternoon she was planning to take a second test. Jordan Fuchs, a deputy secretary of state, said that Mr. Raffensperger and several of his senior staff members also planned to get tested on Thursday.The state’s use of an audit to re-tally all of the votes that were cast is unusual, though the secretary of state’s office believes it has the legal authority to do so. Audits are typically carried out for a portion of the vote to verify the results.“This will be the largest hand re-tallying by an audit in the history of the United States,” Gabriel Sterling, a top deputy in the secretary of state’s office, said at a news conference on Thursday. “We understand that. It is a heavy lift.” Critics questioned the move.“If they are saying that this is the audit, the law does not permit them to take audit results and make them official,” said Marilyn Marks, the director of the Coalition for Good Governance, a voting rights group. “Clearly, the secretary is responding to political pressures rather than following the intent of the law.” Paige Hill, a spokeswoman for the Biden campaign, said in a statement that “historically only races with exceptionally close margins have any likelihood of being overturned,” adding: “President-elect Biden’s margin is now at more than 14,000 votes. At the end of this hand recount process, we are confident the Election Day result will be reaffirmed: Georgians have selected Joe Biden as their next commander in chief.”Mr. Raffensperger’s office has come under considerable pressure. He initiated the audit after Mr. Trump’s campaign demanded a hand recount. Georgia’s two senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are both fellow Republicans, also called on Mr. Raffensperger to resign this week, under pressure from Mr. Trump. The president and his campaign are spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories about the election, falsely claiming that it was rigged.Mr. Sterling addressed some of the conspiracy theories on Thursday.“I know that there’s many other bits of misinformation out there, talking about flipping votes and changing votes,” he said. “Anybody claiming that things are being flipped by a super secret computer developed by the C.I.A. is just not speaking — is speaking nonsense.”He also said the news media had “mischaracterized the rationale behind” the audit “as caving to Trump and their campaign,” saying, “There’s nothing that could be further from the truth.”last_img read more

Salmonella cases jump to 370 in 42 states

first_img CDC press release The peanut butter subject to the current recall was sold in more than 60 other countries on three other continents as well as islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific, the Associated Press reported yesterday. Feb 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The number of people sickened in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter grew by 41, to a total of 370 in 42 states, since the last update a week ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday. Jeff Farrar, chief of the state’s Food and Drug Branch, told legislators the involved farm is in the second year of a 3-year transition from conventional to organic farming and is no longer growing produce, the Herald reported FDA officials and ConAgra are investigating the peanut butter production process to determine how the produce may have become contaminated, the CDC said. See also: Local agricultural consultant John Inman told the Herald the location of the farm isn’t the central issue. “As an industry, we’re got to make sure this doesn’t happen again. That’s the issue as I see it,” he said. Tainted spinach traced to one fieldIn other food safety news, California officials said yesterday that they have traced last year’s spinach-linked Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak to a 50-acre plot in San Benito County, Calif., according to a report in the Monterey Herald. Past Salmonella episodes involving peanut butter include a 1996 Australian outbreak that sickened 15 people and a 1994-95 outbreak in Israel and Wales that was traced to contaminated peanut-butter–coated snacks and affected about 2,200 people, mostly children. Two closely related DNA fingerprints of S enterica serovar Tennessee have been associated with the outbreak, and the organism has been found in nine jars of peanut butter, the CDC said in a press release yesterday. The new information was revealed during a hearing before members of California’s Senate and Assembly agriculture committees, the Herald reported. FDA and state investigators had previously said that the E coli source had been traced to either Monterey County or San Benito County. S enterica typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Of 294 patients for whom clinical information is available, 60 (20%) have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates, known for 256 patients, ranged from Aug. 1, 2006, to Feb. 16, according to the CDC. Sixty-two percent of the illnesses began after Dec 1. However, state officials declined to identify the specific farm, saying they would share that information when they release their final report with the FDA in coming weeks, the Herald said. Three high-profile E coli outbreaks in recent months were clearly or possibly linked to fresh produce. The outbreak traced to fresh spinach sickened more than 200 people in August and September, and lettuce was suspected in separate outbreaks linked to Taco Bell and Taco John’s restaurants later in the fall. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter produced since May 2006 or any Great Value brand peanut butter with a product code on the lid that begins with 2111. Both products are made at the same ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Ga., and have been linked to the Salmonella enterica outbreak, which began in August, according to the CDC and FDA. The agencies announced the outbreak and voluntary product recall on Feb 14.last_img read more

WHO urges ‘dialogue’ with virus protesters

first_imgTopics : The World Health Organization urged governments Monday to engage with people demonstrating against COVID-19 restrictions and listen to their concerns, but stressed protesters needed to understand the virus was dangerous.Asked about recent demonstrations in a number of countries against coronavirus restrictions, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was important to “listen to what people are asking, what people are saying”.”We should engage in an honest dialogue,” he told reporters, stressing though that demonstrators have a responsibility to ensure protests are  safe. “The virus is real. It is dangerous. It moves fast and it kills,” he said, insisting “we have to do everything to protect ourselves and to protect others”.German police on Saturday halted a Berlin march by tens of thousands of people opposed to coronavirus restrictions in the biggest of several European protests against facemask rules and other anti-virus curbs.Several hundred of the Berlin protesters then broke through barriers and a police cordon to storm Germany’s parliament, in a move German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned as “shameful”.Speaking about the broader protests, WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan pointed out that “epidemics and emergencies create strong emotions, and acceptance of measures is always very, very tough. “It is really important that governments don’t overreact to people protesting against measures,” he told the virtual briefing.”The real important thing to do is to enter into a dialogue with groups.”  ‘Avoid amplifying events’ While acknowledging the importance of allowing different viewpoints to be heard, Tedros took issue with the opinions voiced by some that high death rates were not really a concern if it is mainly the elderly who are dying.”Accepting someone to die because of age is moral bankruptcy at its highest, and we shouldn’t allow our society to behave this way,” he said.”Every life whether it is young or old is precious. And we have to do everything to save it.”Tedros voiced understanding for the growing frustration felt as people continue to have to deal with restrictions eight months into the pandemic.”We understand that people are tired and yearn to get on with their lives. We understand that countries want to get their societies and economies going again,” he said.The UN health agency, he stressed, “fully supports efforts to re-open economies and societies… but we want to see it done safely.”He also insisted that “no country can just pretend the pandemic is over”.”If countries are serious about opening up, they must be serious about suppressing transmission and saving lives,” he said, insisting that “opening up without having control is a recipe for disaster”.One major thing countries could do to control the virus is prevent so-called “amplifying events” like filling stadiums with sports fans, large religious gatherings or packed nightclubs.”Avoid these amplifying events so that the other economic sectors can actually open up and the economy can go back into life,” Tedros said.”I think we can live without going to the stadium.”last_img read more