Ice shelves fringe much of the Antarctic continent, and, despite being up to 2 km thick, are vulnerable to climate change. Owing to their role in helping to control the ice sheet contribution to sea level change there is great interest in measuring the rate at which they are melting into the ocean. This study describes the development and deployment of an ice-penetrating phase-sensitive FMCW radar, sufficiently robust and with sufficiently low-power consumption to be run through the Antarctic winter as a standalone instrument, yet with the stability and mm-precision needed to detect the very slow changes in ice shelf thickness in this exceptionally demanding environment. A number of elegant processing techniques are described to achieve reliable, high-precision performance and results presented on field data obtained from the Larsen-C ice shelf, Antarctica.
OMV that currently holds 36% interest in Borealis, will acquire an additional 39% from Mubadala With 39% share purchase from Mubadala, OMV to acquire majority stake in Borealis for US$4.68 billion in largest single transaction ever for both companies. (Credit: Mubadala Investment Company.) Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment company, and OMV, the international integrated oil and gas company headquartered in Vienna, have today signed an agreement that will give OMV a majority stake in Borealis, one of Europe’s leading petrochemical companies. OMV, which currently owns a 36% stake in Borealis, will acquire an additional 39% from Mubadala.The overall transaction value amounts to $4.68bn. It represents the biggest acquisition in OMV’s history and the largest single transaction ever for Mubadala. Following completion, OMV will hold a 75% interest in Borealis and Mubadala will retain a 25% interest. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2020 and is subject to regulatory approvals.Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Managing Director and Group CEO, Mubadala Investment Company, said: “Today marks the culmination of several months of discussions between OMV and Mubadala. We have signed a landmark, multi-billion dollar deal, the largest single transaction in both Mubadala and OMV‘s history. It is also fully aligned with our long-term strategy as a company.”Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum & Petrochemicals, Mubadala: “We remain very confident in Borealis as a leading company in its sector. We will continue to hold a significant interest in the company, through the direct 25% interest that we will retain, along with our existing 24.9% shareholding in OMV. As a significant shareholder in OMV, we recognize the strong strategic fit and the complementary nature of Borealis’s business in expanding its downstream position.”Al Kaabi added: “We are pleased to have reached agreement with our longstanding partner, OMV. For Mubadala, the decision is consistent with our strategy of actively managing our portfolio, and taking opportunities to realize value when conditions are right.”Rainer Seele, Chairman of the OMV Executive Board and CEO: “This transaction is not just another milestone in the implementation of our strategy, but the biggest transformation in OMV’s history. This turns the company OMV into an internationally important oil, gas and chemicals group, whose integrated business model extends from well to high-quality plastic along an extended value chain and repositions the Group for a low carbon future.”With its head office in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently has more than 6,800 employees and operates in over 120 countries. The company provides services and products to customers globally, both directly and in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and with Baystar, a joint venture with Total in Texas, USA. Source: Company Press Release
Press office Sarah Hughes, Maggie’s Swansea Centre Head, said: Only for use by journalists and the media: 0300 123 2407 I am proud that once again our staff have given up so much of their spare time throughout the year to raise thousands of pounds in support of a local charity. Our staff chose Maggie’s Swansea due to the unique programme of information, practical and emotional support they provide to anyone affected by cancer. I am delighted that we were able to raise so much for them. DVLA Press Office Longview Road Morriston Swansea SA6 7JL Email [email protected] After the cheque presentation, Julie Lennard also announced that DVLA staff have voted Tŷ Olwen their new charity of choice for 2019. As a local and small charity, Maggie’s Swansea is completely reliant on the generosity of the local public and we were thrilled to be selected as DVLA’s charity of choice. We have been delighted with the enthusiasm, creative fundraising ideas and support throughout this year. The money raised will contribute towards the costs of the free professional services we offer our centre visitors. We have approximately 1,200 visits each month and whether it is support from our benefits advisor; a series of sessions with our clinical psychologist; support from our child counsellor or enabling us to run our bereavement courses the money raised will have a huge impact in 2019. Maggie’s Swansea is based in Singleton Hospital and offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer as well as their families and friends.Staff chose Maggie’s Swansea as DVLA’s annual charity of choice and raised the grand total for 2018 through a range of activities and fundraising events, ranging from raffles, sweepstakes, and cake sales to cycling the Bolivian Death Road and climbing Snowdon. The ‘Music for Maggie’s’ concerts, in which DVLA’s very own choir impressed with their renditions of well-known songs, alone raised around £4,000 through the sale of tickets to DVLA staff and members of the public.Julie Lennard, DVLA Chief Executive, said:
The chief executive of high street bakery giant Greggs has praised “an exceptional step-up in performance” for the brand in 2014 as it revealed total sales were up 5.5% to £804m and own-shop like-for-like sales had risen 4.5%. The chain, which operates 1,650 retail outlets throughout the country, reported that pre-tax profit increased by a huge 41.1% to £58.3m, having had a worth of £41.3m last year. Meanwhile, dividend per share was up 12.8% to 22p.The preliminary 2014 results are in stark contrast to 2013, when like-for-like sales showed a 0.8% decline and dividend share was 19.5p.Last year saw 50 new shops opened and 71 closed, with 213 refitted. Successes for the brand include coffee sales, which reached £1m per week and “strong growth” from its Balanced Choice range.”Exceptional step-up”Roger Whiteside, chief executive, said: “2014 was a year of significant change and an exceptional step-up in performance for Greggs as we began to implement our new strategic plan centred on the growing food-on-the-go market.“We have improved both our food offer and the shop experience for customers. Market conditions have been more favourable and like-for-like sales have grown throughout the year. This has resulted in record underlying profits for the financial year.”Overall we are confident of delivering a further year of good growth and progress against our strategic plan in 2015.”
For their ninth album, True Sadness, brothers Seth and Scott Avett have brought in legendary producer Rick Rubin to help shape their trademark mixture of emotional openness and cathartic release. From the very beginning, The Avett Brothers have been sharing their triumphs and tragedies in such a startlingly honest and soul baring way that listeners have found completely captivating, and that is certainly the case here. With the addition of Rubin’s focused production and nearly two decades of mutual song-writing, the brothers’ willingness to bare their most basic hopes and fears for the world to see gains a clarity and universality far beyond anything previously obtained.The opening track is a blast of Americana that quickly shows the effects Rubin’s sure hand has on the album’s overall sound. The edges of the bass line are so sharp, the punchy hand claps that serve as percussion are so compressed and vital that the message of self belief the importance of sharing the love within us all cuts away any possibility of misunderstanding. The band has released a video to accompany the song that puts a fun spin on the lyrics. Check it out below.Ain’t No ManFrom their earliest days as a folk song writing duo to working with top notch producers and a full touring band, one thing has remained unchanged; The Avett Brothers unmatched ability to relate tales of heartbreak and despair in the most beguiling way. Songs like “Mama, I Don’t Believe” and “No Hard Feelings” bring that aspect of the band’s sound to the forefront early in the track list. When Seth sings of his weariness and compares the end of a hard day to the end of a hard life on “No Hard Feelings,” the listener not only feels his exhaustion and gratitude, they actually live it. The ability to tap into and express universal truths and feelings is a blessing and a curse for a song writer. When that sort of connection is so readily made, it carries a responsibility to address the ills that plague us and the light that unites us that can drive some to madness.Seemingly simple tracks like “Smithsonian” are, under the surface, melancholy examinations of the realizations that the world is rarely the place we thought it was or hoped it would be in our brief time here. Rather than take a morbid tone, the song uses the knowledge of life’s fragile and transitory nature to infer the preciousness of each moment. The importance of love, and its ability to sustain and refresh us is explored in “You Are Mine” with wonderful results. “Satan Pulls The Strings” puts a poppy spin on temptation and fidelity. Whether the Devil is an invention of man to explain away our moments of weakness or a true force bent on leading us astray from the path of righteousness we all must make our decisions alone. The oft repeated refrain “The Devil’s in my head” shows a man struggling between the angels and devils on all our shoulders in a fresh, evocative way.Satan Pulls The StringsThe title track, “True Sadness,” posits that beneath the veneer of humanity is a form of original sin, a sadness that is at our very hearts. Whether you agree with the sentiment or not, there’s no denying that emotions like sorrow and despair reside within us all. The lyrical point of the piece, however, is that this malaise can be fought back with the power of love. Songs like “I Wish I was” and “Divorce Separation Blues” evoke longing for love from a place of loneliness and the sad fate of many a modern romance. While their lyrical might is easily the most attention getting, the brothers and their accompanists, along with Rubin in the sound booth, use their instrumentation to perfect effect on each song. When Seth sings his most plaintive verses on “I Wish I Was” the starkness of the solitary banjo line implies and reinforces the separation of the song’s bleak vantage point. “Divorce Separation Blues” has an ambling, authentic old-timey nature that makes the yodeling seem less like a musical affectation and more like a lonesome cry at the state of a love grown cold.True SadnessDivorce Separation BluesAn almost orchestral swell opens the final track on True Sadness, “May It Last.” Lush stringwork builds in the background, adding a sense of momentum matching the sensation of time speeding up as the years flash by. It’s a song the band wouldn’t have even conceived, much less executed as perfectly before this moment in time.True Sadness may be a bittersweet album marked with tales of loss and the existential realizations reached through the mounting wisdom of a life of struggle, but it also hides a more uplifting message. If, as the band surmises, we all carry the capacity for great despair, do we not also carry an equal measure of nearly infinite joy? Is life a series of events that affects us, or do we have the ability to make positive use of the set backs and sorrows we all face? In attempting to find beauty in loss The Avett Brothers have managed to lead by example. True Sadness is a beautiful album inspired by the ugliness that permeates the world and it’s hard to think of a better lesson to learn.
There is a new music festival coming to Memphis, Tennessee on October 6th & 7th at Shelby Farms Park, to celebrate the birthplace of Blues, Soul, and Rock & Roll. The inaugural Mempho Music Festival will open its doors with performances from Cage the Elephant, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Southern Avenue, and Dan Luke & the Raid on Friday night. The celebration will continue on Saturday with a full day of music from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, a very special tribute to the music of Memphis set from Steve Cropper & Friends, Booker T. Presents: A Stax Revue & Journey Through Soul, Blues, and R&B, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Hard Working Americans, The Weeks, and Jojo Hermann’s Slim Wednesday. Today, Mempho Music Festival reveals the lineup for their Saturday tribute to Memphis music. Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue & Journey Through Soul, Blues, and R&B will perform the main stage, followed by an all-star performance from Steve Cropper & Friends. The back-to-back sets will serve as a continuous tribute to Memphis’s roots in music, as led by the legends themselves.Steve Cropper, legendary guitarist of Booker T & The MGs and a main producer of such artists as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, and many others, has tapped an eclectic mix of artists, either local to Memphis or connected to the music, including: Dave Mason (Traffic), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers, Dead & Company), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Eddie Floyd (wrote “Knock on Wood” with Cropper), as well as legendary keyboardist Lester Snell (Isaac Hayes, Shaft, B3 organ), drummer and cousin to Al Jackson, Steve Potts, trombonist Victor Sawyer, and tenor sax player Jim Spake.The Steve Cropper & Friends set will follow Booker T. Jones’ Stax Revue, a presentation of Booker T.’s hits with the MG’s. The Stax Revue will feature a ten-piece big band with three lead vocalists, a three-piece horn section and Booker’s usual rhythm section. The set will deliver a high energy experience curated to take the audience on a boundary-pushing musical journey of Stax Records through Booker’s eyes.The inaugural Mempho Music Festival takes place Oct. 6-7 at the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park, one of the largest urban parks in America, just minutes from Downtown Memphis. This year’s lineup includes Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Cage the Elephant, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Hard Working Americans, Southern Avenue and more. Tickets — including single-day and two-day general admission and VIP passes — are on sale here.“I’m humbled to play a small part of such a momentous occasion,” says Diego Winegardner, Founder and CEO of Big River Presents, the promoter behind Mempho. “The impact of Stax Records on American music is immeasurable, while Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones are nothing short of national treasures. It’s an absolute honor to bring these two giants back to the forefront of our collective consciousness for the launch of the inaugural MEMPHO Music Festival.”Big River Presents have recruited a stellar team of professionals to work with the event, including production manager and fellow Memphian Mike Smith from Widespread Panic, Royal Studios owner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, former Ardent/Compass Point Studios engineer and legendary producer Terry Manning, Rolling Stones and Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and the city of Memphis.Chuck Leavell, who is also the founder of the Mother Nature Network (MNN) added in a recent press release, “As a special advisor to MEMPHO, I’m proud to help bring one of the greatest musical cities in the world a new kind of music festival. The setting is spectacular and the talent line-up is top notch with a combination of great new artists and some established fan favorites. As an environmentalist, I’m also very pleased that everyone involved has a high sensitivity to keeping the event clean and green, and in harmony with nature.”With the tagline, “music food and nature,” MEMPHO seems to share the urge to preserve the rich musical history of Memphis. Its founders are committed to making it an integral part of the Memphis cultural scene for years to come. At 4,500 acres, Memphis’s Shelby Farms Park feels like the obvious home for this new-natured event. The Park features miles of paved and unpaved trails, dozens of lakes and ponds, the internationally recognized and sustainably designed Woodland Discovery Playground, a buffalo herd, the FedEx Event Center, The Kitchen Bistro and Kitchenette, a water play splash pad, an outdoor event stage overlooking an 80-acre lake, a treetop adventure course and more. It’s the perfect backdrop for this exciting inaugural event. Tickets — including single-day and two-day general admission and VIP passes — are on sale here. Ticket prices, which currently begin at $40, will increase Friday, Sept. 8.For more information, head to the festival’s website.
The Red Devils descended on Harvard Tuesday (July 12) for a date with some lucky schoolchildren from the Boston neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton, and with John Harvard.“It’s a famous university so it’s fantastic to be here,” said Denis Irwin, a 1990s standout with the famed English soccer team Manchester United, nicknamed the Red Devils.During their visit, members of the team’s Manchester United Soccer Schools, including Irwin, taught a soccer clinic at the Harvard Stadium for students at the Gardner Pilot Academy summer camp located in the Allston neighborhood of Boston.Sir Alex Ferguson (left), manager of the famed English soccer team Manchester United, meets with Harvard President Drew Faust. During the visit, members of the team’s Manchester United Soccer Schools taught a soccer clinic at the Harvard Stadium for students from Allston’s Gardner Pilot Academy summer camp. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerIrwin, a former player for the Republic of Ireland’s national team, said encouraging young people to get involved in sports is an important part of the soccer school’s mission.“There’s a global push for people to get out and be fitter and to eat healthier, and that is part of what Manchester United is about … we have always produced young players, so it’s very important” to get youth involved.The young campers didn’t let the sweltering heat interfere with their fun as they practiced their technique and played in small-sided games run by the school’s staff. Though he was sporting a New England Patriots T-shirt with the name Welker on the back, one young camper was excited to be playing that other type of football.“It’s really fun. They are teaching us new skills, you run around, and you play matches.In Massachusetts for a game against the New England Revolution, the team stopped in the Old Yard to meet Harvard President Drew Faust and pose for photos with the renowned John Harvard Statue.On a brief walk through the Yard, Faust noted points of interest to the team’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson, including the site of the archaeological dig involving the Indian College, Harvard Yard’s first brick building, and Harvard’s oldest building: Massachusetts Hall.“We are 375 years old this year,” Faust said. “Compared to your part of the world, that’s fairly young.”Neil Scott, a Manchester United Soccer School coach, talks to fourth- and fifth-graders from the Gardner Pilot Academy summer camp in Allston. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerManchester United defender Patrice Evra was one of the lucky players who grabbed the statue’s left foot, which, according to legend, brings good fortune to those who touch it.The players mingled with surprised fans who were thrilled to see the soccer superstars casually strolling through the Yard like regular tourists.“I’d never have had a chance to see them this close up, and to take a picture with them — to actually see them live is the best thing,” said Serbian Aleks Markovic, a lab administrator in Harvard’s Chemistry Department who chatted with the team’s captain Nemanja Vidic, a fellow Serb.Wearing Crimson baseball caps, the team gathered around the John Harvard Statue, which sported a Manchester United scarf around its neck for the occasion. Ferguson held up a Harvard sweatshirt for the pictures with Faust, who, like John Harvard, wore a Manchester United scarf.Star player Wayne Rooney (right) joins his teammates at the John Harvard Statue. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer
How do we tackle the global health issues of the day? How do we get ahead of the problems that threaten tomorrow? Through engagement and prioritization, said Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation.On Thursday, in a talk webcast from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Snyder Auditorium, Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sat down with Atul Gawande, a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and executive director of Ariadne Labs. The occasion was the presentation of the Next Generation Award, which Clinton, the award’s inaugural recipient, conferred on Blake Mycoskie, founder and “chief shoe giver” of TOMS. Before the presentation, Clinton and Gawande discussed public health challenges, approaches, and priorities.Chelsea Clinton conferred the Next Generation Award on Blake Mycoskie (center), founder and “chief shoe giver” of TOMS, seen here with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk. Photo by Kent Dayton/Harvard Chan School CommunicationsThe award, which was established in 2013 to mark the school’s centennial, honors an individual age 40 or younger whose leadership and commitment to health as a human right inspires young people to make “health for all” a global priority. Mycoskie was recognized for his “one-for-one” business model, in which every product purchased helps a person in need. Mycoskie’s company — which includes TOMS Roasting Co. and the TOMS shoes, eyewear, and recently launched bag collections — has provided 35 million pairs of shoes to children, restored clear vision to more than 300,000 people, provided 70,000 weeks of clean water to developing communities, and is helping mothers around the world safely deliver their babies.During their 45-minute talk, Clinton and Gawande espoused systemic approaches to public health issues. Starting with her father’s first major public health campaign, to raise awareness and provide treatment for HIV and AIDS, Clinton talked about the utility of partnering with both global governments and corporations. For her own work, fighting childhood obesity, she drew some laughs as she described working with the fast-food giant McDonald’s as well as school systems.“We’ve needed to engage some unlikely partners,” she acknowledged, to connect with children and their families where and how they eat. The larger goal, reducing the obesity that is leading to health issues worldwide, is “not just … a moral imperative but a security and economic imperative.”Key, both Gawande and Clinton agreed, is setting up systems that can be shared and replicated. For Clinton that means “to try to be more open-source, to be more transparent, about what we’ve done, about what works at a very granular and practical level so that others can learn.”“Success,” she said, is “when there’s a transfer of skills, wherewithal, and systematic understanding so that, in the best sense, we’re no longer needed.”Introducing Mycoskie, Clinton explained how he fits this idea, illustrating with his actions how a “business model — the one-for-one model — is a viable model for achieving social impact.”For Mycoskie, the sustainability of his business model was key from the start. The entrepreneur talked about how a vacation in Argentina first brought a public health problem to his attention. In Buenos Aires, he said, he saw barefoot children running on the streets, exposed to glass and other debris. He soon became involved in a shoe drive for a local village, where children could not attend school without the shoes that were part of the mandatory uniform. He was there when the donated shoes were delivered and saw the joy they brought. The shoes represented “that someone believed in them, that someone cared about them,” he said. “They would have shoes for the school year that was about to start.”That, however, led to the question: “Who’s going to give them the next pair?” Instead of asking for more donations, Mycoskie decided that the answer was to start a for-profit company where for every pair sold, one was donated to the needy. Nine years later, TOMS has expanded to cover eyewear and eye care, drinking water, and resources for pregnant mothers and their newborns. He has also opened a shoe factory in Haiti (at Bill Clinton’s urging) and is working to help save the African elephant.“The simple mission of TOMS is to use business to improve lives,” Mycoskie concluded. “How we do it is our one-to-one model. Why we do it: It’s a real simple desire to care for one another.”
Dean Carolyn Woo will continue to live Notre Dame’s mission after she leaves the Mendoza College of Business to become president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at the end of the month. “I think that is the Notre Dame message: to go out and be of service to those who need you,” Woo said. “I see it as a privilege to be able to do that work with a group of people who are extremely dedicated and extremely good at what they do.” Woo has been dean of Mendoza for 14 years. She had served as audit committee chair at CRS for six years before being offered the position of President and CEO. “When the invitation came to be a candidate, at first I did not think I was an appropriate candidate because I do not have an international relief background,” she said. “But I prayed and went through the process of screening and then was offered the job.” Having spent her entire career in academics except for a two-year period, Woo said she went through a period of intense reflection prior to making her decision to leave. “It’s not easy to leave your own comfort zone,” Woo said. “I will be leaving my comfort zone in a big way, from something I know very well and have done for most of my life to a very new sector of work in international relief.” Woo said she was concerned about whether she will become skilled at her new position quickly enough. The atmosphere surrounding CRS differs greatly from the relatively isolated atmosphere of Notre Dame, she said. “[Notre Dame] is not an open environment in the sense of having a lot of disturbances or being subjected to a lot of environmental uncertainty,” she said. “I will be going from an environment that is somewhat stable to an environment which is a lot more open-ended.” Because CRS is part of the Catholic Church, Woo said she found comfort in the fact she will still be able to follow in the mission of Christ. “I want to work to bring Christ to people who really need help, assistance and a better shot at life,” Woo said. “To be able to serve people who are really poor and vulnerable, who could really use a lot [of help] and a more stable way of life so they can really have dignity and some level of security that allows people joy.” Despite her excitement about the future, Woo said she will miss working with students. “I will miss the rhythm of lots of students with lots of ideas, and then they progress and grow in significant and dramatic ways and then they graduate and another generation comes in,” she said. “To see those different waves of growth and the dynamism and the professional growth you get to see in your students, that’s a wonderful gift.” Woo said she has enjoyed working with the faculty and staff of Mendoza during its climb to the number one undergraduate business school in the country. To her, the most important aspect of the achievement is that Notre Dame never abandoned its Catholic principles. “We never traded off or diminished or deemphasized our Catholic identity,” Woo said. “That was the most important goal, commitment to our mission, and the fact that we achieved number one while embracing our mission means the world to me.” Woo remains confident Mendoza will continue to grow in her absence. “I feel like Mendoza is in a really good spot and I’m not leaving it in difficulty,” she said. “I’m leaving it in the strongest position ever, so it is time then to work on other services.” Associate Dean Roger Huang will act as interim dean of Mendoza while Notre Dame searches for a permanent successor. “My advice to the next dean would be to stay faithful to the mission,” she said. “That will drive everything else.”
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Was he let out without bail under the new Catch and Release law? Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing several charges following a vehicle pursuit that started in the area of South Main and Harrison Streets Sunday night.Jamestown Police say they attempted to stop Samuel Gagliano, 27, who was allegedly driving recklessly just after 7 p.m.Gagliano allegedly refused to stop and fled. Officers gave pursuit as Gagliano continued to drive recklessly and at one point struck a vehicle traveling in the area of Fairmount and Whitley Avenues.Police say the chase continued to Catlin Avenue where Gagliano allegedly rammed a Jamestown Police Car, causing heavy damage. Officers say Gagliano then fled from his vehicle into a house on Catlin Avenue.Police say Gagliano was eventually taken into custody without further incident.Gagliano is charged with second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and numerous other vehicle and traffic violations.