The BAS ice shelf hot water drill: design, methods and tools

first_imgThe 2011/12 Antarctic field season saw the first use of a new British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ice-shelf hot-water drill system on the Larsen C and George VI ice shelves. Delivering 90 L min–1 at 80°C, a total of five holes >30cm in diameter at three locations were successfully drilled through almost 400m of ice to provide access to the underlying ocean, including the first access beneath the Larsen C ice shelf. These access holes enabled the deployment of instruments to measure sea-water conductivity, temperature, depth and microstructure, the collection of water samples and up to 2.9m long sediment cores, before long-term oceanographic moorings were deployed. The simple modular design allowed for Twin Otter aircraft deployment, rapid assembly and commissioning of the system, which proved highly reliable with minimal supervision. A number of novel solutions to various operational sub-ice-shelf profiling and mooring deployment issues were successfully employed through the hot-water drilled access holes to aid the positioning, recovery and deployment of instruments. With future activities now focusing on the Filchner–Ronne Ice Shelf, the drill has been upgraded from its current 500m capability to 1000m with additional drill hose and further generator, pumping and heating modules.last_img read more


Wheat harvest makes significant progress

first_imgUK winter wheat was around 85% harvested by the close of play Tuesday this week (3 September).The recent dry weather has enabled farmers to catch up on the late start to the harvest this summer, according to ADAS’ latest Harvest Report – produced on behalf of the HGCA.This puts this year’s harvest well ahead of the 2012 harvest, when wet weather resulted in slow progress late in the season, it said.“It remains slightly behind the progress of 2009-2011 in which typically 90% of the wheat area had been harvested by the end of August.”Quality has been maintained by the good weather and remains consistent with the previous weekly report.Specific weights were averaging 76kg/hl, with Hagberg Falling Numbers remaining above 300 seconds for bread-making wheat varieties and averaging 294 for group 2 and 3 wheats.Grain protein stood at an average of 12.9%, but was variable. Yield is estimated to reach, or be just below, the five-year average, at 7.6-7.7 t/ha.last_img read more


Bakers worldwide celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with cake art

first_imgIt’s Harry Potter’s 35th birthday today and an award-winning baker from the West Midlands has joined a worldwide collaboration to create an edible world of Harry Potter for author JK Rowling’s birthday (31 July). Lara Clarke from Brownhills in the Black Country has made a life-size chocolate bust of Harry Potter being jinxed on his birthday using two kilograms each of flour, butter and sugar and 15 eggs.Clarke has made headlines before with giant cakes including a half-size Land Rover and Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lawrence.The cake will be featured at Birthday Mischief Managed – a reference taken from the books – alongside other spectacles including the Weasleys’ flying car, the Hogwart’s library and Harry playing Quidditch.Other contributors include some recognisable faces from Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Sugar Dome, Cake Wars, Ultimate Cake Off and Outrageous Chocolate.Fans are encouraged to share their own edible creations and birthday greetings using the following hashtags so the group may share in return: #BirthdayMischief #JKR50 #HBDJK #HBDHarry.last_img read more


Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Opens Oakland Run With Hit-Filled Set [Photos/Videos]

first_imgSetlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Fox Theater | Oakland, CA | 11/10/2018Set One:Jam ->Ruben & Cerise ->Eyes Of The World @ >New Minglewood BluesAltheaLost Sailor # ->Saint Of Circumstance #Set Two:Marco Solo ->Truckin -> Born Crosseyed Jam >Jack StrawBrown Eyed Woman >Dancing In The Streets $ ->The Music Never Stopped %Tennessee JedEncore:Bertha ^Notes:@ – With a DD Bass Solo# – Not Played by Almost Dead since 2018-03-15 Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NY, a gap of 27 shows. Saint Of Circumstance had Ruben & Cerise Teases (MB & then Band)$ – With a “Living For The City” (Stevie Wonder) Jam, a DD Bass Solo, a “Hang Up Your Hang Ups” (Herbie Hancock) Jam, Slipknot! Teases (Band), and King Solomon’s Marbles Teases (Band)% – With a “Norwegian Wood” (The Beatles) Jam^ – With a One More Saturday Night Tease (SM)View Setlist Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their west coast concert run with a return to Oakland’s Fox Theater for “One More Saturday Night” of music for fans around the Bay Area last night. The popular Grateful Dead cover band has developed their own tradition of playing the Oakland concert venue around the same dates in October over the past few years. Some fans may remember their 2016 Fox Theater run that included a memorable sit-in from Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir. There were no special guests joining in this time around, but they did fill their Saturday night performance with plenty of Dead favorites for their second to last show of 2018.Expectations were high for JRAD’s first of two Oakland performances, as their show at Los Angeles’s Wiltern Theatre the night prior featured a lengthy guest appearance from Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer, who joined in on the fun for the entire second set and encore. The sold-out show on Saturday began with a cover of the Jerry Garcia Band‘s “Rubin and Cherise” before going into “Eyes of the World” > “New Minglewood Blues”. The first set would continue with a full rendition of “Althea” before Weir’s “Lost Sailor” from the Dead’s 1980’s Go To Heaven album found its way back into the set for the first time since last March before going closing out with “Saint Of Circumstance”.Joe Russo and company dialed back the clocks for the second set, which included a number of fan-favorites from the earlier days of the Dead catalogue—primal Dead if you will. The set began with a solo courtesy of pianist Marco Benevento before the five-piece went into “Truckin’”, which wrapped with a “Born Cross-Eyed”-themed jam that moved right into “Jack Straw”. The second half of set two saw the group finding a continuous groove via dance-friendly hits including “Brown Eyed Woman” > “Dancing In The Streets”, with the latter including a mix of teases of Stevie Wonder‘s “Living For The City”, Herbie Hancock‘s “Hang Up Your Hang Ups”, and the Dead’s own “Slipknot!” and “King Solomon’s Marbles”.The wild second set continued with Weir’s uptempo “The Music Never Stopped”, which included a jam based around The Beatles‘ “Norwegian Wood”, though sadly it appears no sitar made its way onto the stage to give it that extra touch of George Harrison psychedelia. The set came to a close with the rural-rock anthem “Tennessee Jed”, followed by a one-song “Bertha” encore to bring the show to an end. Just another Saturday night in Deadheadland…Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will close out what’s been a thrilling year with one more show tonight in Oakland. The Sunday performance will be their last until early next year when they return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York for three nights on January 18th, 19th and 20th.Check out a selection of fan-shot video clips from the show below:last_img read more


Aqueous Welcomes Members Of Turkuaz, BIG Something At Explosive Denver Show [Full Video]

first_imgEarlier this month, east coast rock outfits Aqueous and BIG Something took their 20-date co-headlining winter tour on a five-night stretch through Colorado. The bands capped off their Colorado run with an electric performance at Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom.Despite hailing from Buffalo, NY, Aqueous has built quite the following in Colorado. The band performed a sold-out show in June at Denver’s Bluebird Theater, which they later released as a live album titled Live From The Bluebird. Aqueous also unveiled new material in 2018, as the four-piece Buffalo-based band released their newest studio album, Color Wheel, their first full-length studio effort since 2014’s Cycles.INTERVIEW: Aqueous’s Mike Gantzer Recaps 2018 Highlights, Prepares For All-Improv SetAqueous opened up their Denver show with fan-favorite “Kitty Chaser (Explosions)”, as lead guitarist Mike Gantzer ripped through a series of gritty solos, backed by his hard-hitting rhythm section consisting of bassist Evan McPhaden and drummer Rob Houk. The band moved forward with a monstrous “Realize Your Light” > “Warren In The Window” segue before inviting up Turkuaz drummer Mikey Carubba to lend an extra hand on a cover of Green Day‘s “Welcome To Paradise”. Aqueous kept chugging with “Number and Facts”, followed up by “Mice” sandwiched in between a improv-heavy take on “Don’t Do It”. To close out their set, the quartet invited up BIG Something’s Nick MacDaniels, Jesse Hensley, Josh Kagel, Ben Vinogard, and Casey Cranford for a debut cover of Toto‘s “Rosanna”. The band offered up another sandwich in the encore slot, as they threw an instrumental take on Randy Newman‘s “Short People” in between “Uncle Phil’s Parachute”.Luckily, fans can watch pro-shot video of Aqueous’ entire Denver performance below: Aqueous – 2/17/2019 (Full-Show)[Video: Aqueous]Up next for Aqueous is a performance at Berkeley, CA’s Cornerstone on February 27th, followed by stops at Los Angeles, CA’s Bootleg Theater on February 28th, and San Diego, CA’s  Winstons Beach Club on March 1st. The quartet will then play three shows across Texas in Austin, Dallas, and Houston (3/6, 3/7, and 3/8, respectively), before wrapping their winter tour with a performance at New Orleans, LA’s Parish at House of Blues on March 9th.Head to Aqueous’ website for ticketing information and a full list of upcoming tour dates.Setlist: Aqueous | Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 2/17/2019Set: Kitty Chaser, Realize Your Light> Warren in the Window, Welcome to Paradise*, Numbers and Facts, Don’t Do It> Mice> Don’t Do It, Rosanna**Encore: Uncle Phil’s Parachute> Short People (Instrumental)***> Uncle Phil’s Parachute* ft Mikey Carrubba of Turkuaz / Green Day cover** ft Nick MacDaniels, Jesse Hensley, Josh Kagel, Ben Vinogard, and Casey Cranford of Big Something (Toto cover) – AQ debut*** Randy Newman coverAqueous 2019 Tour Dates:2/27 –  Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone **2/28 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater **3/1 – San Diego, CA – Winston’s Beach Club **3/6 – Austin, TX – The Parish **3/7 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co. **3/8 – Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe **3/9 – New Orleans, LA – Parish At House Of Blues **3/15 – Rochester, NY – Anthology *3/16 – Erie, PA – King’s Rook Club &4/4 – State College, PA – The State Theatre ^4/5 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Music Hall ^4/6 -Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel ^4/12 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club ^** w/ BIG Something* 3 sets, 1 all improv& “an evening with”^ w/ TurkuazView All Tour Dateslast_img read more


Brazil to Perform Massive Operation before Confederations Cup

first_imgBy Dialogo December 20, 2012 Brazil will deploy one of its biggest military operations for border control before the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in June 2013, which will be followed by the World Cup in 2014, Minister of Defense Celso Amorim announced on December 18. The deployment will involve about 20,000 members of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force, twice the staff used in the previous six editions of the so-called Operation Ágata. The operation will take place “before the Confederations Cup starts, so it won’t interfere with the influx of tourists” attending the tournament, Amorim said in a statement. Considered a rehearsal before the 2014 World Cup, the Confederations Cup will have the participation of eight continental champion soccer teams between June 15 and 30, in six of the 12 stadiums slated for the World Cup. The troops will be mobilized in several locations along Brazil’s extensive land border to control drug and weapons’ trafficking, as well as the smuggling of goods. The new edition of “Operation Ágata,” prior editions of which facilitated the seizure of almost 20 tons of explosives and 11 tons of narcotics, will have “mainly deterrent goals,” Amorim added. Tens of tons of other materials have been seized in police operations to support the military. “Operation Ágata” is part of a strategic border security plan announced by President Dilma Rousseff in June 2011. Brazil shares a border of about 16,000 kilometers, of which 9,000 kilometers are riverside territory with Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, Venezuela, and French Guiana. It represents a good test for the preparedness or not of the Brazilian organizaers for the upcoming World Cup.last_img read more


COVID-19: Southeast Sulawesi hospital runs out of masks

first_imgBahteramas Regional General Hospital, the only referral center for COVID-19 patients in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, reportedly ran out of surgical masks on Wednesday, resulting in the postponement of several elective surgeries.The hospital head Sjarif Subijakto said on Wednesday that five scheduled non-urgent surgeries would be pushed back to the following day due to the lack of protective gear.”We decided to prioritize urgent surgeries and delay the non-urgent ones, because of the situation,” Sjarif said. “We’ve run helter-skelter looking for the masks, but we’ve only managed to get one box of them.” He said the masks had been distributed to patients and medical workers who needed them most.Some medical personnel at the hospital were forced to wear cloth masks, which can only trap large particles and are not effective at blocking virus particles, Sjarif added.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia bans face mask exports to cater to domestic demandRegions across the archipelago have reported a shortage of face masks as people rush to buy them amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. As of Wednesday, health authorities had confirmed 227 positive cases, 19 of which had died from the disease while 11 others had recovered.Panic buying has caused mask shortages in several hospitals in Indonesia, putting medical personnel taking care of COVID-19 patients at high risk of infection. At least one nurse had died of COVID-19 as of Wednesday.The World Health Organization has said that face masks should be worn only by people who are ill – especially anyone who is coughing or sneezing – and by those caring for suspected COVID-19 patients, particularly health workers and those sharing living space with someone in self-isolation.Topics :last_img read more


Twitter temporarily restricts Donald Trump Jr.’s account over COVID-19 video

first_imgThe US Food and Drug Administration last month revoked its emergency-use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 after several studies cast doubt on its effectiveness. The president regularly promoted the drug and said he had used it himself.”They’re censoring my account. They’re censoring others,” Donald Trump Jr. said in an interview with Fox News Channel later on Tuesday.”This never happens to someone saying something that benefits the left. It only hurts conservatives,” he said, adding that he had posted the video because it seemed “very contrary to the narrative that they’ve been force-feeding us.”President Trump retweeted to his 84 million followers a post on Monday containing a link to the misleading video, which was also deleted as part of Twitter’s enforcement actions. The White House did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had restricted Donald Trump Jr.’s ability to tweet from his account for 12 hours, after it required him to delete a post that violated the social media site’s policy on coronavirus misinformation.The eldest son of US President Donald Trump posted a since-deleted tweet on Monday with a viral video of doctors talking about the drug hydroxychloroquine.The video was posted by others on Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc-owned YouTube and taken down for breaking those sites’ rules on COVID-19 misinformation after racking up tens of millions of views. Topics :center_img The president also retweeted a post accusing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, of suppressing the use of hydroxychloroquine.Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Tuesday he has “not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.”In the misleading video, doctors touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19 and discounted the need for face masks against the pandemic. The right-wing news site Breitbart News, which posted the video, also showed a screenshot of its 17 million video views on Facebook before it was taken down.”It took us several hours to enforce against the video and we’re doing a review to understand why this took longer than it should have,” said a Facebook spokesman.last_img read more


Founders of Pensions Infrastructure Platform show ‘willingness’ to take on construction risk

first_imgFounding investors of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) are displaying a growing understanding of construction risk, according to the chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), signalling a potential willingness on part of the fund to invest in greenfield projects.Alan Rubenstein said there was “more willingness now than there was at the start” to consider infrastructure projects with construction risk, despite founding investors initially completely opposing any such investments.Discussing the PIP’s future on the fringes of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) annual conference in Manchester after briefing members on the progress, the organisation’s chief executive Joanne Segars also said the fund – the result of a memorandum of understanding between the PPF, NAPF and UK Treasury – was on track to invest by the end of the year.Segars said a “very extensive” manager selection, launched in February, was drawing to a close, but that she was “not in a position today to announce the manager or managers”. Asked about the PIP’s view of construction risk, Segars indicated that the view of the 10 founding investors was evolving.“It would be fair to say the views on construction risk have modified over the last year or so, as people’s understanding of construction risk has grown – but also as it has become more apparent that there are ways of managing construction risk from an investment perspective,” she said.Rubenstein agreed with Segars that investors had changed their attitude towards construction risk.“There has been a growing understanding among the founders of just what’s involved in construction risk, and there is perhaps more willingness now than there was at the start, where people were just directly opposed to it,” he said.“Again, as Joanne said, we’ve always been very clear construction risk wasn’t an issue in the sense that there are ways to lay that off.”Segars also made light of suggestions the National Employment Savings Trust would invest in the PIP after its CIO repeatedly expressed an interest.“Every time I open one of your magazines, Mark Fawcett is saying NEST is going to invest, which is very nice,” she said.She noted that the PIP did not exclude defined contribution (DC) funds from investing, despite the nine named founding investors being defined benefit (DB) schemes.“This isn’t something that’s for DB schemes – this is something that is for pension schemes that want to invest,” she said.Asked what the PIP could do to address any regulatory hurdles that may preclude DC funds from investing in infrastructure, Segars added: “A lot of that is about pricing issues, which is an issue for the schemes to deal with.”Rubenstein echoed the sentiment that the PIP would be open to DB and DC scheme alike.“We’ve always said this is open, frankly, to anybody who isn’t going to damage our tax position,” he said.last_img read more


Five-level Hamilton home to go under the hammer

first_imgAnd a gym and sauna for when you feel like detoxing the next day.On the fifth and final level is the rooftop terrace, with incredible views from Hamilton Hill to as far as Tamborine Mountain, and a 6m by 2.5m plunge pool. The kitchen is ultra modern.On the ground level of the home is a combined kitchen and dining room, a living room with a fireplace, family room, study, powder room and triple car garage. The pool has a feature panel in the side.Mr Shean said about 45 groups had inspected the property and many were taken by the home’s various bells and whistles.“Definitely the rooftop pool and the entertaining terrace upstairs has been a big feature that people have been commenting on,” he said.“The steam room and wine tasting room that comes off the cellar has also caught some attention.” One of the living rooms has a fireplace. It flows through to the kitchen.Up one level is the master suite, which has two walk-in wardrobes, direct elevator access and not one, but two ensuites — one for each person.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago One of the two ensuites off the master bedroom. One of four walk-in wardrobes in the house.Also on this level are two more bedrooms, one with a walk-in wardrobe, and there is also another bathroom. There is a study nook off this bedroom.On level three are bedrooms four and five, a fourth bathroom and separate powder room, laundry and media room.center_img There is a 400-plus bottle wine cellar for those who love a good drop.The fourth floor has two multipurpose spaces, one of which has been used as a gym, and the other as a tasting room off a 400-plus bottle wine cellar.There is also a wet bar/kitchenette, powder room and a massive tiled steam room with a shower. The home was once a 1970s brick cavity build.From a rooftop pool to a tasting room off the wine cellar, this five-level home could be the flashiest property going under the hammer in Brisbane this weekend. It was once an old 1970s brick house, but after more than 18 months of renovations you would never guess it. There are sweeping views from the rooftop terrace. There is a more casual deck off the gym for every day occasions.The property, which is being marketed by Ray White Ascot’s Dwight Ferguson and Alexander Shean, is set to go to auction this Saturday, April 27, at 5pm. It looks like a hotel from above.The house at 7 Langside Rd, Hamilton, now has a mammoth 607sq m of internal living, and not a hideous brown brick in sight. Don’t worry, you won’t have to climb all five levels, with this lift servicing each floor.The incredible property will be open for inspection from 4.30pm on Saturday, with the auction kicking off at 5pm.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more