Synchronous volcanic eruptions and abrupt climate change ∼17.7 ka plausibly linked by stratospheric ozone depletion

first_imgGlacial-state greenhouse gas concentrations and Southern Hemisphere climate conditions persisted until ∼17.7 ka, when a nearly synchronous acceleration in deglaciation was recorded in paleoclimate proxies in large parts of the Southern Hemisphere, with many changes ascribed to a sudden poleward shift in the Southern Hemisphere westerlies and subsequent climate impacts. We used high-resolution chemical measurements in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide, Byrd, and other ice cores to document a unique, ∼192-y series of halogen-rich volcanic eruptions exactly at the start of accelerated deglaciation, with tephra identifying the nearby Mount Takahe volcano as the source. Extensive fallout from these massive eruptions has been found >2,800 km from Mount Takahe. Sulfur isotope anomalies and marked decreases in ice core bromine consistent with increased surface UV radiation indicate that the eruptions led to stratospheric ozone depletion. Rather than a highly improbable coincidence, circulation and climate changes extending from the Antarctic Peninsula to the subtropics—similar to those associated with modern stratospheric ozone depletion over Antarctica—plausibly link the Mount Takahe eruptions to the onset of accelerated Southern Hemisphere deglaciation ∼17.7 ka.last_img read more

Chappell’s collapses in run-up to Christmas

first_imgMelton Mowbray pork pie company Chappell’s Fine Foods has gone into liquidation just six months after it was taken over by a new owner with ambitious plans to expand sales.The factory in Wigston, Leicester, closed suddenly before Christmas, leaving its 12 employees out of work and its customers frantically searching for alternative supplies during the year’s busiest trading period. CBA Insolvency Practitioners has since been appointed as liquidator.Founded in 1972 by David Chappell, the company was taken over last May by former Rank Hovis and Associated British Foods high-flier Ian Nicholls, who said he planned to double the company’s workforce and more than triple its £750,000 turnover (see British Baker, 5 Jun). David Chappell’s son Phil and granddaughter Lisa continued to work at the factory, which also made savouries and other meat pies.According to local newspaper reports, several members of staff confronted Nicholls outside the factory at the beginning of January over claims that they were still owed wages. According to the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, value sales among its members grew by 8% in the past year.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgSmall pie firms dominate awardsEntries to the British Pie Awards 2011 are being dominated by small producers, according to organiser the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association. Approximately 62% of the entries to date qualify for the Small Producers Special Award. The judging takes place on 8 June, and entries are accepted until 27 May. For details, visit www.britishpieawards.co.uk.Greggs’ strong EasterSales were strong at Greggs over the Easter period, as the bakery retailer announced like-for-like growth of 0.8% for the 18 weeks to 7 May 2011. Total sales were up 4.8%, helped by sales of three million hot cross buns up 23% on last year. It also crossed the 1,500 shop mark for the first time, with 1,507 outlets.Macphie backs charityIngredients manufacturer Macphie of Glenbervie has pledged its support to Coeliac Awareness Week running from 16-22 May which is spearheaded by the Coeliac Society. The firm recently launched a gluten-free cake mix to cater for the growing demand for free-from products.Support for childrenDalebrook Supplies has announced it is an official supporter of BBC Children in Need 2011, which takes place in November, and has designed special Pudsey and Blush melamine plates, with a 26% donation from the RRP of each plate sold going to the cause.Staff take on Julie’sA Cambridgeshire craft bakery has been taken over by members of staff after it was threatened with closure. Six staff took over March-based Julie’s Bakery after the previous owner decided to close it down, so he could concentrate on other business interests.last_img read more

Remembering Bonnaroo’s Very First, Jam-Heavy Lineup From 2002

first_imgWhile there are still a handful artists that overlap between 2002 and 2017, there’s no denying that Bonnaroo has changed. The opinion of that change may vary, but the festival certainly does their damnedest to bring an enormous array of top-notch, genre-spanning talent. Come June, we’ll be ready to party. With this morning’s unveiling of Bonnaroo’s 16th anniversary lineup, we couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of nostalgia for Roos past. What started out as a very jam-friendly festival has certainly spread from its roots, though the inclusion of bands like Umphrey’s McGee, Twiddle, Greensky Bluegrass and more are certainly nods to the earliest days in Manchester, TN.The very first Bonnaroo lineup in 2002 featured Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper and The String Cheese Incident as headliners. The “SuperJam” featured Michael Kang, Bela Fleck, Jeff Raines and Robert Randolph. Jammers like Phil Lesh & Friends /w Bob Weir, moe., Ween, Gov’t Mule, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Les Claypool, Keller Williams, and The Disco Biscuits all made it out for the festival. Even an up-and-coming Umphrey’s McGee made it on the billing, all the way on the bottom line…Check out some videos from this star-studded, first-ever affair:last_img read more

Robert Sean Leonard, Erin Davie & More Join Sunday in the Park with George

first_img View Comments Star Files Look, they made a cast! The full team is now assembled for the Broadway return of Sunday in the Park with George. Among those joining the previously announced Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford are Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard as Jules and Erin Davie as Yvonne. The cast also includes a handful of stage favorites who will reprise their performances from the recent New York City Center run.Sarna Lapine, the niece of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical’s book writer and original director James Lapine, will helm the revival. The Stephen Sondheim musical will begin performances on February 11 at the newly opened Hudson Theatre, where it is set to open officially on February 23 and play a limited engagement through April 23.Reuniting with Gyllenhaal and Ashford will be Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) as Frieda, Tony nominees Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!) as Mr. and Phillip Boykin (Porgy and Bess) as Boatman, plus Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde) as Soldier and Liz McCartney (Les Miserables) as Mrs.New to the roster are Leonard (The Invention of Love), Davie (Side Show), Tony nominee Penny Fuller (The Dinner Party) as Old Lady, Ashley Park (The King and I) as Celeste #1, Jennie Barber (Wicked) as Celeste #2, David Turner (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) reprising his performance as Franz from the 2008 revival, Mattea Marie Conforti (Matilda) as Louise and Jennifer Sanchez (On Your Feet!) as Nurse.Rounding out the cast are Tony nominee Michael McElroy (Big River), Max Chernin (Bright Star) and Jaime Rosenstein (Wicked), each returning from City Center, as well as MaryAnn Hu (The King and I), Julie Foldesi (Newsies), Jordan Gelber (Avenue Q) and Andrew Kober (Les Miserables).The production will features sets by Beowulf Boritt, projections by Tal Yarden and Christopher Ash, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Ken Billington and sound design by Kai Harada. Sunday in the Park With George Related Showscenter_img Robert Sean Leonard & Erin Davie(Photos: Kevin Winter/Getty Images & Bruce Glikas) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017 Erin Davielast_img read more

Markowitz to officially announce for governor in Barre today

first_imgSecretary of State Deb Markowitz will officially announce her candidacy for governor Monday, at a public event in Barre at the Barre Auditorium’s Alumni Hall. Markowitz will tour the state Monday and Tuesday, listening to Vermonters’ ideas about jump starting the economy and she will lay out her vision for economic development, education and the state’s energy needs.Source: Markowitz campaign.last_img

Judiciary adopts nine principles of professionalism

first_img Judiciary adopts nine principles of professionalism Judiciary adopts nine principles of professionalism November 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Florida’s judges have adopted nine principles of professionalism in an effort to encourage judges to serve as role models for the attorneys who appear before them.“We, as judges, cannot ask attorneys to hold themselves to a higher standard without first agreeing to do so ourselves,” said 15th Circuit Judge Peter D. Blanc, a member of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. “Judges and lawyers together make up a community of practice. We work together for the common good and these Principles of Professionalism for Judges, coupled with the Ideals and Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, benefit not only those in this community of practice, but also those we serve.”The principles address those things not necessarily covered by existing rules that lawyers expect of good judges and judges expect of themselves.“Judges can be extremely effective role models for lawyers, law students, other judges, jurors, and all who come in contact with our courts,” said Edward Waller, a member of the commission. “Adoption of these Principles of Professionalism is clear and convincing evidence that judges are committed to furthering the cause of professionalism and, in the process, promoting respect for our entire justice system.”In September, the judges of the district courts of appeal throughout the state adopted the principles, which were previously adopted by both the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges and the Florida Conference of County Court Judges.The Principles of Professionalism for Florida Judges – written by Circuit Judge Robert K. Rouse, Jr., of Volusia County – include:• A judge should be courteous, respectful, and civil to lawyers, parties, witnesses, court personnel, and all other participants in the legal process.• A judge should maintain control of the proceedings, recognizing that judges have both the obligation and the authority to ensure that all proceedings are conducted with dignity and decorum.• While endeavoring to resolve disputes promptly and efficiently, a judge should be considerate of the time constraints and pressures imposed on lawyers, parties, and other participants in the legal process.• To the extent possible, a judge should be punctual in convening trials, hearings, meetings, and conferences, and should, when practicable, promptly notify those affected if the judge becomes aware that there will be a significant delay.• A judge should permit a lawyer or self-represented party to present a cause properly and to make a complete and accurate record.• A judge should not impugn the integrity or professionalism of any lawyer on the basis of the lawyer’s clients or cause.• A judge should refer to lawyers and adult parties and witnesses by surname preceded by the preferred title (Mr., Ms., Mrs., Miss, Dr.) or by professional title (counselor or doctor) when conducting a trial or hearing.• A judge should work cooperatively with other judges on matters relating to the availability of lawyers, parties, witnesses, or court resources, and the scheduling of proceedings.• A judge should be courteous and respectful to other judges in speech and in written decisions and opinions, mindful that a position articulated by another judge is the result of that judge’s earnest effort to interpret the law and the facts correctly.These principles are promulgated to encourage judges, including general magistrates, child support hearing officers, and traffic infraction hearing officers to fulfill their obligation to be civil and respectful to all persons with whom they deal in an official capacity, and to require similar conduct from others, according to the commission.The principles are aspirational, and do not alter the Code of Judicial Conduct or judges’ obligations thereunder, or create additional standards pursuant to which a judge may be disciplined.last_img read more

Royal Bank City scheme hit by rights-of-light protests

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Some medics say they are muzzled in Egypt’s coronavirus response

first_imgAt dusk on April 10, police entered an apartment in Qalyubia province, north of Cairo, and arrested ophthalmologist Hany Bakr.The reason, his lawyer Aisha Nabil said, was an April 4 Facebook post in which he criticized Egypt for sending medical masks to China and Italy when he could not source them for his own practice.Bakr, 36, who is still detained, is one of at least three doctors arrested during the new coronavirus outbreak on accusations of spreading false news, misusing social media, and joining a “terrorist organization” – a charge that refers to the banned Muslim Brotherhood and is often used in political cases – according to their lawyers. When the government, which has boosted health sector spending and offered public health workers bonuses, imposed a curfew and shut down schools, mosques and hotels in March, some doctors praised the response.But as infections accelerated, including among medical staff, some questioned official claims the pandemic was under control. Nine doctors, lawyers and rights activists interviewed by Reuters saw a wider campaign to censor coverage of the outbreak that builds on a far-reaching crackdown on dissent under President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.In response to written questions from Reuters about complaints from doctors and reports of suppression of information, the state press center said Egypt was “one of the most successful countries in dealing with coronavirus”. It did not elaborate.Demands for testingAbout 11% of those infected in Egypt are healthcare workers, according to the World Health Organization, including 124 doctors, according to a May 17 report.By Monday, Egypt’s Doctors Syndicate, a national association of medics, had recorded 350 cases among physicians, including 19 deaths.The Health Ministry said on Monday that protective measures were in place and medical staff nationally had received more than 19,500 tests, including nearly 9,000 Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to detect those currently infected.It said 291 health workers, including 69 doctors, had been treated in hospitals, and 11 had died.But as the virus has spread some doctors in the public health system have expressed growing concern, saying they haven’t been equipped to combat it.At Cairo’s Al Monira hospital, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Monday it had ordered an investigation into the death of Walid Yehiya, a young doctor who contracted the novel coronavirus, after his colleagues threatened to resign en masse citing reasons including a lack of preparedness and protection measures at the hospital, low pay, and administrative and security threats.At the city’s Manshyet al-Bakry hospital, staff who sought tests when 23 colleagues tested positive after the hospital began to receive suspected COVID-19 cases in mid-May were unable to obtain them, said Mohamed Moqbal, a gastroenterologist at the hospital and Doctors Syndicate board member.When doctors at the hospital decided to halt work to press for PCR tests, protective gear and training, hospital management threatened to report them to national security, he said. Officials at the hospital were not immediately available for comment.The Health Ministry did not respond to requests for comment. Mohamed Tag El-Din, a presidential health adviser, told reporters that official infection figures were accurate, denying there was pressure on doctors. Reprisals were “not allowed” and complaints would be addressed, he said.WarningBut the government has moved to stifle criticism, the sources said. A Health Ministry notice sent to hospitals in Beheira province and shared with Reuters by an activist who declined to be identified, warned health workers that if they leaked information about coronavirus they would be “subjected to legal questioning”.Doctors in three other provinces told Reuters they had seen similar warnings.One doctor from Dakahlia province who asked not to be named said he was questioned by the Health Ministry’s legal committee in the province for accusing the ministry of lacking transparency on Facebook. “The state wants to lower the number of registered deaths,” he said.The Health Ministry did not respond to a request for comment about a Dakahlia doctor who was questioned by the ministry’s legal committee in the province for criticizing it on Facebook.On state media, doctors who have criticized the government’s coronavirus figures or success in combatting the virus, have been accused of Muslim Brotherhood links. At least 500 people including activists and lawyers, and 11 journalists, have been arrested, said Gamal Eid, director of the Arab Network for Human Rights.”They don’t want anyone to report anything other than the official statements,” Eid said.An Interior Ministry spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the arrests.  All were arrested after speaking out over a lack of protective equipment or calling for better infection control measures, the lawyers said.The Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the police, did not respond to a request for comment on the arrest of Bakr or the other doctors.Authorities deny pressure on medical staff and say the government has managed the pandemic well.Egypt has reported 19,666 cases of the coronavirus, including 816 deaths. Daily increases of confirmed cases have risen, though numbers are still far below Iran and Turkey, the hardest hit countries in the region.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Irish pension fund liabilities rise 15%, offsetting 9% asset growth

first_imgPension funds in Ireland saw their assets rise by 9% on average in the first half of this year on the back of bond price rises, but liability values rose by around 15%, according to consultancy Mercer. Sean O’Donovan, head of DB risk at the firm, said: “Global equities saw strong growth over the period.  “The majority of outperformance can also be attributed to falls in bond yields, which have seen fixed income assets increase in value by more than 10%.”However, the same market dynamic expanded pension fund liabilities. Because falls in government bond yields were echoed by corporate bonds – which companies refer to when valuing pension liabilities – pension fund liabilities rose by around 15% in the six months to the end of June, Mercer said.It said this had more than offset the gains made on scheme assets, with accounting deficits climbing to €7.6bn from €5.4bn.In 2013, deficits narrowed by €1.8bn.Mercer said employers and trustees wanted to capitalise on the big recovery in equity markets, but the problem was where to invest these assets, with bond yields now at historic lows.“More and more clients are looking for a half-way house between equities and long-dated bonds to capture equity gains until such time as bond yields hopefully increase”, O’Donovan said.last_img read more