Changes in environment over the last 800,000 years from chemical analysis of the EPICA Dome C ice core

first_imgThe EPICA ice core from Dome C extends 3259 m in depth, and encompasses 800 ka of datable and sequential ice. Numerous chemical species have been measured along the length of the cores. Here we concentrate on interpreting the main low-resolution patterns of major ions. We extend the published record for non-sea-salt calcium, sea-salt sodium and non-sea-salt sulfate flux to 800 ka. The non-sea-salt calcium record confirms that terrestrial dust originating from South America closely mirrored Antarctic climate, both at orbital and millennial timescales. A major cause of the main trends is most likely climate in southern South America, which could be sensitive to subtle changes in atmospheric circulation. Sea-salt sodium also follows temperature, but with a threshold at low temperature. We re-examine the use of sodium as a sea ice proxy, concluding that it is probably reflecting extent, with high salt concentrations reflecting larger ice extents. With this interpretation, the sodium flux record indicates low ice extent operating as an amplifier in warm interglacials. Non-sea-salt sulfate flux is almost constant along the core, confirming the lack of change in marine productivity (for sulfur-producing organisms) in the areas of the Southern Ocean contributing to the flux at Dome C. For the first time we also present long records of reversible species such as nitrate and chloride, and show that the pattern of post-depositional losses described for shallower ice is maintained in older ice. It appears possible to use these concentrations to constrain snow accumulation rates in interglacial ice at this site, and the results suggest a possible correction to accumulation rates in one early interglacial. Taken together the chemistry records offer a number of constraints on the way the Earth system combined to give the major climate fluctuations of the late Quaternary period.last_img read more

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Bacheldre flour mixes to make Jme brand

first_imgWelsh-based Bacheldre Watermill will be creating a series of new seasonal flour mixes for Jamie Oliver’s Jme brand this October.It comes as the firm, located in Powys, has recently developed a new Crumpie Bun Mix for the Naked Chef’s brand, based on a recipe in Jamie’s Great Britain cook book. The mix, using traditionally stoneground flour, combines the concept of a crumpet and Yorkshire pudding.Matt Scott, managing director of Bacheldre Watermill, told British Baker: “We were approached last summer by representatives of the Jme brand as a recommendation, so we sent samples of our flours to Jamie himself and they said our products came up trumps.“After brainstorming and bringing lots of ideas to the table, we looked at Jamie’s latest book for inspiration and thought his breakfast crumpies would be a great product to bring to market. That’s how the Crumpie Bun Mix came about and we thought it would be perfect idea to make into a retail product.”Speaking to British Baker at Foodex, Zoe Jackson, head of buying at Jme, said: “Following the successful development of the Crumpie Bun Mix, we are continuing to work with Bacheldre on a number of new products for the Jme brand this autumn, including a gingerbread mix.”Scott added: “Supplying to Jamie Oliver is a good stamp of approval – the whole thing about his Jme brand is that they want to work with smaller, artisan producers. It carries a lot of weight and is a nice accolade to have under our belts.”last_img read more

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Creative workshops offered at Annenberg Digital Lounge

first_imgLorraine Wheat | Daily TrojanThe Annenberg Digital Lounge offers a collaborative, digital space for all students at USC beyond the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The lounge aims to provide students with the opportunity to learn professional programs in order to embrace technology in an environment that encourages experimentation. Different courses and workshops are offered at the lounge, and its first workshop, “Creative Resume Techniques with Adobe InDesign,” will be held on Wednesday. As more employers begin seeking out students with digital skills, creative media manager Erika Hang encourages students to utilize the lounge that was created through the digital literacy initiative implemented by former Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III. “Our team and our space was born out of the idea of giving Annenberg students digital skills,” Hang said. “Our main goal is being able to offer workshops and software support for a lot of the tools that the students are using.”The lounge tries to improve itself each semester, collecting feedback from students to see what skills and workshops would pique their interest. “Starting last semester, we’ve been offering more data analytical stuff,” Hang said. This fall, the Digital Lounge has included data analytics in their new line-up of programming that includes classes on creative media and personal branding. “We’re trying to always stay up on what’s new, what students want to learn and what’s current,” Hang said. “There’s just so many avenues to get digital skills here and if you can’t take a 10-week course, you can always take a workshop. [We’re] just trying to foster that creativity.” The lounge still maintains its 10-week Adobe certification courses, although they are only offered to Annenberg students or students taking an Annenberg course. But the year-round workshops non-Annenberg students can attend also offer useful skills that are transferable to future job opportunities, according to Hang. “We’re trying to support anything that students are using in the classroom or students would find valuable when they go out to look for a job,” Hang said. “A lot more jobs out there are looking for students with digital skills or it’s a bonus if you know Photoshop, or a bonus if you know coding.”Workshops teach students techniques in topics such as creating better motion graphics, building brands, retouching photos and starting impactful podcasts. Many of the courses are held in the Instructional Media Lab and taught by instructors like Rick Miller, a former Adobe senior solutions engineer for education who is teaching this semester’s Adobe Premiere, InDesign and Photoshop courses. “Having an Adobe Associates Certification sets [students] apart from other people who are vying for the same job,” Miller said. “Having this skillset is going to help them immensely because they can take this creative media and work with it in a way that is easy to be consumed at the endpoint.”The Digital Lounge also offers services through its Help Desk, run by students who are experienced with the different programs. “All of the Digital Lounge employees have different specializations in these programs so students can come here for any kind of help they need on assignments,” said Michelle Whang, a media support specialist and junior communications student. “The lounge is a safe environment for students to come in and work on their creative endeavor. It’s a creative makerspace here.”The “Bring Your Own Device” policy implemented at Annenberg in 2014 aimed to encourage digital literacy by allowing students to use technology in the classroom. Similarly, the courses and workshops held at the Digital Lounge encourage this type of customization in students’ workspaces to foster creativity and learning. “Creativity is the cornerstone behind the idea of the Digital Lounge,” Whang said. “It’s not like a traditional classroom setting, but what the students make of it.”last_img read more

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Afrika takes top sevens accolade

first_imgThe lightning-fast Cecil Afrika saw offcompetition from two New Zealand rivalsto scoop the title of IRB Sevens RugbyPlayer of the Year.Image: International Rugby Board)MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf JacksonMedia manager, South African Rugby Union+27 82 739 7733Emily van RijswijckEastern Cape-born Cecil Afrika, top points and try scorer in the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series, was recently named the International Rugby Board‘s (IRB) Sevens Player of the Year.The award ceremony took place at the Vektor Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on 24 October, following the successful completion of the seventh Rugby World Cup which was won by hosts New Zealand. The awards also celebrated the 125th anniversary of the IRB.Sevens rugby fans will hardly be surprised, as the slightly built Afrika dominated the sevens rugby scene this year, despite a recurring jawbone injury which caused him to miss the Wellington leg of the tournament early in the season.Playing in the flyhalf position, pacy Afrika shone on the rugby field from a young age, where he first represented his country in the school side in 2006. In 2008 he was part of the under-20 squad which reached the third place playoff at the 2008 IRB Junior World Championships.The first tournament of the upcoming HSBC Sevens World Series season kicks off in Australia on 25 and 26 November.From there the series moves to Dubai early in December before arriving at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for the South African leg on 9 and 10 December.Top try scorerAfrika’s abilities overshadowed fellow nominees Tomasi Cama and Tim Mikkelson, both Kiwi players. Scoring 40 tries, the South African notched up an unrivalled 385 points, 86 more than Cama despite playing in one less tournament.The three shortlisted players were chosen by the management of all the participating teams.The 23-year-old Afrika helped South Africa secure tournament wins in Las Vegas, London and Edinburgh. But, like their counterparts in the main rugby event, the New Zealand sevens team were too strong for the competition and clinched the series with a convincing 150 points scored during the season.National sevens coach Paul Treu says Afrika’s best attribute is his ability to play consistently across all games, while his strong defence has saved many an almost-certain try.Treu remembers Afrika’s determination to make it to the top, saying that the flyhalf was not picked for the team three years ago. Despite this setback, Afrika trained with the team without a contract so that he could one day be considered.His determination paid off and he finally made his debut in the Dubai leg of the 2009/2010 series.“What he has achieved since then is just incredible and his rise through the ranks from a very humble childhood in Port Elizabeth to a star performer on the world stage is an incredible and inspiring story,” adds Treu.Arika dedicated the award to his teammates: “I am extremely proud of the award but I view it as an accolade for the team. My teammates, the coach and management all worked very hard and we endure the joy and pain together.”last_img read more

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Counting What Counts

first_imgYou never produce results without activity. But you also never produce results without those activities generating a positive outcome.You can count the number of phone calls you make, but that’s only an indication of one part of your effort, your willingness to dial the telephone. It says nothing about how willing you were to engage in the right conversations when someone answered. It also reveals nothing about how effective you were on that call.A scheduled appointment proves that a commitment was gained. That’s a good indication of a positive outcome. But that appointment tells you nothing about whether the prospective client has a problem you can solve, whether they’re dissatisfied enough to change, or whether or not the appointment is with the right person.Face-to-face sales calls are easily counted. And they are the critical interaction that creates and moves opportunities forward. But counting them tells you nothing about the quality of the interaction. It doesn’t say anything about how the salesperson was perceived by the client or whether or not they created the kind of value that generates trust. The number of sales calls also doesn’t speak to whether or not you gained any real insight as to how you might help your prospective client.Most salespeople fail because they take too little action or they are inconsistent. But anything that is easy to count isn’t often meaningful, and most of what is meaningful doesn’t easily lend itself to be counted. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Columbian makes CJ Perez top PBA rookie pick; No. 2 Parks Jr. goes to Blackwater

first_imgAfter Game 1 rout, Blaze Spikers still got more to give Robert Bolick was selected third overall by NorthPort, giving its star Stanley Pringle a partner to operate with in the backcourt.“Coach [Pido Jarencio] jokingly told me if I wouldn’t die for the team, he’ll do it himself,” Bolick said in Filipino. “I’m thrilled. I know the two of us would gel together well … I’m excited to show my winning mentality.”With the three teams going for their expected choices, the shocker in the first round came when coach Yeng Guiao himself said “Amin na ’to (It’s ours),” before announcing Paul Desiderio as NLEX’s choice, which came from a predraft trade with Phoenix.“I was shocked because I never expected to be selected ahead of Javee (Mocon) and Trevis (Jackson),” Desiderio said. “My goal now is not to disappoint coach Yeng.”The surprises did not stop there as Meralco selected Trevis Jackson out of Sacramento State. The Filipino-American guard represented the Philippines in a 3×3 showcase in China in August along with stints in the PBA D-League.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Mocon, another star from San Beda, landed on Rain or Shine with the sixth pick that was originally held by TNT KaTropa. He was followed at seventh by Abu Tratter, a versatile forward out of La Salle and a former national player.Jesper Ayaay, the other Lyceum product in the draft, was chosen ninth by Alaska, while Michael Calisaan of San Sebastian was snared at No. 10 by Magnolia .Columbian, using a pick from San Miguel Beermen, went for Letran guard JP Calvo at 11th, before Phoenix ended the first-round with Jorey Napoles from Technological Institute of the Philippines.Prior to the event, technical director Eric Castro said the league will put on hold on all trades until the selection process was over.Rain or Shine opened the second round by selecting Paul Varilla of University of the East. Meralco followed by choosing Bong Quinto of Letran, Magnolia gambled on Jeepy Faundo of University of Santo Tomas and NLEX and Alaska chosr Kris Porter and GBoy Babilonia, respectively.Lesser-known Cyrus Tabi of Rizal Technological U went to Columbian as sixth pick in the second round. Adamson duo Robbie Manalang and Harold Ng were both tabbed by Rain or Shine.Phoenix, through picks acquired from trades, also went for FEU guards Ron Dennison and Jojo Trinidad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After steering Lyceum to two runner-up finishes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Perez promised to bring not only scoring to the team, but also boundless energy.“I’ll bring effort, too,” he said. “I’m ready to give it my all to them … But I also know that I can’t do it all by myself. The winning ways won’t come without the effort.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBlackwater went for Ray Parks Jr., who missed the proceedings due to his commitment with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, which was playing CLS Knights Indonesia in Surabaya at press time, in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).The Elite now aims to follow through with their goal of becoming playoff contenders following a franchise-best showing in the ongoing Governors’ Cup where they lost to finalist Magnolia in the quarterfinals. Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru PLAY LIST 00:59Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netColumbian stuck to its original plan as it picked CJ Perez first overall in the Rookie Draft, making good with its intention to end years of futility in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).The 25-year-old Perez will join a Dyip squad that chalked up only six victories the past season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino takes aim at Hazard for 2016 taunt

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino takes aim at Hazard for 2016 tauntby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has taken aim at Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Pochettino recalls the likes of Hazard stating they wanted Leicester to win the title in 2016.Hazard said: “We don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League – the fans, the club and the players,” ahead of a bad-tempered 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in May that extinguished Tottenham’s hopes once and for all.And Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri – who was unaware of Pochettino’s remarks – declared yesterday: “I think the title is a fight between City and Liverpool.”Pochettino has not forgotten Hazard’s comment as he called for rival players and managers to keep their opinions quiet this time around.”When you are professional, some opinions you cannot make public,” he said.”Because after you create a big problem like what happened at Chelsea. That was more like a battle than a football game. Why did that happen? You know very well.”That’s why it’s compulsory to behave professionally. We translate a lot of emotion to the people. We are public persons.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp puts Gerrard on notice

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp puts Gerrard on noticeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Steven Gerrard to succeed him when he eventually leaves his post at Anfield.Reds legend Gerrard is the current Rangers boss, and has guided the Glasgow club to second in the Scottish Premiership, three points behind bitter rivals Celtic.”Kenny (Dalglish) and Stevie have both been a really big support from day one,” Klopp told Four Four Two.”Second, my position as a manager has nothing to do with the people around me. If Liverpool were to sack me tomorrow, then maybe Kenny would be the first choice to replace me, but they would probably bring Stevie down from Glasgow.”If you ask who should follow me, I’d say Stevie. I help him whenever I can. If someone gets your job, it’s not about them, it’s about you not being good enough.”I’m old enough to know that I give this job everything. I’m not a genius, I’m not perfect, but I give the club 100 per cent. If that’s enough, great. If it’s not, then it’s just the problem of the situation.” last_img read more

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Photo: Jim Harbaugh Attended Class With 4-Star DT Recruit Boss Tagaloa Today

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a first half call against the Maryland Terrapins.COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a first half call against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)We already know that Jim Harbaugh will go to many lengths in his recruitment of blue-chip athletes. Today, Harbaugh visited De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., to check in a pair of four-stars: defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa and tight end Devin Asiasi. Not only did Harbaugh meet with both players, he also sat in class with Tagaloa, who posted a picture of the coach on his Snapchat account.  Here is Jim Harbaugh attending class with Boss Tagaloa @_BT75 today. pic.twitter.com/hhc7Ggcwlq— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 19, 2016Also, a screenshot of a Facebook post from a De La Salle faculty member also mentions Harbaugh’s presence.Apparently Jim Harbaugh participated in a class lesson at De La Salle while visiting Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa pic.twitter.com/2diNOFBHei— The Victors News (@TheVictorsNews) January 19, 2016Looks like Coach Harbaugh had himself a nice day in school.last_img read more

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US hedge fund reports owning more than a 5 stake in Obsidian

first_imgCALGARY – Activist investor FrontFour Capital says it will attempt to influence decisions at Calgary-based Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) after accumulating more than 27 million shares.The Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund says in a declaration filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it has a 5.5 per cent stake in the oil and gas company formerly known as Penn West Petroleum. The filing is required if any entity owns more than five per cent of a publicly traded company.The filing says that the shares were purchased because they are undervalued and therefore represent an attractive investment opportunity.FrontFour says it has been in touch with company directors to discuss its strategy and board composition and says it intends to continue the communication, without being specific.FrontFour’s principal owner is listed as Zachary George, the son of former Obsidian chairman Rick George, who died in August.Obsidian shares gained six per cent or 10 cents Tuesday to close at $1.70.last_img read more

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