Automated detection of basal icequakes and discrimination from surface crevassing

first_imgIcequakes at or near the bed of a glacier have the potential to allow us to investigate theinteraction of ice with the underlying till or bedrock. Understanding this interaction is important forstudying basal sliding of glaciers and ice streams, a critical process in ice dynamics models used to con-strain future sea-level rise projections. However, seismic observations on glaciers can be dominated byseismic energy from surface crevassing. We present a method of automatically detecting basal icequakesand discriminating them from surface crevassing, comparing this method to a commonly used spectrum-based method of detecting icequakes. We use data from Skeidararjökull, an outlet glacier of theVatnajökull Ice Cap, South-East Iceland, to demonstrate that our method outperforms the commonlyused spectrum-based method. Our method detects a higher number of basal icequakes, has a lowerrate of incorrectly identifying crevassing as basal icequakes and detects an additional, spatially inde-pendent basal icequake cluster. We also show independently that the icequakes do not originate fromnear the glacier surface. We conclude that the method described here is more effective than currentlyimplemented methods for detecting and discriminating basal icequakes from surface crevassing.last_img read more

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Visits Romania

first_img View post tag: visits July 28, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Visits Romania View post tag: Romania View post tag: News by topic Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Visits Romania View post tag: Allied View post tag: Commander View post tag: Naval Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Navy Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir Adrian Bradshaw reinforced NATO’s commitment to collective defence with a visit to Bucharest, Romania on Thursday, 24 July. In light of the Ukraine Crisis, NATO continues to implement a series of comprehensive assurance measures on land, sea and air in which Romania has played a vital role. View post tag: Deputy View post tag: Supreme View post tag: europe “Romania has supported NATO AWACs aircraft conducting surveillance orbits over Eastern Europe and has contributed professional and interoperable land forces to recent exercises,’’ said General Bradshaw. “NATO, and indeed many nations outside of NATO continue to be very concerned by the crisis in Ukraine, and it is essential to maintain our force readiness in order to provide a balanced response,” he said.During the visit, General Bradshaw met with the Chief of the General Staff of the Romanian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Stefan Danila, and discussed further security and stability measures.“Romania is a highly valued member of NATO whose military contribution is widely recognized,’’ said DSACEUR. “In particular, Romania’s long standing participation to the ISAF mission has been commendable.’’“I have also been very impressed on this visit with our discussions and the mutual aims of continuing support to this crisis and other areas of interest,’’ he added.In addition to Romania’s support to the Air Surveillance Mission, the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 has been operating in the Black Sea and received extensive support from the Romanian port of Constanta.[mappress]Press Release, July 28, 2014; Image: NATO View post tag: Defence Share this articlelast_img read more

“Ridiculously offensive” Wadham campaign posters

first_imgvideo report published 19.05.13 – Presenter: Max Long – Editor: Patrick BeardmoreCampaign posters for the position of Wadham SU Treasurer, which have called on Wadhamites to “fight Wadham’s far left”, have been ripped down from the College library’s door, while his campaign has been called “offensive for the sake of it.”The student’s posters have taken a controversial stance towards feminism, describing the Slutwalk trip that was supported by Wadham SU last summer as “indulgent.” Similarly, in the top right hand of his posters there is a crossed-out Woman-power feminist symbol (a clenched fist merged with a Venus sign).The posters pun on the recent ‘zero tolerance’ to sexual assault motion, stating ‘Zero tolerance for moochers’ in large red letters. The zero tolerance motion is currently being discussed by students and the College liaison committee, who are together deciding how to integrate it into Wadham’s existing policy on sexual harassment and assault. The campaign poster goes on to say: “Think they’re all just talk? YOUR money paid for Wadham Rad-fems’ indulgent Slutwalk trip. YOUR money thrown way to Oxford Radical Forum. YOUR money wasted on Oxford Left Review nonsense. YOUR money could be WASTED on huge legal fees if radical  protesting students face charges. It’s not THEIR money, it’s YOUR’s! Fight Wadham’s Far Left, vote [for him] as YOUR Treasurer.”Wadham SU has spent money on both the Oxford Radical Forum and the Oxford Left Review after such spending was mandated by a majority vote at SU meetings. However, his claim that the SU would be liable for legal fees has not been substantiated.Lucy Delaney, a Wadham first year, told Cherwell that the posters “are so ridiculously offensive, inaccurate and scaremongering that [his] will instantly alienate voters.”Emilie Lambert, also at Wadham, commented that he “fundamentally misunderstands the role of Treasurer. If a motion is passed to give money to X the treasurer’s job is to give money to X. He would not be able to bypass democratic procedure by being treasurer.”Lambert continued, “His campaign is just offensive for the sake of it. I hoped that he had finally got past behaviour like this.”The student spoke to Cherwell in response to criticism of his campaign, saying, “I didn’t call the Slutwalk intrinsically indulgent, but I believe a small number of students benefiting from money intended for the student community as a whole is indulgent.”He also outlined his proposed changes to the SU, “My proposed solutions are to request the college to limit SU funding in exchange for an equivalent decrease in food or rent costs and ringfence the remaining money for welfare, LGB and other small funds with a measurable effect on students’ lives here.”After it was noticed that the posters had been ripped down, the Wadham SU Vice President, Alex Cibulskis, sent out an email to Wadham students, saying, “We have had reports that some people have been taking down some of the posters that candidates running for positions in the SU this week have put up.“Please, please could everyone refrain from doing so (and from defacing them in any other way); you do, of course, have the right to express your opinion regarding the candidates by voting between 8am and 8pm on Friday, and I encourage you all to do so!”The student retaliated to his original posters being taken down by putting up a new poster on the library door. The new poster stated: “Posters SABOTAGED by RAD-FEMS. You keep taking them down, I’ll keep printing them. Not sinking to your level. I don’t believe in funding extremist groups or biasing the politically active. SU money is for everyone, not just those with an agenda.”Wadham SU President, Jahni Emmanunel commented, “The posters have caused quite a bit of controversy because they have been seen as highly offensive by some people. She also said, “However, I don’t think it’s fair for people to rip down the posters, as anyone running for a position has a right to express and publicise their views to the SU.”last_img read more

Ocean City Police Department Would like Your Help in Finding a Suspect

first_imgOFFICER PREPARING PRESS RELEASE:Capt. Steven K. Ang #236   Public Information Officer DATE: September 25, 2017                                             CASE:   17-33953INCIDENT:  Aggravated AssaultDATE/TIME OCCURRED:    September 23, 2017    7:20pmLOCATION:  900 block Haven AvenueDETAILSOn September 23, 2017, at approximately 7:20pm, an aggravated assault occurred in the 900 block Haven Avenue. The Victims stated they were riding their bicycles northbound on Haven Avenue from the 1000 block and entering the 900 block of Haven Avenue.  At the intersection of 10th St. and Haven Avenue they encountered a white van that did not completely stop at the stop sign.  This intersection is a four way stop that requires all vehicles and bicyclist to stop before proceeding.  The van then followed the Victims into the 900 block of Haven Avenue and a verbal confrontation was started by the driver of the van.  The van driver then exited his vehicle and assaulted both Victims.  The driver then returned to his vehicle.  The van was last seen turning west on 9th Street and then into the 800 block of Bay Avenue. During the incident the van driver stated he had his ten year old son in the van.At this time the Ocean City Police Department is asking for your help in locating the van and driver. The driver is described as; White male, tan skin, possible tattoos on his arm, approximate age late 40’s.  The vehicle is a white newer model box work van with unknown registration.  Photos of the suspect vehicle are attached to this press release.Anyone with information about the incident or with knowledge about who the van owner is should contact the Ocean City Police Department at (609)399-9111.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Offers Jam-Heavy Start To Philly Run [Videos]

first_img[Video: monihampton]For set two, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returned with “Dancing In The Streets”, marking a particularly spirited and jam-oriented start to the set, which heavily showcased Dave Dreiwitz on bass. From there, the group segued into “Uncle John’s Band” and then “King Solomon’s Marbles”, the latter containing a particularly exploratory “Space” section ahead of the song’s reprise. Without missing a step, the band next offered “Black Peter”, a tune which Joe Russo’s Almost Dead hadn’t performed since Thanksgiving weekend in 2015—marking a gap of 76 shows. Accelerating to the finish line, the group offered up “The Other One” housing a “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” jam, which eventually landed into “I Know You Rider”. To close out the night in full, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead offered up the classic “Touch Of Grey”.“Dancing In The Streets” Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 11/24/2017Set One: Jam -> Gonesville > Cats Under The Stars > Throwing Stones, Must Have Been The Roses > Box Of Rain > Saint Of CircumstanceSet Two: Dancing In The Streets # -> Jam -> Dancing In The Streets Reprise -> Uncle John’s Band $ > King Solomon’s Marbles -> Space -> King Solomon’s Marbles Reprise -> Black Peter & -> The Other One % > GDTRFB Jam ->I Know You Rider ^Encore: Touch Of [email protected] – With a “Waltz #1” (Elliot Smith) Tease (MB) somewhere in Set One.# – With a DD Bass Solo$ – With an Unknown Tease (TH)& – Not played since 2015-11-28 Paradise Rock Club, a gap of 76 shows (Hat Tip – Stefanie Clarke)% – With a Marco Solo^ – With a Morning Dew Tease (TH)[Photo: Dave Vann] “Cats Under The Stars” Following the Thanksgiving break, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead kicked off a two-night stand at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last night, with the group returning to the renowned venue again tonight. The beloved act led by Joe Russo offered up one of their characteristic high-octane performance re-imagining the tunes of the Grateful Dead, with last night’s show focusing heavily on showing off the group’s immense improvisational talents.The show opened with a rumbling opening jam that eventually made its way into the Bob Weir tune “Gonesville”, which was debuted by the band earlier in April, and then into the Jerry Garcia Band beloved title track “Cats Under The Stars”. Perhaps riffing off of Dead & Company’s performance of “Throwing Stones” on Wednesday night in Washington D.C., the band then offered up a stellar rendition of another Bob Weir tune “Throwing Stones” to close out the non-stop sequence that opened set one. To close out the set, the band offered up yet another non-stop sequence, this time opening with the slower “Must Have Been The Roses” ahead of “Box of Rain” and “Saint Of Circumstance”.Jam > “Gonesville” [Video: monihampton]“Throwing Stones”last_img read more

Pageant: The Musical Now in Previews Off-Broadway

first_imgWhich queen will come out on top? That’s up to you! Pageant: The Musical begins performances off-Broadway on June 29 at the Davenport Theatre, where it runs concurrently with Forbidden Broadway on Sunday and Monday evenings through September 1. Opening night is set for July 14. Pageant: The Musical The gaggle of tiara-crazed hopefuls consists of Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and Nic Cory. Emmy winner Kevin Meaney will serve as the pageant host. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014 Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. The show is penned by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and features music by Albert Evans. View Commentslast_img read more

Exterus General Manager Earns Top Honors

first_imgExterus Technology for Business in Shelburne is pleased to announce that H. Wright Caswell was recently recognized by Xerox Corporation as one of the top sales agents in North America.Out of more than 3,200 sales agents and Xerox employees in the United States and Canada, Wright was one of just 18 chosen to compete in the Xerox North American Demorama competition in Orlando, Florida. After demonstrating the latest technology on one of the company’s newest, most advanced systems, Xerox executives placed him fourth best demo in North America. Wright was one of just three sales representatives chosen to compete two years in a row. Last year’s contest was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.Come meet Wright at the 1st Annual Exterus Fall Expo 2007 on November 27 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont! Visit www.exterusbusiness.com(link is external) for to register for the Expo or for more information on our products and services.last_img read more

Used is the New Black for Patagonia

first_imgOutdoor retail powerhouse Patagonia is implementing a bold new sales strategy based on…wait for it…people not buying their merchandise.The brand recently announced a partnership with online auction house eBay that encourages both potential consumers and owners of Patagonia gear to sell and purchase used goods on the internet. They are also asking that people not buy their gear, or anything, unless they really, really need it.The partnership, part of their longstanding Common Threads Initiative, urges the use of the ‘5 R’s’: reduce, repair, recycle, reuse, and re-imagine a “world where we take only what nature can replace.” To become a member of the Patagonia exclusive shop on eBay, one must pledge their loyalty to the said R’s. They hope to achieve 50,000 pledges by the end of the year.Although this not-buying campaign may seem counter-intuitive from a sales and marketing standpoint, Patagonia has always been on the leading edge of environmental issues. As a result, the brand has become synonymous with environmentally conscious consumerism. This is just Patagonia’s latest effort to reduce the company’s—and their consumer’s—carbon footprint.This experiment in sustainable retail production is a first  from a major outdoor brand, and it has the potential to cut into potential sales figures, especially since Patagonia will not profit from the resale of any of its garments or equipment. They are urging people not only to buy used Patagonia products, but also to dig out old gear from the backs of closets to sell to the next outdoor enthusiast looking for a new puffy jacket. In a down economy, and with the explosion of ‘green’ thinking in the marketplace, this could be the first in a series of dominoes.Outdoor gear hand-me-downs and pass-alongs have been around since the birth of the industry, especially with the prices of today’s top-of-the-line products. Patagonia has simply organized a place for their specific product to be purchased and sold through eBay and their own website, taking the hassle and potential risk out of selling used gear.The bottom line is this: the greenest gear is the gear that is already in circulation. People will ultimately still buy new Patagonia products given the trendiness of the brand, but will this ecologically sustainable business plan be economically unsustainable in the long run? Or will it end up winning over even more customers by proving that Patagnoia looks beyond the bottom line?last_img read more

China parliament eyes Hong Kong national security law after unrest

first_imgChina’s parliament considers it “necessary to improve and uphold the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy,” Zhang said, referring to the arrangement that has underpinned the city’s liberties and free market economy.Article 23 of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, says the city must enact national security laws to prohibit “treason, secession, sedition [and] subversion” against the Chinese government.But the clause has never been implemented due to deeply held public fears it would curtail Hong Kong’s widely cherished civil rights.The city enjoys freedoms unseen on the Chinese mainland which are protected by an agreement made before former Britain handed the territory back to Beijing in 1997.  China’s parliament said Thursday it will introduce a proposal for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move likely to stoke unrest in the financial hub.Beijing has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after the semi-autonomous city was rocked by seven months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests last year.The proposal will be introduced on Friday, the first day of the National People’s Congress, and would strengthen “enforcement mechanisms” in the financial hub, the parliament’s spokesman Zhang Yesui said. An attempt to enact Article 23 in 2003 was shelved after half a million people took to the streets in protest.The controversial bill has been put back on the table in recent years in response to the rise of the city’s pro-democracy movement.Zhang did not provide more details about the proposed law. But if it is introduced to the NPC it is likely to be approved, as the body rubber-stamps decisions already made by Communist Party policymakers.Hong Kong’s largest pro-Beijing political party DAB was quick to voice its support for the proposal, describing it as a “responsible move”. But pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong were furious.”This is the end of Hong Kong, this is the end of One Country, Two Systems, make no mistake about it,” said Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok told reporters.Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan said Beijing had “shown zero respect for Hong Kong people” by attempting to enact the law without consultation.”Many Hong Kongers must be as angry as us now, but we must remember not to give up,” she added.Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s final British governor before the 1997 handover, said the proposal signaled a “comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy”.”This will be hugely damaging to Hong Kong’s international reputation and to the prosperity of a great city,” Patten said. Hong Kong has its own lawmaking body, but at least two Hong Kong deputies to the NPC have openly said they would propose the idea of introducing the national security law without going through city’s legislature.Article 18 of Hong Kong’s basic law allows the NPC to add legislation to an annex of the mini-constitution after consultations with a Basic Law committee and the Beijing-backed Hong Kong government.The legislation can then be applied to Hong Kong without being scrutinised by the city’s lawmakers.The NPC’s move comes after Beijing appointed a hardline senior official, known for a crackdown on Christians in mainland China, as its main policymaker for Hong Kong.Xia Baolong, previously secretary-general at the national committee of China’s top political advisory body, was promoted to director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council in February.Topics :last_img read more

Weibo parent Sina and search engine Sogou latest to delist from US

first_imgHong Kong or ShanghaiChina has previously lost the listings of internet giants such as Alibaba and Baidu to Wall Street, but it is looking to change the situation — especially as tensions rise with the US and its own capital markets mature.Tighter US rules could push companies towards Hong Kong or Shanghai, with e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com having launched huge offerings in Hong Kong in the past year.Alibaba’s financial arm is planning a mega dual IPO in the two cities as well.China has eased listing rules over the past couple of years to encourage more domestic share issues by big Chinese tech firms, as Beijing challenges the US for global tech dominance.The push is part of the Communist Party’s strategy to develop domestic champions into global leaders in artificial intelligence, big data, and other advanced sectors.China’s largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SIMC), which previously delisted in the US as well, announced earlier this year it would seek a Shanghai stock listing.Topics : A growing number of Chinese companies have delisted from the US or opted for secondary, domestic listings as the world’s two superpowers butt heads over a number of issues including technology, Hong Kong and the coronavirus.Sohu.com, which is Sogou’s parent company, said in a statement on Tuesday that the purchase price will be at $9 per share.This represents a premium of approximately 56.5 percent to the closing trading price of Sogou on July 24, shortly before the company announced it had received a proposal on going private from Tencent.If the share purchase is completed, Sohu’s subsidiary Sohu.com (Search) will receive an aggregate consideration of around $1.18 billion in cash, and Sohu will no longer have any beneficial ownership interest in Sogou. The parent company of China’s vast Weibo platform and one of the country’s biggest search engines have announced plans to delist from US stock markets in deals totaling over $6 billion as relations between Washington and Beijing grow increasingly tense.Chinese search engine Sogou confirmed Tuesday it would be taken private by tech giant Tencent, in a deal that values the New York-listed firm at around $3.5 billion.The announcement comes a day after Chinese internet giant Sina Corp — which owns the country’s massive Twitter-like Weibo — said it would go private as well.center_img Meanwhile, Sina Corp plans to cease trading on the tech-rich Nasdaq exchange — where it has traded since 2000 — after a deal valuing the firm at $2.59 billion.last_img read more