Mapping the ice-bed interface characteristics of Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, using microseismicity

first_imgFlow dynamics of the ice streams that drain the Antarctic Ice Sheet are heavily influenced by processes at the bed. Natural seismic activity generated beneath an ice stream is associated with the motion of the ice over its bed and can be used to map both the characteristics of the ice-bed interface and to understand these basal processes. Basal microseismicity was recorded over a 34 day period on Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, using 10 three-component geophones 40 km upstream of the grounding line. Around 3000 microseismic events were located in discrete spatial clusters near the ice-bed interface. The activity of each cluster varies with time, and the source mechanism for the events is interpreted as subhorizontal, low-angle faulting, slipping in the ice flow direction. Cluster locations are interpreted as “sticky spots” of stiff basal sediment at the ice-bed interface, where ice movement is accommodated by stick-slip basal sliding. The sticky spots occur in areas where independent active-source seismic surveys show low porosity sediments at the bed. We show that the sticky spots probably accommodate only a small amount of the total basal motion. Our results suggest that most of the ice stream basal motion is accommodated by aseismic deformation of soft, dilatant basal sediment, or by a well-lubricated, stiffer bed.last_img read more

Racist mail and Hotmail fail

first_imgA mailing list mess up by the Admissions Office has led to anger among prospective students and sparked a mass email debate which has degenerated into profanity, racism and abuse. As a result of the hundreds of thousands of emails generated by the mistake, Microsoft blocked all mail from Oxford University accounts to services including Hotmail and Windows Live for almost a week.The glitch resulted in everybody who signed up online for a copy of this year’s prospectus online being added to a mailing list which all other members could, and did, reply to.“An email list was created but misconfigured in such a way that recipients hitting ‘reply all’ responded to all users on the list, which normally is not permitted on this kind of list,” said a University spokesperson.“Many list members external to Oxford [replied to the whole mailing list] and it resulted in more than a million email messages being sent.”The barrage of emails sent to the whole list triggered furious responses. One commenter, Mayur Patel, launched personal and xenophobic attacks on other members of the list.Patel sent the message, “wat part of shut the fuck up do you not understand” and later replied to criticism from another commenter saying, “fuk yu too kazernovsky…dont chat to me like you bloody know me…fukin prick comin here stealing our jobs and claiming benefits fukin up the whole system of this country”.Oxford University declined to comment on the content of emails circulated via the list.By the time Admissions realised the problem and shut down the mailing list on September 26th, members had received between 400 and 500 hundred emails each. Thousands these had been destined for Hotmail, Live and MSN email addresses.Microsoft responded by barring all emails from Nexus accounts from September 27th, causing further frustration amongst students.As of Monday 3rd October Microsoft has lifted its ban on emails from University accounts, though one student commented, “I started getting emails through this morning although they’re sporadic, not in order, and some of them still aren’t through.”OUCS explained, “We believe the Microsoft blacklisting has been removed but we have to be extremely careful not to re-trigger it with too much mail too quickly. OUCS intends therefore to start releasing the queued mail in batches.”Cherwell was told, “The University apologises unreservedly for the inconvenience caused to recipients. The problem was resolved very quickly and is not ongoing.” Initially, the mailing list became aware of the glitch when one prospective student made the mistake of pressing ‘Reply All’ when sending the Office an email asking why his prospectus had not been delivered. The message read, “Thank you very much but I have not received the prospectus yet despite ordering it online twice? If you need to phone, please can you contact my Dad, Many thanks, Will Archibald” was sent to all the list members, generating numerous emails from others wondering why they received that email.One current student had signed up to the list earlier this year to order a prospectus for his sister and on September 25th was surprised at the volume of emails he was receiving.“Emails were arriving at the rate of two or three per minute. After a couple of hours of people asking why they were getting everyone else’s emails, the vogue shifted to demanding very loudly that they be taken off the list, as if some great email overlord was watching the entire clusterfuck and toying with us,” he said.There soon evolved a vicious e-circle of futile emails being sent to the mailing list.“In the anarchic space of the internet, the hivemind of prospective students lost all sense and became entirely devoid of reason. Many replied whining about how bad Oxford is. Many, many people replied saying something along the lines of ‘Look guys, I know this is hypocritical, but if you all stop replying, this will stop.’ For an hour or two, my inbox was filled constantly with people excepting themselves from their rule to suggest, often in caps, that others stopped replying,”“All told, by the time that Admissions realised what they had done and killed off the mailing list for good, I’d received maybe 400 or 500 hundred emails (including one from Andrew Archibald, apologising for what his son had unwittingly set in motion),” recounted the student.In a separate yet similar case, PPE students got an irritating surprise when they were forwarded, more than 80 times, one email from Daniel Wilkes to Liz Frazer regarding lectures on Bentham.“This dude, Daniel Wilkes, sent me 84 emails. I thought I was really popular for a second there,” commented St Hilda’s PPEist Ana Bonnington.Accounting for the error, the University said, “There was an error in the WebLearn archiving process; such technology glitches happen occasionally and the department apologises for the inconvenience caused.”A mailing list mess up by the Admissions Office has led to anger among prospective students and sparked a mass email debate which has degenerated into profanity, racism and abuse.As a result of the hundreds of thousands of emails generated by the mistake, Microsoft blocked all mail from Oxford University accounts to services including Hotmail and Windows Live for almost a week.The glitch resulted in everybody who signed up online for a copy of this year’s prospectus online being added to a mailing list which all other members could, and did, reply to.“An email list was created but misconfigured in such a way that recipients hitting ‘reply all’ responded to all users on the list, which normally is not permitted on this kind of list,” said a University spokesperson.“Many list members external to Oxford [replied to the whole mailing list] and it resulted in more than a million email messages being sent.”The barrage of emails sent to the whole list triggered furious responses.One commenter, Mayur Patel, launched personal and xenophobic attacks on other members of the list.Patel sent the message, “wat part of shut the fuck up do you not understand” and later replied to criticism from another commenter saying, “fuk yu too kazernovsky…dont chat to me like you bloody know me…fukin prick comin here stealing our jobs and claiming benefits fukin up the whole system of this country”.Oxford University declined to comment on the content of emails circulated via the list. By the time Admissions realised the problem and shut down the mailing list on September 26th, members had received between 400 and 500 hundred emails each. Thousands these had been destined for Hotmail, Live and MSN email addresses.Microsoft responded by barring all emails from Nexus accounts from September 27th, causing further frustration amongst students.As of Monday 3rd October Microsoft has lifted its ban on emails from University accounts, though one student commented, “I started getting emails through this morning although they’re sporadic, not in order, and some of them still aren’t through.”OUCS explained, “We believe the Microsoft blacklisting has been removed but we have to be extremely careful not to re-trigger it with too much mail too quickly. OUCS intends therefore to start releasing the queued mail in batches.”Cherwell was told, “The University apologises unreservedly for the inconvenience caused to recipients. The problem was resolved very quickly and is not ongoing.” Initially, the mailing list became aware of the glitch when one prospective student made the mistake of pressing ‘Reply All’ when sending the Office an email asking why his prospectus had not been delivered. The message read, “Thank you very much but I have not received the prospectus yet despite ordering it online twice? If you need to phone, please can you contact my Dad, Many thanks, Will Archibald” and was sent to all the list members, generating numerous emails from others wondering why they received that email.One current student had signed up to the list earlier this year to order a prospectus for his sister and on September 25th was surprised at the volume of emails he was receiving.“Emails were arriving at the rate of two or three per minute. After a couple of hours of people asking why they were getting everyone else’s emails, the vogue shifted to demanding very loudly that they be taken off the list, as if some great email overlord was watching the entire clusterfuck and toying with us,” he said.There soon evolved a vicious e-circle of futile emails being sent to the mailing list.“In the anarchic space of the internet, the hivemind of prospective students lost all sense and became entirely devoid of reason. Many replied whining about how bad Oxford is. Many, many people replied saying something along the lines of ‘Look guys, I know this is hypocritical, but if you all stop replying, this will stop.’ For an hour or two, my inbox was filled constantly with people excepting themselves from their rule to suggest, often in caps, that others stopped replying,”“All told, by the time that Admissions realised what they had done and killed off the mailing list for good, I’d received maybe 400 or 500 hundred emails (including one from Andrew Archibald, apologising for what his son had unwittingly set in motion),” recounted the student.In a separate yet similar case, PPE students got an irritating surprise when they were forwarded, more than 80 times, one email from Daniel Wilkes to Liz Frazer regarding lectures on Bentham.“This dude, Daniel Wilkes, sent me 84 emails. I thought I was really popular for a second there,” commented St Hilda’s PPEist Ana Bonnington.Accounting for the error, the University said, “There was an error in the WebLearn archiving process; such technology glitches happen occasionally and the department apologises for the inconvenience caused.”last_img read more

Assaults on Oxford University hospital workers continues

first_imgFigures released by Oxford University NHS Trust show that the number of reported assaults experienced by hospital workers has remained constant this year, despite a £10,000 investment in body cameras.215 hospital staff were assaulted in 2016 at Oxford University Hospitals, leading many to doubt the efficacy of the investment.This was a rise of 12 assaults from 2015, and will disappoint those who had hoped that introducing the cameras, worn by all on-duty security officials, would deter aggression towards staff.Figures show that 199 of the 215 assaults can be linked to mental health conditions of the attacker. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust emphasised that despite the apparent increase in the number of assaults, the figures, as a proportion, have remained stagnant once staff size increases are taken into account.Speaking to Cherwell, the trust security manager Rachel Collins said: “The reassurance that the cameras have provided to both staff and patients has been very valuable.“In the year to December 2016, the Trust provided Thames Valley Police with footage from the bodyworn cameras in 14 cases of violence and aggression at the John Radcliffe site. In addition, footage was used in six internal investigations.“In this period, the number of complaints received alleging unreasonable force by our security officers across the Trust fell to five, from nine the previous year. All of these complaints were dismissed thanks to evidence from the bodyworn cameras.”Unison representative Ian McKendrick said: “I am far from convinced by the use of body cameras.“Our whole training is about prevention. What is the government doing about preventing this from happening? Assaults have gone up in the past five years and I think it is because of waiting times and patients get frustrated.“You have to address the thing that is driving people to that.”The Director of Organisational Development at Oxford University Hospitals, Mark Power, said that incidents will only be referred to the police where the assault is not a result of a patient’s ill health.“Occasionally, members of the public display inappropriate behaviour towards our staff, which is sometimes violent, aggressive or intimidating in nature,” he said.“We take all such incidents very seriously and, where they are reported by staff, will always initiate appropriate action.”last_img read more

Old Courthouse Foundation Announces Lunch On The Lawn Event

first_imgThe Old Courthouse Foundation will cap off National Preservation Month with “Lunch on the Lawn” Friday, May 26th from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse located at 201 NW Fourth Street to celebrate the history of Vanderburgh County’s historic civic buildings.This free, family-friendly event will include live music on the lawn complements of Wired Coffee House and Music Venue, Yoga on the lawn at noon, and food for purchase from local food trucks including Chef Bruce Li, Kona Ice, Rockin’ Taco, Jayson Munoz Caters, Fresh. By Genes and Sassy Sweet Confections. The food trucks will be on the Fourth Street side of the Old Courthouse.The Old Courthouse, Coliseum and the Old Jail will be open to the public and self-guided tours are encouraged. Old Courthouse Foundation docents Dennis Au, Larry Bristow and Jane Davies will be available for questions throughout the day.In addition, two guided tours are scheduled for Friday. A walking tour of the exteriors of the three buildings will begin at 10:30 am at the Fourth Street entrance of the Old Courthouse. An interior tour of the Old Courthouse will start at 12:30 pm in the rotunda.The Old Courthouse Foundation is a non- profit organization whose mission is to support the preservation of the Old Courthouse and create educational programs to engage the community in the preservation effort.Special thank you to Woods and Woods, LLP, which occupies the Old Jail and the Veteran’s Council of Vanderburgh County, which operates the Coliseum for their participation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Number of mills in the UK is falling

first_imgData from the Office of National Statistics reveals there were 170 mills in the UK in 2006, operated by 105 companies.The statistics point to a 6% year- on-year decrease in the number of mills, down from 180 in 2005.The number of companies operating these mills also dropped from 110 in 2005.Of the companies registered, 45 had a £5m plus turnover in 2006, down from 50 in 2005.The figures, gathered by the Office for National Statistics on March 17, 2006, give details of turnover and location of all companies which classify themselves as manufacturers of grain mill products.National Association of British and Irish Millers’ director general Alex Waugh commented: “These figures include other grain mills such as oats, rice, maize and even animal feed. We think there are 60 flour mills in the UK.”The flour sector saw a disproportionate number of the 10 closures he said, as the sector went through a burst of consolidation.During the course of 2006, Rank Hovis closed four mills and ADM Milling closed a site in Tewkesbury. On 13 April (pg 4) British Baker revealed a 5% annual decline in the number of bakery retail businesses while the number of bakery manufacturing companies was down 0.8%.The figures reveal there were 2,880 bakery retail businesses in the UK in 2006, operating a total of 6,405 units.There was also a total of 1,740 bakery manufacturers in the UK, down 15 on the previous year.The coded data, available from the ONS, also show the number of takeaway outlets in 2006 totalling 61,935, a figure that includes sandwich bars, coffee shops, pizza parlours, fish and chip shops, kebab houses and burger joints.last_img read more

Call for inquiry, as MP queries Lyndale downfall

first_imgA Labour MP has accused former Lyndale Group chief executive Michael Quinlan and chairman Sandy Birnie of plotting the reorganisation in the Group’s affairs that led to Lyndale Foods Ltd going into administration.In a House of Commons debate, MP for Hayes and Harlington John McDonnell said leaked minutes from a Lyndale Group board meeting in 2005 showed the pair had been “considering and discussing such changes for nearly three years”. McDonnell said that, at the 2005 meeting, the board had discussed rationalising the business down to a single new bakery in Bolton or Liverpool, and had discussed the possibility of staff redundancies at that time.He continued that Lyndale Foods went into administration on 9 June, with the loss of 450 jobs. Sayers bakery was closed, along with 41 stores across the north west and Sayers headquarters. Quinlan and Birnie had already formed a new company, Sayers the Bakers, which bought back 158 Hampson and Sayers stores as well as Hampson’s bakery in Bolton. The Peter Hunt bakery has since closed down, as administrators BDO Stoy Hayward failed to find a buyer.McDonnell said Lyndale had shown a “lack of consultation, lack of information, lack of dialogue with the union and a lack of proper dialogue with individual MPs”. He added: “I believe that we are dealing with a scam. It was planned over time by the same personnel who are now benefiting from it – Mr Quinlan and Sandy Birnie.”McDonnell has asked the minister for employment, Pat McFadden, to launch an inquiry into the matter. McFadden said he was happy to meet with MPs if they wanted to raise further issues about the situation.Birnie refuted any suggestion of wrongdoing. “There is no truth whatsoever in this, we’ve invited Members of Parliament to repeat what they’ve said outside the protection of the House and they haven’t.”Birnie added that the unions were lobbying the Labour party to change a lot of laws and that he and Quinlan had simply been “caught up in the middle”.”I think people have forgotten that we saved 1,500 jobs,” he said. “I have never heard of a firm being criticised for saving jobs.”last_img read more

South Bend community prepares to march in solidarity with women’s rights

first_imgMembers of the South Bend community, many dressed in pink, will be marching this Saturday in solidarity with one cause: women’s rights.The Feminist Federation of South Bend and Pro-Choice South Bend are hosting a short march through downtown South Bend in an effort to emphasize the importance of women’s rights, safety, health and families. The Notre Dame Gender Studies department is also a sponsor.Media coordinator of Pro-Choice South Bend Karen Nemes said although the main march is being held in Washington, D.C., there are many local organizations working towards raising awareness as well.“It’s always really uplifting,” Nemes said about the march. “I always get an immense recharge of my own batteries when I see people of all ages and different socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnic groups in solidarity.”Jamie Morgan, director of the board for Pro-Choice South Bend, said the local march started when members of the community came forward and said they wanted to do something like the Women’s March on Washington but closer to home.“We have invited everyone, the march is for all,” Morgan said. “From this march, we hope that we are more aware and united so that people can continue to take action in supporting equal rights for all.”According to the Facebook event, participants are encouraged to wear pink and hold signs as they march. The march will conclude at Vegetable Buddies with food, drink and dance for all those who participated.Junior Joey Wikelski said not only is the march important because it champions for women’s rights, but also because it is an act of solidarity with the hundreds of sister marches taking place across the country on the same day. Taking place the day after Inauguration Day, Wikelski said she hopes this march holds extra importance.“I hope the march sends a message to our new administration on their first day in office and to everyone who felt threatened or insulted by campaign rhetoric that we believe women’s rights are human rights and that when we defend the marginalized among us, we defend all of us,” Wikelski said.Wikelski said when she heard about the March on Washington, she was so excited that she started to look at flights. However, when she found out there was also a march in South Bend, she knew she could not turn down the opportunity to be able to support the same cause locally.“As a Notre Dame student, the Women’s March on South Bend will be another opportunity to break out of the Notre Dame bubble and stand in solidarity with people from the South Bend community as we collectively bring attention to important issues facing women in the United States today,” Wikelski said. “It’s also been exciting to see other students from the Notre Dame family want to get involved; on Saturday, I’ll be leading a carpool of friends downtown so we can all march together.”Nemes said anyone who is in support of the platform and wants to work both locally and nationally is welcome to get involved. She said the focus on the march is really about unity and equality.“It’s bigger than any one person or politician,” Nemes said. “Certainly, the election took up a lot of national attention this past year and I think for a lot of folks that really inspired them to be more politically active whether it’s locally or on a larger scale.”Wikelski said she is excited to meet the other marchers and have their voices be heard as well.“For me, I’m hoping the positive energy of the march and the feeling of being involved in what is greater than myself will be a boost in energy and morale as I figure out my role in the movement,” Wikelski said.Tags: Donald Trump, Presidential Inauguration, Women’s March on South Bendlast_img read more

Weekend Pick: Fly Fishing Expo in Fletcher, North Carolina, Dec. 5-6

first_imgThe days may be getting shorter and chillier, but the fish are still biting! Show your sport some winter love at the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, this Friday and Saturday at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher.WNC-ExpoReturning to the Center for its 6th year running, the Fly Fishing Expo attracts more than 1,000 anglers from all over the Southeast for a weekend packed full of exhibitions, demonstrations, lessons, and talks with the pros.Fishing experts – such as George Daniel, Blane Chocklett, and Jon Hooper – will be ready to up your game and give you the best new tips to improve your skills. Plus, Fly Tying and Casting Clinics alongside these big names will help you put your new knowledge to the test and get you water-ready. The Southeastern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers has even sponsored a 3,200 square-foot indoor casting pool, built specially for these clinics.All your favorite manufacturers, shops, and organizations will also be at the Expo. Don’t miss the Flyman Fishing Co., Fishpond, Hatch Fly Reels, Carolina Mountain Sports, Rivers Edge Outfitters, Hunter Banks Company, and tons of other groups ready to gear you up right with good advice and big deals.The 2014 WNC Fly Fishing Expo is bound to be a hit for the fishing community, so mark your calendars. No need to register – tickets will be available at the door for only $16 starting at 12 pm on Friday. Kids under 16 even get in free! Don’t miss this largest fly-fishing event in the Southeastern area.last_img read more

Fishing Patrick County, VA

first_imgFive rivers rise out from Patrick County, Virginia, flowing into two major watersheds. Every river or stream in the county originates from within its borders. This dynamic creates wading opportunities for anglers that can’t be found everywhere.The Dan River begins northeast of the Meadows of Dan community on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Native brook trout can be found in the river north of Talbott Dam. First-class rainbow, brook, and brown trout fishing can be found in the six-mile section between Talbott Dam, locally called the “Upper Dam,” and Townes Reservoir. The river flows from Townes Dam, locally called the “Lower Dam,” around the Pinnacles of Dan, three mountain peaks that rise up from the Dan River Gorge, to the Pinnacles Powerhouse. This section is a catch-and-release trout area and the section from the Powerhouse through Kibler Valley is a Category A put-and-take trout stream.The North and South Mayo River are frequently stocked with brown and rainbow trout. The Smith River’s headwaters also start in Patrick County and can be accessed at Iron Bridge Road. Also near Woolwine is Rock Castle Creek, which contains pickerel and sunfish. The Ararat River rises up near the Ararat community and contains native and rainbow trout.Lake fishingThere are four lakes in Patrick County with great fishing. The 168-acre Fairy Stone Lake, home of Fairy Stone State Park, offers largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and bluegill. Outboard motor use is prohibited on this lake. Philpott Lake is in Patrick, Henry, and Franklin counties. Philpott offers excellent bass, walleye, crappie, and catfish opportunities. Talbott Dam and Townes Reservoir offer many angling possibilities from shore, as well as from hand-carried boats and canoes.While you’re thereImmerse yourself in local history, whether related to the early American republic, the Civil War, or NASCAR’s early roots. You can flatfoot to fiddle music or wind down at a winery. From the rugged outdoors to 5-star luxury, there is so much to discover in Patrick County.Patrick County Virginia Fishinglast_img read more

VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST IN “OPERATION STAND-BY”

first_imgThe Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee is in the process of updating the Operation Stand-Directory. The Directory is printed on a biennial basis. The Directory is a resource for military and Department of Defense lawyers stationed in Florida seeking the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of volunteer Florida Bar members who are also members of the military who have volunteered to respond to their military counterparts concerning issues pertaining to Florida Law. < p>The Operation Stand-Program is limited to advice on subjects which fall within the scope of legal assistance. If the question which the military lawyer has is outside that area, then the military lawyer should refer their client (military member) to The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-342-8011 or a Florida Bar-sponsored local bar association lawyer referral service so that they can be referred to a private lawyer. < p>If you would like to be included in the Directory, please complete and return the form below. THE FLORIDA BAR 2004 OPERATION STAND-BY DIRECTORY PLEASE CHECK AREA(S) OF LAW YOU ARE WILLING TO ASSIST: _____ (A) Administrative and Governmental _____ (N) Health Law _____ (B) Admiralty and Maritime _____ (O) Immigration and Nationality _____ (C) Antitrust & Trade Regulation _____ (P) International Law _____ (D) Appellate Practice _____ (Q) Labor & Employment Law _____ (E) Aviation Law _____ (R) Marital & Family Law _____ (F) Corporation and Business Law _____ (S) Medical Malpractice _____ (G) Civil Trial _____ (T) Patent, Trademark & Copyright _____ (H) Construction Law _____ (U) Personal Injury & Wrongful Death _____ (I) Criminal Law _____ (V) Real Estate _____ (J) Elder Law _____ (W) Tax Law _____ (K) Entertainment & Sports Law _____ (X) Wills, Trusts & Estates _____ (L) Environmental & Land Use Law _____ (Y) Workers’ Compensation _____ (M) General Practice < p>_____ Continue to list my name in the directory as indicated above. _____ Remove my name from the directory. _____ Continue to list my name in the directory, but change as follows (NOTE: These changes will be reflected in your permanent Bar record.) Name Attorney # < p>Address < p>City/State/Zip < p>Telephone County < p>Fax Email < p>Area(s) certified in under The Florida Bar Certification Plan: Return by Monday, May 31, 2004 to: Maria Simmons Johnson The Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee 651 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300 < p> Fax: (850) 561-5818 Email: [email protected] VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST IN “OPERATION STAND-BY” VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST IN “OPERATION STAND-BY”center_img May 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more