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Subglacial geology and geomorphology of the Pensacola‐Pole Basin, East Antarctica

first_imgThe East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) is underlain by a series of low‐lying subglacial sedimentary basins. The extent, geology and basal topography of these sedimentary basins are important boundary conditions governing the dynamics of the overlying ice sheet. This is particularly pertinent for basins close to the grounding line wherein the EAIS is grounded below sea level, and therefore potentially vulnerable to rapid retreat. Here, we analyze newly acquired airborne geophysical data over the Pensacola‐Pole Basin (PPB), a previously unexplored sector of the EAIS. Using a combination of gravity, magnetic and ice‐penetrating radar data, we present the first detailed subglacial sedimentary basin model for the PPB. Radar data reveal that the PPB is defined by a topographic depression situated ~500 m below sea level. Gravity and magnetic depth‐to‐source modeling indicate that the southern part of the basin is underlain by a sedimentary succession 2–3 km thick. This is interpreted as an equivalent of the Beacon Supergroup and associated Ferrar dolerites that are exposed along the margin of East Antarctica. However, we find that similar rocks appear to be largely absent from the northern part of the basin, close to the present‐day grounding line. In addition, the eastern margin of the basin is characterized by a major geological boundary and a system of overdeepened subglacial troughs. We suggest that these characteristics of the basin may reflect the behavior of past ice sheets and/or exert an influence on the present‐day dynamics of the overlying EAIS.last_img read more

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UF needs help to gain matching funds for its O’Connell room

first_img December 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News UF needs help to gain matching funds for its O’Connell room Associate Editor Walking into Stephen C. O’Connell’s study at his Tallahassee home was like walking into a shrine of Florida history.There’s the picture of the University of Florida president as a student in 1938, a middleweight undefeated champ in the boxing ring, captain of the team.There’s one of O’Connell smiling with the pope.Autographed photos of retired justices, along with personal notes, are reminders of the years O’Connell served on the Florida Supreme Court from 1955 to 1967.An honorary degree from Florida State University prompted O’Connell to declare: “I got a degree from FSU, but I obtained my education at Florida!”The study was the gathering place during the annual barbecue hosted by O’Connell for the throng of college students interested in government and the law, who loved to hear the remarkable man’s many stories.And the study was the very place O’Connell took his last breath on April 14, 2001, at the age of 85.Former colleague and family friend Tallahassee lawyer Crit Smith was talking to O’Connell’s widow, Cindy, about all those mementoes. Cindy O’Connell wondered what in the world to do with her husband’s historic possessions, as well as his desk where he pondered and penned important thoughts.“I said, ‘So many student leaders who now have gone forth to be leaders in Florida politics have come through this room,’” Smith recalled. “‘Wouldn’t it be nice if you could move it intact to the university as a museum?’”The reaction from Cindy O’Connell was instant delight, and she carried forth the idea to what is now a fund-raising drive to create the Justice Stephen C. O’Connell Supreme Court Reading Room at the UF Levin College of Law, Legal Information Center.“The reading room is a concept to share Stephen O’Connell’s love for the law, love for the University of Florida, and to share that with students as they go through law school, as well as alums,” Cindy O’Connell said.“Steve, of all things, loved students. After he left the presidency, the 30 years after that until his death, he was close to all age groups, as a mentor, giving advice, sharing his stories.”The push for contributions for the O’Connell Supreme Court Reading Room coincides with the UF law school expansion. Plans are underway to raise an additional $1.3 million by the end of the year toward renovation of the existing Holland Hall Law Center, named after former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Spessard Holland, a 1916 UF law grad.Included is a major addition to the law library, with the resulting 80,751-square-foot facility to be named the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center, after the late governor and U.S. senator who earned his UF law degree in 1955. Upgrading and enlarging the library and teaching facilities, Dean Jon Mills said, is critical for retaining American Bar Association accreditation. The expansion, he said, will place the center among the top 20 of 182 academic law libraries in the country, in terms of space.Mills praised the leadership of UF President Charles Young and Provost David Colburn in designating funds to supplement the private fund-raising effort.“With the $6.3 million we raised and the state matching funds for this priority UF project, plus the $12.6 million provided by President Young and the university, we have a major part of what we need to provide first-class facilities to match first-class students and faculty,” Mills said in a prepared statement.As for the O’Connell project, the clock is ticking to complete the fund-raising campaign by December 31 — with a $500,000 goal — in order to receive state matching funds. Any gifts or five-year pledges must be documented before January 4, 2003, to qualify.The vision for the reading room is not only to house O’Connell’s mementoes but also to be a place of recognition for all Florida Supreme Court justices who are UF alumni, through a display of portraits, photographs, articles, and historical documents. The room will be a place to study for law students, as well as a gathering place for faculty and alumni events.Cindy O’Connell said though she is very pleased about the project, she admitted “the hard part will be releasing all of the mementoes. But Stephen O’Connell was never mine. He was the state’s and everyone else’s. I learned that a long time ago.” For more information on contributing to the Holland Hall Renovation Project Building Fund and/or the O’Connell Reading Room, contact the University of Florida Levin College of Law, P.O. Box 14412, Gainesville, FL 32604-4412, phone: 352-392-9296, fax: 352-392-3434. Checks should be made payable to the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. UF needs help to gain matching funds for its O’Connell roomlast_img read more

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Wenger backs Theo to bounce back

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in no doubt that England forward Theo Walcott has the character to return “as strong as ever” from the knee injury which shattered his World Cup dream. Wenger, though, is confident Walcott’s “balanced” personality can help him recover fully from such a devastating setback. “Theo is handling it as well as you can when you have had such a shock because he is mentally strong, is very balanced as a person and he can put it into perspective,” Wenger said on Arsenal Player. “We know that he will have the dedication and the serious attitude to come back as strong as ever.” Wenger added: “He has surgery and then it’s rehab. You know that it is six months and that you hope it all goes well. The only thing I can say is it’s very sad news for us and above all for him.” Despite Wenger’s positive rhetoric for the future, the Gunners boss concedes the serious injury to Walcott removes a potent weapon in his team’s attack, with the former Southampton man having netted five goals since his return from a stomach injury. “We lost a very talented player, a very intelligent player and a player who was just grabbing his form again,” the Arsenal manager continued. “From game to game he became more influential, you have seen a complete player. “He can always decide a game through a final ball or through a goal. Sometimes in the same game he does both. The 24-year-old is set to be sidelined for six months after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage when making a defensive tackle in the FA Cup third-round win over Tottenham on Saturday. Walcott’s loss is a major blow for both club and country, with the pacy forward set to have been a key part of England manager Roy Hodgson’s plans in Brazil this summer. “I felt against Tottenham he had a very convincing performance because he integrates well our style of play as he has been here for so many years now. “When we combine at a high pace he is involved in it because he understands exactly what we want to do.” Arsenal will now have to plan for the rest of the campaign without the electric pace of Walcott, but the imminent return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from his own five-month lay-off with a knee injury and the emergence of German starlet Serge Gnabry – said to have sparked interest from Borussia Dortmund – does provide Wenger with options. Wenger said: “It has been five months where he has been completely out, so that means he is fresh and that should give us a boost.” Arsenal are understood to be looking to bring in back-up for lead striker Olivier Giroud during the transfer window, although Wenger concedes pushing through a big-money transfer such as Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa – at this time of the season – is historically difficult. “[Walcott’s injury] has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well – but let’s not forget about Serge Gnabry who can play in the first team,” the Arsenal manager added. “We have Oxlade-Chamberlain back and we have many other players who can play on the flanks so to find better solutions than what we have internally will not be easy. “Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that’s maybe where we have to look outside, but we hopefully have (Nicklas) Bendtner back in three weeks. “We are there for the opportunities, but it is very difficult at the moment.” Wenger revealed midfielder Aaron Ramsey and defender Kieran Gibbs were “very close” to making comebacks, although captain Thomas Vermaelen is doubtful because of a knee injury sustained in the FA Cup tie against Spurs. Arsenal could be usurped at the top of the table by title rivals Chelsea and then Manchester City before they kick off at Aston Villa on Monday night. Midfielder Tomas Rosicky, however, maintains the Gunners have the maturity to last the distance through to May. “This team has more experience than it did in the past. We have [Per] Mertesacker – and[Mesut] Ozil, who won things in Madrid – and the other experienced boys like Mikel [Arteta] and [Mathieu] Flamini,” the Czech playmaker said. “Plus the English boys are not kids anymore, they gained experience through the years of playing here, so that is why I think we have the maturity to do it this year.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Giants expect Mark Melancon to close again, Will Smith to retain job for now

first_imgPITTSBURGH — The Giants’ return to Pittsburgh is a homecoming of sorts for reliever Mark Melancon, who recorded 130 career saves and posted a 1.80 ERA for the Pirates between 2013-2016.Melancon was considered one of the most dominant closers in baseball following the 2016 season, which is why the Giants signed him to a four-year, $62 million deal that temporarily made Melancon the highest-paid reliever in baseball history.Two-plus years into Melancon’s tenure in San Francisco, the …last_img read more

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Giants’ Tyler Beede earns first career win at Dodger Stadium

first_imgLOS ANGELES — There is no better way for a player to earn the adoration of Giants fans than beating the Dodgers.In his first game against the best team in the National League and his club’s hated rivals, Giants rookie Tyler Beede didn’t just beat the the Dodgers. He overwhelmed them.In his seventh career start and fifth this season, the 26-year-old right-hander turned in a dominant outing that sent the Giants to a 3-2 win and sent Beede to the same place every Giants newcomer dreams about.W …last_img read more

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isiZulu film a hit in Venice, Toronto

first_img17 September 2004Darrell Roodt’s “Yesterday”, the first ever feature-length film in isiZulu (with English subtitles), took its story of an HIV-positive mother deserted by her husband to the Venice and Toronto international film festivals this month – and triumphed at both venues.“Yesterday”, written and directed by Roodt and produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring, was awarded the inaugural Human Rights Film Award at the 2004 Venice International Festival, which took place in the first week of September.A week later, “Yesterday” made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was chosen for a special screening along with another movie by Singh’s company Videovision Entertainment, “Red Dust” – and seven other South African films making up the festival’s national cinema programme, “South Africa: Ten Years Later”. ‘Red Dust’ rises in TorontoToronto celebrates SA film Singh announced from Toronto on Thursday that HBO Films had acquired “Yesterday” for distribution in the United States, where it will be released in January 2005 through Fine Line, the speciality film division of New Line Cinema, the company that produced and distributed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.Local praise for “Yesterday” has been echoed by international critics. Variety declared the film “a work of quiet power, universality and heart-rending compassion”, while The International Herald Tribune said “it is not only a moving film, but also an unexpectedly uplifting experience to watch”.“Yesterday”, currently on circuit in South Africa, is featured on the Top Ten Box Office list.Shot on location in the Bergville region of KwaZulu-Natal, “Yesterday” stars Leleti Khumalo of “Sarafina!” fame, Kenneth Kambule (“Backstage”, “Generations”, “I Dreamed Of Africa”), Harriet Lehabe, Camilla Walker and child star Lihle Mvelase.The film tells the story of a young mother, Yesterday, who discovers that she is HIV-positive. Her husband, a migrant mineworker, refuses to accept this, and Yesterday is left to fend for herself and her daughter, Beauty, hoping she will survive long enough to see Beauty go to school.“Even though the film is in isiZulu with English subtitles, we are confident that audiences will respond positively to ‘Yesterday’, as it is a universal story that takes one on a journey through one woman’s life and highlights her courage and determination to overcome insurmountable odds”, said Singh.“Yesterday” is the first feature film to have the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which will use the film as a resource in its social development programme, especially in its HIV/Aids and education focus areas.“When Anant Singh approached us about the making of the film, we had no hesitation in responding”, Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive John Samuel said before a gala screening of the film at the International Aids Conference in Bangkok in July. “You will see this evening that the story of Yesterday is a very simple yet powerful one.“In our fight against HIV/Aids, we need these kinds of stories which tell us about challenges, about difficulties and the tragedies”, Samuel said. “We also, at the same time, need stories that tell us about hope – and ‘Yesterday’ is about hope.“Mr Mandela has been full of praise for this film because he sees this as an important way of fighting the discrimination and stigma that is attached to the Aids pandemic.”The film was produced by Videovision Entertainment in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, M-Net, the National Film And Video Foundation, Distant Horizon and Exciting Films.Other South African films on show at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival were William Kentridge’s “Tide Table”, Ramadam Suleman’s “Zulu Love Letter”, and Angus Gibson, Andrew Dosunmu and Reboho Malatsi’s “Yizo Yizo”.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Tourists spending more in South Africa

first_img15 June 2010A new report by Visa shows a 34% increase in inbound tourism spending in South Africa during the first quarter of the year, and anticipates additional growth from the 2010 Fifa World Cup.These were among the findings of “Tourism Outlook: South Africa”, an annual report that analyses Visa cardholder spending over the past two years. The report is based on VisaVue travel data, a tool that analyses cardholder spending patterns worldwide.“VisaVue travel data indicates that South Africa weathered the economic headwinds which impacted international tourism during 2009 better than most countries around the world,” Visa said in a statement this week.Continued optimismWhile many countries saw double-digit drops in inbound tourism spending, Visa cardholder spending by international visitors to South Africa decreased only 2.7% from US$1.84-billion in 2008 to $1.79-billion in 2009.Despite a challenging climate in 2009, 2010 has already shown reasons for the country’s continued optimism – during the first quarter of 2010, Visa cardholder spending increased to nearly $566-million, up from $423-million during the first quarter of 2009.The top contributors to South Africa’s inbound tourism spending in 2009 include: The United Kingdom (26%), United States (15%), Mozambique (5%), Germany (4%) and France (4%).Emerging market touristsWhile travellers from Western Europe and the US continue to be the strongest contributors to South African tourism, significant increases in spending by cardholders from emerging markets is indicative of South Africa’s growing stature as a tourism destination.Visa data revealed double- and triple-digit growth in spending by cardholders originating from Malawi (168%), Mozambique (118%), Angola (115%), China (28%) and Botswana (18%).“This significant growth can also be attributed to developments in payments infrastructure and increased adoption and use of digital currency by consumers in developing markets,” said Visa.World Cup boostAs host of the World Cup, South Africa is uniquely positioned to enhance its visibility globally, Visa says, adding that the tournament will provide South Africa with a significant opportunity to showcase its unique assets and culture to the world and attract visitors and tourism revenues for years to come.The month-long World Cup is expected to add R93-billion to the South African economy, translating to a 0.54% boost to gross domestic product, a significant contribution given that the total South Africa GDP growth in 2010 is estimated at 2% to 2.5%.“The influx of international tourism surrounding the [World Cup] has helped to support continued infrastructure developments and economic growth within South Africa,” said Visa Sub-Saharan Africa GM Charles Niehaus.“As a long-time partner to Fifa and the tourism industry, Visa is committed to delivering a secure, reliable and convenient payments system to South Africa consumers and merchants, and providing current spending information that can help businesses and the government to enhance inbound tourism arrivals and revenues.”Retail purchases ruleConsistent with tourism spending trends over the past three years, retail purchases continued to account for the largest share of tourism spend on Visa cards in South Africa in 2009, followed by travel-related purchases such as lodging, airlines and travel agencies.During the first quarter of 2010, the largest merchant segments for South Africa inbound tourism spending, based on transaction volume, were general retail-related purchases such as clothing and food-related transactions.Several merchant segments showed significant growth over first quarter 2009 levels: Visa cardholder spending in the restaurant segment increased 48%, lodging purchases increased 41%, general retail purchases increased 32%, auto rentals increased 29%, and airlines saw a 19% increase.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Record returns for SA property market

first_img SAinfo reporter 2 April 2013 South Africa’s property market showed its highest return in 2012 since the 2008-09 global financial crisis, according to the SAPOA/IPD South Africa Annual Property Index released in Johannesburg last week. The index showed that the country’s property sector delivered a 15.2% total return last year, an increase on the 10.3% return in 2011. “A real divergence in the market has occurred,” managing director of IPD South Africa, Stan Garrun, said in a statement. “We have seen a good turnaround for retail and industrial properties, [but] concern remains over the health of the office sector, as evidenced by high vacancies particularly in the inner cities. “Given the context of a moderate-to-soft economic outlook and relatively low levels of consumer and business confidence, South African property has managed to once again prove its resilience,” he said. The SAPOA/IPD index looks at a sample of 1 669 properties worth R206.2-billion in capital value, representing about 60% of professionally managed investment property in the country. SAPOA is the representative body of commercial and industrial property sector in South Africa. IPD offers real estate analysis to clients in over 30 countries worldwide and produces more than 120 indices on the property market annually. “South Africa joins just a handful of countries globally experiencing even a mildly positive trend in returns,” the SAPOA/IPD South Africa Annual Property Index said. “Once again, non-European markets are tending to outperform European countries.”last_img read more

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The 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Awards Winners

first_imgView photos from the awards luncheon.EDDIE GOLD WINNER PROFILES• Motor Trend
• Entertainment Weekly
• GreenSource
• Sommelier Journal
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• Southern Living OZZIE GOLD WINNER PROFILES• Nature Conservancy
• Hour Detroit
• Executive Travel
• Field & Stream
• New American Luxury
• Saveur.comMore on this topic The 2011 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners 2011 Folio: Award Winners Announced The 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners Announced The 2010 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners The 2007 Eddie & Ozzie Award Winners The 2008 Eddie and Ozzie Award WinnersJust In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered by FOLIO:’s Eddie and Ozzie awards competition is the largest of its kind for magazine publishers. It also has the proud distinction of being the only awards event open to magazines and websites of all kinds—consumer, b-to-b, association, custom and regional, big and small. The Awards span print and digital, with the Eddies honoring the best in editorial and the Ozzies the best in design. Below we present you with not only the full breadth of winners in their respective categories.As part of this package we’ve featured a dozen profiles of selected winners for a behind-the-scenes peek at what went into creating the winning entries. We invite you to check out the results of some very hard work representing some of the best journalism (the Eddies) and design (the Ozzies) our industy has to offer.Click here to view the complete list of Eddie Awards winners. [pdf]Click here to view the complete list of Ozzie Awards winners. [pdf]last_img read more

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There is no other feeling like Theatre Adoor Gopalakrishnan

first_imgIn an attempt to honour theatrical excellence specifically famous theatre personage filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the Living Legend Series of 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav hosted an event to felicitate him. The event was held on Tuesday in the national Capital.Born in the era of British India, Adoor Gopalakrishnan is an eminent director and story writer. An award winning artist in the field of film making, Adoor Gopalakrishnan has given the audience amazing artworks like Swayamvaram and Randaanum. He has also been associated to the roots of theatre in the long run. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The power of stage is so great that nobody can control it when it attracts you. When it attracted me, I realised that theatre is my area and I devoted my life to it. There is no other feeling like theatre and this is its beauty”, commented Adoor Gopalkrishnan on the beginning of his journey.When the audience asked about his genre of films and the idea behind the theme, he said, “The protagonist of my films is a character who has been left behind by passage of time. It revolves around crisis of misfits.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs the impact of natural beauty of Kerala has dominated the space in his films, Gopalakrishnan explained, “I prefer to involve all the five major elements of earth in my films.”Focusing on the trend of today’s cinema, Gopalakrishnan mentioned: “The popular cinema of today is the confined cinema. “It is in limit to what the audience wants to see. Audience do not want to think when they watch a cinema.”Play directors Alok Rajwade, Kailash Panigrahi, Rakesh Bedi and Ronlin Foreman, of plays namely Bin Kamche Sanwad, Ghinua, Mera Wo Matlab Nahi Tha and USA’s presentation Pigeon Show: A Play of Fools interacted with the audience in an open session.Mentioning about his ideology of theatre, eminent actor and director Rakesh Bedi said: “I believe in entertainment. To present your views in front of audience, it has to be in an entertaining form. “You cannot go forward and state the facts or views and hope for a positive response.”last_img read more

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