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Antarctic sea ice proxies from marine and ice core archives suitable for reconstructing sea ice over the past 2000 years

first_imgDramatic changes in sea ice have been observed in both poles in recent decades. However, the observational period for sea ice is short, and the climate models tasked with predicting future change in sea ice struggle to capture the current Antarctic trends. Paleoclimate archives, from marine sedimentary records and coastal Antarctic ice cores, provide a means of understanding sea ice variability and its drivers over decadal to centennial timescales. In this study, we collate published records of Antarctic sea ice over the past 2000 years (2 ka). We evaluate the current proxies and explore the potential of combining marine and ice core records to produce multi-archive reconstructions. Despite identifying 92 sea ice reconstructions, the spatial and temporal resolution is only sufficient to reconstruct circum-Antarctic sea ice during the 20th century, not the full 2 ka. Our synthesis reveals a 90 year trend of increasing sea ice in the Ross Sea and declining sea ice in the Bellingshausen, comparable with observed trends since 1979. Reconstructions in the Weddell Sea, the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean reveal small negative trends in sea ice during the 20th century (1900–1990), in contrast to the observed sea ice expansion in these regions since 1979.last_img read more


first_img76, passed away on October 4, 2017. JoAnn was born in Bayonne in 1941 and grew up in Bogota, NJ. In 1964, she answered a calling from Concordia, becoming one of the earliest faculty members of Mayer Lutheran High School in Mayer, MN, where she taught Physical Science and Physical Education. After three years of dedicated teaching at MLHS, she accepted a scholarship to Arizona State University where she received her Master’s degree. Upon returning to New Jersey, JoAnn joined the staff at Smith Middle School in Ramsey. In 1971, JoAnn married James E. Fawcett, becoming a resident of Dumont, NJ. They were licensed auctioneers and formed their own company, J & J Auctioneers. JoAnn was a faithful member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Bayonne. She was a vital part of the various functions held at Calvary and was the driving force behind many outreach projects. JoAnn was pre-deceased by her mother Ruth Hoppe (nee: Bromby), father Henry Hoppe, brother Harry Hoppe and husband James E. Fawcett. Funeral arrangements by FRECH Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave., Dumont, NJ.last_img read more

Hop on the Fun Lunch Tour with Kingsmill

first_imgKingsmill has launched a regional Fun Lunch Tour in order to boost awareness of, and drive participation in, The Big Lunch.It has enlisted DJ Jo Wiley as a celebrity ambassador for the tour, which she launched last week (28 March).The Fun-Lunch-Mobile has now begun a 20-stop journey around the UK, which will end in Manchester on Sunday 29 April.It forms part of an ongoing marketing campaign to promote the bread brand’s sponsorship of this summer’s Big Lunch event, which takes place on 3 June, over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.At each stop, consumers will be encouraged to learn about The Big Lunch from Kingsmill ambassadors, who will also be on hand to help children create their ‘dream sandwich’. The designs will then be entered into a prize draw, with the best making it into a Fun Lunch Recipe Book, which will be available to download for free at Shepherd, category director, Allied Bakeries, said: “The Fun Lunch Tour provides us with a great opportunity to reach pockets of communities across the UK and inspire them to take part in The Big Lunch. Local retailers should be sure to check out when the tour is coming to a town near them, as we expect increased awareness of the event to create greater demand for lunch products, such as bread, rolls and sandwich alternatives.”The Big Lunch is an iniative from The Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.last_img read more

In the Future, Will You Instagram Your Medical Records?

first_imgSocial media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and the like are easy to learn and make it easy to share information with just a click of a mouse or your smartphone. Is it too far-off to consider that someday that it will be just as easy to access, manage and share our medical records and diagnostic history with our healthcare providers?After all, consumers are more informed and active than ever in terms of monitoring and tracking their fitness, diet and healthcare. IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker noted that companies shipped 24.7 million wearable devices such as Fitbits and Apple Watches in the first quarter of 2017 alone.If we are truly the stewards of our own medical data, what’s to stop us sharing our medical history and diagnostic information with our primary care physician or medical team via tools like Instagram, just as easily as you currently share your selfies from summer vacation?Okay, sure, when it comes to actually Instagramming private medical records, there are inevitable implications around HIPAA and other privacy considerations, but as people continue to take an active role in their healthcare, the demand for resources that help us – and our medical teams – make informed decisions about our care is on the rise.Indeed, this movement has far-reaching benefits for patients, their caregivers and their healthcare providers. Managing one’s own healthcare data and records is key for all consumers and patients. But the stakes are infinitely higher for those facing a diagnosis of cancer, Alzheimer’s or chronic conditions.If you’re a patient that’s been recently diagnosed with lung cancer (for example), your biggest priorities are likely to be around educating yourself about the type of cancer you have, what stage it’s at, your life expectancy, who the team is that will develop a roadmap for your care, and what the impact of that roadmap will be. You might have a primary care physician that will begin to coordinate with a team of specialists. Your treatment plan might include surgery, or radiation treatment, or chemotherapy or immunotherapy.It would be near impossible for even the most informed patient to share their medical history and records across those multiple specialists involved with their diagnosis and treatment plan. For diseases like cancer, and other high-profile, high-impact diseases, a precision medicine exchange is necessary that’s centered around the patient. This type of information hub – whether in the form of a 3-ring binder or a USB hard drive or a cloud-based secure portal – needs to be accessible not only to the patient (who owns the data), but to everyone on the patient’s treatment team.The good news is that the ability to access, manage and share your medical records and diagnostic histories is significantly easier than it was just five years ago. In many cases, a consumer-friendly approach has given patients the ability to not just request and manage their own medical data, but to investigate and propose treatment plans and clinical trials to their medical teams.Today, resources and innovative technologies are enabling patients to take that role a step further and shift from being a participant to an active marketer and advocate for new treatments. Being able to actively market yourself for new therapies and treatments is the next step in patient engagement.For example, the Yale School of Medicine launched a user-friendly health information technology platform called Hugo in 2016, which allows people to acquire their health-related data and use it to participate in studies. Hugo lets people access their electronic health records (EHRs) from disparate health care systems and synchronize them with a research database.In the press release announcing Hugo, Rick Kuntz, MD, MS, Chief Scientific, Clinical and Regulatory Officer of Medtronic noted that “there is a pressing need for new technologies that promote patient engagement and enhance data quality while reducing the cost and burden of data acquisition.”Additionally, online communities such as DNA.Land a free service run by geneticists from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center, allow members to learn more about their genome, which in turn enables scientists to make new genetic discoveries for the greater population. By contributing their genomes to the site, DNA.Land’s members help to enable non-profit researchers and advance basic and translational science. Getting onboarded to DNA.Land is easy – you just create an account and they point you to a service such as Ancestry or 23andMe as your source for the raw DNA data.Employers are also making it easier for employees to maintain data about their health. Dell EMC was the first employer in the world to sponsor an electronic and automatically updated Personal Health Record (PHR) program called HealthLink. Over 30% of our employees interact with a PHR on a regular basis. A chapter I co-authored about the program and technology was published in in the book Analytics in Healthcare and the Life Sciences, which stated that the need for patient-centric resources is clear:“Consumers are being empowered with information and choice. There’s no fighting the trend, so employers – indeed, all the players in the healthcare ecosystem – must embrace it.ShareWhether it will be through a familiar platform like Instagram, or an information hub of the future that will allow consumers to easily share what they want, when they want, to whomever they choose, about their medical and diagnostic history, how we access, manage and share our healthcare data changing day-by-day. For consumers like me who are passionate about researching and accessing information about my own health and medical history, these are exciting times indeed.  I look forward to learning more about my healthcare-self everyday.last_img read more

Ex-Rep. Kennedy launches group targeting ‘unwinnable’ races

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III says he has no plans to run for office anytime soon and has launched a new project aimed in part at supporting political races considered “unwinnable” by the Democratic Party. Kennedy had opted not to seek reelection last year to pursue an unsuccessful challenge to his fellow Democrat, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. Kennedy unveiled what he called the Groundwork Project in an email to supporters Wednesday. Kennedy said after he lost he weighed what to do with his network of supporters and decided to channel that energy toward people and causes that need it.last_img read more


first_imgA two-woman team, Herb Girls Athens, won the $2,500 grand prize at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ FABricate entrepreneurs’ contest.In the final pitch contest held on March 27 at UGA’s Student Center for Entrepreneurship, called “Studio 225,” CAES agribusiness master’s degree student Eileen Schaffer and psychology student Amy Wright wowed the judges with their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory coffee supplement. The powder, Rally Coffee, is designed to be mixed into brewed coffee to give extra health benefits and is spiked with cinnamon, cardamom and chicory for added flavor.“Not only did we have high-quality ideas presented, but what really excited me was the diversity of the products,” said Doug Bailey, CAES assistant dean for academic affairs. “Where else are you going to find a barbecue sauce, an herbal supplement, a physical replacement for fungicides, new makeup formulas and a way to process poultry litter into fertilizer. It really shows the depth and breadth of the interests and the imaginations of our students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Since 2017, students from CAES have presented their best ideas for world-changing technologies, innovative business plans and market-disrupting food products during the college’s annual FABricate entrepreneurship challenge.This year’s competitors were given the option of taking a new business development seminar class as they worked to refine their product concepts and business plans. Vanessa Shonkwiler, an applied economist and business development specialist who works with the CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, guided students through the process of bringing their ideas to fruition.Cash prizes were awarded to the Herb Girls and to second place winner Beer-BQ Sauce for their line of Athens-made beer-infused barbecue sauces, Classic City Sauces. The Beer-BQ team was made up of two agribusiness undergraduate students, Blake Carter and Tristan Smith, and mechanical engineering undergraduate Coleman Purcell.In all, five product development teams made it to the final pitch contest. The teams and their products include:Sydney Mai, an environmental chemistry undergraduate, and Xiao Tan, a landscape architecture undergraduate, developed Flower-ly Lips, Fairy’s Secret, a plant-based cosmetics line meant to be safe for children.Davis Verner, a turfgrass management undergraduate, McCoy Savage and Luke Kosko, both agribusiness master’s degree students, developed Agrow-Fert, a process to mine phosphorus from poultry litter to be used in fertilizer.Annakay Abrahams, a doctoral student studying plant pathology, developed SporAvert, a water-permeable membrane that can be used to cover high-value crops to prevent the spread of fungal diseases.For more about these businesses visit year’s judges were Keith Kelly, owner of Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia, Caroline Hofland, CEO of CBH International, and Jim Flannery of Four Athens and the UGA Idea Accelerator.Keith and Pam Kelly, Caroline Hofland, the UGA Entrepreneurship Program and the CAES Office of Academic Affairs sponsored the contest.For more information about FABricate, visit read more

Media coverage of the March For Life NZ

first_imgThe Government is looking at decriminalising abortion and making it a health issue.The protestors say abortion means taking a life and should be treated as such. Hundreds of pro-life advocates take to Wellington’s streets in opposition of abortion reformStuff 8 December 2018 Several pro-life organisations have joined forces to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to the hot-button topic of abortion.Organised by five groups, the March for Life – touted as a counter-protest to this a similar pro-choice event earlier in the week – drew a large crowd to Wellington’s Te Ngākau Civic Square on Saturday.The several-hundred-strong crowd then marched through the central city to the grounds of Parliament to listen to a number of speeches by family advocates and National Party MPs, including Simon O’Connor and Alfred Ngaro.The march comes on the back of the Labour-led Government’s proposal to remove abortion from the Crimes Act, as well as a Law Commission report into the topic earlier this year.In October, the commission released its briefing paper examining alternatives to abortion law, following Justice Minister Andrew Little’s proposal to make abortion a health issue rather than a criminal one.READ MORE: Sir Bill English joins anti-abortion activists in march through WellingtonNewsHub 8 December 2018 Sir Bill English was among more than a thousand anti-abortion campaigners who marched through Wellington on Saturday afternoon.The former prime minister joined MPs and GPs to take over Wellington’s busiest shopping street as the debate over taking abortion out of the Crimes Act picks up steam.It’s the second year the March for Life has been held in Wellington – last year’s marked 40 years since the passing of the Act that allowed abortions to become more easily available. Organisers say this year the crowd was double the size.“We’ve had forty years of abortion, over 500,000 children have been legally aborted, and why aren’t we looking at that and talking about that and listening to people’s voices who’ve been affected?” asked protestor Kate Cormack.“It’s pretty exciting that people are interested and want to get out and come from all over New Zealand to be part of that.”READ MORE: Abortion protesters: ‘We will not be silent’Radio NZ News 8 December 2018A sea of banners and balloons covered Parliament grounds in Wellington at an anti-abortion rally this afternoon.About 1200 people, including former prime minister Sir Bill English, were at the rally.Justice Minister Andrew Little has previously said he wanted to decriminalise abortion and make it simpler to get one.Speakers at the rally, including National MPs Simon O’Connor and Alfred Ngaro, urged the crowd to work to oppose and defeat such changes.Mr O’Connor said people should stand up for what they believed in.“I hope with your voices, we will not be silent. We will always stand for life – a consistent ethic of life.“We will be proud, and we will never stop fighting.”READ MORE: Hundreds march to Parliament in rally against abortionTVNZ One News 8 December 2018Hundreds have marched to Parliament today in a rally against abortion.The ‘March for Life’ was protesting against a proposal to change abortion laws. Christian groups and politicians, Including former prime minister Sir Bill English, made up the crowd. read more

Capitol takes preventive measures vs COVID-19

first_imgA woman wearing a facemask passes by the Iloilo provincial capitol on Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN 6. Securitypersonnel and/or EROI shall assess the following:  fever of 38 degreesCelcius (hilanat) through anon-contact infrared thermometer; colds (sip-on); and cough (ubo) This is pursuantto Executive Order 28-A previously issued by Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. furtherstrengthening quarantine procedures and other disease prevention and controlmeasures, said Atty. Suzette Mamon, provincial administrator. 1. All provincialgovernment employees are required to wear their frontline/capitol ID upon entryand while within the IPG premises. The No ID, No Entry police shall beimplemented. 2. Only thecapitol and Casa Real main entrance shall be opened for visitors/transactingclients. Capitol employees may use all opened entrance doors provided thatfrontline/capitol ID shall be implemented.  Require tofill-up Quick Assessment Tool for Travelers and refer appropriate healthpersonnel for intervention Effectiveimmediately, employees, visitors and clients transacting at the capitol mustobserve the following: 7.Visitors/clients observed to be with symptoms (fever, colds, cough) shall beprovided with surgical mask for precautionary measures and further be subjectedto the following questions in accordance with COVID-19 Decision Tool: ILOILO –Attention, all employees and clients at the Iloilo provincial capitol: theprovincial government has issued entry rules and regulations as a defensivemeasure against the possible spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 3. Employees andvisitors/clients shall pass the designated lanes as provided at the capitolmain entrance. Employees with no frontline/capitol ID shall pass the visitor’slane and undergo a non-contact infrared thermometer check and similarprocedures.  Travelhistory: country visited for the past 14 days or from January 1, 2020 (China,Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea) 5. Securitypersonnel and/or Emergency Responders of Iloilo (EROI) shall conduct a RapidHealth Assessment (RHA) to all clients and visitors. A personalized stickershall be provided as an access to all offices in the capitol upon entry.  Closecontact with persons with travel history to China, Hong Kong, Macau, SouthKorea 4. Members ofprint and broadcast media may use the employee’s lane upon presentation ofpress/company ID. 8. Entrance andexit gates at the back portion of the capitol shall be closed at 9:30 a.m. Gatebetween the Casa Real and Power House may be used as entrance/exit. The rest ofthe gates are open to public. (CapitolNews/PN)last_img read more

USC basketball is starting to flip the script

first_imgWaiting outside the auxiliary gym at the Galen Center a week before the season opener, I watched as the men’s basketball team filed out into the hallway after practice.With this being my first year at USC and having never really paid close attention to college hoops, I was largely unfamiliar with the roster and probably recognized no more than two or three players as they walked by me.It’s fair to say the majority of casual basketball fans around the country would have felt the same way.USC basketball has long been an afterthought in Los Angeles, hidden in the shadows of two professional teams and “that other” school in Westwood. The Trojans may have served as the city’s de facto pro football team (prior to the NFL’s Rams moving in next season), but spending money and time to watch a mediocre basketball program with three better alternatives was something reserved for die-hard fans.Perhaps, with Wednesday night’s convincing 89-75 victory over the rival UCLA Bruins on the road — another signature win in a season chock full of surprising triumphs — the tide is changing.If so, then it is a high tide. This is a team maturing, developing and improving in front of our very eyes, and their last four games stand as hard evidence.When I interviewed several players and head coach Andy Enfield prior to the season, each spoke individually about the team’s inability to win close games contributing to its 23-41 record over the last two seasons. They chocked it up to inexperience, growing pains and a rebuilding process. Junior forward Nikola Jovanovic told me they lost “seven to eight games” simply because of their rawness; USC was the fourth youngest team in the country last season and indeed lost eight games by five points or less. Sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin stressed that their poor record was not indicative of who they were, that they “weren’t getting blown out” and with better execution, they would be able to win close games.But talk is cheap, and excuses even cheaper. Despite the young core having another year to grow and mature both physically and mentally, a turnaround season was far from a guarantee. In a preseason media poll, USC was picked to finish tenth in the Pac-12 for the second consecutive season, a sign that few people outside of the coaches and players felt much would change with the program this upcoming season.Two months later, the Trojans sit in second in the Pac-12 with a record of 4-1 in conference play and 15-3 overall, their best start in more than 20 years. They are about to be ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 2008. And their journey from “young team with potential” to “legitimate threat” is speeding along with a fervent pace.A look at their recent stretch of games, and you’ll see why. Against Washington three days into the New Year, the Trojans reverted back to their former selves, blowing a 22-point second half lead in a heartbreaking 87-85 loss to the Huskies. Considering it was just their second conference game, the narrative was easy to predict — the Trojans were still the Trojans, talented yet raw, still unable to finish games.Somehow, in less than two weeks, that narrative has flipped. Since the loss in Seattle, USC has beaten three quality conference teams, each win getting progressively more satisfying.First, they finally held off an opponent, hanging on in a 75-65 win over Arizona State in a game that saw the Sun Devils rally from a 17-point deficit to claw within two late in the second half. But the Trojans closed the game on a 10-2 run, showing signs of resiliency and maturity that good teams possess. Then came the instant classic, four-overtime win over No. 7 Arizona, a marathon that more than proved USC belonged in the conversation.And lastly, Wednesday night’s win at Pauley Pavilion, a complete game from beginning to end. After UCLA jumped out to a 17-13 lead, USC outscored the Bruins 35-13 to end the first half. Up by as many as 21 points in the second half, the Trojans did not waver when UCLA made a run to cut the deficit down to single-digits. Every time the Bruins made a push, the Trojans had an answer, whether it was by drawing a foul or making a three.A win over UCLA for the first time in three years is significant, no doubt. And while the Trojans’ path to legitimacy is far from complete, with still 13 regular season games remaining in a very tough Pac-12 conference, one thing’s for certain: people know who this team is now.last_img read more

DR Congo AFCON in turmoil as Coach Leroy quits

first_imgDR Congo are in disarray just two days before they start their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign after coach Claude Le Roy resigned, can exclusively reveal.The Frenchman slapped in his resignation letter on Thursday night citing his side’s bad organisation for his decision to quit the side.Insiders in the Congolese camp told that LeRoy was angry with the federation over the bonuses of the players which has affected morale in camp.The development leaves the Leopards in turmoil just two days before they open their Group B campaign against Ghana in Port Elizabeth.His decision to quit the side has the full support of all the players in the team, according to a report carried on Nyota TV.The coach was already gravely unhappy as he had to spend time chasing visas for his players and other duties which he has been forced to perform. But the uncertainty surrounding the team’s bonuses for the Africa Cup of Nations forced the Frenchman to handover his resignation letter to Theo Binamungu, the federation’s member in charge of the national team in Port Elizabeth where the Leopards are based.LeRoy resigned along with his assistant Sebastian Migne in his letter addressed to DR Congo head of state President Joseph Kabila.The news has also has been reported by the official website of TP Mazembe who have several players in the DR Congo squad for the tournament.It is not certain if the Frenchman has left the team’s camp in Port Elizabeth.The 64-year-old Le Roy was in his second spell in charge of the Leopards. LeRoy coached DR Congo to the 2006 Nations Cup but then decided against renewing his contact in April that year.The Leopards are a traditional powerhouse of African football, having won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1974DR Congo are in Group B along with Ghana, Mali and Niger and, under Le Roy, who won the Nations Cup with Cameroon in 1988 and led Ghana to third place in 2008.last_img read more