Towards improved empirical isobase models of Holocene land uplift for mainland Scotland, UK

first_imgA new approach to modelling patterns of glacio-isostatic land uplift during the Holocene in mainland Scotland, UK, is described. The approach is based upon altitude measurements at the inner margin or locally highest point of raised estuarine surfaces dated by radiocarbon assay supported by microfossil analyses. 2241 altitudes have been analysed by a technique new to studies of former sea-levels, Gaussian Trend Surface Analysis, and isobase models for four Holocene shorelines: the Holocene Storegga Slide tsunami shoreline, abandoned rapidly circa 7900 sidereal years BP; the Main Postglacial shoreline, abandoned during circa 6400–7700 sidereal years BP; the Blairdrummond shoreline, abandoned during circa 4500–5800 sidereal years BP, and a speculative fourth shoreline, the Wigtown shoreline, abandoned during circa 1520–3700 sidereal years BP, are shown in a series of maps. The implications of the shoreline patterns for glaicio-isostasy in the area are discussed. It is maintained that the statistical technique used enables broad estimates to be made of nearshore sea surface change.last_img read more

The Tain-by Ciaran Carson

first_imgThe Tain is one of 80 tales making up the Ulster Cycle, which tells the story of the Ulaid, the prehistoric inhabitants of Northern Ireland. The Tain begins when wife Medb is forced to concede that her husband Ailill possesses a better prize bull than she. In order to rectify the matter, Medb resolves to steal a better bull, The Brown Bull of Cooley, from the province of Ulster. The Tain documents the mission of Medb and her army, prevented as they are by the great warrior Cu Chulainn, who is eventually the main protagonist of the tale. By translating The Tain, Carson takes on a daunting task. As with any story that is initially part of the oral tradition, The Tain has been a fluid entity, changing and growing under the hands of many generations, the needs of each different from one another. Carson’s translation is based on multiple texts, themselves fragmentary and influenced by the personality and beliefs of the transcriber. To make matters just a little more difficult, The Tain uses a multitude of linguistic forms, from poetry and prose, to ‘rhetorics’ – unpunctuated blocks of ryhthmic prose. Amazingly, Carson makes it work. The epic gushes by in heated but steady waves. The action is always imminent but there is never too little time for a diversion into a character’s past or a dwelling’s layout. An emphasis on the landscape of Northern Ireland pervades throughout the book and creates something like the rhythm of a bass guitar; subtle but unyielding. The melody of the work, the story itself, is a celebration of bloodthirstiness. While today, participation in war is usually, and rightly so, a source of guilt, there is no such guilt in The Tain. Indeed, the characters are happily driven by impulses to war with one another. Warring camps are not portrayed as those of in the conventional sense of the word, acting on real contempt for one another. Rather, they have a reluctant respect, even love, for one another. After all, the initial dispute which leads to great battles occurs between husband and wife. The importance of poetry, written messages and Druid prophecies attenuates the hideousness of war, until the decapitation of troops in Medb’s army is seen as part of some happy banter. To so remove our contempt for death is a difficult undertaking that Carson is, luckily, more than capable of. by Mona Sakrlast_img read more

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi & Warren Haynes Playing ‘Space Captain’

first_imgEric Clapton routinely hosted the Crossroads Guitar Festival, showcasing the many talented musician who play the six-stringed instrument. With such great artists coming together for these events, it’s no surprise that Clapton is planning to release a best-of compilation from his Crossroads Festival, spotlighting some of the top performers who have ever played the guitar.With the new release due out on July 1st, Clapton and his team have been sharing footage from Crossroads Festivals past. Naturally, our jaws dropped when we came upon this newly-released video of Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes jamming out on the classic tune “Space Captain,” written by Matthew Moore but popularized by Joe Cocker. Taken from the 2010 Festival, Tedeschi, Trucks and Haynes are joined by some elite talent in their band, including David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Chris Stainton and more!Check out the “Space Captain” jam session below.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Blues And Brews Festival To Bring Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, Taj Mahal, And More To Telluride

first_imgThe Telluride Blues and Brews Festival will be returning for its 24th year in September. This year’s festival lineup is slated to be one for the books, with Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, Anders Osbourne, and a supergroup named TajMo, which will bring together Taj Mahal and the Keb’ Mo’ Band headlining the event. Benjamin Booker, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Magpie Salute, Tab Benoit, and others will also be making appearances at the festival. True to its name, the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival will still honor its roots in craft beer, hosting one of the premiere beer tasting events in the Southwest, with 57 breweries registered to present over 170 craft beers and ciders. The three-day festival will fall from September 15th through September 17th. Tickets and more information are available on the event’s website. 2017 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Artist Lineup: Bonnie Raitt Steve Winwood TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ BandAnders Osborne TBA Benjamin Booker The Blind Boys of Alabama The Magpie Salute Delbert McClinton and Self Made Men Tab Benoit The Record Company Chicano Batman Samantha Fish Ben Miller Band Eric Lindell Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers Robert FinleyAlabama Slim Jack Broadbent Delgres Monkey Junk A.J. Fullerton featuring Stud Ford & Nic Clarklast_img read more

Morey Publishing Helps Launch Mayava Capital Small Business Lending Platform

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Morey Publishing, parent company of the Long Island Press, recently added another client to its roster. Mayava Capital is a premium alternative lending brokerage platform that matches small businesses seeking financing with high-quality lenders in the United States. Alternative lending has grown exponentially over the past several years to meet a growing demand for small business financing in America. Known also as marketplace, or peer-to-peer lending, alternative funding’s impressive growth can be attributed in large part to the congressional restrictions put in place following the global financial collapse of 2008 and 2009. Many are familiar with some of the larger players in the alternative financing arena, such as Prosper, Lending Club and OnDeck; the latter two companies recently went public, and Prosper is likely to do the same in 2016. The staggering growth and success of these companies has led to an explosion of new entrants into the marketplace lending industry. As a result, the face of small business and consumer lending has changed dramatically in the past five years, with automated application and credit decision tools taking the place of traditional underwriting and human interaction. Mayava Capital was founded to assist borrowers who have been frustrated by red tape and higher borrowing criteria thresholds. The website was established to provide useful information to prospective borrowers, and help them navigate the sometimes-confusing world of online lending and alternative finance. The core of the platform is based on complete and total transparency with respect to borrowing online. There is no cost to apply for funding, and the commission structure is clearly and plainly stated. Morey Publishing is a digital marketing and strategic advisory firm based on Long Island. Its clients include Competition BMW, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Hofstra University, American Organic Energy, Pieper Bar Review, A-1 First Class Moving & Storage, MerchantPro Express and Alure Home Improvements, among others. Morey Publishing was founded in 2002 when it launched the Long Island Press, an award-winning alternative news publication that went strictly digital in 2014.last_img read more

Conference on the future of health tourism in Croatia

first_imgThe organizers of the conference are the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb and the CNTB, in partnership with MINT, HGK and the Ministry of Health. You can find more about the conference and the list of participants HERE. At the beginning of next month, on February 5, 2019, a conference dedicated to health tourism in Croatia entitled “Health Spot Croatia – Croatia, a place for health” will be held in Zagreb. The conference will certainly open new questions about health tourism that can be a motivator for further development, which may ultimately result in Croatia and Zagreb becoming a sought-after destination for this type of tourism. Due to the favorable climate, ecological preservation, cultural and natural wealth and qualified tourist and health staff, health tourism can be a strong potential of Croatia and provide it with an excellent opportunity to position itself as a year-round tourist destination.center_img The conference will be attended by about 200 participants and experts from Croatia and the world in the field of medicine, wellness and tourism who will discuss the state of health tourism in Croatia and forms of further development. Also, ways of creating new products, services and experiences will be presented, as well as connecting providers of tourist and health services. The popularity of health tourism in the world is growing rapidly and it is becoming one of the main motivators of travel, but it also represents a great potential for long-term sustainable development.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 9

first_imgRegret decision to vote for murderersDid you vote for a murderer? I’m ashamed to say, but I did when I cast my vote in the last election.Bill A00021, also known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), was signed into New York law on Jan. 22, thereby allowing third-trimester abortions for any reason, and making it legal for a baby, miraculously surviving a late-term abortion, to be denied medical care, suffer and die.Phil Steck, Angelo Santabarbara and Carrie Woerner, I don’t want to be part of your murderous agenda. I don’t want to be an accomplice in your cowardly attempts to retain your status and standing as an “Assemblyman or woman,” a member of the go-along-to-get-along crowd, in order to maintain your self-centered, love-the-power, love-the -spotlight charade.But you made me a part of this when you ran for election and hid behind a facade of garbage. And I voted for you. I believed you, your earnest messages of morality, “concern for all” and “I will work for you” lies.You pulled the rug out from under those of us who believed in the steaming piles of false pretenses you shoveled in your electoral barns by declaring you were moral, upstanding citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth when you fast-tracked this awful, awful bill. I don’t want to be a part of this, but my vote for you makes me a murderer by default, and I don’t know how I’m going to live with that.Laurie CoxNiskayuna But our Democratic law makers are celebrating, gallivanting around in their fuchsia pink outfits.Have we lost all human decency? Have we become so wedded to our political party that we only care about winning at all costs, even if it means destroying the most innocent and precious of living beings — a human baby?Do we not care about our doctors and nurses who now shoulder the burden of committing murder for fear of losing their jobs? Gov. Cuomo once said if you are pro-life, you are not welcome to live in the state of New York. He is a man of his word.He has made New York the abortion capital of the world with no conscience, with no caring about the suffering of innocent victims — a sweet baby and her mother who will have nothing but regret and a broken heart. Jennifer RichardBurnt Hills No quick fix for bad government officialsI truly believe I have heard enough misguided statements coming from our government officials.Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give financial aid to undocumented immigrants. He also wants to give them driver’s licenses, thus giving them a New York address and solving the mass exodus issue. He wants us to believe that the exodus is the result of our cold winters. Oh, please.Yet let us not look so far and take a close look at our very own Schenectady council. Quite some time ago, this paper ran an article regarding the up-and-coming demolition of the Olinder building on State Street. As I read it, I could not help but think that somebody was throwing a large loop and would end up with the whole corner lot. And so it is, the new building has a footprint that covers the old  Nicholaus Building.Maybe I have a different perspective than most, but I find it very hard to believe that our state and local governments feel they can back-door deal and toss their power around, and we’ll just sit back and take it. I, for one, can see no quick fix for the state of our disrepair. But as for me, the fix is simple. Hello, Montana.Andrew GreinerGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Wall opposition not same as open bordersI am responding to James Homan’s Feb. 3 letter, accusing those who don’t support a border wall of being in favor of an open border.  How ridiculous.The most recent Democratic proposal includes $22 billion for border security. This money would be for new agents; scanners, sensors and other technological solutions; and new boats and planes.It also includes $500 million for food and medical care. And all this is at a time when border crossings or attempted border crossings by undocumented people are at historic lows.Above all, we must remember that applying for asylum at a port of entry is entirely legal. Those applying are not “illegals.” Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNew York has lost all of its human decencyAt church on Sunday, our pastor described the grim reality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act.He explained that a baby only moments from birth can be killed and those babies lucky enough to survive can be left to die.I looked at my 8-year-old daughter who until now was coloring in the pew. She looked up with tears streaming down her face.“What are we going to do?” she asked. “I don’t want this to happen.”My 8-year-old knows this abortion expansion law is immoral.She feels empathy for the babies who will suffer and die because of this legislation. We can’t handle four more years of TrumpAnother presidential campaign is looming on the horizon and it’s not a happy thought. We are still remembering what a fiasco, actually more like a circus, occurred in 2016. The clown-in-chief, wearing his foolish cap, and clapping for himself night after night.I don’t recall any original or brilliant ideas for the betterment of the country being introduced.His agenda was primarily locking up Hillary, building a wall that Mexico would pay for and dismantling the accomplishments of Obama.Thanks to some help from his Russian friends, he became our leader.  His agenda has not changed. If anything, it has gone from bad to worse. So far, no Republican has been gutsy enough to come forward to challenge him in 2020. This is another not so happy thought. A smart man with no political experience would have selected the most reputable, experienced and honorable people possible. But instead he searched the swamp for the likes of Manafort, Flynn, Pruit, Zinke, Bannon, Conway and his family, just to name a few. The results have been disastrous in every way possible. I pray that we don’t get stuck with him for another four years. We deserve better. He’s definitely a pimple on the path of progress.Jane ReisengerSchenectadycenter_img No, go to the people who are not willing to fight for them. Go to the politicians who are playing with people’s lives. Janice WalzScotia Trump wall not worth another shutdownI’ve listened to President Trump’s recent speeches and read articles in the paper, and I’m confused. Grateful to kindness after DeMasi deathI would like to thank the many people who showed us kindness and compassion at the passing of my brother, Frank DeMasi, who died so unexpectedly in January.The news stories, the concern from co-workers and students and parents, and the love from members of Frank’s church and neighbors brought much comfort during a horrible time in our lives.Thank you so much. May God’s best be yours.Jackie DeMasi AllardSaint Joseph, Mich. Trump says he must have a wall, not called by any other name, except that he said it could be a barrier or a fence.He said he might close the government again if he didn’t get wall funding, but then he said the wall is being built right now. A wall is being built right now? By our soldiers? Then why did he shut down the government?Figures suggest it cost our economy, not even thinking of the hardships endured by furloughed workers, from $3 billion to $11 billion. Even if it was the lesser figure, that is too much.A secure border isn’t the issue here. Everyone agrees that we need that. The issue is the word “wall,” the item promised on the campaign trail which must be fulfilled so that people will vote again for Trump. Have we taxpayers just added $3 billion worth of votes to Trump’s campaign fund with his shut-down? And if Trump decides to shut down the government again, I want all the workers to go to their representatives for food and support.No more going to their kind neighbors and churches. No more Americans taking care of their own.  A far better and cheaper solution would be for the government to enforce the e-Verify program, where employers are responsible for verifying that people they hire have legal permission to work in the United States. We also need to relieve the backlog in the immigration courts.And finally, we must remember that the majority of those in the United States without proper documentation actually entered legally. For the most part, they are people who have overstayed their visas.Faith DonovanNiskayunalast_img read more

Auto-enrolment should be expanded, say UK firms

first_imgBusinesses in the UK support the idea of extending the auto-enrolment occupational pensions regime to include lower-paid workers and the self-employed, according to a new survey.However, the Future Savings survey – conducted by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Scottish Widows – also found that the majority of businesses did not believe that mandatory contribution levels should be increased yet.The survey revealed that 74% of companies wanted the current £10,000 (€11,141) earnings trigger to be reduced or removed so that automatic enrolment was extended to more workers, with the same proportion favouring provision being made available to the self-employed.In addition, 71% of businesses in the poll – which was carried out in February – said they believed employers would need to make higher contributions to auto-enrolment schemes at some point in the future in order for staff to have enough retirement income. More than 10m people have been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension scheme since 2012Matthew Fell, chief UK policy director at the CBI, said that while higher contributions would be needed in the future, now was not the time to raise mandatory contributions again.“The government must first be given the chance to deliver the findings of the automatic enrolment review and fully assess the impact of the increase to contributions in April 2019,” he said.The survey showed that UK company bosses were almost unanimous in supporting provision of a competitive workplace pension, with 98% saying there was a business case for it, and 95% agreeing there was a moral one.Engagement challengesFell said that increasing staff engagement with their savings was a must, but that there was also a growing concern among companies about the essential balance between funding defined benefit schemes and investing in the future.“It will be important for government to take steps to help firms who want to continue to sponsor these schemes. In the end, a strong solvent employer is the best security for a pension scheme,” he said.Some 76% of business leaders polled said they wanted the government to prioritise educating people about the importance of engaging with their savings, while 85% said they believed their firms should do more to engage staff with their pensions.Citing a July 2018 report from the Pensions and Lifetime
Savings Association, the CBI and Scottish Widows said 
that 80% of workers were unsure of whether they were saving the right amount for retirement. Just over half (51%) believed the auto-enrolment minimum pension contribution level – 5% from the member, 3% from the employer from 6 April 2019 – was the government’s recommended amount they should save.“To unlock the full value of pension saving, business and government must each play their part,” the report said.Delivering the pensions dashboard was one way government could help, according to the report. The dashboard concept had strong support from business because of its potential to boost engagement, the report said, with 24% of respondents saying it should be a key priority for the government. However, only 27% of the survey’s 240 respondents supported increasing employers’ contributions now, with 40% backing higher employee contributions.last_img read more

RCL Expects 2018 to Be Another Year of Record Earnings

first_imgMiami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) predicted record earnings for 2018 on the back of an improvement witnessed in the third quarter of 2018.The company’s net income for the third quarter was USD 810.4 million, compared to last year’s USD 752.8 million. Gross yields were up 1.9% and net yields were up 2.6% in constant-currency, exceeding prior guidance due to strong close-in demand for core products and better onboard revenues.“While 2018 is proving to be another record year, 2019 is shaping up to be even better,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO.“I can’t recall ever starting a new year with such an exciting blueprint. Our brands are strong; our new ships are awesome; our existing ship upgrades are powerful; our tech is exciting; our people are psyched; and our other new products are opening new horizons.”Royal Caribbean Cruises expects full year adjusted EPS to be in the range of USD 8.75 to USD 8.85 per share. This guidance includes Silversea’s operations, which, as previously disclosed, will be accounted for on a three month lag. The transaction closed on July 31, 2018, therefore the results corresponding to August and September will be consolidated in the fourth quarter.“2018 is shaping up to be another year of yield growth and record earnings,” said Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO.The company is experiencing strong early booking trends for 2019. Booked load factors and rates are higher than same time last year across all core products while the booking window has continued to extend.2019 will see the benefit of full year of operations of Symphony of the Seas, Azamara Pursuit and Celebrity Edge, which are being introduced this year, in various markets as they sail in both North America and Europe.These three vessels together with Spectrum of the Seas, which will be introduced in June 2019 in Shanghai, “are supporting a solid outlook for 2019.”“While still early in the booking cycle, the view for 2019 is encouraging and the company expects another year of solid yield and earnings growth.”last_img read more