Spiess Ridge: An axial high on the slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

first_imgWe report recent mapping of Spiess Ridge with the Hawaii-MR1 sidescan sonar. Spiess Ridge is an unusual elongate 90 by 50 km volcanic feature on the slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge near the Bouvet hotspot. The northwest half of the ridge has a narrow ∼7-km neovolcanic zone in MR1 sonar images and a simple magnetic anomaly sequence including possible anomalies C1n and C2n. In contrast, the southeast half shows extrusive volcanism over >40 km with distributed eruption sites, a broadened central magnetic anomaly with no anomaly C2n, and a volcanic ridge radiating from the summit of Spiess Ridge, oblique to the spreading orthogonal trend. The images show no evidence for large-offset normal faults or an axial rift valley typical of slow spreading ridges. Overall, Spiess Ridge has an appearance very unlike that of either fast or slow spreading ridges and more transitional between a spreading ridge and a seamount. We compare the morphology of Spiess Ridge to other large volcanic structures in oceanic rifts. Spiess Ridge and Bouvet Island represent localized zones of excess melting along the Southwest Indian Ridge and we discuss their origin in the light of current ideas on ridge-hotspot interaction.last_img read more

A climatology of polar stratospheric cloud composition between 2002 and 2012 based on MIPAS/Envisat observations

first_imgThe Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) instrument aboard the European Space Agency (ESA) Envisat satellite operated from July 2002 to April 2012. The infrared limb emission measurements provide a unique dataset of day and night observations of polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) up to both poles. A recent classification method for PSC types in infrared (IR) limb spectra using spectral measurements in different atmospheric window regions has been applied to the complete mission period of MIPAS. The method uses a simple probabilistic classifier based on Bayes’ theorem with a strong independence assumption on a combination of a well-established two-colour ratio method and multiple 2-D probability density functions of brightness temperature differences. The Bayesian classifier distinguishes between solid particles of ice, nitric acid trihydrate (NAT), and liquid droplets of supercooled ternary solution (STS), as well as mixed types. A climatology of MIPAS PSC occurrence and specific PSC classes has been compiled. Comparisons with results from the classification scheme of the spaceborne lidar Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) on the Cloud-Aerosol-Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) satellite show excellent correspondence in the spatial and temporal evolution for the area of PSC coverage (APSC) even for each PSC class. Probability density functions of the PSC temperature, retrieved for each class with respect to equilibrium temperature of ice and based on coincident temperatures from meteorological reanalyses, are in accordance with the microphysical knowledge of the formation processes with respect to temperature for all three PSC types. This paper represents unprecedented pole-covering day- and nighttime climatology of the PSC distributions and their composition of different particle types. The dataset allows analyses on the temporal and spatial development of the PSC formation process over multiple winters. At first view, a more general comparison of APSC and AICE retrieved from the observations and from the existence temperature for NAT and ice particles based on the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) reanalysis temperature data shows the high potential of the climatology for the validation and improvement of PSC schemes in chemical transport and chemistry–climate models.last_img read more

Gallery: ITS Andrea Doria Completes Visit to Dubai

first_img November 4, 2014 View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: ITS Andrea Doria View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Gallery: ITS Andrea Doria Completes Visit to Dubai View post tag: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Counter-Piracy Gallery: ITS Andrea Doria Completes Visit to Dubai View post tag: UAE View post tag: Visit View post tag: Naval Share this article The flagship of the EU Naval Force, ITS Andrea Doria, has completed her visit to Dubai. The Italian Navy destroyer was in port to participate in the UAE counter-piracy week between Monday 27 and Friday 31 October.The warship hosted a number of official events, including a visit by the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Mr Maciej Popowski.On Wednesday 29 October the EU Naval Force’s Deputy Operation Commander, Brigadier General Dick Swijgman, visited the flagship and received an operational update. Additionally, a delegation from the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), currently chaired by the European Union, was hosted aboard. The delegation was briefed on the EU Naval Force’s progress in fighting piracy.On Thursday 30 October Mr Maciej Popowski, the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr Maurizio Lupi, as well as several EU Member State Ambassadors, took the opportunity to visit ITS Andrea Doria. The EU representatives were given a comprehensive briefing on counter-piracy operations in the region.…Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.New Gallery 2014/11/4cameramake Canonheight 682orientation 1flash 9originaldate 10/30/2014 10:45:29 PMwidth 1024cameramodel Canon EOS 70Dcameramake Canonheight 682orientation 1flash 9originaldate 10/31/2014 12:31:26 AMwidth 1024cameramodel Canon EOS 70Dcameramake Canonheight 682orientation 1flash 9originaldate 10/30/2014 8:27:48 PMwidth 1024cameramodel Canon EOS 600Dcameramake Canonheight 683orientation 1flash 9originaldate 10/29/2014 12:00:28 PMwidth 1024cameramodel Canon EOS 600Dcameramake Canonheight 682orientation 1flash 16originaldate 10/30/2014 11:42:15 PMwidth 1024cameramodel Canon EOS 70Dcameramake Canonheight 682orientation 1flash 9originaldate 10/30/2014 11:00:25 PMwidth 1024cameramodel Canon EOS 600DDuring the visit, the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, emphasized that:The European Union should be rightly proud of their men and women who are working together to combat Somali piracy under the EU flag.Mr Popowski stressed the positive impacts of Operation Atalanta in the region and reiterated that the EU will continue its counter-piracy efforts as the threat from Somali piracy remains.[mappress mapid=”14305″]Press release, Images: EUNAVFOR View post tag: GALLERY View post tag: completes View post tag: Dubailast_img read more

College football – the race for promotion

first_imgAt the halfway stage of this term and the three-quarter mark of the JCR League season, there are still many vital issues to be decided. For all but the giants of the Premier League, a successful season means only one thing- promotion. The battle for places in the top tier of the JCR League is still far from over, while the Division Two title race looks like it might go right down to the wire. Most teams only have a handful of games left to play, but fans and players alike will no doubt be nervously biting their nails as the promotion run-in reaches its climax. DIVISION ONE In Division One, St Catz are undoubtedly in the driving seat, as they lead second place Magdalen by a comparatively massive seven points. They face a potentially tricky run-in, including fellow promotion chasers Christ Church both home and away, but should be nailed on for a return to the promised land. Beyond that, it really is anyone’s guess who will claim the remaining promotion spots. Second-place Magdalen are in a strong position as they have a game in hand on the teams around them. Their run-in also features three eminently winnable home games. However, Christ Church are still far from out of it. In spite of a few shaky defensive displays, they are in reasonable form. Having said that, they still have to take on St Catz twice in quick succession. Any slip up for them would allow fourth place Exeter to perhaps steal in and grab a second consecutive promotion. They should definitely be seen as dark horses for a promotion spot, bearing in mind that they are still to play bottom of the table Somerville twice. The likes of LMH, Keble and Balliol, all tied on 18 points, would still regard themselves as in with a chance, but a late promotion charge from any of them would be a real surprise. DIVISION TWO The Division One promotion race may be tight, but it is nothing compared to the epic battle going on in Oxford’s basement division. Perhaps as many as six of the division’s nine teams are still in with a shout of promotion. Univ are currently leading the way on 25 points, but Merton-Mansfield trail by only three points and crucially have two games in hand. Adding further spice to the matter, the top two are still yet to play each other this season. The two games between the pair, scheduled for the next two Fridays, could decide the destination of the Division Two title. However, the chasing pack are still hot on their heels. Corpus-Linacre currently sit in third, just two points behind Merton. They also have the services of JCR League top scorer Luke Bennett at their disposal. Having said this, recent defeats to Univ both home and away will have come as a massive blow to their hopes of going up. A few months ago St John’s looked out of it, but a fine run of results, including a 5-0 home win over a solid Merton-Mansfield team, have propelled them to fourth place. It would be a real surprise if they overhauled Univ’s lead though, bearing in mind the five-point gap. Behind John’s lie Trinity and Pembroke, both teams relegated from Division One last season. Both teams have struggled slightly, and on first glance look out of the promotion shake-up. They both have games in hand on the top teams though, and while they would no doubt prefer to have points on the board, they may still play a role in the run-in.last_img read more

Master Trooper Jeremy Woods Named ISP CVED Inspector Challenge Grand Champion

first_imgMaster Trooper Jeremy Woods Named ISP CVED Inspector Challenge Grand ChampionIndianapolis, IN- Recently, the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division conducted the CVED Inspector Challenge at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers and Motor Carriers Inspectors from around the state competed in four categories which included level 1 safety inspection, passenger vehicle inspection, non-bulk Haz-Mat inspection and cargo tank inspection. Officers and inspectors were required to inspect the various vehicles, identify violations and make proper determination if the violation met the out of service criteria. Written tests were also administered which included Commercial Motor Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection procedures, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and CVSA out of service criteria. Each participant in the event underwent additional training prior to the competition that familiarized them with the rules and procedures.Each station of inspection is timed and the competitors are judged on their ability to identify violations of the vehicles or drivers and to determine if they are out of service violations.The following people were chosen as the winners in the following categories:>North American Standard Level 1 Inspector Champion-M/Trp. Jeremy Woods>Hazardous Materials Cargo Tank Inspection Champion-M/Trp. Jeremy Woods>Passenger Vehicle Inspection Champion-S/Trp. Brent Hoover>Grand Champion of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inspector Challenge-M/Trp. Jeremy WoodsMaster Trooper Woods will represent the Indiana State Police at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance North American Inspectors Challenge in Indianapolis, Indiana August 8-12, 2016 in conjunction with the American Trucking Association’s Truck Driving Championship. He will be competing against inspectors from across the United States, Canada and Mexico.M/Trp. Woods is a 20 year veteran of the Indiana State Police and has been assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division since 2010. He is a hazardous materials and cargo tank inspection instructor and a member of the radiological inspection team. M/Trp. Woods resides in Randolph County.S/Trp. Hoover, the winner of the Passenger Vehicle Inspection, is a 12 year veteran of the Indiana State Police and assigned to CVED since 2010. He resides in Vermillion County.“This competition is something that our officers and inspectors look forward to each year because not only does it build camaraderie between the competitors it also enhances the training that each CVEO and MCI receive” stated DC M/MCI Mike Wilson. “The Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is continuously working to ensure the public’s safety through these types of inspections and this competition can only augment our inspection procedures.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE last week the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Danks was overheard saying that he has candidates ready to challenge every Republican candidate who is running for National, State and County offices in this coming General election?  …he predicts that the many people will be surprised to find out who the candidates are?IS IT TRUE if our elected officials don’t make additional increases to the Evansville Police Departments budgets we may have to depend on the “Penguin” to help protect us?IS IT TRUE that last Saturday morning the local Vanderburgh GOP held its monthly breakfast gathering? …this event was well attended?  …that District #2 Republican primary candidate Mike Duckwork gave an impressive and informative and well-received speech?  …we were pleased to hear that Mr. Duckworth primary opponent Steve Hammer never interrupted Mr. Duckworth one time during his speech?  …we were told that Mr. Hammer and Mr. Duckworth was seen talking and laughing with each other right after the speech?IS IT TRUE over the years Congressman Larry Buschon addressed the GOP monthly breakfast group many times?  …Dr. Richard Moss attended several GOP breakfast meetings over the years that the Congressman spoke at and sit quietly, listened and didn’t interrupt him one time even though he disagrees with some of the things the Congressman was saying?IS IT TRUE were told that 8th District Republican primary candidate Dr. Richard  Moss gave a passionate and a conservative based speech at last Saturday’s GOP breakfast gathering? …we were informed that 8th District Congressmen Larry Buschon was openly upset with a couple remarks made by his fiery primary opponent Dr. Richard Moss a surgeon from Jasper? …were told that Congressman Buschon interrupted Dr. Moss several times during his speech? …Congressman Buschon seemly took issue with a couple of comments made by Dr. Moss during his speech concerning his official residence and the ranking of his voting record by the conservative Heritage Foundation?  ..that the Congressman openly stated that Dr. Moss wasn’t telling the truth a couple of times during his speech? …we were told that several people in attendance felt that  Congressman Bucshon’s behavior toward Dr. Moss during his speech was out of line?IS IT TRUE we were told that right after Dr. Moss speech Congressmen Buschon got in Dr. Moss’s face and started poking his finger in his chest and verbally attacking him at the dismay of those that witnessed this encounter?  …we were told that Dr. Moss stood his ground and didn’t allow Bucshon to get away with bullying him?  …we were told that a couple of people in attendance had to break up this face to face confrontation initiated by Congressman Bucshon?  …we hear that anger management classes don’t cost that much and could be extremely helpful to those who need it?IS IT TRUE that the CONSERVATIVE REVIEW did publish that Indiana 8th District Congressmen Larry Bucshon was ranked a mere 48%?  …that the HERITAGE ACTION FOR AMERICAN group ranks 8th District Congressmen Larry Bucshon conservative voting record at 52%?  …that the average voting record of House Republicans voting on the conservative issues is around 68%?IS IT TRUE we were told that Dr. Moss did raise the question of Congressman residency status during his breakfast speech GOP? …attached are links to the articles that appeared in the Evansville Courier and Press about Congressman Buschon setting up roots in Washinton, DC and Buschon lives in Washinton DC and Evansville?http://archive.courierpress.com/news/politics/elections/local/bucshons-setting-down-roots-in-dc-395620dd-dc20-44f3-e053-0100007f6193-389385301.htmlhttps://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2017/10/07/bucshon-lives-washington-and-evansville/741862001/Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Congressman Buschon should have treated Dr. Moss with more respect during and after his speech?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more

Special Weather Statement: Flood Advisory

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Ocean City from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.Northeast winds gusting up to 45 mph and heavy rain are expected to contribute to flooding conditions.Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at 5:07 p.m. Monday. Forecasters predict a water level of 5.7 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale. By comparison, tides peaked last month at 5.82 feet. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare these predictions to other recent and historic tide levels.Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience tidal flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation. For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more

A modern david and goliath While the big boys of the baking industry may seem to be in control, it’s often the smaller firms who are punching above their weight, argues Plimsoll’s David Pattison

first_imgThe average customer looking at the bakery section in a supermarket, or indeed someone taking a glance at the industry as a whole, might assume that the giants are in control.In terms of turnover, that is indeed the case. But dig a little deeper and a different picture begins to emerge. When it comes to performance and profitability, this industry makes the story of David and Goliath look like a cliché. The smaller companies are pun- ching well above their weight and, indeed, could teach their larger counterparts a thing or two about how to do business.According to Plimsoll’s latest research, the emerging firms in the bakery sector are:? Increasing sales at three times the rate of their larger competitors? Delivering four times the profitability of the larger firms? Showing five times the return on investment.Why should this be? The answer is simple. The big companies pay their staff more and are less productive. Competition is dri-ving prices down in many areas of the market, but the value-added sector is surviving and, in some cases, prospering.In other words, if you are producing sliced white loaves with a huge workforce, the competition from fellow giants is intense. If, on the other hand, you are making specialist breads with a relatively small staff, your nimble, slick and efficient business model is likely to be paying dividends.In the top 100 companies, salaries eat up 9% of sales. In other words, nearly a tenth of the product on the shelves is doing nothing except paying wages. One of the reasons for this, of course, is that the baking industry has followed the well-trodden path of price deflation. The travel business, the electrical goods sector and the used car market have all been affected by it. While the baking business has had its well-publicised price wars in the past, low prices are now a way of life. And if the customer is not paying, somebody has to.That’s why 25 of the top 100 are losing money and 65 are showing what I would describe as signs of extreme tiredness.SolutionsOne of the few ways out – and it’s one that a number of companies are actively considering – is to hunt down smaller competitors and buy them out. That’s fine if you have the cash or the ability to borrow to fund your acquisitions. Sadly, in the current climate, borrowing is not a wise move for some of the firms in question.The only other option is to slim down and become more competitive. But that raises a whole range of issues – not least changing the whole culture of a staff-heavy business to produce a leaner and more efficient operation. For some, however, there is no choice. It’s a case of adapt or die.It’s worth noting, however, that there have been big changes at director level in many of the major companies. More than 700 new appointments in the last 18 months, in an industry with 2,100 directors in total, means that we could start to see fresh ideas emerging. The question is: is it too late for some firms?My feeling is that the new kids on the block will continue to snap at the heels of the major players. Some will be bought out, but niche markets and tighter business models are the way of the future in an industry that, until recently, has not been used to them. nl David Pattison is a senior analyst at market analystsPlimsoll Publishinglast_img read more

Infamous Stringdusters Cover Allman Bros., Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, MMJ, & More On Upcoming EP

first_imgThe Infamous Stringdusters have just announced that they will be releasing a new EP of covers on Friday, October 27th via Lumenhouse Recordings dubbed Undercover Vol. 2. This latest studio work from the band will feature five renditions of some of the band’s favorite acts, with the song choices spanning genres and seeing the bluegrass juggernauts cover The Allman Brothers Band (“Jessica”), My Morning Jacket (“Golden”), Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”), Marvin Gaye (“What’s Going On”), and The Cure (“Just Like Heaven”). Undercover Vol. 2 comes as a follow-up to The Infamous Stringdusters 2015 release, Undercover, which contained renditions of tunes by the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, and Jimmy Webb.Watch Members of Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, & More Perform As DrewciferUnlike 2015’s Undercover, with Undercover Vol. 2, the Infamous Stringdusters expand even further out of their genre, eschewing many of the more classic rock covers and instead favoring many tunes that may not so commonly make the rounds in a bluegrass band’s repertoire. As Jeremy Garrett, fiddle player for the group, explained in a press release, “Sometimes you hear a cover that comes from a completely different genre and it works, sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes you just have to try. As an artist, this can be liberating.”[Photo: Brandon Weil]The Infamous Stringdusters Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates*Fri      10/13               Eureka Springs, AR    Hillberry — The Harvest Moon FestivalSat       10/14               St. Louis, MO              Old Rock House (co bill w/ Leftover Salmon and Keller Williams)*Sat     10/21               Bowman, SC               Yonder FieldFri        10/27               Denver, CO                Ogden Theatre (support from Pert Near Sandstone)Sat       10/28               Denver, CO                Ogden Theatre (support from Midnight North)Thu      11/9                 Kansas City, MO        Madrid Theatre (co bill w/ The Travelin’ McCourys)Fri        11/10               Minneapolis, MN         Fine Line Music Café (co bill w/ The Travelin’ McCourys // support from Ryan Young & Erik Berry of Trampled by Turtles)Sat       11/11               Madison, WI           Majestic Theatre (support from Ryan Young & Erik Berry of Trampled by Turtles)Sun      11/12               Kalamazoo, MI            Bell’s Eccentric Café (An evening with…)Tue      11/14               Detroit, MI                   St. Andrews Hall (support from Wire in the Wood)Wed     11/15               Pittsburgh, PA             Rex Theatre (support from Buffalo Rose)Thu      11/16               Buffalo, NY                  Tralf Music Hall (support from Intredpid Travelers)Fri        11/17               New York, NY             Irving Plaza (support from Cris Jacobs)Sat       11/18               Baltimore, MD             Rams Head Live (support from Cris Jacobs)*Fri-Tue 12/8-12/12    Puerto Morelos, MX    Strings & SolThu      12/14               Chattanooga, TN        The Revelry Room (support from Dangermuffin)*Fri      12/15               Hickory, NC                Music In The MillSat       12/16               Charleston, SC           Music Farm (co bill w/ Dangermuffin)Thu      12/28               Berkeley, CA               UC Berkeley Theatre (co bill w/ Keller Williams)Fri        12/29               Berkeley, CA               UC Berkeley Theatre (co bill w/ Leftover Salmon)Sun      12/31               Aspen, CO                  Wheeler Opera House (An evening with…)*Festival appearanceslast_img read more

Planet starship

first_imgSeven years ago, astronomers boggled when they found the first runaway star flying out of our galaxy at a speed of 1.5 million mph. The discovery intrigued theorists, who wondered: If a star can get tossed outward at such an extreme velocity, could the same thing happen to planets?New research shows that the answer is yes. Not only do runaway planets exist, but some of them zoom through space at a few percent of the speed of light — up to 30 million mph.“These warp-speed planets would be some of the fastest objects in ourgalaxy. If you lived on one of them, you’d be in for a wild ride from the center of the galaxy to the universe at large,” said astrophysicist Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.“Other than subatomic particles, I don’t know of anything leaving our galaxy as fast as these runaway planets,” added lead author Idan Ginsburg of Dartmouth College.Such speedy worlds, called hypervelocity planets, are produced in the same way as hypervelocity stars. A double-star system wanders too close to the supermassive black hole at the galactic center. Strong gravitational forces rip the stars from each other, sending one away at high speed while the other is captured into orbit around the black hole.For this study, the researchers simulated what would happen if each star had a planet or two orbiting nearby. They found that the star ejected outward could carry its planets along for the ride. The second star, as it’s captured by the black hole, could have its planets torn away and flung into the icy blackness of interstellar space at tremendous speeds.A typical hypervelocity planet would slingshot outward at 7 to 10 million mph. However, a small fraction of them could gain much higher speeds under ideal conditions.Current instruments can’t detect a lone hypervelocity planet since they are dim, distant, and very rare. However, astronomers could spot a planet orbiting a hypervelocity star by watching for the star to dim slightly when the planet crosses its face in a transit.For a hypervelocity star to carry a planet with it, that planet would have to be in a tight orbit. Therefore, the chances of seeing a transit would be relatively high, around 50 percent.“With one-in-two odds of seeing a transit, if a hypervelocity star had a planet, it makes a lot of sense to watch for them,” said Ginsburg.Eventually, such worlds will escape the Milky Way and travel through the intergalactic void.“Travel agencies advertising journeys on hypervelocity planets might appeal to particularly adventurous individuals,” added Loeb.The research will be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in a paper authored by Idan Ginsburg, Avi Loeb, and Gary Wegner (Dartmouth College).last_img read more