Differing source water inputs, moderated by evaporative enrichment, determine the contrasting δ18OCELLULOSE signals in maritime Antarctic moss peat banks

first_imgOxygen isotope palaeoclimate records, preserved in moss tissue cellulose, are complicated by environmental influences on the relationships between source water inputs and evaporative conditions. We carried out stable isotope analyses of precipitation collected from the maritime Antarctic and cellulose extracted from co-located Chorisodontium aciphyllum dominated moss peat bank deposits accumulated since 1870 A.D. Analyses of stable oxygen and hydrogen isotope composition of summer precipitation on Signy Island (60.7°S, 45.6°W) established a local meteoric water line (LMWL) similar to both the global MWL and other LMWLs, and almost identical to the HadAM3 isotope-enabled global circulation model output. The oxygen isotopic composition of cellulose (δ18OC) revealed little temporal variation between four moss peat banks on Signy Island since 1870. However, δ18OC followed two patterns with Sites A and D consistently 3‰ enriched relative to δ18OC values from Sites B and C. The growing moss surfaces at Sites A and D are likely to have been hydrated by isotopically heavier summer precipitation, whilst at Sites B and C, the moss banks are regularly saturated by the isotopically depleted snow melt streams. Laboratory experiments revealed that evaporative enrichment of C. aciphyllum moss leaf water by 5‰ occurred rapidly following saturation (ecologically equivalent to post-rainfall or snow melt periods). In addition to the recognized source water-cellulose fractionation extent of 27 ± 3‰, such a shift would account for the 32‰ difference measured between δ18O of Signy Island precipitation and cellulose.last_img read more

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Ryvita introduces Three Cheese Flatbread

first_imgRyvita has announced a new flavour addition to its Thins range.The new variant, Three Cheese, will be in stores in July and is “a unique flavour in the market”, according to the company.Topped with mature cheddar, emmental and regato cheeses, Ryvita said in a statement that the new addition “will be a kitchen cupboard staple across the nation thanks to its versatility and snacking appeal”.Launched in 2008, the Thins range comprises five flavours: Multi-Seed, Cheddar & Cracked Black Pepper, Sweet Chilli, Caramelised Onion, and Sundried Tomato & Herb.The Three Cheese addition is designed to be enjoyed either on its own or accompanied by a dip.Ryvita Thins has secured more than a 50% share of the market, according to the company – it said it aims for the new Three Cheese flavour “to be one of the top three selling SKUs”.Estefania Boerr, senior brand manager at Ryvita, said: “The Three Cheese variant features a moreish topping and is made with wholegrain rye flour, which is a natural source of fibre. It will be very different to anything else in the market and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.”last_img read more

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Joint Ophthalmologic Surgeries Restore Sight of Dominicans

first_imgBy Dialogo November 17, 2010 how terrible This. Work. Is. Very. Important As part of a yearly cooperative program between the U.S. Army and the Dominican Armed Forces, a mission of U.S. Army specialized ophthalmologists from the Madigan Army Medical Center joined ophthalmologists from the Dominican Republic’s Armed Forces Central Hospital to provide free surgeries to low-income patients suffering from eye diseases throughout September and October 2010. Taking into account the high incidences of eye diseases common to each region, some 650 patients were selected from distant towns across the country to undergo surgeries for cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus and retinal ailments. The original mission set a goal of 450 surgeries in approximately 15 days, but was open to keep operating any additional low-income patients who showed up for evaluations after the designated period, said a press release from the Armed Forces Central Hospital. Refractive Ophthalmology Surgeon Cnl. Wellington Mateo, chief resident of ophthalmology at the Central Hospital, coordinated the joint mission with Lt. Cnl. John Thordsen, Vitreo-Retinal Ophthalmology Surgeon at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. “The patients are sought out and taken from their towns with Armed Forces resources for the effort to be done every year on a similar date, thanks to an agreement with the U.S. Army,” said Mateo, according to DominicanToday.com. All surgeries were carried out by teams of Dominican and U.S. Army doctors who worked together and simultaneously in five surgical units at the Armed Forces Central Hospital. In addition to helping low-income patients, local ophthalmology schools were invited to watch the procedures live as part of a continued education commitment by the Ophthalmology Residency program in Santo Domingo. In order to support the global initiative to prevent avoidable blindness “Vision 20/20: the right to sight” set forth by the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), both hospitals joined in 1999 to work with local programs designed to prevent avoidable visual handicaps. The joint mission was supported by the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of the Armed Forces, Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, the Joint Chief of Staff of the National Army, representatives of CDN-Multimedios del Caribe media group, which hosts a radio program called “La Consulta Médica”, and by the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.last_img read more

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Data and analytics: It’s about insights and execution

first_imgCUNA Mutual (Madison, Wisc.) is both affirming continuity in its service to credit unions and executing a kind of departure with its launch of CUNA Mutual AdvantEdge Analytics LLC,  a new data and analytics technology and services business designed to help credit unions deliver a better member experience through actionable insights. CUNA Mutual describes the new entity as the industry’s most integrated end-to-end solution, bringing together data management, reporting and performance management, and advanced analytics.CUNA Mutual AdvantEdge Analytics represents part of a more than $250 million investment in innovation to help the credit union industry. In its statement announcing the new entity, CUNA Mutual says that the AdvantEdge Analytics’ full suite of software tools and intelligence reporting will integrate and significantly expand the scale of data to help credit unions gain stronger member intelligence, accelerate analytics adoption and strengthen their market share. CUNA Mutual Group recently acquired Chicago-based data analytics startup, SavvyIntel, to further build-out the analytical reporting capabilities for the AdvantEdge Analytics product suite. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia’s coronavirus battle

first_img“Usually it’s very difficult to ask the children to wear masks because for them it’s a hassle,” added Kurniawati.In the city of Makassar on the neighboring island of Sulawesi, another group of superheroes was walking the streets to get out the message.Braving traffic at a busy intersection, volunteers dressed as Deadpool, Black Panther and another, garbed in the red and bold body armor of Indonesian superhero, Bima-X, held up placards that read “Stay Home” and “Get Well Soon Earth”. Volunteers clad as Superman and Spider-Man sprayed disinfectant against the coronavirus on Indonesia’s island of Java, flanking a colleague wearing the winged helmet of local superhero Gatotkaca who shouted, “Wear masks, wash hands and stay alert.”The trio handed out masks, containers of hand sanitizer and bamboo slit drums, while demonstrating how to correctly wash hands, don masks and maintain security following reports of a spate of thefts in the residential area.The Southeast Asian nation has reported more than 11,000 virus infections and 845 deaths, though a sluggish early response to the pandemic and low rates of testing cause medical experts to worry there could be far more cases. “[If the] superheroes support [the measures], the children will definitely obey the orders,” said Widanarko, who coordinated the event aimed at teaching people to protect themselves.”First, washing their hands. Second, not wandering outside and always wearing a mask,” added Widanarko, who uses one name.People could use the traditional bamboo slit drums handed out to sound the alarm over robberies or thefts by any criminals who take advantage of measures against the virus, said Widanarko, speaking in the Kampung Larangan neighborhood.One resident, Herni Kurniawati, welcomed the effort, saying it would encourage people to change their habits to protect themselves.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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These are the suburbs where prices are tipped to grow

first_img83 Greenford St, Chapel Hill. Picture: Annette DewAS southern property markets start to cool, the market is heating up in dozens of Brisbane suburbs.A new report has revealed the 33 suburbs within greater Brisbane where transaction numbers are steadily rising.Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said increased sales numbers were a good indication of future price growth.“Changes in sales volumes are far more relevant and useful: medians record the recent past for prices, while sales volumes predict the future,’’ he said.Mr Ryder said the number of sales changed first and then prices usually reacted.His latest Price Predictor Index found the suburbs where things were set to improve price wise and has also highlighted Brisbane’s danger suburbs — those to avoid.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe 5 C’s of getting a home loan02:01Suburbs with a high number of units — Fortitude Valley, Kangaroo Point, Kelvin Grove, South Brisbane and West End plus Clayfield and Chermside were all labelled danger markets by Mr Ryder.“Sales levels have dropped away markedly at a time when new supply is rising,’’ he said.“Values, inevitably, will fall in these locations — and there is evidence of price decline in the latest figures on prices from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland and other sources.’’In terms of suburbs performing well, Mr Ryder said the Moreton Bay region had more than any in greater Brisbane.There were 10 suburbs where sales levels were rising steadily — Morayfield, Burpengary, Bellmere, Arana Hills, Mango Hill, Sandstone Point, Scarborough, Woorim, Murrumba Downs and Warner.Although it had weakened a little, Mr Ryder said it still remained solid, as it had for the past three years.The report found sales levels were lifting in the outer ring suburbs of Brisbane, where the buy in price was more affordable.Suburbs in Logan City also performed well with transactions rising steadily in eight suburbs — Edens Landing, Hillcrest, Jimboomba, Logan Cental, Loganlea, Regents Park, Waterford West and Springwood.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoKath Lollo at the house she is selling at Chapel Hill. Picture: Annette DewRedlands City had four suburbs, Thorneside, Cleveland, Ormiston and Redland Bay where transactions were steadily rising and Ipswich had Springfield and Springfield Lakes.Within Brisbane suburbs with steadily rising sales numbers were Holland Park, Sunnybank, Sunnybank Hills, Fitzgibbon, Keperra, McDowall, Paddington, Red Hill and Chapel Hill.Michelle McLeod Ray White Indooroopilly — McLeod Partners said in the last three months many properties listed in Chapel Hill had sold within the first weekend.“Many with multiple offers situations, and attendances at open homes are up markedly with 30 plus families visiting the new properties that get listed, particularly between the $600,000 and $1 million bracket.’’Ms McLeod said Chapel Hill was for many an unknown or undiscovered part of Brisbane as people didn’t really need to drive through it.“I think that it is just showing value for money,’’ she said.Ms McLeod said there were good public transport routes and there were a lot more cafes and restaurants on the boundaries of Chapel Hill so people didn’t have to leave the suburb to get the basic family needs.Kath Lollo is helping her daughter Emma sell the home the family bought at 83 Greenford St, Chapel Hill which has its first open inspection today.“We bought it about six years ago,’’ Ms Lollo said.Emma was studying at UQ at the time, but was now making a sea change so the house was on the market.“It has three bedrooms, the bedroom has a floor to itself, it is just a retreat, I would call it.’’Ms Lollo said the market appeared to have picked up in the area of late.“I’d say probably the last year or so, they are not on sale for very long by the looks of it.’’last_img read more

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DOLE sets partial ban on Kuwait labor deployment

first_img Sen. Joel Villanueva, chair of the Senate committee on labor, said in a separate statement that he would prioritize a bill that seeks to expand the use of legal assistance fund for OFWs. MANILA – The Department of Labor andEmployment (DOLE) has implemented a partial deployment ban of Filipino workersto Kuwait following the killing of Filipina worker Jeanelyn Villavende. “We feel that this urgent measure will be a fitting New Year’s gift to our hardworking OFWs who risk their lives and limbs just to give their families in the Philippines better lives,” he added./PN “Angban will apply doon sa mga bagongmadi-deploy pero exempted dyan ‘yung mga skilled workers at mga balik-manggagawa or yung mganagbakasyon lang at babalik na sa amo nila doon,” Bello said in anradio interview with DZBB. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the ban will cover first-time domestic helpers. He, however, clarified the ban will not cover returning overseas Filipino workers and first-time skilled workers. REMATE.PH Bello said that, based on initial information from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuwait, Villavende was allegedly maltreated to death by her female employer, who is currently detained in Kuwait. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello confirmedThursday the partial implementation of the deployment ban only applies tofirst-time domestic workers. Malacañang earlier denounced the death of Villavende, saying the incident was a clear disregard of the agreement signed by both nations in 2018, which seeks to provide better protection for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state. “We condole with the members of the family and loved ones of Jeanelyn,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement on Wednesday night. “The fund will be able to help our abused and maltreated OFWs seek justice like our kababayan who died in the hands of her employer in Kuwait just before the New Year,” Villanueva said. The Philippine government has previously banned the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait in 2018 after reported deaths of Filipino workers, including Ilongga Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer.last_img read more

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Dodge City reschedules IMCA Modified Stampede

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – With unseasonably cold weather hitting the area and potential snow in the forecast, Saturday’s racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas has been canceled.  The Modified Stampede will be accompanied by a full docket of championship chase competition including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.center_img The $1,000 to win seventh annual IMCA Modified Stampede originally set for April 13 will now take place during Dodge City’s next event on Saturday, April 27. last_img read more

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Messi demands Suarez new deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo Lionel Messi is demanding Barcelona hand teammate Luis Suarez a new contract. The veteran striker, 33, is now inside the final 18 months of his current deal and has been open about the prospect of Barca buying his replacement this summer. However, Mundo Deportivo said Messi is insisting to Barca directors that Suarez be offered new terms. The Argentine now has a formal say on transfers courtesy of a clause in his contract and is demanding Suarez stays. Just last week, Suarez declared: “My contract extension? I am very happy at the club. I always gave everything. Statistics and figures prove me right, I think I am up to it and when we have to talk, we should be okay.”Tags: FC BarcelonaLionel MessiMundo Deportivolast_img read more

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