Despite a spreading rate of 65–70 km Ma−1, the East Scotia Ridge has, along most of its length, a form typically associated with slower rates of sea floor spreading. This may be a consequence of cooler than normal mantle upwelling, which could be a feature of back-arc spreading. At the northern end of the ridge, recently acquired sonar data show a complex, rapidly evolving pattern of extension within 100 km of the South Sandwich Trench. New ridge segments appear to be nucleating at or near the boundary between the South American and Scotia Sea plates and propagating southwards, supplanting older segments. The most prominent of these, north of 56°30′S, has been propagating at a rate of approximately 60 km Ma−1 for at least 1 Ma, and displays a morphology unique on this plate boundary. A 40 km long axial high exists at the centre of this segment, forming one of the shallowest sections of the East Scotia Ridge. Beneath it, seismic reflection profiles reveal an axial magma chamber, or AMC, reflector, similar to those observed beneath the East Pacific Rise and Valu Fa Ridge. Simple calculations indicate the existence here of a narrow (<1 km wide) body of melt at a depth of approximately 3 km beneath the sea floor. From the topographic and seismic data, we deduce that a localised mantle melting anomaly lies beneath this segment. Rates of spreading in the east Scotia Sea show little variation along axis. Hence, the changes in melt supply are related to the unique tectonic setting, in which the South American plate is tearing to the east, perhaps allowing mantle flow around the end of the subducting slab. Volatiles released from the torn plate edge and entrained in the flow are a potential cause of the anomalous melting observed. A southward mantle flow may have existed beneath the axis of the East Scotia Ridge throughout its history.
Training & Education View post tag: Simpson View post tag: Participation USS Simpson Concludes Participation in Saharan Express 2012 Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) concluded their participation in exercise Saharan Express 2012 while underway off the coast of West Africa, April 30.Saharan Express, one of four express series exercises, focused on improving communications and building relationships of West African countries to counter common maritime threats. Navies, coast guards and army paramedic teams from 12 countries gathered in Dakar, Senegal, April 23, to kick off the maritime training and exercises with a press conference and pre-sail conference, introducing the 10 ship commanders and participants.“The main role of Simpson was to work with the other countries to provide a platform for them to train on, evaluate how they progressed during training and submit feed back,” said Ensign Kevin Mullin, Simpson’s boarding officer. “It was a really good learning experience to work with the other nations, I think they definitely got something out of it too.”The 12 nations that participated in the second Saharan Express are Cape Verde, represented by CV Guardiao; France, represented by FS Tonnere; The Gambia, represented by GNS Taipai; Cote d’Ivoire; Liberia; Mauritania, represented by Limam Elhadrami; Morocco, represented by RMN Bir Anzarane; Senegal, represented by SN Popnguine, SN Ex Conejera and SN Baye Sogul; Sierra Leone; Spain, represented by ESPS Vencedorea; the United Kingdom represented by HMS Dauntless, and the United States, represented by USS Simpson.During this year’s Saharan Express, Simpson acted as a target ship while crewmembers set up different scenarios of illegal fishing, illicit drug trafficking and first aid medical response for the other nation’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams to board and treat the exercise as they would in an actual situation.“Back in Dakar, the idea of the training was to cross train with our African partners on medical topics that VBSS teams may have to put in effect during a boarding,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Christopher Tilley, Simpson’s Saharan Express medical training mentor. “We had the Senegalese army paramedics actually instructing the training. They did a very good job. They were concise. They were clear with their instruction and the African nations really walked out of it with the point of the training.”While medical and boarding training was conducted in Dakar, Senegal, the Counternarcotics and Maritime Security (COSMAR) interagency operations center in Praia, Cape Verde controlled the underway portion.Saharan Express is one of four regional maritime exercises in Africa, an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.Simpson, prior to Saharan Express 2012, also participated in a community relations (COMREL) project in Praia, Cape Verde where crewmembers volunteered to paint two classrooms and visit students at the elementary school Escola Lavadoura.“We got out there to show that we are doing more than just helping with maritime enforcement. The kids at the school got to see us go in and help them out,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Richard Williford, a volunteer at the COMREL. “We all got to hang out with the kids and play soccer. It was great. Without that participation at the school, the children really wouldn’t have known why we were there.”Simpson, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate homeported out of Mayport, Fla., continues to conduct theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 03, 2012; Image: navy May 3, 2012 View post tag: 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Simpson Concludes Participation in Saharan Express 2012 View post tag: Concludes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Express View post tag: Saharan View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Share this article read more
NVQ and SVQ qualifications for the food and drink industry are being replaced by an umbrella title: N/SVQ Food Manufacture.The change follows a two-year consultation period by Improve, the food & drink sector skills council, and will become effective in the spring of 2007. At Levels 2 and 3, the qualification can be extended to recognise achievement in a sub-sector, such as bakery.Improve said the qualification will benefit employers because it works with all sectors of the food and drink industry, giving individuals an industry-wide qualification but enabling specialisation.
At this year’s Cloud Field Day, the range of beliefs and challenges around the cloud were on full display. For all the contrasting perspectives, two clear certainties emerged from the day. First, customers are putting more focus and investment on the cloud than ever before. And second, they are working hard to rationalize and manage their cloud deployments.Cloud Field Day is a unique event in which IT vendors provide in-depth presentations on their technology and solutions with independent, influential practitioners and experts. Our presentation on Dell Technologies Cloud touched off a lively conversation.The audience didn’t hesitate to grill us the on technical and business details of our solution. They asked the hard questions. This type of honest discussion is a critical part of better understanding the market.Here is what stood out to me across the day’s presentations and discussions.“Private cloud” vision is finally becoming a realityCan the data center offer the same level of automation and simplicity as the cloud? Our sessions really centered in on that, and the delegates really popped on this idea. This is the key to making the elusive “private cloud” vision that the industry has been chasing for years a reality. Rick Reddy from the VxRail team walked through automated lifecycle management and the idea of delivering a “known good state” to organizations through Dell Technologies’ testing and validation of the software and firmware. This reduces much of the management overhead in a very similar way that the public cloud does this. The room seemed really interested in this topic and how it can lessen the burden on IT Operations. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to do the demo I teased, but you can run through it yourself here.Multi-cloud is forcing customers to confront complexityThe companies that also presented at CFD6 ranged from storage, networking, DevOps management platform, and network security monitoring vendors. While each perspective was unique, they all described the same problem: complexity as a result of operating in multiple clouds. Varun Chhabra, VP Dell Technologies Cloud, recently shared his view. This has been at the center of our consistent hybrid cloud strategy.This is not a new phenomenon. We’ve continued to run through this cycle as emerging technologies become mature, often followed by a more or less unstructured proliferation of applications on that model, which can actually overwhelm it. We started with physical servers until the care and feeding of them was too much. Then VMware pioneered virtualization to abstract away the physical servers, but large organizations soon encountered VM sprawl. Automation and orchestration held the next breakthrough, followed quickly by cloud which took it a step further by introducing the idea of impermanence and self-service to applications. Now we are facing cloud sprawl. Does Virtualization hold the answer? That is what we’re betting on with Dell Technologies Cloud.Consistency is the keyBe it with containers, virtualization multi-cloud SaaS software, or storage gateways, organizations are trying to make their data, applications, and management stacks portable and easier to run across multiple clouds. Obviously, with the investments we’re making in Dell Technologies Cloud, we’re betting on the Software-Defined Data Center as well as containers, which we recently announced, but there are many ways to solve these problems.Experts in the room agreed that things get messy when you cross clouds. For example, many vendors have their own managed Kubernetes container management systems which won’t scale into other clouds. We are not immune to similar challenges. Sometimes it’s the way we have marketed products across different clouds, sometimes it’s small variances between the managed offerings like VMC on AWS or VMC on Dell EMC, and the customer-owned and operated VMware Cloud Foundation variants. That being said we believe the ownership experience for customers will be much better than managing multiple clouds using native tools, or having to onboard extremely disruptive toolsets.At the end of the day organizations are interested in one thing: it simply needs to work. An investment in VMware’s SDDC will absolutely make it easier to apply virtualization as an abstraction layer across clouds, as consistent infrastructure and operations will span these environments, but we left the room without getting to the answer of just how consistent that experience will be and how routine tasks and functions will work in this hybrid environment. This is a topic that we will be closely examining as we continue on our cloud journey.We are just scratching the surfaceIt was great participating in such an exciting event and engaging with so many knowledgeable individuals. You wouldn’t think two hours would be enough time to brief an audience on a technology solution, that’s longer than many feature-length movies, but there was still a lot to cover by the end. That being said both, the validations as well as the critiques, provide the opportunity to continue iterating our product and message to better meet our customers’ needs and help organizations reduce the complexity of operating in multiple clouds. I’ll continue to watch and learn at future Cloud Field Days and look forward to our next opportunity to engage the delegates on our solution.If you’re interested in learning more about these topics watch the replay of the event. read more
Wisconsin utility to close last unit at Edgewater coal plant in 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power:Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy on May 22 said it would retire the coal-fired Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan by year-end 2022, an announcement coming just one week after the utility said it had placed the new 730-MW West Riverside Energy Center, a natural gas-fired combined cycle plant in Beloit, into commercial operation.Alliant, which also has announced it will build a solar power facility next to the West Riverside plant, cited a desire to produce more clean energy, and the resulting cost savings for its customers, for the decision to shut down the nearly 90-year-old Edgewater facility. The company said closing the station will help Alliant avoid about $200 million in costs associated with facility maintenance and equipment upgrades to meet regulatory standards.The Edgewater plant began operation in 1931, and over the years had as many as five units in operation, with new boilers added in 1941, 1951, 1969, and 1985. The plant just more than a decade ago had a generation capacity of 893 MW.Only the 380-MW Unit 5—a POWER Top Plant honoree in 2017 after installing a state-of-the-art air quality control system—has operated recently. Unit 4 was retired in 2018, Unit 3 was shut down in 2015, and Units 1 and 2 were taken offline in 2008.Alliant in late 2015 had shuttered the 225-MW coal-fired Nelson Dewey plant in Cassville (see accompanying video) as part of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the Clean Air Act. The company has said its transition to cleaner power includes investment in up to 1 GW of solar power of as a part of its Clean Energy Blueprint in Wisconsin.The $660-million West Riverside Energy Center was built with an eye toward “complementing the company’s growing number of solar and wind facilities,” Alliant said in a news release, noting “because it leverages combined-cycle technology, its power output can adjust up and down quickly to fit with the intermittent nature of renewable resources.”[Darrell Proctor]More: Alliant closing coal unit, brings gas plant online read more
Did you know that your kayak, hammock, climbing harness, PFD, running socks, and mountain bike components may have been made right here in the mountains?“The Blue Ridge Mountains are a mecca for hikers, bikers and paddlers alike, but not everyone realizes just how much of the adventure gear they’re using is manufactured right in Western North Carolina,” says Kyle Mundt, one of the founders of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina.On March 21, the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are hosting the first annual Get In Gear Festival from 12 – 4 p.m. at RiverLink Park in Asheville, N.C. This free event will feature raffles, races, gear clinics, product demos, and craft beer from local breweries. A portion of the proceeds will support the work of RiverLink, a local nonprofit working to revitalize the French Broad River.“This event is a chance for these great companies to show what’s new for 2015,” continues Mundt.Put new bikes and boats to the test, try on the latest backpacks, and talk face-to-face with the folks who made them. Outrider USA will even have its new line of electric bikes available for test rides.The coalition of 26 outdoor gear manufacturers includes Eagles Nest Outfitters, SylvanSport, LiquidLogic, DeFeet, Native Watercraft, Recover, Threshold Provisions, Bellyak, Industry Nine, Watershed, and Cane Creek. The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC have brought 470 jobs and over $6 million to the region. Thanks to their efforts, the outdoor industry one of the most rapidly growing sectors in Southern Appalachia.Find out more about the festival and the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC here. read more
“This is the highest number of domestic violence cases we’ve ever recorded [in a period of two weeks],” LBH Apik’s director Situ Zuma told The Jakarta Post.She added that 14 of those cases had been handed over to the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) on March 27.Read also: In Italy, support groups fear lockdown is silencing domestic abuse victimsThe figure has tripled because normally, LBH Apik would refer five cases per day to Komnas Perempuan, she said.”The violence ranges from physical abuse to psychological [and verbal abuse].”United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to include the protection of women in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The call came after reports of domestic violence surged globally in the wake of massive quarantines. India reported double the usual number of domestic abuse cases in the first week of its nationwide lockdown. In France, domestic violence rose by a third in the week after the country’s lockdown.Topics : Greater Jakarta has seen an uptick in domestic abuse reports in the first month of home-quarantining for the COVID-19 outbreak.The Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women Association for Justice (LBH Apik) said it recorded 59 cases of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and online pornography from March 16 to 30.Seventeen of the 59 cases involved domestic abuse. read more
Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Sep 2019 1:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link24Shares Per Mertesacker lifts lid on ‘baffling’ Arsenal reaction to Manchester United 8-2 defeat Per Mertesacker was surprised by the lack of reaction to such a thrashing (Picture: Getty)Arsenal players were protected from criticism or retribution in ‘baffling’ fashion after they were thrashed 8-2 by Manchester United, according to Per Mertesacker.Back in 2011, Mertesacker was part of the Arsenal side that travelled to Old Trafford for the third game of the season without a win or a goal to their name in the Premier League in their first two fixtures.They did at least manage two goals but shipped eight as Wayne Rooney ran riot with a hat-trick.But when the Gunners returned to London and training, the reaction was ‘baffling’.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We ran a few laps, did a few passing exercises and went straight back to the dressing room,’ Mertesacker wrote in his book ‘BFG: Big Friendly German’.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There was no feeling of tension, let alone crisis.‘Any negativity was blocked out – literally – due to the fact that London Colney – Arsenal’s training ground – didn’t admit fans or members of the press.’Mertesacker also wrote of his surprise at not being allowed to speak to the media ahead of a clash with Borussia Dortmund with the club preferring to put up someone more mundane for the obligatory press conference.‘At Arsenal, things were completely different,’ Mertesacker added. The 8-2 defeat to Manchester United was one of the most embarrassing in Arsenal’s recent history (Picture: Getty)‘They didn’t want everything to be focused on a single player.‘Instead, they preferred to send someone who might be less interesting to the media.’He also said: ‘There is no normal interaction between players and people in the streets, which means you’re hardly ever confronted with different perspectives, you never get to witness first-hand how much the club means to people, and only rarely do you have to speak to journalists‘In the long run, preventing the public from gaining any kind of normal access to them doesn’t do players any favours.‘Rather, it creates a vacuum for them to float around in.‘Living such a cloistered life isn’t good for someone’s development.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisement Advertisement read more
Independent 16 August 2017Family First Comment: How disturbing!It’s not that “no Down’s Syndrome children are born”. It’s that “all Down’s Syndrome children are being killed”.Eugenics – plain and simple.#chooselifeOn average, just one or two children with Down’s syndrome are born in Iceland each yearIceland is close to becoming the first country where no-one gives birth to a child with Down’s syndrome.Pre-natal tests were introduced in the early 2000s, and the vast majority who receive a positive test have terminated their pregnancy.While the tests are optional, all expectant mothers are informed about their availability, and up to 85 per cent choose to take it.It’s called the Combination Test, and uses ultrasound and blood tests – as well as factoring in the mother’s age.This determines whether the foetus will have a chromosome abnormality, the most common of which results in Down’s syndrome.The law in Iceland allows for abortion after 16 weeks if the foetus has a deformity, and Down’s syndrome is included in this category.On average, just one or two children with Down’s syndrome are born in Iceland each year. Sometimes, this is as a result of an inaccurate test.READ MORE: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/iceland-downs-syndrome-no-children-born-first-country-world-screening-a7895996.html read more
The Greendale Bengals defeated The St. Louis Cardinals 24-19 in 5th Grade Boys Basketball action.Cardinals Scoring. Hank Ritter – 9 pts, Conner Miles – 7 pts, Evan Flaspohler – 5 pts, Carson Meyer – 3 pts.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jerry Roell.The St. Louis Cardinals 6th grade boys basketball team defeated a very good Greendale team tonight by a score of 31-24.The Cardinals started slow and were down 10-3 at the end of the 1st quarter and battled hard to tie the game 10-10 at halftime. The 3rd quarter was hard fought with Greendale leading 20-19 at the conclusion. Then in the 4th quarter, the Cardinals managed to pull away with clutch free throw shooting. The Cardinals made 10 of 13 free throws in the 4th quarter to seal the win.The team was led in scoring by Charlie Schebler (16), Alec Bunselmeier (6), Ben Harmeyer (4), Noah Tuveson (3), and Frank Forbeck (2). Another key aspect of the win was the effort of Nate Vankirk, Luke Meyers and Jack Hollins who played really aggressive defense!This concludes the 6th grade boys basketball season who posted an impressive 12 and 2 record and champions of the annual St. Louis tournament. Each player scored and made significant contributions to the success of this team throughout the season. St. Louis is blessed to have a talented 6th grade basketball team that should achieve much success in the years to come and more importantly we are blessed with terrific young men who represented St. Louis with much pride and respect. The team would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the season!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler. read more