Active layer thermal regime under different vegetation conditions in permafrost areas. A case study at Signy Island (Maritime Antarctica)

first_imgClimate change is now evident also in Antarctica, with impacts both on the abiotic and the biotic components of ecosystems, particularly on permafrost, active layer thickness, vegetation, and soil properties. Permafrost ecosystems are recognized to be sensitive to the influences of the changing climate, which may activate, through complex mechanisms, both positive and negative feedbacks relating to CO2 fluxes. For this reason we analysed, through a data set collected over a complete year, the thermal regime of the active layer at four sites with different vegetation (bare ground, lichen vegetation with Usnea aurantiaco-atra, moss vegetation with Sanionia uncinata, grass vegetation with Deschampsia antarctica) but with similar topographic and geomorphological conditions at Signy Island (Maritime Antarctica). Except for the Deschampsia site, the other three sites are the same formerly studied by Chambers in the 1960s. The three sites show significant differences of the mean annual ground surface temperature (MAGST), ranging from -1.9 (Usnea) to -2.6 degrees C (Sanionia). Despite the clear differences in MAGST at the investigated sites, the mean annual ground temperature at 30 cm is virtually identical. Our results confirm that mosses play an important role in cooling the ground. The results of our study allow us to suggest also that the thawing degree days should be used instead of the growing degree days as a more suitable measure of the favourable conditions for the growth of the Antarctic cryptogam vegetation. Comparing our data with those of Chambers [Chambers, M.J.G., 1966b. Investigations on patterned ground at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands: II. Temperature regimes in the active layer. British Antarctic Survey Bulletin, 10: 71-83.], we can stress that the thermal conditions favourable to the frost heave is actually even more limited in depth (30 cm vs 40 cm in Chambers). Moreover, the freeze-thaw days near the surface appeared to be more frequent in the vegetated sites than in the bare ground.last_img read more

Indian Military Build Up Plans Herald New Contracts

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Indian View post tag: plans View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Build- Up Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Military Build Up Plans Herald New Contracts View post tag: Naval View post tag: military Buildup plans of the Indian military may possibly result in new contracts with Israeli defense companies…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, May 14, 2012center_img View post tag: contracts Industry news View post tag: Herald View post tag: New Indian Military Build Up Plans Herald New Contracts May 14, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

Tom Morello, Ani DiFranco & Ryan Harvey Share Anti-Trump Ballad Penned By Woody Guthrie

first_imgSocio-political rockers Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Propets of Rage, The Nightwatchman) and Ani DiFranco are no strangers to voicing their opinions and causing a stir when it comes to the disenfranchised. With the recently rediscovered lyrics to the Woody Guthrie penned “Old Man Trump“, the two teamed up with riot-folk artist Ryan Harvey to create music for the song, which was never recorded. Guthrie wrote the lyrics, – which were discovered by University of Kentucky professor Will Kaufman on a visit to the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma – 66 years ago, in protest to current Republican Presidential nominee “The Donald‘s” father Fred Trump.Prophets of Rage Release Official Live Video of ‘Killing In The Name,’ Add Tour DatesGuthrie had a vehement disgust of the senior Trump, who he deemed his racist landlord during his time living at the real estate mogul’s Beach Haven apartment complex. According to reports, Trump “profited off the construction and rental of “low-income” housing projects in New York, with one stipulation: he was bent on avoiding ‘inharmonious uses of housing’—fancy lingo for keeping these housing developments racially segregated.” With the approval from Woody Guthrie Publications, the three artists wrote music for the lyrics, and have released the song. Some lyrics to the song are as follows:“I supposeOld Man Trump knowsJust how muchRacial HateHe stirred upIn the bloodpot of human hearts”Take a listen to “Old Man Trump” below:last_img read more

S&P: Market capitalization of top U.S. coal companies has fallen 59% in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The market capitalization of five of the top 10 U.S. coal companies was sliced by more than half from early January to mid-November 2019. Those top 10 producers’ market value totaled about $4.42 billion as of Nov. 22, a 59.4% drop from $10.88 billion as of Jan. 8, according to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The group of companies saw double-digit percentage declines in market capitalization from Jan. 8 to Nov. 22 as domestic demand waned and the seaborne market weakened. Rhino Resource Partners LP, which rounded out the top 10 as of Nov. 22, saw the smallest percentage decline between the periods, with its value falling 18.6% to $11.4 million. While Cloud Peak Energy Inc. and Westmoreland Coal Co. may have been among the nation’s top producers previously, they were excluded because both companies filed for bankruptcy protection during the last year or so and subsequently sold off or transferred their assets.Peabody Energy Corp., which has been hailed as the leading U.S. coal producer, saw its value plummet 73.5% to $914.8 million on Nov. 22 from nearly $3.45 billion as of Jan. 8. That decline dropped Peabody down to third place in terms of market capitalization, behind Alliance Resource Partners LP and Arch Coal Inc., the only two U.S. producers with a value exceeding $1 billion as of Nov. 22. Several analysts said Alliance is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, thermal-focused U.S. coal producer. Given declining domestic utility demand, coupled with weakened export markets for U.S. miners, the company’s overall strength has proven to be an anomaly in the space. Several of the other top U.S. coal companies reorganized and shed some debt in recent years or benefited primarily from their metallurgical coal investments. The company with the most significant percentage decline in market value was recently delisted from the NYSE. Foresight Energy LP’s market capitalization plunged 97.1% to $14.6 million from January to November following its affiliated company’s bankruptcy protection filing in October and a less than impressive third quarter that may foreshadow the company’s own trip to a bankruptcy court. [Ellie Potter]More ($): Top 10 U.S. coal producers’ market value plunges 59.4% January to November Exclusive S&P: Market capitalization of top U.S. coal companies has fallen 59% in 2019last_img read more

48 Hours in McHenry, Maryland

first_imgPeacefully nestled in the western corner of Maryland where West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia meet is a tiny mountainous, lakeside town where cell service is lost, backroads are prominent, and adventure is in the air. This town is rapidly expanding its reputation as one of the most beautiful wooded areas on the east coast for whitewater adventure, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and lake adventures. McHenry sits at the northern shore of Deep Creek Lake, a giant manmade lake built in the early 1900s. Read on to find out how to spend your perfect 48 hours in McHenry, Maryland.Day One: Cool Down at Swallow Falls State ParkJust a few miles east of Deep Creek Lake, Swallow Falls State Park has everything from waterfalls and swimming holes to bike trails and campsites. Home to Maryland’s highest waterfall, the 53-foot Muddy Creek Falls is less than a mile hike and connects to the smaller but just as serene Swallow Falls that cascade down the Youghiogheny River. Along this trail, you’ll get a taste of history as you pass by a camping spot chosen decades ago by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone. If you brought your bike along, ride the 5.5 mile trail that connects this state park to Herrington Manor State Park. If you’re lucky, an ice cream truck will be eagerly awaiting your return.IMG_2529That huge body of water is manmade?!Whether you’re paddling a kayak, cruising on a pontoon boat, fishing, or flipping over waves on your wakeboard, Deep Creek Lake’s vast array of wildlife, water, and nature will leave you wishing there were more hours in the day. Didn’t bring your kayak? Have no fear, there are numerous locations to rent all different types of boats for several hours or several days. For a very relaxing and laid back time, book an hour long pontoon boat tour with High Mountain Sports where you’ll cruise the calming waters while learning fascinating history and native knowledge of the lake and surrounding area. Did you know that the lake was built for a hydroelectric project in the early 1920s?deep creek lakePhoto via http://on.fb.me/1Ny1yKSTighten up your helmets and PFD’s and get ready for some whitewaterThrough the Youghiogheny River’s upper section roars ten miles of adventurous and technical whitewater ranging from warm up class IV rapids to the daring class V rapids. The final mile, known as the ‘miracle mile’, is no place for hesitation as its non-stop class V drops more than 200 feet per mile. If you aren’t quite ready for the big guns, Adventure Sports Center International provides you with another unique whitewater experience. Sitting on top of a mountain that overlooks Deep Creek Lake, ASCI’s whitewater course is a one of a kind, manmade loop that was home to the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. Make your way around rafting, duckying, or kayaking.Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 11.20.08 AMAdventure is in your back yard at Wisp ResortWith high ropes courses, mountain biking, rock climbing, disc golf, mountain rollercoasters, skiing and snowboarding, Wisp Resort has something for every outdoor enthusiast young and old. Shred the gnar on the snowy slopes in the winter or downhill mountain bike in the warmer weather. Rattle the chains on the 18 hole disc golf course that works its way up and down the mountain and includes a scenic chairlift. Swing for par at the Lodestone Golf Course rated the number two golf course in the state of Maryland. Besides the plethora of activities available at the resort, they offer guided trips off site such as guided hiking, biking, and climbing and rappelling at the nearby Fork Run Recreation Area. Whatever your interests and skill level, Wisp Resort is ready to cater to your adrenaline craving or relaxing day in nature.wispBike, swim, fish, and hike at Deep Creek Lake State ParkNestled beside Deep Creek Lake is the beautiful and well maintained Deep Creek Lake State Park where you can not only sun bathe on the beach and take a dip in the water, but embark on one of the hiking or biking trails. The park’s several trails take you up, down, and around Meadow Mountain and provide short out and back hikes or longer circuit loops. Black bear spottings aren’t an unusual occurrence to park goers as several are reported each week. Camping on one of their 112 campsites makes it easy to roll out of your sleeping bag and head down to boat launch open 24 hours a day for some morning fishing excursions on the calm lake filled with many breeds of fish. One highlight of the state park is the Discovery Center and its exhibits. Park rangers and other nature enthusiasts are frequently teaching educational programs about local wildlife, conservation issues, and other lake and environment information.Food:Mountain State Brewing Co. – The perfect way to end any adventure packed day is to enjoy a hand-crafted cold one while watching an elegant sunset at the base of a mountain. They boast not only heavenly beer, but also more than twenty specialty flatbreads each uniquely baked in a hand-built brick oven.mountain state brewingMoonshadow Café – Simply the best black bean burger I have ever had. Located in nearby Accident, Maryland, this eclectic café offers food fresh from the farm, craft beers on tap, live music, and an art gallery.Canoe on the Run – This homey café serves delicious breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches, salads and wraps made with fresh ingredients, and delicious hot or cold specialty espressos and coffees.Lakeside Creamery – By the time you park your car or tie up your boat next to the creamery, you might be drooling over the thought of their homemade ice creams, milkshakes, sundaes, and sorbets.Nightlife:Honi-Honi Bar – The perfect place to grab a bite to eat, have a few drinks, and listen to great live music on the terrace overlooking Deep Creek Lake.Stage Wisp Concert Series – Every Wednesday evening from late June to late August enjoy a free concert on the lawn located at the bottom of the ski slopes at Wisp Resort. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase during each concert.Black Bear Restaurant and Tavern – Nightclub, grub, live music, and sports bar open late. What’s not to love?Lodging:Blue Moon Rising– Sleep well knowing you’ve chosen an eco-friendly and uniquely designed cabin built during the tiny home movement. Each cabin is between 250-300 square feet yet comes with beds, a kitchen, and full shower.Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 11.55.03 AMTrail Inn & Bed and Breakfast and Campground – With quaint and cozy rooms or well-kept camping spots, Trail Inn is the perfect place to take the family. Its convenient location is only a short walk to the Allegany Passage trail which can be used for hiking or biking.Upcoming Events:Maryland’s Government Cup: This two day ski and snowboard race is open to all competitors with medals to be awarded to the top finishers. Be sure to cheer on your favorite athlete in the GS and SL events. March 12th-13th, 2016 at Wisp ResortAutumn Glory Festival: In its 48th year, the Autumn Glory Festival takes five days to celebrate the vibrant and beautiful fall colors of the local area. Activities include parades, craft and antique shows, art exhibits, concerts, plenty of food and celebration, and much more. October 7th-11th, 2015Native Knowledge:“The places that I visit most often in Garrett County to play are probably our two best climbing areas. Fork Run Recreation Area has 15 or so bolted climbs, as well as some good bouldering, so I spend a bit of time there. We also have a very consistent ice climbing area about 20 minutes from campus, outside of Swallow Falls State Park. Other places I get to regularly, some outside of Garrett County but close by…Wisp Resort for Telemark Skiing, Whitegrass for cross country skiing, Coopers Rock, Seneca Rocks, and from time to time I’ll mountain bike at the Margroff Plantation or Fork Run.”Andrew Hershey, Associate Professor of Adventure Sportslast_img read more

11 reasons your credit union should have a learning management system

first_img 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Marlo Foltz For the past 15 years, Marlo has designed, developed and conducted training programs for credit union employees, executives and volunteers. Marlo is responsible for working with the Center for Professional … Web: www.cuna.org Details Training in the credit union movement is a very different task than it once was; trainers are expected to facilitate learning for many individuals between multiple branches and across various degrees of experience. That’s why there has been an emergence of the learning management system (LMS), an invaluable tool in the design, delivery and management of training programs.This emergence has allowed smaller credit unions to maintain a full selection of course content and avoid unnecessary expenses, while providing larger credit unions with resources for the organization and tracking of their numerous programs. Below are some additional benefits of taking on an LMS at your credit union: Unlimited access to training content. Most learning management systems offer unlimited training for your entire credit union. That means full course access for every member of your staff in every one of your branches and locations.Centralized learning hub. Make life easier for your training team with a one-stop shop for credit union training. An LMS ensures consistency in your staff’s training – even between branches – leading to more effective communication down the line.Professionally developed content. By gathering content from across the industry, LMS programs are able to offer hundreds of training courses designed and presented by experts in their fields.Customization and tracking for individual roles. With an LMS, your trainers will have the ability to select tailored learning plans for each member of your staff. From there, you’ll be able to track their progress while customizing and managing their training programs based on their individual needs and experience.Certificates and volunteer training options. Training with an LMS isn’t only for the benefit of the credit union staff. Many LMS courses contribute toward requirements for designations, volunteer certifications and renewals, and other professional milestones.Intuitive reporting capabilities. Reporting becomes effortless with pre-created reports, as well as the option to build and customize your own.Access to a community of training professionals and experts. As an LMS user, you’ll join a community of fellow users who understand the value of strengthening the training at their credit unions. Connect your staff with a network of credit union peers all working to improve their skills and strengthen the credit union movement.Flexibility in time management. Web-based course content gives your team the option to complete their training when and where they are able, ensuring that neither their day-to-day work nor their education suffer.Reduced additional costs. Avoid the expenses that training teams pay for travel, training facilities, presenters, printing, administrative work and more.Up-to-date compliance content. Keep your credit union compliant through regularly updated courses, providing content from core compliance knowledge to hot topic regulatory updates.Increased competency and accountability. The training builds staff members’ skillsets and confidence in their roles, empowering them to step up and take on more responsibility – all of which strengthens the infrastructure of your credit union.last_img read more

The INSiGHTS project brings the development of strategies, tourist maps and signalization of trails in Central Istria

first_imgThirteen partners from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia are at the very end of the INSiGHTS project – “Integrated, Slow, Green and Healthy Tourism Strategies”. LAG “Central Istria” as a project partner and the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County as an associated partner connected with the Tourist Boards of Central Istria, Motovun and Žminj and jointly approached the development Tourism Development Strategies 2018-2025 for the area of ​​the three tourist boards, which will be the basis for further focused and coordinated tourism development, in accordance with the principles of sustainability. The map is designed as a system that can be continuously supplemented with content, which is made possible through a simple form located on the website. As a supplement to the interactive map, and in preparation for the upcoming tourist season, printed maps with additional content are already available in tourist boards. It is important to emphasize that the interactive and printed maps as well as the signalization on the trails which focus on additional tourist content are made in collaboration with external experts from the Istrian Development Tourist Agency (IRTA) – Bike & outdoor department to align with existing and a recognizable system and so that users can easily access all the information they need. As a novelty in this area, an interactive tourist map has been established, available at www.authentic-istria.com, which brings together numerous facilities near the bike and trail trails in the area so that visitors can plan a visit to the tavern or agritourism, wine tasting in one of the wineries, tour some cultural sights or organize your accommodation for example in a bike & bed accommodation unit.  “In order to make it easier to find content in the field, the trails are also marked with new information boards and signals. Thus, in the area of ​​each of the tourist boards there is an information board showing all the trails and additional content on them (cultural, natural, eno-gastronomic), while the content for which there is no signal, is marked directly on the trails and enriched with QR codes. lead to websites with additional information ” stand out from the Tourist Board of Central Istria. It is a project approved under the Interreg Danube Transnational Program, and was aimed at developing sustainable tourism in the included regions, including inland Istria. Development tourism strategy, interactive and printed tourist maps and new signalization of the bike & trail trail as the main results of the INSiGHTS project.last_img read more

EFSI names board, backs projects financed by Danish schemes

first_imgA former head of France’s debt management office has been named to the board of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) as the European Commission confirmed projects backed by Danish pension funds would be offered a investment guarantee. Ambroise Fayolle, vice-president for innovation at the European Investment Bank (EIB), is one of four members of the EFSI’s steering board, set to oversee the fund’s investment activities. Fayolle, who spent two years as chief executive at Agence France Trésor and has also acted as the French representative to the IMF and World Bank boards, will be joined by Maarten Verwey, a board member for the European Investment Fund. Verwey is also a former deputy director-general of the directorate-general for economic and financial affairs and has held a number of roles within the Dutch Ministry of Finance, including head of credit export finance.  Gerassimos Thomas and Irmfried Schwimann from the directorates-general energy and competition will also sit on the board. Their appointments come as the Commission said it would guarantee investments made by a new fund launched by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.The latest fund is among a series of infrastructure investment programmes and projects to be guaranteed by the European Union.Copenhagen Infrastructure II, financed by a number of Danish pension funds, is one of eight entities to be given a guarantee under the €350bn EFSI, which will be active by “early autumn”, the European Commission said.EFSI, part of EC president Jean-Claude Juncker’s mobilising Investment Plan for Europe, will guarantee the Abengoa research, development and innovation II project; energy efficiency in residential buildings; Grifols Bioscience R&D; the Äänekoski bio-product mill; Redexis Gas Transmission and Distribution; the Arvedi Modernisation Programme; and PPP primary healthcare centres in Ireland.PensionDanmark invested DKK4bn (€536m) in Copenhagen Infrastructure II, which has a total commitment of DKK14.7bn and is investing in large energy-related investments – including offshore wind, biomass and transmission schemes – through mezzanine and equity.The new fund is focusing on energy infrastructure in Northern and Western Europe, as well as North America. The fund has invested in a biomass power plant in England and two offshore wind projects in Scotland and Germany.The EIB recently provided equity-type financing of up to €75m to Copenhagen Infrastructure II. The financing was proposed for backing by EFSI. In February, Germany said it would contribute €8bn to the investment plan through government-owned development bank KfW.Spain’s Instituto de Crédito Oficial also gave its backing with €1.5bn, as did France’s Caisse des Dépôts and Bpifrance (BPI), with €8bn.Italy’s Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) contributed €8bn, while the UK has contributed £6bn (€8.5bn).In all, nine member states have so far backed the plan.Read more on the investment plan herelast_img read more

Chevron tags Downer for Gorgon, Wheatstone maintenance

first_imgImage courtesy of ChevronDowner EDI has been awarded a five-year contract by Chevron Australia for the provision of maintenance and support services on Gorgon and Wheatstone facilities in Western Australia.Downer’s scope of works spans the maintenance of non-process infrastructure assets at the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone facilities and includes support services provided by Spotless.Downer, a provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand, owns 88 percent of Spotless Group.Chevron, the US-based energy company and the operator of the giant Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects in Australia. Both facilities are producing and exporting liquefied natural gas and are progressing towards full capacity of 15.6 mtpa and 8.9 mtpa from Gorgon and Wheatstone, respectively.last_img read more

BREAKING: Olympics in Tokyo postponed until next year

first_img Loading… Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Best Cars Of All Time9 Great Actors Who Will Always Be Defined By One Role6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired For2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone However, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, claims he has now reached an agreement with IOC president Thomas Bach to postpone the Olympics for one year. Japan faced protests over their desire to not postpone the event Read Also: World Athletics call on IOC to postpone Tokyo 2020 ‘We asked president Bach to consider postponement of about one year to make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition, and to make the event a safe and secure one for spectators,’ said Abe. ‘President Bach said he is in agreement 100 percent.’ Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, has said that the Games will still be called ‘Tokyo 2020’ even though they will be held next year. The British Olympic Association were expected to announce on Tuesday that they would not be sending a team to Japan this summer FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have been postponed until next year. Despite the global coronavirus outbreak, International Olympic Committee chiefs had hoped the Games could go ahead as planned on July 24, with the Olympic flame travelling from Greece to Japan last Friday. The 2020 Olympics will be delayed for a year While most major sporting events around the globe have long since been suspended or postponed, Olympics bosses felt it was too far out to make a decision particularly with Japan having largely got the virus under control domestically. Japan were keen to host the Olympics this year despite the coronavirus outbreak But both the IOC and the Japanese government came under fire for that stance, with Canada and Australia announcing they would not compete unless it was postponed, and at last the decision has reluctantly been made to rescheduled the Games.Advertisementlast_img read more