Plants Found Two Miles Under Greenland Ice

first_imgAccording to a press release from University of Colorado,1 remnants of pine needles, bark and grass have been pulled up in an ice core from two miles under the Greenland ice sheet, between the bottom of the ice sheet and bedrock.  This is the first time plant material has been found under the Greenland ice, the report says. The suspected plant material under about 10,400 feet of ice indicates the Greenland Ice Sheet “formed very fast,” said NGRIP project leader Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, a professor at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute.  “There is a big possibility that this material is several million years old — from a time when trees covered Greenland,” she said.1Lead: EurekAlert.The plant remains held in the researcher’s fingers are the scientific facts.  The deduction that trees covered Greenland sometime in the past is logical.  The millions-of-years scenario is storytelling.  But what amazing facts: how did pine trees grow in a place now seen as one of the biggest deep freezers on Earth?  How did the remains survive decay if the climate change was not extremely rapid?  This is one of many indicators of a past temperate climate in northern latitudes that changed suddenly; remember the redwoods under the Arctic? (see 03/22/2002 headline).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Green light for Walmart deal

first_img1 June 2011 South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has given US retail giant Walmart the go-ahead for its R16.5-billion acquisition of a controlling stake in local retailer Massmart, with conditions.“Today the Competition Tribunal approved the merger between Walmart and Massmart subject to certain conditions,” the tribunal said in a statement on Tuesday.No further details were given. Full reasons for the tribunal’s decision will be made public within 20 working days.In January, shareholders voted to accept Walmart’s bid to acquire 51 percent of Massmart for R148 a share in a deal worth around R16.5-billion.The Competition Commission initially recommended the deal go ahead without conditions. However, it later changed its mind based on new evidence and recommended that Massmart reinstate 503 retrenched workers and the new merged entity be forced to honour existing agreements with trade unions for the next three years.Earlier in May, the tribunal held hearings in Pretoria during which trade unionists and government departments argued that jobs and local procurement in South Africa could be jeopardised by the deal.Unionists argued that Walmart was known to be anti-union and hard on labour.Unions and government wanted the tribunal to either decline permission for the deal to go ahead, or alternatively impose enforceable conditions on Walmart.However, Walmart argued that imposing conditions would violate numerous international trade agreements signed by the South African government. It would also give an unfair advantage to the merged entities’ competitors.Walmart said it was prepared to commit to no retrenchments for two years, and that the merged entity would honour all labour agreements to which Massmart was a party.Massmart and Walmart also vowed to spend R100-million to develop local South African suppliers over the next three years.Government said it was concerned about Walmart’s procurement policies. It argued if Walmart were a country, it would be China’s eighth largest trading partner.Walmart’s belief in low prices governed its procurement policies and that there was a substantial public interest in the deal and its effects, according to the government.The Massmart group includes Game, Dion Wired, Makro, Builders Warehouse and Masscash.Walmart operates around the world, including Canada, Brazil, China, Chile, Japan and Mexico. It wants to buy the stake in Massmart in order to get a stake in emerging African markets.Sapalast_img read more

Ohio Pork Council to host Pork-a-Palooza

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to host Pork-a-Palooza for the second year in a row. The event will be featuring bacon, BBQ and beer at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on May 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Throughout the event, attendees will have the opportunity to dine on pork-centric food items from Central Ohio’s finest restaurants and food trucks, listen to live music, and take part in numerous kids activities, giveaways and educational experiences.“Pork-a-Palooza is a wonderful opportunity for the Delaware community to learn more about pork and how it’s raised in Ohio while enjoying an afternoon outside with friends and family,” said Ken Garee, Delaware County resident and Ohio Pork Council’s Director at Large.Price of admission is $6 per person, while children 12 and under are granted free admission. Tickets can be purchased online at pork-a-palooza.com or on the day of the event. Those who purchase their tickets online will be presented with an exclusive Pork-a-Palooza punch card on the day of the event. Punch card holders can visit each vendor to purchase their $2 Pork-a-Palooza sampler item for a chance to win a whole hog, processed and freezer-ready. Punch cards will also be available for purchase at Pork-a-Palooza for $5.“Back by popular demand, the Ohio Pork Council is thrilled to host their second Pork-a-Palooza in the Delaware Community this May, with new and exciting features for attendees of all ages,” Garee said.For more information, visit pork-a-palooza.com or contact Melissa Bell at 614-882-5887 or [email protected]last_img read more

Is Nokia growing into contender in emerging tech?

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Cate Lawrence Tags:#5G#digital health#ehealth#network grid#NHS#Nokia#smart devices#wearables#WING#Withings It would be easy, upon reading the news, to mistake Nokia as simply a mobile phone company, successfully re-releasing their retro style phones for those who prefer a less connected technology experience and enjoying playing snake. But Nokia has been at work in other tech verticals across a range of capacities.Let’s take a look at what the venerable phone company has been working on.Wearables and health techNokia acquired Withings, a French wearables and health tech company, for $120 million last year with a product range including connected scales, trackers, blood pressure monitors, thermometers and home cameras.Many of these are ideal for telemedicine, so Nokia is clearly set to play a greater role in connected health in coming years.  From mid-year, all existing Withings devices will be rebranded with the Nokia name. Expect to see more connected health devices from Nokia in the coming year.Nokia will also roll out the company’s HIPAA-compliant Patient Care Platform designed to transform the relationship between patients and healthcare professionals. The new platform will give doctors and care teams the power to remotely monitor patients with their smart devices to help prevent and manage chronic conditions and drive timely and targeted patient care to avoid unnecessary office visits and hospitalizations.The platform is currently being used by the National Health Service in the UK in a 69,000-person study to better understand hypertension and the role of remote monitoring in lowering hypertension rates.Launch of IoT network gridNokia recently launched WING, a worldwide IoT network grid aimed at providing a full-service model offering IoT connectivity across different technologies to manage a client’s IoT connectivity needs and assets, such as connected cars, as they move around the globe.It follows the launch of a new wireless router to bring electricity distribution networks into the IoT era and help utilities reliably and securely connect and manage the proliferation of field devices as more smart power grids are deployed. This is part of Nokia’s expansion into vertical markets like energy, transportation, and public safety.Towards 5GCEO and President Rajeev Suri used his keynote address to announce a new 5G product called 5G First. 5G First will feature Nokia’s Airscale cloud RAN, as well as its AirScale massive MIMO adaptive antennas for the 3.5GHz, 4.5GHz, 28GHz, and 39GHz frequency bands, a cloud packet core, and shared data layer.In addition, the system will offer transport services for 5G networks. The expectation is to intersect with the 3GPP once in released, most likely around 2020 according to Suri. Suri noted that the world would need to create a new type of network that will act as a global nervous system to orchestrate the growing “automation of everything.”5G First will be available to early-adopter carriers from the second half of this year, and Nokia said it will use the learnings from its 5G work to contribute to the 3GPP standard.Suri also commented that “webscale companies”  — including Internet giants such as Amazon or Google — will be building out their capacity faster than network service providers. “Non-carrier customers will add network capacity at more than two times the rate of carriers… we’ve seen a lot of shift take place from the carriers to the cloud players.”Nokia is a company that has managed to transform itself into a company heavily invested in emerging technology, even Virtual Reality. It will be intriguing to see what areas they decide to delve into next, as Suri said: “Nokia is a fundamentally different company than it was one year ago.”center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Pucklast_img read more

RPS vs GL: Ben Stokes certainly earned his cash, says Steve Smith

first_imgBen Stokes played a special knock against Gujarat Lions on Monday bringing up his maiden Indian Premier League hundred and a crucial one that guided Rising Pune Supergiant to a five-wicket victory.After a top order collapse that saw Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi and Steve Smith fall with single digit scores and all in span of first two overs, Stokes held the Pune innings and played smart yet aggressive cricket hitting 6 sixes and 7 fours.Steve Smith praised Stokes for his innings and said that he made good use of the wicket.”It wasn’t an ideal start. We have some artillery in the shed. The partnership between MS and Stokes was magnificent; they took it deep. We know we can hit sixes here; one of the easier grounds in India to hit sixes and Stokesy made use of it.”Smith further went on to say that Stokes is a quality player and justified his record price tag of 14.5 crore.”Stokesy is a quality player and he certainly earned his cash. Fantastic player and very proud of him.”Smith also lauded the bowlers for restricting Gujarat to 162.”Great effort from the bowlers to pull it back. One of the balls hit the side of the hoarding, taking a chunk out of it, and the ball started reversing. That made things easier.”Smith hoped that they maintain the momentum and perform similarly ahead in the tournament.”The tournament is about peaking at the right time. Hopefully, it’s not too early. Five or six games in a row here. Hopefully we can keep that up.”advertisementlast_img read more

Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Raises Over 500000 For Charity

first_imgFormer St. Louis Cardinals baseball superstars and World Series champion teammates Ozzie Smith and Vince Coleman joined forces to once again win a title – this time on the golf course – at the 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino.The tournament was held at Shadow Creek for the third consecutive year and was highlighted by the winning duo’s score of 11-under par, 133. More than $500,000 was raised for charity as a result of the 2013 event.Smith and Coleman, who each took home $20,000 for their designated charities, followed up their first-round score of six-under par 66 with a five-under par 67 on day two. They were able to overcome a late surge by the second-place team of Ahmad Rashad and the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky to win by four strokes. The two teams were tied heading into the 17th hole but Smith/Coleman birdied the final two holes while Rashad/Gretzky bogeyed their final two holes.Click here for MJCI Final Results.Defending champion Brandi Chastain and this year’s teammate Ken Griffey, Jr., shot a seven-under par 65 to take the lead after day one. However, the All-Star athletes struggled on Sunday and finished the 36-hole tournament at three-under, 141. Fan favorite, NBA legend and tournament host Michael Jordan teamed up with NFL Super Bowl champion and “sack master” Dwight Freeney to finish in a tie for ninth at Even par, 144.When asked about the team win Coleman said, “I told Michael ‘give me my teammate. I know Ozzie and I love him. If there is anyone I want to go down swinging with it’s him.’ We’ll definitely be back but we won’t be able to defend together, because if I know Michael, he won’t make us partners again.”Discussing their strategy, Hall of Fame shortstop Smith said their approach was simple. “We said, ’Let’s make birdies. Let’s not give anything back.’”Bringing additional fun and laughter to the tournament, the multi-talented Will Smith lent his support to friend and tournament host Michael Jordan when he attended the gala celebration Friday night headlined by musical star John Legend and again Saturday for the first round of the celeb-only tournament. At Shadow Creek, Smith appeared on the first tee and was introduced by the announcer as “the guy who’d like to play the role of Michael Jordan ,” and the crowd roared.Hosted at Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the third time the exclusive golf course has opened its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament are benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for over 45 charities.MJCI celebrities in attendance included Michael Jordan, Flex Alexander, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Miles Austin, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady, Dez Bryant, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Don Cheadle, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Michael Crabtree, Brian Cushing, Richard Dent, Kevin Dillon, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Michael Finley, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Ron Harper, April Holmes, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Brody Jenner, Bruce Jenner, Andre Johnson, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Kenny Lofton, Greg Maddux, Chi McBride, Win McMurry, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Nealon, Hakeem Nicks, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O’Neill, Jake Owen, Patrick Peterson, Michael Phelps, Ahmad Rashad, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Rob Riggle, Stuart Scott, Bruce Smith, Ozzie Smith, Will Smith, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Andre Ward, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and others.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Conference participants were very thoughtful and m

first_imgConference participants were very thoughtful and made significant contributions to the discussionPictured: a participant recounts her experience of community at Burning Man. Ali and Sue made a heroic effort in the kitchen to prep delicious buffet meals for the weekend.Pictured: Sean and Karen, who volunteered to be part of the meal prep and serving crew. Preparation for a large event like the Paradox Conference requireda tremendous group effort by Arcosantians. Every imaginable componentof pulling off such an event was beautifully handled byArcosanti staff, residents, workshoppers and volunteers.Pictured: Victor and Nadia worked on preparing the Arcosanti 5000 (people) presentation– Paolo’snew city design for Arcosanti. The conference had a great mix of very interesting and thought provoking panelists and presenters.On Saturday the Biomimicry & Green Development panel segued into adiscussion about reframing world economic practices using each of their particular points of reference.Pictured: Janine Benyus, author of a book about Biomimcry, humorously pointedout that the lungs don’t horde oxygenand then sell it to the liver. Also pictured: Jim Fournier. September 25, 2001Friday marked the third Paradox Conference at Arcosanti.This year’s conference focused on theintegration of community, virtuality, and nature in third millennium habitats.Pictured: Saturday’s Biomimicry & Green Development panel in the ampitheater ofthe Colly Soleri Music Center.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] Michael Gosney and Ron Anastasia, Directors of the Paradox event, joined Tom Jaggers and Paolo Soleri – who talked about the latest developments in Arcology.[Photo by Tomiaki Tamura] Later in the day, Thomas Jaggers,William D. Browning,Heather Kurze, and StephanieSmith hosteda panel about green development. Bruce Damer, an innovator of avatar cyber-communities, pauses to pet Toni’s catPolly who wandered onthe ampitheater stage. Esperide Ananas talked about Damanhur, an intentional community in Italy.last_img read more