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Alarmism debunked: Arctic sea ice is only 3% below its 30-year average


Arctic sea ice is just 3% below the 30-year average

Climate change alarmism debunked

Paul Joseph Watson

According to the latest report from the EU’s Earth observation programme, Arctic sea ice is only 3% below its 30-year average.

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The Daily Skeptic’s environmental editor Chris Morrison explains the data.

The red line on the left graph plots the 2021 record and it can be seen that this is an improvement from recent years. The deviations from the average in March and September shown on the right have both narrowed in recent years. Of course, in historical and geological terms, these changes are insignificant, but they are likely to dampen the generally hysterical tone about polar weather found in most climate change debates. This tone was dampened in 2009 when former US Vice President Al Gore announced that there was a good chance the North Pole would be ice-free in the summer by 2013. As for climate catastrophism, the Arctic is the gift that keeps on giving. Discussing a crackpot plan to ‘save Arctic ice’ by sprinkling it with glass, the BBC Future Planet site noted in 2020 that the region was in a ‘self-destructive feedback loop’. Much of the ice was said to be “disappearing rapidly”.

Morrison goes on to document how Arctic sea ice rose and fell over hundreds of years of historical records and long before humans began emitting carbon dioxide to any significant degree.


As we pointed out last year, one of the authors of the UN IPCC report that focused on the “extreme” consequences of man-made global warming hailed the fact that “people are starting to be afraid” of climate change and that it “would affect the way they vote.

However, doomsday prophecies about climate change have been proven spectacularly wrong time and time again.

According to a highly publicized 2004 report, human-induced climate change will cause “millions” of deaths, the collapse of major European cities, nuclear war and global environmental riots…all by 2020.

It never happened.

As we reported in January 2020, Glacier National Park in Montana was forced to remove all signs that read “glaciers will be all gone by 2020” after the doomsday scenario didn’t happen.


So-called “climate experts” have been wrong time and time again on absolutely everything, from Paul Ehrlich’s prediction of millions of starvation deaths in the 1980s, to Al Gore’s absurd claim that the Arctic would have “ice-free” summers by 2013. .


In the late 1970s, climate experts declared that a new ice age was coming. This does not happen.

None of this ever happens, but the same “experts” are still given platforms and vast funding to insist on lowering our standard of living, while voices of dissent are silenced by government decree, Big Tech censorship and social media algorithms.


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Glacier National Park Announces Upcoming Artists in Residence


Glacier National Park has announced its artists in residence for the summer of 2022 and 2023.

A total of three different artists will take part in the program this summer, and three more in the summer of 2023. The first two are Ilana Goldman and Gabriel Williams. Goldman and Williams will begin their residency in early June. The two are described in a park press release as dancers, choreographers, educators and filmmakers “who create short dance films in spectacular natural settings.”

Their work focuses on the human relationship with nature and how it influences identity. Goldman and Williams have created three short films that have screened at 30 international festivals and cinemas, and they plan to create a short dance film in Glacier National Park that will investigate human impacts on nature. “They will specifically address the plastic waste crisis, with Goldman wearing a suit made from plastic waste it generated over a four-month period,” according to a park press release. Their residency is due to end on July 1.

Starting July 5, portraitist and documentary photographer Rosalyn Gerstein will begin her residency. Gerstein’s work aims to document the relationship between people and the environment, and exhibits of his work include quotes from subject interviews, according to a park press release. During her residency, she plans to represent park stewards “who have dedicated their lives to preserving these public lands for future generations and exploring their motivation to continue this meaningful work.”

In addition to working as an artist, Gerstein has also taught art and creative expression to students ages 4 to 94, according to the press release.

Starting in June 2023, knitter and textile artist Virginia Catherall will begin her tenure as artist-in-residence. Catherall’s work is inspired by western landscapes, and she uses knitting to interpret the history, science, geography and biology of an ecosystem, according to a park press release. “Whether it’s color, texture or shape, the uniqueness of each piece makes the viewer or wearer more aware of what the objects are and why they are wearing them,” the press release reads.

In July 2023, photographer Ben Rusnak and Susan Bryant will begin their residency. Bryant rebounded from both breast cancer and traumatic brain injury. Rusnak has documented his experiences, and during their residency at Glacier, the two will collaborate with images of Rusnak and haikus by Bryant that “will encompass visitors healing from their own traumas,” a press release reads. “Their mission is to help visitors discover the transformative power of nature not only for self-preservation, but also for our national parks.”

Artists in residence will participate in public outreach programs. In the past, the programming of artist residencies took the form of demonstrations, conferences, exploratory walks or performances. Since 2006, Glacier National Park has hosted 36 different artists in residence.

The 10 Best Crash Bandicoot Games Of All Time, According To Reddit


As Microsoft very recently acquired Activision Blizzard, this could mean that fans will see another Crash Bandicoot game in the not too distant future. Not only that, but it could also mean that the next Accident The release could be an Xbox exclusive, which is ironic considering the bandicoot started as the mascot for Sony’s first PlayStation.

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the Crash Bandicoot The series has a long history with Sony consoles since its inception by Naughty Dog, and with a potential new game on the horizon, it’s worth looking back at what made them great. And Redditors were quick to debate their favorite games in the series. However, as with all long-running series, Crash Bandicoot the franchise has a few stinkers, but the fanbase is so loyal they even love them.

ten Crash Bash (2000)

While many fans think crash shot is a fun game, even despite its average reviews, it’s far from the best, but Grandmaster_Rush begs to differ. The Redditor “really loved how fun and addictive it was”. The 2000 game is made up of several mini-games, like trying to push other players out of icebergs. In fact, most levels see the player trying to push their opponents out of the game arena.

crash shot is a party video game, and like the much more famous Crash Team Racing, it’s better with more players. The game has a single-player mode, but it’s nowhere near as fun and there’s no point. It’s almost as if the beloved Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater the games consisted only of mini-games like Graffiti, Tag, and Horse.

9 Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997)

Crash fleeing a bear in Crash Bandicoot 2

Rob_Highwind thinks that Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is the best game in the entire series because of its core elements. The Redditor posits, “It’s simple, has tight controls, and most importantly, it’s fun.” And though it doesn’t sound very exciting, The cortex strikes back introduced many new mechanics which made the game much less frustrating than the original.

Between double jumping, skidding, and crawling, there are new ways to kill any oncoming threats. And the Naughty Dog team also got more creative when it came to hiding secret areas. It may have the least memorable levels from the original trilogy, but it has the best feature of the three.

8 Crash Nitro Kart (2003)

Crash Nitro Kart on PS2

After one hugely successful go-kart racing game in the series, the next logical step would be to create another, and that’s exactly what happened. Follow-up development was led by Vicarious Visions this time around, and while the developer did a great job of remaking the original trilogy with 2017 N. Sane Trilogyhe clearly still had a lot to learn 19 years ago.

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However, Vic-Treasuresson thinks it’s the best game in the series, and they know it’s not the answer fans are looking for when they explain that they’re “expecting pitchforks”. In fairness, the game did a decent job of mixing kart racing with traditional on-foot platforming levels, but it was nothing groundbreaking.

7 Crash Bandicoot 4: About Time (2020)

Cortex Castle in Crash Bandicoot 4

So much Crash Bandicoot the games were released in the interval between Crash Bandicoot 3: distorted and the latest published It was time that is impossible to count. And, sadly, even fans recognize the series’ downward spiral since Naughty Dog dropped it.

However, that all changed when developer Toys For Bob created Crash Bandicoot 4: About timeand he simply claimed that whatever was published after Veil did not exist. Nebrepins thinks the fourquel is so good that “Even though I love the original trilogy, Crash 4 makes them really outdated and boring. “The new game kept the tone of the first three, updated the graphics, was full of hidden Easter eggs, and is extremely difficult. “Cortex Castle” is the hardest level in the series, but it’s also one of the best.

6 Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex (2001)

Crash Bandicoot Wrath Of Cortex Cropped

After three amazing main games and the best kart racer ever who isn’t Mario KartNaughty Dog relinquished ownership and development duties were passed to Traveller’s Tales. Wrath of Cortex was the first game in the series developed by the new studio and the first to remove numbers from titles, which was likely to stop drawing attention to the series’ age. But Wrath of Cortex displayed the age of the franchise by having absolutely no new ideas in the game.

Although the game is broken, it’s still loved by a small number of people, and ThomasTheGreen not only thinks it’s the best, but they wonder why other Redditors don’t feel the same way, asking, “Where’s Wrath of Cortex…” But, in reality, the game was broken and players can literally complete “Ghost Town” without even touching the controller.

5 Crash Twinsanity (2004)

Crash Twinsanity Cortex Bees

Twinsanity was the series’ next big release after a massive three-year gap after the poorly received Wrath of Cortex. And while the 2004 game had better reception, that doesn’t mean a whole lot. The developer, Traveller’s Tales, hasn’t learned from its mistakes with Wrath of Cortex, because the 2004 version was again broken in so many areas that it was almost impossible to collect some gems. But the game still has a huge following among Bandicoot fans, and Sportakus1 loves it more than any other game in the series.

The Redditor notes, “The soundtrack is awesome, some levels are really good, and Cortex shines.” Twinsanity is the closest the Crash series has to having an open-world game, as players can freely explore a good chunk of Sanity Island. And it was also a team game, as players controlled both Crash and the evil scientist Neo Cortex. At the very least, more than any other game in the series, Twinsanity proves that Crash deserves the Netflix treatment.

4 Crash Bandicoot 3: Distorted (1998)

Some think Crash Bandicoot 3 is overrated, but Psi001 and many other users think the game isn’t just the best Accident release, but one of the best games ever made. The editor notes: “Deformed variety and even in traditional gameplay, I prefer its faster levels and move progression, not to mention awesome bosses compared to most of the other three.”

Although there was a big increase in the quality and variety of levels from the first to the second game, Crash Bandicoot 3: distorted is a sprawling epic compared to The cortex strikes back. In addition to riding tigers along the Great Wall of China, Crash rides motorcycles, pilots airplanes, and even rides dinosaurs. Not only that, but the game incorporates time travel, meaning levels can be set hundreds of years in the future, or during Dynastic or Mezasoic times.

3 Clash of the Titans (2007)

Crash of the Titans Titan Idol

The crash of the titans saw ownership change hands again, and this time it was Radical Entertainment’s turn to try and inject some new ideas into the series. Nechotik is almost afraid to share his opinion on the 2007 game. The Redditor reluctantly admits, “Please don’t hang me, but The crash of the titans. Does ANYBODY like it? It is my favorite”

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The 2007 game follows Crash as he attempts to stop Cortex, who has turned the people of Wumpa Island into mutants known as “Titans”. The game lets players jump on the backs of these titans and control them, but it runs out after just a few levels, and it’s generally one of the franchise’s most hated games.

2 Crash Bandicoot (1996)

Crash Bandicoot Stands on a Course (1996)

While Crash was originally a wombat and went through many redesigns, development was eventually smoothed over and the original 1996 game was unlike any other at the time. Where the games of the other console mascots were at the forefront in terms of game mechanics, whether Super Mario or sonic the hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot was all about aesthetics.

C4-ABD sums it up best by explaining, “I love the creepiness, how evil Cortex is (not goofy and stupid), the soundtrack and how simple it is.” Featuring a soundtrack by the weird and wonderful band Devo, wandering the depths of the jungles of Sanity Beach and slowly making their way to Castle Cortex, Crash Bandicoot is a vibrant and thrilling adventure unlike any other.

1 Crash Team Racing (1999)

Crash Bandicoot racing for the finish line in Crash Team Racing for PS1

While the main series is its own type of platformer, Crash Team Racing owes a lot to his peers. The game is heavily influenced by Mario Kart and many more such games. Crash Team Racing sees players racing through familiar territory, as all race tracks are modeled after levels from the original trilogy, and players can also wield weapons that have been used against them often in all three of these games.

AbandonedBySony thinks there are no two ways and the best Accident the game is “definitely Crash Team Racing“Just like the main series, there’s a weird vibe to many of the levels, and Devo’s music is just as good as ever. And with the game’s full remake in 2019, it’s better and more popular than ever.

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Poles Apart – Frank McNally on New and Old Stella Cinemas and Shackleton’s Last Journey


A gloriously restored Stella cinema in Rathmines was the ironic setting earlier this week for the world premiere of a documentary called Shackleton’s Cabin.

The film also talks about a restoration work, but of a somewhat more Spartan building: the wooden hull of the ship in which the great polar explorer Ernest Shackleton made his last voyage and in which he also died, 100 years ago. years last January.

A glorified shed, it spent most of the last century in Norway, until it was donated to the Shackleton Museum in Athy, a town which, as well as being its birthplace, also won the place death of the explorer.

It was then lovingly restored to its original condition by Connemara conservationist Sven Habermann, the film’s other hero.

But viewers watched the preview in Art Deco splendor of the new Stella, from armchairs you could sleep in, especially if you put your feet up on the leather-covered ottomans that each seat now has.

Dim lighting was provided by custom table lamps, on custom tables. And while we waited for the show to start, people were waiting for us, serving us wine and canapes.

It must have been due to a sense of guilt that while sending photos to a friend on WhatsApp I also sent a copy of the ad in the newspaper that Shackleton is supposed to have placed when looking for recruits for an expedition . You know this one: “Men wanted for hazardous journey, small salary, biting cold, long months of total darkness, constant danger, questionable safe return, honor (sic) and recognition in case of success.”

Alas, as I now realize, the announcement is a myth.

Or at least no one has found the alleged original, which is generally said to have appeared in The Times of London, despite diligent searches. The first known reference to this was in a 1944 book, long after Shackleton’s death.

This seems to have been another one of those ghost quotes that come to life on their own. But as fictional as it may be, it derives its undoubted authority from the facts of Shackleton’s ill-fated career.

It was said of the great explorers of the South Pole, and it was again during the Q&A after the screening, that if Scott and Amundsen could have been better organizers or navigators, it was Shackleton you would want by your side in case of emergency.

Judged by the ambitions he and his rivals were vying for, he was a failure. But he is perhaps best remembered now for an outstanding achievement: never losing a crew member on his travels, despite the appalling conditions he faced.

His leadership was most notoriously tested during the aptly named Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917, when the ship was crushed by ice and he, Tom Crean and others had to row 800 miles at high sea, then through the icy mountains of South Georgia. , without proper climbing gear, for help.

In contrast, Shackleton’s last voyage – a subplot of the documentary – was much less eventful, except for one point. On another trip to South Georgia, exhausted from stress and alcoholism, he suffered a fatal heart attack in his cabin in the early hours of January 5, 1922.

He was duly buried on the island, and still is. But the cabin at least now rests in Kildare.

The documentary will be broadcast on RTÉ on Monday May 2. Meanwhile, this week’s preview also made me try (and fail) to remember the last time I visited the old Stella, an entirely different experience than the current one. It wasn’t this century, and maybe not even in the 1990s. But each time it was, the place then acquired a certain infamy.

The promise of a night out at the Stella during his declining years was the movie version of Shackleton’s recruitment ad. It may not be a dangerous journey, in freezing cold, total darkness, and with a questionable safe return. Even so, it was far from comfortable.

When I took to Twitter to jog my memory, many veterans recalled the sticky mats that were its defining feature.

Someone else mentioned the rat, once seen scurrying across the floor by a friend. I remembered the rat too. He was a local celebrity at the time. Although I’ve never seen it myself, many others (or their friends) have. In the best versions, it had gone through someone’s foot.

I wonder now if the rat was also a myth. Then again, rodent infestations were hardly unheard of in the dilapidated buildings of the 1980s. And what better place to have one than in a suburb pronounced by many Dubliners and its rural apartment dwellers, as “Rat-mines” ?

Earth’s atmosphere could be a source of lunar water

April 28, 2022

(News from Nanowerk) Hydrogen and oxygen ions escaping from Earth’s upper atmosphere and combining on the moon could be one of the known sources of lunar water and ice, according to new research by scientists at the Institute. University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysics (Scientific reports“Distribution of the aqueous phase near the poles of the Moon from gravitational aspects”).

The image shows the distribution of surface ice at the south pole (left) and north pole (right) of the moon, detected by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument in 2009. Blue represents the locations of ice and the gray scale corresponds to the surface temperature. (Photo: NASA)

The work by Gunther Kletetschka, an associate research professor at the UAF Geophysical Institute, adds to a growing body of research on water at the north and south poles of the moon.

Finding water is key to NASA’s Project Artemis, the planned long-term human presence on the moon. NASA plans to return humans to the moon this decade.

“As NASA’s Artemis team plans to build a base camp at the moon’s south pole, water ions that appeared many eons ago on Earth can be used in the astronauts’ life support system. “, said Kletetschka.

The new research estimates that the moon’s polar regions could contain up to 3,500 cubic kilometers – 840 cubic miles – or more of surface permafrost or subsurface liquid water created from ions that escaped from the earth’s atmosphere. This is a volume comparable to that of Lake Huron in North America, the eighth largest lake in the world.

The researchers based this total on the lowest volume model calculation – 1% of Earth’s atmospheric exhaust reaching the moon.

It is generally believed that a majority of lunar water was deposited by asteroids and comets that collided with the moon. Most took place during a period known as the Late Heavy Bombardment. During this period, around 3.5 billion years ago, when the solar system was around 1 billion years old, it is claimed that the first inner planets and Earth’s moon suffered an unusually heavy impact. asteroids.

Scientists also hypothesize that the solar wind is a source. The solar wind carries oxygen and hydrogen ions, which may have combined and deposited on the moon as water molecules.

Now there is another way to explain how water accumulates on the moon.

The research was published March 16 in the journal Scientific Reports in an article authored by Kletetschka and co-authored by Ph.D. student Nicholas Hasson of the Geophysical Institute and Center for Water and Environmental Research at the UAF at the Institute for Northern Engineering. Several colleagues from the Czech Republic are also among the co-authors.

Kletetschka and his colleagues suggest that hydrogen and oxygen ions are swept into the moon as it passes through the tail of Earth’s magnetosphere, which it does for five days of the moon’s monthly journey around the planet. The magnetosphere is the teardrop-shaped bubble created by the Earth’s magnetic field that shields the planet from much of the continuous flux of charged solar particles.

Recent measurements by several space agencies – NASA, European Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Indian Space Research Organization – have revealed significant numbers of water-forming ions present during the transit of the moon through this part of the magnetosphere.

These ions have slowly accumulated since the late heavy bombardment.

The presence of the moon in the tail of the magnetosphere, called the magnetotail, temporarily affects some of the Earth’s magnetic field lines – those that are interrupted and simply recede into space for several thousand miles. Not all Earth field lines are tethered to the planet at both ends; some have only one point of attachment. Think of each of them as a string tied to a pole on a windy day.

The presence of the moon in the magnetotail causes some of these broken field lines to reconnect with their opposite broken counterpart. When this happens, hydrogen and oxygen ions that had escaped Earth rush to these reconnected field lines and are accelerated back to Earth.

The authors of the paper suggest that many of these returning ions hit the passing moon, which has no magnetosphere of its own to repel them.

“It’s like the moon is in the shower – a shower of water ions returning to Earth, falling on the moon’s surface,” Kletetschka said.

The ions then combine to form lunar permafrost. Some of this, through geological processes and other processes such as asteroid impacts, is carried below the surface, where it can become liquid water.

The research team used gravitational data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to study the polar regions as well as several major lunar craters. Abnormalities in subsurface measurements at impact craters indicate locations of fractured rock likely to contain liquid water or ice. Gravity measurements at these underground locations suggest the presence of ice or liquid water, the research paper states.

The latest research builds on work published in December 2020 by four of the new paper’s authors, including Kletetschka.

Photos of majestic ice caves hidden in the Canadian Rockies


The cool blue tones of ice combined with otherworldly features, shapes and light can result in some portfolio-worthy shots. However, how to find and photograph remote ice caves safely is often the most difficult aspect of ice cave photography.

Photographer Stanley Aryanto wasn’t always obsessed with ice caves, and PetaPixel readers may recognize him as the photographer who managed to capture a comet, an aurora and the Milky Way in a single photo. His philosophy of photography, however, made researching and finding ice caves for photographing an addiction.

“I launched my photography brand, The Wicked Hunt, with the spirit of going through unconventional means to live and capture unique moments. For me, it’s not about chasing the perfect shot, it’s about the experience of travel. The photo was never the goal. It’s simply the trophy you earn for your hard work and dedication,” says Aryanto.

Having spent most of his life living in Western Australia and Indonesia, Aryanto didn’t have many opportunities to photograph in cold environments, let alone ice caves. While on a photography trip to Morocco, he met a group of Australians who had obtained Canadian work visas and were planning to move to the Canadian Rockies.

“The idea intrigued me right away, so as soon as I got home, I applied for a Canadian work visa. To my surprise, I was approved pretty quickly and started packing for my new temporary home. During my research, I discovered the photograph of Paul Zizka, and my mind was blown. I really wanted to visit the places that Paul documented so well, but thought they were probably outside my skill level. In my mind, I thought you had to be an expert mountaineer to get to some of these places that Paul documented so well,” Aryanto describes.

Ice caves in the Rockies

After arriving in Canada, Aryanto was trying his hand at astrophotography at Mount Assiniboine when he met a fellow photographer Ludovic Labbe-Doucet. After chatting all night, Aryanto learned that Labbé-Doucet had taken many courses on how to properly navigate the glaciers of the Canadian Rockies. They immediately agreed to start exploring together, with the eventual goal of finding newly revealed ice caves. In preparation, Aryanto also began taking extensive backcountry courses, including the study of avalanches. The duo began to feel confident that they would be able to navigate the glacial landscapes safely, and they embarked on their first ice cave adventure.

Ice caves in the Rockies

“Believe it or not, many of the ice caves in this area aren’t very crowded. Often you will be the only ones exploring them,” he says.

“There are several reasons for this. These caves are not easy to access, nor easy to find. And to find them, you need to have certain skills, like glacier and backcountry navigation.

As Aryanto had begun to learn these skills, he says it was extremely valuable to have a more experienced friend like Labbé-Doucet in the field with him to teach him first-hand.

Ice caves in the Rockies

“When I post pictures of ice caves, I often get a lot of direct messages asking me where they are. I don’t like giving places, because I’ve seen vandalized ice caves before. I still think that if you really have to work to find these amazing places, you have a much better chance of leaving no trace,” he says.

“Also, I don’t know the skill level of the people who want to go there. These ice caves can be difficult to find and you must have the knowledge and skills to explore them safely. The same philosophy applies. If you are willing to learn the necessary skills, it shows your commitment to navigating glaciers and ice caves in a safe and responsible way,” adds Aryanto.

“It’s important to understand all of the outside factors that go into researching and exploring ice caves,” Aryanto continues.

“The weather is a very important thing to study and understand before you go. Often you will need cross-country skis, snowshoes, or a split board to access these places, even in the fall or spring. And the most important lesson to learn before you even get on board is knowing when to turn around if conditions change. You must have a humble personality and recognize that you can come back another day. No picture is worth your life.

The first cave

“The first cave I explored with Ludo was in Banff National Park. We walked about 10 kilometers before seeing what was left of the entrance, which had largely collapsed. describes Aryanto.

Ice caves in the Rockies

“Ice caves can change wildly from year to year, even month to month or week to week,” Aryanto continues. “Once the temperature exceeds zero degrees Celsius, the ice can move. If you want to limit your chances of getting into a dangerous position of moving the ice while you’re in the cave, I recommend going early in the morning. This will allow you to get out and back safely before the air starts to heat up as the sun rises in the sky.

“With the small opening, we decided to only go in one at a time, so one of us would always be outside, just in case something went wrong. We were really surprised to see a bubble of methane in the ground, which gave me my favorite photo of this cave.

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

The second cave

“The second ice cave we found was another one that was about 20km of snow hiking, out and back, with a very small entrance. But for me, the most exciting part of this expedition was at the ‘outside the cave. Often times I enjoy the journey to get to my destination even more than the destination itself, and this trek was amazing. It was the first time I saw the huge wall of ice on the glacier “says Aryanto.

Ice caves in the Rockies

“This place was a good example of how to play it safe,” says Aryanto. “We could have gone further, to the next glacier, but we didn’t feel as confident with the layout, so we made the decision to play it safe and go back to our car.”

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

The third cave

“If you only saw the pictures from inside this ice cave, you would think the entrance was much bigger than it actually was, because we could barely see the crack in the ice then. as we get closer,” Aryanto says.

Ice caves in the Rockies

“Once inside, however, we realized just how vast this cave was. With the larger cave and the rounded ceiling, I knew this cave was perfect for a panoramic photo. For me, creating the dome effect with panning is much closer to what I was seeing with the naked eye, as opposed to a single photo,” says Aryanto.

Ice caves in the Rockies

“While I loved the panoramic photos, my favorite image of this cave is easily this perspective shot of Ludo as the light outside cascades over the cool blue ice,” says Aryanto.

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

The fourth cave

“This cave had a really crazy, gigantic opening, as opposed to the small openings we had found. While it was on the same glacier as the previous cave, it was on the opposite side, miles away. It was perhaps the most ‘epic’ of all the caves we had explored, as the openings were massive,” says Aryanto.

Ice caves in the Rockies

“This cave turned out to be a perfect example of how quickly these caves can change due to the elements,” Aryanto continues. “When we returned as winter gave way to spring, the entrances had completely collapsed. Looking at the wall of ice that now blocked the entrance to this special place, I was reminded of how lucky I was to to experience these natural wonders before they are gone forever.

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

Ice caves in the Rockies

More from Stanley Aryanto can be found on his website and instagram.

Picture credits: All pictures of Stanley Aryanto

Gabriel Ba, Dark Horse offers FCBD gift



With June 22 here before you know it, Netflix is ​​starting to step up its game when it comes to the promotional machine for the upcoming third season of its adaptation of Gerard Road & Gabriel Bait is The Umbrella Academy. Right now, we’re nearing the end of the release of a series of key character profile art posters for our heroes and their Sparrow Academy counterparts. And while we wait for the official trailer (or at least an extended teaser) to release, we also know that the popular streaming series will be the focus of Netflix’s Geeked Week (June 6-10). And earlier today, we also learned that Dark Horse Comics and Ba will be giving away a free Comic Book Day giveaway to fans on Saturday, May 7, 2022 (in less than two weeks).

Image: Dark Horse/Gabriel Ba/Netflix

Here’s a preview of the announcement tweet from earlier with the good news:

Now here’s a look at the original teaser for the date announcement released last month confirming June 22, 2022, as well as the official season preview for Netflix. The Umbrella Academy:

After putting an end to the 1963 apocalypse, the Umbrella Academy returns home to the present, convinced that they have prevented the initial apocalypse and fixed this cursed timeline once and for all. But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t quite (okay, not at all) the way they left them. Enter Sparrow Academy. Clever, elegant, and about as warm as a sea of ​​icebergs, the Sparrows immediately confront the Umbrellas in a violent confrontation that turns out to be the least of everyone’s worries. Navigating their own unique challenges, losses, and surprises – and facing an unidentified destructive entity wreaking havoc on the universe (something they may have caused) – now all that all they have to do is convince Dad’s new and possibly better family to help them right what their arrival has done wrong. Will they find their way back to their pre-apocalyptic life? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a glitch in the timeline?

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The Umbrella Academy. cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

The Umbrella Academy stars Tom Hopper like Luther aka Spaceboy aka Number One, David Castaneda like Diego aka The Kraken aka Number Two, Emmy Raver Lampman like Allison aka The Rumor aka Number Three, Robert Sheehan like Klaus aka The Séance aka Number Four, Aidan Gallagher as Five aka The Boy, Justin H. Min like Ben aka The Horror aka Number Six/Ben aka Sparrow Number 2, Elliot Page like Viktor aka The White Violin aka Number Seven, Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and Ritu Arya like Lilac. And speaking of Sparrow Academy, we also have Justin Cornwell as Marcus aka Number One, Britne Oldford as Fei aka Number Three, Jake Epstein like Alphonso aka Number Four, Genesis Rodriguez as Sloane aka Number Five, Cassie David as Jayme aka Number Six, and Psykronium cube inducing existential terror as Christopher aka Number Seven. Besides, Javon Walton (Euphoria, Utopia) joined the cast in an undisclosed role.

The Umbrella Academy Season 3: Gabriel Ba, Dark Horse offers a gift FCBD
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Created by showrunner and executive producer Blackman and produced by UCP (a division of Universal Studio Group) for Netflix, The Umbrella Academy is also produced by Jeff F. King, Keith Goldberg, Mike Richardson & Jeremy Webbwith Way & Ba co-executive production and Steve Wakefield produce.

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NASA extends exploration for 8 planetary science missions – Substantial potential for new discoveries


An illustration shows our solar system (not to scale). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Among the missions selected for expansion are InSight, " data-gt-translate-attributes="[{" attribute="">March Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey and Curiosity, all of which have been essential in expanding our understanding of the Red Planet.

After careful consideration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government that succeeded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. It's vision is "To discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity."

” data-gt-translate-attributes=”[{” attribute=””>Nasa extended the planetary science missions of 8 of its spacecraft because of their scientific productivity and their potential to advance our knowledge and understanding of the solar system and beyond.

The missions – Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MAVEN, Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity rover), InSight Lander, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, OSIRIS-REx and New Horizons – have been selected for pursuit, assuming their spacecraft remain in good health. health. Most assignments will be extended for 3 years; however, OSIRIS-REx will continue for 9 years in order to reach a new destination, and InSight will continue until the end of 2022, unless the electrical power of the craft allows longer operations.

Each extended mission proposal was reviewed by a panel of independent experts from academia, industry and NASA. In total, more than 50 reviewers assessed the scientific return of the respective proposals. Two independent review chairs oversaw the process and, based on the panel’s assessments, confirmed that these 8 science missions held substantial potential to continue to deliver new discoveries and address compelling new scientific questions.

In addition to providing significant programmatic benefits to NASA, several of these missions promise multidivisional science benefits across NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD), including their use as data relays for landers. and Mars surface rovers, as well as to support other NASA initiatives such as Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS).

“Extended missions provide us with the opportunity to leverage NASA’s significant investments in exploration, allowing science operations to continue at a cost far below the cost of developing a new mission,” said Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Maximizing taxpayer dollars in this way allows missions to gain valuable new science data and, in some cases, allows NASA to explore new targets with entirely new science goals.”

Two of the extended missions, MAVEN and OSIRIS-REx, welcome new Principal Investigators (PIs).

NASA OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission

NASA OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

OSIRIS-APEX (Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniella DellaGiustina, University of Arizona): The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is currently on its way back to Earth to deliver the samples from asteroid Bennu it collected in 2020. Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS- REx PI, will remain in place for the main mission, while DellaGiustina begins her role as newly appointed PI for OSIRIS-APophis EXplorer (OSIRIS-APEX). With a new name to reflect the new objectives of the extended mission, the OSIRIS-APEX team will redirect the spacecraft to encounter Apophis, an asteroid approximately 1,200 feet (about 370 meters) in diameter that will come within 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometers) from Earth in 2029. OSIRIS-APEX will enter orbit around Apophis shortly after the asteroid’s Earth flyby, providing an unprecedented close look at this S-type asteroid. It plans to study the changes in the asteroid caused by its close flyby of Earth and to use the spacecraft’s gas thrusters to attempt to dislodge and study dust and small rocks on and below Apophis’ surface.

NASA's MAVEN Mars spacecraft

This illustration shows NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft and the limb of Mars. Credit: NASA/Goddard

MAVEN (Principal Investigator: Dr Shannon Curry, University of California, Berkeley): The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission plans to study the interaction between the atmosphere and the magnetic field of Mars during the next solar maximum. MAVEN’s observations as the Sun’s activity level increases toward the peak of its 11-year cycle will deepen our understanding of how Mars’ upper atmosphere and magnetic field interact with the Sun.

NASA Mars Insight

This illustration shows NASA’s Mars InSight lander on the Martian surface. Credit: NASA

InSight (Principal Investigator: Dr. Bruce Banerdt, JPL): Since landing on Mars in 2018, the Inland Exploration using Seismic, Geodetic and Heat Transport (InSight) mission has operated the only active seismic station beyond Earth. His seismic monitoring of “marsquakes” has provided constraints on the interior, formation and current activity of Mars. The extended mission will continue InSight’s seismic and weather monitoring if the spacecraft remains in good condition. However, due to dust accumulation on its solar panels, InSight’s power generation is low and the mission is unlikely to continue operations for the duration of its current extended mission unless its solar panels are cleaned by a “dust devil” passing on Mars. atmosphere.

NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been studying the Moon since June 2009. Credit: NASA

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) (Project Scientist: Dr Noah Petro, GSFC): LRO will continue to study the surface and geology of the Moon. The evolution of LRO’s orbit will allow it to study new regions far from the poles in unprecedented detail, including permanently shaded regions (PSRs) near the poles where water ice can be found. LRO will also provide significant programmatic support to NASA’s efforts to return to the Moon.

Curiosity Rock Hall Selfie

A selfie taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Sol 2291 at the “Rock Hall” drill site, located on Vera Rubin Ridge. The selfie is made up of 57 individual images taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), a camera on the end of the rover’s robotic arm. Credit: NASA/Caltech-JPL/MSSS

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) (Project Scientist: Dr. Ashwin Vasavada, JPL): The Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity rover have traveled more than 27 km across the surface of Mars, exploring the history of habitability in Gale Crater. In its fourth extended mission, MSL will climb to higher altitudes, exploring critical sulfate-bearing layers that provide unique insight into the history of water on Mars.

New Horizons Spaceship

Artistic conception of the New Horizons spaceship. Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwestern Research Institute

New Horizons (Principal Investigator: Dr Alan Stern, SwRI): New Horizons flew over Pluto in 2015 and the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) Arrokoth in 2019. In its second extended mission, New Horizons will continue to explore the distant solar system up to 63 astronomical units (AU) from Earth. The New Horizons spacecraft can potentially perform multidisciplinary observations relevant to the solar system and NASA’s heliophysical and astrophysical divisions. Additional details regarding New Horizons’ science plan will be provided at a later date.

Odyssey spacecraft above the south pole of Mars

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft passes over Mars’ south pole in this artist’s concept illustration. The spacecraft has been in orbit around Mars since October 24, 2001. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars Odyssey (Project Scientist: Dr. Jeffrey Plaut, JPL): The extended Mars Odyssey mission will perform new thermal studies of rocks and ice below the surface of Mars, monitor the radiation environment, and continue its long-running climate monitoring campaign. The Odyssey orbiter also continues to provide unique support for real-time data relay from other Mars spacecraft. Odyssey’s extended mission duration may be limited by the amount of propellant remaining on board the spacecraft.

Mars reconnaissance orbiter

This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter above the Red Planet. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) (Project Scientist: Dr. Rich Zurek, JPL): MRO has provided a wealth of data regarding processes on the surface of Mars. In its sixth extended mission, MRO will study the evolution of the surface, ice, active geology, atmosphere and climate of Mars. In addition, MRO will continue to provide important data relay service to other Mars missions. The MRO’s CRISM instrument will be completely shut down, after the loss of its cryocooler put an end to the use of one of its two spectrometers.

NASA’s Planetary Science Division currently operates 14 spacecraft across the solar system, has 12 missions in formulation and implementation, and partners with international space agencies on seven others.

Detailed reports for the 2022 Higher Examination in Planetary Science can be found at:


Let’s talk about sustainable development: there are no regions untouched by man


Once, when I was a small child visiting my grandmother in North Haven, I borrowed a book of photographs of Svalbard, an archipelago a few hundred miles south of the North Pole, from the community library.

I remember two things about the book. Firstly, the instant irony I felt when I learned that the main town in a region that was shrouded in darkness for nearly half the year was called “Longyearbyen” (“byen” in Norwegian meaning “the city”). I will learn later that the city is named after John Longyear, an American industrialist behind the Arctic Coal Company which began mining the Arctic islands at the turn of the 20th century.

The other aspect of the book that struck me is the remoteness of the region. The book’s curator has selected images that romanticize this distance: an area untouched by man, one in which mountain glaciers sparkle with golden light against the mauve glow of late winter, one where bear cubs twin polar bears fight by the sea near the remnants of a recent catch. Several years later, I began my own life in the polar regions as a climate advocate and researcher, drawn in part to challenge this romantic view of the north.

We may all be familiar with images of hungry polar bears and water gushing from glaciers. The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world and, in many ways, is the epicenter of the climate crisis. However, seeing the Arctic as inaccessible allows us to continue to tell that the climate crisis is happening in another space, at another time.

By the time this article is published, I will be alone, not far from the North Pole. All my possessions are in a sled, my red tent is on the ice floe and my neck is a swivel for polar bears. All around me are scenes that could very well have come from my library book. However, I’m not here for the romantic photos but for the plastic. The area is rarely visited by humans, but I find our fingerprints are everywhere. The plastic here comes from face scrubs, water pipes, fleeces and bottles that have been sent with letters on sea voyages.

On rest days, even at 82 degrees north, I use my iridium phone to break up any lonely feelings and connect to the world via Zoom. Many of my zooms will be with classrooms around the world for virtual excursions into the polar terrain, with researchers to link observations to satellite flybys, and with scientists to discuss airborne toxins. However, I will also speak with world leaders both at the UN and at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos to demand the centrality of the Arctic in global climate negotiations.

One of the reasons to break this concept of remoteness is that many of the same systems transporting plastics and toxins to one of the most isolated places on earth are wreaking havoc in our own backyards. The Gulf of Maine is therefore warming faster than all the world’s oceans except 1%. We watched our shrimp industry shut down, we hauled tropical seahorses to Boothbay, while oyster shells didn’t harden.


Whether it’s denim fibers embedded in the flesh of arctic fish or rising levels of methylmercury in pelagic predators in Maine, we can no longer think of the polar regions as foreign. The Amazon has long been considered the lungs of the world. We must now center the Polar Regions as the planetary core regulating circulatory systems around the globe. After all, everything is connected.

Valy Steverlynck is co-chair of the Freeport Sustainability Advisory Board and a member of the RSU 5 Sustainability Committee.

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Thousands of people protest against the plan to blow up an Austrian glacier to merge 2 ski resorts

Bulldozers on an Austrian glacier. Credit: WWF

Thousands of people took to the streets of Innsbruck, Austria on Friday to protest against the planned destruction of a glacier to connect the ski resorts of Pitztal Glacier and Ötztal Glacier in Tyrol, Austria.

Plans involve blasting and removing more than 750,000 cubic meters of snow, rock and ice from the mountainside to create new ski runs and services, reports the The telegraph of the day.

A petition with more than 168,000 signatures and printed on a 60-foot roll has been delivered to the state government of Tyrol.

“For just five additional ski runs, ski resort operators want to block three glaciers intact. In doing so, they destroy the unique natural landscape of the high mountains, already threatened by global warming. This is negligence and we want to prevent that.

– Gerd Estermann, petition organizer

Proponents of the plan have been trying to get its approval since 2019, while the Austrian Alpine Association, nature lovers and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are demanding an immediate halt to development. At a 2019 press conference in Innsbruck, local alpine and nature conservation associations criticized the ecological myopia of the project plans. Animal species believed to be at risk include ibex, chamois, ptarmigan and black grouse, bearded vulture, golden eagle, mountain hare and marmot, the Telegraph adds.

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The Austrian Alpine Protection Associations are demanding an immediate halt to the Austrian Pitztal-Ötztal glacier project. (Picture: Alpenverein / Benedikter)

The Pitztal-Ötztal Glacier Complex plans to level an area the size of 90 football pitches (64 hectares) on a wild and rugged glacier landscape to form ski slopes. For the construction of new buildings, two football fields (1.6 hectares) must be removed from the glacial ice. The mega-project has already begun, with bulldozers destroying an original glacier and high mountain landscape to create a new ski area for the benefit of mass tourism. Excavators dig into the ice of the glacier for snow groomers to distribute the snow to create slopes for the upcoming winter season.

“In the neighboring ski areas you can already see what the pristine glacier mountain threatens: a major annual construction site, where tourism works against nature instead of being with it. In addition to a courageous climate and environmental policy, we need effective glacier protection, which is implemented without exception.

– Josef Schrank, WWF expert

Today, only seven percent of Austria’s territory is largely natural and undeveloped. But the pressure of use and development on these last particularly precious alpine spaces is stronger than ever. For prestigious projects such as the Pitztal-Ötztal glacier, the precious landscape is destroyed forever.

“The installation of pristine glacial nature with energy-consuming infrastructure is emblematic of the failure of Austria’s climate and environmental policy: instead of looking holistically at the great challenges of our time – crisis climate change, biodiversity crisis and surface pollution – and at all levels there is negligent myopia on the part of decision makers.

The dredging and paving of a reservoir, the construction of buildings, cable cars, paths and slopes will inevitably mean the total loss of valuable alpine habitats. For the construction of the hill station, even a peak will be removed. Water drains for technical snowmaking, crossings and canalizations threaten to worsen the state of natural waters.

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Austrian glacier Pitztal-Ötztal

Without comprehensive climate protection measures and further increase in global warming, all glaciers in the Alps could be largely gone by 2100. Therefore, instead of new tourist infrastructure, more comprehensive protection of the Alpine regions is needed, write the associations.

“It is incomprehensible that such destruction is accepted. The glaciers are melting under our feet. At the same time, pristine waterways are used to clear snow from glacier ski areas, and reservoirs have been built.

– Robert Renzler, General Secretary of the Austrian Alpine Club

With nearly 3,000 cable cars and ski lifts, Austria ranks just behind France for ski infrastructure and ahead of the United States.

Pitztal, Austria
Pitztal, Austria

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Flood Watch for Fairbanks Streets and Basements


Spring meltwater can threaten homes and businesses on flat, cobbled streets. The snow is going to do a lot more work for some of us.

“Yeah. This spring has been especially tough with storm drains, freezing, uh, and large amounts of snow and ice on the roads,” Andrew Ackerman said.

He is the Environmental Director for the City of Fairbanks. Crews try to open frozen storm drains so the melting snow has a place to go.

“We ask that you be patient as we have limited capacity. We have three steam trucks working full time. In fact, they are working overtime right now,” he said.

Ackerman says property owners who anticipate flooding should try to clear the snow from their property.

“If you can get a contractor, if you have a lot of snow to haul that snow to a snow dump, that’s the best solution. But if not, if you can get the snow to a place where… a grassy swale or an open space. This is another solution.

Jason Beal is the Director of Emergency Operations for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. He says homeowners could consider a snow-free zone near the walls of buildings.

“If there are big piles next to people’s homes that can sometimes seep into crawl spaces or basements, or even create a little perimeter,” Beal said.

Both Beal and Ackerman serve on the Fairbanks Stormwater Advisory Committee with representatives from the borough, the cities of Fairbanks and the North Pole, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Department of Transportation. Focus is on keeping water going down storm drains to do the housework.

“Make sure everyone knows the storm drain system is directly linked to the Chena River, as well as Noyes Slough and Chena Slough at the North Pole,” Ackerman said.

Managers are reminding residents to keep dog feces or debris out of melting snow so it doesn’t end up in the river.

Ackerman says people who live within the city limits of Fairbanks could call in the event of flooding.

“You can call the superintendent of public works or myself to report an imminent threat of flooding, if it affects your building or personal property, and we will respond as quickly as possible,” he said.

But those who live outside of Fairbanks and the North Pole will need to call their road service area commissioners.

March was cooler, which slowed some of the dramatic melting, and April temperatures are expected to be normal. Beal says they’re also monitoring the Chena River and hope there won’t be a 70 degree spike.

“The dynamic breakup or breakup with the ice in the river, which could also be more towards ice jams. With this type of situation, conditions can deteriorate or change very quickly and water levels could rise within minutes,” Beal said.

And speaking of the Chena River, the Tanana Valley Watershed Association is holding a storm sewer art contest to remind us that drainage water ends up in the river. People can apply to enter the competition on their website: TVwatershed.org anytime before 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.



  • The deadline for submission is April 30, 2022 at 5 p.m.
  • Artists will paint their creations on the Lacey Street Storm Sewers on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting).
  • Winning artists will receive $100 for each design painted.

The next meeting of the FSWAC committee will take place on May 9th.

Olympic Peninsula glaciers set to disappear in 50 years


Andrew Fountain, a professor at Portland State University, has studied the shrinking glaciers of the American West since the 1980s. He said that for years he had studied their retreat dispassionately — as an interesting phenomenon to to try to understand. Then last year he had an epiphany.

“I realized that, ‘wait a minute, in 20 or 30 years, everything I’ve studied is useless because there are no glaciers'” Fountain Told KUOW.

The Olympic Peninsula has lost 45% of its ice cover since 1980, according to a new study by Fountain and coauthors from Washington state and British Columbia.

The peninsula’s 250 remaining glaciers, which last estimated covered about two square miles, are set to disappear in 50 years as humanity’s pollution continues to overheat the planet, according to the study.

Fountain said glaciers around the world are suffering something of a double whammy: less snowfall in winter and more melting in summer. Beyond the fascination they exert on a small community of researchers, glaciers serve as frozen reservoirs.

“These glaciers provide water during the hottest and driest times of the year,” Fountain said.

Salmon and the inhabitants of glacier-fed watersheds depend on natural glaciers to keep rivers flowing and cool each summer.

Fountain said a quick end to burning fossil fuels could delay the melting of the ice by decades.

“We need to encourage our legislators to start enacting legislation to reduce greenhouse gases,” Fountain said. “I think for the foreseeable future the fate(s) of the Olympic Peninsula glaciers are sealed.”

Western Washington University glaciologist Douglas Clark, who was not involved in the new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface, called its findings “particularly striking.”

“The fact that virtually all of the glaciers in an entire mountain range, the Olympics, will be gone by 2070 should unnerve even the most ardent of climate contrarians,” Clark said via email.

The glaciers in Olympic National Park are found at relatively low elevations, between about 5,000 and 6,000 feet, and are shrinking faster than the ice fields at higher elevations. Fountain called Olympic Glaciers “the canary in the coal mine” to others in the western United States.

“It’s the same story when you go from one mountain range to another, how they react,” said Mauri Pelto, a geologist at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. Pelto has been studying the ice at the top of the North Cascades for nearly 40 years. . “A lot of glaciers have already disappeared.”

Although scientists point out that it is not too late to ward off catastrophic climate change, some amount of warming is already ’embedded’ in the atmosphere from pollution already emitted.

“It may be too late for Olympic glaciers, but it may not be for those elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest, especially on our highest (mostly volcanic) peaks,” Clark said.

Pelto estimated that three-quarters of the glaciers in the North Cascades could not survive the current climate, let alone an even warmer climate.

If the region experiences warmer summers like 2021, “there won’t be much left on Glacier Peak or Mount Baker, that’s for sure,” Pelto said.

Pelto said glacier research is a mixture of discovery, joy and sadness.

“Of course your work is relevant and important, and that keeps you going and keeping you focused,” he said. “That’s what you have to do.”

Fountain said that sometimes, thinking about the future of the frozen realms he specializes in, he just shakes his head.

“Am I wasting my time here? Maybe I should do something else,” he said. “But you have to fight the good fight when you can. And that’s what I think a lot of glaciologists are doing now.

With a looming threat of extinction, no wonder polar bears are on our doorstep – and on the roof

This photo of a polar bear was taken just outside the Seal Islands, Labrador, by Nicholas Morris in 2018. (Submitted by Tristen Russell)

Our planet is changing. Our journalism too. This column is part of a CBC News initiative called “Our Changing Planet” to show and explain the effects of climate change. Follow the latest news on our Climate and Environment page.

Bobbi Stevens had no idea she was going to make national news this month when an unusual visitor – a polar bear – not only came to her home, but visited her rooftop.

Stevens lives in St. Anthony, a town on the northern tip of Newfoundland, not far from Labrador and the pack ice that the North Atlantic serves at this time of year.

“My roof is not so strong and I only have one door in this house… One less nail and it could have passed”, Stevens said in a CBC interview.

“I’m just glad I didn’t know he was there when he was there.”

Stevens learned of the bear’s existence from her dog’s barking and was surprised when she opened her door. “I looked at the shore above my steps [and] this polar bear was staring me in the face.”

She didn’t know the bear was in over her head until she learned that a neighbor’s security camera had recorded the animal’s explorations.

WATCH | A polar bear visits the roof of a home in St. Anthony, NL. :

A polar bear climbs on the roof of a house in Newfoundland

A polar bear climbed onto the roof of Bobbi Stevens’ home in St. Anthony on Sunday evening. 0:52

Sightings of polar bears in communities along the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador are not uncommon at all, especially in recent years. More years than not, there is a warning somewhere in the province, sometimes in multiple places, for the public to beware of polar bears on land, not on ice or at sea, their more usual terrain .

Shrinking ice fields

But shrinking ice fields in the Arctic – a factor accelerated by climate change – have had huge consequences for an animal that is literally tied to the region. The word “arctic”, after all, comes from the Greek word “arktos”, which means “bear”.

The very name of the animal – polar bear – should remind us that it should be found (and thriving) closer and not farther from the North Pole.

Carrie Barry Dyson took this photo of the safe inside her cabin in Batteau, Labrador. She says the bear scared her very much. (Submitted by Carrie Barry Dyson)

Yet we are there, and they are there. In preparing this column, I reviewed our coverage over the years of polar bear sightings and encounters. There have been many, and a few themes have emerged, including bears appearing in places like The saw, Fogo Island, Greenpond, Grates Cove, and even as far than the Hibernia platformwhich is anchored approximately 315 kilometers southeast of St. John’s.

Violent encounters between bears and humans are not common, but they do happen. For example, a the hiker was seriously injured in Torngat Mountains National Park nine years ago. More often than not, fortunately, people were shaken up but not injured.

Polar bears, after all, are more likely to eat seals than humans. But to find the seals, they need ice, and that’s where things proverbially went south.

Much less ice, much less time to hunt

Scientists have been collecting evidence for years of sea ice loss and the impact it has had on polar bears. The impact of course extends beyond this species, as they – and we – are all connected. Last year, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador produced a series called Thin Icewhich examined how melting ice affected the Inuit of northern Labrador.

For generations, residents of these Inuit communities have relied on the ice for transportation and hunting routes. The loss of ice is one of the factors that has made the Inuit increasingly dependent on store-bought food.

Polar bears are stressed by the loss of ice, with some researchers worrying for years about possible extinction.

“Clearly, you change the sea ice, you affect the bears,” said University of Alberta professor and polar bear expert Andrew Derocher. told CBC News in 2016.

“You can’t push them to a certain point. At some point there just isn’t enough sea ice for them to persist in an area and we would expect them to go away. .”

Here’s how much things have changed in a relatively short period of time. Data collected since the late 1970s have shown a dramatic erosion of pathways that bears can hunt in the Arctic. A study published six years ago by the European Geosciences Union found that by the middle of the century there will be seven fewer weeks a year during which polar bears can hunt.

This means bears go further afield for food, including marathon swimming over a few days in the melting Beaufort Sea. We have also learned that other foods available, such as berries, not enough to supplement a diet high in seal fat.

The polar bear crisis has been unfolding before our eyes for years, and communities closer to the sea ice have grown accustomed to perennial visitors. Consider Black Tickle, a small fishing community in southern Labrador not far from St. Anthony’s Sea.

“I think we’ve had 17, 18 or something like that,” resident Jeffrey Keefe said earlier this month. (It’s happened before; in 2015, Keefe said caring for polar bears was “like herding cows.“)

This is obviously a behavioral change for humans and bears. Keefe said this season polar bears have been spotted far from shore.

“We’ve had polar bears through the trails, through the woods, because they’re driven ashore in different areas,” he said.

WATCH | Inuit leader Natan Obed speaks candidly about the threats climate change poses to Canada’s North:

Climate change is disrupting northern Labrador communities, Inuit leader says

Natan Obed describes how everyday life has changed, just in his own lifetime 2:35

Keefe points to climate change for the unpredictable changes in the ice.

Friday was Earth Day, a day dedicated to environmental issues and climate change. It is difficult locally not to make the link with the shrinking of the ice caps and pack ice and a species that is struggling to adapt.

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The lesser known outsized role of the ozone layer in global warming


New research has identified a lesser-known form of ozone playing an important role in warming the Southern Ocean – one of Earth’s main cooling systems.

Ozone is a gas composed of three oxygen atoms. Many studies have described ozone in the stratosphere and its role in protecting people from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Closer to the ground, in the troposphere, ozone is harmful to humans.

New research from UC Riverside scientists reveals that this lower-level ozone is adding a lot of heat to the Southern Ocean — more than scientists previously realized.

This discovery has just been published in the journal Natural climate change.

“People haven’t paid much attention in the past to ground-level ozone in terms of ocean heat absorption. According to our models, they should be,” said Wei Liu, a climatologist at the ‘UCR and lead author of the new study.

The oceans remove most of the carbon and heat that enters the atmosphere when humans burn fossil fuels. The Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean, collects a third of all excess carbon in the global atmosphere and around 75% of the excess heat collected by the world’s oceans.

It is important to understand this heating in order to be able to control it. Increased ocean warming contributes to well-documented problems of sea level rise.

To further this understanding, Liu and an international team of scientists explored climate model simulations with changes in ozone levels between 1955 and 2000. These model simulations isolated stratospheric and tropospheric ozone from other influences on climates. Southern Ocean temperatures, allowing them to see how each factor contributes.

While stratospheric and tropospheric ozone contribute to the warming of the Southern Ocean, the team found that the latter contributes more.

“Historically, about a third of ocean warming is attributable to ozone. Of that third, about 40% comes from the stratosphere and the rest from the troposphere,” Liu said.

In the 1980s, growing concern about a pollution-generated hole in the protective upper ozone layer led to the Montreal Protocol. A historic environmental agreement, it codified the will of the 198 members of the United Nations to regulate the chemicals that generate this hole.

Although satellite images still show low levels of stratospheric ozone over Antarctica, there have been improvements.

“Since the protocol was ratified, ozone depletion has recovered somewhat in the stratosphere, and climate models predict that it will continue to gradually recover,” Liu said.

Liu thinks the results of this study are helpful in showing where people can make other changes that will improve the environment.

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, from products like pesticides, tobacco smoke, and automobiles are gases that form the building blocks of ground-level ozone. The same goes for nitrogen oxides produced by combustion or carbon monoxide from furnaces, gas stoves and automobile exhaust. Many of these products can be modified to produce fewer VOCs.

“Ground-level ozone is an air pollutant,” Liu said. “If we reduce our production from that, we get the double benefit of less air pollution and most likely, less warming of the Southern Ocean as well.”

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Material provided by University of California – Riverside. Original written by Jules Bernstein. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, One Industrial Fridge-Freezer: The Story of Sri Lanka’s Marathon Man


When the Cambridge Union’s chat moderator with Bear Grylls posed questions to the room, the hand that came up first was that of Hassan Esufally, a Masters student at Cambridge’s Judge Business School. Esufally wanted to ask his childhood hero how he could follow in Bear’s footsteps and make a financially viable career as a professional adventurer. It’s an understandable question; after all, who hasn’t felt inspired to get up off the couch and climb a tree, swim in a river, or eat a maggot after watching a few episodes of Man against Nature or The Island? Unlike most armchair adventurers, however, Hassan’s dream of emulating Grylls and completing the Explorers’ Grand Slam (climbing the highest peak on any continent and skiing at the North and South Poles) seems like the next step. natural for a man who became the first Sri Lankan in history to run a marathon on every continent. Yes, including Antarctica.

I sat with Esufally in an upstairs room at the Cambridge Union just a week after Grylls visited. He doesn’t look like you’d expect from an “adventurer,” swapping khakis for a suit and tie and no sign of an unruly beard a la Wim Hof. But as Esufally lists his many notable accomplishments – taking his running shoes across the African savannah, the Antarctic ice caps and the Inca Trail’s Andean mountains to name a few – there are a hint of sheer will and determination that would inspire someone to do such feats behind their easy-going exterior.

“I wanted to do something amazing for my country and raise awareness that Sri Lanka could be a country where people can fulfill their dreams”

We remember his first marathon, completed while still a student in Melbourne less than ten years ago. “My friends just laughed and said you’re never gonna be able to do it,” he recalled, “but I said ‘you know what guys, I’m going to try and prove you wrong and do it when even “.” Three months later, as he crossed the finish line, he was instantly hooked on the “sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and accomplishment” that comes with finishing the 42.195 km race. From there to Melbourne, the idea of ​​joining the exclusive 7 Continents Marathon Club (comprising 388 members at the end of 2021) was then born.

Crossing the finish line of the Antarctic Ice MarathonHassan Esufally

So what stimulated this desire? Esufally explains, “I wanted to do something amazing for my country and raise awareness that Sri Lanka could be a country where people can fulfill their dreams. I wanted Sri Lanka’s profile to be raised in other areas, not just cricket. There is also a fundraising aspect to Esufally’s exploits, raising money for underprivileged children through UNICEF Sri Lanka while competing in the Ironman Challenge (3.86km swim, 180km cycling and 42.2 km of full marathon within 17 hours), as well as for the victims of the attacks of the Boston marathon while carrying out the same marathon in the United States.

Then there is the support of his wife, Esufally’s “biggest supporter and biggest fan” who awaits him at every finish line. I remind him of his friends’ doubts before his first marathon and ask him if the desire to prove people wrong is a contributing factor: “It’s about proving himself right rather than proving others that they are wrong.

“[I put my treadmill] inside an ice blast fridge and ran over it in minus 20 degrees wearing all the clothes I would take with me to Antarctica”

“I’m someone who loves visualization and goal setting,” says Esufally, recalling the five goals he set for himself for the five years after graduating from Melbourne: to marry the girl of his dreams, get his dream job, achieve dual Sri Lankan-Australian nationality, complete an Ironman and become the first Sri Lankan in history to run a marathon on all continents. He finished the five six months earlier. “I imagined myself crossing the finish line in Antarctica with a Sri Lankan flag in my room in Sri Lanka, and it happened. I think that if you sincerely believe in these universal laws, you can manifest whatever you want in reality. But you also have to invest, I think that’s one of the formulas for success.

Completing an Ironman challenge was one of Esufally’s five goals after graduating from the University of MelbourneHassan Esufally

Esufally’s advice to young people who want to do amazing things? “You have to work hard, you have to be persistent, you have to write down your goals, you have to have the bravery and the courage to say it out loud sometimes.” These are not groundbreaking revelations, indeed, many of them look like they were pulled from a fortune cookie. However, they take on a lot more weight when coming from someone who ran a marathon in Antarctica, as opposed to a tech bro who tells you how he managed to double his investment in Dogecoin and is now expanding his NFT wallet.

When it comes to Antarctica, you don’t need to be a geographer to know that it’s cold. Very cold. Minus-25 degrees cold in fact. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, is hot. 30 degrees hot to be precise. Esufally laughs: “A bit of a temperature difference, 55 degrees, more or less.” The next logical question is how the hell can you train for a marathon on ice in a tropical climate, to which Esufally answers with a smile: “I actually found this factory owner in Sri Lanka, I put my treadmill in the back of my jeep, drove to the factory, then put it in a blast fridge and ran on it in minus 20 degrees wearing all the clothes I would take with it me in Antarctica. He adds: ‘It actually went viral at home’; said with the self-awareness one can only achieve after spending months, clad in lycra, running on a treadmill in an industrial refrigerator.

Refrigerators aside, the road hasn’t always been easy for Esufally. He remembers how he twisted his ankle halfway through the Inca Trail, a trail that traditionally takes three nights and four days to walk, with runners given a 14-hour deadline to complete what is considered the marathon on hardest in the world. When asked why it’s so difficult, Esufally opens up a Pandora’s box of less than ideal running conditions: “You start in complete darkness at 4am, you run through the Amazon rainforest so your clothes get wet, you can get lost off the trail, and there’s obviously some altitude to deal with, it’s hard to breathe and, coming from Sri Lanka where there is no altitude, it’s not easy.

This is when the interview ends. Ultimately, he needs to run, so he’s off to Morocco to train a little in the desert for the next step on his list of goals – the World Marathon Majors and the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Before we part ways, he slips into the fact that he’s writing a self-help book about the lessons he’s learned. If there’s one thing Esufally’s story teaches us: when life feels like a tough marathon, zip up your parka, open the fridge door, and keep running.

Disney delays Will Smith’s new National Geographic series


Disney reportedly delayed production of pole to pole, a nature documentary series with Will Smith for National Geographic. Quoting a source with knowledge of the company’s plans, Bloomberg reports that The Walt Disney Company has pushed production back until the fall. Documenting Smith’s visits to the North and South Poles, Pople to Pole was supposed to start filming in three weeks. Smith’s Westbrook Studios, which the actor co-founded with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, signed an initial five-year deal for unscripted content with Disney’s Nat Geo in 2021 and has so far produced the Smith hosted A strange rock and Disney+ Welcome to Earth.

pole to pole is the latest project featuring Smith put on the back burner in the wake of presenter Smith slamming Chris Rock live at the 94th Academy Awards. Minutes before winning his first Best Actor Oscar for King RichardSmith came on stage and slapped Rock on a “GI Jane 2″ joke the comedian made about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

Just days after the Smith-Rock Oscars incident, the Netflix streamer backed down Fast and loose, a crime drama with Smith attached to star. This victim occurred after Sony Pictures allegedly pressed “pause” on a bad boys 4which was in active development with 40 pages of script handed to Smith before his Oscar controversy.

A planned biopic about the hit actor and rapper, best known for his roles in The prince of Bel-Air, independence dayand the men in black franchise. Earlier this month, The sun reported that Netflix and Apple TV+ “quietly withdrew their offers” to support the project, and rolling stone the reported move had already stalled at Warner Bros. on a potential suicide squad spin-off starring Deadshot, Smith’s DC Comics assassin.

According to Bloombergby Lucas Shaw, Netflix has abandoned plans to Bright 2, an action fantasy sequel from director David Ayer starring Smith and Joel Edgerton. The cancellation was reportedly “unrelated” to Smith’s outburst at the Oscars.

“He feels bad and is trying not to panic, but seeing his roles frozen has been an extremely bitter pill to swallow,” a source close to the Smiths said. We Weekly in the Oscars fallout. “His biggest fear is that he’s being completely undone, and there’s nothing he can do about it but sit back, absorb his punishment like a man, and try to atone as much as he can.”

Smith issued a public apology via Instagram as he faced disciplinary action for what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences condemned as “a deeply shocking and traumatic event to witness in person and on television” . On April 8, the AMPAS Board of Governors decided to ban Smith from Oscars and Academy events for ten years.

‘Worldslayer’ will draw fans to Enoch


“Outriders” was designed as a standalone game with no microtransactions. Everything in the game was accessible and could be earned. That didn’t mean People Can Fly’s loot shooter was perfect, but it did have some enticing features and a better-than-average story about a planet colonization gone wrong.

Although it wasn’t a live game, that didn’t mean the “Outriders” narrative would end in the credits. People Can Fly refined the campaign and made fixes to its final game, and naturally that work flowed into the franchise’s first expansion – “Worldslayer.”

Players will encounter a new enemy in Ereshkigal, a mighty Altered who wields a mysterious new power in “Worldslayer,” the “Outriders” expansion pack. (Square Enix)

This is the first piece of paid content for “Outriders”. It will not be part of GamePass. This is a digital upgrade that features a new campaign, enemies, environments, gear, and powers. The expansion continues where the campaign left off as players searched for drop pods. During one of these missions, players encounter something unexpected and it leads them to face a new one named Ereshkigal, who wields a new and mysterious power.

With the expansion, players can expect a level cap increase to 40 and many other changes including finding level 75 gear. Challenge tiers will be replaced with something called Apocalypse Tier which is open to everyone. To aid players in this new difficulty, players will have nearly a hundred new legendary items, including weapons and two new class-specific 5-piece legendary armor sets, and several 3-piece legendary armor sets that any class can use. These legendaries also have new mods integrated.

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New Apocalypse Tier gear and new Legendary gear are great additions to bringing players back to “Worldslayer,” the “Outriders” DLC expansion pack. (Square Enix)

That’s great, but what everyone will want is the Apocalypse Gear, which are new Epic and Legendary item variants that have a third mod slot. According to Lukasz Osinski, Associate Head of Game Design Balance, the third mod is random, but the more players dive into the game and dig in, the more likely this mod is to be legendary.

Finally, the progression system will have an upgrade with new PAX class trees that evolve Pyromancer, Devastator, Technomancer, and Trickster adding a new subclass specialization. “Worldslayer” also has Ascension, which is a long-term system, which allows players to add up to 200 points to certain aspects of their Outrider by giving them minor bumps to traits such as armor, health or attack power. It’s a way to reward those who put in hundreds of hours into the game.

Osinski said the team had thought about the idea of ​​a new class, but it was outside the scope of what they wanted to do. Instead, they wanted to tweak what was there by adding the new PAX tree, where players can spend 5 points. Three come from the campaign and two more can be obtained in the late game
Speaking of which, Osinski and Rafal Pawlowski, a combat level designer, are keeping quiet about it. The only detail they offer is that it’s called The Trial of Tarya Gratar.

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Players will face new enemies as well as new locations in “Worldslayer”, the “Outriders” expansion. (Square Enix)

Much of the work and design philosophy behind “Worldslayer” can be seen in the new environment and new enemies. In the two places I encountered, Glacier’s Edge and Black Gulch, I ventured through an icy wasteland and a swampy ghost town. Each had enemies that reflected the type of environment. In Glacier’s Edge, I fought a lot of woolly mammoth type mobs. As I ventured into the caves, I encountered variations of some familiar enemies.

Black Gulch had more conventional soldiers, and they seem to come out of the woodwork. It was the type of environment where taking cover was mandatory while the Glaciers Edge felt wider open as I had to deal with hordes of enemies.

From what I’ve played, past upgrades and new content make “Worldslayer” an intriguing prospect. For long-time fans, the added adventure and gear will entice players. For newcomers, the ability to jump in and join veteran friends is available with an instant level 30 boost. That’s something to watch out for when “Worldslayer” releases June 30 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, PC. The expansion will cost $39.99 and a bundle including the full game and “Worldslayer” costs $59.99.

Convicted payday loan tycoon Scott Tucker’s Leawood mansion is up for auction


Federal authorities are holding an auction this Thursday, April 21, of the Leawood home of convicted payday loan tycoon Scott Tucker.

Why is this important: It’s the latest attempt by federal authorities to claw back a fraction of the ill-gotten gains Tucker has amassed running various online payday loan businesses.

Tucker was sentenced in 2018 to 16 years in prison. His modernist Leawood mansion was featured in the Netflix documentary “Dirty Money,” which featured Tucker’s story in an episode of its first season.

The background: Tucker was found guilty of 14 counts, including wire fraud and money laundering, for his involvement in a $3.5 billion online payday loan scheme.

According to US Department of Justicefrom 1997 to 2013, Tucker made small, short-term, high-interest unsecured loans, commonly known as “payday loans”, via the Internet.

His companies have charged up to 4.5 million people with predatory lending with illegally high interest rates of 700% and more.

The details: This week the auction will take place online 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

A Department of Justice flyer says the starting bid has been set at $420,000 and a deposit of $100,000 will be required.

Located at 2405 W. 114th St. in Leawood, the home is in the Hallbrook Farms subdivision overlooking the golf course.

The property: Built in 2003 on 42,000 square feet of land, the 4,500 square foot mansion features 4 bedrooms, 4.2 bathrooms, kitchen with breakfast nook, great room and office, two fireplaces, patio, a second-floor loft and a four-car garage, according to the flyer.

There is also a 4,200 square foot basement that includes a media room, office, exercise room, game room with a bar, patio, and an additional four-car garage.

A season one episode of Netflix’s “Dirty Money” featured views of the property as Tucker sat down for an interview inside the house.

Netflix teased the episode as a look “behind … Scott Tucker’s lavish lifestyle” and his “secret lending empire built on tribal perks and poor patron profits.”

Capture : The Internal Revenue Service seized Tucker’s property in March 2019 in a bid to recover some of the billions of dollars customers were defrauded by his payday loan business.

In June 2019, more than 1,000 people visited the Leawood home to purchase Tucker’s possession for $85,626 at an estate sale.

7 Reasons This East Coast Gem Could Be #1 on Our Canada Travel List


As travel slowly resumes, a quick look at Air Canada’s 20th annual enRoute magazine has seriously inspired us. Canada’s east coast has received many accolades and a familiar name caught our eye. Alt Hotel St. John’s restaurant, Terre Restaurant & Café, has been named one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants. You will find exceptional cuisine inspired by the local landscape and the nearby sea, using traditional cooking methods. It won’t take you long to realize that, just like Earth, St. John’s is a totally hidden Canadian treasure that you need to add to your to-do list.

So here are 7 reasons why St. John’s might be at the top of our Canadian travel list this year.

#1 He has a one-of-a-kind welcome ritual

As welcoming and friendly as they are, it’s no surprise that Newfoundlanders throw quite a ceremony, shouting inside, for visitors to become honorary Newfoundlanders themselves. You’ll find several versions of the ceremony in different bars on George Street. The two constants, however, down a few shorts of rum screech and kiss a cod (not making it up). You know a ceremony is legit when you have to register for it and get a certificate. Of course, it’s voluntary but it’s definitely worth experimenting with. The most popular place to get yelled at is Christian’s Bar.

#2 He has sights to last a lifetime.

Photos via Tourism Newfoundland and Labrador/Barrett & MacKay

Alright, that’s pretty obvious. There’s the ocean, the beaches, the forested mountains – St. John’s is one of those rare gems that happens to be an all-in-one destination. But scenic nature views aren’t all there is. This magnificent destination also offers great advantages on the urban landscape front. Yes, we are talking about the iconic colored houses! Street after street, illuminated by the Jelly Bean color palette. The place is just as dynamic as the people who call it home.

#3 He brings the sea to the table on a whole new level

Photos via Eric Hanson / Earth by Alt Hotel

There’s nothing like eating a raw scallop shell that has just landed from the boat. A trip with Captain Dennis of Dildo Boat Tours (yes, to a town called Dildo) is a great way to spend the afternoon. A diver will collect some scallops and open them just for you. Mega bonus: Dennis and his wife Paula have a restaurant there, where Dennis will often sing Elvis songs – and he’s really good at it.
You can also feast on some truly fabulous fish and chips (if fresh seafood wasn’t enough) at Dick’s on beautiful Bell Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

#4 St. John’s has WILD ocean adventures

Photo via Destination Canada

Ocean adventures take on a whole new meaning in this port city. Whether you want to kayak in the ocean, fish for cod, watch whales or even swim and snorkel with these majestic sea mammals, you can do it all in St John’s. If you’re staying at the Alt Hotel St. John’s, hopefully during peak whale watching season, you’ll be able to catch their sprays right from your hotel room. Yes, you read that right, the hotel overlooks St. John’s Harbour, offering spectacular views of the Narrows.

#5 This is the best vantage point in the world for icebergs

Photos via Jon Joy/Barrett & MacKay

Trust us when we say this, Titanic didn’t do justice to the magnanimity of icebergs. While the movie could have cast him as the villain, these ancient glacial giants are jaw-dropping. And St. John’s is known for offering some of the best views of these chilly beauties. There are many viewpoints in the city along its east and north coast. But you find their exact location on Iceberg Finder.

#6 St. John’s is the seabird capital of North America…

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Photos via Destination Canada / Tourism Newfoundland and Labrador

The place is a bird watcher’s paradise with a variety of species nesting on the shores of St. John’s and surrounding areas. There are these seabird watching tours where you can spot many of these species. The most coveted is the one with the adorable puffin. About 30 minutes from St. John’s is the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve where you can see Atlantic Puffins, Leach’s Storm-petrels, Common Murres, Razorbills, Black Guillemots and many more. St. John’s has no shortage of other birds either, with the highest concentration of bald eagles in all of North America.

#7 …And the party capital of Canada

Could there have been a better place to party than the city with the most bars and pubs? We say no! St. John’s, like the province it’s located in, has the most bass per capita according to a Statistics Canada report. It’s no wonder the province contributed one of the best expressions in our vocabulary… Day Boil! What takes your booze adventure to a new height is the incredible music that accompanies it. The city is brimming with musical talent with live music playing in almost every pub. A stroll down iconic George Street and you’ll understand what we mean.

It was our list friends! These wonderful experiences coupled with the super friendly locals here certainly put St. John’s on our list of repeat destinations. Oh, and if you’re staying at the Alt Hotel St. John’s, the hotel staff will be happy to point you to many other experiences.

NASA’s Next Decade: Building a Mission to an Ice Giant


In late 2021, the astronomical community released its Decade Survey, a roadmap of science priorities for the next 10 years, outlining the hardware we need to build to achieve them. This survey focused on distant objects and recommended projects such as large, wide-spectrum space telescopes.

This week sees the release of a second decadal survey, this one focused on the needs of astronomers and planetary scientists who focus on objects in our solar system. The largest recommendations from this survey are orbiters for Uranus and Enceladus, while smaller missions include preparing sample returns from Mars, the Moon, and Ceres. As always, what we do will depend on whether planetary science budgets can do more than keep pace with inflation.

Top Priorities

The survey presents the general scientific themes behind the priorities, but they are broad enough to cover just about everything. As noted, they include an overview of materials in small solar system bodies to infer details of planet formation from the protoplanetary disk, and observations of planets to track their evolution since then. Also a priority: the formation of the moon; study the interiors and atmospheres of planets; and the role of impacts in the evolution of the planet. Finally, there is the possibility that life exists now or in the past on a body other than Earth.

This seems to cover just about everything in the solar system, meaning these research priorities could justify just about any mission. So what material has the scientific community chosen to pursue?

The most expensive item is the Uranus Orbiter and Probe, or UOP, which will undoubtedly get a better name before launch. Much like previous Galileo and Cassini missions, UOP will consist of an orbiter that stays in place to study the system, and an atmospheric probe that will make a one-way trip into the planet (or, in Cassini’s case, the moon’s atmosphere. Titan). Ideally, UOP will be built over the next decade to use gravity assist from Jupiter that will be available if launched in a window that ends in 2032.

Why Uranus? We have already made an extensive study of the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn, but the two outer solar system ice giants, Neptune and Uranus, were only visited by Voyager 2 decades ago. Exoplanet surveys have revealed that Neptune-sized planets are quite common elsewhere in our galaxy, so studying them will generally be informative. Uranus in particular is interesting because it appears to have been hit hard early in its history, causing its axis of rotation to shift nearly 90 degrees. It also has moons that appear to have been geologically active and may harbor oceans. Apart from all that, it happens to be considerably closer than Neptune.

If budget increases outpace inflation, the survey recommends a second flagship mission, this one to Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. Enceladus appears to have a subglacial ocean and geysers that release some of its contents into space. The “Enceladus Orbilander” will fly over the plumes of these geysers to analyze their content and then will land on the surface of the Moon for two years. The goal would be for it to be launched in time to reach the moon by the 2050s, when orbital variations provide more sunlight over Enceladus’ southern hemisphere, where the geysers are located.

Record Antarctic sea ice extent may signal change


Pristine snow and ice reflect more than 80% of the sun’s energy back into space.

Sea ice around Antarctica shrank to the smallest extent on record in February, five years after the previous record high, researchers said on Tuesday, suggesting Earth’s frozen continent may be less impervious to climate change than foreseen.

In late February, the ice-covered ocean area slipped below the symbolic barrier of two million square kilometers (about 772,000 square miles) for the first time since satellite records began in 1978, according to a study published in the journal Advances in atmospheric science.

The researchers found that the primary driver of ice loss was temperature change, although changes in ice mass also played a lesser role.

The North and South Pole regions have warmed about three degrees Celsius from late 19th century levels, three times the global average.

Antarctica encountered its first recorded heat wave of 2020, with an unprecedented temperature of 9.2°C above the mean maximum, and in March a research facility in East Antarctica saw temperatures soar 30 degrees above normal.

But extreme aberrations of this kind are recent.

Unlike sea ice in the Arctic, which has been shrinking by 3% per year since the late 1970s, sea ice in Antarctica has been expanding over the same period by 1% per decade, although ‘with large annual variations.

Ice cover during this year’s southern summer has shrunk the most around West Antarctica, which has been more vulnerable to global warming than the much larger East Antarctica.

Sea ice budget

Melting sea ice has no discernible impact on sea level because the ice is already in the ocean water.

But the decrease in ice cover is nevertheless a major concern because it contributes to accelerating global warming, explained co-author Qinghua Yang, a professor at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

When white sea ice – which reflects energy from the Sun back into space – is replaced by dark, unfrozen sea, “there is less heat reflection and more absorption”, he said. said in a statement.

“It melts more sea ice, producing more heat absorption, in a vicious circle.”

Pristine snow and ice reflect over 80% of the sun’s energy back into space, while the open ocean absorbs the same percentage.

Surprisingly, the record low of 1.9 million square kilometers on February 25 was 30% below the 1981-2010 average. The previous record was just over two million square kilometers in 2017.

The maximum extent of Antarctic sea ice has averaged about 18 million square kilometers in recent years.

To analyze the causes of this year’s record ice loss, researchers looked at Antarctica’s “sea ice budget” – ice added and ice lost, year by year – as well as drift or movement sea ​​ice daily.

“In summer, thermodynamic” – or temperature-related – processes “dominate sea melt through poleward heat transport,” the study concludes.

The record minimum Arctic sea ice extent – 3.4 million square kilometers – was recorded in 2012, with the 2nd and 3rd lowest ice covered areas in 2020 and 2019, respectively. The maximum extent of the sea ice averages about 15 million square kilometres.

The ice caps atop West Antarctica hold the equivalent of six meters of sea level rise, while the massive glaciers of East Antarctica are said to lift the world’s oceans by more than 50 metres.

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Adriatic ecosystems resist major climatic s


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Analysis of more than 70,000 fossils indicates that mollusc communities were incredibly resilient to major climate changes during the last ice age.

Scientists from the Florida Museum of Natural History and several European research institutes have tracked the history of Adriatic ecosystems through two warm periods that marked the most recent glacial expansion. Their results show that major changes in temperature, salinity and sea level have had much less impact on snail communities than the current environmental crisis caused by human activity in the region.

“It is sobering to consider that around 120,000 years of major climate change has not affected these ecosystems as much as human-induced changes over the past few centuries,” said lead author Michał Kowalewski, president from the Florida MuseumThompson. Invertebrate palaeontology.

Researchers have known for some time that modern Adriatic ecosystems are significantly altered from historical baselines.

“There are multiple human-induced stressors on these ecosystems, such as land use changes that increase sedimentation rates,” said co-author Rafał Nawrot, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna. , formerly at the Florida Museum. “This happened as early as the Roman Empire, when increased agriculture led to higher rates of erosion.”

While earlier civilizations along the Italian peninsula have left a noticeable signature on Adriatic ecosystems, Nawrot says most of the changes have happened over the past century. The influx of fertilizers into rivers and estuaries has triggered runaway reactions that deplete oxygen in marine and freshwater environments. Pollution from towns and cities creates a toxic mix for marine life, and cargo ships litter international shipping lanes with invasive species of stowaways that disrupt native ecosystems. Perhaps most detrimental to molluscs in the Adriatic, commercial fishing drags nets across the seabed, scouring the basin for bottom fish and bivalves.

“The Adriatic Sea is the most trawled area in the world,” Nawrot said, citing a large study released earlier this year.

What scientists have lacked, until now, are data on natural disturbances in the recent past of the Adriatic that they could use to assess the significance of current ecological changes.

“By looking at the fossil record, you can piece together a range of natural variability. If the current community falls outside this range, it’s probably because of us,” said lead author Daniele Scarponi, associate professor at the University of Bologna.

To fill the gap in the area’s history, researchers sifted through long vertical sediment cores for marine mollusc fossils dating to the Late Pleistocene.

Ice Ages have been a turbulent time for global marine ecosystems. Sea levels rose and fell as water from the world’s oceans was cyclically released and trapped in massive continental glaciers. In total, there were about 17 ice ages during the Pleistocene, beginning about 2.5 million years ago and ending with the final retreat of the glaciers just 12,000 years before present.

The changes caused by the onset of the last ice age are particularly evident in the Adriatic Sea, which is mostly shallow in its northern extent. When sea levels dropped about 400 feet at the height of the Ice Age, the northern Adriatic nearly ceased to exist, its shores receding more than 150 miles south toward the Mediterranean.

“It would have been possible to walk from modern Italy to Croatia,” Scarponi said. “The entire northern part of the basin has been exposed and turned into a huge lowland plain.”

By studying fossils preserved before, during and after the last ice age, researchers were able to directly observe changes in mollusc communities. Their results show that as the oceans receded and cooled, molluscs that are today restricted to colder regions thrived in the Adriatic while heat-loving species declined.

The researchers note, however, that despite the sharp change in numbers, very few species have completely disappeared. “The main difference between snail communities across glacial/interglacial cycles is not extinction or the appearance of new species, but rather changes in relative abundance,” Nawrot said.

When the glaciers receded and the Adriatic reached its modern limits, mollusc species reverted to their earlier patterns of abundance. If scientists hadn’t known there was an ice age in between, it would have looked like nothing had happened at all based on the molluscs alone.

“Our fossil analyzes show that communities of mollusk species along the northern Adriatic coasts essentially reassembled into an almost identical picture of themselves when the seas returned,” Kowalewski said.

In itself, the discovery that molluscs are resilient to climate change is good news. Modern marine communities already face rising ocean temperatures associated with human-caused global warming.

“Temperatures during the last interglacial were actually a few degrees warmer than they are now, and yet we see the same molluscan associations,” Scarponi said. “This means that near-shore snail communities are likely to be resilient to a slight increase in temperature in the future.”

But a warmer world brings with it a unique set of compounding problems, Nawrot warns. “Many stressors, like anoxia and the effects of invasive species, will only intensify with warming, although higher temperatures alone wouldn’t be a big deal,” he said.

The future of marine ecosystems in the Adriatic and in the world’s oceans remains an open question, which the study authors say will require a variety of strategies to resolve. “We need international policies to tackle global climate change, but studies like these show we also need actions that mitigate local and regional threats,” Nawrot said.

the study was published in the journal Biology of global change.

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Ross: The fundamental problem with the new artificial intelligence


I read Steven Johnson excellent article in the New York Times on a new artificial intelligence system called GPT-3

GPT-3 stands for Generative Pre-Trained Transformer 3, which is an artificial intelligence program that mimics brain synapses and is hosted in a supercomputer in Iowa. This machine reads the Internet 24/7 and digests its content, maps speech patterns and teaches itself to write original prose in response to any question.

It learns by teaching itself to complete partial sentences, similar to how Microsoft Outlook offers to complete your email responses.

But GPT-3 goes much further. He can write original short stories. He was even trained to write film scripts.

Imagine being able to pick a topic, style, and tone — from Northwest Nice to Five Jalapenos — and in less than a second, a grammatically perfect paragraph appears.

The excerpts from the Times article are staggering compared to what I saw a few years ago.

But there is a fundamental problem with this technology and that is the temptation to use it. If you’re just producing fiction for entertainment, great. However, you to know trouble is ahead when you read the software’s license terms: the designers specifically prohibit using technology to determine who gets a credit card, payday loan, job, or apartment. It is also prohibited to use it to generate spam, promote “pseudo-pharmaceuticals”, or influence the political process.

Except there is no mention of how to enforce this. Since computers cannot feel fear, shame, pain, poverty, loss or death – they have no motivation to control themselves, and therefore all control will have to be imposed by humans – humans who, I guarantee, have every intention of using these machines to do everything. those forbidden things.

GPT-3 will also be used to generate high school essays, eventually college essays, and eventually human experts will simply read an AI-generated script in their teleprompter glasses.

Of course, ultimately this will be used to make decisions – like, do we stick with conventional weapons, or is it time for nuclear weapons?

I want to say here and now: that would be bad. I want this saved before this segment is transferred to GPT-3.

Time may be running out. After reading the article, I also read some of the comments.

One from a New Jersey reader named “Archer” reads:

“I have no objection to any of this. I’m sick of reading the scribbles of carbon-based writers.

Like I said, it was from a reader from New Jersey named Archer…unless that’s not the case.

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How Celebrities Like Rebel Wilson, Bindi Irwin and Phoebe Burgess Spent the Easter Holidays


Easter Sunday was busy for List A.

Celebrities such as Rebel Wilson, Bindi Irwin and Phoebe Burgess were enjoying their down time and documenting the festivities for Instagram.

Rebel joined family and friends for an oceanside Easter gathering at what appeared to be Bondi’s Icebergs venue in Sydney.

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Yum! Easter Sunday was a busy one for the A-list. Rebel Wilson (pictured) joined family and friends for an oceanside Easter gathering and enjoyed a Cadbury Caramilk chocolate bunny

The actress showed her a Cadbury Caramilk chocolate bunny as she posed for quaint pictures, which she captioned “Happy Easter.”

Bindi was keen to show off her daughter, Grace Warrior, one, whom she shares with husband Chandler Powell, having fun with Easter baskets in a video shared online.

“Groovy Easter celebrations presented by Grace Warrior,” she captioned the sweet clip.

Lovely: She posed for picturesque pictures, which she captioned with

Lovely: She posed for quaint pictures, which she captioned ‘Happy Easter’ Rebel seemed to be instead of Bondi Icebergs in Sydney

Having fun: Rebel flirtatious in a cardigan as she posed above an ocean pool

Having fun: Rebel flirtatious in a cardigan as she posed above an ocean pool

Phoebe Burgess spent a country Easter with her friends and family in her hometown of Bowral, NSW.

She wrote: ‘This may be the best Easter ever in a slice of Australian paradise… how did I get so lucky with this family, and we continue to grow.’

Nadia Bartel organized an egg hunt for her young sons, Aston, six, and Henley, three, sharing a video of the sweet activity on Instagram Stories.

Aww: Bindi was keen to show off her daughter, Grace Warrior, one she shares with husband Chandler Powell, having fun.  Everything in the picture

Aww: Bindi was keen to show off her daughter, Grace Warrior, one she shares with husband Chandler Powell, having fun. Everything in the picture

Cute: Grace happily played with Easter baskets in a video shared online

Cute: Grace happily played with Easter baskets in a video shared online

“Groovy Easter celebrations brought to you by Grace Warrior,” she captioned the sweet clip.

Country fun: Phoebe Burgess (pictured) enjoyed a country Easter with friends and family in her hometown of Bowral, NSW

Country fun: Phoebe Burgess (pictured) enjoyed a country Easter with friends and family in her hometown of Bowral, NSW

Pretty: She posed alongside her sisters Harriet and Jemima in a pretty field

Pretty: She posed alongside her sisters Harriet and Jemima in a pretty field

Mom is the word: Phoebe's mother, Sarah Hooke, also came.  Phoebe wrote:

Mom is the word: Phoebe’s mother, Sarah Hooke, also came. Phoebe wrote: ‘This may be the best Easter ever, in a slice of Aussie paradise…how did I get so lucky with this family, and we continue to grow’

She explained that she made the clips on Easter Sunday morning and that her boys had “chocolate for breakfast”.

Married At First Sight’s Jules Robinson shared fun photos of his son, Ollie, one, stuck in chocolate eggs.

Jules, who shares her boy with husband Cameron Merchant, captioned the photos of the messy child, ‘How it started, how it ended’.

Hunt: Nadia Bartel organized an egg hunt for her young sons, Aston, six, and Henley, three, sharing a video of the sweet activity on Instagram Stories  Everything in the picture

Hunt: Nadia Bartel organized an egg hunt for her young sons, Aston, six, and Henley, three, sharing a video of the sweet activity on Instagram Stories Everything in the picture

Look here !  She explained that she made the clips on Easter Sunday morning

Look here ! She explained that she made the clips on Easter Sunday morning

Delighted!  The boys seemed to be having a wonderful time as they searched for eggs

Delighted! The boys seemed to be having a wonderful time as they searched for eggs

Lucky!  Nadia said her boys had

Lucky! Nadia said her boys had ‘chocolate for breakfast’

Laura Byrne shared a relatable mom moment when she had to convince her two-year-old daughter Marlie-Mae to share her spoils from an Easter egg hunt.

The Bachelor star took to Instagram on Sunday to share a number of stories of Marlie guarding her Easter eggs.

Laura shared photos of the tot holding a container of around 20 eggs which she refused to share with her younger sister, Lola, a.

Family time: Jules Robinson of Married At First Sight shared fun photos of his son, Ollie, one, stuck in chocolate eggs.  Pictured with her son and husband Cameron Merchant

Family time: Jules Robinson of Married At First Sight shared fun photos of his son, Ollie, one, stuck in chocolate eggs. Pictured with her son and husband Cameron Merchant

Jules captioned the photos of the tot getting messy with chocolate eggs:

Jules captioned the photos of the tot getting messy with chocolate eggs: ‘How did it start, how did it end’

Mom is the word: Laura Byrne shared a relatable mom moment when she had to convince her two-year-old daughter Marlie-Mae to share her spoils from an Easter egg hunt.  Laura is pictured with her daughters Marlie-Mae and Lola

Mom is the word: Laura Byrne shared a relatable mom moment when she had to convince her two-year-old daughter Marlie-Mae to share her spoils from an Easter egg hunt. Laura is pictured with her daughters Marlie-Mae and Lola

All hers: Laura shared photos of the tot holding a container of around 20 eggs which she refused to share with her younger sister, Lola, a

All hers: Laura shared photos of the tot holding a container of around 20 eggs which she refused to share with her younger sister, Lola, a

“We kicked off the festivities today with a humble egg hunt,” Laura captioned a photo of Marlie.

‘This wild beast refused to share one of the 20 eggs with Melon [Lola’s nickname]. Many tantrums occurred,” she wrote.

“Protecting her eggs like a plover during mating season,” Laura finished jokingly.

'This wild beast refused to share one of the 20 eggs with Melon [Lola's nickname].  Many tantrums occurred,” she wrote.

‘This wild beast refused to share one of the 20 eggs with Melon [Lola’s nickname]. Many tantrums occurred,” she wrote.

Fireball that crashed into Earth in 2014 came from outside our solar system – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


(CNN) – Break out the cosmic confetti: Wonder Theory just turned one!

That’s right. It’s been a year since we launched this journey of curiosity, as Dustin Henderson of “Stranger Things” would say. There are few things greater than marveling together at the many splendors of the scientific world.

I’ve loved every minute of it so far, and it’s thanks to you for joining us every step of the way. We appreciate you spending every Saturday with us and sharing your valuable feedback.

If you enjoyed this weekly space and science party, stay tuned. There’s so much to look forward to as we dig into new discoveries and navigate the secrets of the universe on this fascinating nonstop cruise.

Grab a celebratory cupcake and dive into some of the intriguing treasures we’ve collected for you this week.

across the universe

A meteor needed speed as it approached our planet beyond the solar system – but luckily it didn’t reach the danger zone.

The first known interstellar meteor to hit Earth crashed along the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea in 2014, according to a newly released document from the United States Space Command.

Interstellar space rocks are rarely observed in our solar system. This one was probably expelled from its own planetary system before heading to our corner of the universe.

Little is known about the meteor, including when and where it came from. Researchers want to retrieve some of it from the Pacific Ocean, which may not be possible. But it would be the “holy grail of interstellar objects” if they could.

And if that’s not enough for you, check out this powerful laser, or “megamaser,” that has just been detected in deep space.

Force of nature

A phenomenon known as “atmospheric rivers in the sky” is melting the ice of Antarctica.

Soaring temperatures caused an ice floe the size of Los Angeles to collapse in Antarctica in March. The heat that started it the event was caused by an atmospheric river or a long plume of moisture that draws in warm air from the tropics.

The concern now is that these intense celestial rivers could lead to the collapse of the largest ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula, called Larsen C.

Scientists are still trying to determine the exact link between atmospheric rivers and the climate crisis, but one thing is certain: the collapse of Larsen C would be bad news for sea levels around the planet.

fantastic creatures

Congratulations are in order for everyone’s favorite hippo, Fiona. The Cincinnati Zoo’s social media sweetheart is about to become a big sister. Fiona’s mother, Bibi, is pregnant and her “big bundle of joy” is expected to arrive at the end of the summer.

The news came as a shock as Fiona’s father died in 2017 and Bibi was on birth control. But Tucker, who arrived at the zoo in 2021, has been “in love” with Bibi since they met.

Fiona caught the eye in 2017 after being born six weeks premature. The little hippo persevered and his journey as he navigated those vulnerable early days captured the hearts of many.

Now Fiona weighs 1,300 pounds, happy and healthy – and we have no doubt she will be an amazing big sister.

Other worlds

Our solar system is an inexhaustible source of admiration.

For years, scientists have wondered why the dark side of the moon looks so different from the lunar side we see in the sky every night. And an old impact may be the culprit. The new rocket NASA has tested will help transport humans to another new lunar exploration site: the moon’s south pole.

Meanwhile, the Curiosity rover just narrowly avoided rolling over dangerous, scaly “alligator-saddle” terrain on Mars that could have shortened the robotic explorer’s lifespan.


A ghost flower has been discovered in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

The stunning orange wildflower, called Gasteranthus extinctus, was thought to be extinct for decades before being rediscovered by researchers.

It was last seen in 1985 and earned its sad name because scientists saw no future for the flower as the cloud forest experienced deforestation.

Its flowers have been found flamboyant, but the flower is still considered endangered.

And while searching for this rare flower, researchers have found nearly half a dozen new-to-science plant species – another reason to help save this unique cloud forest.


Keep an eye out for these:

— A new satellite can follow the evolution of our environment. It is able to measure invisible things like nutrients in a plant.

– Watch out for the pink full moon shining in the night sky over the weekend – but don’t expect the moon to actually be pink, as it’s associated with that color for a different reason.

— A completely silent solar-powered boat, currently on a trip around the globe three times, could revolutionize the shipping industry.

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5 Yacht Expeditions That Explore The Highest Expanses Of The Globe – Robb Report


Need an antidote to the hectic pace and numbing news cycles of modern life? Sailing north into some of the world’s most serene and remote frontiers is a uniquely soothing remedy. Here, five of the most beautiful and least traveled cruising spots on the far reaches of the globe.

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One of the most remote itineraries in this group, cruising over the majestic icebergs and glacier-clad plateaus of Greenland with alpine hollows and tundra wildflowers features a landscape that hasn’t changed in centuries. Areas like Ilulissat offer kayaking near the ice cap, while further kayaking exploration awaits at Eternity Fjord, with its towering mountains and hanging glaciers. Redesigned last year, Nansen Explorer is the only yacht in this group that sells single cabins – seven cabins sleeping up to 12 people – with simple Scandinavian styling and luxury features including floor-to-ceiling windows, two heads and large staterooms. From $16,500 per person via EYOS Expeditions.

Pacific Yellowfin Yacht

Courtesy of Pelorus

This classic 113-foot yacht will moor in Desolation Sound, with its dramatic mountain backdrop, and explore other pristine areas of British Columbia. Made up of calm coves, wide bays and scattered islands, Canada’s west coast is wilderness at its finest, and the yacht’s restored log cabin-style interior with nautical accents complements the northern terrain. -western Pacific. Off-yacht adventures include kayaking on secluded lagoons and maybe even paddling with killer whales. You can also go ashore to harvest clams and oysters. The yacht is loaded with toys, including an inflatable trampoline and slide, as well as a six-person hot tub. From around $137,480 per week through Pelorus.

Slipstream—Scotland and Scandinavia

Rear view of the Slipstream yacht

Courtesy of Burgess Yachts

Calling all whiskey connoisseurs: a summer of fun sailing the distillery-filled Scottish coastline is planned aboard a 197ft yacht Slipstream. The exotic Winch-designed interior features hand-carved totem poles, while her karaoke facilities, smoke blower and bubble machine are sure to be put to good use after whiskey tastings. The boat will also travel to Norway, between Stavanger and Bergen, for those who want to enjoy the fjords and the midnight sun. Slipstream has an owner’s suite with a private observation lounge and direct access to the foredeck as well as a sky lounge that converts into a cinema. From around $373,000 (rising to around $404,257 per week during peak summer season) via Burgess.



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Built by Feadship and suitable for wellness charters, the 188ft Halo is ready to transport guests to the Norwegian fjords for a summer of pampering. On a cruise Into Andenes, the northernmost settlement on the island of Andøya, the yacht deck pool is the best place to watch sea eagles, seals, minke whales and humpback whales. A specialized team includes two personal trainers, a massage therapist and a yoga instructor. The ultimate onboard experience? Practice on the foredeck with the fjords as a backdrop. HaloThe six-cabin layout of the features an owner’s suite and four convertible king cabins on the main deck, with substantial VIP accommodation on the bridge deck. From around $498,000 per week via Edmiston.

Commander Charcot-North Pole

Yacht Commandant Charcot

Gilles Trillard

If you’ve always dreamed of walking in the snowshoes of the most famous polar explorers, Ponant Commander Charcot offers this opportunity in July, with an unmissable expedition to the Magnetic North Pole. The journey includes navigating through the core of the pack ice, then crossing the pack ice when it is thinnest in order to reach the destination. Along with experiencing glaciers, mountains, ever-changing ice packs, polar bears and reindeer, other off-ship activities include sea kayaking, snowshoeing and hiking. Meanwhile, life aboard the 123-suite ship presents few challenges, with two restaurants, a spa to explore, and even the chance to witness scientific research being conducted on the ship. From $40,730 per person via Ponant.

5 rare BGMI gun skins like Glacier M416 in April 2022


Within nine months of its release, BGMI established itself as one of the most popular games in the Indian market. Millions of players are indulging in the Battle Royale mode present in the game. As a result, the developers introduce several cosmetics from time to time to enhance the gaming experience.

However, out of all the cosmetics, the craze for gun skins is massive. While some skins are easy to obtain by purchasing from the in-game store, some are rare and only a few players own them. These skins only increased the value of these players’ inventory.

The rarest gun skins owned by the few in BGMI

1) Stray Rebellion Beryl M762

The Stray Rebellion Beryl M762 is the latest addition to the Lucky Spin section of Battlegrounds Mobile India. Several skins have already appeared in the game, but the Stray Rebellion skin is the most attractive gun skin.

It is the only gun skin in the game that can be upgraded up to level 8, making it one of the rarest items.

The gun skin is tinted pink and purple, and the final shape shows the joker’s mouth protruding with multiple springs and horns. However, it is the Glorious Moment upgrade level that sets the skin apart. It offers a rotating joker head on top of a shiny loot box.

2) PMGC Prestige Scar-L

The PUBG Mobile Global Championships is the main event for esports in gaming. To celebrate the elite tournament (held in January 2021), Krafton has released a mythic gun skin, PMGC 2021 Prestige Scar-L, via the BGMI Premium Checkout.

The unique Scar-L skin has an “on-hit” light effect (used to stun players while being shot, similar to that of the Glacier M416) which helped it become popular among gamers and fans of the game However, the skin being a mythical item, has become a rare item in BGMI.

3) Crazy M416

The Fool M416 is one of the most popular gun skins in the game and is often compared to the Glacier M416 skin. The former is the only upgradeable skin that changes from a Legendary version to a Mythic version when upgraded to its final form.

The final form shows a tongue sticking out of a laughing prankster’s mouth, which gives the skin an odd look. Purple in color, the skin is a rare item in the game, and only a few players in the community own it.

4) SKS Snowy Berg

The Snowcapped Berg SKS is one of BGMI’s rarest gun skins. It was the first upgradeable gun skin to appear in the game in 2022. Various popular YouTubers have spent thousands of UC to get the upgradeable SKS skin, which is the most gorgeous skin in the game so far.

The skin can be upgraded up to level 5, and the final form contains a range of colors reminiscent of the hexagonal crystals introduced in BGMI when Mirror World mode was available.

5) Ryomen Sukuna Groza

The Ryomen Sukuna Groza gun skin was introduced in Battlegrounds Mobile India during the game’s collaboration with the famous Japanese manga Jujutsu Kaisen. The gun skin would be the best for the drop weapon and can be upgraded up to level 7.

The cosmetic also has an exclusive gun adornment, unlike most other upgradable skins in the game, which attracted popular YouTubers and a few BGMI players to spend a lot of CPU to get the skin. The final shape of the skin shows off a glowing red eye that gives it a fiery look.

Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinions of the author.

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Good Friday Fodder: Translating the language of shopping

In “the great game” of horse racing, there are many aftershocks written into the public annals.

We’re here to help you, ironically, translate what they really mean with some of the euphemisms you hear daily around the track.


“He likes to do things his way.”

Translation: If he doesn’t lead, your ticket is a confetti.

“She’s quite progressive.”

Translation: Didn’t show us heaps so far so better come in the future.

“We will accept double acceptance.”

Translation: We’re definitely going to Melbourne, but fuck you punters.

“You don’t dodge a race just for a horse.”

Translation: Efforts to sabotage the fav are ongoing.

“The owners are really involved with this horse.”

Translation: I blocked their numbers, emails and social media accounts.

“We need more prizes in young girls.”

Translation: My harvests are all slow icebergs.


“He didn’t feel comfortable on this pitch.”

Translation: Hate the wet, hate the dry, despise the synth.

“He is one to watch for the next preparation.”

Translation: There’s a race for him at the Tomingley picnics.

“She probably overdid it last time out.”

Translation: There was nothing left, she ate the fucking thing.

“I think he’s looking a little further.”

Translation: The Jericho Cup is not long enough for him.

“He didn’t really enjoy racing inside horses.”

Translation: He is terrified of other horses. Good luck.


“I ended the day pretty evenly.”

Translation: How do you spell ‘Maggi’?

“They slapped the cheekbones, do you think that will save him some lengths?”

Translation: What the fuck are cheeks?

“I just need this thing to win for my multi to land.”

Translation: I just need this thing to earn so I can pay the rent.

“Well, he landed in a good place here.”

Translation: I can’t really see right after 10 beers, where is he?

“He’s a good trainer of stayers.”

Translation: Gees this guy has a lot of slow horses.

“Just TAB to retrieve this ticket.”

Translation: See you in one to eight hours.

Researchers find that Neptune spent two decades cooling


Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Kevin M. Gill

Located 2.8 billion kilometers from the Sun, Neptune is naturally cold. But a new study shows that temperatures on the eighth planet from the Sun could be even colder and more variable than scientists originally thought. Thanks to new technology only available in the past 20 years, researchers have a better look at this ice giant and its temperatures.

A group of international researchers found that between 2003 and 2018, the planet cooled by 14 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius). They were then even more surprised to see that between 2018 and 2020, Neptune’s south pole warmed up dramatically – by 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) to be exact.

To understand what makes these findings so interesting, we need to know a bit more about Neptune. One of the coldest planets in the solar system, Neptune’s average temperature is -373°F (-207°C). And while Neptune, like Earth, has distinct seasons, they move much more slowly. While on Earth we go through our seasons in 365 days, it takes Neptune about 165 years to orbit the Sun. This means that a single season can last 40 years.

Since 2005, it has been summer in the southern hemisphere of the planet and it is these temperatures that researchers have been interested in monitoring. In order to learn more about its summer temperatures, researchers looked at 17 years of data taken by telescopes around the world. By looking at thermal images, they were able to determine these drastic temperature changes.

Neptune seen from Voyager 2


“This change was unexpected,” says Michael Roman, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Leicester, UK, and lead author of the study published in The Journal of Planetary Science. “Since we observed Neptune at the start of the southern summer, we expected temperatures to be slowly warming, not colder.”

As for the rapid warming of the south pole, when researchers were aware of a warm polar vortex, such a sharp rise in temperatures had never been observed before. “Our data covers less than half of a Neptune season, so no one expected to see large, rapid changes,” says co-author Glenn Orton, principal investigator at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the States. -United.

Due to its remote location, Neptune is still quite mysterious. Thanks to advances in technology, researchers have only recently been able to tackle the planet’s temperatures. “This type of study is only possible with sensitive infrared images from large telescopes like the VLT that can clearly observe Neptune, and these have only been available for about 20 years,” explains the co- author Leigh Fletcher, professor at University of Leicester.

Most of the images in the study come from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) located in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The incredible size and altitude of the telescope’s mirror allow it to take high-resolution images of Neptune. And researchers hope that other cutting-edge instruments, like the James Webb Telescope, will allow them to gain even more information about the distant planet to better understand its temperature fluctuations.

h/t: [Phys.org]

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We can adapt to climate change without destroying our way of life


OOur understanding of the climate and its evolution is sufficiently advanced to make reasonable decisions, using computer models, regarding activities such as future energy use and food production. However, over the past four decades, some have used these models to project disasters in case governments fail to act. Although many of these projections are wrong, pessimists continue to warn that humanity still has 12, 10, or even fewer years to save society.

These models represent our current best understanding of how climate works. They have been positively evaluated by the World Climate Research Programme. Yet they are not necessarily correct. For example, a group of scientists from the University of Alabama at Huntsville found that predicted temperature trends were twice those observed for the tropical upper atmosphere. Other published studies have shown that these same models overestimate global mean surface temperatures, so observed trends in global temperature are often at the lower end of the models’ prediction range.

From the end of the 1980s, the New York Times published projections that global temperatures would rise 3 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit while sea levels would rise 1 to 4 feet by the second quarter of the 21st century. Concerns have been expressed that climate change will lead to more droughts and floods. The reality is far from these disastrous scenarios. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s Sixth Assessment Report shows more modest warming (less than 1 degree Fahrenheit) and much less sea level rise (8 inches since 1900, according to NASA ). And where heavy rainfall or drought has increased, confidence in the models is low, according to the same report.

Other dire predictions have also been blatantly falsified – for example, that parts of the globe, including Britain, will be relatively snow-free by 2020, that the North Pole will be ice-free by the mid-2010s, and even that the glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro will disappear by the mid-2010s. In the late 1980s, widespread famines were predicted, followed by the collapse of global agriculture, all at the start of the 21st century. Since that prediction, agricultural production has increased by about 20% in the Midwest.

Finally, a recent study has shown that predictions that ocean acidification will decimate fish populations also turn out to be wrong.

Does all this good news mean that we can ignore patterns or that looking for them is a wasted effort? Of course not. They are perhaps some of the best tools we have. It suffices to interpret their results while being aware of their limitations. When people sensationalise the results by highlighting only the most unfounded alarmist projections at the upper end of the forecast range, we must resist their alarmism in the absence of convincing evidence.

Given the relatively poor track record of model predictions, we should not be afraid to adopt draconian policies that threaten our entire way of life and well-being, especially those that would harm the world’s poor. Rather, we need to adapt to climate change, which can be done most effectively through the entrepreneurial innovations made possible by free markets.

Anthony R. Lupo, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Missouri, is a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif., and co-author of the book Hot Talk, Cold Science: Unfinished Debate on Global Warming.

Ice and snow conditions remain good for recreation on Portage Lake, but caution is warranted


Dozens of people on skis, fat bikes and on foot crossed Portage Lake to the Portage Glacier on Tuesday as temperatures hovered around 40 degrees.

The snow on top of the ice covered lake was starting to soften, but a hard base meant the roughly 6 mile round trip from the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center was doable for many.

Portage Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in south-central Alaska, about an hour’s drive southeast of Anchorage, and it receives visitors year-round.

The lake and glacier are within the Chugach National Forest, but the lake is not regularly patrolled by rangers and ice conditions are not monitored. Visitors should therefore exercise caution when venturing onto the lake, particularly in the spring when conditions can change rapidly.

The glacier has retreated about 3 miles over the past century, but remains active and steadily calf, sending waves rippling across the ice, so caution is advised when approaching the face.

5 ways to get cash when you need it


Quick access to cash is crucial in times of financial emergency. Whether it’s a car repair, a medical bill, or just an unexpected expense. But what if you don’t have any savings or emergency funds to tap into?

How will you get the money you need? You may think there are no other good options, but there is not. You have other options, and some are even better than dipping into your savings.

For a little help, here are five ways to get emergency cash.

Sell ​​some of your possessions.

A big way to make money fast is to sell items in your home that you don’t use or need. For example, you can hold a garage sale, sell things online, or even pawn some of your possessions.

So if you have a lot of clothes you never wear, consider selling them to a consignment store. Another thing, if you have extra furniture, appliances or other items taking up space in your home, you can sell them online through classifieds, auction sites or even media platforms. social.

Also, if you have valuable jewelry or collectibles that you no longer need, consider selling them to a pawnbroker. Or, if you have a lot of school supplies or toys that your kids have outgrown, sell them to other families in your community.

By selling items you don’t need or use, you can free up space in your home and get money to invest in something new.

Use your credit card.

If you have good credit, you may be able to get a low-interest credit card that offers cash advances. Depending on your credit score, you may be able to get a card with a 0% APR on cash advances for a while. This can be useful if you have to pay for something unexpected and you don’t have any spare cash.

However, zero percent interest is not forever. There is a time limit on how long you can take advantage of the interest-free period. Once this time has elapsed, the regular APR will apply to any remaining balance. Some cards offer up to six months interest-free on cash advances, while others offer a year or more.

Apply for a payday loan

Another way to help cover unexpected expenses is to request low interest online payday loans. This type of loan is a short-term solution that can help you bridge the gap between your current expenses and your next salary.

When you apply for a payday loan online, you usually need to provide proof of income, such as a recent pay stub or bank statement. Additionally, you will need to provide your social security number and contact information.

The approval process for an online payday loan is usually quick and easy, and you can receive the money you need within 24 hours. So, if you are facing a financial emergency, an online payday loan may be the solution for you.

Ask family and friends for a loan

Before deciding to take out a loan from credit institutions, why not try asking friends or family for a loan? It may be harder to get a loan from a bank if you have bad credit, but friends and family are likely to be more forgiving.

Moreover, they relate to you better than a credit institution. But you may have heard or know of people who have damaged their relationships with friends and family members by asking for money. Well, probably because they never bothered to ask in the right way.

There are a few key things you need to keep in mind if you are going to ask your loved ones for money: be upfront about how much money you need, make sure you can afford to repay them with interest and give them a refund. plan. Have a written agreement and make sure both parties sign it.

Check out nonprofit programs for help

Many nonprofit organizations can help you get the money you need. Take, for example, Mission Asset Fund. The organization offers loans and grants to help people get out of debt.

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling is another great resource for getting help with your debt. The organization provides counseling and financial education services to consumers across the country.

If you’re looking for a more local solution, consider contacting your nearest credit union. Credit unions are non-profit organizations that exist to serve their local community.


Whichever option you choose, be sure to do your research and compare interest rates and fees. Knowledge is power when it comes to your finances. So be sure to do your homework and make the best decision no matter what situation you find yourself in.

Back on the road: Promotion Tours in motion with new coaches


Travel is back, experts say, and with COVID-19 restrictions lifted and a new bus company ready to ferry Promotion Tours customers around the country, it’s a hopeful time indeed.

Wayne and Julie Hushagen of St. Albert have been riding the asphalt with Promotion Tours for nearly a decade, enjoying seats in the back of the bus while someone else drives to places like Moose Jaw, Victoria and Minot, South Dakota. But the 77-year-old retired couple, who still drive their motorhome every summer on the go cart circuit, say the bus tours are a relaxing alternative to the do-it-yourself mode of travel. “Promotion Tours plans the route; they take care of you – it’s hassle-free and relaxing,” Wayne said.

The couple, who moved to Alberta after Wayne retired from CN Rail in Saskatchewan, play bridge and garden while at home but admit they have the travel bug much of the year. Although the pandemic has put a damper on trips planned for much of 2020 and 2021, the Hushagens are looking forward to getting back on the bus, meeting friends old and new, and seeing the sights of destinations in Canada and the United States. Unis News that Promotion Tours has acquired a new bus service to transport travelers along this stretch of freeway is a plus, says Wayne.

“It’s so nice on the bus – the tour guides keep you busy, but you can sleep in if you want. Tour guides Sue and Paulette, they’re wonderful and accommodating – we’re always treated so well,” said Wayne. , noting that he agreed with previous buses and drivers (via Golden Arrow). “I didn’t mind that there were no front cup holders, but it will be a good idea to have on the bus now.”

Promotion Tours owner Bryon Steinwand said after 18 months of closure due to COVID-19, he hoped tours would resume and travelers would be ready to hit the road. “Travel is going to come back strong – I can feel it,” Steinwand said of his longtime Sturgeon County-based company. With fewer tours to start, Steinwand says all systems are working for 2022, with online brochures for travelers to peruse, guaranteed tours to old favorites and new destinations, and a new contract with Traxx Coachlines. .

“We made the switch to provide the best possible customer experience,” Steinwand said, adding that Golden Arrow’s industrial customers and other commitments meant he didn’t think Promotion Tours was always a priority. “Traxx is based in Western Canada, and they own other charter companies so that if there’s a problem on the road, there’s a bus available to us. We know our travelers are going to love the new coaches. Our customers are eager to go — they tell us, ‘it’s time.’

Steinwand, his longtime tour directors, and a busload of travelers making the first short run of the Moose Jaw/Temple Gardens/Casino tour have already given the new coaches a big boost. The roomier ride offers more legroom, leather seats for up to 56 people, even on-board Wi-Fi and fold-out trays to hold a cup of coffee or a book.

Moose Jaw (the most popular tour, running almost monthly) and Atlantic Canada’s best-selling tours are back in 2022 (booking well in advance, Steinwand says), as are trips to see the Blue Jays playing in Seattle, a hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, Deadwood and the Black Hills, Victoria BC, exploring the musical heartland around Nashville and seeing icebergs in Newfoundland are also part of the guaranteed tour lineup this year .

“The interest is there – and for those who are hesitant, we have enhanced safety protocols. We’ve never had a single case of COVID while on tour,” Steinwand said, adding that the company was sending e -blasts and newsletters. to repeat customers, and has complete tour information, frequently asked questions about out-of-province travel insurance, cancellation policy and more, on its website, promotiontours.ca.

“We look forward to seeing the friends we have made on tour again soon,” added Wayne.

Without icebreakers, Arctic infrastructure won’t matter


The USCGC Polar Star icebreaker sits outside McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Commissioned in 1976, Polar Star is currently the only heavy icebreaker in the United States. Photo: Mariana O’Leary

The planet is warming and the ice is melting in the Arctic1) at an alarming rate. But contrary to what may seem like common sense, the building of new icebreakers by the United States will not make yesterday’s war today. Regardless of humanity’s failures in the fight against climate change, there will be plenty of ice to break in the Arctic2) for the foreseeable future and even the melting of the ice3) poses a significant hazard to ships.

The United States lags woefully behind other Arctic states in building and maintaining a world-class icebreaker fleet and, thanks to various problems4) and construction delays,5) it may be another five years or more before the Coast Guard’s first new Polar Security Cutter (PSC)6) is fully operational and breaking ice in the Arctic. In the meantime, shipping in the Arctic will continue to increase,7) fish stocks will move further north,8) and continental shelves9) will continue to be mined for more resources. With all this activity, the demand for Arctic infrastructure will increase, especially deep-sea ports capable of servicing vessels engaged in these expanding areas.

But without an icebreaker, building all that infrastructure is a bit like hosting a baseball game without bats. Icebreakers are essential to the shipping system and infrastructure of the Great Lakesten) and New England,11) paving the way for vital shipments of fuel oil and essential goods to both regions. With planning and a bit of luck, Alaska will join the robust economic activity enjoyed by these regions.

There was a brief glimmer of hope that this issue was taken seriously by the Trump administration when it issued a seemingly powerful 2020 memorandum.12) on safeguarding American national interests at both poles. The memo breathed new life into efforts to accelerate the U.S. Coast Guard’s icebreaker acquisition program, while seeking transitional solutions to fill gaps until that acquisition program can be completed, including a new effort to lease icebreakers.13) of the other Arctic state and strategic partner, Finland. Unfortunately, like many efforts, good and bad, during this administration, they failed to “stick the landing.” The effort died with little result or change of course.

The US Coast Guard’s plan to build a new fleet of heavy and medium icebreakers in US shipyards is a sound strategic move and deserves sustained long-term congressional funding. The United States must rebuild the capacity of American heavy icebreaker shipyards at all costs. But the lack of a solid transition plan to begin consistent, year-round icebreaker operations in the U.S. Arctic in 2022 is alarming. As an Arctic state and a superpower, the United States should not rely on a heavy old icebreaker,14) POLAR STAR, which has also engaged in annual operations in Antarctica that occupy its entire lifespan in any given year, and a medium-aged icebreaker,15) HEALY, which was designed primarily for scientific missions.

A transitional solution, regardless of its short-term expense and logistical nightmares, would allow the United States to immediately maintain year-round maritime domain awareness in the Arctic, provide search and rescue capability in remote areas and to train more Coast Guard personnel in the dangerous and niche nature of polar icebreaking. This experience, training, and presence will only serve to properly equip the nation for much-needed investment in America’s Arctic and ensure that it walks before it has to run to catch up with infrastructure investments and the increasing of maritime transport.

What might a transitional solution look like? It could include a combination of the following: a foreign leased or purchased icebreaker with known capabilities (with appropriate Congressional commitment and reflagging to the United States), partnership with an ally or partner of the Arctic which has an icebreaker capability, accelerating the construction of the PSC currently underway, a massive investment in POLAR STAR and HEALY to ensure they can execute the mission flawlessly in the near future, or release POLAR STAR Antarctic Tasks to focus on the US Arctic. These are just some of the ideas that the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard, and congressional oversight committees could consider more comprehensively, provided Congress and the administration commit to fund this important mission.

This effort will not come cheap, and leasing or purchasing a unique icebreaker that will be different from the rest of the eventual class of ship is often described as inefficient. The only thing that costs more is for the most powerful nation in the world to be chained for five years without any significant icebreaker presence in the Arctic.

Jeremy Greenwood is an experienced US Coast Guard officer who currently serves as a Federal Executive Fellow with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. The opinions expressed here are solely the personal opinions of the author and do not represent the US government, the Brookings Institution, or any other entity. .

Neptune just underwent an unexplained temperature change


Astronomers who have observed Neptune over the past 17 years with multiple ground-based telescopes have tracked a startling drop in the icy giant’s global temperatures, which was then followed by a dramatic warming trend at the planet’s south pole.

Neptune, which orbits the sun at a distance of 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion kilometers), experiences seasons like Earth does – they just last much longer. A year on Neptune lasts about 165 Earth years, so a single season can last about 40 years. It has been summer in Neptune’s southern hemisphere since 2005.

Astronomers decided to track the planet’s atmospheric temperatures once the southern summer solstice occurred that year.

Nearly 100 thermal images of Neptune taken since then showed that much of Neptune had gradually cooled, dropping 14 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius) between 2003 and 2018.

A study on the phenomenon published Monday in the Planetary Science Journal.

“This change was unexpected,” said the study’s lead author, Michael Roman, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Leicester, in a statement. “Since we observed Neptune at the start of the southern summer, we expected temperatures to be slowly warming, not colder.”

Then, a dramatic warming event occurred at Neptune’s south pole between 2018 and 2020 and temperatures rose by 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius). This warm polar vortex completely reversed any cooling that had occurred before.

This type of polar warming has never been observed on Neptune until now.

Increasing brightness can be seen at Neptune's south pole between 2018 and 2020, indicating a warming trend.

“Our data covers less than half of a Neptune season, so no one expected to see large, rapid changes,” said study co-author Glenn Orton, principal investigator at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the NASA, in a statement.

Images were taken using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope and Gemini South Telescope in Chile, as well as the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, the Keck Telescope and the Gemini North Telescope, along with data from the NASA’s now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope. Infrared light emitted from Neptune’s stratosphere, or the atmospheric band above the active weather layer, has helped astronomers detect temperature fluctuations.

Frosty Neptune has an average of minus 340 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 220 degrees Celsius), and astronomers still don’t know what caused these temperature changes.

For now, they considered that the unexpected changes could be due to a number of factors.

“Temperature variations may be related to seasonal changes in Neptune’s atmospheric chemistry, which may alter the cooling efficiency of the atmosphere,” Roman said. “But random variability in weather patterns or even a response to the 11-year solar activity cycle can also have an effect.”

When Neptune got its stunning close-up: the Voyager 2 flyby, 30 years later

Further observations will be needed to truly explore these possibilities. The James Webb Space Telescope will observe Uranus and Neptune later this year. The space observatory’s mid-infrared instrument can map the chemistry and temperatures in Neptune’s atmosphere and could pinpoint the cause of the change.

Neptune is more than 30 times farther from the sun than Earth, and it is the only planet in our solar system that is not visible to the naked eye from Earth. So far, only NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has flown close to Neptune, which happened in 1989.

“I think Neptune itself is very intriguing to a lot of us because we still know so little about it,” Roman said. “All of this points to a more complicated picture of Neptune’s atmosphere and how it changes over time.”

Siachen Day commemorates Indian Army’s Operation Meghdoot


By Col RS Sidhu

Romance of a soldier with Siachen Glacier!

‘If I feel God or the hallucinations of thin air, I don’t know,

Is it the Devil’s death trap or God’s generous creation is a dilemma for me,

But the truth that I understand is that my little me is alive and amazed,

As I walk on Hell below and Heaven around me!‘ – Veteran Col RS Sidhu

Launch of the OperationMEGHDOOT

Three decades and eight years back, on the Baisakhi of 1984, the Indian Army in a daring military operation landed its troops along the Saltoro ridge at Bilafond La, followed by Sia La, to anticipate the plans of the Pakistani army to occupy the Siachen Glacier. This successful landing, followed by more troops in successive waves of helicopter sorties, marked the start of Operation ‘MEGHDOOT‘ which today has the distinction of being the longest continuous military operation in the history of the Indian Army.

Siachen tradition

Bounded by the Saltoro Muztagh (mountain) to the west and the Siachen Muztagh to the east is the Siachen Glacier (place of roses) or the Saicher Gharni as it was called in past centuries. Frequently crossed by the Baltis from the Bilafond (butterfly) La (pass) to the west and the Yarkhandis to the east from the Teram (destroyed) Shehr (colony) glacier, it has been a silent witness to the trade in materials, livestock and humans. Discovery of ruins of dwellings and shards of pottery on the plateau of Teram Shehr by the neo-explorers of the 19and and 20and century, lend a certain veracity to these legends.

From below, the Siachen Glacier emanates the Nubra River (flowers and trees) which gave the valley its name. The valley runs along a north-south alignment from Indira (Goddess Laxmi) Pass/Turkistan La, the northernmost points of the Siachen Glacier to the Khardung (Lower Castle) ridge. Khardung Ridge, following an east-west alignment, lies just north of Leh (plateau). In the past, the Nubra Valley also provided a summer passage to Saser (golden land) La, through the Saser Muztagh for trade caravans moving from Leh to Yarkhand and beyond to Kashgar in Central Asia.

India Pakistan Rivalry on the Siachen Glacier

After the 1971 war, the Shimla Indo-Pak Agreement delineated the amended ceasefire line to the point known as NJ 9842, near the Shyok River, ‘…and thence north to the glaciers.’ Taking advantage of this ambiguity, Pakistan promoted numerous foreign expeditions between 1972 and 1983, accompanied by their army liaison officers through Gyong La, Bilafond La and Sia La, with the aim of claiming the region.

In 1984, intelligence reports revealed secret preparations by Pakistan to occupy the Siachen Glacier region. On April 13, 1984, Baisakhi Day, in a preemptive move, the Indian Army preceded D-Day in Pakistan by several days and occupied the key passes of Bilafond La and Sia La on the Saltoro ridge line. Thus began “Operation MEGHDOOT”, the most fearsome and courageous action undertaken by the Indian Army on the highest and coldest battlefield in the world. The Indian Army’s success on the Siachen Glacier owes much to the drive of officers like Colonel Narendra ‘Bull’ Kumar and Capt Tsering Stobdan Kahlon who physically inspected the glacier, the vision of Lt Gen ML Chhibber, the Commander of the Northern Army, and the audacity of Lt Gen (then Capt) Sanjay Kulkarni of 4 Kumaon, the first Indian soldier to land atop Bilafond La by helicopter.

Unable to secure accommodation on the Saltoro Ridge despite successive attempts over the next two decades, the Pakistani military imposed one of the greatest myths on its gullible citizens that they are fighting on the Siachen Glacier. This glacier lies to the east of the Saltoro ridge line held by the Indian Army, preventing their opponents from peeking into the Siachen Glacier.

The alignment separating the armies of the two countries here is called the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) and stretches from NJ 9842 south to northwest of Indira Pass near India-China LAC. Most of the posts in the area are above 18,000 feet and it takes 28 days to trek across the glacier to reach the furthest post. At these heights, the human body struggles to acclimatize and begins to burn out. Acute mountain sickness (severe headache, nausea, shortness of breath, blood pressure abnormalities, severe loose movements), pulmonary edema (water formation in the lungs), cerebral edema (water formation in the region of the brain) , deep vein thrombosis (formation of clots in the veins) are some of the medical conditions that can lead to death if they do not receive urgent medical attention. Medical evacuation is also highly uncertain due to the vagaries of the hostile environment. Following the regulatory acclimatization process plays a vital role in minimizing high altitude related accidents.

Faith on frozen heights

At the snout of this glacier is the shrine of “OP Baba”, the highly revered guardian deity of all troops deployed in the Siachen area. The origins of the ‘OP Baba’ tradition are veiled in the mists of time that shroud the glacier itself. A strong belief prevails that OP Baba was an artillery OP who was killed in action while deployed on the glacier, his body was never found and his immortal soul roams the glacier warning the troops from time to time impending disasters and enemy action. Not a soldier or porter sets foot on the glacier without first paying homage at the shrine and then giving thanks upon disinduction.

In 2003, the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam became the first President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces to visit troops deployed under “Operation Meghdoot”. When he was informed informally of the guardian deity, he paid an unscheduled visit to the shrine to personally pay his respects.

Retreating from the Siachen Glacier A Bad Idea

The ceasefire along the Siachen Glacier was declared by the two countries in 2004, which continues to this day. Periodically there are unconfirmed reports of talks aimed at effecting a mutual withdrawal and demilitarizing the region. The strategic importance of the Siachen Glacier lies in providing depth to Leh from the north, as well as denying and providing critical alternative access to and from Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) and to the plains of Depsang. The region takes on even greater importance with the emergence of a likely joint threat from Pakistan and China. Kargil 1999 and Galwan 2020 are clear evidence of our opponents’ lack of confidence and should rule out any idea of ​​Indian withdrawal from this sensitive and vital area.

(The author is a Sena Medal recipient and commanded the Siachen Glacier Headquarters Base Camp. Can also be viewed at his blogspot www.valleysandvalor.blogspot.com. He is also the author of three books, ‘Success of being mad‘ on entrepreneurship projects by veterans, ‘Elephant on the high Himalayas‘ on the India China discourse, and co-author of ‘Ladakh through the eyes of the whimsical‘ a picture book about a motorcycle odyssey by four veterans to the remote outskirts of the Western Himalayas and Greater Karakoram in Ladakh. The opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of Financial Express Online. Reproduction of this content without permission is prohibited).

The Real Jack and Rose: 15 Fun Facts About the Titanic


In their haste to tell a story between the sinking of the ship in the middle of the night and the press hour of that morning, many newspapers reported that there had been fortunately no death. In a truly misguided display of positive thinking, one headlined: “The Titanic Sinking, but probably no lives lost.

Nazi propaganda

(Deutsche Filmvertriebs)

In 1943, Hitler’s crew make a movie on how those idiot Brits sank the Titanic despite the heroic (fictional) efforts of the Germans. With a budget equivalent to $180 million in today’s money, it was the most expensive propaganda film ever made.

It was predicted by a novel

Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, an American writer published a novel about a supposedly unsinkable ship that was the largest in the world taking off from England in New York in April, hitting an iceberg and killing most of its passengers for lack of lifeboats. The boat was even called the Titan.

The real Jack and Rose

Jack and Rose

(20th Century Fox)

There really was a forbidden love affair involving an expensive necklace aboard the Titaniceven if it was a little more sordid than lovers out of class. Kate Florence Phillips was traveling to America to start a new life with his married boss, who had sold his business to give money to his wife and child and, of course, to buy his mistress a necklace of diamonds and sapphires which he had made sure she was wearing before she boarded her lifeboat. He didn’t make it, but he left his legacy in the necklace and the baby they apparently conceived on the ship. Their daughter sold him in the ’90s instead of throwing him in the ocean like an asshole.

Top Image: 20th Century Fox

To the South Pole: an adventure like no other – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper



The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a standstill, shutting down almost all activity; however, the mountaineering journey of three Sherpa brothers – Mingma Sherpa, Chhang Dawa Sherpa and Tashi Lakpa Sherpa – did not stop.

These sons of Wandi Sherpa continued their journey amid the pandemic with the dedication of successfully setting world records – siblings reaching the southernmost point of the world – the South Pole and the highest peak from Antarctica, Mount Vinson (4,892 meters). They are also the first Nepalese expedition team to land at the South Pole.

Courtesy of Rajesh Gurung

Born in the village of Makalu in Sankhuwasabha, the trio set themselves a mission – the Grand Slam of Mountaineering Adventurers or Explorers, an adventure goal to reach the North Pole and the South Pole, as well as the completion of the Seven Summits and 14 Summits Expedition.

As part of this mission, the Sherpa brothers achieved their goal of reaching the South Pole on January 2 and Mount Vinson on January 13, after departing for Antarctica from Kathmandu on December 13, 2021.

Courtesy of Mingma

Courtesy of Mingma

“There are different levels of mountaineering like Seven Summits, 14 Peaks, North Pole and South Pole Expedition; only when one completes all these levels, one can call the expedition ‘Explorer or Adventurers Grand Slam ‘And in mountaineering, you have a desire to go from climbing the Seven Summits to completing a trip to the North Pole and the South Pole,’ said Tashi, the youngest of the three.

“We had planned this trip to the South Pole before the pandemic, but we couldn’t do it at that time. But even during the pandemic, we were guiding the Royal Bahrain team (in 2021) to climb Mount Everest and other mountains (over 6,000 meters),” he informed and added, “So the pandemic hasn’t created so many obstacles to our mountaineering journey.”

Photo courtesy: Chhang dawa

Photo courtesy: Chhang dawa

The eldest sibling, Mingma, added saying, “Fortunately, we did not test positive for COVID-19, thanks to which we continued this journey easily.”

They are the second team to climb Mount Vinson and reach the South Pole, Park Young Seok of South Korea having done so in 2005.

Mingma and Chhang Dawa already hold the Guinness World Record for becoming the world’s first siblings to climb all 8000.

Photo courtesy: Tashi Lakpa

Photo courtesy: Tashi Lakpa

South Pole in 8 days

The trio began their journey to the South Pole from the Union Glacier in Antarctica.

They skied for three days after reaching the Union Glacier. Then they went to the 90 degree or the last degree by plane and left for their destination the South Pole. It took them eight days to reach the South Pole on skis.

“There was no schedule on how we were going to travel. Instead, we skied up to 15-20 km per day,” Mingma shared and recalled, “The South Pole presents a ice cap (a climatic condition with temperatures of minus-25 to minus-40 degrees Celsius and no existence of living things). So our trip there was different.”

Mingma explained, “We planned and managed to transport essentials like food and necessary equipment for 10 days, but we completed the expedition in eight days.

Since all the trails looked the same, we navigated while continuing our journey.

Sometimes the navigation was difficult when the battery of the browser stopped due to the cold. We even skied the wrong way. However, since there was an open space, we could rest if we got tired.”

To this, Tashi added, “We skied to the South Pole – covering a distance of 111 km in a straight line in temperatures of minus-30 to minus-45 degrees Celsius. But we covered 140 km in total because of the uneven or bumpy surface of the terrain. , also because we went there without a guide.”

Comparing his Antarctic expedition experience to that of climbing Everest, Tashi said: “Climbing Everest was all climbing work and was like climbing Mount Vinson; but the ski trip there was interesting and adventurous.

“Also, skiing there was different from skiing in other places because this place lacked slopes, which is the characteristic of most places. Fortunately, we managed to adapt to the extreme weather conditions and we also had planes on standby in case of an emergency.”

Saying that the trip to the South Pole was a new experience for them, Chhang Dawa said, “We didn’t have to do vertical climbing, but we had to climb small hills and ski, which made the trip at the different South Pole. “

“The most interesting thing about this trip was that we felt like we were in heaven because the South Pole was so peaceful and silent,” Mingma shared.

Chhang Dawa added, “I completed my 14-peak summit in 2013, which I started in 2000. I climbed five peaks in the Seven Summits Expedition, and I have to climb two more. After finishing 14 summits, the seven summits and the North Pole and the expedition to the South Pole, we will achieve a real grand slam,” he said, comparing their journey to that of a student. “A studious person feels like they have to finish the Masters. So for us too, it’s like finishing a Masters. We are on our way to graduating in mountaineering.”

Challenges along the way

For the three brothers, climbing a mountain is neither new nor difficult. But for them, this journey was adventurous and the only thing they felt challenged was the extreme cold of Antarctica.

Tashi said: “It was a tough trip but I really enjoyed it.

The mountaineering part was not difficult because we are used to climbing and guiding mountaineers to climb the mountains for us, and our mountains are so sharp and steep that you can lose your life in a second. However, Antarctica is an extremely cold place, but no such situation risked our lives. The main challenge in Antarctica was its cold weather.”

He also explained that frostbite posed a serious challenge to them, adding, “Once you have frostbite when the temperature is even minus 5 degrees Celsius, you won’t recover.”

Mingma added to that, “The South Pole is a place in Antarctica that is at an altitude of 2,800 meters, but it feels like it is at an altitude of 3,400 meters.”

Elaborating on another challenge, Tashi said: “It is like a dream for Nepalese to climb the peaks in foreign countries, and no Nepalese had reached Antarctica before us. But it was difficult for us to get the visa because we had to get the visa from Chile to get to the South Pole and Mount Vinson.”

Similarly, Mingma said, “For the Nepalese, it is an expensive trip because you have to spend a lot of money. The three of us spent 45 million rupees on this trip because it is compulsory to spend so much in Antarctica. “

Lessons learned

Chhang Dawa said the trip taught them a lot of things that could be used to promote the tourism sector in Nepal. “I learned a lot from our trip to Mount Vinson and the South Pole.

The places were open and peaceful. The only sound was our breathing. Human habitation is rare here. At the same time, the place was so clean. People can’t urinate anywhere like here even if the place is open. Likewise, there was a suitable schedule for the trip and everything was well arranged. I want to implement that kind of arrangement here.”

Sharing that the government is supporting the tourism sector in Nepal, he also highlighted the improvement of some weaknesses in this sector. “A lot of things are missing in the tourism sector here. (When there are teams to climb Everest), the Sherpas have to carry everything to Khumbu base camp on their backs, risking their lives. Reaching the camp II from the base camp is also difficult due to the rough road, which again endangers the lives of the Sherpas, who have to carry heavy loads.

Thus, the government should organize easy transport of goods, perhaps allowing it to be done by helicopter. Another difficulty for mountain guides is that they have to bring everything back after the ascent.

Thus, rather than bringing things back, it would be more conceivable to put certain things necessary during such climbs in each camp. Instead of bringing back other things, it would be better for the climbers to bring back their rubbish on the way down.”

The trip to Antarctica

“We planned to go to Antarctica in order to set an example for the people of Nepal to do such adventures and expand the tourism market in Nepal. We feel lucky to be able to complete this trip as brothers and sisters. sisters, as we have been recognized as the first brothers and sisters from Nepal to walk to the South Pole, so representing Nepal through this success is also a great contribution to our country to promote its tourism,” Mingma said. .

Tashi added, “This success of our trip has been shown to the world. This success has also benefited the whole mountaineering tourism in Nepal. mountaineering tourism in Nepal.But we are getting global attention after our successful expedition.So this success was a good promotion for mountaineering tourism in Nepal.

A version of this article appears in the April 10, 2022 printing of The Himalayan Times.



The Silverliners are retired flight attendants who raise funds and do endless charity work in their communities. The Key West group is bringing back its annual Fantasy flight to the North Pole, which has been stalled by COVID for the past two years.

But before that, the Silverliners joined forces to make Easter special for five local foster children.

The Silverliners work with Deborah Bailey, who calls herself a fairy godmother to local foster children.

“I guess I’m the Mother Goose type,” Bailey said.

And she is right. Have the dozens of local foster children she mentors, tutors and showers with the compassionate attention many have never received.

A combination of comfort, fun and responsibility, Bailey is the adult kids want to share a good report card, a successful test or a teenage heartache with.

“I have kids from years ago who still call me and tell me about a good grade they got, and it’s amazing,” she said. “They are just children; they want to be seen and heard, but unfortunately many of them have remained invisible.

“And most of those kids have probably never had a visit from the Easter Bunny, so we’re going to change that for them this year.”

The Silverliners filled giant Easter baskets with toys, candies, gifts and baby clothes for the little ones.

“We also got them Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory passes and ice cream certificates at Kilwin’s,” Silverliner Joyce Benavides said.

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Mankato East High School Teacher Visits Antarctic Climate Summit – WCCO


MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) – It’s a continent that many people will never reach, but a high school science teacher in Mankato East has just returned from Antarctica.

Julia Battern was invited to attend a climate summit with 150 other CEOs, politicians, students, energy company employees and teachers. She brought back great lessons to share with her students from the land of icebergs, glaciers and penguins.

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When Battern was selected to travel to Antarctica for a climate summit, she didn’t know what to expect.

There were some tough conversations, especially with fossil fuel executives on the trip.

“We can point fingers at these companies and I think they definitely have a huge responsibility,” Battern said. “I also think that as consumers we have to find a way to bring down the demand.”

She came back with the most incredible stories.

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“We learned that you’re not supposed to run away from fur seals if they come your way. You’re supposed to go big,” Battern said.

She said she could hear ice moving and moving in the background, and the sound of whales. Now she appreciates the home we all share more and hopes to pass that appreciation on to her students.

“It’s important to know the effects of our choices all over the world,” she said. “Maybe it will change the way they do things.”

Each traveler on the trip has purchased credits that pay other people to produce less, with the goal of offsetting the burning of kerosene to go on the trip and learn about pollution.

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Battern also teaches his students about carbon emissions and asks them to make lifestyle changes for a week to reduce the carbon dioxide they send into the air.

White Desert Antarctica announces the launch of “Echo” – Business Traveler


White Desert, announces details of its new camp, Echo, which will launch in November 2022. A land of snow and ice, Antarctica provides an alluring backdrop for its guests. Inspired by the seminal age of space exploration, Echo will provide exclusive access to the rarely seen interior of the continent.

The sleek and modern new eco-camp will feature six state-of-the-art, heated bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the spectacular landscape beyond. Crafted from composite fiberglass, each of the space-inspired aerial modules will be designed for two people, with interiors featuring retro space-age details and luxurious furnishings. Original photos taken from the International Space Station (ISS) by former Commander, White Desert guest and retired astronaut Colonel Terry Virts will be featured in each capsule. Says Virts of the Echo landscape, “The mountains are the most beautiful I’ve seen on Earth, Venus and Mars.” The camp will also offer a central living room, dining room and heated shower stalls. As with all of their camps, White Desert designed Echo to be dismantled without trace, leaving only a transient impact on Antarctica.

Perfect for exclusive use groups, Echo can accommodate up to 12 people. Echo allows guests to combine an ultra-luxury experience with a unique adventure. An experienced team of chefs, hosts and expert guides allow guests to relax or explore at their leisure. Echo guests will step off the plane and be escorted to a private lounge where a martini, shaken with 10,000-year-old ice, will be waiting for them.

Guests will have access to all White Desert activities, which include mountain biking, skiing, and 4×4 arctic truck driving, as well as expert-guided hiking, ice climbing, and mountaineering. Highlights of the Antarctic interior, such as visiting Atka Bay to see the colony of 28,000 emperor penguins or an unmissable trip to the South Pole, are also offered.


Marathon runner Steve Hill will face the Scottish Highlands


SERIAL adventurer and teacher Steve Hill prepares to take on the Scottish Highlands for his next extreme challenge.

Steve, deputy headmaster of St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Shaw and founder of the Team Hill Charitable Trust, has been training since October for the Scottish Ultra X Marathon in two weeks.

The challenge will see Steve trek across a mountainous region of North West Scotland, over three days, starting May 6.

Steve said: “I’m feeling fired up and looking forward to pushing myself into the remote mountains of Scotland.

“I’ve been training since October and I feel fit and strong – ready for the challenges ahead of me.

“The kids at school are also all happy to be able to track my progress while I’m away, as I’ll be carrying a tracker with me. My bib number is 18.

Steve has set up a JustGiving page for the Ultra X Marathon challenge and hopes to raise £1,000 for the Team Hill Charitable Trust.

The assistant manager has so far raised over £100,000 through his extreme challenges for the trust.

Over the past few years, the adventurer has completed a series of ultra-marathons, including Mount Everest Marathon, North Pole Marathon, Petra Desert Marathon, Amazon Jungle Ultra Marathon, and Artic Ice. Ultra-marathon.

In August Steve completed the grueling Great Norse Run which saw him run nine marathons from the north coast of Iceland to the south coast in nine days.

Last month Steve announced he was publishing a book which will detail the challenges that have taken him around the world over the past 13 years.

What’s Next Sir?: How One Teacher’s Mission to Inspire His Students Taught Him So Much More in Return’, is set to be published on June 28, and a book launch will take place on June 24.

The book will be available for purchase from Steve himself and on his website, as well as on Amazon, or through Matador, the book’s publishers.

For more information on the book and its launch, visit Steve Hill’s website.

U’khand will allow trekkers to climb Kumaon Glaciers from April 15 | Dehradun News


Bageshwar: The Uttarakhand tourism department would allow trekkers to climb the Pindari, Kafni and Sunderdhunga glaciers in the Kumaon region between April 15 and June 15. Thereafter, the glacier hiking routes would be closed during the monsoons and will be reopened between September 15 and October. 15.
Officials said they have started making the necessary preparations for hikers who want to climb the glaciers. Sanjay Pandey, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, Kapkot (Bageshwar), said: “A bridge is being built across the Pindar River (which originates in the Pindari Glacier) and rest houses are being constructed. preparation in the region for hikers”.
Meanwhile, the announcement rejuvenated the local trekking industry, including porters and muleteers. For the past two years, trekking activities in the Kumaon area have remained disrupted due to the pandemic. After the first and second wave of Covid-19, the glacier hike was open to tourists intermittently, but the tourism department did not receive many takers. This time however, with Covid-19 restrictions eased, authorities expect a large influx of hikers this year.
Before the Covid outbreak, the Kumaon area hosted about 2,800 to 3,000 trekkers on average every year, said Prakash Singh Dhanu, a tour guide. He added that a majority of tourists opt for the Pindari Glacier trek (12,300 feet above sea level), which is considered one of the easiest glacier treks in India.
Pithoragarh district tourism officer Lata Bisht said, “Tourists must register with the state forest department before embarking on the glacier trek. They will have to go to the Kapkot center of the department to register. The online registration service has not been launched. again but it’s in the pipeline.”


The jaw-dropping $2.5 billion mission to land on ‘the most exciting object in the solar system’


Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon, is, according to some, the most exciting object in the solar system. It has a warm, salty ocean 20 kilometers below its icy surface that appears to be potentially habitable.

Could there be some kind of alien aquatic life in Enceladus that evolved completely separately into life on Earth?

This is a matter of utmost importance in the planetary science and astrobiology communities. So much so that pressure is mounting for NASA to send a flagship mission to Enceladus to find out exactly what’s going on under the tiny moon’s icy crust.

It’s a question currently being examined as part of the Decadal Survey for Planetary Science and Astrobiology, a report compiled by the National Academy of Sciences that will set NASA’s priorities for the next 10 years. It will be released on April 19, 2022.

Will the amazing “Orbilander” mission make it on this list?

A concept for a flagship NASA mission costing around $3 billion, Orbilander would see a single spacecraft first orbit Enceladus and then land on it.

“Enceladus is home to the best-characterized ocean in the solar system, second only to Earth’s,” said Shannon M. MacKenzie, a planetary scientist at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and author of the Enceladus Orbilander mission concept. Enceladus has a source of heat and liquid water and we know that these two things combine to create an incredibly intriguing diversity of life on our planet. So why not on Enceladus? “There’s liquid water there and the chemical ingredients that we think biochemistry needs, but it’s very difficult to use the typical tools that a satellite would need to interrogate that ocean because it’s under miles of ice,” MacKenzie said.

Ah yes, the ice cream.

Scientists have known Enceladus has a 30-kilometer-deep subterranean ocean since 2014, when data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft revealed the tiny moon has Yellowstone-style geysers that erupt through cracks in the ice. “There are these 10-kilometer long fissures at the south pole that contain these individual jets that are spewing material from the ocean into space,” MacKenzie said.

Scientists call them “tiger stripes” and they look like this:

These geysers theoretically allow a spacecraft to sample its subterranean ocean without having to pass through its ice crust.

“The incredible images of Enceladus by Cassini helped peel back the layers of what’s going on,” MacKenzie said. “We are now able to prove that Enceladus is a potentially habitable environment.”

This ocean is probably heated by the moon’s core; landmark theories about hydrothermal vents – like those found on Earth – that could support life.

A recent study suggests that the subterranean ocean of Enceladus seems to stir currents like those of the Earth’s oceans. Another that it hosts ice quakes. There is also intriguing evidence of water-rock interactions occurring at the base of the ocean.

“If I had to put my money on anything in the solar system that would be a slam dunk to get the information we need and say life exists, it would be Enceladus,” said lead and lead scientist Dr Jackie Faherty. Principal of Education jointly at the Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education of the American Museum of Natural History. “You don’t have to dig a hole – these exploding geysers shoot out this material for a spaceship to stick out its tongue to take a lick… Enceladus is the most exciting object in the solar system.”

However, Orbilandre would like to land on Enceladus. “Orbilander is going to go and sample these plumes – actually ice particles in space that came out of these cracks – about twice a day for 200 days, and then it’ll land,” MacKenzie said. “That’s because the bigger particles aren’t going to go up high – they don’t have enough kinetic energy – so they fall back to the surface.”

In fact, landing on Enceladus will be easier than on, say, Mars, because as a much smaller body there’s a lot less gravity – about a hundredth that of Earth.

The main problem with the Orbilander mission concept is that Enceladus is so tiny. It’s only 311 miles/500 kilometers in diameter, about one-seventh the size of our Moon, so physically breaking out of Saturn’s orbit and orbiting Enceladus won’t be easy. “One way is to carry a lot of fuel, but that’s expensive,” MacKenzie said. In dollars, yes, but also in terms of mass – the bigger the spacecraft, the slower it will move. “Another is to take advantage of gravity assists and take a ‘moon tour’ in the Saturn system,” MacKenzie said.

No mission to Enceladus will take place tomorrow, whatever the Decadal Survey recommends NASA do. The Orbilander concept proposes a launch in 2038 and an arrival in 2050 to begin a 200-day orbit. Once samples of the plumes have been taken for “life detection”, a suitable landing spot can be found.

Is 2050 too far away for anyone to get excited about Enceladus? Maybe, but there are good reasons to wait until then. “This is when the south pole of Enceladus will enter the southern summer, meaning more of it will be illuminated as the mission progresses,” said MacKenzie.

Although it was Cassini who unveiled its subterranean ocean, NASA Voyager images in the 1980s revealed that Enceladus was both very bright and devoid of craters; clues that it was covered in highly reflective ice and that its surface is constantly renewing itself. In short, Enceladus is geologically active – it’s hot and humid…it’s where life as we know it can exist.

Enceladus will always be a world of interest in the search for life beyond Earth. It’s only a matter of time before NASA visits it.

I wish you clear skies and big eyes.

Again: Starbucks’ longtime CEO is back. This time things are different


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Starbucks founder and two-time CEO Howard Schultz is returning to the company as interim executive. His return coincides with a widespread union campaign by the chain’s employees.

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Starbucks founder and two-time CEO Howard Schultz is returning to the company as interim executive. His return coincides with a widespread union campaign by the chain’s employees.



A big week for Starbucks – Howard Schultz is back as interim CEO. Schultz made the company a global powerhouse. And he’s also responsible for Starbucks’ reputation as a great place to work — now high on his to-do list, to salvage that reputation as workers band together to raise grievances and demand more. NPR’s Andrea Hsu reports.

ANDREA HSU, BYLINE: Last November, Howard Schultz traveled to Buffalo, NY, to try to cool a grassroots labor campaign. Store employees were invited to spend part of their Saturday with him.


HSU: Schultz donned a Mister Rogers look with a zip-up cardigan for what he called an intimate conversation.


HOWARD SCHULTZ: I just want to speak from my heart about how I feel about this company and what we’ve been trying to do over these many years.

HSU: It started with his own story – how he grew up poor in Brooklyn, how one day his father, a delivery man, slipped on ice and broke his hip and ankle. He had no health insurance, no workers compensation. In fact, he was fired.


SCHULTZ: I lived, at the age of seven, the imprint, the shame, the vulnerability, the embarrassment of a really deprived family.

HSU: Schultz said it drove him to create the kind of company his father never had the chance to work for, and as CEO of Starbucks, he did. In 1988, he extended health care to part-time employees, which was virtually unheard of at the time. A few years later, the workers won stock options and, in 2014, full college tuition, all without a union. On his first day back, Schultz said the company doesn’t need someone between us and our employees. He said he was reinventing a new Starbucks where employees or partners, as he calls them, are at the center of everything.


SCHULTZ: It’s a return to doing everything we can to put our partners first, especially the partners who wear the green apron in our stores.

HSU: People like Galen Berg (ph), a shift manager in Springfield, Va. – Berg first came to Starbucks four years ago, in part because of Howard Schultz and all he did to make Starbucks employees feel like true partners.

GALEN BERG: I just – I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

HSU: But Berg’s rosy vision took a hit early in the pandemic. Berg says Starbucks was slow to respond as stores around them closed.

BERG: We were still asking questions. Are we still here? What do we do? No one wore masks.

HSU: Starbucks then closed a bunch of locations for six weeks and paid workers during that time. But when stores reopened, things were tense. Claire Pachano (ph) was then working in a drive-thru. It was extremely busy. Still, Pachano says they were understaffed. She complained to her manager.

CLAIRE PACHANO: I was stressed, I was crying and I never cry at work.

HSU: She felt like no one was hearing her.

PACHANO: Like, nobody cared. For example, even when a customer walked in and refused to wear a mask and threatened to shoot up the store, we were ordered not to call the police.

HSU: Starbucks says that under no circumstances will an employee be told not to call law enforcement. In this case, the company says the police were not called as the customer left without incident. Workers were also unhappy to lose pandemic-related benefits – first hazard pay, then food and drink per diem, even as other COVID benefits were introduced. Then, last December, when workers at two Starbucks stores in Buffalo voted to unionize, Galen Berg perked up.

BERG: It was definitely once Buffalo voted, yeah, so I was like, okay. It is now our turn.

HSU: That sentiment swept through Starbucks stores across the country — nearly 200 demanded union votes. So far, ten have unionized. With the Springfield election next week, workers say their hours have been reduced. Many new hires have been made. There have been mandatory meetings where management tries to persuade them to vote, no. All of this infuriates workers and also attracts the attention of a group of Starbucks investors who have called on the company to shut down.

JONAS KRON: I think it’s really clear to everyone that they can’t carry on like it’s business as usual.

HSU: This is Jonas Kron from Trillium Asset Management.

KRON: When you have a company like Starbucks, it depends so much on the strength of its brand. Customers have the ability to go and go somewhere else quite easily.

HSU: In the past, Kron says, Starbucks’ policies and practices have made it a great company.

KRON: But the bar has been raised.

HSU: Workers want to feel empowered, he says. In Springfield, Galen Berg is optimistic that Howard Schultz will do the right thing.

BERG: I think he will try. I really hope so, at least.

HSU: With his return this week, they’ll find out soon. Andrea Hsu, NPR News.

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Jacobs Engineering: Understanding the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – Working Group II Report



Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began publishing its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), beginning with the report of Working Group I on the Physical Science Basis of Climate Change. climate change. We have published a summary of key points here. Now it has published the Working Group II (WGII) report which focuses on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.

This latest report summarizes the current scientific understanding of the observed impacts of climate change on natural and human systems and the vulnerability of these systems to the projected impacts of climate change. It also describes existing adaptations to observed and projected climate change and comments on the feasibility and limitations of adaptations.

Jacobs Global Technology Leader Resilience and Climate Change Craig Clifton and Senior Resilience and Climate Change Technologies Tapash Das again reviewed the key findings of the report.

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Human Influence on the Climate System: A Brief Summary of the Working Group I Report

Climate change 2021: the basis of physical sciences asserted that human influence on the climate system is an established fact and that it is mainly due to emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide from human activities.

He found that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere had contributed to warming of the air, land and oceans, changes in precipitation patterns, retreating glaciers and Arctic sea ice, to sea level rise and to the amplification of many meteorological and climatic phenomena. extremes. He found that some system changes, especially those driving sea level rise, are now effectively irreversible on a human scale.

Global warming of at least 1.5°C (compared to 1.1°C currently) is likely by 2040, even under the most ambitious GHG emissions scenario considered by the IPCC for climate change modeling in AR6.

Observed impacts of climate change

Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability reports that even with the current level of warming alone, the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, people, human settlements, infrastructure, and water and food production systems are already pervasive. These impacts result mainly from the increased frequency and intensity of extreme temperatures on land and in the oceans, heavy rainfall, drought and fires.

Changes in natural systems that can be attributed with certainty to climate change have been observed in almost all regions of the Earth. Several species extinctions have been attributed to the effects of climate change. Local species losses and mass mortality events on land and in the oceans were driven by extreme heat, some of which were more severe than expected for 2100. Some 50% of species assessed globally moved further towards the North or South Pole or at a higher altitude.

The amplification of weather and climate events by climate change has exposed millions of people to acute food insecurity and reduced water security – the influences of climate change have contributed to approximately half of the world’s population experiencing severe water shortage for at least part of the year. Sudden losses in food production and food access caused by climatic events and compounded by reduced dietary diversity have increased malnutrition in many vulnerable groups. Food and water insecurity, extreme heat, floods, wildfires, and climate change-related food or water-borne diseases have also adversely affected the physical and mental health of people where these impacts have been evaluated. Climate change contributes to humanitarian crises where climatic hazards interact with high social vulnerability.

Looking Ahead: Risk and Vulnerability to Projected Climate Change

Beyond 2040, climate change is expected to pose many risks to natural and human systems. For all types of risks considered by the WGII, the impacts assessed in the medium and long term (those experienced by 2050 and 2090, respectively) are up to several times higher than those currently observed. The predicted negative impacts and associated loss and damage intensify with each increase in global warming. These impacts will be strongly influenced by short-term (by 2040) mitigation and adaptation measures.

The risk of extinction increases disproportionately from a global warming of 1.5 to 3°C and is particularly high for species with restricted distributions and/or specialized habitat requirements, as well as for species made less resilient by human-induced non-climatic stressors (e.g. pollution, weeds and animals, habitat fragmentation, water resource extraction.)

The ability of natural ecosystems to provide carbon storage and sequestration services is expected to be increasingly affected by heat, wildfires, droughts, vegetation loss and degradation resulting from land use. . Water flow in many major watersheds around the world is expected to be affected by climate change, with water quality in some also being degraded by forest fires.

Water scarcity and water-related risks will continue to increase in all regions assessed, with increased risk at higher levels of global warming. Global glacial mass loss is projected to reduce water availability for agriculture, hydropower, and human settlements in the medium to long term, with these changes expected to double if we reach 4°C warming.

Without adaptation, predicted increases in direct flood damage will be up to twice as high at 2°C and up to four times as high at 3°C ​​compared to a global warming of 1.5°C. With a global warming of 4°C, about 10% of the global land area is expected to experience increases in both high and low extreme river flows at the same location.

Climate change risks to cities, towns and key infrastructure will increase rapidly with continued global warming. Between 3.3 and 3.6 billion people live in areas highly vulnerable to climate change. About 1 billion people living in low-lying cities and settlements will be exposed in the medium term to coastal-specific climate hazards in all scenarios without effective adaptation. Population exposed to coastal flooding will increase by about 20% if sea level rises 0.15m above 2020 levels and will double at 0.75m sea level rise and triple at 1 .4 m. Globally, more than $10 trillion in assets could be at risk from coastal flooding by the end of this century.

Climate change will add more and more pressure on terrestrial food production systems with each increase in warming. Some of the world’s current crop and livestock areas will become climatically unsuitable, with the problem particularly exacerbated in many regions near the equator. Indigenous and other already vulnerable groups are likely to be disproportionately affected by climate change.

Globally, urban infrastructure systems are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts and risks of climate change, especially in places experiencing rapid unplanned urbanization. Climate-related damage to transport and energy infrastructure is expected to represent a significant financial burden for many countries, with cascading effects on economies and societies.

Adaptation and resilient development to climate change

Adaptation is the planned and/or unplanned (or autonomous) process of adjusting to actual or expected climate change and can occur in both human and natural systems.

Around 60% of all adaptation responses documented since 2014 respond to water-related hazards such as droughts, floods and rainfall variability. Due to the pervasiveness of current and projected impacts of climate change on water, the IPCC considers water to be critical to future climate-resilient development.

Most human systems and many natural systems have vast opportunities for successful adaptation to climate change. However, even effective adaptation does not prevent all loss and damage. The effectiveness of adaptive responses decreases and the predicted risk increases with increasing warming. Many natural systems are already at or near the “hard” limits of their natural adaptive capacity.

Enabling conditions are essential to implement, accelerate and sustain the adaptation of human and natural systems. These include political commitment and monitoring, institutional frameworks, policies and instruments with clear objectives and priorities, better knowledge of impacts and solutions, mobilization and access to financial resources monitoring and evaluation, and inclusive governance processes. Equitable outcomes contribute to multiple benefits for health and well-being and ecosystem services, including for indigenous peoples, marginalized and vulnerable communities.

The need for a climate response

the contribution of the WGII ​​the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report notes the profound impacts that many human and natural systems are already experiencing due to climate change. It provides a timely warning of the urgent need for climate-resilient development that combines mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change, with effective responses to other vulnerabilities of human and natural systems. .

the Summary for Policymakers produced by WGII ​​concludes by noting:

“The cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health. future for all.”

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‘Prettier than Europe’: Kashmir tourism hits 10-year high | Gallery News


The Indian-administered region of Kashmir is attracting record numbers of tourists after the easing of pandemic restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, bolstering local businesses.

Tourist arrivals are expected to hit a 10-year high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and government officials said, despite restrictions on foreign tourists and some recent incidents of violence.

Tourism plunged in Kashmir after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government stripped the region of its special status and autonomy in 2019.

Later, the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the inflows of domestic and foreign tourists.

“We are witnessing the highest tourist arrivals ever recorded in Kashmir this year with 0.18 million tourists arriving in March alone,” Sarmad Hafeez, Tourism Secretary for Jammu and Kashmir told the news agency. Reuters, adding that April arrivals could exceed March.

Along with horticulture and agriculture, tourism is an important industry for Indian-administered Kashmir, contributing around 7% to its economy, according to government data.

Claiming to be ‘heaven on earth’, the disputed region is home to Dal Lake, which centuries ago was a favorite haunt of Mughal emperors fleeing the summer heat of the Indian plains.

The lake’s famous houseboats are major attractions, along with the nearby Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, the largest in Asia, and the area’s mountains and glaciers.

Hafeez said an advertising campaign in major Indian cities and the opening of new destinations were attracting more tourists.

Boatman Wali Mohammad Bhat, 54, said he had no work during the pandemic: “But now I earn 1,000-1,500 rupees ($13-$20) a day and we expect to a good tourist season.”

Many hoteliers and houseboat owners said tourists had booked rooms in advance for the next two weeks and the revenue had helped them pay off some of their debts.

After a gap of years, hoteliers, taxi drivers and tour operators are doing good business, said Ghulam Hassan Bhat, 75, a tour operator in Srinagar.

“Hotel room rates are up more than 30% compared to the pre-COVID period, and there’s a huge rush in bookings,” he said.

The rush is so strong that tour operators have said they are struggling to find reservations for their customers as hotels are 80% and 90% full and airfares have risen.

“Hotel rooms are not available in good locations,” said Pronab Sarkar, a New Delhi-based tour operator and former president of the Indian Association of Tour Operators.

Many high-end tourists from wealthier Indian regions such as Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai were opting for the Kashmir Valley instead of destinations in Europe due to pandemic-related uncertainty, operators said.

“We have high-end accommodation here and limited commercial transport services, which is a major challenge for us,” said Mohammad Yasin Tuman, managing partner of Mascot Travels.

But tourists are not bothered. Navdeep Singh and his wife Gurpreet Kaur traveled from Australia to Kashmir, saying they were fascinated by its beauty.

“I have traveled all over Europe but this place is more beautiful. People are warm and friendly,” he said.

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GOAL will carry out 24 projects in the Northern Triangle region of Central America in 2022 to benefit more than 600,000 people – Guatemala


GOAL outlines plans to expand programs in an increasingly fragile and highly urbanized region at today’s ‘Ireland in Central America’ conference

At today’s ‘Ireland in Central America’ conference, hosted by the Irish Embassy in Mexico, delegates will learn how GOAL has implemented emergency response programs in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and longer-term programs to promote equitable and inclusive programs. , and sustainable market systems, resilient health and climate-resilient food security, since 1998. In 2022, more than 150 GOAL employees will deliver 24 of these €20 million projects in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and these projects will benefit more than 600,000 people.

To determine program delivery needs, the GOAL LAC team cites four areas of focus:

  • CLIMATE CRISIS: The LAC region is one of the most vulnerable in the world to disasters from natural and man-made threats. Climate change poses new challenges to the Region with increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events including heat and drought, tropical glaciers, coral reef bleaching and sea level rise, increased biomass and carbon losses, lower high yields for wheat and maize and increased risk. diarrheal diseases, dengue and malaria.
  • INEQUALITIES AND REDUCTION OF SOCIAL COHESION: The LAC region includes some of the most unequal countries in the world (according to the World Economic Forum’s GINI index), including Colombia, Honduras and Haiti (Haiti is by far the poorest country, ranking 163 out of 187).
  • MIGRATION: Migration to the United States from the countries of the northern triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras) and migration to the interior of the region (the migration of Haitians to the Dominican Republic) has been a trend for many years and, in the last five years, there has been an exodus of Venezuelans to other countries in the region.
  • URBANIZATION: 80% of the population lives in urban areas in 2021, which has accelerated over the past 10 years due to climate change, conflict and increased rural exodus.

Speaking at today’s ‘Ireland in Central America’ conference, Bernard McCaul, GOAL Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), said: “The LAC region, one of the most unequal regions in the world, is experiencing increasing levels of fragility, reduced social cohesion and informal urbanization. Latin America is already the most urbanized region in the world and it is estimated that by 2025, 86% of the population will live in cities and towns. It is also estimated that a third of the population of Latin America currently lives in what is defined as extreme poverty by the UN, living on $1.90 a day.

“GOAL works in partnership with local authorities, international organizations, grassroots organizations and UN agencies to implement programs in acute humanitarian crises, triggered by man-made or natural disasters. GOAL also works to respond to chronic crises caused by growing urban and rural food insecurity, violent neighborhoods controlled by high-risk gangs, and climate vulnerability,” continued Bernard McCaul.

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How FirstBank helps payroll account holders dream big.


Loans are intended to provide individuals or organizations with additional funds to cover expenses and other obligations. They are then repaid over an agreed period of time, with interest. Personal loans and payday advances are the most popular offers. While the first is an instant loan granted to individuals after verification, the second is generally extended to salaried professionals. But even though personal loans tend to cost less because they have longer terms, there are still a few factors to consider before deciding which option is right for you.

According to a report by The bank rate, some of the top reasons people get personal loans include emergencies, moving purposes, debt reconciliation, payday loans, and other celebratory expenses. Depending on why you are taking out a loan, it is important to determine the amount based on your monthly budget for principal plus interest repayments. If it’s an emergency that you need money for, a payday advance loan may be more beneficial to you than a payday loan because it’s faster and doesn’t involve intermediaries. Nevertheless, personal loans are a very good option when it comes to financing a vehicle or acquiring new gadgets. Indeed, in the long run, taking out a loan means you can still build a savings portfolio for rainy days.

With rising inflation figures in countries like Nigeria (15.63%), employees are indeed strongly affected. Despite a regular flow of income, they face difficulties in meeting certain obligations or recurring bills. Unfortunately, the reality is that most Nigerians would rather borrow from friends and family than take out a loan. This is largely due to high interest rates, inability to meet certain requirements, and fear of being harassed by digital lenders who use shameful tactics to collect on loans.

To bridge this gap, Nigeria’s premier financial institution, First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank), is offering its customers better and easier alternatives through a variety of loan products. The bank also creates opportunities for millions of employees to dream big by exploiting the full potential of their accounts.

Here’s a breakdown of his loan plans

FirstAdvance, as the name suggests, helps you meet financial obligations that may arise before wages are paid. This plan offers a maximum amount of ₦500,000, based on the applicant’s average salary over the course of 3 months. However, customers are required to have an active salary account domiciled with First Bank, with proof of regular payment of salary. Cash loans for salaried customers have a set interest rate of 2.5% fixed, collected in advance, and can be accessed through the bank’s FirstMobile app and by dialing *894*11# or *894 #.

FirstCredit is the most flexible plan that allows you to access simple and fast loans without any collateral or documentation. Customers can apply for loans of up to ₦300,000 using a mobile phone or tablet. But there is a catch. The account must have been operational in First Bank for at least 6 months, as well as a good credit record. FirstCredit has a fixed 10% interest rate. Here’s how it works in a few easy steps:

  • Dial *894#
  • Select Loans
  • Select FirstCredit
  • Select Get New Loan #
  • Select the account number with which you want to apply for the loan
  • Grant consent to use data and agree to terms and conditions
  • You will be presented with 4 loan amount options
  • Choose the desired loan amount
  • The loan is paid into your account

FirstBank’s Personal Payday Loan (PLAS)) is an upgrade to its First Advance offering. In addition to providing the funds needed to address urgent issues that may arise, this plan allows clients to achieve their other long-term goals and objectives. For example, capital projects, rent obligations, vacations, professional courses and other rewarding undertakings. According to the bank, with PLAS, Nigerian employees can be assured of a financial partner to realize their dreams. Through this plan, salary account holders can access up to ₦30 million and repay the loan over a period of up to 36 months, subject to a retirement age of 60 and a retirement plan. flexible reimbursement. To apply, you will need the following documents:

  • Letter of application
  • Personal loan application form
  • Payslip
  • Balance sheet
  • Letter from the candidate on the total emolument
  • Confirmation of Applicant’s Employer on FBN’s Approved List
  • Irrevocable salary domiciliation letter for the duration of the facility.
  • Complete the form and submit it to nearest First Bank branch.

FirstBank is investing heavily to ease the pressure on customers as they meet their immediate and medium-term financial goals. The vision behind its payday advance loan (FirstAdvance) is to ensure that customers are not charged high interest rates or forced to submit more collateral. Its PLAS plan offers flexibility and good interest rates, and helps increase the customer’s credit rating. It also does not require so much paperwork since the process is done online.

The bank also offers strategic services and incentives aimed at providing customers with the best experience. For example, his salary account benefits include a zero opening balance and no minimum daily operating balance or AMC fees. Customers also get their first Verve or Mastercard issue free with unlimited access to consumer loans.

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Tour operator warns of ‘last chance tourism’ as glaciers melt


An Aoraki/Mt Cook tour operator says some of the region’s glaciers are now in a period of ‘last chance tourism’, and anyone who wants to experience them should act now.

“Now is the time for people to come and see the glaciers.

“The Hochstetter Icefall (located in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park) once had towering ice grids, but they’ve now shrunk considerably in size,” said Charlie Hobbs, owner of Southern Alps Guiding and the Old Mountaineers Cafe, in Aoraki/Mt Cook. , noted.

Hobbs, who has been guiding in the area for 35 years and climbing there for 43, said visiting the glaciers now comes with additional challenges.

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“As small glaciers retreat, the risk of rockfall increases. There is much more rock instability as the glaciers retreat.

“Glaciers have been melting since 1895, the last mini ice age, but more so in recent years,” Hobbs said.

Tourists witness the massive carving of a glacier on Lake Tasman at Aoraki/Mt Cook in 2019.

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Tourists witness the massive carving of a glacier on Lake Tasman at Aoraki/Mt Cook in 2019.

On Tuesday, National Institute for Meteorological and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) lead scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey said many New Zealand glaciers would disappear within a decade, impacting the ice industry. tourism and would pose hazards to hikers.

His warning came as an annual late-summer survey of more than 50 South Island glaciers revealed continued loss of snow and ice.

Hobbs said the loss changed the experience of skiing on the Tasman Glacier, which had shrunk in size. He said that 20 to 30 years ago the glacier was not steep but now has a steeper slope due to lack of ice volume.


Since 2016, enough ice has melted from the South Island’s Brewster Glacier to supply the drinking water needs of all New Zealanders for three years.

In terms of operating his tourism business, Hobbs said they will now need to mitigate and review dangerous areas and where they can go.

“We can still operate successfully, but we have to make sure we check the areas we can and cannot go to.”

Tim Rayward said the melt doesn't affect them or their flight path much because they all bypass the glaciers.  (File photo)

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Tim Rayward said the melt doesn’t affect them or their flight path much because they all bypass the glaciers. (File photo)

Tim Rayward, owner of Air Safaris in Lake Takapō/Tekapo, said it seemed hard to believe the glaciers could disappear in 10 years.

“There is definitely melting as Lake Tasman and the lake below the Murchison Glacier grows, but there is a huge amount of snow and ice up there in the Alps,” Rayward said.

“Cast iron is something to watch closely. Some glaciers are receding, but the scenery is still incredibly spectacular.

“At the moment, the permanent snow line appears to be increasing.”

Rayward said the melting didn’t affect them or their flight path much as they all bypassed the Aoraki/Mt Cook glaciers.

“The lakes have gotten much bigger,” he said.

Chris Rudge said there has been a lot of erosion on the Mueller Glacier.  (File photo)

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Chris Rudge said there has been a lot of erosion on the Mueller Glacier. (File photo)

Twizel’s Aviation Adventures owner and pilot Chris Rudge said he’s not worried about his flight operation because the larger glaciers will remain and there will still be snowfall in the upper levels.

“The larger glaciers will still be here ten years from now, but it will be interesting to see what happens to the smaller glaciers.

“The biggest noticeable changes can be seen in the Mueller Glacier (Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park). It has retreated around the corner. There are no more icebergs in Lake Mueller Terminal. has lots of icebergs in Hooker Terminal Lake as the ice walls crumble as the Hooker Glacier retreats.

Rudge said that in recent years there has been a lot of erosion with melting glaciers, especially on the Mueller Glacier where there have been large rockfalls and landslides.

“It’s been going on almost 24/7, there are dust clouds and you can see it from Twizel.”

Scientists at NIWA, Victoria University of Wellington and the Department of Conservation are taking aerial photographs of glaciers to track ice volume.


Scientists at NIWA, Victoria University of Wellington and the Department of Conservation are taking aerial photographs of glaciers to track ice volume.

Dr Andrew Lorrey, who is leading the snowline survey, said many New Zealand glaciers were suffering due to “extremely hot summer temperatures, exacerbated by a sea heat wave”.

“A decade from now, we predict that many of our beloved and important glaciers will be gone. This will have far-reaching impacts, such as altering our beautiful landscape, affecting the livelihoods of people who depend on these natural wonders for tourism, and the effects of diminishing meltwater during times of drought,” a- he declared.

“This will impact tourism in several ways. Access to the glaciers will be further and further away and you will have to climb higher and higher to see the glacier.

Lorrey said tourist activities like trampling near glaciers could become dangerous as the landscape around would be unstable and boating in lakes under a glacier could also be dangerous as there is a chance that a wall of ice will s collapsed into the lake causing a local tsunami.

He said loose sediment near Tasman Glacier, located in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, collapsing into Lake Tasman had blocked some routes used by trampers to climb the mountain.

COLUMN: The theory of evolution does not answer all the questions | Columnists


By Reverend Mike Ruffin

Have you not read that he who made them in the beginning made them male and female. (Matthew 19:4)

Evolution has as much to do with religion as creationism. If a theory tries to explain that God had nothing to do with the creation of man, why can’t we teach the idea that he has everything to do with it? What are intellectuals so afraid of?

The irony of the evolution lie is that it has nothing to do with science. Science deals with theories that can be tested and observed. Evolution is a theory that cannot be tested and proven. Their “science” will never answer why meteorites are never found in supposedly ancient rocks, or why Earth’s fossil record does not contain billions of finds instead of a handful. They teach that the solar system evolved, but they cannot explain why three of its planets spin backwards and at least six of its moons spin in a different direction.

The Bible says the earth is not billions of years old and did not form by chance or accident. Instead, the Bible teaches that God created the universe about 6,000 years ago from nothing in six literal twenty-four-hour days. Then, about 4,400 years ago, the earth was destroyed by a worldwide flood. This devastating year-long flood was responsible for depositing layers of sediment (Genesis 8:3-5). As the mountains rose and the ocean basins sank after the flood (Psalm 104:5-8, Genesis 8:1), the waters rushed from the rising mountains into the new ocean basins. This rapid erosion through still soft, unprotected sediment formed the topography we still see today in places like the Grand Canyon.

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Evolutionists scoff at Christians who claim the earth is only 6,000 years old. But they can’t explain why there isn’t enough mud on the seabed to support their claim that Earth took three billion years to get where it is. The average depth of deposits on the seafloor supports the idea that the earth is only a few thousand years old.

Did you know that the oldest living tree in the world is only around 4,300 years old and the oldest living coral reef is less than 4,200 years old? And why do ice cores at the South Pole and Greenland have a maximum depth of only 10,000 to 14,000 feet? The discovery of a plane that crashed in Greenland in 1942 helped provide the answer. It was found in 1990 under 263 feet of ice after only 48 years. In other words, all this ice could have accumulated in 4,400 years.

A friend brought me a copy of a letter he received from CS Lewis in 1966. He had asked Lewis to help him understand how evolution could happen in a world where there was no no sin. Lewis, you see, had recognized in an earlier book, Miracles, that “human death, according to Christians, is the result of human sin; man, as he was originally created, was immune to it”.

My friend wrote to Lewis: “Until I read your book, Miracles, I had never had any difficulty in accepting the scientific theory of evolution as God’s method of creation. It suddenly occurred to me for the first time that I saw no possible way to reconcile evolution with this statement. Hasn’t death always been present in the evolutionary scheme of things?

Lewis actually replied to my friend. He was surprised at what he said:

“Yes, I think death has always been part of the evolutionary scheme. But I don’t think man was a full part of it. I think as an anthropoid organism (that had evolved), the gift of the rational soul descended from God and became human The story is not evolution but evolution plus something else.

I don’t have to read Genesis three or four times to understand what God is saying. Isn’t it amazing how God, who is infinitely more brilliant than CS Lewis could ever have hoped to be, chooses to offer a simple and understandable explanation? I guess that’s why his book continues to sell more than all the books that CS Lewis has sold.

All you really need to know is one of God’s basic rules of biblical mathematics when it comes to understanding His Word: don’t add to it or subtract from it. Just rightly divide it and trust it with the answer.

In-depth research of the global industrial tablet PC market, industry statistics 2022


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  • The Mankato duo returns from Antarctica | Local News


    MANKATO — Two residents of Mankato have returned from an Antarctic expedition.

    Local adventurers Julia Battern and Mike Innes shared their experiences with an international group of participants on a 2041 Foundation expedition to engage businesses and communities in climate science, personal leadership and promoting sustainable practices.

    “I’m home but fair,” Mike Innes emailed shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. The group began their journey on March 17.

    Innes plans to spend a few days “reorienting himself” before resuming his duties as director of operations for Onward Energy’s Mankato Energy Center.

    Onward Energy handled the expenses of the Mankato duo’s trip, including the cost of a substitute teacher to replace Battern’s science classes at Mankato East High School.

    “She has to go back (to school) on Monday or Tuesday,” East principal Jeff Dahline said.

    Dahline showed enthusiasm for Battern’s opportunity to learn more about Antarctica; he also looks forward to discovering how the science education of students in the East is likely to be improved.

    “Not only was it a great opportunity for her, but I know she will share this at a very high level with her students and will share it with the teachers in her department. It will have a huge impact on our school program “, did he declare.

    Throughout the expedition, East students and staff, as well as area residents, were able to take to social media sites for expedition updates, including a blog created by Battery. She shared many videos of majestic icebergs, flocks of penguins, as well as selfies with her teammates.

    Batter included these observances on the sixth day:

    “So much excitement as our expedition party of 150, representing 35 nations, traveled to the Port of Ushuaia to board the Ocean Victory. This small cruise ship built in 2021 has made 11 trips to Antarctica; it’s the most energy-efficient of its kind, but it still emits 252 tonnes of carbon dioxide on this trip. To “clean up” the CO2 emitted on our trip, 125% of the carbon emissions will be offset by donations to various fundraising efforts, including carbon capture and reforestation projects. I definitely feel some guilt around the imprint of this journey…at the same time, I feel determined to make sure something good comes out of it in the end.

    “Our journey began heading west on the Beagle Channel…Within two minutes of being on deck, I had already seen seals, whales, penguins (swimming) in the beautiful backdrop of the mountains… It was special to think that Darwin had sailed this same path nearly two hundred years ago on his ship, the HMS Beagle, and even more special to know that our biology students back at Mankato learn about Darwin’s journey in class this week!

    Dahline said Battern will likely give a presentation on his trip at a later date.

    Scotland will be colder than ALASKA as the -8C North Pole freeze sets in and weekend snow is on the way


    SCOTLAND is colder than Alaska today as a -8C frost descended from the North Pole and snow is on the way this weekend.

    April snow showers will see a white Saturday and Sunday as cold air blows in 2,000 miles from the Arctic.


    Freezing air blew in from the Arctic and brought wintry conditions to Scotland
    A Met Office yellow ice warning is in place for south-east Scotland tomorrow morning


    A Met Office yellow ice warning is in place for south-east Scotland tomorrow morningCredit: Met Office

    The pinnacle of wintry conditions saw parts of Scotland experience freezing temperatures of -8C this morning – colder than Alaska.

    In Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, it was milder -2C this morning, with lows of -4C expected tomorrow and -5C on Sunday.

    In Scotland, snowplows are on standby at airports as snow showers and widespread frost are expected tomorrow.

    Sandblasting trucks are also in service out of season.

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    I pay £50 a day just for electricity - I dread the price hike

    A Met Office yellow weather warning for ice is in place for parts of the Scottish Borders from midnight tonight until 10am tomorrow.

    Glasgow and Perth will see highs of 9C tomorrow and 10C on Sunday, with Aberdeen and Edinburgh set for 7C tomorrow and 10C on Sunday.

    Inverness is forecast for 8C tomorrow and 9C on Sunday, Dundee is expected to have 7C tomorrow and 10C on Sunday,

    Meanwhile, Stirling will see highs of 8C tomorrow and 10C on Sunday.

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    Donal Considine of DTN MeteoGroup said: “The cold air is coming from the North Pole, so it’s as cold as it gets.”

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    A Met Office forecaster said: “Saturday will have a cold and icy start.

    “Cold air is being sucked in from the north. Sub-zero temperatures are possible for much of the UK.”

    Driving conditions could be hazardous in parts of Scotland this weekend


    Driving conditions could be hazardous in parts of Scotland this weekend

    Farrell, Goudette and Labrum lead Glacier start 2-0


    GREAT FALLS — Ella Farrell won twice, homered once and Glacier mounted a hot offense to earn Class AA softball victories over Great Falls Russell and Great Falls High on Thursday.

    The Wolfpack (2-0) hit 16 hits in the two non-conference wins, with Kenadie Goudette getting four hits — including two doubles and a homer — in Game 1 and Sammie Labrum hitting two triples in a four-game blows against the bison.

    Labrum’s two-run triple gave Glacier a 9-0 lead in Game 2, and Avery Anderson walked twice, stole a base and scored twice.

    Goudette’s first home run set the tone against CMR. Farrell’s three-run homer gave the Pack a 4-0 lead in the first inning against the Rustlers, and Glacier led 11-0 before CMR posted twisted numbers late.

    Farrell went five innings against Great Falls High, scattering seven hits and three walks. The game ended after 5 1/2 innings. Against the Rustlers, Farrell had two outs in the sixth inning. She allowed four hits and four walks and no runs. She struck out nine in both games.

    Flathead also started its season against the Bison and Rustlers on Thursday and lost both games by the same score, 15-0. Statistics were not available at the time of going to press.

    Glacier 410 042 0 – 11 16 3

    CMR 000 003 3 – 6 11 0

    Ella Farrell, Morgan Vivian (6), Nakiah Persinger (7) and Brooklyn Imperato. Ginnaty and Faulk. WP—Farrell. LP-Ginnaty.

    GLACIER — Kenadie Goudette 4-4, Sammie Labrum 2-4, Emma Cooke 2-3, Farrell 4-4, Teegan Powell 2-4, Avery Anderson 0-3, Vivian 0-4, Persinger 0-0, Alli Kernan 1 -2, Zoey Allen 0-2, Imperato 1-4, Khirsten Scott 0-0.

    GREAT FALLS CMR – Foul 1-4, Kleinsasser 1-2, Lindseth 1-3, Lapierre 1-4, Hamma 2-4, Ginnaty 1-4, Powers 1-4, Etcheberry 2-4, Floerchinger 1-3.

    2B—Goudette 2, Cooke, Farrell, Kernan, Hamma, Floerchinger. HR—Farrell, Goudette, Powers. RBI – Farrell 5, Goudette 3, Cooke 2, Powers 3, Faulk.

    Glacier 301 143 – 12 `16 0

    Great Falls 000 04x – 4 7 0

    Farrel and Imperato. Ennes and Bloomgren.

    GLACIER — Goudette 1-4, Labrum 4-4, Cooke 2-4, Farrell 2-3, Anderson 1-2, Powell 2-3, Imperato 0-3, Vivian 2-2, M Osler 1-3, Haller 1 -1, Bella Hodous 0-0 0-0, Allen 0-0.

    BIG FALLS – Bloomgren 1-2, Jones 1-3, Ennes 1-3, Newmack 1-3, Galloway 1-3, Seger 0-2, Cammill 0-3, Davis 1-2, Lins 1-1.

    2B — Goudette, Ennes. 3B – Labrum 2. RH – Lins, Davis. RBI – Labrum 3, Powell 2, Ulcer 2, Vivian, m Haller, Goudette, Cooke, Newmack, Ennes, Davis, Lins.

    Gillibrand reintroduced Postal Banking Act, hopes to close gap for underbanked | Featured story


    WASHINGTON — Nearly one in five American adults either don’t have a bank account or don’t have the type of account they should have access to, and U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand is working to bring banking back to the service US postal.

    On Wednesday, Sen. Gillibrand, DN.Y., announced the reintroduction of his Postal Banking Act, which would restore postal banking, where post offices offer checking and savings accounts, small loans, a access to ATMs and debit cards to customers for little or no charge.

    “The Postal Service has nearly 31,000 locations across the country, in every community from rural towns to downtowns, and each of those locations can serve as a public, nonprofit bank,” she said during of a press conference.

    According to an analysis conducted by the senators’ office, based on information from the inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service, a postal bank could generate nearly $19 billion in revenue for the service and would fill a hole in the modern banking system that leaves many rural, low-income and minority groups without easy access to their money.

    “Nearly one in five Americans are underbanked, including 40% black adults and 30% Hispanic adults,” she said.

    The problem is worse in rural areas of the country. Senator Gillibrand said that 90% of ZIP codes in the United States that do not have a bank on their borders are in rural America.

    The results can be expensive. When people do not have access to a bank account to deposit funds or receive loans from, they often have to resort to high-cost alternatives.

    “This leaves families in these communities with no recourse but predatory lenders who can charge them interest rates that can be 20 times higher than average credit card interest rates,” said Senator Gillibrand.

    She said data shows that underbanked families spend nearly $190 billion a year on payday lending and check cashing services.

    The senator’s legislation would allow customers to open interest-bearing savings accounts of up to $20,000 and apply for loans of up to $500 at a time, up to $1,000 over a year after the loan initial. All monetary limits would be increased automatically to counter the effects of inflation.

    “These accounts can be used in combination with other federal, state and local programs to create alternative savings and supplemental income,” Senator Gillibrand said.

    And, the senator said the program would cost nothing, but instead provide another source of revenue to sustain and rebuild the U.S. Postal Service, which has been financially unstable and has suffered from staffing issues for many years, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. .

    Senator Gillibrand blamed former President Donald J. Trump and Postmaster Louis DeJoy, who was appointed by Mr. Trump, for many service issues seen in 2020, and said it’s their policies and practices. funding decisions that led to the decline in service. at the USPS.

    “I think to the extent that you would need more staff (for postal banking), that can be funded by the $19 billion in revenue you would create by establishing this program,” she said. .

    A pilot program to test postal banking services was launched in September, allowing customers to use checks made out to them in their name by a business to purchase prepaid Visa gift cards, with a $5.95 fee for the service . Only six people used the program in the four offices where it was offered.

    Senator Gillibrand blamed Mr. DeJoy for this, saying it was his decision to add the $5.95 fee.

    “You don’t even pay CitiBank that much,” she said. “Obviously he was trying to make it not work.”

    Mr. DeJoy remains United States Postmaster General, but Senator Gillibrand said she hopes the Biden administration appoints more officials to the U.S. Postal Commission, which governs the USPS, that they get the votes for. remove Mr. DeJoy as Postmaster General.

    “He’s terrible, I don’t support him and I hope we can have a new postmaster general as soon as possible,” she said.

    The legislation, introduced Wednesday, has three Democratic co-sponsors so far and is also working to win support from Republican senators.

    “I’m going to find the Republicans in the next few weeks and when I do, it increases our chances of getting a vote in Congress and getting it through by the end of the year,” Sen. Gillibrand said.

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    Culture Crush: Sinfonietta Strings and More | Bohemian



    Sinfonietta strings

    the North Bay Sinfonietta takes the stage April 8 at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Newman Auditorium. This chamber orchestra, founded by conductor Cynthia Weichel in 2014, has more than 30 amateur, professional and student musicians from Sonoma County. At the next concert, the orchestra’s string section will perform pieces including Edward Elgar’s Elegy 1909, Op. 59, described as marvelous in its devotional expression of unheroic grief; John Rutter’s Suite for String Orchestra from 1973, with each of the four movements named after popular English folksongs; and I Crisantemi by Giacomo Puccini, written in a single night on February 6, 1890 and dedicated to the memory of Prince Amadeo di Savoia, Duca d’Aosta and the King of Spain. The Sinfonietta plays Friday, April 8 at the Newman Auditorium on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation $10. Classicalsonoma.org/calendar.


    Jazz Trio

    This Friday, April 1, the Joel Kruzic Trio will bring his brand of smooth, jamming jazz to The Big Easy, the underground nightclub and restaurant in Petaluma’s historic American Alley. The venue offers an inclusive and eclectic vibe, where all are welcome to listen to music five nights a week, and a full restaurant menu for dance-induced hunger pangs. Joel Kruzic is a Sonoma County resident who grew up in a musical family. He started playing the guitar at the age of eight, at 14 he had started playing the double bass, and then decided to pursue his career in music, attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. After five years in New York, he moved to the Bay Area with his inimitable sound. Kruzic’s prodigious East Coast-influenced sounds shine through in his technique and rhythm. Friday, April 1 at The Big Easy, 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 7 p.m. Free. Bigeasypetaluma.com


    Beauty of Napa Valley

    Sofie Contemporary Art Gallery in Calistoga is pleased to announce the opening of the Persistence of beauty, the gallery’s first exhibition of 2022. Curated by gallery director Jan Sofie, the exhibition features a diverse representation of Bay Area artists and is inspired by the enduring power of grace and beauty. simple through tumultuous and unpredictable times. Through a myriad of different mediums and styles, each artist represents resilience and joy through the courageous channel of art. Artists include Will Ashford, Don Bishop, Beka Brayer, Monica Bryant, Arminee Chahbazian, Terry Holleman, Anne Pentland, Todd Pickering, Susan Proehl, Inez Storer, Susan Stover and Jonah Ward. The Persistence of Beauty is on view until June 12. Sofie Contemporary Arts Gallery, 1407 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Galerie.sofiegallery.com


    Merger of MOCA

    In his latest show, Marin-based artist Bill Russell uses icebergs as a metaphor for the effects of global warming. Presented at Marin MOCA from April 2 to June 5, Russel’s Show on ice is based on his research in climate science and a recent trip to Iceland. The artist intends, through his depiction of melting icebergs in relation to cultural icons like Noah’s Ark and the Titanic, to create an accessible and informative show about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. confronted. On April 22, Marin MOCA will moderate a conversation between Russell and art therapist Ariella Cook-Shonkoff, MFT, ATR about the role of art in understanding the climate crisis and the therapeutic benefits of creating art in the face of climate change. climate anxiety. Marine MOCA, 500 Palm Drive, Novato. General admission is free to the public. Marinmoca.org.

    —Jane Vick

    Bourke’s Library: Imagine What Never Was – Brainerd Dispatch


    All of the readings this week are very different, each with their own style and story.

    There’s non-fiction, the supernatural, hard life lessons, and even a bit of romance, so I hope every reader can find something to their liking among my most recent picks.

    “Why All Skulls Smile” door Joe Pawlowski

    I haven’t read a lot of short stories, but when I get my hands on a brand new copy of a book with a brightly colored skull reminiscent of a Día de los Muertos decoration and the promise of something thrilling, it’s it’s hard not to take a look.

    why all the skulls are smiling

    “Why All the Skulls are Grinning” is the fifth book by retired journalist and New Hope author Joe Pawlowski. This is a collection of nine suspenseful short stories, most set in Minnesota and all unique and engaging stories with supernatural elements.

    Among the curious characters are a con man who gets more than he bargains for in his latest scheme, an old man desperate to meet spirits, an escaped convict who stumbles upon a disturbing scene in the woods, and a couple drawn into a dark, drug-soaked night they would forget if they could remember what happened.

    Some scenes reminded me of a darker, more distorted version of Alice’s Journey to Wonderland, with absurd reflections and confusing illusions that surely could only be hallucinations if it weren’t for their very implications. real.

    Grim and unexpected endings held me on the edge of my seat and left me with my mouth hanging open, trying to make sense of what I had just read. If you’re craving something completely original, totally twisted, and weirdly weird, “Why All the Skulls are Grinning” is the perfect thing.

    “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

    I didn’t know what to expect coming into “The Secret Life of Bees”. I bought a copy of it at a library book sale a while ago because I had heard of the title and thought it would be a good read. What I encountered was a deep, moving and tragically beautiful story about a young girl’s search for answers about her mother.

    The secret life of bees

    It’s the summer of 1964 in South Carolina, and President Lyndon B. Johnson has just signed into law the Civil Rights Act. Rosaleen Daise has practiced her signature many times and is ready to register to vote for the first time. White teenager Lily Owens, who was placed in Rosaleen’s care 10 years ago after her mother’s death, accompanies the black woman to town for the momentous occasion, if only to get away from her violent father T. Ray for a few hours.

    But when Rosaleen offends three violent racists along the way and gets thrown in jail, Lily decides it’s time for something drastic.

    After breaking Rosaleen out of jail, the two set sail for the only place Lily can think of – Tiburon, South Carolina. She found the name on the back of an item belonging to her late mother and hopes the city will provide the answers she seeks, such as the true circumstances of her mother’s death and whether her father’s disturbing account can be corroborated. .

    She didn’t expect these answers — or a whole host of life lessons — to be found in the beehives surrounding a bright pink house owned by three black beekeeping sisters who teach her about a mother’s love.

    Asylum at the End of the World by Julian Sancton

    I’m not used to reading a lot of non-fiction, but “Madhouse at the End of the Earth” feels more like a thrilling action/adventure novel than a historical narrative.

    Madhouse at the end of the world

    One of the lesser known Antarctic expeditions, the Belgica set out from Antwerp, Belgium on August 16, 1897 with Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery at the helm. Seeking glory for himself and his homeland, de Gerlache assembled the best team he could find. The motley group of mostly Belgians and Norwegians set out to find the magnetic South Pole, but instead ended up with a different feat to their name: the first inhabitants to winter south of the Antarctic Circle.

    When de Gerlache throws caution to the wind and ends up trapping his crew in the unforgiving ice of Antarctica for a year, madness ensues. The sun sets in mid-May 1898 and does not rise again for 70 days.

    Nobody signed up for it. Nobody is prepared for it, except maybe the beefy Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who was going to make a name for himself.

    But how many will die before the ice loosens? How many of his comrades from Gerlach has he condemned to the icy waters, and will the commander himself survive the winter?

    Through detailed diaries kept by many of the crew, Julian Sancton takes his readers on a chilling journey into the minds of men whose thirst for adventure is long gone, replaced by disease, madness and the nagging fear of never returning to civilization. .

    Kids’ Choice: “The Big Island” by Julian May

    Originally published in 1968, “The Big Island: The story of Isle Royale” was reprinted in 2021 with a new note from renowned wolf expert L. David Mech.

    The Big Island

    The short story, beautifully illustrated by John Schoenherr, outlines the basics of ecological balance on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale through its depiction of the predator-prey relationship between moose, wolves and other island animals.

    The rustic designs paired with the simple, outdoor story is the perfect tale for little Minnesotans – or any curious young reader. But parents should be prepared for their little ones to request a trip to Isle Royale National Park when they’re done.

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    It’s all coming to Disney+ in April 2022


    Coming to Disney+

    April 1

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    Best Nate Ever – Premiere
    Thirteen-year-old Nate has big dreams on Broadway. But when he’s not cast in the school play, he and his best friend Libby sneak into the Big Apple, where he unexpectedly reunites with his long-lost Aunt Heidi. Together they must prove that life’s greatest adventures are as big as your dreams.

    April 6

    Moon Knight – Episode 2
    Moon Knight follows mild-mannered gift shop clerk Steven Grant, who is plagued by power outages and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge on them, they must navigate their complex identities while immersed in a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.

    The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder – Episode 8 “Homeschooling”
    Penny inadvertently gets her homeless teacher, Mrs. Hill, fired. To right her wrong, Penny launches a fundraiser. Zoey turns to Uncle Bobby to learn the ways of funk.

    April 8

    Chasing the Mavericks

    April 13

    Scrat Tales – Season 1 premiere (all episodes streaming)
    Ice Age Scrat Tales is a series of six all-new animated shorts featuring Scrat, the hapless saber-toothed squirrel from Ice Age Adventures, who experiences the highs and lows of fatherhood, as that he and the lovable and mischievous Baby Scrat, alternately bond with each other and fight for ownership of the very precious Acorn.

    Moon Knight – Episode 3
    Moon Knight follows mild-mannered gift shop clerk Steven Grant, who is plagued by power outages and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge on them, they must navigate their complex identities while immersed in a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.

    The Proud Family: Stronger and Prouder – Episode 9 “Raging Bully”
    LaCienega feels threatened by her ugly duckling turned beautiful swan cousin, LaBrea, as her quinceañera approaches. Sunset’s sister, Melrose, pushes her to make bad choices.

    April 20

    The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder – Season 1 Finale “Old Towne Road”
    When Trudy follows Suga Mama’s family to Oklahoma, the Prouds head to the family rodeo, where Suga Mama’s painful history will be revealed. Oscar discovers that he is a natural cowboy.

    Moon Knight – Episode 4
    Moon Knight follows mild-mannered gift shop clerk Steven Grant, who is plagued by power outages and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge on them, they must navigate their complex identities while immersed in a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.

    April 22

    Polar Bear – Premiere
    Narrated by two-time Oscar® nominee Catherine Keener (Capote, Being John Malkovich), Disneynature’s Polar Bear tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her own youth prepare her to navigate motherhood in the world of increasingly difficult polar bears face today. .

    Be a witness – Premiere
    Bear Witness travels alongside the filmmakers behind Disneynature’s Polar Bear as they face profound challenges 300 miles from the North Pole. The team, which created a groundbreaking arctic camp on location, navigated virtually impassable snow banks and thin pack ice, harvesting unprecedented footage revealing adaptive behaviors that surprised even this team of veteran filmmakers.

    Explorer: The Last Tepui – Premiere
    National Geographic’s Disney+ Earth Day Explorer Special: The Last Tepui follows elite mountaineer Alex Honnold (Free Solo) and a world-class climbing team led by National Geographic Explorer and mountaineer Mark Synnott on a grueling mission deep in the Amazon jungle as they attempt a first ascent of a steep 1000ft cliff. Their goal is to bring Bruce Means, legendary biologist and National Geographic explorer, to the top of a huge “island in the sky” known as the tepui. The team must first navigate miles of dangerous jungle terrain to help Dr. Means complete his life’s work, searching for undiscovered animal species in the cliff. The hour-long special is the latest installment in National Geographic’s long-running Explorer series. On this Earth Day, discover why the tepuis – just like the Galapagos – are a treasure trove of biodiversity that deserves to be protected.

    The Biggest Little Farm: The Return – Premiere
    National Geographic’s Disney+ Earth Day Special The Biggest Little Farm: The Return is based on the award-winning 2018 feature-length documentary that tells the story of John and Molly Chester, who abandon their urban life in Los Angeles to live on a barren farm to grow delicious food in harmony with nature in Ventura County. The new special follows the farmers’ tireless 10-year journey as they turn the land into a magical farm and document the entire process in this heartwarming special that feels like a real Charlotte’s Web. Apricot Lane Farms is a beautiful and complex world that reflects our planet’s biodiversity, and this special introduces audiences to animals that will quickly burrow into their hearts, like Georgie the gopher-eating egret, Emma the pig who welcomes her new litter and an adorable lamb named Moe who thinks he’s a dog. This Earth Day, learn how farmers are using nature’s interconnectedness to support healthy soils, maximize biodiversity, and regeneratively grow the most nutrient-dense foods possible.

    April 27

    Sketchbook – Season 1 premiere (all episodes streaming)
    An intimate educational documentary series, Sketchbook takes us to the desks and into the lives of talented artists and animators. Each episode focuses on a single artist who teaches us how to draw a single iconic character from a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. As we learn the stages of drawing these characters, we also discover that the artists themselves each have a unique story to tell about how they got to Disney and the character they got. selected. From the creators of Chef’s Table, this exclusive experience will give viewers of all ages a new understanding of how these beloved characters come to life on screen while introducing them to a new cast of real-life characters along the way.

    moon knight – episode 5
    Moon Knight follows mild-mannered gift shop clerk Steven Grant, who is plagued by power outages and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge on them, they must navigate their complex identities while immersed in a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.

    Separately, Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke spoke to HYPEBEAST about Moon Knight.

    COLUMN: Good fishing as the waters warm up | Sports


    Reports from anglers have been consistent over the past week. The fishing around Big Horn Basin has been good to excellent. The good to excellent part was based on the water conditions.

    Due to warm temperatures over the past week, rivers have become mired as part of the low-lying snowpack has melted. The melting has also resulted in increased flows. If you are wading in water that is not colored, it is recommended that you use a wading stick to find your way around to avoid falling and injuring yourself, breaking equipment or, in the worst case, , hit your head and drown.

    Expect mild temperatures in the northwest part of Wyoming for the next few days. A high of 72 degrees in the basin will add to muddy water conditions on the Shoshone River, parts of the Bighorn River and the Clark Fork of Yellowstone. Even if the water quality is not clear and inviting, the fishing can be quite good when snowmelt is driven by increased flow.

    The increased flow removes much of the frozen pack ice. Small trout, whitefish, suckers and minnows can be trapped under this ice. As the ice melts, these frozen delights fall and drift with the flow becoming available to surviving fish. This annual event provides an easy meal and a great protein supplement to help fatten surviving fish for the summer and fall seasons.

    Insect larvae and nymphs also get trapped under the ice, making it easy to pick up and free snacks while trout or other fish search for fish trapped under the ice. Trout in lakes are particularly attracted to small fish and insects trapped under the ice. Anglers who have previous experience with ice on lakes know that trout cross icebergs and feed by grazing on the lower layer of ice. The ice is gone on most of our reservoirs, ponds and lakes below 6,000 feet.

    However, the Sunshine Lakes still harbor ice that breaks along the shoreline or floats in the lakes. The wading fisherman can cast flies such as ice cream cone gnats, zebra gnats, and small leech patterns such as a woolly worm or balanced leeches near the ice along the shoreline or in areas of low water. Open waters where ice is still spread over the body of the lake itself and do quite well. I often cast my flies on the ice and then swerve away to fall into the water. It usually doesn’t take long before I have a connection with a fish.

    Traps of blue-winged gnats and olives still make big cannons on the lower Shoshone River below Buffalo Bill Dam. Although the hatches are not as heavy as a week ago, insects are still on the surface in sufficient numbers for the trout to look for small dry flies or emergent patterns caught in the surface film, or just in below.

    A good way to tell if trout are eating the adult versions rather than cripples or emerging insects is to look at the trout. If the nose sticks out of the water, that’s a good sign the trout is eating an adult version of a gnat or BWO. If you see swirls or dorsal fins and tails, it means the trout are catching flies just below the surface.

    The North and South Forks of the Shoshone and the lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone also have blue-winged olives and gnats. Even if the waters are murky or muddy in the main channel, trout will move to the edges of these rivers and sip or swirl on these insects. While not as fun as watching trout catch, it’s still a great way to get some dry fly action in late March. Some of the larger North Fork tributaries can also provide dry fly opportunities in early spring. Be careful when wading and keep an eye out for grizzly bears who are also trying to find carcasses of elk, deer, moose and drowned fish that were under the ice not too long ago.

    “Streamside” will not work on April 4 in Cody Enterprise. I will make a pilgrimage to Pyramid Lake located not far from Reno, Nevada. This lake is home to huge Lahontan cutthroat trout.

    Late March and early April offer excellent shore fishing on this lake that once covered large portions of western Nevada, eastern California and southern Oregon 12,000 years ago . The Lahontan cutthroat has already reached very large sizes – up to 40 pounds or more.

    Last October, I managed to put several 10-pound trout in my net. Next week I hope to hook and land one of the bigger but rarer 20-pounders in the net. Luckily, the Lahontan Cutthroat loves dry flies, just like their Yellowstone Lake and River cousins. Wish me good luck.

    Polar Tragedy, Scott’s Expedition Story


    Mr. GH Pouting, the expedition’s photographer, exhibited a wonderful series of photographs of seal and penguin life, as well as interesting motion pictures of sledding parties.


    Lord Curzon welcomed the survivors as men who had not only dared and suffered, who had accomplished what entitled them to the gratitude of their countrymen and the admiration of the world.

    He said that when the result of Captain Scott’s labors was published it would stand at the forefront of contributions to our knowledge of Antarctica, and a true monument to Captain Scott and his men greater than carved effigies or inscriptions engraved. The expedition will be remembered not only for its supreme tragedy, but for its splendid talc of accomplishments.

    Captain Scott writes in his den in the Terra Nova hut on October 7, 1911.


    Commander Evans said Captain Scott’s organization and completeness of equipment was splendid so that the expedition remained self-sufficient even after his death. He paid tribute to the bravery of Lieutenant Bowers, Cherry-Garrard and Seaman Crean as they drifted on a sea of ​​ice near Hut Point, Crean gallantly leaping from ice floe to ice floe and fetching water. aid. Lt. Bowers and Cherry-Garrard floated on the broken ice with the ponies for an entire day before being rescued.

    Continuing, he said the expedition to the Dry Valley found a lake full of algae. They washed the gravel for gold, but only found magnetite.

    The speaker detailed the group’s life in their winter quarters and described Dr. Wilson’s trip to Cape Croisier to observe the penguins’ habits. The group, he says, nearly perished in a gust of wind. Their tent exploded and they slept in their sleeping bags in the open air for two days. When the march south began, Mr. Cecil H. Meares’ support party traveled farther south than their return rations warranted. He and Demitrion, in their march of 450 miles north, deprived themselves of one meal a day so as not to deplete the deposits. When the last support group’s turn came to leave Captain Scott on his run to the pole, they gave three cheers for him and his group, and watched as the fearless five disappeared over the horizon.


    A letter written by British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott titled

    A letter written by British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott titled “To my widow” before he died in Antarctica in 1912.

    Continuing, Commander Evans recounted how he had secretly moved the hands of his watch forward in order to get an extra hour’s march on the return trip. He praised sailors Crean and Lashly for refusing to leave him when he was attacked by scurvy, and said the two had been recommended for the Albert Medal.

    Commander Evans then detailed Captain Scott’s journey to the pole, as revealed in the Chief’s journal. Captain Scott came across the tracks of Captain Amundsen’s dogs at latitude 88 and followed them to the pole, which he located within half a mile of Captain Amundsen’s calculations. It was, the speaker remarked, a fine piece of work by both expeditions.


    “Lady Scott,” Commander Evans continued, “noted the magnificent spirit shown by the group in not making an uncharitable remark when they knew they had been anticipated. Upon return, and after death of Petty Officer Evans, Captain Scott must have realized, by the gradually shortened marches, how little hope there was of reaching winter quarters.In the last stages of the march, only three miles were walked daily. Captain Oates was badly frozen and constantly called on Dr. Wilson for advice, asking what he could do. Dr. Wilson could only reply: “Hold on; just hang around Captain Oates died on his birthday.

    “Doctor Wilson was nicknamed ‘the peacemaker’ by the members of the expedition. Thanks to him, they never had a quarrel or an angry word. Lieutenant Bowers was the party’s favorite comedian and a wonderful little fellow, whom Captain Stott described as the hardiest man who had ever embarked on a polar voyage. Captain Scott himself was the heart and brain of the expedition.


    Commander Evans paid glowing tribute to the work of Lt. VCA Campbell’s Eastern Exploration Team and said Dr. Griffith Taylor had made a most valuable trip to Victoria Land for geological and scientific purposes. survey. He hoped that the doctor would deliver a special article on the work of this expedition. The Terra Nova’s ocean work wall also deserves special accounts.

    Commander Evans concluded by thanking the public in Britain and the Overseas Dominions for their generous support in response to Captain Scott’s final appeal, and said the amount donated would help support the loved ones of the victims and to provide funds to publish the records of The Expedition.

    UK snow forecast: Britain braces for freezing ‘Arctic air’ as -8C North Pole blast hits | Weather | News


    Forecaster Phil Morrish told Express.co.uk the weather will turn colder throughout the week, with snow and “winter” showers hitting the country due to “arctic air”. Weather forecaster WXCharts predicted snowfall across the UK, with maximum snow depth reaching 6cm in Scotland on Thursday. Manchester can expect to see up to 3cm of snow, with up to 2cm in Newcastle.

    It also forecast lows of -8C in Scotland and -5C in Newcastle on Thursday.

    London and the South East can expect temperatures between 0 and 3C.

    Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Morrish predicted a major change in conditions from the mild temperatures seen in the UK last week.

    He warned that the weather will be “much more like winter than spring”.

    However, the forecaster said freezing temperatures will only last for up to three days, before turning milder again.

    He told Express.co.uk: “We have a large area of ​​high pressure sitting across the country.

    “Last week it sat in the east of the country giving us warm, Saharan air, but this week it is now moving northwest.

    “What it’s going to do is gradually bring down very cold arctic air, which is currently at the north pole.

    READ MORE: UK snow forecast: Met Office warns of ‘show showers’ at low levels

    “Going down about 100m to settle, but even further south there will be wintry showers on Thursday and Friday as this cold arctic air sinks in from the North Pole.

    “It lasts two or three days and then it will gradually become a little less cold.”

    He added: “After a very mild week, it will become much cooler this week and there will be overnight frost as well.

    “So temperatures drop below zero once you get to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Glenns of Scotland, maybe -5C.

    “So it might have looked like spring last week, but this week w