Silly season: Six spring signings

first_imgRough riding: Alby Mathewson, demonstrating the all-action style that may make him a success in Australia Racing away? Jamie Roberts is offJamie RobertsIt is proving a fantastic time for that behemoth of the Top 14 ‘Undisclosed French club’.The mysterious Gallic outfit have pulled off coup after coup so far, with French regulations ensuring that no club can officially sign a player before April. So we know for a fact that Jamie Roberts will leave Cardiff Blues and we know he is off to France, but we do not know precisely where he is going, despite it being strongly alleged that Racing Metro will be his new employers.Vive le jaw.Dan LydiateThat pesky undisclosed French club is at it again. Not happy with just wrapping up Roberts, they felt is necessary to secure the signature of a certain Welsh flanker, who specialises in chopping down those with the temerity to attack his defensive channel.Lydiate is also rumoured to be off to Racing alongside his compatriot. The exodus from Wales continues and it is almost certain that Toby Faletau will be receiving an abnormally large amount of phone calls in the coming months.Code breaker: ‘Big’ Izzy FolauIsrael FolauNow moving onto his third code, the 23 year-old league/Aussie rules convert has signed up with Michael Cheika at the NSW Waratahs. It is hoped his quicksilver finishing will attract more transient fans in Sydney. What is not quite sure is whether he will be a successful addition for a franchise trying desperately to recapture former glories. A gamble, but an exciting one at that. Alby MathewsonComing from behind a bush in leftfield is Alby Mathewson, the All Black scrum-half. He has just signed for Western Force, hopping across the Tasman to try and make it big in Australia.In an undoubtedly lucrative move, Mathewson is now the marquee man in Perth, hoping to overcome the team’s recent troubles and instill some form of stability. Expect action, even if that means the Kiwi tries to do it all himself in an attempt to drag his team with him. Making a break for it: Billy Vunipola is running away from London Wasps and joining SaracensBy Alan DymockNO DOUBT the hope was, during the moments where we all jumped up and shouted about the harsh brilliance of the Heineken Cup and the layout of the Six Nations squads, that a few signings could be squeezed in without us noticing.Grass is greener: Habana is France-boundSocial networks never sleep, though. They never cease buzzing, despite how far down a press release a player’s name is shoved, or how obscure a source is. That mill, where rumours are ground out, spins at a furious rate as French millionaires flex their muscles and English sides hunt for their next marquee signing.So far this season it has been revealed that big players are on the move. Below are some of those characters set to sport new colours in the near future.Billy VunipolaIt is safe to say that young Billy’s decision to jump ship has not gone down too well with his former chums at London Wasps.Yesterday an eleventh hour announcement came from Saracens, stating that the battering ram of a No8 was ready to join brother Mako in the black and red of the Allianz outfit.  Last night and today can rightly be called a day of unbridled backlash.His talent is there for all to see. However, how to manage that talent is already proving tough to figure out. Bryan HabanaThe South African winger is a weapon. He is used to success. He is meant for the finer things in life.So perhaps the Stormer was meant to sign for Toulon. It was recently announced in South Africa that the country’s record try scorer was headed for the south of France, adding danger to Toulon’s already terrifying arsenal. Mind you, with stories circulating that World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson is set to call time on his career, it makes total, sane sense that another superstar World Cup winner is jetted in, just in case. Scary… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Caverhill Residence / SPF: architects

first_img Photographs Save this picture!© John E. Linden+ 10 Share Houses “COPY” Caverhill Residence / SPF: architects CopyHouses•Los Angeles, United States Area:  418 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Architects: SPF: architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/46760/caverhill-residence-spf-architects Clipboard Projects “COPY” 2009 ArchDaily Caverhill Residence / SPF: architectsSave this projectSaveCaverhill Residence / SPF: architects Photographs:  John E. LindenText description provided by the architects. With a long, narrow span of angled “fins” lining its sleek façade from the street, the Caverhill house looks monumental, albeit a stealth monument. Entering beneath the canopy of the carport, one is transported into the main living space, is full of air and light. The fins provide privacy from the street, while playfully welcoming and diffusing narrow strips of light onto the home’s interior surfaces. The result is a beautiful dance of sunshine that changes throughout the day. The home replaced a smaller house on the difficult hillside lot, maximizing both the narrow footprint and the spectacular views of the Los Angeles basin. A hillside building ordinance and a desire to keep the previous structure’s footprint made the project a challenge – the lot is more of a wedge shape than a parallelogram. As a result, the plan is a modified wedge, one end of the house almost twice as wide as the other.The main entrance is on the second of three levels, where the living room flows openly into the kitchen and dining area. These communal spaces and the bedrooms on the upper level are punctuated on each end by over 1,000 square feet of generous covered terraces and balconies. Each cove is protected from the sun and wind but still open to views. Simplicity was the goal of both the architect and the client. Steel framing allowed for a fully-open plan, free from interior walls or vertical supports obstructing the views. The result is a clean viewing angle of the exterior from almost any spot in the house. All of the house controls — heating, cooling, lighting, window shades, security and more — are contained within a control panel near the front door. Ductwork was eliminated by the use of an Airfloor System, which heats or cools rooms through a series of dome-like structures beneath the micro-finished concrete floor surface. The upper level can be accessed either through the interior stair, or through exterior staircases located on either end of the house, incorporating the terraces into the main circulation flow of the home. Bathroom vanities float above the floor, the electrical outlets tucked below, out of sight. Save this picture!© John E. LindenRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodEGGERLaminatesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEA”In Japanese painting you have one brush stroke that gets branch, leaves and flowers,” says owner, Don Caverhill. “That’s what we were hoping for — to have less things do a whole lot more.” The lowest level of the house, set on the slope below street level, contains two guest rooms, a lawn and a patio with a long fire pit running toward an infinity pool.Project gallerySee allShow lessPassive Houses / Kjellgren KaminskyArticlesTafoni Floating HomeArticles Share United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/46760/caverhill-residence-spf-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeSPF: architectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasLos AngelesHouses3D ModelingUnited StatesPublished on January 18, 2010Cite: “Caverhill Residence / SPF: architects” 18 Jan 2010. 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AD Classics: Maison Bordeaux / OMA

first_img Photographs AD Classics: Maison Bordeaux / OMA ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/104724/ad-classics-maison-bordeaux-oma Clipboard Copy+ 7Houses•Bordeaux, France Projects Architects: OMA Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMAText description provided by the architects. With the ability to make even the simplest and straightforward programs spatially dynamic and in a constant state of redefinition, Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA have redefined the term that “a house is a machine for living” in their design of Maison Bordeaux. Completed in 1998, Maison Bordeaux sits on a small cape-like hill overlooking the city of Bordeaux.Save this picture!© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMAThe house was designed for a couple and their family, but before Koolhaas and OMA were commissioned for the project in 1994 the husband of the family was in a life threatening car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Two years after his accident, the couple approached Koolhaas to design them a new home outside of Bordeaux.  Despite having been paralyzed, the man did not want t straightforward house rather he wanted a complex design, stating: “Contrary to what you would expect. I want a complex house because the house will define my world.”Save this picture!© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMAKoolhaas proposed a rather simple volume that was spatially complex and innovative in terms of the interior organization and conditions.  Koolhaas proposed a house that was the compilation of three houses stacked on top of one another; each with their own unique characteristics and spatial conditioning.Save this picture!© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMAThe house appears as three separate entities that fluctuate between opaque and transparent.  The lower level sits as a heavy mass that is carved into the hill.  The interior is cavernous and labyrinthian, in a sense, where all of the intimate activities of the family take place. The middle volume is the most transparent as well as the most occupied space in the house. It is the space for the living area that is situated partially indoors and outside offering extensive views over Bordeaux and allowing for a multitude of activities with its open plan. The top volume is similar to the lower level in that it is opaque and conceals the bedrooms of the children and the couple. Unlike the lower level, the volume is penetrated with port hole windows that create views for the residents from their beds.With each floor being inherently different it is perplexing as to how a handicapped man was able to live in such a spatially complex house.  Even though there is no duplicated, or repeated, organizational system, all three volumes are tied together by a central elevator that moves between each floor.  However, it is not simply just an elevator for vertical circulation between floors, but it is masked by the husbands office that provides access to the entire house moving from the kitchen, the lower level, all the way to the bedroom on the highest floor, which was driven by a large hydraulic piston that raised and lowered the room whenever necessary. Save this picture!© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMAThis ingenious idea of create a room that is capable of moving vertically through the house creates a spatial dynamism withing the house that is always changing and redefining the space of the office as well as the space where it stops.Save this picture!© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMAWith the three differentiated volumes stacked on one another, it appears as if the highest volume is floating on the middle volume because of the transparent glass.  With such a complex organization among floors, the overall structure of the house comes into question as to how these volumes stack up to one another.  With the third volume seemingly floating on top of the middle volume and actually cantilevering over it, one wonders how it could be supported.The cantilevering volume is supported by a steel tube that conceals a spiral staircase that extends throughout each level of the house.  In addition to the steel cylinder, there is an L – shaped brace that supports the back end of the house, which is complimented by a steel beam that runs along the roof that connects to a tension cable that is buried in the ground to stabilize the lateral loads – a signature of architectural intent by Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond.Save this picture!© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMAMaison Bourdeaux is a masterful innovation of space that far exceeded the expectation of the clients wishes. Maison Bordeaux remains as a private residence that does not allow public visitors; however, regardless of its seclusion, it is still an innovative architectural landmark that was truly “a machine for living.”Project gallerySee allShow lessSHoP: Out of PracticeArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticles Share France “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/104724/ad-classics-maison-bordeaux-oma Clipboardcenter_img Save this picture!© Hans Werlemann, courtesy OMAWritten by Andrew Kroll Share Year:  1998 AD Classics: Maison Bordeaux / OMASave this projectSaveAD Classics: Maison Bordeaux / OMA CopyAbout this officeOMAOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsArchitecture ClassicsResidential ArchitectureHousesBordeauxResidentialHousesFrancePublished on January 25, 2011Cite: Andrew Kroll. “AD Classics: Maison Bordeaux / OMA” 25 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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RSF calls for release of Vietnamese blogger about to go on trial

first_imgThe authorities have provided no information about the trial scheduled for 21 August, which suggests that it will be a summary procedure similar to those used to sentence the blogger Tran Thi Nga to nine years in prison in July, and the blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh to ten years in prison in a secret trial in June. ————————————————————————–Update:At the end of a trial lasting just four hours, Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Oai was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison followed by four years of house arrest. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this disgraceful sentence and supports his desire to appeal.————————————————————————– VietnamAsia – Pacific PredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet VietnamAsia – Pacific PredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Organisation Follow the news on Vietnam Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Nguyen Van Oai, a dissident blogger who is due to be tried in the central province of Nghe An on 21 August. It will be his second trial in four years. April 22, 2021 Find out more Previously arrested in 2011, Oai was tried and sentenced in 2013 under penal code article 79 to four years in prison plus three years of home surveillance because of his alleged links with the Viet Tan, a US-based pro-democracy group regarded by the Vietnamese government as a terrorist organization. August 18, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF calls for release of Vietnamese blogger about to go on trial RSF_en Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison “Nguyen Van Oai is one those outspoken citizens who use new technology to protest against Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party and its policies,” RSF said. “The charges against him are just a pretext for putting a stop to online posts that annoy the regime. We call on the judicial authorities in Nghe An province to free this blogger unconditionally, because he has committed no crime.”center_img News to go further News RSF joins those who are using the hashtag #FreeNguyenVanOai on social networks to rally support for a campaign for Oai’s release. Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Oai was an active blogger on social networks, writing about such sensitive issues as political prisoners and social injustice on his Facebook page. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) ruled in 2013 that his detention was arbitrary and violated international standards. These judicial travesties are part of an overall offensive that the one-party state is currently waging against dissidents. The victims include Pham Minh Hoang, who was expelled in June after being stripped of his Vietnamese nationality. In all, at least 20 activists have been arrested or harassed in some way since the start of the year. News Oai has already been held for the past seven months, ever since his arrest in Nghe An province on 19 January for allegedly resisting officials and for leaving his home without permission while on probation. RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Nguyen Van Oai calls for the release of jailed pro-democracy lawyer Nguyen Van Dai. photo : Viet Tan Help by sharing this information April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Open lobster ravioli

first_imgEmail Twitter Advertisement Facebook Previous articleBlues n’rhythm alchemy to JazzologyNext articleHayes not in Munster Squad for 2011/12 admin HAVING spent some time in Dingle recently and with the abundance of seafood delights available, I toyed with a few recipes to celebrate what is good and great about the Kerry peninsula. Thankfully, “Larry the lobster” lasted the trip home with an icepack on his back as he rested in the footwell of the ‘73 VW baywindow camper. He was joined by a whole host of other food delights and recipes for those will follow. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But for now and with summer in mind, an open lobster ravioli won the day and here’s the recipe in its simplest form because this is certainly a dish that you can do at home.PS – blog.limerickpost.ie/food and the fft facebook page are making a comeback so why not pop over for a looBack to the recipe.WHAT YOU NEED1 whole lobster – cookedA net bag of mussels – cookedA fine dice of carrots, onion and celeryA Finely sliced clove of garlicSalt and pepper5 or 6 Tomatoes and some pureeFresh pasta sheets (make your own if you can, it’s great fun and very rewarding)1.5 litres of a good vegetable of fish stockFresh herbs, parsley, chives and a little tarragonA splash of white wine and some to drink afterWHAT TO DOI tried to declutter this recipe as much as possible because reading reams of instructions could put people off tackling this recipe. You can take shortcuts but if you have the time I’d say put in the effort and go the extra mile. Cook the shellfish and separate the lobster meat from the entire shell and take out the meat from the mussels. Keep the broken shells to one side as they will make the bisque type sauce. In a heavy pot, saute the dice of vegetables with the garlic and the shells for 10 to 15 minutes, then cover with the stock and top up with water. Add the herbs, puree and the tomatoes once it has come to a boil and reduce to a rolling simmer to allow the liquid reduce by at least half and take on a sauce like consistency. This could take anything up to two hours but its so worth it. Check the consistency and seasoning every so often. As for the pasta, the great debate kicks in so if you have a favourite brand that will give you thin flat discs, then use it, but if you fancy making your own, please do and follow recipes that use 500g of ‘00’ flour, three eggs and two egg yolks. I’ll leave that choice to you. So, poach two pasta discs per person and warm the shellfish meat. To serve, place the lobster and mussel meat on a cooked pasta disc on your plate, cover with the other disc and cover with the sauce. Scatter extra shellfish meat and dress as you desire, the picture is how I did it.Garnish accordingly and if you have some crusty bread, a fresh salad and some good white wine, you can toast your just rewards.center_img Linkedin NewsOpen lobster ravioliBy admin – July 1, 2011 515 Print WhatsApplast_img read more

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‘Go Red’ campaign slated for Friday

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Published 9:29 pm Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Skip Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… The “Go Red for Women” awareness movement is ongoing but on Friday, Feb. 6, women of all ages are encouraged to wear red to bring awareness to the seriousness of heart disease and encourage women to know more about heart disease and to do more to prevent it.Even though, heart disease is the number one killer of women, it is largely preventable.Ventress said that, when women make the right choices for their hearts, they have the power to change the statistic that heart disease kills one woman every minute. Email the author The five choices listed by the American Heart Association as life-saving choices are: Choose to be empowered by the facts. One in three women has some form of cardiovascular disease.Knowing the personal risk of heart disease is the first powerful, lifesaving step to a healthy life, no matter the age. Choose to know your risk. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to increase women’s awareness of their risk of heart disease, the number one killer of women.“‘Go Red for Women’ is designed to help women make the right choices to reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke,” said Jennifer Ventress, Troy Regional Medical Center chief nursing officer.“The movement connects women with their habits and supports the cause as they communicate with others about their choices to beat heart disease.” You Might Like GES ‘family’ shoot for cure Lisa Hayes came on board the Pike County Heart Association board because she was asked. She has stayed because heart… read more ‘Go Red’ campaign slated for Friday Latest Stories Take the Go Red Heart Checkup at GoRedForWomen.org to learn your 10-year personal risk for heart disease.Visit your health care provider on a yearly basis to control your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. Choose to inspire and connect.Visit GoRedForWomen.org to connect with women nationwide who share your passion to prevent heart disease.See what choices other women are making to live longer, stronger lives and share your story about the choices you’ve made. Choose to show your support. Help fund valuable research on the topic of women and heart disease. With as little as $5, you can make a donation at the Go Red Web site. Choose to dress the part. Support the movement by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 6, and/or by purchasing a “Go Red for Women” tote bag from the Pike County Heart Association. Bags may be purchased by calling Tracey Davis at 334-372-5099.Ventress said that by making the right choices for one’s heart, women have the power to change the statistic that heart disease kills one woman every minute. The women who “Go Red” on Friday will demonstrate their determination to change a staggering statistic and save lives.last_img read more

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‘OK Boomer’ makes its way into Supreme Court during age discrimination case

first_imgdkfielding/iStock(WASHINGTON) — From the twittersphere to the Supreme Court.“OK boomer” made its way into America’s highest court on Wednesday as the justices were hearing a case on age discrimination.Chief Justice John Roberts uttered the phrase — a dig intended for the baby boomer generation — that took Twitter by storm.Roberts was asking whether or not a young hiring employee saying “OK boomer” to an older prospective employee could be the basis for a discrimination claim, according to a transcript of the hearing.The transcript notes laughter broke out after Roberts said the words.The lawyer at the podium, Roman Martinez, responds wondering whether or not it was just a “stray comment” or if it affected the decision making process.“You know, using ethnic slurs or, you know, calling people ‘boomer’ or saying unflattering things about them in age when considering them for a position, then, yes, of course,” Martinez continued on whether or not action could be taken because of the phrase.A back-and-forth between Roberts and Martinez then ensued, with Martinez ultimately saying that if it was determined that the “statement reflected was one of the factors going into this decision, I think it absolutely would be covered.”The case at the Supreme Court involved a Department of Veteran Affairs employee who sued the VA and said her bosses discriminated against her based on her age and gender.The high court heard arguments regarding the case to determine what an older federal employee must prove to show they were discriminated against because of their age and bring a lawsuit to court under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.It’s not the first time the viral phrase has made its way into the judiciary system.In New Zealand, a 25-year-old member of parliament, Chlöe Swarbrick, used the phrase when speaking on climate change.“In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old. Yet right now the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old,” Swarbrick said as someone off camera was heard heckling her.Without missing a beat, Swarbrick hit back with “OK boomer” and continued on. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Ice core evidence for a 20th century decline in sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica

first_imgThis study uses ice core methanesulphonic acid (MSA) records from the Antarctic Peninsula, where temperatures have been warming faster than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere, to reconstruct the 20th century history of sea ice change in the adjacent Bellingshausen Sea. Using satellite-derived sea ice and meteorological data, we show that ice core MSA records from this region are a reliable proxy for regional sea ice change, with years of increased winter sea ice extent recorded by increased ice core MSA concentrations. Our reconstruction suggests that the satellite-observed sea ice decline in the Bellingshausen Sea during recent decades is part of a long-term regional trend that has occurred throughout the 20th century. The long-term perspective on sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea is consistent with evidence of 20th century warming on the Antarctic Peninsula and may reflect a progressive deepening of the Amundsen Sea Low due to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and, more recently, stratospheric ozone depletion. As a first-order estimate, our MSA-based reconstruction suggests that sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea has retreated southward by ~0.7° during the 20th century. Comparison with other 20th century sea ice observations, reconstructions, and model simulations provides a coherent picture of Antarctic sea ice decline during the 20th century, although with regional-scale differences evident in the timing and magnitude of this sea ice decline. This longer-term perspective contrasts with the small overall increase in Antarctic sea ice that is observed in post-1979 satellite data.last_img read more

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Interdecadal variability of phytoplankton biomass along the coastal West Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) is a climatically sensitive region where periods of strong warming have caused significant changes in the marine ecosystem and food-web processes. Tight coupling between phytoplankton and higher trophic levels implies that the coastal WAP is a bottom-up controlled system, where changes in phytoplankton dynamics may largely impact other food-web components. Here, we analysed the inter-decadal time series of year-round chlorophyll-a (Chl) collected from three stations along the coastal WAP: Carlini Station at Potter Cove (PC) on King George Island, Palmer Station on Anvers Island and Rothera Station on Adelaide Island. There were trends towards increased phytoplankton biomass at Carlini Station (PC) and Palmer Station, while phytoplankton biomass declined significantly at Rothera Station over the studied period. The impacts of two relevant climate modes to the WAP, the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and the Southern Annular Mode, on winter and spring phytoplankton biomass appear to be different among the three sampling stations, suggesting an important role of local-scale forcing than large-scale forcing on phytoplankton dynamics at each station. The inter-annual variability of seasonal bloom progression derived from considering all three stations together captured ecologically meaningful, seasonally co-occurring bloom patterns which were primarily constrained by water-column stability strength. Our findings highlight a coupled link between phytoplankton and physical and climate dynamics along the coastal WAP, which may improve our understanding of overall WAP food-web responses to climate change and variability.last_img read more

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Bill Ripken talks new-school versus old-school baseball, and the future of the sport

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGreg Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As a former Major League Baseball player, Bill Ripken has strong feelings about the changes in the league in recent years. In his new book, State of Play: The Old-School Guide to New School Baseball, the MLB Network analyst talks about his hesitancy to adopt some of the sport’s newest statistics, and the way longtime baseball people see the game.Ripken, who played 12 seasons in the major leagues, says some of the modern sabermetrics may bring “ideas to the table that provoke conversation with” those he calls “baseball people.” Not all of those ideas, however, are new ones, Ripken explains.“The fact that many in the new school have not been directly involved in the game is far more alarming to me,” Ripken writes. “This group is becoming more and more responsible for spreading misleading information about how much the game has changed and how much of an impact their new school methods have had.”Speaking with ABC News, Ripken explains that statistical analysis has long been part of the game, even if some don’t realize it.“I think people have lost sight, or maybe never knew in the first place, that old-school baseball guys have always used numbers,” he says, “have always used information, have always been analytic in their cause to go out there and put a better product on the field.”In the book, Ripken goes in-depth on more than two dozen topics that represent shifts in the sport. From an emphasis on launch angle and pitch framing, to what he sees as the waning attention to counting statistics like runs batted in and errors, he makes a pitch for something of a traditionalist approach to the game. That preference also shapes his beliefs when it comes to one common topic of discussion — robot umpires. “I would love to keep robo umps out of baseball,” Ripken told ABC News, as he explained how he would create a more consistent strike zone. “I like the look of baseball, and there is something to be said for the element of human error involved.”His idea instead focused on training and compensating the human umpires best able to make correct ball and strike calls. “I’d like to use the technology to grade the umpires behind home plate better,” he begins. “And we do that nowadays, the problem, I believe, is that I don’t know what we do with that data when we grade out the umpires.”Ripken’s plan also suggests choosing the umpires best-graded for their work at home plate, and having them work that position more often. “There needs to be a weeding out process and more accountability on their end as well. Umpires will need to perform at a high level to maintain their position in the game.”And when it comes to teams’ decision-making, Ripken says the power that has been ceded to front offices and analytics experts needs to shift back towards those he calls baseball men.“The teams that succeed in the future will be the ones with the outside-of-the-box front office thinkers doing their thing and then turning over the information to the inside-of-the-box thinkers in the clubhouse…Front offices working with managers, not running roughshod over them, will be the key to success moving forward.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 26, 2020 /Sports News – National Bill Ripken talks new-school versus old-school baseball, and the future of the sport Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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