Ferry chief: Design of Tustumena’s replacement is ready

first_imgAleutians | Southcentral | Southwest | State Government | TransportationFerry chief: Design of Tustumena’s replacement is readyFebruary 16, 2016 by Quinton Chandler, KBBI – Homer Share:A rendering of the ferry designed to replace the Tustumena. (Image courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities)The state Department of Transportation has a design for the ship that will replace the ferry Tustumena.DOT Deputy Commissioner Mike Neussl said the new design focuses on two key issues. First, to make the new ferry carry as many people and vehicles as possible. The second goal was to make it small enough and shallow enough to use all the docks and shore side infrastructure used by the Tustumena right now.“Both of those design criteria were put in. The design is complete but the process going forward is to get that design into construction, build a vessel, put it into service and replace the existing Tustumena on its runs with a new more capable vessel,” said Neussl.The Tustumena has served communities in southcentral and southwest Alaska for a little more than 50 years. The ferry’s home port is in Homer and it regularly travels to 13 ports between Homer and Unalaska.Neussl isn’t sure when construction will start on the new ferry or how long it will take. He said a vessel of that size typically takes at least two or three years to build. He said it depends on contract terms with the shipyard doing the work.“As a comparator, the Alaska Class Ferries being built out in Ketchikan … the construction period was intentionally lengthened to drive the cost of those ferries down. Instead of having three ship builders working around the clock to try and build it as fast as possible, you work on it at a slower pace,” explained Neussl.Neussl said none of those decisions have been made for the Tustumena and the construction contract has not been opened up for bidding.He said the new ship is estimated to cost around $237 million and about 90 percent of that money is expected to come from the federal government through Alaska’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan or STIP.“That is the mechanism by which all projects compete for those federal funding dollars. … That provides millions of dollars for the State of Alaska for federal aid projects. Highway projects, marine highway projects, dock replacement projects,” Neussl said.The rest of the money would come from the state. He said the vessel is listed among the projects seeking STIP funding but it’s listed in fiscal year 2019.“Which is quite a ways down the road. Our job now is to pull that forward through the amendment process to get it funded through that process and out for construction … hopefully sooner rather than later. That’s where the project currently stands,” said Neussl.Neussl said once the new ferry is built, the old Tustumena will be sold to either continue sailing under a new owner or it will be used for scrap.Share this story:last_img read more

In the Mat-Su and on the Kenai Peninsula COVID-19 case rates are doubling every week

first_imgShare this story: Coronavirus | Health | State GovernmentIn the Mat-Su and on the Kenai Peninsula COVID-19 case rates are doubling every weekOctober 28, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:A scanning electron micrograph shows a cell (green) heavily infected with particles (yellow) of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)The Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai Peninsula boroughs are seeing the most rapid increase in coronavirus cases in Alaska. Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said that Anchorage and Fairbanks have the highest number of cases. “However, the areas that are in the fastest growth upward right now are the Mat-Su and Kenai, with doubling rates between seven to eight days,” she said during a news conference with Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday. Wednesday was the fifth straight day that Alaska health officials announced more than 300 new cases. Zink added that Mat-Su residents have had the highest rate of testing positive for the virus, at 15.7% of those tested in recent days. The World Health Organization recommends that governments aim to keep local positivity rates below 5%.Zink said the Fairbanks region has succeeded in flattening the COVID-19’s spread. She said the rate of residents testing positive has fallen in half in recent days, from 12 percent to 6 percent. “I think it really highlights the fact that this pandemic does not happen to us,” she said. “This virus can only spread when we give it a chance to spread from person to person. It can’t actually replicate without human cells. And so, really, the work that we all do collectively to slow the spread makes a gigantic difference. Dunleavy and other state leaders described steps the state is taking to try to reduce the recent surge in cases. More rapid testing machines and tests are expected soon. The state is adding more people to work on contact tracing. Dunleavy said he hasn’t been surprised by the increase in cases, since the administration always knew that Alaskans would interact more. But he also said he didn’t want to sound “nonchalant” about the spread. And he said the state would work to ensure hospitals aren’t overwhelmed. “The next two months could be difficult months, but they don’t have to be, again, if we all work together. ” Dunleavy said.Dunleavy responded to continued calls for him to introduce a statewide mandate to wear masks in public by saying mask mandate decisions should be made locally. “We would support that, if that’s what they wish to do,” Dunleavy said. “I believe that that’s best done at the local level and, again, would support the decision by the local communities to do that.”last_img read more

Nuclear deal won’t hinder Iran’s military capabilities, says President Hassan Rouhani

first_img Share whatsapp Nuclear deal won’t hinder Iran’s military capabilities, says President Hassan Rouhani Saturday 29 August 2015 5:17 pm whatsapp Iran’s military capability is no weaker as a result of signing a nuclear deal with western nations, President Hassan Rouhani said on Iranian state television today.  Read more: Royal Dutch Shell opens talks with Iran by promising $2bn debt repayment In response to criticism from some Iranian hardliners that he bowed down too easily to US and European demands, Rouhani said: With regards to our defensive capability, we did not and will not accept any limitations. We will do whatever we need to do to defend our country, whether with missiles or other methods. On 14 July, Iran reached an agreement with the P5+1 – China, the US, UK, France, Russia and Germany – to curb its uranium enrichment in return for economic sanctions relief. Read more: British embassy re-opens in Iran, paving the way for new business opportunities It will now have a maximum of 5,060 centrifuges across the country, each with enrichment capped at 3.67 per cent – way below the level required to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran has consistently denied attempts to build nuclear weapons.  In return, much of Iran’s trade with other world powers will be revived, although there is still an embargo on conventional arms trade, preventing Iran from exporting or importing weapons for the next five years. As an example of Iran’s continuing dedication to its defence and military capabilities, last week it unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile, capable of striking with an accuracy of within 500km of the target.  [infographic id=”285″] Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Sarah Spickernell last_img read more

News / Transpacific box rates still slipping as tariff talk hangs over peak season

first_imgDCIM100MEDIADJI_0050.JPG By Mike Wackett 30/11/2018 Container spot rates on the transpacific suffered again this week: Asia to the US east coast slumping by $250 per 40ft.Following an 11% fall last week in spot rates to US west coast ports, this suggests the demand spike brought about by US importers looking to beat the 25% tariffs on Chinese goods in January has abated on the trade.At its peak it saw volume growth of around 13%, year on year.“Peak season this year is as much about getting to port before the 1 January tariffs as it is about getting to the shelves before December 25,” said Freightos chief executive Zvi Schreiber.This week’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a decline of 6.8% for its US east coast component to $3,403 per 40ft, while from Asia to the US west coast, there was a further 2.5% erosion to $2,190 per 40ft.All eyes are now on the G20 summit in Argentina this weekend when “sparks could fly” when presidents Trump and Xi meet.“If tariffs are slapped on products so far spared, the subsequent rush to pre-stock will extend the peak season to February,” said Mr Schreiber.Elsewhere, the Asia to Europe components of the SCFI were stable this week, with North Europe edging up by 1.2% to $747 per teu and the Mediterranean ahead by 3.7% to $783 per teu.Ocean carriers on the route have announced FAK increases for North Europe and Mediterranean ports from tomorrow, 1 December, with for example CMA CGM hiking its North Europe 40ft to $2,000 per 40ft after slashing it by $200 at the end of September.However, most analysts The Loadstar has spoken to don’t expect the rate increases to succeed, given the 2M’s reactivation of its AE2/Swan loop on 8 December, which will add up to 20,000 slots a week to the market.Meanwhile, Rotterdam-sourced IFO 380 heavy fuel oil (HFO) fell another $8 per tonne today, to $362, with the price of bunkers sliding by 23% in the past six weeks, tracking an unexpected slump in global oil prices.Carriers, whose results in 2018 have been adversely impacted by a year-on-year jump in HFO, to an average of $450 per ton, will enjoy the benefit of the drop in fuel prices in the first quarter of next year, although with planned OPEC production cuts, the “respite might prove temporary”, suggested Alex Younevitch, managing editor, freight markets, at S&P Global Platts.“As the new global sulphur cap nears, the market faces tough questions on how the upcoming volatility will be handled, and who will bear the brunt of the bigger bunker fuel bills,” he added.He noted there was a “rising scepticism” in the market concerning fuel surcharge calculations made by container lines.Carriers are proposing to roll out their new bunker surcharge mechanisms on 1 January in readiness for the IMO 2020 0.5% sulphur cap regulations a year later.last_img read more

Pharmalittle: Shire rejects latest Takeda offer; Greek parliament ends Novartis bribery probe

first_img Pharmalittle: Shire rejects latest Takeda offer; Greek parliament ends Novartis bribery probe What is it? About the Author Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED Hello, everyone, and how are you today? A warm and shiny sun is enveloping the Pharmalot campus this morning, which is a welcome relief given the recent temperatures. We were already warming up, however, with a few cups of delicious stimulation. Our choice today is blueberry, for those interested in such things. Please do join us. After all, firing up the neurons can be a worthwhile exercise. Meanwhile, here is the latest menu of tidbits. We hope you have a grand day or, at least, survive. And if you do, by all means, keep in touch …Shire (SHPG) has rejected a third offer from Takeda Pharmaceutical (TKPYY), arguing the latest bid from the Japanese drug maker, which was $60 billion, continues to significantly undervalue the company and its growth prospects and pipeline. Takeda has an April 25 deadline to strike a deal. Takeda has been ramping up its takeover ambitions as the company seeks growth overseas amid patent expirations and a shrinking domestic population. Takeda would gain new assets in gastrointestinal diseases and nervous-system ailments, and key treatments that are in the late stages of testing, Bloomberg News points out.center_img By Ed Silverman April 19, 2018 Reprints Log In | Learn More What’s included? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Pharmalot [email protected] Ed Silverman Tags Congressdrug pricingFDAopioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+Trumplast_img read more

LCSO announces name of newest member of animal cruelty task force

first_imgStudy ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021 WATCH: Porch pirate targets newly moved in Cape Coral residents June 16, 2021 House votes to make Juneteenth a federal holiday June 16, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementSergeant Hope will now be the face of LCSO’s animal cruelty unit.“If you abuse and neglect an animal in this county, zero tolerance, we’re coming for you,” Sheriff Marceno said. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Sheriff Carmine Marceno said the dog’s new name is ‘Hope’ after deputies conducted a vote within the community. Deputy Hope was also awarded the title of sergeant in the announcement.“Sergeant Hope has a big duty to make sure no animal is neglected or abused,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. Solved: NBC2 gets answers on mysterious barge that left Sanibel visitors puzzled June 16, 2021 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has announced the name of their newest deputy dog. A three-legged dog formerly named ‘Sky’ now has a new name given to her by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in an announcement Tuesday. last_img read more

The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days

first_imgHome We Are Laois The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven… We Are Laois Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Council Electric Picnic Pinterest 1 – Portarlington nurse crowned Miss Laois in bid to make Miss Ireland grand finalAlison Dyer from Portarlington has been crowned Miss Laois for 2021 in her bid to reach the grand final of the Miss Ireland competition.The 23-year-old nurse beat off competition from two other Laois girls Sarah McDonnell and Halle Courtney as well as contestants from Westmeath and Kildare in the Wildcard 1 vote which has been running on the Miss Ireland app for the past number of weeks.2 – Six Talking Points from a very disappointing afternoon for the Laois footballers in EnnisThe Laois senior footballers made a dreadful start to Division 2 campaign as they were beaten by seven points by Clare.Mike Quirke’s charges were never at the races and after Clare scored a first half goal, they never looked like getting back into the game – our Talking Points explain how the game went.3 – Sadness as ‘founding member, former player and chairman’ of Laois GAA club passes awayThere was sadness in Shanahoe this week following the passing of a man who was heavily involved in their local GAA club. Facebook The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Previous articleTwo changes to Laois hurling team for Sunday’s clash with ClareNext articleLaois Volunteers sought for baking birthday treats for people in Direct Provision centres and emergency accommodation LaoisToday Reporter center_img Martin Breen passed away peacefully at his home on Monday in the loving care of his wife and family.4 – ‘Great day’ as keys for brand new Laois school officially handed overThey say that great things are worth waiting for – and that is certainly the case for this Laois school.Back in July 2017, almost four years ago, planning permission was granted for St Francis School to transfer from the Timahoe Road and build on the site of the old St Paul’s Primary School on the Borris Road, Portlaoise.But now, that day has finally arrived.5 – From the LaoisToday Archives: Some absolute classics in the Laois GAA club player nicknamesLaois GAA people are renowned nationally for their iconic nicknames.From Cheddar to Picky to Wooly, the national media are often left ogling over our incredible ability to give people names that they weren’t christened with – and make them stick.6 – #LoveLaois: Togher Woods – flat, scenic and just on the edge of Portlaoise For the 20,000+ people living in Portlaoise, there was very few of them didn’t make their way out to Togher Woods at some stage during the various lockdowns over the past year.Located just outside the town, it is managed by Coillte and provides a great local amenity with its walking route – and it was the feature of our new series last weekend.7 – Sadness at death of Carmel Murphy, former proprietor of Castle Arms Hotel in DurrowThe death has occurred of Carmel Murphy, the former proprietor of the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow.Mrs Murphy, who was in her 91st year, was a native of Wicklow but had been living in Durrow for a long number of years where the family have been involved with the busy Castle Arms establishment.The hotel was opened in 1955 and has hosted all sorts of local events over the years as well as being a hugely popular stop-off point on the main Dublin-Cork road.8 – Laois charity shop announces closure following passing of ‘dear colleague and manager’A Laois charity shop has announced it will close on Saturday May 29 following the passing of its manager.Sheila Whelan from Doirefeá, Ballydavis, Portlaoise, and formerly of Monasterevin in Kildare, passed away in February of this year.Mrs Whelan was a founding member of the Cuisle Fayre Charity Shop which is located on Church Avenue in Portlaoise.9 – Moment in Time: Some quality photos from a Point to Point in Stradbally Hall in 2000At some stage now in the not-too-distant future we’ll all be able to go to an event some day and enjoy it for what it’s worth.Meeting friends, mingling and making the most of a good day out.And one of the more under-rated local events is the regular Point to Points hosted in Stradbally Hall by Laois Hunt – which is where our Moment in Time features this week.10 – No quick solution in sight for ongoing parking issues at popular Laois tourist spotThere appears to be no quick solution in sight for the ongoing parking issues at one of Laois’s most popular tourist destinations.Gardai have been called to Glenbarrow Waterfall in the Slieve Bloom Mountains on several occasions recently where parking chaos has ensued – but a new car park is some way away yet. Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months TAGSTop Stories By LaoisToday Reporter – 22nd May 2021 Electric Picnic Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

North Korea rejects Moon government’s overtures

first_imgNorth Korea also conveyed its dissatisfaction with the new government’s North Korea policy to the preparation committee for an inter-Korean joint event held on the 17th anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration agreed upon by former President Kim Dae Jung and former Chairman Kim Jong Il. A spokesperson for the June 15 Preparation Committee said, “North Korea noted that it will keep an eye on the South Korean government’s willingness to continue with inter-Korean exchanges related to the June 15 event while considering the persistent pressure and sanctions against North Korea.” North Korea policy must be made with prudence A spokesperson for the Preparation Committee for the June 15 event said, “We decided to respect the regime’s request to hold the event in Pyongyang, and therefore will ask for government approval to visit North Korea. It is expected that North Korea will continue to maintain their position to hold the event in Pyongyang and state that the decision from the South Korean government will be seen as a symbol of progress for inter-Korean relations. Facebook Twitter North Korea informed KSM that the reason for postponing the visit was due to the South Korean government’s support of UNSC sanctions on North Korea. The United Nations’ adoption of Resolution 2356 added fourteen individuals and four institutions to the list of sanctioned entities. The newly elected South Korean government announced that it supports the resolution, and the regime appears intent on expressing its discontent by cancelling the visit. A KSM spokesperson said that the North Korean authorities noted that it is currently difficult to proceed with the civil exchange because North Korea’s citizens are furious over the South Korean government’s decision to support the UNSC resolution. North Korea may become emboldened if the South Korean government attempts to move with urgency on North Korea issues. Careful policy planning and strategic considerations therefore need to be taken into account by the Moon government.*Views expressed in Guest Columns do not necessarily reflect those of Daily NK. By Daily NK – 2017.06.14 5:24pm Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion However, the South Korean government has been trying to improve public perceptions of its engagement with the regime. On the morning of May 22, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Unification announced that the government will consider the possibility of private exchanges between the two Koreas. In the afternoon of the same day, the National Security Office chief Chung Eui Yong met with reporters and said, “We should try to start working-level talks first and then private exchanges or social, cultural, and sports exchanges can be tried.” The new NIS (National Intelligence Service) director, Seo Hoon said immediately after the nomination on May 10, “We can visit Pyongyang when the right conditions are met. An inter-Korean summit is needed.” These remarks are not problematic by themselves, but considering the fact that the North launched a missile after the new government took office, such announcements give an impression that the Moon government is somewhat desperate to improve inter-Korean relations. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] History has shown that in such situations, North Korea is unlikely to conform to the wishes of the South Korean government. It is likely to use the change of attitude of the South Korean government to undermine international cooperation on sanctions against North Korea. In this context, the North Korean regime appears to have decided to test the South Korean government on how far it go in improving inter-Korean relations. Therefore, North Korea’s rejection of the meeting with KSM while simultaneously criticizing the new government’s policies is a form of political pressure. To hold the inter-Korean event in Pyongyang after North Korea has continued with its provocations is politically burdensome for the South Korean government. The Moon government wishes to maintain sanctions pressure while gradually expanding the level of exchanges, but the regime is well aware of this intent and is unlikely to cooperate easily. Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Improving Inter-Korean relations will take time The South Korean government has announced that it intends to flexibly examine the major issues in inter-Korean relations, including civil exchanges, to an extent that does not undermine the international framework of sanctions against North Korea. The newly-elected government is expected to push for limited inter-Korean exchanges while remaining in support of the strengthened international sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear weapons development. The present situation, in which all contacts between the two Koreas have been suspended and official communications have been halted, is problematic. Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? North Korea has all but rejected a visit by a private organization to the isolated country for the purpose of donating materials under the approval of the South Korean government. The Korean Sharing Movement (KSM) has been in contact with the North Korean authorities to provide anti-malarial medicine, but the North has postponed the date. The nature of the response is being interpreted as a rejection of the visit. KSM received permission to contact North Korea on May 26, marking the first time in sixteen months that a private organization has received such approval. The granting of permission was widely seen as a tangible symbol of change in the North Korea policy of the South’s new government.  Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion North Korea rejects Moon government’s overtures Analysis & Opinion SHARE North Korea recommended holding the June 15 event in Pyongyang, while South Korean private organizations proposed holding the event in Kaesong. The South Korean government also indicated its support for Kaesong over Pyongyang for political reasons. The regime therefore seems to be testing the waters with regards to the new South Korean government on North Korea policy. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Alaska Glacier Speed-Up Tied To Internal Plumbing Issues, Says New CU-Boulder Study

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 14, 2008 A University of Colorado at Boulder study indicates meltwater periodically overwhelms the interior drainpipes of Alaska’s Kennicott Glacier and causes it to lurch forward, similar to processes that may help explain the acceleration of glaciers observed recently on the Greenland ice sheet that are contributing to global sea rise.According to CU-Boulder Professor Robert Anderson of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, the amount of water passing through conduits inside and underneath the Kennicott Glacier increases during seasonal melting and also following annual flooding from a nearby lake. The addition of excess water from melting and flooding causes water to back up into a honeycomb of passages inside the glacier, he said, suggesting the resulting increase in water pressure causes the glacier to slide more rapidly down its bedrock valley.”The phenomenon is similar to the plumbing system of a house that is incapable of handling excess water or waste, causing it to back up,” said Anderson. “This is a feedback we are still trying to understand and one that has big implications for understanding the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, including the behavior of outlet glaciers on the Greenland ice sheet.”A paper on the subject appears in the January edition of the new monthly scientific journal, Nature Geoscience. The study was authored by former CU-Boulder graduate student Timothy Bartholomaus, Robert Anderson, and INSTAAR’s Suzanne Anderson. Robert Anderson is a faculty member in the CU-Boulder geological sciences department and Suzanne Anderson is a faculty member the geography department.The sliding eventually halts when the moving glacier opens up spaces in its bed that can accommodate some of the excess water, helping to relieve the water pressure, the authors said. In addition, high rates of water flow eventually enlarge the conduits and ducts permeating the glacier, “melting them back and allowing more water to bleed from the system, further decreasing the pressure,” said Robert Anderson.The Kennicott Glacier roughly doubled its normal 1-to-2 feet of movement per day during the 2006 sliding episodes tied to water pressure, said Anderson. When the glacier responded to a 2006 “outburst” flood — when water from Hidden Creek Lake adjacent to the glacier rushed into the sub-glacial tunnel system and released an estimated 10 billion gallons of water under the glacier — the pace ramped up to nearly 9 feet a day for the duration of the two-day period.The team used GPS receivers positioned on the glacier as well as pressure gauges, temperature sensors, sonic distance measuring sensors and electrical conductivity probes. The conductivity levels in the water draining out of the glacier rose after backpressure in the glacier dissipated and expelled water high in chloride ions abundant in the salty bedrock beneath the ice, said co-author Suzanne Anderson.”Nature essentially provided us with an extra probe to determine these sub-glacial processes, and ultimately provided an additional avenue of support for our model of how this system works,” said Robert Anderson. The National Science Foundation funded the research.An awareness of such glacial dynamics is important information for glaciologists studying the Greenland ice sheet, which is undergoing record surface melt and the subsequent drainage of large volumes of water through the ice sheet and associated outlet glaciers, the researchers said. Some of Greenland’s outlet glaciers have sped up from 50 percent to 100 percent during the annual melt season and discharged substantially more ice into the seas, according to recent research led by CU-Boulder glaciologist Konrad Steffen.”There are a number of catastrophic draining events of slush ponds on the Greenland ice sheet that may well promote increased sliding of the ice sheet as this water is jammed into a sub-glacial pipe system that is ill-prepared for such inputs,” Robert Anderson said. “This phenomenon is also relevant to small glaciers around the world, because it may help to explain their nonsteady rates of sliding.”People are becoming increasingly aware that sea-level rise is a very real problem,” he said. “As scientists, we need to acknowledge the role of all of the world’s ice masses and to understand the physical mechanisms by which they deliver water to the sea.”last_img read more

Naked Man Shot With Taser Four Times in Billings Dies

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email BILLINGS – Authorities say a man who was running down a Billings street naked before police subdued him with a stun gun over the weekend died Tuesday afternoon.Police say officers Tasered the man four times, including once at the county jail. They declined to release his name, but Chief Rich St. John told the Billings Gazette the man died at a local hospital.A news release from the police department and the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s office says an off-duty sheriff’s deputy was driving when he saw the man run down the street and enter a home late Sunday. The deputy assumed it was not his home, so he jumped out of his van and gave chase.Authorities say the man came out of the home and drove off in the van, which was still running. The deputy caught up with the vehicle after it hit a parked car, by which time other officers had arrived. The news release says they were forced to shock the man three times with a Taser to get him under control.The man continued to fight at the jail and was Tasered again. Jail medical staff determined he was stable, but he went into cardiac arrest a short time later, according to the news release.“We believe that the suspect was using some substance that was making his behavior act the way he was acting,” police Sgt. Kevin Iffland told KTVQ-TV. “So we’re going to have to wait to get the toxicology report back and kinda see what exactly the suspect had in his system at that time.”last_img read more