Brief Communication: Newly developing rift in Larsen C Ice Shelf presents significant risk to stability

first_imgAn established rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, formerly constrained by a suture zone containing marine ice, grew rapidly during 2014 and is likely in the near future to generate the largest calving event since the 1980s and result in a new minimum area for the ice shelf. Here we investigate the recent development of the rift, quantify the projected calving event and, using a numerical model, assess its likely impact on ice shelf stability. We find that the ice front is at risk of becoming unstable when the anticipated calving event occurs.last_img

CNCD workshop targets youth

first_imgLocalNews CNCD workshop targets youth by: – February 14, 2012 Sharing is caring! 3 Views   no discussions A workshop aimed at raising the awareness of Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCDs) among the country’s youth will get underway today.The workshop organised by the Ministry of Health targets family life teachers at secondary schools in Dominica.The workshop will also discuss the possibility of a Youth Against Violence Road Show to showcase the achievements of students in addressing violence in schools.It is also expected to provide materials including the Health and Family Life Education Regional Curriculum Framework for Ages 11 to 16 years.The event is carded for 8:45 am at the Financial Center in Roseau on Tuesday.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

2 changes to Tipp hurling team

first_imgTipperary manager Michael Ryan has selected Jason Forde at midfield on his team to play Galway in this Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League Final at the Gaelic Grounds.Forde’s included despite facing a two game ban for his clash with Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald last weekend – which Tipperary are expected appeal next weekSeamus Callanan’s been ruled out through injury, which means a start for John O’Dwyer at full-forward. There’s one other change from the team that beat Wexford with Michael Breen replacing Niall O’Meara at centre-half-forward.So the team in full:1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Marys6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh9. Jason Forde – Silvermines10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh11. Michael Breen – Ballina12. Steven O’Brien – Ballina13. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney14. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule15. John McGrath – Loughmore-CastleineyThe showdown will be the tenth meeting of the sides in a league final, and the first since Tipp got the measure of the Tribesmen in 2008.Their most recent meetings have been tightly contested, and Tipperary Hurling manager Michael Ryan thinks Sundays’ game at the Gaelic Grounds will renew old rivalries.The squad set out to win the league early on and Ryan says they’re delighted to be in the final Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img read more

Remembering Tony Gwynn and his ability to hit the best of the best

first_img“He was a master at taking what you delivered and using it to his advantage,” Smoltz said. “If I could go back in time I and had to do all over again I would throw the pitch right down the middle.”  Even though nobody would ever dare throw a pitch down the middle to Gwynn.  You would not do that to someone who values every single hit. Gwynn would be 59 years old if he were still alive. The 15-time All-Star and eight-time National League batting champion finished a 20-year career with a .338 career average and left a legacy as one of the consummate good guys in the sport.  He also frustrated the game’s best pitchers along the way.  FOSTER: Tony Gwynn’s greatness wasn’t just in the totals, but in the detailsMLB Network analyst John Smoltz, a Hall of Fame pitcher with the Atlanta Braves, remembered one of those hits in a telecast the day after Gwynn died, which is part of a hidden layer in Gwynn’s remarkable legacy as a hitter.  Smoltz turned back to April 14, 1996, a game in which he had a no-hitter in the sixth inning when he faced Gwynn, who hit .353 that season and was in the middle of a run in which he won the batting title in four straight seasons.  “Tony Gwynn hit a ball to left field that Ryan (Klesko) tracked down and got in his glove and it dropped,” Smoltz said on a June 17, 2014, Fox Sports South telecast. “I was just sure it was an error. I guarantee it was an error. I turned around. Double. Of course, they weren’t going to change it. I lost the bid at a no hitter.” Smoltz said he bumped into Gwynn at a card show later, and both remembered that moment.  “I would tell him all the time, ‘You think one less hit is going to matter in a Hall of Fame career?'” Smoltz said. “He used to laugh, because it was a hit, granted, to Tony Gwynn. Anybody else it would have been an error.” That’s all part of a remarkable thread in Gwynn’s many hitting accomplishments. Consider his career numbers against Atlanta’s Big Three of Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.  Including the 1998 NLCS, which the Padres won in six games, Gwynn hit .303 (30 of 99) against Glavine, .415 (39 of 94) against Maddux and .444 (32 of 72) against Smoltz. In 287 career plate appearances against those three pitchers, Gwynn had just three strikeouts. Glavine had two. Smoltz had one.  “I tried everything,” Smoltz said on the telecast. “I even threw knuckleballs. I tried everything I could. … What he was so good at was he recognized anything you were trying to do. And he saw it quicker than anybody else.”  MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNGwynn used that advantage to pile up those batting titles, and he was hitting .394 when the strike-shortened 1994 season ended in mid-August. That’s the closest a player has come to hitting .400 since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. George Brett hit .390 over a full season in 1980.  Gwynn was known for that hitting, but his legacy endures as the working man’s hero in baseball. Smoltz said he enjoyed simply talking to Gwynn during those All-Star breaks. Gwynn didn’t keep his knowledge of hitting a secret. He loved to share that with everyone.  “I can’t think of a superstar, and maybe he was a little under-appreciated from a superstar standpoint because he wasn’t arrogant,” Smoltz said. “He was one of the class guys and great at what he did. Probably the single best hitter I’ve ever seen.”  The hardest part for Smoltz was knowing he couldn’t strike Gwynn out.   Tony Gwynn valued every one of his 3,141 hits.  The San Diego Padres Hall of Fame outfielder died five years ago today from complications of cancer.  last_img read more