The management of sledge dogs in the Antarctic

first_imgThe British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has relied on sledge dogs as the main form of transport for field parties since its predecessor, the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), imported them in 1945, when it created a permanent presence on the continent. Over the years dogs have been used for extensive work over a very wide area. In 1975 BAS changed its policy with respect to work in the southern Antarctic Peninsula. In future seasons scientists will not winter in this area but will be flown to Adelaide Island and then into the field. They will carry out more detailed scientific work in particular areas of interest. This means that it is no longer practical to maintain huskies on base as they could not be kept fit and well disciplined during the winter for a short summer season. The scientists, similarly, could not be expected to learn to work the dogs efficiently in the time available, and the change in the nature of their work means that they will not move camp so frequently. The dogs, since they must be fed even if they are resting, would be uneconomic in such a situation. Finally, most of the work will be in areas that are thought to be safe so the dogs will not be needed to probe for crevasses. In future seasons BAS will rely on skidoos for field work (Figs 1 and 2).last_img read more

Tim Tebow shares heartbreaking video saying goodbye to ‘the sweetest boy ever,’ his dog Bronco

first_img Written by Aunt Patty, thank you for loving him, and thank you to all the other people including Miss Shea and Miss Mindy for sharing so much love with Bronco. If you had the pleasure of meeting Bronco, one of the best dogs ever, I would love to hear your story.— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) November 21, 2019 November 21, 2019 /Sports News – National Tim Tebow shares heartbreaking video saying goodbye to ‘the sweetest boy ever,’ his dog Bronco FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThomas Graning / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tim Tebow had to make one of his “toughest goodbyes” on Wednesday.The former NFL quarterback shared a heartbreaking tribute to his sick dog, Bronco, featuring emotional videos of himself with his pup.“Wanted to make a special tribute to the sweetest boy ever — thank you for all the joy you brought and all the memories,” he captioned his post.Tebow told People in 2018 that Bronco was, “just such a good dog,” and called him his “best friend.”He posted “one last video” with Bronco, captioning it: “Aunt Patty, thank you for loving him, and thank you to all the other people including Miss Shea and Miss Mindy for sharing so much love with Bronco.”In the heart wrenching video, the dog appears to struggle and Tebow tells him, “It’s okay, go to sleep….go home.”Tebow asked his followers to share their story if they ever had the opportunity to meet his dog.center_img Beau Lund He also mentioned his appreciation for animal hospitals, including SEVOMED, Blue Pearl Vet and UF Small Animal Vet Hospital, for caring for Bronco. He did not disclose Bronco’s health issues in the post.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SBM Offshore and Constellation complete transaction regarding minority ownership in SBM Offshore operated FPSO companies

first_imgAfter completion of the transaction, SBM Offshore has paid the total cash consideration of $149m. Image: SBM Offshore and Constellation complete transaction regarding minority ownership in SBM Offshore operated FPSO companies. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. SBM Offshore and Constellation Oil Services Holding S.A. (“Constellation”) jointly confirm that they have successfully completed the transaction regarding the sale to SBM Offshore of Constellation’s equity ownership in the lease and operating companies related to five Brazilian FPSOs. This follows the announcement by SBM Offshore dated October 18, 2019, confirming SBM Offshore as the successful bidder in the public auction for the equity ownership. SBM Offshore was already the majority shareholder of the related entities and operator of these FPSOs before the transaction was completed.Upon completion of the transaction SBM Offshore paid the total cash consideration of US$149 million. The completion concludes a successful long-term partnership between the companies which was established in 2004. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Budget Initiatives Are off-Base And Not In The Best Interests of Schools.

first_imgBy Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Although House Republicans have committed more than 50 percent of their two-year budget proposal to K-12 education, the state’s top education leader said its initiatives are off-base and not in the best interests of schools. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick made her remarks before the Parent Council Network of Washington Township, the night before the Indiana House was scheduled to weigh in on the GOP’s $34 billion budget bill. The budget bill advanced in the House Thursday after almost every attempt by Democrats to amend the bill, House Bill 1001, was rejected by Republicans, who hold a supermajority in the chamber.House Democrats proposed a series of amendments to the developing budget that covered everything from teacher pay to school security and a fully-funded pre-Kindergarten program.In particular, the Democratic caucus asked the chamber to instead use the state general fund to guarantee a 5 percent salary increase for all public school teachers. But this, alongside their other spending proposals, failed. In the parents’ meeting, McCormick outlined several shortcomings in the budget proposal and accompanying bills that would affect how Indiana’s schools operate.For example, McCormick cited a provision in the House budget that adopts Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposal to use a one-time payment of $150 million from surplus funds to pay off school districts’ teacher pension liabilities. The hope is that, by removing these liabilities, districts will save more money and expand the number of dollars available to teachers.McCormick said she wants to see a more aggressive and uniform approach to address teacher pay, noting that the money saved would vary from district to district. But she said she won’t oppose the state’s first attempt. “That would be pretty irresponsible on my part,” McCormick said. “We have said thank you for that. That’s one good first step, but it can’t be the only solution.”McCormick also discussed a provision in a separate bill — House Bill 1003 — that would require schools to transfer no more than 15 percent of revenue contained in its education fund, which covers classroom instruction, to the district’s operations fund.She said legislators refuse to address the discrepancies among school districts and are instead offering a blanket solution to the widespread problem of teacher pay.“It just matters where you are,” McCormick said. “For the people who have the flexibility and can afford it, great. I’m just worried about the majority of people who don’t.”But other proposals reviewed by the General Assembly also didn’t offer much of an improvement, largely because of a widespread lack of interest in data compiled by the department, she said.For example, a proposal by Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, to kickstart an incentive program for teacher pay raises didn’t take into account all districts’ needs, McCormick said.The proposal, introduced in an amendment to HB 1003 at a hearing in the House Education Committee, would have provided an additional $100 per enrolled student in school tuition support if a district commits to pay teachers a minimum salary of $40,000.While McCormick called DeLaney “good partner of public education,” she said existing discrepancies across school districts — in which some teachers make as low as $30,000 a year — complicate a proposal to increaDelaney salaries up front. As the budget progresses, McCormick warned educators not to be overly optimistic and to instead look at the numbers behind the problems.“They’re hearing rhetoric from the Statehouse saying this is what it’s going to be,” McCormick said. “But when you go into practice and implementation at that local level, I’m very concerned there won’t be that realization.”The budget bill also secures an extra $286 million each year for the Department of Child Services, bringing its annual budget to more than $900 million, provides extra money to local jails, and expands funding for Medicaid.HB 1001 goes to the full House on Monday for a vote before advancing to the Senate.FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Creative decorating with houseplants, from floor to ceiling

first_imgA Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point! And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. I’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to.center_img Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgGreggs cuts jobsBakery chain Greggs is to cut up to 55 jobs in Cumbria as it opens a new factory in September. The bakery in Penrith will specialise in confectionery products, replacing two older bakery sites in the centre of the town. Chief executive Ken McMeikan said: “We are saddened that there will be an overall reduction in jobs but by choosing Penrith, we have safeguarded a long-term future for Greggs’ bakery production in the region.”Baker’s royal warrantScottish bakery firm Fisher & Donaldson has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The Queen. In order to be considered for this honour, a company must supply the member of the Royal Family concerned or their household with products or services in significant quantity over a lengthy period of time.Spicy accoladeCaffè Ritazza has won the Bel UK Café Food Award at the Café Society Awards 2011, for its Firecracker Chicken and Chorizo Panini Melt. Created in response to the surge in popularity of spicier food and ethnic cuisine, it shot to second in the hot filled breads category within the first four weeks of its launch, behind ham and cheese.Stamp gains tractionThe Whole Grain Stamp can now be found on 5,000 products across 22 different countries. The use of the Stamp, administered by US non-profit organisations Whole Grains Council and Oldways, has increased 25% in nine months.Charity statusThe School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire has just become the first UK education provider dedicated to handmade food and drink, including bakery, to become a registered charity.last_img read more

Muffin Break expands into Wakefield

first_imgGrowing café-bakery chain Muffin Break will open its doors in Trinity Walk shopping centre, Wakefield, on Thursday 16 August.Since opening its UK business in 2001, the Canadian chain has grown to over 60 café-bakeries nationwide, with a further six café-bakeries in the pipeline and 10 more in total to open in the next year. Joshua Nixon, head of estates at Muffin Break, said: “The Wakefield café will occupy a corner glazed unit in Trinity Walk with strong footfall and adjacent to strong national and international retailers, which is key criteria for the selection of our sites.” Nixon added that the company’s growth strategy is to expand in primary and good secondary shopping locations with a strong retail mix and high footfall.“We are seeing strong demand in the south east and north west of England and those areas are our current priorities. However we welcome an approach from prospective franchisees from all over the UK.” he said.last_img read more

Winslow Homer’s Civil War

first_imgAmerican artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) — the self-taught master best known today for his scenes of nature and the sea — got his start as one of the “special artists” of the Civil War. They were the combat correspondents of their day, traveling and living with soldiers. Their sketches, woodcuts, and paintings showed both the horror of battle and the makeshift respite of camp life. Printed by the thousands, these images gave the American public a visual sense of the war.Homer grew up in what was then rural Cambridge, and by 1859 had a studio on 10th Street in New York. In March 1861 he was hired by Harper’s Weekly to illustrate Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address — and then stayed on with the magazine when the Civil War began a month later. Off and on, Homer spent the next four years documenting the conflict. (For a time he was attached to the 5th New York Infantry, a unit known as Duryee’s Zouaves.) He sketched a war of action, color, and carnage — but he didn’t ignore the lulls in between, when soldiers lounged in camp thinking of home.Homer’s Civil War days, represented by two paintings, drew a small, intent audience to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum last week. The occasion was the latest in a series of gallery talks sponsored by the Harvard Art Museums. Melissa Renn, senior curatorial associate, and senior museum educator Judith Murray provided commentary on the two works: “Pitching Quoits” and “The Brush Harrow.”Both are dated 1865, but could hardly be more different. The first depicts Zouave soldiers — resplendent in their trademark red fezzes, short jackets, and billowing scarlet pants — pitching quoits in a crowded Army camp. (They were actually pitching horseshoes, said Renn.) The painting’s dramatic use of color marks it as a Homer, Renn said, and its composition shows both romantic and classical influences.The second painting shows two boys, one mounted on a U.S.-branded horse drawing a harrow across a barren field. That they were boys, that there were no men, and that the scrawny horse had seen Army service are all oblique acknowledgements of the exhausting war that had just ended. Critics recognize this outwardly peaceful scene as a Civil War painting as much as any battle scene could be — and that it is tender, sensitive, and poignant. To Murray, this rural scene embodies Lincoln’s wish in his second inaugural — that Americans set aside malice and “bind up the nation’s wounds.”It also shows, she added, “the presence of the absence” — a scene that speaks to a fact of life following the war. It was an immense killing field, with a death toll of 750,000.Murray helped develop the Engaging New Americans project at the Harvard Art Museums. It’s designed to introduce immigrants to American culture, and to show “how works of art really speak,” she said. “The Brush Harrow” is a frequent centerpiece of the classes.In his Civil War work, said Renn, Homer never depicted dead soldiers — a commonplace otherwise in newspapers of the time. Nor did Homer depict battle scenes as heroic.But he was not shy about the facts. Perhaps his best-known illustration from the war is “The Army of the Potomac – A Sharp-Shooter on Picket Duty” (1862). It depicts a Union sniper poised in a tree and peering through a scope mounted on his long rifle. Art historians praise it for its “dramatic diagonals,” said Renn. But to Homer it was a tragedy, and sharpshooters were the grim technicians of modern rifle technology. “I always had a horror,” he wrote later, “of that branch of service.”There is a touch of horror even in the outwardly peaceful “Pitching Quoits,” one viewer suggested this week. In the foreground, speckled on scrap wood near a dead campfire, are holly berries, tiny and blood-red.Upcoming, “Feininger in the Darkroom,” a two-point perspective gallery talk, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, from 3:30 to 4:30p.m., April 18. For additional information or upcoming talks, visit the website.last_img read more

Outside Mullingar’s Brian F. O’Byrne to Star in ABC Pilot Exposed

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 16, 2014 View Comments Exposed centers around a determined investigative reporter who makes dubious alliances in pursuit of stories. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal is headlining the project. Outside Mullingar Tony winner O’Byrne is currently starring with Emmy winner Debra Messing in Outside Mullingar at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through March 16. O’Bryne won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway’s Frozen and picked up additional nominations for The Coast of Utopia, The Lonesome West, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Shanley’s play Doubt. He also garnered an Emmy nomination for his role in Mildred Pierce. Outside Mullingar’s Brian F. O’Byrne has boarded the upcoming ABC pilot Exposed. According to Variety, the Patty Jenkins helmed drama will be filmed in Vancouver and Los Angeles.last_img read more

She Loves Me Stars Laura Benanti & Zachary Levi Are Taking Your Questions

first_imgLaura Benanti & Zachary Levi in ‘She Loves Me'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Will he like me? Where’s my shoe? These are the pressing questions She Loves Me’s Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi ask as their characters blossom from bickering parfumerie co-workers to dear friends to head-over-heels lovebirds. Now it’s your turn to ask the stars your questions. That’s right; the pair is coming to HQ for a round of Ask a Star. Is vanilla really their favorite ice-cream flavor? What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for them? How much do first impressions really matter when it comes to true love? What would a Gavin Creel fragrance line be called? Ask away below, and tune in later as the couple interviews each other with your questions! Related Shows Zachary Levi <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Laura Benanticenter_img She Loves Me Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more