Antarctic and Southern Ocean science is vital to understanding natural variability, the processes that govern global change and the role of humans in the Earth and climate system. The potential for new knowledge to be gained from future Antarctic science is substantial. Therefore, the international Antarctic community came together to ‘scan the horizon’ to identify the highest priority scientific questions that researchers should aspire to answer in the next two decades and beyond. Wide consultation was a fundamental principle for the development of a collective, international view of the most important future directions in Antarctic science. From the many possibilities, the horizon scan identified 80 key scientific questions through structured debate, discussion, revision and voting. Questions were clustered into seven topics: i) Antarctic atmosphere and global connections, ii) Southern Ocean and sea ice in a warming world, iii) ice sheet and sea level, iv) the dynamic Earth, v) life on the precipice, vi) near-Earth space and beyond, and vii) human presence in Antarctica. Answering the questions identified by the horizon scan will require innovative experimental designs, novel applications of technology, invention of next-generation field and laboratory approaches, and expanded observing systems and networks. Unbiased, non-contaminating procedures will be required to retrieve the requisite air, biota, sediment, rock, ice and water samples. Sustained year-round access to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean will be essential to increase winter-time measurements. Improved models are needed that represent Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in the Earth System, and provide predictions at spatial and temporal resolutions useful for decision making. A co-ordinated portfolio of cross-disciplinary science, based on new models of international collaboration, will be essential as no scientist, programme or nation can realize these aspirations alone.
RelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Lionel Messi’s career-long dual with Cristiano Ronaldo took another fascinating turn as the Barcelona star won his sixth Ballon d’Or award. The Argentine, who attended with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and his two sons Thiago and Mateo, went into the evening in Paris level with Ronaldo on five Ballon d’Or awards each but now stands alone with six. Messi edged out Liverpool centre back Virgil van Dijk who was unlucky not to win the award after lifting the Champions League, the Super Cup and UEFA’s Player of the Year award. The 32-year-old was an overwhelming favourite with bookmakers after a leaked document appeared to crown Messi as the recipient of the award in the hours prior to the ceremony. It was the first time since 2015 that Messi lifted the award with Ronaldo (twice) and his then Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric winning the following three years. Despite stuttering in the Champions League, playing a part in that famous collapse at Anfield against eventual winners Liverpool, Messi produced another year full of important contributions as Barcelona lifted the La Liga title. He scored 36 goals and added 15 assists in 34 appearances, taking the award for top scorer in Spain in the process. Messi’s bitter rival, Ronaldo, chose not to attend the latest Ballon d’Or awards ceremony and instead went to an evening in Milan to celebrate the best of Italian football. His Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt was in Paris represented the Italian champions as he was crowned Under-21 Player of the Year, edging out Jadon Sancho and Joao Felix. Liverpool, after winning the Champions League against Tottenham in Madrid on June 1, boasted more players in the top 10 than any other side, with four players finishing in the top seven. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker came seventh – but won the new Yachine trophy for Goalkeeper of the Year – Mohamed Salah came fifth, Sadio Mane came X and Van Dijk finished as runner-up, capping off a fine year both individually and as a team.Tags: Ballon d’OrCristiano RonaldoLionel Messi read more
Aubrey Kragen is a senior majoring in communication. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Release the Kragen,” runs Fridays. It’s that time of the season again: time for hordes of rowdy USC students and proud alumni to take over the Bay Area for the annual Weekender.Though the trip to San Francisco is always entertaining, this year might shape up to be the best Weekender game in the last four years.Since I was a spring admit my freshman year, I didn’t make the trip in 2011 — I just watched the game on TV. USC played against California at San Francisco’s AT&T Park while Cal’s Memorial Stadium was being renovated. I was especially excited to watch the game to see Cal safety Stefan McClure play, since he went to my rival high school and torched us on offense and defense every year.USC cruised past an outmatched Cal team by a score of 30-9. A young Marqise Lee beat McClure down the sideline for a 39-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, and my love affair with the Weekender began.But 2012 was a rough year for my relationship with the Weekender. You could say the Weekender cheated on me. You could say I walked in on the Weekender cheating on me in my own bed.The trip started off with my car breaking down, and I should have known it was doomed from the start. My friends and I were stranded on the side of the freeway in the middle of nowhere until a tow truck took us to Bakersfield, the home of then-backup quarterback Cody Kessler.I still think Kessler and that Pep Boys are the only redeeming things about that city.The game at Stanford the next day added insult to injury. USC had entered the season ranked No. 1 in the country and was ranked No. 2 at the time despite taking care of business in its first two games. (I’m looking at you, Associated Press and Coaches Polls.) Stanford was ranked No. 21 following Andrew Luck’s departure for the NFL. Matt Barkley had come back for his senior season, and USC’s athletic department was already deep into its “Barkley for Heisman” campaign.Despite looking mediocre all game, the Trojans held a 14-7 lead in the third quarter, but then everything started going wrong — Stanford tied the game up at the end of the third quarter and went ahead 21-14 early in the fourth.Barkley’s Heisman hopes were over after he threw two picks and failed to lead USC down the field in the last few minutes. “Tailback U” put up a total of 26 rush yards. The sold out Stanford crowd rushed the field, and the USC students in the stands stood there, mouths agape, crushed.That game turned out to be the beginning of the end for USC in 2012. The team sputtered to a 7-6 finish, including losses to Arizona, Oregon, Notre Dame and UCLA, and fell completely out of the national rankings by the end. I look back on that game and shudder, and I’m sure you all do too.But all of the fans who made it out to the 2013 Weekender knew that the result would turn out better. At the time, Cal was 1-8, with its sole win coming against Portland State. USC, on the other hand, was 6-3 and was infused with a new energy under interim head coach Ed Orgeron.My friends and I spent all of Friday in the city, bumping into Trojan fans everywhere and filling Fisherman’s Wharf with “Fight On” cheers. We also fell victim to the infamous Bushman jumping out at us. I won’t pretend I didn’t scream like a little girl.And the game? It was a blast.Trojans swarmed the Cal tailgates down the hill from Memorial Stadium, which was a sign of the game to come. USC had a field day with the Bears, running up a 62-28 score.My cousin had just transferred to Cal to play defensive end, so it was the first time I got to see him play (and he got wrecked — sorry, Kyle). I spent the entire third quarter sitting across from USC’s student section with my grandparents, uncle and cousin. I profusely apologized for how badly we were beating the Bears, since my grandpa is a lifelong Cal fan.This year, No. 14 USC heads to No. 13 Stanford, which is coming off a 45-0 walloping of UC Davis in its first game. The Kevin Hogan-led Cardinal will surely provide a formidable opponent. The game will serve as a litmus test for first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian’s offense and will prove Kessler’s true worth this season.If you’re reading this in print, that means you’re probably not headed up to the game, but I hope you all make it up to the Weekender at least once in your college career.Fight On and Beat the Farm! read more
The Court of Arbitration for Sport will on Tuesday 4th August 2020 release its ruling on the case between Tema Youth President Wilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer and the Ghana Football Association.Palmer is at the Swiss court challenging his disqualification from contesting the GFA presidential elections in October 2019, which Kurt Okraku won.Palmer wants the GFA elections annulled and his candidacy reinstated for fresh elections to be held.Ahead of the ruling, here is what you need to know about the case:Why was Palmer disqualified?With the GFA in Normalisation following the Anas Aremeyaw Anas documentary in June 2018, the Normalisation Committee was tasked with organizing fresh elections to replace the ousted GFA administration of Kwesi Nyantakyi.As the Elections Committee, the NC put together a sub-committee, the Vetting Committee, which was tasked with vetting all candidates interested in contesting the GFA Presidential Elections.The Vetting Committee, chaired by Lawyer Frank Davis, vetted 7 candidates, approved 6 and disqualified one – Wilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer.Two reasons were given for his disqualification –Failure of his club, Tema Youth, to pay a 10% fee to the GFA on the transfer of two players – Gabriel Laveh ($15,000) and Joseph Painstil (€300,000). According to the Vetting Committee, this action was in flagrant violation of the GFA Regulations [Article 33 (5) (C)] and a person seeking to govern an institution cannot be seen to be disregarding that very institutions’ rules and regulations.Comments made on Citi FM’s Sports Panorama where he suggested that the Black Stars of Ghana failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup because the country did not make a budget available for unclassified payments to match officials. The Committee held that Palmer had been found guilty by a judicial body of the GFA (Ethics Committee) for the comments and say the remarks prove Palmer lacks moral integrity to hold the position of GFA President.Palmer’s argument:Palmer’s lawyers argued that the two grounds for his disqualification were both flawed and further stated their misgivings about the potential for conflict of interest and bias from some members of the Vetting Committee.On the failure to pay the 10% fee on the transfer of two players, Palmer’s lawyers say the grounds for disqualification as published by the Vetting Committee, does not state anywhere that a candidate should be disqualified if a club for which he is a director or shareholder, owes a debt to the GFA. They also contend that the GFA was not due the transfer fee of Joseph Painstil because at the time of the transfer of the player, he was out of the jurisdiction of the GFA, as he was transferred from Hungary to Belgium. In such a scenario, the GFA is not entitled to any fee.Palmer’s lawyers further stated that Frank Davis, the lawyer the GFA instructed to write to Palmer to retrieve the said 10% transfer fee, was caught in conflict of interest because he was Chairman of the Vetting Committee. Seeing as he stood to benefit by way of legal fees if Tema Youth had paid the money, his impartiality was compromised and the potential for exhibited bias against Palmer was therefore established.On the second reason for disqualifying Palmer (comments regarding indemnity payments), Palmer’s lawyers say he was never charged nor was he ever convicted by the Ethics Committee and that the NC’s reliance on the Ethics Committee invitation of Palmer to merely explain his comments on 13th December, 2017, was without legal basis.What is Palmer asking CAS to do?Palmer is seeking 4 reliefs from the Court of Arbitration for SportA declaration that Palmer’s disqualification is null, void and of no effect.A declaration that the reasons given for his disqualification are unjustifiableAn order nullifying any election conducted by the Normalistion Committee (the GFA Elections of October 25, 2019)An order to conduct fresh elections with each candidate given a fair chance of contesting. read more
The MacCumhaills girls celebrate their winSEAN MacCumhaills girls are U-16 County Champions after a victory over Burt in the final.Right from the throw in everybody knew this would be a closely fought game and no one was left disappointed.It was a very even first half with Sean mac Cumhaills just in front at the interval. Half time score was Sean Mac Cumhaills 2-03 CLG Beart 1-02. The second half was more of the same, with individual battles all over the field.Burt scored a point and Mac Cumhaills scored two. Final score was Sean Mac Cumhaills 2-05 and CLG Beart 1-03. This was a brilliant display of hurling by both teams and everyone involved should be commended. Outstanding for Mac Cumhaills were Laura Browne and Shania Bradley.Scorers for Mac Cumhaills were Laura Browne 2-04, Chloe Kennedy 0-01.Scorers for Burt were Lucy Murray 1-00, Rhianne Mc Dermott 0-01, Leanne Kelly 0-01 and Chloe Downey 0-01. This victory adds to Sean Mac Cumhaills great haul of trophies and achievements in Camogie this year. The under 12’s were beaten League finalists, the under 14’s won the Donegal Feile, the Ulster Feile and made it to the Semi Final of the All Ireland Feile in Limerick and now the under 16’s are County Champs. The future of Camogie looks bright in the Twin Towns.The U-16s celebrateMacCUMHAILLS U-16 CAMOGIE TEAM CROWNED COUNTY CHAMPIONS! was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BeartBURTcounty finalMacCUMHAILLS U-16 CAMOGIE TEAM read more
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Although the team had some semblance of success going up against the big guys of Ginebra in 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, there was still the factor of getting banged up throughout 48 minutes.“We’re king of out of position, no matter who we put in now,” said Dickel Sunday at Philippine Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDon Trollano, who stands at 6-foot-3 and mainly plays out in the wings, was tasked to play power forward for TNT and help the 6-foot-6 Michael Miranda patrol the paint.“I thought Don was really good, I just thought he got worn down a little bit just having to guard bigger players the whole game,” said Dickel. “Hopefully, over the next months we can play a little bit better and get him more comfortable, and then our offense will look a bit smoother.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening NBA champions Metta World Peace, Bill Wennington visit Manny Pacquiao TNT KaTropa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—TNT team consultant Mark Dickel has drawn up a system suitable for his undersized lineup, but he still rued the glaring size difference between his team and Barangay Ginebra was still a tough bind.The KaTropa lost to the Gin Kings 90-79 in the PBA season opener in Dickel’s first game running the offense.ADVERTISEMENT Dickel didn’t have his normal power forward in 6-foot-7 Troy Rosario, who’s nursing a deformed nose after his face got hit with an inadvertent elbow from JR Quiñahan in tune-up game against NLEX before the New Year.TNT, though, had a mobile offense that made use of its guards and forwards but the only problem for the KaTropa was their shots just wouldn’t fall.The KaTropa shot the ball 41 times from beyond the arc but they converted only nine of those attempts.“Ultimately, in that game we had to make some more shots if we wanted to have a chance to really trouble them,” said Dickel.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? read more
Jim Harbaugh MichiganMichigan’s satellite camp tour continued today in Los Angeles, and you know what the means. Jim Harbaugh had to show off another jersey ( or in his case shirsey) of a popular local player. Today, he chose Kobe Bryant. Tomorrow, Harbaugh and company will be in Hawaii, at St. Louis High School in Honolulu. Based off this picture he tweeted today, it looks like he’ll be wearing a Marcus Mariota Titans jersey for the occasion.Last minute shopping in L.A. All set for tomorrow, Thx Larry pic.twitter.com/cuw5nZvwCn— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 25, 2016Mariota is a Honolulu native and St. Louis High alum, so the shirt makes perfect sense.The Honolulu camp is the second-to-last one on Michigan’s schedule. The final one will be in American Samoa on June 30. read more
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility’s president and CEO told The Associated Press.The utility plans to generate 40 per cent of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then, Patti Poppe said in an interview ahead of the public announcement Monday. She said the utility will also will rely on natural gas, hydropower and improved efficiency to meet customer needs.Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Co., which supply most of Michigan’s electricity, are among many U.S. providers moving away from coal even as President Donald Trump’s administration boosts fossil fuels and seeks to unravel former President Barack Obama’s policies that promoted cleaner power.“We believe that climate change is real and we can do our part by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and we also believe it doesn’t have to cost more to do it,” Poppe said. “We believe we’re going to be on the right side of history on this issue.”Coal is becoming less competitive as the cost of producing renewable energy steadily falls, she added.Environmental groups praised the move after the utility officially announced the move Monday. But they also urged the utility to make the transition from coal to renewable sources in less than 22 years.“It’s a great sign that the tide is turning,” said Kate Madigan, an energy policy specialist with the Michigan Environmental Council. “We’re looking forward to working with them and making sure they follow through on this commitment — and seeing if we can get there even faster.”Power companies are under increasing pressure to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which are trapping heat in the atmosphere and promoting what scientists describe as a dangerously warming climate that will endanger human health and natural systems.A 2016 state law set a renewables target for Michigan utilities of 15 per cent by 2021. Environmentalists are circulating petitions for a statewide ballot initiative that would require 30 per cent by 2030, which Consumers Energy and DTE have criticized as unnecessary.Poppe told the AP that Consumers Energy will file a plan by June with the Michigan Public Service Commission with a detailed timetable for phasing out coal and supplying its customers with power from a mix of renewable and traditional sources. Commission approval will be needed before the utility can proceed.The utility closed seven of its 12 coal-fired plants in 2016, which the company said had lowered its carbon generation by 38 per cent from 2008 levels. Its long-term strategy will yield an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, Poppe said.Rapidly developing technology and falling prices are making green energy more cost-effective than it was even a decade ago, when many in the industry warned that mandating use of renewables would drive up rates. Particularly helpful are improvements of systems for storing renewable energy for use when the wind isn’t blowing or skies are cloudy, Poppe said.“We don’t have to make a sucker’s choice of either affordable prices or clean energy,” she said. “We can do what’s right for the planet and the customers we serve. We don’t think there’s a trade-off to be made here.”Consumers Energy owns two wind turbine farms and buys power from a third. It co-owns with DTE a hydroelectric plant on Lake Michigan. The utility says it is upgrading its natural gas infrastructure around the state.Along with its renewable energy plan, Consumers Energy also announced a five-year plan for reducing its environmental footprint that includes saving 1 billion gallons of water, reducing waste sent to landfills by 35 per cent and restoring or improving 5,000 acres of land.The utility says its customers include 6.7 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents.DTE last year pledged a carbon emissions cut of more than 80 per cent by 2050 by phasing out coal, boosting wind and solar energy, and building a 1,100-megawatt natural gas plant. The company described the new gas facility as essential to providing reliable and affordable power while reducing carbon emissions.Environmentalists contend DTE and Consumers Energy should make bigger commitments to renewables instead of gas.“Gas prices are unpredictable. They’re low now but there’s no certainty they will be in the long term,” said Margrethe Kearney, staff attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center. “There’s zero fuel costs for wind and solar.”___Follow John Flesher on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/johnflesher___Sign up for the AP’s weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfv read more