Lithostratigraphy of Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous strata of eastern Alexander Island, Antarctica

first_imgAs a result of recent field work, the 4000m thick Kimmeridgian-Albian Fossil Bluff Formation of eastern Alexander Island is elevated to Group status (Fossil Bluff Group). Four formations are recognised within the group (which in ascending order are the Ablation Point, Himalia Ridge, Spartan Glacier and Pluto Glacier Formations), characterised by slumped strata, conglomerates, mudstones and sandstones, respectively. Type sections are selected, and representative lithologies and faunas described for each of these stratigraphic units. This succession constitutes probably the best exposed sequence through the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary at a southern high palaeolatitude.last_img read more

Toward an optimum receiving array and pulse set for the Dynasonde

first_imgThe accuracy and efficiency with which radio echo parameters may be estimated by a programmable ionosonde of high resolution depend upon software-designed strategies of pulse set design and receiving antenna layout. All of the echo parameters, except amplitude and time of arrival (thus three components of echolocation, Doppler, polarization rotation, and an average phase angle) are determined by phase angle differences. The solution is conveniently expressed as a least squares estimation, provided that more than six independent phase measurements are available. Since the observed phases are necessarily obtained modulo 360°, from 12-bit complex amplitude data, each parameter is subject to aliasing ambiguities which must be anticipated in each strategy, and minimized.last_img read more

Molecular analysis of the cold tolerant Antarctic nematode, Panagrolaimus davidi

first_imgIsolated and established in culture from the Antarctic in 1988, the nematode Panagrolaimus davidi has proven to be an ideal model for the study of adaptation to the cold. Not only is it the best-documented example of an organism surviving intracellular freezing but it is also able to undergo cryoprotective dehydration. As part of an ongoing effort to develop a molecular understanding of this remarkable organism, we have assembled both a transcriptome and a set of genomic scaffolds. We provide an overview of the transcriptome and a survey of genes involved in temperature stress. We also explore, in silico, the possibility that P. davidi will be susceptible to an environmental RNAi response, important for further functional studies.last_img read more

Former NFL star running back Kareem Hunt addresses assault video: ‘I deserve forgiveness

first_img Beau Lund Written by December 2, 2018 /Sports News – National Former NFL star running back Kareem Hunt addresses assault video: ‘I deserve forgivenesscenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPeter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Kansas City Chiefs’ star running back Kareem Hunt broke his silence Sunday on a video that shows him beating and kicking a 19-year-old woman, saying he’s “ashamed” of the incident but that he “deserves forgiveness” and a second chance in the NFL.“Honestly, I just want to let the world know how sorry I am for my actions,” Hunt said in an exclusive interview aired on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.” “It’s been a tough time for me. I’m extremely embarrassed because of that video.”Hunt, 23, who led the NFL in rushing in 2017 as a rookie, was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs Friday night after a surveillance video emerged showing the star running back pushing, striking and kicking a young woman.The incident happened in February at the Metropolitan at the 9 Hotel in Cleveland two days after Hunt had moved into a luxury apartment there.Hunt said he plans to seek counseling and anger management “if needed,” and hopes to return to the NFL after regaining the trust of his family, friends, former teammates and other NFL teams.“I’m asking for forgiveness and I definitely believe I deserve forgiveness,” Hunt said. “Everything is really happening fast right now and I just want everybody to forgive me. I know it’s going to be hard. I made a bad choice and I’m not going to let this bring me down.”The alleged victim, Abigail Ottinger, a student at Kent State University, told Cleveland police on Feb. 10 that she was “assaulted by a player and the man working at the desk refused to let her call the police and called her a slut,” according to police records obtained by ABC News.The website TMZ posted the video on Friday of the violent confrontation between Hunt and Ottinger. The footage shows Hunt pushing Ottinger as a man attempts to get between them and separate them. After getting pushed, Ottinger came back at Hunt and appeared to punch him in the face before several men hustle Hunt into a hallway and out of view of the camera. The video, which has no sound, shows Ottinger appear to follow Hunt into the hallway and say something to the player, who breaks free and pushes a man into Ottinger, sending them both to the ground and her face-first into a wall.As several people, including another woman, appeared to grab Hunt to keep him away from Ottinger, Hunt is seen kicking her as she squats on the floor, knocking her to the ground again.“You can’t really explain it. The video shows it. I was in the wrong,” Hunt told ESPN. “I’m not that type of person. I’m really disappointed and embarrassed for myself and my family and I really am taking actions to learn from this and do everything possible to become a better man.”The incident occurred about 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 10, after Hunt invited friends over to his new apartment, and one of them apparently brought along Ottinger as a guest.“Honestly, I never met the girl before,” Hunt said.He said the episode started with a disagreement, escalated into an argument and then physical violence. He declined to say what the argument was about but it prompted him to ask Ottinger to leave his apartment.“To be exact, it don’t really matter what happened,” Hunt said. “I was in the wrong. I could have took responsibility and made the right decision to find a way to de-escalate the situation.”Ottinger immediately filed a complaint against Hunt, who countered by filing a complaint against her. He was not arrested and no charges have been filed against Hunt or Ottinger.When the incident first occurred, several members of the Chief’s management team interviewed Hunt about the allegations.“Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact,” the Chief’s said in a statement released Friday announcing Hunt had been cut from the team.In the ESPN interview, Hunt confirmed that he was not honest with the Chiefs about the incident.“I lied to them. So, they pretty much said, ‘We love you. Everybody cares about you. We have to let you go.’ It was a tough conversation,” Hunt said.“I was definitely upset. I felt like I let the Chiefs down, my family down, those players down. And those [players] are like my brothers,” he added.He said he first viewed the video on Friday when it was posted on the TMZ website.Hunt said he has yet to reach out to Ottinger.“I don’t really know the woman at all and I don’t know how to even get in contact with her. But if I could I would want to tell her right now that I am sorry for my actions that night,” Hunt said.He said he has not been interviewed by NFL officials about the incident.The NFL has placed Hunt on league Commissioner Roger Goodell’s exempt list, meaning he is not allowed to play or attend any NFL games.“The NFL continues to pursue a complete understanding of the facts,” the league said in a new statement released following Hunts’ ESPN interview sunday. “The NFL’s ongoing investigation will include further attempts to speak to the complainants involved in the incident. It will include a review of the new information that was made public Friday — which was not available to the NFL previously — as well as further conversations with all parties involved in the incident.”Just two days after the 49ers fired Foster, the Washington Redskins claimed the player off waivers.Facing a backlash for hiring Foster, Doug Williams, the Redskin’s senior vice president of player personnel, issued a statement, saying, “Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the burgundy and gold as a player.”Meanwhile, Ray Rice — the former Baltimore Ravens running back who was released by the team when a video showed him punching and knocking out his now-wife, Janay, in an Atlantic City elevator — said he hopes to help Hunt deal with his problems.“You look back at it and obviously you see some similarities between what happened in my situation,” Rice said in an interview with NFL.com. “I’m never going to call myself an expert. I’ve [publicly] discussed the remorse I have for survivors of domestic violence, but knowing what I know now the top priority is learning that it comes down to those split-second decisions, which come at the most hostile times. And that’s where this could be a teaching tool.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Alabama State

first_img Brad James December 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Alabama State Written by Tags: Alabama State Hornets/Reginald Gee/Sam Merrill/SWAC/Utah State Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Saturday, 8-2 Utah State men’s basketball hosts the Alabama State Hornets of the Southwestern Athletic Conference at the Spectrum.This is the second time on the season the Aggies have played a SWAC team as they downed Mississippi Valley State 94-59 on November 13 and Utah State is 7-1 all-time against SWAC schools.This game represents the first time the Aggies and Hornets have ever met on the hardwood.The Aggies have won six straight home games, dating back to last season.Utah State has outrebounded all opponents on the season and ranks sixth nationally in rebound margin (+13.2 boards per game).Furthermore, the Aggies rank 10th nationally in defensive rebounds per game at 31.1 and lead the Mountain West Conference in defensive rebounding percentage (.806).The Aggies score 83.8 points per game and give up only 67.8 points per outing.Utah State’s star remains junior guard Sam Merrill (20.6 points, 3.7 rebounds per game).The Hornets come into this game at 2-5 and give up 74.6 points per game, while scoring only 69.4 points per contest.Junior guard Reginald Gee scores 15.2 points per game and nets 3.0 boards per contest to lead Alabama State.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 12/21/18

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCharlotte 98, Detroit 86Toronto 126, Cleveland 110Atlanta 114, N.Y. Knicks 107Indiana 114, Brooklyn 106Milwaukee 120, Boston 107Chicago 90, Orlando 80San Antonio 124, Minnesota 98Sacramento 102, Memphis 99Utah 120, Portland 90L.A. Lakers 112, New Orleans 104NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEWashington 2, Buffalo 1New Jersey 5, Ottawa 2Chicago 2, Colorado 1TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(8) Gonzaga 101, Denver 40(10) Michigan St. 99, Oakland 69(20) Marquette 103, (14) Buffalo 85LSU 75, (24) Furman 57Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img December 22, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/21/18last_img read more

Former Dallas Cowboys player breaking barriers as first in NFL history to marry a man

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAshley Riegle/ABC(DALLAS) — Getting married is a big deal for anybody – but for former NFL player Jeff Rohrer, it was monumental. He is the first player in league history to marry a man.“I swear to God, of all the things I’ve done in my life, this is the most courageous thing I’ve ever done as a human being,” Rohrer told ABC News.That’s a big statement considering Rohrer was known for his fearlessness during his rough and tumble years as a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys.“Football was nasty back then,” he said. “We had bad equipment. We had no rules. We had the worst AstroTurf. And there was a lotta blood back then. There just was. It was a nasty game.”But now, thirty years after tackling the toughest players in the National Football League (NFL), Jeff was about to take on his biggest fear, revealing a secret that he hid for decades — by “coming out” and marrying his boyfriend.Drafted out of Yale in 1982, Rohrer went on to the NFL for seven years with the Cowboys -– during the glory days of “America’s Team.”“I don’t think it occurred to me that I might be gay,” he explained. “I mean, I clearly was.”Rohrer said coming to terms with his sexual orientation “wasn’t part of the story” at the time he was playing for the Cowboys. “It just wasn’t going to happen.”It was the 1980s –- a time when homophobia was not only tolerated, it was often the norm — and coming out in the NFL just wasn’t an option.“Just look at old TV shows and you can see how it was,” Rohrer said. “It was a different world. It was not okay to be gay. And you know, AIDS was going around. So there was a whole thing going on that was anti-gay. It was definitely something that, I don’t think, the NFL would’ve embraced back then.”So, he lived a life that he felt was expected of him. He married Heather Rohrer, and together they had two kids.“Eventually, I met Heather,” Rohrer said. “And we got married and had a great time living our lives… and loved each other dearly.”Heather Rohrer told ABC News said it didn’t occur to her during that marriage he could be gay.“It all came out when my son was very small,” she said. “I was still breastfeeding … It wasn’t easy. And I’m fine. We’re here, and we’re all very happy, we get along great.”They got divorced after nearly 17 years of marriage in 2012, she said. It was just a few years ago when Rohrer, who was in his early 50s, truly began facing his sexuality.“You know, Heather helped me through it, in a lotta ways. And so did Joshua,” Rohrer said, referring to his husband.The couple met randomly at a restaurant in West Hollywood, Rohrer said.“Josh was sitting close,” Rohrer said, laughing. “We started talking. And you know, two and a half years later, here we are.”Joshua Ross grew up in Cowboy country -– in a small Texas town that was not far from Dallas geographically, but in another sense was a world away.“I don’t think I ever came out. I think I came outta the womb is what it was,” Ross joked. “I didn’t have the option to go into the shadows. I kind of just had to confront it. And that’s what I did. And so I just led my life and surrounded myself with people that supported me.”Ross said he didn’t follow the Cowboys growing up.“We didn’t have television,” he said. “My parents were missionaries. And so I grew up in a very religious household.”It would be decades before they would find one another.Rohrer built a post-NFL career as an award-winning director of commercials. Ross was living a high-profile life as an aesthetician to the stars.“When Jeff and I met, he had never been in a public space with a man,” Ross said. “You know, he had never been out on a dinner date with a man, you know? He didn’t have gay friends. He wasn’t going to gay bars. He wasn’t going to gay clubs.”Rohrer was dipping his toes into a whole new world and experiencing many firsts. He waited months before telling Ross about his past history.“I could tell he was extremely nervous… And I anticipated something, you know, some kind of bomb being dropped, you know?” Ross said.Ross said he “had no idea” what it could be –- and when it was revealed Rohrer had been married before and had two children, Ross said he wasn’t surprised.“I think what was the big jaw-dropper was that he played professional football in the NFL,” Ross said. “And I’m like, ‘Wait, what?’”Ross said other people may think it’d be “amazing” to date a football player but “[i]mmediately, I knew, in my mind, that that was gonna be resistance to our relationship and might make it more difficult.”He said he “absolutely” knew how big of a deal it’d be for a former Cowboys player. “I’m from Texas,” he quipped.Rohrer said getting married again “was a huge decision” for him.“We certainly loved each other enough to be married,” Rohrer said. “We decided that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. And we love each other dearly. And decided to make that — make that formal.”Rohrer said he was acutely aware of this matrimonial milestone and was terrified about the world’s reaction.“I didn’t wanna hurt the Cowboys,” he said. “I didn’t wanna hurt the league. And I wanted to be respectful of them.”“They were kind to me, for many years, letting me wear the silver and blue and be a Cowboy.”Rohrer has a lot of sympathy for those still living in the shadows. He said he’s heard from many of them, including other athletes.“There’s a lotta people that have jobs they don’t wanna lose,” Rohrer explained. “And there’s a lotta people that have, you know, relationships with, you know, their family and friends that they don’t wanna change.”“They don’t wanna tell people they’re gay. And you know, my lesson is that it’s okay. It’s not easy. But once you do it, you’re gonna be a lot happier.”His now-teenage kids, Isabella and Dondillion are part of a generation raised with tolerance.“All my friends were just super supportive,” Rohrer’s son Dondillion said. “Nobody was against it or anything. It’s 2018. This is the new normal.”Isabella said “I was happy that my dad could finally say it… ‘cause he could be who he’s always wanted to be.”With their family’s blessings, the happy couple tied the knot in November 2018, surrounded by loved ones.“It was in a courtyard, like, a beautiful, tiered, trellised garden,” Ross said. “And Jeff’s children, my step-kids Don and Isabella… Bella sang.”“Isabella stood on my side and it just meant so much for her to do that, and for them to be there and to really be happy and excited for us and this new chapter,” Ross said.“A lotta times, when I told my friends, ‘I’m getting married. He has kids,’ you know, they would think that was baggage, you know? And I said, ‘That’s not baggage. That’s a family.’ And so to be given a family and a partner… it was a lot. It was a lot of emotion.”“You feel like you’re walking into the rest of your life.”A New York Times feature story elevated their coming out story, and their wedding news went viral.Rohrer said he was “scared” about what reaction he’d receive.“You can ask Josh. I mean… there was nights I cried myself to sleep. I mean, it was horrible.”His worst fears never came to fruition.“It’s just so amazing, how nice people have been,” Rohrer said. “I didn’t give society enough credit. I didn’t give people enough credit.”“I was talking to my dad. And he goes ‘Jeff, what goes around comes around.’ He says, ‘You’ve been a good guy. You’ve been nice to people. Your whole life, you’ve always been a giver. And now, it’s the people’s chance to come back.’ And they have.”For the few fans who have given the couple a hard time, Rohrer has sympathy for them too.“For me, those are the people I wanna sit down with and say, ‘Hey, how are you doin’? I’ll buy you a beer. Let’s talk — let’s talk about it. We could hug it out,’ he said. “Because I think the people that are not okay with people being gay don’t know gay people.”Today, they are a truly modern family. Jeff and Josh live together with the kids in the main house, and ex-wife Heather lives in the guest house. They all have dinner together every night.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img January 24, 2019 /Sports News – National Former Dallas Cowboys player breaking barriers as first in NFL history to marry a manlast_img read more

Ferrari scores 23 to lead San Francisco past BYU 77-71

first_imgFebruary 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local Ferrari scores 23 to lead San Francisco past BYU 77-71 Jordan Ratinho had 11 points for San Francisco (21-6, 9-4 West Coast Conference), which earned its fourth straight win. Matt McCarthy added 10 points. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (AP) — Frankie Ferrari had a career-high 23 points as San Francisco defeated BYU 77-71 on Thursday night. The Dons improve to 2-0 against the Cougars for the season. San Francisco defeated BYU 82-63 on Jan. 19. San Francisco matches up against Santa Clara on the road on Saturday. BYU takes on Gonzaga on the road on Saturday. Yoeli Childs had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Cougars (18-11, 10-4), whose five-game winning streak was broken. TJ Haws added 25 points. Gavin Baxter had 8 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Frankie Ferrari/San Francisco Dons/WCC Written by Ferrari hit 9 of 12 shots. He added seven assists and six rebounds. Associated Presslast_img read more

Santa Anita racetrack reopening after the deaths of 22 horses

first_img Written by Beau Lund March 29, 2019 /Sports News – National Santa Anita racetrack reopening after the deaths of 22 horsescenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailwinhorse/iStock(ARCADIA, Calif.) — Santa Anita Park will reopen for live racing Friday amidst controversy after 22 horses have died in recent months.The famed Southern California horse racing track has held multiple Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and is slated to hold the event again in November. The Grade II $200,000 San Luis Rey stakes will headline Friday. On Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board granted approval for Santa Anita to reopen. Horse racing at Santa Anita had been suspended in response to the deaths of 22 horses since Dec. 26. Most recently, on March 14, the filly Princess Lili B broke both front legs while training and was euthanized.Necropsies are underway to determine the causes of death, but officials say the horses suffered fractures and at least one had a heart attack, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV.A statement from Belinda Stronach of The Stronach Group, Santa Anita’s parent company, announced plans to update the facility’s medication polices, implementing a zero tolerance policy for race-day medication, including the controversial drug Lasix.“These Thoroughbred racetracks will be the first in North America to follow the strict International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) standards,” the statement said, calling the enactment of the updated policy, “a watershed moment.”The racetrack has been heavily criticized by animal rights activists. Members of PETA rallied on March 14, urging Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to request an immediate investigation by law enforcement into the horse deaths. After Santa Anita announced its new policy, PETA expressed relief in the company’s ban of race practices such as corticosteroid injections and whipping.“PETA will be watching very closely to see that these changes are implemented,” PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said in a statement.Mike Smith, a Hall of Fame American jockey, defended the act of whipping on Wednesday at the draw for the upcoming Dubai World Cup. According to The Guardian, he expressed his belief that a complete ban on the whip will not hold at Santa Anita. Santa Anita will continue to allow whipping only as “a corrective safety measure.”“They [whips] don’t mark or hurt a horse whatsoever, but they help a horse to focus when you need it,” Smith told The Guardian.“A lot of people will come in for the Breeders’ Cup and then all of a sudden, you’re expecting them to adapt in one day, so it’s not fair to anybody,” he said.The practice will first go through a 45-day public comment period before enactment.As it stands, Santa Anita will abide by the new standards and The Stronach Group recognizes that certain horses will not be able to race due to their medication requirements.“We are taking a step forward and saying, quite emphatically, that the current system is broken,” Belinda Stronach said in a statement.“First and foremost, we must do right by the horse,” she added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bees Crush Isotopes

first_imgJuly 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bees Crush Isotopes Tags: PCL/Salt Lake Bees Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Albuquerque, NM) — The Bees reeled off five runs in the eighth inning as they crushed the Isotopes 10-4 in Albuquerque.Wilfredo Tovar notched a two-run single in the eighth to break a three-all tie, and Nick Franklin tacked on a three-run homer. Justin Bour also went deep and Zac Ryan came away with the win.The Bees are off tonight before hosting the Oklahoma City Dodgers tomorrow. Written bylast_img read more