Pine Island Glacier is the largest current Antarctic contributor to sea level rise. Its ice loss has substantially increased over the last 25 years through thinning, acceleration and grounding line retreat. However, the calving line positions of the stabilizing ice shelf did not show any trend within the observational record (last 70 years) until calving in 2015 led to unprecedented retreat and changed alignment of the calving front. Bathymetric surveying revealed a ridge below the former ice shelf and two shallower highs to the north. Satellite imagery shows that ice contact on the ridge likely was lost in 2006 but was followed by intermittent contact resulting in back stress fluctuations on the ice shelf. Continuing ice shelf flow also led to occasional ice shelf contact with the northern bathymetric highs, which initiated rift formation that led to calving. The observations show that bathymetry is an important factor in initiating calving events.
When Ted Mandell, film professor, founder and faculty organizer of the Notre Dame Film Festival, took a film production at the University, there was no means for showing student films to the larger Notre Dame community.“You would show your film to your professor and to your parents at graduation weekend, and that was our chance to show our films to someone other than our classmates,” Mandell said. When Mandell returned to Notre Dame after graduate school, he wanted to create an opportunity for students to showcase their work. The main aim of the event is to put student work in the spotlight and reward them for their hard work. Mandell said the festival is a way to help each student understand that they have the potential to create great art, despite their young age. “You’re not a student filmmaker anymore; you’re an artist,” he said. The first film festival was held in the basement of what is now McKenna Hall and there were 50 to 75 people there, Mandell said. “I think we just put everything that anyone had ever [filmed] into the first one,” he said. The festival was put on in a couple different venues over the years until 2004 when the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center was built. Now, the festival is two hours long and curation for the festival is more selective. Initially, only Mandell helped to organize the event, but now outreach specialist Stacey Stewart assists as well. As the event has grown, so has its outreach, both on campus and across the nation. Several films in the past have made it into larger festivals around the country, Mandell said. “[The festival] is a launching pad for where [the students] go in their careers. These students are going to go on and work for Dreamworks, Netflix, Lionsgate and more. That’s where our alumni go,” Mandell said. Each FTT student completes two or three films a semester, so in any given year, there are around 150 projects. This year there are 11 short films in the festival — all produced last spring semester or the previous fall semester. Mandell has the final say of which films are included, but he also talks to other faculty members who teach production classes.“If we have enough space, we try to get as many in there. We’ve always had films that could have been shown, but we just run out of time,” he said. “Just like any film festival, you have to choose.”The settings for the films, both fiction films and documentaries, range from Notre Dame’s campus to the greater South Bend area to other states. There is a filmmaking endowment that allows students to travel for production and helps to pay for some production costs for narrative films. Without the endowment, Mandell said, students wouldn’t be able to make these films. From suspense films to comedies to serious documentaries, the content matter of this year’s festival varies widely. Senior Beatty Smith, who partnered with senior Grace Tourville to produce their entry “Drift,” explained the plot of their film. [Editor’s note: Grace Tourville is a former photographer for The Observer].“It’s about a girl who runs out of gas on a desolate country road and she seeks help in a nearby farmhouse,” Smith said. “When she gets there, it’s seemingly abandoned, but it looks as if it’s just been left moments ago. It’s a strange film — I will say that.“I think our goal for the film was to create tension in the audience.”Both Smith and Mandell said the audience’s reactions to the various films are essential to the film festival. “You’re sitting in the theater, and your whole point in making the film is to move someone emotionally. You want them to laugh, cry, be scared, learn something and to be in that space and watch it occur,” Mandell said. “It’s very nerve racking, but that part of filmmaking you can’t get in class.”Senior Zach Lawson’s film “Shelter Me” is meant to incite a different response from the audience. Lawson’s film follows one photographer, Nanette Martin, who professionally photographs shelter animals and homeless animals across the country, he said. “She’s basically dedicated her life to doing this,” Lawson said. “What she’s doing is really compelling, and the fact that someone is willing to risk that much to help helpless animals is important.”All are invited to attend the film festival, discuss their thoughts on the films and place their vote for the Audience Choice Award. After each showing, the audience can vote for their favorite film via text message. The winner, or winners, will be presented with the Audience Choice Award after the final showing Sunday. “Most of the time when you’re making a film in class it’s like when you’re writing a paper; usually the people that are watching it are just your classmates,” Mandell said. “The feedback is completely different from someone watching your film in the movie theater.”The 30th Annual Student Film Festival commences Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. There are also Saturday and Sunday showings at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for public, $6 for faculty, staff and seniors and $4 for students. Tags: DPAC, FTT, Notre Dame Film Festival read more
With this, News Nation asked Steve Smith as to how important will this tournament be for him personally having known that the Australian sensation hasn’t played much cricket since March 2018. On this, Smith asserted, “Hopefully I will help Royals to win some game of cricket, that’s my ultimate goal and that’s the reason I am here. I believe we have a pretty strong squad and really looking forward to standing on the field. Hopefully, we as a team will have an ultimate season and can contribute through my bat.”After being suspended from all forms of cricket post sandpaper incident in South Africa, Smith has played T20 leagues in Canada, Caribbean, and Bangladesh but Indian Premier League will altogether be a different experience with World Cup and Ashes around the corner. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will be up against Kinga XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on March 25. Smith will be available for selection from the first game itself even when the ban will uplift on March 29. New Delhi: The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin today with Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the iconic M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. On the eve of the first game, the team which made a comeback last season – Rajasthan Royals are back in the pink health for the upcoming season – literally.The franchise coupled with their title sponsors organized a ‘Jersey Launch’ event in Jaipur. In their new pink jersey – signifying their Pink City origin is all set for a cracking show under the stewardship of skipper Ajinkya Rahane, much charged up for the upcoming tournament. At the time of jersey revealing, the likes of Jaydev Unadkat, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson were present who launched the jersey of 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League. Smith will be available for selection from the first game itself.Rajasthan Royals will be up against Kings XI Punjab on March 25. Smith is coming back from an elbow injury which he suffered during Bangladesh Premier League. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. read more
Virat Kohli-led Team India has reached Sri Lanka for almost a seven week long full-fledged tour starting with the first Test at Galle from July 26.The odds were against India the last time they toured Sri Lanka in 2015, but Kohli led the inexperienced side to a comeback win in the Test series. India lost the first of the three-test series against their South Asian neighbours but won the next two matches.”This game rewards people who are brave and who are willing to do the hard yards and that is something that we as a team and us have worked towards. Transition initially can take a few months, but after that it is all about mentally how much you believe you are there is what counts,” Kohli said while addressing the media in Sri Lanka.”When we last played Sri Lanka, the difference in test experience was huge as (Kumar) Sangakkara was still playing and Angelo (Mathews) was also in the side, Rangana Herath was also there and Dhammika Prasad. So the experience was not even close when you see the number of Test matches. What we told our group was, what matters is, how much you believe more than the opposition. You might have played a hundred games, but someone who has played 10 games has more belief is going to do better on the field,” Kohli added. This game rewards people who are brave and who are willing to do the hard yards – @imVkohli #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/tqr8ocPaNYadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) July 20, 2017They have since gone on to beat West Indies away and registered home victories against South Africa, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. Kohli’s men are currently ranked number one in the world.The last time India toured Sri Lanka, Ravi Shastri was at the helm as team director. His first assignment as head coach also starts with a Sri Lanka tour.Shastri has adviced the Indian team players to play with a mindset of winning matches.”My role in this profession is to get the guys in a frame of mind to get out there and express themselves and play a brand of cricket that is fearless, where you play to win at all cost. And there is no compromise on that. If you can get them in that frame of mind, that’s your job. They know their job, they are professional cricketers, they know once they step across the line they take over and that is it should be. Keep is simple but there is a lot of work out in before that in the preparation,” Shastri said.My role will be to get the guys to express themselves & play a brand of cricket that is fearless, where you play to win: @RaviShastriOfc pic.twitter.com/mkXJYGfXjZ- BCCI (@BCCI) July 20, 2017India and Sri Lanka play three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International. read more
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Former Cree leader turned NDP leadership candidate Romeo Saganash says he doesn’t believe the absence of an NDP provincial wing in Quebec is a “handicap” in the race to replace party leader Jack Layton who died from cancer in late August.Saganash, a Quebec MP for the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik, announced he was gunning for the NDP leadership Friday.Saganash and Brian Topp, the NDP party president and immediate frontrunner, are so far the only two declared leadership candidates in the race, though several other MPs are expected to join in.In an interview with APTN National News Monday, Saganash dismissed concerns raised by high-profile Quebec MP Thomas Mulcair who said candidates from Quebec were at a disadvantage in the leadership race because the NDP lacked a provincial wing there.Mulcair, seen by many as a top NDP candidate, told reporters Monday that he was holding off declaring his intentions to run because he believed the numbers were against him.Saganash admitted that the newness of the NDP in Quebec and its lack of a provincial base was a “challenge,” but it wasn’t enough to make him back off his leadership bid.“It is definitely a challenge and every challenge brings an opportunity,” said Saganash. “We have our work cut out for us. Definitely it is not a handicap in my view, rather an opportunity.”While the NDP has about 90,000 members, only about 1,600 are from Quebec.Saganash also disagreed with Mulcair’s call for the NDP to launch a membership drive targeting the province. He said the NDP should launch a national membership drive, instead of focusing just on Quebec.Mulcair said thousands of membership cards have been sold in British Columbia, where the party recently went through a leadership race, and in Manitoba and Ontario as a result of provincial elections, giving candidates from there an advantage.Most of the NDP’s membership is based outside Quebec despite the majority of elected NDP MPs coming from the province.Saganash said he plans to raise his profile among party members in the rest of Canada the old-fashioned way.“I’ve learned in the past 30 years that it is a matter of going up to them, visiting them and talking to them,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know who Romeo Saganash is. I think this is a huge challenge that I am willing to take up. It is an important hill to climb.”Saganash resigned as director of government relations and international affairs of the Grand Council of Crees to run in the last election against Bloc Quebecois incumbent Yvon Levesque.During the election, Levesque was forced by his party to apologize after he said that Saganash’s Cree ancestry was a liability with voters in their constituency.Saganash, who is making history as the first First Nations leader to vie for the leadership of a major federal political party, said he was focusing on convincing NDP members to back him because of his ideas.“During the campaign I told the Cree…I am not asking the Cree to vote for me because I am Cree, but for the values I stand for,” said Saganash. “It is a very diversified riding. We have Inuit, Cree and Algonquin, we have Abitibi and James Bay non-Natives. When I said yes to Jack Layton I said yes to everybody, not just the Cree.”Layton died from cancer on Aug. 22. read more