Boohoo stock drops! Is it a great opportunity as retail sales surge?

first_img Anna Sokolidou has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Anna Sokolidou Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Boohoo stock drops! Is it a great opportunity as retail sales surge? The Boohoo (LSE:BOO) share price is down compared to its June levels. But retail sales have surged. Does this create a great opportunity to get rich?Retail sales rise in the UKBelive it or not, UK retail sales in July exceeded their pre-pandemic levels by 3%. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Retail sales, UKSource: BBCBut let us analyse what consumers have actually started buying. Shoppers’ interest in physical stores has risen. This has been especially true of clothing. But due to the easing of some Covid-19 restrictions, online apparel sales have dropped by 7%. In my view, it could be one of the reasons for the Boohoo stock plunge. Indeed, what’s the point of ordering clothes online if you can go out and shop in a physical store? It’s quite a challenge to online retailers, including Boohoo. But how long will it last? Many countries around the world are facing repeat coronavirus infection waves. This might lead to quarantine part 2. In theory this should lead to a rise in demand for online shopping. However, if we face another lockdown, it will be problematic for economic recovery in the long term. This will also have a bad effect on consumer spending and Boohoo sales as a result.  Boohoo stock plungeBut it’s not the only problem Boohoo is currently facing. As my colleague Karl wrote in his article, the online retailer also has to cope with reputational damage. In July, news broke of worker exploitation at factories where the companies clothes are made. Some workers faced poor working conditions related to Covid-19, and some were paid as little as £3.50 per hour. In reaction, the retailer’s shares almost wiped out their 75% gains. Boohoo sharesSource: Y-ChartsBut isn’t Boohoo stock a great opportunity because of the plunge? A wonderful opportunity?On 22 April 2020 the company reported its full-year 2019 earnings results. In my view, they were quite impressive. Historical financial performance, BoohooSource: Boohoo GroupIf you look at the historical performance of the group, you’ll see that its sales and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation) kept rising. But if you look at the growth rate, you’ll see that it reached its peak in 2018. And how about the analysts’ forecasts? Well, they all expect Boohoo to increase its sales in 2021. But by how much? Well, the consensus estimate is 19%. Not impressive, given last year’s revenue rise of 48%. So far, it looks to me that the company’s fundamentals aren’t good for the growth investor.Boohoo’s accounting multipliers aren’t impressive either. That is, it looks like the company is somewhat overvalued. The price-to-earnings (P/E) and price-to-book (P/B) ratios of 56 and almost 12, respectively, look very high. The debt ratio is enormous too. What’s more, the company doesn’t pay dividends. All that isn’t very good for value investors.Boohoo shares, fundamentalsSource: Shares MagazineConclusionOnline commerce is a high-growth sector. It received an even greater boost due to the lockdown. At the same time, it looks like Boohoo’s shares are overvalued and the growth rate is slowing down. Although the company is profitable right now, I’d prefer to avoid it. Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Anna Sokolidou | Monday, 24th August, 2020 | More on: BOO last_img read more

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Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura

first_imgSave this picture!© Vítor Gabriel+ 35 Share “COPY” Projects Photographs:  Vítor Gabriel Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Houses Portugal Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura “COPY” CopyHouses•Portugal Architects: Eduardo Souto de Moura Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeEduardo Souto de MouraOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCultural CenterMuseums and LibrariesCulturalPortugalPublished on January 12, 2011Cite: “Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura” 12 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de MouraSave this projectSaveCasa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura 2008 Manufacturers: UNIBETÃOThe Casa das Historias Paula Rego was designed by the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. The building makes use of certain aspects of the region’s historical architecture, which is here reinterpreted in a contemporary way. It can be immediately recognised thanks to its two pyramid-shaped towers and the red-coloured concrete used in its construction. Save this picture!© Vítor GabrielThe land and trees which previously existed at the site are incorporated as fundamental elements, while four wings, of varying heights and sizes, make up the building. The building itself is subdivided into rooms which lead into one another and are laid out around the higher central room which houses the temporary exhibition. The building’s interior has 750m2 of exhibition space, on top of the technical and service areas, and is decorated in neutral shades and paved with the blue-grey marble of Cascais. The building also houses a shop, a café which opens onto a verdant garden and an auditorium with 200 seats. Save this picture!© Vítor GabrielThe building’s design is fully in keeping with the artist’s wishes, and it was Paul Rego herself who was responsible for the choice of architect. It meets all the requirements for a museum and its various functions, without forgetting the need to give visitors a warm welcome. Save this picture!© Vítor Gabriel“With the Casa das Historias, it can be said that Eduardo Souto de Moura has adopted and almost ‘regionalist’ approach, distancing himself from the modem abstractionism that has been a dominant feature of his work. It is, however, an uncritical regionalism, that avoids the sense of ‘resistante’ which lay behind other attempts at the approach in Portugal in the 1980s. In this museum created for Cascais, Souto de Moura associates certain formal devices with a legacy of architectural composition, adopting specific formulas for the building’s insertion in the surrounding area as well as a use of scale which can be easily contextualised in a very specific type of geography. Its close proximity to the work of Raul Lino is therefore set in a “Southern” landscape, without resorting to any unnecessary decorative or picturesque frills.” Save this picture!© Vítor Gabriel“With this museum, Souto de Moura develops a form of “modern-day architecture” without, in fact, repeating any of the “old models” – in keeping with the ideas defended by Aldo Rossi in his scientific autobiography – evoking timeless archetypes from urban iconography: towers, lighthouses, silos and chimneys, like the ones that define the profile of the Palacio de Sintra. It is therefore not surprising, if one continues the “analogy”, that, when describing this museum, Souto de Moura also mentioned the pronounced roofs of Raul Lino’s palaces, or the idea of an “inhabited chimney”, evoking that of the kitchen in the monastery of Alcobaca_ In fact, in its best interpretation, the Casa das Historias can be seen as a “historicist” project, a condition that will certainly surprise Souto de Moura’s most faithful followers and confound his harshest critics.”Save this picture!ElevationProject gallerySee allShow less2011 AIA Honor Award / Horizontal Skyscraper / Steven Holl ArchitectsArticlesUmeå School Of Architecture / Henning Larsen ArchitectsArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/103106/casa-das-historias-paula-rego-eduardo-souto-de-moura Clipboard Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/103106/casa-das-historias-paula-rego-eduardo-souto-de-moura Clipboardlast_img read more

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Watch Night services to be held in local churches

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Watch Night services to be held in local churches Shafah said Watch Night services include testimonials, praise and worship songs and a sermon.“A Watch Night service usually has a prophetic message that embodies the breaking away, the changing over or the crossing of the guard to better ways of living,” he said. “The service acknowledges that God has blessed us but also that He is not through blessing us. The service is reflective but also prophetic.“At midnight, all persons gather around in prayer as we enter the New Year.”Several Troy churches will come together for the Watch Night service tonight at St. Paul. Pastor George Gilchrist of First Missionary Baptist Church will bring the message. Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:00 am Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Watch Night services are late-night Christian church services traditionally held on New Year’s Eve and ending after midnight. The services are opportunities for people to come together and review the passing year and prepare for the New Year through prayer and resolve.John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, originated Watch Night services in 1740. The services included singing, prayers, testimonials and scripture readings.Watch Night services have added significance and history in the African-American community, said Elijah Shafah, pastor of Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Troy. This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Sponsored Content A Community Watch Night service also will be held at New Hope Holiness Church in Brundidge.The service will begin around 10 p.m. with testimonials and prayers for the community, said Lytelia (Missy) Berry, a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church.“The Watch Night service is an opportunity for us to come together to pray for our community,” Berry said. “We will have special prayer for the kids in our community who are caught up in negative influences. We will prayerfully ask for the re-enforcement of positive behavior for your kids.“We will hear testimonies and gather and talk about what we can do to make things better in our community in Christ and through Christ.”Berry said following the giving of the Word, those in attendance will welcome the New Year with prayer and praise.The Watch Night services are open to all who will come. Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Shafah said many slaves were said to have gathered in churches on New Year’s Eve or Freedom’s Eve 1862 awaiting the news that the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln had become law.“Slaves and free blacks were watching for midnight to come around,” Shafah said. “The Emancipation Proclamation would represent their physical freedom. They were waiting to celebrate and to thank God.“Today many African-American churches celebrate Watch Night as the beginning of the New Year with the Lord.” By Secrets Revealed You Might Like New Year’s events not in short supply While much of Pike County will be dark and quiet when the New Year is ushered in at midnight tonight,… read more Latest Storieslast_img read more

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Autocorrelation characteristics of the surface ocean pCO2 and air-sea CO2 fluxes

first_imgUnderstanding the variability and coherence of surface ocean pCO2 on a global scale can provide insights into its physical and biogeochemical drivers and inform future samplings strategies and data assimilation methods. We present temporal and spatial autocorrelation analyses of surface ocean pCO2 on a 5° × 5° grid using the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory database. The seasonal cycle is robust with an interannual autocorrelation of ∼0.4 across multiple years. The global median spatial autocorrelation (e-folding) length is 400 ± 250 km, with large variability across different regions. Autocorrelation lengths of up to 3,000 km are found along major currents and basin gyres while autocorrelation lengths as low as 50 km are found in coastal regions and other areas of physical turbulence. Zonal (east–west) autocorrelation lengths are typically longer than their meridional counterparts, reflecting the zonal nature of many major ocean features. Uncertainties in spatial autocorrelation in different ocean basins are between 42% and 73% of the calculated decorrelation length. The spatial autocorrelation length in air-sea fluxes is much shorter than for pCO2 (200 ± 150 km) due to the high variability of the gas transfer velocity.last_img read more

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Maple Leaf takes direct action on bagel brand

first_imgMaple Leaf Bakeries UK is to relaunch its New York Bakery Co brand in the autumn following news that its sales have dipped.It will fork out £3m to adver-tising agency JWT London to devise a campaign and new pack designs, which are due to be launched in October.Maple Leaf Bakeries mar-keting director Simon Foster said: “We are excited by the opportunity to drive growth in the bakery sector with a strongly differentiated brand proposition. I am confident that the combi-nation of innovative bakery products and JWT’s proven track record in leading activation of FMCG food brands with consumers will be a winning one.”Under the New York Bakery Co brand, Maple Leaf Bakeries produces a range of bagels made to an authentic New York recipe, as well as croissants.Its Canadian owner blamed lower sales volumes in its UK bakery operations for its falling financial figures last month; sales fell to C$381.5m (£246.8m) from C$412.5m (£266.8m) in the bakery products group in the first quarter ended 31 March 2010.The company said it was taking steps to reduce the cost base in its UK operations until volumes improved.last_img read more

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Commissioners review loan policy, approve funding for business

first_imgFARMINGTON – Commissioners reviewed a policy for the county’s revolving loan fund and approved $50,000 in grant funding for a business adding a new structure in the Unorganized Territory.The discussions related to the use of tax increment finance funds collected from the Kibby wind power project. That money can be used by the commissioners to fund economic development and other improvements. A little more than $4.5 million is in the county’s TIF account at present.In recent weeks, the commissioners and the TIF Advisory Committee – an advisory board made up of U.T. residents – have been discussing the support of businesses, rather than nonprofits. Such support is allowable under the TIF guidelines, although county support has mostly been constrained to nonprofits for trail development, tourism-related advertising and other activities.Commissioners have expressed interest in getting more use out of the TIF-funded revolving loan fund, potentially tying the use of those loans to grant funding for businesses that create jobs in the U.T.On Tuesday, commissioners reviewed a list of suggested guidelines for the loan fund prepared by Charlie Woodworth, executive director of Greater Franklin Development Council. Woodworth created the guidelines after looking at similar loan programs. The goals of the loan fund would be to support job growth and business expansion in the U.T.Commissioners favored setting the interest rate for the loan at prime rate or less, with a 10-year lifespan and a typical limit of $100,000. They left leeway for the commissioners to offer larger loans or loans at a reduced rate, depending on how many jobs the business’ investment would create. Skowhegan Savings Bank would help oversee the application process, including advising the commissioners on specific terms.Commissioners agreed to have Skowhegan Savings review the guidelines prior to adopting them. The issue will be on the agenda for the Nov. 6 meeting.The loan guideline review was partially triggered by a request by Tea Pond Lodge & Cabins to use TIF funding to install an open air pavilion. That would provide a venue for weddings, concerts and other community events, owner Sandra Lamontagne told commissioners. The pavilion would end the practice of clearing out the restaurant during big events, and enable the hiring of servers, potentially another cook and an events planner.The TIF Committee recommended that the commissioners support the Tea Pond Lodge request with $50,000 in grant funding and $70,000 through the loan program. In the past, the committee has mostly scored applications from nonprofits, rather than businesses, although commissioners agreed that the committee should offer advice regarding business requests.The guidelines provided to the commissioners suggested at least a one-to-one match for any grant funding for a business, up to $50,000 in most cases. The non-grant component of the match could be provided by the revolving loan fund or some alternate form of funding generated by the business.Commissioners had discussed linking the grant to a percentage of the loan to spur greater use of the revolving loan fund. Lamontagne suggested that while it made no difference for the Tea Pond Lodge request, tying too many strings to the TIF funds could make it more difficult for other businesses seeking grant funding.After some discussion, all three commissioners voted to support the $50,000 grant request for Tea Pond Lodge.In other, related business, commissioners approved transferring funds within the TIF account. The TIF funds are divided into categories for different purposes; while little funding is expended from some categories, others see routine use. Commissioners approved transferring $100,000 into tourism, branding and marketing assistance and $150,000 into U.T. trail development.Commissioners suggested that they would look at setting new, more accurate numbers for the TIF categories based off the last few years. That could represent a de facto budget, Commissioner Charlie Webster said.last_img read more

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Listen To String Cheese Incident Debut 2 Songs And Play A Suprise Double Encore, On This Day In 2006

first_img[Photo: Elliot Siff] On July 29th, 2006, String Cheese Incident was in the midst of their summer tour, with the Colorado-born jam act supporting Bob Weir and Ratdog for fourteen dates across June and July. With four shows of the tour already under their belt, String Cheese Incident took a detour to Pine Mountain Amphitheatre in Flagstaff, Arizona, solo ahead of rejoining Ratdog the next night for a one-off date in Utah and their two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 1st and 2nd.For String Cheese’s solo performance at Pine Mountain Amphitheatre, the group put on one of the best shows of their summer, playing two sets of prime Cheese and leaving fan literally wanting more—eventually, with the band acquiescing to the demands of the hollering crowd that remained at the end of the show and returning after fifteen minutes with a second encore of “Barstool.”During the performance, String Cheese Incident debuted two new songs: an original song called “Solution” and a cover of Weather Report’s “Black Market.” “Solution” was debuted toward the end of the first set and got a good amount of airtime during the rest of the year and across 2007 — the song has since tapered off from the band’s song rotation, with it last being performed back in 2012 at Red Rocks. The second debut of the night was a synthy and psychedelic take on Weather Report’s “Black Market,” which kicked off Cheese’s first encore before a dramatic shift into the bluegrass-inspired “How Mountain Girls Can Love.”String Cheese Incident Shares Two Pro-Shot Videos Of Intimate Boulder ShowsThe show in its entirety was a high-energy offering from String Cheese Incident, with the group tight as ever and really working their transitions across songs. While the first set had less of an emphasis on transitional jamming, the second set was close to non-stop. Highlights of the first set include the show-0pening “Rain,” which got the show off to a perfect start, as well as its closing duo of “Land’s End” and “Smile” following the debut of “Solution.”The second set, however, is where things really got kicked up a notch. The opening “Climb” is particularly well done, and the juxtaposition between the more heartfelt “Cats” into the forever crowd pleaser, The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” made for a stellar surprise. After The Talking Heads’ tune, “Big Shoes” offered a particularly gritty electronic-inspired jam, with the song clocking in at near-twenty minutes, ahead of the set-closing “Round The Wheel.” You can listen to the full show below, courtesy of [email protected]: String Cheese Incident | Pine Mountain Amphitheatre | Flagstaff, AZ | 6/29/2006Set One: Rain, Desert Dawn, Drive, Think Of What You’ve Done > Blackberry Blossom, Solution1, Land’s End, SmileSet Two: Climb > Joyful Sound > Dudley’s Kitchen, Cats > This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)> Big Shoes > Round The WheelEncore One: Black Market1 > How Mountain Girls Can LoveEncore Two: BarstoolNotes: 1, first time playedlast_img read more

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Lukas Nelson Sits In With Gary Clark Jr. During Gasparilla Music Festival Performance [Watch]

first_imgGary Clark Jr. was the featured performer for the final day of Tampa, Florida’s Gasparilla Music Festival on Sunday, where he was joined by fellow guitarist Lukas Nelson during his headlining set.The 2019 installment of the winter music festival featured performances throughout the weekend from artists including The Avett Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, New Orleans Suspects, White Denim, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, just to name a few. Lukas Nelson happened to still be nearby during Gary Clark Jr.’s performance, as Nelson and his band delivered the pre-headlining set prior to Clark at the event on Sunday. Clark took advantage of the guitarist’s presence at the festival by inviting Nelson to join his band for a cover of “3 O’Clock Blues”.Related: Gary Clark Jr. Announces Free Webcast For Upcoming ‘Austin City Limits’ TapingThe two hat-wearing guitarists greeted each other with a casual fistbump as Nelson made his way to the stage. The band didn’t waste much time before starting into the older blues tune, which was initially penned by Lowell Fulson and went on to appear on B.B. King‘s 1956 debut album. Clark took the first solo during the song’s instrumental intro, with Nelson chiming in with his own lead lines weaved into the mix throughout the verses. Nelson stepped up to take his first real solo about halfway through the performance. Fans can watch the video below to relive Sunday’s fantastic sit-in during Clark’s set.Gary Clark Jr. with Lukas Nelson – “3 O’Clock Blues” – 3/10/2019[Video: WardenJune]Clark will continue to tour throughout the spring months in ongoing support of his latest studio album, This Land, which arrived just recently on February 22nd via Warner Bros. Records. Clark’s next performance is scheduled for Wednesday night (March 13th) at Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO. Fans can head to Clark’s website for tour and ticket information to the guitarist’s upcoming performances.As for Nelson, he and his band will continue their own run of spring performances with the next show scheduled for March 19th  at Belly Up, Aspen in Aspen, CO. Fans can also head to Nelson’s website for tickets to upcoming 2019 performances.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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The stream of experience

first_img 11Zachary Sifuentes (center) holds Baudelaire’s words up in the air. Daniel Gross ’13 (left) and Matt Warner ’13 look on in admiration. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Student press master Daniel Gross ’13 explores the historical presses inside Bow and Arrow Press. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10At Bow and Arrow Press, Adams House residents lay out a poem by Charles Baudelaire. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 6The entrance to Adams House is framed by an ornate gateway. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 23Lidiya Petrova ’11 paints a blue unicorn inside the tunnels. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Zachary Sifuentes (left), visiting lecturer on visual and environmental studies and resident tutor in poetry at Adams House, watches Kathryn Reed ’13 print a poem by Charles Baudelaire inside the Bow and Arrow Press at Adams House during Open Press Night. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Renee Ragin ’10, co-director of BlackCAST, works on the set of “The Exonerated.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 17View of a fountain spout in the Adams House Pool Theater. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 21George Zisiadis ’11 prepares to paint a mock chart showing the relationship between the “quality of your college experience and time spent looking at murals” in the tunnels. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 25The Adams House tower creates a majestic skyline. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 18An upright piano and historical sheet music grace the restored Franklin D. Roosevelt Suite in Adams House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 22Alma Ortiz mops the floors of the tunnels while Edward Gorey’s “Doubtful Guest” looks on. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Inside the Adams House Pool Theater, Julienne Coleman ’11 (from left) and Lindsey Ross ’11 greet students before a performance of “The Exonerated” by BlackCAST, a Harvard student production group. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Gender-bending for Adams House Drag Night, Elyse Traverse ’11 (left) gets a little hair help from Adams House tutor Sarah Downer. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographercenter_img Since creation of the House system by Harvard President Abbott Lawrence Lowell in the 1930s, the cultures and traditions of the residential Houses have been continually transformed by students and members of the Harvard community. During the school year, students engage in a range of activities such as staging a performance about race relations in the Adams House Pool Theater, collecting historical items to renovate the suite where President Franklin Roosevelt once lived, and dressing up for a Halloween drag night. The activities explore the intersection of contemporary life with sociopolitical issues.In her writings about religious pluralism — which can be viewed in relation to House life — Lowell House Co-Master Diana Eck explained how religions have evolved based on how individuals practice them: “Our religious traditions are not boxes of goods passed intact from generation to generation, but rather rivers of faith — alive, dynamic, ever-changing, diverging, converging, drying up here, and watering new lands there.”In that spirit, these photographs show the diverse streams of student experiences that revolve around the activities and traditions that define Harvard’s Houses. 19These antiques form an eclectic still life in the FDR Suite. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Anselm Beach ’11 performs in “The Exonerated.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Sam Houston ’11 cleans up the chaos. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 12This overview shows Adams House and the Boston skyline. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Rebecca Cooper ’11 reserves these tiny letters for a project of her own. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Steven Maheshwary ’12 (foreground) and Eduardo Perez ’12 perform in “The Exonerated.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Who knew drag could be so regal? Under the austere art of Adams House, its resident men are dolled up like women. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Above a historical photograph of Harvard Stadium, a deer head is dressed with a vintage Harvard sweater. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Amid towers of pizza boxes, Adams House Masters Sean and Judith Palfrey enjoy the performances. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 24Joe Poirier ’11 paints lyrics from a Bob Dylan song inside the Adams House tunnels. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Elyse Traverse ’11 (front) belts a ditty from “Grease” during Drag Night. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

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Popsicle Earth

first_imgAt the height of the last ice age, the Earth was dramatically more covered with ice than scientists previously believed, and while much of that ice has melted, Harvard researchers say relatively little of the melting occurred in Antarctica.As described in a paper recently published in Nature Geoscience, Jacqueline Austermann, a Harvard graduate student working in the lab of geophysics Professor Jerry Mitrovica, developed a new, more accurate model of what the Earth looked like during the last ice age and found that more ice — enough to equal the present Greenland ice sheet — then covered the globe.As the climate warmed, most of that melted. But while popular opinion may hold that the Antarctic ice area is far smaller than it was long ago, Natalya Gomez, another graduate student in Mitrovica’s lab, found that melting Antarctic ice contributed less than 10 percent to the change in sea level from the ice age to today.“There are really two parts to this story,” Austermann said. “What we found in our study is that there was actually more ice present at the last glacial maximum than had previously been thought. Together with what Natalya has found in her work — that the Antarctic ice sheet wasn’t much larger than it is today — there is ice missing from our models that we need to put somewhere.”To understand how much ice was once on the planet, Austermann began in a place that’s more likely to be associated with fun in the sun: Barbados.By examining fossilized corals contained in borehole cores, she was able to estimate how sea levels changed over thousands of years.“Certain corals only live within a specific distance of the sea surface,” she explained. “So if we see a coral at a depth of 100 meters, we can make some assumptions about where the sea level was at that time the coral was alive. To get a global average of sea level, however, we have to make a correction because sea level doesn’t rise uniformly. It has a spatial pattern. If we have a record from one site, we have to correct for this spatial pattern.”Making that correction, however, is tricky.Earlier studies showed that a host of factors can contribute to variation in sea level, including how close or far a measurement is from a melting ice sheet. Another factor, Austermann said, is that as ice sheets melt, the sea floor beneath them rises because it has less mass on top of it.“The amount of rebound is spatially variable and can be calculated assuming certain physical properties of the Earth’s interior. Normally people use an onion-shell model for the Earth. They assume that it has a structure that varies with depth alone,” she explained. “But it’s actually very heterogeneous. There is a great deal of lateral variation that we’ve introduced into this model, and that gave us the additional ice volume.” Austermann was able, for the first time, to create a computationally complex model that accommodates for variation in rebound due to a heterogeneous Earth.Where the additional ice might have been leads to Gomez’s work on understanding the physics of how massive ice sheets behave, particularly those in Antarctica.“One of the places that people often put that ‘missing’ ice is Antarctica,” she said. “But recent estimates that use dynamic ice sheet models show that, from the last glacial maximum to today, only about 10 meters of sea level change can be attributed to Antarctica melting, and Natalya’s work supports that. By comparison, the overall sea level change over that time is approximately 130 meters.”By examining how ice sheets in the Antarctic interact with the oceans that surround them, Gomez was able to create one of the most dynamic pictures of how massive ice sheets move and change over time.“The rate at which an ice sheet loses ice is dependent on the depth of the water around it,” she said. “I look at coupling predictions of sea level, which are spatially variable, to an ice sheet model, and what we can see is that as an ice sheet retreats, sea level changes at its edge, and that feeds back into how the ice sheet evolves.For now, the question of where the additional ice might have resided remains unsolved. Popular candidates, such as the Laurentide ice sheet, which covered most of what is now Canada and parts of what is now the United States, don’t fit the model perfectly. Austermann said additional work is needed before a definitive answer emerges.“There are constraints on where this additional ice might have been,” she said. “You can’t just pile it up as high as you want.”last_img read more

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