Long-term variation of the Antarctic Circumpolar Wave

first_img[1] During the period 1968-1999, the character of circum-Antarctic anomalies in sea level pressure, sea ice edge, and sea surface temperature changed substantially. An Antarctic Circumpolar Wave (ACW) is only clearly visible in the period 1985-1994. Before, and perhaps after this, the signal, particularly in sea level pressure, is quite different with no clear sign of precession. Accompanying the change from precessional to nonprecessional modes is a change in the spatial pattern of variability and a change in the predictability of atmospheric anomalies from oceanic forcing. Evidence from general circulation model integration suggests that during the precessional mode of the ACW, there is enhanced predictability, as would be required to support a coupled ocean-atmosphere interaction.last_img read more

USS Frank Cable Visits the Philippines

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Frank Cable Visits the Philippines View post tag: Cable View post tag: News by topic March 25, 2013 View post tag: visits View post tag: Republic View post tag: Philippines USS Frank Cable Visits the Philippines View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in the Republic of the Philippines for a scheduled port visit March 22.“Any chance we have to engage with our partners in the region is important,” said Capt. Pete Hildreth, Frank Cable’s commanding officer. “A good, productive relationship between our countries contributes to regional stability.”Hildreth mentioned that the crew should take this opportunity in Cebu to participate in community service (COMSERV) projects as they become available. This visit also provides the crew a chance to experience the sights and culture of this port. Some Filipino-American Sailors aboard Cable will be able to visit family nearby as well.“I’m definitely going to see my family and maybe visit the mall or the beach; you can even go swimming with whale sharks,” said Logistics Specialist Seaman Athena Ramona Espina. “The good thing about Cebu is nothing is too far away, everything is close because the island isn’t that big.”Espina, a Sailor assigned to the Frank Cable, grew up in Cebu and visits her family there often. Even though she was born in California, Espina still considers Cebu to be her home.According to Espina, Cebu has a lot of interesting history and culture for Sailors to experience. She was excited to hear of Frank Cable’s visit to the oldest city in the Republic of the Philippines.“The Philippines was colonized by Spaniards for over 300 years, so there’s a lot of culture the Spaniards left behind, which you’ll get to see if you go around Cebu,” Espina said. “Everyone’s very close and family oriented. Cebu’s atmosphere is cozy and I feel at home.”Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Ian Go is another Sailor from the Cebu area. He agreed with Espina that it is definitely a place worth looking forward to visiting.“Take this opportunity, it’s a once in a lifetime chance,” said Go. “The people are very nice and Cebu is just a great place.”Go is looking forward to Cebu, not only for the liberty, but getting the chance to see his wife, whom he has not seen since the birth of their child.This visit to Cebu is Frank Cable’s third port visit since its recent departure from Guam, after an engagement with the Royal Malaysian Navy in the port of Sepangar, and repair work alongside the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) in Sattahip, Thailand.Frank Cable is one of two submarine tenders in the U.S. Navy, conducting maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 25, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Share this article View post tag: Frank Training & Educationlast_img read more

Soaring euro adds to pressure on struggling baking industry

first_imgBakers and suppliers who source ingredients, finished products and machinery from Europe say they are under increasing pressure from the strong euro.Companies who signed deals months ago have told British Baker the agreements will cost them more than anticipated, as the euro has soared against the pound.The euro-to-pound exchange rate has increased from 68p in May 2007 to its current value of 79p – which means UK companies will get less for the pound.The resurgence will hit companies hard, when combined with the effects of rising fuel, energy and commodities costs.David Marx, sales and marketing director at Giles Foods, which buys raw ingredients and machinery from continental Europe and Ireland, said the situation was making it very difficult for business.The combination of the strong euro and rising energy and commodities costs are “making things very hairy at the moment”, he said, adding that equipment deals signed late last year would now cost the company 15% more than planned due to the resurgent currency.Colin Lyons, director of Goswell’s Bakery, which manufacturs Vogel’s bread, said the company was having to contend both with increases in the price of soya, which it buys from continental Europe, plus the effect of the increasingly strong euro. “I’m sure the euro is having an indirect effect, as every time we buy soya in euros we are paying more,” he added.John Singleton, sales manager of equipment supplier Benier (UK) said the business is protected against currency fluctuations, as most of its business is conducted in euros, unless clients request otherwise.Earlier this month, the euro reached a record high, as the European Central Bank refused to cut interest rates, despite international concerns about the currency’s strength.last_img read more

Austria stops man trying to smuggle in 74 chameleons

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities have stopped a man at Vienna airport as he tried to smuggle 74 protected chameleons from Africa into the country. They said in a statement a 56-year-old man, who was not further identified, had hidden the animals in socks and empty ice-cream boxes when he was caught at customs control in Vienna. He had traveled to Austria from Tanzania via Ethiopia. The chameleons were taken to the Austrian capital’s Schoenbrunn Zoo, which said that three of the animals did not survive. All the animals were from the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania and ranged in age from 1 week old to adult animals.last_img

FABricate 2020

first_imgSometimes even the best ideas need a little help getting off the ground.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) FABricate entrepreneurship program was designed to do just that — to empower students to turn their great ideas into working businesses.FABricate is an entrepreneurship competition and course for students who want to develop and implement ideas in a way that can help feed a growing population. Students develop personal and professional skills while refining their ideas for a new food product, agricultural technology, or environmental or agricultural business.This year’s competition is open to UGA students from all backgrounds and colleges within the university. Individuals or teams of up to five UGA students can compete. Teams can include both undergraduate and masters-level students. Business plans must be submitted by Feb. 20, 2020 to qualify. “The FABricate course and competition give our students the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for some of our greatest challenges in agriculture,” said Amanda Newquist, director of experiential learning for the CAES. “The course allows students to meet and learn from local entrepreneurs and innovators in an informal setting. They can ask questions and receive guidance from people who have already been through this process.”This is the fourth year CAES has held the entrepreneurial competition. Keith Kelly, a CAES alumnus who is now an entrepreneur and farmer in Morgan County, has supported the program since its inception in 2017. “It’s an awesome thing for kids to get engaged in,” Kelly said. “I think it’s important for them to do it. (Entrepreneurship) is what America is built on. It offers a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to get started, to test their ideas and hopefully meet other business owners who can serve as mentors.” Herb Girls Athens, a two-woman team, won the 2018-19 FABricate competition with its signature product, a healthy coffee additive called Rally Coffee.Eileen Schaffer, an agribusiness master’s degree student, and Amy Wright, a recent psychology graduate, formed Herb Girls as a passion-project. Then it turned into a business.“We both have an herbalist background and we love to cook, so we would get together and cook with some foods and herbs,” Schaffer said. “We started doing classes around town, and people enjoyed our workshops. So we decided we could turn it into a business.”While both partners had an extensive background with herbs and nutrition, neither had a background in business outside of self-help books. That is where FABricate came into play.“We were really interested in the mentorship component, just to have some good background and how to really tackle a business as a businesswoman, not just as someone who is trying to start a small business and struggle our way through,” Wright said. “We wanted to be smart and intentional and have a good plan behind the passion and the drive we already felt.”The team said FABricate helped them look at their product from angles they had not before and showed them how to identify their ideal client base. They’ve since been able to expand the distribution of Rally Coffee.“It has taken our business to the whole next level,” said Wright. “Without FABricate, we really wouldn’t be where we are today.”This year the top prize for winning the competition has been raised from $2,500 to $10,000.For more information about the program, visit https://www.caes.uga.edu/students/experiential-learning/fabricate.html .last_img read more

Hempstead Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 37-year-old man was shot to death in his hometown of Hempstead early Friday morning, Nassau County police said.Hempstead village police officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert when they found Ricky Ward lying on the ground and suffering from a gunshot wound near the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Baldwin Road at 12:25 a.m., police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Walmart (WMT) Q3 2021 earnings

first_imgCustomers shop at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Walmart is set to report third-quarter earnings before the bell on Tuesday.The big-box retailer’s performance will offer a preview of how holiday shopping is shaping up during the coronavirus pandemic. Like other retailers, Walmart has kicked off its sales early because of global health crisis and split up Black Friday into multiple store and online events and digital deals.Here’s what Wall Street is expecting for the fiscal third quarter, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:Earnings per share: $1.18 expectedRevenue: $132.23 billion expected- Advertisement –center_img Walmart has been one of the beneficiaries of stay-at-home trends during the pandemic. Since the spring, Americans have turned to its stores and website for groceries, cleaning supplies and items to pass the time, from puzzles to bicycles. The company also got a bounce from stimulus money, which customers rushed to stores to spend.Now, however, investors and analysts will see if the retailer can sustain that momentum. With no sign of another stimulus package or additional unemployment benefits, some customers may feel financially strapped. Others may feel apprehensive about rising coronavirus cases, causing them to limit trips to the store or make more purchases online — transactions that come with additional costs and could contribute to the anticipated crush of packages this holiday season.Starting Saturday, Walmart said it would resume counting and restricting the number of customers in the store to make sure stores don’t exceed capacity limits. Some grocers, including Kroger, Wegmans and Publix, have reinstated purchasing limits on toilet paper, disinfecting spray and hand sanitizer.- Advertisement – This story is developing. Please check back for updates. last_img read more

Half year on, activists fear no justice for Iran protest killings

first_img ‘Investigate each case’ Scrutiny of how Iran deals with the protest aftermath comes at a tricky moment for its leadership.Its economy already driven into crisis by sanctions, the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in January sparked further protests while the coronavirus has extracted a heavy human toll and caused more economic pain.Rights groups outside Iran complain that not a single person of any rank has been investigated to date.According to Amnesty, all but four of the victims were shot dead by the Iranian security forces.Shots to the head or neck were the most commonly-listed cause of death.”By announcing that number they did not admit to their wrongdoings and violation of the right to life,” Shadi Sadr, a lawyer who leads the Justice for Iran (FJI) accountability group, told AFP.”They have to open an investigation for every individual case,” she said.A directive issued by the office of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has classified victims into three categories — bystanders, protesters with weapons, and those without.The directive considered all the killings lawful and did not recommend any investigation, said Sadr.”The only remaining matter for the authorities is to determine which victim falls in which category of lawfully killed persons as catalogued in the Iranian laws,” added a JFI report.Bystanders killed are considered martyrs and their families will receive regular payments from the state. The families of those who died while protesting without weapons will receive blood money — known as diyeh — a common practice in Iran.Sadr said “many families have been silenced by the government using different methods”, which have also included blackmailing people into signing a vow of silence before being allowed to see the body of their loved one. ‘Impunity entrenched’UN human rights experts said in December that more than 400 people may have been killed according to unverified reports, and pointed to a “breach of international standards on the use of force”.Hadi Ghaemi, chief executive of the New York-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran, told AFP the crackdown was the most serious in Iran since the end of the war against Iraq in the late 80s.”The 2009 protests were spread over 10 months. There was direct shooting then too but not at this scale leading to the killing of hundreds of protestors in a few days,” he said.It remained unclear who gave the orders to shoot, he added.Amnesty International has called on the UN Human Rights Council to open an inquiry into the November 2019 killings.”Impunity in Iran is so entrenched that there is no prospect in the near future that domestic criminal investigations would be conducted,” said Bahreini. For the first time this month, Iran acknowledged there had been civilian deaths on a major scale.Mojtaba Zolnour, head of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee, said on June 1 that 230 people were killed — including six members of the security forces.But Amnesty International issued a report in May detailing 304 verified protester deaths, which it said was in no way a final toll.”We believe that the real number of deaths is far higher than what they have announced,” Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International’s Iran researcher told AFP. “Our report details the cases of men, women and children we have been able to document. The authorities are still actively suppressing the truth,” she added.The Iranian authorities, she said, had failed to provide any detail — the victims’ names, ages, or genders.”The latest official statement reflects the continuation of the authorities’ strategy to deny and distort the truth and escape accountability and justice,” Bahreini said.center_img Half a year after protests, which Iran has now acknowledged claimed more than 200 lives, rights groups fear the real toll from the crackdown was far higher and that nobody will be brought to justice.Protests erupted across Iran from November 15-19 after a sudden fuel price hike, in the most vocal eruption of public dissent since the 2009 “green movement” rocked the Islamic Republic in the wake of disputed elections.Activists say the latest crackdown on protests by the Iranian security forces, accompanied by a near-total internet blackout, was even fiercer than that of 10 years earlier. Topics :last_img read more

Vindicated

first_img 83 Views   no discussions Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister of Education Petter Saint Jean Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint-Jean have both described a recent High Court ruling as one which has brought them vindication.On Tuesday Justice Gertel Thom dismissed two election petitions which were filed by the Opposition United Workers Party after the 2009 general elections in Dominica where the Dominica Labour Party won 18 out of 21 seats. Justice Thom further ruled that the Petitioners; Ronald Green and Maynard Joseph, failed to establish a prima facie case and to lead any evidence to prove that the Respondents; Roosevelt Skerrit and Ronald Green, had acquired, renewed, or traveled on a French passport.Education Minister Petter Saint Jean told a meeting of the Dominica Labour Party in Roseau on Tuesday evening that the Court ruling is a victory for the people of Dominica.“This victory is not about Roosevelt Skerrit, this victory is not about Petter Saint-Jean but this victory is about you the people of Dominica…..I recall in 2004 my first political speech at the launching of the LYO in San Sauver I made a statement that went down on the books of the Opposition Party I said to them, “I might lose my seat the Labour Party cannot lose the election and if the United Workers Party won then my God was not real”. They took issue with me but God vindicated Petter in 2005.”Minister of Education, Petter Saint Jean Mr. Saint-Jean further stated “today the Labour Party, one more time, has been vindicated and God be praised”.The Education Minister also noted with humility his gratitude to God and his supporters for their continued encouragement.“I am really humbled when I see the show of support that everybody from the man on the streets to the man in the highest office have given to Roosevelt Skerrit and the Dominica Labour Party and I indeed with all humility and meekness say thank you to God and thanks to you the people of Dominica and thanks to you the Laborites of Dominica.”Meantime Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told Tuesday night’s rally that the Court ruling is “a historic day for justice and the rule of law in Dominica”.The prime minister noted that the ruling has also proved his earlier statements that he was properly nominated.“The point I have made all along that I was properly and lawfully nominated as a candidate for the Vieille Case Constituency in the 2009 general elections has been proven in law to be right and correct.”Prime Minister, Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Skerrit thanked his supporters for their text messages, emails and telephone calls indicating their support and prayers.“I wish to thank this evening the thousands of supporters who held us up in their prayers. Let me say tonight that I believe in the power of prayers, I believe in the sanctity of faith in God and his propensity to oversee the administration of justice. I also wish to single out the scores of people who took time away from their families, work, leisure and worship to journey to the Court every day of the hearing to keep watch and lend your moral support. I value the hundreds of text messages and emails I received. I appreciated the support and well wishes of those who met me on the streets or telephoned to tell me of the steadfastness of their support. But nothing touched my heart more than to see the dozens of senior citizens in particular who came to that Court House day in and day out.”The Prime Minister also thanked his legal team for their hard work and dedication in his defense at the Court trial. Photographs by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio: [nggallery id = 112]Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Vindicated by: – January 11, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

New Point business abruptly closes doors

first_imgNew Point, IN—On Tuesday, Wittrock Healthcare in New Point closed its doors and laid off all employees.  The company had purchased the business, that made headwalls, lights and designed hospital rooms, from Hill-Rom back in December of 2016.  Several employees transferred over with the purchase to the family-owned company. As of today, the company’s website and social media page on LinkedIn has been removed and officials could not be reached by phone.last_img