The transient response of ice-shelf melting to ocean change

first_imgIdealised modelling studies have shown that the melting of ice shelves varies as a quadratic function of ocean temperature. However, this result is the equilibrium response, derived from steady ice— ocean simulations subjected to a fixed ocean forcing. This study considers instead the transient response of melting, using unsteady simulations subjected to forcing conditions that are oscillated with a range of periods. The results show that the residence time of water in the sub-ice cavity offers a critical timescale. When the forcing varies slowly (period of oscillation ≫ residence time), the cavity is fully-flushed with forcing anomalies at all stages of the cycle and melting follows the equilibrium response. When the forcing varies rapidly (period ≤ residence time), multiple cold and warm anomalies coexist in the cavity, cancelling each other in the spatial mean and thus inducing a relatively steady melt rate. This implies that all ice shelves have a maximum frequency of ocean variability that can be manifested in melting. Between these two extremes, an intermediate regime occurs in which melting follows the equilibrium response during the cooling phase of the forcing cycle, but deviates during warming. The results show that ice shelves forced by warm water have high melt rates, high equilibrium sensitivity, and short residence times, hence a short timescale over which the equilibrium sensitivity is manifest. The most rapid melting adjustment is induced by warm anomalies that are also saline. Thus, ice shelves in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas, Antarctica, are highly sensitive to ocean changelast_img read more

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News story: Local authorities supported to innovate against childhood obesity

first_img This Trailblazer programme is a great opportunity for councils to maximise their pioneering work to tackle obesity and health inequalities. We encourage local authorities to apply for this funding to tackle the obesity crisis, which is costing the NHS more than £5 billion a year. The government is asking local authorities to apply to its Trailblazer programme, in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA).Speaking at the LGA obesity conference, Public Health Minister Steve Brine introduced the programme and invited councils to submit proposals for tackling childhood obesity in their area when the programme launches in October.The 3-year programme forms part of the second chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan, launched in the summer, which included the aim to halve childhood obesity by 2030. One in 3 children leaves primary school overweight or obese.All councils will be invited to apply to the programme and set out their proposals. Up to 12 local authorities will be supported to develop practical plans, and in spring next year 5 authorities will be selected.Trailblazer local authorities will be on the programme for 3 years. During that time they will be given expert advice to help realise their plans, as well as £100,000 per year in funding to support this.Successful approaches to reducing childhood obesity will be considered for shaping national policy.Steve Brine, Public Health Minister, said: We know that when it comes to improving the health of local communities, local leaders are the real experts. We are looking for innovation, ambition and passion to tackle childhood obesity, particularly in deprived areas, where children are more than twice as likely to be an unhealthy weight. Our Trailblazer programme presents a real opportunity to bring your ideas to life with the help of dedicated support and guidance. Your proposals will not only improve the health of children in your own communities but across the country by helping us to shape future policy on childhood obesity. Brilliant, innovative projects are already taking place across the country, but now is the time to share your views on what the barriers are and how we can go forward to tackle this issue together. Unless we tackle the obesity challenge, today’s obese children will become tomorrow’s obese adults, whose years of healthy life will be shortened by a whole host of health problems including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Apply for the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: The trailblazer programme is now open for local authorities to set out their ambitions and ideas to tackle childhood obesity in their area.last_img read more

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Summer Budget: what you need to know

first_imgChancellor George Osborne confirmed the planned relaxation of Sunday trading hours and a national living wage in the Summer Budget.The Budget, which is the first since the Conservative Party was voted into government at the May election, saw corporation tax dropped from 20% to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020. This showed “Britain is open for business”, Osborne told the House of Commons.He confirmed plans to review Sunday trading hours and give power to local councils. These plans have been slammed by union GMB, which warned that any changes to Sunday trading laws will impact on workers in the supply chain. He also unveiled a National Living Wage plan that will see salaries hit £9.00 per hour by 2020 for over-25s. The Low Pay Commission will advise on the rates, which will start at £7.20 in April 2016. The government said this would cost only 1% of corporate profits.The annual investment allowance, which allows companies to write off capital spending against tax on equipment, will be put at £200,000 every year. This was set to drop to £25,000 at the end of the year.There were more tax breaks for employees as the tax-free personal allowance was increased to £11,000 and the 40% tax rate was increased from £42,500 to £43,000.The Chancellor also increased the national insurance allowance to £3,000 from 2016 to help small firms.On apprenticeships, Osborne promised a “radical and frankly long overdue approach”, with a new apprenticeship levy put on all large firms.Industry reactionThe Federation of Small Businesses said the budget ’is a potentially challenging, mixed bag for business’.John Allan, national chairman, FSB, said: “There was further support to reduce corporation tax, fix the annual investment allowance and boost regional growth, where investment in roads will be particularly well received. We agree with the focus on productivity but need to see the details to raise skills through the apprenticeship levy on large firms. Planning reforms are also critical to raising productivity and again we look forward to seeing the proposals on Friday.”However, even though offset by a welcome increase in the employment allowance, some will find the new National Living Wage challenging. Changes to the treatment of dividends will also affect many of our members.”BRC director general, Helen Dickinson, said: “There are some welcome changes in today’s budget that will help retailers support job creation and drive growth. However, without knowing the detail of the fundamental reform of business rates the gains from today’s budget for retailers and their customers are not clear.”The retail industry is not a minimum wage employer. Median wages for hourly paid workers currently stand at £7.30 per hour – this is already above the rate of the new National Living Wage announced today. Retailers will look closely at the new proposals and assess the impact alongside the positive tax change announced by the Chancellor today. “We continue to believe that the real key to raising more people out of low pay will rest in increasing productivity. This will be more effective than playing pass the parcel around the economy with the financial burden of increasing people’s incomes. It is crucial that Friday’s productivity plan addresses the issues faced by retail businesses and creates a sustainable route to higher incomes.”last_img read more

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Street Light Roamers solve case of missing chicken

first_imgEmma the chicken.FARMINGTON – With gusts reaching up to 50mph in some parts of the state, Monday’s wind storm caused significant tree damage and hazardous conditions. Thousands were without power through most of the day Tuesday, and people were encouraged to play it safe if out and about during the storm.For the area’s poultry population, it was a day of blustery misadventure.Emma is a tiny Bantam hen described as “slightly larger than a softball”. She is the only chicken in Mallory Lewis’ flock with a name, and serves as the matriarch in her assumed old age. She was one of two chickens out and about during one of the windiest days of the year.“She doesn’t even leave the coop on a nice day,” Lewis said. “I think she must have just…blown away. She would never just leave.Lewis was out of town when she received a phone call from her roommate reporting that a few kids had just been to the door asking about a lost chicken. In their hands was a chicken, but it wasn’t Emma.“I was carrying the chicken because, well, we have chickens too, and my friends and I like to joke around with chickens. So we were carrying it around and pretending it was the FBI,” Ryland Dumont said.Ryland is almost nine and lives in the neighborhood with his brother, Koa, who was also investigating the neighborhood mystery. Three of their friends completed their team, the self-declared “Street Light Roamers”.“That was their name last year. I’m not sure what it is now,” Ryland and Koa’s mother Velda Yamashiro said. “It was all very comical. You kind of had to be there. I had just gotten done taking the dog for a walk and I see these five boys running down the street with a chicken. People were doing double takes.”The boys were playing, as they often do, when a few college kids asked them if they were missing a chicken.They were not.Neither were their nearby neighbors who also had backyard poultry.“The college kids were keeping it at their house and feeding it bread, so they asked if we had any chicken food,” Koa said.Through Facebook, and a small town network, Lewis was able to track Emma down.24 hours later and she is finally back in Lewis’ care, thanks to a few caring college kids, the Street Light Roamers and one unidentified FBI Chicken Agent.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Shines On Pink Floyd Cover At Hulaween Pre-Party [Video]

first_imgThe pre-party kicked off for Suwannee Hulaween on Thursday, and the evening’s lineup itself was well worth the price of admission. With a dream-like schedule that took attendees from Spafford to Lettuce, Umphrey’s McGee to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, back into Umphrey’s and bookended with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, campers were treated to a night full of jams on the Patch and Amphitheatre stages.As the sun was set, Umphrey’s McGee kicked things off on the Patch stage with a tropically-inspired “There’s No Crying In Mexico.” The band continued with their signature jamming through a seven-song first set, closing with “Push The Pig” and “Dump City” (which was dedicated to Spafford) sandwiched by a huge “All In Time.” Within literal minutes, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead plugged into the Amphitheatre stage and brought with them a five-song, Grateful Dead-inspired set for the ages. With Dave Dreiwitz gone for the evening, bassist on Jon Shaw took his place. The bands swapped once again on Thursday night, complimenting their unique takes on old school favorites.Perhaps one of the biggest highlights of the night was Umphrey’s McGee’s unexpected version of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd. The dark and ominous introduction left fans wondering what would come next, until a light shined over guitarist Jake Cinninger who slowly revealed what was about to happen. The band dug deep into this cover, as you can see in the 20+ minute video below:The festival technically begins today with headlining sets from the String Cheese Incident (x2) and Bassnectar. Check out the full lineup here.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Suwannee Hulaween | Live Oak, FL | 10/26/17I: There’s No Crying In Mexico > 40’s Theme > Wappy Sprayberry > All In Time > Push The Pig, Dump City > All In TimeII: Le Blitz > Remind Me > The Triplewide > The Floor, Day Nurse > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Day Nurse, Booth LoveSetlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Suwannee Hulaween | Live Oak, FL | 10/26/17I: Alligator -> Ruben & Cerise -> Throwing Stones > Ramble On Rose @, Feel Like A StrangerII: Jam # -> Bird Song -> Truckin $ -> Space -> Truckin -> Bird Song Reprise -> Truckin Reprise % -> Mississippi Half Step -> Playing In The Band ^ -> The Other One & > Shakedown [email protected] – With a Dark Star Tease (TH) & an Unknown Tease (MB)# – With Dark Star Teases (Band)$ – With a Bird Song Tease (MB)% – With a Bird Song Tease (Band)^ – With a Feel Like A Stranger Tease (Band) & a lengthy Afrobeat Jam& – Verse One onlyNot Fade Away (to close Set One) & Samson & Delilah (as the Encore) were on the setlist as written, but not played.[photo by Phierce Photo]last_img read more

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Havens, professor of psychology, dies

first_imgLeston Havens, professor of psychology emeritus at Harvard Medical School, died on July 29 after an extended illness. Havens was also a member of the Cambridge Health Alliance faculty for more than 25 years.A memorial will be held on Oct. 16 in the Memorial Church from 2 to 4 p.m.last_img

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CRN Recognizes 8 Dell Technologies Leaders in 2019 Top 100 Executives List

first_imgEvery year, CRN presents its Top 100 list, which recognizes the key players who are setting the pace for the IT industry. At Dell Technologies, our purpose is to drive human progress, through greater access to better technology, for people with big ideas around the world. And this is something pursued in collaboration with our extensive network of partners, which is why having 8 leaders recognized by CRN this year is worth celebrating!Michael Dell – CRN’s most influential executive of 2019, in recognition of his incredible foresight to build a $91B infrastructure powerhouse.Pat Gelsinger – CRN’s most influential executives of 2019, in recognition of his foresight to make markets and passion to get people on board.Jeff Clarke – CRN’s top 25 disruptors, in recognition of the people who push boundaries in the IT market.Jenni Flinders and Joyce Mullen – CRN’s most influential channel sales leaders, highlighting those leading the channel charge.Rohit Ghai, Cheryl Cook and Marius Haas – CRN’s top 25 innovators, in recognition of their ability to break new ground and forge new paths.Our partners have access to the industry’s most innovative technology and services portfolio spanning from edge to core to cloud. Do you want to work with some of the industry’s most successful business leaders to help customers build their digital future and transform how they work and live? Join the Dell Technologies Partner Program for an experience that is simple, predictable and profitable.last_img read more

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FBI slayings show risk surveillance cameras pose to police

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police nationwide are facing a heightened danger: Criminals are using home surveillance cameras to monitor their movements. The FBI believes that may have happened this week when two of its agents were gunned down by a child pornography suspect in South Florida. Authorities are investigating whether the suspect used a surveillance camera in his doorbell to spot the agents as they prepared to search his apartment and computer. He opened fire through the front door with a high-powered rifle as they approached, killing agents Laura Schwartzenberger and Daniel Alfin. Three other agents were wounded. The suspect killed himself.last_img

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Will your credit union be providing real time payments by 2024?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s Possible, just Possible, that yesterday marks a key development in how people send and receive payments. If I am correct then this is a change that will help all consumers and  all businesses, as well as all credit unions and community banks that will be able to compete with the banking behemoths in the years to come.Yesterday, if all goes according to plan, the Federal Reserve committed itself to implementing a real time payment system by 2024. That’s right by 2024 all credit unions and banks irrespective of their size and location will be able to clear checks, debits and credits instantaneously. 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year.Why is this such a big deal? Do I really have to tell you? As the Fed put it yesterday in an FAQ and a Request for Comment accompanying its announcement “Everyone deserves the same ability to make and receive payments immediately and securely, and every bank deserves the same opportunity to offer that service to its community,” said Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard. “FedNow will permit banks of every size in every community across the country to provide real-time payments to their customers.” The Fed also noted that even though it was using the term bank it intended to give credit unions access to this platform. continue reading »last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Monday,Feb. 25

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump latest to use fear tactics on publicPresidential control tactics: Create enemies using fear and hate, then pound away at them until the American public no longer remembers the difference between right and wrong. In my lifetime, two topics have been successful: communism and weapons of mass destruction. President Trump is working on others: fear of Muslim, the not-so-white-people on our southern border, and he’s getting started an another [fear]. Examples: The war in Vietnam and fear of communism. Four presidents terrified us from the 1950s until 1973. From early on, they knew it was unwinnable. It cost us 50,000 American soldiers, more than 1 million Vietnamese died, we wasted billions of dollars, and all with no personal accountability from the creators. Unbelievably, we did it again. This time the lie was WMDs. Using the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers as an excuse, the war-mongering mishmash of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Pearle, who I think are guilty of war crimes against humanity, successfully created a fear of WMDs that never existed to initiate our ongoing 17-year-old war in the Middle East.They had no interest in just capturing the crazed Osama bin Laden, thereby eliminating the need for war. That choice would have saved millions of people from misery, along with the more than $3 trillion that we’ve already spent on another unwinnable war. So, what’s Trump’s next fear-mongering tactic you ask? It’s dreaded socialism as he tries to scare us out of Medicare for all. I wonder, just how gullible are we? Livia CarrollSchenectady What is Cuomo’s next act of horror?I think it was one of the darkest moments in New York state history when a room full of moronic buffoons cheered wildly when their hero, “Criminal Cuomo,” signed into law the Reproductive Health Act, or what some of its supporters would call “isn’t infanticide great act.”What’s next for our dear governor, an amendment where a mother can take her baby home for 30 days and decide “it just doesn’t go with the decor,” return the baby to the hospital where it would be made “comfortable” of course, while the mother and perhaps a hospital janitor confer on whether to terminate the baby or not? I can only hope that Cuomo and the band of supporters who cheered him that day can join Kermit Gosnell, the Baby Butcher of Philadelphia, in hell.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Radical liberals turn country upside downIs America going crazy? The radical liberal left has an agenda to turn this country upside down. Law and order is being scoffed at. Our right to create humanity and not destroy it is under attack by abortionists.Our right to the freedom of religion of our choice is being ridiculed as irrelevant.The right to bear arms per our Constitution is being undermined by our court system.It’s our choice to teach our children moral values and rear them how we please, not the twisted logic of our education system.Socialism is not the answer. It has destroyed many countries.Please don’t let them take the cows from our farmers because they pollute the air too much.George LymanHalfmooncenter_img Dems destroying a once-viable partySpeaking as a former Democrat, I can only say that the present Democratic Party is gradually destroying what was once a viable, functional party, both state and federal. Take a look at the most recent legislative positions. Two states as an example, New York and California, both under Democratic control. George PrattAltamontlast_img read more

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