Trends in Antarctic geopotential height and temperature: A comparison between radiosonde and NCEP-NCAR reanalysis data

first_imgA comparison of 40-yr (1960-99) trends in Antarctic geopotential height and temperature from quality controlled radiosonde observations and NCEP-NCAR reanalysis (NNR) data is undertaken. Observations from four Antarctic stations-having sufficiently long-term and consistent datasets-at four pressure levels (850, 500, 300, and 100 hPa) are utilized. The NNR reveals substantial negative trends in tropospheric geopotential height at high southern latitudes with no significant trends seen in the lower stratosphere above Antarctica. In contrast, observations indicate only minor negative trends in tropospheric height, while statistically significant decreases in height in the lower stratosphere have occurred over East Antarctica. However, both NNR and observations show a consistent, significant warming (similar to1degreesC) in the lower troposphere (>500 hPa) above coastal Antarctica. At higher altitudes, trends derived from the two datasets diverge; the NNR fails to capture the marked cooling in the lower stratosphere associated with seasonal ozone loss. Differences in the trends are principally caused by NNR errors prior to the assimilation of satellite sounder data, which coincides with significant jumps in NNR upper-air temperatures. A rapid drop in NNR tropospheric geopotential height across East Antarctica as recently as 1993 is traced to the introduction of automatic weather stations in the region. Errors in the model height of these surface pressure data cause a significant climate jump in the NNR not observed in comparable models. Such spurious jumps considerably diminish the usefulness of the NNR for climate change studies in Antarctica.last_img read more

Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Cybersecurity (Daytona Beach Campus)

first_imgCover LetterResume/Curriculum VitaeUnofficial Transcripts Job DescriptionThe Department of Security Studies and International Affairs (SSIA)at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.,invites candidates to apply for a tenure-track Assistant orAssociate Professor position in cybersecurity. The successfulcandidate should have experience in one or more of the domainsrelated to computer and network technologies, cybersecurity toolsand incident response, digital forensics, cybercrime, socialimpacts of cyberspace, and cyber law and policy. An associateapplicant should have a documented track record of seeking externalfunding and scholarship. Applicants with researchinterests/specializations in cybersecurity for GIS/geospatialanalysis, unmanned aircraft systems, remote sensing, spatialanalysis, and/or avionics are considered a plus.The successful candidate will contribute to SSIA’sinterdisciplinary Homeland Security program. In addition, theperson will support the department and college to help thedepartment to integrate technology into the existing HomelandSecurity and Global Conflict Studies undergraduate degree programsas well as other programs external to the department. Primary tasksinclude undergraduate teaching and research, student advising, andrelationship building with external organizations and agencies. Theposition requires teaching flexibility to cover a variety ofcourses in cybersecurity, digital forensics, and cybercrime. Otheressential duties include scholarship, professional development,committee participation, and other activities designed to supportthe Security Studies & International Affairs Department. Atypical class load is 4/4, although research active faculty –through publishing and external funding — may expect a reducedload. This is a nine-month position with the possibility of summerteaching assignments.QualificationsAn earned doctorate in a cybersecurity-related discipline such asComputer Science, Information Technology, or CybersecurityEngineering or related field; a proven track record of coursedevelopment and teaching experience in cybersecurity (for Associateprofessor); proven track record of academic publishing; and grantproposal development (for Associate professor). Must have knowledgeof technical as well as policy and procedural aspects ofcybersecurity. Position available August 2021, but candidates whocannot start until January 2022 will be considered.An exceptional candidate who is ABD (with an expected completiondate within six months of the hire date) will be considered.Application Material Requirements:All materials must be submitted online at http://careers.erau.edu for consideration.last_img read more

Ocean City Bans Smoking on Boardwalk

first_imgA sign at 14th Street marks one of the small designated smoking areas on the Ocean City Boardwalk. City Council on Thursday passed an ordinance that bans smoking across the entire boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ.City Council voted Thursday to ban the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes on the Ocean City Boardwalk.An existing ordinance had restricted tobacco use to seven small smoking areas spread out across the 2.5-mile length of the boardwalk.While the council passed the second and final reading of the new ordinance in a 7-0 vote, council and administration members acknowledged that the measure likely will just push smokers off the boardwalk to street ends.Speaking for the Boardwalk Merchants Association, Hank Glaser of Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Fudge urged council to come up with a plan to accommodate both smokers and non-smokers.“We want to cooperate,” Glaser said of the merchants.Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said common sense would dictate that smokers would gather near the boardwalk entrances, and he said the city would try a couple different approaches to signage, lighting and smoking receptacles to see what works. The ordinance will take effect in 20 days.“It’s not an easy situation for merchants or our guests,” Mayor Jay Gillian said. “We’re all going to work together.”The new ordinance bans smoking along the entire boardwalk, including ramps and stairs.First offenses are punishable with fines of $100 to $250. Fines for subsequent offenses would be $500 to $1,000.The measure passed on first reading on June 12 with full support from council members and no comment from the public.Dattilo had said Ocean City police issue 1,700 to 1,800 warnings a year under the current ordinance but issue few summonses. He said police would continue a policy of warnings for all but flagrant offenders.A bill currently being considered by the state Legislature would ban smoking on beaches but allow individual municipalities to designate up to 15 percent of their beaches as smoking areas.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fireworks and Discount Rides Thursday at Wonderland Pier

first_imgFireworks from the 2014 Wonder Bear’s Birthday at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City, NJ.UPDATE: Fireworks have been cancelled due to wind conditions and the threat of rain.________Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will celebrate its 84th anniversary of providing rides and amusements to Ocean City Boardwalk visitors with a special event on Thursday.Wonder Bear’s Birthday Bash will go off 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 4 with all rides only two tickets apiece and a fireworks display at 9 p.m.Wonder Bear, the park’s mascot, will be available for photos with families during the celebration.David Gillian opened the Fun Deck on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Plymouth Place in 1931, and a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round were the main attractions.David’s son, Roy, opened the existing Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in 1965. Wonderland is owned and operated by Roy’s son, Jay Gillian.The Ferris wheel and merry-go-round are still attractions at Wonderland Pier (though this wheel reaches more than 141 feet into the air). But the park includes more than 30 other rides, including a log flume.Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is at Sixth Street on the Boardwalk. The fireworks will be visible from the beach and boardwalk on any of the downtown blocks.last_img read more

Letter to the Editor: Senior Living Centers Can’t Do It Alone

first_imgFollowing is a Letter to the Editor:I don’t think the average person realizes the dynamic of care that goes on in a senior living community. Our residents live with us, in most cases, for years. Staff and residents develop personal relationships. A familial bond grows.This time of pandemic is very personal to staff. It’s why they continue to come to work each day to care for their residents. It’s why there is so much emotion in a senior living community. It’s why there is so much grief when a resident passes away.In my 45 years as a licensed nursing home administrator I thought I had seen it all, both good and bad. I am the leader of a senior living and care system with a statewide presence who is called be supportive, optimistic, and strategic.But this pandemic more than any other obstacle that I have faced in my professional life, has brought an issue into very sharp relief. We need more support, both emotional and financial, for seniors and the senior care facilities that serve them.When news of the coming pandemic hit in February our team started to prepare and think through how we would handle it. Numerous leadership conversations ensued and decisions were made to protect those entrusted to our care.We acted quickly. We were ahead of the state guidance to close down visitation and move away from group activities and communal dining. As our emergency plan articulated, we made plans to group our residents and staff.Then came the directive that we could not require anyone admitted into our communities to be prescreened for COVID-19.In fact, the regulation to nursing homes forbade it. How could we control and prevent an outbreak if we couldn’t even know what was coming in the door?Even if we had been allowed to test, testing capability was virtually inaccessible.We had an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), but we knew we’d go through it quickly if just one of our communities had an outbreak.As we endeavored to purchase more, it quickly became evident that a whole new “cottage industry” of PPE providers had sprung up, charging anywhere from 10 to 30 times what we would normally pay, which is outrageous!Senior living providers were left on their own, scrambling to locate needed PPE and testing with no support.Then, the posting of the number of all positive resident cases and the number of deaths was mandated. The outcry began against the very people who were diligently caring for the most vulnerable.A screaming headline in our local paper stated: “COVID-19 infects 17, kills 2!”Senior living is portrayed as a failure in the media, yet people with COVID-19 are sick and dying elsewhere with those organizations and staff getting support and understanding. Why is senior living vilified?We are very good at what we do. We care about our residents or we wouldn’t be in this business.We excel at infection control and practice it daily. We manage it through every seasonal flu outbreak. The resources needed to do our job are in short supply, yet we excel anyway.As a not-for-profit faith-based provider of senior care that has been operating in New Jersey for over 100 years, we have only one mission: to compassionately serve in community so that all are free to choose abundant life. We serve people with compassion, respect, service and dedication. We don’t “warehouse” anyone.The macro problem is that the senior living industry is very regulated and under-resourced.It is my belief that society and those who regulate the industry need to support, encourage, and fund the good work of the thousands of dedicated organizations and staff who care deeply and personally about those entrusted to their care.Ask yourself this, how would you want the organization and workers who care for your grandparent, parent, or sibling to be supported during these times?Certainly, we are doing our best to go above and beyond to provide the best service to our residents. There is more to be done, but we can’t do it alone.Lawrence D. CarlsonPresident & CEOUnited Methodist Communities United Methodist Communities in Ocean City is a full-service care facility, from assisted living to hospice.last_img read more

THIS MONTH

first_imgWatching for fraud P2Insuring employees’belongings on-site P3How far can you gowith a dress code?P4last_img

Return of the penny loaf

first_imgA London bakery will celebrate 100 years of their business by selling a traditional penny loaf.Parkers Bakery in Northfield Avenue, West London, will recreate a scene from the 20th century by dressing up and exchanging its traditional penny loaf for one old penny, on 12 July (while stocks last).When Parker’s bakery first opened, there were 240 pennies to the pound, and an average family income was about £100 a year. The bakery was founded in 1913 by Thomas Parker, and still remains a family business.Parker’s is now run by Brian Davis, who said: “We’re proud to have survived two world wars and several recessions by concentrating on quality products and personalised service.“The penny loaf idea is our way of saying thank you to our many loyal customers.”last_img

Run The Jewels Release New Politically-Charged Music Video

first_imgEl-P and Killer Mike are in the midst of their Run The World Tour. With their surprise album release of RTJ3 now in the hands of their fans, Run The Jewel‘s new material has furthered the band’s exciting legacy, with relevant verses and killer beats. The dynamic duo have today upped their came with the release of a new music video for “Don’t Get Captured,” from RTJ3. The video is directed by Chris Hopewell, who also created Radiohead‘s “Burn The Witch” video. Living in a claymation skeleton world, El-P and Killer Mike navigate a haunted house while addressing the problems of power unique to our society.Check it out below:last_img

PREMIERE: The North 41 Share Title Track, “World On Fire”, Off Forthcoming LP

first_imgChicago-based funk and jam sextet The North 41 has been on the rise recently, catching the attention of fans all over the Midwest and as far as the Colorado Rockies. Started in 2014, the band—composed of Riley Pettrone (vocals), Pat Walsh (guitar), Frank Minella (guitar), Anthony Perry (keyboards), Donoven “Heavy” Brown (bass), and Michael Campo (drums)—has been combining catchy and mesmerizing vocals with funky, feel-good grooves, creating a unique sound that defies genre. Beyond funk and jam music, The North 41 throws dashes of soul, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop into the mix, creating a silky-smooth space for fans to let loose and dance to their infectious tunes.In 2015, The North 41 released their first LP, Dancing & Praying, which was broadcasted nationwide on various college radio stations. The band has headlined and packed some of Chicago’s favorite venues and festivals, including House of Blues, Lincoln Hall, and Chicago Ale Festival in Grant Park, in addition to performing alongside Roosevelt Collier’s Super Jam, Here Come The Mummies, The Main Squeeze, Magic Beans, and more. The North 41 are anxiously awaiting the release of their newest LP, World On Fire, which will be available via Apple Music and Spotify on September 14th.As drummer Michael Campo shared with us, “World On Fire is really a collection of love songs, but not in any cheesy sort of way.  The songs are mostly fun funk songs that will hopefully get people dancing and feeling good.”Live For Live Music is proud to premiere The North 41’s first single and title track off their forthcoming album, “World On Fire”. The psychedelia-drenched music video perfectly complements the band’s easy, throwback vibe, highlighted by Pettrone’s sultry vocals and the band’s tight groove and stellar harmonies. You can check it out below.The North 41 – “World On Fire”Furthermore, the band will celebrate World On Fire‘s release on September 14th at Martyr’s in Chicago. For information on the show and ticketing, head to the album release party’s event page. A full track listing for World On Fire, plus more of The North 41’s upcoming tour dates, are listed below. World On Fire TracklistingWorld On FireMy MagicLiving On TopBaby We Can Figure It Out4 Days 5 HoursShoutedThe Real ThingThe VibeQuoteView All TracksThe North 41 Upcoming Tour Dates9/14 @ Martyrs’ (Chicago, IL)9/22 @ Scranton Iron Furnaces (Scranton, PA) w/ Stop Making Sense10/5 @ The Livery (Benton Harbor, MI)10/27 @ Shorts Brewing Company (Bellaire, MI)11/24 @ Founders Taproom (Grand Rapids, MI)View All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge & Friends Kick Off New Year’s Run At The Capitol Theatre [Full-Show Video]

first_imgBassist Oteil Burbridge welcomed jam fans to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Thursday for the first of five shows under the billing Oteil & Friends leading up to New Year’s Eve. That roster of “Friends” was comprised of an impressive group of heavy-hitters from the jam realm including former Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals, guitarists Eric Krasno and John Kadlecik, singer/trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick, drummer Jay Lane, and percussionist Weedie Briamah.The band’s performance on Thursday filled the historic venue with a mix of classic rock (mostly Grateful Dead) covers and smooth jams to help fans in the New York Metro Area prepare for the upcoming run of New Year’s Eve shows scheduled to take place in the Northeast all weekend.Oteil & Friends took the stage right around 8:30 p.m., with fans from around the country also tuning in via the show’s free webcast courtesy of Relix. The band started set one by diving right into the Garcia solo catalogue with a groovy rendition of “Cats Under The Stars” featuring some smooth guitar soloing from both Krasno and Kadlecik. A lively cover of “Bertha” with Kadlecik on lead vocals came next, with the guitarist having plenty of experience in singing the Grateful Dead tune from his days in Dark Star Orchestra. The tempo took a slower turn for Jennifer Hartswick to step to the mic to tackle a moving rendition of “Water in the Desert”, the title track from Oteil’s 2017 solo LP. A pair of Dead covers followed from there, as Oteil took lead vocals on “Althea” before leading the band into “Fire On The Mountain”. The set came to a close with Hartswick taking center stage again to deliver an energizing rendition of soul classic “Piece of My Heart”, popularized by Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company.Set two saw the band dive right into a trio of covers including The Band‘s “The Weight”, Garcia’s “Run for the Roses”, and the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street”, with the latter featuring an impressive trumpet solo courtesy of Hartswick. The band kept the dance-friendly rhythms going with Kadlecik returning to the mic to lead the group into a cover of his own “What’s Become of Mary”.Burbridge then took the opportunity to slow things down for a unique and slow rendition of “High Time”, only to pick the energy right back up with the familiar opening trio of chords to “Franklin’s Tower”. They continued with “Tangled Up In Blue”, the Bob Dylan tune often performed by the Jerry Garcia Band back in the day. The show came to a satisfying conclusion with Hartswick once again returning to the stage to lead the band into a climactic rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Proud Mary”.You can watch a full pro-shot video of the show below:Oteil & Friends – The Capitol Theatre – 12/27/2018[Video: Relix]Oteil Burbridge and his talented Friends will continue their run leading up to New Year’s Eve on Monday with shows at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre on Friday (in support of Gov’t Mule), a return to The Cap on Saturday, and two year-ending gigs at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (12/30) and Monday (12/31). Tickets for the shows can be purchased here.Setlist: Oteil & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/27/2018Set One: Cats Under The Stars (Jerry Garcia cover), Bertha (Grateful Dead cover), Water in the Desert, Althea (Grateful Dead cover), Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead cover), Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)Set Two: The Weight (The Band cover), Run for the Roses (Jerry Garcia cover), Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead cover), What’s Become of Mary (Golden Gate Wingmen cover), High Time (Grateful Dead cover), Franklin’s Tower (Grateful Dead cover), Tangled Up in Blue (Bob Dylan cover), Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)last_img read more