Rates and mechanisms of turbulent mixing in a coastal embayment of the West Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgQuantifying and understanding the processes driving turbulent mixing around Antarctica is key to closing the Southern Ocean’s heat budget, an essential component of the global climate system. In 2016, a glider deployed in Ryder Bay, West Antarctic Peninsula, collected hydrographic and microstructure data, obtaining some of the first direct measurements of turbulent kinetic energy dissipation off West Antarctica. Elevated dissipation O(10−8) W kg−1 is found above a topographic ridge separating the 520 m‐deep bay, where values are O(10−10) W kg−1, from a deep fjord of the continental shelf, suggesting the ridge is important in driving upward mixing of warm Circumpolar Deep Water. Twelve glider transects reveal significant temporal variability in hydrographic and dissipation conditions. Mooring‐based current and nearby meteorological data are used to attribute thermocline shoaling (deepening) to Ekman upwelling (downwelling) at Ryder Bay’s southern boundary, driven by ∼ 3‐day‐long south‐westward (north‐westward) wind events. Anticyclonic winds generated near‐inertial shear in the bay’s upper layers, causing elevated bay‐wide shear and dissipation ∼ 1.7 days later. High dissipation over the ridge appears to be controlled hydraulically, being co‐located (and moving) with steeply sloping isopycnals. These are observed in ∼ 60% of the transects, with a corresponding mean upward heat flux of ∼ 2.4 W m−2. The ridge therefore provides sustained heat to the base of the thermocline, which can be released into overlying waters during the bay‐wide, thermocline‐focused dissipation events (mean heat flux of ∼ 1.3 W m−2). This highlights the role of ridges, which are widespread across the West Antarctic Peninsula, in the regional heat budget.last_img read more

Jumpers

first_imgDon’t worry, this isn’t a film about clothing. Doug Liman’s fast-paced, action centred style provides some stunning visual effects in this sci-fi thriller. But be warned: watching items of knitwear on screen might provide more chemistry than Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson. ‘Jumpers’ are a select group of people with the power of teleportation. When David Rice (Christensen) realises he has this power, he leaves his alcoholic father to lead a new, luxurious life of globetrotting. But his actions soon attract the attention of Roland (Samuel L Jackson), leader of the Paladins, the group that seeks to destroy them. Liman seems to have focused so much on pioneering effects – such as taking the viewer through the process of teleportation with the characters rather than objectively – that he totally forgot about character development. Thus, when the fighting and chase sequences take place, they look great, but the stakes are simply not built up high enough for you to care who prevails. And at the time when the action slows and the film relies solely on human interactions, the story line is deplorably predictable and the scenes boring. The drunken father, the childhood romance, the school bully; these are the terribly clichéd characters that the story is told through that are simply lifted from countless other indistinguishable movies. Samuel L Jackson may as well have been getting some more motherfucking snakes off another motherfucking plane; Christensen could have been carrying a light-sabre throughout – you wouldn’t have noticed. None of the performances carry any panache or originality. Jamie Bell is the saving grace, playing another Jumper. By the time of his appearance, the film is screaming out for the injection of verve he gives it.Sadly, his performance, some really excellent special effects, and wonderful filming locations (like inside the actual Colosseum) are not nearly enough to save this ‘thriller’ from joining the steadily growing stream of mediocrity expelled from Hollywood’s microwave meal industry of producing quick thrills devoid of substance.By Ben Williamslast_img read more

State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) Earned A Perfect Score

first_imgState Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) earned a perfect score on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis for his support of pro-economy, pro-jobs legislation.  Bacon’s score is based on his performance during the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly and his votes cast in agreement with the Indiana Chamber’s position on certain bills, including measures providing road funding, workforce education and scholarships to top-performing Hoosier students who enter the teaching field.“The Legislative Vote Analysis is an important source of information for thousands of Indiana employers and citizens,” states Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “The purpose is to keep Hoosiers informed about what’s going on at the Indiana Statehouse and how their legislators are voting on issues vital to the state’s economic future and their own. This report makes it clear which legislators support pro-economy, pro-jobs bills and which legislators do not.”Indiana is one of the most business-friendly states in the country, recently ranking first in the Midwest and among the top five in the nation for best business climate, according to Chief Executive’s annual “Best & Worst States for Business” ranking.“Being ranked top five in the nation for business climate signals to entrepreneurs that Indiana is a great place to set up shop, which means more jobs for hardworking Hoosiers and an even stronger economy,” Bacon said. “I will continue to support sound policies that keep Indiana growing and business friendly.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

HOBOKEN BRIEFS

first_imgLearn more about our eco friendly city; residents invited to earth week eventsThis week Hoboken will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with a week of community volunteering and education activities about sustainability and resiliency efforts.“Sustainability, resiliency, and the effects of climate change are inextricably linked,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “As climate change continues to threaten quality of life, Hoboken will become a leader in climate mitigation.”More than five years after Hurricane Sandy inundated Hoboken with nearly 500 million gallons of storm surge, the city has become an urban laboratory and national model for climate adaptation. Hoboken has made significant investments and secured nearly $10 million in grant funds from various local, state, and federal sources to improve Hoboken’s resiliency.Last year, the city adopted a Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan which outlines the city’s long-term vision for a sustainable Hoboken. Residents can learn how Hoboken will achieve this vision by participating in various upcoming Earth Week events.Some events include a sapling giveaway, free rides on the Hoboken HOP, a one day voucher for the Hudson Bike Share, tree plantings, and several educational sessions on projects like Rebuild by Design, an introduction to green infrastructure , an introduction to urban farming, and more. For time, location, and more information about specific events, visit www.facebook.com/hobokengreenteam.To read the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan, visit www.hobokennj.gov/sustainability.Eli Manning sells Hoboken homeAccording to press reports, Eli Manning, quarterback for the NY Giants, sold his condo in the Hudson Tea Building in Hoboken for $3.55 million recently.The three-bedroom, three-and-a half-bathroom condo with views of the New York City skyline is a combination of three units and totals 3,500 square feet. He lived with his wife and three daughters there for several years.The house has been on the market since 2015, and was available for rent for $18,000 a month.Manning and his family have since moved to Summit. Hoboken Arts & Music Festival announcedThe 24th annual Hoboken Arts & Music Festival will be Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.The festival includes musical performances by The Dream Syndicate, Jeremy Beck and the Heavy Duty Horns, Preschool of Rock, Ron Albanese AKA Polka Dot, MAXIMA Alerta, and more.During the festival visitors and residents can enjoy the works of fine artists who will be selling oil paintings and sculptures, crafters who will sell furniture, soaps, jewelry, and vendors who will provide children’s activities such as sand art and face paintings and more. The day also includes a smorgasbord of food from various vendors.Admission is free and according to the city the festival will take place from Observer Highway to Seventh Street. Hoboken High School computer science students are ‘future ready’Hoboken High School’s computer science program is ensuring students are “future ready” in the rapidly changing and growing world of technology and the school is adding another course.The Hoboken Public School District is highlighting its offering because research shows 93 percent of parents want their schools to teach computer science, but just 40 percent of schools in the United States offer it even though computing is projected to make up two-thirds of new jobs in STEM.Hoboken High School uses the Project Lead the Way Computer Science curriculum and offers two courses, Computer Science Essentials and Computer Science Principles. Next year Hoboken High School will add a new Computer Science A course.The new Computer Science A course will be a traditional college level class that is equivalent to a first semester Computer Science course. Students will use Java to write Android Apps. The three levels of computer science courses at Hoboken High School give students a solid introduction to computational thinking and programming skills.Students have been competing in a variety of national contests including Harvard’s CS50 Puzzle Day. They also participate in the NJIT SPLASH Program, Girls Who Code Summer Program, and others.“Our wonderful students are getting a unique opportunity to develop their in-demand knowledge, while gaining valuable skills for success in education, the world of work, and life in general,” said Principal Robin Piccapietra. Saints Peter and Paul Church’s Gratitude Gala is this ThursdaySaints Peter and Paul Church will host their annual Gratitude Gala on April 26 at the Chart House in Weehawken at 6:30 p.m., where they will honor several people for their service to the parish.This year, they will honor Don Meyer, Deb and Mark Meyer, and former the pastor, Father Bob Meyer.The evening includes dinner, live music and a silent auction.Tickets cost $150, and a portion of the evenings proceeds go to their Legacy Fund, which supports parish specific projects and ministries, The Waterfront Project, a legal clinic, and the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary.Visit spphoboken.com/gala for more information.Hudson Chamber partners with local organizations to better serve county businessesThe Hudson County Consortium for Business Growth and Development has been newly formed by five county organizations dedicated to building the capacity of local area businesses. The consortium intends to support business growth and development through the design, planning and coordinated delivery of educational programs to better serve entrepreneurs, start-ups, early stage, and mature businesses.The consortium, which will provide access to educational programs throughout Hudson County, is comprised of the following founding partners: Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson County Community College Center for Business and Industry, Hudson County, Economic Development Corporation, the Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity, and NJ Small Business Development Center at New Jersey City University.The consortium’s first initiative is the launch of spring educational programs that include classes in basic financial management, accounting fundamentals, QuickBooks, and Excel for business and finance professionals. Spring classes began in March and will continue through June and are open to the public. Information about class offerings, dates and locations, as well as how to register is available at www.hudsonchamber.org. For information about the Hudson County Chamber, please call (201) 386-0699 x 220 or visit www.hudsonchamber.org.Stevens Institute of Technology launches Stevens Institute for Artificial IntelligenceThis month, Stevens Institute of Technology announced the formation of the Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), an interdisciplinary, tech-driven collaboration of engineering, business, systems and design experts working toward solving pressing global problems in industry and virtually every aspect of society.“This new initiative will bring a forward-thinking, holistic approach to exploring complex problems and creative new solutions for business advantage, social good and national security while advancing the engineering and science of artificial intelligence and machine learning,” states the press release.“Artificial intelligence is transforming the world and industry as we know it, and the future of AI remains seemingly limitless,” said Jean Zu, dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science. “In a world where AI-enabled innovation continues to rapidly evolve, SIAI and its Stevens collaborators will synergistically develop solutions to real-world problems, while providing a platform for training students to be the next generation of AI thought leaders.”This institute, headed by K.P. “Suba” Subbalakshmi, professor of electrical and computer engineering and a Jefferson Science Fellow, will build upon existing AI and machine learning research at Stevens. New museum art exhibit on displayThe Hoboken Historical Museum currently has a new exhibit on display showcasing the work of Tom Zuk in “Rear Window: Photographs by Tom Zuk.”Zuk made photographic art from rough materials of the urban cityscape outside his Hoboken apartment window. The exhibit will remain on view through May 27 . Explore more of Zuk’s work on Instagram (tom.z.pix).Hoboken Green Team hosts 7th annual Green FairThe City of Hoboken Green Team will host the 7th Annual Green Fair on Saturday, June 16.The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Church Square Park, entering from the corner of Fourth Street and Garden Street, and will feature live music and organic food vendors. It is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental issues, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services.Mysterious matters at Secaucus High SchoolMultiple sources said on Thursday that the Secaucus Board of Education suspended the principal and assistant principal at the Secaucus High School/Middle School complex.Several school officials refused to comment on the matter, as did Mayor Michael Gonnelli. They redirected inquiries to the school board.Some said that the matter pertained to the handling of a potentially criminal incident involving a student, but that could not be confirmed by press time.Former school board member Tom Troyer – who is friends with Principal Robert Berckes – speculated that his suspension was politically motivated.“He’s a straight-up guy,” Troyer said, of Berckes. “He’ll speak up. They don’t want that.”Media reports on Friday said a security guard in the school had been reassigned, as well.Berckes could not be reached by press time for comment. When the high school was contacted on Thursday, they said he was not in school that day. A secretary could not say when he’d be back.Watch hudsonreporter.com for updates, or follow us on Twitter at @hudson_reporter. Committed to delivering students with an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom, Hoboken High School computer science classes visited Google, Jet.com, Harvard, Ramapo, NJIT and Hudson County Community College this school year where they got unique insights into the industry’s best technical, marketing, and human resource teams. (See brief on the school’s computer science initiatives.) ×Committed to delivering students with an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom, Hoboken High School computer science classes visited Google, Jet.com, Harvard, Ramapo, NJIT and Hudson County Community College this school year where they got unique insights into the industry’s best technical, marketing, and human resource teams. (See brief on the school’s computer science initiatives.)center_img Affordable Housing working group meeting to take place Monday April 30Councilwoman Vanessa Falco, chair of the affordable housing subcommittee, and Mayor Ravi Bhalla will host the first meeting of a new affordable housing working group on Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the Multi Service Center.This meeting is open to all residents who would like to participate in an ongoing, city-wide discussion on affordable housing.During the meeting they will discuss some of the initiatives that are underway to preserve existing options while also creating new affordable housing units throughout the city.Hoboken’s tenant advocate, Andrew Sobel, Esq., and affordable housing specialists will also be on hand to facilitate dialogue and answer questions.The city currently has a variety of affordable housing buildings, some for low-income residents, some for moderate income, some currently funded in part with federal subsidies and some initially built in the 1960s for a low-interest government loan but not subsidized. However, the wait lists to get in are years long.Rent control still applies to long-time tenants in buildings constructed before 1987 in order to prevent landlords from spiking rents once a tenant moves in. Still, Hoboken is becoming a more difficult place for working-class residents and artists to afford to stay.The Multi Service Center is located at 124 Grand St.last_img read more

The Best Of Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2016 [Gallery]

first_img[Béla Fleck & The Flecktones][Infamous Stringdusters][Punch Brothers][Sam Bush w/ Greensky Bluegrass][The Lil’ Smokies][Yonder Mountain String Band w/ Leftover Salmon’s Vince Hermann][Sam Bush Band w/ Del McCoury][Greensky Bluegrass][Infamous Stringdusters w/ Nicki Bluhm]Full Gallery: This weekend, bluegrass fans from all over flocked to one of the most breathtaking sites in the country, Telluride, for four days of magical music nestled amongst the scenic Colorado Rocky Mountains. The annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, now running for more than 40 years strong, drew bluegrass favorites and beyond such as Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band, Ryan Adams, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm, the Punch Brothers and more for a monumental weekend of laid-back vibes and fervent boogieing.Here are some of our favorite moments of the festival, with a full gallery at the bottom (by ontheDL Photography).[Del McCoury Band] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Take A Sneak Peek At The Sweet New Phish Poster Exhibit In Burlington, VT [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgA new art exhibit opening in the Phish motherland of Burlington, VT on Saturday, October 5th, entitled “Phish In The North Country” will display the visual artwork that has existed alongside their musical endeavors throughout their 35-year career. From hand-drawn flyers for early-80’s shows at local bar Nectar’s, to rare and valuable prints from some of the many decorated artists the band has worked with over the years, the exhibit takes its guests backwards down Phish’s numberline through the art that has always accompaniedYou Can Own The Most Important Building In Phishtory, The Burlington Home Of Nectar’sIn a video tour given to the Burlington Free Press, Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro takes viewers on a sneak preview of the exhibit and explains a little more about its significance. As Shapiro explains in the video, “The band has played a lot of shows in ‘The North Country.’ We in ‘The North Country’ know what that means, but not everybody does, so I’ll define it: To me, [a show in] ‘The North Country,” at least in terms of Phish, is a show that you can run to maybe after work or school, see the show, and–assuming that you’ve stayed safe enough to drive home–drive home after the show and be back before daylight.”Shapiro will deliver a special talk at the exhibit’s location on November 4th from 1-3pm for those who want an even closer look into the history of Phish in Burlington and the rest of the Northeast. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Flynn Center‘s website.Watch Kevin Shapiro’s sneak-peek video tour of the new “Phish In The North Country” exhibit opening Saturday, 10/1/17 at the Flynn Center in Burlington, VT below:The exhibit looks at the band’s 30-plus year history, starting in Burlington bars and nightclubs like Nectar’s, and Hunt’s to stages in Boston, Albany and Saratoga Springs, with a focus on shows within a driving distance for Vermont fans.Fine art pieces will accompany concert posters, as well as special edition posters in honor of the 20th anniversary of the WaterWheel Foundation, the band’s charitable organization.“Phish In The North Country” Exhibit InfoWHAT: “Phish in the North Country”WHEN: Gallery exhibit showing Saturday through Dec. 30. Special event: Talk with Phish Archivist Kevin Shapiro, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 4. WHERE: Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, 153 Main St., Flynn Center, BurlingtonADMISSION: Free. 863-5966, More information: www.flynncenter.org[h/t – Jambase][Cover photo – Left: The flyer for the band’s first-ever club date, on display at “Phish In The North Country; Right: Phish circa 1987, photographer unknown]last_img read more

Air Pollution Woes Prompt China to Close Coal Mines and Generating Plants in 3 Cities

first_imgAir Pollution Woes Prompt China to Close Coal Mines and Generating Plants in 3 Cities FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:BEIJING—China has ordered three northern cities to stop approving new projects that would add to air pollution after they failed to meet air quality targets this past winter.The mayors of Handan in Hebei province and Jincheng and Yangquan in Shanxi province were given the orders after being summoned to a meeting at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment in Beijing on Thursday to account for their actions during a recent campaign against smog.The meeting came after the cities failed to meet targets to cut levels of hazardous, breathable particles known as PM2.5 over the October 2017 to March 2018 period. China launched a campaign last October to reduce average concentrations of PM2.5 by between 10-25 percent in 28 northern cities in an effort hit 2013-2017 air quality targets.[Handan’s mayor, Wang Litong,] said the city planned to close another 300,000 tonnes of steelmaking capacity, 1.1 million tonnes of coal-producing capacity and 268 megawatts of coal-fired power by August. He said three officials have been fired and 14 given warnings.After struggling for years to force growth-obsessed local governments to toe the line, China’s beefed-up environment ministry now has the authority to hold officials to account for failing to comply with pollution policies. The war on pollution is now a key performance indicator that could determine an official’s promotion prospects, and local authorities said last year that senior officials could even face dismissal if they failed to meet the winter targets.More: China Bans New Polluting Projects In Three Cities: Ministrylast_img read more

BIG DAY IN THE BLUE RIDGE: Two premier races on the same morning every fall

first_imgTwo beloved races—the Green Race and Shut-In—attract the region’s best paddlers and trail runners.The first Saturday in November is always one of the most exciting: both the Green River Race and the Shut-In Ridge Trail Race are held on the same morning, and they are only about 30 miles from each other in Western North Carolina. The Green Race attracts the best paddlers in the world to plunge down class V rapids, and the 17.-8-mile Shut-In race, now in its 39th year, is one of the country’s toughest trail runs.Luke Paulson by Andy Wickstrom.At Shut-In this year, Luke Paulson bested a stacked field, finishing in 2:22:22. Anne Wheatly won the women’s race in 2:55:28.At the Green Race, Dane Jackson was fastest down the river, finishing in 4 minutes, 10 seconds. Queen of the Green, Adriene “Lil’ A” Levknecht, won the women’s race for the tenth time.Anne Wheatley by Andy Wickstrom.(top) Queen of the Green Adriene Levknecht; Shut-In champs Luke Paulson (left) and Anne Wheatly right). / top photo by marc hunt, left and right photos by andy wickstromlast_img read more

Lynn Thanks Vinson’s Crew for Service, Adaptability During Haiti Mission

first_imgBy Dialogo May 03, 2010 Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III today thanked the crew of the USS Carl Vinson for their efforts to rescue Haitian people following the earthquake there, actions he said demonstrated the adaptability that makes America’s military the best in the world. The ship arrived in Haiti soon after the January quake that killed more than 250,000 people. The ship brought food, water and hope to the beleaguered land. Speaking to about 1,500 sailors in the aircraft carrier’s cavernous hangar deck here, Lynn said that the 400-plus medical evacuation missions that Vinson helicopter crews flew in Haiti represent “at least 400 people who wouldn’t have survived those events without your efforts.” “You all should be very proud of yourselves for the terrific effort,” the deputy secretary added. Lynn pointed out that the Vinson’s response demonstrated what is best about the American military – the ability to adapt and plan on the fly. “You didn’t anticipate this particular operation,” he said. “Of course, you’re trained, and all that you have gone through prepared you for that, but it is the essence of good planning to execute the unanticipated with the kind of excellence that you showed.” Lynn noted that the mission to Haiti happened against the backdrop of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The conflicts are stressing the forces and their families, he said, and he thanked the sailors and their loved ones for their staunch support. That support, he said, enables the sailors and their fellow servicemembers to excel. “The world has never seen a military with the quality, excellence and grace that this military has,” Lynn said. The unanticipated will be the norm for the future, Lynn told the Vinson’s crew. “As we enter this next decade, we don’t know what type of crises we’ll face,” he said. “We’ll have to draw down our commitment in Iraq and turn that over to the Iraqis. We’re going to have to change the momentum in Afghanistan and hopefully turn over security responsibilities to the Afghans. “But we don’t know what’s next,” he continued. “So we’re counting on you to keep up the kind of work that you’ve been doing. Keep preparing for things that are unanticipated, just the way you did for the Haiti operation, so you remain the best of the best.” The deputy secretary re-enlisted a sailor and presented Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals to four members of the crew.last_img read more

CUNA’s Blockchain initiative getting closer to rollout

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA is optimistic that by the end of the year, or possibly sooner, it may have test sites for its blockchain initiative ready to roll out to credit unions.CUNA Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel told CUToday.info that its CULedger project, which recently delivered a successful proof-of-concept, has now reached the point of “refining the proof of concept and assembling a business model to make CULedger available to credit unions and system-related organizations if they want to invest in it to take it the next stage of development.”Hampel said that to date the project has been funded by credit unions interested in the concept donating money to the effort.“That money was all contributed to research projects, and did not represent any purchase to own anything,” Hampel explained. “Now the next stage is to form that business model…that interested credit unions and system-related organizations can buy into. So, we’re looking for investors.”last_img read more