Antarctic climate change during the last 50 years

first_imgThe Reference Antarctic Data for Environmental Research (READER) project data set of monthly mean Antarctic near-surface temperature, mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) and wind speed has been used to investigate trends in these quantities over the last 50 years for 19 stations with long records. Eleven of these had warming trends and seven had cooling trends in their annual data (one station had too little data to allow an annual trend to be computed), indicating the spatial complexity of change that has occurred across the Antarctic in recent decades. The Antarctic Peninsula has experienced a major warming over the last 50 years, with temperatures at Faraday/Vernadsky station having increased at a rate of 0.56 °C decade-1 over the year and 1.09 °C decade-1 during the winter; both figures are statistically significant at less than the 5% level. Overlapping 30 year trends of annual mean temperatures indicate that, at all but two of the 10 coastal stations for which trends could be computed back to 1961, the warming trend was greater (or the cooling trend less) during the 1961-90 period compared with 1971-2000. All the continental stations for which MSLP data were available show negative trends in the annual mean pressures over the full length of their records, which we attribute to the trend in recent decades towards the Southern Hemisphere annular mode (SAM) being in its high-index state. Except for Halley, where the trends are constant, the MSLP trends for all stations on the Antarctic continent for 1971-2000 were more negative than for 1961-90. All but two of the coastal stations have recorded increasing mean wind speeds over recent decades, which is also consistent with the change in the nature of the SAM. Copyright © 2005 Royal Meteorological Societylast_img read more

‘Bank of Mom and Dad’ would be 7th biggest lender in US

first_img continue reading » The Bank of Mom and Dad (BoMaD) isn’t new as kids have been borrowing or receiving gifts from parents for years. But a new study by Legal & General, a U.K.-based financial services firm and global investor with $1.27 trillion in assets, has found a new twist, one that “hurts” parental retirement savings.The L&G study found that one in five U.S. homeowners received gifts or loans from family to help them buy their home “supporting the purchase of $317 billion worth of property across America in 2018.” The study states that if BoMaD were a real lender, it would be the seventh largest in the United States. In fact, the total amount loaned out by BoMaD is estimated to be  $47.3 billion, just less then fifth-ranked U.S. Bancorp.The average sum given as a gift or interest-free loan is $39,000 per loan. Parents are “giving until it hurts — putting off retirement or accepting a lower standard of living in their golden years to help the next generation,” the study finds. This amount doesn’t include other loans or gifts, usually dealing with college. Those loans averaged roughly $41,500. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Guest Column: Student journalists fight for light

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily GazetteAccess to information and public records is crucial in order for student journalists to serve the public and share information that may otherwise not be accessible for professional journalists in the field. Student journalists learn by going out and reporting in the field. We try to practice the same professional strategies the professionals use.When we use the Freedom of Information Law, we too are pulling back the dark curtain that sometimes shields information from the public.In training to produce professional journalism, students are sent to gather information by interviewing government officials and using the Freedom of Information Law to acquire public records about various subjects. When we make efforts to collect information for stories, government officials sometimes don’t offer us the same courtesies they do to professional journalists. Members of the city Common Council have asked students to contact them after a meeting through email, text, or social media rather than staying for an interview because they’re rushing to go home. These stories are treated as breaking news events to prepare us for the real world. We compete with local news organizations to scoop news and features. Sources tend to categorize student journalists as unprofessional, untrained, or unsure of what we are doing in the field. This mindset contributes to sources often stalling our efforts to get to the truth.Transparency between sources and the reporter is important for various reasons.One reason is that it builds rapport for the source to share intimate stories for which to connect with the readers. To get to these stories, student journalists interview people multiple times to gain an understanding of who the person is. We are trained to conduct interviews with a central focus and ask many questions, but most of all, listen to our subjects. Students conduct intense research prior to their interviews. However, our path to reporting stories is often thwarted before the research or interview has begun. Student journalists provide a public service to their communities when writing about neighborhood issues.When elected officials are transparent and forthright with student journalists, they’re demonstrating the behaviors that landed them in office. According to the Open Meetings Law, minutes and agendas are to be available to the public one week after the executive session.When representatives of local governments obstruct access to information or resist simple requests for public documents, they are violating the spirit of our open records laws.Students reporters impact the local media.Last month, an Alabama newspaper printed an editorial calling for the return of the KKK, and that event became national news. How? Student journalists took a photo of the editorial and away it went.We regularly use Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to obtain records from government outlets ranging from the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to the city’s fire department reports. Document-based journalism is something we are taught from day one. It’s the toughest kind of reporting, but the results and effects of the final publication are rewarding, and it can lead to real change.When a government agency like the Corrections Department makes information available online, student journalists and the public benefit from access to that information.When reporters at Saint Rose updated a story about a hit-and-run crash involving a student who died, access to the state’s database enabled those students to update the story for their community of readers.No other local news outlets reported that fact.That’s why Freedom of Information and Open Meetings laws are so critical, as they allow not just journalists, but the public as well, to see what elected officials are doing, especially when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.Seriah Sargenton is a senior at The College of Saint Rose in Albany studying communications with a minor in creative writing. She is the assistant editor of The Chronicle, the college newspaper. David Meister is a junior from East Greenbush studying broadcast journalism. He is the sports editor of The Chronicle and vice president of Saint Rose Television. Caroline Aurigemma is a senior studying communications at St. Rose. She is the copy editor and photography editor of The Chronicle and president of Saint Rose Radio Club. All are students in Dr. Cailin Brown’s advanced journalism class.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

North Korea urges Japan to apologize, pay reparations for ‘sexual slavery’

first_imgNorth Korea on Saturday urged Japan to “make a sincere apology and reparation” for the “sexual slavery” inflicted on Korean women, as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the peninsula from Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule.”The Korean people clearly remember the past crimes of Japan,” said a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Korean Committee on Measures for the Sexual Slavery for Japanese Army and Drafting Victims.If 200,000 Japanese women had “been forced into sexual slavery by foreign troops…the Japanese people would never forget it,” said the statement carried in English by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. “The Japanese authorities should keenly realize their national responsibility for the inhuman crimes against the Korean people and make a sincere apology and reparation before it is too late,” it added.In recent years, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has voiced eagerness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “without conditions” in hopes of making a breakthrough over the issue of Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.The latest statement, however, indicated that North Korea has little intention to go ahead with such a summit unless Tokyo accepts Pyongyang’s demands it pay post-war compensation, some foreign affairs experts say. Japan and North Korea do not maintain diplomatic ties.Read also: Japan’s Abe, on WW2 anniversary, vows not to repeat war, sends offering to shrineThe women are euphemistically called “comfort women” and were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II. Victims came from the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines, mainland China, Taiwan and Japan.The matter remains a source of much tension between Japan and South Korea, but the neighbors have also been embroiled in spats over trade controls and compensation for wartime labor, some of it forced.Topics :last_img read more

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson sends message to Celtic star Kieran Tierney over Arsenal transfer

first_imgLiverpool defender Andy Robertson sends message to Celtic star Kieran Tierney over Arsenal transfer Comment Andy Robertson plays with Tierney for Scotland (Picture: EPA)‘Whatever happens with KT is up to him and the people around him. He’ll make the right choice. He’s a Celtic boy through and through and you can’t take that away from him.‘Let’s see how it unfolds. Good luck to him whatever he does.’Arsenal feared they would have to see off competition from Napoli to sign Tierney but manager Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out the Italian club making a summer move.‘Honestly, I’m not interesting in signing him, Ancelotti said over the weekend. ‘He is a really good young left back but he is a Celtic player.‘We are looking for a lot of players for this coming season but he is a Celtic player and we have two good left backs. But honestly I can say he is a really good player.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Arsenal want to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s Andy Robertson has backed Celtic star Kieran Tierney to make the ‘right choice’ as he continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal.Tierney, 22, has developed into a key player for Scottish champions Celtic since making his first-team debut in 2015.The full back has already played over 170 games for his boyhood club and helped Celtic win four successive Scottish Premierships and two Scottish Cups.His performances north of the border have not gone unnoticed and Premier League giants Arsenal are interested in bringing Tierney to the Emirates during the summer transfer window.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Gunners have been locked in talks with Celtic over an acceptable fee and recent reports suggest they remain optimistic of reaching an agreement before the new season starts.AdvertisementAdvertisementRobertson, who plays alongside Tierney for Scotland, says his international team-mate is a ‘very good footballer’ and insists he will make the ‘right choice’ for his career this summer.‘I’ve played with KT for Scotland and he’s played right back and centre back. I’ve watched him and he’s a very good footballer,’ Liverpool star Robertson told Sky Sports.‘Last season he obviously had his injury problems. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Jul 2019 7:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Stunning modern gem in popular Rochedale

first_imgThe kitchen at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The all-white kitchen has stone countertops, an island bench, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry. Both the dining and living areas open to the patio and low-maintenance yard with lawn and established garden. There is also a study, a laundry and a powder room on the ground floor. Upstairs, the big master bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite with bathtub, twin basins and a separate toilet. The second bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite while the two remaining bedrooms have walk-in robes and one has access to the family bathroom. The Tasmanian oak staircase at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleThere is also a second lounge room on the upper level. The property has ceramic tiles and timber floors throughout, ducted airconditioning and a neutral colour scheme. Ms Li said the kitchen was a standout space in the home and the Tasmanian oak staircase was a striking feature. She said the home was in a quiet neighbourhood but was still close to shops, schools and bike tracks with easy access to Brisbane city or the Gold Coast.The property is being marketed by Emily Xiong from LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills. The home at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleThis two-storey modern home was built with family in mind. The property at 65 Skyview Ave in Rochedale is only two years old and was constructed by Plantation Homes. Owner Julie Li said the home was designed to suit all types of families from young couples with a baby, through to older families with teenage children or extended families with adult children or grandparents at home. “It’s a good home for family get-togethers and there is enough room for everyone to have their own space as well,” she said. The main living spaces are on the ground floor of the home, including the theatre room and the open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas. last_img read more

OceanGate Names New Board Member

first_imgOceanGate, a provider of manned submersible services has elected Dianna Raedle, CEO and founder of Deer Isle Group to serve on its board of directors“We are pleased to welcome Dianna to our board,” notes Stockton Rush, OceanGate chairman and CEO. “Dianna brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in areas key to advancing OceanGate’s mission of opening the oceans to manned submersible exploration and research. Her diverse background and understanding of global markets will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow and pursue a growing number of strategic opportunities.”Raedle founded Deer Isle Group, a New York City investment advisory firm, specializing in growth strategies and complex capital solutions with a focus on global markets, emerging markets, with a specialty in advising CEO’s and companies in the financial services, asset management, innovation and technology, real assets, real estate and oil and gas industries. Since founding in 2007 Deer Isle Group has raised over $5 billion in capital through its SEC regulated broker dealer.“I am excited to be part of the OceanGate board” says Dianna Raedle, “I believe that privately-owned manned submersibles capable of reaching depths as great as 4000 meters is a game changer in terms of opening the oceans – one of the last great global unknowns, for human visitation, exploration and potential habitation.”OceanGate recently completed construction of Cyclops 2, a manned-submersible capable of reaching depths as great as 4,000 meters, and the first of its kind that is not government owned. Cyclops 2 is a research class vessel used to conduct undersea missions such as site inspections, environmental assessments, equipment testing, sonar mapping and data collection. In June 2018, Cyclops 2 will be used to conduct the first manned submersible to the RMS Titanic wreck site and debris field since 2005.last_img read more

Spinach-Stuffed Pasta Shells

first_img 37 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Spinach-Stuffed Pasta ShellsThis pasta recipe has a filling made from spinach, Italian, and ricotta cheese that is blended together and then stuffed into jumbo pasta shells. For added ease, use jarred pasta sauce instead of homemade. Only six ingredients make up this hearty vegetarian dinner that will be a family favorite.Ingredients:12 dried jumbo shell macaroni1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed2 eggs1 8-ounce package shredded Italian cheese blend (2 cups)1 cup ricotta cheese1 26- to 32-ounce jar pasta sauceDirections:1.Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Meanwhile, drain thawed spinach well, pressing out excess liquid.2.For filling, in a medium bowl beat eggs. Stir in spinach, 1-1/2 cups of the Italian cheese blend, and the ricotta cheese. Spoon 2 rounded tablespoons of the filling into each jumbo shell. Place shells in 2-quart square baking dish. Pour pasta sauce over shells.3.Cover and bake in a 350 degree F oven about 40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend before serving.4.Makes 4 servings5.Make-ahead directions: Cover casserole with plastic wrap, then foil. Chill for up to 24 hours. To serve, remove plastic wrap; cover with foil. Bake chilled shells in a 375 degree F oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until heated through.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardenscenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Spinach-Stuffed Pasta Shells by: – November 11, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Football News Borussia Dortmund extend lead in Bundesliga to seven points, Bayern Munich slip to fourth

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Leipzig: Timo Werner netted twice as RB Leipzig climbed to third in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach which left leaders Borussia Dortmund seven points clear. After three straight wins, second-placed Gladbach crashed at the Red Bull Arena as Leipzig dominated with Germany striker Werner netting both goals in the first-half to leave him with eight league goals so far this season. “It was a lot of fun,” Werner told Sky as Leipzig bounced back from last weekend’s shock defeat to Wolfsburg and loss at sister club Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday in the Europa League.Read More |Liverpool secure freakish win to close gap with Manchester City”When we play like we did today, everything is possible – not just for me, but for the whole team,” he added with Leipzig facing strugglers Freiburg and Mainz before a mouth-watering clash at Bayern Munich on December 19. Leipzig’s win pushes defending Bundesliga champions Bayern, who won 2-1 at Werder Bremen on Saturday, down from third to fourth.Read More |Barcelona go on top of La Liga with comfortable win over VillarealLeipzig’s victory left Dortmund with a commanding lead in the table after their 2-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday as Paco Alcacer became the league’s joint top-scorer with his 10th goal after Marco Reus had converted a penalty.    On Sunday, Werner fired hosts Leipzig ahead after just three minutes when a long ball to Yussuf Poulsen put the Danish forward deep into Gladbach territory and he put Werner away.    The 22-year-old traded passes with midfielder Marcel Sabitzer before firing home across Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer for the superb opener.    Gladbach’s forwards Thorgan Hazard and Lars Stindl ensured Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had a busy afternoon to keep the visitors in the game.    However, Leipzig made sure of the win when Werner finished a superb counter-attack.    He laid off the ball for Poulsen and then sprinted away with the Gladbach defence in all sorts of trouble.    Poulsen beat a defender and Sommer superbly in the Gladbach goal, but the ball ran loose in the box and Werner pounced to tuck it home just before the half-time whistle.    Hazard hit the post with Gulasci beaten with 15 minutes left in the best second-half chance for either side, but Leipzig held on.    “Of course we are disappointed,” said Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking, who praised the Leipzig performance, adding “we must accept the defeat when our opponents played so well”.    Frankfurt stumble    Later on Sunday evening, Eintracht Frankfurt missed the chance to go second when they crashed to their first defeat since September in losing 2-1 at home to Wolfsburg.    Eintracht’s seven-match unbeaten run ended in a home defeat as Wolfsburg went 2-0 up thanks to goals either side of half-time by Admir Mehmedi and Daniel Ginczek before Frankfurt fought back.    Mehmedi gave Wolfsburg the lead when he hit the bottom of the net with a superb shot on 31 minutes before Ginczek converted a deep cross at the far post on 68 minutes.    However, the hosts pressed hard in a tense final ten minutes and Luka Jovic, 20, joined Alcacer on 10 league goals when he tapped a header by Sebastian Haller into an empty net three minutes from time.    Frankfurt fought desperately for the equaliser which never came as Wolfsburg picked up their second straight win to climb to eighth behind fifth-placed Frankfurt. last_img read more