In the clamour of predictions about future climate changes, it can be difficult to get hold of facts. However, by drilling ice cores from polar ice sheets and analysing them, we can obtain data on the atmosphere – its temperature and composition – as far back as a million years ago. The resulting patterns can help us to predict what climatic conditions we might expect in the future.
This paper examines the annual cycle and trends in Antarctic sea ice extent (SIE) for 18 models used in phase 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) that were run with historical forcing for the 1850s to 2005. Many of the models have an annual SIE cycle that differs markedly from that observed over the last 30 years. The majority of models have too small of an SIE at the minimum in February, while several of the models have less than two-thirds of the observed SIE at the September maximum. In contrast to the satellite data, which exhibit a slight increase in SIE, the mean SIE of the models over 1979–2005 shows a decrease in each month, with the greatest multimodel mean percentage monthly decline of 13.6% decade−1 in February and the greatest absolute loss of ice of −0.40 × 106 km2 decade−1 in September. The models have very large differences in SIE over 1860–2005. Most of the control runs have statistically significant trends in SIE over their full time span, and all of the models have a negative trend in SIE since the mid-nineteenth century. The negative SIE trends in most of the model runs over 1979–2005 are a continuation of an earlier decline, suggesting that the processes responsible for the observed increase over the last 30 years are not being simulated correctly.
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAuburn Police Department(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — The professional fighting world is helping raise reward money for a UFC fighter’s stepdaughter who disappeared nearly 10 days ago.Aniah Haley Blanchard, a 19-year-old Alabama college student, was reported missing by her family on Oct. 24. She last communicated with a friend on Oct. 23, just before midnight, according to authorities.Police said evidence in the teen’s car, which was found abandoned near an apartment complex in Montgomery, Ala., on Oct. 25, indicates “she was harmed and is considered to be a victim of foul play,” police said in a statement Thursday.Blanchard is also the stepdaughter of mixed martial arts competitor Walt Harris.After UFC President Dana White pledged $25,000 toward the reward, UFC fighter Jon Jones wrote on Instagram Thursday: “add another 25,000 to that award.”An anonymous family from Homewood, Alabama, has offered a $25,000 reward, according to Montgomery Crime Stoppers. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey contributed $5,000 and an anonymous individual contributed $5,000 via the Auburn Police, bringing the total reward money to $85,000 as of Friday, according to Montgomery Crime Stoppers.Dominance MMA founder Ali Abdelaziz said he’s also contributing $25,000 but that amount has not yet been added to the Crime Stoppers fund.“When you have children news like this is always heartbreaking, I can’t imagine what @thebigticket205 and his family are going through,” Abdelaziz tweeted Thursday. “If anybody gives info that leads to Aniah Blanchard, I will reward them w $25,000.” When you have children news like this is always heartbreaking I can’t imagine what @thebigticket205 and his family are going through. If anybody gives info that leads to Aniah Blanchard I will reward them w $25,000. Call 911 @IridiumSports pic.twitter.com/3IQjgmtEyd— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) November 1, 2019Anyone with information is asked to call the Auburn Police at 334-501-3140, the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391 or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. November 1, 2019 /Sports News – National Professional fighting world helps raise money for UFC star’s missing stepdaughter’s reward Beau Lund
View post tag: vessels October 4, 2011 View post tag: in View post tag: Merchant Back to overview,Home naval-today Turkish Warships Harass Israeli Merchant Vessels in Waters off Cyprus View post tag: Harass View post tag: waters View post tag: Israeli View post tag: Cyprus Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Warships Turkish Warships Harass Israeli Merchant Vessels in Waters off Cyprus View post tag: Turkish Increasingly assertive Turkey is setting the scene for clashes in the eastern Mediterranean. Since Thursday, Sept. 29, Turkish warships have been harassing Israeli merchant vessels in waters off Cyprus, debkafile’s military sources report. They come close enough to establish wireless communication and caution the Israeli vessels they are in contravention of international law and ordering them to change course.The Israeli crews mostly ignore these “orders”, treating them as Ankara’s latest bid to assert Turkish naval mastery of the Eastern Mediterranean. But the situation is getting explosive enough to spark a major incident.Over the weekend, Israeli Air Force planes circled near the sites of the incidents but not directly over the Turkish vessels. At the same time Israeli missile ships sailed close to Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone waters, where the Houston-based Noble Energy began drilling for natural gas on Sept. 19 in the face of Turkish threats. The rig is situated 160 kilometers south of Cyprus adjacent to Israel’s Leviathan gas field.Western naval sources tracking the new Turkish and Israeli deployments reported Saturday, Oct. 1: “Turkey and Israel are in a constant muscle-flexing contest in the eastern Mediterranean. They are metaphorically shaking fists in each other’s faces and raising the risk of a confrontation that could quickly veer out of control.”Last week, Ankara retaliated for Cypriot and Israeli deep sea gas explorations by sending an exploration ship of its own escorted by a frigate and a submarine to Cyprus. Ankara sources also disclosed that Turkish F-16 fighters had been deployed in the northern part of the island.Voicing concern over Turkey’s assertiveness, NATO secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Friday, Sept. 30, said: “Obviously, the tensions between Turkey and Israel are a matter of concern. It’s a bilateral issue – NATO is not going to interfere with that. But it is the interest of the alliance to see these tensions eased, because Turkey is a key ally and Israel is a valuable partner for the alliance.”The NATO Secretary contradicted Ankara’s claim that Israel would not be allowed to open an office at alliance headquarters in Brussels. “NATO defense ministers agreed during the meeting in April that NATO partners can have offices… This includes all partners,” he said.Referring to concern about the tensions over natural gas exploration “between Turkey and Cyprus as well as Israel,” Rasmussen said: “I urge all parties to find peaceful solutions to disputes through constructive dialogue.” He said he did not expect armed clashes in the region. However, he suggested that Turkey has to be managed carefully as it asserts a growing role on the global stage.Also Saturday, Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias had this message for Ankara: “I wish to underline to all those who attempt to question this right of the Republic of Cyprus: our sovereign rights are non-negotiable.”Five days ago, the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey, George Papandreou and Tayyip Erdogan talked by phone. And four days ago, Adm. James Stavridis, Commander of NATO forces in Europe, flew to Ankara directly from Israel for talks with Turkish leaders.Turkish harassment of Israeli cargo vessels began after those interchanges, indicating that the Erdogan government has no intention of meeting exasperated US and NATO efforts to cool rising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.[mappress]Source: debka, October 04, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: off
To the Editor:Please allow me to take this opportunity to personally thank the family of Elaine D. Harmon for allowing me the privilege of joining them as she was finally laid to rest on September 7, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Ms. Harmon courageously served our country as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) which flew planes and taught men how to fly military aircraft during World War II. Her son and daughter-in-law are residents of Upper Township, Cape May County and worked diligently to make this a reality.Ms. Harmon passed away in April, 2015 at the age of 95. After her passing, her family found a letter in a fireproof box with her final request: To be buried at Arlington, even if no ashes remained. As astonishing as it sounds, Ms. Harmon’s final request was initially denied because the United States Army did not have the legal authority to allow WASP members to be buried at Arlington, despite the fact that they were employed to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, carried weapons, had access to classified intelligence, wore uniforms, and trained men to fly military aircraft.Elaine Harmon’s family was undeterred by this regulation and embraced this as an opportunity to not only tell Elaine’s story, but the stories of the 1,074 brave and dedicated WASP who served our country during World War II. The final chapter of the story was told in Washington, DC when both the Senate and the House unanimously supported a motion to allow Elaine Harmon and other WASP members to be interred at the Arlington National Cemetery; the President signed the legislation in May.I was honored to attend Ms. Harmon’s ceremony at Arlington, and remain extremely humbled at the legacy she and other members leave behind. The federal regulations that prevented members of WASP from being laid to rest at Arlington were insulting and unnecessary. Citizens of the United States of America have a deep-rooted appreciation for the sacrifices that our brave men and women in the military make for us every day, as well as an indebtedness to the families who support their efforts to protect our freedom.To the family of Elaine Harmon, thank you for championing this “final flight” for Elaine, and for the other brave women of WASP who honorably and unselfishly served the greatest country in the world.Sincerely,Marie Hayes, FreeholderCape May County, New Jersey
Cancer has a tremendous impact on patients, survivors and those they love, affecting their health and happiness in many ways. A free seven-week virtual workshop series, “Cancer: Thriving & Surviving,” is being offered beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, to help them have the best outcome and improve their quality of life.The series is facilitated by regional coalitions through the N.J. Office of Cancer Control and Prevention. Shore Medical Center in Somers Point is the lead agency for the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health.“Cancer: Thriving and Surviving” is an evidence-based program originally developed by Stanford University and is being offered throughout the country. The workshop series focuses how to manage the many challenges faced by people battling cancer, survivors and caregivers.Topics include fatigue management, exercise and fitness, managing pain, healthy sleep, living with uncertainty, problem solving, communication and dealing with difficult emotions. Each session builds upon the previous session, so it is recommended that participants attend as many as possible.The workshop will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon every Tuesday through Nov. 24, starting Oct. 13. The first session will be brief, as that week will be for introductions and to make sure all participants can access the platform.Space is limited. Register in advance by calling Community Cancer Outreach Manager Angela Bailey at 609-653-3484 or email [email protected] can also register online at https://bit.ly/2G44yok. Shore Medical Center is closing off visitors to the hospital due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the region.
When scrolling through the glorious annals of Phish.net, one might notice there are almost too many great Phish shows which took place on June 14th to keep count. Over the years, the band from Vermont debuted “Piper”, “Twist”, “Saw It Again”, “Dirt”, and more in the same show on June 14th, 1997, and even jammed with Bruce Springsteen during a performance at Bonnaroo on June 14th, 2009. There was even a stand-out performance on June 14th, 2000 which took place in Japan, which included a grooving four-song second set and featured some great instrumental work from the quartet.For the life-long Phish fans, perhaps no song in the band’s repertoire (with the exception of, say, “Runaway Jim”) is better suited for long-stretching improvisation than “Tweezer”, which infamously made Phish 3.0 history on this day 25 years ago in 1995, when Phish unleashed a 50-minute monster jam within the framework of the song for their fans in Memphis, TN.Related: Phish (a.k.a. ‘Third Ball’) Debuts “Character Zero” And “Waste”, On This Day In 1996 [Listen]Take a moment to let those words sink in: a 50-minute “Tweezer. That’s two full episodes of How I Met Your Mother with some time leftover to bash the show’s terrible series finale.According to Phish.net, “This 50+ minute Tweezer included a brief ‘Gypsy Queen’ jam, a ‘2001’ tease, a ‘Slave’-like jam, and a Digital Delay Loop Jam with whistling.” Sure, you can reduce a jam of this magnitude to a simple sentence, but the best way to experience it is, of course, to listen.Without further ado, here’s the full audio from Phish’s June 14th, 1995 performance at the Mud Island Amphitheater in Memphis, TN with the above-mentioned legendary “Tweezer” coming in at the tail end of the band’s three-song encore.Phish – Mud Island Amphitheater – 6/14/95 [Full-Show Audio][Video: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | Mud Island Amphitheater | Memphis, TN | 6/14/95Set One: Don’t You Want To Go?, Gumbo > NICU, Mound, Cavern > Possum, All Things Reconsidered, Amazing Grace, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Spock’s Brain > Split Open and MeltSet Two: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Poor Heart > Tweezer, Acoustic Army, While My Guitar Gently WeepsEncore: Simple, Rocky Top > Tweezer RepriseNotes: Without microphones. 50+ minutes; whistling. A cappella ending.Teases:· Gypsy Queen, Also Sprach Zarathustra, and Slave to the Traffic Light jams in Tweezer· Stairway to Heaven tease· Jump Monk tease in Simple· Jean Pierre tease in Possum
On a recent afternoon, amid the buzz of preparations for Harvard’s annual Arts First extravaganza, the man who helps pull it all together sat in his office, surrounded by posters of past undergraduate performances and mementos from previous student-run shows, and made a surprising admission.When he was courted by Harvard 11 years ago for a leading arts position, Jack Megan left the campus after several rounds of intense interviews with a job offer, but also with a nagging hesitation.“I remember feeling like I still really didn’t have a sense of what the Office for the Arts (OFA) at Harvard did, or what the arts were like at Harvard.”Administrators told him to take time to think about his future and suggested he stop by Arts First. He did, and it struck him like a thunderbolt.A stellar piano concert in the Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum’s sumptuous courtyard, a riveting Asian-American dance presentation in Lowell Lecture Hall, and an inspiring performance by Harvard’s Kuumba Singers in Sanders Theatre, along with other performances, hooked him cold.“They were making art; they were doing it,” recalled Megan, director of OFA. “It was soul-lifting.”The annual arts showcase, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a bonanza of art, dance, poetry, music, film, and more, will run from April 26 to 29. Saturday’s Performance Fair, with multiple acts at 30-minute intervals in a dozen venues, is a movable feast of student talent.It all started with the dream of an alumnus who just wanted to bring a little festival to campus.Twenty years ago John Lithgow ’67, in collaboration with Harvard’s Board of Overseers, and the OFA’s then-director Myra Mayman, decided to organize a celebration of the arts scene at Harvard. Two decades later, the event, backed by Harvard President Drew Faust’s commitment to weaving the arts into the fabric of daily life on campus, has become an annual extravaganza.Approximately half of Harvard’s 6,600 students take part. This spring, more than 225 free events, diverse offerings including organ recitals, Irish dancing, jazz performances, improv comedy, and pottery demonstrations, will take place at locations all around campus, with most open to the public for free.Harvard Arts Medal to JonesThe event will kick off with the annual Harvard Arts Medal ceremony at Sanders on April 26 at 3 p.m. This year, the award ceremony features two former Harvard student actors who will be together on stage once more. Lithgow, the annual master of ceremonies, will moderate a conversation with his former acting partner and Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones ’69. The two performed in several theater productions while at the College.Faust will award the medal.Lithgow’s devotion to Harvard runs deep. He is forgoing a performance of his current Broadway show for the event, said Megan, who praised the actor’s lasting dedication. “He told us, ‘I have to be at Harvard.’ ”Dancing, super slow-motion styleAfter artist David Michalek’s spellbinding work “Slow Dancing” debuted last fall on campus for an event welcoming Harvard’s new director of the OFA Dance Program, Jill Johnson, Megan and company started making plans to return to Harvard.“We thought it would be incredible to offer it at full scale in conjunction with Arts First, in the dead center of the campus,” said Megan. And that’s where it will be.Beginning this Friday and continuing nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. through April 29, visitors to Tercentenary Theatre will be greeted by the impossibly slow movements of a host of professional dancers whose giant images will be projected on the façade of Widener Library.“Slow Dancing” premiered at New York City’s Lincoln Center Festival in 2007. For the series of slow-motion video portraits, Michalek captured each subject’s movement (approximately 5 seconds long) with a high-speed, high-definition camera recording at 1,000 frames per second (standard film captures 30 frames per second). The result is approximately 10 minutes of extreme slow motion. If viewers watch closely, they might see Johnson at work. She was one of the 43 dancers and choreographers involved in the project.“There are astonishing counterpoints and alignments and amazing recursive shapes that happen because of the slow motion,” said Johnson. “To be able to bring it to Harvard is such a thrill.”“We are indebted to President Faust and Campus Services for their support in mounting ‘Slow Dancing’ here,” said Megan. It’s a great example of the spirit of collaboration that the arts are capable of generating in the Harvard community.”Arts in the curriculumWhat can dancing the tango reveal about history? How does working with clay connect to anthropology? How do the Harvard Art Museums inspire new music?Visitors to Arts @ 29 Garden, Harvard’s new art space near the Radcliffe Quad, will find the answers to those questions on April 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. during “Breaking Boundaries: Arts, Creativity and the Harvard Curriculum.” The Quad Express Arts Shuttle will ferry people to the space every 10 minutes. Once there, visitors will encounter a range of art projects and presentations. The innovative, cross-disciplinary work is funded by the Elson Family Arts Initiative, inspired by Harvard’s 2008 Task Force on the Arts that called for greater inclusion of the arts and of art making in all disciplines.Over the years, Arts First has expanded to include more artists and performers, more types of performances and art making, and more space for art to unfold. And it has united many members of the Harvard community and beyond around the arts.“The community-building aspect of Arts First, that’s only gotten better over the years” said Thomas Lee, director of the OFA’s Learning From Performers program.Megan agreed.“It’s our annual opportunity to make a collective statement for the evolving arts and their life in this University.”
Kevin Song | The Observer Students participating in last year’s Holy Half brave the cold and snow to ultimately finish the race’s 13.1 miles.The 11th annual Holy Half Marathon will be held this Saturday. This year’s race will be filled with the maximum 1500 participants, as well as 500 waiting list members, and will benefit the local charities St. Margaret’s House and La Casa de Amistad.Holy Half President Katie Wood said the tradition started eleven years ago with only 80 runners and earned $1,000 for charity.“It was really these kids seeing, ‘Hey do you think we could run a half marathon?’” Maria Murphy, Vice Preisdent of the Holy Half, said, “So they decided to put one on, and a couple kids joined in. It’s expanded a lot.”This year’s race was capped off at 1500 runners, with 500 left on a waiting list.“We have a strict cap of 1500,” Kate Simons, chief of staff for the Holy Half, said. “The campus is not big enough to go bigger than that. So we’re going to keep it at 1500 for the foreseeable future.”Wood said registration for the race opened the first week in December, and the 1500-runner cap filled up by early January.“This is the earliest it’s ever filled up since we’ve been race directors … for the past three years,” Wood said.After beginning the race at the Stepan Center, the same starting place as last year, runners will embark on a 13.1 mile route that is a departure from past years.“This year is unique because of all the construction on campus,” Murphy said, “We’re still finalizing the course due to last minute changes we had to make. We’re avoiding the stadium and everything in that direction. We’re seeing a lot of the main sights of Notre Dame Avenue; we’re hitting both of the lakes, which are really nice to run along; God Quad; going up by the grotto.”Murphy said this year will feature another first – a spaghetti dinner on the Friday before the race.“Everyone can carbo-load, meet each other, get excited for the race,” she said, “We’re trying to expand it into more of a weekend experience, as opposed to a three-hour race.”For each of past two years, the Holy Half has raised $30,000 for charity, and all three race directors hope to exceed that figure this year.The charities the race benefits changes every year, but Simons said they make a point of choosing charities that have a connection with Notre Dame.“We always try to keep it within the South Bend community,” Wood said.According to their respective websites, La Casa de Amistad assists bilingual and bicultural members of the community in education and work, with an emphasis on Latinos, and St. Margaret’s House is a day center aiding homeless or suffering women and children in the area.Anne Arnason, a member of the charity committee and participant in this year’s race, said the club has “done charity days with both of the organizations. With La Casa we went … and toured their building and met with the director of their program, who told us what they do.”As an organizer, Arnason said she hopes the race “gives students an opportunity to know what their participation in the race is for. Both of the charities will be setting up a booth at the race for both runners and (spectators) to learn more about the organizations, which will hopefully give them a way to make known all the good things that they do for the South Bend community.”Murphy said emphasizing the charity aspect was the most important part of the race.“That’s obviously why we’re doing this,” she said. “We’re excited to raise money.”Tags: Anne Arnason, Holy Half, Kate Simons, Katie Wood, La Casa de Amistad, Maria Murphy, St. Margaret’s House, Stepan Center
The Outdoor Gear Exchange (OGE), an outdoor retailer that has been a part of the Burlington community for over 15 years, announced today that this May it will move into the Church Street space currently occupied by Old Navy. By more than doubling the amount of retail space, this move will allow for expanded inventory and product selection, improved displays, more jobs and a better overall shopping experience. The move will also allow for increased back-office, warehousing, and gearx.com distribution space. ‘After many years, we’ve simply outgrown our current space on Cherry Street,’ said Marc Sherman, OGE co-owner and visionary. ‘Finding a big enough space in the heart of downtown Burlington was difficult but we were committed to staying in this community. When we heard Old Navy was moving out, we jumped on the opportunity to acquire the space. It feels good to move our locally owned store into a spot previously filled by a national retail chain.’ OGE’s current retail location on Cherry Street provides 10,000 square feet of space, 3,500 of which is used for offices and warehousing. During the last few years, the gear shop has also opened a seasonal annex on Church Street to have a presence on the high-traffic holiday shopping avenue. In its new location, OGE will have a total of over 44,000 square feet spread over two floors. Retail displays will initially occupy over 15,000 square feet of the first floor with room for additional retail space in the basement as the business grows. The rest of the space will be used for offices, a warehouse, and OGE’s national online retail business, GearX.com. The growth of GearX.com, which now accounts for 25 percent of OGE’s revenue, was a large factor in the quest for a bigger location. Online orders are often filled by pulling products off the retail floor, which is currently packed to capacity with racks full of gear. Anyone who has walked through the doors of OGE recently can attest to the lack of free space. Even the shop dogs, often seen lying in the storefront windows, seem to be jockeying for a place to rest. With the new space comes an expansive warehouse area for stocking inventory, which will keep the retail floor less cluttered.But moving to Church Street offers more than just elbowroom. ‘Our location on Cherry Street has served us well, but it has always been more of a destination spot,’ explained Sherman. ‘When the crowds are shopping on Church Street, they rarely turn the corner to see what’s on the side streets. In our new space, we will remain a destination for core athletes seeking the best values on equipment, but also expect to attract some of the walk-by traffic on Church Street.’ Along with new customers comes new gear. OGE plans to increase the selection of products for its core customers, as well as offer more gear for the everyday outdoor enthusiast. ‘Family camping, or car camping, is one area where we definitely plan to offer more selection,’ said co-owner Mike Donohue. ‘Plus, we’ll finally have room for things like open-tent displays and more paddling gear, from kayaks to stand-up paddleboards.’ Donohue added that customers can look forward to more kids clothing and gear, lifestyle clothing, travel equipment and better displays for products such as car roof racks. OGE owes much of its success to its beloved consignment department. For many Vermonters, this section of the store is their lifeline for obtaining high-quality outdoor gear at second-hand prices and for repurposing their old gear. This section too, according to Donohue, will be larger and better organized in the store’s new space. There will also be a bigger selection of closeout items and seconds for thrifty thrill seekers. ‘While we are excited to be able to feature additional high-end products for those looking for the latest and greatest gadgets and apparel technologies, we will also be focusing on additional value-oriented products to make sure we stay true to our mission of making the outdoor lifestyle attainable for all budgets,’ added Donohue.The news about OGE’s relocation comes just after another outdoor retailer in Burlington, Climb High, announced it was closing its doors. The Bank Street space vacated by Climb High was once the location of OGE before it moved to Cherry Street. According to Donohue, OGE will begin carrying some of the brands that were popular at Climb High, such as Mammut, so Vermont athletes can still purchase their favorite gear from a locally owned retailer. The expansion into a larger space will add five to ten full-time employees to a staff that already comprises 55 full-time salespeople and office workers. ‘More than half of our staff have been here for over five years,’ claimed Sherman. ‘We have generations of outdoor enthusiasts who clock in year after year because they enjoy their jobs, and most of all, they love sharing their passion for the outdoors with everyone who walks in the front door.’The move to Church Street this May happens to occur around the store’s 16th anniversary. ‘This move is very much about making a deeper commitment to the community,’ added Sherman. ‘From more jobs to more products, we are looking forward to better serving the Burlington area and becoming a permanent fixture of the Church Street Marketplace.’ As for the handmade signs that adorn the Cherry Street store and give it that uniquely Vermont feel, ‘They’re coming with us,’ he said.