An assessment of the role of the marginal ice zone in the carbon cycle of the Southern Ocean

first_imgThe dense phytoplankton blooms observed in earlier studies in the Southern Ocean Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) may not be representative of all regions, so that some previous assessments of the overall importance of this system in total primary production may have been overestimated. Recent observations have shown that increased phytoplankton production may not always be associated with the retreating ice-edge, due to the unpredictability of meltwater-induced stability. Complex interactions between the MIZ and hydrographic fronts have also been indicated. A range of simple simulations, based on biomass inventories for the major biogeochemical systems in the Southern Ocean, show that the greater part of chlorophyll biomass is located in the extensive regions between the major fronts. Consideration of the fronts and the MIZ only, which we surmize may be the principal sites of export production, indicates that the MIZ is clearly the most important single feature. Even if the occurrence of MIZ blooms in the simulations is reduced dramatically, such blooms still appear to make a substantial contribution to production and, by implication, carbon export.last_img read more

Horn, Mary Jane, (BeBe), 67, of Margate, New Jersey

first_imgHorn, Mary Jane, (BeBe), 67, of Margate, New Jersey passed away on November 29, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones. Mary graduated from Holy Child Academy and Temple University. She was a special-ed teacher at the Cleary Middle School in Buena, were she taught until her retirement. Mary was an avid bridge player, enjoyed traveling and loved spending time with her nieces and nephew. Mary is survived by her beloved husband of 26 years, Gerald (Jerry), her brothers Terry and Jim Madden, her sister Connie (Bernie) Sickerott, her mother-in-law Deborah Horn and her brother-in-law Ken (Susan) Horn. She was predeceased by her sister Norma Sullivan and her brother Larry Madden.Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday December 5, 2016 at 11:00AM at the Holy Trinity Parish, Blessed Sacrament Campus, 11 North Kenyon Avenue, Margate, NJ, 08402 were family and friends may visit from 10:30AM until 11:00AM. For condolences to the family please visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Press release: Venues required to enforce rule of 6, NHS QR code posters and contact logs

first_img from today, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in England will now need to take bookings of no more than 6 people, ensure people are not meeting in groups of more than 6 people on their premises, and make sure there is sufficient space between tables it will be also mandatory for a wider range of businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues to collect customer, visitor and staff contact detail logs from today, Friday 18 September. This is vital for the NHS Test and Trace service in England to contact the necessary people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venue. from Thursday 24 September, these businesses will also need to display the official NHS QR code posters to make it easier for people to check-in at different premises once the app is rolled out nationally. If individuals choose to check-in using the QR code poster they do not need to log in via any other route Hospitality venues in England are from today (18 September) legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000.Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, will also be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace and from Thursday 24 September they will be required to display official NHS QR code posters under law ahead of the NHS COVID-19 app being rolled out nationally next week.A majority of businesses and organisations have been playing their part in tackling the virus by putting in place COVID-secure measures in their venues, but new legal requirements will make it compulsory for them to do so or risk facing a fine: Notes to editorsIt will be an offence for a business to fail to adhere to the rule of 6 (respecting all exceptions to this) when taking a booking, allowing entry to a group of more than 6 people. Once groups are within the premises, businesses also risk offending if they fail to advise groups not to merge in ways that breach the rules is also an offence.Businesses will also need to ensure adequate distance between tables (2m or 1m+) and prevent customers from dancing. The following information should be collected by the venue for those people that have not checked-in using the QR poster.Customers and visitors will need to provide their name and, if there is more than one person, record the name of the ‘lead member’ of the group and the number of people in the group (maximum of 6).They will also need to leave a contact phone number for the lead member of a group of people (maximum of 6), date of visit and arrival and, where possible, departure time.If a customer will interact with only one member of staff (for example a hairdresser), the name of the assigned staff member should be recorded alongside the name of the customer.  No additional data should be collected for this purpose.Venues will be required to collect the names of staff who work at the premises. A contact phone number for each member of staff and the dates and times that staff are at work. hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés tourism and leisure, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks  close contact services, including hairdressers facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres (for events) and libraries When someone enters a venue and scans an official NHS QR code poster, the venue information will be logged on the user’s phone. The device will check if users have been at that location at the relevant time and if the app finds a match, users will get an alert anonymously with advice on what to do based on the level of risk.The rule of 6 regulations apply to hospitality venues, including pubs, bars, restaurants.Services included in the new legal requirements are: Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:center_img With cases on the rise, each and every one of us needs to play our part to control the virus and to save lives. Businesses up and down the country have taken great steps to welcome customers back safely, but at this critical moment in the fight against the virus, we need to take these tough measures to reduce the risk of another national lockdown in the future. In order to keep these venues open and protect jobs, it is absolutely vital that businesses comply with these new regulations and make sure their customers are following the rules. Regulations come into force today to ensure that businesses comply with the rule of 6 and maintain social distancing between customers businesses failing to comply could be issued with fines of up to £4,000 designated venues will also will now have a legal requirement to maintain records of customer contact details and display an official NHS QR code poster ahead of the rollout of the NHS COVID-19 app It is vital we do all we can to control the spread of the virus. Businesses have already stepped up to ensure they are supporting the NHS Test and Trace effort, and it is essential contact logs and displaying NHS QR codes are mandatory so there is consistency across the country and the public can seamlessly provide their details. Venues should record and maintain contact details logs for customers, visitors and staff, and they should also download an official NHS QR code poster for their premises ahead of the launch of the NHS COVID-19 app. With cases rising, it is vital NHS Test and Trace continues to reach as many people as possible to prevent further transmission of the virus. Businesses have a duty to ensure this function is in place, and those not complying will face fines. The regulations will be enforced by Local Authorities, who will have the power to issue fines of up to £1,000 for venues that are failing to comply, or the police as a last resort. Fines will rise to up to £4,000 for repeat offenders.Businesses will be expected to make sure their customers are aware of the rules around QR codes by displaying posters and speaking to customers directly.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:last_img read more

Plenty of late fall activity

first_imgSnow Bunting in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)American Tree Sparrow in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Blue Jay in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)The piebald, its sibling, and other family members have been visiting our backyard for months (and picking from our garden!).  (Photo by Greg Williams)Taken this week on my way to work. (Photo by Bernadette Harvell)November skies. (Photo by Bernadette Harvell)Sunrise on my way to work. (Photo by Bernadette Harvell)Wells beach in the fall. (Photo by Linda Rungi)Great Blue Heron, reflection on ice, Abbott Park, UMF in Farmington. Photo by Steve Muise)Great Blue Heron, reflection on ice 2, Abbott Park, UMF in Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)Snow buntings in flight in Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)Flock of Snow buntings (sometimes called Snowflakes) in the November grass in Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)“Brace yourself, this isn’t a tree!” Red-bellied Woodpecker in Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)A flock of Bohemian Waxwings in Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)Bohemian Waxwing, Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)Stone, ice, and water – Abbott Park in Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)Immature male Pine Grosbeak, Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)Immature male Pine Grosbeak 2, Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)Immature male Pine Grosbeak, crushing the fruit to get just the seeds in Farmington. (Photo by Steve Muise)last_img read more

Avoiding the digital ‘flock’

first_img <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> In an age of fast-paced globalization, society does a great job moving people and products across borders, author Ethan Zuckerman said Tuesday during a discussion sponsored by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, “but we’re less good at moving bits across borders.”A former Berkman Fellow and now director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, Zuckerman said the single biggest obstacle to global connectivity is that “Human beings flock; we tend to seek out people like us.”Digital tools actually encourage flocking (called “homophily” by social scientists), Zuckerman said. For instance, “Facebook is very good at connecting us with people we’re already connected with.”  Zuckerman also mentioned Facebook’s search function, which personalizes results based on your “likes” and the preferences of your friends. “It’s kind of creepy,” said Zuckerman. “I’m not sure I want my friends pre-filtering for me.”Whether in the real or virtual worlds, said Zuckerman, “We have a talent for finding people with the same socioeconomic background or racial background. But this tendency to flock may be keeping us from finding the information we need,” and the tools we’ve built for the Internet only enhance our flocking bias.“My fear is that our tools are not promoting diversity,” said Zuckerman, whose appearance served as a launch party for his book “Rewire.” Personalization tools “want to give you precisely what you want, to make you comfortable” and ready to buy things, he said. “The danger is that we may be driven into small circles of the same content,” a sort of digital self-segregation into echo chambers where none of our assumptions get scrutinized.What we need, Zuckerman told a large audience at Harvard Law School, are bridges to cognitive diversity, including people who can effectively explain differences.“Creativity is an import-export business,” he said, the result of a cross-pollination of ideas and cultures that compels people to reflect on their assumptions. Those who are open to diversity and cognitive border-crossings, explained Zuckerman, “are at high risk of having good ideas.”Escaping our digital echo chambers is vital, said Zuckerman, “because the really interesting problems today are global in scale,” requiring international coordination and openness to diverse perspectives.Zuckerman said that the Berkman Center, his intellectual home while he wrote most of “Rewire,” was one such creative space. “Berkman has an incredible culture of believing that anyone … has something to contribute. Berkman trained me how to write.”Escaping our digital echo chambers is vital, said Zuckerman, “because the really interesting problems today are global in scale,” requiring international coordination and openness to diverse perspectives. Zuckerman pointed to climate change. “You need to be talking to people in China and India” about climate change as they balance economic growth with environmental sustainability, he said. Simply localizing the problem won’t work.How then should people manage their tendency to seek out like-minded folk? First, they need to track their behavior for the presence of flocking bias. Zuckerman showed a graph exposing his own Twitter “follow bias”: Only 27 percent of the people he follows are women. “This is an embarrassing slide,” Zuckerman said, “but now when I follow someone, I think about” the follow bias. He said people need to be self-reflective about their media-consumption preferences, and push back against them. “I know that left on my own, I’d spend all my time reading cute cat macros on Reddit” or constantly consuming news about his beloved Green Bay Packers.People need tools that correct for bias and “engineer serendipity,” allowing them to engage with content they didn’t even know existed. As Zuckerman explained, “Sometimes you need the things you didn’t know you needed to know.” Having tools that promote serendipity can make that happen. Zuckerman believes that change is possible. “If we don’t like how the Internet works now, we can fix it.” He recommended, for example, his own Berkman project called Global Voices, which shares online content from around the world. “It’s incumbent on us not to be satisfied with our tools,” and to build new ones that correct for our blind spots, he said.After Zuckerman’s talk, David Weinberger, Judith Donath, and Ann Marie Lipinski took part in a panel discussion. Donath, a Berkman Faculty Fellow, explored the “weak ties” of online relationships on social media such as Facebook: “These questions around global connectivity that Ethan is raising aren’t just questions of being global.  It’s the question of how we pay attention to others at any scale,” she said.After Zuckerman’s talk, David Weinberger, Judith Donath (right), and Ann Marie Lipinski took part in a panel discussion.Lipinski, curator of Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, explained how “we still face the equivalent of border fences in our daily interactions.” It isn’t just barriers of language and culture that divide people, she said, but a lack of desire to understand others. “It’s possible that our current technological capacity to connect outpaces our capacity for empathy,” she said.David Weinberger, senior researcher at the Berkman Center, agreed. “The Internet has presented us with an opportunity [to connect], and we have not seized it,” he said. Citing an example from “Rewire,” Weinberger pointed to the urban planner Jane Jacobs, who championed a style of city design “to engineer encounters and engagement” in ways that promote diverse communities. “I certainly favor structuring serendipity,” said Weinberger.Zuckerman closed with a call to “rewire.”“We’ve gone from a highly curated world [of newspapers and other forms of journalism] to a world of search where we choose, to a world of social where our friends choose, and I suggest we go from there to serendipity,” he said. “So much is being created at this moment that we can go in different directions.”last_img read more

Putting Healthcare Data to Work

first_imgTechnology continues to change how we work and play. As consumers, we are living in an Information Generation that is more digitally connected to each other through the things we use and the experiences they enable. For businesses, all this data creates a clearer picture of our customers and what they both need and want. And, for healthcare organizations, gaining that clear picture on a particular patient in real-time can be critical at the point of care.The challenge for many organizations, whether healthcare or not, is how to best pool all of their disparate data in a navigable way so they can take action on it.  If the information remains siloed, we will miss out on some of the greatest opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives.But with healthcare data growing 48% a year through 2020, healthcare providers need to find more efficient approaches to storing, managing, sharing, and analyzing all of the data being collected across the care continuum. One approach is a data lake — a technology infrastructure that incorporates any information generated across the health system, including data imported from outside sources and services. This enterprise-wide approach reveals insight on performance indicators and the impacts of patient care interventions, improving risk management and allowing the organization to deliver affordable, higher quality care.Leading organizations are building data lake infrastructure to gain that holistic perspective and to reduce time to insight — as they now have the ability to analyze multiple variables and quickly identify trends, patterns, and correlations.Let me give you a specific example of an organization that is helping customers both identify gaps in care, quality, data integrity, and financial performance as well as using their own unique capabilities to find resolutions: Inovalon.Yes, Inovalon is an EMC customer with an IaaS cloud automated by the vRealize Suite, powered by vSphere, and built on a foundation of VNX and XtremIO. They also protect their environment with Avamar, Data Domain, and RecoverPoint and secure their environment with RSA. But, perhaps most compelling is that they have built a data lake on an EMC Isilon cluster and powered by Pivotal HD.What I think is most significant about Inovalon’s story is how fast they have arrived at an outcome. They are applying advanced, big data analytics and a data-driven intervention platform to achieve meaningful improvement. With healthcare data on more than half of the U.S. population and more than 9.7 billion healthcare events around the country, Inovalon helps physicians, accountable care organizations, health plans, researchers, pharma and life sciences companies turn their data into insight and that insight into action. And that means people’s lives will be better.As technology advances, the healthcare industry needs to stay at the forefront of using innovations like data lakes to tie together our data into that complete picture.  By doing so, we can achieve milestones like improved diagnoses and treatment options at the individual level, ultimately continuing to enable healthier lives.That is what it truly means to put our data to work.last_img read more

6 Major Plant Closures in 2017 Emblematic of U.S. Coal Industry’s Troubles

first_img6 Major Plant Closures in 2017 Emblematic of U.S. Coal Industry’s Troubles FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Forbes:We Energies is Wisconsin’s largest utility, with more than 2.2 million customers, and coal supplied 50.6% of its total generation capacity in 2015. This November, the utility decided to close its 1.2 GW Pleasant Prairie coal plant in early 2018, despite having only been in operation since 1985 and undergoing $325 million on pollution controls in recent years. The plant routinely operated at reduced capacity in recent years, and did not operate at all for three months this spring.In early October, competitive power provider Luminant, which operates nearly 18 GW of Texas generation, announced it would close the 1.8 GW Monticello Power Plant by January 2018 due to ERCOT’s “unprecedented low power price environment.” A week later, Luminant announced it would close two “economically challenged” coal plants with 2.3 GW capacity due to low wholesale power prices, abundant renewables, and low natural gas prices. All told, within a week, Luminant decided to close 4.1 GW installed coal capacity – roughly 12% of Texas’ total coal power capacity.Missouri’s largest utility, Ameren Missouri, announced in late September it would invest $1 billion in 700 MW of new wind capacity and 100 MW new solar by 2020 while closing half its coal fleet as part of an initiative to cut carbon emissions 80% by 2050. Coal power currently makes up 5.3 GW of Ameren’s 10.2 GW generation capacity, and the utility only has 11 MW total renewables capacity today. “We expect this tremendous growth in wind generation to provide great value to our customers, who will save money on energy costs,” said CEO Michael Moehn.In late August Xcel Energy, which relies on coal for 46% of its Colorado power supply, announced it would close two units of the Comanche Generation Station totaling 660 MW of capacity by 2025. Xcel will replace that generation with up to $2.5 billion investment in 1 GW of wind and 700 MW of solar, along with other resources. This trend is not new for Xcel – the utility has closed multiple Colorado coal plants totaling 1.1 GW since 2011 – but what is new is that these closures happened for economic reasons, not environmental.New Mexico’s largest utility, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), released its 2017-2023 integrated resource plan (IRP) in April to examine future scenarios and determine which power mix could meet its expected demand at lowest cost. The results were surprising for a utility that served its 510,000 customers with 56% coal in its total generation portfolio in 2015: PNM’s best option for low-cost and reliable power was to start retiring coal in 2022, completely end coal generation by 2031, and replace it with solar energy, natural gas, and energy storage, along with expanded transmission to cheap wind power in eastern New Mexico.Utilities Closed Dozens of Coal Plants In 2017. Here Are The 6 Most Important.last_img read more

LIRR Adds 8 Trains to Wednesday Weekend Schedule

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Rail Road, which is operating on a weekend schedule Wedenesday due to the snow, is adding eight eastbound trains eight eastbound trains from Penn Station for the evening rush-hour commute.The added trains leave at 3:32 p.m. to Ronkonkoma, 5:03 p.m. to Great Neck, 5:07 p.m. and 6:06 p.m. to Huntington. Four added trains to Babylon leave at 3:40, 4:40, 5:40 and 6:09 p.m.The weekend service includes bus service on the West Hempstead Branch and between Ronkonkoma and Greenport. The LIRR returns to regular weekday service at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.LIRR station waiting rooms will remain open around-the-clock through Friday afternoon for riders waiting for trains during in the cold.Crews have been working to clear snow from tracks and platforms. Lower station fares are also being charged on board due to weather-related ticket machine problems.The snow and extreme cold caused 10-15-minute delays on some trains for various equipment issues, including a “track condition” east of Queens Village, according to the MTA.For the latest LIRR info, riders can visit or call 511.last_img read more

Fraud liability shift changes have arrived – Are you ready?

first_imgUtilize an ATM checklist for ATM inspections and risk mitigation. Be vigilant about securing your ATMs with adoption of physical protection methods and technology solutions. Make sure you are exercising your right to chargeback fraud to the merchant if magnetic stripe fraud is occurring on your chip-enabled cards. As of October 1, 2016, your financial institution will be held liable for any fraud that occurs using a chip enabled MasterCard at one of your ATMs, if the exposed ATM is not chip enabled.Since non-chip enabled cards are much easier targets for magnetic stripe fraud, the bad guys are primarily going after financial institutions that have not yet deployed this chip technology on their credit and debit cards. For this same reason, it is equally as likely that fraudsters will target non-chip enabled ATMs after the fraud liability shift date goes live.To avoid financial responsibility for these card fraud attacks, work with your ATM vendor to build a plan for enabling the EMV chip capability on all of your ATMs! We recommend you also adopt the following measures to address the ongoing magnetic stripe fraud exposure many financial institutions are still experiencing:Confirm all of your credit and debit cards have the chip enabled capability. Check your vendors’/card processors’ ATM parameters and card security settings to confirm they have strong and effective security layers in place.Visa’s EMV fraud liability shift change for ATMs will go live in October. Understand each fraud liability shift date being imposed and the impact of these shifts on your financial institution. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ann Davidson Ann assists credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends sound loss control measures to help reduce loss exposures.Davidson has over 40 years working with … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Grocery stores limiting how much meat, poultry and pork products customers can buy

first_imgPrice Chopper says they are limiting customers to purchase one item of all ground beef and ground turkey; all chicken breast, drumsticks, thighs, whole chicken and all boneless or bone-in pork chops. Tops says they are limiting their beef, including ground beef products, down to two packages per customer, as well as fresh pork, including marinated pork, and fresh chicken. The only meat product the Weis stores are limiting is the top london broil which is one per customer. According to the Tops website, they say this weekend they started to put a limit on how much meat their customers can purchase due to high demand until further notice. They say they will be placing a limit of two on ‘Family Pack 80% Ground Beef’ and ‘Family Pack Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast’. (WBNG)- Some stores in the Southern Tier are now temporarily limiting how much meat you can purchase in the stores. Wegmans is also putting limits on how much meat their customers can purchase.last_img read more