Causes of exceptional atmospheric circulation changes in the Southern Hemisphere

first_imgWe demonstrate that recent observed trends in the annual and austral summer Southern Hemisphere Annular Mode (SAM) are unlikely to be due to internal climate variability, since they exceed any equivalent-length trends in a millennial General Circulation Model (GCM) control run with constant forcings. In contrast we show that observed trends in the SAM are consistent with the combined effects of anthropogenic and natural forcings in GCM simulations. As these trends begin prior to stratospheric ozone depletion we challenge the assertion that this process is primarily responsible for changes in the SAM. Moreover, anthropogenic forcings have a larger effect on the austral summer SAM in combination with natural forcings than when acting in isolation.last_img

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Lateral flow tests accurate enough for community use, Oxford University and PHE announce

first_imgPilots of the tests have been launched across England, including a city-wide programme in Liverpool. Since the rollout of mass testing, which includes the use of lateral flow tests, 700 cases where an individual was asymptomatic have been discovered. Currently swabbing must be done by trained professionals at a designated testing site. However, given that the tests are easier to use and analyse than traditional methods, scientists are now investigating whether it is possible to introduce self-testing.  Image credit: Vesna Harni / Pixabay However, other leading scientists have questioned whether the tests are accurate enough to be useful. Professor Sebastian Johnson of Imperial College London said: “This single test will not be good enough to say you are almost certainly negative, as its sensitivity is not good enough, especially in the hands of the general public.”  “The data in this validation report demonstrates that these inexpensive, easy to use tests can play a major role in the fight against COVID-19. They identify those who are likely to spread the disease and when used systematically in mass testing could reduce transmissions up to 90%. They will be detecting disease in large numbers of people who have never previously received a test.” New rapid coronavirus tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community, Public Health England and Oxford University have announced.  Professor Jon Deeks, an expert in coronavirus testing, agrees: “It is basic epidemiology that tests which miss cases like Innova are not fit for use to rule out disease – such as is needed to decide whether students are safe to travel home at the end of the year.” The lateral flow tests allow samples to be processed without laboratory equipment and on site, producing results in just thirty minutes. Importantly, the tests are able to detect asymptomatic carriers who could potentially be spreading the disease without realising.  Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, said the trials showed the part lateral flow tests could play in defeating coronavirus.  Data so far shows that just 0.32% of tests give false positives. This was lowered further to 0.06% when conducted in a laboratory setting. Overall, the tests were successful in identifying over 75% of positive cases of coronavirus. Crucially, several of the tests have proved effective in catching those with high viral loads, who are the most infectious carriers of the disease. Swifter identification of such individuals should prevent the spread of the disease in the population.  “I am really concerned that people are not given information to understand what the results mean. A negative test indicates your risk is reduced to between one quarter and one half of the average, but it does not rule out Covid. It would be tragic if people are misled into thinking that they are safe to visit their elderly relatives or take other risks”.  The research was conducted by Public Health England’s Porton Down laboratory alongside the University of Oxford. Initially forty tests were developed, nine of which were judged to advance to a full evaluation. Six of these tests have now successfully reached the third part of a four-stage assessment, with the most advanced, Innova, being used in the Liverpool trial. last_img read more

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CHURIK, KATHRYN “Kitty” (nee: Yurechko)

first_imgpassed away February 2, 2018 at home in Bayonne. Born in Jersey City, she lived in Jersey City most of her life before moving to Bayonne several years ago. Kathryn worked at Western Electric for 26 years before retiring in 1978. Kathryn was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and the Senior Citizens of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Jersey City. Wife of the late John Churik. Mother of Kathleen Kelder and her husband Richard, John Churik and his wife Frances. Grandmother of Jennifer Churik (Luis), Amy Enos (Ben), and Jaclyn Churik. Great-Grandmother of Matthew Erickson, Julianna Erickson, Avery Enos, and Celia Enos. Sister of the late Stella Gutch, John Yurechko, Mary Tronco, William Yurecko, Michael Yurecko, and Joseph Yurecko. In lieu of flowers, donations to Peace Care St. Ann’s, 198 Old Bergen, Jersey City, NJ 07305 or The Compassionate Care Hospice, 6 Prospect Village Plaza, Suite 200, Clifton, NJ 07013. Funeral arrangements by GREENVILLE MEMORIAL HOME, 374 Danforth Ave., Jersey City.last_img read more

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Hundreds Race in the Annual Police Chase 5K in Ocean City

first_img5AndrewDemariaM2116:58 2FredKlevanM5216:18 1StephenHoffmanM2416:13 3BenaraNenhausM1816:52 See complete results for the Ocean City Police Chase 5K Run. 4DougSchmittM4716:53 7PaulBoardmanM2617:16center_img 8BrittanySedberry (Eberson)F2617:29 The annual Ocean City Police Chase 5K Run, 2-mile walk and fun runs for kids saw perfect conditions on a clear and cool Saturday morning, and 305 runners finished the 5K race alone.Race sponsors included the Ocean City Policeman’s Benevolent Association, Playland’s Castaway Cove and the Sneaker Shop. All proceeds benefit the PBA, which provides student scholarships, a Christmas toy drive, a free helmet program and the Youth Leadership Program.The course for the race started on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Sixth Street and finished at the Ocean City High School track.Results were as follows: 6ConnerBradyM1816:59 10EdKeenanM1817:33 9BrettJohnsonM1617:32last_img read more

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A Huge Crowd Participates in the First of Two Easter Egg Huts in Ocean…

first_imgBy Ian Crowley, OCISSaturday afternoon, even though almost 4000 other people were about to attempt to get their hands on the prizes inside the Easter eggs scattered along the beach, Logan Schneider, 6, was confident that he would gather the most.“I think I’ll get 40”, he answered when asked how many of the colorful eggs he thought he would get.Earlier that day, Boy Scout Troop 55 of Somers Point helped spread out eggs along the Ocean City beaches for 2-3-year-olds, efforts led by Assistant Scoutmaster George Whiteley. Scouts Zack R., Ben V., and Daniel I. were just some of the helping hands that brought this amazing day together.Additionally, volunteers from the Somers Point – Mainland Babe Ruth League helped spread some of the 77,000 eggs that were placed for the hunt.Children’s baskets were overflowing, so it would be a safe bet to say everyone had fun. The event was sponsored by the Ocean City New Jersey’s Boardwalk Merchant’s Association. In addition to candy, the eggs contained coupons that contained discounts or free items from local shops.Different areas were cordoned off for different age groups. There was also a section for children who might be uncomfortable with the mayhem of the egg hunt or need assistance with the egg collection. The organizers took steps to assure that all children could participate in the festivities.Like many families, the Schneider family of Broomall, PA, enjoys coming down every year for the fun-filled adventure.last_img read more

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Chase coverage: Fantasy reset adds new dimension

first_imgREAD: Top 10 Chase moments How the reset helps Fantasy Live players during the Chase READ: Driver previews: The Chase READ: Fantasy preview: The Chase Get complete coverage of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup READ: Race breakdowns: The Chase MORE:last_img

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Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil Share Information about Unauthorized Flights

first_imgBy Carlos Maggi/Diálogo August 22, 2017 Air travel is fast and dynamic, meaning that response times are very important – even more so for unauthorized flights. That is why the Uruguayan, Argentine, and Brazilian air forces are working together under the framework of agreements signed by each nation, to allow them to exchange information about detected unauthorized flights, in order to activate the established procedures for their identification and interception. The three nations have conducted various exercises enabling them to optimize their mechanisms of locating illicit flights detected by radar, relay the information, and ultimately intercept them. It is important to note that, according to statistics, there are a number of unauthorized flights entering Brazil from Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, and Peru, meaning that a state of alert must be maintained practically every day. “This is a very important issue for us. We know that Brazil has a shoot-down law that Argentina and Uruguay lack, so relaying information about unauthorized or possibly illegal flights is vital for our nation,” Uruguayan Minister of Defense Jorge Menéndez told Diálogo. “We’re doing that by conducting exercises: URUBRA with Brazil, and RIO with Argentina. Their implementation allows us to be with partner nations that are up to speed on what can happen.” The authorities are worried about the development of transnational unauthorized flights, since they originate in one country and use another country as the epicenter for their illegal activities, such as drugs, arms, and human trafficking. Detecting such flights in sufficient time and relaying the information allows for a greater response capability, which is why the agreements are still in full force and the near-term possibility of once again developing training exercises is being studied. Uruguay has fixed and mobile 3D radars that it uses for nationwide coverage of its airspace, but in order to optimize the system, it needs an interceptor that can accommodate to the required response time since its fleet is made up of A-37B and PC-7U aircraft. “In a military system, the human element is key. It’s something that we can be proud of in Uruguay because there is very good training for our officers and airmen to fulfill all of the Air Force’s missions,” Menéndez said. “Radars have been added, and they’re working quite well. Our command and control center is a source of national pride. We still have some very old interceptors and we’re working towards getting to the point where we can make some acquisitions, which is an objective of the Ministry of Defense,” he explained. The importance of cooperation with American air forces In addition to the agreements for transferring information about unauthorized flights between the three nations, the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym) promotes exchanges of experience, knowledge, and training, which allows the armed forces to bolster their capacities, transforming them into an efficient organization for cooperation and mutual support. “Achieving favorable results for our people, as the American air forces do, has allowed us to meet the call of duty, for example, when the natural disasters in Ecuador and Peru happened, or the forest fires in Chile, and in any other place where our high command orders us to respond rapidly, flexibly, and efficiently,” said General Alberto Zanelli, the commander in chief of the Uruguayan Air Force. Through the cooperation that exists within the framework of SICOFAA, the intent is to coordinate operations to relieve the suffering of thousands of people in partner nations impacted by natural disasters. “These kinds of exercises allow us to check our level of training and doctrine to see what we need to do to successfully carry out our assigned mission, and what our capacity for interoperability is – where our planes will be able to use the Air Force’s ground-based support equipment, and where we can refuel,” Gen. Zanelli said. “All of the crews are going to be speaking the same operational language, and each of us will do our part to deliver solutions for these urgent needs.”last_img read more

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NCUA earns clean audit from OIG

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr An audit of the NCUA’s four permanent funds received a clean audit opinion for 2015, according to a report released by the Office of the Inspector General Tuesday.The audited financial reports included the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, the agency’s Operating Fund, the Central Liquidity Facility and the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund, and was prepared by independent auditor KPMG LLP. continue reading »last_img

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Delivering on the omnichannel promise

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Omnichannel is more than just another popular marketplace buzzword, and unfortunately, even the biggest names are doing it all wrong.When Heather and I started our company, we chose the name OmniChannel Communications because it reflects what we believe in as marketing professionals. Just as omnichannel in the financial services space is about delivering a consistent user experience across all delivery channels, our goal is to deliver a consistent message for each of our customers across all communication channels.So what does omnichannel mean to your FI? Is it just a branding play – making sure your logo appears in the same location on every device? Is it about making the fonts the same on your mobile app and ATM screens? If you think omnichannel is just about look and feel, you’re missing the whole point.I said it earlier. Omnichannel is about creating a consistent user experience. And the most important component of user experience is functionality. All the pretty colors and matching fonts won’t mean a thing to consumers if they can’t accomplish what they want on whatever device they choose to use. Your goal in pursuing an omnichannel strategy needs to be delivering the same functionality across all channels. continue reading »last_img read more

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Brummie mixed-use plans start to snowball

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