A prominent feature of recent climatic change is the strong Arctic surface warming that is contemporaneous with broad cooling over much of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Longer global surface temperature observations suggest that this contrasting pole-to-pole change could be a manifestation of a multi-decadal interhemispheric or bipolar seesaw pattern, which is well correlated with the North Atlantic sea surface temperature variability, and thus generally hypothesized to originate from Atlantic meridional overturning circulation oscillations. Here, we show that there is an atmospheric origin for this seesaw pattern. The results indicate that the Southern Ocean surface cooling (warming) associated with the seesaw pattern is attributable to the strengthening (weakening) of the Southern Hemisphere westerlies, which can be traced to Northern Hemisphere and tropical tropospheric warming (cooling). Antarctic ozone depletion has been suggested to be an important driving force behind the recently observed increase in the Southern Hemisphere’s summer westerly winds; our results imply that Northern Hemisphere and tropical warming may have played a triggering role at an stage earlier than the first detectable Antarctic ozone depletion, and enhanced Antarctic ozone depletion through decreasing the lower stratospheric temperature.
Feeling very grateful… Thank you to my parents, Brett, Chloe, Madison, my coaches Mihai & Silvie, my teammates, Octagon, and everyone else who supported me. It takes a village to get to the Olympics, and I am so appreciative of every single person that helped me along the way. A huge thank you to my fans – your support has meant everything to me. I am very lucky to have been able to do something I love for so many years & I’m excited for what’s next!A post shared by Alexandra Raisman (@alyraisman) on Jan 14, 2020 at 9:42am PST FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJoe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman will not compete in the 2020 Olympics.The U.S. gymnast took to Instagram Tuesday to confirm rumors that she will not be competing in her third straight Summer Olympics. The Tokyo games are set to kick off in July.“The past 10 years have been such a whirlwind that I haven’t really processed all that has happened, and sometimes I wonder whether I ever will,” wrote the 25-year-old Massachusetts native. “I’ve live a pretty fast-paced life and sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down, unplug from technology and take the time to appreciate what I’ve experienced and learned.” Raisman reflected on watching the 1996 Olympics as an 8-year-old, memorizing the gymnasts’ routines and dreaming of representing the U.S. at the Olympics one day.“One of the best things about being a kid is the belief that anything is possible, and that no dream is too big,” she wrote. “I suspect I keep going back to that time because I now know the power of that little girl’s dream.”Raisman — one of the dozens of gymnasts who spoke out about the rampant sexual abuse by disgraced doctor Larry Nassar — goes on to describe what she’d tell her younger self now, including how she’d handle the “ups and downs.”“I wonder if I would tell her that life will be filled with ups and downs, and that there are people in the sport who will fail to protect her and her teammates,” she wrote. “It would be so hard to tell her that, but I would make sure she knows she will get through it and she will be OK.”“And I would tell her that it is often in our darkest hours, when we feel most vulnerable and alone, that we realize our greatest growth,” wrote Raisman, who has become an outspoken advocate for sexual abuse survivors.Raisman, who also shared a video of herself as a young girl doing gymnastics, ended her note by confirming she plans to continue her work to make the sport of gymnastics safer.“As a little girl, I thought what mattered most was making it to the Olympics, but I’ve learned that my love for gymnastics is more important,” she wrote. “It is this love that fueled my Olympic dreams, and it is this love that now inspires me to do everything I can to make it safer for the many wonderful people in the sport and all the little 8-year-olds out there who will be watching the gymnasts in Tokyo, dreaming of one day making it to the Olympics themselves.”The gymnastics legend did not give any other details on her future plans other than saying in the caption of her Instagram post, “I am very lucky to have been able to do something I love for so many years & I’m excited for what’s next!”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved View this post on Instagram Beau Lund Written by January 14, 2020 /Sports News – National Aly Raisman confirms she will not compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Christmas Card Shouldn’t Be Judged By Cost, But On Message Of LoveBy Bill Bill Hazelip For the past three days my lovely wife has been pondering about what to by me for Christmas, I assured her, at least I thought she was assured, that I didn’t need anything. And that’s how it went until today. Following a trip to the bank she once again brought up the idea of buying me a Christmas Card. This Christmas Card idea has been repeated hourly for about three days!So, since we were out, and since she begged me to stop at every strip mall we passed, “can I get a card here!” It was obvious that this request was not going to stop until I let her buy a card. So, we stopped at Hallmark at North Park. She asked the sales lady where are the cards for husbands. I let her pick the card, it was an average looking card, not large or small, the 99 cent variety!When we went to pay for the card Dorothy said, “I don’t have my check book and I don’t want to part with my twenty dollars, so will pay for the card and I will pay you back later…..it sound like a good idea and would get me out of Hallmarks with only the 99 cent card!Dot gave the lady the card, the lady said , “oh you are a regular customer” This made me feel good because I could see a price reduction coming. I gave the sales lady a five dollar bill….the sales lady looked at me and said, “that will $8.65 cents!” My reply was, ” what does it do, I cant believe a card would cost this much!”So, a Christmas Card should not be judged on its cost, but on its message of love….and what it leaves in your billfold!FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Exchange Club of Ocean City will host its 29th annual Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 18.The boat registration fee is $175 to compete for big cash prizes. The top prize for the heaviest Flounder is $1,000., and the top prize for the heaviest bluefish is $1,000.Fishing is 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.There is a more important reason to register. The proceeds from 29th Exchange Club of Ocean City Annual Fishing Tournament will benefit the “Success by Six” program, which prepares Ocean City children in need to enter kindergarten ready to learn, and Family Promise of Cape May County, which assists children and families in times of need or crisis.The Exchange Club Mission Statement is “Exchange, America’s Premier Service Club working to make our communities better places to live.” In the last year, the Exchange Club of Ocean City has donated more than $80,000 in support of children, community and country. The Club donated $5,000 from the proceeds of last year’s fishing tournament to the Tab Son Club after-school program that is sponsored by the Ocean City Tabernacle.The Exchange Club of Ocean City plays a significant role in the Miss Ocean City Pageant, the Spring and Fall Ocean City block parties, the local visit in Marmora by the Cole Brothers Circus, the Ocean City Halloween parade, the Roger LaRosa Golf Classic, the Book of Golden Deeds. The Exchange Club of Ocean City has also installed in various public buildings Freedom Shrines, which are a collection of framed historical American documents to memorialize our nation’s greatest achievements. Check out the Freedom Gallery in the Ocean City Free Public Library.Please consider supporting the cause by entering a boat or simply donating to our cause. For registration information, please visit our web page at www.ocexchangeclub.com or contact Jon Batastini, the Tournament Chairman, at 609-399-0035. The Captain’s Meeting is Friday, July 17, 2015 at the VFW — 15th Street and Bay Avenue in Ocean City — 7 pm to 9 pm.— News release from the Ocean City Exchange Club
DENNIS TOWNSHIP6131262 NORTH WILDWOOD47 LOWER TOWNSHIP255037423 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP2714824 TOTAL ACTIVE112 228 135 WEST WILDWOOD31 TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY515 WILDWOOD525 OCEAN CITY9231 931 UPPER TOWNSHIP182352 WILDWOOD CREST38 CAPE MAY POINT0 According to the county press release, people with confirmed COVID-19 infection have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, cough, loss of taste and/or smell, and shortness of breath. Those at high risk are older adults, and medically fragile individuals with underlying medical conditions.Cape May County residents should take these precautions to stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses:Wash hands with liquid soap and water and rub for at least 20 seconds.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezingRefrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Stay home when you are sick.Wear a cloth facemask over your nose and mouth.Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are the COVID-19 24/7 hotline 211 or 1-800-962-1253, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int and the New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov.For additional information visit the Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net or call (609) 465-1187. AVALON07 WOODBINE941306 SEA ISLE CITY02 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHSLONG TERM CARE ACTIVE CASESLONG TERM CARE CENTER DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERED STONE HARBOR1 TOTAL DECEASED CAPE MAY CITY13 Cape May County reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, raising the total number to 515 countywide.No new deaths were reported.“We remain actively involved with federal, state, and regional partners to ensure alignment with evolving guidance on protecting the health of our community and our health care workforce,” Cape May County Health Officer Kevin Thomas said in a press release.Following is a breakdown of the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in each municipality of the county: WEST CAPE MAY12
Win BIA 2010 tickets in our Cupcake window dressing contestMake sure you enter British Baker’s window dressing competition, as part of National Cupcake Week, for the chance to win the fantastic prize of two tickets to the Baking Industry Awards 2010.This prize will be given to the bakery retailer that creates the best cupcake-themed window display to promote the week, which runs from 14-19 September.For the chance of winning, all we ask is that you incorporate the National Cupcake Week logo or posters into part of your display. These are available to download free here>> Download artworkIf you are unable to print off posters, don’t worry, one poster will be sent out free to bakery and café subscribers of British Baker on 28 August. As the winner will be judged by the photography sent to us, make sure you try and achieve the best-quality pics you can, and try to avoid any nasty window reflections. Make sure you use a high-resolution setting when taking pictures with a digital camera.The deadline to enter is 30 September and winning entries will appear in a future issue of British Baker, so get planning now! Send images to:-E mail: [email protected] mail to:Elizabeth EllisBritish BakerBroadfield ParkCrawley, West SussexRH11 9RT>> Back to main National Cupcake page>> Find out more about the Baking Industry Awards
Police officers will be awarded a pay rise of 2% in 2018 to 2019. This will mean that average pay for a police constable will now be more than £38,600 per year.The increase will consist of: In deciding the award, the government has strived to strike a balance between overall affordability to forces and fairness to the taxpayer, recognising the importance of continuing to reduce debt as a share of the economy whilst investing in vital public services.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: a 2% pay increase for all police officer ranks a 2% increase to the London weighting payment a 2% increase to the dog handlers’ allowance Our police officers do an incredible job in the face of complex crime and rising demand, and I’m grateful for their continued dedication to keeping us safe. This award represents the highest consolidated pay award since 2010. I’ll continue to fight on behalf of police to ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively. The award comes after the government removed a 1% cap on increases to public sector pay in 2017.The government has delivered a £460 million increase in overall funding to policing in 2018 to 2019, including increased funding for local policing through council tax precept. This funding will enable forces to meet the costs of the pay award.Police forces are also holding around £1.6 billion of public money in reserves as at March 2017.The PRRB had recommended that the 1% non-consolidated award received in 2017 to 2018 be consolidated, and that a further 2% consolidated award be given to all police officers.Police employers, however, advised that the maximum affordable award would be a 2% increase. This was recommended by both the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC).The PRRB report also noted that police forces have achieved increased efficiencies over the past year. However, the government is clear there is more to be done in this area, and has identified over £100 million of potential savings for police in better procurement alone.Policing remains a desirable career and the number of people joining police forces is at a 10-year high.The government has accepted in full the PRRB’s recommendations on pay for Police Constable degree apprenticeships. Forces should appoint apprentice constables on a starting salary of between £18,000 and pay point 1 (£23,586).
Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams & Lacey Chabert in ‘Mean Girls'(Photo: Michael Gibson/Paramount Pictures) Well, you’ve already cast Regina! On National Mean Girls day comes the news of the musical’s world premiere—the stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s hit 2004 movie is set to land in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017. Further information will be revealed later.Created by Fey, her husband, 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt composer Jeff Richmond, and lyricist Nell Benjamin, plans for a musical version of the 2004 film were first announced in January 2013. We then had to endure endless teasing about rumored workshops.Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls follows a group of popular girls, known as the Plastics, who rule a suburban high school with an iron first and the group of outcasts who takes them down. The film was written by Fey and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Lizzy Caplan.Check out the one musical number already incorporated in the film, the Plastic’s performance of “Jingle Bell Rock.” View Comments
As an undergraduate student in Brazil, Daniela Lourenco knew that she loved statistics and genetics, but she wasn’t sure where that passion would take her.Then an introductory course in animal breeding genetics — the same class she now teaches to undergraduates at the University of Georgia — set her on a path that has allowed her to collaborate with scientists around the world.“My husband (who is also an animal scientist) told me there was this very cool class called ‘Animal Breeding Genetics.’ He said, ‘It works a lot with both genetics and statistics. I think you’ll like it,’” Lourenco said.She took a plant genetics course too, but found livestock genetics much more exciting.“I like statistics and math and genetics, and this field combines everything,” she said. Lourenco, who first came to UGA to finish her doctoral research, serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science. Her research focused on using big data analytics to improve livestock breeding, which is still her focus today.For years, breeders used information about an individual’s lineage and phenotypes to rate that animal’s breeding value. The advent of advanced genetics and genomic technology gave breeders access to thousands more data points to analyze before making breeding decisions.Lourenco helped to develop a one-step method for integrating genomic information about each animal with their phenotype and lineage information to produce a breeding value for each animal. She also helped implement this one-step method for the American Angus Association for both Angus and Charolais beef cattle, and she helped resolve one-step evaluations for dairy cattle, pigs, chicken and fish, including catfish and rainbow trout.Working with a team of geneticists and programmers in the UGA Animal Breeding and Genetics Group, she has helped to improve software that is used all over the world. Scientists often visit Athens, Georgia, to work with the group, and Lourenco now travels to consult and speak so often that, in a single year, she has earned enough airline miles to travel around the world almost three times.Currently, she’s working to refine software models for millions of animals and improve the accuracy of the estimated breeding values (EBVs) the models generate.“When EBVs are published, they are published with a measure of accuracy, and this accuracy is rated from 0 to 1,” she said. “We are trying to find a better way to estimate the accuracy of the EBVs. If we have small data, then we can calculate the accuracy easily, but we have large data. It is very costly, so we are trying to find a better way to approximate the accuracy to the EBV.”For more information about Lourenco’s work, visit the UGA Animal and Breeding Group website at nce.ads.uga.edu.
One of the unexpected consequences of Tropical Storm Irene is the cancellation of the personal firewood lottery for the 2012 season by the VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR). The popular program allows Vermonters to cut up to three cords of designated standing trees for personal use firewood from state lands for $10/cord. The trees are measured and marked by FPR staff, as groups of hardwoods close to State Forest Highways to make cutting and hauling by hand easier.Safety is an important concern in both the planning and access of these firewood areas. As FPR staff assessed the impact of Irene on roads and trails, it was discovered that areas scheduled for firewood cutting have been heavily impacted as far as accessibility and safety of roads and bridges. Some of these areas will be repaired in the construction season of 2012, which will present further conflicts for access on narrow forest roads.FPR has decided to cancel the 2012 lottery which was expected to take place in January 2012. The department will continue to supply firewood for needy Vermonters through the ‘Wood Warms’ program. This program supplies logs directly from FPR timber sales to nonprofit community organizations which provide volunteer labor to saw, split and deliver wood in their communities. This program has provided up to 100 cords of firewood per year for low income citizens.FPR anticipates the firewood lottery will return as roads and stream crossings are repaired. In the meantime, Vermonters are encouraged to contact local firewood vendors and to avoid bringing firewood from more than 50 miles from home to lessen the chance of importing invasive insect pests.### END ###