Recent decrease of summer sea ice in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica

first_imgIn Austral summer 2016/17 the sea ice extent (SIE) in the Weddell Sea dropped to a near‐record value in the satellite era (1.88 × 106 km2, 56% of the long‐term mean); a large negative seasonal anomaly that persisted in an unprecedented fashion for the following three summers. Various atmospheric and oceanic factors played a part in the change. Ice loss started in September 2016 when the northern Weddell Sea experienced westerly winds of record strength advecting multi‐year sea ice from the region. In late 2016 a polynya over Maud Rise contributed to low SIE over the eastern Weddell Sea. With extensive areas of open water early in the summer, upper ocean temperatures increased by ~0.5° C, with the anomalies persisting in subsequent years. The re‐appearance of the Maud Rise polynya in 2017, high ocean temperatures and storms of record depth kept the summer SIE low.last_img read more

AGIG considers $128m investment in Golden Beach gas field in Australia

first_imgAGIG and GB Energy have entered into a non-binding but exclusive transaction process deed for development of Golden Beach gas field AGIG seeks to help commercialise the gas field in Victoria’s eastern coastline. (Credit: Australian Gas Infrastructure group) Australia’s gas infrastructure developer Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) is planning to make an initial investment of A$200m ($127.7m) to help commercialise the Golden Beach gas project, offshore Victoria.The move is a part of non-binding but exclusive transaction process deed signed by AGIG with the Golden Beach gas field owner and developer Golden Beach Energy (GB Energy).AGIG said that the investment would help in delivering improved gas energy security to the East Coast gas market in addition to enhancing supply volumes to Victoria.The process deed allows the two firms to negotiate and execute documentation required for AGIG to fund, build and operate the midstream infrastructure for the Golden Beach Gas Project.AGIG CEO Ben Wilson said: “As renewable energy penetration increases, gas demand will become more variable as gas fulfils a crucial firming role. This increases the need for storage.“AGIG’s experience in delivering WA its largest gas storage facility will be very helpful for the project. Golden Beach’s stored gas will help guarantee future gas supply to customers to meet the domestic market.”Golden Beach gas field to be commissioned as early as 2022Scheduled to commence production as early as 2022, the Golden Beach field will produce gas, which will be delivered to the Longford Gas Hub and its associated strategic pipeline infrastructure, approximately 20km away in East Gippsland.AGIG said it is also working with GB Energy to invest approximately A$145m ($92.6m) in the development of the Golden Beach Gas Project’s upstream infrastructure.The upstream infrastructure includes plant, property, equipment and activities related to drilling and producing gas from the Golden Beach gas field.GB Energy CEO Tim Baldwin said: “A long-term collaboration with AGIG will complement the GB Energy team and when coupled with the Origin Energy contracts announced in 2019, ideally positions the Golden Beach Gas Project for the future.“The project will provide Victoria with new domestic gas supply in the short-term. The overall investment in critical energy storage infrastructure will then provide a range of ongoing benefits to an evolving East Coast market.”Last year, AGIG was selected by Woodside for the pipeline component of its Pluto-North West Shelf (NWS) Interconnector.last_img read more

Meet Chuck Knoll, New President of Local FOP

first_imgMeet Chuck Knoll, New President of Local FOPby Brian FoxBeing a policeman is a tough job. Not only are you putting your life on the line, you have to deal with negative press when an officer makes the headlines. The Fraternal of Police serves as a way to protect police officers when problems arise. The FOP has 325,000 members nationwide. Its president of the local chapter is Chuck Knoll.Knoll has an extensive resume. He has a master’s degree in science from Indiana State. He’s been in law enforcement since 1994. Since becoming a police officer, Knoll has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Field Training Officers, Political Action Committee Chairman for the FOP, and day supervisor for the Evansville Housing Authority. He’s been president of the FOP since January.Besides protecting officers, the FOP also serves as a pillar to the community. According to Knoll, two organizations the FOP are closely aligned with are the Easter Seals, an FOP national, state, and local charity, and the Police Athletic League. For the Police Athletic League, or PAL, the FOP donates $60,000 a year to various organizations throughout the year. This money goes to benefit underprivileged children in the area. The PAL Camp encompasses over 50 acres of land locally that the FOP designates as an area for children to get away from their everyday lives.Still, the primary objective of the FOP is to protect its members. A recent example that occurred locally was when four officers were suspended for accusations they mistreated a suspect. A body camera worn by one of the officers supposedly contradicts a previously signed probable cause affidavit. Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin recommended that three of the officers involved be terminated and one get demoted. The Evansville Police Merit Commission voted against the recommendations and all four officers were able to retain their jobs. During their suspensions, the FOP offered financial assistance and legal council as the legal fees for this process were well into the thousands of dollars. Knoll admitted to CCO that there were “hard feelings” within the FOP when Bolin (also a member of FOP) recommended the firings.The Fraternal Order of Police has served the greater good not only for police officers but for the community as a whole. With Chuck Knoll as president, this will only continue.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bayonne does not need a satellite ER

first_imgTASHA ELLIS To the Editor:I am writing this letter with deep concern about what is taking place in my community. I have lived in the Greenville community for numerous years, and we are considered the forgotten Ward. I have recently found out about JCMC wanting to open a Satellite ER in the city of Bayonne on the backs of Greenville residents. This comes to show how JCMC operates by turning its back on black and brown families in Greenville. I believe having access to quality healthcare is extremely important in my community. That being said, I am asking the State of New Jersey Commissioner of Health to deny JCMC a license to open a Satellite ER in Bayonne. JCMC needs to be held accountable for its actions in Greenville. I’m urging my fellow residents to sign the petition by Coalition for Greenville Health Access and let’s do what’s right for our community. last_img read more


first_imgBakers were urged to support the work of food and drink skills sector council Improve at the Federation of Bakers’ (FoB) conference. Warburtons’ director Brett Warburton told delegates the organisation had a growing amount of influence, with initiatives including skills academies being developed, which bakers must help mould to their requirements. The FoB and the Flour Advisory Bureau are preparing to launch a new summer campaign to promote the Vitality Eating system, fronted by popular sports presenter Gabby Logan, following a campaign at Christmas. The eating plan advocates a low-fat balanced diet as a healthy alternative to yo-yo and fad dieting.last_img read more

Best Bakeries aim for management buy-out

first_imgSouth Wales-based company Best Bakeries, which went into administration on Wednesday (4 June), may be saved by a management buy-out (MBO).The bakery, which supplies Ferrari’s Fresh Bakeries’ shops, has appointed Alistair Wardell and Nigel Morrison of Grant Thornton Recovery and Reorganisation in Cardiff as administrators.Around 100 staff were employed at the factory in Hirwaun, in the Cynon Valley, which up until March 2007 traded as Ferrari’s Bakery before it was taken over by Best Bakeries. While Best Bakeries owns Ferrari’s bakery business, the 60 retail outlets are owned by a separate company, Ferrari’s Fresh. However, both Best Bakeries and Ferrari’s Fresh share the same managing director, David Wetz. Some of Ferrari’s 350 employees arrived for work on Thursday 5 June, to find nearly all the outlets had been shut. Commenting on the current situation, Steve Fogo, bakery manager at Best Bakeries told BB: “We are working to get a management buy-out in place to buy the bakery.” Fogo is working on a trade agreement between a new firm he is trying to set up and Ferrari’s. In terms of funding the project, Fogo said the situation was “fairly good”. “We’re just waiting for one more ‘yes’. We hope to be producing again by Saturday.”last_img read more

Jerry Garcia’s Wolf Guitar To Be Played At Upcoming Dark Star Orchestra Concert

first_imgDark Star Orchestra has been a fan-favorite Grateful Dead-inspired act for decades. They are well-known road dogs, extensively and regularly touring the country and bringing their exacting recreations of specific Grateful Dead shows to the masses. Today, the band has announced that DSO guitarist Jeff Mattson will have the distinct honor of using Jerry Garcia‘s legendary Wolf guitar this Friday, November 9th in Lowell, MA at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The band will perform “an original setlist composed with the Wolf in mind”, as the custom-built Doug Irwin guitar fuels the band’s recreations during their fall tour opener.A Brief History Of Jerry Garcia’s Five Most Well-Known GuitarsFocusing heavily on the East Coast for their fall tour, Dark Star Orchestra will wind through New England’s familiar towns, including multiple-night stands in at Huntington, NY’s The Paramount; Richmond, VA’s The National; and Philadelphia, PA’s Electric Factory; as well as their return to Washington, D.C.’s The Anthem.For a full list of fall tour dates, as well as information on their seventh-annual Jamaican Jam in the Sand festival, and 2019 winter tour, head to the band’s official website.last_img read more

‘The Grateful Dead Movie’ Was Released On This Day In 1977 [Watch]

first_imgDirected by Jerry Garcia himself, The Grateful Dead Movie was released on June 1, 1977. The film captured live performances from the Grateful Dead during their 1974 five-night run at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, which marked the end of their tour and the beginning of an extended hiatus that would last throughout most of 1975 (with a few rare exceptions). While documenting these experiences were paradoxical to the free environment that is represented in this film, it was a necessary and admittedly important thing to do at this time during their career. Several of the songs that were recorded over the October 16-20 run were also included in their live album Steal Your Face.With many glimpses into the “Deadhead” culture, and featuring the “Wall of Sound” concert sound system used by the band throughout 1974, the film faithfully portrays the undeniable movements that the Grateful Dead generation pioneered. Improvisation was more than just a musical choice, it was a lifestyle. Fans are documented in this film to portray the positive atmosphere and colorful history that the culture ultimately provided. The psychedelic animation adds the artistic elements of the generation’s likeliness, including the Uncle Sam skeleton and several images of roses and other GD references.With dive deeps into songs like “Stella Blue,” “Morning Dew,” and “Johnny B, Goode,” watch Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, Bob Weir on guitar and vocals, Phil Lesh on bass, Bill Kreutzmann on drums, Keith Godchaux on keyboards, and Donna Godchaux on vocals in The Grateful Dead Movie from 1977 below. Mickey Hart also joins in at the beginning of the second set of the last show that was filmed for the movie, marking his permanent return to the band after three-year hiatus.You can watch the full movie via Amazon Prime here or check out a partial video below:last_img read more

New IOP director looks ahead

first_img Read Full Story The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), recently announced Maggie Williams as its new director. The Institute of Politics (IOP) decided to sit down with Williams and learn more about her, what she had planned for the future of the IOP, and what she felt needed to be done to inspire the next generation of leaders to get into politics and change it for the better.Q: Why did you decide to become the new director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics?Williams: President Kennedy said that the “future of any nation could be measured by the prospects of its youth.” The Institute of Politics was created to help ensure that our country would continue to flourish, led by generations of smart and caring leaders. I came to the IOP because I wanted to be a part of this community and participate in the work of growing our nation’s leaders.Q: Did your experiences as a Spring 2005 IOP Fellow and IOP Senior Advisory Committee member change your perception of politics?Williams: My experience as an IOP Fellow didn’t change my perception of politics, but it reassured me that the future of politics was in good hands.last_img read more