On the statistical significance of surface air temperature trends in the Eurasian Arctic region

first_imgThis study investigates the statistical significance of the trends of station temperature time series from the European Climate Assessment & Data archive poleward of 60°N. The trends are identified by different methods and their significance is assessed by three different null models of climate noise. All stations show a warming trend but only 17 out of the 109 considered stations have trends which cannot be explained as arising from intrinsic climate fluctuations when tested against any of the three null models. Out of those 17, only one station exhibits a warming trend which is significant against all three null models. The stations with significant warming trends are located mainly in Scandinavia and Iceland.last_img read more

USCGC Campbell to change command

first_img USCGC Campbell to change command The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony on Saturday, March 8th, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.Cmdr. Mark A. McDonnell will be relieving Capt. Michael F. Nasitka as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Campbell.The change of command ceremony will take place at Coast Guard Moorings at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Gate 1, which is located in Kittery, Maine at intersection of Wentworth and Walker streets.The Change of Command Ceremony is a time-honored military tradition. It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command. It conveys to officers and enlisted personnel of the cutter that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.The Coast Guard Cutter Campbell (WMEC-909) is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, NH. Back to overview,Home naval-today USCGC Campbell to change command April 6, 2017 View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: USCGC Campbell Share this articlelast_img read more

North End Neighborhood Drainage Project Update

first_imgThe intersection of Sixth Street and Bay Avenue is one area under construction for the drainage project. Work to be completed in the week of Feb. 11-15:Feriozzi Concrete will continue construction on the west side of Bay Avenue, working between Fourth Street and Sixth Street.Lafayette will be working on the pump station in the 200 block of Bay Avenue as well as the pump station in the 500 block of Bay Avenue.Project Design:See Design Presentation for Detaillast_img

Make a date in Milan

first_imgItaly does not do things by halves. And this year, it is doing them by the double – with two bakery shows. AB tech expo – the AB stands for Arte Bianco – is a bakery show taking place in Milan, from 5-9 May, at the new Rho-Fiera showground.The show has an impressive list of machinery exhibitors. “We want visitors to assess, compare and see machinery in operation,” says show organiser Aldo Tagliabue. But millers and ingredient manufacturers will also have a major presence.Environmentally friendly packaging will also be demonstrated at AB tech expo, also reflecting the move in the industry towards smart process packaging technology.AB tech expo has linked up with leading trade associations and experts to offer a number of events running alongside the exhibition. The emphasis is very much on bakery as an ’Enterprise of the Future’, which is the name of a special feature at the show, so while acknowledging the role of tradition, ’future’ will be much to the fore.? Enterprise of the Future – from outlets to production systems, organised by the Italian Federation of Bakers and Pastry Makers – features a life-like bread and pastry-making factory. The display includes a typical purchase outlet through to a fully-fledged production system, enabling visitors to assess new technology in operation from product-making to profit margin computing.? The Flavour Trail, organised by The Federation’s Young Bakers Group, will feature renowned bakers from every region who will make typical local specialities.? The Grand Central Pastry Workshop, organised by the institute of Culinary Arts will feature demonstrations by famous pastry chefs. Described as “an occasion to admire dazzling and sophisticated delicacies made with chocolate, marzipan and sugar”, another area will also display the art of making cupped desserts as well as pastry and will demonstrate innovative presentation techniques. A special section for younger bakers will allow them to exercise their skills.? Pizza, between Tradition and Innovation, is a conference for the exchange of ideas.—-=== Show view ===We asked Luca Vecchiato, MD of Antico Forno Vecchiato, of Padua in the Veneto region, about his company and what he hopes to see at the show.”I like to think that Antico Forno Vecchiato is part of the history of bread production in Padua. Our company encompasses seven generations since it started in 1887.”We make all kinds of fresh breads and pastries, but also deal with salted products, such as meats. From our production centre, we distribute to our seven outlets.”I have to think hard before taking time away from my business but I always pick up new ideas or spot those that will be useful to my bakery at a show. In Milan, there will be a large number of machinery and oven manufacturers.”He continues: “I also want to see Enterprise of the Future presented by the Italian Bakers’ Federation because I hope it will bring to light new trends and suggestions that I can use.”Every country is proud of its own production, but now ’own breads’ are crossing continents, Italian bread is ’raising bread’s profile’.”Our production includes many kinds of bread still unknown abroad. This is a market where diversification is crucial, so I hope AB tech expo will give British visitors the chance to see and taste the most characteristic products from various Italian regions that might enrich their repertoire.” nl For more details visit the A B tech expo website at [http://www.abtechexpo.com] or, for details on the Tutto Food show, go to [http://www.tuttofood.it/home_eng.asp]—-=== How to get there ===Flights to Milan Malpensa airportExpress train direct to Piazzale Cadorna Metro underground at Piazzale Cadorna: Red Line 1 direct into Rho-Fiera showground. Or airport bus to Milan Central Station. Metro, changing to Red line 1 direct into the Rho-Fiera showgroundFlights to Milan Linate airport. Bus 73 to Piazza San Babila, Metro Red line 1 direct into the Rho-Fiera showground—-=== Other events ===tech expo from 5-8 May at Rho-FieraSIAB in Verona (previewed last week), which is on at VeronaFiere 5-9 May, takes place at the same time as AB tech expo, 5-9 May, in Milan.An organisational split has resulted in the two bakery shows taking place simultaneously in the two large cities. It is hoped that the situation will be resolved in time for the next shows in 2010.last_img read more

New professor for SEAS, Wyss

first_imgJennifer A. Lewis, an internationally recognized leader in the fields of 3-D printing and biomimetic materials, has been appointed as the first Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and as a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Lewis is the first senior faculty member to occupy a Wyss-endowed professorial chair.3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of fabricating three-dimensional solid objects from digital computer models. Following computer-generated drawings, 3-D printers generally deposit successive layers of various materials to build an object from the bottom up. The technique is used in a range of fields, from producing crowns in a dental lab to rapid prototyping of aerospace, automotive, and consumer goods.Jennifer A. Lewis has been named the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and as a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. Photo courtesy of Jennifer A. LewisLewis’ research, however, has expanded 3-D printing to a more sophisticated level. By designing novel inks from diverse classes of materials, as well as high-precision 3-D printing platforms with exceedingly small nozzles, her research group is able to create finely tailored structures with precise electronic, optical, mechanical, and chemical properties.“Our approach is distinct from commercially available 3-D printers because of its materials flexibility, precision, and high throughput,” Lewis said.Lewis’ understanding of the chemistry and physics of soft materials enables her to design and manipulate various gels, polymers, and colloidal suspensions and create architectures that mimic those found in nature, such as bone, spider webs, or vascular networks. Her unique prototyping platform can pattern a broad array of functional materials under ambient conditions with features as tiny as one micron (less than one-twenty-five-thousandth of an inch) over areas as large as the top of a square coffee table, all in a matter of minutes. Once deposited, the inks solidify rapidly, enabling the creation of intricate spanning and self-supporting structures, even at a microscopic scale.The potential uses for this technique in the near term are broad and include printed electronics, 3-D polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering, and advanced materials for energy harvesting and storage.“We are delighted that Jennifer is joining us,” said SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray, who is also the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a professor of physics. “An inspirational leader in materials engineering and a natural collaborator, she will bring dynamism, creativity, and expertise to partnerships within the Harvard engineering, life science, and medical communities to forge the development of new functional materials for therapies and diagnostics.”Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Lewis was the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she started her career in 1990. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, the Brunauer Award from the American Ceramic Society, the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society, and the Materials Research Society Medal. She is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of Advanced Functional Materials and Soft Matter, and has authored 120 papers and eight patents. Lewis also has a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach, and has been active in this are for two decades.Her new laboratory at Harvard integrates multiple platforms for materials synthesis, assembly, and characterization, and has a design studio to foster a culture of creativity and collaboration.“With this prestigious Wyss professorship, Jennifer will expand her innovative work in the fabrication of delicate 3-D structures, opening exciting new research frontiers, and helping us to design solutions to a host of medical, environmental, and industrial problems,” said Don Ingber, founding director of the Wyss Institute. “Jennifer’s impressive dossier spans so many disciplines at the heart of our work, from tissue engineering to bioinspired robotics, and adaptive materials that optimize energy use. And we’re thrilled she is joining the team.”last_img read more

Ontario to reopen schools for in-class learning

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — Canada’s most populous province of Ontario will reopen all schools for in-class learning this month despite the presence of new coronavirus variants and a high number of infections in Toronto and its suburbs. The majority of schools will reopen Monday while those in Toronto and its suburbs will resume in-person learning on Feb 16. There are no plans to vaccinate teachers. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said returning kids to school safely is crucial for their development and mental health.last_img read more

Better Brains for Babies

first_imgThe DHR Division of Public Health provides the funding for the program. The GSU Schoolof Nursing coordinates the training. And the March of Dimes provides technical help.Statewide sponsors include the DHR Family Health Branch, Georgia Chapter of the Marchof Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Universityof Georgia College of Family andConsumer Sciences, Georgia StateUniversity School ofNursing, GPCCF and The Family Connection. People say kids are getting smarter all the time. A group of state public healthleaders intends to make sure that’s true.Starting in October, key public health agencies, universities and others will begin astatewide training program called “Better Brains for Babies: Maximizing Georgia’sBrain Power.”The planners are banking on the latest research on early brain development. Thefindings show that babies’ first three years of life greatly affect how they function formany years afterwards.”Governor Miller called attention to this research when he distributed classicalmusic CDs to parents of newborn children in Georgia,” said Brian Ziegler, statedirector and national adviser for the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter.”We’re taking the next step,” Ziegler said. “We will train communityleaders so they can pass the information on to parents and anyone who cares for smallchildren. We want everyone to know what babies need to help their brains develop.”The first groups of professionals and advocates will attend trainings in Tifton Oct. 6,Macon Oct. 7 and Athens Oct. 9. Child-care providers, licensing staff, parents, fosterparents and others will have similar training.The “Making Change for Children” Summit in Atlanta Oct. 15-16 will kick offthe statewide program. Community leaders there will meet trainers, learn about theresearch and arrange presentations in their communities.”Babies’ brains develop fast before age three,” said Dr. Kathleen E. Toomey,director of the GeorgiaDepartment of Human Resources Division of Public Health. “Unlike other organs,the brain acquires much of its capacity after birth, by extending and connecting billionsof neurons.”Toomey said it’s vital to “do everything we can to see that infants are stimulatedat this critical age.”The trainings will help policy makers, too, said Dr. William Sexson of the Georgia PolicyCouncil for Children and Families.”In the past, we’ve paid a lot of attention to school-age children,” Sexsonsaid. “But we haven’t addressed children’s needs in their first three years. Now wecan make better decisions to help families prepare their children to meet the social andeducational challenges of our society.”What can parents do? Here are some tips. Get good prenatal care. Pregnant women should eat a healthy diet, avoid alcohol and other drugs and have regular prenatal checkups. Breast milk provides the ideal nutritional balance. If you don’t breast-feed, give your baby an iron-fortified infant formula. And always hold her when you feed her. Create a safe environment. Are your baby’s surroundings clean? Are there dangers such as sharp objects or things that could choke him? Does he always ride in a car safety seat? Talk to your baby. Make eye contact. Smile. Play rhyming games. Read aloud. As she gets older, ask questions and explain things to her. Find quality child care. Look for care-givers who provide a safe environment and enriching new experiences. Play rich, complex music. Sing songs. Let your child try musical instruments. Limit television. Children need to interact with real, live people. Take care of yourself. Stressed parents tend to stress their babies. So take some time for yourself. Find people who can support you as a parent. Get the information you need. Ask your pediatrician. Your child-care provider or librarian can suggest good books on child development. And the county Extension Service office can give you more information on parenting.last_img read more

NCUA program upgrades could help prepare for extended exam cycle

first_imgThe National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) approved two temporary management positions Thursday to beef up its Enterprise Solutions Modernization (ESM) program, a program agency staff believes could help lead to a longer examination cycle.John Kutchey, NCUA’s deputy executive director, said the changes will make an extended examination more feasible, but added that the decision to extend the cycle rests solely with the board.In its action Thursday, the board authorized $75,000 to be provided annually for the next four years for the two positions. The agency emphasized that the action will not lead to a net staff increase, as the NCUA will eliminate two full-time positions to offset the new expense.The NCUA is predominantly funded by the credit unions it oversees, and those credit union funds ultimately represent their members’ monies. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has long advocated for the NCUA to seek ways to contain and reduce its budget, particularly with the credit union system being very healthy.“We’re glad to see the NCUA move forward with much needed upgrades that should ultimately reduce the regulatory burden on credit unions,” said Elizabeth Eurgubian, deputy chief advocacy officer for CUNA. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Service never goes out of style

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charlie Amato Charlie Amato is the Chairman and Co-founder of SWBC. With 40 years of experience in all aspects of insurance operations, underwriting, and product development, Charlie is known in the business … Web: www.swbc.com Details When you’ve been in business for over 40 years, you learn a number of things about change. Business, society, technology, and people evolve. Forty years ago we didn’t have cell phones, the Walkman was barely making its debut on the music scene, and business was largely done with a handshake. And, while we can’t deny the tremendous ways our culture and businesses have benefited from the evolution of technology, when it comes to the way we manage our employee and customer relationships at SWBC, we hold true to the belief that service never goes out of style. In fact, if anything, advances in technology actually allow us to better serve our customers because we give them multiple channels to engage with us. From social media, to email, to chat bots, over the years we’ve intentionally leveraged technological advances to give our clients a better service experience to serve them where and when they prefer. But, at the end of the day, no matter how much we invest in technology, the foundation of our success is service—people serving people.  A Solid FoundationOver the years, I’ve had the privilege of watching some of my fellow business colleagues and leaders build strong, successful organizations. Unfortunately, I’ve also seen businesses fail. One of the elements that successful businesses and organizations have in common is a solid foundation built on core values. It’s important that organizations stay true to their core values and build their company culture around those values. Every aspect of their operations—recruiting, hiring, investing, marketing, charitable contributions, etc.—should be a manifestation of those values. The way that Gary Dudley, President and Co-founder, and I have ensured that service never goes out of style at SWBC is by creating a service-oriented culture. It didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t without its own set of challenges, but we have always strived to maintain our values in all critical business decisions: integrity, service, trust, commitment, accountability, excellence, and teamwork.  Every organization is different, with a different set of goals and values, but these are the “rinse and repeat” steps that we have taken over the years to build and maintain a service-oriented culture:Lead by exampleCompany culture is built from the top down. Gary and I make it a point to be fully ingrained in the day-to-day operations of our company. Whether it’s traveling to meet with clients or prospects, speaking at our employee of the quarter events, or attending charity events on behalf of our company, we encourage our leadership teams to manage with the same mindset.  Be true to your valuesYou can’t fake culture. We are not Apple, Amazon, or Google, and we don’t pretend to be. We’re proud of the culture that we’ve built over the last several decades, and while we’ll continue to evolve to meet the needs of the marketplace, at the core, we will remain true to who we are.  Hire like-minded peopleYour culture is only as strong as the people you hire. While strong resumes full of accolades, degrees, and experience are important, hiring leaders and staff that embody your company values is just as essential. Communicate By nature, Gary and I are communicators. We know that our employees are humans; humans that make mistakes, need encouragement and support, and need to know what our expectations are. In every aspect of your organization, over-communicate your member-service expectations from the top down.  It’s been an absolute privilege to serve the credit union industry over the last 40 years. While our business has evolved over the years, entering into new territories, product lines, and target markets, our organization has remained rooted in making a positive impact on the lives and businesses of our clients. last_img read more

Airbnb has banned parties in apartments rented through its platform

first_imgAirbnb announced today a global ban on all private entertainment in spaces booked through Airbnb. Also, at the same time, a limit of a maximum of 16 people (related to rental houses) who can stay in a space that is rented through their platform has been introduced. This ban applies to all future reservations on Airbnb and will remain in force until further notice – emphasize Airbnb. That is why Airbnb has now reacted and banned all accommodation facilities, ie users who rent apartments or houses through their platform, to use them for any entertainment. Clear rules of the game, in order to avoid additional Airbnb plans to initiate certain legal proceedings (although it is not specified which) as well as a ban on the use of Airbnb for users in case of violation of these rules. Although Airbnb’s responsibility is not direct, as they only offer a rental service, simply due to too many negative cases and poor media PR, they decided on this move. Especially in the context because Airbnb is finally going public 8 IPO), so a positive image is extremely important to them. So far, 73 percent of partners have had a clearly indicated ban on organizing any kind of party with more people inside their apartments, respecting the house rules of partners, buildings and every city, Airbnb points out. But there have been more cases, even a trend in America, of renting some houses or apartments for various private parties, which have caused problems because neighbors have complained about house breaches. Earlier this year at one such party, a murder also occurred in California. Now, during the pandemic, a new trend has emerged, especially in Los Angeles, where people, due to the ban on clubs and cafes, organized private parties in houses that were booked through Airbnb, and which were not allowed.last_img read more