A validation of ERA5 reanalysis data in the southern Antarctic Peninsula – Ellsworth Land region, and its implications for ice core studies

first_imgClimate reanalyses provide key information to calibrate proxy records in regions with scarce direct observations. The climate reanalysis used to perform a proxy calibration should accurately reproduce the local climate variability. Here we present a regional scale evaluation of meteorological parameters using ERA-Interim and ERA5 reanalyses compared to in-situ observations from 13 automatic weather stations (AWS), located in the southern Antarctic Peninsula and Ellsworth Land, Antarctica. Both reanalyses seem to perform better in the escarpment area (>1000 m a.s.l) than on the coast. A significant improvement is observed in the performance of ERA5 over ERA-Interim. ERA5 is highly accurate, representing the magnitude and variability of near-surface air temperature and wind regimes. The higher spatial and temporal resolution provided by ERA5 reduces significantly the cold coastal biases identified in ERA-Interim and increases the accuracy representing the wind direction and wind speed in the escarpment. The slight underestimation in the wind speed obtained from the reanalyses could be attributed to an interplay of topographic factors and the effect of local wind regimes. Three sites in this region are highlighted for their potential for ice core studies. These sites are likely to provide accurate proxy calibrations for future palaeoclimatic reconstructions.last_img read more

RB Council Acts to Clarify Zoning Ordinance

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The Borough Council has weighed in on pending litigation opposing an application to construct a hotel that is now before the borough Planning Board.Prior to their regular meeting last Wednesday, the council held an executive session.After the closed discussion, Mayor Pasquale Menna announced that the governing body agreed to formally amend an ordinance stipulating that the tract on which the hotel construction is proposed was never intended for residential use.“The ordinance in question has some very vague language,” that this amendment would try to clarify, Menna explained.The property, which overlooks the Navesink River at the intersection of Highway 35 South and Rector Place was formerly used as a gas station, but has been vacant for about 14 years.The prospective developer appeared before the zoning board last May to present his plan for a six-story, 76-room Hampton Inn at that location, and to argue that the site shouldn’t be considered part of the residential zone that encompasses the remainder of Rector. In support of that position, the borough council sent a letter to the board indicating that the site should not be considered residential because it faces a busy highway and because of its previous commercial use.The zoning board concurred and handed off the application to the planning board.However a planning board hearing on the application was suspended after a borough resident filed suit opposing the application.Steve Mitchell, Prospect Avenue, filed a complaint in Superior Court, arguing the application rightly should go before the zoning board as the developer would need to win a variance for a non-permitted use given the area’s zoning as residential. Mitchell had also appeared before the zoning board to express his opposition to the project.When informed about the council’s action, attorney Ron Gasiorowski, who represents Mitchell, responded, “They can pass whatever ordinance they want to pass. That doesn’t mean it’ll stand up.”“The planning board will continue to hear this application,” said Menna, who sits on that board.The board is again scheduled to hear the application on Nov. 7.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters Champs

first_imgJackson’s snapped a 1-1 tie as striker Roger Quayle converted a nifty pass from Justin Willans to secure the victory.Keeper Tad Lake was outstanding between the pipes, stopping a penalty shot by Bia Boro midway through the second half.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Jackson’s Hole Championship run with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Mike Gerun, Justin Willans, Erik Leslie, Morgan Dehnel, Kevin McClelland, Scott Miller, Jesse Anast, Matt Peschke, Scott Lewis, Roger Quayle, Bruce Fuhr, Tad Lake, Bill Clark, Pat Perkins and Angus Glass. Flying under the radar all season long, Jackson’s Hole came out of the woodwork to capture the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters Soccer League Championships with a stunning 2-1 victory over favoured Bia Boro Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.Jackson’s Hole, finishing second overall during the regular season, edged out Ted Allen’s to advance to the final.last_img read more

Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘Fixer Upper’ home improvement loan

first_img*For a €50,000 15 year variable interest rate loan with 180 monthly repayments of €456.16, an interest Rate of 7.24%, a representative APR of 7.5%, the total amount payable by the member is €82,116.79. Information correct as at 17/10/2019Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘Fixer Upper’ home improvement loan was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fixer upperhome improvement loanletterkenny credit untionretrofit Whether you are a first time home owner who has just acquired a property that, with a little bit of vision, will be your dream home, or maybe you feel it’s time to breathe new life into your long time family home, taking the next steps can be a big hurdle. Home upgrading is a trend which has seen somewhat of a surge in popularity in recent years – and for good reason. A refurbishment can completely transform a home.As with anything that has major long-term benefits, carrying out larger home improvements can come with a significant cost. The good news is that Letterkenny Credit Union stands ready to provide loans for those looking to retrofit their homes in the coming months. Gordon Randles, CEO says Letterkenny Credit Union has launched a new ‘Fixer Upper’ home loan for those wanting to retrofit their homes, but who might need some financial assistance to do so. “The new loan is as affordable as it is flexible. With the new Fixer Upper Loan from Letterkenny Credit Union members can borrow between €30,000 and €60,000 at an APR of 7.5%*. “The loan is typically approved within 48 hours and does not have any hidden fees or costs.  “Letterkenny Credit Union is happy to work with borrowers to structure the repayments in a way that suits their financial circumstances best. The product is designed to take the toxic stress out of home improvements, so you can focus on the upgrade.“Making significant changes to your home can have economic and environmental benefits long term. That’s why we offer loan terms of up to 15 years so you can match the cost of renovations with the savings in energy bills over the life of the loan,” Gordon said.For further information on the new, Fixer Upper loan, contact Letterkenny Credit Union at 0749102126 or email [email protected]  last_img read more

PPC, IDC enter Ethiopian cement market

first_img26 July 2012 South Africa’s Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) have teamed up to acquire a 47% equity stake in Ethiopia’s Habesha Cement Share Company (HCSCo), and will help build a US$130-million cement plant in the east African country. PPC announced on Wednesday that it was investing $12-million in cash to secure 27% equity in HCSCo – the company’s first foray into the east African cement market. The IDC will invest $9-million for a 20% equity stake in HCSCo. “We are on record that our strategy is to grow our revenue earned outside of South Africa to 40-50% during the next few years and that we have been working on various opportunities on the African continent,” PPC CEO Paul Stuiver said in a statement. “This is one of those opportunities, and we look forward to a growing contribution and partnership with Habesha in the years ahead.” PPC said HCSCo was a “first of its kind cement share company in Ethiopia, with more than 16 000 local shareholders”.State-of-the-art cement plant The first phase of HCSCo’s plan is a $130-million, state-of-the-art cement plant with an annual capacity of 1.4-million tons to supply the growing Ethiopian cement market. The plant will be financed from the equity investments of local shareholders, PPC and the IDC, as well as $86-million in debt financing that HCSCo has secured from the Development Bank of Ethiopia. According to PPC, the HCSCo plant, which is currently in the early stages of construction, is located 35km north-west of Addis Ababa. Cement production is planned to commence during the first half of 2014, and future development plans includes an option to double the plant’s capacity to 2.8-million tons per annum. During the initial construction phases, PPC will assist HCSCo by providing operational and technical expertise and by training plant personnel at its operations and in the PPC Academy in South Africa.One of Africa’s fastest-growing economies With a population of about 85-million, Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most populous countries, as well as one of its fastest-growing economies. Infrastructure development is high on the country’s agenda, and the government has embarked on a significant housing reform programme. “During my visits to Ethiopia I have been impressed with the professionalism of Habesha management and their advisers,” Stuiver said. “They have significant experience in the cement industry, and we have already built great relationships. “The country’s current investment plans, combined with one of the fastest growing cement demands in Africa, makes us extremely confident about the sustainability and growth of this investment.” PPC is the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa, with eight cement manufacturing facilities and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe with total capacity of eight million tons cement annually. PPC also produces aggregates, metallurgical-grade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone, and exports cement and lime to various African countries. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Geocaching souvenirs, badges, and trackable icons

first_imgIcons — trackables you move or discoverIcons on a profileIcons are associated with trackable items.Generic icons display for most trackable items.Promotional icons are created in collaboration with other companies or organizations such as Magic: The Gathering, Michelin, or Jeep®.Customized icons are created when individuals or organizations order large/bulk quantities of icons.IconsWhatever your geocaching style, earning and displaying souvenirs, badges, and icons adds an additional layer of fun and motivation for geocaches. How do you show off your geo-accomplishments? Share with your Friends:More Let’s break it down.Souvenirs — where or when you cacheGeocaching souvenirs on a profileSouvenirs are similar to stickers on a suitcase when traveling around the world. They’re generally awarded for caching in a particular location or on a particular date.Location: If you find a geocache or attend an event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, you will receive the Alberta province and Canada country souvenir.Alberta province souvenir and Canada souvenirDate: If you log a geocache or attend an event on a special day, such as International Geocaching Day, you will receive the International Geocaching Day souvenir.International Geocaching Day 2017 souvenirSome souvenirs are awarded for logging a particular cache type during a specific time period. For example, you may earn a souvenir for attending or hosting a Geocaching International Film Festival event during GIFF week. However, if you log a Mystery Cache during that time, you will increase your find count, but you will not earn a GIFF souvenir.Geocaching International Film Festival 2017 souvenirBadges — what you accomplishGeocaching badges on a profileBadges are associated with statistics or completing specific tasks such as:Number of consecutive finds (365 in one year)Milestones (finding 500 geocaches)Number of caches owned (10 caches)Number of trackables moved/discoveredBadges are manually added to a geocacher’s profile page with HTML code provided by third-party sites such as Project-GC.com or BadgeGen.com. Occasionally, badges are awarded by Geocaching.com, such as the case of the Haunted Hides badge.Here are examples of badges from BadgeGen:Geocaching badge from BadgeGen Souvenirs, badges, and iconsDo you know the difference between geocaching souvenirs, badges, and icons? They’re all virtual pieces of art for geocachers to earn, collect, and show off. However, each serves a different purpose in different parts of your Geocaching profile.Souvenirs — where or when you cacheBadges — what you accomplishIcons — trackables you move or discover SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”You might be a geocacher if…August 28, 2018In “News”You might be a Trackable Lover if…November 27, 2018In “News”last_img read more

100 Uses of RFID

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img This week Thing Magic, a company that builds embedded RFID readers and other products, launched 100 Uses of RFID. Under this program, the company is profiling one use of radio frequency identification technology every business day on its blog, and aggregating the posts on a dedicated Web page. 100 Uses will outline a new use every business day for five months. So far, the project has outlined only five. Race Timing with RFID – How Rosie Ruiz Changed an IndustryHospital Inventory Control with UHF RFID – What if Your Goods Could Talk?Enhancing the Patient Experience with RFID – “It’s Like Angels Singing”The Batteryless RFID Imperative in Healthcare – Patient-Centric Applications That Are Changing the Healthcare LandscapeThe Next Revolution in Wireless and Mobility – How RFID and Sensing Is Automating Identification, Data Collection, and Location SystemsCan they keep this up 95 more times? That seems like a rough row to hoe. After all, three of the five concern the healthcare industry. But if so, it should prove a very nice survey of current usage. At any rate, we think it will at least provide a nice entrance into the breadth of current RFID use for those new to the Internet of Things. curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

WUFI Is Driving Me Crazy

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Is it possible to describe all of the factors that influence heat and moisture movement through a wall during a single day? Perhaps. We could start by listing the outdoor conditions, including air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, the angle of the sun with respect to the wall (its altitude and azimuth), the cloud thickness, the precipitation rate, and the depth of snow on the ground. Needless to say, many of these factors change from minute to minute.We could describe the indoor conditions, which include the air temperature (remembering, of course, that the air temperature near the floor may be different from air temperature near the ceiling), the relative humidity, and the mean radiant temperature of the surfaces in the room.We could list the construction details of all of the many layers of the wall assembly, including the vapor permeance of each layer, the R-value of each layer, the air permeance of each layer, the moisture-storage characteristics of each layer, the location and size of the wall’s cracks and holes, the location and size of any windows, the leakiness of the window flashing, the SHGC and U-factors of the window glazing, the distance from the top of each window to the roof overhang, the width of the roof overhang, the depth of the rainscreen gap, the size of the ventilation openings at the base of the rainscreen gap, the size of the ventilation openings at the top of the rainscreen gap, and the orientation of the wall — that is, the cardinal direction it faces.If we know all of this information, and more, it might be possible to determine how heat and moisture move through the wall — in other words, to describe the wall’s hygrothermal performance.Then again, it might not.The fact that… last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Retracts, Apologizes For Comments On Colin Kaepernick

first_imgJim Harbaugh addresses a group of reporters.Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh apologized on Twitter shortly after commenting on the motivation behind Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.Earlier today, Jim Harbaugh said he “didn’t respect the motivation” behind San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down during the national anthem on Friday night.Kaepernick, who played for Harbaugh in San Fran from 2011-14, explained his decision on multiple occasions, saying it revolved around the treatment of black people and people of color in the U.S.“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Just minutes after his initial comments on Kaepernick went public –and caused some criticism on social media–Jim Harbaugh apologized on his favorite medium.I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 29, 2016Looking at the responses to Harbaugh’s tweet, some have accepted his apology, others haven’t and some are wondering why he apologized in the first place. Seems like the man can’t help causing a stir even when he doesn’t intend to.last_img read more

Officials flagged 900 food items from China with problems over two years

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants that included glass and metal between 2017 and early 2019, according to internal federal records.The document provides an inside look at imports from China that caught the attention of officials for appearing to fall short of Canadian standards — from gum balls with “extraneous” metal, to three-minute chow mein that contained an insect, to spicy octopus feet flagged for a “non-specific hazard.”The list, compiled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, was obtained through access-to-information law.Its release comes at a time of significant public interest in Canada about cross-border food inspections, especially those involving China.The scrutiny of agricultural goods has been central to a diplomatic dispute between Canada and its second-biggest trading partner. Bilateral frictions have intensified since the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians on espionage allegations.The governing Liberals have come under pressure from rival Conservatives to respond by taking a harder line when it comes to Chinese imports.In recent weeks, China asked Canada to suspend all its meat-export certificates to the Asian country after Chinese customs inspectors detected residue from a restricted feed additive, called ractopamine, in a batch of Canadian pork products. A statement by China’s embassy in Ottawa said the investigation uncovered at least 188 forged veterinary health certificates and argued the Canadian system had “obvious safety loopholes.”Chinese authorities have also blocked imports of Canadian canola seeds, alleging they found pests in some shipments. The federal government says it has tried unsuccessfully to send a delegation of inspectors to China to examine the evidence.The economic consequences of China’s trade actions on Canadian food shipments, as well as the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are widely seen as attempts by Beijing to pressure the Liberal government into releasing Meng.The list from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency shows it’s not uncommon for inspectors to raise concerns about imports from China.Between Jan. 1, 2017 and Feb. 29, 2019, agency officials “detected problems” with 889 food or food ingredient imports into Canada from China, according to the document.Only four food shipments, however, from China were refused entry into Canada over that period, CFIA’s quarterly reports show.An agency spokeswoman said CFIA investigates concerns to determine if it’s a hazard or fails to comply with Canadian standards. When necessary, she said officials take action — including minor label corrections, recalls, product seizure, entry refusals and the cancellation of licences.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in an emailed statement that the issues in the CFIA list do not necessarily correlate to a particular problem with imported food products from foreign countries.“This is a list of cases reported to the CFIA that informs operational and follow-up activities to verify compliance and take any appropriate actions, in accordance with laws and regulations,” Bibeau said.“The Canadian food safety system is strong and recognized as one of the best in the world and the government is confident in all products approved by the CFIA as safe for local consumption as well as for export.”The list only provides numbers for China and does not include comparable numbers for Canada’s other trading partners.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer recently called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up inspections on all products from China and to consider slapping tariffs on imports.Bibeau’s office has said Canada has no intention of increasing inspections on Chinese imports.Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor, an expert in agri-food trade and policy, wrote in an email that Canada would likely take a long time before implementing actions against Chinese imports.“Canada will always play to the rules and exhaust all democratic channels available through international trade agreements such as (the World Trade Organization),” wrote Afesorgbor, an assistant professor at the University of Guelph.“Any retaliatory action may result in trade war and that may negatively affect the two countries.”Glenford Jameson, a Toronto-based lawyer with expertise in the food sector, said the CFIA list provides an extra level of detail that’s usually omitted from public documents. He added that none of the concerns flagged in the document are highly unusual.“This list is a list that wouldn’t be surprising from any country, including the United States, and is really just a byproduct of having a stringent food-inspection and food-regulatory system,” Jameson said.“No food commodity is traded at 100 per cent perfect compliance all the time.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more