Is realistic Antarctic sea ice extent in climate models the result of excessive ice drift?

first_imgFor the first time, we compute the sea-ice concentration budget of a fully coupled climate model, the Australian ACCESS model, in order to assess its realism in simulating the autumn–winter evolution of Antarctic sea-ice. The sea-ice concentration budget consists of the local change, advection and divergence, and the residual component which represents the net effect of thermodynamics and ridging. Although the model simulates the evolution of sea-ice area reasonably well, its sea-ice concentration budget significantly deviates from the observed one. The modelled sea-ice budget components deviate from observed close to the Antarctic coast, where the modelled ice motion is more convergent, and near the ice edge, where the modelled ice is advected faster than observed due to inconsistencies between ice velocities. In the central ice pack the agreement between the model and observations is better. Based on this, we propose that efforts to simulate the observed Antarctic sea-ice trends should focus on improving the realism of modelled ice drift.last_img read more

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Vermont Associates for Training and Development gets $1 million from US Dept of Labor

first_imgVermont Associates for Training and Development based in St Albans has received $1,058,111 as part of a US Department of Labor award of $225 million in additional funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in fiscal year 2010. This funding was provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 to allow SCSEP grantees to immediately address unmet needs for employment and job training among low-income, older American workers.”This additional funding greatly expands SCSEP’s ability to serve older workers who face challenges in re-entering the workforce and attaining economic stability,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. “The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to expanding employment opportunities to even more low-income seniors and to enhancing their own career opportunities as they dedicate millions of hours to nonprofit and civic organizations.”This additional funding is a much needed opportunity for high-performing grantees to serve unemployed, low- income seniors. Successful applicants were chosen based on demonstrated need among the older worker populations they serve; the capacity to immediately and effectively expend the additional funds; and past performance in serving older workers.SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. It provides part-time, community service-based job training for unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 or older.  Through this program, older workers have access to SCSEP services as well as other employment assistance available through the workforce investment system.Senior Community Service Employment Program grantees Grantee Funding Amount Alabama $824,520 Alaska $300,000 Arizona $657,582 Arkansas $645,921 California $4,239,993 Connecticut $540,589 Delaware $940,000 District of Columbia $286,431 Florida $2,916,761 Georgia $1,097,315 Hawaii $610,000 Idaho $263,152 Illinois $1,859,350 Indiana $1,294,993 Iowa $439,776 Kentucky $451,164 Massachusetts $1,077,144 Michigan $1,100,000 Minnesota $1,126,942 Missouri $1,086,800 Montana $280,000 Nebraska $330,000 Nevada $263,152 New Hampshire $263,152 New Jersey $1,395,850 New Mexico $278,363 New York $2,049,113 North Carolina $907,038 North Dakota $265,422 Ohio $2,158,322 Oregon $400,000 Pennsylvania $754,230 Rhode Island $266,260 South Carolina $673,719 South Dakota $335,000 Texas $2,743,288 Utah $330,808 Virginia $1,073,110 Washington $649,210 Wisconsin $1,266,754 AARP Foundation $37,873,312 National Able $3,188,511 Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores $4,705,414 Easter Seals $9,158,174 Experience Works $49,405,014 Goodwill $4,644,862 Mature Services $2,844,985 National Caucus on Black Aged $7,508,788 National Coalition on Aging $14,511,583 National Urban League $4,810,050 Quality Career Services $746,977 SER Jobs for Progress $13,743,000 Senior Service America $28,674,012 The Workplace Inc. $230,000 Vermont Associates for Training and Development $1,058,111 Institute for Indian Development $545,680 National Asian Pacific Center on Aging $2,910,30010-124-NATSOURCE U.S. Department of Labor. 1.29.2010. PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Madison Bumgarner pushes aside trade talk: “I’m trying to win games for the Giants”

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants used seven pitchers Thursday night — even with Madison Bumgarner throwing nine sterling innings — and had Tyler Beede in the on deck circle waiting to hit after Donovan Solano.Beede, who struck out in the 14th inning, didn’t have to take another swing. With the bases loaded and no outs, Solano singled to right off reliever Chris Mazza to score Brandon Crawford from third base and give the Giants an exhausting 3-2, 16-inning victory over the New York Mets at Oracle …last_img read more

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South Africa’s first mobile agri-lab

first_img11 September 2013 South Africa’s first mobile agricultural laboratory, one of the most technologically advanced in the world, will be a major boost for the country’s emerging farmers, enabling them to have their water, soil and animals tested on their doorstep. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) spent R3-million on the development of the laboratory, which was recently launched by non-governmental organisation Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training (MASTD) at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport outside Nelspruit. “The benefits of the lab are numerous and include bringing conformity assessment support closer to emerging farmers, giving them access to a testing facility that will help them in their farm planning and crop production,” Seda spokesperson Beverley Kgame said this week. Project manager Kevin Gambaran said the lab, with its cutting edge-range of equipment, “is definitely the most advanced agricultural laboratory in the country, and we are very proud to launch it after years of hard work”. In addition to laboratory facilities, the 20-metre Scania truck unit hosts a training facility with high-tech electronic equipment and a comprehensive one-stop support centre for small, medium and micro enterprises within the agriculture industry. Two high-definition television screens on the outside of the truck relay what is going on inside, and all laboratory equipment, barring the air-conditioners, are run with solar power. “There is an interactive training room on board and a top-of-the-range computer where research and analysis can be furthered,” Gambaran said. MASTD chairman Mathews Phosa said the laboratory would “strengthen MASTD’s hand in accelerating the growth of emerging farmers into commercial producers and beyond”. The truck adds to a fleet of MASTD vehicles which visit projects and deliver seedlings and mechanisation to farmers across the country. MASTD managing director Lynette Bezuidenhout, who leads a team of 30 full-time professionals at the NGO, said the lab would also be used for educational purposes. “The plan is also to support rural schools by taking the laboratory unit to them and demonstrating experiments by using the television screens, making students aware of basic agri-science and showing that agriculture is a worthwhile profession.” Bezuidenhout said more than 300 people were involved in the construction of the laboratory, which was hand-created and custom-made. Phosa, the former premier of Mpumalanga province, said that such developments were vital for South Africa’s economy given the dwindling number of commercial farmers in the country. “Many African and East European countries continue to lure farmers with extremely lucrative contracts. More worrying is the fact that the average age of our commercial farmers is 62. It is clear that the future of food production and rural job creation lies with South Africa’s 2.5-million emerging farmers.” Phosa added that since MASTD’s inception in 2005, the organisation had made significant inroads in uplifting emerging farmers through its business incubation system. “Last year alone, MASTD was instrumental in establishing 286 new SMMEs, creating more than 400 jobs,” Phosa, adding that the goal would be to establish laboratories in all nine provinces. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Delaware County Farm Bureau hosts Symphony on the Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tickets are now on sale for the Delaware County Farm Bureau’s “Benefit in the Barn, A Symphony on the Farm.” This celebration of agriculture and music happens Saturday, August 20, 2016 with all proceeds benefitting partners of the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. For the second year in a row, guests will enjoy a fun and unique concert along with dinner, Ohio beer, wine and spirits, and special surprises throughout the night.The event takes place on Hardscrabble Farms at 2514 Skinner Road, Delaware. The farm has been operated by the Skinner family for more than a century. Tickets include a picnic-style dinner compliments of All Occasions Catering beginning at 6 p.m. and music by the Central Ohio Symphony commencing at 7:30 p.m. and playing until dusk. Guests are encouraged bring a lawn chair for open seating in the barnyard. Tents will be erected to provide cover in the event of inclement weather.To purchase your tickets online, visit: BenefitInTheBarn.org. General admission is $30 per ticket and includes the concert and dinner. Farm Bureau members will receive a $5 discount per ticket when entering their Farm Bureau member number. A limited amount of tickets will be offered, so be sure to get your tickets early. For additional assistance regarding ticket purchases, please call the United Way of Delaware County at 614-436-8929. If you have questions about the event in general, please call the Delaware County Farm Bureau at 740-363-1613.Proceeds from the Benefit in the Barn will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. The members of the Hunger Alliance are committed to increasing access to fresh produce, food pantries, meals for the homebound, and nutrition education. To learn more visit www.DelawareCountyHunger.org.Those who cannot attend the Benefit in the Barn but would still like to support the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, can visit: https://www.liveuniteddelawarecounty.org/take-action/hungeralliance/empty-plate-campaign.The event would not be possible without the support of sponsors. Sponsors already committed to this year’s benefit include the Delaware County Foundation’s Robert Weiler Family Fund and Charles H. and Betty J. Sheets Fund, Delaware County Bank, First Citizens National Bank, POET, Trillium Farms, Wright Moore Law Office, and Farm Credit Mid America.last_img read more

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Google Wave More Secure than Traditional Email

first_imgHTTPS Enabled by DefaultFor an additional layer of security, all Wave traffic is by default encrypted via HTTPS, a protocol for secure communications. That represents a big change in Google’s standard policy regarding use of this protocol. It wasn’t until July of 2008 that Gmail users were even given the option to encrypt messages using SSL and to enable it, you had to go into your settings and make a change – something that most mainstream users would never have bothered with. By the end of 2008, Google was only offering SSL as a feature in its other Google Apps programs if users were on either the Premier or Education editions. That meant that for non-paying consumer users, Google Docs, Calendar and other online offerings were only available via unencrypted HTTP sessions. Today, little has changed. Still, only users of Premier and Education Editions have access to SSL and it’s not switched on by default. The protocol is now available for Gmail, Chat, Calendar, Docs and Sites but not the Start page, Google Video or the Google Talk desktop client. Consumers using free Google apps like Docs still don’t have SSL unless they type it in the address bar manually. D’alesandre admitted that switching on encryption in Wave slows down the service a little (which probably explains the company’s hesitance to switch it on in other products, too), but they ultimately decided that the security it provides was worth it. Whitelisting Kills the NoiseA third security feature of sorts coming to Wave in the future is the ability to do “whitelisting.” Wave users will be able to select which people they want to collaborate with and place them on a whitelist of approved persons. Only those who are on the list will be able to contact you via Wave and everyone else will be ignored. That feature should certainly help to address the concerns certain folks have about Wave’s “noise level,” to some, an overwhelming amount of activity that led them to call out Wave as a distraction and a time-waster instead of the futuristic productivity product it intends to be. By allowing those who can’t seem to embrace Wave’s cacophony the ability to limit their collaborators, Wave could transfer from noisy attention killer to useful tool in an instant. Of the three features, the first two are already in place. No date was given on the whitelisting feature, only that it will be “coming soon.” Tags:#Google#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Wave, the company’s new real-time collaboration platform currently in private beta, is more secure than traditional email, claims the company. According to Greg D’alesandre, Google Wave product manager, that’s because Google has focused on addressing privacy and security issues as the product was built from the ground up instead of waiting to deal with them later. Speaking to media in Sydney today, he detailed several of Wave’s security features which are meant to stop criminals from exploiting the new technology and harming Wave users. Built In Features to Prevent SpoofingAs reported by Australian news outlet ITNews, Wave has multiple levels of security which are designed to prevent email spoofing. Spoofing, meaning when you receive an email that claims to be from either a person or company you know but is actually from someone else – a hacker in most cases. D’alesandre says the Wave protocol is more secure because it includes something he jokingly refers to as “crypto fairy dust.” That’s obviously meant to be a simple and fun way to explain the security complexities built into Wave which involve detailed authentication mechanisms to keep users safe from malicious attacks. In Wave, every bit of info you receive from another Wave user has already been authenticated as to its origin so you can be assured that they are who they say they are. “You know you are getting the Wave from the person that is sending it to you and it has not changed mid-stream. This is a very big problem in current communication technologies – data can be changed mid stream and you will never know,” said D’alesandre.last_img read more

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Weekly Wrapup: Google Nexus One, CES Coverage, Online Finance, And More…

first_imgEditor’s note: This story is part of ReadWriteWeb’s Personal Finance series, a weekly, three-month-long look at how the Internet has transformed personal finance. If you are interested in sponsoring this Content Series on Personal Finance, please contact our COO Sean Ammirati.5 Reasons Why RSS Readers Still Rock Recently we wrote about the decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news. We noted that while many people still use RSS Readers, usage has decreased due to the emergence of real-time and social flows of information via Twitter, Facebook and other such services. The post sparked a fascinating discussion, with over 160 comments. What we learned from that discussion is that while the RSS Reader market is indeed in decline, there are still a number of compelling use cases for RSS Readers.Welcome to the Age of Robot Reporters Recently, three emergency vehicles responded to a report of an unconscious person at the world headquarters of Nike Inc. in Portland, Oregon. How did we know? An automated form-pumping robot from startup company Nozzl Media told us. Nozzl Media unveiled this week a demonstration of its first product, a widget intended for newspaper websites seeking to display real-time local information derived from Twitter messages, blog posts and automatically extracted public records. Web Apps Meet Consumer Electronics at CES The 2010 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) saw a big trend emerge: web applications being ported to consumer electronics, from the technology inside cars to Web-enabled TVs. Earlier this week we noted that online music service Pandora will be made available in cars, courtesy of a new Pioneer device that will begin selling in March. Other evidence of this trend can be found in Ford’s announcement of a new in-car system and Samsung’s latest Internet-connected TV.SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. The Pros and Cons of the Google Nexus One As An Enterprise PhoneThe Nexus One is another smart phone that we will inevitably see inside the walls of the enterprise. Smart phones seem to have a way of being used for all kinds of work activities. So, what are the pros and cons of using the Nexus One in the enterprise?ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.5 Web Apps To Keep Your Startup Organized In a world where emails, phone calls, texts, and Tweets constantly bombard us, it is getting harder and harder to manage the firehose of data and information being thrust our way. For young companies to succeed this environment, it is imparitive they become organized and efficient lest they fall behind and quickly become overwhelmed.Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Los Angeles Best known for its movie stars, sun and surf, Los Angeles probably isn’t the first place you’d think to breed technology. But when you consider the influence of investors like Jason Calacanis and Mark Suster, in addition to the fact that companies like Demand Media and Docstoc call Southern California home, it’s not surprising that the community is emerging as one of the country’s hottest startup hubs. SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb ProductsLive Blog: Google’s Android Press Gathering Google held a press event this week to showcase the new Nexus One, which it described as “Where Web Meets Phone.” Google calls this a new category of phones – the “super phones.” The Nexus One apparently “pushes the limits of what is possible on a mobile phone today.” Google will sell the phone in its own web store. Check out our live blog coverage for more details.Droid’s December Boom: Metrics Show Device Use Doubled in One MonthThe Android platform has grown exponentially since mid-2009, but December’s stats show a particular factor that might help catapult the platform to greater heights of user adoption. In figures just released from mobile advertising company AdMob, the Droid singlehandedly boosted calls to their network by nearly 300 million requests.Facebook’s 1st CTO Launches His Next Company Adam D’Angelo was a programming genius who knew Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in high school, became the young company’s first CTO and has just begun to unveil his new startup company, Quora. Built by D’Angelo and a team of crack young engineers, Quora is a real-time enabled Q&A site. The company calls itself “A continually improving collection of questions and answers.”Skype: Coming to a Couch Near You Starting this spring, you won’t need to gather the whole family around a 15-inch laptop screen to talk with cousin Joe on the other side of the country. As a matter of fact, you won’t even need to get up off the sofa after the evening news, because Skype is coming to the big screen – the big TV screen, that is. Skype announced this week that they have been working with LG and Panasonic to embed Skype in Internet-connected widescreen HDTVs. SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Web TrendsHow The Web is Transforming Personal Finance Not too long ago, personal finance tools like Quicken and Microsoft Money used to be bound to the desktop. Today, free online tools like Mint, moneyStrands and Wesabe make it easy to track financial information. So you can now get a better overview of your personal finances than ever before. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we report on a new “superphone” launched by Google, take a look at how the Web is transforming personal finance, give you 5 reasons why RSS Readers still rock, get a first look at the new startup of ex-Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo, analyze the trends that emerged from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and more. And as usual we check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products) and ReadWriteStart (our daily resource for entrepreneurs). Also read on for details of the newly released printed edition of our current premium report, about the Real-Time Web.Now Available: Printed Edition of The Real-Time Web ReportAt the request of the librarian community and people that just like paper, we have made The Real-Time Web and its Future report available in print.For those of you that prefer it digitally, you can still download it.Don’t forget about our Community Management Report. It too is coming in print soon, so watch out for it! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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PM inaugurates Himachal global investors’ meet

first_imgStates are now competing with each other to provide enabling ecosystems for investors, rather than a competition of concessions and discounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday while inaugurating the two-day Rising Himachal Global Investors Meet in Dharamshala.“Prime Minister said that in the last few years States have realised that this competition of offering discounts or concessions to industrialists were of no benefit to anyone – either to the State or to the Industrialists. He said it is essential that there is an enabling ecosystem for investors to invest in the States, where it is free of the Inspector Raj and the need of permits at every stage,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.He added that unwanted laws and government interventions helped in slowing down progress. Citing the changes made by his government, the Prime Minister said India had improved 79 places in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 2014 till 2019.“Every year we are improving in each parameter. Improvement in these rankings means that our Government is making decisions after a thorough understanding of the needs at the grass roots level for the industry,” he said.Speaking about the Himachal Pradesh government’s steps, including single-window clearance, he said the State has a huge potential for conference tourism.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the State government had a target of attracting investment of ₹85,000 crore and had been able to sign 603 MoUs worth ₹92,439 crore, a Himachal Pradesh government statement said.Pharma research hubMr. Thakur added that the government was interested in developing the State as a research and development hub for pharmaceuticals. He also said that the State government would soon set up an investment promotion authority to facilitate investments.last_img read more

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