The Antarctic ozone hole during 2013

first_imgWe review the 2013 Antarctic ozone hole, making use of various ground-based, in-situ and remotely-sensed ozone measurements, ground-based measurements of ultraviolet radiation and meteorological reanalyses. Based on analysis of 34 years of satellite records spanning 1979-2013 (which excludes 1995), we find that in terms of maximum area, minimum ozone level and total ozone deficit, the ozone hole in 2013 was typical of other years of moderate ozone loss. The estimated integrated ozone mass effectively depleted within the ozone hole of 2013 was approximately 1037 Mt, which was the 17th largest deficit on record and 41% of the peak deficit observed in 2006. Anomalously cold winter temper-atures in the lower stratosphere over Antarctica and concurrent strong and stable vortex conditions favoured the potential for strong ozone depletion in 2013. However, anomalous warming of the polar vortex that occurred from late Au-gust limited the overall severity of ozone depletion during spring, and resulted in the relatively early breakup of the ozone hole in mid-November.last_img read more

Let the trashings begin

first_imgAs the first batch of finalists finished their exams on Tuesday, University officials renewed efforts to regulate Oxford’s tradition of ‘trashing’.As the first batch of finalists finished their exams on Tuesday,University officials renewed efforts to regulate Oxford’s traditionof ‘trashing’.When the finalists emerged, they were cheered by manystudents lined up with banners, balloons, confetti, and champagne.One student told a reporter, “Our theme for the trashingof my friend was Royal Cream Tea. We trashed him withCava, scotch eggs, whipped cream, jam and scones.”Another undergraduate said, “people hide their things onside streets and drag friends down there to trash them. Lastyear my friend was pulled down a side street and tied to a treeand had things like old milk and liver thrown at her.”In an email sent out by the Proctors to all students, it wassaid that, “safety and public order are our core concerns. Wetherefore need your help in keeping people safe, and stampingout the abuse of all foodstuffs. No flour, no eggs, no beans,ketchup, let alone rotting food or worse. Rotting food, vomit,broken glass and other items causing litter are simply notwhat any of us wants to see. They are a disgrace and potentiallydangerous. The Proctors will not hesitate to take disciplinaryaction against those who break them.” Proctors and securityat the scene were collecting bags full of confiscated trashingproducts before students even came out.However, many described Tuesday’s trashings as tame, believingthat they would get worse as the exam season went on.Guidance on the Oxford University web site says that anyonewho breaks the trashings code could be fined a minimum of£80 By the University, the City, or the Police. The Proctors ortheir officers can also give students a fine on the spot.When the finalists emerged, they were cheered by many students lined up with banners, balloons, confetti, and champagne.One student told a reporter, “Our theme for the trashingof my friend was Royal Cream Tea. We trashed him with Cava, scotch eggs, whipped cream, jam and scones.”Another undergraduate said, “people hide their things onside streets and drag friends down there to trash them. Last year my friend was pulled down a side street and tied to a tree and had things like old milk and liver thrown at her.”In an email sent out by the Proctors to all students, it was said that, “safety and public order are our core concerns. We therefore need your help in keeping people safe, and stamping out the abuse of all foodstuffs.‘No flour, no eggs, no beans, ketchup, let alone rotting food or worse. Rotting food, vomit, broken glass and other items causing litter are simply not what any of us wants to see. They are a disgrace and potentially dangerous. The Proctors will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against those who break them.”Proctors and security at the scene were collecting bags full of confiscated trashing products before students even came out. However, many described Tuesday’s trashings as tame, believing that they would get worse as the exam season went on.Guidance on the Oxford University web site says that anyonewho breaks the trashings code could be fined a minimum of £80 By the University, the City, or the Police. The Proctors or their officers can also give students a fine on the spot.last_img read more

Zeelandia sets target of 100% sustainable palm oil

first_imgSource: ZeelandiaGlobal baking ingredients company Royal Zeelandia Group has announced plans to make its use of palm oil 100% sustainable.The target was set out in a recent case study published by the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature.Production of palm oil, widely used as a cooking oil and ingredient, has been blamed for deforestation of tropical forests, threatening wildlife such as orangutans, elephants and tigers.Zeelandia participates in the Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, which assesses major retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and food service companies from around the world on their performances, actions and commitments toward responsible purchasing of palm oil.The group, which has operations in over 30 countries and sales in around 100 countries,says it has worked closely with around 34 suppliers to convert 81 ingredients and reach 99% sustainable palm oil usage.“Having converted most of the palm-based ingredients we buy in Europe to segregated, we will enlarge our scope of activities to the Zeelandia companies outside Europe, quantifying and assessing the volume of palm oil used by these subsidiaries and joint ventures,” said David Amos, managing director of Zeelandia UK.“We also recognise that as a leading global baking ingredients company we have a responsibility to educate others in the supply chain to work more sustainably and also look to support projects that help local communities adopt more sustainable practices and ingredients,” Amos added.Alongside its palm oil efforts, Zeelandia sells organic multigrain Panda Bread to European bakeries, with €0.05 of each loaf donated to the WWF.According to the group, over €4.2m has been raised for projects helping to protect natural habitats as well as animal and plant conservation.In the UK, Zeelandia recently moved to a multimillion-pound technical centre in Colchester, Essex, from its previous site in Billericay to benefit from the closer proximity to the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe.last_img read more

New findings suggest that young men also benefit from HPV vaccine

first_imgNew findings reported in The New England Journal of Medicine suggest that vaccinating young men against human papillomavirus (HPV), which cause the majority of cervical and anal cancers and a smaller proportion of other cancers, resulted in reduced infections and incidence of external genital lesions, primarily genital warts. In an editorial accompanying the article, published online in NEJM February 3, 2011, HSPH’s Jane Kim highlights the arguments for and against routine vaccination of boys (currently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine vaccination for girls as young as nine).Kim calls the findings “cause to celebrate the extraordinary potential for HPV vaccination to improve health in both women and men.” However, in previous work, Kim found that vaccinating boys was generally not a good value for resources except under special circumstances. For example, in the current editorial, she writes that if the vaccination rate of girls in the United States remains low, routine vaccination of boys may be cost-effective.“To maximize the benefits to the population’s health from health services and interventions, we have a responsibility to use resources as efficiently as possible,” she writes. “Equally important is our responsibility to revisit policy decisions as influential new data and new technologies become available, as they undoubtedly will in the case of the prevention and control of HPV-related diseases.”last_img read more

Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried & More Tapped for The 24 Hour Plays

first_img The directors include America Ferrera, Andy Fickman and Kathy Najimy, while the writers will include Christina Anderson, Bekah Brunstetter, comedian David Cross, David Lindsay Abaire, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Sarwat Siddiqui. Other stage and screen stars who are taking part this year include Sasha Alexander, Jamie Chung, Billy Crudup, Rachel Dratch, Nina Dobrev, Michael Ealy, Seth Green, Bryan Greenberg, Taran Killam, Zoe Kravitz, Justin Long, Aasif Mandvi, Stephen Merchant, Diane Neal, Jay Pharoah, Sebastian Stan, Julia Stiles, Tracie Thoms, Michael Kenneth and Pablo Schreiber. Hope these stars like flying by the seat of their pants! Working Girl Melanie Griffith, Les Miz movie fave Amanda Seyfried, OITNB’s Uzo Aduba and Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage are among the many big names to have signed up to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. The 14th annual event challenges more than a dozen actors, six writers and six directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day. The AP reports that the plays will be performed for a live audience at the American Airlines Theatre on November 17. View Comments Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Urban Arts Partnership.last_img read more

Move to repeal a criminal procedure rule fails

first_imgMove to repeal a criminal procedure rule fails Senate lets die a measure that would have altered when retardation is determined in death cases May 15, 2006 Regular News Move to repeal a criminal procedure rule fails Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A bill to overturn a criminal procedural rule on when to determine whether a murder defendant is retarded cleared the Florida House April 25, but died when the Senate failed to take it up as the legislative session wound down.Representatives voted 83-34, the two-thirds needed, to revoke Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.203, which was approved by the court in 2004. The Senate companion, SB 1904, sponsored by Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, who is also a candidate for governor, was reported favorably by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and was before the Senate Judiciary Committee when the session ended.The bills said the determination should be made after trial in potential death penalty cases where the defendant claims retardation. In a concurring opinion to the court’s 2004 ruling, Justice Raoul Cantero argued the pretrial determination would provide for the most efficient use of judicial and legal resources.The legislature in 2001 approved a law banning execution of the mentally retarded, but said the determination should be made in the penalty phase of a death case, after the defendant is convicted in the trial. A year later, the U.S. Supreme Court held that executing the mentally retarded violated the U.S. Constitution.“This bill repeals a rule of procedure adopted by the court which is in conflict with the statute that we voted on,” said Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, the measure’s sponsor, adding that it is not efficient to hold hearings on retardation in capital cases until a defendant is convicted.“Under the statute the hearing would not be needed in any of the following circumstances — if the jury recommended a life sentence, where the defendant was convicted of a lesser charge, or the defendant was acquitted,” Kravitz said.Rep. Chris Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale, however, argued it would be more fiscally responsible to have retardation hearings pretrial to know before the trial begins if the death penalty can be imposed.Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, said there were 962 capital defendants last year and in about one-third of those cases the issue of mental retardation was raised. He said holding the retardation hearing on the front end would save up to $3 million in penalty phase hearings and trial costs in capital cases. He also asserted the bill was never properly referred to an appropriate fiscal committee and moved the bill be sent to one before a floor vote. That motion was defeated.Kravitz responded that the staff analysis of his bill found no fiscal impact and asked legislators not to confuse the issue of mental competency to stand trial, performed at the front end, with the post-trial determination of mental retardation.Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers also noted the Supreme Court never struck down the statute requiring post-trial mental retardation determination.“They never said it was unconstitutional or wrong,” Kyle said. “They just said, ‘You know what? We are just going to choose to ignore the policy that you passed and put into the statutes on how to handle this process.’ And [the court] put in a rule. The issue really is: Do you want to repeal the rule and stand with the current law that was already debated and passed by you or go with what the Supreme Court decided legislatively on its own as the appropriate process for this?”Smith, however, said, “This is one case where the people who actually try the cases; people that actually do the work; people who actually look at this day-to-day said, ‘You know what? That is actually backwards the way the legislature is trying to do this. So we are going to save the state some money and do the right thing. We are going to set this rule the way it should be.’ Let’s not just get excited about their methodology and ignore their reasoning. Let’s not get so high and mighty as a legislature and get our dander up because the Supreme Court did something that is common sense.”Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, said the court should not have overridden the intent of the legislature in this situation. “So it is an important statement about how our three branches of government are supposed to work,” Kottkamp said.last_img read more

Credit unions have the advantage in both user experience and security

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The magic of mobile person-to-person (P2P) payment technology is making consumers’ lives easier than ever, allowing them to transfer funds from one account to another using just a smart phone.Consumer behavior is clearly changing due to P2P, with enormous fraud-related concerns for both the member and the financial institution. There is just as clearly a huge opportunity for credit unions in mobile payments technologies. It’s our time to grab that opportunity with both hands.“Technology is virtualizing money,” said Ryan Zilker, business manager, product development for CO-OP Financial Services. “We have quickly gone from cash to cards and now to P2P transfers that allow us to send money instantly to anyone, anywhere. This market is growing fast, and there is a lot of push to get into it from several different directions.” continue reading »last_img read more

How to increase credit union member engagement

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I’ve seen a few guides on how to boost credit union member engagement before. And you know what? I wasn’t impressed. They were a little technical and self-serving. Technical in that they listed things like “segment lists for content marketing,” and self-serving in that they sell content marketing services.Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh. Some of the best suggestions are technical and self-serving.But we’d like to introduce a few of our own ways to increase member engagement at your credit union. And we’ll try to keep it accessible!How to Boost Member EngagementBelow are seven ways to get your credit union’s members more engaged. We’ll stay away from any suggestions that require a total overhaul of the way you do things. Minimally disruptive, one might say.last_img read more

US Election 2020: Moment BBC projects Biden victory

first_img– Advertisement – The BBC projects that Joe Biden has won the race to become US president, defeating Donald Trump following a cliff-hanger vote count after Tuesday’s election.This was the moment it was announced on TV.- Advertisement – Read more: Biden wins – BBC projects White House victory – Advertisement –last_img

Tata Sky Continues to Lead DTH Market in India, Ties Up With SonyLIV for Tata Sky Binge Service

first_imgDTH operatorShare in QE Sept’2019Share in QE Dec’2019Share in QE Mar’2020Share in QE Jun’2020 Tata Sky31.61 percent31.80 percent32.33 percent32.09 percent Airtel23.39 percent23.31 percent23.65 percent23.83 percent Sun Direct13.78 percent14.35 percent14.53 percent15.41 percent Tata Sky Binge includes OTT platforms including Disney+ Hotstar Premium, Zee5, Sun Nxt, Hungama Play, Eros Now, ShemarooMe, Voot Select, and Voot Kids. It also provides three months of Amazon Prime Video subscription.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. At the end of June, the TRAI data shared by Tata Sky shows that Dish TV and D2h had a market share of 28.67 percent, Airtel had 23.83 percent, and Sun Direct had 15.41 percent. Tata Sky reported that during the last four quarters, it added about 7.5 lakh subscribers. However, if we look at its quarter-over-quarter performance based on the given TRAI data, the operator lost 0.24 percent share since the previous quarter ending on March 31.“We remain the No. 1 DTH and No. 1 Pay TV platform having increased the lead over our nearest competitor. It is heartening to see the overall DTH sector maintain its resilience even in this quarter,” a Tata Sky spokesperson said.Following Tata Sky at the top, Dish TV and D2h jointly came in second, while Airtel stood at third and Sun Direct at fourth position, as per the TRAI data.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Aside from announcing its growth in terms of market share, Tata Sky has also partnered with SonyLIV to bring over 1,000 hours of content to the Tata Sky Binge service that is accessible through the Amazon Fire TV Stick – Tata Sky Edition and Tata Sky Binge+ Android-powered set-top box.- Advertisement – Dish TV and D2h31.23 percent30.55 percent29.49 percent28.67 percent Tata Sky has continued to maintain its leadership in the market for four quarters in a row, the DTH operator announced. Citing the data provided by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Tata Sky reported that it captured a market share of 32.09 percent in the quarter ending on June 30. The operator has also partnered with over-the-top (OTT) platform SonyLIV to offer on-demand shows, movies, and sports content to Tata Sky Binge customers. Tata Sky Binge already offers content from nine OTT platforms, including Disney+ Hotstar, Eros Now, Hungama Play, and Zee5, among others.The data provided in the latest Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators report by TRAI, shared by Tata Sky in a press release, shows that the operator’s market share grew by nearly 0.5 percent in the April-June quarter 2020 from the 31.61 percent reported in the July-September quarter last year.- Advertisement –last_img read more