Centennial climate variability over the last ice age exhibits clear bipolar behavior. High-resolution analyses of marine sediment cores from the Iberian margin trace a number of associated changes simultaneously. Proxies of sea surface temperature and water mass distribution, as well as relative biomarker content, demonstrate that this typical north-south coupling was pervasive for the cold phases of climate during the past 420,000 years. Cold episodes after relatively warm and largely ice-free periods occurred when the predominance of deep water formation changed from northern to southern sources. These results reinforce the connection between rapid climate changes at Mediterranean latitudes and century-to-millennial variability in northern and southern polar regions.
We use model data from the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS), measurements from automatic weather stations and satellite observations to investigate the association between surface energy balance (SEB), surface melt and the occurrence of föhn winds over Larsen C Ice Shelf (Antarctic Peninsula) over the period November 2010 – March 2011. Föhn conditions occurred for over 20% of the time during this period and are associated with increased air temperatures and decreased relative humidity (relative to non-föhn conditions) over the western part of the ice shelf. During föhn conditions, the downward turbulent flux of sensible heat and the downwelling shortwave radiation both increase. However, in AMPS, these warming tendencies are largely balanced by an increase in upward latent heat flux and a decrease in downwelling longwave radiation so the impact of föhn on the modelled net SEB is small. This balance is highly sensitive to the representation of surface energy fluxes in the model and limited validation data suggest that AMPS may underestimate the sensitivity of SEB and melt to föhn. There is broad agreement on the spatial pattern of melt between the model and satellite observations but disagreement in the frequency with which melt occurs. Satellite observations indicate localized regions of persistent melt along the foot of the Antarctic Peninsula mountains which are not simulated by the model. Furthermore, melt is observed to persist in these regions during extended periods when föhn does not occur, suggesting that other factors may be important in controlling melt in these regions.
November 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local No. 4 Kansas beats BYU 71-56 for spot in Maui title game Associated Press Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Kansas Jayhawks/Maui Jim Maui Invitational Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — David McCormack scored 16 points, Ochai Agbaji added 14 and No. 4 Kansas turned a huge second half into a trip to the Maui Invitational title game with a 71-56 victory over Brigham Young on Tuesday night.The Jayhawks (5-1) dominated inside against the smaller Cougars and did a good job of rotating out to their shooters to earn a shot at their third Maui Invitational championship.Kansas opened the second half with a big run to build a double-digit lead and outscored BYU 42-18 in the paint.The Jayhawks will face Dayton in Wednesday’s title game.BYU (4-3) was bothered Kansas’ length on defense, finishing 9 for 33 from behind the 3-point line. TJ Haws had 16 points, but Cougars leading scorer Jake Toolson was held to seven on 3-of-9 shooting.Kansas overwhelmed Division II Chaminade 93-63 in its Maui opener by utilizing its massive size advantage.The also-undersized Cougars used ball movement and perimeter shooting to blow past UCLA 78-63 in their opener.Neither team was particularly efficient offensively early in the semifinals, trading turnovers and clanks on the soft Lahaina Civic Center rims.The Jayhawks found a small semblance of rhythm late in the first half and locked on the Cougars defensively, holding them scoreless for 7½ minutes.BYU finally hit a few shots late and was within 29-27 at halftime.Kansas got on a roll to start the second period by getting the ball inside, opening with a 13-2 run to go up 42-31.The Jayhawks piled on after that with a 19-4 spurt and hit 17 of 32 shots in the second half.BIG PICTUREBYU pulled off one upset by knocking off UCLA in its opener, but had a hard time matching Kansas’ size in the semifinals.The Jayhawks shook off some early ugliness on offense with a dominant second half to earn a shot at adding to the 1996 and 2015 titles in their trophy case.UP NEXTKansas plays Dayton in Wednesday’s title game.BYU faces Virginia Tech in the third-place game.
Position End Date (if temporary) Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. * Do you have five (5) to seven (7) years related progressivework experience in Procurement services with three (3) years ofsupervisory experience?YesNo Job Description Summary / TWC Summary Security Sensitive Position?Yes Official TSU TitleDIRECTOR OF PROCUREMENT Five (5) to seven (7) years related progressive work experience inProcurement services with three (3) years of supervisoryexperience.Experience in higher education/governmental setting. And,experience with State of Texas procurement policy and procedurespreferred. Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yes 1.0 Certified Purchasing Manager ( CPM ), Accredited PurchasingPractitioner ( APP ), Certified Professional Public Buyer ( CPPB ),Certified Public Purchasing Officer ( CPPO ), or Certified TexasContract Manager ( CTCM ). Desired start date % FTE Required Licensing/Certification Position Details Grant TitleN/A Under general supervision, responsible for the oversight of thedaily Purchasing function and ensures business outcomes,performance indicators, project deliverables and deadlines areachieved. Actively manage staff performance and participates in theUniversity in achieving its mission and vision. Essential Duties Summary Posting Details Knowledge of:• Policies, procedures, and practices in Higher Education.• Federal, State, Local, and County laws, rules, regulations andprocedures governing public purchasing and procurement.• Principles, practices, methods, regulations and procedures ofcompetitive bidding, purchasing and procurement systems.• Accounting and Budgeting practices and procedures.• Analytical tools and purchasing software (e.g., Banner, Argos, orother job-related systems).• Procurement process and understanding of various product andservice commodities.• Microsoft Office Professional or similar applications.Skill in:• Effective customer service.• Problem-solving and decision-making.• Excellent leadership and communication.• Organizational and facilitation and preparing and presentingpresentations.• Dedication to detailed and timely work.• Purchasing methods and procedures.• Multitasking and time management.• Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnelmanagement.• Program and project management.• Familiarity with online Legal/Contract Management System.• Both verbal and written communication.Ability to:• Demonstrate leadership.• Prepare detailed reports.• Work independently.• Work effectively and cross functionally with customer andvendors.• Establish and maintain complete and accurate purchasingrecords.• Use Banner or similar data base.• Analyze regulatory changes affecting procurement operations anddevelop monitoring programs to support ongoing quality improvementinitiatives.• Establish and maintain effective communication and workingrelationships with suppliers, staff, faculty and state procurementstaff.• Interpret and explain state and university purchasing policies,procedures, regulations, and laws.• Supervise, schedule and coordinate purchasing functions,activities and services.• Sets the standard for principles, methods and procedures in anarea and determines long-term direction under his/herguidance. Posting NumberTSU202383 Work Experience Close Date Working/Environmental Conditions Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Supply chain management orother discipline related to the work of the Procurement Office froman accredited college or university.MBA preferred. * Do you have experience in higher education/governmentalsetting?YesNo Hiring Range$84,429.00 – $105,536.00 Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Education Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities • Provides daily management and supervision of PurchasingOperations, ensuring appropriate and consistent interpretation ofand compliance with State procurement laws, regulations policiesand procedures.• Responsible for identifying and driving high-impact opportunitiesto improve, promote, develop, and implement procurementprocesses.• Allocates financial and personnel resources in a manner toachieve both day to day operating goals as well as the department’sand University’s strategic goals.• Oversees competitive bid processes (RFP’s, RFI’s and RFQ’s, ITB).• Ensures all required goods, services and equipment required bydepartments are obtained in the most cost effective and timelymanner.• Ensures all federal, state, local, and departmental reports(Example: Senate Bill 20, Bid Ops, AVL, List of Expiring Bids, LBB,etc.) are prepared, maintained, and submitted timely.• Conducts vendor performance evaluations.• Facilitates the settlement of procurement disputes and assistwith the interpretation of procurement related legal regulatoryissues.• Interviews and negotiates with vendors and other representativesregarding prices, trade discounts, and deliverables.• Manages year-end processes and procedures to ensure procurementrelevant documents are closed and postings finalized at theappropriate time.• Develops and provide training to departments on procurementregulatory requirements, processes, policies and procedures.• Reviews purchase requisitions and authorizes procurementcontracts, purchase orders, and other procurement relateddocuments.• Oversees the organization of HUB and MWBE activities as well asdata accumulation required to be reported to the state.• Answers questions and provides information to faculty, staff,public, and state officials; investigates complaints and recommendscorrective action as necessary for the resolution ofcomplaints.• Manages, supervise and train procurement employees. Carries outsupervisory responsibilities in accordance with the University’spolicies and applicable law.• Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Limited standing and/or walking.Handling light weight objects.Using or carrying equipment.Stoop, bend or lift.May require routine travel. UA EEO Statement * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Business,Finance, Supply chain management or other discipline related to thework of the Procurement Office from an accredited college oruniversity? MBA preferred.Bachelor’s Degree or HigherMBANone of the above Hours of Work8:00 AM – 5:00 PM M-F It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures * Do you have experience with State of Texas procurement policyand procedures?YesNo * Do you have one or more of the following certifications?Please list all that applies. Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM),Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (APP), Certified ProfessionalPublic Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), orCertified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM)(Open Ended Question) Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOfficial TranscriptsOptional DocumentsOther DocumentReference Letter 1Reference Letter 2Reference Letter 3
Few people did more to launch rock and roll into the national consciousness than Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. Accordingly, few people are more worthy of a tribute at the Grammys than those two men, who both passed away in 2017. Berry and Domino got their tribute on Sunday night, though, one could easily argue that innovators of that caliber deserve more than the paltry two-and-a-half minutes that were allotted in their honor.In any case, Gary Clark Jr. and Jon Batiste did a great job with what they were given. Clark’s blues-rock chops and Batiste’s New Orleans spirit made them perfect choices for the tribute, which featured a medley of Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame” and Berry’s “Maybelline” (both of the influential tunes were released in 1955). You can check out the tribute below.“Ain’t That A Shame” and “Maybelline”[Photo: Screengrab of YouTube]
Nancy Botwin, Weeds Robin, Boys on the Side Star Files Ruth Jamison, Fried Green Tomatoes Li’l Bit, How I Learned to Drive Lillian, Saved! Sarah Ross, Red Amy Gardner, The West Wing Harper Pitt, Angels in America Catherine, Proof Mary-Louise Parker is currently starring on Broadway in Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg. In honor of its recent Great White Way opening, we asked the fans which MLP roles make her the real MVP—and there are tons to choose from! The Tony and Emmy winner has dazzled (and been dastardly) on the stage and screen, and we can’t get enough. Take a look at your top 10 below! Ellen, Bullets Over Broadway View Comments Mary-Louise Parker
Revision 7 transition: So far so good Revision 7 transition: So far so good Senior Editor On July 1, the lights came on, the doors were unlocked, and Florida’s trial courts opened for business, albeit with a new scheme that has the state taking over most of the expenses from the counties. And in the first weeks since then, by and large the courts have continued operating efficiently, bills have been paid, money is flowing into and through state coffers to where it is supposed to go, and the system has suffered no major hiccups. There, however, have been some glitches with the implementation of Revision 7, the constitutional amendment that voters approved in 1998 and which mandated the funding switch. “The good news is it has been better than I expected,” said state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, who chaired the Senate committee that oversaw Revision 7 implementation. “The bad news is it hasn’t been as good as I hoped.” According to Fourth Circuit Judge Fred Tygart, chair of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, “The judges are generally pleased with the legislature’s funding for Article V.. . . There are no courthouses closed, they’re all operating at 100 percent and in some areas at 110 percent.” He added, though, that many of the new positions in court management and support have yet to be filled. An informal survey of court-related officials shows that the legislatively created system for implementing Revision 7 is working and there have been no major delays or shutdowns. But there are also some problems, primarily related to criminal defense issues and paying for some necessary tests and services. There also has been a dispute between a rules committee and court clerks over supervision of clerks in their court-related functions (See story on page 11). “The big picture is that the sky hasn’t fallen. We’re still doing business, the courts are still open,” said Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, immediate past president of the Florida Public Defender Association. “Conflict lawyers are still being assigned in criminal cases, experts are being hired and paid for. But there are a lot of vexing implementation issues.” Those include, she said, confusion about paying for necessary mental health experts, uncertainty about paying for court reporters in some circuits, inadequate funding of due process costs, and inadequate compensation for conflict attorneys. The latter is perhaps the most visible difficulty, and Sen. Smith acknowledged he expected that to be a problem. “I favored raising the reimbursement. It was the House that would not go along with that,” he said. The law set the maximum payment for a capital case — where the lawyers must have special training and qualifications — at $3,500 and the maximum payment for a felony case at $2,000. (Previously, rates were set by each county.) Smith noted that the Senate had advocated much higher rates, including a $10,000 minimum for handling a capital case. The law as passed does allow for higher payments in exceptional cases. “You can’t expect a qualified capital expert to handle a case for $3,500,” Smith said. “It isn’t going to happen and no one believes it is.” Tom Kurrus, president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, agreed. He said he’s already seen conflict counsel in court requesting to withdraw from cases because of the new, low compensation rates. “I think there could be a major problem with private counsel taking conflict cases, given the bureaucratic red tape they have to go through for reimbursement of expenses, as well as the low fees proposed.,” he said. “My concern is that it will require the system to break down before anyone takes it seriously.” Smith said he intends to seek higher rates next year in the legislature. He said he expects the $3,500 to be thrown out as inadequate, ending that barrier for conflict attorneys. In the meantime, the Palm Beach Post reported last month that eight of the 14 attorneys qualified to handle conflict capital cases in the 15th Circuit had decided to refuse any assignment because of the low reimbursement rate. A related problem, Smith said, is paying costs for indigent criminal defendants who can afford to hire attorneys, but not pay for associated costs such as expert witnesses or investigations. Many counties had policies allowing those costs to be paid, but the state made no provision in its Revision 7 legislation. The difficulty for the state is if it declines to pay the costs, the defendant will likely have to revert to a public defender, and the state will then have to pay both the costs and for the attorney, Smith said. There is also some troubling language in the legislation that could affect the way some circuits want to contract with law firms to handle conflict cases, he said, and some difficulties about paying court reporters. Daniels said in circuits where court reporters are public employees, money to pay them was split between public defenders and state attorneys, but they have no control over the management of the reporters. She said in some cases, the public defender could be in the position of asking the court to order a transcript for a court reporter partially paid by the defender and having the judge refuse. “I’m in a weird position because I’m paying almost half that person’s salary,” Daniels said. Another glitch has come from hiring mental health experts, such as in cases to determine the competency of defendants. Smith noted the legislature provided money to pay for one expert, but court rules provide that two experts be used to evaluate. Daniels noted if those two disagree, then a third might be hired to break the deadlock. “If these are court-ordered evaluations, shouldn’t the courts’ due process funds pay for these?” Daniels asked. “The position the courts have taken is no; if we’re the ones who file the due process motion, we’re the ones who should pay.” Both of those issues add to another growing problem for the public defenders, Daniels said, which is that the legislature only appropriated 80 percent of the due process costs that were incurred the previous year. With the extra burdens of Revision 7 costs and unknowns, she expects public defender offices to begin running out of due process funds well before the June 30 end of the budget year. But if those are the problems, much is running well, at least so far. Beth Allman, a spokesperson for the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers, said their members are reporting few problems and said revenue projections from the variety of new filing fees, fines, and costs seem to be fairly accurate. She said clerks are working closely with the state Department of Revenue and the chief financial officer to ensure money is coming in and bills are being paid. “It has gone smoother than anyone would imagine,” Allman said. “From the users’ perspective, I think it’s going pretty smoothly.. . . The majority of questions we get are ‘Okay, we used to bill the county for this, but now we bill the state?’” Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, said state attorneys have had a fairly good transition. “We are experiencing a few little things about court reporter costs in some circuits,” he said. “It’s kind of a work in progress and it really will not be until next year that we know truly what we need.. . . As far as I know, it’s going smooth right now. I really believe we will have some [fiscal] close calls, but that’s why they left the contingency in.” Many circuits, he said, have had to provide more detail than before, especially in counties that may have lumped all court costs together in one fund, and where now state attorneys and others have to break it down into copying, depositions, court reporters, and other expenses. Blan Teagle, deputy state courts administrator, said that office is taking the transition a day at a time, but so far no major problems have developed. One big relief was that the transition of hundreds of former county-paid court employees to the state payroll went well Or put another way, “The July payroll went through. All the transitional people were paid,” he said. Training is now underway for the new state employees on state policies and procedures, and for court administrators and others on the new state procedures for paying the courts’ bills, he said. State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner said while there have been no major problems, there have been — as most involved in the process expected — several minor issues. One of those is not defining who would pay for guardianship analysis committees. Consequently, she said it’s likely the court system will be dipping into the $3.5-million contingency fund set up by the legislature for those unanticipated problems. Beyond that, the legislature also gave the courts access to the state’s working capital fund as an additional contingency protection. Goodner said it’s too early to tell if that resource will have to be tapped. “We all knew going in that there would be some things that we didn’t anticipate and couldn’t have seen coming and would have to work through,” she said. One key part of the Revision 7 process was beefing up the Justice Administrative Commission, which provides administrative support for state attorneys, public defenders, and capital collateral regional counsels. In addition to much more accounting and administrative duties for those offices, the JAC also absorbed the Guardian ad Litem Program from the court system. Also, it is overseeing contracts with conflict and court-appointed attorneys and related costs. Sen. Smith said he had one instruction for new JAC Director Victoria Montanaro: keep the system running. “I’m real proud of the way the JAC has worked,” he said. “I think Montanaro has done extraordinarily well.” Montanaro said the JAC, working with local indigent services committees created by the legislation, is executing contracts for conflict counsel and other services, and getting registries set up of attorneys who will accept conflict cases. “Bills are coming in from attorneys and other due process vendors and we are paying those bills,” she said. “We are working with those attorneys and vendors to get their information that is required from the chief financial officer’s perspective.” Montanaro said she is aware of the problems with some attorneys deciding not to take conflict cases because of the low reimbursement rates, but she said it is too early to tell whether there will be a critical problem anywhere in the state. She noted attorneys have always been able to get higher rates when they show it is justified by the difficulties of a case. “There’s no reason to necessarily think because the State of Florida is the one issuing the check instead of the county, that the basis for determining extraordinary or unusual would change,” she said. Goodner, the state courts administrator, noting the legislature passed its initial Revision 7 legislation in 1993, and then a glitch bill earlier this year, quoted Sen. Smith as saying, “Next year, we’ll have son of glitch.” “We always knew we would need further clarification,” she said, “but it’s not anything that’s bringing the system to its knees, thank goodness.” September 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police have released surveillance photos and identified the type of truck that a hit-and-run driver used to critically wound a 43-year-old bicyclist this week in Holbrook.Investigators believe that the suspect was driving a 2012 or newer Hino Series 200 or Series 300 box truck when the driver struck the victim shortly before 9 p.m. Monday on Veterans Memorial Highway and fled the scene, police said.The passenger-side view mirror glass insert was found at the scene, but the mounting bracket and mirror housing may still be on the truck, police said Friday.The victim, Bradley Samuel of East Patchogue, is still in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital. Both he and the truck were heading eastbound when the victim was hit.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed or has information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.Police said the truck involved in the hit-and-run looked like this.
Deutsche WindGuard Wind Tunnel Services has developed a special wind tunnel for LiDAR Calibration on behalf of the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt – PTB).The wind tunnel will be used to calibrate PTB’s newly developed LiDAR system, which the company will use as a traceable reference standard to calibrate other remote sensing devices, like LiDARs and SoDARs.The tunnel is erected on a 8-meter high platform in PTB’s Competence Center Wind, below which the LiDAR system will be positioned so it can be calibrated in the test section of the tunnel. As a result, it can be validated as a reference standard.“The special feature of this wind tunnel is that the LiDAR can be positioned below the test section. The distance to the test section is enough to calibrate the PTB-LiDAR against a LDA used as reference standard, which is placed in the wind tunnel,” said Dieter Westermann, Managing Director of Deutsche WindGuard Wind Tunnel Services GmbH and developer of the wind tunnel.As of now, the method for traceable calibration of wind remote sensing devices is to place the sensors next to a met mast with calibrated anemometers for a specified amount of time, which leads to higher measurement uncertainties, Deutsche WindGuard said.“Constructional limits as well as our high expectations/sophisticated requirements with regards to flow quality required the design and construction of a new, special wind tunnel,” said Dr. Harald Müller, Head of the Working Group Fluid Flow Measuring Techniques at PTB.“We chose to work with Deutsche WindGuard, because this way we could access their valuable experience from the development and design of several wind tunnels with excellent flow quality.”