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Workshop on the Antarctic wind field

first_imgThe Antarctic is the windiest continent on Earth,with many of the coastal research stationsaffected by strong katabatic winds. The strengthand persistence of the near-surface winds was noted bymany of the early explorers (Fig. 1), and this feature hasbeen perhaps the most intensively studied climatologicalelement since then. In recent years there have beenmany advances in our understanding of the wind fieldboth through the availability of data from automaticweather stations (AWSs) in remote locations and inimprovements in numerical models.For the last four years the Scientific Committee onAntarctic Research (SCAR) has been assessing ourknowledge of the Antarctic wind field and trying toimprove the representation of the winds in climateand numerical weather prediction (NWP) models.This meeting consisted of invited and submittedpapers on many aspects of the Antarctic wind field.During the final morning there was a panel discussionthat summarized our current understanding andconsidered the gaps in our knowledge.last_img read more

Navy suspends search for missing USS John S.McCain sailors

first_img View post tag: US Navy US Navy identifies 1 of 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors as search is suspended Authorities August 24, 2017 The US Navy’s 7th Fleet announced it is suspending the search efforts for US Navy sailors reported missing after a collision between US destroyer USS John S. McCain and a commercial tanker on Monday.The navy said it discovered the remains of one sailor while the other nine are still missing.US and regional navies spent more than 80 hours searching for the missing sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.Ten sailors went missing following a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC.U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will continue search and recovery efforts inside flooded compartments in the ship for the missing sailors.The recovered sailor was identified as Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from New Jersey.Still missing are:Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from MissouriInterior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from TexasElectronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from MarylandElectronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from OhioInformation Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from MarylandInformation Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from New YorkElectronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from ConnecticutElectronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from TexasInterior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from IllinoisMultinational search efforts included ships and aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Air Force, Singapore Maritime Port Authority, Singapore Police Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Indonesian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.The incident is under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.Related:US Navy relieves 7th Fleet commander after latest collisionUS Navy halts operations worldwide as search for 10 missing sailors continuesRemains of some sailors found in flooded USS John S. McCain compartmentscenter_img Share this article View post tag: USS John S. McCain Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy identifies 1 of 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors as search is suspended last_img read more

Hit the deck

first_img== 1 I am a small independent sandwich shop operator with limited kitchen space. I buy in mostly bake-off products, so I require a deck oven that is well-suited to baking-off baguettes and making pizzas, but it has to be simple to use. ==Firstly, don’t dither, be more specific! “From the start, I’d need to know the tray size and the volume of product that you wish to bake. This would enable me to recommend the type of oven that would best suit your requirements,” says Interbake’s sales director, David Dunne. “As you’re baking products that are not very high, a low crown oven would best suit your needs.”He suggests taking a punt on Macadam’s of South Africa’s Macbake range of ovens (pictured right). “They can operate with a controller that’s programmable to suit a range, ensuring that operators with no baking skills can achieve accurate results consistently,” he says.The advantage of an electrical multi-deck oven is that the decks are independently controlled and temperatures can be thermostatically set through both crown and the sole of each deck. Different products can be baked at different temperatures simultaneously, permitting a flexible operation. Macadam’s ovens are available either two or three trays wide per deck and can be supplied in one to five decks high.Pile ’em high is also the advice from Mono, which advocates modular formats for a small independent sandwich shop with limited space, but which has ambitions to grow. “Operators with an expanding number of retail sites, can rapidly increase production by installing an additional deck to an existing oven,” says Andrew Jones, Mono’s general manager, who recommends Mono’s Harmony ovens.This oven includes a programmable damper time, energy saving with sleep mode, plus an optional colour controllable panel. It has a patented steam system that requires no boilers or special insurance certificates, he says.”If a smaller oven is required, the Cervap compact is very suitable for the small independent bakery,” adds Jones. Special features include an independent cast iron steam generator on the left of each deck, two energy options of oil and gas and optional steam vents on each deck.Sandwich shop bake-off requires baking ’little and often’. “What might be more suitable then is a smaller convection oven of maybe three or four grids,” says Alan Burgess, business development manager of CBES Food Systems. “However, if there’s sufficient bake-off volume and a need for pizza baking as well, then the obvious answer is a stackable deck oven”. EBO from Wiesheu Decks come in two heights, 165mm and 200mm, and can be stacked three high, with each deck individually controlled.== 2 I am a three-shop business making traditional products from one central bakery, such as oven-bottom bloomers and sourdoughs. I’m looking for an oven with a thick stone, an even bake and steam. It would be good to have versatile programmable options. ==For any bakery looking for an oven to produce traditional products, getting stoned (as it were) is a must. A thick stone with even bake and efficient steam is crucial, says Mono’s technical sales manager Chris Huish. Its Omega deck oven (pictured left) features 20cm-thick baking slabs and produce good crust and volume. It features an electronic control system, supplied as standard, and a high-resolution graphic screen for programming 50 baking recipes.”If you require the versatility of baking with an oven that has features of a thick stone sole the Macadams Cyclothermic Deck Oven is the oven I would recommend,” says David Dunne of Interbake. If you go for the electricity-fuelled option, each deck can be independently controlled; if fuelled by gas or oil, you can have different temperatures within the decks. Using canvas setters, the Cyclothermic allows products to be baked on the stone sole. “This type of baking gives fermented products a superior crust and quality similar to continental breads,” says Dunne.Meanwhile, the Matic multi-deck oven has indirect heating with steam tubes and is “particularly suitable for the production of Mediterranean crispy bread and artisan loaves, with a good balance between crust and crumb”, says Alan Burgess of CBES. Optimum controlled steaming guarantees the traditional appearance of many ethnic-style products.== 3We are a business with green ethics at our core and we need an oven that’s as sustainable as possible, that will seriously cut our energy bill, and one which won’t compromise on the bake. ==Green ovens? What will they think of next… Interbake says it offers a range of ovens that are fuelled by wood-burning pellets, which are manufactured from sawdust – considered a renewable source of energy. “Even allowing for emissions of fossil carbon dioxide in planting, harvesting, processing and transporting the fuel, replacing fossil fuel with wood fuel will typically reduce net CO2 emissions by over 90%,” says David Dunne of Interbake.The type of deck oven it offers is a steam tube oven with a burner that heats water-filled steel tubes, that radiate heat throughout the baking chambers. “This heat is very solid and gives a very mellow bake characteristic that is associated with old-type brick ovens,” says Dunne. “The ovens are employed on a basis of baking on falling heat, so the day starts with bread and fermented goods, then proceeds with pastries and cake production.”The Baking Industry Exhibition proved a huge draw for Bakewell Ovens which was showcasing its own wood pellet-fuelled oven, which features a carbon-neutral system. “The response since the NEC show has been overwhelming, to say the least,” says Richard MacDonald of Bakewell. “We’re now in discussions with The Carbon Trust on the best way to advise customers on suitable loans.”Bakewell’s oven (pictured below) is claimed to be more cost-effective than ovens that run on electricity, gas and oil. He cites typical cost savings as follows: electric oven, 21,000 kW/h = £20,580; wood pellet cost for the year £7,621, giving an average saving of £12,959. All ovens are 100% stainless steel and can be built to the customers’ specifications.Another factor to consider is how much heat the oven loses. Mono’s Omega deck oven has reinforced door seals with glazed doors to reduce heat loss. On the inside, the electronic system constantly checks the actual temperatures in the oven and optimises the heating power, in order to add the right amount of energy necessary.The regularly spaced heating elements and added power at the front of the oven contribute to a homogenous baking process in the chamber, says Huish. Mono also supplies a compact deck oven, the Mono 3-4-8, which has double-glazed doors and a heat-reflecting coating to greatly reduce heat loss, plus a new low-energy steaming system that eliminates the need for a boiler or elements becoming clogged-up. Handily, the unit’s seven-day on-off timer means that the oven can be brought up to temperature before a baker arrives in the morning.—-=== Top tip to cut costs ===To reduce running costs, avoid over-specifying your oven in terms of capacity. Secondly, if you are lucky enough to have both gas and electricity available on-site, then get the heat output value (BTU/hour) or the kW/h value of any oven you are thinking of buying and ask your utility company to do an operating cost comparison between the two for you. This will give you a rough idea of what it will cost you to operate each oven and you can factor this into your decision-making process.”In terms of the bake, gas is usually more efficient and imparts some moisture that is favourable over electric. Some electric decks are slow to recover when pushed hard,” advises Alan Burgess of CBES Food Systems.last_img read more

James Hall revamps Spar sandwich range

first_imgJames Hall & Co has revamped its Spar own label sandwich offering with updated packaging and three new products.The supplier has added Simply Bacon, Mega Breakfast and Mixed Triple, which features a variety of bacon, chicken and ham sandwiches, to its core range.It is also making a selection of 12 sandwiches available for Spar retailers to order on three-week cycles. Each cycle will include four flavours which will then be replaced with another four once that period is finished. The first wave of flavours will be Simply Chicken & Sweetcorn, Smoked Ham & Egg Sub and Spicy Cheese, Coleslaw & Curried Egg.“We have refreshed the packaging of 20 Spar brand sandwiches, helping customer favourites to stand out on the shelf, create theatre in-store and complement our existing range of food-to-go items,” said Peter Dodding, sales and marketing director, James Hall & Co.“We are confident that the refreshed packaging will help retailers to maximise their sandwich offering, and present a varied range of traditional favourites and exciting new fusion flavours for customers to enjoy.”The company produces over 21,000 sandwiches a day at its Spar distribution centre in Preston which serves a network of over 600 independent- and company-owned Spar stores in the north of England.last_img read more

Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Student Do You Want to Pass Notes With?

first_imgIt seems like just yesterday we were stuffing our winter coats into storage and stocking up on booty shorts, but sadly, the end of summer is already here. But don’t worry—hitting the books doesn’t have to be boring, especially if the students from Spring Awakening, Grease, Heathers and Wicked go to your school! Hey, we can dream, can’t we? So we want to know: Which Broadway student would you like to hang out in the back of the classroom with and pass notes during Algebra II? Vote below! View Commentslast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Hereafter Musical Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now available for Hereafter Musical, a new show by Frankie Keane and Vinnie Favale. The tuner, directed by Terry Berliner, begins performances on September 13. Opening night is set for October 25 at the Snapple Theater Center off-Broadway. Hereafter Musical Hereafter Musical follows three women who have come together at the home of world renowned psychic Jason Richards, desperate to make contact with their loved ones who have passed. Unbeknownst to them, the spirits materialize during the reading, and they, like the living, also have a great deal of difficulty moving on. View Commentscenter_img Keane will also appear in the cast alongside Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Jill Shackner, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy Simmons, Margaret Kelly and Alan Kalter. Related Showslast_img read more

Rate hikes provide unique sales opportunity for credit unions

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In the webinar, Solving the ‘Buy’ Problem for Digital Sales of Financial Products, Forrester Research shared that life events are the #1 trigger of bank sales opportunities, and that the impending Fed interest rate increase may represent one of the most significant events in a decade. As Chris Nichols, Chief Strategy Officer at Centerstate Bank stated in a recent blog post:“Rate changes are a huge sales event trigger and are not used enough in banking. Any time rates do, or are poised to move up or down, that event can prompt a customer to move cash, increase debt levels, or refinance.”The question is – is your organization ready? And what does ‘ready’ really mean?Despite not needing the plan for several years, most banks and credit unions probably already have an action plan in place to adjust interest rates and communicate the impact to your customer base. You probably also have the content for your website ready to go. But are you ready to capitalize on the new product sales opportunities that may be available?Your historical data on new account openings, loan origination and card issuing can be the foundation of developing a proactive, highly personalized sales strategy. Simply correlate these customer and member activities with previous interest rate changes. continue reading »last_img read more

Lending Perspectives: Why risk-based decisions are hard

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » It seems as though risk-based lending and taking on more credit risk are perceived to be an easy way for credit unions to boost their growth during times of economic expansion. Yet it’s not as easy as it appears to be.After being in the lending business 35 years and spending 30 years at the senior management level, I’ve developed what I call “lender’s inferiority complex.” When times are good, the feedback is that you’re not doing well enough. If your credit union is growing loans at 12 percent, you get asked why you’re not growing at 20 percent like the financial institution down the street.There are good reasons for credit unions to be cautious about risk-based lending, even when economic times are good. As we approach the end of a record-length economic expansion, I’m going to write several installments of this column about how to explain the value of caution in risk-based lending to your colleagues, as thoughtful lending will be even more important as the economy shifts. I hope these will be helpful as you assess your portfolios and explain to your colleagues what you’re doing.last_img read more

PREMIUMCommunity groups unite to tackle misinformation on COVID-19

first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Linkedin Forgot Password ? Amid criticism aimed at the government for its lack of transparency in handling the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), community groups have moved to take the initiative to raise awareness and tackle misinformation among the public.  On March 1, a community of volunteers came together to create an initiative called KawalCOVID-19, to “safeguard issues surrounding COVID-19”. They created an official account on twitter @KawalCovid-19 and in just a week the account had already attracted around 35,000 followers. It was launched a day before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first two positive COVID-19 cases in the country.The group took the initiative on the grounds of concerns about the confusion circulating on social media and messenger services among the public regarding the fast-spreading respiratory illness.Through its digital platfo… coronavirus COVID-19 LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Googlelast_img read more

Asia’s factory activity plunges as coronavirus shock deepens

first_imgWhile factories in China gradually restarted operations after lengthy shutdowns and a fall in virus cases allowed the country to start relaxing travel restrictions, activity in South Korea shrank at its fastest pace in 11 years as many of its trading partners imposed dramatic measures to curb the virus’ spread.”If you look at the Korean numbers, they’re fairly bad … They’re likely to get worse still because Korea will be dependent on parts from Europe and the United States,” said Rob Carnell, Asia-Pacific chief economist at ING in Singapore.”[Policymakers] have to accept the inevitable that there is a massive global pandemic here, there is an outbreak in almost every country globally and certainly in our region, which is getting to levels that if they don’t take very dramatic action, it’s going to get much worse,” he said.Japan’s factory activity contracted at the fastest pace in about a decade in March, adding to views that the world’s third-largest economy is likely already in recession. A separate “tankan” survey by the Bank of Japan showed on Wednesday that business sentiment soured to a seven-year low in the three months to March, as the outbreak hit sectors from hotels to carmakers.”The tankan clearly shows a sharp deterioration in business sentiment and confirms the economy is already in recession,” said Yasunari Ueno, chief market economist at Mizuho Securities.China’s Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 50.1 last month, from February’s record low of 40.3, and just a notch above the 50-mark that separates growth from contraction.South Korea’s IHS Markit PMI plunged to 44.2, its lowest since January 2009 when the economy was reeling from the global financial crisis. The index was 48.7 in February.Japan’s PMI fell to a seasonally adjusted 44.8 from a reading of 47.8 in February, its lowest since April 2009. The ruling coalition has called on the government to secure a stimulus package worth at least 60 trillion yen ($553 billion), with 20 trillion yen in direct spending.Policymakers across the globe, including in Asia, have announced massive monetary and fiscal stimulus measures to try to mitigate the economic fallout from the pandemic, keep cash-started businesses afloat and save jobs.But many measures have been short-gap steps to deal with the immediate damage to corporate funding and shore up financial systems.The International Monetary Fund has said the pandemic was already driving the global economy into recession, calling on countries to respond with “very massive” spending to avoid bankruptcies and emerging market debt defaults. Factory activity contracted sharply across most of Asia in March as the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed economic activity across the globe, with sharp falls in export power-houses Japan and South Korea overshadowing a modest improvement in China.Manufacturing gauges also tumbled in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surveys showed on Wednesday, underscoring the widening damage brought by the pandemic that has infected more than 700,000 people, upended supply chains and led to city lockdowns worldwide.China’s factory activity improved slightly more than expected in March after plunging a month earlier, a private business survey showed, but growth was marginal, highlighting the intense pressure facing businesses as domestic and export demand slumps.center_img Topics :last_img read more