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Surface-based Ku- and Ka-band polarimetric radar for sea ice studies

first_imgTo improve our understanding of how snow properties influence sea ice thickness retrievals from presently operational and upcoming satellite radar altimeter missions, as well as to investigate the potential for combining dual frequencies to simultaneously map snow depth and sea ice thickness, a new, surface-based, fully polarimetric Ku- and Ka-band radar (KuKa radar) was built and deployed during the 2019–2020 year-long MOSAiC international Arctic drift expedition. This instrument, built to operate both as an altimeter (stare mode) and as a scatterometer (scan mode), provided the first in situ Ku- and Ka-band dual-frequency radar observations from autumn freeze-up through midwinter and covering newly formed ice in leads and first-year and second-year ice floes. Data gathered in the altimeter mode will be used to investigate the potential for estimating snow depth as the difference between dominant radar scattering horizons in the Ka- and Ku-band data. In the scatterometer mode, the Ku- and Ka-band radars operated under a wide range of azimuth and incidence angles, continuously assessing changes in the polarimetric radar backscatter and derived polarimetric parameters, as snow properties varied under varying atmospheric conditions. These observations allow for characterizing radar backscatter responses to changes in atmospheric and surface geophysical conditions. In this paper, we describe the KuKa radar, illustrate examples of its data and demonstrate their potential for these investigations.last_img read more

Pope Francis mistakenly tweets supports for New Orleans Saints

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDorSteffen/iStock(ROME) — Pope Francis set the world of football abuzz Sunday by unexpectedly throwing his weight behind the New Orleans Saints. Except, the octogenarian pontiff didn’t mean to support the NFL team but the newly canonized saints of the Catholic Church. “Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints,” he posted, using the team’s hashtag by mistake.“They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession,” he added.Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) October 13, 2019Twitter followers quipped the pope meant to say he invoked the Saints’ “interception.” But even if intended for different types of saints, New Orleans players and supporters took it as a good omen. And indeed, despite playing without star quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints had little trouble beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-6. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. October 14, 2019 /Sports News – National Pope Francis mistakenly tweets supports for New Orleans Saintscenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

In Pictures: Norfolk estate agency’s ‘model’ property listing

first_imgAs estate agency publicity wheezes go, selling a model village via your estate agency is one of the better ideas, guaranteed to grab attention and raise eyebrows among amused potential customers.It’s something that Norfolk estate agency Arnold Keys has grabbed by the horns after being tasked with selling a complete model village owned by an elderly vendor who couldn’t it within his next home.The large structure has now been set up in the company’s Sheringham high street branch complete with a mini church, pub, farm and a working model train and, of course, a house with a mini Arnold Keys For Sale sign outside its front gate.Quirkiest propertyClive Hedges (below), who has worked in estate agency for 45 years, says the model village is not the quirkiest property he has sold during his long career.He also famously sold a dolls house as well as Norfolk’s smallest property and a police station.“We were asked to go and value a house by a gentleman who wanted to downsize to a flat and when he said he was going to dispose of the model village as he wouldn’t have space, I just couldn’t let that happen,” he told local media.The owner of the model village has agreed to donate its full sale price to local charity Nelson’s Journey, which support bereaved children and young people and is the official charity of the seven-branch estate agency. model vilage arnold keys July 19, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » In Pictures: Norfolk estate agency’s ‘model’ property listing previous nextAgencies & PeopleIn Pictures: Norfolk estate agency’s ‘model’ property listingUnusual request by vendors leads to Sheringham branch of Arnold Keys to set up model village in its branch with a view to a sale.Nigel Lewis19th July 20190743 Viewslast_img read more

Letter to Editor: Where Are You Eating on Saturday?

first_imgBreakfast at Ready’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant on Eighth Street in Ocean City, NJ.It’s the off-season again, which means it’s time for me to brush up on my dining etiquette and enjoy some of the great food Ocean City has to offer.You may recall last year I did “Dine Out Friday,” when I committed to increasing my support of Ocean City businesses by sitting down and eating a meal at an Ocean City restaurant every other Friday, in addition to my normal level of support of area businesses.  My schedule has changed since then, so it’s going to be the same commitment this off-season, except now it is every other SATURDAY.And since this is the first Saturday, I am going to commit to TWO meals. At 11:30 a.m., after a refreshing sleep after catching a late showing of the new James Bond movie on IMAX,  I will head to Ready’s for a late breakfast/brunch. Then at 7 p.m., I will head to Nonna’s, hopefully with a date, for a fine Italian dinner. And I will be posting a picture of each of my meals on the OCNJ Daily Facebook page.Normally, this is where I would ask you post up your pictures, too. But since you know WHEN I’m going to these restaurants, I hope to see some folks out there Saturday so we can post them together. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to find a date for Saturday’s dinner.last_img read more

High-Altitude Thrills at Airport Festival

first_imgAntique Car Contest Winners:Driver’s Choice: 1917 Ford Model T, Owner Victor Plumbo, Ocean CityPre-War: 1936 Cord Westchester, Owner Ronald Tornese, Egg Harbor TownshipPost-War: 1967 Austin Healey MK3 3000, Owner Robert Mcilfatrick, Ocean CityAn advertising banner flying overhead welcomes the festival-goers.Photos of aircraft and auto show winners follow: Aircraft Contest Winners:Antique Aircraft: Joe Flood Jr.Best of Show: Paul Ginter1946-1955 Classic: Scott Clark1956-1970 Contemporary: J. BuffoCustom Built: Joe Flood Sr.Outstanding Aircraft: Dave Schuster1939-1945 Military War Bird: Tip StevensPeople’s Choice: Nelson Baker A Fastrax skydiver prepares to land at Ocean City Municipal Airport while carrying an American flag.center_img By DONALD WITTKOWSKI“Here they come. Take a look,” Eric Scheckenbach told his 4-year-old son, Owen, while peering up into the sky Saturday above Ocean City Municipal Airport.Shielding his eyes from the sun, Owen pointed to the skydivers who were whirling around in circles while releasing a patriotic-themed red, white and blue trail of smoke to entertain the crowds below.“I see them,” Owen exclaimed.One of the skydivers was tethered to a gigantic American flag fluttering majestically in the wind.Billowing parachute canopies came closer and closer to the ground before the skydivers made a flawless landing on a grassy strip next to the airport runway amid cheers and applause from the spectators.The parachutists are part of the Fastrax professional skydiving team based in Middletown, Ohio. They were the highlight of the annual airport festival on Saturday, the first day of Ocean City’s Air Show Weekend.Spectators marvel over the array of old and new planes on display.The Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show will bring some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world for a spectacle over the beach and Boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street beginning 1 p.m. Sunday.Kicking off the weekend Saturday was the family-friendly airport festival, featuring a day of aircraft displays, paper-airplane flying contests, face-painting, a vintage auto show, an array of food and the Fastrax skydiving team.Eric Scheckenbach, of Gilbertsville, Pa., said the family-style entertainment was a big reason he brought along his son, Owen. They were accompanied by Owen’s grandparents, Linda and Val Scheckenbach, who live in Souderton, Pa., and have a summer home in Ocean City.“It’s great. He’s loving it,” Eric Scheckenbach said of his son.Owen was wearing a little “wings” lapel badge, suggesting that the Scheckenbachs may have a future pilot in the family.Members of the Scheckenbach family, of Pennsylvania, look up at the Fastrax skydivers descending on the airport.Owen’s biggest thrills at the airport festival were the paper-airplane flying contests and the face-painting. He also enjoyed the skydivers.“I liked the big flag,” he said.The American flag that enthralled Owen and thousands of other festival-goers was a 300-pound behemoth measuring 80 feet tall and 100 feet long.It was carried by Fastrax skydiver Travis Donley, 37, of Plymouth, Mich., who is participating in his second Ocean City air show.Donley jumped out of the plane at an altitude of 6,700 feet and was the last of six Fastrax skydivers to slowly descend to earth while hovering above the crowds.He said he savored the beautiful bird’s-eye views of the ocean, beaches and bay during the jump.“We love coming and jumping here. We’re really happy to put on a patriotic show and hope that everyone else feels just as patriotic as we do,” Donley said of the Fastrax team.John Baublitz, of Raleigh-Durham, N.C., peers inside a small aerobatic plane.Meanwhile, plane lovers wandered the grounds of the airport while admiring a mix of modern and historic aircraft. At one point, aircraft traffic was halted to allow spectators to stroll or ride their bikes on the runway.John Baublitz, 82, a retired Navy captain, stopped to marvel over a sleek, bright yellow aerobatic plane with a tiny cockpit. Baublitz, who lives in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and has a summer home in Ocean City, said he enjoyed the entire festival.“I think it’s the variety of planes – new and old, big and small,” he said. “There’s a lot to see here.”last_img read more

Weekly Market Review: September 14, 2020

first_imgOn the day that the first American died of the COVID-19 virus (2/06/20), the price of oil was trading at $50.95 a barrel. The economic impact of the pandemic on global business has been historic, driving oil prices down as the demand for energy disappeared overnight. Domestic oil producers are counting on a recovering economy to bring oil prices back up, but as of the close of last week (Friday 9/11 /20), oil was trading at $37.33 a barrel, down 27% in seven months (source: NYMEX).Fiscal year 2020 ends in just over two weeks (on 9/30/20), painfully finishing what will be the largest budget deficit in our nation’s history. Through 8/31 /20, the government’s budget deficit had reached $3.0 trillion, already more than double the previous red-ink record of $1 .413 trillion from fiscal year 2009. Our low interest rate environment is helping however – Uncle Sam can borrow 30% more money today than it could five years ago and still have the same out-of-pocket interest expense (source: Treasury Department).The record budget deficit for fiscal year 2020 may force whoever is sitting in the White House in 2021 to consider levying higher taxes on some individuals and corporations. Budget deficits are not unusual for the United States – 55 of the last 60 fiscal years in our country have resulted in “outlays” exceeding “revenues.” There never seems to be a good time to raise taxes or to cut government spending, but someday, that’s exactly what Washington lawmakers may have to do (source: BTN Research).Notable Numbers for the Week:THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGED- The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 3/11/20. In the six months from 3/11/20 through last Friday 9/11/20, the S&P 500 has gained + 23.0% (total return) (source: BTN Research).BUT THE LARGEST IS OURS – Three of the four largest companies in the world are Chinese corporations. The rankings are based upon annual revenues. Each of the top four companies generate more than $1 billion a day in revenue (source: Fortune).FEWER CHOICES TO PICK FROM – There were 400,000 fewer existing homes for sale nationwide at the end of July 2020 (1.5 million) than there were at the end of July 2019 (1.9 million), a drop of 21% on a year-over­year basis (source: National Association of Realtors).YOU WANT A DISCOUNT? – The schools with the four largest college endowments in the United States – Harvard, University of Texas, Yale and Stanford – increased the cost of tuition for their undergraduates for the 2020-21 school year (source: MarketWatch).Mark R. Reimet, CFP®CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™Jodie BoothFinancial Advisorlast_img read more

Father Ted’s Fun Run to benefit local students

first_imgHoping to create opportunities for low-income and underserved prospective students, Notre Dame Upward Bound hopes that many will run this Sunday in order to help local students attend college. The third annual Father Ted’s Fun Run/Walk will take place Sunday at the Jordan Hall of Science at 3:30 p.m. Participants can either take part in a one-mile walk or a five- or 10- kilometer run.All proceeds from the event will go to Notre Dame Upward Bound, a program from the University’s Department of Education whose mission is to help local students from low-income backgrounds be the first in their family to attend college.“Upward Bound provides support and resources to students who have the potential to go to college but are often viewed as the least likely to succeed,” Alyssia Coates, director of Notre Dame Upward Bound, said. “We have a 100 percent success rate at graduating our students from high school and getting them into college.”Upward Bound is part of the Federal TRIO Programs that were established under President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the 60s. Notre Dame President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh was a member of the committee that created TRIO and Upward Bound.“Fr. Ted was instrumental in creating the Upward Bound program and bringing it to campus. That’s why the Fun Run is named after him,” Coates said. “He has always had a great interest in the program and in making sure these students from low-income families have the opportunity to obtain higher education.”“We wanted to honor Fr. Ted’s dedication to the program by naming this event after him,” Upward Bound administrative assistant Deb Wisler said.The program enrolls students during their freshman year of high school and continues to support them throughout their high school years by “keeping them on track, providing tutoring from Notre Dame students, academic advising and having enrichment programming,” Wisler said.The program is completely free of cost for students and then helps to provide them scholarships once they are enrolled in college.The students, however, struggle to afford books and other items that are not covered by tuition one they’re enrolled in college. The Fun Run was developed three years ago to specifically address this issue. Fifteen students will benefit from its proceeds this year.“This fundraiser is geared solely to our graduating high school seniors,” Wisler said. “The students are very involved in the event. They go to friends and family to get sponsorships and they will walk or run at the event.”The students that are members of the program value the opportunity that has been presented to them courtesy of Upward Bound.“I work with these kids and they are incredibly bright and so motivated — a lot more than a lot of the kids that I went to high school with,” senior Erin Robey, a Fun Run organizer, said. “I think that it’s really good that they’re really trying to get involved in their futures and it’s a pleasure to help them out.”The Fun Run has grown and developed since it began two years ago and organizers are hoping for a larger turnout this year as more and more community members have become aware of the event.“Last year we had 200 participants and raised almost $9000 for our students,” Wisler said. “We’re hoping to increase by 100 participants this year.”The event aims to facilitate the relationship between Notre Dame and the South Bend community, especially since “there is such a disparity between the Notre Dame community and the community that is two minutes away,” Robey said.Wisler said Upward Bound and the Fun Run help to “serve as a bridge” between Notre Dame and South Bend and Coates believes both communities are trying to achieve the same goal.“We’re all looking to find out what resources are available so we can work together and be a collaborative community,” Coates said. “We need to unite and make sure the citizens in our community are developing into the citizens that we all want them to be.”last_img read more

Oh the Places You’ll Go

first_imgThere. Much better. If that poem doesn’t give you a little burst of inspiration to go out and see the world, I’m not sure what will.THE LIST 1. Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestWhy? To revel in the beauty of some big-ass old growth trees.2. Linville RiverWhy? To see the awe-inspiring, piss-your-pants rapids that are iconic of the gorge.3. Blue Ridge, GeorgiaWhy? I mean, the name of the town is Blue Ridge. I gotta go there. I’m surprised I haven’t been yet, honestly. Plus, the cycling scene there is off the chain (no pun intended, maybe).4. Chincoteague Island, VirginiaWhy? One word. Ponies.5. Cumberland Island, GeorgiaWhy? I mean, it captured the fascination of my editor for over 20 years of his life, enough so that he decided to write a biography about the island’s lone protector, Carol Ruckdeschel. It has to be good. Plus I like turtles.6. Edisto River, South CarolinaWhy? If not for the scenic flatwater paddling, then definitely the treehouse lodging.7. Everglades National Park, FloridaWhy? I know, I know. It’s not “technically” the Blue Ridge, but shoot – neither is half our territory! Plus, how sweet would it be to spend a week sea kayaking around the Everglades, camping on pristine beaches, watching the sun set over the horizon each night…I can almost feel the salt rash on my bum and the sunburn on my face now.8. Wilmington, N.C.Why? To go on a history tour of the town…NOT. I want to surf. Duh.9. The Fantastic Pit, GeorgiaWhy? Sounds dirty, and it is. Imagine a 586-foot vertical drop into Ellison’s Cave, the twelfth deepest cave in the United States.10. State College, Penn.Why? To get my ass kicked on a bike.11. Seneca Rocks, W.Va.Why? I’ve been there, seen it, but I actually want to climb that shit. It’s a classic.###That’s a good start, but I’d love to hear from you. Where should I go in 2015? Looking for adventure partners along the way! Per my last blog post, you’re well aware that I already have my mind made up about New Year’s resolutions. In general, I’d say I’m satisfied with that list. It’s succinct, realistic, common-sense.But you know me. I’m one of those annoying big-ideas type of people who could stay up into the wee hours talking about dreams and goals and never get anywhere with any of them but ride high on the energy of endless possibility for weeks after.So what’s the big thing that’s missing from that list? The thing that keeps me up at night, wheels turning? The thing that distracts me from writing this blog as we speak?Places.Like the great American writer and filmmaker Susan Sontag, I’m of the mindset that, “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” I covered a lot of ground in 2014, from the coast of Carolina, to the cliffs of eastern Kentucky, to the highlands of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. But there are plenty of places I haven’t been, even in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.But, before I launch into a detailed description of all the places I’d like to visit this year and why, let’s set the mood with a little Dr. Seuss, shall we?You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfAny direction you choose.You’re on your own. Andyou know what you know.And you are the guy who’lldecide where to go.You’ll get mixed up,of course, as you already know.You’ll get mixed up withmany strange birds as you go.So be sure when you step,Step with care and greattact and remember thatLife’s A Great Balancing Act.And will you succeed?Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)KID, YOU’LL MOVEMOUNTAINS!last_img read more

Patchogue Man Fatally Hit by 4 Cars; 2 Fled

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 64-year-old man was fatally hit by four vehicles while crossing a street in his hometown of Patchogue over the weekend—and two drivers fled the scene, Suffolk County police said.The pedestrian was crossing Route 112 when he was hit by a northbound Toyota 4Runner near the corner of Old Medford Road at 3 a.m. Saturday, police said. Three other vehicles then hit the victim, two of which fled the scene, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately available. The two drivers that stopped were not injured.Investigators believe the other two vehicles to be a dark-colored 2015 Hyundai Elantra and a 2000 to 2007 white or light-colored Ford Taurus.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the vehicles that stopped and ask anyone with information about the crash or to call them at 631-852-6555 or Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPSlast_img read more

5 ways to encourage collaboration

first_img1) Communicate expectationsMake it clear that collaboration is the minimum standard in your team. While an individual’s workload is enough to create an system of isolation at work, if collaboration is made a core value and integrated into everyone’s workflow, then employees are less likely to view it as a deterrence to their individual jobs.2) Set team goalsIndividual success is never a bad thing, but only rewarding a single person success may deter the idea of collaboration. Ideally you want to get the team to focus on goals and keep individual efforts aligned while rewarding both individuals and the team for meeting desired outcomes.3) Foster the right atmosphereMake it known that your team is filled with diverse and unique perspectives. Allow team members to question and brainstorm in a non-judgmental framework reinforcing that all ideas are valued.4) Establish cohesionInclude every person on the team in as many large decisions as possible. To increase participation in any collaborative effort, those involved need to feel as though they have the ability to drive change on a large scale. Being able to weigh in on something potentially out of their expertise is just another way to show all opinions are valued.5) Leverage individual strengthsPosition each team member for success by assigning tasks that play to their respective strengths. Defining the team’s goals and each of the members respective roles ensures accountability. With everyone working toward achieving the same thing with the knowledge of who is doing what to help them get there, the accountability is built in. A truly collaborative team manages itself. 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more