High-latitude ocean and sea ice surface fluxes: Challenges for climate research

first_imgPolar regions have great sensitivity to climate forcing; however, understanding of the physical processes coupling the atmosphere and ocean in these regions is relatively poor. Improving our knowledge of high-latitude surface fluxes will require close collaboration among meteorologists, oceanographers, ice physicists, and climatologists, and between observationalists and modelers, as well as new combinations of in situ measurements and satellite remote sensing. This article describes the deficiencies in our current state of knowledge about air–sea surface fluxes in high latitudes, the sensitivity of various high-latitude processes to changes in surface fluxes, and the scientific requirements for surface fluxes at high latitudes. We inventory the reasons, both logistical and physical, why existing flux products do not meet these requirements. Capturing an annual cycle in fluxes requires that instruments function through long periods of cold polar darkness, often far from support services, in situations subject to icing and extreme wave conditions. Furthermore, frequent cloud cover at high latitudes restricts the availability of surface and atmospheric data from visible and infrared (IR) wavelength satellite sensors. Recommendations are made for improving high-latitude fluxes, including 1) acquiring more in situ observations, 2) developing improved satellite-flux-observing capabilities, 3) making observations and flux products more accessible, and 4) encouraging flux intercomparisons.last_img read more

Unfair imbalance? Agents earn £3.9bn from fees but HMRC takes £9.4bn in Stamp Duty

first_imgResearch by Zoopla has revealed the total earned by agents every year in fees from sales and lettings, highlighting how it pales into insignificance compared to the Stamp Duty paid by home movers to HMRC.The company’s Research and Insights Director Richard Donnell (left) told delegates at Friday’s Negotiator Conference that while buyers, renters, landlords and vendors combined spend £3.9 billion on agency fees every year, the government collects £9.27 billion in residential Stamp Duty, or nearly two-and-a-half times as much.The duty is also increasing; HMRC’s latest figures show that last year the amount of  duty paid on average by purchasers increased by 7%, largely due to the increases duty for properties in the higher price brackets.Stamp Duty problemsAgents have become increasingly vocal about the problems that Stamp Duty is creating, particularly in the £500,000-plus sales market, including lower sales and greater difficulties getting buyers to make an offer as they baulk at the huge Stamp Duty bill.This, economists agents and politicians have been pointing out, is an example of the famous Laffer Curve.It is a theory made popular during the 1980s in the US and it argues that there is a point at which people will begin curtailing their economic activity if taxation gets too high.Many agents believe the Stamp Duty system brought in by George Osborne is already tipping the market into Laffer curve territory, and that the figures from Zoopla support this point of view.This is particularly important in London, Donnell’s research reveals. Of the £3.9 billion earned by agents each year, £1 billion of comes from London while £2.9 billion originates from the rest of the UK.HMRC Richard Donnell stamp duty Zoopla December 2, 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 » Housing Market » Unfair imbalance? Agents earn £3.9bn from fees but HMRC takes £9.4bn in Stamp Duty previous nextHousing MarketUnfair imbalance? Agents earn £3.9bn from fees but HMRC takes £9.4bn in Stamp DutyResearch by Zoopla shows reveals how much agents earn from sales and lettings, and yet it’s nothing compared to the tax take by government from home movers.Nigel Lewis2nd December 20190720 Viewslast_img read more

Four Dead, Twelve Injured After Gunman Opens Fire Outside Of The BPM Festival

first_imgIt is with a heavy heart that we report on the tragedy at The BPM Festival, a ten-day dance music event taking place in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The festival’s final day was marked by sadness, as a lone gunman opened fire outside of the Blue Parrot nightclub and killed four people, injuring 12 more in the process as well.The BPM Festival is known as one of the elite destination events in the electronic music scene, as artists from all around the world flock to the shores of the Mayan Riviera for music, beach life, and tropical explorations. This heartbreaking event occurred just outside one of the nightclubs hosting a BPM event, as part of the fest’s 10th anniversary.The festival released the following statement about the tragic incident:It is with great sadness to share that police have confirmed reports of a lone shooter outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen earlier today, which resulted in four fatalities and twelve injured. The violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue.The BPM Festival has been working closely with the local authorities (Seguridad Publica / Policia Turistica) throughout the festival to ensure public safety and security for all visitors. We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation.Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families and all those affected by these tragic events.The BPM Festival Familia~~~Es con mucha tristeza que compartimos los reportes confirmados de la policía que las acciones de un sujeto solitario en Blue Parrot hace unas horas, resultaron en sucesos fatales con cuatro fallecidos y doce heridos. Este acto de violencia inició en Calle 12 frente al club y tres miembros del equipo de seguridad de BPM están entre esas vidas que perdimos, mientras trataban de proteger a los asistentes en el interior de la sede.The BPM Festival ha estado trabajando en estrecha colaboración con las autoridades locales (Seguridad Pública / Policía Turística) durante el festival, para asegurar el bienestar de todos los asistentes. Estamos conmovidos con el dolor de este acto de violencia sin sentido, y cooperando plenamente con la policía local y funcionarios del gobierno a medida que continúan su investigación.Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con todas las víctimas y sus familias y todos aquellos afectados por estos trágicos acontecimientos.La familia The BPM FestivalOur heart goes out to the loved ones of each and every victim of this attack, as well as everyone who lived through this horrific experience.last_img read more

Cuomo Extends PAUSE Initiative Until May 15

first_imgNew York State Image.ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he has extended New York State’s PAUSE initiative until May 15 for all non-essential workers throughout the state. Originally the order was extended until April 29. The Governor is continuing to take an aggressive approach to fighting the spread of coronavirus in the state.Points within the pause order include:All non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; andUse precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Could Taylor Louderman Lead Clueless Musical?

first_imgTaylor Louderman(Photo: Bruce Glikas) We are totally butt crazy about this idea! Taylor Louderman (Bring It On) and Dave Thomas Brown (Heathers) led a recent reading of the Clueless jukebox musical. Creator Amy Heckerling also revealed to MTV: “It’s as if the ’90s was one year, and we’re taking songs from the ’90s and playing with the lyrics to make them tell the story.” As previously reported, Rock of Ages director Kristin Hanggi will helm the tuner.Clueless is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma and follows Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills who, alongside best friend Dionne (both named after famous singers of the post who now do infomercials), decide to take a transfer student under their wing. After giving her a makeover and playing matchmaker, Cher discovers that despite her popularity, she herself is in need of a makeover to find the relationship she longs for.The film starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, the late Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd and Wallace Shawn, who reprised his role as Mr. Hall in the recent workshop. View Commentslast_img read more

White Rabbit Red Rabbit Sets Off-B’way Closing Date

first_img‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit has announced that it will play its final performance on December 19. The solo show will have had a 42-week run at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre, where it began playing Monday nights on March 7.No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoilers. A different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not. This wildly entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical piece—where no audience can see the same show twice—blends drama, comedy and social experiment, providing audiences with a potent reminder of the transformative power of theatre.The rotating cast, each performing only one time ever, featured big names including Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, Darren Criss, Wayne Brady, Patrick Wilson, Kyra Sedgwick, David Hyde Pierce, Brian Dennehy, Stana Katic, George Takei, Tony Danza, Justin Bartha, Mike Birbiglia, Rachel Dratch, Kathy Najimy, F. Murray Abraham, Josh Radnor, Ramin Karimloo, Billy Porter, Michael Urie, Reg E. Cathey, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Joyce DiDonato, Mozhan Marno, Joe Pantoliano, Robin Lord Taylor, Mo Rocca, Alex Brightman, Nancy Travis and Brian Stokes Mitchell.Upcoming performers include Micah Stock on December 5 and James Roday on December 12. The final show on December 19 will be performed by an actor soon to be announced. White Rabbit Red Rabbit has fully recouped its capitalization costs, and a portion of the play’s profits will be donated to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. White Rabbit Red Rabbit View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

Uruguay and U.S. Military Build Bonds through Training Exchange

first_imgBy Dialogo July 13, 2012 In support of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) attached to Naval Special Warfare Group 4 (NSW4), participated in a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) event in Uruguay May 15 to June 15. This was the first time a training event of this scope has been conducted with Uruguay and NSW in about 20 years. Although, there have been other, smaller training venues such as UNITAS, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored naval exercise, within that time period. These specialized U.S. military personnel had the opportunity to sharpen their skills and swap techniques during the month-long JCET with the Uruguayan Sección de Reconocimiento (SECRON) of Fusileros Navales (FUSNA), Uruguayan Coast Guard and Special Operations Police. During the four weeks of training, they worked on honing their special tactics techniques in order to increase their ability to conduct missions more effectively. By working together, they were able to learn from each other and function as a more proficient unit. “We hope that they go back to their respective units and they show their guys what we trained on, or at least the basics so that everybody has a working knowledge of what everyone does and that way they can operate better,” said a Petty Officer Special Operations Medic. According to the executive officer of the FUSNA, the main goal he wanted was that his men gain a better grasp of how to perform counter illicit trafficking, which is a big part of their mission. “Working with the FUSNA and SECRON guys has been awesome, they are eager and hard working,” said the Special Operations Medic. All participants received the opportunity to learn from this experience by being able to share information with each other and learn from each other’s real-world experiences. “It’s a big ego boost for us to be able to do this with the Americans and it’s good for morale,” said a SECRON boat operator. “I would like to see something become of this, so that it doesn’t end right here, so we can improve our capacity in the future.” The training included a three-day class on tactical combat casualty care, water navigation techniques, vessel boarding techniques, and infiltration and extraction methods. It concluded with a Field Training Exercise (FTX) in the form of a simulated mission, which continued the exchange of training techniques and mutual enhancement of military professionalism. In addition, the FTX was observed by members of the Uruguayan Department of Defense and Congress, who stated they were very impressed with the caliber of training. JCETs are frequently conducted by SOCSOUTH throughout the Caribbean and Central and South Americas at the request of partner nations in order to enhance bilateral relations and interoperability through military-to-military contacts and are a valuable tool in the command’s Theater Security Cooperation program.last_img read more

Iowa Caucus meltdown shines light on tech, human failures

first_imgThe Iowa Democratic Party will face tough questions Tuesday about how the technology and structure it designed for transparency and efficiency at its caucuses instead delivered neither.The failure to produce a result came amid mounting concerns about election integrity in the United States.The state party deployed a new phone app for precinct chairmen to report results at the same time it deployed a new system for tabulating winners. Both appear to have failed. Precinct chairmen found it difficult to use the app to report results to party headquarters and instead resorted to calling a hotline. The hotline got so jammed up that they were waiting for 30 minutes or more for someone to answer. Then the party reported there were “inconsistencies” in the count and decided to withhold announcing results until at least Tuesday.“The first time tech is used like this, there’s almost always glitches,” Herb Lin, a professor of cyber policy and security at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution said. “It’s very hard to get it right the first time. The question now is what sort of testing was done before we got to the caucuses, was it realistic and was development rushed?”Lin said that the new app was developed in the interest of speed but the result was the opposite. “We’re not there yet. The short answer is, ‘No, this technology wasn’t ready for election day.’”Monday night’s problems cannot just be blamed on the machines. In order to provide more visibility into the arcane math that goes into caucus results, this year the party asked precincts to report results from the first and second round of voting.Precinct officials were prompted to report two data points each for at least 12 candidates, plus “other” and “uncommitted.” That’s 28 different data points, all being delivered via an app they had never used before.In 1,765 precincts, enough people may have transposed numbers or otherwise gotten tripped up and it became a major headache.After all that, the party had to tabulate a third number, called ‘state delegate equivalents,’ which is used to make an official result.Then even the redundancies failed.When questions about the app were raised earlier in the day, the party insisted that if users were uncomfortable, they could fall back to the old system of calling into a hotline, but the wait times were so long, some precinct chairs gave up.All of that said, the quirky nature of the caucuses, where large numbers of people are counted together in public with a paper trail, means eventually clear results will emerge, some predicted.“The delayed results and perception of chaos are embarrassing, but at least we’ll know the correct results soon, when all of the local results are finally communicated and cross checked,” J. Alex Halderman, professor of cybersecurity specializing in elections at the University of Michigan said.He said the spectacle should serve as a cautionary tale about electronic and internet voting.“Imagine how much worse things would be if people were actually voting online. We might never know who actually won, or they might have to scrap the entire process and start over. This is exactly why internet voting is not nearly ready for prime time,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Did You Know?

first_imgA recent Indianapolis Star article listed past runner-ups to Mr. Basketball in Indiana.  In 1997 Batesville’s Michael Menser was the runner-up to Luke Recker of DeKalb hHgh School.  Recker went on to play at 3 different universities including Iowa.  Michael Menser starred at Indiana State.  Menser led the Sycamores to 2 NCAA appearances.Michael coached and taught in the Terre Haute area for several years, and he is now an administrator in the Plainfield School system.  He works alongside Melvin Siefert who is the principal at Plainfield.Not listed in this article, but another Batesville High School graduate who was also an Indiana High School All-Star runner-up, was Cindy Lamping in 1991.  Cindy went on to star at Purdue University and helped lead the Boilermakers to an NCAA runner-up title in basketball.last_img read more

Eagles Defeat Raiders In Jr. High Soccer

first_imgThe Jr High Eagles Soccer team traveled to South Ripley. The Eagles win 1-0.Scoring for the Eagles:  Jordan Meyer 1 goal, 4 shots; Caleb Simon 3 shots; Morgan Sutton 1 shot, 1 assist; Justin Swinney 1 shot; Ryan Wilson 1 shot; Blake Fiess 2 stops; Garrett Schriener 2 stops; Cam Grable 1 stop; and Conner Toops (shut out) 8 saves.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img