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first_imgGround‐based measurements of stratospheric slant column NO2 amounts made at Halley Bay, Antarctica in 1987 are compared with ozone and temperature profiles from balloon‐borne sondes. Sunrise‐to‐sunset (am/pm) ratios of NO2 have been calculated in autumn and spring by using the sonde data in conjunction with a simple photochemical model for the conversion of NO2 to N2O5. These calculations can be reconciled with the spectrometric measurements of column NO2, provided that the bulk of the NO2 layer is assumed to lie at a height of about 25km. The small amounts of NO2 that are present in the stratospheric column during the first 6 weeks of spring are therefore confined to altitudes above the ozone depletion region. Slow recovery of the NO2 column in spring compared with the rate of its decline in autumn indicates slow photolysis of depleted levels of N2O5 inside the polar vortex.last_img read more


first_imgGay couples will be offered the chance to celebrate their relationships in commitment ceremonies at Oxford’s second annual Pride festival this Saturday. Same-sex couples may also have their relationships blessed in a special ritual performed by Father John Hyde of the Open Episcopal Church. Christians remain divided over the issue of homosexuality. The Bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries, supports moves to grant gay couples the same legal rights as married heterosexuals. His appointment of a celibate homosexual, Jeffrey John, as Bishop of Reading in 2003 provoked a backlash from evangelical Christians. The President of Oxford’s Christian Union, John Aldis, refused to comment directly on the blessing ceremonies, but declared that evangelicals opposed sex outside “monogamous, opposite sex, marriage relationships.” The May Day event, which will include live music and entertainment, runs at Oxpens Park from noon until 7pm. The festival chairman, Karl Andrews, told Cherwell that he hoped the occasion would not only be fun, but also “bring Oxford’s communities together.” Organisers are hoping to repeat the success of last year’s event, which was attended by two thousand people. Oxford Pride is the first of the ‘Fun in the Parks’ events run by Oxford City Council, which is flying the rainbow Gay Pride flag over the Town Hall all week as part of the celebrations.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more


first_imgErmilio, Julia Lillian (nee Monticelli), 90, of Ocean City, NJ passed away on November 05, 2016 surrounded by her family. Julia was born in Philadelphia and spent most of her life there before moving to Ocean City twelve years ago. Julia was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Dr. Frank P. Ermilio and is survived by her three children, John (Denise) Ermilio, Frank (Marian) Ermilio Jr, and Diana (Michael) Carrigan. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Rene (Heather) Ermilio, Jordan (Annie) Ermilio, Michael Carrigan Jr, William Carrigan, Erin (Brian) Jepsen, Alison (Shawn) Decky, Frank Ermilio III and her six great grandchildren, Luca Ermilio, Ciella Ermilio, Gia Ermilio, Caden Decky, Julea Ermilio and Goirdano Ermilio.Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 11:00AM at The St Damien Parish, St Augustine Church, 13th and Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226 were friends may visit from 09:30AM to 10:45AM. Burial was followed at the Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ermilio Family Endowment, c/o Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085. For condolences to the family please visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.comlast_img read more


first_imgBakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has appointed Richard Stowey to head its UK site operations.Stowey will be responsible for all UK operations, including end-to-end supply chain, technical, procurement and capital investment programmes. He will also look after the company’s two high-output UK factories, based in Milton Keynes and Bedford respectively.His most recent experience is associated with managing large-scale new factory build projects for Noble Foods and Dairy Crest.“I want to spend this year focusing on our factory and, ultimately, the things we are measured by,” said Stowey.   “To achieve this, we’re making our senior team far more visible and accessible in the bakery, and giving the teams a more defined drumbeat to operate to, making sure we are all working together as one cohesive and united team.”Stowey said he was also looking forward to the firm’s capital investment into its burger bun and bread lines, which he believed would help “expand capacity to meet customer demand” and improve efficiency.Stowey previously worked in site general management positions with Northern Foods for seven years, followed by meals and sandwich manufacturing experience as operations director at Buckingham Foods and Premier Foods.last_img read more


first_imgOn Sunday, Kanye West surprised fans with the announcement that he’ll bring his Sunday Service to Coachella. The special performance will take place on Easter Sunday, April 21st at 9:00 a.m. (weekend two only) on the Coachella grounds in Indio, CA. You can watch a video of Kanye confirming the performance during today’s Sunday Service in the video posted by Coachella below: The relationship between Kanye West and Coachella has been particularly strained this year. While initially on the shortlist to headline the desert festival in Indio, CA, West was removed from the lineup when the festival reportedly refused to build him a special dome stage in the center of the festival grounds. Coachella chose to move forward without him, announcing a lineup topped by Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande, and more.In the time since Coachella’s 2019 Kanye plans were scrapped, West has kept busy with an interesting new project of his own, Sunday Service. Every Sunday for the last several months, the rapper/producer has hosted ultra-exclusive gatherings at which he delivers gospel-inspired performances with help from a full live band and gospel choir—all clad in angelic white (and sometimes black).Since the events have remained exclusive affairs, the public has only been able to experience Kanye’s Sunday Service via Instagram videos posted by attendees—a list that includes celebrities like rappers DMX and Kid Cudi, late-night host David Letterman, pop star Katy Perry, and more.It appears the time apart has been good for Ye and Coachella. Now, even though there’s still no dome, all of Coachella will get the chance to join the congregation.You can watch a selection of clips from Kanye West’s past Sunday Services below:Kanye West Sunday Service Videos[Video: Guiltybyassoc][Video: JMP][Video: AJAM] In a separate video posted by West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, Kanye once again confirms the booking via PA announcement on an airplane:center_img For more information about Coachella 2019, head here.last_img read more


first_imgMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials have reported 27 new positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,214.Of the 27 new cases, six are in Jamestown, six in Fredonia, three in Dunkirk, three in Silver Creek, two in Forestville, two in Falconer, two in Frewsburg, one in Bemus Point, one in Cassadaga, and one in Sinclairville. This brings the number of active cases to 113.The Chautauqua County Health Department continues monitoring a cluster of COVID-19 cases related to social clubs in the northern end of the County. There are currently eight active cases linked to the Beaver Club in Fredonia. In addition, there have been 20 cases linked to other social clubs in the area. 19 of those cases have recovered while one case is currently active.There currently remains 21 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 1,086 recoveries and 15 deaths. 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


first_img Studying the eruption El Salvador’s Army and National Police responded quickly to help calm thousands of people who were potentially endangered by a large explosion at the Chaparrastique volcano, which released large amounts of gas and ash and caused widespread fear among the civilian population. About 1,500 personnel from the Army, National Civil Police (PNC), Civil Protection, and Civil protection agents coordinated their efforts and launched security measures when the volcano exploded on Dec. 29, 2013, in the department of San Miguel. The security forces responded to help civilians after the volcano’s “explosive eruption,” said Armando Vividor, chief of the directorate of civil protections operations. The volcano is known as “El Chaparrastique,” or the San Miguel volcano. The volcano is 2,129 meters high and is located 130 kilometers east of San Salvador. El Chaparrastique is one of seven active volcanoes in El Salvador. The volcano could erupt again The security forces responded in a prompt and professional manner, and reassured residents that they would be kept safe, said José Wilfredo Salgado García, the mayor of San Miguel. “The response of the police and Army soldiers was efficient and exemplary. People are grateful to them for their immediacy and because they helped maintain calm and order,” José Wilfredo Salgado García, Mayor of San Miguel, said in an interview. The volcano last erupted in 1976. The country recorded 123 major natural disasters from 1989 to 2009, events which killed 4,332 people, injured more than 2.7 million people, and caused nearly $4 billion (USD) in economic damages, according to a report by the Standing Committee for Risk Management, a civil society organization in El Salvador. The loud explosion interrupted what began as a calm Sunday morning and created a high level of confusión and fear. “Apparently, the explosion of the third highest volcano in El Salvador caused considerable anxiety in the population,” Salgado García said. “At first, people did not understand what was happening. There were no victims or serious damage.” Seismographs installed inside the volcano began to register an increase in seismic activity around 6 a.m., about four hours before the eruption, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) reported. The strongest part of the eruption ended around 1 p.m. A magnetic field was involved in the eruption, the National Civil Protection System’s Scientific Technical Commission reported. The commission was created to evaluate and analyze the cause of the eruption. Environment Minister, Herman Rosa Chávez. “That means that if there is more activity in the volcano in the near future, the most likely scenario is an eruption with a launch of incandescent rocks near the crater,” Minister of the Environment Herman Rosa Chávez warned. A large explosion and a quick response The bravery of police and soldiers Area back to normal Security forces respond to natural disasters center_img ‘Considerable anxiety’ Salvadoran security forces are battling street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13 and Barrio 18, as well as transnational criminal organizations which operate in El Salvador. These organized crime groups include the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Los Zetas. In addition to fighting criminal groups, the National Police, and Civil Protection services have in recent years helped several regions that have been hit by natural disasters: • In October 2011, National Police agents and Army soldiers helped the civilian population after the tropical depression “12E” dropped record levels of rain on the country. The tropical depression killed 194 people, left 81 people missing, and caused more than $ 2 billion (USD) in damages. • In May 2010, National Police agents, Army soldiers, and Civil Protection units cooperated to protect residents in several areas that were damaged by the tropical storm “Agatha.” The storm killed 12 people, left another 12 missing, and caused $115 million (USD) in damages. • In November 2009, security forces in 14 departments throughout the country helped evacuate and shelter tens of thousands of people impacted by the tropical storm “Ida.” The storm killed 198 people, damaged or destroyed 3.400 homes, and left 14,000 people homeless. Within 72 hours, most of the people who had been evacuated were safely back in their homes. “Everyone has already returned to their homes. Activities in San Miguel are going on as if nothing had happened. An eruption is not ruled out so we have to remain alert. We are preparing a helicopter with sirens to alert people so they can evacuate immediately,” Salgado García said. By Dialogo January 19, 2014 Loss of life and economic damages The volcano exploded around 10 a.m. on a Sunday. A column of thick smoke rose high above the volcano, distributing gases into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and sulfur, which can be deadly if the concentrations are high enough, were among the gases the volcano expelled. Immediately after the explosion, the authorities ordered the evacuation of the communities located within three kilometers of the volcano. This included about 300 communities, where about 2,300 people live, according to published reports. The evacuted communities included Chinameca, Jucuapa, Batres, Santa María, San Jorge, El Tránsito, Las Placitas, Usulután, Santa Elena and San Rafael. Evacuees were directed to 16 emergency shelters in the departments of San Miguel and Usulután. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health quickly brought in water-purifying equipment to make sure the evacuees had enough water. As a precautionary measure, authorities canelled at least 22 flights that were expected to land that night at Comalapa International Airport, according to Notimex. Airport officials were concerned that the high volume of ashes emitted by the volcano might reduce visibility for pilots. Praise for security forces Many of the police agents and Army soldiers responded to the volcano eruption without wearing protective masks, putting themselves at risk of inhaling toxic elements. “We all worry about evacuating and helping people, and we forget about our police officers and soldiers, many of whom went near the volcano without masks. They deserve recognition,” Salgado García said. Scientists from the University of El Salvador are studying the eruption and exchanging information with volcano researchers from the University of Michigan. A group of volcanologists in Italy is scheduled to travel to El Salvador in the coming months to share their knowledge and experience with Salvadoran officials, authorities said. it’s logicallast_img read more


first_imgThe most impactful work in a new branch project takes place before design and construction even begin. Over the years we’ve seen that a clear definition of the purpose of a new branch project together with the early, consistent communication of that purpose are the two biggest indicators of a successful outcome. Think about a project where the goal is to build a branch, but the project leader hasn’t clearly defined the requirements necessary to make that branch successful: They hire an architect to design the branch, but at the 95% design check-in the team hates it. There’s confusion around the branch’s features and design choices and a lot of energy is focused on discussing relatively small details. Larger questions, whether or not untethered personal technology will support improved operational efficiency, for example, don’t even surface because these goals were never established in context with the project. The project leader takes the team’s comments back to the designer, but the process falls into a cycle of trial and error that results in overspending, delays, and a finished product that the team isn’t really satisfied with. Ultimately, the project leader may not be sure that the new branch performs any better than the one it replaced, and is hard pressed to justify the time and money the credit union has just invested. But there’s a better way. We’d like to share a five step process to align both internal and external team members around not just their individual contributions, but a shared vision of overall project success. You’ll engage your team, establish the purpose driving this branch project, define and prioritize a clear set of requirements, strategically integrate your external partners, and create a change management plan that people will get excited about. Step 1: Engage Your Team Start out by creating open channels of communication among the stakeholders and focusing on gathering input from your team. Not only will people get excited about a project that they have a say in, the collective knowledge of your organization is a powerful asset that you can use as a resource throughout the project. Even if you have a clear vision in mind for your project, opening the door to contributions and input from your team is a powerful way to win them over to your side.  Step 2: Find your Purpose All too often the process kicks off with “we need a branch” and misses that one word critical to setting a project on the right path: “why?”If you design a branch as the discrete solution to your need, without consideration of the strategic outcomes you hope to achieve through your branch, you’re unlikely to end up with a design or strategy that fulfills your organizational goals and may fall into the trap of designing by trial and error. But if you clearly define and document your purpose from the very start of the project, every stage of the project can be focused around fulfilling that purpose. It becomes a shared goal among all of the stakeholders.Step 3: Develop your Requirements Work with your team to brainstorm the requirements for the project that will ensure you fulfill the branch’s purpose. Keeping with the theme of “why?”, make sure you don’t jump right into brainstorming what features you need! Instead, think about your objectives for the branch. Features can be developed during the design phase to fulfill requirements. Bad requirement: We need a tech bar. Good requirement: We need a way to educate members on our mobile platform. Keep your requirements objective driven and explore as many ideas as possible. When you finish, sort them into Must Have, Should Have, Could Have, and Won’t Have categories (a MoSCoW list). Step 4: Bring Partners on Board Align your external team members around your goals by looking for partners rather than vendors. Think about when and how they can be integrated into your project not just for their part of the work, but when their expertise can have the most impact on the project. During planning and strategy discussions your partners can provide both valuable insights and reality checks. For example, when making design decisions a construction manager could let your team know the impact that these choices will have on the cost and schedule.  Step 5: Plan for Lasting ChangeChange often sparks resistance, but engaging your team and getting everyone aligned towards a common goal doesn’t have to be a battle! You’ve already gained team member buy-in by engaging stakeholders in the planning process. Take this a step further by establishing a project sponsor who will build enthusiasm around the project, communicate how new policies, staffing models, and processes will be carried out, and support branch staff with the training they need. Make sure there is a plan in place to follow up at ninety days and six months after project completion. Kick Off Your Project the Right Way Following this process requires more work up front, but the effort pays dividends when the design, construction, and operation of the branch all run smoothly. Construction projects have a reputation for being challenging and stressful, but with the right level of preparedness they can be something that your team looks forward to. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. 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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Set in 1982 L.A., with the classic melody of Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” throbbing on the soundtrack, a nameless girl inside a car parked in the Hollywood Hills is bobbing between the thighs of an unimpressed Kent Grainger (Ed Westwick) just before he plunges a knife into the back of her head.It turns out that Kent’s also a serial killer and a necrophiliac. But he does have a softer side—he likes babies.The opening minutes of Wicked City’s premiere Tuesday night mostly encapsulated the gist of ABC’s newest and boldest show: sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and, evidently, death.“That’s right, folks,” said a local news anchor character early on. “Another day, another corpse in the murder capital of the country.”It was a warning there’d be more clichés to follow. While the anchor mentioned above referred to killings in ‘80s L.A. as routine, the same could be argued of modern-day America in general.Audiences today are numb—desensitized, some claim—to the oversaturation of dismembered corpses, blood-streaked walls, and “shocking” crime scenes lit in the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi, all of which appeared in the first 30 minutes of Wicked City. Differentiating among all these competing crime dramas may be more difficult than identifying a dumped body. This was Wicked City’s true killer: unoriginality.Beneath his charm and prickly stubble, we discover that Kent has child abandonment/mommy issues. Stabbing unsuspecting women trying to please him is one thing, but apparently he draws the line at killing a nurse named Betty Beaumontaine (Erika Christensen) because she’s a single mom. The plotline’s reprieve ignores the likelihood that he’s probably already murdered lonely single moms before without knowing or caring about their back story.Conveniently, Betty is also a little cuckoo. This insight is revealed when she crushes a spider in her hand, away from the eyes of her impressionable children. The moment left me wondering if I could be a serial killer, too, because I also kill bugs when they come into my house, but at least I feel guilty about it. Betty hones her sadistic ways on duty in the hospital when she yanks stitches out of an old man after stabbing him with a needle.Maybe Kent knew Betty had that side to her, just waiting to develop under his tender care. His sparing her sparks the beginning of a whacky and disturbing romance. It’s too early to tell where this pair will go. They are reminiscent of a Bonny-and-Clyde-like duo, but that comparison—referenced constantly by ABC’s marketing campaign—creates concern that this psychotic couple will not stray far enough from the source material to make watching their exploits compelling.On the flip side of Wicked City, we meet “good cop” Jack Roth (Jeremy Sisto). He bickers with his undesirable-sidekick Paco Conteras (Gabriel Luna) each and every step of the way, making this crime procedural a grueling process. Jack is hell-bent on taking down the famed “Hillside Strangler” (no, not Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono), but the closest the detective gets to Kent in the season premiere is an accidental shoulder-brush in a cramped nightclub on Sunset Strip, making this “cat and mouse” storyline explicit for any viewers who somehow may have missed it.While Wicked City airs late at 10 p.m., presumably after the kids are in bed, it is a risky step for Disney-owned ABC Family channel, considering their usual fare. Featuring disturbing adult-oriented content like this may be an early sign of what’s to come when the network changes its name in January to Freeform, with the goal of attracting a wider audience in the coveted 18-34 demographic.The show is being promoted as a 10-episode anthology series, similar to American Horror Story or True Detective, which means the next season—if Wicked City even lasts that long and let’s hope it doesn’t—would jump to a different time slot. But it means 10 episodes of serial-killer-and-tortured-cop clichés, people yelling “bitchin’!” as an adjective, an overabundance of cocaine and way too much hairspray, accompanied by an ’80s soundtrack of Soft Cell, Iggy Pop and Joan Jett. Wicked City might be worth a binge-watch on Netflix, but definitely not a long-term committed relationship.last_img read more


first_img“The mortar between the stones has disintegrated, in some places almost entirely,” said Temple Concord President Lisa Blackwell. “They have to match the border, they have to make sure not just the colors are right, but that it will preserve the stones and not damage them further,” said Blackwell. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Construction has started on the Kilmer Mansion. The 122-year-old relic is home to one of the last grand parlors of the Parlor City, but many of its features have deteriorated. “Being on top of the building, should they actually fall down, it would obviously be bad for the rest of the mansion,” said Blackwell. “It’s a historic gem, it’s precious to the community, it’s the home of a family that was integral to the history of the city, so we feel it’s really important to preserve it,” said Blackwell. The project is going to take a few years. Construction crews will be working on different areas of the building bit by bit. This project a little more complex than your average renovation. Crews will have to replicate what the building would have looked like more than 100 years ago. By saving the building, Temple Concord hopes to preserve Binghamton’s history for generations to come. Temple Concord has raised more than $200,000 for renovating the chimneys. The next few projects will add up to approximately $800,000. To donate to the project, head over to the Community Foundation for South Central New York’s website. Sitting for 122 years, its had its fair share of aging. A portion of the building has previously collapsed, and any further deterioration could put the entire structure at risk. Friday marked the first day of the long list of renovations, starting with three large chimneys, some of the most aged structures on the mansion. last_img read more

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