first_imgThe Royal Society expedition to Antarctica established a base at Halley Bay, in support of the International Geophysical Year of 1957–1958. Surface ozone was measured during 1958 only, using a prototype Brewer-Mast sonde. The envelope of maximum ozone was an annual cycle from 10 ppbv in January to 22 ppbv in August. These values are 35% less at the start of the year and 15% less at the end than modern values from Neumayer, also a coastal site. This may reflect a general increase in surface ozone since 1958 and differences in summer at the less windy site of Halley, or it may reflect ozone loss on the inlet together with long-term conditioning. There were short periods in September when ozone values decreased rapidly to near-zero, and some in August when ozone values were rapidly halved. Such ozone-loss episodes, catalysed by bromine compounds, became well-known in the Artic in the 1980s, and were observed more recently in the Antarctic. In 1958, very small ozone values were recorded for a week in midwinter during clear weather with light winds. The absence of similar midwinter reductions at Neumayer, or at Halley in the few measurements during 1987, means we must remain suspicious of these small values, but we can find no obvious reason to discount them. The dark reaction of ozone and seawater ice observed in the laboratory may be fast enough to explain them if the salinity and surface area of the ice is sufficiently amplified by frost flowers.last_img read more


first_imgThe cast of OCTC’s Junior Company Production of SEUSSICAL. The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Junior Company presents a wacky and wonderful production of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL JR. SEUSSICAL will have two performances on Friday August 25th and Saturday August 26th at 7:30 at the Ocean City Music Pier.Join Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters as they spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. This fully staged musical will feature students in 5th – 8th grades.Travel to the faraway places like the Jungle of Nool and the Circus McGurkus, as the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!Tickets for Seussical JR range from $12-$15. To purchase tickets call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxofficeTo learn more about the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company and other upcoming professional and educational programming visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.comlast_img read more


first_imgThe new programmable Kemper President Mixer can be used to mix doughs, pastes and batters, says supplier Eurobake (Lostock, Bolton). It also handles a range of volumes and, with an intensive mixing action, the mixer achieves evenly kneaded doughs in a short time, adds the firm.The Kemper President is a stand-alone, spiral mixer with a wheel-out bowl and is available in capacities ranging from 75kg to 250kg. The mixer comes with the option of 99 pre-set programmes and a 40 mixing-step memory. The hydraulic head-raising mechanism and bowl-locking system secure the bowl tightly for stability. Simple bowl positioning combined with a lifting and tilting device alleviate the heavy workload of dough handling.last_img


first_imgReflecting on the recent Christchurch attack, G7 Interior Ministers acknowledged that the challenges posed by social media and livestreaming are complex, but that technology companies had a responsibility to do more to ensure people are protected.The Home Secretary stressed the urgent need to redouble efforts to address terrorist threats, urging tech companies to work together to tackle the exploitation of online platforms.The G7 summit came ahead of the launch of the government’s Online Harms White Paper – a world-leading proposal for legislation to keep UK citizens safe online.The UK continues to work across the international community to tackle online harm and protect its citizens from terrorist threats, abuse and child sexual exploitation online. The close partnership we have with our international G7 partners is vital in combatting the shared threats we face and keeping our people secure. Britain will continue to be a global leader in this space and ensure our expertise makes the world a safer place. The Home Secretary called for a more coordinated approach to combat shared threats, emphasising the UK government’s commitment to global security. In particular, he said that more needs to be done across the global community to protect people from the disturbing and dangerous effects of harmful online content.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:last_img read more


first_imgThreatened strike action by drivers at the Allied Bakeries site in West Bromwich has been called off.Around 130 drivers, maintenance staff and security personnel at the Kingsmill plant have “overwhelmingly” accepted a revised pay offer from Allied, according to union Unite.Union members had voted last month to take industrial action in a dispute over pay, with the union describing the company’s offer as “paltry”. Unite had warned that strike action could bring a “bread drought” to the north west and Midlands, although Allied had denied this.In a statement released today (6 December), Unite lead officer for the food sector Joe Clarke said: “This deal reflects a good outcome, with an overall package that sees the desired improvements to rates of pay that we have been pushing for at Allied Bakeries Kingsmill West Bromwich.”Adding that the exact terms of the deal would not be disclosed, he said the pay rise, which is being backdated to April 2017, was slightly over 2.5% and included a 2% increase for year two, starting in April 2018.“This is coupled with a further markets-rate payment adjustment being added to this figure of 0.5% and a further 0.6% payment for a 12-month voluntary arrangement for the working time derogation,” he said.“The industrial action has now been called off after the workforce voted overwhelmingly to accept the revised offer and our members are working normally.“I would like to thank our members for the solidarity they have shown, which has brought about this positive outcome, and we look forward to a constructive relationship with the management going forward.”Allied Bakeries said the deal was in line with that agreed across its other UK sites and was competitive in the local area.”As part of this two-year agreement we have achieved an improvement in shift pattern flexibility which we believe works well for our employees and the company,” added a spokesperson. “Everyone at the West Bromwich bakery is now looking forward to getting back to business as usual.’’Last month, Allied Bakeries parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) revealed the bakery business sustained a loss in the year ending 16 September, and that it was discussing increasing prices with its retail customers. In September, Allied announced plans to close its Norwich distribution depot.last_img read more


first_imgIn January, a Minnesota court sentenced a National Guardsman to a year in jail after the pickup he was driving killed a mother of two. She had been riding her bicycle, towing her 4-year-old and 1-year-old daughters behind her. He had been processing a bank transaction on his cellphone.That same month, a Pennsylvania woman was sentenced to two weeks in county prison for hitting a pedestrian, whom she hadn’t seen because she was reading a text message. The impact fractured the pedestrian’s face and collarbone. According to a media report, the case was one of three that day in the same court that sent young mothers to jail for distracted driving.Society is slowly awakening to the problem of distracted driving, but still is not taking it seriously enough, according to Jay Winsten, associate dean for health communication and Frank Stanton Director of the Center for Health Communication at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Winsten and the center spearheaded the U.S. designated-driver campaign of the late 1980s and early 1990s, which took hold amid growing public opposition to drinking and driving, and which helped to change social norms around the behavior. Winsten has identified distracted driving as a significant public health problem and a center priority. He is working to understand it, to make it less acceptable through a similar change in social norms, and to craft how to communicate public health messages more effectively in today’s fragmented media market.The Gazette spoke with Winsten, who last week briefed members of the Massachusetts House on the situation and some possible solutions.GAZETTE: Can you tell us about the event at the State House last week, and what the main message was?WINSTEN: The event was hosted by Rep. Cory Atkins, who has introduced legislation to ban the use of handheld devices when behind the wheel. The event was organized by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health Communication to provide a briefing for members of the state Legislature and their staffs. We had about 60 people in attendance.Our point of departure was the fact that the current law, a ban on texting while driving that’s in place in Massachusetts and in most other states, is almost impossible to effectively enforce. All a driver has to do is roll down the window and say, “Officer, I was looking up a phone number, not texting.” It’s not illegal to look up a phone number. It’s not illegal to dial the number by hand on your cellphone. It’s not illegal to program your GPS on your cellphone. It’s not illegal to even watch videos on your cellphone while you’re driving. The current law in most states only bans texting.The advantage of a hands-free law is that if the police officer notes that someone is holding the device while driving, then that is per se evidence of the infraction, so they don’t need to go about proving what the driver was doing. It’ll make enforcement easier and the deterrent effect significantly stronger.GAZETTE: Do you think a hand-held ban would help with distracted driving in Massachusetts?WINSTEN: On the one hand, it doesn’t address another serious form of distraction, namely, cognitive distraction. So it’s not a panacea. But it would certainly help with enforcement of the texting ban, and would extend the range of that ban. We’re not taking an advocacy position in favor of any particular bill. We’re trying to inform the process on the basis of available research. This legislative briefing was the kickoff of what will be an ongoing series of working luncheons sponsored by the center, most of which will be held back at the School. We’re going to bring together researchers, policymakers, police, district attorneys, and corporate representatives.GAZETTE: How big a problem is this? What have we done so far to stop it?WINSTEN: The problem is of tremendous concern. New technology and digital devices have widespread availability, tremendous popularity, and some would even say addictive qualities. It’s certainly a felt need on the part of a lot of people that if they’ve got an incoming message they’ve got to read it right away.According to federal statistics, there are over 1 million crashes each year attributable to distracted driving, over 400,000 injuries, including a hefty number of life-changing injuries, and a little over 3,000 fatalities a year.What you see on suburban roads and rural roads is a lot of head-on collisions. It doesn’t take much when you’re separated from the oncoming driver by just a double yellow line. If the cars in each direction are going 50 miles an hour, you’re closing on each other at a combined speed of 100 miles an hour.It takes 4.6 seconds on average to draft and send a text message. At 50 miles an hour, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded. Obviously, no one would ever knowingly do that, but in effect they’re doing it all the time when they’re texting and driving.It’s tough to regulate because of the rapidity of change in the technology. Forty states have a ban on texting while driving, and 14 also have a ban on handheld devices. But, for example, does that include the Apple watch that was just released? Is that a handheld device?And [what about] the infotainment systems that are being installed in new cars? Take Tesla, with a 17-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard. And Volvo, known for their preoccupation with safety, they’ve got a 9-inch touchscreen with a tremendous array of capabilities.Volvo has removed almost all of the buttons from the dashboard in its new XC90, and replaced them with functions that you regulate on the touchscreen. That means you have to take one hand off the wheel, you have to take both eyes off the road in order to look to the right at the touchscreen, and you have to work your way through different levels of menu to get to where you want to be.GAZETTE: Is responsibility shared with automakers and cellphone makers? Who’s at fault here?WINSTEN: I guess progress is at fault. The rapid evolution of technology created the problem, but will eventually provide the ultimate solution.General Motors reportedly plans to install tracking devices in 500,000 cars over the next three to five years that will use an array of cameras and algorithms to detect when the driver’s head is turned away from the road for more than a specified amount of time, and will sound an alarm.Other technologies will monitor and autocorrect when a car drifts out of its lane of traffic. And, in 10 to 20 years, we’ll have driverless cars and will be free to text to our hearts’ content. But the transition period between now and then may well be characterized by an awful lot of carnage on our roadways if we’re not careful.In the short term, auto manufacturers and manufacturers of these devices and the software that runs them — such as CarPlay from Apple — have shared responsibility. So do the parents of young people who are, like it or not, serving as role models. Their kids are watching.GAZETTE: What is the role of the Center for Health Communication?WINSTEN: The role of the center is to both study and directly engage in activities aimed at mobilizing mass communication to influence behavior around disease and injury prevention and to help inform public policy.In addition to the working luncheons on distracted driving in Massachusetts, we intend to extend what we’re doing to a national audience. At the same time, we’re developing a new media campaign that will be a counterpart to the center’s previous designated-driver campaign.Over the past several years, there’s been a lot of media activity sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Ad Council, and, notably, AT&T Wireless has had its own media initiative, spending $16 million per year on its “It Can Wait” campaign. Those combined efforts have succeeded in strengthening public awareness of the problem, but they’ve not yet had any kind of significant impact on crashes, injuries, or fatalities.GAZETTE: How do you get it to the next level? Is it going to take some huge tragedy that grabs headlines?WINSTEN: I don’t even think that would make a difference. Among young people, number one, they believe they’re going to live forever. Number two, 80 percent of young adults tell pollsters that they are better drivers than average — which of course literally can’t be true — and that they are really good at multitasking.So the communication campaigns are going to have to back up and really explain, so it’s understood in a visceral way, that a driver may be looking straight ahead, but the brain may not process what the eyes are seeing if the driver’s mind is elsewhere. What’s not yet widely understood is that there are three elements to distraction: visual distraction, manual distraction, and cognitive distraction, which may be the most serious of all.One aspect of cognitive distraction is inattention blindness. A driver may be looking straight ahead when a traffic light turns red and not react to it because the brain’s processing capabilities have been usurped by a phone conversation. The driver is looking but not “seeing” and is not consciously aware of that.Another aspect of cognitive distraction is tunnel vision, in which the distracted driver’s field of vision becomes constricted so they’re not scanning left and right. If a pedestrian enters a crosswalk, a distracted driver looking straight ahead may not notice it. You have children being struck down on the way to school, in crosswalks in school zones. You’ve got police at road stops having to duck for their lives because of oncoming distracted drivers. Likewise workers in work zones, and motorcyclists are in big trouble.GAZETTE: How can you reach people with that information?WINSTEN: Well, it’s tough to break through. We’re talking with NASCAR, for example, about joining our media campaign. We’re hoping to get their top drivers involved. We want to reach young people through YouTube, which already is on board as a partner.When we started the designated-driver campaign, there were only three TV networks, and if you had relationships with all three, you were in business. Today there’s not only an extreme fragmentation of the media marketplace but a very short attention span on the part of the public.So, even if you have a breakthrough creative idea that captures a month’s worth of high-profile media attention, that only buys you 30 days. To change social norms is a multi-year process. So the challenge is how do you put together a series of peaks of synchronicity to sustain the effort over time? That’s what we’re going to try to figure out.It turns out there are some alternatives that provide efficiencies in reaching out to today’s fragmented media universe. For example, there are a small number of firms called multichannel networks, and one of the largest is Fullscreen, co-owned by AT&T Wireless and by Peter Chernin’s group. Peter, the former president and chief operating officer of News Corp., has been a good friend for many years, and he’s helped us to bring Fullscreen on board. Fullscreen represents the creators and developers of 50,000 YouTube channels. And that provides a degree of one-stop shopping for mobilizing widespread support within the new media environment.We have two goals with the distracted-driving initiative. Number one, we want to prevent injuries and save lives. Simultaneously, our media campaign provides an opportunity to experiment with the development of new sustainable communication strategies for public health and, hopefully, to help reinvent the model of public health communication for the 21st century.last_img read more


first_imgNot only is it important to back up your data but accessing and managing that data is just as important. What’s the point of a backup if you can’t access it? Dell EMC Data Protection is a market leader due to its combined portfolio of Data Domain backup appliances, Integrated Data Protection Appliances and Data Protection software.  Last quarter, Dell EMC’s Data Domain lead the Target Systems segment of the Purpose Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) market with a 75% revenue share and saw a year over year growth rate of 44%.1 Customers trust Dell EMC for data protection because of our unmatched combination of appliances and software and that are designed to deliver increased simplicity, flexibility, and operational efficiency.The Dell EMC Data Domain Management Center (DD MC), is your single pane of glass to view and manage your Data Domain appliances, physical or software defined. DD MC enables aggregate management and reporting on environments with multiple Data Domain systems through a single interface. Customizable dashboards provide visibility into aggregate status and the ability to drill-down to system-level details. Role based access allows different user roles for various levels of expertise within the organization.The latest release of Dell EMC Data Domain Operating System, DD OS 6.1.2, delivers enhanced efficiency by providing a single point of manageability solution to manage Data Domain appliances located on-prem, at remote sites or in any cloud with DD MC. Wherever a business operates, they can manage their central data centers, remote offices and cloud protection elegantly from one location. This hybrid management capability can further reduce operational costs, as well as empower entire organizations with key insights. DD MC is now available as a free, no-license download with DD OS 6.1.2 and can be run on-prem or in the cloud.Dell EMC continues to drive innovation and success for the Data Domain family. Now is the perfect time to connect with your local rep about purchasing new appliances or upgrading to a complete Dell EMC Data Protection solution with the latest DD OS 6.1.2.You can download DD MC with the installation of DD OS 6.1.2. If you are a subscriber to AWS and Azure marketplace, you can download from AWS Marketplace and Azure Marketplace.For additional information, please see DD MC Installation and Administration Guide.Check out our social presence on Twitter for product updates and announcements.1Source:  IDC Quarterly Purpose Built Backup Appliance Tracker, Q2 2018last_img read more


first_imgThe uncle of a Missouri woman accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last month is now facing charges himself. A federal complaint against William Merry Jr. of St. Louis County was unsealed late Thursday. Merry is the uncle of 21-year-old Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, who was charged on Jan. 16. A charging document says video and photos show Hernandez and Merry holding a broken piece of the nameplate from outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Merry’s lawyer says Merry doesn’t condone violence “or any type of insurrection of the government.”last_img


first_imgStudent Senate discussed potential changes to freshman orientation and the upcoming unveiling of The Shirt at its meeting Wednesday. Junior Ricky Bevington, Student Campus Orientation Committee chairperson, said the committee hopes freshman orientation can be a “vehicle for inclusion” at Notre Dame. “It definitely needs to be a student effort,” he said. “We’re working really closely with the dorms to be a resource … [The] goal is creating a sense of belonging on campus.” To improve orientation, senators suggested increasing the comfort of lesbian, gay, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, instituting diversity training, reforming the College HAS (Hookups, Alcohol and Sexual Assault) Issues program, hosting a sexual education session and distributing a sheet with useful miscellaneous information. Bevington said anyone with suggestions about reforming freshman orientation should email [email protected] Senior Paul Baranay, vice president of The Shirt Project, said The Shirt will be unveiled April 20 at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Alta Gracia Apparel, a company with a social concerns focus, will produce this year’s The Shirt, he said. “They have a factory down in the Dominican Republic where they pay all their workers a living wage, several times higher than other factories,” he said. The price of The Shirt will increase from $15 to $18 this year, Baranay said, but shirts will be sold to students for $15 at the unveiling ceremony. Baranay said some of the proceeds from sales will benefit The Shirt Charity Fund, which gives money to students who could not otherwise afford to participate in campus activities. The rest of the profits will cover students’ medical costs and fund student organizations, he said. “Last year, we sold 165,000 shirts and we raised over $700,000 for students,” Baranay said. Senate also approved junior Katie Hennessy for the position of Judicial Council’s vice president of elections.last_img read more


first_imgAs part of the year-long celebration of 175 years of Saint Mary’s College, students, faculty, alumnae and other visitors took a journey across campus — and through history — with “Discover Saint Mary’s: A Walk in Time.” Participants gathered at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto to be commissioned as pilgrims by Interim President Nancy Nekvasil and Sister M. Veronique Wiedower before embarking Sunday.In her opening remarks, vice president for mission at Saint Mary’s Judith Fean said “A Walk in Time” was an invitation to be intentional while exploring the campus.“It’s more than a walk,” Fean said. “It’s more than a tour. It’s a pilgrimage. … So, what sets pilgrims apart from other travelers? Pilgrims are on a journey with a deeper purpose. Pilgrims are seekers, although what they seek may vary.”Joni Kanzler, director of research for development at Saint Mary’s and chair of the Pilgrimage subcommittee, orchestrated the walk, along with other members of the 175 celebration steering committee. Kanzler said she hopes participants considered the storied past of the Sisters of the Holy Cross who established the College in 1844.“To think about the steps that we’re taking, and what the sisters had to face when they first came here 175 years ago,” she said. “ … And then as [the pilgrims] move from place to place, just being able to say this is where [the sisters] walked too, you know, how many years ago. That’s the part that means the most.”Planning for the walk began in June of 2018, Kanzler said, with the initial goal of traveling on foot to the original site of the first school and novitiate opened by the sisters in Bertrand, Michigan.“It’s a long way to walk, a lot of costs involved,” Kanzler said. “We decided Saint Mary’s is here, and this is our home.”Kanzler said the pilgrimage committee worked closely with the Sisters of the Holy Cross to give pilgrims the opportunity to “stop, ponder, reflect and pray” while learning more about the heritage and traditions of the College and the sisters who founded it.Sister M. Veroniqe Wiedower, president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, shared this history with pilgrims visiting Bertrand Hall, the first home for the College, then called Saint Mary’s Academy. After Fr. Edward Sorin and the Congregation of Holy Cross began the foundation of Notre Dame in 1842, Wiedower said, they asked Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, of Le Mans, France for some assistance.“They immediately wrote a letter to Father Moreau back in France and said, ‘Once the sisters arrive — and their presence is ardently desired — they must be prepared, not only to look after the laundry and the infirmary (over at Notre Dame), but also to conduct a school, perhaps even a boarding school,’” Wiedower said.Less than six months later, in May of the following year, Wiedower said, four newly professed sisters traveled from Le Mans, France to the U.S.“They made private vows to Father Moreau the day before getting on the boat, so they were not seasoned religious women,” Wiedower said. “Sister Mary of the Heart of Jesus was 19 years old. She was named the headmistress of the school. Sister Mary of Nazareth was 21 years old, and she was named as infirmarian and teacher. Sister Mary of Calvary was 24 years old, and she was named the chief linen keeper, and took care clothes for all the students, the brothers, priests and the sisters. And Sister Mary of Bethlehem was 45 years old, probably illiterate. Her job was to be in charge of the cows and the dairy.”These sisters succeeded in founding and running the College in its earliest days, despite being newly-professed religious sisters, untrained in teaching and only speaking French, Wiedower said.“So, I say Father Moreau should have miracles right away,” Wiedower said. “One: the sisters have survived all of these 175 years with four women who came over. And secondly: that Saint Mary’s College has survived 175 years with the beginnings of those first four women.”Much of the Saint Mary’s experience that students enjoy today is owed to those that came before, crossing the Atlantic to educate and spread the values of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, Wiedower said.“I’m a firm believer that the spirits of those who have gone before us live on, and that we stand on the shoulders of the women and men who have done something to allow Saint Mary’s to grow and to thrive today,” Wiedower said. “So, I think it’s important for students to know that the foundation on which their education is built on, the core values that we try to instill in students at Saint Mary’s, all come from this heritage of these men and women who took a risk, and did things that they weren’t necessarily prepared to do.”Wiedower said she hopes Saint Mary’s students graduate with similar values.“I hope that the education that these women receive not only prepares them for professions after graduation, but also prepares them for life, where they’re going to take risks and to be pioneers in many, many ways in the future,” Wiedower said.Interim President Nancy Nekvasil said Saint Mary’s legacy of 175 years is unique.“I think that it’s really unusual to be at a place that has been in existence for 175 years,” she said. “When I’ve gone to meetings, and I’ve had the opportunity to say that we’re celebrating our 175 anniversary, among other [college] presidents, there are audible gasps around the room.“It’s just really an incredible thing. And then when you think about the history, with regard to very young sisters, who left everything, and came across a very dangerous ocean, and stayed here, and instead of complaining and asking to be sent home … they looked around to see what the needs were. And I think that’s really who we are as Saint Mary’s.”Tags: 175th anniversary, A Walk in Time, blessed basil moreau, Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Le Mans, Rev. Edward Sorinlast_img read more