Comparison of two time-variant forced eddy-permitting global ocean circulation models with hydrography of the Scotia Sea

first_imgA comparison between hydrographic observations and output from two realistically forced z-level global ocean circulation models (OCCAM and POCM_4C) in the Scotia Sea, South Atlantic, is described. The study region includes the southern part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and the northern Weddell Gyre. Despite similar formulations, the models have different strengths and weaknesses. OCCAM simulates well the horizontal circulation around South Georgia but loss of Antarctic Bottom Water distorts the mean circulation in the central Scotia Sea. A poorer bathymetric dataset in POCM_4C means that the circulation is not adequately topographically steered leading to greater zonal flow and a southward shift of the fronts of the southern ACC. In a comparison with sea surface height variability data, OCCAM overestimates and POCM_4C underestimates the maximum values. Both models have higher background variability than the satellite data. Mean monthly model output is compared with a meridional hydrographic section from the study region. The regional water masses at the time of the hydrographic section (April 1995) are recognisably reproduced in both models despite some discrepancies. The surface waters are too saline in OCCAM (by 0.12–0.40) and too warm in POCM_4C (by>2 °C) suggesting problems with the air-sea surface heat and freshwater fluxes used to force both models and the models’ vertical mixing parameterisations. Anomalous mixed layer properties in winter lead to inaccurate Winter Water characteristics in both models. Slumping of Circumpolar Deep Water occurs in OCCAM, associated with the loss of the bottom water. Subsurface restoration to climatology at buffer zones prevents this slumping in POCM_4C although the densest waters are not reproduced. The models overestimate the baroclinic transport of the section by up to a factor of two and simulate a significant barotropic component of transport. Overall, both models can be used in this region in ways that utilise their strengths. Further improvements are likely to come from better bathymetric representations, surface fluxes, and bottom water formation processes, elimination of spurious diapycnal mixing, improvement of vertical mixing parameterisations, and higher resolution.last_img read more

BAE Systems, SAIC to Build US Marine ACVs

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems, SAIC to Build US Marine ACVs BAE Systems, SAIC to Build US Marine ACVs View post tag: SAIC November 25, 2015 The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command awarded a total of $225.3M for the development and production of a new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).SAIC, the American-based government contractor, received a $121.5M contract and BAE Systems recieved $103.7M for the build of initial 13 prototypes.The two companies won the bid against three other competitors, which included Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, according to the Washington Post.During the first phase, BAE Systems will produce 16 prototypes that will be tested by the Marine Corps beginning in the third quarter of 2016. Work on the vehicles will take place at BAE Systems’ facilities in Quantico, Virginia; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania.According to a US Marines statement, the ACV will be an eight-wheeled vehicle that will provide protection akin to the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles with landward maneuverability and mobility that is superior to that of the AAV. The ACV will also be outfitted with a precision weapons station, which will provide significant enhanced lethality, and will have a robust swim capability, allowing it to operate within the littorals.BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 solution is an 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is based on a platform developed by IVECO Defence Vehicles. View post tag: BAe Systems The contract includes options for 60 low-rate initial production vehicles and 148 full-rate production (FRP) vehicles and if all options were to be exercised the contract would reach the value of $1.1B dollars.[mappress mapid=”17457″]Naval Today Staff, Images: BAE Systems, Saic SAIC secured the bid with their TERREX 2 design which has Hybrid All-Wheel Steering for tight well-deck maneuvers and seats three crew members and up to 11 embarked Marines.TERREX 2 completes swim test in South Carolina, USA View post tag: US Marine Corps Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Union BME officer to resign after cocktail scandal

first_imgFollowing the advertisement of a cocktail named ‘Colonialism Comeback’ at the Oxford Union debate last night, Cherwell understands that the Oxford Union BME officer, Esther Odejimi, has decided to resign her role. The debate in question was, ‘This House believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies’. It has been noted that all the speakers for the proposition were people of colour, while all those speaking for the opposition were white.In a statement to Cherwell, Odejimi said, “I’m disgusted at the way they have behaved both, towards me, and the wider black community. I have made many efforts to reach out to the President for an induction and to make sure that my role is not left redundant. All have been in vain. I haven’t even met her ONCE! And now, on top of that, this ridiculously insensitive poster has been pasted up on the union walls. It’s clear that my role was just an act of political correctness and they had no intention to actually engage with the BME rep position. I want nothing to do with them at all. I’m disgusted. Racism is definitely not dead.” There were at least two versions of the flyer advertising the cocktail. The first was accompanied by an image of two hands bound in chains, which was interpreted as suggesting the figure of a slave. The second showed an image of former British African colonies. The former has been widely shared on social media and has received a huge backlash from students. An Oxford Union member commented, “I think it makes a farce of the Oxford Union supposedly caring about BME issues when their BME Officer was neither consulted before holding an obviously racially charged debate, nor even had an induction as to their responsibilities.“If they want to convince us that they’re taking racism seriously, then they need to get off their backsides to replace their words with actions. And a twenty word apology isn’t going to cut it.”The Oxford Union did not respond to Cherwell‘s request for comment. On their Facebook page, the Union wrote, “The Union would once again like to apologise for the cocktail last night. We let a lot of people down: the cocktail and its flyer were entirely inappropriate, and offensive. We must ensure that this never happens again.“The individual responsible has apologised and deeply regrets their actions.“All future cocktails will now be brought to the Standing Committee each week to ensure they have been seen and voted on by the committee, to avoid such an incident ever being repeated.“This situation should never have arisen. We apologise sincerely.”last_img read more

Mental health, discipline and guidance awareness

first_imgJanice Greenberg Dear Editor:This was a 17 year old teen who made the conscientious decision to steal an 8 year old child’s sneakers. When the teen couldn’t get the sneakers from the boy at school, the teen took it one step too far and went to the boy’s home on Nov. 14 and ultimately senselessly stabbed the younger boy’s father. Discipline and guidance must start at the home from an early age with parents and or caregivers playing an active role. Mental health awareness is very important and parents and caregivers need to be trained in how to be alert for possible emotional problems in their child/teen. This should be done through a partnership between school/law enforcement/non-profit agencies. This problem is one that transcends race, religion and income.last_img read more

SECAUCUS BRIEFS

first_img× National Night Out is Aug. 7The annual National Night Out will take place Tuesday, Aug 7 in Secaucus at 5 p.m. in Buchmuller Park. The park is located across the street from the Plaza Center. The night out is a nationwide event for residents and local police to mingle and establish closer communication and cooperation. Route 495 lane closures could affect traffic for 2-3 yearsLincoln Tunnel-area commuters, brace yourselves. The state Department of Transportation was set to close traffic lanes on Route 495, starting Aug. 10, according to a press release.The headaches commence with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from JFK Boulevard to 495 westbound in North Bergen on the 10th. Traffic will be detoured onto Paterson Plank Road. On the 17th, one lane on 495 will be closed 24/7 in both directions. This will severely limit roadway capacity.The shutdowns are part of a massive $90.3 million, state-funded rehabilitation project on the Route 495 Bridge.Work on the span includes repairing and reconstructing the bridge deck, replacing and strengthening its deteriorated structural steel, and repairing and painting the substructure. The project’s first phase began in September of 2017 with local street improvements.The entire project is projected to finish around summer 2021. Motorists are advised to consider alternative routes during that time, such as the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, public transportation, or carpooling. For more information, email the DOT at [email protected], or call (201) 408-8495.Town will auction surplus propertyThe town will hold a public auction sale of its property, from Aug. 9 at 6 a.m. to Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.. Officials will be auctioning a 2004 Black 4 Door Volvo S60 and a 1996 KME Engine 1500 GPM Waterous 2 Stage Pump 55’ Firestix w/Akron MS. The online auction site is at www.govdeals.com.The buyer is responsible for all aspects of the removal of the purchased items, including loading and transportation from town property. The payment terms of the sale are posted on the website. All items must be removed within 10 business days of the close of the auction or ownership will revert to the Town of Secaucus.School board members file for Nov electionsFor the Secaucus school board elections, incumbents Lou Giele, Joan Cali, and Norma Hanley have filed to run again this year. Their challengers include Barbara Strobert, Mary Eccles, and Enrico Bolognino, who ran last year. Each term lasts three years. The general election is on Nov. 6.last_img read more

Credit unions less efficient than banks, study says

first_imgCredit unions are less efficient than banks and thrifts when it comes to assets per employee, according to new data from financial institution research firm Moebs Services.According to the Lake Forest, Ill.-based company, thrifts averaged $9.7 million of assets for every employee, banks averaged $8.8 million of assets per employee and credit unions averaged just $5 million of assets per employee. Banks had 9.3% more employees than thrifts, but credit unions had 48.5% more employees than thrifts in the analysis, it said.“Fewer employees is the trigger to producing high deposit rates and a better bottom line. There are many measures of employee efficiency, or less staff, but the granddaddy of all people ratios is millions of assets per employee,” the study said.Credit unions with $5 billion to $10 billion in assets were the most efficient types of credit unions, with $7.1 million in assets per employee. The most efficient banks and thrifts had $25 billion to $50 billion in assets and had $10.2 million of assets per employee. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Credit union-supported candidates see primary wins in Wis., Neb.

first_img continue reading » Candidates backed by America’s credit unions saw primary election victories in competitive races across Wisconsin and Nebraska during Tuesday’s elections.State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R) won 58% of the vote in the state’s 7th Congressional District special election to fill the seat left open by Rep. Sean Duffy (R). Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), CUNA’s federal political action committee, and the Wisconsin Credit Union League supported Tiffany in his race.CULAC and the Nebraska Credit Union League (NCUL) supported incumbents:Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R), who did not have a primary challenger;Rep. Don Bacon (R), who took 90% of the vote against challenger Paul Anderson; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Controversy threatens to disrupt the 2012 Calypso Finals

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Controversy threatens to disrupt the 2012 Calypso Finals by: – February 8, 2012 Tweet Share 46 Views   7 commentscenter_img Victor “Comforter” BiqueThe results of the Calypso Semi Finals have sparked a controversy which has the potential of disrupting the 2012 Calypso Finals carded for February 18th.At the Semi Finals round adjudged by a panel of seven, the following Calypsonians successfully secured a position for the finals; Dice, Web, Sye, Soul Puss, Karessah, Bobb, Vigilante, Checko and Explosion.Victor Bique with the Calypso name ‘Comforter’ has alleged that he was unfairly treated by the association for failing to award him a place in the finals even though he scored the same as Murphy Jno. Jules ‘Sye’ in the Semi Finals.It was reported by a very reliable source closely linked to the panel of judges been revealed by a very reliable source that Sye and Comforter’s scores were tied and as such they should have both been placed in the finals or both been eliminated.The source further disclosed that the Association made a questionable decision to advance Sye to the finals and eliminate Comforter.The controversy which has now surfaced questions the quality of judging and whether or not bias has influenced the panel of judges as well as the results of the competition. Comforter has indicated that he will vigorously pursue the matter. In providing a fair and balanced report, Dominica Vibes News will seek to provide a response from the Dominica Calypso Association. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Free ‘pandesal’ for city residents

first_imgThe Uygongco Flour Mill volunteered to provideflour while the Carlos Uy Corp. would supply the other needed ingredients. It can also be complemented with butter,margarine, cheese, jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, or other fillings likeeggs, sardines and meat. ILOILO City – For 15 days beginning Monday,April 6, residents here will be treated to free pandesal. Pandesal(also spelled pan de sal) is a popularyeast-raised bread roll in the Philippines. It is made of flour, eggs, yeast,sugar and salt. Three companies are joining forces to producethe popular bread so no one would go hungry while the city is under an enhancedcommunity quarantine to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Angimportante makalampuwas kita sini nga dala naton tanan nga mga Ilonggo.When we get through this, hopefully, no one will be left behind,” said Treñas. Individual loaves are shaped by rolling thedough into long logs which are rolled in fine bread crumbs. These are thenportioned, allowed to rise, and baked. The enhanced community quarantine will end onApril 14 unless lifted earlier or extended.center_img Around 43,000 pieces of “Ilonggo pandesal” would be baked and distributed daily, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. Angelina Bakeshop would bake the pandesal. The city government woulddistribute the bread. Treñas lauded the three home-grown companiesfor their “sense of bayanihan.”  Most bakeries bake pandesal in the morning for breakfast consumption, though some bakepandesal the whole day./PN “They are doing this for the love of IloiloCity,” he said. Pandesalis most commonly served hot and may be eaten as is, or dipped in coffee, hotchocolate or milk. last_img read more

Dunne set to start after comeback

first_img Press Association The 74-year-old Italian said: “Sure. I said ‘probably’ yesterday, but after this performance – it was important to see him in contact with the opponent – I think against the Faroes, he will be 90 per cent on the pitch.” That would complete an astonishing turnaround for Dunne, who has admitted he feared his career could be over as he underwent three bouts of surgery in a bid to solve a persistent groin injury. Trapattoni has been cautious over one of his key performers since welcoming him back into the squad in London last weekend, but he will have few qualms in naming him in his starting line-up. Indeed, his reluctance to confirm that Dunne will definitely start was the result of a general rather than a particular concern. He added with a smile: “Yesterday evening, the players finished the game and I let them go free. Today, I won’t see them. I am not a magician, I have to wait. When he comes back, I will call him and the rest of the team. “Maybe two or three come back after the day off, they drink beer, they go out with their wife and an accident happens. I hope not, but maybe. I can’t say to you now ‘100 per cent, yes’. Ninety per cent, yes. When they are here, I will be clear.” Ireland must beat the Faroes if they are to keep alive their hopes of snatching the runners-up spot in Group C ahead of Austria and Sweden. Richard Dunne is “90 per cent” certain to start Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands after a remarkable return to prominence.center_img The 33-year-old had not played any football for either club or country this season until he was introduced as a second-half substitute during Sunday night’s 4-0 friendly victory over Georgia. However, having seen him confirm his fitness following a 12-month injury lay-off, both in training and during his 25-minute cameo at the Aviva Stadium, manager Giovanni Trapattoni is ready to pitch him straight back into competitive action. last_img read more