During winter much of the Antarctic coast is susceptible to severe and hazardous strong wind events (SWEs) associated with the enhancement of katabatic winds by synoptic weather systems. In this study a SWE which occurred at Mawson, East Antarctica involving a hurricane force wind speed of ~39 m s-1 is simulated by the Met Office Unified Model at high horizontal resolutions with grid lengths between 12 and 1.5 km. It is shown that all the simulations capture the qualitative evolution of the SWE but underestimate its peak wind speed. The extent of the underestimate is dependent on horizontal resolution, with the 4 and 1.5-km (12-km) models under-forecasting the peak wind speed by around 15% (36%). In addition to a strengthening of the katabatic flow, the simulated low-level cyclonic winds associated with the depression responsible for the SWE caused the formation of a barrier-type jet parallel to the coast, resulting in strong wind convergence/interaction at the coastline and suggesting a strong topographic influence on the dynamics responsible for SWE formation. Moreover, that Mawson is influenced by small-scale gravity waves which formed in response to the stronger winds, and that representation of this was particularly sensitive to horizontal resolution. Additional experiments suggest that the Met Office Unified Model simulation of the SWE is most sensitive to the representation of turbulent mixing under stable conditions. This study is important to identify shortcomings in the performance of the Met Office Unified Model near Antarctica’s coastal regions as well as to improve understanding of the processes responsible for SWEs.
Tags: Frisco Bowl/Kent State Golden Flashes/Utah State Aggies Football December 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Kent State beats Utah State 51-41 for 1st bowl victory FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDustin Crum passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 147 yards and the clinching score to help Kent State beat Utah State 51-41 in the Frisco Bowl for the Golden Flashes’ first bowl victory.Kent State (7-6) closed with four straight wins to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2012. Matthew Trickett kicked five field goals to set a Kent State game record.Jordan Love passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Siaosi Mariner, in his final game for Utah State (7-6). Written by Associated Press
A pre-conception checkup is a medical checkup you get before pregnancy to help make sure you’re healthy when you get pregnant. According to the March of Dimes, a pre-conception checkup is important even if you’ve already had a baby and below are a few topics that should be discussed with your physician during your appointment: To speak with a St. Vincent Evansville physician or nurse about the importance of pre-conception checkups, please contact me at 812-485-4897.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Review of your gynecologic and obstetric history. If you experienced problems in earlier pregnancies, such as preterm birth or gestational diabetes, you may have an increased risk of the same complications in subsequent pregnancies. Review medications that you’re currently taking. You should use the fewest and safest medications at the lowest possible dosages during this time.Review of your family history. Genetic conditions could complicate a pregnancy, so your obstetrician may refer you and your partner to a genetic counselor for further testing and consultation. Screen for mental health issues. Depression and anxiety, for example, can be affected by the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. As with any medication, those used to treat these conditions may affect your fetus, so a treatment plan should be established in coordination with your mental health care provider.Evaluate vaccine history. Some immunizations are unsafe to receive during pregnancy, so all women of reproductive age should be reviewed annually to confirm they are protected against tetanus-diphtheria toxoid/diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis; measles, mumps, and rubella; and varicella. Discuss diet and exercise and the importance of a healthy body mass index. If you are over or underweight, now is the time to ensure you are eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water. Advise on safety measures. This includes taking multivitamins with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects, as well as calcium, protein, and iron, and behavioral changes such as avoiding alcohol, smoking, and drugs. Assess environmental exposures. You may be facing environmental exposures at home and in the workplace. Certain substances can be harmful to pregnant women, such as radiation, heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides. Many women have questions before having their first child, which is why scheduling a pre-conception appointment with your obstetrician is so helpful.
Joe Pascarell with Tahrah Cohen. By Matt Koelling Pink Floyd is one of the most beloved rock bands of all time, whose uniquely intricate music is best experienced live onstage.Pink Floyd have not played a full show together since June 1981.That’s two subsequent generations deprived of the chance to see Pink Floyd live.Enter Joe Pascarell, founder and lead singer/guitarist of The Machine, a long-running Pink Floyd tribute band who took the stage Monday night in Ocean City.Joe was one of the fortunate ones who did get to see Floyd in their heyday:“I’m going to date myself here but my older brother took me to see the Dark Side of the Moon tour at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1973”.Since 1988, Joe Pascarell has been paying it forward with the band that he and drummer Tahrah Cohen co-founded.Over the course of a two-hour show spanning 20 years of Pink Floyd’s career on Monday, culling selections from eight different albums, giving an appreciative Ocean City crowd the closest many will get to an authentic live Pink Floyd experience.“When we started, there weren’t really a lot of cover bands. That wasn’t really a thing yet. We just loved the music, got a good feeling from playing it and the people really responded. We are not those guys getting up there trying to look like them and all that, we did not get into this chasing money or thinking this could be a legitimate career. We simply loved listening to Pink Floyd’s music as kids then playing it together as we got older. Hopefully that comes through in our performances”.The absence of Pink Floyd along with The Machine’s love for playing its music, have coalesced serendipitously for nearly three decades now.Jon Thompson was a special guest on saxophone, Monday night.“I think having been able to make a living at this for nearly 30 years is a bigger testament to that fact than anything I could say”, said Joe. “When you can get paid to do something that you would be doing for free anyway, that’s when you know you’re on the right track”.They got on the right track quickly Monday night with a blistering version of “Have A Cigar”, the classic-rock-radio staple from Wish You Were Here.Several popular selections from Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall soon followed, though there was room left for surprises. “We try to work at least one or two songs that even diehards leave saying ‘I can’t believe they played that’” said Pascarell. They satisfied that quota mid-show with a song from their debut album that the late Syd Barrett wrote about his cat, “Lucifer Sam”.While that selection might have been a bit beyond some of the audience’s grasp, they were quickly back in the fold with the crowd-pleasing sing-along “Wish You Were Here” immediately afterwards.“Thank you very much, you sing lovely” Joe said after the song concluded with the crowd filling in on vocal duties in its final chorus.Joe loves the OC Music Pier, which The Machine has now played five times.His love for Ocean City, much like his love of Pink Floyd, predates his founding of The Machine.“We used to come down here with my family as a kid from North Jersey, my cousins had a house,” said Joe, “I remember my cousin and I being on the beach, underneath the boards playing ‘Echoes’ on a boom box at sunset”.Shortly after the sun set a second ‘I can’t believe they played that’ song of the evening arrived, “Two Suns in The Sunset” from 1983’s The Final Cut. This was the last song Roger Waters ever wrote or recorded with Pink Floyd. The Machine’s guest saxophonist Jon Thompson opened his solo by holding an incredibly long single note, finishing in a dazzling flurry of notes by the song’s conclusion.Each musician onstage got his own spotlighted time to shine and delivered. Keyboardist/singer Scott Chasolen got cooking on an organ solo during “Another Brick in The Wall”. Bassist/vocalist Ryan Ball displayed his range moving from acoustic guitar, back to bass, while also singing on “Wish You Were Here”. “Pigs”, the set closer, was a true showcase for the band’s two co-founders. Joe deployed a vocoder while the ferocity of his guitar combined with Tahrah Cohen’s double-time drums led to the first of the show’s two standing ovations.Stephen Buono from Philadelphia came to the show to see his good friend and former classmate Jon Thompson play sax. His last trip to the Ocean City Music Pier had been for a baseball card show a decade ago, where he met Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. Yet he came away “impressed by the whole band” while having “really enjoyed the show”.Jon Thompson plays “five or six specialty shows a year” with The Machine. “usually the ones where they’re playing a full album”. The Ocean City date was more of a “standard Machine show” dipping into a little bit of everything in the catalog. Thompson was happy to be involved because he enjoys playing with the band, plus lives “right down the street” from the Music Pier in Ocean View.As Joe Pascarell chatted up a few enthusiastic fans post-show, Jon Thompson and his friend wandered off to grab a late bite out on the boardwalk. Both men wore the satisfied smile of someone paid to do something they’d have gladly done for free anyway.Set List:Have A CigarBreathe in The AirTimeMoneyLearning to FlyNobody HomeAnother Brick in The WallUs and ThemShine On You Crazy DiamondLucifer SamWish You Were HereTwo Suns in The SunsetPigsEncore:Not Now JohnOne of These DaysComfortably Numb
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The arrival of 2019 for music fans and concert goers in New York City also means the return of one of the city’s beloved venues, Webster Hall. The four-level venue located in the East Village of Manhattan closed its doors for some serious renovations starting back in August 2017, following its ownership acquisition by AEG Live and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Local concert promoter Bowery Presents will now handle the artist bookings when the revamped venue reopens sometime in 2019, although its new owners did not go into detail as to when exactly that will happen. The venue’s new owners did not waste any time in reminding fans of its existence with a digital rebrand on New Year’s Eve. In addition to updating its logo across its major social media platforms, the venue also shared a brief but trippy animated video showcasing the new brand imagery to go with the subtle copy, “See you in 2019!” The venue’s marketing team also sent out an email to select recipients stating the following: “To our closest friends, Happy New Year, we’ve missed you! While we’ve been closed, we have made some venue enhancement and think you will dig them. While updates are still underway, we are pleased to say that Webster Hall will return in 2019.”Rumors have been circulating amongst the NYC music scene in recent months as to what said “venue enhancement” could mean, with some whispers detailing the addition of a restaurant in the space which used to house The Studio part of the venue. Other fun talking points amongst fans have also included which artists will be the first to play the newly renovated club. Notable local acts like Blondie or The Strokes make for possible names who are strong enough to reopen Webster Hall with a bang, in addition to local pop acts like Lady Gaga, Vampire Weekend, or even the surviving members of the Beastie Boys. With new owners who have deep pockets, the possibilities are endless for headlining acts for on the venue’s first night back in operation since summer 2017. Fans should stay tuned as the venue begins to share more details of its reopening as 2019 continues to unfold in the coming winter months.
Student Senate unanimously approved a resolution to amend the Student Union constitution by adding instructions to fill vacant student government positions Wednesday. Oversight committee chair Ben Noe said the subcommittee for constitutional reforms recommended several changes that he and his committee wrote into a resolution. The first addition inserted a clause detailing the procedures to remove a committee chair. Previously, the constitution did not contain a way to remove a chair if necessary. “This is kind of a problem because if committee chairs are slacking and not doing their jobs right, they may need to be removed,” Noe said. The resolution also modified the instructions for the selection of the Student Union treasure. “In the constitution the way the Student Union treasurer is replaced is that they appoint one of the assistant Student Union treasurers,” Noe said. “What if neither of the assistants are available to take the role of the Student Union treasurer?” Following the amendment, if this scenario were to occur, the Student Union treasurer would have two options. If he or she was available to serve another term, the treasurer could reappoint himself or herself. Otherwise, the treasurer can open the position up to applications from the student body. “We thought this increased the transparency and openness of student government so we can get some people who have not been involved in student government for years at a time into the top positions,” he said. Similarly, another clause opened up the positions of judicial council vice presidents to the entire student body. While the judicial council president has the final say over who is selected as vice presidents, Noe said this step encourages students who have not previously been involved with the council to apply. “Once again, this is with the intent of increasing the openness of student government,” he said. “We’re trying to make positions of some authority open to everyone.” The last modification to the constitution eased the process of replacing officer positions. “These changes are being made to make student government more open to the student body as a whole, and also to just make some technical changes that needed to be made,” Noe said.
The Office of Multicultural Services (OMS) at Saint Mary’s hosted an open house mixer event Monday in its office.Director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services Gloria Jenkins said she wants her office to feel like a welcoming space for all students.“A lot of students are not connecting on campus,” she said. “I want them to know this is a place they can come to meet people, make friends and find a way to get involved on campus. It’s somewhere to hang out.”Jenkins said her office partners with various student groups and other offices to plan events and programming, including Belles Connect, a pre-orientation program for diverse students. The office also works closely with Student Diversity Board (SDB), she said.Senior Princess Mae Visconde said she is very involved with the OMS and helped plan the mixer with the intention of fostering community.“We’ve done [the mixer] in the past and just invited multicultural students, but this time, we opened it to everyone just so everyone can meet one another,” she said.Visconde said the goal was to help students branch out and make new connections.“Some students may not know about the office at all, so this gives them the opportunity to get to know the office, Gloria and the people who come here,” Visconde said. Visconde said she has been a member of SDB the past three years and has worked closely with Jenkins in the past. She said she planned the mixer last year because some students were not connecting with one another on campus and felt lonely.First year Theresa Bridge she attended the mixer because a friend invited her, and this was her first experience with the OMS.“[Mixers] help us get to know new students, get involved in the community and meet new people,” she said.She said she thinks introverted students have a hard time connecting with other students and campus organizations.“When you’re an introvert, you like to stay in,” Bridge said. “If you put yourself out there, it’s not hard; but for some people, it’s hard out of fear of acceptance.”Rawia Chaouali, an international student from Tunisia, said she agrees it is harder for introverts to make friends on campus, so extroverts have an easier time.“For me, I’m social and like to start conversations with whoever and wherever,” she said. “I’ve never felt lonely, actually. Maybe for some other students, it may be hard, though. Clubs are not promoted, or the culture in a club is not that involved.”Chaouali said she believes clubs and organizations should continue hosting mixers such as this one.“Events like this are important first of all because of networking,” Chawali said. “Second of all, it gets yourself out of your comfort zone. When you’re busy, you’re not homesick. It’s also fun, and you learn a lot.”Sophomore Karin Garcia also attended the mixer and said she thinks the OMS is such a good resource for students that she and her friends visit the office frequently.“It’s such a comfortable environment for us,” she said. “We know there are people of other cultures, so we definitely feel safe and comfortable with other people here. There are snacks, and it feels home-ish.”Garcia said she hopes people got to know more about the office through the mixer.“It gets more people to come and meet different people and learn about different cultures,” she said.Tags: Gloria Jenkins, multicultural mixer, Office of Multicultural Services, SDB, Student Diversity Board
How many lives has Cats now had?! The acclaimed West End revival of the classic tuner, which is currently playing an extended limited run at the London Palladium through April 25, may return to the venue this Christmas. According to The Daily Mail, Andrew Lloyd Webber wants the musical to play another limited engagement over the 2015 holiday season. As we previously reported, the legendary composer will then bring Cats back to the Great White Way in 2016, potentially starring Nicole Scherzinger, who is currently playing Grizabella in the show. Scherzinger departs the production this weekend and will be replaced by Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Kerry Ellis from February 9. Cats, featuring a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the tuner tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.” Broadway.com recently attended the production’s opening night to chat with Lloyd Webber; check out the video below of all the feline frenzy! View Comments
Median family income in Vermont rose to a record high of $65,786 in 2007, according to The Vermont Economy Newsletter’s annual analysis of just-released Vermont Tax Department income data. The income earned by the median family (half of all families earn more and half earn less than the median) rose by 4.6% or $2,900 in 2007.While incomes grew by 4.6%, prices increased by 2.8%, yielding an inflation-adjusted income growth rate of 1.7%.”Inflation-adjusted income grew by a healthy 1.7% in 2007,” noted Art Woolf, co-author of the report and editor of The Vermont Economy Newsletter. “And that was on top of an equally healthy 1.6% growth in 2006. Over the long term, annual income growth in Vermont is 1.5%, so income growth in 2006 and 2007 was better than average.”The Vermont Economy Newsletter’s forecast for 2008 and 2009 is not so sanguine. “The economy began slowing in 2008 and will continue to slow as the full impact of the recession takes hold,” noted Richard Heaps, the study’s other co-author. “We believe that while income gains were healthy in 2008, the high inflation caused by the rapid growth in energy and food prices eroded most of those gains,” he said. “And the outlook for 2009 is even worse. Incomes will barely grow. And although inflation will be low in 2009, it will be high enough and income growth low enough to cause a decline in inflation-adjusted family income,” he continued.The study foresees a modest decline in inflation-adjusted family income in both 2008 and 2009.Family income data for 2008, based on tax returns that Vermonters are now beginning to file, will be available in December 2009.Actual Data: Vermont Median Family IncomeYearActual DollarsInflation Adjusted1975$12,036$41,2261976$13,440$43,5371977$14,466$44,0491978$16,533$48,2211979$17,967$47,8231980$19,193$45,9821981$20,622$45,1111982$21,019$43,3621983$22,510$44,5371984$23,609$44,8751985$25,343$46,5721986$27,347$49,3611987$30,618$53,4591988$32,750$55,1571989$34,680$55,9921990$35,399$54,4391991$35,460$52,6451992$36,953$53,5051993$37,557$53,0681994$38,755$53,6161995$40,407$54,5871996$42,262$55,6131997$44,516$57,3401998$47,309$60,0981999$49,578$61,6942000$52,387$63,0762001$53,609$62,7842002$53,790$61,9952003$54,958$61,9572004$57,677$63,3122005$59,959$63,6822006$62,912$64,6972007$65,786$65,7862008F$68,089$65,5332009F$68,429$65,208www.vteconomy.com(link is external)