Delivering sustained, coordinated and integrated observations of the Southern Ocean for global impact

first_imgThe Southern Ocean is disproportionately important in its effect on the Earth system, impacting climatic, biogeochemical and ecological systems, which makes recent observed changes to this system cause for global concern. The enhanced understanding and improvements in predictive skill needed for understanding and projecting future states of the Southern Ocean require sustained observations. Over the last decade, the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) has established networks for enhancing regional coordination and research community groups to advance development of observing system capabilities. These networks support delivery of the SOOS 20-year vision, which is to develop a circumpolar system that ensures time series of key variables, and deliver the greatest impact from data to all key end-users. Although the Southern Ocean remains one of the least-observed ocean regions, enhanced international coordination and advances in autonomous platforms have resulted in progress towards addressing the need for sustained observations of this region. Since 2009, the Southern Ocean community has deployed over 5700 observational platforms south of 40°S. Large-scale, multi-year or sustained, multidisciplinary efforts have been supported and are now delivering observations of essential variables at space and time scales that enable assessment of changes being observed in Southern Ocean systems. The improved observational coverage, however, is predominantly for the open ocean, encompasses the summer, consists of primarily physical oceanographic variables and covers surface to 2000 m. Significant gaps remain in observations of the ice-impacted ocean, the sea ice, depths more than 2000 m, the air-sea-ice interface, biogeochemical and biological variables, and for seasons other than summer. Addressing these data gaps in a sustained way requires parallel advances in coordination networks, cyberinfrastructure and data management tools, observational platform and sensor technology, platform interrogation and data-transmission technologies, modeling frameworks, and internationally agreed sampling requirements of key variables. This paper presents a community statement on the major scientific and observational progress of the last decade, and importantly, an assessment of key priorities for the coming decade, towards achieving the SOOS vision and delivering essential data to all end users.last_img read more

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USS New Orleans, 11 MEU Return to San Diego

first_img View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Return USS New Orleans, 11 MEU Return to San Diego Amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), returned to their homeport of San Diego, June 22.New Orleans had been deployed for more than seven and a half months, assigned missions that stretched across the Pacific and Indian Oceans to the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea. The ship conducted operations and visited local ports in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility as part of the Makin Island Readiness Group, along with USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52).Cmdr. Dennis Jacko, commanding officer of New Orleans, said that the rigorous work-up cycle paid dividends throughout the deployment.“The crew of New Orleans was more than ready to execute all missions tasked to us throughout the seven month deployment,” he said. “We were disaggregated from the rest of the [Amphibious Readiness Group] for almost 95 percent of the time, and the LPD 17 platform proved its worth as a true multi-purpose platform for a variety of missions.“From theater security cooperation, to counter piracy, to conventional amphibious operations, New Orleans was able to perform superbly across the entire spectrum. With the embarked Marines, as well as their helicopters, and the ability to support Naval Special Warfare units, New Orleans was a varsity player to the operational commander.”While deployed in 7th Fleet, the ship visited Cambodia in December, where New Orleans hosted more than a dozen members of the royal Cambodian navy and support joint operations during Cambodian Marine Exercise (MAREX) 2012.MAREX is a multi-day theater security cooperation exercise between the U.S. and Cambodian military designed to share expertise related to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief response.Following MAREX, New Orleans spent Christmas in Singapore.“This was my first holiday away from home,” said Yeoman Seaman Brian Johnson. “It was interesting to spend it in Singapore. Definitely a story I will tell my kids.”New Orleans continued on to 5th Fleet, where the ship had the opportunity to visit Abu Dhabi, hosting a multinational reception for the American ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.Other port visits in 5th Fleet included Salallah, Oman and Bahrain, in between conducting counter-piracy and national tasking in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.New Orleans final 5th Fleet visit took place in Aqaba, Jordan, where Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, visited the Sailors and Marines of New Orleans and 11th MEU.“It was an honor to meet the SECNAV,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Renee Cobrales. “He answered all our questions honestly and thoroughly, and he certainly showed he cares about us.”On its return transit home, New Orleans then returned to the 7th Fleet region, with stops in Phuket, Thailand and Hong Kong, China. Her final visit was to Sasebo, Japan for a one day visit of liberty and swapping out landing craft air cushions (LCACs) to bring those that have been forward deployed back to the United States for refurbishment.“The deployment was long, but it was great that we got to break up the sea time with quite a few ports,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Kate Sissini. “Most of the ports I hadn’t had a chance to visit before.”While transiting to Pearl Harbor for a one-day stop to pick up supplies and crewmembers’ friends and family for a “Tiger” cruise, the New Orleans’ embarked 11th MEU hosted a platoon of the Republic of Korea’s Marine forces, conducting joint training.New Orleans left San Diego on November 15, 2011, bringing its total time away from home just past seven months. The ship traveled more than 22,000 nautical miles, stopped in 10 ports, burned more than 2.5 million gallons of fuel, served around 550,000 meals, washed three tons of laundry, sorted 86 tons of mail, launched more than 3,000 personnel with amphibious vehicles from the well deck and launched and recovered more than 1,500 aircraft from the flight deck. “With a large number of quality port visits, I’m pretty sure that the crew enjoyed this deployment as much as they could,” said Jacko. “They all have stories that they will be able to share with their friends and families for years to come.”New Orleans is a San Antonio-class transport dock ship designed and built to fight. Its warfighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the unforgiving littoral environment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 25, 2012 View post tag: San Share this article View post tag: MEU View post tag: New June 25, 2012 View post tag: 11 View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS View post tag: Orleans Back to overview,Home naval-today USS New Orleans, 11 MEU Return to San Diego View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Diegolast_img read more

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Sturdy Savings Bank Opens New Branch

first_imgOfficials at Sturdy Savings Bank, shown here celebrating the grand opening of a Marmora branch last March, are encouraging customers affected by the shutdown to call the bank during normal business hours. By Maddy VitaleIn 1922 Warren G. Harding was in the White House, Babe Ruth was the big baseball star and prohibition was in full swing.And Sturdy Savings Bank opened its doors.Showing its staying power, the local bank known for a hometown feel and a down to earth bank president, just opened its 14 office at 46 South Shore Road in Marmora, a location where another bank failed.During a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday Gerald Reeves, Sturdy’s bank president and CEO, said when he learned of the other bank closure, Sturdy put out a bid and was so pleased to be able to purchase the property. Reeves said Sturdy employees hope to become a lasting part of the Upper Township community.“We are excited about it and we are hoping you are too,” Reeves said addressing state and local dignitaries, bank employees and members of the public.  He commented on the area around the bank. He said there are many beautiful residential homes nearby and that there are a lot of good small businesses in the area that he hopes will do business with Sturdy and take advantage of some of the services including loans.While Sturdy has locations in the neighboring communities of Tuckahoe and Ocean City, opening the Marmora branch will add convenience for Upper Township customers, Reeves said.“It also expands banking choices for those who have experienced many changes in the community banking landscape in Cape May County and may be looking for a better option – one that has served Cape May County for more than 95 years,” Reeves said.It didn’t take long for customers to start taking advantage of the new Marmora branch of Sturdy Savings Bank.Some customers took advantage of the drive-through service and ATM Friday, just an hour after the opening. There are five Sturdy employees at the Marmora branch, including branch manager Eileen DiPasquale, who is also an assistant vice president of Sturdy bank. She invited customers to come in and visit the new branch.Dignitaries in attendance included Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman R. Bruce, Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce President Vicki Clark and Upper Township Committeeman John Coggins.  Van Drew said Sturdy Bank truly becomes part of the community and it is definitely a family friendly bank.“So often, banks are faceless,” Van Drew said. “You do make the difference and you do it for the community.”Assemblyman R. Bruce Land echoed Van Drew’s sentiments, saying Sturdy is a hometown bank. He also said it is great to see growth in the Marmora business area. Cape May County Freeholder Jeff Pierson said it is not only nice to see Sturdy open a new branch, but to become a part of a new community.The bank donates to local organizations and supports schools.“Thank you for all you do,” Clark said. “Congratulations. We hope to see more growth. As you grow, the chamber grows.”Other Sturdy locations include Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Court House, Dennisville, North Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Rio Grande, Somers Point, Stone Harbor and Wildwood Crest.For more information about Sturdy Savings Bank, visit www.SturdyOnline.com or call 609-463-5220.With the new Marmora branch, Sturdy Savings Bank has 13 branches in Cape May County and one in Atlantic County.last_img read more

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IBA defies world crisis with larger show in store

first_imgThe 21st IBA international bakery exhibition, due to take place in Düsseldorf this year, will be larger than in 2006, despite the recession, say the organisers.Bernd Dieckmann, of IBA’s advisory board and MD of ingredients supplier Ireks, said: “The global economic crisis has left its mark on the baking industry, but has also provided opportunities. More exhibitors have registered this year and requested more space than for the previous IBA. There is also a growing number of foreign exhibitors.”Over 990 companies have booked over 123,000sq m for the show, set to run from October 3-9. Machinery and raw ingredients will dominate, but shopfitting refrigeration, sales and energy-saving will all feature strongly.The show is designed to appeal to all sectors of the industry, from the smallest craft baker up to the largest industrial firm. One area in Hall 11 will focus on coffee machines, accessories and coffee-making.As it is 60 years since the first IBA, any baker or confectioner celebrating a 60th birthday this year will be granted free admission for one day.l For details, visit www.iba.de.last_img read more

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News story: New Director of Project Delivery Profession joins the IPA

first_img Fiona was appointed Director General, Capabilities and Resources (interim) in the Home Office in November 2017. As Chief Portfolio Officer in the Home Office Fiona’s responsibilities included leading work on strategic investment, overseeing delivery of the Home Office project portfolio and building skills and capability. As a member of the steering group for the government project delivery profession, she has also been closely involved in work to develop the new government functional standard for project delivery and the PCDF, and is also a theme lead within the Project X research programme. Fiona’s previous roles have included leading work on departmental transformation, identity strategy for foreign nationals, and, as Director of Shared Services, overseeing the development and delivery of IT, estates, knowledge and information management, and shared business services across the Home Office. The Government has taken the next step to build on its project delivery capability by appointing a new Director of Government Project Delivery Profession to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), which will be announced today (16th January 2019) at Government’s first Project Delivery Conference.Fiona Spencer will start her role from early March, leading the team who are responsible for creating a world-class project delivery profession and building delivery capability in government.Having been Chief Portfolio Officer in the Home Office since April 2015, Fiona has led a range of major government projects in technology, shared service development and business transformation.Fiona will lead the IPA team who are responsible for developing career pathways for project delivery professionals, growing and managing talent and delivering world-renowned leadership programmes such as the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA), of which Fiona herself was one of the early graduates.The IPA is the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects and home of the Project Delivery Function. Since 2016 the IPA has made great strides in developing the government’s capacity and capability in effective project delivery.Significant achievements include publishing the UK government’s first Standard to help empower teams to deliver projects according to best practice, creating the Capability Framework (PCDF) which sets out the career pathways and job roles in the profession, and training more than a thousand senior project managers.Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, said“The need for project management excellence at the heart of public policy delivery has never been more vital. This is an area the IPA is driving forward at pace. Fiona has been a champion of this work for a number of years and I am pleased she will be using her wealth of expertise to build project delivery capability across government.”Matthew Vickerstaff, Interim IPA Chief Executive and Head of the Project Delivery Function, said“Great project leaders deliver great projects, and I’m very pleased to welcome one of our most experienced project leaders, Fiona Spencer, into the IPA. Having been instrumental in the development of the profession to date, and having managed one of the most complex portfolios in government, I have no doubt that she will have a meaningful and lasting impact.”Fiona Spencer, IPA Director of Project Delivery Profession, said“We must ensure that our most demanding projects are run by our most experienced leaders. Having been a Head of Profession myself in the Home Office, I look forward to now being at the centre and working closely with all departments to make sure we have the right people on the right projects.”Further informationlast_img read more

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High schoolers get an introduction to field of public health

first_img Read Full Story Yaendy Matos, a student at Fenway High School in Boston, says she is interested in a medical career but the field of public health has not been on her radar. “We don’t know what public health is. We’re just checking it out,” Matos said, as she sat with her friends in the Kresge cafeteria at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Matos was among about 60 Boston and Cambridge high school students from diverse backgrounds who attended the first “Why Public Health? Youth and Public Health Conference,” sponsored by HSPH and the School’s Office of Diversity on April 26, 2013.There are too few opportunities for high school students to learn about public health and engage with professionals in the field, according to conference co-directors Claire Perkins, SM2 Health Policy and Management, and Jason Park, SM2 Epidemiology, student ambassadors for the Office of Diversity. “When most high school students think of jobs in health care, they only think of physicians and RNs. It is time we change that!” Perkins said.“Public health often goes unrecognized,” keynote speaker David Hemenway, professor of health policy and management and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, told the students. He compared the work of public health professionals to that of the nearly invisible elves in a popular children’s storybook who churn out shoes for a shoemaker while the shoemaker sleeps.last_img read more

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Spectrum Cable Rates Increasing This August

first_imgShare: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) pxfuel / CC0 1.0 JAMESTOWN – Spectrum cable customers can expect to see a price increase on their monthly bill.Charter Spectrum says the broadcast TV surcharge will soon be going up $2.95 a month from $13.50 to $16.45.The company says the increase reflects costs brought on by local broadcast TV stations.Customers with Spectrum TV packages like TV Gold, TV Silver, and TV Select will see their bills increase $1.50 a month. “Spectrum is committed to continuously enhancing our communication products, providing customers value-driven, superior connectivity services. We are delivering faster broadband speeds and improved performance and reliability, all as the average price per megabit per second and gig consumed declines dramatically,” Charter Spectrum Spokesperson Lara Pritchard said in a statement. “Conversely, programmers annually raise programming fees to deliver the same content, leading to higher costs across the entire industry. The increase we are passing through to viewers is a direct result of these rising programming costs. Similarly, we will pass through any rebates we receive from the loss of live sports during COVID-19.”Officials say customers who have promotional packages may not see the increase until the end of the promotion period.last_img read more

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U.S. and 15 Caribbean nations gather for Tradewinds 2010

first_imgBy Dialogo April 14, 2010 Approximately 450 U.S., U.K., and Caribbean nations’ security forces will participate in the 26th annual Tradewinds exercise, April 12-26 at the Belize Defence Force Price Barracks. An additional component of the exercise will be conducted in Jamaica. Fifteen Caribbean nations will participate along with the U.S. and U.K. Tradewinds is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs directed, U.S. Southern Command sponsored annual exercise that is conducted in cooperation with Caribbean Basin Partner Nations. The exercise is designed to improve cooperation and interoperability of Partner Nations in responding to regional security threats. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, in Miami, is the executive agent for the exercise. Tradewinds 2010 will focus on regional defense, consisting of two phases – green in Belize and blue in Jamaica. The green phase will provide a tactical level training venue to exercise core infantry skills, policing and investigative techniques, hazardous material identification and handling, and vessel boarding party operations. The blue phase will focus on maritime interdiction and search and rescue operations with an emphasis on command and control. “The goal of Tradewinds 2010 is to increase cooperation among partner nations. This exercise will help to improve key tactical skills in marksmanship, investigative operations, search and rescue and maritime interdiction operations,” said Maj. Eric Dominijanni, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, exercise coordinator. “The U.S. and the Caribbean share common interests, and regional challenges require cooperative solutions. We are committed to building lasting partnerships that will enhance our ability to work effectively together.” Tradewinds 2010 is a maritime operations exercise that supports USSOUTHCOM’s theatre security cooperation objectives and exercises the assets and capability provided under the Enduring Friendship program. Enduring Friendship is a USSOUTHCOM sponsored program to build maritime security capabilities throughout the Caribbean. The program provides high-speed interceptor boats with extensive communication and surveillance suites, as well as, a command, control and communication package that links U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) with partner nation’s operations centers to track and coordinate the seizure of illicit maritime traffic. The nations that will participate in Exercise Tradewinds 2010 are Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Kitts-Neves, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, United Kingdom and United States. Tradewinds is a joint-combined, interagency exercise and will involve U.S. personnel from the Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, JIATF-S, Naval Criminal Investigative (NCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.last_img read more

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Check in to prevent employee burn out

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Call center work is tough in the best of times. The novel coronavirus and the remote work practices instituted in its wake have made call center work even tougher, with good employees suffering from the lack of in-person camaraderie and leadership.That’s the reality Georgia’s Own Credit Union ($3.1B, Atlanta, GA) faced when it switched suddenly from approximately 5% of its 330 back-office staff working regularly offsite to 90% of them.Putting the technology in place was not easy, but it was doable. The bigger challenge now lies in keeping up morale and productivity among its front-line, back-office folks so crucial to member service. Contact centers were a hot spot for burnout before COVID-19. The added stresses of the pandemic make burnout an even larger potential problem.last_img read more

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Nineteen dead, 139 infected with coronavirus in Iran: Health ministry

first_imgSeveral of Iran’s neighbors have closed their borders and banned flights from Iran due to fears over the virus, which could hurt the Islamic Republic’s already fragile economy.Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan have all reported cases of coronavirus involving people who traveled to Iran.President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that coronavirus must not become an enemy weapon that prevents business in Iran, according to the official presidency website.Iran’s economy has been battered since the United States withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.”Corona should not be turned into a weapon of our enemies for shutting down work and production in the country,” Rouhani said. “The Americans and our enemies during this time, around two years of which have passed, have wanted, with their sanctions and propaganda, to shut down production and economic activities in this country and for the people to suffer.” Topics : Nineteen people have died and 139 people have been infected by coronavirus in Iran, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Wednesday in an announcement on state TV.Iran has had the highest number of deaths from coronavirus outside China, where the virus emerged in late 2019.Iranian officials announced the first deaths and infections from coronavirus in the Islamic Republic last week, and the spike in numbers in a short period of time has led Iranians to criticize authorities online and accuse them of a cover-up, a charge officials have denied.last_img read more

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