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Researchers link Superstorm Sandy to severe Arctic ice loss

first_imgNewsRegional Researchers link Superstorm Sandy to severe Arctic ice loss by: – March 12, 2013 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 9 Views   no discussions The record Arctic meltdown in September, attributed to greenhouse warming, may have helped make Sandy a monster.NEW YORK, United States, Tuesday March 12, 2013 – While many believe that last October’s disastrous Superstorm Sandy was a freak of nature, a team of Cornell and Rutgers researchers have other ideas.In the March issue of Oceanography, the scientists report that the severe loss of summertime Arctic sea ice — attributed to greenhouse warming — appears to enhance Northern Hemisphere jet stream meandering, intensify Arctic air mass invasions toward middle latitudes, and increase the frequency of atmospheric blocking events like the one that steered Hurricane Sandy west into the densely populated New York City area.Titled “Superstorm Sandy: A Series of Unfortunate Events?” the article was authored by Charles H. Greene, Cornell professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and director of Cornell’s Ocean Resources and Ecosystems program; Jennifer A. Francis of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences; and Bruce C. Monger, Cornell senior research associate, earth and atmospheric sciences.The researchers assert that the record-breaking sea ice loss from summer 2012, combined with the unusual atmospheric phenomena observed in late October, appear to be linked to global warming.A strong atmospheric, high-pressure blocking pattern over Greenland and the northwest Atlantic prevented Hurricane Sandy from steering northeast and out to sea like most October hurricanes and tropical storms from the Caribbean.Instead, Sandy travelled up the Atlantic coast and turned left “toward the most populated area along the eastern seaboard” and converged with an extratropical cyclone; this, in turn, fed the weakening Hurricane Sandy and transformed it into a monster tempest.Superstorm Sandy’s extremely low atmospheric pressure and the strong high-pressure block to the north created violent east winds that pushed storm surge against the eastern seaboard.“To literally top it off, the storm surge combined with full-moon high tides and huge ocean waves to produce record high water levels that exceeded the worst-case predictions for parts of New York City,” the researchers wrote.“If one accepts this evidence and . . . takes into account the record loss of Arctic sea ice this past September, then perhaps the likelihood of greenhouse warming playing a significant role in Sandy’s evolution as an extratropical superstorm is at least as plausible as the idea that this storm was simply a freak of nature,” the scientists added.Caribbean 360 Sharelast_img read more

Defensive coordinator Pees tired of Kruger being compared to Suggs

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ever since the revelation in early May of linebacker Terrell Suggs suffering a partial tear of his Achilles tendon, the Ravens have been peppered with questions about what it means for their pass rush and overall defense in 2012.On the Friday before the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, it appeared defensive coordinator Dean Pees had heard enough when asked how critical it would be for linebacker Paul Kruger to accumulate more sacks with Suggs expected to be out of the lineup until at least November. Pees reiterated the common theme of multiple players needing to step up in the star pass-rusher’s absence.Only he didn’t sound nearly as cordial in expressing that this time in comparison to previous statements.“It has nothing to do with Sizzle. It has to do with playing outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens,” Pees said. “You guys keep comparing; you can never compare two people. It has nothing to do with another guy. There’s no comparison; I never compare them.“It’s playing outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. Period. Whether it’s the Sam, the rush, the Mike, the Will, when Ray [Lewis] was out, it has nothing to do with a guy having to take another guy’s position. It has to do with that guy playing his position.”The Ravens’ pass rush will receive its first test against a Cincinnati offensive line with three new starters inside, meaning defensive end Pernell McPhee and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata may have opportunities to pressure second-year quarterback Andy Dalton.Uncertainty remains at both outside linebacker positions with Paul Kruger and Albert McClellan both unproven as three-down players, so Pees will need to be more creative in generating heat on the passer until the Ravens can accurately assess where they’re at in that department. Baltimore is still hoping rookie Courtney Upshaw can also provide a bigger impact than what he showed in an injury-plagued preseason.No one player has the ability to replace Suggs, but the Ravens hope a combination of rushers along with a deep group of cornerbacks will minimize the damage in the Pro Bowl linebacker’s absence.“Terrell is a big part of our team, a big part of what we do, and guys are going to have to step up,” safety Ed Reed said. “Not just one player, every guy that’s on offense, defense, and special teams. We’ve all got to pick up that slack, because we know what Terrell brings to the table.”Suggs was held to one sack in two games against Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth, which could mean Kruger and McClellan will have their hands full generating any pressure on Dalton. The question is nothing new as the loss of the Pro Bowl linebacker may knock the Ravens defense from the elite status it enjoys annually.Pees is right that Kruger shouldn’t be held in comparison to Suggs, but asking whether the sum of the parts can not only match the 14 sacks accumulated by Suggs a season ago but also force teams to game-plan and account for pressure in the same way they’ve done in the past is a relevant and fair query.“I don’t want to come across stirred up about it,” Pees said. “I’m not, it’s just when you compare players, you take everything so far out of context. It’s not about that; it’s about how he fits in the defense, how does he do his part. He’s one of 11 of this defense and so is Sizzle when he’s in there — he’s one of 11. Whether you game plan certain ways or whatever, that’s what they are. They all have one-eleventh stock in this defense.”Needless to say, if the Ravens are unable to make Dalton uncomfortable in the pocket Monday, the questions and concerns will only grow louder.Cameron confident in tight ends getting up to speedWith Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta practicing fully on Thursday and Friday, any notion of the tight ends being game-time decisions was clearly gamesmanship on the part of coach John Harbaugh.However, with Pitta missing nearly all of training camp and Dickson injuring his shoulder in the first preseason game, it remains to be seen how quickly the pair can become acclimated in a Baltimore offense that focused exclusively on the no-huddle attack this summer. The Ravens relied on both tight ends heavily last season and you’d expect to see the same in 2012, but it will be interesting to gauge how the coaching staff handles their workload after the offense primarily went with three-wide sets in August.“Both guys – it’s a tribute to both of them – even though they’ve missed practices, they’re not missing meetings, they’re not missing any walk-throughs, they’re not missing any rehab or strength and conditioning,” Cameron said. “[Quarterback Joe Flacco] has such a great rapport with those guys. Not only are they together on the field, they’re around Joe all the time. So I’m thrilled to have them back, and I think they’ll pick up right where they left off with no concerns at all.”The Ravens used plenty of single-back looks in August, which makes you think we could see Dickson lining up at tight end with Pitta moving to a slot position on a semi-regular basis, but the offense also wants to have more speed on the outside with Jacoby Jones as the No. 3 receiver and possession wideout Anquan Boldin sliding to the slot.Regardless of how the rotation plays out this season, Monday might be too soon to draw conclusions based on how the playing time is split up against the Bengals as the tight ends are still working their way back into football shape.Tucker letting it rip on kickoffsOne question asked by fans throughout the preseason has been about rookie kicker Justin Tucker’s unimpressive performance on kickoffs.Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg reminded everyone Thursday that the rookie was directed not to send kickoffs as far as he could in order for the staff to evaluate its the kickoff coverage, which struggled a year ago. Tucker was only allowed to take five steps in approaching the ball instead of the ability to take a longer approach to the tee.With the regular season now upon us, Tucker will be allowed to put his full foot — with full steps included — into each and every kickoff in hopes that the rest of the unit won’t receive as many opportunities to cover.“He’s certainly going to try,” said Rosburg in describing how Tucker will simply boot it as far as he can. “That is the way we kick off; we try to kick it as far as we can, and we’ll give him that opportunity. You may have seen in the St. Louis game, I believe he did it twice if I’m not mistaken, and one they brought out [of the end zone] and the other one was [kicked] out of the end zone.”Organization supports Ayanbadejo’s stance on marriage equalityThe bizarre story of Maryland House of Delegates member Emmett C. Burns Jr. writing a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti stating his opposition to linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s public support of marriage equality created quite a stir this week.But the Ravens are standing by the veteran’s side.Ayanbadejo has spoken openly in support of gay marriage countless times, which promoted Burns to write a letter expressing how “appalled and aghast” he was over the public stance and imploring Bisciotti to silence his player. In response, team president Dick Cass issued a statement supporting Ayanbadejo’s right to free speech and even delivered a message directly to the player regarding the matter.“He said, ‘We’re in support of you, and it’s good that you’re able to voice your opinion and say how you feel,’” Ayanbadejo said. “But Dick personally told me that we’re not an organization that discriminates and he was telling me how he was on Pro Football Talk and he was reading all the comments that people have said and he was overwhelmingly surprised and happy to see that football fans were supporting me and what I said. He told me that I should go there and I should read it.”Ayanbadejo believes we’ve seen a dramatic shift in support over the last four or five years, with more people beginning to support marriage equality. Cass also offered him a take on the state of NFL locker rooms as it relates to the issue of equality.“He believes the culture in locker rooms is changing as well,” Ayanbadejo said. “He believes there are gay players in the NFL — they’re just not publicly gay. He thinks that, for the most part, players just want to play with good players. They don’t care who your mother, your father, who you are, what color or creed you are as long as you can play football at this level.”last_img read more

Pattaya 9-Ball Pool League

first_imgResults & Standings June 6 (week 1) Cheers1103 Shoot Pool1103 George n Dragon1103 Queen Vic1011 Roxy1010 Irish Rover1103 Simple Simon1010 FCUK1010 Hotties1010 Rioja1103 The Ranch1103 Moonshine1010 Results:  Cheers 13 v 4 FCUK, Rioja 13 v 4 Simple Simon, Hotties 7 v 13 Irish Rover, The Ranch 13 v 2 Moonshine, Roxy 6 v 13 Shoot Pool, Queen Vic 12 v 13 George n Dragon TeamPlayedWonLostPointslast_img

Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Real Madrid lack a little ‘ambition’

first_img 09/03/2016 Despite beating Roma to qualify for the last eight in the Champions League, the Portuguese claimed his side are suffering from a lack of ambition. In quotes to UEFA’s website, the forward said there is still a lot that can be done to improve if they want to win the European Cup for an 11th time.  Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again. Just 10 days after his controversial post-Madrid derby comments, when he said some of his team-mates were not at his level, he’s criticised the attitude of his team.  Sport EN CETcenter_img Upd. at 19:52 “We know the quarter and semi-finals are going to be much more difficult. We’re still lacking a lot. We’re lacking continuity, luck, ambition… but if we continue like this, I think we’re on the right path,” he said.  However, Cristiano does seem to have learned his lesson in some regards. He took advantage of the interview to praise goalkeeper Keylor Navas: “Keylor has been a crucial player since the start of the campaign. In my opinion he’s one of the team’s best players and he’s a great goalkeeper.”last_img read more

Now or never for Leafs, game three Friday at NDCC Arena

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt’s time to put up or shut up for the Nelson Leafs.Down two games entering game three of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Semi Final to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, the Leafs can ill-afford to fall into a three-game deficit.“We have to win our two games at home to be successful,” Leaf coach Chris Shaw told The Nelson Daily Thursday.“It’s a make or break situation for us. But we’re pretty confident playing at home where we’ve had a lot of success this season.”That success, however, has been limited against the Hawks. In four games at the NDCC Arena, Beaver Valley has won three.“We got to concentrate on our scoring chances and on our power play,” Shaw confessed. “We had some chances to get back in the game (Wednesday) but our power play let us down.”Shaw said the mood in the Leaf dressing room improved immensely following game one’s meltdown.“The guys feel a lot better than after the first game,” said Shaw. “I thought we played well enough to win in game two.”Nelson played Wednesday’s game without the services of top center Gavin Currie.Shaw did not want to comment on Currie, who spent the past six weeks on the injury list, saying the star forward is “questionable” for Friday.The rookie coach did call out his top players to be better when the puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday.“Our top players need to be our top players,” Shaw insists. “Our forwards six through nine, our younger guys, have been great. We really need our older guys to provide veteran leadership to lead us to victory.”ICE CHIPS: Game four is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. If necessary, game five is Monday in Fruitvale. . . . Nelson’s top two scorers from the regular season, Colton Schell and Joel Stewart, have yet to register a point in the [email protected]last_img read more

Southeastern Women, SFA Men to Each Forfeit One Southland Basketball Game

first_imgThe Southland’s Executive Committee has reviewed the issues related to both teams’ schedules, and determined that Southeastern’s home women’s game against Abilene Christian on Jan. 11, and SFA’s home men’s game against Incarnate Word on Feb. 1, will be forfeited to avoid NCAA penalties. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana University’s women’s basketball team and Stephen F. Austin State University’s men’s squad will each forfeit an upcoming Southland Conference game in order to remain in compliance with NCAA rules related to not playing more than four non-Division I opponents in a season. Southeastern Louisiana’s women’s team has played three non-Division I teams this season, an exhibition game against William Carey (Miss.), and regular-season contests vs. Mobile (Ala.) and Grand Canyon (Ariz.), a program that is transitioning into Division I but is not yet a countable Division I opponent. Stephen F. Austin men’s team has played three non-Division I teams this season, an exhibition game against Arkansas Tech, and regular-season games against Texas-Tyler and Elmhurst (Ill). During the 2013-14 academic year, Abilene Christian and UIW are not Division I schedule-counters as the new Southland programs transition from Division II. All Southland teams have single games against ACU and UIW in 2013-14, and have had to adjust to the non-countable scheduling aspect of playing these teams. In 2014-15, ACU and UIW will be Division I schedule counters.center_img NCAA Bylaw states: “An institution may schedule and play not more than four basketball games, including any contest (e.g., scrimmage, exhibition), in an academic year against institutions that are not members of Division I (Revised: 3/1/12).” This language is also reinforced by Southland Operating Code 3.02.02 (Non-Division I Opponents).  Southeastern will maintain its home women’s game vs. UIW Jan. 9. The forfeited game to ACU will be recorded in the Southland standings, be utilized as necessary in the seeding process for the 2014 Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament, and will be documented in the conference’s historical records. Stephen F. Austin’s men’s team will follow a similar path, keeping its scheduled home game with Abilene Christian Jan. 30, before the same effects of the forfeited UIW game will take place. The NCAA will not recognize the forfeits, but will instead view the cancelled games as no contests, thus preventing any violation.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Aretha Franklin Mural in Detroit’s Eastern Market

first_imgHave you seen the Aretha Franklin mural in Detroit’s Eastern Market? It’s well hidden and if you didn’t know it was there, you might not find it. I was told it was on the back wall of Gratiot Central Market, but I went around the block three times before I discovered it. The Aretha mural is part of a larger mural London artist Richard Wilson painted as part of the 2018 Murals in the Market art event. But when vehicles are parked in the back parking lot, the mural is blocked from view. You need to get out of your vehicle, walk to the back of the market in the parking lot, and find a spot where few vehicles are in front of the wall. There you’ll see it, in the bottom left corner of the wall: Wilson’s mural of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Murals in the Market 2017Last year, fall took on a different meaning for me beyond enjoying local apple cider, viewing gorgeous falls colors, and gathering the last vegetables from the garden. That’s when I first visited the Murals in the Market international mural festival at Eastern Market in Detroit. What a fantastic event, watching…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Murals in the Market at Eastern MarketIf you didn’t know to travel down a back alley to peer across an empty field surrounded by three buildings, you might have missed the two-story tall lion mural on the building at the edge of Detroit’s Eastern Market. The piercing blue eyes of the lion seemed to follow me,…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Stevie Wonder Mural at Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing ArtsFinished in mid-summer 2019, the 100-foot-tall colorful mural of Stevie Wonder can’t be missed as you walk north on Brush toward Detroit’s Music Hall. The mural stands out on the south wall of the Music Hall, rising out of the back of a downtown Detroit parking lot. Created by London-based…In “Michigan”last_img read more

Sonakshi Sinha all set to don sexy new look

first_imgAt a time when going ultraglam seems to be the only ‘talent’ required to be heroine material in Bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is naturally going all out to change the desi girl image she acquired in her debut film Dabangg.In her new film Son Of Sardar (SOS), a romantic thriller, which Sonakshi signed recently opposite Ajay Devgn, the actress has decided to go sexy and westernised with vengeance and also lose weight to fit into trendy attire.And so, ace designer Manish Malhotra is all set to chalk out a hip-and-happening wardrobe for Sonakshi’s look in the film, which also stars Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla, and is directed by Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? maker Ashwini Dhir.Sonakshi, in fact, recently made it clear that she will only have Manish design her wardrobe for the film – or for any other film that she does in the future, for that matter. That was also the reason why Ajay and his co-producer of the film, N.R. Pachisia, wasted no time in signing Manish as the costume designer as soon as Sonakshi was finalised for the project and even before the rest of the crew was decided.”It’s good to look different in every new photo shoot or film. All my filmmakers want me to wear the sari after Dabangg but I will try and mix it up,” Sonakshi recently said.While details are yet to be drawn out on Sonakshi’s wardrobe for the film, the buzz is that Manish might give her lots of casual attire, including tees, denims, capris and short dresses.advertisementShatrughan Sinha’s 24-year-old daughter took the industry by storm with her debut act as a smalltown girl in Dabangg last year and drew applauds for the way she matched superstar Salman Khan’s screen presence. She has been flooded with offers since then. SOS apart, biggies starring Sonakshi that are scheduled to release over the next year include Joker and Rowdy Rathore opposite Akshay Kumar, Dabangg 2 and Kick opposite Salman, and Lootera opposite Ranveer Singh.Although she goes for a westernised makeover in SOS, Sonakshi has, however, made it clear that she will not be seen sporting a bikini on screen.While Sonakshi will go all out with glamour in SOS, co-star Ajay is all set to don a turbaned Sikh look in the film.Sonakshi, however, isn’t giving up her desi USP totally. “I am proud of my ‘desi-ness’ and that is the image I am being asked to play out on screen in most of my upcoming films. But it is always good to keep scope for change,” she said.The shooting for SOS, a remake of the 2010 Telugu hit, Maryada Ramanna, starts in Patiala this week.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly joins Mudgal IPL probe committee

first_imgThe Justice Mudgal IPL Probe Committee met in Mumbai on Sunday and named former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the former cricketer to assist the committee in its investigation into the betting and spot-fixing scandal in last year’s Indian Premier League.”The Committee held its meeting in Mumbai on 7.6.2014 and 8.6.2014. The Committee considered the names of a few players and decided to appoint Mr. Sourav Ganguly as the player to assist the Committee in its probe,” a statement here read.”Consent was sought from Mr. Ganguly and he has agreed to assist the Committee as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 16.5.2014,” the statement added.The committee has to submit its report to the Supreme Court by August.The Supreme Court last month appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal — retired chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court — to probe allegations of spot-fixing and betting against 13 people, including some cricketers who played the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013, and inaction thereon by Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan.The other two members of the committee are L. Nageswar Rao (additional solicitor general of India) and senior advocate Niloy Dutta.Justice Mudgal will be assisted by senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra, who is deputy director general of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).The team will have three police officers, one each from police forces from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Except for powers to arrest, the investigating team will have all the powers to call and examine people it deems fit and record their statements.advertisementlast_img read more

Chilean side boycott promotion penalty shoot-out

first_imgWTF Chilean side miss out on promotion after shoot-out replay protest Jamie Smith 01:13 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vallenar 2017 @depvallenar WTF Deportes Vallenar Deportes Vallenar v Melipilla Melipilla Segunda División The Segunda Division side were incensed when the original tie-breaker was abandoned and decided to boycott a bizarre replay A play-off to settle promotion to Chile’s second tier ended in farce after one of the clubs involved refused to take part in a replayed penalty shoot-out.Deportes Vallenar opted not to show up for Wednesday’s shoot-out against Deportes Melipilla at La Portada Stadium in La Serena, with the latter granted promotion as a result.Vallenar won 5-4 on penalties last week after the two legs of the Segunda Division play-off failed to produce a winner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player During the shoot-out at the end of the second leg, match referee Eduardo Gamboa allowed an illegal Vallenar penalty to be retaken – Juan Silva stopped his run-up and feinted before striking the ball into the bottom-right corner.DEPORTES MELIPILLA ASCIENDE A LA PRIMERA B! #VamosMelipilla pic.twitter.com/N6Wwdd7dME — Deportes Melipilla (@cdmelipilla) December 27, 2017 As a result of the official’s incorrect decision, the National Association of Professional Football (ANFP) ordered a replay of the spot-kicks.Vallenar were angered by the ANFP ruling and elected not to take part, with Melipilla instead declared winners of the tie.Following the decision, Vallenar announced their intention to stage a protest at La Serena’s Plaza de Armas later on Wednesday.last_img read more