Mudslide in Malibu may block road for several days

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MALIBU, Calif.) — A mudslide in Malibu, California, Thursday morning closed down a road, potentially for several more days.Storms also brought as much as 16 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains over the last 24 hours.Snow and high-wind alerts have been issued in 18 states from California all the way to West Virginia.With two storm systems looming, the first of those Friday morning is stretching all the way from the Gulf Coast to the Upper Plains, bringing showers and thunderstorms to the south and more heavy snow in the north.By Friday afternoon and evening, showers and severe storms are expected from Missouri to Louisiana. Some of the rainstorms may contain damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible.By Saturday, that storm system will weaken but still bring mixed precipitation from Illinois to West Virginia. The Southeast may see some stronger storms as well.A second storm moving out slowly from the Rockies may bring severe weather to the central and southern U.S. on Monday. That could mean more snow for the northern Plains.That system on Tuesday will be moving east and develop into a coastal storm, bringing showers and snow to the mid-Atlantic region and Northeast.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Divers pull 1,200 pounds of lead fishing weight out of the ocean on Florida beach

first_imgfelixmizioznikov/iStock(NEW YORK) — A team of hundreds of divers has beaten the Guinness World Record for the largest underwater cleanup worldwide off a South Florida beach over the weekend.Arilton Pavan, owner of diving store Dixie Divers in Deerfield Beach, Florida, has been organizing an annual cleanup for the past 15 years to obtain the lead weights used by fishermen off the city’s pier, he told ABC News.This year, Pavan decided to raise the stakes, aiming for a Guinness World Record to entice divers far and wide to attend the event. The rules dictated that each person had to be a certified diver in full scuba gear and had to spend more than 15 minutes underwater looking for trash, Pavan said. Participants also had to sign a liability release before entering the water, Pavan said.Guinness World Record Judge Michael Empric, who personally counted each diver as he or she went into the water, announced Saturday that 633 people participated in the underwater event. The previous record-holding underwater cleanup was in Egypt, where 614 divers took part in 2015, Empric said, before handing Pavan the plaque acknowledging the new record.In just three hours, divers plucked more than 1,200 pounds of lead fishing weights from the bottom of the ocean floor, Pavan said.Pavan said the event brought diving enthusiasts from all over the country to his small town, where he has owned and operated his shop for more than 22 years. Not only did the quest bring a sense of community and comradery to the group, but it also boosted the local economy by filling up hotel rooms and restaurants, Pavan said.About 80 snorkelers and 150 beach volunteers also participated — all united with a single goal of helping the environment, he said.“I think everybody was happy,” said Pavan. “There was a sense of friendship, helping each other.”While the volunteers didn’t find much plastic garbage during the cleanup, Pavan said the number one item he sees littering the coral reefs when he takes people out on dives are plastic shopping bags.The marine enthusiast said he is “slowly” trying to educate the community to be more conscious and more aware of conservaton.In the future, Pavan said he hopes to organize multiple cleanup events throughout the year.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Young staff are mentors for old

first_img Only one in 70 employers surveyed uses younger staff as mentors to help older staff meet the challenges of e-business, says a study.This policy of reverse mentoring gives companies tackling the e-commerce revolution the competitive edge in the new economy. A study due to be published this month by Henley Management College also found that nearly a third of companies surveyed said they provide dedicated e-commerce training. And 10 per cent have restructured their organisation.The report, E-Business Management in the New Economy, says little research has been carried out on how to manage and develop people in a business involved in e-business.It urges HR professionals not to underestimate the challenges. “The parts of organisations that deal with e-commerce may have to move faster than the rest of the company creating problems such as reduced morale in other areas.”Other preliminary findings in the report show that 54 per cent of organisations now look for e-commerce awareness in new recruits compared with 4 per cent in 1995.Even more – 75 per cent – now look for IT skills, compared with 48 per cent five years ago.The report concludes that to compete in the e-business arena, companies will have to ensure they can attract, develop and motivate, and retain “the best people at all levels”.www.henleymc.ac.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Young staff are mentors for oldOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Widespread acceleration of tidewater glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgOver the last half century, the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) has been among the most rapidly warming regions on Earth. This has led to increased summer snowmelt, loss of ice shelves, and retreat of 87% of marine and tidewater glacier fronts. Tidewater-glacier flow is sensitive to changes in basal water supply and to thinning of the terminus, and faster flow leads directly to sea level rise. The flow rates of most AP tidewater glaciers have never been measured, however, and hence their dynamic response to the recent changes is unknown. We present repeated flow rate measurements from over 300 glaciers on the AP west coast through nine summers from 1992 to 2005. We show that the flow rate increased by similar to 12% on average and that this trend is greater than the seasonal variability in flow rate. We attribute this widespread acceleration trend not to meltwater-enhanced lubrication or increased snowfall but to a dynamic response to frontal thinning. We estimate that as a result, the annual sea level contribution from this region has increased by 0.047 +/- 0.011 mm between 1993 and 2003. This contribution, together with previous studies that assessed increased runoff from the area and acceleration of glaciers resulting from the removal of ice shelves, implies a combined AP contribution of 0.16 +/- 0.06 mm yr(-1). This is comparable to the contribution from Alaskan glaciers, and combined with estimated mass loss from West Antarctica, is probably large enough to outweigh mass gains in East Antarctica and to make the total Antarctic sea level contribution positive.last_img read more

Polar ozone response to energetic particle precipitation over decadal time scales: The role of medium-energy electrons

first_imgOne of the key challenges in polar middle atmosphere research is to quantify the total forcing by energetic particle precipitation (EPP) and assess the related response over solar cycle time scales. This is especially true for electrons having energies between about 30 keV and 1 MeV, so-called medium-energy electrons (MEE), where there has been a persistent lack of adequate description of MEE ionization in chemistry-climate simulations. Here we use the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) and include EPP forcing by solar proton events, auroral electron precipitation, and a recently developed model of MEE precipitation. We contrast our results from three ensemble simulations (147 years) in total with those from the fifth phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) in order to investigate the importance of a more complete description of EPP to the middle atmospheric ozone, odd hydrogen, and odd nitrogen over decadal time scales. Our results indicate average EPP-induced polar ozone variability of 12–24% in the mesosphere, and 5–7% in the middle and upper stratosphere. This variability is in agreement with previously published observations. Analysis of the simulation results indicate the importance of inclusion of MEE in the total EPP forcing: In addition to the major impact on the mesosphere, MEE enhances the stratospheric ozone response by a factor of 2. In the Northern Hemisphere, where wintertime dynamical variability is larger than in the Southern Hemisphere, longer simulations are needed in order to reach more robust conclusions.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Set Red Rocks On Fire At Bisco Inferno Finale [Photos/Full Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, The Disco Biscuits returned to Morrison, CO’s picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheatre to cap off their three-night “Bisco Inferno” run. Following two scorching hot shows the nights prior at Denver’s Ogden Theatre, the band came out in full-force for their grand finale.The four-piece opened up their first set with “Hope”, played for the first time this year, which was followed up by “Rockafella”. Aron Magner set the tone with a bouncy synth groove, with Marc Brownstein and Allen Aucoin joining in and gradually building up the song’s intro. Moving out of “Rockafella’s” main theme, Jon “Barber” Gutwillig let it all hang out with a series of evolving, peaking guitar solos. The Disco Biscuits moved forward with “Rock Candy” sandwiched in between a soaring “Digital Buddha”. The band treated fans to “Haleakala Crater” to close out their first set, a rarity and treat for all in attendance.The Disco Biscuits returned to open up their first set with “Jigsaw Earth”, which was left open-ended and seamlessly flowed into the inverted middle section of “Above The Waves”. The band charged forward with a debut cover of Blondie‘s “Rapture” before the band flowed back into “Above The Waves” and finished off “Jigsaw Earth”. To close out their tenacious second set, the quartet sandwiched an inverted “Confrontation” in between “Helicopters”.Prior to the show, the band noted they had some special treats in store, and delivered just that to their devoted fans at such a beloved venue. The Biscuits dusted off “The City” in the encore slot for the first time since their intimate Boulder Fox Theatre show in November 2017, wrapping their “Bisco Inferno” weekend with an exclamatory statement.Check out a beautiful gallery of photos from Saturday night’s show below courtesy of photographer Dave Vann, as well as full-show video!The Disco Biscuits – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 5/25/2019 [Full Show][Video: The Disco Biscuits]Next up for the band is their own Camp Bisco at Scranton, PA’s Montage Mountain, set for July 18th-20th. Head to The Disco Biscuits’ website for more information.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/26/2019Set One: Hope, Rockafella, Digital Buddha-> Rock Candy-> Digital Buddha, Haleakala CraterSet Two: Jigsaw Earth-> Above the Waves (inverted)-> Rapture (1st time played, Blondie)-> Above the Waves-> Jigsaw Earth, Helicopters-> Confrontation (inverted)-> HelicoptersEncore: The CityThe Disco Biscuits | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/25/2019 | Photos: Dave Vannlast_img read more

Women’s soccer claim Ivy title

first_imgThe Harvard women’s soccer team clinched a share of its second consecutive Ivy League Championship on Oct. 31, and with it an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. But after punching a ticket to the postseason, the Crimson (9-6-1; 6-1 Ivy League) took care of some unfinished business on Nov. 7, claiming the title outright with a 2-1 overtime triumph at Columbia.September now looks like an aberration that’s only visible in Harvard’s rear-view mirror. The team that month won just once in its first seven games and finished September at 3-5-1.Responding as champions are expected to do, however, the Crimson won six of their final seven games, and the program’s ninth Ancient Eight title.The hero against Columbia was Melanie Baskind ’12, the 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year, who scored both of the Crimson’s goals, including the game winner at the 95:08 mark of overtime.Baskind, who finished the regular season second on the team in scoring (4) and first in assists (6), was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week and received Ivy Player of the Week honors on Nov. 9.Nov. 13 (4 p.m.) the Crimson will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Earlier this season Harvard fell to the Eagles, 4-1.last_img read more

Be positive everyday? What?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Leaders…um, I mean people… are negative, and cynical, and snarky…and apparently that seems to be an appropriate excuse for behavior that never seems to change.Our leadership colleagues lament the never ending struggle to build the right corporate culture that has high levels of engagement, strong retention, and breakthrough performance from the team.…and they will continue to lament…because that’s what most ineffective leaders do.Your Team Is Not the ProblemIt’s fascinating to watch and listen as leaders spend massive amounts of time and energy trying to “figure out” their employees.Their excuses reign supreme:– millennials– old-timers– ungrateful staff continue reading »last_img read more

Maine-Endwell grad receives Goldwater Scholarship

first_imgLyman says her advice for fellow undergrads navigating their own college experience is to stand behind your work. Lyman says she hopes the scholarship will help advance her goal to work in psychological research, and while she doesn’t know exactly what that will look like, she says she hopes to go into academia. But she did get it. Lyman says the scholarship always seemed like a long shot because of her field of study, saying she was told the scholarship normally only goes to what she called “hard science.” “I play a rejection game. I know I submitted the best application I could, and then I tell myself you won’t get this. Don’t get too excited,” she said. At a time when COVID-19 is shining a spotlight on mental health, that’s something she says is critical. (WBNG) — When Maine-Endwell High School graduate and current University of Buffalo junior Cassondra Lyman applied for the Goldwater Scholarship, she decided to set her expectations low. “We all follow an imperial scientific method in order to find our results, so it’s important that we take these fields seriously,” she said. “I had this ‘woo hoo’ moment, and I just bolted upstairs and told my family and boyfriend and I was like ‘I won it!'” she said. She says she feels scientific research is scientific research, and that’s what the scholarship looks at. “Being able to reduce the stigma associated with these disorders takes research so we can better understand them. If you don’t understand something it’s easy to have misconceptions,” she said, “There’s a tendency to kind of write psychology off as a soft science,” she said. “They distinguish between soft and hard sciences and really there isn’t that kind of difference.” “If you believe that the work you are doing is of as high caliber as the work that other people in other fields are doing — that should mean something to you and to everyone else if you want it to.”last_img read more

One of the world’s best bloggers for luxury tourism is staying in Istria

first_imgIt is interesting that Naomi-Jane Adams always mentions that this is a paid promotional campaign, both in the description and in the hashtag, while this is a rarity in Croatia, as well as on the global scene. But after the global debacle and fraud with Fyre Festival (be sure to watch the documentary) last year, where the top influencers were one of the main media and ambassadors of the campaign, and who did not emphasize that it is a paid campaign, the topic was updated, and more and more bloggers and influencers are emphasized when it’s about paid campaigns. And such is the rule according to our laws, where it should be clearly emphasized when it comes to a paid campaign. On that occasion, he resides in Istria, Naomi-Jane Adams, ( Instagram @bookonin /  www.bookonin.co.uk) fashion influencer and blogger specializing in luxury travel who was awarded at the World Bloggers Award held on May 24 in Cannes during the famous film festival, as the world’s best blogger in the luxury travel category. Behind Naomi-Jane Adams stands many years of experience and knowledge about luxury tourism and travel. Before moving to London and starting to build a personal brand on social platforms, she lived on the England-Greece route and edited web content for travel companies. In mid-2017, she decided to dedicate her energy and knowledge to travel. As part of this year’s Share Istria project, a total of 16 bloggers / Influencers are staying in Istria, with a total of over 29 million followers, with an estimated reach of 389 million people. After four extremely successful editions of the destination marketing campaign Share Istria, the Tourist Board of Istria has launched the fifth jubilee edition of the project, which is currently underway and lasts until June 15.  As this year TZ Istra launched a new website, whose main focus is no longer on b2b information, but exclusively on users / tourists and the sale of experiences and stories, this year’s campaign could prove to be the most effective so far. Last year’s results clearly and measurably show that the Share Istria project is rightly the most important destination campaign in Istria. Last year alone, the Share Istria campaign achieved over 4 million interactions, with a total of 26 influencers reaching a reach of 389 million people, which is expected this year as well, but with fewer influencers. The website www.istra.hr has long been positioned as the main online destination platform for Istrian tourism. And concrete figures speak for themselves. Thus, in 2018, the website was visited by 1.251.852 (2% more than in the previous year) uniqe users, with a total of 1.929.724 sessions and 6.411.742 page views. Share Istria is the most important destination campaign in Istria Today, she explores exciting and exotic destinations and creates content for their social networks, often in collaboration with tourist circles. This year, she launched an educational Content Creation Retreat in Bali in which she teaches attendees about creating tourist content for digital channels. This year the number of weeks has been reduced, and the reason for that is because it is difficult to continuously follow a group of different people with different interests from morning to evening. For this reason, as they point out from the Tourist Board of Istria, ‘recruited’ are stronger players who have more than a million followers. The main partners of this year’s edition are Turkish Airlines and Porsche Istra, and in addition to them, more than 200 different entities are engaged (hotel houses, small family hotels, travel, tourist and DMC agencies, caterers, winemakers, olive growers, truffle growers, prosciutto makers, etc.). then museums and cultural institutions, etc.) and each of them has its share in this important campaign of Istria. The realization of the project itself, ie when influencers come to Istria, figuratively speaking, is the easiest part of the job, although no segment in this project is simple, easy or predictable. Almost half of the team of the Istrian Tourist Board has been involved in creating the entire program for five months, and the most important process in this project is definitely the “headhunting” of the best influencers targeted for Istria as well as control and interpretation of the final story.  Find out more about the new website of the Istria Tourist Board in the attachment.last_img read more