Seasat’s contributions to ice sheet glaciology are explored with emphasis on the experience gained from this mission and on how this has assisted in defining future satellite missions. The sensors onboard Seasat during 1978 have provided valuable tools for the study of ice masses, particularly in the polar regions. The radar altimeter has demonstrated the ability to map the surface of ice sheets in considerable detail and over a very short period of time. Such studies are instrumental to global climate modeling, investigation of the ‘greenhouse effect’, and prediction of world sea levels. Radar altimeter mapping has also provided unparalleled detail on surface topography relevant to ice dynamics investigations. The small dataset of SAR imagery gathered over ice masses has begun to reveal useful detail of surface and near-surface phenomena such as flowlines, meltwater percolation, and snow and ice facies invaluable for glaciological reconnaissance.
Detecting and predicting how populations respond to environmental variability are crucial challenges for their conservation. Knowledge about the abundance and distribution of the emperor penguin is far from complete despite recent information from satellites. When exploring the locations where emperor penguins breed, it is apparent that their distribution is circumpolar, but with a few gaps between known colonies. The purpose of this paper is therefore to identify those remaining areas where emperor penguins might possibly breed. Using the locations of emperor penguin breeding colonies, we calculated the separation distance between each pair of geographically adjacent colonies. Based on mean separation distances between colonies following a circumpolar distribution, and known foraging ranges, we suggest that there may yet be six undiscovered breeding locations with half of these in Eastern and the remainder in Western Antarctica. Productivity in these regions suggests that food resources are likely to sustain emperor penguin populations. Our analysis highlights a fundamental requirement, that in order to predict how species might respond to regional climate change, we must better understand their biogeography and the factors that lead to their occupation of particular sites. Regarding emperor penguins, remote sensing should target the identified gaps apparently devoid of penguins in order to update the total number of colonies, to re-evaluate both the regional and global population of emperor penguins, and to gain a better understanding of their biogeography. read more
Brad James Written by Tags: Big Sky Conference/HERO/SUU Football/Zach Larsen FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Southern Utah offensive lineman Zach Larsen was named to the HERO Sports Preseason All-American team Tuesday as a member of the second team offense as the publication released its information.HERO is a Bellevue, Wash.-based college football reporting magazine that specializes in both FBS and FCS football.Following the 2017 season, Larsen, a 6’1″ 300-pound junior-to-be who starred at Jordan High, was named to a litany of All-American teams, including the STATS All-America 3rd team, Phil Steele’s All-American Second team and the HERO sports sophomore All-America team and first-team offense.Larsen was a 2017 All-Big Sky Conference first-team offense performer after starting every game at center for the Thunderbirds that season and was the impetus of a strong offensive attack all season.All told, HERO honored 14 Big Sky Conference players last season. June 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Zach Larsen Named To HERO Sports Preseason All-American Team read more
Written by Conner Toolson was held to 6 points despite coming into the matchup as the Wolverines’ second leading scorer at 13 points per game. He made 14 percent from behind the arc (1 of 7). Ben Nakwaasah had 18 points for the Wolverines (16-8, 5-4). Wyatt Lowell added 12 points. Baylee Steele had 11 points and 12 rebounds. JoJo Zamora had 17 points for New Mexico State (21-4, 10-1 Western Athletic Conference). Trevelin Queen added 13 points. Clayton Henry had 11 points and nine rebounds for the home team. The Aggies improve to 2-0 against the Wolverines for the season. New Mexico State defeated Utah Valley 83-78 on Jan. 19. New Mexico State plays Seattle at home on Saturday. Utah Valley plays Texas Rio Grande Valley on the road on Saturday. February 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Chuha lifts New Mexico St. over Utah Valley 84-77 AJ Harris, the Aggies’ second leading scorer heading into the contest at 10 points per game, failed to make a shot (0 of 5). Tags: Eli Chuha/New Mexico State Aggies/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Eli Chuha had a season-high 21 points plus 10 rebounds as New Mexico State extended its winning streak to 10 games, beating Utah Valley 84-77 on Thursday night. Associated Press read more
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is expected to award $70 million over five years to three physician-scientists to launch the Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC), which will create a network of 35 Alzheimer’s disease trial sites across the country with the goal of finding new ways to treat or prevent the illness.Reisa Sperling, Harvard Medical School professor of neurology and director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), will collaborate with Ronald C. Petersen at the Mayo Clinic and Paul Stephen Aisen at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) to accelerate clinical trials for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.“We must overhaul our current recruitment strategies for clinical trials, particularly to improve the diversity of our study participants and to reach people who do not yet have symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for inclusion in future prevention trials,” said Sperling, who is the principal investigator of the ACTC at both Harvard-affiliated BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital. “The new ACTC presents a terrific opportunity to innovate in recruitment, cognitive assessments, and neuroimaging for the next generation of Alzheimer’s trials.” Related McLean researchers detect dysfunction in cells’ energy production in late-onset patients The ACTC will be led jointly by research teams from BWH and Mass General, USC, and the Mayo Clinic, with scientific input from the NIH’s National Institute on Aging, the federal leader in Alzheimer’s research. The consortium’s diverse team and improved infrastructure will ease some of the challenges involved in conducting clinical trials, including the expense of recruitment and site activation.Several other leading researchers at BWH, including Dennis Selkoe, Gad Marshall, Dominic Walsh, and Dorene Rentz, will work on ACTC efforts to implement more sensitive biomarkers and cognitive tests in early intervention trials. The consortium will offer shared support services, enabling researchers to design better clinical trials, manage and analyze large amounts of data, and recruit participants from diverse backgrounds. The group will also share data, software, instruments, and biologic samples such as blood, tissue, and cerebrospinal fluid.The ACTC will also help researchers engage in new collaborations to test promising therapies and prevention strategies. Prevention trials — such as the A4 Study led by Sperling and her collaborators — can require screening thousands of volunteers to identify eligible participants, which can be time- and resource-consuming. The consortium will lead efforts to find ways to intervene before the first signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s appear, when some treatments are expected to be most effective. New clues to Alzheimer’s disease read more
JAMESTOWN – A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a homicide Monday evening in Jamestown.Jamestown Police say Carl Sorenson, of Jamestown, is charged with second-degree murder for the death of 23-year-old Brandon Holland who was stabbed in the chest while walking on the sidewalk along North Main Street between East 4th and East 5th Streets around 10:14 p.m.Holland was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he died of his injuries.Police said Sorenson is currently being held in Jamestown City Jail awaiting arraignment in the case. Sorenson, according to police, is also a New York State Parolee. Officers say he was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by investigators at his apartment on Washington Street.Investigators say additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.This was not a random act of violence and police say is likely a result of a prior dispute.Jamestown Police were assisted in the investigation by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office. Share: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) read more
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Medical workers treating COVID-19 patients in Jakarta have reported that they have yet to receive the financial incentives announced by the central government and provincial administration in March.A Jakarta-based general practitioner Arif, who asked to use a pseudonym, discussed his and other colleagues’ experiences while treating COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), emergency rooms and other wards in a hospital in Jakarta. He is also treating suspected and confirmed patients with mild symptoms in isolation rooms.Arif, who chose not to reveal the name of the hospital where he works, said it was part of a private hospital group appointed by the government to treat emerging infectious disease patients, as stipulated in a circular issued by the Health Ministry. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan previously announced an additional Rp 215,000 daily incentive for medical workers in the capital city.Since the two leaders announced the programs in March, neither has given any updates on the progress of payments. Meanwhile, medical workers in many hospitals have seen a cut in their salaries and Idul Fitri holiday bonuses.Arif’s experience was echoed by Ratna, who also chose to be referred to with a pseudonym. She is nurse who treats COVID-19 patients in the ICU of the Fatmawati General Hospital in South Jakarta.She said she and her colleagues had yet to receive any financial incentives, as the hospital had to verify the employees’ attendance, punctuality and the extent to which they were exposed to the virus before distributing the funds.“I’ve asked my hospital’s financial and human resources divisions. They replied that they were still counting the number of people eligible for it,” she said.Arif saw a 30 to 35 percent cut in his paycheck last month. His salary is determined by the number of patients he treats, and the Health Ministry has stated that the occupancy rate of hospitals has dropped by between 20 and 50 percent nationwide.In addition, the ministry has not fully paid the hospital’s claims for PDPs, thus affecting the facility’s revenue.Meanwhile, Ratna, a contract worker, had her salary cut by about 30 to 40 percent last month.Read also: More Indonesian doctors, nurses die fighting against COVID-19The secretary of the ministry’s Health Service Directorate General, Agus Hadian Rahim, said the central government had been working to pay the incentives to medical workers. “We’re processing the payments and the hospitals’ claims,” he said without elaborating further.The Jakarta Health Agency did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.As of Friday, 6,400 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the capital and 500 people had died.Institute for the Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Bhima Yudhistira urged the Health Ministry and the Jakarta administration to pay the stimulus.“Financial hardship can affect medical workers’ performance. An immediate stimulus is urgently needed because they are fighting on the front lines against the disease,” he said.Topics : However, he has yet to hear any news regarding the government’s incentives for medical workers at the hospital.“I haven’t received any government incentives or information about it from hospital management. I’ve only obtained an additional safety risk payment from my hospital amounting to between Rp 300,000 [US$20.16] and Rp 500,000,” Arif told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Read also: Bonuses slashed, pay cut: Indonesian nurses fight pandemic, financial hardshipsPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said previously that the government had allocated Rp 5.9 trillion to be given as incentives to medical workers treating confirmed patients. The government said it would provide each medical specialist an incentive of Rp 15 million, physicians and dentists Rp 10 million, nurses Rp 7.5 million and other medical staff members Rp 5 million. read more
August 17, 2018 After Touring Damage, Governor Wolf Declares Recent Flooding a Disaster, Will Seek Federal Aid SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency for the commonwealth in response to a series of severe rain storms over the past week that caused flash flooding and ensuing damage to homes and businesses throughout much of north and central portions of the state. Governor Wolf has personally toured communities hit hard by the storms in Schuylkill, Bradford and Delaware counties.“Pennsylvanians in portions of the state hardest hit by heavy rains and subsequent flooding need to know that the state is doing all that it can to help and for that reason I am signing this disaster declaration,” Gov. Wolf said. “This allows the state to seek federal funding for damages and frees up the red tape that can be associated with procuring necessary supplies and services during emergency clean-up.“Touring these flooded areas and speaking with those affected only confirmed my decision that we need this declaration to enlist all possible help.”The proclamation is a necessary step in order to ask for a federal disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency if damages meet the federal threshold criteria.“Over the past few days, Governor Wolf and I have heard firsthand the stories of these survivors and I am amazed by their resilience,” said PEMA Director Rick Flinn. “At the same time, I know that some people have been hit with flooding more than once this summer, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to help them.”It is important to note that the proclamation does not restrict vehicular travel on commonwealth roads, but motorists in areas impacted by flooding are encouraged to allow extra time for travel if roads have not yet been opened.The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation. The time-consuming bidding and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.In addition, the proclamation authorizes the Department of Transportation to waive regulations related to drivers of commercial vehicles in order to ensure the timely movement of commodities, particularly food.It also provides consumer protections against price gouging by prohibiting companies from charging a price for consumer goods or services that exceeds 20 percent of the average price that the consumer goods or services were sold for in the seven days preceding the effective date of the governor’s proclamation.“As the clean-up continues, Pennsylvanians need to know that my Administration is doing everything it can to help those suffering from this devastating weather emergency,” Gov. Wolf said.The full proclamation text is below.Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaGOVERNOR’S OFFICEPROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCYAugust 17, 2018WHEREAS, an anomalous weather pattern has produced, and continues to produce, slow-moving storms with significant and record-breaking rainfall and subsequent rounds of flash, creek, and river flooding that first began to impact the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on July 21, 2018; andWHEREAS, the series of slow-moving storms impacted, and continues to impact the entirety of the Commonwealth with relentless rain, hitting portions of central and eastern Pennsylvania with up to 23.0” of rainfall; andWHEREAS, this emergency event prompted affected county and municipal governments to declare local disaster emergencies due to the severe flash flooding; andWHEREAS, the emergency event was of such magnitude or severity as to render essential the Commonwealth’s supplementation of county and municipal efforts and resources and the activation of all applicable state, county and municipal emergency response plans.NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the provisions of section §7301(c) of the Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa. C.S. § 7101 et seq., I do hereby proclaim the existence of a disaster emergency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.FURTHER, I authorized and directed that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or designee assume command and control of all statewide emergency operations, and that all Commonwealth departments and agencies, under the direction of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or designee, utilize all available resources and personnel as was deemed necessary to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency event.FURTHER, I hereby transfer up to $6,000,000 in unused appropriated funds to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, to be increased or decreased as conditions require for expenses authorized and incurred related to this emergency pursuant to section 1508 of the Act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, NO.176) (the Fiscal Code), 72 P.S. § 1508. These funds shall be credited to a special account established by the Office of the Budget. All Commonwealth agencies purchasing supplies or services in response to this emergency are authorized to utilize the emergency procurement procedures set forth in section 516 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code, 62 Pa. C.S. §516. This Proclamation shall serve as the written determination of the basis for the emergency under 62 Pa. C.S. §516; andFURTHER, I hereby directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to staff the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center as necessary for the duration of the emergency event and to augment it with personnel from other state agencies and departments. I also authorized the Agency to direct and coordinate the emergency response, recovery, and mitigation activities of other state agencies and departments as deemed necessary to deal with the exigencies of this disaster emergency through implementation of the State Emergency Operations Plan; andFURTHER, I hereby authorized the Secretary of Transportation to use all available equipment, resources, and personnel of the Department, in whatever manner that she deems necessary, to ensure that all state highways in the areas that may be affected by the emergency event are cleared of debris and any other obstructions resulting from this event and to ensure that highways, bridges, roadbeds, and related facilities and structures, including federal-aid highways, that sustained damage in the disaster affected areas are immediately repaired, maintained, reconstructed, or replaced, or that new construction is undertaken where necessary; andFURTHER, I hereby suspend the provisions of any other regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of Commonwealth business, or the orders, rules or regulations of any Commonwealth agency, if strict compliance with the provisions of any statute, order, rule or regulation would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this emergency event. All Commonwealth agencies may implement their emergency assignments without regard to procedures required by other laws, except mandatory constitutional requirements, pertaining to the performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials, and expenditures of public funds.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this 17th day of August in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and forty-third.Tom WolfGovernor read more