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  • River flooding continues in Midwest with more rain heading toward region

    first_imgABC News(KANSAS CITY, Missouri) — The Missouri River and Mississippi River continue to wreak havoc on parts of the Plains and Midwest as record river flooding continues to pose a threat to communities.Parts of the Missouri River near St. Joseph, Missouri; Atchison, Kansas; Leavenworth, Kansas; and Parkville, Missouri, are seeing river flooding currently at — or expected to rise to — moderate and major flood stage. The Missouri River is receding below notable flood stage in Omaha. However, the Missouri River is expected to flood downstream near Plattsmouth, Nebraska, through next week. The flooding will continue to cause stress on levees along the Missouri River.There is also river flooding on the Mississippi River along the borders of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. The river will likely remain high through the weekend.In Minnesota and Wisconsin, gradual snow melt will cause rising river levels into next week. Flooding could occur due to ice jams as well.Rainfall is expected to move into this area on Saturday, with a storm developing and moving across the Plains. Locally, a half inch or more of rain is possible in this region through this weekend.The rain should not have a major influence on area rivers, but there is potential for some local exacerbation of ongoing river flooding.The storm entering the Plains was responsible for three reported tornadoes on Friday in parts of Texas and Colorado and hail over 2 inches in diameter across parts of Texas.The storm will move fairly quickly and not strengthen tremendously, therefore impacts should be marginal across the Plains this weekend. Some rain will move across Plains into Sunday morning. A few strong thunderstorms will move across Oklahoma and Arkansas, however, the threat should remain marginal, with gusty winds and some hail being the concern.Northeast feels chill on Saturday, spring on SundayA coastal storm that brought rain and some coastal flooding to the Interstate 95 corridor is moving out of the area Saturday morning.Parts of the interior Northeast, especially in the higher elevations west of Albany, New York, reported nearly 4 inches of snow on Friday. Overnight, there were reports of over 10 inches across the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.Northeast feels chill on Saturday, spring on SundayA coastal storm that brought rain and some coastal flooding to the Interstate 95 corridor is moving out of the area Saturday morning.Parts of the interior Northeast, especially in the higher elevations west of Albany, New York, reported nearly 4 inches of snow on Friday. Overnight, there were reports of over 10 inches across the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.A couple of snow showers will be in the region Saturday, along with gusty winds at time approaching 45 mph. It will feel quite cold in the Northeast for late March with wind chills in the 20s and teens for a large part of the region.Relief will come as early as Saturday afternoon, with Sunday temperatures much more seasonable. Temperatures will rise into the 50s, and evens some 60s, across the I-95 corridor.Another March chill will arrive on the East Coast early next week.Weak storms impacting West CoastA storm is arriving Saturday in the western U.S. and bringing some heavy rain to parts of California and some mountain snow to parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.Locally, up to 1 foot of snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this weekend.Another storm will arrive in the region on Sunday night and early Monday with heavy rain mainly concentrated in Northern California.A more-potent storm will arrive in the middle of the upcoming week that could have significant impacts across parts of the region.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Europe remains resistant to wide use of psychometric testing

    first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Europe remains resistant to wide use of psychometric testingOn 3 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Psychometrictesting in recruitment and selection remains relatively uncommon.Only16 per cent of UK organisations employ psychometric tests in most selectiondecisions. And 50 per cent of UK organisations never or only rarely involve them.Across Europe, those organisations using psychometric tests for only a fewappointments, if at all, outnumber frequent users by at least two to one. Largeemployers are only slightly more likely to use tests than smaller ones.Duringthe last decade there has been a proliferation of new psychometric tests. Evenif good practice recommendations would frown on over-reliance on psychometrictesting in selection, psychometric testing in combination with other selectionmethods has been shown to have greater validity as a selection tool than areliance on more conventional approaches.Whereknowledge becomes rapidly outdated and competitive advantage depends on theability to innovate and communicate, being able to select people with the rightattributes – rather than the right skills – becomes more important. Yetbarriers to the widespread use of tests remain.Germanyleads in the resistance against testing. Nine out of 10 employers never orrarely make use of psychometric testing. Part of the explanation lies in theGerman employment statute which allows job applicants to challenge test resultsin court. More importantly, it reflects high levels of suspicion towardstesting. Particularly at more senior appointment levels, many applicants feelthat such techniques simply are not appropriate or legitimate. Attitudes seemto have softened during the past few years.Butone country runs against the general trend – Spain. Here, most organisationsuse psychometric testing. This might reflect the rapid modernisation of theSpanish economy since the death of Franco in the late 1970s. last_img read more

  • What controls photochemical NO and NO2 production from Antarctic snow? Laboratory investigation assessing the wavelength and temperature dependence

    first_img[1] Laboratory experiments were conducted to determine the wavelength and temperature dependence of NO and NO2 release from Antarctic snow. This photochemically driven process has been observed during recent field measurements in polar regions. In this work the photochemical production of NO and NO2 was reproduced under laboratory conditions with NO2 dominating the production. The wavelength of incident light was varied over the range 295-385 nm. We observed a lambda dependence where NO and NO2 release ceases when the snow was illuminated with lambda > 345 nm. Comparing these data with the aqueous absorption cross section of the nitrate ion (NO3-) indicates that NO3- is the precursor N-oxide species, which is photolyzed in snow. The temperature of the experimental system was varied over the range 253-243 K with no effect on NO and NO2 production. The occurrence of these photochemical processes followed by release to the atmosphere will impact the chemistry of the boundary layer over any snow-covered region. In addition, understanding these processes is essential for accurate ice core interpretation.last_img read more

  • Polar climate change as manifest in atmospheric circulation

    first_imgPurpose of Review Dynamic manifestations of climate change, i.e. those related to circulation, are less well understood than are thermodynamic, or temperature-related aspects. However, this knowledge gap is narrowing. We review recent progress in understanding the causes of observed changes in polar tropospheric and stratospheric circulation, and in interpreting climate model projections of their future changes. Recent Findings Trends in the annular modes reflect the influences of multiple drivers. In the Northern Hemisphere, there appears to be a “tug-of-war” between the opposing effects of Arctic near-surface warming and tropical upper tropospheric warming, two predominant features of the atmospheric response to increasing greenhouse gases. Future trends in the Southern Hemisphere largely depend on the competing effects of stratospheric ozone recovery and increasing greenhouse gases. Summary Human influence on the Antarctic circulation is detectable in the strengthening of the stratospheric polar vortex and the poleward shift of the tropospheric westerly winds. Observed Arctic circulation changes cannot be confidently separated from internal atmospheric variability.last_img read more

  • PTTEP’s net profit in 2019 surges 40% from the success of strategic acquisitions, Approves dividend payment at THB 6 per share

    first_imgThe reserve-to-production (R/P) ratio also hikes to 7.5 years which assures the company’s steady growth while ensuring energy security of Thailand in the long run PTTEP’s net profit in 2019 surges 40% from the success of strategic acquisitions. (Credit: PTT Exploration and Production Plc.) PTTEP reported its 2019 net profit of USD 1,569 million, increasing by 40% from 2018 with respect to escalating sales volume from acquisitions projects and the purchase of additional stakes in the Bongkot field. The reserve-to-production (R/P) ratio also hikes to 7.5 years which assures the company’s steady growth while ensuring energy security of Thailand in the long run.  PTTEP targets to raise sales volume by 11% in 2020.Phongsthorn Thavisin, President and Chief Executive Officer of PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP), revealed that the total revenue last year was recorded at USD 6,413 million (equivalent to THB 198,822 million), increasing from USD 5,459 million (equivalent to THB 176,687 million) in 2018, or a 17% increment. The result mainly from the acquisitions of Murphy Oil Corporation’s assets in Malaysia and Partex Holding B.V. Consequently, the average sales volume last year reached 350,651 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOED) or 15% increased from 305,522 BOED in 2018. Meanwhile, the average selling price also slightly improved from USD 46.66 per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) in 2018 to USD 47.24 BOE in 2019.According to the higher sales volume in 2019, PTTEP’s net profit hit USD 1,569 million (equivalent to THB 48,803 million), a 40% increase from USD 1,120 million (equivalent to THB 36,206 million) posted in 2018. PTTEP’s financial position remains strong with operating cash flow of USD 3,540 million (equivalent to THB 102,878 million) and Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA margin) at 71%.PTTEP’s petroleum proved reserves lifted to 7.5 yearsElevated the country’s energy securityPhongsthorn also said that the “expand” strategy which includes both domestic and international acquisitions and winning bids, drove the average sales volume to reach the record high of 350,651 BOED. The success under this strategy also improved the company’s proved reserves (P1) from 677 million BOE (MMBOE) to 1,140 MMBOE, representing a 68% surge comparing to 2018. This also influenced the R/P ratio to adjust upward from 5 to 7.5 years.“In addition to higher petroleum sales volume, we have also increased petroleum reserves as targeted. We are capable of adding more reserves in the future if our exploration projects are proved successful. This is not only building growth for PTTEP but also elevating the country’s energy security in the long term. This year, PTTEP targets to raise the average sales volume by 11%, said Phongsthorn.Approves dividend payment at THB 6 per shareBased on the company’s performance, on January 30, 2020, the Board of Directors approved the proposed of 2019 payment to the shareholders at THB 6 per share. PTTEP already paid the interim dividend for the first six months operating results at THB 2.25 per share, while the remaining dividend will be paid at THB 3.75 per share on April 10, 2020, after obtaining approval from the 2020 Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting. The record date of the company’s share registration for the right to receive the dividend is scheduled on February 14, 2020.Accelerates development of key projects to build long-term growthIn 2020, PTTEP will focus on the smooth transitions of the newly acquired projects, especially the G1/61 (Erawan) and G2/61 (Bongkot) to be ready to deliver petroleum as stated in the Profit Sharing Contracts. The preparation includes the drilling campaign planning, and the construction of production platforms and gas pipelines, as well as other related activities. For the Erawan field, PTTEP is now working closely with the existing concessionaire and the Department of Mineral Fuels in order to ensure production continuity during the transition. PTTEP also plan to accelerate exploration activities in high potential areas including Malaysia and Myanmar such as the Myanmar MD-7 project and the Lang Lebah-1RDR2 exploration well in Malaysia’s block Sarawak SK410B, where we made the biggest gas discovery in the company’s history, are in PTTEP’s priority as well. This also includes other nearby exploration projects in Malaysia where PTTEP will seek opportunities to effectively develop as a cluster.Furthermore, PTTEP also focuses on utilizing technology to maximize the value of existing projects and proceeding the developments of the Mozambique Area 1 project and the Algeria Hassi Bir Rekaiz project to deliver first production as planned, contributing to long-term growth of the company. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

  • Oxford scores low in university sex survey

    first_imgOxford University has come twenty-third in the second annual University Sex League.The survey, conducted by Student Beans, ranked universities according to the average number of sexual partners students have had since starting their course. Student Beans interviewed 6,129 UK students from over 100 universities on their sex lives, relationships and sexual health.The survey found that Oxford students have had an average of 5.89 sexual partners since starting university, well ahead of Cambridge, in fifty-fourth place with an average of 4.70 partners, but behind Oxford Brookes, who came seventh with an average of 7.42.Nevertheless, Oxford University beat the national average of 4.88 sexual partners, and has climbed from thirty-third place in the 2013 league, where Oxonians reported an average of 4.17. In 2013, the national average was 3.68. Brighton University topped this year’s survey, with an average of 10.59 sexual partners, having climbed from twentieth place in the 2013 survey. Last year, Roehampton University came first place, with students there reporting an average of 6.32 sexual partners since starting university; a score which would not even qualify for the top ten in this year’s results.Commenting on the statistics, second year linguist Erin Goldfinch told Cherwell, “seems about right to me!”James Read, editor of Student Beans, said, “Sex remains a hot issue for Britain’s students, evidenced by the over 6000 responses to this survey. University is often about freedom and experimentation, and sex and relationships are a key part of this. We’ve seen that students are generally pretty adventurous, with spanking, anal and threesomes all on the up.”He added, “They are also keen to use tech as a sex aid, with forty per cent having talked dirty online, and nearly two thirds sending explicit pics of themselves to a partner. This has mirrored the rise of dating apps, which three times as many students prefer over dating sites.”last_img read more

  • Deadline for ‘Dog of the Year’ Applications Is June 15

    first_imgOcean City’s 2013 ‘Dog of the Year,’ Albert, a springer spaniel, takes a ride in an Ocean City Beach Patrol mule with Dan Casey. Credit: Eric WeeksApplications are now being taken for Ocean City’s annual “Dog of the Year” Contest.If you believe your dog is special, this contest is for you. The event benefits the Ocean City Dog Park at 45th Street and Haven Avenue.The contest is limited to 12 entries. The finalists are selected from the initial applications. Completed applications must include a $20 fee and a photo of the nominated dog. The entry fee benefits the Ocean City Dog Park and is not refundable. Best friends are requested to include a written summary of why they believe their pet should be chosen as a finalist.All applications must be submitted by June 15. The contest runs from July 20 to Sept. 22 Finalists will be required to have an Ocean City business sponsor who will be asked donate $100 to support the dog park.During the contest time, photos of the 12 finalists will be featured on display panels on the Boardwalk, in the downtown and at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. The public will be able to vote for its favorite by money donations at these locations and at sponsor businesses.Nominated canines must be at least six months old, be current in all inoculations and licensed in their communities. The dog of the year winner and runners-up will be asked to attend certain city dog-related events throughout the year of their reign.The crowning of the Dog of the Year will be held at the Ocean City Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., at noon on Sat., Nov. 1. There will also be a Halloween costume contest for all dogs on the site following the crowning ceremony. Dog of the Year Calendars, T Shirts and other products will be for sale to benefit the Dog Park. The crowning event is free. The public and pooches are invited.Donations or contributions to the OCDP, a 501c3 organization, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Dog of the Year applications are available at the City Hall Information Center located on the ground floor, Ninth Street and Asbury Ave., seven days a week.Call 484-680-4469 for more information.— News release from the City of Ocean Citylast_img read more

  • GoldFish Releases Touching New Music Video For “Deep Of The Night” [Watch]

    first_imgSouth African duo GoldFish have followed up the release of their new single “Deep of the Night” with a new music video directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media. The song comes from the group’s highly anticipated 5th upcoming album Tipping the Scales, due out in Spring 2017. While the song stands strong on its own, the motion picture behind it coveys a moving story, weaving a tale of a man and his dog, reliving old glory, and re-kindling the inspirational spark behind life.According to a press release, the story of “Deep of the Night” begins where it all started for these life long musicians – the beaches nestled around Cape Town, South Africa. Dominic Peters and David Poole were driving home from late evening surf, casually listening to the radio and serendipitously stumbled across a first, and what turned out to be only – play of a new band called Diamond Thug. Dom and Dave were instantly hooked, and tracked down the band, who co-incidentally also lived in Capetown. A jam session was set up at the GoldFish studios and so, a song was born.“We’re all seeking inspiration to create something great, but you never know when it will strike – it might be in the deep of the night,” the band states. Check out the new video for GoldFish’s silky new track below:last_img read more

  • Fresh hopes on climate change

    first_imgWorld governments are ever so slowly moving toward a new climate agreement, even as advances in technology have driven down the cost of renewable energy and boosted energy efficiency.Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, brought a hopeful message during remarks Friday at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to highlight the idea that fighting rising global temperatures is possible. What’s more, she said, it’s necessary.“We don’t have an option; we have to do it,” Figueres said.Figueres spoke the same day that the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the executive summary of its latest report on the issue.Despite Figueres’ optimism, the report painted a bleak picture, saying it is more certain than ever that human activities are causing climate change, that sea level could rise as much as three feet by the end of the century, and for the first time setting an absolute limit on carbon emissions — 880 gigatons, more than half of which has already been emitted — not to be exceeded if the world is to limit warming to 2 degrees centigrade.Figueres, who was introduced by Robert Stavins, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at HKS, first acknowledged that the news on climate remains predominantly bad, citing not just the latest U.N. report, but also the melting of northern polar ice and the atmosphere’s crossing the threshold to 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide.“I visit today under a scenario that is predominantly a bad news scenario,” Figueres said. “This report just released shows that, yet again, the window to limiting warming of the planet to 2 degrees is closing on us very, very quickly.”Yet while bad news is dominant, there is good news too, she said, though it gets little attention. She suggested that helpful action on climate change will come only if people build on successful examples and if they refuse to give in to defeatism.Among the reasons for optimism, Figueres said that technological developments are most exciting. The cost of solar energy has fallen dramatically, and new technologies make it plausible to see a future that uses personal energy, unhooked from the grid. Energy-efficient automobiles are being developed, including self-driving cars that maximize efficiency in traffic and fuel use. Energy efficiency is increasingly emphasized in a new generation of green buildings, pointing toward a future of smart structures that balance energy efficiency and comfort.Technology, Figueres said, may mean a future where developing nations are able to improve their standards of living at the same time that they reduce emissions. This seemingly contradictory development, she said, would necessitate finally breaking the longstanding link between standards of living and greenhouse gas emissions.Though some of the more advanced technological ideas may be years or decades away, Figueres said these are not pipe dreams. Massachusetts alone, she said, has 5,500 companies employing 80,000 people already working in clean energy.“The good news is that the future is just around the corner,” she said. “These technologies are … not fairy tales. They’re being developed and will be on the market faster than we know.”Figueres spoke directly to students in the room, saying that their efforts, imagination, and leadership will be key.“There is no room to fail. In the case of climate change, there is no Plan B, because there’s no Planet B,” Figueres said. “You are Plan A.”She added after her talk that many of the successful examples of energy change are small, with many being pilot projects. As such, they face problems of time and scale, of having to massively scale up quickly enough to curtail carbon emissions before emissions pass a critical threshold.Figueres’ talk was sponsored by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. You may have to dig to find it, but there’s good news out there on climate change, and not just a little.Really.Eighty-one percent of the world’s top 500 companies are considering the operational risks from climate change, and are even talking about it publicly. For instance:More than 30 nations already have comprehensive climate-change legislation enacted, and 100 countries have renewable-energy regulations. Hundreds of cities around the world are taking climate-related action, and the World Bank has indicated it won’t finance coal plant construction unless it is considered critical.last_img read more

  • Vatican analyst shares reporting experience

    first_imgIt was a full house in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall on Monday night to hear John Allen Jr., Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), speak on the international Catholic Church and its impact on American Catholics. A Vatican analyst for CNN and National Public Radio, Allen titled his talk, “Seeing the Church with Global Eyes: The Rise of a World Church and What It Means for American Catholics.” Allen has reported on the Vatican response to the American sexual abuse crisis, the death of Pope John Paul II and the elections of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Allen opened by sharingd a few vignettes about his experience thus far with Francis, who was elected last spring. “Only four percent of Americans have a negative opinion of the pope, which I find to be nothing short of stunning,” Allen said. “The guy is a force of nature.” Allen said Francis’ trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in late July drew crowds of three million people, which shattered the city’s record previously set by the Rolling Stones. “Francis has taken the world and the Church by storm, and this earthquake is only beginning,” Allen said. Allen also commented on the changing Catholic demography in thet21st century. He said Catholics are now living in the most sweeping, dramatic and profound transformation in Catholic population in church history. “In 1900, there were 266 million Catholics, and 200 million lived in Europe and North America. The ethnic profile was basically what it was in at the Council of Trent,” he said. “In the year 2000, there were 1.1 billion Catholics, of whom 740 million lived in the developing world outside the West … a stunning, stunning transformation.” Allen said since only 70 million baptized Catholics lived in the U.S.  American Catholics only made up six percent of Catholic population. “That means 94 percent aren’t like us,” he said. “If you want, think about the Catholic Church in the 21st century. You can think globally or you can think dysfunctionally.” One of the priorities of American Catholic cardinals is renewed evangelization, which Allen paraphrased to mean “the effort of relighting the missionary fires of the Catholic Church.” “It’s about moving from maintenance to mission, sustaining the institutions to seeing them as subsidiary to the core purpose, which is inviting people into the Church and transforming the world from the inside out,” he said. “So the question is: How do you get there globally?” While new evangelization efforts in the U.S. have been fighting a metaphorical war against secularism and the contraception mandate, Allen said this is not the case in most other parts of the Catholic world. “There is a decidedly literal war against religion in many other parts of the world, in which Christians are the primary victims,” he said. “In the U.S., not having religious freedom means you might get sued. In many other global neighborhoods, you might get shot. This rates much higher on the urgency meter.” Allen said 80 percent of religious persecution and violence is directed toward Christians, making Christians the most persecuted religious group on the planet. Between 2006 and 2011, an average of 100,000 Christians have been killed for motives related to their faith each year. “That means in the hour that we are here tonight, somewhere in this world, 11 Christians are losing their lives,” he said. “That is what a real threat to religious freedom looks like.” Allen concluded by paraphrasing Francis when asked his audience about church unity and their reactions to news of Christian persecution last Wednesday. “When you hear reports, do you pray? Do you take it to heart? Does it not affect you? We have to feel ourselves as members of one local church,” he said. “You have to say, ‘That’s my brother, that’s my sister in the line of fire.’” Cotnact Meghan Thomassen at [email protected]last_img read more