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Verdict pending in lawsuit over 2011 CAL plane crash in Guyana

first_imgA federal judge is considering whether an airline should pay damages to a Connecticut woman who has been injured in a plane crash that occurred in Guyana in 2011.According to the Associated Press (AP), Judge Michael Shea in Hartford presided over a three-day, non-jury trial earlier this month in a lawsuit by Waterbury resident Indrawatie Shiwbodh against Caribbean Airlines. The judge is expected to rule sometime after February 9, when final briefs are due.Flashback: The CAL plane when it crashed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri back in 2011Shiwbodh, formerly of East Haven, was among 157 passengers and six crew members on a Boeing 737 that overshot the runway and broke in half at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on July 30, 2011. No one died, but dozens were injured. The flight originated from Kennedy Airport in New York.Investigators concluded that coordination between the captain and co-pilot broke down as the plane landed, that the pilots failed to reduce excess power during landing, and that they did not use the plane’s full deceleration capabilities.The airline has settled all other claims in connection with the crash. Lawsuits were filed by more than 150 other passengers, including Shiwbodh’s husband and adult daughter, said John Maggio, a New York-based lawyer for Caribbean Airlines. Terms of the settlements are confidential, and the airline has not admitted to any wrongdoing in any of the cases, he said.Shiwbodh’s husband, Yadram, on Wednesday referred questions to the couple’s lawyers, who did not return phone and email messages seeking comment.Passengers on the plane have described how the landing initially seemed normal and there was applause, which quickly turned to screams, with people and luggage being tossed about the cabin.According to the Associated Press, documents in Indrawatie Shiwbodh’s court case say her head struck the seat in front of her, causing a laceration to her forehead that required several stitches to close. While getting out of the wreck, she had to jump off a wing about 12 feet above the ground, aggravating a lower back injury and injuring her right knee and right ankle, the documents say.Shiwbodh also suffered “substantial” mental trauma as well as financial damages from being unable to work because of her injuries, her attorneys said. She said she has racked up more than US$125,000 in medical expenses and has lost more than US$130,000 in income.Lawyers for the airline said in court documents that Shiwbodh’s damages should be limited to the head wound and other injuries caused by the crash, and not the injuries that occurred after she jumped off the wing, according to AP.last_img read more

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2 cents more won’t buy a post office smile

first_imgDodger Dogs threatened: Animal-rights activists have called for an end to Dodger Dog sales due to what they are calling harsh treatment of whatever animals’ entrails are used in the making of the “dogs.” “We’re really not sure what those animals are, but we have a problem with the fact they are treated inhumanely and slaughtered before they’re cooked,” said activist D. Fend Canine. “But it’s really the only way we can do it,” said an anonymous vendor. “Otherwise they keep jumping out of the buns.” We’ve just got to try harder: Los Angeles is listed fourth in the country for incidents of road rage. “It’s not that we aren’t as angry as other cities,” said traffic expert Crash Daily. “We’re just too busy paying attention to traffic reports and the Phil Spector trial to know which idiot just cut us off.” So that’s why so many candidates: The builder of the largest theater and stadium stages in the world has admitted that it is behind the burgeoning volume of candidates running for president. “The real reason that more candidates are waiting in the wings to announce is because they can’t fit on the already crowded stages,” said an executive for Mushrooming Stages Inc. “With over 20 aspirants announced as nominees and plenty more waiting in the wings, there’s a need for larger stages for the presidential debates. When we figured that we started sending donations to any candidate with two legs … though if a one-legged candidate wants to run, we’ll send them money, too.” Hizzoner not finished yet: Officials in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office say that the election of Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic was only the first step in forming a school board in Villaraigosa’s likeness. “We still have a lot of work to do,” said the mayor’s chief educational aide, Ray Cortines. “As soon as the final votes are in, Tamar and Richard will be undergoing plastic surgery, and other than height, we’re talking Antonio-identical.” Now it’s not worth even more: This past Monday, the U.S. Postal Service added another 2 cents to its postage, making a first-class stamp cost 41 cents. Despite the increase, most postal workers will continue not to make eye contact with you. Maybe they’ll believe him: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, fending off a lot of heat from Congress for lying about the firings of federal prosecutors, is considering stepping down. “Not because of any wrongdoing,” said the president’s lawyer and friend, “but so I can spend more time not answering questions from my family.” Did it include the undercoating? Chrysler Corp. was sold this past week to Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm, for more than $7 billion. Despite the sale, Chrysler officials said they “were losing money on the deal” and were only doing it for $7 billion “because we like Cerberus.” Fired!!!! Finally – Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” was not picked up on NBC’s Fall Schedule, but all is not lost for The Donald. “I’ve just signed a three-year deal with the network for my hair,” said Trump. “It’s less costly than me and not near as obnoxious.” “We would have backed Lauritzen,” added an anonymous staffer. “But he refused to let go of the beard.” Soul4Sale: In what is fast becoming a booming promotional venture, television and film studio publicity departments are focusing on a Web-oriented strategy of getting bloggers to write positive news and reviews of their shows and films. “Bloggers and sites that might be willing to massage their views into something that spark their readers to check out our shows are getting easier and easier to find,” said advertising executive Bert Sales. “The bloggers haven’t been subtle about their availability.” Sites like WillWriteBlogForFood.com, ThinkJimBelishiIsFunny.net, and WouldlovetomeetPamAnderson.org have already been set up. “What works for selling programming and films,” said political consultant Frank Lunch, “works great for politics, too.” Domain names like WillVoteTwice.com, McCainIsntThatOld.net, HillaryIsHot.com and MostMoneyGetsOurVote.com have already been reserved by bloggers who, some longtime political experts say, may have set them up for purely political reasons. Steve Young blogs at greatfailure.com, a completely nonpartisan site now accepting trips, hotel rooms and gifts from your studio, campaign or sales division.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Matteo Darmian update: Manchester United to complete €18m in next 24 hours

first_img Matteo Darmian Manchester United expect to wrap up the signing of full-back Matteo Darmian within the next 24 hours.The Red Devils have agreed a fee of around €18m (£12.9m), plus add-ons, with Torino and are now finalising terms with the Italy international.Louis van Gaal had made it a priority to sign an experienced right-back this summer having used Antonio Valencia in that position for much of last season.Darmian, who has been capped 13 times by Italy, fits the bill and his versatility is believed to be a key factor behind the move, with the 25-year-old also able to operate in the centre of defence.He will become United’s second signing of the summer, following the £25million arrival of Memphis Depay from PSV.Torino president Urbano Cairo hinted earlier this week that Darmian could depart after four seasons at the club.“I told Darmian last year after the World Cup that if offers arrived for him I could not sell him then,” Cairo told the Italian press.“We had already sold (Ciro) Immobile and (Alessio) Cerci and I could not afford to lose another excellent player. But I promised him we would review his situation this summer.“Football is like this and it’s normal that an extraordinary man like Matteo wants to try and win the Champions League. Torino can’t win the Champions League.”With Darmian arriving, United will listen to offers for Rafael after the Brazilian failed to convince Van Gaal of his worth last season. 1last_img read more

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STORM DESMOND: ALL DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCHES POSTPONED

first_imgPOSTPONED: ALL DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE games have been postponed due to unrelenting weather currently afflicting the county.Storm Desmond has battered Donegal for over 24 hours now and shows no signs of stopping. The storm has caused devastating flooding all over Donegal – and many major roads are unpassable.The committee of the Donegal Junior League have decided to postpone ALL fixtures scheduled for tomorrow in all three of their leagues.Donegl Junior League PRO, Gary Foy issued the following statement via Facebook earlier this evening.Gary Foy wrote, “UPDATE!! The Donegal Junior League have decided to postponed all League games scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday). That is to say the Premier, 1st and 2nd Divisions of the Donegal League.“All Junior Cup Fixtures will be decided in the morning.“I will keep all informed of any further developments.The USL fixture between Letterkenny Rovers and Swilly Rovers at the AURA remains on – but there will be a pitch inspection at 8am tomorrow morning.STORM DESMOND: ALL DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCHES POSTPONED was last modified: December 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: ILLISTRIN NATIONAL SCHOOL PRIZE-GIVING

first_imgPrizes won by Illistrin in 2013/2014.Boys and Girls Cumman na mBunscoil for large schools football,Loreto Cup,Fran Fields football cups,boys and girls. Medal winners from Illistrin in track and field events during the year.Winning team on sports day 2014 Special awards for these great children,drama,Gaelic football,spelling b and gymnasticsEimear Devenney and Conor O Donnell overall sports star awards for 2014  Trocaire national awards for sixth class pupils,Sarah,Vanessa and Wictoria with the principal Tom FeeneyCultural award for rural respecting difference programme with junior infant winners Sarah and Zelda.Environmental award winners 5th class winners Kelly and Daniel.Attendance awards for full attendance 2013/2014   PICTURE SPECIAL: ILLISTRIN NATIONAL SCHOOL PRIZE-GIVING was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014Illistrin National Schoollast_img read more

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Concern after player verbally abused after GAA County Final

first_imgThere have been calls for improved stewarding at GAA games in the county after Gaoth Dobhair footballer Eamon McGee clashed with a spectator at the weekend.After Sunday’s drawn Donegal senior football championship final at Sean MacCumhaill Park, McGee was approached by the spectator.Some members of the media and other spectators were present as McGee was verbally attacked by the man. The incident happened on the pitch after McGee had conducted some post-match interviews with the media. The situation was defused, but McGee suggested on Twitter that his wife and young child were also targeted.“Didn’t mind him getting onto me but getting onto Joanne while she was walking off the field with Daisy isn’t cool. Thankfully she was well fit for him,” McGee Tweeted. McGee had just played for Gaoth Dobhair against Naomh Conaill in a game that finished 0-8 apiece.  It is understood that the individual does not have an affiliation to any of the clubs involved in Sunday’s final.The alleged abuse directed at the player was not connected to the game in any way.McGee was involved in the Donegal group that campaigned for a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment and backed the ‘yes’ camp in the marriage equality referendum.The 2012 All-Ireland winner was criticised for his stance and has been previously the subject of social media abuse regarding his beliefs.  Some buck coming on roaring abuse about George Soros 🙄Didn’t mind him getting onto me but getting onto Joanne while she was walking off the field with Daisy isn’t cool. Thankfully she was well fit for him. https://t.co/jTqqSWfyQv— Eamon Mc Gee (@EamonMcGee) October 21, 2019Concern after player verbally abused after GAA County Final was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCBallybofeyEamon McGeeGaoth DobhairNaomh Conailllast_img read more

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Are Embryonic Stem Cells a Stepping Stone to Eugenics?

first_imgIn Paris, according to Science Dec. 8, “One cherished French institution has attacked another in a bruising battle over embryonic stem cell research.”  The cause of the “Jeremiad” as Science dubbed it, was a Catholic Archbishop’s statement to a French health institute that any research “instrumentalizes the embryo or borders on eugenics.”  The “News of the week” piece by Martin Enserik called these “harsh words” but took encouragement at the end that people who “strictly follow the Church on moral issues” now form a “small minority in France.”    Moral roadblocks against embryonic stem cell (ES) research are falling elsewhere as well.  The BBC News reported Dec. 6 that Australia just overturned a ban against human cloning for stem cell research by a vote of 82 to 62, despite the objections of the Prime Minister and Labor Leader who made “made impassioned speeches against repealing the ban.”  Prime Minister John Howard appealed to absolutes in his argument: “I think what we’re talking about here is a moral absolute and that is why I cannot support the legislation,” he said.  By contrast, Health Minister Kay Patterson who drafted the bill to repeal the ban appealed to a pragmatic argument.  She said, “This work’s being done in Sweden, England, the United States, in Japan… I didn’t see how we could accept any treatment derived from this in the future if we didn’t allow the research here in Australia.”  She thought the legislation “could be made more liberal” in the future.    Meanwhile, medical progress using adult stem cells continues.  EurekAlert reported Dec. 14 that scientists are learning more about how adult stem cells maintain their “stemness” or ability to diversify into many different types of cells.  The microenvironment creates a “niche” in which they thrive.    Earlier, on Nov. 30, EurekAlert reported a dramatic breakthrough using adult stem cells.  “A University of Manchester researcher has developed a treatment for lower back pain using the patient’s own stem cells.”  This new treatment for a very common ailment “could replace the use of strong painkillers or surgery that can cause debilitation, neither of which addresses the underlying cause.”  Instead of just alleviating the symptoms or trying to rig a fix by fusing vertebrae, this new treatment actually rebuilds the damaged tissue with mesenchymal stem cells extracted from bone marrow.  With only a very small incision, the surgeon implants a naturally occurring collagen gel suffused with the stem cells that goes to work on the damaged tissue.  After the arthroscopic implantation, the patient can leave the same day or the next day.  Dr. Stephen Richardson of the University of Manchester won the Nature award for Northwest Young Biotechnologist of the Year for this technique.  Pre-clinical trials may begin in 2007, and “It is expected to rapidly yield a marketable product which will revolutionise treatment of long-term low back pain.”  The article was titled, “One-off treatment to stop back pain — using patients’ own stem cells.”    In another news story, EurekAlert reported that the brain contains stem cells with the capacity for self-repair.  The finding came as a “big surprise,” the article said; “It was not known that the brain has this kind of ability to repair itself.”  This insight “might ultimately have clinical implications for the treatment of brain damage, according to the researchers.”  The discovery adds to findings that stem cells are found throughout the body, not just in embryos.    The use of adult stem cells carries with it no ethical qualms.  No human embryo is grown only for harvesting its cells.  Nobody has a problem with adult stem cells, and those are already in use for a wide variety of treatments.  So far, embryonic stem cells provide nothing but hope, hype, and empty promises.1Martin Enserek, “News of the Week, Stem Cell Research: A Season of Generosity … and Jeremiads,” Science, 8 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5805, p. 1525, DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5805.1525a.The incorrigible Big Science pragmatists see only riches and fame for themselves in the promise of ES gold.  It matters little to them that adult stem cells are working medical marvels right now.  It matters less to them how immoral it is to create a human life only to harvest its parts.  Moral absolutes?  Bosh; those are forgotten notions from Christian days when people believed Truth and Morals didn’t evolve like everything else.    Moral barriers are falling fast in the stampede to be first.  The relativists add insult to injury by turning the blame onto those with ethical concerns.  They accuse them of using “harsh words” when bringing up the E word eugenics.  The criticism assumes a moral standard of harshness.  Such hypocrisy warns us that the pro-ES crowd has abandoned all consistency and morality in the rush for ES research.  They laugh all the way to the bank that only a small minority in France follow the Church on moral issues these days.  Ten thousand amoral Frenchmen, of course, could never be wrong.(Visited 114 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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6 Resources Towards a Happier You

first_img1. ThankfulFor: A product of Shiny Heart Ventures, Thankfulfor was created by popular lifecaster Frank Gruber and talented photographer Jen Consalvo. The two recently launched this microblogging tool to help friends count their blessings. Thankfulfor asks users to document what they’re thankful for in 140 characters and the messages can either be kept in the community or pushed out to Twitter and Facebook. Think of it as a Thanksgiving event without the hangover or football. 2. Gratitude Journal iPhone App: This product offers users a chance to list the 5 things they are grateful for on a daily basis. More often than not, users list the people they love. From here they rate their day and add a photo. This app provides great insight into the everyday goodness that fills our lives, or if you’re kind of a downer, it keeps a running log of your complaints. Either way, it will change how you view your life. 3. Moonrise: Like Twitter, Moonrise is a microblogging site where users add information in short 140 character snippets. Instead of asking for your current activity, Moonrise asks the question, “How are you feeling?” Users type in their 140 character response and add photos, videos and quotes. 4. Thanks-o-meter: This is a public site where users thank others for being considerate and making their lives easier. Stories can be kept private or shared publicly and statistical information on different types of joy are displayed in pie charts and bar graphs. Recently a colleague at a conference was honest enough to alert me to having something hanging out of my nose. If he hadn’t done that I’d have been tagged as “booger girl” across numerous networks. Thank you. 5. Group Hug.us: This site offers users a chance to confess their deepest darkest secrets in complete anonymity. Often the site fills up with unrequited love notes. If you’ve got something to confess, this site offers cathartic release. 6. FML and My Life is Average : Both of these sites are for those who have a knack for making their life stories sound funny. FML offers users a chance to commit short snippets of often mortifying events anonymously. Meanwhile, My Life is Average allows users to catalogue their most mundane moments.Photo Credit: Abba Mouse Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups If you’ve got a case of the Mondays you are not alone. Thousands of weekend warriors have nestled into their cubicles and desks only to be greeted by a two day backlog of spam, invoices and tedious emails. It’s easy to focus on all the negative things that make it tough to get out of bed in the morning. But complaining aloud is not going to make you feel better and it’s not going to get you a lunch date with your cute coworker. To pull you out of your Monday doldrums, below are a few services to help you share your feelings with your fellow netizens. dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Cold Pacific Ocean is offsetting global warming

first_imgWhere’s the heat? Greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, continue to be pumped into the atmosphere, but sometime around 1998, the rise in Earth’s average temperatures slowed, deviating from the rates predicted by models. Scientists have proposed that what some call “the pause” could be the result of a number of factors, including heat storage in deep ocean waters to unexpectedly high amounts of aerosols in the stratosphere helping deflect solar rays back into space. Now, a new study suggests that natural cycles in the Pacific Ocean are the culprit.Since the end of last El Niño warming event of 1997 to 1998, the tropical Pacific Ocean has been in a relatively cool phase—strong enough to offset the warming created by greenhouse gas emissions. But, this is just a temporary balm: When the switch flips and the waters turn warm again, the researchers say, Earth will likely continue warming.“What this study addresses is what’s better described as a false pause, or slowdown,” rather than a hiatus in warming, says climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Some climate change deniers have taken encouragement from the pause, saying they show warming predictions are flawed, but Mann, a co-author on the study, notes that “there have been various explanations for why [the slowdown is happening], none of which involve climate models being fundamentally wrong.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)One of the biggest lingering issues in the global warming slowdown is the full impact of the natural temperature cycles of Earth’s oceans. The waters of the Pacific flip back and forth between warm and cool as part of a 16- to 20-year-long cycle known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. That oscillation includes the 3- to 7-year-long warm El Niño/cold La Niña cycle. Overprinted on that is a longer term oscillation of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific, a cycle that lasts perhaps 50 to 70 years. Similarly, in the Atlantic, sea surface temperatures go through a long-term natural cycle (the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) that lasts about 50 to 70 years. Since the late 1990s, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation has been in a cool phase. National Climatic Date Center/NESDIS/NOAA center_img In order to understand Earth’s recent temperature record, it’s essential to understand the impacts from these natural cycles, says Byron Steinman, a paleoclimatologist at the University of Minnesota’s Large Lakes Observatory in Duluth and lead author of the new study.  Previous methods haven’t perfectly isolated the impact of these cycles, Steinman says. So, along with Mann and analyst Sonya Miller, also of Pennsylvania State University, he devised a new method that mined data from the full suite of state-of-the-art simulations now available. The 45 or so models used in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are run by giant supercomputers around the world to simulate ocean-atmosphere interactions, and they have created about 170 “realizations” of Earth’s temperature history, which don’t precisely match one another due to the complicated climate physics involved.“Earth’s internal climate variability is inherently random,” Steinman says. “If you went back to 1850 and repeated history”—meaning the same volcanic eruptions, the same solar variability, the same greenhouse gas emissions—“the overall temperature increase would be about the same, but you would end up with somewhat different temperature records due to the inherent randomness in the climate.”To cancel out that randomness, Steinman and his co-authors first took the realizations created by these different supercomputers and averaged them all together. Then, they subtracted the well-known inputs attributed to human and natural drivers—greenhouse gas emissions, volcanic aerosols, solar output—from the observational record. “What’s left over should be the internal component,” Mann says, including “El Niño and La Niña, the things that come and go without any driver to make them happen.”What Steinman and colleagues found was that both the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation had a big impact on the Northern Hemisphere’s temperatures over the last century or so—but in the last couple of decades, it’s the Pacific Ocean that’s been driving the slowdown, they report online today in Science. The team identified a cooling trend in the Pacific Ocean and a very slight warming trend in the Atlantic Ocean since the late 1990s. That’s in contrast to some recent work that has suggested the Atlantic Ocean is driving the slowdown by burying the missing heat in its deep waters. The research does show natural variability in the Atlantic playing a more significant role in modulating the planet’s temperature record earlier in the last century, however.Steinman and his team’s approach is “novel for a couple of reasons,” says Ben Booth, a climate scientist at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter, U.K. Although it’s already widely accepted in the community that the Pacific Ocean plays a large role, this paper gives a much longer time context, he says, highlighting the role of both oceans over many decades. “That’s a very new picture.”The study also highlights the lingering question of the planet’s sensitivity to other drivers, particularly aerosols, Booth adds. “One reason that we haven’t appreciated the role of aerosols in the climate system is that many—most—models don’t include aerosol-cloud interactions,” including only a handful of those used in IPCC’s fifth assessment report, released in 2014. But, by including all such models that now exist, this study marks “the first time anyone has estimated the ocean’s role while accounting for these processes,” he says.Because the Pacific cooling is just one piece of an ongoing cycle, the slowdown in warming isn’t going to last, Steinman says. “It’s fair to say that over the next couple of decades, we would expect to see the trend reverse, and internal variability accelerating the warming.” Mann words it more strongly: “It’s a double-edged sword, and we’re about to see the other edge of that sword.”last_img read more

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Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day PBA Draft Combine starts Monday Rose landed awkwardly, but stayed in the game to shoot two free throws before going to the bench. The play was originally called a common foul but was upgraded to a flagrant 1 Saturday by the NBA.Jose Calderon started at point guard Saturday for the Cavaliers, who have won their first two games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRose signed a one-year contract with Cleveland in July. He became the team’s starter when Kyrie Irving was traded to Boston.Rose was named the league’s MVP in 2011 while with the Chicago Bulls, but has battled injuries since. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker, right, defends against a driving Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Orlando Magic because of a sprained left ankle.Rose twisted his ankle after being fouled by Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe while driving to the basket in the fourth quarter on Friday. Monroe grabbed Rose by his neck and pulled him to the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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