Rapid climate change in the ocean west of the Antarctic Peninsula during the second half of the 20th century

first_imgThe climate of the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) is the most rapidly changing in the Southern Hemisphere, with a rise in atmospheric temperature of nearly 3°C since 1951 and associated cryospheric impacts. We demonstrate here, for the first time, that the adjacent ocean showed profound coincident changes, with surface summer temperatures rising more than 1°C and a strong upper-layer salinification. Initially driven by atmospheric warming and reduced rates of sea ice production, these changes constitute positive feedbacks that will contribute significantly to the continued climate change. Marine species in this region have extreme sensitivities to their environment, with population and species removal predicted in response to very small increases in ocean temperature. The WAP region is an important breeding and nursery ground for Antarctic krill, a key species in the Southern Ocean foodweb with a known dependence on the physical environment. The changes observed thus have significant ecological implications.last_img read more

Southern states to sap Qld’s GST revenue gains: Moody’s

first_imgHome values dropped across the country in 2018. Picture: Penny Stephens.Earlier this month, CoreLogic data revealed national home values dropped 4.8 per cent in 2018, marking the weakest housing market since 2008.Brisbane bucked the trend, with values rising 1.2 per cent for the year. Moody’s says state governments are feeling pressure from the housing correction. Image: AAP/Troy Snook.The report singles out Queensland as being vulnerable to rising health and education costs because of its recent “rapid population growth”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoIt forecasts an increase in capital spending in the state as a result, which would erode cash reserves and prompt the state government to issue additional debt.“Debt levels remain elevated, and we expect debt will continue to rise more rapidly than revenue as most states embark on record capital spending programs,” Moody’s senior credit officer John Manning said. Moody’s says GST reform has added revenue to Queensland, but it will not enough to offset the fall in stamp duty. Image: AAP/Darren England.In its most recent budget update, the Queensland government also marked down stamp duties by $240 million.But NSW and Victoria are expected to be hit the hardest.“Despite already projecting lower property-related revenue in their fiscal year 2019 budgets, the larger states of NSW and Victoria now forecast further declines in transfer duty and land tax revenue as a result of weakening residential property market prices and falling sales volumes,” Mr Manning said in the report.“Concurrently, Queensland projects a marginal decrease in average revenue growth over the forecast period, reflecting lower income from GST and dividends, more than offsetting increased royalties in FY2019, largely on higher coal prices.”center_img Moody’s says state governments are feeling pressure from the housing correction.THE property downturn led by the country’s two biggest housing markets is partly eroding Queensland’s revenue gains from reforms to GST funding, a new report warns.While the sunshine state is weathering the correction better than most states, Moody’s Investor Services says government debt levels remain high and could outpace revenue growth on capital spending programs.And while the recent GST reform has given Queensland an extra $518 million over the next eight years, the rating agency says it may not enough to offset the fall in stamp duty.last_img read more

USC creates new task force to address sexual violence

first_imgThe Office of Equity and Diversity announced the launch of the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Task Force, a group consisting of five committees to address the issue of campus sexual assault and gender violence on Wednesday.New home · The Center for Women and Men plans to relocate to the Engemann Student Health Center (above) in October 2014. – Razan al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanThe launch, announced by email, follows a March letter to the USC community from Ainsley Carry, vice provost for student affairs.“Student safety is our highest priority, and USC wants all members of our community to have an environment free from sexual assault and misconduct,” Carry said in his March 25 letter. “We desire to enhance communication to achieve this priority.”Though it is headed by Jody Shipper, Title IX Coordinator and executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity and Ekta Kumar, director of the Center for Women and Men, the task force will be mainly student-run. Title IX is a federal provision barring gender discrimination in an education environment.The five committees of the task force are student programming; clinical and advocacy procedures; communications; sexual assault policy; and inclusivity, LGBTQ and gender-based misconduct.Ilene Rosenstein, director of student counseling services, will lead the clinical and advocacy procedures committee; Lynette Merriman, associate provost for support and advocacy, will lead the communications committee; Kelby Harrison, director of the LGBTQ Center, will lead the inclusivity, LGBTQ and gender-based misconduct committee; and Shipper will lead the sexual assault policy committee.Kumar will coordinate the student programming committee in addition to managing the task force as a whole. She said that she has already received over 20 emails expressing interest in the committee, and that other coordinators she has spoken to have received similar levels of student interest.“We’re getting a lot of student interest in it, which is good,” Kumar said.“I think the whole point of the task force is to get students involved in this kind of work, and for their voices to be heard,” Kumar said. “And so that is why we separated it in five areas, to have a comprehensive approach.”Though planning is its early stages, the five committees will collaborate with each other in managing and implementing student-led initiatives.“Everyone who’s leading a committee, all of us will be touching base with one another, so there will be communication with different people who are running the subcommittees,” Kumar said.Last week, USC hosted a national conference of university leaders to discuss issues related to sexual misconduct. Thirty-five universities sent representatives to the conference to discuss issues of prevention, bystander awareness education, education programs and legislation regarding college sexual assaults.Such legislation includes the yes means yes law. California became the first state in the nation this week to institute an affirmative definition of consent. SB 967, popularly known as the yes means yes law, requires that people who engage in sexual activity give affirmative, unambiguous and voluntary consent to sexual acts. All California universities who use financial aid funding from the state must conform to the law.Kumar said input from the conference encouraged the development of the task force.“It reinforced the fact that we’re doing this and helped us recognize that we’re ahead of the wave,” she said.last_img read more

LA Dodgers, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes renew player development contract

first_imgBy all accounts, it’s been a good relationship and both sides want it to continue for at least two more years.The Quakes and Dodgers announced Thursday an extension of their player development contract for two more years, through 2018. It had been set to expire at the end of the 2016 season. PDCs are set to expire after even-numbered seasons and can be renewed for either two or four years.Dodgers Director of Player Development Gabe Kapler said it was an easy decision to renew with the Quakes.“First, the fans are sensational,” Kapler said. “We want a good atmosphere for developing players and we have that here. Second, Grant (Riddle, Quakes vice president/general manager) and Brent (Miles, Quakes president) have been great to work with.” The Dodgers announced last week they had agreed to two-year extensions with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Tulsa, and low Single-A Great Lakes. Kapler didn’t give a reason as to why a Quakes agreement took another week to announce, but said there were no delays.“We just took a look to see what time would be best to make this announcement,” Kapler said.Kapler said that rookie-level Ogden is the only current affiliate that has not yet been renewed.The Quakes, who moved from San Bernardino for the 1993 season, spent eight seasons as a San Diego Padres affiliate and 10 seasons as an Angels affiliate before becoming a Dodgers affiliate beginning in the 2011 season.In the first five years affiliated with the Dodgers, the Quakes made the playoffs three times, and won the second California League title in their history last season. If the 2016 season ended today, the Quakes would be in the playoffs again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Whicker: World Series pitchers have become victims of modern playoff baseball

first_imgThey have doggedly turned their biggest edge, a bullpen that posted 25 consecutive scoreless innings earlier in October, into their most critical weakness.Kenley Jansen has thrown 90 pitches, Kenta Maeda 92. Maeda, a starter for most of his life, threw 42 on Friday and had to pitch again Sunday, and not well.Brandon Morrow worked four games in five days and, alarmed by the shrapnel around him, volunteered to pitch a fifth time in six days. Morrow later admitted he was being “selfish,” but Dave Roberts listened to him and the Dodgers paid.The Cubs did it last year and the Dodgers and Houston are doing it now. They overstock their rosters with pitchers, overwork the ones they trust and ignore the rest.Josh Fields got rocked in Game 2 and is now a non-person (just like catcher Yasmani Grandal). Pedro Baez missed the first two series and presumably would be fresh, except he’s off the roster. Brandon McCarthy is taking up space that another hitter or infielder could occupy.Alex Wood pitched a no-hitter in Game 4 until he gave up a home run to Evan Gattis. That was his 84th pitch and he left. The Dodgers got away with it, but the terror of actually facing a lineup for the third time has consumed all of baseball. Sometimes you listen to the data and sometimes you go with your lyin’ eyes. And, granted, the Dodgers often play the regular season that way. But when you try to dominate every matchup, you need a 30-man staff to survive.San Francisco won three World Series in five years through bullpen management. Their relievers’ WHIPs were 0.92, 0.88 and 1.07. The Dodgers’ bullpen WHIP is still 0.94 in the postseason overall, but 1.48 in the World Series.In 2014 the Giants had workhorses like Jeremy Affeldt and specialists like Javier Lopez and never confused the two. They also kept everyone as fresh as possible. Affeldt led with 11 appearances in the 17-game postseason. Manager Bruce Bochy was holistic, not impulsive.And Bochy never let his starters relieve until Game 7 of the World Series, when tomorrow was Opening Day 2015, and Madison Bumgarner took it and ran.Make no mistake. Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish painted Roberts into this corner when they came up small in Games 5 and 3.But it’s time to quit treating the fifth inning like the ninth, time to stop worrying so much about The Next Out and worry about all 27, time to trust the players who got you there and quit invading their comfort zones.The footnote is the Houston bullpen, which has been worse than L.A.’s and is more disheveled. Ken Giles, the season-long closer, watched his mates blow a 12-9 lead in the ninth. Houston won it against the overexposed Jansen.All the “3s” on the Minute Maid Park scoreboard reminded you of what James Harden does for a living, down the street. But Harden has unlimited 3s inside his shoulder. Pitchers are perishable. They are made of tissue, not pixels. As long as managers and those above them keep ignoring that, the World Series will become an even cheaper thrill. Barbaro suffers setback Dunleavy offers new motivation Tailback Bell to soon rejoin team Kobe-less Lakers drop third consecutive game Group claims China violates human rights Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Managers like Joe Torre would use setup men like Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton in the sixth and seventh to get to finishers like Mariano Rivera in the eighth. If postseason games are just like the 104 regular-season games you won, why not manage accordingly?How did we get from there to here, to the last two World Series, ruled and ruined by the lust to win every pitching matchup and pull every reliever who doesn’t go 1-2-3?The Dodgers lost Game 5 to Houston 13-12 on Sunday, and trail the World Series 3-2 and must beat Houston’s Justin Verlander to get to a Game 7.Video: Dodgers face Astros in Game 6 on Halloween In 1990 the Cincinnati Reds used eight pitchers in the World Series. Without cloning.Sure, it was a four-game sweep. But Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers, the Nasty Boys of the bullpen, cut through Oakland with 8 2/3 innings, six hits, three walks, four strikeouts and no runs.In 2002 the Angels had mishaps galore with their starting pitchers in a seven-game win over the Giants, in another Series where the baseballs were slick and aerodynamically talented.Related Articles Highland wrestler wants to ease the pain As the teams set what was the Series record for home runs until Saturday night, no starter other than John Lackey could pitch deep. But Brendan Donnelly gave up one hit in 7 2/3 innings. Closer Troy Percival did nothing but close, with three innings the whole Series, including the final one. Street faces Napolitano in 38th District last_img read more

Florida Tax Revenues Drop Nearly $900 Million Due to Pandemic

first_imgThe state of Florida may have lost nearly $900 million in tax revenues in April, with the coronavirus halting tourism and other industries on which our economy depends heavily.Last March, the state Legislature approved a $93.2 billion budget that it was preparing to send to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature.However, the session to approve the budget took place as DeSantis was beginning to shut down some businesses while implementing stay-at-home measures.Until that point, Florida officials were expecting to take in about $3 billion in tax revenues last month, but learned this week that they fell short by $878 million.A monthly revenue report from the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research reflects the effects of the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders on the state’s tax income.“The presence of coronavirus in Florida presented its most serious threat to the sales tax forecast, especially to those taxes collected from tourists,” explains the report. “In addition, critical supply chains were already interrupted by the impact to other countries and retail sales displaced as a result of social distancing and crowd-avoidance behaviors.”Net revenue for April was projected to be $2.984 billion, but ended up at $2.106 billion.Sales tax revenues from tourism were down 24.1 percent, or $598.2 million.Other revenue sources, including corporate income taxes, highway safety fees and corporate filing fees, collectively earned $323.1 million below previous estimates, due to new state orders allowing delayed payments until June or later.However, revenue from the documentary-stamp, intangibles, beverage, tobacco and severance taxes and earnings on investments exceeded projections.“Together, these sources generated a total gain of $40.9 million for the month; however, some of these sources are expected to experience losses in the coming months as lagged economic effects begin to appear,” the report said.There is no word on when Gov. DeSantis plans to sign the budget, which is scheduled to take effect July 1.State Budget Set, with Money for Teacher Pay and Coronavirus Reserveslast_img read more

Missing SW Florida Boy Found Dead, Mother Uncooperative

first_imgThe search for a missing boy and his mother took a tragic turn late last week, when authorities found the child’s body in a lake in central Florida.However, the story doesn’t end there.Investigators are still trying to determine how the boy ended up in the water in the first place.They say the mother is being uncooperative.The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office says 5-year-old Chance Peterkin and his 29-year-old mother, Philletta Moransit, were reported missing on Thursday night. According to authorities, the two had not been seen since leaving their home on foot that morning.An search with deputies in boats and on ATVs, K9’s, a drone and a helicopter led officials to the discovery of Chance’s body in Lake Lelia just after midnight on Friday.Investigators also found Moransit on the campus of South Florida State College a few hours before they found her son’s body.Additionally, they came across some of her clothing near the lake.Jail records show Moransit is being held on charges of child neglect with great bodily harm and resisting an officer.last_img read more