Solar wind-atmospheric electricity-cloud microphysics connections to weather and climate

first_imgWe review recent research articles that present observations of the large-scale day-to-day dynamic tropospheric response to changes in the downward current density Jz of the global atmospheric electric circuit (GEC). The evidence for the global circuit downward current density, Jz, causing changes in atmospheric dynamics is now even stronger than as reviewed by Tinsley (Reports on Progress in Physics volume 71, 2008). We consider proposed mechanisms for these responses, and suggest future directions for research.last_img read more

Traffic to OTM hits all-time high as portal reaches 80% of Zoopla’s listings

first_imgThe number of visits to property portal OnTheMarket’s website and mobile phone apps hit a record monthly total of 23.5 million during January, four times the number of visits a year ago.OTM claims the significant rise in traffic has been generated by the millions it has spent on advertising over the past year including TV, billboard and online ads.Traffic is also being generated by the increasing size of its listings, which at 600,000 properties is 80% of Zoopla’s 739,265 and 60% of Rightmove’s 1 million properties. Some 12,500 branches now list on OTM.Its success so far has been based on inducing estate agents to sign up to the portal with introductory free subscription offers.Crunch timeBut crunch time has now arrived for the portal. Its enlarged sales force must now convert these ‘freebies’ into long-term, usually five-year-long, paying contracts which for some larger agent groups are being sweetened with free stock in OTM.The portal says it has just over 36.3 million shares set aside for this purpose.“Our strategy to grow rapidly the scale of the portal is working and these latest milestones indicate that attracting more property-seekers to view more properties, many of which are listed with us on a new and exclusive basis, is a recipe for generating more value to agents,” says CEO Ian Springett (left).“That value is not just in the direct advertising return we provide but also in creating much needed competition in a market previously dominated by just two large portal groups.” February 6, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Traffic to OTM hits all-time high as portal reaches 80% of Zoopla’s listings previous nextMarketingTraffic to OTM hits all-time high as portal reaches 80% of Zoopla’s listingsOnTheMarket claims its huge advertising spend and increased property listings and branch count have helped attract more traffic.Nigel Lewis6th February 201901,075 Viewslast_img read more

Thank you Hoboken for an amazing holiday season

first_imgWarmest regards,Michele HulsmanDirector of PhilanthropyHoboken Family Alliancewww.hobokenfamily.org Dear editor:We would like to thank the residents of Hoboken for helping our local families this holiday season. We could not do this without you. With all the community support, we provided hundreds of toys and pajamas to local children in need.We are also extremely grateful for the support and dedication from the following community partners: Apple Montessori, Big Fun Toys, Diamond Gymnastics, Francesca’s, Jet.com, Little City Books, New York Sports Club North, Noellery, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten and Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts.While we had many donations this holiday season, some highlights of this year’s drive include:– Victor and the Big Fun Toys staff promoting and partnering with HFA for the Annual Big Fun/ HFA Toy Drive Kickoff Party.– Noellery jewelry store’s “Operation Christmas” program, where a percentage of their sales were utilized to donate jewelry for our teenage girls.– Francesca’s accessories donation to keep the teen girls warm.– Hudson School hosting a toy drive for HFA– A donation from Sarah Kohout on behalf of her brother, Josh Kohout– An anonymous donor who provided a very generous donation for $1000As part of this program, The Hoboken Family Alliance also donated $1500 to both the Toy drive and Pajama drive. All toys and pajamas we gathered have been distributed to local families, including In Jesus’ Name Charities, York Street Project and NJ Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as DYFS). We would like to express our appreciation and thank each and every one in the community who have made our toy and pajama drive a success!We are so glad to be part of this caring community. We hope you have a wonderful 2018!last_img read more

12 Days Of Phishmas 2018: Phish Trolls Their Interviewer In 1994 Community Access TV Segment [Watch]

first_imgIt’s that time of year again… In twelve short days, Phish will return to New York’s Madison Square Garden for their annual four-night New Year’s run. Each year, we like to celebrate the season in the days leading up to Phish at MSG with the 12 Days of Phishmas, a daily series that gives you your Phish fix and helps stoke your excitement in the days leading up to the run. In 2016, we took you back to 12 historic Phish performances at The Garden. In 2017, with the Baker’s Dozen barely out of sight in the rearview, we relived the magic and mystery of the band’s historic residency.For years, we’ve been earmarking some of our favorite Phish interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and other cool content that we haven’t found the right occasion to share with you…until now. For 2018, we’ve made you a very special Phishmas Advent calendar to help spice up your countdown to showtime. As we approach the start of the run on the 28th, we’ll open up one panel a day and reveal a fun surprise inside—a little something sweet and Phishy once a day until the Garden party begins. No peeking! By the time we’re finished with the calendar, it will finally be time for the gift we’ve all been waiting for: Four nights of Phish on their home court at the World’s Most Famous Arena.12 Days Til’ Phish: The Big Daddy Show (1994)On the first day of Phishmas… The Big Daddy Show! This 1994 interview with all four members of the band comes courtesy of an oh-so-very-90s Michigan community access TV show hosted by Sean “Big Daddy” Duross ahead of Phish’s 6/19/94 performance at Kalamazoo’s State Theater. At this point, the band was a few months into their ’94 tour following the release of Hoist, and their mid-tour demeanor was in full effect.The two-part interview is an endlessly amusing snapshot of the band at their silliest: While Big Daddy is understandably super stoked to be interviewing the men of Phish, the band remains totally aloof throughout the segment, trolling the interviewer with deadpan answers and riffing on each other’s sarcastic commentary. It’s just as hilarious as it is painfully awkward.Watch the clips below to see Jon Fishman in his “Glide” lot t-shirt, hear Trey Anastasio‘s thoughts on Dixieland jazz as the “music of the gay 90s,” learn Mike Gordon‘s views on “inter-amongst weaving of the patterns,” and get Page McConnell‘s insight into the various roles (rolls?) of the band’s members.Phish on The Big Daddy Show – Part 1[Video: Sean Duross]Phish on The Big Daddy Show – Part 2[Video: Sean Duross]We’ll be back tomorrow to open the second panel on our Phishmas 2018 Advent calendar. What other Phishmas surprises are in store? You’ll just have to wait and see…On the first day of Phishmas… The Big Daddy Showlast_img read more

Glee’s Lea Michele Shows BFF Jonathan Groff a Whole Lotta Love at the Premiere of HBO’s Looking

first_img View Comments Lea Michele Jonathan Groff Star Files Glee and Spring Awakening BFFs Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff were looking gorgeous at the launch party for the new HBO series Looking at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Groff, who played bad boy Jesse St. James opposite Michele’s Rachel Berry in Glee, steps up to the lead in Looking, which debuts on January 19. (Don’t think we didn’t notice Lea and Jonathan’s perfectly tanned skin at the bash. Viva la Mexico!) Michele also tweeted a rave about the show, writing: “At the premiere of @LookingHBO tonight w/ Jonathan Groff! Got to see the episodes and the show is AMAZING! #soproud.” We’ve seen it, too, and she’s absolutely right. Are these two the cutest, or what? Looking follows the life of main character Patrick (Groff), and his male friends in San Francisco as they take on the dating world in the big city. Don’t miss it!last_img read more

Opening Night Pushed Back for Fiddler; More Casting Set

first_img Danny Burstein View Comments Fiddler on the Roof Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, headlined by Danny Burstein. Jenny Rose Baker will play Shprintze, with Michael Bernardi as Mordcha and Jennifer Zetlan as Shaindel. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the production will now begin previews on November 20 (from November 17) and officially open on December 20 (from December 17) at the Broadway Theatre.Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The musical features a book by Joseph Stein and a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick that features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”Matt Moisey and Tess Primack will also board the cast. The group joins the previously reported lineup of stars, including five-time Tony nominee Burstein as Tevye, Jessica Hecht as Golde, Adam Kantor as Motel and Melanie Moore as Chava.The classic musical premiered on Broadway in 1964; this marks the show’s fourth Broadway revival. Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016last_img read more

Drug Violence Forces Cancellation of Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon

first_imgThe Caballo Blanco 50 Mile Ultramarathon—made famous by Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book Born to Run—was cancelled yesterday due to drug-related violence in the area.Hundreds of runners from around the world had traveled to the remote Copper Canyons of Mexico to run the race alongside the indigenous Tarahumara, who regularly run long distances wearing only primitive sandals. The evening before the race, officials announced the race would not be taking place.Reports from runners and Mexican authorities indicate that a municipal police officer was kidnapped and two people were executed outside of Urique, a small town where the race is headquartered. Drug cartels have become increasingly violent in the canyons of Mexico. Shootings and drug-related gunfire plagued the town of Urique for several days in December, and already Mexico is reeling from the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 students by corrupt police in partnership with a drug mafia last September.Most runners were evacuated, but approximately 100 runners decided to stay and run part of the race anyway on Sunday, covering between 18 and 25 miles. Several were attacked by bees during the run and had to be treated by medics.Caballo Blanco – also known as Micah True – founded the race in 2003 to help celebrate the Tarahumara running culture. For years, the race has provided sacks of corn to every Tarahumara finisher and prize money to the top runners, who were often Tarahumara. Caballo Blanco died two years ago, but the race has lived on and continued to feed and benefit the Tarahumara. This weekend’s tragedy will ultimately mean empty bellies and more hunger for Tarahumara living in the canyons.Read about Harlan’s experience with the Tarahumara in the March 2012 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.last_img read more

United States Freezes Assets of Alleged MS-13 Gang Leaders

first_imgDetails of two MS-13 extortion schemes were revealed during two recent judicial proceedings that ended with six gang members receiving lengthy prison sentences. “One of my employees received a call one day on a cellphone that’s owned by the office,” a business owner in the municipality of Mejicanos testified on February 22nd before a tribunal of the Supreme Court of Justice. “[The caller] sounded like a young person and used gangland slang to tell him he belongs to Mara Salvatrucha and that he wanted $1,000 that same day as a ‘monthly rental fee.’” The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed economic sanctions on two suspected leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), a transnational criminal gang and a threat to U.S. national security. The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) stated on February 16th that the U.S. assets of alleged MS-13 leaders Roberto Orellana and Dany Balmore Romero García have been frozen and U.S. entities are now prohibited from engaging in any financial or commercial transactions with the two individuals. The OFAC accused Orellana and Romero of leading MS-13 cliques and orchestrating assassination campaigns against Salvadoran law enforcement, Military, and government officials. MS-13 leaders use younger members, who are often recruited with threats, to inform business owners how much they have to pay to prevent from becoming victims of violence. “In El Salvador, MS-13 has zones under its control, as if they were Military spaces,” Rivas stated. “It is understandable that investments are required to maintain the criminal structure. This step taken by the OFAC allows them to block the financial networks that support the gang.” MS-13 engages in a wide array of crime in El Salvador, including drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, homicide, and extortion, according to Salvadoran and U.S. authorities. “MS-13 gang leaders have built up their enterprises to such a great degree that currently they manage every type of investment within the economy of Central America,” explained José Rivas Soriano, dean of the College of Juridical Sciences at Universidad Nueva San Salvador. A judge sentenced Josué Eduardo Parada Díaz, Vidal Armando Ramos Arabia, and William Alberto Castro Díaz to 12 years in prison for extorting the business owner, whose name is being withheld under victim and witness protection laws. For example, the gang uses bakeries and convenience stores in El Salvador and Guatemala as legally established front companies to justify their savings accounts, Rivas added. This is how they launder money and perform the financial transactions that allow them to purchase weapons and sustain their criminal activities. The U.S. Department of the Treasury protects the security of the United States by imposing economic and commercial sanctions targeting external threats to the country’s foreign policy or national security. In 2012, the U.S. government designated MS-13 as a transnational criminal organization. There are at least 30,000 MS-13 members in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, plus another 8,000 in the United States. Hi,We are a Europe based Marine Construction firm and we need an attorney to assist us in drafting a purchase and Sales agreement with a buyer in your area. Are you able to take this matter? If not, a referral will be appreciated. Ray KenOperations Manager BAM INTERNATIONALPrinses Beatrixlaan 52595 AK The HagueTel:+32465765969E-mail: [email protected] [email protected] The victim, who also has protection as a victim or witness, filed a complaint, and, in coordination with the Office of the Prosecutor General for the Republic, coordinated the delivery of the money. At that point, authorities captured José Wilfredo Rodríguez Membreño and Erick Alexander Argumedo Pacheco, who have each been convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. By Dialogo March 08, 2016 Criminal enterprises The OFAC’s sanctions are supported by the National Gang Intelligence Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Investigations Division, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations because these cases, among others, involve gang members obtaining money illegally. “[This is] part of a larger effort by the Treasury Department to collaborate with authorities in Central America to combat the activities of MS-13,” OFAC Acting Director Smith said in a press release. OFAC Acting Director John E. Smith said that Orellana and Romero have led “local operations … orchestrating assassination campaigns […and…] have sought to disrupt Salvadoran government efforts to combat MS-13 activity.” The gang consists of “cliques” led by senior leaders who make decisions regarding moving into new territories and recruiting members, according to the OFAC. In a separate case, another business owner in the municipality of Chalchuapa in the department of Santa Ana was told by MS-13 to pay $5,000 in exchange for the gang not interrupting the business’ commercial activities. Extortion schemelast_img read more

Briefs

first_img January 1, 2003 Regular News Briefs Burton Award nominations sought The Bar’s Military Affairs Committee is now accepting nominations for its Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence.The award is given annually to those who demonstrate character and leadership promoting the quality of legal services furnished to military personnel serving in Florida.The Burton Award will be presented at the Annual Military Law and Legal Assistance Symposium scheduled for Saturday, March 8 at the Ponce De Leon Hotel in St. Augustine.Nominations must be submitted by January 31 to Jennifer Wilson, Military Affairs Committee, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. Orange County YLS awards scholarship The Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association recently awarded its annual OCBA YLS Scholarship to Herlande Moise.Originally from Haiti, Moise recently came to Florida unable to speak or understand English. Through hard work and determination, Moise graduated with honors from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. She is currently enrolled at Valencia Community College and plans to complete her undergraduate studies at Florida State University. After college, Moise wants to attend law school.Established in 1996, the OCBA YLS’s Scholarship is a four-year award benefiting Central Florida students who overcome a personal hardship and demonstrate financial need, according to Yvette Rodriguez Brown, OCBA YLS president. Staesser joins the Bar Journal & News Daniel Staesser is the newest member of the Bar Journal & News staff, serving as assistant editor in charge of News & Notes and On the Move.He will also write stories for the Bar News and help edit articles for the Journal. Staesser, 23, is a 2001 graduate of Florida State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. Staesser is active in his church, the Fresh Fire Worship Center, where he leads the Royal Rangers, a scouting group for boys.Before moving to Tallahassee to attend FSU, Staesser grew up in the Catskill Mountains area of New York. Previously, he worked as legal editor at the Municipal Code Corp. in Tallahassee. Orlando firm pledges cash for legal aid Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, recently pledged $6,500 in honor of Orlando attorney and immediate past Florida Bar Foundation President Darryl M. Bloodworth to sponsor a Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship.The Florida Bar Foundation fellows program gives recent graduates the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and improve the lives of low-income individuals and families in Florida through civil legal aid. The gifts will be matched with IOTA program funds to support each Legal Aid Advocates Fellow. Young lawyers help students prepare for taking the FCAT exam The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section recently sponsored a “Day at the Beach” for more than 30 students and teachers from Palm Beach Public School.The purpose of the event was to help students prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test, or FCAT. Attorneys spent the morning teaching students about geometry and measurements by building shapes in the sand. “There’s no better feeling than knowing we made a difference in the lives of children,” said Grier Pressly a young lawyer who helped organize the event. “It is very rewarding to have the opportunity to help these students pass the FCAT.”The young lawyers provided transportation and lunch for the students and teachers as part of their year-round “Adopt a School” project. FSU’s Dixon named Best Oralist at moot court competition Second-year Florida State University College of Law student Jennifer Dixon was selected “Best Oralist” by the Florida Supreme Court in the recent Broad and Cassel Final Four Moot Court Competition.Dixon and Daniel Norris argued as respondent, while Brandon Cathey and Michael Rowan argued for petitioner, in a case that involved the custody of frozen embryos.Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead told the competitors and audience that filled Supreme Court chambers that all the finalists performed like champions.“It is very difficult to say that one of you is the best,” Chief Justice Anstead said. “Your level of preparedness was just outstanding, and that is something that we appreciate in the cases we hear.” PBCBA promotes literacy program The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Lawyers for Literacy Committee recently participated in “Celebrate National Children’s Book Week” at South Grade Elementary School in Lake Worth.The purpose for the event was to promote literacy and the love of reading to school-aged children. The theme for the celebration was reading with heroes.“It is always so gratifying to be involved with literacy projects like this one,” said Cynthia Spall, chair for the association’s Lawyers for Literacy Committee. “The children love it. The attorneys love it. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”Connie Burgess, media specialist said, “Our school was so fortunate to have had so many volunteers join us for the day. The children were able to meet people from all walks of life, which is very important for students who don’t normally have that opportunity.” Judgment and decrees interest rates announced The Office of the Comptroller has set the rate of interest payable on judgments and decrees for 2003 at 6 percent per annum or. 0001644 percent per day.Florida Statute §55.03(1) requires the comptroller to set the rate of interest payable on judgments and decrees on December 1 for the year beginning the following January. Last year the interest rate was 9 percent.For more information contact the Bureau of Accounting at (850) 410-9724 or call up the comptroller’s Web site at www.dbf.state.fl.us.last_img read more

Woodbury Man Drowns in Public Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police have identified a 44-year-old man who drowned in a public pool in his hometown of Woodbury over the weekend.Jonathan Sobel was swimming in the main pool at Syosset Woodbury Park before he was found floating face down at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, police said.Lifeguards pulled the victim from the pool and performed CPR.The victim was taken to North Shore Syosset Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Second Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more