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Half a degree additional warming, prognosis and projected impacts (HAPPI): background and experimental design

first_imgThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has accepted the invitation from the UNFCCC to provide a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and on related global greenhouse-gas emission pathways. Many current experiments in, for example, the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project (CMIP), are not specifically designed for informing this report. Here, we document the design of the half a degree additional warming, projections, prognosis and impacts (HAPPI) experiment. HAPPI provides a framework for the generation of climate data describing how the climate, and in particular extreme weather, might differ from the present day in worlds that are 1.5 and 2.0 °C warmer than pre-industrial conditions. Output from participating climate models includes variables frequently used by a range of impact models. The key challenge is to separate the impact of an additional approximately half degree of warming from uncertainty in climate model responses and internal climate variability that dominate CMIP-style experiments under low-emission scenarios.last_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 2/12

first_img Tags: Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball3-A 1st RoundMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Brady Jacobson posted 16 points on 5-10 from the field and Dallon Steadman (11 points, 8 rebounds) made a key bucket in the closing seconds as the No. 16 seed North Sanpete Hawks outlasted No. 17 seed Maeser 56-50 Wednesday in the first round of the 3-A boys state tournament.Matt Miller and Hugh Jackson had 13 points apiece in the loss for the Lions, who fell to 5-18 and 0-13 in Region 14 play. The Hawks, who improved to 8-14 and 5-8 in Region 14 play, next face No. 1 seed Manti Saturday at 12:50 pm in the second round of the 3-A boys state tournament at USU-Eastern Utah in Price.2-A 1st RoundFILLMORE, Utah-Kael Myers posted 18 points and Tyce Davies added 17 more as the No. 11 seed Millard Eagles clobbered Utah Military-Hillfield 98-48 in the first round of the 2-A boys state tournament Wednesday. James Summers’ 16 points led the Thunderbirds in defeat. The Eagles next face No. 6 seed American Heritage Saturday at 8:10 pm in the second round of the 2-A state tournament at Snow College in Ephraim.SALINA, Utah-Burke Mickelsen netted 22 points and the No. 12 seed North Sevier Wolves pounded No. 21 Freedom Prep 84-39 Wednesday in the first round of the 2-A boys state tournament. Breven Imes’ 13 points led the Eagles in the loss. North Sevier next draws No. 5 seed Gunnison Valley Saturday at 10:10 am a Snow College in Ephraim in the second round of the 2-A state tournament.Girls BasketballRegion 20 TournamentMILFORD, Utah-Madysen Griffiths posted 14 points and the Milford Tigers edged Panguitch 52-51 Wednesday in the first round of the Region 20 tournament. Kiesa Miller’s 21 points led the Bobcats in the loss.ORDERVILLE, Utah-Jannie Hoyt stepped up with 13 points while the Valley Buffaloes smacked Water Canyon 49-35 in the first round of the Region 20 tournament Wednesday. Melissa Jessop had 17 points in defeat for the Wildcats.JUNCTION, Utah-Ashley Talbot amassed 25 points and the Piute Thunderbirds hammered Escalante 58-30 Wednesday in the first round of the Region 20 tournament. Kenzie Lyman’s 13 points led the Moquis in defeat.TROPIC, Utah-Brooklyn Syrett led the way with 15 points and the Bryce Valley Mustangs stonewalled Wayne 39-28 in the first round of the Region 20 tournament Wednesday. Allee VanDyke’s 8 points led the Badgers in the loss. Written by February 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/12 Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Brighton leads campaign to charge landlords business rates

first_imgAgents with landlord clients operating HMOs beware – Brighton and Hove Council is urging the government to treat them as enterprises and enable councils to charge business rates on their ‘premises’.The city’s Labour administration has just announced that it is preparing to write to the government to introduce such measures as it struggles to finance the policing of its huge HMO property market, which is driven largely by the city’s 30,00-strong student population.Business rates last year brought in in £2.7 billion for the government, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility, which means the average charge was £1,516 for each of the UK’s 1.8 million eligible premises.According to Brighton and Hove’s Labour group a new levy would create a level taxation playing field for HMOs with hotels, self-catering holiday homes and short-term lets while helping to control the city’s vast HMO market of more than 15,000 properties.A Labour party spokesperson told The Evening Argus that the support of rival political parties in the area would be sought before presenting the proposals to central government. The chances of that happening look relatively slim, though. Conservative group leader Geoffrey Theobald believes landlords will pass the extra costs on to tenants, while National HMO Network chairman Paul Fitzgerald (pictured) told the paper that HMOs “are no more a business than a single buy-to-let”.The main thrust of the Labour campaign appears to be a way of raising funds to pay for the enforcement of existing HMO regulation in the city which, if the proposals were to be introduced, would raise approximately £22.5 million a year.houses of multiple occupancy National HMO Network HMOs Brighton September 28, 2016Nigel 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 » Housing Market » Brighton leads campaign to charge landlords business rates previous nextHousing MarketBrighton leads campaign to charge landlords business ratesCity wants to find new way to fund policing of its huge HMO property marketNigel Lewis28th September 20160820 Viewslast_img read more

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Instructions website rails against ‘too much’ Christmas

first_imgHome » News » Instructions website rails against ‘too much’ Christmas previous nextProducts & ServicesInstructions website rails against ‘too much’ ChristmasNetAnAgent wants vendors to keep a lid on the celebrationsNigel Lewis22nd November 20160765 Views As the big retailers queue up to release their Christmas ads and spread some rather early good cheer around the nation, Folkestone-based instruction leads generator has settled on a much harsher message.The website launched in 2012 promising to turn the world of estate agency ‘on its head’ by enabling anyone selling a property to anonymously receive agent quotes to sell their home. It also offers a similar service to landlords.But a blog published by the firm’s managing director Alex Thorpe (pictured) asks vendors to undertake some extraordinary actions during the run-up to Yuletide to bag a festive sale; by keeping their decorations austere and to the bone.He urges vendors to buy the smallest tree possible to prevent their lounge looking cramped and that Christmas decorations should be kept to a minimum because they make a room look ‘busy’.The blog also suggests NOT hanging decorations from the ceiling or putting them on tables. Also, it says that decorations should be in keeping with the property’s style and that for example a country house should have traditional tinsel and baubles while contemporary homes should not.But NetAnAgent is not alone in its call for property sales to triumph over the Christmas spirit. Rightmove regularly highlights how many people search for property on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and last year it revealed that 1.6 million people searched its listings on these two days including 160,000 on Christmas eve, an increase of 30% on the previous year.During the run up to last Christmas, Rightmove urged sellers to put their homes on the market before the festivities kicked off and UK plc closed down because “sellers who delay marketing until January would miss this vital festive traffic”. Perhaps NetAnAGent’s advice isn’t that strange after all.netanagent Rightmove Christmas November 22, 2016Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

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Senators Braun, Introduce Bill to Define ‘Waters of the United States’

first_imgU.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the “Define WOTUS Act,” which reasserts Congressional responsibility to define the term Waters of the United States (WOTUS). “President Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are working hard to fix this atrocious Obama-era rule.  But as the Administration has repeatedly noted,  it’s Congress job to write laws. the Define WOTUS Act will solidify and amplify the Administration’s work on WOTUS,” said U.S. Senator Mike Braun. “I am proud to join with President Trump who is doing a tremendous job deregulating these job-killing regulations that hurt Hoosier farmers and those who reside in the Heartland of America.”“The Obama-era WOTUS rule threatened Iowa’s farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by giving the federal government authority to regulate water on 97 percent of land in our state,” said U.S. Senator Joni Ernst. “President Trump and his administration have taken tremendous steps to roll back this far-reaching regulation and provide for more certainty with a new, clearer definition of WOTUS. But it’s the job of Congress to make a new, reasonable definition permanent, and that’s what this bill does—it ensures more predictability and workability for Iowans for years to come.”“America’s cattle producers welcome today’s introduction of the Define WOTUS Act. The Trump Administration is working hard to repeal and replace the illegally broad 2015 WOTUS Rule, but finalization of a practical WOTUS definition is only the beginning. EPA will spend years proving what the Senate made clear today: Congress intends the management of America’s waters to be accomplished through cooperative federalism. NCBA appreciates Senator Braun’s leadership, and additionally appreciates the Define WOTUS Act’s inclusion of NCBA’s science-based proposal of 185 flow days per year for determining federal jurisdiction.” – Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef AssociationBACKGROUND:The Define WOTUS Act codifies a definition of “Waters of the United States.” If passed, the bill would reassert Congressional responsibility to define this important term.The definition in the Define WOTUS Act also makes substantial improvements over various administrative attempts to define the term by clearly outlining what is, and is not, a federally regulated waterway.How is the Define WOTUS Act different from the EPA Rule? Like EPA’s rule, the Define WOTUS Act provides much greater certainty to American farmers, workers, businesses and landowners. It gives landowners clear guidelines by which they can go out on their land and clearly determine what is regulated by the EPA and what is not. Because Congress is not restricted various rulemaking statutes, the Define WOTUS Act provides a clearer definition with more obvious safeguards to protect against a runaway bureaucracy.EPA’s efforts are an outgrowth of Congressional inaction on this issue. Had Congress acted appropriately nearly 40 years ago, then we would not have had these decades of litigation and conflicting rulemakings. We believe that Congress should act here and The Define WOTUS Act is our preferred definition. Why is the Define WOTUS Act necessary now? It is important for Congress to get on the record on this issue.Further, while the Obama-era rule is stayed in Indiana, I frequently hear from farmers who are still seeing enforcement officers implementing the Obama rule. This is unacceptable, and causing quite a bit of consternation in the farm community. I have been speaking to EPA and Indiana about this, but I also want to introduce legislation to make Congress’s position clear about what is and is not under federal jurisdiction.  Are you concerned that restricting federal control will lead to environmental pollution concerns? No. The Clean Water Act only determines what bureaucrats at EPA can regulate. It does not, and therefore my bill does not, affect state authorities. In fact, Congress has long intended for states to have much broader authorities with respect to water regulation. This is why Congress clearly excluded groundwater from federal control in the Clean Water Act.Anything not regulated by Washington still remains well within state regulation. This is as congress originally intended. Even parts of my bill reflect this. One reason there is such a broad list of exclusions, is that over the years, EPA has tried to regulate local water issues. Issues like snowpack melt are not of major concern in Indiana, but they are out west. In a similar situation, wetlands are not as prominent in the Dakotas, but they are common in Indiana. This is why the Clean Air Act was initially structured in this manner, to give states authority to regulate the unique features of their own lands.  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_img× LEARNING ABOUT KWANZAA — The children in Mrs. Kochanski’s/Mrs. Deverell’s second grade class at Woodrow Wilson are learning about the December holidays of various cultures around the world. Mrs. Deverell instructed the students on the history of Kwanzaa. The class enjoyed her demonstration which incorporated a video, a book, and traditional clothing and holiday items.last_img

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Cuomo Says He Will Tour Bills Stadium To Decide If Fans Should Be Allowed In

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Who the hell does this dictator think he is. It is time that the business owners in nys enlist Mr. Cambria to represent them as well and get this dictators powers stripped from him through a federal court. Some of His orders have already been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Nys stand up and fight for what you believe in and fight for your freedom before you have no freedoms left thanks to king Cuomo. We continue to let this man do what he is doing and he keeps these powers until April of 2021 no one will recognise this state at that point. MGN ImageORCHARD PARK – There’s still a glimmer of hope for Bills fans wanting to attend the October 15 game.Governor Andrew Cuomo now plans to come and tour Bills Stadium to help him decide if and when fans should be allowed inside.The announcement comes one day after the Bills announced there would be no fans in the stands for the foreseeable future.“I am 100% eager about the games but I’m gonna go out, meet with the team leadership, tour the stadium,” Gov. Cuomo said on a press phone call Wednesday. “We have engineers looking at the situation now to see if there’s a way we can work it out- but again with safety, the complicating factor, the overall infection rate in WNY, but we’re working on it and we’re working on it actively.” The Governor did not say when he will be touring the stadium.On Tuesday, the Bills organization released a statement saying they won’t be allowing fans back into Bills Stadium anytime soon.Last month, the team announced there wouldn’t be fans at the first two home games of the season based on guidance from the department of health.last_img read more

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Peanut Harvest

first_imgPeanut harvest season in Sylvester, Georgia, is more than just farmers digging up the fruits of their labor. It’s a time of celebration for agriculture, the sector that drives the economic footprint in this rural community.Sylvester is just one Georgian town that exudes peanut pride. Plains and Brooklet also host peanut festivals in the fall, and Blakely hosts the Peanut Proud Festival in the spring.“It’s kind of what these towns are made of, so they want to show that off and get a chance to show appreciation for the agricultural community as a whole. I think all smaller communities have some type of celebration, no matter what kind of festival you’re talking about,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort.Sylvester claims the title of “Peanut Capital of the World” and — every October for the past 56 years — the town has played host to the Georgia Peanut Festival. Sylvester is also home to the factory that produces Peter Pan brand peanut butter.“The festival is a celebration of our farmers, especially our peanut farmers,” said Karen Rackley, director of the Worth County Chamber of Commerce. In an annual parade, local peanut farmers are recognized for their contributions to the community, including the awarding of Farmer of the Year and Junior Farmer of the Year honors. On average, between 12,000 and 15,000 people attend the festivities every year.According to the Georgia Peanut Commission, 1.79 million tons of peanuts were harvested from 825,000 acres in Georgia in 2017, accounting for more than 50% of peanut production in the U.S.While harvest season is a source of pride for Georgia’s rural communities, it also drives local economies. Farmers hire additional workers to help get the crops out of the field in a timely manner, and peanut buying points — where peanuts are weighed, cleaned, dried, inspected and graded — hire additional workers in the fall so peanuts can be graded and farmers can return to the field to get the next load.“Most every community and every county has one to two buying points. You recognize that peanut harvesting provides seasonal employment in these counties,” said Armond Morris, a peanut farmer in Irwin and Berrien counties and chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “Peanuts help to pay the farm note, which is very important to everybody — from the car and tractor dealerships to banks and other businesses. It helps generate business and employment. Everybody gets excited.”Because every ton of peanuts throughout Georgia is graded at these buying points, the Georgia Federal-State Inspection Service also needs additional employees to keep the harvesting system running smoothly.“You don’t realize the number of hours that farmers put in during harvest. It is extremely important for them to harvest their crop as soon as possible. With this in mind, a grower needs to be able to harvest his field, put it in the trailer and take it to the buying point, and be able to pick up empty trailers for the next day,” Monfort said.He estimates that two-thirds of the employees working at the buying points are seasonal workers.Since peanut producers have a finite window during which to harvest their crops before the value begins to diminish, many will help out fellow farmers to ensure the peanuts are dug and picked when they’re ready. This shared effort speaks to the camaraderie felt among Georgia farmers this time of year.“You have to dig them when they need to be dug or they’ll start falling off. And you’ve got to pick them when the moisture’s right, so there’s a narrow window there,” said Russ Griffin of Chula, Georgia, who farms 140 acres of peanuts. “That’s where we will team up and jump in there and help each other out.”For more information about peanut production in Georgia, see read more

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North Bellmore Woman Admits Killing Ex-husband

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nancy BolandA North Bellmore woman has admitted to stabbing her ex-husband to death and dumping his body on the side of a road following an argument in 2011.Nancy Boland pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to first-degree manslaughter, criminal contempt, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weaponProsecutors said the 57-year-old woman and her ex-husband, Walter Boland, with whom she still lived on Waltoffer Avenue, got into an argument on Nov. 16, 2011. The fight escalated when she claimed that he threatened her with a sharp-bladed instrument.“Nancy Boland said that she grabbed it out his hand and stabbed him with it once in the abdomen, driving it upward and four inches deep,” the district attorney’s office said in a news release.The victim, who had a valid order of protection against his ex-wife, refused to be taken to the hospital, according to Nancy Boland’s statement to police.She left him at home to go to work the following day but when she returned home, she found her ex-husband unresponsive. Once she concluded that he was dead, she dragged his body to her mother’s car and dumped his body on the Wantagh State Parkway bike path north of Sunrise Highway.Nancy Boland had told family, friends and co-workers that he had left after the fight and hadn’t returned.  A jogger found the body the morning of Nov. 18, 2011.Nancy Boland is expected to be sentenced March 13 to seven years in prison.last_img read more

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What hoarders and credit union marketers have in common

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I vividly remember the first and only time I met a hoarder. I’m not talking about the garden-variety hoarder like me who saves all the sauces I get from fast food restaurants because I never know when I’ll need some Chic-fil-A Sauce. Nor am I talking about a hoarder like my wife who has a hard time letting go of a shirt she hasn’t worn for two years because she might want to wear it “someday.” No, I’m talking about a real hoarder—the kind worthy of the TV series on A&E.When I was 19, I went on a church trip to New Zealand. In an area called Mt. Roskill, a friend and I were introduced to a woman who needed help around her house. When we arrived at her house to help clean up, we were astonished by the scene.The front lawn of her house was one giant pile of junk. I could hardly see the grass. The inside of her two-story house was no different than the front yard. In every room of the house were piles of stuff stacked as high as my shoulders. The junk piles consisted of articles of of every kind. I have a hard time recollecting the great variety of clutter I saw, though I remember lots of clothing, newspapers, phone books, and countless black garbage bags stuffed full of junk. continue reading »last_img read more

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