What We Can OfferCIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary iscommensurate with education and experience and determined based onour CIRES internal career track classification.The annual hiring salary range for this position is $50,000-$85,000.Relocation funds are available for this position followingCIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes andprocedures.The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, includingmedical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECOPass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largestemployers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring highereducation environment. What You Will NeedAbility to work as a team member.Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusiveworkforce. What We Would Like You To HaveUnderstanding of general aspects of oceanography.Demonstrated experience working with large observational,reanalysis, or model datasets, such as analysis, visualization,and/or statistical evaluation.Experience developing structured code in commonly usedlanguages. Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:Resume or CV.Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee brieflydescribing your qualifications, professional goals, and specificinterest in this position.List of contact information for 3 references. You don’t need toinclude letters of recommendation with your initial application.The search committee will request letters of recommendation at alater time if you are identified as a finalist for this role.If you are selected as the finalist, we will contact youthrough email and request that you submit 1 name and email of areference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation(can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be keptconfidential and viewable only by the search committee. Job SummaryThe Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences(CIRES) at CU Boulder encourages applications for anAssociate Scientist position within the Physical SciencesLaboratory (PSL) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories(ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. PSL and CIRES are participating in theNOAA “Climate-Fisheries initiative” to enhance access, analysis,and visualization of ocean data and model output. The chosencandidate will assist in the development of a centralized hub forclimate and oceanographic information and the creation of new dataportals for use in marine resource applications. The position willentail working with federal and university employees to build PSL’sdata archive by downloading and processing large Earth System Modeldata sets and developing software that will enable users worldwideto access, analyze, and display the data. In addition, theindividual may also participate in research projects contributingto publications and presentations.The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building aculturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and studentsdedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. Weare an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans andindividuals with disabilities.Who We AreCooperative Institute for Research in Environmental SciencesAt CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in EnvironmentalSciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understandthe dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with theplanet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University ofColorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather andclimate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmosphericchemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision isto be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment byadvancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earthsystem.https://cires.colorado.edu/Physical Sciences LaboratoryOur mission is to conduct scientific research to observe,understand, model, predict and forecast weather, water and climateextremes and their impacts. An informed society that usesscience-based environmental intelligence to effectively anticipateand respond to threats and opportunities related to weather, waterand climate extremes. Our research goals are as follows:Rigorously characterize and predict weather, water, and climateextremes and their uncertainties to support NOAA’s mission.Develop new process understanding, observing, and modelingcapabilities to predict conditions associated with too much or toolittle water for early warning, preparedness, resource management,and adaptation.Improve monitoring and prediction of weather, climate, andwater conditions impacting marine resources. BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental,retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. TheUniversity of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers inBoulder County and offers an inspiring higher educationenvironment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .Be StatementsBe Brilliant. Be Impactful. Be Boulder.What We RequireBS degree in Oceanography, Atmospheric Science or a relatedfield, AND at least two years of relevant experience or a MS or PhDin Oceanography, Atmospheric Science or a related field. If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verifiedby the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using anapproved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of theUnited States, please submit a translated version (ifapplicable) as an optional attachment.Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position willremain posted until filled.Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. Forconsideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Cathy SmithPosting Contact Email: [email protected] What You Should KnowIf you are a selected finalist you will be required to pass afederal laboratory background clearance for site access.This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University ofColorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the DavidSkaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeObtain, process, and document existing and new datasets,including in situ and satellite data, global and regional modelsimulations, and ocean reanalyses (which combines observations withmodel fields).Evaluate data quality and the accuracy of ocean modelsimulations.Develop software to analyze and visualize different types ofdata using modern programming languages.Contribute to publications in scientific journals andconference presentations. https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/about/
City Council member Justin Brannan (Credit: iStock)Landlords may soon need to pay for extra features to accommodate senior and disabled tenants — but the city would help foot the bill.A bill sponsored by City Council member Justin Brannan would require multifamily landlords to install items such as grab bars in bathrooms and treads on apartment floors at the request of a senior or tenant with a disability.Under the measure, depending on what’s installed, landlords would be eligible for property tax abatements of $250 to $800 per device. The abatement could not exceed the actual cost of purchasing and installing the devices.The bill is in part a response to increasing demand for senior housing. According to the city’s Department for the Aging, New York’s 60-plus population is expected to hit 1.86 million by 2040, a 48.5 percent increase from 2000.ADVERTISEMENTA report by the City Council’s Committee on Aging notes that the city doesn’t have enough affordable senior housing to meet current demand. Waiting lists for affordable senior housing range from seven to 10 years, the report says.Jay Martin, president of landlord group Community Housing Improvement Program, said his organization supports the measure.“We would hope that owners are doing this already and wouldn’t need this,” he said. “It is nice that the Council is considering the economics.”A hearing on the bill, which was first introduced in 2018, was held last week, an indication that it is moving closer to passage. Brannan, a Democrat who represents Bay Ridge, did not respond to requests for comment. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Changes afoot for use of Section and Section 22 permits, according to consultation published last weekDfT’s proposals estimated to bring 46% of permit holders into O-LicencingThe Department for Transport (DfT) released its consultation into the future of Section 19 and Section 22 permits on 8 February. It spells significant change in England, Scotland and Wales.The DfT now accepts that intervention is required to facilitate fair competition between permit and non-permit operators. It plans to clarify guidance so that operators and drivers are certain of their requirements.However, the main proposal is much simpler. It is to update the Transport Act 1985, aligning it with EU Regulation 1071/2009 to clarify that permits may only be granted to and held by organisations that meet one or more of the exemptions laid out in the Regulation, and that existing permits are valid only while those exemptions remain satisfied.To clarify, exemptions apply to organisations:That are engaged in road passenger transport exclusively for non-commercial purposesThat have a main occupation other than that of a road passenger transport operatorEngaged exclusively in national transport operations having only a minor impact on the transport market because of short distances.The DfT cannot add to the above list, and nor can it establish ‘special rules’ using other criteria.As a result, it is almost certain that if your organisation holds a Section 19 or a Section 22 permit and ticks none of the above boxes, you will need an O-Licence. Your drivers will thus be subject to PCV licencing and Driver CPC.Why the change?The DfT’s somewhat flimsy argument is that prior to a legal challenge from the Bus and Coach Association (BCA), its view was that Section 19 and Section 22 permit holders were exempt from the Regulation because they would automatically satisfy one or more exemptions.Now that it has removed its head from the sand, the DfT accepts that permits have been issued in certain circumstances that are not covered by those exemptions. If action is not taken, that could lead to a fine being levied against the UK government.“It has become apparent to the Department that these assumptions are no longer sustainable,” reads the consultation’s impact statement. “In particular, it is no longer possible to assume that all permit holders are ‘engaged in road passenger transport services exclusively for non-commercial purposes’… merely by virtue of compliance with the not-for-profit requirements applicable to permits.”The consultation lays out the definition of non-commercial. It includes providing transport services that commercial operators are unwilling or unable to provide, even if the charge levied exceeds the cost of running them. In those cases, however, permit operators must be able to provide evidence of the commercial sector’s lack of interest.Bill Freeman: ‘Six months of uncertainty has been debilitating to CTOs’What’s the impact?The DfT says that it does not expect all operators with permits to fail to meet the Regulation’s requirements and have to transition to an O-Licence. Instead, it believes that a “significant number” of such operators will continue to use permits.While figures relating to permit holders are estimated, the DfT suggests that at least 46% of Section 19 and Section 22 permit holders will potentially come into the scope of O-Licencing.That will bring significant cost. Principal will be expenditure to bring drivers up to the required standard by obtaining PCV licences and/or Driver CPC qualifications.The DfT estimates that could hit £24.7m in total. Costs for transport managers and the higher standard of MoT required are also significant, among many others.Industry responseCommunity Transport Association (CTA) CEO Bill Freeman wasted little time in responding to the DfT’s consultation. The CTA expects to share more detailed analysis soon, but it is committed to representing its members’ views. Speaking to CTA members, Bill says: “There will be mixed feelings about this launch.“Some of you will be relieved that it’s finally underway, as the uncertainty has been as debilitating to your organisations as the proposed changes. Others will feel uncomfortable engaging in a discussion that they disagree with. There are also some members who think that the best thing they can do is to make the changes and see what opportunities they present.”That’s a fair view to take; the DfT in its consultation points out that, if permit holders successfully transition to the O-Licence regime, they can then legitimately challenge for work as they please.The CTA also aims a thinly-disguised barb at the BCA. “We know that the people who have waged this campaign against the CT sector are clearly spooked by the prospect of you having the same licences as them, so there may be some benefits that we can explore together.”Bill urges the community transport sector to work collectively to respond to the consultation. He also intends to approach the Mobility Matters campaign with a view to collaborative working.The closing date for responses is 4 May.Read the consultation at bit.ly/2GWR7lD
The question remains, why quit when the tide is running in your favour?Certainly the Tory right has to be appeased with some symbolic gesture.Tories of all shades remain very frightened of UKIP, especially younger candidates who have confronted it and had to explain why Tory policy on Europe is less red-blooded. But one can make a point without leaving the EPP. Rational choice theory sees political actors as single-minded pursuers of their interests above all else. But this pre-supposes that the actors know what their interests are.On the face of it, this is not the case in this instance.David Hanley is professor of European studies at the University of Cardiff and author of Christian Democracy – a Comparative Perspective (Pinter, 1994) and Party, Society, Government: Republican Democracy in France (Berghahn, 2002). So it has to be a new group. The Czech Civic Democratic Party (ODS) dislikes the EPP even more than the Tories, and the forces around former leader Vaclav Klaus would go like a shot. But that depends on the March elections, from which Klaus’s publicly pro-European successor Marek Topolanek is expected to emerge the victor. To create a new group, MEPs from five other states need to be prised out of existing groups. ID members such as French followers Philippe de Villiers and the Swedish June List are prime targets. In the UEN one of the Lithuanian parties might be biddable; it is small and scarcely matters. Poland’s viscerally nationalistic and traditional Peace and Justice (PiS) party is a different matter. Now in government, it has been targeted as the Tories’ obvious partner.Attached to Catholic social teaching and in favour of a generous social regime before financial orthodoxy, the PiS attracted many of the old Communist votes. It also bans gay processions and wants Tesco to close on Sundays. Is this really the new, inclusive, laid-back Tories’ natural friend in the New Europe? It is puzzling that Cameron or his advisers thought it wise to abandon all that had been achieved since Chris Patten and John Major (during his “Heart of Europe” phase) took the Tories into the EPP Parliamentary group in 1992.William Hague later negotiated what amounts to a mariage blanc with the EPP, getting it renamed and bullying spectacular concessions on finance, staffing, representation in the leadership and total freedom of expression, out of a leadership more concerned with numbers and the Parliament’s presidency than anything else. Using their half-in, half-out position as European Democrats they have helped push the EPP away from its federal and Christian Democratic origins towards the market and a grumpy intergovernmentalism. But in a small new group of, at best, 40-odd, the Tories would be outside the duopoly of the EPP (268 MEPs) and Socialist PES (202) which call the shots in the 732-member Parliament. Their share of posts, speaking opportunities and influence in general would inevitably decline. But it might be that not all Tory MEPs would follow instructions to quit, especially senior members respected for their authority in committee. And the Bayrou-Prodi faction is likely to return to the EPP from the Liberals. Shadow Foreign Secretary and former party leader William Hague is due in Brussels next week and can hardly avoid explaining what the Tories will do next. The exit options from the EPP (or European People’s Party-European Democrats, EPP-ED, as it was restyled to accommodate the 27 Tory MEPs and one Ulsterman) are hardly enticing. They cannot simply join an existing group and take it over. Some hardliners might fancy a place in the grouplet of unforgiving Eurosceptics, the Independence and Democracy Group (ID), but the presence of the ten UK Independent Party (UKIP) deputies rules this out. The Tories dare not ally with a force whose raison d’tre is to oppose them on Europe. UKIP’s appeal to the Tory electorate would promptly increase tenfold. What about a home with the 27-strong Europe of Nations (UEN) sovereignists? Usually derided as simply Eurosceptic, UEN represent parties of the periphery against the centre, the rural against the urban and traditional Catholicism against modernity. How does this fit with New Toryism? Then there is the complication of Fianna Fáil, whose Republican identity is historically built on anti-British sentiment, however discreet these days.
Posted by Breaking News Source on YouTube – 1/7/13 Incident in JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – At least five people have been injured after an escalator malfunctioned at the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Ron Marsico said an ascending escalator unexpectedly changed direction Monday shortly after 9 a.m. “I saw people scrambling and there were also people in the dividers that crawled up onto the divider between the escalators,” witness Carolyn Baxter told 1010 WINS. “I was pretty scared because I didn’t know what was going on.” Five people suffered non-life threatening injuries, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported. Nick Lukish, of Brooklyn, N.Y., said he was headed to work and midway up the escalator when the moving staircase started going down. “There was a stampede at the base of the escalator,” Lukish told The Associated Press. “People started to panic and yell and scream, and I saw some people jump over to the down side of the escalator, so I jumped.”
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Prairie Village police say they’re looking for suspect who fled vehicle after pursuit. Prairie Village police said law enforcement is still looking for the two men who appeared to be burglarizing a car in the 7600 block of Rainbow St. around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. An officer saw the men holding flashlights near a vehicle in a driveway. When the officer tried to stop them, the got into their car and fled “at a high rate of speed,” according to the department. Prairie Village police stopped the pursuit after the suspects drove at a high rate of speed into Kansas City, Mo. Authorities later found the suspect vehicle unoccupied at 75th and Pennsylvania. It had items taken during auto burglaries in it. Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects should contact Prairie Village police at 913-642-5151 Shawnee council grants rezoning for Reflection Living. The Shawnee council Tuesday evening unanimously approved the planning commission’s recommendation to rezone a section of land in the 7100 block of Silverheel Street to make room for Reflection Living. The Wichita-based Home Care Plus organization’s preliminary plan is to build two group homes on a 3-acre lot.
February 15, 2009 Regular News Second Circuit JNC seeks applications S econd Circuit JNC seeks applicationsThe Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for a circuit judge created by the appointment of Judge Nikki Ann Clark to the First District Court of Appeal.Applicants must be registered voters, members of The Florida Bar for the past five years, and reside within the Second Judicial Circuit at the time of appointment.Applications may be obtained from The Florida Bar Web site at www.floridabar.org. An original and nine copies of the completed application must be received by Tammy de Soto Cicchetti, JNC Chair, 2477 Tim Gamble Place, Tallahassee 32308 no later than 4 p.m., February 17.
Suddeutsche Zeitung:Vermutlich werden Winston Watt und Marvin Dixon, das Zweier-Bob-Team aus Jamaika, auch bei den diesjährigen Olympischen Winterspielen in Sotschi keine Medaille gewinnen. Über die Gründe lässt sich viel spekulieren, doch eine Ursache ist aus Sicht der modernen Sportwissenschaft offenkundig: Mangels eigener Schneeberge in der Karibik werden Skifahrer, Rodler und Eiskunstläufer aus tropischen Gefilden niemals in den Genuss eines Heimvorteils kommen.Dabei ist dieser vielleicht noch wichtiger, als man bislang gedacht hat, schreiben Mark Allen von der London South Bank University und Marc Jones von der Staffordshire University in einem Überblicksartikel in der aktuellen Ausgabe des Fachmagazins Current Directions in Psychological Science (Bd. 23, S. 48, 2014). Sie tippen – Überraschung – auf große Erfolge der russischen Wintersportler.Read the whole story: Suddeutsche Zeitung
The New Yorker:On Friday, October 24th, during the busy lunch hour in the school cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville, Washington, Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on his classmates, killing one student and wounding four others, three of whom later died from their injuries. Then he killed himself.Just a week earlier, Fryberg had been crowned prince of the school’s homecoming court—he was a community volunteer, student athlete, and all-around “good kid.” But within hours of the shooting, that picture had changed. Quickly, media outlets analyzed his tweets, Facebook page, Instagram account, and his text and Facebook messages. He was “full of angst” and “anguished.” One media report concluded that “he just wasn’t in the right state of mind.”Another went further: he was a “depressed sociopath.” Many writers pointed out that the Maysville school district had recently received a large federal grant to improve mental-health services for students. “We used to have a much greater social safety net,” the district supervisor Jerry Jenkins told the Seattle Times. “Yes, he was popular, but there came a time when something changed. If people are educated to look for those, these are things they can do intervene,” Carolyn Reinach Wolf, a mental-health lawyer with a specialty in school shootings, said. The suggestion underlying much of the coverage was that improvements in the mental-health system could have prevented the violence.Read the whole story: The New Yorker More of our Members in the Media >