CITY VIEWS: WILL WE SEE MORE VIOLENCE AT PROTESTS AGAINST THE CUTS?

first_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL KCS-content whatsapp GARY FRICKER | ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS INSURANCE“It’s an absolute shame that instead of talking about tuition fees, we’re all talking about the violence yesterday. I think everybody’s angry and we will see a lot more from all those who have lost out in the cuts.”ODETTE MEDDEMMEN | RAB INTERNATIONAL“I was shocked by the violence on Wednesday. The next couple of months will probably be full of protests, but the police will be a lot more prepared – they know there is a group of people who will get involved just to cause trouble.”JON MOORE | MBA IT“The protestors need to make sure their campaigns are peaceful, otherwise the message gets lost. If the government backs down, however, more people will start to think smashing things up works.” Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrapcenter_img CITY VIEWS: WILL WE SEE MORE VIOLENCE AT PROTESTS AGAINST THE CUTS? whatsapp Share Thursday 11 November 2010 8:26 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solutionlast_img read more

Inside an Ireland training session

first_imgTraining day: Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll practises his passing at a Captain’s RunFORMER IRELAND and Munster back-row Alan Quinlan goes inside the Six Nations squad’s training camp and talks us through their warm-up routine with strength and conditioning coach Jason Cowman… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img

Charities as conference case studies

It has taken a while but charities’ use of the Web is now beginning to feature as case studies at for-profit new media and e-commerce conferences. The latest to appear is Amanda Horten-Mastin, Marketing Director of Comic Relief, who will be one of 21 presenters speaking on 18th January 2000 at Advertising & Marketing in the Digital Age II.Ms Horten-Mastin will be explaining how to create a Web marketing strategy, developing dynamic and creative content that appeals to the individual, reinforcing brand positioning using the Web, building on on-line community, and measuring the success of the Web site. Advertisement Charities as conference case studies Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 13 October 1999 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Finance directors’ salary survey published

first_imgFinance directors’ salary survey published AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Howard Lake | 12 December 2005 | Newscenter_img The 2005 Financial Director Salary Survey has been published, revealing 19 millionaire finance directors.The report is published by Financial Director magazine. It is available in PDF online. Tagged with: Prospect research About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

A century of struggle: The All India Trade Union Congress

first_imgIn a show of their strength, members of the All India Trade Union Congress protest in Bangladore, December 2012.Amarjeet Kaur is National Secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC). Martha Grevatt interviewed her Oct. 7 during the 17th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions held in Durban, South Africa.Kaur explained that until 1947 AITUC was the only trade union umbrella organization in India. Another 11 union centers were formed between then, the 1980s and the current decade by various political currents — from the Marxist left to social democrats to  “right-reactionary, religion-based organizations.” The federations led by the previous and current ruling bourgeois parties are the largest, followed by AITUC, which is “the top among the left.”This is the first segment of the interview.Martha Grevatt: About how many unions are in AITUC?Amarjeet Kaur: The AITUC has 3,000 affiliated unions from all sectors: oil, petroleum, insurance, postal, telephone, mining, unorganized sector, domestic workers, welfare scheme workers, venders, hawkers, taxi unions, auto unions, public transport, building construction, engineering workers, metalworkers, all sections including agriculture — unions of formal and informal sectors everywhere, governmental and nongovernmental..Welfare scheme workers are not protected by any labor law because they are told, “You are volunteers and you are not getting wages. You are only being given honorarium because you are providing some services” [such as immunizations of pregnant women and providing meals at schools to poor children]. They are almost 10 million, most of them are women, and they are working for worker status. They think, “We should be paid minimum wages,” which any unskilled worker is given in India.There are so many workers who are getting jobs for a little while, and then they’re out of jobs. There are those who are seekers of employment forced into menial jobs here and there. But naturally they belong to the particular sectoral unions depending on their skill or semi-skill. There’s no sector left that we have not unionized.At our last verification, which the government of India conducts, we had claimed 6 million workers, but the government gave us only about 3.8 million. This time, after a gap of 10 years, our claimed membership is now 14 million. We are very sure this time we will be able to secure more than 10 million from government reports.MG: What’s the history of AITUC?AK: The labor movement began in India in 19th century [in] the jute mills and textile mills. So the labor movement was quite influenced by the world labor movement which was emerging at that time as well as by Marx and Engels talking about the working class coming up to take charge in the next period, in the next era.The third influence on Indian labor was of our own national freedom movement against British colonial rule. Then the 20th century begins. The participation of laborers in the freedom movement increased and formation of unions also increased and, developing with that, the participation [by labor] in the freedom movement, in spontaneous calls given by the national freedom movement leaders.That influenced the freedom movement leadership also, recognizing these workforces very potential not only to fight for their own rights but their potential to even strengthen the liberation movement to get India free. So with that process we went further ahead.The efforts were made to have an all-India organization. And the first conference, which was held in Bombay [now Mumbai] was in 1920. There unions of all sections, formal, informal, governmental, non-governmental, all those unions came together and formed this umbrella organization as All India Trade Union Congress.During the British period, under umbrella of AITUC, several rights of workers and several labor legislations were won. The Indian trade union movement was very well recognized in various phases of the freedom movement and in the organized movement after 1920. The result was when a Constituent Assembly was formed for the kind of constitution India will have after independence from British, that Constituent Assembly took note of the participation of Indian labor movement in the freedom movement.The result was that several of our rights were recognized in the constitution of the free republic of India: right to associations, equal pay for equal work, maternity benefits to women workers, healthy working conditions, no discrimination at workplace and living wages.These concepts were taken into the Indian constitution, and this all was due to the labor movement which fought in India. We also achieved several legislations during British period. The Trade Union Act under which we registered our trade unions we achieved in 1926. Then Workplace Compensation Act and several laws. We sought many amendments, and we got [them]. Of these working hour conditions, also during British period, we achieved [limits of] 12 hours; we got eight hours [after independence] in 1948.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgStrike threat wins 4-year contract for 83,000 health care workersOn Aug. 12, more than 57,000 health care workers at Kaiser Permanente in California authorized an unfair labor practices strike, set for early October. They were joined by 26,000 Kaiser workers in other states. That would have been the biggest U.S. strike since the Teamsters’ walkout at United Parcel Service in 1997. The last contract for members of the Service Employees-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) expired Sept. 30, 2018. In December 2018 the National Labor Relations Board (no friend to labor) charged Kaiser with failure to bargain in good faith.The workers accuse Kaiser of putting profits before patients. Not only did Kaiser bank more than $5.2 billion during the first half of 2019, the company sits on $35 billion in reserves. Kaiser gave its CEO a $6 million raise to $16 million a year and pays 36 executives a million or more a year. Meanwhile, Kaiser provides very little care to Medicaid patients, far less than nonprofit health systems, though it gets huge tax breaks for “working in the public interest.”After a year without a contract, the strike threat worked. Some 57,000 workers in California overwhelmingly ratified a 4-year contract on Oct. 16 that includes 3 percent yearly raises and protected benefits and establishes a $130 million fund to recruit and train future staff to deal with huge projected shortages over the next decade. It also revitalized the worker-management partnership to improve delivery of patient care, create better job conditions and lower costs. Critical wins were banning subcontracting and greatly limiting outsourcing of current positions.An additional 26,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., also voted, with a majority for ratification. The 83,000 workers comprise the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. (seiu-uhw.org, Aug. 16 and Oct. 16)Grocery workers fight for fair contract in D.C. areaFood and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 has been negotiating for a new contract at Giant and Safeway stores in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area for more than two months. Their goals include “wages we can live on, schedules we can depend on, health care we can afford and retirement we can count on.”But both companies are stalling. They continue to propose starting rates and wage increases for new hires below the starting wage and scheduled increases for longtime employees and department managers — clearly a scheme to create a two-tier pay differential and destroy solidarity. The companies also propose cuts in health care benefits and switching new hires to 401(k) accounts, whose value fluctuates based on the crap shoot known as the stock market, rather than defined benefit pensions, which help guarantee secure retirement. Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that runs Safeway, controls close to $40 billion in assets.According to a Local 400 statement: “What is standing between us and the fair deal we deserve is the greed of these companies. The only way we are going to get what we deserve is by keeping the pressure on.” Local 400 organized two days of pre-Thanksgiving informational picketing, Nov. 24 and Nov. 26, to inform customers of the companies’ anti-worker aims. (ufcw400.org, Nov. 22) Stay tuned.38,000 Calif. McDonald’s workers win $26 million settlementAfter a 7-year class-action lawsuit over wages and working conditions, 38,000 workers at corporate-run McDonald’s restaurants in California will share in a $26 million settlement. The company signed off on the settlement on Nov. 25. According to a Fight for $15 email, the company cheated thousands of cooks and cashiers out of minimum and overtime wages, violating federal and state labor laws. They told employees they couldn’t take meal or restroom breaks and made them pay for uniforms. “But the McDonald’s workers in California stood up for their rights and held the second-largest private employer accountable for breaking the law. This is the most McDonald’s has ever paid to workers for wage theft.” (Nov. 25)“We’re going to keep fighting until the day comes when we don’t have to sue McDonald’s to get the company to treat us right and pay us fair wages, provide a safe workplace free of sexual harassment and violence, and respect our right to a union,” said Los Angeles worker Rosario Mercado. To tell McDonald’s to stop exploiting employees nationwide and pay them $15 an hour so they can support their families, sign the petition at tinyurl.com/t68xtyd/. End wage theft now! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Red Cross to Hold Local Blood Drives

first_img One thought on “Red Cross to Hold Local Blood Drives” The American Red Cross will be conducting drives in Pasadena starting Friday, April 9, as the nation’s precious blood supply remains precariously low due to the pandemic.From 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, blood donors can go to the Pasadena Blood Donation Center, 2471 E. Walnut St, Suite 103, to donate. Take note: Donors must schedule an appointment via the American Red Cross blood donor app, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, before going to the blood drive.• The American Red Cross is also testing all donations for COVID-19 antibodies, which may be developed by a person’s immune system in response to a coronavirus infection or a vaccine. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used in convalescent plasma treatments for coronavirus patients.• COVID-19 antibody test results will be available to donors within two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal.All blood types are needed, especially type O, the Red Cross said. By donating blood, donors will be helping patients of all ages, among them accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, the Red Cross estimates.To qualify as a blood donor, you have to be at least 18. Sixteen- and 17-year old teens must secure a written parental consent before donating.In addition, donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Those who are 18 and younger also need to meet certain height and weight requirements.For more information about blood donor eligibility requirements, visit www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements.html.These Red Cross blood drives follow coronavirus safety protocols, including temperature screening, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff.Following Friday’s blood drive, following are other blood drives scheduled at the Pasadena Blood Donation Center:• April 10, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.• April 11, 7:45 a.m. to2:45 p.m.• April 12, 12:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.• April 13, 12:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.• April 14, 12:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.• April 15, 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.• April 16, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.• April 17, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.• April 18, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.• April 19, 12:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.• April 20, 12:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.• April 21, 12:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.• April 22, 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.• April 23, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.• From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, a blood drive will be conducted at First Baptist Church, 75 N Marengo St., Pasadena.• From 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, the Pasadena Scottish Rite Temple at 150 N. Madison Ave. hosts a blood drive.• From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18, a blood drive will also be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, 2020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.• And from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20, another drive will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave.To download the Red Cross Donor App, go to www.redcrossblood.org/blood-donor-app.html.For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org. More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Thank you so much! Any plans for blood drives in the Long Beach area any time soon? Business News 22 recommended1 commentShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Breaking: Supreme Court Agrees To Examine Whether Probing Constitutionality Of Declaration Of 1975 Emergency Is Feasible After 45 Years

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: Supreme Court Agrees To Examine Whether Probing Constitutionality Of Declaration Of 1975 Emergency Is Feasible After 45 Years Sanya Talwar14 Dec 2020 1:38 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine whether a simplictor declaration that Emergency of 1975 was unconstitutional and that whether it would be feasible or desirable to probe this issue after a passage of 45 years.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari & Hrishikesh Roy issued notice on the petition by a 94 year old and granted leave to the petitioner to amend…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine whether a simplictor declaration that Emergency of 1975 was unconstitutional and that whether it would be feasible or desirable to probe this issue after a passage of 45 years.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari & Hrishikesh Roy issued notice on the petition by a 94 year old and granted leave to the petitioner to amend the petition on the aspect of the restricted issue.The bench was hearing a plea filed by a 94 years-old widow, seeking for the Proclamation of Emergency in 1975 to be declared as unconstitutional and for a compensation to the tune of Rs. 25 crores from the authorities who have participated in the same.”We have heard Salve on the subject matter with some trepidation, more so arising due to passage of time. It is his submission that the wrongs of history must be set right. We would be disinclined to open all such aspects as there may have been wrongs done to persons but with the passage of almost 45 years, it would not be appropriate to re-open those issues. We would however be not disinclined to see whether a simpliciter declaration, something which is feasible or desirable after a passage of time and issue, restricted to that aspect. Learned Senior Counsel to give a better thought to the matter to restructure the petition. Leave granted to amend the petition by 18th of December and let notice be issued.”- Supreme CourtSenior Advocate Harish Salve appeared for the petitioner and submitted before the top court that the principles against abuse of constitutional power can apply to removal of state governments, presidential proclamations and that the principle should also cover the issues of rights of citizens. “The issue is so far-reaching, for 19 months, there was an abuse of power,” Salve said on the emergency proclamation in 1975.There are certain things [emergency proclamation in 1975] in history which we have to revisit and see if correct thing was done. This is one such issue, Salve said.”This abuse of power was so enormous, it has scarred our country. Your lordships MUST declare that the emergency proclamation was wrong,”- Senior Advocate Harish Salve tells Supreme Court”But to go into this after 45 years?” Justice Kaul said.”I feel very strongly on this issue. If your lordships recall we were students at the time of proclamation of emergency in 1975. This is why I am appearing in this matter,” Salve said. Story So Far:”What kind of a plea is this?”, noted the Supreme Court last week while adjourning the instant case.A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was presiding over the matter and was informed by Dr. Neela Gokhale, Advocate for the Petitioner, that the matter would be argued by Senior Advocate Harish Salve.Gokhale then referred to an order passed by the Allahabad High Court in July 2020, which directed for payment of rents arrears of a property which belonged to the petitioner’s husband, which was subjected to proceedings during Emergency.Drawn by Advocate Dr. Neela Gokhale and filed by Advocate-on-Record Anannya Ghosh, the plea avers that “the present petition is a plea for justice and restitution of a lifetime spent in utter misery and anguish on account of the atrocities suffered by the Petitioner, her deceases husband and her family”.Relying on the 2017 judgment of KS Puttaswamy (Retd.) vs. Union of India which overruled the 5-Judge Bench decision in ADM Jabalpur v. Shivkant Shukla (1976), the plea states that the burial of the darkest chapter in Indian democracy is yet to provide respite to the Petitioner who suffered atrocities at the hands of the authorities during the Emergency period.As victims of the Emergency, the petition recounts that the then government authorities, in their bid to plunder businesses and homes of victims, targeted the Petitioner and her husband with unjustifiable and arbitrary detention orders, and consequently led to them fleeing the country.”His business was shut down, assets and valuables including immovable property was seized and appropriated. The Petitioner’s husband succumbed to the pressure and died. Since then the Petitioner has been single-handedly facing all proceedings initiated against her husband during the Emergency period, which were arbitrarily pursued”.Referring to the judgment of the Delhi High Court passed in December 2014 which ultimately quashed the proceedings against the deceased husband of the Petitioner, the plea then conveys that valuables worth crores of rupees from the flourishing business of the husband, which were seized, are yet to be restituted.Additionally, it was only vide order dated 28th July, 2020, that the High Court directed for payment of arrears of rent for one of the properties to the Petitioner and other legal heirs. However, it has been contended that other valuable movable properties have been siphoned away.”Needless to say, that the valuable movable properties have been siphoned away and illegally appropriated by many government authorities and private persons during the time of emergency. Ironically, the Petitioner’s son had the most unpleasant experience and was shocked to see few of the stolen pieces of his mother’s jewellery up for sale in New Delhi”.At her advanced age, the Petitioner has sought for the fulfilment of a simple desire to achieve closure to her trauma and receive an acknowledgment of her suffice. In light of this, the instant plea has been filed before the Supreme Court.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Major storm brings spectacular lightning show to Southern California

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Residents have been evacuated in the Thomas Fire burn scar area and roads are closed as another storm hit California on Wednesday. The night before, residents in Southern California were treated to a rare lightning display.The Santa Barbara airport was hit by lightning, causing a brief power outage, according to ABC affiliate KEYT-TV.The storm is expected to move inland and deliver heavy snow to the Rockies on Wednesday, as well.Ahead of the storm, 10 states from California to Iowa are under snow, flood and high wind alerts.The storm was sitting off the California coast early Wednesday and continuing to spread heavy rain and snow onto the West Coast.Flash flooding and mudslides are the biggest threat Wednesday morning.The storm will move inland during the afternoon and evening with several feet of snow expected through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and into the Rockies over the next 24 to 48 hours.An additional 1 to 3 inches of rain in the lower elevations of California is expected in the next 24 hours, but they should be lighter during the evening across California.The storm will take its time crossing the Rockies and Great Plains, but it will redevelop and strengthen in the central U.S. by Friday night into Saturday, and bring another round of severe storms for the already hard-hit Deep South. To the north, blizzard-like conditions are expected in the Northern Plains and western Great Lakes.Arctic cold continues in EastUnseasonably cold air continues to linger in the eastern U.S. on Wednesday from the Great Lakes into the Gulf Coast and now into the Northeast.Some areas of the Carolinas got more than 3 inches of unusual March fresh snow on Tuesday, while record-low temperatures were recorded in Texas, including 22 degrees in Waco.Freeze warnings stretch from Texas to North Carolina on Wednesday morning and there is even a wind chill advisory for central Florida.The Northeast will feel the coldest Wednesday, with temperatures running 20 degrees below normal. Wednesday night will be the coldest night with widespread temperatures in the single digits and teens.Wind chills below zero will stretch from the Midwest into the Northeast on Thursday morning. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Optimal estimation of changes in the mass of ice sheets

first_imgWe describe a new approach for estimating changes in ice sheet mass. Two methods are in common use: the ice budget and geodetic methods. The first makes use of separate estimates of the mass fluxes into and out of a domain, differencing them to obtain the local mass balance. The second estimates mass balance directly, using measurements of the change in surface elevation, often from aircraft or satellites. Here we combine ice budget and geodetic approaches to obtain an optimal estimate of mass balance. We seek maximum likelihood solutions for three terms: (1) the rate of change of surface elevation, (2) the rate of snow accumulation, and (3) the local divergence of the ice flux. These estimates are constrained to obey the continuity equation. We allow the location and temporal averaging interval of the estimates to be chosen arbitrarily. This approach can use all relevant measurements. The fidelity of any measurement is lowered by measurement error, and by fluctuations in each of the three terms driven by random year-to-year snowfall variations. We take full account of both error sources, weighting the data so as to minimize the confounding effect of these influences. Realistic covariance between randomly forced fluctuations are provided by a linearized model of ice sheet flow. We test the approach by applying the algorithm to synthetically generated measurements. The method performs better than either ice budget or geodetic methods applied in isolation, and has the important advantage that good estimates may still be derived when measurements appropriate to either technique are lacking or inaccurate.last_img read more