Synoptic analysis of the Pacific-North American teleconnection pattern

first_imgIn this study, we use various diagnostic techniques to investigate the synoptic evolution of the Pacific–North American teleconnection pattern (PNA). National Center for Environment Prediction/National Center for Atmospheric Research reanalysis data are used. These data cover the years 1948–2008 for the months of November–March. It is found that the positive PNA is initiated by enhanced convection over the western tropical Pacific and weakened convection over the tropical Indian Ocean. The excitation of the negative PNA exhibits opposite features. For both phases, the response to tropical convection excites a small-amplitude PNA about 8–12 days prior to the pattern attaining its maximum amplitude. This is followed by slow, steady growth for about 5 days, after which driving by synoptic scale waves, via their eddy vorticity flux, together with stationary eddy advection lead to much more rapid growth and the establishment of the full PNA. For the positive PNA, the synoptic scale waves propagate eastward into the midlatitude northeastern Pacific, where they are observed to undergo cyclonic wave breaking. For the negative PNA, the synoptic scale waves first amplify over the midlatitude northeastern Pacific and then propagate equatorward into the Subtropics where they undergo anticyclonic wave breaking. Once established, for both phases, the PNA appears to be maintained through a positive feedback that involves a succession of wave breakings. These results suggest that preconditioning may play an important role in the formation of the PNA. For the positive PNA, in its early development, the strengthening and eastward extension of the subtropical jet result in an increase in the cyclonic shear and a decrease in the meridional potential vorticity gradient, features that are known to favour cyclonic wave breaking. For the negative PNA, opposite changes were observed for the background flow, which favour equatorward wave propagation and anticyclonic wave breaking. The role of optimal growth is also discussed. Our results also suggest that the PNA is potentially predictable 1–2 weeks in advance. Copyright © 2011 Royal Meteorological Societylast_img read more

How Disaster Warnings Can Get Your Attention

first_imgIn March, 800 miles away in Lee County, Alabama, 23 people ranging in age from 6 to 93 were killed in a 170 mph tornado — despite an evacuation warning by local authorities just like ones that many residents had heeded in previous storms this year.The deadly situations illustrate what experts increasingly see as two common reasons for unnecessary storm deaths: unfamiliar terrain that leads to bad decisions, and people ignoring too-familiar warnings that haven’t panned out in the past.Harnessing new prediction technology, federal authorities hope to sharpen the disaster warnings they send directly to cellphones, as well as to state and county emergency managers, to make the warnings faster and clearer about life-threatening conditions. They want to alert people like the Ramirez family who may be on unfamiliar terrain as unexpected disasters like flash floods, tornadoes or wildfires unfold.At the same time, social scientists working for the federal government are interviewing storm survivors like those in Lee County, gathering information for future advances in disaster warnings to combat “response fatigue” that can wear down people’s sense of urgency, as apparently happened in Alabama.Some of those who stayed put in Lee County had well-thought-out plans to evacuate, including gathering supplies, rounding up children and identifying a relative or friend in a more substantial house, according to Kim Klockow McClain, who interviewed survivors.“They rely on family resources, and frankly it can take all day to go and wait. People were losing money,” said Klockow McClain, a scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Oklahoma, a research lab of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “They just didn’t go that day. It’s as simple as that.” To try to prompt residents to take action, in September, the National Weather Service will change flash flood warnings to specifically mention if the threat is “considerable” or “catastrophic,” said Daniel Roman, a Maryland-based hydrologist at the National Weather Service. Officials will make that call based on information from local weather spotters, radar evidence of tornado debris or computer detection of conditions that caused storms in the past.The “considerable” flooding category calls for “urgent action” by residents and local authorities “to preserve lives and property,” while the “catastrophic” category means waters are “rising to levels rarely, if ever, seen” and will “threaten lives and cause disastrous damage.”In November, after that system is in place, flood warnings sent to cellphones nationwide will be cut back to only those in the considerable or catastrophic category, less than 10% of the 12,000 flood warnings now issued every year to cellphones and local authorities, Roman said.“The idea is that you cut back on the number, so you don’t get the public desensitized,” Roman said. Warnings about more routine floods will still go out in other forms but won’t buzz the area’s cellphones.The background noise of too many warnings can be just as dangerous as no warning at all.“There are all these warnings and people are still driving into floodwaters,” said W. Craig Fugate, a Federal Emergency Management Agency chief during the Obama administration and a former director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.“You can say ‘Turn around, don’t drown,’ but there are so many flash flood warnings that people tune them out and don’t realize this one is more destructive,” Fugate said. “Breaking through the noise is the challenge.”Impact-based warnings are already in place for tornadoes.The idea came up after tornadoes killed 553 people across the country in 2011, the worst year since 1925, with more than 400 deaths in Alabama and Missouri alone, despite warnings in place in most cases.When the National Weather Service interviewed people in Joplin, Missouri, where 158 people had died, they heard that most residents relied on community tornado sirens to learn of an approaching twister, and turned to other sources like friends or television for confirmation before seeking shelter.The service concluded that shorter, more specific warnings would prompt more people to protect themselves, and the warnings went national in 2018 after a demonstration project in the South. Gerardo Ramirez, a central Texas dairy worker, was near his home but taking an unusual route to a children’s hospital in April when he drove his Volkswagen Jetta into a flooded section of road, not seeing in the pre-dawn dark that heavy rains had turned a tiny creek into a death trap. Ramirez survived, but his wife and two children drowned. How Disaster Warnings Can Get Your Attention STATELINE ARTICLEJuly 9, 2019By: Tim Henderson But not everyone agrees. Klockow McClain, who is both a meteorologist and a social scientist stationed in Oklahoma for the National Severe Storms Laboratory, is a skeptic about impact-based warnings, calling them “fear-based.”“You can’t control people and force them into taking certain actions through fear,” Klockow McClain said, adding that warnings should include more specifics on what people should do, not just the impacts that could result from a storm.While many people have the impression that residents ignore disaster warnings, her experiences interviewing survivors led her to a different conclusion.“People are thinking about it, they’re looking for confirmation and trying to decide on the best course of action,” Klockow McClain said. “Sometimes meteorologists will criticize people for looking outside for a sign of the storm, but that’s a very natural instinct.”Floods, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes killed 226 people last year, according to federal statistics.There already have been 38 deaths from tornadoes and 67 from flooding this year; two-thirds of the flooding victims were in vehicles. They include 10 deaths in Texas, six in Kentucky and five in Missouri.In recent years, the Wimberley floods in Texas contributed to a nationwide flooding-related death toll of 186 in 2015, and in 2017 Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston, contributing to 182 deaths.The new format for flood warnings comes as the National Weather Service revamps other warnings to make them shorter and more specific about damage. Starting Sept. 24, the service will cut back and simplify warnings on everything from fog to ice.Impact-based warnings include more specifics to help people visualize what could happen — for instance, a severe hailstorm warning might say “people and animals outdoors will be severely injured,” said Gregory Schoor, severe storms leader for the National Weather Service.center_img Where disasters are a familiar part of life, people know the drill and generally respond quickly to disaster warnings and evacuation orders, many emergency managers say.Tornadoes hit El Reno, Oklahoma, in 2011 and again in 2013, when a 2.6-mile-wide storm, the widest ever recorded in the United States, killed eight people including three well-known storm chasers.There was little warning in May before the latest tornado in El Reno, which killed two as it shredded mobile homes and blew Dumpsters into motel rooms, said Andrew Skidmore, Canadian County’s emergency manager.But with the area’s history as part of Oklahoma’s Tornado Alley, residents are not complacent about the threat, Skidmore said. The county provides shelters in public schools for people who need them, like mobile home residents.“People here are always looking at the sky and turning on the TV, and the news outlets here do a really good job of keeping people up to date and telling them what they need to do,” Skidmore said. “There’s no sense of complacency here.”Familiarity breeds caution along flood-prone creeks in the North Carolina mountains, said David Vance, Avery County’s emergency management coordinator.“People who live along these creeks watch very carefully and know when it’s time to get away,” said Vance, adding that the county has a “reverse 911” system to automatically call homes with flood alerts.Even in the area south of Dublin, Texas, where the Ramirez tragedy unfolded in April, residents near the road know that heavy rain can cause treacherous floods, said Erath County’s emergency management coordinator, Susan Driskill.After heavy rain the night before and a severe thunderstorm watch issued about 3 a.m. that day, state transportation workers had barricaded flooded roads, but the road Ramirez took had not yet flooded at that time, Driskill said.The Ramirez family was coming from nearby Comanche County, making a special trip to a hospital where a dental operation with anesthesia was scheduled for one of the children, Driskill said.“Those creeks can rise very quickly. Folks around here are aware of that,” said Driskill, adding that residents follow the county’s Facebook page for alerts and call her to report flooding or grass fires that threaten homes.“They don’t like to evacuate. They’re going to stay with their property,” she said of the area’s residents, including many dairy farmers who make the county one of the state’s top milk producers.Meteorologists have recently begun to recognize the need to sharpen weather predictions to get attention in areas where residents may not be used to life-threatening storms. Klockow McClain said social science-oriented meteorologists like herself are still in the “diagnosis phase” and don’t have all the answers yet on what will motivate people to act more consistently on unexpected disaster warnings.Klockow McClain’s work is funded by the government and aimed at helping develop a future system of feedback from disaster survivors about the warnings they heard and how they reacted, she said. The Lee County, Alabama, emergency services director, Kathrine Carson, said she was surprised to hear some people may not have evacuated, since there were more people than usual in a church basement shelter near the hardest-hit area.Keith Seitter, director of the American Meteorological Society, said meteorologists look to research like Klockow McClain’s for guidance on how to tailor future warnings for maximum effect.“This is an issue for all meteorologists, and we take it very seriously,” Seitter said. Disaster City Sees Storm Warnings Every Day STATELINE STORY April 16, 2019Midwest Farmers Suffer After Floods: ‘I Got My Life in This Ground’ FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE APRIL 26, 2017

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?  IS IT TRUE that in the annual proxy on Vectren’s website in a section called Severance Benefits on page 43 the following is explicitly stated?   …Vectren website states: “We have an executive severance plan and change in control agreements for our executive officers. The change in control agreements employs a “double trigger” upon a change in control such that payments are only made upon a change in control and subsequent qualified termination of employment. We do not provide excise tax gross-ups for change in control benefits. The change in control agreements uses a modified severance payment cap that can reduce benefits based on the particular tax situation of the executive officer receiving payment.“IS IT TRUE that given this double trigger is in place any Vectren executives who are not included as new employees of Center Point Energy may be set up to walk away with much money in a settlement as they would in any other situation other than a change of control?…given the habits of corporate America to feather the nests of the top level of management we been told that Vectren inner circle could be poised to become very wealthy people as a result of the takeover of Vectren by Center Point Energy UNLESS, they are retained in similar C Level positions in Center Point?…while keeping the Evansville based C Level executives in place is possible, it is highly improbably?…the question that will be answered soon in a forthcoming public proxy statement is just how many top level executives at Vectren will be getting golden handshakes and how much that may be?IS IT TRUE that due to the generosity of the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission that is filled with less than consumer friendly appointments, Vectren’s profits are about much higher than their publicly traded peer group?…Vectren earned profits of over $214 million in 2017 which is about $70 million more than comparable companies that have lower rates earned?…without the less than consumer friendly appointees made by past and present Governors this would not have been possible?…one would think that the ratepayers of Vectren should share in this windfall since the IURC is what made the higher utility rates possible?…we don’t recommend holding your breath waiting for a double trigger severance check or a rate decrease at the personal level?…given the level of earnings and the age of most Vectren C level executives, it would be entirely possible for several Vectren executives will share in a golden handshake that could total well over several million dollars each?…anyone who is not retained at the highest levels may be set up for life?…being set up for life just for managing a legislated monopoly is simply mind boggling?…it is good work to the few who are hand picked to get it?IS IT TRUE that with the buyout (let’s call this what it is) of Vectren by Center Point Energy, the beautiful building on the riverfront will no longer be a corporate headquarters?…all of the talking heads in City government and the local Illuminati (Evansville Business Committee office is located in the Vectren riverfront building) have taken pride over the years in touting the importance of having as many corporate headquarters as possible?…Vectren and Mead Johnson have or will move their headquarters out of Evansville in the near future ?…this never bodes well for local engagement or hiring at high levels?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you want the local media to publish the public proxy statement concerning how much money the top level executives at Vectren will be getting from the sale of Vectren to Center Point Energy?Please take time and read our articles entitled “Statehouse Files, Channel 44 News, Daily Devotions, Law enforcement, Readers Poll, Birthdays, Hot Jobs, and Local Sports.You are now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]last_img read more

HeadCount Reveals Guitars, Pin For Dead & Company 2019 Summer Tour Participation Row [Photos]

first_imgDon’t forget to stop by Participation Row and take action this summer on Dead & Company tour! For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head here.HeadCount x D’Angelico Dead & Company 2019 Summer Tour Participation Row Guitars Load remaining images As Dead & Company prepares to kick off their 2019 summer tour, HeadCount has shared a sneak peek at the custom D’Angelico guitars and pin they’ll have on hand at each stop on the tour at Participation Row, their traveling community action village.Since 2015, Dead & Co Participation Row guitar and poster auctions have generated over $875,000 for various charities, with proceeds split between HeadCount, REVERB and a dozen “Dead Family” non-profit organizations. When including recent online raffles, the total is more than $1 million.Fans have also taken more than 35,000 positive actions on Participation Row. If you take action on Participation Row you’ll be able to take home the Dancing Bears VOTE Pin courtesy of Schulman Lobel. Check out this year’s Participation Row pin below:Related: Tens Of Thousands Of Dead & Company Fans Took Action On This 2018’s Summer Tour [Stats]Joining Participation Row for the first time this year is HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project, an initiative that engages voters in important local elections surrounding marijuana legalization. Cannacraft will also be on Participation Row to support the Cannabis Voter Project in their efforts. Dead & Company drummer Mickey Hart is among the many musicians who have come out in support of the Cannabis Voter Project. Check out what he had to say about the initiative below.last_img read more

From patient to front lines

first_img Three physicians in three distinct settings detail life in the midst of pandemic Third-year resident Anita Chary describes the personal and professional trials brought by the pandemic Meet Katie Klatt — pediatric intensive care unit nurse, M.P.H. student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and recovered COVID-19 patient.And, as of early April, a worker on the front lines of the pandemic.Klatt is working as a nurse on the COVID-19 infection control team at Boston Emergency Medical Services. In that role, she helps look after first responders, monitoring their exposures, and caring for those who get sick.“Boston EMS’ EMTs and paramedics are going out multiple times a day, every day,  treating and transporting patients, many of them sick with COVID-19,” she said. “It is amazing how brave they are. We want to be there to help them and look out for them.”A PICU nurse since 2013, Klatt began her M.P.H.-65 in health management at Harvard Chan School in January, with the goal of moving into new roles in emergency preparedness and communications. In February she connected with Richard Serino — distinguished visiting fellow at Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator and former chief of Boston EMS — for a practicum experience on COVID-19 emergency preparedness and response. She helped Serino with tasks such as developing COVID-19-related communication strategies for businesses and relaying valid COVID-19 information to the public. But she felt that with her nursing background, she could do more.Serino got in touch with some of his contacts at Boston EMS to see if they could use Klatt’s help. The answer was yes.But before Klatt could start work, she got sick. “It was the Saturday before the end of spring break,” she said. “I’d been following the rules. I don’t know where I got it from.” She assumed it was coronavirus and planned to self-isolate, but after a week with a 103-degree fever, a doctor advised her over the phone to be checked in person.“No urgent care places would take me,” she said. “I had to go to the ER but I didn’t have a way to get there. I had to walk half an hour with a fever — I didn’t want to call an ambulance and expose more people.”She was diagnosed with COVID-19 as well as a sinus infection and possibly pneumonia, and prescribed an antibiotic. Over the next few days, friends helped out by bringing her food. Slowly, she got better. “I had to go to the ER but I didn’t have a way to get there. I had to walk half an hour with a fever — I didn’t want to call an ambulance and expose more people.” — Katie Klatt Klatt is balancing her work at Boston EMS and her Harvard Chan School online classes. She’s also trying to keep a toe dipped into an internship she began in January with Vincere Health, a company that uses real-time rewards and behavioral nudges, via an app, to help people quit smoking. In a recent email featuring company news, Vincere leaders Shalen De Silva and Jake Keteyian wrote, “We are exceptionally proud of Katie Klatt, one of our interns. … She got COVID-19. She recovered yesterday. … Today she goes to work as a nurse on the front lines. Katie is the embodiment of our values and we salute her.”“What I’m doing is helping, and it’s important, but the team at Boston EMS is dedicating so much more than I can even imagine, exposing themselves multiple times a day to save other people,” Klatt said. “They are incredibly brave.” In the trenches Harvard Kennedy School students pitch in on COVID-19 crisis center_img Related From taking notes in the classroom to helping the front lines A day in the life of an ER doc She was finally able to begin at Boston EMS on April 6. As part of a team of four doctors and three nurses, Klatt follows up with EMTs and paramedics to verify personal protective compliance, helps monitor their health, and supports their getting tested for COVID-19, if necessary. If they get sick, Klatt and her colleagues make sure the responders can isolate safely at home. If they can’t, they make arrangements for them to stay at a designated location identified for housing first responders. Sick personnel get daily check-ins as well as “peer support boxes” containing items such as thermometers, Tylenol, and Gatorade. “We try to make sure they have all the right supplies as they’re recuperating,” said Klatt.Klatt said she’s been using skills in management and risk assessment that she’s been learning at Harvard Chan School to help Boston EMS streamline its workflow and create a protocol to follow in case there’s a second COVID-19 wave. “We’ve had multiple meetings where we talk about [how to make] decisions such as who gets sent for testing and who needs to leave work,” she said. “I’m pulling that all together into a new protocol to institutionalize current practice.”Nancy Turnbull, senior associate dean for professional education, senior lecturer on health policy, and Klatt’s adviser, said, “She’s learning an enormous amount about public health. And the work is enabling her to make a contribution to the COVID response.”last_img read more

NDSP investigating potentially threatening social media posts

first_imgUpdate Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 5:35 p.m.: A person with knowledge of the situation has confirmed that earlier today the person in question voluntarily surrendered himself for psychiatric evaluation at an area hospital. The source also confirmed that there was no direct or imminent threat to students. After a surge in posts on campus social media Tuesday night, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is monitoring potentially threatening social media posts from a recent Notre Dame graduate.In the early hours of Wednesday morning, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said NDSP had spoken with the individual in question.According to NDSP, officers were monitoring the individual’s Facebook page, where there were several threatening posts. As of 1:15 Wednesday morning, NDSP officials said the department was also performing routine patrols of campus, and reiterated that student safety is always their top priority.In an email to students sent at 3:02 a.m. Wednesday morning, NDSP said the investigation was ongoing.“NDSP initiated an investigation of a complaint about Facebook posts by a recent graduate that raised concerns by a number of people,” the email stated. “This is an ongoing investigation. NDSP has identified and has been in contact with the individual and his family.”“As always, if you are aware of any criminal or suspicious behavior on campus, please immediately report to NDSP by calling 9-1-1 from a campus phone or 574-631-5555 from a mobile phone,” the email concluded.Editor’s Note: As a matter of editorial policy, The Observer chose not to release the name of the individual in question. Tags: NDSP, social medialast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: After Midnight & All the Way Receive Bump Before Final Show

first_img Source: The Broadway League *Number based on 7 regular performances View Comments FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($2,107,598) 2. The Lion King ($2,044,928) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,658,638) 4. All the Way ($1,623,495) 5. Aladdin ($1,502,696) Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 29:center_img UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. The Realistic Joneses ($428,156)  4. Violet ($340,375)  3. Rock of Ages ($319,029) 2. Casa Valentina ($235,016) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($159,571) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.31%)* 3. All the Way (100.77%) 4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.60%) 5. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (100.44%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Once (71.77%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (70.99%) 3. Rocky (67.97%) 2. Bullets Over Broadway (53.48%) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me (39.93%) This week, Broadway bid farewell to After Midnight and All the Way, which both played their final performances on June 29. After Midnight, which announced its closing earlier in June, kept audiences tapping and cheering until the very end and celebrated a box office bump in its last week. The tuner took in its highest gross of 2014 ($767,964), and played to its highest capacity in its run, which began in October 2013. The Bryan Cranston-led All the Way surpassed its own record from last week by grossing $1,623,495, more than any other play has grossed in an eight-show week in Broadway history. Also taking its final bow last week was Casa Valentina. Meanwhile, Wicked reclaimed its title as top grossing show over The Lion King, with The Book of Mormon, All the Way and Aladdin joining them in the top five.last_img read more

Op-Ed: Give Millennials Housing Options They Need to Stay Here

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Nancy Rauch DouzinasLong Islanders want more housing options, and the economic growth of the region requires them. The good news is that two recent studies by the Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, highlight the specific challenge and reveal a way to overcome it.Two dramatic shifts in housing needs have emerged that necessitate change. The first is that an increasing number of Long Islanders are looking for alternatives to the traditional single-family home for which Long Island is world-renowned. The second is that without those choices young people are leaving Long Island at an alarming rate, and the trend is projected to increase.In December the Long Island Index released a public opinion survey that explored attitudes about housing among residents of Long Island and compared their views with those of other nearby suburbs. The report containing those results revealed that, for Long Islanders, concerns about paying their monthly housing costs have reached an all-time high: 62 percent of Long Island residents say that it is somewhat or very difficult to pay their rent or mortgage compared to 52 percent of residents in New Jersey suburbs and 58 percent of those in the northern suburbs of New York and Connecticut. In addition, 35 percent of Long Islanders aged 18 to 34 say they’re living with their parents or a relative.According to the survey, 72 percent of Long Islanders rate young people leaving as a very or extremely serious problem compared to 44 percent of suburban New Jersey residents and 50 percent of those in the northern suburbs of New York and Connecticut.Along with those worries, the report highlighted two trends that are quite dramatic: first, a sea change is occurring in the housing options that Long Islanders prefer; second, the vast majority of Long Island’s young people say they are likely to leave because of our housing costs here.At present 15 percent of Long Islanders live in an apartment, a condominium or a townhouse, but in five years 29 percent say they want to live in one of those options. In addition, 69 percent of Long Island residents aged 18 to 34 claim they are somewhat or very likely to leave Long Island in the next five years. That finding is all the more striking, given that our population in that same age group has already dropped 16 percent from 1990 to 2014.The most recent Long Island Index report, issued earlier this month, explores the challenge further and proposes ways to address it that match Long Islanders’ stated preferences. This report was conducted by the Regional Plan Association and HR&A Advisors. It found an enormous gap between the multifamily housing planned and needed on Long Island.In the next 15 years 94,000 housing units would be needed, and, given changing housing preferences, 72,000 of those units should be in “walkable” mixed-use areas.Fortunately, the report includes three cases studies that demonstrate that modest changes in zoning regulations could allow enough housing to eliminate the gap. The case studies focus on the Village of Babylon, the Hamlet of Hicksville and the Village of Valley Stream.35 percent of Long Islanders aged 18 to 34 say they’re living with their parents or a relativeIn Valley Stream, for instance, a series of feasible zoning changes—such as establishing a minimum unit size of 850 square feet, increasing maximum lot coverage to 60 percent, and increasing the maximum building height from three stories to four stories—could create almost 800 new, more affordable, multifamily, housing units in the downtown.Such zoning modifications are consistent with the future that Long Islanders want. According to the Long Island Index public opinion survey, there is broad support for making local downtowns more residential, and a majority of Long Island residents support raising height limits in local downtowns to allow the addition of apartments.Long Island’s housing outlook can be bright if we address collectively this growing need for multifamily housing and we take the relatively conservative steps of opening up our downtown areas—especially those with Long Island Rail Road stations—to more multifamily housing. By concentrating that housing downtown and ensuring that it offers a range of housing types and costs, we will increase economic activity on Long Island and provide Long Islanders with the residential options that they say they want and need.Nancy Rauch Douzinas is president of the Rauch Foundation.last_img read more

Garry Monk sacked by Sheffield Wednesday | Football News

first_imgSheffield Wednesday have sacked manager Garry Monk with the club one place off the bottom of the Championship table. This is a breaking news story that is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.- Advertisement – Sky Sports brings you live updates as they happen. Get breaking sports news, analysis, exclusive interviews, replays and highlights.Sky Sports is your trusted source for breaking sports news headlines and live updates. Watch live coverage of your favourite sports: Football, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, NFL, Darts, Netball and get the latest transfers news, results, scores and more.Visit skysports.com or the Sky Sports App for all the breaking sports news headlines. You can receive push notifications from the Sky Sports app for the latest news from your favourite sports and you can also follow @SkySportsNews on Twitter to get the latest updates.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Three sports habits that could change after coronavirus

first_imgAs the coronavirus brings the international sports calendar to a grinding halt, AFP Sport looks at three long-standing habits which could change forever once competition resumes. Saliva to take shine off swing bowling It’s been a tried and trusted friend to fast bowlers throughout the history of cricket.But the days of applying saliva to one side of the ball to encourage swing could be over in the aftermath of COVID-19.”As a bowler I think it would be pretty tough going if we couldn’t shine the ball in a Test match,” said Australia quick Pat Cummins.”If it’s at that stage and we’re that worried about the spread, I’m not sure we’d be playing sport.” Towels in tennis – no touchingTennis players throwing towels, dripping with sweat and blood and probably a tear or two, at ball boys and girls, has often left fans sympathizing for the youngsters.Moves by officials to tackle the issue took on greater urgency in March when the coronavirus was taking a global grip.Behind closed doors in Miki, ball boys and girls on duty at the Davis Cup tie between Japan and Ecuador wore gloves.Baskets, meanwhile, were made available for players to deposit their towels.Back in 2018, the ATP introduced towel racks at some events on a trial basis, but not everyone was overjoyed.”I think having the towel whenever you need it, it’s very helpful. It’s one thing less that you have to think about,” said Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas when he was playing at the NextGen Finals in Milan.”I think it’s the job of the ball kids to provide towels and balls for the players.”center_img Topics : Let’s not shake on itPre-match handshakes were abandoned in top football leagues just before the sports shutdown.Premier League leaders Liverpool also banned the used of mascots while Southampton warned against players signing autographs and stopped them posing for selfies.Away from football, the NBA urged players to opt for the fist bump rather than the long-standing high-five.”I ain’t high-fiving nobody for the rest of my life after this,” NBA superstar LeBron James told the “Road Trippin’ Podcast”.”No more high-fiving. After this corona shit? Wait ’til you see me and my teammates’ handshakes after this shit.”Basketball stars were also told not to take items such as balls or teams shirts to autograph.US women’s football star Megan Rapinoe says edicts to ban handshakes or even high-fives may be counter-productive anyway.”We’re going to be sweating all over each other all game, so it sort of defeats the purpose of not doing a handshake,” she told the New York Times in March.last_img read more