Despite CDC warnings, millions of people flew over the holidays

first_imgnpstockphoto/iStockBy MINA KAJI, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Even with the uptick in travelers over the holidays, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revealed Monday that it screened 500 million fewer passengers in 2020 compared to last year — a 60% drop.“Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, the agency screened a total of approximately 324 million passengers throughout its airport security checkpoints,” TSA said in a news release. “That figure represents just 39 percent of the approximately 824 million total passengers screened in 2019.”Despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising people not to travel, TSA screened almost 18 million of those people over the holiday travel period. The last day of the travel period, Jan. 3, marked the highest checkpoint volume since the pandemic hit, with TSA screening 1,327,289 people.The total number of holiday fliers was still down around 40% compared to last year, but it greatly exceeded predictions. AAA had forecasted only 2.94 million would travel by air between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3.Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci was worried that Christmas could be worse than Thanksgiving in terms of potential COVID-19 spread because Christmas is a longer holiday. After each summer holiday, the U.S. reported a significant rise in infections across the country, and experts say Thanksgiving has played a major role in the country’s largest viral surge to date.On ABC’s This Week, Fauci said cold weather forcing people indoors paired with “the traveling associated with the holiday season is all of the ingredients that unfortunately make for a situation that is really terrible.”“To have 300,000 cases in a given day and between 2,000 and 3,000 deaths per day is just terrible,” he said Sunday. “It’s something that we absolutely have got to grasp and get our arms around and turn that — turn that inflection down by very intensive adherence to the public health measures uniformly throughout the country with no exceptions.”Although the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that air travel won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, the record-breaking development of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has given some airline executives hope that demand will return sooner.On Friday, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told employees in an internal memo that Delta expects to achieve positive cash flow by the spring.“The second phase will begin only when we reach a turning point with widely available vaccinations that spur a significant return to travel,” Bastian wrote, “particularly business travel.”TSA said on Monday it “anticipates daily travel volumes will continue to rise steadily and follow seasonal patterns” but it “expects volume will remain well below pre-pandemic levels through most of 2021.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Oceanographic observations from George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgSummer profiles of sea-water temperature, salinity and flow were obtained on George VI Ice Shelf near its northern ice front. At each depth, temperature salinity and density show little variation between sites. Their respective variation to 250 m depth confirms a linear temperature-salinity dependence. This is the first place in the world where observations confirm precisely the form of the T-S diagram predicted for fresh ice melting in sea-water. Both tidal and residual flow are small, except at the western margin of the ice front, where a strong outflow is concentrated immediately beneath the ice shelf. The observations lead to a simple circulation model for the ice-shelf regime. Warm Deep Water flows southwards into George VI Sound, replacing the colder water that spreads northwards in the surface outflow. Thermohaline exchanges beneath the ice shelf determine the salinity profile, which itself provides evidence of upwelling. Estimates can be made of the basal melt rate of the ice shelf. The rates vary from around 10 m a−1 at the ice front to an average value for the ice shelf of order 1 m a−1. The average value is consistent with earlier estimates from surveys of ice-shelf strain.last_img read more

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Australia: Collins Class Submarine’s First Time in Hobart for Five Years

first_img Australia: Collins Class Submarine’s First Time in Hobart for Five Years Hobart welcomed the first Collins Class submarine visit to the region for five years, with the arrival of HMAS Farncomb into port late last week.Commanding Officer, Commander Byron Williamson said the routine port visit allowed the submarine to be resupplied and provided some rest and recreation to the crew.“We’ve had a busy couple of months, taking part in the International Fleet Review and exercise Triton Centenary. We’ve also conducted a variety of other events since departing Fleet Base West so a chance to spend some time alongside the beautiful city of Hobart was most welcome,” said Commander Williamson.This was not the first time Commander Williamson had sailed up the River Derwent and into Hobart Port.“It’s always a pleasure to visit Hobart. One of my most memorable visits was sailing up the Derwent as a competitor in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Navigating a submarine into port is a little different, but no less memorable, with locals providing a warm and friendly welcome,” said Commander Williamson.During the visit, Australian Naval Cadets from TS Derwent, potential recruits and media were given a tour of the submarine and heard first hand accounts of life as a submariner.Farncomb’s five-day visit concluded with 30 of the ship’s company participating in the Remembrance Day service at Hobart’s Cenotaph on the Queen’s Domain. At the service Commander Williamson and Commanding Officer, Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Commander Stacey Porter laid wreaths.Commander Williamson said it was a moving service.“Remembrance Day is a symbolic day to remember the sacrifice of those who died or otherwise suffered in all our nation’s wars and warlike conflicts. My ship’s company were proud to represent the Royal Australian Navy and the submarine force at the Hobart service on this important day,” said Commander Williamson.[mappress]Press Release, November 12, 2013; Image: Australian Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Collins Class Submarine’s First Time in Hobart for Five Years center_img November 12, 2013 Training & Educationlast_img read more

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Review: Strawberry Jam, Animal Collective

first_img2007 has already seen the release of albums by the two front-figures of Animal Collective. Panda Bear’s acclaimed Person Pitch sounds like an acid-tripping Brian Wilson singing the Lion King soundtrack from the bottom of a well. Meanwhile, Avey Tare’s collaboration with his Icelandic wife Kría Brekkan, Pullhair Rubeye, made for rather more difficult listening: the pair recorded the album and then decided it sounded better running backwards, so released it in reverse.Strawberry Jam, Animal Collective’s eighth album proper, has elements of both these offerings. ‘Chores’, with its looped Beach Boys melody, could have been pulled straight off Panda’s solo effort, while various electronic glitches in ‘#1’ and ‘Cuckoo Cuckoo’ recall the unsettling pulses of the Pullhair experience. Overall, though, Strawberry Jam is dominated by Tare’s distinctive vocals and upbeat if often disconcerting melodies. At times it is almost poppy – album opener and highlight, the brilliant ‘Peacebone’, is punctuated by a catchy refrain and a cheery beat – but this masks occasionally disturbing lyrics. “And an obsession with the past is like a kid flying/…when we did believe in magic and we didn’t die”, Tare yelps, “it was the mountains that made the kids scream”.This is perhaps Animal Collective’s finest album: it finds them at their most expansive and accommodating, and is certainly more accessible then its predecessor Feels. It is hard to see how the band could possibly still be lumped in with the ‘psych-folk’ scene. Pigeonholing the band as such is to do them a disservice. This album makes for a luscious and exciting musical experience, bubbling and buoyant. The contribution of the whole ‘collective’ is always evident, be it the creative guitar-work, the electronic bleeps and scratches or the rainforest percussion. All in all, this Strawberry Jam is a decidedly tasty treat.last_img read more

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Commentary: Impeachment, Frying Pan Or Fire

first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Soon enough, we’ll know how it ends.One of the curious things about the unfolding story involving the likely impeachment of President Donald Trump is just how many people on both sides know, know, know with absolute certainty how it will unfold.Trump’s diehard Republican defenders say there’s nothing there, that the impeachment proceedings are nothing more than presidential persecution. Many ardent Trump haters in the Democratic Party say this president has been dirty from day one and he’s about to get what he deserves.Well, soon enough, we’ll know.Part of the confusion stems from a lack of understanding about the impeachment process. In the first place, it is a political process, not a criminal trial.That makes the arguments advanced by the president and his devotees that his “due process” rights have been violated nonsense. If absent extraordinary circumstances, a president easily could face criminal charges, Donald Trump likely would have been indicted for obstruction of justice because of the way he conducted himself during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.But the fact that impeachment is not a criminal trial means the elected officials working through the process don’t have several centuries of precedent to guide them.In the two other times in American history, presidents have been impeached in the House of Representatives and tried in the Senate, members of Congress and the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court have asked the same questions.What are we supposed to do?What are the rules?The Constitution is vague regarding those questions. Our founding document establishes with clarity that the House – and the House alone – has the authority to determine whether and how the impeachment process should proceed. It also makes clear that should the House pass by majority vote articles of impeachment, a trial in the Senate must follow and that two-thirds of the Senate must approve those articles before a president can be removed.But the Constitution is nowhere near as clear – beyond the reference to “high crimes and misdemeanors” – about what constitutes grounds for impeachment, much less removal from office.That vagueness probably was deliberate.The drafters of the Constitution were trying to walk a line.They didn’t want to make impeachment too easy or too convenient. They didn’t want presidents thrown out of the office and the results of national elections disregarded on a whim.But they also did not want presidents to think they were kings. They didn’t want America’s chief executives to think they could operate without restraint, that there was no way to curtail rampant abuses of power.In some ways, Donald Trump is the perfect test for the impeachment process.He may be the only person left in America who thinks the phone call in which Trump tried to pressure Ukraine’s president into digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden’s family was “perfect” and did not cross a line or violate a law.But the sheer shabbiness of the shakedown attempt creates its own line of defense.It’s a viable defense that, for all the wrong reasons and over the president’s objections, Republicans have landed upon and begun to advance.It goes like this: Yes, what the president did was wrong and even may have broken the law, but is it big enough to merit doing something that we Americans never before have done in our history – removing a president from office?That’s a momentous question.Either way, we go, a dangerous precedent will be set.If the president is removed, then we can expect impeachment to become a regular part of our lives. One look at the U.S. Senate, where the “nuclear” option now has become the normal one regarding Supreme Court nominations and the rules are rewritten on a regular basis, shows how quickly institutional safeguards can be eroded and then erased.But if Donald Trump isn’t held accountable in some fashion, he and all future presidents will know they can flout the law with impunity so long as their party controls at least a third of the Senate.Damned if we do, damned if we don’t.That’s where this story ends.How we get there is the question.Soon enough, we’ll know.FOOTNOTE:  John Krull is the director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.The City-County Observer has posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Smoothing the sheets

first_imgWhat’s a Stuffer?It’s the Vemag’s positive displace-ment double-screw pump, which provides high levels of portioning accuracy. The double-screw transports product extremely gently and without crushing or smearing, says Reiser. The Vemag is available in various models and hopper capacities to meet most production requirements. Sounds good. Where do I get one?BVT is represented in the UK by Sollich and will also be exhibiting at Europain in Paris from 6-10 March.www.sollich.co.ukI make brownies by hand but want to automateTry the Vemag single-lane sheeting system from Reiser. It combines a Vemag Stuffer with a Rotary Sheeter Attachment, which can be used to extrude all types of portioned doughs, fats, toppings and batter for panning applications. It can also extrude continuous sheets of product. What’s the latest?The D’Artagnan from DrieM is brand spanking new. It’s a dough sheeting line for industrial bread products, such as baguettes (both rolled and cut types), ciabatta, square seeded rolls and pizza crusts. Three orders have already been placed, with the first line starting production of ciabatta and rolls in Germany in May. Owned by Kaak, DrieM is represented in the UK by Benier. What can you make with it?Ciabatta, bread rolls, baguettes, pizzas, flat breads, croissants, puff pastry, and Danish pastry. The modular nature of its design means that the Menes can also grow in line with your business.www.europeanprocessplant.co.uk How does it work?The dough isn’t rolled down, as in traditional systems, but pressed to size by a high-speed, gentle tamping movement. By eliminating different speeds in the dough layers, this ensures the dough is not stressed. The planet-rollers are driven independently to avoid the dough slipping, ensuring the lowest possible stress to the dough while its thickness is being reduced.Within the sheeting system the dough is eased forward over the whole section, so that any displacement of the structures in the dough is kept to a minimum. Ciabatta from a sheeter. How is that possible?The dough is rolled through three progressively tighter sets of rollers to produce the initial undamaged dough sheet. After this, the dough set is further rolled in length and width to produce the final dough sheet, which can be cut, rounded and moulded into different breads, or used to make pizza crusts.center_img Is it easy to operate?The changeover tools for the guillotine are removable and there is a trolley for flour dispensers and other tools, user-friendly PLC screens and non-fraying belting.www.driem.nlI handle large batches of dough. What do you have for me?Dutch company BVT has recently developed a new dough feeder for a sheeting line or laminator.The company says that if you want to handle large batches of dough, you usually have to deliver it in smaller pieces to the pre-sheeter of the sheeting or laminating line, but with this new type of dough feeder this isn’t necessary. What about hygiene?The machine is easily cleaned, with roller gaps that can be automatically opened and removable flour duster hoppers. Tell me more about the sheeter attachmentIt extrudes smooth, uniform sheets of fats or dough with consistent thickness and width. For panning applications, the attachment can be equipped with a rotary cut-off device to ensure clean, even edges with no mess. The Rotary Sheeter produces portions of exact weight and size and deposits into pans corner-to-corner. It can also be used for margarine sheeting, extruding consistent sheets of margarine or other shortening on to moving lines.www.reiser.comWhat’s got EPP all excited?The Epsom-based company says its König’s Menes sheeting and laminating technology is setting new standards because of its TwinSat system a multi-roller satellite head, which cuts shear stress on dough. Interesting. So how does it work?The complete batch of a mixing bowl for example from a mixing carousel can be delivered to the dough feeder at once. This means you can process it in one go.The dough is cut in smaller pieces and is transported to a pre-sheeter. This pre-sheeter makes a sheet of dough, which will be cut and equally divided over different extruders. In this way, a continuous process is created, with a minimal number of operators.last_img read more

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Craft Bakers’ Week starts with TV appearance

first_imgCraft Bakers’ Week got off with a bang when Mike Holling, executive director of the Craft Bakers’ Association appeared on Channel 4.Holling, along with cookery writer Angela Clutton, was a guest on Sunday Brunch, which is hosted by Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer on Sunday, 27 September.The duo rubbed shoulders with fashion designer Henry Holland, Stereophonics’ lead singer Kelly Jones and actor John Hannah and were able to talk about the week, its aims and fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.Holling told the hosts: “We’ve got a great week, our theme is ‘Love your Baker’, and we are lovable people. We’ve got samples going on, presentations and it’s really to tell the customer that we are an integral part of the high street and a vital part of that place.”When quizzed about whether larger bakeries could be classed as craft, he replied: “You can, by all means, because we operate 56 shops and we still view ourselves as a craft baker. We are very particular about the ingredients, the process and the methods that we use, and we try, as all bakers should do, to make good-quality product.”Nearly 250 businesses and 687 shops have signed up to support Craft Bakers’ Week. And it is not too late to show your support, which you can do on the Craft Bakers’ Week website.last_img read more

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Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis Joins moe. At Jammed Out Double Billing [Gallery]

first_imgmoe. took things over from there, rocking hard through classic originals “Not Coming Down,” “Wormwood” and “Moth” to open the show. They also welcomed Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis on the set closer, a jammed out version of “Timmy Tucker.” The band also brought out a special guest for set two, when they welcomed keyboardist Nate Wilson to the stage for “Lazarus,” as well as Traffic’s “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys.” The jam group closed out the night with a rocking “Captain America.” Load remaining images read more

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‘Step up, and declare what you stand for’

first_imgFor many of Harvard’s midyear graduates, the idea that education takes place both inside and outside the classroom is more than a well-worn cliché — it’s lived experience. Whether they took time away from campus or achieved advanced standing to finish early, their journeys and the communities they created helped them discover their voices, take risks, and explore new opportunities.Nearly 100 graduates gathered with their families, friends, and the Harvard community to celebrate their accomplishments at Friday’s Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremony at the Knafel Center. Speakers included Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College; Cornell Brooks, Harvard Kennedy School professor of the practice of public leadership and social justice; Philip Lovejoy, associate vice president and executive director of the Harvard Alumni Association; and Zeynep Ertugay, a graduating concentrator in social studies.In his remarks, Brooks encouraged graduates to look for role models and mentors among their families, colleagues, and peers; to love boldly; to lead bravely; and be willing, he urged, “to step out, step forth, step up, and declare what you stand for.”Angelina Ye ’20, Second Class Marshal, addresses students in the Knafel Center.Ashley LaLonde, a performing artist who concentrated in sociology with a secondary in Theater, Dance & Media, finds herself attending Commencement exactly four years from the day she was admitted to Harvard. Looking back on her unusual experience, running from tech rehearsals to all-nighters in Lamont Library and hopping on buses for performances, she said, “It feels very clear that this was the place I was supposed to be.”,A concentrator in government and sociology, Rahsaan King, who started an online tutoring business geared toward at-risk students while in College, offered this lesson: “Do what you want to do, but allow the people, the courses, the professors, and the culture to change you. If you disqualify people from being your teacher, you limit the things that you have access to learn.” Alexander Hively, who studied classical civilizations, echoed King’s sentiment. “Find what you truly love, get involved in it, and make it a priority,” he said.Eva DiIanni-Miller, a social studies concentrator, said, “I’m definitely excited to take the next step and figure out what that looks like, but I’m already feeling a little nostalgic for Harvard.” She plans to walk the Camino de Santiago, an ancient, 500-mile pilgrimage route through northern France and southern Spain. Upon her return home, she hopes to get involved in a 2020 political campaign.Graduate Elizabeth Keeley ’19 receives a warm hug from a friend at the conclusion of the ceremony at Knafel Center.Ertugay, the student speaker, discovered a passion for public service as a volunteer at Y2Y Harvard Square. She is also looking ahead, and hopes to become an educator focused on the intersection between migration and children’s rights.Ertugay took inspiration from astronomy class for her speech. The traditional graduation cycle has a strong gravitational pull, but some students may need to break away into a different orbit, she said.“The four-year orbit works for some people, and for some people it’s too long, or too short. The fact that some of us are able to question that is a really cool thing to celebrate.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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Buildings awarded LEED certification

first_imgThe recently completed Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center and the how old Innovation Park building were awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and Silver certification, respectively, by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a University press release. “[LEED certification provides] third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts,” according to the USGBC’s website. “As part of the University’s goal to ensure that its Catholic character informs all its endeavors, we seek to minimize the environmental impact of new campus buildings and the act of constructing them,” said Doug Marsh, Notre Dame’s associate vice president and University architect. In addition to the two newly certified buildings, Stinson-Remick Hall, Geddes Hall and Ryan Hall have LEED Gold certification. The University is also currently pursuing LEED certification for the Compton Family Center Ice Hockey Arena and Carole Sandner Hall, as well as the Stayer Executive Education Center, a building currently in the planning and design stage. “We expect to continue to embrace the LEED certification process and seek it for future new campus buildings,” Marsh said. “Most of our design and construction staff in the Office of the University Architect have earned the distinction of LEED Accredited Professionals and continue to track the ever-evolving LEED credit system.” Marsh said the high percentage use of regionally manufactured and harvested construction materials, rapidly renewable materials and building materials made from recycled content, the diversion of construction waste from landfills and the highly efficient energy systems helped the Purcell Pavilion and Innovation Park building to receive the LEED certification. The LEED certification program promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability, which necessitates the incorporation of collective factors into a building’s design and construction. “It is a fully integrated process that begins with the initial site planning for each building, continues through the detailed design phase, and carries through construction and a post-occupancy survey of building occupants,” Marsh said. “Everyone on the design and construction team — architects, engineers, construction managers — must all work together to achieve the goals established by the LEED credit system.” Notre Dame’s receipt of the LEED certification for these buildings and its ongoing participation in the rigorous certification process reflects the University’s environmental stewardship and its leadership and innovation in regard to sustainability issues, Marsh said.last_img read more

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