Climate forecasting critical to sectoral decisions – CIMH scientist

first_imgSocial Scientist at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), Dr Roche’ Mahon has said climate forecasting is a critical element in sectoral decisions.She was speaking at the launch of the fifth National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) hosted by the Guyana Hydrometeorological Service at the Herdmanston Lodge this morning.Social Scientist of CIHM, Dr Roche’ MahonAccording to Dr Mahon, Guyana is among a few Caribbean countries that convenes a national climate outlook forum. Even in the face of limited resources, she said the commitment of the Guyana Hydromet Office has consistently engaged sectoral stakeholders in this way.The National Climate Outlook Forum was introduced to the hydrometeorological service through the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) back in 2016. It is a United Nations (UN)-led initiative by the World Meteorological Organisation that guides the development and application of science-based climate information services in support of decision in climate-sensitive sectors, agriculture, being one of them.Dr Mahon noted climate information provided as a service to climate-sensitive sectors, in years or decades in advance, often need to improve decisions, reduce loss and reduce and improve productivity.“It is also the tailored advice, provided by the hydromet service that will become critical in sectoral decision-making in the coming months, with more climate models forecasting a week to moderate El Niño evolving in the next period, what does this mean for deviation in Guyana’s seasonal climate? What does it mean for the sectors that have to adjust to potential variations?” she is quoted by the Department of Public Information as enquiring.Dr Roche’ said the Guyana Hydromet Office is a key agent in the country’s sustainable development agenda, whose role supports socioeconomic productivity.Representing the office of the Guyana Hydrometeorological Service, Komalchand Dhiram said the hydrometeorological office falls within the purview of the agriculture sector, the hydromet service found it easier to collaborate with the Agriculture Ministry.The successful feedback from the initiative has pushed the hydro office to explore other climate-sensitive sectors.The GFCS currently has as priority, sectors including agriculture, food security, water, health and energy.GFCS assists countries and communities to better cope with natural climate variabilities and human-induced climate change.last_img read more

Khris Davis extension a good first step for A’s

first_imgThe Oakland A’s are an organization that is defined by missteps, but on Thursday, they made a significant move in the right direction.Signing a star slugger like Khris Davis to a two-year extension wouldn’t be groundbreaking news for most teams. It’d be a big deal, of course, but it wouldn’t stand so starkly in the face of organizational convention.That’s because other teams do their best to not let their best players walk away as free agents. The A’s, on the other hand, have shown their best …last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast August 30, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not a bad weekend for us over Ohio. We start things off today with a partly to mostly sunny sky. There may be a renegade shower or two holding on this morning in far northern Ohio, north of US 20, but that is it and  any of those threats will quickly vanish today. We stay sunny for most of tomorrow too, with clouds starting to thicken up late evening and overnight.Showers arrive in Ohio Sunday morning early. Far NW parts of the state may see a little bit of action before sunrise, but most of the state waits for daylight. Showers continue through Sunday and linger through a large part of Monday too. Moisture totals likely will be in a .25″-1″ range, with the most likely totals at half an inch or less. Rain coverage is expected to be 75%.Tuesday should be partly to mostly sunny, but clouds develop again late in the day into the night time hours. Rain arrives after midnight Tuesday night, bringing a few hundredths to half an inch to 60% of the state. That moisture is gone by shortly after sunrise Wednesday…its a fast moving and fast degrading little wave.We go drier to finish the 10 day period, with skies turning out partly sunny next Wednesday. Then we are partly to mostly sunny for Thursday through next Sunday (8th).10 day rain totalsFor the extended period, we stay dry for Monday the 9th, then clouds increase Tuesday. Showers develop by midday Tuesday and run through Wednesday morning (11th) bringing a few hundredths to half an inch max. Coverage will be 60% at best. The rest of the extended 11-16 day period is partly to mostly sunny, but cool. Temps will be below normal at mid month.last_img read more

Cash REWARD for stolen items

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Google takes aim at imposter websites with new Chrome warning

first_img Tags 12 Comments Share your voice Security It’s hard to be sure where you are on the internet these days. Carefully checking the URL is one approach to avoiding danger. Trouble is, many fraudulent websites use tricks to make their URLs look like the real deal. Now, Google wants to call them out.To do that, the company is developing a new warning in its Chrome browser that appears when you’re visiting a site that’s mimicking a well-known web page. The warning could ask you, for example, if you actually meant to go to “paypal.com” when you were headed to a lookalike scam site called “paypa1.com” instead.The warning is intended to take the pressure off you to notice when something’s wrong with the URL. That’s important because most people don’t notice when they’re headed off to a scam site, Google Chrome engineer Emily Stark said in a talk on Tuesday at the Enigma Conference, a security and privacy event. “What people are seeing in the URL bar really just isn’t helpful to them as a security mechanism,” Stark said.The warning could help make it harder to carry out on one of the most pervasive and effective hacking attacks out there — phishing. If users heed Chrome warnings, it could save them from entering usernames, passwords or credit card information into websites controlled by criminals. It could also keep them from downloading malicious software at scam websites that could do things like encrypt their data and demand a ransom.Scammy websites use a number of tricks to look legitimate in that URL field at the top of your web browser. They might use a slight misspelling, or swap out the number one for a lowercase letter L to look like a legitimate website. The latter is called a homograph attack, and it’s powerful because it usually involves characters that the untrained eye will miss. The new warning, which is still being tested, alerts users to the fact that they aren’t heading to a popular website or a website they’ve engaged with in the past. If the user wants to keep going in that direction, they can click “ignore.” Stark said her team wanted to throw up a flag for users without overselling the danger.”We designed this warning to be informational rather than scary,” she said. The talk follows comments Chrome security experts made in September about security problems involving URLs. At the time, Google said its engineers were researching how to make changes to the way Chrome handles URLs in order to improve safety. On Tuesday, Stark said changes Google and other software developers propose should be “incremental.” Still, no idea is too crazy to at least consider, she said.”Website identity is so, so broken that all ideas should be on the table,” Stark said. Hacking Privacylast_img read more

Heres How Translators Are Helping Harvey Evacuees

first_img Share KUTJose Guerrero walks around with his parrot at the Delco Center for Harvey evacuees in Austin.Thousands of people are finding their way to dry blankets and warm socks in shelters all across Texas. Dallas expects to host as many as 10,000 people fleeing Harvey; in Austin, as many as 7,000. Donations keep trickling in.But there’s one big need that’s still out there: multi-lingual volunteers.Walking into the Delco Center – one of Austin’s shelters for Harvey evacuees – you might remember that Houston was recently dubbed the most diverse city in America. A little less than half the people there speak a language other than English.Many are bilingual like much the rest of Texas. But not all.“I would certainly encourage [people] out there, if they are bilingual or trilingual, to certainly volunteer,” says Geof Sloan of the Red Cross.Tuesday morning there were no Spanish-speaking volunteers at the shelter. But, Sloan says, one of the evacuees from Freeport rose to the challenge.“Anything I can do to help, just let me know,” says Maria Villagomez. “You also need a lot of help, and helping each other is a great idea.”Also at the shelter was Jose Guerrero. Walking around with the family’s yellow- and-green parrot on his shoulder, he was hard to miss.At the time, he was on the phone with his sisters. They were still trapped in Richmond, Texas.Guerrero says leaving Richmond in the middle of a disaster – and finding answers to his questions when he doesn’t speak English – has been tough.Forty-seven-year-old Guerrero was born in Mexico and has been in the U.S. since he was 15. He’s been here much longer than he ever was in his home country. He’s a naturalized American, but he’s never been able to learn how to speak English.“I’m a little mad with myself that I don’t speak English,” he says in Spanish. “I don’t know what to tell you. Have I been lazy to learn? I’m a gardener. Have I worked too much and haven’t had time to go to school? I just don’t know.”Later that day, a bilingual volunteer arrived at the shelter. Maribel Canizales does IT work for the state comptroller’s office, but took the week off to work for the Red Cross.Immediately after she arrived, a family of Spanish speakers showed up. The mother asked if there were any showers available and Canizales walked the family to the showers, asking what else they needed: Shampoo? Socks?The adults were clearly shaken. As Canizales led them through the center, she casually put her arms around the mom.So what does it means to someone when somebody speaks their language? “There’s a connection … it makes them feel at home,” Canizales says, crying. “I want those people to feel at home, comfortable and welcomed.”Canizales is originally from Laredo. She gets emotional because, as a child, she was told not to speak Spanish.“When I came to Austin, it was very segregated back in the 70’s,” she says. “We were not very welcomed with our language, and so we were encouraged to speak English. And so, I kept up on the side with my native language, Spanish.”Today, anyone who’s been keeping up with a language other than English is encouraged to fill out a volunteer application and complete the training for the Red Cross. People who speak languages from India, Europe and Asia are needed too.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.last_img read more