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first_imgA funeral mass was offered June 27 at St Joseph of the Palisades Church, West New York, for John A. Anderson “Andy”, 90, of Toms River, formerly of West New York. He passed away June 23. He served in the Navy during World War II and also in the U.S. Army. He was a retired police captain with the West New York Police Department. He was the husband of Marie (Bolcik) Anderson’ father of Janet Bicica and husband Wayne, Nancy Iacono and husband Bob and the late John and Jill; grandfather of Gregory, Stacy, Bobby, Leigh and Leslie.Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.last_img read more

first_imgDoppler radar at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday (July 2) shows the nearest storms still in Pennsylvania.The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9 p.m. in Ocean City and southern New Jersey.A line of storms could produce heavy rain and localized flooding.As of 2:15 p.m., radar showed the nearest storms still in Pennsylvania.More storms are in the forecast for Thursday before the weather clears on Friday and the weekend.Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to be far out to sea when it passes Ocean City on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgAfter more than six weeks of temperatures in the 90s and low 100s with very little rain, many Georgians are asking, “How dry is it?”The Aug. 21 statewide Palmer Drought Severity Index value was -2.7. This means that the state as a whole is classified as being in moderate drought. A statewide PDSI value of -3 would classify Georgia as being in severe drought. Across the state, drought conditions range from mild to severe. A historical perspective adds more meaning to the PDSI. The statewide value of -2.7 is at the 2nd percentile for the third week in August. This means that in 98 out of 100 years, the statewide PDSI value for the third week in August would be higher, or less dry. In short, Georgia is having one of the worst August droughts on record. The PDSI is a long-term drought indicator and responds slowly to recent weather. Statewide PDSI values are available back to 1895. August 1998 through July 1999 was the 12th driest statewide August-through-July since 1895. July 1999 was the 24th driest since 1895. How Hot Is It? Another common question among Georgians is “How hot is it?” In July, statewide average temperature was above normal. But it was only the 60th warmest statewide July since 1895. The statewide average for May through July was actually below normal. The period ranked as only the 25th warmest May-through-July since 1895. However, because of a very warm winter, the average statewide for August 1998 through July 1999 was the 98th warmest since 1895.Stream Flow Rates a Concern The drought is having different impacts across the state. As of Aug. 23, the flow in many rivers and creeks was in the bottom 10th percentile. Low flow rates and water table levels are becoming a concern statewide. Outdoor watering bans are common across the state.Short-term Relief Scattered rain Aug. 23-24 brought short-term relief to many parts of the state. But this rain won’t break the drought. Most of the state needs more than half a foot of rain to end the drought. Northeast Georgia needs more than a foot. As of Aug. 21, the PDSI classifies northeast, west central, southwest and southeast Georgia as being in severe drought. North central, central, east central and south central Georgia are in moderate drought. Northwest Georgia is in mild drought.Soil Moisture Short The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service reports that moisture is short to very short in 81 percent of the state’s soils. This is unchanged from a week earlier. The 81 percent compares to 28 percent last year and 41 percent for the five-year average. GASS reports that more than 50 percent of the state’s pastures are poor to very poor. Some farmers are doing supplemental feeding and culling herds. The hot weather has stressed dairy cattle. The Crop Moisture Index is a measure of soil moisture available for use by crops. The Aug. 21 CMI indicates that southwest Georgia is extremely dry, with dryland crops in danger of being ruined. West central Georgia is severely dry, with potential yields severely cut. Excessively dry soils reduce yield prospects in northwest and northeast Georgia. And abnormally dry soils are hurting yield prospects in central, east central and southeast Georgia. The CMI indicates that soil moisture is short in north central and south central Georgia.Drought Links PDSI and CMI values and rankings are calculated by Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You can get updates on drought conditions in Georgia and across the Southeast at the University of Georgia drought Web site. Or call your county Extension Service agent. Get updated weather data at the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Web site.last_img read more

first_imgIn a field traditionally dominated by men, the role of female engineers can often be downplayed. In recent years, however, the number of women in the industry is growing rapidly, and the Viterbi School of Engineering is helping to lead this effort.The Office of Women in  Engineering in Viterbi reports that 30 percent of its undergraduate population is female. Though that number might seem low in comparison to the 51 percent of women who make up the university’s student body as a whole, the American Society of Engineers reported that in 2011, only 18.4 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering went to women.Despite the fact that only 30 percent of women make up Viterbi’s undergraduate population, faculty and students said it often does not feel this way in their classes.Lianne Moreno, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, noted her classes were usually split equally between males and females.“In my classes, it is 50/50,” Moreno said. “In fact, in some of my engineering classes, I feel that there are even more girls than boys.”Milind Tambe, a professor in the computer science and industrial and systems engineering departments, made a similar remark. He has experience working with both students getting their Ph.D.s and students in Freshman Academy, a two-unit class that gives freshmen an introduction to engineering through guest lectures and team projects. Tambe said he has noticed that there is not a remarkable difference between male and female students.“In my classes, approximately half of the students are male and half are female,” Tambe said.Mia Smith, a senior majoring in environmental engineering, explained that students could be led to believe there are less women in certain classes because of the specific major’s demographics.“Some majors attract more women than others,” Smith said. “For example, when I take classes outside of my major, I sometimes feel there are more men since environmental engineering is more attractive to women. Still, I don’t feel outnumbered.”Students also felt that professors treat their students equally regardless of gender.“Professors are just as strict,” Moreno said. “They have the same expectations for boys and girls.”Many of the students agreed that Viterbi provides a supportive environment to its female students, and believe that this is one of the reasons why the male-to-female ratio of students in Viterbi is higher than the national average.“I believe that Viterbi is attracting more women into engineering because it has a diverse and engaging program that encourages women to take the lead in an engineering career,” said Leilani Rebolledo, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.Viterbi offers a variety of programs catered to female engineers. One is the Society of Women Engineers, an organization with a main focus of creating a community of female engineers. The group hosts many networking events for its members.The Women in Engineering office also provides female students with opportunities for community outreach and a place where they can receive leadership development and professional support.Many of the students also said that aside from Viterbi having multiple programs, the feedback they received outside of the school has been rather positive.Moreno said when she would tell her family and friends that she was going to study engineering, they were encouraging.As for Smith, she agreed that she never received negative feedback and people were usually encouraging. Smith has engaged in a variety of international studies, and she said she has noticed that other countries are changing their perspectives in regard to women in engineering as well. During her semester studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, Smith noticed that in her engineering classes, there were far fewer women. She mentored high school girls who seemed very enthusiastic about studying engineering.“There is a lot of development going on in Cape Town, and many of the young women are eager to get involved in the engineering aspect,” Smith said.Smith also spent a summer in China working in a research lab and she was surprised by the number of female engineers.“I thought it would be the same, but there were many women engineers,” Smith said.Despite the changing industry, students are still aware of some of the prejudice that comes along with being female engineers.Alexia Gutiérrez, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, recalled the time when she was applying for an interview and they tried to discourage her.“They were surprised that I was a girl, and they started telling me that in construction sites it was very aggressive, suggesting that it would be a difficult environment for a woman to work in,” Gutiérrez said.Still, Viterbi’s female engineers viewed their role as somewhat of a challenge. Karishma Nagar, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering, has faced similar difficulties, but is glad to take on the challenge.“Eventually if you demonstrate a sound understanding of problems and come up with innovative ways to resolve them, you gain credibility and are taken just as seriously as your male counterparts,” Nagar said. “I don’t consider the prejudice as an obstacle. Rather, [it’s] a challenge to take on.”last_img read more

first_imgWORLD CUP 2018*Says Group D with Nigeria tough, confident of qualification to knock out stageBy Duro Ikhazuagbe Former Iceland, Chelsea and Barcelona striker, Eidur Gudjohnsen, has revealed that when the Super Eagles line up to take on the European nation at the World Cup 2018, over 8,000 of their travelling fans from home will be in the stand drumming support for them.Nigeria is scheduled to play her second Group D game against Iceland at the 45,000-capacity Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on Friday, June 22, 2018.While the bickering amongst the factions of the Nigerian football supporters is yet to abate, Gudjohnsen confirmed yesterday that the 8,000 Iceland fans have already secured their tickets from FIFA.Speaking at the opening of FIFA Football Park in Rostov-on-Don, one of the host cities of Russia 2018, the former Chelsea star admitted that the Group pairing involving his country Iceland, Nigeria, Croatia and Argentina was going to be a tough one for the two qualifiers for the knock out stage to emerge.“We have a tough group, but we’re quietly confident,” observed Gudjohnsen whose country was one of the surprise semi finalists of the 2016 European Championship hosted by France. “The most important thing for the Iceland team is that they return home after the World Cup with their heads held high, no matter what the result is. We have a tough group, but we’re quietly confident,” added Gudjohnsen as he kicked the official match ball of Russia 2018 around at the just opened Fan Park in Rostov-on-Don.He expressed his happiness at been selected to be the guest star for the opening ceremony of the centre expected to cater for fans without tickets to the main arena but can still follow up matches live on giant screens at the Fan Park“I’m happy to be at this Football Park, which will also be the FIFA Fan Fest venue during the World Cup. As we can see, a lot of people are having fun here today  (Sunday) and even more will enjoy it during the tournament. I’m sure that Icelandic fans, who will come here to support the team, will feel the same,” he noted with excitement.With 74 days left until the start of the biggest football event on the planet, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Football Park continue its journey through Russia, giving an early taste of the tournament to fans in each of the host cities.After the opening ceremony in Sochi last weekend with Portuguese FIFA Legend Nono Gomes part of the show, the opening of the Rostov-on-Don centre yesterday has added to the excitement being created for the biggest football event on the planet.Nigeria is scheduled to open her Russia 2018 show with the game against Croatia on June 16 in Kaliningrad. The third and last Group D game is against Argentina on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the 68,000-capacity Saint Petersburg Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more