EMIC wave events during the four GEM QARBM challenge intervals

first_imgThis paper presents observations of EMIC waves from multiple data sources during the four GEM challenge events in 2013 selected by the GEM “Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling” focus group: March 17‐18 (Stormtime Enhancement), May 31‐June 2 (Stormtime Dropout), September 19‐20 (Non‐storm Enhancement), and September 23‐25 (Non‐storm Dropout). Observations include EMIC wave data from the Van Allen Probes, GOES, and THEMIS spacecraft in the near‐equatorial magnetosphere and from several arrays of ground‐based search coil magnetometers worldwide, as well as localized ring current proton precipitation data from low‐altitude POES spacecraft. Each of these data sets provides only limited spatial coverage, but their combination shows consistent occurrence patterns and reveals some events that would not be identified as significant using near‐equatorial spacecraft alone. Relativistic and ultrarelativistic electron flux observations, phase space density data, and pitch angle distributions based on data from the REPT and MagEIS instruments on the Van Allen Probes during these events show two cases during which EMIC waves are likely to have played an important role in causing major flux dropouts of ultrarelativistic electrons, particularly near L* ~ 4.0. In three other cases identifiable smaller and more short‐lived dropouts appeared, and in five other cases these waves evidently had little or no effect.last_img read more

USS Boxer Aces INSURV

first_img View post tag: americas View post tag: INSURV Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Boxer Aces INSURV USS Boxer Aces INSURV View post tag: USS Boxer The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) successfully completed a four-day material inspection by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) at Naval Base San Diego, Oct. 8.INSURV is conducted aboard all U.S. Navy ships every five years and is intended to ensure ships are properly equipped and ready for sustained combat operations at sea.During the inspection, inspectors examined the ship and assessed the crew across a wide range of shipboard tasks.Some of the major inspections that took place during INSURV were anchoring evolutions, full power run, Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) sprinkler tests, and countermeasure wash down demonstration. The Boxer crew scored above class-average in several mission areas.Although INSURV has come to a close, the ship’s mission pushes forward, full-speed-ahead toward deploying next year.[mappress mapid=”17264″]Image: US Navy Authorities October 23, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

“Better for Oxbridge students”: Oxbridge only grad employment scheme launches

first_imgDreaming Spires has recruited Student Advisors across the Oxford colleges to advertise the “exclusive” service to undergraduates, branded as being “better for employers” on JCR pages. Allegations of elitism have been made online against the company. The Dreaming Spires website states that “for many of us, we applied to Oxbridge for the love of our subject, but also because of the career boost. Dreaming Spires is now here to fast-track this.” A recent study by the Sutton Trust, entitled “Elitist Britain 2019” found that of 5000 FTSE 350 executives, 39% had been privately educated, compared with 7% of the general population, and 31% of FTSE 100 CEOs have attended Oxbridge. Dreaming Spires, founded by a recent Oxford graduate, claims to “streamline the job and internship application process for Oxbridge students”, and to be “better for Oxbridge students”. The new service, launched this week, also claims that students from Oxford and Cambridge can upload their CVs and be invited directly to interview, cutting out the application process and the “noise” from applicants at other universities. A start-up careers service claims to fast-track applications from Oxbridge students to internships in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies.center_img Dreaming Spires have been contacted for comment. In politics, of Johnson’s cabinet, 64% are privately educated and 45% attended Oxford or Cambridge. The team and list of firms involved has not yet been released.last_img read more

Press release: Green light for next stage of Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme

first_imgThe next stage of a major scheme to help protect Leeds from future flood risk has been given the green light at a meeting today (Thursday 6 June).Members of the city plans panel have now supported a planning application put forward by Leeds City Council, working alongside the Environment Agency, so that work on phase 2 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme along the River Aire can get underway.Phase two of the Leeds flood defence scheme, covering the Kirkstall Corridor will be delivered in two-steps, as Leeds City Council are taking a pragmatic approach to allow work to get underway as soon as possible. The approval is for the first of two steps which will, when combined, be a £112.1m investment in Phase 2 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme.The first step starting this autumn, will use £65m funding already secured from the Government, alongside additional financial support from Leeds City Council and partners. This will reduce the risk of flooding along an 8km stretch of the River Aire from Leeds city centre through the A65 Kirkstall Road corridor and will provide an initial level of protection against the threat of flooding from the River Aire which equates to a 1 in 100 (1%) chance of flooding in any given year. This is the same standard that Phase 1 of the scheme currently provides to the city downstream of Leeds station.Talks are continuing to secure the remainder of the funding to carry out the second step and complete the scheme in full which, pending further planning approval, would double the standard of protection offered by the whole Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme.Now that planning permission has been given, Leeds City Council can award the contract that will see the detailed designs for the first step of phase two drawn up this summer, followed by work starting in the autumn. The first step of Phase 2 will provide linear defences along the 8km stretch upstream of Leeds station and focuses on three key areas – Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Kirkstall Abbey and Kirkstall Meadows. For more details about the scheme visit: At Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, which suffered significant flood damage in 2015, the defence works include new protective walls, a new higher bridge to improve water flow and two new control structures on the goit which can close when the river levels become too high. A new structure will be built at Kirkstall Abbey in front of Kirkabbey Sluice Gates which will limit the amount of water during high river levels going down the goit channel. The structure will also be a walkway that could open up new views. The proposal at Kirkstall Meadows is to transform 2.4 hectares into a wetland habitat and also feature kingfisher banks, otter holts and wetland scrapes for fish. A new flood embankment will reduce flood risk to the adjacent railway line. The first step also incorporates a flagship Natural Flood Management programme that will be delivered across the catchment upstream of Leeds alongside engineering works within the city. This programme, delivered by the Environment Agency on behalf of Leeds City Council, will involve working with partners and landowners to deliver a range of measures, such as the creation of new woodland, woody debris dams and wetland areas, which can slow the flow of rainwater into the river, helping to reduce the risk of flooding and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Additional planning approvals will be sought from the relevant authorities as the catchment wide programme develops.Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:“The planning support given today is fantastic news so that we can get on and start delivering the next phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme to provide the protection from the threat of flooding and the reassurance our communities and businesses need and deserve.“This two-step approach is a pragmatic way of doing what we can with the funding we have now, but we remain absolutely determined to get this scheme completed in full to offer the best possible level of protection we can for Leeds and surrounding areas.“Working with the Environment Agency and partners we have taken an imaginative catchment wide approach, with a strong focus on using natural measures such as tree planting to do the job for us, so we look forward to seeing these works begin later in the year.”Flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, Adrian Gill said:“Our joint project team is delighted to have achieved this milestone of getting planning approval to progress the next stage of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme. We can now begin work on the ground at pace, within the funds we have available.“Our ambition is still to complete both steps of this second phase of the scheme. The first step will provide much better protection from the River Aire upstream of Leeds station through the Kirkstall area and out to Newlay.“The natural flood management measures that will be delivered across the catchment upstream as part of the first step will not only help reduce flood risk but also restore and create new habitat, increase biodiversity resilience and improve water quality. This will contribute to delivering the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and realising the vision of the Northern Forest in the Aire catchment.“We are looking forward to the next stage of delivery and being able to share the detailed design of the proposed scheme with the residents, businesses and wider community of west Leeds.”Step two of the Phase 2 scheme will be the creation of a flood storage area near Calverley. Moveable weir technology also featured in phase one of the scheme in the city centre will be used to allow water to be stored and then be released slowly back into the river in a controlled way.The second step will reduce the risk of flooding along the 20km stretch of the River Aire from the outer ring road to the west of the city, through the city centre and out past Stourton, providing an increased level of protection against the threat of flooding from the River Aire which equates to a 1 in 200 (0.5%) chance of flooding in any given year. When constructed, it will make the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme one of the largest flood defence schemes to be constructed in the country.Work on this step will continue and includes:center_img Investigations which are currently being carried out into the structure of the listed Apperley Bridge in Bradford to understand what alteration work is needed to reduce the impacts of flood risk. The bridge will be restored to retain its appearance and protection will be provided underneath to reduce erosion. Working with the landowners and seeking planning permission once more detailed design work has been completed. Securing the remainder of the funding required. A separate planning application has also been submitted to carry out landscape works benefit the environment and wildlife, and improve access to amenities. This will include two new bridges, improvements to footpaths and new woodland and natural areas. If approved, the works will be delivered as part of the first step of phase two of the scheme. or follow us on Twitter @LeedsFAS. To sign up for our newsletters about the scheme email: [email protected]last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Showers Nashville With Their Sweet Inspiration On Night 2 At The Ryman [Video]

first_imgOn Friday, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to Nashville, TN’s Ryman Auditorium for the second night of their three-night weekend run. Following Thursday night’s one-set show, which featured a Willie Nelson debut, as well as a guest appearance from North Mississippi Allstars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson, the band followed up with a hearty two-set “evening with” performance.Tedeschi Trucks Band opened the first set with “All That I Need” followed by “Do I Look Worried”, a pair of tunes off of the band’s 2013 Made Up Mind release. With Susan Tedeschi shining bright on lead vocals, the band continued with “Don’t Know What It Means”, before smoothly transitioning into a cover of the Box Tops’ “The Letter”. TTB continued their first set with originals “It’s So Heavy” and “Don’t Drift Away”, which was followed by a cover of Derek Trucks Band’s “Day’s Is Almost Gone”. “Made Up Mind” and “Let Me Get By” brought the extensive first set to a close.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Let Me Get By”[Video: Gregory Marcus]Following a brief set break, TTB returned for their second set with an even mix of originals (“Anyhow”, “Hard Case”, “Sweet and Low”, “Part Of Me”, and “I Want More”, and unique covers, including The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Darling Be Home Soon”, Derek and the Domino’s “Keep On Growing”, Charles Segar’s “Key To The Highway”, and Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”. The band delivered a lone encore of “Sweet Inspiration”, leaving the southern crowd with a sweet and savory taste in their mouths.While this tour features a slightly different iteration of the band, with Brandon Boone filling in on bass duty and Gabe Dixon covering the keys, the band continues to charge through the new year with full steam ahead. Tonight, Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to Nashville, TN’s Ryman Auditorium for their third and final show of the weekend.For ticketing information and a full list of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 2/1/2019Set One: All That I Need, Do I Look Worried, Don’t Know What It Means > The Letter, It’s So Heavy, Don’t Drift Away, Days Is Almost Gone, Made Up Mind, Let Me Get BySet Two: Anyhow, Darling Be Home Soon, Hard Case, Sweet and Low, Keep On Growing, Key To The Highway, Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, Part Of Me, I Pity The Fool, I Want MoreEncore: Sweet Inspirationlast_img read more

Notre Dame to evacuate students from Cairo

first_imgNotre Dame is working to evacuate students from Cairo, according to a Sunday press release. The University is evacuating 12 Notre Dame students, who were studying at The American University of Cairo (AUC), in response to a U.S. State Department recommendation that Americans evacuate the city. “Notre Dame is collaborating with AUC and U.S. officials to have the students transported with other American citizens as soon as possible on government-arranged transport to safe havens in Europe, from where they will be assisted by Notre Dame to locations in which they will be able to safely continue their studies,” the press release stated.last_img read more

SMC students robbed at gunpoint

first_imgA man with a pistol robbed three Saint Mary’s students at gunpoint in the early hours of Sunday morning, police reports stated. Capt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department said the three women were walking on the 900 block of North Notre Dame Avenue near Howard Street around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning when the suspect approached them. One of the victims said the girls were walking from a house on Dublin Avenue to Brother’s Bar & Grill in Eddy Street Commons. The Observeris not naming the woman because she was the victim of a crime. “I’ve always felt safe in the area,” she said. “It was more a complete and utter shock, but also kind of a feeling that I would have done whatever he asked me to do. … If people had told me to run, I wouldn’t have been able to run. It was that type of scared. It was very surreal.” The girls were approaching Howard Street when they noticed a solitary figure walking in their direction. The victim said she grabbed her friend’s hand to make sure the two other girls were aware of him as they walked down Notre Dame Avenue. When she thought he might pass them, he changed direction. “He came straight at us and pulled out a gun, told us to get on the ground and give him all our money,” she said. “He was cursing at us, like, ‘Give me your f****** money.’” The victim said she and her friends did as they were told. “He told us to run before he shot all of us,” she said. “That was probably the scariest thing he said.” The victim, a resident of South Bend, ran to her family’s house nearby and called 911 from her home. Trent said the suspect fled south down Notre Dame Avenue. The women described the suspect as a black male in his late teens or early twenties, and he was wearing khaki shorts and a white t-shirt. Trent said the women were not able to describe the victim in more detail to identify him further. “They were petrified, and it was dark,” he said. When they left their friends’ house on Dublin Avenue, the victim said the women had been warned not to walk, and friends had advised them to call a cab instead. “I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll save a few bucks on a cab and just walk. It will never happen to me,’” she said. Now, the victim, an off-campus senior, said she would think twice before walking through the neighborhood late at night again. “A few bucks on a cab is a lot better than a situation like this happening again,” she said. “It could have been so much worse. We got lucky.” Trent advised students to use public transportation or find a ride from a friend when traveling through the city late at night. “If (students) don’t know the character of the area they are walking through, they should not do it,” Trent said. “Definitely try to secure a ride without having to walk long distances.” While walking in a group is safer than traveling alone, he said this incident is an example of the way a late-night walk, even in the company of other people, can go wrong. “Even a group of three at 12:30 at night when it’s pretty lonely out there, that can still be high risk,” he said.last_img read more

New Food PIC building

first_imgGeorgia’s 2013 budget includes $3.5 million to construct a long-awaited facility where University of Georgia food scientists in Griffin, Ga., will help businesses launch new food products and processes.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Griffin-Spalding County Development Authority have been seeking funds for the project since 2005. The university and the authority will each add $1 million to the construction fund.Food PIC buildingThe funds will be combined to construct a dedicated Food Product Innovation and Commercialization building on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. Food PIC is a partnership between small-food-business entrepreneurs, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Griffin-Spalding County community. “We work directly with food companies and entrepreneurs to develop new products and processes, to improve their profitability and to create jobs in Georgia,” said Dick Phillips, the UGA food scientist who leads the Food PIC project.Phillips and his colleagues currently work under tight conditions and have even had to keep some of their equipment in storage due to lack of space. “The new building will house a pilot plant and laboratory spaces for cold temperature work, wet processing and dry processing, as well as quality control labs,” he said. “It will supplement but not replace existing laboratories in the (food science building) on the Griffin campus.”Only one in SoutheastThe Food PIC project at UGA will be the only one of its kind in the Southeast and was created in response to the high failure rate — 80 percent — of new food products, Phillips said. Rakesh Singh, head of the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology, said the new facility would give food companies a stronger start. “Small companies can come to Griffin and establish their businesses in-house with support from UGA faculty,” Singh said. “(Then they would) reach a stage where they would be ready to open their own businesses or expand existing product lines.”At the Food PIC facility, new business owners will be guided in product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance and marketing, Singh said.The Food PIC staff includes engineers, chemists, microbiologists, consumer sensory scientists and research chefs both from within the university and private industry. Experts from several areas assist“We also work with specialists in other disciplines including economists in the UGA Center of Agribusiness and Economic Development,” Phillips said. “We also work closely with the Georgia Center for Innovation for Agribusiness who match the direct costs of approved projects up to 50 percent.” Singh saw a similar project to fruition while working at Purdue University. Programs like Food PIC help smaller companies, farmers and entrepreneurs produce niche products, offer customized services and target specialty markets.For years, Singh said, Georgia farmers have grown and sold bulk commodities. Then a processor converts their crops into high-value products and reaps the profits.”The Food PIC program and the incubator facility would help Georgia farmers take advantage of niche markets the megacompanies can’t serve efficiently,” Singh said. “Our growers ought to produce niche products and not bulk commodities. They can’t compete with megacompanies in selling what those large companies sell globally.”Helping companies in U.S. and abroadUGA Food PIC projects include finding ways to isolate natural antioxidants and antimicrobials from Georgia blueberries and muscadines, Phillips said.“We are currently proposing to extend that work as well as to assist Georgia-based makers of confections, sauces and ethnic food products,” Phillips said. “We have investigated improved drying technologies for Georgia’s rabbiteye blueberries and are assisting an entrepreneur in making frozen desserts using Georgia fruits.”Food PIC scientists have also helped international companies develop new products, like a grain-based milk alternative the staff developed with a Belgium company. In addition to gaining funding for a new building, the Food PIC Center recently added more technical help to its staff and will soon hire a project manager. “We hope to also add additional faculty positions to replace retiring members, so we can sustain and expand our program,” said Phillips who is retired from UGA and currently working under a hire-back program. For more on the Food PIC, see the project’s website at www.caes.uga.edu/center/foodpic/.last_img read more

US organic industry valued at nearly $29 billion in 2010

first_imgThe organic industry grew at a rate of nearly eight percent in 2010, bucking the current trend whereby “flat is the new growth” for many other segments of the economy. Further, some sectors of the organic market enjoyed annual growth of well over 30 percent, the Brattleboro-based Organic Trade Association (OTA) revealed today in releasing findings from its 2011 Organic Industry Survey. In 2010, the organic industry grew to over $28.6 billion.”While total U.S. food sales grew by less than one percent in 2010, the organic food industry grew by 7.7 percent,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s CEO and Executive Director. “Consumers continue to vote with their dollars in favor of the organic choice. These results illustrate the positive contribution organic agriculture and trade make to our economy, and particularly to rural livelihoods,” Bushway said.She added, “The good news is that even as the economic recovery crawls forward, the organic industry is thriving ‘ and hiring.” In 2010, 40 percent of surveyed organic companies reported positive full-time employment growth. Companies with fewer than five employees were least likely to add full-time employees (23 percent). About half of companies with more than 50 employees experienced positive full-time employment growth. What’s more, in 2011, 46 percent of respondents anticipate an increase in employment over 2010 levels. In addition, 50 percent expect employment to remain even, and only five percent foresee a decrease.Experiencing the most growth, organic fruits and vegetables, which represent 39.7 percent of total organic food value, and nearly 12 percent of all U.S. fruit and vegetable sales, reached nearly $10.6 billion in 2010, up 11.8 percent from 2009 performance. Organic dairy, the second-largest category, experienced nine percent growth to achieve a value of $3.9 billion, and captured nearly six percent of the total U.S. market for dairy products.In the organic non-food sector, organic supplements led, with a value of $681 million, representing 7.4 percent growth over 2009 figures. Organic fiber (linen and clothing) totaled a value of $605 million, achieving 16 percent year-over-year growth. Personal care products, at $490 million, increased 6.6 percent from 2009. The 63-page report is now available for purchase, priced at $795 for OTA members and $1,495 for non-members. Orders can be placed online or by contacting Angela Jagiello.Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.SOURCE Organic Trade Association BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswirelast_img read more

Give members the experience they want

first_imgAt Idaho Central Credit Union, members are empowered with tools and resources to get best-in-class service. The goal, says Kent Oram, president of Idaho Central, is to deliver positive, seamless experiences – no matter the channel.Here are a few ways Idaho Central makes it happen:Frequent member surveys. Through surveys, Idaho Central gains valuable insights into members’ wants, needs, life stages, financial goals and more. The feedback serves as another strategy to help the credit union tailor its products and services to best suit members. “We love to survey our members,” said Oram. “We love to ask the questions. We love to listen to their feedback.” By giving members a platform to share their thoughts and opinions, Idaho Central deepens member relationships and demonstrates a willingness to listen.In-depth member analysis. To more thoroughly understand members, Idaho Central also turns to its front-line staff. By asking employees for their ideas, the credit union further explores members’ challenges, priorities and pain points. “Sometimes the latest bell and whistle isn’t something that appeals to them,” noted Mason Oswald, Idaho Central’s operations card services manager. “Really understanding your member is so important.”Member perspective approach. Bearing in mind all the feedback they gather directly from members and staff, Idaho Central tests new ideas by stepping into members’ shoes. The credit union asks, “How may a member respond to this? What is its function?” Oswald notes that any new product, process or service that can save members time is likely a winner.Fraud prevention in members’ hands. For credit union members, security ranks among their highest priorities when it comes to digital banking. “We realize that the best defense to fraud is allowing members to take their [digital] application and stop it at the source,” said Oswald. For Idaho Central, that meant introducing CardControl – a digital product allowing members to turn their cards on and off, as well as opt into transaction alerts.Improving the financial lives of members is at the heart of every initiative Idaho Central undertakes. With that focus, the credit union gives its members the ability to choose the paths they travel. Choose this financial institution or that one. Do in-branch or online banking. A wide variety of touch points and decisions can define a member’s credit union journey. Putting members in the driver’s seats of their experiences gives them the power to get the results they want. 108SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more