EPL clubs put cap on away tickets

first_imgLONDON (AP):Fans of away teams at Premier League matches will pay no more than 30 pounds (US$43) for tickets for the next three seasons.The decision was taken at a specially-convened meeting of topflight teams on Wednesday following mounting criticism from fan groups about the cost of attending matches as revenue from the 2016-19 television rights is rises to 8.3 billion pounds (US$12 billion).The biggest winners will be fans seeing their team play at Arsenal, which had been charging up to 64 pounds (US$91) in the away end. Now tickets for visiting fans will be more than halved.Additionally, Arsenal will partially subsidise tickets for its fans watching Arsene Wenger’s team on the road. The north London club will ensure no Arsenal fan pays more than 26 pounds for an away ticket the cost of the cheapest home ticket at the Emirates Stadium.”We know that following the club is a commitment and are always seeking to strike the right balance in our pricing,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.The Premier League price cap comes as the competition thrives, with surprise leader Leicester shaking up the title race, the television rights revenue being un-matched in global domestic football and attendances averaging 96.2 per cent of stadium capacities this season.”Most clubs have recognised for some time that we need to do something for the travelling supporter,” Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said. “It is absolutely right that football, as a family, looks after that group of fans.”Our away fans are among the most dedicated and committed throughout the Premier League and that loyalty is deserving of this commitment by the clubs.”last_img read more

Cllr Martin Harley to stand in next General Election

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Martin Harley is expected to announce that he is to contest the forthcoming general election.The Ballybofey politician and businessman is due to be added to the Fine Gael party ticket in Donegal later today.Cllr Harley topped the polls in the Finn Valley after May’s local elections, following ten years on the council representing the Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District. The Frosses native served as Leas Ceann Comhairle of the county council in the last term. Ireland is expected to go to the polls in May 2020 after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ruled out any possibility of a pre-Christmas general election.In 2018, Donegal Daily first reported on speculation that Cllr Harley would run for the second seat for the party alongside Education Minister Joe McHugh.Speaking about his decision to throw his hat into the ring in 2020, Cllr Harley said that the time is right:“Since the election in May I have come under pressure locally, on a county-wide basis and from party officials national to consider running alongside the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in the next general election. “I have been giving the matter serious consideration and following discussions with my family, my supporters, the party locally and more broadly, I think the time is right for a challenge like this.”Cllr Martin HarleyCllr Harley said that he plans to focus on local and county-wide issues if elected as a TD.“There are plenty of issues I feel I could work on if I was elected a TD including flood relief works for the Finn Valley, Donegal Town and all through county that need addressed immediately; the need to develop a town park for Ballybofey and Stranorlar; the need to keep our community hospitals including St Josephs, Lifford and Ramelton so that their future is secured and funding provided in each budget to staff the facilities.“I would also keep pressure on the government and the judicial system tackle insurance fraud and corruption that is closing businesses every day. The claims culture in Ireland and excessive payouts that are five times higher than other countries in Europe and that is wrong,” he said.The development of the Twin Towns bypass, the Stranorlar treatment plan and greenway projects are among his other priorities he said, as he vows to represent the entire county of Donegal if he is successful in becoming a candidate: “If I enter the race I will be fighting for centre, west, south and south-west Donegal if the constituency is carved up on a geographical basis but you can take it I will also be fighting for all of Donegal and making sure we get our fair share now and into the future,” Cllr Harley concluded.Cllr Martin Harley to stand in next General Election was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Fine GaelGeneral ElectionMartin Harleylast_img read more

Van Allen Belts Protect Earth from Solar Wind

first_imgGeophysicists are still puzzling over how the earth’s magnetic field and Van Allen radiation belts protect the surface from deadly particles in the solar wind.The Van Allen belts are lobes of high-energy particles above the atmosphere, formed as a consequence of the geomagnetic field. First discovered in 1958 by Dr James Van Allen of the University of Iowa, using instruments aboard the Explorer satellites designed by JPL spacecraft pioneer Dr. Henry Richter, these belts have long puzzled scientists. A pair of spacecraft called the Van Allen Probes have been gathering data about the belts since 2012. NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) also gathered data since 2015. Elizabeth Howell provides this overview of the Van Allen Belts on Space.com. She says,On the 60th anniversary of Explorer 1, NASA said that studies of the Van Allen belts are even more important today. “Our current technology is ever more susceptible to these accelerated particles because even a single hit from a particle can upset our ever smaller instruments and electronics,” said David Sibeck, Van Allen Probes mission scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, in a 2018 statement. “As technology advances, it’s actually becoming even more pressing to understand and predict our space environment.“Here are additional news items about what these structures do for us.Shock at the BowHow Solar Wind Drops from Gale to Gentle Breeze as It Hits Earth’s Magnetic Field (University of Maryland). Animations of the solar wind often show particles streaming out from the sun directly at the earth, but our planet actually plows through the field along its orbital path, increasing the speed at which the particles impinge on our home were it not for planetary protection provided by the magnetic field.  The press release explains,Bow shock (blue) with Van Allen Belts inside (pink). Credit: NASA. Click image for details.As Earth orbits the sun at supersonic speed, it cuts a path through the solar wind. This fast stream of charged particles, or plasma, launched from the sun’s outer layers would bombard Earth’s atmosphere if not for the protection of Earth’s magnetic field.Just as the nose of a motorboat creates a bow-shaped wave as it pushes through the water, Earth creates a similar effect—called a bow shock—as it pushes through the solar wind. A new University of Maryland-led study describes the first observations of the process of electron heating that happens in Earth’s bow shock.The paper is published in Physical Review Letters. They found bad news before they understood the good news:The researchers found that when the electrons in the solar wind encounter the bow shock, they momentarily accelerate to such a high speed that the electron stream becomes unstable and breaks down. This breakdown process robs the electrons of their high speed and converts the energy to heat….“If you were to stand on a mountaintop, you might get knocked over by a fast wind,” explained Li-Jen Chen, lead author of the study and an associate research scientist in the UMD department of astronomy. “Fortunately, as the solar wind crashes into Earth’s magnetic field, the bow shock protects us by slowing down this wind and changing it to a nice, warm breeze. We now have a better idea how this happens.”It’s not friction, therefore, that slows down the killer electrons; it’s breakdown of the electron stream due to instability. This is a new discovery from spacecraft measurements. “The study of electron heating is important not just for understanding how the bow shock protects Earth, but potentially for satellites, space travel and maybe exploring other planets in the future,” says Li-Jen Chen of the University of Maryland, lead author of the study. Her comment raises the question whether exoplanets could be habitable without such mechanisms. Richter’s book Spacecraft Earth raises the question whether a protective magnetic field could survive for millions of years.Earth’s Magnetic Field is A Ruthless, Solar-Wind-Shredding Machine (Space.com). Brandon Specktor notes that the breakdown of the electron stream occurs in just 90 milliseconds – nine one-hundredths of a second. If it weren’t for this newly-discovered process, he says, earth would be fried:Earth is constantly being bombarded by a hot, soupy plasma of protons, electrons and ions loosed by the sun in the form of solar wind. These winds blow all day and in all directions, blasting out of our nearest star at speeds of up to 500 miles per second (800 kilometers per second) and temperatures of up to 2.9 million degrees Fahrenheit (1.6 million degrees Celsius), according to NASA. You’d think that would be more than enough to bake our planet into a giant, orbiting lump of ash, but Earth and its atmosphere remain largely unscathed thanks to the planet’s strong magnetic field.Scientists are still trying to understand these processes, the article ends. “But for now, enjoy the gentle winds of summer — and know, somewhere out there, that Earth’s magnetic field is violently ripping billions of solar electrons to bits on your behalf.”Van Allen Radiation Belts within the magnetic field (NASA).Chirping Birds and Swing PushersWhat Causes Radiation Belt Enhancements: A Survey of the Van Allen Probes Era (Geophysical Research Letters). With an animation of electrons under the influence of the magnetic field, a press release from NASA-Goddard explains how electrons become excited within the belts.Encircling Earth are two enormous rings — called the Van Allen radiation belts — of highly energized ions and electrons. Various processes can accelerate these particles to relativistic speeds, which endanger spacecraft unlucky enough to enter these giant bands of damaging radiation. Scientists had previously identified certain factors that might cause particles in the belts to become highly energized, but they had not known which cause dominates.Now, with new research from NASA’s Van Allen Probes and Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms — THEMIS — missions, published in Geophysical Research Letters, the verdict is in. The main culprit is a process known as local acceleration, caused by electromagnetic waves called chorus waves. Named after their characteristic rising tones, reminiscent of chirping birds, chorus waves speed up the particles pushing them along like a steady hand repeatedly pushing a swing. This process wasn’t a widely accepted theory before the Van Allen Probes mission.Additional InformationRadial Transport of Higher‐Energy Oxygen Ions Into the Deep Inner Magnetosphere Observed by Van Allen Probes (Geophysical Research Letters). “We suggest that the higher‐energy oxygen ions are transported to the inner magnetosphere selectively by the combination of two resonances: drift resonance and drift‐bounce resonance.”Explaining the apparent impenetrable barrier to ultra-relativistic electrons in the outer Van Allen belt (Nature Communications).Recent observations have shown the existence of an apparent impenetrable barrier at the inner edge of the ultra-relativistic outer electron radiation belt. This apparent impenetrable barrier has not been explained…. Contrary to earlier claims, sharp boundaries in fast loss processes at the barrier are not needed. Moreover, we show that penetration to the barrier can occur on the timescale of days rather than years as previously reported, with the Earthward extent of the belt being limited by the finite duration of strong solar wind driving, which can encompass only a single geomagnetic storm.Update 6/12/18: Astrobiology Magazine reports that European Space Agency (ESA) scientists are seeking to understand how the solar wind impacts rocks on the moon and Mercury. Most solar wind particles consist of hydrogen ions (protons) and helium ions, but some heavier atoms are in the mix, too. These particles can impact surface rocks at speeds of 400 to 800 km per second, shattering the rock and dislodging atoms in a process called sputtering. The erosional damage does not affect Earth:The planets and moons of our solar system are continuously being bombarded by particles hurled away from the sun. On Earth this has hardly any effect, apart from the fascinating northern lights, because the dense atmosphere and the magnetic field of the Earth protect us from these solar wind particles. But on the Moon or on Mercury things are different: There, the uppermost layer of rock is gradually eroded by the impact of sun particles.Constant bombardment and liberation of particles by sputtering creates a thin “exosphere” around the moon and Mercury that scientists can study remotely for clues about surface composition. “The effects of solar wind bombardment are in some cases much more drastic than previously thought,” the article explains, because heavier elements not only have more mass but can carry multiple levels of charge (i.e., they lack several electrons). Their impact on a surface can atomize rocks in a flash of kinetic and electrical energy.The article notes that “the uppermost layer of rock is gradually eroded by the impact of sun particles,” but did not mention what effects could be expected over millions or billions of years. The ESA’s first mission to Mercury, called BepiColombo is scheduled for launch in October 2018.We need to keep in mind these physical mechanisms as we “enjoy the gentle winds of summer,” realizing that multiple laws of physics and chemistry appear to have ‘conspired’ to work together for our benefit. Secular scientists would have us believe that there are so many stars and planets, life must be commonplace. They have a very permissive view of what chance can accomplish, both biologically and physically. In Spacecraft Earth, Dr. Richter identifies some 15 factors that work together to make our planet habitable. Using reasonable estimates of probability, he estimates that less than one planet in the universe would have all 15 factors! Of course, we know there is at least one. But is it reasonable to assume that habitable planets are a dime a dozen? Think how uncanny it is that physical processes that have nothing to do with life, like bow shocks and chorus waves, would play a role in protecting life far below, on the surface of a planet out of the range of their operations. The same argument could be made for physical processes under the earth’s surface, such as mineral transport and plate tectonics, and for physical processes within the biosphere, such as ocean currents and atmospheric circulation patterns. Additionally, there are astronomical considerations that make earth habitable, such as having the right kind of star, being the right distance from it, and having an axial tilt that gives rise to seassons. This doesn’t look like a haphazard arrangement of independent mindless processes. It supports what the Lord revealed in Isaiah 45:18For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”(Visited 1,125 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

USDA launches $41 million initiative to improve water quality for Western Lake Erie Basin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $41 million in a three-year initiative to support the work of farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The initiative helps farmers and ranchers implement science-based conservation measures to reduce runoff from farms entering the region’s waterways.NRCS Chief Jason Weller unveiled the initiative at an event with partners and stakeholders from the region at Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo. This initiative will expand conservation and financial assistance opportunities available to WLEB farmers and ranchers who want to take additional steps to improve the quality of the water feeding the Lake. This funding is in addition to the $36 million the Agency has already planned to make available in the basin through the 2014 Farm Bill, for a combined three-year investment of $77 million to improve water quality and support sustainable production in the Basin.“The challenges that face Lake Erie require science-based solutions and a commitment from all partners to address the factors that impact water quality. The area’s farmers and ranchers have already made great strides in helping to reduce runoff, and with this new investment they will be able to do even more,” Vilsack said. “Farmers and landowners will be able to add conservation measures to about 870,000 acres in this critical watershed, effectively doubling the acres of conservation treatment that can be accomplished in the three years.”Since 2009, NRCS has invested about $73 million in technical and financial assistance to farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin through Farm Bill Programs. The conservation improvements they have made through more than 2,000 conservation contracts now cover more than 580,000 acres. Farmers and landowners in the region have stepped up, and with their help the conservation practices these funds supported reduced annual nutrient and sediment losses by an estimated 7 million pounds of nitrogen, 1.2 million pounds of phosphorous, and 488,000 tons of sediment between 2009 and 2014. These savings have resulted in cleaner water leaving farmlands in the Basin.NRCS also today released a new report through its Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) that evaluates the impacts of voluntary conservation in the WLEB and conservation treatment needs. The report, based on farmer survey data in the WLEB, shows voluntary conservation is making significant headway in reducing nutrient and sediment loss from farms, but there is opportunity to improve conservation management across the basin and no single conservation solution will meet the needs of each field and farm.According to the report, this initiative will help landowners reduce phosphorus runoff from farms by more than 640,000 pounds each year and reduce sediment loss by over 260,000 tons over the course of the three-year investment.“Throughout the basin, comprehensive field-scale conservation planning and conservation systems are needed to accommodate different treatment needs while maintaining productivity,” said Chief Weller. “While voluntary conservation is making a difference in the basin, the CEAP evaluation tells us that there are still gains that can be made through an emphasis on practices like precision agriculture.”The WLEB Initiative is one of the key results of a series of partner workshops NRCS held in fall 2015 to develop recommendations for accelerating conservation in the Basin. The initiative further sharpens the focus of NRCS investments and helps increase the impact of ongoing work by conservation groups and state and local governments. This partnership will work with data from the CEAP Report and other sources along with the recommendations of farmers and other conservation partners to match the right conservation solution to the unique qualities of each field to maximize the impact of each dollar invested.Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $29 billion to help producers make conservation improvements, working with as many as 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect over 400 million acres nationwide, boosting soil and air quality, cleaning and conserving water and enhancing wildlife habitat. For an interactive look at USDA’s work in conservation and forestry over the course of this Administration, visit https://medium.com/usda-resultslast_img read more

Netvibes Goes From Web 2.0 To Enterprise 2.0 In Partnership With Sage Software

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… alex williamscenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair In the Web 2.0 heyday, Netvibes had that star appeal that few companies ever experience. Their platform for creating personal dashboards rocketed in growth. Web innovators sang its praises. But you know the story. Netvibes struggled to find a business model.Now, we’re on the cusp of the Enterprise 2.0 movement and Netvibes has suddenly come back as a contender for providing dashboard environments to better manage enterprise software.Today, Netvibes is announcing a “sales, marketing and technology,” partnership with Sage Software, an enterprise software company with 5.8 million customers worldwide and more than 14,500 people worldwide.Sage will integrate the Netvibes dashboard technology into Sage software products and business processes. The idea is that enterprise software has become increasingly complex for users. Netvibes technology will help manage Sage software by providing customers with an environment that is more user friendly. Sage is hoping the partnership will bridge enterprise software with the Web 2.0 features of the Netvibes technology.Sage reaches mid-market companies. These are larger enterprises that may do $60 million in revenues. They are adopting increasingly complex software. For instance, spftware for Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP) and Business Process Management (BPM) are more popular in light of enterprise efforts to bring more efficiencies in these times of economic difficulty. But often, the tools require a degree of administration beyond the capabilities of the average business user.Sage will integrate Netvibes into the launch of its ERP X3 software, coming in the first quarter of 2010.For all the skeptics of social technologies, is this at all proof of the benefits that social software provides? Sage is adopting the Netvibes platform to make it simpler for customers to use its ERP software.Netvibes grew from the roots of the social software movement. Its technology represents what social software can help people accomplish: give the user more options to be productive and creative in their work.last_img read more

7 Tricks for Keeping Your Camera Equipment Organized

first_img3. Sectioned BagsYou don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good sectioned camera bag. These bags offer greater flexibility because they can be changed and manipulated to accommodate your individual needs. Be sure to get one with velcro sides that allow you to change the layout of the bag at will. I’m a big fan of the LowePro bags for their durability.4. Velcro Cable OrganizersVelcro cable organizers are a great way to manage your cables on-set. You’ll be able to easily identify cables by their color (very useful on long cable runs), as well as keep them tidy during storage.5. Tackle BoxFrom adapters to microfiber wipes it can be extremely difficult to keep up with all the small pieces of equipment necessary for making a film/video. Instead of simply throwing all of your small parts into a random zipper in your camera bag try using a tackle-box instead.  I recommend getting a tackle-box that is 1) clear and 2) has moveable dividers (will better accommodate different sized gear).7. Get a Card WalletLosing a memory card can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences for any filmmaker. Instead of going through this awful ordeal purchase a memory card wallet. These storage cases will also keep your cards safe from the elements (some even have weather resistant seals). Make it a habit on set to ALWAYS add a used card to your memory card case when you pull out a new one. This will ensure you only have out the card that’s currently being shot on: no lost cards.7. Labeled Lens CapsGot a bag full of lenses? Labeled lens caps make it easy to quickly grab the right lens from your camera bag, as they are labeled with that lens’ focal length. Brands like LensBling make versions of these caps, or you can easily create your own by labeling the caps you’ve got.Labeled lens caps also make it easier when you are working with production assistants who might not know an 85 from a 24.Have any other tips for staying organized on set? Share in the comments below. Clean up the clutter with these 7 tips for staying organized on set.In the chaos that is a film set it can be difficult to stay organized. When your attention is torn between directing, cinematography, or whatever else the shoot demands, it’s hard to keep track of all your equipment. In the following post we will take a look at 7 of my favorite ways to keep equipment organized on set.1. Label MakersLabeling your equipment is THE #1 best way to stay organized on set. By purchasing a cheap label maker you can guarantee your equipment doesn’t go home with someone accidentally. You can also color-code the labels to correspond to respective bags. For example, if you have a lens with a green label your crew will know to put that equipment in the green labeled bag. There are tons of ways to utilize labels for your individual purpose. Label makers are cheap…use them to your advantage.2. Make an Equipment ListYou should have a record of all the video/film equipment you own (for insurance at the very least!) Organize this list by equipment type (camera, lighting, audio, etc). Next, modify this master list into a checklist with two checkboxes next to each piece of equipment. Print off a new version of the checklist each time you head out on a shoot and check off each piece of equipment you’ll be taking with you.This checklist serves two purposes:1.What type of shoot is it and what equipment will it require? By going through the checklist you’ll be able to quickly ascertain what you need and what you don’t. Add a check to the first checkbox each time a piece of equipment gets packed. By going through this list you’ll minimize the chances that you’ll show up to the set without a crucial piece of gear.2. When the shoot is wrapped go back over the list, this time adding a check to the second checkbox when you verify that you have each piece of gear. This will minimize the chances that you’ll leave gear on set or confuse it with someone elses.last_img read more

Punjab CM urges Amit Shah to tackle cross-border drones

first_imgTwo days after the Punjab police seized a huge cache of arms, including five AK-47 rifles, pistols hand grenades and satellite phones, and investigation revealed that the weapons were suspected to have been delivered from across the border from Pakistan over drones, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the incident was a new and serious dimension to Pakistan’s sinister designs in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370.The Chief Minister urged the Union Home Minister to tackle the problem at the earliest.Tagging Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a tweet from his official handle, Capt. Amarinder wrote, “’Recent incidents of Pakistan-origin drones dropping consignments of arms & ammunition is a new and serious dimension on Pakistan’s sinister designs in aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370. Request @AmitShah ji to ensure that this drone problem is handled at the earliest.”On September 22, the police busted a terrorist module of the revived Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), backed by a Pakistan and Germany based terror group, made the arms seizure and arrested four suspects from the outskirts of Chola Sahib village in Tarn Taran district.State Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta had pointed out that initial investigation revealed that the weapons were suspected to have been delivered recently across the border from Pakistan over drones launched by Pakistan’s ISI and the State-sponsored Jihadi and pro-Khalistani terrorist outfits working under its command. “The large-scale infiltration appeared to have been aimed at scaling terrorism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the Indian hinterland, in the wake of the recent developments in the Valley,” he had said.last_img read more

From Village to Nehru stadium in 7 min flat

first_imgThe completion of the elevated road over Barapullah drain was delayed by several months but now that the corridor is ready, the wait seems well worth it.Commuters will be able to cover the distance between the Commonwealth Games Village and Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in south Delhi in seven minutes flat, thanks to the new road. The journey earlier used to take at least 40 minutes.After missing several deadlines, the elevated road over Barapullah was formally opened for Games traffic on Friday.The four- km stretch is the first such elevated road in the Capital.As of now, it would be exclusively used to ferry Games participants from the athletes’ Village near Akshardham temple to the main venue and back. The road will be opened to general traffic after the Games.State public works department minister Raj Kumar Chouhan flagged off 240 low-floor air-conditioned buses from the Sarai Kale Khan side to the stadium. ” I am proud to dedicate the elevated road to the people of the city. After the Games, it will provide a key link between east and south Delhi,” he said.The road was built by the Gurgaon- based DSC Constructions Pvt Ltd at a cost of `498 crore.The dual carriageway having three lanes each from Sarai Kale Khan to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will ensure a smooth flow of traffic between east Delhi and other parts of the Capital.The corridor would greatly benefit Ring Road commuters coming from east Delhi, NH-24 and DND flyway. They would be able to come straight to the CGO complex and the INA Market through a smooth, traffic- signal free movement, a PWD official said.advertisementlast_img