On the occurrence of auroral westward flow channels and substorm phase

first_imgAuroral westward flow channels (AWFCs) are intense, narrow channels of westward drift overlapping the equatorward edge of the auroral oval in the pre-magnetic midnight sector. They are a close relative of the sub-auroral polarisation stream which encompasses polarisation jets, a phenomenon also known as sub-auroral ion drift events. Recent observations made with the Tasman Geospace Environment Radar (TIGER) (147.2°E, 43.4°S Geodetic; 55.0° Geomagnetic) have revealed close associations between the appearance of AWFCs and substorm onset, and their subsequent decay toward the end of recovery phase. In fact, in terms of electric field strength, they are the strongest signatures of substorms in the ionospheric convection (>50 mV m−1). In terms of electric potential difference (>10 kV), they also represent a substantial fraction of the total potential difference generated during substorms. The AWFCs exhibit a diverse range of behaviour, there being no typical event. The radar observations show that radial polarisation fields sometimes oscillate towards and away from the Earth, and bifurcate, within regions of closed flux in the magnetotail throughout substorm evolution. We have identified every AWFC observed by TIGER during the first year of operation, 2000. Simple statistical arguments imply that one, if not more, AWFC probably occurs during every substorm. AWFCs are a fundamental aspect of substorm evolution.last_img read more

Jazz clinch playoff spot in crowded Western Conference

first_img Tags: Basketball/NBA/Playoffs/Utah Jazz April 8, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jazz clinch playoff spot in crowded Western Conference FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to help the Utah Jazz clinch a playoff berth with a 112-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.Utah is the fourth team in the crowded Western Conference to lock up a postseason spot, with five teams still in the running for the other four positions before the regular season ends Wednesday.Mitchell also had nine rebounds and eight assists, and Joe Ingles had 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting along with 10 assists. Jae Crowder added 18 points off the bench.Josh Hart had 25 points for Los Angeles, which has lost six of eight. Julius Randle had 17 points and seven rebounds.A basket by Royce O’Neale put Utah up 98-76 in the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter. The shot marked Utah’s largest lead of the game.Mitchell threw a full-court pass to a streaking Ingles for a layup and a 66-56 lead with 5:44 remaining in the third. Utah led 82-67 when O’Neale made a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go in the quarter.Tyler Ennis made a scoop shot that pulled Los Angeles within 32-30 during the second quarter, but Utah regained a 12-point lead with help from two 3-pointers by Crowder. The Lakers closed the half on 6-2 run and trailed by only six.The Jazz started the game on a 7-0 run and extended the lead to 19-4 with Mitchell’s 3-pointer in transition. Los Angeles answered with a 10-0 spurt and closed within four with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.TIP-INSJazz: Beat the Lakers 117-110 on April 3. … Five players scored in double figures. … Derrick Favors had 10 points and 13 rebounds.Lakers: Three of the five starters did not make a field goal in the first half. … Kyle Kuzma did not play due to a mild left ankle sprain.UP NEXTJazz: Host Golden State on Tuesday.Lakers: Host Houston on Tuesday. Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Dixie State Baseball Opens 2020 Season At Cal State-San Marcos This Weekend

first_img Brad James January 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Baseball Opens 2020 Season At Cal State-San Marcos This Weekend Tags: Dixie baseball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN MARCOS, Calif.-Friday through Sunday, Dixie State baseball commences its last season in NCAA Division II by visiting Cal State-San Marcos.The Trailblazers are coming off a 35-19 season in 2019 and will ride with junior right-handed pitcher Justin Dunham in Friday’s opener.Saturday, Dixie State goes with junior right-handed hurler Jack Gonzales and Sunday, the Trailblazers are represented on the mound by redshirt senior left-handed pitcher Tevita Gerber.The Trailblazers are No. 17 in the Perfect Game 2020 Division II preseason Top 25 poll.Dixie State has also received votes in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 40 preseason rankings.The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its 2020 NCAA Division II South Central Region preseason poll earlier this week with Dixie State ranked at No. 5.The Trailblazers are 8-5 all-time on Opening Day in the program’s NCAA Division II era and 7-6 all-time in road openers.Friday’s match-up against the Cougars is the first on the diamond in program history for Dixie State.last_img read more

Fancy escaping to the country? Here’s how much you’ll be paid to work on a ‘great estate’

first_imgKnight Frank has shone a light into one of the UK’s most unusual property management market after revealing the salaries paid to those employed ‘downstairs’ to keep the country’s great estates ticking over.While traditional city and town block and estate management roles are much more urban, gritty and involve sorting out knackered boilers and lost keys, tweedier estates management is a much more varied affair with pay depending on a person’s skill set.This ranges from the highest average salary at £83,224 for an estates director, dropping to £19,308 for a cleaner or maid.In between these two extremes, Knight Frank lists a further 24 roles and their salaries including a farm manager (£43,225), butler (£33,865), cook (£29,505), game keeper (£26,670), ghillie (£24,720), head stalker (£23,300) and groom (£20,462).Salaries are rising, and ahead of inflation, increasing on average by 7.5% since Knight Frank last surveyed the sector two years ago.If you fancy escaping to the country then experienced property managers are in demand.  Knight Frank says 71% of estates struggle to find the ideal candidates to fill roles for such upmarket property management.“We’ve found that methods of recruiting vary according to job level, from word of mouth to specialist consultants, but it is clear that finding the right employees can be challenging,” says Alastair Paul (left), who completed the research for the Knight Frank rural team.“In more positive news though, we were pleased to see that 96% of estates in the survey undertook health and safety training with their staff, 57% of estates reported undertaking formal staff appraisals, and 4% of estates have a formal bonus scheme.”alastair paul Estates & Management knight frank January 15, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Fancy escaping to the country? Here’s how much you’ll be paid to work on a ‘great estate’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleFancy escaping to the country? Here’s how much you’ll be paid to work on a ‘great estate’Knight Frank has completed its latest research into the UK’s rural property management sector and how much its staff are paid from maids to farm managers.Nigel Lewis15th January 202001,471 Viewslast_img read more

Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Vessels to Get Gyrocompass Systems

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Vessels to Get Gyrocompass Systems Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit has been selected to design and supply gyrocompass navigation systems for 12 Kingston Class coastal defence vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy, as a subcontractor to SNC-Lavalin Defence Programs Inc.The contract will include Dual NAVIGAT X MK1™ gyrocompass systems, NAVITWIN IV™ Heading Management Systems and a complete suite of Heading Repeaters. Installation will start in June 2015 and extend through early 2017. Six of the vessels being upgraded are based in Esquimalt, British Columbia and six are based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where the first field tests will be conducted this summer.Beyond the supply of equipment, the contract will also include system design and configuration, factory acceptance testing, commissioning, harbor acceptance testing, site acceptance testing as well as familiarization training, which will involve 12 trainers.[mappress mapid=”15792″]Image: Canadian Navy April 27, 2015 Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Vessels to Get Gyrocompass Systems Share this article View post tag: Kingston View post tag: Patrolcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: navigation View post tag: americas Authorities View post tag: Canadian Navylast_img read more

University of Evansville Announces New Nurse Anesthesia Program Slated to Begin January 2021

first_img The University of Evansville’s new Nurse Anesthesia program is slated to begin in January 2021 pending accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The program joins the rich collection of strong health professions programs already offered at UE.Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs, have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 49 million anesthetics to patients each year in the U.S., according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2019 Member Profile Survey.CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services.As advanced practice registered nurses, CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. They carry a heavy load of responsibility and are compensated accordingly. In addition, the cost efficiency of CRNAs helps control escalating healthcare costs.The University of Evansville has applied for accreditation for its Nurse Anesthesia program from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). UE anticipates matriculating its first nurse anesthesia class in January 2021, pending a favorable accreditation decision in October 2020.In September 2019, Melissa Fitch, CRNA, DNP, was hired as the founding administrator for the program. Fitch earned her associate’s degree in nursing in 1997 from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. She earned her BSN, MSN-Anesthesia, and DNP from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She serves on the Programs Committee for the Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists (KyANA) and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).“I’m excited to share my knowledge and love for this practice with the next generation of nurse anesthetists,” said Fitch. “Numerous healthcare facilities in Evansville and the surrounding communities have already signed clinical agreements with us and are ready to welcome CRNA students into their practices.”The first cohort of 16 students will begin in January of 2021, pending accreditation from the COA. The program lasts three years, and graduates will leave the University with more than 2,200 hours of clinical experience.Applications are slated to open in Fall of 2020, and interested individuals can begin preparing for program entry now. Admission requirements include the following:Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing programOne full year of intensive care experience in the ICU or CCUCCRN not required, but strongly preferred3.0 overall undergraduate GPA3.0 undergraduate GPA in science-specific areas of studyHave at least two separate anesthetist shadow experiencesThe Nurse Anesthesia Program will be housed on the UE campus; however, students will also take courses at The Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville. This state-of-the-art multi-institutional campus provides unique opportunities for interprofessional experiences among various health professional students, collaborative learning, and research opportunities.The Bureau of Labor projects that the job outlook for CRNAs is very strong. It is estimated that employment of nurse anesthetists will grow 31 percent from 2016 to 2026 – much faster than the average for all occupations.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

IRS Releases More Info On How To Get Coronavirus Stimulus Checks ASAP

first_imgmask with moneymask with money IRS Releases More Info On How To Get Coronavirus Stimulus Checks ASAPTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said payments will go out “within three weeks” for people who have their direct deposit information on file with the IRS.March 31, 2020, 5:05 AM CDT / Updated March 31, 2020, 9:58 AM CDTBy Sahil KapurWASHINGTON — New information from the IRS on Monday shines more light on what people can do to get the checks from the government as quickly as possible while many families worry about paying the bills and buying food during the coronavirus crisis that has cost millions of people their jobs.For Americans eligible for stimulus cash under the new relief law, the fastest way to receive it is to make sure they’ve filed a tax return for 2019 or 2018 with bank information so the government can directly deposit the money. The agency said it would publish additional information about the new forms soon on irs.gov/coronavirus.Payments up to $1,200 per person, with an additional $500 per child under 17, will be made to U.S. residents with a Social Security number who earn under $75,000. The amount decreases by $5 per every $100 earned after that, zeroing out at $99,000. For married couples, the phase-out range is $150,000 to $198,000.The IRS said Americans who weren’t required to file taxes in the last two years will have to file a “simple tax return” with basic information like filing status, number of dependents and bank information so the government can send the money.“Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax,” the IRS said.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said payments will go out “within three weeks” for people who have their direct deposit information on file with the IRS.“We will create a web-based system for people where we don’t have the direct deposit they can upload it so that they can get the money immediately as opposed to checks in the mail,” Mnuchin said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” The IRS says it will use a person’s 2019 return to calculate eligibility and automatically send the money to those who qualify. If they haven’t filed a 2019 return, it’ll be based on the 2018 return.center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Statement to parliament: Smart ticketing on the rail network

first_imgIn November 2017 in our Strategic vision for rail, the Department for Transport set out ambitious plans for the roll out of smart ticketing across the network, with the aim of making it more convenient for passengers to buy and receive their train tickets. Over a year later, we have made real progress. Every franchise offers smart cards and/or barcodes and smart tickets are available across almost all of the network.We now want to go further. Our ambition is to ensure that across regional and urban commuter areas smart ticketing can deliver the kind of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) structure that is used in London, to make journeys easier and smoother for passengers.In the north of England, the government has allocated £150 million to the multi-modal PAYG programme already being progressed by Transport for the North and, in London, Oyster ticketing already offers seamless PAYG travel. However, there is demand for PAYG to be deployed more widely, so today we begin consulting on the feasibility of delivering PAYG to an expanded area across the south-east of England. This is just a first step, and we will continue to work with other areas to assess opportunities to roll out PAYG.The consultation offers the travelling public, business, local authorities and others the opportunity to have their say on how the system could operate and where it could extend to. We are aware that there are views on the appropriate ticketing systems and the way the fares structure could be organised to complement pay as you go travel, these issues are also being considered in the consultation.last_img read more

Crowds flock to Harvard Film Archive’s ‘Noir All Night’ movie marathon

first_imgArmed with coffee and energy bars, Lily Tran and Generoso Fierro were still energized after the first two movies in the Harvard Film Archive’s “Noir All Night” movie marathon on August 31-Sept. 1. “I love film noir, and I’m trying to learn more about it,” Tran said. “I am definitely in it for the long haul.” Seven noir films from the archive’s collection were featured in the 12-hour run. HFA director Haden Guest and programmer David Pendleton worked collaboratively to organize the event.“The genre was Haden’s idea; he’s a huge film noir fan,” said Pendleton, who has worked for the HFA for seven years. “We thought it was a good idea because these movies can take a serious look at postwar corruption, while also being zippy and easy enough to follow.” He also noted that the variation in plots—from heists to murders to political corruption—make them engaging even when several are watched consecutively.Guest drew up a tentative list of titles for the marathon, and Pendleton arranged the order. “I wanted to start with one that was better known, then show four rarer films and end with two very popular titles,” he said. “Many of these films have not been screened very often.”Ira Blackman, an HFA regular, commented that the event had drawn a “great audience” and that Pendleton had done “a great job putting together the lineup.”Pendleton hopes to organize more of these all-night marathons. “It’s something that used to be popular. Besides, I really enjoy staying up all night and watching movies.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Sociologist examines origins of Korean pop music

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Department of Global Studies enlightened students on the cultural phenomenon of “K-Pop” at a lecture by John Lie, the C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Thursday evening in Carroll Auditorium.Lie’s lecture titled, “What is the K in K-Pop?” explored the identity and origins of K-Pop or Korean pop music and J-Pop, the Japanese equivalent, and how both have gained momentum internationally.The genre is characterized by a Western sound, synchronized dance moves, and a repetitive melody, Lie said. While the genre gradually gained international popularity for about 10 years, the crossover year in the United States was 2012 when artist Psy released his single, “Gangnam Style,” Lie said.Lie began his discussion with the concept behind the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, founded as a meet-and-greet musical performance on a regular basis, Lie said. Groups like AKB48 have crossed over to include sister groups in Japan, China and Indonesia, Lie said.K-Pop artists commonly use universal and generic themes in their lyrics such as, “I need you,” or, “I love you” to appeal to global audiences, Lie said. English might be used in small portions for the same reason, though the rest of the song is sung in Japanese or Korean, Lie said.“They release a Japanese version, a Chinese version, and an English version,” Lie said. “As far as I can make out, none of the AKB48 members speak another language fluently.”Lie said these differences in music stems from the differences between nations.“Any two countries are quite complex,” he said. “People are quite different in their cultures. People have different tastes in art, in food. And what is popular for teenagers is not necessarily popular for their parents.”Lie introduced and explained the relatively new concept of popular music in popular culture, which was born from the folk and classical music of the late 19th century, he said.“Traditionally there [was] what we would call folk music,” Lie said. “There was always kinds of classical music, but beginning in the late 19th century, there arose a new genre called popular music which wasn’t something people could just sing. They would buy it, hear it on the radio.”Popular music became widely sung across Japan and Korea because of its western style, Lie said.“In South Korea, popular music meant singing choral music and church songs,” Lie said. “In the case of Korea, these songs became some of the first popular music.”Whether or not such a genre is considered an art form, Lie said he views the popular music as profit-driven.“Culturally speaking, the reason is it is not made for the sake of art,” Lie said. “You don’t make it for the pure beauty of it, but rather for the money, and that’s what defines popular music in a way.”In the cases of idol groups like AKB48, the first Japanese idol groups rose in the 1970s, and in South Korea in the 1980s when they had the means to enjoy popular music, Lie said.“What’s interesting about idols is they are produced and consumed as transient goods, meaning they do not last forever,” Lie said. “This rapid turnover in stars is very obvious, but it’s also partially designed by the industry to keep people interested. One aspect of the idol concept is constant change. These idols were sacred.”Nowadays, people tend to find music videos to be artificial, Lie said. The remedy is to make a more relatable series of idols less threatening in appearance and features.“Related to shows like the ‘X-Factor’ and ‘American Idol,’ AKB48 tries to bring fans into the voting process,” Lie said. “Of course it’s not really a democracy in the case of AKB48, because you have to buy CD’s. If you just watch the music video of AKB48, it’s hard to see why they’re popular because they’re [not that good]. People find them less threatening.”Lie believes artists create art for the sake of expressing something deeper within themselves, he said.“You are constantly expressing artistic autonomy,” he said. “In the case of these Japanese or South Korean pop groups, this is not the case. Someone thought of the group. He did this not to say something about himself, music is widely different. This is the sort of music that he was promoting beforehand. The humor or the interest was in that.”Tags: AKB48, Department of Global Studies, J-pop, John Lie, K-poplast_img read more