Doppler shift pulsations on whistler mode signals from a VLF transmitter

first_imgWhistler mode signals from the NAA transmitter (24 kHz) received at Faraday, Antarctica are processed to obtain the Doppler shift at a much higher time resolution than has previously been possible. This has allowed the observation of pulsations of about 13 mHz frequency which are believed to be associated with hydromagnetic waves in the magnetosphere. The pulsations are observed separately on signals with a number of discrete group delay features that can be interpreted as individual whistler ducts. Using the measured pulsation phase over the array of ducts the phase velocity and wave normal direction of the hydromagnetic wave in the equatorial plane are estimated. The direction of propagation is consistent with a source on the dayside magnetopause. The association between whistler mode Doppler shifts and hydromagnetic waves has been reported before but not, as far as we are aware, using an experimental technique that allows measurements on individual ducts in order to determine the direction of propagation of the hydromagnetic wave.last_img read more

Who has clinched an automatic NCAA tournament berth?

first_imgMarch 16, 2019 /Sports News – National Who has clinched an automatic NCAA tournament berth? FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/cmannphoto(NEW YORK) — The following teams have automatically qualified for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by winning their conference championship:America East Conference: Vermont CatamountsAtlantic Sun Conference: Liberty FlamesBig South Conference: Gardner-Webb BulldogsColonial Athletic Association: Northeastern HuskiesHorizon League: Northern Kentucky NorseMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference: Iona GaelsMissouri Valley Conference: Bradley BravesNortheast Conference: Farleigh Dickinson KnightsOhio Valley Conference: Murray State RacersPatriot League: Colgate Red RaidersSouthern Conference: Wofford TerriersSummit League: North Dakota State BisonWest Coast Conference: Saint Mary’s GaelsCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

AnimalPalooza Benefit & Music Festival

first_imgAnimalPalooza Benefit & Music Festival. 10 and 11 at Burdette ParkEVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 5th annual, two-day AnimalPalooza Animal Benefit & Music Festival is set to return this year the second weekend of September! DockDogs, a world-wide canine aquatics competition will be featured again at the event, as well as a full lineup of popular area bands. The Lux Motors Car and Truck Show will make a return on Sunday!New this year, Saturday beginning at 3:30 on the main stage, Animalpalooza will hold aPet Pageant with 3 categories, featuring Best Swag (personality), Best Red Carpet Look and Best Senior Pet!Melissa Mauser, Vice-President of Animalpalooza said, “We are so excited for this year’s event and know the newly added pet pageant is going to be a hugh hit! We can’t wait to see what people come up with and think it’s a fun and unique way to feature some of our local pets.”She added, ”We are asking those who wish to participate, to pre-register for the pageant no later than Friday, September 9th by going to our website at www.animalpalooza.net.”The family event takes place Saturday, Sept. 10th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday,Sept. 11th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Burdette Park, 5301 Nurrenbern Road in Evansville. Pets are welcome at AnimalPalooza, but they must be leashed. Retractable leashes are not allowed. Adult ticket prices are $7 for a one-day pass or $10 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under are free.AnimalPalooza will also offer a full menu of food and soft drinks: a wide variety of vendorson-hand selling merchandise; a silent auction; a Kids Zone with crafts, inflatables and games for kids of all ages; a beer garden and wine for adults 21 and older; and many shelters and rescues on-site with pets available for adoption, including a horse rescue from Corydon, KY.All proceeds from the event will be used to fund animal shelters and rescues; aid in re-homing homeless and surrendered animals; efforts to reunite lost pets with their families; and the reduction of euthanasia at shelters and animal control facilities.The Lux Motors Car & Truck Show takes place on Sunday. The first 100 to register a vehicle will receive a dash plaque and free T-shirt. Trophies and door prizes will be given. All proceeds will benefit the AnimalPalooza organization.For more information about this year’s AnimalPalooza, the Live the Lux Life Pet Pageant and the Lux Motors Car & Truck Show, visit Animalpalooza.net or the AnimalPalooza page on Facebook. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Learning from one’s peers

first_imgOnce again I have been on my travels, getting ideas from my successful peers. The latest of these have come from David Smart of Greenhalgh’s, based in Bolton.Neville, Janes Pantry MD, and I went up there for the day – Neville to learn as much as possible about making fresh soup and me just to get as many good ideas as possible.Well, I won’t say it was a very large bakery, but when we were left alone for a few minutes, Neville said, “How will we ever find our way out?” So I would suggest to David that, in future, he issues all his guests with Sat Nav.That is the problem with many of these large bakers up north – they just do not realise that we small simple bakers from the West Country get over-awed when visiting their large premises.After being shown so much, I began to think David must own half of Bolton. Nat Lofthouse, the famous centre forward, and Bolton were one in my mind and now I have to add David Smart to that shortlist.When I arrived home, my wife Barbara asked, “Well what did you think of it, and what did you learn?””Very impressive,” I said. The bakeries – three of them – all contained an enormous amount of equipment and were incredibly clean and although people were working, they all appeared to be working without making any mess.The quality of the goods was extremely high, which, as we all know, is so difficult to achieve and maintain when you have such a large business. We were so pleased they are way up north – away from us – as I really wouldn’t enjoy competing against them.While all our questions were answered, it is a little difficult writing about them as you never know what should be considered confidential when someone is so open and helpful, but we learnt a huge amount and – as we always do when we go to the north west – we left impressed with the high standard and competitiveness of the marketplace there.Someone once asked me why did I write about Greenhalgh’s and Waterfields so often? Well the answer is simple: both have been so generous to Neville and me, with advice when asked. And, quite honestly, they renew my enthusiasm for the bakery trade and set a target for what we should aim for.We also visited two shops – one recently rebranded for the current market and one traditional.I found it infuriating that I could not really decide which I preferred. That made me think that, as you get older, you have to move on and let the younger folk have their way or the business would stagnate.Oh, one last comment, they even have their own automatic car and van wash, which sure as hell beats our hose and sponge. – Tony Phillips owns Gloucester bakery chain Janes Pantrylast_img read more

The challenges facing higher ed

first_imgMaintaining global excellence, expanding access to higher education, and ensuring its affordability are the biggest challenges facing public and private universities, said the presidents of Harvard University, Stanford University, and Ohio State University during a panel discussion Tuesday hosted by the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.During the wide-ranging discussion among the presidents, Harvard’s Drew Faust, Stanford’s Marc Tessier-Lavigne, and Ohio State’s Michael Drake probed the pressing issues facing higher education, including the potential for dramatic cuts to federal scientific research funding, new immigration and visa restrictions on students and faculty, and ongoing efforts to prevent campus sexual violence and alcohol abuse.Although securing financial support for academic endeavors is a major — and always difficult — part of a university president’s job, the Trump administration’s plan to impose new budgetary constraints on scientific research has made that task even harder, they said.In the wake of last weekend’s March for Science, Drake and Tessier-Lavigne, a neuroscientist, noted that once-catastrophic diseases like polio and AIDS are now under control thanks to academic scientific research supported by such funding. Rising public health challenges, such as Alzheimer’s, will require similar resources if the nation hopes to effectively manage its rapidly aging population, the presidents added.Too often, state and federal lawmakers consider funding for areas like scientific research and student financial aid discretionary, especially when annual budgets are tight, they said. But ensuring that citizens have access to higher education is “really [an] investment in the future, and I think that the legislatures sometimes look at them as a cost,” Drake, who has had to freeze student costs since 2015, told moderator David Rubenstein.An ophthalmologist, Drake noted that the federal government has had a long and fruitful partnership with academic institutions to make advances in medicine, technology, and other scientific disciplines.Some of the responsibility for the perception that such research isn’t essential falls on colleges and universities, which need to do a better job of communicating the important economic and social benefits that higher education provides, the presidents said. “One of our biggest challenges is to explain who we are and what we do and why it matters” to legislators, philanthropists, and the public, Faust said.Since January, Faust said she has been making the case to Republican and Democratic members of Congress that fully funding the National Institutes of Health in the upcoming federal budget, an area President Trump has earmarked for major cuts, is critical to advance scientific research. She has invited lawmakers to come see firsthand the important scientific work being done in Harvard laboratories.Recent efforts to restrict immigration and reduce the availability of work and student visas pose a grave risk to Stanford’s rich educational experience and its longstanding culture of entrepreneurship, said Tessier-Lavigne. A Canadian who was able to study in the United States thanks to a student visa, he noted that more than half of American startups today are launched by immigrants and that 10 percent of Stanford students are international. “We think it’s very important because it enriches the education of our American students,” he said.Helping and supporting international students who want to stay in the United States after graduation through the H-1B visa program is an important concern for Harvard and has a direct effect on whether the University can sustain excellence in the decades to come, said Faust. “Openness to international students and faculty is not incidental to who we are, it’s fundamental to who we are,” she said.Because the University’s endowments support about a third of Harvard’s annual operating budget, Faust said that taxing them would undermine the ability of Harvard and other private institutions like Stanford to ensure that students can afford to attend regardless of their financial circumstances.Confronting and preventing sexual violence on campus is another priority at the three schools, the panelists said. In the wake of troubling findings in a 2015 national survey, administrators have stepped up efforts to better inform students about consent and diminish the embarrassment some affected students feel, which interferes with reporting incidents or seeking support.After Rubenstein asked why anyone should get a degree from Stanford or Harvard when successful people like Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates of Microsoft dropped out before graduating, Faust insisted the ideas incubated and the friends they made while on campus left an indelible mark.But on the nagging question of which school a high school student should attend after getting into both Harvard and Stanford, Faust was emphatic in quipping: “Ohio State.”last_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris Becomes a Sardi’s Legend

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments With just a few days left as the star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris had one final task to cement the legendary status of his Tony-winning run: joining the wall of Sardi’s! On August 15, a small group of friends gathered to see the unveiling of his caricature at the iconic theater district bistro. Before the portrait got hung, he posed for this hot shot after adding a simple message: “Thanks so much!” No, thank you so much, NPH, for making Broadway a little more exciting these past few months. Come back soon! last_img

Home Away from Home

first_imgThe North Face Meadowlands 6 The trouble with big family tents is that they often require an engineering degree to pitch them. The North Face simplifies the process as much as possible with the Meadowlands, a six-person behemoth, by giving you color-coded poles and exterior pole clips, so you don’t have to fish the poles through 13 feet of tubing. As for space, the Meadowlands has it: 90 square feet to be exact. There’s lots of mesh for venting, but the tent is burly enough to hold up to winds that might cripple lesser family digs. 14.4 pounds. $429; thenorthface.com 1 2 One size fits all? Not when you’re talking about tents. Check out these four new shelters, fit for soloists or big families.REI Hobitat 4 Yes, the Hobitat is a tent, but you’d be better served thinking of this as a modular home. The four-person tent comes standard with a rainfly and mini vestibule, but it’s also built with a special “connect tech zipper” that allows you to add a full-sized garage. Pop open the garage’s awning and you’ve got shaded outdoor lounge space; close it down completely and you’ve got weatherproof storage for all your gear. Not that the tent isn’t spacious enough on its own. The odd pod-shaped design gives you more headroom throughout the tent, and tons of mesh pockets and hang loops keep your family’s gear off the floor. 16lb 8oz. $269; rei.comSierra Designs Lightning HT 2 Compared to most two-person tents, which are really only big enough for one regular-sized person and a dog, the Lightning HT 2 feels like a roomy amphitheater. The square footage isn’t revolutionary (28.5 square feet) but a few smart design features enable the Lightning HT 2 to live big. An extra ridge pole adds head room, then double doors keep you from having to step over your buddy every time you have to pee. And the rain fly has two separate vestibules, so you each get your own space. It’s a fully mesh tent, so if the weather’s right, ditch the fly and the entire forest becomes your bedroom, minus the bugs. 3lb 14oz. $279.95; sierradesigns.comlast_img read more

101: Intro to Climbing

first_imgSchool of Hard Rocks: A climber ascends the south peak of Seneca Rocks, W.Va. Photo: Massey TeelFrom the gear and terminology to the fear factor, learning to climb can be intimidating. But the payoff is huge.  Here is some crucial info to help you rock your first rock climb.Three Ways to ClimbTop rope: The climbing rope is run through a fixed anchor point above the route, allowing the climber to send shorter routes without any extra protection on the wall. Sport: Fixed protection is bolted into the rock wall, allowing climbers to clip into bolts as they send a route.Traditional: Artificial protection (cams and wedges) is placed in grooves and cracks on the rock wall as the lead climber sends a route. The second climber then “cleans” or removes the protection as he follows up the route. Trad climbing is the most prevalent form of climbing in the Southeast.Climbing GlossaryAnchor: The point where the rope is attached to the rock. Anchors are typically trees or bolts.Belay: To secure a climber with a rope to minimize a fall. In a top rope scenario, the climber, anchor, and belayer form three points of contact with the rope.Crux: The most difficult section of a climb.Gripped: Overcome with fear and fatigue in the middle of a climb.Lead climbing: To climb a route from the bottom up, placing artificial protection, or clipping into permanently placed bolts, along the way.Multi-pitch: A long route that demands traditional protection placement. Each pitch of the climb must be shorter than a single length of rope (50 meters).Protection: “Pro” for short, anchors placed by a lead climber to secure a climb.Myth BustersFirst, forget everything you think you know about rock climbing. Here are two common misconceptions dispelled:1. Climbing is dangerous: Sure, you’re hundreds of feet off the ground strapped to a rock wall, but climbing is far safer than most non-climbers realize. According to a study released in 2008 by the American Alpine Club, climbers suffer fewer accidents than snowboards, skiers, and sledders.“Knowledge is power,” says Swis Stockton, owner of Granite Arches, a service that guides beginners all over the Southeast. “A lot of beginners are scared to fall because they don’t realize the equipment is built for that very thing. If the ropes and harnesses are cared for, they’re much safer than most beginners think.2. Climbing is about upper body strength: Sylvester Stallone made climbing looking brutally hard in Cliffhanger, but it’s not really about bulging biceps and huge “lats.”“Climbing is about leg presses, not pull ups,” Stockton says. “Good climbers think about their foot placement first, moving from one foothold to the next, using their hands just for balance.”Practice your footwork in the gym. Find a low-angled wall built for kids and try to traverse it using only your feet. If you can, keep your hands on your hips. 1 2last_img read more

Federal regulators issue TDR guidance

first_imgNAFCU continues to receive questions from credit unions as they navigate the challenges posed by COVID-19 and work to help their members who are adversely impacted. One common question is to what extent loan modifications made during this time will be considered a “troubled debt restructuring” (TDR) under NCUA guidance and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).As a reminder, Appendix B to Part 741 of NCUA’s regulations sets forth the agency’s expectations regarding loan workouts, nonaccrual policies, and regulatory reporting of TDR loans. In this guidance, the definition of TDR is set by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), whether a specific loan modification is a TDR is generally a question requiring accounting expertise, not legal expertise. Credit unions may need to consult with their accountant on these kinds of issues.In Appendix B, NCUA stated that a TDR is “a restructuring in which a credit union, for economic or legal reasons related to a member borrower’s financial difficulties, grants a concession to the borrower that it would not otherwise consider.” This can include “a modification of the loan terms, such as a reduction of the stated interest rate, principal, or accrued interest or an extension of the maturity date at a stated interest rate lower than the current market rate.” In other words, many of the programs credit unions have been considering to assist members affected by COVID-19 seemed to potentially meet the definition of TDR. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Paul Nicholls retains faith in Solo ahead of return | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – “This track is much more like Kempton, where he won the Adonis. He’s schooled great and is working well – I’m very excited about him.“We’ll stay over hurdles this year, and Saturday will tell us an awful lot.”Nicholls also fields Diego Du Charmil in Sayturday’s Grade Two heat, while 2016 victor Sceau Royal represents Alan King and arrives on the back of victory in the Welsh Champion Hurdle.- Advertisement – Colin Tizzard’s Master Debonair is an intriguing runner, having been off the track since disappointing in his Cheltenham Festival prep back in February, with a planned Aintree outing scuppered by the cancellation of the Grand National meeting.Brandon Castle and Teqany complete the six-strong line-up.Nicholls fields Wincanton fan Grand Sancy in the “Rising Stars” Novices’ Chase, in which he faces just two rivals.He has won the last two of his five outings over fences, also finishing third at Grade One level on his chasing debut, and arrives with a Listed success at Chepstow already in the bank this season.The trainer said: “This has been the plan ever since he won at Chepstow.“He’s a good, solid jumper who loves good ground, so I think he’s got a great chance“He’s a novice until December 1, and the experience he had in those good races last season will stand him in good stead.“He ran in the Elite Hurdle last year and was only just beaten – he loves Wincanton.“He’s a good, solid jumper who loves good ground, so I think he’s got a great chance.”Present Man and Bryony Frost will try to repeat their victories of 2017 and 2018 in the Badger Ales Silver Trophy Chase, with Nicholls also fielding Danny Whizzbang and My Way.The 10-year-old Present Man warmed up for this with a veterans’ chase win at Chepstow last month, when he returned from a 335-day break.Nicholls said: “He’s only gone up 2lb for winning at Chepstow, and we went there thinking he’d need the run a little. We had that as a prep race, so he surprised us a little bit.“He looks great. I don’t think he was ever right last season. If he runs like he did at Chepstow the other day, on his beloved course and the ground is fast, he must have a leading chance.”While Present Man tops the weights, My Way is at the other end of the scale with Bryan Carver also taking a hand 5lb off the recent Stratford hurdles winner.Nicholls added: “I’ve always thought the Badger Ales would be a great race for My Way. He’s a maiden over fences, but he ran some nice races last year and is on a nice little mark.“He won well over hurdles the other day, really as a prep for this. If the ground doesn’t dry up too much, he’s definitely got a chance.”The three-mile-one-furlong contest has drawn 15 runners, including Kim Bailey’s likely favourite and hat-trick seeker El Presente and the Harry Fry-trained Just A Sting, who was fourth in the race last year. aul Nicholls is keeping the faith with Solo as he makes his seasonal bow in the Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton.The four-year-old made quite a splash on his British debut back in February, hacking up by 13 lengths in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton to add to a previous Auteuil victory for Guillaume Macaire.- Advertisement – Upped to Grade One company in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, Solo fell short in finishing a 10-and-a-half-length eighth – but Nicholls believes that effort can be excused and is keen to see how his charge, who has been gelded since, shapes up on his return.He said: “He’d probably done enough in France and had never seen a track like Cheltenham before.“Horses like Clan Des Obeaux and Frodon ran in the Triumph and finished in midfield like him. I’d put a line through Cheltenham – he’s had a nice break, he’s been gelded and has definitely improved.- Advertisement –last_img read more