A statistical comparison of SuperDARN spectral width boundaries and DMSP particle precipitation boundaries in the morning sector ionosphere

first_imgDetermining reliable proxies for the ionospheric signature of the open-closed field line boundary (OCB) is crucial for making accurate ionospheric measurements of many magnetospheric processes (e.g. magnetic reconnection). This study compares the latitudes of Spectral Width Boundaries (SWBs), identified in the morning sector ionosphere using the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN), with Particle Precipitation Boundaries (PPBs) determined using the low-altitude Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft, in order to determine whether the SWB represents a good proxy for the ionospheric projection of the OCB. The latitudes of SWBs and PPBs were identified using automated algorithms applied to 5 years (1997-2001) of data measured in the 00:00-12:00 Magnetic Local Time (MLT) range. A latitudinal difference was measured between each PPB and the nearest SWB within a ±10min Universal Time (UT) window and within a ±1h MLT window. The results show that the SWB represents a good proxy for the OCB close to midnight (~00:00-02:00 MLT) and noon (~08:00-12:00 MLT), but is located some distance (~2°-4°) equatorward of the OCB across much of the morning sector ionosphere (~02:00-08:00 MLT). On the basis of this and other studies we deduce that the SWB is correlated with the poleward boundary of auroral emissions in the Lyman-Birge-Hopfield “Long” (LBHL) UV emission range and hence, that spectral width is inversely correlated with the energy flux of precipitating electrons. We further conclude that the combination of two factors may explain the spatial distribution of spectral width values in the polar ionospheres. The small-scale structure of the convection electric field leads to an enhancement in spectral width in regions close to the OCB, whereas increases in ionospheric conductivity (relating to the level of incident electron energy flux) lead to a reduction in spectral width in regions just equatorward of the OCB.last_img read more

USU Men’s Basketball Announce Matchup Against Northern Iowa

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball will host Northern Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 28, as part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. The game was announced by the Mountain West on Thursday morning.UNI finished the 2017-18 season with a 16-16 overall mark, including a 7-11 ledger in league play. The Panthers return 12 student-athletes with playing experience, including senior guard Wyatt Lohous, who finished third on the team in scoring a season ago with 9.3 points per game. Sophomore forward Tywhon Pickford was named to the Missouri Valley all-Freshman and all-Newcomer teams after leading the Panthers with 7.8 rebounds per game, including team bests of 188 offensive and 248 defensive rebounds during the year.Head coach Ben Jacobson will be entering his 13th season leading the UNI program, compiling 250 career victories, the most in school history.“It is an exciting time to have our first official game on the calendar,” head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith said. “Things are coming together and I can’t wait to get our season underway. The Missouri Valley Conference is a great league for basketball and Coach Jacobsen has been very successful for many years at UNI. It will be an exciting matchup for our players and for our fans.”The game will mark the first meeting between the two schools in program history. Utah State is 1-2 all-time in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge, posting a 69-68 victory at Missouri State during the 2015-16 season, followed by a 62-61 loss at home against Indiana State during the 2016-17 season and a 72-65 loss at Valparaiso last year.USU is among the second batch of games during the MW/MVC Challenge, as Nevada and Boise State will travel to Loyola Chicago and Drake, respectively, on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Colorado State will round out the first day of competition when the Rams host Southern Illinois, also on Nov. 27. Four other games will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 28, as Valparaiso will travel to UNLV, Indiana State to San José State, and Missouri State to Air Force. Wyoming will travel to Evansville on Nov. 28, rounding out competition for that day. The final games of the Challenge are set for Saturday, Dec. 1, as New Mexico will travel to Bradley, and San Diego State will travel to Illinois State.Utah State will be entering the first year of Smith’s tenure in 2018-19. The team will be led by junior guard Sam Merrill, who paced the Aggies last season with 16.3 points per game and team bests of 107 assists and 35 steals. Merrill finished second in the Mountain West after averaging 35.4 minutes per game and garnered all-Mountain West third team honors at the end of the season.Utah State men’s basketball news and information is available on Facebook (facebook.com/usumen’sbasketball) and on Twitter (@Aggiehoops). Fans can also get USU men’s basketball highlights on YouTube (youtube.com/utahstateathletics). Aggie fans can follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter (@usuathletics), on Facebook (facebook.com/usuathletics) or on Instagram (@usuathletics). Tags: Basketball/Northern Iowa/Utah State Aggies Written by May 3, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Announce Matchup Against Northern Iowa Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Universal Credit is “car crash” for tenants, landlords and agents, says MP

first_imgUniversal Credit has been an “ideological error” for the 1.2 million tenants on housing benefit within the system as well as landlords and agents, it has been claimed by Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne (pictured, right).This is despite the Chancellor’s measures in his budget last November, which attempted to mitigate the financial stress of those moving to Universal Credit falling into rent arrears as they awaited payment.Stephen’s comments came during a debate he led in the House of Commons this morning during which speakers from all sides of the political spectrum savaged Universal Credit and its effect on the housing sector.As well as dramatically increasing the number of people presenting themselves to councils as homeless after being evicted from private rented properties for rent arrears, Universal Credit has made many private landlords reluctant to rent to claimants, he said.“Many years ago I warned that this would be a car crash, and it has become one,” he said.Quoting figures given to him by the Residential Landlords Association, he said 87% of landlords will not rent their properties to Universal Credit claimants and that among those who did, 38% have experienced rent arrears problems.He then called for payment of rent to be made directly to landlords and not to tenants, a system that used to exist in the UK and that was kept in Northern Ireland despite Universal Credit being introduced, where he says rent arrears are negligible compared to England.During the debate one speaker highlighted a landlord in the North East who had 20 tenants on Universal Credit, 18 of whom were in arrears and nine of whom eventually had to be evicted.Evictions increasing“Section 21 evictions are going through the roof in England, “ he said.“The RLA says one in three landlords have attempted to evict a tenant recently, 60% of whom were in rent arrears because they were claiming Universal Credit.“Many landlords are nervous about tenants on low incomes in general too, not just those claiming benefits, because they worry they may soon apply for Universal Credit and then go into arrears.”Stephen Lloyd also claimed that if the system of direct rent payment to landlords was re-introduced, it would double the number of privately rented properties available to claimants, and drastically reduce homelessness and evictions.“Then it would become the positive, progressive benefit it was supposed to, not the car crash it has been so far.”    House of Commons housing MP’s Universal Credit Stephen Lloyd January 9, 2018Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Universal Credit is “car crash” for tenants, landlords and agents, says MP previous nextRegulation & LawUniversal Credit is “car crash” for tenants, landlords and agents, says MPDebate convened by MP Stephen Lloyd largely savages the chaotic effect of Universal Credit on the private rented sector.NIgel Lewis9th January 201801,711 Viewslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s to host 36th annual Conference of the Illinois Medieval Association

first_imgSaint Mary’s will host the 36th annual Conference of the Illinois Medieval Association on Friday and Saturday, free for all members of the tri-campus community.Co-organizers and Saint Mary’s professors Jessalynn Bird and Sarah Noonan said conference plans began about two years ago.“It got started when the Illinois Medieval Association sent out a call for host institutions … and I emailed the executive director of the Illinois Medieval Association and asked him if he’d be interested in venturing into Indiana, and he said he thought it was close enough,” Noonan said.The University of Notre Dame and the Illinois Medieval Association sponsored the conference.“The conference was supported by the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame … and the Illinois Medieval Association also kind of helps fund the conference in addition to registration fees for those who are outside of the Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame college community,” Noonan said.The event “Medieval Futures” will focus on how ideas from the medieval era still connect to today’s problems.“Medieval studies is having to wrestle with a lot of contemporary issues and with how it represents itself as a field,” Bird said. “I know the Medieval Academy, for example, has recently been issuing position statements explaining what it is that medievalists are all about, partly because folks from the alt-right have been trying to appropriate images of the medieval past to justify their agenda.”The two scheduled plenary speakers are professors Bernard McGinn and Dot Porter.“Professor Bernard McGinn [is] coming from the University of Chicago and Dot Porter [is] coming from University of Pennsylvania,” Noonan said. “Bernard McGann thinks more about the medieval past and conceptions of time and mysticism, whereas Porter has been engaged in digitizing medieval manuscripts and making them available. So, she’s worked on a variety of different projects that are making these resources more broadly available to communities around the world.”The conference will also incorporate visits to both the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s libraries for medieval manuscript tours.“There’s also going to be two library sessions that are being organized,” Noonan said. “One is taking place at the University of Notre Dame [with] David Gura, the curator of Western manuscripts. [He] is going to be doing a special exhibit on time in medieval manuscripts. Then I’m leading a special session on the manuscripts and early printed works at Saint Mary’s at that same time for participants who want to stay on campus.”The purpose of these library visits is to encourage more people to explore what the universities have to offer.“Part of it was to highlight the holdings that are here at Saint Mary’s, which Sarah has been kind of instrumental in helping to catalog,” Bird said. “Notre Dame, of course, has a wonderful rare books collection that we also wanted to highlight and try and get students to cross over and use more frequently.”The event is for students who wish to attend the conference for the whole two days or come to a specific session.“There have been quite a few students from Saint Mary’s who have expressed interest and registered and are going to some of the special library sessions, but also planning to attend one of the plenary talks or one of the sessions,” Noonan said.Bird encourages anyone interested in medieval studies to attend the conference.“I would just stress the accessibility of it in that it’s meant to be a conference that involves anyone who would like to come, be it a first-year student, sophomore, junior, senior or faculty member.”Tags: 36th Annual Conference of the Illinois Medieval Association, Illinois Medieval Association, Jessalynn Bird, Sarah Noonanlast_img read more

Connecticut River Watershed Council files petition over water permit for Vermont Yankee

first_imgThe Connecticut River Watershed Council has filed a petition asking the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to either grant or deny Entergy’s application for a renewed Clean Water Act permit for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The petition seeks to ensure adequate protection for the fish populations of the Connecticut River. The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School filed the petition on behalf of the Watershed Council.Vermont Yankee is operating under an expired, administratively-extended permit that allows it to discharge heated water into the Connecticut River and to draw river water into its cooling water intake structure to cool the plant. Both activities can harm many life stages of fish, particularly American shad and Atlantic salmon.‘The Connecticut River used to support healthy populations of these migratory species, but today they are at risk,’ said David Deen, river steward with the Watershed Council. ‘We believe Vermont Yankee’s heated discharge is contributing to their decline.’The petition calls on the ANR to either deny Entergy’s renewal permit application or to issue a new draft permit as soon as possible. The current permit, which contains a thermal variance from Vermont’s water quality standards, expired nearly five years ago. If the ANR issues the draft permit, it will be publicly noticed and the public will have opportunities for comment and appeal.‘The current permit is outdated,’ said ENRLC staff attorney Laura Murphy. ‘It is time for ANR to revisit this permit and conduct a full review.’The petition asks the agency to require Vermont Yankee to operate its closed-cycle cooling towers to reduce thermal impacts as well as fish mortalities from the structure itself. The Watershed Council also asks the ANR to open up Vermont Yankee’s environmental advisory committee to public input and scrutiny. The ANR established the committee to give advice on environmental monitoring and standards for the plant.‘For too long, this committee has conducted business behind closed doors. It’s time to let a little sunshine into the room,’ said VLS Professor Pat Parenteau, senior counsel of the ENRLC.Deen concluded: ‘This permit is what is called a ‘zombie’ permit, which is a permit that continues on past its expiration date because the agency hasn’t processed the permit renewal application. This permit has been in zombie status for more than five years. The Connecticut River has waited long enough.’##About CRWC: For more than 50 years, CRWC has worked in partnership with people to protect the Connecticut River watershed from source to sea. Accomplishments include helping to restore access to spawning areas for migratory fish, protecting more than 8,000 acres through our Land Conservancy Program, and supporting three full-time River Stewards who bring CRWC’s on-river presence to every region of the watershed, taking action and assisting community groups. Learn more at www.ctriver.org(link is external).About ENRLC: The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic provides an experiential learning opportunity for students at Vermont Law School. Its mission is to provide a high-quality, skills-based educational experience for law students who learn how to become competent, ethical attorneys with expertise in the field of environmental and natural resources law; provide pro bono representation for individuals and organizations who could not otherwise afford legal services; ensure that laws protecting health and the environment are properly interpreted, implemented and enforced to prevent and abate environmental problems; and to conserve and restore natural resources for the benefit of this and future generations. For more information, visit http://www.vermontlaw.edu/x1389.xml(link is external).Source: CRWC. 2.17.2011last_img read more

My story of #SummerSixteen

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Details Every summer has a story. And this one was no different.With the pool closed, the kids back in school and a busy conference season looming ahead, I find myself reflecting on my summer’s journey. It was a summer that began with the most exciting sporting moment in Cleveland history, followed by a well-earned sabbatical and the celebration of a 20-year partnership with a beloved customer.But throughout the bright summer days, there was a theme. One of long-term loyalty, perseverance and reward. Here’s a synopsis:Chapter 1: Making historyBy now, everyone knows this chapter. The Cleveland Cavaliers did the unimaginable and shocked the sports world in late June. As a diehard Cleveland sports fan, I thought this day would never come.It was an epic series. No team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals.Until now.I was fortunate enough to be downtown Cleveland the night the Cavs won the series. With friends and family by my side, we celebrated long into the night – a night I will never forget. Finally, the curse was over.Chapter 2: Looking back while savoring the presentI work for an amazing company that proves this to me each and every day. For example, as a tenured employee, I am eligible for a sabbatical. I was lucky enough to be able to take a break from the grind and enjoy a paid month off this July. This chapter of my summer had two storylines.The first was a reunion of sorts. I hosted my college roommate and her daughter in our home followed by a trip to my college alma mater with my daughter. She excitedly walked down memory lane with me, then she made memories of her own, winning first place in a dance competition held at The University of Norte Dame.We returned home – with medals in hand – just in time for me to attend my high school class reunion.I spent the second half of my sabbatical taking a road trip through the Catskills and Cooperstown, NY, (a trip I have wanted to take for years). I also become the queen of playdates and the posterchild for stress-free back-to-school preparations (since I had the time and energy).This will be a chapter I will long remember and relish – even with my near-death tubing experience on a river through the mountains in New York. We don’t need to go into the details. The important thing is: I’m alive.Chapter 3: Celebrating a milestoneThe day I returned to the office from my sabbatical was beyond noteworthy. It marked the 20-year anniversary of our partnership with one of my favorite customers, Anheuser-Bush Employees’ Credit Union (ABECU).In the 1990s, the credit union found that paper was piling up. From massive vaults to crowded file rooms and filing cabinets, ABECU employees battled boxes and folders full of members’ documentation. As a result, processes across the credit unions suffered.Fast-forward two decades.Today, every department at ABECU takes advantage of its enterprise content management solution, OnBase by Hyland. With OnBase, ABECU is able to serve its members faster and better. Because of its partnership and dedication to serving customers like ABECU, Hyland has enjoyed continuous growth and financial stability allowing for further and ongoing OnBase product development.I cannot take credit for my summer’s page-turning story, it was written for me. I was simply a character on a fantastic journey. But I was fortunate enough to experience it, celebrate it and even savor it.So, what is your summer’s story?last_img read more

Honor thy workplace superheroes

first_imgI just read Credit Union Magazine’s annual Credit Union Rock Star issue (sponsored by Fiserv, as it so happens).It’s dedicated to those unique, innovative people who excel in their areas of expertise—and by doing so make our movement a better, more interesting place.When you read their stories, you will see them on their (metaphorical stage) swinging their (metaphorical) guitars, and belting out (metaphorical) lyrics.But a better way to think about these crazy diamonds is realize they have special abilities—superpowers, if you will.And who has superpowers? Superheroes like these: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

What the Apple Card says to credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Long gone are the days when credit unions could consider the community institution down the street, or even the biggest national banks, as their only competition. Large technology companies and retailers continue to dip their toes into the financial industry waters, causing concern for traditional institutions. What these entities lack in proven financial services experience, they’re trying to make up for with seamlessness and convenience. While these competitors haven’t won yet, if credit unions aren’t careful, they just might.T-Mobile, Walmart and Amazon all have introduced new banking and payment products over the last couple of years that tout a superior user experience as the selling point. Arguably the most threatening, last month Apple introduced a new credit card that has low fees, easy-to-spend rewards, boosted security and a frictionless account opening experience. Nothing Apple is offering is particularly new or noteworthy individually, but by piecing together the best features and functionality of credit unions’ current digital banking and payment apps, Apple might be delivering a better overall consumer experience. This should serve as a bright red flag to credit unions that have been slow or reluctant to embrace digital transformation.These tech companies often have flashy user interfaces and hefty resources behind them, but they lack one crucial differentiator that credit unions have: Member trust. According to a Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of D3 Banking Technology, more than three-fourths of Americans (78%) feel more comfortable with their financial institution having access to their personal data when compared to a large tech organization. This is good news for traditional players. continue reading »last_img read more

Why it’s more fun in Cadiz!

first_imgIt traces its beginnings to theestablishment of a traditional settlement in a place known as Cadiz Viejo, nearthe banks of the Hitalon River. Historical records showed that in 1861, theSpaniards came and named the settlement Cadiz because of its northern locationwhich reminded them of the seaport by the same name in Spain. WANT TO JOINT another unique festivalthis January? Look no further. There’s the colorfulDinagsa Festival of Cadiz City in northern Negros Occidental – the city’sdistinctive take on the many ati-atihan activitiescelebrated across the country. Held annually on the third week of January, Dinagsa Festival celebrates the people of Cadiz City’s love for mouthwatering seafood and local culture, and their devotion to the Holy Child Jesus. Here’s a tip: Wear a white shirt andbe a human canvas of many affable festival revelers. The kaleidoscope of colorswould surprise you. Keep the shirt; make it your one-of-a-kind Dinagsa souvenirwith lots of fun memories! This year is the 46th edition of the Dinagsa, which started in 1972 and was initially called “Cadiz City Ati-atihan Festival”. In 2002 it got a new, unique name. A lot of festival activities have beencarried out since the weeklong festival started. Among the standoutcrowd-drawing events were the Sinaot Cadiznon (Jan. 18), MuzikCadiz battle ofthe bands (Jan. 22), Open Breed Fun Match Dogshow (Jan. 18), Mountain Bike CircuitChallenge (Jan. 18), Pabiti-ay Tattoo Competition and Musicfest (Jan. 18),Zumba Fest (Jan. 24), Smudge photo contest, and Sub 1 10K Challenge (marathon). “Dinagsa” comes from the Hiligaynonroot word “dagsa” which literally means rushing or coming over in hordes. Cadiz became a municipalityindependent from Saravia (now E.B. Magalona) in 1878. The word has a special meaning inCadiz City because of an unusual incident nearly 53 years ago on May 5, 1967 –cetacean stranding. center_img One inimitable feature of the DinagsaFestival is the fun-filled crowd-favorite Lamhitanay – people (residents andvisitors alike) wander the city’s streets and smother one another’s faces withcolorful paint. Yes, be prepared to get colorfully painted and win lots of newfriends! For many, it was a reminder of theabundance of Cadiz’s marine resources and that they must cherish these andthank the Señor Santo Niño for the blessings. A lot of whales beached on Cadiz’sshore. According to the surprised villagers, the whales were humungous – eachmeasured 40 feet long and eight feet tall. Oh yes, visitors are treated with the Cadiznons’ unique brand of hospitality and friendliness – their way of affirming that, indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines, what with the rhythmic beating of drums and soot-covered performers dancing with wild abandon on the streets. Photo courtesy of ShutterDope/YouTube Cadiz City, 65 kilometers north ofNegros Occidental’s capital Bacolod City, is known for its agro-fisheryresources due to its fertile agricultural lands and rich fishing grounds. Today is Lamhitanay Day, arguablythe 2020 Dinagsa Festival highlight. Join the fun! In July 1967, Cadiz was inaugurated asa city by virtue of Republic Act No. 4894 which was passed by Congress on June17, 1967./PNlast_img read more

Favre hints at Dortmund exit after Bayern defeat

first_img Read Also: Ighalo nears Man Utd extension amid foreign stars ban in China “It’s going be difficult – seven points (to make up) in six games, that is brutally hard,” said Favre. The Swiss fell offside with Dortmund fans last season when he conceded the 2018⁄19 title race was “over” after a 4-2 home defeat by Schalke left them three points behind Bayern with three games left. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Swiss coach Lucien Favre has hinted that he may leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season after defeat by Bayern Munich left his team seven points adrift of the champions in the Bundesliga title race with six games left. Dortmund’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre has hinted that he may leave at the end of the season, with his side currently trailing Bayern Munich by seven points in the title race. For the second season running under Favre, second-placed Dortmund find themselves wanting at the tail end of the campaign with Bayern now firmly on course for an eighth straight league title. The Swiss gave a resigned grin when asked if Tuesday’s 1-0 home loss to Bayern behind closed doors, settled by Joshua Kimmich’s deft chip, proved Favre does not have what it takes for Dortmund to break Bayern’s monopoly on the German league. “That’s been said here for months,” said Favre, 62, who has a year left on his Dortmund contract. “I know how these things go and I will talk about it in a few weeks. “I’m staying calm and I trust in myself.” The home defeat in Dortmund came on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayern last November at Munich’s Allianz Arena. According to German daily Bild on Wednesday, Dortmund’s bosses made contact “in the past few months” with Niko Kovac, who was sacked by Bayern in November, as a possible successor to Favre. After Favre said he will make a future announcement, Germany legend and Sky pundit Lothar Matthaeus commented “as soon as I heard that, I thought ‘Favre will leave and Kovac will come’”. Bild also claim that RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is Dortmund’s ideal candidate, but the 32-year-old is under contract until 2023. Favre has all but waved the white flag on bridging the gap in the table, even though Bayern must still face Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen, who have already both beaten them this season.center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Loading… last_img read more