Validation of imaging Doppler interferometer winds using meteor radar

first_imgThere has been some debate over the years concerning the accuracy of mesospheric wind observations made using the imaging Doppler interferometer (IDI) technique. The high potential and increasing use of IDI wind data in joint studies with spaced-antenna MF and meteor radar systems make it important to quantify the IDI results. This paper presents a novel comparison of wind measurements between a dynasonde implementation of IDI and winds derived from an all-sky meteor radar system, a widely-accepted standard for such measurements. Both radars were located at the USU Bear Lake Observatory and operated almost continuously for a four-month period. The winds and tides derived from IDI were found to closely match those measured by meteor radar, not only during the day but also at night, and at all overlapping heights from 80–95 km.last_img

Boris confirms end to Section 21 evictions and launches ‘Lifetime Deposits’

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Boris confirms end to Section 21 evictions and launches ‘Lifetime Deposits’ previous nextHousing MarketBoris confirms end to Section 21 evictions and launches ‘Lifetime Deposits’Johnson revealed a raft of major housing policies in an article published in The Sun this morning.Nigel Lewis21st November 20194 Comments6,304 Views Boris Johnson has revealed several major shifts in government policy for the private rented sector and, as predicted, has put evictions at the centre of the General Election housing debate.In an article published by The Sun newspaper early this morning, Johnson has confirmed that the government will proceed with banning Section 21 eviction notices.“At the moment, renting a property can also be an uncertain and unsettling business, and the costs of deposits make it harder to move. We are going to fix that,” says Johnson.“A Conservative majority government will empower renters and give them greater peace of mind.”The policy has been opposed by landlords and many agents because it will push all evictions into the courts, making it harder and more expensive to eject tenants who default on their rent.Hugely welcomeBut homelessness charities have welcomed the move including Shelter, whose chief executive Polly Neate says: “Reports that Conservatives plan to scrap Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions are hugely welcome.“If enacted, this would transform private renting for millions of people by providing them with stability and security.”Johnson has also said that if elected his government would bring in a system of transferable tenancy deposits called Lifetime Deposits which, it is claimed, is the Conservative Party’s attempt to reel in Labour-voting younger tenants.“We have long argued that deposits should be transferable. It will make renting cheaper and easier for tenants. It is vital though that the detail of the plans ensure that both landlords and tenants can have complete confidence in how the lifetime deposit will work,” says David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).Million moreJohnson has also announced a major overhaul of planning to enable more homes to be built and help ‘Generation Rent’ on to the property ladder.He has promised to build a million more private and affordable homes by 2025, which would require 250,000 to be built every year.Johnson has also revealed that the government is preparing an alternative to the Help to Buy scheme equity scheme, which is due to finish in 2023.Both Labour and the Conservatives are expected to release their full manifestos today.Read The Sun article in full.Lifetime Deposits section 21 evictions Boris Johnson Section 21 November 21, 2019Nigel Lewis4 commentsJohn Socha, Orchard BMS Ltd Orchard BMS Ltd 25th November 2019 at 1:20 amThe flaw in all the politician’s “Cunning plans” is that the capacity of our house building industry is 180,000 a year.We need to train one extra tradesman (woman) to bolster the two existing, electricians, bricklayers, joiners, roofers, etc.A 33% increase in skilled tradespeople.Have the politicians any idea how to do this? Of course not.The other flaw in the plan is that there is lots of warehouse work. If you can read, write and count, you can have a job in a warehouse.Staff canteen, sent home if the temperature drops below 62F, overtime if you want it and you are warm and dry and not forced to go home unpaid on wet days.The pay and status of the construction industry trainees/apprentices will need a re-vamp if we are to attract young people to the industry.As always, never allow the facts to get in the way of a vote catching pledge.Log in to ReplyJohn Redden, Belvoir Tynedale Belvoir Tynedale 21st November 2019 at 4:19 pmNot sure that anyone in Parliament really understand the real world anymore. “Lifetime transferable deposits”! How do you transfer a deposit to a new property if the landlord has not yet signed off the property or the adjudicator has not ruled his/her findings. Another chaotic policy announcement to buy votes.Another point after 17 years other than a tenant in arrears, the landlord moving back into the property or selling up I have never issued a Section 21. My landlords want long term tenants they certainly dont want to move them out.Perhaps we are lucky we have good landlords, good tenants and problems are infrequent but the policy changes this year have not improved anything for tenants it has in effect made it both harder and more expensive for people to rent.Log in to Replyjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 21st November 2019 at 12:06 pmYet again Westminster look to the private landlords as the scapegoats for years of poor government in the housing sector.If successive governments had acted rather than using the PRS as a political football and if even 1/2 of the houses that should have been built had made it out of the ground then this would not even be a conversation!Time to take housing away from government and establish a body that knows what it is doing & talking about to guide policy.Log in to ReplyAndrew McCausland, Hamilton Square Estates Ltd Hamilton Square Estates Ltd 21st November 2019 at 10:07 amBoth main parties have announced their plans for 250,00 extra houses a year? Who is going to build them when the training skills council and all major builders have repeatedly stated that they haven’t the manpower to build them?Another undeliverable election promise.The loss of S21 is a blow to the PRS. This is not because landlords want to throw out good tenants, as Shelter say, but because LL use it as a cheap and quick way to get rid of bad tenants. If they have to use the county courts system the whole repossession process will implode, with implications for investment into the sector.Whoever gets into power will need to address the court system as a priority. A specialist housing court was mooted last year and this would seem to be a sensible way to overcome the looming problems.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021last_img read more

New Harmony Gallery To Hold Closing Reception For Land Report East 6

first_imgThe New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibition, Land Report East 6, will host a closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 23rd in conjunction with the Harmonist Thanksgiving Feast offered by the Indiana State Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thrall’s Opera House. The closing reception is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for the feast.The Land Report Collective features work from six artists: Leticia Bajuyo, Jason Brown, Brian Jobe, David Jones, Patrick Kikut, Shelby Shadwell. While the exhibition deals with landscape as a foundational reference point, do not expect traditional landscape paintings when you visit the gallery. This group brings together artists from across the nation to explore the concept of land art in a variety of media to create a dialogue within the gallery.“Although each Land Report artist investigates formal and conceptual issues based in the landscape as an individual, the essence of our collective lies in the intersection between the things each of us point at – as if we were pointing to locations like road signs,” the artists say in their collective statement. “New meanings and contexts emerge when viewers see the conversations that open up between works in an exhibition that would not normally occur when pieces are exhibited in isolation. Furthermore, the development of the work for each exhibition is a result of the artists being in direct and indirect dialogue with each other, the spaces they inhabit and the people they interact with there. Through this active process, members of the collective make new work as if it were a conversation, even though each artist acts autonomously and there is no hierarchical structure imposed.”Bajuyo’s work is fueled by compassion and a critique of capitalism, as she explores perceptions of value in order to foster an awareness of the role of social amnesia on consumer behavior. Brown considers the politics of mountaintop removal in his construction of objects and installations while also creating playful formal assemblages. Jobe typically creates schemes for public interaction through the delineation of pathways or through site-specific focal points. Jones responds to desert environments with experimental interactions, model scale sculpture, and large-scale outdoor works. Kikut incorporates a lifelong interest in the horizon line in a series of paintings with flat Midwestern landscapes as his muse. Shadwell views the landscape from a non-traditional lens, responding to ephemeral images from highway road cameras, monumental mining operations and the optical nature of the salt flats through drawing, sculpture and video installation.This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is an outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana. The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 812-682-3156 or go to usi.edu/nhgallery.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Santa selfies at centre of Greggs’ festive campaign

first_imgGreggs has launched a new social media campaign, tying its pasty packaging to the internet with its #PastySanta selfies.The high-street bakery giant has relaunched its popular festive bake pasty, along with a new red #PastySanta bag, featuring a drawing of Father Christmas’s beard.Pasty lovers are encouraged to use the phone app Blippar to take a photo of themselves in the Santa beard and share it online.A spokesperson from Greggs said: “The minute Festive Bakes hit Greggs’ shops our customers feel that Christmas is officially here. Last year’s #PastySanta bags were very successful, so this year we’re taking it to a whole new level.“The new red bags feature a cartoon-style Santa beard on one side so customers can play at Father Christmas while enjoying their Festive Bakes. In addition, this year you can also use the Blippar app to bring the #PastySanta bag to life on your smartphone.”The bakery has also predicted that it could be the best year yet for the chicken, stuffing and sage festive bake pasty.Customers who share their pictures using the hashtag #PastySanta and to the #PastySanta hub can be in with the chance to win a daily competition for Greggs prizes.last_img read more

Perpetual Groove’s Brock Butler Brings Solo Acoustic Show To South Florida [Audio/Videos]

first_imgAfter a short break, Brock concluded the show with the always touching Perpetual Groove anthem, “It Starts Where It Ends”To listen to the show in its entirety, head over to Mixcloud.Catch Butler on the road!Brock Butler @ The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery, Boca Raton, FL 2/25/16 Setlist:Set I. No Time. Time To Get Going. A Go Go. Eyes On You. All This Everything Part I. Paper Dolls. Moon In The Water. Dear Prudence. Different Days. Railroad Man.Set II. Talk To Me*. Lovin In My Baby’s Eyes. She’s Gone. Us And Them > Pink Floyd Jam. I’ve Just Seen A Face. Living Life. *w/ Emily Carroll Set III. Like The Wheel. To Go Home. It Starts Where It Ends. E: Climbing To The Moon One month after Perpetual Groove’s triumphant 2-night stand at The Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, PG lead guitarist and vocalist Brock Butler returned to previously familiar South Florida digs in the form of Boca Raton’s Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery on Thursday night (2/25/16) for a three-set solo acoustic performance, featuring a mix of P-Groove classics along with some deep rock covers.Thanks to our friends at CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS for capturing and sharing some of the magic.The first set featured Brock covering the John Scofield instrumental, “A Go Go”:…as well as a few older and newer Perpetual Groove classics, “All This Everything, Part I > Paper Dolls”:The second set was more cover-heavy and featured a set opener sit in with local talent Emily Carroll. Together they covered Peter Gabriel‘s “Come Talk To Me.” Other covers in the set included Hall & Oates‘ “She’s Gone” and Pink Floyd‘s “Us And Them.”last_img read more

Meet Bangladesh’s ground-breaking female coach who’s ‘married to football’

first_imgNot many Bangladeshis would quit a safe, public-sector job with perks and a pension to become a full-time football coach, especially not a woman in the deeply conservative nation.But Mirona, Bangladesh’s first female coach at club level, has done just that. And the 27-year-old, who comes from a humble background, has no regrets.”I have always dreamt of being coach of a top team and one day even the national side,” said Mirona, who stands barely 1.5 meters tall. The former Bangladesh international was speaking as she coached a group of male players — all much taller than her — on the outskirts of Dhaka.Mirona was an assistant coach at Dhaka City Football Club, a second-tier team, last year when Bangladesh Navy invited her to coach its women’s team.For most people in Bangladesh — especially the lower middle-class — this was like winning the lottery: a safe job with retirement benefits that many people can only dream of.But a few months later, Mirona got a call from her former club, which is owned by a garment entrepreneur. Topics : Overcoming barriers Her parents and most of her siblings, who still live in rural Bagerhat district, some 250 kilometers south of the capital Dhaka, want her to settle down and get married.But Mirona says she is “married to football” and that for now the sport “is my life and my family”.She says she has largely avoided criticism from the community, adding that her parents’ support played a big role when she started out as a footballer more than a decade ago.Mirona was a midfielder for the national side for eight years, and also played club football in the Maldives.”There was no family pressure when I took up soccer. Besides, I love the sport so much that I overcome all the barriers,” Mirona said.Mirona’s return to Dhaka City electrified the training ground.”We love being in her training sessions. We can feel our improvement day by day. She made us believe in fitness,” said midfielder Ataur Rahman.”She made me play in the midfield when I was a winger. But now I understand midfield strategy, thanks to her, very well,” the 19-year-old said.The club was so impressed that it signed two more female coaches, one for goalkeeping and one as an assistant, said team manager Ahsan.For now, Mirona’s main focus is the battle for the title in the second-tier championship league, which usually starts in June but has been delayed due to the worsening coronavirus situation.She has now gone back to her village where she spends much of her time watching matches of Barcelona and her favorite player, Lionel Messi.”He is technically so gifted. He is a superstar, yet so gentle. My ultimate goal is to watch him play a match at Camp Nou,” she said. She was offered the head coach’s position with full freedom — from recruiting players to preparing the team — to fight for its promotion to the premier league.Mirona, who grew up in a village among six siblings, did not think twice and she quit the Navy immediately, despite consternation from her senior military colleagues.Dhaka City’s administrative manager Robin Ahsan, also a former national player, said the club made the right decision in hiring Mirona.”Our team’s performance has improved since she joined us. Her honesty and hard-working attitude are tremendous,” said Ahsan. “She can mingle with players better than many male coaches in this industry.”Mirona said she is having the time of her life, despite some barbs directed at her by male coaches.”At first many people negatively commented about me being in this profession. Many male coaches couldn’t take that, a woman becoming a club head coach,” she said.”I believe in quality. If I have it then I know I can prove that I can train up the players,” she said.last_img read more

GO-TIME: DEP Increases Oil and Gas Drilling Inspections after Switch to Electronic Process in 2017

first_img Efficiency,  Energy,  Environment,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA –  The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it will complete more oil and gas drilling site inspections in 2017 than in 2016, as a result of a GO-TIME project that replaced years of paper forms with a mobile app.“Making the inspection process completely electronic has transformed the way our inspectors do their job, increasing productivity, customer service, and transparency,” said DEP Deputy Secretary Scott Perry.“This project is a great example of how agencies can work together on common challenges,” said Sharon Ward, director of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). “We are leveraging the award-winning mobile technology cultivated at PennDOT so that other agencies can modernize how they perform their own field inspections.”DEP oil and gas compliance inspections have increased more than 300 percent in the past decade, from 10,566 in 2007 to almost 35,000 in 2016. All inspections were done with paper forms in the field, followed by data entry in the office.“We wanted to switch to all electronic inspections for a while. It wasn’t until the GO-TIME initiative that everything came together,” said Perry.The DEP Office of Oil and Gas Management and Bureau of Information Technology teamed up with PennDOT in 2016 to build off existing technology at PennDOT to create a mobile app with preloaded operator and well information; photo and voice recognition capability; and a connection to EFACTS, the DEP inspection and compliance management database.Duplicate entry has been virtually eliminated, and trips between field sites and offices are significantly reduced.The first phase of the app–for surface activities—launched in February 2017, and by November, surface inspectors were using it to conduct more than 99% of their inspections. In early fall, functionality for subsurface activities was added. Considerable gains have been achieved:DEP is on pace to complete at least 2,000 more surface inspections in 2017 than in 2016, for an 11.5% increase.Inspectors’ productivity has increased an average of 16 percent since April and 29 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.DEP will achieve over $500,000 in productivity savings — roughly equivalent to adding six additional inspectors.Because the app records results in real time, inspectors can provide outcomes to well operators sooner, in some cases the same-day.More inspection data are available to the public on the DEP web site, and more quickly, because the app enables inspectors to collect more robust data and the inspection reports are posted immediately.GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. These efforts have saved taxpayers over $373 million since 2015 through projects aimed at reducing costs, increasing productivity and improving services to the public.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/. December 18, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img GO-TIME: DEP Increases Oil and Gas Drilling Inspections after Switch to Electronic Process in 2017last_img read more

World Down Syndrome Day 2015 – “My Opportunities, My Choices”

first_imgWelcome to the PREVIEW for “My Opportunities, My Choices”, interviews with people with Down syndrome from 39 countries looking at their enjoyment of full and equal rights and the role of their families. This global video event is presented for World Down Syndrome Day, Saturday 21 March 2015 by Down Syndrome International.last_img