Testing the SOC hypothesis for the magnetosphere

first_imgAs noted by Chang, the hypothesis of self-organised criticality provides a theoretical framework in which the low dimensionality seen in magnetospheric indices can be combined with the scaling seen in their power spectra and with observed plasma bursty bulk flows. As such, it has considerable appeal, describing the aspects of the magnetospheric fuelling:storage:release cycle which are generic to slowly-driven, interaction-dominated, thresholded systems rather than unique to the magnetosphere. In consequence, several recent numerical “sandpile” algorithms have been used with a view to comparison with magnetospheric observables. However, demonstration of SOC in the magnetosphere will require further work in the definition of a set of observable properties which are the unique “fingerprint” of SOC. This is because, for example, a scale-free power spectrum admits several possible explanations other than SOC. A more subtle problem is important for both simulations and data analysis when dealing with multiscale and hence broad-band phenomena such as SOC. This is that finite length systems such as the magnetosphere or magnetotail will by definition give information over a small range of orders of magnitude, and so scaling will tend to be narrow band. Here we develop a simple framework in which previous descriptions of magnetospheric dynamics can be described and contrasted. We then review existing observations which are indicative of SOC, and ask if they are sufficient to demonstrate it unambiguously, and if not, what new observations need to be made?last_img read more

Utah Women Place 12th, USC Women, Oregon Men, Take Pac-12 Titles

first_img Tags: Caitie Faust/Cravon Gillespie/Oregon Men’s Track/Pac 12/Sara Newton/USC Women’s Track Brad James May 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Women Place 12th, USC Women, Oregon Men, Take Pac-12 Titles FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSTANFORD, Calif.-Sunday, the Utah women’s track and field squad finished its second day of competition at the Pac-12 championships.The Utes finished in 12th place with 15 points, far behind champion USC, as the Trojans netted 170 points as Oregon finished in second with 154 points.For the men, Oregon decisively took the crown, posting 174 points as Stanford was second with 125 points, on their home track.The women’s 100-meter dash crown was won by USC’s Twanisha Terry in 10.96 seconds and Makenzie Dunmore of Oregon won the 200-meter dash title for the Ducks in 22.37 seconds.Kendall Ellis of USC netted another Pac-12 title for her squad in the women’s 400, posting a time of 49.99 seconds, which is a meet record. Incidentally, Makenzie Dunmore, who placed second, also set a meet record posting a time of 50.63 seconds.The women’s 800-meter run was won by Oregon’s Sabrina Southerland in 2:02.18, and her teammate, Jessica Hull, posted a time of 4:21.65 in the women’s 1500-meter run to win the conference title. Also in the women’s 800, Utah’s Caitie Faust and Sarah Newton finished sixth and seventh, respectively.Stanford’s Elise Cranny won the women’s 5000-meter run in a time of 16:28.54 while the women’s 100-meter hurdles championship was taken by USC’s Chanel Brissett in a time of 12.75 seconds.USC’s Anna Cockrell won the women’s 400-meter hurdles race in a time of 56.47 seconds.The USC women also swept the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays in times of 42.85 seconds and 3:30.45 respectively. In the 4 x 400, the Utah women placed seventh, posting a time of 3:42.26.Jessie Maduka of UCLA won the women’s triple jump crown with a leap of 44-07.00.For the men, Oregon’s Cravon Gillespie won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.05 seconds and Michael Norman of USC won the 200-meter dash in a time of 19.84 seconds. Norman also earned the 400-meter dash crown in a time of 44.40 seconds.Robert Ford of USC won the men’s 800-meter run in a time of 1:49.77 while Oregon’s Sam Frakel is the men’s 1500-meter run champion in a time of 3:40.20.Ben Saarel of Colorado (a graduate of Park City High School) won the men’s 5000-meter run in a time of 14:11.23 and Orego’s Braxton Canady won the men’s 110-meter hurdles crown in a time of 13.57 seconds.Rai Benjamin of USC won the men’s 400-meter hurdles title in a time of 48.46 seconds and the USC men’s 4 x 100 relay squad won the crown in a time of 39.38 seconds. In the 4 x 400 relay, the Arizona Wildcats’ men took the crown in a time of 3:07.46.In the men’s high jump, USC’s Earnie Sears took the title with a leap of 7 feet and 2-50 inches. Sander Moldau of Washington State earned the pole vault crown with a jump of 17-02.25 feet.Damarcus Simpson of Oregon was the men’s long jump champion with a leap of 27-04 feet while California’s Tuomas Kaukolahti won the triple jump crown with a jump of 52-08.25 feet.Finally, in the men’s javelin, UCLA’s Simon Litzell won the Pac-12 title with a toss of 244-03 feet. Written bylast_img read more

Agents on their bikes!

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Agents on their bikes! previous nextAgencies & PeopleAgents on their bikes!London estate agents sign up to Santander Cycles bike share scheme, slashing car costs.The Negotiator4th July 20160707 Views Keatons in Shoreditch, central London, has signed up for a discounted Santander Cycles business account and give their staff unlimited access to hire bikes for work and leisure.Launched by Mayor Sadiq Khan, the business accounts make it easier for the estate agents to hire a bike and use it to commute, travel to property viewings or meetings, or for meeting friends for a night out, then return it to any one of the over 785 docking stations across central London, 24 hours a day.Businesses can choose to buy keys for all their staff or provide a pool of them to be booked out using an online tool.Companies that signed up before 1st July received a 10 per cent discount on each £90 key, which gives unlimited bike access for a year, for all journeys of up to 30 minutes.Membership can create significant cost savings by reducing the number of pool cars needed by a business, along with their associated running and parking costs. This can also help reduce congestion in the Capital and improve air quality.Studies have also shown that active staff take 27 per cent fewer sick days and that a cycling scheme in the workplace can reduce turnover by 13 per cent.Keatons’ Manager Nick Verdi looks after a dozen busy staff in the Shoreditch office who cover an area that stretches a mile in every direction. “Quite a lot of the guys are always in and out of the office on appointments, and more than half of them use the bikes regularly,” said Nick. “Given that we’re so close to the City, getting around by car quickly can be hard. So using the bikes was the obvious thing to do.“There’s the odd occasion where the car makes more sense but more often than not it’s much easier to jump on a bike than it is to take the car and worry about parking.”Each member of staff in the office has their own key and uses it to get to house viewings. But they are also free to use them in their own time for personal trips.Holly Gregory, who joined Keatons three months ago, hadn’t cycled since she was a child.“The guys have kind of got me back into it and helped me back on a bike. Ever since then I haven’t stopped,” she said. “It’s so much easier to get around.”“It’s a lot quicker than driving and it’s a lot easier, because you don’t have to worry about parking. It can be difficult to park in this part of London,” she said.“Some girls don’t want to get on a bike, but you can do it in a dress. If I can do it, they can all do it! A lot of our clients actually use them as well. The whole of London uses them.”The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, “I want to make London a byword for cycling by making it an easier and safer choice for more Londoners. As part of this, I encourage all businesses in London to sign up to the Santander Cycles Business Accounts scheme and to take advantage of the new incentive.”For more information on Santander Cycles business accounts visit https://tfl.gov.uk/business-accountsKeatons in Shoreditch bike hire for work and leisure Santander Cycles business account Estate agents on bikes July 4, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Children’s services cuts planned

first_imgLast Saturday, 500 protesters marched across Oxford city centre place to fight against proposed reforms to children’s services across Oxfordshire. The potential changes notably include the closure of all children’s centres through cuts in funding to the Oxfordshire County Council’s Early Intervention budget.The proposals would close all 44 childcare centres in Oxford to achieve a £8 million saving by the 2016-17 budget. Despite the extensive cuts to children’s services planned, the council would still be obliged to provide some services by law, such as services to children on child protection plans.Although Oxford University students with children are currently able to use nurseries at Balliol, Wolfson, Somerville and St Anne’s Colleges, access across other colleges is limited. However since these nursery services are distinct from the children’s services currently offered by the council, even student parents at these childfriendly colleges would likely be affected by the proposed changes.Replacing the existing centres would be eight ‘Children and Family’ centres, which the council claims would “support children and their families who need help and will integrate the work of the Children’s Centres, the Early Intervention Hubs and Children’s Social Care”. Many of Saturday’s demonstrators have been vocally critical of this measure, protesting that these new centres would be available by referral only. The current children’s services provide universal access.The ‘Save Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres’ campaign, “a concerned group of parents with young children, child minders, grandparents and the general public”, has also emerged to condemn the proposals. In a recent statement, the campaign raised concerns about the ambiguity of any departure from the current system, stating, “there is no information on who will be able to access the services if any of the three proposals is implemented”.Tamsin Browning, a childcare service user and campaigner, highlighted the plight of parents who move to Oxford for work and careers. “Lots of people who move here for work only have networks relating their jobs. After having a child, this means people can become very isolated and at higher risk of post-natal depression.”Browning also raised broader concerns about the implication of proposals, telling Cherwell, “I don’t think the government really understands the pressure they’re putting the council under by cutting services like old people’s homes or subsidised bus routes – these are really important services. I think it will lead to so much more need in the future. I want to live in a society that looks after the most needy. The children’s centres were a lifeline to me and are one of the few places you can go to with a community. That’s the kind of world I want my son to grow up in, where people care for each other through these centres.Another childcare service user, Jah Huish, highlighted the particular issue of accessibility in Oxfordshire, with its mix between urban and rural. “We want to see all 44 services open. You are supposed to be able to walk to your children’s centre.”Huish went on to suggest what the longer term effect of the cuts could be. “By the time my daughter gets to primary school children will be so bogged down which should have been caught by child services. There will be less time to actually teach. It will also create a huge strain on nurseries which will have to provide 30 hours of care per child.”Oxford University research on children’s centres was recently published in a report on child services entitled ‘Organisation, services and reach of children’s centres’, concluding that children’s centres are an effective means of reaching vulnerable children.last_img read more


first_img81, passed away on June 8, at the Bayonne Medical Center, surrounded by his family. William was born in Jersey City and resided in Bayonne all his life. He was a retired Prep Cook at Bayonne Medical Center for many years. Son of the late Barbara Theresa (Nee: Weckesser) and Benjamin Kossakowski. Brother of Patricia Witkowski, and the late David Kossakowksi, and Joseph Kossakowski and his late Wife Audna. Uncle of Barbara, Eileen, Peter, Ginger Corlew, Chris Ann Mullener, Timothy Witkowski, Darren Witkowski, Melissa Orangio, Jessica Orangio, and the late Michael Kossakowski, Brian Witkowski, and his late Son James. He is also survived by many Great Nieces & Nephews. G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img

News story: Direct Rail Services lifts 6th Golden Whistle Award

first_img DRS makes a vital contribution to NDA’s decommissioning mission and I am delighted for the team at DRS to have won such a prestigious award, once again reflecting their commitment to service and reliability. Organised by the Institute of Railway Operators, in conjunction with Modern Railways Magazine, the annual event celebrates operational excellence in the industry.The Golden Whistle is awarded annually for consistent arrival times over the previous 12 months – DRS was declared more reliable than any of its competitors.The award also recognises the hard work and dedication of the DRS team, as well as the strong investment in reliability of the DRS fleet of locomotives and assets.DRS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and supports its decommissioning mission with its core nuclear transport business.The Cumbria-based freight company also provides services for other rail market sectors such as intermodal, infrastructure support services, passenger and charters.NDA Commercial Director, Kate Ellis, said: Head of Performance for DRS, Norman Egglestone, said: DRS has just been awarded another well-earned Golden Whistle for, once again, ensuring our customers’ services arrived on time. In the last year we have seen over 90% of all DRS’ commercial freight services achieve this target… Meaning DRS rightly remains ‘The Best Performing Rail Freight Operator’. This award would not be possible without the reliability of our rolling stock, the commitment and professionalism of our drivers, ground staff and those involved in the planning and co-ordination of our services.last_img read more

Wrights celebrates 90th birthday

first_imgCrewe-based Wrights Food Group is to stage a series of celebratory events throughout 2016, to mark the company’s 90th anniversary.Founded in 1926, the family-run company, founded in John James Wright’s kitchen, now employs over 470 people and produces more than 150m products a year.Under the slogan 90 Tasty Years, Wrights has planned a string of events in 2016.Chairman and chief executive Peter Wright said: “We want to involve as many people as possible. Wrights is a household name in the Potteries and North Staffordshire, and our products have become a part of the lives of thousands of people, while many more have worked for the company down the years.”Dozens of 90th anniversary hampers are to be handed out to local people also celebrating their 90th birthdays in 2016; and to those nominated to receive one by friends, relatives or acquaintances.The specially produced wooden hampers, filled with a selection of celebratory goodies, will be presented to those people living in and around Staffordshire and Cheshire whom nominees feel deserve one, whether for an act of charity, kindness, dedication to a cause, being helpful, or running a club or organisation.Peter Wright said: “We want to reward local people who’ve made a contribution to the community with a 90 Tasty Years hamper – a thank you for what all sorts of people do all the time to benefit others, often without any recognition.”  To nominate someone for a Wrights 90 Tasty Years hamper, email a short nomination to [email protected] month, Britain’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall, teamed up with Wrights Food Group to launch a beefed-up Strongman Pie in time for British Pie Week.last_img read more

John Legend Becomes First Black Man, Youngest Person Ever To Attain “EGOT” Status

first_imgJohn Legend has amassed 10 Grammy awards over the course of his career. He and Common won a “Best Original Song” Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for their song, “Glory”, which was featured in the film Selma. Last year, he took home his Tony Award in the “Best Revival of a Play” category for his work as a co-producer of Jitney.Legend has been on track for entertainment greatness from an early age, beginning to sing with his church choir at the age of four and quickly and consistently accumulating accolades ever since. He started playing the piano at age seven, entered high school at age 12, and graduated as his class salutatorian at age 16. After earning an Ivy League college education from the University of Pennsylvania, he began his career in earnest, notching a number of notable collaborations and contributing to acclaimed projects by the likes of Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, and more before releasing his debut album, Get Lifted via Kanye’s GOOD Music imprint in 2004.Congratulations to John Legend (as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice) for your well-earned EGOTs![H/T Billboard] John Legend is just that: a living legend. At Sunday night’s Creative Arts Emmys,  the 39-year-old Legend achieved a historic milestone that places him among the most decorated entertainers of all time: the coveted “EGOT.” With his Emmy win, John Legend becomes the first black man to earn an EGOT, as well as the youngest person overall to nab the distinction.For those unaware, “EGOT” is an acronym that represents the most prestigious awards presented in various sections of the entertainment industry—Emmy (TV), Grammy (music), Oscar (film), and Tony (Broadway). Last night NBC live teleplay Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert—produced by and starring Legend—earned a Creative Arts Emmy for “Outstanding Variety Special (Live)”, adding the final jewel to his EGOT crown.Legend’s fellow Jesus Christ Superstar co-producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice also completed their EGOT resumes with the production’s Emmy win last night, making the three men just the 13th, 14th, and 15th people ever to achieve the milestone. Chrissy Teigen, Legend’s wife, tweeted a photo of the three newly minted EGOTs with their awards on the red carpet. Check it out below:last_img read more

Institute renamed after Kelman

first_imgThe Vienna-based Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding was officially renamed the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation on Dec. 29, 2011. Herbert C. Kelman is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus and for a decade directed the Program for International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Kelman was also elected as the institute’s honorary president.The Kelman Institute is affiliated with the Center for Peace Research and Peace Education at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Its primary focus is on conflict transformation and peace building in international and intercommunal relations. Its work follows the tradition of interactive problem solving — an approach developed by Kelman and his associates, which is derived from the pioneering work of John Burton and is anchored in social-psychological principles, and which Kelman has applied most extensively to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past four decades.last_img read more

State Awards over $2 Million for Clean Energy Projects

first_imgState Awards over $2 Million for Clean Energy ProjectsMontpelier, Vermont – The State of Vermont announced today that the Department of Public Service (DPS) will award $2.28 million from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) for projects throughout the state. The goal of the CEDF is to increase the development and deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) technologies and renewable energy generation.”Vermonters are innovators, whether in the workplace or in the home,” said Governor James Douglas. “My administration has worked diligently with stakeholders and legislators to encourage the development of clean and renewable sources of energy. Although we are fortunate to have a very clean and reliable energy portfolio, we can always do more. Renewable energy resources will continue to play an important role in Vermont’s Energy Future,” Governor Douglas said.The DPS received 29 proposals seeking $3.2 million in funding, in response to the CEDF grant solicitation issued in February. Applicants submitted proposals for projects in the following categories: Pre-Project Financial Assistance, Small-Scale Systems, Large-Scale Systems, and Special Demonstration Projects. There was a maximum grant award of $25,000 for Pre-Project Financial Assistance, $60,000 for Small-Scale Systems, and $250,000 for all other projects.The following projects were selected for grant awards:Pre-Project Financial Assistance:” Goddard College Woodchip CHP System Feasibility Study, Goddard College” Evaluation of Biomass CHP at Northeastern VT Regional Hospital, NVRH” Industrial Park Sustainable Energy Project, Northeastern VT Development Association” CHP Feasibility Study, ReNew Building, Materials & Salvage, Inc.” Anemometer & Wind Resource Report, Peter Schneider & Jessica Donavan” Randolph BioFiber CHP Project, Randolph Area Community Development Corp.Small-Scale Systems:” Micro-Hydro Energy in the Northeast Kingdom, Northwoods Stewardship CenterLarge-Scale Systems:” Proposal to Restore Hydroelectric Power Generation to Middlebury Upper, Anders Holm” Biomass Cogeneration Facility, Columbia Forest Products” HCRS Solar Project, Health Care & Rehabilitation Service of SE Vermont” Anaerobic Digester, Chaput Family Farm” Large-Scale Solar Energy System at Green Mountain Power, Green Mountain Power” Solar PV at National Life, National Life Group” Co-Generation System Implementation at the Airport Parkway Wastewater Treatment Facility, City of South Burlington” 51.24 KW PV array, WallGoldfinger, Inc.” Large-Scale Solar Energy System at Farm-Way, Farm-Way, IncSpecial Demonstration Projects:” Installation of a Concentrated PV System, Nathaniel Group Inc.” Power Generation from a Small Farm Digester, Avatar Energy, LLC”The Committee was excited to find that the range and quality of applications was even stronger than our first round,” said Lawrence Miller, Chair of the CEDF Investment Committee. “Vermont firms are doing some really interesting and novel work, and we are especially gratified to see the level of creativity brought to financing these efforts.”Additional information on the CEDF is available at:http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy/ee_cleanenergyfund.html(link is external)Source: Department of Public Servicelast_img read more