Assessing the contamination of SuperDARN global convection maps by non-F-region backscatter

first_imgGlobal convection mapping using line-of-sight Doppler velocity data from the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is now an accepted method of imaging high-latitude ionospheric convection. This mapping process requires that the flow measured by the radars is defined solely by the convection electric field. This is generally only true of radar backscatter from the ionospheric F-region. We investigate the extent to which the E-region and ground backscatter in the SuperDARN data set may be misidentified as F-region backscatter, and assess the contamination of global convection maps which results from the addition of this non-F-region backscatter. We present examples which highlight the importance of identifying this contamination, especially with regard to the mesoscale structure in the convection maps.last_img read more

Help to Let

first_imgBy having dedicated people working across various in-house departments, potentially including inventory clerks, receptionists, property management agents, among a host of other key service providers designed to support your lettings business, your company’s reliance on outsourcing work is likely to be kept to a minimum.But for many letting agencies, particularly smaller companies, having access to reliable firms to which they confidently outsource work is growing increasingly more important, in light of the rapidly expanding private rental sector, which now comprises around 16.5 per cent of all households, or nearly 3.8 million homes in England alone.“As a small firm, we outsource quite a lot, whereas bigger businesses might carry out those functions in-house,” said James Wyatt, Partner of Surrey prime estate agent Barton Wyatt.PR, website design, graphic design, search engine optimisation, photography, floorplans, energy performance certification, inventories, these are just some of the things that Barton Wyatt outsource.“These are all functions of the business that we, potentially, could do ourselves – indeed have done in the past,” Wyatt added. “But we choose not to as we can outsource at a reasonable cost to others who have vastly superior expertise in their field.“In the case of inventories, for example, using an independent inventory clerk keeps any conflict of interest out of our business which is occasionally a real plus.“InventoriesCheck-in and check-out inventories and, occasionally, photographic evidence, are necessary to help protect landlords and agents when it comes to letting property, and with independent service providers charging from around £60, they are also cost-effective.“Outsourcing can be a useful tool not only for keeping costs down for landlord and tenant, but also for making a letting agent’s offering more efficient,” said George Spencer of Rentify. “When it comes to inventories, for legal reasons, it’s important to use a third party who is impartial, in case of any dispute.”Without evidence of the state of the property before and after a tenancy, in the form of an independently compiled detailed inventory, any subsequent disputes that arise at the end of a tenancy will be hard to resolve fairly, making it more difficult for a landlord to dispute the condition of a property with a tenant.If there is no impartial schedule of condition at the start of the tenancy, it is difficult to make a comparison at the end.Without an inventory showing that a property has been damaged by the tenant, the landlord or letting agent will struggle to make a successful application to the tenancy deposit protection (TDP) scheme holding the tenant’s deposit to deduct money from the tenant to repair or replace the damaged goods, illustrating the significance of property inventories.“In the case of inventories, for example, using an independent inventory clerk keeps any conflict of interest out of our business.” James Wyatt – Barton WyattIndependently produced inventories can also help to “protect the reputation” of both letting and management agents, according to Adrian Kelly, Director of LetCheck Inventories.“Being an independent third party, the reports we produce minimises the conflict of interest between our fee paying landlord clients and the duty of care that they have for their tenant,” he said. “If a landlord wants to claim for any part of the [tenancy] deposit, they have to prove what condition the property was in at the beginning of the tenancy. Without a professional inventory, the adjudicator’s hands are tied.”Property managementWhile very few letting professionals would dispute the importance of inventory providers, some agents do not believe that all services should be outsourced, particularly property management.   May 23, 2014The 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 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 » Help to Let previous nextHelp to LetProperty Drum23rd May 20140570 Viewslast_img read more

Pegged back at the last

first_imgOxford 11Cambridge 11In the 72nd minute, Cambridge winger and fresher, Charlie Desmond, lived up to his billing as the “speedster” and “bolter” of the side with the try that retained the MMC Trophy in the 14th draw in Varsity Match history. However, though Cambridge settled early on, Oxford were utterly dominant for the majority of the second halfand will rue their failure to put the game beyond the Light Blues when they had the chance. As Director of Rugby Steve Hill said afterwards, “One team came to play today, but fair play to the other, they certainly defendedwell.”After a nervy first minute in which Oxford nearly scored, Cambridge found their rhythm and, holding a solid line upfield, began to punish Oxford’s forwards who were too slow to the breakdown. Two rucks, in the 6th and 18th minutes, both led to penalties which Daffyd Lewis duly converted. Perhaps even more worryingly for Oxford, Graham Barr, a scrum half by trade, was forced to fill in for the unfortunate John Fennell at fly-half after the latter tore a hip flexor muscle. However, by the end of the half, Oxford had gained an 8–6 lead, and appeared to be shading the game overall. Until the 34th minute, Cambridge’s defence held firm and infuriated Oxford in a physical, attritional battle. Then,however, the pressure finally told, as John Bradshaw made a minibreak on the left and laid inside tocaptain John Allen. Allen passed back to Ryan O’Mahoney who in turn fed prop Henry Nwume a fewyards from the left touchline.Nwume still had plenty of work to o but shrugged off a challenge and burst, bloody-minded, for the line, touching down through one final desperate Cambridge body. The Dark Blues’ lead arrived through an injury-time penaltyfrom O’Mahoney, after left-winger Adam Slade had superbly outpaced 3 defenders and broken into a desperate Cambridge’s twentytwo. However, at half-time Cambridge had a right to feel aggrieved, as moments earlier thetouch judge had failed to spot the fact that a Lewis drop-goal attempt had clearly passed between the posts. For the first 30 minutes of the second half, Oxford were completely dominant in terms of territory and possession. “The fact that they didn’t get out of their half was testament to our game plan,” said Allen. However, Cambridge refused to give an inch, particularly in the tackle. The Dark Blue forwards kept hold of the ball, withCanadian international Kevin Tkachuk notably outstanding, while the backs were patient; at times they were enterprising, with Barr working hard to fill Fennell’s boots. Allen and Bradshaw both came agonisingly close to the line before a magnificent break by tough-tackling Man of the Match Adam Magro through the centrenearly laid in Matt Street for a try.Though there was a suspicion of a forward pass, Cambridge gave away a penalty in the ensuing desperatescramble under the posts, and O’Mahoney extended Oxford’s lead from the kick.  After Allen, nearing the line,knocked on in the 67th minute, Cambridge gained some respite, and after a well-run loose ball was fed to Desmond, he dodged a tackle with brutal speed to finish in the corner. In the last minutes Oxford were generally on the back foot, but a wayward drop-goal attempt was the closest the Light Blues came to winning outright.Archive: 0th Week HT 2004last_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE in a predictable pre-election move the Vanderburgh County Council announces plans to cut about $3.5 million from the proposed 2017 budget?  …the President of the County Council Angela Koehler Lindsey, R-At-Large said one reason for the budget increasing is because of a projected 12% increase in costs of health insurance costs? … get ready for County Council members to start making conservative comments why they must cut $3 million plus from the proposed 2017 budget? …this is a developing story so let the political show begin?IS IT TRUE that the projected 12% increase in County employee health insurance by the Vanderburgh County Council for this coming year may also cause the Evansville City Council major budget challenges?  …we wonder was this one of the reasons why City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn tried to sneak through a resolution to reduce the 2017 Homestead Tax from 8% to 6% because the City need the money to pay for the projected increased of city employee health insurance?IS IT TRUE it look like a former member of Evansville City Council warning that major increases in the city employees heath insurance is on the horizon and shall cause serious budget woes in the future was spot on?  …let the political finger pointing begin?IS IT TRUE CCO poster Ruffus B made the following comments we found interesting and worth re-posting?…. he stated the following: “Sources close to the Controller’s office indicate that when Russ without Council’s approval transferred 12.5 million from the Riverboat fund into the General Fund it prevented the GF from going negative by $6 million. Unfortunately, this was clearly noticeable in the Annual Financial Statements that were given to McGinn and Hargis. Now, at June 30, 2016, the GF indicates 3.9 mil but if the 12.5 mil was properly repaid to the Riverboat funds the GF is negative by 8.2 mil ..but Russ Failed to properly transfer 7.5 million into the Hospitalization Fund because that fund is NEGATIVE by 7.5 million.”IS IT TRUE nine Vanderburgh County jail inmates were formally charged for their alleged roles in a “jailhouse riot” on July 26? … all of the defendants charges including counts of aiding, inducing or causing battery to a public safety officer, resisting law enforcement and rioting? …we hope that the Judge throws the book at these idiots? …we are extremely pleased with the public statement made by Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding that “We’re going to run the jail, the inmates aren’t.”? …all we can tell the Sheriff Wedding is the heck with political correctness and tell it like it is?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that another back room political patronage deal may be in the making?  …we have been told that the deal is concerning the hiring of two new employees for the newly created Evansville Land Bank?  …we hear that at least one Land Bank applicant has solid record of landing political patronage positions in Vanderburgh County proper?  …we wonder why these positions haven’t been publicly advertised so qualified unemployed citizens of Evansville could apply for these well paying positions?  …we hope that city officials well do proper vetting of all applicants of the Evansville Land Bank?  ..if you are interested in applying for the above positions please contract DMD Director Kelly Coures or his assistant Jane Reel soon as possible?IS IT TRUE we would like to welcome William Wolkoff from Cleveland, Ohio to the staff of Channel TV 44 and Evansville?   …William was a News Content Specialist at WXIX-TV Cincinnati? … Wolkoff says, “Evansville is my kind of town, I grew up in a blue-collar town where nothing is given and everything is earned”?  …William is a graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s in Electronic Media?FOOTNOTE:  Todays READERS POLL question is: Should City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn and Controller Russ Lloyd Jr start speaking out on the 2017 budget shortfalls?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

SHAKE IT UP (Woodrow Wilson)

first_imgSHAKE IT UP — Students in Mrs. Mastrogiacomo’s 4th grade class at Woodrow Wilson School did a Sugar Shake Activity. The students shook sugar cubes in containers to mirror the effect of weathering on rocks. Then they observed how the sugar cube’s shape and sturdiness changed. ×last_img

Carluccio’s reports good profits for start of year

first_imgCarluccio’s, the Italian restaurant and delicatessen chain, has announced that, for the 16 weeks to 13 January, turnover growth was up 18%.In an annual trading update statement last week, the com-pany said Christmas trading was firm and in line with the board’s expectations, but added: “Conditions are undoubtedly more challenging than a year ago.”Carluccio’s bakery range includes ciappe Ligurian bread, bruschettine al rosmarino, sandoliva olive grissini and baci di dama – traditional Piedmont biscuit kisses. Although the board believes that consumer spending will become tighter, it remains positive about the trend towards eating out.The company’s minimum five-store opening target for the 2008 financial year is on track, with two Carluccio’s opened since the year end. These were at Stratford-upon-Avon and Spinningfields, Manchester.The company’s contractors have completed its third site, in Heathrow airport, Terminal 5, due to open at the end of March 2008. An extra two sites have already been secured and announced for the 2009 financial year: the first in Leicester and the second in Bristol.The company now trades from 34 locations.last_img read more

5 life lessons from famous TV mothers

first_imgHow can we ever really repay our mothers? They’ve been there for us throughout our lives. They’ve made us laugh, comforted us, and supported us through life’s ups and downs. There are many words of wisdom our mothers have given us that we can apply to our personal and work lives. In addition to our real life moms, there are many mothers from television whom we’ve grown up with and who have inspired us along the way. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five famous TV moms and the life lessons they’ve given us.“The Dick Van Dyke Show”“I realize you have to do what you think is right. I wouldn’t respect you if you let yourself get pushed around by anyone, including me.” – Laura Petrie, played by Mary Tyler Moore“Family Guy”“Ya know, I wanted us to live in a place with real family values, but values don’t come from where you live or who your friends are. They come from inside, from your own beliefs.” – Lois Griffin, voiced by Alex Borstein“Malcolm in the Middle”“There’s nothing wrong with being smart. There’s nothing wrong with being cut from the herd, either. It makes you the one buffalo who isn’t there when the Indians run the rest of them off the cliff.” – Lois Wilkerson, played by Jane Kaczmarek“The Cosby Show”“Theo, we never said become a doctor, become a lawyer, we say go to school, we say study, we say become something.” – Clair Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashad“Everybody Loves Raymond”“You know, actually, this could be a good lesson for me. To learn to be content with what is and not hope for what could be.” – Marie Barone, played by Doris Roberts 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

China’s state-run news media reacts to Biden’s victory with cautious optimism.

first_img– Advertisement – “The outcome could usher in a ‘buffering period’ for already-tense China-U.S. relations, and offer an opportunity for breakthroughs in resuming high-level communication and rebuilding mutual strategic trust,” Global Times, a fiercely nationalistic tabloid, wrote in an article, citing Chinese experts.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – But even as Chinese propaganda signaled a new phase in U.S.-China relations, it also continued to push a narrative of American decline — a constant refrain in recent months as an increasingly wealthy and confident China has tried to market itself to the rest of the world as a viable alternative for global leadership. Under President Trump, trust and cooperation between the United States and China ebbed to their lowest levels in recent history, as a trade war raged and officials on both sides hurled recriminations about espionage, protest movements and the coronavirus pandemic. China’s state-controlled news outlets had criticized Mr. Trump and the United States increasingly stridently in recent months.But the immediate reaction to Mr. Biden’s victory on Sunday was measured, indicating that China was willing to attempt, and indeed was eager for, a thaw. The article suggested that the two countries could work together on combating climate change, containing the coronavirus and developing vaccines, noting that Mr. Biden would be “more moderate and mature” on foreign affairs.The response echoed much of the rest of the world, where many world leaders breathed sighs of relief at the election’s outcome. The president-elect has promised a restoration of normalcy and a renewed commitment to multilateralism.Global Times noted that relief in a tweet, writing that the leaders of Canada, Britain, France, India and Germany had already congratulated Mr. Biden. “The Trump era is seeming over,” it said. HONG KONG — China’s state news media reacted with cautious optimism to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the United States’ presidential election, expressing hope that he would stabilize the fast-deteriorating relations between the two countries.But many outlets also continued to warn of future tensions between the superpowers, and to suggest that American democracy was in decline.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Meet the Indian Women Founders of the Two Apps That Made It to This Year’s Apple Entrepreneur Camp

first_img– Advertisement – When Aashika Chittiappa looked to get back to work in 2016 after the birth of her first child, her mother advised her to do something that would continue to engage her, and also allow her to be in the moment with her child. Four years later, she’s been doing this successfully as one of the founders of Mamma-Miya— an app that does something similar for the women who use it. It’s an app that helps busy moms prioritise themselves, keep track of their schedules, and happens to be one of the two Indian teams selected for the latest session of Apple Entrepreneur Camp, which ended this week.Apple Entrepreneur Camp started last year, and it offers one-on-one code-level guidance from Apple experts and engineers on their app, mentorship, and insights from Apple’s top leaders. The Female Founders chapter (for female founders and developers) helps women like Chittiappa grow their apps, build networks, and make use of Apple’s experts. This year’s (virtual) session went on from October 22 to November 3. After the lab concludes, participants get ongoing support and become part of a community of alumni. In the first year, the camp saw a 100 participants from 13 countries representing female-led app companies.- Advertisement – Chittiappa, on the other hand, spent two and a half years interviewing dozens of moms before Mamma-Miya went live in 2018. They’d sit around her dining table and discuss, over cakes and coffees, the struggles of being a mother. The summaries of these meetings still find a place on Chittiappa’s office wall, she tells me, in the form of post-its. “Everyone is struggling so much as mums, but we haven’t articulated what the struggle is,” Chittiappa said.Mamma MiyaTransplant Care selected apps for Apple Entrepreneur CampMamma-Miya and Transplant Care were two of this year’s selected apps for Apple Entrepreneur Camp.- Advertisement – Chittiappa’s partner Namrate Mayanil joined the team a year ago and keeps telling her partner that everything is possible with technology. Their journey with Apple started when the received an email from Apple representatives around a year ago, who soon recommended them to apply for the Apple Camp. “There’s so much magic in this journey,” says Chittiappa, who doesn’t have a background in tech but believes that the struggle to keep something going forward can be deeply rewarding.Speaking about Mamma-Miya, she said, “There’s nothing about the idea of being a supermum –it’s about being a deeply fulfilled mum who is living her life as authentically and intentionally as possible. It started with a WhatApp group, which grew into a Facebook group – a safe space for mothers to discuss struggles.”While there definitely is a bit of disappointment in the participants on missing out on face-to-face sessions in Apple Park, the tech giant’s efficiency and determination to make things happen made up for it, the entrepreneurs say.For both the teams, the biggest takeaway from the sessions with Apple has been its emphasis on making things simple. Apple’s philosophy of saying a hundred ‘Nos’ before saying ‘Yes’ has stuck with Mayanil, who understood, through the sessions, the importance of constantly improvising. The Transplant Care team also believe that simplicity is the achievable goal that every app strives for.Apple Watch is another area Puranik and her team worked hard on. While it was something they wanted to work on eventually, the workshops made them realise how well it could be leveraged immediately.anita puranik transplantcare anita_puranik_transplantcareAnita Puranik, the co-founder of Transplant Care app from MetamagicsPhoto Credit: MetamagicsEsther Hare, a senior executive at Apple, started the sessions by telling the women that if they thought they were here solely because they were women or because there were fewer applications, they were wrong. She told them they were here because of what they brought to the table. Chittiappa and Mayanil praise the way Apple emphasised that their gender isn’t a disability, but in fact a strength. “It’s the way they go about it – without making you feel like you’re underrepresented.”The Mamma-Miya founders believe that women-led organisations tend to work in areas where they believe they can create an impact that will lift people up, often using empathy and well-being as a tool. When a woman rises, it’s not just herself she lifts up; the journey is to lift how many ever possible, on the way.“The main obstacle with being a women entrepreneur is the attitude of investors,” said Puranik. “If you’re a woman, they tend to hold back the funding as they’re unsure you can withstand the pressure,” she added.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. The other team from India in the camp was founded by Anita Puranik. Transplant Care app from Metamagics is focused on patient education and empowerment to reduce complications and improve long-term, post-transplant outcomes.When Puranik’s husband was scheduled to get a transplant five years ago, they were overwhelmed with the excel sheets, information required, and the lack of a single, inclusive digital platform. The first few years went in heavy research and working on the webpage, which went live as an app in 2018 on the App Store and Google Play.There are typically three to four sessions that the entrepreneurs attended every day, after which they worked – sometimes through the night, like Transplant Care’s co-founder Atul Saraf did– on making changes in the app. One of key learnings of the sessions was how to make insightful widgets. For an app like Transplant Care, this is important as it helps flag things such as an increase or decrease in health parameters in a manner that’s not an annoying reminder.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Katarina Line introduced a new luxury mini cruiser

first_imgAs is already a tradition every year, this season the Opatija agency Katarina Line presents a new ship in its fleet, which from this Saturday will adorn the Adriatic Sea and the ports in which it will dock.Adriatic Sun is a new DELUXE SUPERIOR category boat, 47,2 meters long and 8,6 meters wide, which provides comfortable accommodation for 36 passengers in 19 modern double cabins.The immediate family of Stipe Vukovic, the owner of this beautiful mini cruiser, has been cooperating with the Katarina Line agency for many years and began its long-term partnership with the Victoria Traditional Ensuite category, followed by Spalato, Premium Superior and Fantasy, Deluxe.last_img read more