Observations of a day-time mid-latitude ionospheric trough

first_imgA summer, dayside, mid-latitude trough detected by a digital ionosonde located at Halley (76°S, 27°W, L = 4.2) is described. The trough is found to be present in the F2-region only and its movements are found to conform to known trough dynamics. The F1-layer shows a greater degree of development within the trough; slant type sporadic E reflections are present underneath the trough minimum. Satellite data from the northern hemisphere show a conjugate trough, with rapid ion flow occurring within it. Possible formation processes for the trough are examined. It is unlikely that depleted nightside plasma could have contributed to the trough. The trough is formed by the effect of enhanced F2 recombination rates combined with a differing solar production term for the plasma associated with the trough minimum and equatorial edge.last_img read more

Blackwell’s bookshop has reopened

first_imgThe Oxford bookshop, which celebrates its 141styear in 2020, has been closed since the lockdown began at the end of March. Books that have been touched while browsing are beingquarantined and sanitized, and Perspex screens have been set up at the tillsand enquiry points. Blackwell’s have also changed the layout of the shop toallow for browsing at a safe distance and hand sanitizer is available to allcustomers. Students that are shielding or not currently in Oxford can order books online at www.blackwells.co.uk Image credit to Steve Daniels. Assistant manager Charlie Bush said: “While our shops havebeen closed, our excellent online bookshop has been sending thousands of booksout to customers – regular and new – to keep them reading even thought theycan’t visit us in person.  “That service withfree postage goes on but we are delighted that lots of booklovers have been into browse and buy books today, our first day open again in bricks and mortar. center_img Openingtimes for the Broad Street branch are Monday to Saturday from 10am until 6pm,and Sunday 11am until 5pm. The Westgate branch is still closed. New safety measures to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 are being used in the store to protect shoppers and booksellers. This includes physical distancing in the shop, one-way systems, and having a maximum capacity. Blackwell’s reopened yesterday in line with governmentguidelines, which permit non-essential retail stores to begin trading again.  “We look forward towelcoming many more for a safe shopping experience at Blackwell’s.”last_img read more

JRAD Celebrates Pigpen, International Women’s Day At Brooklyn Bowl Opener [Watch]

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to their favorite room on Thursday night when they kicked off a three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City. While the rollicking five-piece always pays tribute to the Grateful Dead, last night found them paying particular tribute to founding Grateful Dead keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (on the 45th anniversary of his death) and International Women’s Day.The band opened their first set with the Anthem of the Sun number “Alligator”, a JRAD favorite that was co-written by Pigpen in 1968. “St. Stephen” followed before the group dove into their second-ever “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” on their way to “King Solomon’s Marbles”. Up next was JRAD’s second-ever rendition of Waylon Jennings‘ “The Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line”, a tune that Jerry Garcia covered with fellow San Francisco mavericks New Riders of the Purple Sage on a few occasions in the early ’70s. Finally, the set wrapped up with a take on the Grateful Dead’s only chart-topping hit, “Touch of Grey”.JRAD – “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line” > “Touch Of Grey”[Video: monihampton]In another nod to Pigpen, the second set got started with “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)”, one of the Grateful Dead’s earliest tunes and an ensemble effort in the writing department. JRAD staple “Jack Straw” then gave way to “Hell in a Bucket”, a latter-day Dead effort that was co-written by another dearly departed keyboardist, Brent Mydland. Next the band toyed with tradition as “Scarlet Begonias” moved into “I Know You Rider” instead of the expected “Fire On The Mountain” (and without stopping at “China Cat Sunflower” beforehand). A relatively rare “Stella Blue” then closed out out the set in predictably-gorgeous fashion.JRAD – “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)”[Video: nugs.tv]However, one of the night’s biggest moments came at the very end when JRAD honored International Women’s Day with their seventh rendition of “Man Smart (Woman Smarter)”, a King Radio calypso classic that was a part of the Grateful Dead repertoire during the second half of their career. That surprise effort melted into more predictable closer as the band ended the show with “Not Fade Away”—but not before Joe Russo paused the final song to announce that he had performed with Living Colour the previous night (at Carnegie Hall’s Led Zeppelin tribute) and get in a quick “Cult of Personality” tease.JRAD – “Man Smart (Woman Smarter)” > “Not Fade Away”[Video: nugs.tv via rdeal1999]JRAD will continue their run at the Brooklyn Bowl tonight (March 9) and tomorrow (March 10).Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 3/8/18Set One: Alligator, St. Stephen, Dupree’s Diamond Blues, King Solomon’s Marbles, The Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line, Touch Of GreySet Two: The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion), Jack Straw, Hell In A Bucket, Scarlet Begonias, I Know You Rider, Stella BlueEncore: Man Smart (Woman Smarter), Not Fade Away**with “Cult of Personality” teaselast_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Bring Special Guests, Bust Out Dead and Disney Covers For Sold-Out Capitol Theatre Debut [Video]

first_imgOn Saturday, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong made their The Capitol Theatre debut in Port Chester, New York, which also marked their first-ever sold-out show at the historic venue. Last night’s show marked a big step for the rising jam band, who can now confidently state that they belong in a select class of artists who have managed to sell-out “The Cap” over the years, and they did so three weeks ahead of the big show. The four-piece rock band brought their trademark mix of strong collaborative jams, high energy, and easygoing vibes for the milestone, 17-song performance over two sets and an encore, which even included a fun tribute to one of The Cap’s most beloved jam bands of the past.The night’s music began with Twiddle guitarist/singer Mihali Savoulidis treating the “Flockers” who arrived at the venue early with a thrilling one-man opening performance with just himself, his acoustic guitar, and a well-utilized looping pedal. The singer and guitarist, who is well known within the jam scene, had no problem getting the fun going with a mix of Twiddle tunes and a few select originals from his small but potent solo catalog.Mihali – The Capitol Theatre – 1/26/2019[Video: Relix]Pigeons took the stage shortly following Mihali’s exit from the stage around 9:30, and were welcomed by the exuberant roar of their dedicated fans who were thrilled to see the fellas back in the New York area within the first few dates of their 2019 winter tour. Singer/guitarist Greg Ormont wasted no time in thanking “[Their] brother and friend Mihali” as the opener before diving right into “Time To Ride”. The groovy song took flight with a fantastic guitar solo courtesy of Jeremy Schon (his first of many throughout the night) while Ormont and bassist Ben Carrey kept busy having fun with their own back-and-forth stage antics. From the get-go, it was clear the guys were sure to have as much fun throughout their Capitol Theatre headlining debut as possible, and their fans were right there along with for the ride. The opening set continued into “Trouble”, a funky instrumental from their 2010 Funk – EP, followed by “Melting Lights” with another fantastic solo from Schon.Related: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Weaves Disney, Prince Covers Inside Fan-Favorite Jams In Asbury Park Tour OpenerThe band brought out the members of West End Blend horn section, John Mundy and Mike Bafundo, to help them perform “Live It Up” and “Fortress”, before inviting Mihali to join in on the fun during “Too Long”. The high-energy first set kept rolling as Pigeons launched into the familiar opening riff to “Poseidon”, which eventually transitioned into a thrilling cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Eyes of the World“, a fitting tribute to a band which made The Cap their home throughout the years. The cover wasn’t without some sly lyrical updates from Ormont, who threw in “Wake up to find out that you are the size of a squirrel” during the anthemic chorus–a nod to the historic theatre’s fuzzy mascot. The band triumphantly transitioned back into “Poseidon” to close out the first set.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – The Capitol Theatre – 1/26/2019[Video: Relix]The energy carried right into the second half of the show as the band returned to get the party going again with the psychedelic sounds of “Kiwi”, “Yo Soy Fiesta” (one of their newer songs), and “Burning Up My Time”. Carrey and drummer Alex Petropulos were locked in with some impressive collaborative solo work between the two before the rest of the band (along with the West End Blend horns) joined back in. They rolled into a multi-song run starting with “Spacejam” and continuing right into “The Hop” followed by their own fan-favorite sing-a-long anthem, “F.U.”. The wild and fun second half came to a thrilling conclusion with “Upfunk” and “Dawn a New Day”.The West End Blend horns were brought back out for an encore that started with “Doc”. The band’s heady instrumental, “Schwanthem”, came next, which transitioned right into one of their trademark Disney covers with “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, before returning to “Schwanthem” to close the show. Fans were sent home happy and exhausted knowing that the band absolutely brought their A-game for what was possibly the biggest gig of their careers to date.Pigeons continue their winter run later this week with a show at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia alongside The Fritz on Wednesday night. Fans can head over to the PPPP website for ticket info.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 1/26/2019Set One: Time to Ride, Totally, Melting Lights > Live It Up*, Fortress*, Too Long**, Poseidon > Eyes of the World (Grateful Dead cover) > PoseidonSet Two: Kiwi > Yo Soy Fiesta*, Burning Up My Time* > Spacejam* > The Hop* > F.U.* > Upfunk, Dawn a New DayEncore: Doc*, Schwanthem* > Colors of the Wind* (Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz cover) > Schwanthem** w/West End Blend horns** w/Mihalilast_img read more

FBI Joins Local Police In Drug Sweep Of Area Follow Year Long Investigation

first_img2585 South Work Street Extension in Ellicott. Image by Kyle Heelas / 716 Network on Facebook.FALCONER – The FBI, along with local law enforcement, raided several homes and a business in and around the Falconer area this week.Known as Operation Crazy Ivan, police recovered several pounds of marijuana, cocaine, dozens of firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammo and thousands of dollars in cash.In total, investigators raided three locations early Wednesday morning, Turney’s Auto Repair and Sales on Route 394 in Kennedy, 2585 South Work Street Extension in Ellicott and 209 West Avenue in Falconer.Image by Jamestown Police.Then, throughout the day on Wednesday several other locations in Jamestown were searched with more ammo and cash discovered. Police say as their investigation continues and charges are likely against several people involved.The Jamestown Police Department SWAT Team, Ellicott Police Department, Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force assisted the FBI in the year long investigation. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arms Trafficker Bout Associate Arrested in Australia

first_img The United States announced on January 10 that Australian police have arrested an alleged associate of the notorious jailed international arms trafficker Viktor Bout. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Richard Ammar Chichakli was arrested on January 9 in Australia at the request of U.S. authorities. Bout, who was convicted by a U.S. court in 2011 of conspiring to sell arms to Colombia’s FARC rebels, has been accused over the past two decades of selling arms to despots embroiled in some of the world’s bloodiest conflicts. He was the inspiration for the arms smuggler played by Nicolas Cage in “Lord of War” (2005), and has been dubbed the “Merchant of Death”. His alleged associate Chichakli, who holds both Syrian and U.S. citizenship, is charged with conspiring with Bout to try to purchase two aircraft from companies located in the United States and use them to ship arms. This is alleged to have happened in 2007, a year before Bout’s arrest in Thailand. Bout is now serving a 25-year jail term in the U.S. Buying the planes would have violated a U.S. executive order imposed first against Bout, and later against Chichakli, banning them from carrying out any transactions within the U.S. The order, imposed in line with UN sanctions, stems from their links with former Liberian president Charles Taylor, convicted of war crimes last year for supporting rebels in Sierra Leone in exchange for blood diamonds. Chichakli is also charged with money laundering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and six counts of wire fraud in connection with the attempted aircraft purchase. “As alleged, Richard Ammar Chichakli consorted with the world’s most notorious arms trafficker in the purchase of aircraft that would be used to transport weapons to some of the world’s bloodiest conflict zones, in violation of international sanctions,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement issued by the DEA. Altogether, Chichakli faces nine criminal counts, each carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail. By Dialogo January 14, 2013last_img read more

Changes to the Rules of Judicial Administration

first_img January 15, 2002 Regular News Changes to the Rules of Judicial Administration The Supreme Court of Florida, on its own motion, has amended Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.054 to alter the membership of the District Court of Appeal Budget Commission to the chief judges of the district courts of appeal. The rule was originally adopted in Amendment to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (Rule 2.054– District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, 796 So. 2d 477 (Fla. 2001)). The amendment became effective January 1.The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the amendment. The amended rule is reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and seven copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before March 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair (Judge Nelly N. Khouzam, 315 Court Street, Room 468, Clearwater 33756-5165). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA Amendment to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (Rule 2.054—District Court of Appeal Budget Commission), SC01-2723. RULE 2.054. District Court of Appeal Budget Commission (a) Purpose. The purpose of this rule is to establish a District Court of Appeal Budget Commission with responsibility for developing and overseeing the administration of district court budgets in a manner which ensures equity and fairness in state funding among the 5 districts. (b) Responsibilities. The District Court of Appeal Budget Commission is charged with specific responsibility to:(1) establish budgeting and funding policies and procedures consistent with judicial branch plans and policies, directions from the supreme court, and in consideration of input from supreme court committees;(2) make recommendations to the supreme court on a unitary district court component of the annual judicial branch budget request;(3) advocate for the district court component of the annual judicial branch budget request;(4) make recommendations to the supreme court on funding allocation formulas and/or criteria as well as associated accountability mechanisms based on actual legislative appropriations;(5) monitor district court expenditure trends and revenue collections to identify unanticipated budget problems and to ensure the efficient use of resources;(6) recommend statutory and rule changes related to district court budgets;(7) develop recommended responses to findings on financial audits and reports from the Supreme Court Inspector General, Auditor General, Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, and other governmental entities charged with auditing responsibilities regarding district court budgeting when appropriate;(8) recommend to the supreme court district court budget reductions required by the legislature;(9) identify potential additional sources of revenue for the district courts; and(10) recommend to the supreme court legislative pay plan issues for district court personnel. (c) Operational Procedures. The District Court of Appeal Budget Commission will establish operating procedures necessary to carry out its responsibilities as outlined in subdivision (b), subject to final approval by the supreme court. These procedures shall include:(1) a method for ensuring input from interested constituencies, including the chief judges, marshals, and clerks of the district courts, other members of the district court judiciary, the Judicial Management Council, and other judicial branch committees and commissions; and(2) a method for appeal of the decisions of the District Court of Appeal Budget Commission. Appeals may be made only by a chief judge on behalf of the district. Appeals may be heard only by the District Court of Appeal Budget Commission unless the appeal is based on the failure of the commission to adhere to its operating procedures, in which case the appeal may be made to the supreme court. (d) Action by Supreme Court or Chief Justice on Recommendations of the District Court of Appeal Budget Commission. The supreme court or chief justice, as appropriate, may take any or all of the following actions on recommendations made by the District Court of Appeal Budget Commission:(1) The adoption of the recommendations of the commission made in accordance with the discharge of its responsibilities listed in subdivision (b) in whole.(2) The adoption of the recommendations in part and referral of specific issues or questions back to the commission for further study or alternative recommendations. (e) Membership and Organization. The District Court of Appeal Budget Commission will be composed of 9 5 members appointed by the chief justice who will represent the interests of the district courts generally rather than the individual interests of a particular district.(1) The membership shall include 5 district court judges and 4 clerks, marshals or deputy marshals, and each district court of appeal shall have at least 1 member the chief judge of each district court of appeal, who shall serve for his or her term as chief judge. (2) The chief justice will appoint 1 member to serve as chair and 1 member to serve as vice chair, each for a 2 one -year term , or until the member’s term on the commission expires. (3) A supreme court justice will be appointed by the chief justice to serve as supreme court liaison. (4) The original members of the commission will be appointed as follows: (A) 3 members shall be appointed for a 2-year term; (B) 3 members shall be appointed for a 4-year term; and (C) 3 members shall be appointed for one 6-year term. All subsequent members will each be appointed for one 6-year term. In the event of a vacancy, the chief justice will appoint a new member to serve for the remainder of the departing member’s term.( 5 3 ) The commission may establish subcommittees as necessary to satisfactorily carry out its responsibilities. Subcommittees may make recommendations only to the commission as a whole. The chair of the commission may appoint a non-commission member to serve on a subcommittee. (f) Staff Support and Funding. The Office of the State Courts Administrator will provide primary staff support to the commission. Adequate staffing and resources will be made available to the Office of the State Courts Administrator to ensure the commission is able to fulfill its responsibilities as outlined in this rule. Sufficient resources will also be provided for the commission and its subcommittees to meet and otherwise complete its work.center_img Changes to the Rules of Judicial Administrationlast_img read more

NAFCU launches exclusive online community for CEOs

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… As part of NAFCU’s ongoing commitment to helping the credit union industry grow stronger and bring professionals together amid the coronavirus pandemic, the association has launched a new member-only online community – the NAFCU CEO Network. In just seconds, participants can pave the path for even greater success by easily connecting with other CEOs across the country to work through challenges, discover powerful new ideas, and share knowledge.“Extreme member service is NAFCU’s mantra, and our newly launched CEO Network will bring credit union CEOs together to share their knowledge and ideas to help our industry grow stronger,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “With direct input from our member CEOs, we developed this powerful network to create a collaborative, innovative space for credit union leaders to achieve greater growth and success.“NAFCU will also use this opportunity to learn more about our membership, and continue to revamp and introduce new offerings that meet credit unions’ growing needs,” Berger added.The new network joins the association’s six longstanding online networks – offered to credit unions at no additional cost – spanning a variety of credit union professions, including cybersecurity and IT, lending, and compliance.center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Indonesia reports fatal H5N1 case

first_imgMay 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Indonesia reported today that a 45-year-old man from Central Java province died of H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s second fatal case in less than 2 weeks.Joko Suyono of the Indonesian health ministry’s avian flu center said the man was hospitalized May 17 and died 2 days ago, Reuters reported today.Investigators, saying dead poultry were found near the man’s home, believe he slaughtered and ate a sick chicken, the Reuters report said.If his case is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), he will be listed as Indonesia’s 98th case-patient and its 78th fatality. The latest previous case reported in Indonesia was in a 5-year-old girl who died May 17. The country leads the world in human H5N1 cases and deaths.On May 16 the WHO announced it would accept H5N1 test results from Indonesia’s newly accredited national laboratory. Before that, the agency had refused to confirm any cases reported by Indonesia since late January, because the country had stopped sending viruses to WHO collaborating labs in December.Meanwhile, the WHO today confirmed China’s latest H5N1 case, in a 19-year-old soldier who, according to media reports yesterday, was apparently being treated in a military hospital. China now has had 25 cases, 15 of them fatal.The patient’s H5N1 results were confirmed by China’s national laboratory on May 23, a WHO statement said.Before the soldier got sick, he was serving in Fujian province, the WHO said. He experienced fever and pneumonia-like symptoms on May 9 and was hospitalized May 14.”There is no initial indication to suggest he had contact with sick birds prior to becoming unwell,” the WHO reported, adding that the patient’s close contacts are under medical supervision and remain well.See also:May 30 WHO statementlast_img read more

Australia not worried about vaccine trial pause, cases rise in hot spot

first_imgTopics : Australia on Monday said it would get the first doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in January 2021 if trials proved successful after reaching a preliminary deal in August.It had also signed an agreement on a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Queensland. Both these vaccines will be manufactured locally by CSL Ltd.Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria on Wednesday, meanwhile, reported its biggest rise in daily cases in three days as the state boosted its contact tracing program to ease the spread of the virus.Victoria, which is at the center of Australia’s second wave of coronavirus outbreak, now accounts for about 75% of Australia’s 26,450 COVID-19 cases and 90% of its 781 deaths.The state reported 76 new cases and 11 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours.  “With the information that I have got at the moment, I am not worried about it,” Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told Sky News, adding the hold on trials does not mean the vaccine “is off the table”.”In some respects, this is a very positive thing because it shows that despite the accelerated vaccine development, safety is the priority of the clinical trialists and investigators.”Coatsworth said Australia like many other governments has invested in several coronavirus vaccine candidates, “knowing not all of them will get through”.AstraZeneca’s decision to place the trial on hold comes after a pledge from nine leading US and European vaccine developers on Tuesday to uphold scientific safety and efficacy standards for their vaccines despite the urgency to contain the pandemic.center_img Australia is not worried about AstraZeneca Plc’s decision to put on hold its COVID-19 vaccine trial, its deputy chief medical officer said on Wednesday, as daily cases nudged higher in the country’s coronavirus hot spot.AstraZeneca on Tuesday said it has paused a late-stage trial of one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates after an unexplained illness in a study participant.The nature of the case and when it happened were not detailed, although the participant is expected to recover, according to Stat News, which first reported the news.last_img read more