Very low frequency electromagnetic phenomena: ‘whistlers’ and micropulsations

first_imgObservations of natural electromagnetic phenomena, embracing frequencies ranging from millihertz to tens of kilohertz, have made a major contribution to our knowledge of the terrestrial environment extending out to many Earth’s radii. The Antarctic has offered exceptional opportunities in this field for a number of reasons, including: (i) the location of Antarctic bases (including Halley Bay) at key magnetic latitudes, (ii) magnetic conjugacy to Northern Hemisphere thunderstorm sources, (iii) low interference levels. Important aspects of this research are the investigation of the role of wave-particle interactions in the magnetosphere and that of the structure and dynamical behaviour of the plasmapause, using both passive and active techniques. Comparisons of observations made at antarctic stations and their northern geomagnetic conjugates show close similarities in dominant pulsation periods and demonstrate the uniqueness of the Weddell Sea area in relation to magnetospheric wave amplification at the higher frequencies. An extra dimension to this work is being added, during the International Magnetospheric Study (1976-8), through the development of a chain of stations employing the goniometer (direction-finding) technique pioneered at Halley Bay by Sheffield University.last_img read more

US funds that would have gone to WHO could be given to aid groups: Trump officials

first_imgThe United States could redirect to other aid groups some $400 million it would have paid the World Health Organization this year, senior Trump administration officials said on Wednesday after President Donald Trump halted funding for the UN agency over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.Washington has already paid the Geneva-based WHO some $58 million this year, the officials said, half of what it is required to pay for 2020 – known as an assessed contribution.”We’re stopping that second tranche,” said a senior Trump administration official. “We can very easily give this money to the Red Cross” or other similar organizations. The move prompted widespread condemnation as reported global coronavirus infections passed the 2 million mark. The head of the WHO, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he regretted Trump’s decision, and said now is the time for the world to be united in the fight against the virus.Trump on Tuesday accused the WHO of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the virus, saying it likely led to a wider outbreak than otherwise would have occurred.Trump’s decision came amid criticism of his administration’s response to the worst epidemic in a century, from some of his fellow Republicans as well as Democrats. Just this week, some Republican governors pushed back on Trump’s assertion that he had “total authority” to order states to reopen businesses that have been closed to stop the virus’ spread.The senior administration officials said the US Congress was unable to stop them from redirecting WHO funding elsewhere.Some Democrats disagreed, promising they would try to include funding for the WHO in the next coronavirus relief bill.”This decision is dangerous, illegal and will be swiftly challenged,” Democratic House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.Republicans in Congress, who rarely break from White House policy, quickly backed Trump’s decision.Senator Lindsey Graham, a vocal Trump supporter who heads the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, called the WHO “incompetent” and demanded new leadership. “This is a critical time for worldwide public health and we cannot afford China apologists running the WHO,” Graham said.Two sources who track US. funding to international organizations said Trump’s action was serious. “This is not an idle threat. There are actual implications to this,” one said.The sources said the US. Agency for International Development had been due to make a voluntary payment last week of $43 million to the WHO for polio surveillance and it was now blocked.The WHO is a UN specialized agency – an independent international body that works with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday it was “not the time” to reduce resources for the body.  The United States also provides several hundred million dollars to the WHO every year in voluntary funding tied to specific programs like polio eradication, vaccine-preventable disease, HIV and hepatitis, tuberculosis, and maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.It was not immediately clear how much voluntary funding the United States had already provided for WHO programs in 2020.”We can find another partner that is not the WHO. That money will be spent with other partners,” a second senior Trump administration official said.Trump announced on Tuesday that US funding would be halted while Washington reviewed the WHO’s role “in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” which he said was likely to take 60 to 90 days.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Arsene Wenger appears to disagree with Maurizio Sarri over how best to use N’Golo Kante

first_imgArsene Wenger appears to disagree with Maurizio Sarri over how best to use N’Golo Kante Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 19 Feb 2019 2:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link76Shares Sarri has been criticised for taking Kante out of his natural role mopping up in front of the Chelsea defence, with the Frenchman recording fewer tackles this season than compared to any since he made his breakthrough at Caen.Wenger, meanwhile, was handed a lifetime achievement award at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2019 in Monaco on Monday night.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors “Sport is tremendous, I had a long career but my passion for sport is intact, my passion for human beings is intact.”He changed football and still considered a mentor by the world stars who played for him.A man who truly understands #Laureus19 Sport for Good: Arsene Wenger— #Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019 Kante was powerless to stop Man Utd running out victors in the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)Asked for his opinion on Kante on the red carpet at the Laureus Awards on Monday night, Wenger said: ‘Phenomenal. To have a successful team you need to have somebody, or some players, who sacrifice themselves for the team. Don’t talk, do it.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When you lose the ball in front of you, he just works for you to win it back and he gives it back in the proper way.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘People who have maybe a smaller ego, but a bigger spirit of sacrifice, usually they make the difference.‘We spoke about Brazil, in Brazil they had a player that I bought, Gilberto Silva, who had a similar role in 2002 in the success of the Brazilian national team in Japan.’ Advertisement The French midfielder has been used in a more attacking role this season (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he sees N’Golo Kante’s best role as winning back possession in front of the defence – which is not how Maurizio Sarri has been using him for Chelsea.The French World Cup winner started once again as the most advanced of Chelsea’s three central midfielders in Monday night’s FA Cup last-16 defeat to Manchester United.Sarri does not believe Kante is capable of playing at the base of midfield in his system, but former Arsenal manager Wenger says that is where his countryman thrives most. Advertisementlast_img read more

Final Lone Star Series checkers fly at Texas Nationals

first_imgWACO, Texas – IMCA Lone Star Series shows on Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5 at Heart O’ Texas Speedway do double duty as the Texas Nationals. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks all see holiday weekend action at Waco. Both Modified features will pay $1,000 to win and are qualifiers for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. SportMod features pay $750 to win, Stock Car features pay $600 and Hobby Stock features $400. Along with the biggest share of the respective purses, Modified and Stock Car series champions earn bonus points applicable toward national and regional point standings. Southern SportMod bonus points count in the national points race. All four divisions are at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige for the Thursday, July 3 Lone Star Series show. The top driver in points in each division for the final three nights of the series get $250 bonuses.Series Director Selby Holder and officials from the IMCA home office will be in attendance at all three events.last_img read more

Templemore and Bantry to do it all again

first_imgThe sides will need a replay to separate them in the Munster junior championship final.Today at 2pm in Sean Treacy Park in Tipp town theres a double header, first up Cappawhite will take on the Comeragh Rangers in the Senior plate final while in the Intermediate cup final Cahir will meet Fermoy at 4pmlast_img

Emery’s impact puts Arsenal rebuild ahead of schedule

first_img“We felt we had the quality to play (against) the top of the league tonight,” said Lacazette.Even Emery admitted Arsenal are far from the finished article, even citing Liverpool’s gradual improvement in three years under Klopp as an example to follow.“It is not a bad point but we need more,” he added.“They can win the Premier League this season. They play the final of the Europa League three years ago and last season they were in the final of the Champions League — they are a very good example for us.”However, Emery’s rapid progress suggests Arsenal are well-placed to challenge for a return to the Champions League next season after finishing 12 points off the top four in Wenger’s final campaign.“We are giving extra intensity and you can see the manager demands a lot not just in games but on the training pitch and it is paying off,” said midfielder Alex Iwobi.While Wenger got the grand farewell he deserved for winning three Premier League titles in his first decade in charge, Iwobi’s words are an indictment of how standards had slipped towards the end of the Frenchman’s tenure.Emery finally has the Gunners firing again.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal are still waiting for a first statement win of the Unai Emery era, but the progress made by the Spaniard in his first three months in charge was clear to see as Liverpool left the Emirates content with a point from Saturday’s thrilling 1-1 draw.Despite a 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions, the Gunners remain four points off Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table and will end the weekend outside the top four courtesy of North London rivals’ Tottenham’s 3-2 win at Wolves.But much has changed since the opening day of the season when reigning champions Manchester City outclassed Arsenal on Emery’s first chance to make an impression as the man to succeed Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign in charge.That sunny August afternoon the home fans bristled at the sight of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech struggle to come to terms with the former Paris Saint-Germain coach’s instructions to play out from the back.On a brisk November evening, Emery lauded the part played by the supporters to roar Arsenal on to level eight minutes from time through Alexandre Lacazette after James Milner put Liverpool in front on the hour mark.“The spirit is like we want and also the atmosphere today was a very big atmosphere with the supporters pushing for 90 minutes,” said Emery. Already his mixture of tough tackling and passing ability in possession has made him a fans’ favourite.And up front it was Lacazette, who started the season playing second fiddle to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the bench, who repaid Emery’s faith for keeping him on the field and sacrificing Aubameyang with his substitutions in the search for an equaliser.center_img Summer signing Bernd Leno has since replaced Cech as number one and shown he is far more adept with the ball at his feet as Arsenal moved the ball smoothly upfield despite facing the famed ‘gegenpressing’ that characterises Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.“The manager has a new philosophy. Many things changed, because Arsène Wenger was here for a long time,” said Leno.“It was clear we needed time but like you saw today, the movement and the confidence of the players is always getting better.“Today we controlled the game against a big club, against big players.”– Torreira a fans’ favourite –In midfield Lucas Torreira had to wait until late September for his first league start. But the Uruguayan international is the type of player Arsenal lacked in the final years of Wenger’s reign.last_img read more

Improvements Planned For Shrewsbury’s Manson Park

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY – Expect to see some changes to the borough’s Manson Park in 2016.The Borough Council plans to take advantage of a county-awarded $104,000 grant to cover some of the costs of renovations and constructing some additional amenities at the park.Mayor Donald Burden said the Borough Council debated the needs expressed by the borough Parks and Recreation Commission and the possible configurations for the various offerings at the park.The council will move forward with it but is awaiting an environmental report from borough engineer David Cranmer.Manson Park is located on borough property that also contains the municipal complex/police headquarters at the intersection of Broad Street (State Highway 35) and Sycamore Ave. The approximately 20-year-old park encompasses several acres and features a Little League baseball/softball field, soccer field, walking trail and the community garden. Borough officials would like to construct two basketball courts and add fitness stations along the path, expand the path and do some general renovations to the existing features, said Cranmer.Cranmer is working on the environmental report to determine if the location has any wetlands or other environmental considerations that would have to be taken into account for the project to move forward. In addition, Cranmer said he and other officials have been working with the recreation commission for several months “to come up with a plan that met everyone’s needs and serves the borough.”The borough plans to add basketball courts and fitness stations. Photo: John BurtonConsolidating outlets for the recreation programs and activities would be beneficial given there is sufficient parking at the site. “They’ll be able to accommodate multiple activities there,” Burden said.“I think it’s fair to say the entire council is trying to be responsive to the recreational needs of the entire community,” the mayor said. “We want to have something for everybody.”The borough was notified last December it had been awarded the county Municipal Open Space Grant. It is a matching grant, Cranmer said.The entire project is expected to be a “in the $200,000 range,” Burden said.The council expects to award the bids by next spring and begin construction shortly thereafter, the officials said.“We want to maximize construction to be compatible with the weather,” Burden said.last_img read more

Sailing on New Ice

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero RED BANK – While the deep freeze that engulfed the region made life difficult for many, one positive was the return of a great Two River-area tradition: Ice Boating. Monmouth Boating Club’s Ice Boaters took to the Navesink River – after ensuring the ice was at least 4-inches thick – to race across its frozen surface. Ice grips, safety picks and helmets were some of the devices racers used to keep themselves safe while sailing on the ice at high speeds. Many spectators braved the biting wind and freezing temperatures to watch the return of this Two River winter spectacle.last_img read more

Winter meeting chatter: Sugar is sweet, prices are sour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the 2016 Winter Agronomy Meetings for Seed Consultants there were major parts of the discussion that resonated throughout Ohio, including the need to be creative in order to be profitable this year. As farmers at the meetings put sugar in their coffee, agronomists were suggesting putting sugar on their fields.“With commodity prices and input cost being where they are right now, growers need to find ways to increase yields while keeping overhead down,” said Mike Earley, Director of Replicated Testing for Seed Consultants. “Our years of testing show that farmers can get those results by applying foliar applications of sugar to corn and soybeans at for $2.50 an acre versus $30 to $40 for fungicide, and we are getting huge returns on investment.”This sugar application is done at the V5 to V6 stage on corn and R1 on soybeans at 5 pounds per acre.“Some do choose to put that sugar on with fungicide or you can put it on with your last application of herbicides,” Earley said. “Overall, it is a very economical way to increase yields.”During their testing of sugar as part of a field script, Seed Consultants has seen yield bumps up to 30 bushels to the acre in corn and a 3-4 bushel increase in soybeans. That’s still a nice return on a minimal investment and something more and more of Seed Consultants’ customers are willing take a look at, in a year when convincing farmers to add anything to the cost of production is a challenge.“Most of the farmers I am talking with are trying to find any way possible to trim the fat heading into planting season,” said Dan Fox, a seedsman with Seed Consultants. “Now that some comfortable years for income are well behind us, producers are really fine tuning their bottom line to try to keep their operations in the black.”Due to rising taxes on farm land, rent prices aren’t showing much mercy on that balance sheet and Fox said that some producers will want to cut fertilizer first, which may be the easiest thing to do but it is the wrong thing to do for a successful 2016 crop.last_img read more

American Farmland Trust targets soil health through Conservation Innovation Grant

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farmland Trust was awarded a highly competitive 2018 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill, CIG helps develop the tools, technologies and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands.“Through programs like the Conservation Innovation Grants Program, we’re fueling the development of new and exciting tools and technologies, helping farmers improve their agricultural and conservation outcomes,” said Leonard Jordan, NRCS Acting Chief.The grant will fund a new AFT project called “Accelerating Soil Health Adoption by Quantifying Economic and Environmental Outcomes & Overcoming Barriers on Rented Land” that is designed to give farmers and landowners the quantitative evidence they need to make better conservation decisions.One barrier to wider use of soil health practices that improve water, save soil, protect climate, and often increase profit has been limited quantitative data proving their benefits.AFT will work in six watersheds across five states (California, Illinois, Ohio, New York and Virginia) to quantify the benefits experienced by 24 farmers who have already implemented soil health practices like reduced tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, crop rotation and more.The data collected will be used to produce economic case studies that include soil health, water quality and greenhouse gas outcomes experienced by the successful soil health farmers. The case studies will be used to encourage other farmers and non-operating landowners to implement environmentally sound farming practices more quickly and in greater numbers. The project also aims to foster better conversations and lease arrangements between farmers and non-operating landowners to better share in the risk and rewards of investing in soil health practices.“We are thrilled and honored to have been chosen to receive the NRCS CIG grant. At AFT, we hope this new quantitative evidence helps farmers and landowners agree to adopt soil health practices on more land sooner, and with that decision, to reap the benefits of greater productivity, increased profitability and environmental improvement,” said Michelle Perez, director of AFT’s water initiative.last_img read more