9 May
2021

Using the aa index over the last 14 solar cycles to characterize extreme geomagnetic activity

first_imgGeomagnetic indices are routinely used to characterize space weather event intensity. The DST index is well resolved, but is only available over 5 solar cycles. The aa index extends over 14 cycles but is highly discretized with poorly resolved extremes. We parameterize extreme aa activity by the annual averaged top few % of observed values, show these are exponentially distributed and they track annual DST index minima. This gives a 14 cycle average of ~ 4% chance of at least one great (DST<‐500nT) storm and ~ 28% chance of at least one severe (DST<‐250nT) storm per year. At least one DST=‐809 [‐663,‐955]nT event in a given year would be a 1:151 year event. Carrington event estimate DST~ ‐850nT is within the same distribution as other extreme activity seen in aa since 1868 so that its likelihood can be deduced from that of more moderate events. Events with DST ≲ ‐1000 nT are in a distinct class, requiring special conditions.last_img read more

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4 May
2021

Canada: BMT Secures JSS Contract

first_imgBMT Fleet Technology Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy has been awarded a 12-month, $9.8M design project to further develop the Contract Design as one possible option for the Canadian Forces’ (CF) new Joint Support Ship (JSS).Following on from BMT Fleet Technology’s successful completion of the JSS Preliminary Design, the award of JSS Contract Design is a significant milestone in nearly a decade of close cooperation with the JSS Project Office.The Joint Support Ship (JSS) project is a Government of Canada capital acquisition project to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s ageing Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships. Canada’s current procurement strategy includes the assessment/evaluation of two design options: a bespoke design developed by BMT Fleet Technology and an existing, off-the-shelf design of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ Berlin Class.BMT Fleet Technology of Ottawa, Ontario has been supporting the JSS project since December 2002 through a series of individual taskings issued under an Engineering, Logistics, and Management Support (ELMS) Services Contract. These taskings have included a broad range of engineering and design studies analysing and addressing such areas as system requirements, Naval Ship rules, concept design, ship performance modeling, general arrangements and layouts, pollution control, crewing concepts, system operations, ship sub-systems design, in service support concepts and through life cost analyses.Dr Gordon Fleming President of BMT Fleet Technology commented: “The award of JSS Contract Design to BMT underscores the Royal Canadian Navy’s confidence in our abilities to successfully manage and execute a design project of this magnitude and importance.”He continued: “We intend to deliver a World-Class solution for JSS, and have been aggressively growing and strengthening our Canadian design team to achieve this. BMT Fleet Technology will also capitalize on the expertise, capabilities, and synergies available across the BMT group. The JSS project will draw on Naval Architects, Structural Engineers, Marine Systems Engineers and Combat Systems Engineers from all four of BMT Fleet Technology’s offices in Canada, as well as sister BMT companies.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 15, 2012; Industry news View post tag: News by topic View post tag: contract View post tag: secures Canada: BMT Secures JSS Contract Share this article View post tag: BMTcenter_img View post tag: Navy March 15, 2012 View post tag: Canada View post tag: JSS View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Canada: BMT Secures JSS Contract last_img read more

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2 May
2021

ROBOTIC ACTION (Midtown)

first_img× ROBOTIC ACTION — The Grade 4 students in Mrs. McMonagle’s science class at Midtown Community School were presented with the challenge of building and programming Milo the Space Rover. They had so much fun while learning! Here Mr. Tim Mercier, Interim Assistant Principal got in on the robotic action!last_img

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21 Apr
2021

Butt Foods

first_imgButt Foods (Nottingham) has launched a Bread Bowl, which is sturdy enough to hold soups, chilli and curry, and yet soft and tasty enough to eat.The Bread Bowl comes in a range of four different flavours – White Bread, Indian Naan, Italian Ciabatta and Mediterranean Herb. The Bread Bowls recently won the Home Grown Cereals Authority Enterprise Award. “We believe these are one of the most exciting bakery products to hit the market in recent years. Their possibility for use in many areas of the food industry are virtually endless,” says MD David Williams.last_img

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17 Jan
2021

Safe, Sweet Strawberries

first_img“You can best wash strawberries by placing them in a colander and spraying them withwater,” Harrison said. “The crop usually begins coming in in mid-March and lasts until early June,” Krewersaid. “We’re a little early this year due to the warm weather.” The weather has also made this a banner year for Georgia strawberries. “It comes at a very bad time for us,” Krewer said, “because it gives the wrongimpression. But we have a very good crop this year. And the combination of clean,drinking-quality water used for irrigation, strictly using dry commercial fertilizer andthe plastic shield between the berries and the soil make it an outstanding, clean crop.” No matter where you live in the state, you should be able to find a fresh supply ofGeorgia-grown strawberries. “The Georgia strawberry crop is one of the most sanitary crops I know of,” said GerardKrewer, a University of Georgia Extension Service horticulturist in Tifton. “It’sdrip-irrigated with drinking-quality water, and a layer of plastic separates the berriesfrom the soil, eliminating the risk of soil-borne illness.” “The fertilizer used on strawberries is commercial dry fertilizer, not manure,” saidButch Ferree, an extension horticulturist in Fort Valley. “The first round of fertilizer isusually plowed into the soil in the fall, and more is added to the irrigation system in thespring. Soil low in organic matter produces the best strawberries, so it’s properlytreated before the berries are even planted.” The soil and fertilizer used on the crop also make it safer. “Our crop is scattered all over the state,” Krewer said. “We don’t have exact acreagefigures on the crop, but we do know they are very productive, yielding about 15,000 to20,000 pounds per acre.” “We had some problems around Savannah because the warm weather betweenChristmas and New Year’s forced some of the plants to bloom early,” Ferree said.”But this dry weather has brought us superb quality.”center_img They’re a tasty crop, too, Ferree said. “The variety usually seen in grocery stores is Chandler, and it was practically made forthe Georgia climate,” he said. “If you pick your own, they are more mature and evenfresher.” Take advantage of this limited-time offering of fresh Georgia-grown strawberries.Don’t let the recent scare scare you off. Georgia’s strawberry crop is in. Don’t let the recent food scare keep you from pickingand eating these scrumptious specimens. The prime picking time for Georgia strawberries is now. “Whether it’s industry, pick-your-own or the family garden, poor sanitation can causeproblems,” said Judy Harrison, an extension food safety specialist. “Using clean handsand clean, properly stored containers for the product are important, regardless of thecrop or who is picking it.” Harrison says to remove any badly bruised or moldy strawberries. Place the rest in asingle layer in a clean container covered with wax paper in the refrigerator. Cap andwash thoroughly with drinking water just before using. Despite these precautions, animals passing through a field, or mishandled berries, couldstill cause a health problem. Sanitation care in the kitchen, and at every step in foodhandling, is required.last_img read more

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18 Nov
2020

Human H5N1 cases reported in China, Thailand

first_imgDec 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed, one in a Chinese woman who has recovered and the other in a 5-year-old Thai boy who died Dec 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.The cases increase the human toll of the virus over the past 2 years to 137 cases, including 70 deaths, according to the WHO. Exposure to poultry is the suspected cause in both of the latest cases.In China, a 31-year-old female farmer from the northeastern province of Liaoning became ill Oct 30 and was treated for severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress before she recovered, the WHO said, citing the Chinese Ministry of Health. She was discharged from a hospital Nov 29.The woman initially tested negative for the virus, but a microneutralization test for H5N1 antibodies later was positive, the WHO reported. “Using this test, a positive diagnosis is made when antibody levels in a blood sample taken late in illness are at least four times higher than those found in a sample taken early in illness,” the agency said. Antibody tests are reliable but slower than direct tests for viral RNA, the statement said.Investigators have linked the woman’s illness to exposure to sick poultry, the WHO said. Poultry outbreaks of H5N1 flu have occurred in Liaoning province. Contacts of the patient were under medical observation, but all remained healthy and have been released.China now has had five confirmed human cases of H5N1 infection, of which two were fatal.In Thailand, health officials confirmed that avian flu caused the death of a 5-year-old boy from the central province of Nakhonnayok, according to the WHO. The boy fell ill on Nov 25, was hospitalized Dec 5, and died 2 days later.Early results of an investigation suggest the boy might have been infected by contact with dead chickens in his neighborhood, the WHO said. Family and neighbors were placed under observation and have stayed healthy so far.Thailand has had five confirmed human cases this year, with two deaths. The country’s total for the past 2 years is 22 cases with 14 deaths.Other news on avian flu comes from Ukraine, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, and Japan.Ukraine’s agriculture minister said H5N1 has been confirmed in the Crimean peninsula, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The minister, Olexandre Baranivsky, said the confirmation came today but gave no details.A health ministry statement earlier today said 17 villages in the Crimea, including some near the central city of Simferopol, have had massive deaths among poultry, according to AFP. Previously the disease had been detected only in the northeast corner of the peninsula.Samples from nine villages had been sent to labs in Britain, Italy, and Russia, the story said.In Turkey, officials have claimed victory over avian flu after testing thousands of birds, according to another AFP report. The country’s agriculture ministry reported to the European Union and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that the virus has been “completely eradicated.”H5N1 infection was discovered in poultry in Balikesir province on Oct 5. More than 10,000 birds were slaughtered in the area, and about 3,000 birds from Balikesir and around the country have been tested, with no cases found, the story said.However, veterinary experts believe Turkey faces a continued threat of outbreaks because it lies on bird migration routes, according to AFP.Vietnam has been hit by new avian flu outbreaks in two provinces, AFP reported yesterday. An outbreak in Son La province in the north triggered the culling of more than 500 ducks, and 5,000 ducks were destroyed after an outbreak on a farm in the central province of Quang Tri.In Zimbabwe, an H5N2 flu virus has been found on two ostrich farms, according to an AFP report yesterday. H5N2 is a milder strain than H5N1 and is not considered dangerous to humans.The report said Zimbabwe has suspended ostrich and poultry exports and quarantined all ostrich farms. Officials said no poultry outbreaks have been found.An H5N2 outbreak in South Africa last year triggered the killing of 26,000 ostriches, AFP reported.In Japan, evidence of an H5 virus has been found in an area previously hit by H5N2 outbreaks in poultry, AFP reported today. Authorities have ordered the destruction of 19,000 chickens at the site in Ibaraki prefecture near Tokyo.Chickens on the farm tested positive for an antibody indicating previous exposure to an H5 virus, said the report, which cited Kyodo News as its source.See also:Dec 9 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_09/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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28 Sep
2020

Balmoral apartment auction breaks suburb record

first_imgThe apartment has its own plunge pool.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 The apartment at 3/46 Main Ave, Balmoral, broke a suburb record.AN EYE-watering $3.35 million was dropped on a luxury apartment at an auction this week.The price smashed the previous suburb record for the highest sale price of a unit in Balmoral, which was $3 million, according to CoreLogic data. There are incredible panoramic city views.The apartment was part of about $10 million of property that changed hands at Place Bulimba’s inaugural All Star Auction event on Thursday night.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom property, 3/46 Main Ave, was part of R’AIR Balmoral, an award-winning development by P3 Projects. Views from every angle.“Bordering winter’s end and spring’s arrival, we have identified a captive window of four tofive weeks which presents a great opportunity to deliver meaningful campaigns for ourclients,” Mr Curtain said.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe apartment is one of four.It is one of four designer apartments, which has a 30m frontage on Balmoral Hill and has panoramic views of Brisbane CBD.The property’s vendor said he was “delighted” with the outcome. Inside 3/46 Main Ave, Balmoral.More than 200 people turned out at the All Star Auction event, with 47 registered bidders vying for 23 properties.Place Bulimba’s principal Paul Curtain said another $10 million worth of properties was expected to be negotiated following the event, and that spring selling season was well and truly here, with auction clearance rates trending upward.last_img read more

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27 Sep
2020

Younger kids facing exclusion and suspension from school

first_imgStuff co.nz 25 June 2018Family First Comment: Gee. Wonder why? Could it have anything to do with a culture of children’s ‘rights’ while undermining the parental role and authority, and feeding the culture with unrestricted access to excessively violent and pornographic content?If you want to see the evidence of when it really started to get bad, read our report “Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law” (2016)https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/smacking-law-2016/There are signs more intermediate and primary schools are being forced to consider excluding and suspending students, amid a reported rise in extreme behaviour among children.The trend has reignited calls for greater support for schools to deal with special needs and mental health issues among pupils, with claims many families are being left to deal with these issues on their own.The body that represents school boards said it had received a “flurry” of queries from boards about suspensions and exclusions for young students.Excluded students are those under 16 who are struck off the school roll.“Normally one would expect this type of behaviour in secondary schools,” President of the NZ School Trustees Association Lorraine Kerr said.“It’s now becoming intermediate schools, and in some extreme cases … it’s presenting itself in primary.”The apparent trend seemed to be a symptom of an increasing number of students arriving at school with significant behavioural needs, including conditions like foetal alcohol syndrome or ‘P babies’, Kerr said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104822073/younger-kids-facing-exclusion-and-suspension-from-schoollast_img read more

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24 Sep
2020

Looming Job Cuts Threaten Greensburg Schools

first_imgGreensburg School officials plan to cut $500,000 in expenditures for next year.Lay-offs may be looming for faculty members at Greensburg Community Schools.The school district plans to reportedly cut $500,000 in expenditures for next school year. School superintendent Tom Hunter says it is the result of state funding that continues to decline, state property tax caps and rising expenses.“Health insurance has gone up dramatically the past few years, our liability insurance has gone up, price of utilities has gone up,” Hunter said. “The only thing I can do is reduce our greatest expense and that is personnel.”Hunter noted that the corporation is not in a current financial crisis. By making the difficult decision now, it could avoid a major issue in a few years.“It is just being financially prudent. Our revenues are not equaling our expenditures. So we have to cut our expenditures back. [If] we don’t address this, and five years from now we are in a cataclysmic situation,” Hunter explained.District officials are considering different options including not replacing teachers, administrators and non-teaching staff that leave the corporation or retire.“I do not like doing this. I had to be a part of this one other time and it is not a pleasant thing for anybody because you are impacting people’s lives,” the superintendent said. “It is the business part of school and occasionally it does have to take place.”Job cuts have not yet been made. The next school board meeting is scheduled for May 13.last_img read more

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