9 May
2021

Avalanching systems under intermediate driving rate

first_imgThe paradigm of self-organized criticality (SOC) has found application in understanding scaling and bursty transport in driven, dissipative plasmas. SOC is, however, a limiting process that occurs as the ratio of driving rate to dissipation rate is taken to zero. We consider the more realistic scenario of finite driving rate. Similarity analysis reveals that there is a control parameter R-A which is analogous to the Reynolds number R-E of turbulence in that it relates to the number of excited degrees of freedom, that is, the range of spatio-temporal scales over which one finds scaling behaviour. However for avalanching systems the number of excited degrees of freedom is maximal at the zero driving rate, SOC limit, in the opposite sense to fluid turbulence. Practically, at finite R-E or R-A one observes scaling over a finite range which for turbulence, increases with R-E and for SOC, decreases with increasing R-A, suggesting an observable trend to distinguish them. We use the BTW sandpile model to explore this idea and find that whilst avalanche distributions can, depending on the details of the driving, reflect this behaviour, power spectra do not and thus are not clear discriminators of an SOC state.last_img read more

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7 May
2021

Letter of Intent signed for supply of gas from Etinde, offshore Cameroon

first_imgUnder the terms of the LOI, VOG and New Age will seek to enter into a gas supply agreement (GSA) Letter of Intent signed for supply of gas from Etinde, offshore Cameroon. (Credit: Pixabay/Gerd Altmann) Bowleven, the Africa focused oil and gas exploration group traded on AIM, is pleased to confirm the signature of a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) between Victoria Oil & Gas Plc (AIM:VOG) and New Age (New Age), for the supply of gas from the Etinde Field, offshore Cameroon.Under the terms of the LOI, VOG and New Age will seek to enter into a gas supply agreement (GSA). The LOI envisages that New Age will supply processed Gas to Gaz du Cameroun S.A. (“GDC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Victoria Oil & Gas Plc, at Limbe. GDC would then transport the gas to Douala.The LOI anticipates that the GSA would be for a period of 20 years and would see New Age supply a minimum of 25mmscf per day of gas to GDC for the first three years, increasing to a minimum of 30mmscf per day. The LOI remains in force until the earlier of the signature of a GSA or 31 March 2021. Ultimately, finalisation of the proposed GSA terms and conditions is directly linked to the Final Investment Decision (“FID”) in relation to the Etinde field development project.Eli Chahin, Chief Executive Officer of Bowleven plc, said:“As we work towards making a final investment decision on Etinde this year, today’s announcement by VOG is a positive step towards reconfirming the commerciality of the licence. The agreement is also positive for Cameroon, as it will see gas delivered to independent power suppliers in the country, and for our stakeholders, as it demonstrates the high demand for natural gas in the region. We look forward to updating the market on future progress as appropriate.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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3 May
2021

Parliamentary snoozer of the week

first_imgFriday’s German parliamentary forum on anti-semitism was clearly too boring for some.Hat tip: Die Achse des Guten PS The ruling CDU won by about 0.1% is Hesse tonight but lost their overall majority, while the far-left Die Linke did well in two states. More tomorrow. Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external linkslast_img

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3 May
2021

St Anne’s votes to introduce stress-busting animals

first_imgLast Sunday St Anne’s College JCR passed a motion which expressed its desire to bring animals into college in order to reduce stress during the exam period.The motion read: “The JCR resolves to permit the supervised presence of animals on college grounds during official JCR events, so providing students with another healthy source of stress reduction therapy.” The motion passed with 33 students voting for, 0 voting against, and 6 abstaining.The motion was purely designed to express the JCR’s feelings on the issue, and is yet to be condoned by the college’s senior management team.However, the proposal, if enacted, would see puppies, rabbits or kittens being brought to St Anne’s by a local animal shelter. It was agreed that only “de-wormed, flea-free, and vaccinated” animals would be permitted on college premises. Concerns have been raised about having pets in students’ rooms or in the JCR, and as a consequence the alternative of setting up a temporary pen on the quad has been suggested. The initiative was prompted by Johannes Osterrieth, a first-year Chemist, who proposed it during his hustings for Academic Rep. When later asked about the motion, Osterrieth said, “Everyone loves dogs, especially puppies, and leaving the desk to play with one is quite possibly the nicest way to take a break.”Certain members of the JCR were particularly excited by the idea of having animals, particularly puppies, in college. Bethany Cox, a second-year English student, said “I love puppies, they make the world a better place. Oxford is a very stressful place for the average young adult and I just can’t wait to get my hands on some puppies. St Anne’s: Our dog-free days are over!”Other St Anne’s students, however, were not impressed by the proposals. Ben Rosenbaum, a second-year PPEist, said that “I hope that this motion will not detract from the importance of other issues at hand. Although puppies are wonderful creatures, my concern is that people are putting their hearts before their heads on this issue.”last_img read more

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20 Apr
2021

Food inflation hits 2.5% in August

first_imgFood inflation rose 0.3% to 2.5% in August from 2.2% in July, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).The  BRC said inflation rose due to fresh food prices going back to June levels, after extensive promotions on salads and summer fruit and vegetables had caused a dip in July.According to the results from the BRC Nielsen Shop Price Index, overall shop prices reported annual deflation for the fourth consecutive month in August, unchanged from the 0.5% decline reported in July.Non-food sales reported an annual deflation of 2.3% in August, up from 2.1% in July.Helen Dickinson, BRC director general, said: “There may be some pressures in the pipeline, but I would expect prices to remain fairly stable barring any major shocks in the supply chain. These figures certainly add to the recent run of rosier news, and confirm that retailers are working hard to offer customers the best possible value on their shopping.”“The good news for shoppers is that many high street and non-food retailers have been holding back on price increases during the summer and even with some seasonal fresh food inflation in August,” said Mike Watkins, head of retailer and business insight, Nielsen. “Overall, shop price inflation at supermarkets is still at one of the lowest levels for three years.”Elsewhere, Tesco and Dunnhumby’s most recent quarterly report, Consumer Today, stated that the number of consumers agreeing that the economic situation in the UK had improved in the last few months rose from 10% in April to 21% in July.The report also showed that UK consumer confidence grew, due to the prolonged hot weather, sporting success and early signs of a recovering economy.last_img read more

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2 Mar
2021

Watch Bob Weaver a.k.a. Jon Fishman Twerk For The People At Phish’s 2018 Las Vegas Run [Full Video]

first_imgSetlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 11/2/18Set One: Cavern, Beauty of My Dreams, If I Could, Weigh, Sand, Back on the Train, Martian Monster, Mercury > Suzy GreenbergSet Two: Soul Planet > Down with Disease[1] > Guyute, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Light > Slave to the Traffic LightENCORE: Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, Good Times Bad Times[1] Unfinished.This show was webcast via Live Phish. If I Could was played for the first time since July 29, 2014 (159 show gap). DWD included In the Summertime and Oye Como Va teases from Trey and was unfinished. Trey quoted Everything is Hollow in Sneakin’ Sally. The first HYHU contained a The Final Hurrah quote. Bike was played for the first time since September 4, 2015 (113 shows). On November 2nd, 2018 Phish returned to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV for the penultimate show of their 2018 fall tour. Even within a run—and a tour as a whole—that stood out from the pack, Phish’s 11/2/18 performance was a clear highlight, a show that begs to be relistened to from start to finish on multiple occasions.From a first set featuring a rocking “Cavern” opener, the first “If I Could” since 2014, a searing “Sand”, a nearly-25-minute “Mercury” jam, and more to a second set studded with stellar jams and zero filler, this show was already cemented as a gem of a performance before the band stepped back onstage for their encore. Anything the band played for their curtain call on this night would have sufficed, but Phish had a few more tricks up their sleeves.When Trey Anastasio took a seat behind Jon Fishman‘s drum kit, it quickly became clear that this would not be your ordinary encore. As the drummer strolled to center stage, the band began “Hold Your Head Up”—a known portal to memorable Fishman antics. So the story goes, in their early days, the band would play this song at rehearsals when it was time to get serious. Trey, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell used to find it hilarious. Fishman, not so much: the song would often prompt him to storm out of practice. From that inside joke, a live Phish tradition arose: When Argent‘s “Hold Your Head Up” pops up, Trey pulls out a Fishman nickname and Fish takes his turn in the spotlight for a light-hearted cover before running like an antelope out of control all around the stage. Whether Fishman still hates it or not, we can’t be sure. What we do know is that it brings out his silliest side, and that’s never a bad thing for those in the audience.Back to 11/2—With the “Hold Your Head Up” stage set, Trey introduced the man in the dress: “Ladies and gentlemen, put your “Faceplant Into Rock” hands together for Mr. Bob Weaver!” Fish responded in kind to Trey’s call to shenanigans: “The pressure is unbelievable. Thank god I don’t take anything seriously… Except music. I take music seriously. Now, now…and pretty much nothing else.” From there, Fishman led the band through an animated take on Syd Barrett‘s Piper At The Gates of Dawn chestnut “Bike”—his first rendition of the tune since Dick’s 2015—before serving up an actually-not-so-bad vacuum solo.Of course, no “Hold Your Head Up” sandwich is complete without the freak-out that follows, and this Fishman dance party did not disappoint. After showing the audience his appreciation (“This is the funnest job in the world. This is the funnest band in the world. Thank you so FUCKING much!”) and warning that he can’t really run around “because [his] hip sucks,” Fish commenced with some hilariously flailing dance moves. That dance quickly turned into a full-fledged twerk as Trey encouraged him from behind the drum set, fighting back laughter (“Twerk it! Twerk it! Twerk for the people, Bob Weaver!”).Energized by the crowd (and the twerking), and in spite of the fact that his hip sucks, Fishman delivered his crazed “HYHU” finale, taking a lap around the stage before winding up on top of Page’s piano with his arms triumphantly raised above his head. “Thank you,” he mused as the crowd roared. “That’s the most exercise I’ve had in a year.”As Fishman returned to his rightful spot behind the drum, a still-laughing Trey pondered “Where do you go after that, I mean, god damn. Bob Weaver! …Agh…I’m sorry, you guys, gimme a second here. It’s not often that you get to see something like that…Bob Weaver…”After another moment to collect his composure, Trey continued, “Fuck it, this is, like, an old show. Let’s do an old one…Agh…I don’t remember this one…We’re gonna try it,” before launching into Led Zeppelin‘s “Good Times, Bad Times” to cap the fantastic show.You can watch a full video of the “Hold Your Head Up”/”Bike” antics as well as close-up videos of Jon Fishman’s twerking prowess below:Phish – “Hold Your Head Up” > “Bike” > “Hold Your Head Up”[Video: Live For Live Music]last_img read more

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17 Jan
2021

Farmers Markets

first_imgFarmers markets are popping up across the state. And as the summer harvest nears, they’ll be offering fresh produce and a chance for patrons to get to know the local farmers who grow their food. The Riverside Farmers Market in Roswell, Ga., will open for its fourth season on May 14. It draws more than 1,000 people each Saturday morning to shop and listen to live music, said Louise Estabrook, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Fulton County and manager of the market. “It’s the place to be, where farmers and consumers meet face to face and everyone is the better for it,” she said.All of the more than 50 vendors at the market only sell Georgia products. The market, which now accepts EBT cards, served 26,000 patrons last year, she said. Besides farmers selling produce, meats, honey, flowers, nursery plants and eggs, there are bakers and salsa vendors as well as others with prepared foods. “We have 140 farmers markets in the state registered on Georgia Marketmaker,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “These markets benefit everybody – not just the farmers and consumers, but the local businesses as well.” Marketmaker does not include the 12 state farmers markets found in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Savannah, Thomasville, Cairo, Cordele, Glennville, Jesup, Moultrie and Valdosta. Markets across the state are looking to provide access to all citizens. According to Wolfe, the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program is available in 65 markets statewide. The program equated to nearly $1 million in FMNP funds used to purchase Georgia-grown fruits and vegetables in 2009. A similar program for seniors will serve an estimated 11,000 Georgians this year, supplying $250,000 in fresh, local foods. The Athens Farmers Market is already open for the year. The producer-only market offers fresh produce from local growers. Amanda Tedrow, UGA Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County, helps organize the market. “The market is a great way for the consumers to interact with the farmers directly,” Tedrow said. “They learn about products they may not be familiar with, like kohlrabi, and learn new recipes.” Local chefs offer weekly cooking demonstrations featuring foods available at the market. UGA-trained Master Gardeners are on hand to answer questions ranging from composting to canning.“People are looking for home-grown, local foods,” said Ronnie Barrentine, UGA Extension agent in Pulaski County, which is located in middle Georgia. “The problem is not that we don’t have the demand. It is having the amount of produce.” Barrentine started a market in downtown Hawkinsville on Saturdays in the summer, a trend that began in 2004. Plans are to open daily soon. Before this market, growers traveled to markets in Cordele or Macon to sell their goods. When the Henry County Farmers Market opened in 2009 in south metro Atlanta, UGA Extension agent Frank Hancock didn’t know what to expect. The first day, 50 people were lined up waiting for the market to start. “Everybody likes the market,” Hancock said. “We are focused on our goal of providing our farmers with a place to sell their goods and local citizens a place to buy fresh produce. Our market is growing.” The market sells produce grown within a 50-mile radius of the county, all freshly picked. Vendors also offer freshly baked breads, homemade jellies, ice cream and salsas. Fresh flowers are available, too. A couple hundred people stop in to purchase goods on Thursday afternoons. Susan Howington, UGA Extension coordinator in Henry County, also conducts cooking demonstrations and food preservation classes at the Henry County market. “The local people here in Henry County are benefiting and so are our local farmers because we are keeping it right here in our community,” Howington said. To find a farmers market near you, visit www.pickyourown.org/GAfarmersmarkets.htm or www.localharvest.org.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

15 million T-Mobile customer records exposed

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A hack on a server belonging to the credit application processor Experian has exposed personal information belonging 15 million T-Mobile customers. The data breach affected two years’ worth of records, the companies said.While the investigation is still ongoing, the companies revealed the intrusion resulted in the illegal acquisition of millions of T-Mobile customers’ personal records inputted between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015. The records included names, addresses and birthdates, as well as encrypted fields with Social Security and other identification numbers (such as driver’s license and passport), plus additional information used in T-Mobile’s credit assessments. continue reading »last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Germany says coronavirus tracing app ready to go

first_imgThe app uses bluetooth short-range radio to detect and contact people at risk of infection by coronavirus and does not rely on a centralized database. Deutsche Telekom and software company SAP are involved.Italy launched a similar app last week.Spahn also urged people wishing to go on holiday after European border controls are eased on Monday to be careful and ask themselves whether their trip was necessary.On Monday, Germany lifts its blanket travel warning for European Union nations and Britain, and will replace it with specific travel advice for individual countries and regions. Germany’s smartphone app to trace coronavirus infections is ready to be launched this week, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday.After delays to ensure the bluetooth technology would work at the correct distance, the government says the app will be a vital tool to help avoid a second wave of infections.”It’s coming this week,” Spahn told ARD television, but he declined to confirm German media reports that the app would be launched on Tuesday. “We need the right balance,” Spahn said, adding that recent outbreaks in Germany after mass gatherings and church services had caused a rapid spread of the virus.Thanks to large-scale testing, a robust health system and lockdown measures introduced in mid-March, Germany has kept the number of deaths from COVID-19 relatively low compared to other countries despite a large number of cases.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Netanyahu vows relief as Israelis fume over virus-battered economy

first_img“This support, this grant, is not dependent on legislation and we have instructed that it be put into effect today. The button will be pressed and the money will reach accounts in the coming days,” he said.  He also announced a broader aid package for workers and small business owners would advance through Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, over the coming days.The influential columnist with Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Nahum Barnea, said Saturday’s demonstration reflected the breadth of suffering in the Jewish state. “The protest ran the entire gamut, from owners of small businesses that had collapsed, to unemployed people from the entertainment industry, musicians, stage hands and people from the tourism sector,” he wrote.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged immediate financial aid to Israelis whose livelihoods have been devastated by the coronavirus, as his government faces mounting anger over its pandemic response. Thousands of protesters turned out in Tel Aviv on Saturday to voice frustration at Netanyahu, who won praise for his early response to the outbreak but has come under criticism amid a resurgence in cases. Netanyahu did not mention the Tel Aviv protest ahead of his weekly cabinet meeting, but promised that financial help was on the way, starting with cash disbursement of up to 7,500 shekels ($2,170) to the self-employed. Barnea argued that Netanyahu has a history of showing disdain for protests against his leadership, but said he expected the premier to increasingly open the government coffers to quell public anger. “A protest that is about money can be placated with money,” he said. Netanyahu has conceded that Israel’s broad re-opening was premature, but also cautioned against renewed lockdown measures that would again bring economic activity to a halt. While restaurants remain open, new restrictions targeting bars, event venues and places of worship are being implemented. Israel, a country of some 9 million people, has recorded more than 38,000 coronavirus cases, including 358 deaths. The Jewish state last week registered more than 1,000 new cases in a 24 hour period multiple times last, a major spike compared to daily figures that typically hovered below 50 before the economy reopened. Topics :last_img read more

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