9 May
2021

Use of POES SEM-2 observations to examine radiation belt dynamics and energetic electron precipitation into the atmosphere

first_imgThe coupling of the Van Allen radiation belts to the Earth’s atmosphere through precipitating particles is an area of intense scientific interest. Currently, there are significant uncertainties surrounding the precipitating characteristics of medium energy electrons (> 20 keV), and even more uncertainties for relativistic electrons. In this paper we examine roughly 10 years of measurements of trapped and precipitating electrons available from the Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites (POES)/Space Environment Monitor (SEM-2), which has provided long-term global data in this energy range. We show that the POES SEM-2 detectors suffer from some contamination issues that complicate the understanding of the measurements, but that the observations provide insight into the precipitation of energetic electrons from the radiation belts, and may be developed into a useful climatology for medium energy electrons. Electron contamination also allows POES/SEM-2 to provide unintended observations of > 700 keV relativistic electrons. Finally, there is an energy-dependent time delay observed in the POES/SEM-2 observations, with the relativistic electron enhancement (electrons > 800 keV) delayed by approximately one week relative to the > 30 keV electron enhancement, probably due to the timescales of the acceleration processes. Observations of trapped relativistic electron fluxes near the geomagnetic equator by GOES show similar delays, indicating a “coherency” to the radiation belts at high and low orbits, and also a strong link between trapped and precipitating particle fluxes. Such large delays should have consequences for the timing of the atmospheric impact of geomagnetic storms.last_img read more

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8 May
2021

MLB to allow fans in stadium for NLCS, World Series

first_imgOctober 1, 2020 /Sports News – National MLB to allow fans in stadium for NLCS, World Series Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — MLB announced it will allow fans inside a ballpark for the first time since the COVID pandemic.The league will sell 11,500 tickets per game for the National League Championship Series and World Series, which will be played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The stadium’s seating capacity is 40,300.The league said 10,550 fans will be spread throughout the ballpark while 950 will be in suites, and there will be precautions in place.Tickets will be sold in groups of four contiguous seats, called pods, and individuals will be limited to one pod per game. Each pod will be at least 6 feet apart from each other and the pods will be at least 20 feet away from players.All fans are mandated to wear masks and tickets within pods can’t be broken up for sale.The NLCS begins Oct. 12 and the World Series begins on Oct. 20. The American League Championship Series, being held in San Diego, will not allow fans.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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2 May
2021

FERENTZ, SUSAN (nee: DeLuca)

first_img63, of Bayonne, passed away on June 3, 2018 at her residence. Susan was born in Jersey City and has resided most of her life in Bayonne. She was employed for many years as a clerical worker for Best Foods in Bayonne. Susan was predeceased by her father John DeLuca. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Paul Ferentz; her mother Julie DeLuca; daughter Phoebe Jospey and her husband Steven; two sons, Joseph and Zack Ferentz; her brother Nick DeLuca; and her grandson Lawson Lawrence. Funeral arrangements by DWORZANSKI & SON Funeral Home, 20 E. 22nd St.last_img

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21 Apr
2021

Planning ahead

first_imgBritish Baker is getting ready once more for the UK baking trade’s top event, the Baking Industry Awards. The carnival-themed evening will be hosted by TV presenter Richard Madeley and will offer all the glamour and excitement of previous events and plenty of networking opportunities. Make sure you don’t miss out. For tickets, call Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected]last_img

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2 Mar
2021

Umphrey’s McGee Pays Tribute To Fallen Former Bandmate Mike Mirro In St. Paul [Video]

first_img[Photo: Andrew Blackstein] With their traditional Halloween mash-up sets officially a thing of the past, fans of Umphrey’s McGee at The Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, last night were treated to a pure, unadulterated Umphrey’s McGee show. The first of a two-night run and coming in hot off a scintillating performance at Hulaween the night before, Umphrey’s laid it all out on the table for this thriller, no filler, of a show.The night was marked by a celebratory yet somber tone, as the band honored founding drummer Mike Mirro on what would have been his 40th birthday. Umphrey’s came out of the gates with a fire “Prowler”, before making its way into the prog-rock masterpiece that is “Mantis”. “Speak Up” expertly segued out of “Mantis,” and made its second appearance in one week’s time (the group played a standout version at The Capitol Theatre in NY last week—take a listen here), continuing its ascent to being a fan-favorite setlist pick. “Draconian” was well executed, as the group displayed their always-on-point technical proficiency. “Sweetness” found its way back into “Mantis” to put a close on the first set.For the second set, Umphrey’s delved deep, opening up strong with an always welcome “Bright Lights, Big City”, which began a monster run of segues into Anchor Drops opening track “Plunger,” followed by “Puppet String” and “Andy’s Last Beer”. The group then came back up for some air, or rather the ethereal tune “Thin Air”, before bringing the set to a smashing close with a return to “Puppet String” and Brendan Bayliss wishing Mirro a Happy Birthday.“Puppet String,” in particular, seemed to be a poignant choice on this of all nights, with lyrics like “Could somebody tell me, where does the time go?” and “If everyone’s so unsure of, what’s really below or above us, then maybe we all buy in, and make our own collective end,” it would be rather remiss to say that the gentlemen of Umphrey’s weren’t fully aware of what they were doing on this occasion in celebrating their fallen comrade.“Phil’s Farm,” the first song off 2002’s Local Band Does O.K., and subsequently Mirro’s second and final album with the band prior to Kris Myers getting behind the kit, was played in dedication to their friend. The group will return to The Palace Theatre tonight to close out the two-night run. The show will be streamed via TourGigs.com. Check out the video of “Bright Lights, Big City” from last night below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Palace Theatre | St. Paul, MN | 10/28/17Set One: Prowler > Mantis -> Speak Up > North Route -> Crucial Taunt, Draconian > Sweetness > MantisSet Two: Bright Lights, Big City > Plunger > Puppet String -> Andy’s Last Beer, Thin Air > Puppet StringEncore: Phil’s Farmlast_img read more

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1 Mar
2021

Sustaining the momentum

first_imgFrom a Harvard Medical School (HMS) team that switched to reusable containers for sharp objects, thereby eliminating 11,000 boxes of waste, to a Harvard Business School (HBS) move to make its executive education programs sustainable, teams and individuals from around the University were recognized for their efforts through the Green Carpet Awards on Monday (April 11).Presented by the Office for Sustainability (OFS), the Green Carpet Awards honored 55 individual winners and seven teams, showcasing the creativity and passion that Harvard’s sustainability leaders bring to their efforts. The program, modeled after the Academy Awards, offered some lighthearted takes on sustainability, with an actual green carpet for winners to walk, a tongue-in-cheek music video about turning off lights, and student singers the Harvard Opportunes offering “Greening up Harvard’s Campus,” a takeoff on the Gladys Knight and the Pips tune “Midnight Train to Georgia,” pledging that they’re “working to find — ways to reduce waaaaste and crime.”Award winner Henry Kesner (right) dons a Kermit the Frog glove as he is congratulated by OFS Director Heather Henriksen.The event also featured several video messages to winners and supporters in the audience, with President Drew Faust assuring the audience that Harvard is on its way to achieving its sustainability goals and that its campus is a living laboratory for improvement programs.“We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go. Our success will depend on each one of you,” Faust said.Later in the program, HBS Professor Robert Kaplan, an executive committee member of Harvard’s greenhouse gas reduction program, said that the University has been making progress toward its reduction goals, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from 2006 levels by the end of 2010. When the emissions of 3 million square feet of newly opened buildings are eliminated from calculations, the reduction is much larger, 20 percent below 2006 levels, Kaplan said. The University’s goal is to cut overall emissions — including those from new construction — from 2006 levels by 30 percent by 2016.The Office for Sustainability was itself singled out for praise by several recipients for its role encouraging and supporting a variety of individual and group initiatives.Winners and finalists showcased the breadth of the sustainability effort at Harvard. In addition to the HBS green executive education program and the HMS sharps waste reduction program, team winners included the first School-wide Green Office program, at Harvard Divinity School; a green building project at the Harvard School of Public Health at 90 Smith St. in Boston; a solar heat and recovered steam heat system in the Canaday undergraduate dormitory; and a Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) building project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the LISE building. A comprehensive list of winners can be found on the OFS website.The awards program also honored Harvard Kennedy School’s Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development William Clark and FAS Senior Director of Operations Jay Phillips for leadership, with the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award, named after two who played a pivotal role in fostering sustainability: Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation Jack Spengler, and former acting Vice President for Administration Tom Vautin, who retired last year.Harvard Kennedy School’s Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development William Clark (pictured) and FAS Senior Director of Operations Jay Phillips were honored for leadership with the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award, named after two who played a pivotal role in fostering sustainability.Both Clark and Phillips said any achievements they have made in the area of sustainability were due to the inspiration and passion provided by those with whom they work. Clark praised Harvard’s overall efforts, but said there are two areas where more has to be done: transportation and campus biodiversity.OFS Director Heather Henriksen left the audience with a challenge, saying the stories of winners highlighted at the ceremony should inspire all to continue to innovate and to bring good ideas back to their Schools and departments.“We are counting on your creativity and leadership to help save the planet and help solve the global environmental challenges,” Henriksen said.last_img read more

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8 Feb
2021

3 dead, including gunman, after home invasion in Wisconsin

first_imgKEWASKUM, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead, including a man who exchanged gunfire with deputies, following a home invasion in eastern Wisconsin. Someone at a residence in the Town of Kewaskum called 911 on Wednesday afternoon after a man forced his way into the Washington County home and demanded keys to a vehicle. Authorities say the man then fatally shot a resident of the home. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and exchanged gunfire with the man, who ran away and was eventually found dead from a gunshot wound. During a search of nearby properties, SWAT officers found another person who died of an apparent gunshot wound.last_img

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1 Jan
2021

FairPoint appoints Hauser as new CEO

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today its Board of Directors has appointed David L. Hauser to the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Hauser most recently served as group executive and chief financial officer at Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK). Hauser has been a member of FairPoint s Board of Directors since February 2005, serving as a director, chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Hauser, 57, will assume his new responsibilities upon the retirement of FairPoint Chairman and CEO Eugene B. Johnson, effective July 1, 2009. Johnson had earlier indicated his intentions to retire. David s past experience, financial acumen and extensive public company experience will be instrumental in successfully realizing the growth and opportunities that we envision for FairPoint, said Jane E. Bonnie Newman, lead director of FairPoint. He will be passionately focused on customers and shareholders alike.Hauser joined Duke Energy (then Duke Power) in 1973. He held numerous positions throughout the company including senior vice president of global asset development. He also managed the fleet, warehousing and procurement divisions. In June 1998, he was named senior vice president and treasurer. He became acting chief financial officer in November 2003. Hauser was named group vice president and chief financial officer in February 2004 and was named to his most recent position in April 2006. FairPoint is a dynamic, customer-focused organization that can and will respond to the challenges that it faces today, said Hauser. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be successful in the markets we serve, and that our employees will continue to be the driver and backbone of that success.Hauser continued, While it is gratifying to be named chairman and CEO of this longstanding organization, I am very aware of the operational and financial concerns surrounding the company. My primary focus will be to address these concerns in quick succession and empower our team to seek and implement solutions. There is a lot of work to be done, and I am looking forward to getting started. David has done it all, commented Johnson. From operations to finance, there are numerous aspects of the enterprise that he has touched. This, coupled with his experience on FairPoint s Board of Directors, makes him the ideal choice for our new Chairman and CEO. I am thrilled to hand the reigns over to him. As I assume this new role, I offer my thanks to Gene as he was the driving force behind the company s growth for close to 20 years, punctuated by FairPoint s acquisition of the northern New England properties. On behalf of the Board and the employees, I wish to thank Gene for his tireless efforts.A native of High Point, N.C., Hauser graduated from Furman University in South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He completed the Executive Program of Professional Management Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Hauser serves on the board of EnPro Industries, Inc. He is a member of the boards of trustees of Furman University and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. He is also a member of the Business Advisory Council for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.fairpoint.com(link is external).This press release may contain forward-looking statements by FairPoint that are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions and statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include those risks described from time to time in FairPoint’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, without limitation, the risks described in FairPoint’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the SEC. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. All information is current as of the date this press release is issued, and FairPoint undertakes no duty to update this information.Source: FairPoint Communications, Inc., www.fairpoint.com(link is external). CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 16, 2009)last_img read more

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30 Dec
2020

BRO on the Newsplex: 2014 Races and Olympic Debate

first_imgThis week BRO staff Ross Ruffing talks about our February 2014 issue. From a yearlong calendar of the region’s best running, biking, climbing, paddling, and snowsport events to a debate on summer vs. winter Olympics, this month’s issue is chock full of great content. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, check out the stories in full here. Now let’s get ready to shred, sweat, and send!last_img

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18 Dec
2020

Net Neutrality Will Help Local Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island tech companies and entrepreneurs could benefit greatly from the new Internet regulations adopted recently by the Federal Communications Commission.The federal agency’s ruling imposes “net neutrality” on Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which means they can no longer block or slow traffic to the websites of companies that anger them or refuse to pay an extra fee. This regulation can help many local start-ups and content providers because they often don’t have extra funds when starting their businesses to pay the telecomm companies for preferential treatment. Previously, content providers such as Netflix paid ISPs extra money to ensure that their videos downloaded faster than other companies’ videos. Some websites that didn’t pay extra saw their video downloading speeds slowed down considerably.Additionally, other potential benefits will accrue under the new regulations. For example, ISPs will now be regulated as a public utility, thus the FCC could theoretically require telecomm giants such as Time Warner to open their lines to competing ISPs. If that happens, local start-ups who want to get in on the growing demand for Internet service would be able to use existing cable and phone wires to offer a competing service. This development would not only create opportunities for new ISPs but the resulting competition could lower prices and improve service for all businesses using the Internet. At the moment, a handful of big corporations control Internet access for most of America, resulting in Internet service that is slower and more expensive than that offered in many other countries.Reliable, affordable Internet access is essential for doing business these days. The FCC’s new policies help ensure that entrepreneurs and small businesses will be treated fairly and that they can better compete with the big corporations.Mark Grabowski is a lawyer who teaches Internet law at Adelphi University. For more info, visit markgrabowski.com.last_img read more

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