The effects and correction of the geometric factor for the POES/MEPED electron flux instrument using a multisatellite comparison

first_imgMeasurements from the Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite (POES) Medium Energy Proton and Electron Detector (MEPED) instrument are widely used in studies into radiation belt dynamics and atmospheric coupling. However, this instrument has been shown to have a complex energy-dependent response to incident particle fluxes, with the additional possibility of low-energy protons contaminating the electron fluxes. We test the recent Monte Carlo theoretical simulation of the instrument by comparing the responses against observations from an independent experimental data set. Our study examines the reported geometric factors for the MEPED electron flux instrument against the high-energy resolution Instrument for Detecting Particles (IDPs) on the Detection of Electromagnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions satellite when they are located at similar locations and times, thereby viewing the same quasi-trapped population of electrons. We find that the new Monte Carlo-produced geometric factors accurately describe the response of the POES MEPED instrument. We go on to develop a set of equations such that integral electron fluxes of a higher accuracy are obtained from the existing MEPED observations. These new MEPED integral fluxes correlated very well with those from the IDP instrument (>99.9% confidence level). As part of this study we have also tested a commonly used algorithm for removing proton contamination from MEPED instrument observations. We show that the algorithm is effective, providing confirmation that previous work using this correction method is valid.last_img read more

HNLMS Mercuur Intercepts 400 Kilos of Cannabis

first_img HNLMS Mercuur Intercepts 400 Kilos of Cannabis Share this article View post tag: DYNAMICS On Thursday 16 June, during a patrol for the Frontex border control operation in the Mediterranean, naval ship HNLMS Mercuur intercepted 400 kilos of cannabis. The two crew members of the boat, who threw the drugs overboard, were arrested by the Spanish authorities.HNLMS Mercuur spotted the suspect boat during a patrol. The boat was travelling northwards at 30 miles from the Spanish coast. The type of ship and its direction led the Mercuur’s crew to suspect that it was an illegal drug transport. When the Dutch torpedo training ship approached the boat to investigate, the crew started throwing bales overboard. The boat then left at high speed. The Mercuur’s crew immediately alerted the Spanish customs authorities, who intercepted the boat. Mercuur fished the bales of drugs out of the water and handed them over to the Spanish authorities as evidence. Thanks to these rapid actions, the receiving party on shore was also arrested.FrontexFrontex is a European agency, established by the European Council of Ministers in 2004, for the security of Europe’s external borders. The Netherlands regularly takes part in the agency’s combined operations, for instance by deploying border control officials of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. The minehunters HNLMS Zierikzee and HNLMS Willemstad, and the torpedo training ship HNLMS Mercuur will be deployed on the high seas between Spain, Morocco and Algeria until 1 July. Earlier this week, the Zierikzee intercepted a total of 17 illegal immigrants who were trying to reach Spain.[mappress]Source: defensie, June 23, 2011; View post tag: americas View post tag: blade June 23, 2011 View post tag: venture View post tag: Ltd View post tag: invests View post tag: usa View post tag: capital View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Dow Back to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Mercuur Intercepts 400 Kilos of Cannabis last_img read more


first_imgAnother Chance for Animals, Inc. will host “Paws for a Cause Big Show Extravaganza” on Saturday, March 12, 2015 beginning at 5:00PM to raise funds for the rescue.  Another Chance for Animals is dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of homeless animals in the area, working diligently to find forever homes and loving families for these animals.  This year’s event will be held at the Tropicana Evansville Executive Conference Center in Walnut A & B.  The fundraising event will feature musical entertainment by the Allen Tate & Chuck Gee Duo, Tom Small, Nick Hamilton, Tony Henning and Jenny’s Bad Hair Day.  Comedian Gavin Eddings will entertain the crowd with the performance of a solo improv act.  In addition, there will be a cocktail hour, silent auction and a delicious meal. Purchase your tickets online at  $40 per person or $375 for a reserved table of 10.  Ticket sales will only be available through March 4, 2016.  For more information contact:Kim Henning,  Event Chairperson, at 503-453-3626 or [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Egg warning

first_imgBakers and manufacturers are being warned of possible egg shortages when new EU legislation takes effect.From January 2012, it will be illegal in EU countries to produce eggs from traditional battery cages. Instead, producers must convert to new enriched cages, which have more space, perches, a scratching area and nest boxes.While British producers are on target, there are serious concerns that other European countries might not meet the deadline.A British Lion egg products spokesman said: “Some 100 million laying hens across Europe will still be in conventional cages when the legislation comes into force.” He said this meant some manufacturers would need to find new, compliant suppliers and there might be a time-lag, which could mean shortages. Caged eggs still account for more than 75% of eggs used in processed products. The change in legislation is likely to have the biggest impact in the egg products sector, where about one-third of eggs are imported.  Martin Turton, head of the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Group (BCCC), said: “UK food manufacturers are fully aware of their legal requirements around food production. They understand the importance of compliance and the need to put in place the appropriate measures to achieve this.”last_img read more

Page McConnell Is Featured On Reed Mathis’ New ‘Classical Dance Music’ Project

first_imgReed Mathis continues to drop teaser trailers for his new Electric Beethoven project, which features an impressive array of jam and jazz musicians. So far, the Tea Leaf Green bassist has revealed that Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Cochrane McMillan, Clay Welch, Stanton Moore and Joe Russo have all contributed to the project, as well as Phish’s Mike Gordon for some dual bass action.Today we have our newest taste, as the Chairman of the Boards himself, Page McConnell is featured on the release. Mathis has shared a quick sample of McConnell’s work, which you can stream below.Electric Beethoven is described as the first-ever “Classical Dance Music” group. After announcing themselves by appearing on the Jam Cruise lineup, Mathis has been gradually rolling out clues about his project. You can check them out on their official website.We’ll be keeping you apprised of this exciting project as more details develop!last_img read more

Sting & Shaggy Are Releasing A “Caribbean-Inflected” Duo Album Together…Actually. [Listen]

first_imgIn what’s probably the first time anyone outside their inner circle has ever even considered superstar former Police frontman Sting and the “It Wasn’t Me” guy, Shaggy, in the same thought, the two men announced today that they will release a new collaborative, Caribbean-inflected album.In an extensive feature on Rolling Stone published this morning, the pair are interviewed in the final days of recording for the new album, entitled 44/876, due out on 4/20 (because, of course it is). Sting, a 16-time GRAMMY-winner (and 38-time nominee) and Shaggy, a two-hit wonder reggae-pop sensation who made it huge 18 years ago and faded into relative obscurity just as quickly, both acknowledge that this new collaboration is surprising to, well, everybody.As Sting tells Rolling Stone, “The most important thing to me in any kind of music is surprise, and everybody is surprised by this collaboration – by what they’re hearing. We’re surprising.”The two share an obvious connection to Reggae music. Sting, like many British artist of his age, were heavily influenced by reggae an ska (see: “Roxanne“), and Shaggy, born in Kingston, embodies the duo’s direct lineage to Jamaica.Lab Scans And Analyzes Sting’s Brain As Part Of Study Of Mental Music OrganizationAs the Rolling Stone piece explains, “The duo first hooked up this summer during a Shaggy session at L.A.’s The Village studio.” Sting had received an in-progress Shaggy tune from a mutual associate and was immediately infatuated with the track. He immediately headed to Shaggy’s studio from his Malibu hom, surprising Shaggy by singing the song’s hook as he strolled through the door. “I just said, ‘as far as I know, that sounds like a hit to me,’” Sting tells Rolling Stone, “I sang on the chorus, and then we tried to figure out a way to make it more of me than just a chorus, so we got a verse together.” Adds Shaggy, “Once he cosigned it, I was like, ‘Fuck, I was right! The god says it’s a hit!’”Today, the pair released the first song from the album, “Don’t Make Me Wait”. The sunny tune melds Sting’s distinctively wistful vocal tone and Shaggy’s percussive, infectious patois in thoroughly satisfying fashion–so much so that the song inevitably gets caught in your head by the time you finish your first listen. Don’t worry, you’ll hear it again: This track is sure to be a big hit, and is destined to get plenty of play on the radio and beyond in the coming weeks.Listen to the first single from Sting & Shaggy’s 44/876, “Don’t Make Me Wait”, below via Interscope Records‘ YouTube page:[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

U.S. Power Companies Say They Will Continue Shift to Renewables Regardless of What Trump Wants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Some of the biggest U.S. power companies said they are pushing ahead with investments in renewable and gas-fired electricity and are including climate change as a part of their corporate strategy, regardless of the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Obama-era environmental rules.Some sizable power companies, such as American Electric Power Co., NRG Energy Inc. and Southern Co., said Tuesday the move will have only a marginal effect on their planning. Cheap fuel, improving technology and consumer demand are creating a market for cleaner energy that is largely unaffected by what is happening in Washington.The Trump administration argues that the Obama rules weren’t allowed under the Clean Air Act—an issue that will likely be argued in court for years. A generational shift in the energy industry was happening long before that tug of war in federal government. Power plants cut their carbon dioxide by 25% between 2005 and 2016, a trend that is likely to continue, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an industry group.Cheap natural gas from the shale-drilling boom and more-efficient power plants have run coal-burning rivals out of business. Advancements in wind and solar power, with help from subsidies, have cut emissions, too. And confronted with the risks of climate change and how governments might deal with it, power companies now expect the cost of carbon emissions to rise and plan on ways to reduce them.“This will not change our planning process,” a spokesman at Southern Co. said of the EPA’s move on Tuesday.More: ($) Power Companies to Stick With Plans Despite EPA’s Emissions Repeal: Cheap fuel, technology and consumer preferences are driving demand for cleaner energy U.S. Power Companies Say They Will Continue Shift to Renewables Regardless of What Trump Wantslast_img read more

Broome County sees 159 COVID-19 cases, doctors promise local ER’s are safe

first_imgMedical leaders from the two hospitals say they have strong infection control policies to ensure patients who do not have the coronavirus do not get sick. He says EMS providers have increased training and supplies to handle medical situations during the pandemic. 197 people are in mandatory quarantine and 62 people are in precautionary quarantine. Garnar invited medical leaders from UHS and Lourdes Hospital to ensure the safety of patients who come into the hospitals for reasons other than COVID-19. 31 people have recovered from the virus and 8 people have died. In total, 159 have tested positive for the virus. Director of Emergency Services at UHS Dr. Steven Gomez says people should call EMS if they think they are having a heart attack, stroke or any other life threatening medical condition. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced Wednesday that there are 120 active cases of the coronavirus in the county. A map detailing where cases are located in Broome County can be found by clicking here. Garnar also announced that testing in the county is ramping up. 1,127 have been tested in the county.center_img Broome County April 15 coronavirus update Masks Emergency care for other medical issues In his April 15 news conference, Cuomo said he will sign an executive order that mandates all people in public cover their faces with a mask or cloth. Coronavirus numbers Garnar says he wanted everyone to be healthy regardless of what medical conditions a person has. The county executive repeated Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order for the public to wear masks.last_img read more

OECS Rejects US Bill Classifying Cuban Medical Brigades as Human Trafficking

first_imgInternationalLifestyleLocalNewsRegional OECS Rejects US Bill Classifying Cuban Medical Brigades as Human Trafficking by: – June 22, 2020 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 256 Views   one comment Share                           Cuban Medical Team arrives in Dominica on March 29, 2020Statement by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States on Cuban Medical BrigadesSunday, June 21, 2020 — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) expressed its deep appreciation to the Republic of Cuba for the medical support provided to six (6) member countries of the Organisation to assist with efforts to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the OECS and wider Caribbean region.The provision of specialised health care through the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigades has not only augmented the scarce medical resources of OECS Member States but has provided assurance to the general populations of the region’s capacity to fight and manage COVID-19.  Four hundred and seventy-three (473) Cuban medical personnel are working alongside their Caribbean counterparts in eight countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) to assist in managing the spread of COVID-19.Cuba’s support to the health sector in the Caribbean has a long and exemplary history that has benefitted numerous Caribbean citizens.  One noted invaluable assistance to the region is “Operation Milagro” – a programme which provides free eye medical treatment to OECS nationals requiring interventions to prevent blindness or to restore vision.  These conditions include cataract, diabetic retinopathy and other reversible types of visual impairment.  The OECS acknowledges with gratitude the extensive global contributions of Cuba, particularly in the fields of health and disaster management, this in spite of its material limitations and the economic hardships resulting from US imposed sanctions.The Organisation notes with deep concern and repudiates the recent bill introduced by Republican Senator Rick Scott which classifies Cuba’s humanitarian assistance as “human trafficking” and seeks to extend punitive measures against countries accepting this medical assistance.The OECS Authority greatly values the work of the Henry Reeve Medical Brigades and has reiterated its desire to work with ALL friendly Governments that offer tangible support in the face of the grave existential threat posed to lives and livelihoods in the small island states of the Caribbean.  (OECS)last_img read more

Murder suspect falls

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with murder, a manwas nabbed in Barangay Lawigan, San Joaquin, Iloilo. The suspect was brought to the San Joaquinpolice station, where he was detained. Balwarte – resident of Vitas, Tondo,Manila but temporarily resides in Barangay Lawigan – was caught on the strengthof an arrest warrant around 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 18, a police report showed. No bail bond was recommended for Balwarte’stemporary liberty./PN The 48-year-old Fante Balwarte has beenhiding from the police for about two years. last_img