A comparison of EISCAT and Dynasonde measurements of the auroral ionosphere

first_imgIncoherent-scatter radar and ionospheric sounding are powerful and complementary techniques in the study of the Earth’s ionosphere. The work presented here involves the use of the Tromsø Dynasonde as a correlative diagnostic with the EISCAT incoherent-scatter radar. A comparison of electron-density profiles shows how a Dynasonde can be used to calibrate an incoherent-scatter radar and to monitor changes in the system. Skymaps of the direction of Dynasonde echoes are compared with EISCAT-derived density profiles to illustrate how a Dynasonde can be used to measure the drift velocity of auroral features. Vector velocities fitted to Dynasonde echoes are compared with EISCAT-derived plasma velocities. The results show good agreement when the data are taken during quiet to moderately active conditions and averaged over time scales of 30 min or more.last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill Seeks Restitution For Consumers Victimized By Local Auto Repair Company

first_imgAttorney General Curtis Hill has filed a civil action against Pierce Automotive LLC and its owner Steven Pierce for violating the Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.Pierce Automotive took money from consumers and promised auto repair work that it never completed, according to a complaint filed this month. After Pierce Automotive closed its doors, the company removed the consumers’ vehicles from the premises and never returned them to consumers, the complaint alleges.“We have laws in place to protect Hoosiers when businesses abandon their obligations to customers,” Attorney General Hill said. “My office works every day to keep consumers out of harm’s way, and we will continue to fight for the people of Indiana.”The Attorney General’s complaint alleges that Pierce Automotive had customers’ vehicles in its possession for several months before closing without warning, at which time customers realized their vehicles had disappeared. The state seeks restitution for the consumers charged by Pierce Automotive in addition to costs awarding the Office of the Attorney General its reasonable expenses incurred in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Amounts sought will be determined at trial.Any consumers who believe they have been similarly victimized by Pierce Automotive may report the details of their dealings to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-382-5516 or going online at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral and clicking the “File a Complaint” box at the bottom of the page.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgFootnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Do you feel that Student loan origination fees are nothing more than a hidden tax that burdens students?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.,If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Do you feel that Student loan origination fees are nothing more than a hidden tax that burdens students?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.last_img read more

Campaign Update—Orentlicher Congratulates Ron Drake On Winning The Democratic Party’s Nomination For 8th District…

first_imgOrentlicher Congratulates Ron Drake On Winning The Democratic Party’s Nomination For 8th District Congressional RaceI told him that I have decided to suspend the recount process. Now that we have had a chance to consider the hard work of the State Board of Accounts and to review the notes of our terrific volunteer observers, it is clear that the final numbers will confirm a victory for Mr. Drake.While we will not continue our candidacy any further, we will continue to work for the issues that are so important for the residents of the 8th District, the state of Indiana, and the entire United States. We will continue fighting so workers can have good-paying jobs, children can receive a first-class education, and everyone has access to affordable health care.It is absolutely essential that we turn our district from red to blue and replace the failed policies of Larry Bucshon with policies that will move our country forward. I am happy to endorse Ron Drake for Congress and his campaign to beat Rep. Bucshon this November. I have every confidence that he will give it his all, and it is time for all Hoosier Democrats to support him in his efforts.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“An investigation by Which? shows that a single Tesco jam doughnut contains 5.7mg [of saturated fat]”- Really? Just six thousandths of a gram of sat fat in a doughnut? Telegraph reporter Kate Devlin digs deep for her story on saturated fat in food by lifting a typo straight off a press release from consumer group Which?”We were expecting a party of 34 Goths for afternoon tea today. However, 60-plus arrived instead! What a grand lot they were too. Do come again!”- Bakery Bothams of Whitby’s Tweeter update last week gave us an insight into afternoon tea habits in North Yorkshire”If someone is on the phone, asking for free cakes and tells you Elton is on the other line, you should immediately dial 911″- Elton John AIDS Foundation representative Barron Segar sends the police after one crook masquerading as a charity worker, who rang a US bakery to order $1,600 of cakes while pretending Elton was on the other linelast_img read more

Making the Complex Simple With Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud Platforms

first_imgIt’s no secret that today’s most innovative organizations are embracing hybrid cloud strategies to accomplish their digital initiatives. Research backed by Dell EMC customer results affirms that hybrid cloud not only enables IT transformation, but also paves new avenues of innovation and competitive advantages for those seeking to deliver differentiated and completely self-service IT. With proven results, companies of all sizes are shifting from viewing this operating model as a “nice to have” to a must have to meet the increasing demands of the market.We’ve seen this first-hand with Dell EMC customers. Over the past few years, our conversations have evolved from general education of cloud operating models to customers’ realization that hybrid cloud is the way forward. They tell us, “We know hybrid cloud is critical and need to deliver faster than our competition. How can you help us?”Enter Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud Platforms. Our industry-leading portfolio includes turnkey hybrid cloud platforms that are easy to deploy, lifecycle managed, and backed by a single-contact support experience. By leveraging Dell EMC’s engineering and software development expertise, customers can focus on the critical differentiators of their businesses, instead of managing the underlying components.Think of these as the next evolution of hyper-converged infrastructure, as those systems advance from virtualized workloads to fully-engineered, self-service hybrid cloud platforms for Application Owners and Developers. Furthering our commitment to infrastructure flexibility and customer choice, these can now be delivered on Dell EMC VxRail appliances.Automated Deployment of Enterprise Hybrid CloudMaking the complex simple for customers is our charter, and we continue to invest and improve our offerings to this end. Earlier this year, we launched an exciting new innovation for deploying Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) with ease: the Automated Installation Tool for Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail.Enterprise Hybrid Cloud enables organizations to deliver IT-as-a-Service by automating the delivery of traditional enterprise applications through a self-service catalog. It brokers services from the public cloud, allowing customers to balance public and private cloud consumption and appropriately place their workloads based on requirements. Prior to automation, installing the platform required thousands of manual steps and five or more days to deploy all of the Dell EMC, VMware, and supporting technologies. With the Automated Installation Tool, this is reduced to less than 10 hours in a typical customer environment— yielding a faster EHC deployment with greater cost-efficiency and minimized risk.This fully operational, powerful tool is the culmination of engineering effort and collaboration. Standardizing the overall installation of the EHC platform, it is truly an “easy button” to achieve a turnkey hybrid cloud!See Enterprise Hybrid Cloud in ActionLearn more about the functionality of the Automated Installation Tool, and watch this brief video demonstration to see just how simple it is to deploy Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail (with more platforms to come!) In addition, a second video provides an overview of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud end user experience and key features, including cost transparency, automated service provisioning, and automated lifecycle management.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N9HKhGfJCI&t=1shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIxVrcSiTjw&t=4sMore Innovation to Come!Our team is hard at work to extend and enhance automation across the entire Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud Platforms portfolio. Stay tuned for even more innovation in this area, aimed at simplifying the user experience and accelerating time to value for customers. Look for an upcoming video and blog on Native Hybrid Cloud, where we show the delivery of our Digital Transformation platform with automation and simplicity.Thanks and keep following!last_img read more

The Crucible, Starring Sophie Okonedo & Ben Whishaw, Finds B’way Home

first_img View Comments Ben Whishaw Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 17, 2016 The upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible has found a new home. The drama, directed by Ivo van Hove and led by Ben Whishaw and Tony winner Sophie Okonedo, will play Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Performances are set to begin on February 29, 2016 with opening night scheduled for April 7.Miller wrote The Crucible to parallel the McCarthyism of the 1950s. Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, the play tells tales of morality, deceit and ignorance. The drama focuses on Abigail Williams (Saoirse Ronan), a young woman so obsessed with John Proctor (Whishaw) that she is determined to have his wife (Okonedo) burned at the stake.In addition to Whishaw, Okonedo and Ronan, The Crucible will star the previously announced Ciarán Hinds, Bill Camp, Jim Norton, Tavi Gevinson and Jason Butler Harner. The production will also feature the newly announced Tina Benko, Teagle Bougere, Michael Braun, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Jenny Jules, Thomas Jay Ryan, Elizabeth Teeter, Ray Anthony Thomas, Brenda Wehle and Erin Wilhelmi.The Crucible will play a strictly limited 20-week engagement. The Walter Kerr’s current tenant, the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will close on January 17, 2016.center_img Sophie Okonedo Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Star Fileslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Hamilton’s Rory O’Malley Slated for Stars In The Alley & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. Stars In The Alley’s 2016 Roster Is HereA free outdoor concert with a slew of Broadway faves? We know how we’re spending this summer Friday! As previously reported, An Act of God star Sean Hayes and CBS’ Mo Rocca will host 2016’s Stars In The Alley on June 3. Come by Shubert Alley at 12:30 p.m. for the rain or shine event, which will feature performances and appearances from Rory O’Malley, Billy Porter, Heidi Blickenstaff, Alfie Boe, Danny Burstein, Carmen Cusack, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John Gallagher Jr., Heather Headley, James Monroe Iglehart, Chilina Kennedy, Alan Mingo Jr., Jennifer Simard and more.Kevin Kline Joins Meryl Streep for Public’s Annual GalaTwo-time Tony winner Kevin Kline and more haved joined the star-studded lineup tapped for The United States of Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park on June 6. In addition to the previously announced Meryl Streep, Phylicia Rashad and Jimmy Smits, the roster includes F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Kate Burton, Michael Cerveris, Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Hamish Linklater, Suzan-Lori Parks and Lily Rabe. Directed by Jeremy McCarter, the Public Theater’s annual gala will feature scenes from Shakespeare’s greatest works and the American poems, songs and stories they inspired.Broadway.com Remembers Leonard FischerLeonard Fischer, who was Broadway.com’s Director of Theatre Parties, has died at the age of 81. Lenny’s career in the theatre party/group sales business dates back to the early 1960s, when he began working with Gertrude Fox. Eventually, he became her partner, and over the years their office grew to what became Prestige Theatre Parties and the Preview Circle Theatre Club, which eventually merged with Group Sales Box Office. He will be missed by the entire Broadway.com family.Bette Midler & Carol Channing UniteTheater fans were treated to a dose of double Dolly when future Hello, Dolly! headliner Bette Midler shared a photo of herself with original Hello, Dolly! star and Tony winner Carol Channing. We cannot wait for the highly-anticipated revival to hit the Shubert. Performances will begin on March 13, 2017. Hamilton View Comments Bette Midler Star Files Related Showscenter_img Rory O’Malley(Photo: Bruce Glikas) from $149.00 Last week I met a Unicorn…the one and only Carol Channing… pic.twitter.com/5EnS6iuSFw— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 31, 2016 P.S. Gypsy begins June 16 at Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut (and we’re kind of obsessed with the poster.) Tony winner Karen Ziemba will star as Mama Rose in the production, which runs through July 3. What better reason for a summer road trip?last_img read more

Oklaunion joins long list of Texas coal plants to fail economic test

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Texas Observer:Chalk this one up as another loss for the White House.Last month, American Electric Power (AEP) announced that it would close its 650-megawatt power plant in Vernon, a rural community of 11,000 just south of the Texas-Oklahoma line, by September 2020. The closure of the Oklaunion Power Station is the latest in a string of shuttered coal-fired power plants across the state: Since 2011, at least six have been mothballed, scheduled for retirement or closed altogether, casualties of cheap natural gas and a booming renewables sector.While it’s not shocking that another Texas coal plant has succumbed to market headwinds, it is somewhat surprising that Oklaunion was the latest casualty. At only 31 years old, it’s more than two decades away from the typical retirement age of 54. The plant was also running relatively efficiently until 2013, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Plant efficiency has dropped in the years since, however, sapping profits and forcing AEP to pull the plug. The impending closure maps a tough road ahead for Texas’ aging fleet of coal plants, some of which also face the prospect of installing expensive new pollution controls to comply with Obama-era environmental regulations (Oklaunion itself is among the state’s top 10 emitters of nitrogen oxide, according to the Sierra Club).Not only are coal plants prone to spewing greenhouse gases and smog-producing chemical compounds, many facilities nationwide have grown inefficient and costly to operate as they’ve aged. Electric utilities are looking for cheaper, more efficient power sources such as natural gas and wind. For the state’s power generators, the writing is on the wall: There’s little room for coal in Texas’ future.Oklaunion’s shutdown bookends a series of coal-fired power plant closures in Texas. The trend began in 2011 when CPS Energy, San Antonio’s municipal electric utility, chose to mothball its 871-megawatt J.T. Deely Power Plant instead of retrofitting it with new pollution controls. In 2016, AEP retired its coal-burning units at the Welsh Power Plant for similar reasons. Then, in late 2017, Luminant announced that it would close three of its coal-fired plants in Texas: Monticello (Mt. Pleasant), Big Brown (Fairfield) and Sandow (Rockdale), representing a combined capacity of 4,600 megawatts (1 megawatt powers about 750 homes at once). The Three Oak coal mine supplying Sandow has also closed.More: Despite Trump and Rick Perry’s best efforts, another coal plant eats the dust in Texas Oklaunion joins long list of Texas coal plants to fail economic testlast_img read more

Baby food contained castor beans but not ricin

first_img Jul 28 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108333.htm The FDA recommends that caregivers carefully examine all food product packaging, including anti-tampering devices such as lid safety buttons. (See link below for more information.) A man identified as a possible witness in the case spoke briefly with police in late July. The FBI and the Orange County District Attorney’s office were investigating the incidents as cases of food tampering. The AP quoted two federal law enforcement officials as saying there was no evidence of any widespread ricin contamination of baby food. The tampering incident caused no illness and apparently was confined to the Irvine, Calif., area, the FDA said in a Jul 28 news release. FDA analysis of the two jars of Gerber Banana Yogurt showed only castor beans. Ricin can be extracted from castor beans—which come from a widely available ornamental plant—and purified to a powerful poison. However, the material found in the baby food was far less toxic than purified ricin, the FDA said. See also: FDA information on detecting food tamperinghttp://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodDefense/ucm079231.pdf The Associated Press (AP) reported Jul 29 that a man contacted Irvine police on Jun 16 to tell them he had found a note inside a jar of baby food, warning that it had been contaminated. A similar case had been reported by an Irvine couple on May 31, police said. A note was also found inside that jar. Aug 3, 2004 (CIDRAP NEWS) – Two baby food jars in California were found to contain the remains of ground-up castor beans but not purified ricin, the deadly poison derived from castor beans, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week. A 9-month-old girl and a 1-year-old boy ate small amounts of the food but had no symptoms, Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told the AP. Gerber Products Co. released a statement Jul 28 saying the company had been told the product tampering did not occur at its facilities and that the company was not a target. Nonetheless, the company removed the Banana Yogurt from all southern California stores, not just the Ralph’s grocery in Irvine where the two tampered jars were bought, according to a Reuters report.last_img read more