The science case for the EISCAT_3D radar

first_imgThe EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATer) Scientific Association has provided versatile incoherent scatter (IS) radar facilities on the mainland of northern Scandinavia (the EISCAT UHF and VHF radar systems) and on Svalbard (the electronically scanning radar ESR (EISCAT Svalbard Radar) for studies of the high-latitude ionised upper atmosphere (the ionosphere). The mainland radars were constructed about 30 years ago, based on technological solutions of that time. The science drivers of today, however, require a more flexible instrument, which allows measurements to be made from the troposphere to the topside ionosphere and gives the measured parameters in three dimensions, not just along a single radar beam. The possibility for continuous operation is also an essential feature. To facilitatefuture science work with a world-leading IS radar facility, planning of a new radar system started first with an EU-funded Design Study (2005–2009) and has continued with a follow-up EU FP7 EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project (2010–2014). The radar facility will be realised by using phased arrays, and a key aspect is the use of advanced software and data processing techniques. This type of software radar will act as a pathfinder for other facilities worldwide. The new radar facility will enable the EISCAT_3D science community to address new, significant science questions as well as to serve society, which is increasingly dependent on space-based technology and issues related to space weather. The location of the radar within the auroral oval and at the edge of the stratospheric polar vortex is also ideal for studies of the long-term variability in the atmosphere and global change. This paper is a summary of the EISCAT_3D science case, which was prepared as part of the EU-funded Preparatory Phase project for the new facility. Three science working groups, drawn from the EISCAT user community, participated in preparing this document. In addition to these working group members, who are listed as authors, thanks are due to many others in the EISCAT scientific community for useful contributions, discussions, and support.last_img read more

MOD site in Bath to be transformed

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » MOD site in Bath to be transformed previous nextLand & New HomesMOD site in Bath to be transformedThe Negotiator26th October 20160789 Views Savills is the selling agency for a former Ministry of Defence site in Bath, which is being transformed into a new neighbourhood of 200 classically-styled homes, named Holburne Park, with expansive views of the city’s historic skyline and open countryside beyond.Set in a secluded location bordering the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal, Holburne Park offers contemporary homes close to central Bath – the only World Heritage city in the UK.Surrounded by greenery and big open skies, Holburne Park will offer a mixture of two to six-bedroom homes including terraced houses, villas and apartments, designed to cater for a wide range of needs and set among landscaped, tree lined grounds.Francis Firmstone, director of Hardrock Developments, said, “There are many people who like the idea of living in a classical period property but don’t want the burden of the associated upkeep of a listed or heritage building. Holburne Park will offer the character of classical architecture but with all the advantages of modern fittings and contemporary design.”Designed by the leading classical architect Robert Adam, who designed the Duchy of Cornwall’s acclaimed Poundbury in Dorset, the homes are arranged to create an intimate village feel.Vicky Dudbridge, Associate Director at Savills, said, “It is rare in Bath to find a location like Holburne Park which offers all the benefits of being close to the city while offering residents a strong community feel and village-like experience. As a result, we expect to see strong demand for these stylish homes which will appeal to a whole range of people including those moving from London or outlying villages, downsizers and families who want to be close to good schools.”MOD site Holb new homes Holburne Park Bath October 26, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Union seeks legal advice over financial transparency rules

first_imgPresident Stephen Horvath told Cherwell that the rule in question “has not quite kept pace with modern auditing practices.” This is despite receipts being shown to Union members on request as recently as 2011.The Union now says it has sought legal advice which will support its view that the “all income and expenditure records” of Rule 63(b) means simply the audited accounts – despite Rule 63(a) already allowing members access to these accounts without need for an appointment.Union officials have also expressed concerns about the implications of new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation as a reason to deny requests for financial transparency. However, the Union also refused Cherwell’s request last year – before GDPR legislation had come into effect. In 2017, Cherwell contacted the Financial Director of a major UK law firm for their opinion. They disagreed with the Society’s interpretation that “income and expenditure records” only refers to the audited accounts.Instead, Rule 63(b) should allow for a detailed breakdown of income and expense claims. They told Cherwell that it would be “very hard to argue” that Rule 63(b) just meant audited accounts, “as if that was the intention there would be no point in adding 63(b) as 63(a) would suffice”. 63(a) allows any member to view the audited accounts without an appointment.In a statement to Cherwell, Horvath said: “We are awaiting the return of our audited 2017-18 accounts from the auditors, and will then be able to provide further information.“The Bursar has repeatedly arranged for members to see detailed breakdowns of our income and expenditure. We are awaiting a formal legal opinion from our solicitor on what records we can legally publicise, beyond those records which we have already shown. We expect to receive this opinion by the end of this week.”This is not the first time the Union has come under fire for appearing to not adhere to its own rules regarding its financial transparency.The Oxford Student used Rule 63(b) to request access to the full 2008-09 income and expenditure records in 2010, after initially being refused access to the full receipts.At the time, Simon McIntosh of consultancy firm Grant Thornton said: “Bluntly, records of expenditure do include expenses claims and all that goes with them.” The Oxford Union has refused to show members a detailed record of its expenditure including receipts, despite appearing to be mandated to do so by its own rules.The decision raises concerns about the ability of members to properly scrutinise Union officials. Rule 63(b) ofthe Oxford Union dictates: “All income and expenditure records will be available for inspection by any member by appointment with the President within ten working days.”Since the 2nd October, Union members affiliated with Cherwell have repeatedly requested a detailed breakdown of the Society’s audited accounts for the 2016-17 financial year, without success. Emails sent to the Bursar’s account sometimes met with no reply for two weeks.last_img read more

July 20, 2016 Board of Park Commissioners Meeting

first_imgBOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERSREGULAR MEETINGKEVIN WINTERNHEIMER CHAMBERSROOM 301, CIVIC CENTER COMPLEXWEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016 12:00 NOONREVISED AGENDA CALL TO ORDERMINUTES —July 6, 2016 CONSENT AGENDAa.   Request Re:  Declare Ice Maker Surplus at the C.K. Newsome Community Center. – Holtzb.   Request Re:  Approve and Execute Independent Skating Professional Agreement with GeorgeAnn Griffin-Atkinson for Swonder Ice Arena. – Crookc.   Request Re:  Approve and Execute Independent Skating Professional Agreement with BriannaLinenburg for Swonder Ice Arena. – Crookd.   Request Re:  Approve and Execute Independent Skating Professional Agreement with GraceMyer for Swonder Ice Arena. – Crooke.   Request Re:  Approve and Execute Independent Skating Professional Agreement withKasandra Catherine Neimeier for Swonder Ice Arena. – Crookf.   Request Re:  Approve and Execute Independent Skating Professional Agreement withKiersten Overton for Swonder Ice Arena. – Crookg.   Request Re:  Approve and Execute Independent Skating Professional Agreement with MichaelRuhnke for Swonder Ice Arena. – Crookh.   Request Re:  Approve and Execute Independent Skating Professional Agreement with DanaTang for Swonder Ice Arena. – Crooki.   Request Re:  Approve and Execute Independent Skating Professional Agreement with ChristinThompson for Swonder Ice Arena. – CrookOLD BUSINESSa.   Request Re:  Review and Approve Revisions to Park Property Use Permit. – StahlNEW BUSINESSa.   Request Re:  Consideration of Request for Admission Special at Mesker Park Zoo & BotanicGarden for NSA Tournament Attendees by the Evansville Sports Corporation. – Kelley Weisb.   Request Re:  Any Other Business the Board Wishes to Consider and Public Comments.REPORTSa.   Kathy Hutter, Lloyd Poolb.   Lisa Wube, SportsACCEPTANCE OF PAYROLL AND VENDOR CLAIMS  ADJOURNFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Parole Board Open Management Committee Meeting

first_imgQuestion and Answer SessionThere will be a Question and Answer session at the end of the meeting. Please send in any questions you have when signing up to attend.How to AttendIf you would like to attend, please follow this link to provide your details .There are a limited amount of seats and places will be given on a first come, first served basis. Parole Board Open Management Committee Meeting Date: 12 March 2020 Time: 10.40 arrival, for a prompt 11.00 start Where: 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf Minutes of previous Management Committee meetings Update from Caroline Corby, Chair of the Parole Board Update from Martin Jones, CEO of the Parole Board Key performance indicators and performance update Business plan and priorities 2020/21 Member recruitment Determinate recall projectcenter_img What is the event?The Parole Board is holding its annual open Management Committee meeting on 12 March 2020 at 10 South Colonnade in Canary Wharf.All welcome to attendThis is an open invite to attend a Parole Board management committee meeting, where you will have the opportunity to see the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the effective running of the parole system.This meeting will look at the organisation’s strategic objectives for the next year and any current issues facing the Parole Board.Agendalast_img read more

Turkuaz Expands On Extensive Summer Tour With New Northeast Dates

first_imgWhile the Brooklyn-based funk band Turkuaz already has an extensive summer tour plotted, they just added a couple more club dates at the end of the summer with the announcement of two consecutive nights in Rhode Island across August 24th and 25th and two nights in New York to kick off September. These announcements are in addition to their debut at festivals like Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco, Floyd Fest, Northwest String Summit, and Revival Festival and their return to Summer Camp, Frendly Gathering, Disc Jam, Big What?, and more. After this past month, Turkuaz will close out April with two shows during New Orleans’ Jazz Fest with moe., serving as the jam band’s support. From there, Turkuaz sets their sights on Colorado, where the group will make their first appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 13th for their performance with Lettuce.You can check out a video of moe. and Turkuaz getting down on the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place” during this past Jam Cruise, to get stoked on their upcoming New Orleans performances. You can also see their full touring schedule for this summer below and on the band’s website.[Photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]last_img read more

Opening day

first_imgA small ceremony on Tuesday marked a big moment in Harvard history: the official opening of the first Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) office on the Harvard campus in 40 years.Harvard had banished any physical campus presence for ROTC programs in 1970 and 1971, at the height of protest over the Vietnam War. But in March the University signed an agreement with the Navy to bring an ROTC office back to campus, predicated on the expiration of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, which banned gays from the military. The law expired Sept. 20.The office, two adjoining rooms in Hilles Hall on the Quadrangle, will serve as an advisory space for a Naval ROTC (NROTC) unit that is part of a consortium of six local colleges. Nine midshipmen from Harvard are enrolled in the unit, called the Old Ironsides Battalion. They will continue to take military science classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Harvard ROTC Navy midshipmen have trained since 1976, alongside Army and Air Force cadets.During a late-afternoon reception, a common room near the new second-floor office was crowded with men and women in uniform, who mingled with University officials. At one edge was a scrum of television cameras and reporters.Naval officers and Harvard midshipmen listened as President Drew Faust delivered a brief keynote in a Hilles Hall common room. “The revival of the relationship between Harvard and the Naval ROTC,” she said, “marks an important new chapter in the long and storied history of military service by members of the Harvard community.”“There’s no greater crucible of leadership than you can get in the military,” said retired Navy Capt. Paul E. Mawn, a 1963 graduate of Harvard College and a former ROTC midshipman. He is chairman of Advocates for Harvard ROTC, an organization with 2,600 members — three-quarters of them graduates of the College.Mawn, who served in the Navy from 1963 to 1991, called the new ROTC office “a very important beachhead, but the mission’s not accomplished yet. There’s still a lot to be done.” Army and Air Force ROTC units should get a presence on campus as soon as possible, he said, and Harvard should alter its admissions policy by adding another category of diversity — veterans.Harvard President Drew Faust delivered a brief keynote in the common room. “The revival of the relationship between Harvard and the Naval ROTC,” she said, “marks an important new chapter in the long and storied history of military service by members of the Harvard community.”Faust, a historian of the Civil War, quoted Charles Russell Lowell, valedictorian of the Class of 1854 and a Union Army brigadier general who was mortally wounded in an 1864 battle. “The world,” said Lowell, “always advances by impossibilities achieved.”Joining Harvard to ROTC once again represents a “society advanced,” said Faust, since it comes with the opening of the military to gay and lesbian citizens. “It not only affirms our shared interest in an inclusive society,” she said, “but also deepens the reservoirs of talent on which the military so vitally depends.”Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, who introduced Faust, remarked on the University’s “long commitment to military service as among the highest forms of public service.”She also praised Faust for her “outspoken and courageous commitment to ROTC — and to military service as an expression of public service and diversity.”Also speaking at the ceremony was U.S. Navy Capt. Curtis R. Stevens, commanding officer of the BU-MIT Naval ROTC Consortium — and now director of Naval ROTC at Harvard University. “Today Harvard makes a tangible statement,” he said, “in that the education of future military leaders is an important function of a great university in a free and open society.”Stevens, a nuclear engineer who started his career in the submarine service, touched on Harvard’s historical ties to the military — remarking that George Washington took command of the Continental Army while headquartered in Harvard Yard; that in 1926 the Harvard Naval ROTC unit was among the first six nationwide; and that many notable Harvard alumni had ties to the Navy, including John F. Kennedy ’40, and Theodore Roosevelt, Class of 1880 — a Medal of Honor recipient who is considered “the father of the modern American Navy,” said Stevens.After making their remarks, Faust, Hammonds, and Stevens joined to cut a crimson-white-and-blue ceremonial ribbon in a hallway leading to the new office. Faust presented one segment of ribbon to Nicholas A. Christakis, a Harvard Medical School professor who co-chaired the Harvard-ROTC implementation committee named in March.Fellow co-chair Kevin Kit Parker, an Army major, could not attend. He is now on his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan. Parker is the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Watching the ceremony at Hilles, dressed in crisp whites, were all nine Navy ROTC midshipmen enrolled at Harvard College. If they had one message it was to thank all the ROTC cadets and midshipmen before them, who laid the groundwork for bringing a formal ROTC presence back to Harvard.“I’m glad it’s back,” said Sebastian Raul Saldivar ’15, of Dallas, Texas — one of two freshmen in the Naval ROTC program. “It gives me faith in the University.”last_img read more

Xcel Gets Texas OK For 1.2 GW Of New Wind Power

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Texas regulators on Friday approved Xcel Energy’s $1.6 billion, 1.2 GW wind expansion plan, about a month after New Mexico first gave its OK.Xcel will build and own two wind farms, one in each state, along with signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources for 230 MW at the Bonita project in Texas. Xcel said customers will begin seeing fuel savings once the facilities are completed in 2021. The company expects average monthly fuel savings of about $2 for a typical residential customer.As coal-fired power in Texas struggles to compete against gas-fired and renewable power, the planned addition of nearly 4,000 MW of wind capacity means it could exceed coal in Texas as soon as this year.Xcel’s Hale project in Texas and Sagamore facility in New Mexico will combine to provide 1 GW and are expected online in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Energy for the Bonita PPA with NextEra will be generated at facilities in Cochran and Crosby counties in Texas.David Hudson, president of Xcel’s New Mexico and Texas operations, said in a statement that the “new wind farms will help power a growing regional economy with clean energy while providing the lowest-cost generating resource on our system. Not only will these wind farms save customers money, but they’ll also preserve precious water resources and spur regional economic activity.”Xcel said the project will save hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs over 30 years by offsetting generation from the region’s conventional power plants. The two facilities Xcel Energy will build also qualify for 100% of the federal production tax credit; those benefits will be passed on to customers, the company said.More: Texas Regulators Approve Xcel’s $1.6 Billion Wind Expansion Xcel Gets Texas OK For 1.2 GW Of New Wind Powerlast_img read more

Venezuela Sends In 15,000 Troops To Colombian Border

first_img Venezuela will send 15,000 troops to its border with Colombia to fight drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion, a military official said on 2 November. “To bolster the fight against drug trafficking … 15,000 military troops will be deployed to the Colombian-Venezuelan border,” the official said quoted on the state news agency AVN. “There will be additional constant patrolling of all border security bases to control violence and effectively combat groups engaging in drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and other crimes,” the agency said, quoting General Henry Rangel, head of the Operational Strategic Command which handles border security. The announcement came as leftist President Hugo Chavez welcomed his conservative Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos for talks in Caracas. The neighboring countries resumed bilateral ties in August. Santos’s predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, enraged Chavez by saying leftist Colombian rebels were present inside Venezuelan territory. By Dialogo November 04, 2010 I keep the hope alive that we have lasting peace in our AMERICA – I will say one thing– I have deep concern for the arms race that exists in VENEZUELA – as well COLOMBIA – two countries united in a common dream – – economic and social development. MAY THE PURPOSE OF SIMON BOLIVAR BE GLORIFIED. last_img read more

Organized Crime Seeks to Break the Institutions in Honduras

first_img Organized crime groups and drug cartels seek to break the institution of Honduras in order to extend their illegal operations in Central America, reported the U.S. Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Lisa Kubiske, in a forum. Honduras, in turn, has responded to the threat by passing several laws, such as one to counter money laundering, one to fight terrorism, and an extradition treaty signed earlier this year with the United States, recognized the diplomatic representative. Together with the Honduran authorities, U.S. citizens “have a commitment to fight against organized crime through interagency cooperation,” she said. The statements were made by Kubiske during a conference titled “New Strategies for the Decommissioning of Transnational Organized Crime Groups” that was sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Honduras’s National Banking and Insurance Commission (CNBS). The conference lasts until August 21. President Porfirio Lobo, who also addressed the meeting, said the United States has accepted “joint but differentiated responsibility” in the fight against crime, in recognition that Central America suffers from the drug trade from South America to the U.S. market. CNBS President Vilma Morales, said that the new strategies to combat crime are focused on the implementation of laws such as the ones for money laundering, the confiscation of goods of illicit origin, and the fight against the finance of terrorism. The conference included hundreds of officials involved in the issues surrounding Honduras, who participated in a training session with U.S. and Colombian instructors including, police, judges, prosecutors, CNBS staff and the Supreme Electoral Court. According to official data, 87 percent of drugs pass through Central America en route to the United States, and violent groups linked to cartels act in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras). The United States, through the Central American Regional Security Initiative, has committed $361 million to fund the fight against organized crime. By Dialogo August 16, 2012last_img read more