Space weather impacts on satellites and forecasting the Earth’s electron radiation belts with SPACECAST

first_imgSatellites can be damaged by high energy charged particles in the Earth’s radiation belts and during solar energetic particle (SEP) events. Here we review the growing reliance on satellite services, new vulnerabilities to space weather, and previous events that have led to loss of service. We describe a new European system to forecast the radiation belts up to 3 h ahead, which has three unique features: first, it uses physics-based models, which include wave-particle interactions; second, it provides a forecast for the whole outer radiation belt including geostationary, medium, and slot region orbits; third, it is a truly international effort including Europe, United States, and Japan. During the 8–9 March 2012 storm and SEP event, the models were able to forecast the >800 keV electron flux to within a factor of 2 initially, and later to within a factor of 10 of the GOES data. Although ACE and GOES data became unreliable during the SEP event, the system continued forecasting without interruption using ground-based magnetometers. A forecast of the 24 h electron fluence >2 MeV is used to provide a risk index for satellite operators. We show that including wave-particle interactions for L* > 6.5 improves the agreement with GOES data substantially and that a fast inward motion of the magnetopause to L* < 8 is related to rapid loss of relativistic electrons at geostationary orbit. Thus, we suggest that better wave-particle models and better coupling between the solar wind and the models of the magnetopause and radiation belts should lead to better forecasting.last_img read more

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Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHarry How/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — After quarterback Tom Brady led a drive to win the New England Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl, he summed up the 13-3 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers have won as many Super Bowls, while Brady now has the most Super Bowl wins of any quarterback in NFL history.“Finally got a touchdown and the defense played the best game of the year,” Brady said. “How about our defense? How about our defense? They played unbelievable.”So well that outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower joked they had extra incentive.“I’m tired of hearing about Brady,” he said with a laugh. “I won one today — we all got one. It feels good for us to get it all. Shout out to him getting his, but this is a team game and it feels good to win.”No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 — even though these teams had combined to average over 60 points a game.When the Patriots needed a score, Brady — the oldest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl, at 41 — completed four straight passes, including a pair covering 47 yards to tight end Rob Gronkowski. The second, on which the star tight end beat two defenders, ended at the Los Angeles two yard line, the only time either team was inside the 20-yard line.Julian Edelman, the outstanding receiver who missed the 2017 season with a knee injury, was the game’s MVP with 10 receptions for 141 yards.At 66, Bill Belichick became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, and ties legends George Halas and Curly Lambeau for the most Super Bowl wins by a coach.Rams coach Sean McVay, the youngest Super Bowl head coach at 33, admitted he was outcoached. He had no answers as Todd Gurley, coming off knee issues, managed 35 yards rushing, quarterback Jared Goff went 19 for 38 for 229 yards and was sacked four times. Brandin Cooks, a Patriots receiver last season, did have eight receptions for 120 yards. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img February 4, 2019 /Sports News – National Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest-scoring Super Bowl everlast_img read more

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NOT A PROBLEM by Jim Redwine

first_img Gavel Gamut by Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comNOT A PROBLEMI recently received a respectfully worded request for excusal from jury duty. I granted it. The potential juror claimed a religious exemption. I am not a theologian although one of my nephews just received his doctorate in Theology from Oklahoma Baptist University. He makes no claim for religious exemption from jury service. I say to each his own.Should a person assert sincerely held beliefs that her or his god, faith, philosophy or belief prohibits jury service, so be it. Such positions, if rooted in the First Amendment, are fine with me. Religion should not be involved in our legal system. That’s what James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the revolutionaries meant to protect.Those of you who are called for jury service and just find it inconvenient but not in violation of any religious test may think it is unfair to excuse persons who enjoy all the benefits provided by America but refuse to participate in a core responsibility of citizenship. You might feel the same about conscientious objectors to military service or those who refuse medical treatment for their children on religious grounds.I see such decisions much as I do allowing protestors to demonstrate in support of or against things the majority may oppose or favor. If the Constitution does not protect those with whom most citizens disagree, why have a Constitution? Those whose beliefs fall within the parameters of generally accepted beliefs need not be concerned with their free exercise.The gracious acceptance of those views most of us adhere to calls for little praise. However, America shines like the beacon most of us want Her to be when She protects those who need protection from the rest of us.As to the potential juror, I say, and by the way so does the Supreme Court, if you are sincere in your minority belief, the majority will respect your right not only to believe it but also to exercise it.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ditty’s Bakery strikes US deal

first_imgDitty’s Bakery will see its products listed in US gourmet and speciality food retailer Dean & DeLuca.Based in Northern Ireland, the bakery, headed up by Robert Ditty, crowned 2011 Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards, will be supplying three products for the store’s summer catalogue: Irish Traditional Oatcake, Celery and Pepper Oatcake, and Oatmeal Biscuit.  Said Ditty: “Winning a listing from Dean & DeLuca is an important first step for us with this influential retailer. We will be endeavouring to build on this by developing our relationship with the business with a view to building sales and gaining listings for further products.“The awards that we’ve won recently and the support that we’ve enjoyed from organisers of major events, such as last year’s gala banquet in Dublin for the Queen’s successful visit to the Republic, have helped to raise the profile of our product portfolio as featuring high-quality, wholesome and tasty breads, sweets and savouries.”He added that the US deal was very encouraging for its strategy to grow business outside of Northern Ireland.The company, established in 1963, employs around 70 people at its baking and retailing operations in Castledawson and Magherafelt, both in Co Derry.>>Baker of the Year secures Dubai business>>Ditty takes home Baker of the Year gonglast_img read more

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Side Project, Whose Hat Is This?, Announces Winter Tour

first_imgWhose Hat Is This? is an acid jazz collective featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band members bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie), saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Outkast), and drummers JJ Johnson (John Mayer) and Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell (Col. Bruce Hampton). Today, it was announced that Whose Hat Is This? will be hitting the road this December for a six-show run across the East Coast in early December.Members of Tedeschi Trucks Band To Release Improvised Live Album On VinylStarting on December 4th, Whose Hat Is This? will open their mini-tour in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall. The following night, the group will hit Philadelphia followed by a night in Baltimore on the 6th. The band will then continue south, hitting Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina, on December 7th and 8th, respectively. To round out the string of dates, Whose Hat Is This? will finish things off with a tour-closing performance just outside of Atlanta at Roswell, Georgia’s Gate City Brewery.Tedeschi Trucks Band Teams With Craft For Causes To Create Special Brews Benefiting CharitySimilar to recent Tedeschi Trucks Band tours, this upcoming Whose Hat Is This? tour was booked in collaboration with Craft For Causes—a non-profit that brings together the live music and craft brewery communities for charity. This winter tour also comes on the heels of Whose Hat Is This?’s sold-out two-night October run in New York City at 55 Bar, as well as the release of their debut self-titled album released back in April.Upcoming Whose Hat Is This? Tour Dates:Dec 4 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music HallDec 5 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’sDec 6 Baltimore, MD @ The 8×10Dec 7 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln TheatreDec 8 Charleston, SC @ The Pour HouseDec 9 Roswell, GA (Near Atlanta) @ Gate City Brewery[Photo: Jesse Lauter from Beacon 2017 run]last_img read more

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Dave Matthews Band Announces Show At San Francisco’s Chase Center

first_imgDave Matthews Band has announced a show at San Francisco’s newest major music venue, the Chase Center, on Tuesday, September 10th. The venue is set to open a few days prior on September 6th, highlighted by a special Metallica performance with the San Francisco Symphony.Dave Matthews Band’s headlining summer tour will kick off on April 30th in Pensacola, FL and includes two-night stands in Camden, NJ; Noblesville, IN; Elkhorn, WI; Saratoga Springs, NY; West Palm Beach, FL; and Denver, CO. The band will return to the Gorge Amphitheatre for its traditional three-night Labor Day run August 30th through September 1st, pushing its total number of performances at the scenic venue above 60. Dave Matthews Band will also perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 4th as part of the festival’s 50th anniversary celebration. The band will conclude its North American tour on September 22nd at the 2nd annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, NJAn online pre-sale is now open for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association for the newly announced San Francisco show here. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 5th, at 10 a.m. (PST).For a complete list of Dave Matthews Band’s tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website.Dave Matthews 2019 Summer Tour:4/30 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Bay Center5/01 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena5/04 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival5/07 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre5/11 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena5/14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Center5/15 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre5/17 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion5/18 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion6/14 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/15 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/19 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts6/21 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center6/22 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre6/28 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center6/29 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/02 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center7/03 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre7/05 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/06 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/09 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center7/10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage7/12 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater7/19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion7/20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live7/23 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre7/24 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre7/26 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre7/27 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre8/23 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/24 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/27 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre8/30 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre8/31 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/01 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/04 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater9/06 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys9/07 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center9/10 San Francisco, CA Chase Center9/13 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion9/22 Asbury Park, NJ Sea.Hear.Now FestivalView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Get ready for more gas savings in 2016

first_imgIf you thought gas prices could not get any cheaper, just wait until 2016.Right before Christmas, the U.S. average for a gallon of gas dropped south of $2 for the first time in close to seven years, showing just how far pump prices have fallen in most regions of the country. More than half of all states are below the $2 milestone, based on data, and two-thirds of gas stations across America are selling regular gas for $1.99 a gallon or less.Road-trippers can expect more savings to come. The U.S. Energy Information Administration believes retail prices are on pace to average $2.43 a gallon this year and will slip a little further to an annual average of $2.36 in 2016, which is a buck less than the average price of gas in 2014.Diesel is also poised for another year of cheaper prices, as the EIA’s outlook calls for a 2016 average of $2.67, or about four cents below the current year. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal Predict More Winter on Groundhog Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Both of Long Island’s groundhogs saw their shadows, predicting six more weeks of winter Monday—but even more inauspiciously, Brookhaven town officials cancelled their official Groundhog Day event due to the winter storm.The prognostication from Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal was a departure from last year when they both didn’t see their shadows, effectively forecasting an early spring. This Groundhog Day, Malverne Mal was the first out of the gate, so to speak, to prognosticate, while Hal’s handlers said plowing the roads trumped the furry friend’s long-term forecasting festivities at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center, where the rodent call his hole his home. In the end, however, Hal’s appearance concurred with his fellow species celebrity on Long Island.“Unfortunately, Hal did see his shadow and is reporting there will be six more weeks of winter,” said Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro, whose workers were on hand to record the observation. “While this is certainly not the prediction we were hoping for, the Brookhaven Highway Department will be out in force continuing our tireless efforts to address whatever Mother Nature brings our way this winter.”This year, Mel and Hal agreed with the nation’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Staten Island Chuck in New York City didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Hal and Mel both saw their shadows two years ago.Both the National Weather Service and the Old Farmer’s Almanac previously forecasted above-average snowfall this winter, but—besides some days of flurries—few flakes had fallen until the first blizzard of 2015 hit last week, dumping 30 inches of snow on the North Fork.NWS forecasters said a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain falling on LI Monday was expected to freeze after sundown, making for icy roadways during the Monday evening rush hour commute.—With Spencer Rumseylast_img read more

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China to launch Mars probe in space race with US

first_imgThe mission includes a Mars orbiter, a lander and a rover that will study the planet’s soil.”As a first try for China, I don’t expect it to do anything significant beyond what the US has already done,” said Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.The United States has already sent four rovers to Mars since the late 1990s.The next one, Perseverance, is an SUV-sized vehicle that will look for signs of ancient microbial life, and gather rock and soil samples with the goal of bringing them back to Earth on another mission in 2031.The Chinese mission is similar to NASA’s Viking missions in 1975-1976, in that it has both an orbiter and a lander, McDowell said.Tianwen-1 is “broadly comparable to Viking in its scope and ambition,” he added.After watching the United States and the Soviet Union lead the way during the Cold War, China has poured billions of dollars into its military-led space program.”China joining [the Mars race] will change the situation dominated by the US for half a century,” said Chen Lan, an independent analyst at, which specializes in China’s space program.China has made huge strides in the past decade, sending a human into space in 2003.The Asian powerhouse has laid the groundwork to assemble a space station by 2022 and gain a permanent foothold in Earth orbit.China has already sent two rovers to the Moon. With the second, China became the first country to make a successful soft landing on the far side.The Moon missions gave China experience in operating spacecraft beyond Earth orbit, but Mars is another story.The much greater distance means “a bigger light travel time, so you have to do things more slowly as the radio signal round trip time is large,” said McDowell.It also means “you need a more sensitive ground station on Earth because the signals will be much fainter,” he added, noting that there is a greater risk of failure.China has upgraded its monitoring stations in the far-western Xinjiang region and northeastern Heilongjiang province to meet the Mars mission requirements, state news agency Xinhua reported last week.The majority of the dozens of missions sent by the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and India to Mars since 1960 ended in failure.Tianwen-1 is not China’s first attempt to go to Mars.A previous mission with Russia in 2011 ended prematurely as the launch failed.Now, Beijing is trying on its own.”As long as [Tianwen] safely lands on the Martian surface and sends back the first image, the mission will… be a big success,” Chen said. But the race to watch is between the United States and China, which has worked furiously to try and match Washington’s supremacy in space.The Chinese mission has been named Tianwen-1 (“Questions to Heaven”) in a nod to a classical poem that has verses about the cosmos.It is expected to launch on a Long March 5 — China’s biggest space rocket — from the southern island of Hainan on Thursday, depending on the weather.Tianwen-1 is expected to arrive in February 2021 after a seven-month, 55-million-kilometer voyage. China aims to launch a rover to Mars on Thursday on a journey coinciding with a similar US mission as the powers take their rivalry into deep space.The two countries are taking advantage of a period when Earth and Mars are closest to send their probes, with China’s mission due to lift off by Saturday and the US spacecraft on July 30.It will be a crowded field. The United Arab Emirates launched a probe on Monday that will orbit Mars once it reaches the Red Planet.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Asset manager roundup: Amundi teams up with energy agency

first_imgAmundi is joining forces with the French alternative and atomic energy commission (CEA) to create an independent asset management company focused on private equity financing of technical innovation projects in France.The new company, Supernova Invest, will take over funds currently managed by CEA Investissement, a subsidiary of the energy commission (Le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives), but is also intended to create and manage new “capital innovation” funds for third parties.Those involved said they expected Supernova to have more than €200m in assets under management by June. It is aiming to reach €1bn by 2020, according to a statement from Amundi and CEA.CEA Investissement and Amundi Private Equity Funds (PEF) will each have a 40% stake in the new company, and the CEA Investissement team will own the remaining 20%. Funds managed by Supernova are intended to provide capital for companies at different stages of development, from start-ups to mature companies, the statement said. Financing is to support two major types of technical innovation: “breakthrough innovation”, based on intensive development of disruptive technologies, and “innovation through use”, based more on mature technologies in the digital economy.One of the company’s first clients is Crédit Agricole, which has entrusted Supernova with the management of a new fund, for which it has raised €50m so far. Christophe Gégout, deputy managing director of the CEA and chairman of CEA Investissement, said: “The creation of Supernova Invest represents the alliance of the CEA’s credibility in technological innovation and the best in private equity management with an experienced, highly successful investment team, that of CEA Investissement.”The creation of Supernova Invest is not the first time Amundi has joined forces with outside industry for an investment partnership. In 2014 the French asset manager teamed up with French energy group EDF to create a €1.5bn infrastructure joint venture.Investment industry at ‘existential crossroads’The CFA Institute has published a study, the “Future State of the Investment Profession”, which it said describes “an industry at an existential crossroads”.According to the institute, the study warns that investment industry leaders have to transform their business models as they may otherwise jeopardise the future of their companies.To help industry leaders it has developed a series of planning scenarios derived by combining megatrends affecting all industries with other forces specific to the investment industry.The study also includes findings from a survey of 1,145 industry leaders on topics such as leadership skills, investment trends, and business models.Findings include:73% of respondents expected environmental, social, and governance factors to become more influential;70% expected to see more assets going into passive investment vehicles;63% expected profit margins at asset management firms to remain flat or to contract; and57% expected institutional investors would look to reduce costs by insourcing more investment management activities.The report can be found here.Asset manager investor targets growthiM Square, a European investment and development platform targeting stakes in asset management companies,  is in discussions with “several North American institutional investors” in relation to a second fundraising round, it said in a statement today.It is aiming to raise €200m before the end of June, it said, and to reach €400m in the next 2-3 years. iM Square said this would enable it to acquire stakes in 5-7 asset managers in the US and Europe.In 2016, it acquired a French asset management company, which led to the creation of iM Global Partner, the group’s first distribution platform. This has begun marketing funds, according to the statement.The company was launched in 2015, with Amundi, Eurazeo, and the Dassault Groupe/La Maison as joint founding shareholders.last_img read more

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