Wave propagation plays an important role in linking the chorus source in the plasma trough region and the hiss emission in the plasmasphere. We investigate the dependence of plasmaspheric hiss on the background plasma density, which essentially controls the evolution of chorus after its generation at MLT = 10. The variation of plasma density under study includes variation of the location and width of the plasmapause, and the variation of the density distribution in the trough. We demonstrate that the plasmapause shape does not affect the peak hiss intensity significantly, but it does regulate the hiss intensity near the field-aligned direction. As the plasmasphere contracts or the plasmapause width increases, the field-aligned component of plasmaspheric hiss become relatively more intense, as does the intensity of hiss in the inner region, although the peak hiss intensity remains about the same. The trough density distribution, on the other hand, directly influences the accessibility of chorus rays into plasmasphere, and therefore plays an important role in the peak hiss intensity. As the density gradient in the plasma trough increases toward the plasmasphere, the resulting peak in the hiss intensity can increase by up to 10 dB.
Equipment & technology View post tag: event View post tag: IDEX February 19, 2015 The International Defence Exhibition and Conferences (IDEX) Organizing Committee recently met to highlight the latest technologies and products that will be on display at the 12th edition of IDEX.About 1,200 companies in this edition will showcase their latest products and offerings in the field of defence and security over an area of 133,000 square meters that will include both indoor and outdoor displays.There has also been a continual increase in the participation of UAE exhibitors with them occupying about 2,000 square meters of space in 1995 to now showcasing their capabilities in a space spanning to about 18,500 square meters this year.This year NAVDEX will bring together 96 exhibitors from across the globe and will be spread over an area of approximately 5,600 m2 with almost 16 boats on display on the pontoon at ADNEC Marina and along the Zayed Port.Some of the most distinguished vessels to be showcased in NAVDEX 2015 are the UAE NAVY ‘BAYNUNAH’ Class corvette, and Al Ganesah, as well USA Navy super carrier USS Vinson, mine hunter of the British Royal Navy, HMH Shoreham, and the Pakistan Navy Submarine, BNS Khaled.In its first year UMEX will also see other leading world class companies such as INSITU/Boeing who are bringing down the ‘Integrator’, Denel’s ‘Seeker’ will be on display. Shenzen AEE will be participating with its ‘F50’ and Hobby Club a UAE based company with showcase the ‘Small A/C’.[mappress mapid=”15178″] IDEX to Feature Latest Defence Technologies View post tag: Naval View post tag: Feature View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: latest Back to overview,Home naval-today IDEX to Feature Latest Defence Technologies View post tag: middle east View post tag: technologies Share this article View post tag: Defence read more
Holiday gift seekers can shop locally without leaving home.With a growing number of Ocean City businesses offering online shopping, it’s easier than ever to wrap up a bit of the beach and Boardwalk for the people on your list who love Ocean City.Here are a few options. If you have recommendations for other sites selling Ocean City merchandise online, please add them in the comments section below.First Night buttons: All-inclusive First Night admission buttons for Ocean City’s family New Year’s Eve celebration are available for purchase online for $20 apiece. Read moreSeasonal beach tags: Seasonal tags for summer 2016 will be available for the discounted price of $20 until May 31. The City of Ocean City’s online store is not open yet (as of Nov. 28, 2015) but typically makes online orders available before Christmas.Ride tickets: Discounted ride tickets for Playland’s Castaway Cove, go-karts and mini-golf are available at Playland’s online store. Tickets for rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier are on sale for half-price at at the Gillian’s online store.Sting Ray: Ocean City-themed nautical gifts from the Sting Ray (and former Old Salt) gift shops are available online at oldsalt-stingray.com.Beach Tag Themes: Entrepreneur Justin Juliano offers beach towels and other merchandise featuring designs of Ocean City beach tags through history. Online shopping is available at tagrupdesigns.com.Johnson’s Popcorn: What better way to give friends and family a taste of summer than with a tub of the legendary caramel popcorn. johnsonspopcorn.com/Mallon’s Sticky Buns: The iconic Ocean City bakery has special membership deals that include shipping three, six or 12 times a year. MallonsStickyBuns.com.A ‘Boardwalk Basket:’ The “Boardwalk Baskets” from the Ocean City Coffee Company include boardwalk favorites like Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy, Johnson’s Popcorn and O.C. Coffee, plus a few other things. shop.oceancitycoffee.comMacaroons: Order the signature treats from George’s Candies or browse gift baskets of candy. georgescandies.comSalt Water Taffy: The century-old staple of Boardwalk cuisine from Shriver’s is available for shipping. shrivers.comIsland Beach Gear: A wide variety of beach gear is available with free shipping for orders over $150. www.IslandBeachGear.comBoardwalk Adventures: Buy discounted passes (through Jan. 4) for Ocean City’s refurbished water park and for the new Boardwalk Bounce attraction. ocwaterpark.com read more
It’s been nearly 50 years since the political philosopher John Rawls published his groundbreaking “Theory of Justice,” articulating the connection between justice and equal rights. That 1971 book, the first of three major pieces by the onetime James Bryant Conant Professor who died in 2002, still stands as a defining work of modern political philosophy. This Thursday through Saturday, it and the links it identified will be the focus of “Inequality, Religion, and Society,” a conference at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.With panel discussions tackling issues such as social inequality, economic justice, and religion and democratic society, the conference is particularly appropriate for today’s tumultuous politics, said its chair, Michael Rosen, the Senator Joseph S. Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government. With keynote talks by Christine Korsgaard, the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy, and Thomas Michael “Tim” Scanlon, the Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity Emeritus, who had studied with Rawls, it will also offer a chance to look at the man as a historical figure, examining his development as a scholar and a thinker, from his years studying at Princeton to his nearly four decades teaching at Harvard.It may have needed this long for a comprehensive examination of Rawls, whom many consider the progenitor of modern political philosophy. “As the environment of political philosophy has changed, so people have taken different aspects of Rawls’ work,” said Rosen. “All of us who worked in political philosophy have worked, in a sense, in his shadow.”Rawls’ significance cannot be overstated, he said. “We’ve started to see … a degree of alienation from the liberal principles of pluralism and toleration he thought were essential to any kind of society.” “All of us who worked in political philosophy have worked, in a sense, in his shadow.” — Michael Rosen Rosen said the conference will question the applicability of work that dates from a very different time. After all, he noted, the world has not progressed as Rawls and his contemporaries expected. During Rawls’ time at Harvard, for example, many believed religion was a fading factor in global events. Today, “We’ve moved into a world in which we seem to face more religiously based conflict than would have been anticipated in the ’70s,” Rosen said.Income inequality has also become more acute, trending against 1970s predictions. “Forty or 50 years ago, it was thought that, although there would be inequality in capitalist societies, that it would be moderate, and that there would be a rising tide, which would lift all ships,” said Rosen.But while some expectations have not been met, Rawls’ work nearly half a century ago on climate change seems prescient. Specifically, Rosen said, “Rawls is one of the first people to raise issues about justice between generations in his work.”Bringing together scholars from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, and other universities around the world, the conference will examine the resilience and utility of Rawls’ work. “We’re looking to see if there are ideas that are fruitful,” said Rosen. “But also how this context that we now face might force us to rethink and redevelop this great philosopher’s work.”Rawls himself is now another focus of study. “People have started to ask scholarly questions about the development of his thought, about what his continuing motivations were,” Rosen said. “His own intellectual development is extremely complex and extremely fascinating.“One of the most central discoveries is that in the center of his philosophy there’s a concern for how a liberal political order could accommodate a diversity of outlook and background, particularly of religion.” Rawls initially had been deeply religious, Rosen said, and, “In some ways, his later liberalism can be seen as coming to terms with aspects of his earlier self.”The conference is supported by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard’s Departments of Government and Philosophy, the Centre for Political Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at Charles University, and the Sekyra Foundation, both of Prague. read more
Michael Yu | The Observer Students race off in the annual Fisher Regatta, in which participants fashion boats and sail across St. Mary’s Lake.“I think we were pretty happy overall with how it went,” he said. “ … The weather wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be — it only rained a little in the first 20 to 30 minutes. We had a lot of great boats this year.”One of the students who made a boat and competed in the Regatta this year was freshman and Pasquerilla West Hall vice president Abbe George, who helped craft the “Dub Tub.”“A couple other girls were actually building it, and they needed another person to help out,” she said “I rowed in high school, and they thought that would be helpful but it’s very different. [I] just wanted to help [Pasquerilla West] out with the boat.”The “eclectic group of boats,” Murday said, was what made this year’s event stand out. Michael Yu Participants travel across St. Mary’s Lake during Saturday’s event. A team of freshmen from Fisher Hall won this year’s Fisher Regatta with their boat “Floaty McFloatface.”“The sci-fi club had a ‘Star Wars’ boat, and two guys in Zahm swam with a piece of wood tied to their legs, and that was funny,” he said. “ … The Knights of Columbus had a huge barge that they grilled steaks on. I think it was cool things like that that added to the event and made it unique.”George said the experience of creating and racing a boat was one to remember.“It was a lot of fun, but it was freezing,” she said. “But it was fun building the boat and getting to know the other girls in [Pasquerilla West] who I didn’t know before, and the actual race itself was a ton of fun too. All of us were dreading going onto the water because it was freezing, but we got out there and it was a ton of fun. We could tell we were going to lose — we started doing donuts in the water. It was a blast.”The boat achieved a rare feat for a Pasquerilla West, George said.“We were the first PW boat, in all of [Pasquerilla West rector Sister Mary Jane Hahner’s] time, to make it across the lake so that was exciting,” she said. “We were moving pretty fast for our little styrofoam raft.”George said the success of this year’s boat and the fun of the event motivated her to invest wholesale in next year’s Regatta.“We were talking, [and] we want to go really hard next year,” she said. “We want to get a boat commission going so we can make a lot of cool boats, because a lot of people started earlier and had really intricate boats, whereas we just pulled some styrofoam out of the storage closet and threw it on the water. So we do want to get a couple boats together next year and make them more intense.”The event was not only a success for many of the racers, but also in terms of the amount of money raised for St. Adalbert.“Just at the event itself I think we sold close to 100 [tank top shirts],” Murday said. “With the event — we’re still doing our final count, but we should be right on our target of $10,000.”The success of the event was contingent upon many people and groups, Murday said, and he thanked everyone who contributed to and participated in the Regatta.“I’d just like to extend thanks out to the staff that worked very hard throughout the semester and put this event together,” he said. “Also [to] the guys in our dorm who sold tanks, and our rector, [Rick Mazzei], who provided us with guidance and help throughout the process … and to the racers, because they’re the ones who make the event special.”Tags: 25th annual Fisher Regatta, fisher hall, fisher regatta, Pasquerilla West, St. Adalbert As they have for the last 30 years — though the event claims to be the 25th annual every year — members of the Notre Dame community crafted boats using whatever materials they could find and rowed across St. Mary’s Lake Saturday as part of the Fisher Regatta, which raises money for St. Adalbert Elementary School in South Bend. This year, riders endured even more challenges than riding boats made of floaties or styrofoam, as many of the early races took place in the rain. Freshmen Connor Kooistra, James Pescio and Greg Wall, all residents of Fisher Hall, won the competition with their canoe, “Floaty McFloatface.”Junior Patrick Murday, Fisher Hall resident and co-chair of the organizing committee for the Regatta, said the event was a success despite the conditions. read more
by. Henry MeierRegulators are once again proposing restrictions on the way federal student loan aid is distributed and banks are once again crying foul. It’s a predictable and increasingly tiresome sideshow that keeps us from focusing on the real problem confronting our higher education system: the skyrocketing cost of a college degree.Before I get on my soapbox, here is the informational part of today’s blog. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there has been a proliferation of agreements between financial institutions and colleges whereby financial institutions offer prepaid cards and debit cards on which students can receive their federal student aid. These cards can also be co-branded with the college’s logo. According to the Government Accountability Office, 11% of colleges and universities participating in federal student aid programs have entered into these kinds of agreements and 40% of all post-secondary students are enrolled in such institutions.On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education proposed regulations to clamp down on these contracts. According to the Department, the proposed regulations would prohibit institutions from requiring students or parents to open specified accounts into which credit balances are deposited; require institutions to ensure that students are not charged overdraft fees on an account offered by a financial institution with which the school has a contractual relationship; require colleges and universities to provide a list of options from which students may choose to receive credit balances; and require institutions to ensure that payments made to a student’s pre-existing accounts are as timely as and no more onerous to the student as those accounts marketed to the student. The regulation is published in today’s Federal Register. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
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Denmark’s Danica Pension is investing DKK1bn (€107m) in medium-sized businesses in Denmark, through direct investments, via a new fund.The fund, called GRO Fund, is being set up as an independent unit under Gro Capital, which will be managed by Lars Dybkjær, managing partner of private equity fund DKA Capital, the Danske Bank pensions subsidiary announced.Jacob Aarup-Andersen, Danica’s CFO, said: “Direct investment is a good match for our pension customers. “It offers attractive returns with an additional illiquidity premium and often long investment horizons.” Further, Danish growth companies are attractive to invest in, and the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector has great potential, Aarup-Andersen said.The fund would look for strong, innovative businesses to invest in.It will focus on minority investments in medium-sized companies, meeting the increasing need for capital in the sector, where a company’s owners do not want to give up control of their business.Danica said the investment was “a natural progression of Danica Pension’s enhanced focus on direct investment in mainly Danish and Nordic enterprises, in which we are planning a double-digit billion DKK investment over the coming years”.The fund’s focus also complements Danske Bank’s lending activities, it said. In the summer, Danica Pension announced a new investment strategy entailing the replacement of some its bond investments with direct investments in companies.Dybkjær said Danish enterprises were not short of loan capital, but they did need subordinated capital and equity for expansion. “It is this need the fund will address,” he said.The fund will typically invest between DKK50m and DKK200m in companies that have already demonstrated a viable business plan.“In other words, we are not looking to invest in start-ups,” Dybkjær said.“Enterprises with annual revenue of DKK150m are more are the segment we are interested in.” read more
Thomas Cook’s £1.4bn (€1.6bn) UK defined benefit (DB) pension scheme has entered the assessment period for the country’s pension lifeboat fund after the travel company collapsed this morning.Thomas Cook entered compulsory liquidation this morning after talks over the weekend with banks and stakeholders fell through. Consultancy firm AlixPartners was expected to be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy process, according to a statement on the travel company’s website.A spokesperson for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), which takes on the DB schemes of bankrupt UK companies, said the Thomas Cook scheme’s four sections were all believed to be “marginally overfunded” on the main basis used by the lifeboat fund.In addition, a spokesperson for the Thomas Cook Pension Plan trustee board said the scheme had an estimated £100m surplus, with the trustees “hopeful” that a solution outside of the PPF could be found (see full statement below). This could mean the schemes are able to secure full benefits through an insurance deal. The PPF will assess the scheme’s data and investments over the next 18-24 months, as well as engaging with the administrators of Thomas Cook to secure more money through recoveries, before a decision is made on the final destination of the scheme.Should the pension fund not be able to secure an insurance deal, it would enter the PPF, limiting some benefit payments for people who have not yet retired to 90% of what was initially promised. Annual increases are also limited by the PPF.According to Thomas Cook’s most recent annual report, its UK scheme had assets of £1,406m and liabilities of £1,122m as of 30 September 2018. In an interim results statement from 31 March 2019, this surplus had fallen slightly.Thomas Cook Pension Plan trustees – statement A Thomas Cook aeroplane takes off from Manchester Airport“Over recent weeks the trustees of the Thomas Cook Pension Plan have been engaged in discussions with the management and other stakeholders of Thomas Cook Group to try to support the recapitalisation of the company. Sadly, events beyond the control of the trustees have led to the company going into liquidation.“The trustees remain focused on protecting the accrued benefits of the members of the Thomas Cook Pension Plan and are in continual dialogue with a number of parties including the Pension Protection Fund and the Pensions Regulator to agree next steps.“It is estimated that the aggregate assets of the various UK DB schemes are approximately £100m more than are currently expected to be required to secure PPF benefits within the PPF (Section 179 basis). The trustees therefore are hopeful that the PPF lifeboat will, once the assessment period has ended, not be called on and benefits in excess of PPF levels will be provided from outside the PPF.“The trustees will continue to be in regular contact with the members of the scheme to keep them appraised of the situation and to provide further information as it becomes available.”Thomas Cook also sponsors a pension plan in Germany, which had liabilities of roughly £365m as of 30 September 2018. Most of this amount is linked to Thomas Cook subsidiary Condor, which is in talks with the German government regarding a loan to keep operating, according to Reuters.The company also has smaller plans in the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium and France, according to its annual report.Rosalind Connor, partner at ARC Pensions Law, said the trustees of the Thomas Cook UK schemes had been seeking to extend contributions from the employer despite the funding surplus.“This is because there is a growing tendency for schemes (encouraged by the Pensions Regulator) to have a long term funding target,” she said, “ie, even if the scheme is in surplus now, to look to the future where the scheme can be bought out or at least not be dependent on the strength of the employer. In the light of events this morning, that would seem to have been wise.“The pension scheme would be a creditor and now the companies have filed for administration, all the powers of the trustees to negotiate with the administrator are in the hands of the PPF – even though, if the scheme is well funded, it may not go into the PPF in the end anyway.”The PPF was 118.6% funded as of 31 March 2019, with assets of £32bn.This article was updated on 23 September 2019 to add the trustee board’s statement. read more
Liverpool’s first title in 30 years has seemed almost inevitable since they beat rivals City 3-1 at Anfield back in November, and on Thursday they finally secured the title with another loss for City, this time against Chelsea. Before the game at Anfield Jurgen Klopp’s side led by six points but, in the Sky Sports studio, Vincent Kompany was questioning if it was too early to say Liverpool could win the league, “In this case, if you look at the last decade or so, there have been numerous times where Liverpool were top of the league and there were numerous times where City were behind as well…” the Belgian said before he was interrupted. In the match Fabinho put Klopp’s side ahead after just six minutes but there was controversy as Trent Alexander-Arnold somehow wasn’t ruled to have handled the ball in his own area in the build up. Mid sentence Kompany was suddenly stopped by fellow pundit Mourinho, who was just 10 days away from getting the Spurs’ job, who argued Liverpool were ready to be champions. “They know how to win, they know how to cope with the pressure, so for me, the game today is very, very important. Loading… Jose Mourinho quietened Vincent Kompany back in November and explained to the former Manchester City captain why he felt Liverpool were ready to win the Premier League. Jose Mourinho Brilliantly Predicted Liverpool’s Title Credentials To Vincent Kompany Sadio Mane made it 3-0 after 51 minutes and Bernardo Silva’s goal with 12 minutes left was nothing more than a consolation goal.Last season City handled the pressure as Liverpool kept one point behind the then defending champions but as Liverpool pulled away from this term Kompany’s former side couldn’t keep pace. Mourinho was right all along. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mourinho would go on to be proved right because Liverpool’s win took them nine points clear, and they would only go on to extend that lead throughout the season. “Because if the distances are three points or six points, it is still very open, but if the difference is nine points, goodbye.” Fabinho celebrates putting Liverpool ahead, on their way to opening up a nine point gap. Image: PA Images There was no questions as Mo Salah headed the Reds’ second goal just minutes later to give Pep Guardiola’s side an almighty uphill struggle. Read Also: Hungry Klopp plans to build on Liverpool title win “Even in terms of statures, if statures play something. You are the champions of England but they are the champions of Europe. “But City was the best team when I gave you the title, you never told me thank you. When I gave you the title by winning here and you didn’t even call me to say thank you, you were the best team,” Jose said in typical bullish fashion.“They were not the best, they were there, they were almost there, but you were the best team, in this moment I don’t think there is that difference in power. Promoted Content7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline Rush6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least OnceBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMost Beloved First Ladies Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much read more