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Lightning-driven inner radiation belt energy deposition into the atmosphere: implications for ionisation-levels and neutral chemistry

first_imgLightning-generated whistlers lead to coupling between the troposphere, the Van Allen radiation belts and the lower-ionosphere through Whistler-induced electron precipitation (WEP). Lightning produced whistlers interact with cyclotron resonant radiation belt electrons, leading to pitch-angle scattering into the bounce loss cone and precipitation into the atmosphere. Here we consider the relative significance of WEP to the lower ionosphere and atmosphere by contrasting WEP produced ionisation rate changes with those from Galactic Cosmic Radiation (GCR) and solar photoionisation. During the day, WEP is never a significant source of ionisation in the lower ionosphere for any location or altitude. At nighttime, GCR is more significant than WEP at altitudes <68 km for all locations, above which WEP starts to dominate in North America and Central Europe. Between 75 and 80 km altitude WEP becomes more significant than GCR for the majority of spatial locations at which WEP deposits energy. The size of the regions in which WEP is the most important nighttime ionisation source peaks at similar to 80 km, depending on the relative contributions of WEP and nighttime solar Lyman-alpha. We also used the Sodankyla Ion Chemistry (SIC) model to consider the atmospheric consequences of WEP, focusing on a case-study period. Previous studies have also shown that energetic particle precipitation can lead to large-scale changes in the chemical makeup of the neutral atmosphere by enhancing minor chemical species that play a key role in the ozone balance of the middle atmosphere. However, SIC modelling indicates that the neutral atmospheric changes driven by WEP are insignificant due to the short timescale of the WEP bursts. Overall we find that WEP is a significant energy input into some parts of the lower ionosphere, depending on the latitude/longitude and attitude, but does not play a significant role in the neutral chemistry of the mesosphere.last_img read more


Numerous SUU/Weber State Men’s Basketball Standouts Make All-Big Sky Conference Teams

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFARMINGTON, Utah-Monday, various Southern Utah and Weber State men’s basketball standouts made all-Big Sky Conference teams per an announcement from the the Farmington, Utah-based conference.The Thunderbirds and Wildcats each had a representive on the first team.SUU junior guard Tevian Jones and Weber State senior guard Isiah Brown each received this distinction.Jones, an Illinois transfer out of Chandler, Ariz. made school history as he is the first Thunderbird to receive this honor in the Big Sky Conference.Jones leads the Thunderbirds in scoring with 17.1 points per game, while also shooting 86 percent at the foul line (67-78). He also played an instrumental role in the 19-3 Thunderbirds winning the Big Sky Conference regular season title. SUU went 12-2 in conference play this season.Brown, a Seattle native, leads the Wildcats with 18 points per game and shoots 84 percent (85-101) at the foul line. Brown’s contributions led Weber State to a third-place finish in the Big Sky as the Wildcats posted a record of 17-5 and 12-3 in conference play. Brown, who has previously played at Grand Canyon and Northwestern, was also named as the conference’s newcomer of the year.Jones and Brown were joined on the first team by Eastern Washington redshirt junior guard Tanner Groves, Eastern Washington redshirt junior guard/forward Kim Aiken and Northern Arizona junior guard Cameron Shelton.Two Thunderbirds and one Wildcat made the all-conference second team. SUU was represented by junior forward Maizen Fausett (13.2 points, 7 rebounds per game) and senior guard John Knight III (13.6 points per game, a team-best 31 steals). Weber State placed sophomore Spaniard guard Seikou Sisoho Jawara (12 points per game, a team-best 71 assists) on the second team.SUU senior guard Dre Marin (12 points per game) received honorable mention distinction from the conference.Additionally, Knight III was named the Big Sky player of the week Monday. He symmetrically scored 26 points apiece in the Thunderbirds’ two wins over Portland State last week with the Thunderbirds prevailing 68-58 and 73-54 respectively. The 26 points netted in Thursday’s win represent a career-high for the native of Jackson, Miss.The durable senior led the Thunderbirds in minutes played with 647.The Thunderbirds (No.1 seed) and Wildcats (No.3 seed) each have received byes into the Thursday quarterfinals for this week’s Big Sky Conference tournament at the CenturyLink Arena of Boise, Idaho.SUU will play the winner of No. 9 Sacramento State-No. 8 Northern Colorado and the Wildcats draw the winner of No. 11 Idaho and No. 6 Montana.Weber State freshman forward Dillon Jones was also named the Big Sky’s freshman of the year. The 6-6 forward out of Columbia, S.C., posted a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. March 8, 2021 /Sports News – Local Numerous SUU/Weber State Men’s Basketball Standouts Make All-Big Sky Conference Teamscenter_img Brad Jameslast_img read more


Is Spicerhaart planning a branch network cull once lockdown is over?

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Is Spicerhaart planning a branch network cull once lockdown is over? previous nextCOVID-19 newsIs Spicerhaart planning a branch network cull once lockdown is over?Company insider tells The Negotiator that the agency group is looking at one of its key expenses – branches – as it tries to cut costs once the lockdown has ended.Nigel Lewis15th May 20201 Comment5,145 Views A member of staff at estate agency giant Spicerhaart has contacted The Negotiator to reveal that the company is making moves to downsize its branch network once the furlough scheme finishes in October.The insider, who is a branch manager at one of Spicerhaart’s network of over 130+ offices, says the company is considering a self-employed model of employment for some staff and a much-reduced physical branch network.Spicerhaart, which owns eight estate agency brands across the UK including Haart, Felicity J Lord, Darlows and its most recent acquisition, Butters John Bee, was criticised at the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis for making 300 staff redundant before the expected furlough announcement was made.The company also closed all its offices for the duration of the crisis and later furloughed many of its remaining 1,750 staff.Income reductionCEO Paul smith fought back against the criticism, saying that the furlough scheme had come too late as Spicerhaart faced a 90% reduction in income.Our source, who wishes to remain anonymous, says Spicerhaart is not expected to make further significant redundancies but is looking at its cost base and the huge expense of operating so many branches.It may then move employees over to a more home-working and self-employed model of doing business, with agents connected to a network of smaller ‘hub’ branches.This set up would mimic the model operated by Purplebricks, whose former National Sales Director Paul Vickerstaff recently joined Spicerhaart to set up a ‘partnership’ network programme.The Negotiator approached Spicerhaart’s press office for comment but has so far not received a reply. haart john butters bee Paul Smith butters john bee spicerhaart Darlows Felicity J Lord May 15, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 17th May 2020 at 4:32 pmRumour has it the Hub monster is being released within the Spicerhaart kingdom. If true is this the way forward? Chris Watkin thinks trading from a garden shed is a good idea, but in December I am not so sure.Log in to ReplyWhat’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



first_imgMEET MATT HOSTETTLER CANDIDATE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE Matt is a lifelong resident of southwestern Indiana. Born in Evansville, he grew up in Blairsville in Posey County and attended North Posey High School before going on to Purdue University as a National Merit Scholar Finalist where he obtained a B.S. in Management from the Krannert School of Management. Matt and Michelle were married in 2012. Since then, Matt has gone to work for CountryMark Refining and Logistics as a Crude Oil Gauger and Pipeline Operator. He and Michelle and their son, Gabriel, currently reside in Fort Branch where they attend Vertical Church.From a young age, Matt’s father, former United States Congressman John Hostettler, instilled in him an understanding of a citizen’s responsibilities associated with a constitutional government.  Following Representative Tom Washburne’s retirement announcement in August 2017, Matt felt called to step up and participate in civilian-led government to help ensure that the constitutional freedoms and sound fiscal policies that we as Hoosiers enjoy are preserved for the next generation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha Shares Long-Awaited Debut Single

first_imgIt’s been over 15 years since Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha announced work on a solo album. In fact, it’s been so long, that this might be a new project entirely. Regardless, when de la Rocha surprises everyone with his first new music since his Rage days, you’d better believe that we’re excited to hear it.Titled “digging for windows,” the new track was produced by Run The Jewels’ El-P, and sees de la Rocha return to form with great lyrical mastery. The song can be streamed below, or downloaded for free via BitTorrent.Zack de la Rocha began work on a solo project way back in 2000, and later paired up with artists like Trent Reznor, Questlove, and more for a potential collaboration that was ultimately scrapped in 2005. As de la Rocha’s RATM bandmates moved forward with Prophets of Rage, de la Rocha declined the reunion opportunity to work on a new album. While no one expected to hear it, here we are.Considering the dedicated BitTorrent page and clues from his contemporaries, it stands to reason that a full de la Rocha studio album is on the way. We’ll keep you posted.last_img read more


FTT productions present American Dream in comedic light

first_imgCourtesy of Roisin Goebelbecker Students rehearse for the production of “American Roulette,” which is part of this year’s ND Theatre NOW! production.However, Harrabi said that, as an absurd comedy, “WASP” plays with these stereotypes and brings some darker themes into the play. For an example, Harrabi said the wife knows her husband is most likely cheating on her and the daughter is being molested by her choirmaster. There are even some supernatural elements such as when the son has an imaginary friend from space that he sometimes talks to and the mother has a female voice that she talks to. The play also touches themes with the treatment of race in the U.S.“I think that the ‘WASP’ specifically gives you a look not only into a WASP family of the times, but also a look into your inner self and encourages you to think about it and relate with the characters and to see how their struggles reflects your inner struggles,” freshman Alexis Moskala, who plays the mother in “WASP,” said.“[‘WASP’] talks about familial issues in a very lighthearted sense, so it takes a look at what people depicted as the ideal family in 1950 and then kind of pokes fun at how that’s not really true and that there’s so much more,” sophomore Declan Grogan, who plays the father in “WASP” said. “The characters are all very real even though they’re all trying to live the stereotype of the ideal family. So, it’s kind of showing how we are real people who can’t be put into this … perfect home.”“American Roulette” is the story of a white male and a white female interviewer who are interviewing a black applicant for a position at “the firm,” junior Eileen DiPofi, who plays Hillary, the female interviewer, said.“Things take a turn, so it’s definitely not a conventional interview but it’s more or less like a commentary on how race is a barrier to the American Dream,” DiPofi said.The productions are not unique just in their take on the American Dream, but also for the opportunities these productions provide to students. Both productions are student-directed, which Grogan said was a fascinating process.“It’s really cool because we are all learning at the same time so the director, he was so different,” Grogan said. “He was literally just like thinking about the play as we were rehearsing it. … It was just a very improvisational rehearsal. He did a great job.”Harrabi said his acting professor encouraged him to apply because of his interest in comedy and directing.“Basically the whole idea of the program is to get students to direct an entire project, have a say to the first thing, casting, to the last thing,” he said. “It’s such a great opportunity because a lot of the time, students do act. You rarely find a student directing.”Harrabi said it still makes him nervous to be a director.“I’m a senior; I’m a foreigner,” he said. “I grew up in Tunisia my whole life basically and then trying to take on a comedy in a foreign language in a foreign country. … I was very scared. I have never directed and I have never directed on this scale and I have never directed this many people. The more you get going, though, you understand why you shouldn’t be scared … because it’s a collaboration and you’re not supposed to do everything on your own. … [It’s] a lot of teamwork.”Harrabi said that his professors were a huge help with fixing any problems that arose. He also said Adel Emam, an Egyptian actor, is an inspiration for his interest in theatre and comedy.“I grew up watching these black and white and very old plays that were recorded and they always showed them over and over the years because they didn’t have much programming and those were really hilarious,” he said. “To this day I watch those plays and I just laugh, which is crazy because I’ve been watching them ever since I was a kid and the jokes are just as funny and it sounds so unreal because you watch a lot of specials and eventually you stop laughing because you know the jokes. Like I know the jokes by heart, and I still laugh at them. And that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to make comedy and theatre just the way they did it because it blew my mind. … I want to make theatre for the people.”Goebelbecker said one problem came from a lack of actors of color auditioning for ND Theatre NOW.“That was definitely a challenge because one of the characters needs to be black,” she said in an email. “It all ended up working out, though, because we have an amazing actress playing the role. We also had some difficulty at the beginning piecing apart the script and figuring out a motivation for each character that made logical sense. We spent the first week all together asking questions and brainstorming possible solutions and so that challenge actually ended up being really exciting and fruitful in the long run.”DiPofi said both shows will make people think.“I think [‘American Roulette’] tackles issues that we talk about a lot in our society in a way that maybe we don’t like to talk about,” she said. “Like the idea especially that, ‘Hey, American Dream isn’t necessarily something that’s achievable for everybody.’ I think its really going to force the audience to think critically about their own role in maybe perpetuating racism in the U.S. … It will definitely make people think and then turn that critical eye that the play is suggesting on themselves.”“American Roulette” and “WASP” have performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.Tags: american roulette, film television and theater, FTT, ND Theatre NOW!, WASP Starting Sept. 27 to Oct. 7, the Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) department is presenting two one-act plays through ND Theatre NOW! FTT will be presenting “WASP” by Steve Martin and directed by senior Najmeddine Harrabi and “American Roulette” by Tom McCormack and directed by senior Roisin Goebelbecker. Both plays present an absuridist take on the American Dream.Harrabi said “WASP” is the story of a white family living in suburbia in the 1950s. The family is a stereotypical nuclear family and seems to caricaturize similar families from classic TV shows like “Leave It to Beaver.”last_img read more


Adam Pascal Is Something Rotten!’s New Shakespeare

first_imgAdam Pascal(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Adam Pascal is about to learn just how sexy but hard it is to be the Bard. The Tony nominee and Audience Choice Award winner will take over the role of Will Shakespeare in Something Rotten!’s final weeks on the Great White Way. He steps in for Eric Sciotto, the former understudy who is scheduled to play the role through November 6. The musical comedy is slated to close on January 1, 2017.Pascal admits that he doesn’t have much previous character research to draw on. “I’m not nearly as educated enough to know much about Shakespeare, so he might be rolling over in his grave,” he told “I read a number of his plays in high school, but I always had a hard time getting past the language. But maybe I’ll get a chance to get a better understanding of him now.”Channeling the Bard—knowledge of his folio or not—and making him sexy is a new challenge for Pascal, but it’s one he welcomes. “I always try to push myself in directions that are unexpected for audiences to see me do,” he says. “This is just another left turn for me.”Pascal can find elements of Something Rotten! and the new role in his musical theater past: There’s the musical comedy element seen in his last Broadway stint in Disaster!, a rock-star edge similar to his Tony-nominated turn in Rent and Memphis, and the smarm and cockiness of Chicago’s Billy Flynn or Aida’s Radames.Speaking of, erm, cockiness, how does Pascal feel about a certain signature Something Rotten! costume piece? “Everyone keeps talking about this codpiece! As they say in comedy, bigger is better. The bigger the codpiece, the better, as far as I’m concerned.”The codpiece-clad Pascal will join a cast at the St. James Theatre that currently includes Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti as Nick and Nigel Bottom, Leslie Kritzer as Bea, Brad Oscar as Nostradamus, Gerry Vichi as Shylock, Catherine Brunell as Portia and Andre Ward as Minstrel. Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017center_img Star Files Related Shows Adam Pascallast_img read more


Jersey Boys’ Mark Ballas Is’s Next Vlogger

first_img View Comments Related Shows Mark Ballas in ‘Jersey Boys'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Star Files from $59.00center_img Soon, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of this vlog. Jersey Boys’ newest star Mark Ballas is’s next video blogger. Grab your red blazer and some comfortable shoes, because Walk Like a Man begins next week.The vlog will kick off as Ballas rehearses for his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli and capture backstage life as Jersey Boys approaches its final performance in January. Expect appearances and hijinks from his fellow Seasons: Nicolas Dromard, Drew Seeley, Matt Bogart and his Frankie counterpart Mauricio Pérez.Ballas received an Emmy nomination in 2011 for his work on Dancing with the Stars, where he’s a two-time winner and nine-time finalist. He has appeared on the U.K. stage in Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story, Copacabana, Jesus Christ Superstar and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.Walk Like a Man will work its way back to you beginning October 18 (the day of his first performance) and run every Tuesday for eight weeks. Jersey Boys Mark Ballaslast_img read more


Five Bands to Catch on the Southern Festival Circuit

first_imgOne of the best things about festival season is discovering new music. Catch these up-and-coming bands at this year’s regional festivals…The London SoulsThis hard-hitting duo delivers plenty of distorted power from a stripped down two-man lineup. Fans of old-school Black Keys should take notice as this rising group delivers plenty of primitive bluesy fuzz with authentic throwback vibe. Straight from the bashing and riffing of drummer Chris St. Hilaire and guitarist Tash Neal, standout songs like “The Sound” from the band’s self-titled debut album display gritty homage to the British psychedelia of Cream and Zeppelin. It’s loud retro greatness that’s just right for big stages.Catch ‘em: Dominion Riverrock (5/17), Floydfest (7/24-25) and Camp Barefoot (8/23)Willie WatsonWillie Watson made his name as a member of string band revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show. He’s now flying solo, letting sparse strings and his soul-piercing tenor do all the work. Watson just released a debut solo album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, which was produced by David Rawlings with help from associate producer Gillian Welch. The 10-song set unearths a range of gems from the American folk songbook (“Midnight Special,” “Mexican Cowboy”) and offers a prime example of the power that can come from one man and his acoustic guitar.Catch ‘em: MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove (7/12), Red Wing Roots Music Festival (7/13), Forecastle Festival (7/18-20)Houndmouth-bands_smHoundmouth Houndmouth hails from a small town in Indiana and delivers electric folk rock with plenty of heartland realism. On last year’s debut From the Hills to the City, blue-collar themes dominate edgy fist pumpers like “Ludlow” and “Penitentiary,” but the songs also manage to stay grounded with infectious hooks and soaring three-part harmonies. Lead track “On the Road” gets downright poppy with a playful piano bounce and a catchy chorus.Catch ‘em: Shakey Knees Festival in Atlanta, Ga.  (5/10)Sol Driven TrainSol Driven Train is a party band of the highest order. The South Carolina-based crew comes from sun-soaked Charleston and likes to get crowds moving with a blend of Southern-flavored roots rock that’s propelled by funky horn blasts and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The five-piece group has been together for nearly a decade and a half, so years of hard touring have resulted in status as a beloved regional mainstay and a tight live show that never fails to please.Catch ‘em: French Broad River Festival in Hot Springs, N.C. (5/2)Mandolin OrangeEmerging from the fertile independent music grounds of the North Carolina Triangle, this acoustic duo delivers poignant progressive folk tunes that draw on a range of influences, including early Appalachian mountain songs and vintage country ballads. Since musical partners Andrew Marlin (guitar) and Emily Frantz (fiddle) started playing together at a local Chapel Hill jam back in 2009, the group has released three albums. The most fully developed is last year’s This Side of Jordan, a rustic effort featuring front-porch tales of heartbreak and redemption that are filled out by a full backing band. The centerpiece, though, is still the harmonies, as the voices of Marlin and Frantz come together with the beauty of an endless vista.Catch ‘em: Red Wing Roots Music Festival (7/12), Lewisburg Music Festival at Carnegie Hall (7/26)last_img read more


Banking Committee to mark up regulatory bill supported by CU trades

first_img continue reading » The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday is slated to mark up its version of a regulatory overhaul bill for financial institutions—legislation that is supported by credit union trade groups.The bill calls for exempting one-to-four unit, non-owner occupied residential loans from a credit union’s member business lending cap.The legislation also would exempt depository institutions that have originated fewer than 500 open-end lines of credit and closed-end mortgages in the past two years from certain Home Mortgage Disclosure Act requirements.The legislation is the result of negotiations between Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) and moderate Democrats on the committee. But Banking Committee ranking Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio has said he cannot support the measure, saying it removes much-needed consumer protections. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more