Automatic Whistler Detector and Analyzer system: Implementation of the analyzer algorithm

first_imgThe full potential of whistlers for monitoring plasmaspheric electron density variations has not yet been realized. The primary reason is the vast human effort required for the analysis of whistler traces. Recently, the first part of a complete whistler analysis procedure was successfully automated, i.e., the automatic detection of whistler traces from the raw broadband VLF signal was achieved. This study describes a new algorithm developed to determine plasmaspheric electron density measurements from whistler traces, based on a Virtual (Whistler) Trace Transformation, using a 2-D fast Fourier transform transformation. This algorithm can be automated and can thus form the final step to complete an Automatic Whistler Detector and Analyzer (AWDA) system. In this second AWDA paper, the practical implementation of the Automatic Whistler Analyzer (AWA) algorithm is discussed and a feasible solution is presented. The practical implementation of the algorithm is able to track the variations of plasmasphere in quasi real time on a PC cluster with 100 CPU cores. The electron densities obtained by the AWA method can be used in investigations such as plasmasphere dynamics, ionosphere-plasmasphere coupling, or in space weather models.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 8/9

first_img Brad James Tags: Roundup August 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 8/9 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls SoccerNon-RegionMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Laci Sissener scored the sole goal of the game as the Parowan Rams downed North Sanpete 1-0 Friday in non-region girls soccer action.last_img

Correspondence: Violence against NHS staff: letter to the workforce

first_imgA letter from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock to all NHS staff.This letter refers to the 2019 NHS Staff Survey that showed 15% of NHS staff experienced physical violence from members of the public and patients in the past year.last_img

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Debut New Song During Surprise Sunday Show [Audio/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 8/13/2017 | Photo: Gary Sheer On Sunday, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong previously was scheduled to perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre along with moe. and Twiddle. Following Rob Derhak’s diagnosis with cancer and the start of moe.’s sudden hiatus as their bassist seeks treatment, the highly anticipated Red Rocks show was canceled. However, while the circumstances of the show’s cancellation are somber, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong still made good use of their time in Colorado, keeping the good vibes going with a joint show with Twiddle on Saturday and a surprise two-set performance on Sunday at Denver’s Globe Hall—the latter marking Pigeons’ first headlining two-set show in Colorado’s Front Range for the first time in And Twiddle To Auction Signed Red Rocks Flag For CharityPigeons’ surprise Sunday performance was announced on Friday afternoon, with the band quickly selling out Globe Hall, which has a capacity of around 200 people. The intimate show was a jubilant affair, with its end at midnight also marking the start of drummer Alex “Gator” Petropulos’s birthday. Coming off a high from their performance at the Boulder Theatre with Twiddle the night before, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong shredded through their show, offering the debut of a new song, “Sail On,” in addition to two sets of their patented funk-infused jams.Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tear Through “Sunny Day” In Boulder [Pro-Shot]Ahead of their first song, “Live Life,” vocalist and guitarist Greg Ormont opened the show with a quip about sunscreen being sold at the merch stand, joking that he had been practicing the line for their debut Red Rocks performance. “Live Life” served as laidback set opener, with the crowd coasting on the mellow and dubby groove as Ormont hilariously providing his own echoing vocal reverb. By way of a rhythmic break, the song abruptly dropped into the funk tune “Bad For You”, welcoming in the slinky and heavy melody. As “Bad For You” entered its jam segment, guitarist Jeremy Schon was fully locked in, leading the song to an accelerated peak ahead of an abrupt return to refrain and shredding over the steady backbone laid down by Petropulos and bassist Ben Carrey.“Poseidon” offered a change of pace initially, with the lyric instrumental opening to the number serving as a palette cleanser before landing in the feel-good and bubbly main theme of the song. With three-part harmonies accenting the lead vocals during the opening verses, Pigeons made their way into the jam, driving the crowd into a frenzy as they teased the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica”—an appropriate choice considering the group was also coming off their Friday performance at The Peach Festival, an event that has become a gathering for the extended musical family of the Allman Brothers Band since its inception in 2012. With the jam continuing to work off the Allman Brothers classic, the improvisation eventually loosened up into a more spacious jam, eventually reaching a soaring climax before returning to “Poseidon” bouncing main theme.The bass-heavy rock number “King Kong” was up next. Particularly in contrast to the show’s opening tunes, the percussive lyrics and weight of song showcased Pigeons’ mastery of their diverse catalog. Ormont offered powerful and gravely vocals, and Schon’s frenetic soloing showed a guitarist fully dialed in. However, the MVPs of “King Kong” were the band’s rhythm section, with both Carrey and Petropulos taking extended solos and sounding particularly tight across its duration. As the song came to an aggressive and abrupt end, the band started in on “Couldn’t We All,” carrying over some of the heaviness of King Kong into the slinky melody.With Ormont front and center with the spoken word-esque vocals, “Couldn’t We All” dropped into a dark jam, with Schon fully taking advantage of the solid rhythmic base as his frenzied guitar built the song to of multiple dramatic peaks. At time quick and propulsive and at others more ambient and spacious, a tremendous bridge back to the refrain showed the band firing on all cylinders. From there, Pigeons moved into the more straight-forward funk stylings of “Upfunk,” with Carrey and Ormont jumping to punctuate the end of each phrase. A psychedelic transition led to a slower, sexy jam with varying speed and style but cohesive in their somewhat darker tone. Closing out the song, Gator laid down a huge extended drum solo, eliciting huge cheers from the crowd as he worked the kit. As the group wrapped up the first set, they offered a sandwich of “Burning Up My Time,” with the song eventually transitioning through “Sir Real” before landing back in its joyful refrain and making for a triumphant finish.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned after set break with “Landing.” During the song, Schon stepped to the front of the stage and offered a roaring guitar solo to properly kick off the second set. From there, the band added layers of complexity on top of an initially minimal and percussive funk jam that paved the way into “Something For Ya.” The crowd grooved off the carefree riff of the song, eventually harshly dropping into a shreddy guitar solo, with the contrast driving the crowd into a frenzy before the main melody of “Something For Ya” kicked back in.At the center of Pigeons’ second set was a “Time To Ride” sandwich housing “Kiwi.” The bass led the charge into “Time To Ride,” which featured theatrical antics from Ormont as he provided the vocal, heavily stylized guitar work, a quick bass solo from Carrey. Parallel guitar riffs led into a brief, more ambient jam and a return to the steady funk groove of the song before the band dropped into “Kiwi.” Cascading and precise guitar characterized Pigeons’ quick detour through “Kiwi” ahead of their triumphant return to “Time To Ride,” closing out the combo with a sultry jam that galloped then sprinted toward its shreddy and climactic resolution.Ahead of the next song, Greg took a moment to make some special announcements, hyping their upcoming “Flocktoberfest” show at the Boulder Theatre as well as their new album due out in the fall. Ormont’s vocals were particularly pristine during “Henrietta,” with the band easily sliding into the catchy feel-good number and its subsequent syncopated jam. As the complex bass line intertwined with the crisp staccato guitar, the song made its way to its rapid yet melodic climax ahead of its finger-wagging close.“Fun In Funk” featured more gritty vocals for Ormont and saw the band showcase their tightness, frequently pausing throughout its build to the delight of the audience. From there, the group debuted a brand-new and never-heard tune, “Sail On.” This latest addition to the Pigeons catalog was characterized by soaring vocals from Greg and delightful, bouncing instrumental melody with somewhat darker undertones to punctuate the end of certain phrases. With the show charging toward its close, the band next laid out a patient and masterful rendition of “Whirled” featuring dramatic pauses, harmonic guitars, and a propulsive locked-in rhythm section.For the second to last song of the night, Pigeons offered the triumphant and decisive “Fade Fast,” with Greg again shining on vocals before Jeremy took over the lead with a commanding solo that segued through to an airy and light jam reminiscent of Lotus’ “Sunrain.” After dropping back into the chorus of “Fade Fast,” the song hit is energized climax, with Schon leading the charge as he shredded through to the close of the song ahead of the final number of the set, the space-disco crowd pleaser, “Schwanthem.” After a brief break, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned for their encore, with the crowd still amped to keep the show going and yelling out “One more set.” For their final song of the night, Pigeons played a dynamic rendition of “Too Long,” which, much to the delight of the audience, housed a cover of the “Imperial March” from Star Wars. To cap off the show, Pigeons announced that it was the birthday of their drummer, Gator, then lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday,” marking a celebratory end to a special Sunday night.You can check out the setlist from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s two-set extravaganza below. Also, you can enjoy full audio from the night, courtesy of The Space Fish, and peep a gallery of photos from Globe Hall last night, courtesy of Gary Sheer.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 8/13/2017Set One: Live Life > Bad For You, Poseidon*, King Kong, Couldn’t We All > Upfunk, Burning Up My Time > Sir Real > Burning Up My TimeSet Two: Landing > Jam > Something For Ya, Time To Ride > Kiwi > Time To Ride, Henrietta, Fun In Funk, Sail On, Whirled, Fade Fast, SchwanthemEncore: Too Long > Imperial March > Too Long* with tease of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica”last_img read more

Stage Adaptation of The Hunger Games In The Works

first_img The best-selling Hunger Games trilogy of novels, penned by Suzanne Collins, has sold more than 80 million copies. In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two children from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games, a televised death match. The books are currently being developed into a series of films, with the first two in the franchise having already grossed more than $1.5 billion at the box office. The latest installment, Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, will be released worldwide on November 21, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and featuring Tony winner Patina Miller. Apparently the stage adaptation will use innovative and immersive staging techniques. All this excitement is brought to you by Lionsgate, Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment. Who volunteers as tribute? The Hunger Games is coming to the stage (and we’re hyperventilating). According to PRNewswire, The Hunger Games theatrical experience will begin performances in summer 2016 in a new purpose-built theater adjacent to London’s Wembley Stadium.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Toshiba withdrawal kills major U.K. nuclear project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria have been scrapped after the Japanese conglomerate Toshiba announced it was winding up the UK unit behind the project. Toshiba said it would take a 18.8bn Japanese yen (£125m) hit from closing its NuGeneration subsidiary, which had already been cut to a skeleton staff, after it failed to find a buyer for the scheme.The decision represents a major blow to the government’s ambitions for new nuclear and leaves a huge hole in energy policy. The plant would have provided about 7% of UK electricity.After a board meeting of Toshiba on Thursday, the company said it was winding up NuGeneration because of its inability to find a buyer and the ongoing costs it was incurring. The firm has already spent more than £400m on the project. “Toshiba recognises that the economically rational decision is to withdraw from the UK nuclear power plant construction project, and has resolved to take steps to wind-up NuGen,” the firm said in a statement.Some industry watchers said the collapse of the scheme should be seen as an opportunity rather than a risk, for the UK to prioritise renewables instead.Jonathan Marshall, an analyst at the ECIU thinktank, said: “Shifting away from expensive, complicated technology towards cheaper and easier to build renewables gives the UK the opportunity to build an electricity system that will keep bills for homes and businesses down for years to come.”More: U.K. nuclear power station plans scrapped as Toshiba pulls out Toshiba withdrawal kills major U.K. nuclear projectlast_img read more

United States Provides Ventilators to Saves Lives in Ecuador in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

first_imgBy United States Embassy in Ecuador July 16, 2020 On July 3, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated a first shipment of 50 brand-new, state of the art ventilators to Ecuador to assist its fight against COVID-19.The LTV 1200 ventilators, produced in the United States, have leading edge and in demand technology. They are compact, deployable, and provide Ecuador with flexibility in treating patients affected by the virus. For patients whose lungs are not working adequately despite receiving oxygen, this vital resource may prove lifesaving. The Ministry of Public Health has determined that these machines will be used initially to treat COVID-19 patients in 10 provinces.U.S. Ambassador Michael Fitzpatrick said, “This shipment of state of the art ventilators is the result of the commitment made by President [Donald] Trump to President [Lenín] Moreno in recognition of the partnership between our countries, especially in times of need. Even as the people of the United States suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic, they extend their hand in solidarity to the people of Ecuador. These ventilators will save countless Ecuadorean lives in the months and years ahead.”In addition to the ventilators, USAID is funding a package of additional support, which includes accompanying equipment, service plans, and technical assistance. This donation adds to the $14 million the U.S. government has committed to Ecuador in response to the pandemic. This support includes emergency food assistance; assistance to the health sector; personal protective equipment for first line responders in hospitals, clinics, and municipalities; COVID-19 test kits; and technical assistance in areas of emergency response.For decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in health. Since 2009, American taxpayers have generously funded more than $100 billion in international health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance.last_img read more

On the road to resilience

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In 2004, a sleepy little credit union on the white, sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico woke up.The two preceding years were hard for the then $80 million NCSC Federal Credit Union, which was experiencing negative loan and membership growth, as well as declining employee morale. The credit union’s name at the time — in reference to its founding sponsor, the Naval Coastal Systems Center — did it no favors in attracting new members. Overall, a lack of strategic vision left the credit union in a bad place financially.“You could see it on the horizon,” says current CEO David Southall. “This credit union was not going to survive.”Southall would know. He joined the credit union in 1987 as a teller and had worked his way up to the head of lending. In 2000, he’d read the writing on the wall and took a position with CUNA Mutual, a post he’d hold for the next four years. Then his phone rang with a call from the credit union’s board chair who asked if he was interested in taking the reins of the credit union he knew well.He was. On four conditions.last_img read more

Do-It-Yourself holiday gifts, Michaels employee shows us how

first_img“They pull it out, put it on their tree, they see it and they think to themselves ‘wow my kid made that for me’ or ‘my grandson made that for me’ and it just really is touching. It’s something that will forever just keep that memory alive,” Miller said. She said there are many gift ideas, from gingerbread houses to canvas paintings to designing your own ornaments. Michaels offers classes for all ages to make holiday gifts, such as a snowman shirt. Miller said crafts like this make the perfect holiday gift. Miller said children can put their own taste into the gift and make it their own way. She also said homemade crafts will make anyone smile and they are for all ages. “It wasn’t something they picked up off the shelf,” Miller said. “They sat there, put thought behind it, then built you this beautiful creative gift that you can just keep forever.” “It’s not just the ornament itself, but also the memory of that ornament,” Miller said. The first step is to pick out a design and heat up an iron. She says to cut out your shapes from iron-on heat transfer vinyl. Then, lay out the design and place a thin sheet beneath the shirt and iron to avoid burning the shirt. Finally, peel off the plastic from the vinyl and your shirt is complete.center_img It’s more than just a holiday shirt or ornament. VESTAL (WBNG) — Instead of buying a gift, you can get into the holiday spirit by making one yourself. On Wednesday, a local Michaels Arts and Crafts employee said do-it-yourself crafts are personalized gifts that come from the heart. On Michaels’ website, you can find the directions to all of the holiday crafts they make in their classes so you can do them in your own home. Their classes vary each month, but they have events most Saturdays from 11a.m.-12p.m. “You give that to a person and it’s something that they’re going to put up on a display for everybody else to see,” she said. Employee Amanda Miller said gift giving should be about the love behind the present and doesn’t have to break the bank.last_img read more

WHO declares pandemic of novel H1N1 virus

first_imgJun 11, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – After delaying action for weeks as the novel H1N1 influenza virus took hold in far-flung parts of the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared a full-fledged pandemic, formally recognizing that the virus is becoming a global contagion.WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan announced the long-expected move to pandemic alert phase 6, meaning that the virus has caused sustained community outbreaks in more than one global region. The move comes amid growing signs of community transmission in Australia, Chile, and the United Kingdom—far from the epidemic’s birthplace in Mexico and the United States.”The scientific criteria for a pandemic have been met,” Chan said at a press conference. “I have therefore decided to raise the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6. The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.”The announcement came as the WHO’s global H1N1 count rose to 28,774 confirmed cases in 74 countries. The United States, Mexico, and Canada account for the vast majority of those, but cases have been mounting in Australia (with 1,307), Chile (1,694), and the United Kingdom (822), among others.”Spread in several countries can no longer be traced to clearly defined chains of human-to-human transmission,” Chan said. “Further spread is considered inevitable.”She said there was unanimous agreement among WHO member countries and the agency’s emergency committee that “we have indisputable evidence that we are at the beginning of a pandemic caused by a new H1N1 virus.”In making the announcement to a world conditioned by the H5N1 avian influenza virus to think that a pandemic means the global spread of an often-lethal virus, Chan explained that the virus causes mild illness in the vast majority of patients. But she also noted that it differs from seasonal flu in significant ways.In areas with large outbreaks, most cases have occurred in people younger than 25, and in some of these areas, about 2% of cases have been severe, Chan said. She added that most of the severe and fatal infections have involved people between 30 and 50, and about a third to half of those people were previously healthy.”Although the pandemic appears to have moderate severity in comparatively well-off countries, it is prudent to anticipate a bleaker picture as the virus spreads to areas with limited resources, poor health care, and a high prevalence of underlying medical problems,” Chan stated.Seven weeks since emergenceThe pandemic declaration comes a little more than 7 weeks after the novel virus first reached public attention with a report of US cases on Apr 21 and 44 days after the WHO moved from pandemic alert phase 4 to phase 5 on Apr 29. That signaled that the virus was spreading in more than one country in one WHO region.The pandemic is the first since the worldwide spread of an H3N2 flu virus in 1968-69, when the tools for tracking and identifying influenza viruses were far less sophisticated than today. Yet the H1N1 virus surprised the world by emerging in North America instead of Asia and causing mild illness in most people, instead of the severe disease associated with the H5N1 virus. But experts warn that it could evolve into a more threatening form.The WHO had hesitated to move to phase 6 out of concern that it would cause undue alarm and lead to unnecessary and harmful measures such as trade embargoes, travel restrictions, and a flood of worried but healthy people into hospitals. Last week the agency promised to couple its pandemic announcement with an assessment of the severity of the threat in an effort to prevent overreactions.In her prepared statement today, Chan repeated the WHO’s recommendations against travel restrictions and border closures. In a question period afterward, she seemed to downplay the concern that the pandemic declaration would lead to new travel and trade restrictions.Noting that some countries did impose various restrictions in the early weeks of the epidemic, she said they have been lifting them since then. “We must recognize that with a new disease . . . it’s not unusual to have a degree of overreaction. I think this is understandable,” she said.The meaning of ‘moderate’In assessing the pandemic as “moderate” in severity, the WHO did not offer a formal definition of the term or present a severity scale, something that had been talked about earlier.When reporters asked what “moderate” meant, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environment, repeated the general clinical profile of H1N1 cases: mild illness in most cases, younger people most affected, some severe cases and deaths.”Health systems have been stressed, but in general they are able to cope. . . . This makes it moderate,” Fukuda said.As for what the world should do now that the pandemic has officially arrived, the general answer from Chan and Fukuda was essentially, “Stay vigilant.””Countries should prepare to see cases, or the further spread of cases, in the near future,” Chan said in her statement. “Countries where outbreaks appear to have peaked should prepare for a second wave of infection.” She added that the WHO has sent guidance on specific measures to all health ministries.In response to questions, Chan said the epidemic in Mexico “is coming to a steady state,” with sporadic cases and outbreaks. “In the event that Mexico is coming out of the first wave, it doesn’t mean that Mexico should let down its guard. Mexico should prepare to continue and keep up its vigilance because the virus can come back in a second wave.”Chan also reminded reporters that the H5N1 virus is still lurking. “We should never forget it as we’re talking about H1N1, we still have H5N1 in [pandemic alert] phase 3, and this is the first time we have two new viruses coexisting at the same time in pandemic alert,” she said.Antivirals distributedConcerning antiviral drugs, the WHO has sent doses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to 121 countries, disbursing all 5 million doses initially donated by Roche, Chan reported. She said the agency has received a second donation of 5.6 million doses, some of which are the pediatric formulation, and those will be sent to other countries.On the vaccine front, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the WHO said all vaccine manufactures have received the vaccine virus. She said a few have already started making a vaccine, and others will begin in the next week or two.Kieny predicted that the first doses will become available sometime in September, depending on how production goes and how long it takes to get regulatory approval. Chan said the WHO will urge regulatory agencies to “fast track” the vaccines.As for who will get the first doses, Kieny said, “When enough is available in the coming weeks, we’ll make a policy recommendation on which groups, which populations should be prioritized for the first vaccine doses.”In recent interviews in anticipation of the pandemic declaration, public health experts said they would welcome the move and downplayed the risk of panic and overreactions.”It’ll potentially raise awareness again in the country,” said Dr. Paul Jarris, executive director of the (US) Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). “There seems to be a sentiment among some policymakers that this thing is gone and the response was an overreaction. It’s still in the US, it’s still spreading, it’s not just another seasonal flu. Seasonal flu doesn’t put 23-year-olds in intensive care. . . . It’s still here, and we need to plan for a resurgence in the fall.”Jarris said he doesn’t expect panic in the wake of the announcement. “I don’t think it’s going to trigger panic; people are sometimes smarter than we give them credit for,” he said.”If we let them know that it means that a new virus has traveled around the world, people will understand it,” Jarris added. “We need to reinforce the hygiene and hand washing, but also reinforce that this is the time for planning.”At the same time, Jarris voiced concern about science’s capability to accurately assess the threat posed by the new virus.”Right now I think we still are unable to accurately portray the transmissibility or severity of this virus,” he said. “We don’t really know how many have been ill, how many have been exposed. We don’t have the lab capacity to test everyone.”Another preparedness expert, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, also welcomed the pandemic declaration, seeing it as a needed antidote to complacency.Like Jarris, Osterholm said he wasn’t concerned about overreactions to the WHO move. “If anything, one of the real problems we have is that the world has basically hit the pause button. I think the real concern is we just continue to get more and more comfortable with this situation, which is a problem because we don’t know where it’ll go or what it’ll do.”Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, also said the WHO needed to make today’s announcement to save its own credibility.”It’ll basically bring back the credibility of the WHO,” he said. “It’ll actually mean that the global status of the pandemic matches up with what the public health surveillance information from the different countries is. That’s very critical.”See also: Jun 11 statement from WHO Director-General ChanWHO Q & A: “What is phase 6?”last_img read more