Calibrating SuperDARN interferometers using meteor backscatter

first_imgAccurate geolocation of ionospheric backscatter measured by the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) high‐frequency radars is critical for the integrity of polar ionospheric convection maps, which involve combining SuperDARN line‐of‐sight velocity measurements originating from multiple locations. Geolocation requires estimation of the propagation paths of the high‐frequency radio signal to and from the scattering volume. The SuperDARN radars comprise both a main and interferometer antenna array to allow the estimation of the elevation angle of arrival of the returning signal, and hence its most likely propagation path. However, over the history of operation of SuperDARN (>20 years) elevation angle data have not been routinely used owing to problems with the calibration of phase difference measurements. Instead, virtual height models have been used to estimate the most likely propagation paths, and these are often of limited accuracy. Here we present a method for calibrating SuperDARN interferometer measurements using backscatter from meteor trails measured in the near field‐of‐view of the SuperDARN radars. We present estimates of calibration factors for the SuperDARN radar in Saskatoon, Canada, at different temporal resolutions: 3 months, 10 days, and 1 day. The calibration factor varies over the 9‐year interval studied, such that employing a single value for the whole interval would lead to significant errors in elevation angle measurements at times. The higher‐resolution results show the ability of the technique to determine the calibration factor routinely at a high time resolution.last_img read more

Director, Budget and Finance for CE & Online Learning

first_imgAnalyze and provide evaluation to senior staff and direction onspending against budget throughout the year.Monitor ConEd/online salary budget, position controls, salarybudget development and monitor by position.Provide fiscal data analysis necessary for program levelstrategic planning and resource allocation.Develop cost analysis and pro forma documents necessary tojustify program level investment decisions.Develop revenue and FTE projections as needed.In cooperation with CE/Online Operations, manage, monitor, andassess fiscal systems and data necessary to produce an accurate CEstate report for state funding.Provide ongoing support and consultation to CE/Online/AssistantDeans/Directors to ensure the fiscal health of their programs.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.CCBC Full Time Benefits At A GlanceBENEFIT SUMMARYMedical Plan yearEmployees may select CIGNA, or Kaiser Permanente Select HMO. Nopreexisting condition exclusions. All plans have prescription drugcoverage and mental health and substance abuse benefits. All plansrequire the selection of a primary care physician, but allow theoption to change. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Dental Plan yearEmployees may select Cigna DHMO, CareFirst Traditional Dental orCareFirst Preferred Dental. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Vision Plan yearEmployees may select Carefirst Preferred or Traditional Plans.Coverage includes one eye exam and benefits for glasses, contacts,or bi/trifocals every 24 months. Administered by Davis Vision.Kaiser medical plans allow members to have one eye exam yearly(covers exam only). Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Employees have access to the EAP, which provides CCBC employees andtheir family member’s confidential 24-hour online and telephoneaccess for legal, financial, and personal issues. Provided for CCBCemployees at no cost. Administered by CIGNA behavioral.Flexible Spending Accounts(section 125)Employees may select the FSA, which allows employees to pay forout-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $5,000 per household, per plan year fordaycare related expenses, on a pre-tax basis. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $2,550 for medical related expenses. A debitcard is provided to simplify claims processing for health careexpenses. Annual Open Enrollment is in October and November.Administered by Benefit Strategies.Life InsuranceEligible employees receive one times their annual salary rounded upto the nearest $1,000. The minimum benefit amount is $50,000 andthe maximum benefit amount is $200,000. CCBC pays 90% of thepremium. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollment occurs31 days after hire date. Administered by The Standard InsuranceCompany.Long Term Disability (LTD)Employees may enroll in the LTD Plan. Benefits are effective after90 days of continuous total disability and pays 60% of the grossmonthly salary. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollmentoccurs 31 days after the employee’s hire date. Administered by TheStandard Insurance Company.Legal ServicesEmployees may enroll in the Legal Services benefit, which provideslegal advice, consultation, and courtroom representation forcommonly used legal services; plus will preparation, trafficviolations, credit issues, warranty disputes, medical durable powerof attorney and uncontested divorce. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November. This plan is administered by LegalResources.Retirement PlansEmployees are eligible, based on position classification, to enrollin one of three retirement plans: (1) MD State Teachers PensionSystem, (2) MD State Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), or (3)Baltimore County Employees Retirement System. All plans requireemployee contributions except MD State ORP.403(b) Supplemental Retirement PlansFor the 2016 calendar year, if you are under age 50, you couldcontribute up to $18,000, and if you are age 50 or older, you couldcontribute up to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution’.Vendors: AIG-VALIC, TIAA-CREF, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Lincoln andING.457(b) Deferred Compensation PlanFor 2016, if you are under the age of 50, you could contribute themaximum of $18,000 to your 457(b) plan. If you are age 50 or older,that maximum increases to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution.’ Vendor: Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.Tuition Waiver/ReimbursementCCBC tuition is waived for benefit-eligible employees after aprobationary period, if applicable. Tuition reimbursement forcourses taken at other colleges and universities are availableafter one year of CCBC employment. Employees are reimbursed:$200/credit undergraduate; $260/credit graduate courses, up to amaximum of 18 credits per fiscal year.Financial ServicesEmployees have access to a free checking account, direct deposit,loans and other services at First Financial Federal Credit Unionand M&T Bank.Time Off (fiscal year)12-month employees accrue up to 12 days for sick and safeleave the first year of employment and 18 days per yearthereafter. 10-month employees accrue up to 10 sick days the firstyear and 15 days thereafter. All employees are granted 3personal business days per fiscal year. Employees areeligible based on position classification and years of service toaccrue a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 20 days ofvacation per fiscal year.ParkingFree. Must obtain a parking permit from the Department of PublicSafety to use on all campuses. Plan, coordinate and implement projects, programs and/orinitiatives.Supervise, advise, and evaluate assigned staff.Serve as liaison between college departments, vendors,government agencies, and/or other external organizations.Provide oversight and support to Finance, Budget, Payroll, andSystems Support departments/functions.Develop, analyze and implement initiatives to enhance theefficiency of assigned departments/functions.Provide routine and special reports and information toappropriate individuals and/or agencies.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.Position Specific Essential Duties Class DescriptionThe purpose of this class is to provide leadership and overseeplanning, direction, control and evaluation of all work associatedwith the day to day operation of assigned College division orfunction.Compensation within the posted range is determined by acandidate’s education level and/or years of experience in thefield. Generally, employees are hired in the lower third of thescale .Minimum RequirementsMaster’s degree, five years experience and CPA certificationpreferred. Knowledge of financial and budgeting guidelines andprocedures. Experienced in financial management and the relatedfunctional areas of: budgeting, payroll, systems support. Knowledgeof pertinent laws and regulations as they relate to payment ofwages and employee benefits, as well as tuition assistance andfederal financial aid programs with higher education experiencepreferred. Must have a valid driver’s license in good standing withviolation points less than five (5).For best consideration please apply by January 25,2021.Class Specific Essential Dutieslast_img read more

St Anne’s JCR condemn college for failure to pay Oxford Living Wage

first_imgOxford City Council have operated an employer recognition scheme for those that have adopted the Oxford Living Wage for their employees. Currently the only Oxford colleges accredited by the Council for doing so are St Cross, Blackfriars and Campion Hall. Statistics published by the Living Wage Foundation suggest the taking up of a Living Wage would be beneficial: 75% of businesses paying the living wage say it has increased motivation and retention rates for employees. Members of the group, Izzy Colletta, Philomena Wills, Matthias Barker, and Grace Tierney, said they were “very pleased that our JCR has agreed to support the Oxford Living wage motion. We are hopeful this will help to move the campaign forward, towards securing sufficient wages for all college staff. We hope that other college JCRs will also follow suit and that support of the JCR student body will convince College to pay its staff a living wage for this city.” Concerns have also been raised by colleges regarding how their budgets could cope with the increased expenditure on staff wages. The St Anne’s Living Wage campaign group, however, believe that it is possible, if not easy, for college budgets to adapt to the change. The levy was instituted in the 2017-18 academic year, after the passage of motion by the JCR, as the College was not at that time paying its staff that amount. Speaking about the levy, the Campaign Group said: “We think that reducing staff salary to the status of a charitable levy is both irresponsible and demeaning. It is patronising to include a levy for something as significant as a Living Wage in a category that includes funding for punts and maintenance of our JCR.” The passage of the motion occurs at a time of campaigning across the University in favour of the Oxford Living Wage, as the Oxford Living Wage Campaign has committed to increased action on the matter in the coming weeks. According to one individual involved in the running of St Anne’s, some colleges have taken issue with the Council’s calculation of the Oxford Living Wage as standing at 95% of the London Living Wage, questioning how this figure has been calculated. center_img St Anne’s JCR passed a motion on Sunday, stating its support for the College paying its staff the Oxford Living Wage, which it currently does not do. The motion’s passage marks a victory for the St Anne’s Oxford Living Wage campaign group. They aim to persuade the College to move from paying staff the National Living Wage in favour of a figure more in line with Oxford’s relatively high cost of living. The St Anne’s College annual report on the 2017-18 year, shows a budget surplus before depreciation of £3.4m for the year ending 31 July 2018. The report states that: “the objective remains to increase the accumulated surplus to help fund an enhanced capital expenditure programme of student room provision and build a buffer against unforeseen adverse events on any of the income streams.” Some students have suggested using this surplus to pay for staff earning the Oxford Living Wage, instead of on increasing capital expenditure. St Anne’s remains the only college that utilises a living wage levy on students (currently set at £3 per term for each student) in order to pay their staff the National Living Wage. The Oxford Living Wage is an hourly minimum pay for all workers currently set at a rate of £10.02 per hour, in contrast to the National Living Wage figure of £8.21. Through it, employees would receive a minimum annual pay of £19,278 for working a 37 hour week. last_img read more

Make A Difference For Seniors Right Here In Evansville Indiana

first_imgSWIRCA & More is excited to be launching a fundraiser on GIVE65.org! GIVE65, a program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, allows nonprofit organizations like ours to raise funds online to help seniors in our local community. We are featuring a GIVE65 Project at GIVE65.orgto help our friends and neighbors age 65 and better right here in Vanderburgh County.Our online fundraising project will be accepting donations between July 1, 2016-July 14,2016!Donations will be accepted on our project page at the GIVE65 site:https://www.give65.org/swircawellnessEven a $10 donation makes a difference!We need your help to meet (and, hopefully exceed!) our goal of $10,000. The funds we raise on GIVE65 will go towards our program, SWIRCA Wellness Center, to make necessary updates to the room and purchase new age-appropriate exercise equipment. The need for older adults to maintain their physical health is a concern SWIRCA intends to address by updating out Wellness Center. We need your help a provide a Wellness Center specifically geared toward individuals 50+.Sincerely,SWIRCA & More FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img Help us reach our goal of $10,000. Donate by clicking the link below.https://www.give65.org/swircawellnesslast_img read more

Press release: West Midlands to become UK’s first large-scale 5G testbed

first_img This announcement is game-changing for the West Midlands economy. This will be the backbone of our future economy and society. We have been working to put the foundations in place to grow the industries which will create the jobs of the future, particularly around driverless vehicles and life sciences where we have a genuine advantage. To deliver the future of these industries we need the power of 5g. The potential of this technology is endless – and we will enjoy the benefits first. From monitoring the health of babies and the elderly, to the way our people are linked to the economy of the future, the way companies do business, the way we deliver public services, the experience of travellers on public transport and the way we deliver City of Culture and the Commonwealth Games – everything can be made better thanks to the power of this technology. Hospital outpatient appointments and emergency consultations carried out remotely by video link not subject to droppage or latency barriers. As well as being more convenient for patients, this means they can play back their appointment at a later date or share it securely with a family member or carer to help inform their care. “Connected Ambulances” – Paramedic crews at an incident could access specialist advice while they are at the scene, eg video conferencing with consultants or other clinical specialists. Live streaming of patient data from ambulance en route to hospital would help inform the immediate care patients receive on arrival. Live streaming of CCTV footage from public transport buses, enabling immediate action against anti-social behaviour. “Intelligent cameras” using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify incidents could provide the opportunity for far greater coverage than is possible at present. The NPIF is designed to bolster UK productivity, which is crucial to raising living standards. Through the NPIF, the Government is investing in the vital infrastructure needed to make it easier for people to connect with others, and work remotely and flexibly. West Midlands Combined Authority have committed an initial £25m of funding to the Urban Connected Communities Project, which Government will match. This will be subject to approval of the project’s business plan. Further public funding will be subject to the development of the project and the parameters of the business case. The total investment made from public funding for the entire project will be matched by commercial funding. In the next phase of the Urban Connected Communities project West Midlands Combined Authority will be looking to develop partnerships with the mobile sector to design and deliver the project. The West Midlands has been selected to become the innovative home to the UK’s first multi-city 5G test bed. The multi million pound trial of new high speed connectivity will pave the way for the future rollout of 5G across the UK, making the region the first in the UK ready to trial new 5G applications and services at scale.The Urban Connected Communities Project, the next step in the Government’s 5G Testbed and Trials Programme, will develop a large-scale, 5G pilot across the region, with hubs in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton.Up to £50m is currently available for the project, subject to further development and approval of the business plan. This includes £25m from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and a further £25m match funding from regional partners. An additional £25m may be made available at a later stage.Minister for Digital, Margot James said: DCMS funding for the project will come from the £200 million government has assigned to develop 5G technologies as part of more than £1bn of investment in next-generation digital infrastructure, including via the £31bn National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).The 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, aimed at continually driving the UK’s connectivity, telecommunications and digital sectors, and investing in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future.Notes to Editorscenter_img Autonomous vehicles will transform the way we travel, preventing major accidents, improving traffic flow and reducing energy consumption. The WMCA will partner with Jaguar Land Rover to facilitate real world testing of driverless cars.Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: 5G has the potential to dramatically transform the way we go about our daily lives, and we want the citizens of the UK to be amongst the first to experience all the opportunities and benefits this new technology will bring. The West Midlands Testbed, which is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, will be instrumental in helping us realise this ambition. Following its selection through open competition, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will now work with the 5G Testbeds and Trials Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and industry partners on preparing the formal business case for approval, with the first of a series of projects expected to go live early next year.The West Midlands Combined Authorities bid has an initial focus on the health, construction and automotive sectors, with its overarching ambition to help drive economic growth and benefit people’s lives through participation in new digital technologies and digitally transformed public services.Subject to formal approval, initial plans include:last_img read more

Subway faces lawsuits over ‘footlong’ claims

first_imgFollowing claims that its ‘footlong’ subs are in fact an inch or so short of the mark, Subway is facing lawsuits from a number of disgruntled customers.It comes after one customer in Australia measured the size of his sub and, after finding it only measured 11 inches, posted pictures of it online. The story went viral, and since then, a number of consumers in the US have filed lawsuits against the international chain, including one for $5m, according to The Times.It has been reported that Subway initially defended the size difference, saying that the ‘footlong’ tab was branding, and didn’t necessarily mean the sandwich was that length. However, this has prompted allegations of false advertising.A spokesperson for Subway UK & Ireland, said: “We cannot comment on the suit that was filed as we do not comment on pending litigation.”For 47 years, customer satisfaction has been our top priority. We regret any instance where we did not fully deliver on our promise to our customers. We freshly bake our bread throughout the day in our more than 38,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide, and we have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve.”Our commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every Subway Footlong sandwich is 12 inches at each location worldwide.”last_img read more

Lettuce Announces Intimate 5-Night, 12-Set Residency At The Blue Note In NYC

first_imgFunk favorites Lettuce have announced some big summer performance plans set to take place in a small room: New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club, the West Village room where countless legendary musicians have taken the stage since its opening in 1981. Lettuce will play 12 sets over the course of five nights at the Blue Note this summer, from Wednesday, June 27th through Sunday, July 1st.On June 27th, June 28th, and July 1st, the band will play two sets per night (at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively). On Friday and Saturday night June 29th – 30th, the band will play an additional late-night set at 12:30 a.m.The residency marks a change of pace for Lettuce in the New York City market, where they normally play larger venues like Brooklyn Bowl and Playstation Theatre. With a higher number of smaller shows, fans will get the chance for a uniquely intimate experience with the band.In addition, the newly-opened Sony Hall in Times Square is being owned, operated, and programme by Blue Note Media Group as part of an extensive brand co-sponsorship with Sony, so perhaps the Blue Note residency is part of an agreement that will also include some bigger shows at the beautiful new venue.Tickets for Lettuce‘s Blue Note residency are available now via the band’s website.last_img read more

Vaccines In Hand, Cuomo Urges Push At NY Nursing Homes

first_imgImage via Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Flickr.comALBANY (AP) — New York expects to have received 930,000 coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of next week, a supply that should be used in an inoculation push at nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.Cuomo told reporters he’s asking health care providers to work through the holidays in hopes of vaccinating all nursing home residents and staffers. He said about 50,000 people have received doses so far.“I understand it’s been a long year and everybody needs time off,” Cuomo said. “But we are in a foot race.”He added, “A vaccine is the best gift you could give a nursing home resident.” Nationally and in New York, deaths are on the rise: COVID-19 has killed about 320,000 Americans and counting. Cuomo said New York recorded another 139 deaths Monday.More than 2,200 people with COVID-19 have died in hospitals and nursing homes in New York since Thanksgiving. There had been about 1,900 deaths reported from June through October.Still, New York is among the vast majority of states that have seen falling or flattening COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past week, according to the COVID Tracking Project.Hospitals in New York are now caring for 6,661 COVID-19 patients, according to the latest numbers — up 34% from 14 days ago, compared to 9% from seven days ago.The governor said he’s hopeful that hospitalizations are leveling off, with an average of 750 patients hospitalized each day over the past week. But he also urged New Yorkers to avoid gatherings for Christmas and New Year’s.“Celebrate smart,” the Democrat said. “Stop shutdowns.”In New York, an average of 10,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 each day over the past week. That’s virtually flat from a week ago but still up 8% from two weeks ago. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cooper Grodin to Assume the Role of the Masked Man in The Phantom of the Opera National Tour

first_img View Comments Following a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production features a new set and staging. Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera originally premiered in 1986 in the West End. The musical has been playing at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre since 1988. Grodin appeared in the national tour of Les Miserables. His additional credits include Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater and The Golden Land. He released his debut album “It’s the Little Things” in 2012. Bravi, bravi, bravissimi! Cooper Grodin will don the mask in the new national touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, replacing previously announced title star Mark Campbell. Grodin will begin performances January 9 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, IL. Campbell, who began performances November 27, has departed the production for personal reasons. Grodin will appear alongside Julia Udine as Christine Daae and Ben Jacoby as Raoul. In addition to Grodin, Udine and Jacoby, Phantom stars Jacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta, Craig Bennett as Monsieur Firmin, Edward Staudenmayer as Monsieur Andre, Linda Balgord as Madame Giry, Frank Viveros as Piangi and Hannah Florence as Meg Giry.last_img read more

W. Africa, Brazilian Airports Link Up to Fight Drugs

first_img The United Nations Office for Drug and Crime launched a project on 14 October to improve communication between police and airports in seven West African countries and Brazil to crack down on drug trafficking. Drug runners are taking advantage of the weak coordination to smuggle cocaine from South America to countries in West Africa, which they use as a springboard for trafficking to the European market. Senegalese senior interior ministry official Cheikhou Cisse said that aim of the project, dubbed Aircop, was “to establish secure communication between airports in West Africa and Latin America”. Brazil, Cape Verde, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo are participating in the programme and Guinea and Morocco have been invited to join. Concretely, Aircop, will “bring together all agencies in charge of fighting trafficking and organised crime at the national level into a unit that can work with regional and trans-regional counterparts”, the head of the EU delegation in Dakar, Gilles Hervio, said. Airports participating in the programme will have units of no more than 20 people operating around the clock, he added. Cisse said that according to UN figures 200 to 300 tonnes of cocaine arrive in Europe each year by airplane. “Part of this traffic comes from West Africa,” he said. Out of 822 drug seizures in Europe in 2009, 122 or 13 percent arrived on flights from West Africa, according to the United Nations drug office’s regional head Alexandre Schmidt. Schmidt said that “West Africa has become a target for drug traffickers because of a crackdown in the United States” and because of the weak coordination between various services and governments in the region. Aircop is expected to cost 2.3 million euros (3.2 million dollars), financed mainly by the European Union. Canada is also contributing 300,000 euros. By Dialogo October 15, 2010last_img read more