While some people involved in the acoustic remote sensing field are aware of the possibility of receiving dot echoes from nonatmospheric targets, most of the papers available in the scientific literature dealing with this phenomenon associate them to atmospheric targets, such as clusters of water vapor inhomogeneity, thermodynamical processes of condensation and reevaporation of water vapor, anisotropic irregularities localized in thin layers, etc. At present, dot echoes are defined by their appearance on the echogram and are nor differentiated by causative processes. As such, they share similar characteristics, such as being randomly distributed and having a time length that is similar to the time length of the emitted tone. In this paper dot echoes conforming to this definition are investigated through the analysis of the signal in both the time and frequency domain. The timescale of a dot signature along with the configuration of the sodar system provide an upper limit to the size of the targets producing these echoes. The spectral characteristics and the first and second momenta of the echoes are compared with clear-air echoes as well as with echoes produced by pilot balloons released from nearby sodar antennas. The conclusion is that the dot echoes analyzed in this paper are reflections from birds and are not due to atmospheric effects.
For over 10 years, Saint Mary’s has facilitated the Diversity Dialogues program which provides an opportunity for students to engage in respectful conversation across differences and learn through that experience. The program, which is done in collaboration with Ivy Tech, is designed to talk about race and issues related to race in a facilitated context, said the director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, Mana Derakhshani.“The program serves as a way to provide students with an opportunity to practice civil discourse on important issues with individuals from different perspectives,”Derakhshani said. “In particular, it is important to have the students from Ivy Tech or other schools participate as they bring diversity to the group in terms of life experiences as well as other aspects of their identity. It also aims to bring together small numbers of community members from different races [and] ethnicities, to learn about and discuss the issue of race and racism in the U.S. and in their community, with the intention of coming up with action plans that the group could implement and thus improve things in their community.”Senior Elizabeth Innis, who took the course in the spring of 2017, explained that the program invites students to engage with identities and experiences that are essential to the society in which we live today.“I believe there is a need for programs like these in all communities, but for Saint Mary’s specifically there is a history of not being very diverse,” she said. “It is not because we are not inclusive, but because nationwide there is a lack of opportunity for and encouragement of minority populations to go to college and succeed. This program is unique in that it invites students who are outside of the Saint Mary’s community to share their thoughts and experiences of diversity and inclusion.”Innis said the greatest goals of the class include reduction of racism, an increase in inclusivity and a fuller understanding of how racism affects people. The program prompts introspection and engagement through positive action, explained Innis.“This action could be as simple as changing your own thoughts on a subject, or calling a friend out for a racist comment, to starting a group which seeks to teach children about racism and how to change it,” she said. “I could not recommend this course enough to students. The dialogue we had with members of the South Bend community was incalculable. I learned so much about myself and all the people involved, and I believe we are all better off because of it.”Julie Storme, the co-founder of the program and professor of modern languages and intercultural studies, said for her this program is one of the most concrete ways that Saint Mary’s prepares women to make a difference in the world.“Diversity Dialogues is meant to help lay a foundation of understanding among individuals who have different lived-experiences,” Storme said. “Furthermore, it strives to show that this kind of understanding needs to be taken beyond Saint Mary’s as members of our community interact, live and move to other communities or other work-study environments. I hope that it makes Saint Mary’s a more inclusive and welcoming to everyone community. I also hope that the student-participants who take it move out in the world ready to listen to others who are different from them and willing to witness how difference is lived in this country and eager to speak the truth they learn.”Tags: center for women’s intercultural leadership, Diversity Dialogues, inclusion
Battery Firm Sonnen Gets Big Cash Infusion From Shell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:FRANKFURT—German solar battery maker sonnen has secured 60 million euros ($71 million) in funds from Shell Ventures and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad. Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil major that has been boosting its investments in solar and other renewables, was a lead investor in the latest funding round, sonnen Chief executive Christoph Ostermann told Reuters. “With this money, we can get started on important investment plans, especially in the United States and Australia,” he said, adding that existing shareholders also contributed extra cash.“We also want to invest in broadening our sonnen community and our virtual power plant (VPP), and expand our offering of grid-related services,” the sonnen CEO said, adding that the firm aimed to turn a profit in Germany in two years.The company provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels and links up home-produced electricity to other solar users in Germany, Europe’s biggest solar market. The company — which also operates in Italy, France, Australia, Austria, Britain and the United States — provides hardware and software to customers seeking more independence from power markets dominated by big utilities generating most of their electricity from fossil fuels.So far, sonnen has sold 30,000 batteries worldwide with combined capacity for 210 megawatts. This only equates to a small fossil-fuel power plant but it has potential to expand as storage becomes cheaper and generation becomes less centralized.In 2016, sonnen received 76 million euros from investors, including China’s Envision. Other sonnen investors include Germany’s eCapital and MVP, Dutch firm SET Ventures, Czech company Inven Capital, and GE Ventures, a unit of U.S. firm General Electric.More: German Solar Battery Maker Sonnen Secures Shell Cash to Expand
Bill Signing, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed seven bills into law, including an extension of the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Act.The following pieces of legislation are now law:Act 50 – House Bill 175, sponsored by Rep. Goodman, amends the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Act to further provide for compensation extending the application deadline for veterans who may be entitled to compensation under the act by three years.Act 51 – House Bill 904, sponsored by Rep. Gingrich, amends The First Class Township Code by adding an article to consolidate existing township powers related to construction, occupancy and property maintenance codes, and regulations.Act 52 – House Bill 906, sponsored by Rep. Harper, amends the First Class Township Code to require that elected officers be removed using only the procedures of the State Constitution for removing civil officers.Act 53 – House Bill 910, sponsored by Rep. Harper, amends the Act of May 27, 1953 like Act 52 to also require that elected town officers be removed from office using only the procedures of the State Constitution for removing civil officers.Act 54 – Senate Bill 210, sponsored by Sen. Greenleaf, amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to further provide for exemptions from jury duty. Specifically, the bill exempts persons from jury duty who wish to be excused that are 75 years of age or older, breastfeeding women who request to be excused, and federal and state judges.Act 55 – Senate Bill 748, sponsored by Sen. Argall, amends the Vehicle Code to allow for properly trained escort drivers to escort super loads, which is currently handled by the Pennsylvania State Police.Act 56 – Senate Bill 890, sponsored by Sen. Blake, names the bridge carrying State Route 6011 (Harrison Avenue) over Roaring Brook in the City of Scranton, Lackawanna County, the Colonel Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge. October 30, 2015 Governor Wolf Signs Extension of Persian Gulf Veterans’ Bonus SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Napoli have appointed Rafael Benitez as their new manager.Benitez, 53, had been looking for a new job with his deal as interim Chelsea manager coming to an end, and he will replace Walter Mazzarri, who has joined Napoli’s Serie A rivals Inter.Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis posted a picture of the pair shaking hands on Twitter and said “Rafa Benitez is the new coach of Napoli.“A man of great international experience. A leader.”Napoli later confirmed the appointment on their website, calling Benitez a “prestigious” coach.The Naples side finished second in Serie A, behind Juventus, and will be in the Champions League next season. Ex-Liverpool boss Benitez guided Chelsea to victory in the Europa League while a third-place finish in the Premier League ensured Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next season.Benitez also guided the Blues to the Club World Cup final – which they lost to South American champions Corinthians – and the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup.Despite a season widely regarded as a success he remained unpopular with a section of the Chelsea support after succeeding Roberto Di Matteo in November, and had underlined his intention to leave the club at the end of the season.The Spaniard was linked with the vacant roles at Everton and Stoke after announcing he would be leaving Chelsea.However a career that has seen him win the Champions League and FA Cup with Liverpool, La Liga (twice) and Uefa Cup with Spanish club Valencia and a Club World Cup with Inter saw him reportedly courted by some of Europe’s top clubs. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is expected to rejoin Chelsea this summer.
With the new levy, a 100cl bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin will now cost 340 Qatari riyals ($93, 81 euros) and a 75cl of Shiraz wine from South Africa will be sold for 86 riyals ($23, 20 euros).A 24-pack of Heineken 330ml beers will now cost 384 riyals ($105, 92 euros).It is legal to buy alcohol in Qatar with a permit, and also to drink in licenced bars, clubs and hotels — although drinking in public is banned.The issue of alcohol is likely to be a sensitive subject in the run-up to the World Cup in four years’ time.Tournament organisers in Qatar have said alcohol will be available for fans in designated areas, but not in public spaces, out of respect for the country’s traditions.Share on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | World Cup 2022 host Qatar is to introduce a 100 percent tax on alcohol from January 1, a government official confirmed on Monday.The “sin” tax is being introduced just weeks after the conservative Muslim Gulf state announced in its annual budget statement that it would introduce a levy on “health-damaging goods”.The policy was revealed by the Qatar Distribution Company, the country’s only alcohol store, in a 30-page list of new prices for beer, wines and spirits, citing the introduction of a 100 per cent “excise tax”.The list was widely shared on social media and showed drinks doubling in price overnight, as it detailed charges which come into effect from January 1.When asked if the document was genuine, a government spokesman told AFP: “it is true”.
SHREWSBURY – The Monmouth Country Historical Association is holding its fourth annual Tavernfest celebration from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 in a tent on the grounds of the 300-year old Allen House. The Allen House, located at the corner of Broad and Sycamore streets, was the borough’s most noted tavern in its day.In Colonial America, the tavern rivaled the church as the community’s most vital social institution. Josiah Halstead’s tavern, now known as the Allen House, served as the court, town hall, post office, dance hall and gathering place. It is the oldest surviving tavern in the county and just one of five historic sites maintained and interpreted by the association.Several hundred Tavernfest attendees will enjoy a private viewing of the Allen House and period entertainment, followed by an all-you-can-eat-and-drink evening of local beer specially crafted by Carton Brewing, wine provided by Rumson Wine & Spirits, and award-winning barbeque provided by Local Smoke BBQ. A dessert buffet will feature tasty treats from a variety of local bakeries. Guests also will enjoy entertainment, chance games, and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from this event benefit the work of the association.Tickets are $75 per person. For additional information, to purchase tickets or learn of sponsorship opportunities, visit momouthhistory.org, or call 732-462-1466, ext. 20.Monmouth County Historical Association is a private nonprofit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. Clean Ocean Action is holding its 2013 Fall Beach Sweep – rain or shine – from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at more than 60 sites across New Jersey.Monmouth County locations for Beach Sweep include:• Atlantic Highlands harbor at the parking lot on First Avenue• Highlands sites: Popamora Point on Shore Drive and Snug Harbor Avenue Beach at the community center• Middletown sites: Leonardo Public Beach South at Beach Avenue, Ideal Beach at Ocean Avenue and Bayside Parkway, and the fishing pier at Bayshore Waterfront Park• Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion, 29 Ocean Ave.• Red Bank participants are asked to meet at the end of Drs. James Parker Boulevard• Sandy Hook participants can meet at parking lot D• Sea Bright sites: Anchorage/Ferguson Beach, located just north of Rumson/Sea Bright Bridge; Sea Bright Public Beach at the municipal parking lot; and Borough Hall, 1067 Ocean Ave.All volunteers must register as locations and details may change due to the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. Registered volunteers will be informed of all updates and changes.Visit www.cleanoceanaction.org to learn more about how to get involved including how to collect donations, raise funds, become a beach captain or Beach Sweep sponsor. Raise a Mug at Tavernfest at the Historic Allen House COLTS NECK During autumn’s off-peak golf season, Monmouth County Park System offers earlier matinee rates at all six of its golf locations throughout the county, including Hominy Hill in Colts Neck. The discounted matinee rates start at 1 p.m. daily.During the off-peak season, golfers also can take advantage of the Friends and Family Golf Special at any county course Monday through Friday (holidays excluded) after 11 a.m. and on weekends and holidays starting at 1 p.m.Free loyalty rounds, earned through the Loyal Golfer promotion, also can be redeemed at those times. Those looking to plan a mini golf outing can book one at any county course starting at 9 a.m., seven days a week.Tee-time reservations can be made online at www.monmouthcountygolf.org after the purchase of a golf ID card. A limited number of walk-on tee times are available.For more information regarding the Monmouth County Park System, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000. For people with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. * * * * *The Colts Neck Reformed Church will be hosting a blood drive for the Central Jersey Blood Center from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the church’s Fellowship Hall, located upstairs in the brick Community Center. Elevator access is available at the north end of the building.Restrictions may have changed since people have last donated so prospective donors are urged to call the Central Jersey Blood Center at 732-842-5750 if they have specific questions about eligibility.There is always a shortage in the blood supply and donors help make a difference. Those who would like to donate can sign up for a time to donate by calling the church office at 732-462-4555 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.Colts Neck Reformed Church is located at 72 County Road 537 west. FAIR HAVENThe Newcomers Club is holding a wine and beer tasting event to benefit Sea Bright Rising from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Smart Start, 786 River Road. Admission is $50 in advance, $55 at the door or a $25 donation for non-imbibing.Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, a flight of wines, local craft beer and the chance to ask a local wine expert about favorites while mingling with friends and neighbors – all for an amazing cause. Additionally, there will be a silent auction with prizes and an open bar.Sea Bright Rising, the club’s 2013-2014 charity, is a nonprofit organization devoted to the relief of the displaced residents and general recovery of the town of Sea Bright as a result of the devastation created by Super Storm Sandy.The Newcomers Club was established in 1972 for the residents of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver and Shrewsbury and provides members several monthly social events and charitable projects.For more information, visit www.newcomersclubinc.com. or Laraine Henry at [email protected] COA Beach Sweep to Be Held Oct. 19 RED BANKThe 66th annual Red Bank Halloween Parade will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, with a rain date of Oct. 27.Participants are asked be at the corner of East Bergen and South streets at 1 p.m. for lineup and judging. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and will proceed down Broad Street, ending at the White Street parking lot where a party will be held with rides, prizes and more. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of best costume, best floats, and best pet costume.Those who would like to enter a float, be a sponsor or volunteer to help are asked to contact the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation at 732-530-2782 or email [email protected] Redbanknj.org. RED BANK – Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, at Red Bank Regional High School, 101 Ridge Road, Little Silver. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m.Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk is a 5-mile walk/run to raise funds to fight hunger in Monmouth County and around the world. Food collection, music, banner/poster contest and fun family activities make it a great way to help those in need.CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events, sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups, to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community.For more information, visit www.redbankcropwalk.com or contact Janie Schildge at [email protected] or 732-741-0528. Help End Hunger with RB CROP Walk
A little snow didn’t stop teams from Nelson, Rossland and Kimberley from competing in the Teck Kootenay Cup Series race Sunday at the Apex Trails south of the Heritage City.The host club took home many of the medals, winning a handful en route to the team title.Leading the medal haul was Berend Platje and Dylan Gyr in Peewee Boys, each placing first in Division one and two. Sabian Ednew was also first in Peewee Girls.In Bantam boys Oliver Mcdougall-Eisele took first while Sophie Edney was third in Bantam Girls. Keiran Marchand of Nelson captured the gold in Midget Boys while Jack McKimm was second in Div. two.In Div one, Ira McKimm was third while Sonje Boyd injured an ankle in Midget girls and did not finish.All skiers are part of the Nelson Nordic Ski Club Track Attack.Galen Boulanger and Walker Mourer-Dempster, older members of the Track Attack, topped juvenile boys and junior boys, respectively.Rounding out the Nelson results:Doris Hausleitner was first in women’s 30-39; Louise and Kim Poole — George Edney was second to Kim Poole — topped their women’s and men’s 50-59 division; and Travis Hauck was first ahead of teammate Ned Woods in men’s 30-39 division.The final round of the Teck Kootenay Cup series goes February 16-17 in Kimberley.
10 November 2011Australian minerals exploration and development company Ferrum Crescent, which has sole operations in South Africa’s Limpopo province, has secured a secondary listing on the JSE’s main board.The JSE has granted the company a secondary listing on its entire issued ordinary share capital under the share code “FCR”, with trading to commence on Friday, 11 November 2011. It has a primary listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investments Market (AIM).According to a statement by the company this week, the listing will “enhance South African investor and general public awareness of the group and its activities, thereby enlarging Ferrum Crescent’s investor base and increasing trade in its shares”.A local listing also means that South Africans residents can directly invest in the company.The company, in its current form, was created in December 2009 by the merger between Washington Resources and Ferrum Metals. In November 2010, the company disposed of its Australian interests and the group’s focus is now on developing its iron ore interests in South Africa.As such, the listing will provide the company with an additional source of raising funding, as well as giving it the flexibility to take advantage of potential South African and African acquisition opportunities.Limpopo prospecting rightsThe company has a controlling interest in Turquoise Moon Trading, a South African company, which holds the prospecting rights over two separate areas of iron ore mineralisation in South Africa; these being the Moonlight deposit and the De Loskop prospect in the Limpopo Province.The company owns an effective 81.4% of the Moonlight iron ore project, through its direct 74% interest in Turquoise Moon and its 28.46% interest in Mkhombi Investments, the company’s black economic empowerment (BEE) partner.As part of the listing it is envisaged that the BEE participation in the company will be restructured, whereby its empowerment partner will be able to exchange its participation at the project level for new ordinary shares in the listed company.South Africa is the seventh largest producer of iron ore in the world. Kumba Iron Ore, which owns iron ore mines in Sishen and Thabazimbi, Is the largest producer of iron ore in Africa.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest High school freshman and sophomores in the 2018/2019 school year who are considering careers is science, technology or engineering are invited to apply for the integrated science camp ExploreAg. Rewarding careers are available in the food, fuel and fiber sector. The one-of-a-kind ExploreAg Camp will expose students to the many career opportunities that are in high demand. Fifty students will be chosen through a competitive process to spend one week on a college campus for an introduction to agriculture and hands-on learning experiences. Internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers will expose students to food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology and agricultural business. Along with classroom experience, the students will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and will interact with industry partners to learn about possible careers in related fields. Students also will participate in leadership development activities and be offered guidance in planning for college. Students may choose between camps at Ohio State University in Columbus June 10-15 or OSU-Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster June 17-22. The application deadline is April 6, and students who are selected will be notified by April 23. Students will be required to submit a video application, provide contact information for three adults willing to recommend the student and submit a resume. The camps are free, but a $50 deposit must be provided by students accepted to the camp. The deposit is refunded upon completion of the camp. ExploreAg is a signature project of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s Fisher Fund, named after former Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher. The foundation has committed $125,000 to the first two years of ExploreAg. For more information or to submit an application, visit ExploreAg.org.