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The Earth’s magnetic field as it is measured by low-Earth orbit satellites such as Swarm and CHAMP results from the superposition of internal and external source fields overlapping in time and in space. The Earth’s lithospheric field is one of the weakest sources detectable from space and its accurate description requires treatments of rapidly-varying magnetic fields generated by current systems in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. In this paper, we review methods most commonly used in geomagnetism to identify and then to correct for the external perturbation fields at satellite altitudes. We document the pros and cons of Fourier Filtering, polynomial and Spherical Harmonics analyses, Singular Spectral Analysis (SSA) and Line-levelling techniques. The difficulties are illustrated with an application of the methods on a common set of real Swarm magnetic field measurements and with a discussion on the differences between lithospheric field models obtained with each treatment. We finally discuss some perspectives for improvements of external field correction techniques relying on statistical or more explicit assumptions about the geographical distribution as well as the shape and strengths of the external magnetic field structures.
Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize winning activist who narrowly avoided death after being shot by the Pakistani Taliban, will attend Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) after meeting her AAA A-level offer today.In a tweet, Yousafzai expressed her excitement at the prospect of coming up to Oxford, whilst wishing luck to fellow sixth formers receiving their A level results.So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead! pic.twitter.com/miIwK6fNSf— Malala (@Malala) August 17, 2017 Speaking at an education conference in Birmingham, Yousafzai told the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) she wanted to stay focussed on her Malala Fund work.In January, Yousafzai confirmed in an interview that she had sat an interview at LMH, which she described as “the hardest interview of my life.”It was later reported by The Telegraph and Cherwell in March that Malala had received an offer from the college.In studying PPE at LMH, Yousafzai will hope to follow the path of her hero Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Bhutto, who served as President of the Oxford Union, was assassinated in 2007 by Al-Qaeda.Yousafzai has lived in Birmingham since being treated at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after surviving an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen in 2012.While living under Taliban rule, Yousafzai had written a blog under a pseudonym which featured her thoughts on girls’ education.She later rose to global prominence as a campaigner for girls’ education. In 2013, she addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.In a statement, Bob Price, the Leader of Oxford City Council, welcomed Malala’s announcement. He said: “The City Council is delighted to welcome Malala Yousafzai to Oxford. It is a great privilege for the city and the University that Malala has chosen to come here and we wish her every success in her studies, and happiness during her time as one of our citizens.“Malala’s courage and intelligence have been inspirational to many young people across the world, and her stand against intolerance, violence and prejudice has been an example for us all.”Oxford University and Lady Margaret Hall have been contacted for comment.
A man who beat another unconscious and then stole from him has been jailed after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred his case to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.Craig Scarpellini, now 26, was walking through Christchurch when he came across his victim, who was drunk, and offered him cannabis if he came to Scarpellini’s flat. When they reached the block of flats, another man emerged with his face covered, and the victim attempted to run. Scarpellini punched him to the side of the head, and the pair proceeded to continue punching until he fell unconscious.When the victim came to, he discovered that his phone and wallet were missing. He suffered minor injuries to most of his body, as well as experiencing nausea and pain in his temple. His left thumb was fractured. When questioned, Scarpellini claimed to have acted in self-defence after the victim had gone ‘beserk’.Scarpellini’s original hearing was at Bournemouth Crown Court in July, where his sentencing was deferred until November 2018.Today, after the Solicitor General’s referral, the Court of Appeal sentenced him to 4 years immediate custody.Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:“Scarpellini launched an unprovoked attack against his victim, and I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today agreed that the risk he poses to the public warrants immediate custody.”
Load remaining images The iconic Rusted Root made their way to Chattanooga, TN last weekend, playing the city’s Track 29 venue for what was certainly a great night of music. The show started with Tennessee-based band SIMO, who treated fans to a classic rock-style performance with tons of energy. Their show had fans grooving and eager for more, especially when they closed their set with a great rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends.”Headliners Rusted Root did not disappoint, treating fans to a showcase of their biggest hits. The band included a cover of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” in their setlist, and encored with their biggest hits “Send Me On My Way” and “Back To Earth.” The whole audience was left smiling after Rusted Root’s great performance!Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of CJ Stewart Photography.
Buzzwords like DevOps tend to drive the discussion when it comes to digital transformation. But a recent white paper from Moor Insights notes that in addition to DevOps, the efficiencies gained in IT Operations (ITOps) are one of the key enablers to a successful digital transformation. Your servers are at the center of ITOps, yet most companies haven’t considered the value of intelligent automation when it comes to lifecycle server management.The average cost of managing and supporting a single server over four years is $46,400. This estimate from IDC doesn’t include acquisition or productivity loss due to server failure or data loss. Ultimately, cost inefficiencies associated with the deployment, monitoring, and maintenance of server infrastructure all point to one culprit: manual server management. Manual server management requires hours and hours of human intervention. Don’t believe me? Go ask your system admin.Every hour spent on manual tasks is an hour not spent improving your IT infrastructure. Intelligent automation from Dell EMC drastically simplifies the configuration and deployment of PowerEdge servers. According to a study by Principled Technologies, deploying 100 servers manually requires about 22,000 steps over the course of 35 hours. Deploying 100 PowerEdge Servers using intelligent automation features is significantly more efficient (23 steps taking approximately 3 minutes). A time savings of well over 99 percent.Intelligent automation features like iDRAC (Integrated Remote Access Controller) and OpenManage Essentials software automate server configuration and deployment. They also automate routine server monitoring and management tasks. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers offer Easy Restore, enabling system admins to bring a PowerEdge server back to its last known state in only two clicks. System Erase automates server reprovisioning so IT administrators can quickly wipe a server clean and return it to the original factory settings. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers come with a myriad of tools designed to automate server management throughout the server lifecycle.The tools and features mentioned above are only a sampling of what’s available to PowerEdge users who want to bring Intelligent Automation into their datacenter. The Moor Insights paper, “Accelerating IT Transformation Through Intelligent Automation in Server Infrastructure” explains in detail how Dell EMC delivers intelligent automation in every 14th generation PowerEdge server.In the paper, Moor Insights provides a step-by-step approach for IT organizations looking to begin the automation journey. Download the full white paper to learn more. It’s time for ITOps professionals to step into the spotlight and gain equal footing with DevOps devotees. Intelligent automation can get you there.Learn more about the PowerEdge server portfolio at DellEMC.com/Servers. Join us on Twitter @DellEMCServers._______________________________________________________________________________________ IDC, “Accelerate Business Agility with Faster Server Refresh Cycles.” https://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/accelerate-business-agility-with-faster-server-refresh-cycles.pdf Principled Technologies, “Save server management time and effort for IT staff” http://emc.co/collateral/analyst-reports/server-management-quicksync2-openmanage.pdf
Impossible things are happening every day! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned for its second season on August 25 with a behind-the-scenes look at the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Correspondent Amber Milt goes backstage to meet Paige Faure and Andy Huntington Jones, who play Ella and Prince Topher, respectively, in the magic musical. Milt also speaks with book writer Douglas Carter Beane, who talks about how he re-imagined the classic tale for a new generation. Click play! Broadway Balances America View Comments
If she is a hiker or skier, pick up a few pairs of Lorpen socks to put a smile on her face. Lorpen has been keeping my feet happy for the last couple of years. The Lorpen Tri-layer Light Hikers are equally adept at keeping feet feeling good while on the trail or an urban adventure. The Tri-Layer Light Hikers are not just any sock, these socks sport three layers of technology which all aid in keeping feet comfortable, dry and at the proper temperature. The Ski Tri-Layer socks are excellent in both ski boots and city boots. From the slopes to the après ski, the Ski Tri-Layer socks keeps toes warm and arches feeling supported with the blend of merino wool prima loft yarn. If you or your gift recipient’s feet are big, make sure you order up a size large. MSRP: Tri-Layer Light Hikers $17.99; Ski Tri-Layer socks $21.99.Finally, if your valentine is a runner, the Merrell Mix Master Glide shoes will help you spread cheer. These Merrell shoes literally feel like bedroom slippers. They are a little too thin on padding for me to use as trail shoes, but perfect for road runners and those who prefer trails covered in crushed surfaces. The Mix Master Glide shoes with their 4 mm toe to heel rise provide the closest thing to the barefoot running movement that I have been able to handle while still offering adequate support, padding and protection. The shoes are super breathable and quick draining on runs that lead you through streams or on rainy days. I find myself wanting to slip these on even on rest days when I am out and about running errands. They make my feet feel so good. As an added bonus, the Mix Master Glides are vegan friendly—really. No animals were harmed in the production of these kicks. My recommendation is to order up ½ size to ensure adequate toe space. MSRP $100.00 Some girls expect chocolate, flowers and a fancy dinner on Valentine’s Day. Others, yours truly included, hope for new gear. New gear can serve as the catalyst to inspire us to plan an adventure to some place that we have wanted to explore. The gift need not be a big ticket item to instill inspiration. I’ll admit that something as simple as a new map given to me by a friend, encouraged me to plan a backpacking trip to a nearby wilderness area. It does not take much, to encourage a new adventure. Most important, long after the excitement of the gift has waned, what remains are the unforgettable memories created. This review is focused on a few of our favorite gift ideas, no matter what category your mate falls into, to help you and your valentine create your own unforgettable experiences.For the weekend warrior and day hiker consider the Eureka! Panther Peak 30L day pack—Eureka! may have designed the penultimate day pack. I have been hiking with the Panther Peak 30L pack for the last seven months. The Panther Peak 30L pack is the perfect size for day hikes in the mountains when you need to carry water, snacks and an extra layer. It also functions well as an overnight bag for a quick trip out of town. I even used it as my carry on for my travels out West this past summer and then relied on it to supply me during day hikes in the Rocky Mountains. It would also make a great extra pack to bring along on longer backpacking trips where you plan to take day long excursions out of a base camp area. The pack sports plenty of pockets and storage areas, including a hydration pocket as wells as a blaze orange rain cover. The comfort and fit of the Panther Peak 30L pack is exceptional. MSRP $79.99For the nature lover and camper, how about a Latitude Sleeping Bag from High Peak—High Peak, known for their outstanding line of backpacks, is proving to be a serious contender in the sleeping bag market. I have recently discovered the High Peak Alpinizmo Latitude 0ºF sleeping bag and put it through the paces. It is perfect for camping on chilly and cold nights. The mummy style of the Alpinizmo Latitude bag reduces the risk of cold toes, and the length of the bag was plenty sufficient for my 5’11” frame. The sleeping bag outer features a rip stop nylon for durability. The liner, made of a unique, lightweight, breathable fabric radiates body heat to aid in regulating body temperature by allowing excess moisture to wick away while retaining body heat. The bag is insulated with a synthetic blend of solid and hollow fibers, not down, for added warmth and comfort. If you have ever shopped for a reliable sleeping bag rated to 0ºF, you know they can be quite pricey. High Peak tends to be a value leader in back packs and sleeping bags. Of all of their products that I have owned, I have been quite satisfied with the functionality, durability and most importantly they tend to be offered at a much more reasonable price point. The Latitude Sleeping bag comes in three temperature options: (20ºF/-6ºC, 0ºF/-17ºC and -5ºF/-20ºC). MSRP: $142.00 (20°), $155.00 (0°), and $158.00 (-5°)For the adventure traveler, you will score big points with the Eagle Creek World Traveler Pack-It System Set and the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set. Long known for their reliable and quality luggage and packs, Eagle Creek has introduced a new line of packing solutions. These two items provide travelers a means of getting and staying organized. How will these products make travelling better, you ask, one word—organization. The World Traveler System Set comes with three items (1) the folder—which allows your traveler to pack up to 12 shirts or pairs of pants with fewer wrinkles; (2) the cube—which accommodates items that are capable of being rolled up- think t-shirts, socks and undergarments; and (3) the pouch—perfect for cosmetics and toiletries. This packing system works well with a rolling suitcase, duffle bag or larger backpack and allows you to separate the clothes for separate parts of your trip, which can be a big help, especially when a trip involves business and leisure travel. The Specter Cube Set provides a second lightweight organizational option. The cubes are translucent which allows you to see what you have packed in each one without emptying the contents. The Specter Cube Set is perfect for keeping a backpack organized. These packing aids add compartments and organization where it otherwise does not exist. The Eagle Creek products also feature a lifetime warranty. Seeing is believing with the Eagle Creek Pack-It System. MSRP: World Traveler Set $40.00; Specter Cube Set: $35.00.
Nigel Stapleton, chairman and trustee of the defined benefit (DB) scheme, said: “The buy-in provides greater certainty and assurance about the future costs of providing members’ pensions, and we see this as a positive and prudent way of managing the overall funding and risk of the scheme.”Andy Agg, chief financial officer at National Grid, which is a FTSE 100 company, said the deal was “an important step in our long-term strategy to reduce the level of risk within our pension arrangements”.The transaction with National Grid is the third buy-in in quick succession to have been announced by Rothesay.Last month it disclosed a £3.8bn buy-in for drinks company Pernod Richard’s UK DB scheme, which followed a £4.7bn ‘buy-in to buyout’ deal with technology company Telent.The news of National Grid’s deal takes to more than £30bn the value of buy-in and buyout announced so far this year, compared with a previous record of £24bn last year. Experts expect further deals to close this quarter, and also point to a strong pipeline of transactions for next year.The high level of activity in the de-risking market has been due to a combination of factors, including stalling life expectancy improvements and improved funding levels.At the end of September Rothesay and Prudential said they would appeal against a high court judgment blocking the transfer of £12bn of assets, covering 400,000 annuity policyholders, from Prudential to Rothesay.Charlie Finch, partner at consultancy LCP, had said the ruling could pave the way for an increase in insurers’ capacity for bulk annuities. The £20bn (€22bn) National Grid UK Pension Scheme recently completed a £2.8bn buy-in with Rothesay Life, the life insurer announced today.The buy-in policy is in respect of the benefits payable to pensioners aged 70 or less in Section A of the scheme, which has around 100,000 members, mostly from National Grid’s gas transmission and distribution businesses. It is closed to new members.The transaction was complex, according to Sammy Cooper-Smith, co-head of business development at Rothesay.“Our sophisticated risk management systems allowed us to provide economic certainty to the trustees ahead of transacting despite volatile market conditions in recent weeks,” he said.
Marie E. Oliger, 97, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Crownpointe Senior Living Community in Greensburg.Born February 28, 1919 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of Edward G. and Adelaide J. (Enxel) Welage.She was a 1937 graduate of Greensburg High School and 1940 graduate of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. She worked as a registered nurse in Indianapolis, Martinsville, and then the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg for several years.She served in the Navy Nurse Corps during WW II from 1944-46. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.She was married to Richard E. Oliger on May 21, 1949 and he preceded her in death on August 3, 1998.She is survived by one daughter, Susan (Michael) Powers, one son, Peter (Lora) Oliger; two brothers, Roger W. Welage, Vincent P. Welage; two sisters, Mildred A. Moeller, Marjorie J. Mahan; six grandchildren, Melinda Powers, Marcia Powers, Cody Patrick Oliger, Casy Lee Oliger, Brady Eric Oliger, Pete J. Oliger.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; four brothers, Robert Welage, Richard Welage, Edward Welage, Leonard Welage.Family and friends will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow the rosary until 1:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Cemetery with a military graveside honor.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Church.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Furlong (calf), Taarabt (groin) and Vargas (muscular problem) returned to training this week after missing last weekend’s 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham through injuries. The trio will have to pass late fitness tests. Midfielder Joey Barton will complete a ban while defender Richard Dunne and midfield pair Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin are still sidelined with knee problems. Boss Chris Ramsey views the game as a “cup final” with both London sides battling to avoid relegation. Rangers have lost their last three games, including a 2-1 home defeat to Ramsey’s former side Tottenham last time out, and are 18th in the standings – three points adrift of safety. Palace are 12th but only eight points above QPR. “I think anybody who can’t consider themselves mathematically safe are always going to be looking over their shoulders,” Ramsey said. “We want to drag them closer to us. We want to have as many teams as possible close to the dogfight to give ourselves a chance to stay in the league.” Ramsey took over last month following the resignation of Harry Redknapp. When the change took place, Ramsey knew he faced a huge challenge to keep QPR in the top flight. “We understand this game is a cup final for us,” he said. “You don’t have to say much to the players. Everyone wants to stay in the division. “All of our games are a must-win from now on. Everyone is fighting and we have to win soon in order not to become detached.” Striker Glenn Murray is also available again following suspension, but midfielder Mile Jedinak continues his four-game ban. Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamakh (hamstring) are both out, while Jordon Mutch is also missing with a thigh strain. Manager Alan Pardew wants Crystal Palace to repay their fans with some overdue home wins to keep Selhurst Park ‘rocking’ against Rangers. The Eagles have not won at home since beating Tottenham on January 10, in stark contrast with their away form with five wins from the last six. Pardew intends to halt that unwanted statistic against a team with the worst away record in the league. “We owe it to our fans, our paying customers, that we produce results here, because that is how you keep them turning up every week,” Pardew said at a press conference. “Frankly, the home form since the start of the season has not been good, and we have to improve it. “We have done enough away from home to stay in the division already, but our home form does not reflect what it should be, so that is where the improvement needs to gain some momentum. “Our stadium needs to be rocking tomorrow, and if we want to keep it where it is in terms of that support, we have to give them wins.” QPR are hoping defender Darnell Furlong, midfielder Adel Taarabt and forward Eduardo Vargas will recover in time. Crystal Palace will have on-loan Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo back from a hamstring injury for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against QPR. Press Association