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The Digital Wave-Processing Experiment on Cluster

first_imgThe wide variety of geophysical plasmas that will be investigated by the Cluster mission contain waves with a frequency range from DC to over 100 kHz with both magnetic and electric components. The characteristic duration of these waves extends from a few milliseconds to minutes and a dynamic range of over 90 dB is desired. All of these factors make it essential that the on-board control system for the Wave-Experiment Consortium (WEC) instruments be flexible so as to make effective use of the limited spacecraft resources of power and telemetry-information bandwidth. The Digital Wave Processing Experiment, (DWP), will be flown on Cluster satellites as a component of the WEC. DWP will coordinate WEC measurements as well as perform particle correlations in order to permit the direct study of wave/particle interactions. The DWP instrument employs a novel architecture based on the use of transputers with parallel processing and re-allocatable tasks to provide a high-reliability system. Members of the DWP team are also providing sophisticated electrical ground support equipment, for use during development and testing by the WEC. This is described further in Pedersen et al. (this issue).last_img read more

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Gerald takes quality control

first_imgApplied Principles has launched a new paperless quality management system called Gerald, designed with bakeries and small manufacturers in mind. It eliminates huge amounts of paperwork, while giving real-time reporting, collation of trendable data, traceability, audit compliance and time- and cost-savings.The system features a personal digital assistant, with a temperature probe, camera and bar-code reader. It connects wirelessly to a laptop and can be used to make bespoke quality checks and monitor health and safety.”Gerald is operated by a single user, making it totally practical for businesses where one person is responsible for quality control,” explained JJ Kotze, MD of Applied Principles.A recent trial at Taste of the Moorlands biscuit bakery saw productivity rise by 25% said MD Sarah Gayton. “Gerald’s in-built ability to aid SALSA compliance will enable me to expand my business to larger wholesalers and retailers who demand increasingly stringent evidence of quality checks,” she said. www.appliedprinciples.eulast_img read more

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Robinson, Blais address new group members

first_imgThis past Wednesday’s Senate meeting marked the first senate meeting of the Robinson-Blais administration. Junior student body president Corey Robinson and sophomore vice president Becca Blais were sworn into office, as they stated their commitments to upholding the constitution of the undergraduate student body. Following their oaths, the new senators of each dorm were also sworn into office.This administration’s senate will follow a new model, which places some senators into four different committees as a part of each meeting. These committees are Health and Wellness, Sustainability, Community Engagement and Campus Affairs. Senators also have been assigned to different executive cabinet departments.“We are trying to make it more effective and efficient by separating [senate] into smaller committees and by approaching this with a interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to these problems. We are excited to see what you all come up with and what you guys want to change,” Robinson said to the senators.The new senators for the 2016-2017 academic year approved the following individuals in their incoming student government positions including chief of staff, junior Michael Markel and parliamentarian, freshman Monica Montgomery.Sophomore Alexandra Eisele will take over as secretary. Executive controller will be sophomore Daniel Swanson, and junior Erica Tabor will serve as director of communication.Andrew Recker was named athletics representative, while junior MaKenna Siebenaler was approved as the campus ministry representative.Senior Rachel Wallace will serve as the Student Union representative to Diversity Council. The senate also approved freshmen David Hopkinson and Nabila Mourad as the First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) directors.Director of the department of academic affairs will be junior Eva Niklinska and the director of the department of campus technology will be freshman Bryce Badura.Juniors Caitlyn Hodges and Kimberly Sullivan will take over as director of the department of community relations and director of the department of constituent services, respectively.Sophomore Xun Chris Wang will be the director of the department of gender issues for the new administration, and freshmen Julia Dunbar and Stephanie Mastorakos will serve as the director of the department of health and wellness, and director of the department of internal affairs, respectively.The new senators also approved freshman Prathm Juneja as the new director of the department of national engagement and outreach.Freshmen Joseph Sierotko will take over as director of the department of residence life and director of the department of social concerns is freshman Andrea Tong.Director of the department of university affairs is junior Andrew Helmin and junior Grace Watkins was named the University policy liaison. “The purpose of the committees is to really empower those senators to have a voice,” Blais said. “A lot of people are shy or nervous about raising their hand and sharing their opinion, but when you break people down into smaller groups and they get to share their perspective of their committee, their department, their dorms, their clubs, the people they represent … then it really gives them a chance to be vocal.”“What I am hoping for … the senate is, first of all, greater collaboration between senate, SUB, and Executive Cabinet,” Blais said. “The second thing I would hope for is … that they utilize the time to work in those small groups and work in the big group to form resolutions about the issues that they really care about, to really get to discuss the issues that affect our university every day.”Tags: Blais-Robinson, new officers, Notre Dame, Senatelast_img read more

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Institutional hedge fund allocations remain ‘steadfast’, survey shows

first_imgAlmost all institutional investors expect to maintain or increase allocations to hedge funds for the rest of 2015 despite concerns over fee structures and market volatility, research shows.A mid-year survey from Credit Suisse shows 93% of institutions around the world will keep faith in hedge funds, an increase of 3% from the start of the year.The survey, covering 200 institutional investors with $700bn (€634bn) of hedge fund allocations, also showed EMEA investors favoured global macro strategies compared with their US counterparts, which prefer equity long/short investments.Overall, 46% of investors selected global macro as investment style of choice, while 44% went for event-driven, matching the selections made at the start of the year. Around two-thirds of investors preferred their hedge fund strategies to be invested in the US and Europe.Credit Suisse said multi-strategy hedge funds had grown in popularity over 2015, ranking the 14th most popular at the start of the year but rising to sixth in the July edition.Robert Leonard, managing director of capital services at Credit Suisse, said: “Despite ongoing volatility in the global marketplace, investors remain steadfast in their allocations.”He said the increasing appetite for mulit-strategy funds was a reflection of the volatile environment, with investors keen to take advantage where possible.Hedge funds’ relationship, particularly with pension funds, has become notably strained of late, as €156bn Dutch healthcare worker scheme PFZW and US giant CalPERS dropped allocations, primarily over cost concerns.PFZW said the asset class no longer aligned with its investment policy or its criteria based on sustainability, complexity, cost and contribution to index-linking.Nordic investors including PKA, Ilmarinen and ATP also shunned hedge funds late last year, shifting towards replication strategies with additional risk controls.Around 40 of the 200 responses in the Credit Suisse report came from international public and private pension funds.last_img read more

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THIS WEEK: CAF drops Cameroon as 2019 AFCON hosts

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp He said another country will be announced after the bidding and evaluation by December 31. “It is open to all other CAF members that can meet the terms and conditions,” added the source.The hosting of the 2019 AFCON has become a contentious issue following the Confederation of African Football’s decision to expand the tournament from 16 to 24 teams. URN THIS WEEK: CAF drops Cameroon as 2019 AFCON hostsKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has withdrawn the hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from Cameroon. “Today [Nov 30], the Executive Committee met in Accra, Ghana and has decided that the Cameroon FA could not host the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations,” said a brief communication from CAF.The development follows cries of political instability in Cameroon and slow progress on the readiness of the facilities. “Cameroon has been stripped off rights to host after the infrastructure has been found not to be ready by June 2019 despite commendable efforts. It has been a huge and hard decision that CAF had to take,” a CAF executive committee member told URN.last_img read more

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Police find two children inside stolen vehicle

first_imgTwo children are now in the care of the Department of Children and Families after authorities recovered them inside of a stolen vehicle during a brief pursuit.Officials say they located a vehicle that was reported stolen traveling in the area of 24th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard on Monday.Authorities then attempted to conduct a traffic-stop, however, the driver of the vehicle refused to pull over.After a short pursuit, the driver eventually pulled over and that’s when authorities found an infant and a toddler inside of the vehicle along with two adults.Both adults have since been taken into custody.It was also said that the child belong to one of the adults who was taken into custody.last_img read more

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The data dashboards that help LaLiga clubs evolve

first_imgAdvertisement 3lmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7thirWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2hu3i9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) crWould you ever consider trying this?😱a2Can your students do this? 🌚s2kRoller skating! Powered by Firework LaLiga is providing clubs with detailed breakdowns of their data to identify new market opportunities. Global audience metrics, digital engagement and macroeconomic data are just some of the new services being provided.Advertisement  Advertisement Data analysis is driving new business opportunities across the world and football is no exception. LaLiga’s business intelligence and analytics department has been working for the past two years to ensure the clubs in Spanish professional football have as much information as possible for analyzing the marketplace and making strategic business decisions. This initiative is set to expand thanks to a new range of club dashboards.Released to clubs this season, the dashboards give club employees a world of data at their fingertips. Produced alongside the league’s international development department, they provide up-to-date information on various important metrics, from stadium attendances to TV audiences to social media stats to macroeconomic data from around the world.Advertisement “Thanks to these tools, clubs have a live snapshot of their market position and that of LaLiga in all countries,” said Óscar Mayo, head of LaLiga’s international development department. “This allows them to see their key performance indicators (KPIs) in each market and calculate where new growth opportunities may be found.”The dashboards are a continuation of the digital ecosystem that LaLiga has created in recent years. All of the league’s digital assets (including websites, apps, social networks and the LaLigaSportsTV OTT platform) are combined with other sources of information (such as TV audiences and stadium attendance) in a centralized data lake where they are analyzed by LaLiga’s business intelligence and analytics department. Club dashboards have been built from this information, offering clubs simple ways to view and analyses the data. Club by club analysisTo improve analysis, clubs can compare important data with averages from across the league. José Carlos Franco, director of technology and data at LaLiga, added: “The dashboards make it easier for clubs to analyse and compare their data using simple filters. This is helping clubs to improve their engagement on social networks and other campaigns in target markets.”To help fine-tune campaigns, the dashboards offer demographic data of each club’s fans. Based on the users who have chosen a favorite club when accessing LaLiga’s digital platforms, clubs are provided with aggregate data on the age ranges, genders and countries of their fanbase and of the average fanbases of the other clubs in the league. Another example looks at social media followers per network, via a connection to the Blinkfire tool.As Mayo detailed: “If a club has, for example, one or two players from Mexico and a major stake in that market then, thanks to this tool, they can check in real time if their growth in audience is significant, if their increase in social media followers from that country is above the average for the league’s clubs and if the market is one of interest or one with the possibility for growth.”Using this data, clubs will be able to see the real impact of decisions they make and can better inform new investment decisions by showing more clearly where results are being generated. Relevant data for all departmentsAs the dashboards are introduced to the clubs, all departments will have the opportunity to benefit. Stadium attendance data can help ticketing teams by working out their historical attendance data for a certain day of the week or kick-off time or opponent, TV audience data can show marketing where the club has the most fans tuning in to help them plan internationalization strategies and the detailed data on app usage can assist digital or IT departments to improve the service and cater to users’ needs.“Already we are helping clubs to build personalized digital channels and start joint campaigns that apply data-driven marketing techniques,” Franco added.LaLiga is now focused on ensuring the clubs know how to make the most of this wealth of information and has provided staff from its international development department and business intelligence and analytics department to help with this. “There is a general email address and people behind it who can help clubs with interpretation of data and any technical or business questions they might have,” Mayo stated.In addition to the data on the activities of the clubs and the league, there is also lots of external information that can be very helpful. Macroeconomic data from around the world, on metrics such as population, GDP and homes with a TV set, can help clubs to work out which countries and regions provide the best market opportunities. There is local consumer and business data provided by Ampere, with useful details such as average revenue per user and OTT popularity just a couple of clicks away.While the clubs explore the new dashboards, LaLiga is already working on new ways to evolve them. “We need to keep adding data to this,” Mayo said. “The key is being able to provide as much information and market context as possible, whether external or based on the clubs themselves.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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KDM Foundation to Hold Annual Fun Run March 9 in Sea…

first_imgThe KDM Founda­tion is preparing for its 12th Annual Fun Run, scheduled for Saturday, March 9, in Sea Bright.As Sea Bright continues to struggle in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, this year’s race will benefit Sea Bright Recreation and the many activities it provides to the community.The participation and generosity of area residents has enabled KDM to complete a wide array of projects throughout the area and this year’s race will be a meaningful opportunity to help neighbors in need.There are several changes that have been made to the event for this year’s edition that aim to improve the race experience for everyone. Similar to other large charitable races, this year preregistration will be required for all participants who wish to receive a racing number and official running time.Participants may preregister online by visiting www.kdmfoundation.com until Feb. 20. Those who do will get their racing number and electronic tracking chip mailed to them.People who do not preregister will still be able to participate on the day of the race and to receive this year’s KDM race shirt. The registration price is $35.The race committee is looking forward to the 2013 KDM Foundation Fun Run for a day filled with fun, friends and entertainment.The KDM Foundation, also known as the Keith McHeffey Foundation, was created to keep alive the spirit of McHeffey and countless other local victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, through a variety of charitable functions.McHeffey was a kind and giving person who will never be forgotten by his family or friends. He spent his life giving of himself to others. Now, the foundation is giving back to the community in his good name. His life was a testament of “how to live.“The foundation has created a permanent memorial to area victims in the newly renovated Memorial Field at Piping Rock Park in Rumson. The foundation also awards annual memorial scholarships in his name to students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and has assisted many of the youth sports programs including Fair Haven, Sea Bright and Rumson.last_img read more

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HEAVILY FAVORED VALE DORI TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARIA STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS AS SHE WINS FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN A ROW; SMITH & BAFFERT POSE FOR PICTURES FOLLOWING 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.19 OVER WET FAST TRACK

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2017)–Chalk players had an anxious moment prior to the start of Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes, as 1-5 favorite Vale Dori reared, ejecting jockey Mike Smith out the back of the starting gate in the process, but their fears were soon allayed, as the brilliant Argentine-bred mare made short work of five rivals, winning by 1 ¾ lengths while negotiating 1 1/16 miles over a wet fast Santa Anita main track in 1:43.19.Breaking from the far outside, the Bob Baffert-conditioned Vale Dori was away alertly and sat a close second to pacesetter Midnight Toast to the far turn where she took command with three furlongs to go and with a staggering $558,490 bet to show on her (out of a total show pool of $608,355), the Santa Maria was hers.“She got a little excited in the gate today,” said Smith.  “I’m not really sure what happened in the gate, something spooked her.  She just reacted to it and almost went all the way over…She was aggravated for a good eighth of a mile before I talked her out of it.  After that, she was well within herself.“She’s gotten good.  There’s not a Songbird or Stellar Wind in there, so that certainly helps.  But she’s climbing the ladder.  As some point she’s going to deserve a chance at them.  If anyone had hooked up with her today, she would have sat off of them no doubt, just no speed today.In registering her fourth consecutive win (her last three Grade II stakes), Vale Dori, a 5-year-old, paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10.Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Vale Dori improved her overall record to 12-7-3-1.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $694,943.“She was a little fresh today,” said Baffert.  “I missed some time with her during the rains, so she was coming in here a little bit fresh today.  I missed a lot of days (training) when it was raining, so we just took it easy with her.  These races (most recently the Grade II La Canada on Jan. 14) have been keeping her fit so I don’t have to do too much in between…We’re definitely looking at the Santa Margarita (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on March 18).”Show Stealer, who was taken back to last early by Tyler Baze, ran a big race from off the pace and finished second, 3 ¾ lengths clear of Autumn Flower.  Off at 6-1, Show Stealer, who is trained by Art Sherman, paid $3.40 and $2.40.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Autumn Flower was off at 31-1 and paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.66, 47.35, 1:11.68 and 1:36.73.last_img read more

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Township automotive hub to create jobs

first_img21 June 2012South Africa’s Gauteng province has begun construction of a R58-million township Automotive Hub in Winterveld, one of the province’s poorest areas, to help turn the tide of unemployment among young South Africans.The hub will give an opportunity to 17 cooperatives within the surrounding community, which will be provided with free training and support in the automotive sector as well as equipment at the hub’s site.The hub is aimed at the unskilled and semi-skilled, and will be linked to the Rosslyn automotive sector.Construction on the site began on Thursday, with the hub expected to be fully operational within a year.Formalising township businesses“There are many people who are doing auto mechanics in their backyards,” Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said at the sod-turning ceremony on Wednesday. “We want to formalise them; let them be integrated in the formal economy.“We are tapping on what already exists,” Mokonyane said. “We are providing an opportunity that is organised, that is linked to the formal economic sector and, most importantly, we are going to make sure that their businesses are supported in terms of the supply chain. They will be able to be linked to the private sector and various companies.”Mobile giant MTN had signed up to be a partner on the project, the Premier said, while the Consumer Goods Council had also been approached.The overall project, the first of its kind in the country, will focus on the automotive sector, but will also include several other support sectors, with two more township hubs, an Enterprise Hub and an Industrial Hub, in the pipeline.The total budget for the project, including all three hubs, is over R100-million.‘Entrepreneurship is the way to go’Mokonyane said it was important for the people of Winterveldt to feel that they were part of a democratic dispensation. The initiative “may not be a solution to everything, but it’s an intervention [tackling] some of the real challenges,” she said.The province was also looking at formalising car washes in communities. The Premier said she believed that entrepreneurship was an important part of the long-term solution to unemployment in South Africa.“Entrepreneurship is the way to go, so that you don’t create a sense of dependency.”Gauteng Economic Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu, also speaking at Wednesday’s sod-turning, said the hub would give young people skills, adding that the first group of cooperatives would receive assistance for a period of between 18 to 24 months, after which other cooperatives will be identified .“These cooperatives that are starting here, they are not the only people benefiting from this,” Mahlangu said. “In about two-years’ time … another group must come in.“We’ll give them the head-start, and when we’re sure that they’re ready to go on their own, they’ll be required to look for their own premises where they can operate.”Encouraging young people to form cooperativesAccording to Mohapi Molaoa, project manager for cooperatives at the Gauteng Economic Development Department, the department is encouraging young people to form cooperatives.In the process of selecting cooperatives, the department would engage ward councillors or community development workers to help them identify people, Molaoa said.In the case of the Winterveldt’s Automotive Hub, the councillor’s office as well as business associations had been engaged, and some of the cooperatives had already been identified.“As long as you’re young, willing to go into entrepreneurship, and you are sector-specific, people will be considered,” Molaoa said.The Automotive Hub will also sport an internet cafe and an art and craft shop, as well as provide car-spraying services, among others.The National Youth Development Agency’s Gauteng chairperson, Simon Molefe, said the hub spoke to economic freedom as well as to formalising township businesses.Resident Vincent Mabhusha said he was happy with the creation of the hub as it would create much-needed opportunities for the youth.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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