The effect of geomagnetic activity on north polar currents in winter


first_imgAverage north polar currents for the winter season have been derived from geomagnetic hourly means at six levels of geomagnetic activity. The twin-vortex pattern, normally associated with more disturbed conditions, persisted even on the quietest (mean Ap ≈ 1) days. When Ap increased to 24, the Harang discontinuity appeared earlier by about 3.5 h, though the current system as a whole remained unchanged in orientation. The average quiet day seems to be associated with a weak IMF oriented northwards and towards the Sun, with a low solar wind velocity and low proton temperature.last_img

Utah State Cornerback DJ Williams Named to ESPN All-Bowl Team


first_img Robert Lovell Utah State concluded the 2018 season with an 11-2 record, tying the 2012 team for most wins and best overall record. USU, which tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 record, finished the season ranked 21st in the Amway Coaches poll and 22nd in the Associated Press poll, marking just the fourth time in school history that USU has finished a season nationally ranked. Written by As a junior, Williams earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as he led the team and ranked third in the conference and 30th in the nation with 15 passes defended. He also tied for the team lead with four interceptions, which ranked tied for first in the MW and tied for 16th in the nation. Williams recorded 40 tackles on the season, which included 1.0 sack and 3.0 tackles for loss, to go along with one forced fumble. During the 2018 campaign, Williams recorded a season-high six tackles against New Mexico State (9/8), Air Force (9/22) and Wyoming (10/20). He also had a season-high three pass breakups at Colorado State (11/17) and added two pass breakups in back-to-back games against Air Force and BYU (10/5). Overall, Williams had at least one pass defended in eight games during the season. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s DJ Williams was named to ESPN’s All-Bowl Team following the Aggies’ 52-13 win against North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl it was announced Thursday. January 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Cornerback DJ Williams Named to ESPN All-Bowl Team Williams, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior cornerback from Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS/Independence CC), intercepted two passes against North Texas, returning one 31 yards. Williams was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the New Mexico Bowl and tied the USU bowl game record with his two interceptions. Tags: DJ Williams/ESPN All-Bowl Team/New Mexico Bowl/Utah State Aggies Footballlast_img read more

BYU Men’s Basketball Visits San Franciso Saturday


first_imgRedshirt sophomore guard Charles Minlend (15.2 points, 5.3 rebounds per game) is the Dons’ statistical star and has been highly instrumental in their success on the season. The Dons, meanwhile, have statistically dominated their opponents. Written by San Francisco scores 76.7 points per game and gives up only 62.6 points per contest. Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Charles Minlend/Gavin Baxter/Pepperdine/San Francisco Dons/WCC This game against the Cougars represents the fourth consecutive sellout for the Dons at the Sobrato Center, which seats 5,300. BYU junior guard TJ Haws is coming off of a career night against Pepperdine, which saw him score a career-best 34 points and a career-tying eight assists as well as seven rebounds in the Cougars’ 87-76 win over the Waves. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO-Saturday, the 12-8 (4-1 in WCC play) BYU Cougars men’s basketball team, fresh off of a win over Pepperdine at Malibu, Calif. face the San Franciso Dons as they continue in West Coast Conference play.center_img Freshman forward Gavin Baxter also had his best game as a collegian for BYU Thursday. Baxter made all five of his shots and all three of his free throws for a career-high 13 points for the Cougars. The Dons (15-3, 3-1 in WCC) are having a highly successful season and have won seven of their last nine games. The Cougars score 83.5 points per game and surrender 78.2 points per contest. January 18, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Visits San Franciso Saturday Cougars star junior forward Yoeli Childs remains BYU’s statistical leader with 22.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Jazz stave off elimination with 107-91 win over Rockets


first_imgApril 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jazz stave off elimination with 107-91 win over Rockets Jae Crowder scored 23 points. Ricky Rubio chipped in 18 points and 11 assists and Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. “We did things that are uncharacteristic of a team that wants to win,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. FINISHING STRONG Utah staved off elimination and forced a Game 5 on Wednesday. Mitchell’s late-game performance helped the second-year guard make up for struggles earlier. He turned the ball over twice in the first two minutes and shot just 36 percent from the field in the first three quarters before going 6 of 12 in the fourth. Gobert totaled four points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in 24 minutes. He admitted to being surprised by the decision, but took it in stride. “Both of them attacked,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Jae got downhill and attacked the rim. Ricky did the same thing.” James Harden scored 30 points to lead Houston. Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Eric Gordon chipped in 16 points. Game 5 is in Houston on Wednesday. Snyder inserted Favors in the lineup in place of Rudy Gobert for the final 4 ½ minutes of the fourth quarter. The move paid off. TIP INS Houston led for much of the third quarter after going 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the quarter. The Rockets never built more than a five-point advantage, however, before Mitchell’s fourth quarter performance. An 8-0 run, capped by Austin Rivers’ dunk off a steal by Paul, helped Houston trim the deficit to 30-24 before quarter’s end. “Of course, we wanted to end it tonight,” Harden said. “We had plenty of opportunities. They made some plays in that fourth quarter and we didn’t.” Mitchell dominated in the fourth quarter, rallying the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Monday night. UP NEXT Written by “We’ve had our backs against the wall plenty of times the past two years we’ve been together as a team,” Mitchell said. “This is familiar ground with us. Everybody responded the way we expect them to, but the biggest thing for us is take what we did today and multiply it.” Mitchell scored 13 points in three minutes to fuel the run after totaling just 12 points in the first three quarters. He capped off the surge with back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Jazz a 91-80 lead with 9:02 remaining. Associated Press The Rockets continued to cut into the lead during the second quarter, but could not overtake Utah until the third. Houston opened the quarter on a 10-2 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Gordon. Harden capped it off with three free throws to give the Rockets a 57-55 lead.center_img “He didn’t have the force he usually does,” D’Antoni said. “I felt like they’d thrown their haymaker, trying to knock us out,” Crowder said. “We stood tall and took those punches and came out ready to play in the fourth quarter. “ “It’s just draining when you play great defense and give up offensive rebounds,” Harden said. Tags: Houston Rockets/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz Then the Jazz opened the fourth quarter with a 15-1 run and outscored the Rockets 31-12 during the period. “My teammates have had my back with every mistake, everything I’ve done well,” Mitchell said. “When you have that support system in the locker room every day, it makes it easier when you start the game with two straight turnovers.” LIMITED STRENGTH Mitchell provided his biggest highlight later in the quarter when he threw down an incredible alley-oop dunk after catching an errant pass from Royce O’Neale. When he’s on the floor and I’m on the bench, of course I want to be out there, but if he has a great game and the team is winning — that’s the most important thing,” Gobert said. “That’s all that matters.” Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the final quarter to help the Jazz pull away for their first win in the series. Rockets: Harden and Gordon each shot 50 percent from 3-point range. … Houston committed 16 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Jazz. … The Rockets finished with just five bench points. Crowder got things going by scoring five of Utah’s first six baskets. Rubio built on the momentum by fueling a 14-1 run with four baskets and a pair of free throws. It helped the Jazz build a 30-16 lead with 3:03 left in the quarter. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell turned a rough start into a fantastic finish. Houston had three straight turnovers to open the door for Utah to seize a double-digit lead. The Jazz scored 10 points off six Rockets turnovers in the quarter. Mitchell never lost confidence that he could turn it around. Clint Capela had a limited impact after battling a virus. Capela finished with just four points on 1-of-6 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and zero blocks. Utah’s offense got a major boost from Crowder and Rubio in the first quarter. The duo combined for 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the period to help the Jazz carve out a double-digit lead. Favors totaled six points and six rebounds in 10 minutes in the quarter. All but one rebound came during the final three minutes to prevent Houston from making a late rally, like in Game 3. Jazz: After starting 4-of-6 from 3-point range, Utah missed 13 of its next 14 shots from long distance. … Royce O’Neale grabbed a playoff career high 11 rebounds. O’Neale also finished with 11 points. The Jazz outscored Houston 52-22 in the paint and 17-3 in second chance points. It opened the door for the Jazz to dominate around the basket. Utah finished with a 52-35 edge on rebounds and outscored Houston 52-22 in the paint. The Jazz almost doubled up the Rockets on the offensive glass with a 16-9 advantage.last_img read more

News story: Education Secretary welcomes record proportion of university entrants from state schools


first_imgNine in 10 young entrants to full-time first degrees in 2016/17 went to state school, the highest level recorded, according to new statistics out today (1 February).The statistics, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), measure how providers are performing in boosting access to higher education from disadvantaged groups.The key findings include: I am encouraged to see a record proportion of university entrants now coming from state schools and disadvantaged areas. Many universities are already doing brilliant work to ensure more young people go on to higher education, and I would encourage this best practice to be shared across the sector. Of course there is still more to do. That is why we have introduced major reforms through the Higher Education and Research Act, including the Transparency Duty which will require all universities to publish data broken down by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background, shining a light on institutions that need to do more to widen access. 90.0 per cent of young entrants (under 21) in 2016/17 came from state schools, the highest level recorded. 77.2 per cent of young entrants (under 21) to Russell Group institutions in England were from state schools, up from 72.9% in 2010/11. 11.4 per cent of young entrants (under 21) were from low participation neighbourhoods (POLAR3), up from 10.0% in 2010/11.center_img Education Secretary Damian Hinds welcomed the figures, but highlighted that more needs to be done to boost participation across the board. He said:last_img read more

Early action cuts claims, costs


first_imgResearchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the University of Michigan analyzed a program of full disclosure and compensation for medical errors and found a decrease in new claims for compensation (including lawsuits) and liability costs. The findings are published in the Aug. 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.While experts acknowledge that patients should be informed of medical errors, there is concern that a fear of increased litigation and costs may discourage proactive disclosure.“The need for full disclosure of harmful medical errors is driven by both ethics and patient safety concerns,” said lead study author Allen Kachalia, medical director of quality and safety at BWH and an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. “However, because of fears that disclosing every medical error may lead to more malpractice claims and costs, disclosure may not happen as often and consistently as we would hope.”In 2001, the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) launched a comprehensive claims-management program that centered on full disclosure with offers of compensation for medical errors. Under this model, UMHS proactively looked for medical errors, fully disclosed errors to patients, and offered compensation when at fault.Researchers conducted a before-and-after analysis to determine how the UMHS model affected claims and costs. Reviewing claims from 1995 to 2007, researchers found a decrease in new legal claims (including the number of lawsuits per month), time to claim resolution, and liability costs after implementation of the disclosure program.“The decrease in claims and costs may be attributed to a number or combination of factors,” says Kachalia. “We found a 61 percent decrease in spending at the UMHS on legal defense costs, and this supports the possibility that patients may be less likely to file lawsuits when given prompt transparency and an offer of compensation.”Researchers hope the study alleviates fears associated with disclosure and encourages efforts to disclose all harmful medical errors. The study was funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation.last_img read more

Correction: Myanmar story


first_imgNAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — In Feb. 1 coverage of the military coup in Myanmar, The Associated Press erroneously reported that an announcement of the takeover linked the move in part on the government’s decision to allow the November 2020 election to proceed despite the coronavirus pandemic. While parties aligned with the military had previously sought an election delay due to the pandemic, the reason was not cited in the formal announcement of the takeover.last_img

New landlord enters off-campus housing market


first_imgWhen sophomore Meghan Donoghue decided to live off campus her senior year, she worked with Kramer Properties, a local retail company. A few weeks after signing her lease, however, she found out via e-mail that a different company would be managing her house.“We signed for our house with Kramer, paid the first and last month’s rent and the security deposit and about two weeks later received an e-mail that Kramer was no longer our landlord,” Donoghue said. “I know a lot of people who had signed with Kramer were really confused or upset when they heard about the switch.”Campus Apartments, a national retail management company, recently took over a portion of Kramer Properties.Mark Kramer, owner of Kramer Properties, said he sold 56 homes and Notre Dame Apartments in February 2008 to Gross and Cohen Real Estate Investors.Gross and Cohen decided to have Campus Apartments, a national chain managing off-campus housing at schools across the U.S., manage the homes and apartments for them, president Michael Cohen said.This is the first time the company has worked with Campus Apartments, but  “they have great, national quality,” Cohen said.For students who have not yet signed a lease, the management change could work to their advantage.Rent for the homes now managed under Campus Apartments is lower than when they were managed under Kramer. Cohen said the lowering of the rent was a joint decision between Gross and Cohen investors and Campus Apartments.“There were not many units rented when [Campus Apartments] took over,” Cohen said. “They had to be aggressive.”Junior Mike Delach, who originally signed with Kramer Properties, said he was indifferent to the management change.“I knew that my lease was going to be honored. They just said it was going to be the same kind of ownership. They didn’t make it seem like anything was going to change,” Delach said.Delach said he hopes that he will still be able to have “the college experience” and would be disappointed if Campus Apartments was stricter than Kramer Properties. The only complaint Delach has so far, he said, is the lack of communication between Campus Apartments and students.“I’m feeling pretty under-informed from Campus Apartments,” he said. “[I’d like] more information. Security information would be good.”Donoghue said she has not yet been contacted by Campus Apartments. “Though we have not attempted to contact Campus Apartments, it seems strange to me that they haven’t reached out to us at all,” she said. Kramer said he sold the properties to reduce the number of homes he owned and help improve business.“We like to make it have more of a personal touch,” Kramer said. “It was getting quite large. We want to be on a personal level with students.”Kramer said he still has 75 student homes, as well as the Lafayette Square townhomes and other properties.“Business is still booming,” Kramer said. “We’re still around and we intend to be in business for a long time.”last_img read more

Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina Begins Broadway Performances


first_imgLooking for an upstate escape? Try this one on for size. The Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Tony winner Harvey Fierstein’s new play Casa Valentina begins preview performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 1. The all-star cast is directed by Joe Mantello and includes Gabriel Ebert, John Cullum, Patrick Page, Reed Birney and Mare Winningham. Opening night is set for April 23. Set in the idyllic Catskills mountains in the early 1960s, Casa Valentina is a discrete venue for men who enjoy dressing up and acting as women. When the opportunity to become an official organization arises, Casa Valentina must decide whether this would help gain their clientele recognition in society or wreck havoc on their personal lives. View Comments Additional cast members include Tom McGowan, Larry Pine, Nick Westrate, and Lisa Emery. Reed Birney Gabriel Ebert Casa Valentina Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Star Files Patrick Page View All (4) Mare Winningham Related Showslast_img read more

SOUTHCOM, Partners Fight Transnational Crime


first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2011 The military’s work with partners in South and Central America and the Caribbean have brought a range of gains in the area from close military cooperation to supporting the region’s fight against organized crime, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said in Washington D.C. In an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service, Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser said SOUTHCOM’s job is working with the nation’s military partners and defending U.S. approaches from the south. And though he doesn’t see a traditional threat to the United States from any part of Central and South America or the Caribbean, the general said, a threat does exist. “I do see a nontraditional threat, and that is transnational organized crime,” he explained. “It’s pervasive throughout the region, [but has] a larger impact right now in Central America.” The threat has a destabilizing impact on many countries, the general said, and includes trafficking in drugs, weapons and people; money laundering and bulk cash transfers; and many other avenues of illicit trade. Such criminal organizations, he said, have a corrosive impact on countries whose systems of government and institutions may be weak and whose populations are poor. “It’s a concern that will continue to manifest itself for a long time,” Fraser added, “and it’s one that we just need to continue to work on,” along with partners in the region. SOUTHCOM, based in Miami, is one of the Defense Department’s nine unified combatant commands, providing contingency planning, operations and security cooperation for Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The command oversees the force protection of U.S. military resources in the region and is responsible for ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. SOUTHCOM’s more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and other federal agencies. Because organized crime is a focus of law enforcement and not military forces, the general added, SOUTHCOM has a supporting role in the fight. Part of the criminal activity involves drug production and transport in and out of the region, he explained. From law enforcement — primarily from the host nation, but supported by U.S. agencies — “we get indications of where those organizations are moving,” Fraser said. “We’ll find [the criminals], watch them as they move through the maritime environment, and then coordinate with other law enforcement capacity or host nation capacity that can intercept, detain and take those individuals to prosecution and take care of the drugs,” he said. SOUTHCOM also helps to support partner militaries, Fraser said, improving their capacity to support the internal requirements of nations in the region. “It’s very much an interagency and an international approach, and there is no one solution, there is no silver bullet,” the general said. “We have to address each part.”last_img read more