What characterizes planetary space weather?

first_imgSpace weather has become a mature discipline for the Earth space environment. With increasing efforts in space exploration, it is becoming more and more necessary to understand the space environments of bodies other than Earth. This is the background for an emerging aspect of the space weather discipline: planetary space weather. In this article, we explore what characterizes planetary space weather, using some examples throughout the solar system. We consider energy sources and timescales, the characteristics of solar system objects and interaction processes. We discuss several developments of space weather interactions including the effects on planetary radiation belts, atmospheric escape, habitability and effects on space systems. We discuss future considerations and conclude that planetary space weather will be of increasing importance for future planetary missions.last_img read more

10 foolish financial decisions you don’t want to make

first_imgby: Erik CarterLet’s face it. No matter how smart we are (or think we are), we are all prone to making mistakes with our money. Here are some of the most common foolish financial decisions people make:1) Spending money you don’t have on things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like.We’ve all heard of trying to keep up with the Joneses, but do you want to keep up with the Jones’ credit card debt too? After all, the average American household has over $7k in credit card debt and the average household with debt has over $15k. To avoid being in that statistic a good place to start would be to make sure your spending matches your values and priorities and not someone else’s.2) Dealing with old debts first. It would seem to make sense to catch up on that old debt that’s been delinquent for the last 10 years over a payment you missed last month but there are a couple of reasons why you might not want to do that. First, the delinquency may be old enough that it’s past your state’s statute of limitations and the creditor can no longer sue you for it. Making a payment or even just speaking to them can restart that clock. If the delinquency is over 7 years old, it should also have dropped off your credit report If it’s less than 7 years old, it still won’t hurt your credit as much as a newer delinquency.3) Paying for credit monitoring. You can get free credit monitoring on sites like Credit Karma and Credit Sesame so you’ll get alerted if anything funky happens to your credit. You can also check your credit reports for free at AnnualCreditReport.com and dispute anything funky from the past. Finally, to prevent future funkiness, you can place a security freeze on your credit reports to prevent would-be identity thieves from opening credit in your name. There may be a one-time nominal fee to place the freeze but you’ll have to lift it if you want to apply for credit and then re-activate it again. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fifa World Cup Spain’s Carvajal hopeful to play at FIFA World Cup

first_imgNew Delhi: Spanish defender Dani Carvajal is still in contention to participate at the FIFA World Cup in Russia despite injuring his hamstring playing for Real Madrid against Liverpool at the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.A tearful Carvajal had to be substituted during the Champions League final in Kiev, prompting fears the right-back would miss this summer’s tournament, which starts from June 14.However, after undergoing medical tests with his club Real Madrid, a statement released by the national team on Monday indicated the 26-year-old will remain with the squad.”Carvajal this morning underwent medical tests with his club, with the doctors of the Spanish national team present,” the statement read.”The tests showed an injury in the hamstring of the right thigh. He will begin the recovery process of this injury with the medical group of the national team, who will stay in close contact with his club.”Spain will take part in friendlies against Switzerland and Tunisia on June 3 and 9 respectively.Their first FIFA World Cup match will be against Portugal on June 15. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

McGhee picks Howard

first_imgby Malik VincentAfter weighing options for his upcoming collegiate football career, Perry’s Greg McGhee signed a National Letter of Intent with NCAA Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) Howard University last week.Located in Washington DC, Howard is one of the premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country. DRIVING THE LANE—Greg McGhee of Perry looks to drive the lane against Allderdice. McGhee scored 19 points in the Commodores 71-69 come from behind win over Allderdice. Perry clinched the number one seed in the City League playoffs. (COURIER PHOTO/WILLIAM MCBRIDE) “When I went down for my visit, it still had the city vibe but it was much more exciting,” McGhee said. “It made me realize that there is a whole other world outside of Pittsburgh.”McGhee, as a freshman at Perry, started off as the Commodores’ fifth-string quarterback. After a constant effort to improve, the very next season, he was designated as the team’s starter.“Greg is a competitor no matter what he does,” said Perry’s coach Bill Gallagher. “Whether it’s in the weight room, studying film, or watching his opponents, his will not to loose is what made him a wonderful quarterback.”In his junior and senior seasons, Perry had what McGhee describes as a “run first and pass never” offense.But his 24 touchdown passes, compared to only five interceptions this past season, showed how he made himself the best City League passer in over a decade.Just as he’s done on the field, McGhee has excelled in the classroom. As a result of these efforts, he’ll be afforded the opportunity to be the first in his household to obtain a four-year degree.“I want to set an example for my little brother,” McGhee said. “I want to show him that hard work pays off.”His brother DeSean, 14, who is an eighth-grader, is also a left-handed quarterback.Ted White will be McGhee’s position coach at Howard. A former Bison quarterback, he’s experienced a professional career, which landed him opportunities in both the NFL (Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and Jacksonville), and the Canadian Football League.“What he reminded me of when I first saw him was (Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback) Michael Vick,” White said. “How he is able to roll to the right, keep his eyes down field, and deliver an accurate ball. It’s amazing.”In those years in which Perry didn’t do much passing, McGhee proved how he has game-breaking abilities, on the ground.“I thought he was a great fit for the west coast offense that we are going to be running next year,” White added. “Usually high school quarterbacks are used to sitting back in the shotgun. Be we watched Greg go under center and he was still very effective. He can run and pass. We like that about him.”Brandon Slade, McGhee’s cousin, was a former player at Perry as well. He attended Howard and is currently practicing law in Washington.“It will be a good thing for me to be down there with Brandon,” McGhee said. “He will be a great mentor to me and should help me get adjusted with life in that area.”“His choice to matriculate to Howard shows his maturity,” Gallagher said. “He was looking beyond football. For a guy his age, it is impressive to see him make a decision that involves what he plans to do in his life, in general.”ALSO: McGhee’s favorite target and 2010 All-City League performer on both offense and defense, Devin Ghafoor, has chosen to accept a football scholarship with NCAA Division II Edinboro University.Ghafoor was more the possession receiver out of the two split-ends that the Commodores featured in the league’s most effective pass attack in 2010. He had 30-plus receptions for 535 yards in his senior season.(Follow our continuing coverage of and add your comments to our website at www.newpitts­burgh­courieronline.com.) (Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more

Back among the best: Klopp instils new belief in Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Going places: Jurgen Klopp has inspired Liverpool back to the Champions League final © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 22 – The last time Liverpool faced the might of Real Madrid, then manager Brendan Rodgers named a second-string side so impossible did it seem that England’s most successful club on the European stage could compete with the self-proclaimed “kings of Europe”.Madrid won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu that November night in 2014, two weeks after they had inflicted Liverpool’s heaviest ever European home defeat by cruising to a 3-0 victory at Anfield. Such was the gulf between the sides that even a former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo was applauded off on what used to be enemy territory. Madrid were a class apart rather than a competitor.Fast-forward three-and-a-half years and Jurgen Klopp has transformed the five-time European champions back into believing they are worthy of their place in a Champions League final when they face Real once more in Kiev on Saturday.“A lot of things happened since I came in, but the biggest change was how the people changed in the case of how much they like their actual team,” said Klopp on Monday.“That is really nice and helped a lot. The boys deserved this. They had an exceptional season, always could be better, but it was really good and a big step in comparison to last year.”Klopp’s tenure has been far from all plain sailing. He acknowledged even after ousting Premier League champions Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals that the clock was ticking on his promise to deliver a trophy in his first four years.By contrast, since the sides last met, Madrid have won another two Champions Leagues, a La Liga title, two Club World Cups and two European Super Cups.– Best yet to come –Huggable: Klopp’s animated touchline persona has at times overshadowed his tactical nous © AFP / Paul ELLISHowever, the feeling around Anfield is that Liverpool can now compete with Europe’s elite, and — with Klopp having renewed his contract till 2022 — the best is still to come.“This could be the start of something special under Klopp, he’s world class,” the last Liverpool captain to lift the Champions League, Steven Gerrard, told BT Sport after a rollercoaster 7-6 aggregate semi-final win over Roma.Klopp’s role as a rabble-rousing, bear-hugging cheerleader on the sidelines makes the 50-year-old a colourful and loveable character for fans, players and media alike.However, the headlines he creates often hide a keen eye for the tactical details that count.None more so than how Klopp didn’t let the loss of arguably his best player in Philippe Coutinho for a Premier League record sale of £142 million ($194 million, 160 million euros) in the middle of the season derail Liverpool’s road to Kiev.Coutinho’s departure robbed Klopp of competition for places and ammunition for his front three. Yet, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino continued to thrive, combining for 90 goals this season.Behind them Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came to the fore, scoring a stunning goal against City in a 3-0 first leg win at Anfield in the last eight.When the England international’s season was ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury against Roma in the semi-finals, Georginio Wijnaldum stepped in to score what proved to be the winning goal in the tie in Rome.“I think Jurgen is a master to buy players with what he really needs for the way he wants to play,” said City boss Pep Guardiola, who has suffered more defeats in his career to Klopp than any other manager.In Klopp’s first season Liverpool fell short in the League Cup and Europa League finals to Manchester City and Sevilla.His second campaign delivered Champions League football for just the second time in eight years. His third has so far solidified Liverpool’s status as a Champions League club with another top-four finish and run to the final.“They don’t hang silver medals at Melwood (Liverpool’s training ground),” Klopp warned after an emotional night in Rome three weeks ago, a fact he knows only too well having lost his last five finals at Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.He has made Liverpool a force to be reckoned with again. The final step to go from contenders to champions is what remains to be taken.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Matt Millen film a spine-tingler even though we know how everything turned out

first_imgWe all know how Matt Millen’s health crisis turned out. And through hindsight comes certainty after the fact. Of course a donor heart turned up on Christmas eve. Of course the transplant was a success. Of course Millen is getting back to his old life and his old self.The part we were able to observe looking in from the outside was about as reassuring as an impending heart transplant can be. The stoic pragmatism from Millen, who won Super Bowls as a member of the Raiders and 49ers. The fact he …last_img read more

Zuma shares experience with Sri Lanka

first_img18 November 2013President Jacob Zuma was back in South Africa on Monday after attending the Commonwealth heads of state summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he took the opportunity to share some of South Africa’s experiences in national reconciliation.Zuma met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the leadership of the Tamil National Alliance for talks on the sidelines of the three-day summit, which ended on Sunday.According to the Presidency, Zuma discussed “the role that could be played by South Africa in assisting the people of Sri Lanka to resolve their problems through engagement”.The Sri Lankan government is under international scrutiny for its conduct during the final stages of its military campaign against the Tamil Tiger rebels, when tens of thousands of civilians died.The civil conflict ended in 2009 after nearly three decades of fighting. As many as 40 000 civilians were killed in the last months of the conflict, as government troops advanced on the last stronghold of the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were fighting for an independent homeland.During the weekend summit, Zuma also participated in a dialogue between heads of state and youth leaders, which saw the establishment of the Commonwealth Youth Council.He urged Commonwealth leaders to continue championing the aspirations of the youth and to ensure that their voice was represented in Commonwealth actions at national and international level.With regard to the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda, Zuma said: “Poverty eradication, addressing income inequalities and job creation must remain the overarching objectives of the development agenda beyond 2015.”Zuma said the theme of the summit – “growth with equity: inclusive development – resonated with South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), a policy blueprint for achieving a more inclusive economy while addressing the country’s socio-economic imbalances.In a joint communique issued at the close of the summit, the leaders committed to work on post-2015 development, including debt financing and climate change.They reaffirmed the right to development for all individuals, and vowed to focus on making growth more inclusive for all, including for vulnerable groups, women, youth and the disabled.The communique also welcomed progress being made in strengthening relations between the G20 and Commonwealth countries, including the establishment of the Annual Commonwealth Dialogue and regular G20 outreach with the Commonwealth.“Heads [of state] also acknowledged the work being done by the Commonwealth members of the Global Governance Group 3G in encouraging the G20 to engage the wider UN membership. They welcomed Australia’s forthcoming assumption of the G20 presidency, and noted that this offers an important opportunity to reflect Commonwealth priorities in advancing global development policy challenges.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Rob Davies: South Africa is open for business

first_img“Government and society need to work in genuine partnership to pursue the country’s current economic vision with conviction and vigour,” writes trade and industry minister Rob Davies on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos. “In the meantime, South Africa needs to continue to send a message to the world that it is still very much open for business.”The board at the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Restrictiveness Index, South Africa ranks among the most open jurisdictions for foreign direct investment in the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)Rob DaviesSouth Africa is committed to improving its global competitiveness and reputation with a view to delivering on its growth and developmental imperatives, while the country continues to compare well with other emerging markets.In a bid to drive this point to international investors, South Africa will be represented at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos by a high-level multi-stakeholder team from 21 to 24 January 2015. Team South Africa, will bring to the 2 500 participants at the summit, the message that South Africa is open for business and remains an attractive and reliable investment destination.According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Restrictiveness Index, South Africa ranks among the most open jurisdictions for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world. Openness is reflected in the overall trend of growing FDI into South Africa over the last 22 years post-1994. South Africa’s stock of FDI now accounts for around 42% of GDP. Over the last five years, South Africa accounted for the bulk of new investment projects in Africa with investment arriving from the USA, some member states of the EU and increasingly from China, India and other Asian countries.The country attracted around 24% of all the FDI projects in Africa between 2007 and 2013. In this light, and notwithstanding the challenging global economic conditions, in August 2013 the Global Financial Times Magazine of United Kingdom (UK) voted South Africa overall winner for best investment destination in Africa for 2013 and 2014.The 2014 AT Kearney Foreign Direct Confidence Index ranks South Africa in position 13 among 25 leading economies moving up two places from 2013. South Africa ranks higher than countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands. Research by the International Investment Initiative director at the University of Bern’s World Trade Institute, Dr Stephen Gelb, shows that over 130 foreign firms either entered South Africa or expanded their investments during 2013; that is about 2.5 foreign firms per week announced an investment in South Africa. Trade and Investment South Africa, our investment team, has developed an investment pipeline of R60.5-billion of potential investment projects.Certainly, the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill has generated some negative comment. The reality however is that this bill will ensure that all investors domestic and foreign will be treated equally on the basis of the principle of non-discrimination and substantial protection of investor rights, based on the Constitution.South Africa’s overall performance in the World Bank’s 2015 Ease of Doing Business Index dropped from 41st to 43rd this year, at a time of subdued GDP outlook.The report attributes the drop in rankings to South Africa’s poor or limited access to electricity, one of the biggest hurdles to doing business in the country, where it takes on average five procedures and 226 days to get connected to the grid.Despite this, South Africa has improved in a range of indicators:• Starting a business – 64 to 61• Registering Property – 99 to 97• Trading across borders – 106 to 100• Enforcing contracts – 80 to 46• Paying taxes – 24 to 19The improvement in the trading across borders indicator is a critical area that impacts on performance of a range of manufactured and mineral products shipped from South Africa to international markets.South Africa’s fall in the rankings can also be attributed to counter-productive credit policies, namely making access to credit information more difficult by requiring credit bureaus to remove negative credit information from their databases.The results of the 2015 Ease of Doing Business Report suggest that South Africa has some work to do in creating an enabling environment to attract inward flows of investment. The challenges are however not insurmountable and many are already being addressed by the relevant authorities. South Africa’s global competitiveness is our collective responsibility and, in line with the National Development Plan, we need to begin to collectively respond to creating the conditions that improve our competitiveness.According the World Bank, “the 20 economies at the top of the ease of doing business ranking perform well not only on the Doing Business indicators but also in other international data sets capturing dimensions of competitiveness.”As a developing nation, South Africa will be continually confronted with considerable socioeconomic challenges that need to be resolved. However, the development of powerful interventions such as the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path provide broad yet strong blueprints for dealing with these structural issues, and the focus should remain firmly on the implementation of such plans for the good of the country and all its citizens.Government is committed to creating an enabling environment that will facilitate investment, job creation and growth. Appropriately calibrated and enforced regulations provide business with certainty and a stable business environment. Regulations are also essential to reducing the harmful effects of illicit trade in many forms that is not only harmful to workers and consumers but also constitutes unfair competition to South African companies that are law abiding.We must not lose sight of the things we are getting right and government and society need to work in genuine partnership to pursue the country’s current economic vision with conviction and vigour. In the meantime, South Africa needs to continue to send a message to the world that it is still very much open for business.Follow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

Lockdown lifted at Chollas Creek school after armed domestic violence suspect reported

first_img , Posted: June 13, 2018 Lockdown lifted at Chollas Creek school after armed domestic violence suspect reported nearby Updated: 2:43 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 13, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Chollas Creek elementary school was on lockdown Wednesday while police searched for an armed domestic violence suspect in the area.The lockdown at John Marshall Elementary School in the Chollas Creek neighborhood of San Diego has been lifted, school district officials advise.The roughly 40-minute precautionary alert at the Altadena Avenue campus went into effect in the early afternoon as officers searched the area for a possibly armed vandalism and domestic-violence suspect, according to police.The man was not found, an SDPD spokesman says.Police received reports just before 12:30 p.m. of an armed man in the area of the campus at 3550 Altadena Avenue.last_img read more