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Quiet time plasmaspheric electric fields and plasmasphere-ionosphere coupling fluxes at L = 2.5

first_imgObservations of whistler mode signals from the VLF transmitters NAA and NSS in the Northeast U.S.A., made at Faraday, Antarctica (65°S, 64°W), are used to deduce radial plasma drifts and plasmasphere- ionosphere coupling fluxes near L = 2.5. The fluxes measured represent the sum of the field-aligned plasma fluxes through 1000 km altitude in both hemispheres. The method used to obtain the cross-L drifts and fluxes is explained, and then the results from nine consecutive geomagnetically quiet days in July 1986 described. Data from the 9 days were averaged to find the mean diurnal variation in the East-West electric field (which causes the radial plasma drift) and the fluxes. The fluxes were of magnitude 1−3 × 1012 m−2 s−1 ; the plasmasphere started to fill at sunrise in the Northern (summer) Hemisphere, and to empty again at sunset in the Southern (winter) Hemisphere. The most noticeable features in the cross-L drift were an outward drift from 07:00–12:00 L.T. and an inward drift from 15:00–22:00 L.T. The electric fields in both cases are of magnitude ≈ 0.2 mV m−1 and are thought to be due to the ionospheric dynamo.last_img read more

Alzheimer’s Forum in Ocean City Helps Patients, Caregivers Cope With Disease

first_imgNeurologist David Roeltgen calls Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a “scary disease.” By Donald WittkowskiDr. David Roeltgen, a neurologist who has been treating dementia patients for 35 years, told an audience of mostly senior citizens Wednesday in Ocean City that their prospects of appearing on the brain-teasing game show “Jeopardy” seem remote, at best.“You don’t see a lot of senior citizens on Jeopardy,” he said, drawing muffled laughter from the audience. “Jeopardy is a young person’s game.”Roeltgen wasn’t trying to make a joke. His remarks underscored an unfortunate fact of life: As people get older, their mental acuity generally declines.Roeltgen noted that aging is the biggest factor in developing Alzheimer’s, a fatal disorder that falls under the umbrella group of brain diseases known as dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more prevalent now that members of the baby boomer generation have begun slipping into their elderly years.Shore Physicians Group runs an Alzheimer’s treatment and research center based in Cape May County to help patients and their families cope with the memory-robbing disease.The Flora Baker Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Center opened last July in a Shore Physicians Group office next to the ShopRite supermarket off Route 9 in Marmora. Roeltgen is the center’s director.The Alzheimer’s facility is the first of its kind in South Jersey. Previously, Alzheimer’s patients had to travel to Philadelphia for treatment, hospital officials pointed out.Shore Physicians Group and Shore Medical Center, the Somers Point hospital, are educating the public about dementia and other diseases through a community lecture series this year that is free to the public. On Wednesday, Roeltgen addressed about 75 mostly elderly people at the Ocean City Masonic Lodge during a two-hour forum focusing on Alzheimer’s.“This is a scary disease, folks,” Roeltgen said bluntly.The audience listens to Dr. Roeltgen during a two-hour forum at the Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 in Ocean City.Quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients usually erodes within five years of diagnosis. Death usually comes within eight to 12 years, according to Roeltgen.Despite extraordinary breakthroughs in medicine overall, the cause of Alzheimer’s disease and the cure have thus far eluded the medical world.Roeltgen explained that a person’s genetic makeup and family history are key factors in Alzheimer’s.“There are multiple types of genetic influences on dementia,” he said.Clearly, aging is the biggest component. As the U.S. grows older, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease has become more dramatic.“More than likely, it’s the fact that we’re living past 65,” Roeltgen said.Globally, an estimated 44 million people have dementia, he told the audience.“It’s more common than AIDS and more common than the people who die of stroke,” he said.The Alzheimer’s Association says more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. Even grimmer, the figure could rise as high as 16 million Americans by 2050, the association estimates. Currently, one in three senior citizens in the United States dies of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, according to the association.Cape May County’s aging population is a major reason why the Flora Baker Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Center is located in Marmora. In an interview last year, when the center first opened, Roeltgen said Cape May County is, population-wise, the second-oldest county in the United States.Demographic data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that, as of July 1, 2016, 25 percent of Cape May County’s population was at least 65 years old. That number is up from 21.6 percent of the county’s population in 2010.The Alzheimer’s center opened last July in a Shore Physicians Group office off Route 9 in Marmora.Hoping to boost the quality of life for dementia patients, the Flora Baker center provides a streamlined approach toward the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Patients benefit from a “continuum of care” involving doctors, family members and professional caregivers.The facility offers treatment for patients, support for their families and clinical trials of experimental drugs to combat Alzheimer’s.The center was funded by a $500,000 donation to Shore Medical Center from the Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 through an endowment for Alzheimer’s treatment established by the now-deceased Flora Baker, a local hotel owner. Baker set up the endowment in honor of her late husband, Benjamin, who was a member of the Ocean City Masons.Family members are quite often the primary caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients. Roeltgen and his staff at the Alzheimer’s center focus not only on the patients, but also the caregivers, as part of the support network for treating the disease.Unfortunately, Roeltgen said, there’s “no Bible” to guide spouses and other family members in their role as caregivers. He believes that the country is “uneducated and undereducated in this regard.”“None of them made Oprah Winfrey,” Roeltgen said of any Alzheimer’s guides or books being included in the talk show host’s popular book club.At least one recent study cited by Roeltgen suggests that caregivers can do just as well using their common sense and just “bungling along” than following any systematic approach for Alzheimer’s patients.“I don’t think this is unlike taking care of kids,” he said.last_img read more

Press release: UK calls for action to address ‘global injustice’ of discrimination against disabled people

first_img a new global partnership – ‘AT Scale’, to transform access to and affordability of life-changing devices and basic technology, such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, hearing aids and glasses; this would be aimed at reaching 500 million people globally by 2030 by bringing organisations together to share data and consider how best to tackle issues of innovation, affordability and availability – work that would benefit disabled people in the UK and overseas; The path a person takes in life should not be dictated by their disability and yet people are forced, every day, to deal with prejudice and even violence. That is why the UK’s first ever Global Disability Summit is dedicated to bringing together our international partners and transforming the lives of the world’s most vulnerable and why we are committed to ending discrimination and stigma against disabled people. International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said: The Global Disability Summit provides nations, together with civil society, a rare and welcome opportunity to act in tandem on this important issue of disability – an area which has been neglected for too long. We need to delve into the causes of the existing and emerging gaps in the sector and provide realistic trackable actions that will immensely improve the situation for people with disabilities from the countries represented in this unique summit. Notes to EditorsAn estimated one billion people – 15% of the world’s population – have some form of disability and an estimated 80% of these people live in developing countries – World Disability Report, jointly published by the WHO and World Bank 2011Disabled people are often the poorest and most excluded in their communities, and face significant barriers that can prevent them from realising their rights, living with dignity, and fully participating in social, economic and political life.Around the world, disabled people continue to face appalling levels of stigma, discrimination and abuse, and all too often miss out on the opportunities that are the right of every person.Images and videos of the stories of people with disabilities around the world available here. Please credit DFID. If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. a new innovative UK Aid Connect programme, led by charities Sightsavers and Leonard Cheshire, which will work with organisations within small communities to support disabled people into jobs in the developing world; Ms. Mordaunt, who referenced the importance of this Summit when she became the first Minister to use sign language at the despatch box of the House of Commons earlier this month, has committed the UK Government to a number of initiatives to demonstrate our commitment and leadership.These include: routes to economic empowerment The Department already pledged in April this year to support disabled girls into education as part of the flagship Education Challenge programme.The Global Disability Summit has been designed to mobilise new global and national commitments on disability, and showcase good practice, innovation and evidence from across the world.There will be four central themes for the Summit, around which the participants will build commitments and showcase best practice. These are: IDA is welcoming this historic Global Disability Summit and commends the UK Government for this timely initiative. We, as a representative organisation of persons with disabilities, are committed to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and we see the Summit as a critical impetus into its implementation in every corner of the world. We believe that we can achieve the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society only through the meaningful and genuine stakeholder partnership between organisations of persons with disabilities, governments, the private and all actors involved. We are committed to supporting Governments and all participants of the Summit in the implementation of their commitments that they are expressing today. inclusive education Discrimination and stigma against disabled people is a global injustice – one that has been ignored for too long – and one we need to fix urgently. Today I am calling for countries around the developing world to stand alongside disabled people in their countries and commit to end stigma and fully value the contribution disabled people can give to the success of those nations. This isn’t just the right thing to do for humanity – it is also the smart thing to do because it’s impossible to end extreme poverty if a significant part of your society is left out of the deal. Today we will learn from each other and will make commitments to enable disabled people to reach their full potential. harnessing technology and innovation Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection, Ukur Yatani, said: UK calls for ‘move from rhetoric to action’ to address ‘global injustice’ of discrimination against disabled people· The Department for International Development will today host the UK Government’s first ever Global Disability Summit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London· The Summit will shine a light on the discrimination and stigma faced by up to 1 billion people globally who have a disability· The UK will pledge to ambitious commitments to tackle the scale of the problemThe UK will today host its first ever Global Disability Summit and call on international partners to tackle the prejudice faced by disabled people.The International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, will lead a global call to ‘move from rhetoric to action’ on improving the lives of disabled people, including some of the poorest and most vulnerable in the world.As part of the UK’s commitment, Ms. Mordaunt will announce a new innovative UK Aid Connect programme which will work with different organisations within small communities to support disabled people into jobs in the developing world.The landmark summit will be co-hosted alongside the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and will see the UK challenging established practices to ensure that equal rights of disabled people are upheld.Participants will be expected to commit to real, transformative action, and the International Development Secretary will call on delegates to hold each other to account on delivering pledges made at the event.The UK-led event will bring together government ministers, business leaders, and disabled people from all over the world to tackle what is a burning global issue. Governments and other organisations will commit to work in partnership with each other to put disabled people and their representative organisations at the front and centre of their work.The Summit will feature a keynote speech from President Moreno of Ecuador; a world leader who has a disability himself. Participants will also have access to a marketplace of organisations showcasing new policy and technology for disabled people.Over the two days there will be range of spotlight sessions exploring issues affecting disabled people and a screening of the Oscar winning short film Silent Child, alongside a Q&A.In advance of today’s Summit, the Prime Minister has called for real and substantive change.The Prime Minister, Theresa May, said: General media queries (24 hours) Telephone 020 7023 0600 increasing DFID’s work with businesses around the globe, supporting disabled people as employers, employees and consumers. Email [email protected] tackling stigma and discrimination a new six-year programme to design ways to help 100,000 disabled people to access health services, 10,000 disabled children to access education, and up to 45,000 disabled people to increase their incomes. This programme will also help to improve policy making in the UK; The Chair of the International Disability Alliance, Ana Lucia Arellano, said:last_img read more

Vogelmann appointed Dean of UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

first_imgUniversity of Vermont president Dan Fogel announced Wednesday that Tom Vogelmann has been appointed as the eleventh Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). He has been acting as Interim Dean of CALS since July of 2008.Mr. Vogelmann came to Vermont in 2002 as a Professor of Plant Biology and Chair of the Department of Botany and Agricultural Biochemistry. A graduate of Syracuse University (Ph.D.), Washington State University (M.S.) and the University of Vermont (B.S.), Dr. Vogelmann worked for eighteen years at the University of Wyoming where he was Professor of Botany and served as the interim Chair of the Department of Botany. This position is key to helping move Vermont agriculture forward. I have worked with Dr. Vogelmann during his tenure as interim dean and he clearly understands the importance of the Land Grant mission of the University to the state of Vermont, said Roger Allbee, Secretary of Agriculture.CALS is one of seven academic units offering undergraduate degrees at the University of Vermont. CALS programs emphasize the life sciences, agriculture and food systems, environmental stewardship and the preservation of healthy, rural communities. Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences learn how to make a difference in our changing world. Rigorous course work, research in state-of-the-art labs, hands-on experiences, and relevant internships provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to solve important societal problems and ensure a more sustainable planet. Tom understands how vitally important it is today to serve all aspects of agriculture in Vermont. I look forward to working with him on the many challenges and opportunities facing agricultural prosperity in our state, commented Allbee.Dr. Vogelmann has received numerous awards and other recognitions for his teaching, research, and service, including the Robertson Lecture for outstanding contributions to plant physiology conferred by the Australian and New Zealand Societies for Plant Physiology.  He also received the Presidential Award for outstanding research, the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Research, and the Elbogen Award for Outstanding Teaching, all at the University of Wyoming. Most recently, he received the Joseph E. Carrigan Award for Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UVM.  Dr. Vogelmann specializes in plant physiology and has published more than eighty scientific papers in refereed journals, books, and technical proceedings.last_img read more

TWL plans event for school girls

first_img April 15, 2004 Regular News TWL plans event for school girls This year, in conjunction with AB A Law Day, Tallahassee Women Lawyers is sponsoring the Legacy of Excellence Program April 30 that will give high-school girls a chance to hear from stellar women lawyers.TWL’s Legacy of Excellence — for 8th through 12th graders — is an intensive, one-day overview of this year’s Law Day theme,“To Win Equality Law: Brown v. Board at 50,” presented through the eyes of women in the legal profession. The program is also designed to expose participants to the legal, social, and educational opportunities for women in the Tallahassee community. In addition to being exposed to some of Tallahassee’s key jurists and barristers, Legacy of Excellence participants will be provided information and resources that will assist them in one day pursuing a career in the legal profession. The purpose of the activity is to expose young girls to women lawyers in the Tallahassee community and to enlighten them on a substantive aspect of the law.Participants will have an opportunity to hear from keynote speakers, such as Justice Peggy Quince; Judge Marguerite H. Davis; and Public Defender Nancy Daniels. TWL plans event for school girlslast_img read more

Spanish head goes after failed buyout bid

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Dalby claims this week’s bargain house of the week sale

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago54 Wood Street, Dalby sold for $110,000.While this bargain home is now off the market, there are plenty more bargains to be had.This four-bedroom beauty is available for $140,000 at 2 Jessop Street. With good bones, all it needs is a touch of vision to turn it into your family home.Or, with a tenant already on board paying $215 per week, it could make the perfect investment.If three-bedroom is more your style then 3 James Street might have just what you need, with an asking price of $140,000.With a heavenly man shed and large kitchen, this home would make a great first homebuyer property. But if you’d rather build your own dream home, then 24 Diggers Drive is on offer for just $69,500 for a large 1572sq m lot with plenty of room for a family-sized pool, a few chickens and a big shed.Median house prices in Dalby are $210,000 for a three bedroom or $280,000 for a four-bedroom with rents at $235 or $295 per week. This week’s Bargain Buy of the Week is in Dalby.DALBY lays claim to the ‘largest’ title for a number of its community feats, but the ‘largest’ house price isn’t one of those, with it producing this weeks bargain house sale.This three-bedroom home, set on 802sq m at 54 Wood Street sold on Wednesday for just $110,000 and all within walking distance to the CBD.While Dalby claims the title for being home to the largest grain receival depot in Queensland and the largest one day livestock market in Australia, it can also now lay claim to some of the best bargain house buys.Located just 211km northwest of Brisbane it is a vibrant rural community of 12,000 people, with a further 5,000 in its district area.If you’re feeling like you’ll never be able to afford your own home, this go getter community might just have the answer you need.last_img read more

Local company on mission to assist “disable” children

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews Local company on mission to assist “disable” children by: – March 28, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 29 Views   one comment Share Judy Sango. Photo compliments: insidepossieInsidePossie Children of Grace Foundation Inc has embarked on a mission to assist children who are “disabled” by sensitizing the public on their plight.Founder of the Foundation, Drinnon Nyerere highlights an 11 year old girl of Portsmouth who appears to be suffering from a condition known as Arthrogryposis in a three minute video.Nyerere explained that InsidePossie Children of Grace Foundation Inc is a registered non-profit organization in Dominica centralized around providing effective educational programs and strategies to children of low socio economic backgrounds which proves to be the most academically deficient in our community.The Austrailian Arthrogryposis Group states that “Arthrogryposis is a term used to describe the presence of multiple joint contractures at birth. Joint contracture is a limitation in the range of motion of a joint, however in the “classic” case of arthrogryposis, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, feet and knees are affected”.Judy Sango who attends the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School despite her impoverished living condition, being ridiculed by her peers and “disability”, is in grade 5 and thrives in her school work. She hopes to one day become a judge.She holds a smile as the sun shines and her heart for progress bursts out in every area of her life.The Foundation’s motto is “Providing Quality Life for Children in Need” is seeking to raise funds to assist Judy as well as to make a documentary film.Nyerere told Dominica Vibes News that the purpose for the documentary is a “means of marketing Judy in seeking medical support to solace her current physical situation”.He explained that writing an article with a few photographs might not capture the actual story but a documentary will highlight “what she and her family goes through on a daily basis” and will motivate people to donate to her medical costs.“A photo tells a still story, a video shows the actual story” Nyerere said noting that the foundation has been playing a meaningful role in Judy’s life he reported.“Even before official registration of our foundation, we have been playing a part in Judy’s life. We annually provide text and exercise books, shoes, school uniform, bags, pens, pencils and other stationeries to Judy and kids of our foundation”.Last year 46 children received full scholarships from the Foundation.Judy’s mother explains in the video that she would like assistance with the cost of surgery for her daughter as she often complains of pain in her knee and being called “cripple.”Through the documentary film, the Foundation hopes to “inspire” individuals who are disabled as well as those who are not that they can accomplish their goals despite the odds.They are appealing to the public to “help guarantee a prosperous life for a generation of children now and to come”.The funds donated will go towards medical costs, production costs; filming, professional video editing, narration, production and marketing of this film.The documentary he hopes will be “an inspiration despite the odds”.Nyerere can be contacted on [email protected] for further details on donation.Here is the video of Judy: [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/39316860[/vimeo]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Rape suspect falls

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with two counts of rape, a man was caught in Barangay Talibong, Zarraga, Iloilo. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Elijo Sharon Herrera-Bellones of the Regional Trial Court Brach 27. Sufisencia – resident of the village – was arrested on June 30, the police added. The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Zarraga municipal police station./PN No bail bond was recommended for the temporary liberty of Randy Sufisencia, 41, police said.last_img read more

How Vain

first_imgRecently I read an article about Gene Keady and his famous hair piece.  It was reported that Gene spent $600 a week for his famous comb over.  Not only did he have this comb over hair piece, he also added hair extensions to cover more of his baldness.If the hair piece alone wasn’t enough, he went to a hairdresser twice a week to further dye the hair, add cream, and get it combed out in an attempt to look good on TV.  Most people would tell you that it didn’t work!Today if you see a St. John’s men’s basketball game on TV, you will see a very bald headed Gene Keady sitting on the bench.  He is now an assistant coach for a former assistant of his, Steve Lavin.  Steve is the head coach at St. John’s.  He went back to coaching after a stint as a TV commentator.last_img read more