The Experimental Astrophysics group at the University of Floridainvites applications for a full-time postdoctoral associateposition in ALPS, LIGO, and LISA beginning as early as February 1,2020.The axion-like particle search (ALPS) experiment is funded by theNational Science Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation. Themain experiment is located at the Deutsche Electron Synchrotron(DESY) in Hamburg, Germany. The interested postdoc is expected towork on the research, development and the design of the ALPSexperiment as well as a follow up experiment to measure vacuumbirefringence. Most of the work will be performed at the Universityof Florida although some travel to DESY is required.The LIGO group at the University of Florida carries out research onLIGO instrument science related to the Input Optics of the LIGOinterferometers, materials studies for future interferometers, andresearch on controls for gravitational-wave interferometers. Theinterested candidate is expected to participate in all aspects ofthis research.LISA is the leading candidate for ESA’s L3 mission which isexpected to be supported by NASA and the US scientific communitythrough NASA grants. The interested postdoc is expected to work ontests related to the interferometry measurement system such asexperimental tests and simulations of the telescope and the opticalbench. While most work will be performed at UF, some travel toGoddard Space Flight Center and to ESA-member states in Europe isrequired.The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications andexperience, and includes a full benefits package.Minimum Qualifications:PhD in physics. Experience with lasers and optics.Preferred Qualifications:Ideal candidate for this position have experience in laserinterferometry, optical cavities, length and alignment sensing andcontrol systems as well as digital data acquisition and signalprocessing systems.For full consideration, applications must be submitted at onlinehttp://apply.interfolio.com/72768and must include a cover letter and complete curriculum vitae. Inaddition, and three confidential letters of recommendation sent ontheir behalf to their Interfolio submission packet. Applicationswill be reviewed beginning January 15, 2020 as received and theposition will remain open until filled.For further information please contact Prof. Paul Fulda [email protected] .The Department particularly welcomes applicants who can contributeto a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship,teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university andgreater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of culturalevents, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities,and social opportunities.All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education.Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript tothe hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to applyfor this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida RelaySystem at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibilityto work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance withFlorida’s Sunshine Law.Category=72The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
Report finds Queensland’s newest coal plants are among least reliable in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Queensland’s newest and most ‘modern’ coal-fired generators have ranked amongst some of Australia’s least reliable, in a new assessment that raises yet more questions around the judgement of the Morrison government, which is pushing for a new coal plant in Queensland’s north.The Australia Institute says in a new report that there were 93 unplanned outages across Queensland gas and coal generators across 2018 and 2019, which accounted for more than 40 per cent of all unplanned outages across the entire National Electricity Market.The report, the latest in a series of assessments that track outages at Australia’s thermal generators, found that Queensland’s worst performer in terms of reliability was the modern ‘high efficiency, low emission’ (HELE) plant at Kogan Creek, with 13 unplanned outages over the period at its single generating unit, which is the largest unit in the country.The ageing Gladstone and Stanwell power stations recorded higher overall outages during the two year period; the Gladstone power station recorded 19 unplanned outages across its six generator units, and Stanwell recorded 18 outages across its four generator units.Three additional ‘supercritical’ black coal generators that were all built within the last 20 years – the 850MW Millmeran power station which was completed in 2002, the 810MW Callide power station built in 2001 and the 443MW Tarong North power station, which was commissioned in 2003 – rounded out the top ten in terms of Queensland’s least reliable thermal generators, recording 17 outages between them. The report found that while Queensland is host to around one-third of the National Electricity Market’s fossil-fueled generation capacity, it suffered 41 per cent of all outages.“It comes as no surprise that Queensland’s newest coal power stations are also its more unreliable, the Australia Institute’s climate and energy program director Richie Merzian said. “These new so-called ‘high-efficiency, low-emissions’ coal power stations in Queensland are all hype and spin. Our research shows that in reality, they ought to be dubbed ‘high emissions, low reliability’ stations for their high pollution levels and high breakdown numbers.”[Michael Mazengarb]More: Newest coal generators rank amongst Australia’s worst for reliability
Tipperary will play Derry in Round 4A of the All Ireland Football qualifiers next weekend The draw for 4a and 4b rounds was made this morning. Clare will face Roscommon. This mornings draw pitted Mayo against Westmeath in 4B while Cork tale on Donegal.Neutral venues will be used for these fixtures and details will be finalised later today by the C.C.C.C.Donegal will have to settle for the qualifier route following their Ulster final defeat to Tyrone yesterday.They were paired against Cork following the draw for the Round 4A and 4b All-Ireland football qualifiers earlier today in a tie that will take place in the last weekend of July.Following their two point defeat yesterday, Kieran McGeeney said he still predicts a fruitful summer for the Donegal men.
OSAGE — Governor Reynolds confirmed today that she will later this summer sign an executive order to automatically restore felon voting rights in time for the general election.Black Lives Matter leaders met with Reynolds on Monday to discuss the possibility of an executive order since the legislature failed to pass a proposed constitutional amendment during the just concluded session.Reynolds says her goal is still to get that constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters to approve. “I still am not going to give up on a permanent solution. I believe that’s the right thing to do, then it doesn’t matter who is sitting in the governor’s chair. It’s a permanent solution and I think that’s really important. I’m not going to give up on that, I’m going to continue to work on that.”Reynolds says her staff is working on the language of that executive order. “We’re working on the language to see what that looks like, but hopefully it would mirror what we would put in a constitutional amendment so that we could be consistent in what we were trying to do. We’re working on that right now, sitting down with various groups, listening to what they think is important that is contained in that executive order. Then I have my legal team working on it.”Reynolds says the discussions have been good with Black Lives Matter leaders on the felon voting rights issue. “A little bumpy in the beginning but the discussions are getting better. That’s ok, it’s a process, and sometimes we have people that are new to the process so they don’t…and I don’t mean this in a bad way…but just not familiar with who can do what, how it’s implemented, how important it is to get it done right.”The Iowa House took bipartisan action last year on the proposed constitutional amendment but Senate Republicans balked at supporting it, saying there’s been concern about the message it would send to victims.
A 31-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to 70 years behind bars after authorities say he admitted to repeatedly raping a 1-year-old child and posting the video of the incidents to the web.Prosecutors say James Lockhart was sentenced Thursday after he admitted guilt in March.According to the report investigators found that Lockhart recorded “a sexually violent four-video series” of himself raping a 1-year-old between between March 2016 and February 2018 which he then posted to the dark web. He then reportedly made other sexually explicit videos with the child and that he had bragged about raping another 1-year-old.In addition to that, investigators reported that they found several devices in Lockharts home that contained 43 videos depicting child pornography and at least 4,000 images of child pornography.Lockhart was sentenced to the statutory maximum penalty for producing, distributing, and possessing child pornography.Read the report here.
Two England teams will challenge for the Nations Cup at this weekend’s Welsh women’s open championship at Aberdovey.Lily May Humphreys (pictured) and Sophie Lamb, who have both been selected for the GB&I Curtis Cup team, will be joined by Georgia Price in a team drawn from the England Golf women’s squad.Thalia Kirby, Martha Lewis and Hannah Screen make up the second team and are all members of the England Golf girls’ squad.The 54-hole championship starts tomorrow and continues until Sunday. The Nations Cup will be decided by the best two scores from three in each round.Humphreys will be looking to add this championship to the Scottish women’s open, which she won last month and holds alongside English, British, European and US titles. Lamb was the low amateur at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open and a past winner of the British stroke play title. Price returns consistently high finishes.The three girls are all looking for a big win after coming very close last season. Lewis was runner-up in the 2017 English girls’ championship, Kirby was in a play-off in the English U16 girls’ championship and Screen was runner up in the women’s British stroke play and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.Team 1Lily-May Humphreys, 16, Stoke by Nayland, EssexSophie Lamb, 20, Clitheroe, LancashireGeorgia Price, 24, Bude & North CornwallTeam 2Thalia Kirby, 17, Stoke Park, BuckinghamshireMartha Lewis, 18, St George’s Hill, SurreyHannah Screen, 18, Berkhamsted, HertfordshireImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Aberdovey, Nations Cup, Welsh, Women 3 May 2018 Two teams to challenge in Welsh women’s championship
From the outside looking in the North Okanagan Knights have no business sticking around in games against the Castlegar Rebels.The Knights needed seven games to dispatch the Osoyoos Coyotes, getting the final win Sunday in Armstrong.The Rebels won its Kootenay Conference title in a sweep over Golden giving the West Kootenay franchise a six-day rest between series.The Knights were playing on the road.The Rebels were playing in the friendly confines of the Castlegar Sports Complex after running away with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season crown, thus assuring the Sunflower City team of home ice in the best-of-seven championship final.But this Knights team is no pushover, forcing the Rebels to twice battle back from one-goal deficits before defenceman Erik Alden scored in the second overtime to lift Castlegar to a 3-2 playoff victory in the KIJHL Final Wednesday night before 470 fans. The Rebels now lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven affair with Game three and four scheduled for Armstrong Friday.The Knights got a quick start on Castlegar as Derek Andrews scored three minutes into the game on the power play, beating Jordan Gluck in the Rebels net.Stuart Walton got that one back for Castlegar before the period ended as the Rebels dominated the opening frame, out shooting North Okanagan 16-4.But North Okanagan once again took advantage of a penalty to Castlegar’s Diego Bartlett, scoring seconds after the Rebel forward was forced to sit for two minutes.North Okanagan held the lead until the 15-minute mark of the third when Bryan Lubin and Stuart Walton combined to pull the Rebels even at 2-2.The teams traded punches through the next almost 30 minutes before the veteran defenceman, Alden beat hard-luck losing netminder Dustin Nikkel in the North Okanagan nets.Castlegar finished the game out shooting North Okanagan 49-32 thanks in part to the wide shot advantage in the first period.CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: Castlegar is the fifth straight Neil Murdoch team to play for the league title. The Rebels last advanced to the championship series in 2011 before losing to Osoyoos Coyotes. Nelson Leafs won the Kootenay Conference in 2009 and 2010, Castlegar in 2011 and last year’s KIJHL champ, Beaver Valley, in 2012. . . .The last KIJHL title for the Sunflower City franchise came in 1996. . . .North Okanagan won the league title in 1995 when the franchise played out of Enderby.
Gary Hooper’s goal five minutes before half-time means QPR trail at the interval at Hillsborough.David Jones’ scuffed shot ricocheted into the path of Hooper and the striker, played onside by Niko Hamalainen, slotted past Alex Smithies.Sheffield Wednesday had gone close when Fernando Forestieri headed a 21st-minute corner towards Daniel Pudil, who volleyed against the bar from close range.Tjaronn Chery had a couple of early efforts for Rangers, both of which were saved by stand-in keeper Cameron Dawson, who was given his full debut for the Owls after Kieran Westwood was ruled out with a back injury.Conor Washington did find the net after being found by Ben Gladwin’s cross but the goal was rightly disallowed for a clear foul on Jack Hunt.Hamalainen and the fit-again Gladwin started in place of the injured Joel Lynch and Jordan Cousins respectively.Gladwin has been booked, as has fellow R’s midfielder Ariel Borysiuk.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Caulker, Hamalainen, Borysiuk, Luongo, Gladwin, Chery, Washington, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Wszolek, Polter, El Khayati, Shodipo, Henry, Kakay.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
4 February 2003Deep in the KwaZulu-Natal heartland is an estate producing one of the most exclusive teas in the world. And Ntingwe tea is not only creating a stir among British connoisseurs – it’s also bringing employment to an underdeveloped area, and encouraging local “outgrowers” to grow tea on their own land.The Province’s development agency, the Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited (Ithala), established the Ntingwe Tea Estate in 1987 in a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal, near Nkandla – an area with unemployment and illiteracy rates of up to 60%.According to Ithala, Ntingwe, the only employer of significance in an otherwise underdeveloped part of the province, produces leaf which is fetching top prices on the London Tea Market and is being sold as a speciality tea in the United Kingdom and the United States.Ntingwe tea is rated among the five best teas in the world, according to Arnold Adhihetty, a senior buyer and blender at Taylor’s of Harrogate, which markets Ntingwe tea in the United Kingdom, selling it as a pure tea under the estate’s name – in teabags marked “Zulu Tea”. Yorkshire Gold, a blend of Ntingwe tea and other varieties, is a second retail brand.Johannesburg tea and coffee agent WM Cahn told the Sunday Times last year that South Africa’s tea export market is worth about R84-million a year, and that demand for Ntingwe tea is exceeding supply.A company spokesman told that Sunday Times that the product was proving so popular with the British that 98% of WM Cahn’s Ntingwe stock had already been sold, “and the season is not yet over” – adding that WM Cahn had established ties with a number of buyers internationally and was looking to expand into the US, Europe and Pakistan.Ithala says it has so far invested over R40-million in this commercial venture, which is rich in development spin-offs, “including job creation, provision of potable water and electricity, the development of creches and schools, and the promotion of a small business sector within the communities surrounding the estate.About 300 ha of a suitable 585 ha has been planted so far, of which 200 ha of mature tea is already being harvested. As a foreign exchange earner, the estate is expected to generate around R450 million over the next 30 years. In the current financial year, 364 tons of black tea is expected to be produced, with these volumes progressively increasing to 1 750 tons by the year 2014.While this is almost exclusively exported for the speciality tea market, “local demand for a pure, high-quality tea is growing, and Ithala is looking to make a percentage of its production available in South Africa”, Ithala says on its website.Ntingwe employs more than 200 people on a permanent basis, with a further 430 being employed seasonally, with total employment envisaged to grow to about 1 200 when the estate is in full production.Ithala is also actively promoting an empowerment programme in areas surrounding the estate, establishing tea “outgrowers” on their own land, who will ultimately supply the estate’s on-site processing plant with leaf.“Already five farmers, each planting 0.125 ha with 1 000 tea plants, are participating, and the estate has received a further 55 applications which are currently being processed”, Ithala says. It is expected that outgrowers will eventually farm up to 0.4 ha each, with Ntingwe laying down parameters for them to ensure that the quality the estate has established is maintained.Although the area in which Ntingwe is developed has a high agricultural potential, this has never been realised in the past due to remoteness from input supplies and markets. The development of the tea estate has unlocked the potential of the region, and started a development process which will continue to gain in momentum as the expansion of the estate continues.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe 2019 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.Those in attendance will be welcomed and addressed by Director Dorothy Pelanda, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Ben Brown, OSU Farm Management Program Manager will have three different sessions dealing with the farm economy. Aaron Wilson, OSU Atmospheric Scientist will lead a breakout session about climate change, and Dr. Scott Shearer, Chair of the Department of Food Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will lead a breakout session about technology. Additional breakout sessions will be conducted throughout the day focusing on: trade, water quality, farm finance, small refinery waivers, H2Ohio, and grain supply/carryover.In addition to the educational session, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soybean Association will hold their annual meetings during the symposium.For more information and to register, visit https://www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org/