Realistic worst case for a severe space weather event driven by a fast solar wind stream

first_imgSatellite charging is one of the most important risks for satellites on orbit. Satellite charging can lead to an electrostatic discharge resulting in component damage, phantom commands, and loss of service and in exceptional cases total satellite loss. Here we construct a realistic worst case for a fast solar wind stream event lasting 5 days or more and use a physical model to calculate the maximum electron flux greater than 2 MeV for geostationary orbit. We find that the flux tends toward a value of 106 cm−2·s−1·sr−1 after 5 days and remains high for another 5 days. The resulting flux is comparable to a 1 in 150‐year event found from an independent statistical analysis of electron data. Approximately 2.5 mm of Al shielding would be required to reduce the internal charging current to below the National Aeronautics and Space Administration‐recommended guidelines, much more than is currently used. Thus, we would expect many satellites to report electrostatic discharge anomalies during such an event with a strong likelihood of service outage and total satellite loss. We conclude that satellites at geostationary orbit are more likely to be at risk from fast solar wind stream event than a Carrington‐type storm.last_img read more

KCA Deutag bags land drilling contracts worth $460m in Middle East, Africa and Europe

first_imgThe company said that a client in the Middle East has reserved three rigs for two years, with an option to extend by two additional years Image: KCA Deutag has secured $460m of land drilling contracts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Photo: courtesy of KCA Deutag. UK-based drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag, through its land drilling business, has secured land drilling contracts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.The contracts are estimated to be worth nearly $460m.The company said that a client in the Middle East has reserved three rigs for two years, with an option to extend by two additional years.In Oman, KCA Deutag has bagged a three-year contract extension, which begins in 2021, for five rigs operating for one of the country’s exploration and production companies.According to the company, these rigs are presently being upgraded with the group’s latest equipment automation features, which are part of our +veDRILL Future technology range.  The objective is to remove people from the red zone and lessen invisible lost time.Additionally, one of their rigs in Oman has won a new two-year contract with two one year extension options.In Iraq, two companies rigs had secured one-year contract extension.KCA Deutag has bagged a one year contract for one rig in Nigeria, with an option to extend by one more year.In Algeria, the company has been granted three contracts for four rigs in total. The biggest is a three-year contract for two of these rigs, with a two-year extension option. The other two are for short drilling programmes.Furthermore, KCA Deutag rig has won a new contract for a short drilling programme with a salt mining company in the Netherlands.To face the demanding drilling requirements, the rig is being improved with a new 750t Top Drive, supplied by Bentec, the company’s manufacturer of drilling rigs and oilfield equipment.KCA Deutag land president Simon Drew said: “These awards significantly increase KCA Deutag’s contract backlog and are a testament to the strength of our operational capability and reputation in the marketplace.“It is also exciting to see the client response to our recently launched Well of Innovation Campaign, with a number of the new contracts now incorporating different +veDRILL technologies.  We believe this adds to our already strong offering around safe and effective operations, and is another reason we are seeing strong demand for our rigs in our core markets.”KCA Deutag secured £135m new drilling contracts in Russia in JulyIn July, KCA Deutag secured three new contracts for eight high-performance land rigs in Russia worth approximately $168m.last_img read more

Century 21 UK extensions

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Century 21 UK extensions previous nextAgencies & PeopleCentury 21 UK extensionsThe Negotiator11th June 201601,356 Views Kamran Younis owner of Century 21 Cameron Adams (Leytonstone) and Stratford offices, has renewed his agreement with the franchisor.Century 21 Cameron Adams (Leytonstone) became part of the Group 10 years ago and Kamran recently signed his third five-year renewal agreement.Kamran then opened Century 21 Stratford five years ago and has now signed a further five-year agreement.Kamran is the first multi-office owner to renew a Century 21 UK second office agreement, marking a combined 25-year agreement.Kamran said, “Our decision to renew both offices for a further five years was a no-brainer and we feel both confident that we can further develop our offering and also grow via the range of opportunities that exist within the broader SDL Group.”Rob Clifford, Chief Executive of Century 21 UK and Group Commercial Director of the SDL Group, said, “When a multi-office owner like Kamran commits to renewing their agreements across those offices there is a deep level of satisfaction for us because its been our aim to deliver all the support and opportunity that would allow existing owners to do this. We are very pleased and proud to retain Kamran within the Group.”Century 21 Cameron Adams Century 21 UK franchise agreement June 11, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Knight Frank reports sales boom for July as registrations, instructions and offers jump

first_imgLeading prime estate agent Knight Frank has reported a record July and a huge surge in activity during the final week of the month, with sealed bids for family homes once again being used to manage offers.It says the number of offers accepted in the week ending 1st August was 132% higher than the five-year average.This is the biggest weekly increase since the market re-opened in mid-May and highlights how seasonal patterns of activity have been changed by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the company says.Also, it says the number of new prospective buyers registering in London was 80% higher than the five-year average in the same week, while instructions to sell were up 40%.Outer LondonBut this extraordinary recovery is not just in London’s rarefied prime central markets – Knight Frank says parts of outer London have begun to recover too from the April lockdown low-point, particularly in Wandsworth, Richmond, Dulwich and Islington.These areas also recorded significant monthly activity increases in July as they benefited from a surge in demand from families seeking more outdoor space.“The problem is not enough supply of family houses in some parts of London,” said Tom Bill, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank (left). “Demand for outdoor space has surged and while we can’t know how long it will last, it means sealed bids for family houses are back.“Lower-value markets have also benefited from effect of the stamp duty holiday, which was introduced at the start of July by the Chancellor.”Read more about Knight Frank.  TOm Bill knight frank August 6, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Knight Frank reports sales boom for July as registrations, instructions and offers jump previous nextAgencies & PeopleKnight Frank reports sales boom for July as registrations, instructions and offers jumpEstate agency reveals extraordinary recovery in its key London market in both central and outer areas.Nigel Lewis6th August 202001,139 Viewslast_img read more

US Navy submarine forces welcome new commander

first_imgThe US Navy’s submarine forces welcomed a new commander in a ceremony onboard the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) August 3 at Naval Station Norfolk.Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard relieved Vice Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo as Commander, Submarine Forces/Submarine Force Atlantic/Allied Submarine Command.Since taking command in September 2015, Tofalo played a pivotal role in the future of the force. As Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, he had operational command of all US submarines home ported on the Atlantic coast, as well as supporting shore activities.As Commander, Allied Submarine Command, he acted as the principal advisor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on submarine plans, operations, and doctrine.Tofalo kicked off remarks by reminding guests that sixty years ago today, 3 August 1958, USS Nautilus (SSN 571) reached the North Pole, and became the first submarine in history to do so.“This “top of the world” historical reference is certainly fitting,” said Tofalo. “Because I’m “on top of the world” today, as it has been the honor of my lifetime to command the greatest submarine force the world has ever known. A force made up of 24,000 outstanding active duty, government civilians and reservists, and their families, who combined are only 4% of the greater navy, yet operate 25% of the Navy’s warships including 70% of Nation’s accountable nuclear weapons.”Tofalo was commanding officer of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741), and was Commander, Submarine Squadron 3, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Prior sea assignments include the Permit-class attack submarine USS Flasher (SSN 613), the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727), and the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765).Tofalo retired from active duty as part of the ceremony after more than 35 years of service in the U.S. Navy, and left the Force with one last challenge.“To the sailors and the force, I challenge you to continue our emphasis on competence and character, relentlessly pursuing your theoretical maximum performance as both individuals and teams,” he said. “I also challenge you to continue to do everything with honesty and integrity. Revel in hard facts and the certitude of being a standards-based organization.”Upon assuming command, Richard thanked Tofalo for passing on a force that is “ready to deliver” and reassured Richardson, Grady and Hyten that he understands their strategic guidance and the important role submarines play in the nation’s defense.“The mission of our submarine force today is clear, said Richard. “We are back in a world in the midst of major power competition. In that competition our strength undersea is a key advantage that we have,” said Richard. “That will not change on my watch. With so much at stake, we cannot let up and must execute our mission with a continued sense of urgency.”To the men and women of the Submarine Force, Richard delivered just one thought, “Prepare for battle! This was Admiral Tofalo’s direction, and it is mine as well,” said Richard. “It is only by being prepared for battle that we can hope to avoid it. If we cannot, our nation expects and demands victory. We shall not fail!”His operational assignments include command of USS Parche (SSN 683) as well as Submarine NR-1, then the U.S. Navy’s only nuclear-powered, deep-submergence submarine. He also served aboard USS Portsmouth (SSN 707), USS Asheville (SSN 758) and USS Scranton (SSN 756). Share this article View post tag: US Submarine Forces View post tag: US Navy Photo: Adm. John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, addresses guests during the Submarine Force change of command ceremony aboard the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Washington (SSN 787). Photo: US Navylast_img read more

Press release: Illegal booze sees bans for East London convenience store bosses

first_imgMohammad Akbar (61) and Sheraz Ahmad (29) now of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, together ran Shiraz Food & Wine, a convenience store incorporated in August 2012 and located on the Hackney Road close to Hoxton in East London.In December 2014 Shiraz Food & Wine was raided by Trading Standards, HMRC and the police, who found 351 bottles of illegal alcohol.This was the largest seizure of illegal booze in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for many years and led to the store’s licence being revoked by the local authority. However, this caused a significant reduction in Shiraz Food & Wine’s turnover, eventually leading to the convenience store’s closure in 2016.After the company went into liquidation, an investigation by the Insolvency Service discovered that Mohammad Akbar was the sole director of the company before the raids took place and failed to prevent Sheraz Ahmad from purchasing the illegal wine and spirits from a van driver before selling them in the store.As a result, the Secretary of State accepted disqualification undertakings from both Mohammad Akbar and Sheraz Ahmad.In his undertaking, Mohammad Akbar did not dispute that his inaction facilitated Sheraz Ahmad, who was not a shareholder or a formally appointed director, to cause Shiraz Food & Wine to trade with a lack of commercial probity.And Sheraz Ahmad did not dispute in his undertaking that he caused Shiraz Food & Wine to trade with a lack of commercial probity.Effective from 6 August, Mohammad Akbar is disqualified for 7 years and Sheraz Ahmad is banned for 11 years, and the pair cannot directly or indirectly be involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.A spokesperson from Tower Hamlets Council said: Twitter Email [email protected] Sheraz Ahmad thought he could cut a few corners when he bought the illegal booze and Mohammad Akbar did nothing to stop him. But this could have led to serious consequences as there was no guarantee the alcohol was safe to sell to the public. Whilst the potential health risks of fake alcohol are well known, businesses who sell cheap smuggled goods also create unfair competition for the majority of law abiding businesses in the borough. Thanks to the joint working with our colleagues from the various agencies involved, we have secured substantial bans for the two bosses, preventing them from setting up another business and possibly doing the same again. You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 Tower Hamlets Environmental Health and Trading Standards team works closely with our partners in HMRC and the Metropolitan Police to seize illegal product from the market place and take action against those who flout the law. This latest action by the Insolvency Service follows one such successful joint operation against shops that were found to be trading illegally and shows our ongoing commitment to protect residents and honest traders alike. Press Officecenter_img Anthony Hannon, Official Receiver at Public Interest Unit, said: Notes to editorsShiraz Food & Wine Ltd (08171650) traded from 178 Hackney Road, London, E2 7QL.Sheraz Ahmad is of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. At the time of the company’s trading he was of London E2. His date of birth is October 1988. He was appointed a director of Shiraz Food & Wine in October 2015 but when he bought the illegal alcohol he was not a shareholder or formally appointed director.Mohammad Akbar is of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. At the time of the company’s trading he was of London E2. His date of birth is February 1957.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property LinkedIn Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. YouTubelast_img read more

Woman Jailed Following Alleged Assault

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) CHAUTAUQUA – A Sherman woman was arrested for allegedly assaulting two people at a Potter Road address in the Town of Chautauqua on Sunday.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Janet Briggs allegedly grabbed and applied pressure to the throat of two people during the altercation.Deputies say one of the victims sustained physical injury, and as a result had to seek medical attention.Briggs was arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree criminal obstruction of breathing and taken to the Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment in the case. last_img read more

Safe garden

first_imgBy Darbie GranberryUniversity of GeorgiaMost commercially grown fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the United States are wholesome and free of the microorganisms that could make you sick. But what about the fruits and vegetables you grow in your own garden?If you follow a few basic guidelines, the likelihood of getting sick from the vegetables you’ve grown in your garden is negligible.Food-borne illness is a serious problem in the United States. More than 250 food-borne diseases have been described, and the most common symptoms include nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.Symptoms are often more severe in infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Many bacteria, viruses and parasites are known to cause food-borne illnesses.Raw foodsRaw or undercooked meats are the most likely foods to be contaminated, but fresh produce can harbor human pathogens, too. In fact, the number of illness outbreaks attributed to eating raw vegetables, fruits and unpasteurized juices has increased during the past 15 years.Fortunately, the fruits and vegetables grown for U.S. consumers are among the safest in the world.Growing safe vegetables in the garden isn’t complicated, either. Vegetables themselves aren’t a natural, initial source of human pathogens. Fortunately, the bacteria, fungi and viruses that may infect plants don’t make us sick.Garden vegetables are free of human pathogens unless they become contaminated. Our task as gardeners is pretty simple — don’t mess up a good thing. Preventing contamination is the key to food safety.Contamination sourcesThe three main ways garden vegetables can be contaminated are animals, animal manure and people.Although infected people can spread disease-causing organisms to garden vegetables, chances of this happening in the home garden are quite low. Gardeners generally practice good hygiene and are careful not to contaminate their fruits and vegetables.Because they often contain human pathogens, though, animal manures and feces can be contamination sources in the garden.Organic gardeners and many conventional gardeners know animal manure or litter is a good source of organic fertilizer and provides organic matter, too, that improves garden soil.Use composted manuresTo get these benefits and make sure garden produce remains free of human pathogens, too, use composted manures. When manures are properly composted, the heat generated in the composting process is enough to kill any pathogens in the manure.As an added precaution, keep pets and domestic animals out of the garden. They can contaminate garden vegetables with pathogens by direct contact.Contaminated water can foul garden fruits and vegetables, too. Make sure any water you use for irrigating or spraying vegetables is of drinking-water quality.If your garden gets flooded, be cautious about eating produce from it. This is especially important if the floodwater may have been contaminated by waste from septic tanks or by runoff from areas such as barns and feedlots that have housed livestock.Careful harvestBe careful that you don’t contaminate your veggies after you pick them. Harvest and store them in clean containers and protect them from domestic animals, birds and rodents.Cool fresh-picked fruits and vegetables as soon as you can. Finally, wash them before you eat them, and be especially careful to avoid cross-contamination.Fluids and juices from raw foods — and hands, counter surfaces and cleaning cloths that have touched raw food and haven’t been sanitized — can cross-contaminate garden produce.Keeping pathogenic microbes away from garden fruits and vegetables isn’t rocket science. It’s pretty simple.First, identify the potential sources of contamination: animal manures, animal feces and contaminated water.Second, use common sense and recommended gardening practices to prevent contamination.You and your family and friends can then enjoy the fruits of your labor without worrying about the local version of “Montezuma’s revenge.”(Darbie Granberry is an Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Human Trafficking and Armed Conflict

first_imgBy Dialogo August 15, 2013 Current global conflicts have placed populations at serious risk of trafficking. For example, Colombian illegal armed groups forcibly recruit children to serve as combatants, to cultivate illegal narcotics, or to be exploited in prostitution. Another example is Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabaab has forcibly recruited Somali children to be child soldiers or has forced them into prostitution; some children who flee Somalia to seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Kenya are forced into prostitution and forced labor as herders. In Syria, some foreign migrant workers and Iraqi refugees may be trafficking victims and are susceptible to violence, abuse, and arrest by government and opposition forces. Syrian refugees are also vulnerable to trafficking in the countries to which they have fled. Members of gangs and organized criminal networks force vulnerable Colombians, including displaced persons, into sex trafficking and forced labor, particularly in the sale and transportation of illegal narcotics. Colombia is a destination for foreign child sex tourists from the United States, Europe, and other South American countries. In Rwanda, women and children in refugee camps are vulnerable to being lured into forced prostitution in the capital or other countries in the region through false promises of work or schooling opportunities. In armed conflicts across the world, governments and armed groups commit war crimes and human rights abuses and attack civilian populations. Armed conflict leaves local populations, including men, women, and children vulnerable to violence, abuse, exploitation, forced prostitution, forced labor, and the unlawful recruitment of children as soldiers by government forces and armed groups. Likewise, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) struggle to survive in precarious situations that make them highly vulnerable to exploitation, including trafficking. Women and girls bear enormous hardship during and after armed conflict, and they are particularly vulnerable to sexual slavery. Mewael is an Eritrean refugee who was forcibly taken by criminal groups in Sudan and transported to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula where he was held for months and tortured by his captors, losing both of his hands. His story is not unlike thousands of other highly vulnerable migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers around the world—some of whom are trafficking victims—who have been kidnapped along the borders of countries undergoing internal conflicts.last_img read more