Mesospheric winds derived from SuperDARN HF radar meteor echoes at Halley, Antarctica

first_imgMesospheric winds are derived from HF radar observations of meteor echoes at Halley (76°S, 27°W), Antarctica. These meteor echoes are observed within the first range gates of the radar (less than 500 km) and are characterised by lower spectral widths than echoes backscattered from plasma irregularities in the E region of the ionosphere. The derived winds show first order agreement with mesospheric winds measured independently over Halley. Gravity wave signatures (e.g. <2-h period) and smaller-scale structure in the winds are revealed within the spatiotemporal data formed by the 16 beams. A data base of such observations is being built up from existing radar data extending over nearly a full solar cycle from 1988 to the present day.last_img

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Girl With A Pearl Earring

first_imgWhether you have read the book or not, this adaption of Tracy Chevalier’s bestselling novel, Girl with A Pearl Earring is a superb exploration of artistic inspiration and frustrated sexual attraction. Griet comes to the house of Dutch master Vermeer as a young maid-servant with no more in mind than the money she must earn for her impoverished family. Vermeer, played by a smouldering Colin Firth, who, seeking inspiration for his next project, is captivated by Griet’s innocence and artistic sensitivity. She in turn becomes increasingly absorbed by the painting and by Vermeer himself. The result is a portrait haunted by longing and unfulfilled desire. Scarlett Johanssen is perfect in the role of Griet. Her fresh complexion works as a bare canvass for her expressions, crucial to our understanding of her character, since her part is almost entirely devoid of dialogue. The chemistry between her and Firth is tantalisingly suggestive throughout. Director Peter Webber’s greatest achievement is to exploit the visual effects particular to the medium – the lighting and cinematography create scenes apparently lifted straight from the art that is the film’s subject.Archive: 0th week HT 2004last_img read more

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Former Union president and Tory MP candidate accused of sexual assault

first_imgA former Union president and Scottish Conservative parliamentary candidate has been accused of sexually assaulting another student while at Oxford.Stuart Cullen, who denies the allegations, has now been suspended from the party, “subject to further inquiry”. Cullen, who studied at Christ Church between 2008-2011, was accused of sexual assault in an Instagram post as part of the #MeToo movement.Cullen was Union president in Hilary 2010 and was the Scottish Conservative candidate for Glasgow North in this year’s general election. The Scottish Conservatives have suspended Cullen “with immediate effect” and have launched an inquiry following the allegations.The alleged victim, who has asked not to be named, claimed that Cullen sexually assaulted her whilst she was in her first term at the University.According to the woman, at the time she “was 18, naive, less than a term into university, and lacking in a robust support network”. Despite saying it was a “difficult post to write”, she was inspired to come forward after increased media coverage of sexual violence in Westminster.Cullen’s lawyers have said he denies the allegations, which he considers to be false and defamatory.In her post, she said: “I never reported him, even after he sent me a message a day or so later saying he should have been ‘kicked out of college for what I [he] did’.”She went on to say: “I didn’t call bullshit at the time but I do now, partly because he’ll probably be given a safe seat to run for in the next election. #MeToo”The #MeToo hashtag spread on social media in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal last month. The hashtag has been tweeted more than half a million times and is usedby victims of sexual assault and harassment to indicate the extent of the problem of sexual violence.In response to the allegations, a spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives said: “We take allegations like these extremely seriously. Mr Cullen has been suspended withimmediate effect, subject to further inquiry.“We would encourage anyone to report such allegations to the police.”last_img read more

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Swiss institution tenders CHF100m equity mandate using IPE Quest

first_imgThe mandate calls for a minimum track record of five years.The investor expects an annual outperformance of 2-3% per annum, gross of fees.Tracking error should range between 2% and 6%, using the SPI Index.Fund managers should have a minimum of CHF1bn in assets under management in Swiss equities “across the different funds/mandates”.Interested parties should state performance, gross of fees, to the end of March.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected] An undisclosed institutional investor in Switzerland has tendered a CHF100m (€96m) Swiss equity mandate using IPE Quest.According to search QN-2082, “knowledge and experience with the Swiss institutional funds and/or institutional clients is an advantage”.The investor calls for a “clear, active style”, able to adapt to market conditions.Small and mid-cap-focused mandates will not be considered.last_img read more

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