Spectral Characterization of the AisaOWL

first_imgThe AisaOWL is a recent-to-market thermal hyperspectral instrument. As such, there is little information about the sensor performance in the literature. The sensor covers the 7.6-12.6 μm part of the long-wave infrared region with 102 continuous bands, and is capable of imaging in low-light conditions. This paper presents an independent characterization of the AisaOWL sensor, examining the spectral accuracy of black body measurements at different temperatures and validating manufacturer recommendations for warm-up, integration, and calibration times. This analysis is essential for establishing high quality operational procedures and in giving confidence to users of the data. In this paper, the sensor has been found to have a maximum error of 2 °C in absolute temperature measurement, and provides spectra most accurate in the 8-9 μm region. The recommended warm-up time of 15 min has been confirmed, with a 1% increase in error identified for data collected only 7 min after switch on. The optimal integration time of 1.18 ms has been validated and an exponential decrease in performance observed outside the 0.85-1.2 ms range. The detector used by the sensor is shown to have stability issues and this has been examined by comparing black body data processed with different calibration data. While the detector is operating in a stable regime compatible with the calibration, these black body readings stay within 5% across the central bands, approaching 10% below 8μ m and just exceeding 20% above 11 μm.last_img read more

Lettings drive 77% of all complaints about estate agents, says PRS

first_imgThe majority of complaints about estate agents involve lettings, the Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has revealed within its 2019 annual report.Some 77% of all complaints to PRS last year were about property rentals with the rest made up of sales (15%) and tenancy or property management (8%).Among those complaining about letting agents, the most common reason – at a third of all cases – involved disputes over holding deposits.The organisation, which is part of the Hamilton Fraser family of companies, saw significant growth in the number of estate agents joining its scheme rising from 8,608 members in 2018 to 12,249 by the end of last year.This growth prompted a 50% increase in complaints about members to 1,444 last year of which 601 were investigated and 66 expelled for non-compliant, although 12 were later reinstated.The average award made to complainants was £1,224.81 and the scheme awarded £616,000 in total. Its highest award was £25,000.“We aim to provide the best service for our members, which is why we’ve focused on reducing the time it takes to resolve a complaint using early resolution,” says Sean Hooker (left), Head of Redress at the PRS.“We’ve got this down to just 42 days from complaint to closure, 16 days less than the previous period.“We hope to continue to improve this record, which is why we launched our tenancy mediation service earlier this year.“Not only will that help agents resolve issues faster, but it will also help with compliance as all parties will have worked together to bring the complaint to a resolution.”Sean Hooker redress Property Redress Scheme Hamilton Fraser PRS tenant fees ban July 29, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Lettings drive 77% of all complaints about estate agents, says PRS previous nextRegulation & LawLettings drive 77% of all complaints about estate agents, says PRSBut redress scheme also says its membership has increased by 50% over the past 12 months as more and more agents joined industry despite the fees ban and other industry headwinds.Nigel Lewis29th July 20200488 Viewslast_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Welcomes John Bell For Sunday Night At Red Rocks [Audio/Video/Photos]

first_imgOn Sunday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band concluded their two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers as part of the annual Wheels of Soul Tour. Another night of synergetic musicianship was spread across the board, with special guest performances from Widespread Panic guitarist/vocalist/frontman John Bell throughout the night. The twelve-piece powerhouse delivered an outstanding mix of originals and covers, executing their authentic interpretations of songs old and new.Tedeschi Trucks Band And The Wheels Of Soul Tour Welcome John Medeski At Red Rocks [Photos/Videos]With covers of Derek and the Dominos, Allen Toussaint, Eldmore James, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Allman Brothers Band, and Blind Willie McTell, Tedeschi Trucks Band originals sprinkled through to even out a complete show of musical mastery. The set closed with “Whipping Post” and the band returned for an encore that included “Statesboro Blues,” two songs guitarist Derek Trucks has famously played many times with the Allman Brothers Band.Hot Tuna’s Jack Casady joined the band early on in the evening for “Get Out My Life, Woman” and Jorma Kaukonen stepped in for “The Sky Is Crying.” The Wood Brothers joined the party for “Sweet Virginia,” a cover debuted earlier on this tour and executed beautifully with the vocals of Oliver Wood. The evening’s special guest joined for “Down Along The Cove,” “Dark End,” and “Delta Lady,” proving why John Bell is a perfect addition to any cast of characters. Diversified by the covers of Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, and Southern classic “Dark End of the Street,” Bell put the cherry on top of an already outstanding band.Check out some video highlights below, courtesy of Maddox Womble and Kyle Isaac: Check out the full show audio below, courtesy of rockymtnryan:Check out a full gallery from last night’s performances, courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | 7/30/17Laugh About It, Anyday (Derek and the Dominos cover), Right on Time, I Want More, Get Out of My Life, Woman (Allen Toussaint cover) (with Jack Casady), The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James cover) (with Hot Tuna), Idle Wind, Sweet Virginia (The Rolling Stones cover) (with The Wood Brothers), Down Along The Cove (Bob Dylan cover) (with John Bell), Dark End (with John Bell), Delta Lady (Leon Russell cover) (with John Bell), I Pity the Fool (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover), The Storm (>) Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band cover)E: A Song for You (Leon Russell cover), Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell cover), Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Bound for GloryTedeschi Trucks Band with John Bell, The Wood Brothers, and Hot Tuna | Red Rocks | 7/30/17 | Photos by Bill McAlaine Load remaining imageslast_img read more

SOAR promotes spirituality through music

first_imgInspired by the Notre Dame spiritual group Four:7, a new spiritual group at Saint Mary’s has emerged called Sing Out and Rejoice (SOAR). Senior group coordinator Sofia Piecuch described SOAR as a praise and worship and fellowship group where students can come together to sing and praise the Lord, hear from a speaker and share about their faith in small groups to learn from one another. “We are channeling Four:7’s spirit in SOAR,” Piecuch said.Piecuch had been attending Four:7 at Notre Dame since her freshman year. “We were all really sad that they ended [the spiritual group] last year,” Piecuch said. “But it was no longer serving the needs of people at Notre Dame.” Piecuch said in the spring semester, the majority of the group’s attendees had been College students, so she hoped to bring a similar group to Saint Mary’s campus.“I was really passionate about starting this because I go to Notre Dame for a lot for faith-related activities,” Piecuch said. “I am excited to create an environment like that for Belles.”SOAR’s first meeting was Jan. 19 and, “had a great turnout,” Piecuch said.At the meeting, speaker Jennifer Miller, who has a Master of Divinity from Notre Dame, spoke about her journey in discovering the plans God has for his people. Group music coordinator first year Katherine Smith, summarized Miller’s talk. “She told us that as a college student, she was always a worrier — worrying about the plans she had for herself,” Smith said. “But God told her that through everything that happens, all will be well.”After breaking out in small groups to discuss Miller’s talk, Smith said she thought students were happy to have come. “People were so excited to be there and were willing to share,” Smith said. “It’s a good way to improve faith life.”Freshman group officer Haley Coghlan said she supports the mission of the group. “I hope it’s something that grows so that people feel comfortable in their faith,” Coghlan said. “ … It was refreshing. It gets you to step away from academics and focus on your faith.”Group officer freshman Emily Scott said she thinks the group is an essential for Saint Mary’s students to step back from the business of their lives.“I feel like I get lost in my everyday schedule,” Scott said. “So I don’t get to think about my faith deeply. It was nice to set aside a specific time to go and pray. … It’s so different than events I’ve organized in the past.”SOAR’s next meeting will be held this upcoming Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Holy Cross Hall Chapel at Saint Mary’s.Tags: four:7, SOARlast_img read more

Nassau Pols OK New Lobbyist Registry

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County lawmakers this week codified the creation of a new, local registry for lobbyists in the wake of a corruption scandal partly involving those who lobbied for a $12-million county contract.The GOP-controlled county legislature unanimously approved Monday the measure proposed by County Executive Ed Mangano, also a Republican, who previously enacted the registry via executive order last month. But the legislative Democratic minority argued that the bill didn’t go far enough.“We truly feel that this bill could’ve been much, much stronger,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said before voting for the legislation. He said that he voted for it because “it’s better than what we have now, which is nothing.”Suffolk County, New York City and New York State each have their own lobbying regulations, but Nassau did not follow suit since its legislature was formed 19 years ago. Nassau’s new lobbyist disclosure form can be found on the county’s website.County lawmakers scrambled to address the omission upon news that state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam, were charged with allegedly lobbying for a contract in Nassau in exchange for bribes, among other allegations. Both have pleaded not guilty, and the county has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Senator Skelos resigned from his role as majority leader of the chamber in the wake of the charges.“It is really something that we thought was necessary in light of the things that are happening,” said Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalvez (R-East Meadow), who added that “we’re headed in the right direction.”Gonsalves maintained that the bill, which Mangano is expected to sign into law, is comprehensive and suggested that Democrats were calling for excessive information that would make it difficult for vendors to do business with the county. Abrahams, who has stepped up his questioning of officials tasked with ushering through county contracts when contracts come up for approval before the powerful Rules Committee, said Democrats are only trying to avoid a repeat of the scandal.“Our bill…primarily was focused on making sure if there was any influence at all from any angle, that this legislature should know about it,” he said. “We want to make sure every component of what we’ve read [about the allegations] is addressed.”last_img read more

Maximizing the value of mobile banking adoption and usage

first_imgNot only is mobile now a must-have channel, a new Fiserv study links mobile banking to bottom-line results and revenue – and quantifies the value of maximizing adoption and usage.The aggregated analysis of select Fiserv clients of varying asset sizes – eight credit unions and nine banks – assessed the impact of mobile banking adoption on five key areas: product ownership, transaction frequency, interchange revenue, branch usage and retention. Fiserv examined consumer behavior in the three months before and three months after enrollment in mobile banking and found mobile usage had a positive impact on revenue.Mobile banking users generate more revenue than nonusers in part because they own more products and conduct more transactions, generating revenue from interest and interchange. When consumers have immediate mobile access to financial information, it likely influences additional transactions. Mobile banking users are also less likely to visit a branch for simple transactions they can take care of on their mobile device – and less likely to take their accounts elsewhere. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to be the inspirational leader you aspire to become

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr 4 essentials for inspirational leadership:Belief:You must believe in people in order to inspire them.Everyone who has achieved anything owes a debt to someone who believed in them. Perhaps it’s a coach, teacher, or parent. For Jack Welch, it was his motherand a leader who gave him a second chance after he blew up a factory.One of the most neglected leadership questions is, “Who do you believe in?”Acceptance:You must accept people for who they are if you expect them to take on new challenges. The people who inspired you made you feel remarkable. People aren’t motivated when you let them know they aren’t good enough.Accept people where they are before challenging them to go where they haven’t been.Don’t complain about progress and expect to ignite energy. Don’t nag about weaknesses and expect people to feel strong. continue reading »last_img read more

WHO confirms report will look at stockpiling of H5N1 vaccine

first_imgFeb 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official confirmed today that the agency is working on a report suggesting that governments consider stockpiling H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, but he stressed that such a stockpile “would not solve the problem” if a flu pandemic emerges.New Scientist magazine published an article yesterday saying that the WHO was preparing to recommend that governments consider stockpiling H5N1 vaccines. The story depicted that move as a change in WHO policy, saying the agency has previously maintained that a vaccine for pandemic flu can’t be produced until a pandemic begins.Dick Thompson, WHO spokesman on infectious disease issues, confirmed by e-mail today that WHO will suggest possible stockpiling in an upcoming report. But he characterized this as not signaling a major policy change.”There is a paper which WHO has been developing, which looks at the pros and cons of stockpiling H5N1 vaccine,” Thompson told CIDRAP News in the e-mail message. “The paper, which will be formally published in about 4 weeks time, states that those which can (wealthy countries) may want to consider stockpiling H5N1 as part of their larger flu pandemic preparedness as it could serve as part of a first response.”But he said the paper also describes three disadvantages of stockpiling: H5N1 may not match the pandemic strain, the vaccine’s shelf life of up to 2 years is relatively short, and, because companies have not yet begun clinical trials, licensing of the vaccine is months away.”At the same time WHO emphasizes that a stockpile would not solve the problem—that a few million doses in wealthy countries globally still leaves significant gaps,” Thompson added. “Therefore all countries should be preparing a full pandemic response, which does not rely on the availability of a vaccine.”The WHO’s concern about a pandemic is based on the H5N1 avian flu in Southeast Asia. The virus has caused at least 55 human illness cases, 42 of them fatal, since late 2003.Thompson also took issue with the magazine article’s statement, “Until now the WHO has said that a vaccine cannot be made until a pandemic starts, as only then can it be based on the exact strain of the virus responsible.”Calling this “incorrect,” Thomspon wrote, “We have long stated that an H5N1 vaccine could be useful, and have been coordinating with vaccine producers for months to follow the process of H5N1 vaccine development.”A lengthy new WHO report, “Avian influenza: assessing the pandemic threat,” says that stockpiling a “true pandemic vaccine” in advance is not possible, because the vaccine must “closely match the actual strain of a pandemic virus and must therefore await its emergence.” However, the report says that bulk antigen that protects against the H5 virus can be produced and stored in advance.Two companies, Sanofi Pasteur and Chiron Corp., are currently under contract to make H5N1 vaccines for the United States. Each company received a contract in May 2004 to make small pilot batches. In September, Sanofi (formerly Aventis Pasteur) received a contract to make 2 million doses. US officials have said that clinical trials of those vaccines are expected to start soon. Chiron is also under contract to make 40,000 doses of an H9N2 vaccine, another flu strain regarded as having pandemic potential.Thompson said WHO officials met with a number of manufacturers last week to review the status of H5N1 vaccine production, but he provided no information on the results of the meeting.He also commented that the WHO has not changed its assessment of the risk of a pandemic.See also:WHO report “Avian influenza: assessing the pandemic threat”http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2005/WHO_CDS_2005.29.pdfJan 20 report by WHO Secretariat, “Influenza pandemic preparedness and response”http://www.wpro.who.int/entity/emerging_diseases/documents/docs/B115_44en.pdflast_img read more

Arcotel Allegra in Zagreb is closing its doors

first_imgBack in 2003, the ARCOTEL Allegra hotel was opened in the center of Zagreb, and now, 15 years later, at the end of December 2017, the lease agreement at the Branimir Center expires. ARCOTEL Hotels Group tried to extend the lease agreement, but it did not materialize, so this 150-room hotel closes its doors on December 31, and until then it will operate in full.”We as a hotel group wanted to continue working with this hotel. We believe in the destination and we are interested in new hotel projects in Zagreb“, Explains Martin Lachout, CEO of ARCOTEL Hotel AG.The ARCOTEL Group is positioned in the business and city hotel segment with currently 11 hotels in Austria, Germany and Croatia. In August 2017, the third hotel in Vienna, ARCOTEL Donauzentrum, was opened. The family-owned company, founded in 1989 in Vienna, attaches great importance to a personal and individual environment with an international standard and top quality, and the group employs more than 850 satisfied employees.”ARCOTEL Allegra has grown in my heart and I have many fond memories of this hotel. We would like to thank all our guests, clients, business partners and companions”, Concludes Dr. Renate Wimmer, owner of the ARCOTEL group.last_img read more

Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye message

first_imgGueye, who has been described as a mixture between Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, has some impressive defensive stats for Le Havre in Ligue 2 this season.This would not be the first time Arsenal have raided the French second division, with Guendouzi himself arriving from FC Lorient back in 2018, and Le Havre have a reputation for developing some enormously talented players, such as Pogba, Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy.MORE: Arsenal set date for Matteo Guendouzi contract talks to secure midfielder’s futureMORE: Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano keen on Premier League move as contract talks stallMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Guendouzi is Arsenal’s best recruiter by far. Saliba, Upamecano, Pape Gueye etc. Get Raul out of my club. It’s Guendouzizou SZN.— © (@Centravanti9) February 12, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Feb 2020 10:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.6kShares Agent Guendouzi 👀First Saliba, then Upamecano and now Pape Gueye… pic.twitter.com/Lvydht5pnX— LacaZte. (@LacaZte) February 12, 2020 Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye Instagram message First he spent last summer tapping up Upamecano, this year Guendouzi is once again doing the Lord’s work on Pape Gueye.#afc pic.twitter.com/QI7J9md8xb— Gilles (@_Grimanditweets) February 12, 2020 Pape Gueye commented on Guendouzi’s Instagram post ?Not long until Arsenal Twitter aka. CIA found out Pape’s entire family’s information… 😂— Claude Wu 🔴 ⚪️ (@claudewuAFC) February 12, 2020 The Le Havre midfielder has been linked with a move to north London (Pictures: Getty)Le Havre midfielder and rumoured Arsenal target Pape Gueye has got Gunners fans excited after sending a message to midfielder Matteo Guendouzi on Instagram.The north London club are reportedly working on a cut-price deal to sign Gueye in the summer, with the 21-year-old available for around £5million as his contract expires in 2021.Guendouzi has something of a reputation for sliding into the DMs of Arsenal transfer targets – often messaging William Saliba last summer before his move – though this time it was the other way around.ADVERTISEMENTThe Arsenal star posted a message on Instagram from the Gunners’ winter break warm-weather training camp in Dubai and Gueye replied, writing ‘Guendouzzzz!’ along with a couple of emojis.AdvertisementAdvertisementInnocuous though the exchange may be, that has not stopped Arsenal fans from getting a little carried away and hailing ‘Arsenal’s best recruiter’ for tempting another target to north London.‘Agent Guendouzi,’ wrote one fan. ‘First Saliba, then Upamecano and now Papa Gueye!’ Advertisementlast_img read more