Premier Touch and City Touch in Greater Brisbane Region Aligns with Touch Football Australia (TFA)

first_imgIn a major and timely boost to participation and profile in the greater Brisbane region, Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of Touch Football Australia today jointly announced with the principals of Queensland Sports Management (QSM) and Queensland Touch Football, a significant and historic alignment. As at end-October 2013, all competitions managed and run under the auspices of QSM including Premier Touch and City Touch in Brisbane, have officially aligned with Touch Football Australia.Maguire explained today the nature and significance of the alignment: “It’s fair to say the partnership has been some time in the making. We are greatly enthused at TFA along with our new associates at QSM, at the potential and opportunity this alignment affords participants in the Greater Brisbane region both now and in the future. It is a relationship based on the long term growth of the sport and the intent of unifying Touch Football in Queensland and indeed, across the nation,” he said. “What this means is that well over 1,000 teams will be competing week-in, week-out across the Greater Brisbane region in the Summer and Winter months, now aligned with TFA, so the participant numbers and the opportunities are massive. Importantly though, we have a very ambitious growth agenda for this region and so, along with Queensland Touch Football and Premier and City Touch, we hope to boost this number significantly in coming years, in what is rightly considered heartland Touch Football and Rugby League territory.Maguire added: “For some time there has been a divide between the affiliated and non-affiliated Touch Football markets and we thank all concerned for taking this historic first step in the unification of our game. This has been achieved through all parties, including Queensland Touch Football, seeing the long term benefit that can be achieved through a united and unified approach to delivery of your sport,” he added. The alignment affords both entities the opportunity to join forces and collaborate on a combined approach to delivery. This, ultimately, will ensure the overall development of the product, player experience and focus on the important person in this equation – the participant. Both TFA and Premier and City Touch will be striving to ensure the game of Touch Football and the competitions in which current players are participating in, or are considering participating in, are further enhanced through this alignment.Maguire added that the move was also consistent with the strategy that underpins the NRL-TFA’s historic alliance announced a few months ago. That is, a commitment by both the NRL and TFA to join forces to create ‘a place on the field for everyone’ and significantly, ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’; notwithstanding improving the accessibility and player experience for all competitors.   “As it is with the alliance with the NRL, the alignment between TFA and Premier and City Touch is a significant development in growing the game of Touch Football across Australia and indeed the Greater Brisbane region. We look forward to seeing current and new players on the park and enjoying the ‘thrill of the chase’ and the many benefits of playing this great game of ours.” For all enquiries on the alignment contact either Colm Maguire on (02) 6212 2800 or Gary Madders, General Manager, Queensland Touch Association on (07) 3807 2000. Related LinksPremier & City Touchlast_img read more

Tourbar: Connecting With the Perfect Traveling Partner

first_img The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Just when you thought online dating was getting a bit boring, there’s a new twist to spice things up a bit.Enter Tourbar—a new way to connect with the perfect person to explore the globe, whether you’re planning an excursion close to home or planning on jetting to a foreign locale.It’s a unique way to hang out with someone who is local to the area where you are traveling. What better way to see the “real” cities and exotic destinations instead of getting stuck on the traditional tourist trap path.Here’s the game plan: Sign up for a membership plan at the Tourbar site and begin making plans for your next trip. As you search for a traveling companion, you can set a purpose for the trip, set financial intentions (such as each person paying their own way), shared interests and hobbies, and details of what you’re looking for.The TourBar folks have made the process pretty simple and say their system for verifying users gives you some security that you’ll meet trustworthy people.If you’ve ever said to yourself that you’d love to travel if only you had someone to join you, now is your chance. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

VV Norways Biggest Spenders over the Last Year

first_imgCompared to a few years ago, Norway 2019 is a very different place as many of the nation’s shipping and offshore industries achieved sustained growth through some of the most turbulent times ever faced.Since the last Nor-Shipping in 2017, the number of Norwegian companies owning vessels has increased from 205 to 238. The Norwegian owned fleet has grown by 119 vessels, standing at 2,055 ships, and in turn the gross tonnage of the fleet has increased to 47.74 million GT, according to data provided by VesselsValue.These new vessels have boosted the total fleet value of the Norwegian owned fleet by USD 3.5 billion, bringing their total fleet value to USD 44 billion, ranking fifth most valuable in the world.VesselsValue mentioned Borr Drilling, Solstad and 2020 Bulkers as some of the most notable Norwegian companies.Borr Drilling, the brainchild of John Fredriksen’s former right hand man, Tor Olav Troim, has rocked the market since emerging in late 2016. As of today, Borr has 36 high specification jack-up rigs, as its fleet value stands at USD 3.5 billion.The offshore market conditions over the last few years have taken their toll on Norwegian supply boat owners, and none more so than OSV giant Solstad. In January 2019, Finanstilsynet required Solstad to revalue its entire fleet; in doing so, the total value was reduced by NOK 850 million (USD 99 million).“Solstad has long maintained its fleet valuation figures, so this reduction shows not only Solstad’s acceptance of the continued poor market conditions, but also the resultant asset prices which is a major step forward,” VesselsValue said.And last, but not the least, 2020 Bulkers. Another Troim owned company, 2020 Bulkers has ordered eight newbuild Capesize bulkers at New Times Shipbuilding since late 2017, totalling around USD 350 million. The VV value of these vessels surged to USD 453 million today.However, the money keeps coming in for Tor Olav Troim. In January, 2020 Bulkers confirmed it had secured a long term bank loan running to USD 240 million for its Newcastlemax newbuilding programme. As of this month, 2020 Bulkers has made the move to become listed on the Oslo stock exchange. This move will also be used to fund its newbuild orders to New Times Shipbuilding, showing its continued growth strategy plans for 2019 and beyond, VesselsValue explained.Image Courtesy: VesselsValuelast_img read more

Cyberbullying Investigative Unit a First in Canada

first_img Status of Women Minister Marilyn More is co-ordinating the provincial action. She is meeting with community and women’s groups, youth and others to seek their advice. She is also meeting with Wayne MacKay, who chaired the task force on bullying and cyberbullying. “Cyberbullying and technology is changing the world around us at a rapid pace, but technology is only a tool,” said Ms. More. “The reason that technology is used to cause hurt and harm link to broader issues around sexual violence, issues that have evolved over generations. “Nova Scotia is not alone in the need to respond to this tremendous challenge, but I am inspired by the countless groups and individuals who have asked what they can do.” Ms. More also thanked the cyberbullying task force members for their advice that is shaping the way forward. “This collective energy and will presents an opportunity to make a real difference, and to better protect girls, women and all Nova Scotians,” she said. More information on where people can turn if they need help is available at . Victims will be better protected and cyberbullies will be held accountable for their actions, with legislative changes, including a new Cyber-Safety Act the province introduced today, April 25. The legislation will create the country’s first cyber-investigative unit and allow families and victims to get protection orders from the court. School principals will also have clear authority to act against bullying or cyberbullying, on or off school grounds. “For too long, cyberbullies have been able to torment others, knowing the authorities would have a hard time holding them accountable,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “That is about to change. “This legislation will help identify cyberbullies who often hide behind IP addresses or off school grounds, and stop their harmful actions.” The province is creating a new Cyber SCAN investigative unit within the Justice Department. Investigators will respond quickly to complaints, negotiate formal or informal resolutions and, if necessary, seek a cyberbullying prevention order. The court may order a person stop the online communication. The unit will be up and running this fall. Education Act amendments will also reflect the need for school boards to co-operate fully with investigators. “We need to remember that students who are cyberbullying are young people, too, and some do not understand the seriousness of their behaviour,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Ramona Jennex. “Having an investigator come to their door can, very quickly, take away their keyboard courage, stopping the harmful action and teaching young people to take responsibility and make better decisions in future.” The legislation will also allow victims and their families to seek a court protection order. Similar to an order that can be sought by the cyber-investigative unit, it can ban a person from contacting the victim, talking about them online, or using any means of electronic communication. Courts could also order computers, smartphones or tablets be confiscated. “As a student attending high school, I feel that if I were to ever come across a problem such as cyberbullying, I would feel more than comfortable going to a teacher or an adult,” said Hilary Beck, a Grade 12 student at Halifax West High School. “If this was done to me or another student, the ability to speak to an adult is so important during these times.” Victims will also be able to file a legal action against cyberbullies. If the cyberbully is a minor, their parents could be liable for damages. The events leading up to Rehtaeh Parsons’s tragic death earlier this month made the need clear for swift and comprehensive actions. Other provincial actions include: pushing for changes to the Criminal Code reviewing how the Halifax Regional School Board, IWK Health Centre, Capital Health and associated agencies approached events leading up to Ms. Parsons’s death reviewing how the police and Public Prosecution Service handled the case, immediately after the criminal process co-ordinating a public education campaignlast_img read more

Completely contrary to govts claims Yechury on Kashmir

first_imgNew Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who returned from Srinagar on Friday after the Supreme Court allowed him to go there, said the situation on the ground was “completely contrary” to what the government was saying.Yechury, who went to Srinagar to meet his ailing party colleague Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, refused to elaborate, saying he would submit a detailed report to the apex court. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, who had filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court seeking Tarigami to be produced before it, was granted permission to visit the former MLA in Srinagar. The court had, however, said Yechury should not indulge in any kind of political activity during his visit to Srinagar. Tarigami, a four-time former MLA and a Central Committee member of the CPI(M), is under detention in Srinagar since August 5, the day the government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the state into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I visited Tarigami and enquired about his health. I will file an affidavit in court regarding his health condition and also report on what I saw there,” Yechury told reporters here, adding that during the drive from the airport to Tarigami’s house, he saw that the situation on the ground was “completely contrary” to what the BJP-led government was saying. The Left leader said after he landed at the Srinagar airport, he was told by officials that he would have to return the same day, but he convinced them that he could only leave the next day after getting a status report on his colleague’s health condition.last_img read more

Jennifer Aniston wont take to social media

first_imgLos Angeles: Jennifer Aniston has broken a new-age celebrity stereotype by remaining a top Hollywood star despite saying no to social media. Her reason for staying away from interactive cyber space is clear. “I know when I’m comfortable with something, and I know when I’m not,” the actress told “InStyle” magazine, in its October issue. Aniston feels the constant pressure to be liked on social media can particularly have “damaging effects” on “young people figuring out their identity”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “They (the young adult) are doing it through someone else’s lens, which has been filtered and changed… and then, it’s ‘like me’, ‘don’t like me’, ‘did I get liked?’ There’s all this comparing and despairing,” a report in “” quoted her as saying. Aniston, who became a household name playing Rachel Green in the popular sitcom “Friends” over 10 seasons, recalled her own days of struggle and growing up while understand how the pressure works. The 50-year-old actress also revealed her secret to aging beautifully. “I am all about living to whatever age I’m supposed to, as long as I’m thriving,” she said.last_img read more

MLB players oppose closing of unionized cap plant

NEW YORK — The baseball players’ union is urging the sport’s exclusive cap supplier to keep open its plant in Derby, New York, and not move production to a non-unionized facility in Florida.New Era Cap Co. said in November it was planning to shut the site in March and reached a closing agreement with the union last month. New Era has been Major League Baseball’s cap supplier since 1993.MLB caps are less than 2 per cent of New Era’s total. The company said it will move production to Hialeah, Florida, and its non-MLB production “would be absorbed by our existing global supply network.”The Major League Baseball Players Association said Thursday the decision will “cause economic harm” to the workers and Derby, which is outside Buffalo.New Era said it made the decision to “more closely align its business model with its competitors in the global sports, lifestyle and apparel industry” and said it was among the last companies in the industry to own its plants.The company said the move is “not about chasing lower, ‘non-union’ wages, as has been erroneously reported.”The Associated Press read more

UN launches online database to help businesses adapt to climate change

The database, which can be accessed through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) website, features more than 100 examples from companies such as Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Microsoft and Starbucks, which share the details of their business-friendly adaptation practices.“By showcasing private sector adaptation success stories, we intend to help both communities and businesses become more climate-resilient and to put the benefits and business sense of adaptation firmly on the agenda of the private sector,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos.“Climate risks which affect communities around the world are always also business risks,” she added.Examples of best practices in the database include efforts to make drinking water clean and safe in developing countries and efforts to improve the yield of coffee beans in regions that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. They also cover activities such as the development of climate-friendly goods and services and climate proofing the supply chains of companies.Ms. Figueres underscored the importance of businesses and governments implementing measures to prepare for natural disasters such as massive floods, as these have a big impact on the operation of local and global businesses.“The initiatives detailed in the database both show how the private sector can secure early advantages by adapting without waiting for absolute policy certainty at the international level, and how governments and the private sector can work together to respond to climate change now. Public-private partnerships and cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders is becoming increasingly important to ensure successful implementation,” Ms. Figueres said.In addition to the new database, the UNFCCC secretariat’s Momentum for Change Initiative provides a platform to showcase successful public-private partnerships at all levels that have led to positive changes for both people and the climate.The database is part of a wider effort by UNFCCC following the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, to prioritize adaptation efforts as well as mitigation of natural disasters. 26 January 2012A new online database launched today by the United Nations will showcase successful strategies that businesses and communities are using to adapt to climate change while simultaneously increasing their profits and using their resources more efficiently. read more

Army officer court martialled

The army media unit said that the Army has zero tolerance towards wrongdoers of the Army who indulge in criminal activities in civil society. (Colombo Gazette) Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has directed the Army Directorate of Legal Services to convene the Court Martial immediately. Army officer, Captain A.M.U Samarakoon of 2 (Volunteer) Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps (SLAGSC), who was nabbed while attempting to rob the Kandy National Savings Bank (NSB) branch, disguised as a Muslim lady, is being court martialled in accordance with the provisions of the Army Act, the army media unit said today.This is the first time an Army officer, involved in criminal activities in the civil society is being tried before a Court Martial with regard to connected military offences while his civil case, filed by the Police under the Penal Code, is still in progress elsewhere. read more

BA chaos blamed on worker who switched off power

first_imgA maintenance worker may have accidentally switched off the power supply at the centre of the British Airway’s IT failure which caused chaos for 75,000 passengers, it has been claimed. The investigation into the fiasco is likely to focus on human error rather than any equipment failure, according to The Times, after an internal investigation found that the power supply was working correctly. A BA source told the newspaper that it was rumoured that a contractor doing maintenance inadvertently switched the supply off. This has not been confirmed.  A display at Heathrow warns passengers to “Expect Disruption” on May 29, 2017Credit:AFP People sleep on a blanket at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 during the BA chaosCredit:Getty Images Europe He said: “This resulted in the total immediate loss of power to the facility, bypassing the backup generators and batteries. This in turn meant that the controlled contingency migration to other facilities could not be applied. A display at Heathrow warns passengers to "Expect Disruption" on May 29, 2017 People sleep on a blanket at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 during the BA chaos Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “After a few minutes of this shutdown of power, it was turned back on in an unplanned and uncontrolled fashion, which created physical damage to the system, and significantly exacerbated the problem.”This was entirely a problem relating to the power supply. It was not an IT failure, and there were no software issues.”The fix consisted of physically replacing servers that had been damaged, then bringing all of BA’s 700-plus applications back online in a controlled fashion while ensuring that all data was consistent across the system. All of the systems are now back up and running.” The crisis was caused by power being suddenly lost to BA’s two main data centres, with the problem worsened by an uncontrolled reboot of the system which shut down the entire IT system. All information about flights, baggage and passengers was lost and travellers were left stranded over the bank holiday weekend with at least 700 flights cancelled at Heathrow and Gatwick. Bill Francis, Head of Group IT at BA’s owner International Airlines Group (IAG), sent an email to staff, seen by the Press Association, which confirmed that the shut down had not been caused by IT failure or software issues. His email revealed that an investigation so far had found that an Uninterruptible Power Supply to a core data centre at Heathrow was over-ridden on Saturday morning.last_img read more

Atlanta Golds passive water filtration system successfully removing arsenic and iron

first_imgAtlanta Gold’s innovative passive water filtration system (PWFS) continues to remove more than 99% of the arsenic and the iron levels to continue to be in compliance with the US Clean Water Act. Wm. Ernest Simmons, President and CEO of Atlanta Gold says: “Since its installation on November 1, 2012, when the existing final filter became fully operational, it has removed a substantial amount of arsenic and iron from the effluent, consistently removing 99.9% of the arsenic and more than 99% of the iron. We believe that the removal of the arsenic and iron can be improved upon with a modification to the final filter by installing a Solids Removal Filter between the existing settlement ponds and the Final Filter instead of increasing pond capacity.”AGC has experienced some clogging in the final filter due to suspended solids forming but not settling in the ponds. The Solids Removal Filter will act as an ‘interceptor’ to remove suspended solids that have formed during treatment in the ponds and before they are received by the final filter. The water that will be received by the final filter will contain substantially less suspended solids.The Solids Removal Filter will consist of two separate cells, one of which can be taken offline at any given time. The filter material in the cells will consist of silica sand and zero valent iron material. These materials will increase the contact time and the rate of sediment removal. Prior to treatment in the final filter, the inert (TCLP) solids that are collected in the cells can be easily removed and transported to adjacent private property owned by AGC for disposal. By installing the Solids Removal Filter, it is believed that the efficiency of the final filter will be substantially improved and will eliminate the need for the approved 200,000 gallon East Pond that is cited in the SPOO.There have been numerous expressions of interest in AGC’s PWFS from communities, mine operators and well water users.  The company and CENTRA Consulting have agreed in principle to work together to market and deliver PWFSs to third parties.Atlanta Gold holds through its 100% owned subsidiary, Atlanta Gold Corp (AGC), leases, options or ownership interests in its Atlanta properties which comprise approximately 8.74 km2, located 90 air km east of Boise, in Elmore County, Idaho. A long history of mining makes Atlanta very suitable for development of new mining projects.  The company is focused on advancing its core asset, Atlanta, towards mine development and production.last_img read more

VIDEO Joan Burton on how austerity affects her and Sinn Féin being

first_imgJoan Burton: I favour legalising cannabis for medical use (and no, I’ve never smoked it)VIDEO: What does Joan Burton think has been Labour’s biggest mistake in government?VIDEO: Alex White on how austerity affects him and whether Joan Burton hurt his feelings Source: Video and editing: Michelle Hennessy/ “I AM VERY lucky to have a job,” Joan Burton says as she discusses the impact of austerity on her personally.In a wide-ranging interview with yesterday, the Labour leadership contender said that she has taken “very significant, proper” salary reductions in recent years.But she knows quite a few people who have lost their jobs and their businesses, adding: ”So I am speaking from a relative position of fortune in relation to what happened.”The Social Protection Minister is the clear favourite to succeed Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore but insists she is taking nothing for granted and does not believe she got the endorsement of the International Monetary Fund last week.Burton spent over 20 minutes answering a variety of questions from and our readers including:What alternative she would offer as Labour leaderThe mistakes the party has made in governmentHer views on the Sinn Féin/IRA nexus she has previously spoken ofWe also asked her three times if she would like to remain as Social Protection Minister if she becomes Labour leader.Also:last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 79 do not expect their organisation will contribute to the lifetime

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than three-quarters (79%) of employer respondents do not expect their organisation will contribute to the new lifetime individual savings account (Lisa), according to the Employee Benefits/Xerox HR Services Benefits research 2016, published in June.The savings vehicle was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the March 2016 Budget. From April 2017, individuals aged 18-40 will be able to open a Lisa. This allows individuals to contribute up to £4,000 a year and receive a 25% government bonus if the money is put towards a first home or withdrawn as retirement income after the age of 60.Season ticket loan is top workplace savings benefitThe research, which surveyed a total of 338 respondents, also found that more than half (53%) of respondents offer employees access to a season-ticket travel loan. Around three-quarters (76%) of these respondents provide this as a core benefit to all staff, and 17% offer it as part of their voluntary benefits programme.Financial wellbeing support also features among the top five workplace benefits offered by respondents, with 29% providing financial education and 24% facilitating access to financial advice. Both are principally offered as core benefits to all staff members, at 85% and 81%, respectively. This represents a significant increase on the 14% of respondents in the Employee Benefits Benefits research 2014, published in May 2014, that offered financial education as a core benefit to all staff, and the 15% that provided access to financial advice in this way.last_img read more

AdSEND Introduces Integrated Preflighting Solution in US

first_imgAdSEND, a division of Vio Worldwide, recently introduced its browser-based ad sending and receiving service that integrates preflighting.The solution, which has already been implemented at a number of newspapers in the UK, will help publishers by scanning advertisers’ PDF files for hundreds of problems that may prevent them from printing properly. This includes missing fonts, RGB, LAB color space, transparencies, spot color in CMYK files and image resolution. In order to achieve this integration, AdSEND has licensed premedia system DALiM TWiST’s technology, as well as working with Web-based delivery system Websend.While there are a wide variety of preflighting solutions on the market—Adobe’s Preflight tool and Enfocus PitStop are just a few—AdSEND’s model distinguishes itself by being part of a larger package. “While other preflight packages may check for some of the same errors and warnings, ours lets you do this while in the process of sending ads, meaning that it won’t disrupt workflow,” said AdSEND marketing manager Elaine Leahy. “Magazine publishers will be able to get the ad correct without having to chase down the advertiser while on deadline.”AdSEND gives senders the option to approve warnings before a file can be transmitted. The system provides suggestions on how to correct issues and lets them immediately fix problems with ink weight and spot to CMYK conversions (advertisers can also upload the corrected file). If the ad fails this validation process, errors are listed as an advanced file report displaying its location; then, an email alerting the advertisers is automatically generated. “We are looking to expand to the magazine market,” said Leahy. Currently, the company has 4,000 U.S. publishers receiving ads via AdSEND, including the Boston Globe, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today and United Business Media Limited. While the preflight solution has just been introduced in the U.S., AdSEND already has 150 publishers expressing interest. President Al Edwards said that this preflighting solution follows a SaaS model for publishers who sign up to participate. It’s a pay-as-you-go structure, with no upfront costs. The publisher pays $1.00 per advertisement that AdSEND pre-flights.last_img read more

Sensex falls over 150 pts ahead of key macro data release

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]The BSE benchmark Sensex Monday dropped over 150 points tracking weakness in other Asian markets amid heavy selling by foreign investors. Market sentiment also turned cautious ahead of the release of key macroeconomic data.The 30-share index fell 174.61 points, or 0.48 per cent, to 35,835.23 in early trade. Similarly, the NSE Nifty shed 60.10 points,or 0.57 per cent, to 10,733.85. On Friday, the Sensex had fallen 377.81 96 points to end at 36,009.84; and the Nifty too slipped by 26.65 points to close at 10,794.95.According to analysts, this week, stock market movement will be driven by announcement of macroeconomic data points and quarterly earnings by various companies, including bluechips RIL and Wipro.The government is scheduled to release wholesale price index (WPI) and consumer price index (CPI) data later in the day. Market would also continue taking cues from the movement of rupee, crude oil and investment trend by foreign investors, traders said.On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 687.20 crore Friday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 123.17 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed.In morning session on Monday, the biggest losers in the Sensex pack were Axis Bank, L&T, Tata Steel, Vedanta, HDFC, M&M, IndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel, TCS, ICICI Bank, NTPC and SBI, falling up to 1.61 per cent.Shares of Avenue Supermarts, which runs the D-Mart chain, fell over 8 per cent after the company posted 2.1 per cent rise in its net profit to Rs 257 crore for the December 2018 quarter.On the other hand, Infosys was the biggest gainer, rising 3 per cent, after the company on Friday said it will buyback shares worth up to Rs 8,260 crore and offer shareholders a special dividend of Rs 4 per share as part of the company’s Rs 13,000 crore-capital allocation policy.India’s second largest IT firm, however, reported a 30 per cent drop in its December quarter net profit on higher expenses. Other gainers include Yes Bank, Sun Pharma and HUL, rising up to 2.61 per cent.Globally, elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 1.43 per cent, Kospi fell 0.66 per cent and Shanghai Composite Index was trading 0.56 per cent lower in early trade. Japan’s Nikkei, however, gained 0.97 per cent.On Wall Street, Dow Jones Industrial Average ended marginally lower at 23,995.95 points on Friday. The rupee, meanwhile, depreciated against the US dollar to 70.56.The benchmark Brent crude futures dropped 0.94 per cent to USD 59.91 per barrel.last_img read more

Gas dynamics in a nearby protostellar binary system studied with ALMA

first_img Protostars as single objects or existing in binary systems are important for astronomers to study the mechanisms of star formation. In some protostellar binaries a peculiar “bridge” of material is clearly visible, which connects the recently formed components. This remnant material could be the key to better understand how stars form and evolve.IRAS 16293−2422 (or IRAS 16293 for short) exhibits such a bridge connection between the two companions. It is a young, Class 0 protostellar system located some 400 light years away in the Ophiuchus cloud complex, consisting of two protostars, designated IRAS 16293A and IRAS 16293B, separated by about 636 AU from each other.Besides an arc of dust and gas connecting the sources, previous observations of IRAS 16293 have also found outflows from the object “A.” These features make it a very complex system, where the observed gas line emission can only be explained by a combination of multiple physical components.In order to gather more information about on this subject, which could provide essential hints into the nature and evolutionary status of IRAS 16293, a group of astronomers led by Matthijs H.D. van der Wiel of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), has employed ALMA to observe this binary.The observations were conducted between June 2014 and May 2015, as part of the ALMA-PILS spectral imaging survey. From the data provided by the survey, the researchers chose molecular gas line transitions of CO, H2CO, HCN, CS, SiO, and C2H and used them to kinematics, density, and temperature in IRAS 16293.Analyzing the results, the astronomers found that the kinematically quiescent bridge of dust and gas spanning between IRAS 16293A and IRAS 16293B has a density within the range between 40,000 and 30 million cm-3, and is stable against radial collapse. The data suggest that this bridge is a remnant substructure of a filamentary circumbinary envelope that has undergone turbulent fragmentation to form both protostellar sources.Moreover, the observations uncovered the presence of a separate, straight filament seemingly connected to IRAS 16293B and seen only in C2H, with a flat kinematic signature. This structure stretches straight across source “B” at position angle of about 15 degrees. The researchers noted that the properties of this filament indicate that its origin in outflow activity of IRAS 16293B can be ruled out. Taking into account the results from ALMA observations and also from previous studies, the authors of the paper found that IRAS 16293B may be in an earlier evolutionary stage than the source “A.” In general, they concluded that IRAS 16293 may represent a particular stage in the evolution of binaries, a phase which many other protostars may go through at one point in their evolution. An international team of astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to investigate gas dynamics in a nearby young protostellar binary known as IRAS 16293−2422. Results of the observations, presented in a paper published March 29, provide more insights into the evolutionary status of this system. Illustration of physical components surrounding and bridging protostars A and B in the IRAS 16293 system, and outflows emanating from IRAS 16293A. Credit: Van der Wiel et al., 2019. Citation: Gas dynamics in a nearby protostellar binary system studied with ALMA (2019, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ALMA finds ingredient of life around infant Sun-like stars More information: M. H. D. van der Wiel et al. The ALMA-PILS survey: Gas dynamics in IRAS 16293−2422 and the connection between its two. Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA). Explore further © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers suggest collapsar accretion disks might be source of heaviest elements

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Daniel M. Siegel et al. Collapsars as a major source of r-process elements, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1136-0 Citation: Researchers suggest collapsar accretion disks might be source of heaviest elements (2019, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Journal information: Nature © 2019 Science X Networkcenter_img Computer simulation sheds new light on colliding stars Space scientists believe that the lightest elements, helium, hydrogen and lithium, originated just after the Big Bang. They also believe that heavier elements such as iron were created in the centers of stars. But heavier elements such as uranium and gold have remained a mystery—until now, there has been no plausible explanation for their origin. In this new effort, the researchers suggest that such elements were created in accretion disks formed when neutron stars collapse into black holes.Prior research has suggested that the heaviest elements were created by what is known as the “r-process,” in which a chain reaction results in atomic nuclei absorbing neutrons. Astrophysicists had theorized that two neutron stars colliding would likely give way to the conditions necessary for the r-process to occur, creating some of the heaviest elements. Two years ago, the team credited with observing the first gravity waves reported the effects of two neutron stars colliding. Subsequent study of the event showed that it was likely that the r-process had occurred, giving strong credence to the theory. But there was still one problem. The collision of neutron stars is a rare event—too rare to account for the amount of the heaviest elements that exist today. That led the researchers to consider other neutron star activities—such as their gravitational collapse.Prior research had shown that when neutron stars die, they collapse into black holes. But not all of their material falls into the black hole; some is left behind and forms into an accretion disk. Computer simulations the researchers created showed that conditions in the accretion disks were ripe for the r-process, giving way to creation of the heaviest elements. The team suggests that approximately 80 percent of these elements originate in accretion disks, and the remainder are created when neutron stars collide. Credit: CC0 Public Domain A trio of researchers at Columbia University is suggesting that collapsar accretion disks might be the major source of the heaviest elements. In their paper published in the journal Nature, Daniel Siegel, Jennifer Barnes and Brian Metzger describe their study of the accretion disks that form as neutron stars collapse into black holes, and what they found.last_img read more

Soft Robots Acquire Origami Skeletons for SuperStrength

first_imgI can’t sit here and promise you that the robot apocalypse isn’t coming, that the machines won’t eventually rise up and overthrow their makers. But what I can promise you is that not all of them will be able to punch you out. Because robots are going soft. Like, literally soft, controlled with liquid or air instead of traditional motors. It’s called soft robotics, naturally, and it’s hot at the moment.Problem, though: Without the rigidity and powerful motors of your typical robot, soft robots have been weak. That is, until now. Researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed a new kind of soft robotic muscle inspired by origami and awesomeness. It’s essentially a bag filled with air, inside of which is an origami structure that functions as a skeleton. By pumping air in and out, the researchers can get the muscle to lift 1,000 times its own weight. By comparison, a more traditional robot arm like the super popular UR10, which weighs in at 64 pounds, can lift a third of its weight.“That’s really amazing, if you think about it, you lift 1,000 times more than what you weigh,” says roboticist Daniela Rus of MIT CSAIL. “So we think that this will be really transformational for how we use soft robots in manufacturing, in homes, in everyday life.”MIT CSAILThe secret is that skeleton. Without it, you could get a soft robotic muscle to contract, sure. Think Baymax from Big Hero 6, who can deflate and squeeze through windows. But in reality, a soft robot like that wouldn’t be very strong. The skeleton gives you both strength and the ability to start messing with how the muscle moves.So for instance, if you want to do a straight-up lifting motion, an accordion-style skeleton might work best. But you might also 3-D print other origami shapes to execute other maneuvers. “Through those different patterns, we’re able to actuate rotational motions or twisting motions,” Rus says.You could then also combine these different muscles as modules to form a more complicated robot, like the one at the top of this story. The fingers bend inward to grasp the tire, while the stem contracts upwards to lift.The beauty of this kind of system is its literal and figurative flexibility. Just as you could combine different muscles, you could work with different materials for the skin. So you’d use silicone, for instance, to resist heat, but you could also use materials that dissolve in water to make a disposable aquatic robot.Soft robots would get along with humans better, which means robots will collaborate with us, not outright steal our jobs. Sure, they’ll be extremely strong, but they’ll also be extremely sensitive. Robotic arms like the UR10 I mentioned earlier already stop if they make contact with a human, and expect the softies to do the same. So the soft robots of the near future will combine brawn and gentleness, making them even safer than “hard” devices. Like André the Giant, only with fewer sideburns.The next step? Making a soft robotic elephant. Scaled down, of course. “I like the elephant trunk because it’s such a sophisticated manipulation mechanism,” Rus says.Let’s also get a robotic avatar of André the Giant while we’re at it. Maybe André riding an elephant. Yeah, there we go.last_img read more

Tourism Australia says Theres Nothing Like AustraliaR

first_imgTourism Australia is taking a different tack with its tourism campaign this year, after the lacklustre response from the market in regards to the last two ad campaigns.Federal tourism minister Martin Ferguson launched Australia’s new global tourism marketing campaign at a press conference this morning. He said the innovative campaign would revolve around the “great historic invitation” from everyday Australians telling others that “There’s Nothing Like Australia”.Using social and digital media along with more traditional forms of print and broadcast media, the new campaign will officially launch to the public on April 15. People will have the chance to upload why they think ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ on with personal photos and a short description starting with the phrase “There’s nothing like…” Nick Baker, Tourism Australia, Executive General Manager Marketing believes the campaign will work because “there is nothing more authentic then a word of mouth recommendation.”Tourism Australia will pick a number of the best entries to be used in online and print advertising globally. Andrew McEvoy, Tourism Australia, Managing Director said TA will use the photo entries to create an online geo-tagged map of Australia, which will be used as a searchable online resource on Matt Hingerty, Managing Director of the Australia Tourism Export Council (ATEC) said the multi-disciplinary nature of the new campaign worked well with the ‘Brand Australia’ concept – using a single idea to promote Australian exports such as agriculture, manufacturing and technology. Mr McEvoy said the new $4 million campaign and tagline had the potential to withstand the test of time as well as cross cultural boundaries.“Longevity is key in this industry…The next thing we do will be something for the long term,” said Mr McEvoy. There’s Nothing Like Australia Nick Baker, Tourism Australia Executive General Manager Marketing Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Report Offers Second Opinion on March Home Sales

first_img On Thursday, RealtyTrac released its Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report, which showed modest gains in U.S. residential sales in March.The firm, estimating an annual rate of 5.25 million sales, including those of single-family, condo, townhome, short, and distressed sales, reported that March showed a 0.4 percent uptick in overall transactions compared to February and a full 8 percent increase over sales in March 2013.At the same time, the median sale price of U.S. residential properties reached $164,500, which is 1 percent higher than February and 10 percent above last March—the biggest year-over-year increase in a 24-month span in which U.S. median home prices increased on a year-over-year basis every month.RealtyTrac’s data might at first seem to clash with other reports released this week about March sales.Earlier this week, a joint report by HUD and the Census Bureau showed that the pace of new single-family home sales nationally dropped by more than 14 percent from February to March—the lowest numbers in eight months—and another report by the National Association of Realtors showed that sales of existing single-family homes slipped by 0.2 percent during the same time period.Both estimates showed that sales were significantly off pace with the previous March.RealtyTrac’s sweeping overview of how the overall residential market played out in the entire first quarter, however, paints a complex picture. Investors and second home buyers, for instance, accounted for a full third of all sales the firm tracked. A further 7 percent of sales were transactions in which multiple properties were sold on the same date and recorded on the same sales deed—and, therefore, likely not reported on any multiple listing service.There is, however, no one market. Brokers from around the country reported varied environments in local markets. In Southern California, for example, inventory levels and home prices are on the rise. In Oklahoma, prices are going up, but inventory is going down and fewer buyers are showing up. Similar trends have appeared in the Salt Lake City market, where demand for homes far outweighs supply.In Ohio, increased showings are leading to higher prices, particularly in the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton markets, which all saw double-digit percentage increases in median home prices in March and a steady increase in existing home equity.“As buyer demand has increased, so too has the number of multiple offer situations,” commented Michael Mahon, EVP and broker at HER Realtors, which covers those Ohio markets. “These multiple offer situations are causing buyers to purchase in cash instead of mortgage financing to increase their negotiation power.”At the same time, shrinking inventory in the Denver market led to an 8 percent year-over-year drop in closings in March.Further complicating the picture is the fact that while sales across the country averaged out to show an upswing, overall sales volume dropped in six states—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, Connecticut, Nevada, and Arizona—and nearly half of the 50 largest metros in the United States, most notably in San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.Meanwhile, home price appreciation cooled in some of the first markets that bounced back from the recession. Though prices in San Francisco; Detroit; Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida; and Phoenix were still on the rise, they rose at a slower rate in Q1 2014 than they did the year before. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Census Bureau Home Prices Home Sales HUD National Association of Realtors RealtyTrac 2014-04-24 Scott_Morgan Report Offers Second Opinion on March Home Salescenter_img April 24, 2014 448 Views Sharelast_img read more