Fabregas breaks assists world record by a landslide

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementEx-Arsenal and current Chelsea midfield veteran Cesc Fabregas has bagged himself a Guinness World Record for becoming the fastest player to reach 100 Premier League assists.Though the feat is incredible , what’s more remarkable is the margin by which Fabregas outdid Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs. It took Fabregas 293 matches to achieve 100 assists, 74 matches sooner than second-place Ryan Giggs who needed 367 appearances.“I’m not the fastest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the most flexible, I don’t jump high,” said the former Arsenal midfielder.“But to achieve this record in my career is one of the proudest things in my job, because it is my job and I did it well.”Earning himself a Guinness World Record is nothing new to the Spaniard. The midfielder, appearing alongside regular team captain and former England and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, became the joint holder of ‘The most volley passes in 30 seconds by a pair’ with 15 successful passes.last_img read more

Australian players giving back to touch

first_imgWhile they weren’t taking to the field, they were coaching the next generation of Australian players. Women’s Open player Louise Winchester and Men’s Open player Steve Roberts are the coaches for the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges Girls and Boys teams respectively. And they aren’t the only ones, with Women’s Open player Peta Rogerson coaching the QSST Girls, and Mixed Open’s player Amy Hope coaching the SQBD Sharks. To see an interview with Louise Winchester, click on the following link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865last_img

Chris Gayle 2nd player to remain 99 not out in IPL history

first_img commentary view more view less scorecard No data available! graphscenter_img advertisement Chris Gayle 2nd player to remain 99 not out in IPL historyIPL 2019: Chris Gayle became only the 2nd batsman after Suresh Raina to be stranded on 99 in the history of the Indian Premier League. Rajarshi Gupta MohaliApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 22:12 IST IPL 2019: Chris Gayle hit a 4 off the last ball to finish 99 not out vs RCB. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle hit a 4 off the last ball to finish 99 not out vs RCBThis would have been Gayle’s 7th IPL hundred and 2nd for KXIPSuresh Raina is the only other batsman to remain 99 not out in the IPLChris Gayle remained one run short of his 7th hundred in the Indian Premier League and his 2nd for Kings XI Punjab against his old team Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali on Saturday. This would have been Gayle’s 1st hundred of the 2019 Indian Premier League.Chris Gayle is now only the 2nd batsman to remain unbeaten on 99 in the IPL after Suresh Raina of Chennai Super Kings.Chris Gayle would have become the 5th batsman to hit a hundred in the 2019 Indian Premier League after David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals) and KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab).Gayle was dropped on 83 by Virat Kohli off Umesh Yadav and he celebrated that slice of luck with a six. With one ball remaining in the KXIP innings, Gayle needed a six to get to triple figures but he only managed a boundary and finished on 99 not out.Gayle blazed away to his fifty off 28 balls before slowing down after KXIP suffered a few quick setbacks. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan and Sam Curran departed without making much impact and it was left to Chris Gayle to bat till the end.The #UniverseBoss looks all set for a big one.Brings up his half-century off 28 deliveries pic.twitter.com/AIHv7R5u8u IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 13, 2019Chris Gayle, who debuted in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore and was massively successful there. It was during his stint at RCB when he smashed the all-time IPL best of 175 not out against Pune Warriors. However, he was released by RCB after 2017.advertisementRCB did not even bid for Chris Gayle in the player auction thereafter. He would later go on to say that he was disappointed since he was their biggest draw. “They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained. But they never called back after that. So that gave me the impression that they didn’t want me and it’s fine,” Gayle had told the Times of India.Chris Gayle hit 5 hundreds for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2011 to 2017.Chris Gayle was bought by Kings XI Punjab at his base price and he hit 3 fifties and 1 hundred for them in 2018. He has continued his red-hot from in 2019. Before his unbeaten 99 on Saturday, Chris Gayle had hit two fifties – a 79 against Rajasthan Royals and a 63 against Mumbai Indians.Chris Gayle is the fastest to 4000 IPL runs and is the only man to hit 300 sixes in the Indian Premier League.Chris Gayle had hit 2 hundreds in 2011 and 1 each in 2012 and 2013. He had a poor seasn in 2014 when he managed only 196 runs from 9 matches but roared back to form with his 5th IPL hundred next year.After 2 quiet years, Chris Gayle hammered an aggressive hundred for KXIP against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 before coming close against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.Also Read | T20 freelancers set the tone for West Indies’ 2019 ICC World Cup agendaAlso Read | Chris Gayle 1st batsman to hit 300 sixes in IPL historyAlso Read | Watch: Chris Gayle in Bhangra mode after Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers HyderabadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers Bangalorelast_img read more

Jamaica Fire Brigade to Increase Fleet with Allocation of $498 Million

first_imgThe Government will spend $498 million to increase the fleet and capacity of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) to be able to adequately respond to emergencies.The sum has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.Under the Acquisition of Fixed Assets Project, which is being implemented by the JFB, an agency of the Local Government and Community Development, purchases will be made for two water tankers, four fire trucks, five emergency command vehicles, one box body truck and a deposit made on two fire trucks.The final payment on two fire trucks procured in the 2018/19 Budget allocation will also be made.To date, the JFB has procured an emergency command vehicle, two water tankers, four fire trucks in November 2016, December 2017 and October 2018 and a deposit made on the purchase of two fire trucks.last_img read more

DHT Says No to Frontlines Offer

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based crude oil tanker firm DHT Holdings has rejected Frontline’s offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock in DHT for a per-share consideration of 0.725 Frontline shares.After a comprehensive review, conducted in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, the DHT Board of Directors concluded that the Frontline proposal “is wholly inadequate and not in the best interests of DHT or its shareholders.”“We believe that Frontline’s proposal substantially undervalues our company and represents an opportunistic attempt to acquire DHT at a low point in the cycle,” Erik Lind, Chairman of DHT, said.Lind added the company is “confident that DHT will generate significantly more value to shareholders as an independent company than the prospects afforded by this proposal.”The offer by the John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner and operator was made last week when the company initiated discussion with DHT for a potential business combination.Together with its affiliates, Frontline has also acquired 15,3 million shares of DHT, representing around 16.4% of DHT’s outstanding common stock based upon 93,366,062 common stock outstanding.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Home salesThe Canadian Real Estate Association is expected to release its monthly home sales figures for November on Monday. The reading comes after home sales fell for a second month in a row in October.Inflation numbersStatistics Canada will release its consumer price index for November on Wednesday. The country’s annual inflation rate picked up its pace in September to hit 2.4 per cent in an advance mostly fuelled by temporary factors like higher gasoline prices and steeper airfares.BlackBerry resultsBlackBerry will release its third-quarter financial results on Thursday. The Waterloo, Ont.-based technology company announced last week that it has built a new service to provide infrastructure for vehicles and traffic lights to exchange information securely.Latest GDP numbersStatistics Canada will release gross domestic product by industry, retail trade and investment in building construction figures for October on Friday. Canada’s GDP edged down 0.1 per cent in September, the first move lower after seven consecutive months of growth.BoC surveyBank of Canada releases its latest business outlook survey and senior loan officer survey on Friday. The central bank’s previous survey suggested companies are optimistic about the year ahead — especially when it comes to sales growth, foreign demand and their investment plans. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Regime governing trade in endangered wildlife tightened at UNbacked meeting

15 June 2007The international regime governing trade in wildlife received a boost during talks that wrapped up today at The Hague, where diplomats and environmental officials hammered out over 100 formal decisions during a two-week session on the issue, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today. Among other decisions, the meeting banned trade for the slow loris, a small nocturnal primate native to South and South-East Asia; the Guatemalan beaded lizard; the slender-horned gazelle and Cuvier’s gazelle of northern Africa; and sawfishes, whose rostral saws and other body parts are valued as curios and in traditional medicine, according to UNEP.The Conference of parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) also cited success in protecting the black caiman of Brazil in deciding “carefully managed international trade could resume as a way of providing benefits to the local people who live with these dangerous animals,” UNEP said.“We need to think creatively about how to manage the wildlife trade if we are to meet human needs while conserving vulnerable species,” said CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers. “Finding the right balance will require a healthy respect for science, market dynamics and the needs of people who rely on wildlife for their livelihoods.”In addition to revising the rules for specific species, the Conference reviewed the progress being made by conservation programmes for the tiger, the leopard, the Saiga antelope, the black rhinoceros, the Hawksbill turtle, bigleaf mahogany, sturgeons, sharks and many other CITES-listed species. read more

DR Congo Ban profoundly concerned over reports of rising political tensions

In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General called for the “strict respect of the fundamental freedoms and rights enshrined in the Constitution,” urging all parties in the central African nation to exercise restraint and express their views peacefully, including in the context of demonstrations scheduled to take place tomorrow. The Secretary-General called on all Congolese political stakeholders to “place the interests of their country above their own by engaging constructively in a meaningful political dialogue aimed at peacefully resolving their differences,” according to the statement. The UN chief also urged the political stakeholders to extend their full cooperation to the African Union (AU) Facilitator for the National Dialogue in the DRC, Mr. Edem Kodjo, and reiterated the full support of the UN for his efforts. read more

Man accused of mothers manslaughter after she criticised Christmas dinner court hears

first_imgMr Jennens, who had been the sole carer for his mother for ten years, denies manslaughter.According to a 999 transcript read out at start of the trial, Mr Jennens is reported to have told operators: “After being told I’m stupid for trying to sort Christmas dinner out I just lost it and went to chuck her out of the door.”Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Mr Jennens lost his temper with his mother on Christmas Eve 2015.Rachel Brand QC, prosecuting, said: “They argued about potatoes. He got angry, threw a writing pad across the table. He said ‘that is the last time you speak to me like that’. They argued about potatoes. He got angry… he said ‘that is the last time you speak to me like that’Rachel Brand QC 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. Mark Jennens and his mother had rowed about potatoes, the court heardCredit:Alamy UPDATE: On July 17, after this article was published, Mark Jennens was found not guilty of manslaughter at Wolverhampton Crown Court.A man killed his mother after she criticised his efforts at making Christmas dinner, a court heard.Mark Jennens, 40, tried to throw 78-year-old Hazel Jennens out of a house they shared in a row over potatoes on Christmas Eve, jurors were told.He is alleged to have frogmarched his mother, who had osteoporosis and lung cancer, to the door before pushing her to the floor.Ms Jennens, of Brierley Hill, Dudley, West Midlands, fractured her hip and later died from bronchopneumonia in hospital.center_img “She responded to that by leaning forward and gritting her teeth. He panicked, went to the arm chair and picked her up and frogmarched her to the door to get her away from him.”His intention was to put her outside and slam the door. He held her arms, then she was on the floor.”After undergoing surgery at Russells Hall Hospital, she began making a recovery, but on January 18 she fell unwell and died two days later at the hospital.”They have an argument and in the course of it he pushes or throws her to the floor.” Ms Brand added: “A fractured hip led to her being in hospital. It was that which caused the need for her to have surgery, to the risk of respiratory problems, bronchopneumonia which led to her death.”A cascade of events all led from a fractured hip, which she suffered at her son’s hands.”The court heard that Mr Jennens had been taking antidepressants at the time of the incident. The trial continues. Potatoeslast_img read more

Government should set policies on hijabs in schools Ofsted chief suggests

first_img“We have a very autonomous school system where we delegate a great deal down to individual heads, compared with most countries in the world we give more autonomy to individual heads,” she said.”If we are going to end up with an asymmetry where people conscientiously, running often quite small schools, can be effectively targeted and bullied in this way, I think we’re in a very worrying world. Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of schools The Government must step in to set policies on hijabs in schools, the head of Ofsted has suggested.Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, said it is “worrying” that headteachers can be “bullied” by campaigners into changing their uniform policies.Her comments come after she threw her weight behind the head of an east London primary school who attempted to ban pupils under the age of eight from wearing hijabs.Neena Lall was later forced into reversing the ban at St Stephen’s School in Newnham after an angry backlash from activists who accused her of Islamophobia.She became the subject of an intimidation campaign which included a video posted on YouTube comparing her to Hitler.Speaking at the Commons education select committee, Ms Spielman agreed with MPs that the events at St Stephen’s School set a “dangerous precedent” since young girls wearing the hijab is a “cultural preference” rather than a religious dictate. Last month Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector of schools, called for the Government to implement an official policy on wearing hijabs in primary schools to stop headteachers from feeling “isolated and vulnerable”.Sir Michael  claimed that the Government’s fear of being politically incorrect has stopped it from providing guidance to schools.   “The Government needs to step in. It can no longer say it’s up to the headteachers,” he said. Lord Agnew, an education minister, has previously said that teachers, school leaders and governors are “completely within their right to make decisions on how to run their schools in the best interests of their pupils… and we back their right to do so.” “Historically there may have been a concern not to be too inflammatory. We recognise that we need to be more explicit in future,” she said. “It opens the question for me whether it is right to leave so much decision-making at individual school level and whether some of these decisions that are becoming increasingly difficult and sensitive should be taken at local authority or MAT [multi-academy trust] or central government level.”Ms Spielman, who was being quizzed by a cross-party group of MPs, told how inspectors have seen some “very disturbing things” at unregistered schools, including youngsters being taught in “squalid conditions”.She told the Commons education committee that she would like tougher powers to inspect suspected unregistered schools and to seize evidence.”We have seen some very disturbing things. We have seen poor education, we’ve seen squalid conditions and we’ve seen some very worrying teaching materials in some of those institutions,” she said. “Books by people who are banned from entering the country, books promoting very concerning practices advocating men beating their wives to punish them, advocating, teaching, that women are not entitled to refuse sex to their husbands and so on.”Ms Spielman said that she would like Ofsted reports to be more “explicit” about their findings at faith schools, rather than skirting around the edges, particularly where children are being exposed by extreme views.     Sir Michael Wilshaw  Sir Michael WilshawCredit: Geoff Pughlast_img read more

Hexagon acquires North West Geomatics – aerial mapping and LiDAR

first_imgNorth West Geomatics has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexagon, a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies. North West provides high-quality aerial mapping and related spatial data services to engineering and mapping firms, environmental consulting organisations and government agencies. In addition to housing the single largest library of high-resolution imagery and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data in Canada, North West has been a pioneer in developing various techniques to maximise efficiency and productivity in photo acquisition and subsequent photogrammetric tasks. Valtus – North West’s content database – enables the seamless integration of any customer’s privately owned content through a hosting service. By dedicating a significant portion of resources to continuing research and development, “North West remains at the forefront in the aerial photography industry,” Hexagon states.“North West brings valuable expertise in selling data content as a service (CaaS) through its Valtus database, which enables crowdsourcing of data content. Together with advances in sensor capabilities and the acquisitions of AHAB, Aibotix, Geosoft and Tridicon, North West will be an instrumental part in Hexagon’s ambitions within this field”, said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén.North West Geomatics’ turnover for 2013 amounted to some EUR10 million.last_img read more

Mining Cleantech challenge announces call for applications

first_imgThe Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) is now accepting applications for the Mining Cleantech Challenge (MCC), a market-driven showcase to be held in Denver, Colorado on April 12, 2017.On the heels of its successful Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge, CCIA is launching the Mining Cleantech Challenge in partnership with mining leaders from across North America. The MCC will quickly and efficiently provide targeted connections between mining industry operators, OEMs, and clean technology solution providers with the mutually beneficial goal of meeting industry’s needs while introducing innovative cleantech solutions to the marketplace.“At CCIA we continue to focus on our ability to act as a facilitator between sometimes disparate industry sectors,” said Chris Shapard, CCIA’s executive director. “The Mining Cleantech Challenge platform allows CCIA to leverage a proven model that brings together innovative early-stage clean technology companies and leaders from the mining industry to address challenges facing the extractive energy industry.”The application process is now open for cleantech companies to showcase their innovative products and technologies. Specific categories have been identified as presenting the greatest opportunities for improvements in mining operations. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:Power managementAdvanced materials or chemicalsWaste handlingPlant or biological solutionsWaterProduction efficiencyRemote sensingPre-concentrationMethane and NOx gas detection or controlRemote/distributed powerResource characterization and mine planningProduction management and efficiencyTailings/waste handling and disposalInterested cleantech companies will enter a competitive vetting process, after which 10 companies will be invited to present their technologies to the mining partners. Applications are due March 3, 2017. More information can be found here: http://coloradocleantech.com/mining-cleantech-challenge/last_img read more

FCC to Proposing 911 Texting

first_imgWhen it comes to contacting emergency services, the more venues the better, really. The FCC is said to be looking into increasing the methods people can use to contact 911, including text messages–a technology than has begun to supplant traditional voice calling for many cell phone users.According to the FCC’s numbers, some 70 percent of 911 calls are made using cell phones. Added text messaging to the acceptable methods of contacting emergency services could actually help victims in instances where speaking would put them at risk–something students attempted to do unsuccessfully during 2007’s shooting at the Virginia Tech campus.FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to propose the idea in a speech today. The department will open the issue up to public comments before voting on it.last_img read more

ASA Presents Biodiesel Benefits to US Senate and House

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and two biodiesel fuel suppliers testified before Congress on July 24, to communicate the benefits of biodiesel for the nation and the farm economy. ASA Executive Committee Member Ron Heck testified before the House of Representatives Small Business Rural Enterprises and Technology Policy Subcommittee. Meanwhile, the Senate Energy Committee received testimony from John Campbell, Vice President of Ag Processing Inc. (AGP), a farmer-owned cooperative, and Gene Gebolys, President of World Energy Alternatives.All three witnesses praised the “Renewable Fuels for Energy Security Act of 2001,” which has identical bills now pending before the Senate and House. Representative John Thune (R-SD) introduced the legislation, H.R. 2423, while Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) sponsored S. 1006. The legislation sets a federal goal for increased national use of renewable fuels, such as biodiesel and ethanol. Under the measure, renewable fuels would account for 3 percent of highway transportation fuels by 2011 and 5 percent by 2016. The measure will allow flexible approaches to comply with program goals in ways that best fit within the operations of fuel providers.“We believe this legislation provides achievable goals for both biodiesel and ethanol while helping to decrease our dependency on imported petroleum,” said Heck, who raises soybeans and corn near Perry, Iowa. “This is a bold and innovative step in moving our country to homegrown energy sources.”During his testimony, Heck presented the results of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture study that shows biodiesel production can have significant economic benefits for farmer income, rural communities and the overall U.S. trade balance. The study reports an increase of 100 million gallons of biodiesel or other soy-based bioproducts per year would boost total crop cash receipts by $5.2 billion cumulative by 2010, resulting in an average net farm income increase of $300 million per year. The price for a bushel of soybeans would rise by as much as 17 cents annually during the 10-year period.The study was based on the effect of increasing soybean oil demand by 1.5 billion pounds per year between 2001 and 2010. That is the equivalent of 200 million gallons of biodiesel production a year. The 1.5 billion pound annual average increase in soybean oil demand is projected to induce an increase of over 13,000 jobs. New jobs would be created in the farm sector, food processing, manufacturing, and in the service sectors.Campbell’s testimony for Nebraska-based AGP identified that even modest levels of alternative and replacement fuel use are providing energy security benefits. “If the United States were to achieve the 10 percent replacement fuel goal of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, oil prices could be reduced by approximately $3 per barrel. At current U.S. oil consumption levels of 6.8 billion barrels, this level of alternative/replacement fuel use results in a savings of approximately $20 billion on an annual basis.”Campbell also stressed that companies need for Congress to integrate renewable fuels into a national energy strategy to give the private sector the confidence to make further investments. “Biodiesel needs a consumer incentive to help level the playing field in a marketplace that is heavily tilted toward oil and gas,” Campbell said. “We are not anti-oil. We are pro-oil. We just want to make sure there is room for renewables in an already distorted energy market.”Gebolys of World Energy Alternatives testified that biodiesel brings tremendous environmental benefits to the public. He cited a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study that found more than 75 percent of all cancer risk associated with outdoor air contaminates relates directly to diesel exhaust. Meanwhile, biodiesel exhaust has been found to be completely nontoxic.Biodiesel performs comparably to diesel, with similar cetane and BTU content. It is the safest of all fuels to use, handle and store. More than 100 major vehicle fleets use biodiesel, including transit authorities, public utilities, government agencies and school districts. The fuel has been proven successful in more than 40 million road miles and countless off-road, marine, boiler and generator applications.Biodiesel is listed with the Department of Energy as an alternative fuel and is registered with the EPA as both a fuel and fuel additive. Biodiesel contains no petroleum but can be blended with diesel at any level. It is the only alternative fuel to have passed the rigorous Health Effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act. The results, submitted to the EPA in 2000, show biodiesel is nontoxic, biodegradable and free of sulfur. Emissions it reduces include carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter.last_img read more

Unemploymentclaims phone line hours extended

first_imgStarting Monday, Washington’s unemployment-claims phone line will be open one hour earlier each day to keep up with demand during its busiest season, according to the state Employment Security Department. Intake agents will man the phone lines from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist unemployed workers with benefit claims. The extended schedule will be available through Jan. 31, to provide extra support over a period when industries such as construction and agriculture are off season. Claimants also can cut down on wait times by applying for benefits and submitting weekly claims online, a service available 24 hours a day at http://www.esd.wa.gov.last_img

GSA to Hold Second Auction for WVa Navy Facility

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The General Services Administration (GSA) plans to hold a second auction for a former communications facility run by the Navy in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia after the winning bidder in an online auction was unable to complete the transaction.That auction closed in July with a high bid of $11.2 million for Sugar Grove Station submitted by an unidentified buyer. When that bidder entered the contest two days before it closed, the price had reached $6.95 million.The second auction will be a sealed bid competitive sale, with the bid opening date scheduled for early November, according to a press release. GSA expects to conduct an open house in mid-October.The 122-acre Navy base closed in September 2015, eliminating one of Pendleton County’s largest employers and the state’s only active-duty military installation. It once supported up to 450 personnel and their families in a self-contained community which includes residential housing among its 105 buildings. The campus is located within a National Radio Quiet Zone.The site is “ideal for a corporate training center, a university or academic campus, a spa/clinic, movie studio or mountain resort,” according to GSA.last_img read more

Privatization could save some money at API not at youth centers

first_imgAlaska’s state government can save money by privatizing some services at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, or API. But it doesn’t look like it would save if it privatized all services.Listen nowConsultants who studied the privatization for the state found that management of the institute, as well as operating the state’s juvenile justice detention centers, are better done by the state.Coy Jones is the senior consultant for Public Consulting Group and said savings depend on how many patients are at the psychiatric institute.“We definitely made some recommendations where there are some limited cases of privatization that we would recommend implementing,” Jones said. “They’re easy to do, and they will generate some cost savings.”For example, the consultants recommend there could be savings in privatizing the institute’s communication center.But a different consultant that looked at youth detention centers couldn’t find any opportunities for privatization.Consultant Carl Becker of CGL – a consulting company that specializes in corrections — said local organizations operate juvenile facilities in other parts of the country. But local organizations weren’t interested in operating the facilities in Kenai, Nome and Palmer.“We found basically no private or governmental in any of these regions that had either the interest or the capability to operate standalone detention facilities for these youth,” Becker said.The state also couldn’t find savings in privatizing pharmacy services at Pioneer Homes.The state studied privatizing services as a result of a new law that overhauled Medicaid in Alaska. The Senate Health and Social Services Committee held a hearing on the studies Monday.last_img read more

ExCatalan leader Puigdemont returns to Belgium

first_imgFormer Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech as he attends a ceremony in Belgium’s Waterloo on 28 July, 2018. Photo: ReutersFormer Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont returned from Germany to Belgium on Saturday after Spain failed in an attempt to extradite him from Germany on charges of rebellion over an illegal declaration of independence.Puigdemont said he would continue travelling around Europe to raise support for the cause of Catalan independence. He fled to Belgium in October after Madrid imposed direct rule on the region after his administration declared independence.”This will not be my last stop, this is not the end of my journey,” he told a press conference in Brussels held alongside current Catalan leader Quim Torra, who had travelled from Spain to greet him.”I will travel around Europe to the four corners of the continent to defend our cause.”Puigdemont was arrested on 25 March at a petrol station in the northern German region of Schleswig-Holstein while returning to Belgium after a journey to Finland.A German court ruled earlier this month that Puigdemont, 55, could be extradited to Spain to face a separate charge for misuse of public funds, but not for a more serious charge of rebellion.Under European law, that means Spain would have been barred from trying him on the more serious charge if the extradition were to proceed. The Spanish court rejected that proposal, lifting the arrest warrant altogether.The charges against Puigdemont and the five others remain in place however, meaning they would be arrested if they return to Spain.Relations between Spain’s central government in Madrid and the Catalan capital Barcelona have thawed in recent weeks, with Prime Minister Sanchez hosting cordial talks with Torra in Madrid earlier in July.But Sanchez, who took office in June after his more hardline conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy lost a confidence vote, has ruled out allowing any referendum on independence, saying it goes against Spain’s constitution.Puigdemont said on Saturday Sanchez’s period of grace regarding the Catalan issue was over and it was a time for action, not words.last_img read more

Particle decay may point to New Physics

first_imgThis “penguin diagram” shows the top quark inside the loop (forming the belly of the penguin, or the “quantum effect”). The New Physics being probed would be the presence and participation of other, new particles in this loop. Image credit: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Pinguindiagramm.jpg) Scientists Rahul Sinha, Basudha Misra and Wei-Shu Hou have tried to explain the discrepency, and have shown that it is not possible to reconcile the deviation between the measurements, revealing a possible glitch in the stubbornly persistent SM.”At present, it is not possible to specify the kind of NP [New Physics] that might be implied,” Sinha told PhysOrg.com. “We not only need larger data sample of B meson decays, but also more theoretical studies. It could be supersymmetry, or something else.” The two classes of B meson decay modes that Sinha and his colleagues analyzed involved decays resulting in a strange quark, along with two other particles (either a charm and anti-charm quark, or a “q” and anti-“q” quark, where q could be either an up, down or strange quark). The neutral B meson has a very special property: it can mix with its anti-particle, the anti-B meson, which results in a phase called the “B-meson mixing phase.” According to the SM, B mesons decay via weak interactions, and decays that result in strange quarks receive two contributions with different weak phases. Scientists expect some deviation to exist when measuring the mixing phase of the B meson decay from different decay modes. However, the SM predicts a deviation of only a few degrees, while the measured deviation is significantly larger–about 13 degrees. Moreover, it is in the opposite direction.To confront the discrepancy between the SM and the observed decays, which was first observed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Japan, and was reported by Hazumi with further evidence at a conference this summer in Moscow, Sinha and his group investigated the possibilities that might explain the results within the SM. Using a model-independent approach, they showed both numerically and geometrically that the deviation of the B mixing phase must always be less than the weak phase of one of the contributions. The only alternative SM-compliant explanation they could find was that large destructive interference resulting from fine-tuned cancellations between two large contributions–contributions that are even larger than the decay rates themselves–might cause the observed deviation. However, the scientists say that this option is “rather unlikely, given the relative successful understanding of B decays.” Citation: Particle decay may point to New Physics (2006, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-10-particle-physics.html “Without making any hadronic assumptions, we have shown that it is impossible to explain within SM the observed discrepancy in [the B meson] mixing phase measured using the [two] modes,” Sinha et al. wrote in their study. To confirm that the large deviation is indeed NP, Sinha said that more observations are needed.”We need to collect larger data sets of B mesons at the B factories at SLAC and KEK, and also seriously consider the future upgrades to firm up the statistical significance of the deviation,” he said. “The small phase (referred to as ‘beta_s’ in the paper) might be measured directly in the future.”If the SM cannot explain this observation, scientists may get a lead toward NP–physics beyond the SM. Although the SM has assisted physicists since its development in the 1970s, with its elegant explanations and predictions for several previously unknown particles, the model has arguably reached its limits. It can’t explain many areas (e.g. dark matter, gravity and particle masses), and therefore doesn’t offer much help in further discoveries. Even a small inaccuracy such as this wrongly predicted B mixing phase may yield greater understanding of the particles and forces that compose the universe. As Sinha mentions, of course, there are also several other potential candidates for NP:”Although supersymmetry is the most popular scenario for possible NP, it has not yet been seen,” he mused. “Neutrino mass has been established, but accommodating neutrino mass with SM requires only a trivial extension beyond SM. It provides no clear evidence of the dynamics beyond SM. There has been a hint of NP seen in the muon magnetic moment measurements where there is a slight discrepancy between theory and experiment. However, due to hadronic uncertainty or strong interaction effects (akin to nuclear binding), we are unable to say with any certainty that the discrepancy is a signal of NP. “In our approach, which works very well to study weak decays of mesons, there is no hadronic uncertainty,” Sinha continued. “The only reason that this discrepancy might not be NP would be that, as more data is collected, the discrepancy might disappear. The experimentalists talk in terms of statistical significance of the data. They quote a significance of 2.6 sigma for this discrepancy (in other words, it means less than one percent chance that this discrepancy is a statistical fluctuation). Without being biased, since there is no hadronic uncertainty in our approach, I feel that this discrepancy is the strongest evidence for NP. There are some other hints of NP also being seen in B meson decays, but none are as compelling and, unlike this discrepancy, we are not sure that they are not due to hadronic contributions. These are all topics of vigorous research by several physicists.”Citation: Sinha, Rahul, Misra, Basudha and Hou, Wei-Shu. “Has New Physics Already Been Seen in Bd Meson Decays?” Physical Review Letters. 97, 131802 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comcenter_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. A tiny flaw has caught the attention of physicists: the Standard Model (SM) predicts that the B meson mixing phase should be measured at nearly the same result using two different classes of decay modes. However, observations of the two different decay modes recently gave very different values, resulting in an unexpectedly large discrepancy in the B mixing phase.last_img read more

Another bee in the beehive—Astronomers discover binary star in the NGC 2632

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Image of the Beehive Cluster. Credit: Sven Kohle and Till Credner 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. Explore further (Phys.org)—Astronomers have detected a new low-mass eclipsing binary star in an open cluster named NGC 2632, better known as the Beehive Cluster (or Praesepe). The newly identified binary, designated PTFEB132.707+19.810, contains two late-type stars much smaller and less massive than the sun. The new findings were detailed June 28 in a paper published on arXiv.org. Citation: Another bee in the beehive—Astronomers discover binary star in the NGC 2632 cluster (2017, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-bee-beehive-astronomers-binary-star.html More information: The Factory and the Beehive III: PTFEB132.707+19.810, a Low-Mass Eclipsing Binary in Praesepe Observed by PTF and K2, arXiv:1706.09390 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1706.09390AbstractTheoretical models of stars constitute a fundamental bedrock upon which much of astrophysics is built, but large swaths of model parameter space remain uncalibrated by observations. The best calibrators are eclipsing binaries in clusters, allowing measurement of masses, radii, luminosities, and temperatures, for stars of known metallicity and age. We present the discovery and detailed characterization of PTFEB132.707+19.810, a P=6.0 day eclipsing binary in the Praesepe cluster (τ~600—800 Myr; [Fe/H]=0.14±0.04). The system contains two late-type stars (SpTP=M3.5±0.2; SpTS=M4.3±0.7) with precise masses (Mp=0.3953±0.0020~M⊙; Ms=0.2098±0.0014~M⊙) and radii (Rp=0.363±0.008~R⊙; Rs=0.272±0.012~R⊙). Neither star meets the predictions of stellar evolutionary models. The primary has the expected radius, but is cooler and less luminous, while the secondary has the expected luminosity, but is cooler and substantially larger (by 20%). The system is not tidally locked or circularized. Exploiting a fortuitous 4:5 commensurability between Porb and Prot,prim, we demonstrate that fitting errors from the unknown spot configuration only change the inferred radii by <1—2%. We also analyze subsets of data to test the robustness of radius measurements; the radius sum is more robust to systematic errors and preferable for model comparisons. We also test plausible changes in limb darkening, and find corresponding uncertainties of ~1%. Finally, we validate our pipeline using extant data for GU Boo, finding that our independent results match previous radii to within the mutual uncertainties (2—3%). We therefore suggest that the substantial discrepancies are astrophysical; since they are larger than for old field stars, they may be tied to the intermediate age of PTFEB132.707+19.810. NGC 2632 is an open star cluster that looks like a hive of bees in the constellation Cancer. Located some 577 light years away, it is one of the nearest open clusters to the solar system. Due to its proximity, this cluster is the target of numerous observations conducted by astronomers searching for new objects, including eclipsing binaries. Such binaries could be very helpful in improving our known theoretical stellar evolution models.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Adam Kraus of the University of Texas at Austin, has detected a new eclipsing binary in the Beehive Cluster. Although PTFEB132.707+19.810 was identified in 2002, its true nature remained unclear until the research conducted by Kraus' team. The new study confirms that this star is a low-mass eclipsing binary."We have discovered and characterized PTFEB132.707+19.810, a Porb = 6.0 day eclipsing binary system in the Praesepe open cluster," the researchers write in the paper.As noted in the paper, PTFEB132.707+19.810 has an orbital period of six days and comprises two late-type M stars. According to the study, the primary star has a radius of about 0.36 solar radii and a mass of nearly 0.4 solar masses. The secondary star is much smaller, as its radius equals approximately 0.27 solar radii. It is also much less massive—with a mass of 0.21 solar masses. These parameters indicate that PTFEB132.707+19.810 is one of the few low-mass eclipsing binaries to be found in an open cluster.The authors of the paper pointed out that given the masses of the components of PTFEB132.707+19.810, neither star of the system meets the predictions of stellar evolutionary models."The primary star has the expected radius, but it is cooler and less luminous than models would predict, while the secondary star has the expected luminosity, but it is cooler and substantially larger (by 20 percent) than models would predict," the paper reads.Moreover, the scientists found that at least the primary star is not tidally locked to the orbital period.To obtain the parameters of the system, the researchers analyzed the light curve provided by Samuel Oschin telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California as part of the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) survey. They have also analyzed follow-up spectroscopic data obtained by the High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) at the Keck Observatory, located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, as well as the newly released light curve of PTFEB132.707+19.810 by NASA's prolonged Kepler mission known as K2. New insights on the nature of the star V501 Aurigae revealedlast_img read more