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Olympic qualifier: Women’s hockey team faces Azerbaijan

Olympic qualifier: Women’s hockey team faces Azerbaijan

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team will test its strength before the Olympic qualifier in a fourmatch test series against Azerbaijan starting on Sunday. Coach CR Kumar and the selectors will keenly watch the performance of the players and also their fitness.India will be up against Canada, Italy, Poland, South Africa and Ukraine in the qualifier starting on February 18. The main challenge is expected to come from the South Africans, who are ranked a spot above India in 12th position.Playing against Azerbaijan, who are ranked two places below India, may not be the ideal preparation, but Kumar insisted he has his plans in place. The fact that Azerbaijan, too, are taking it as preparation for their Olympic qualifier in Japan will make the series competitive.Many seniors missed the two four-nation tournaments in Argentina last month either due to injury or some personal reasons, and are coming back after a long gap. Chanchan Devi, Joydeep Kaur, Mukta Prava Barla and Soundarya Yendala were injured during the series in Australia while Saba Anjum and Jasjeet Kaur Handa missed out due to personal reasons.”It will be a good experience for the players. We played against Azerbaijan twice in the Champions Challenge and won. It (test series) is part of our preparation for the qualifier and we have to take it seriously. We will give exposure to all the 32 players and based on that we will select the squad,” Kumar said.Asked about the choice of team for the preparatory matches, the coach said: “The top teams are playing in the Champions Trophy in Rosario and Azerbaijan were the only team available.” “We have played Azerbaijan before but their standard has risen since. Before the Olympic qualifier, all teams look to give their best.”advertisementKumar said he wants his forwards to take this opportunity to get their act together. “We missed a lot of chances, easy ones, in the recent tournaments. We have worked on that aspect during the camp. The forwards need to make use of this opportunity. We have done well in penalty corners though.”The players recovering from injuries will also test their match fitness.”I do not want to push them because I would need them to be at their best during the qualifier.That is the time the players have to peak.” Captain Asunta Lakra said they will use the series to iron out the weaknesses they have been working on.”We have to improve our goalscoring. We played South Africa in the four-nation tournaments in Argentina and despite missing some senior players we finished third. The team has improved a lot.”Azerbaijan is a good side. They are physically strong but we are better in terms of speed and skill.”Azerbaijan manager Rashad Alizada said playing against India will stand the team in good stead before their qualifier.”It is a challenge playing a fullstrength Indian side. We played two warm-up matches here but the series will be a different experience for the players.”last_img read more

IPL 7, KXIP vs SRH: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 7, KXIP vs SRH: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgKXIP vs SRHAfter winning two high-scoring matches back-to-back in this tournament, Punjab are on a roll and they will look to continue their winning streak when they take on Hyderabad in the 9th match of IPL 7, which will take place at Sharjah.On the other hand, Hyderabad, who had to face defeat in their first match against Rajasthan in the only match they have played so far, will be aiming to register their first win in the tournament.Punjab have proved that no target is stiff enough for them as they chased down scores of 205 and 191 against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively with more than an over to spare.The team has relied on the dangerous duo of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, who have shown little respect for the opposition bowlers going on a rampage to blow Chennai and Rajasthan away.With scores such as 95 runs off 43 balls and 89 in 45 balls, Maxwell has been the most devastating batsman in IPL-7 this year, while Miller too has been simply unstoppable as he blasted 37-ball 54 and 19-ball 51 in his last two unbeaten innings respectively and skipper George Bailey will want the duo to continue the carnage Tuesday.For Hyderabad, it would be the pace troika of Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who would be in the firing line of Maxwell and Miller and Dhawan would hope they do enough to stop them from running away with the match.The Hyderabad pace troika had reduced Rajasthan to 31-3 in 6.2 over in their last match and they will have to produce a similar dose of seam and bounce to tame Punjab.advertisementSquads:Punjab (From): Cheteshwar Pujara, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey(c), Akshar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Parvinder Awana, Murali Kartik, Gurkeerat Singh, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Shaun Marsh, Thisara Perera, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Beuran Hendricks, Karanveer Singh, Shivam Sharma, Shardul ThakurHyderabad (From): Shikhar Dhawan(c), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Lokesh Rahul(w), Venugopal Rao, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dale Steyn, Moises Henriques, Jason Holder, Srikkanth Anirudha, Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Juneja, Brendan Taylor, Parvez Rasool, Prasanth Parameswaran, Amit Paunikar, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Ashish Reddy, Chama Milindlast_img read more

Uttarakhand HC puts river rafting on hold, job losses feared

Uttarakhand HC puts river rafting on hold, job losses feared

first_img(Adding details, quotes) Nainital/Dehradun, Jun 22 (PTI) The Uttarakhand High Court has banned white water rafting and paragliding until the state government frames a policy on adventure sports, a move which those in the business say will hit them hard. Underlining the need to regulate adventure sports, a division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh in a recent order directed the state government to prepare a transparent policy within two weeks. Till such a policy is framed, no paragliding, white water rafting and other water sports shall be permitted in Uttarakhand, the court said. Former Rafting Association of Uttarakhand president Devendra Rawat said river rafting has generated jobs for about 40,000 people, almost ending migration from many areas along the Ganga in Garhwal regions Tehri and Pauri districts. A ban on rafting will lead to more people migrating from the state, he said. There are 281 companies involved in the rafting trade, together owning 600 rafts and transacting business worth over Rs 20 crore every season, which lasts nine months from October to June, he said. Though he denied knowledge of the high court order, Rawat said any ban would affect the 40,000 people associated with the trade. Asked about alleged violation of guidelines by raft operators, he said they follow the Rafting Policy 2014. “If the policy is revised and implemented, which is something only the state government can do, that would again be followed by people associated with the trade,” he said. However, others in the business felt a ban lasting a few weeks from now would not have much affect as the season is nearing its end on June 30.advertisement The court order came on a PIL alleging that illegal leases were being issued in favour of private parties to set up temporary structures on the Ganga riverbed. Private entrepreneurs were conducted river rafting from them without any legal sanction, it argued. PTI CORR ALM ASHASHlast_img read more

Five things to know about the Fort Hills oilsands mining project

Five things to know about the Fort Hills oilsands mining project

For half a century, the oilsands have fuelled an industry that has become an engine of Canada’s economy. Later this year, the oilpatch will mark the opening of the Fort Hills mine, adding to the 30 oilsands projects in operation.Here are five things to know about Fort Hills:1. The project is located 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta. Suncor Energy has a 50.8 per cent majority stake in the operation, along with Total E&P Canada with a 29.2 per cent share and Teck Resources owning 20 per cent.2. It’s massive. With a maximum capacity of 194,000 barrels per day, it will be one of the biggest oilsands projects, accounting for nearly 10 per cent of current oilsands production.3. It isn’t cheap. It’s estimated to cost between $16.5 billion to $17 billion.4. It will be pumping oil for a long time, with an estimated life span of 50 years.5. Once fully operational, it’s expected to generate 1,600 jobs.(Sources: Suncor Energy, Natural Resources Canada) read more

Fundamental change needed to address womens health in conflicts disasters – UN

Fundamental change needed to address womens health in conflicts disasters – UN

“One of the weakest areas of resilience currently is among women and girls, and the institutions that serve them,” the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said in its annual State of World Population Report, this year, entitled Shelter from the Storm: A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world.“As long as inequality and inequitable access short-circuit their rights, abilities and opportunities, women and girls will remain among those most in need of humanitarian assistance and least equipped to contribute to recovery or resilience,” it added.“The demand for humanitarian assistance has grown every year since 2011, but funding has not increased at the same pace, leaving unprecedented gaps, translating into inadequate or insufficient responses for millions of people in need,” according to the report.In a foreword, UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin noted that every day, 507 women and adolescents die from pregnancy and childbirth complications in emergency situations and in fragile States, despite the “remarkable progress” of the past decade to protect their health and rights.“Together we must transform humanitarian action by placing the health and rights of women and young people at the centre of our priorities,” he wrote. “Together we must strive for a world where women and girls are no longer disadvantaged in multiple ways but are equally empowered to realize their full potential, and contribute to the development and stability of their communities and nations – before, during or after a crisis,” he added. The report noted that in a fragile world, women and girls pay a disproportionate price due to discrimination and gender inequality that see them enjoying less of almost everything – income, land and other assets, access to health services, education, social networks, a political voice, equal protection under the law, and the realization of basic human rights.“By many measures, more countries are considered fragile than five or six years ago, leaving them more vulnerable to conflict or the effects of disasters,” it stressed. “When a crisis strikes, women and girls are disproportionately disadvantaged and less prepared or empowered to survive or recover.”It called for moving sexual and reproductive health to the centre of humanitarian action. “A fundamental shift is needed: away from reacting to disasters and conflicts as they unfold and sometimes linger for decades, towards prevention, preparedness and empowerment of individuals and communities to withstand and recover from them,” said the report.“Wherever feasible, humanitarian assistance can challenge existing forms of discrimination, such as through providing comprehensive services for survivors of gender-based violence. It can enlist men and boys in building acceptance of new social norms, such as around women’s inherent rights and the peaceful resolution of differences,” according to the report.“The health and rights of women and adolescents should not be treated like an afterthought in humanitarian response,” Dr. Osotimehin said, adding: “For the pregnant woman who is about to deliver, or the adolescent girl who survived sexual violence, life-saving services are as vital as water, food and shelter.” read more

UK and Norway subhunters will work together to counter Russian naval threat

UK and Norway subhunters will work together to counter Russian naval threat

“Norway and the UK are natural partners given our shared values, as well as our history and geography,” she said.“We can even further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation related to high-end capabilities such as the F-35 fighter and the P-8 maritime patrol aircraft.”A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The UK will explore with Norway ways in which we together can leverage the maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft to improve North Atlantic security, thereby enhancing NATO security”. Crew members aboard a Russian submarine during the dress rehearsal of a parade marking the Day of the Russian Navy. July 26, 2018.Credit:Vitaly Nevar/TASS Crew members on board a US Navy P-8A Poseidon. The plan to share facilities comes in the wake of comments by Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, that increased Russian naval activity in the Atlantic “shows the increasing aggression [and] increasing assertiveness of Russia”.He said the Royal Navy had responded 33 times to Russian warships approaching UK territorial waters in 2017 compared with just once in 2010.The decision in 2010 to scrap Britain’s MPA capability was subsequently reviewed in light of Russia’s military actions in Georgia and the Ukraine, according to Nick Childs of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Plans for joint operations with Norway received a boost in May when Tone Skogen, State Secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Defence, was hosted at RAF Lossiemouth. The Poseidon’s search radar is optimised for detecting small objects on the surface of the sea, such as submarine periscopes, as well as larger surface contacts. Wing-mounted Harpoon anti-ship missiles can be carried to attack hostile surface contacts and anti-submarine torpedoes can be carried in the internal weapon bay. As well as protecting the UK’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent and its two new aircraft carriers, the British Poseidon’s will be able to deploy sonobuoys to help them detect submarines.  Britain’s new fleet of sub-hunters will work alongside Norwegian forces as a deterrent to the Russian threat, the MoD has said.Britain and Norway will combat the resurgent threat from Russian naval forces by sharing  facilities for new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).The “significant increase in Russian submarine activity” means Nato naval forces are at particular risk in the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea.The UK will take delivery next year of the first of nine P-8A aircraft, at a cost of £3 billion. Norway is buying five in a move that reflects the ‘changing security environment’ in the North Atlantic, according to a statement jointly signed by the UK, Norway and the United States.  The UK aircraft will be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland with operational and logistic support extended to the Norwegian planes. Crew members on board a US Navy P-8A Poseidon.Credit:MC2 Eric A. Pastor/US Navy 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. “The change of gear in the relationship with Russia meant filling the gap [in MPA capability] in the 2015 Defence Review was a significant priority,” he says.Submarine hunting skills had been retained in the RAF by embedding personnel in the US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand armed forces. The decision was taken in 2015 to revive a sovereign British maritime patrol capability.Submarines are the most potent part of the Russian navy, says Mr Childs. The fleet consists of about 60 to 70 vessels and only a handful could pose a headache for Nato naval forces. The decision to work closely with Norwegian forces is “a logical step when fielding exotic capabilities in small numbers”, he says.The P-8 conducts anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and shipping interdiction, along with an electronic signals intelligence role. This involves carrying torpedoes, depth charges, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons.  Crew members aboard a Russian submarine during the dress rehearsal of a parade marking the Day of the Russian Navy. July 26, 2018. read more

Wenco further strengthens mine data interoperability with System 6

Wenco further strengthens mine data interoperability with System 6

first_imgWith the release of System 6, Wenco International Mining Systems says it “advances the capabilities of mining solutions to extract unrealised value, adding stronger data interoperability, actionable intelligence, and digitisation of mine processes to the flagship Mine Performance Suite.”Through collaborative research with major mining companies and Hitachi group companies, Wenco’s latest release responds to robust interest in using data to gain visibility, insight, and control over mine operations. “Our customers are starting to look closer at how to unlock hidden value in data,” says David Noble, Vice President, Research and Development. “From fleet management to predictive maintenance to solutions beyond the pit, they consistently look for ways to better integrate their data.“The release of System 6 brings all of these aspects of the Mine Performance Suite together, enabling customers to extract more value and context from their operations — with both real-time feedback and deeper insights from data collected.”Much of this newly extracted value comes from the business intelligence (BI) solution of System 6, Avoca. This easily deployable system integrates large volumes of data from disparate mining systems, finally connecting data types such as geospatial coordinates, ore body quality, spotting time, machine health, shift times, weather patterns, and more. With these discrete datasets brought together, this mining BI solution enables mines to gain efficient access to holistic views of their operations.“This level of insight is a game changer for the mining industry,” says Noble. The inclusion of ReadyLine, a predictive maintenance solution, in System 6 further extends this concept of data interoperability and insight. ReadyLine empowers mines to reduce unplanned downtime while extending the lifespan of equipment and decreasing the cost of machine parts. Mines use ReadyLine to monitor sensors from a broad range of OEM equipment and predict failures before they happen.“We hear from customers that they need more insight to be able to better plan maintenance,” says Glen Trainor, vice president, sales, support and service. “Gaining predictability can significantly influence planning in the maintenance department and beyond. There has been a lot of interest in ReadyLine to expand planning capacity.”This renewed approach fully matches the vision of both Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) and Hitachi Ltd. Since HCM acquired Wenco in 2009, extensive research and development with various Hitachi group companies have concentrated on support and integration of business intelligence, preventive maintenance, and autonomous haulage systems.“As a company, we are taking aim at bringing together Wenco’s 30 years of mine solutions development experience and Hitachi’s global leadership in systems research, data sciences, and IoT to deliver more value to customers,” says Andrew Pyne, President and CEO of Wenco. “Mines of the future will demand even more open systems, accessible and actionable data intelligence, digitisation of processes, more predictable asset availability, and support for autonomous haulage. Wenco Mine Performance Suite Version 6 is the next step in this evolution.”last_img read more

How to easily host a Minecraft server

How to easily host a Minecraft server

first_imgMinecraft has many qualities that helped it become a gaming phenomenon: ever-expanding environments to explore, the freedom to craft complex machines from simple parts, and devastating iron golems, just to name a few. But one of my favorite things about Minecraft is how easy it is to host your own server. With just a Windows computer, a decent internet connection (with a static IP), and a little know-how, anyone can create a private world for a few friends to share. Here’s how to get started.Create your worldThe Minecraft Server application relies on Java, so begin by making sure you have the latest version of Java 7 installed (32-bit or 64-bit, depending on your Windows version). Once that’s done, download Minecraft_Server.exe from Minecraft.net and save it into a dedicated folder, like C:\MinecraftServer.Go ahead and run the server application, which will bring up a simple interface window. Don’t worry about any “missing file” warnings, those are normal for the first run. Once the series of “Preparing spawn area” messages is finished by a line that says “Done,” type “stop” in the text field and press Enter.Your new Minecraft world has been created! Now it’s time to configure it.Customize the server settingsIn the directory where you saved Minecraft_Server.exe you should see two files called “server,” one of which will be listed as a PROPERTIES file when you hover over it. Right click this file and choose Edit to open it in notepad. You’ll see a list of server settings followed by an equals sign and a value. By changing the values you can configure a number of things about your new Minecraft world. Fortunately, most of the default settings should be fine, but there are a few that you should consider altering.The gamemode and difficulty options are fundamental for deciding what kind of experience you want your players to have. The default gamemode setting is 0, which creates a survival server. In survival, players have to gather their own resources, endure damage from enemies, and contend with hunger — it’s what you probably think of when you think about playing Minecraft. Changing the setting to 1 enables creative mode, which means that players take no damage and can fly around placing and destroying blocks instantly. If all you want to do is build, this is the mode for you.If you decide to go the more traditional survival route, you can configure the difficulty setting from 1 (Easy) to 3 (Hard) to make the game’s enemy mobs more or less of a threat. If you want to remove enemies from the world completely, change the setting to 0 (Peaceful).Setting white-list=true is a good way to make sure that your server gets inhabited by only your friends, and not potentially vandals. Once turned on, no one but the users you approve will be allowed to connect and play. In the next section we’ll cover how to add your first few friends to the white-list itself.If you want to dig into each and every setting listed, check out the Minecraft Wiki page to read up on them all. Once you’re happy with the server.properties settings, make sure to click File-Save before closing the file.Setup your white-list and ops listBack in your Minecraft server folder, you’ll see another file called white-list — as before, right click it and choose Edit, which should open a completely blank text file. The first player you’ll want to add is yourself, so type your Minecraft username into the top line. Your username will be whatever you registered when buying the game, and is the same thing you use to log into the regular Minecraft client.Once you’ve entered your username, press Enter to jump down one line, and begin adding your friend’s usernames, each on its own line. When you’re done click File-Save and close out of the white-list.Your Minecraft server folder contains another special list called “ops,” which you add usernames to the same way you did for the whitelist. The difference is that anyone on the op (short for “Operator”) list will be able to execute moderator commands in-game. Since you’ll be in charge of this Minecraft world, you should definitely add yourself as an op. If you’ve got a trusted player or two who can handle the responsibility, add them as well. See the “Learn to Op” below for details on exactly what ops can do.Next page: Configure your router and learn the host commands… 1 2last_img read more

Soy Growers Biodiesel Can Do More than the RFS Calls For

Soy Growers Biodiesel Can Do More than the RFS Calls For

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) Agency released the Proposed Rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements this week, including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2018. The rule continues to provide modest increases for biomass-based diesel, which according to the American Soybean Association (ASA) does not capitalize on the opportunity for greater growth, especially considering the existing production capacity, feedstock availability and price, and the growing volumes of imports.The Proposed Rule calls for 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel in 2018. The biomass-based diesel requirements for 2016 and 2017 are 1.9 billion and 2.0 billion gallons, respectively. The Proposed Rule The biomass-based diesel utilization in the U.S. was approximately 2.1 billion gallons in 2015 and is expected to exceed that amount in 2016.“The EPA Proposed Rule misses an opportunity to build on the success and benefits of this growing renewable domestic biodiesel industry,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del. “While our differences with EPA regarding the appropriate biomass-based diesel volumes are relatively small, we are frustrated that the Administration does not embrace the many benefits this industry provides and take better advantage of these opportunities.”The biodiesel industry provides a market outlet for surplus soybean oil as well as animal fats and other renewable agricultural feedstocks; a more diversified energy market; increased domestic energy production; reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; new jobs and economic development; expanded markets; and reduced soy meal feed costs.“As we have said before, biodiesel provides significant economic and environmental benefits and we have the capacity to do more,” said Wilkins. “The Administration wants to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and biodiesel can contribute more to that effort.”Biodiesel is a domestically-produced, renewable fuel that is proven to achieve emissions reductions ranging from 57 to 86 percent and is the first and only Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. Biodiesel has made up the vast majority of Advanced Biofuel production under the RFS to date. Accounting for approximately half of the feedstock used, soybean oil remains the largest source of oil for biodiesel production.”As an industry we have always advocated for RFS volumes that are modest and achievable and the biodiesel industry has met or exceeded the targets each and every year that the program has been in place,” Wilkins reiterated. “The American Soybean Association looks forward, once again, to providing comments to EPA to demonstrate and support the advancement of a more aggressive biomass-based diesel program in the Final Rule.”last_img read more

Vancouver doctor faces new round of sanctions

Vancouver doctor faces new round of sanctions

first_imgA Vancouver doctor disciplined in 2001 for photographing the genitalia of 100 unwitting women has again been sanctioned by the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission.Dr. Huong Luu, 59, was sanctioned in March after the mother of a teenage patient reported Luu was prescribing her son narcotic pain medication without seeing him, according to Washington Department of Health records.Luu, who operates a private practice at 12004 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., was also sanctioned by the commission in December 2009. Luu still has an active physician and surgeon license in the state but is on probation as a result of the 2009 and 2011 cases.Luu did not respond to The Columbian’s request for comment.A 21-member commission of 15 health care providers and six members of the public reviewed the complaints and determined the sanctions.The commission handed down the March 2011 sanctions after an investigation revealed Luu was not keeping sufficient patient records and medication logs. The incident was reported to the state in September 2009. According to state documents, the mother of a 14-year-old boy claimed Luu was prescribing her son pain medication without seeing him and without knowing his medical history. The woman claimed her estranged husband, who was also Luu’s patient, was using her son to acquire pain medication for his own use, according to the state documents.The board’s report did not address the mother’s claims but did conclude Luu was not keeping sufficient patient records for the teen and the husband.last_img read more

Aquis flags Canberra VIP ambitions redevelopment plans continue

Aquis flags Canberra VIP ambitions redevelopment plans continue

first_img Load More Australian-listed Aquis Entertainment – the company owned by Hong Kong developer Tong Fung – says it will target VIP play over the coming months in a bid to generate greater revenue at its sole Australian property Casino Canberra.In its 2017 Annual Report released this week, Aquis – which recorded losses of AU$13.8 million last year – also stated its intention to follow through with an AU$330 million redevelopment plan for the boutique property, purchased for AU$6 million in 2014. But its short-term prospects are set to reply heavily on premium play with the company outlining its “vision of attracting and servicing quality players from Australia and overseas. “A changeover in business development staff recently will assist in bringing new VIP players to Casino Canberra to provide the critical mass needed to manage the volatility and generate additional revenue.“Mining of the existing database will also be a focus for the next year to solidify the efforts of the past several years spent buildings its size and quality.”Aquis announced in 2015 plans to spend AU$330 million on a major redevelopment of the Casino Canberra precinct, including building two new luxury hotels as well as world-class dining and shopping outlets. That bid, which centered around permission to operate 500 slot machines on premises, was rejected with the government instead offering 200 slot machines and 60 electronic table games in mid-2016, subject to certain strict conditions. Casino Canberra is not allowed to operate any slot machines under current law.Negotiations had since slowed to a standstill until last month when a government spokesperson announced a 14 May 2018 deadline for Aquis to submit a revised proposal.With that date now just four days away, Aquis confirmed in its Annual Report that planning “continues for the redevelopment of Casino Canberra into a world-class multi-faceted establishment and discussions with the government will continue throughout 2018 surrounding the details of the legislated requirements for the EGMs.” Aquis takeover set to boost Casino Canberra’s VIP appeal Revenue falls, losses widen for Aquis Entertainment RelatedPosts Aquis shareholders approve corporate takeover deallast_img read more

Neptunes newfound moon Hippocamp might be left over from a comet crash

Neptunes newfound moon Hippocamp might be left over from a comet crash

first_imgThis is the image that revealed Hippocamp. The moon is visible inside the red box, with an enlarged version inset at upper right.  Mark R. Showalter, SETI Institute We might think of our solar system’s outer planets as lonely wanderers in cold, deep space. But as astronomers look more closely, it turns out distant worlds like Neptune are kept company by an entourage of tiny moons, including a newly identified one named Hippocamp. In 1846 just a few weeks after Neptune was discovered, its largest moon, Triton, was also spotted for the first time. Planetary scientist Gerard Kuiper found another, Nereid, in 1949, but it wasn’t until Voyager 2’s flyby in 1989 that we really started to get a good look at Neptune’s neighborhood.moon-size-comparisonsEnlarge ImageThe seven inner moons of Neptune are shown at a consistent set of sizes, along with the planet’s bluish limb at right.  Mark R. Showalter, SETI Institute The observations made possible by Voyager 2 revealed several small inner moons, which orbit much closer to Neptune and its faint ring than Triton and a handful of little outer moons that would be discovered later.Now astronomers have been able to confirm the existence of the seventh and smallest inner moon around Neptune, using images from the Hubble Space Telescope and a special image-processing technique. The tiny moon, dubbed Hippocamp after a sea creature from Greek mythology, is only 21 miles (34 kilometers) across and orbits very near Proteus, the largest and furthest away of the inner moons.Details on the discovery appear in a report published Wednesday by the journal Nature. Co-author Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute and his colleagues suggest that an unusually large crater on Proteus, named Pharos, might provide clues to the formation of nearby Hippocamp. “We hypothesize that a large impact, perhaps the Pharos event itself, released debris from Proteus into orbit around Neptune,” the paper reads. “Some of this debris settled into a stable orbit, perhaps 1,000–2,000 kilometers (621-1,243 miles) interior to Proteus, and accreted into Hippocamp.” No matter how Hippocamp formed, the discovery brings the current roster of moons around Neptune to a total of 14 and further expands the itinerary of places explorers many generations from now may visit in person. Post a comment NASA Space 17 Photos A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy Tags Sci-Tech Share your voice 0last_img read more

The Shocking thing that the Queen absolutely hates

The Shocking thing that the Queen absolutely hates

first_imgThe Duchess Of Sussex Undertakes Her First Official Engagement With Queen Elizabeth IIPhil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth II will be turning 93 and will be celebrating her birthday soon. Reportedly, she will have two celebrations, one on April 21 and the second on June 8. But neither of these celebrations should be a surprise for the Monarch.Going by Royal biographer Penny Junor’s 2017 book “The Duchess: The Untold Story”, the Queen cannot stand surprises and so will be the birth of baby Sussex around this time of celebrations. The Queen, however, is showing no signs of slowing down.It is known that the Queen is strict when it comes to Royal protocol. Meghan Markle has landed in hot waters with the Queen for precisely this reason. However, the biographer claims that the Queen hates one thing “above all”, and that is facing surprises.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMs. Junor also claimed that Queen Elizabeth II, and her strict preference even landed her Private Secretary in the soup over an angry Prince Charles. It is being reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might skip the Queen’s birthday celebrations on account of Meghan giving birth. But if Ms. Junor’s claims are true, the Royal couple should have a very good reason and give the Queen advance notice if they intend to skip her birthday celebrations.Since Meghan Markle is on maternity leave and her pregnancy is being scrutinised not just by the Royal Palace but also by the media. It will be quite an occurrence if Meghan Markle’s delivery surprises anyone. The only surprise in this scenario would be if Meghan Markle were to give birth on June 8, the actual birth date of the Queen.last_img read more

The Government Shutdown Another Storm for Black Farmers Cooperatives and Southern Rural

The Government Shutdown Another Storm for Black Farmers Cooperatives and Southern Rural

first_imgWritten by NNPAStorm-weary Southern Farmers now face fresh economic fears amid a political storm which seems to have no end in sight. While there is no worry about wind or water this time, farmers still recovering from the impacts of Hurricanes Michael and Florence are now feeling the impact of the government shutdown.Atlanta, GA- It was anticipated that the new Farm Bill would offer hope for improving farming economies into 2019 — especially after major 2018 farm losses from natural disasters and the trade war. However, the government shutdown now in its 19th day has had a chilling effect on economic outlook and optimism for the new year.  Farmers waiting for direct payments, market assistance loans, market facilitation payments and disaster assistance program payments, particularly in a time of farm crisis, are being left high and dry.No matter what side of the political fence one falls, farm and rural development advocates will agree that the shutdown will cause much harm if not resolved very soon.The unexpected disruption in government services means that farmers are looking for support and guidance from farm organizations like the Federation to help them stabilize their farms. The Federation’s Georgia Field Office which is typically busy providing technical assistance to farmers and helping with farm loan applications are getting phone calls from very worried farmers. Cornelius Key, the Federation’s Georgia State Coordinator, who is also a farmer and rancher says, “Small farmers that normally submit farm loan applications in December and January can’t submit loans at the moment. The shutdown will have a domino effect as it ultimately leads to a decreased harvest, greater farm debt, and loan defaults that could translate to land and farm losses.” As a leading non-profit cooperative association representing over 20,000 rural black farmers and landowners, cooperatives, credit unions, and community based economic development groups across the rural south, the Federation historically plays a pivotal advocacy role in bringing equity for black farmers and rural communities through many efforts.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is one of the Federation’s major partners supplying resources through various agencies including Natural Resource and Conservation Service, Rural Development, Farm Service Agency, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. “While the government is shutdown, we are unable to access needed resources as part of our contracts and agreements with the USDA agencies and continue to provide valuable education, outreach, and technical assistance to our membership. The shutdown also makes it difficult to fulfill the financial obligations the Federation has to its staff, partners and vendors. We would like the President and Congress to understand the crippling effect of this shutdown,” Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director of the Federation said.No matter what side of the political fence one falls, farm and rural development advocates will agree that the shutdown will cause much harm if not resolved very soon. Ben Burkett, the Federation’s Mississippi State Coordinator, and a fourth-generation farmer states that ” The soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting delayed payments they were promised because of losses from the trade war. Farmers implementing conservation practices that allow them to manage their farms in the protection of air, water, and soil are delayed.”The overall sentiment is hopeful while weathering this storm. For an organization that is 51 years old, this isn’t the worst the Federation has endured; but that all depends on how long this shutdown lasts and the economic impact it has on farms and rural communities.Farm Bill Fact SheetThe Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, entering its 51 st year, assists limited resource farmers, landowners, and cooperatives across the South with business planning, debt restructuring, marketing expertise, and a whole range of other services to ensure the retention of land ownership and cooperatives as a tool for social and economic justice. The overall mission is to reverse the trend of black land loss and be a catalyst for the development of self-supporting communities via cooperative economic development, land retention and advocacy.last_img read more

Cards Fall to Georgia Tech 41

Cards Fall to Georgia Tech 41

first_imgMatch Notes:Louisville Men’s Tennis 15-10, 3-7Georgia Tech 10-9, 5-5; National ranking #49Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,1,4,6) Print Friendly Version Preview Georgia Tech (10-9, 5-5) took the doubles point to start the match with a pair of 6-1 wins on courts 1 and 3. The University of Louisville men’s tennis team fell 4-1 to No. 49 Georgia Tech in an ACC road match Sunday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. Live Stats #49 Georgia Tech 4, Louisville Men’s Tennis 1Apr 07, 2019 at Atlanta, Ga.(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)Singles1. #62 Carlos Divar (GT) def. #115 C. Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 7-5, 6-32. Andrew Li (GT) vs. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) 3-6, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished3. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Phillip Gresk (GT) 6-2, 6-24. Pablo Schelcher (GT) def. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) 6-4, 6-35. Cole Gromley (GT) vs. Federico Gomez (LOU) 6-7 (2-7), 4-4, unfinished6. Brandon Freestone (GT) def. Clement Filho (LOU) 7-5, 6-3Doubles1. Phillip Gresk/Carlos Divar (GT) def. #90 C. Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) 6-12. Cole Gromley/Zummy Bauer (GT) vs. Federico Gomez/George Hedley (LOU) 2-3, unfinished3. Pablo Schelcher/Joseph Gandolfo (GT) def. Alex Wesbrooks/Marcus Sulen (LOU) 6-1 Louisville answered quickly in singles when freshman Fabien Salle registered a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Phillip Gresk at the No. 3 spot to even the score at 1-1. Georgia Tech regained the lead on court 1 where No. 62 Carlos Divar bested No. 115 Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff 7-5, 6-3. The Yellow Jackets added another point on court four with Pablo Schelcher’s 6-4, 6-3 win over Sergio Hernandez. The match was decided at the No. 6 spot where Brandon Freestone beat Clement Filho 7-5, 6-3.center_img Matchup History “It was very competitive in singles,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “It was 5-6 at No. 1, won the first set at No. 2 and No. 3, was 4-5 at No. 4, won the first set at No. 5 singles and at No. 6 we were up 5-3 with two set points. Then it got away from us. Fabien won and Fede was at 7-6 4-4. Brandon was up 6-3 4-2, but they never went away and eventually overtook us.” Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Match: VIRGINIA TECH 4/12/2019 | 2:30 p.m. The Cardinals (15-10, 3-7 ACC) will close out the regular season next weekend when they play host to No. 43 Virginia Tech on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and No. 11 North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.last_img read more

The world is running out of helium Nobel prize winner

The world is running out of helium Nobel prize winner

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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Professor of physics, Robert Richardson from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, won the 1996 Nobel prize for his work on superfluidity in helium, and has issued a warning the supplies of helium are being used at an unprecedented rate and could be depleted within a generation.Liquid helium is vital for its use in cooling the superconducting magnets in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. There is no substitute because no other substance has a lower boiling point. Helium is also vital in the manufacture of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and fiber optics.In MRI scanners the helium is recycled, but often the gas is wasted since it is thought of as a cheap gas, and as such is often used to fill party balloons and as a party trick distorting people’s voices when it is inhaled. Professor Richardson warned the gas is not cheap because the supply is inexhaustible, but because of the Helium Privatisation Act passed in 1996 by the US Congress. The Act required the helium stores held underground near Amarillo in Texas to be sold off at a fixed rate by 2015 regardless of the market value, to pay off the original cost of the reserve. The Amarillo storage facility holds around half the Earth’s stocks of helium: around a billion cubic meters of the gas. The US currently supplies around 80 percent of the world’s helium supplies.Richardson said it has taken 4.7 billion years for the Earth to accumulate our helium reserves, which we will have exhausted within about a hundred years of the US’s National Helium Reserve having been established in 1925. The reserve is a collection of disused underground mines, pipes and vats extending over 300 km from north of Amarillo into Kansas. He warned that when helium is released to the atmosphere, in helium balloons for example, it is lost forever.There is no chemical way of manufacturing helium, and the supplies we have originated in the very slow radioactive alpha decay that occurs in rocks. It costs around 10,000 times more to extract helium from air than it does from rocks and natural gas reserves.Helium is the second-lightest element in the Universe. Among helium’s other uses include airships, air mixtures used in deep-sea diving, cooling nuclear reactors and infrared detectors, and in satellite and spacecraft equipment, and solar telescopes. NASA also uses massive amounts of helium to clean fuel from its rockets, and because the helium is so cheap, it makes no effort to recycle the gas. As the isotope helium-3, helium is also used in nuclear fusion research.Professor Richardson was co-chair of a US National Research Council inquiry into the coming helium shortage. The report recommends the US reconsider its policy regarding selling off the helium. Image of a helium filled discharge tube shaped like the element’s atomic symbol. Image: Pslawinski/ Wikipedia. Citation: The world is running out of helium: Nobel prize winner (2010, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-world-helium-nobel-prize-winner.htmlcenter_img Explore further Dwindling helium supply prompting concerns (PhysOrg.com) — A renowned expert on helium says we are wasting our supplies of the inert gas helium and will run out within 25 to 30 years, which will have disastrous consequences for hospitals and industry.last_img read more

Global Biomarker Market Trends Growth Drivers Size Analysis Value Shares and

Global Biomarker Market Trends Growth Drivers Size Analysis Value Shares and

first_imgGlobal Biomarker Market research report offering market analysis and growth outlook of the market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The Biomarker Market is continuously growing in across the world over the upcoming years. Biomarker is a biological molecule or gene that is used to effectively and accurately evaluate pharmacologic responses, pathogenic procedures and biological procedures. It is also known as signature molecule or molecular marker. Biomarkers are used to assist medical professionals to take effective clinical decisions and it also helps in diagnosing the health of patients. Also, biomarkers are predicting drug efficacy quickly than conventional clinical endpoints. These benefits of Biomarker also increasing demand among its end-user industries over the upcoming years. However, high capital investments and low cost-benefit ratio, poorly suited regulatory and reimbursement systems, and technical issues related to sample collection and storage is the restraining factors of the market across the globe.For more details request a sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2954220?utm_medium=SAMU-HTNThe regional analysis of Global Biomarker Market Covers:Asia PacificNorth AmericaEuropeLatin AmericaRest of the WorldNorth America is the leading/significant region in the global Biomarker market due to growing prevalence of cancer and increasing adoption of precision medicine in the region. Europe is also estimated to grow in the global Biomarker market over the forecasted period 2018-2025. However, Asia-Pacific is also witnessed to grow at higher rate over the forecasted period 2018-2025.The major market player included in this report are:Abbott LaboratoriesMedtronicBG Medicine Inc.Hoffmann LA Roche Ltd.Siemens Healthnineers……………….Get Discount on this Research Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2954220?utm_medium=SAMU-HTNThe report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players.The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Disease Indication:Cancer, Cardiovascular DisorderInfectious DiseasesNeurological DisorderImmunological DisorderOthersBy Application:DiagnosisDrug Discovery and DevelopmentOthersBy End-Use:HospitalsResearch LaboratoriesAmbulatory Surgical CentersDiagnostic LaboratoriesBy Product Type:Biomarker Test KitsBiomarker AnalyzersAccess Full Summary @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/global-biomarker-report-size-study-market?utm_medium=SAMU-HTNAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Taking on the Challenge of GSE Reform

Taking on the Challenge of GSE Reform

first_img Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform Mark Zandi Moody’s Analytics 2016-11-01 Seth Welborn November 1, 2016 744 Views in Daily Dose, News, Secondary Market Sharecenter_img Mark Zandi is the Chief Economist with Moody’s Analytics, where he directs economic research. His broad research interests encompass macroeconomics, financial markets and public policy. His recent research has focused on mortgage finance reform and the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy. Zandi frequently testifies before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the nation’s daunting fiscal challenges, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform, and foreclosure mitigation.In March, Zandi and several housing policy experts (Jim Parrott, Gene Sperling, Lewis Ranieri, and Barry Zigas) wrote a white paper containing a proposal to replace the GSEs with a corporation, the National Mortgage Reinsurance Corporation (NMRC) and expanded on that proposal with another white paper in June. Zandi wrote an essay in April on the proposal to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with the NMRC. He recently spoke with MReport about GSE reform and about the proposed creation of the NMRC.What will be the results or consequences (if any) if the status quo of the GSEs continues?The status quo, with the GSEs in conservatorship, is not sustainable. Since the GSEs will soon operate with no capital under their current arrangement with the government, there is a meaningful risk that they will eventually need additional help from taxpayers. There is no way of knowing how investors in mortgage backed securities will react to this, and thus what impact it will have on mortgage rates.The uncertainty surrounding the GSEs factors into investment decisions by lenders and investors. Lenders worry about the possibility that the current system and processes will be modified or replaced in the future. Investors wonder about the future liquidity of the mortgage securities they are purchasing. All of this results in less and more costly credit for borrowers.There are also reasonable questions whether the GSEs in conservatorship will be sufficiently innovative to provide mortgage loans to fast-growing demographic groups that have very different financial requirements than current borrowers.Why do you believe the NMRC will be more effective than the current format of the GSEs?The NMRC system ends the reliance of our housing finance system on taxpayers and on too-big-to-fail financial institutions. Since the infrastructure that mortgage market participants depend on is in a government corporation, no private institutions are indispensable to a healthy, functioning secondary market simply by controlling its infrastructure or taking a significant share of the system’s credit risk. A wide range of private capital sources take on the credit risk in the NMRC system, including the capital markets, reinsurers, private mortgage insurers, lenders and other private entities. None of which are too-big-to-fail.The NRMC is also able to maintain the benefits of today’s system at no risk to taxpayers. The first 3.5o percent of potential loss will be covered by private capital in the NMRC system via the risk transfer process, while the next 2.5 percent of potential loss will be covered by preferred shareholders. And just in case there is an even more severe cataclysm in the future, a mortgage insurance fund would cover the next 2.5 percent of loss. The FHFA, the regulator in the NMRC system, would also have the authority to claw back any losses taxpayers suffered by charging a higher insurance fee after the crisis passes and the economy normalizes.In June, you mentioned that you thought the NMRC would be profitable enough to attract investors. Do you think the “third amendment” or net worth sweep will discourage some investors from participating?The legislation establishing the NMRC would end the current net worth sweep. The NMRC would set its guarantee fees to cover its operating costs and expected losses, meet its mandate to achieve the affordable housing goals and duty to serve requirements, and provide a market return to its preferred shareholders.Mark ZandiYou mentioned the challenges associated with a corporation replacing the GSEs would be the central role of the government and the lack of competition in managing the secondary market infrastructure. How should these challenges be addressed?To be sure, by putting the secondary market functions into a government corporation, we give up some competition for access to this market. How much is difficult to tell, as regulators would inevitably impose significant limitations on the discretion that they would allow private companies providing these functions, given the benefits of standardization and the importance of managing risk and consumer protection in the system. And as we learned in the crisis, not all of that competition and innovation would be beneficial to consumers or the stability of the market, but surely much of it would.Moreover, by putting the key infrastructure into a government corporation, we level the playing field for lenders of all sizes to compete rather than become beholden to the larger institutions that have gained an advantage in times past by taking control over access to the secondary market. Our system also promotes competition in the secondary market across a wider range of sources of private capital, including capital markets, reinsurers, private mortgage insurers, lenders and other private entities.It is also important to remember that as a government corporation, the NMRC will have considerable flexibility. It does not face the same constraints in rule-making or employee compensation as a government agency, for instance, nor depend on Congress for funding. This will allow the NMRC to function with more of the flexibility of a private entity, which will be critical in managing an infrastructure as complex and fluid as our housing finance system.Other than GSE reform, what are the main changes you think need to be made to housing policy, if any?The key near-term challenge for housing policy is how to expand the availability of mortgage credit to creditworthy borrowers. Since the financial crisis, credit has been significantly impaired when compared to past more typical times. This is unnecessarily hurting the ability of renters to becoming first-time homebuyers, and homeownership has slumped. Greater homeownership is important for households working to build their financial futures, the communities they live in, and the broader economy. Policymakers need to work to identify the causes for the tight credit box, and to open it in a responsible way. Taking on the Challenge of GSE Reformlast_img read more