Diego Costa red card appeal rejected

first_imgAtlético Madrid Diego Costa red card appeal rejected by RFEF Joe Wright 01:20 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) diego costa - cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Primera División Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid v Getafe Getafe The ex-Chelsea forward will serve a one-match ban after his new club’s appeal against his dismissal in the win over Getafe was thrown out The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has rejected Atletico Madrid’s appeal against the red card given to Diego Costa in the win over Getafe.The striker was booked for a second time for celebrating among the supporters after scoring his side’s second goal in their 2-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano.Atletico appealed against the decision but the RFEF’s disciplinary committee has dismissed their argument, meaning Costa must serve a one-match ban and pay a fine of €600. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In citing their reasons for upholding Costa’s second yellow card, the RFEF said: “The named player approached the spectators and, furthermore, embraced several fans, which the referee determined could produce a security problem, which is an infraction of the rules.”However, Atletico were successful in overturning the booking given to forward Antoine Griezmann.The France star was penalised for a foul on Sergio Mora in the 44th minute but the RFEF rescinded the punishment after Atleti provided video footage proving he won the ball in the challenge.last_img read more

10 months agoLille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendes

first_imgLille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille have informed Chelsea they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes next month.Last summer, Chelsea asked Lille to keep them informed of the Brazilian’s situation with the view to bringing him to England.RMC says Lille have told suitors they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes in January.Chelsea are in contact, along with Wolfsburg and Schalke 04.PSG are also interested in the midfielder, who they see as a replacement for contract rebel Adrien Rabiot. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alberta Investment Management and Scotiabank selling shares in TMX Group

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Nova Scotia and Alberta Investment Management Corp. are reducing their stake in TMX Group Ltd.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and AIMCo have each agreed to sell 2.75 million shares in the stock exchange operator that combined represent a 9.9 per cent stake in the company.The shares (TSX:X) are being sold at a price of $67 per share. The buyer or buyers of the shares were not immediately identified.TMX shares closed at $67.75 on Tuesday.Once the sale is complete, Scotiabank and AIMCo say they will each hold less than a five per cent stake in TMX and no longer be entitled to appoint nominees to the company’s board.AIMCo manages investments on behalf of 32 pension, endowment and government funds in Alberta, while Scotiabank is one of Canada’s largest banks.last_img read more

Manitoba Hydro boss announces retirement says the time is right to leave

first_imgWINNIPEG – The president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro has announced he is retiring less than three years after joining the Crown corporation.Kelvin Shepherd, who joined the utility in December 2015 after a five-year stint at MTS Inc., says in a release that he will be stepping down Nov. 16.Manitoba Hydro’s board of directors, citing an inability to work with the provincial government, resigned en masse in March.Premier Brian Pallister said the dispute stemmed from a multimillion-dollar deal, which was quashed by the government, between the utility and the Manitoba Metis Federation.The deal was designed to forestall opposition to future power-related projects and the agreement’s demise prompted the federation to pursue court action.Weeks later, the province’s Public Utilities Board rejected Manitoba Hydro’s request to raise electricity rates by almost eight per cent at a time the Crown is building northern power stations and a transmission line to bring electricity south.During his tenure, Shepherd oversaw the elimination of hundreds of positions through voluntary departures that were expected to save the company more than $90 million a year in operating costs.Shepherd said in a release that it’s been a privilege to lead the hard-working people at Manitoba Hydro and that it was a difficult personal decision for him to leave.“Like any job, the position of CEO comes with both good and bad that one must accept and manage,” he said. “I have done my best to lead our company through both the challenges and opportunities we have faced, but I know in my heart that now is the right time to move on to a new stage in my life.”Marina James, the recently appointed chair of the Manitoba Hydro board, said Shepherd is leaving the corporation with a stronger senior leadership team.“Kelvin has been an invaluable asset and he has played an exemplary role as the CEO of this company,” she said.A search for a new president and CEO is already underway.last_img read more

High levels of bacteria found in raw meat dog foods

first_imgFeeding your pooch with raw meat could pose potential health risks as they contain high levels of bacteria, researchers have warned. A study by researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden showed that many raw meat products contain enterobacteriaceae species, which are indicators of faecal contamination and hygiene standards. Such food products can also cause health risks to people, particularly infants, elderly and those with poor immunity, the study said. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA raw meat-based diet has become increasingly popular with dogs in recent years because it is seen as a “healthier natural alternative” to the widely available commercial products. But unlike commercial feeds, raw meat products are not heat treated or freeze dried to pasteurise, the research team added. For the study, published in the journal Vet Record, researchers took samples from 60 packs of raw meat samples that were analysed for bacteria, including enterobacteriaceae species – clostridium perfringens, salmonella and campylobacter. Nearly 31 samples (52 per cent) contained bacteria levels that exceeded the 5,000 bacteria per gram maximum threshold set by the European Union regulations, said the study. Escherichia coli was found in about a third of the samples. Clostridium perfringens, another marker of faecal contamination and hygiene standards, was found in 18 samples (30 per cent).last_img read more

JNU student commits suicide in study room

first_imgNew Delhi: A JNU student allegedly committed suicide Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university, police said. They said they were informed about the incident around 11.30 am. The MA 2nd year student of the prestigious university was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, a senior police officer said. Police and crime team are at the spot and further details are awaited.last_img

Ohio State mens basketball faces judgement week against No 3 Michigan No

When Thad Matta was coaching at Xavier in 2004, the Musketeers had a three-game stretch against Mississippi State, Texas and Duke. Each of those teams was ranked in the top 11 of the Associated Press poll, with MSU (No. 4) and Duke (No. 5) placed in the top five. Those contests came in the NCAA Tournament, as Matta led Xavier to its first-ever appearance in the Elite Eight before losing a close one to the Blue Devils, 66-63. “It was crazy,” Matta said Monday, who left Xavier after that season to coach Ohio State. As treacherous a task as that was for Matta and his team, his current Buckeyes squad is staring down a two-game trek that might be even tougher than the one Xavier faced in 2004. OSU will play two top-three teams in a six-day span this week. And these upcoming bouts will come in the regular season, not in March when consecutive battles against elite programs are commonplace. OSU, ranked No. 10 in the most recent AP poll, is set to take on No. 3 Michigan in Ann Arbor Tuesday night. After squaring off against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes return home Sunday to play the No. 1 team in the country, Indiana. “It’s another week,” Matta said so sarcastically he cracked a smile before finishing the sentence. Matta’s players weren’t as light-hearted in talking about the venture ahead. “It’s why you come to Ohio State and play in a conference like the Big Ten, for weeks like this,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes’ leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, agreed, saying he “loves a challenge.” “I’m hyped,” the junior forward said, who leads the conference in scoring at 20 points per game. At 7-2 in the Big Ten, OSU is a game back of the Hoosiers, who are all alone in first place. The Buckeyes share a tie of second with Michigan and Michigan State. OSU is 1-1 against those teams this season, beating Michigan at home but losing to the Spartans on the road. Every team in the Big Ten plays 18 conference games, so no two-game stretch at the midway point is going to decide the league champion. But if OSU wants to stay alive and well in the race for a fourth consecutive regular season title, winning at least one game this week might be necessary. Thomas would love to win both. “It’s going to mean a lot for this team, especially if we get two wins against Michigan, they’re highly ranked. If we get a win against IU, we know we got to go down there and it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be big if we can get these two wins,” he said. This week also represents a turning point in the season for the Buckeyes. OSU (17-4) is exactly halfway through its conference schedule, and they’ll likely be tested much more in the second half of the year than they were in the first. During their first nine Big Ten games, the Buckeyes played five of the worst six teams in the league, and only three of the six best. OSU’s second half includes two games against No. 1 Indiana (20-2), trips to No. 3 Michigan (20-2) and unranked Wisconsin (15-7), and home games against No. 12 Michigan State (18-4) and No. 18 Minnesota (17-5). In his ninth year coaching in the Big Ten, Matta said the league is as competitive as he’s seen it. “I think that probably from top to bottom it’s as good – and we haven’t seen everybody yet – but seeing on tape, seeing scores, seeing the standings, I would probably agree (it’s as good as ever),” Matta said. For now, though, OSU is just focusing on the Wolverines. The Buckeyes gave Michigan its first loss on Jan. 13 with a 56-53 win, also preventing the Maize and Blue from ascending to a No. 1 national ranking. “To be honest, we haven’t even talked about Sunday’s game,” Matta said. “Obviously the mindset is on tomorrow night’s game, knowing that they have a great team.” Michigan, ranked No. 1 last week, dropped in the polls after losing at Indiana Saturday night. Add in the fact that OSU beat the Wolverines the first time around in Columbus, and Michigan will be ready Tuesday night, Craft said. “There is no way we can try to look past this game in any way,” Craft said. Getting out to a fast start in Ann Arbor will be crucial for the Buckeyes, Craft said. In Michigan’s two losses this season, they fell in a big hole early and couldn’t recover. OSU, 3-3 on the road this season, probably needs to at least stay even with the Wolverines (undefeated at home) early to have a chance for an upset. Doing that will require solid defense, something OSU has relied on all season. “Defensively I think we’re pretty sound,” Matta said. “We’re trying to get our guys to have a prideful mentality in terms of getting stops. We want to continue to get them to understand we have to have that for 40 minutes.” That won’t be easy against the Wolverines, who are led by a National Player of the Year candidate and Columbus native Trey Burke. The sophomore point guard has potentially the country’s best sidekick in junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who averages 15.6 points per game. Two freshmen, guard Nik Stauskas and forward Glenn Robinson III, also average double figures in points. OSU has played three teams this season currently ranked in the top 12 by the AP in No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Kansas and No. 12 MSU, not including Michigan. The Wolverines are likely the toughest team the Buckeyes have had to defend. “With the number of people they can put out there, the number of people that can score the ball, it’s really tough to play normal defense when you’re worried about the number of shooters they have,” Craft said. Defending Michigan’s shooters is just one of the many challenges OSU is facing in the week ahead. Matta said his team is as close to being ready for the daunting task as he’d like them to be. “We had two good practices. I’ve never had a team exactly where I wanted it. I do think we’re making strides. We just have to continue to find that consistency and every night we take the floor, we need our guys to play the best that we can,” the 45-year-old coach said. OSU and Michigan are scheduled to tipoff at 9 p.m. Tuesday night in the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes then take on Indiana at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Schottenstein Center. read more

Football The difference in Ohio States offense moving forward could be Mike

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State shouldn’t have needed a 30-point loss to a team that just lost at home to Purdue to know it needed to run the ball more.The Buckeyes have two of the best running backs in the Big Ten, and for some reason it took an embarrassing loss at Iowa for head coach Urban Meyer to figure out that J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber should touch the ball 30-plus times combined each game.It wasn’t surprising the Buckeyes went back to the ground game after being trounced against an inferior opponent, but Weber’s play has been surprising, and it’s what makes Ohio State’s offense even more dangerous moving forward.“If you can get the running game going, put a guy on a guy and execute pretty highly,” center Billy Price said, “then our running backs are lights-out speed, get out in open space, then good things happen.”Weber started the scoring against Michigan State with a 47-yard touchdown run, then topped that with an 82-yarder. The thought was: Maybe Weber is finally healthy and this is a running back that can hit long runs for scores.He scored twice Saturday in a 52-14 drubbing of Illinois. One was another long touchdown run of more than 40 yards.That thought of “Is this a new Mike Weber?” has additional supporting evidence, which would give Ohio State two legitimate homerun threats at running back.So why wasn’t he running like this before?“Weber is just 100 percent healthy,” Meyer said. “We were bragging about him all summer and then had the tough injury. But he’s doing very well.”Meyer said last week that Weber’s hamstring injury was severe enough to consider surgery. So maybe he truly is finally healthy and that’s what is making the difference in his game and perceived improved quickness since the Iowa game.No one has really been able to figure out Ohio State’s colossal conundrum against the Hawkeyes.“What just happened,” has been a repeating question for three weeks. Meyer raised it after a fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State. Fans and media asked it following a complete collapse against Iowa the week after, then it came up again in an annihilation of Michigan State the week after that.Still, no one really has a good answer for the Iowa game, especially after the blowout of a ranked Michigan State. Maybe fans can just chalk it up as an unexplainable letdown and hope that Ohio State team doesn’t show up again because this Ohio State team that clobbered Michigan State and kicked the snot out of a terrible Illinois team is pretty good — maybe playoff good.Weber is a major part of that.“If we get the running game going, everything else opens up,” Price said.Meyer and the offensive coaching staff have talked all year about the possibility of playing both Weber and Dobbins in a formation. That’s now possible. And what a better week to do that than against Michigan.Weber is averaging 13.5 yards per carry the past two games and has gained more than 100 yards in each. The offensive line has been making its case as one of the best units in the country, but the running backs are doing their job, like they have been all year.Weber’s production in the past two games is unequivocal to the first nine games, and it’s a welcomed addition.Meyer and the coaching staff somehow didn’t see the writing on the wall that the running game was always the team’s identity. But that gaffe by the staff might not matter because Ohio State is in the playoff picture, and if Weber’s performances the past two games are an indicator of a new Weber, he can make this offense College-Football-Playoff good. read more

Work permit holders changing jobs to face new scrutiny

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Governor happy with promise to speed up work permit process Related Items:immigration board, new policy, work permit Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Cabinet last week agreed to change the way work permits for expatriate workers can be issued when these individuals are switching employment. Once the policy change is formalized it will mean more scrutiny for foreign workers who want to swap jobs. The press release from the Governor’s office reveals that it was agreed to amend the policy which prohibited the grant of work permits to persons changing employers. It will call for work permits in these cases to at first satisfy the Immigration Board; and it will have to be proven to the Board that the situation is an exceptional circumstance as the applicant meets certain other criteria which will reportedly be developed by the Minister. With the modification, the worker from abroad will have to have a formal release from the previous employer as a condition of consideration. All worker sectors will be impacted by this coming change as the policy extends to public, statutory bodies and private companies. Work Permit process needs to speed up, Cabinet hears from UK Consultant Work Permit Rules To Be Adhered Tolast_img read more

Kasilof River Sockeye Salmon Limits Increased

first_imgIn addition to increasing the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon, ADF&G issued emergency order number 2-RS-1-36-19 expanding the area open to dipnetting on the Kasilof River effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon to six fish per day and twelve fish in possession; however, no more than two salmon per day and two in possession may be coho salmon, in all portions of the Kasilof River open to salmon fishing. Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka: “Increasing the limits for sockeye salmon allows anglers an opportunity to harvest additional fish to fill their freezer.” The biological escapement goal on the Kasilof River is 160,000-340,000 sockeye salmon. As of Sunday, July 21, 2019, a total of 231,900 sockeye salmon have passed the Kasilof River sonar site.center_img The current escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kasilof River is proceeding at a rate that is projected to exceed the biological escapement goal. These provisions are effective 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31.last_img read more

BusinessWeek Named ASBPE Web Site of the Year

first_imgThe American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) announced BusinessWeek winner of its Web Site of the Year at the Digital Azbee Awards Friday.One judge said BusinessWeek’s site had a strong, clean interface with consistent page elementsthat led to positive user experience, according to a release. The other three finalists—IDG’s CIO and InfoWorld, and TechRepublic—earned honorable mentions during the award luncheon at the San Francisco Hyatt. The Digital Azbees total 28 categories, with the 15 new digital categories added this year, including best podcast, slide show, video and blog. All category winners and finalists can be found at asbpe.org. The top Multi-Platform award went to Meister Media Worldwide’s Today’s Garden Center. The site’s branding, said one judge, was consistent in both print and online and that the content was complementary to each platform. The judge also said the online content is interesting and easily navigable. Honorable mentions for the Multi-Platform award went to finalists Greenhouse Grower and Realtor.last_img read more

The New Print Gimmick

first_imgDavid Granger likens print innovations to the new squeezable ketchup bottle, what he calls “the greatest consumer product in the history of mankind.” That little twist on the American staple “allows people to access it in a simple and fulfilling way.” The use of print innovations have yet to become as widespread as the ketchup bottle, but the new technologies are breathing fresh air into a mature industry that is battling its own digital counterparts for survival.“In this era, when everyone’s excited about new media, we need to do everything we can to make older media as exciting as possible,” says Granger, Esquire’s editor-in-chief. The magazine’s latest print gimmick was its May 2009 issue where it featured a mix-n-match cover. The facial features of President Obama, George Clooney and Justin Timberlake became interchangeable thanks to a tri-perforated cover.It’s not just the digital era, but also the poor economy that has publishers looking for new ways to stay viable. “The growth of the Internet as consumers’ primary news and content-delivery method, in combination with the impact of the recession on the publishing industry, has created a marketing environment that requires inventive and customizable cover and insert creative that will resonate with the consumer,” says Scott Berry, senior vice president of sales for specialty printer Vertis Communications.Print Innovations, Past and Present Four years ago, Rolling Stone made news with its 3-D lenticular cover for its 1,000th issue. Late last year, The Hollywood Reporter also produced a 3-D cover featuring the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” for its November 30th issue. Some other recent covers include Esquire’s October 2008 e-ink issue, where it embedded an electronic paper device in the cover—a first for the magazine industry. Another Hearst publication, House Beautiful, featured a pocket cover with a pull-out for its September 2009 issue. The cover line asked, “What colors does your house need?” and the pull-out provided a sampling of colors with personality descriptions and suggestions for use.Hearst Corp. seems to be embracing print innovations. The company’s 2009 annual report is a panoply of print gimmicks, including digital bar codes, pop-ups and magazines within magazines, produced by Sandy Alexander and Brown Printing Co. And for the past three years, the company has held “print expos” where it invites printers to set up display booths to showcase their cutting-edge capabilities in an internal tradeshow setting for Hearst’s publishers, editors and marketing people. In January, Michael Clinton, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director for Hearst Magazines, decided to open the doors to invite advertisers and agencies to the expo.That was a smart move considering that producing these special issues usually requires advertiser buy-in. One of the reasons specialty print issues aren’t more commonplace is because they are more costly to produce. Granger notes that it wasn’t until the economy started to head south that advertisers got interested in collaborating on some print innovations. “I have no budget for increased cost so I need an advertiser to do it with,” he says. “Frankly, there are costs that need to be shared. That’s why we haven’t done more; we have to find advertisers that get excited about doing something, as well as committing on the edit side.”It should be noted that some of the best print innovations these days are showcased by advertising inserts. Take the magazine insert for Ubisoft’s Assassin Creed II, a video game. As you open the four-page spread, you actually tear off the head of the king, one of the characters in the game. “You can literally hear and feel the head tearing,” says Doug Hazlett, vice president of marketing and sustainability for specialty printer Sandy Alexander.A Jump In Newsstand SalesWhile specialty printing has been around for a while, new technologies coupled with publishers’ desire to stay relevant are leading to growth in this area of magazine publishing. “There are new techniques and technologies that are changing the business,” Hazlett says. “The advantage of specialty magazine printing is that it drives higher awareness, recall and in turn sales which drives a higher return on your investment.”The newsstand sales of Hearst’s specialty print magazines are proof. House Beautiful’s September 2009 issue, featuring the pocket cover, was the top selling issue of the year for the magazine with 110,000 copies sold—24 percent higher than the average issue. In fact, it was the best-selling issue since September 2007, says a Hearst Magazines spokesperson. And the newsstand sales of Esquire’s mix-n-match cover for May 2009 were up more than 10 percent. Esquire’s e-ink cover for its October 2008 issue saw a newsstand spike of more than 15 percent with a 33 percent price increase, according to the spokesperson.The payoff is also about generating buzz. “Great ideas and executions beget more great ideas and executions,” says Karen Wagner, production director for Hearst Magazines. “Not only do advertisers benefit from innovation, but so do editors and the editorial product.”Challenges and PricingWhile it’s difficult to get a good idea of just how much these specialty printing projects cost, Granger says that Esquire’s issues that were innovative through its use of paper and ink cost in the “tens of thousands of dollars,” noting that it was only a “slight upcharge” and not “cripplingly expensive.” And Hearst maintains that its 2009 annual report with all the bells and whistles did not cost any more to produce than a regular report. There are other challenges to producing specialty printed issues. The edit team, production staff, advertiser and printers must all be on the same page. Another challenge is the longer lead time. For example, a print unit that runs inside the magazine may take a week to two weeks to prepare, and can be produced earlier, but must be at the printer at the time of binding. And a specialty cover can’t close too early because of edit constraints, Wagner says. Esquire specialty covers have closed about 10 days earlier than regular covers, Granger says. He adds that time also has to be factored in to allow for the selling of the idea to an advertiser and for the manufacturing division to have enough time to order paper, etc. What’s Next: Thermo-Dynamic InkSome of the emerging trends and biggest bangs for the buck include the use of 2-D bar codes and anything interactive. The use of 3-D covers still generate a tremendous amount of interest and activity, especially given the advent of 3-D movies and TV, Hazlett says. Special coatings, like gloss UV and metal effects, unique stocks, special colors and custom pop-ups and die-cuts are hot now, he adds. “Inside the book, a unique stock, custom shape or special finish provide the highest awareness and recall for a marketing campaign,” he says.In addition, some of the updates to the actual presses have enabled many of these technologies. “There are so many different units that can be produced and bound, due to improvements to presses,” Wagner says. “We can do more on press in one pass than we could before. In the past, in some cases we’ve had to print a unit on press and then take it offline and do other things to it, like [die-cut] it, fold it or glue it. Now, the new technologies that printers have added to the presses enable them to do more of that inline,” saving time and money.Hearst’s Marie Claire has something special in the works for select copies of its March issue, Wagner says, and Esquire is already planning something innovative for its November issue, which will feature “the sexiest woman alive.” Granger wants to experiment with inks next, particularly thermo-dynamic ink, which changes color based on temperature, so words can actually change color. “There’s so much interesting ink technology and that’s one of the next frontiers I want to play with,” he says. We’ve already seen what he can do with paper.last_img read more

Ploonets hell yeah Runaway moons get a charmingly goofy name

first_img Hunt for first ‘exomoon’ zeroes in on top prospect of surprising size Exomoons could have ‘moon-moons,’ and they might support alien life Hey peeps!😃I was inspired by the Ploonet news yesterday to go back to making infographics! So here is a summary of Ploonet formation!🌑Hope you enjoy 💖🙏Also just like the other ones it is free to use and modify!#ploonets #scicomm #sciart #astronomyfact #sciencetwitter pic.twitter.com/ZLxXwURDXX— Dr. Héloïse Stevance 💖💥 (@Sydonahi) July 10, 2019 Sci-Tech 27 Photos Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Space The last paper submitted to the ArXiv by our team shows that regular exomoons orbiting close-in giant planets are tidally unstable, and prone to be unavoidably expelled from the planet’s orbit to circumstellar locations. https://t.co/1uLL2qctre (Follow the thread) pic.twitter.com/g1hVqgYtGo— Mario Sucerquia (@MarioSucerquia) July 1, 2019 Share your voice NASA released this illustration of what an exomoon might look. NASA/ESA/L. Hustak Dear Diary, I dream of one day running away from my home in orbit around my gas giant planet, which is now migrating ever closer to our solar system’s star. Thanks for the push, gravitational forces! Soon I will be free from my planetary orbit and I will no longer be just another moon. I will break away and become … a ploonet!If you’re getting “moonmoon” vibes from this whole ploonet thing, you’re not alone. The term combines the words “planet” and “moon” to describe a hypothetical moon that breaks away from its host and became its own kind of small planet.Ploonets are now a thing thanks to a paper submitted for review to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society journal. It’s called Ploonets: formation, evolution, and detectability of tidally detached exomoons.Astrophysicist Mario Sucerquia, the lead author, said he and co-author Jorge Zuluaga created the nickname “because we pretended to capture in a single word the entire biography of these objects: planets with a moonish origin.” He said he finds the term “captivating.” The scientists considered going with “moonets,” but wanted to reinforce how they end up as planets. As Stevance points out, ploonets are likely to live fast and die young. If you’d like to immerse yourself in all the juicy astrophysics details of ploonets, be sure to check out Sucerquia’s own Twitter thread on the matter. He discusses how we might able to spot ploonets, some of which could end up looking like giant comets or just regular exoplanets. Post a comment The researchers ran simulations of a large exomoon (a moon located around a planet in another solar system) orbiting a gas giant (think of a hot Jupiter) that’s moving ever closer to its star. The simulations didn’t end well for a lot of these hypothetical moons, which faced demises including crashing into their own planets or burning up in the star. But some survived in the simulations to achieve their own orbits around the star. Voila, ploonets!Astrophysicist Heloise Stevance, who was not involved in the paper, created and tweeted a helpful infographic to explain how this all works. 0 But here’s the kicker: “The Earth’s tidal strength is gradually pushing the Moon away from us at a rate of about three centimeters per year,” he tweeted. “Therefore, the moon is indeed a potential ploonet!” Fine then, I’ll see you on the dark side of the ploonet. Tags Originally published July 10, 9:04 a.m. PT.Update, 3:08 p.m. PT: Adds comment from lead author of paper.  Fly me to the exomoonlast_img read more

9 injured as man deliberately ploughs car into Tokyo crowds

first_imgPolice inspect a car whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early 1 January 2019. Photo: AFPNine people were hurt, one seriously, when a man deliberately ploughed his car into crowds celebrating New Year’s Eve along a famous Tokyo street, police and media said Tuesday.With an “intent to murder”, 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe drove a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo’s fashion district of Harajuku at 10 minutes past midnight, a police spokesman told AFP.According to national broadcaster NHK, Kusakabe told police he was acting in “retribution for the death penalty” without giving more precise details.NHK footage showed a small box vehicle with a smashed front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers into ambulances.One witness told NHK it was a “ghastly scene.””I saw some guys collapsed on the street. As I walked closer toward the scene, many more people had fallen on the ground. By the time I reached the exact place, paramedics were already there helping people,” he said.Another witness who runs a clothing shop in the area said: “I am shocked that something like this happened on Takeshita Street.”Police immediately cordoned off the street, which was packed with people celebrating the New Year.One college student suffered serious injuries during the attack and was undergoing surgery, the police spokesman told AFP.Kusakabe was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.According to local media, Kusakabe hit a total of eight people and assaulted another on the street, which was closed to car traffic at the time as revellers packed the area to celebrate New Year.Takeshita Street is packed with small shops and is considered the centre of youth culture and fashion in Japan, attracting tens of thousands of international tourists every day.Unlike in other major cities, New Year in Tokyo is a relatively muted affair.There is no major fireworks display and no central point where drunken revellers gather to see in the New Year.Instead, Japanese people tend to see in the New Year with families and quietly go to the shrine to pray for good fortune in the year to come.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday July 4th

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From 5-7 P.M.On this July 4th, we rebroadcast our June 28, 2016 show that discusses the Obama administration policy, which allows inmates to receive Pell grants for higher education. Our guests include: Kevin Shird, author of, “Lessons of Redemption,” and the forthcoming book, “Uprising in the City: Made in America,” and Ron Stanley, an entrepreneur and ex-convict who receive one of his two degrees while still incarcerated.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Shrinking blob speeds traveling salesman on his way

first_imgAfter testing their blob 6 times on 20 different scenarios, each of which used 20 different cities, Jones and Adamatzky found once the blob had stopped shrinking, its circumference created a map of a route that provided a reasonable solution to the traveling salesman problem.The two were not the first to use slime mold to solve the traveling salesman problem. However, they were the first to do so without encoding the problem in the slime. Jones and Adamatzky’s blob arrived at the solution by following simple rules, unrelated to the problem, and in doing so, developed emergent behavior, such as the ability to reduce its surface area.While a human measuring each route separately is still more likely to provide an accurate solution than the blob, Jones and Adamatzky’s method is notable for its simplicity.The researchers say that understanding how emergent behavior develops is important for both the computational and biological sciences. Their proposed next step is to create a physical model of the blob. Slime mold prefers sleeping pills More information: Computation of the Travelling Salesman Problem by a Shrinking Blob, arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] arxiv.org/abs/1303.4969AbstractThe Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP) is a well known and challenging combinatorial optimisation problem. Its computational intractability has attracted a number of heuristic approaches to generate satisfactory, if not optimal, candidate solutions. In this paper we demonstrate a simple unconventional computation method to approximate the Euclidean TSP using a virtual material approach. The morphological adaptation behaviour of the material emerges from the low-level interactions of a population of particles moving within a diffusive lattice. A `blob’ of this material is placed over a set of data points projected into the lattice, representing TSP city locations, and the blob is reduced in size over time. As the blob shrinks it morphologically adapts to the configuration of the cities. The shrinkage process automatically stops when the blob no longer completely covers all cities. By manually tracing the perimeter of the blob a path between cities is elicited corresponding to a TSP tour. Over 6 runs on 20 randomly generated datasets of 20 cities this simple and unguided method found tours with a mean best tour length of 1.04, mean average tour length of 1.07 and mean worst tour length of 1.09 when expressed as a fraction of the minimal tour computed by an exact TSP solver. We examine the insertion mechanism by which the blob constructs a tour, note some properties and limitations of its performance, and discuss the relationship between the blob TSP and proximity graphs which group points on the plane. The method is notable for its simplicity and the spatially represented mechanical mode of its operation. We discuss similarities between this method and previously suggested models of human performance on the TSP and suggest possibilities for further improvement. Visualisation of the shrinking blob method. Credit: arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] Foraging plasmodium of Physarum does not approximate the Travelling Salesman Problem in both unconstrained and constrained environments. Credit: arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] (Phys.org) —What is the shortest route that a traveling salesman must take to visit a number of specified cities in a tour, stopping at each city once and only once before returning to the starting point? The most accurate way to answer this question is to measure every possible route, then determine which one is shortest. However, this method becomes unfeasible when there are too many cities on the salesman’s tour. Jeff Jones and Andrew Adamatzky of the University of the West of England have discovered that they can use a virtual shrinking blob to find a reasonable solution. Citation: Shrinking blob speeds traveling salesman on his way (2013, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-blob-salesman.html The traveling salesman problem is a frequently studied mathematical problem. Mathematicians have developed many algorithms that provide reasonably good solutions; however, they tend to agree that no algorithm will solve the problem perfectly every time. In developing their own algorithm, Jones and Adamatzky looked to the slime mold for inspiration. The slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, is a giant, single-celled organism that, during part of its lifecycle, survives by extending parts of its body toward nutrients and engulfing them. Slime molds can solve simple mazes.The computer scientists simulated a slime mold by creating a virtual blob, made up of individual particles, which they placed inside a lattice containing virtual cities. Jones and Adamatzky projected a chemoattractant near the cities. They programmed each particle to move toward the region with the highest concentration of chemoattractant and to leave behind a trace of chemoattractant that the other particles would follow. When its particles followed these simple rules, the entire blob shrank so that it occupied the smallest possible surface area while still covering all of the cities. Explore further 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. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img

Boko Haram strengthens ties with IS group

first_imgNigeria’s Boko Haram extremists are strengthening ties with the Islamic State group, as shown by reports that Nigerian militants are fighting in Libya, recent arrests in Lebanon and India and the blocking of thousands of suspected extremists from leaving Nigeria.Boko Haram pledged allegiance to IS in March and in June was declared its West African province. More than 1,000 people have been killed in the insurgency since President Muhammad Buhari was elected in March and pledged to halt the 6-year-old Islamic uprising blamed for the deaths of some 20,000. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortAn estimated 80 to 200 Boko Haram fighters are in the Libyan city of Sirte, according to Nigeria analyst Jacob Zenn, in The Sentinel magazine of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation.Algerian security forces believe Boko Haram fighters have joined other militants in northern Niger, he wrote.“The openness of migration routes from Nigeria through eastern Niger to Libya makes travel … fairly straightforward, and the Islamic State can easily afford to pay smugglers to carry militants (and weapons) along that route,” wrote Zenn.Further evidence of Boko Haram’s links with IS is the arrest on August 15 by Lebanese authorities of hard-line IS cleric Ahmad al-Assir at Beirut airport. They said he planned to fly to Nigeria on a forged Palestinian passport with a Nigerian visa.last_img read more

You will snap over 25000 selfies in your lifetime

first_imgIf you belong to the millennials’ club ­—those born after 1980s – and continue your love with selfies till you grow old, you will have a collection of over 25,000 selfies during your lifetime, an interesting research has revealed.According to a new survey conducted by Luster Premium White, a global maker of teeth-whitening products, 95 per cent of people have taken at least one selfie, the Daily Mail reported. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the selfie frequency goes up, they could end up taking an average of 25,676 self-portrait during their lifetime.‘Even a brief glance at a Facebook page, a Twitter feed or Instagram account confirms that millennials are dedicated to chronicling their lives with selfies, and they especially enjoy sharing them with their network of acquaintances,’ Damon Brown, CEO and co-founder of Luster Premium White, was quoted as saying. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe survey included 1,000 Americans. ‘Beyond just millennials, most people now take selfies while on vacation or while celebrating to chronicle special moments with friends and family,’ Brown added.About 63 per cent of millennials said that a vacation trip is the most popular place to snap a selfie.More than half of the sample admitted that they fix their hair before taking a photo of themselves, and 53 per cent of them said they check themselves out in the mirror, the survey added.last_img read more

Art exhibition for the visually impaired

first_imgThe initiative titled ‘Abhas’ has been executed by architecture and access consultant Siddhant Shah, who has reproduced the artworks in the form of embossed abstracts to allow blind people to touch and feel them.“Through such initiatives we aim to overcome the physical and mental barriers for individuals and make art inclusive for all.“For visually impaired people, art ends up in making chairs by weaving. So painting or others forms of art are still new for them. The idea is to create abstracts of the original artworks by using similar materials,” he says. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShah has recreated nine out of 12 paintings exhibited at the show titled, “Group 1890- India’s indigenous modernism” by using sand and bee wax among several others products.“By touching these tactile replicas which have the same texture and surface as the originals will help them understand what the painting is about and what materials the artist has used in his painting,” he says.The exhibition features artworks of artists like J Swaminathan, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Himmat Shah, Jeram Patel, Ambadas and Jyoti Bhatt among others from the ‘Group 1890’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We want to ensure that an understanding and appreciation of art becomes part of the mainstream lexicon and make it accessible to everybody at a level they can appreciate, and we hope the learning from these will become part of the everyday space for Indian viewers.“We hope this sensitisation will help the majority understand the importance and relevance of art education and assimilation for the marginalised, who have as much of a stake in art and culture as we do,” says Kishore Singh, President, DAG Modern. To replicate Bhatt’s ‘Face Profile’, that showcases a human face featuring text in Tibetan, Shah has used a moulded motif of a peacock feather which can be felt with hands.An ‘Untitled’ artwork by Eric Bowen has been reproduced by using Plaster of Paris.Shah has also designed a book in braille which provides information about the exhibition and the artists whose works have been exhibited. The show will continue till December.last_img read more

Keeping the festive spirit high with Teej celebration

first_imgThe monsoon season is a festive celebration of the spirit of strong family ties and happiness. Keeping the festive spirits high and with an aim to promote the feeling of communal harmony within the hearts of local masses, Delhi Tourism is back with its Teej Festival at all its three Dilli Haats – INA, Pitampura and Janakpuri until August 14, August 11-15 and August 12-15 respectively.In sync with the festivities, all the three centres of Dilli Haats have been decorated to put forth the best of this season. The long festive extravaganza will have stalls adorned by artificial jewellery, handicrafts and handloom products. Unique delicacies like Ghevar, Rajasthani thalis alongside savoury treats from across the city will be available. Teej Bazaar, the highlight of the festival is one of a kind flee market that offers a variety of colorful Rakhis and traditional decorative items. Mehandi artists, bangle, and jewellery stalls form a vital part of this tradition and will be showcased during the Utsav. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCultural performances in association with Sahitya Kala Academy, Rajasthan Tourism etc. have been scheduled during the evening hours of the festival. The evening will showcase enthralling performances by folk artists, the ceremonial Rajasthani dance and traditional arts for the entertainment of the visitors. While parents indulge in the festivities, kids will be able to enjoy at the joy rides available at the venue.Dilli Haat, INA will also host a Mehandi and Rangoli competition on the August 11.last_img read more