GSL Sees Improvement in Spot Market Charter Rates

first_imgUK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) posted a net income of USD 6.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, higher than a net income of USD 4.6 seen in the same period of 2016. EBITDA for the quarter stood at USD 28 million, against EBITDA of USD 29.3 million recorded in 1Q 2016.“During the first quarter of 2017, we continued to execute our core strategy, maximizing the value of our long-term time charters with high-quality counterparties, maintaining high levels of vessel utilization and closely controlling costs. Our success in this regard has enabled us to continue generating strong, stable cashflows,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of GSL, pointed out.“With high levels of scrapping and minimal vessel ordering in the year-to-date, we have seen significant improvement in spot market charter rates in the last few weeks. This trend has been particularly pronounced for the mid-sized and smaller vessel classes where we focus,” Webber further said.From January to March 2017, the company’s fleet generated operating revenues from fixed-date time charters of USD 39.6 million, down USD 3 million on operating revenues of USD 42.6 million for the corresponding quarter in 2016.The reduction in revenue is mainly due to 68 fewer operating days, mainly as a result of three dry-dockings in the quarter, compared to none in the prior period, and to the prior period being a leap year, together with the effect of the amendments to the charters of Marie Delmas and Kumasi. The previous charter rate of USD 18,465 per day for these vessels was reduced to USD 13,000 per day.“While most of our vessels continue on their current charters for multiple years, we are encouraged by the improvement in the spot market, which, if sustained, will benefit those vessels that are due to become open later this year and early next,” Webber concluded.As of March 31, 2017, GSL’s fleet comprised 18 on-the-water vessels of which 15 are chartered to CMA CGM and three to Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).last_img read more

Rajnath Singh Andhra CM review infra projects Navy plans at ENC

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the ongoing infrastructure projects and proposals of the Indian Navy at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in the state. Singh arrived here by a special aircraft Saturday and held a meeting with the chief minister and officials of the state and district administration. He also reviewed the progress of infrastructure projects, a government release said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The Union minster directed the naval officials to continue proactive civil-military synergies and cooperation to expedite the naval projects. After attending a dinner hosted by the naval officials at the Eastern Naval Command, Reddy left for Vijayawada Saturday. During his visit, Singh would be apprised on the operational readiness of the Command and other relevant aspects of maritime and coastal security in the Eastern Seaboard at ENC headquarters, according to the release. He is also scheduled to visit ships and submarines of ENC and interact with the naval personnel and defence civilians prior to his departure to New Delhi Sunday noon.last_img read more

Cairn Energy ready to reinvest in India if retro tax issue is

first_imgNew Delhi: Britain’s Cairn Energy PLC, which gave India its biggest onshore oil discovery and a gas find that opened the KG basin, is keen to reinvest in the country if a retrospective tax issue it is facing is resolved, its chief executive said. Cairn, which in early 1990s grew the Ravva oil and gas field in the Krishna Godavari basin in the Bay of Bengal and then went on to find the country’s biggest onland oil discovery in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, was in 2014 slapped with a tax demand of Rs 10,247 crore over an internal business reorganisation it did of its India business years back. The tax department confiscated its dividend income, stopped tax refund and sold its shares to recover the tax demand which was raised using the 2012 retrospective tax legislation.last_img read more



On Central Asian tour UN human rights chief wraps up visit to

Welcoming the steps taken to develop a strong civil society in Kyrgyzstan while calling for further progress on the treatment of women and detainees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today concluded a two-day visit to the country, the first leg of her four-country tour of Central Asia.During her stop in the Bishkek, she met with President Kurmanbek Bakiev, Foreign Affairs Minister Ednan Karabayev and Chairman of the Supreme Court Kurmanbek Osmonov, among other officials. She also held discussions with representatives of local and international organizations, civil society groups and diplomats.Ms. Arbour was “pleased to note the positive direction taken by Kyrgyzstan in developing a strong civil society,” according a press release issued by her office today. “She noted the importance of further improving human rights in the country, in particular with respect to the independence of the judiciary, gender equality and preservation of the democratic space.”However, she voiced concern about several issues pertaining to women, including their low level of participation in public life, domestic violence and abductions for forced marriage, also known as bride kidnapping – and said the Government was obligated to address them.The High Commissioner also “regretted that incidents of ill-treatment and torture of detainees were still reported in the country,” and welcomed a step taken by the Government to reduce torture by introducing a review of detention. She also suggested that Kyrgyzstan ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, which went into effect last June, and invite the Special Rapporteur on Torture, an unpaid expert serving in an independent personal capacity, to help the Government assess and find solutions for the problem.Ms. Arbour was pleased to receive assurances from President Bakiev regarding the speedy conclusion of an agreement to establish a presence for her Office in the country’s capital, Bishkek. Foreign Minister Karabayev said that the pact will be finalized by next month.Her next stop on her visit to the region is in Tajikistan, and after that she will go to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan on her 11-day tour of Central Asia, which aims to increase her Office’s visibility in the area. 25 April 2007Welcoming the steps taken to develop a strong civil society in Kyrgyzstan while calling for further progress on the treatment of women and detainees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today concluded a two-day visit to the country, the first leg of her four-country tour of Central Asia. read more

UN agency applauds US Presidents decision to resume funding

24 January 2009The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has lauded President Barack Obama’s decision to restore United States funding for its operations, hailing the new leader for his efforts to advance women’s health, rights and equality. Yesterday, Mr. Obama said that by resuming US support for UNFPA, his country will be joining 180 other donor nations in working towards slashing poverty, boosting the health of women and children, prevent HIV/AIDS and provide family planning assistance to women in 154 countries. “The President’s actions send a strong message about his leadership and his desire to support causes that will promote peace and dignity, equality for women and girls and economic development in the poorest regions of the world,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director. US support totaling nearly $250 million has been withheld for the past seven years. “President Obama’s decision could not have come at a more critical time,” said Ms. Obaid. “If women are to stop dying in childbirth and if reproductive health for all is to become a reality, we need increased political and financial commitment at all levels to implement strategies that we know will work. With the renewed US support to women and to UNFPA, the odds of that happening are greatly improved.” The rate of death from pregnancy and childbirth – 99 per cent of which occur in developing countries – has fallen just one per cent between 1990 and 2005 around the world. Every minute, a woman dies giving life, totaling up to 10 million women during a generation. Mr. Obama’s decision “is an essential step towards creating a world where all women have the opportunity to participate as equal members of society,” the Executive Director noted. read more

Head of UN food agency to step down after five years of

During her mandate as Executive Director of WFP, Josette Sheeran led the agency in helping victims of conflict and natural disasters in over 70 countries worldwide, according to a statement released by her office. Ms. Sheeran also oversaw the agency’s “transformation from food aid to food assistance,” with WFP now buying 80 per cent of its food from the developing world and using tools such as mobile telephones and vouchers to help deliver food assistance.“It has been a deep honour to serve the world in this role and to help not only save lives but to transform the face of food aid, to empower lasting hunger solutions,” said Ms. Sheeran.In a statement released by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his appreciation for Ms. Sheeran’s leadership, saying she was “an outstanding advocate for the United Nations and a champion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.” Under Ms. Sheeran’s leadership, WFP increased its donor base to more than 100 nations – including members of the so-called BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) – while also bringing in the private sector as one of the agency’s top 10 overall donors.Ms. Sheeran will move on to assume the role of Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum, an independent organization best known for its annual gathering in January in Davos, Switzerland, that brings together government ministers, business leaders and others. 3 January 2012The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that she will step down after five years at the helm of the Rome-based agency. read more

Nanticoke generating station comes down

NANTICOKE — It took just a few seconds for what was once considered the largest coal-fired generating station in North American to come down.The powerhouse at the former Nanticoke Generating Station was demolished just after 8 a.m. on Thursday.Media arrived at 5 a.m. to prepare for the blast to take place at 8 a.m. They gathered in a tent to wait for the five-minute warning  and the ten-second countdown signals.A collection of about 20 media representatives and Ontario Power Generation officials watched on from the restricted safe viewing area on the Nanticoke site. After the demolition the group of onlookers were in almost complete silence watching in awe as the smoke cleared to reveal the spot where the buildings stood moments earlier.Smiles could be seen on the officials faces once the site was cleared and they could tell that the demolition had been completed correctly and safely.Comments on social media posts about the demolition mentioned people could hear and feel the commotion as far as Port Rowan.This generating station, which at one point employed more than 600 staff, began its construction in 1967 and was completed in 1978.The plant, which was  was decommissioned in 2013 as part of an Ontario government’s Green Energy Plan to no longer burn coal to create electricity.In addition to being the largest power generator, it was also the biggest greenhouse gas polluter in Canada.It was also a big employer in the area, with more than 600 workers at its peak.Nanticoke’s last piece of coal was burned on Dec. 31, 2013. The smokestacks that were on the site were demolished back in Feb. of 2018.Delsan-AIM, the same contractor that took down the smokestacks, were on site to demolish the powerhouse on Thursday. They have been preparing the buildings for a year and a half removing interior, including hundreds of truck loads of asbestos.The former coal yard beside the powerhouse is now housing a solar farm with 200,000 panels. The field was completed and went online on March 29, 2019.“It’s kind of symbolic going from coal to solar,” Neal Kelly, director of media, issues, and information management at Ontario Power Generation, said at the site about an hour before the demolition.  “It’s the end of an era for coal but the beginning of a new era for renewable generation on the site.”In 2016 OPG, Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, were selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator to develop a solar facility.“The closure of Nanticoke Generating Station remains one of North America’s single largest climate change initiatives,” said Mike Martelli, OPG President of Renewable Generation said in a press release. “Building and sustaining a clean, low cost electricity system is fundamental to a healthy environment and a strong, low-carbon economy. I want to thank all of the employees that contributed to the legacy of a high performing station and the community for their decades of support and ensure residents that Nanticoke Solar is a continuation of OPG’s rich legacy of generating electricity in their backyard.”The powerhouse was 491,400 square feet, or more than 8.5 football fields in size.“This has been a long time coming. Everybody knew back in the early 2000s that we would get to this day,“ said Kelly. “OPG will continue to own this land here, we’ve been in this community for about 50 years, we’re not going anywhere, we’ll see what the future brings.“A video of the demolition was posted to the Simcoe Reformer Twitter and Facebook pages. The OPG Nanticoke Generating Station was demolished just after 8 a.m. this morning.— The Simcoe Reformer (@Simcoe_Reformer) August 22, 2019 read more

Significant Digits For Monday Feb 2 2015

One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. $921Many speculators use the Super Bowl as an opportunity to make a quick buck. In recent years, people who sold short tickets on secondary sites could profit from an average price fall of $921 in the two weeks prior to the delivery date to buyers. That did not happen this year, leading to substantial chaos on the secondary markets for tickets. [The Atlantic]$12 billionCounting all the booze, food, electronics and merchandise, the National Retail Federation estimates Americans spent more than $12 billion on the game. [The Week] You’re reading the special Super Bowl edition of Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.4 cents per viewerWith an estimated cost of $4.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl advertisement and more than 112 million people projected to watch the broadcast, advertisers with a 30-second spot paid about 4 cents per viewer — far more than the 2.5 cents per viewer that advertisers pay for a typical TV spot. [The Washington Post]$12Cost of a draft beer at University of Phoenix Stadium. Knowing that, I’m OK with Nate’s decision not to bring me along to the game. [SB Nation]37 completionsNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a banner night (other than those two interceptions), completing 37 of 50 attempted passes and throwing for 328 yards, four touchdowns and the game’s MVP award. [The New York Times]44 percentOne of the most talked-about TV ads — besides the one in which Nationwide gamed out all the ways to accidentally kill a kid — was the one Budweiser used to distance itself from the namby-pamby world of craft beer and play up its roots as the crappy beer of the common man. This creative direction shouldn’t be shocking for a brewer that recently learned 44 percent of drinkers aged 21 to 27 have never tried Budweiser. [Business Insider]57.5 percentThe game effectively ended when the Seahawks — with a yard to go for a go-ahead touchdown — threw a pass that the Patriots intercepted. Many slightly-later-on-Sunday-evening quarterbacks second-guessed this play call, suggesting that a run would have been a safer option. During the regular season, 57.5 percent of rushing plays from the opponent’s 1-yard line resulted in a touchdown. [FiveThirtyEight]71 adsPerhaps you or someone you know was the person at the party who was there only to take in TV commercials. That’s cool: to each their own. NBC aired 71 unique national ads. [Business Insider]73-45Final score of the Puppy Bowl, the annual (sham) event aired by Animal Planet, which I really need to stop gambling on at this point. Cara, a Shih Tzu puppy, was named game MVP. Presumably many specialized vacuums were sold. [IGN]98 secondsRemember Ballghazi? As a person who dislikes the New England Patriots, I sure do. It turns out the attempts to reconstruct events are getting rather serious: Investigators are focusing on a 98-second window during which a worker took 24 game-day footballs into a restroom. Has this story gone on too long? Yes. Is the evidence conspiratorial and absurd? Of course. Is it funny, in a juvenile way, that grown adults are arguing over the size of balls? Probably. But is there a long offseason coming up? Damn right, and we’ll all need something to talk about. [] read more

Flotation health check

first_imgThis item had to be cut from our November article on flotation (currently going through production). MinAssist has launched its Flotation Health Check, the latest in its suite of off-the-shelf process mineralogy studies that are designed to make it quick, simple and cost effective for the busy plant metallurgist to undertake a circuit health check, and benefit from possible improved recovery, lower operational costs or reduced risk. The texture of particles within a cell play a pivotal role in both mineral recovery and the grade in the flotation concentrate. Theoretical curves can be generated based on particle mineralogy and texture to indicate the maximum grade-recovery possible for a given feed ore.Comparing this ‘theoretical’ curve to actual grade recovery will provide insight in to the efficiency of the flotation circuit. Inevitably the ‘actual’ curve will plot below the ‘theoretical’; the question is how far below and can that gap be reduced? During day-to-day plant operation, deviation of the actual grade/recovery curve from this theoretical curve can be considered to be the result of either a change in the feed texture and mineralogy, or less than optimal operating conditions. A comprehensive understanding of the controls on this will feed decision-making, help identify potential circuit optimisation and reduce operational risk: the MinAssist Flotation Health Check utilises the theoretical grade recovery curve and process mineralogy to help do this.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #DÁILWATCH: TDs and Senators return for a new Dáil term today following their summer recess. Exiled Fine Gael and Labour TDs, including those in the newly formed Reform Alliance, are to be given extra speaking time by the Ceann Comhairle and they also want to be appointed to committees.2. #ELAINE O’HARA: Gardaí are investigating a second scene in the Dublin mountains as part of their inquiries into the death of Elaine O’Hara with The Irish Times reporting that Gardaí are considering a link to online dating.3. #SHOOTING: A poacher in Austria who killed three police officers and a paramedic has been found dead in a burnt-out house that was surrounded by armed police.4. #PROTEST: A small crowd has gathered outside the Dáil protesting against austerity with organiser and former hunger striker Tony Rochford telling that Gardaí have pushed protesters back off Kildare Street.5. #AUSTRALIA: Tony Abbott has been sworn in as Australia’s prime minister with his conservative coalition immediately ordering the scrapping of carbon taxes and the halting asylum-seeker boats.6.  #LUCINDA: Dublin South East TD Lucinda Creighton told that she believes many local Fine Gael members will campaign for her in the next general election.7. #SPECIAL NEEDS: A group of parents at a Dublin school plan to march on the Dáil after they found out that special needs supports were cut at the school by reading about it on Facebook.8. #SNUB: The Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has cancelled a long-planned meeting with US president Barack Obama in what The Guardian is calling a row over spying by the NSA.9. #GOOD SAMARITAN:A worker trapped in a burning building in Washington was saved by brave workers in the adjoining building who fashioned an escape route.last_img read more

AdamTots Presents Horror Movies Dont Scare Me

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Minister of Foreign Affairs at CARICOM Caucus in Mexico

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMexico, June 21, 2017 – Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield (centre) participated in the CARICOM Caucus on Monday, June 19, 2017 in Mexico in preparation for the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers on the situation in Venezuela and the 47th OAS General Assembly.   Seated next to him is Chet Neymour, Charge d’Affaires, and behind (centre left) Director General Sharon Brennen-Haylock, and Foreign Service Officer Shagerra Edgecombe.Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Governor Newsom signs bill to limit use of force by police

first_img August 19, 2019 Governor Newsom signs bill to limit use of force by police Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed legislation co- authored by a San Diego lawmaker that redefines when law enforcement officers can use deadly force.AB 392, co-written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, will hold law enforcement officers liable for homicide if an investigation finds the use of deadly force on a civilian was necessitated by the officer’s ownactions. Law enforcement will still be able to use deadly force as self- defense, but only when “necessary.”Weber co-authored the legislation, dubbed the California Act to Save Lives, with Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced the bill in the state Senate.“We were told by so many that it could not happen and we had felt that we were at the brink of failure at one point in this whole process,” Weber said. “I felt the weight of the families. It’s been a difficult journey because they entrusted me with trying to make change. My greatest fear is that if we had failed, those who want to make change will never work to do it again.”Weber and McCarty introduced a similar bill last year after two Sacramento police officers shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, but it made little progress in the legislature. Weber said she battled with former Gov. Jerry Brown and opposition from law enforcement over the bill, even threatening a hunger strike last year.The two officers were not charged in Clark’s death. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert ruled in March that they were legally justified in killing Clark because they said they felt they were in imminentdanger. The decision prompted public outcry and further inflamed the national conversation about police violence and its ties to race.“It’s one thing to sign a piece of paper, pass legislation,” Newsom said. “It’s another to change hearts and minds, to change culture. To change the way people conduct themselves, to hold themselves to a higher standard …That’s the work that we, collectively as a community, need to manifest at peril of missing this moment and missing the point of this moment.”At one time, AB 392 appeared stalled again amid unresolved tensions between state legislators and law enforcement officials. That tension dissolved when the two sides struck a deal in May to amend the bill by changing “reasonable” to “necessary” and removing language mandating officers to use lethal force only after using non-lethal alternatives.As a result of the deal, state law enforcement groups like the California Highway Patrol, Peace Officers Research Association of California and California State Sheriffs’ Association shifted their official stance on the bill from opposition to neutrality.A second piece of legislation, currently mired in the Assembly’s committee process, would require law enforcement agencies to train officers in accordance with AB 392. SB 230 would also standardize de-escalation trainingrequirements statewide in an effort to ensure all stakeholders are on the same page.SB 230 is supported, in part, by a coalition of PORAC, the California Police Chiefs and the California Association of Highway Patrols.“Together, AB 392 and SB 230 will modernize our state’s policies on the use of force, implementing the very best practices gathered from across our nation,” CPCA President Ron Lawrence said. “Once both bills are signed and take effect, the real work can begin using the training made available to officers by SB 230 to implement the AB 392 standard.”Whether SB 230 will become law in addition to AB 392 remains to be seen.In May, the San Diego City Council voted 6-2 in favor of a resolution supporting the bill. The previous month, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to oppose the bill.Both votes came after contentious public hearings and opposition from local law enforcement organizations like the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County and the San Diego Police Officers Association, which argued that law enforcement agencies already have policies designed to keep law enforcement officers in check.AB 392 passed in the Senate 34-4, with four senators declining to record a vote, while the Assembly approved it 68-0 with 12 assembly members declining to vote.It will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Posted: August 19, 2019last_img read more

Scientists pin down causes of dust eruptions

first_imgIn the large image, particles in a pile of graphite powder erupt due to illumination with a red laser. The laser heats particles just below the surface the most, causing surface particles to jump up due to photophoresis and the solid state greenhouse effect. The inset is an eruption of vitreous carbon. The images are long exposures, and the laser was slowly moved to excite different locations. Photo credit: Gerhard Wurm and Oliver Krauss. Citation: Scientists pin down causes of dust eruptions (2006, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from When the physicists turned the laser off, they observed an intriguing effect. The point where the temperature gradient changes (the highest temperature) moves deeper into the dust bed. In the tenths of seconds after the laser is turned off, the photophoretic force increases further below the surface, causing larger aggregates to be ejected from the upper part of the bed.“When you turn off the laser, the normal cooling begins,” explained Wurm. “And since the temperature gradient at the surface is largest in absolute terms, heat flows in this direction better, which is why the maximum has to shift further into the sample.”Because photophoresis works best in low-pressure environments (10 mbar used in this experiment), it would be rare to observe the force naturally acting on dust particles near the surface of the Earth. However, in the early days of Earth – as well as other planets and stars – photophoretic ejection at sub-mbar pressures likely played a role in the growth of gas-dust disks, which in turn triggered the formation of asteroids and Kuiper belt objects.For future applications, the physicists theorize that Mars’ low surface pressure make the planet a candidate to host the photophoretic force. For example, with the equipment used on Mars exploration missions, photophoretic technology could aid in the removal of dust from solar panels and lenses. Further, the scientists consider creating a solar sail that would be powered by the photophoretic force instead of radiation pressure.“You could construct a fabric which would look, for example, like a fisher-net with micron or sub-micron-sized fibers,” explained Wurm. “The individual fibers would have ‘negative photophoresis,’ which occurs when particles are pulled by the light after being ejected, and the whole net should be lifted by light. With negative photophoresis, I’d guess a sail might carry a few times its own weight just by ‘passive’ sunlight. . . Say a 10 meter by 10 meter sail might carry a few tens of kilograms.”Wurm and Krauss also speculate on the possibility of fabricating an artificial surface that would optimize photophoretic forces on Earth, as well as industrial applications. Because all these possibilities are based on studies of “dirt,” these experiments take advantage of something often considered an everyday nuisance.“With modern physics, it is hard to come by the effects we observed here because everyone is proud of working in a clean environment at ‘perfect’ vacuum,” said Wurm. “This is fantastic, but you never see photophoretic effects there. You need the gas, the ‘bad’ vacuum, and you need the dirty surfaces.“With respect to planet formation, dust really holds the clues to our origins. The word ‘dust’ implies rather negative feelings because it is related to dirt in everyday life. Dust is everywhere. We will never love it and we can’t leave it. You could call it micro- or even nanoscience and it might sound a little better and fancier for research – but we’re still talking about dust, whatever name tag you put on it.”Citation: Wurm, Gerhard and Krauss, Oliver. Dust Eruptions by Photophoresis and Solid State Greenhouse Effects. Physical Review Letters 96, 134301 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 By simple light and heat mechanisms, dust particles seem to defy gravity and leap up into the air. The effect, which once played a role in the formation of the Earth and asteroids, could also have applications in dust removal and even propel small probes on Mars. When shining a red laser beam on a pile of dust, some dust particles will jump up, apparently erupting in a fountain of dust strands (see image). In studying the mechanisms behind the erupting dust, scientists Gerhard Wurm and Oliver Krauss from the University of Munster found two causes working together that explain their observations: photophoresis and the solid state greenhouse effect.Photophoresis – or the movement of particles due to light – is based on a long-known effect called thermophoresis – or the movement of particles due to heat transfer. Essentially, in environments with temperature gradients, particles will migrate from hotter to cooler regions due to the thermophoretic force. When light absorption serves as the heat source, the mechanism is called the photophoretic force.In addition to the presence of a temperature-gradient surface, Wurm and Krauss found that the solid state greenhouse effect also plays a role in dust eruptions. This greenhouse effect occurs because the laser beam heats up dust particles slightly below the surface (at least 100 micrometers, which encompasses several tens of particle layers) the most. In a recent Physical Review Letters, the scientists describe how coupling photophoresis with this greenhouse effect means that surface dust particles will strive to migrate away from hot underlying particles – and that direction is up. The team found that the pull-off force for a spherical micron-size particle is around 10-7 N. On average, about a million particles are needed to overcome cohesion.“We observed particles jump up to 5 cm,” Wurm told “You should get them to 10 cm but this might not be the limit. The limit probably depends strongly on the dust powder, its size distribution, cohesion and the light source.”With 50 mW laser power, radiation can penetrate a dust bed to a depth up to a few millimeters. While the temperature generally decreases deeper into the dust bed, the temperature actually peaks not at the surface, but around a depth of 100 micrometers. This reversed temperature gradient near the surface causes aggregates of dust grains to be ejected.center_img 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. Hard soil, big jumps and epiphanies: what it’s like on the Moonlast_img read more

VIDEO Zion Williamson threw down another ridiculous dunk that no one else

first_img Advertisement 5-star high school junior Zion Williamson’s dunks are on Twitter more than most NBA players. Well, he can dunk way better than they can. His jaw dropping throwdowns routinely appear in grainy social media videos, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d think they were fake news.Another gravity-defying Williamson spike was posted to online last night. It’s a variation of a 360 windmill off a bounce to himself that he catches mid-turn and tomahawks. The written description does not do it justice.This high school junior might be the best dunker in the NBA right now. If not, it’s close.Zion Williamson is a Legend!— Legends (@LegendsofCH) April 2, 2017last_img read more

Is Your Business Ready for the Internet of Things

first_img 6 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 14, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Ten years ago, it would have been strange to stand alone in a room and tell that someone named “Alexa” to order pizza — but today, most of us take in stride the virtual assistance that AI provides. With the Internet of Things (IOT), consumers can now take on impossible tasks with ease. Answering the front door from a beach hundreds of miles away is easy; feeding the dog during a long night at the office requires only a few quick taps on a smartphone. With all of the feats it makes possible, IOT tech has developed a reputation for redefining how ordinary consumers enjoy their at-home experience. However, smart home devices constitute only a small tip of the overall IOT iceberg. Advances in technology stand to revolutionize the business world as much as if not more as they have our personal lives. That said, while the commercial opportunities in IOT are well-hyped in the media, many corporate executives have so far been cautious, remaining on the sidelines of this developing field. Today the question remains: Is it finally time for company leaders to take part in the technological revolution and integrate the Internet of Things into business life? Or is the commercial world still too wary of IOT’s strange potential to take advantage of it?Related: 25 Innovative IoT Companies and Products You Need to KnowWhat is the Internet of Things, exactly?Understanding what IOT can do for business starts with understanding IOT itself. Most laypeople know what these devices can do in their daily lives; however, providing a technical definition is often an entirely different challenge.Analysts describe the Internet of Things as “the interconnection of machines and devices through the internet, enabling the creation of data that yields analytical insights and supports new operations.” IOT solutions use these connections to cross-utilize wireless communications, networks, the cloud, and data storage. In doing so, they offer considerable opportunities for handling and analyzing massive amounts of data across geographically disparate locations. Related: 4 Reasons to Be Excited by the ‘Internet of Things’What can it do for business?The primary benefit IOT provides business lies in its capacity for boosting day-to-day efficiency. These solutions use data collected from social networks, traditional media, and internal and external networks to provide actionable intelligence that empowers machines and people to optimize their behaviors. Well-integrated IOT technologies can offer company leadership valuable feedback into how a company might improve their product functionality and better their user experience, as well as streamline production processes and supply chain management.Because these solutions can process more real-time data in a set period than a human could ever hope to, they also play a crucial part in developing financial decisions by providing real-time insights into the state of the business as a whole. The actionable intelligence sourced from IOT solutions complements that from a company’s accounting systems and enterprise resource planning (ERP) and, when taken together, can provide executives with a bird’s-eye view of the venture’s state and provide insights into potentially lucrative financial strategies. The benefits that IOT solutions provide are invaluable — however, some researchers have managed to put a number on the potential financial gain. According to a 2015 McKinsey study, IOT stands to save global businesses up to $11 trillion annually by 2025. Other experts in the field project that the technology will boost corporate profits by as much as 21 percent by 2022. Statistics like these command interest; a survey found that 45 percent of executives said that IOT-enabled manufacturing was a high or very high priority for their ventures. Interestingly, only 21 percent of those involved in the study worked directly in the manufacturing sector — a detail which implies that the interest for IOT goes far beyond its surface capabilities. Related: Blockchain Technology can be Critical to IoT Infrastructure SecurityWhy is IOT so underutilized?Unfortunately, interest doesn’t always equate to usage. Many executives have opted to observe the IOT field as it develops rather than actively integrate the potentially valuable technology into the day-to-day workings of their business. According to a study conducted by Capgemini, fewer than “four out of 10 organizations are deploying IOT in operations at full scale.” Moreover, those that do implement IOT technology center in a few choice industries; leaders include industrial manufacturing (62 percent), retail (46 percent), and telecommunications (38 percent). Their hesitancy is understandable, even if it does hold ventures back from potential gain. According to a study put forth by Hitachi, 32 percent of surveyed companies were unable to present a compelling return on investment for integrating IOT, another 32 percent struggled to keep potential solutions secure, 31 percent saw problems with cross-departmental cooperation, and 30 percent were unable to process the influx of data effectively. For all of its promise, the Internet of Things doesn’t readily or immediately lend itself to daily use. Integration demands strategy, troubleshooting, and countless hours of work; executives will undoubtedly face growing pains. The sheer amount of work and consideration that goes into applying IOT solutions stands as a strong deterrent to those who might otherwise leap on the chance to take advantage of the technology’s potential. Does this mean businesses shouldn’t use IOT?Every step towards progress demands some heavy lifting. Businesses should not steer clear of IOT solutions because they are imperfect or because they require company leaders to overcome logistical hurdles; the potential payoff is far too high. Moreover, IOT solutions will likely become a norm in business, making integration less of a tech-forward decision and more of a necessity for keeping up with the competition. Integrating IOT technology can and should be a priority; however, companies will need to have advanced analytics and development platforms in place to handle the influx of IOT data, as well as cyber security solutions that address any vulnerabilities that IOT technology creates in a company’s day-to-day systems.  As the CEO of a tech-forward steel manufacturer, I have seen the value that IOT solutions can provide to modern businesses firsthand. At Pacesetter, we’ve already taken basic steps to integrate IOT into our operations. To date, we have integrated sensors in our production lines that connect to our networks and create live dashboards for our operators. This update allowed us to optimize our reaction time and boost our understanding of our day-to-day efficiency. By analyzing data trends, we were able to determine what proactive steps we could take to improve our processes.Pacesetter is in the midst of exploring more ways to integrate technology and further optimize our operations — and it certainly isn’t alone in doing so. Staying on the cutting edge of technology has become inarguably vital to remaining competitive in nearly every industry. One point is for certain for all: the advances we see today are only a hint of what could benefit businesses in the future.last_img read more

INM detains 52 immigrants bound for Cancun

first_imgSan Francisco, Campeche — Police report the discovery of 52 undocumented immigrants they say were traveling on a bus in the state of Campeche. Federal and State Preventive Police secured the bus that was transporting the undocumented migrants. All 52 passengers on board were deemed illegal, including men, women and children. Agents from the National Institute of Migration arrived to transfer the illegal passengers to its facilities. The undocumented immigrants were discovered during a random inspection at a federal filter outside the town of San Francisco. Police report that of those on board the bus, 28 were from Salvador, 22 from Honduras and 2 of Guatemalan origin. Of those, 24 were minors. The bus had departed from the municipality of Escárcega with a destination for Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arts and culture in brief the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgMonday is a national holiday: the Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya Festival, which this year commemorates the 192nd anniversary of the day when the Partido de Nicoya, today known as Guanacaste, became a part of Costa Rica. There are ways to celebrate nationwide, and the province of Guanacaste will be bursting with events, but one of the most mouth-watering is certainlythe Festival de la Tortilla Palmeada al Aire at the Vocational High School in the town of Corralillo (Saturday, July 23 – Monday, July 25), where expert tortilla-shapers will feed the crowds their delicious wares as traditional music, cuisine, cimarronas and a Corn King and Queen entertain.Want to bask in guanacastequidad, but can’t get out of the capital? Check out a tour of Guanacaste trees in San José from Chepecletas (Saturday, July 23) or a folk music and dance festival at the Parque la Libertad in Desamparados, complete with food, comedy and the sale of handicrafts (Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24).Across town at the National Stadium in La Sabana, the Festival Ditsö, which draws its name from the Bribri word for “seed,” will offer a wide range of products from small businesses, organic food, and artistic presentations throughout the weekend (Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24).And now for something complete different: “Les Miserables” in Monteverde! The nonprofit Far Corners Community Musical Theatre stages the classic as its 10th annual youth musical production (Thursday, July 28 – Saturday, July 31). Can you hear the people sing?Finally, Keller Williams Costa Rica Realty will hold public service events in Jacó and Flamingo at their annual Red Day: in Jacó, they’ll collect donations for local nonprofits at the Mas x Menos supermarket from 10 am-4 pm (shoppers can pick up a list of needed items on their way into the store), and in Flamingo they will be painting a family’s home. For more information write Tim Roberts at (Saturday, July 23). Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Nicole Kidman invites FIFA World Cup to Come and Play i

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Nicole Kidman is using her star power to help boost Australia’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.The Hollywood actress helped Football Federation Australia (FFA) present Australia’s hosting credentials in a new film and book package in Cape Town.The film, which is narrated by Kidman, promises a ‘no worries’ FIFA World Cup that is “fun, relaxed, safe, secure.”FFA Chairman, Frank Lowy AC led a delegation to South Africa to showcase Australia’s bid, a year out from the FIFA decision on who will host the 2018 and 2022 finals.Australia’s World Cup bid was attended by FIFA Executive Committee members Franz Beckenbauer, Angel Maria Villar Llona, Geoff Thompson, Mohammed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner.“One of the unique aspects of Australia’s bid is the fact that we offer those four factors in tandem,” Lowy told the World Football Insider.“But we have many other qualities to our bid also.“We are bridge between Asia and Oceania; we have significant experience in hosting major events; we have world class infrastructure and the capacity to improve it further; we are an attractive tourist destination; and Australians are friendly and welcoming.”Lowy said Australians are increasingly embracing the world game especially through the success of the Qantas Socceroos.“Almost 1 million Australians play the game – boys and girls, men and women – which is a significant strength for our game.”Kidman has invited the world to ‘Come and Play’ in Australia during the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.Her closing lines in the film include a compelling proposition: “Our island home, the oldest continent on earth, has never hosted a World Cup. It would be a FIFA World Cup to be proud of.”“We have a story to be proud of as a nation, as a people and in football, and this package shares that story with the world,” Lowy said.last_img read more