New Member Benefits: SportsPass release

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is delighted to announce a new initiative and exciting partnership with SportsPass. The relationship with SportsPass extends the benefits of affiliation for TFA and associated states, regions and affiliates and delivers on various TFA Strategic Plan 2011-15 objectives. This relationship provides an improved value proposition for you, and your members – who will now be able to access special deals, cheaper rates and bonuses. SportsPass is a dedicated member benefits program for Australian sporting associations and clubs that adds value to club memberships, whilst also providing a new funding source for Australian sport through the sale of the Supporter Cards. Firstly, members and supporters of participating associations and clubs benefit by having access to instant rewards from hundreds of participating SportsPass partners, through the ‘I am a member’ and ‘I am a supporter’ cards. For more information, please click on the attached media release and SportsPass information booklet.Related Filessportspass_media_release_april_2015-pdfsportspass_information_booklet_april_2015-pdfRelated LinksSportsPass Releaselast_img read more

The Worst: Ohio State’s Wireless Is Preventing Buckeye QB Stephen Collier From Watching “House Of Cards”

first_imgStephen Collier can't watch House of Cards because of Ohio State's wireless signal.Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.last_img read more

Video: Deion Sanders Addressed The Florida State Team Today

first_imgDeion Sanders walks into the Florida State team facility.NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.last_img read more

Jennifer Garner Blogs For Save The Children On iVillage

first_imgJennifer Garner has blogged on iVillage about her work as an artist ambassador with Save the Children and how early childhood education can make a huge impact in enhancing kids’ lives.“‘Early childhood education’ has become a sort of catchphrase for politicians and children’s advocates like me,” she wrote. “As an artist ambassador for Save the Children, I’ve had the privilege of seeing Save’s programs firsthand and meeting with the parents and children that they support. I’ve sat in young mothers’ homes. I’ve seen how much these mothers love their children, how their dreams and aspirations for their children are no different than yours and mine are for our own kids. But the truth is, it’s sort of tricky to figure out what exactly “early childhood education” means, what it entails, and how exactly it is relevant to your possibilities as an adult.“More than 60 percent of poor families don’t have books in their homes. It isn’t that kids should be reading by kindergarten, but they should know what a book is — how to hold it, turn the pages, and how to sit still in anticipation of hearing a story.“And that’s why Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success programs are so effective. Through home visits, book exchanges, parenting groups and more, Early Steps helps babies and toddlers with language, social and emotional development. Just as important, the program helps their parents, giving them the knowledge and skills to support their children’s growth. And the program works: Kids in Early Steps don’t have to play catch up once they start school — they are in line with the national average from the beginning. More important, the parents we work with feel recognized, encouraged and part of a community of people who care about the future of their children.”You can read the full post here.last_img read more

Canadian filmmaker Paul Haggis will not testify next week in sexual misconduct

first_imgCanadian director Paul Haggis’ scheduled deposition will not go forward as planned next week. The Oscar-winner is facing a lawsuit in which he is accused of rape. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Haggis has denied the allegations and countersued Breest, who sued Haggis in Manhattan in December.Breest’s attorneys have asked for the deposition to be immediately rescheduled. They also criticized Lepera for requesting a settlement which was then characterized as extortion in the countersuit.Lepera did not immediately respond to a request for comment.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With:center_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A scheduled deposition of Paul Haggis in a lawsuit in which the Oscar-winner is accused of rape will not go forward as planned next week.Attorneys for Haleigh Breest, a publicist who says he raped her in 2013, scheduled Haggis to give sworn testimony on Monday. But his attorney, Christine Lepera, informed her attorneys on Thursday the date didn’t work.The lawsuit, filed in December, prompted three additional women to detail to The Associated Press their own sexual misconduct accusations, including another who says he raped her. They aren’t identified in court papers.last_img read more

Husky awaits explosion investigation results before restarting asphalt refinery

first_imgCALGARY – Two months after fire and explosions ripped through its recently purchased asphalt refinery in Superior, Wis., Husky Energy Inc. says it still doesn’t know when it will be able to restart the facility.Spokesman Mel Duvall says investigations are continuing into the cause of the April 26 incident in which 11 people were injured and nearby homes evacuated while plumes of black smoke rose into the sky.He says the Calgary-based company won’t be able to fully assess damage and map out a recovery plan until the U.S. Chemical Safety Board completes its determination of cause.Husky bought the 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery from Calumet Specialty Products Partners of Indiana for about $570 million in a deal that closed in November.According to a website update posted Monday, cleanup efforts have progressed to the point that the off-site incident command centre has been moved onto refinery property. It says about 400 employees and contractors are supporting daily operations.As of last Friday, Husky says it has received some 3,300 claims from local businesses and residents who incurred expenses or suffered losses during the incident, of which about 2,700 have been resolved.“We do have insurance, both on the assets and business interruption, and we have made alternate arrangements to continue supplying customers. No employees have been laid off,” said Duvall in an email.“We may be able to provide an update (on costs) on our second-quarter conference call later this month.”He said all of the injured people have been released from hospital.On the website, Husky says it expects to be able to bring in trucks later this month to remove stored asphalt inventory.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)last_img read more

Tata Tele merger DoT seeks Rs 7200 cr bank guarantee from Airtel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Department of Telecom has given approval for the merger of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm furnishes Rs 7,200 crore worth bank guarantee, a government official said. On April 9, telecom minister Manoj Sinha gave a conditional nod for the merger, the official said. Subsequent to the minister’s approval, the official said, that DoT has asked Airtel to furnish bank guarantee totalling Rs 7,200 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Both companies also need to submit undertaking on matter related to court cases before merger is taken on record,” the official said. The merger will be taken on record after Airtel submits bank guarantee of about Rs 6,000 crore for one-time spectrum charges and another Rs 1,200 crore for the spectrum that would be acquired from TTSL. There is also a “very small amount” of dues that has to be cleared by TTSL before consummation of the deal, another official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata consumer mobile business (CMB) operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd ). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.last_img read more

Prohibition not a solution Ekta Kapoor on demand to regulate digital content

first_imgMumbai: Producer Ekta Kapoor is not in favour of regulating streaming platforms as she believes it will only create a bigger need for unregulated content. The Supreme Court has sought the government’s response on a plea to regulate the functioning of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Currently there is no censorship on online content other than age rating. “Prohibition will create a bigger want. This is a sad situation… A lot of people ask me, ‘How can you be so bold?’ but I have always said this that I don’t have any problem with sex. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “If the person who is acting has consensually agreed to have people watch them and the person is watching because he wants to watch it (then there is no issue). It is a two-way street. When anything is a one-way street, even in a marriage, it is a crime. Sex is not an issue, forcing yourself (on someone) is.” Ekta owns the OTT platform AltBalaji. When asked what would be her decision if the apex court takes a stand, the producer said, “Who are we to take a stand? They will take a stand and we will follow. But my beliefs are clear. I feel any prohibition in society will only create a bigger need for it. It is human psychology.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up With streaming platforms gaining a strong foothold in the Indian market, Ekta said there is a constant need to come up with good content that appeals a large segment of the audience. “I have to put out lot of content and better content as soon as possible. But I don’t compete with them. They deal with urban niche audience and I deal with mass audience.” Talking on the sidelines of the launch of season two of TV shows “Kawach” and “Bepanah Pyaarr”, Ekta said she enjoyed the web medium more.last_img read more

Ohio State baseball looking to establish itself as one of Big Tens

Junior outfielder Pat Porter (3) slides into home during a game against Toledo April 3 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-2.Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerIf the Ohio State baseball team wants to be considered as one of the best teams in the Big Ten, making a statement in its first conference road series will go a long way.After getting swept in a three-game series at home by Indiana last weekend, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-3) have a season-defining series this weekend at Nebraska (16-13, 1-2). OSU cruised in two midweek games against Ohio and Toledo that resulted in 31 hits for the Buckeyes, and coach Greg Beals said after feeling the pressure last weekend, the team has to step up against another one of the Big Ten’s top teams.“They were picked to be second in our conference preseason, so we’ve got to go defend ourselves. We didn’t have a good conference weekend last weekend and we can’t afford to have two bad weekends in a row in conference,” Beals said.Junior catcher Connor Sabanosh said the team realizes how important this weekend is if it wants to make a run at winning the Big Ten.“It’s going to be a big series for us after the tough three losses against Indiana,” Sabanosh said. “We’re really looking forward to our hitting to continue, these last two games have been big for us pounding out some hits and some runs. So we’re looking forward to keep it going through the weekend.”Pitching is key for OSU — the team is 13-0 when leading after seven innings and 17-2 when limiting opponents to five runs. Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer said heading into another Big Ten series, the pitchers have to build on the momentum they gained this week.“We’re on a roll right now and we just have to keep it going,” Farmer said.Against Indiana, pitchers were trying too hard and not sticking to the game plan, Sabanosh said.“Last weekend I thought they left a few too many balls over the middle of the plate. We have our best success working down on the corners,” Sabanosh said. “I think if they can stick with their game plan working down on the zone, we’ll be pretty effective out there.”In his first year at OSU after playing two years at a junior college, Sabanosh said he is excited to see what the Big Ten games look like on the road.“I’m hoping for a big one. It’s been fun on the road,” Sabanosh said. “We’ve been fortunate. The Oregon series was a lot of fun, great energy in the crowd. I’m really looking forward to the Nebraska series and I’m expecting a big crowd.”Beals said he expects the series to be exciting.“It’s a very good college baseball atmosphere there,” Beals said. “We’re going to have a good challenge here. We’re going on the road to play a good team.”First pitch in Lincoln is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Friday. read more

Mancini plans talks with Balotelli

first_imgNew Italy manager Roberto Mancini has announced that he plans to talk with Mario Balotelli over a potential comeback to the national teamThe Italian coach managed Balotelli at both Inter Milan and Manchester City, before Mancini sanctioned his move to AC Milan in 2013 due to the forward’s poor disciplinary record at the Premier League side.The last time Balotelli played for Italy was in the 2014 World Cup after his struggles with both Liverpool and Milan (in what was his second spell in 2015) meant he was left out by Antonio Conte and then later Gian Piero Ventura.However, the 27-year-old has rediscovered his best form at Nice in his two seasons in France and has scored 43 goals in his 65 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side since joining in August 2016 as a free agent.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.After Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, there have been calls by the media to reinstate Balotelli to the national side and Mancini has now confirmed that he intends to speak with him.“Mario is an Italian player. We will definitely talk. He is one of those players we should take a new look at,” said the 53-year-old, according to Sky Sports.Mancini will take charge of his first game for Italy on May 28 against Saudi Arabia in an international friendly.last_img read more

Luka Modric rejects Real Madrid offer – Report

first_imgCroatian midfielder Luka Modric has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from Real Madrid and is said to be considering an approach from Inter.Diario AS cite a report in local TV station Telemadrid and carried by Football Italia claiming the Ballon d’Or winner has turned down Madrid’s initial offer and there are strong indications that the interest from Inter is huge.Modric has been instrumental in both club and country as he helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and his nation Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Modric is believed to be influenced by the fact that his fellow compatriots Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic all play at the Nerazzurri.The midfielder’s current deal at the Bernabeu runs through until 2020 but he is said to be holding out for an improved offer, one which would match or exceed that offered by Inter.last_img read more

Dembele to undergo Guangzhou RF medical

first_imgTottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is set to join Chinese club  Guangzhou R&F as he will be travelling to Hong Kong to undergo a medical.Skysports reports Spurs have been receiving several offers from China as Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan tabled an offer which the club accepted but an acceptable offer has now been made by Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has spent six-and-a-half-years with Tottenham and it is likely that this window will bring an end to his stay with the North London side as his contract expires at the end of the season.Mousa Dembele backs Gareth Bale’s shock China move Andrew Smyth – July 28, 2019 Mousa Dembele believes his former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale will find things “easy” in China and hopes the Real Madrid player makes the move.Dembele has not played for Spurs since November due to an ankle injury and has reportedly been keen on a move to China since the summer.It is still unclear who will replace Dembele at Spurs but the club have been monitoring the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Donny van de Beek.Tottenham hope to retain their top four position this season.last_img read more

Tax Bill Passes House After Second Vote

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The GOP tax bill has passed the House after Democrats in the Senate persuaded the chamber that several minor provisions in the House bill violated Senate rules, forcing the House into the second vote this morning, in a vote of 224 to 201. According to White House leaders, President Trump will hold an official signing ceremony at a later date. This morning, the House passed the tax bill for the second time. President Donald Trump has promised a news conference, this afternoon following the final vote to approve the GOP tax cut bill. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): “The passage of this bill marks a defining moment in our nation’s history. It’s been 31 years since we last reformed the tax code—and this bill comes not a moment too soon. It’s time we deliver relief, tax cuts, and good jobs for hard-working Americans.”center_img Speaking before a Cabinet meeting, President Trump referred to the passage a “historic victory for the American people.” The House approved the bill on Tuesday, December 19, and then after debating much of Tuesday, the Senate voted on the tax bill well after midnight, approving the bill, 51 to 48.last_img read more

LetsCatchup rolls out alumnireferral network to help jobseekers in India

first_imgThere is no shortage of recruitment platforms on the web. But looking for a job is still a nightmare; employers too, are flooded with resumes and finding the right talent at the right time is a dream shot. While multiple social and referral hiring companies are trying to solve this problem, a Singapore based startup LetsCatchup is changing the Indian recruitment Industry by leveraging the power of alumni networks.The company is backed by Asia’s No.1 business accelerator JFDI Asia, which has invested around $200, 000 in cash and support. The startup went through a rigorous four-month accelerator program; concluded with a grand demo day last month, which was attended by over 100 investor groups from South East Asia.”We have worked with over 50 startups in last 5 years;LetsCatchup has checked all the boxes for building a successful company. With an experienced team and unique business proposition, they clearly excelled in our program.” said, ChiKai Huang, JFDI program Manager.Conventional recruitment portals are mostly job listings based, where hundreds of job seekers compete for one post. This also troubles the employers with huge time and money spent on shortlisting of candidates. LetsCatchup solves this problem with their unique referral-matching engine, explained Vinay Pahlajani, CEO of LetsCATCHUP:”Job seekers spend lot of time in finding the right connections and opportunities. We have developed an engine, which automatically sends them matching opportunities from companies where their peers or seniors are working. They don’t have to visit multiple job boards, if there is a matching job- it will come directly to their inbox.”LetsCATCHUP directly connects job seekers with Industry Insiders to get career advice and job referrals. Every application goes through an internal connection, which ensures faster and better response; at the same time the employers get short-listed and verified resumes through existing employees.The platform leverages college alumni communities to maintain the quality of referrals and is only open for graduates of selected premier Indian Colleges like IIT’s and IIM’s right now. “We are adding new colleges with invitations only; there are 131 colleges in our waitlist already and we plan to open the network by end of this year. Going forward, we’ll expand to company and Industry based networks,” added co-founder, Ruchin Chaudhary.last_img read more

Wednesday Weather Updates And Closures Houston Area Under Flash Flood Watch

first_imgThis story will continue to be updated throughout the day as information becomes available.  Creeks, Bayous and Rivers UpdatesMajor flooding is still occurring along creeks and rivers in North Harris County.Cypress Creek is still out of its banks in Hockley, Cypress, Spring and at the Montgomery County line near Humble, according to NOAA.Listen to Houston reports  Further north, Spring Creek is causing major flooding just south of The Woodlands.To the east, the San Jacinto River near Humble and also south of Lake Houston near Sheldon is over its banks.Other areas of concern include the Brazos River in Richmond and further south in Rosharon.Officials say it will take days for the creeks and rivers to return to normal levels following the historic rains earlier this week. Other Area Openings and ClosingsIf you have a jury summons for today, you must appear. Harris County District and county courts will be open. People summoned for jury service should report at their scheduled time.Montgomery County officials are also working to get a federal disaster declaration for the area. They too are asking residents to report damage.If you live in Fort Bend County, here’s where to go to report damage. Area shelter and volunteer information can be found here. NWSWeather Forecast Watches and WarningsThe National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Watch until 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Some parts of the Houston area could receive up to 2-to-4 inches of rain, with even heavier amounts possible from slow-moving storms. That has officials concerned that it could make things worse in Cypress, Spring and other areas hit hard by the historic flooding across Greater Houston. The ground is saturated, creeks are swollen and there’s no more place to put the water and avoid further flooding.NWS/Alert HoustonAreal Flood WarningAn Areal Flood Warning has been extended to 9:15 a.m. this morning. This mostly affects homes and businesses near bayous in Harris, Montgomery, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties. Those bayous and creeks are still handling massive amounts of water that continue to drain from Monday’s storm.And the National Weather Service has extended an Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, near Humble, until late Sunday night, or until further notice.NWS/Alert HoustonFlood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto RiverAs of last night, the river was about 7 feet above flood stage, and the Houston City Office of Emergency Management says major flooding along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River is expected to continue for the next several days. Harris County UpdatesHarris County Judge Ed Emmett lists some areas that officials will be monitoring closely today, but it’s really up to Mother Nature at this point.“We are going to pay particular attention to underpasses, places that we know are high water areas, try our best to keep people out of those,” Emmett explains. “The flood control people are monitoring, but all we can do really is monitor. If you’ve got a watershed and it’s full, there’s nothing else you can do. The water’s got to go somewhere.”A particular area of concern is the Addicks Reservoir out in West Houston. It’s up to near capacity and that has led to some flooding behind it.         “In some areas, it’s going to take several days, if not a week or more,” Emmett explains. “The Addicks Reservoir is a particular circumstance because the Corp of Engineers is only allowed to release a certain amount of water at a time, because you run the risk of flooding the downstream areas of Buffalo Bayou. Even if we get no more rain, the street flooding behind the Addicks Reservoir is going to be there for quite a while, because we can’t release that water. The Corps can’t release that water.”County officials are still working to get a federal disaster declaration for Greater Houston. They have confirmed that 744 homes and 400 apartments have been flooded and expect the number to grow to.Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies are in search and rescue mode again in areas of Spring and Cypress to evacuate stranded residents.  Transportation UpdatesHouston Metro says the 217 Cypress Park and Ride will remain closed today. But the 214 (Northwest Station) and 216 (West Little York) are operating normally.TranStar is reporting 33 high water School Openings and ClosingsStudents in the Houston Independent School District return to classes this morning. Make-up days have been set for May 26 and May 27.Other school districts that are also open so far this morning are Spring Branch ISD; Conroe ISD; and Fort Bend ISD. The University of Houston campuses are also open. But some students across Greater Houston will get at least one more day off. The Tomball, Klein and Spring school districts will all remain closed today. Lone Star College has also canceled classes.For a complete list of closures, click here. – / 6 Sharelast_img read more

Dr Peggy E Wall Celebrates 10 years as First Female Pastor of

first_imgDr. Peggy E. Wall, pastor, sister, teacher of the Gospel and woman in Christ for 10 years has stood at the altar at St. John A.M.E. Church preaching the Word of God and serving as the spiritual guide to her members, will be honored with a celebration for her 10th Anniversary at the historic St. John A. M.E. Church in West Baltimore.The congregation will honor her on June 13, 2014 at Morgan State University’s Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.During her 10 years as senior pastor at St. John A.M.E., Dr. Wall has kept a heavenly perspective in pastoral service, a commitment to the community, and has displayed spiritual leadership to the St. John A.M.E. congregation.According to Pastor Wall, “This 10th Anniversary celebration signifies God’s move to bring together two congregations: St. John A.M.E. and the Immanuel Temple A.M.E Church, which I was the founder and the pastor for ten years. We are now one congregation where the members pray for, love, assist and respect one another. “Dr. Wall is the pastor of St. John A.M.E. Church. She is devoted to the needs of the congregation and supports her community’s leadership. With faith, Dr. Wall is leading the St. John A.M.E. family to be a greater Christ- centered congregation committed to spiritual and community service.last_img read more

Researchers study kinematics of the supernova remnant G109110

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of astronomers from Mexico has lately conducted a kinematics study of a supernova remnant in the Milky Way galaxy known as G109.1-1.0 (or CTB 109). The new research reveals crucial insights into basic properties of this remnant. The findings were presented Sept. 23 in a paper published on the arXiv preprint repository. Search for stellar survivor of a supernova explosion Supernova remnants (SNRs) are diffuse, expanding structures resulting from a supernova explosion. SNRs contain ejected material expanding from the explosion and other interstellar material that has been swept up by the passage of the shock wave from the exploded star. Studies of supernova remnants are important for astronomers as they play a key role in the evolution of galaxies, dispersing the heavy elements made in the supernova explosion into the interstellar medium (ISM) and providing the energy needed for heating up the ISM. SNRs are also believed to be responsible for the acceleration of galactic cosmic rays.G109.1-1.0 is one such remnant located in the Milky Way’s Perseus arm. Previous observations of this SNR revealed that it has a semicircular shell-type morphology. However, the astronomers have not yet definitely determined basic properties of this remnant, such as its distance, age and the amount of energy deposited in the interstellar medium in result of the explosion. Various studies produced significant discrepancies in the results.Recently, a team of researchers led by Mónica Sánchez-Cruces of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City has studied the kinematics of G109.1-1.0, which allowed them to diminish the uncertainties presented in previous papers. Their research is based on observations carried out in June 2015 with the use of a scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer known as PUMA. The instrument is installed on the 2.1 m telescope at the National Astronomical Observatory in Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, Mexico.”We obtained a set of direct images in Hα and [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å using the PUMA focal reducer without the Fabry-Perot interferometer in the instrument optical axis. The exposure time of each of the direct images was 120 s. We also obtained [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å Fabry-Perot data cubes of two regions of the SNR CTB 109,” the paper reads.By analyzing the new images, the astronomers found that the distance to G109.1-1.0 is about 10,100 light years, which is consistent with one study published in 2012. When it comes to the age of this remnant, the researchers calculated it to be between 9,000 and 9,200 years.Furthermore, the authors estimated the initial energy deposited in the interstellar medium by the supernova explosion. According to the research, this value lies between 180 and 520 quindecillion erg.The scientists concluded that the remnant’s relatively young age and the amount of energy deposited in the ISM, indicate that G109.1-1.0 contains simple pulsars. “The age is of thousands of years and the (E0) is rather typical of SNRs containing simple pulsars,” the authors wrote in the paper.Besides determining these basic parameters, the team also found that the remnant’s systemic velocity is approximately –50 km/s, while its expansion velocity equals some 230 km/s. [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å direct images of the different filaments of the SNR CTB 109 taken with PUMA in its direct image mode. Left panel corresponds to the northeastern filaments, while right panel corresponds to southeastern filaments. Credit: Sánchez-Cruces et al., 2017. Citation: Researchers study kinematics of the supernova remnant G109.1-1.0 (2017, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-kinematics-supernova-remnant-g1091-.html 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. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further More information: Kinematics of the Galactic SNR G109.1-1.0 (CTB 109) arXiv:1709.07986 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1709.07986last_img read more

To the hills we say

first_imgNestled between the hills, Arunachal Pradesh is a traveller’s paradise. Long trails, waterfalls, fantastic architecture, the state is something to behold. Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Minister Sonam Chambey was in Delhi recently and we caught up with him for a candid conversation and he explained why Arunachal must top our list of next holiday destinations and also what lies next on the to-do list. Here are excerpts of the interview.What steps have you taken to increase tourism footfall in Arunachal Pradesh? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The only way to improve tourist footfall is to increase awareness of the destination among the potential tourists. Arunachal Tourism has been making consistent efforts in marketing and promotion by way of participation in major travel fairs, ads in popular magazines etc.Furthermore, to make the stay of the tourists in the state more enjoyable and memorable one, efforts are being made to popularize unique tourism products such as rural/tribal way of life, kiwi farm and apple/orange orchard tours etc. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhich places/activities are you promoting within the state?Arunachal Pradesh is a destination, which has something to offer for everyone!  Adventure seekers- white water rafting, mountaineering, trekking, river crossing, mountain biking etc. A treasure trove of culture and heritage- distinct culture and traditions of more than 26 major tribes and over 100 sub- tribes. Spiritual destination with 400-year-old second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, Hindu pilgrimage such as Parasharam kund, Bhismaknagar and Malinithan With 82% forest cover teeming with life, a bio-diversity hotspot with unique flora and fauna is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Niche products such as angling, bird watching, and wellness are also being promoted. We are also planning to sell the state as a destination for creative people- writers, painters, lyricist etcWhat is the kind of tourist footfall seen over the years? Does AP see many foreign tourists as compared to Indians?Arunachal Pradesh is emerging as a favoured destination for tourists. We are witnessing steady flow of both foreign and domestic tourists and the footfall has been increasing over the years. The percentage increase is very encouraging.What kind of development are you looking in for in the state to make travel easier for the tourists?Massive infrastructural development projects such as the Trans-Arunachal Highway, Railways, Airports etc are making rapid progress and will be commissioned shortly. With completion of these projects, travel for tourists will ease to a great extent. Large number of hotels, home stays have come up and many more are coming up to address the accommodation demands of the tourists.You conducted the International Tourism Mart, in January this year; can you tell us the purpose behind it and the response you got from the mart?The ITM in January was held in Guwahati in which Arunachal tourism also participated. It has been a revolutionary initiative of the ministry of tourism. This has put the entire region on global focus as a tourist destination. Arunachal Tourism in particular has reaped a lot of benefits from ITM. The state tour operators have had excellent networking sessions with both domestic as well international buyers and I am certain that this season will see them getting increased business.Arunachal Pradesh was awarded the most favourite upcoming tourist destination by a popular magazine recently; can you tell us what makes AP a unique tourist destination?Arunachal is the largest state in North East India. The geographical diversity of the state with the foothills, hills and the mountains and its distinct flora and fauna, coupled with as many as 26 different tribes, each with separate culture and history makes it a unique destination. With options from adrenaline rushed adventure to relaxed holidaying in the lap of pristine nature, tourists coming to Arunachal are guaranteed a wholesome and a unique experience.last_img read more

Pros and cons of consuming ecigarettes

first_imgEvidence has suggested that increased use of e-cigarette can dramatically decrease cigarette smoking among youth and young adults, the researchers said, adding that vaping is likely to provide positive health benefits that outweigh the harm. “E-cigarettes can provide the potential to reduce harm and also improve the public health if used as an alternative to cigarette smoking,” said lead author David Levy, Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, these e-cigarettes can also increase the harm if people become smokers as a direct consequence of first trying e-cigarettes, the researchers warned.The “recent claims by some scientists that e-cigarettes are likely to act as a gateway to the use of tobacco products are overstated,” Levy added. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently banned the use of e-cigarettes by youth younger than 18, said the paper published in the journal ‘Nicotine & Tobacco Research’.”We want to discourage use of all nicotine and cigarette products,” Levy said, supporting the move.Despite the estimates of an overall public health benefit from e-cigarettes, use of these products in youths needs to be continuously monitored, since use patterns are likely to change as the product and awareness about the product changes, the researchers concluded.last_img read more