BCCI, Sachin Tendulkar laud Indian women’s cricket team for winning Asia Cup

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday congratulated the Indian women’s team for winning the Asia Cup T20 tournament.The Indian Women’s team beat Pakistan by 17 runs to win the title tournament in Bangkok earier in the day.Batting first, the Indian eves scored 121/5 with Mithali Raj emerging as leading scorer with 73 runs.Pakistan could manage only 104/6 in 20 overs with Ekta Bisht returning figures of 2/22.”On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to congratulate the Indian women’s team for their emphatic win. This is the sixth title win in Asia Cup and also proves our dominance in the region as the leading Women’s team,” BCCI President Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying in a statement.”The Indian team has done everyone proud by stretching India’s unbeaten run in the Asia Cup to 32 matches and taking the Asia Cup title count to six,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said.”I congratulate the entire team for this outstanding achievement.”Former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag also wished the team in Twitter.Wonderful performance! Congratulations to the Indian women’s team on winning #T20AsiaCup sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 4, 2016Congratulations Girls on beating Pakistan in the Women’s #AsiaCup .The Girls played really well.No Mauka for the opposition. pic.twitter.com/O0b5TTgVYq Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 4, 2016Congratulations to the Indian Women’s team on winning the #T20AsiaCup ??????Keep it up??? @BCCI pic.twitter.com/BLrnW4RdHL VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 4, 2016Congrats girls! Asian champions again! Well done to the entire team. @BCCI #T20AsiaCup #Final #IndvPak #Bangkokadvertisement Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) December 4, 2016Congratulations to the Indian Women’s Team for winning #T20AsiaCup!! Wonderful performance! @BCCI Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 4, 2016What a fantastic achievement by Indian Women’s Team, beating Pakistan in the finals of Women’s Asia Cup. Many congrats. @BCCI Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) December 4, 2016last_img read more

Fila collaborates with actor Rannvijay for footwear line

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 4 (PTI) Italian brand Fila today launched its motor sport collection of footwear in collaboration with MTV Roadies fame Rannvijay Singha in stores across the country. Fila collaborated with Rannvijay Singha for the line of footwear targeted at fans of performance and motorsport, a company official said here.The objective is to build and strengthen the motorsport culture by creating products designed on the basis of Indian consumer’s specifications, Rannvijay said. “Today formal shoes as a category has reduced as not many people are wearing these shoes on daily basis…Regular people wear sports shoes and sneakers even to go to office…the category is growing,” Anupam Sehgal, head marketing, Cravatex Brands Limited, said. Cravatex Brands is official distributor of Fila products in the country. He said that online as a category is growing and will continue to grow. However, the offline category is where consumers also gets to see and feel the product, he said adding that “India is a touch and feel market.” PTI VSD SHW MR MRlast_img read more

Will Juhi Chawla’s children Jahnavi and Arjun enter Bollywood? Here is what the actress has to say

first_imgIt is not uncommon to see star kids following in the footsteps of their famous parents. Juhi Chawla opened up about her children Jahnavi and Arjun’s plans of entering Bollywood.Apparently, Arjun has inherited the actress’s impeccable comic timing. In an interview with IANS, she revealed that he has a knack for mimicking accents and is quite hilarious.”My small monkey Arjun has clearly told us, ‘Mom don’t even think about it’. With Jahnavi, I’m not so sure. Arjun is quite funny and good with mimicking accents. He’s actually hilarious, so I feel sometimes that he could maybe try,” she said.Juhi’s daughter Jahnavi is a voracious reader, but has also shown an inclination towards the glamour world. “Jahnavi is an avid reader. If there is anything she likes in this world, and if you ask her what she wants as a gift, it will be a book. She said she wanted to be a writer,” she said.”Then she went through a phase where she said ‘Okay I want to be a model’. Tomorrow she might say ‘I want to be an actress’. Then she might say she wants to drop all this and do sports,” she added.According to Juhi, parents must let their children choose the career that they want. “I have learnt one thing that you have to let your children do what they want,” she said.On the work front, Juhi was last seen on the big screen in Shelly Chopra Dhar’s directorial debut, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, alongside Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao.advertisementALSO SEE: Salman Khan once asked Juhi Chawla’s father for her hand in marriageALSO WATCH: Juhi Chawla calls Madhuri Dixit her best co-starlast_img read more

7 days agoNorwich sporting director Webber moves to assure Farke

first_imgNorwich sporting director Webber moves to assure Farkeby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has assured Daniel Farke the club will not make a knee jerk decision on his future.An injury crisis at Carrow Road hasn’t helped the Canaries in their Premier League return, with the club second bottom with six points.”From a financial point, we’ll be working three years ahead because we can guarantee what our income is,” said Webber. “In terms of our squad progression, we know exactly who is on what contract and when we’d expect them to leave.”You’ve got to be prepared, but you also have to be realistic. That’s what I think is the best thing for our players and Daniel Farke, the fact we don’t judge everything here purely on results.”It’s about what our performances, the process and the culture are like. Are we building the club along the way, not just purely focusing on results?”If we lose, then we won’t be the club to sack Daniel or go and spend £50m in January.”It’s about the journey, and if we get everything right along the way and we get a bit of luck, then we still think we can be successful doing it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

If Urban Meyer Is Fired, There’s A New Favorite For Ohio State’s 2019 Coach

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State windbreaker.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Two days ago, Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave following a report from Brett McMurphy. The report alleges Meyer knew about the 2015 assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.An investigative committee formed by Ohio State will investigate Meyer and decide if he’s fit to continue as the team’s head coach. In the meantime, Ryan Day has assumed coaching responsibilities.Will he be the team’s long-term head coach, or will Urban Meyer come back to coach the Buckeyes following the investigation? Sportsbook Odds Shark put together a list of the favorites to be Ohio State’s head coach for the 2019 season.Urban Meyer is the favorite. However, he’s followed close behind by Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell.Who will be the head coach of the Ohio State football team at the start of 2019 spring practice?Meyer +250Campbell +450Day +500Gundy +700Brohm/Kiffin +800Kelly/Babers/Stoops +1400Herman/Vrabel +2000Harbaugh/Belichick +3300Tressel +5000Odds via @DaveMasonBOL— OddsShark (@OddsShark) August 3, 2018Campbell is an Ohio native, yet he just agreed to a significant contract extension to stay with the Cyclones. He formerly coached at Toledo where he racked up a 35-15 record.Campbell had the Cyclones ranked No. 14 in the nation at one point during the 2017 season before losing three of four to end the season.last_img read more

Michigan Football Star Announces He’s Skipping The Bowl Game

first_imgjim harbaugh talks to his players before the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Another Michigan football star has announced that he’ll be sitting out of the Wolverines’ bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.Wolverines’ star running back Karan Higdon joins a couple of his teammates who have decided to sit out of their Peach Bowl contest against Florida.Higdon announced his decision on Instagram.“After a thorough evaluation between my parents and the UM staff we have deemed that it is in my best interest to not play in the Peach bowl and to utilize this time to get prepared to pursue my dreams in the NFL,” Higdon wrote.Higdon was one of the top running backs in the Big Ten this season, totaling 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.Michigan will also be missing defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush Jr.The Wolverines and the Gators are set to kick off at noon on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Cooperation among developing countries key to economic growth – Migiro

“The potential – and popularity – of South-South Cooperation has never been greater,” Ms. Migiro said at a “brainstorming session” in New York on the issue on Thursday. “The recent strong economic performance of many developing countries has expanded opportunities for collaboration between them,” she noted. With developing countries collaborating as never before on such pressing global issues as terrorism, migration or the spread of disease, the Deputy Secretary-General said this dynamism must be harnessed. “The rapid growth in intra-South cooperation necessitates a systematic and efficient approach towards managing the process,” she said. “I am heartened by the Group of 77 and China’s efforts to review existing South-South cooperation, and to explore ways to enhance it in ways that can help achieve wider aims like the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” a set of time-bound antipoverty targets agreed at a 2000 UN Summit. In this effort, she told participants, “the United Nations will remain your partner every step of the way.” 4 May 2007United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has emphasized the value of collaboration among developing countries while calling for greater efforts to manage the process. read more

Migrants endure increasing violence and discrimination says UN rights expert

Jorge Bustamante told the General Assembly’s third committee (social, humanitarian and cultural issues) that his field visits during the past year have confirmed the rising attacks and other pressures that migrants are enduring.“I received numerous reports of repeated cases of the detention of non-citizens, many times unlawfully for long periods,” he said in his statement to the committee. “A number of detained migrants suffer from ill-treatment, lack of medical attention, and abuse. Often, they lack access to justice, as many detained migrants are not granted access to lawyers for their defence.”Professor Bustamante expressed particular concern at migrants who are subject to administrative, rather than judicial, proceedings in transit or destination countries.“Legal grounds for administrative detention of migrants are often too broad and discretional and time limits are not always legally determined or respected.“This is often coupled with the absence of automatic mechanisms for judicial or administrative review and with a lack of other procedural safeguards, such as access to interpreters and lawyers and limitations on the right to be informed of the grounds for detention, appeal mechanisms, and the right to have consular or embassy representatives.“All these elements result in administrative detention that is not subject to control, disproportionate powers being exercised by immigration authorities, and incidents of discrimination and abuse.”Professor Bustamante also highlighted what he said was an increasing trend of States to launch police raids on private homes in migrant neighbourhoods and arrest anyone who cannot show documents of legal residence.This leads “to separation of children from their arrested parents, including children born in such countries.”He noted that for many countries “migration carries with it the spectre of the abuse of national borders – by traffickers and people-smugglers – and prevailing fears about threats to ways of life or standards of living in host communities.”Yet, rather than focusing on the negative perceptions of migrants, destination countries should also consider the positive contributions that migrant workers and their families provide. 26 October 2007Migrants are increasingly subject to violence and discrimination, from prolonged detention to ill-treatment from authorities, in countries of both destination and transit, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said today. read more

Ohio State mens hockey opens season versus WilfridLaurier in exhibition

OSU senior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Minnesota on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Buckeyes host Ontario-based Wilfrid-Laurier University on Sunday in its annual exhibition game prior to the start of the regular season, which begins Oct. 7 against No. 3 Denver. OSU started last season with eight straight losses, and with the majority of ‘15-’16 roster returning, coach Steve Rohlik is looking for an indicator his team can get off to a fast start in 2016-17.“It should be a fun year with these guys,” Rohlik said. “We got five freshmen and two transfers so I don’t exactly know what we have yet but it’s fun to be on the ice with these guys.”Per NCAA guidelines, Rohlik and his staff were on the ice full-time with the team for the first time on Saturday. Before that, the coaches could spend up to two hours a week on the ice with the players. Senior captains Drew Brevig, Nick Schilkey and Josh Healey would also lead practices when Rohlik couldn’t be on the ice in the offseason.Senior goaltender Christian Frey said that the team learned to hold each other accountable without the authority of the coaches. Frey added that the chemistry on the team is 100 percent the best he has had since his time at OSU.“I think we weren’t as close as a team as we needed to be (last year),” Frey said. “I think we were hot at the end of the year (my) sophomore year, so last year we kind of just expected that to happen.”The Buckeyes were picked to finish second in the Big Ten Conference this year after finishing fourth out of six teams last season. OSU lost just four players and returned nine of its 10 leading scorers. On paper, OSU is a contender in the conference and a possible player in the NCAA tournament picture, but Rohlik has made a point to the players that the accolades must be earned.“We do have the talent here and if you do that and have the hard work and mental part of it, you can go out there and win games,” Rohlik said. “You want to be the team expected to win. That’s the switch you want to flip on right now.”Rohlik is treating Sunday’s exhibition as a “shaking-off-the-cobwebs” game. He said it’s a chance for him to see the young guys get their feet wet in their first game action.The Buckeyes brought in five freshmen this season, all of whom Rohlik hopes he can play. Freshman forward Tanner Laczynski might be the most exciting newcomer to watch, having been drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL draft.“(Laczynski’s) got a lot of skill and he’s a big guy. He’s very mature body wise. He’s developed already,” said senior forward David Gust. “(Freshman forward) Sam McCormick is a skill guy. He’s got a great set of hands on him. (Freshman defender) Gordi (Myer), he’s real quiet and he lets his play speak for itself.”Wilfrid-Laurier has posted a 2-2 record this season playing in the Ontario University Athletics West conference — not affiliated with the NCAA. Forward Derek Schoenmakers leads the Golden Hawks with three goals, but its defense suffers, allowing 4.25 goals per game.OSU ended last season at 6-2-1 in its final nine games. The Buckeyes ranked ninth in the nation in 2015-16 in goals scored. For success in his final season, senior defender Drew Brevig said the team made great progress mentally in the offseason which should contribute to a quick start.“I think the place we are at this year is better than we were last year,” Brevig said. “Our whole group is very close. We have one common goal so I think we are ready to go.” read more

Oprah promotes how awesome she thinks Surface is from an iPad

first_imgMicrosoft was probably thrilled that Oprah threw her considerable promotional weight behind their new Surface RT tablet. In a tweet from yesterday night, Oprah proclaimed her love for the Surface, stating she already bought 12 of Microsoft’s new tablet (and first computer) to hand out as Christmas gifts. She even put the Surface in her Favorite Things list of 2012 — sitting pretty at number 22 out of 49 — which is certainly significant support from the venerable talk show host.Unfortunately for Oprah (or whichever social media person/team runs her Twitter account), followers quickly noticed that her tweet in support of Microsoft’s new tablet was actually sent from the tablet’s biggest competitor, Apple’s iPad. Oops.Though embarrassing and somewhat avoidable, the tweet being sent from an iPad doesn’t necessarily mean Oprah prefers the iPad over the Surface RT; just because you bought a Wii U doesn’t mean you’ll never use a Sony or Microsoft console ever again. However, it’s still embarrassing.It doesn’t quite make things better for Microsoft but, in Oprah’s defense, Windows RT doesn’t have an official Twitter client yet. There are Twitter clients, but mainstream names like the official Twitter app and Tweetdeck are not available on the new version of Windows. You can find a lesser known app with some searching, but who has ever heard of MetroTwit?And Oprah’s (or Oprah’s social media team’s) Twitter client of choice? It was Twitter for iPad. The client pulls information about what device the user is operating and posts it for all to see, right next to the message.via Zagglast_img read more

Washougal superintendents arts background accessibility unique

first_imgWASHOUGAL — Whether it’s living in Germany as an exchange student, or taking over a school district heading into a summer of intense negotiations and a teacher strike, Mary Templeton takes the same approach.“You’re always looking for ways to connect authentically,” she said.As an exchange student, Templeton used her singing to feel at home, eventually becoming the lead singer in a German blues band called Ronnie Repro and the Rapid Access Band. She sang in English and German performing Eric Clapton covers to traditional German folk songs.When Templeton took over as superintendent of the Washougal School District in July, she walked into a situation with a fractured relationship between the district and teachers union, and that’s before negotiations for new contracts led to a six-day strike.“There was a lot of mistrust on both sides before Mary showed up,” said Eric Engebretson, president of the Washougal Association of Educators. “Communication was horrible. Tension was running high.”In 2017, the district and teachers were bargaining for a new contract. They reached an agreement, but the union membership voted against ratifying it. They reached a new deal a few weeks later. In January 2018, then-Superintendent Mike Stromme announced he was leaving Washougal after that school year to return to Vancouver Public Schools as the district’s associate superintendent for administrative services. In June, days before Stromme’s exit from the district, the teachers union announced 94 percent of members had passed a “vote of no confidence” on Stromme. The letter from the union said morale in the district was too low.last_img read more

NASA scrubs first allfemale spacewalk over suit sizing

first_img 5 NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond Originally posted March 25, 9:35 a.m. PT.Update, 3 p.m. : Adds details from NASA’s change-of-assignment announcement.Update, March 26: Adds information about spacesuit sizing and maintenance and NASA clarification on spacesuit availability on the ISS. NASA astronauts break out guitars for ISS space jam Watch as a Borg-like satellite zips by the ISS NASA Space We’ve seen your tweets about spacesuit availability for Friday’s spacewalk. To clarify, we have more than 1 medium size spacesuit torso aboard, but to stay on schedule with @Space_Station upgrades, it’s safer & faster to change spacewalker assignments than reconfigure spacesuits. pic.twitter.com/tPisBHaF2p— NASA (@NASA) March 26, 2019 ISS happenings Sci-Tech Comments 23 Photos What does it take to get ready for a #spacewalk? A LOT! Watch our EVA live tomorrow at 6:30 a.m ET: https://t.co/XruQSLUeYN pic.twitter.com/f3FZWZJEgz— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 21, 2019 This spacewalk would have been a quick turnaround for McClain, who took part in her first spacewalk this past Friday along with Hague. McClain and Hague worked on swapping out batteries and installing adapter plates.  The battery upgrades are scheduled to take place over a couple of years as new hardware arrives at the ISS.    NASA TV will kick off live coverage starting at 3:30 a.m. PT Friday. The actual spacewalk is expected to begin around 5:20 a.m. PT and will last about 6.5 hours. McClain is still set to take another spacewalk, but this time it’s scheduled for April 8 along with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques.  Tags “McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso — essentially the shirt of the spacesuit — fits her best,” NASA said. “Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it.”NASA tweeted a clarification about the spacesuits on Tuesday, noting that there’s more than one medium torso on the ISS, but that to stay on schedule “it’s safer and faster to change spacewalker assignments than reconfigure spacesuits.” There is no difference between a male or female’s suit, except that female astronauts usually require a smaller size, according to NASA. McClain posted a video to Twitter on March 21 explaining what goes into preparing a spacesuit for a spacewalk, a maintenance and cleaning process that starts about a month ahead of the actual event. Enlarge ImageNASA astronaut Anne McClain during her March 22 spacewalk. NASA It’s been 35 years since cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space when she stepped outside the Salyut 7 space station. We’re now going to have to wait longer for the first all-female spacewalk team.NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were originally scheduled to take a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, which would have made them the first all-female spacewalk team in history. But on Monday, NASA announced a change of assignments that will instead send astronaut Nick Hague out with Koch.Hague and Koch will continue work on a project to upgrade the ISS solar array battery storage system. They will swap out old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries.   Share your voicelast_img read more

Ecommerce giant Snapdeal to spend on logistics will speed up delivery

first_imgSnapdeal is all set to invest in logistics to enhance deliveries. The company, which is backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, will spend more on logistics to compete with Flipkart and Amazon’s Indian units, said the company’s co-founder Rohit Bansal.Availability of cheap smartphones and boom in the e-commerce industry has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for faster service deliveries. Online shopping is becoming a popular trend in the Indian subcontinent.”We have done over 10 acquisitions and investments in the last one year, almost all of them in the field of technology or supply chain and payments. With all these investments, we have been able to reduce our delivery times by 70% in the last one year,” Bansal told Reuters.One of the biggest challenges faced by the e-commerce industry is quick and efficient delivery systems. So far, Flipkart claims to be the most efficient company when it comes to delivery services.The Indian e-commerce sector is expected to grow exponentially to $220 billion in the value of goods sold by 2025, Bank of America Merill Lynch was quoted in a Reuters report as saying.Snapdeal is planning to expand its services further. Reportedly, it has spent $35 million to buy about 50% stake in GoJavas, a logistics service company.”With the rapidly increasing assortment and customers logging in from faraway areas, we are further strengthening our logistics to be able to cater to specific needs of our customers around the country. With the launch of Snapdeal in 11 regional languages in January 2016, we anticipate demand to significantly go up from previously untapped regions as well, making investments in logistics significantly important,” A Snapdeal spokesperson told IBTimes India via email.The company has managed to raise $500 million from a funding round led by China’s Alibaba, SoftBank and Foxconn in August, according to the Reuters report.Snapdeal’s rival Flipkart has announced the company will tie up with Viacom 18, a media company, to ease licensing for foreign brands, which would make their merchandise available to Indian sellers at a click, a Firstpost report stated.”Our latest initiative eases licensing process for foreign brands entering India and to offer branded merchandise to consumers at a click of a button,” Flipkart said in a statement.Relatedlast_img read more

15 small airports planned across Karnataka as state looks to boost air

first_imgAirport [Representational Image]TwitterThe Karnataka government is planning to expand air connectivity in the state by developing at least 15 small airports. The state government officials have been holding talks with the Airports Authorities of India (AAI) to expedite the process of developing the airports that are in accordance with the civil aviation ministry’s policy to support regional air connectivity.According to reports, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) would be set up by the Karnataka State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (KSIIDC) and AAI for the development of these airports. However, the locations of the new airports have not been ascertained yet. The move comes days after the new cabinet approved the development of a greenfield airport at Shivamogga, the hometown of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, at a cost of Rs 38 crore.The state government also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the AAI on Saturday (August 24) for the development, operation and maintenance of Kalaburagi airport. AAI signed an MoU with the Govt. of Karnataka for taking over Kalaburgi Airport.TwitterThe MoU was signed between Karnataka Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (KSIIDC), on behalf of the state government, and AAI in the presence of Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar, Kalaburagi MP Umesh Jadhav and others at Vidhana Soudha.Yediyurappa had submitted a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his availability in September for the inauguration of the project. The decision to construct new airports has not been welcomed by many, as questions regarding the airports that are still not utilised – Mysuru, Hubbali and Belagavi airports have been raised.But the move may breathe life into airport projects in Yelahanka, Kushalnagar, Chikkamagaluru, Karwar, Harihar, Ammasandra, Koppal, Ballari, Bidar, Hospet, Hassan, Jakkur, Kolar, Mysore (Mandacally), Raichur, Vidyanagar and Yadgiri, for which the state government had signed MoU in 2017.last_img read more

Second skyrmion phase found in Cu2OSeO3

first_img Explore further A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Germany has found a second skyrmion phase in a sample of Cu2OSeO3. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the group describes how they found the second phase and the implications of their results. Skyrmions are magnetic anomalies found in some materials. They appear as vortices with magnetic moments that rotate 360 degrees in a plane. They were first discovered approximately 10 years ago, and since that time, have been studied by scientists seeking the basis for a new type of electronic media storage—one that could pack much more data in a smaller space than today’s technology.Skyrmions have been found to exist in a wide variety of materials, the researchers note, but only within specific parameter ranges, such as temperature or field range. Such constraints have serious implications, the researchers also note, because of the impact they can have on their suitability for manufacturing purposes. Until now, such constraints have limited the phase of skyrmions to a single one for any given material, which has restricted their use as a data storage option. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have discovered a second skyrmion phase in one material. This finding, the researchers report, shows that at least some materials can have more than one phase, which greatly improves the outlook for using them as highly dense storage mediums. The new magnetic phase was discovered and studied at the instrument SANS-1 of the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II). Alfonso Chacon and Dr. Sebastian Mühlbauer adjust the detector. Credit: © Wenzel Schürmann / TUM © 2018 Phys.org a, Intensity patterns of the helical order (green) (a1), conical order (white) (a2), high-temperature skyrmion phase (HT-Skyrmion, orange) (a3), tilted conical order (grey) (a4), and low-temperature skyrmion phase (LT-Skyrmion, red) (a5). The blue-shaded surface and the grey-shaded plane describe the manifold of Q vectors and the scattering plane, respectively. The scattering condition is satisfied at the intersection of both (note the field direction with respect to the scattering plane). b, Magnetic phase diagram observed for ZFC/FH and field parallel to 〈111〉. The helical and the high-temperature skyrmion phase are shown in green and orange shading; the conical state is not colour shaded. c–e, Magnetic phase diagrams observed for ZFC/FH, FC, and HFC/FH, respectively, for field parallel to 〈100〉. A highly hysteretic skyrmion phase emerges for all protocols at low temperatures (red shading), initiated by a pronounced tilting of the conical state (grey shading), where the hatched shading represents coexistence. Credit: (c) Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0184-y Journal information: Nature Physics A single magnetic skyrmion detected at room temperature for the first timecenter_img A ‘skyrmion lattice’: a lattice of magnetic vortices — so-called skyrmions — exists also at low temperatures in the chiral magnet The arrows represent the direction of the local magnetization. Credit: © Markus Garst / TU Dresden Citation: Second skyrmion phase found in Cu2OSeO3 (2018, July 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-skyrmion-phase-cu2oseo3.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. The group notes that they found the second phase by accident—one of their team members was investigating the properties of Cu2OSeO3 when it was exposed to different temperatures. Further study revealed that the phase could be stabilized at the same time as the previously known first phase, but by another mechanism. They discovered it came to exist at a low temperature in a border area between a conical phase and a field polarized state. All it took was the application of a magnetic field along one axis. The researchers suggest their discovery offers hints that it might be easier to generate skyrmions than has been thought. If so, that might mean researchers could generate them in a wider variety of materials—perhaps some that are good candidates for storing data. But, they also note, more work needs to be done to see if a means exists for switching between the two phases. More information: A. Chacon et al. Observation of two independent skyrmion phases in a chiral magnetic material, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0184-y AbstractMagnetic materials can host skyrmions, which are topologically non-trivial spin textures. In chiral magnets with cubic lattice symmetry, all previously observed skyrmion phases require thermal fluctuations to become thermodynamically stable in bulk materials, and therefore exist only at relatively high temperature, close to the helimagnetic transition temperature. Other stabilization mechanisms require a lowering of the cubic crystal symmetry. Here, we report the identification of a second skyrmion phase in Cu2OSeO3 at low temperature and in the presence of an applied magnetic field. The new skyrmion phase is thermodynamically disconnected from the well-known, nearly isotropic, high-temperature phase, and exists, in contrast, when the external magnetic field is oriented along the 〈100〉 crystal axis only. Theoretical modelling provides evidence that the stabilization mechanism is given by well-known cubic anisotropy terms, and accounts for an additional observation of metastable helices tilted away from the applied field. The identification of two distinct skyrmion phases in the same material and the generic character of the underlying mechanism suggest a new avenue for the discovery, design and manipulation of topological spin textures.last_img read more

Franchising a good option for startups

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionMore and more people are looking to start up a company. With unemployment and underemployment at persistent high levels for middle classes in both developed and emerging economies, many people with a little money to invest are looking at self-employment as an alternative to those hard-to-find jobs. But how does a would-be-entrepreneur with limited experience in running a business maximize his or her chances of success? And once a small business gets established and wants to expand, how does an owner who doesn’t want to take on debt get capital for expansion? Franchising can be a very useful tool for addressing both of these dilemmas.The term franchising brings to mind giant chains like McDonald’s and Starbucks, or well-known rent-a-car and hotel brand names. But the concept can be applied to many well-organized small businesses. Franchising involves expanding a replicable business by packaging and selling the name and know-how to entrepreneurs who buy or rent franchise licenses and put up expansion capital unit by unit. Today’s dominant franchise chains often grew their businesses from humble beginnings.In Costa Rica, there is much institutional support for small and medium-sized start-ups, often referred to by the Spanish acronym PYMES, for which state banks have special lines of credit. But soft loans alone will not a successful start-up make. The Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce has looked into this matter in depth and sees franchising as promising enough to establish a special franchising promotion unit. On July 11, Karol Fallas, director of the chamber’s franchising project, presented interesting findings to the press at the chamber’s Barrio Tournón headquarters in northern San José.Statistics from the United States on franchising as a business model that greatly increases the chances of success are compelling: While only 23 percent of non-franchise, small-business start-ups survive 10 years in that country, fully 92 percent of franchise businesses last at least a decade. In Costa Rica, franchising started in 1970 with McDonald’s. The first significant native Costa Rican franchise was Musmanni bakeries, which started licensing expansion in 1985 and then went international. Now, the chamber identifies 221 franchise brands in Costa Rica, of which 183 (83 percent) are international and 38 (28 percent) are native (TT, May 19, 4).Franchising here is taking off. Since 2000, growth of franchise businesses in the country has consistently outpaced gross domestic product growth. The business model even thrived during a crisis in the 2009 economic year, growing 13 percent while the economy shrank 1 percent. At present, the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce is helping 12 small businesses to organize as franchises for expansion. A big part of success of local-company franchising is affordability for the franchise purchaser: 67 percent of Costa Rican franchise licenses cost less than $50,000, and only 7 percent cost more than $100,000. Restaurants and food services dominate Costa Rican franchising, with 50 percent of the market. The rest is a mixed bag, with activities as varied as mechanic shops, air conditioning, veterinary stores and education.On Aug. 30-31, the chamber will host a franchising fair at the Ramada Plaza Herradura Hotel, northwest of the capital. More than 60 franchises are already booked. For more information, see:  www.camara-comercio.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Study One in Three FHA Borrowers Could Save Money Refinancing

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News More than one in three homeowners with mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) could stand to save money by refinancing now that the agency has lowered its annual mortgage insurance premium, according to a study released by the Urban Institute (UI).As a result of last month’s 0.5 percentage point cut in premiums (bringing them down to 0.85 percent), UI researchers Karan Kaul, Laurie Goodman, and Jun Zhu estimate that roughly 2.4 million existing FHA borrowers could benefit by refinancing their mortgage at the lower premium.Ever since President Barack Obama first made the announcement of the reduction last month, economists have tried to calculate the number of potential refinancers who could benefit, particularly since that activity is a key driver of FHA’s premium revenues and of the health of the agency’s insurance fund, which has been light in recent years as a result of the housing meltdown.The team came to that total by taking the pool of existing FHA loans—about 6.6 million—and removing about 2.2 million with characteristics that make unable or less than ideal for refinancing. Those groups include loans originated prior to June 1, 2009 (which are eligible for FHA’s lower-rate Streamlined Refinance program); delinquent and modified loans; and mortgages with terms of 15 years or less, for which the premium cut does not apply.Out of the remaining 4.4 million borrowers, the group made three separate estimates for expected refinance candidates based on how many can afford the initial costs of refinancing and how many would benefit measurably from the savings:Conservative borrowers: Looking at just those homeowners who would wait until their annual savings (including the new interest rate and reduced premium) hits 1 percent, the researchers calculate that roughly 1.7 million borrowers could save money by refinancing.Aggressive borrowers: At a more aggressive 0.5 percent savings threshold, the group says as many as three million borrowers could save. That estimate, however, comes with the note that “very few borrowers … would find refinancing cost effective at the 0.5 percent threshold.”The base estimate: Reasoning that most borrowers would save at a 0.75 percent threshold, the pool comes in at about 2.4 million who could lower their mortgage payments appreciably.Even working within that wide range, the team notes that there are a few unknowns that will likely creep into market demand for FHA refinances, including changes in mortgage rates—whether observed or simply anticipated.”If a large number of borrowers decide to wait in anticipation of even lower rates in the future, that would further reduce refinance volumes,” they wrote. “Given what we know today, however, one in three FHA borrowers could certainly lower their monthly payments by refinancing.” February 16, 2015 562 Views Study: One in Three FHA Borrowers Could Save Money Refinancingcenter_img FHA Mortgage Insurance Refinances Urban Institute 2015-02-16 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Waikiki Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgWaikiki, Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSpaHalekulani, an innovative spa that has long been celebrated for transporting guests through a cultural journey to uncover the mystical cultures of Asia, Hawaii and the South Pacific, has unveiled Waianuhea. The new and unique treatment draws upon the healing waters of Gray’s Beach, or Kawehewehe, which fronts Halekulani, and has served as a place of spiritual and physical healing to Hawaiian culture through the generations. Guests are invited to experience two-and-a-half hours of restoration by utilizing the distinct properties of the ocean to cleanse the body and soul.“Waianuhea translates to ‘cool, soft fragrant water’ and is inspired by the history of Kawehewehe. The scent of Waianuhea is reminiscent of old Hawaii, when one closed one’s eyes and enjoyed the fragrance of Night Blooming Jasmine and ocean spray that permeated the night,” says Lena Mossman, Director of SpaHalekulani. “Each element included in the Waianuhea journey utilizes long savored properties that cleanse and restore guests.”Waianuhea begins with SpaHalekulani’s Signature Foot Pounding Ritual, which stimulates circulation in the feet, and is followed by a Salt Water Footbath. The Salt Water Footbath cleanses the body physically and spiritually by utilizing pa’akai, more commonly known as Hawaiian salt.The experience continues with a Pa’akai ‘salt’ Ocean Scrub scented with Night Blooming Jasmine and infused with the healing properties of Limu Kala seaweed. Pa’akai Ocean Scrub exfoliates and purifies the skin for a rejuvenating glow. Waianuhea is completed with a Hawaiian Lomi-inspired massage that uses the energetic cleansing power of ocean shells to assist in clearing blocked Mana “Lifeforce” through the body and spirit. Individuals can also take Waianuhea home with them in the form of a token of appreciation from SpaHalekulani.Waianuhea is available as an a la carte experience for $420 at SpaHalekulani. In addition, for 2011 the treatment will be included as a centerpiece in Halekulani’s Romance Renewed offering, inviting couples to take advantage of the iconic hotel’s world-class service and amenities while revitalizing their passion in paradise. Starting at $3,200, Romance Renewed includes a four night stay in either an Ocean View Room or an Ocean Front Room highlighting the most memorable views of the Pacific Ocean. Along with the Waianuhea treatment for two, guests also enjoy complimentary breakfast throughout the duration of their stay along with dinner for two at Orchids on the couple’s night of choice.www.halekulani.comlast_img read more

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