Petrochemical growth spurt expected despite rising desire for fewer plastics

first_imgCapital spending on industrial chemical industry projects in Canada this year is expected to jump by 65 per cent to $1.9 billion, the highest since $2.2 billion in 2014 and third-highest in a decade, according to a year-end members survey by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, which represents producers of 75 per cent of the country’s chemical products by value.Employment is expected to rise by about four per cent or 640 jobs to 17,670.The growth is coming despite rising concern over single-use plastics. Many jurisdictions are banning plastic straws and grocery bags in reaction to scenes like the great Pacific Ocean floating garbage island between Hawaii and California and dead and dying sea creatures.“Yes, we need plastics. What we want is to stop wasting plastics,” said Keith Brooks, programs director for Environmental Defence, who says voluntary initiatives by industry aren’t good enough.His organization is calling for a national strategy with performance standards and tougher enforcement to get Canada to zero plastic waste by 2025.Capital spending in Canada this year will come mainly from construction already underway on two projects to turn petrochemicals produced with natural gas into plastic pellets: Inter Pipeline Ltd.’s $3.5-billion polypropylene project in central Alberta and the $2-billion expansion of Nova Chemicals Corp.’s polyethylene plant at Sarnia, Ont. Meanwhile, a final investment decision is expected soon on a $4-billion polypropylene project by a joint venture of Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. and a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corp., eligible for $300 million in royalty credits under the 2016 Alberta program.“Our made-in-Alberta plan means new projects must do the right thing for the environment, and by upgrading more here at home instead of shipping our raw product south of the border, we reduce emissions and ensure Alberta is among the most responsible and lowest emissions petrochemical producers in the world,” provincial Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said in a statement.David Chappell, senior vice-president of petrochemical development for Inter Pipeline, wouldn’t say if the company has applied for further government funding, but conceded it would be “crazy” not to consider it.“Even in a low-carbon future, you’re going to see huge demand for petrochemicals and that’s good for the future of Alberta and the oil and gas industry,” he said.Canadian petrochemical expansions are dwarfed by the activity south of the border.A total of 333 new U.S. chemical industry projects using shale gas had been announced as of September, according to the American Chemistry Council. Those projects account for US$202 billion in new capital investment and are expected to create 431,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2025.In both Canada and the U.S., the main driver of growth is an ample and inexpensive supply of natural gas-based feedstocks like methane, ethane and propane that can be transformed into chemical building blocks such as methanol, ammonia, ethylene and propylene, said Stephen Zinger, senior vice-president, chemicals, at consultancy Wood Mackenzie.Provincial and federal government supports, and Ottawa’s recent decision to allow a 100 percent accelerated capital cost allowance for new investments, are being noticed by investors, said Bob Masterson, CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.“Where for most of the last decade the global chemistry community has just bypassed Canada … now we’re back on the radar. We’ve got the resource, we’ve got the people and now we’re starting to see the favourable investment conditions at the provincial and federal level,” he said.The Canadian industry is well aware of its environmental reputation.The CIAC supports a target of 100 percent of plastics packaging to be either reusable, recyclable or recovered by 2040 (and 100 percent to be recyclable or recoverable by 2030), although it acknowledges it can’t accomplish that without the co-operation of manufacturers, regulators and the general public.On Wednesday, Nova Chemicals announced it was one of 30 founding members of the International Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which is making a combined initial commitment of US$1 billion to find ways over the next five years to eliminate plastic waste in the environment.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The former is to receive $200 million in royalty credits under a 2016 Alberta NDP government program _ the latter is backed by $100 million through Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund and $35 million from Ottawa’s Strategic Investment Fund.“On a global basis, as all jurisdictions are trying to attract investment, the governments at various levels, federal, state and provincial, play a role,” said Nova CEO Todd Karran in an interview.He said it’s always been so, the company’s $1-billion polyethylene expansion at its central Alberta complex, opened in 2016, benefited from a multimillion-dollar provincial royalty credit program created by a Progressive Conservative government to spur new sources of ethane to remedy a shortage of feedstock.Last year, Alberta announced two programs worth $2.1 billion in royalty credits, grants and loans to encourage investments in petrochemical feedstock and manufacturing facilities. Winning bids are expected to be announced soon.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Canada’s slow-growing petrochemical industry is headed for its biggest surge of expansion spending in five years in 2019, thanks in large part to incentive programs by federal and provincial governments.The government support has angered environmental groups who point out that almost 90 percent of plastics used in this country wind up as litter or in landfills.But it’s welcomed by the industry as a necessary factor if Canada is to keep up with its competitors in the United States.last_img read more

15 polling stations in Mizoram for tribal refugees

first_imgAgartala/Aizawl: The Election Commission will set up 15 special polling stations at Kanhmun village along the Mizoram-Tripura border to help tribal refugees living in relief camps in Tripura exercise their franchise for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram, officials said on Friday. The tribal refugees, however, have yet to decide whether they would go to Kanhmun village to cast their votes. There are around 12,000 eligible voters, from among the 35,000 tribal immigrants from Mizoram, sheltered in northern Tripura’s seven relief camps in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions for the past 22 years after they fled from Mizoram in the wake of communal tensions. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Like last year’s Assembly elections, the Election Commission has decided to set up 15 special polling stations at Kanhmun village to facilitate voting by the tribal refugees during the Lok Sabha polls in Mizoram,” Kanchanpur Sub-Divisional Magistrate Abeda Nanda Baidya told IANS on the phone. He said: “The North Tripura district administration would arrange vehicles and security to help these tribals to cast their votes in these 15 special polling stations on April 11.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Meanwhile, the NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of major civil society and student organisations, had earlier threatened to agitate if special arrangements were made for the tribal refugee voters to cast their votes in the special polling stations, instead of the normal polling stations in different districts of Mizoram. A delegation of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), the refugees’ apex body, would meet the Election Commission in Delhi next week demanding setting up of polling stations inside the seven relief camps “It would be very difficult for the aged, ailing and pregnant women to travel on an average of 35 km to Kanhmun village to cast votes. A three member MBDPF delegation would meet the Election Commission early next week to persuade the commission to accept our demands,” Bruno Msha, General Secretary of MBDPF, told IANS. Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra said in Aizawl that as per the Election Commission’s directives, 15 polling stations – nine for Mamit district and three each for Kolasib and Lunglei districts – would be set up at the Mizoram-Tripura border village. Kundra said that he is in close touch with the Tripura CEO regarding the logistical support to the refugee voters. He said that he will send a team to Tripura to discuss the arrangements. Meanwhile, following an agreement signed in Delhi in July 2018, foodgrain and other relief supplies to the Reang tribal immigrants was to be stopped from October 1, 2018, to compel the tribal refugees to return to their respective villages in Mizoram. However, following an appeal by the refugees, the supply was extended twice by the Union Home Ministry first till March 31 and then again till September 30. “A Home Ministry letter to the Chief Secretaries of Tripura and Mizoram said that the refugees have to be repatriated by September 30. Free rations and other facilities will be stopped then,” an official of Tripura’s Revenue and Relief department said.last_img read more

Vietnam woman in Kim assassination to walk free

first_imgShah Alam: A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Doan Thi Huong welcomed the “fair sentence” after the judge handed down the verdict in a Malaysian court, where she has been on trial for the murder of Kim Jong Nam with a nerve agent. Huong was sentenced her to three years and four months in jail from her arrest in February 2017. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut her legal team said that with usual sentence reductions, she would be released next month. “In the first week of May, she will go home,” lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik told reporters in the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur. The decision came after authorities last month rejected a request for her murder charge to be dropped — a shock decision after the attorney-general agreed to withdraw the charge against her Indonesian co-defendant, Siti Aisyah. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBoth women had always denied murder, saying they were tricked by North Korean spies into carrying out the assassination that shocked the world, and believed it was a prank for a reality TV show. Huong then pleaded guilty to a new charge which said she had “purposely caused injury” to Kim by employing “dangerous means” in attacking him with VX at Kuala Lumpur airport, rather than the original murder charge which carries a mandatory death penalty. Huong told reporters: “I’m happy, this is a fair sentence.” “This is a fair judgement, I thank the Malaysian government and the Vietnamese government,” she added. When she is released, it will mean that no one is facing murder charges for the February 2017 killing of Kim Jong Un’s estranged relative, who was once considered heir apparent to the North Korean leadership until he fell out of favour. South Korea accuses the North of ordering the hit, a claim vehemently denied by Pyongyang. The women’s lawyers presented them as scapegoats and said the real masterminds were four North Koreans accused alongside them, who fled Malaysia shortly after the assassination. There were dramatic scenes when Huong’s initial bid for immediate release was rejected last month — she sobbed in the dock and had to be helped out of court by two police officers. Vietnam reacted angrily to the decision, and started stepping up pressure on Malaysia to free Huong. A murder conviction carries a mandatory penalty of death by hanging in Malaysia. The government vowed last year to scrap capital punishment but recently indicated that it might backtrack.last_img read more

RSS helping Congress candidates CM

first_imgBeldanga/Bhagabangola (Murshidabad): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee urged people to cast their votes against the BJP to punish Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his misdeeds and at one breath, alleged that the RSS is backing Congress candidates in Berhampore and Murshidabad constituencies. She reiterated that the BJP will not get more than 70 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.She addressed two rallies at Beldanga under Berhampore and Bhagabangola under Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats on Monday. In 2014 polls, Adhir Chowdhury of the Congress was elected from Berhampore by 3.85 lakh votes and Badrudduja Khan of CPI(M) won the Murshidabad seat by over 18,000 votes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”In the past five years, Modi has not done anything for the good of this country. He has only divided the nation and the economic condition of the country has gone down. Under these circumstances, cast your vote against the BJP to punish Modi for his misdeeds,” she said. Banerjee alleged that the RSS is backing the Congress candidate in Berhampore and Jangipur. Without naming Adhir Chowdhury, the sitting MP from Berhampore and Abhijit Mukherjee, the sitting MP from Jangipur, she said: “RSS workers are backing the Congress candidates in both these constituencies. CPI(M) is also backing the candidate in Berhampore constituency. The Congress, CPI(M) and BJP have inked secret deal to back the Congress in Murshidabad,” she said, adding “RSS preaches Hinduism in the Hindu dominated areas and talk about the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Bill in the Muslim-dominated areas.” It may be mentioned that the CPI(M) is openly backing Chowdhury in Berhampore against the RSP candidate Id Mohammad. CPI(M) cadres holding red flags are shouting slogans for Chowdhury. Continued on P7last_img read more

Dog owners more likely to meet weekly exercise goals

first_imgDog owners are estimated to be four times more likely than their peers to meet recommended physical activity guidelines, according to a study that highlights the role that dogs may have in helping to keep humans healthy. It is recommended that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. Dog ownership is expected to encourage physical activity, but it has been unclear whether this effect occurs in all members of a dog-owning household, or whether dog walking replaces other forms of exercise. Dr Carri Westgarth from University of Liverpool in the UK assessed the self-reported physical activity of 385 households. Dog owners walk more frequently and for longer periods than non-dog owners, according to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Moreover, dog walking in this population is undertaken in addition to, and not instead of, other physical activities. The effects of dog ownership on physical activity levels in the UK reported in the present study are greater than those reported in previous studies of North American and Australian populations. The study suggests that these discrepancies may be due to social and climatic differences.last_img read more

Heavy rain likely in coastal Bengal as Fani gathers steam

first_imgKolkata: The cyclone ‘Fani’, which is currently located over Bay of Bengal at 1,170 km Southwest of the city, is expected to gain strength in the next 24 hours and likely to bring heavy showers in the coastal districts of Bengal.The state government has already issued an alert asking fishermen not to voyage into the sea from May 2 and those who have already sailed have been asked to return within the evening of May 1 as a strong wind is set to hit the South Bengal districts on May 2. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state government has also asked the East Midnapore district administration to take adequate preventive measures in this regard. Senior administrative officials of the district issued instructions saying that a strong vigil will be conducted on the beaches of Digha, Mandarmani and other coastal areas, to ensure that no visitors bathe in the sea on May 2 and May 3 as it will remain turbulent. The district administration has also asked all the fishing organisations not to sail any fishing boats during this period. All watersports activities in beaches will be shut down in the wake of the cyclonic storm as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore said heavy rainfall will lash various South Bengal districts, including the city, between May 3 and 4. The districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Jhargram, Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. On May 2 there may be light rainfall in the coastal districts. A gusty wind with an average speed of 60-85 km/h will be sweeping through various South Bengal districts on May 3 and 4. In some coastal areas, the wind speed may go up to 100 km/h. Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, deputy director general of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, said on Tuesday: “The cyclone ‘Fani’ will intensify in the next 24 hours, as a result of which various South Bengal districts will receive heavy rainfall along with strong wind. Some of the North Bengal districts will also witness rainfall and strong breeze. The cyclone will initially advance in the Northwest direction and take a sudden turn towards Northeast on May 1.” It may be mentioned here that the city and various South Bengal districts have been facing a hot and humid spell for quite some time. Until recently, there was no system in the region that could trigger a thunderstorm. Warm winds have been blowing into Gangetic Bengal from Northwest and Central India, leading to a heat-wave like condition in Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum and Jhargram.last_img read more

Air India has 20 planes grounded for repair

first_imgMumbai: Flag carrier Air India has been forced to ground as many as 20 of its 127 fleet of aircraft, comprising both wide-body as well as single-aisle, as it does not have the funds to replace their engines, a senior official has said. The debt-ridden AI, surviving on public doles, needs at least Rs 1,500 crore to get new engines for these planes, and with has no funds coming in, these planes are unlikely to resume operations any soon, the official explained. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe loss-making carrier has a fleet of 127 planes of which 45 are Boeing wide-bodies (27 B787s and 18 B777s) and cater to the long-haul and ultra-long haul international routes, and the rest are narrow-body Airbus A320s. “As many as 20 of our planes are out of operations since late last year due to engine issues. That means almost 16 percent of our fleet is down. These planes have to be fitted with new engines, which will require around Rs 1,500 crore,” the official said. Of these, 14 are A320s, four are B787-800s (Dreamliners) and the remaining two are B777s he said. The official said the airline has been trying to get them back into operations with new engines, since late last year.last_img read more

Its a victory of Freedom of Expression Producer Anand Pandit

first_imgMumbai: Even as the controversy rages over the biggest biopic of 2019 – PM Narendra Modi, the makers have cleared all hurdles and announced April 11th as the new date for the release of the film. Commenting on this development, producer and distributor of the film, Anand Pandit, “Now there should be no doubt on what the film is. It is a cinematic product. Those who have questioned the film and asked for a ban on it are the ones who have tried to stifle freedom of expression. Isn’t it hypocritical that the very people who criticise when other films are banned are now calling for a ban on PM Narendra Modi.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Anand Pandit along with the rest of the team have been fighting one battle after the next – from the Election Commission to the courts but finally the film is ready for release. With a smile, Anand Pandit says, “Now the verdict will be with the people who I personally believe are interested in this inspiring film of an inspiring leader. We plan to release it across 38 countries.” The biopic PM Modi will show the journey of Narendra Damodar Modi from his humble beginnings to his years as Chief Minister onto his landmark win at the 2014 election and finally being nominated as the Prime Minister of India. The film has been shot across Gujarat, Uttarakhand and other parts of the country. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up Produced by Sandip Ssingh, Anand Pandit, Acharya Manish Grover and Suresh Oberoi and directed by biopic maestro Omung Kumar, this much-anticipated biopic comprising an ensemble cast has versatile actor Vivek Anand Oberoi in and as ‘PM Narendra Modi’. Anand Pandit is a producer with a prolific list of films. Having associated with films like ‘Total Dhamaal, ‘Baazaar’. The filmmaker has also been associated with ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’, ‘Satyameva Jayate’, ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’, ‘Sarkar 3’ and ‘Missing’.last_img read more

The Odds Of Winning The Indianapolis Colts Weather Challenge

Football season is nearly here, which for many of us means that weekend productivity is about to hit an annual low. Every so often teams will put on contests for tickets or merchandise, but one NFL team is engaging fans in a different way this year. The Indianapolis Colts are offering half a million dollars to whoever can accurately predict the outdoor kickoff temperature for the team’s 20 games, from the preseason through the end of the regular season.Entries are due Thursday at 12:01 p.m. EDT. On top of submitting temperatures, you also need to correctly predict whether the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will be open for each home game. And if one of the Colts’ late-season Sunday games is “flexed” to a different time slot, the forecasted temperature you submit needs to reflect that changed kickoff time. Get a single temperature or roof position wrong, and you’re eliminated from contention.My initial reaction to this contest was similar to Carl Reiner’s character’s expression of overwhelming doubt about a plan to rob a casino in “Ocean’s Eleven.” The best public example of a foray into long-range weather forecasting has been done by AccuWeather, which provides 45-day forecasts. However, according to more than one accuracy test, these forecasts have struggled and certainly wouldn’t win AccuWeather $500,000 from the Colts.So is it even possible for anyone to do this perfectly? And if so, just how lucky would that person have to be?One of the best ways to forecast weather far into the future is to use climatology as a guide. Unfortunately, in a contest where you need to be perfect, not just close, climatology can only help so much. But you can at least narrow down the possibilities. Using the weather data archive on Weather Underground, as well as from the Midwest Regional Climate Center, I collected the temperatures at kickoff time from 1984 to 2013 for the dates and sites of the 20 Colts games this season.1The stadiums and the nearest weather observation stations are below:Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) – Indianapolis International AirportMetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey) – Newark Liberty AirportPaul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati) – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International AirportMile High Stadium (Denver) – Buckley Air Force Base (Aurora, Colorado) for 1984-1995 and Denver International Airport for 1996-2013EverBank Field (Jacksonville, Florida) – Jacksonville International AirportNRG Stadium (Houston) – Hobby AirportHeinz Field (Pittsburgh) – Pittsburgh International AirportFirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland) – Cleveland Hopkins AirportAT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) – Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportLP Field (Nashville, Tennessee) – Nashville International Airport Let’s start by addressing temperatures: How much volatility and variability are we dealing with?We can look at each week to see what the spread in observed temperatures has been since 1984. Then, assuming we want to avoid forecasting extreme temperatures as a way to improve our odds, we can also look at the 25th, 50th (or median) and 75th percentiles to narrow down our choices to a more realistic range:A few things stand out: Both the ranges and the boxes tend to get larger as you go deeper into the football season. Temperatures in the summer tend to be a bit more stable than in the fall and winter. Because the jet stream has retreated far enough north in the warm season, you have fewer cold fronts to contend with, and there’s more moisture in the atmosphere. All of this can generally reduce the range of temperatures in the summertime. As the season progresses, the spread in observed temperatures expands. The games on Sept. 21 in Jacksonville, Florida, and Oct. 9 in Houston are the most notable exceptions. Thanks to their southern latitude, those cities still tend to be in a summer-type pattern in early fall, keeping local temperatures a little more stable.Dallas, the site of the Dec. 21 game, has the most volatility at kickoff time of any place where the Colts will play this season. The High Plains tend to see some incredible temperature swings in the fall and winter.So what are the odds of a perfect temperature forecast? The best approach is to guess that this year’s temperature will match the historical average from our 30-year sample. By looking at the standard deviation in the historical sample, we can estimate how likely this year’s temperature is to exactly match the historical average, rounded to the nearest whole number.Getting even one day’s temperature exactly right is quite challenging. Even for the Sept. 21 game in Jacksonville, Florida, which historically has a relatively narrow temperature range, your chances are only about 10 percent. And for the Dec. 21 game in Dallas, which has volatile temperatures that time of year, the chances are just 3 percent. And, of course, it’s even more difficult to get the kickoff temperatures right for all 20 games. The chances are just 1 in 248 septillion.2An alternative method is to narrow things down to the most common outcomes, between the 25th and 75th percentiles of temperatures for our dates, and assume that the temperature will fall at some random integer between those numbers half of the time (the other half of the time, by definition, it will fall outside the 25th to 75th percentile range). This yields an almost identical estimate: one chance in 261 septillion of getting all 20 temperatures right.)By comparison, you have a much greater chance — 1 in 9.2 quintillion — of predicting a perfect bracket for the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and that’s before you improve your odds with the statistics and knowledge of each matchup.Oh, wait. You also have to forecast the Lucas Oil Stadium roof position for each Colts home game. The basic rules are that the roof is closed when precipitation is in the area, wind gusts exceed 40 mph, or the temperature drops below 40 degrees.3To calculate the odds of whether the roof would be closed, I looked at the weather data going back to 1984 to see whether it was raining or snowing in the two to three hours before kickoff, and the three to four hours after kickoff. I also looked at the historical temperatures and reviewed whether the roof — had it existed all these years — would have been closed that day. I then calculated the percentage of times the roof would have been closed over the 30 years. This, of course, is all subject to weather forecasts and a human element. In other words, even if the forecast is wrong, it may be enough to justify keeping the roof closed.And if you haven’t had enough by now, let’s answer this question about flex scheduling. Is it worth it to even bother trying to figure that out? The NFL can “flex” a Sunday game into a different time slot, starting at week five.Since the Dallas Cowboys have already punched their playoff ticket, let’s look at both flexing scenarios for their game with the Colts on Dec. 21. While it’s unlikely the 3:25 p.m. start time will be flexed to 12:00 p.m., the chart at left shows the possibilities.Because the variation in temperature is so small, it probably doesn’t benefit you much to worry about the flex scheduling aspect. At best, you’ll improve your odds a minute fraction.Given the immense number of options that exist in this contest, Colts fans will need more than Andrew Luck on their side if they wish to win. Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar NCAA bracket challenge looks easy by comparison, and offers a much better payoff!My entry in the Colts’ Half A Million Dollar Weather Challenge is below:4The entry I submitted to the contest is different from the one presented here. In this one, I made a few minor tweaks based on better data, but unfortunately I was limited to one entry so I couldn’t resubmit this. read more

Winter sports recap Laczynski wins gold womens basketball first in Big Ten

Laczynski skates against a Finnish defender in the 2016 USA evaluation camp. Credit: Courtesy of USA HockeyWhile students were away from campus and taking a break from classes post-Fall Semester, there were still several teams in competition during the break. The featured event was the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve in Glendale, Arizona, where the No. 3 Ohio State football team took on No. 2 Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal.In the end, 2016 delivered one more punch to the gut of Buckeye Nation before the clock struck midnight as the Buckeyes were embarrassed 31-0. Thus, prompting a change in direction on offense with the hiring of a quarterbacks coach and the expected hiring of former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson for OSU’s offensive coordinator in 2017, first reported by Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.Spring Semester has begun, so here’s a recap of news across OSU athletics.Tanner Laczynski wins goldBefore break, OSU men’s hockey freshman forward Tanner Laczynski was invited to tryout for the United States hockey junior team ahead of the World Junior Championships in Canada. Laczynski made the team and contributed to a 7-0 record and a gold medal in the games.Team USA beat Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout in the gold medal match after falling behind twice by two goals at 2-0 and 4-2. Laczynski played in all seven games and scored a goal against Slovakia in the preliminary round.While Laczynski was away from the team, No. 11 OSU lost to Miami (Ohio) at home, then split a series with No. 2 Penn State, winning the first, 3-0, and losing the second, 4-2. The Buckeyes are now ranked No. 10 in the country.OSU hosts Arizona State for two games this weekend.Five Buckeyes declare for NFL draftJunior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown and junior H-back Curtis Samuel all announced their intentions to forgo their remaining eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.OSU starting quarterback redshirt junior J.T. Barrett is returning to the Buckeyes, along with defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore has yet to announce his intentions to return to or depart from the program.Men’s volleyball begins title defenseThe top-ranked OSU men’s volleyball team began its season this past weekend, raising the 2016 national championship banner at St. John Arena. OSU faced off against the University of Southern California Trojans and the UCLA Bruins.In the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, OSU beat USC and No. 2 UCLA 3-1. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes with 28 kills, hitting .340. The reigning National Player of the Year also had 11 digs and three blocks. Senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson had 27 kills in two games.OSU hosts George Mason on Tuesday.Men’s basketball sliding fastFollowing a 13-point loss to then-No. 2 UCLA, the OSU men’s basketball team won two nonconference games against Youngstown State and UNC Asheville. On New Year’s Day the OSU men’s basketball team started Big Ten play at Illinois, needing victories to put itself in the NCAA tournament picture. Coach Thad Matta’s team lost in Champaign, Illinois, then dropped a close game to then-No. 20 Purdue, 76-75 at home. On Sunday night, the Buckeyes lost by 10 at Minnesota, beginning 0-3 in Big Ten play.OSU is now 10-6 with no signature wins and will be going forward without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who is one of the most versatile players on the team. Bates-Diop averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in over 23 minutes this season. He is undergoing a season-ending surgery this week on a stress fracture to his shin.Next up for OSU is a showdown in Madison, Wisconsin at the 18th-ranked Badgers. The Buckeyes then return home for a Sunday game against Michigan State.WrestlingThe No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in conference with a win against No. 17 Wisconsin on Jan. 6. Bo Jordan, Myles Martin, Nathan Tomasello, Kollin Moore, Micah Jordan and Luke Pletcher all won their matches in a 23-15 team victory.OSU hits the mat next on Sunday at Illinois.Women’s basketballThe No. 11 OSU women’s basketball team slugged through a tough nonconference schedule, which featured games at No. 1 Connecticut, a neutral-site game against No. 2 Baylor and home games against No. 14 Miami (FL) and No. 5 South Carolina. Since classes broke, OSU has earned a 4-0 Big Ten record and sits alone in first place.Last time out, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 26 points in a 96-87 win over Michigan. The National Player of the Year candidate ranks sixth in the NCAA averaging 23 points per game. Mitchell currently ranks fourth all-time in career scoring at OSU with 2,110 points. Jantel Lavender is the all-time leader with 2,818 points.OSU plays at Michigan State on Tuesday.Women’s hockeyAfter ending the first half of the season with two consecutive blowout losses to No. 1 Wisconsin, the Buckeyes regrouped for two wins against Penn State on Jan. 6 and 7. OSU outscored the Nittany Lions 11-0 over the two games.Six different players scored for OSU in its 6-0 victory on Saturday to improve the Scarlet and Gray to 10-10-2 in 2016-17. Under the direction of first-year coach Nadine Muzerall, the OSU defense has improved to No. 4 in penalty kill and No. 13 overall.OSU next plays Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

Joey Bosa adds to trophy haul with Big Ten Defensive Player of

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named the Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, a day after he was named the conference’s top defensive lineman.Bosa — who is already a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award — leads the Buckeyes with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss this season. Those numbers put him atop the Big Ten in both categories, and in the top five nationally.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14 in a season. Bosa has also totaled 46 tackles this season to go with four forced fumbles and three additional quarterback hits.Bosa was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week after the Buckeyes defeated Penn State in double overtime. He sacked Nittany Lion sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on the final play of the second extra period to seal the win.In addition to his pair of individual awards, Bosa was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote on Monday.He is the first Buckeye to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year since John Simon in 2012. Overall, Bosa is the seventh OSU player to win the award.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Mexicos interim coach downplays Miazga incident

first_imgUSA’s Matt Miazga confronted Mexico’s Diego Lainez and mocked his stature during the 1-0 victory for the United StatesWith the scoreboard 0-0, the United States and Mexico seem like they would draw on the Tuesday friendly.But at the 64th-minute mark, Mexico’s Diego Lainez and United States’ Matt Miazga confronted each other.And the 1.93 meters Nantes’ player made fun of Lainez’ 1.67 meters height, which made El Tri’s players’ blood boil.But for interim coach Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti, the incident is not important.“The [incident] with the two-meter center-back and the beloved little [Lainez] will be useful to him,” Ferretti said to reporters as quoted by ESPN.“He’ll remember it the rest of his life and it’ll help him.”Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…What Ferretti suggested is that instead of focusing on this incident, his players need to be polished as they lost focus.After the incident, Angel Zaldivar saw a red card in the 67th minute, leaving the USA with advantage.The Americans took the opportunity and scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute.MATT MIAZGA LOVES US SHOWED IT BY PROVIDING THE GOOCH STARE DOWN FOR THIS GENERATION— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) September 12, 2018last_img read more

Marcelo Its obvious Ronaldo is missed at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid full-back Marcelo admits Cristiano Ronaldo is missed at the club after a difficult start to the seasonThe Portuguese superstar left Real in the summer for Juventus after a trophy and goal-laden nine years.While Ronaldo has since excelled in the Serie A, Real have struggled to adapt to life without their record goalscorer leading the attack.Los Blancos have already lost five of their opening 15 La Liga games this season and suffered their biggest ever European home defeat to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday at 3-0.Marcelo reckons it should come as no surprise to anyone that Real would miss the world’s greatest player, but added that the Spanish giants will always go strong regardless of who comes and goes.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He is a player who as well as being my team-mate is my friend, as he is with Sergio [Ramos] and Luka [Modric],” Marcelo told Club del Deportista.“It’s obvious that when the best player in the world isn’t in your team you’re going to miss him.“But I don’t want to say that we don’t have the best players in the world in every position.“Any team would like to have Cristiano with them, but Madrid will continue to be Madrid despite players coming and going.”Real will host 19th-place side Rayo Vallecano today at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga with kick-off set for 18:30 (CET).last_img read more

Methodist Church Conference 205th edition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 19, 2017 – The Methodist Church is gearing up for a major meeting, 205 years of the Bahamas & Turks and Caicos Islands Conference and yesterday plans were announced.Bishop Theophilus Rolle, as President of the Methodist Conference says the theme for the 205th BTCI Conference is “ Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of H.O.P.E. the acronym for Healing, Opportunity for Positive Expectations.center_img #MagneticNewsMedialast_img read more

Update 50 yearold male shot and robbed at Resorts lobby

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have arrested two men, a 23 year old on suspicion of Robbery and a 35 year old on suspicion of Conspiracy to Rob. These arrests are in connection with a robbery that occurred at a resort on Saturday 4th March 2017 in the Lower Bight area of Providenciales.Around 2: 29am, Police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where the victim was met and told officers that he caught a ride from the Casino and as he exited the vehicle at his hotel he was approached by three masked men who demanded money. The culprits stabbed and shot him before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The victim’s condition is improving and he is still in the hospital.If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 338-5901/941-8067 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

The New Backbone of Content and Marketing Data

first_imgData, for example, is the backbone of programmatic ad buying—the antithesis of native or more custom ad solutions that are becoming so popular lately, but growing rapidly nonetheless.  A recent report by eMarketer notes that 70 percent of marketers are already doing some form of programmatic buying.And while publishers worry that programmatic ad buying will eat into their ability to maintain premium CPM pricing and direct sales relationships, some have jumped feet-first into the game.Hearst, Condé Nast and, more recently, IDG have all launched private ad exchanges that offer RTB (real time bidding) ad models. And in every one of these cases, it should be noted, they’re also providing organized native advertising services on the other end of the spectrum.“That’s where you see media companies moving aggressively toward,” says Michael Friedenberg, president and CEO of IDG Enterprise. “Coupling premium data services with programmatic.”Linking Data ProductsBut in other areas of b-to-b publishing, companies are combining the data they collect from audience demographics, purchasing behavior and engagement with dedicated market research to form powerful connections between audience action and trend data.Summit Business Media, which serves the financial services, legal and insurance markets, has the usual media setup—print, digital, live events—for its various brands, but also has a data products group that conducts a large amount of research on the verticals it tracks.Key to Summit’s strategy is connecting the audience data from its media products with the data that comes out of the research division which, says chief audience officer Peter Westerman, can offer a powerful marketing platform for both Summit’s own product sales as well as lead-gen and marketing services for advertising customers.“We’re somewhat unique in that under one roof we have the data we collect from our media audience members, which we can combine with the data assets we have in our data products group,” he says.The trick has been to connect the audience database with the data products. “We’ve made an assumption in our architecture that our centralized audience database is always going to be bi-directionally communicating with the databases that have been purpose-built as products,” he adds.Going forward, Westerman says the plan is to continue to blend data to provide predictive marketing capabilities as well as integrate Marketo’s platform to enable trigger-based and continuity marketing.Investments on the Rise“Investment has steadily been increasing,” says Westerman. “It’s not just software and technology, but people too—reporting and analytics. We’re at the end now of the big first stage, which is to bring all the data together. The costs there were primarily homogenizing and cleaning it up and building the warehouse. We’re now moving into investments for analytics and predictive marketing.”The second stage will be to use the technology to drive more paid-for product sales and digital spin-offs, says Westerman.For other publishers, a particular data focus has been on marrying the largely unidentified digital audience with the known universe of controlled circ customers.Data to PersonalizeAt CFE Media, which serves the industrial engineering markets, the focus has been on leveraging a registration wall to link website visitors with existing subscribers.The company works with GCN, using its ONECount platform to link and identify audience engagement metrics across platforms. “It allows us to know when a good bunch of people are on the website, but we really want to work on ways to engage our audience and document that,”  says Rick Ellis, CFE’s director of audience management. “We’re in the process of getting more folks to log onto our website so we can correlate the data with what they’re doing.” Using the GCN platform, CFE has put its websites behind a registration wall, which collects basic reader data.Next year, like Summit, Ellis wants to link the data that’s collected from the website registrations to a trigger marketing platform. “It’s a slightly different model than Marketo, which is based on trying to make a sale. I want to feed people more of the content they like,” he says.Accordingly, the revenue focus will be on the reader. Ellis sees opportunities, once his digital customer universe becomes more clear, to introduce more paid content products. But the ability to connect a name to specific areas of engagement opens up many more sponsorship opportunities as well.Ellis foresees an ability to score customer behavior based on the content they engage with, enabling a more robust lead-gen operation. This may sound obvious, but data is now at the heart of just about every action publishers and advertisers make. There appears to be no end to the data sources and the appetite publishers and brands have for it. Data drives every decision, from the content we produce to the viability and subsequent success or failure of a marketing campaign. As a result, publishers are building out systems to house and organize that data, as well as their ability to act on it.Publishers are collecting and organizing data for two primary purposes: For their own customer research and marketing and that of their advertisers and sponsors. Indeed, brands themselves are continuing to expand their own data collection and analysis, which, among other trends, is fueling the whole content marketing boom.“Everything that drives integrated marketing starts with data,” said Bruce Biegel, a senior managing director at media and marketing consulting firm Winterberry Group, during a recent client summit for data information services provider Merit Direct.Biegel’s insight into the brand side of the data trends is revealing in that it highlights what brands value in terms of how they’re targeting their marketing.last_img read more

2 killed as gunfire blast hit Rohingya camps

first_imgHundreds of Rohingya people take shelter at Bandarban’s Naikhongchhari border area on 30 August. Photo: Prothom Alo A man was shot to death and a woman was knifed dead in Rohingya camps within Myanmar territory near Bandarban’s Ghundhum and Tumbru zero points in the past few days.Chowdhury Abu Taher, a local resident of Tumbru Bazar area, said a Rohingya man Zaker Ullah and his wife Ayesha Begum went a kilometre into Myanmar territory where Zaker was shot dead and his wife was knifed to death by some associates of the Myanmar army.The couple has a son, he added.Another woman was severely injured by a blast in the border area on Monday. Red Crescent took the injured woman to a Kutupalang Rohingya camp hospital on the Bangladesh side on Monday.Head teacher of a primary school at Tumbru Bazar, Hamidul Haque, said both legs of Fatema Begum, a Rohingya woman, were blown off by a blast near the border of Bangladesh’s Tumbru Bazar.Local people said they were terrified by gunfire and a cloud of dark smoke inside Myanmar territory near the Ghundhum and Tumbru border line.The locals also said that earlier on Sunday, the Myanmar army shot four rounds at Tumbru Bazar. One of the bullets hit Abdul Karim’s shop.Officials of the Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) said the situation inside Bangladesh is peaceful. “We don’t know anything about what is happening on the Myanmar side as there is no contact with Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) since 25 August.”Amid continuous violence against Rohingya in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, a number of refugees, mostly Rohingyas, crossed into Bangladesh on Monday as well. According to the United Nations, the number of refugees in Bangladesh rose to 90,000 on Monday.last_img read more

G20 sealed WTO reform by ducking taboo words

first_imgUS president Donald Trump, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, US president Donald Trump`s national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese president Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 1 December. Photo: ReutersMany delegates from the world’s 20 largest economies arrived at a summit in Argentina this week determined to clinch an agreement to reform the global trade system, pushed to a breaking point by tensions between the United States and China.To do so, they had to bow to US and Chinese demands to drop some of the pledges that have become hallmarks of the Group of 20 industrialized nations, which represents two-thirds of the global population.But they left with a communique committing for the first time to reform the dysfunctional World Trade Organization (WTO), the body supposed to regulate global trade disputes.”A number of words that we used to have always in G7 and G20 summit communiques became kind of taboos,” a European official said on Saturday in the midst of the negotiations. “We have American taboos and Chinese taboos.”First among those taboos is “protectionism”. The US administration has become sensitive to criticisms after President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs not only on $250 billion of Chinese goods but also on steel and aluminum imports that hit several of his G20 partners.As a result, for the first time since G20 leaders held their inaugural meeting in Washington in 2008, their communique did not contained a pledge to fight protectionism.China, meanwhile, steadfastly opposed the inclusion of the usual calls for “fair trade practices,” delegates said. Beijing rejects criticisms from the United States, Europe and Japan for dumping, industrial subsidies, abuse of intellectual property rights and technology transfers, amongst other practices.Even the word “multilateralism” itself has fallen out of favour in a group designed to foster international cooperation.Central to getting the United States to sign up to a phrase recognizing the importance of “multilateral trading system” was acknowledging that the system was falling short of its objectives, delegates said.The United States is unhappy with what it says is the WTO’s failure to hold Beijing to account for not opening up its economy as envisioned when China joined the body in 2001.To force reform at the WTO, Trump’s team has blocked new appointments to the world’s top trade court, which is rapidly running out of judges, meaning it will be unable to issue binding rulings in trade disputes. He has even threatened to withdraw the United States from the global body.”There was an attempt from a lot of the other countries … to get the United States to commit to certain language with regard to the multilateral system,” said one senior US official.”We commit to multilateralism where it works … Is it achieving its intended objectives? In a lot of areas it’s falling short,” said the US official, who asked not to be identified because of the confidential nature of the talks.The final statement said the group supports the “necessary reform of the WTO to improve its functioning”, allowing US officials to claim a victory.While there were no details of the proposed reform, many delegates hailed a breakthrough in committing Washington to global solutions.”For the first time China and the United States agreed to engage on the WTO,” said one delegate closely involved in drafting the communique. “Given Trump’s earlier threats, to end up with the G20 saying it would work together on WTO reform is interesting.”China was keyEuropean Union officials said that a key step in clinching a deal was getting China and major emerging economies to commit to language on trade early this week.”The idea was to bring the Chinese into the discussion almost immediately,” said a second European official. “After APEC, we knew it would be important for the Chinese to feel there was no ganging up on them.”At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in mid-November, leaders failed to agree on a joint communique for the first time in the group’s 30-year history.After APEC, Washington and Beijing traded accusations of blame but, with global markets increasingly roiled by trade tensions, both sides appeared more ready for compromise in Buenos Aires.After the G20 talks ended, Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed over dinner on Saturday to a ceasefire in their trade conflict, calling off higher US tariffs that were to go into effect on 1 January.”The spirit wasn’t adversarial,” said the delegate closely involved in the G20 drafting, adding that perhaps because of the fallout after APEC, officials at least tried to work things out.Delegates worked until 6:30am on Saturday, the final day of the summit, watering down language on migration and refugees in the face of resistance from the United States and others, European and Argentine officials said.And they still had not tackled one of the thorniest issues: climate change.”That was what they discussed (Saturday) morning till noon,” an Argentine government spokeswoman said, just hours before the communique was made public.In the end, members agreed to disagree. The United States reaffirmed its commitment to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord – as it had at the previous G20 summit in Germany last year – while other members said they would fully implement it.Veteran negotiators were phlegmatic about the difficulties in agreeing on a text.”There is always at least one overnighter in sessions like these,” said the delegate closely involved in the drafting, adding “sometimes it was tough to find the right word to stick to the middle ground.”last_img

Acevedo Says Protecting Dreamers Makes Sense From A Law Enforcement Standpoint

first_img Share Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT NewsHPD chief Art Acevedo is advocating for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to protect ‘Dreamers’ from deportation and assures it makes sense from a law enforcement standpoint.Art Acevedo, chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD), said Tuesday it is “critical” that the Congress passes legislation to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children because, otherwise, some of them could be at risk of being recruited by criminals.“There are plenty of street gangs, plenty of drug trafficking organizations and plenty of people that would love to co-opt these young people and say ‘You know what? The American dream is not for you, they don’t want you but, here, come join our family’,” Acevedo assured during a press call organized by the National Immigration Forum.The HPD chief –who stressed he has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement— added that if Congress doesn’t act soon by passing the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act or some other legislation that would shield ‘Dreamers’, there could be “potential” for some of them “to succumb to radicalization process.”“These folks are folks that have been vetted. They’ve gone through extensive backgrounds,” noted Acevedo, while also saying that what really “worries” him is that “if we take away their ability to work and to continue their education, we’re gonna take people that are proven to be worthy of the American dream and potentially put them in a situation that is unattainable in terms of their ability to earn a living and get an education.”The HPD chief emphasized as well that the uncertainty regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and, also, the potential implementation of SB4 –the state law that would allow state and local law enforcement agents and other officials to inquire members of the public about their immigration status— in Texas is causing “plenty of instances where there continues to be fear, fear to report crime” in Houston.In that regard, Acevedo explained some natural born citizens and legal permanent residents can have other members of their families that are undocumented and they don’t want to “bring any attention” to themselves.last_img read more

Researchers demonstrate proof of creation of a mirror by optical matter

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —A team of researchers working at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has physically demonstrated that it is possible to create a mirror from material that is optically manipulated. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes their demo product and how it might one day lead to giant space based telescopes. Credit: T. M. Grzegorczyk et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014) Explore further Currently, space based telescopes are limited by their size and weight, particularly regarding the mirror—using rockets for delivery is very restrictive—there are both size and cost issues involved. To possibly get around that problem, the researchers with this new effort are looking into taking advantage of the force produced when a laser is shot at a tiny particle.Scientists have known for some time that very tiny things can be moved around using nothing but laser light—optical tweezers are one example. Taking the idea a step further, the research team put several micrometer-sized polystyrene beads in water and placed them on a very small pane of glass. Next, they fired a laser at the beads, causing them to move close enough to one another touch—electrostatic force pulled them tightly together. Once in place the beads together formed a reflective surface—reflective enough for the device to be considered a rudimentary mirror. The researchers tested their mirror by shining a light through a plastic ruler—the light that bounced back was displayed on another surface and was clear enough for the team to make out the number “8”. This they say, suggests their simple mirror might one day lead to the construction of huge space based telescopes, effectively doing away with the much heavier models used today.Such predictions may be jumping the gun a bit, however, as there are some very serious impediments to building such a telescope. The main one of course is that such a telescope would require a constantly focused laser beam, which would of course require a lot of power—power that would have to come most likely, from the sun, which would mean sending up massive solar arrays to support the telescope which would bring back the original problem of sending up large or heavy objects.The researchers are undaunted by such hurdles, suggesting that their mirror demonstrates a path towards the future and that it doesn’t seem out of the question to believe that advances in science will make what might now seem impossible, possible © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Optical Mirror from Laser-Trapped Mesoscopic Particles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 023902 (2014) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.023902AbstractTrapping of mesoscopic particles by optical forces usually relies on the gradient force, whereby particles are attracted into optical wells formed by landscaping the intensity of an optical field. This is most often achieved by optical Gaussian beams, interference patterns, general phase contrast methods, or other mechanisms. Hence, although the simultaneous trapping of several hundreds of particles can be achieved, these particles remain mostly independent with negligible interaction. Optical matter, however, relies on close packing and binding forces, with fundamentally different electrodynamic properties. In this Letter, we build ensembles of optically bound particles to realize a reflective surface that can be used to image an object or to focus a light beam. To our knowledge, this is the first experimental proof of the creation of a mirror by optical matter, and represents an important step toward the realization of a laser-trapped mirror (LTM) in space. From a theoretical point of view, optically bound close packing requires an exact solver of Maxwell’s equations in order to precisely compute the field scattered by the collection of particles. Such rigorous calculations have been developed and are used here to study the focusing and resolving power of an LTM. Citation: Researchers demonstrate proof of creation of a mirror by optical matter (2014, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Physical Review Letters Laser tripod for better levitationlast_img read more