Targeted Growth Program Case Study – Cairns Touch Association

first_imgIf your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from the Cairns Pirates Touch Football Association (CPTFA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.The Targeted Growth Program has helped the CPTFA grow junior Touch Football in Cairns and in turn strengthen senior participation into the future. As well as junior growth, CPTFA are hoping to further develop relationships with schools, further educate and assist parents and help young talented players to contribute to the development of the junior program, as Kev Dwan explains. “The funding from TFA has been gratefully received by CPTFA in their endeavour to grow junior Touch in Cairns and thereby also strengthen the future senior program,” Dwan said. “Funding has already assisted with the purchase of equipment for the conduct of the program and particularly with equipment that will be used by coaches involved in the delivery of Touch in select school (after schools).” “Funding has also been used to enable coaches to deliver these Touch programs after school in nominated primary schools with a high proportion of indigenous students. These children love having the opportunity to learn the sport.”Dwan said that the funding will also help CPTFA to promote the junior competition within the Cairns community and the school sector.Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the link below:http://austouch.com.au/index.php?id=13&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2Related LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

ESPN The Magazine Makes College Football Playoff, National Title Prediction

first_imgESPN PlayoffESPN PlayoffThe college football preview of ESPN The Magazine has been released. In the magazine are a number of predictions for the 2016 season.  Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.Among them: a College Football Playoff forecast. ESPN college football expert Brad Edwards has made his prediction for the playoff and the New Year’s Six bowls. Here’s ESPN The Magazine‘s College Football Playoff:No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 WashingtonNo. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 ClemsonHere’s ESPN The Magazine‘s national championship:No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 3 Clemson. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowls:Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Houston vs. Notre DameCapital One Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. AlabamaRose Bowl: Michigan vs. USCAllstate Sugar Bowl: Tennessee vs. TCUThe full magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]last_img read more

New bats could change complexion of college baseball

When athletes on the Ohio State baseball team step up to the plate next season, they’ll be gripping a new and relatively unfamiliar type of bat. Beginning Jan. 1, all NCAA teams must use bats that are aluminum — like the bats they have used in the past — but are designed to knock the ball slower, at the same speeds as wooden bats. “It’s definitely going to change our game,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “It’s not going to be as offensive.” The new regulation is a response to rising offensive statistics by college baseball teams. Some say the aluminum bats are to blame for the offensive outburst and hope the new bats will level the playing field. “The teams that are going to be successful are teams that get ahead of the curve,” Beals said. “You don’t want to play 15 to 20 games and realize, ‘Oh hey, the games are going to be different.’“ Players also have to adjust to using the new bat. “A well-struck ball that sometimes might go for a double or even a home run, stays in the yard or is cut down to a single,” senior infielder Tyler Engle said. Although teams aren’t required to use the new bats until January, OSU has been practicing with them all fall. “We’ve seen enough in our scrimmage games here in the fall that we know the games are going to be different,” Beals said. “We’ve got to value each base runner and each base that we can get.” Athletes said the Jan. 1 deadline to switch over to new bats won’t be a problem. “Nike is our bat manufacturer and Nike has supplied us with a full line of the new bats for our guys to use,” Beals said. The new regulation also aims to protect pitchers, who have taken more hits from fast-flying balls in recent years. But Engle said he doesn’t think pitchers will be much safer. “They are such a short distance away and the force (of the ball) coming off the bat, I don’t think they have enough time to react anyway,” he said. Some athletes have said the new bats have a smaller “sweet spot,” but the bats aren’t expected to stump batters who have been successful in the past. “Good hitters are still going to get hits, and good teams are still going to score runs,” Beals said. Using an aluminum bat similar to their wooden counterparts might help college players prepare for using wooden bats at the professional level. “It definitely will prepare our guys a little bit more for playing at the professional level,” Beals said. The Buckeyes won’t be the only ones getting used to the new bats, but Engle said to expect lower-scoring games next spring. “I think everybody in the country is going to have to (change) because the balls aren’t leaving the yard,” Engle said. “You won’t see too many double-digit run games.” read more

Rule violations rolling in but not for Ohio State football

Click to enlargeThrough the first six months of 2014, the Ohio State football program self-reported six NCAA or Big Ten rules violations. In the following two months and 20 days, it reported none.In fact — through at least Sept. 20 — the football team hasn’t had a self-reported violation since April 22, or a span of nearly five months.Within that time span, junior defensive lineman Noah Spence reportedly failed a drug test — resulting in a violation of OSU and Big Ten rules — and was declared ineligible by the university for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 13 game against Kent State. Spence — who had not played this season because of a three-game suspension after a separate failed drug test — practiced once after the Kent State game, coach Urban Meyer said, but no further update on his status has been released.Since the most recent football violation, all of OSU athletics has self-reported 18 different violations, just one of which involved the men’s basketball program. In total, OSU has self-reported 30 NCAA or Big Ten rules violations this year up until Sept. 20.This information is the result of two separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern. The first was submitted July 8 and filled Aug. 11, while the second was requested Sept. 23 and filled Tuesday evening. The requests span the dates of Jan. 1 through Sept. 20.Despite lower numbers in recent months, the football program still has the most self-reported rules violations so far in 2014 with six. In total, 18 different athletic programs at OSU had self-reported violations listed among the records, with the institution being listed on a pair of violations.Seven of the teams had multiple violations listed, but only football and women’s rowing had more than two. The rowing team was named on four of the violations, two of which came on the more recent records request that spanned from July 1 through Sept. 20.Women’s rowing is the only OSU program to have self-reported multiple violations since July.Responses to the violations from OSU included issuing letters of education to the coaching staff for teams involved with the incidents, a restriction to one program’s financial aid capacity for the 2014-15 academic year and the repayment of $28 worth of “impermissible per diem” for multiple student-athletes.Regardless of punishment, the 30 violations all count as minor NCAA or Big Ten violations. But those 30 infractions still put OSU on track to hit about 40 for the year.OSU athletic director Gene Smith — who is know also the school’s vice president — said the athletics department usually has about 40 self-reported rules violations every year during an interview with The Lantern on May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40,” Smith said in the interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.”Smith added that a lower number wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for OSU.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem,” he said. “I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees, 1,000 athletes — something’s not right.”While OSU does have one of the largest athletic departments in the nation, its number of violations comes in higher than some other programs. In the second half of 2013, the school self-reported around double the number of NCAA or Big Ten violations than five other schools in the conference.OSU has already self-reported more than double the violations that at least one other school with a major college football program reported during the 2013-14 year. According an Aug. 5 The Oregonian article, University of Oregon athletics self-reported just 14 violations in that academic year. read more

Japan Airlines continues Hokkaido campaign for its global clients

first_imgJapan Airlines (JAL) announced the continuation of Hokkaido Campaign on its overseas website (www.jal.com) covering 26 regions. During the new campaign period effective from June 3, 2015 to March 31, 2016, customers flying JAL can enjoy rewards and privileges for dining, shopping, sightseeing and tourist activities at 60 selected shops or facilities in Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan.These offers are named ‘HAPPIRKA’ offers, which are initially available in form of a Japanese coupon pamphlet distributed on JAL domestic flights to Hokkaido. To invite more customers around the world to enjoy the benefits of selecting JAL flights, JAL introduces these popular offers in more languages (English, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese) on its overseas website.From the perspective of providing convenience to overseas travellers to Japan, JAL makes HAPPIRKA offers easy to use and specially designed both PC and mobile sites for the campaign.Japan Airlines has also introduced new vegetarian menus on select international routes, in collaboration with Minna no Gohan, a professional company developing various special meals including vegetarian dishes, from June.last_img read more

September 14 2009 Preparations for the ann

first_imgSeptember 14, 2009 Preparations for the annual Colly Concert started early with the crews preparing the amphitheater and the cafe. [from left] Chef Caterina Loy prepared a delicious meal with help from workshop participant Tommaso Osti and scholarship participant Paolo Vozzella. [photo & text: sa] The menu included favorite recipes from the Soleri family: Granny’s Borscht, Herbed Chicken, Potato Surprise, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Sweet Peas with Arcosanti Mint, Green Salad with Paolo’s Dressing, Breadsticks and for dessert Colly’s Cantaloupe Boats. [photo] The cafe viewed from the visitors center gallery. [photo & text: sa] The afternoon event started with complementary tours and a Wine & Cheese reception in the Colly Garden in front of the Vaults. [photo & text: sa] This, the 28th Annual Colly Concert on Saturday, September 12. 2009, welcomed back accomplished pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee for her eight performance here at Arcosanti. Ms. Lee arrived a few days early and Arcosanti residents had the pleasure to be able to listen to the practice of an extraordinary performer. The program consisted of beloved classics including Scarlatti, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Words can do little justice to a performance of true brilliance and sparkle, hauntingly lovely and accomplished with perfection. [photo: tt & text: sa] Sonya Lee has garnered a reputation amongst audiences worldwide as a pianist who plays in the grand Romantic tradition as “ she delights the audience with a passionate and beautifully accomplished, awesome performance.” Ms. Lee performs a diverse repertoire including blockbusters by Beethoven, Liszt and Prokofiev, to the sonatas of Scarlatti and Haydn, as well as works by Japanese and contemporary American composers. Ms. Lee has recently been touted as a cross-cultural ambassador of Classical music for students in other disciplines of the performing arts and was invited as a guest lecturer to speak and perform at New York University’s Drama Department. Most recently, Ms. Lee was presented in her Orange County Recital Debut at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens at Cal State Long Beach, performing works by Ginastera, Liszt, Chopin and Beethoven in a sold out concert. Ms. Lee has given recital debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Aoyama Hall in Osaka, Japan, at the Honenin Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and has given numerous solo and chamber music performances at renowned concert halls throughout cities in the U.S. including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Aspen, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Abroad, Ms. Lee has performed at the Salle des Colonnes in Fontainebleau and at Bel Ebat Parc in France, and at the Create Center Hall in Osaka, Japan. As a chamber musician, Ms. Lee has collaborated with members of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and with several illustrious alumni of The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Yale University. Ms. Lee’s affinity for rock music recently led to a collaboration with Rivers Cuomo from the band Weezer in a performance of “I Was Scared” by Mr. Cuomo and arranged for piano by Ms. Lee, which was aired on Stereogum.com and National Public Radio. Ms. Lee was born in Tokyo, Japan and began musical studies in Southern California at the early age of three. Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with Oxana Yablonskaya and Emanuel Ax. Sonya Lee actually lived here at Arcosanti as a baby, during her first year. Sonya-Kumico Lee is the daughter of alumnus Doug Lee, who worked with Paolo Soleri during many of the early years of the Cosanti Foundation. Doug is a member of the Cosanti Foundation Board of Directors. [photo: tt & text: sa]last_img read more

Tonight We Stand Here and It Feels Like Were Finally Winning Say

first_img July 19, 2018 Apply Now » Project Grow Next Article Lydia Belanger 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Kevin Mazur | Getty Images ‘Tonight, We Stand Here, and It Feels Like We’re Finally Winning,’ Say Sexual Abuse Survivors in Inspiring Speeches at ESPY Awardscenter_img Add to Queue 5 min read At the televised ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards Wednesday night, one of the centerpieces of the event was the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.This year, a group of more than 140 women took the stage to receive the award, all of whom are survivors of sexual abuse. The award honored the hundreds of women who were victims of abuse by former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar over multiple decades. Nassar was imprisoned on child pornography and sexual abuse charges after The Indianapolis Star reported on a pattern of incidences.At last night’s ceremony, the survivors spoke about the experiences they endured in a video that played prior to a series of remarks by current and former gymnasts Aly Raisman and Sarah Klein and former Michigan State University softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez. These women were also among those who provided statements at Nassar’s sentencing trial.Related: These Two Sexual Health Companies Have Responded Differently to the #MeToo MovementWatch the presentation, and read the complete transcript of Klein’s, Lopez’s and Raisman’s remarks at the 2018 ESPYs, below. Sarah Klein“It’s a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors as we represent hundreds more who are not here tonight. “Make no mistake — we’re here on this stage to present an image for the world to see, a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage.“The abuse of Larry Nassar began 30 years ago with me. For 30 years, people at the United States Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University all placed money and medals above the safety of child athletes. Thirty years, until the work of Detective Lieutenant Andrea Munford of the Michigan State Police Department and Andrea Povilaitis, the assistant attorney general who prosecuted the case, finally putting our abuser away for life. “Speaking up and speaking out is not easy. Telling our stories of abuse, over and over and over again, in graphic detail, is not easy. We’re sacrificing privacy, we’re being judged and scrutinized and it’s grueling and it’s painful, but it is time. “As a mother, I am here to say that we must start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations. And as a survivor, I’m here to say that if we just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it. If one more victim of sexual abuse feels less alone tonight, then our suffering has meaning.” Tiffany Thomas Lopez“In my sport, softball, we typically measure ourselves with wins and losses. Well, the amount of loss is almost immeasurable. Tonight, we stand here, and it feels like we’re finally winning.“There are a lot of conversations in our society that we tiptoe around as if they’re something to avoid. I know in my life, people have looked that way at two issues extremely personal to me: race and sexual abuse. Sexual abuse claims victims in every race, showing no discrimination. Just like Arthur Ashe, I stand so very proud representing not only minorities, but all of us as humans, the human race. “I encourage those suffering to hold tight to your faith, and stand tall when speaking your truth. I’m here to tell you, you cannot silence the strong forever.”Aly Raisman“1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. These were the years we spoke up about Larry Nassar’s abuse. All those years, we were told, ‘You are wrong. You misunderstood. He’s a doctor. It’s OK. Don’t worry. We’ve got it covered. Be careful. There are risks involved.’ The intention? To silence us in favor of money, medals and reputation. “But we persisted, and finally, someone listened and believed us. This past January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina showed a profound level of understanding by giving us each an opportunity to face our abuser, to speak our truth and feel heard. Thank you, Judge, for honoring our voices. For too long, we were ignored, and you helped us rediscover the power we each possess. You may never meet the hundreds of children you saved, but know they exist. “The ripple effect of our actions, or inactions, can be enormous. spanning generations. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this nightmare is that it could have been avoided. Predators thrive in silence. It is all too common for people to choose to not get involved. Whether you act or do nothing, you are shaping the world we live in, impacting others. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar. If just one adult had listened, believed and acted, the people standing before you on this stage would have never met him.“Too often, abusers, and enablers perpetuate suffering by making survivors feel their truth doesn’t matter. To the survivors out there, don’t let anyone write your story. Your truth does matter. You matter. And you are not alone.“We all face hardships. If we choose to listen and we choose to act with empathy, we can draw strength from each other. We may suffer alone, but we survive together.” –shares More than 140 women, including Aly Raisman, Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas Lopez, took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

How to Build Philanthropy Into Your Budget Even If Youre Not Google

first_img CEO of MEBO International and Skingenix How to Build Philanthropy Into Your Budget — Even If You’re Not Google Big-name companies like Google are doubling down on corporate philanthropy. Here’s how you can follow suit, no matter what your size. Next Article –shares Add to Queue Google has changed the way businesses look at email, word processing and file storage. But in addition, the search giant has taken steps to leave its mark on something outside the commercial world, something that can potentially save lives.That something is philanthropy. Google.org — the company’s nonprofit arm — donates 1 percent of Google’s total equity and profits to charity. Recently, moreover, the initiative has furthered its efforts in that sphere by focusing on actions, not just investments.With the Google.org Fellowship, employees will be able to spend up to six months offering their full-time expertise to nonprofits. In 2019 alone, Google will deploy between 40 and 60 people to nonprofit offices in numerous cities, offering 50,000 hours of skilled labor in fields like computer engineering, data analysis and artificial intelligence.Such deeply embedded philanthropy is something more and more customers have come to expect from the organizations they buy from and do business with. Philanthropy is not merely some hurdle to clear, however — it’s an invaluable enhancement that can be achieved by any company, regardless of its size or prestige.Related: Corporate Philanthropy: It’s Not Just Money That Changes The WorldNope, you’re not Google; but that’s okay.Even on a smaller scale, the impact of nonprofit pursuits can be immense. At my company, we’ve focused first on those modest efforts that provide hands-on experience and deepen understanding for our employees. For example, we’ve implemented a “day of action” that involves employees spending a day at a neighborhood school to plant trees, paint and otherwise beautify the school grounds.Projects like those build a sense of social responsibility and foster collaboration within your team. But without a clear vision of what will work for your organization’s long-term philanthropic goals, you won’t be able to clearly define end goals and measurable objectives — an all-too-common trap for many organizations.In truth, you don’t need Google’s resources or reach to bring this mindset to your company. You just need to keep these four approaches in mind:1. Don’t run from yourself.Philanthropy is more than throwing cash at random causes. You might make some headway with that approach, but it’s not the way to work social responsibility into your business model organically. When plotting a nonprofit journey, look at what your company can do or already does well. Once you’ve determined those strengths, figure out how philanthropy fits into that.Warby Parker and TOMS both meshed their desire to do good with their core business offerings, to create one-for-one initiatives for eyeglasses and shoes, respectively. Each company’s philanthropy model shows that it isn’t always necessary for businesses to think outside the box to make a social impact. Sometimes, whatever a company already does well can end up doing good for others.Related: 5 Easy Ways to Make Philanthropy Part of Your Company Culture2. Grow your efforts from the ground.Philanthropic causes often involve work in far-flung areas. And because you (usually) can’t move your company to the community you’re serving, you need to find ways to connect with organizations that are embedded in those communities.The University of Chicago employed this strategy by partnering with India-based Tata Trusts to address health, water sanitation and energy issues in that East Asian nation. With the university’s research prowess and Tata Trusts’s ground-level access and innovative approach to intervention, the union has allowed policymakers, academics, students and practitioners to make a difference in ways they otherwise could not.These kinds of ground-level partnerships can be invaluable. They smooth out the lines of communication, iron out logistics and generally enable your work to take root — no matter how far removed you might be.3. Lock arms for longer reach.If you work alone in your philanthropic endeavors, your potential impact is only as deep as your own expertise and resources. For greater reach, it’s critical to leverage strategic partnerships with others. Look for mutually beneficial relationships that can stimulate long-term results.One of my own nonprofits, the Human Heritage Project, recently partnered with Project Angel Food. That organization’s years of experience bringing food security to vulnerable people proved invaluable to our project goals. Collaborations like this make our mission to help the underserved possible. Partnerships also can lessen the financial and operational load a smaller company must carry with a nonprofit endeavor.Related: How You Can Identify and Optimize Nonprofit Partnerships4. Capture hearts by getting your hands dirty.Amid the busy nature of day-to-day operations, it can be tempting to outsource your corporate social responsiblity (CSR) work. But when you take a hands-off approach, you miss an opportunity to get your employees involved in the effort. Nothing can capture your team members’ hearts for the mission like getting their hands dirty.This need not involve sending employees overseas on a project, either. Computing company AMD recruits “Green Teams” among its staff to reduce cafeteria waste, save on energy consumption and curb water misuse across its own company. This internal effort allows employees to see the fruits of their labor and feel a sense of ownership in their corporate philanthropy — and AMD doesn’t have to break the bank to do it.If Google’s moves are any indication, corporate philanthropy initiatives increasingly are calling for these hands-on efforts. The good news? You don’t have to be Google to make a difference. You just have to be willing, able and patient enough to find the approach that works for your company. Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Philanthropy Kevin Xu Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 22, 2019 5 min read Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images Register Now »last_img read more

The smallest steerable catheter

first_imgTwo versions of the newly developed catheter. Credit: ETH Zürich Better protection against radiationMagnetic catheter navigation has another advantage: in contrast to manual navigation, the surgeon is not next to the patient, but in a control room next door. This provides better protection from the radiation of the X-ray machine used to generate images for navigating inside the patient’s body. It is also possible to remotely perform the operation across large distances. There are even efforts underway to automate such procedures completely in the medium term.For their proof of concept, ETH researchers focused on using the catheter to treat cardiac arrhythmia. They had the system patented and are looking for partners from industry to further develop the catheter and bring it to market. They are also working on catheter applications in eye and gastrointestinal surgery. Credit: ETH Zürich Citation: The smallest steerable catheter (2018, October 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-smallest-steerable-catheter.html A magnetic navigation system in the ETH Zurich laboratory. Newer developments will be much smaller. Credit: ETH Zurich / Christophe Chautems More information: Christophe Chautems et al. A variable stiffness catheter controlled with an external magnetic field, 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (2017). DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2017.8202155 Explore further For patients with cardiac arrhythmia, surgeons routinely perform a minimally invasive procedure to ablate the sections of the heart that cause unwanted electrical impulses. The physician inserts a catheter through a vein into the heart that locally generates heat to ablate the relevant sections. To navigate the catheter tip through the blood vessels with a high level of precision, the surgeon can bend the tip manually using a pull wire inside the catheter. However, the catheter can be moved in only two directions: to the left and to the right.In cooperation with their EPFL colleagues, ETH Zurich researchers working under Brad Nelson, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, have now developed a catheter with a magnetic head. Rather than being steered manually, it is operated from a computer via an external magnetic field. This enables the front part of the catheter to be bent in any direction with the highest level of precision. “As a result, the new catheter can be steered through more complex blood vessels better than a conventional catheter,” says Christophe Chautems, a doctoral student in Nelson’s group. Since the magnetic catheter does not require a pull wire, it can be made much thinner. The scientists have thus developed the smallest ever steerable catheter.center_img Credit: ETH Zurich / In­dus­try Re­la­tions Variable stiffnessWith the new catheter, the stiffness of the front part can be adjusted too, thanks to a low melting point alloy placed in three of its sections. With power supplied through fine copper wires inside the catheter, these sections can be heated and thus made flexible.If the front part of the catheter is relatively rigid, applying an external magnetic field lets it bend only slightly. In contrast, a soft catheter allows for bends in very tight curves. This allows surgeons to navigate through blood vessels with much greater precision, and also reduces the risk of accidentally injuring vessels from the inside. Routine X-ray not needed after US-guided central line insertion For surgeons to work with these magnetic catheters, patients must lie on a magnetic navigation system, an apparatus used to produce directed magnetic fields. Such devices have already been developed by ETH Zurich and an ETH spin-off. Today, commercial providers also offer these devices, which are currently in use at some 100 hospitals around the world. Scientists have developed a very small magnetic steerable catheter for minimally invasive surgery. Thanks to its variable stiffness, surgeons can perform more complex movements inside the body with a lower risk of injury to the patient. Provided by ETH Zurich 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.last_img read more

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

first_img Explore further Preserving the $7,500 tax incentive for buyers is crucial for GM as the company pivots from internal combustion engines in favor of building cars powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. Yet the layoffs and plant closings could imperil GM’s push to keep the incentive. It helps make plug-ins such as the $36,000 Chevy Bolt more affordable at a time when competition from other electric vehicle makers is heating up.GM faces opposition from President Donald Trump and other Republicans who consider the credit a waste of taxpayer money and want it eliminated. Trump, who has pledged a manufacturing rebirth in the Midwest, reacted angrily to GM’s “transformation ” announcement late last month, declaring that his administration was “looking at cutting all GM subsidies, including for electric cars.”The company already is on the verge of being phased out of the tax credit program unless Congress changes a law that caps the break at 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer. Without the incentive, GM may be forced to cut the price of its electric cars to keep prospective customers from taking their business elsewhere, according to automotive industry experts.As evidence of the credit’s importance to GM’s future, the automaker has expanded its lobbying footprint in Washington and even joined forces with two rivals, Tesla and Nissan, to call for 200,000-vehicle limit to be scrapped.Standing in the way of that goal is Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Barrasso introduced legislation in October to abolish the tax credit, a move he said would save about $20 billion over the next 10 years. He has argued the market for electric vehicles is already established and “no longer needs the crutch of government assistance.””The idea of the subsidies had to do with trying to make sure that electric vehicles would be a viable technology,” Barrasso said. “Well, that’s clearly there.”The tax credit came up briefly during a private meeting on Wednesday between Ohio’s senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, and GM chief executive Mary Barra, according to a congressional aide familiar with the conversation. As part of the restructuring, GM said it will stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant by March and is considering closing the plant for good. Citation: GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars (2018, December 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-gm-retain-key-tax-credit.html $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla buyers to end Dec. 31 Portman told Barra that it’s difficult to help with priorities such as the electric vehicle credit when GM is moving production out of Ohio, according to the aide, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.One of the lobbyists working to salvage the credit for GM is Kent Hance, a former chancellor of Texas Tech University who is well connected in GOP circles, according to his online profile . Hance lists his role as a fundraiser for the campaigns of outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and others. He has known Rick Perry, the energy secretary and former Texas governor, for nearly 30 years.GM in early August named a former Trump White House official, Everett Eissenstat, its senior vice president for global public policy, a post that oversees the company’s lobbying operations. Eissenstat, however, is not registered as a lobbyist, according to disclosure records filed with Congress. Before coming to GM, he was Trump’s deputy assistant for international economic affairs.Under federal law, the $7,500 credit for buyers begins to phase out after a manufacturer has sold 200,000 qualifying electric vehicles. GM has estimated it will hit that threshold by the end of December, just as the Bolt will be facing new and potentially stiff competition.Sam Abuelsamid, a senior analyst at Navigant Research, said Hyundai and Kia each will be selling compact SUVs in the U.S. beginning early next year that can travel 240 miles on a single battery charge, about the same as the Bolt. Ford will be launching a number of new plug-in hybrid models in 2019, including the Lincoln Aviator, Explorer and Escape.”With the intensifying market shift away from cars to utility vehicles all of these are expected to be more popular than the Bolt,” Abuelsamid said. To remain competitive against the new entries, “GM will likely have to cut the (retail price) of the Bolt as well as any additional EVs they launch next year by the corresponding reduction in the tax credits,” he said.Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, said the credit is “hugely important” to electric vehicle manufacturers. Lowering the up-front cost of the vehicle typically plays a significant role in sales, he said, citing surveys that show more consumers would buy electric vehicles if the cars were affordably priced.GM joined forces with Tesla and Nissan as well as several consumer and environmental groups to broaden its lobbying push even further. The EV Drive Coalition, which was launched in November, urged lawmakers in an open letter last week to put a provision in the must-pass government spending bill that does away with the 200,000-car limit.”Eliminating the per-manufacturer cap will level the playing field for all EV manufacturers and spur innovation among domestic manufacturers, ensuring America’s leadership in the hyper-competitive, global auto market,” the coalition said.Jeannine Ginivan, a GM spokeswoman, said the tax credit should be modified but declined to say whether the automaker backs a specific piece of legislation that would remove the cap.”We believe an important part of reaching a zero emissions future and establishing the U.S. as the leader in electrification is to continue to provide a federal tax credit to help make electric vehicles more affordable for all customers,” Ginivan said in an email.In addition to GM’s in-house lobbyists, four lobbyists from Hance Scarborough, the Austin, Texas-based firm that Hance founded in 1994, are working on GM’s behalf, including Hance, according to disclosure records.GM also contracted with two other lobbying firms earlier this year to focus on electric and automated vehicle issues: the Polaris-Hutton Group and the DS2 Group. A fourth firm, the S-3 Group, was hired by GM in 2014 and earlier this year added the tax credit to its portfolio of lobbying issues. General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks to reporters after a meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to discuss GM’s announcement it would stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant, part of a massive restructuring for the Detroit-based automaker, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker grapples with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) 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.last_img read more

5 Strange Cool Things Weve Recently Learned About the Moon

first_imgIt’s been almost 50 years since a human first set foot on the moon. Since then, our knowledge about Earth’s closest neighbor has improved by leaps and bounds, and our obsession with it has never waned. Witness some of the most amazing images of the moon ever recorded and be reminded of the significant influence of our moon in BBC America’s new documentary “Wonders of the Moon,” premiering Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT. As the world begins its commemoration of the awe-inspiring first walk on the lunar surface, let’s review five of the most recent and fascinating scientific findings about the moon. A stunning shot of the 2017 total solar eclipse as soon from the Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Credit: Carla Thomas/NASA/BBC America 4. You won’t strike it rich on the moon. Gold, platinum and other metals known as highly siderophile (“iron-loving”) elements are far more abundant in Earth’s crust than they are in its natural satellite. That may seem odd, given the two worlds’ shared history. About 4.5 billion years ago, a Mars-size planet dubbed Theia slammed into the proto-Earth, blasting huge amounts of material from both bodies into space. Some of this liberated stuff was incorporated into the bruised and battered Earth, and some coalesced to form the moon. But highly siderophile elements (HSEs) appear to have been left out of the mix. These metals were likely delivered by later asteroid strikes — but why does Earth have so much more than the moon? The researchers suspect that the moon’s weaker gravitational pull means material delivered via impact isn’t as likely to have stayed on the moon as it did on Earth — lots of stuff that hits the moon returns to space. The small concentration of HSEs retained on the moon likely arrived before the moon’s magma ocean cooled and solidified, so the material became incorporated into the moon’s core. [Read more about why Earth has way more gold than the moon.] See Spectacular Lunar Mission Images in 3D (Photos) 3. The moon is shrinking and quaking. The moon is shrinking. And as the crust of our lone satellite contracts, it tugs on cliff-like cracks on the surface, leading to lots of moonquakes, researchers have discovered. Scientists revisited moonquake data gathered from 1969 to 1977 by seismic equipment on the Apollo lunar missions. They mapped the seismic data to satellite images of thrust faults, or scarps — stairstep cliffs on the lunar surface. These formations stand dozens of feet high and extend for miles, and they are visible in images captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The researchers discovered that around 25% of the moonquakes were likely generated by released energy from these faults, rather than by asteroid impacts or activity deep inside the moon. Scarps are spread across the face of the moon in a vast, global network, and are estimated to be no more than 50 million years old, the researchers wrote. The age and distribution of the scarps hint that they appeared as the moon’s interior cooled down, causing its crust to contract. [Read more about the moonquakes] 2. There’s an enormous, dense blob of metal below the surface of the moon’s south pole. Deep below the moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin (the largest preserved impact crater anywhere in the solar system), researchers have detected a gargantuan “anomaly” of heavy metal lodged in the mantle that is apparently altering the moon’s gravitational field. According to a study of the mysterious blob, published April 5 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the anomaly likely weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.4 quadrillion tons (2.18 quintillion kilograms). The researchers aren’t sure how this giant blob of metal got itself trapped below the lunar surface. Simulations suggest it could be the heavy remnants of the iron-nickel asteroid that crashed into the far side of the moon and created the giant South Pole-Aitken crater some 4 billion years ago. [Read more about the massive blob beneath the moon.] 5. The moon is two-faced (probably because of a massive asteroid). Ours is a moon with two faces: the nearside boasts a thinner and smoother crust, while the farside crust is thicker and dotted by impact craters left nearly undisturbed by lava flows. The discrepancies have vexed scientists for decades, and in a new paper, researchers use models to explore what may be possible explanations for the stark differences. They argue that those distinctive sides could be the result of a giant impactor slamming into the moon and leaving a massive crater across the entire nearside. [Read more about what created the moon’s two faces.] Discover more fascinating facts about the moon with BBC America’s “Wonders of the Moon,” premiering Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT. A burnt-orange moon hangs over London. Although scientists have unraveled many of the moon’s mysteries in the 50 years since Apollo 11, mankind’s enchantment with our nearest neighbor has never dimmed. Credit: James Burns/BBC America center_img Photos: Mysterious Objects on the Moon Gallery: The Fantastic Full Moon The International Space Station’s incredible view of the moon. Credit: Luca Parmitano/BBC America 1. There is water on the moon, and it jumps around. In 2009, data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) led to the discovery of water on the moon locked up in ice. A recent upgrade to the orbiter, called the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), has allowed scientists to take a closer look at the water on the lunar surface. LAMP has revealed that water molecules move around the moon as the lunar surface warms and cools throughout the day. Water remains stuck on the moon’s surface until the lunar midday, when some of the water melts and heats up enough to lift into the moon’s delicate atmosphere. The water floats around a bit until it reaches an area cool enough to make it settle back down to the surface. Water on other planetary bodies could be a valuable resource for human explorers to not only drink but also to serve as fuel for future robotic exploration, since water can be split to form rocket fuel, saving missions from having to carry that fuel from Earth. [Read more about how water hops around the moon.] Find Apollo 11 Landing Site While Skywatching The MoonFor the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the lunar surface, learn 5 facts about our moon and where to find the Apollo 11 landing site while viewing it in the night sky. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65943-strange-facts-about-the-moon.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:1903:19Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?01:09Robots to the Rescue02:27Robotic Arms关闭  A beautiful bright moon illuminates Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, UK. Credit: Allyn Wallace/BBC America Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

Food supplied in restaurantcumsweet shop to be treated as service attract 5

first_imgAt present, all types of sweetmeats attract GST at the rate of 5 per cent. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS GST Planning to open a sweet shop without attracting multiple GST rates? Here is how you can do it — Bring in some chairs and table and name it XYZ Restaurant-cum-Sweet Shop. You may be able to attract customers with the single Goods and Service Tax (GST) rate of 5 per cent.This follows a ruling by Uttarakhand’s Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR). The petitioner approached the authority to seek ruling on two issues — whether supply of pure foods such as sweetmeats, namkeens, cold drinks and other edible items from a sweetshop, which also runs a restaurant, is a transaction of supply of goods or a supply of services; and what would be rate of GST on various sweetmeats, ready-to-eat (partially or fully pre-cooked/ packed) items supplied from live counters such as jalebi, chola bhatura and other edible items and will the applicant be entitled for input tax credit (ITC).At present, all types of sweetmeats attract GST at the rate of 5 per cent, cake and pastries have 18 per cent, unbranded bhujia has 5 per cent and branded bhujia has 12 per cent.The AAR ruled, “The supply shall be treated as supply of services and sweet shop shall be treated as extension of restaurants. The rate of GST on the aforesaid activity will be 5 per cent as on date, on the condition that credit of input tax charged on goods and services used in supplying the said services has not been taken.” Even takeaways would attract GST at the rate of 5 per cent.Composite supplyThe petition has brought the concept of composite and mixed supply into limelight. According to the GST law, composite supply means supply of two or more goods or services or both together. Also, here goods or services or both are usually provided together in the normal course of business. Here, one goods and service will be treated as principal and the other as incidental. GST rate for principal will be on the entire supply. Similarly, mixed supply means bouquets of various goods or services. Highest rate among such goods or services will be the rate for the entire supply. Here, the AAR treated restaurant as ‘principal’ and sweet shop as ‘ancillary’ and decided the tax rate accordingly.An attractive biz model?Tax experts feel the ruling may help in formulating an attractive business model. With ‘Restaurants-cum-Sweet Shop,’ one can draw customers with a single rate of GST which is 5 per cent. Though such a mechanism will not have a provision for ITC, it will not be a deterrent. Most of the sweet shops record sales less than ₹50,000 a day. This means, even if their annual turnover is ₹20 lakh or more, they will fall under composition scheme which means no ITC. According to the tax expert, such a ruling will guide them to expand their shops into ‘Restaurants-cum-Sweet Shop,’ and take advantage of lower tax.Significance of rulingThough the AAR rulings are applicable only on the assessees and the tax jurisdiction involved in the matter and do not have precedent value such as rulings by the Supreme Court or High Court, such rulings have persuasive value. Also, businesses would like to use such ruling in their tax planning and business strategy. MS Mani, Partner at Deloitte India, said the multiplicity of advance rulings on similar issues would lead to businesses filing appeals and writ petitions, leading to further complexity in GST. “Businesses would obviously tend to apply favourable rulings and debate adverse rulings, hence it is essential to have some form of centralised advance rulings,” he said. COMMENTcenter_img Most of the sweet shops record sales less than ₹50,000 a day   –  File photo SHARE December 05, 2018 Published onlast_img read more

Mamata skips session to stage dharna

first_imgSHARE COMMENT Published on February 04, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remained absent from the Budget presentation.The Chief Minister has been on a sit-in dharna at the city centre, protesting the alleged “CBI excesses and politicisation of the investigation agency” by the BJP. The Cabinet meeting, required ahead of the presentation of the Budget, was held at protest site.“I am on a dharna against the Centre. Rules mandate that the Cabinet has to approve the Budget. So the Cabinet meeting was held at the dharna mancha itself. However, I can’t be present at the Assembly,” Banerjee said. COMMENTSlast_img

Duo in fish bombing death remanded another six days

first_imgPost-mortem examinations of their remains on Wednesday (July 10) confirmed that the three were killed by a bomb blast.Comm Omar said they suffered massive internal injuries and there were minor superficial injuries on their bodies as well. KOTA KINABALU: The remand period for the two men arrested in connection with the death of a dive instructor and two Chinese tourists at Pulau Kalapuan, Semporna, has been extended.When contacted on Friday (July 12), Sabah police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah confirmed that the 24-year-old boatman and 23-year-old guide would be remanded for another six days to assist with investigations into the case.Comm Omar had earlier said the case, which has been classified as murder, would be investigated from all angles.On July 5, local dive instructor Ab Zainal Abdu, 30, and China nationals Zhao Zhong and Xu Yingjie, both 26, were killed while taking diving lessons at a site off Pulau Kalapuan in Semporna waters. fish bombing , suspects , remand , extended , Sabah , Omar Mammah Nation 09 Jul 2019 Fish bombing case: Police not ruling out murder Related News Related Newscenter_img Tags / Keywords: Nation 08 Jul 2019 Families of two Chinese tourists believed killed by fish bombs arrive in Sabah Nation 07 Jul 2019 MMEA vows to work with Esscom to combat fish bombing in Semporna {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Congress hits a wall as instability rocks grand old party

first_imgCongress hits a wall as instability rocks grand old partyThe instability which the Congress party has been subjected to since the loss in Lok Sabha elections, has rocked the foundation of its South frontier in Karnataka, while taking Goa in its stride. Ten Congress MLAs in Goa have switched sides and been on a Delhi visit.advertisement Next Mausami Singh New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 23:49 IST The uncertainty in the Congress has had a telling effect on the state units. (File photo: PTI)After the defeat in the Lok Sabha election 2019, the Congress seems to be sinking deeper into disillusionment as it struggles to deal with the trauma.The instability which the party has been subjected to since the elections, has rocked the foundation of its South frontier in Karnataka, while taking Goa in its stride. Ten Congress MLAs in Goa have switched sides and been on a Delhi visit.The pandemonium in Karnataka and now Delhi has been unable to wake up the party that seems to be in deep slumber.The Congress has been subject to jibes by its rival party BJP.”Congress has no national president for 40 days now. How can BJP be responsible for it? Congress MLAs think that the party is bankrupt, so they are joining BJP,” Minister of Environment and Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar said.Javdekar’s scathing attack comes in the middle of a sea of resignations in the Congress and a flurry of MLAs switching sides. Adding to the conundrum is Rahul Gandhi’s unwillingness to actively participate till a replacement can be found.The uncertainty in the Congress has had a telling effect on the state units with power brokers looking for fresh pastures on the other side.The hectic meetings being held at 15, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road to find a leader have also dried as party awaits the arrival of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi from abroad.With Priyanka Gandhi back, a Congress Working Commitee (CWC) could be held anytime but only after a consensus is built on the name. Party leaders are already getting calls from veterans to know their choice.”We are being asked for our choice. There are names doing rounds. But how would I know what the other has said? There is ambiguity over it,” said a CWC member.Amidst growing clamour of calling a CWC meeting at the earliest and resolving the leadership issue, Rahul Gandhi staged a protest with other opposition leaders at the Gandhi Statue in Parliament on Thursday.Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has also resigned from his post as party general secretary, urged the party to take a decision soon to ensure course correction.”Our effort was to convince Rahul ji to continue. But, Rahul ji remains firm on whatever decision he takes and I am proud of that. We have to search for a new party president. A lot of time has elapsed. Now, we cannot allow more time to pass,” Jyotiraditya Scindia said. Scindia himself lost the Lok Sabha election from his traditional seat, Guna.Leaders are hoping that the Congress party might see the end of the tunnel after Priyanka Gandhi’s return.Also Read | Gehlot no longer has a Pilot? Infighting intensifies within Rajasthan CongressAlso Read | Amid leadership crisis in Congress, Ashok Gehlot meets Sonia GandhiAlso Watch | Will Congress lose Karnataka?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow congressFollow Karnataka crisislast_img read more