first_imgAmazon is on overdrive in India.Earlier this year, the world’s largest online retailer became the second-largest online marketplace in the country by shipments and gross merchandise value. (Flipkart remains number one in India.) It also announced an additional $3 billion investment, taking its total investment in India to $5 billion; it launched its popular subscription-based program Amazon Prime to drive customer loyalty; and it announced that it would be soon be introducing its Prime Video service. Recently, in October, the firm launched its “Global Store” for Indian customers enabling them to buy products sold on its U.S. website while paying in Indian currency. Prior to this, while customers from India could buy on Amazon’s U.S. website, they had to pay in dollars.Amit Agarwal, Amazon India’s vice president and country head, says that “enhancing shopping experience” for customers is “one of the key pillars” for the company. With the Global Store, customers in India will have direct access to thousands of international brands and a starting selection of over 4 million global products. While initially the Global Store will have products from the U.S., over time, products from other key markets such as the U.K., Germany and Japan are also expected to be listed. India, which is one of the fastest growing e-tail markets around the globe, is the third country after China and Mexico to get the Amazon Global Store. This move will no doubt help Amazon compete more vigorously against Flipkart.More importantly, perhaps, it will also help strengthen the company’s arsenal against the imminent entry of Walmart — the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer and its arch rival.Amazon, though, is silent on Walmart’s reported entry into this segment. “We are not competition-focused, but customer-obsessed,” says Agarwal. “Our goals and our targets are only focused on our building a better experience for our customers and sellers.Walmart’s Entry: A Matter of TimeAccording to media reports, Walmart is all set to join the Indian e-tail party soon. While the company is reported to be talking to several Indian e-tailers like Snapdeal and Shopclues, the strongest buzz is around Walmart entering into a strategic alliance with Flipkart or making an investment in the company, possibly to the tune of $1 billion. While both Walmart and Flipkart refuse to comment on what they term as “speculations,” Rajneesh Kumar, senior vice president and head of corporate affairs at Walmart India, says: “E-tail is undeniably a very big change and is here to stay. Understandably, that is where the consumer is going. We believe the next five years will belong to those who commit to provide an omni-channel experience to customers.”Walmart currently has 21 cash & carry wholesale format stores, called Best Price, across nine states in India. This number is expected to increase to 70 over the next three to five years. According to Kumar, currently all stores (which are open only to commercial and institutional customers) provide an omni-channel shopping experience to the members. “B2B e-commerce is a major driver of growth for us in India,” says Kumar. He adds: “For us, India is a long-term commitment. It is a growing economy and hence an important market. We continue to look at all opportunities and keep scanning the business environment on how wecan serve our business members better.”Industry observers and experts believe that it is only a matter of time before Walmart makes a foray into online retail in India through some kind of an investment or partnership with a leading Indian e-tailer. Kartik Hosanagar, Wharton’s professor of operations, information and decisions, whose research focuses on the digital economy, in particular Internet media, Internet marketing and e-commerce, notes: “Walmart has been interested in India for quite some time now. They explored a partnership with Bharti but that fell through. [In 2007, Walmart had entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Bharti Enterprises. The partnership broke off in 2013.] Internet companies that are more used to a different pace and greater transparency are a better partner for Walmart.”Hosanagar believes that Walmart’s India strategy will borrow heavily from its China experience: It will “partner with local companies that have better local knowledge.” He points out that in China, Walmart started with a small investment in Yihaodian. Later, it purchased Yihaodian in its entirety. And more recently, it has partnered with JD.com, including selling Yihaodian to JD.com. “This way, it has partnered with China’s second largest e-commerce company to take on Alibaba (the e-commerce leader in China). This also allows Walmart to focus on its offline stores and simply set up an online store on JD.com.”Hosanagar also points to Walmart’s recent acquisition of Jet.com in the U.S. for $3.3 billion. He notes that even though Jet.com is unproven, Walmart was willing to pay a considerable amount because “it finally found a proven [individual, Jet.com co-founder] Marc Lore, who is willing and capable of taking on Amazon.com.” A partnership with a player like Flipkart will seek to do the same in India, says Hosanagar. “Think of it as an alliance of the ‘Amazon-worrieds.’”Ankur Bisen, senior vice president for retail at Technopak Advisors, considers Walmart’s reported moves in India to be in line with its global strategy. He says: “With the acquisition of Jet.com in the U.S., Walmart has put e-commerce at the heart of its growth strategy. It wants to protect its status as a dominant global retailer and recognizes the need to align with the rapidly changing world of retail. It also signals that it will not shy away from either building this capability in-house or pursuing acquisition opportunities, or both.” In India, Bisen notes, Walmart has organically built a cash & carry business that has “grown reasonably well” and has also started piloting “multi-channel options” in this business. Says Bisen: “This is in line with Walmart’s global approach of re-modeling brick businesses into multi-channel businesses.”Rishikesha Krishnan, professor of corporate strategy and policy at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore and currently director of IIM Indore, sees Walmart partnering with Flipkart as a logical move. The current policy environment in India is not conducive for Walmart to make a direct entry into physical retail. But since the policy allows marketplace models in e-tail, Walmart can have a piece of the market via Flipkart. “There is a saying that an enemy’s enemy is a friend. Besides, Flipkart has shown the ability to compete strongly with Amazon for the Indian market. And India is the “next big thing” in retail. So it makes sense for Walmart to have a position in this market,” says Krishnan. S. Raghunath, professor of corporate strategy and policy at IIM Bangalore specializing in strategic alliances and strategic leadership, adds: “Walmart has been trying very hard to up the ante in online retail. The acquisition of Jet.com in the U.S. followed by the news about Walmart’s interest in acquiring a stake in Flipkart fits with the company’s thrust to increase its play in the online retail space and add to its competitive strength.”Power of Global SourcingThe big question is: What impact will the entry of the world’s largest retailer have on online retail in India?“The Indian e-tail ecosystem will have a superior supply chain and a wider variety of products than what is currently available,” says Sreedhar Prasad, partner-business consulting at KPMG India. Prasad notes that while players have been investing in the last mile, customer experience and so on in recent years, there has not been much action in terms of bringing in newer and different products to Indian customers; e-tailers are sourcing from the same suppliers or the same type of suppliers. Prasad believes that this is where global players like Walmart or Tesco can add a lot of value in India.“If it is just an investment by a global player in a big Indian e-tailer, then it is not of much interest. But if there is an alliance between two [big players], then I am very bullish about it because the global supply chain giants enabling Indian e-tail can be a very powerful trend in the sector. The power of global sourcing, including sourcing from India itself, can be a big impetus to the e-tail ecosystem in India,” says Prasad.Devangshu Dutta, chief executive of consulting firm Third Eyesight, notes that since its breakup with Bharti, Walmart in India has been restricted to its cash & carry wholesale business, Best Price, which primarily sells to small businesses. It has also been experimenting with overlaying e-commerce as an extension to the Best Price business. “An investment into an e-commerce platform could give it additional inroads into the consumer retail market by proxy. For a platform such as Flipkart, Walmart can provide additional product expertise and also allow it to diversify the merchant base as Flipkart needs to under the foreign direct investment (FDI) regulations.”IIMB’s Raghunath suggests that Walmart can use the Flipkart connection to turn its current B2B stores in India into online retail business opportunities and warehouse locations for delivery. “Flipkart data can be useful for Walmart to project buyer behavior and preferences. Flipkart can be the front end with Walmart at the back end,” says Raghunath, adding that if the relationship works out, Walmart may look at deepening it further and “become a major player” in the Indian online retail market. Krishnan believes that any alliance between Flipkart and Walmart would be a “win-win” for both. “We don’t know the terms of Walmart’s investment in Flipkart, but if [Walmart] can get access to Indian retail/consumer data through this association that would be invaluable to them should they re-enter conventional retail.”Third Time Lucky?But Walmart’s India foray has not created any big waves up to now. As noted earlier, its partnership with Bharti Enterprises broke off in 2013 and since then, while it has been growing its cash & carry business, Walmart has been a fairly low-key player in India. Dutta, however, feels that its new partnership could work out differently. “Partnerships are an outcome of the objectives and behavior of both partners being in sync. The Bharti-Walmart joint venture broke up because the two partners viewed the Indian market, growth plans and investment needs very differently, within the constraints placed by the FDI policy. Any other potential relationship Walmart creates will be driven by the dynamics of that specific relationship, and their respective leadership teams at the time,” he notes.Bisen adds that e-tail in India has matured to a level where entry barriers are significantly high for a new entrant to gain market leadership. Walmart will be looking to “get a foot in the door in [what is] perhaps the last significant market opportunity for e-commerce where the pecking order is yet to shape up.” According to Bisen, Technopak’s view is that 80% of the e-commerce market is almost always marketplace driven and most major e-commerce markets are dominated by two players. He believes that the Indian market will also evolve towards this direction in the next four to five years. He expects Flipkart, Amazon and Alibaba backed ecosystems to occupy 80% of the Indian e-commerce market. “Who among the three will lead is an interesting narrative that will unfold and will solely be dependent on the strategies of these individual players,” says Bisen. What role Walmart plays in this remains to be seen. According to the New York-based market research firm eMarketer, Walmart is the second largest online retailer in the U.S.after Amazon. However, while Amazon’s pure e-commerce revenue represents 74.1% of total sales, Walmart has e-commerce revenue of just 2.8% of its total sales.Can Walmart’s entry in Indian e-tail help it in its battle with Amazon worldwide? Not necessarily, says Dutta. “To my knowledge, there are no retail rivalries that are truly global in nature. While companies may be multinational, retail is a dynamic and intensely local business, and success in one market is no guarantor of success in another.” Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgCricket icon Sachin Tendulkar will be helping the Maharashtra government tackle drought in the Marathwada region.The Chief Minister of the state, Devendra Fadnavis, met Tendulkar earlier in the day and had discussed various strategies to combat the alarming situation.Fadnavis took to Twitter to announce that Tendulkar along with a beverage manufacturing giant would come up with plans for drought relief in Marathwada.  Delighted to meet Bharat Ratna @sachin_rt .He & @PepsiCo putting together a plan for drought relief in Marathwada. pic.twitter.com/MgP5sCWjAH Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) April 21, 2016Marathwada is one of the worst affected regions in the state where, as per the latest official figures, seven major dams in districts of Aurangabad, Parbhani, Beed, Nanded and Osmanabad are left with no water.13 Indian Premier League matches including the final that was scheduled to be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will be moved out of the drought-hit Maharashtra after the Bombay High Court ordered against hosting matches in the state.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — Missing Henrik Lundqvist because of neck spasms sustained in a meltdown loss at Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers knew they had to rally around backup Antti Raanta against the NHL-leading Washington Capitals.Raanta was good and his teammates provided timely scoring and stingy defense in a 3-2 victory on March 4.“We had a discussion before the game that everybody needs to come show up to the game today and let’s play aggressive hockey, let’s put our bodies on the line,” said Raanta, who stopped 32 shots.Raanta was so sharp that the Rangers wondered if he only allowed one goal. Jay Beagle’s seventh goal 10:58 into the second period required a lengthy video review, and New York coach Alain Vigneault said he and his staff couldn’t see that the puck went over the line even after the NHL sent its definitive replay angle.It was a moot point afterward because Derek Stepan scored the game-winner 17 seconds into the third period, banking a shot off Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik’s skate and past Braden Holtby.Stepan’s 15th goal of the season was another example of him coming up big in big moments.“He’s supposed to be one of our go-to guys and he’s played in important games and he knows that he’s got to step it up,” Vigneault said. “The teams that win are getting good goaltending and obviously solid play from their top players and Step is one of ours.”Jesper Fast and Keith Yandle also scored for the Rangers, who haven’t lost consecutive games since Dec. 17 and 20. Their 10 wins in a row following a regulation loss is the longest in franchise history within a single season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.This was an impressive show of resiliency because it came without Lundqvist and because New York had to handle responding to a questionable video review and blowing a two-goal lead.“It was a good sign for us responding under tough conditions, travel here and obviously going against the top team in the league and proving that we can come out on top,” captain Ryan McDonagh said.There wasn’t much for the Capitals to complain about, either, despite just their sixth regulation loss at Verizon Center. Goals by Beagle and T.J. Oshie got them back into the game after another rough start, and Holtby made 20 saves.Coach Barry Trotz justified the loss as somewhat of a counter balance to picking up two undeserved points for a shoddy effort March 2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.“I thought we played the right way,” Trotz said. “As I said to the guys after the game, ‘I’ll take that game any day of the week.’ We just got to clean up a couple areas and we’ll be fine.”Slow starts continue to plague the Capitals, who gave up the first goal for the ninth time in their past 11 games. Players felt positive about the second and third periods, but the first again wasn’t ideal.“If we would’ve had a better start, who knows how that game would’ve wound up?” Oshie said.Turnovers are a problem too, with a giveaway by Dmitry Orlov leading to Stepan’s goal early in the third period. But Washington has shown a tendency to come back, and it was the Rangers’ ability to shut things down in the third period that earned them a much-needed victory.“Third period, great battle, everybody,” Raanta said. “We got an early goal, and (for) 19 minutes everybody put their body on the line and there was lots of blocked shots. It’s nice to be in the net with those guys in front of you.”(STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img\R The Hague, Jun 26 (AFP) Dutch police are investigating after a van deliberately slammed into the headquarters of one of the Netherlands’ top newspapers and media groups today, catching fire but not causing any injuries.”This morning about 4:00 am a delivery van was driven into the facade of a publishing house in Basisweg” in Amsterdam, police said in a tweet.The building houses the head office of De Telegraaf, a popular Dutch daily tabloid, which focuses on sports, crime and gossip around celebrities.The police said the act was believed to be intentional, but no-one was hurt and the driver had fled the scene. They have launched a manhunt and are appealing for information.The van burst into flames on impact, and fire services were swiftly called to the scene. Television images showed fire officers dousing huge flames leaping around the white van lodged in the building’s glass-fronted facade.Dawn revealed the area had been completely charred and reduced to twisted metal, and the Telegraaf said it believed it had been a deliberate attack.”We will not let ourselves be intimidated,” said editor-in-chief Paul Jansen, adding it was too early to speculate who was behind the incident.The paper added that the van had not been able to penetrate into the building as the front windows were made of special safety glass.The incident comes after a man fired an anti-tank weapon into another building in the Sloterdijk area of Amsterdam which houses media organisations.A 41-year-old man has been arrested for the attack last Thursday which also caused no injuries.advertisementPolice identified the man in a statement as a leader of a local motorbike gang.(AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk ChennaiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 16:51 IST Suriya and Allu ArjunOn February 14, Jammu and Kashmir saw a deadly terrorist attack which killed 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF). The bus, which was blown away by the terrorists, was part of a 70-vehicle convoy that was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.Suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar from the banned terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad rammed his SUV laden with 300 kg of explosives into the bus with the jawans on board. The attack is one of the worst tragedies in recent times in Jammu and Kashmir.Many South Indian celebrities including Allu Arjun, Suriya, Dulquer Salmaan, Rana Daggubati and Anirudh Ravichander took to Twitter to offer their condolences to the martyrs and their families.Tamil actor Suriya stated that he is extremely saddened to hear the news. He wrote, “Deeply Saddened and heartbroken to know about the cowardly attack on #CRPFJawans convoy in #Pulwama. My heartfelt condolences to their families who have lost a son, brother, husband or a father for us. (sic)”Dear all The link… https://t.co/HDbDjiSo4D Let’s show martyred #CRPFJawans families that we are there for them as they were for us.Let’s await details and give individual donation.We can reach the individuals for confirmation with the details in the link. #Bravehearts pic.twitter.com/Zt2ySdkDrgSuriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) February 15, 2019Telugu star Allu Arjun, who was shocked to hear the news, offered his condolences. He wrote, “Heart felt Condolences to all the families of 42 CRPF Men who lost their lives at Pulwama. Every soldier’s sacrifice will be remembered and honoured deep in our hearts. A very very sad day. #PulwamaAttack (sic)”advertisementCondemning the Pulwama terror attack, Dulquer Salmaan wrote, “Heartbreaking to hear about the # PulwamaTerrorAttack! Condolences and prayers to the family and friends of all the brave CRPF jawans that lost their lives to this cowardly and dastardly act. (sic)”Actor Rana Daggubati too offered his condolences. He wrote, “Shocked to hear the news of the terror attack in # Pulwama. Strength to the families of the brave CRPF soldiers we lost. #RIPBraveHearts (sic)”#RIPBraveHearts #PulwamaDeepest condolences to the families of these real life heros pic.twitter.com/ceEwMNZCeqAnirudh Ravichander (@anirudhofficial) February 15, 2019Prayers for the departed. #PakistaniTerror must be stopped. Strength to the families of the martyrs. The government must reply strongly. Enough. #PulwamaSiddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) February 15, 2019″That’s saddening to hear the news of #PulwamaTerrorAttack, may the great souls Rest in Peace and let’s wish the injured heroes and pray a speedy recovery for them and their families !Let’s take a bow for them”Jai Hind” pic.twitter.com/LfRcQnHfVuRashmika Mandanna (@iamRashmika) February 15, 2019#pulwama sacred grounds. Heartbroken. RIP all the brave soldiers. Deep condolences to their closed onesJiiva (@Actorjiiva) February 15, 2019Heart Breaks to know this #PulwamaAttackDD Neelakandan (@DhivyaDharshini) February 15, 2019Can’t comprehend the angst and deep sorrow hearing the #PulwamaTerrorAttack killing 40+CRPF jawans. My heart bleeds for the martyrs and their families. Plead Indian Govt to go all out n eliminate the terrorists with no mercy #enoughisenough @narendramodi@rajnathsingh @crpfindiaPrasanna (@Prasanna_actor) February 14, 2019Devastated to see what’s happening!! #Pulwama #PulwamaTerrorAttackRevenge.. strategically plotted revenge will only suffice this pain that’s being felt seeing the blast visuals!Heart goes out for our brothers who have lost their lives&fighting it out to sustain! #NeedAnSwers pic.twitter.com/wT3CNBT6NTVignesh Shivn (@VigneshShivN) February 15, 2019Rest in peace our brave hearted soldiers…. #CRPFJawansLet God give strength to their families… And Government give reply to the coward terrorists…. So disheartening..#Pulwama #CRPFKashmirAttackkarthik subbaraj (@karthiksubbaraj) February 15, 2019Heart felt condolences to the martyrs of pulwama attack #RIPBraveHearts #SaluteToRealHeros #Spreadpeace pic.twitter.com/yOU4MqBpmHSanthanam (@iamsanthanam) February 15, 2019Thursday’s attack in Pulwama was the biggest in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. The tragedy saw people across fields, from politics to sports to showbiz, unanimously condemning the attacks.ALSO READ | Kashmir terror attack: Jaish suicide bomber blows up bus, kills CRPF jawansALSO WATCH: CRPF jawans killed in Kashmir’s PulwamaGet 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 byK Janani Tags :Follow Kashmir Terror AttackFollow PulwamaFollow Suriya Pulwama terror attack: Suriya to Allu Arjun, South celebs mourn Kashmir tragedySouth Indian celebrities from Suriya to Allu Arjun, all condemned the deadly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday afternoon. 40 CRPF jawans were killed in the attack.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: SAAM Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM ended 2018 with a 16% lower net income year over year which stood at USD 49.6 million. The lower figure is explained mainly by a high basis of comparison following the sale of a minority interest in Tramarsa, Peru, in 2017 for USD 26 million and some non-recurring effects in 2018.Excluding these effects, net income was up 91% over the prior year, SAAM said.Additionally, sales totaled USD 515 million, an increase of 10% more than last year, while EBITDA was USD 146 million, a rise of 25%.For the fourth quarter of 2018, net income was USD 14.5 million, up by 77% over 2017. Sales totaled USD 133 million, rising by 6% and EBITDA totaled USD 39 million, an increase of 37%.“The year 2018 was a good period for the company: we are already seeing the initial results of our new operating model, with a more simplified organizational structure that brings us closer to our subsidiaries, seeking more efficiencies and better projecting growth, all on a foundation of sustainability and excellence in management,” Macario Valdés, the company’s CEO, commented.He also highlighted the recent agreement to acquire full ownership of the towage joint venture with Boskalis, valued at USD 201 million.In April 2018, SAAM signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a RoRo terminal in Alabama, the United States.Among other 2018 achievements are record transfer figures at terminals in Guayaquil in Ecuador, Caldera in Costa Rica, San Antonio and Corral in Chile, the inauguration of new infrastructure at the ports operated by the company in Costa Rica and the US, and the purchase of 50% of Transaéreo.In addition, SAAM has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Chile for the third straight year and is also now on the DJSI MILA.“Another achievement that makes us especially proud is our progress on safety matters. Our lost-time injury rate has dropped 71% over the last six years,” Valdés added.last_img read more

first_imgThe trucking industry is transporting goods more easily and efficiently thanks to a new co-operative agreement between Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The new agreement means that long-combination vehicles can move more freely between provinces. “Harmonized trucking standards between our jurisdictions makes sense for industry and for Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We are removing a barrier standing in the way of economic growth and promoting the safe, efficient movement of goods in and out of our province.” Long-combination vehicles are multiple, tandem trailers on one tractor truck. Longer vehicles offer shippers a cost-effective option as they can move more goods at one time, reducing fuel consumption and gas emissions. “Until now, if you wanted to haul a long-combination vehicle from Ontario to Nova Scotia you were required to operate under four different regulatory policies,” said Dave Miller, vice president, human resources, loss prevention, safety and compliance, Armour Transportation Systems. “In order to survive today’s competitive economy, trucking companies must take advantage of ways to move freight more efficiently. “The inter-provincial agreement removes most of the differences amongst provinces and provides a streamlined, efficient and modern approach to the business of trucking.” In 2015, Nova Scotia exported $5.39 billion worth of goods, generating 3.38 per cent of the province’s gross domestic product. The transportation and warehousing sector employs more than 20,500 Nova Scotians, accounting for 4.6 per cent of total provincial employment. Long-combination vehicles are already in use on four-lane highways, following a pilot project that confirmed the value and safety of having longer trucks on the road. Long-combination vehicle movements are highly controlled and are generally permitted to haul only on designated four-lane highways and from approved locations. For more information, go to novascotia.ca/tran/trucking/vehiclewghtsdims.asplast_img read more

first_imgLANGFORD, B.C. — The RCMP are reminding the public not to engage in road rage after a woman allegedly pulled out a machete during a dispute over a parking spot in Langford, B.C.The Mounties say they received a report from a woman on Sunday afternoon who said she was trying to park at Costco when another woman cut her off and “abruptly” took the parking stall.When the two women got in an argument over the spot, the one who parked allegedly reached into her vehicle, pulled out a machete, and held it in a threatening way.The complainant said she backed away and called police.The RCMP say if you encounter a road rage incident, do not engage with the other party but instead find a safe spot to pull over and call 911 for help.They are asking the woman alleged to have brandished the large sword-like knife to turn herself in, adding they know who she is but have not found her.“We know who you are, you know who you are, please turn yourself in. We would like to provide you with an opportunity to tell us what happened”, Const. Nancy Saggar says in a news release.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

What has changed is the rest of the Premier League. The average points taken by the other big clubs (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham) this season through 35 games was 72.8. In previous seasons this average has not exceeded 70. Among the weakest four of the big six, the clubs Arsenal directly needs to beat in order to qualify for the Champions League, the average point total through 35 matches this year is 67.7. Only once previously (2013-14) has the average been close, and Arsenal was fortunate enough to be clear with 70 points through 35 matches that year.The strategy of Wenger’s Arsenal has been to build a team good enough to reach the top four, usually with 70-75 points and a goal difference between plus-20 and plus-30. The strategy has worked in part because the other clubs with the resources to match these results failed to achieve Arsenal’s consistency. This year they have improved and Arsenal has not.But that is not the whole story. Expected goals, a statistical measure of the quality of chances created and conceded, suggests that Arsenal in 2016-17 are running below the level of quality they have in the recent past. Arsenal’s expected goals difference is only plus-13, easily the club’s worst statistical performance in the last six years. This drop-off has been most pronounced in recent weeks. Since March 1, Arsenal has gone 5-1-4, but the Gunners have conceded as many goals as they have scored. Their expected goals difference is even worse, at minus-4.The most notable change in this time is that Wenger has, for the first time in years, switched to a formation with three center backs, utilizing winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a wingback and deploying a varying set of forwards — including Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott — in a front three. Playing in the new formation has brought a good haul of points, but in those matches Arsenal has conceded more clear scoring chances to its opponents (9) than it has created (5). The streak is unlikely to continue unless the underlying performances pick up. What is most notable about the changes in formation and personnel is that Arsenal usually isn’t tinkering this late in the season. Wenger is known for giving his attackers freedom to improvise on the pitch and to build off relationships and experience. It stands to reason that in such a system, stability in personnel and tactics would lead to higher levels of performance, as players develop understandings from playing together. Arsenal’s statistics over the last six years bear this out. During seasons in which Arsenal has maintained stability in its first 11 over the final weeks of the season, the club has finished hot. In the only two seasons when Wenger made major changes, Arsenal has averaged just 1.6 and 1.1 points per match, respectively, down the stretch.Regardless of whether Wenger continues to tweak tactics in these final three games, his team needs to win — and even that may be not be enough. With luck, perhaps these new tactics and new formation will click and the streak can be extended. But if it doesn’t pull off late-season heroics, Arsenal won’t be seen in the Champions League next fall, and the team that will be seen in England may look much different. The one constant in the English Premier League is that no matter what else happens, Arsenal will finish in the top four. Under manager Arsene Wenger, the club has never finished as low as fifth, a run dating to the 1996-97 season. After 21 years, Arsenal may finally drop outside the top four. The Gunners are currently in fifth place with only a 22 percent chance of fighting their way back into the top four.The implications for Arsenal go well beyond just the trivia. First, it would cost the North London club an annual influx of cash it has grown accustomed to. The top four clubs in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League, which provides a major revenue boost; last season Arsenal made about $58 million from the Champions League. If Arsenal finish outside the top four, the club will qualify for the Europa League, where Tottenham Hotspur earned almost $23 million last season for a similar performance.It may also cost them players. Playing in Europe’s premier club tournament offers prestige and glory that in turn helps attract better players on transfers. Arsenal should be particularly worried about maintaining their Champions League streak because star forward Alexis Sanchez has only one season remaining on his contract. If Sanchez does not sign a new contract this summer, he may have to be sold in order for Arsenal to recoup a transfer fee from his departure. The sharks are already circling, with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Chelsea rumored to be considering bids.But the most significant casualty of Arsenal’s disappointing season may be Wenger himself. The long-tenured manager has not signed a contract for next season. If Arsenal cannot right the ship, he may be gone, ending an unprecedented run of consistency at the top. (Since he took the reins at Arsenal, 159 different coaches have held a job in the EPL, plus another 53 have held interim positions.)So with three Premier League games remaining for most of the teams at the top of the table, the stakes could hardly be higher. With yesterday’s victory at Southampton, Arsenal remained in the top four race with a 22 percent chance of Champions League qualification. To get there, Arsenal will need Liverpool or Manchester City to drop points, and the Gunners will probably need to win all of their remaining matches. Arsenal projects to a 61 percent chance of finishing in the top four if it wins out, with chances falling fast if any more points are dropped.So how has Arsenal found itself in this predicament? The streak is evidence that the team hasn’t had a really bad spell in decades. But that doesn’t mean the team has gotten any better — and that’s part of the problem. Wenger’s Arsenal for years has treaded water in the third- and fourth-place spots — last season was the first time Arsenal had finished above third since 2005. All it would take for the Gunners to fall would be for the other big clubs in the Premier League to play up to expectations. And this season that is exactly what has happened.Arsenal has taken 66 points through 35 matches with a plus-26 goal difference. These numbers are not particularly unusual for Arsenal in the last several seasons. Since 2010-11, Arsenal’s points through 35 games have ranged from 64 to 70. The goal-difference numbers are ranged similarly, from plus-21 to plus-32. The Gunners’ stats this season show up at the lower end of the team’s recent level, but they are not outliers. read more

Moments after time had expired on the 2009 Ohio high school boy’s basketball championship game in March, the victorious Columbus-Northland Vikings lined up to shake hands with runner-up Cincinnati-Princeton. When Northland’s Jared Sullinger met Princeton’s Jordan Sibert in line, the teams came to a brief halt. Sullinger took a moment to console a dejected Sibert before the two left the Schottenstein Center court in different directions.Before ever playing for a state title, Sibert and Sullinger became friends. They gave two of the earliest verbal commitments to Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class. Last week, they officially signed their letters of intent, and along with four other high school seniors, joined what some consider to be the best group of recruits in the nation.Joining Sibert and Sullinger are DeShaun Thomas from Fort Wayne, Ind., Lenzelle Smith from Zion, Ill., Aaron Craft from Findlay, Ohio and J.D. Weatherspoon, Sullinger’s teammate at Northland.The group members, dubbed as the “Super Six,” have grown to know each other well.“I love the fact that they’ve got a good feel for each other,” coach Thad Matta said. “They’re very close, and they’ve communicated for the last couple of years in the process of the recruiting.”Matta has adapted a knack for bringing in highly touted recruiting classes during his career in Columbus. Including Sullinger and Thomas, he has signed eight five-star recruits since 2006, according to Rivals.com.Matta said even though they might be highly rated, he treats these players like all the others.“The one thing I always try to do with recruits, once they finish their senior year of high school, I go and sit down with them and just say, ‘Alright here’s how it’s going to be,’” Matta said. “‘It’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever been through before. It’s a completely different game. It’s a completely different level.’”This most recent class will draw comparison to OSU’s 2006 class that included four players now on NBA rosters. Matta is not ready to compare the two in terms of talent, but he said there is one thing both groups have in common.“I think we got in both classes what we needed,” Matta said. “When they rank recruiting classes, they need to rank it on, ‘Did the team get what they needed?’ For us, I think we got what we needed not only for this year but for the future of our program.”What is particularly encouraging about these recruits, Matta said, is the success they’ve had on and off the court.“We’ve got six great kids and six kids that I think truly understand what Ohio State is about athletically and academically,” Matta said. “You have three 4.0 students in the class. Every guy has played for a state championship, and three of them have won a state championship.”Among the three state champions is Sullinger. With all the hype surrounding the “Super Six,” Buckeye fans hope the next time he hoists a trophy, Sibert will get to join him. read more

first_imgI think 3D is hilarious. It’s cute, really. I take my little ones to the theater and they enjoy putting the glasses on, jumping from left to right when it seems that the thing on the screen will jump right out and snatch them up. It’s a generally fun experience, a terrific diversion, but then we take the glasses off and return to our normal optical experience until our next trip to the theater.When 3D TV’s became commonplace at tech events, I was less amused. The idea that I would sit with those glasses on in my own home and watch TV was not the same. For starters, who is ever watching TV and not doing something else? I almost always have a laptop, a book, a tablet, or my phone in front of my when TV is on. With that, I’m sure you can imagine my opinion of 3D tablets or phones that offered the same simple experience was less than positive. So, when I was handed a pair of 3D glasses at the Sprint CTIA event, my mind drifted to a happy place where I wouldn’t simply get up an leave at the notion that the phone I was about to be shown would be “3D”. Please let the record firmly state that when it comes to the Evo View 3D and the Evo 3D from Sprint, I was dead wrong.AdChoices广告For starters, it’s not a persistent 3D experience. The 3D is in reference only to consuming 3D media or recording 3D content using the dual 5MP cameras, which can be activated or deactivated at the flick of a switch. So, if you are truly put off on the whole 3D thing, the phone and tablet are both still really great devices. Should you choose to venture into the brave new world of autostereoscopic visual experiences, you are in for a real treat.I sat and played the 3D trailer for The Green Hornet about half a dozen times from a multitude of viewing angles and was pleased to find that, unlike the 3DS from Nintendo, which also sports “glasses free 3D”, the 3D experience on these devices was really quite good from most angles. Since we were not permitted to see the camera or camcorder in action, the PR people citing “poor lighting” which I translated to “incomplete software”, the 3D part of the tour ended, and I began to explore the really important parts of the devices.The Evo 3DAt CTIA, as Dan Hesse of Sprint spun his silky weave of pleasing tones about the history of the Evo and Sprint’s eagerness to be at the front line of technological innovation and whatnot, I made sure to give an original HTC Evo a good once over and flipped through some of the more recent reviews of the device for reference.When I was finally shown the Evo 3D, I wanted to know what exactly had changed besides the camera. Here we have a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 1750 mAH battery, and the latest Sense UI trimmings on Android 2.3. Not bad on its own, but the Evo already had that same front facing camera a year ago, the kickstand has been removed, and WiMax hasn’t changed much recently. The only significant differences appears to be the processor and the battery.The battery is probably a really good thing, since one of the nicer things said about the Evo’s battery life was calling it “abysmal”. However, an HTC rep was cited today as saying that the battery life was similar to that of  “the average Android phone”. Naturally, I am inclined to compare it to the Evo, the Thunderbolt, and the Droid X. Unfortunately, what none of those three devices have is a dual-core processor. We’ve been assured countless times that dual core chips will prolong battery life and increase performance, yet it seems to fall a little short on delivering that with the current offerings of dual core phones.All in all, when combined with the new SenseUI, the Evo 3D is a powerhouse in a pretty box, and had plenty of extra buttons for everyone.The Evo View 4GThe irony of the Evo, at one time called a “clown phone” and ridiculed for its girthy display, having a “big brother” is not lost on me. Especially when, compared to current tablet offerings, it’s one of the little guys. This 7-inch thin slab of Android is truly in a league of its own. I appreciated the size of the Galaxy Tab in terms of its size and pocketability, but the “big phone” effect of Touchwiz over Android 2.2 made it difficult to use. Since the user experience of Sense UI is already a pleasant one, it came as no surprise that the Evo View’s variant of Sense was quite optimized for the screen size.Sporting a dual core 1.2GHz Snapdragon, the tablet will be able to drive any app you can throw at it, and very fast. The 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, dual microphones and dual speakers lend themselves nicely to it being a portable video communication device.What really sets the device apart, however, is the stylus. Tablets are cool, but they fail pretty miserably at replacing a pen for jotting down that quick note, highlighting text in a book, or just plain doodling. The Scribe Pen captures these abilities and more in a slick little pencil-shaped stylus. Students in class, teachers grading papers, or me drawing stick figures instead of working can all be done very well. Its only foreseeable downside is that, inexplicably, the pen cannot be used to navigate the operating system. The Evo View 4G is light, sleek, and extremely portable, and by far a worthy big brother to the Evo line.The HTC Flyer (top image)The View 3D is based on a tablet we saw unveiled at Mobile World Congress, the HTC Flyer. Coming “soon” through Best Buy Mobile, the HTC Flyer is a WiFi-only View 3D without the 3D camera. Instead it’s packing a single 5MP camera and sports a white interior, instead of red.The WiFi Flyer’s pricing has yet to be revealed, but it’s useability is identical to the View 3D in every way, and will no doubt be cheaper once Best Buy is able to carry it.last_img read more

first_imgDormir peu nuit sensiblement à l’activité génétiqueSelon une étude britannique, le manque de sommeil perturbe le fonctionnement de centaines de gènes jouant un rôle dans l’inflammation, le système immunitaire et la réponse de l’organisme au stress.Si on savait que le manque de sommeil était en partie lié à des maladies cardiaques, des risques d’obésité et des carences d’ordre cognitif, on ignorait encore le mécanisme moléculaire qui aurait pu l’expliquer. C’est aujourd’hui chose faite grâce à des chercheurs britanniques qui publient leurs travaux dans les Comptes rendus de l’Académie américaine des sciences (PNAS).L’étude qu’ils ont mené auprès de 26 volontaires a consister à les faire dormir moins de six heures par nuit pendant une semaine et plus de neuf heures par nuit la semaine d’après. A la fin de chacune de ces deux semaines, des échantillons de sang ont été prélevés sur chacun des participants. Les chercheurs, en analysant ces échantillons, ont découvert que l’acide ribonucléique (ARN) était modifié d’une semaine sur l’autre, 711 gènes étant affectés.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?De plus, le nombre de gènes dont l’activité est normalement au maximum au cours de la journée est passé de 1 855 à 1 481 et l’amplitude de l’expression des autres gènes a faibli, rapporte romandie.com. Enfin, les chercheurs ont constaté que le nombre total de gènes affectés par un manque de sommeil était sept fois plus élevé après une semaine de nuits trop courtes.Le 27 février 2013 à 12:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe draw for the fourth round fixtures in the Carabao Cup will be held on Saturday at 9pm, the Tottenham Hotspur official website confirms.The draw will be televised live on the English Football League highlights program on Quest.Spurs have made it to the fourth round draws after eliminating Watford on Wednesday night, thanks to a 4-2 penalty shootout win.The game which was held at the MK Stadium due to Spurs’ new home ground not being ready ended 2-2 after extra time before England international Dele Alli scored the winning penalty to send Mauricio Pochettino’s men through to the next round.Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea‘I’m not proud of it’ Kepa recalls EFL Cup final row with Sarri Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga confessed he was wrong to defy Maurizio Sarri’s orders to come off in February’s Carabao cup final.Nigeria international Isaac Success gave Watford the lead in the 46th minute before Dele Alli levelled matters for Spurs from the penalty spot.Erik Lamela scored what might have been the winner for Pochettino’s men in the 86th minute but Frenchman Etienne Capoue equalized for the Hornets in the 89th minute to force penalty shootouts.Tottenham next travel to the John Smith stadium where they will come up against Huddersfield Town this Saturday in the Premier League. The Spurs will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce after recording victories against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend in the league and Wednesday night’s win over Javi Gracia’s Watford.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – An Arizona teacher has been arrested after she was accused of having sex with her 13-year-old student.According to the Arizona Republic, 28-year-old Brittany Zamora was hit with multiple charges, including molesting a child and sexual conduct with a minor.Police say it began when Zamora and her student began messaging over an online instruction app. Officials said from there, the relationship progressed and became inappropriate.Officials said the two had sex multiple times in her classroom and her car.  In one incident, officials said, the pair touched each other inappropriately while other students watched a video.Zamora was ultimately arrested in March 2018 after a monitoring app on the student’s cellphone alerted his parents to illicit texts between the two.The teen said their relationship began shortly before Christmas and she told him not to tell anyone. However, the teen confided in a friend.At one point, Zamora and the victim even had sex in front of the friend, detectives said. “It’s, like, weird how a 27-year-old can, like, love a 13-year-old and do stuff,” the friend said. “It’s just crazy. She’s not a good person.”According to the Arizona Republic, the victim’s family has since filed a lawsuit against the school and Zamora’s husband, saying they knew about the abuse a month before the boy’s parents found out after three other students reported to the principal that they believed Zamora was in a relationship with another student.The parents claim the principal simply told the students not to spread rumors.Zamora has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She is set to make another court appearance in May.She has since surrendered her state teaching certificate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Air Force’s plan to defer retiring its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft until fiscal 2022 means that the service intends to complete the beloved attack plane’s departure from its inventory by Oct. 1, 2021, and was not meant to indicate the service planned to retain its full inventory of the aircraft until that time, officials clarified this week.“The budget defers the A-10’s final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35s on a squadron-by-squadron basis so we’ll always have enough aircraft for today’s conflict,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on Feb. 2 when he previewed the department’s FY 2017  budget request.This week, though, a spokeswoman confirmed that the Air Force will begin retiring the aircraft in FY 2018 by divesting two squadrons, or 49 aircraft. The service will retire 49 aircraft in FY 2019, 64 in FY 2020, and 96 in FY 2021, reported Defense News.The multi-role F-35 will replace the A-10 — along with the rest of the service’s legacy fighter jets — although officials have said the fifth-generation fighter cannot match the A-10 as a single-mission close air support (CAS) aircraft.“We are losing CAS capacity, that’s what the Budget Control Act has done to us,” Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday.The Air Force needs to begin divesting A-10 squadrons in FY 2018 to free up the necessary manpower to field the F-35 when it reaches full operational capability in FY 2021, Welsh said. The service is experiencing shortages in maintenance personnel, including crew chiefs and avionics specialists. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgUpendra-Rachita Ram’s erotic scene from I Love YouScreenshot of YouTube videoKannada superstar Upendra and actress Rachita Ram are said to have some sensational bold and erotic scenes in their upcoming movie I Love You, which will be among the highlights of the film.Kannada superstar Upendra’s kind of films needs no introduction. They have always been very special. From Om to Super, they were all sensational blockbusters. Expectations from his films are always high. Many of his Kannada films have made their mark on the Telugu box-office too. After a long gap, he is coming up with a promising film that has his role shaped in a unique way.Dimple Queen Rachita Ram has played the female lead and Upendra is seen in more stylish avatar in I Love You. The actor took special care to get the styling right. Uniquely, you will find Upendra dancing in a never-seen-before manner in the songs. The erotic and bold scenes between the lead pair will be a major highlight. An incredible hot song is also there. It will definitely thrill the audience.I Love You is directed by R Chandru, who has delivered many hits. The owner of Sri Siddeshwara Enterprises was so much impressed with his narration that he decided to produce the movie on a grand scale. Besides having all the elements that the audience expect from Upendra’s movie, the film also has romantic, family and thrilling elements. Director R Chandru is so confident that I Love You will exceed the standards of Upendra’s previous movies. Upendra-Rachita Ram’s erotic scene from I Love YouScreenshot of YouTube videoThe first trailer of I Love You has crossed 10 million views on YouTube and social media. It is generated a lot of hype and curiosity about the film, which is all set to hit the screens in a large number of theatres in the Telugu States on June 14. The makers of the film will hold its pre-release event in a grand way on the beach side in Vizag on June 8.Sonu Gowda, Honavalli Krishna, Jai Jagadeesh and Pd Satish are in the supporting cast of I Love You. Interestingly, Brahmanandam is playing an important role in the movie and his scenes will be a highlight. The film will have Dr Kiran Thotambyle’s music, Sugnan’s picturisation, Deepu S Kumar’s editing, Mohan B Kere’s art direction, Chinni Prakash, Dhanu, Mohan’s dance and Ganesh, Vinod and K Ravi Verma’s stunts.last_img read more

first_imgA masked protester burns tires during the funeral of Kaisar Ahmad Bhat, a civilian, who according to local media, was hit by a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle during a protest after Friday prayers, in Srinagar, 2 June 2018. Photo: ReutersGovernment forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at hundreds of mourners Saturday during a funeral march for a man killed when he was run over by a paramilitary vehicle during a protest.The angry mourners were marching with the man’s body to a graveyard in Srinagar on Saturday when police and soldiers used force to stop them. Police said the marchers were defying a government order that bans assembly of more than four people in the city.Residents said youths from the funeral regrouped in the winding streets of the city’s downtown and threw stones at troops while chanting slogans in favor of rebels and demanding an end to Indian rule over disputed region. Fierce clashes broke out in several places in the city.Police later took the custody of the body and allowed only a handful of relatives to take the body for the burial the city’s main martyr’s graveyard where hundreds of rebels and civilians killed since the start of an anti-India armed rebellion are buried.The man was critically injured Friday and died overnight in a hospital after a paramilitary armored vehicle crushed at least two men during an anti-India protest.Armed police and paramilitary soldiers laid razor wire and steel barricades at roads and enforced a curfew in old parts of Srinagar to restrict participation in the funeral. Authorities cut mobile internet services in Srinagar, and reduced connection speeds in other parts of the Kashmir Valley, a common government practice to prevent anti-India demonstrations from being organized.A woman looks out from a window, as she watches the funeral of Kaisar Ahmad Bhat, a civilian, who according to local media, was hit by a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle during a protest after Friday prayers, in Srinagar, 2 June 2018. Photo: ReutersFriday’s incident was the second of its kind in recent weeks. Last month, a young man was killed when a when a police armored vehicle ran over him during clashes with government forces in Srinagar.Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory divided between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan but claimed by both in its entirety. In recent years, the Indian-controlled portion has seen renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests against Indian rule.Residents said the armored vehicle in Friday’s incident drove wildly into a crowd of anti-India protesters, slamming into a half-dozen people and crushing at least two men beneath its wheels, injuring them critically.An Associated Press photographer captured the horror in a series of photographs of the other injured man, who doctors say is still in critical condition.Indian officials blamed the protesters and said the crowd was trying to drag the soldiers from their vehicle. Police, however, said the incident was a mistake by the nervous driver.last_img read more

first_img(Left) A diagram of the piezoelectric harvester with one straight inner piezoelectric multilayer stack (SIPMS) and two curved outer piezoelectric multilayer stacks (COPMSs). (Right) A photo of the first piezoelectric harvester prototype. Image credit: Tian Bing Xu, et al. (PhysOrg.com) — Although the idea of harvesting ambient energy from the environment and using it to generate electricity is alluring, most of the technology so far is capable of generating only very small amounts of power – on the order of microwatts to a few milliwatts with very low conversion efficiency. But a new piezoelectric energy-harvesting transducer shows that the technology is significantly improving. Researchers have predicted that 1-3 watts can be generated from a person walking when wearing a pair of shoes integrated with the new energy harvester, which is enough to power a soldier’s portable communication devices on the battlefield, among other applications. “As we mentioned in the pending paper, the critical challenge for piezoelectric energy harvesting is how to harvest electrical power on the order of tens of milliwatts to several watts, which is good enough for powering most portable devices, from any kinds of vibration and motion at any ranges of vibration frequencies (off-resonance mode harvesting technology is needed),” Xu told PhysOrg.com. “The new piezoelectric transducer addresses several critical issues from energy absorption, coupling, and conversion efficiency to overcome those challenges.”In the future, the researchers hope that the new piezoelectric harvesters will be able to harvest enough energy to power different types of portable devices from the environment. In addition to being used in shoes, the harvesters could have applications in infrastructure health monitoring systems and sensor networks. Although the transducer works best when harvesting vibrations at a certain resonance, its high efficiency enables it to still use off-resonant vibrations for low-power devices, such as some sensors.“Piezoelectric energy harvesting is a multidisciplinary issue to be addressed from the considerations of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, material science, and system engineering,” Xu said. “For each individual mechanical vibration or motion resource, a specific device is designed to get an optimized electrical energy output. Our team is confident that we can move the energy harvesting technology into a new era.” The piezoelectric energy-harvesting transducer was developed by a team of researchers led by Dr. Tian Bing Xu from the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia, in collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center, North Carolina State University, Stony Brook University, and TRS Technologies. The hybrid device combines two types of piezoelectric multilayer elements (one straight inner element sandwiched between two curved outer elements) with synergistically integrated force magnification, leading to advantages in several areas. Most notably, the transducer produces 19 times more electrical energy than current top piezoelectric transducers, and up to 1,000 times more electrical energy than a regular piezoelectric beam. Also, while the best piezoelectric transducers have mechanical-to-electrical conversion efficiencies of less than 7%, the new transducer achieves an efficiency of 26%.These improvements recently resulted in the new piezoelectric harvester winning the award for Best Technical Development of an Energy Harvesting Device at the conference of Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2011, in Boston, MA, on November 15-16, 2011. This category was judged on which organization had made the most significant technical achievement in energy harvesting over the past 18 months. The awards are part of the IDTechEx annual conference of Energy Harvesting and Storage USA, which was attended by over 360 people from 16 countries and featured 40 exhibitors.The researchers have described the new piezoelectric harvester in more detail in a paper that is currently under NASA internal review. In a short description available on the website of Lei Zuo, coauthor and a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the researchers highlight a few important features that contribute to the device’s superior performance. For one, the curved outer piezoelectric elements are relatively soft and bendable, resulting in more deformation (and absorbing greater mechanical energy) under a given applied force. The device also does a better job of coupling this mechanical energy into the piezoelectric materials since minimal non-piezoelectric materials are used. Another advantageous characteristic is that, when a force is applied vertically onto the device, the forces of both the straight and curved elements are amplified to the sides. This design feature enables the device to generate 2-3 orders of magnitude more electric charges under a given amount of vibration. IMEC reports 40 microwatt from micromachined piezoelectric energy harvester Citation: Award-winning energy harvester brings practical applications closer (2011, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-award-winning-energy-harvester-applications-closer.html Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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

first_imgA missile fired by Syrian forces killed at least 18 civilians on Tuesday in a residential neighbourhood of the old quarter of Aleppo city, a monitoring group said. “The missile struck when people were still inside their homes in the Maghayir district. It killed 18 civilians, including one child, and wounded dozens of others,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.“There are many people still stuck in the rubble, and ambulances are going back and forth transporting people,” Abdel Rahman said.The Britain-based Observatory said the death toll was likely to rise as more bodies were discovered.Photos published by the monitor showed crumbling walls surrounded by a sea of dusty plastic and cinderblocks.Groups of men, some wearing the white helmets associated with civil defence volunteers, waded through the rubble. More than 35 homes were destroyed, the Observatory said.last_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement A copy of the report seen by The Associated Press said Musharraf came to the hospital with “uneasiness in the chest, sweating and discomfort in the left arm.” The report said Musharraf suffered from “Triple Vessel Coronary Artery Disease” and that his father had died from coronary artery disease.Musharraf missed two earlier hearings in his case because of bomb threats, and there has been rampant speculation in the media that he would be evacuated from the country under medical pretense.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ISLAMABAD (AP) – A Pakistani court trying Gen. Pervez Musharraf on charges of high treason Tuesday said it would examine a medical report on his condition to decide whether the former president can be excused from hearings while he remains in hospital.The court said it would rule on the matter in two days.Musharraf remains at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, where he was taken last Thursday after suffering what was described as a “heart problem” while on his way to court. Musharraf returned to Pakistan almost a year ago hoping to take part in the country’s upcoming election but immediately plunged into extensive legal problems relating to his near decade in power. The 70-year-old took power in a coup in 1999 and ruled the country until he was forced to step down in 2008 when he became deeply unpopular.The high treason case relates to his 2007 decision to impose a state of emergency and detain a number of judges including the country’s chief justice. The move backfired, leading to widespread protests by the country’s lawyers against his rule.Musharraf’s rush to the hospital triggered suggestions that he was trying to avoid the embarrassment of appearing in a civilian court. The prosecutor in the case, Akram Shaikh, told the court he doubts Musharraf is ill and accused the former ruler of trying to evade appearing in court.A lawyer for Musharraf said Tuesday that he had received a copy of the medical report which suggested Musharraf was suffering from blockage of his arteries and a vertebra problem.The lawyer, Ahmad Qasuri, said it would now be up to the court to take a decision on how to proceed with the case considering Musharraf’s health issues. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more