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OUTRAGE AT MURDER OF GARDA DETECTIVE

first_imgDONEGAL TD  and SF Justice spokesman Padraig Mac Lochlainn has condemned last night’s brutal murder of a Garda detective.The fatal shooting happened at around 9.30pm at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Jenkinstown in Dundalk.The Garda Adrian Donohoe was one of two detectives on escort duty when the shooting occurred. It is believed four armed men were waiting outside to rob the credit union and moved to hold up staff at gunpoint as they were leaving work.One of the two detectives approached the raiders and was shot dead.His colleague has been severely traumatised but is otherwise unhurt.The raiders fled the scene in what is believed to have been a dark-coloured car. Reacting to the news, Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said: “This is a yet another tragic reminder of the immense risks our Gardaí take every day to protect our communities.“We can only hope that those responsible are speedily brought to justice.“My thoughts and prayers are with the deceased Garda’s family and colleagues at this very difficult time.”A Garda spokesman said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe attached to the Detective Unit in Dundalk.“Detective Garda Donohoe was fatally injured following a shooting incident at the Lordship Credit Union at Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co Louth at approximately 9.30pm last night (25/1/13). “Following the death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan speaking at Garda Headquarters this morning said: ‘I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of my colleague Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Detective Garda Donohoe died as a result of injuries sustained in the course of his duty following a shooting incident in Dundalk last night.“At this time my thoughts and prayers and those of the entire force are with the family, friends and close colleagues of Adrian.”GRA President John Parker said: “This dreadful news is what every police family fears. At this time the wider garda family will be doing everything possible to support the late garda’s relatives and loved ones, friends and colleagues. There is a deep shock across An Garda Síochána – and Irish society.“This heinous crime highlights the dangers gardaí face in the course of their duties and must be rightly condemned. We urge anyone who has any information, however small it may seem, to contact gardaí in Dundalk or the confidential Crimestoppers line 1800 25 00 25.” OUTRAGE AT MURDER OF GARDA DETECTIVE was last modified: January 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:OUTRAGE AT MURDER OF GARDA DETECTIVElast_img read more

World’s Smallest Rotary Engine Highlighted

first_imgThe smallest rotary motor in the world keeps your body humming.  It also keeps bacteria, plants, polar bears, giraffes, salmon, sea urchins and just about everything else humming.  It’s a nano-wonder called ATP synthase.  This molecular motor has been reported many times in these pages, but not recently; what’s new?  The state of our knowledge about ATP synthase was summarized in a paper in Nature by three German scientists.1  Basically, it’s a fascinating machine, but there’s still a lot more to learn.    It’s not just figurative speech to call ATP synthase a rotary motor.  It actually generates torque (the subject of the paper in Nature).  The authors compared it to a Wankel engine – the kind that powers a Mazda car, and used the word “motor” 30 times in the paper.  They said the first studies of this molecular machine revealed it “resembling a three-chambered molecular Wankel engine, therefore strongly suggested that rotation, rather than alternation, was nature’s choice, and that the synthesis of ATP might be mechanically driven by rotation….”  Synthesis of ATP (thus the name) is its job.  ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the energy currency for all of life.  The ATP molecule is a nucleotide with extra phosphate groups attached.  It requires energy to attach the phosphate groups; energy is liberated when they are removed.  Most molecular processes in the cell (and in all of life) use that liberated energy that comes from ATP.  Plants use it for photosynthesis; animals use it for respiration.  Quadrillions of these rotary engines in a human body manufacture ATP constantly, day and night, to keep those processes operational.  If they suddenly stopped, you would be dead before you hit the floor.    ATP synthase has several parts; a rotor, a stator, and a camshaft.  It’s actually two motors in one.  The top half (called F1) is a three-chambered assembly factory that pushes the phosphates onto the nucleotide.  Three pairs of lobes in this stepping motor turns loading ADP and phosphate, assembling them, and releasing ATP molecules.  They are powered underneath by a waterwheel-like rotating motor that runs on proton motive force (see 12/22/2003).  Taking advantage of the ever-present Brownian motion and electrostatic interactions, the protons turn the wheel.  This simultaneously turns a coupled camshaft-like mechanism that protrudes into the top half, which transfers the torque to the ATP-assembling lobes.  The engine can work in either direction, constructing ATP molecules or breaking them down, depending on the concentration gradient.     Scientists have been intrigued by the mismatch of gear ratios between the top and bottom halves of the engine.  In some animals, for instance, there are 11 units in the rotating half, but 3 in the top half.  This implies some transfer of elastic energy in the camshaft.  Whatever is happening, it works: scientists say this machine approaches 100% efficiency.  For a taste of the discussion from the paper for those who know physics, they are discussing the match between the energy needed for ATP hydrolysis and the mechanical work done by the motor:The match implies 100% efficiency for the conversion of the Gibbs free energy of ATP hydrolysis into mechanical work performed on the elastically strained filament.  This is not surprising given the approximate thermodynamic equilibrium of the enzyme (long)-filament construct.  It is more informative to say that there is no slip between ATP hydrolysis in F1 and rotation in FO under the given conditions.2  Rotary slip in FOF1 in chloroplasts and bacteria has been detected, but only under single-site occupancy, that is, at nucleotide concentrations significantly below 100 nM.  The momentary torque can be larger (for example, during a particular power stroke) or smaller (during a kinetic dwell) than its equilibrium average.  This may account for the still puzzling independence of the torque from the ATP concentration in the nanomolar to millimolar range (see ref. 2 for a review).  It is worth mentioning that the other technique for determining the torque from the rate of rotation underestimates its magnitude because it neglects viscous flow coupling between the filament and the enzyme-supporting surface.The mismatch of gear ratios may actually make the machine more efficient.  “It has also shown that an elastic power transmission is indispensable for a high rate of coupled turnover under load,” they said.  “It increases the rate by several orders of magnitude over that of a rigidly coupled double motor….. The elastic power transmission both increases the ‘kinetic efficiency’ of the coupled motors … and allows the double motor to function with different gears in different organisms.”    In conclusion, they noted five questions about ATP synthase that remain to be answered since the true mechanical nature of this rotary engine came to light around 1997 (and won its discoverers the Nobel Prize).  Surrounding those questions were expressions of marvel at the design of this machine:ATP synthase (FOF1) is a molecular machine that combines the electrical, mechanical and chemical aspects of enzyme function.  These are neatly separated, readily attributed to its different subunits, and reasonably well understood thanks to a wealth of structural and kinetic data.  However, understanding the enzyme fully at a molecular level will require considerable efforts, both experimental and theoretical.  There are five outstanding issues…. Only when we have solved these problems will we come close to a full understanding of this remarkable piece of cellular machinery.There are other examples of rotary engines in living cells, including the bacterial flagellum (which is an order of magnitude larger), and helicases (the machines that unwind DNA).  There are also two other spinoffs of ATP synthase (if you’ll pardon the pun), built on the same principle, that perform other functions (see 02/24/2003 and 12/22/2003 for information on of them).  Most other cellular machines, like the actins and kinesins, operate in a linear fashion.  “The coupled operation of two rotary motors, one electrical (FO) and one chemical (F1), is unique,” the authors said.  “In FOF1-ATPase there is no fine-tuning of the two stepping motors;3  instead, their coupled operation is smoothed and speeded by elastic power transmission, which accounts for its high kinetic efficiency and robust function..”  Scientists used to believe life was incapable of utilizing the wheel.  Now they know better.  Speaking of elastic power transmission producing high kinetic efficiency and robust function, they mentioned something that should tempt a biophysicist to investigate: “Other nanomotors probably share this feature.”1.  Junge, Seilaff and Engelbrecht, “Torque generation and elastic power transmission in the rotary FOF1-ATPase,” Nature 459, 364-370 (21 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08145.2.  F0 refers to the rotating part of the machine that runs on proton motive force.  F1 refers to the top half that synthesizes ATP.3.  They refer not to design principles but to the non-integer gear ratio between the two parts which, as they explained, actually increases the yield by an order of magnitude.  See also the 08/10/2004 entry: “ATP Synthase: Another Unexpected Case of Fine Tuning”.We could form a pretty large stack of scientific papers with the following characteristics: (1) they express marvel at the engineering design of living things, and (2) they say absolutely nothing about evolution.  This paper was another prime example.  Somebody should make a project of that and carry the stack to school board meetings where the NCSE is giving their usual spiel that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.    The more you know about ATP synthase, the more you will be led to conclude that this is a wondrous device showcasing intelligent design.  It’s mechanically perfect, irreducibly complex, 100% efficient, absolutely necessary for life, and capable of generating awe among scientists who study it.  Notice that it was discovered 138 years after Charlie dreamed up his little myth about how design could invent itself.(Visited 111 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ernie Els joins golfing legends

first_imgNot content with merely being a golfinggreat, Els also has a golf developmentfoundation, a project that raises fundsfor autism, a course design company and a successful wine farm.(Image: Ernie Els) Despite his imposing height of 1.91m,Els is known for his genial personality.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) MEDIA CONTACTS • Duncan WoodsBrand manager, Els Group (SA)+27 21 881 3588 RELATED ARTICLES • SA to host world’s richest golf event • SA golf prodigy wins British Open • Sun City golf courses still top notch • Reviving sport in SA schoolsSource: SouthAfrica.infoSouth African sporting great Ernie Els was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday. He joins the legendary Gary Player, who entered the Hall in 1974.The other members of the 2011 Hall of Fame class were Jock Hutchison, Doug Ford, Jumbo Ozaki, Frank Chirkinian, and former US president George Bush.Nicknamed “The Big Easy” because of his wonderful swing, Els was elected in his first year on the ballot. That’s not surprising as he has won 62 titles so far in his career, including two US Opens and one British Open title. Much like Player, he has enjoyed success around the world.Success around the worldEls has won 15 times on the PGA Tour, 21 times on the European Tour, 18 times on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour, and recorded eight other wins besides. He has also played in the Presidents Cup six times, represented South Africa in the Dunhill Cup in nine consecutive years, and in the World Cup five times.He topped the European Tour’s Order of Merit in 2003 and 2004. He has also won the World Matchplay Championship a record seven times. Gary Player is tied with Seve Ballesteros for the second most wins, with five.Long before he turned professional, Els began making his mark and his name first sprung to prominence in 1984 when he won the 1984 Junior World Golf Championship in San Diego by beating home town golfer Phil Mickelson in the final. It has indeed been a long journey.Impact beyond the golf courseHis impact, however, extends beyond his achievements on the course. South African golf is going through a purple patch at present, with Charl Schwartzel the current Masters champion and Louis Oosthuizen the British Open champion. Both of them were members of Els’ junior golf foundation, now known as the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation.Oosthuizen told Helen Ross on the PGA Tour website: “If it weren’t for Ernie Es, I would not be where I am today. It’s as simple as that.“I spent several happy years at Ernie’s foundation and whenever I wanted help since I have been out on Tour, Ernie has happily given it. I could not have found a better role model.”‘A great inspiration’Schwartzel said: “Ernie has been a great inspiration and friend to me for years. He is always happy to give his time and expertise, and I have been the grateful beneficiary of his generosity.”It is not only the younger generation of South African golfers that appreciates what Els has done. Gary Player, too, was full of praise for him.“I was so pleased to hear the news that Ernie has been selected to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” he said. “Ernie certainly deserves this recognition, as he epitomises a ‘world’ golfer.“He is a credit to the game and an ambassador for the sport. Ernie has been a wonderful friend over the years and I am very fond of him and his family.”Champion for autismApart from his excellence as a golfer and the opportunities he has created for youngsters through his foundation, Els is also striving to make a difference in the lives of people who have autism, or who are affected by it.Duncan started with the Ernie Els Wines team in 2003, and has recently re-joined the group as Ernie Els Group Brand Manager focussing on the South African market.His son Ben is autistic and Els has used his profile to raise money for charities devoted to the condition, whilst also establishing the Els for Autism Foundation.In 2009, he hosted the first annual Els for Autism charity golf event, which featured many PGA Tour and Champions Tour players. That year, he raised $725 000 (R4.9-million) for the Renaissance Learning Center, a non-profit school for autistic children, near his residence in West Palm Beach, Florida.The pace of fund raising at the charity golf event has been maintained, and after it was recently held for a third time the money raised by it had topped $2.2-million (R14.9-million).Els Center for ExcellenceEls, along with his wife Liezl, has established the Els Center for Excellence which, it is planned, will combine the Renaissance Learning Center with a research facility. It is a $30-million (R203-million) project and the couple has committed $6-million R41-million) of their own money to it.To top things off, mention must be made of Els as a successful golf course designer, with top class layouts in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and southern Africa. They include, among others, the Savannah course at Mission Hills in China, the re-design of Wentworth in England, The Durrat al Bahrain in Bahrain, The Els Club in Dubai, Hoakalei in Hawaii, and Oubaai in South Africa.last_img read more

South African economy improving

first_imgSouth Africa’s position on the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance improved from fifth to fourth thanks to improvements in the economy and infrastructure development. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Research reveals Kenyan, Nigerian views of South Africa• Buy local to build South Africa’s economy• Agoa open up opportunities for Africa’s female entrepreneurs• Stalled on the Trans-Africa Highway• G20: Africa’s growth can stabilise the world economyShamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s economy is on the mend, if the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance is anything to go by.The country’s level of sustainable economic opportunity score improved to 71.9 points out of 100, up more than three points on the previous year. Out of 52 African countries surveyed, South Africa came out second in this particular category, behind Mauritius, which has 79.7 points.The sustainable economic opportunity category is divided into four sub-categories: public management, business environment, infrastructure, and rural sector. These analyse 31 features that make up a country’s economy, such as fiscal policy, level of bureaucracy, access to water for low income and rural populations, and road, rail and air transport.The 2014 Ibrahim Index, published on Monday, 29 September, ranks a country’s overall governance within the African context. It is based not only on economic opportunity but also on safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, and human development. Taking all these categories into account, South Africa’s overall position also improved, from fifth in 2013 to fourth this year.The index is named after billionaire Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul Mo Ibrahim. He established the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2006, and created the index the following year . Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul, Mo Ibrahim, warned major African states like South Africa to remain vigilant and avoid complacency. (Image: Mo Ibrahim Foundation) Infrastructure development boostedBrand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola was encouraged by this year’s results, particularly regarding the improvements the country has made in infrastructure development. “Good infrastructure is attractive to investors and makes it easier to conduct business more efficiently and effectively,” he pointed out.In the index, South Africa’s infrastructure development score shot up from 67.5 in 2013 to 77.1 this year. The country now ranks third in this category behind the Seychelles and Mauritius. This comes after the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Institute of Management Development (IMD) also announced South Africa’s improvement in infrastructure development. In the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015, the country moved up from 66 to 60 out of 144 countries. In the IMD’s 2014 World Competitiveness Yearbook, South Africa improved by three places from last year to 55.Despite these advances, Matola was concerned by the drop in rule and safety – from seventh in 2013 to eighth this year – and in participation and human rights – from third last year to fourth. “These issues impact equally on our competitiveness and ability to attract inward flows of investment,” he said. African governance improvement too slow – IbrahimWriting for the Institute for Security Studies weekly online newsletter, Independent Newspapers’ foreign editor, Peter Fabricius, said the Ibrahim Index suggested overall governance in Africa was slowing down.According to the index, governance on the continent rose by just 0.9 points out of 100 over the last five years, whereas before 2009 it improved by 1.2 points. “African governance as a whole has improved in some ways and deteriorated in others, resulting in this slight net improvement,” wrote Fabricius.For Ibrahim, Africa was still progressing but “the story is complex and doesn’t fit the stereotypes”. He also warned that the continent should remain vigilant, avoid complacency and adopt Afro-realism as a stance instead of Afro-pessimism or the current Africa Rising narrative.“More pertinently perhaps,” wrote Fabricius, “the index suggests that Africa still has a long way to go, and has to move much faster, if it is to overcome its chronic problems of poverty, underdevelopment and insecurity.”last_img read more

Private universities in UP to be governed by umbrella act

first_imgThose looking to set up private universities in Uttar Pradesh will be required to submit an undertaking that the varsity will not get involved in “anti-national activities of any sort.”The varsities would also have to submit that they would not allow such activities to take place on their premises or in the name of the varsity.Such acts will be considered a violation of the conditions provided for the setting up of the universities and would authorise the State government to take action according to the relevant legal provisions.The above provisions are part of the conditions laid down by the Uttar Pradesh Private Universities Ordinance, 2019 that was approved by Yogi Adityanath’s Cabinet on Tuesday.As per a government press note, national integration, secularism, social harmony, international goodwill, moral building and “desh bhakti” (patriotism) have been included among the objectives of universities under the UPPUO.With the UPPOU, all private universities in UP, including the 27 existing ones, would come under an umbrella act. Currently, the private universities in the State have been set up and are running through separate acts and sanctions.However, the umbrella act would override all the acts as a “controlling body” to monitor and regulate the private varsities, said Sidharth Nath Singh, a Cabinet minister.The new system would look to bring uniformity to the fee structure, quality of education, implementation of the UGC guidelines and would attempt to “introduce the best practices of international universities,” said Mr. Singh.Among the proposals are that a minimum of 75% of teachers appointed to the private universities would be permanent and not contractual and their quality would be monitored online, Mr. Singh said.A university in a city would need to have a minimum land space of 20 acre while in rural areas they would need to be spread over 50 acre. The existing 27 universities have one year to implement the new changes.last_img read more

Bombay HC demands explanation from the State Ministry for Minority Affairs for scholarship denial

first_imgThe issue of scholarship for minorities still echoes in the corridor of Bombay High Court and State Ministry for Minority Affairs in Maharashtra as the  former directed the later to explain why around 4 lakh students from religious minorities were prevented from being availing the scholarships in 2015-16.Following the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Latur corporator and activist Razaullah Khan, the Bombay High Court, Aurangabad bench, comprising Justice RM Borde and Justice Sangitrao Patil directed the respondents, including the state Minority Development department and Education and Sports department, to render their responses in four weeks time.Minority and Adult Education Department vs the petitionerThe PIL petition came after a Right to Information (RTI) revealed the absurdity in disbursing the scholarships entitled for the minorities in 2015-16. Multiple lakhs of minority students were prevented from receiving scholarships. A response to RTI reportedly revealed that while 7,17,896 students were eligible for renewal of their scholarships, only 3,30,776 applications were received.The Minority and Adult Education Department (MAE) resorted to the allegation citing that 53 per cent had not applied for renewal.Number was less because fewer students had applied, but Khan contended that students had not been registered because of the failure of the application process, said the MAE Director Nandan Nangare in response to the allegation.Changes in application processThe submission of application form was made offline owing to the network difficulties the applicant faces particularly at the rural areas.The applicants had to enter each and every detail on the National Scholarship Portal, but due to network challenges, the process was rebuffed and adopted offline application alone staring from 2015.advertisementRead: Academia need to be part of India’s growth story instead of mere spectators: Prakash JavadekarRead: ‘Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai’ leaves impression in IIT exam Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Beckhoff: PC-based control optimises logistics applications

first_imgBeckhoff will present its expertise as a long-standing automation partner for the logistics industry at LogiMat, international trade fair for intralogistics solutions and process management. Open PC and EtherCAT-based control technology is ideally suited for optimising logistics processes and responding to quickly changing market trends. With open interfaces, modularity and scalable performance, it is the perfect fit for intralogistics solutions that are custom-tailored to individual requirements, while delivering technological and economic competitive advantages at the same time. Components for system-integrated connection to the cloud make it easier to implement IoT and Industrie 4.0 concepts in smart warehouses.Due to its openness, PC-based control technology from Beckhoff fulfils the requirements for end-to-end networking of intralogistics, production and distribution to perfection – one of the key challenges in the sector. PC-based control is based on a comprehensive portfolio of advanced Industrial PCs, TwinCAT automation software, EtherCAT as a fast communication system, decentralised I/O components and highly dynamic drive solutions. Integrated, cost-effective and flexible system planning is assured by the performance-driven scalability of the control platform, the flexible support for different fieldbus systems and the same programming and configuration software across all performance classes.The TwinCAT automation software suite bundles all necessary machine functionalities: from PLC to motion control, robotics, HMI, safety and measurement technology through to integration of vision systems and cloud solutions. Open interfaces allow effortless integration of control functions into existing system and database structures. With support for standardised protocols, such as OPC UA, Beckhoff provides the prerequisites for implementing secure cloud communication in the smart warehouse. Users benefit from the openness of the control architecture also in this respect, for example through the unrestricted choice of cloud solution. All systems concerned – from I/O level to warehouse management and eCommerce software – can be fully connected.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Microchip: connect PIC MCU applications to Google Cloud in minutesNext Isabellenhütte: direct current meter for fast charging stationslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Spain falter against another host nation

first_imgSpain losing to Russia 4-3 on penalties in the Round of 16 match was the fifth time the European nation lost to a host nation in a World Cup.The 2010 champions have never defeated a host country at the tournament. In 1934, they lost twice to hosts Italy, while they lost to hosts Brazil in 1950 World Cup.Before Sunday’s match, the last time they faced a host nation was South Korea in 2002. They lost that match 5-3 on penalties.Also, Spain have now not won a World Cup knockout game in Europe since 1934.On the other hand, Russia victory was the fifth consecutive time a host nation won the penalty shootout at the World Cup.World Cup 2018: Russia stun Spain in penalty shootout to reach quarter-finalsBefore Russia, the other four winners were France in 1998, South Korea in 2002, Germany in 2006 and Brazil in 2014.Spain opened the scoring with an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich. The own goal meant Russia became the first team to score multiple own goals in a World Cup tournament since 1966. Bulgaria were the last team to do so.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERussia’s Aleksandr Yerokhin made a little piece of World Cup history when he became the first man to appear as a fourth substitute, when he came on in the extra time.FIFA introduced a new regulation for the 2018 World Cup that allowed teams to use a fourth replacement in extra time, and coach Stanislav Cherchesov took advantage of it halfway through the first period, sending on Yerokhin for Daler Kuzyayev.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: Russia’s heroic goalkeeper was hoping for penalty shootoutRussia’s victory also means that at least one of this year’s finalists will not have reached the title decider for half a century, if at all.Former finalists England, who played their one final when they won the title in 1966, and Sweden, who lost to Brazil on home soil in the 1958 final, are still in the half of the draw vacated by the 2010 champions after their loss to the hosts.Also still alive in their section of the draw are Croatia and Denmark, who face off in Nizhny Novgorod later on Sunday and have previously done no better than a single semi-final and quarter-final appearance respectively.Lowest ranked team of World Cup 2018 shocks former world championsRussia will face the winners of that match, hoping to continue to benefit from the hosts’ dividend to better the single semi-final appearance that the Soviet Union achieved in 1966.Switzerland, who have never done better than the spot in the last eight they achieved as hosts in 1954, take on the Swedes on Tuesday in St Petersburg with the winners going on to face England or Colombia.Colombia, whose best finish was their run to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago, take on the English in the last round-of-16 match later the same night in Moscow.The last addition to the elite group of 12 nations who have contested World Cup finals was France when they won the title for the first time in Paris in 1998.last_img read more

NSWTA Blues Dinner

first_imgThe Blues Dinner recognised NSWTA best Affiliates, Regions, Administrators, Players, Juniors, Volunteers, Referees, Coaches and Selectors. Gary Brickell was awarded the prestigious Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts as a referee and administrator of the Wollongong Touch Association of which he has been involved for over twenty-five years. The Canterbury club had much to celebrate with members Gary Sonda (Men’s Player of the Year), Peter Forrester (Coach of the Year), and the Winchester sisters (Joint Female Players of the Year) claiming awards on the night.NSWTA also inducted four individuals to their Hall of Fame – Gabrielle Rose, Katrina Toohey, Gary Mournehis, and Judy Malcolm. A full list of winners is below: Affiliate of the Year State winner:Wallsend TASix regional winners:SunsAlbion Park TA RebelsEast’s TA MetsLower Blue Mountains TA ScorpionsRyde Eastwood TA HornetsWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TA Administrator of the Year John Ryan (Easts TA) and Elijah Van Der Kwast (UNSW TA)Region of the Year Mets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the Year Gary Brickell (Wollongong TA) Coach of the Year Peter Forrester (Canterbury TA) Selector of the Year Bob Monkley (Yass TA)Male Player of the Year Gary Sonda (Canterbury TA) Female Player of the Year Clare Winchester and Louise Winchester (Canterbury TA) Junior Male Player of the Year Ben Moylan (Penrith TA) Junior Female Player of the Year Nicky Albury (Wests TA) and Amy Regal (Wollongong TA) For further information, go to the new NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

ClassNK Issues Guideline for Mitigating Noise Levels on …

first_imgzoom Ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has released the Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships. The new guideline has been produced so as to facilitate enforcement of the revised Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships aimed at minimizing health hazards to seafarers along with minimizing risks to communication aboard ships.The new guideline has summarized the revised Code that entered into force on July 1st, focusing particularly on the general method of noise prevention and frequently asked questions by the involved parties.The guideline also covers the scope of enforcement, procedures for noise measurement on board during sea trials, airborne sound insulation properties between accommodation spaces and noise measures.The Guideline is available herePress Release, July 14th, 2014, Image: ClassNKlast_img read more