It’s On, Live: 2016 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports and Online!

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of Power Productions to professionally film and produce for broadcast/live stream, the 2016 Elite Eight series and selected National Touch League Grand Finals (from 12.40pm Saturday, 12 March 2016). The Elite Eight Men’s and Women’s grand finals as well as the NTL Mixed Open and selected NTL grand finals will be live streamed direct from C.ex International Stadium by Power Productions; the package includes expert commentary and live scoring for all games (stay tuned to the TFA website for links) – bringing you all the drama and latest with team changes and form guide going into the finals.The Elite Eight Grand Finals will feature in a special 90-minute show set to broadcast on Fox Sports 1 just three weeks following the event.The initial scheduling of the TV program will be Tuesday, 5 April at 4.00pm and Saturday, 9 April at 9.00am (AEST). Be sure to lock it in to your TV viewing schedule and share this among your colleagues and friends!Power Productions has a wealth of experience and achievements in the industry televising sport and events, including prominent Touch Football events like the State of Origin and the opening day of the Touch World Cup in recent years. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for the links to the live streaming of games on the TFA YouTube channel (‘TFATV’), throughout the 2016 National Touch League (from Wednesday, 9 March).You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2016 National Touch League as follows – visit, view, share, like and join our conversation in coming days as we get for the ‘Best of the Best’ live from Coffs Harbour:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.touchfootball.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Links2016 NTL Live!last_img read more

10 months agoPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviour

first_imgPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: John Calipari After Towns’ Technical Foul Against LSU: “I Hope We Lose”

first_imgCoach Cal reacting to a Kentucky game.LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a foul against his team during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kentucky pulled out a big win at LSU tonight to push its record to 24-0, but if you believe John Calipari, there were times tonight when he would have welcomed 23-1. Karl-Anthony Towns’ was called for a technical for hanging on the rim midway through the second half, which led to this amazing post-game moment on ESPN. As much fun as that videobomb is, Calipari was livid about the foul, at that point in the game. In the interview he said that he told the team that he hoped they would lose after the foul, and reiterated that point to open his post-game press conference. Calipari goes on to praise his talented freshman as a player and a person, but clearly this mistake, which could have proven incredibly costly in what wound up being a two point game, really bothered him.Kentucky hosts South Carolina this Saturday at 2 p.m.last_img read more

Former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart Calls Out Kyle Flood’s Decision To Switch Quarterbacks At Halftime

first_imgRutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move.  hart tweetsTwitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.last_img read more

RCMP present rural crime stats to PRRD Board

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Members from the RCMP detachments in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge gave presentations to the Peace River Regional District Board outlining regional crime statistics from last year.Speaking first, Fort St. John detachment commander Insp. Mike Kurvers said that officers had seen an overall decrease in service calls in the rural area, from 3,246 in 2016 to 3,200 last year. He said that overall, most types of crime had decreased, while others increased slightly.Insp. Kurvers said that rural arsons dropped significantly last year compared to the year prior, from 21 to six. Property crime and violent crime saw substantial decreases year-over-year with the exception of sex offences. Those increased from seven to 22 in the past year. The number of vehicle thefts, drug-related offences, and impaired drivers also increased from 2016 to 2017. Dawson Creek’s acting detachment commander Sgt. Mike Richard said that rural calls in the South Peace have increased 33 percent compared to 2016, with police being called out 1,917 times last year.  Sgt. Richard said that vehicle thefts were a big problem in 2017, with an average of 15 to 17 vehicles being stolen every month. He did attribute at least part of that to a large chop-shop operation in Doe River, north of Rolla, which was shut down by police last year.Sgt. Scott Hromadnik said that the Chetwynd RCMP had a busy 2017, which he attributed to an uptick in oil and gas industry activity near his community. Sgt. Hromadnik also said that his detachment has been focusing recently on traffic enforcement, as roads in the Chetwynd area claimed seven lives last fiscal year.last_img read more

Antibullying speaker to give presentation to SD 60 parents this evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speaker who has been giving a series of anti-bullying presentations at schools around Fort St. John this week is going to be giving a presentation for an older audience this evening.Scott Graham, who is a bestselling author and a winner of the Governor General of Canada Award, has hosted leadership and anti-bullying school assemblies at four schools in Fort St. John this week.He visited Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on Monday, Dr. Kearney on Tuesday, Robert Ogilvie Wednesday, and spoke at Bert Bowes earlier today. Graham, who was also one of the speakers at the 2012 TEDx Conference in Burlington, has been teaching students the skills to stand up to bullies for 25 years, having spoken in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and as far away as Scotland.Graham’s presentations allow children develop their leadership abilities and learn anti-bullying skills.Graham will also be giving his presentation to the parents of students who attend Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools on Thursday evening.The presentation is taking place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bert Bowes School.last_img read more

By the numbers Ohio State starts slow finishes strong against Maryland

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) drags down Maryland redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills on Oct. 10. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State started slow once again but scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to put away the Maryland Terrapins, 49-28, in Columbus.Maryland’s offense, after getting shut out at home the previous week to a streaking Michigan team, got on the board first after redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills fired a 52-yard touchdown pass. The Buckeye defense, which had bailed the team out from several close calls already this season, gave up a season-high 28 points, as well as 386 yards of offense.The Terps put up a valiant effort throughout the game, going so far as to even the score at 21 in the third quarter before the cracks began to widen. Two key interceptions in the fourth quarter helped end a potential comeback from Maryland, which leads the nation in interceptions thrown.Despite defensive struggles, the biggest takeaway from Saturday’s game was the OSU offense, which in the second half finally began to play to its potential. OSU coach Urban Meyer used redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones to start drives and let redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett finish them inside the red zone.This system proved effective, as both quarterbacks looked sharp throughout most of the game. Jones completed 75 percent of his passes (21-of-28) for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while Barrett added three rushing touchdowns and 62 yards on the ground to help lead the Buckeye offense to an impressive 499 yards of total offense and 31 first downs.Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott pounded away 106 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead the rushing attack, while redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (79 yards, one touchdown), redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (78 yards, one touchdown) and redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas (107 yards) put up impressive performances for the receiving corps. Redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell and redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard both added interceptions for the defense.Maryland put up arguably its best game of the season in the loss, mostly thanks to its quarterback. Hills, after not playing for the last three weeks, put up 133 yards and a score through the air while rushing for 170 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground, as he was responsible for three of the four Maryland touchdowns. By the numbers:0: Arguably the most important number of all, as OSU’s offense didn’t have a turnover for the first time since facing off against Hawaii in Week 2.17: The number of interceptions thrown by Maryland quarterbacks this season, the most in the nation.2-0: OSU’s all-time record against Maryland.21: OSU’s margin of victory over the Terps, the same amount that Mid-American Conference team Bowling Green beat Maryland by earlier this season.11: Elliott has pounded away at least 100 yards for 11 consecutive games.26: OSU’s current regular-season conference winning streak, the longest in Big Ten history.-2: The Buckeyes’ current turnover margin for the season, as they have turned the ball over 13 times in six games compared to forcing 11 turnovers from opponents. 102: The numbers of weeks OSU has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll after the Week 7 rankings were released on Sunday, which is the most of any college football team (Oklahoma is second at 101). read more

Keita BatesDiop leads Ohio State mens basketball to victory in final nonconference

Correction 12/28: The score has been updated to reflect the correct final score. OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorPowered by a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, the Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated the South Carolina State Bulldogs 73-57 on Sunday night in Columbus.Bates-Diop scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, including five 3-pointers, which powered the Buckeyes to a 34-21 halftime lead that they never looked back from.Bates-Diop said it felt great to see so many of his shots fall in after several rattled out the previous game against Mercer.“My teammates got me in the right spots, I was really open most of the time and I just knocked down shots,” he said.OSU coach Thad Matta said although the team earned its fourth win in a row, he wasn’t happy with the number of turnovers in the first half.“The first half we weren’t very sharp at all, of the eight turnovers, five or six were unforced,” Matta said. “We’re not a very good offensive team when we’re not taking care of the ball.” Matta commended freshman guard A.J. Harris for getting the ball rolling.“A.J. really came in and kinda lit the wick for us,” Matta said.South Carolina State coach Murray Garvin said Harris’ play was the difference in the game.“He changed the tempo of the game,” Garvin said. “He’s so quick (that) he can turn off the lights and be in the bed before it gets dark.” Harris accounted for six of OSU’s 19 assists on the night, which were highlighted by five alley-oops. The Dayton native said things are finally starting to click for him in his debut campaign.“My goal is to just share the ball more,” Harris said. “So that’s all we’ve been practicing, is just sharing the ball more, making the extra pass to our teammates that are open. Just making the extra pass. I was seeing the floor really well and my big man was running, my two and three guards were running, so it really opened up the floor for me.”The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled against the Minnesota on Wednesday, the first of the Big Ten season. Bates-Diop said the conference season brings on a whole new mentality, one that the team should be ready for come next Wednesday.“I think we’re finally hitting our stride,” Bates-Diop said. “Going into the Big Ten, that’s going to be huge for us.”The Buckeyes saw improved performance from its 3-point shooters, as OSU shot 36 percent from three after shooting just 13.6 percent against Mercer.Matta said he knows his team has to be more consistent for it to be able to compete in the Big Ten.“We’ve shown that we can play some really good basketball, and we’ve shown we can play some really bad basketball,” Matta said. “We’re a team that has to be dialed in to everything that we’re doing. The thing that excites me is we’ve seen one through 12, guys can play some really high-level basketball. Finding that consistency is going to be what the next 10 weeks is about.” Game notesFreshman forward Mickey Mitchell scored his first points as a Buckeye in his second game after being declared eligible by the NCAA.OSU’s largest lead was 24 points.OSU outrebounded South Carolina State 50-32.OSU had nine blocked shots while the Bulldogs failed to register one. read more

Raekwon McMillan helps register voters through fraternity

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) dances towards the crowd after the Buckeye defense stops the Nebraska offense on their own two-yard line during the first half of the game on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRaekwon McMillan came to Ohio State as one of the most highly rated recruits in the 2014 class. Like any other freshman, McMillan, a Georgia native, was getting acclimated with classes, new teammates and a new scenery. Two years later, McMillan is the face of the OSU defense, the Silver Bullets, and figures to be the next in the lineage of OSU linebackers in the NFL.The junior middle linebacker has been the soul of the defense for the Buckeyes, but also this fall, he began to exercise his political freedom. McMillan became involved in voter registration in central Ohio for the 2016 election season as a member of the Ohio State chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.“We had a program of voter registration and really just spread the word, mostly to the African-American people throughout central Columbus,” McMillan said. “That’s what we try to focus on, but we just want to build awareness and teach what this election is about, what each candidate stands for.”Omega Psi Phi is a historically African-American Greek life organization that is governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Redshirt sophomore safety Damon Webb also is a member.McMillan joined the fraternity after his sophomore year. At first, he said he never really saw himself as a fraternity member, however he began to look more into the extracurriculars, which drew him to Omega Psi Phi. McMillan said that, before the 2016 election cycle, he never really into politics, but began to pay more attention to it as the presidential campaign intensified. As an “Omega man,” McMillan felt like it was his duty to encourage others to take political action in an unprecedented election.OSU coach Urban Meyer hosted Patriot Week throughout the Memorial Day weekend this past spring, bringing in several guest lecturers to talk to the team about their responsibilities as Americans — voting being one of them. On Monday, Meyer expressed how important it is to him that his team understands the civic duties each individual has, and said he hopes each of his players votes on Tuesday. McMillan, along with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, said they will vote on Tuesday.“It’s something that’s going to impact us not only here in Columbus but also around the country,” McMillan said. “So we want everybody to have awareness to what’s going on around us because you’re exercising your political rights.”Webb said McMillan’s activism in Omega Psi Phi has a direct correlation with the linebacker’s ability to persevere in intense situations and uplift his teammates. Webb added that the leadership traits McMillan are not confined to the gridiron.“I would definitely say he’s gotten better. He’s always been a leadership-type dude, so even outside of the football field — our fraternity brothers, he brought leadership to them,” Webb said. “It’s like a brotherhood outside of the locker room … we build a bond that is unbreakable.” read more

Former Buckeye Mike Vrabel reported to be returning to Ohio State as

Ohio State appears to have found a new linebackers coach in former Buckeye and Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel. Multiple media outlets have reported Vrabel’s hiring by OSU. According to the university’s online directory, Vrabel’s working title is “Assistant Coach-Football.” In an email to The Lantern, Jerry Emig, assistant athletics communication director, said the athletic department was working Sunday on details regarding a press conference. Emig added that OSU has not “announced an (assistant) coach hire yet.” Emig also said the athletic department would release details on an upcoming press conference shortly, though he did not address what the purpose of the press conference would be. Vrabel, a former defensive end at OSU from 1993–96, was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year during both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. During his college playing days, Vrabel was also a defensive line mate with new OSU head coach Luke Fickell — Vrabel was a defensive end while Fickell played nose guard. Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and spent his first four years as a professional there. Vrabel was later traded to the New England Patriots where he became a force on both sides of the ball. In short-yardage situations, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used Vrabel as a tight end. In his eight years with the Patriots, Vrabel, who typically played linebacker, had 10 receptions, all for touchdowns. During his time in at New England, Vrabel won three Super Bowl and also appeared in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Vrabel was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he is still under contract. Media outlets have reported that multiple sources close to Vrabel expect the former Buckeye to retire from the NFL and accept the coaching position at OSU. The Kansas City Chiefs did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on Vrabel’s status with the organization. Vrabel would be coming to OSU after a recent run-in with law enforcement. On April 5, Vrabel was arrested for theft at an Indiana casino and was released later that day after posting bond. Vrabel called the arrest an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” More recently, Vrabel has been a vocal member of the NFL Players Association and is one of 10 players involved in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Vrabel could not be reached for comment. read more

Mbappe on winning the Ballon dOr I couldnt care less

first_imgUnlike Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the young rising star in Kylian Mbappe “couldn’t care less” about the Ballon d’Or award following a brilliant World Cup campaignThe 19-year-old is being tipped as a dark horse to put an end to Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance of the highly-coveted award this year and may well in with a shot, depending on the final outcome of France’s World Cup campaign.Mbappe’s meteoric rise in the football world has been undeniable following his standout performances at Russia, which even left a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Messi in the shadows after the Paris Saint-Germain inspired France to a 4-3 over Argentina in the last-16.While many had expected his illustrious PSG teammate Neymar to be the one to end Ronaldo and Messi’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or, it appears that it could be Mbappe instead.But it winning the historic award, that has been awarded to greats like Michel Platini and Marco van Basten since it was introduced in 1958, is something that doesn’t seem so appealing to the young man.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I couldn’t care less about that,” he told TF1, via Express.“I want the World Cup. I want to sleep with it.“I wasn’t born in 1998, so I have never seen people on the Champs-Elysees celebrating.Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid to replace Ronaldo after his exit to Juventus on Tuesday.last_img read more

International Experts Alarmed Over Bimini Development

first_img Tropical Storm Kate now formed, almost all Bahamas on alert Musical Legend KB’s Latest Save The Bays Release ‘Das What Real Bahamians Do’ Tackles the Silent Tough One, the PSA Related Items:bimini, Save The Bays, sea turtle conservancy Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA group of international conservation experts has expressed serious concern over the environmental impact of ongoing resort construction on and around the island of Bimini.The experts, hosted on a tour of Bimini by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), said they fear the work may destroy some of the most significant coral reefs in the region and put the island’s traditional industries at risk (see video at SaveTheBays Bahamas youtube site: http://bit.ly/1nNEXKF).“The Bahamas are some of the most beautiful and wonderful places in the world,” said Marydele O’Donnely, director of international policy for the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). “I’ve traveled extensively and I have been absolutely amazed by how the habitat looks here.“But when I see developments like what is happening in North Bimini I am not only alarmed and concerned, but really saddened. Things have happened here that shouldn’t have happened.“You can have development but you need to do it properly, and it hasn’t been done properly.”Archie Carr III, also an STC director, called what he saw in Bimini “quite depressing” – particularly the impact of a massive seafloor dredging operation undertaken to make way for a 1,000 foot pier and cruise ship terminal, right at the heart of Bimini’s most valuable reefs and dive sites.Carr said the operation resulted in “enormous siltation”, which locals say continues to blanket the surrounding sea floor and suffocate struggling marine life.Many of the visitors were senior members of the global Waterkeeper Alliance, a leading NGO that coordinates more than 200 stewards of the marine environment, or Waterkeepers, who monitor and help safeguard rivers, bays, lakes and coastal areas around the world.Noting the importance of Bimini marine environment, both ecologically and in economic terms, Rachel Silverstein, the Waterkeeper for Biscayne Bay, Florida said: “The development that’s going on here is threatening the livelihood of Bahamians who have businesses here that support the tourism industry.”The developer, Resorts World Bimini, owned by Malaysian conglomerate Genting, has claimed its presence will boost the local economy, but Biminites have grown increasingly concerned that the property will end up monopolizing the tourism business.One said: “They are now advertising their ‘six restaurants and bars and world class casino’, as well as a variety of water sports, a beach club and restaurant and a craft market, all within their walls.“At what point are the day guests supposed to contribute to the local economy in the six hours they spend on the island?”Alex Matthiessen, former Hudson Bay Waterkeeper, now CEO of the Blue Marble Project, concurred with this assessment and noted that the concern runs even deeper.“No one, even we environmentalists or the Biminites here, are against development, we’re ok with development. The issue is local Biminites who have been making a healthy living off the natural resources here for many generations are being violated, when this kind of development happens.”Meanwhile, local efforts to bring preserve Bimini’s marine habitat and traditional local economy took a significant blow recently when a court ruled that STB affiliate Bimini Blue Coalition had to pay more than $300,000 before their legal challenge of the development could be heard by a judge.Despite battling tirelessly for many months, the grassroots coalition was forced to admit defeat, with attorney and STB legal director Fred Smith, QC, lamenting the fact that conservationists had been “priced out of justice”Smith said it should be very troubling to all Bahamians when citizens with no personal axe to grind, who are merely seeking to defend the public interest, are denied their day in court due to their financial stature.However, concerned citizens have vowed to continue closely monitoring developments in Bimini, particularly with an eye to blocking the plan to fill in North Bimini’s mangrove swamp and transform it into a golf course.This same area was listed as the highest-priority site in the Bahamas for a proposed Marine Protected Area in the year 2000 by the Government of The Bahamas in recognition of its ecological and economic value of its habitat.Fourteen years later, the North Bimini Marine Reserve is still not a reality.During a recent visit to Bimini, Minister Alfred Gray advised Biminites to learn more about the trade of turf maintenance, spurring concerns that Resorts World was going to pursue filling in north Bimini’s mangroves and turning what was to become a marine protected area into a golf course. “This crucial area is a nursery for an abundance of marine species which are significant for the fishing industry not just in Bimini, but many of the surrounding islands as well,” Smith said. “We cannot allow that to happen.” To learn more about the conservationists’ tour, and the ongoing efforts to protect the environment and traditional way of life in The Bahamas, visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/ProtectCliftonBay. 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Ancelotti not willing to park the bus at Anfield

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti revealed his Napoli team will not park the bus at Anfield in the bid to secure a spot in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.Napoli romped to a 4-0 Serie A triumph against Frosinone thanks to the returning Ghoulam who assisted twice in the game.“I made the decision to start Ghoulam on Tuesday,” the Coach revealed to Football Italia.“This was a dangerous fixture, the kind of classic trap that we can fall into, especially ahead of a Champions League game.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Alex Meret in goal and Amin Younes off the bench made their full Napoli debuts.“Those who debuted or made their comebacks today should be applauded, as they knew how to wait, prepare and were ready when called upon.“We can start thinking about Liverpool now but must try to be calm and concentrated. We arrive with the right mentality, the players are in good shape and a few rested today.“It is fundamental to have a positive approach in Liverpool, trying to control the initiative, but then we are incapable of any other attitude. We are not suited to parking the bus and this wouldn’t be the right game to do that either.”last_img read more

NicheMarket BtoB Where Print Launches Continue to Flourish

first_imgJay DeWitt: Ratchet+Wrench’s sister publication, Fender Bender, serves the collision-repair industry. We have four regional editions of Fender Bender, and working with a lot of our advertisers—we have over 500 advertisers with Fender Bender—led us to the understanding that the auto-repair market had the same needs. The demographics of the people running those businesses are very similar to those running collision repair shops. They’re usually technicians turned owners. Advanstar and Babcox are in both of these markets. We know how they’re underserving the market in the collision-repair industry, and we knew they were underserving the mechanical market as well. Once we did research, it was a no brainer that there was a real need for a publication like Ratchet+Wrench in the space.FOLIO: Why a print magazine in 2012?DeWitt: There are a few reasons. Number one, the audiences we serve have been severely neglected by other media companies with outdated content. There are a few legacy publishers serving our readers and you can tell they are legacy publishers because the publications look and feel like “your grandfather’s magazine” without an eye to the here-and-now and future. We’ve set out to change that, giving them what they want and need, both in content and design. The second reason is we’ve noticed a “trim, trim, trim” mentality from our competitors. They aren’t investing in their properties, but rather appear to be on life support. To us, this is an opportunity. We are investing and will not compromise quality. Our readers and advertising partners deserve the best, and we’re committed to delivering that. It’s clear our competition isn’t committed to working hard to produce quality content and we’re ready to parlay on that. Lastly, our research shows that over 85 percent of our readers still prefer to receive their content in print. Although we’ll have a robust digital play, print still rules our markets.FOLIO: You’re starting with a circulation of 100,000. How many are subscribers as of now?  Also, you have more than 400 advertisers and 200 pages for this first issue. That’s pretty good. How did you do it? DeWitt: We’re 100-percent targeted media and we do have some subscribers. Since we’re in the b-to-b space, we want to have a 100-percent requested circulation at some point in time. Because of our synergies with Fender Bender, we started marketing several months ago that Ratchet+Wrench would come in July. As time moves along the goal is to be 100 requested. Did we “pre-sell” before issues hit the consumer? No we didn’t—it’s one thing to tell them this magazine is going to be coming for them and try to explain what it is, it’s another to have it in front of them and asking them to qualify at that time.On the advertiser side, we were able to leverage our connections from Fender Bender. We had several years of relationships with Fender Bender advertisers, and we used that to pre-sell them into Ratchet+Wrench. And we have a magazine that is profitable right out of the shoot. FOLIO: 10 Missions is a small, independent publisher. How do you plan to go up against your competitors—Babcox, Advanstar and others?DeWitt: We have no venture capital and no one to please other than ourselves. Advanstar is huge, and Babcox is quite large, and was once owned by venture capital—we’ve seen over the last few years that because they’re highly leveraged they’re not making investments in their brands. We’re continually making investments in our brands. We have dedicated editorial people on our products and a great deal of human capital. We’re also making investments in production, paper quality and other things of that nature, instead of cutting costs. The difference between an independent publisher and a big-box publisher is we’re able to narrowly focus on the audience that we’re serving. We don’t have a need to operate on pennies and we can be more dedicated to our markets. We’re focused on serving the reader and less concerned, with having to wake up and look at the bottom line everyday, though that, too, is a driving force. It’s been a key to us being successful over the last couple years.FOLIO: Talk about your digital strategy.DeWitt: Fender Bender is a BPA-audited title and we file a brand report with BPA. We’re not just sharing our print subscribers, we’re sharing all of our various channels to capture our total brand reach. We’re going to be very deliberate with Ratchet+Wrench and we’re going to walk before we run. The goal will be having a model similar to Fender Bender.We won’t be moving into the e-newsletter space right away because we have to build our audience file first. Eventually we will provide daily news updates online, a full archive of back issues, and we’ll break our site into what we consider strategy channels—various parts of the business that the audience wants to look at. Daily newsletters will come after we start our daily news updates, because we believe if you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.As with Fender Bender, we’ll move Ratchet+Wrench into the HTML5 space in the fourth quarter. We have an iPhone and iPad app for Fender Bender, and we’ll also have that for Ratchet+Wrench. We’re taking a very deliberate, slow and steady pace. We know we need to build our audience before we can really move and leverage our digital business. With social networking, if you look at Fender Bender, we have a LinkedIn group that has in excess of 2,500 members. We’re the only media brand that has that type of group in our space, and we’re also the only one in the mechanical-market space. We add anywhere from 50 to 100 members a week to our professional collision-repair group. We’ve created a Ratchet+Wrench group for auto-care center pros that will be marketed in the magazine and online. With Fender Bender, we have almost 1,000 Facebook fans and we’ll be pushing the same for Ratchet+Wrench. We have our eye on a full audience experience but we know one thing has to come before another. In an era when the focus is overwhelmingly on digital media, a surprisingly robust number of print titles have launched in 2012—more than 130, according to MediaFinder. One of them is Ratchet+Wrench, a title that serves auto-care center owners and operators, and is published by 10 Missions Media.FOLIO: wanted to get at the psychology of a print launch in a digital age, so we checked in with Jay DeWitt, president of St. Paul, Minnesota-based 10 Missions Media, on his plans for Ratchet+Wrench, which will be published with a monthly frequency. The 13-year-old 10 Missions Media (formerly DeWitt Publishing) also publishes Fender Bender and expects revenue to exceed $3 million this year. FOLIO: How did you identify the opportunity to launch this magazine?last_img read more

VW enters the carsharing game with allelectric WeShare launch in Berlin

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe e-Golf fleet is mighty cool, but its appeal should expand further once the ID 3 joins the WeShare family. Volkswagen Volkswagen has talked a big game about the future of mobility, but when it comes to nascent schemes like car sharing, it hasn’t really rolled out much. BMW and Daimler, on the other hand, are throwing down more than $1 billion to combine their efforts into a five-joint-venture Mobility Megazord. So what is Volkswagen to do? Well, it had better start playing catch-up, which it appears to be doing.VW announced on Thursday that it is entering the car-sharing market with WeShare. Starting in Berlin, WeShare will only offer electric vehicles to people, going a bit above and beyond the average car-sharing service, which tends to have a mix of vehicle types available. It’s starting with a fleet of 1,500 e-Golf compact hatchbacks, and in the future, it will add 500 e-Up! subcompact hatchbacks. Then, after VW’s upcoming ID 3 EV comes online, that will join the fleet, as well. In 2020, WeShare will expand to both Prague and Hamburg.For now, the service is limited to a 150-square-kilometer (roughly 58-square-mile) chunk of the Berlin area, focusing on the city center and expanding beyond the city’s ring train line. People looking to use the service need to have both a phone and a credit card, they must be at least 21 years old, they must be licensed for over a year and they need a permanent address in Germany. WeShare will cost 0.19 euro (about $0.22) per minute to start, but in September, it’ll expand to three different pricing tiers averaging about 0.29 euro (about $0.33) per minute. Registration fees and airport fees will be waived.Since the vehicles are electric, they’ll need to be charged, which will happen on public chargers. To that end, WeShare is working with two grocery chains, Lidl and Kaufland, to add public charging points at over 70 locations for easier access to electrons. WeShare employees will collect and charge vehicles with low batteries, but eventually, VW wants to add incentives for people who charge cars themselves.While VW might be behind in car-sharing compared to BMW and Daimler, that’s not to say Volkswagen isn’t exploring future mobility ideas in other ways. In May, VW launched its Inclusive Mobility initiative, which aims to ensure future methods of transportation are built with all groups in mind. The company is also working to test robotaxis and other services in China in the near future. And then there’s Moia, the VW Group brand dedicated to ride-hailing, which spawned an electric van concept with loads of space for up to six passengers. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon: Meet VW’s new stylish flagship Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit review: The best daily driver gets better Volkswagen Preview • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Tags 0 Carpool in antisocial silence with VW’s Moia ride-hailing concept Review • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy News • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is pricey, starting from $36,840 Car Industry 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive: More style, more range, more fun Share your voice More about 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 10 Photos More From Roadshow 4:18last_img read more

IHCL Tata Steel prepare for EGMs to remove Cyrus Mistry Nusli Wadia

first_imgThe Taj Mahal hotel is seen in Mumbai December 14, 2008. Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), which owns the Taj chain of hotels, will hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on December 20 to pass resolutions for Cyrus Mistry’s removal from the company’s board.Reuters fileThe next week will be crucial for Tata Group companies in view of the EGMs that have been called to remove Cyrus Mistry from these companies.Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), the owner of Taj chain of hotels, has called for the EGM on December 20, 2016.”We now seek your support of the resolution that Tata Sons has moved in the forthcoming Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) of our companies, for the removal of Cyrus Mistry as Director…As a long-standing partner in the Tata Group companies, we seek your support of the EGM resolutions to enable our companies to continue on the path of growth and value creation, as they have done over their long-standing past history,” Ratan Tata said in a statement addressed to the shareholders of IHCL.E-voting for IHCL resolution”The e-voting period commences on December 15, 2016 (9:00 am) and ends on December 19, 2016 (5:00 pm)and thee-voting module shall be disabled by NSDL for voting thereafter. During this period Members of the Company, holding shares either in physical form or in dematerialized form, as on the cut-off date i.e. December 13, 2016 may cast their vote electronically. Once the vote on a resolution is cast by the Member, he/she shall not be allowed to change it subsequently or cast the vote again,” read the notice to shareholders.”If you are already registered with NSDL for remote e-voting then you can use existing user ID and password for casting your vote or obtain the login ID and password by sending a request at evoting@nsdl.co.in or investorrelations@tajhotels.com,” according to the notice.The procedure to login to e-Voting website is given below:Open the attached PDF file “e-Voting.pdf” giving your Client ID (in case you are holding shares in demat mode) or Folio No. (in case you are holding shares in physical mode) as password, which contains your “User ID” and “Password for e-voting”. Please note that the password is an initial password. You will not receive this PDF file if you are already registered with NSDL for e-voting.Launch internet browser by typing the URL https://www.evoting.nsdl.com/Click on “Shareholder – Login”.Put User ID and password as initial password noted in step (1) above and Click Login. If you are already registered with NSDL for e-voting then you can use your existing user ID and password. If you forgot your password, you can reset your password by using “Forgot User Details/Password” option available on www.evoting.nsdl.comPassword Change Menu appears. Change the password with new password of your choice with minimum 8 digits/characters or combination thereof.Home page of remote “e-Voting” opens. Click on e-Voting: Active Voting Cycles.Select “EVEN” of The Indian Hotels Company Limited. Members can cast their vote online from December 15, 2016 (9:00 am) till December 19, 2016 (5:00 pm).Note: e-Voting shall not be allowed beyond said time.Now you are ready for “e-Voting” as “Cast Vote” page opens.Cast your vote by selecting appropriate option and click on “Submit” and also “Confirm”, when prompted.Institutional shareholders (i.e., other than Individuals, HUF, NRI etc.) are also required to send scanned copy (PDF/JPG Format) of the relevant Board Resolution/Authority Letter etc. together with attested specimen signature of the duly authorized signatory(ies) who are authorized to vote, to the Scrutinizer through e-mail fraternitygroup2010@gmail.com with a copy marked toevoting@nsdl.co.in.Further, NSDL is pleased to inform you that NSDL has now integrated its e-Services website (https://eservices.nsdl.com/) with the aforesaid e-Voting system of NSDL, which enables you as a registered User of IDeAS facility to also access e-Voting system of NSDL for casting your votes by using your existing login credentials viz.; User ID and password of IDeAS facility. Thus, you would not be required to log-in to e-Voting system separately for casting votes in respect of the resolutions of companies.Tata Steel EGMTata Steel will be holding its extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on December 21 to seek shareholder nod for the removal of Cyrus Mistry and Nusli Wadia as directors of the company.E-voting for Tata Steel resolution”The remote e-voting period commences on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 9.00 a.m. IST and ends on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 5.00 p.m. IST. During this period, Members may cast their vote electronically. Please note that the voting rights will be on the basis of shareholding as on the cut-off date, i.e. Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Any person, who is a Member of the Company as on the cut-off date is eligible to cast vote on all the resolutions set forth in the Notice of EGM,” the EGM notice for Tata Steel shareholders read.The instructions and other information for remote e-voting are: 1. Open PDF file namely “TSL remote e-voting.pdf” with your Client ID or Folio No. as password. The said PDF file contains your user ID and password/PIN for remote e-voting. Please note that the password is an initial password. You will not receive this PDF file if you are already registered with NSDL for e-voting. 2. Open the internet browser and type the following URL: https://www.evoting.nsdl.com/ 3. Click on Shareholder – Login. 4. If you are already registered with NSDL for remote e-voting then you can use your existing user ID and password/PIN for casting your vote. If you forgot your password, you can reset your password by using “Forgot User Details/Password” option available on www.evoting.nsdl.com 5. If you are logging-in for the first time, please enter the user ID and password provided in the PDF file attached with this e-mail as initial password. Click Login. 6. The Password Change Menu will appear on your screen. Change the password/PIN with new password of your choice, making sure that it contains a minimum of 8 digits or characters or a combination of both. Please take utmost care to keep your password confidential. 7. Once the remote e-voting home page opens, click on remote e-voting > Active e-Voting Cycles. 8. Select “EVEN” (E-Voting Event Number) of Tata Steel Limited which is 105772. Now you are ready for remote e-voting as Cast Vote page opens. 9. Cast your vote by selecting appropriate option and click on “Submit” and also “Confirm” when prompted. 10. Upon confirmation, the message “Vote cast successfully” will be displayed. 11. Once the vote on the resolution is cast, the Member shall not be allowed to change it subsequently. 12. Institutional shareholders (i.e., other than individuals, HUF, NRI, etc.) are required to send scanned copy (PDF/JPG format) of the relevant Board Resolution/Authority letter, etc., together with attested specimen signature of the duly authorised signatory(ies) who are authorised to vote, to the Scrutinizer through e-mail to tsl.scrutinizer@gmail.com, with a copy marked to evoting@nsdl.co.in.Tata Steel shares closed at Rs 414 on Friday on the BSE while IHCL ended at Rs 99. Tata Sons holds 28.01 percent in IHCL and 29.75 percent in Tata Steel. A general view shows the Tata Steel works in Scunthorpe, northern England, October 27, 2015. Tata Steel is the biggest steelmaker in Britain.Reuters filelast_img read more

World IVF Day 2019 Fertility centres aplenty but imported tech keeps costs

first_img[Representational image]ReutersThe world’s first test-tube baby was born on July 25, 1978, giving hope to people who could not have children by natural means. In 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had said that there were approximately 180 million couples struggling with infertility across the world and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) helps bridge the gap. To celebrate IVF and bust the taboo regarding the negative connotation around infertility, experts around the world came together in 2017 to announce July 24 as World IVF Day.What is in vitro fertilisation? In vitro fertilisation is the fusing of an egg and sperm to form an embryo. The ovary is stimulated to grow follicles (fluid-filled sacs in the ovary that contain eggs). The growth of the eggs are closely monitored and after they mature to a certain level, they are transferred to a woman’s body. Reasons behind rising infertility among today’s youthDr Haricharan, a consultant gynaecologist and IVF specialist at Indira IVF Centre in Bengaluru, told International Business Times, India, that the main reasons for infertility is late marriage, delaying parenthood and consumption of alcohol and tobacco.He added that in the rural areas, infertility is caused due to infections and diseases like tuberculosis that damage reproductive organs.Dr Haricharan added that due to the exceedingly sedentary lifestyle, many women also suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) that makes child-bearing more difficult.IVF centres are also mushrooming in the country due to the easy availability of technology. “IVF technology has become a standardised technology because of lab standardisation. Due to this, everyone can afford to start the clinic because it affords a reasonably good success rate” said Dr Haricharan.Does IVF work against population control? With the population expanding drastically, India is likely to become one of the most populous countries in a few years. Many ask if we really need more IVF clinics when we are trying to control population explosion?Surprisingly, Dr Haricharan says that IVF clinics and helping people have babies does not have anything to do with the population. As an IVF specialist, he helps people at a micro-level while population control is a problem for the society and the government at a macro-level. He adds that if he does not help people with fertility issues, he would be denying basic human rights.He emphasised that adding one or two children in the world is not an indication of “not trying to control population”. (Representational Image)ReutersCan IVF become more affordable?While there is access to IVF technology, not many people utilise the service due to the exorbitant amount required for each attempt. “Each attempt will roughly cost Rs 1 lakh and a client will have at least three to four attempts before declaring the uterus as hostile,” Dr Haricharan explained. The success rate for IVF per sitting is 50 percent and each cycle is a huge bet for the patient.To make IVF technology more affordable, Dr Haricharan says that India will have to stop importing technology. At the moment, 50 percent of the population cannot afford IVF.last_img read more

Ershad appoints 8 new presidium members

first_imgJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad. File PhotoJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad has appointed eight new leaders as party’s presidium members on Thursday.This promotion was given through an ‘organisational order’ of the party, signed by Ershad, said a press release.Newly appointed presidium members are: Syed Didar Bakht (Satkhira), Kazi Mamunur Rashid (Brahmanbaria), Zafar Iqbal Siddiqui (Nilphamari), Nazma Akhtar, MP, (Feni), Abdus Sattar Miah (Gazipur), Alamgir Shikder Loton (Narayanganj), Emran Hossain Miah (Chandpur) and Major (retd.) Rana Mohammad Sohel, MP (Nilphamari).The decision of appointing new presidium members was taken as per the section 20/1/Ka of Jatiya Party’s constitution and it will come into effect from May this year, the release added.last_img

Residents Vote to Legalize Marijuana

first_imgD.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large)Residents have voted to legalize marijuana in D.C.They showed their support Nov. 4 for Initiative 71 which would allow both residents and visitors, who are 21-years-old or older, to legally possess as much as two ounces of marijuana and to grow up to three marijuana plants at their homes.Whether or not marijuana will become legal in the city is now left up to Congress, which will be led by Republicans in the next term.According to the Washington Post, the implementation of the marijuana initiative is still uncertain.Even so, a large number of council members said they would submit follow-up legislation to Congress next year as well as establish a system to sell and tax the drug. In a press conference Nov. 5, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser said that if marijuana use in D.C. is legalized by Congress, her administration would immediately put a system in place that makes sense of taxing and regulating the drug.  “I see no reason why we wouldn’t follow a regime similar to how we regulate and tax alcohol,” she said.D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) has already drafted “The Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013” bill would also tax sales of marijuana for recreational use at 15 percent and medicinal use at six percent. The District’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration would manage marijuana sales, like it does with alcohol.His bill was the subject of a joint roundtable on Oct. 28. Co-sponsors of the bill include D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large), who chairs the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who leads the Committee on Finance and Revenue.The revenue from recreational marijuana would fund programs that support the District’s young people and drug prevention.“The goal is to get rid of the underground market,” Grosso said. “This is not a [financial] windfall for the District of Columbia.”Analysts who work for the District’s chief financial officer testified at the hearing that the city could generate $130 million annually in sales from 122,000 residents, commuters and tourists who purchase three ounces of marijuana annually at $350 an ounce.In 1998, District residents voted in a referendum to legalize medical marijuana but the U.S. Congress led by Republicans then blocked the vote’s implementation. In January 2011, with the work of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and other city leaders, Congress stepped back and medical marijuana became legal.Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) tried to stop the onset of the decriminalization of marijuana in the District earlier this year. It is not clear what congressional Republicans will do at this point to stop legalization in the city.Nevertheless, Evans said that it would be wise for the council to start working on the infrastructure of collecting marijuana taxes, given the strong support of legalization in the city.The Marijuana Policy Project, a District-based, national organization that supports legalizing marijuana throughout the country, issued a position on regulating the drug stating “by regulating marijuana, authorities will actually know who is selling it, where it is being sold, when and to whom.The statement also noted, “Sales will benefit legitimate, tax-paying businesses instead of violent drug cartels and states and localities will generate significant new tax revenue.”Taxing marijuana makes good sense to District resident Greg Stewart.“We tax alcohol and cigarettes so why not marijuana,” Stewart said. “In this city, we do tax commodities and marijuana will be considered a commodity.”Some Black residents such as Will Jones III and Ambrose Lane, the chairman of the Ward 7 Health Alliance Network, oppose legalizing marijuana and its possible taxation because African Americans will unfairly bear the brunt of its financial, health and criminal justice costs.Ed Potillo is undecided about a marijuana tax but thinks that the tax burden on District residents is becoming unbearable.“I think we should expand the number of small businesses in the city so that we can have more tax revenue coming in,” Potillo said. “That to me is better than taxing individuals.”last_img read more

Using nanowires to build alloptical logic gates

first_img The graphs, color-coded, correspond with the input above. Credit: Aalto University Structural and optical properties of InP and AlGaAs crossbar NW networks. (A) False-color scanning electron microscopy image of the crossbar InP and AlGaAs NW networks (illustrated with different colors); InP NWs are combed along the vertical direction and an AlGaAs NW along the horizontal direction to form six pairs of crossbar junctions. (B) PL spectra of the NWs measured at a single exemplary measurement spot. The polarization direction of the excitation lasers (at 532 and 730 nm) is labeled. arb. units, arbitrary units. (C) HRSTEM image of InP NWs. The inset shows the diffraction pattern demonstrating the ZB crystal structure and the formation of frequent twin planes along the NW growth axis. (D) EDX measurement results of AlGaAas NWs show the Al and Ga composition along the NW growth direction (that is, [111] crystal direction). The line scan location is shown in the inset. Credit: Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7954 Explore further As the potential for speed increases diminishes for conventional computer technology, scientists look for new possibilities, such as using light to represent information rather than electrons. Unfortunately, despite a lot of time and effort, optical computers still are not a viable option. One of the major sticking points has been the development of workable all-optical logic gates—the parts of computer circuitry that are used for decision processing. The researchers note that all-optical logic gates have been developed, but they have proven to be too difficult to make in quantities needed for commercial computers. That might be changing, however, as they claim to have developed a new way to build them, which they believe could be commercialized.The idea behind the new gates is to use nanowires to transmit photons. To allow them to serve as junctions, which form the basis of logic operations, the group used two different kinds: some made of indium phosphate and some of aluminum gallium arsenide. Junctions are formed by allowing the two types to cross one another—like four-way stops on roads. The group reports that in using such nanowires, they were able to create and run all-optical logic gates that were capable of carrying out traditional computer logic operations such as OR, AND and NAND—doing so allowed them to carry out simple math problems. © 2018 Phys.org A team of researchers at Aalto University in Finland has found a way to use nanowires to build all-optical logic gates—a major step toward building a light-based computer. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their new approach, how well it worked in testing, and what they believe needs to happen next to allow for the use of such gates in an actual computer. 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.center_img More information: He Yang et al. Nanowire network–based multifunctional all-optical logic gates, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7954AbstractAll-optical nanoscale logic components are highly desired for various applications because light may enable logic functions to be performed extremely quickly without the generation of heat and cross-talk. All-optical computing at nanoscale is therefore a promising alternative but requires the development of a complete toolbox capable of various logic functionalities. We demonstrate nanoscale all-optical switches by exploiting the polarization-dependent light emission property of crossbar InP and AlGaAs nanowire networks. These networks can perform various logic operations, such as AND, OR, NAND, and NOR binary logic functions. Furthermore, on the basis of these logic operations, our networks successfully enable all-optical arithmetic binary calculations, such as n-bit addition, to be conducted. Our results underscore the promise of assembled semiconductor nanowire networks as a building block of on-chip all-optical logic components for future nanophotonics. Journal information: Science Advances A little light interaction leaves quantum physicists beaming The researchers suggest their logic gates could be used in much the same way that electron-based logic gates are currently used in computers, or in entirely new ways. They note that the process of creating the nanowires was very straightforward—they were simply grown. But they also acknowledge that the quality of the nanowires would have to be improved to provide the type of accuracy needed in a computer. Citation: Using nanowires to build all-optical logic gates (2018, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-nanowires-all-optical-logic-gates.htmllast_img read more