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Conor McGregor under investigation for sex assault – report

first_imgIn this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Conor McGregor is escorted from the cage area after fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. AP FILENEW YORK, United States – Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor is under investigation in his native Ireland on an accusation of sexual assault, the New York Times reported Tuesday.The report, in which the Times cited four unnamed sources, came a day after the trash-talking star of the Ultimate Fighting Championship wrote on Twitter that he had decided to retire from his career inside the octagon.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: PH boxing’s finest feted at Elorde Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor was later handed a six-month suspension for his role in a post-fight melee after the Nurmagomedov bout, a ban that would have left him eligible to fight again in early April.He was arrested in Miami earlier this month after allegedly smashing a phone outside a Florida nightclub.He was later charged with criminal mischief and strong-armed robbery after police said he had slapped the phone out of a fan’s hand and then stomped on it.McGregor was also arrested last year in New York after police said he attacked a charter bus carrying several rival martial arts fighters. Video footage of the altercation showed McGregor throwing a steel dolly through a window of the bus. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments “Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today,” McGregor wrote. “I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.”The New York Times noted that McGregor has not been charged with a crime and the fact that an investigation is continuing “does not imply that McGregor is guilty of a crime.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut the newspaper said he had been questioned by law enforcement authorities in January after a woman accused him of sexual assault in December.A spokesman for Ireland’s police service would not confirm to the newspaper that McGregor was a suspect in the alleged assault. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The woman making the accusation said it occurred at the Beacon Hotel, where McGregor has been an occasional guest, according to the Times.McGregor and the UFC have not commented on the allegations. Karen J. Kessler, a publicist for McGregor based in New Jersey, issued a statement that said the Times report and McGregor’s retirement were not related.“This story has been circulating for some time and it is unclear why it is being reported now,” the statement said in part. “The assumption that the Conor retirement announcement today is related to this rumor is absolutely false.”The Dubliner, one of the most bankable stars in UFC, had previously vowed to retire in 2016 in a move that was widely seen as a negotiating gambit.The 30-year-old has not fought since being well beaten by rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of last year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

UPSSSC Revenue Inspactor Examination 2016: Admit cards released at upsssc.gov.in

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Service Selection Commission (UPSSSC) has published admit cards for Revenue Inspector Examination on its official website, http://upsssc.gov.inHow to download?Go to the official websiteClick on the link, ‘ Click here to download Admit Card for REVENUE INSPECTOR EXAMINATION 2016 Under the Advt No.8-Exam/2016 going to be held on 17/07/2016’Enter the registration number, date of birth, gender and verification codeAfter submitting the same, the admit cards will be generated on the screenThe candidates can take a printout for future use.The exam is slated on July 17. The commission conducts the following exams:Junior Assistant ExaminationConductor ExaminationStenographer ExaminationClerkForest GuardBoring TechnicianLekhpalPharmacistRevenue InspectorJunior EngineerAbout UPSSSC:The commission was founded in November, 1988. It’s headquarter is in Lucknow. For any other query, the candidates can visit the official website.READ: GMAC launches user’s guide to full-time MBA rankings: Identify the ranking methodologies READ: Punjab govt told to issue job letters for 41 left-out candidates as per HC ruling For more updates on education news, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Flipkart Big Billion Days sale for 2019 from September 29: Massive price cuts, offers on electronics expected

first_imgFlipkart Big Billion Days sale for 2019 from September 29: Massive price cuts, offers on electronics expectedFlipkart will host its Big Billion Days sale for 2019 from September 29 to October 4. The sale will see massive price cuts and great offers on electronics including phones, smart TVs and smartwatches.advertisement Next Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 16:54 IST Photo: ReutersHIGHLIGHTSFlipkart Big Billion days sale to start from September 29 and will go till October 4.The sale will come with massive price cuts on smartphones, tablets and more.From September 30, Flipkart will open up the sale for mobiles, smartphones, devices and accessories.The festive season is just a few weeks ahead and for shoppers, it’s time to get ready for all the big sales on e-commerce websites. Flipkart’s flagship sale for the year called the Big Billion Days sale has just been announced for 2019. Coming with many price cuts and lucrative offers, the Big Billion Days sale will begin from September 29 and go on till October 4.Flipkart has only revealed the dates of the sale for now but no announcements have been made regarding the offers on individual products or services. However, some of the offers with regards to financing options have been made public for this year’s sale. Additionally, Flipkart has also announced the exact date from which you can expect the sale on mobiles and smartphones to be published.The Big Billion Days sale will begin from September 29 for the following product categories: Fashion, TVs & Appliances, Home & Furniture, Beauty, Sports, Toys, Books, Smart Devices, Personal Care Appliances, Travel & more. Therefore, for those interested in getting smart TVs and appliances, they could get going from September 29. For Flipkart Plus members, the sale will start four hours prior to the official sale time for regular members.From September 30, Flipkart will open up the sale for mobiles, smartphones, devices and accessories. Therefore, if you are willing to get a new smartphone this festive season, you will be able to do so on Flipkart with expected major price cuts and discounts.Flipkart has revealed some of the financings offers that you can make use of during the sale to gain discounts. You will be able to avail a 10 per cent instant discount on Axis Bank debit and credit cards. The same will also be applicable on ICICI Bank credit cards.advertisementConsumers can avail multiple loan options ranging from Cardless Credit and Flipkart PayLater to No-Cost EMIs on leading bank debit and credit cards.For geeks and gadget lovers, the Flipkart sale could bring some great price cuts on premium smartphones and tablets. Expect Flipkart to offer some massive offers on Apple iPhone models, including the popular iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. We expect prices to go down by up to at least Rs 5,000 on some of these models. The iPad models could also be available for lower prices. We could also expect some great offers on Android flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Asus 6z, and the Redmi K20 series of phones.ALSO READ | iPhone prices cut in India: Here are prices of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and new prices of old iPhonesALSO READ | iPhone 11 launch roundup: New iPhones, Apple Watch Series 5, 10.2-inch iPad and everything else Apple announcedALSO READ | Apple iPhone 11 launched: Here is how it is different from iPhone XRGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Flipkartlast_img read more

Fjord Line Takes Over MS ‘Bergensfjord’ (Norway)

first_imgzoom Fjord Line took delivery of the new MS Bergensfjord, the second of two eco-friendly cruise ferries built for the Norwegian shipping line by the Bergen Group Fosen shipyard in Rissa, Norway.“The completion of the ship went faster than expected, so we are looking into the possibility of putting it into service earlier than planned,” says Fjord Line CEO Ingvald Fardal.The Bergensfjord’s identical sister ship, MS Stavangerfjord, is already in service after it started sailing the Bergen-Stavanger-Hirtshals route and Hirtshals-Langesund routes in July 2013.Fardal says having both ships in operation will allow the company to reach its goal of offering daily departures for passengers and freight from all four ports.“This marks the beginning of a new era in ferry traffic between Norway and the EU that will be of great importance to both the tourism and business sectors. The sale of tickets for the summer months already looks extremely promising in Norway and continental Europe,” says Fardal. Finishing touchesAfter Monday’s delivery at Rissa, in central Norway, the Bergensfjord casts off today and sets sail for Hirtshals, Denmark. In the weeks to come, Fjord Line will concentrate on fitting out the remaining equipment and drilling the ship’s crew in all aspects of operations and safety procedures. The new cruise ferry’s first regularly scheduled departure is currently slated for Thursday, 3 April from Bergen.“We are very pleased that Bergen Group Fosen has been able to deliver the ship in accordance with the schedule agreed on last summer. That gives us enough time to run in technical equipment and conduct quality control of all operations and logistics. If possible, we will put the ship into service earlier than currently planned,” says Fardal.World’s most environmentally friendlyFjord Lines’ two new and identical cruise ferries are both equipped with engines powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). LNG engines reduce NOx emissions by 92 percent compared to engines powered by traditional heavy fuel oil. Emissions of sulfur are eliminated completely, while particulate emissions are cut 98 percent. The technology Fjord Line uses also reduces emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2) by 23 percent. So air pollution will be minimal at sea as well as in port, helping to make these cruise ferries the world’s most environmentally friendly of their kind.The new ships, which are 170 meters long, are perfectly designed to handle North Sea waves and provide passengers with a smooth and stable voyage. Each ship has space for 1,500 passengers, with 306 cabins and a vehicle deck for up to 600 cars, trucks and cargo. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Fjord Line, February 4, 2014last_img read more

British Columbia reacts to MMIW announcement

first_imgTina House APTN National NewsIndigenous peoples in British Columbia can be forgiven if they’re feeling a sense of deja vu.That’s because BC held its own missing and murdered women’s inquiry in 2011.It was an effort to answer some of the same questions now being asked by the national inquiry.The BC inquiry turned into a fiasco, and in Vancouver, some are fearing the same mistakes might happen again.last_img

California company has pot license workers still arrested

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – The confusing rollout of marijuana regulations in California has been underscored in Mendocino County, where local authorities licensed a company to deliver pot only to have state police arrest two employees who were trying to do just that with nearly a ton of weed.The workers for Old Kai Distribution were transporting the marijuana from a farm when they were pulled over Friday afternoon by a California Highway Patrol officer on Highway 101 near Ukiah, according to Joe Rogoway, an attorney for the company. They were driving an unmarked van and were stopped for a traffic violation.The workers showed the officer the company’s county license and a manifest for the marijuana, but the officer insisted it was illegal, called for backup and arrested the men.The company argues it can transport marijuana within the county with its local license, and county spokeswoman Sarah Dukett backed that interpretation. She said Old Kai was issued a distribution license last week that allows it to legally transport marijuana under two local ordinances passed earlier this year.The workers were cited for unlawful transportation of marijuana and unlawful possession for sale. Investigators also seized all of the marijuana and the company’s van.“It is incomprehensible that this has occurred,” said Rogoway, who sent a letter to CHP demanding that the charges be dropped and the marijuana returned to Old Kai.Acting California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley said the arrest was appropriate because a state license also is required for legal transport and those permits don’t take effect until Monday, when broad legalization arrives in California.“They are following the laws that are in place now,” Stanley said Wednesday, referring to his officers. “And when Jan. 1, 2018, comes they’ll start following the laws that come into effect on that date.”The officer who made the Ukiah stop was not targeting the business, said Stanley, who is not aware of any other arrests of a locally licensed marijuana operation. CHP primarily is concerned with drivers who could be high behind the wheel and the agency has trained 97 per cent of its officers and sergeants in advanced drugged driving recognition skills, he said.Stanley commented after a ceremony for CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri, who was killed on Christmas Eve by a driver believed to be drunk and high.California has had legal medical marijuana for two decades. In 2016, voters approved broad legalization and the state and communities that want such “adult use” marijuana businesses spent the last year writing complex regulations.Some didn’t get their regulations finalized in time to start issuing local licenses by Jan. 1 while others decided to outlaw recreational pot altogether. Meantime, all forms of pot remain illegal under federal law.The marijuana that was seized in Mendocino County, about 115 miles (185 kilometres) north of San Francisco, had been collected from a family-owned farm and was being brought to a distribution centre to be sorted and tested.“This was basically their entire harvest,” Rogoway said. “Their entire year was in the back of this vehicle. If that cannabis is destroyed, it really puts at risk the safety and well-being of their family.”He worried the arrest could have a chilling effect as the state and local governments encourage marijuana businesses to come out of the shadows and adhere to regulations to ensure a level playing field for all.“This incident highlights the fear that many people have,” he said. “It takes a lot to be a complaint operator. Even if they follow through with the whole process, something bad can happen. This is a perfect example.”___Balsamo reported from Los Angeles.last_img read more

Attempt to sell baby for Rs 200000 foiled

An attempt in Avisawella to sell a baby for Rs. 200,000 was foiled today by the police and National Child Protection Authority (NCPA).The police said that following information received by the NCPA, a team visited a house in Avisawella today . It was then found that a 38 year old woman as well as a 22 year old girl were attempting to sell a 3 day old child.The 22 year old girl was said to be the mother of the child. Both women were arrested while the child was taken into protective care. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Fire razes Mocha apartment building

Years of hard work and savings were lost in the blink of an eye following a fire in Mocha, East Bank Demerara, last night, which has left four persons homeless. The fire reportedly started at about 21:30hrs in the upper flat of the Lot 6 Plantation Prosperity, Barnwell North, Mocha, East Bank Demerara home. The building had three apartments that were all occupied.Based on reports received, the fire might have started by a candle that was left alight by one of the tenants.  At the scene earlier today, the owner of the property, Sappha Lord, stated that the neighbourhood has no electricity and she had set up a “generator system” for her tenants. However, Lord told Inews that she had taken the generator to be serviced yesterday, and as such, the tenants of the home used candles. A tearful Lord recalled that the tenant of the upper flat had left a candle unattended and retired to bed, and it was until she awoke around 22:00hrs that she noticed that the home she had spent years investing in, was on fire. “Everything gone. All meh hard wuk. I wuk so fuh bring this up. This is wa I does depend pon fuh me family and them thing and now I aint got nothing,” she said.The woman tearfully noted that although members of the community came out to assist, there was no water source close by.“Everybody in the community come out, they come out with buckets and everything and we aint had no water because the canal stagnated,” Lord said.Additionally, the woman who was still in disarray is contending that had the Government answered the community’s calls for electricity in the area, the fire could have been avoided. “Late last year, we call out for somebody to come in because snakes does be coming up [from the trench] and all kinda thing does be coming up from the canal. It stagnated, you know with the mosquito and thing. We begging fuh we lights, fuh we get we lights because if we had lights yuh cudda say it was the electrical problem, but is nah electrical problem. Is just a candle and all ah me hard wuk gone. Everything,” the woman said while in tears. Lord estimates her losses to be approximately $13M.The fire officials are investigating the incident. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into Tuschen house fireMarch 15, 2017In “latest news”11 homeless after fire guts 2 buildings on Bishop StreetFebruary 16, 2017In “latest news”Five fire trucks fail to save burning building; 14 homelessSeptember 13, 2015In “Crime” read more

Dublin City Council issues warning regarding safety of rickshaws

first_imgDublin City Council issues warning regarding safety of rickshaws The council has stated that rickshaws are not regulated, and are often not insured. http://jrnl.ie/3434817 Short URL 46 Comments 18,903 Views Share220 Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 9 Jun 2017, 9:08 AM Jun 9th 2017, 9:08 AM Source: Sam BoalDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has issued a public advisory notice warning of the safety hazards of using rickshaws.The vehicles, which are often motorised, are a popular form of transportation for late night revellers in the city centre.“Dublin City council wishes to advise members of the public, for their own safety and the safety of others, that rickshaws operating in Dublin City are not regulated by DCC or otherwise,” the Council said in the notice posted on its website.“Some rickshaw operators appear not to have public liability insurance,” it added.Earlier this year, it emerged that the council hoped to have rickshaws banned at some stage this year, although to date there has been no movement regarding such a course of action.“Rickshaws are a real difficulty in in Dublin because they’re unregulated,” Green Party councillor Ciaran Cuffe told TheJournal.ie. “We have written to the Department of Transport seeking such regulation and we’re still waiting for that to happen.”Cuffe said that he and others are “quite frustrated” about the current regulatory situation, but stopped short of saying that a ban on rickshaws is necessary.“I don’t necessarily think that rickshaws need to be banned, but those who use them should should ensure that they’re insured,” he said.There have been a number of accidents with people falling out of rickshaws and of collisions with other vehicles – it’s a real worry because the combination of crowds and alcohol and narrow streets is so dangerous.“We do need to regulate these vehicles – they need to have insurance, and lights, and at least some element of driver training,” he added.Read: Another rainfall warning issued but sunny spells expected tomorrowRead: New EU roaming allowances: Here’s what phone companies will be charging from next weeklast_img read more

Lt Gov Mallott says he and Gov Walker will run for reelection

first_imgGov. Bill Walker (right) and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott wait on the tarmac for Chinese President Xi Jinping to land in Anchorage, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said Wednesday that he and Gov. Bill Walker will run for re-election next year.  He also said they’ll run together.Even for incumbents, that may be an uphill fight.Listen nowMallott went further than Walker has in talking about next year’s election. He spoke to host Pete Carran on Juneau radio station KINY.“Well, we have both decided that we will run again,” Mallott said.Mallott said the decision isn’t absolute, because they don’t know what may occur in the future. But he said their minds are made up to run again.“Whatever we do, we’ll do together, for sure,” Mallott said.Walker is a former Republican who ran without party affiliation in 2014. Mallott is a longtime Democrat who won the party’s nomination for governor that year. Mallott then decided to join Walker’s ticket.Mallott didn’t say whether he and Walker will seek the nomination of a political party. But he noted that their non-affiliated run last time was successful.Walker’s political spokeswoman is Lindsay Hobson, who is his daughter. She declined to comment on whether Walker is running for re-election.But Hobson may have confirmed a re-election campaign in a roundabout way. She said she isn’t saying that Mallott was inaccurate.Mallott’s comments were received warmly by Alaska Republican Party chairman Tuckerman Babcock.“We are happy to have our candidate take on two Democrats,” Babcock said. “And we think Gov. Walker represents Democrats, and we think the Democratic party will get its act together and will have an upfront Democrat. So, from our perspective, having two Democrats running is a good thing.”Walker faces a potential challenge. If there is a Democrat running separately on the ballot, those votes would likely come at his cost.Babcock said he doesn’t think it’s possible for Walker to run as a Republican.“I don’t see any avenue for Bill Walker to try to run in the Republican primary,” Babcock said. “I mean, he’s governed as a Democrat, with Democrat policies, and Democratic appointments for the most part. And we see him as just a Democrat in independent clothing.”The Republicans may have a large field. While Wasilla state Sen. Mike Dunleavy is the only announced candidate, former senators John Binkley and Charlie Huggins, former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman and businessmen Bob Gillam and Scott Hawkins have met with party insiders about possible campaigns.The Alaska Democratic Party endorsed Walker three years ago. Party executive director Jay Parmley said he wasn’t surprised by Mallott’s comments.Parmley said the party hasn’t talked with Walker and Mallott about how they would run.“And we will cross that bridge whenever there’s a complete formal announcement and the governor and lieutenant governor both declare their complete intentions as to the way they are choosing to move forward,” Parmley said.Parmley said Babcock shouldn’t be focused on who will run against the Republican candidate.“I’m not concerned who the Republicans are going to nominate,” Parmley said. “It’s going to be in my view sort of a clown parade on that side.”Parmley said he’s not concerned that both Walker and a Democrat will appear on the ballot.“The reason I’m not concerned about anything is because it’s not a reality,” Parmley said. “The fact of the matter is, the governor and the lieutenant governor are going to make a decision. We may have other Democrats who make a decision. And we will work all of that through as we go.”A major unknown on the Democratic side is whether former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich will run.The filing deadline for the primaries is June 1, almost ten months away.Correction: This story hasn’t been updated to reflect that the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed Walker three years ago, not four.last_img read more

Rep Don Young files for reelection once again

first_imgRepublican Rep. Don Young, Alaska’s sole congressman, files for re-election at the Division of Elections in Anchorage on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk) Young noted many members of Congress “are from urbanized areas which have little knowledge of what faces Alaska — the diversity, the size, the culture, the topography.” Young turned 86 this month. If re-elected in 2020, it would be his twenty-fifth term. “Unless you file you always have the rumors going around, ‘he’s not running again,’ and I’m not going to tolerate rumors about me not running,” Young said. “I’m going to be running hard in this campaign.” “I want to be there, and try to make sure Alaska is not abused,” Young said, citing “overzealous government agencies or interest groups.” Congressman Don Young, the longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives and the longest-serving Republican in House history, today filed for re-election. While submitting his paperwork, Young said he was filing to make it clear he is running once again. Young arrived at the Division of Elections office in Anchorage with his wife, Anne Garland Walton. In the 2018 election, Young beat Independent challenger Alyse Galvin with 53 percent of the vote.last_img read more

Bharat Electronics poised to post higher revenues in the next five years

first_imgBharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a defence ministry enterprise, is confident of growing its revenues at a compounded annual growth rate of eight to 10 per cent over the next five years and plans to invest more in research and development from the current levels.The company’s share price closed at Rs 1,261.75 on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). BEL had recently announced setting up a Rs 300-crore night-vision products manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh. The investment will be over a four-year period.In a note issued on Friday, brokerage Prabhudas Lilladher said the company’s order book grew 53 per cent to Rs 32,100 crore, including export orders of about $103 million.”BEL expects the order inflow run to remain healthy at Rs 100‐150 billion (Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 crore) for next few years given the healthy pipeline of orders. BEL expects sales to grow at eight to 10 per cent CAGR over the next five years,” Prabhudas Lilladher said in its note.”BEL is investing in capex to support execution of strong order book. It is also looking at steeping up R&D spend further (9.3 per cent in FY16) to 10‐12 per cent of sales to maintain technological edge and retain leadership position in strategic electronics,” the note added.The new facility at Nimmaluru village in Andhra Pradesh will also boost Narendra Modi government’s Make in India initiative through which it wants to manufacture more products in India, with special emphasis on defence items.”The new facility has been planned to establish a state-of-the-art factory to cater to the futuristic requirements for night vision products,” BEL Chairman and Managing Director SK Sharma said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.The company reported a 52.9 per cent fall in standalone net profit for the June quarter to Rs 36.09 crore from Rs 76.69 in the year-ago period and a decline of 20 per cent in revenues to Rs 871.43 crore.The public sector undertaking has manufacturing facilities at many places in India including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Panchkula and Machilipatnam.last_img read more

Universe may be on the brink of collapse on the cosmological timescale

first_imgThis is the “South Pillar” region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula. Like cracking open a watermelon and finding its seeds, the infrared telescope “busted open” this murky cloud to reveal star embryos tucked inside finger-like pillars of thick dust. Credit: NASA 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. Citation: Universe may be on the brink of collapse (on the cosmological timescale) (2015, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-universe-brink-collapse-cosmological-timescale.html Dr Tony Padilla on some recent work he has been doing. See the papers (not the faint-hearted) here: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1309.6562 AND http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1406.0711 © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Physicists have proposed a mechanism for “cosmological collapse” that predicts that the universe will soon stop expanding and collapse in on itself, obliterating all matter as we know it. Their calculations suggest that the collapse is “imminent”—on the order of a few tens of billions of years or so—which may not keep most people up at night, but for the physicists it’s still much too soon. Currently, we are in the period of accelerated expansion, and we know that the universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old. So in order for the new mechanism to work, the period of accelerated expansion must last until at least this time (needless to say, a mechanism that predicts that the universe has already collapsed is obviously flawed). The collapse time can be delayed by choosing an appropriate slope, which in this case, is a slope that has a very tiny positive value—about 10-39 in the scientists’ equation. The very gradual slope means that the universe evolves very slowly.Importantly, the scientists did not choose a slope just to fit the observed expansion and support their mechanism. Instead, they explain that the slope is “technically natural,” and takes on this value due to a symmetry in the theory.As the physicists explain, the naturalness of the mechanism makes it one of the first ever models that predicts acceleration without any direct fine-tuning. In the mechanism, the slope alone controls the universe’s evolution, including the scale of the accelerated expansion.”The ‘technically natural’ size of the slope controls when the collapse trigger begins to dominate, but was it guaranteed to give us slow roll and therefore the accelerated expansion?” Padilla said. “Naively one might have expected to have to fine-tune some initial conditions to guarantee this, but remarkably that is not the case. The dynamics of vacuum energy sequestering guarantee the slow roll.”The idea is still in its early stages, and the physicists hope to build on it much more in the future.”There is much to do,” Padilla said. “Right now we are working on a way to describe our theory in a way that is manifestly local, which will make it more conventional, and more obviously in keeping with some of the key principles behind quantum theory (namely, linear superposition). We would also like to devise more tests of the idea, both cosmological and astrophysical.”Over the longer term, we would like to understand how our theory could emerge from a more fundamental theory, such as string theory. It is also important to ask what happens when we consider vacuum energy corrections from quantum gravity.”If there was ever a justification that more work is needed, it may be in the paper’s conclusion:”The present epoch of acceleration may be evidence of impending doom. . . A detailed analysis to better quantify these predictions is certainly warranted.”center_img Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang, say researchers More information: Nemanja Kaloper and Antonio Padilla. “Sequestration of Vacuum Energy and the End of the Universe.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.101302 In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, physicists Nemanja Kaloper at the University of California, Davis; and Antonio Padilla at the University of Nottingham have proposed the cosmological collapse mechanism and analyzed its implications, which include an explanation of dark energy.”The fact that we are seeing dark energy now could be taken as an indication of impending doom, and we are trying to look at the data to put some figures on the end date,” Padilla told Phys.org. “Early indications suggest the collapse will kick in in a few tens of billions of years, but we have yet to properly verify this.”The main point of the paper is not so much when exactly the universe will end, but that the mechanism may help resolve some of the unanswered questions in physics. In particular, why is the universe expanding at an accelerating rate, and what is the dark energy causing this acceleration? These questions are related to the cosmological constant problem, which is that the predicted vacuum energy density of the universe causing the expansion is much larger than what is observed.”I think we have opened up a brand new approach to what some have described as ‘the mother of all physics problems,’ namely the cosmological constant problem,” Padilla said. “It’s way too early to say if it will stand the test of time, but so far it has stood up to scrutiny, and it does seem to address the issue of vacuum energy contributions from the standard model, and how they gravitate.”The collapse mechanism builds on the physicists’ previous research on vacuum energy sequestering, which they proposed to address the cosmological constant problem. The dynamics of vacuum energy sequestering predict that the universe will collapse, but don’t provide a specific mechanism for how collapse will occur.According to the new mechanism, the universe originated under a set of specific initial conditions so that it naturally evolved to its present state of acceleration and will continue on a path toward collapse. In this scenario, once the collapse trigger begins to dominate, it does so in a period of “slow roll” that brings about the accelerated expansion we see today. Eventually the universe will stop expanding and reach a turnaround point at which it begins to shrink, culminating in a “big crunch.” Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

HOP onboard says Air France

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first_imgHosted buyers and trade media having rooftop drinks at the Silo Hotel in front of the stunning Table Mountain. From left top- Navy Wang (MW Tours), Mark Harada (Travel Talk), From left bottom- Sonia Pilovska (Luxury Escapes), Melyne Hovasapian (SAT), Trish Freeman (Travelinc. Memo), Mosilo Sofonia (SAT), Evelyn Wescob (Experiential Travel), Nathalie Craig (KarryOn).Thumbs up for Africa’s Travel INDABAThe significance of tourism to Africa and its economy was once again cemented at this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba with delegates from 80 countries in attendance. The annual event was held between the 8th and 10th of May – with the month of May representing Africa Month.Overall Registrations reached the 7,000 mark, resulting in an increase of 4 percent from last year’s figures.“Indaba’s goal is to create a platform that allows the world to do business with Africa and business is happening. We are therefore encouraged by the number of buyers and exhibitors who have come from various parts of the world. They are our valued partners, who assist us to package and sell Africa to the world,” said South African Tourism’s Chief Executive Officer, Sisa Ntshona.There was a total of 1,747 registered buyers, an increase of 14 percent from last year, while there were over 1,100 registered exhibitors, an increase of 5.7 percent from last year. Of the exhibitors, 200 were first-time exhibitors.South African Tourism (SAT) hosted ten buyers from Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), along with nine ANZ trade and consumer media on two familiarisations in the lead up to Indaba. The trips included visits to Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Madikwe Game Reserve, Johannesburg and Durban.Highlights from the familiarisations included taking part in a Conservation Safari at Jaci’s Lodge, where guests were able to assist Lodge vets in wildlife safeguarding efforts, such as notching a rhino to help record, track and protect the endangered animals.Trade media also enjoyed a tour of Cape Town’s small coastal towns by side-car before tasting their way through the Cape Winelands.The event and familiarisations showcased to ANZ buyers and media South Africa’s diverse regions, activities and world-class food and wine. It also allowed guests to discover more hidden gems of South Africa, and build confidence in what the destination has to offer their clients and audiences.A record 62 million people visited Africa in 2017 – an 8 percent year-on-year growth. Of these visitors, 133,351 travelled from ANZ.“When South African Tourism made the decision to host Indaba as a pan-African event, the end goal was to boost the African economy,” continued Ntshona.“Each year we have seen an increase in the number of African countries at Indaba, with all destinations seeing the benefit of the expo and being part of a show that promotes all of Africa.”It is important that Indaba creates a lasting legacy for the City of Durban and the economy of the KwaZulu-Natal Province (KZN) by encouraging and supporting local procurement. Last year it was announced that the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (ICC) would be home to the Indaba for the next five years. This year’s three-day show expected to inject approximately $9.43 million R89 million to KZN’s GDP.Working to also boost the local economy is the announcement of the British Airways (BA) direct flight from Heathrow to King Shaka International Airport. Phindile Makwakwa, Acting CEO of KZN Tourism said; “This was a very successful Indaba and it kicked off on a high note with the announcement that BA was going to start direct flights from Heathrow to Durban. The UK market is keen on a collaborative relationship with Durban and that is critical and welcomed.”Another highlight of this year’s Indaba is its partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the Nelson Mandela 100 centenary programme, with various activations taking place throughout Indaba.“We invite you to the 100 places of Madiba and share your experiences with the world. Walk in the footprints of Madiba and find the better person in you,” says Ntshona.Source = South African Tourism (SAT)last_img read more

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