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18Sep/19

Neuer From now on we only have finals

first_imgCaptain Manuel Neuer insists that Germany must consider their two remaining group games in the World Cup as “finals” from now onThe reigning champions suffered a disastrous start to the defence of their crown when they lost 1-0 to Mexico on Sunday with a Hirving Lozano first-half goal proving to be the difference at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany will be under an extreme amount of pressure to defeat Sweden this weekend in Sochi in order to avoid a shocking early exit at Russia.Neuer, who recovered in time from a broken foot, to take his place as Joachim Low’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup insists that the team must take each game now as seriously as a final.“From now on, we only have finals. The players have to show what they can do but I am convinced that we can do it,” said Neuer, according to Punchng.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The 32-year-old is refusing to get overly concerned by the situation and believes that the best remedy is to turn their full focus on to Sweden now.“Complaining about what happened doesn’t change anything, we all know that,” he said.“We have to try to put this behind us as quickly as possible.”Germany are hoping to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to successfully defend their world title.last_img read more

18Sep/19

Klopp and Neville rant takes another twist

first_imgGary Neville’s latest suggestion about Liverpool seem not to have gone down well with the German boss Jurgen Klopp following his comments.The United legend suggested that Liverpool’s best shot at delivering the first ever Premier League trophy would come if they didn’t try to juggle every competition this term.When asked about Neville’s recommendation at his Friday press conference, the Reds boss laughed it off and claimed he didn’t fully understand Neville’s logic.“Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work,” Klopp said. “You bring your kids in the Champions League? That would be funny!“I don’t want to be too critical because I don’t know exactly how he said it but sitting in an office and talking about football is completely different to doing the job, to be honest.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“What did he say about Manchester United in that case? The club he’s more interested in. Nothing?“I don’t know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if maybe you are already out of the competition nearly.“If it’s late in the season that you see you have a chance to do that or do this and all that stuff.“Last year, for example, we had no chance to focus on one competition because we had to qualify for the Champions League and I don’t think that even Gary Neville would have said: ‘Quarter-finals of the Champions League, let City win’.”last_img read more

18Sep/19

Possible Champions League draw for English teams

first_imgWith all English teams set to feature in the draw for the Champions League last 16, there is a huge possibility they could face some tricky ties considering their group stage positions.Man City finished as group winners despite an opening day defeat at home to Lyon, while Liverpool, Spurs, and United could only settle for the second spot.While the three second-place finishers will be delighted to move onto the next stage, they might not be as happy when they learn their fate in the last 16 draws on December 17.UEFA rules state that teams who played in the same group cannot be drawn against each other, and neither can teams from the same country.With that in mind, these are the potential opponents for the Premier League teams in the upcoming draw.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Man City’s potential last 16 opponents: Roma, Ajax, Schalke, Atletico MadridMan United’s potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto.Spurs’ potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus.Liverpool’s potential last 16 opponents: Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Barcelona.last_img read more

18Sep/19

Merson Mourinho Man United missed Ibrahimovic

first_imgThe absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his strong character was a big blow for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, says football pundit Paul MersonAfter nearly two seasons, Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford in March for MLS side LA Galaxy amid struggles to regain full fitness from a knee ligament injury.Since the Swedish striker’s exit, Mourinho’s relationship with the likes of Paul Pogba hit a boiling point with United struggling in the process.The Portuguese coach was sacked on Tuesday after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, which left United 19 points behind their rivals in sixth in the Premier League.And Merson believes Ibrahimovic’s departure left a huge void at United.“Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a big miss for Manchester United,” Merson told Sky Sports.“He was one of those players that Mourinho had in the dressing room where you didn’t need to keep on listening to the manager’s voice, and he would’ve picked players out.”The former Arsenal midfielder added that Ibrahimovic could have helped Mourinho in a similar manner to what Roy Keane did for Sir Alex Ferguson in the United dressing room.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Zlatan would not have had what has happened in the last five or six weeks,” added Merson.“He would not have had some of the results, being 2-0 down at Southampton and being absolutely run ragged by Liverpool.“People will say they were trying, but let’s be honest, they got battered. It was embarrassing.“I think Zlatan would’ve gone in there and he would’ve started to dig players out and years ago you would’ve seen the same with Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson.“Ferguson would’ve sat back and Keane would’ve come in and started to pick people out.“Peter Schmeichel would’ve been going mad along with the other experienced players. They would’ve then all calmed down and Sir Alex Ferguson would’ve had his say.”United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been confirmed as Mourinho’s replacement on an interim basis for the remainder of this season.last_img read more

18Sep/19

Wijnaldum Liverpool will fight on till the end

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum has urged his teammates to fight on despite the blip they suffered at the Etihad Stadium.The Reds unbeaten run came to an end after Man City beat them 2-1 on Thursday night as goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane gave the hosts three points.Firmino’s equaliser wasn’t enough to salvage a point for Klopp’s men but Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum believes the loss will not dent their title aspirations.“I think we did enough to get a point and we could have won it also,” Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium.“We were quite unlucky with the chances but we also could lose it – like we have now. We just have to keep the confidence and try to win the next game.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“They cleared well and we hit the post. They also had two or three chances so it could have gone either way; we could have won, drawn or lost. At the end, we were unlucky and they won the game.”“We knew before it would be a hard game and we would have to give everything to win the game,” said the Netherlands international.“A few games this season we were lucky we have scored goals, and tonight we were quite unlucky with the chances that we had. That’s football.“Sometimes you have games where you score a lot and score with every chance that you get – and sometimes you don’t. What we have to do now is to keep our confidence and win the next game.”last_img read more

11Sep/19

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of July 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 28, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68Paul L. D’Eon, 83Francis J. Zizis, 94Previously Lived In Wilmington:Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85Nancy Noble Cook, 89Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Lawrence “Mike” Considine, 63Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

10Sep/19

Fortnite look out Apex Legends tallies 25 million players a week after

first_img Share your voice Tags “Since we launched Apex Legends last week on Monday we’ve seen the creation of an Apex Legends community that is excited, thriving, and full of great feedback and ideas,” Vince Zampella wrote in a blog post. (Zampella is head of Respawn Entertainment, which made Apex Legends and its predecessor, Titanfall.) “Our goal is to build this game with you, our community, so keep giving us your feedback because we really are listening.”EA’s success with Apex Legends marks a potential for it to take on Fortnite, which counted 200 million players in December. (Epic didn’t immediately respond to a request for updated figures.) Those millions of players have turned Fortnite into a cultural phenomenon, played by celebrities, musicians and sports stars. Player counts aren’t the only signs of Apex Legends’ success. Shortly after the announcement Monday, gamers were playing Apex Legends on the popular streaming game service Twitch at nearly three times the number they were Fortnite, and even more than other popular streaming games like League of Legends. The number of people streaming Apex Legends is nearly three times more than Fortnite on Twitch.tv. Screenshot by Ian Sherr/CNET “The game is off to a phenomenal start,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter wrote in a note to investors last week. Though EA’s financial results over the last holiday season were disappointing (in part because of Fortnite’s popularity), Pachter expects Apex Legends to contribute $100 million to EA’s revenues in its next fiscal year. Post a comment Apex Legends continues to grow.The new video game from industry giant Electronic Arts has been grabbing attention online as it takes on one of the world’s most popular games, Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale. Like Fortnite, Apex Legends is free to download and is designed as a last-man-standing “battle royale” title. And Apex Legends appears to be growing fast. Last week, the company said the game counted 10 million players in the first 72 hours since the game’s launch. Now it’s at 25 million players. How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? 0 Electronic Arts (EA) Fortnite Now playing: Watch this: Culture Tech Industry Gaming 2:42last_img read more

03Sep/19

Thai boys trapped in cave for week may have to dive

first_imgIn this grab taken from video provided by the Thai Navy Seal, a view of the boys and their soccer coach as they are rescued in a cave, in Chiang Rai in Thailand, Monday, 2 July 2018. Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday, more than a week after they disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation. Photo: APA top Thai official said Tuesday that heavy rains forecast for the coming days could worsen floods in the mountain cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were located after being missing for more than a week, forcing authorities to speed up their extraction.The 13 were located by rescue divers late Monday night in the cave in northern Chiang Rai province during a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation. Officials said Tuesday that the boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach were mostly in stable medical condition and have received high-protein liquid food.Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, a member of the country’s ruling military junta, said Tuesday that the boys may need to swim out using diving equipment ahead of bad weather forecast for later in the week. He said the boys would be brought out via the same complicated route through which their rescuers entered.While efforts to pump out the floodwaters would continue, Anupong said it’s clear some areas of the sprawling cave cannot be drained and that in order to get out, the boys may need to use diving gear while being guided by two professional divers each. He conceded that if something went awry, it could be disastrous.”Diving is not easy. For people who have never done it, it will be difficult, unlike diving in a swimming pool, because the cave’s features have small channels,” he said. “If something happens midway, it could be life-threatening.”Video released early Tuesday by the Thai navy showed the boys in their soccer uniforms sitting on a dry area inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave above the water as a spotlight from a rescuer illuminated their faces.In this grab taken from video provided by the Thai Navy Seal, a view of the boys and their soccer coach as they are rescued in a cave, in Chiang Rai in Thailand, Monday, 2 July 2018. Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday, more than a week after they disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation. Photo: APChiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the health of the boys and coach were checked using a field assessment in which red is critical condition, yellow is serious and green is stable.”We found that most of the boys are in green condition,” he said. “Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorized as yellow condition. But no one is in red condition.”Cave rescue experts have said it could be safer to simply supply them where they are for now, rather than attempting to have the boys dive out. That could take as long as months, however, given that Thailand’s rainy season typically lasts through October.Family members who have kept vigil at the mouth of the cave since their ordeal began June 23 rejoiced at the news that their boys and their coach had been found.”I want to give him a hug. I miss him very much,” said Tham Chanthawong, an aunt of the coach. “In these 10 days, how many million seconds have there been? I’ve missed him every second.”Rescue divers had spent much of Monday making preparations for a final push to locate the missing, efforts that had been hampered much of the week by flooding that made moving through tight passageways filled with muddy water difficult.A pair of expert cave divers from Britain found the group about 300-400 meters (yards) past a section of the cave on higher ground that was thought to be where they might have taken shelter.In the five-minute navy video, the boys are seen wearing their soccer uniforms and are calm, curious and polite. They are also keen to get some food.After an initial exchange in which a rescuer ascertains that all 13 are present, one of the boys asks what day it is, and a rescuer replies: “Monday. Monday. You have been here – 10 days.”The rescuer tells them “you are very strong,” but soon the traditional reserve of Thai children toward adults breaks a bit, and one tells another in Thai, “Tell them we are hungry.””We haven’t eaten,” a boy says in Thai, then breaks into English: “We have to eat, eat, eat!” A fellow boy tells him they already said this, and then the rescuer assures them that “Navy SEALs will come tomorrow, with food and doctors and everything.” At the end of the video a boy asks in English, “Where do you come from?” The rescue diver replies, “England, UK.”Narongsak said Tuesday that the missing were given high-protein liquid food, painkillers and antibiotics. He said doctors had advised giving the medicine as a preventative measure.He said officials had met and agreed on the need to “ensure 100 percent safety for the boys when we bring them out.””We worked so hard to find them and we will not lose them,” he said.In this grab taken from video provided by the Thai Navy Seal, a view of the boys and their soccer coach as they are rescued in a cave, in Chiang Rai in Thailand, Monday, 2 July 2018. Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday, more than a week after they disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation. Photo: APAnmar Mirza, a leading American cave rescue expert, said many challenges remain for the rescuers. He said the primary decision is whether to try to evacuate the boys and their coach or to supply them in place.”Supplying them on site may face challenges depending on how difficult the dives are,” Mirza, coordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission, said in an email. “Trying to take non-divers through a cave is one of the most dangerous situations possible, even if the dives are relatively easy.”The British Cave Rescue Council, which has members taking part in the operation, said in a statement that “although water levels have dropped, the diving conditions remain difficult and any attempt to dive the boys and their coach out will not be taken lightly because there are significant technical challenges and risks to consider.”Joining the British are other cave experts from around the world and teams from the US, Australia, China and elsewhere.Authorities said efforts would also continue outside the cave, where teams have been scouring the mountainside in search of other entrances to the caverns below. Several fissures have been found and teams have explored some, though so far none have led to the trapped boys.last_img read more

02Sep/19

How One Houston Principal Leads A School Turnaround

first_imgListen It’s hard to keep principals at schools with high poverty. Research shows that over a quarter of those schools lose their principals each year.In East Houston, Furr High School tells a different story. There the principal is going on 17 years at the helm and leads the most ambitious endeavor on campus yet.Meet Bertie Simmons. She’s five feet tall. She wears red lipstick, thick rimmed glasses and a white bob. Next month she turns 83 years old.On this recent morning, she welcomed a mom to her office.“Have a seat. So what’s going on?” Simmons asked.“Horrible, I’ve had a horrible week,” Yasmin Rodriguez answered.Rodriguez came with her son Alex. He recently transferred but he’s failing his classes and gets in trouble for talking back. On top of that, Rodriguez just lost her job. Simmons tried to help.“Could you have passing grades? What if I got you a mentor?” she asked Alex.She called in the football coach, Cornell Gray. He looked Alex up and down and told him to bring shorts for practice tomorrow.“Alright, well, you’re in trouble now because Simmons put me on you,” Gray said.His mom brightened and quipped: “That’s a good thing.”Rodriguez is a single mom and likes the idea of her son having a male role model.Simmons spent half an hour with Alex and told some of her story – how she became principal here when his mom attended Furr.“Boy, if you think I’m sexy now, I was hot then! No, no, not really, I’m acting silly. I want you to know that we care about the kids in this school, and that’s why I’m taking this much time with you. Because I’m not going to let you come here and fail,” Simmons said.Laura IsenseeOn a recent morning, Furr Principal Bertie Simmons listened to a freshman read his first essay.This is how Simmons spends a lot of her day. She sees a steady stream of people: teachers, students, district officials. Most bring problems, though some share good news. In between visits, Simmons might snack on ice chips and Nutter Butter cookies.The day quickly becomes a case study of how this longtime, successful principal leads. It’s all about relationships.“Mainly there has to be a deep, abiding, sincere concern for all human beings,” Simmons said of her philosophy. “And I don’t find a lot of people going into education and especially the principal-ship who have that. And that’s not a put-down. It’s just reality.”Next on the day’s meetings, it’s a tense meeting about bullying with some moms and their daughters.The mothers urge their girls to focus on school.“You know, everybody needs to not be friends, but to get along to make it,” said Renee Vessell. “Because you never know who’s going to need who on the outside of this world.”Simmons backed her up: “Listen to the mother here, listen to all the mothers. They’re not yelling and screaming and carrying on and acting like – Do you know how y’all acted in my office? Y’all were cray, cray, every single one of you.”After the meeting, Simmons said that sometimes she’s crazy herself, in a good way.“I think I’m a little cray cray. I mean, I’m determined that these kids are going to have a chance,” she said.She came out of retirement to lead Furr in 2000. Back then, gangs ruled the campus. Barely half the kids graduated. Simmons thought she’d last three months. Seventeen years later, she leads a national experiment at Furr to transform the high school. Last fall, the school won a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, a foundation led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Experts say school turnaround efforts are difficult without stable leadership.“It’s really just sort of having the gift of time, that you start something and you have the opportunity to see it through,” said  Laura Hamilton, who studies ed reform with the national research group RAND Education.  She said that time lets principals make real change.“As opposed to what often happens where you start something and you’re just kind of getting used to it and the next new thing comes in because there’s a leadership change, or policy change or whatever it might be,” Hamilton explained.Hamilton cautioned, however, that a principal’s skills must match the school’s needs, and sometimes turnover can be a good thing.From her decades of experience, Simmons said that there’s something else needed for real results in education: Principals have to care deeply for all their students.Simmons reflects on that every night.“And wonder if I’ve done enough. That’s the main thing, that I give enough. Did I care enough? Could I have done something  differently? I don’t want to sound mushy but I’m just being honest,” she said.She added that it’s that concern for her students that keeps her going. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:39 Sharelast_img read more

31Aug/19

For lowcost DNA nanostructures recycle sticky ends

first_img At left, a sketch of two grids connected by two generic sticky-ends (circled) and one specific sticky-end (right end). The atomic force microscopy image is at right, with the scale bar equal to 40 nm. Credit: Constantin Pistol, et al. DNA could be backbone of next generation logic chips In the second method, Pistol and Dwyer used all specific sticky-ends to connect two 4 x 4 grids. They found that, after the grids were connected, the sticky-ends could be reused in other connections. In this method, the scientists assembled four 4 x 4 grids to produce a 64-motif structure. “Once the two sticky-ends have joined into a double helix, their sequences can be re-used in another part of the system,” said Dwyer. “This requires that the nanostructure be formed hierarchically.”At a molecular weight of 8960 kD, the 64-motif structure is one of the largest programmable synthetic nanostructures ever synthesized. The scientists also predict that this method can be scaled even further before reaching a limit imposed when the generic interactions begin to dominate the process. However, studies in periodic DNA crystal formation suggest that the scale limit is nearly macroscopic.In analyzing their structures for defects, Pistol and Dwyer found that missing motifs were common, requiring defect-tolerant designs in future large-scale assemblies. If DNA nanostructures can be fabricated at the scales Pistol and Dwyer predict, then not only biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry would benefit, but future computer systems may use DNA, as well.“One of the benefits of DNA nanostructures for computers is device density,” Dwyer said. “The grid has a pitch of 20nm, and this is about half of the smallest device feature in Intel’s latest lithography process. The other benefit is manufacturing scale. Each experiment created a vast number of structures (~1012 or more) and this holds the promise of more complex and higher performance computers in the future.”Citation: Pistol, Constantin, and Dwyer, Chris. “Scalable, low-cost, hierarchical assembly of programmable DNA nanostructures.” Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 125305 (4pp).Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In their recent paper in Nanotechnology, Constantin Pistol and Chris Dwyer explain DNA’s advantages over silicon in terms of its easy synthesis, control and asymmetrical complexity. While recent advances in the field of fabricating DNA nanostructures have produced rigid sequences, Pistol and Dwyer focused on developing a self-assembly method that enables simple and inexpensive scaling of the DNA structures. In addition, their grid-like structures consist of components that can be independently modified to create arbitrary patterns for different purposes.“The independent chemical modification of the motifs in the grid is important when generating templates on the grid,” Dwyer told PhysOrg.com. “Our computer architecture research is investigating how the DNA grids might act like scaffolds for other materials, such as carbon nanotubes. Arbitrary patterns of these materials are necessary to implement the kinds of circuits that we use to build computers.” The hierarchical approach to building nanostructures from DNA, beginning with nine oligonucleotides and resulting in an 8 x 8 grid. Credit: Constantin Pistol, et al. In their study, the scientists use a hierarchical approach: nine oligonucleotides (the structural units of DNA) form a cross-like motif, and 16 motifs annealed with streptavidin can form a grid. To build larger structures from these 4 x 4 grids, the scientists experimented with using two types of sticky-ends. “Sticky-ends are single-stranded pieces of DNA that can hybridize, or form a double helix, with their complements,” Dwyer explained. “A well designed sticky-end has only one true complementary sticky-end in the system.”The first type, the “generic” sticky-end, binds with only one helix instead of the normal two. This binding provides a relatively unstable interaction, which makes it easier to individually program two adjacent grids later on. The second type, the “specific” sticky-end, provides a stronger interaction and can control the weak interactions between the generic sticky-ends.In one fabrication method, the scientists bound together two 4 x 4 grids, using two generic sticky-ends and one specific sticky-end (the fourth grid arm was left open for identification purposes). The scientists found that the single specific sticky-end could dominate the entire connection, providing a scalable assembly method.center_img Explore further Citation: For low-cost DNA nanostructures, recycle sticky ends (2007, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-low-cost-dna-nanostructures-recycle-sticky.html Scientists from Duke University have recently demonstrated a new method for assembling large, low-cost DNA nanostructures, in part by reusing the “sticky-ends,” the broken DNA strands used to connect the nanostructures. In their hierarchical self-assembly method, the scientists have demonstrated one of the largest programmable synthetic nanostructures ever synthesized. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

31Aug/19

Giant planet and brown dwarf discovered in a close binary system HD

first_imgJ and K band AO imaging of HD 87646 taken at Palomar observatory. Credit: Ma et al., 2016. (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a giant planet and a brown dwarf in a close binary system designated HD 87646. The findings, described in a paper published Aug. 11 on arXiv.org, reveal that HD 87646 is the first close binary system with more than one substellar circum-primary companion known to date. Citation: Giant planet and brown dwarf discovered in a close binary system HD 87646 (2016, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-giant-planet-brown-dwarf-binary.html Explore further © 2016 Phys.org More information: Very Low-Mass Stellar and Substellar Companions to Solar-like Stars From MARVELS VI: A Giant Planet and a Brown Dwarf Candidate in a Close Binary System HD 87646 , arXiv:1608.03597 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1608.03597AbstractWe report the detections of a giant planet (MARVELS-7b) and a brown dwarf candidate (MARVELS-7c) around the primary star in the close binary system, HD 87646. It is the first close binary system with more than one substellar circum-primary companion discovered to the best of our knowledge. The detection of this giant planet was accomplished using the first multi-object Doppler instrument (KeckET) at the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) telescope. Subsequent radial velocity observations using ET at Kitt Peak National Observatory, HRS at HET, the “Classic” spectrograph at the Automatic Spectroscopic Telescope at Fairborn Observatory, and MARVELS from SDSS-III confirmed this giant planet discovery and revealed the existence of a long-period brown dwarf in this binary. HD 87646 is a close binary with a separation of ∼22 AU between the two stars, estimated using the Hipparcos catalogue and our newly acquired AO image from PALAO on the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar. The primary star in the binary, HD 87646A, has Teff = 5770±80K, log(g)=4.1±0.1 and [Fe/H] = −0.17±0.08. The derived minimum masses of the two substellar companions of HD 87646A are 12.4±0.7MJup and 57.0±3.7MJup. The periods are 13.481±0.001 days and 674±4 days and the measured eccentricities are 0.05±0.02 and 0.50±0.02 respectively. Our dynamical simulations show the system is stable if the binary orbit has a large semi-major axis and a low eccentricity, which can be verified with future astrometry observations. 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. HD 87646, located around 240 light years away, is a bright G-type star with a fainter K-type stellar companion. The primary star in the system, HD 87646A, is about 12 percent more massive than the sun and has a radius of about 1.55 solar radii. The system has a separation of only 22 AU between the two stars.A team of researchers, led by Bo Ma of the University of Florida, has been observing HD 87646 since 2006 using a set of telescopes. The scientists employed the W.M. Keck Exoplanet Tracker (KeckET), at the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) 2.5m telescope, mounted on the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico to reveal the presence of a new giant planet that received designation HD 87646b. KeckET is a new generation multiple object Doppler instrument, capable of simultaneously observing more than 50 stars.The planetary status of HD 87646b was confirmed thanks to the radial velocity observations conducted by utilizing the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) in Arizona, the High-Resolution Spectrograph at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) in Texas, the “Classic” spectrograph at the Automatic Spectroscopic Telescope, mounted on the Fairborn Observatory in Arizona and the Multi-object APO Radial Velocity Exoplanet Large-area Survey (MARVELS) at SDSS. Moreover, these observations allowed the researchers to detect new even larger companion in the system – a brown dwarf designated HD 87646c.”Our SDSS MARVELS pilot survey and additional observations at the HET, KPNO 2.1m telescope, and Fairborn Observatory confirm the detection of two massive substellar companions in a close binary system HD 87646,” the team wrote in the paper.According to the study, HD 87646b has a minimum mass of about 12.4 Jupiter masses and an orbital period of approximately 13.5 days. HD 87646c is much more massive, having 57 Jupiter masses and much longer orbital period, circling the star every 673 days.The team also conducted dynamical simulations of the system, which allowed them to draw conclusions that HD 87646 is stable if it has a large binary semi-major axis and a relatively low binary eccentricity.However, the question of how this system was formed still baffles the authors of the paper. Given the fact that HD 87646 is the first known system to have two massive substellar objects orbiting a star in a close binary and the masses of the two objects are close to the minimum masses for burning deuterium and hydrogen, these peculiarities raise questions about the system’s formation and evolution.”The large masses of these two substellar objects suggest that they could be formed as stars with their binary hosts: a large molecular cloud collapsed and fragmented into four pieces; the larger two successfully became stars and formed the HD 87646 binary, and the other smaller ones failed to form stars and became the substellar objects in this system. This scenario might be relevant for the binary stars but seems problematic for the two substellar objects on orbits within one AU because it is unclear whether fragmentation on such a small scale can occur,” the paper reads.Other hypothesis offered by the scientists is that the two newly discovered giant objects were formed like giant planet in a protoplanetary disk around HD 87646A. However, they added that such massive disks are rare in close binaries, and further investigation is needed to confirm this explanation. Astronomers discover new substellar companion to the Pleiades member starlast_img read more

31Aug/19

Reflecting on native culture

first_imgWhen fashion gets the color of culture, the outcome is always something new from the maker’s end. In same way ‘Indypindy’ has brought fashion items dedicated towards women but it also presents a fusion of international and local cultural extravaganzas. ‘Indypindy’ organised a two-day fashion couture event recently at LGF Navjeevan Vihar in the national Capital. It houses some of the best designers in their domains to deliver top notch and state-of-the-art products whether it is a saree, skirt or a clutch! The event witnessed the gracious presence of Sandeep Marwah, Director AAFT who encouraged the budding designers for adapting the idea of ‘Indypindy’ which focuses on the concept of ‘Make in India’.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was also graced by the presence of Dr Shalini Sharma who imparted solutions at her special sessions on palmistry mixed with numerology to give the visitors simple solutions to their life issues. ‘IndyPindy’ is a brand name inspired from two words “Indian” and “Pind” which means an Indian village. As the name suggests it is a group of Indian nomad designers who travel across the country and showcase their designs and unique collection to the diverse audience present in each part of India.The designers take up the designs from the rural and local area reflecting the native culture and fashion of the place and driving it to a national and international platform give rural handicrafts and designs complete exposure.last_img read more

31Aug/19

Showcasing works of excellence

first_imgWitness works of excellence – both in terms of material application and aesthetic appeal – at the Lalit Kala Akademi’s 59th National Exhibition of Art 2017-18. This exhibition is held every year to exhibit the works of excellence and to give recognition to outstanding artists and covers artworks from a broad range of mediums like paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, drawings, installation and multimedia. To celebrate the 70th year of Indian Independence there are two categories for award selection – 10 awards for the age group between 30-50 years and five awards for age group above 50 years. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to C S Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala Akademi, “The Akademi has received 3644 entries submitted by 1433 artist throughout the country. It has nominated five first tier selection jury members namely Prof. Shyam Sharma (Bihar), Noni Borpuzari (Assam), Ramdas Adyanthaya (Karnataka), V. Nagdas (Chhattisgarh), Johny ML (New Delhi).”The selection Jury has recommended inviting artworks from eminent artists such as Bose Krishnamachari, T.V. Santhosh, Atul Dodiya, Manu Parekh, K.S. Radhakrishnan, Subodh Gupta, Adwaita Gadanayak, Jyoti Bhatt, Sudarshan Shetty, L.N. Tallur and N. Pushpamala.”The selection jury unanimously selected 173 exhibits indifferent disciplines by 172 artists for the National exhibition. The exhibition will be organized at Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries, New Delhi in the mid of January 2018,” says Setty.last_img read more

31Aug/19

Partha inaugurates eportal for access to info on schools education schemes

first_imgKolkata: State education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday inaugurated ‘Banglar Shiksha’ an e-portal which is set to provide real-time data on state-run and aided schools.The minister also officially launched five mobile applications which will not only help the education department officials to ensure a better co-ordination among administrations but they will also help them to keep tabs on the implementation of various government schemes. One can access information about all the schools, their activities and also their implementation of various schemes. The NIC has developed the portal with the help of KPMG and the education department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter inaugurating the e-portal, Chatterjee gave a strong message to his department officials saying that many projects are introduced with much fanfare but they are implemented poorly. In the same breath the minister said that a proper implementation of the newly introduced applications will fix accountability on the school administration but also help them perform their duties in a comprehensive manner. “The e-portal and the mobile applications will provide government information. We often introduce various schemes and then they are not properly maintained. I appreciate the efforts of our department officials for bringing in the new systems but if they are not properly run in the due course of the time I will not stop myself from criticising,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”People should be deployed on a regular basis whose job is to maintain better coordination. If the supply of information is not properly maintained then the digitised platforms may lose their significance,” Chatterjee added. One must not however find fault at the beginning of the new schemes which are the result of accumulated efforts of both the school and higher education department. This is unique move initiated by the department, the minister said. The e-portal— www.banglarshiksha.gov.in is a robust platform providing dynamic dashboards, reports and data on real time basis — a centralised system with the capability of holding large volume data. This system will bring revolutionary change in e-governance by having the proficiency of bringing together various initiatives under one umbrella. The school education department will collect data from different schools under various programmes such as SSA, RMSA, MDM and HRSM through various portals. All the data will be collected and uploaded in the portal. Various information related to 1.5 crore students, 5 lakh teachers and 1 lakh schools will be available on the portal. The mobile applications are named as ‘Banglar Siksha mobile app’, ‘M-Paridarshan mobile app’, ‘Mid day meal inspection app’, ‘E-HRMS mobile app’ and ‘State data analysis management centre’. The M-Paridarshan mobile app will help the district inspectors of schools and other officials to record data while mid day meal inspection app will provide information relating to the mid day meal services in all the schools.last_img read more

28Aug/19

Updates One lane remains closed on A500 due to diesel spillage

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes One lane remains closed on the A500 – after a diesel spillage shut the carriageway in one direction for more than eight hours. Traffic data company Inrix reports the lane is closed on the northbound carriageway of the D-Road (Queensway) at the junction with the A52 City Road/Whieldon Road, near Stoke and Fenton. A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged the fuel tank, leading to diesel spilling across the road. Inrix reports the lane closure will be in place into the evening as the road needs to be resurfaced after the spillage is cleared. The accident was first reported at around 4.30am today (Thursday, May 9) – with Inrix confirming the northbound carriageway was completely shut at around 5.40am. At around 1.45pm Highways England confirmed lane two had reopened. A spokesman said: “Lane two is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane one remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight.” Traffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm. A diversion was in place via and the entry and exit slip roads. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.18:05Accident on D-RoadA500 D Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange). On the roundabout. 16:29Take care in the wet weather!Travelling home soon? Still some heavy #Showers knocking around southern areas, and further #Rain to come across central and northern parts. Expect standing water and spray on the roads pic.twitter.com/fn1XVVQbUI— Met Office (@metoffice) May 9, 201916:18Inrix reporting the closure will remain into the eveningA spokesman said: Lane closure will remain in place as resurfacing works will take place tonight. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.”13:44Latest: One lane reopensHighways England said:Lane 2 is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane 1 remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight. “13:12Road could be closed until 6pm, according to latest estimatesTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm.12:54Latest photos from the scene (Image: Highways England)11:42A Highways England spokesman said:Closure is still in place as the carriageway is being cleaned from a diesel spill from the traffic collision, A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City road to re-join A500 Northbound. “11:05Traffic England now saying 3.30pmTraffic England are now saying it could be 3.30pm before traffic returns to normal.10:38Carriageway remains closedMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to emergency repairs on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to after the junction with the A34 (Hanford Interchange).Emerency repairs dus to a A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road should re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.09:47Latest update according to InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Fenton.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 09:24Closure continuesThe A500 remains closed.09:04Delays in Meir due to A500 closureQueueing traffic on A520 Sandon Road in both directions at Uttoxeter Road.Not helped by the A500 accident. 08:58Disruption now expected until 1pmTraffic England are now reported disruption is expected until 1pm08:41Latest from InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Meir. Travel time is,from the A500, 20 minutes and, from the A50, 35 minutes.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 08:27Knock on effect on A34Queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions at A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).Not helped by the accident on the A500.08:17Closure remains in placeThe northbound carriageway remains closed.07:45Delays also affecting A50 Delays due to this accident are affecting the A50 – which is queueing back to Longton. 07:43Disruption could continue into the afternoonTraffic England are now reporting they are expecting disruption to continue until after 12pm.07:35Congestion now reported back to Hanford interchangeCongestion is now reported back to the A34 Hanford Interchange, Inrix reports07:32Latest photo from the sceneThe A500 remains closed, with traffic being diverted (Image: Highways England)07:28Closure remains in placeA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place for repairs to take place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier Collision .”07:05Queues back to HanchurchInrix, the traffic data company, are now reporting queues back to Hanchurch.07:04Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier collision .”06:56Delays set to continue for several hoursTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 10.30am and 10.45am.06:33What we know so far:Here’s what we know so far:The A500 northbound is closed near the City Road interchangeA lorry blew its tyre at around 4.30am, leading to its fuel tank becoming damaged and diesel spilling across the carriagewayTraffic is being diverted via the slip roads and delays are buildingTraffic England are currently expecting the incident to fully clear by between 8.45am and 9am.06:17Traffic being diverted off the A500 northboundTraffic being diverted off the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:16Photo from the queuesTraffic queueing on the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:11No word on injuries at this stageIt is unclear if anyone has been injured at this stage.06:04Traffic now reported to be queueingWe’re now getting reports of traffic queueing in the area.05:53Highways England commentA Highways England spokesman said: The A500 Northbound is currently closed within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is due to a collision.” Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

19Aug/19

Sunwings take on Riu Palace Paradise Islands reno

first_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Friday, November 10, 2017 center_img Sunwing’s take on Riu Palace Paradise Island’s reno Tags: RIU Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing TORONTO — The newly reopened Riu Palace Paradise Island in Nassau has a sleek new look and an adults-only experience, says Sunwing.Exclusively offered through the tour operator’s Signature Vacations Collection by Sunwing, the five-star all-inclusive benefits from one of the best beaches in Nassau, an extensive range of entertainment programs, and a modernized look with new features such as an à la carte Indian restaurant on-site.Dining options with a new 24-hour lounge, ‘Jerk’ grill station, ‘Chutney’ Indian restaurant and patisserie and ice cream parlour. In total guests can now take advantage of five restaurants (four of which are à la carte) and three bars, while the new theatre offers a regular program of evening entertainment.Guestrooms have also been fully renovated and now feature new walk-in showers. New amenities include a state-of the-art gym and new pool with swim-up bar. For a couples’ retreat, there’s Renova Spa, or romantic dinners right on the beach.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsSunwing offers Thursday and Sunday flights from Toronto to Nassau.last_img read more

19Aug/19

Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm

first_imgRead all our coverage of FIFA-Gate hereZURICH, Switzerland – Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday in a dramatic end to an angry campaign dominated by a corruption storm that engulfed the leadership of world football.His challenger, Prince Ali bin al Hussein, withdrew from the race after preventing Blatter from getting the required majority in the first round of voting.Blatter, who had defied calls to resign, raised his arms in triumph and promised the congress to be the “commander” who “guides this boat FIFA” out of the corruption turmoil into which it has sunk.The 79-year-old Blatter indicated he would not stand again saying he would hand over a “strong” FIFA to “my successor” in four years.Blatter fell seven votes short of the two-thirds majority to win in the first round. He got 133 votes to Prince Ali’s 73.The brother of Jordan’s king still forced the vote into a second round, highlighting divisions within the scandal-tainted body that Blatter will struggle to overcome.The prince thanked those “brave enough” to vote for him before announcing he was pulling out. Blatter congratulated the prince on his performance.The end of the campaign was overshadowed by the arrest on Wednesday of seven FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, accused by U.S. authorities of taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes.Swiss police are also investigating the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar which have also been surrounded by corruption allegations.In a final plea for votes, Blatter vowed to lead FIFA out of the corruption controversy if re-elected.“I am held responsible for the storm. OK yes I accept this responsibility,” he told the congress. Officials sift through ballots as counting got underway following the vote to decide on the FIFA presidency in Zurich, on May 29, 2015. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP‘Morally bankrupt’ “I promise a strong FIFA, I want to climb back up the hill, arrange FIFA’s situation. I want a beautiful, robust FIFA, out of the storm,” he said.Prince Ali who has toured the world promising reform, “transparency”  and to “restore respect” if he wins.“We have heard in recent days, voices which described our FIFA as an avaricious body which feeds on the game that the world loves,” he said in his address. “We have heard questions raised about whether our family is morally bankrupt.”Most of Europe’s 53 votes went to Prince Ali, along with the United States and Australia. But Blatter’s rockbed support in Africa and Asia saw him through to a new term.Blatter spent the final days and hours seeking to reassure his supporters that he was still capable of running the organization after the shock dawn arrests at FIFA’s Zurich hotel on Wednesday and the parallel raid on FIFA headquarters by Swiss police.Blatter questioned the timing of the arrests so close to the election, declaring: “People say it was a coincidence. But I have a small question mark.”Blatter said the arrest of the seven had unleashed a “storm” and that the congress has “vital decisions” to take. But he added: “Today I appeal for a team spirit, unity, so we can advance together. It may not be easy but that is why we are here today.”Blatter repeated his case that he cannot “monitor” football affairs alone and cannot be blamed for the scandals.“The guilty ones are individuals, not the whole organization,” he insisted, calling for greater action by regional confederations and national associations.Blatter scored one victory when the Palestinian Football Association withdrew a motion to expel Israel from FIFA because of restrictions on Palestinian teams.But he was made to wait to savor his victory.On Thursday, he rejected an appeal by UEFA’s president Michel Platini to resign because of the scandals that the European football leader said has critically tarnished FIFA’s image.The boss of football’s governing organization remained defiant as governments joined  sponsors in crying foul over FIFA’s corruption scandal.While Russia’s President Vladimir Putin condemned the U.S. action in asking for the extradition of the seven officials, British Prime Minister David Cameron backed calls for Blatter to resign.French President Francois Hollande said sports groups selecting the hosts of major events must be “irreproachable.”German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that if world football cannot clear up “poisonous” corruption, government agencies would be forced to step in.Sponsors’ anger Commercial fallout grew with South Korea’s Hyundai Motor, a major sponsor of FIFA, saying it was “extremely concerned” at the new scandals.Credit card giant Visa has threatened to “reassess” its sponsorship if FIFA does not clean up its act. Coca-Cola, Adidas, McDonald’s and Budweiser have also spoken out. The United Nations says it is reviewing its cooperation accords with FIFA.The seven arrested football officials — including FIFA vice presidents Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo — remained in custody on Friday. Six have indicated they will fight extradition to the United States, Swiss authorities said.The corruption storm is unlikely to ease with Blatter’s re-election.Platini said UEFA could discuss measures against FIFA on June 6 if Blatter wins. Facebook Comments Related posts:FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal FIFA-Gate: Just days after his re-election, Blatter resigns The reporter who exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatterlast_img read more

09Aug/19

Local officials attend SOS with Rep Johnson

first_img16Jan Local officials attend SOS with Rep. Johnson State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, welcomed Craig Pollington of Osceola County, Carolyn Curtin of Osceola County, Adam Kroczaleski of Arenac County, and Rev. Kathy and Joe Groff of Clare County to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in the House chamber on Wednesday evening.  Johnson said the priorities the governor laid out in his third speech are important for making Michigan better and the one the 97th District lawmaker was putting at the top of his list was career development for the next generation.“I think we’ve missed the boat somewhat with our high school students in particular, where we’ve said each student has to be prepared for a university education,” Johnson said. “I really feel that we need to make sure those who have an interest in a vocational skill have an opportunity to learn those skills without being penalized and then are able to join the workforce with a good-paying job.” Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,Newslast_img read more

07Aug/19

Analysts have welcomed last weeks deal between TV

first_imgAnalysts have welcomed last week’s deal between TVN and Canal Plus in Poland. The pair agreed to merge their pay TV platforms, ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus, and Canal Plus took a minority stake in TVN’s parent company.
“These moves are credit positive for TVN as the merger strengthens its competitive position and brings the potential for integration synergies,” credit ratings agency Moody’s said in a note. “The entry of Vivendi (via Canal Plus) into the TVN ownership structure is also credit positive for TVN given Vivendi’s strong business and financial profile.”The final ownership structure of the combined pay TV platform is not yet clear, but Moody’s said that it expects TVN to ultimately hold less than 50% of the new service. “However, we believe that the combined business is likely to deliver more stable cash flows to TVN following integration of the two operations,” Moody’s noted. “We note also that TVN would continue to benefit from 100% of the cash flows of its TV and internet activities, which are not affected by the transaction.”last_img read more