One of the most controversial football figures over the past decade or so once against demonstrated his lucidity and audacity.After numerous sources reported that the Serie A heavyweights AC Milan consider a potential January swoop for Los Angeles Galaxy talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, former Sweden international reached out to the press with some statement.The United States-based news outlet, TMZ Sports, have broadcasted the words of the 37-year-old striker regarding the rumored interest of the Rossoneri.“There is always rumors. The whole world wants me. It’s okay.”It’s not the first time (and probably not the last) that the ex-Manchester United superstar came out with such a comment. Just a reminder – when Zlatan landed in Los Angeles, he welcomed the NBA bigwig LeBron James in “Zlatan way.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Now LA has a God and a King!Zlatan welcomes @KingJames pic.twitter.com/4gYooOpURD— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 2, 2018Although AC Milan sporting director Leonardo has recently stressed the 7-time Champions League winners won’t try to take Ibra back at the Stadio San Siro, anything could happen by January.
Latest on Rebecca Zahau trial with Caitlin Rother Testimony continued Tuesday in the Rebecca Zahau case.On Monday, the man being sued by Zahau’s family took the stand. Her family believes 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the younger brother to Zahau’s boyfriend, killed her.Shacknai testified saying he left the guest house of the Coronado mansion around 6:45 a.m. That’s when he saw Rebecca hanging from the balcony.Shacknai then says he called 911, brought Zahau to the ground and tried to perform CPR. He testified he did not kill her.The trial has spanned several weeks now and author and journalist, Caitlin Rother, has been following it closely.She joined KUSI with an update. KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Caitlin Rother, Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter March 20, 2018
A bronze bull sculpture is seen as an employee walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai August 22, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileAn oversubscription of 104 times is bound to result in a premium listing for Avenue Supermarts, the operator of supermarket retail D-Mart. The question on investor’s mind will be: At what price will it list? The answer lies probably in the valuation of listed rivals, according to an analyst.”At the upper end of the price band, the pre-issue P/E works out to be 32.5x its annualised 9MFY2017 earnings, which is lower compared to P/E multiple of its peers i.e. Trent – 73.9x, Shoppers Stop – 123.8x and Future Retail 36.5x,” Angel Broking had said in a note on March 4, recommending investors to subscribe.For the nine-month period (9MFY2017) in the current fiscal, the company’s net profit was Rs 387 crore on sales of Rs 8,784 crore.On Friday, Trent closed at Rs 239 (face value Re 1), Future Retail at Rs 262 (face value Rs 2) and Shoppers Stop at Rs 320 (face value Rs 5 per share).BSE, which got listed a few weeks ago, closed at Rs 936, after listing at Rs 1,085 on February 3 against the issue price of Rs 806.The Rs 1,870-crore initial public offering (IPO) by the 15-year-old company in the price band of Rs 295-299 per share (face value Rs 10) got an overwhelming response during the issue period (March 8 to 10).The portion reserved for institutional investors (QIBs, FIIs, DIIs, mutual funds) was oversubscribed 144 times while the pie earmarked for non-institutional investors saw an oversubscription of 277 times.In sharp contrast, retail investors were relatively less enthusiastic, oversubscribing 7.51 times, according to data available on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Earlier, the company raised Rs 561 crore from anchor investors by issuing 1.87 crore shares at Rs 299 per share and the investors included SBI Mutual Fund, Singapore government, JP Morgan, T Rowe Price, HDFC Mutual Fund, Reliance Mutual Fund and ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund.Highlights of the IPO and Avenue Supermarts (according to Angel Broking):Avenue Supermarts Ltd. (ASL) is amongst the largest and the most profitable Food & Grocery retailer in India. It offers wide range of Food and non-food products. ASL operates total 118 stores in 9 states and 1 Union Territory.ASL has increased its store count from 45 in FY2011 to 118 in 9MFY2017 with total retail business area of ~3.9 mn sq. ft in 45 cities. Further, the company has plans to increase total retail space by 2.1mn sq. ft by 2020, which will support its growth.ASL has reported revenue CAGR of ~40 percent over FY2012-16 on the back of same store growth and expansion of its business by adding new stores. On the bottom-line front, the company has reported CAGR of ~52 percent over FY2012-16 due to good business and gradual improvement in the operating margins. Return on equity has also improved from 9% in FY2012 to 32 percent in FY2016.Better RoE profile, promoter’s strong background, strategically located stores, intense focus on maintaining lower costs and strong brand perception are the compelling factors indicating that ASL is a long term story that will unfold going ahead.The company’s net profit and sales for FY2016 stood at Rs 319 crore and Rs 8,588 crore, respectively.The promoters’ share after the public issue will come down to 82.2 percent from the earlier 91.4 percent.The Sensex closed 17 points higher at 28,946 on Friday. The markets will open on Tuesday, being closed on Monday for Holi. The trading will factor in the election results to the five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand.
Explore further Citation: Catalyst for the carbon-free production of hydrogen gas from ammonia (2017, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-catalyst-carbon-free-production-hydrogen-gas.html © 2017 Phys.org The Energy Carriers initiative in Japan is a national project that is specifically looking at ways to efficiently store and transport hydrogen. One way to do this is to use ammonia as a hydrogen source. However, discovery of an efficient process for breaking down ammonia has proved difficult, largely because the catalytic process to break down ammonia requires the continuous addition of heat, which can be prohibitively expensive.Katsutoshi Nagaoka, Takaaki Eboshi, Yuma Takeishi, Ryo Tasaki, Kyoto Honda, Kazuya Imamura, and Katsutoshi Sato of Oita University in Japan have developed a method using a novel catalyst for producing hydrogen from ammonia without the addition of external heat through the catalytic cycle. Their work appears in Science Advances.The decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen is an endothermic process, meaning that it requires the addition of energy to obtain products. This means that traditional catalytic decomposition reactions require the addition of a large amount of heat to obtain a useful amount of hydrogen gas.Nagaoka et al. developed a catalyst that is made of a RuO2 nanoparticle supported on γ-Al2O3 catalyst bed. After purging their catalyst of H2O and CO2, ammonia and oxygen were added to the reaction vessel where ammonia was adsorbed onto the catalytic surface, resulting in an increase in temperature. This increase in temperature catalyzed the oxidative decomposition of ammonia, an exothermic process. This heated up the reaction, which in turn, provided the energy for the endothermic decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen. The catalyst pre-treatment did require heating to remove water and carbon dioxide, but it did not require subsequent re-heating. Tests on catalyst cycling showed that after the initial pre-treatment of the RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst with helium at 300oC, the catalyst was able to cycle three times and still produce hydrogen in maximum yields. Furthermore, these studies included oxidative passivation to ensure that no heat was produced from oxidation of Ru to RuO2. In practice, oxidative passivation will not be necessary. So, even though heating is required to pre-treat the catalyst, heating is not required for additional cycles of the catalyst.In an effort to understand how the RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst works, Nagaoka et al. compared the maximum catalytic bed temperature that results from self-heating of RuO2/ γ-Al2O3 to RuO2/La2O3, a known ammonia decomposition catalyst. They found that the aluminum-based catalyst heated to a maximum temperature of 97oC, while the lanthanum-based catalyst heated to a maximum temperature of 53oC. This is important because the auto-ignition temperature for the oxidative combustion of ammonia is 90oC, and it explains why better reaction yields were seen with RuO2/ γ-Al2O3. The authors point out that this difference in adsorption temperature is likely due to the favorable interaction between ammonia, a basic molecule, and Al2O3, which is a Lewis acid. La2O3, on the other hand, is a Lewis base.Additionally, the authors looked at the difference between using bare γ-Al2O3 as a catalyst and RuO2/ γ-Al2O3. They found that 90% of the ammonia adsorbs onto bare γ-Al2O3 compared to the catalyst bed and the RuO2 nanoparticle. This implies that ammonia is chemisorbed onto the nanoparticle and γ-Al2O3, which then promotes multilayer physisorption. Overall, this type of catalyst is helpful in providing enough heat to overcome the needed heat requirements for the endothermic decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen gas. This study shows that self-heating catalysis is a viable option for exploring solutions to the practical difficulties in using ammonia as a hydrogen fuel source. (Phys.org)—Hydrogen has the potential to provide an alternative, clean energy source, particularly as applied to fuel cell technology. Current fuel sources involve carbon-containing fossil fuels or carbon-containing organic molecules, which result in the production of excess CO2, a greenhouse gas. Several initiatives, including a national initiative in Japan, seek to create a low-carbon usage society by using alternative fuel sources. Credit: Katsutoshi Nagaoka More information: Katsutoshi Nagaoka et al. Carbon-free Hproduction from ammonia triggered at room temperature with an acidic RuO/γ-AlOcatalyst, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602747AbstractAmmonia has been suggested as a carbon-free hydrogen source, but a convenient method for producing hydrogen from ammonia with rapid initiation has not been developed. Ideally, this method would require no external energy input. We demonstrate hydrogen production by exposing ammonia and O2 at room temperature to an acidic RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst. Because adsorption of ammonia onto the catalyst is exothermic, the catalyst bed is rapidly heated to the catalytic ammonia autoignition temperature, and subsequent oxidative decomposition of ammonia produces hydrogen. A differential calorimeter combined with a volumetric gas adsorption analyzer revealed a large quantity of heat evolved both with chemisorption of ammonia onto RuO2 and acidic sites on the γ-Al2O3 and with physisorption of multiple ammonia molecules. Discovery of a facile process for H2 production using ammonia as a carrier Journal information: Science Advances 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.
Children tend to perceive ovoid, or egg-shaped, characters as overweight even though the creatures are imaginary, and seeing them can influence children to eat more unhealthy food, found the study.“They have a tendency to eat almost twice as much indulgent food as kids who are exposed to perceived healthier looking cartoon characters or no characters at all,” said lead author of the study Margaret Campbell, marketing professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The results of the study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology said that, kids are responsive to the apparent bodyweight of cartoon characters like the aptly named Grimace, a rotund, milkshake-loving creature created by McDonald’s restaurant in the 1970s.The findings, gathered from over 300 participants in three age groups averaging eight, 12 and 13 years, have implications for marketers as well as parents navigating a world where children encounter cartoon characters in a variety of media, from books to graphic novels, TV shows, video games, movies and more. The inclination to eat more junk food was curtailed, however, when kids in the study first had the opportunity to summon their previously learned health knowledge.“Kids do not necessarily draw upon previous knowledge when they are making decisions. But perhaps if we are able to help trigger their health knowledge with a quiz just as they are about to select lunch at school, for instance, they will choose the more nutritious foods,” said Campbell.
Kolkata: Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, will hold a meeting at Behala Tram depot on Wednesday to ensure availability of more number of buses in the southern fringes of the city.The state Transport department has already deployed additional buses in the area to help people until normalcy in the area is restored after the caving-in incident of the Majerhat bridge. The state Transport department will be engaging small- size buses that the locals of the area can avail to reach their destinations. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources said that the Transport minister will be taking stock of the present situation in the meeting and decisions on necessary steps would also be taken to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience in reaching their destinations when vehicles are diverted in the absence of the Majerhat bridge. The minister will be discussing the issues in this regard with senior officials of his department.This comes at a time when the Kolkata Traffic Police are taking all necessarysteps to ensure smooth flow of vehicles. At the same time, the state government is also taking necessary measures to construct alternate roads as early as possible and talks with the Railway authorities are also on in this connection.
To celebrate the International Mother’s Day, Cordlife in collaboration with Delhi Gynecologists Forum (DGF), organized a unique fashion show tilted ‘Saheli-DGF Gorgeous Moms 2018’. The event was held at Mavalankar hall, Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi.In the first round of the show, about 150 pregnant ladies walked on the ramp, led by their 60 odd gynecologists, in the presence of a select gathering of 500 audiences.This was followed by the selection of the finalists by the jury members. Gynecologists Pooja Jian, Nimmi Rastogi, Ila Gupta and their pregnant patients Nidhika Khatri, Daisy, Mehzabeen Hussain, Jasmeet Kaur, Khushbu Sethi and Bhawna Dua were selected as the finalist, and they came on the ramp towards the end of the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA musical evening, held after the healthy competition, saw singer Shibani Kashyap enthralling the audience by her sweet voice. Speaking of the event, Barun Das, CEO, Mydia100, said, “Delhi Gynaecologist Forum and Saheli have come together to celebrate International Mother’s day in a most unique way. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for all mothers, and this event is an effort from our side to help this moms-to-be to make this time even more delightful and memorable.”
Boxer Systems, a UK solution provider for the video, film and TV markets, has agreed a new partnership with compression services firm V-Nova.Boxer will represent V-Nova’s line of Perseus-powered P.Link products for the contribution and remote production markets and will provide infrastructure support for the V-Nova P.Link customer base.“With a focus on solutions for media production and playout as well as content capture and processing, Boxer will provide a strong local presence and market expertise for our Perseus-powered P.Link compression solutions,” said Guido Meardi, CEO and co-founder of V-Nova.Boxer has worked for more than 25 years in the broadcast and post-production arenas, supplying equipment and integrated systems to clients including Arqiva, the BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV, and Technicolor.
South Africa-based technology company Altech Multimedia has established strong expertise in delivering integrated systems in emerging markets, as Bartolomeo Caputo, CEO of Altech SetOne, the company’s German subsidiary, explained to Digital TV Europe.How do you see the hybrid broadcast broadband market developing over the next year?The rollout of high-speed broadband connectivity in various markets enables the delivery of content and rich features such as gaming via this delivery mechanism. The established broadcast markets have identified that revenue streams in the horizontal market are limited whereas a hybrid model can boost existing offerings, delivering new sources of revenue.To what extent do you think that hybrid offerings are now required if broadcasters are to stave off the threat of competition from OTT offerings?Hybrid solutions allow broadcasters to enhance their product offering by providing over-the-top/IP content. IP connectivity enables the delivery of features rich augmentations; enhancements to the EPG, additional capabilities such as gaming and media content for the end user. Hybrid solutions allow broadcasters to access markets that could not be addressed using their traditional broadcast setup. Broadcasters can make their offering more attractive, more sticky in the market. They can retain existing subscribers where in many places subscribers are being attracted by services such as Netflix and equivalent services over the internet.What added value can Altech bring to the user experience?Altech Multimedia, previously known as Altech UEC, has over 16 years’ experience in delivering innovative products into the broadcast market and more recently into the converged multimedia broadband market. During this time we have partnered with technology solutions providers and customers to deliver best of breed solutions to the end user. As the market moves from being a technology driven market to a market driven by the user experience, we believe Altech Multimedia is well positioned to use our experiences and partnerships to deliver attractive products to meet the end user expectations.What lessons have you learned from your experience in the South African market – in terms of what both service providers and consumers are looking for and how these needs can be met economically – and to what extent can these be applied globally?Africa has unique history, we have a strong market in South Africa and good experiences across Africa working with the leading pay TV operator in the market. Unique opportunities and challenges exist in emerging markets such as Africa which means that we have had to be self-sufficient from our own research and development, our own manufacturing facility, through to our own services, support and repairs. We have developed the ability to deliver a complete solution while in most other markets set-top box manufacturers have been focused on specific silos. Over the years we have kept a lot of our own capability, not only technical capabilities but also the capability to deliver on large scale project deliveries, now taking this to other markets such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East etc. even in Australia where they have growing internet capability; we have a complete range of capabilities and solutions that others don’t have. To enhance our market reach and our technical capability in the market place in order to broaden our market offering, we have acquiring new skills, establishing new technology partnerships and acquiring new companies such as SetOne GmBH in Germany. In the past, there were classical vertical and horizontal markets. Today, the diagonal market is in the focus: Products certified by an operator are distributed via retail. Content protection becomes more important, as many new operators arise, and at the same time the end consumers can be reached by retail. SetOne GmBH has valuable experience in this market, which has now been folded into Altech Multimedia.How much demand is there for integrated solutions from broadcasters outside the South African market?We have been inundated by requests during the last nine months. With the acquisition of SetOne GmBH in Germany, Altech Multimedia is now present in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa to ensure these requests/opportunities are realised.What markets globally do you believe offer you as a company the most significant prospects for growth?Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific.How significant is the need for Quality Assurance solutions for IP-based and OTT offerings and to what extent do you believe this to be an investment priority for (a) traditional pay TV providers (b) pure-play OTT service providers? What can you offer in this are and what plans do you have to develop these offerings?As the market is driven by user experiences there is a growing demand for quality products. Quality Assurance is therefore imperative to ensure an enjoyable user experience with our product as well as the service offered by the content providers/operators. To equip our customers/operators to deliver a quality service we have developed a network monitoring solution that integrates into the customer environment to ensure that offers real-time monitoring of transport streams with simultaneous display of multiple live MPEG streams. This ensures that the highest quality video, content and signaling can be maintained.How close are you to being able to offer fully managed services for broadcasters and other clients? How much demand do you believe there is for this type of service-based offering from a vendor such as Altech, and how do you think broadcasters and pay TV providers will approach outsourcing of key functions? Are distinctions to be drawn based on the size and scale of their operations?Altech Multimedia currently offers a number of managed services offerings from within the Service Line of Business. Due to the fact that more and more demands on business there is a growing need by operators/service providers for the right business model. We offer a professional and skilled team that provides end-to-end solutions and helps to find and set up the right business model. Typically in new or emerging businesses we see a shift in outsourcing various functions. These may be in the area of services such as programme management or systems integration or in the network monitoring solution provisioning; The Altech Multimedia Services Line of Business offers these as a managed service.What other areas of innovation/product/service development do you think offer strong prospects for revenue generation going forwards?There is a lot of scope in delivery innovative end-to-end solutions into the converged broadband and broadcast environment. As user behaviour evolves and technology advances the demand for a ubiquitous user experience across all consumer devices types will grow. Altech Multimedia continuously investigates new opportunities in developing IPR which is key to the sustainability of our business. All in all, intangible sales will be the aim of the game!