Weird quantum particles simulated in droplet of ultracold gas

first_imgHeikka Valja By Randall HymanMar. 2, 2018 , 4:10 PM Weird quantum particles simulated in droplet of ultracold gascenter_img In physics, theorists are often way ahead of the curve in describing what weird quantum particles could and should exist. Now, physicists in the United States and Finland have teamed up to create an incarnation of a quasi-particle called a skyrmion, first proposed in 1962 by U.K. physicist and mathematician Tony Skyrme as a model of real protons and neutrons. A skyrmion isn’t a fundamental particle that “bops you over the head” like a quark or a muon, says physicist David Hall of Amherst College in Massachusetts. Instead, it’s a localized excitation in space, made in a field of spins. The result is a kind of self-reinforcing knot, a bit like a Mobius strip that can’t be torn apart except by extreme force. By precisely controlling electromagnetic coils surrounding a glass vacuum chamber filled with superfluid rubidium, the team created 3D skyrmions for the first time ever. Their shadowy photographs depict a droplet of 200,000 supercooled rubidium atoms, a few 10-billionths of a degree above absolute zero. What’s more, the atoms revealed the very spin profiles Skyrme predicted, held together by a looping magnetic field. Oddly, the discovery, reported in Science Advances, could yield insight into ball lightning, a rare and controversial electrical phenomenon that supposedly forms balls of electricity meters across that can float through walls and suddenly discharge like dynamite. One theory holds that ball lightning, like skyrmions, may be held together by electromagnetically knotted fields that are surprisingly stable.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Search for superlight dark matter particles heats up

first_img By Adrian ChoApr. 9, 2018 , 12:30 PM Search for superlight dark matter particles heats up The hunt for wispy particles called axions, which might make up the dark matter whose gravity keeps galaxies from falling apart, is heating up. The Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) at the University of Washington in Seattle has finally reached the sensitivity needed to detect axions if they make up dark matter, physicists report today in Physical Review Letters. However, researchers don’t know exactly how much axions should weigh, and it may take them years to scan the range of possible masses.An axion is a hypothetical particle that was invented 41 years ago to solve a problem in the theory of the strong nuclear force, which binds particles called quarks to make protons and neutrons. The axion could pull double duty, however, and supply the dark matter, which cosmological studies show makes up 85% of all matter. So far, dark matter has revealed itself only through its gravity, so one of the biggest mysteries in physics is what the particles that make up dark matter are.If dark matter consists of axions floating around, then physicists ought to be able to detect them with essentially a strong magnetic field and an incredibly sensitive radio. The magnetic field will convert the axions into photons, and because the axions are very light, those photons will have very low radio frequencies and should provide an ultra-faint radio hum at a distinct frequency. In their new result, ADMX researchers rule out axions in the range from 2.66 microelectron volts to 2.82 microelectron volts—about 5 trillionths the mass of the electron. If dark matter consists purely of axions, then the particles must have a mass between about 1 microelectron volts and 100 microelectron volts, theorists think. So ADMX researchers will now sweep the frequency of their elaborate radio antenna upward as far as they can, to about 40 microelectron volts. Stay tuned.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)*Correction, 10 April, 9:50 a.m.: An earlier version of this story incorrectly abbreviated microelectron volts. The tested mass range as a fraction of the electron mass has also been corrected.center_img Mark Stone/University of Washington last_img read more

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NBA: Kyrie Irving fined for NBA fan spat

first_imgThe NBA slapped Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics with a $25,000 fine on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2017, for verbally abusing a Philadelphia 76ers fan. The point guard said he was not sorry for yelling at the fan but said he was only human. AFP FILENEW YORK, United States — Kyrie Irving is off to a rocky start with the Boston Celtics after the league slapped the point guard with a $25,000 fine on Sunday for verbally abusing a Philadelphia 76ers fan.The exchange took place at halftime of the Celtics 102-92 win on Friday over the 76ers when a fan made a reference to Irving’s former teammate LeBron James as the teams were heading to the locker rooms at the Wells Fargo Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Irving admitted he yelled at the fan, which was caught on video, but when asked by ESPN.com if he had any regrets said, “Hell no”.Irving then talked about the exchange like it was a run in with another NBA player.“At the end of the day, we’re human. It’s in the heat of the moment, and frustrations arise. We were at halftime, we were down by four, in an environment, a season opener in Philly,” he said.The Cavaliers’ trade of Irving to the Celtics for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic and two draft picks in August was one of the league’s blockbuster deals of the offseason.  /cbbADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kings zap Bolts, seize 3-2 edgecenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ “Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for using inappropriate language when responding to a fan,” league vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement.The Celtics aquired Irving in an offseason move after he demanded a trade from the NBA finals runner-up Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt is the second time in as many days the NBA has fined one of its players for an incident with a fan. On Saturday VanDeWeghe announced that DeMarcus Cousins had been fined $25,000 after the New Orleans Pelican player got into a heated exchange with a female fan during a game in Memphis.The fan in Philadelphia reportedly yelled “Kyrie, where’s LeBron” as the Celtics walked past, drawing a response from Irving. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Carnival Grp acquires LTs realty projects for 1,785 crore

first_imgMumbai, Sep 30 (PTI) Mumbai-based Carnival Group today said it has acquired Larsen & Toubros commercial real estate projects in Chandigarh at a whopping Rs 1,785 crore. The deal includes the largest mall in Chandigarh Elante Mall, Hyatt luxury hotel and office premises with central courtyard. “This acquisition is a part of asset creation for the group as an investment portfolio. This acquisition will help us to further expand our capabilities and has allowed us to make inroads into newer markets. This project will be operated as a separate unit and will be led by its current India based management team,” Carnival Group Chairman Shrikant Bhasi said in a statement. The acquisition will enable Carnival Group to widen its portfolio and help the company achieve leadership position in the retail sector. The deal is said to be the largest in the realty sector in recent times, it said. The retail space hosts premium national and international brands along with a mix of hypermarket, departmental stores, Sports Bar, Bowling Alley. Spread across 20 acres, Elante has a an entertainment zone with multiplex and food court that caters to its customers. “This project has got a good rental yield,” Carnival Group Director of Finance A C Dinesh said. This is Carnival Groups third real estate acquisition after Leela Infopark (Kochi) and Leela Technopark (Thiruvananthapuram). The Group has also bought out Anil Ambani led Reliance Groups Big Cinemas multiplex business. It also acquired Glitz Cinemas, which was a part of Capital 18, a subsidiary of Mukesh Ambanis Network 18 Media. Carnival Group shares interests in media and entertainment with segments like movie production, international concerts, reality shows and wedding planning in India and overseas. PTI DS NRB MKJ PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

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No Luck In The Job Search? Consider Temp Work

first_imgLooking for work? Having a difficult time landing that position equal to or greater than your last role? Whether you’re an admin or an executive if you can’t find the perfect job consider finding project work through a temp firm…you may be surprised what you find!Here a few good reasons to pursue temp work:A great way to test companies – Want to get a good feel for a company’s culture? You can’t get a better understanding than from the inside.  If you like the company then you can feel confident this is the place to be if offered a permanent position.Companies are filling permanent positions with contract workers – Guess what, companies want to test talent before committing to a full-time employee relationship. And yes, we are seeing this happen at all levels. So, if this is where companies are fishing for talent, then go to where they are.Stay busy! Sitting around the house is not a good thing, you need to be in the market and involved. And if you’re married I bet some have spouses who have said, I married you for better or worse but not for lunch every day!  Go temp, get busy and get out of the house!A great network – Everyone you meet at a temp or contract agency is looking for that perfect job and all are usually willing to network. They are in the market, they hear what companies are planning, they see positions as they open. And again, level of work does not matter.Prep for the future – There is very good possibility a large number of us will pursue project, contract or temp work for the rest of our careers. It will become the work relationship channel preferred by companies and once we are comfortable with the ebb and flow may work well to support our quality of life goals. And the work opportunities will expand globally as boomers all over the world retire. So why not start working this way now and once you gain confidence and a reputation you may have more control over your work life than you ever experienced working for a corporation.So if your search for that perfect permanent position has not been successful consider temp, contract or project work – the experience may result in your dream job!last_img read more

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‘The medal allowed me to be heard’

first_imgFeeling sorry for those who could not see beyond her disability, Deepa Malik has made it her life’s mission to prove them wrong. She has four Limca World Records (three for motorbiking, one for swimming) to her credit, she is an award-winning restaurateur, a motivational speaker and mother of two,Feeling sorry for those who could not see beyond her disability, Deepa Malik has made it her life’s mission to prove them wrong. She has four Limca World Records (three for motorbiking, one for swimming) to her credit, she is an award-winning restaurateur, a motivational speaker and mother of two daughters.”At seven, my first tumour was diagnosed in the spinal column and operated upon. For the next two and a half years, I was bedridden, scared to go to school in a wheelchair. But my parents transformed these days into a time of learning, giving me a strong dose of self-belief and self-esteem.Soon the shy Deepa became a bold, outdoorsy kid, playing basketball in the college team, representing Rajasthan in cricket, borrowing bikes from boys and coming to be known as ‘Biker Deepa’.The turning point in my life also came at a very trying time. My husband was fighting in Kargil in 1999 when I was diagnosed with the spinal tumour again. The doctor told me I could either live with the tumour and walk, or get rid of it, live longer but lose all sensation in my body, trunk downward.As a mother of two girls, I wasn’t ready to give up just yet. It was hard to adapt to the new body, the wheelchair and the physical disability. In the next 14 years, I would get 183 stitches between the shoulder blades and three spinal tumour surgeries. But facing the pity of society, their queries of how I would manage to be a mother with my disability made me realise that people could not see beyond sympathy and look at the courage I showed in the face of adversity.advertisementOne day, a school teacher checked the tiffins of my daughters to see if their mother could provide them with a decent lunch. That was when I decided to give society much-needed shock treatment, to tell them that disability doesn’t mean having to spend the rest of your life in a room, waiting to die. The second phase of my life started with a small delivery service in the army cantonment area in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, with the help of retired army cooks.The venture soon turned into an award-winning restaurant and successful catering service-Dees Place. But to me, this wasn’t enough. I decided to take up biking yet again. It wasn’t an impossible task, all I had to do was gain strength in my upper body. I undertook a rigorous six-week hydrotherapy rehabilitation programme at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in Delhi, learning the practical way to handle my disability. From floating in water to swimming laps, it was only a matter of time before the paralympic committee came to me, offering me a chance to represent India in swimming.At 36, I became a national sportsperson. From swimming to becoming a javelin thrower to finally winning silver for the country in shot put at the Paralympics, the combination of a hunger to win and habit of giving it my all worked in my favour every time. As for the bike, I finally bought it, struggled to get a driver’s licence (a fight that took 19 months) and then set a record of being the first disabled woman to cross nine high altitude passes in nine days on the highest motorable pass in the world.To the naysayers, I want to say, Deepa is still rocking and happy. I am elated to be the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics, but the fact that it took 70 years and a 46-year-old woman to do so tells us a lot about the lack of infrastructure for disabled sports in our country. We need to move on from the stereotypical way disability and disability sports are viewed to investing in the potential disabled people have.”last_img read more

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Definitely one day I want to become India coach: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer skipper Sourav Ganguly on Friday said he aspires to be India’s cricket coach some time in future but has no interest in the high-profile position at this point.The hunt is on for the new India coach with incumbent Ravi Shastri’s tenure coming to an end with the conclusion of the tour of the West Indies.Ganguly said he’s definitely interested in the India coach’s job but not at the moment as his plate is full.”Definitely, I’m interested but not at this point of time. Let one more phase go then I will throw my name into the fray,” Ganguly said.The 47-year-old is currently the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, besides being associated with IPL franchise Delhi Capitals as the team Advisor. He also does cricket commentary and is the host of a popular Bengali quiz show.”Currently, I’m associated with too many things — IPL, CAB, TV commentary. Let me complete this. But I will definitely put my hat at some stage. Provided I get selected. But definitely I’m interested. Not now but in the future,” Ganguly said here after unveiling a new range of men’s collections by Senco Gold & Diamonds.One of the most successful Indian cricket captains, Ganguly was the chairman of the previous Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which picked Shastri as the India coach last time.The recently-appointed CAC, led by Kapil Dev with Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy as other members, is all set to pick the new coach.But it seems that Shastri, who has reapplied for the post, would get another term with the India captain Virat Kohli openly endorsing his candidature.advertisementKapil Dev also said that the skipper’s opinion needs to be “respected”.Ganguly said there were not many big names in the fray this time around.”Going by the applicants, I don’t see any heavyweight names. I heard Mahela (Jayawardene) would apply but ultimately he didn’t. There are not many big names who have applied for the coach’s job.”Ultimately I don’t know what the panel will decide. They have been around for a while. We will see how long the term the coach will give. Not many names have applied for.”The former left-hander however refused to comment on Shastri’s tenure.”I will hold my opinion on that. I don’t think it’s right for me to say about that. I’m too far from the system that decides the coach,” Ganguly said.After the ODI World Cup, where India lost in the semifinals, they will be back on the road with a full series in the West Indies, beginning with the first T20I in Florida on Saturday.Ganguly, meanwhile, said India’s upcoming series would be tough against the reigning World T20 champions, who also defeated England 2-1 earlier this year at home.”West Indies in West Indies will be a lot stronger. T20 is their preferred format. They enjoy playing T20s and they are the current World T20 champions. The two matches in Florida will be tough games.”Test matches will also be tough as they played very well against England. It won’t be an easy West Indies tour as it was five years ago. India will be challenged. There are a lot of young players in the team,” Ganguly said.”As I’ve said before you want to see these young players get consistent opportunities. You keep saying horses for courses but I feel ‘don’t judge a horse if you want to keep them on the course’. Consistency is important for rhythm and confidence,” he added.Ganguly heaped praise on Steve Smith whose brilliant century helped Australia recover from 122/8 to reach a competitive 284 in the opening Ashes Test.”Class is permanent and you could see it. These sort of hundreds will remain in everybody’s memories. Now they have a big chance of winning the match. First innings scores are very important. From that point of view, it’s a fantastic hundred.”To be away for a year and play the World Cup…he has had a quiet World Cup. And then to start the Ashes with a century, especially when the team was down was a remarkable effort. Ashes is the biggest England-Australia battle,” Ganguly said.Also Seelast_img read more

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From fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019

first_imgFrom fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders began the season with four wins in five matches but are now in a position to miss the train to the playoffs courtesy inconsistent batting, poor bowling and below-par fielding.  advertisement Anita Jat New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 10:41 IST IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders have to win all their remaining league matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKolkata Knight Riders have lost six matches on the trot in the 2019 IPLFrom 11 matches, KKR have managed only 8 points so far this seasonKKR have only 3 more matches left. They will face Mumbai Indians on SundayKolkata Knight Riders started the 2019 Indian Premier League on an impressive note winning 4 out of their first 5 matches. However, they then went on to lose 6 in a row and as the playoffs race heated up, their dream of a 3rd IPL title turned into a bit of a nightmare. It was like KKR were put on the trajectory of a bell curve, with a strict direction to not slip off it.In the first two weeks of the 2019 IPL, Kolkata were among the toppers in the points table, riding on four wins in their first five matches. Their first loss came against Delhi Capitals via a Super Over. They then beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in Jaipur but since that win, Kolkata Knight Riders have struggled to return to winning ways.Now, KKR are in a race against time to make it to the playoffs, placed 6th on the points table, having suffered six consecutive defeats. From 11 matches this season, KKR have only 8 points to show. Also, four of their six last defeats have come at their fortress, the Eden Gardens.So what is the reason behind Kolkata’s downfall in the 2019 IPL?Actually, there are many!KKR batsmen have failed to produce consistent performances in the IPL season. The poor show from the batting side also resulted in some juggling in the playing order but they still haven’t managed to find the right combination there.Over-dependence on Andre RussellRobin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, and skipper Dinesh Karthik have all impressed only on single occasions. KKR were also blamed to be over-dependent on Andre Russell’s big knocks. However, Russell’s knocks of 65 off 25 balls, 45 off 21, and 50 not out off 44 have also resulted in losses, and it could be said it was mainly because he was brought in the games very late.advertisementRussell himself has been asking to be promoted to no. 4 as to get more time to play the match-winning knocks. Dinesh Karthik has also been playing at no. 5 or below and has failed to impress at those positions. The only time Karthik could contribute to KKR’s score with his unbeaten 97 was when he came up to bat at no. 4.Kolkata have also not been using Shubman Gill the way they should have. The 2017 U-19 World Cup hero, Shubman Gill was put to bat at no. 7 by KKR. But he is a top-order batsman and in one of the rare opportunities he got at the top, Gill had scored 65 off 39 when he was made to open against Delhi.Apart from the batting woes, KKR have failed to take early wickets and have leaked runs at the worst economy rate for any team this season (at a run rate of near 9.10), and have dropped catches.Remember the game where Jonny Bairstow was dropped thrice and he went on to smash an unbeaten 80 to win the match for Sunrisers Hyderabad? Those mistakes on the field have hurt the Knight Riders.KKR bowling unit has failed to deliverKolkata’s bowling department has also not clicked so far in the tournament. They have tried Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj on the pace front while their key spinner Kuldeep Yadav has proved terribly expensive this season.Kuldeep was dropped from the side after his figures of 59 off 4 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore.The perception this IPL has been that Eden Gardens is becoming into a graveyard for spinners, but Imran Tahir has produced his best IPL figures – 4 for 27 – at the Eden Gardens against Kolkata Knight Riders.With loopholes in all 3 departments, Kolkata Knight Riders are now left with only 3 games in hand and need to win all their remaining matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs. KKR, RR and Royal Challengers Bangalore are tied on 8 points each but KKR have a better Net Run Rate than the other two and that places them sixth on the table.Also Read | IPL 2019: Williamson hopeful of SRH’s playoff chances despite crushing defeat to RRAlso Read | Need to continue winning, says Steve Smith on playoff chances after beating SRHAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow IPL 2019Follow Dinesh KarthikFollow Andre RussellFollow Shubman GillFollow IPL 2019 playoffslast_img read more

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Terms of Reference for Braemore Review Announced

first_img client services communication process and policies governance operational processes organizational culture people (staffing levels, employee and management skills and training, employee and labour relations) physical infrastructure as far as it concerns the incident in question strategic plans structure and organization other aspects of Braemore’s operations that emerge from the review The complete terms of reference can be found on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms . The review will include gathering input from a number of interested parties, including staff, residents, and their families. The review findings will be presented to the department by early summer. The Department of Community Services today, April 4, announced the next step in determining the circumstances that led to a recent incident of abuse at Braemore Home Corp. in Sydney. The terms of reference for the independent review of the facility have been developed by Deloitte, with input from the department, Braemore, and union leadership. The review will look into, report on, and make recommendations on the underlying factors that contributed to the incident in question. Deloitte will look at Braemore’s:last_img read more

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Bestselling Authors Collaborate On Limited Edition Digital Sets To Support Diabetes Research

first_imgIt’s an offer no avid reader can resist and makes for a great Mother’s Day gift: three limited-edition digital boxed sets containing 39 suspense, contemporary romance, and hot romance stories for $9.99 each – that’s less than $1 per story.Assembled by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Novak, the never-before-published collections will be available starting May 1st. Brenda’s “Mother’s Day Gift” to her son Thad who deals with type 1 diabetes every day of his life, is actually a joint effort among dozens of her notable colleagues throughout the literary world to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a recognized world leader in cure-focused diabetes research.Under the auspices of Brenda Novak for the Cure, Novak has hosted an Annual Online Auction during the month of May for the past 10 years, raising more than $2.4 million for diabetes research. Last year, she added an innovative new feature, her first collaborative project, A Sweet Life boxed set, which featured 14 bestselling authors. Fans responded in droves, raising nearly $100,000 from boxed set sales alone.After such a remarkable response, Novak decided to focus her efforts on assembling three new sets, featuring a mix of traditional and indie authors, including: • Sweet Dreams, a suspense/thriller set containing 13 stories, including one by Brenda herself, with a foreword by world renowned thriller writer Lee Child; • Sweet Talk, a contemporary romance set of 10 stories with a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling romance writer Robyn Carr. • Sweet Seduction, a “hot” romance set a-la-50 Shades of Grey containing 14 stories from some of today’s most popular erotica authors with a foreword by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.“I believe that there’s something here for anyone who considers themselves a reader and for the casual reader looking for a great beach or summer read or maybe even a great present for Mother’s Day. Plus, with each purchase we get closer to finding a cure for a disease that impacts millions of sufferers, their families, and friends,” said Novak, who made finding a cure for diabetes a top priority after her now 17-year-old son, Thad, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just 5 years old.“We are extremely grateful for Brenda’s creativity, spirit, energy, and support throughout all these years,” said Joshua Rednik, president and CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. “She shares our passion for finding a cure for this devastating disease, and she has the drive to make a real difference.”The ‘Sweet’ boxed sets are available for download from May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple, or wherever e-books are sold. Learn more at BrendaNovak.com.last_img read more

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Lake St Martin FN not giving up until new reserve created

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter months of trying to negotiate for a new home, a Manitoba reserve is taking their future into their own hands.Dozens of evacuees from the flooded-out Lake St. Martin First Nation are now occupying a site outside of Winnipeg.They say they want a new reserve now.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

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Morocco Minister Says English Is from Now on a Must for

Rabat – Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Vocational Training Lahcen Daoudi said university professors who will be appointed in Moroccan universities, particularly in scientific disciplines will have to have a good command of English.“The decision concerns university professors and not students”, Daoudi told Morocan daily Le Matin du Sahara et du Maghreb.“When we want to recruit a university professor in certain disciplines, s/he must have a good command of English because it is the language of science par excellence,” the minister stressed. This decision concerns medicine, sciences and economics, he added, noting that other specialties where English is required may be considered as well.The minister explained that this decision will be gradually implemented by teaching “one or two subjects in English” in medicine and engineering faculties. read more

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Womens Soccer Ohio State upsets No 6 Penn State 10

Ohio State junior goalie Devon Kerr makes a save in the 81st minute of Ohio State’s 1-0 win over Penn State Sept. 30 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State Buckeyes women’s soccer team (9-2-1, 4-1-0 Big Ten) upset the No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions (7-3-1, 3-1-1) 1-0 Saturday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, earning the team’s first victory over Penn State in seven years.The pressing attack of the Ohio State offense finally paid off at the 74th minute when a cross from sophomore defender Marike Mousset landed in the center of the box to be struck into the back of the net just inside the right goalpost by senior forward, Sammy Edwards. The goal proved enough to earn a victory in the hard-fought match.“It honestly is the best feeling right now,” junior goalie Devon Kerr said of the win. “I even said to my team that I’m on such a high because we played from minute to minute and did not give up the entire time, and it clearly spoke on the field. I’m just so proud of our team and the outcome we got here tonight.”The talent of the top two teams in the Big Ten was apparent as they each opened the game with patient ball-handling to feel out the opposing defense. Possession was steady and changed hands every few minutes as the teams equally shared the ball as they both waited for an opportunity to strike. The Buckeyes had an early cross dribble across the box two yards from the Penn State goal line that came close to breaking the scoreless tie, but the Ohio State offense was unable to capitalize as the ball rolled away from the net untouched.Penn State battled back in the 24th minute as senior forward Megan Schafer dribbled the ball past the Ohio State defense and struck a hard shot from eight yards out, but it was saved by Kerr. The Nittany Lions earned another opportunity in the 36th minute as sophomore midfielder Laura Freigang sent a powerful shot that was blocked by Buckeye defenders.The teams spent the rest of the half trading extended possessions and meticulous attacks as both defenses stifled any further attempts to attack the goal. Both teams played at the top of their game in a half well managed by each side.The second half started off with a much quicker pace than the first, with both sides executing more aggressive attacks. Both of the teams had passing inside five yards of the goal within the first 10 minutes, only to end up being cleared to the midfield by defenders.Penn State earned a close shot from junior midfielder Marissa Sheva in the 53rd minute that sailed over the bar as they looked to start an attack. Its attack was quickly met with a Buckeye counterstrike in the 68th minute, where a high cross from 20 yards out was saved and held in a huge collision between Penn State junior goalie Rose Chandler and Edwards.Ohio State spent the rest of the game holding off an extremely aggressive Penn State attack with Kerr making save after save, backing up her Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. The game came down to the last minute, as the Buckeyes were able to bend, but not break under the pressure of the Nittany Lion attack.“These clean sheets are not just me. It’s my team helping with the no-shot mentality and making sure shots can’t come off the other team’s foot,” said Kerr. “When the shot’s coming on net, I just try to stay as focused and engaged as I can. Hopefully I can hold the ball or at least do something to get it out of the game of play.”The Ohio State women’s soccer team next faces off against Michigan State at home on Friday at 5 p.m. read more

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Womens Gymnastics Ohio State edges out Penn State for third Big Ten

Ohio State junior Amanda Huang performing her routine on floor exercise against Penn State on Friday, Feb. 10, 2018. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) came out victorious against Penn State (2-4, 1-4 Big Ten), finishing with a razor-thin victory of 196.200-196.025 on Friday at St. John Arena.“This is exactly what we’ve been training for all year,” Ohio State head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “This is the team that I knew that we had, that no matter who I put in that lineup, I believe we can be a 196 team.”The Buckeyes saw many lineup changes throughout the night. Senior Kaitlyn Hofland appeared for the first time in the vault and balance beam lineups, while sophomore Amanda Huang and freshman Brooke Chesney performed on floor in place of senior Alexis Mattern and freshman Jenna Swartzentruber.“Resting some big guns tonight, a lot of people would have thought that was risky going up against Penn State, but I felt like it was the right thing to do for the kids, their health,” Paulicivic said. “I knew that our kids that I put in could step up and do the job, and that’s what they did.”The Buckeyes took to the vault and posted a 49.050 total score in their first event of the night. Junior Jamie Stone and sophomore Olivia Aepli earned a 9.850 to share second place for the event. Junior Janelle McClelland also posted a 9.825 to tie her career-high score. Ohio State started to gain momentum in its next performance on uneven parallel bars, earning a 49.175 overall total. Swartzentruber earned a 9.875 to take the No. 1 slot overall. Mattern also had a chance on the podium, garnering second place in a four-way tie with Penn State’s Briannah Tsang, Lauren Bridgens and Alissa Bonsall.At the midpoint of the meet, the Buckeyes held a running score of 98.225, leading the Nittany Lions’ 97.900 tally after their first two events.Moving to its third rotation on balance beam, Ohio State posted a 48.775 score. Mattern took a fall that resulted in a low 9.200 score. But the Buckeyes rallied with the rest of the lineup earning increasingly improving scores. Stone posted a 9.800 mark, the team-high of the night and a third-place score, shared with Penn State’s Mason Hosek, for the event.“Being in front of a home crowd, obviously we get a little more nervous than we expect,” Stone said.  “It’s always down to those last routines that count the most, but we just stayed in our bubble, and didn’t let the crowd affect us.”The Buckeyes did not disappoint on their final event, closing the night strong on floor exercise to post a 49.200 mark. Stone and senior Stefanie Merkle claimed a 9.875 tally to tie for first, alongside Tsang and Penn State’s Sabrina Garcia. “I think we obviously knew it was a close meet, but we know we have a strong floor team, and it’s everybody’s favorite to perform because it’s fun and you’ve got the music, and the team is behind you,” Paulicivic said. “So I feel like we’re very comfortable to go over there, know that we’re going to do a good job, relax and have some fun and close out the meet.”The Nittany Lions put up a fight to try to take the lead in their final event on balance beam, but came up short to finish the meet with a 196.025 score. Ohio State earned its sixth win and second-highest final score of the season with a 196.200 finish, with seven other podium appearances.Next up, Ohio State will be back at home in St. John Arena to take on Western Michigan at 4 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Former White House Press Secretarys death ruled a homicide 33 years after

first_imgTHE DEATH OF former White House press secretary James Brady earlier this week has been ruled a homicide – 33 years after he was shot.Brady died on Monday at the age of 73 from what his family said was a series of health issues. He had been in a wheelchair since he was shot in the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan on 30 March 1981.This evening, the medical examiner in the state of Virginia told police that Brady’s death had been classified as a homicide.It is not yet known whether the man who shot him will face new criminal charges. James Brady with Ronald Reagan two months before the shooting Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBrady was one of four people shot by John Hinckley Junior outside a Washington hotel. Hinckley claimed he was trying to impress actress Jodie Foster.He found not guilty of the shootings by reason of insanity and lives in a Washington mental hospital.President Reagan was wounded in the shooting, but Brady suffered the most serious injuries after a bullet went through his skull, leaving him with partial paralysis and slurred speech.Brady became one of the most well-known advocates for gun control in the US after the shooting.He fought for the issue for more than three decades, saying in 2011: “I wouldn’t be here in this damn wheelchair if we had common sense legislation”. The scene of the shooting on 30 March 1981 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAdditional reporting by AP Read: Ronald Reagan voted best recent US president > Read: Ronald Reagan could have 3.4 million square miles of ocean named after him >last_img read more

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New rules for banks will make it easier to save thousands on

first_imgNew rules for banks will make it easier to save thousands on mortgage repayments From next year banks will have to give notice of the end of fixed rate terms and let variable rate customers know if they can move to a cheaper rate. http://jrnl.ie/4080581 Image: Shutterstock/ConstantinosZ Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM Share32 Tweet Email6 NEW CENTRAL BANK requirements for lenders, which will take effect from the beginning of next year, will make it easier for customers to get information about savings they could make by switching mortgages.The Central Bank today released details of the rules, which follow 2015 findings that more than one fifth of borrowers could save money by switching.The analysis of over half a million mortgages found approximately 16,000 could save over €1,000 in the first 12 months, and around 27,000 switchers have the potential to save in excess of €10,000 over the lifetime of the mortgage.Most people who have a mortgage never switch to a cheaper offer. Reasons include not realising how much they could save, finding it difficult to compare mortgages and believing the process is too difficult or will take too long.Under the new requirements which will come into force from 1 January 2019: Image: Shutterstock/ConstantinosZ 28,659 Views Jun 20th 2018, 12:00 PM By Michelle Hennessy 25 Comments Lenders will have to notify customers 60 days before their fixed rate term ends and provide details of the new rate and possible other options. Currently lenders do not have to remind customers in advance at all.Banks will have to let variable rate mortgage customers know every year whether or not they can move to a cheaper interest rate.On request, all lenders will have to provide an indicative comparison of the total interest payable on the customer’s existing mortgage and the interest payable on the new or alternative rate on offer.Banks will be required to alert customers to the relevant section of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission website where they can compare prices. Short URL These changes will also mean lenders have to acknowledge receipt of a mortgage application within three days and make a decision within ten days following receipt of all the required information for assessment.The aim of these changes is to encourage customers to shop around and make the switch if it will save them money. The regulator is also hoping that the new requirements will bring increased competitiveness to the market, with better rate offers from banks who will not want customers to switch to another lender.Today the Central Bank also revealed it had instructed a number of lenders to withdraw or amend advertisements relating to mortgage incentives.This review found some mortgage advertisements were not clear enough, particularly in relation to qualifying criteria and some details considered relevant by the regulator were hidden in footnotes. It instructed lenders to withdraw or amend around 75% of advertisements across online platforms, news media and billboards.Commenting on the new rules today, the Central Bank’s director of consumer protection Gráinne McEvoy said the focus is on assisting consumers with lowering their mortgage repayments, where possible.“Our research has shown that one in five mortgage holders could save money by switching their mortgage, and that significant numbers can make substantial savings,” she explained.“These changes are aimed at making it easier for consumers to obtain this key information so that they are able to easily identify whether they are able to make savings by switching their mortgage, and make the process quicker and easier to complete if they do decide to switch.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Suisse une nécropole romaine découverte sous le chantier dun stade

first_imgSuisse : une nécropole romaine découverte sous le chantier d’un stadeLes fouilles archéologiques réalisées sur le site du futur stade de Lausanne ont révélé une gigantesque nécropole romaine. En outre, des objets datant du Mésolithique ont été exhumés, témoins de l’importance de la découverte.”C’est une découverte majeure. Jusqu’ici, on ne connaissait pas du tout de restes de cette période à Lausanne”, a confié à l’Ats Sébastien Freudiger, l’archéologue responsable du chantier. Sous la future pelouse du stade de football, les chercheurs n’en finissent plus de déterrer des artefacts. En effet, les fouilles entreprises avant le début du chantier ont révélé une gigantesque nécropole de la période romaine. Les archéologues ont ainsi exhumé des urnes et quelques squelettes. Mais entre 2.000 et 10.000 sépultures des Ier, IIe et IIIe siècles pourraient encore s’y trouver d’après les spécialistes.Mais ce n’est pas tout ce qui a été découvert. Sur le site, ils ont également déterré de menus objets datant du Mésolithique, soit de -9.000 à -5.000 av, J.-C. Des restes qui rappellent que durant cette période, les peuples vivaient de la chasse et de la cueillette : “nous avons trouvé de très petits objets en silex, des pointes de flèches ou des grattoirs par exemple”, a détaillé le spécialiste. Dire que les scientifiques s’y attendaient, c’est un bien grand mot. Pourtant, comme l’atteste M. Freudiger, “nous sommes ici dans la banlieue, à la sortie de l’agglomération de Lousonna, le nom antique de Lausanne. C’est donc un endroit habituel pour une nécropole”. Sur place, aux Prés-de-Vidy (dans le sud de la ville), des amphores ont été excavées, ainsi que des pièces de vaisselle en céramique et même un biberon. Les Romains avaient l’habitude de manger entre les tombes et de laisser des offrandes sur les sépultures des défunts. Le plus grand chantier archéologique de SuisseÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En conséquence, les archéologues suisses ont notamment sorti de terre une statuette de la déesse Vénus, un lapin en terre blanche ainsi qu’un sanglier de bronze de 4 centimètres de haut. Ainsi, la “nouvelle” nécropole de Lausanne démontre que les fabricants d’urnes n’avaient pas les mêmes pratiques que les Romains qui habitaient dans la cité d’Avenches (Aventicum), la capitale de l’Helvétie romaine. “La céramique lausannoise était peut-être plus savonneuse”, explique Sébastien Freudiger, commentant que “les artisans la cuisaient à une température moins haute qu’à Avenches”. Pour les scientifiques, ce site pourrait alors devenir “le plus grand chantier archéologique de Suisse sur un hectare”, souligne le quotidien suisse Le Temps.Le coût des travaux sur le site devrait être compris entre 10 et 20 millions de francs suisses (8 à 16 millions d’euros). La municipalité de Lausanne prévoit elle d’y injecter 5 millions (4 millions d’euros). Elle espère que le reste pourra être pris en charge par le canton de Vaud et la Confédération suisse. Toutefois, les recherches ne devraient pas augurer de retard dans la construction du stade ni dans le projet “Métamorphose”.Ceci est le projet d’extension de la cité lémanique avec pour objectif la création d’un éco-quartier, de nouveaux équipements sportifs (comme le stade) et des logements. Sauf imprévu, le projet devrait aboutir à l’horizon 2020.Le 6 juillet 2012 à 14:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark

first_imgA who’s who of the Macau gaming industry came together once again for the third instalment of Macau After Dark (MAD) at local nightspot Barcode club last Friday night.Colleagues, competitors and friends gathered to enjoy another evening of vibrant networking while enjoying the chance to let their hair down in what has become one of the SAR’s most enjoyable gaming industry events.MAD links key industry decision-makers with the people they want to meet in a relaxed and friendly environment. It is celebrated quarterly and is already considered a must-attend for many expats and locals working directly or indirectly for the IR industry.Besides the intense chatting and laughter that filled the air, this instalment of MAD also came with a truly memorable and unexpected moment when a prominent member of the sector proposed to his now wife-to-be, sparking widespread cheering among the attendees. We won’t reveal their identity just yet!Macau After Dark is organized by Inside Asian Gaming and each get-together is celebrated in a different Macau nightspot.The event was sponsored by SG Gaming and Aristocrat as Platinum Sponsors, with IGT, Evolution HR and Asia Pioneer Entertainment the Gold sponsors and Barcode the venue sponsor.The next Macau After Dark will be held on Friday 15 November at a location yet to be announced.Thank you to our sponsors!last_img read more

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