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‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse thrills skywatchers on longest day

first_imgCoronavirus hits viewing Without the coronavirus pandemic, they would have organized a trip to Lake Magadi in southern Kenya where the skies are generally clearer than over the capital.”With the pandemic situation, we’re not able to have crowds… and get kids to look through or do stuff,” she said, but still managed to share the event on social media.The annular eclipse is visible from only about two percent of Earth’s surface, Florent Delefie, an astronomer at the Paris Observatory, told AFP.”It’s a bit like switching from a 500-watt to a 30-watt light bulb,” he added. “It’s a cold light and you don’t see as well.”Sri Lanka closed its planetarium to prevent a gathering of amateur astronomers due to the coronavirus outbreak, but live-streamed the celestial event on Facebook.A small group of about 15 students huddled around a telescope at the University of Colombo to watch the eclipse.Some students used a welding mask to stare at the sun, while others wore glasses made with filters that cut out ultra-violet rays.Coronavirus precautions were also taken in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, as dozens of students and astronomy enthusiasts gathered on a rooftop.Only a few were allowed at the viewing area at a time, wearing masks and sanitizing their hands as they waited their turn.”I was worried because it is a cloudy day, but the view was excellent,” 19-year-old student Swechhya Gurung told AFP.In Hong Kong, dozens of skywatchers ranging from astronomy enthusiasts with telescopes to families enjoying Father’s Day gathered at a waterfront park in east Kowloon to witness the spectacle, which lasted about 90 minutes. Lunar eclipse to follow Cheers erupted from the crowd when the cloud cleared and the eclipse was clearly visible.The full eclipse was visible at successive locations over a period of nearly four hours, and one of the last places to see the partially hidden Sun was Taiwan.A solar eclipse always occurs around two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves into Earth’s shadow. Lunar eclipses are visible from about half of the Earth’s surface.A lunar eclipse is due on July 5, with the best viewing over North and South America, southern Europe and Africa.There will be a second solar eclipse in 2020 on December 14 over South America. Because the Moon will be a bit closer to Earth, it will block out the Sun’s light entirely.  Topics : Sunday’s eclipse arrived on the northern hemisphere’s longest day of the year — the summer solstice — when the North Pole is tilted most directly towards the Sun.It was first visible in northeastern Republic of Congo from 5:56 local time (04:56 GMT) just a few minutes after sunrise. That was the point of maximum duration, with the blackout lasting a minute and 22 seconds.Arcing eastward across Africa and Asia, it reached “maximum eclipse” — with a perfect solar halo around the Moon — over Uttarakhand, India near the Sino-Indian border at 12:10 local time (0640 GMT).center_img More spectacular, but less long-lived: the exact alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun was visible for only 38 seconds.In Nairobi, East Africa, observers saw only a partial eclipse as clouds blocked the sky for several seconds at the exact moment the Moon should have almost hidden the Sun.Despite some disappointment, Susan Murbana told AFP: “It was very exciting because I think I’m so obsessed with eclipses.”Today has been very kind to us in terms of the clouds. And we’ve been able to see most of it,” said Murbana who set up the Travelling Telescope educational program with her husband Chu. Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed a dramatic “ring of fire” solar eclipse Sunday.So-called annular eclipses occur when the Moon — passing between Earth and the Sun — is not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure sunlight, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible.They happen every year or two, and can only be seen from a narrow pathway across the planet.last_img read more

Indonesian track and field legend Eduardus Nabunome dies over heart attack

first_imgIndonesian track and field legend Eduardus Nabunome died on Monday at the Harapan Kita Hospital where he was being treated following a heart attack.“Coach Edu suffered a heart attack while running at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium,” Kurniasih Budi, mother of one of the members of Eduard’s athletics club, told kompas.com on Monday.Eduardus’ family has not yet decided whether to bury him in Jakarta or in his hometown in East Nusa Tenggara. It was previously reported that Eduardus had been receiving treatment at Medistra Hospital since Saturday for a heart condition.It was the second time Eduardus had been hospitalized for the condition. He spent several days in Pasar Rebo General Hospital in 2017 after suffering a heart attack.Eduardus’ wife, Marcelina Ina Piran, said he had been closely monitored by doctors and had tested negative for COVID-19.Marcelina added that members of the running community who were being trained by Eduardus were working together to cover his medical bills.“We have been informed by Jakarta’s track and field association through its chief Pak Mustara that the association is going to talk to the insurance company,” she said as quoted by tribunnews.com.Eduardus won the 1,000 meters long-distance running category at the 1987, 1989 and 1991 Southeast Asian Games. He also secured gold in the 5,000m category in the 1987 and 1989 games. Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal confirm backroom shake-up as Unai Emery replaces Steve Bould with Freddie Ljungberg

first_img Comment Ljungberg will now work alongside Unai Emery and the rest of the first-team staff (Picture: Getty)A statement from the club explained: ‘Our goal is to create a “transition team” which will collectively manage a player’s development through some of the hardest and most challenging periods of their professional lives.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The aim is to create a clear framework for our young players to fulfil their potential at the highest level.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking about his new role, Ljungberg said: ‘I’m really excited by this opportunity to continue helping develop and work with some of the great young players we have coming through in the first-team environment and to work alongside Unai and his coaching team to help Arsenal win trophies.‘I’m looking forward to working in this new structure and to pass on my experience and knowledge about what is needed to succeed at this level.’ Advertisement Arsenal confirm backroom shake-up as Unai Emery replaces Steve Bould with Freddie Ljungberg Arsenal hope the coaching changes will help develop the club’s young players (Picture: Getty)Bould added: ‘I have always had a deep commitment to developing young players and am delighted to be back working in an area which is so important to the future of our club. We have great young players and my job will be to help them maximise their potential.’The changes will come into effect from the start of July, with goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo also taking on extra responsibilities to help young goalkeepers transition to senior football.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 17 Jun 2019 1:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link656Shares The long-serving assistant will drop down to the Under-23s (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have announced a number of significant changes to the makeup of their coaching staff, with long-time assistant Steve Bould replaced by Freddie Ljungberg.The former Gunners star, who was part of the famous Invincibles title-winning side, was in charge of the under-23s last season and impressed Arsenal’s hierarchy, earning a new role as assistant first-team coach – though will still have a focus on youth development.Bould previously ran the academy sides for 11 years under Arsene Wenger and will now lead the under-23s, working alongside academy manager Per Mertesacker as well as Ljungberg.last_img read more

Strathclyde scrutinises equity holdings over carbon emissions

first_imgHowever, in aggregate, the carbon footprint of Strathclyde’s equity portfolio was 7% lower than that of the MSCI All Country World Index.The carbon footprint assessment “provides a basis for targeted climate change engagement”, wrote pension fund director Richard McIndoe in a report to the board.In his report, McIndoe said stock selection by the fund’s active managers had improved carbon efficiency of the overall portfolio but that this was offset by sector allocation.“Carbon efficiency,” McIndoe wrote, “is impacted by an overweight allocation and weak stock selection in the carbon-heavy construction and materials sector, and the fund’s underweight position in banks does not capitalise on this sector’s low-carbon credentials.”However, direct exposure to oil and gas “contributes a net reduction in carbon intensity through sector allocation and stock selection”, he added.Passive mandates were, on aggregate, 9.6% less carbon-intensive than the benchmark.Strathclyde has considered allocations to passive low-carbon products but decided against investing due to a lack of track records for FTSE and MSCI products, as well as concerns about complexity and costs.More than 60% of Strathclyde’s portfolio was invested in active and passive listed equity at the end of October.In addition, Strathclyde’s board agreed to sign up to the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, having identified it as “the most appropriate” of the industry bodies it considered, “given its exclusive focus on climate change issues”.Strathclyde will be the 13th UK public pension – and the first from Scotland – to join the group, which consists of asset owners and managers from across Europe.Meanwhile, the fund also awarded an emerging market debt mandate to Ashmore.The pension fund tendered the mandate earlier this year and intends to allocate 1.5% of its portfolio to Ashmore, equivalent to roughly £280m based on the funds value at the end of October.Strathclyde posted a third-quarter return of 7.4%.In the first three quarters of the year, the fund gained 22.4%. The Strathclyde Pension Fund has identified the 10 biggest contributors to its equity portfolio’s carbon footprint and pledged to engage with them as shareholders, according to documents from its most recent board meeting.The £18.7bn (€22.2bn) fund also plans to discuss carbon output with one of its asset managers, Oldfield Partners.Oldfield’s mandate accounted for 45% of Strathclyde’s active equity carbon emissions at the end of March, despite making up just 10.5% of the pension scheme’s active equity allocation.It also holds the two most carbon-intensive companies identified in the assessment.last_img read more

Side-by-side kitchens for MKR style showdown

first_imgThe pool and gardens are a tranquil outdoor area.It was life changes that prompted the move to Westlake and now life changes see the Saunders family moving on four years later.“It’s no longer suitable for us because our daughter is moving on so my wife and I have this beautiful home which we don’t want to leave but we see the sense in doing so.” The internal house is spread over 266sq m in an L shape with the pool and undercover patio area linking the two living spaces. An aerial view of the property with plenty of accommodation for cars and the extended family.“It has this enormous garage, and a four car garage which I’ve used as a play room for the girls with table tennis and air hockey, but that would make a good teenage retreat.” Kitchen No. 2 has an island bench, modern appliances and plenty of natural light.“It’s not often a good idea for two women to share a kitchen in my opinion,” Mr Saunders, a UK kitchen designer who migrated to Australia seven years ago, said.The house has a separate wing with bedrooms, two bathrooms and a family room connected to the main house by a sliding door.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 The separate living accommodation is connected to the main house by a sliding door and would make a great time out zone if the ‘heat’ in the kitchen got too much.“My daughter works awkward hours so if she’s on a night shift the kids can come through the dividing door,” he said.“And we share the facilities of the garden and the pool.” There’s no need to fight over the kitchen at 226 Horizon Drive, Westlake. You can have one each, perfect for a MKR style cook-off.CONSIDER hosting your own My Kitchen Rules cook-off, with two kitchens in adjacent rooms in this Westlake house designed for two families.center_img A lovely second home attached to the main building with a shared undercover patio.The main part of the house has the living and dining areas, two kitchens, a bathroom and two laundries, while upstairs has the master bedroom with ensuite, a main bathroom and three separate bedrooms.And then there is room for cars. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN FERNY HILLS Kitchen No. 1 has been fully renovated with new appliances and ample bench space.Rod and Sandy Saunders were looking for a property they could share with their daughter and twin grandchildren when they spied 226 Horizon Drive, Westlake.An 18-month renovation converted the house into dual living, with two of everything, including the laundry and kitchen. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

Gold Coast penthouse sells to North Queensland couple for $5 million

first_img 7/19 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach.The sale comes as demand for property in regional Australia including the Gold Coast continues to soar according to REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee. “Search activity on realestate.com.au has seen a bigger jump in views per listing for regional parts of Australia than for capital cities,” she said.“This is likely to be explained by COVID-19 as people are perhaps looking for bigger places to live and aren’t currently tied to a central workplace. Longer term, acceptance of flexible working does mean that living in a capital city may no longer be necessary.” Luxury at every turn.The 452sq m property, at 7/19 Broadbeach Blvd, is one of only 7 residences in the building. It is spread over two levels and features a wine cellar, lift to both floors, stair case, bespoke cabinetry, a huge balcony and spectacular ocean and skyline views.“In the 15 years that I’ve been fortunate enough to assist owners in selling luxury beachfront property on the Gold Coast, this would have to be one of the best properties I’ve seen,” Mr Stevens said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago 7/19 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach. Inside the penthouse. The sale, handled by Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal, was sealed earlier this week.“This fantastic couple who have been working all their lives and had holidayed on the Gold Coast and in particular in Broadbeach when they were teenagers had always dreamt of retiring in a beautiful property on the Coast by the beach,” he said.“Now after running successful businesses for the majority of their lives they have secured the ultimate beachfront home to retire in. They are absolutely over the moon and we couldn’t be happier for them.” Not your normal Gold Coast home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31A NORTH Queensland couple are retiring on the Gold Coast after splashing $5.05 million on a luxury penthouse in Broadbeach.MORE NEWS: $28m beachfront shopping spreelast_img read more

Sembcorp Marine to prepare Teekay’s FPSO for Cheviot field

first_imgSingapore’s Sembcorp Marine has signed an agreement with Teekay Offshore Partners for engineering, procurement and construction works related to the modification, repair and life extension of the Petrojarl Varg FPSO.Petrojarl Varg; Source: TeekayThe agreement was made between Sembcorp’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floater and Teekay’s subsidiary, Varg L.L.C.Sembcorp Marine said on Monday that the work scope includes detailed engineering, fabrication, installation and integration of the topside process skid; overhauling of existing internal turret and power generation; and repair and life extension of the vessel’s hull, tanks and various systems onboard.The work is scheduled for completion in July 2020 and, once finalized, the contract is estimated to be worth $166 million.The Petrojarl Varg FPSO will be operated by Alpha Petroleum Resources for deployment at the Cheviot field development and the Peel satellite accumulation, both of which are located within the UK Continental Shelf Blocks 2/10B, 2/15A and 3/11B in the UK North Sea.Alpha Petroleum last week entered into agreements with Teekay Offshore for the Petrojarl Varg FPSO unit to be deployed to the Cheviot oil field. The agreement called for Cheviot-specific process modifications to be made to the FPSO unit, ensuring that it could safely operate for the maximum 10-year term of the contract while maximizing production.Petrojarl Varg is a ship-shaped, turret moored, FPSO delivered in 1998. The FPSO has a storage capacity of 470,000 bbls and accommodation for 77 persons. The Teekay Petrojarl Varg has been laid up since Repsol decided to stop production at the Varg field in Norway in 2016.The effectiveness of the between Sembcopr Marine and Alpha Petroleum agreement remains subject to Alpha Petroleum Resources satisfying certain conditions precedent, including Alpha Petroleum Resources finalizing its debt facilities with a consortium of lenders and the approval by relevant authorities of Alpha Petroleum Resources’ final field development plan for the Cheviot field.Alpha Petroleum is targeting first oil production in 2Q 2021, at an expected rate of at least 30,000 barrels per day.The Cheviot development program will consist of a minimum of 18 wells: 13 production wells, two water injection wells and two gas injection wells. It also includes one production well established in the satellite Peel oil reservoir.last_img read more

Seanic Relocates UK Base to Facilitate Growth

first_imgSubsea services company Seanic Ocean Systems, a Centurion company, has moved its UK division into new premises in the ABZ Business Park in Dyce, Aberdeen, following a positive stream of business and sustained growth. In the last 12 months, the company has seen a 26% increase in utilisation of its decommissioning equipment packages that have supported various clients across multiple campaigns throughout the year.The new facility provides a larger workshop area and improved storage space to house the company’s ROV tooling, intervention and diver tools, deck and subsea support equipment.The relocation has seen the company continue to extend its range of decommissioning support, spooling services and rental of specialist subsea packages, that includes diver and ROV tooling to its oil and gas clients.Tom Ayars, Seanic president, said: “The move places Seanic in a more strategic location, closer to our key clients servicing the North Sea energy industry and reinforces our commitment to providing the most efficient services to help them achieve their project goals.“In the last 6-12 months, we have experienced an upsurge in inspection, maintenance and refurbishment work as companies look to get the most out of their existing equipment. The new facility’s improved workshop space means we can continue to meet these requests while also being in a stronger position to offer an increased range of standard equipment.“Seanic’s fleet management clients can also reap the benefit from the increased space where their equipment is maintained and stored in between campaigns.“As well as our clients, our team has also welcomed the move to the new location. It’s business as usual as we head into 2019 with a strong order book.”last_img read more

Phillips shows the way to $10,000 World Nationals checkers

first_imgTerry Phillips was the $10,000 IMCA Modified feature winner at Marshalltown Speedway’s World Nationals. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)By Joyce EiseleMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Sept. 16) – Veteran Terry Phillips made his way to Marshalltown Speed­way from the Show Me State and showed his IMCA Modified expertise on the track, top­ping Saturday’s $10,000 to win World Nationals main event.Richie Gustin of Gilman gave Phillips a run for the big money when he took the lead on lap 21, only to have Phillips come right back and regain it on the next lap.From there on, Phillips put distance between himself and Gustin, and took the 50-lapper by a comforta­ble margin. Along with the big payday, the checkers put Phillips on the ballot for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Gustin had to be content with the runner-up spot. Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa started ninth and finished third, fourth was Chris Abelson of Sioux City and Joel Rust of Grundy Center rounded out the top five.Fifty-nine Modified drivers from nine states began qualifying heats Friday at the 11th annual event.Damon Murty of Chelsea swept $1,000-to-win IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features during the week­end while Jared VanDeest of Holland scored $1,000 wins both nights in the Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winners were Andrew Borchardt of Plymouth on Friday and 15th start­ing Gene Nicklas of Grinnell on Saturday. Both victories paid $500.Modified feature results – 1. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 2. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 3. Cay­den Carter, Oskaloosa; 4. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 5. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 6. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 9. Kelly Shy­rock, Fertile; 10. Rob Toland, Davenport; 11. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 12. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 13. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 14. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 15. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 16. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 17. Johnny Whitman, DePere, Wis.; 18. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 19. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 20. Ron VerBeek, Oskaloosa; 21. Jerry Wilinski Seymour, Wis.; 22. Randy Havlik, Ankeny; 23. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 24. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown.last_img read more

Guyanese athletes continue dominance at Suriname’s Telesur 10K Road Race

first_imgGUYANESE athletes continued their dominance in the Suriname’s Telesur 10K Road Race, as Eulene Josiah Tanner took her third consecutive women’s title, and Cleveland Thomas successfully defended his men’s title, after a tight race against his fellow countryman Winston Missigher, yesterday in Paramaribo, Suriname.Josiah-Tanner clocked 40 minutes 29 seconds to continue her rule, leading over Carolien Marlet, who crossed the finishing line over four minutes after Josiah-Tanner (44:48.00s). The last podium positive went to Guyana’s Ashanti Scott after her 45 minutes 51 seconds run.In the men’s race, Missigher was making it very hard for Thomas to take a big win. Thomas led for most of the race, but Missigher was always very close behind. Thomas quickly realised he would need to pull off a last kilometre sprint if he was to ever shake the Missigher, but even then he could not shake the Running Brave athlete.In the end it was a dip at the finish line that gave him the win over Missigher as he clocked 34 minutes 19 seconds. Lorenzo Main was the first Surinamese to cross the finish line, and he did so in a time of 35 minutes 16 seconds.“I feel good but i know I can do better,” Thomas expressed to Chronicle Sport yesterday. He has plans to go back for the second leg of the race later this month, in the hope of improving his times.“I will go back and continue my training so that I can do better in the second leg on May 13,” Thomas promised.last_img read more