Wimbledon order of play on Wednesday

first_imgCyprus champion Marcos Baghdatis will face American John Isner on court 8 at around 14.30 (Cyprus times)Wimbledon order of play on show courts on Wednesday (all times GMT).CENTRE COURT (1200)3-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) v Kateryna Koslova (Ukraine)1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v Adrian Mannarino (France)3-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v Marcus Willis (Britain)COURT ONE (1200)16-Johanna Konta (Britain) v Monica Puig (Puerto Rico)Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) v 16-Gilles Simon (France)Andreas Seppi (Italy) v 6-Milos Raonic (Canada)COURT TWO (1030)Fernando Verdasco (Spain) v 19-Bernard Tomic (Australia) (to finish)Dan Evans (Britain) v 30-Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine)5-Simona Halep (Romania) v Francesca Schiavone (Italy)Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) v 2-Garbine Muguruza (Spain)last_img

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Cox returns to Reading on two-year deal

first_imgSimon Cox has returned to Reading after completing a move from Nottingham Forest.The 27-year-old forward has agreed a two-year deal with the Royals, where he began his career.“I’m very lucky to have played once for this football club and signing the second time feels just as good,” he said.“I still know a lot of the players here so bedding in shouldn’t be too hard for me! I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait to get started again.” 1 Former Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox last_img

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Religious Events Calendar

first_img Holy Spirit Retreat Center activities: “A Day of Silence and Reflection,” led by Jody Berges, 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. June 16. Fee $45 with lunch, $35 without ($10 deposit by today). “Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk,” 7p.m. June 21. The retreat is at 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. Call (818) 784-4515 or see www.hsrcenter.com. The Rev. Dale Johnsen will deliver his farewell sermon, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated for Monsignor John K. Foley, who will retire July 1, noonSunday, Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose. Reception follows. Call (818) 249-2008. The Rev. Stuart Bond will be installed as senior pastor, 3p.m. Sunday, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 498-4502 or see www.epconline.org. Aglow International Woodland Hills Community Lighthouse, a Christian fellowship for women, will hold a meeting, 9:30a.m. Thursday, at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Buffet breakfast reservations required by Monday; $18. Call (818) 716-6253. Southern California Mormon Choir concert, 7p.m. today, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 480 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 581-5214. Health practices and the Bible will be the topic of guest speaker Alan Sherman after the 9:30a.m. Sunday service, Canoga Park Presbyterian Church, 22103 Vanowen St. Call (818) 883-3510. The Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon will be honored with a retirement lunch after the 10a.m. Sunday service at Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. Parish picnic follows the 10a.m. Sunday service, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 346-6968. Aglow International Westlake Community Lighthouse, will hold a meeting, 9:15a.m. Friday, Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Reservations required by Monday. An offering will be taken. Call (805) 497-7149. “The Mission of PFLAG” will be the topic of Steve Krantz at the Tuesday Night Forum, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 762-9032. “Finding Your Path” will be the topic discussed by the Rev. Jim Lockard at the inaugural Wednesday Night Alive service, 7-8p.m. Wednesday, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 W. Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 495-0105. “Be Still and Know,” a prayer, meditation and healing service led by the Rev. Jefferson Beeker, 7p.m. Wednesday, First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave. Call (818) 763-8218. Namaste Choral Group and the NoHo Arts Band concert, directed by the Rev. James J. Mellon, 8p.m. Thursday, NoHo Arts Center for New Thought, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Tickets: $35, $50. Call (818) 508-7101. Rummage sale, 8a.m. to 2p.m. Friday and June 16, Tujunga United Methodist Church, 9901 Tujunga Canyon Blvd. Call (818) 352-1481 or (818) 353-3669. Bluegrass and Country Sabbath service, led by Hazzan Mike Stein and Rabbi Stewart Vogel, 8:15p.m. Friday, Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 346-3545. “Unity in the Lord’s Church,” a study of Ephesians 4:3-6, will be discussed by eight speakers, 8:30a.m.-5p.m. June 16, Van Nuys Church of Christ, 14655 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Free; lunch provided. Call (818) 785-2623. “Healing the Family Tree,” a conference on effective prayers for family members, including a Mass celebrated by the Rev. Lou Cerulli and Dominic Berardino, 10a.m.-4:30p.m. June 16. Registration required; $20 (bring a lunch). Call (818) 771-1361 or see www.scrc.org. Carwash fundraiser for various charities, 10a.m.-2p.m. June 16 in the parking lot at First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 763-8218. “Peace and Reconciliation Through Prayer,” a lecture sponsored by the Thirty-Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist of Studio City, presented by guest speaker Ryder Stevens, 11a.m. June 16, Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd., Vista Rooms, Studio City. Call (818) 761-4322. “Obsession,” a screening presented by the Center for Accuracy in Mid-East Reporting in America, 7p.m. June 19, Congregation Beth Meier, 11725 Moorpark Ave., Studio City. Reservations required. Call (818) 762-4473. Catholic Singles Dance, 7:30p.m.-midnight June 22, Burbank Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angeleno Ave. Tickets: $17. Call (818) 759-1545 or see www.caci.org. “Cleaning Up the Place” will be the message delivered by youth minister Em Blattner, 8:15 and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 529-8422. “Enjoy the Seasons” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10a.m. Sunday, when the Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meets at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Drive, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “An Explanation, Not an Excuse” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. Mcdonald, 8:15 and 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-8231. “Vision Forward” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-145. “The Wonder of It All” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Beverly Craig, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. Soulful Sunday service: “The Sacred in the Secular,” 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.valleyonion.org. “The Secret: God is All There Is” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Marilyn Jensen-Johnson, 10a.m. Sunday, Religious Science Church of Glendale, meeting at the Glendale Masonic Lodge, 244 N. Maryland Ave. Call (818) 244-1404. “The New Lord in Town” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Lee, 9:15a.m. Sunday, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-2653. “Who Is the Antichrist?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. “Nothing Comes Closer to Home” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5 p.m. Call (818) 884-6480. “Is There Something More I Could Be Doing?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10 a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Young adults service, 6p.m. Call (818) 363-8136. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday they are to run. Mail entries, with time, date, location and contact number, to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail holly.andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sunderland unable to benefit from in-demand midfielder’s excellent Euro form

first_img Emanuele Giaccherini scored Italy’s first goal at Euro 2016 Sunderland cannot increase their price tag on Emanuele Giaccherini following his heroics for Italy on Monday, according to his agent.Giaccherini won plaudits for his superb opening goal in the Azzurri’s 2-0 win against Belgium in Lyon and is currently looking for a new club after falling out of favour at the Stadium of Light and spending last season on loan at Bologna.AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina are all keen on landing Giaccherini on the cheap and his agent, Giulio Marinelli, believes Sunderland aren’t in any position where they can raise their £1.5m valuation of the player.“I think Sunderland cannot go beyond the figure of around 2 million euros,” he told Tutto Mercato. 1last_img

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Phil Brown set to leave Southend United after being placed on gardening leave

first_img Phil Brown is set to leave Southend United 1 Phil Brown is set to depart Southend United after being placed on gardening leave by the League One club.The Shrimpers released a statement on Wednesday afternoon stating that Brown would step aside “whilst a settlement agreement is completed”.Brown, 58, has been in charge at Roots Hall for nearly five years and led the club to promotion via the League Two play-offs in 2015.The Blues narrowly missed out on the chance for another promotion last season, ending the campaign one point shy of the League One play-offs, and they were hoping for another promotion push this term.But the team has been in freefall following a run of poor results, losing eight of their last nine games, leaving them 18th in the table and just two points above the relegation zone.“The club has today placed its manager, Phil Brown, on gardening leave whilst a settlement agreement is completed,” said the statement.“Additionally the club has today terminated the employment agreements of Graham Coughlan (assistant manager), Brian Horton (football coordinator) and Bob Shaw (head of recruitment).“We wish to thank Phil Brown’s back room staff and especially Graham Coughlan who has been a loyal employee of the club, contributed continuously and without reservation, for some eight years.”Brown took over in March 2013 and led Southend to promotion from League Two via the play-offs two years later, but off-field problems have blighted his tenure, including former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger having his contract with terminated in January because of “re-occurring disciplinary issues”.The statement continued: “Recent performances have been unacceptable and in the board’s view the lack of discipline, Nile Ranger a case in point, has only served to compound the position.“The club’s success as we enter a new era is paramount and we shall adopt a zero tolerance in our efforts to achieve this objective.”Southend added that the club has “identified a principal target and subject to securing his services will be tasked with replacing the management team without delay.”Southend travel to Rochdale, who are second from bottom of the table, on Saturday.last_img read more

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Ronny Deila urges Celtic fans to give his successor time and support

first_img“I wish them all the best in the future. This club is special and they need to understand how special it is and protect it, because everybody now wants to drag it down. They want us to lose.“It’s important we have unity. The players, the staff, the new manager coming – they need time and support.“If they do that people will grow and they will get the best out of them and there will be a lot more trophies here at Celtic.”Deila confirmed he will return home on Sunday to celebrate a Norwegian national holiday with his family. While he admits his tenure may have divided opinion, the former Stromsgodset boss says he’ll never wish he hadn’t taken the challenge on.He added: “What you remember is the trophies in the end. They are what goes down in the history books.“Some will think I was a great guy who did everything I could and had some success. Others will think I was a complete disaster and should have done better.“But that’s why this is the greatest sport in the world. It’s full of opinions.“Sunday will be a little bit sad but at the same time it is a good feeling. It is difficult to say what I’m feeling. I need time to reflect on what I have been through these last two years before I can really express what I feel.“But it will be strange on Monday when I don’t have anything to go to.“I haven’t had that for 20 years. I’ve been in this game for so long. I’ve never had the summers off so now is the first time.“But I think the best thing is to have a little bit of time off now and to reflect what I’ve been through, recharge the batteries and then really get that hungry look again.“However, if something very interesting comes along that feels right for me then of course it is possible to do it. But I have to have time to find the right one.“It has to be something that excites me. It was like that when I came to Celtic. There was no thought in my head saying I could not do it. I will never regret that decision.” Ronny Deila has urged Celtic fans to give his successor time and support as he prepares for his final match in charge of the Scottish champions.The Norwegian will bow out after Sunday’s clash with Motherwell after leading the club to three trophies in two seasons.In the wake of the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Rangers, Deila, 40, announced he would be leaving at the end of the campaign with a section of the supporter expressing their displeasure at the direction of the club under chief executive Peter Lawwell.Asked for his message to fans in his final pre-match media conference, Deila said: “First I’d want to thank all the fans. It’s been two fantastic years and the relationship I had with them was very good.last_img read more

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Lee Clark quits Kilmarnock to take manager’s post at Bury

first_imgLee Clark has quit the manager’s position at Kilmarnock to join Bury, saying it will further his ambition to manage in the English Premier League.Bury confirmed his appointment on Wednesday afternoon and he will start work on trying to preserve the Shakers’ League One status. The club are currently in 21st position in their league.Kilmarnock have placed Lee McCulloch and Peter Leven in charge on an interim basis.“I have had a wonderful year as Kilmarnock manager,” Clark said. “The club and fans have treated myself and my family fantastically- we are in a good position with a strong and loyal squad and staff. The Englishman was appointed to steer the club clear of relegation last season and was successful, managing an 11th -place finish in the Premiership ahead of Dundee United and defeating Falkirk 4-1 on aggregate in the play-off final. “The directors have given me their full support in rebuilding the squad and the fans will always have a special place in my heart but I still have huge ambition to one day manage at the highest level in England, which is obviously the Premier League, and I feel that the fresh challenge of managing a club in England’s League One could provide me with the platform to build towards this goal.”A Kilmarnock spokesperson said: “When Lee expressed a desire to move back to his homeland, the clubs swiftly agreed terms for the early termination of his contract which was due to run until May, 2019. “While disappointed to lose Lee so soon, the board of Kilmarnock understood his desire to be closer to his family and embrace a new challenge.”Clark leaves Rugby Park one year to the day after being appointed at the Ayrshire club. He has taken charge of 44 matches during his time at the club.last_img read more

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Passenger Rights made simple

first_imgFlying can be stressful AirlineRatings.com has launched the world’s first Passenger Rights modules to simplify your journey when things go wrong.Passengers may sometimes feel they’re treated like cattle, but everyone who flies has at least some rights.READ: Passengers need to read the fine printThese vary —  not just between jurisdictions but also between airlines — and that’s what makes it complicated.So AirlineRatings.com has made it simple. Just look up your airline of choice and the important details are right there.Virgin Australia Passengers Rights tabVirgin Australia Passenger Rights tab is at right just under the cabin pictureRead World’s Best Airlines 2018No more reading the endless pages of fine print, the critical things you need to know are at your fingertips.Some jurisdictions, notably Europe and the US, have legislated passenger rights but even that does not mean every contingency is covered.An investigation by AirlineRatings.com has also uncovered some baffling complications between jurisdictions.European legislation is generally considered by consumer groups to be the Rolls-Royce of passenger rights protection. It offers set compensation for denied boarding, cancellation or a flight arrives more than three hours late.But the compensation of between 250 and 600 euros, depending on distance, does not apply in all situations says AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas.“For example, the rules do not apply to a flight operated by a non-EU airline arriving from a destination outside the union.“Let’s say you’re in San Francisco and you’re flying to London and you’ve purchased an American Airlines ticket but the carrier operating the flight is British Airways,’’ Thomas says. “In this case, the EU regulations will kick in because the service is operated by a European carrier.“But the opposite is also true. If you’ve purchased a ticket on British Airways and your flight is actually operated by American Airlines. The EU regulations do not apply.”To set passengers on the road to becoming better-informed travelers, AirlineRatings.com has introduced a new initiative that adds a passenger rights section to its popular airline safety and product ratings.The independent safety website has updated its sophisticated new ratings and aviation news portal to add snapshots of passenger entitlements on select airlines.Travellers simply need to go to the tabs beneath the photograph accompanying certain airline ratings and click on the one that says  “Passenger Rights”.There they’ll find a snapshot of what they’re entitled to on that particular carrier.“Our aim is to give passengers an indication of their rights and point them in the right direction,’’ says Thomas.“In the first instance, that usually means contacting the airline but a number of jurisdictions have consumer or enforcement bodies that can help if that fails.’’“Our website gives you those links to further ease the travel stress.”last_img read more

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China’s moon mission will probe cosmic dark ages

first_img China’s moon mission will probe cosmic dark ages The lunar far side, always in shadow from Earth, can protect radio astronomy instruments from noise. By Daniel CleryMay. 16, 2018 , 3:00 PM NASA/GODDARD/ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY On 21 May, China plans to launch a satellite with a vital but unglamorous mission. From a vantage point beyond the moon, Queqiao, as the satellite is called, will relay data from Chang’e 4, a lander and rover that is supposed to touch down on the lunar far side before the end of the year. But a Dutch-made radio receiver aboard Queqiao will attempt something more visionary. In the quiet lunar environment, it will listen to the cosmos at low frequencies that carry clues to the time a few hundred million years after the big bang, when clouds of hydrogen gas were spawning the universe’s first stars.The mission is a proof of principle for other efforts to take radio astronomy above the atmosphere, which blocks key radio frequencies, and far from earthly interference. “Putting the whole show into space is extremely appealing,” says Michael Hecht of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Haystack Observatory in Westford, whose team is also developing small radio satellites that could be used to probe the cosmos. For Europe’s astronomers, it is also a test of cooperation with China, something their U.S. counterparts at NASA are barred from doing.The Netherlands-China Low-Frequency Explorer (NCLE) project stems from a 2015 Dutch trade mission to China, during which the two countries agreed to collaborate on space missions. The Netherlands is strong in radio astronomy: Its Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) stretches across much of northern Europe. NCLE Principal Investigator Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, has long advocated a “LOFAR on the moon.” China has an ambitious program of moon missions, so he jumped at the chance to take a first step. “We put together a proposal in 2 weeks,” he says. Once funded, the team had just 1.5 years to build the instrument. “Half of the experiment is how you work together” Falcke says. Jinsong Ping of the National Astronomical Observatories of China in Beijing, who leads the Chinese team working on the NCLE, agrees: “It is really challenging both sides. … Different culture, habit, language, working manner.”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(*)To see back into the dark age before the first stars, astronomers look for a signal emitted when electrons in the primordial neutral hydrogen gas spontaneously flipped their orientation. These photons started out with short radio wavelengths, but over their more than 13-billion-year journey to Earth, the universe’s expansion stretched them out to long wavelengths, or low megahertz frequencies. After the gas clumped together to form the first stars, their radiation ionized the neutral gas and eventually snuffed out the faint signal.Telescopes such as the LOFAR aim to detect the ancient signal and use it to map the distribution of primordial matter. But the signal is hard to discern in the maelstrom of radio noise from terrestrial sources and other objects across the universe. Only one detector, the Experiment to Detect the Global Epoch of Reionization Signature, a set of ground-based antennas in Australia, has so far claimed a detection.Queqiao, orbiting a gravitational balance point beyond the moon called L2, will offer a quieter vantage. In order to relay signals from the moon to Earth, the satellite can’t be completely in the moon’s shadow, which means that Earth noise could still be a problem, says Jack Burns, an astronomer at the University of Colorado in Boulder who has long campaigned for a lunar radio observatory. Burns adds that the spacecraft itself will also be a source of interference. But by testing hardware in space, the NCLE “will set the stage for other missions.”Once Queqiao arrives at L2, the NCLE will wait its turn until after the Chang’e 4 lander has achieved its main mission: exploring the South Pole-Aitken Basin, a huge far side depression. Then, around March 2019, the instrument will unspool three 5-meter-long carbon-fiber antennas, each at right angles to the others.Because Earth’s atmosphere blocks all radio signals below 30 megahertz, the data will delight a range of astronomers. Falcke says the team will study solar flares, the aurora of Jupiter, and the galaxy’s radio emissions. “There’s nothing as good as having real data,” he says. The dark age signal is a long shot, he admits. Realistically, the mission is about “gaining expertise to build a follow-up.”The Chinese NCLE team has its own plans. It has placed basic receivers on the Chang’e 4 lander and two microsatellites that Queqiao will release into lunar orbit to study solar radio bursts. Ping says his team will also try to combine signals received by the NCLE with those taken by earthbound detectors—a technique known as interferometry, which can improve resolution. “It is a demonstration,” he says. It could show that, once detectors are sensitive enough, interferometry could help them map the newborn universe.Burns and his colleagues are working on a proposal for a small satellite called the Dark Ages Polarimetry Pathfinder, which he says will be more sensitive to the dark age signal. But eventually, he wants to see an observatory on the lunar far side, deep with the moon’s radio quiet shadow. He predicts a NASA-funded low-frequency telescope in the next 5 years. “There’s great interest in the far side.”*Correction 18 May, 9:55 a.m.: This story has been updated to correct the length of the antennas of the Netherlands-China Low-Frequency Explorer.last_img read more

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RINL can provide more jobs to displaced when it expands: Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) State-run Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) could consider providing more jobs to displaced families in Viskhapatnam whenever the company plans expansion, Rajya Sabha was informed today. About 20,000 families were displaced when their land was acquired for Visakapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) by the Andhra Pradesh government. Under a tripartite agreement, VSP was to provide employment to one member of each displaced family. RINL is the corporate entity of VSP. “RINL-VSP has provided employment to 7,473 displaced persons as against 5,000 agreed to under the tripartite agreement. … Now second and third generation members are seeking jobs. “We would try that in case of expansion we have to take more on roll, naturally they may take that kind of consideration,” Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said during the Question Hour. Maintaining that expansion and modernisation of RINL was taking place, the Minister said the government would ensure employment to job seekers registered on employment exchanges located at places where land was acquired for VSP. “We would see to the details of job seekers registered on the exchange. I will ensure that they are given priority,” Singh said. Replying to another query, he said the land was acquired as per the previous law and the process is still continuing. Most members in the Upper House asked the government to review the compensation and rehabilitation benefits given to the displaced families. PTI LUX ARClast_img read more

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