Jenkins blesses particle accelerator

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins dedicated and blessed the new SU Pelletron nuclear particle accelerator Thursday, calling the occasion “a great step for Notre Dame.” The dedication ceremony was held on the first level of the new 4-level space within Nieuwland Science Hall that houses the accelerator. In attendance was physics professor Michael Wiescher, who played a key role in bringing the accelerator to Notre Dame and has worked in the department for 27 years. There are two other accelerators within the facility, but the new one has a “much more intense beam,” Wiescher said. “The accelerator is designed to test conditions at the center of sun, stars and supernova explosions,” he said. The tank that houses the accelerator was installed in Oct. 2011, and the actual accelerator was installed in March. The four-story tall instrument had to be lowered into its new home on the top of Nieuwland Science Hall by helicopter. In total, the accelerator cost about $8 million, $4 million from a National Science Foundation grant. The University paid the remainder for the necessary modifications for Nieuwland to house the new accelerator. The first beam from the accelerator was produced in April 2012, and since then, research has been under way. When asked about the South Bend community’s reaction on the project, Wiescher said concerns should be tempered by the fact the accelerator has a “number of applications.” “This accelerator is widely used for research on cancer treatments, smoke detectors, fire alarms, climate monitoring and is used extensively in archaeology and history,” he said. In addition, the machine can also be used to research nuclear waste. “The particles from the accelerator can help scientists tell how slowly nuclear waste will degrade in a shorter amount of time than traditional methods,” research faculty member Daniel Robertson said. This accelerator is one of five of its kind in the world, and the project is sustainable. When describing the accelerator, Robertson said it is “lower energy but more versatile” than the other accelerators in the laboratory. Furthermore, 20 to 30 universities around the world are involved in the project, sending user groups to campus from countries such as Brazil, Mexico and China. “International groups do experiments here, and we try to encourage international participation,” he said. The instrument has complex machinery that starts with an ion source, which accelerates charged particles and shoots them through a gas. Then there is a nuclear reaction in the gas, which forms new elements and mimics how energy is made within the sun, stars and supernovas. The instrument runs a test that models the change in elemental components of the center of the stars, and then compares the data to observations of the actual center of stars’ make-up.last_img read more

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Wall, Bullard receive SBA honors

first_imgNews Release span.heading4{ text-align: left}p{ margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px}body{ font-family: “Times New Roman”, serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal}Wall, Bullard receive SBA honorsJohn Wall, President, Wall/Goldfinger, Inc, Northfield, Vermont, has been named theU.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2006 Vermont Small Business Person ofthe Year. Nominated by Richard Angney, Executive Vice President, Central VermontEconomic Development Corporation, Wall was selected for outstanding leadership relatedto his company’s staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovative ingenuity,response to adversity and contributions to the community.Wall/Goldfinger designs and manufactures high-end board and conference room furniturefor Fortune 500 corporations and leading financial and academic institutions including theFederal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the New York StockExchange, CBS, Bank of America and Pfizer. Many of the important decisions of our timeare made around Wall/Goldfinger boardroom tables equipped with state-of-the-artcommunication technology.John Wall’s leadership is a model of innovation, integrity and sustainability,” said KennethA. Silvia, SBA Vermont District Director. “When his company came to a virtual standstillduring the aftermath of September 11, John managed to retain his employees and,working with them as a team, made an outstanding come-back during the recoveryperiod.”Wall/Goldfinger began with four employees in 1976 and by 2006, the number had grown to40. The original shop, a rudimentary 2,000 square ft. facility, had expanded into a 52,000sq. foot factory accommodating state-of-the-art finish applications, computer-controlledrouting and sophisticated wood machining and sanding systems. With the help of an SBA-guaranteed loan through Northfield Savings Bank, John Wall purchased MichaelGoldfinger’s share of the company in 1993 and led the company to nearly $7 million insales in 2005. Since its inception in 1976, the company’s resilience has been tested a number of timesbut never to the degree produced by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.Immediately following the attacks, corporate business in Manhattan and Washington, DCcame to a standstill. In 2002, U.S. contract furniture industry sales dropped from $12billion to $8 billion. While much of the business world gradually returned to normal, thecustom furniture industry suffered a second and even more dramatic setback. Theplanning cycle for new business had been seriously disrupted by the 9/11 attacks. With anaverage gestation period of two years for new projects, an even more dire business “hole”emerged in 2003. Wall/Goldfinger found itself at a critical crossroads. The company faced huge losses thatcould be mitigated by a reduction in manpower. However, Wall and the management teamconsidered the company’s skilled work force its only trump card. Losing employees wouldhave provided instant relief, but at what cost to the company’s long-range success? Walland the management team decided to retain the work force as long as financially possible.In many cases, employees were put on non-revenue producing tasks. Sales dropped 8%in 2001, rebounded 35% in 2002, and dropped again by 26% in 2003. The cost was greatto Wall/Goldfinger’s bottom line, capital resources and Wall’s personal net worth. However, the company concentrated on product development and marketing anddeveloped an interactive relationship with their top 100 architectural clients. The gambleproved successful as the market turned around in early 2004. With an experienced workforce in place, the company was well-positioned to seize new opportunities, and seizethem it did. Wall/Goldfinger experienced record sales in 2004 (up 43%) and by 2005,sales topped out at nearly $7 million. Wall/Goldfinger, Inc. offers numerous employee benefits including matching 401kcontributions, payment of over 95% of the total health insurance premiums, one-on-oneconsultations with a financial planner and continued development of employee skillsthrough the Vermont Training Program. The company has made cash donations to morethan 80 local organizations and, over the last six years, donated over 10% of its profitsback to the community. Environmental responsibility is another Wall/Goldfinger strength. For their work inredesigning a new finishing facility, the company received the Vermont Governor’s Awardfor Pollution Prevention in 2001. Later in 2006, the company invested in a recyclingsystem that reduces both pollution and the cost of heating fuel. The system pulls dust andwood shavings away from employees and stores the waste outdoors to be recycled into areturning stream of clean, heated air. As Vermont’s Small Business Person of the Year, John Wall will compete for the nationaltitle at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C., April 12-13. Mr.Wall will be locally honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at aceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine, June 7th at Burlington’s WaterfrontPark, 4:00-7:00 p.m. SBA also salutes winners of the 2006 Vermont Small Business Champion Awards,including National Winner Janet Bullard, Vermont Commission on Women: Janet BullardVermont Commission on Women, MontpelierState, New England Regional and National Women in Business ChampionJim KeyesCitizens Bank, BurlingtonFinancial Services Champion of the YearRobert JohnsonOmega Optical, Inc., BrattleboroSmall Business Exporter of the YearMark JohnsonWDEV Radio, WaterburySmall Business Journalist of the YearLaurie HammondTriple Loop Skate and Dance, ColchesterVermont Microenterprise AwardJohn B.Durfee and Lang DurfeeBethel Mills, BethelFamily-Owned Business of the YearMargaret FergusonMicro Business Development Program,Central VT Community Action Council, BarreHome-Based Business Champion of the YearSteve BrochuVermont Department of Labor, St. JohnsburyVeteran Small Business Champion of the Year# # #last_img read more

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Gold Coast real estate: Luxury oasis a real slice of paradise on Sovereign Islands

first_img61 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands. Picture: Realestate.com.au“The block of land is just beautiful as it has Broadwater views plus views up to Mt Tamborine, so we watch the sun rise and set,” Ms Feenstra says.“It’s just so peaceful and lovely.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenA city made of sand!01:24 Related videos 01:24A city made of sand!01:44Summer Dream Home: Burleigh Heads00:42Soul of Gerringong00:39luxury with a beach view01:48Best beach house bargains01:30Inside a Brighton beach boxThe couple were already living on the island when the land, on one of Queensland’s most exclusive streets, became available to the market. The home is on the market at $2.98 million. Picture: Realestate.com.auYou know you’re living in paradise when the locals are dolphins, dugongs and turtles.Sue and Willem Feenstra fell in love with their property’s location before commissioning David Radic to build a two-storey oasis.The 726sq m land has 30m of deepwater frontage and is on a point. The home has stunning views. Picture: Realestate.com.au“We get dolphins and even dugong here coming through looking for food,” she says.“A sea turtle lives near our pontoon and pops up to say hi every few days.”Construction of the four-bedroom stone and timber house took around a year.Spanning the rear of the property is also a heated pool and spa, and covered entertaining terrace and deck.The home has an entertaining deck. Picture: Realestate.com.auFind your inner Zen in the yoga room which overlooks the pool and has infra-red heat pads on the ceiling to increase sweat levels during a class.There is space for a gym. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe kitchen has Bosch appliances, two self-cleaning ovens, a built-in fridge and freezer, three dishwashers, a wine fridge and butler’s pantry.last_img read more

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Cricket News Vizag wicket was tough even for a world-class player like MS Dhoni: Glenn Maxwell

first_imgIndia lost the Vizag T20I against Australia by three wickets.Australia won a T20I against India in India for only the second time.MS Dhoni had a strike-rate of just 78 in his knock of 29. highlights New Delhi: The Vizag Twenty20 International resulted in a low-scoring thriller with India managing to score just 126/7 thanks to KL Rahul’s fifty. In response, Jasprit Bumrah’s 3/16 kept Virat Kohli’s side in the contest but Glenn Maxwell’s brilliant 56 and some calm batting from Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins helped Australia secure a tense three-wicket win off the last ball. The loss was not an ideal start for India as they aim to build momentum for the World Cup. Two people were criticised immensely for the loss in Vizag. Umesh Yadav was targeted for not defending 14 runs in the final over while MS Dhoni was criticised for his extremely slow batting in the first innings when he hit 29 off 37 balls at a strike-rate of 78. However, Maxwell has a different take on Dhoni’s batting.“It (the slow strike rate) was probably fair enough. With the way the wicket was behaving, it was difficult to score for any batter, let alone a guy who is not known for his power-hitting in Chahal. MS is obviously a world-class finisher and even he was finding it hard to hit the middle of the bat. So, I think it was right of him to try and farm the strike. He hit a six in the last over and I think that showed how difficult it was. If you are holding MS to one boundary in the last few overs, it’s a pretty good effort and also a sign of the conditions as well,” Maxwell commented. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Dhoni came to bat when Rishabh Pant was run-out for 3. India lost two wickets in the 13th over with Nathan Coulter-Nile getting rid of the well-set KL Rahul for 50 and Dinesh Karthik for 1. Dhoni struggled to get going and momentum was with Australia. The former Indian skipper shielded Yuzvendra Chahal at the other end and managed to hit a six off Coulter-Nile over extra cover. That was the only six in the last 10 overs as India managed just 46 runs.In response, Australia were boosted by a solid partnership between D’Arcy Short and Maxwell, with the right-hander tackling the spinners well and hitting a glorious fifty. But, Maxwell admitted that Bumrah and Krunal Pandya were the most difficult to face on this sluggish wicket. “Bumrah and Krunal Pandya were the toughest guys to face on that wicket because they are capable of extracting a low sort of bounce and didn’t give you much width to work,” Maxwell said.India will take on Australia in the final Twenty20 International in Bengaluru on February 27.last_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton blames F1 career for split with Nicole Scherzinger

first_img 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton: F1 champ’s salary revealed by his former teammate Written By 9 months ago Lewis Hamilton puts Mercedes jacket over grid girl in small act of kindness; Watch 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton vs Michael Schumacher: In a league of their own As quoted in British media, Hamilton about holding down on a relationship, Hamilton said that It’s similar with most sportsmen and women as they are travelling most of the time and it becomes difficult to maintain a work-life balance. So that’s probably an additional weight that makes it really, really tough to hold down a good relationship.Also Read: Lewis Hamilton: F1 Champ’s Salary Revealed By His Former TeammateAfter splitting with Nicole Scherzinger, Lewis Hamilton’s career on track went from strength to strength with the Brit winning the world title in five of the last six years with the first coming in 2008.F1: Lewis Hamilton relationship rumoursAfter the breakup, Lewis Hamilton has been linked with the likes of Rita Ora, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna, but he says that ultimately, it’s all about wanting to be 100 per cent committed because you never want to be any less committed than the person next to you.Also Read: Lewis Hamilton To Have Contract Renewal Talks With Mercedes Amidst Ferrari RumoursHe also added that there’s only a certain amount of you as a whole that you can give to everything. It depends on how much of a sacrifice you want to make.Also Read: Max Verstappen Vs Lewis Hamilton: Latest Feud Could Spark New RivalryLewis Hamilton will be next seen in year-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix having wrapped up his sixth World crown in Austin, Texas. Mercedes wrapped up their respective sixth world championship earlier this year First Published: 29th November, 2019 13:21 IST LIVE TV Mercedes driver and six-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has had a brilliant season professionally and is regarded as one of the best racers the sport has seen, competing with the great Michael Schumacher for records. This glorious F1 career hasn’t always been smooth for Lewis Hamilton though, as he’s had some personal ups and downs and the star feels his F1 career was to blame for issues with Nicole Scherzinger. Also Read: Lewis Hamilton Puts Mercedes Jacket Over Grid Girl In Small Act Of Kindness; WatchF1: Lewis Hamilton’s relationship with Nicole Scherzinger went downhill because of F1?Lewis Hamilton has been linked with a number of high-profile celebrities following his split with X factor judge Nicole Scherzinger. The British racer and Scherzinger went their separate ways in 2015 after being together with each other for seven years. SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 29th November, 2019 13:21 IST Lewis Hamilton Blames F1 Career For Split With Nicole Scherzinger Lewis Hamilton’s F1 career took off after split with X factor judge Nicole Scherzinger. The former pair dated for seven years before deciding to split. 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton: Twitter congratulates racing star for 6th F1 title WE RECOMMEND Suraj Alva Squad 👊🏆 #ATeamComeTrue pic.twitter.com/kh2WhYCyOl— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 28, 2019 9 months ago F1: Teams confirm their driver lineups for the 2020 season prior to Abu Dhabi Grand Prixlast_img read more

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