first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksAussie Visitslast_img read more


first_imgCarroll says Newcastle deserved win over Man Utdby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll says Newcastle United deserved their win over Manchester United.Debutant Matty Longstaff scored the only goal of the game.Carroll said, “We’re buzzing! I think we deserved it – we were the better team throughout. You couldn’t write Matty’s goal. It’s his first Premier League game alongside his brother against Man United at home and he’s scored the winner. You can’t ask for any better and I’m absolutely delighted for him along with the rest of the lads.“The lads are buzzing for him. Matty’s a great lad who has worked hard. He’s deserved his start today and kept his head down. He’s grafted since I’ve been here and he deserved his chance and taken it with both hands.“I think it just shows what we have got in the squad. It was terrible last week and we’ve bounced straight back. We’ve worked very hard all week in training, and it has shown today as we dominated the game.“It’s important to show what we are about after last week. When you play a top team like (Manchester) United, it’s always going to be a tough game but when you haven’t won at home and you’re struggling, like last week, I think it’s a great win all round.“The morale in the dressing room right now is great and we are buzzing heading into the international break. It’s nice that we can celebrate for a couple of weeks and it eases the pressure on us. It’s good going into the international break with a win rather than a defeat!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A temporary injunction freezing a joint venture between airplane manufacturers Boeing and Embraer has been overruled by a Brazilian justice.The ruling was made Saturday morning by Federal Court President Therezinha Cazerta, who said that the matter is outside the court’s purview.The $5.26 billion venture was stalled by a similar court procedure earlier in the month.Labour unions say that it’s actually a sale and will move most of the business to the U.S.Under the current terms, Boeing is to receive 80 per cent of the venture and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent. The subsidiary is expected to take on all of Embraer’s commercial aviation activities.The agreement between the two companies is championed by Embraer as necessary to keep the company competitive.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kyrghyztan on Tuesday where she will represent India at the two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)here. In a statement released here on Monday, the External Affairs Ministry said this will be the second CFM meeting that India will be attending as a full member of the SCO. Sushma Swaraj had attended the last CFM meeting in Beijing in April 2018. “India actively took part in various SCO dialogue mechanisms under the Chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic over the past year. The next SCO Summit will be held in Bishkek in June,” the statement said. Sushma Swaraj will also issue a joint call of SCO Foreign Ministers on Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. The CFM meeting iwill review the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit in Bishkek on June 13-14 and also exchange views on topical issues of international and regional importance.last_img read more


In layman’s terms, the Nets have essentially adopted the same offensive principles as the analytically friendly Houston Rockets, coached by Atkinson mentor Mike D’Antoni. (Fitting that these clubs combined for an NBA-record 106 3-point attempts in a game last week.) Russell, who leads starting ball-handlers with 61.5 pick and rolls per 100 plays, will run you around screens all day, and he and his Brooklyn teammates generally avoid midrange shots, instead probing for much higher-percentage looks. No NBA team has driven to the basket more than the Nets, and this would mark the third consecutive season that Brooklyn ranks in the top 10 in free-throw rate.Defensively, the story is much the same. The Nets have excelled at forcing opponents to walk the analytics plank, ranking among the top five in 2016-17, 2017-18 and again this season in terms of how often they coax teams into longer midrange 2-pointers. When teams are fortunate enough to get to the basket, they’re often met by 20-year-old Jarrett Allen, a big man who has erased some of the game’s biggest names at the rim while sometimes playing a one-man zone. The Nets also rank near the top of the NBA in boxing out, to finish those defensive possessions.That combination — continuing to take the most efficient shots possible on offense while taking those same shots away on the other end — has been the NBA equivalent of Andy Dufresne’s rock hammer in “The Shawshank Redemption.” The team’s strategy and talent, combined with its newfound maturation in the clutch, have finally set it free.Brooklyn basically looked shackled at the ends of games last year and at the start of this season. Whether it was inexperience, consistently bad whistles or a combination of the two, the Nets were managing to find new, devastating ways to lose close contests each night.But even that’s changed of late. The Nets, who were a dismal 4-10 in clutch situations as of Dec. 1, have since gone 11-4 in those same scenarios.One noteworthy shift there is rooted in Russell and Dinwiddie’s ability to coexist during the hot streak — something that had consistently backfired from a net-rating standpoint over the past two seasons. (Their ability to play together, or lack thereof, will be worth watching because of the decision the Nets have to make about the future of Russell, who’s a restricted free agent this summer. Yet it looks like Russell will have the show to himself, as Dinwiddie, who just signed a three-year, $34 million extension, could miss considerable time with a torn ligament in his thumb.) But other elements also stand out. Joe Harris is one of the NBA’s best perimeter shooters. Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs was a great find and is a fluid scorer at 6-foot-9.While the Nets are clearly ascending, they still have their issues, too.Brooklyn has one of the highest turnover rates in the league. The Nets can occasionally find themselves with matchup problems against teams with floor-spacing bigs because of how Allen anchors himself to the paint on defense. The lack of pressure on pick-and-roll ball-handlers hurts their ability to force turnovers. For how well the team gets to the stripe, Russell, its leading scorer, takes fewer free throws than any other volume shooter in the NBA.1This includes any player taking at least 15 field-goal attempts per game. Injuries have nagged Brooklyn all year, and while it’s fair to expect a boost from players if and when they return — especially from LeVert — key players’ roles may have to shrink to accommodate everyone once they’re back. And the Nets, who have enjoyed one of the easiest slates so far, will be thoroughly tested by their upcoming schedule — especially from mid-March to the end of the season.There’s a reason we hear so much about the Nets eventually landing a player like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler. Aside from the fact that they’re one of few big-market teams that seemingly has a direction, a blank-enough canvas (in terms of not having a star) and cap space to make something happen, they also would become an instant contender by adding someone of that caliber. Again, the decision on Russell could complicate that. Yet the reality is that getting past the second round likely requires more than this current cast, even at full strength.For the time being, though, it has been eye-opening to watch the 22-year-old Russell play this well since the turn of the new year, a span in which he’s averaged 24 points and nearly eight assists on 49 percent shooting from the floor, along with his rainbow-arc triples falling at a 44 percent clip.While he’ll never possess the sort of bounce that some of his counterparts have, the former No. 2 overall pick has leveraged the threat of his pull-up jumper into being able to beat defenders to certain spots. When he senses defenders on his hip, he’ll often make use of ball fakes to buy himself more space before shooting.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Russell.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.He’s been more consistent with the ball during that window, too, passing teammates open while logging a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2019 — up from 2-to-1 earlier this season and much better than his career ratio of 1.5-to-1 coming into the 2018-19 campaign.Certain elements of Russell’s offensive run lately, much like the team’s overall, are going to come back down to earth at some point. But with how hellish things have been in Brooklyn for much of the past five years, and with how sound the team’s strategy has been in digging out of that trench, Russell, the Nets and their fans all have ample reason to be enjoying this — even if they aren’t exactly sure what comes next.Check out our latest NBA predictions. For more than four years, the Brooklyn Nets had been more or less irrelevant on a national scale. Whenever the team came up in a larger conversation, it was usually to discuss how one of its first-round picks — dealt in that infamous trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — was benefiting another franchise that got to reap the draft payoff. You have to go back to 2013-14, a full season after the Nets left New Jersey for Brooklyn, to find the last time they finished .500.All of which makes the Nets — winners of five straight and co-owners of the NBA’s best record over the past month and a half — so compelling. At 26-23, the team is currently holding a playoff position in sixth place in the East. Coach Kenny Atkinson, again, is finding enormous success with his point guards, including D’Angelo Russell, who’s in contention for an All-Star spot. And the club, which in early December was mired in an eight-game skid and couldn’t hold late-game leads, is all of a sudden unbeatable in the clutch. And this is after Brooklyn lost perhaps its best all-around player, Caris LeVert, to a brutal long-term injury.But underneath all that past losing — and there was a lot of it, given that this team has had three consecutive seasons with fewer than 30 wins — there were several road signs that the Nets were tapping into an array of good strategies to begin a turnaround.Much of that was rooted in ideology and experimentation, necessities because of how bare the draft-pick cupboard was for a while. The team had to take some creative steps (read: accept salary dumps) in a bid to get some talent on its roster. And the club’s front office, led by Sean Marks, had to identify talent that was being ignored or undervalued, like guard Spencer Dinwiddie, and trust its own ability to help develop players like him into everyday rotation pieces.The hiring of Atkinson, a longtime NBA assistant, was a key catalyst. Well before the wins started outnumbering the losses, and before there was enough talent to expect playoff berths, the 51-year-old quickly began changing the team’s shot profile on both ends of the floor.During the 2015-16 campaign, a year before he came on, the Nets ranked 26th out of 30 in quantified Shot Quality, which measures the likelihood of shots going in, if taken by an average NBA player, according to stat database Second Spectrum. The club completely overhauled that at the start of Atkinson’s tenure, though, as Brooklyn finished fifth and fourth in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. And this season, the Nets rank ninth in the metric. read more


first_imgThe Manchester United striker is out with the Belgium squad getting ready for the World Cup, and a pre-tournament friendly against Portugal in Brussels on Saturday.But in a brief press conference at Belgium’s training camp, the forward was asked to choose between Belgium and United with a clear answer to the question “is the current Belgium squad better than the Manchester United squad?”, he acknowledged that Belgium squad is better by answering “Yeah”. However, it was after winced, took a deep breath and smirked his face, signaling how tough the decision was for him to make, according to the Mirror Uk.Also, in fairness to the striker, most football fans will also take his stance if asked and would surely agree with him so far Belgium’s preliminary squad for the World Cup includes Lukaku,Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, Thibaut Courtois, Dries Mertens, Vincent Kompany, Mousa Dembele and more.last_img read more


first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Rob Holding suffered a serious knee injury during the team’s draw with Manchester United.The Gunners played a 2-2 draw with United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but Holding was stretchered off nine minutes from the interval after a coming together with Marcus Rashford.But Emery, who revealed the extent of Holding’s injury, had better news for Arsenal fans, when he said Aaron Ramsey didn’t suffer a similar fate.He said, according to Sky Sports:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s the worst news for us today. We are going to wait for the doctor but maybe it’s a big injury with his knee.”“Aaron Ramsey is a small injury but after these two injuries, every player responded with good commitment and good mentality to keep in the difficult moments our performance in the game.”Holding appeared in 16 games for Arsenal in all competitions this season with captain and first choice centre-back Laurent Koscielny still out with an injury.The Gunners continue their 20 games unbeaten following their draw at Old Trafford but slipped to fifth on the Premier League table.last_img read more


first_imgThe Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate both canceled scheduled meetings for Tuesday making it the end of the second special session. Its 30-day limit is at midnight Wednesday morning. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The last day of the second special session of the 31st Legislative session wrapped up on Tuesday. Governor Mike Dunleavy stated in a press release that he has no plans to call a third special session, at least not for awhile. Leaders of the state Legislature sent a letter to the governor last week urging him to call a third special session to study the Permanent Fund and the dividend.  Dunleavy said that he is “weighing all options available” to continue dialogue about the Permanent Fund. In the release he also stated that he “largely considers a vast majority of the FY20 budget settled.” The governor is required to give thirty days notice before calling another special session. In the press release he did not state whether or not he might call a third special session in the future.last_img read more


first_imgEssence magazine named Antoinette Mabry as senior director of marketing. Prior to joining Essence, Mabry served as a senior marketing manager at Boost Mobile.Kiplinger named Wallace Ryland director of digital business development ofr the Kiplinger Washington Editors. Most recently, Ryland served as interim president of Hyper Localized Media LLC.Shelley McCormick was appointed publisher of East Coast Home + Design. Previously, McCormick served for seven years as vice president of sales, and acted as the lead architect in the rebranding Fairfield County Home to East Coast Home + Design. Former Newsweek editorial director and Newsweek Digital editor Mark Miller has been named editor of the Texas Tribune . Miller will report to CEO/editor-in-chief Evan Smith, who previously served as president and editor of Texas Monthly.Joyce Parente was named associate publisher of marketing at Rolling Stone. Previously, Parente served as associate publisher of marketing for Men’s Health.IDG’s GamePro Media, publisher of GamePro Magazine and GamePro.com, appointed Julian Rignall vice president of content. Most recently, Rignall was editorial director at Future US where he led the Future Plus custom-publishing creative team.Source Interlink Companies appointed David G. Algire president of Source Interlink Distribution. Most recently, Algire served as vice president of retail sales at Meredith’s National Media Group.Also at Source Interlink, Tyler Schulze was promoted to vice president and general manager of IntelliChoice, which is part of the Motor Trend Automotive Group. Previously, Schulze served as vice president of strategy and corporate development for Source Interlink Media.last_img read more


first_img.Reckless driving and unskilled drivers are two of the reasons behind growing road accidents in the country, reports UNB.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khanon on Sunday made the remark while responding to a written question of Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4) in parliament.The home minister listed tendency of overtaking by breaking rules, driving without taking adequate rest, not obeying traffic rules properly, problems related to vehicles fitness and lack of awareness among pedestrians as other reasons that are contributing to road accidents.Minister Asaduzzaman said some 9945 road accidents took place in the country from 2013 to April in 2017.The government has said it is determined to bring down the death toll and number of injures in road accident by 50 per cent by the year 2020.“Being a signatory country for Sustainable Development Goals-2030 adopted by the United Nations, Bangladesh is committed to bringing down number of deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2020,” road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has told the parliament recently.last_img read more


first_imgFile photo of LightningThree persons were killed in two separate incidents of lightning strike in Bagha and Godagari upazilas on Thursday night, reports UNB.Mohsin Ali, officer-in-charge of Bagha police station, said that lightning strike killed a man while he was collecting mangoes in an orchard near his house at Bausa village around 11:00pm.The deceased was Bacha Hossain, 28, son of Soleman Hossain of the village.Meanwhile, lightning killed two persons at Basudebpur village and Sarangpur area of Godagari upazila.The deceased were Musaul Haque, 15, son of Abul Hossain of Sarangpur area of Godagari municipality, and Jamshed Ali, 55, son of late Raisuddin of Basudebpur village.Police and relatives of the victims said they were working near their houses around 10:00pm when they were struck by lightning.last_img read more


first_imgKim Thomas, of Westminster, Md., prays during a rally in front of City Hall, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Hundreds of jubilant people prayed and chanted for justice days after the city’s top prosecutor charged six officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest. Gov. Larry Hogan has called for a statewide “Day Of Prayer And Peace” on Sunday after civil unrest rocked Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)BALTIMORE (AP) — Six days after riots sparked by Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore’s mayor lifted a citywide curfew Sunday and faith leaders called for continued activism until justice is achieved.A jubilant crowd of several hundred prayed and sang civil-rights anthems at a City Hall rally. Sunday’s peaceful gathering came two days after the city’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges against six officers involved in Gray’s arrest.Speaker after speaker exhorted the crowd not to rest just because the officers have been charged. The Rev. Jamal Bryant, a fiery leader of the protests that followed Gray’s April 12 arrest and the death of the 25-year-old Black man a week later, drew deafening cheers when he said the officers deserve jail time.“We’ve got to see this all the way through, until all six officers trade in their blue uniform for an orange uniform,” Bryant said. “Let them know: Orange is the new Black.”The Rev. Lisa Weah, pastor of the New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gray’s neighborhood, said the message of equal justice for all must not be lost.“Our prayer is that Baltimore will be the model for the rest of the nation,” she said.Local rappers from right, Kova, Bilal and Spence sing on a street corner near the scene of some of Monday’s rioting following Freddie Gray’s funeral, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore’s mayor has lifted a citywide curfew six days after riots were sparked over the death of a Gray who suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Police said Sunday that 486 people had been arrested since April 23, and that 113 officers had been injured at riots and protests. The extent of the officers’ injuries was unclear. Earlier in the week, police had said that out of nearly 100 injured officers, 13 were hurt to the extent that they couldn’t work, and 15 were on desk duty.The order for residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. had been in place since Tuesday; officials had originally planned to maintain it through Monday morning. Protests since last Monday’s riots have been peaceful, and Friday’s announcement of charges eased tensions.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the curfew’s end in a statement.“My number one priority in instituting a curfew was to ensure the public peace, safety, health and welfare of Baltimore citizens,” the Democratic mayor said. “It was not an easy decision, but one I felt was necessary to help our city restore calm.”People join hands during a rally in front of City Hall, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Hundreds of jubilant people prayed and chanted for justice days after the city’s top prosecutor charged six officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest. Gov. Larry Hogan has called for a statewide “Day Of Prayer And Peace” on Sunday after civil unrest rocked Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has said Gray died after suffering a broken neck while inside a police van. On Friday, Mosby filed charges against the officers involved in his arrest and transport. One is charged with second-degree murder. Three others are charged with involuntary manslaughter and two with second-degree assault.Mosby said Gray’s neck was broken because he was placed head-first in a police van, handcuffed and later in leg shackles, where he was left to slam against the walls of the small metal compartment. Police said the officers who arrested Gray ignored his cries for help because they thought he was faking his injuries. He was repeatedly denied medical attention.Rioting and looting erupted hours after Gray’s funeral last Monday. A 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew was ordered Tuesday after a night of violence, looting and arson. About 3,000 National Guard soldiers were deployed to the city along with 1,000 extra police officers, including some from out of state. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said the Guard and the officers would be leaving over the next few days.“We think it’s time to get the community back to normal again,” Hogan said. “It’s been a very hard week, but we’ve kept everybody safe.”The Maryland chapter of the ACLU sent a letter to Rawlings-Blake on Saturday alleging that the curfew was “being enforced arbitrarily and selectively” to break up peaceful protests and prevent media outlets from providing accurate coverage of police activity.Members of the National Guard board a truck at an armory staging area Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore’s mayor has lifted a citywide curfew six days after riots were sparked over the death of a black man who suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman)“The curfew is having a dramatic effect on the ability of Baltimore residents to simply go about their daily lives free from fear or arbitrary arrest,” the letter read, adding that it’s also “the target of protest and the source of new problems rather than a solution.”Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Sunday he will ask President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to send a bipartisan delegation “to look at what is going on in Baltimore.”“It is so symbolic of what is going on all over this country. We have to address the problems of the urban areas because so many our young people are being left behind,” Cummings said.More than 200 people were arrested during Monday’s riots, and more than half of those were released without charges. Rawlings-Blake said during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that authorities are combing through videotapes to identify looters and charge them.___Associated Press writers Michael Biesecker and Juliet Linderman, and radio correspondent Julie Walker in Baltimore contributed to this report.last_img read more


first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) and (c) show numerical states in real space. (b) and (d) show examples of the analogue “magnetic states” on a torus in momentum space. Credit: Price, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society More information: Hannah M. Price, et al. “Quantum Mechanics with a Momentum-Space Artificial Magnetic Field.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.190403 (Phys.org) —Normally, the strength of a magnetic field increases as you get closer to a magnet and decreases as you move further away—a concept easily understood when placing magnets near a refrigerator, for instance. But recent research has shown that exotic “momentum-space artificial magnetic fields” can be created where the strength of the magnetic field depends on how fast a particle moves, instead of where the particle is. In other words, the roles of position and momentum are swapped. Electrons moving in a magnetic field exhibit strange quantum behavior “However, what if we could find equations in terms of ‘momentum states’ that had an analogous mathematical structure? Then we could draw an analogy with magnetism: we would get the same quantum physics but where the ‘position’ must be swapped everywhere with the ‘momentum.'”The equations could be understood as describing a particle in an ‘artificial momentum-space magnetic field.'”As has been previously shown by other physicists, it turns out that momentum-space magnetic fields are indeed real. They occur when energy bands with Berry curvature are created, and a weak additional external potential is added. “A key message in our paper is to say, ok you have found this quantum equation with a’momentum-space magnetic field,’ so why don’t you solve it to look at the quantum dynamics of a particle?” Price explained. “You have all the ingredients that you need to study the quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field (because the mathematical structure is the same), but now with position and momentum swapped. In this way, we will go from this complicated system that physicists find hard to understand (the geometrical energy bands with an additional potential) to one that we find easy to understand (magnetism).”While scientists have previously made a similar point about the semiclassical physics, this is the first time that it has been understood in general about the quantum physics. “One of our main contributions is to say that experimentalists can use this analogy to study magnetism in new ways,” Price said. “Momentum space can sometimes be very different than real space, as, for some systems, momentum space is like a torus or a doughnut. Then if you increase your momentum enough, eventually you will end up in the same momentum state that you began in. So now when we study our equations, the analogy is with a particle in an artificial magnetic field in momentum space on a torus. The quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field on a torus has never been studied experimentally before in any context (but it has been studied theoretically), and we propose exactly how it could be done in current experiments by exploiting a momentum space magnetic field.”To experimentally demonstrate these concepts, the scientists propose to use ultracold gases, as a weak harmonic trap could be added with laser beams or magnetic fields. Experimentally, it won’t be easily possible to switch the momentum-space magnetic field on and off. However, by switching the harmonic trap on and off, physicists will still be able to study the system. The scientists explain that, in the analogy with magnetism, this is like changing the particle’s mass, where no harmonic trap is like having an infinitely large mass. When a particle is infinitely heavy, it won’t have any kinetic energy in momentum space, meaning it won’t be able to move in momentum space. Since magnetic fields affect a particle as it moves, if it has an “infinite mass” in this analogy, the particle won’t feel the momentum-space magnetic field. “Our work is about exploring old answers to new questions, to the benefit of both the old and new research field,” Price said. “Scientists know a lot about magnetism and have been studying the quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field for decades; it’s often considered textbook physics. However, scientists are still learning a lot about geometrical energy bands with additional potentials. In particular, this is a really new and important field in ultracold gases and photonics where there are many relevant recent experiments, all at the cutting-edge. We’re talking to that community, and hopefully showing them that they will be able to study and understand much more than they might expect. We want to emphasize that there are lots of interesting connections with magnetism that can be revealed by studying the quantum physics of single particles.”We are currently working on demonstrating how other experiments [besides realizing magnetism on a torus] would be able to study other analogue quantum magnetic phenomena in momentum space. There are many more possibilities still to be explored.” Now in a new paper, physicists have explored these ideas further, especially at the quantum level. They show how current experiments can be modified to study the motion of a quantum particle in a momentum-space magnetic field. They explain that these systems will be able to experimentally realize a “wonderland of new physics,” such as magnetism on a torus, for the first time.The physicists, Hannah M. Price, Tomoki Ozawa, and Iacopo Carusotto at the INO-CNR BEC Center and the University of Trento, Italy, have published their paper discussing momentum-space magnetism in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”Magnetism is fundamental in many areas of physics, and it leads to many fascinating phenomena,” Price told Phys.org. “Physicists use mathematical equations to capture the behavior of a quantum particle in a magnetic field. These equations have a particular, beautiful mathematical structure. But we can also reverse this logic. If we engineer or find an equation with this particular mathematical structure, the behavior of a particle will be like that of a particle in an ‘artificial magnetic field,’ even if the ‘field’ has a completely different underlying physical origin. As has been known for a long time, this beautiful mathematical structure can be found or created in many different physical contexts. This is a really powerful tool that physicists use to engineer and learn more about magnetism.”As the scientists explain, one of the ideas that physicists use a lot in quantum mechanics is the deep connection between the position and momentum of a particle. “We can either view our problem in terms of all the possible ‘position states’ of a particle or equally in terms of all the possible ‘momentum states,'” Price explained. “Depending on the viewpoint we choose, our mathematical equations will have a different form, and so we usually choose the viewpoint that gives us the easiest equations to solve and understand. The beautiful mathematical structure described above appears when we have a magnetic field and we look at our equations in terms of ‘position states.’ Citation: Physicists study magnetism with the roles of position and momentum reversed (2014, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-physicists-magnetism-roles-position-momentum.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more


first_imgA comparison of university rankings in physics, as determined by the credit allocation method (CAM) and two other methods: Shen’s method and the Total Citations (TC) method. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 EPL Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) (Phys.org)—Assessing and ranking research institutes is important for awarding grants, recruiting employees, promoting institutes, and other reasons. But finding a fair and accurate method for assessing the performance of research institutes is challenging due to the many factors involved, such as the number of published papers and citations, the unreliability of some citations, and the fact that many papers have multiple authors from different institutes with unequal contributions. In a new study published in EPL, a team of scientists from China whose members study complex systems, data science, and physics has developed a new approach called the credit allocation method (CAM) for ranking research institutes that accounts for all of these factors by using many thousands of directed networks. “Different from other metrics based on citations, our work considers the citation network structure and provides one way to rank the credit for research institutes for different research fields from the viewpoint of academic reputation,” coauthor Jian-Guo Liu, at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, told Phys.org.The basic idea is that each directed network consists of one randomly chosen paper that is linked to all of the papers that have cited that paper. Then each of these citing papers is linked to all of the other papers that it cites, as long as those papers have at least one author from one of the same research institutes as the original paper. By using a formula that accounts for the order of each research institute (those listed first in the paper receive more credit than those listed later), the researchers computed the credit allocated to each research institute due to the original paper. After repeating this process for nearly half a million papers in the field of physics, with authors from approximately 19,000 research institutes, the researchers considered another problem that makes the assessment of research institutes difficult: the citation data is often unreliable. The researchers refer to a recent study that found that more than 30% of research papers had at least one incorrect citation, and that 10% of all citations were incorrect, meaning the papers cited did not clearly support the statements they were meant to support. To address this problem, the researchers randomly rewired some of the citation links in the networks, creating an artificial disturbance intended to model the inaccuracies in the citation data. In the final rankings, many of the top-ranked physics research institutes identified by the new method corresponded to institutes with high reputations. The top four overall were the University of California, Bell Labs, the Max Planck Institute, and MIT. The top four in China were the University of Science and Technology of China, Nanjing University, Peking University, and Tsinghua University.Although the researchers showed that the new method outperforms other methods of assessing research institutes, they note that it has some shortcomings. In particular, it does not account for the fact that older papers tend to have more citations than newer papers, so research institutes with longer histories tend to be ranked higher. The researchers plan to address this detail in the future by accounting for the age of the institution.”In future work, we also plan to investigate the citation networks of some specific research fields, such as management science, complexity, statistical physics, and computer science, in order to rank the research institute credit of these fields,” Liu said. “We also plan to develop a website to publish the ranking results for researchers all over the world.” Assessing scientific research by ‘citation wake’ detects Nobel laureates’ papers © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: J.-P. Wang et al. “Credit allocation for research institutes.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/118/48001 Explore further Citation: What’s the best way to rank research institutes? (2017, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-what-the-best-way-to.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


first_imgRubikirat Vohra, a well-known artist who has been critically acclaimed for her work who will be exhibiting her work in the Capitals’ Triveni Kala Sangam. A display of her latest works of art is to be held on the January 12 titled Metamorphosis of Power.Rubkirat’s Art displays the dichotomy of a human mind magnificently. Her art demonstrates a philosophical bent of mind coming from an awareness of resignation, reconciliation and resilience. She skillfully displays a strong communiqué by using architectural ‘spaces’, mechanical tools and shadowy and headless figures who act as protagonists.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Standing before her works, the viewer might get a feeling of a workshop like aura where ‘inner work’ is in process vibrating with the fundamental philosophical meditations and mediations. As an Artist it shows her effort to deal with the theatre of life. There is an intense silence resonating from her works one that showcases a seeker in close proximity to its solution. Rubkirat’s works, in general celebrate this metamorphosis of organic human beings into full-blown individuals.When:  January 12Where: Triveni Kala Sangam, Near Bengali Marketlast_img read more


first_imgFor any theatre actor, a solo act is the ultimate test that pushes his creative and acting skills to a limit where he transforms into a seasoned performer. And, when a solo act involves the protagonist donning 10 different hats, it is bound to offer an inescapable and exciting challenge.This is what Mumbai-based theatre actor Deepal Doshi would be doing in the capital this weekend when he would perform A Tale of Two Treaties, produced by Behroopiya Entertainers, at Alliance Francaise in south Delhi. This 75-minute act uses the 16th century Commedia Dell’Arte Italian theatre form that involves improvised performances, but unlike the original, which involves an ensemble, the 33-year-old chose to infuse fresh elements by making it a solo performance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“I wanted to teach this form of theatre in India, but I didn’t want to do it in a mundane manner. I decided to do something that was challenging and experimental. So I came up with the idea of doing the entire act solo,” Doshi, who is in the capital, told.Doshi obtained a diploma in Grotowsky-based physical theatre from Vardinge in Sweden and a Master of Fine Arts from the Dell’Arte International School Of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. He then collaborated with  a Swedish director and conceptualised this play, without any script in hand. The play is now directed by his wife Kathryn Doshi and has travelled to Sweden and the US, as also to Bali. It was first performed in Mumbai in 2010. Doshi pointed out that “the script evolved on its own and so does my performance, which I improvise on after every performance”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInterestingly, the basic plot of the play is simple: It’s is a love story where a girl and boy fall in love, their families oppose this and after a lot of melodrama, they unite. “It is a happily-ever-after story,” said Doshi, adding the storyline is influenced by the basic Commedia formant which focus more on how the story shapes up and not on what the story is all about. For Doshi, performing this act has been an enriching experience as he uses the physical art of transformation through masks.“The ability of an actor to transcend into so many actors is the biggest challenge. But that is what drives an artist – challenge,” said Doshi. “I believe failing is the breeding ground for creativity,” he added.Explaining how situations can become tricky, yet pose a challenge when he has to fit into the shoes of several characters, Doshi said, “In the last scene of the play, 4 people are having an argument, so I have to completely absorb myself into each of them and enact their personalities through the body language.”The play will be staged on April 18 and 19.last_img read more


first_imgAfter conducting research through the Visa Australia and New Zealand Travel Survey, Lonely Planet and Visa have created The Travel Companion; an online travel-planning hub.Research revealed that when planning a trip, more than 30 percent of Australian’s visit friends and family’s social network photo albums for holiday inspiration.Visa Australia country manager Vipin Kalra said Australian’s are passionate about travel and the new website is designed to aid, encourage and support. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide people with tools and information to help them have an even more enjoyable trip, from savings and budgeting tips, to destination ideas and advice from the experts at Lonely Planet.”More than 80 percent of Australians admitted to having at least one yearly trip planned and organised at least three to four months in advance.Individual itineraries can be conceived using The Travel Companion’s ‘Create Your Own Guide’ (CYOG) tool, which allows users to pool together Lonely Planet’s information on some of the world’s best destinations.“The CYOG tool is unique in that it can create a compact and personalised Lonely Planet guide of must-see sites and activities. Travellers can add their own notes and comments and even share their guide via email and social media with friends, family and fellow travellers,” Mr Kalra said.Research showed Australian’s are fond of taking credit, debit and prepaid charge cards overseas as a means of protecting their finances while abroad.With this in mind, Visa and Lonely Planet’s Travel Companion provides tailored information on the best banking options for individual customer finances.  “The Travel Companion will enhance the experience and excitement of planning a trip,” Client Solutions director APAC for Lonely Planet Samantha Finnegan said.“The Create Your Own Guide is a fun way for consumers to access Lonely Planet’s expert advice on what to do and things to see as they plan their next adventure. We’re proud to continue our long-standing partnership with Visa, culminating in this first-of –its-kind travel resource.”In association with the launch of The Travel Companion, Visa is giving Australians the opportunity to win their dream trip by creating their own guide and submitting their best tips. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more


first_imgWelcome to Invisibilia Season 4! The NPR program and podcast explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior, and we here at Goats and Soda are joining in for the podcast’s look at how a reality show in Somalia tried to do far more than crown a winning singer. The ultimate goal: to change human behavior.Once upon a time there was music in Somalia, but then the music started fading out. First one music radio station, then another, then another, until there was almost no music to hear and people started MacGyvering workarounds.One of the people who came up with a workaround was Xawa Abdi Hassan, a young woman who lived in a village outside Mogadishu.”We used to use a memory card, fill the memory card with music and listen to it from our phones,” Xawa says. In her house, as she cooked and cleaned, Hassan would sing along with the great Somali singers. But even in this private space she says she was careful. “I used to turn the volume down low, so no one could hear it.”The problem was al-Shabab, the Islamic extremist group that dominated large parts of the country. Al-Shabab didn’t like music. In 2009 it banned music at weddings, banished musical ringtones and starting punishing people who listened to music on their mobile phones by making them swallow their memory cards.Eventually the musicians themselves were targeted. The famous soloist Aden Hasan Salad was shot and killed in a tea shop, and others were murdered in the street.Through all of that, Xawa Abdi Hassan kept listening and practicing. Because she had a dream: “I just wanted to sing and become an entertainer.”For most of her life though — because of al-Shabab — this was a pretty far-fetched dream. Then in 2013 an unexpected and interesting opportunity emerged: There was going to be a new reality television show in Somalia, an American Idol-style show with singers competing.”As soon as I heard about it I knew I wanted to join,” Hassan says.What she didn’t know — what she couldn’t possibly know — was that this reality show was part of a much larger political plan.Using reality TV to change the worldThe plan was to create a musical reality show that could undermine the power of al-Shabab, or, in the language of the memo distributed to the people involved in the show’s creation, “undercut the messaging and brand appeal of armed extremist groups.”The United Nations, which was providing the money and support for the show, had concluded that a vivid display of Somali musical culture could serve “as a kind of inoculation against the austerity of Shabab,” Ben Parker told me. Parker was the head of communications for the U.N. in Mogadishu. He says that at this point — 2013 — al-Shabab had finally been pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu. But the situation in Somalia was far from stable. There were still regular attacks, so the new government (which had U.N. backing) needed to prove to Somalis that the power of the extremist group really was fading. This is why, Parker says, a musical reality show that challenged the power of the music-hating group was so appealing.”The beauty of a reality show is that the form itself achieves some of your goals,” he explains.After all, not only is there music in a musical reality show, there’s democratic voting and individual expression. So even in its form it communicates to its audience a very different way of being.This kind of indirect political messaging, Parker told me, is increasingly popular in strategic communications: “Those working in conflict … are less and less convinced of the value of weapons and more and more convinced that other approaches can deliver the dividends.”You get further with songs than with bombs.So is he right?Can a reality show actually change reality?It turns out this question has been systematically studied.The tricky science of changing what’s normalHow do people come to see the world around them as normal, an unremarkable fact, the way things are and should be? This is the question that interests Betsy Levy Paluck, a psychologist at Princeton University who studies media and how societies change.Paluck told me that for a long time people assumed the path to political or cultural change depended on crafting the right argument.”It was all rhetoric and no poetics,” she says.But starting in the 1990s, according to Paluck, poetics started gaining ground because psychologists realized that people consumed stories in this qualitatively different way.”Their defensiveness is disabled. Their counterarguing is at rest.”What Paluck wanted to understand was whether this difference in how we consumed stories translated into any changes in what we thought and how we behaved. So around 2004 she hooked up with an organization in Rwanda that was creating a new radio soap opera that was trying encourage tolerance between different ethnicities.And what Paluck found after a year of studying communities in Rwanda randomly assigned to listen to the soap opera was that their exposure had a surprising impact.”What it boiled down to was that despite the fact that people loved this program, it didn’t change their beliefs,” she says. “But it did change their perceptions of norms, and at the same time it changed their behaviors. Which is why I thought this is something significant.”Let me repeat that: It didn’t change their beliefs; it changed their behaviors by changing what they considered to be the social norm.That’s a sobering idea.”It’s a very uncomfortable thought,” Paluck says. “We like to think that all of our behaviors flow from our convictions, and what we do is a reflection of who we are and what we think. But we’re constantly tuning ourselves to fit in with the social world around us.”So what this work suggests is that if you change someone’s perception of what constitutes the social norm — as you convince people that the world is safe enough to sing in public even though in actual fact singing in public is incredibly dangerous — then you just might be able to move the needle on the ground.She took on extremists with her songWhich brings us back to Xawa Abdi Hassan, the young woman who quietly listened to music off a memory card and dreamed of being a singer.It took her some time to convince her family that it would be OK to compete in the show, called Inspire Somalia. Her mother was afraid that participating would turn her into a target, but ultimately she got permission.Hassan says when she first took the stage to compete, her hands were shaking, and not just because this could be a big break. There was another reason: Because of al-Shabab, she had never sung in public before.It was too dangerous.”That was my first time,” she says. “Before that, I did not sing in public places.”After Hassan two other contestants had their turns, both men. One had a famous musician father; the second, a man named Mustafa, had composed his own song.Once they finished came the part of the show supposed to serve as a democracy demonstration: the voting. Ballots were distributed to the audience and judges, and for a minute the room was quiet. In this small conference room in the middle of Mogadishu people bent over their ballots and considered the options before them.The son of the famous musician.The girl who practiced at home with the volume turned low.The boy who wrote his own song.In that room they consulted their hearts, weighed strengths and weaknesses, then marked the paper in their laps.It was Mustafa who ended up winning, but Hassan says she was honestly not upset. For her just the act of singing in public for the first time was enough. “I was happy as … like I was born that day.” she told me.In fact, Hassan is now a bit famous. People occasionally recognize her on the street, and even more important, she’s part of a professional singing group. As al-Shabab remains a force in Somalia, this means she is still at risk. She says she tries not to worry too much but is often spooked when she sees a car slow down when she’s walking. Still, she is committed to keep making music.”Yes, it is dangerous,” Hassan says. “But if the young person doesn’t stand up for his country and do what’s right, how is he helping his country?”Which brings us to this question: Did this reality show actually change reality in any way?It would be impossible to make the case that Somalia is a completely different country now. It isn’t.But there is at least one undeniable change since 2013. Music is back in the streets. Brought back, slowly and painfully, through a complicated combination of political strategy and personal courage. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


first_imgIf you ate a hamburger today, or a high-priced steak, chances are it came from an animal that was fed an antibiotic during the last few months of its life.This is one of the most controversial uses of antibiotics in the entire food industry. There’s growing pressure on the beef industry to stop doing this. I wanted to know how hard that would be. My questions eventually led me to Phelps County Feeders, a cattle feedlot near Kearney, Neb. It was cold and wet on the day I visited. The weather had been bad for weeks. Joe Klute, the feedlot’s co-owner, was unhappy because he knew his 15,000 cattle were miserable, too. And miserable cattle don’t gain weight.”I mean, you spend all this time and energy and effort and money to put weight on them that you hope to get paid [for], and now it’s all going to be gone,” he said. “Because of the weather stress.”We head out to look at the raw ingredients of beef-making: giant bales of hay; piles of chopped up, fermented corn stalks and leaves called silage; steaming, flattened kernels of corn. “They get corn flakes for breakfast, just like we do,” he says with a grin.And then there are the micro-ingredients, like vitamins. They get dissolved in water and mixed into the truckloads of corn and hay. “On a 20,000-pound load, those micro-ingredients are going to be less than a pound,” Klute says.One of these micro-ingredients is an antibiotic called tylosin. It’s in there because when cattle eat a high-calorie diet, with lots of grain — which they do in feedlots, to fatten them up quickly during the last four to six months of their life — many will develop abscesses on the liver. T. G. Nagaraja, at Kansas State University, has spent most of his life studying this process. Fermenting grain produces acid in the bovine stomach that’s called the rumen, Nagaraja explains. When there’s lots of it, the acids can damage the rumen wall. This lets bacteria escape into the bloodstream and travel to the liver, where they get trapped, multiply, and cause abscesses.Liver abscesses don’t usually kill cattle, but they slow the animals’ growth and can make slaughtering operations more complicated. Nagaraja says that when cattle are fed a standard feedlot diet, 20 percent or more of them typically develop liver abscesses. Tylosin cuts that percentage by more than half, to single digits. This is, of course, great for the feedlot, but according to Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., it’s not good at all for the rest of us.”It’s basically a public health decision that they’re making,” he says, and it’s a bad one, undermining the effectiveness of drugs that people depend on.Tylosin, for instance, is almost the same as an antibiotic that doctors often prescribe, called erythromycin. So when you feed tylosin to cattle, Price says, “it puts pressure on all the bacteria in and on that animal. Those bacteria respond to the antibiotic and eventually become resistant to it.”Those antibiotic-resistant bacteria can migrate away from the feedlot, perhaps carried by animal waste. If the bacteria then infect people, they can’t be treated with erythromycin.The Food and Drug Administration has banned some uses of antibiotics in animals for exactly this reason. Farmers can no longer use antibiotics to make cattle grow faster. Overall, their use of these drugs is down. But farmers still can give antibiotics to treat or prevent diseases like liver abscesses.This gets Lance Price kind of angry. “We are creating this disease,” he says. “We are creating liver abscesses by the way we’re raising [cattle].” Raise them differently, he says, and cattle wouldn’t need tylosin.In fact, it’s being done. It’s even being done at Phelps County Feeders. About 40 percent of the cattle at Joe Klute’s cold, wet feedlot are not getting any tylosin, or any growth-promoting hormones. This beef gets sold as an “all-natural” product under the company’s own brand: Nebraska Star Beef. The feedlot gets more money for it.”We decided, hey, it’s another avenue of survival. It’s another niche. Let’s find this niche; let’s try to be different,” Klute says. I also visited another, much smaller, feedlot in Iowa that’s completely antibiotic-free. It grows cattle for the company Niman Ranch.In both places, they’re doing it pretty much the same way.”We change how the animals are fed, and we don’t have to use tylosin,” says John Tarpoff, vice president of beef for Niman Ranch.They feed these cattle more hay and silage — and less energy-rich corn. This diet is easier on the animals’ stomachs. “The idea is, you have to protect the whole digestive system,” Tarpoff says.But there’s a trade-off. The animals grow more slowly when their diet is less energy-rich. To gain the same amount of weight, it can take these cattle about five months — as opposed to four months with conventional feeding. And some cattle — less than 10 percent of them — develop liver abscesses under this feeding regimen, too. That’s about the same as in feedlots that use a high-energy diet combined with tylosin. Another fly in the antibiotic-free ointment: Occasionally, cattle get sick with other diseases and need antibiotics. In that case, they’re treated and their meat is no longer sold as “natural.” Tarpoff says this happens to fewer than 1 percent of Niman Ranch’s cattle. At Phelps County Feeders, it’s between 5 and 10 percent.In case you’re wondering, these antibiotic-free cattle still are getting plenty of grain in their diet. That’s necessary, Tarpoff says, to produce the tender steaks that many consumers prefer.Because of the longer time and extra feed required to raise cattle this way, it costs more. Tarpoff estimates that it’s roughly 15 to 18 percent more. “We get the complaint all the time, ‘Gee, your product costs more than the other guy’s,’ ” he says. “Well, yeah, it does.” Some big customers are willing to pay for antibiotic-free production. They include Whole Foods and the fast-food chain Shake Shack.Last December, in perhaps the biggest shift in the industry away from antibiotics, McDonald’s announced that it’s taking steps to cut antibiotic use by its beef suppliers. I asked Tarpoff for his reaction. He sounded cautious.”It’s not so easily done,” he said. This industry, at least the mass-market part of it, has always been driven to cut costs. Cutting out the antibiotics will raise costs. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens,” he says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more


first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been criticised for failing to treat as a disability hate crime a case in which a disabled man was forced to work for a pittance and live in a shed for 35 years.Three people were convicted unanimously by a jury last week of requiring the 52-year-old man to perform forced or compulsory labour, after a four-week trial at Oxford Crown Court.The man, who has learning difficulties, was forced to live in a brick shed that was described as unfit for human habitation, and to undertake heavy manual labour, working for more than 12 hours a day, for which he was paid just £5 a day.If he failed to work hard enough he was beaten, on at least one occasion with a metal bar.The three defendants also applied for and collected his benefits – worth £139,000 – for 13 years and as a result were also convicted of conspiracy to defraud following a trial last November.They will be sentenced next month for this charge, and the forced labour, but CPS has already confirmed to Disability News Service that the offences have not been treated as disability hate crime.A linked case, which in June last year saw another four defendants convicted of forced labour, involving another man with learning difficulties in the same area of Oxford, was also not treated as disability hate crime.Thames Valley Police, which carried out both investigations, was unable to comment on the latest case this week because the officer dealing with the case was on leave.But a CPS spokesman said: “Disabled people face criminal behaviour every day. “Sometimes, this will be motivated by hostility towards their disability and on other occasions they will be in at-risk situations and exploited because of that.“We considered prosecuting this case as a disability hate crime but could not identify any evidence to show the offence had been committed because of hostility towards the victim based on his disability.“The offenders saw an opportunity to exploit the victim for their own personal gain.“Sentencing is a matter for the courts but the CPS will ask that a victim’s disability is taken into account.”Anne Novis (pictured), a leading disabled hate crime campaigner and a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said: “Repeatedly we have to ask the question, ‘Why?’“Why is it not a disability hate crime when a disabled person is abused, humiliated, stolen from, made to do work they do not want to do?“For us, it is common sense that if someone is targeted due to perceived ‘vulnerability’ and that ‘vulnerability’ is due to being a disabled person then that is hate crime.“No matter what the law or the CPS say, we, disabled people, are the experts. We know what is or is not hate crime and it is our voice, our perception, and that of the victim that should take precedence.“It is obvious that the justice system still has a lot of work to do on this issue. Such cases do not inspire our confidence.”Meanwhile, a new CPS report has shown that the number of cases of disability hate crime prosecuted in 2015-16 increased by more than 40 per cent compared with the previous year, rising from 666 to 941.The number of convictions also rose by more than 40 per cent, from 503 to 707, although the conviction rate fell slightly, from 75.5 per cent to 75.1 per cent (it was as high as 81.9 per cent in 2013-14).The report says CPS will “identify and execute further work necessary to address the relatively low conviction rate”, comparing it with the overall hate crime conviction rate of 83.2 per cent.The number of cases in which the sentence was increased because the court accepted the offences were disability hate crimes also rose, from 5.4 per cent of successfully prosecuted disability hate crime cases in 2014-15 to 11.9 per cent of such cases in 2015-16. This rate had been as low as 0.6 per cent in 2013-14.The CPS report said the figure still remained “considerably lower” than for other hate crime strands, and promised to work internally to “sustain continuing improvement”, while work would “also be undertaken with the courts to ensure consistent application of sentence uplifts”.The report also revealed that the proportion of both 10-13 year olds and 14-17-year-olds involved as defendants in disability hate crime prosecutions fell from 4.9 per cent and 23.5 per cent in 2007-08 to 1.3 per cent and 9.6 per cent in 2015-16.The report says: “The CPS benefits from a strong relationship with communities affected by disability hate crime as a result of a combination of structured engagement and transparent performance and hopes that, together with an improved conviction rate, community confidence will continue to grow.“In turn, it is hoped that this will provide an environment in which increased numbers of those affected by hate crime will feel able to report.”Stephen Brookes, another leading hate crime campaigner and DHCN coordinator, said the increase in prosecutions was “good news”.But he warned against complacency, and added: “There are still far too many inconsistencies in police, CPS and the judiciary responses, and the gap shown between good and bad practice is massive.”He said the work done by the network had been “a key part of the improvements seen today, and the message from us is, ‘The fight isn’t won yet.’“Rather, we are at the beginning of the real battle of getting closer cooperation between all partners, criminal justice system, disabled people, academics, and the media, who can help with the message that disability hate crime is on its way out.”last_img read more