Order to Increase Monetary Limits in Courts Tabled in the House

first_imgThe Judicature (Resident Magistrates) Act (Increase in Jurisdiction) Order, 2013 was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, February 5.The Order was tabled by Leader of Government Business in the House and Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell.Section 129A of the Judicature (Resident Magistrates) Act empowers the Minister by Order, subject to affirmative Resolution, to increase the monetary jurisdictional limits of the Resident Magistrate’s Court in civil matters.For common law claims or torts, the limit is being moved from $250,000 to $1 million, and for claims in which distress or replevin or property or goods is sought, the limit is being moved from $50,000 to $1 million.In respect of claims for rent or mesne profit by a landlord, who is seeking recovery of possession from a tenant holding over after tenancy has expired or has been terminated by notice to quit, the limit is moved from $250,000 to $1 million. For claims by caveator to restrain land being bought under the Registration of Titles Act, the limit is moved from $450,000 to $2 million.The Senate on Friday, February 1, approved the Resolution increasing the monetary jurisdictional limits of the Resident Magistrate’s Court in civil matters. When approved in the Lower House, it will be gazetted and made into law.last_img read more

Astronauts mix cement in space for first time NASA

first_imgWashington DC: Astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) have for the first time mixed cement in microgravity, an advance that may help protect humans in space from radiation and extreme temperatures in the future, NASA said. The researchers examined cement solidification to understand how the chemistry and microscopic structures involved in the process changed under microgravity. In the experiment which NASA called Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification (MICS) project, researchers mixed tricalcium silicate (C3S) — popular ingredient of cement — and water outside of Earth’s gravity for the first time. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn the MICS project, astronauts aboard the ISS explored whether solidifying cement in microgravity created novel microstructures, NASA said in a statement. Their study provided the first ever comparison of cement samples in microgravity with those made on Earth. The US space agency noted that when humans go to the Moon or Mars to stay, they would need to construct safe places in which to live and work, and that the most widely used building material on the Earth, was concrete. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsConcrete, NASA said, was strong and durable enough to provide protection from cosmic radiation, and that we may make it using materials available on the heavenly bodies we may colonise. While, concrete is a commonly used mixture of sand, gravel, and rocks held in place by water and cement powder, the process of making it is quite complex, and scientists still have questions about the chemistry and microscopic structures involved in the process, according to the US space agency. The researchers created multiple mixtures differing in the type of cement powder, number and type of additives, water quantity, and hydration time. As the grains of cement powder dissolve in water, their molecular structure changes with crystals forming and interlocking with each another throughout the mixture, NASA said. The ISS samples showed notable changes in the cement microstructure compared to those processed on Earth, with the primary difference being increased porosity. “Increased porosity has direct bearing on the strength of the material, but we have yet to measure the strength of the space-formed material,” said principal investigator Aleksandra Radlinska of Pennsylvania State University. The results of the experiment were published in the journal Frontiers in Materials. “Showing that concrete can harden and develop in space represents an important step toward that first structure built on the Moon using materials from the Moon. We confirmed the hypothesis that this can be done,” said Radlinska. “Now we can take next steps to find binders that are specific for space and for variable levels of gravity,” she said. The need for learning to use concrete, Radlinska said, is to apply it for protection from extreme temperatures and radiation while on missions to the Moon and Mars.last_img read more

Jones Graduate School of Business to host third annual Rice Energy Finance

first_imgShareAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduOct. 27 event open to mediaThe Rice Energy Finance Summit will be held Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Rice University’s McNair Hall. The third annual event will bring students and young professionals together with finance and energy leaders to discuss pressing industry issues. The event is open to the media, and select panelists will be available for interviews.What: Rice Energy Finance Summit.When: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.Where: Rice University, McNair Hall, 6100 Main St.Bret West, executive vice president and managing director, Energy Services and Equipment Division, Wells Fargo Energy Group and Bruce Bilger, managing director and global head of energy for Lazard, are available for interviews now through Oct. 26. To schedule an interview or obtain media credentials, contact Amy Hodges at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.For a map of Rice University’s campus, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.-30-Related materials:Rice Energy Finance Summit 2011: http://business.rice.edu/refs/ AddThislast_img read more