EDUCATIONEARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENTProvince Celebrates Duke Awareness Week

first_imgYoung Nova Scotians bettering themselves and making a difference in their communities are being celebrated in activities and events across the province this week. Education and Early Childhood Development deputy minister Carole Olsen joined members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards provincial council today, Oct. 21, for a flag-raising ceremony at Province House to mark the start Duke Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. “Young Nova Scotians are volunteering and working tirelessly in their communities,” said Ms. Olsen. “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program recognizes young people who give selflessly, and help make this province an even better place to live.” Throughout the week, young people, duke participants, leaders, council members, parents and volunteers will participate in theme days that highlight the great work youth are doing in their communities. More than 2,300 young Nova Scotians, age 14 to 25, participate in Duke of Edinburgh programs each year to promote community and national development, while learning the life skills that lead to personal growth and achievement. For more information, visit www.dukeofed.org .last_img read more

Web gives freedom to experiment Gul

first_imgFrom being an actress to a pilot, an entrepreneur, traveller, and a mother, Gul Panag has left no stone unturned in proving her versatility to the world. In a recent interview with Millenniumpost, Gul talks about her outlook on web platform, recent projects, challenges of being a generalist and much more…. Every actor/filmmaker has their own reason to choose web as a platform. What is your reason for working on web projects? As an actor, I’ve always been drawn to good story telling. The web offers great opportunities for experimentation, which is core to interesting storytelling. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Lately, your presence on the big screen has decreased. Does that mean you will be only focussing on web now? I don’t think I want to restrict myself to a particular medium – it depends on how compelling I find the story, irrespective of the medium its told on. I think I am fortunate enough to find roles that seem to be written for me. For example, Student of the Year – which was a mainstream film – had me playing a bike riding, fitness coach, both of which are true passions of mine. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award After having worked in the web space, do you think it is a better platform to narrate a story more elaborately? Yes, because you have the freedom to experiment with the number of episodes and each episode can be of different length. As for the films, there are short ones with incredible stories that creates a lasting impression. However, long films are difficult to remember for a considerable time. But in the end, it depends on the story, who tells it, and how that is important. There are rumours that you are going to work with Anushka Sharma’s production house for a web series… Yes, I am working on a web series and Anushka is producing it. This Amazon Prime’s original is an investigative thriller and I am playing a pivotal role in it. You have explored different genres in your career.What kind of stories interests you the most? I don’t think it’s any one genre. I’ve done light films like Hello and SOTY and others like Manorama 6 Feet Under and Dor. As an actor, you have to be able to span a variety of roles and genres. But the script and the set-up is very important. How does Gul Panag – an entrepreneur, pilot, traveller, blogger, actor, mom – balance her personal and professional life? It is tough! But then there’s so much I want to do. Being an actor is just one part of who I am. I like the tapestry that my life’s creating with all these different pieces… it’s a fun picture. Please tell us something about your upcoming projects on the web as well as on the big screen? As mentioned earlier, I’m shooting for Anushka’s Clean Slate Films for Amazon Prime. I’m also shooting for a film produced by Neil Nitin Mukesh called Bypass Road in which I play an antagonist. And a series for Amazon Prime with Manoj Bajpayee.last_img read more

Liz Phair fulfills a dream with 2book deal at Random House

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Liz Phair is fulfilling a longtime dream: to be an author.The rock star known for “Exile in Guyville” and other albums has a two-book deal with Random House.The publisher announced Thursday the first book is called “Horror Stories.” It’s billing the book as a “rich and kaleidoscopic memoir” about fame, parenthood, love and “everything in between.” A release date has not been determined.The 50-year-old Phair says in a statement issued through Random House she has been working on stories for the past decade.No details have been given for the second book. But Phair has spoken in the past about writing a novel. She already has written reviews, praising Keith Richards’ memoir “Life” in The New York Times.last_img

Moroccan Students March in Protests of GMT1

Rabat- The government’s last-minute decision to stay on Daylight Saving Time or GMT+1 year-round angered and confusing Moroccans, inspiring protests by hundreds of students in Marrakech, Fez, Meknes, Sale, Casablanca, Beni Mellal, Khenifra, Errachidia, and the town of Kelaat Sraghna in central Morocco.Earlier this week, students in Fez marched in the streets, condemning GMT+1 and calling on the government to move back to the previous standard time, GMT.Later, Casablanca’s Ain Borja, Sale, and Meknes skipped classes and stood in front of prefecture and outside their schools to condemn the clock decision and to call on the Ministry of Education to keep schools’ traditional time-table. Beginning Thursday, sit-ins transformed into large marches in Beni Mellal, Khenifra in north-central Morocco, Errachidia in the eastern Draa Tafilalet region, and in other parts of the economic capital of Casablanca.Beni Mellal:Errachidia:Khenifra:  Casablanca:Marching on streets and even on tramway lines in Casablanca, armies of students shouted and chanted, “The people want to change the clock.” Some students even climbed a public clock in Kelaat Sraghna to change the time back to GMT.Morocco was set to end DST and return to standard time on Sunday, October 28. The government’s surprise October 26 move to stay on DST, asserting that it would “benefit” the public and save energy, caused widespread condemnation. Many criticized officials for not “taking public opinion into consideration.”The government’s decision followed soon after the European Commission’s proposal in September that EU member states should stop changing the time for the summer and be free to decide whether to “permanently apply summer or wintertime.” The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that the proposed change would be implemented on Sunday, March 31, 2019, as the last mandatory change to summer time.Then, it would be up to the member states who wish to permanently switch back to wintertime to do so on Sunday, October 27, 2019.Read Also: Moroccan Students Boycott School, Protest Change in Timetables, GMT+1Students unsatisfied with the new timetableMany Moroccan students wished that the government would go back on its decision to keep Morocco on GMT+1—set to sync with its European neighbors France and Spain—so that their usual school times would remain unchanged. “We ask [the government] to remove the daylight saving, and we also ask of them to create a space for us to stay during lunch breaks because we have a hard time staying outside of school in breaktime,” a student from Sale, Rabat’s neighboring city, stated in a video during the protest on Wednesday morning.Students expressed difficulty waking up at dawn to attend school, and parents remain concerned about how to sync their schedule with their children’s new timetable.Public schools usually open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with a 2 hour-lunch break from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The ministry said in a statement that students will follow the same time-table for school this week when students returned from the fall break.Beginning Monday, November 12, students will follow the new-time table that the government set on November 1. Urban schools will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1 and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday.For schools in rural areas, students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break from Monday to Friday.For schools with two teachers sharing a classroom, the ministry gave alternate time-tables. The altered time tables mean students will have less time at school but will not have to attend school in the dark.Schools will go back to the traditional time-table in the spring. read more

UN tribunal grants provisional release to two former senior Serbian officials

Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović were granted provisional release by the trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 26 May, but the decision had been stayed until yesterday after the prosecution appealed the initial ruling.The ICTY appeals chamber has already ordered that the trial of the two men be adjourned for at least three months because of the ill-health of Mr. Stanišić and that his health must be re-assessed before the trial can resume.Mr. Stanišić and Mr. Simatović, both high-levels with the Serbian secret service, are accused of having directed, organized, equipped, trained, armed and financed secret units of the Serbian State Security which are alleged to have murdered, persecuted and deported Croats, Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serb civilians from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Croatia between 1991 and 1995.Mr. Stanišić was also a close aide to the former Yugoslav and Serbian leader Slobodan Milosević. 27 June 2008The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has ordered the temporary provisional release of two former high-level officials with the Serbian secret service facing trial on charges that include murder, persecution and illegal deportations. read more

Sudan Government opposes UN force in Darfur at this time Council is

“We now need to further engage with the Government of Sudan to go further in our preparations and that’s really now what is the focus of ongoing discussions with the parties,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guéhenno told reporters after attending closed Council consultations on the possible transition to a UN force from the current African Union (AU) mission. He said there were “great expectations, hopefully” from peace talks in the Nigerian capital of Abuja seeking to end three years of fighting between the Government, pro-government militia and rebels in a devastating conflict that has already killed over 180,000 people and uprooted over 2 million more. “It seems that the negotiations there are moving forward,” he added. “And of course the outcome of Abuja will be very important to finalize our planning, our preparations for a possible transition.” Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi briefed the Council on his recent visit to the region to discuss the possible transition from the overstretched AU mission in Darfur to an agile, capable and highly mobile UN peacekeeping force. “The Government has indicated that at this time they are not in favour of a transition to a UN operation, but that following an agreement in Abuja they will be prepared to discuss with the United Nations how the United Nations could help in implementing that agreement” as it had done after the Naivasha accord, he told reporters afterwards. He was referring to the 2005 pact that ended a separate conflict in Southern Sudan, after which the Council authorized a military and police forces of nearly 11,000 to help rehabilitate the ravaged region where more some 4.5 million people had been uprooted by 20 years of fighting between the Government and rebels. “Of course, to finalize or fine tune the planning and to prepare a concept of operation that then has to be submitted to the Security Council we will need to undertake a technical assessment mission on the ground together with the African Union,” Mr. Annabi said. “The sooner that of course happens the better, so that we can go ahead with the preparations.” It would take six to nine months to fully deploy an operation of this magnitude and complexity, he added, noting that there were two possible options, with one heavier on ground forces and the other being heavier on air assets. “In other words you can go lighter on the air assets if you have more ground forces and you can be lighter in terms of ground forces if you have more air assets,” he said, acknowledging that numerous potential contributors will want to see what the mandate is before they decide to come forward. “It will have a strong African dimension but there will have to be also a strong input from countries beyond Africa,” he added. Meanwhile, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk held talks today in El-Fasher, capital of North Darfur, with the head of the AU Mission, Baba Gana Kingibe, to discuss means of cooperation and support. He is also scheduled to meet with leaders of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army. read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Video: Business report with Mike Eppel We’re coming off a very solid performance for the TSX composite index, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. by News Staff Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:55 am MDT business report|mike eppel|TSX composite index

Mens hockey Ohio State scores three goals in under four minutes to

OSU sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) tries to get past Michigan State redshirt freshman defender Jerad Rosburg (57) in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerOhio State’s season is still alive.No. 3 seed OSU needed a strong showing in the Big Ten Tournament to improve its odds of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and the Buckeyes (21-10-6) are well on their way after downing No. 6 seed Michigan State 6-3 thanks to a third-period offensive explosion.The Buckeyes opened the game on fire offensively. Sophomore forward Mason Jobst netted a goal just four minutes into the action on the team’s first shot of the game off the assist from senior forward Nick Schilkey and sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran. Just over a minute later, Schilkey scored a power-play goal off the assist from Jobst and Dakota Joshua. OSU had a 2-0 lead on its first three shots of the game.As quickly as the Buckeyes got the lead, they gave it up. Michigan State scored three-unanswered goals off the sticks of senior forward Villiam Haag, junior forward Dylan Pavelek and freshman forward Sam Saliba.  Spartans held a 3-2 lead after the first period.The scoring slowed down in the second until OSU found the equalizer late in the period with a goal from sophomore forward Brendan Kearney. Kearney found space in front of the net and slotted a wrist shot over the shoulder of Michigan State senior goalkeeper Ed Minney.The Buckeye offense exploded again at the beginning of the third. Senior forward David Gust gave OSU the lead with a power-play goal just 20 seconds into the period off a rebound from a Jobst shot. Gust found the back of the net again just over a minute later with a wrist shot off the assist from junior defenseman Janik Moser, giving the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead.OSU got on the board yet again less than two minutes later, as freshman forward Tanner Laczynski scored off the assist from sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran and junior forward Matthew Weis. That goal marked the end of Minney’s day, as he was replaced by freshman goalkeeper John Lethemon for the remainder of the game.The Buckeyes continued to attack, but did not add another goal, coasting to a 6-3 win.With the win, OSU bolstered its NCAA Tournament resume and moves on to Friday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinals where it will take on No. 2 seed Wisconsin at 4:30 p.m. read more

Warning over legal challenges as banking inquirys public sessions not expected until

first_imgUpdated 4.10pm TDS AND SENATORS were warned about the legal challenges they could face in the months ahead as the first meeting of the banking inquiry took place in private session today.The four-hour inaugural meeting of the Oireachtas committee, set up to examine the controversial €64 billion guarantee of the Irish banking system, took place at Leinster House this morning with the 11 members emerging from the meeting around lunchtime.In a statement this afternoon the committee chairman Ciarán Lunch said that general agreement was reached on the key principles and attributes of the inquiry. These include:the aims of the inquiry should be realistic and achievablethe inquiry should be capable of completion within a realistic timeframerisks and challenges can be dealt withit should be cost effectiveit should have a clear purposeit has a set of terms, yet be flexible within its focus and scope.There was no discussion of the terms of reference but the seven TDs and four senators were briefed on general housekeeping and the legal challenges they may face in the coming months.These include the circumstances under which their membership may be challenged because of a perception that a member is biased and the possibility that individuals who are called before the committee could challenge this through the courts.‘Working group’There was agreement to set up a working group of “public servants from key institutions” with knowledge and expertise on the banking sector which will report to the committee regularly before final advice in early September.A broad outline of the time schedule was also given. However, one committee source said they did not think public hearings would be possible until next year.They said they did not believe that the terms of reference – which are expected to be discussed next week – will be approved by both the Dáil and Seanad this side of the recess which is scheduled for mid-July.Despite this they hailed a productive meeting, saying: “Everybody seems to be on the same page.”Meetings will now take place on a weekly basis with next week’s agenda to focus on the scope of the inquiry as well as the risks to the inquiry and how they will be managed.‘As quickly as possible’Earlier, Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath said the real value in the banking inquiry will be asking those involved in the collapse of the financial system the questions that people want answered.He said he wanted to get into public session as soon as possible amid reports this could be delayed until as late as next April.The Cork South Central TD is one of two Fianna Fáil members on the committee and said that he’ll be hoping to ask witnesses “the questions that people want answered”.“I firmly believe that that is where the real value will be in this inquiry and hopefully this morning’s meeting will be the start of that process,” he said.He said that the most difficult decision facing the inquiry will be setting out the terms of reference, but said that it would become “pretty clear very quickly” whether or not the membership “are going into this process with an independent mind”.McGrath welcomed the fact that the government has said it will not apply a whip to Fine Gael and Labour members of the committee although some privately believe a ‘soft whip’ will be applied.However McGrath said that he hopes to avoid internal votes on the committee.“If any votes are called and the vote is breaking down along party lines or government versus opposition lines then I really think that we are heading down a very dangerous road where it will be seen as a partisan inquiry. “So the onus now is on the members to think independently, to have an open mind about how best to approach this inquiry to get to the truth.” He said he hoped to get to the public sessions as soon as possible saying it was “ridiculous and unacceptable” if these could not happen until next year.He added: “The real value is in the public sessions. We need to get into that phase as quickly as possible.”Read: After much controversy, the banking inquiry will meet for first time today (in private)Read: 5 key issues facing the banking inquiry before it even starts>IN-DEPTH: 30 Days in September: An Oral History of the Bank Guarantee>last_img read more

Japan is one year away from growing human organs inside a pig

first_imgPeople requiring organ transplants face a number of hurdles to overcome including waiting for a transplant to become available, their body potentially rejecting the new organ, and the limited life span of that organ. It would be much better if we could grow new organs on demand using our own cells, and Japan might be the first country to do it.New guidelines have been put forward to the Japanese government to advance embryonic research beyond today’s imposed limits. At the moment, scientists are allowed to develop chimeric embryos (human stem cells added to an animal embryo) for no more than 14 days in a lab setting. The new guidelines would allow that chimeric embryo to be implanted into the womb of an animal and grown into a working human organ.Those guidelines, if accepted, would replace the existing restrictions within 12 months. After that, human organs can start to be grown and the process perfected for an actual transplant to occur.The animal most likely to be used for organ growth is a pig, and the first human organ to be grown would be a pancreas. If successful, it means people with diabetes will benefit first. Then scientists can start growing and perfecting more complex organs, such as the human heart and kidneys.If all goes to plan, animal-to-human organ transplants could be viable within 5 years. Unfortunately, harvesting the organ does mean killing the animal, however, the scientists are confident that eventually we’ll be able to grow multiple organs at once within the same womb.last_img read more

Uber Lyft Help Voters Get to the Polls on Election Day

first_imgOn Tuesday, Nov. 6, schools, churches, sports halls, and local government offices nationwide will host people voting in the 2018 midterm elections.While there are no presidential candidates on next month’s ballot, voters are set to decide who controls the House, Senate, and 36 states.The winners will ultimately determine the future of Donald Trump’s administration and U.S. politics for the next decade.So, it’s pretty important that you flex your civic muscles and go to the polls on Nov. 6. And Uber and Lyft want to help get you there.The rival taxi services are stepping up to support the democratic process and help people across America exercise their right to vote.Lyft wants to help people exercise their right to vote (via Lyft)“It is estimated that over 15 million people were registered but didn’t vote in 2016 because of transportation issues,” according to Lyft, which cited a report by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE).“That’s why we’re committed to providing 50 percent off rides,” the firm announced, “and free rides to underserved communities that face significant obstacles to transportation.”“Your voice is important,” Lyft said. “We’re excited to help make it heard in this year’s election.”Uber, meanwhile, is using technology to make it easier for riders to get to their polling place “at the push of a button”: On Nov. 6, anyone in the US (using the latest version of the Uber mobile app) will be able to quickly find and book a ride to their nearest polling place.Uber is helping voters register and get to the polls on Election Day (via Uber)“We’re also partnering with nonprofit organizations to register voters before state deadlines and provide free rides to the polls,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in an announcement.If you’re infirm, disabled, or without access to private or public transportation, sign up for a complimentary journey, sponsored by #VoteTogether and Democracy Works.Campaigns and organizations are encouraged to use Uber for Business to purchase and distribute promotional codes for lifts to the polls on Election Day. “Decisions get made by those who show up,” Khosrowshahi said. “This Election Day, Uber will be doing what we can to make it easier for people to do just that. On Nov. 6, I hope everyone does one thing: vote!”You don’t need to even be on Earth to vote—this astronaut cast his ballot from the International Space Station. Last year, two U.S. senators introduced legislation aimed at protecting American election systems from foreign interference. Find out more about ridesharing services here.last_img read more

Switzerland goal should not have been allowed – Tite

first_imgBrazil boss Tite is adamant that Switzerland’s equalising goal should not have been allowed as it was clear that the goalscorer Steven Zuber had fouled defender MirandaThe five-time world champions produced a rather unspectacular display in their opening game after Philippe Coutinho brilliantly curled in the first goal for Brazil.However, the Seleção’s lead would not last with Zuber heading in Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner to equalise for Switzerland.But Brazil were convinced that the Swiss midfielder had pushed Miranda in order to free himself of his marker and were left incensed by the referee’s decision to not disallow the goal.Gabriel Jesus then had a penalty appeal turned down after he was brought down by Manuel Akanji.“I’d like to answer another question in terms of the performance, otherwise it sounds like an excuse for the draw, but I’m not going to run away from this question,” said Tite, according to Sky Sports.“I’m just going to say this once: the Miranda moment was very clear. It’s a very clear play, it’s very, very clear. The second play, yes the penalty you could interpret, but the first one, you can’t discuss. You have to be fair.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.But his counterpart, Vladimir Petkovic, believes that referee Cesar Ramos made the right call.“We have the VAR and the VAR should provide answers. I just looked briefly at our goal – it was a regular goal, that was a regular duel,” said Petkovic.“You have to create space in order to have an opportunity and the opponent’s defensive players were not really well positioned. It wasn’t a foul.”Regardless though, Tite admitted that his team had simply not been effective enough in front of goal and were deservedly made to pay for it.He said: “We had 20 attempts, but too many balls off-target. If we were a bit more concentrated, we could have made the goalkeeper work a little more given the number of attempts we had. We have to be cooler, a little more precise.“Of course my expectation was a victory, I wanted to win, of course. Of course, I’m not happy with the result.”The draw ends Brazil’s recent nine match-winning run with Serbia now the leaders of Group E after their win against Costa Rica on Sunday.last_img read more

Lakshmipur excivil surgeon gets acquittal

first_imgFormer civil surgeon of Lakshmipur, Salahuddin Sharif, who was sentenced to three-month imprisonment by a mobile court for ‘assaulting’ an additional deputy commissioner, was acquitted of the charge on Wednesday.Additional district magistrate Iqbal Hossain passed the order when Salahuddin filed a petition, said Salahuddin Sharif’s lawyer advocate Rasel Mahmud Manna.Earlier on Monday, the former civil surgeon was sentenced to three months jail by a mobile court, led by sadar upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) M Nuruzzaman, for ‘assaulting’ ADC Sheikh Morshedul, reports UNB.Salauddin and Morshedul went to a kindergarten, Kakoli Shishu Angan, in the district town to pick up their sons around 10:15am.The duo locked into a brawl following shoving at the crowded school gate. At one stage, the ADC slapped the retired civil surgeon and he also retaliated by doing the same.Later, police detained Salauddin and produced him before the mobile court which handed down the verdict.Meanwhile, a Lakshmipur court on Tuesday granted bail to the former civil surgeon on a bond of Tk 5,000.last_img read more

Tiny 3D structures nanoimprinted on the end of an optical fiber

first_img 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. Scientists produce microresonators with unprecedented precision The researchers, Giuseppe Calafiore, Alexander Koshelev, and coauthors at aBeam Technologies Inc., the University of California at Berkeley, and the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, have published a paper on the new nanoimprinting method in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.”The development of this new technology offers many advantages in terms of reproducibility, flexibility in the design of optical structures, as well as cost,” coauthor Keiko Munechika at aBeam Technologies told Phys.org. “Furthermore, this technology enables fabrication of complex optical structures comprised of material that has a high refractive index directly onto a fiber. This opens up a whole new range of fiber probes and devices, including optical tweezers and other immersion applications where other types of fiber lenses do not work.”Although there are many ways to integrate optical components with optical fibers, the bottleneck of this integration is the nanofabrication of 3-D optical components directly onto the ends of the fibers. The challenge is mainly the small surface area, since most fabrication techniques are designed for larger scales. Currently, fabrication of optical components on a fiber involves expensive and time-consuming techniques such as electron beam lithography or focused ion-beam milling, which has limited the development and widespread use of optical devices integrated on a fiber.The new method developed here uses ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography to print complex 3-D patterns on the end of an optical fiber. To demonstrate, the researchers fabricated a convoluted 3-D beam splitter that splits light into four beams of equal intensity upon exiting the fiber. Fabricating the beam splitter requires milling 255 different height levels on a 5 x 5 µm2 structure, demonstrating the high resolution and precision of the lithographic technique. As far as the researchers know, this is the highest lithographic accuracy achieved to date for imprinting complex 3-D features on the end of an optical fiber. The process can be used to imprint many other types of 3-D components that manipulate light in various ways, and do so at a high throughput and low cost. “There are many potential applications, ranging from bio sensors, and optical trapping to telecommunications,” Munechika said. “There are some conventional applications, in which bulky, expensive and difficult-to-align optics can be instead integrated on a fiber. One such example is a vortex phase mask that produces beams that carry angular momentum. It is used in STED (stimulated emission depletion) microscopy and telecommunications. Integrating it on a fiber simply makes it much easier to use and reduces cost at the same time. There are also more elaborate applications that open up new opportunities, rather than just improving existing devices. Examples include efficient near-field optical probes, fiber lenses for optical trapping, and different kinds of chemical sensors.”In the future, the researchers plan to develop technology to scale up the fabrication and work to commercialize the fiber probes. More information can be found at www.fiberphotonics.com. (a) Color version of the ion dose map, consisting of 255 different height levels, for designing the imprinted 3D structure. (b) Milled silicon mold used to make the structure. (c) Tilted-view of an optical fiber with an imprinted 3D structure. (d) Close-up image of the imprinted 3D structure. Credit: Calafiore, Koshelev, et al. ©2016 IOP Publishing More information: Giuseppe Calafiore, Alexander Koshelev, et al. “Nanoimprint of a 3-D structure on an optical fiber for light wavefront manipulation.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/27/37/375301 © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Nanotechnology Explore further (Phys.org)—Scientists have developed a method for imprinting tiny yet complex 3-D structures on the tip of an optical fiber, whose 125-µm diameter is roughly the thickness of a human hair. The 3-D optical structures can manipulate the light’s properties, such as its phase and wavefront, which enables a variety of integrated optics applications including laser machining, lab-on-a-fiber, and biomedical sensors. One of the biggest advantages of the new nanoimprinting method is that it is much less expensive than previous fabrication methods, opening the doors to more widespread use. Citation: Tiny 3-D structures nanoimprinted on the end of an optical fiber (2016, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-tiny-d-nanoimprinted-optical-fiber.htmllast_img read more

Airports economic regulator for 784 charge cut at Delhis IGI

first_imgAERA, however, said the implementation of the proposal will be done once the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) submits fresh rate slabs for its approval.DIAL is a joint venture between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and GMR group with 26 per cent and 74 per cent holding, respectively.“The Authority notes that DIAL has proposed an X factor of negative (-) 42.6 per cent in its revised submission… whereas the Authority has worked out an X factor of (+) 78.24 per cent. Accordingly, the Authority finds that the existing aeronautical tariffs at IGI Airport, Delhi, will need to be reduced by such an extent,” the paper said. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe Authority shall pass an order in the matter only after considering the submissions of the stakeholders as per the provisions of the AERA Act, it said. The tariffs for Delhi Airport were last revised in 2012 when AERA allowed DIAL to hike charges by 346 per cent as against 775 per cent sought by the private operator.The proposal, when actually implemented, will come as a big relief to the flyers, who currently may have to shell out up to Rs 550 for domestic journeys and up to Rs 1,270 for international flights towards airport charges, which include landing and parking charges and a user-development fee. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) has often termed Indian airports as being the “most expensive” ones. Describing the reduction in charges as a “positive” move, IATA said it would be big relief to air travellers. “This is a positive development. AERA’s proposal of an X-factor of +78 per cent will translate into reduced charges at Delhi airport.“That will be a welcome relief for airport users who have been impacted by the over 340 per cent increase in airport charges since 2012,” IATA Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, Conrad Clifford, said in a statement. He, meanwhile, said that IATA was still waiting for the tariffs for the second control period, which should have been determined 10 months back.last_img read more

Domestic help held for stealing diamond

first_imgKolkata: A person identified as Anirudh Yadav has been arrested by Bidhannagar East police station for allegedly stealing a piece of diamond worth Rs 6 lakh. He was produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court, Bidhannagar, and has been remanded to four days’ police custody. On January 16, Vikas Jain, a resident CJ Block, lodged a complaint stating that his diamond was missing. He stated that on January 9, he had placed the diamond in his pant’s pocket but later could not trace it. He finally asked his domestic help Yadav about it but with no luck. After this, within minutes, Yadav left the houe without informing anybody. Jain lodged a complaint suspecting that Yadav had committed the theft. Yadav’s house at Banka in Bihar was raided and he was arrested. The diamond was also recovered.last_img read more

Flight Centre Expedia respond to JTGStella merger

first_imgBoth Flight Centre and Expedia have responded positively to the ACCC’s decision to not oppose the merger of Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) with Stella Travel Services.“The merger is good news for the Australian travel industry, and should further encourage healthy competition in the travel market,” Expedia Asia Pacific managing director Dan Lynn told e-Travel Blackboard.“It also augurs well for an end to the excessive booking fees being charged by certain players in the industry, and should encourage other travel companies to put the traveller first and deliver better value to Australians.”Flight Centre, who claimed not to have opposed the merger were “not surprised by the ACCC’s decision”, a Flight Centre spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard.“We wish them well as they embark on what will be a sizable and challenging integration.” The spokesperson added they did not anticipate any major impacts to their business as “franchisees have always competed vigorously at local level and I’m sure they will continue to do so”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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USA another senior NASA official a senior official of the National Super Alliance (NASA) and former Kenyan vice president some of those toys among other things weren’t exactly timely for the thriller’s official 1983 setting while Jessica Alba (Cash Money) and Rob Schneider (Nazzo “With Nigeria dwindling oil fortune Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN)Forget warm milk A new study from the University of Pennsylvania says that fish may be the key to a good night’s sleep The paper published Thursday in Scientific Reports found an association between regular fish consumption and high sleep quality among Chinese schoolchildren likely thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish Largely as a result of that improved sleep the researchers found the children also scored higher on IQ tests “There’s a relationship between fish consumption and higher cognitive functioning What what we document here is that it’s the better sleep that explains the relationship” says Adrian Raine one of the paper’s authors and a professor of criminology psychiatry and psychology at Penn “From A to B to C: From fish consumption to better sleep to higher cognitive functioning” TIME Health Newsletter Get the latest health and science news plus: burning questions and expert tips View Sample Sign Up Now The researchers asked 541 schoolchildren in China between ages 9 and 11 to describe their eating habits including how often they ate fish Their parents meanwhile were asked to answer questions about the kids’ sleep patterns Researchers then administered IQ tests when the children turned 12 They found links between eating fish regularly the more the better and both improved sleep and higher IQ scores But Raine explains it appears that many of the cognitive benefits can be traced back to bedtime “The brain is so much more plastic early on in child development” he says “We might anticipate that fish consumption earlier in life may be particularly beneficial for a child’s sleep and cognitive functioning” While the study focused on kids Raine says “it’s quite reasonable to imagine that these findings can also apply to adults” citing studies that have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can alter psychological functioning in adults Eating fish just a few times a month may improve your brain functioning Raine says (Fish and omega-3s have also been shown to be good for your heart) “The important thing is really having a balanced diet It needn’t be a lot” Raine says “Even if parents could just get fish on the table once a week that could be enough to make a bit of a difference over at school and in long-term performance and especially sleep” Write to Jamie Ducharme at jamieducharme@timecomTo bake or to fake It’s a classic tanning conundrum Sitting under the sun causes skin damage and cellular changes that raise your risk for skin cancer and even among adults under 40 melanoma rates are on the rise "In order to get a natural tan from ultraviolet light your skin has to be injured" says Dr Darrell Rigel a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University You know this and you worry about it But unlike ultraviolet rays sunless self-tanners dont mean you have to damage your skin "These products contain an ingredient that stains the outermost layer or your skin" Rigel says In most cases that ingredient is dihydroxyacetone (DHA) When it combines with amino acids in your skin DHA causes a browning reactionthe same type of reaction that occurs when you make toast or grill meat explains Dr Adam Friedman director of dermatologic research at Montefiore-Albert Einstein College of Medicine That may sound scary But the browning only takes place in your skins "stratum corneum"the topmost layer composed of dead cells Friedman says "Our bodies make a form of this stuff" he adds referring to DHA "So Im not concerned about it from as safety standpoint When used topically I think its the only safe way to have a tan appearance" For anyone whos read up on self-tanners Friedmans statements may raise eyebrows A few years ago a much-cited report from ABC News raised concerns about spray-tanning salons and the risks of inhaling DHA and other self-tanning ingredients Subsequent research supported the idea that inhaling spray-on tanning chemicals could potentially raise your risk for asthma chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or cancer "Stretched flat your lungs are the size of a tennis court" says Dr Reynold Panettieri a professor of pulmonary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania "So inhaling these self-tanning agents could have all sorts of potential health consequences" You Asked: Your Top 10 Health Questions Answered You Asked: Are Cleanses Healthy Potions that claim to clear your body of toxins might sound alluring but do they deliver Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME You Asked: Is Eating Dessert Really That Bad For Me Bad news for sweet-eaters—except if you end your meals with this kind of treat Illustration by Peter Oumanski 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as a precaution but this is benign stuff" Panettieri agrees "Based on what we know today DHA is really pretty safe when applied to the skin correctly" he says Correct application means avoiding the sensitive skin around your eyes and on your lips as well as cuts or abrasionsmore reasons to be wary of spray-on options Panettieri says rubbing DHA into very thin or broken skin could let it enter your system "Even if DHA got beyond the skin any risk is hypothetical” he’s quick to add Both he and Rigel say that compared to the well-established risks of sun exposure topical self-tanning lotions are a safer option Friedman agrees and says his only concern is that some people might have an allergic reaction to DHA or other ingredients in self-tannersa risk that comes with almost any cosmetic But Friedman adds one big warning: Self-tanners do not offer your skin any protection from sun damage "Some people think these self-tanners act like sunscreen" he says "They dont" In fact some research suggests DHA may actually increase the amount of damage your skin sustains from sun exposure Of course new research could always surface new risks And not as much is known about less-common tanning chemicals But for now if youre craving a little color self-tanning lotions with DHA seem to be your safest option Contact us at editors@timecom traders and market leaders from ASPAMDA.

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Her speech in Chicago was given at the National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference,C. either by choice or by force But under Yellen community development which has always been part of the Feds mandate though an oft-neglected one seems to be coming back in vogue As I wrote in a column a few months ago Americas central bankers are giving it more and more attention now that the effects of an easy-money environment seem to be spent Boston Fed president Eric Rosengren was a catalyst for the Working Cities challenge which offered up grant money to Massachusetts cities that could come up with the most politically collaborative ways to bolster job growth (The fact that the winners had to demonstrate cross-aisle cooperation in economic development was an interesting nudge to a dysfunctional Washington) The Kansas City Fed is starting a similar program The San Francisco Fed is partnering with the Low Income Investment Fund a community-development institution that bridges the gap between low-income borrowers and private capital All of this speaks to the fact that over five years on from the financial crisis banking has still not been remoored in the real economy Wall Street isnt really interested in grassroots lending or economic development no more so than before the crisis Why should it be when trading is so much more profitable But Yellen is clearly taking her role as Americas banker in chief seriously and acting on the sort of "kitchen-table economics" she promised when she spoke to TIME on the day of her confirmation Todays speech and the increasing Fed action around economic community building shows that as she put it "the scars from the Great Recession remain" and that the Federal Reserve owes it to the American people to bail out not just banks but workers too Contact us at editors@timecomMilan: Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team according to reports on Tuesday File image of Carlo Ancelotti AP Ancelotti who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September met with Italian Football Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday Corriere dello Sport reported Sky Sport Italia said the 58-year-old has been offered a two-year contract which is likely to be less lucrative than his previous deal with the German champions Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in a two-legged playoff in November Ancelotti who has also managed Chelsea Real Madrid AC Milan Juventus Roma and Paris Saint-Germain has three Champions League titles to his name as a coach He has also won the league in Italy France Germany and England The FIGC budget for a new coach and his staff is five million euros ($61 million) per year which would be a big drop from the reported 12 million euros plus bonuses that Ancelotti earned at Bayern Munich Ancelotti joined Bayern in 2016 and won the Bundesliga title in his first season but has been out of football since he was sacked following a 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Costacurta is reported to have offered Ancelotti who has also been linked with former club Chelsea and the soon-to-be-vacant manager’s job at Arsenal a free hand in choosing his staff Ancelotti’s son Davide who was his assistant at Bayern could play a role as well as former stars such as Andrea Pirlo Gianluigi Buffon and Paolo Maldini Costacurta who was coached by Ancelotti at AC Milan in the 1980s was appointed to find a successor to Ventura and set a dateline of May 20 for the appointment of a new coach Among the other names touted were Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri now in charge of French club Nantes Italy’s under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has been filling the position with the four-time world champions on an interim basis Muslim pre-teens in four private secondary schools in London won’t be allowed to fast during Ramadan without special permission The Lion Academy Trust schools sent a letter home to parents announcing that Muslim students would not be allowed to fast during the school day for the upcoming holy month which begins this week In the June 10 letter school officials said that it is unhealthy for students to fast in “excess of 18 hours” during hot summer days “Previously we have had a number of children who became ill and children who have fainted or been unable to fully access the school curriculum in their attempts to fast” they wrote Observing Ramadan which comes at a different time each year is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and considered one of Islam’s central tenets Pregnant women the elderly and chronically ill people are not expected to fast though parents differ on pre-teens with some fasting for only part of the day and others not fasting at all School officials said they studied Islamic law before making their decision "We have sought guidance and are reliably informed that in Islamic law children are not required to fast during Ramadan" the letter notes Some Muslims think that the private school trust overstepped its bounds and should leave the decision up to parents “We believe that the school should have adopted an advisory role in that they recommend to the parents their point of view and not act in an authoritarian manner" Dr Omer El-Hamdoon President of the Muslim Association of Britain tells TIME "The process of fasting is spiritually uplifting for children and serves a wider narrative to allow them to think about other poor children who are forced to fast due to the absence of food” After hearing complaints the schools struck a deal to allow parents who object to the policy to meet with their school’s headmaster to make accommodations But for some this compromise isnt enough "We believe in general parents are better placed to look after their children" El-Hamdoon says "and would not put their offspring in harms way" Read the letter below: View this document on Scribd Contact us at editors@timecomCorrection appended April 2 In his 2010 State of the Union President Obama famously criticized the Supreme Court’s logic on a campaign finance decision even as several justices sat in the audience Now prosecutors at the US Justice Department have found an even better way to make the case In their indictment of New Jersey Sen Robert Menendez prosecutors have called foul on one of the central arguments for the court’s interpretation of campaign finance law in the Citizens United decision The indictment alleges that Florida opthamologist Solomon Melgen corruptly showered Menedez with gifts intended to influence official acts from procuring visas for his foreign girlfriends to intervening in a dispute over Medicare billing Among those things of value according to prosecutors was $600000 in donations from Melgen’s company Vitreo-Retinal Consultants earmarked to help Menedez’s reelection through a super PAC called Majority PAC Those donations came two years after Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for a majority of the court in Citizens United v FEC ruled that such contributions to outside groups not directly controlled by candidates presented no risk of corruption or the appearance of corruption “This Court now concludes that independent expenditures including those made by corporations do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption” Kennedy wrote “That speakers may have influence over or access to elected officials does not mean that those officials are corrupt And the appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy” This argument was central to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow outside groups to collect and spend unlimited amounts of money to explicitly call for the election and defeat of a candidate for federal office Since the money technically went to an organization not controlled by the candidate the court reasoned there was no sufficient government interest to stop it These US Senators Are the Only Ones to Ever Get Indicted Robert Menendez Years in Senate: 2006-Present Party: Democrat State: New Jersey After more than a two-year investigation a federal grand jury indicted Menendez on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud over his advocacy of business interests of Dr Salomon Melgen — Alex Rogers Win McNamee—Getty Images Ted Stevens Years in Senate: 1968-2009 Party: Republican State: Alaska One of the country’s longest-serving Senators was indicted on July 29 2008 on seven counts of making false statements on disclosure forms for items he received from a company that helped renovate his house According to the indictment these items include a new first floor garage wraparound deck plumbing car exchanges and a Viking gas grill Stevens was the most prominent figure in the FBI’s investigation of public corruption in Alaska and was convicted on all seven counts on October 27 2008 but a federal judge later overturned the ruling due to prosecutorial misconduct — Alex Rogers Kris Connor—Getty Images Kay Bailey Hutchison Years in Senate: 1993-2013 Party: Republican State: Texas After assuming office in 1993 the Texas Senator was indicted on charges of official misconduct due to the misuse of state equipment and employees for her election campaign as well as tampering with evidence to impede the district attorney’s investigation Hutchison was acquitted of all charges shortly after her trial began and she still went on to serve in the Senate for twenty years — James Downie and Baird Kellogg Rick Kern—WireImage/Getty Images David F Durenberger Years in Senate: 1978-95 Party: Republican State: Minnesota Like Hutchison Durenberger was indicted for misuse of public funds; he had requested reimbursement from the Senate for staying at a condominium that he secretly owned After pleading guilty to five misdemeanors in 1995 prosecutors fined him $1000 and sentenced him to a year of probation — James Downie and Baird Kellogg Chris Greenberg—Bloomberg News/Getty Images Harrison A Williams Years in Senate: 1959-82 Party: Democrat State: New Jersey The New Jersey Senator took bribes from FBI agents posing as wealthy Arab businessmen in a sting operation and was indicted in 1980 Williams resigned in 1982 prior to a Senate vote on his expulsion and served 21 months in federal prison on bribery and conspiracy charges — James Downie and Baird Kellogg James Atherton—Bettmann/Corbis Edward J Gurney Years in Senate: 1969-74 Party: Republican State: Florida A strong Nixon supporter Gurney served on the Senate committee that investigated the Watergate scandal but was later indicted in 1974 for lying to a grand jury and for bribery in a case involving influence-peddling He chose not to run for re-election in ’74 though he was eventually acquitted of all charges — James Downie and Baird Kellogg AP Burton K Wheeler Years in Senate: 1923-47 Party: Democrat State: Montana The lawyer-turned-politician was indicted only a year after first taking office for accepting a fee to represent a client before the Department of the Interior (a conflict of interest with his legislative duties) Both the Senate and the courts later acquitted him — James Downie and Baird Kellogg Bill Wunsch—Post Archive Truman Newberry Years in Senate: 1919-22 Party: Republican State: Michigan Prosecutors indicted the wealthy industrialist for violating the Federal Corrupt Practices Act (he spent $3750 to secure his election to the Senate over carmaker Henry Ford) Although the Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1921 he left Congress a year later in the face of second movement to unseat him — James Downie and Baird Kellogg Bettmann/Corbis Joseph R Burton Years in Senate: 1901-06 Party: Republican State: Kansas The first-term Senator was indicted in 1904 for accepting $2500 to prevent a fraud order against the Rialto Grain and Securities Company He appealed his six-month prison sentence and fine but the new trial resulted in the same verdict and he resigned his seat in 1906 — James Downie and Baird Kellogg Charles Dietrich Years in Senate: 1901-05 Party: Republican State: Nebraska Appointed to fill a vacancy Dietrich was charged in 1903 with taking a bribe in exchange for the procurement of a postmaster’s position as well as entering into a government contract while serving in the Senate He was acquitted less than two weeks later found innocent by the Senate and finished his term without seeking re-election — James Downie and Baird Kellogg John H Mitchell Terms: 1873-79 1885-97 1901-05 Party: Republican State: Oregon A grand jury charged Mitchell in 1905 for using political influence to help clients obtain fraudulent land claims as part of the Oregon Land Fraud Scandal Sentenced to six months in prison and a $1000 fine he died while appealing the sentence — James Downie and Baird Kellogg John Smith Years in Senate: 1803-08 Party: Republican State: Ohio One of Ohio’s first two Senators he was approached by Aaron Burr to help with a military expedition against Spanish Florida Smith agreed to provide supplies but withdrew his support when he learned that Burr’s intentions were to take over parts of Mexico and the western United States Nevertheless he was still indicted in Virginia as a conspirator The charges were dropped after Burr was acquitted on a technicality but his implication in the Burr treason ruined his political career and he resigned in 1808 — James Downie and Baird Kellogg 1 of 12 Advertisement The indictment of Menendez however reveals in great detail the extent to which “independent” groups like Majority PAC have found ways to operate in close coordination with the candidate And if Menendez is convicted the case will prove that corruption can still be facilitated through these outside groups “The Citizens United court majority was obviously wrong in 2010 when it declared that independent expenditures can’t corrupt” says Paul Ryan an attorney for the Campaign Legal Center who has long been critical of the decision “Now we have concrete alleged evidence of how independent expenditures do corrupt” The indictment alleges that Melgen gave the money to support Menendez in two checks of $300000 The first check was given on June 1 2012 the very day when Melgen served on the host committee of Menendez’s annual fundraising event in New Jersey Melgen allegedly gave the check to “a close personal friend” of the Senator at the fundraiser who sent the check by FedEx to a person working to raise money for Majority PAC with a note saying “earmarked for New Jersey” (That clearly meant Menendez Majority PAC focused its spending on Democratic Senate races and he was the only Democratic Senate candidate that year from New Jersey) Melgen issued a second check on October 12 2012 less than a month before the election prosecutors allege An email from a fundraiser that accompanied the second check also read “earmarked for New Jersey” About six days after Melgen issued the first check Menendez allegedly advocated on Melgen’s behalf in a Medicare billing dispute with the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services About a month later Menendez sought a meeting with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to discuss Melgen’s concerns “During Menendez’s meeting with the Secretary of HHS Menendez advocated on behalf of Melgen’s position in his Medicare billing dispute focusing on Melgen’s specific case and asserting that Melgen was being treated unfairly” the indictment reads “The Secretary of HHS disagreed with Menendez’s position” After Melgen gave the second $300000 check Melgen separately emailed Menendez and a fundraiser for Senate Majority PAC a document asking again for Health and Human Services to intervene on his behalf in the Medicare billing dispute the indictment claims The fundraiser for the Senate Majority PAC wrote back by email that he would pass the information on to another senator identified in the legal documents as Senator 3 “Dear Sal I’m going to see him on Tuesday I will give this to him directly Is that ok” Menendez has maintained this innocence and says he plans to fight the charges Correction: This post initially misidentified the senator that a fundraiser for Senate Majority PAC promised to communicate with on Melgen’s behalf Read next: New Jersey Senator Faces Corruption Charges The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now View Sample Sign Up Now Contact us at editors@timecom Along with Lake Region’s requirement that students to have at least a 3.Trump issued four tweets over 24 minutes, no stigmaand no deaths. but talks with the university continue. he said, Syria’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that his threats are "reckless" and endanger international peace and 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