Board Appointed for Island Traffic Authority

first_img He noted that a Chief Executive Officer for the entity will be recruited in short order. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says that a Board has been appointed for the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).“It includes retired examiner, Garnet Hosang; transport operator, Henrietta James; and representatives from the police force and insurance agencies, among others,” the Minister said, during his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.He noted that a Chief Executive Officer for the entity will be recruited in short order.Minister Montague said that the ITA will work with the police to ensure that trucks are fitted with crash bars at the back and right side, in keeping with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act. The crash bars are to prevent small vehicles from sliding underneath the trucks during an accident.“Additionally, come September 1, 2019, we will be encouraging motorists to drive with their lights on during the days. This has proven to reduce traffic crashes by 12 to 20 per cent in other jurisdictions. We will run this voluntary pilot for a year, but make an assessment after six months,” Mr. Montague said.He told the House that electronic traffic enforcement is coming.“Running red lights, speeding, no seat belts, improper lane usage and accidents will be caught on traffic cameras. In addition, licence plate reading tied to our database will see tickets issued electronically, and if not paid, cars will not be able to renew registration,” Mr. Montague said.“We are leveraging technology to assist in road safety,” he added.Meanwhile, the Transport and Mining Minister said discussions are to begin shortly with the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), “so that we will be able to hold on to offenders at the airports”. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says that a Board has been appointed for the Island Traffic Authority (ITA). “It includes retired examiner, Garnet Hosang; transport operator, Henrietta James; and representatives from the police force and insurance agencies, among others,” the Minister said, during his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Making A Difference In Duchenne

first_imgNewport Beach based charity Coalition Duchenne has launched an interview series titled “Making a Difference in Duchenne” on its Youtube channel focused on individuals making a difference in Duchenne muscular dystrophy research, care, awareness, and education.The first interview features Dr. Eduardo Marbán MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, talking about cardiac derived stem cells. Dr. Marbán was featured in a November 2011 Economist article “Repairing Broken Hearts,” read by Coalition Duchenne founder and executive director Catherine Jayasuriya. She lobbied for a focus on Duchenne because cardiac scarring severely compromises the life span of those with the disease. Coalition Duchenne funded successful research applying Marbán’s stem cell technology to Duchenne. The approach has been clinically proven to mitigate scarring cause by heart attacks. In Marbán’s therapy, human heart tissue is used to grow specialized heart stem cells, which are injected back into the patient’s heart.“We need to focus on changing the course of the disease. We lose many young men to cardiac issues. We hope that working with cardiac stem cells is one way we will eventually change that outcome,” said Jayasuriya.The second interview in the “Making a Difference in Duchenne” series features actor Cody Saintgnue, who plays Brett Talbot in MTV’s Teen Wolf. Saintgnue has a unique relationship with Duchenne. He played a young man with muscular dystrophy in his break out role on House MD in 2009. Saintgnue talks about his experience learning to mimic the physicality of a young man with Duchenne, as well as the inspiration he draws from the way those young men overcome many obstacles to live happy, fulfilling lives.Video: Cody Saintgnue: Making A Difference in DuchenneUpcoming interviews will feature: Professor Rachelle Crosbie-Watson from the University of California, Los Angeles, who teaches the first university course focused entirely on Duchenne; Dr. Ron Victor, a Cedars-Sinai cardiologist and researcher looking at the benefits of Cialis and Viagra for Duchenne cardiomyopathy; and, Scotty Bob Morgan, a daredevil wingsuit pilot, who has raised awareness worldwide about Duchenne, flying a specially made Coalition Duchenne wingsuit.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Real Madrid Wins 2014 Club World Cup

Marrakech- Spain’s Real Madrid on Saturday beat South American champions San Lorenzo 2-0 to win the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.Sergio Ramos gave European Champions the lead with a powerful header in the 37th minute, before Gareth Bale doubled the scoring six minutes after halftime.Real added the year-ending trophy to the Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup titles they had already secured in 2014. Saturday’s triumph was their 22nd consecutive win in all competitions.

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Botswana could offer model response to AIDS epidemic UN envoy says

Just back from a trip to the southern African country, Stephen Lewis said Botswana was “the epicentre of the pandemic in Africa, and yet, the way things are evolving, it may also be a model of the international response.” Speaking to reporters in New York, Mr. Lewis used stark statistics to portray the devastation caused by AIDS in Botswana. He said that among 15-49 year olds, 38.8 per cent of all people were HIV positive – the highest rate in the world. The statistics on women were even more grim; infection rates for females were 26.7 per cent among 15-19 year olds, 43.6 per cent for 20-24 year-olds, and – “incredibly enough” – 52.3 per cent for 25-29 year olds. Summing up what these numbers meant, he said, “I suppose [it] is like saying that one out of every two women in their twenties has been issued a death warrant, unless we can conceivably turn it around.”In the face of this catastrophe, the Government was committed to the “most ambitious combination of programmes” on the continent, Mr. Lewis said. Botswana was aiming to provide treatment for 60,000 to 100,000 people by the end of the year.The implications would reverberate beyond the country’s borders, he said. “If it is successful, it will provide momentum and encouragement to all of the afflicted countries in east and southern Africa and beyond.”Mr. Lewis said that in order for the Government’s efforts to succeed, good people and resources were badly needed. “They need a squadron of decent human beings who are willing to spend some significant time in the country to facilitate this historic undertaking,” he observed.”You’ve got something called a pandemic, which is tearing the heart of the country,” he pointed out. “And the consequences of AIDS on the country’s economy and capacity to respond should be part of the calculation – should be factored into the calculation – of eligibility for support or funding.””We see before us the most dramatic experiment on the continent, imminently to be undertaken,” he said. “If it succeeds, it will give heart to absolutely every country worldwide. I refuse to contemplate the possibility of failure.” read more

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UN relief activities resume in Liberia after clashes in capital

In a briefing in Geneva, Millicent Mutuli, spokesperson for the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said: “The situation in the capital has now calmed. Peacekeepers are patrolling the streets…After a one-day halt, we are resuming our activities to ease conditions in camps for the internally displaced people (IDPs) in Monrovia.”In a separate report, the UN’s population agency said that it had recently started regaining access to some war-torn areas and found conditions to be poor.Wednesday’s violence started when groups loyal to Sekou Conneh, leader of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), one of two main rebel groups, were detained when they tried to enter the city to meet President Moses Blah with more than an agreed upon number of vehicles. One LURD soldier threw a grenade and government soldiers opened fire. Sporadic shooting continued throughout the night.Newly minted United Nations peacekeepers, members of a 3,500-strong West African force that donned the blue berets of the United Nations only Wednesday, were credited with bringing calm to the capital. At full strength, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will reach a total of 16,000 police and troops and be stationed throughout the country.Ms. Mutuli said, “Despite the disturbances this week in Monrovia, we are optimistic that while the situation remains fragile the situation will further improve with the deployment of peacekeepers across the country.”Jacques Paul Klein, the head of UNMIL, said in a statement issued Thursday that the UN force, “strongly reminds all parties to observe the ceasefire and desist from engaging in any acts which might derail the peace process.”The government and the rebels signed a ceasefire in August.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in a report issued in New York today, said that the recent fighting, including skirmishes that broke out after the signing of the August agreement, was “worsening an already severe humanitarian crisis, that has pushed maternal and infant mortality to levels not seen for decades.”UNFPA said, “We are only now regaining access to populations that have been denied basic health services for years.”The agency said it was “particularly concerned about the spread of HIV/AIDS due to widespread rape by marauding fighters, lack of safe blood supply for transfusions and the instability and chaos caused by years of massive population movements, both with Liberia and to and from neighbouring countries with high HIV prevalence rates.” read more

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Alberta chooses two petrochemical plants for 500M in royalty credits

Alberta government|alberta oil by mikeblanchard Posted Dec 5, 2016 12:20 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta chooses two petrochemical plants for $500M in royalty credits The Alberta government is pledging half a billion dollars in royalty credits to two petrochemical projects planned for an industrial area north of Edmonton.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says the projects to convert propane into higher-value plastic or plastic feedstock will diversify the economy and provide thousands of construction jobs. Both projects had previously been announced by their Calgary-based pipeline company recipients.Pembina Pipeline is to receive up to $300 million in royalty credits for its proposed integrated propylene and polypropylene facility in Sturgeon County to be built for about $4 billion. In April, it announced a joint feasibility study on the project with partner Petrochemical Industries Company, a subsidiary of the Kuwait Petroleum Corp.Inter Pipeline is to receive up to $200 million in credits for its proposed $1.85-billion propylene facility in Strathcona County, a project it inherited when it bought Williams Canada in September.The government says its royalty credits will only be provided after construction is complete and a facility is operating. read more

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Mali Ban voices concern over series of targeted attacks against UN mission

According to the UN, seven peacekeepers were wounded on 23 April in Mali’s north-eastern Kidal region when a MINUSMA vehicle struck an explosive device. The incident was preceded by two separate attacks – on 17 and 20 April – involving unidentified armed men killing the drivers of MINUSMA-contracted trucks outside the city of Gao.And, on 15 April, a suicide vehicle detonated at the entrance to the MINUSMA camp in the town of Ansongo injuring nine peacekeepers. “Attacks against civilians and UN peacekeepers constitute a serious violation of international law,” said the Secretary-General’s statement, which also added Mr. Ban’s appeal that those responsible for the attacks be brought to justice.“This series of attacks highlights the urgency of finding a political settlement and re-establishing security in the north of Mali,” it added.In the statement, the Secretary-General also expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of the deceased and the Government of Mali while wishing a speedy recovery to those who have been injured. In addition, Mr. Ban expressed his “profound gratitude” to the brave peacekeepers serving in Mali’s war-torn region and to the troop-contributing countries. read more

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Smith Bancroft will not challenge balltampering sanctions

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSmith and Warner suspended for 12 months Bancroft gets nine-month banMarch 28, 2018In “Sports”Warner reintegration unchanged by Smith, Bancroft wordsDecember 27, 2018In “Sports”Steve Smith, David Warner & Cameron Bancroft bans not reducedNovember 20, 2018In “latest news” Left: Cameron Bancroft and former Australia captain Steven SmithFormer Australia captain Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft will not challenge their bans from international and domestic cricket, and their 12-month ban from leadership positions thereafter, imposed by Cricket Australia (CA) for their role in the ball-tampering incident in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.“I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country,” Smith said on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. “But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.”Smith’s acceptance of his 12-month ban means that he will be able to return to top-flight cricket only around April 2019, about two months before the World Cup is due to begin in England.Shortly after Smith’s tweet, Bancroft followed suit, saying he too had accepted his nine-month ban. “Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down,” he said on Twitter. “I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support.David WarnerThe other banned player David Warner and has not yet announced whether he too would accept his sanction, or take the matter to a hearing. Warner was banned from international and domestic cricket for 12 months and also banned from holding leadership positions in Australian cricket for life.A day before Smith and Bancroft said they would not be challenging the sanctions, the Australian Cricketers’ Association had said the punishments were “disproportionate” to the gravity of the offence – ball-tampering – and appealed to CA to reduce them.The ball-tampering controversy that erupted on the third day of the Newlands Test, when Bancroft was caught on camera rubbing the ball with sandpaper, also led to Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann resigning at the end of the Test series in South Africa. In the days after the incident, a CA investigation claimed that Warner had come up with the idea and got Bancroft to tamper with the ball, while Smith was in knowledge of the plan and did not prevent it.Even before CA’s investigation was complete, following the uproar from the public and the government in Australia, the board had stood down Smith and Warner as captain and vice-captain ahead of the fourth day of the Cape Town Test. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine was appointed captain, and Smith and Warner took the field under him as Australia lost the Test that day.The three players involved were sent home ahead of the final Test in Johannesburg, but before they left South Africa, CA chief executive James Sutherland informed them of their sanctions. Smith and Bancroft held emotional press conferences during which they expressed extreme remorse as soon as they touched down in Sydney and Perth respectively on March 29. Warner held his press conference on March 31 and also broke down while expressing regret over his conduct in South Africa. (ESPNcricinfo) read more

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MACEDONIA GREEN LIGHT FOR VUGRINEC

Trully great news for Macedonian national team come from IHF! It seems that from barrage (which will be played against Greece in June) Macedonia will have perhaps the world’s best pair of right back court shooters, because mighty Kiril Lazarov will be accompanied with former Slovenian striker and No1 EHF Champions League striker Renato Vugrinec! Handball grandmaster was a star of last week’s EHF CL Top 16 matches having scored remarkable 13 goals agains Danish Kolding, has finally gain a permission to play for Macedonia!Vugrinec was on a Macedonian’s Handball Federation wishlist even before Euro 2014 in Danmark, but there was no IHF’s permission back then. Three years since his last appearance for Slovenia have passed, so Vurginec can now freely put on the red shirt…MAID BEGIC ← Previous Story Road to Women’s EURO 2014: Dutch girls beat Spain – Sweden takes point in Serbia Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16 (second match): Favorites with home advantage read more

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Man arrested as cannabis worth €450000 is seized in Cork

first_img By Órla Ryan 19 Comments Image: Garda Info/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Garda Info/Twitter Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3289857 16,515 Views Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 6:22 PM Mar 15th 2017, 6:22 PM CANNABIS WORTH AN estimated €450,000 was seized by customs officers at an address in Glanmire in Co Cork today.Approximately 33kg of the drug was found during a joint operation involving Revenue’s Customs Service, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Cork Divisional Drugs Unit.A 50-year-old man was arrested and is currently being detained at Mayfield Garda Station under the provisions of section two Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.Investigations are ongoing.Read: Family concerned for man missing from his home since yesterday Man arrested as cannabis worth €450,000 is seized in Cork A 50-year-old man is currently being detained at Mayfield Garda Station. Short URLlast_img read more

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Tension at Athens universities ahead of Polytechnic uprising anniversary

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police used stun grenades and tear gas in central Athens last week to disperse students protesting the decision to close universities in the capital, several days ahead of the anniversary of the bloody November 17 uprising against the junta at Athens Polytechnic in 1973.There was tension proceeding when students at Athens University found the doors closed and riot police guarding the institution. An attempt by the riot squad to move protesters who had gathered outside the university away from the building led to two students suffering injuries.Kathimerini was told that university authorities had asked for the main building, as well as the Law School and the Athens University of Economics and Business, to be guarded amid concern about students holding sit-ins to mark the November 17 anniversary. The buildings are to remain shut until Monday.Students held several peaceful marches in the city centre to protest the closures. However, riot police intervened in the evening when some students attempted to enter the grounds of the Technical University of Athens (the former Polytechnic) to hold a general assembly that had been called by student groups. They used batons and chemicals to force the students away from the building.The day’s events also caused arguments in parliament, where SYRIZA criticised the decision to close the universities. “This autocratic stance is a provocation toward our youth, the anti-dictatorial struggles and democracy,” said party spokesman Panos Skourletis.“You are for terrorism, sit-ins and lawlessness,” responded New Democracy MP Costas Markopoulos.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Mad Catz Cyborg MMO 7 une souris gaming avec 15 boutons

first_imgMad Catz Cyborg MMO 7 : une souris gaming avec 15 boutons !Mad Catz, spécialisé sur les accessoires périphériques pour les jeux vidéo, vient de dévoiler sa dernière souris, la Cyborg MMO 7, destinée aux jeux de rôle massivement multijoueur…Pour faire court les MMORPG (et même comme ça, ça fait un peu long) ! Un novice penserait avoir un outil multi usage entre les mains, ou un couteau suisse futuriste…Il n’en est rien. Il s’agit tout simplement de la Cyborg MMO 7, une souris informatique pour gamer chevronné, avec pas moins de 13 boutons en plus des clics droit et gauche ! Avec un repose-pouce et plusieurs molettes, la souris est adaptable à votre main. Mad Catz chouchoute ce membre de votre corps pour que vous puissiez passer des heures et des heures devant votre écran à errer dans des mondes persistants (pensez tout de même à faire des pauses, histoire de manger, boire et aller au petit coin de temps en temps).Cette souris gaming permet 78 réglages possibles et, via un logiciel fourni, il y aura la possibilité de créer  des profils différents, ce qui sauvegardera vos réglages à chaque type de jeux. Avec le réglage du poids,  on trouve on également un capteur laser réglable jusqu’à 6 400 dpi, un connecteur USB plaqué or, une accélération de 50G.Très complète, la souris Cyborg MMO 7 de Mad Catz est annoncée (par la marque)comme le « must have » pour tout joueur de MMORPG qui se respecte. La date de sortie et le prix n’ont cependant pas été communiqués. Le 13 novembre 2011 à 10:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Chelsea assistant compares Sarris era to Guardiolas

first_imgAccording to Gianfranco Zola, the difficult time the Italian manager is having currently with the Blues is just like Guardiola suffered in his first season with Manchester City.When Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City, his first season proved to be a difficult one.Guardiola and the Citizens ended up in third place of the table with 23 out of 38 games played.But the next year he became a champion with his new team for the first time.And now his side sit first in the Premier League table and have a big chance to become back-to-back champions.For Chelsea’s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, what Guardiola endured in his first season at City is what’s happening to Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)“How do you know that we are not making changes?” Zola said to Sky Sports.“We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same.”“Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’,” he continued.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.”“I think we are pretty much in a similar moment, where there are a lot of questions and doubts about what we do, but again we are trying to adapt to the league and make some changes,” Zola said.“But we don’t change the way we see football and what is good for this club, because otherwise, we are nothing.”Chelsea is currently in sixth place of the EPL table with 50 points, thanks to 15 matches won, five draws and six defeats.#OnTheGrill: Could Maurizio Sarri face the #CFC sack if he comes up short to #MUFC in their #FACup clash? 👀The Stamford Bridge boss is under immense pressure 🔵 pic.twitter.com/UT72qBpxBg— Managerial Mindset (@ManagerialMinds) February 17, 2019last_img read more

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Saha belives Mourinho can make Manchester United great again

first_imgThe former Red Devils striker thinks that the Portuguese manager has the “quality and pedigree” to lead the club forwardManchester United is currently sitting in the 8th position of the English Premier League table.The team has 20 points, 12 behind leader Manchester City.But for former Red Devils striker Louis Saha, the team can still get back on track with Jose Mourinho at the helm.“He is definitely someone who can do that,” Saha told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has got the quality, the pedigree, there is nothing wrong with that. We make mistakes as humans and he has done it. He is a grown man and he will identify where he has to improve.”“He doesn’t have as much margin to do it but the club have identified they need to be stable to be consistent,” he explained.“It is all about results. If you win you get time if you don’t.”“The mentality of [Paul] Pogba has been challenged sometimes by the manager. It is really hard to put your finger on what happened,” he added.“But the guy is an immense player with a lot of quality and people will always talk about him.”last_img read more

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Police recover stolen machinery from Opalocka business

first_imgOne person has been arrested.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – Police recovered about $60,000 worth of stolen equipment from an Opa-locka business.According to officials, the property was found in Northwest Miami-Dade. One of the detectives on the case remembered seeing the original story on the news, and was able to contact the owner.“I am very happy,” said business owner William McDonald. “I am relieved that I don’t have to spend another $60,000 for something I already had.”Surveillance cameras capture a man raiding the business last Sunday.The video showed a man taking thousands of dollars in equipment from Hurricane Irrigation Systems on Northwest 133rd Street and 47th Avenue, in Opa-locka.The burglar was able to get away with a mini-excavator, a Bobcat and two trailers.The owner found out two days later when he came back from vacation. “One of my employees called me that if I had taken the equipment with me to another job. I told him no, that I was on vacation, I wasn’t here, and that’s how I found out that it was stolen,” said McDonald. last_img read more

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Time Inc Staffer Complains About SI Swimsuit Issue My Company Made Me

first_imgEvery year around this time, when Sports Illustrated unveils its annual swimsuit issue, columns criticizing the issue for its titillating content seem to wash up on shore. (Recall, if you will, the thongs, er, throngs of subscribers opting out of having their swimsuit issues delivered to their homes for fear of impressionable youngsters getting ahold of them.)However, they’re usually not written by employees of SI’s parent company. And they’re certainly not published on one of the parent company’s blogs, like this one on Time.com:The [swimsuit] issues are considered so valuable that they’re not even distributed in the bins downstairs; they’re doled out, copy by copy, to each employee, like glossy, perfect-bound bonuses. So when I came in this morning, what do I find under my door but a beautifully laid out publication of porn. Who decided I wanted to look at 100-some pages of barely dressed girls with abs made of slate and boobs that defy reason? SI boasts that women cherish the swimsuit issue because it offers us fashion ideas for the bathing season. Seriously? I’m going to don this bikini made of dental floss this summer after I’ve just popped out Baby #2?Look. I’m no prude. And it’s not the same thing as working in an office whose walls are plastered with pin-ups, like the women workers at Halliburton/KBR had to endure. Still, I’d rather be offered the option of picking up a copy, rather than have it stuffed under my door like some urgent memo. What I want when I step into my office is a cup of tea. Not NFL cheerleaders in thongs. Some interesting things to note here:1. According to a commenter, some issues were delivered “face down.”2. The blogger, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, is a Time staff writer. She has her own Web site.3. That wasn’t dental floss, Lisa. That was the chord to a pair of iPod earbuds.4. Again, this was on Time Inc.-owned blog. Which I think is very refreshing—a corporate environment where having opinions, even those critical of your boss’ products, are not only encouraged—they’re published.Still, you have to wonder where the consistency was here.last_img read more

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Growing Area West Of Houston Considers New Transportation Plan

first_imgListen Share 00:00 /00:00 Waller County remains primarily rural but it’s becoming home to a lot more people. Between 2010 and 2016 the county’s population grew by close to 16% percent. Alan Clark with the Houston-Galveston Area Council says you now have a situation where a suburban population is having to get around on old farm-to-market roads.“They take a lot of turns, to the right, to the left, up and down along the way,” explains Clark. “And some of those really need to be widened. They also need to be straightened.”H-GAC is now seeking input on its Waller County Transportation Plan, which Clark says will serve as a guide for future planning. Along with building new roads, Clark says they also need to find ways to preserve green space.“Waller County is a lot like our other counties,” says Clark. “It experiences significant flooding at different times. So drainage and flood management along major roadways is another issue that will be discussed.”And there’s also a strong desire to protect Waller County’s rural character, especially on the Katy Prairie and along the Brazos River.“I don’t believe the residents of Waller County want to see those natural assets disappear,” says Clark. “In fact I think they are looking for enhancement and protection for those areas.”There’s a couple of informational meetings where Waller County residents can comment on the plan. The first is October 10 at the Brookshire Convention Center. The second is October 12 at the Waller County Community Center in Prairie View. Both meetings have an open-house format and they’re from 6:00-8:00 PM. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

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Chinese team sends quantum keys to ground stations and teleports ground to

first_imgIllustration of the experimental set-up in the 1st paper. Credit: Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature23655 (Phys.org)—Two Chinese teams working with quantum encryption and entanglement have achieved two more goals toward building a quantum space-based communication network. In the first experiment, one team succeeded in sending quantum keys from a satellite to two ground stations. In the second, another team sent entangled photons from the ground to a satellite. Both teams were made up of researchers from several institutions in China and both have published their results in the journal Nature. Quantum-based networks have been proposed as the next innovation for both speeding up and sending more information through communications networks—to that end, teams in countries such as Japan, the U.S. and China have been working hard to better understand how to actually create them. Most in the field agree that national, international and global quantum networks will require data to be sent at least partially via satellites because traditional media such as fiber cable results in too much interference and data loss. Quantum networks are also theorized to be hack-proof because observing the keys that are used to unlock the data would destroy them due to their quantum nature. In this new effort, the two research teams have fulfilled the second and third goals (the first was to break the distance record for sending entangled particles and was achieved this past June) outlined by officials directing that country’s Quantum Experiments at Space Scale project, which involves making use of the Micius satellite—the first sent aloft to conduct quantum networking experiments.The first team reports that they have successfully transmitted multiple quantum keys from the satellite to two ground-based stations in China—one in Xinglong the other in Nanshan. The distance involved was between 645 and 1,200 kilometers. The main result of the experiment was proving that it could be done.The second team reported that they successfully sent entangled particles from ground stations in China to the satellite, complementing their experiments in June, in which the process was reversed.In achieving their goals, the Chinese researchers have moved to the forefront of quantum-based network communications and have demonstrated that the country’s leaders are serious about implementing the first global quantum system over the course of the next decade. Explore further Journal information: Nature © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Physicists transmit data via Earth-to-space quantum entanglement 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. More information: 1. Sheng-Kai Liao et al. Satellite-to-ground quantum key distribution, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature23655AbstractQuantum key distribution (QKD) uses individual light quanta in quantum superposition states to guarantee unconditional communication security between distant parties. In practice, the achievable distance for QKD has been limited to a few hundred kilometres, owing to the channel loss of fibers or terrestrial free space that exponentially reduced the photon rate. Satellite-based QKD promises to establish a global-scale quantum network by exploiting the negligible photon loss and decoherence in the empty out space. Here we develop and launch a low-Earth-orbit satellite to implement decoy-state QKD with over kHz key rate from the satellite to ground over a distance of up to 1,200 km, which is up to 20 orders of magnitudes more efficient than that expected using an optical fiber (with 0.2 dB/km loss) of the same length. The establishment of a reliable and efficient space-to-ground link for faithful quantum state transmission paves the way to global-scale quantum networks.2. Ji-Gang Ren et al. Ground-to-satellite quantum teleportation, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature23675AbstractAn arbitrary unknown quantum state cannot be precisely measured or perfectly replicated1. However, quantum teleportation allows faithful transfer of unknown quantum states from one object to another over long distance, without physical travelling of the object itself. Long-distance teleportation has been recognized as a fundamental element in protocols such as large-scale quantum networks and distributed quantum computation5,6. However, the previous teleportation experiments between distant locations were limited to a distance of the order of 100 kilometers, owing to photon loss in optical fibres or terrestrial free-space channels. An outstanding open challenge for a global-scale ‘quantum internet’ is to significantly extend the range for teleportation. A promising solution to this problem is exploiting satellite platform and space-based link, which can conveniently connect two remote points on the Earth with greatly reduced channel loss because most of the photons’ propagation path is in empty space. Here we report the first quantum teleportation of independent single-photon qubits from a ground observatory to a low-Earth-orbit satellite—through an up-link channel—with a distance of up to 1,400 km. To optimize the link efficiency and overcome the atmospheric turbulence in the up-link, a series of techniques are developed, including a compact ultra-bright source of multi-photon entanglement, narrow beam divergence, high-bandwidth and high-accuracy acquiring, pointing and tracking (APT). We demonstrate successful quantum teleportation for six input states in mutually unbiased bases with an average fidelity of 0.80 ± 0.01, well above the classical limit. This work establishes the first ground-to-satellite up-link for faithful and ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, an essential step towards global-scale quantum internet. Citation: Chinese team sends quantum keys to ground stations and teleports ground to satellite signals (2017, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-chinese-team-quantum-keys-ground.htmllast_img read more

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Bengal govt has always respected scribes says Mamata on World Press Freedom

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted on World Press Freedom Day, stating that her government in Bengal has always had respect for journalists.Banerjee tweeted: “Today is World Press Freedom Day. Our government in Bengal has always respected journalists and recognised the key role they play.”It may be mentioned that as a token of respect and responsibility of the state, the Bengal government has introduced health insurance scheme for journalists. At the same time, pension for journalists above the age of 60 has also been started. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn this connection, Banerjee tweeted: “We have even started the Mabhoi insurance scheme for journalists and their families, and also recently launched a pension scheme for journalists above the age of 60.”With the launch of the health and personal accident insurance scheme, accreditated journalists up to the age of 65 years and even those who have retired, will come under the coverage of the insurance. Their family members including parents, children and minor brothers and sisters, will also be getting the benefit of the scheme, under which one can avail health facilities in the state-run health care centres and hospitals. At the same time, private health care centres enlisted with the government will also provide treatment under the scheme. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was on March 29, when the much awaited notification in connection with the provision of pension to journalists above 60 years under the West Bengal Pension Scheme for Journalists 2018, was issued by the state government. It may be recalled that the step taken by the Mamata Banerjee government has fulfilled the expectation of many, which had not been regarded for a long time. It was on April 3, when the Chief Minister had criticised the Centre’s step to “curb freedom of Press”, in the name of controlling fake news. The Centre had backstepped after Banerjee demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular regarding suspension or cancellation of accreditation of journalists. Banerjee had tweeted: “The PIB circular on #FakeNews control is a brazen attempt to curb Press freedom, a sure sign that the govt has lost its way. We demand immediate withdrawal of such a draconian move. And what about #FakeNews spread by a political party on a regular basis?”The Chief Minister was the first to raise her voice against circulation of fake news with a purpose of fomenting trouble. She had also made people aware about the fake news often circulated through social media and urged them to avoid the same.last_img read more

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Lianie May to perform in town for Toys for Joy

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Popular singer Lianie May will be performing at Naunton’s Guest House on August 31 as part of the ‘Toys for Joy’ drive. The aim of the Toys for Joy campaign is to help the less fortunate over the Christmas period.Lianie, with hits such as ‘Pleister Vir My Hart’ and ‘Toe Stop My Hart’, will hit the stage at 7pm. Bring your own food and snacks. There will be a cash bar at the venue.Grab your tickets now at R100 per person. Tables seat plus-minus 10 people.Bring along toys, canned food or donations to hand in there.Contact the Ladysmith Gazette for tickets on 0366376801, Samantha Ferreira on 0793085661 or Algene Timm on 0828086532.last_img read more

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