Bangkok: Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) and the fast-rising Sonia Chahal (57kg) entered the quarterfinals on an all-win opening day for India at the Asian Boxing Championships here. Satish out-punched Iran’s Iman Ramezanpourdelavar to make the last eight, while world silver-medallist Sonia defeated Vietnam’s Uyan Do Nha in the women’s draw on Friday. In the morning session, national champion Deepak (49kg) and Rohit Tokas (64kg) advanced to the last-16 stage with confident victories. Joining them was Ashish (69kg), who defeated Cambodia’s V Y Sophors in the evening session. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”All the gold medal winners from this competition will be assured of a place in the world championships team (scheduled in September this year),” Indian boxing’s High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva said. Satish, who won a bronze medal at the event in its 2015 edition, quite literally eased past his fumbling opponent, striking at will in a one-sided contest. In the last Indian bout of the day, Sonia pounced on her overtly defensive opponent and produced a near flawless performance to clinch a 5-0 win. Earlier, Deepak defeated Vietnam’s Loi Bui Cong Danh, fetching a unanimous verdict from the judges before Rohit put it past Taiwan’s Chu-Yen Lai with a similar scoreline. Deepak opened the proceedings for India. He kept it simple and focussed on hitting straight to ensure clean and impactful punches. Rohit Tokas (64kg) was up against a more aggressive one in Lai but he hardly broke a sweat to advance.
New Delhi: Delays in acquiring land, getting No-Objection Certificates besides other unanticipated hurdles plagued the third phase of Delhi Metro project, leading to time overrun in expansion of the national capital’s modern transport system. The phase III of the project was scheduled to start in May 2011 but first construction could begin only in January 2012 and a small section still remains unfinished. It is likely to be completed by the year-end. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarUnlike this phase, land acquisition for the first phase of the Metro project posed no problem and was carried out smoothly. Among the challenges, a major one was land acquisition since the new Land Acquisition Act was in place during this phase of the project which made it extremely difficult to acquire land as the machinery to be put in place to implement this act was still not in place and compensation levels were also expected to be much higher, said Anuj Dayal, Executive Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka”In comparison, in the earlier phases, DMRC was able to acquire the land needed for the project reasonably smoothly under the provision of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 with the help of the state government and good judicial support. DMRC, thus had to acquire private land in Phase 3 through direct negotiation with individual landowners which was a difficult and time-consuming process,” he said. Dayal said land acquisition issues have often delayed Delhi Metro’s pace of work, but the DMRC team has always worked hard to make up for the lost time and completed its projects within schedule. Initially, the third phase of the Delhi Metro project was supposed to be only 103 km long but gradually its size increased with the Metro going to various parts of the National Capital Region (NCR), including Bahadurgarh, Ghaziabad, Noida, Ballabhgarh, among others, which made the whole project about 160 kms in length, he said. “On multiple stretches, land could not be acquired and the contractors could not begin work. There were stretches where the necessary land for construction work could not be arranged on time. These areas were the Chirag Delhi Metro station and the Kalindi Kunj depot,” Dayal said. A similar issue was also faced at the Okhla NSIC Metro station where it took a delay of about two years in acquiring the land. “Initially, the Okhla NSIC station was part of a package of six elevated stations from Okhla NSIC till Kalindi Kunj. However, work began on all other stretches in December, 2012 while the Okhla NSIC station’s work could not be started due to land acquisition delays. Therefore, when the land could be acquired two years later, it was brought out of the purview of the earlier contract package and a separate exclusive tender for this station was floated.”
13 July 2011Participants at a United Nations meeting on food security said today that short-term drought assistance to millions of people in the Horn of Africa must be linked to long-term sustainability aimed at putting an end to the “cycle of recurring crises,” a UN spokesman said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the meeting of the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF), which took place at UN Headquarters, “to review the deteriorating situation in the Horn of Africa, and to consider options for its overall global strategy,” his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters.The Task Force concluded that “short-term relief must be linked to building long-term sustainability and resilience through climate-smart agriculture, so an end can be put to the cycle of recurring crises,” he stated.“The Secretary-General stressed that the global effort should be in synch with energy and climate change strategies.” The Task Force, which comprises the heads of more than 20 UN departments, also emphasized the role of trade and commodity markets in helping with improved agricultural productivity and enterprise building among small-scale farmers, especially women, in the developing world.The 11 million people in the Horn of Africa that need life-saving assistance as they face the worst drought in decades and others at risk are also receiving social support, water and sanitation. Pastoralist communities are especially vulnerable, and women and children are worst affected, Mr. Nesirky said. Yesterday Mr. Ban called on countries to urgently support the work of UN agencies in the affected region. Humanitarian agencies have asked for $1.6 billion for their work, but have so far received only about half that amount.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is working with other UN agencies and donor countries to “explore every opportunity” to return to southern Somalia from which it withdrew in 2010 because of threats to the lives of its staff and the imposition of taxes by the rebel Al-Shabaab group which controls the area. Last Wednesday Al-Shabaab announced that it had withdrawn its restrictions on international humanitarian workers. Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, welcomed the announcement but asked for guarantees against workers being targeted or taxed.
MONTREAL — Jobs for tech savvy social media experts will be as obsolete in 10 years as for more traditional occupations such as taxi dispatcher and toll booth operator, according to a new study released Tuesday by online employment site Workopolis.The study predicts that in their own ways social media experts will become as much a victim of advancing technology as many other occupations.That is because today’s youngsters are already immersed in platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and so will enter the job market familiar with social media.“People will need to be even more literate with social media just to get in the door and it will no longer be something that absolutely differentiates folks,” said Tara Talbot, vice-president of human resources at Workopolis.The study, by the Workopolis research team, also projects that taxi drivers will be increasingly hailed by an app on a smartphone rather than getting calls through a dispatcher and that toll booths will “spit out” exact change making operators unnecessary.Same thing with retail cashiers, increasingly being out of work by self-serve checkouts.Demand for couriers, people greeters and photo lab employees still exist, but are among the fastest declining jobs on Workopolis.But jobs that secure money and sell products are still in demand, despite technology.“At the end of the day, people still like to buy from people,” Talbot said. “At an individual and corporate level, there’s a lot more attention on financial security and getting yourself sorted.”Financial advisers, financial services representatives and sales representatives are among the site’s fastest-growing professions, according to the latest study. So are payroll specialists, social workers, consultants and loss prevention investigators.Meanwhile, a separate study — based on a survey of 2,500 Canadians between Nov. 1 and Nov. 11 — found that Canadians were feeling a bit more optimistic about their careers, with 50% of respondents saying they believe they will have a harder time finding employment in 2014. While that may seem high, it was down from 58% earlier.For job seekers getting out their resumes, Talbot said they should highlight key skills they would bring to a job and their past employment achievements while avoiding excessive detail.“If there’s too much there, people just shut down and move on,” she said.Among skills being sought in the workplace are the ability to analyze data, speak more than one language and proficiency with mobile apps. Forget mentioning things like familiarity with fax machines and word processing, which Talbot called dated skills.The Canadian Press
The government is to begin the disbursement of payments to the deposit holders of the defunct Golden Key Credit Card Company Ltd (GK) from July 24th, the Finance Ministry said today.The cabinet of ministers gave its approval last week to the payment schedule proposed by the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake through his interim budge in order to solve the long standing issues faced by the GK depositors. Accordingly, the depositors who have had their account balance up to Rs two million will be paid within one month from July 24th. The General Treasury will provide Rs 544.3 million needed for this first tranche and the recovery of this fund will be made through the liquidation of the assets of the GK Ltd with the permission of the Supreme Court where a petition in this regard is being heard. The Supreme Court had earlier given a ruling to pay 41 percent of the account balance to the depositors. Earlier in January this year, all depositors of the GK Ltd were given an interim payment up to Rs 300,000.00 irrespective of their account balance. The Government has also decided to settle the dues of those who have deposits below Rs 10 million within the next two months and those of above Rs 10 million within one year. Accordingly, a further sum of over Rs 7000 million is needed and the Minister Karunanayake has proposed that funds for these payments could be recovered from liquidation of the assets of the Golden Key and the profits transferred from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).The new Government, in order to solve the long standing problems that existed in the non-banking financial institutions had stated that it would provide relief to depositors through the intervention of the CBSL and the Finance Ministry. The Finance minister along with Governor, CBSL held several discussions with the depositors’ association to arrive at a possible option to resolve the issue. (Colombo Gazette)
The attack against the Sidi Bou Said mausoleum, located in the village bearing the same name, took place during the night of 12 January, the Paris-based UNESCO said in a news release. “The torching of this symbolic 13th century site, that gave rise to the village of Sidi Bou Said, marks yet another step in the campaign of destruction against Tunisia’s cultural heritage and history,” the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, said. “This tragic act not only strikes at the spiritual and historical heritage of Tunisia, but also at Tunisian society’s values of tolerance and respect for different beliefs and cultural diversity,” she added.Ms. Bokova called on Tunisian authorities to take urgent measures to protect all sites representative of the cultural and historic wealth of the country, and stressed the importance of coordinating such action with civil society organizations to ensure its protection for and by future generations.She also said that UNESCO remained ready to provide any necessary assistance for the rehabilitation and restoration of damaged sites. The UN agency seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.
SMMT has released a statement today, Tuesday 17 January 2017, in response to Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on Brexit.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The recognition by the Prime Minister of the importance of single market arrangements for the automotive sector is critical. We need government to deliver a deal which includes participation in the customs union to help safeguard EU trade, trade that is tariff-free and avoids the non-tariff and regulatory barriers that would jeopardise investment, growth and consumer choice. Achieving this will not be easy and we must, at all costs, avoid a cliff-edge and reversion to WTO tariffs, which would threaten the viability of the industry.In December 2016 SMMT hosted a roundtable discussion chaired by David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, on the future for the UK automotive sector following Brexit. The event took place at SMMT’s headquarters in London and was also attended by John Hayes, Minster of State, Department for Transport and Nick Hurd, Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. You can read more about the discussion here.Read more about the UK automotive sector’s relationship with Europe Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Timehri PrisonMonday–Friday(8:00-15:30 hrs) 647-9689647-9673651-1564651-5948651-1523 Mazaruni and Sibley HallMonday– Friday (13:00-15:00 hrs) 647-9690647-9658651-5870651-5986651-6045333-3658261-2236 New Amsterdam PrisonTuesdays and Thursdays (9:00-15:00hrs) 627-5184655-7711651-1578650-7685 650-7685655-1560 In the table below, the scheduled timings of contact in relation to the various prison locations are represented. Note that National Holidays are excluded. 656-1564 Georgetown PrisonMonday– Friday (9:00-15:00hrs) New Holding Area Lusignan and Lusignan PrisonMonday–Friday (9:00-15:00 hrs) Director of Prisons (ag) Gladwin Samuels, DSM has outlined that mechanisms are being reintroduced to allow persons to ‘legally’ communicate with their imprisoned family members or friends via authorized cell numbers for the respective prisons.He noted that following the July 9, 2017 Jail Break, Murder and Arson at the Georgetown Prison, legal forms of communication were disrupted.See his full statement below:Dear Members of the Public,Please be informed that efforts are being made to allow family members and friends to communicate with prisoners legally. Following the July 9, 2017 Jail Break, Murder and Arson at the Georgetown Prison, legal forms of communication were disrupted.In the table below, the various Prison locations and numbers are represented so as to facilitate contact. It is recommended that you use the numbers provided to communicate with prisoners. Any requests made for credit transactions should be reported to 2256003, as this is prohibited. Mazaruni PrisonSibley HallNew Holding area LusignanLusignan PrisonG/townNew AmsterdamTimehri Prison LocationTime and Days The Guyana Prison Service hopes that this initiative will benefit families and loved ones as intended. Visits are expected to commence on or before Friday, September 8, 2017 at the New Holding Area Lusignan and Lusignan Prisons. An official release will be provided.Regards,Gladwin Samuels, DSMDirector of Prisons (ag) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTimeline of the Georgetown Prison fire and riotJuly 10, 2017In “latest news”Fiery Camp Street jail break: 1 prison officer dead, several inmates injuredJuly 10, 2017In “Crime”Murder accused among 3 in Lusignan Prison escapeOctober 15, 2018In “Crime”
ICMM has published a comprehensive new approach to managing water around mining and metals operations, in guidance that details the priorities of all water users throughout the water catchment, as well as the water usage of the operation itself. The new Practical guide to catchment-based water management sets out a collaborative approach to water management that considers the needs, concerns and priorities of other water users and promotes inclusive and ongoing engagement with all stakeholders.The document is structured as an interactive and informative prompt to guide companies in the development of their water strategies and plans in accordance with the local context and hydrology in which mining and metals operations take place.Developed through rigorous and extensive consultation across the mining and metals industry, with other industries and with world-recognized water management experts, the guidance provides an effective tool for planning and managing responsible mining operations. It can serve as an important reference for stakeholders in civil society, the financial industry, policymakers and others to facilitate and encourage collaborative action on the management of water resources across all water users.The guide was launched in February at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa at a high-level roundtable co-hosted with the International Finance Corporation. The session included South Africa’s Minister of Water and Sanitation, Hon. Nomvula Mokonyane and representatives from Water Aid, BHP Billiton and Anglo American.
RIM: retards de réception de données sur le BlackberryLa firme canadienne Research in Motion fait état de retards de réception de données sur le smartphone Blackberry.Le groupe canadien Research in Motion (RIM) a accusé des retards de réception de données sur son terminal BlackBerry. Cela fait suite à une panne importante le 9 octobre dernier.RIM avait indiqué ce mercredi sur son compte Twitter : “nous recevons des informations selon lesquelles des usagers subissent des retards. Nous menons une enquête et allons faire un état des lieux le plus vite possible.” Le groupe basé dans l’Ontario a indiqué quelques heures plus tard, dans la soirée de mercredi, que ses services fonctionnaient “normalement” en Europe, au Moyen-Orient, en Inde et en Afrique. En Asie et dans les Amériques, le statut des messageries n’est pas évoqué.RIM avait offert à ses clients pour cent dollars d’applications gratuites en dédommagement des dysfonctionnements pendant plusieurs jours, autour du 9 octobre, des services de messagerie électronique de son populaire téléphone multifonctions.Cette panne a néanmoins sur l’action de RIM qui a clôturé mercredi en baisse de 3,11% à 18,41 dollars à la Bourse de Toronto. La firme a pris soin de communiquer sur les retards de réception des données quelques minutes après la fin de la séance.Le 10 novembre 2011 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items:#atmrobberyattempt, #shootoutinkewtown Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 23, 2016 – Magnetic Media has learned that a gun battle erupted in the area after Police caught a team of bandits trying to steal the ATM machine from the MoneyGram location in Butterfield Square, Provo since minutes to 4am. The suspects had stolen a truck earlier in the night and that truck was being used to forcibly extract Scotia’s ATM.It is not the first such attempt in these islands this year. We also learned that an innocent woman was caught in the gunfire exchange, believed shot by the (at least) three assailants who are black men.They ran into bushes, left the stolen truck behind and made good their escape in the Kew Town area. The woman was reportedly shot in the leg, said to be on her way to work. One described the scene as “the wild wild west.”
Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – Building an oil containment tank at the Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) Headquarters is the Bahamas Government’s latest priority: On Thursday, Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld S. Ferreira visited Clifton Pier to inspect the construction, view the plans, and speak one-on-one with those working in the field.The joint project of the Ministry of the Environment & Housing and the Ministry of Works, will cost the Government almost $12 million to build, which includes a contingency budget, in order to permanently prevent chronic oil spill accidents from occurring near the barge docking at Clifton Pier.Minister Ferreira explained, “We are building first the containment wall. We are building a new bulkhead, which will prevent the seepage of oil from the site in the ocean; and designed into that bulkhead are sumps where the oil will actually collect and then we’ll extract it. So, our first goal is to prevent oil from going into the ocean and that’s what you saw going on there today.“Now the bulkheads being installed are specifically designed with safety features to prevent the oil from seeping out. Sheet pilings are going inside every joint and each joint is sealed with “bentonite” to prevent seepage, and then behind that is a barrier membrane that’s being designed by AGO Syntex. All of that is to prevent the oil from migrating from the site into the ocean, as what’s happening now.”Minister Ferreira said the Ministry of Works has about 630 feet installed and the target deadline is June 2018. He added that for at least 20 years or more, the oil seepage at Clifton Pier has been causing environmental concerns that were never addressed, until now. Such seepage will no longer pose a threat. The Ministry of Works engineers and contractors started the endeavour in November 2017 and are working diligently around the clock to meet the June deadline for completion.“Now another source of oil into the ocean is through the cooling water discharges at BEC,” said Minister Ferreira. The proposal is to build a purposeful device called an oil-and-water-separation system, in which as the discharge waters leave the site — any oil in that system is removed and then only clean water goes out. The purpose of this is to stop the pollution at Clifton Pier.” Photo caption: Pictured at the site in group consultation, from left: Sanjeev Gupta, Contractor with Bahamas Marine Construction; Romauld Ferreira, Environment & Housing Minister; Anthony Ryan, Public Analyst, Environment Ministry; Lisa Taylor, Laboratory Technician; and Robert Mouzas, Senior Structural/Civil Engineer. Other photos are around the site.(BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs) Related Items:
SILVER SPRING, Md. — A for-profit education company sought to reassure nervous students Tuesday that they’ll be able to finish their degrees even though their campuses were being closed amid concerns from the Education Department about its practices.Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. announced that the campuses being closed operate under the Everest name and are scattered in 11 states. The company faces multiple state and federal investigations.Corinthian reached an agreement with the Education Department late last week that has it shutting down those campuses and putting 85 U.S.-based campuses up for sale. About a dozen others in Canada will also be sold.The company was informing the 3,400 students at the affected campuses that if they have already started taking classes, they will be able to earn degrees. Operations at the campuses will wind down gradually, Corinthian spokesman Kent Jenkins said. The company is in the midst of drafting a formal letter to students that will be sent once the Education Department approves of the language.While most students will be able to finish their degrees at the same campuses where they enrolled, some might need to transfer to nearby schools with similar programs, Jenkins said. Some students will also be eligible for refunds under the agreement with the department.
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters worked to put out flames that ignited inside a Hialeah home.Hialeah Fire Rescue crews responded to the home located near West Ninth Court and 68th Street at around 7 a.m., Monday.Officials said the flames were found the kitchen area.No injuries were reported, but the residents of the home and the occupants of a neighboring efficiency have been displaced.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Brew helped locate a missing hunter in September. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)At least once a week, 10 handlers and their dogs muck through the mountains, muskegs and forests on and off the beaten paths of Juneau in search of volunteer hiders.It’s practice for SEADOGS, or SE Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search. Local authorities call on the volunteer group several times a year to help out when people go missing.Download AudioMark Sanders and his dog Brew are searching the muskeg meadow off Fish Creek Road leading to Eaglecrest Ski Area. They’re looking for a mother, father and two daughters who’ve volunteered to hide.“Sometimes, it’s like, you get a little creative. I’ve got a family of four. They’re out berry picking. This is where they were last seen and, you know, there you go, here’s your search area. Looking for four people,” says Sanders.Brew’s search command is “Find him,” and Sanders says the dog knows when they’re on a mission.“Brew. Come here, Brew. Find him.”Brew runs ahead of Sanders intent on the search.“He’s ranging pretty good. Ranging is when the dog is working far away from you and they’re not right next to you looking for direction,” Sanders explains. “He’s independently out there searching around, and so then when he runs into a hot scent, he’s going to follow that into a source.”The 4-year-old golden retriever was 2 when Sanders decided to train him for search and rescue. Most of the other SEADOGS were puppies when they started getting trained.“When he finds the origin of the scent, then he’ll come back and give a barking alert,” Sanders says.Sanders and Brew are the newest team to join SEADOGS, but they’ve already have a real life find. In September, Brew located Kevin Michaud, a ptarmigan hunter who’d been missing overnight on Mount Roberts.Mark Sanders started training Brew for SEADOGS as a 2-year-old. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)SEADOGS and their handlers get called on searches multiple times a year. Stacey Poulson and her golden retriever Sage have found four people and been involved in numerous other searches where there have been finds, “except for Sharon on Mount Roberts,” Poulson says. “We never found her.”Juneau resident Sharon Buis went missing in May. Her car was found parked at the Mount Roberts trailhead. Local search groups, Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard scoured the area for days. Friends and volunteers continued looking for weeks after the official effort was called off.Poulson and Sage were part of several searches. Poulson says the dogs did show interest based on the scent of a glove from Buis’ car.“They indicated areas that Sharon had clearly gone by and could’ve stopped and had lunch or changed her shirt, you know, something – tied her shoe. So a strong pull of scent, the dogs will indicate on,” she says.But that’s not enough, says Poulson.“She walked that trail and we all know that. Where she went from that trail, we don’t know,” Poulson says.In those situations, the dogs can get discouraged, so the handlers will hide someone in the woods the dogs can find.“We always want the problem to turn out right for them. It helps advance their training. If they keep going on a search and nothing happens and nothing happens then they never get rewarded and so they have no reason to want to continue to search,” Poulson says.Even when it’s a suicide, the dog needs a happy ending. That’s the kind of find Sage had last spring in Haines. Poulson says dogs feel tragedy as much as humans do.“When she found her suicide victim her tail was tucked in. She didn’t do the bark alert that she’s trained to do but she let me know that he was there very quietly,” Poulson says. “So a reward in that instance is very important because she’s sad and she’s confused and she doesn’t like the smell but she’s still working and she did the job and so she deserved the reward.”Sage got rope pull toy. Poulson says that type of situation can be difficult emotionally but she focuses on the fact that it was a find.“It was successful and you know that it provided closure for the family and that’s the important thing,” Poulson says.Back in the muskeg, Brew gives a barking alert and leads Sanders to the missing family. The family encircles Brew, showering him with pets and cheers. As a reward, Sanders gives Brew a ball.There will be a celebration of life honoring Sharon Buis tonight from 7 to 10 at the Goldbelt Hotel.The Juneau Empire reports Buis’ family has invited community members who knew Buis and those involved in the search.
(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Owners of local marijuana businesses told the Fairbanks City Council Monday that the free market should decide how many retail pot shops the city should allow. The owners and other advocates told council members a proposed ordinance that would limit the number of shops and impose other regulations on the industry could stifle the economic benefits it’s generating.Listen nowThe marijuana-business owners and their allies did everything but quote Adam Smith in explaining why they oppose the restrictions in the proposed ordinance.“It’s a free market. It’s capitalism. It’s the American Dream,” Mason Evans said. Evans was one of several cannabis capitalists who turned out for Monday’s two-hour work session.Evans says they all invested heavily in their businesses because they saw opportunity. He says the limit of 12 retail shops in the city that the ordinance would impose would be unfair to a handful of those whose applications are still pending – and to others who want to get into the business.“You guys don’t need to pick winners or losers,” Evans said. “Limiting licenses will limit the growth of Fairbanks. You’re saying, ‘Alright, this number of people is all that’s going to be here.’ Y’know, what happens if Fairbanks booms?”Councilman Jonathan Bagwill, who opposes the marijuana industry and supports the ordinance, says he doesn’t understand why the business owners don’t like the idea.“From a business standpoint, I don’t even know if that makes sense to me,” Bagwill said. “If I had a business, I wouldn’t want there to be 140 businesses like mine in the same business. If I’m in a business, it’s to make money.”But Dan Peters says that’s not how he and his fellow retailers see it.“My business will benefit, either way,” Peters said. “I am good enough at my business to hold my own against any other business that comes along. So I’m not worried about other licenses and license caps.”Vivian Stivers, a former councilmember who also opposes the industry, reminded the business owners that the ordinance would set the number of retail shops according to population. That would be about one shop per 3,000 people, just as alcohol licenses are allocated, she said, encouraging the council to hold to that.“It’s been said since day one – the number that you have on your retail and other stores, like you saw, are set in the alcohol regulations,” Stivers said, “and I believe you’re on the right track. Those should be followed.”Councilman Jerry Cleworth followed up on that point a few minutes later, when pressing Evans on why he and the others now don’t want to adhere to that.“So, what’s happened here?” Cleworth said.“What’s happened here is everybody, like I said, is sailing in uncharted waters,” Evans replied.Evans and others say regulating marijuana like alcohol was just a starting point. They said they’re obviously different substances, so city officials should resist calls to place additional restrictions on the marijuana industry that may turn out to be unnecessary.The point was underlined in an exchange between Councilman David Pruhs and Ray Brazier, a local real estate agent who’s worked with the businesses and who says a shortage of qualifying commercial real estate in Fairbanks may settle the issue of how many retail shops the city can support.“It’s certainly getting more and more difficult to find areas that meet all the restrictions, both the state and well as the borough ordinance setbacks,” Brazier said. “Whether we’ve reached full saturation – y’know I do think we’re approaching that.”Mayor Jim Matherly has said he intends to set up additional meetings, including one with marijuana-industry opponents, before the council revisits the measure for final amendments and possible approval in its May 7 meeting.
Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader K Jana Reddy and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) working president A Revanth Reddy caught the attention of all the leaders who attended the At Home organised by Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was seen talking with Jana Reddy for some time and it is learnt that they exchanged some views on the political developments in Telangana ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre for second term. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Narasimhan also had some interaction with Congress leader and MP Revanth Reddy and both were seen sharing a lighter moment. Narasimhan on spotting Revanth went to him and said, “oh! you have come good.” Revanth replied, “how could I ignore the invitation of Governor.” In a quick response, Narasimhan asked the Congress leader as to why he did not meet him. “You wanted to meet me,” he reportedly asked him. The TPCC working president replied that he feared that he would get a smack from the Governor. Narasimhan said you know who hit whom in Assembly. Among those who attended the At Home were BJP State unit chief K Laxman, BJP senior leader Ramchander Rao and former Union Minister B Dattatreya. Ministers and Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy were not present as they were preoccupied with official programmes in their respective districts.
Salman Khan on Twitter Live for his film Bharat.TwitterIs Salman Khan still angry with Priyanka Chopra for quitting his film Bharat? Although the actor’s father had clarified last year that Salman Khan is not miffed with Priyanka Chopra for leaving his son’s film just before the shooting began, it seems Salman Khan continues to mention her. In a Twitter Live interview with fans in which Salman Khan, his co-star Katrina Kaif and director Alia Abbas Zafar answered questions directly, Salman yet again mentioned Priyanka Chopra.During the promotions of Bigg Boss in Goa in September 2018, Salman Khan had talked a lot about Priyanka Chopra quitting the film Bharat, and said that maybe she didn’t want to work with him anymore, or maybe it was for her personal reasons. Priyanka Chopra had just got engaged to be married to American singer Nick Jonas then, and the two tied the know in December 2018.So, the actress had a valid reason to quit the film. After a whirlwind romance with Nick Jonas, he proposed to her in July 2018 and she said yes. The two decided to get married the same year, and Priyanka Chopra had to adjust her professional commitments.But it seems her leaving Bharat is something Salman Khan will never forget, especially since she had requested director Ali Abbas Zafar to star in the film. In the Twitter Live titled Team Bharat on Twitter, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif spoke about their roles in Bharat elaborately. Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar on Twitter Live for the film Bharat.TwitterFans wanted to know how difficult was it for both of them to play people from different eras. When Katrina Kaif revealed that she had only two months to prep for her role, without mentioning that it was because she had stepped into Priyanka Chopra’s role, Salman Khan said that Priyanka Chopra could’ve given more time to the production house to find a replacement.Katrina Kaif said about her role in Bharat, “I have worked extremely hard…”, Salman Khan said, “Priyanka ne jyada time nahi diya humko” (Priyanka Chopra didn’t give us enough time).” He added, “No, but seriously bohot hard work kiya hai Katrina ne… agar Priyanka humko thoda sa aur waqt de deti toh…” (Katrina has worked really hard…if only Priyanka could’ve given us more time).Watch the entire interview here to know more about Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in Bharat. Bharat posterTwitter.#TeamBharatOnTwitter is now Live! Thank you for all your questions, watch to find out if we pick yours! https://t.co/GTGFIrceDi— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) 3 May 2019
In-orbit operation of an atomic clock based on laser-cooled 87Rb atoms. Principle and structure of the space cold atom clock (CAC). The capture zone is a magneto-optical trap (MOT) with a folded beam design. The ring interrogation cavity is used for the microwave field to interrogate the cold atoms. In the detection zone, cold atoms in both hyperfine states are detected. The clock signal is obtained by feeding the error signal to the frequency of microwave source. Credit: Nature Communications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05219-z Neglected atom has top properties for atomic clocks Journal information: Nature Communications Citation: Chinese team runs cold atomic clock in space for 15 months (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-chinese-team-cold-atomic-clock.html Cold atomic clocks keep time by measuring atomic oscillations in free fall (so no interference occurs). They are chilled, as their name implies, to near absolute zero using lasers, which makes them more precise. It would be convenient for researchers to have a cold atomic clock run in space—that would allow for measuring time more precisely for such things as GPS applications. But space presents challenges that are not present on Earth, including the size and weight of the apparatus—both are at a premium on spacecraft. There is also the matter of shielding the clock from cosmic radiation. Such roadblocks have prevented the use of these clocks in space, until now. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have successfully run a cold atomic clock on board an Earth-orbiting vehicle—the Tiangong-2 Chinse space station. They report further that they ran the clock for 15 months, and during that time, they achieved a frequency stability of 3.0 x 10−13τ−1/2.The clock used by the team was encased in three layers of mu-metal and was held at a pressure of 10-12 atmospheres. The servo-motors used to stabilize the pressure were also shielded to prevent interference from their magnetic fields. Inside of the device was a trap isolating 50 million rubidium-87 atoms held steady by microwaves and laser pulses. Measuring was done using interferometry.The researchers suggest similar space-based clocks could be used for metrology as well as for testing principles of General Relativity and other fundamental physics constants. A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has successfully operated a cold atomic clock in space for a period of 15 months. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes how they succeeded in achieving the difficult task. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further More information: Liang Liu et al. In-orbit operation of an atomic clock based on laser-cooled 87Rb atoms, Nature Communications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05219-zAbstractAtomic clocks based on laser-cooled atoms are widely used as primary frequency standards. Deploying such cold atom clocks (CACs) in space is foreseen to have many applications. Here we present tests of a CAC operating in space. In orbital microgravity, the atoms are cooled, trapped, launched, and finally detected after being interrogated by a microwave field using the Ramsey method. Perturbing influences from the orbital environment on the atoms such as varying magnetic fields and the passage of the spacecraft through Earth’s radiation belt are also controlled and mitigated. With appropriate parameters settings, closed-loop locking of the CAC is realized in orbit and an estimated short-term frequency stability close to 3.0 × 10−13τ−1/2 has been attained. The demonstration of the long-term operation of cold atom clock in orbit opens possibility on the applications of space-based cold atom sensors. 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.
Kolkata: The state Forest department has ordered for ‘extraction of a leopard from the landscape’ that has been causing deaths in the tea gardens of Alipurduar for over a month. The order comes in the wake of the state Forest department’s efforts to capture the big cat proving futile.”We have found out that one of the leopards in the tea gardens of Alipurduar has become ‘very dangerous’ and is posing a serious threat to human life in the area. The animal’s attacks had proved fatal for three children and resulted in serious injuries to some others. We have identified that it is a single leopard that has been responsible for the attack. So we have decided to go to extreme lengths and extract this leopard from the landscape,” said Ravi Kant Sinha, Chief Wildlife Warden of Bengal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThis is the first time in the state that such an order has been given to rein in a leopard. The order implies that the Forest department officials have the licence to shoot and kill the animal, if they feel that it cannot be captured by any other method. Similar orders were given in the year 2016 when an elephant was shot dead after it went rogue in Burdwan district. It may be mentioned that after a series of leopard attacks in December and January that resulted in the death of three children, the Forest department has been able to capture five leopards in and around the tea garden areas of Ramjhora, Dhumchipara and Gargonda that lie in the Madarihat Block. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe area, as per the satellite map created by the state Forest department, is spread across a span of 65.88 square kilometres. The three fatal cases took place at Dhumchipara tea garden on December 12, Ramjhora tea garden on December 23 and on January 16 at Gargonda tea estate, when a girl child was snatched from the lap of her mother, with her body being found later. The villagers in the area have been vocal against such attacks and two animals were allegedly killed by poisoning in December. Sources said that the Forest department is looking for expert shooters who can be given the responsibility to kill the animal, if needed. However, experts stated that it is extremely difficult to shoot a tiger or a leopard to death in its natural habitat.