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Justin Blackmon Finally Signs With Jaguars

Justin Blackmon is in the record books and he has not even played a game yet for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He certainly did not plan for the dubious distinction he acquired, but then who would?Blackmon became this year’s final first-round draft pick to sign a contract. The No. 5 overall will show up for his first NFL practice Tuesday after he signs a four-year deal worth $19.5 million, according to the Florida Times-Union.As it is in today’s technologically advanced times, the Jaguars announced the contract agreement with Blackmon via the team’s Twitter account.In any case, the club is ready to have the receiver with so much potential begin working on his craft with his teammates. Blackmon isn’t likely to play in the Jaguars’ first preseason game Friday against the New York Giants. New rules call for a player to have three days of non-contact work before he’s allowed to put on full pads. Starting practice Tuesday only allows for two days of non-contact work before the preseason game.Whatever the case, Blackmon will arrive with a cloud of drama hanging over him and suspect eyes because of his troubled past.The former Oklahoma State star pleaded guilty last month to drunken driving in Oklahoma. He negotiated a deal that did not included jail time.Still, it was s disturbing scenario. Blackmon was arrested in Stillwater, Okla., on June 3 and charged with aggravated DUI when he registered a .24 alcohol level, three times the legal limit. He later apologized and indicated that he would stop drinking.This arrest followed an arrest for an alcohol-related offense while at Oklahoma State, leading to speculation that the Jaguars wanted some sort of contractual protection should he run afoul of the law again.It is not clear at this time if that kind of stipulation was a sticking point in the contract negotiations. read more

FM Jaitley Hails RateCut as Positive for Indian Economy

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley welcomed the interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), terming the move as “very positive for the economy.”The RBI cut its repo rate by 25 basis points, to 7.75%, for the first time in almost a year, on the back of easing inflation and weak demand.Repo rate is the rate at which banks borrow from the RBI. A reduction in the rate makes funds cheaper and helps retail and institutional borrowers reduce their interest outgo, a key factor in deciding to fund projects or investments through a bank loan.”Reduction in the rates is a positive development. It will lead to more money in the hand of the consumers and result in greater spending. It’s positive for the Indian economy,” Jaitley told reporters on Thursday, according to Business Line.He expressed hope that the move will assist in reviving the investment cycle that the government seeks to restore.Meanwhile, Subramanian noted that the move would provide some fillip to the economy, directly and indirectly.”It does signal a shift in the underlying (monetary) stance going forward,” said said Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser to the Finance Ministry in an interview with television channel CNBC-TV18. Chief economic adviser at India’s Finance Ministry Arvind Subramanian (bottom L) listens to finance officials during their meeting in New DelhiReutersThe BSE Sensex traded at 28,016.24, up by 669.42 points or 2.45% at 1:23 pm.last_img read more

Upcoming AKA Regional Conference Brings Promise of Economic Impact to Baltimore

first_imgThe North Atlantic Regional Conference for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) will be held in Baltimore, Md. at the Baltimore Convention Center from April 26 through April 30. The sorority estimates over 5,000 members will attend the conference. The sorority will display its commitment to volunteerism and charitable giving by hosting numerous community service projects across the city throughout the conference.Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson. (AKA)AKA is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 290,000 members in 993 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States and around the world.The conference is being led by the AKA North Atlantic Regional Director, Meredith L. Henderson, International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, and Conference Chairman Tracey Barbour-Gillet. In addition to “conducting the business of AKA” attendees will support several community service projects that represent the five targets of the Sorority’s programs of service: education, health, family strengthening, environmental ownership and global impact.On April 27, members will donate 1,000 backpacks along with school supplies and clothing to students at Beechfield Elementary/Middle School located at 301 South Beechfield Avenue. Later that same day AKA will be stocking a food pantry for students at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) with items donated by members. “A recent [news article] reported on the growing problem of college students struggling to pay for food and stay in school as tuition has increased and financial aid has fallen,” Henderson said in a statement. “I am happy to aid students in need, help break new ground and supply the BCCC food pantry with the generous donations of Alpha Kappa Alpha women.” The AKA food pantry donation will take place at the Liberty Campus of BCCC, located at 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue. On April 29, AKA will be hosting a Community Forum called “Ending the Violence and Building Healthy Communities (ACA).” The forum will feature Congressman Anthony Brown (D – Md) as the keynote speaker and former Baltimore City Mayor and sorority member Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will serve as moderator. The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ located at 13 South Poppleton Street. Also from 9 a.m. to noon, on the same day, the organization will host an “HBCU Expo” at the Baltimore Convention Center. Representatives from historically Black colleges and universities will be in attendance and available to discuss future educational opportunities with area high school students. During the “HBCU Expo”, AKA will donate 1,000 backpacks to Monrovia Park Elementary School.According to Visit Baltimore, the AKAs (who will be wearing apple green and salmon pink) will support the Baltimore City economy by spending more than $1,930,000 during their conference through hotel stays, shopping, dining and tours of Charm City.last_img read more

Using fourdimensional electron microscopy to track diffusion of nanoparticles in a liquid

first_img Combining pulsed laser with electron gun allows for capturing fast motion of nanoparticles in a liquid PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Journal information: Science Advances This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Using four-dimensional electron microscopy to track diffusion of nanoparticles in a liquid (2017, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-four-dimensional-electron-microscopy-track-diffusion.html A team of researchers at Caltech has developed a way to capture on film the superfast propulsive motion of Brownian objects, particularly those at the nanoscale. In their paper published on the open-access site Science Advances, the team describes using four-dimensional electron microscopy techniques to capture real-time imagery of gold nanoparticles as they diffused in a liquid.center_img Play Tracing photoinduced nanoparticle diffusion. Credit: Xuewen Fu 4D imaging of nanoparticle diffusion in liquid. Credit: Xuewen Fu More information: Xuewen Fu et al. Photoinduced nanobubble-driven superfast diffusion of nanoparticles imaged by 4D electron microscopy, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701160 Tiny particles suspended in hot liquid are observed to move in a seemingly random fashion. Such movement was noted by Robert Brown in the early 19th century, a phenomenon thus called Brownian motion. In more recent times, researchers have focused on Brownian motion as it relates to even smaller particles—micro and nano particles. Unfortunately, due to technological limitations, it was previously impossible to capture the action on film—instead, researchers have pieced together stills taken using an electron microscope. In this new effort, the researchers report on a technique they have developed that overcomes this problem, offering a new way to study diffusion of extremely tiny particles.The new approach involves the use of four-dimensional microscopy, which entails using both extremely fast laser pulses and transmission electron microscopy—it is based, the researchers note, on a pump-probe working mechanism. The first of two lasers excites the particles, while the second takes a picture of the action—it happens so quickly that the results can be viewed as video.In their experiments, the researchers fired a first pulse at gold nanoparticles, then fired a second pulse that captured images of tiny bubbles forming near the surface of the nanoparticles and exciting them. Increasing the energy of the first pulse, the team noted, resulted in merging many of the tiny bubbles, causing different types of movement by the nanoparticles. The researchers suggest their technique could be used by other researchers to study dispersion systems, particularly those that are out of equilibrium. It could also lead the way, perhaps, to the development of light-powered nanorobots working inside liquid systems. Play Results of nanoparticle experiment. Credit: Xuewen Fu © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more