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Canada looks forward to working with Sri Lanka

At an audience that followed the presentation, the new High Commissioner among other matters, briefed the Governor General on recent developments in Sri Lanka, including the Presidential and General Elections, and the emergence of a consensus based political culture in the country characterized by an all-inclusive approach. This he said included an engagement with the large Sri Lankan diaspora around the world comprising all communities. Governor General David Johnston among other matters said “High Commissioner Jawad, welcome to Canada for this latest posting in your distinguished diplomatic career”.He further stated “Dating back 60 years, Canada and Sri Lanka’s long-standing relationship stems from our shared Commonwealth heritage. It’s also anchored by our strong people-to-people ties: the Sri Lankan diaspora in Canada is estimated to number between 250,000 and 300,000 people”. The Governor General noted that “These relationships are a wonderful basis upon which to deepen our friendship and work together to build peace and prosperity in our respective countries. Canada looks forward to a bright future working with Sri Lanka”. (Colombo Gazette) Canada says it looks forward to working with the new Sri Lankan Government and deepen the friendship between both countries.Ahmed A. Jawad presented his Credentials as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Governor General David Johnston of Canada at a ceremony held at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa yesterday (Thursday). High Commissioner Jawad recalled the historically warm relations between the two countries based on commonwealth ties and values and elaborated on the commercial, economic and investment prospects in the country. He welcomedthe Canadian government and private sector to be part of Sri Lanka’s development drive. read more

Barton Jail Inquest

About eight men died of drug overdoses in the Barton street jail between 2012 and 2016, as an inquest looking into their deaths is being held.We heard from a man who has spent time inside the jail as he shares details of what he experienced as an inmate.The man goes by the name Cha Cha Jim James. He says he knows first hand what its like inside these walls.“Its scary what’s happening inside here right now” “The overdoses are crazy you know”.“I can understand why people are overdosing because I know how it feels to be locked in there and confined in there”The inquest has heard there’s a lack of physical activities and fresh air. There’s a small outside yard where inmates can sometimes walk around. One of the proposed recommendations is funding to reinstate four recreation officers to allow access to programs and the gym sits empty. read more

UN envoy calls on Israel to cease overflights of Lebanon

Voicing dismay at numerous such breaches over the last 36 hours, Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, reminded all parties that one violation cannot justify another.He said the latest violations disturbed the relative calm that had returned to the Blue Line following increased tension last month when Israeli jets flew over Lebanon, including Beirut, at low altitude after two Israeli soldiers and a Hezbollah militant were killed in an exchange of fire.There were six air violations today involving eight aircraft and four drones and four yesterday with five aircraft and eight helicopters. There were no reports of anti-aircraft fire.Last month Mr. Annan recommended a six-month extension for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), set up to confirm Israel’s withdrawal following a series of incursions and help the Lebanese Government restore its effective authority in the area. Citing the ongoing clashes, he warned that “considerable risk remains that hostile acts will escalate and lead the parties into conflict.” read more

FiveThirtyEights 201516 NBA Forecast

The East is still the inferior conference — the average NBA team would stand to gain about two extra wins by moving from West to East. How much is two wins worth? It’s nothing to sneeze at, but it also isn’t going to make or break a team’s fortunes. The top-ranked Cleveland Cavaliers, for instance, would still be projected to win more than 60 games if they were given the schedule of a typical Western Conference team.Then again, the Cavs have a rare stockpile of talent by the standards of the East — we think they’re far and away the best team in the conference. That’s not exactly a bold prediction; perhaps more interesting is the No. 2 ranking CARMELO bestows on the Boston Celtics, who finished last season with the eighth seed in the East. Boston’s scoring attack wasn’t very good last year, but CARMELO thinks the team’s turnaround will be fueled by major improvements on the offensive end.As for the rest of the conference, the Atlanta Hawks’ projected decline — from 60 to 46 wins — might surprise their fans, but because many of last season’s stars are expected to regress to the mean, CARMELO thinks they’ll take equal steps backward on offense and defense. Along the same lines, the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets are projected to fall out of the playoffs (particularly Brooklyn, who we project to be in the East’s cellar), while CARMELO calls for the Charlotte Hornets to ascend to the postseason after sitting it out last year.WESTERN CONFERENCE 3BullsCentral+0.115+2.04+2.147.8 7HornetsSoutheast-1.0170.017-1.039.4 10PistonsCentral+1.210-3.127-1.936.6 Here at FiveThirtyEight HQ, we’ve been pretty excited about the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season.OK, that’s a bit of an understatement.For starters, we rolled out CARMELO,1Short for, ahem, Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization. our system for predicting the career of every NBA player, and we’ve been encouraging all who will listen to check out their favorite player’s projection. (Yes, our friends and families have asked us to stop.) We also used CARMELO to preview all 30 NBA teams.In each of those previews, we listed a “projected record” for the team in question to get a sense of what their fans should expect this year. But the trouble with writing these previews over such an extended amount of time is that we didn’t really get a chance to run the numbers for every team all at once. And if we had, injuries and transactions would have rendered those projections out of date by now.So to our eagle-eyed readers: Yes, we know, the projected wins for each team did not perfectly average 41-41 across the entire NBA.2They came close; on average, we were about 0.9 wins too high per team. We also didn’t adjust the numbers for strength of schedule. But we have now. Here’s an overview of each conference’s projected standings, which takes into account CARMELO’s ratings and each team’s schedule.3Our original predictions have a .996 correlation with these updated ones, so very little changed when we plugged our talent ratings into the 2015-16 NBA schedule. Unsurprisingly, the main difference came between conferences, where the same amount of generic talent in the CARMELO model will buy you more wins in the East than the West.EASTERN CONFERENCE 15NetsAtlantic-3.828-3.929-7.721.7 8JazzNorthwest+0.514+0.88+1.343.8 15LakersPacific-1.923-4.830-6.722.1 8PacersCentral-1.219-0.219-1.437.7 1CavaliersCentral+8.210.018+8.163.2 5RocketsSouthwest+4.03+0.610+4.752.6 SEEDTEAMDIVOFFNBA RKDEFNBA RKTOTWINS 13NuggetsNorthwest-4.329-0.923-5.226.3 11MagicSoutheast-1.420-0.721-2.136.1 10SunsPacific-2.624+1.96-0.738.2 In the West, the Golden State Warriors are once again our pick for No. 1 in the conference. But beneath them, there are some shake-ups: The Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished out of the playoffs last season after an incredible spate of injuries, are right back near the top of the standings, as are the new-look San Antonio Spurs. Those teams push the Los Angeles Clippers down to No. 4, highlighting just how stacked the West continues to be.CARMELO also thinks the Houston Rockets will fall from second to fifth in the conference, thanks to a declining defense. And it forecasts an extreme decline for the Portland Trail Blazers — without LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland is projected to drop from fourth in the West to 12th. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the playoff picture, our numbers call for the Dallas Mavericks to cede their No. 7 slot from a year ago to the Pelicans, while the Utah Jazz and (shockingly) the Kings battle over the conference’s eighth and final postseason berth.As mentioned above, the West figures to once again dominate the East. While the Cavaliers project as the NBA’s most talented team (by fractions of a ratings point over the Warriors), each of the next six best teams are in the West, as are six of the seven teams we project to win 50+ games. But there might be slight hope for improvement in East-West relations: CARMELO thinks the East will gain five total wins on the West, compared to last year’s split between the conferences.No matter what happens between the conferences, though, we think they’ll be represented again in the Finals by the Cavaliers and Warriors come next June.4Cleveland has a much higher probability of getting there. And we’re really looking forward to seeing how their paths potentially take them there. 12BucksCentral-3.326+0.79-2.634.4 2ThunderNorthwest+6.12+0.513+6.658.0 SEEDTEAMDIVOFFNBA RKDEFNBA RKTOTWINS 1476ersAtlantic-6.730-0.822-7.522.0 9HeatSoutheast-0.316-1.324-1.637.7 9KingsPacific-1.018+0.414-0.638.3 3SpursSouthwest+2.37+4.22+6.457.1 5RaptorsAtlantic+0.712+0.116+0.844.5 6WizardsSoutheast-1.721+1.57-0.341.0 2CelticsAtlantic+2.08+0.415+2.449.2 4HawksSoutheast+0.711+0.611+1.345.7 13KnicksAtlantic-3.527-2.926-6.424.8 1WarriorsPacific+3.05+5.01+8.161.3 4ClippersPacific+4.04+1.95+5.956.1 12Trail BlazersNorthwest-1.822+0.612-1.336.2 11MavericksSouthwest+1.49-1.925-0.638.0 7PelicansSouthwest+2.36-0.620+1.844.9 6GrizzliesSouthwest+0.613+3.13+3.750.5 14TimberwolvesNorthwest-2.625-3.128-5.724.9 read more

It was just not good enough Theresa May apologises for reaction to

first_img Image: Philip Toscano-Heighton/PA Wire By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 21st 2017, 8:21 PM Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 8:21 PM 15,010 Views http://jrnl.ie/3456780 36 Comments center_img ‘It was just not good enough’: Theresa May apologises for reaction to Grenfell tragedy Reports emerged that the cladding may have given off gas that contributed to some of the 79 deaths. Share13 Tweet Email Image: Philip Toscano-Heighton/PA Wire UK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has apologised for the official State response to the Grenfell Tower fire believed to have killed 79 people, saying it was “just not good enough”.“That was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most. As prime minister I apologise for that failure,” she told the House of Commons today.Fire toxicity experts meanwhile, have said that insulation boards fitted outside the tower gave off highly toxic hydrogen cyanide gas which may have contributed to some of the deaths, reports Sky News.CriticismTheresa May had come in for sharp criticism for not visiting the survivors of the blaze on her first visit to the area, when both the opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and Queen Elizabeth did.There had also been criticism from the survivors about the lack of coordination in the State response.Last week, angry protesters stormed local authority headquarters demanding justice for victims and survivors.Residents had long complained about fire safety risks at Grenfell Tower, but said the concerns of the multi-ethnic, largely working-class inhabitants had been brushed off by local authorities. Source: Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association ImagesSpeaking today, May said: “The support on the ground for families in the initial hours was not good enough.People were left without belongings, without roofs over their heads, without even basic information about what had happened, what they should do, and where they could seek help. Short URL The government has announced that 68 flats had been bought for survivors in an upmarket housing development on Kensington High Street.A pledge has also been made to rehouse all the survivors either in their local borough or in neighbouring ones.“The residents of Grenfell Tower have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable and it is our duty to support them,” Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.Our priority is to get everyone who has lost their home permanently rehoused locally as soon as possible, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.CladdingThe new claim about the potential for the cladding to have emitted deadly gas came from fire toxicity experts this evening, speaking to Sky News.They said that the insulation boards installed during a refurbishment of the tower produce highly toxic hydrogen cyanide gas when they burn, and their positioning on the building means that every flat could have been filled with enough gas to kill those inside.Establishing if it caused deaths, however, may not be possible due to the condition of the victims. Source: Ik Aldama/DPA/PA ImagesAt least three people injured in the fire had been treated with an antidote for this deadly gas.Richard Hull, professor of chemistry and fire science, said: “The outside wall of the building had 150mm of PIR foam (fitted), and once the fire had spread to that every flat would have its own source of PIR foam, which would have produced enough hydrogen cyanide to kill all the people in that flat.”As of this morning, 10 people were still being treated in hospital following the blaze. Six of them were in critical condition.With reporting from AFPRead: Young teenage girl airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty swimmingRead: Dublin Airport is looking for better ways to scare off birdslast_img read more

Tablettes tactiles découvrez les stars de 2011

first_imgTablettes tactiles : découvrez les stars de 2011Très attendues cette année, les tablettes tactiles font partie des produits high tech les plus en vogue. Face au succès de l’iPad d’Apple de nombreux fabricants ont voulu tenter l’aventure. Ils nous promettent ainsi plusieurs terminaux qui devraient arriver sur le marché dans les mois à venir.Toshiba, Asus, Motorola, RIM, ou encore HP. La concurrence promet d’être rude cette année pour Apple, qui a su faire de sa tablette, l’iPad, un succès international. Les autres fabricants veulent à présent tout faire pour séduire le grand public avec des terminaux aussi sophistiqués, et parfois moins chers. Et pourquoi s’en priveraient-ils puisque le produit fonctionne bien sur le marché ? Rien qu’en France, pas moins de 435.000 tablettes se seraient écoulées depuis mars 2010 d’après le cabinet d’études GfK (voir notre article). Si l’iPad d’Apple se taille la part du lion des ventes de ce type de terminaux, est-ce que cela sera toujours le cas dans 6 mois, lorsque les fabricants auront sorti leurs tablettes concurrentes ? Les tendances, rencontrées au dernier Consumer Electronic Show de Las Vegas, début janvier, plaçaient en tout cas la Motorola Xoom au premier rang des concurrents sérieux à l’iPad. Pour se maintenir en tête des ventes, Apple a tout intérêt à proposer quelque chose de véritablement nouveau avec son iPad 2, qui devrait être commercialisé dans les mois à venir.Découvrez les tablettes tactiles attendues cette année en images, sur Maxisciences. Le 28 janvier 2011 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Seth Rollins appears at NXT event in his hometown WWE stars meet

first_img WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Videos Articles Seth Rollins Pinterest Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE recently posted video (view above) with current Universal Champion and Iowa native Seth Rollins making a surprise appearance during a recent NXT Live event that was held at the RiverCenter in his hometown of Davenport, IA.WWE stars meet NY Mets playersWWE posted a recent video (view below) with Braun Strowman, Natalya and Titus O’Neil meeting Major League Baseball’s New York Mets during WrestleMania 35 week at Citi Field. Drew McIntyre, Curt Hawkins, and Mickie James threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets game.  Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Daniel Bryan Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

Newcastle has equaled their worst EPL start

first_imgCoach Rafa Benitez believes the Magpies have had a very bad start because of the difficult schedule the team was drawn onNewcastle United lost 2-1 against Arsenal and now have equaled their worst start in English Premier League history.The Magpies have yet to win a single match after 5 Weeks of the 2018-2019 season.They have lost four and tied one game, leaving them at the bottom of the standings.“The fans, they can see from the beginning the fixtures and say, ‘Hmmm…’. I remember reading your comments, ‘Hopefully, we can win against Cardiff because it’s an (important) game’,” Benitez told The Chronicle Live.“We drew against Cardiff, we could have won.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“But to lose against the top sides and to lose by this margin is something that everybody could have expected. But still, we are not happy with that, for sure.”“It’s something that we have to manage now and be sure that we keep the confidence and we keep working like we did in the first half,” he added.“I will not talk about just possession because it’s not an issue.”“For us, it’s to be sure that you can be there, you can create chances and if you miss the last pass in the final third or this kind of situation, fine, but at least you are there and we were there,” he continued.“That is the main thing for me and the positive for the future, to try to manage the games and approach the games like we did in the first half.”“The second half, like I have said so many times, as soon as you make mistakes against the top sides, if you are a little bit wide, they can kill you on the counter-attack,” he concluded.last_img read more

Batwoman will have Hush origin Burt Ward cameo revealed at ComicCon panel

first_img I was Batman The CW Batwoman’s pilot screened to fans during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel Saturday, with executive producers Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries revealing details about the cameos and characters set up for the Ruby Rose-starring show.The upcoming season will feature an origin story for the Batman villain Hush.”The character of Tommy Elliot … ultimately becomes the supervillain Hush, but we’re seeing his origins of why he hates Batman so much,” Dries said after the pilot screening.Also to come for classic TV fans, actor Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960s Batman series, will be making a cameo at some point during the show’s first season. TV and Movies Post a comment 3:44 Share your voice 62 Photos Now playing: Watch this:center_img The pilot episode, which we will dive into in a separate story, heavily features Rose’s Kate Kane in many fight scenes without her costume — a decision that was influenced by how the character is military-trained.”She’s actually getting thrown against the wall and punched in the face,” Dries said, noting that Rose’s character attended the fictional military academy of Point Rock Academy.Without getting too far into spoilers, Dries and Schechter mentioned that Kane’s time at the military academy would have taken place before the end of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, heavily affecting how Kane’s experience as an out lesbian went at the military academy. The CW The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Tags Batwoman, who previously debuted during a crossover with The CW’s Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl series, will also be developing a stronger relationship with Supergirl as the shows begin to cross over further.Dries said that, while glimpsed during the show’s Elseworlds event, viewers will eventually “see that core bond move into a Kate-Kara friendship,” referencing Supergirl’s lead character of Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist.Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman was first revealed in August 2018, at the time with a confirmed appearance for the Elseworlds event with the possibility of a series. That series is now set to debut Oct. 6 on The CW. 0last_img 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

Trumps Muslim ban sparks protests

first_imgThe United States braced Sunday for a second day of furious protests against Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries as the White House doubled down despite a partial stay from a federal judge.Protests were scheduled outside the White House and in New York’s Battery Park, which looks across to the Statue of Liberty-America’s famed beacon of freedom and immigration-and expected at airports nationwide.Trump signed the temporary ban as an executive order on Friday afternoon, suspending the arrival of all refugees for at least 120 days and barring visa holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.Also affected were foreign dual nationals, who may not have needed a visa to enter the United States, for example British citizens, and at least initially green card holders already on the path to US citizenship.The inclusion of green card holders sparked particular outrage, leading White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to backpedal Sunday, telling CBS television that the ban “didn’t affect them.”Nevertheless they are still liable to face “extreme vetting” at US borders upon arrival.The travel ban triggered shock and confusion, as well as a wave of anger at home and abroad, sparking demonstrations Saturday at airports in Washington, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.Travelers were detained at US borders, splitting families-such as a father unable to reach his son’s wedding, and a grandmother unable to meet her grandchildren-and officials warned it was a “gift to extremists.”On Saturday night, a federal judge in New York partially blocked the order, saying that US authorities could not to deport refugees or other people detained on arrival.But Trump-the New York real estate billionaire turned Republican commander-in-chief-was unrepentant Sunday, defending his policy in the face of growing outrage across the globe and from Americans at home.“Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!” he tweeted to his nearly 23 million followers.Bannon promoted -The Department of Homeland Security said it would comply with court orders not to deport those already detained, but said it would otherwise continue to enforce the order.“Prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the US government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety,” it said in a statement.Trump fanned further disquiet by giving controversial adviser Steve Bannon, a founding member of far-right website Breitbart News, a permanent seat on the National Security Council at the expense of other security chiefs.While Bannon was promoted, the Director of National Intelligence and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will now be present only when “their responsibilities and expertise” are required, said an executive memorandum.The exact number of those affected by the travel ban is unclear, but Judge Ann Donnelly ordered the government to provide lists of all those detained at US airports since the measure went into effect.She issued the emergency stay late Saturday night but did not broach the constitutionality of Trump’s order to the anger of protestors at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, where thousands had gathered.“People are prepared to stand against this” said David Gaddis, 43. “Every day he’s in office, it’s a national emergency.”Deporting those travelers following Trump’s order exposes them to “substantial and irreparable injury,” Donnelly wrote in her decision.The American Civil Liberties Union went to court after two Iraqi men, one of whom had worked as an interpreter for the US military after the 2003 US-led invasion, were detained on arrival at JFK.Overseas outrage -A second federal judge in Virginia issued a temporary order restricting authorities for seven days from deporting legal permanent residents detained at Dulles Airport just outside Washington.The order follows through on one of his most controversial campaign promises, to subject travelers from Muslim-majority countries to “extreme vetting”-which he declared would make America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists.”The State Department has said that only people holding a dual citizenship with the US will be allowed to enter.The plan triggered a fierce political backlash, but was endorsed by Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.Democratic lawmakers have also been up in arms, seeing the ban as an opportunity to galvanize outrage to the new president.“This is not who we are,” wrote former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Twitter.German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed the restrictions, saying it was “not justified” to target people based on their background or religion and a spokesman said Berlin will examine the consequences for German citizens.British Prime Minister Theresa May, who met Trump in Washington on a charm offensive last week, said she did “not agree” with the restrictions.British athletics legend Mo Farah, who was born in Somalia, called it a policy of “ignorance and prejudice” that could keep him apart from his family, based in Oregon, while he is currently training in Ethiopia.And in Iraq, a key partner in the war against jihadists for more than two years, there were calls for a reciprocal ban on US citizens.last_img read more

BNP submits list of detained leaders to EC

first_imgElection CommissionMain opposition BNP on Saturday submitted a list of 21 leaders to the election commission, including a nomination seeker, who have been arrested by law enforcement agencies since 22 November ‘defying the EC’s directives’, reports UNB.Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salauddin Khan submitted the list attached with a letter signed by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to the office of chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban.”So far, 21 BNP leaders, including a nomination seeker, have been arrested since 22 November,” Fakhrul claimed in the letter.The BNP leader requested the election commission to issue emergency directives to the law enforcement agencies to refrain from arresting BNP leaders and activists in ‘false’ cases alongside taking measures for the release of those arrested.Fakhrul alleged that the EC played a silent role.Besides, BNP submitted a list of two cases filed with Bhairab police station against its leaders and activists on 19 and 23 November. The total numbers of named and unnamed accused in the two cases are 150 and 450 ones respectively. In the letter, Fakhrul said they earlier submitted the lists of cases with arrestees on 15, 17 and 20 November.Over recovering the body of its nomination seeker Abu Bakar from Buriganga, he said the EC earlier announced that they were giving directives to the law enforcement agencies to take legal steps in this regard.”The role of the EC is also questionable in this regard. The EC can’t avoid the responsibility in this matter,” the BNP secretary general said.According to the BNP’s list, BNP nomination seeker from Cumilla-4 constituency MA Awal Khan was arrested and kept in the jail so that he cannot submit the nomination paper.The other 20 arrestees are Ramna thana Chhatra Dal leader Jewel Rana (missing traceless after being arrested), Rupnagar Thana BNP leader Abul Kashem, Rupnagar thana Juba Dal leaders Fakhrul Islam Shipu, Jahangir Biswas, Shahjahan Shikder and Mintu Mia, Rupnagar Swecchasebok Dal leader Alauddin, Mohammadpur thana BNP leaders Abdur Rahman and Masum, Sutrapur thana BNP leader Abdus Sattar, Kawser Ahmmed, Mujibur Rahman, Sutrapur Sramik Dal leader Delwar Hossain, ward-level leader in Khilkhet thana Abdul Haque Bhuiyan, Bhairab (Kishoreganj) BNP leaders Alamgir member and Abdul Khaleque, and Bhairab Juba Dal leader Rubel Mia.The other arrestees are Jamal, Zakaria Faruk and Kawser Mia — all grassroots leaders of Bhairab.Later, EC secretary Helal Uddin told reporters that the list submitted by BNP will be placed in the commission’s meeting to be held on Sunday and the EC will take the decision.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday January 30

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uTonight’s episode of AFRO First Edition will be pre-empted by Morgan State University Men’s Basketball. Tune in for a new episode of AFRO First Edition, Tuesday, January 31.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

UltraFast QuantumDot Information Storage

first_img Digitally programmable perovskite nanowire-block copolymer composites Citation: Ultra-Fast Quantum-Dot Information Storage (2008, March 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-ultra-fast-quantum-dot-storage.html Explore further 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.center_img The information-storage market is dominated by two main types: Flash memory, used in memory sticks and cell phones, and dynamic random access memory (DRAM), which is the main memory in a personal computer. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, but a new type of memory, based on tiny atom clusters, called quantum dots, may soon displace both of them. In research published in the March 4, 2008, online edition of Applied Physics Letters, scientists from the Technical University of Berlin, in Germany, and Istanbul University, in Turkey, describe how they created a type of quantum-dot-based memory device that can save information at speeds of only a few nanoseconds (billionths of a second).The paper’s lead author, Technical University of Berlin scientist Martin Geller, explained to PhysOrg.com, “Flash memory, which is today’s market-driver in the semiconductor industry, and which everybody knows from memory sticks, digital cameras, and mp3-players, has a slow write time. The semiconductor industry is seeking faster Flash memories, but hasn’t found an ultimate solution yet. Our quantum-dot-based memory may provide long storage time without power consumption of Flash memory, as wells as a fast write time and better scalability to real-life devices.”To be fair, the other established predecessor of quantum-dot memory, DRAM, does have some excellent qualities. It offers very fast information-access times—under 20 nanoseconds—and the information can be repeatedly written and rewritten on a DRAM; it has excellent so-called endurance. But a DRAM device has a big disadvantage: It is volatile, meaning the information has to be refreshed every ten milliseconds to be maintained, also resulting in a high power consumption.“The very first prototype of our new quantum-dot-based memory scheme is already almost as fast as DRAM,” said Andreas Marent, a physicist at the Technical University of Berlin who took part in the research. “And in contrast to DRAM or Flash, the physical characteristics of quantum dots limit the write time to the picosecond, or trillionth of a second, range. That means a better device prototype should be more than 100 times faster than today’s DRAM.”The prototype consists of quantum dots of indium arsenide (InAs), a compound of the metals indium and arsenic, embedded in a layer of gallium arsenide (GaAs; gallium is also a metal). The GaAs layer is “p-doped,” which means it contains impurity atoms that impart it with excess free positively charge called holes. This InAs/GaAs structure is topped with a layer of “n-doped” GaAs, which contains extra electrons. Altogether, the structure is a p-n diode, an electrical device that allows current to flow only in one direction.When a voltage is applied across this structure, the quantum dots become charged, which allows them to store bits of information, i.e. “0” or “1” values. Whether the quantum dots represent a 0 or 1 depends on the capacitance of the diode—how much charge it is holding. A larger capacitance indicates the quantum dots do not hold much positive charge, which equates to a “0.” A smaller capacitance means that the dots are filled with holes, representing a “1.”Geller, Marent, and their colleagues say that the write times of their quantum-dot schemes are currently limited by the experimental setup and certain physical characteristics of the memory structure. In the future, after they make improvements to the structure, they expect that write times faster than 1 nanosecond may be possible. Even picoseconds seem possible, since the structure’s physical limitation is in that range.Said Prof. Dieter Bimberg, who is the group’s leader at the Technical University of Berlin and co-author on the paper, “Our results and patents demonstrate that quantum dots like these we are studying might, in just a few years, revolutionize semiconductor memory.”Citation: Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 092108 (2008)All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

The London Queer Fashion show is more important than ever

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Organizers described last year’s inaugural show as an ’emotionally charged and defiant event’.‘What’s great about it is that it’s a queer show, it’s got a real mix of designers and models,’ Amin said.‘It’s really nice to see that diversity in a fashion show.’LQFSMore than 1,000 people are expected to fill the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood on 21 September to watch established and emerging fashion designers. Some of the designers on show include; Plus Equals, Poca London, Vytoldas Miliauskas, Yodah Williams, Cause Perdue, Cochevelou, Rickielee Drayford, Livia Rita and Not Applicable.‘The hunger for representation that the queer community now demands is finally being met with our unique event. If main stream labels aren’t able to reflect our identities, then we will do it ourselves,’ said LQFS CEO Robyn Exton.London Queer Fashion Show, 21 September, Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, 7pm. Tickets available here.[embedded content]London Queer Fashion Show – ‘Walk On’ from Obstacle Films on Vimeo.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . London Queer Fashion ShowBull & Dagger is very much a passion project for Amin who works full time during the day as a researcher. So they have to take every opportunity to showcase their label and let the queer community that there is amazing fashion for them that exists out there.That’s why Bull & Dagger is walking the second London Queer Fashion Show. It’s the city’s most diverse and inclusive fashion show. More than 10 LGBTI designers are walking the show with 100 models of all genders, races, sexualities and abilities. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘There was nothing in the UK market… I just couldn’t find anything (gender neutral) in the UK,’ Amin told Gay Star News.So out of necessity they launched Bull & Dagger, the first fashion label of its kind to service the genderfluid market. Amin is reclaiming the term ‘Bulldagger’, which was once a derogotary term for women who ‘chose to eschew the confines of socially accepted gender boundaries’.‘It is clothes that fit a range of different gender expressions and different body types,’ Amin said.Bull & Dagger’s clothes are not only great for all gender identities but they are also flamboyantly stylish.‘We wanted to have a bit of an edge, pieces you could add to your wardrobe that were statement pieces and for occasions as well,’ Amin said.‘Clothes that are for everyone but have a bit of detail and style as well.’ Five alternative terms you can use instead of LGBTTrans poet returns to scene of crime months after bigoted burger attackWhy LGBT Travelers love Malta as the number one destination on Europe Rainbow Index?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/the-london-queer-fashion-show-is-more-important-than-ever/ London Queer Fashion show is happening on 21 September, 2018. | Photo: LQFS GAYSTARNEWS- Four years ago Meera Amin’s best friend was getting married, but they couldn’t find anything to wear that they were comfortable in, so Amin started the UK’s first genderqueer fashion label.last_img read more

Worlds longest A380 flight

first_imgThe launch of the daily A380 service is a direct response to demand, with over one million Emirates passengers travelling between LAX and Dubai, and has been a welcome addition to LAX as the airport continues its US $4.1 billion modernisation program. The world’s longest flight by Emirates will operate daily as EK216, departing LAX at 1600hrs and arriving in Dubai at 1950hrs the following day, with EK215 departing Dubai at 0820hrs arriving at LAX at 1250hrs the same day. “Bringing the glamorous A380 set of wings to the City of Angels seemed like a natural fit as this aircraft mirrors the luxury of the Hollywood lifestyle,” Emirates divisional senior vice president of commercial operations west Hubert Frach said. The route, which flies over Eastern Canada, the North Pole and Russia, has recorded a flight duration time of 16 hours and 20 minutes, confirming it as the longest A380 flight in the world. “The new Tom Bradley International Terminal will more than double in size and Emirates passengers will experience a whole new level of convenience and service when we continue opening several of the 18 new gates and nearly 14,000 square meters of premium retail, dining and other amenities for travellers,” Los Angeles World Airports executive director Gina Marie Lindsay said. Emirates Airlines has launched a new daily service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Dubai International Airport, making it the airline’s longest Airbus A380 flight. Source = ETB News: L.B.last_img read more

Two new ships ordered for Celebrity Cruises

first_imgCelebrity Cruises has signed a letter of intent for a new class of vessels, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and French shipbuilder STX France announced today.Two 2,900 guest, 117,000 gross registered ton ships, will be developed under the project name EDGE in order to build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s Millennium and Solstice class vessels.At 984 feet long, 123 feet wide and 190 feet high, Project EDGE will deliver small ship itineraries with large ship amenities.Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and chief executive officer Richard Fain, said that these two new additions follow the company’s long term strategy.“The addition of two project EDGE vessels to our fleet delivers on our long-term strategic plan of moderate capacity growth, and continues the positive momentum the Celebrity brand has achieved in the premium segment of our industry,” Mr Fain said.These vessels also represent a significant leap forward in environmentally friendly ship design, benefiting from new technologies to drive significant fuel efficiency and an ongoing process to ensure the extensive use of sustainable materials.STX France managing director Laurent Castaing, said that the ships are innovative and STX France are excited to be a part of the collaboration.“We are excited to be collaborating with Celebrity on this dramatic step forward in premium cruise ship design, this class of ships will be designed to deliver the destination to vacationers who want to experience all the world has to offer,” Mr Castaing said.The company expects delivery of the first ship in Fall 2018, with the second vessel delivered in the early part of 2020, the order is contingent upon the completion of customary conditions, including financing.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Etihad Airways marks growth in India with record passenger figures

first_imgEtihad Airways marks growth in India with record passenger figuresEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced a 63 per cent increase in full-year passenger traffic with partner Jet Airways to and from India reinforcing the strength of the equity tie-up and the airline’s commitment to one of world’s largest travel markets.Together, the airlines carried a record 3.3 million passengers between Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub and India in 2015, representing a sharp rise on the 2 million flown during the previous 12 months.Etihad Airways became the first foreign airline to invest in an Indian carrier under the current Indian Foreign Direct Investment Rules when it invested USD 750 million in Jet Airways for a 24 per cent equity stake in 2013. Etihad Airways today operates 175 flights each week to and from 11 Indian gateway cities. The combined networks of Etihad Airways and Jet Airways offer over 250 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and 15 cities across India.Together, both carriers are the market leader in terms of travel between India and the UAE. In terms of the overall international market, they fly between them approximately 20 per cent of all worldwide travellers to and from India representing a large share of the country’s booming air travel industry.In addition, Etihad Airways Cargo operates 14 weekly freighters to four cities in India and flies around 120,000 tons of cargo each year in and out of the country – representing around nine per cent of the total international market.The figures underscore the importance Etihad Airways places to the Indian market – one of the airline’s largest sources of business – to its close partnership with Jet Airways, and reaffirm the strong ties between the UAE and India.It is the growing bilateral relationship enjoyed between the two nations that was the focus of joint government discussions in Mumbai and Delhi last week which resulted in a raft of new agreements across various sectors to further boost strategic ties and economic trade.Trade between the two countries is estimated to grow by more than 60 per cent in the next five years from the current level of around US$60 billion, with investments and imports/exports in a variety of sectors, including energy, defence, manufacturing, aerospace, health, education, tourism, science and technology. The UAE is the 10thbiggest foreign – and largest Arab – investor in India.James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Bilateral relations between the UAE and India continue to grow based on years of friendship and deep commitment to strengthen economic, cultural and trade ties.“With Etihad Airways and Jet Airways together offering over 44,000 seats each week between Abu Dhabi and India, we are clearly are a key contributor to India’s dynamic economy. There is further room to grow and we are looking at the many opportunities that exist to develop our operations.“Our investment in Jet Airways was aimed at being part of the Indian success story. Before the Jet deal, Etihad Airways carried only two per cent of the international traffic to and from India. We have helped bring Jet Airways back to profitability. Today, Jet Airways is our number one equity partner for revenue and passenger contribution on Etihad Airways, and India is Abu Dhabi’s number one source market for international visitors.”Etihad Airways’ hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport serves as a primary connector of air travel between India and rest of the world, offering consumers ease of transfer and more travel options through multiple frequencies from across India to Abu Dhabi and beyond.” Fly Etihad AirwaysSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

Helitourism to take off in Karnataka to lure more tourists

first_imgKarnataka has finally realised its dream of developing heli-tourism. In a fresh bid to capitalise on the potential of helicopter tourism, the government is working on several initiatives, including dedicated helipads and separate helicopter corridors by involving private players. The government hopes the plan will give an impetus to infrastructure development in a state where land is at a premium and road development is often mired in land acquisition problems.“With the increase in foreign and domestic tourists to Karnataka every year and analyzing the age and income profiles of tourists, there’s immense potential for heli-tourism. With the improvement in connectivity, we hope to see a rise in their visits,” said Pradeep Singh Kharola, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Department.The government has identified three circuits to begin with where transport infrastructure is weak viz. Coastal, Heritage and Malnad circuits comprising major tourist and pilgrim centres, with plans for further developments. Tourism experts have also pointed out that helicopters will be useful in medical emergencies, accidents and evacuations.last_img read more

BIEL SWITZERLAND –Swiss watch manufacturer Ernst

first_imgBIEL, SWITZERLAND –Swiss watch manufacturer Ernst Benz launched the Beijing 2008 Limited Edition ChronoScope to commemorate Beijing’s historic year, according to the company.This introduction marks a new series that will be released biannually to celebrate the great cities of the world. “In the continual effort to tell the story of Ernst Benz and its Great Circle theme of exploration and aviation, we have designed these timepieces to honor the magnificent society and rich heritage of the city of Beijing,” says Leonid Khankin, Ernst Benz Designer and Managing Director.In designing this timepiece, Khankin found inspiration in Chinese numerology and the number 8, a continuous and perfectly symmetrical number that is a sign of prosperity and wealth in Chinese culture; due primarily to its pronunciation. With the design and aesthetics of this particular timepiece, Ernst Benz explores the magnificent past and brilliant future of Beijing.Designed and manufactured in Switzerland, this Limited Edition ChronoScope will be available exclusively in Ernst Benz’s signature 47mm size with two different dial executions, Noir (Black) and Vermilion (China Red) with both versions limited to only 88 pieces hand-finished in brushed stainless steel; additionally an even more limited version of only 8 pieces per dial which be available in Black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coated brushed steel. Both unique dials feature a Traditional Chinese pattern for fire as well as incorporate Traditional Chinese characters for the numerals; with the 8th hour marker written as 08 signifying the importance of this momentous year.Other design elements include a specialized version of the Traditional Ernst Benz hands as well as the EB signature black PVD coated rotor for both the steel and black PVD designs. Reference numbers for these special models include the contraction “PEK” for Peking, the historical name for Beijing and the airport code for Beijing Capital International Airport, which was the first official airport of the People’s Republic of China drawing the nature connection to Ernst Benz and aviation.With the introduction of the ChronoScope Beijing 2008 Limited Edition, Ernst Benz celebrates the renaissance of Beijing, a city of great people, culture, history and spirit; as well as one of the most important watch markets in the world. Delivered in custom Chinese-themed packaging, the ChronoScope Beijing 2008 Limited Edition will be available with the choice of either hand-stitched alligator straps: black with red stitching or red with black stitching.The stainless steel version will retail for US $5,800 while the Black PVD coated brushed stainless steel version will retail for US $6,800.last_img read more