Phase 3 polls in UP to decide fate of four members of

first_imgLucknow: The third phase of polling for ten Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will decide the electoral fate of four members of the SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s clan besides those of senior party leader Azam Khan and film actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada.The polling for the third phase is to be held on April 23 for ten Lok Sabha seats in the Rohilkhand region of the state along with 105 other seats across 13 other states. The BJP, which had won seven out of the ten seats in this region in 2014, has a huge stake in this phase in Uttar Pradesh as the area is considered a SP stronghold as three of the total five members of the Yadav family had won from this region despite a Modi wave in the last elections. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The three Yadav family members who are seeking re-election respectively from Mainpuri, Badaun and Firozabad in this phase are Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his two nephews, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav. Pitted against Akshay Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, is another brother of the party patriarch, Shivpal Yadav, who has fallen out with SP president Aklhilesh Yadav, and fighting from Fiorozabad after floating a new political outfit, Pragateesheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia). In 2014, Mulayam Singh had won both the Mainpuri and Azamgarh seats, but had vacated the first one, which was won by his another family member Tej Pratap Singh in the subsequent bye-election. The electoral fortunes of senior SP leader Azam Khan will also be decided in this phase from Rampur which witnessed a new low in campaigning this time. Known for his controversial statements, Azam Khan made an “indecent” remark, targeting his BJP opponent Jaya Prada in Rampur by allegedly speculating on the colour of her underwear and attracting the saffron party wrath, besides that of the NCW.last_img read more

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Morocco UK Key Partner In Region Of North And West Africa

first_imgLondon  –  The Kingdom of Morocco is a key partner for the United Kingdom in the region of north and west Africa, wrote a report by the foreign affairs committee at the British parliament. With its stable form of government, relative prosperity by comparison to its southern neighbors, and strong internal security and intelligence services, Morocco is identified as key partners for the UK and other Western countries in addressing the security challenges of the Western Sahel, said the report entitled “UK response to extremism and insecurity in north and west Africa”.“Morocco appears to have genuinely embarked on a path towards greater democratic openness, with the agreement of a new constitution in 2011, and significant political reforms, it said.  “Relations between the UK and Morocco are warm and mutually respectful,” it noted, highlighting that “Morocco has involved itself in efforts to rebuild Mali after the crisis, and has promoted dialogue between the government and Tuareg nationalists”.last_img read more

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Five things you need to know about your RRSP as this years

OTTAWA — Recent volatility on the markets has bruised RRSP investments. As the Feb. 29 deadline for contributions looms, here are five things to know about RRSPs:Why the RRSP is the best retirement plan out there for the dual citizen living in CanadaWhy business owners shouldn’t bother with an RRSPWhat you should look for when picking stocks to hold in your RRSP— They allow you to defer taxes, not avoid them. You are able to deduct your contributions from your income, but when you withdraw the money in retirement, you will pay income tax.— Your unused RRSP contribution room carries forward. If you don’t maximize your contribution for a given year, the unused portion carries forward.— If you have a pension plan at work, that can reduce your RRSP contribution room. Depending on how generous your pension plan is, the amount you are able to contribute to your RRSP may be substantially reduced.— Choosing between saving for retirement using your RRSP or tax-free savings account depends on the tax bracket you are in today and where you expect to be when you start withdrawing money from your RRSP.— You can withdraw money from your RRSP under the home buyers’ plan and the lifelong learning plan, but if you do you must repay the money to your account within a set amount of time. It is generally 15 years under the home buyers’ plan, while under the lifelong learning plan it is generally 10 years. read more

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UNs humanitarian effort in Iraq suffers severe budget gap official tells Security

“The effective implementation of the programme during the past year has continued to face a number of difficulties, foremost, a growing revenue shortfall as a result of substantial reduction in Iraqi oil exports,” said Benon Sevan, Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq Programme. Iraqi oil exports have dropped from an average of over 2 million barrels per day in 2000 to under 1 million barrels per day in recent months. The UN calculates that the reduced exports have caused a $3.2 billion loss of revenue. The situation is further exacerbated by the cumulative revenue shortfall from earlier phases of the programme, which has left over $2.3 billion worth of UN-approved humanitarian contracts without funding. The possible disruption of Iraq’s oil output as a result of political developments is one of the factors causing difficulties, according to the Programme. Others include disagreements over the pricing of Iraqi oil, Baghdad’s occasional unilateral export suspensions, and the practice of “retroactive pricing” which is employed as a means of discouraging illegal kickbacks. Despite these problems, a note to the Security Council reviewing the programme’s past six months of operation shows improvements in some areas thanks to the UN’s relief work, while painting a still-grim humanitarian picture. The incidence of certain communicable diseases, such as cholera, malaria and measles, has declined, but water-borne diseases, including dysentery and typhoid, have shown slight increases. The countrywide shortage of vaccines is “expected to wane,” according to the report, which cautions at the same time that “the erratic supply of vaccines is obviously impacting adversely on children’s health.” Malnutrition is slowly decreasing, but a recent UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) survey of over half a million Iraqi children found that one in five was malnourished. read more

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1 of final executives charged in West Virginia chemical spill pleads guilty

1 of final executives charged in West Virginia chemical spill pleads guilty in federal court by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2015 1:49 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLESTON, W.Va. – One of the last executives charged in a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without clean tap water for days pleaded guilty to federal pollution violations Tuesday.Former Freedom Industries executive Dennis Farrell entered his guilty plea in federal court in Charleston, joining the bankrupt company itself and four other former Freedom officials who have already pleaded guilty.The deal calls for a sentence of 30 days to two years in prison, as well as a maximum $200,000 fine.Former company President Gary Southern, the final and highest-profile executive targeted for the spill, is expected to follow with a guilty plea on Wednesday.In January 2014, a rundown Freedom tank in Charleston leaked coal-cleaning chemicals into the water supply for nine counties. The spill spurred a ban on using tap water across nine counties for four to 10 days.Farrell and Southern had pleaded not guilty initially ahead of a scheduled Oct. 6 trial date.Farrell declined to comment to reporters after his hearing.U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office sought guilty pleas after Judge Thomas Johnston refused to take Goodwin’s office off the case. Southern and Farrell had said some prosecutors had been affected by the spill and should have been removed.Southern could be dealt the harshest sentence. He faces federal pollution and bankruptcy charges, accused in court documents of lying to protect his worth from legal action after the spill. He faces up to 93 years in prison.Farrell is set to be sentenced Dec. 14. Five other sentencing hearings are already scheduled for December.Businesses and residents who struggled without clean water last year are closely watching several ongoing court cases that will dictate if they are paid back for their hardships.A class-action lawsuit is ongoing against the chemical’s producer, Eastman Chemical, and West Virginia American Water, the utility whose water supply became laced with chemicals.A final bankruptcy deal still hasn’t been struck, as businesses and residents compete with other creditors for the little cash remaining in defunct Freedom Industries. The company had proposed paying out $2.7 million to spill victims in a larger bankruptcy plan, but a federal bankruptcy judge rejected the proposal over concerns about paying to clean up Freedom’s contaminated headquarters.And in the criminal case, a community group is pushing for restitution for victims.In a letter to the judge, Maya Nye, executive director of People Concerned About Chemical Safety, suggested an award of at least $45.6 million — $1 per person affected over the five months that the main spilled chemical was traceable, albeit at very low levels, in the water company’s filters. The letter says $109.5 million would be the appropriate amount.Nye said any award should fund programs related to chemical disaster prevention, water quality and infrastructure improvement, and development of long-term health data and prevention strategies related to the spill. read more

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Sudan UN rights expert urges Government to release reports on 2013 protests

“I regret to note that five months after these incidents, the committees set up by the Government have not yet issued their reports or findings on the incidents,” Mashood Adebayo Baderin, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, said as he summed up his recent eight-day mission to the country.“The international community expects a thorough investigation of the human rights violations that occurred during the September demonstrations,” he stressed in a press release. “I have highlighted the international concerns about this and urged the Government to accelerate the release of the reports.” During his official visit to Sudan from 11 to 19 February, Mr. Baderin talked with the Government about the general human rights situation in the country, following up on the challenges raised in his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council, which in his view still remain an area of concern. While in Sudan, he met with Government officials, civil society actors, political opposition leaders, humanitarian organizations and UN agencies in the capital city of Khartoum, Kadugli in South Kordofan, El-Fasher in North Darfur, El-Daein in East Darfur, and Zalingei in Central Darfur. The discussions focused on the curtailment of civil society organizations’ activities, press censorship, arbitrary arrests and detentions, freedom of religion, the 2010 National Security Act, women and children’s rights, humanitarian access, economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the protection of civilians in the conflict areas. “In my last report, I emphasised the need for the Government to focus on addressing these human rights challenges by taking concrete measures, and encouraged continued cooperation of relevant donor countries and international institutions,” Mr. Baderin stated, while noting that the authorities had expressed their commitment to improve the practical realization of human rights in Sudan in those areas. However, he noted that in meetings he held in Khartoum with leaders of opposition political parties they emphasised the need for a “transparent, inclusive and democratic political and constitutional process that will serve as a strong and lasting foundation for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Sudan.” Mr. Baderin warned that “tribal conflicts and conflicts between Government forces and armed movements continue to be a major source of human rights violations in South Kordofan, as well as in the Darfur states visited, particularly in the form of civilian displacements.” He reiterated his urgent call on the Government of Sudan, the armed movements and the international community to bring an end to these conflicts that lead to human rights violations, and resort to dialogue in settling the armed confrontation. “I urge and encourage the Government to continue to strengthen its effort to improve the situation of human rights in the country to encourage the possibility of attracting the necessary technical assistance and capacity building required as is necessary,” he stressed.Mr. Baderin will present his findings and recommendations in a comprehensive report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014. read more

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Luke Fickell trying to create discomfort to motivate linebackers

Then-freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) closes in on Michigan then-redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner (98) during a game on November 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith a defense that returns two of its three starting linebackers from a national championship team, the learning process is now over.For the most part.The Ohio State football team returns senior linebacker Joshua Perry and redshirt-sophomore Darron Lee to the starting lineup for the Buckeyes in 2015, but sophomore Raekwon McMillan is set to make his first appearance as a full-time starter at middle linebacker in the upcoming season.Perry, who led the Buckeyes in tackling during their title run, said he has seen McMillan improve in more ways than one as he transitions into a starting role.“He is different in terms of how he has matured physically. Mentally, he is a little bit different too,” Perry said. “He is making a big push and we really do need him to be a great player and a great leader because of what Curtis (Grant) did last year. His development is coming along definitely.”McMillan registered 54 tackles in his freshman campaign in Columbus, and said the support from Perry and Lee has helped with his development as a leader.“The guys beside me, Josh and Darron, they put trust in me all the time. When we are on the field, I feel like those guys trust me so anything I say, we’re all on the same page together,” McMillan said. “And (co-defensive coordinator and linebackers) coach (Luke Fickell) has trust in all three of us on the field.”Lee, who was just a three-star recruit coming out of high school, where he also played quarterback, said the camaraderie among the linebackers is great, even with McMillan taking on such a big role in a veteran-laden unit.“Me and Raekwon have a great relationship. I have so much respect for him and he’s got so much respect for me,” Lee said. “He was a five-star (recruit). We call him the chosen one, just to mess with him.”The trio is set to anchor a defense that returns five other starters from the championship team.Fickell said motivating a team that has already reached the pinnacle is a challenge, especially with younger players like McMillan who have known only success at OSU.“We have got to find a way that we can create some discomfort so that you can continue to grow. That’s one thing about that never-satisfied attitude,” Fickell said. “The Joshua Perrys of the world saw the struggles of Curtis Grant and they saw the struggles that we went through for a couple years. Some of those guys like Raekwon and others haven’t seen those struggles.”Motivating McMillan has been a point of emphasis for Fickell, who said he is trying to motivate the Hinesville, Ga., native in “any way possible.”McMillan, though, said the current defensive squad is even more hungry to improve now than it was last season coming off a loss in the Orange Bowl.“This year, we have worked harder to start off in spring because we have been to the top. A team coming off a loss in the first round of the playoffs probably is not feeling as good,” McMillan said. “But us, coming off a national championship win, we feel like we got to exceed what we did last year and become a better team.”For the current linebackers to continue to be successful, Fickell said there is one quality he has seen in linebacker groups from the past that he tries to instill in his current group.“When you’ve got a great unit, you’ve got great competition,” Fickell said. “You look back and evaluate the units that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of here in the past. The biggest thing about them was the competitive nature and the competitiveness of the guys behind them that pushed them and made them better.”The Buckeyes will likely continue to push each as spring practice is set to continue through April 18, which is the scheduled date for the annual Spring Game held at Ohio Stadium and the end of spring practice.McMillan’s first official start is set to come against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., when the Buckeyes open the 2015 regular season. read more

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Atlas Copco LED towers lighting up South African coal mine

first_imgA coal mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa has recently increased its operational efficiency and environmental credentials after adopting LED light towers from Atlas Copco Portable Energy. Tracpart Mining Supplies, an authorised trading partner of Atlas Copco in South Africa, has supplied four state-of-the-art HiLight V5+ LED light towers mounted on custom-built double-axle trailers to the end customer for use in above ground lighting applications.As a result of adopting LED technology, the mine has increased its above ground light tower coverage by 25% compared to the metal halide lamps it used previously. In addition, the mine has realised average light tower fuel consumption savings of 60% and a reduction in associated CO2 emissions of up to 70%.When approached by the coal mine to supply light towers, Tracpart turned to Atlas Copco. “We supply Atlas Copco dewatering pumps and portable generators and are familiar with the proven quality of the brand,” says De Wet van Wyk, Co-Founder of Tracpart together with brother, Jaco, in 2009. Tracpart’s core business is the supply and servicing of new and used tractors for underground and surface applications primarily in the coal mining sector. The company supplies nine major blue chip mining groups, which consist of over 30 mining operations, as well as large steel producers in Mpumalanga and the surrounding region. Located in Emalahleni, the company also specialises in construction equipment and supports its extensive OEM product portfolio with after-sales service, parts supply, maintenance, repairs, remanufacturing and field service.“Our strong focus on coal mining positions us as a specialist solutions supplier to this sector,” continues van Wyk. “As more and more mines in the region are reaching maximum depths and consequently moving to surface mining, we have expanded our scope of supply from underground machines, equipment and services to meet the growing demand for surface mining solutions. As part of our service offering we conduct regular customer site visits and during one such visit to a coal mine, the customer advised that they urgently needed four light towers. Having used only metal halide light towers previously, the coal mine requested replacement of the same but when the many advantages of LED technology came to light, the mine did not hesitate in making the switch.”From an environmental point of view, the built-in spillage-free frame of the HiLight V5+ traps oil leakage and prevents ground contamination. The HardHat polyethylene canopy, a standard feature on the light tower, is extremely durable and provides maximum protection of internal parts against corrosion and harsh conditions. “With safety a top priority on any mine, all equipment must comply to strict mine specifications and light towers are no exception.” Mine specifications demand that light towers are mounted on braked, double-axle four-wheeled trailers to provide extra stability and safety. “Our V5+ light towers are supplied standard on single axle two-wheeled trailers which meant that a number of modifications were required,” says Zandra van der Westhuizen from Atlas Copco Portable Energy. The four trailer-mounted light towers were supplied to Tracpart complete with reflective tape and a fire extinguisher.TracPart is responsible for all service and maintenance on the light towers. “We visit the mine every fortnight to monitor the condition of the light towers,” says van Wyk, adding that as part of their service to the mine they have undertaken to do the first 250 hours service free of charge. Atlas Copco provided product and operator training, which Tracpart passed on to the customer during the handover of the light towers.According to van Wyk, this application was a good test of the light towers’ abilities and confirms that the units exceeded all expectations. “Our customer reports extreme satisfaction with the light towers and are particularly impressed with the effective lighting and economy delivered by the units.”Atlas Copco says its heavy-duty LED light towers offer robust, reliable, efficient, economical and safe lighting solutions. “They tick all the boxes when it comes to meeting Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) requirements, low operating expenses and environmental responsibility,” says Atlas Copco Portable Energy Business Line Manager, David Stanford. He explains that the special optic lenses in the LED lamps are designed specifically for mining and construction applications. “Depending on the model, a single LED light tower can illuminate a 5,000 m2 area with an average brightness of 20 lux while consuming less than 0.7 litres of fuel per hour. As the emitted light from LEDs is close to natural light sources it delivers the correct tone of light. The fully directional optic lens maximises practical light coverage while minimising ‘dark spots’ improving visibility on the job site for enhanced worker safety and comfort.” Stanford adds that LEDs have an impressive 30,000 hour lamp life expectancy. Highlighting another time saving feature of the HiLight V5+, Zandra van der Westhuizen says that the manual vertical mast can be rotated quickly and easily to light a different area while fully extended to its maximum height of 7.5 metres. “Furthermore, when supported by the extension legs, the light tower can operate in wind speeds of up to 80 km/hr,” Zandra added.last_img read more

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Over35s to face penalty on firsttime health insurance policies

first_imgCUSTOMERS WHO WAIT until they hit 35 to take out health insurance will face a penalty on their policies.The move was announced yesterday by Health Minister James Reilly and is designed to attract younger customers to the market.The system will come into effect on 1 May next year and will put 2% onto new policies for over-35s.The system, known as the Lifetime Community Rating, will mean that a 50 year old who has held insurance since he or she was 30 would pay the same as a 30 year old, but a 50 year old who purchases insurance for the first time would pay more than a 30 year old.A 2% loading will apply for every year beyond 35 that a person does not take out a policy.The Health Insurance Authority says that a community system is needed in Ireland.“Community rated markets depend on a continuing influx of younger people. Younger people claim less on average and, accordingly, a continuing influx of younger people keeps premiums down for everybody. Conversely, if people wait until they are older before taking out private health insurance premiums will increase for everybody.”The regulations include exemptions for people who are unemployed or have emigrated.Reilly said that the policy was “an important initiative”.Read: More than 200 million people in Europe bring one of these cards on holidaysRead: Vhi announces after-tax surplus of €65 million, but can’t rule out premium increaseslast_img read more

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GameStop to stream console games to your Android device

first_imgSpawn Labs’ homepage states its ambitions pretty clearly: “Your games, everywhere.” Like competitor OnLive, Spawn offers a cloud-powered game streaming service, enabling users to enjoy their favorite console games on connected devices with substantially less horsepower. Back in March, Spawn was acquired by retail giant GameStop — and it looks as though you might soon be playing Xbox 360 or PS3 games on your Android tablet as a result.Joystiq has discovered several job postings which are aimed at developers who can help the company port Spawn’s player software to Android and Linux. As an added twist, GameStop is also hoping to put its acquisition of Impulse to good use when its “new consumer interface” for Spawn is ready to rock.Impulse is a digital content distribution service like Steam, and it even sports the unsurprisingly similar domain name impulsedriven.com (compared to steampowered.com). GameStop President Ton Bartel foresees pairing Spawn and Impulse in order to offer users the ability to stream its library of 1000-plus games on-demand. Given the troubles OnLive has had with building a following so far, it’ll be interesting to see if the addition of the on-demand component will yield better results for GameStop.Spawn Labs via Joystiq via Mobiputinglast_img read more

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Arcachon les huîtres et coquillages interdits de consommation

first_imgArcachon : les huîtres et coquillages interdits de consommationJeudi, la préfecture de Gironde a annoncé que la consommation d’huîtres et de coquillages pêchés dans le bassin d’Arcachon était interdite de manière temporaire. Des analyses ont révélé la présence d’une toxine au-delà du seuil de sécurité sanitaire défini.Après les moules, c’est au tour des autres coquillages d’Arcachon d’être interdits de consommation. Jeudi, la préfecture de Gironde a en effet étendu l’interdiction aux huîtres et aux autres coquillages pêchés dans le bassin en raison de la présence d’une toxine détectée dans des concentrations supérieures au seuil de sécurité sanitaire défini. “Les résultats des analyses effectuées en début de semaine par le réseau de surveillance de l’Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (Ifremer) révèlent un nombre de cellules de dinophysis anormalement élevé”, explique ainsi un communiqué. “Par précaution (…) la pêche, le ramassage, le transport, la purification, le stockage, l’expédition, la distribution et la commercialisation en vue de la consommation des huîtres et coquillages de l’ensemble du bassin d’Arcachon”, précise t-il encore. Selon les informations révélées, l’interdiction reste valable tant que deux résultats consécutifs d’analyse de l’Ifremer, un par semaine, attestant du retour à la normale de leur qualité sanitaire n’auront pas été constatés.Si la préfecture a préféré prendre des mesures de précaution, c’est loin d’être la première fois qu’une telle contamination est détectée. L’an passé à la même époque, les huîtres du banc d’Arguin, sur le bassin d’Arcachon, avaient également été interdites à la consommation pour les mêmes raisons. L’interdiction avait été levée deux semaines après. “C’est un phénomène naturel de réchauffement rapide des eaux. Le bon côté est que cela nous apporte de la nourriture pour les huîtres mais il peut y avoir aussi, comme c’est le cas, des algues” nocives, a expliqué Olivier Laban, le président de la section conchylicole du bassin d’Arcachon cité par l’AFP.Une toxine à l’origine de désagréments gastriques À lire aussiEcosse : découverte d’un énorme récif de limes baillantesNéanmoins, “on se serait bien passé de cette publicité et de l’impact sur les trésoreries”, a regretté M. Laban, soulignant que c’est “une perte sèche” pour les 330 entreprises du bassin, alors que “c’est le début de la saison et qu’arrivent à grands pas les week-end de mai”. “La décision du préfet est justifiée, nous sommes là aussi pour garantir la sécurité au consommateur”, a-t-il encore certifié alors que 8.000 tonnes d’huîtres d’Arcachon sont commercialisées chaque année.La préfecture, qui avait interdit dès samedi les coquillages d’une seule zone ostréicole à l’entrée du bassin, le banc d’Arguin, rappelle que “la consommation de coquillages atteints par le dinophysis peut entraîner, dans la majeure partie des cas, des désagréments gastriques, mais également des troubles plus importants chez les personnes plus fragilisées”. Le 13 avril 2012 à 10:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Star Trek Discovery Turns Into a Voyager for Chapter Two

first_img The first half of season one sure went by fast. It seems like just last week we were arguing over whether Star Trek: Discovery was really Star Trek or not. (Of course it is. The mere fact that anyone is even having that argument is proof of that.) Now we’ve reached the midseason finale, which is a weird concept for a streaming show. I know it’s not the first to split up a season like this, but the whole point of streaming is to get away from broadcast TV rules. The break is especially frustrating because it comes when the show is really starting to hit its stride. In the last two week’s we’ve had a fun time loop and an alien planet exploration episode that reminded us of the original Star Trek. Now, the series ends its fall run with a massive space battle and a cliffhanger. At least we can say it left us wanting more.Lorca takes on more of a heroic role in this episode, which complicates his character even further. I really like what the show has been able to do with the captain just by virtue of him not being the main character. They can make him an antihero or bring him right to the edge of becoming a villain. The show has given us a character that’s complicated to root for. His motives are admirable, but his methods are warlike and don’t square with Starfleet ideals. And given that we’ve invested ourselves so heavily in this 50+ year old sci-fi franchise, Starfleet ideals are something we care a great deal about. This is one of those episodes where Lorca’s methods and what we think of as Starfleet ideals line up perfectly. He deliberately disobeys orders to retreat, choosing instead to fight. But he does so to defend the lives of this new species they found and to ensure the future survival of countless other members of Starfleet. Lorca consistently tries to do what he feels is right, even though he sometimes goes about it in very un-Star Trek ways.Sonequa Martin-Green (Photo via CBS)Even with most of the episode revolving around a giant ship battle, Star Trek: Discovery still found room for some… discovery. To detect the Klingons’ cloaking technology, two crewmembers (guess who!) have to install sensors on board the Klingon Ship of the Dead. Then, the Discovery has to force it to cloak and make 133 small jumps all around it. That’s going to be a problem because each jump is having negative effects on Stamets. Still, Lorca convinces him to do it by appealing to his scientific curiosity. The ship has been collecting data on the spore network with each jump. Already, the data suggests parallel universes, and with 133 jumps, they could collect enough data to figure out how to access them. So this is how Discovery plans to get to the mirror universe. Can’t wait to see what Stamets looks like with a beard.The battle itself is pretty fantastic. It’s like if somebody watched the end of Star Trek: Nemesis and said, “what if we wrote a good story to go along with that?” Burnham and Tyler are absolutely the two people who should definitely not be beaming aboard a Klingon ship, but we wouldn’t have a story if they didn’t go. It does give us some harrowing scenes aboard the ship. Sensing a living human presence in the corpse room, Burnham and Tyler find the still-alive Admiral Cornwell. Yay, I knew she was too important to be killed off after two episodes. Unfortunately, L’Rell is alive in there too. Upon seeing her, Tyler immediately goes into shock, forcing Burnham to complete the mission on her own. The show continues to toy with us over whether Tyler is who he says he is. I think they new we’d suspect that he’s secretly Voq, and they’re strategically dropping hints that could mean anything. The flashbacks Tyler has could just be memories of extreme torture. They do look a lot like major surgery, though. Later, after he has nightmares about L’Rell (and now we know what Klingon sex looks like), he visits the captured Klingon in her cell. She says she’ll make sure they don’t hurt him. That really sounds like she’s talking to Voq, but she could just be calming a lover after a nightmare. We’ll have to wait to know for sure, but the evidence is starting to stack up in the Tyler=Voq column.Kenneth Mitchell (Photo via CBS)With Burnham completing the mission by herself, she’s able to ensure the Discovery has time to complete all its jumps. After placing the second sensor, the Discovery starts jumping all over the place. She hears the Klingons talk about fleeing, so she comes out of hiding and challenges Kol to a duel to buy the ship time. All this ensures we have everything we could possibly want out of a Star Trek battle. We have a one-on-one fight with two nasty-looking Klingon daggers, and we have a larger ship battle. It all looks so cool, and it’s a spectacular way to send us off into the winter hiatus. It also marks a huge moment of character growth for Burnham. She gets to confront the Klingon who’s been wearing Captain Georgiou’s Starfleet pin as a trophy. While she doesn’t kill him personally, she gets it off of him just before she’s beamed back onto the Discovery. I have to say, beaming a character away just as a Klingon is about to stab her is a really cool way to end a fight.Stamets’ deteriorating health during all these jumps adds even more tension to an already harrowing battle. Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz are so great together early on, it’s painful to see Culber having to watch his boyfriend go through so much agony. With Burnham, Tyler, Cornwell and the captured L’Rell safely on board, Stamets’ job is done. The Discovery speeds away, but not before firing everything they have at the Klingon Ship of the Dead. Cool starships don’t look at explosions. By the way, I love Lorca’s reaction upon hearing that Burnham and Tyler returned with Admiral Cornwell and a captured Klingon. It’s the same look the DM gives you when you roll a natural 20. (Hey, if there’s one place I can be sure that reference will fly, it’s in the Star Trek recap.)Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz (Photo via CBS)For the last few weeks, it’s felt like Star Trek: Discovery has really found its identity as a Star Trek show. It’s been fantastic, and last night was no exception. That’s why it’s so annoying that we have to wait for January, but that’s the sign of a good show I guess. It also left us with a cliffhanger that promises an even larger scope for the season’s second half. Stamets offers to make one final jump to make sure everyone gets home safe. After that, he needs some serious medical attention. Though he does promise Culber that they’ll go see La Boheme. That’s such a brilliant Rent joke, the theatre kid and Star Trek geek in me are both dancing for joy. That final jump is one too many. Stamets starts shaking in the spore drive, and the Discovery is stranded in an unknown region of space. Yeah, it looks like January is going to kick off with a hint of Star Trek: Voyager. (Man, that was a good show too. The one bright side of this hiatus is it gives us time to revisit TNG, Deep Space Nine and Voyager while we wait. Enterprise is alright too, I guess.) Also exciting is what exactly happened to Stamets. He has all white eyes, and from the looks of the January preview, some serious telekinetic powers. Could Star Trek: Discovery be referencing Where No Man Has Gone Before? Is Stamets the next/first Gary Mitchell? I guess we’ll find out next… year. Crap. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Miami hunger strikers receive support from March for Our Lives members

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A group’s hunger strike has received plenty of support from the South Florida community.The Hunger 9 have been on a hunger strike since March 7.The group wants to raise awareness to the rising levels of gun violence in Miami neighborhoods.Now, that organization has been joined by student leaders from March for Our Lives.Both groups spoke at a news conference in Miami on Friday.Representatives from March for Our Lives joined in solidarity and gave remarks.March for Our Lives member Tyah-Amoy Roberts said, “What they’ve been doing is amazing work, and it’s an example of actual grassroots activism and activism that actually cares about the community, and so it was really important for us to come down and show that we support.” Since the 2018 D.C. march, March for Our Lives has continued to call on solutions to end gun violence in all communities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.1288 rupees and the euro 64.7480 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (February 1, 2012) were 49.5325 rupees and 64.6569 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 77.8495 as against 77.9493 on the previous day (February 1, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 64.54 as against 65.00 the previous day.last_img

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George Osborne warns that EU is sleepwalking out of global economy

first_imgClose The EU risks pricing itself out of the global economy with its excessive regulation, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said on Wednesday (20 May), making the case for reforms in the bloc ahead of a referendum on whether Britain remains a member.We want to ensure Europe is a place where businesses invest and jobs are created. Yet the continent is sleepwalking towards a future where it has priced itself out of the global economy, with its rules and its regulations, financial services legislation and red tape, said Osborne.He also urged the EU to work for all of its member states, not just those that are part of the currency union.We need to confront some hard truths about Europe. The problem with making the single currency work is inevitably drawing its members towards ever-closer integration. We dont want to be part of that integration, and the challenge for us is to ensure that while this happens we protect the single market and make sure the EU continues to work in the interest of all 28 member states, including Britain, he said.Osborne was addressing business leaders in London in one of his first major speeches after an outright election win for his Conservative Party.The unexpectedly decisive result paved the way for Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017.Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britains ties with Europe and then give voters an in-out choice, raising some concerns among business leaders who are worried about the risk of losing access to their main export markets.Osborne made the remarks at a dinner hosted by the Confederation of British Industry.Its president used the event to tell business bosses they should defend membership of the EU by telling voters it is the best guarantee of prosperity.He highlighted a second area where Britain is seeking change, saying genuine concerns among Britons about migrants who come to the country to claim benefits must be addressed.And we must also address the genuine public concern about people who come to this country to claim our benefits, not bury our head in the sand, and think this doesnt matter. And the prime minister has set out the changes on welfare that we want to see, said Osborne.He went on to warn against rushing to judgement on how the reform talks with other European countries are advancing, predicting intense media scrutiny of the process.last_img read more

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Labor Dept Lawsuit Baltimores Enterprise RentaCar Discriminates Against Black Management Applicants

first_img(Updated 6/10/2016) The Baltimore branch of Enterprise Rent-a-Car Co. has practiced discrimination against Blacks applying for entry-level management positions, the U.S. Department of Labor alleged in a recent lawsuit.A 2008 compliance review conducted by the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and further analysis of hiring records found that Enterprise, as a matter of course, showed preference for White applicants and were substantially more likely to reject African-American job-seekers at the initial screening stage and after the first interview, the complaint alleges.Enterprise was apprised of the violations in 2013, however, mediation efforts have failed and the discriminatory hiring practice continues to the present day, the complaint further alleges.“All workers deserve a fair shot at equal employment opportunities and advancement,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Patricia A. Shiu. “Our action against Enterprise highlights our commitment to combatting discrimination against qualified workers.”Enterprise RAC Company of Baltimore, LLC is a federal subcontractor that provides vehicles to the U.S. Military Traffic Management Command. It is a subsidiary of Enterprise Holdings Inc., which operates the Enterprise, National and Alamo car rental brands.The company also failed to maintain personnel and employment records, all in violation of Executive Order 11246. The Executive Order, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors who do more than $10,000 in government business annually from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. It also requires those employers to take “affirmative action” to ensure equal opportunity in employment is available to all.The lawsuit, which was filed with the Labor Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, seeks to permanently bar Enterprise from receiving federal contracts and also seeks monetary compensation for the affected African-American applicants.Christy Cavallini, a spokeswoman for Enterprise Holdings, said the company’s strong record of diversity in hiring belies the Labor Department’s allegations. She also said that, since the Department first raised the issue nine years ago, the company has fully cooperated in the investigation.“We have been thorough and diligent in turning over records and opening our offices and files to the Department. Our exhaustive review of every employment application in question documented that we acted properly in every case,” Cavallini said in an e-mailed statement.The Enterprise spokeswoman said the Labor Department’s lawsuit ignores evidence, such as the percentage of African Americans hired for entry-level management positions in the greater Baltimore area. She placed that figure at 48 percent; African-Americans comprise approximately 29.5 percent of the population of the Baltimore area..Additionally, she said, the company actively recruits at the area’s HBCUs and also works with community organizations that are equally committed to diversity and equal opportunity, such as the Greater Baltimore Urban League.“We work hard to ensure that our workforce mirrors the diversity of the communities we serve,” Cavallini stated. “That’s why we are moving immediately to defend against the Department’s decision.”last_img read more

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Research group devises a way to control surface plasmon polaritons

first_img(a) Schematic of a unidirectional SPPs coupler. The coupler consists of an array of rectangular apertures with spatially varying orientations on a metal film. (b) Ordinary and anomalous refraction and diffraction for the two circular polarization states. The anomalous diffraction orders are asymmetric about the surface normal. (c) Dispersion curve of SPPs and the momentum matching condition for ordinary and anomalous diffraction orders. (d) Only one of the anomalous diffraction orders in (b) can be matched to the SPP dispersion relation to launch unidirectional SPP due to the asymmetry in the anomalous diffraction orders. Interestingly, when the helicity of the incident beam is reversed, so is the direction of the SPP excitation. SPP, surface plasmon polariton. Credit: (c) Nature Publishing Group, Light: Science & Applications (2013) 2, e70; doi:10.1038/lsa.2013.26 (Phys.org) —A team made up of researchers from the U.K., China and Germany has developed, for the first time, a way to control surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), perhaps paving the way to integrated plasmonic circuits. In their paper published in Light: Science & Applications, describing their achievement, the team details how they created a metal film with nanometer-sized holes in it set in a certain way to allow for controlling the quasiparticles that arise during the interaction between light and a metal surface. © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Research group devises a way to control surface plasmon polaritons (2013, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-group-surface-plasmon-polaritons.html Imaging nanoporous metals with beams of electrons provides deep insights into unusual optical properties The idea is essentially, to couple light to the surface of a metamaterial, in a specific direction. Normally, when light strikes such a surface, SPPs in the form of quasiparticles arise due to the mixing of light with surface electrons—they’re part light and part electron wave and exist only very near the metal surface. When the SPPs are excited under normal conditions, they tend to propagate in every direction, which isn’t very useful. In this new effort, the team devised a means for controlling the direction in which they flow.To get the SPPs to move only in the desired direction, the team created what they describe as a “metasurface” by covering a material with a metal film that had rectangular nanometer-sized holes in it—all situated in a particular fashion to impact the quasiparticles in desired ways. In so doing, they found they could control the direction in which the SPPs flowed by switching the circular polarization direction of the light that was shined on it—right or left. The holes cause phase delays, the researchers explain, which breaks the symmetry of the excitation of the SPPs in two directions, thus their orientation is critical. Because of that they found that that they could cause the SPPs to run in one or the other direction on command, by simply adjusting the apertures.The team took their research further by adding polarization modulators to the film which resulted in the creation of a plasmonic circuit that they were able to control. They next plan to improve the coupling that occurs in the film and to perhaps find a means for allowing LCD control of the propagation of the SPPs—that, they say, would allow for the design of much more complex circuits. More information: Helicity dependent directional surface plasmon polariton excitation using a metasurface with interfacial phase discontinuity, Light: Science & Applications (2013) 2, e70; doi:10.1038/lsa.2013.26 . Published online 29 March 2013AbstractSurface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) have been widely exploited in various scientific communities, ranging from physics, chemistry to biology, due to the strong confinement of light to the metal surface. For many applications, it is important that the free space photon can be coupled to SPPs in a controllable manner. In this Letter, we apply the concept of interfacial phase discontinuity for circularly polarizations on a metasurface to the design of a novel type of polarization-dependent SPP unidirectional excitation at normal incidence. Selective unidirectional excitation of SPPs along opposite directions is experimentally demonstrated at optical frequencies by simply switching the helicity of the incident light. This approach, in conjunction with dynamic polarization modulation techniques, opens gateway towards integrated plasmonic circuits with electrically reconfigurable functionalities.via Nanotechweb 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.last_img read more

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The Sharing Economy Is More than a Buzzword Its Changing How We

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Uber seems to be in every other headline of tech and business news, but just how pervasive is the sharing economy outside of tech blogs and the minds of business journalists?Very. Companies such as Uber and Airbnb are fundamentally changing the way we live and work in the U.S., according to a new report out this week.Forty-five million adults in the U.S., or more than one in five people, have worked in the sharing economy, according to the report developed jointly by Burson-Marsteller, a global strategic communications and public relations firm; The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative; and TIME. The survey, consisting of 3,000 online interviews of American adults, was conducted by research firm Penn Schoen Berland between Nov. 16 and 25.Twice the number of Americans that have worked in the sharing economy have used services provided by sharing-economy companies. More than 86 million adults in the U.S., or more than two in five people, have used sharing-economy services, according to the report.The sharing economy, also sometimes called the “on-demand” economy, includes those companies that use technology to identify excess or otherwise underutilized goods or services and matches them with people who are looking for those services. Uber and Airbnb are virtually household names in much of the country, but there are countless other smaller sharing-economy businesses. For example, Postmates is an on-demand delivery service, Taskrabbit is an online marketplace for micro jobs, and car2go is a car-sharing company.Related: What You Need to Know to Compete With the Surging Sharing Economy“With nearly a quarter of Americans already working in the On-Demand Economy, and more than a third buying its services, it is clear the sector is playing a major role in the growth and direction of the United States,” said Donald A. Baer, the CEO of Burson-Marsteller, in a statement accompanying the release of the report.   Even as the sharing economy is booming, the industry as a whole has some pretty big issues to work out. For example, 72 percent of survey respondents who work in the sharing economy think they should receive more benefits from their employers.Employee benefits have been a major issue for Uber of late. A lawsuit against Uber claims that drivers for the tech giant are not contract workers, but employees. Contractors are not due benefits, but employees are. If Uber were to have to start providing benefits to all of the drivers on its platform, that would be a game-changing expense that could potentially curtail the explosive growth of the company.  Related: General Motors Partners With Lyft to Develop Network of Self-Driving Cars January 7, 2016center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Kashmir rebel attack wounds 7 Indian soldiers

first_img Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   Kumar says the area has been cordoned off and troops are searching for the attackers.Indian forces have largely suppressed an insurgency that erupted in 1989 seeking independence for the region or its unification with Pakistan. Both countries claim Kashmir as its own.About 68,000 people were killed in the uprising and subsequent crackdowns.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Top holiday drink recipes SRINAGAR, India (AP) – An officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir says suspected rebels fighting against Indian rule fired on paramilitary soldiers in the disputed region’s main city, wounding at least seven soldiers.A spokesman for the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, Sudhir Kumar, says two militants on a motorcycle fired at a truck that was dropping soldiers for patrol duty Wednesday morning in Srinagar. Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

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Jessica Watson OAM cooking up a storm at MTA 2016 National Conference

first_imgJessica Watson OAMJessica Watson OAM cooking up a storm at MTA 2016 National ConferenceMTA – Mobile Travel Agents brand ambassador Jessica Watson OAM is no stranger to a challenge.It’s a well know fact she has single-handedly circumnavigated the world, danced with the stars on national television, captained Sydney-Hobart yacht races in atrocious conditions and volunteered to work with youngsters in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, one of her many charitable causes.But Jessica’s latest challenge at the MTA ‘Power of Community’ National Conference from 04-06 March has her taking on a completely new role.In addition to her ambassadorial activities and assisting helping MC Dan Gregory throughout the conference, Jessica will also be donning chefs’ whites to assist celebrity chef Lance Seeto cook at a ‘conference wind down’ family fun event MTA has planned on Sunday, 06 March at Broadwater Parklands.Chef Seeto, head chef at Fiji’s Mana Island Resort and a close friend of MTA co-managing directors, Roy and Karen Merricks, has planned a Fijian style BBQ on the day with Fiji’s national dish ‘Kokoda’ (pronounced Kokonda) top of the menu as a special treat for those MTA Members and their families attending the event. Australian-born Chef Seeto is high profile on the Pacific culinary scene.An award-winning international food and travel writer, author, television presenter and life foods chef, he is credited with single-handedly igniting a culinary revolution across Fiji and has been integral in getting its people, restaurants and tourism partners to think differently about Fiji’s tropical island cuisine.Chef Seeto is also the country’s first Culinary Ambassador to Fiji Airways with his signature business class dishes appearing across the airline’s international network.“While not known as a Gordon Ramsay type chef, none the less Lance is a perfectionist so we hope Jessica can rise to the challenge,” Karen Merricks said.“If she doesn’t, no matter – we know Lance will keep her pretty busy with all the washing up after the event.” MTA – Mobile Travel Agentsdiscover more hereSource = Mike Parker-Brown, PR Consultant, MTA – Mobile Travel Agentslast_img read more

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