30 injured after severe turbulence hits New Yorkbound flight

first_imgNew York: At least 30 people were injured after a New York-bound flight from Istanbul, Turkey, encountered severe turbulence, the authorities said.The Turkish Airlines flight 001, a Boeing 777 plane, encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before it landed at 5.35 p.m. on Saturday, according to the authorities at the JFK International Airport here.One flight attendant broke her leg, The New York Times quoted Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as saying. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe rest of the injuries were minor, and included “bumps, bruises and cuts”, Coleman added.The 30 injured people have been hospitalised.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the pilot declared an emergency and reported that several passengers were injured.Turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to passengers and flight attendants, excluding fatal accidents, according to the FAAIn 2017, 17 passengers and members of the flight crew were injured in turbulence. In 2016, that number was 44. Since 2002 the highest annual number has been 94, in 2009.last_img read more

Number of States joining UNbacked initiative to end use of child soldiers

“Children associated with armed conflict often bear a burden of shame and tremendous stigma,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said yesterday of the accession of Angola, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica and San Marino to the Paris Commitments, a voluntary initiative adopted in 2007 to help such children successfully reintegrate into their communities.“It is important that all children have access to vital assistance to help them to be rehabilitated and reintegrated, and to lead empowered and productive lives.”During the course of 2010 alone, UNICEF and partners contributed to the release and reintegration of some 10,000 children associated with various armed forces or groups.“Yet one of the most important lessons that is often overlooked is that successful release and reintegration programmes for children are long-term and require early, flexible and sustained funding mechanisms,” UNICEF said in a news release on the new accessions, which were deposited with France’s permanent mission to the UN.“What is required is a relatively small yet critical investment by governments and donors, which is also an investment in peace and stability in the fragile context where this exists.”Many of the children are exposed to sustained violence as witnesses, as direct victims themselves and as forced participants, the agency stressed. The impact on their mental and physical well-being breaches fundamental human rights and represents a grave threat to durable peace and sustainable development, as cycles of violence are perpetuated.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy stressed the importance of justice for children, particularly during times of conflict.“Justice must also mean reparations to victims,” she said. “For children, justice includes far more than punishing a perpetrator. Equally important is the restoration of their rights and an element of reparation to address their loss of childhood, loss of family, loss of education, and loss of livelihood.” 27 September 2011Five more countries have joined a United Nations-backed list of States committed to release hundreds of thousands of child soldiers and others recruited by armed groups worldwide, end the practice and reintegrate them into society, bringing the total to 100. read more

Most countries in planesearch effort reluctant to discuss costs good training expert

Most countries in plane-search effort reluctant to discuss costs; ‘good training,’ expert says BANGKOK – It’s not a question most governments involved in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost?The U.S. bill alone has run into the millions of dollars, and some countries such as China have devoted more ships and planes to the effort than the Americans have. Australia is spending more than half a million dollars a day on just one of the ships it has in the Indian Ocean.But governments and military experts say it’s difficult to come up with a full estimate for an ongoing search, especially since many of the costs are a normal part of maintaining effective search-and-rescue capabilities.“If I listed how many planes and boats are involved, I could confect a very large number, but it wouldn’t have much meaning, because we’ve got to pay for the boats and the planes and the pilots and the sailors anyway, and they’re out there doing some stuff which is good training and reflects well on us internationally,” said Mark Thomson, senior analyst of defence economics at the government-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute.More than two dozen countries have played some role in the long search, which Malaysia is overseeing. In the days since the search has shifted to remote areas of the Indian Ocean, several countries have deployed planes and ships for the effort, including China, Australia, Malaysia, the U.S., Britain, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. On Monday, nine military planes, three civil aircraft and 14 ships were combing a 234,000-square-kilometre (90,000-square-mile) search area, according to Australian officials co-ordinating the search.Malaysia has repeatedly declined to answer questions about the cost of the search.“Nobody, not the Malaysian government, none of our partners, have talked about dollars and cents. It’s all about trying to find the aircraft,” Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a press conference last month.The U.S. Department of Defence allocated $4 million to help search for the missing Malaysian jetliner. Between March 8 and March 24, it had spent $3.2 million, said spokesman Col. Steve Warren. As of late last week it had spent another $148,000. The Pentagon has allocated another $3.6 million to cover the cost of a towed pinger locator, used to detect underwater signals from aircraft black boxes, and an underwater autonomous vehicle, which can look for wreckage deep below the ocean surface.Australia’s defence department said its direct cost of using its ship the HMAS Success in the search is about $550,000 per day, and another vessel, the HMAS Toowoomba, costs about $380,000 per day. But it said there are not only direct costs such as fuel, servicing and crew salaries, but indirect costs such as general administration, building costs and depreciation of aircraft assets, so it is difficult to provide an exact total.Several Chinese ships and planes have been involved in the search, but China’s foreign ministry did not respond to questions about the expense of the effort.Geoff Davies, a spokesman for New Zealand’s defence force, said much of his country’s costs will be covered by the existing budget for search and rescue operations, though there are likely to be some extra costs because of the extraordinary nature of the search.Japan’s defence ministry said it could not provide a figure because the search is continuing. The cost of the search operation is believed to fall within the 880 million yen ($8.8 million) budgeted for emergency relief for the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Extra costs incurred by the operation include fuel and a special allowance for the roughly 90 troops involved. Some Japanese civilians are also participating, and the government said their accommodation and transportation has cost about 28 million yen ($280,000) as of the end of March.Accommodation for the Japanese troops is free, as they use facilities at the Australian military under their defenceco-operation agreement.___AP writers Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Robert Burns in Washington, Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo and Nick Perry in Perth, Australia, contributed to this report. A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s aircraft taxies along the tarmac at Perth International Airport after returning from search operations for wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, Monday, April 7, 2014. It’s not a question most governments involved in the hunt for Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost? Several Chinese ships and planes have been involved in the search, but China’s foreign ministry did not respond to questions about the expense of the effort. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) by Leon Drouin-Keith, The Associated Press Posted Apr 7, 2014 6:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Green light for Omeyer

After many injuries finally a good news for handball lovers. One of the best goalkeepers in this century Thierry Omeyer will be among 18 players on which Claude Onesta count at the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark! HC Montpellier’s member wasn’t between the posts in the last two months, but after recovery treatment he got a “green light” from his team to participate at the tournament where France will try to get back in the TOP 4 after bad performance in Spain last January.France will play in Preliminary Group in Aarhus with Serbia, Poland and Russia.Goalkeepers:: Cyril Dumoulin, Vincent Gérard, OmeyerPlayers: Luc Abalo, William Accambray, Igor Anic, Jérôme Fernandez, Matthieu Grébille, Samuel Honrubia, Guillaume Joli, Nikola Karabatic, Luka Karabatic, Kentin Mahé, Daniel Narcisse, Kevyn Nyokas, Valentin Porte, Cédric Sorhaindo, Michaël Guigou.source: handnews.fr ← Previous Story SCHOCK IN CROATIA: Blazenko Lackovic to miss EHF EURO 2014 Next Story → BATTLE FOR QATAR 2015: BiH in “knock-out” stage – Four others are… read more

11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte Live

first_imgFacebook Charlotte Flair Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Twitter WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Videos Articles Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE returns live tonight with Clash of Champions live from Charlotte, North Carolina airing on the WWE Network.The event will feature 11 matches, with a Kickoff Show beginning at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/5:00 Central and the main show starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 Central.Scheduled for tonight’s card is Seth Rollins defending his WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman, as well as Rollins and Strowman defending their RAW Tag Team Championships against Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode.Also scheduled is Kofi Kingston taking on Randy Orton with the WWE Championship on the line, and Roman Reigns against Erick Rowan in a No Disqualification match.Here is the scheduled card for tonight in Charlotte:WWE Universal ChampionshipSeth Rollins (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipKofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy OrtonWWE United States ChampionshipAJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric AlexanderWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipShinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The MizRAW Women’s ChampionshipBecky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha BanksSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipBayley (c) vs. Charlotte FlairRAW Tag Team ChampionshipsSeth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c’s) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert RoodeSmackdown Tag Team ChampionshipsThe New Day (c’s) vs. The RevivalWWE Women’s Tag Team ChampionshipsAlexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c’s) vs. Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville)No Disqualification MatchRoman Reigns vs. Erick RowanWWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipDrew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince DoradoWrestleview.com will have full coverage of WWE Clash of Champions tonight starting at 7:00 p.m Eastern (6:00 CT) with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Live Post-Show TonightWrestleview Live will also return tonight on YouTube immediately following the PPV. Be sure to subscribe to our channel! Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:08Loaded: 100.00%0:08Remaining Time -0:26 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 Videos Articles Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Kin of Mycheal Lynch doubt official report to sue county

first_imgHe’d been told that his son had slipped and fallen in the Clark County Jail. He was told that he was in the intensive care unit, but would be all right. But the second Kim Lynch walked into the hospital room, he knew Mycheal was brain dead.“First your gut’s taken out of you,” the 64-year-old Vancouver man said. “You’re just empty, you’re mad, you’re hurt.”Next came the questions. One rose to the top: What happened?The events that led up to the death of 32-year-old Mycheal Lynch were the subject of a police investigation and a review by prosecutors. The custody officers involved in the jail struggle that left Lynch dead were cleared of any wrongdoing and followed all county policies, officials said.But Lynch’s family believes something went wrong and they’re determined to hold those responsible accountable. They said they want lasting change at the jail so that no one else has to experience their pain.And while the past 2 1/2 years have been mired with anger over Lynch’s death, family members have also been riddled with guilt — because they were the ones who called 911 to have him sent to jail, which they thought was the safest place for him.Life of sun and shadowsWhile Mycheal Lynch enjoyed playing video games and tinkering with his car, his biggest interest was his family.last_img read more

Simone Inzaghi backs brother Filippo at Bologna

first_imgLazio manager Simone Inzaghi believes his brother Filippo can turn things around at Bologna, despite beating his team 2-0 on Boxing Day.Lazio versus Bologna on Wednesday afternoon pitted the two brothers against each other in the dugout, but Simone’s Lazio came out victorious with a 2-0 win.It was the first time the two brothers had faced each other as managers.Bologna is left in the relegation zone after the defeat, but Simeone has faith in his brother to change the club’s fortunes.“I think they’re just missing incidents going their way,” Simone Inzaghi said in his post-match Press conference quoted in Football Italia.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“I’m convinced that with the attitude of the second half and recent games, Bologna can get out of this.“When you look at both the European race and the relegation battle there’s not much in it. There are teams who are higher up whose season has hinged on an incident.“Look at Sampdoria after [Riccardo] Saponara’s goal against us.”last_img read more

3 dogs freed from hot car in Coral Gables

first_imgPlease think of your pets!! 5 min. In a car could be deadly! https://t.co/KfGhYe96ZA— Coral Gables Police (@CoralGablesPD) July 8, 2019 Police took the opportunity to remind the public to refrain from leaving pets inside hot cars due to possible death from the sweltering heat.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police officers in Coral Gables came to the rescue of three dogs found inside a hot car.Cellphone video sent in by a 7News viewer captured Coral Gables Police officers surrounding the vehicle parked along the 700 block of Biltmore Way, at around 4 p.m., Sunday.Officers used a lockout tool to unlock the car and remove the canines.center_img Police said all three dogs are OK, and they are waiting for Miami-Dade Animal Services to give the approval to release them to their owner.It remains unknown whether the pets’ owner will be charged with a crime. last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erin Buckley Discusses Education Issues Negative Campaigning

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).#13) The Massachusetts education funding formula hasn’t been updated in 25 years. This Chapter 70 formula fails to provide the funding needed for school districts to fund core expenses. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published a report last week (“Building An Education System That Works For Everyone: Funding Reforms To Help All Our Children Thrive“) detailing the problem. The Wilmington & Tewksbury School Committees have long advocated for the State House to update the Chapter 70 formula. Do you commit to fighting for an updated formula? What else will you do as State Representative to help our public schools?Yes, I support the fight to re-evaluate the Education Funding Formula. This has not been done since the Education Reform Act of 1993, under Governor Celluci. I would also favor additional language that would make the formula automatically reviewed after a certain number of years. The economic conditions of our Commonwealth change, school systems change, and therefor the language to keep Chapter 70 an advanced and productive means to fund our educational system must change as well. I believe that the fiscal 2019 Budget does address some funding shortfalls with $100m more dollars to chapter 70, as well as regional school bussing, charter school reimbursement, and Special Education Circuit Breaker funding; however these changes are only for next year and we need to take a good look at how the formula should work for the long-term betterment of our schools’ futures.#14) Define “negative campaigning.” Do you pledge not to engage in any negative campaigning during this election? Why or why not? When responding to an attack, will you follow the “when they go low, we go high” Michelle Obama mantra or the “when someone attacks me, I always attack back… except 100x more” Donald Trump mantra?I take umbrage with this question — and beyond the not-so-subtle implication that Democrats engage in a superior form of politics than Republicans. Politics is the arena for a battle of ideas. Voters should take into account a variety of factors about a candidate: intelligence, experience, community involvement, history of accomplishment and service, etc. If a fellow candidate lacks these crucial characteristics, that is well within the arena and must be discussed. If a candidate holds beliefs that another candidate finds potentially damaging to the contested district or state or body, that must be shared and if it warrants strong speech, so be it. “Negative campaigning” is in the eye and ear of the beholder and it is too often defined along party lines. For me, truly negative campaigning is any action or speech that promotes no agenda and only works to reduce the process itself. And that is something I refuse to both engage in — nor suffer quietly. As the saying goes, let the best candidate win!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erika Johnson Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mark Kratman Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”last_img read more

NPCI Reliance Retail launch instore UPI payments facility

first_imgMaking digital payments.PixabayNational Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Reliance Retail announced the launch of a new in-store payment solution that will enable customer payments via Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platforms like BHIM or other bank-promoted UPI payment apps. The platform is architected by Bangalore-based Innoviti Payment Solutions, with process support from Axis Bank.Reliance Retail is the first organised retail chain in the country to offer its customers the option of mobile-based UPI app payments at its stores.The new in-store UPI payment facility is currently live in more than 200 Reliance Retail stores in Mumbai across formats including Reliance Fresh, Reliance Smart, Reliance Digital, Reliance Trends, and Reliance Footprint among others. The facility will be progressively rolled out nationally across all Reliance Retail stores. The integration will provide a convenient and seamless payment experience to Reliance Retail customers. “As part of NPCI’s overall mission to encourage faster adoption of cashless payments in retail, the current rollout opens the path to extending UPI payment acceptance to potentially all the card accepting merchants in India. With the fast growing popularity of UPI-payment apps like NPCI’s BHIM app which has seen close to 20 million downloads, this initiative will increase UPI payment acceptance points in retail stores. It is expected to play a vital role in driving a more cashless future,” A P Hota, MD & CEO, NPCI, said in a statement.Reliance Retail said the tie-up will give a fillip to India’s digital push.”Reliance Retail is happy to be the first organized retailer in the country to introduce this additional convenience and choice of digital transaction for customers through UPI app based payment facility at over 200 stores comprising Reliance Fresh, Reliance Smart, Reliance Digital and others in Mumbai. Progressively, the facility will be rolled-out to other Reliance Retail stores across the country,” V Subramaniam, Director, Reliance Retail said.last_img read more

A Neighborhood In West Houston Hopes To Encourage Commuters To Do Things

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 7If your commute this morning was a slow crawl down the freeway,  Louis Jullien probably beat you to the office.“I like to tell people it’s six minutes from door to desk,” says Jullien. “So it’s a brisk commute.”Jullien lives out in west Houston in the Westchase District, in an apartment nestled between the steel and glass office towers.He works at the district’s office near Richmond and Beltway 8. And he gets there on foot.“So I kind of cut through these two tall buildings over here,” Jullien explains. “You’ve got NOV Tower and then there’s 10333 Richmond over there. And I kind of cut through the back.”According to a recent survey, Jullien is part of a tiny minority. The Westchase District has over 30,000 residents, but only about 1 percent walk to work.That’s compared to over 80 percent of the district’s workers who drive by themselves, like most commuters in Houston. And that’s a lot of vehicles. Over 88,000 people work in the district.But what do the numbers say about bike commuting in Westchase? Even fewer people do that, less than 1 percent.We spoke with Blair Johnson, a health and wellness consultant who lives in a neighborhood just off Wilcrest. She’s an enthusiastic cyclist but she says she prefers to drive her bike to a trail, rather than get out on the streets.“I am a nervous Nellie. I am the one that rides with all the protection, the hat and all that,” says Johnson. “I get out there and I get very nervous, because the cars are too close and the condition of the road.”So in a bustling business district that was built for cars, how do you get people to try something else? The Westchase District is proposing a long list of ideas in its new Bike/Pedestrian plan.To see what’s happening right now in  Westchase, we hop in the car with Irma Sanchez. She’s the district’s Vice-President of Projects.Our destination is the new Brays Bayou Connector Trail, a route that links the current Library Loop Trail with the Brays Bayou Trail. The connector runs a couple of miles along a drainage easement and it also allows access to Metro’s Westchase Park and Ride.The new trail is expected to open later this spring. The cost was about $4 million, with much of the money coming from the Federal Transit Administration.Walkers and cyclists can stay on the trail for the entire distance. It also includes several underpasses, so cyclists won’t have to cross streets.And Sanchez agrees that’s the only way a lot of people are going to get on a bike.“The majority of our community, and I think Houston overall, they’re not quite ready yet to be riding their bicycles with traffic,” says Sanchez. The overall goal for the Westchase District is to have about 40 miles of bike routes both on street and off. The plan also calls for things like new crosswalks and improved intersections. The long-term plan is expected to cost about $58 million with the money coming from various sources.Along with reducing congestion, Sanchez hopes the improvements will help lure younger residents to the district who don’t want to drive as much. “It, in essence, will have residential destinations closer to commercial and they’ll be able to commute by walking and taking the bus,” adds Sanchez. Back out in front of the office towers, pedestrian commuter Louis Jullien says it’s a day that can’t come soon enough.“So many people complain about the traffic in Houston,” remarks Jullien. “And I’m not one of those people fortunately.”The Westchase District will soon break ground on its next project. It’s a trail along a utility right-of-way, the first of its kind in Houston. Listen 00:00 /03:33 Sharelast_img read more

Physicists develop nanolevel sound detector

first_imgAn optically trapped nanoparticle can act as an ultrasensitive detector of sound. Pressure waves from a nearby sound source are detected by tracking the small displacements of a trapped gold nanoparticle from its equilibrium position in the neck of a focused laser beam (red region). The sound waves are produced by an aggregate of nanoparticles that vibrate when heated by a laser (green region). Image: A. Ohlinger et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012) Journal information: Physical Review Letters Acoustic tweezers can position tiny objects Now, a team of German physicists has found that the same technique can be used to measure minute amounts of vibration of objects near the particle held by the quasi nano-tweezers, allowing sound to be measured. The team, as they describe in their paper published in Physical Review Letters, has found that they can measure sound that is far below what the average person can hear.Using lasers to hold objects still for study using a laser was first discovered back in the 1980’s and since that time, researchers have tried using smaller and smaller beams to allow for holding smaller and smaller particles. Recently, progress has led to the point where nanoparticles can be held steady while under review, and it’s these advances that have made the sound detector created by the German team possible.To make their sound detector, the team set up two sound sources, both of which were placed in water. For the first, a tungsten needle was affixed to a speaker that generated vibrations at 300Hz. The second was a very tiny cluster of gold nanoparticles that were heated periodically by a laser to create vibrations at a frequency of 20Hz. Next a laser beam with 808 nm wavelength was fixed onto a 60 nm particle of gold, to hold it in place very near to the sound sources.Once everything was set up, the researchers then measured the impact of the vibrations on the fixed nanoparticle. They found that they could very accurately measure the sound created by the sources by measuring how much the “fixed” nanoparticle was displaced by their vibrations.The team writes that they believe their acoustical measuring technique could be used to record and measure sound created by bacteria or viruses, or in micro-electronics applications, all of which could lead to the field of so-called acoustic microscopy. Citation: Physicists develop nano-level sound detector (2012, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-physicists-nano-level-detector.html More information: Optically Trapped Gold Nanoparticle Enables Listening at the Microscale, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 018101 (2012) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.018101AbstractWe explore a new application of optical tweezers for ultrasensitive detection of sound waves in liquid media. Position tracking of a single gold nanoparticle confined in a three-dimensional optical trap is used to readout acoustic vibrations at a sound power level down to -60  dB, causing a ∼90  μeV increase in kinetic energy of the nanoparticle. The unprecedented sensitivity of such a nanoear is achieved by processing the nanoparticle’s motion in the frequency domain. The concept developed here will enable us to access the interior of biological microorganisms and micromechanical machines not accessible by other microscopy types.via Physics Viewpoint: A Trapped Nanoparticle Listens Incenter_img Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. (PhysOrg.com) — For a couple of decades now, physicists have known that if a very small laser beam is pointed at a microscopic particle, it could be held in place due to the very small electrical field that is generated. Because of that, the technique has been used to hold objects in place for close examination, sort of like using a pair of tweezers to hold a grain of sand for study under a magnifying glass. One truly nice feature of the technique is that it’s very gentle, thus no harm comes to the particle being examined.last_img read more

Mamata to visit Darjeeling on Sept 3

first_imgDarjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be visiting Darjeeling on September 3. During her visit, she will be laying the foundation stone of the new Greenfield University.She will also hold a high level review meeting with GorkhalandTerritorial Administration (GTA) officials. Tourism will be getting a major facelift in the Hills and new tourism projects will be discussed in the review meeting.”The Chief Minister will be arriving at Darjeeling on September 3. She will lay the foundation stone of Greenfield University on September 5 at a government programme to be held at Darjeeling Chowrasta. On September 4, she will be attending a GTA review meeting,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, GTA Board of Administrators. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe GTA has also requested her to lay the foundation stone of a Chowrasta Beautification project, but is awaiting confirmation from the Chief Minister’s office.The Chowrasta Beautification project, pegged at Rs 12 crore, will be completed in two phases. It will include restrooms for senior citizens, children’s park and shops. The part of the road below the Mahakal Temple that has been affected by landslide, will also be repaired.Tourism is set to get a major facelift in Darjeeling. “Many private players are interested. We have held preliminary talks with them. ITC and Hyatt have shown interest in opening 5 star hotels in Darjeeling. The company that has taken up the Dhotoreah-Kalej Valley Tea Estate, wants to run the tea garden and also come up with a 5 star hotel in the garden. Similarly, the company running Peshok Tea Estate will also run home-stay facilities in the garden,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNicco Park of Kolkata has shown interest in running similar parks in the existing Science Centre in Kalimpong at Chowrasta and Nightingale Park in Darjeeling, in Kurseong and Mirik.Ice Parks with ice-skating facilities will come up at Rohini Park in Kurseong and Gangamaya Park near Darjeeling. They will also come up with a children’s amusement park at Chowrasta.”The Chief Minister has laid emphasis on tourism. A new tourist lodge will be built in Kurseong jointly by the state and GTA. The GTA is leasing out some of their existing tourist lodges, while refurbishing and running the others,” added Tamang.New fire stations are coming up at Sukhipokhari, Algarah and Gorubathan.last_img read more

Judge grants temporary suspension on Gran Solaris hotel project in Cancun

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A temporary suspension has been granted by the superior court of justice in Cancun regarding the construction of the Gran Solaris hotel.The Constitutional Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice has granted an Amparo to the Asociación Salvemos Manglar Tajamar in the case of the Gran Solaris hotel project that was to be built at Playa Delfines in the Cancun Hotel Zone.Through a statement, the association explained that they promoted a contentious administrative trial against several authorities, one of which was the Benito Juárez City Council and its different addresses that granted permits to the hotel.The company Villas Solaris S of RL de CV obtained the municipal permits for the construction as well as the authorization for the project from the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) for a complex next to Playa Delfines.Felipe Villanueva, director of Municipal Ecology explained that the company does not have a clearing permit and have argued that they not to need the permit, however he says the permit is an indispensable requirement.According to the Environmental Impact Statement (MIA), the completed hotel would have consisted of 449 rooms with an investment of $90 million USD, however, councilors say that the unification of the land is not valid since it was registered on land that does not exist. There is also the controversy that the project was initially approved for 180 rooms, not 449.The Benito Juárez City Council continues to extend the case of Gran Solaris. Guillermo Brahams González, secretary General of Benito Juárez Town Hall said “The process to follow is for the liquidator to determine what will happen, although they will have to go to Cabildo and find out if there would be a revocation of the construction license issued by the City Council.”The Ecology Department has determined that the hotel does not have permits for construction. The current suspension of the project is temporary and is expected to be brought before courts again in a few weeks.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police evict squatters from US investors property in Esterillos Oeste

first_imgRelated posts:Accused serial killer ‘Wild Bill’ Holbert asks forgiveness for murders of U.S. expats Salvadoran man deported from United States suspected in murder at San José hotel Foreigner caught stealing hours after being detained for threatening neighbors with machete Woman records video of man reaching down her shirt on bus; receives no help from driver Officials from various public agencies have evicted a group of squatters who occupied a private property for over a year and a half in Esterillos Oeste, a coastal area in the central Pacific canton of Parrita.Parrita Mayor Freddy Garro Arias told The Tico Times that officers from the National Police and Judicial Police conducted the eviction of some 30 families Thursday. Officials from the Child Welfare Office, the National Animal Health Service and the municipality helped move the families.Garro said the eviction request was received last year from the legal representatives in Costa Rica of David Aven, a U.S. citizen who acquired the property to develop a beach community project known as Las Olas.The mayor said that after meeting with a group of the squatters he concluded that they are not residents of Parrita. “Most of them come from other areas like Jacó and Herradura, and there are also Colombian and Haitian migrants,” he said.Business opportunityMunicipal staff demolished a total of 17 shanties, some of which were empty. Garro said they know that some of the squatters don’t actually live on the site.The Public Security Ministry’s press office confirmed that several of the shacks were empty and that none of them had drinking water or electricity.“We’ve witnessed some of these people arriving in cars, some of them expensive cars, just to spend the weekend or clean their part of the land, so we concluded that not all of them are here because they need a place to live,” the mayor said.Garro also said some of the squatters told municipal officials that more people were planning to occupy the property in coming weeks, but mostly looking to get possession rights in order to be able to sell the land later. “It’s a very attractive land located just two or three minutes from the beach,” he noted.He added that National Police officers told them that some of the evicted people also had occupied a public property in Parrita last year. “We believe they moved here after they were evicted from Parrita in February 2015,” he said.Garro said there was not any kind of construction activity taking place on the property at the time the squatters entered the lands.He said the owner is currently amid an arbitration claim against Costa Rica after his project was shut down in 2011. “Allegedly the land, or part of it, is within a protected wetland,” he said.The project, according to its website, would include a hotel, a beach club, a complex of villas, recreational areas and shops.Recommended: Esterillos Oeste: Squatter invasion, sex assaults and robbery on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Kerry off to Vienna for Iran nuke talks as deadline looms

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — With next week’s deadline for an Iran nuclear deal fast approaching, Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the talks in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, this time leaning on crutches.On his first overseas trip since breaking his leg earlier this month, Kerry left Washington amid mounting debate over the wisdom of an agreement with Iran. Critics of the emerging deal accuse the Obama administration and its partners of conceding too much in the talks. U.S. officials insist their positions remain unchanged and that Iran must agree to their demands by Tuesday’s deadline. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Kerry used a mechanical lift to board his plane and walked through the converted Air Force 757 on crutches. He traveled with a State Department physician, as is customary, but this time also was accompanied by a physical therapist, officials said.Kerry said Thursday he is “always hopeful” but would not say he is optimistic about getting a deal. Other officials have suggested the deadline may slip in the same manner that a March 30 deadline for a framework accord was extended two days.A senior U.S. official, meanwhile, said an end was in sight that could lead to an agreement. The official said the U.S. believed that technical solutions exist to resolve every issue that remains on the table, but those solutions would require “very critical choices” by Iran’s leadership. The official was not authorized to discuss the negotiations by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.Kerry’s meetings in Vienna will begin on Saturday. In addition to talks with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, he is also expected to see French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Foreign ministers from the four other nations at the negotiating table — Russia, China, Britain and Germany — are also expected to join in as they try to bridge differences between the sides on the limits Tehran must accept on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home But with Iran apparently backtracking on key points, the talks could go past the target date. In a speech on Tuesday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected a long-term freeze on nuclear research and insisted that Iran will only sign a deal if international sanctions are lifted first.He also repeated that military sites and Iranian nuclear scientists will be off-limits to U.N. experts, who would monitor Iranian compliance to any deal while trying to kick-start a moribund probe of suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic arms — allegations that Iran denies.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

New Zealand business tourism rising

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The most recent statistics show an increase in New Zealand’s popularity as a destination for conference and incentive groups from the Australian market.The figures show a 38 percent increase for 2011 in Australian travellers compared to that of the previous year.Further to this, February 2011 has seen a 55 percent increase alone, in Australian delegates visiting for conferences and incentives when compared to February 2010.“Our business tourism industry is performing very strongly at the moment and that’s reflected in these figures,” said Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive Alan Trotter.New Zealand’s close proximity to Australia and the current strength of the Australian dollar means Australians can get “much more bang for their buck,” Mr Trotter said.The annual business tourism expo meeting will be held in Rotorua next month, to promote the industry’s services and facilities to overseas conference organisers.last_img read more

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first_img NEW YORK — The Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is launching a new initiative to create and expand more opportunities to female music producers and engineers.The academy on Friday announced the Producer & Engineer Inclusion Initiative, which asks that musicians, record labels and others consider at least two female producers or engineers when working on a project, whether it’s a song or an album.More than 200 have already pledged and are committed to the ask, including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Pearl Jam, Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Common, Pink, Nicki Minaj and Shawn Mendes.“It’s a really important step to make sure you’re considering a diverse slate when you’re going to pick a producer or engineer,” said Tina Tchen, chair of the academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, in an interview with The Associated Press. “Pick whoever you want, because we want people to make their own artistic decisions, but we do know the more that women are included in the mix and get a look at and are seen, then doors are going to open up.“And that’s what this is about — making sure all of those doors of opportunities are open to everyone and that women who for so long really haven’t had their shot can get a fair shot.”The initiative comes after last year’s USC Annenberg study, which said only 2 per cent of music producers and 3 per cent of engineers are women. Others who have signed on to the new call-to-action include Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood, the Killers, Kacey Musgraves, Meek Mill, Usher and Selena Gomez. Multiple music producers, record labels, management companies and agencies are also on board.“It’s not just about the artists that we know, but it’s the behind-the-scenes folks who are involved: other producers and engineers, the labels, the studios, the agents, the publishers recognizing that they all have a role to play and they can all play a positive role in the change that needs to be made,” said Tchen, who was the chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama and is a partner at Buckley LLP.The academy announced the new task force last year after Grammys CEO Neil Portnow said women need to “step up” when asked about the lack of female winners backstage at the 2018 Grammys. Only two female performers won awards during the live telecast and the Grammys were criticized for not letting singer Lorde, the only women nominated for album of the year, perform at the show.Portnow called his comments a “poor choice of words” and later announced he would leave his post this year.This year’s Grammys, however, include more female nominees in the top categories. Linda Perry, who said she will participate in the new initiative, also made history as the first woman nominated for non-classical producer of the year in 15 years.To help artists and others find success with the Producer & Engineer Inclusion Initiative, the academy will list working female producers and engineers on their website. The academy is also working with the organizations Women’s Audio Mission and She is The Music to connect artists with female creators.Tchen said to another way they’re trying to move the needle is through mentorship: “We’re also asking producers and engineers, both men and women, to also mentor young women.”______Online:http://www.grammy.comMesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Grammys launch initiative aiding women producers, engineers FILE – In this June 3, 2018 file photo, Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. performs at The Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park in New York. The Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is a launching a new initiative announced Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, to create and expand more opportunities to female music producers and engineers. More than 200 musicians, labels and others have already pledged, including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Pearl Jam, Pharrell and Ariana Grande. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2019 6:01 am PDTlast_img read more

Paphos a step closer to becoming smart city

first_imgTWO Paphos projects have been given the green light, which officials say will move the area close to becoming a fully-fledged ‘Smart city’.A spokesman for Paphos municipality told the Cyprus mail that two European programmes have been approved and are due to get underway in Paphos in July.“This is important for Paphos, as we aim to establish ourselves as a smart city which will help to change the way in which Paphos is viewed,” he said.Both proposals were submitted under the INTERREG V-A Cross-Border Cooperation Programme: Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020.The first project, which Paphos proposed and submitted, sees the town in the role of lead partner in a co-financing programme, which has a total budget of €848,000. Paphos will contribute €400,000. The project provides for the deployment of city-based applications and infrastructures, for which Paphos partners up with the twinned municipalities of Chania and Lesbos.“This end will be achieved through a package of advanced digital services, including the creation of a digital platform, applications to support visitors and visibility of culture, tourism and entrepreneurship, the development of e-government applications and the supply and installation of Wi-Fi hotspots and touch screens,” he said.The project also incorporates a business plan for the full implementation of the ‘Smart City’ actions, a strategic plan including: ‘City Marketing’, ‘City Branding’ and others, he said.The second project is titled, ‘ECORouTS’, and aims to reduce carbon emissions from urban transport and provides for the municipality of Paphos to supply at least one electric bus for passengers, the installation of a charging station, development of a Telematics system and green path development, he added.For this project, which has a total budget of €1.6 million, Paphos is a partner (not a lead partner) and will pay around €370,000. The municipalities of Heraklion, Chania and Aradippou are also involved.“Ahead of the implementation of the two projects, the relevant officials had meetings with the programmes technical officers at the beginning of this week,” he said, adding that further details about the projects would be released in due course.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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