In certain instances, it has been noticed that important visits have taken place without prior intimation to the concerned authorities.I find it important to emphasise here that people-to-people contacts are an integral part of the close historical, cultural, ethnic and civilisational ties between India and Sri Lanka. Our High Commission in Colombo issued visas to nearly 200,000 Sri Lankan nationals to visit India last year, while approximately 175,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka in 2011. It is this perspective that guides all our actions on such matters.” “We have noted the travel advisory that has been issued by the Government of Sri Lanka for its nationals visiting the state of Tamil Nadu. I wish to convey here that the Government of India, in close consultation with the concerned state governments, has taken and will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan dignitaries and visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu. The Indian External Affairs Ministry today responded to the travel advice issued by Sri Lanka on Tamil Nadu.The official spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry said: RELATED POST: http://colombogazette.com/travel-advice-issued-to-tamil-nadu/
The police said that 27 children, 6 teachers, 7 parents and two monks were injured in the attack. The police said that the 42 people, including children and two monks, who were hospitalised following a wasp attack in Ratnapura last evening are not in a serious condition.Police media spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the injured people are receiving treatment at the Ratnapura hospital. He also said that investigations revealed the wasps had been disturbed by a boy who had thrown a stone at a hive. The people had gone to the Ratnapura ‘Pothgal’ Budhist Temple on a visit when the wasp attack took place.
President Maithripala Sirisena today requested the students of the University of Jaffna to engage in studies without any fear and suspicion as the security and safety of the university has been assured.The President made this request when the Vice Chancellor, the academic staff and a group of parents of the students of the University of Jaffna met him at the Presidential Secretariat today. They discussed about the situation which arose at the university recently, and the program carried out for the security of the students. The President said that the Government is fully responsible for the security and safety of the students. “The police and other security sections have been informed to act sensitively towards such incidents”, he said.They decided to appoint a committee consisting of the students and the staff of the university to work for the safety of the students in the university. Vice Chancellor Vasanthi Arsarathnam stated that actions have been taken to prevent such an incident in the university again. Minister of Higher Education Lakshaman Kiriella, State Minister Mohan Lal Grero, Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Corey and the President of the University Grant Commission were among those who participated in this discussion. (Colombo Gazette)
“The tragedy of the Afghan people has deep roots, more than two decades of conflict and three years of drought, but the fast deteriorating situation today was basically the result of decisions taken by the Taliban,” said Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France, which this month holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member UN body. “Members of the Council called on the Taliban immediately to remove all restrictions on the supply of desperately needed humanitarian aid, including those on food supplies and humanitarian relief workers,” Ambassador Levitte said. “These restrictions have one result: the humanitarian assistance cannot be provided inside the country. The Taliban will be held responsible for the consequences of their own decision.” Council members said that the international community stood “ready and determined” to respond urgently and generously to the repeated calls by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN agencies for assistance for the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries. The statement recognized “the particular pressures” of potential refugee flows on Afghanistan’s neighbours, especially Pakistan and Iran, and said specific help for those countries was needed. Ambassador Levitte said that in addition to Mr. Annan’s briefing on different aspects of the current situation in and around Afghanistan, Council Members also discussed the political situation. They reaffirmed the relevant resolutions on Afghanistan, particularly the ones calling for the Taliban to turn over Usama bin Laden, and welcomed the recent commitment by countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and especially Pakistan.
Special prosecutor: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton indicted for securities fraud charges FILE – In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas. On Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, Kent Schaffer, a special prosecutor, told the New York Times that Paxton has been indicted on felony charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before taking over as the state’s top law enforcement officer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2015 7:58 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AUSTIN, Texas – A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony securities fraud charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before he took over as the state’s top law enforcement officer, a special prosecutor said Saturday.Kent Schaffer, a Houston defence attorney appointed by a judge to the case, told The New York Times that a Texas grand jury indicted Paxton on two counts of first-degree securities fraud and a lesser charge of not registering.The most serious allegation is that he encouraged investment in McKinney-based tech startup company Servergy Inc., which is now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Associated Press reported Paxton’s involvement with the company — and that a federal investigation was under way — last month.Paxton also was fined last year for not disclosing to Texas securities regulators that he was getting commissions for soliciting investors.Paxton’s lawyer, Joe Kendall, issued a statement Saturday night saying the judge overseeing the case “has specifically instructed both parties to refrain from public comment on this matter and we are honouring the judge’s instructions.”That came after Schaffer and his co-special prosecutor in the case, Brian Wice, issued a statement that only hinted at the indictment. The defence attorneys said they were dedicated to ensuring that anyone accused of a crime is guaranteed a presumption of innocence and a fair trial.“Because our statutory mandate as special prosecutors is not to convict, but to see that justice is done, our commitment to these bedrock principles remains inviolate,” they said.Paxton’s aides have said the investigation in Collin County, home to McKinney, was politically motivated. That allegation has been rebuffed by Schaffer and Wice, the lead attorney in former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay’s successful appeal of his money laundering conviction.Schaffer told The New York Times that the allegations regarding Servergy are first-degree securities fraud. He said Paxton is accused of encouraging investors in 2011 to put more than $600,000 into Servergy, while not telling them he was making a commission on their investment and misrepresenting himself as an investor.He said Paxton is expected to turn himself in Monday, the same day the new indictment is expected to be unsealed.Conviction of a first-degree felony in Texas carries a punishment ranging from five years to life in prison.Paxton is also accused of failing to register as a solicitor while taking commissions for referring law clients to a financial investor. That charge, a third-degree felony, could bring two to 10 years in prison if convicted.Paxton accepted a $1,000 fine from the Texas State Securities board last year. At the time, the state board declined to pursue criminal charges. But the matter was revived after a complaint by the left-leaning watchdog group Texans for Public Justice, and a judge ultimately appointed the two special prosecutors.“It is time for Paxton to face the consequences. This is yet another example of the corrupt culture that fester with one-party, unchecked Republican power,” Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia said.The cloud of a criminal investigation has shadowed Paxton while he emerged as a national Republican figure during his first six months as Texas’ attorney general.A tea party star in Texas, Paxton recently advised county clerks they could refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the unions nationwide.
Atlanta Fed president leaving in February FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, file photo, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon, in Atlanta. Lockhart, the president of the Federal Reserve’s Atlanta regional bank, has announced plans to step down in February 2017. Lockhart is leaving after a decade as president of the Atlanta bank, one of the Fed’s 12 regional banks. Lockhart says he plans to pursue his interests in public policy, civic work and private business after stepping down on Feb. 28. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File) WASHINGTON – Dennis Lockhart, the president of the Federal Reserve’s Atlanta regional bank, announced Tuesday that he plans to step down in February of next year.Lockhart is leaving after a decade as president of the Atlanta bank, one of the Fed’s 12 regional banks. He said he plans to pursue his interests in public policy, civic work and private business after stepping down on Feb. 28.Lockhart has been a supporter of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s cautious approach to raising interest rates, though he is not one of the voting members of the Fed’s policy committee this year. In a speech Monday, Lockhart said he believed economic conditions justified “serious discussion” of a rate hike in September.However, in a separate speech Monday, Fed Board member Lael Brainard urged “prudence” and indicated she was in no hurry to raise rates. Private economists believe December is the most likely time for the Fed to hike rates for the first time this year.Thomas Fanning, the chairman of the Atlanta Fed’s board of directors and the president of Southern Company, will lead the committee that will conduct the search for Lockhart’s replacement. Marie Gooding, the Atlanta bank’s vice-president, will serve as interim president if a successor is not found by Feb. 28.Lockhart took over as president of the Atlanta Fed in March 2007 after serving on the faculty of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service from 2003 to 2007. Before that, Lockhart had been a managing partner of Zephry Management, a private investment firm. Lockhart began his banking career at Citicorp, now Citigroup, where he held various international and domestic positions from 1971 to 1988.Fed Up, a coalition of activist groups that is trying to change how the Fed’s regional banks operate, is urging the central bank to expand opportunities for minority groups on the boards of the Fed’s 12 regional banks and to open up the process for selecting the top officials at the regional banks.“Eleven out of 12 regional bank presidents are white and there has never, in the over 100 year history of the Federal Reserve, been a black or Latino Fed president,” said Shawn Sebastian, field director for the Fed Up campaign. “We think that it is past time for that to change and Atlanta is a perfect place to start.”Sebastian said the Fed Up campaign, a coalition of labour unions and community activists, would be pushing for the Atlanta bank’s search committee to publicly disclose the candidates it has under consideration and ensure that there are opportunities for the public to participate in the process.The Atlanta Fed district covers Georgia, Alabama, Florida and portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 9:41 am MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Northern Mali was occupied by radical Islamists when fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict displaced hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Government to request assistance from France to halt the southward march of the extremist groups.The accord reached yesterday in neighbouring Burkina Faso between the Government and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the High Council for the Unity of Azawad provides for an immediate ceasefire and paves the way for the presidential polls set for July. “The ceasefire accord, which will facilitate the return of the Government troops and civilian administrators to the northern town of Kidal before the planned presidential election next month, constitutes a significant step towards peace and stability in Mali,” said a statement issued the Special Envoy, Romano Prodi.He added that peaceful dialogue is the only way forward to ensure stability in Mali and in the Sahel region, which is facing important challenges.Mr. Prodi is encouraged by the parties’ “positive spirit” to implement the ceasefire deal, the statement noted. “He calls on the signatories to respect the accord and maintain their commitment to peace which is needed for the people of Mali and for the region.”The Security Council also welcomed the signing of the agreement, and called on all signatories to fully implement its provisions, with the support of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).“The members of the Security Council call on those armed groups in northern Mali that are not signatories to the Agreement, and that have cut off all ties with terrorist organizations, to unconditionally commit to all the provisions contained therein,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press.The accord was welcomed yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative for Mali, Bert Koenders, both of whom were encouraged by the parties’ commitment to national reconciliation and the resolution of differences through dialogue.
According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), some 30,000 people have arrived in Angola’s Lunda Norte province since April and there are fears that the number could reach 50,000, with about 300-500 people arriving daily. “Angola is providing a warm welcome, but reception centres accommodating refugees, are full beyond their capacity and basic services cannot be maintained without immediate donor support,” said Valentin Tapsoba, the UNHCR’s Africa Bureau Director, in a news release today. He added that the refugees are traumatized and humanitarian agencies require urgent support to ensure that life-saving assistance and protection can be provided to those in need. The arrivals have mostly been from the Kasai provinces in the DRC, where they were at risk of serious human rights violations and abuses, including physical mutilation, killing, sexual violence, arbitrary arrest and detention in inhumane conditions. The Kasais were the location of the discovery of some 42 mass graves, in April by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The discoveries further underscored the gravity of the situation. About 1.3 million people remain displaced internally in the DRC. Those reaching Angola also expressed fear returning back unless the situation allows for safe and dignified return, noted UNHCR in the release. Sustaining life-saving assistance not possible without more funding – UNHCRIn the news release, the UN refugee agency also said that Angola, a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, has historically hosted refugees from its neighbours – including DRC. Prior to the recent influx, the country housed some 15,600 refugees – including more than 13,400 from the DRC. However, with arrivals increasing and apprehensions that the situation could get much worse additional funding is urgently needed. “Sustaining life-saving assistance won’t be possible without more funding,” said UNHCR, noting that together with its partners, some $65 million are required – of which the UN agency needs $35 million (until the end of the year) to reach refugees in remote parts of Angola, who are the most vulnerable. Current humanitarian efforts are supported with $10 million by the UN Central Emergency Fund, a limited pool of financial resources that provides funding to critical, life-saving humanitarian rapid response and underfunded operations around the globe.
The newspaper says an investigation of the pipeline owned by Canada-based Enbridge found that it exploded in 1985 and 1986 in Kentucky, killing five people. Federal officials said the explosions were due to corroding pipes. They say corrosion caused about 30% of the 83 significant Texas Eastern incidents since 1986. The cause of this month’s blast still is under investigation. JUNCTION CITY, Ky. (AP) – A natural gas pipeline in Kentucky that exploded this month and killed one person has a history of deadly accidents.The Courier Journal reports six people in Kentucky and nine people in total have died in gas explosions along the Texas Eastern Transmission Co. pipeline since 1985. It stretches from Texas to New York, and almost all of its nearly 700 miles that run through Kentucky pre-date 1970.- Advertisement –
SAP’s real-time insights helps drive CITIC’s goal of becoming the lowest cost, large-scale magnetite miner in the world. CITIC Pacific Mining (CPM), developer and operator of Australia’s largest magnetite mining and processing facility, is gaining new insights, and improving cost-effectiveness and safety through digital innovation with SAP Leonardo.SAP Leonardo enables businesses to adopt new capabilities and business models by integrating breakthrough technologies – including Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, blockchain, big data and analytics – via the cloud to accelerate digital transformation.As it ramps up production and seeks to put the Sino Iron project on a sustainable footing, CPM required a system that would streamline its business processes by collecting, mapping and analysing fleet and vehicle data in real time. By using real-time insights, it aims to increase vehicle utilisation to 80% and reduce maintenance costs by 10%.CPM chose SAP Leonardo IoT for SAP Vehicle Insights to accelerate its three strategic objectives – detect and monitor real-time changes, make informed decisions and execute on plans quickly and efficiently.The technology was implemented across 230 light vehicles, buses and service trucks at Sino Iron, south of Karratha in Western Australia’s famed Pilbara region, in July. CPM is among the first organisations in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region to go live with SAP Leonardo technology.“SAP Leonardo has enabled us to use IoT, analytics and integration technologies to achieve greater insights into the utilisation and maintenance of our fleet,” said Ray Achemedei, General Manager Information Services, CITIC Pacific Mining. “Physically, we’re one of the largest mining operations in Western Australia – with fully-integrated mining, processing and port terminal facilities, as well as standalone accommodation precincts. At any given time, we’ve got hundreds of vehicles and pieces of plant operating around the site.“By harnessing real-time vehicle data, we can monitor accurate odometer and engine hours to help reduce maintenance costs, prevent failures and avoidable consequences, improve safety, and provide opportunities to optimise scheduling and reduce our impact on the environment.”Additionally, CPM can streamline the way it calculates and claims monthly fuel tax credits.Achemedei added: “SAP Vehicle Insights is driving greater operational efficiencies within the business, which will underpin our long-term sustainability. For example, knowing when, where and how our mobile fleet is being used provides huge scope to deliver better operational outcomes.“Greater efficiency mean lower overall costs. For our industry, this is absolutely critical.”Colin Brookes, President and Managing Director, SAP Australia and New Zealand, said, “SAP Leonardo has empowered CPM to improve maintenance processes, reduce reliance on rented vehicles and minimise its environmental impact. We share a vision of delivering value by streamlining processes. This is amplified by the innovation delivered via SAP Leonardo’s real-time capabilities.“It’s exciting to have one of the APJ region’s first implementations of SAP Leonardo here in Australia. We’re helping CPM deliver meaningful change and look forward to applying these learnings to other projects in a broad range of industries.”CPM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed company, CITIC Ltd. Headquartered in Perth, the company was established to manage the construction and operation of the Sino Iron project, an integrated magnetite mining, processing and port operation that will secure a long term stable source of quality feedstock for steel mills, including CITIC’s special steel facilities in China.As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to the boardroom, warehouse to the storefront, desktop to a mobile device – SAP software empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Six Greeks were amongst the 450 Australians who were honoured in the Australia Day award.Amongst their ranks there are a university academic, a dentist, a neurologist, a priest a human rights activist, a philanthropist and a member of the armed services.The one recipient in the General Division of the Officer of the Order of Australia medal is Dr John Prineas from New South Wales for his services to medicine in the field of neurology and to people with multiple sclerosis.The two recipients in the General Division of the Order of Australia Medal are Terence Keith Pitsikas from Westrrm Australia for his services to dentistry through his involvement in professional associations and dental education and James Christopher Sourris from Queensland for his services to the film industry and for his philanthropic contributions to the Queensland Arts Gallery and States Library.The two recipients in the general division of the Medal of the Order of Australia were Dr John Chryssavgis from New South Wales for his services to the Greek church and the Greek community and Kon Karapanagiotidis from Victoria for his services to refugees.Lieutenat Colonel Matthew Vertzonis from New South Wales was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for his military service and achievements.
La faune et la flore n’ont pas le temps de s’adapter au réchauffement climatiqueSi les oiseaux et les papillons européens s’adaptent au réchauffement climatique en remontant vers le nord, leur progression n’est pas suffisamment rapide pour compenser l’augmentation des températures moyennes. Les plantes, elles n’ont pas le temps de s’adapter.C’est la première fois qu’une étude arrive à démontrer le phénomène. Publiés dimanche, ces travaux révèlent que les oiseaux et les papillons ne parviennent pas à s’adapter suffisamment rapidement au changement climatique européen. Une seconde étude, publiée par la revue britannique Nature Climate Change, relève quant à elle que le réchauffement est en train d’altérer profondément la végétation alpine sur tout le continent.Entre 1990 et 2008, les températures moyennes ont augmenté d’environ 1°C en Europe. Cela correspond à un décalage des températures vers le nord équivalent à 249 kilomètres, souligne l’étude menée par le biologiste français Vincent Devictor du CNRS de Montpellier. Or, le régime alimentaire, les stratégies migratoires, les types d’habitats et autres spécialisations écologiques sont souvent très dépendantes du climat.Le réchauffement climatique en cours a donc un impact considérable sur de nombreuses populations animales. Les papillons ont progressé vers le nord, mais avec un retard de près de 135 kilomètres sur les températures. Les oiseaux, eux, accusent un décalage de 212 kilomètres, relève dans un communiqué le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) de Paris, pour lequel Frédéric Jiguet a coordonné l’étude sur les oiseaux.”D’inquiétants décalages” dans la réponse des espèces Pour le MNHN, cela “illustre à quel point les changements climatiques réorganisent rapidement et profondément la composition de la faune en Europe, avec d’inquiétants décalages dans la réponse des différents groupes d’espèces” qui pourraient profondément modifier les interactions entre ces espèces.Fruit d’une collaboration sans précédent entre de nombreux chercheurs européens, cette étude a observé l’impact du changement climatique sur 9.490 communautés d’oiseaux et 2.130 communautés de papillons dans différents pays (France, Royaume-Uni, Espagne, Pays-Bas, Suède, Finlande et République tchèque). Pour cela, ces chercheurs ont bénéficié des données récoltées par des milliers de naturalistes bénévoles de différents réseaux. En tout, plus d’un million et demi d’heures passées sur le terrain depuis plus de vingt ans ont permis de compter les papillons et les oiseaux, souligne le MNHN.Les plantes des climats plus froids évincées par les autres À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?En ce qui concerne la flore alpine, la tendance est la même si ce n’est que les végétaux ne sont pas en mesure de s’adapter aussi bien et aussi vite que les animaux. En effet, l’étude dirigée par l’Académie des Sciences autrichienne et l’Université de Vienne suggère que, à l’échelle du continent tout entier, les plantes traditionnelles des climats alpins froids sont en train d’être évincées par des plantes adaptées aux régions plus chaudes.L’équipe de botanistes de 13 pays qui a analysé 867 échantillons de végétation provenant de 60 grands sommets européens (en 2001 puis en 2008) indique que “de nombreuses espèces adaptées au froid sont littéralement en train de déserter les montagnes. Dans certains sommets de basse montagne européens, on pourrait voir disparaître dans les prochaines décennies les prairies alpines au profit d’arbustes nains”.Le 9 janvier 2012 à 15:09 • Maxime Lambert
Lémuriens : le doigt à température variable du Aye-ayePubliant leurs travaux dans l’International Journal of Primatology, des chercheurs américains ont analysé les variations thermiques de l’étonnant 3e doigt du Aye-aye. Ce lémurien nocturne utilise cet appendice pour trouver sa pitance et le garde ‘au frais’ en dehors des périodes d’alimentation, pour économiser son énergie.Hyper-sensible aux vibrations, long et fin – moins de la moitié de la largeur des autres doigts -, le médius du Aye-aye possède une articulation très flexible qui le rend ‘multi-usages’. Ce lémurien de Madagascar se sert ainsi de cet étrange appendice pour extraire des larves d’insectes des troncs d’arbres, se toiletter, gratter des noix de coco ou encore transporter de l’eau et du nectar vers la bouche.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour en savoir plus sur ce doigt, une équipe de l’Université de Dartmouth aux États-Unis, a néanmoins décidé de filmer le primate nocturne avec une caméra thermique. Ils ont alors étudié sur les images les différences de couleurs – révélatrices des différences de température – entre diverses parties de son corps : blanc (chaud) pour les yeux ou les oreilles, noir (froid) pour les régions peu irriguées par le sang. Plein de terminaisons nerveuses propres à déceler les insectes, le 3ème doigt est la plupart du temps ‘mis en veille’ en arrière de la main, d’où une circulation sanguine ralentie à l’intérieur.”Il est frappant de voir combien le troisième doigt est plus froid [que les autres] lorsqu’il n’est pas utilisé, et à quelle vitesse il se réchauffe [de 6°C] lorsqu’il est engagé dans une tâche active de recherche de nourriture. Nous pensons que les températures relativement fraîches de ce doigt lorsqu’il n’est pas utilisé pourraient être liées à sa forme, [qui] se traduit par un ratio surface-volume relativement élevé : un tel ratio est mauvais pour retenir la chaleur”, a expliqué Gillian Moritz, qui a réalisé l’étude. Ainsi, “comme tout instrument délicat, il est probablement préférable de le maintenir ‘désactivé’ lorsqu’il n’est pas utilisé”, soit exactement ce que fait le aye-aye quand son doigt apparait “noir”.Le 22 janvier 2012 à 11:44 • Maxime Lambert
ATLANTA (AP) — Police in Georgia say someone opened fire during a child’s birthday party, wounding a 3-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl and an adult.WSB-TV reports that the shooting happened in the College Park area, just southwest of Atlanta, on Thursday evening.Fulton County police say the children were playing in a bounce house when the shots were fired.Deanna Titus tells WSB that her grandson was shot in the back.Conditions of the injured people were not immediately known.The television station reports that investigators found at least 40 shell casings, and that unknown people in a vehicle were seen leaving the scene.No arrests have been made.
Graydon Carter, editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, announced today that he is stepping down from his role at the magazine after a 25-year run.“I want to leave while the magazine is on top,” Carter told The New York Times. “I want to leave while it’s in vibrant shape, both in the digital realm and the print realm.”The famous editor, known for his influence on the magazine and entertainment world as well as his glamorous celebrity coverage, said he plans to leave the publication in December to start what he termed as a “third act.”“I’ve loved every moment of my time here and I’ve pretty much accomplished everything I’ve ever wanted to do,” Carter said in a company statement. “I’m now eager to try out this ‘third act’ thing that my contemporaries have been telling me about, and I figure I’d better get a jump on it.” Starting as editor-in-chief in 1992, Carter headed the magazine through some of its most renowned stories, including the unmasking of “Deep Throat,” The Washington Post‘s anonymous source during the Watergate scandal back in 2005, as well as the “Call Me Caitlyn” cover, featuring the transgender television star and retired Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner in 2015.Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016Late last year, Vanity Fair’s new subscriptions increased 100 fold after a tweet from president Donald Trump targeting the magazine, in which he stated that the magazine had “really poor numbers.”Made clear by Trump’s negative tweets toward the editor, Trump and Carter have a long, combative history with one another. Following the negative commentary, the magazine incorporated Trump’s tweet into its digital marketing campaigns, promoting a banner ad on its site that read, “The magazine Trump doesn’t want you to read. Subscribe now!”Condé Nast has made no official comments on who will succeed Carter as editor-in-chief. However, he told The New York Times he has some suggestions in mind, not naming names.“I want to make it really easy for the next person,” said Carter. “I care about this magazine. I don’t want it to go anywhere other than up.”
Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati on Monday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to include 17 Other Backward Castes (OBC) in the Scheduled Caste (SC) list as “unconstitutional and politically motivated”. Mayawati said the move will not bring any benefits for OBC groups and Yogi Adityanath had deceived them. “No government can include or remove any caste from the Scheduled Caste list. Article 341 prevents the government from doing so. Only the President and Parliament have the powers to do so,” she stated. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The BSP President further explained: “Part 1 of Article 341 clearly states that the President can specify any group to the SC list through a public notification on the Governor’s advice. Part 2 says that if notification is released under part 1 of Article 341, it can only be changed by Parliament. Part 2 also states that Parliament can specify, include or exclude any group from the SC list.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us She pointed out that the notification cannot be undone by any other notification. “These cases will no longer get the benefits of quota under the OBC category. They will be treated as general castes. It is clear that Yogi government has issued this order to deceive these castes,” she stated. Mayawati also alleged that the order had been issued keeping in view the upcoming bypolls in the state and appealed to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to immediately withdraw it. Advertise With Us She urged the Centre to initiate the constitutional procedure to include these groups in the SC list and demanded an increase in the quota limit for them. “I appeal to the Centre to include these castes in the category and increase SC quota proportionately as per constitutional procedure,” she said. In a decision taken on Friday, the Yogi Adityanath government had moved 17 OBCs in the SC list, thus fulfilling a long pending demand of these castes. The OBCs added to the SC list are — Nishad, Bind, Mallah, Kewat, Kashyap, Bihar Castes, , Dhivar, Batham, Machua, Prajapati, Rajbhar, Kahar, Potter, Dhimar, Manjhi, Tuhaha and Gaur. The Chief Minister also directed all district officers to issue caste certificate to the families of those belonging to these castes.
Global data storage firm SanDisk unveiled on Tuesday the world’s fastest memory card and a new range of USB flash drives that promise high efficiency with quick transfer speeds.”Whether consumers are seeking super-fast transfer speeds, maximum storage capacity or a stylish fashion statement, we offer a drive to meet their needs,” Bob O’Keefe, vice president of retail marketing, SanDisk, said in a press statement.”SanDisk pioneered the USB drive and now offers one of the broadest lineups in the industry, with a wide range of form factors and reliability that consumers can count on to store their important files,” he said.Among the portable data storage drives SanDisk launched worldwide are the Extreme USB flash drive, Cruzer Glide, Cruzer Facet and the Cruzer Pop models. All four drives come pre-installed with Sandisk’s SecureAccess software that allows for file encryption and password protection.Also available is a secure online storage option of 2GB that users can download anytime from the internet. Users can also download the Cloud Catcher software for file back-up and quick organisation of personal data stored online.The 3.0 enabled Extreme USB flash drive claims to give 190 MB/s data transfer speed and is capable of transferring 40GB in just four minutes. The device comes in 16GB to 64GB variants with a price tag ranging between $64.99 and $159.99.SanDisk’s Cruzer Glide USB flash drive has a carrying capacity of 128GB which will be available for $249.99 in the third quarter this year, while the smaller 4GB to 64GB capacities are currently sold at a price starting at around $19.99.The Facet USB Flash Drive is pre-loaded with 8GB to 32GB capacities that is sold at a price range starting from $32.99 to $84.99 while the Cruzer Pop, which is possibly the thinnest among all the four, costs around $32.99 to $84.99 for its 8GB to 32GB capacities.Meanwhile, the company’s newly launched Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I memory card, which is touted as the world’s fastest memory card, allows for quick file transfer/downloads, smooth multitasking of various applications and full HD image or video capture on smartphones and tablets.Users can purchase the memory card on the company’s website by paying $59.99 for the 8GB model or $99.99 for the 16GB model. Any device having a microSDHC slot can use the memory card which can also be paired with UHS-enabled smartphones and tablets.
M M/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)A bullet train in Japan, similar to the one to be built for the Houston-Dallas rail.A plan for a high-speed rail line that would allow Texans to travel from Houston to Dallas in a quick 90 minutes moves forward, but not without a lot of setbacks and continued opposition from some communities along the proposed route. Topics of concern include the possibility that train tracks will bisect private property, the high cost of building the bullet train and its financing.After three years of development, the private firm behind the project, Texas Central, announced two major partners that will be laying the track.Though the bullet train is a private initiative, Texas Central wants to use the power of eminent domain to acquire some of the land it needs. Legal challenges, particularly in Grimes County, northwest of Houston, are likely to center on whether the company has the power to take private land.Brandon Formby, an urban affairs reporter with the Texas Tribune, says the state has taken a “hands-off” approach to the high-speed rail plan, passing a law during the recent regular legislative session that forbids the state from putting money into the Texas Central project. Share
Nanomaterials and lithium rechargeable batteries 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. A schematic of the silicon core-shell nanowires, showing how they increase in volume before lithium ions are inserted (left) and after. Figure courtesy Yi Cui. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers have found a way to incorporate silicon into the structure of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are used to power a wide variety of portable electronic devices, including digital cameras and cell phones. The group’s method, using a nanowire form of silicon, overcomes the roadblocks that have prevented the use of silicon and may help extend the batteries’ lifetimes. Lithium ion batteries work are based on the movement of lithium ions between two battery terminals, the anode and cathode. The ions are stored in the anode, nestled between the layers of the anode material, which is often graphite. When they discharge, the ions move to the cathode.One advantage of a graphite anode is the small volume change that occurs when the ions enter it. Additionally, existing lithium-ion batteries do boast fast ion movement rate between the terminals. But, despite their success, the batteries have a limited charge storage capacity and are not expected to be able to meet the needs of new technologies, which demand higher charge storage and longer battery life.Silicon has been eyed as a material that can allow researchers to overcome challenges, but there have been problems making it work. Silicon expands too much during ion insertion, for example, and bulk silicon breaks and loses capacity too quickly.Researchers from Stanford University seem to have overcome these issues using a nanostructured form of silicon. As described in the December 23, 2008, online edition of Nano Letters, they created silicon nanowires with a “core-shell” structure, consisting of a center solid wire surrounded by a cylindrical shell, similar to a coaxial cable. The core is crystalline while the shell has a disordered, or “amorphous,” structure. This works builds upon a result they published in January 2008 in Nature Nanotechnology, where they reported using a single-crystal nanowire to achieve a charge storage capacity ten times that of carbon.”The crystalline and amorphous components have separate qualities that make the overall wires successful as a battery anode material,” said the study’s corresponding researcher Yi Cui, a materials scientist at Stanford, to PhysOrg.com. “We thought it might be possible to use the amorphous shell to store the ions, while the core would provide mechanical support and an efficient electron conduction pathway.”Both crystalline and amorphous silicon can store lithium ions similarly well, but amorphous silicon seems to perform better over many cycles. It also reacts with lithium at a higher electric potential, a convenient way of making ion storage the exclusive job of the amorphous shell. If the potential is maintained at the higher level, lithium ions cannot be stored in the core.Core-shell silicon nanowires have been incorporated into other technologies, such as solar cells, but not before in batteries. Cui and his colleagues found that the amorphous shell does expand when limiting the charging potential, but not significantly. And the wires have a high charge-storage capacity—about three times that of carbon—and retain the capacity at the 90% level over 100 charge-discharge cycles. The core-shell nanowire design enables a very fast cycle, about seven minutes, and can provide a very large amount of power.Citations: 1. Nano Lett., Article ASAP DOI:10.1021/nl80363232. Nature Nanotechnology, 2008, vol 3, p 31, DOI:10.1038/nnano.2007.411Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: ‘Core-Shell’ Silicon Nanowires May Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries (2009, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-core-shell-silicon-nanowires-lithium-ion-batteries.html