New Delhi: The per capita water availability has declined to 1,544 cubic metre in 2011 from 1,816 cubic metre in 2001, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told the Rajya Sabha on Monday.He stressed on the conservation of monsoon rains to overcome water shortage in the country. “Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility,” he said while replying to supplementaries during Question Hour. The water conservation issue needs to be converted into mass movement by creating awareness, the minister added. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Shekhawat said in many countries sewage water is being recycled to make potable water, but there is no such need in India. “Water is a State subject and planning, funding, implementation and maintenance of water supply schemes are primarily the responsibility of the state governments, he said in written reply. The Central Government provides technical and financial assistance to States for improving coverage of safe drinking water in rural habitations under centrally sponsored National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”According to NITI Aayog’s documents ‘Strategy for New India @75’ due to growing population, the per capita water availability in the country has decreased from 1816 cubic metre in 2001 to 1544 cubic metre in 2011,” the minister said. Shekhawat highlighted steps taken by the central government to mitigate hardship of people to access potable water. He said an advisory was issued by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation in May to States on water conservation and to meet drinking water requirements of rural areas on priority, during scarcity. “Further, Cabinet Secretariat, vide its letter dated May 29, 2019 addressed to selective States, recommended action plans for dealing with drought-like situation,” he added. That apart, Shekhawat said the prime minister has written letters to all Sarpanches in the country motivating them to take up water conservation activities like de-silting and cleaning of water bodies, rain water harvesting etc. with people participation. “As announced in the Union Budget Speech 2019-20, it has been envisaged to ensure piped water supply to all rural households by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission. “This programme will focus on integrated demand and supply side management of water at the local level, including creation of local infrastructure for source sustainability like rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and management of household wastewater for reuse in agriculture,” he added. The Jal Jeevan Mission would converge with other Central and State Government Schemes to achieve its objectives of sustainable water supply management across the country, the minister said.
NEW DELHI: The AAP on Friday presented a report card for New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, where the party claimed that she has not done any work and deceived people. During the past five years Lekhi did not utter a word on either demonetisation, GST or sealing in Delhi. In a statement the party said, “She did speak in Parliament about Delhi students and admitted that our students do not get admission in Delhi University colleges. But it was her govt at the Centre. Can she tell the people of Delhi what has been done to address this serious issue?” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe party added that being a New Delhi MP, in 2014 she was appointed to head NDMC meetings, even there all promises made to the people turned out to be imaginary. The AAP on Friday also did a door-to-door campaign at the New Delhi constituency with the AAP candidate Brajesh Goyal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain. With talking to people the leaders explained the need of the full statehood and the party focus on the demand. The leaders also talked about the problems in higher education, job and woman safety. The leaders also met the shopkeepers in the New Delhi are which is a business centre and also suffered from the sealing issue/ The leaders explained that if Delhi gets full statehood then CM Arvind Kejriwal promised that within 24-hours sealing will be stopped.
Oil in first close above US$100 this year; markets await Yellen comments NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil prices rose slightly Monday, enough to close above US$100 a barrel for the first time this year.Investors are awaiting the first public comments from the new chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Janet Yellen, who last week was confirmed in her role. She is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday and traders will be particularly interested to hear anything she says about the withdrawal of the Fed’s monetary stimulus.The central bank has reined in its stimulus program, but recent jobs data have suggested that the U.S. economic recovery may not be as healthy as it seemed. The stimulus in its various guises has helped shore up a number of financial assets over the past few years, including oil prices.Oil has been boosted recently by the frigid temperatures in many parts of the United States, which has boosted demand for heating oil. That support could be waning.“The recent price prop of exceptionally cold temperature trends has quickly given way to forecasts for significant moderation, especially along the East coast,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note to clients.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March gained 18 cents to close at US$100.06 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Elsewhere in oil markets, Brent crude, which is used to set prices for international varieties of crude, dropped 94 cents to US$108.63 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading in New York, wholesale gasoline fell two cents to US$2.72 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil shed five cents to US$2.99 a gallon.Natural gas lost 20 cents to US$4.58 per 1,000 cubic feet. It has dropped 17.6 per cent since closing at a four-year high of US$5.56 on Jan. 29.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2014 2:00 pm MDT
“We reached a common understanding with the Presidents of Kenya and Somalia on three things,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres in Nairobi. “Firstly, the need to ensure return from Dadaab is voluntary and that it takes place in safety and dignity, and in accordance with the Tripartite Agreement; secondly, on cooperation to boost security in Dadaab; and thirdly, the expansion of additional areas for people to return to in Somalia.”Mr. Guterres expressed deep appreciation to President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta for his “courage and wisdom” in handling the refugee situation, even as emotions in the country run high following the attack on Garissa University. Shortly after that 2 April assault on the campus, for which Somali-based Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility and which reportedly left scores of people dead, the High Commissioner’s Office (UNHCR) urged Kenyan authorities to reconsider their decision to shut down within the next three months Dadaab refugee camp, which lies along Kenya’s border with Somalia. Following the recent visit, which wrapped up on 9 May, UNHCR said Mr. Kenyatta was committed to the aim of making return to Somalia an attractive and sustainable option for those in Kenya, while Mr. Guterres said he would mobilize the international community to boost security in Dadaab, where nearly 350,000 people are living.Mr. Guterres also met Somalia’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, as well as Prime Minister Sharmarke, in Mogadishu where the possible future return of Somali refugees in Kenya was also discussed. He also travelled to Kismayo, in south central Somalia, which is a key refugee return destination. There he met regional leader Ahmed Madobe and discussed scaling up the current voluntary return project and ensuring that returns are sustainable.To enable people to return, investment needed to be scaled up to improve socio-economic conditions for refugees, displaced people and local communities. Mr. Guterres said he would mobilize the international community to improve access to shelter, education, health and other basic services as create realistic livelihood opportunities.While in Kenya, the High Commissioner also visited Dadaab, camp where he met with local officials, refugees and host communities. He condemned the Garissa attack noting that the entire region has suffered the effects of terrorism and reiterated commitment to strengthen security in Dadaab. “It is in the interests of the international community to support the Government of Kenya to protect its citizens and the refugees it has so generously received,” he said. “I’ve seen babies who have been born from parents who have been born in Dadaab. This is not how we want people to live.”He noted that around 2,000 refugees had returned to Luuq, Baidoa and Kismayo in Somalia with the support of UNHCR since the Tripartite Agreement and he said improvements in basic conditions would help to boost those numbers exponentially. In the meantime, Mr. Guterres told refugees in Dadaab that he had received reassurance from the Kenyan Government that any future returns to Somalia would be fully voluntary and in line with the provisions of the Tripartite Agreement. “UNHCR and the Governments of Kenya and Somalia will organize an International Conference of Solidarity, to raise the required funding to multiply areas inside Somalia where capacity to receive returnees will be boosted through a portfolio of projects,” he said.
GameDay airs at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN. Check out College GameDay’s website at collegegameday.com Follow College GameDay on Twitter @GameDayFootball. College GameDay’s new Facebook page is facebook.com/collegegameday. When Ohio State hosts Penn State on Saturday, the Buckeyes will be well-rested. That might not be a good thing. Despite its .823 winning percentage under coach Jim Tressel, OSU maintains a lackluster 2-4 record when coming off a bye week. With its last loss after a week off coming from the Nittany Lions in 2005, OSU looks to buck the trend. As one of four one-loss teams atop the conference standings, the Buckeyes’ Big Ten ambitions depend solely on their performance down the stretch. That starts with Penn State. The two squads are no strangers to jockeying for position in the Big Ten against one another. When a Big Ten title was on the line in 2008, a costly fourth-quarter fumble by OSU signal caller Terrelle Pryor dashed the No. 10 Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl aspirations and virtually punched No. 3 Penn State’s ticket to Pasadena, Calif. Last year’s meeting in State College, Pa., had similar implications but produced a much different result. Paced by 228 yards on the ground and an efficient performance from Pryor, the No. 15 Buckeyes upset the No. 11 Nittany Lions, 24-7, and moved one step closer to a Rose Bowl trip of their own. This year’s bout has significant but different Big Ten ramifications. At 6-3 (3-2 in the conference), the Nittany Lions look to play the role of spoiler, while the Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1) are fighting for a second straight Rose Bowl bid. They must remain perfect to get there. A Wisconsin loss would help their cause as well. On paper, OSU seems the overwhelming favorite. However, the Nittany Lion faithful have seen a revitalized Penn State team of late. Winners of three straight and averaging 36.3 points per game during that span, the Nittany Lions have been sparked by back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances from 2009 first-team All-Big Ten selection Evan Royster and the emergence of sophomore quarterback Matthew McGloin. Those wins have come against Minnesota, Michigan and Northwestern. The Silver Bullet defense is a different beast. Ranking third nationally in total defense and fourth in rushing defense, the Buckeyes will be no easy task for Royster and Penn State. Add 105,000-plus scarlet-clad, screaming fans, the ESPN College GameDay gang and a potential sixth straight conference title to the mix, and it appears as though this contest is OSU’s to lose. Although OSU handily defeated the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley a year ago, don’t think the Buckeyes will forget what happened in Columbus the previous year. Ask Purdue about the whole revenge thing. Couple that with a new and improved Pryor under center along with the lingering bad taste from Wisconsin, and the Buckeyes seem poised to continue their high flying show in the ‘Shoe. Either way, as the college football season comes to a close, no victory will come easy.
LOVE HIM OR loathe him, Michael O’Leary deserves respect. His no-nonsense approach to air travel totally obliterated the high cost of flying and opened air travel to the masses.Flying used to be considered classy, but the pay off for Ryanair’s low fares has been to squeeze any notion of romanticism from the airline industry. Now flying is cheap and rarely cheerful.Nonetheless, we all have, at one time or another, flown Ryanair. We may have grumbled; we may have complained; and it may not have been the most pleasant experience – but we did it essentially for the low fare.O’Leary based his business model on the assumption that we would do almost anything for a cheap flight. Forget customer service; forget providing an enjoyable experience; if the price was right, people would jump on board.Openly hostileIt was such a success he revelled in being openly hostile to the notion that the customer is always right. When quizzed about why passengers who forgot to print their boarding passes were charged so much he quipped, “We think they should pay €60 for being so stupid.”But times have changed and O’Leary knows that now both he and Ryanair have to follow suit.So now he is intent on showing us a softer and more customer-friendly side. And Ryanair customers are already feeling the love.This week alone the cost of carrying an extra kilogramme of luggage has been cut, falling from €20 to €10. Ryanair also slashed its fee for reissuing a boarding card at the airport from €70 to €15. And from 5 January it will reduce the cost of checking in a bag at the airport from €60 to €30.Charm offensiveSo why, after years of pummelling customers with his ‘I don’t give a f**k’, is O’Leary suddenly now on a charm offensive?Because, thanks to social media, customers now wield enough power to make the likes of O’Leary sit up and take notice.Complaining about shoddy treatment by Ryanair was usually a case of banging ones head against the proverbial brick wall. But while people always have shared their bad experience, nowadays rather than tell a few friends they tell thousands of people via the likes of Facebook and Twitter. So instead of calling a helpline, people are increasingly turning to social media to air their gripes.And with competition intensifying on Ryanair from other airlines, O’Leary knows ‘treating them mean to keep them keen’ is no longer an option.The Ryanair chief no doubt has looked to the likes of Southwest Airlines, which uses its blog to actively encourage customers to post their complaints so that they can be quickly addressed. The Marriott hotel group is another that has realised the shift in power and patrols Twitter for reports of customer service issues to resolve them before they go viral.Quell criticismIndeed, even old-school market leaders such as Coca-Cola realise the power social media wields. It uses the 38.3 million fans on its Facebook page to act as brand ambassadors to help quell criticism before it spirals out of control online.All of these companies know that social media now means consumers have more power to influence, organise and act in their own self-interest than ever before.However, one small French cafe on the French Riviera also highlights how social media not only empowers consumers but also businesses. It has gained notoriety by using twitter and Facebook to highlight its policy of giving discounts to customers who are polite. What started off as a local joke has turned into huge media coverage for the small business.But while Michael O’Leary is unlikely to give you a discount simply for saying please, he understands he needs to sweeten his company’s relationship with consumers in acknowledgement that the rules of engagement have changed.Paul Allen is managing director of Paul Allen and Associates PR, www.prireland.comRyanair shocks the people of Ireland with act of Christmas generosity>‘Warm and cuddly’ or ‘harsh and caustic’: Are we seeing Michael O’Leary 2.0?>
TEACHERS AND DOCTORS who are gay are afraid they could be fired because of their sexual orientation, a Fianna Fáil Senator has said.Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Education, Senator Averil Powe,r has said the Government’s failure to meet its own deadline for publishing legislation to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff means that many teachers and doctors are still living in fear for their jobs.Senator Power spoke in the Seanad a year on from the publication of a Fianna Fail bill to amend Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act.She explained that at present, Section 37.1 may be relied upon by religious-run institutions such as schools and hospitals to justify discrimination against employees solely on the basis of their sexual orientation, marital status or gender identity.According to Senator Power:the possibility of such discrimination is a source of real fear and unhappiness for LGBT staff. Many teachers in particular have told me that they feel the need to hide their sexual orientation from their colleagues and pretend to be someone else at work. Each of them has the same message: they want to be judged on the same basis as everyone else – on the quality of their work – not on someone else’s prejudiced view of their sexual orientation.Last May, Minister Alan Shatter opposed the Fianna Fail bill, saying that he had announced plans to merge the Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority in order to create a new enhanced Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. One of its functions will be to advise Ministers and the Government on new legislation.Senator Power said that Minister Shatter has not brought forward his own proposals.DisappointedSenator Power said she was disappointed that when she raised this in the Seanad, the Government restated its intention to wait for the new Human Rights and Equality Commission to be in place before starting any work on this issue.There is absolutely no excuse for this delay. Either of the existing equality bodies could have been tasked with doing this work a year ago. Sadly, I think the fact that they weren’t is an indication of the lack of priority that the Government has attached to addressing this issue.(Senator Averil Power/YouTube)In response, Junior Minister Joe Costello on behalf of Minister Shatter said that the Justice Minister is committed to strengthening the statutory protection for equality in this area.He said that on 5 June 2012 the General Scheme of a Bill was published to replace the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission with a new Irish Human Rights Equality Commission. Drafting of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Bill 2013 is itself at an advanced stage.At the same time, preparations to establish the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission have also advanced.He acknowledges that there may be frustration in some quarters anxious for a swift amendment to Section 37. However, he cautions against action without having given all interested parties the opportunity to contribute to the debate and fully consider all the options open to us. The new Commission will be uniquely placed to carry out such a consultation.Read: Buttimer: Health professionals must be trained in transgender issues>
It’s a small world after all, or at least a small airport. Though it’s not big enough for anything larger than a ladybug to fly out of, after seven years of work, the world’s largest model airport has finally been completed. The $4.8 million job is based on Hamburg, Germany’s Fuhlsbüttel International Airport, which opened in 1911.Though the real airport in Hamburg covers almost 6 square kilometers, the display covers only 150 square meters. That’s a lot of airport to fit into that size display. The creators were able to fit in 40 planes, 500 cars, 50 trains, 15,000 figurines, 1,000 wagons, 300 buildings, 10,000 trees, 40,000 lights, 100 signals, and 200 switches.AdChoices广告And this isn’t a stagnant model, it’s continuously moving. There are 40 airplanes that both take off and land, and 90 other vehicles that move all by their selves throughout the runways. The vehicles are powered via computer, and little wires move the planes down the runway and into the sky to make them look like they’re flying. Take a look at the video below to see them in action.The details are really quite amazing. Passengers appear to be walking on the moving walkway in the terminal. Vehicles, like tow trucks, have tiny flashing orange lights. And some of the cars even have turn signals that work.The world’s largest miniature airport is on display at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, which also houses the world’s largest model railroad scene. It appears there’s a lot of tiny transportation going on in Hamburg.Via News.com.au
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Rents for most high profile locations in Greece are seeing yet another increase, despite the current trend in the devaluation of properties in the country.This conclusion is included in a report by Algean Properties, an international agency, with operations in Athens and presence in London and in Luxembourg.According to their report, the continuing arrival of tourists leads to higher demand for properties and higher revenues. That consequently snowballs into the rise of rents and lease prices.Mykonos tops the list of locations with the largest rent increases, with Santorini and Paros not too far behind. As a matter of fact, of the 10 holiday destinations listed as witnessing an increase in rates, eight are Greek.Through these results it becomes obvious that, for yet another year, Greece retains its position as one of the most sought-after holiday locations. Also these continuing increases and the subsequent demand could give the economy the boost that it needs.
Monday rounded out three days of unusually warm and sunny weather in Vancouver and much of the Pacific Northwest at large.Temperatures in Vancouver reached 70 degrees at Pearson Airfield on Monday, five degrees shy of tying a record high for the day set in 1934. That’s unusually warm for this time of year. On average, the city has its first 70-degree day on March 30. While Vancouver’s high temperatures didn’t set a new record, the cities of Hoquiam, Quillayute, Bellingham and Seattle hit record highs March 12.Hopefully everyone in Southwest Washington took advantage of three warm and sunny days, because late-winter conditions are going to stick around for a while.Andy Bryant, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service Portland office, said a high-pressure system that settled over the Pacific Northwest bent a jet stream of moisture away from the region and brought three days of warm, dry air. That should change Tuesday as a low-pressure system moves back into the area, bringing precipitation and cooler temperatures for the rest of the week.“There’s another subtropical jet bringing moisture to Southern California,” he said. “That trough of low pressure is pushing inland.”The forecast for the next 10 days includes highs between 50 to 55 degrees with lows hovering in the high 30s to mid 40s through the middle of next week. Up to a quarter-inch of rain could fall today in Vancouver. The chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday drops to 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively. There will be a chance of rain at least through Sunday.Though temperatures were higher than normal over the last few days, swings between warm and cool days, sunshine and rain, are normal for this time of year, Bryant said. After all, the official start of spring is a week away.
Steven Gerrard was appointed as the new Rangers Glasgow coach and he insisted that he won’t hesitate to get rid of players that won’t be willing to follow his philosophy and do everything to adapt to it.The former England international and Champions League winner claimed that he will use the first days to evaluate the passion and willingness of the players to adapt to his style and then he will decide how to transform the squad.The Reds legend spoke about his new job as he said, according to Sky Sports:Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“I can’t have that. That’s got to stop. That’s got to stop now. I’ll work out quickly who fancies this challenge and who wants to come with me.”“If there are people who don’t fancy it and want to be somewhere else and don’t fancy adapting to what we demand, good luck to them.” “If you are not a hungry footballer, you shouldn’t be at Rangers. Simple as that.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 19, 2016 – New Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has pledged to work to build a spirit of partnership and cooperation among councillors in order to effectively and efficiently carry out the work of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAC). Speaking at the installation ceremony held at the KSAC’s downtown Kingston offices on December 15, Senator Williams lauded the former administration led by Senator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke and pledged to improve on the legacy.“They have made our work far easier, as we go forward,” he said. “They continued the work of the previous Council headed (then) by our Minister of Local Government and Community Development (Hon. Desmond McKenzie)…and they improved on it,” he noted. “We invite you to work with us as we (seek to) work together as one in the spirit of unity, cooperation and friendliness, as we move forward to govern in the interest of the people of Kingston and St. Andrew,” he added.Meanwhile, Senator Williams said he will be seeking to work more closely with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and vendors. Noting the challenges associated with traffic congestion across Kingston, he said there is need for the Corporation to “begin the dialogue” with the Ministry to address the issue. “There is a lot of valuable economic time (that) is lost in traffic. We must have a concerted effort with the Ministry of Transport to see how best we can ease congestion in the city,” he pointed out.Senator Williams invited the JCF to “join us in driving the economic life of the city”, pointing out that “we must eliminate crime in our city by creating opportunities for our people.” As it relates to the vendors, he noted that the Corporation will be looking to work with them in order to create the environment for their business to flourish. Senator Williams noted that vendors are critical players in the vision to make Kingston the most prominent capital city in the Caribbean and will be dealt with “with soft hands.”“We are all significant players in the economic life of the municipal Corporation (and) we must coexist…in a mutually respectful manner…to sustain the life of the city,” he said. “(However)…we say…to the vendors, you must also understand that order is important. Work with us in creating this order and we promise you that you will quickly see the economic benefits. You will reap greater profits as more and more shoppers take comfort from this order,” he pointed out. #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#MagnetiicMediaNews
(WSVN) – Uber and Lyft are rolling out plans to make getting to the polls on voting day easier.The ride sharing apps are offering free and discounted rides to the polls on Nov. 6.The companies partnered with various voting groups to provide the services.Uber will be featuring a “get to the polls” button, to help voters quickly find their polling location.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Long-time KSKA DJ Marvell Johnson was shot and killed on Tuesday. His 16-year-old foster son has admitted to the crime and is being charged with murder. Download Audio:According to a police department release, a student reported the shooting to a school police officer early Tuesday morning. When officers arrived at Johnson’s house, they found him dead in his bedroom from several gunshot wounds.Johnson’s 16-year-old foster child, Peter John Henry, was asleep in another room. When questioning Henry, the police learned the boy was angry with Johnson for grounding him because he used the drug Spice and because Johnson took his vapor cigarette charger. Henry admitted to stealing the ammunition he used from a local department store. The theft was caught on tape.The student who reported the murder told police that Henry said he was going to shoot Johnson, but the student did not believe him.Henry told police he tried to make the shooting look like a robbery. He emptied Johnson’s wallet and left it in front of the house and stole other items. Henry also allegedly threatened to kill the student if he didn’t help him destroy evidence by washing the gun in a nearby creek and destroying the home’s surveillance cameras.Marvell JohnsonHenry has been charged as an adult and is being held without bail.The 64-year-old Johnson hosted Soul to Soul on KSKA-Anchorage for 35 years. On the show, Johnson seamlessly flowed between new and old soul music. Between sets he helped connect inmates in Alaska’s prisons with their loved ones by sharing dedications and requests.“You know, back in the day, people couldn’t wait until Saturday night to call Marvell Johnson to make a request or a dedication,” recalled Reggie Ward, Johnson’s long-time friend and fellow DJ. “It was so special for a lot of people. And it’s helped so many people, in terms of people maybe having relationship problems or just the fact that they get to hear their names mentioned on the radio. It was a huge deal.”Ward said Soul to Soul helped start urban radio in Alaska. Johnson trained and mentored many of the DJs at KSKA, KNBA, and around Anchorage.“He set the tone. He set the example, not so much in his words but in his actions. He was so professional and he loved what he did. We all basically just took his lead.”When Johnson wasn’t mixing music, he was out fishing, working at UAA in the facilities department, or caring for his foster children.
The local administration tries to protect the bridge and the link road dropping sand sacks on Friday. Photo: UNBA portion of the link road of the 2nd Teesta Bridge at the mouth of a small bridge was washed away by strong current while a part of the bridge collapsed at Echli in Gangachhara upazila in Lalmonirhat early Friday, reports UNB.The bridge and the link road collapsed just two days before the inauguration of the much-hyped bridge.The sudden breakdown of the small bridge portion and the link road snapped communications of four upazilas of Lalmonirhat with Rangpur.Locals said the connecting road was washed away due to strong current in the river around 3:30am. Later, the mouth of the bridge on the link road also broke down.Meanwhile, the local administration was trying to protect the bridge and the link road dropping sand sacks.The 2nd Teesta Bridge is scheduled to be inaugurated by prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday through videoconferencing.Locals alleged that the bridge on the link road collapsed as substandard materials were used for its construction.They claimed that the contracting firm resorted to various anomalies in connivance with Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) engineers Jakiur Rahman and Parvez Newaj Khan in implementing the project.They said the engineers who were responsible for supervising the work did not perform their duty properly.Though the locals protested the irregularities several times, the administration did not pay any heed to this, they alleged.Locals said prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated work on the 850-metre 2nd Teesta Bridge from a rally in Lalmonirhat in 2012.The construction of the bridge, which was a dream of around 5,000,000 people of four upazilas of Lalmonirhat and greater Rangpur, was scheduled to end on 31 June 2014.After extending the deadline thrice, contracting firm Navana Construction completed the work on 31 December 2017 at a cost of Tk 1.23 billion.It was opened to traffic as per the directives of the prime minister before its formal inauguration.To protect the bridge, 1300-metre river training dams were built on both sides of the bridge while a five-km connecting road on the two sides.The construction work was monitored by Lalmonirhat LGED executive engineer’s office while Kaliganj upazila office implemented the construction work.Locals alleged it was supposed to be a two-foot layer of clay mud on the five-km connecting road, but construction works were completed using only cobblestone on sand.Though there were huge irregularities in the construction work, the engineers legalised the work in exchange of money, they alleged.However, manager Prabir Kumar Biswas of Navana Construction denied the allegations of using substandard materials in the construction work, saying they handed over the bridge to the local LGED on completion of its work.LGED executive engineer SM Jakiur Rahman said the situation was created for the change in the course of the river.Deputy commissioner Shafiul Arif said the inauguration of the bridge will be held in time. “The collapsed portion of the road and the bridge will be repaired soon,” he added.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Virtual reality (VR) arcades and other location-based VR entertainment venues could generate more than $800 million in worldwide revenue by 2022, according to the latest Futuresource Consulting VR Tracker Report.Consumers are expected to spend $299 million on location-based VR entertainment in 2018, according to Futuresource. By 2022, that amount is expected to grow to $809 million.At the moment, much of the growth of location-based VR is being driven by VR arcades, which often offer access to the same gaming titles also available to consumers who have VR setups at home. In 2017, some 4000 estimated VR arcades worldwide brought in $79 million, or 40 percent of all location-based VR revenue.However, Futuresource estimates that higher-end location-based VR will play an increasing role over the next five years. By 2022, multiplayer VR experiences will make up 41 percent of all the global location-based VR revenue, the company estimates. “Multi-player location-based VR allows players to roam free, untethered and with others in a VR environment,” said Futuresource associate director Carl Hibbert in a statement. “This category is expected to have the highest CAGR rate across the forecast period, despite a lower number of installations. This is due to consumer desire to pay for sociable experiences with friends, especially in more developed markets.”The VR industry has in recent months increasingly bet on location-based VR, with companies like Survios betting on VR arcades, while others are increasingly investing in multiplayer experiences. The trend has also caught Hollywood’s eye: Just this week, FoxNext announced a new multiplayer VR experience based on the “Alien” franchise. Popular on Variety
Everyone’s favorite 8-bit handheld video game device turns 22 years old today. Nintendo’s Game Boy was originally released in Japan on April 21, 1989. Over the past 22 years, the Game Boy and the Game Boy Color have sold over 118.69 million units worldwide, so Nintendo definitely has something to celebrate today.When the Game Boy was released in the U.S., it sold its entire shipment of 1 million units within just a few weeks. Until recently when the DS reached 128.89 million in sales, the Game Boy was Nintendo’s best-selling handheld device.To celebrate the Game Boy’s birthday, let’s take a trip down memory lane, and follow it up with a really cool video.April 21, 1989: It’s a boy!The first in a long line of Game Boys was created by Gunpei Yokoi and Nintendo’s R&D 1 team. Was actually the second handheld system for Nintendo, following the Game & Watch series introduced in 1980. The Game Boy was basically the love child of the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch.January 1, 1995: Play It Loud!It’s as if people were already tired of the boring, old grey body of the Game Boy. Nintendo released several Game Boy models with colored cases as part of the “Play It Loud!” campaign. The Game Boys had red, green, black, yellow, blue, white, and clear cases. [Photo via Amazon]1996: Game Boy’s get smallerThe Game Boy Pocket arrived as a smaller, lighter version that even required less batteries. The Pocket took 2 AAA batteries and provided up to 10 hours of game play. Its screen was changed to a true black-and-white display, but like the original Game Boy, it had no backlight, so you still couldn’t play it under your covers at night when you were supposed to be asleep. [Photo via Wikipedia]April 15, 1998: The rarest of the rareAvailable only in Japan, the Game Boy Light is considered the rarest of the Game Boys in the land. It uses two AA batteries that give it 20 hours of better life. It was the only handheld Nintendo device to have an integrated backlight until the Nintendo DS was released in 2004. [Photo via Ask.com]October 21, 1998: Things get colorfulThe Game Boy Color added a color screen. It has a slightly smaller form factor than the Game Boy Pocket. Though it had a smaller body, it had double the processor speed, three times as much memory, and an infrared communications port. It was also backwards compatible with older Game Boy games, and could play almost all previous game cartridges in a selected color palette. The backwards compatibility became an important feature in the Game Boy line. [Photo via michi003]June 11, 2001: A new Game Boy for a new centuryThe 32-bit Game Boy Advance had a larger, higher resolution screen than any of its predecessors. It added the “L” and “R” buttons that we now see on the DS line. However, the screen was not backlit, which made it particularly hard to see in some conditions.February 14, 2003: A cellphone-lookalike?The Game Boy Advance SP looks like a tiny laptop with its smaller clamshell design and flip-up screen. It’s about half the size of the original Game Boy, and it was the first to have an internal front light that could be switched on and off. [Photo via nexthttp]September 2005: Game Boy goes microThe third version of the Game Boy Advance system was the 4.5-inch-wide Game Boy Micro. It was only two inches tall, and weighed just 2.8 ounces. It’s by far the smallest Game Boy ever, and it’s about the same size of the original NES controller. The screen is about two-thirds the size of the previous two Game Boy Advance models, but it also has a higher quality backlit display with adjustable brightness. [Photo via hazuijunpei]As an added extra, here’s a cool video from YouTube user MrSeberi. Unlike the traditional chiptune music you hear from using consoles to create music, this video shows the creator using only the Game Boy’s hardware to create an interesting song. All sounds came from the Game Boy itself, and no effects were used. You can also download the MP3 for free via the YouTube page.Happy birthday, Game Boy!
The scientists characterized optical traits of the cavity-coupled plasmonic system in the study and categorized them by geometrical features relative to the wavelength of incident light (λinc). To demonstrate this effect, two devices were primarily defined and simulated in the study led by the research group to operate in the MWIR and LWIR atmospheric transparency windows. The multispectral reflectance spectra of the respective surfaces were calculated as a function of the diameter of the hole using the FDTD method.When the incident light was considerably larger than the pattern, the system behaved as a metallic plane or mirror. As the incident light decreased, extraordinary light transmission occurred through the subwavelength hole-disk array, due to induced plasmon resonance, coupling the electromagnetic wave into the cavity. As the incident light became comparable to the array’s structural dimension, the system supported higher-order plasmonic and interference resonances due to the onset cavity-internal diffraction. Using the parameter study, Franklin et al. identified two possible routes to achieve infrared encoding; (i) the diameter of holes and (ii) the relief depth—while maintaining uniform visible absorption. When the cavity-coupled plasmonic system was excited at resonance, coherent interactions between photons and the free electron density within the metal produced collectively charged oscillations known as surface plasmons. High-density charge localization and microcurrents resulted from the interactions on the edges of the metallic elements, whose energy dissipated by ohmic loss. By varying the system’s parameters, the scientists encoded images on the surface within a desired spectral range, while these images did not appear visible within others. For example, an image encoded within the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) window, appeared as a grayscale image when viewed through a MWIR camera, although the appearance within the visible range and long-wave infrared (LWIR) regime remained a constant color. By varying the laser writing parameters (power and speed) of the master writing process, the scientists obtained a variety of hole diameters for the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) devices. Depending on the angle of incident light and viewing angle, when viewed by the eye or using a visible regime camera, the encoded surface appeared as a uniform block of color. Meanwhile the infrared camera showed the encoded grayscale images at a resolution depending on the surface plasmonics.The scientists conducted visible and infrared spectrometer measurements of the fabricated plasmonic systems. The infrared resonant surfaces were imaged using cameras designed for their respective bands of operation. A cooled indium antimonide detector was used to view the MWIR surfaces and an uncooled VOx microbolometer camera was used to view the LWIR surface. Dipolar coupling between the array of holes/disks and their interaction with optical cavity dictated the infrared response. Diffraction in to Fabry-Perot cavity modes dominated the visible regime. Grayscale images and data were encoded into the surfaces by mapping the diameter of holes of the plasmonic system to respective pixels. Top-view scanning electron microscope images of the hole diameters of the fabricated plasmonic systems, visible and infrared spectrometer measurements, and infrared images of the a–d) MWIR and e–h) LWIR devices. Solid lines for the reflectance spectra are measured values, whereas dotted lines are obtained by FDTD simulations. Line colors for the visible spectra are obtained from the CIE chromaticity matching functions. Credit: Light – Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0095-9. Infrared encoded data and images. a) Image of the Afghan Girl (Copyright Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos. Image rights granted by Magnum Photos New York) which is encoded into the plasmonic surface by mapping hole diameter to infrared grayscale. b) Visible camera (EOS Rebel T6i, Canon) and c) infrared image of the encoded MWIR surface taken with a cooled indium antimonide detector (A8300sc, FLIR). The MWIR Afghan Girl encode device is 1 × 0.75 mm2 in size. The same procedure is conducted for the LWIR domain and images to be encoded are d) that of Einstein and a QR code from the author’s website (http:/nanoscience.ucf.edu/chanda). e) A visible camera (EOS Rebel T6i, Canon) and f) LWIR infrared images taken with an uncooled VOx microbolometer camera (HD-1024, St. Johns Optical Systems). The Einstein encoded sample area is 1.25 × 1 mm2, and the QR code is 1 × 1 mm2. Credit: Light – Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0095-9. , Nature Communications Plasmonic materials can uniquely control the electromagnetic spectrum due to nano-scale surface architecture. Recent advances in nanotechnology and materials science and their combined capacity to develop controlled geometries at the nano-scale continue to evolve, as observed with optical properties of amplitude, phase and wave fronts for materials in optics. Although researchers have focused on individual frequencies and wavelengths, few studies have attempted to control fundamental properties across multiple electromagnetic frequency regimes. For instance, multispectral systems can establish new surfaces with combined functions, such as reflective multilayers that selectively absorb and emit infrared light in transparent atmospheric windows for thermal management. Similarly, plasmonic filters with tunable resonance can be used for multispectral color imaging. These concepts can be applied to achieve camouflage and anti-counterfeiting techniques. a) Schematic of the cavity-coupled plasmonic device consists of a backmirror, an imprinted array of holes in a polymer, and a second evaporation of gold to create disks and a perforated film. b) A false-colored scanning electron microscope image of the plasmonic system and a schematic with the various structural parameters. c) An encoded surface where pixel data are mapped to structural features of the plasmonic system. The spectral axis shows how the data can manifest in the desired wavelength range, as shown in the shortwave infrared window, whereas the surface remains uniform in other windows. Credit: Light – Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0095-9. Resonances in such systems occur as excited electric and magnetic multipole modes that depend on the geometries and dimensions of constituent materials due to inherent features of plasmon hybridization and plasmon-phonon-coupling. Such traits can be effectively used to engineer optical surface properties of a material. However, attempts to control structural parameters and accommodate a specific spectral regime can influence higher-order resonances in lower-wavelength ranges, resulting in a lack of independent control of optical character in specific spectral regions. In a recent study, a new device employed plasmonics to control a variety of wavelengths of light using a multilayer cavity-coupled nanostructured system. The plasmonic system maintained continuously tunable absorption throughout the mid-wave (3-5 µm) and long-wave (8-12 µm) infrared (MWIR and LWIR) atmospheric transparency windows, while maintaining near-invariant visible properties. The device was designed and developed by Daniel Franklin and colleagues in the Department of Physics and fabricated with a dielectric layer patterned with regularly-spaced nano-sized holes. By design, the nanostructures were sandwiched between a reflective metallic mirror and a thin upper gold layer with holes corresponding to the middle disc. Functionally, the spectral response of the multilayered cavity-coupled nanostructure depended on interactions among plasmonic resonances, diffraction and cavity feedback. The resonance mode of each regime was defined and explored using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) numerical simulations. The parameters were identified and varied to create an experimental infrared (IR) color palette. Such images were made visible with IR cameras but were concealed in the visible domain by consistent pixel-to-pixel plasmonic absorption and diffraction. The study used a multispectral engineering setup to demonstrate cavity-induced plasmonics for applications in camouflage and anti-counterfeit technologies. The work is now published on Light: Science and Applications. Two systems are explored for operation in the mid wave infrared (MWIR) and long wave infrared (LWIR) transparency windows. a) Schematic of the plasmonic device designed for the MWIR and b) corresponding finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations of reflectance as a function of hole diameter. c) A schematic of the LWIR device and d) the equivalent FDTD sweep of hole diameters. Dotted black lines depict the infrared desired range of operation. Hole diameter can be used to sweep through these windows while keeping visible absorption invariant. Field profiles are presented at labeled wavelengths and hole diameters to illustrate the mechanisms behind the resonances in different spectral regimes. Credit: Light – Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0095-9. More information: Daniel Franklin et al. Covert infrared image encoding through imprinted plasmonic cavities, Light: Science & Applications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41377-018-0095-9 Jon W. Stewart et al. Toward Multispectral Imaging with Colloidal Metasurface Pixels, Advanced Materials (2016). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201602971 Debashis Chanda et al. Coupling of plasmonic and optical cavity modes in quasi-three-dimensional plasmonic crystals, Nature Communications (2011). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1487 The scientists quantified diffraction efficiency in the study for the MWIR and LWIR devices as a function of hole diameter using FDTD. Results indicated that devices could be tuned for different wavelengths; primarily through the infrared transparency windows by modifying the hole/disk diameter and maintaining pixel-to-pixel brightness in the visible domain. The encoded information was not ‘invisible’ for different wavelengths, in contrast the dimensions of the plasmonic hole-disk system exceeded the diffraction limit of the visible light. Individual features were visible with high magnification objectives. The study combined ease of fabrication and compatibility on flexible substrates to engineer the device architecture. The results will lead to new plasmonic surfaces with multispectral functions to encode information. As a proof-of-principle, Franklin et al. encoded images and data onto material surfaces and observed them using infrared and visible cameras to demonstrate the potential of the cavity-coupled plasmonic system. In the technique, the scientists created a map between diameters of a given pixel and grayscale values of the surface to view through infrared camera imaging. The image was first encoded using direct laser writing onto a master template polymer that was used to fabricate the nanostructured surface using nanoimprint lithography (NIL). Before and after the NIL process the three-layered metallic cavities produced were imaged using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for surface characterization. The spectral and order averaged diffraction efficiency of the first and second orders at normal incidence for a) the MWIR device and b) LWIR device. Efficiency is averaged over the visible spectral range of 400–800 nm. Black dotted lines indicate the range of diameters with a maximum deviation of 1%. Insets depict the respective devices and the degeneracy of the first diffracted order based on the symmetry of the array of holes. Credit: Light – Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0095-9. 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. 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Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you’d prefer not to use a credit or debit card online, you can still order things from Amazon.The online retailer today introduced Amazon Cash, which provides shoppers with a special barcode redeemable at participating stores like CVS. Show it to the cashier, and add as much cash as you like to your Amazon Balance; that’s it.”It’s simple, quick, and there are no fees,” Amazon said. “Your Amazon Balance can be used to shop for millions of eligible physical products and digital content.”To try it out, head to the Amazon Cash site and press “Get your barcode,” which you can receive via text or print out at home. Now through May 31, Amazon is offering a $10 free digital credit to those who add at least $50 to their Amazon Balance as an incentive to get people to try out the service.Thousands of convenience, grocery, and drug stores across the country will let you add money to your Amazon Balance. Besides CVS, that includes Speedway, Sheetz, Kum & Go, D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare Supermarkets and VG’s Grocery. Amazon said more retailers will support this feature “soon.”You can add between $15 and $500 to your account per transaction; daily limits also apply but vary by retailer. “Funds are available immediately after the cashier hands you a receipt for your transaction,” Amazon said. You can view you Amazon Balance activity under Your Account.As TechCrunch notes, Amazon shoppers previously had to purchase Amazon gift cards or prepaid cards if they wanted to shop without using their own credit or debit card. Amazon Cash is “effectively connected Amazon’s gift card functionality,” the site says, but an Amazon Cash barcode can be reused. April 4, 2017 Register Now »
MBI Effective for Surgical Treatment PlanningAccording to a new study, molecular breast imaging (MBI) is effective in the preoperative evaluation of women with biopsy-proven breast cancer. Published in the April issue of Journal of Nuclear Medicine, the study shows MBI can detect invasive ductal cancer (IDC), ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and invasive lobular cancer (ILC), and can play a valuable role in evaluating the extent of disease and presence of multifocal disease in the breast for surgical treatment planning. The study goals were to determine whether MBI is more sensitive than mammography in detecting additional foci of breast cancer in the ipsilateral and contralateral breasts and in the evaluation of disease extent of biopsy-proven disease. Patients with biopsy-proven breast cancer scheduled for surgery were offered enrollment in the study. All patients had a diagnostic mammogram and an MBI study prior to surgery. Patients with MBI studies showing additional sites of disease underwent additional diagnostic studies. At the time of operation, the pathologic findings were correlated with the MBI results. MBI studies were performed using a Gamma Medica LumaGEM MBI system, which comprises dual-head pixilated cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) detectors mounted on a modified mammographic gantry. For MBI, patients were injected with 296 MBq Tc-99m sestamibi and the standard CC and MLO views were acquired of each breast. A total of 98 patients with biopsy-proven breast cancer were enrolled and underwent preoperative MBI and completed surgical resection. MBI detected additional disease greater than that identified by the combination of mammogram and ultrasound, which altered the surgical treatment in 12 patients (12/98 = 12.2%). In 7 of 98 patients, MBI detected additional foci of cancer not seen on mammography (7.1%). This resulted in change of surgical treatment plan from breast conservation to mastectomy. Final pathology confirmed that mastectomy was warranted. One patient (1%) had a contralateral breast cancer detected on MBI that was not detected with mammography. Second-look mammogram and ultrasound with biopsy demonstrated invasive breast cancer, and the patient underwent surgery on both breasts.Two patients (2%) had uptake in the contralateral breast on MBI. Surgical excision demonstrated atypical ductal hyperplasia and atypical lobular hyperplasia. Another patient had an abnormality detected on MBI which, at the time of planned bilateral mastectomy, was found to represent atypical ductal hyperplasia. In 3 out of 98 patients, MBI detected a significantly greater extent of disease than mammography (3%), which resulted in change of surgical treatment plan from breast conservation to mastectomy. For more information, visit www.gammamedica.comOutlook Good for Low-Dose MBIThe possibility of low-dose molecular breast imaging (MBI) looks promising, according to recent clinical evidence revealed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Marcela Bohm-Velez, M.D., and colleagues from Associates in Pittsburgh, Penn., shared preliminary results from a prospective study on low-dose MBI, specifically breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI), at the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s “Breast Cancer Imaging: State of the Art 2011” event. They suggest it may be possible to reduce the radiation dose patients get from a BSGI procedure by up to 60%.The tracer used, Technetium Tc99m Sestamibi (MIBI), has been used in cardiac studies for years and was cleared by the FDA in the mid-1990s for diagnostic breast imaging. The recommended dose (20–30 mCi) was established using an older, larger, less sensitive whole body imaging system. Newer breast-optimized imaging systems have an inherently higher photon sensitivity which may allow a lesser dose to be used. At the Weinstein Imaging Center, BSGI has become a valuable diagnostic tool, especially for patients with dense breast tissue that limits the effectiveness of mammography. “In order to optimize care and use BSGI to screen specific populations, we wanted to examine the possibility of using a lesser dose,” said Bohm-Velez. “The present challenge for the clinician is that the use of lower doses is currently an off-label use of the pharmaceutical.” Their study compared breast tissue uptake at low-dose levels of 5, 10 and 15 mCi to those obtained with the conventional 20 mCi (740 MBq) injections. Bohm-Velez said, “Although these are early results, we were quite surprised to see that we can reduce the dose to 15 mCi without any substantial impact on breast tissue uptake or image quality. In addition, a 10 mCi image still provided a very good, clinically viable image. The good news is that at lower doses, the breast tissue uptake is still sufficient, leading us to believe that a dose of 8 mCi is likely possible with the current instrumentation.” Bohm-Velez said investigations are underway at the University of Virginia to potentially allow doses as low as 2–4 mCi to be used, making the radiation dose from a BSGI/MBI study equivalent to that from a mammogram. 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