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Degree of preparedness

first_imgAs India gears up to safeguard its eastern coast against cyclone Fani, prevention is the reason to prioritise any step in the wake of the approaching cyclonic storm. Prior warning issued by India Meteorological Department puts Odisha on high alert as the storm will approach its coast in a matter of hours, and there is a strong likelihood of the storm to approach the adjoining districts of north-central Andhra Pradesh on May 03. IMD predicts heavy to very heavy rainfall in few places over the coast of Odisha and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on May 03 and 04 while West Bengal will see light to moderate rainfall in most places and heavy rainfall in isolated places near the coast. This information comes well in time as it can allow adequate safety measures to be put in place. Fishermen are advised against venturing out in the southwest Bay of Bengal at this time. Indian Naval ships at Visakhapatnam and Chennai are put on standby should they need to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid distress relief work, evacuation, logistic support, and for providing necessary medical aid. The Eastern command of the Navy has thus assumed a high degree of readiness to render requisite assistance. The Bay of Bengal is the birthplace for regional cyclones due to high temperatures, humidity, rainfall, sluggish winds, and a combination of other geographical reasons. Fani is the first tropical cyclone of this season that has developed in this hotbed. As far as natural disasters go, most of them have been precipitated for anthropogenic reasons. Floods happen because of haphazard urbanisation, clouds burst because capitalist development happens with utter disregard for the environment, earthquakes are also not the most inclement of calamities. It is not the geographical process of a sudden violent change brought by nature but the destruction that it causes that makes considering disasters valid. Cyclones cannot be attributed to anthropogenic reasons but cloud seeding is an effective method of mitigating the disastrous impact of a cyclone. Disaster preparedness essentially is a measure of what one can do to avert or mitigate a disaster, not how well rehabilitation happens after disaster strikes.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Inaugurates Medical Center in Casablanca

Rabat – King Mohammed VI inaugurated a local medical center at the Sidi Moumen district in Casablanca on Monday.The project is in line with King Mohammed VI’s approach to improve medical services for all citizens, especially for vulnerable groups. The construction of the project, which is sponsored by the Mohammed V Foundation  for Solidarity, was launched by the King in October, 2016. Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the facility will  benefit nearly 500,000 people in the region.The center will include consultation rooms, emergency rooms, maternal and child care, as well as a  section specialized in cardiology and ophthalmology consultations. It also includes an oral care unit, as well as a medical analysis laboratory, a sterilization unit and a medical unit. Other welcome inclusions are an orthopedic rehabilitation unit and a medical-technical center. MAP added that the facility is equipped with the latest generation equipment. The medical center has 21 general practitioners, emergency doctors and specialists, as well as 38 nurses.The project  is among the list of other medical facilities that King Mohammed VI inaugurated throughout Ramadan.On  May 16, King Mohammed VI opened the Regional Center for Oral Hygiene in Rabat’s Yaacoub El Mansour district. read more

Rick Hansen awards Mosaic Stadium gold rating on accessibility

Rick Hansen, founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, awarded Mosaic Stadium with the highest accessibility rating of Accessibility Certified Gold. Lynn Giesbrecht / Regina Leader-Post Some football fans say there were a few fumbles in Mosaic Stadium planning Explore the features of the new Mosaic Stadium Receiving this approval from Hansen is significant, said Fougere.“When he casts his view on our stadium and says that we’ve got a gold standard, we are very, very proud of that,” said Fougere. “This is a shining moment for us.”But while the stadium’s score was high, it wasn’t perfect, and Hansen said the RHF will be passing along a list of recommendations to the City of Regina on what can still be improved.“We can always do things better and we’re going to talk about that,” said Fougere. “I’ve told Mr. Hansen that we’ll have that conversation with our administration (and) with him about how we up that score to make sure it gets even higher.”The importance of creating accessible facilities is only increasing, said Hansen. He noted that as the baby boomer generation ages, the number of people living with a disability is also rising.“We have to be able to not just deal with this because it’s the right thing to do as a charitable concern, we also have to do it because it’s a fundamental human rights opportunity and mandate of our country,” he said.“We have to normalize the idea of accessibility and keep upping our standards as we go forward.”The RHF looks at a number of factors when rating a site, said Hansen, including transportation to the site, parking, ways to get into the facility, washrooms, seating and wayfinding systems. Once the RHF has come up with its score, it submits the information to the Canadian Standards Association, which looks over the data and gives its approval for the accessibility Related From its initial planning through to final construction, Mayor Michael Fougere said Mosaic Stadium was always intended to be an inclusive space for people with disabilities — a dedication that was rewarded when the stadium became the first in Canada to be rated Accessibility Certified Gold.On Saturday afternoon, Rick Hansen, longtime accessibility advocate and founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), presented Mosaic Stadium and the City of Regina with the award.“We want to make sure that we are recognizing advancements and accomplishment in the area of building accessible and inclusive facilities, spaces and places where people with disabilities live, work, play and learn,” said Hansen.The Rick Hansen Foundation rates sites out of 100 on how accessible they are. Any site with a rating of 60 or more receives the designation of RHF Accessibility Certified, and any site that hits a score of 80 or more becomes RHF Accessibility Certified Gold.With a score of 82, Mosaic Stadium is the first stadium in Canada to reach this gold standard.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Hansen said he was particularly impressed with the facility’s integrated supports for people with not just mobility challenges, but also hearing and visual challenges — something he said a lot of places lack because they only focusing on mobility.“This is a more inclusive and universal design standard that serves the most benefit for the most people,” he said. read more

UN to honour grassroots leaders in fight against drug abuse crime terrorism

The UN Office at Vienna (UNOV) will honour the three individuals and one non-governmental organization (NGO) on Wednesday evening at a Vienna City Hall ceremony. Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Vienna Mayor Michael Häupl and UNOV Director-General Pino Arlacchi are among those expected to attend.”In the fields of drug abuse and crime prevention the UN cannot depend solely on the actions of governments,” Mr. Arlacchi said. “To turn around the hearts and minds of all the world’s citizens, we are counting on local organizations and dedicated grassroots leaders to be involved in their communities. The Civil Society Award focuses world attention on those who have found successful ways to reach their fellow human beings.”This year’s winners include Saida Benhabyles of Algeria, who has focussed her civil society efforts on human rights, women’s rights and working with victims of terrorism. Despite continuous death threats from Algerian terrorist groups, she was the driving force behind the Federation of Associations of Victims of Terrorism.After witnessing the effects of war on children in Burundi, Athanase Rwamo founded two NGOs to protect children from hunger, exploitation and the effects of drug abuse and AIDS. Through Mr. Rwamo’s initiative, 400 children have been integrated into stable family structures, nearly 300 housed in shelters and more than 200 have found employment.Meanwhile, Veronica Colondam of Indonesia joined forces with several other individuals to set up Yayasab Cinta Amak Bangsa, which means “loving the nation’s children.” Using a UN-sponsored theme, “Turn on music, turn off drugs,” the group’s band, Youth Against Drug Abuse, has spread the message to schools in Sumatra, Java and Bali.Instituto Mundo Libre, a Peruvian NGO, assists the nation’s youth – particularly street children – to escape drug abuse. The programme has an 89 per cent success rate and has rehabilitated more than 700 street children. It has also trained some 65,000 people in 14 Peruvian cities on the prevention and treatment of drug abuse.The award was established in 1999 by the Austrian Government, the City of Vienna and the UN Office and comes with a $100,000 prize, which will be shared by all four recipients. Each one will also receive a medal and a certificate. read more

22yearold dies after road collision in Thurles

first_imgA MAN HAS died after a serious two car collision in Thurles, Co Tipperary on Friday night.At approximately 10.40pm the 22-year-old was seriously injured when the car he was driving collided with a second car on the N75 at Rathmanna, Thurles.He was taken by ambulance to South Tipperary General Hospital with serious injuries and later transferred to Cork University Hospital where he was pronounced dead late last night.The driver of the second car, who was also aged 22 years, was taken to hospital with minor injures and later discharged.Forensic collisions investigators carried out a full technical examination at the scene and Gardai in Thurles are appealing for witnesses to contact them.Anyone with information is asked to contact Thurles Garda Station 0504 25100, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.last_img read more

Croatia name 24man squad for World Cup

first_imgCroatia has announced a 24-man squad for next month’s World Cup in Russia with head coach Zlatko Dalic confirming that one of the defenders will be removed from the final listThe likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic respectively will be leading the charge for Croatia this summer, who will be hoping to do better than their group exit from four years ago in Brazil.“I didn’t have many dilemmas … I firmly believe in these players,” said Dalic, as reported on The Statesman.“One of the stoppers will be removed from the list.”The 24 players will gather in Zagreb this weekend and will face former world champions Brazil in a friendly on June 3 at Anfield with another match against Senegal five days later in Osijek.“I wanted strong matches to see our situation, to correct some things,” continued Dalic.“These two matches will give us a real picture,”Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…Croatia 24-man World Cup squad:Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco/FRA), Lovre Kalinic (Gent/BEL), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas/TUR), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria/ITA), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool/ENG), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Kiev/UKR), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Matej Mitrovic (Club Brugge/BEL), Duje Caleta-Car (Salzburg/AUT)Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid/ESP), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona/ESP), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid/ESP), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina/ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan/ITA), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus/ITA), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan/ITA), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan/ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim/GER), Marko Pjaca (Schalke/GER), Ante Rebic (Eintracht/GER).Croatia has been drawn in Group D for this summer’s World Cup alongside Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland.last_img read more

Community Turns Out For Industry Appreciation Day

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A large crowd of nearly a thousand people turned out for this weekend’s Industry Appreciation Day on the Kenai Park Strip, on Saturday.  The festivities saw local politicians, community groups representing issues, and numerous industry leaders tending booths. Industry Appreciation Day AwardsOutstanding Individual in Oil and Gas – Mark NecessaryOutstanding Support Business in Oil and Gas – Unocal Retirees AssociationOutstanding Business in Oil and Gas – All American OilfieldOutstanding Individual in Commercial Fishing – Bruce GabrysOutstanding Support in Commercial Fishing – Jeff BergerOutstanding Support in Commercial Fishing – Alaska Marine Safety Education AssociationOutstanding Business in Tourism – Wildman’sOutstanding Individual in Tourism – Cindy ClockOutstanding Support Business in Tourism – Alaska RailroadOutstanding Support Business in Health Care – Central Peninsula Hospital VolunteersOutstanding Individual in Health Care – Dr. Nels Anderson, M.D.Outstanding Business in Health Care – Seldovia Village Tribe Health and WellnessExceptional Service to the Community – Herb SettlerSpirit of Industry Appreciation Day – Bryan ZakDon Gilman Award for Service to the Community – John Torgerson Governor Mike Dunleavy who is touring the Kenai Peninsula gave a brief speech during the event. “The Kenai really likes to celebrate.”The annual event is organized by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District and hundreds of volunteers. Individuals in oil and gas, commercial fish, tourism and health care were honored during the annual award ceremony. The awards were presented by Tim Dillon, executive director of KPEDD, Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel,  Micciche, and Representative Ben Carpenter.center_img Senator Peter Micciche: “We are so fortunate to have oil and gas, fishing, health care, and tourism all here thriving on the Kenai. Even with this recent recession, we’ve done fairly well.” Indy App Day 003Industry Appreciation Day is an annual event to showcase local business and community leaders in fields such as fishing, oil and gas, health care, and tourism. The celebration took place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Kenai Park Strip and featured raffles, frozen T-shirt contests, buoy pull races and free food.last_img read more

Ketchikan Pastor Goes Barefoot to Raise Money For Those Who Need Shoes

first_imgA Ketchikan minister is going barefoot for a month, in hopes of raising awareness of the need for shoes among the world’s poor.While only part way through his month-long project, Peter Epler has gotten a feel – so to speak – for what many people deal with all the time.Epler’s bare feet are a little weird in downtown Ketchikan. Most people here and in developed countries around the world don’t think twice about wearing shoes, beyond which pair matches which outfit.Download AudioPeter Epler, a pastor at Ketchikan Church of the Nazarene, is going barefoot for a month to raise awareness of the need for shoes in third-world countries. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Some places, though, there’s a shortage of affordable shoes, which can be a health and safety hazard.“(People) walk through dirt roads, sewer systems, manure, sharp rocks,” he said. “Kids get cuts on their feet and infections because of what they walk through, so they can lose their feet or die from the infection. So, shoes tend to save lives in third-world countries.”Epler is a pastor at Ketchikan’s Church of the Nazarene. That church and other Nazarene churches in Alaska are working together to raise money for an international charity that provides special shoes for kids in developing countries.The group is called Because International, and the shoes they provide are made to last five years.“They grow five sizes in five years, so roughly kindergarten through fifth grade,” he said. “And they’re working on a second pair that will take them up to ninth grade.”And will they actually last five years?“Yeah, they’ll last five years,” he said. “The rubber on the bottom is made from the rubber you make street tires from. And then they used high-quality leather and industrial snaps. So, these things are very sturdy. It’s multiple iterations. This is the final product they put out. They’ve been working on it for years.”Many churches involved in the campaign are raising money through their congregations. Epler is taking it a little further in hopes of involving more community members. So, to raise awareness, he’s pledged to go without shoes for a month.Peter Epler holds a pair of shoes developed to “grow” with a young person’s foot for about five years. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)About a week into it, Epler has had some new-to-him tactile experiences.“I’ve got a blog that I’m kind of keeping track of my own experiences: Things I’ve stepped in that you take for granted with shoes,” he said. “I’ve stepped in unidentifiable wet substances on a hot, sunny day, I’ve stepped in dog poop. I’ve stepped in gum. That was not my favorite. There was a sticky, warm quality to it that was distasteful.”The point of going barefoot is to attract attention, and hopefully engage people in conversation. Then Epler can talk about the campaign and hand out cards with information about how to donate.Sometimes it works. Sometimes, not so much.“Most people give me the once-over stare, like ‘Who’s the crazy guy without the shoes?’” he said.That was the case as Epler and I walked through downtown Ketchikan. He received a lot of furtive glances.“Yeah, the glances go from head to toe and they kind of linger, and they look away,” he said. “I tend to wait until someone leans a little in for the conversation before I’m like, ‘Here’s the card and information.’ Because I don’t want to creep people out. It’s enough that I’m the barefoot guy.”Epler said the campaign is, indeed, raising money, although it’s difficult to say how much in total. People in his church have given about $600, but the cards he’s handing out direct people to not only the church’s web page, but also to Because International’s main site. He said that’s a way to reach more people.“Some folks might not be religious and might not feel comfortable donating through a church and that’s fine,” he said. “They can still go to and donate. “Epler isn’t the only one going barefoot for the cause. He said a few other people in his church, adults and kids, are spreading the word, too.“I think kids are the key to this,” he said. “They can relate very much to other kids and they have this unashamed ability to buy into an idea and advertise it quite well, because they’re bolder. They can do a lot of good. Kids can make a lot of difference. And because this project is for kids, I think getting kids involved is the best way to go.”With several weeks left in the campaign, Epler predicts his feet will become sturdier. And, so far, it’s not been a bad experience.“I’m feeling more connected to the world around me, which I didn’t expect: sticky things, smooth things, soft things, temperature changes, from going inside to outside. These are things I was completely unaware of before,” he said.So, Epler’s barefoot campaign is raising a different kind of awareness for himself, along with helping the public learn more about a global need.Here are links to the Ketchikan Church of the Nazarene campaign: ; Epler’s blog: ; and Because International: read more

Health camp held

first_imgVikarabad: MLA Dr Methuku Anand commended Indian Medical Association for setting up a free medical camp. Inaugurating the free medical camp near the village panchayat in Madgul Chittampally, he said that health was wealth that can be achieved by keeping surroundings clean and thus avoiding spread of diseases. He said the people of the village should take advantage of the medical camp and congratulated the doctors who set up a free medical camp. The patients were then given free medicines. Dr Sabitha Anand, Dr Bhaktavatsalam, Dr Deepa, Dr Pawan Kumar, leaders Gopal, Pandu Chigulla Palli Ramesh, Prabhakar Reddy, Vijay Kumar and Ananth Reddy were present.last_img

NOAB against any law that hinders free speech press

first_imgThe Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) has urged the government not to go for any law that appears as barriers to freedom of expression and freedom of press.NOAB also demanded immediate annulment of the ‘controversial’ section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act due to its ‘widespread misuse’.Demanding withdrawal of all the cases filed under the section against journalists, NOAB said interference in freedom of expression is actually an attack on the newspaper industry.NOAB leaders came up with the demands in a resolution adopted after a meeting held at the Daily Prothom Alo office on Saturday, said a press release on Sunday.The Association expressed concern over the inclusion of similar provision like section 57 in the proposed National Online Mass Media Policy and Digital Act.It urged the government not to take any step that goes against the freedom of expression as guaranteed by the Constitution.NOAB also expressed concern over attacks on journalists in various parts of the country and filing of cases with an intention of harassment.The association urged the government to take effective steps to stop such things.last_img read more

Trump To Sign Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries

first_img Share Wyland/NOAA/APA shark swims off the coast of Midway Atoll on the northern edge of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii. The Trump administration plans to consider reversing the designation of some marine sanctuaries. Wyland/NOAA/APPresident Trump is set to sign an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, and possibly reverse the designation of some marine sanctuaries. In a briefing with reporters at the White House Thursday night, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said, “This will cement our nation’s position as a global energy leader.”The order directs Zinke to review a five-year plan in which President Obama banned drilling in parts of the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans. Zinke said that will be a long process, and a complex one, acknowledging that not all areas have oil or gas, and not all coastal communities want offshore drilling. But he said revenue from offshore leasing had dropped by $15 billion during the Obama administration, with some of that due to the dropping price of oil, “but not all of it.” Zinke said 94 percent of the nation’s outer continental shelf is currently off limits for development of any kind.The oil and gas industry welcomed the move. In a statement, Jack Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute said expanding drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico in particular “could create thousands of jobs and provide billions of dollars in government revenue.”Along the Atlantic coast, though, more than 100 cities and towns have passed resolutions against offshore drilling. In Kure Beach, N.C., Mayor Emilie Swearingen said tourism is the second largest industry in the state. “We don’t want the devastation from an oil spill,” she said. “It’s not whether it would happen, but when it would happen.”George Edwardson, president of the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, said his council may consider filing suit at some point to challenge an expansion of offshore drilling. “Most of our food comes from the ocean,” he said.Zinke told reporters the administration will not remove the “stringent environmental safeguards already in place.” He also said he was optimistic about the development of offshore wind energy.The Obama administration’s drilling bans will remain in place for now. But even if they are eventually rolled back, there are questions about how effective the executive order will be in spurring new drilling. The price of oil is relatively low, hovering at about $50 a barrel, and offshore drilling is an expensive endeavor, especially in places like the Arctic. When asked whether the administration had been approached by any companies interested in drilling in the Arctic, Zinke said, “No.”It’s also not clear whether the Trump administration can reverse a separate offshore drilling ban that Obama announced a month before leaving office. He used an obscure provision of the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to issue what he called a permanent ban on offshore drilling in large parts of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Obama administration officials said at the time that the law had no provision to reverse such a ban. When asked about this, Zinke said only that “everything” is under review, and “whatever recommendation I make I’m sure we’ll have the legal authority to complete it.”The executive order also imposes a halt on designating or expanding any National Marine Sanctuary, unless the action “includes a timely, full accounting from the Department of the Interior of any energy or mineral resource potential in the designated area.” Zinke says the administration will have 180 days to review all such designations and expansions over the past decade. He likened this to another executive order this week that directs a review of national monuments on public lands.Last year Obama made headlines when he quadrupled the size of a marine sanctuary in Hawaii. He also created the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine monument, preserving roughly 130 miles of sea canyons and underwater mountains off New England.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Babies And Baseball A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love

first_imgPhoto illustration by Claire Harbage/NPR and Paige Vickers for NPRPete Van Vleet plays with his daughter, Madeline, 6, and his son, Jack, 9 months. Van Vleet is a baseball superfan; his favorite team is the Houston Astros. Madeline’s is the Detroit Tigers because she generally likes the teams with animal mascots.Pete Van Vleet of Ashland, Va., is a Houston Astros fan – and was well before the team’s World Series win this year. They were his team back when they were bad. As part of Morning Edition‘s exploration of how fandoms help shape identity, Van Vleet explains how his love for the Astros has been a big part of him since childhood. Even today, if he needs a mood boost, he listens to game highlights from his youth. Can a passion be inherited? Now a father, he’s excited at the idea of sharing his love of baseball with his two young children, Jack, an infant, and Madeline, his 6-year-old daughter and budding Detroit Tigers fan. Here, in his own words, Van Vleet talks about how his fandom has roots that are deeply connected to his parenting of Jack and Madeline.This has been lightly edited for clarity.A team a person roots for says a lot about that person. When I was growing up, there was no team around us, so it was up to me to pick my own team. And the Astros had the coolest uniforms. They played in the Astrodome, which was just fantastic. And they suffered.Claire Harbage/NPRJack, 9 months, sucks on a baseball that was sent by the New York Mets.I will tell this quick story: I used to play baseball by myself in the backyard. I would pretend I was the Astros, and the team would lose. Even in my own imagination the team would lose.Soon after Jack was born I decided to write a letter to every team to ask them, “Why should my son choose you to be a fan?”Claire Harbage/NPRTeams sent souvenirs to Jack, some of which he still needs to grow into. Dirt from Fenway, batting gloves from the Rays, a truck from the Mets and a cap from the Nationals.Eighteen major league teams sent us back letters or emails or packages, and it might include a onesie or a hat or a nice little toy and stickers.I just want him to pick the team that in his heart is going to grab his heart, going to capture his imagination and just going to steal him away for life.Claire Harbage/NPRVan Vleet helps Madeline put on her Detroit Tigers ball cap.I took Madeline to Baltimore to see the Tigers play. We went to two games. The first game was a night game. And around the fifth inning she just kind of crawled into my lap, and I just kind of had to tell myself, “Remember this now. Remember this feeling and this moment now because five years from now, maybe less, she’s not going to do this.” And I know that’s part of growing up, but at least we’ll have that together now.Claire Harbage/NPRVan Vleet kisses Jack as they head inside the house.What I think drives people to fandom, I think there’s some escapism to it. Whatever is going on in my life now, or Madeline’s life, that all kind of lifts off from your shoulder when you enter this cathedral of a ballpark. And for maybe a couple of hours on a summer night, the problems aren’t as big, your worries aren’t as burdensome. You can just enjoy life for that little bit.Dave Blanchard (@blanchardd) is a producer with Morning Edition. Digital News producer Heidi Glenn (@heidiglenn) adapted this story for the Web.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Scientists go to great lengths to extend superlow friction

first_img Citation: Scientists go to great lengths to extend superlow friction (2015, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Researchers investigated the superlow friction of the chain structures above. They found that superlubricity can theoretically hold for tens of cemtimeters and disappears above a critical chain length, which depends on a material’s intrinsic properties. Credit: Ma, et al. ©2015 American Physical Society In the new study published in Physical Review Letters, researchers Ming Ma, et al., have theoretically investigated the maximum length of a chain of particles that exhibits superlubricity. Their model shows that this critical length depends on the experimental parameters and the material’s properties, especially its stiffness. For very stiff materials, such as carbon nanotubes, the scientists found that superlubricity may hold for up to tens of centimeters, after which it abruptly disappears. “These results indicate an avenue for achieving superlow friction at the macroscale, and can potentially aid in the rational design of superlubric materials for nanomechanical applications,” Michael Urbakh, a professor at Tel Aviv University and one of the study’s lead authors, told the scientists explain, superlow friction relies on a special arrangement of atoms on a material’s surface. In graphite, for instance, the surface atoms have a bumpy hexagonal arrangement like egg cartons/boxes. In certain orientations, two surfaces of graphite can mesh in such a way that the “bumps” can slide past one other effortlessly, and friction drops to almost zero. In contrast, when the same pieces of graphite are slightly rotated with respect to each other, their surface atoms can no longer easily slide, and the materials exhibit the familiar effects of friction. This kind of change in geometrical configuration can explain the abrupt transition between the frictionless and friction regimes in the researchers’ models. A shorter nanotube, or chain, exhibits superlubricity because its particles are mismatched, or incommensurate, with the underlying substrate atoms. Since the atoms avoid interlocking with each other, the chain easily slides on the surface. But for a longer chain, a mechanical instability triggers lattice matching at the chain’s leading edge. As a result, the particles become in registry, or commensurate, with the atoms in the substrate lattice, and friction suddenly increases.The researchers’ simulations also revealed that the critical chain length forms a sharp boundary between two phases based on interparticle distance: the distance between particles is smaller in the shorter chain than in the longer chain. At exactly the critical length, an abrupt jump in this distance occurs, along with the abrupt jump in friction. By better understanding superlubricity and its limits, the researchers hope to extend the effect to as large a scale as possible. Superlubricity could prove very useful for designing nanoscale systems with low wear and tear, and it could be even more useful if it could be extended to larger scales. “The challenge here is to scale up the size of the sliding objects without losing the perfect egg-box geometry necessary for superlubricity,” said coauthor Andrea Vanossi at the CNR-IOM Democritos National Simulation Center and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), both in Trieste, Italy. “Normally, as the size of the objects grows, defects and imperfections comes into play. Only recently, thanks to the impressive advances in the synthesis techniques, has it been possible to produce defect-free, atomically perfect elongated nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoribbons, and conjugated polymers. Once it is possible to have two large-scale, geometrically perfect surfaces rub against each other without friction, and to apply this material as a coating to ball bearings and moving machine parts, there will be huge savings ahead in the areas of energy, resource consumption, and maintenance.”The researchers are currently working to expand their approach to understand mechanisms limiting superlow friction between 3D materials. © 2015 (—When nanosized pieces of graphite slide against each other, there can be virtually no friction between them. For many years, superlow friction, or “superlubricity,” was known to exist only on the nanoscale. Then in 2012, scientists first demonstrated superlubricity beyond the nanoscale when they discovered the phenomenon in micrometer-sized graphite. Building on this and related research, scientists in a new study have now theoretically shown that superlow friction could extend to lengths of tens of centimeters. More information: Ming Ma, et al. “Critical Length Limiting Superlow Friction.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.055501center_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Friction almost vanishes in microscale graphite Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Ultraluminous Xray pulsar NGC 300 ULX1 experienced unprecedented spin evolution study finds

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar NGC 300 ULX1 experienced unprecedented spin evolution, study finds (2019, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from New ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar discovered Using NASA’s Swift space telescope and NICER instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS), astronomers have investigated the properties of an ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar known as NGC 300 ULX1. Results of this study, presented in a paper published May 9 on the arXiv preprint server, indicate that this object experienced an unprecedented spin evolution as its spin period decreased significantly during a timespan of four years. More information: G. Vasilopoulos, et al. NGC 300 ULX1: spin evolution, super-Eddington accretion and outflows. arXiv:1905.03740v1 [astro-ph.HE]. 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. Explore further Top panel: X-ray light-curve (0.3–30 keV band) of NGC 300 ULX1 as derived from Swift/XRT observations (black points) performed within 2018. Bottom panel: temporal evolution of the measured spin frequencies derived from NICER observations. Credit: Vasilopoulos et al., 2019. Ultra-luminous X-ray sources (ULXs) are point sources in the sky that are so bright in X-rays that each emits more radiation than 1 million suns emit at all wavelengths. Although they are less luminous than active galactic nuclei (AGN), they are more consistently luminous than any known stellar process. Some ULXs showcase coherent pulsations. These sources, known as ultra-luminous X-ray pulsars (ULXPs), are neutron stars typically less massive than black holes. The list of known ULPs is still relatively short, hence detailed observations of so far detected objects of this class are essential for researchers studying the universe in X-rays.NGC 300 ULX1 is an ULXP located some 6.13 million light years away in the spiral galaxy NGC 300. Discovered in 2010, the source was initially classified as a supernova, but later reclassified as a possible high-mass X-ray binary. However, a study published in November 2018 revealed pulsations from NGC 300 ULX1, which confirmed its ULXP nature.Following its detection, NGC 300 ULX1 has been monitored by a group of astronomers led by Georgios Vasilopoulos of Yale University in order to get insights about the pulsar’s properties. For this purpose, they used the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory and the Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) attached to ISS. Data from these two instruments allowed them to obtain important information about the spin evolution of this object.By analyzing new data and also the results of other observations of NGC 300 ULX1, the astronomers found that the spin period of this pulsar decreased from 126 seconds to less than 20 seconds in just four years. They added that such behavior is consistent with a steady mass accretion rate, noting that the neutron star continues to spin up with a rate indicating a constant mass accretion rate within 2018.Furthermore, the study found that the observed X-ray flux of NGC 300 ULX1 dropped by a factor of about 20 to 30 from its peak value in 2018. However, although this value decreased, the researchers noted that the spin-up rate of the neutron star remained roughly constant.Trying to explain the drop in the observed X-ray flux, the authors of the paper assume that it could be a result of increased absorption and obscuration.”A possible explanation is that the decrease in the observed flux is a result of increased absorption of obscuring material due to outflows or a precessing accretion disk. (…) Outflows from a radiation-dominated accretion disk can provide an optically thick structure that could be responsible for the increased absorption,” the astronomers concluded.last_img read more

Musical lessons for Sarah Jane

first_imgTaking her passion for music a step forward, actress-singer Sarah Jane Dias is learning the acoustic guitar to hone her musical skills. “I always had a nag to learn an instrument since my childhood. However, I never got to do so… I believe that learning of any kind of music…be it instrumental or vocal… enhances your ability as an artist,” Sarah Jane said in a statement. She is taking vocal lessons from Samantha Edward and instrument from a Parsi musician. The former Miss India, who released her first single Forgot to be me on Valentine’s Day this year, shared that she is an ‘obedient student’. “I’m very happy to have found someone who has learnt the art of acoustic guitar from the golden era of guitar. I’m an obedient student,” she added.last_img

A boost to Jammu and Kashmirs culture

first_imgThe recently held J&K Food, Craft & Culture Festival 2016 at Dilli Haat, in the national Capital, highlighted that the state’s rare distinction to wear varied caps, given the wide spectrum of weather, terrain, topography, wind, snow, water, mountains, heritage, handicrafts could become individual, collective or combined focuses of the world of Tourism.Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most beautiful destinations in India. However, this paradise on earth has always been in controversy due to terrorism and political turmoil. There are many other things about this beautiful land to talk about such as its picturesque landscape, the gorgeous people, and their attractive art and crafts. Tourism has been one of the most revenue generating industries in Jammu and Kashmir. With the rise in tourism, the handicraft industry of Kashmir is also getting a boost. Srinagar, Leh, Jammu City, Rajauri, Gulmarg, Udhampur, Kathua, Kupwara, Badgam, Kargil, Pahalgam, Anantnag, Pangong Lake to name a few are the most beautiful places in the state. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfJ&K’s Secretary, Tourism and Floriculture, Farooq A Shah said the tourism sector can generate employment for 70 per cent population of Jammu and Kashmir, which has flourishing horticulture and handicraft industries, and urged the tourism partners to lend priority to the state.He said that the purpose of the festival is to promote Jammu and Kashmir as a winter tourism destination.The state has world-class golf and winter sports facilities “on par with that in the USA” in Gulmarg and Pahalgam, he said, adding the state tourism department will organise a “snow festival” to promote winter sports from January 22. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We are making efforts to attract diversified tourists… those who are interested in sports, heritage, pilgrimage, craft, cuisine and so on. So our focus is on tapping onto the massive tourism potential the state has.”“Jammu and Kashmir in itself is the world. We assure the tourists that we will shower them with our unparallelled traditional hospitality,” he said.The state is focusing on promoting winter destinations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg.“We are here to promote winter destinations like Gulmarg Pahalgam and Sonamarg which are world famous destinations for hosting winter related activities,” he said.The vision is to make tourism one of the principle engine of economic development in the state by positioning it as a leading global destination by the year 2025. It also contributes to economic and social well-being of the people of Jammu & Kashmir by providing employment opportunities, inclusive development and promotional policies with an aim to achieve internationally competitive tourism sector focused on sustainable growth. The aim is to also develop Jammu & Kashmir as a dynamic, sustainable and most-favoured tourist destination – offering high quality experience to tourists by providing congenial development framework for facilitating and accelerating investments and improving livelihood opportunities at the local level.  It is also aiming to devise strategies for increasing arrival of domestic and international tourists, therefore giving a boost in the national economy by benefitting the citizens.last_img read more

Meet the amazing acrobats using sexuality to inspire art

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Is there a positive message in there about the power of gay male and straight female friendship?Nikki: Yeah, definitely. That’s the heart of it. A lot of it’s looking at the strength and endurance of companionship. When you have an ally, whatever form that takes. It’s platonic love, in a way.Can you elaborate on the plot any further?Nikki: A big part of it is about our relationships with our families and our parents in particular – our fathers. The expectations that dads have. And dreams, for us.For JD coming out as gay was part of that not fulfilling a father’s dreams or visions for his future. Then, for me, my father passed away. So it was more about that dream I know my father had for me and me. And fulfilling that by doing what I’m doing. But also not getting married, in the way my grandmother desperately wanted me to! It’s these different relationships in our lives that mould us.JD, is your industry easy to be out in?Yeah, it’s very easy, it’s a very accepting community. There are a lot of gay people.Is the character’s coming out experience in the performance the same as yours?It is actually, of the day I came out to my dad at 23.Your company is based in Britain, but have you performed around the world?Nikki: Yeah – Taiwan, South Korea, France, Spain, Sweden. We’re going to Brazil with a different show. It’s always nice to get international gigs.Finally, have there been any negative or homophobic responses to the performance?JD: Actually it’s been really nice everywhere. It’s not advertised that the show has an LGBT [subtext], so there’s a real mix of people. I think if it had an LGBT label I don’t think some of these people would come. It’s actually been overwhelmingly nice. It’s really important to people to know if it’s a true story or not!Nikki: There was one powerful experience with a little boy, about 12. After the show he came up to me and said ‘Is he really gay?’ I said ‘Yeah.’ He had this confident look on his face, and I don’t know if that was about his own sexual identity, or challenging his own views of what it meant to be a gay man, it was clearly something that meant a lot to him.We haven’t made it for children, there’s not an agenda that way. So when you get that sort of response it takes you by surprise, how much it can mean to a person. I would have loved to have sat down with him, found out what was going on in his head, but that of course wouldn’t have been appropriate! But the show is such a personal story that people are touched by it.What we’re playing with is the fact that the reality of our working relationship is more like a marriage than these fictional Romeo and Juliet-type stories. There’s more of a reality of companionship and the ups and downs. All the life admin you have to juggle in a partnership! It’s real! What’s the reality, and what’s the fiction of being in a relationship with somebody.Knot runs at The Place from 17-18 April as part of CircusFest before continuing its UK tour. For further details about their show dates please visit and for more information about CircusFest’s full 2018 program, please visit a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Nikki Rummer, from Seattle, Washington, and Jean-Daniel Broussé (JD) from Toulouse, are two London-based ‘acrobalance’ artists; they’ve traveled the world as both a double act, and as part of the six-person Barely Methodical Troupe.Here JD, 29, who identifies as a gay man and Nikki, 37, who identifies as a straight women, reveal how their different genders and sexualities inspired their latest show, Knot… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… How did you two meet?Nikki: Six years ago now. It was by chance. There’s a school here in London, the National Centre for Circus Arts. I was working with somebody else who was moving to Belgium. JD was working with someone else [with whom] he didn’t really get on… So the two of us were kind of lost souls. We happened to meet each other here, training. We decided we’d give things a go, and clicked.I’m guessing it’s nothing like a romantic relationship, but being professional partners in this way you have to find that unknowable spark?JD: Yeah, completely. I feel like you have to get on artistically. And then, also, it’s the practicalities that make it like a relationship. You know, if I want to go on holiday, or go away with my boyfriend for two months, obviously that puts her out of work! So it’s something you need to check.Are you around each other all the time?Both: Yep!Nikki: But we get on really well. It works. It’s a weird job for finding work-life balance. There is the whole logistics side, the business side, having to do that together. Even when we’re not physically together, we’re on the phone.[embedded content]Do you train every day?Nikki: Yeah, but that’s the fun side!JD: Two hours a day, but it varies. The regime, if we’re on tour, is very different to if we don’t have anything on. If you’re creating a show…Nikki: …then it’s more like four or five.Have either of you ever danced with a same-sex couple?Nikki: We don’t think of what we do as dance – although a lot of it is! But yes.JD: We’re in this company with six of us. Five boys and Nikki’s the only girl. That obviously involves much more working boy-with-boy. It’s different projects, working with different people. I haven’t done any duets with a boy, yet. I am talking about it with my boyfriend, he’s a dancer too. We haven’t got round to it yet, we’re both busy, but one day!Is it really important that you stay the same weight? If you gain or lose weight, does it throw off routines?JD: On my side it wouldn’t be too much of a problem if I gain weight.Nikki: Although there are some bits now where I lift you… That would be hard.JD: Oh yes. Maybe not.Nikki: To be honest, my weight hasn’t changed since I was 16! I’m lucky, I’ve got that physiology where I just don’t change!JD: Same with my body. We don’t fluctuate that much.Tell us about the plot of your show Knot…JD: When we did cabarets and other kids of work, we’d always have to be the ‘star-crossed lovers’. She says no, I say yes; I say yes, she says no… We were asked to come together at the end [of a show] and kiss on stage. We were like ‘Yeah, fine.’ But then when we came to kiss each other, I pulled away. I turned my head. It was really awkward on stage. But we thought ‘We could do something with that.’In the first half of Knot we present as a couple to the audience but then play against expectations. When [most] people come, they don’t know about the LGBT side of it. So then I come out. And the second half is more about our relationship of how we work together despite the initial relationship we had. It’s very autobiographical.last_img read more

Malibu Colony Celebrity Home Hits Market for 1395M

first_img Celebrity enclave, Malibu, California is losing a famous resident. Jim Carrey has listed his 2,866-square-foot estate in the star-studded Malibu Colony neighborhood for $13.95 million. The ocean front home features amazing seaside views, suites for staffers, and a glass-fronted rooftop terrace, in addition to its five bedrooms and bathrooms. According to “”Realestalker””:, Carrey is currently shopping for luxury properties in Manhattan, and he’s rumored to be eyeing a $19 million penthouse in Brooklyn and a $13.65 million pad in Chelsea.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE] June 18, 2012 401 Views Share Malibu Colony Celebrity Home Hits Market for $13.95Mcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-18 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

Tanjong Jara Resort a YTL Hotels property locate

first_imgTanjong Jara Resort, a YTL Hotels’ property located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is inviting dive enthusiasts to explore nearby Tenggol Island from March to October, with a special package – the Tenggol Diver’s Delight.Tenggol Island is a 50-minute speedboat trip away from the PADI Dive Resort, and is situated within the Terengganu Marine Park, home to some of the country’s best dive sites. While small and compact, the temperate waters, coupled with rocky outcrops, provide a rich seabed resulting in a diverse ecosystem with dense colonies of hard and soft coral carpeting the seafloor and providing a spectacular home for giant double-headed parrotfish, yellowtail fusiliers and sea turtles to eagle rays, barracudas and even the elusive whale shark.Guests can explore the waters of the Terengganu Marine Park with packages starting from MYR 1,244 ++ (approx AUD $423) per room per night for a minimum three nights’ stay, including two leisure dive sessions over two days, barbecue lunch for each excursion and daily breakfast and dinner. Bookings and reservations made directly via the Tanjong Jara Resort website or YTL Travel Centre will be applicable for exclusive benefits. diveMalaysiaPADITanjong Jara Resortlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Remote mysterious and

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRemote, mysterious and extreme, Spitsbergen is the largest island in Svalbard, where polar bears outnumber people – yet is has become more accessible to solo travellers this summer – with the introduction of a low single supplement offer.Hurtigruten are currently charging an extremely low single supplement on the nine-day ‘Circumnavigating the realm of the polar bear’ voyages departing in July and August 2016.This expedition cruise takes passengers well above the 80th parallel and less than 600 nautical miles from the geographical North Pole. Located right on the southern fringe of the Arctic Ocean, Spitsbergen is the epitome of biodiversity where the frozen Arctic tundra and towering glaciers herald a staggeringly rich array of natural and cultural treasures.During their trip on-board the comfortable MS Fram, guests can enjoy hikes, kayaking and a range of other activities – including a remote overnight camping trip. Expedition landings throughout the voyage will take them close to the wildlife as well as to explore the ghost towns of the early whaling stations, remote mining towns and spectacular fjords and icebergs.Prices start from $11,140, based on one person staying in an inside cabin on full board basis for the 27 July 2016 departure. The price includes return flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen. The offer is also valid on four other departure dates (20 July, 3, 10 and 17 August 2016).The offer is valid on new bookings made by 29 February 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more