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Canadians cut back spending on extras essentials amid rising interest rates pollCanadians cut back spending on extras essentials amid rising interest rates poll

first_imgTORONTO – Nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have changed their behaviour by doing things such as cutting back on spending on both extras and essentials to brace themselves for rising interest rates, a new survey from Manulife Bank suggests.Among those who have taken steps to prepare for higher rates, 27 per cent pared back on entertainment such as movies and bars, 17 per cent put more money into savings accounts, and 10 per cent spent less on essential items, such as groceries, the poll data showed.It’s a good sign that some Canadians are being more prudent as interest rates continue to inch higher, said Rick Lunny, president and chief executive of Manulife Bank.“It is encouraging that there is a large group of people preparing for higher interest rates… Young families, not surprisingly, had the most concern about debt. So if you are in a position where you can adjust your lifestyle, I think that’s a good thing.”The online survey of 2,003 Canadians was conducted between May 11 and 14, after the Bank of Canada had raised interest rates three times since last summer, but before the central bank’s latest hike in July to 1.5 per cent.Two-thirds of respondents to the Manulife Bank survey said they are concerned about rising interest rates, and 23 per cent said they were spending more on interest payments than they did last year.And while some respondents said they were watching their spending more closely, half of respondents in debt said they are stressed about the level of indebtedness and one in three are kept awake at night worrying over it, the survey showed.What’s more, 40 per cent said the level of indebtedness has a negative impact on their mental health and 30 per cent said debt is causing issues in their personal relationships, the poll suggests.Twenty per cent of respondents said their spouse or common-law partners do not know how much debt they are in, and 12 per cent of people with debt hid a large purchase from their significant others.“In some ways, it’s similar to the stigma over mental health, where people are embarrassed, not comfortable or they’re feeling guilty about their situations,” said Lunny. “So they don’t want to share that knowledge… when you’re concerned or embarrassed, you do hide things from your loved ones.”The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.last_img read more

Governance in reverse gear when Congress is in power ModiGovernance in reverse gear when Congress is in power Modi

first_imgJamui (Bihar): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Congress, saying governance goes into reverse gear when the grand old party and its allies are in power. Addressing an election rally in Jamui where LJP leader Chirag Paswan, son of party president Ram Vilas Paswan, is in the fray, Modi accused the Congress of having neglected B R Ambedkar like no other party did. He also claimed that his rivals were spreading the canard that the BJP, if voted to power again, will do away with reservations for the backward classes. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Governance goes into reverse gear when the Congress and its allies are in power. Terrorism, prices, violence, corruption, black money rise when Congress is in power; the country’s prosperity, its credibility, the morale of the armed forces, respect for honesty decline,” he said. He accused the Congress of having done everything to “defeat” Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution. “The Congress did everything possible to have Babasaheb defeated. It conspired to have his momory erased from the public mind. The ‘family’ remembered honouring its own members with Bharat Ratna but forgot Ambedkar,” the prime minister said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said it was because of the BJP’s efforts that Ambedkar was bestowed the highest civilian award years after his death. Claiming that his detractors were spreading the rumour that the BJP will do away with quotas in government jobs and educational institutions if voted to power again, Modi declared, “Nobody can even touch reservations for the backward classes.” “We introduced 10 per cent quota for the economically backward people among the unreserved category…we did it without causing strife in society,” he said.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Arrives in Medieq After Eid Al Adha CeremonyKing Mohammed VI Arrives in Medieq After Eid Al Adha Ceremony

Rabat – King Mohammed VI arrived on Friday evening in the northern city of Medieq following the Eid al Adha ceremony in Rabat.According to the Moroccan online media oultet le360, the monarch flew from Rabat to Tetouan before heading to his residence in the neighboring beach town of Medieq.King Mohammed VI arrived in Rabat on Thursday following a one-week stay in Paris. In Rabat, the King presided over the Eid al Adha ceremony, during which performed the Eid prayer and sacrificed a sheep.He then received congratulations from members of the royal family, the Head of Government, presidents of both houses of parliament, government ministers and high civilian and security officials.The monarch is an habitué of the northern Moroccan region, known for its beautiful beaches, where he spends a good part of his summer vacation.Northern Morocco has attracted a number of heads of states this year. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba, and Sudanese president Omar Bashir, spent part of their holidays in Tangier and neighboring cities in the north of the kingdom. read more

The Latest USC open to modifying LA Coliseum name changeThe Latest USC open to modifying LA Coliseum name change

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on controversy over plans to change the name of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (all times local):2 p.m.The University of Southern California says it’s amenable to accepting the wishes of veterans and modifying a name change for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as long as corporate sponsor United Airlines agrees.USC issued a statement Friday after United Airlines offered to withdraw from a $69 million agreement over criticism that the change would dishonour the facility’s history as a World War I memorial.The university said it would accept the name United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum instead of the planned United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.USC noted that the contract would have to be modified but didn’t elaborate.Naming rights are part of USC’s long-term lease that calls for extensive renovations of the nearly century-old stadium.Criticism of the name change grew this week after the commission’s president wrote a strongly worded commentary.___12:11 p.m.United Airlines is offering to withdraw from a divisive $69 million deal to rename Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.The airline wrote to the University of Southern California on Friday after criticism that putting a corporate name on the stadium is disrespectful to its history as a memorial to soldiers who fought and died in World War I.The name change is part of USC’s extensive, $270 million overhaul of the nearly century-old landmark.United Airlines California President Janet Lamkin says in the letter that the company saw the deal as a way to partner with USC in modernizing the iconic facility.The coliseum has hosted two Olympics and been home to major sports teams.The Associated Press has requested comment from USC.The Associated Press read more

Death toll climbs to 25 nearly 20000 displacedDeath toll climbs to 25 nearly 20000 displaced

The spokesman also said that 358 houses have been fully damaged and 1935 houses partially damaged. Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said that there will be showers or thundershowers at times in the North-Eastern, Eastern and Southeastern sea areas over the next two days.Showers or thundershowers can be expected at several places in other sea areas around the island. The death toll from the extreme weather conditions experienced in most parts of the country over the past few days has risen to 25, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.A DMC spokesman said that 13 people are still missing, 36 people injured and 18845 people displaced by the floods and landslides. The DMC also said that 267525 people have been affected by the bad weather. Winds will be North-easterly direction and speed will be 30 – 40 km/hr. The speed may increase up to 50-60 km/hr at times in the Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off Eastern and South-eastern coasts.The Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off the Eastern and South-eastern coasts will be rough at times, the Department of Meteorology said. read more

Annan says progress on achieving development goals has been unevenAnnan says progress on achieving development goals has been uneven

Khalid Malik, the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme’s Resident Representative in China, delivered Mr. Annan’s message on the opening day of the two-day conference in Zhuhai, China.In his message to the conference, Mr. Annan said the eight MDGs “are not just wishful thinking. They are certainly ambitious, but they are also technically feasible, even in the relatively short time ahead.”The MDGs include commitments to halving extreme poverty, to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and to protecting the environment from degradation.Mr. Annan described the conference as an opportunity to forge the kind of partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society groups that are necessary to produce sustainable development and real change for the world’s poor. read more

UN cultural agency removes birthplace of Jesus from its list of heritageUN cultural agency removes birthplace of Jesus from its list of heritage

The gospels of the New Testament of the Bible state that Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem, in the reign of King Herod, to Mary and Joseph. The nativity is the basis for the  Christian festival of Christmas.The 43rd session of UNESCO’s #WorldHeritage Committee is currently underway in Baku 🇦🇿 until 10 July.Watch all the debates LIVE here ▶️ https://t.co/7aQpFhxD1K #43whc pic.twitter.com/2wc8LDjiXR— UNESCO (@UNESCO) July 1, 2019 Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, the World Heritage Committee made its decision based on the high quality of work carried out on the church in recent years, including the restoration of its roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors. The Committee also welcomed the shelving of a project to dig a tunnel under Manger Square and the adoption of a management plan to conserve the site. Just last week reports revealed that archaeologists had discovered inside one baptismal font, or basin of holy water used for the baptism rite, a more ancient font that dates back to the sixth or seventh century.Since the Second Century the church, situated 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem, has been identified by Christians as the birthplace of Christ. While the edifice of a church built there in 339 CE was replaced after a fire in the sixth century, the elaborate floor mosaics were retained from the original building. The official site also includes Latin, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian convents and churches, as well as bell towers, terraced gardens and a pilgrimage route.Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2012, due to the poor state of the Nativity Church, it was simultaneously added to the List of World Heritage in Danger. Others on the list include Syria’s ancient cities of Aleppo, Bosra and Damascus, all inscribed in 2013, and the “Maritime Mercantile City of Liverpool” in the United Kingdom – which consists of six locations in the city centre– inscribed in 2012.The 54 properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger aim to alert the international community to threats to essential characteristics for which a property was initially inscribed on the World Heritage List. These can include armed conflicts, natural disasters, unplanned urbanization, poaching or pollution. read more

Opinion Hiring of Mike Riley shows Nebraskas priorities are out of lineOpinion Hiring of Mike Riley shows Nebraskas priorities are out of line

Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Matthew Harris (27) blocks Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Kenny Bell (80) from making a catch during the second quarter at Ryan Field Oct. 18, 2014, in Evanston, Ill.Credit: Courtesy of TNSMike Riley has it all.He’s a recognizable name in the college coaching world, he has an NFL background, he played under legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and his Oregon State teams have been hugely successful throughout his time in Corvallis, Ore.At least, that’s if you consider a 93-80 record with just one 10-win season over 14 years to be successful.Apparently, Nebraska does, as the Cornhuskers chose to hire Riley the same week they fired Bo Pelini. That hire happened to come almost simultaneously with Florida hiring former Alabama assistant and current Colorado State coach Jim McElwain.The Gators chose a man who turned the Rams into a 10-2 team, while the Cornhuskers settled for a name with mediocre results.For a program like Nebraska, firing Pelini in the first place does make some sense. The Cornhuskers are historically one of the best programs around, but didn’t find themselves competing for national titles during Pelini’s seven-year tenure.He never had an awful season — going 9-4 three times and 10-4 three times before finishing the 2014 regular season with a 9-3 record. But Pelini was never quite great, even though he did tally Gator Bowl wins over both Clemson (2008) and Georgia (2013) during his time in Lincoln, Neb.That’s right, Pelini beat Georgia — a powerhouse team from the almighty Southeastern Conference — less than 12 months ago, then went 9-3 since, yet was fired after a win over Iowa to finish out the season. With those results in mind, Nebraska decided Pelini didn’t even deserve to coach his team through a bowl game this season.Instead, the Cornhuskers opted to hire a man who couldn’t even guide his team to bowl eligibility in place of a coach who’s never missed a bowl game as the head honcho.Pelini never lost more than four games in a season, Riley has never lost fewer than four. On Riley’s Oregon State biography page, there is an accomplishment listed with his record for each season.In 1997 — Riley’s first year as the Beavers’ head coach — his accomplishment is listed as “total revamp of the program.” Oregon State finished that season 3-8. The next year, the Beavers came out of nowhere to play to an impressive 5-6 losing record.Riley left Oregon State the next year for a three-season run as an NFL head coach with the San Diego Chargers — with whom he compiled a 14-34 record, just missing out on the Super Bowl with a whopping 1-15 record his second year — and then spent one year as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints.He coached his way back to Oregon State in 2003 and won back-to-back bowl games — the touted Las Vegas Bowl and the what-even-is-the-Insight Bowl. Then in 2005, Riley’s Oregon State managed to miss a bowl game by going 5-6.In total, his Beaver teams missed bowl eligibility six times. Pelini’s Cornhuskers won at least nine games each year he was in charge, and only six wins are necessary to make a bowl game.In short, Nebraska fired a man who hadn’t had a bad season in order to hire a man who has rarely had a good one.According to ESPN, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said Riley is the “one coach who fit all the characteristics” he was looking for to lead Nebraska’s “tradition-rich football program.”Well, congratulations, Shawn, you found your guy. Although, I must say, I’m surprised a coach whose career is chock-full of mediocrity fits the mold to coach one of the top-five winningest programs in college football history.Nebraska pulled the trigger on a name, instead of finding someone who is actually equipped to lead its program to the promised land.The Cornhuskers fell into the trap of hiring a name with an NFL background, but just ask Lane Kiffin — that doesn’t always work out. Florida, on the other hand, followed the path more likely leading to success. Sure, Riley hasn’t been awful, but he’s never proven to be able to raise a program to the next level.McElwain has, and Pelini at least never sunk a program to the depths of a losing record.Riley could be perfectly successful, but I’d be surprised to see the Cornhuskers back in the national picture during his tenure, especially with savvy hires like McElwain raising the competition to the next level. read more

ERG trials IBM Blockchain Platform to support Clean Cobalt FrameworkERG trials IBM Blockchain Platform to support Clean Cobalt Framework

first_imgEurasian Resources Group says it will pilot a blockchain-based solution built on the IBM Blockchain Platform at its Metalkol RTR operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help enhance the provenance and traceability of cobalt in the metal’s supply chain.Metalkol RTR is ERG’s hydrometallurgical plant in the DRC and has a target capacity of 24,000 t/y of cobalt.ERG said: “While cobalt and other metals such as copper, nickel and lithium drive the global battery sector, their extraction may come at high cost for the surrounding ecosystem, including the use of child labour and pollution which is compounded by the current dearth of viable reuse and recycling systems. The blockchain-based solution helps to ensure that the material is traceable.”The blockchain supports ERG’s Clean Cobalt Framework at Metalkol RTR, a reprocessing plant for historic copper and cobalt tailings from previous mining operations, which is nearing operation, according to ERG.Niels de Jongh, Executive Partner IBM Global Business Services, said: “ERG’s initiative to implement a blockchain solution to bring together stakeholders across the cobalt supply chain can help transform entire business processes in the mining industry and help bring new levels of trust. Leveraging IBM’s digital capabilities enables parties to develop the solution through an interactive approach with clear business focus.”Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group and co-chair of the Global Battery Alliance, said: “This blockchain-based solution will aim to enable manufacturers to confirm that the cobalt was sourced at Metalkol RTR by aggregating the necessary data and information on the raw material.”Leveraging IBM’s blockchain platform and expertise, the platform will aim to determine the provenance of cobalt throughout the supply chain, from extraction to production, a process that is currently complex and costly. Using blockchain will allow individuals to track the origins of cobalt across the supply chain, including once it’s been to a smelter and blended, and reduce costs through efficient information sharing, tracking and transparency according to the highest standards.Sobotka added: “As a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance, ERG aims to create new standards in the industry. We are therefore pleased to be piloting this innovative blockchain-based solution on the IBM platform. This way we can guarantee with certainty that the material that customers buy is not tainted by artisanally-produced material.”Last week, MineHub Technologies and IBM announced a collaboration to use blockchain technology to help improve operational efficiencies, logistics and financing and reduce costs in the high-value mineral concentrates supply chain — from mine to end buyer. Goldcorp, ING Bank, Kutcho Copper, Ocean Partners and Wheaton Precious Metals are working with MineHub to build the new mining supply chain solution on top of the IBM Blockchain Platform.last_img read more

Apple has dodged a massive 840 million pricefixing court caseApple has dodged a massive 840 million pricefixing court case

first_imgAPPLE REACHED AN out-of-court settlement with US states and consumers who were seeking damages over the company fixing ebook prices.The terms of the settlement have not been revealed, but the US district judge in Manhattan Denise Cote has ordered all parties to submit a filing to seek approval of their settlement within 30 days, according to Bloomberg.The settlement means that the company has avoided a trial in which it faced as much as $840 million in claims. The exact amount of damages was to be litigated at a trial scheduled for 14 July.The case happened when the US Department of Justice sued Apple and five other publishers in April 2012, claiming that they worked together illegally to increase ebook prices.In July 2013, Judge Cote found Apple guilty of working with the five publishers from 2009 to 2010 to fix ebook prices. The partnership was to fight Amazon’s dominance in the ebook market, and force it to change its pricing model.Apple is appealing that decision and the settlement depends on the outcome of that appeal.Read: Google wants to start beaming internet from its balloons as early as next year >Read: Astronauts on the International Space Station are finally getting an espresso machine >last_img read more

A Brewery Is Making Beer From Rejected Corn FlakesA Brewery Is Making Beer From Rejected Corn Flakes

first_imgStay on target Food waste is a serious problem. Fortunately there are some very clever folks out there coming up with creative ways to deal with it. Many of those people happen to be brewers.Take, for example, the men and women of Seven Bro7hers and BrewDog over in Manchester. They recently got together with Kellogg’s in the U.K. to help make the company a bit more sustainable.How are they doing it? By taking Corn Flakes that don’t quite measure up to Kellogg quality standards and turning them into beer. Flakes that are too big, too small, or overcooked were upcycled into a limited edition brew they’re calling Throw Away IPA.The project got underway last summer and now the limited-edition beer is finally on sale.What Seven Bro7hers and BrewDog cooked up is a milkshake IPA. It’ll be packed with hoppiness thanks to a combination of citra and amarillo (a particularly potent floral and citrus-y hop). Vermont yeast is also used, which can help balance out super-hoppy IPAs like this one.BrewDog was the perfect partner for a project like this. They’ve always taken a maverick approach to brewing, and they love collaborations. In fact, they open sourced the entire 325-beer BrewDog recipe book so anyone with the desire and patience to give it a go can experiment with their creations.Kellogg’s teamed up with @SEVENBRO7THERS to turn its ‘ugly’ Kellogg’s Corn Flakes into ‘Throw Away IPA’. This limited edition beer is made from flake considered to be too big, small or overcooked to make it into our packs! Give it a try while stocks last! #ThrowAwayIPA pic.twitter.com/XnFhQH4tzK— Kellogg’s UK & IRE (@KelloggsUK) December 4, 2018Seven Bro7hers is also pretty comfortable doing things that are outside the norm. They’re currently running a crowdfunding campaign that they hope will provide the capital the need to expand their operation and start canning in house.Things are looking good so far. They’ve raised more than £370,000 (around $467,000) from  just 571 investors.As for Kellogg’s, well… Let’s hope that Throw Away IPA was the start of a trend. Kellogg’s has plenty of other grain-based products that might fail quality inspections and there’s no shortage of brewers who would love to get their hands on them.More on Geek.com:Dead Fish Parts to Power Norwegian Cruise Ships by 2021These Eco-Friendly Jackets Are Stuffed With Bison FurThese Vegan Shoes Are Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles last_img read more

Portland fire officials respond to six arsonsPortland fire officials respond to six arsons

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland fire officials said they responded to half a dozen fires set by an unknown suspect in the same neighborhood Saturday. The fires, set early Saturday morning in the Portsmouth neighborhood, involved two houses, two vehicles, one recycling bin, and one abandoned chair in a parking lot, Portland Fire & Rescue officials said. There also were two additional acts of vandalism with rocks thrown at two car windshields in the same neighborhood. Officials said there were no reported injuries as a result of the incidents. Investigators said they have obtained surveillance video showing a suspect in the driveway of a home.last_img

Just What Exactly Is King Content Commerce or AudienceJust What Exactly Is King Content Commerce or Audience

first_imgWeber has subsequently parlayed that content-focused approach into his two-year-old venture, NewWest.net—a media company consisting of a network of regional Web sites, a print magazine and events focused on business and life in the Rocky Mountain West.According to Weber, the site’s content has been the essential driver of traffic, and subsequently, audience development. CHICAGO—Maybe it’s our compulsion to solve the chicken-or-the-egg riddle, or perhaps just stab a stake in the ground, but at the 2008 CM Show here this week, there was quite a bit of effort to establish just what exactly is “king.”Don Pazour, CEO of b-to-b publisher Access Intelligence, proclaimed in his opening keynote “audience is king,” essentially relegating content and commerce as servants to the ultimate goal-attracting a high-quality audience. Growing audience, said Pazour, means you’re growing the company, and “if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” It was a particularly apt statement, given the context and audience of the event, of course, and one that struck a chord with attendeesYet by lunchtime, where the second of the show’s three keynotes was featured, content, one of the more traditional recipients of kingly status, was crowned. “What I always felt was the core of the success of the Industry Standard was it was editorially-driven, which is why I was the number-two person in the company,” said Jonathon Weber, former editor-in-chief of the Internet economy bible the Industry Standard, which now exists in a Web-only format. last_img read more

Bill to Limit Wind Farms Fails in North Carolina HouseBill to Limit Wind Farms Fails in North Carolina House

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Legislation banning wind energy projects across central and eastern portions of North Carolina used for military training flights failed to clear the House amid a contentious end-of-session showdown with the Senate over multiple bills before the state’s General Assembly adjourned last week. The measure approved in the North Carolina Senate last month was designed to protect missions at several installations by banning projects located in military training areas included on a map developed for the state’s Military Affairs Commission. The state’s new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs would have reviewed applications to build turbines and recommended whether to approve or deny them based on how the projects would affect military training.But despite passing with bipartisan support in the Senate, the measure pitted local advocates for military installations against wind proponents and officials from regions planning to take advantage of some of the strongest wind energy assets along the East Coast. Opponents of the legislation, including environmental groups, say the boundaries go further than the corridors mapped out by DOD.The legislation put at risk two large wind farms proposed in coastal North Carolina that would generate more than 400 megawatts from an estimated 150 turbines, reported the News & Observer.Following the measure’s defeat in the House, a group of eight lawmakers vowed to reintroduce the bill in the General Assembly during next year’s “long session” as part of their effort to protect military training routes from incompatible development.“Make no mistake — if we fail to fully protect our military installations, decision-makers in Washington could award them to states that will, and our local communities will be left picking up the pieces. Three taxpayer subsidized wind projects that create few jobs for North Carolinians should not take priority over the hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars that we could jeopardize if we fail to stand up for our military,” according to a joint statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R) and seven other lawmakers.Wind energy advocates said the Senate bill would unnecessarily have halted projects given the military’s existing role in reviewing them, reported the Coastal Review Online.“Communities in Eastern North Carolina should be able to attract investment from the wind industry through the comprehensive permitting process adopted by the legislature in 2013. That process requires input from the military,” Melissa Dickerson, coastal coordinator for the North Carolina Sierra Club, said after the Senate approved the bill. “The proposed legislation adds unnecessary complexity and uncertainty for businesses navigating the wind permitting process.”last_img read more

Proposed gammaray laser could emit nuclear lightProposed gammaray laser could emit nuclear light

first_img “Photons in a normal laser are emitted by atoms, by ions, and so on,” Tkalya told PhysOrg.com. “In the nuclear gamma-ray laser, the photons are emitted by atomic nuclei.”In the study, which is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, Tkalya explains that a nuclear gamma-ray laser has to overcome at least two basic problems: accumulating a large amount of isomeric nuclei (nuclei in a long-lived excited state) and narrowing down the gamma-ray emission line. The new proposal fulfills these requirements by taking advantage of thorium’s unique nuclear structure, which enables some of the photons from an external laser to interact directly with thorium’s nuclei rather than its electrons.Tkalya’s proposal uses a lithium-calcium-aluminum-fluoride (LiCaAlF6) compound, in which some of the calcium is replaced with thorium. After a sufficient amount of isomeric thorium nuclei have been excited by an external laser, the nuclei can interact with a surrounding electric or magnetic field to create a population inversion, so that the system contains more excited nuclei than unexcited nuclei. (In a regular laser, a population inversion usually involves getting more electrons in a higher energy level than a lower energy level.) Then, Tkalya showed that the nuclei can emit or absorb photons without recoil, allowing them to produce light without losing energy.“The nuclear gamma-ray laser considered in my article can emit ‘visible’ (vacuum ultraviolet [VUV]) light (or gamma-rays of the optical range) only,” Tkalya said.As Tkalya explained, a nuclear gamma-ray laser could open up several interesting applications, although he has not thoroughly investigated them yet. One possibility is that the gamma-ray emission of the excited thorium nuclei is in the optical range called “nuclear light.”“In my opinion, it is interesting to see a ‘nuclear light,’” he said. “An application of nuclear light is the nuclear metrological standard of frequency, or the ‘nuclear clock.’”In addition, the device could be used to test many fundamental properties of nature, such as the exponentiality of the decay law and the effect of the variation of the fine structure constant. 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. New territory in nuclear fission explored with ISOLDE More information: E.V. Tkalya. “Proposal for a Nuclear Gamma-Ray Laser of Optical Range.” Physical Review Letters 106, 162501. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.162501AbstractA possibility of the amplification of the 7.6 eV γ radiation by the stimulated γ emission of the ensemble of the 229mTh isomeric nuclei in a host dielectric crystal is proved theoretically. This amplification is a result of (1) the excitation of a large number of 229mTh isomers by laser radiation, (2) the creation of the inverse population of nuclear levels in a cooled sample owing to the interaction of thorium nuclei with the crystal electric field or with an external magnetic field, (3) the emission or absorption of the optical photons by thorium nuclei in the crystal without recoil, and (4) the nuclear spin relaxation through the conduction electrons of the metallic covering.center_img Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Building a nuclear gamma-ray laser has been a challenge for scientists for a long time, but a new proposal for such a device has overcome some of the most difficult problems. In the new study, Eugene Tkalya from the Institute of Nuclear Physics at Moscow State University has theoretically proven how the stimulated gamma emission of thorium nuclei can emit coherent visible light. Although the nuclear gamma-ray laser emits light based on stimulated emission, it operates a bit differently than a normal laser. Citation: Proposed gamma-ray laser could emit ‘nuclear light’ (2011, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-gamma-ray-laser-emit-nuclear.htmllast_img read more

Ronan Farrow comes out as part of the LGBT community in speechRonan Farrow comes out as part of the LGBT community in speech

first_imgAcclaimed journalist Ronan Farrow came out as ‘part of the LGBT community’ in a speech on Monday (9 April) night. British model Zander Hodgson comes out as gayIsrael Prime Minister urges LGBT: Fight back, all of us are targetsIGLTA honors ITB Berlin for its commitment to LGBT+ travel segmentRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ronan-farrow-comes-out-speech/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- ‘Each and every LGBT person who has to go through a process of accepting themselves and turning rejection and isolation into strength is richer and more creative and more determined for that journey.’After proclaiming himself part of the community, he called LGBT people ‘some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders’.A recognizable nameFarrow is the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. Or Frank Sinatra — possibly.He’s best known for his journalism work helping expose Harvey Weinstein, which really gave momentum to the #MeToo movement.He has also used this platform and voice to defend his sister, Dylan Farrow, in her accusations against their father. Dylan Farrow alleges that Allen sexually abused her as a child.Ronan Farrow is estranged from Allen. In a New York Times cover, he was quoted saying: ‘He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.’This is in reference to Allen’s relationship to Soon-Yi Previn. Previn is Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter. Her relationship with Allen began when Previn was 21 and Allen was 56.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A 2013 article in Vice originally outed Farrow as gay, but Farrow himself never acknowledged his sexuality until now.The nonprofit LGBTQ scholarship fund Point Foundation awarded Farrow with their Courage Award. Fellow journalist Thomas Roberts introduced and presented the award to Farrow.During his speech, he said: ‘Being a part of the LGBT community – which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible – that has been an incredible source of strength for me.’My honor tonight to present @RonanFarrow w/2018 @PointFoundation Courage Award for his reporting over the last year. #PointHonors pic.twitter.com/k339KQRUyW— Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) April 10, 2018In his speech, Farrow discussed his reporting on LGBT topics, such as trans issues and queer youth.‘But the truth is, in reporting these stories, you realize we’re the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end,’ he continued. ‘And the only way to change that is to make sure as a culture, as a society that we truly see LGBT people because that’s what ultimately changes people. Farrow is a formidable voice in journalism | Photo: YouTube/TODAYlast_img read more

Ethiopian to increase flight frequency to SeychellesEthiopian to increase flight frequency to Seychelles

first_imgSource = Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “Air transport being a vital component of the tourist appeal and the driving factor for economic growth in general, we have been serving our beloved continent for seven decades, offering convenient connectivity options to more than 52 African cities. Seychelles being Africa’s premier tourist destination, with the natural attractions of the archipelagos, we have now added a fifth weekly service to provide more options for passengers flying from any part of the world to the Seychelles and vice versa through our strategic hub at Addis Ababa. As per our growth strategy, vision 2025, we shall continue to increase our presence in Africa, so as to better promote and facilitate growth in the business and tourism sectors.”Ethiopian also offers special fares for tour packages to the major African tourist destinations such as Mombasa, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Dar-Es-Salaam, Johannesburg, Maputo, Djibouti and Cairo.To take advantage of our tour packages, you may visit the nearest Ethiopian office or email at ETHolidays@ethiopianairlines.com About Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 93 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years. Ethiopian AirlinesEthiopian to increase flight frequency to SeychellesEthiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable African airline, is delighted to announce that it will add a 5th weekly flight to Seychelles as of 16th December 2016.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter On the 50th anniversarGo back to the enewsletter On the 50th anniversar

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn the 50th anniversary of ITB Berlin, UNWTO’s activities will focus on the development of the Silk Road and the World Tourism Network on Child Protection. ITB will take place on 9 to 13 March.One of the major events organized by UNWTO at ITB Berlin will be the 6th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting on 9 March. The meeting brings together Ministers and high ranking officials from over 20 countries to discuss how public/private sector partnerships (PPPs) can contribute to advancing tourism on the Silk Road. The meeting will focus on the valuable role of PPPs in marketing and promotion, infrastructure development, heritage management, aviation, major events and risk and crisis management. On the occasion, UNWTO will launch the Silk Road Action Plan 2016/2017. In addition, the 5th UNWTO Silk Road Tour Operators’ Forum will take place on 10 March as a means to empower inbound Silk Road tour operators to better understand, engage and work with the international travel trade.UNWTO will also hold the 31st Meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection on 10 March, an initiative to prevent all forms of child and youth exploitation in the tourism sector. Under the chairmanship of Carol Bellamy, the Chair of the Network and former Executive Director of UNICEF, the meeting will focus on Responsible Business Strategies and Child Protection in Tourism, highlighting the good practices championed by the tourism industry. The event will feature interventions from ABTA, TUI Group, as well as the Chair of the High Level Global Task Force to End Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism Najat Maalla M’jid, who will share the results of the Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism.Additionally, the UNWTO Secretary-General will be a keynote speaker at the ITB Ministers’ Roundtable: ‘Tourism in the 21st century: new business models in a digital world’, an event organized by the ITB Convention Programme in collaboration with UNWTO. The theme of this year’s roundtable will be the ‘Digitalization of economy and society’.ITB 2016 will also be the stage for the launch of two UNWTO Affiliate Members Reports – the ‘Global Report on The Transformative Power of Tourism’ focusing on the role of socially and environmentally responsible practices in the sector, produced by UNWTO and the Institute for Tourism of Croatia; and the ‘Global Report on The Power of Youth Travel’, now in its second edition, developed in cooperation with the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSETC).Finally, UNWTO has partnered with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to promote the Kayah State of Myanmar during ITB Berlin. Since 2014, ITC has been working with the Government of Myanmar on an inclusive tourism project aimed at supporting the local tourism sector through the development of cultural and eco-tourism products. UNWTO joins ITC and Myanmar to showcase the multiple benefits arising from this project by co-organising a series of events throughout the fair including a press conference, a seminar and a number of business to business events.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Presidential elections website launchedPresidential elections website launched

first_imgThe website for the 2018 presidential elections has been launched at http://www.elections2018.gov.cy/, the Press and Information Office (PIO) said on Friday.The content of the website includes information on the process of electing the President of the Republic, information about polling stations abroad and voting hours, the candidates, data and photos from previous elections, and news about the press centre which will operate at the PIO.It also includes links to the web portals of the republic, the House of Representatives, the Ministry of the Interior and the PIO.The website also has general information in English and Turkish.The site is updated on a regular basis with announcements, data and information.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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