Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet on Thursday approved the creation of 994 posts of teaching faculty, para-medical staff and multi-task workers for the upcoming Government Medical College in Mohali, with an intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats. The Cabinet, which was presided over by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here, took the decision, which would pave the way for commencement of the college session from next year. The creation of the posts was in conformity with the minimum requirements laid down by the Medical Council of India for 100 MBBS seats, a government spokesperson told IANS. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC He said a proposal for 168 posts of medical teaching faculty, 426 posts of paramedics and 400 posts of Class IV staff was earlier cleared by the Officers Committee headed by the Chief Secretary as well as by the Finance Department. The posts would be filled in a phased manner in five years. The creation of these new posts would entail an additional financial burden of Rs 25 crore in the first year, which would subsequently go up to Rs 41 crore in the fifth year. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The state government had already made available 14.01 acres of land belonging to the District Hospital, Punjab Health Systems Corporation and State Health Training Institute besides additional land of 9.2 acres of gram panchayat of Jhujhar Nagar. This makes it a total of 23.21 acres for the establishment of the new medical institute (as per the norms, the minimum requirement for a new college with 100 seats is 20 acres). The funds for the college are to be shared between the Central and state governments in the ratio of 60:40.
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says tighter mortgage rules and lower demand are bringing the provincial housing market into balance.The association says 7,884 units were sold within the Multiple Listing Service across the province in June, a 32.5 per cent decrease from the same month last year.The average residential price was down 1.3 per cent from June of 2017 for a total sales value of $5.6 billion.Brendon Ogmundson, the association’s deputy chief economist, says the impact of the tightened standards for both borrowers and lenders is still being felt.He says the combination of the lower demand because of the more stringent mortgage qualification rules and higher interest rates is bringing most markets in the province back to balanced conditions.While the active listings in B.C. are on the rise, the association says inventory remains low in historical standards in markets like Vancouver Island and the Okanagan.
MONTREAL — With a growing number of consumers moving away from shopping malls to online shopping, the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec is accelerating its shift in industrial real estate by getting hold of U.S. firm IDI Logistics for nearly $4.7 billion.The amount was put forward at the end of November by the pension fund manager’s real estate subsidiary, Ivanhoe Cambridge, as part of its transaction with Brookfield Asset Management. The amount paid was not disclosed, but various sources have confirmed the price.Due to the size of the transaction, the institution recruited an ally and announced Wednesday an equal partnership in the venture with the Oxford Real Estate Group, the real estate subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) for its first foray into the United States.Each party will contribute about $2.4 billion.“This is certainly the most strategic investment we’ve made in logistics resulting from our shift a few years ago,” Ivanhoe executive vice-president industrial North America Mario Morroni told The Canadian Press.Ivanhoe Cambridge decided to solicit a partner because of the volatility of markets and the uncertain economic context, he added.“It had become quite clear that at a time when markets seemed extremely nervous, that our preferred choice was to buy the business and immediately find a partner,” he said.With the growing popularity of e-commerce, retailers and other giants like Amazon are turning to industrial buildings and logistics centres to store merchandise for shipping.It is in this context that Ivanhoe Cambridge began to change its direction over two years ago. Since then, its investments in this sector have reached $9 billion, including the IDI Logistics transaction.Based in Atlanta, IDI Logistics operates a portfolio of 111 assets from six offices and owns land generally near major centres that represent a potential for about 1.3 million square metre of space.IDI Logistics’s clients include giants like Amazon, Wayfair, Costco and Walmart, Morroni said.“To get the same quality of assets while having such a good management team in place (…) it would have taken us easily from five to 10 years to build such a platform,” he said.Logistics assets are coveted by managers on both sides of the border. In Canada, the industrial vacancy rate reached a new low of 2.8 per cent at the end of 2018, according to recent data from Avison Young.According to Ivanhoe Cambridge, most of IDI Logistics’ properties are only seven or eight years old, making them better suited to the needs of online commerce. Morroni explained that the goal is often to have buildings of a certain height in order to store a maximum of items inside.With this addition, industrial real estate accounts for 10 to 11 per cent of Ivanhoe Cambridge’s portfolio. It hopes to raise that to 20 per cent in about four years, he said.Ivanhoe Cambridge has reduced its ownership of Canadian shopping centres to 28 from 48 in 2009, according to its website. As of June 30, its assets were valued at $60 billion.
“If the vow that the international community will ‘never again’ stand idly by while crimes against humanity are being perpetrated is to have any meaning, now is the time for decisive action,” 15 UN human rights experts said in a statement yesterday in Geneva. “The violations in Darfur have been staggering in scale and harrowing in nature. Extra-judicial executions, rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture, enforced disappearances, scorching of villages and forced displacement of civilians have taken place in a widespread and systematic manner and continue on a daily basis. “Members of civil society who have sought to address the violence in Darfur have suffered arbitrary arrests, detention, torture and ill-treatment at the hands of the security forces, typically after publishing reports of human rights violations in Darfur,” they added.The experts strongly endorsed the recent findings of an international commission of inquiry that a host of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both sides, but mostly by Government or allied forces be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).“Strong, concrete and effective measures are urgently needed to bring to a close what is widely acknowledged to be one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today,” they concluded, noting that past Security Council resolutions on Darfur have been repeatedly violated without penalty.“It is past time to send a clear message that the international community has forged a unified commitment to bring an end to serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Darfur and to the impunity that has enabled them to continue.”In a dispatch from the field on hunger after visiting camps for displaced people, UN World Food Programme (WFP) public information officer Laura Melo reported that some now anticipated a much higher number of people in need of food aid during the July-September rainy season than the original agency peak figure of 2.8 million.“Darfur is facing the grim prospect of worsening hunger,” she wrote. “With the continued displacement and prevailing economic hardship, more and more people are likely to find themselves with nothing to feed their children.”Women in the camps are terrified of going out to collect firewood or grass to sell amid talk of armed men on camels harassing those who do venture out, she said.“Humanitarian agencies, meanwhile, continue to race against time to reach those in need,” she added. “Every day, hundreds of trucks and aeroplanes are on the move to deliver much-needed food aid. Insecurity, bad roads, a lack of funds and a consequent lack of capacity are, however, major obstacles to the Herculean task of delivering an average of 30,000 to 40,000 metric tons of food a month.“It can take as long as four months for food contributions from abroad to reach Port Sudan, and two more months for the commodities to reach Darfur. With the rainy season approaching, the pressure is even greater.”With large areas of West Darfur likely to be cut off during the rainy season an additional 23,000 tons of food need to be moved to be ready for distribution when the rains start. But WFP is short of funds to purchase all the food required and sufficient trucks to transport it.In West Darfur, UN agencies continue to restrict their movements to El Geneina town due to security concerns.In a report on the overall food situation in Africa’s largest country, WFP warned that many poor people may be short of food due to a poor cereal harvest and high prices of basic staples.WFP Sudan Country Director Ramiro Lopes da Silva said that so far the agency did not have enough food to provide for the 5.5 million people in need in 2005. If the numbers continue to rise, Sudan will face a new catastrophe unless more food gets here fast, he added.
Students have been warned not to take up offers of loans from a private finance company following claims over high interest rates and misleading advertising. Future Finance was set up in 2014 to provide tuition and maintenance loans for students who are no longer eligible for government loans or for whom those loans do not cover their education costs. Academics and student advice services have urged students seeking to finance their education not to use the services of a firm called Future Finance, claiming there were serious questions about the kind of deals it offers. It says it offers students the option of making repayments as low as £5 a month while they are still studying and having to…
Oniqua MRO Analytics, the Australia-headquartered provider of analytics-based Maintenance Repair & Operations (MRO) optimisation solutions for asset-intensive organisations, has announced that Codelco has chosen its Oniqua Analytics Solution (OAS) to optimise its inventory management activities across its mining operations in Chile. Project planning began with a Oniqua Business Value Assessment in July 2010. Oniqua began roll out the MRO optimisation software solution across Codelco’s mining operations in Santiago in early March 2012, and OAS is expected to be in full production state for use by September 2012.“With the goal of determining the potential economic and process benefits that could be achieved by deploying OAS at Codelco, our team of MRO optimisation experts conducted an onsite Business Value Assessment last year,” stated Lindsay Clarke, President of the Americas, Oniqua MRO Analytics. “The assessment uncovered significant opportunities for savings and efficiencies across Codelco’s inventory management practice, as well as findings and recommendations on improvement opportunities in processes, compliance and in standardising the material master. Once the software is fully implemented and operational, Codelco’s return on investment in Oniqua will prove to be quite significant.”“Implementation of Oniqua Analytics Solution for Inventory Optimisation will enable Codelco to re-direct surplus assets to more productive use throughout our mining operations, and will also support process improvement and standardisation,” stated Fernando Marchant, Manager of Corporate Supply, Codelco. Oniqua will provide local resources and support to Codelco through a new South American office in Santiago, which also supports other current Oniqua customers in South America including BHP Billiton, Xstrata Copper, Freeport McMoRan, Newmont, Drummond and Vale.The newly opened Santiago office follows Oniqua’s recently formed partnership with MRO Logistics in South America, which is owned by ILOS Infra Group and markets, delivers and supports Oniqua Analytics Solution as a core part of its MRO logistics solutions offering in Brazil. “South America attracts the most mining exploration dollars in the world, and virtually every major mining company has projects in various stages of development there. Investment projects in mining on the order of $18 billion were recently planned for Chile alone,” said Clarke.
Acid Mine/Rock Drainage (AMD/ARD) from operating mines and abandoned mine sites require treatment to prevent adverse impacts to rivers and streams, which can produce significant volumes of sludge. Many AMD/ARD systems operating today are facing constraints on their sludge storage capacities whether they are impounding the sludge above or below ground.Veolia Water Technologies offers mining companies a proprietary process known as DenseSludge that reduces the cost of water treatment and sludge management in AMD/ARD treatment systems.The DenseSludge process reduces the volume of sludge that needs to be disposed by as much as 90% compared with conventional processes. This can extend the life of existing sludge storage facilities and/or minimize the amount of new storage that must be built.Key benefits of DenseSludge:Reduces sludge volume in clarifier underflow by 90%Minimizes lime usage and associated costRemoves manganese and iron at a lower pH than predicted by theoretical solubility curvesDecreases sludge flow back to the mine pool, reducing re-treatment costsProvides consistent pH controlMinimizes calcium sulphate and calcium carbonate scaling
More: Man and woman to be charged after drugs ‘worth €1.5m’ seized in Kells last Friday > GARDAÍ IN MACROOM have arrested three men following a drugs seizure at Derreenaling, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.The discovery was made yesterday evening when Gardaí from the Cork West Divisional Drugs Unit searched land at Derreenaling and discovered a sophisticated cannabis grow house located underground.A large quantity of cannabis plant and herb with an estimated street value of €100,000 was seized.The three men are detained at various West Cork Garda Stations under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act, 1996.Read: Large haul of cannabis plants found after fire at Inchicore house >
TO MARK THE International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, it’s time to debunk persistent myths and misconceptions about torture…1. Torture is mainly used against terror suspects and during warAmnesty International research shows that torture and other ill-treatment continue to be an issue in many countries facing real or perceived national security threats, including terrorism.However, the focus on torture and other ill-treatment in what the US authorities then called the “war on terror” at the beginning of the century may have skewed the global picture. What our research also clearly shows is that most victims of torture and other ill-treatment worldwide are not dangerous terrorists but rather poor, marginalized and disempowered criminal suspects who unfortunately seldom draw the attention of the media and public opinion, either nationally or globally.Real or perceived political “enemies” of the government who have never carried a bomb or any other weapon, including human rights defenders, opposition politicians and journalists, are also frequent victims of torture.This means that yes, torture continues in anti-terrorism contexts, but even here torture is mostly practised as a means of dehumanizing enemies – real life doesn’t look like “24” or “Zero Dark Thirty.”And globally most victims are tortured not because they’re terrorists but because they’re poor, or different, or dare to disagree with the government. Whatever the motive, torture and other ill-treatment are prohibited absolutely, and never justified, no matter who you are or what you’ve done.2. Torture is the only way to get information, fastTorture is a primitive and blunt instrument of obtaining information. States have a huge variety of ways to collect information on crimes – both past and planned – without losing their humanity. In particular, humane questioning techniques have proved to be efficient in obtaining information on crimes without the devastating personal, societal and legal consequences.3. Some forms of torture are not that badTorture doesn’t come in levels.It is defined legally as an act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person to punish or obtain information. No torture is “lite”.All forms of torture are despicable and illegal – including electric shocks, beatings, rape, humiliation, mock executions, burning, sleep deprivation, mock drowning, long hours in contorted positions, use of pincers, drugs and dogs. Sadly, all of these are widely used in countries across the world.4. In certain circumstances, it serves a greater goodNo. Torture is never legal or acceptable. Countries that currently fail to punish it by law are violating internationally agreed standards.In legal terms, the absolute prohibition on torture and other ill-treatment is “non-derogable” – that is, it cannot be relaxed even in times of emergency. The prohibition has achieved such a strong global consensus that it has become binding even on states which have not joined the relevant human rights treaties.But many governments today continue to torture for a host of reasons, mainly because governments benefit from torture – or believe that they do – and because those responsible rarely face justice. Much more needs to be done to end this despicable practice.5. Only a handful of the worst governments use tortureOver the past five years Amnesty International has reported on torture or other ill-treatment in 141 countries and from every world region.While in some of these countries torture might be the exception, in others it is systemic, and even one case of torture or other ill-treatment is unacceptable.Amnesty International’s evidence and global research combined with more than five decades of documenting and campaigning against this abuse, reveals that, torture is still flourishing.Josefina Salomon is a News Writer at Amnesty International.On 26 June 2014, Amnesty International will hold a demonstration against torture in Dublin: see more details here. For more information about torture visit Amnesty International’s Stop Torture Campaign.Read: RTÉ documentary reveals evidence about torture methods used in Northern Ireland’s pastRead: Torture is a ‘global crisis’ – but more than a third of people think it can be justified
Based on what I read, and on conversations I have had with a wide variety of roboticists and computer scientists, I do not believe machines will surpass human intelligence — in the sense of achieving ‘strong’ or ‘general’ AI — in the foreseeable future.“Even if processing power continues to advance, we would need an achievement in software on par with the work of Mozart to reproduce consciousness.”Calo adds, however, that we should watch for warnings leading up to a potential singularity moment. If we see robots become more multipurpose and contextually aware then they may then be “on their way to strong AI,” says Calo. That will be a tip that they’re advancing to the point of danger for humans.Calo has also recently said that robotic capability needs to be regulated.Andra Keay, managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics, also doesn’t foresee a guns a’ blazin’ robot war, but she says there are issues we should confront: ”I don’t believe in a head-on conflict between humans and machines, but I do think that machines may profoundly change the way we live and unless we pay attention to the shifting economical and ethical boundaries, then we will create a worse world for the future,” she said. “It’s up to us.” Most people agree that the robot revolution will have benefits. People disagree about the risks. Source: Robot via shutterstockIn contrast to this, Jorge Heraud, CEO of agricultural robotics company Blue River Technology, offers a fairly middle-of-the-road point of view: “Yes, someday [robots and machines] will [surpass human intelligence]. Early on, robots/machines will be better at some tasks and (much) worse at others. It’ll take a very long while until a single robot/machine will surpass human intelligence in a broad number of tasks. [It will be] much longer until it’s better in all.”When asked if if the singularity would look like a missing scene from “Terminator” or if it would be more subtle than that, Heraud said, “Much more subtle. Think C-3PO. We don’t have anything to worry for a long while.”Regardless of the risk, it shouldn’t be controversial that we need to discuss and regulate the future of robotics.Northwestern Law professor John O. McGinnis makes clear how we can win the robot revolution right now in his paper, “Accelerating AI” [emphasis ours]:“Even a non-anthropomorphic human intelligence still could pose threats to mankind, but they are probably manageable threats. The greatest problem is that such artificial intelligence may be indifferent to human welfare. Thus, for instance, unless otherwise programmed, it could solve problems in ways that could lead to harm against humans.” But indifference, rather than innate malevolence, is much more easily cured. Artificial intelligence can be programmed to weigh human values in its decision making. The key will be to assure such programming.Long before any battle scenes ripped from science fiction actually take place, the real battle will be in the hands of the people building and designing artificially intelligent systems. Many of the same people who declined to be interviewed for this story are the ones who must stand up as heroes to save humanity from blockbuster science fiction terror in the real world.Forget the missiles and lasers — the only weapons of consequence here will be algorithms and the human minds creating them.- Dylan Love READ: This robot is designed to become part of your family’s day-to-day lifeREAD: ‘Machines, not humans will be dominant by 2045’ SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act Ryan Calo Source: ScreenshotRyan Calo, assistant professor of law at the University of Washington with an eye on robot ethics and policy, does not see a machine uprising ever happening: WORKING ROBOTICISTS NEED to indulge the public in sci-fi scenarios.I thought it’d be a cool story to interview academics and robotics professionals about the popular notion of a robot takeover, but four big names in the area declined to talk to me. A fifth person with robo street cred told me on background that people in the community fear that publicly talking about these topics could hurt their credibility, and that they think the topic has already been explained well enough. Just how realistic is a ‘Terminator’ scenario? Source: TerminatorThis is a problem. A good roboticist should have a finger on the pulse of the public’s popular conception of robotics and be able to speak to it. The public doesn’t care about “degrees of freedom” or “state estimation and optimization for mobile robot navigation,” but give a robot a gun and a mission, and they’re enthralled.More importantly, as I heard from the few roboticists who spoke to me on the record, there are real risks involved going forward, and the time to have a serious discussion about the development and regulation of robots is now. Robots fight during Japan’s Robo-One Championships in Tokyo Source: ScreenshotMost people agree that the robot revolution will have benefits. People disagree about the risks.Author and physicist Louis Del Monte told us that the robot uprising ”won’t be the ‘Terminator’ scenario, not a war. In the early part of the post-singularity world — after robots become smarter than humans — one scenario is that the machines will seek to turn humans into cyborgs. This is nearly happening now, replacing faulty limbs with artificial parts. We’ll see the machines as a useful tool.” Louis Del Monte Source: ScreenshotBut according to Del Monte, the real danger occurs when self-aware machines realize they share the planet with humans. They “might view us the same way we view harmful insects” because humans are a species that “is unstable, creates wars, has weapons to wipe out the world twice over, and makes computer viruses.”Frank Tobe, editor and publisher of the business-focused Robot Report, subscribes to the views of Google futurist Ray Kurzweil on the singularity, that we’re close to developing machines that can outperform the human mind, perhaps by 2045. He says we shouldn’t take this lightly. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change I’ve become concerned that now is the time to set in motion limits, controls, and guidelines for the development and deployment of future robotic-like devices.“It’s time to decide whether future robots will have superpowers — which themselves will be subject to exponential rates of progress — or be limited to services under man’s control,” Tobe said. “Superman or valet? I choose the latter, but I’m concerned that politicians and governments, particularly their departments of defense and industry lobbyists, will choose the former.”Kurzweil contends that as various research projects plumb the depths of the human brain with software, humankind itself will be improved by offshoot therapies and implants.“This seems logical to me,” Tobe said. “Nevertheless, until we choose the valet option, we have to be wary that sociopathic behaviors can be programmed into future bots with unimaginable consequences.” A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York
Décalage horaire : une molécule capable de réduire les effets du jet-lag ?Des chercheurs ont découvert une petite protéine, la VIP, qui serait capable de resynchroniser l’horloge biologique. Elle pourrait ainsi permettre de diviser par deux les effets du décalage horaire.L’hypothalamus est une zone du cerveau essentielle au niveau hormonal. Il compte ainsi de très nombreux neurones aux spécificités différentes. Parmi ceux-ci, 20.000 gèrent l’horloge biologique de notre organisme. “C’est comme une société où chaque cellule a sa propre opinion sur l’heure qu’il est”, explique Erik Herzog, de la Washington University, à Saint Louis. “Ces neurones doivent donc se mettre d’accord sur l’heure afin de coordonner les alternances de veille/sommeil ainsi que les variations du métabolisme”, ajoute t-il cité par Le Figaro.C’est en étudiant ce mécanisme que les chercheurs dirigés par Erik Herzog ont découvert l’intermédiaire qui permet aux neurones d’échanger des informations. “Ces neurones communiquent entre eux par l’intermédiaire de la molécule VIP” pour Vasoactive intestinal peptide, une petite molécule naturellement présente dans le cerveau. Les scientifiques ont ainsi constaté que la VIP sert à synchroniser l’horloge biologique, mais elle est également capable, à fortes doses, de la désynchroniser. “Cela a été une véritable surprise de constater qu’à partir de certaines doses de VIP les cellules se désynchronisaient. C’est comme si les cellules devenaient muettes les unes envers les autres”, poursuit Erik Herzog. Importante, cette désynchronisation agirait un peu comme une remise à zéro. D’où l’intérêt des chercheurs : selon eux, la VIP pourrait de cette façon favoriser un retour plus rapide et plus facile de l’alternance jour/nuit, particulièrement utile en cas de décalage horaire ou de travail de nuit.Des effets divisés par deux À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour mettre en évidence ce système, les chercheurs ont mené des expériences sur des cultures de neurones in vitro et sur des souris. “Les souris ont vu leur jet lag divisé par deux lorsqu’on leur injectait une dose de VIP la veille du jour où on les emmenait virtuellement dans un autre fuseau horaire en jouant sur les conditions de luminosité”, explique Erik Herzog. Des résultats prometteurs qui ne sont toutefois qu’un début.En effet, avant d’envisager une éventuelle mise en application, il faudra bien davantage de recherches. D’autant plus que l’horloge biologique est un système complexe dont on ne connaît pas bien le fonctionnement. Par ailleurs, les chercheurs doivent également en apprendre plus sur le peptide VIP. “On sait que ce neuropeptide est important mais il faut qu’il agisse directement sur les neurones des noyaux”, ajoute Howard Cooper, chef du département chronobiologie à l’Inserm de Lyon.”Pour l’instant, le seul “médicament” dont nous disposons est donc la lumière, surtout bleue, et ses photons”, conclut le spécialiste.Le 30 octobre 2013 à 14:18 • Maxime Lambert
#TCIPolice#MagneticMediaNews Seven TCI men ‘lost at sea’ found safe on Fish Cay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Editorial: Listen to your Mama Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcipolice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – July 12, 2017 – A Provo man was arrested for allegedly stealing from an association or charity in the islands. The Financial Crimes unit is on the case, ,and a 72 year old man is slammed with 88 counts of forgery, one count of theft and one count of using criminal property.The report was made on April 10th this year, and Police in a media release explained that the report was that, “… the male stole a large sum of money from an Association Body for which he represented. Investigation revealed that the offences were committed between March 2009 and December 2011.”The man is unidentified and so is the association he allegedly robbed, but Police say the 72 year old got $55,000 bail and is due back to court later this month.
SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida youth football organization was treated to a surprise from an NFL star.Frank Gore gave 10 Sunrise Gators players the experience of a lifetime.The former University of Miami running back and current Indianapolis Colt took the kids to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Sunrise. Each kid received a $100 gift card.“Just to see the kids smile,” said Gore, “and I remember when I was young, and you know, being a part of Boys & Girls Club, I was one of them kids who got to an opportunity to shop, get things I liked, and one of the first things they wanted is football cleats, and I was the same way. So I’m just happy to be here with the kids to see them happy.”Gore also acted as their personal shopping consultant — helping the kids pick out new shoes and gear.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Professional attendance at U.S. tradeshows was up dramatically in the second quarter of 2013, according to a report released recently by the Center for Exihibition Industry Research (CEIR).Attendance jumped 3.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012 and represents the largest bump in that metric since the first quarter of last year.Overall, a composite of all the indices studied by CEIR indicates the exhibition industry grew 1.2 percent in the second quarter, down slightly from the same quarter last year when overall growth was 1.5 percent and about even with the first quarter of 2013 when the industry grew 1.3 percent. Nevertheless, it represents the 12th consecutive quarter of growth for an industry that was hit hard in 2008 and 2009 by the recession. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! “The exhibition industry has effectively weathered the recession,” says CEIR economist Allen Shaw in a statement, “and is a valuable business practice, despite ongoing uncertainty from lawmakers in Washington.”Referring to that “ongoing uncertainty from lawmakers,” the government sector had the most substantial decline of any of the 14 industry sectors that CEIR monitors. Overall activity in government-related shows dropped nearly 10 percent compared to the second quarter of 2012.The strongest sectors were professional business services, raw materials and science (both growing 3.9 percent) and food (3.4 percent).While drastic budget reductions at multiple levels of government and the ongoing federal sequestration were clear indicators of the problems with the government sector, somewhat baffling was a decline in shows related to building, construction, home and repair, which declined by 1.8 percent despite a recent resurgence in real estate, construction and home sales.The 1.2-percent growth in the exhibition industry lagged only slightly behind growth in the larger economy, as indicated by the growth during the same quarter of real gross domestic product of 1.4 percent.The CEIR Index was on par with GDP in the first quarter after lagging behind it since early 2012. The CEIR Index is determined by a formula that takes into account four metrics: net square footage, professional attendance, number of exhibiting companies and gross revenue.The average number of exhibitors at shows declined 0.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year, the first time that metric had not seen a rise since 2010. Net square footage was flat compared to last year’s Q2 report, when it was up a slight 0.1 percent.
The authorities of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia filed a case against 34 members of Islami Chhatra Shibir’s IU unit with the IU police station on Monday, reports UNB.Officer-in-charge of IU police station, Raton Sheikh, told UNB that the university proctor professor M Mahbubar Rahman filed the case against 34 Shibir leaders and activists including its president and secretary, as the law-enforcement agencies recovered hand bombs, and some sharp weapons from different rooms of Saddam Hossain Hall.The proctor also filed another case with the police station against 30 unidentified persons under Explosive Substance Act, the OC added.IU proctor professor M Mahbubar Rahman said that they filed the case on the recovery of explosive materials.On Sunday, police arrested two Shibir men from in front of Saddam Hossain Hall and recovered the explosive materials.
Road AccidentFour people were killed and 21 others injured as a bus overturned at Vatiapara intersection in Kashiani upazila on Dhaka-Khulna highwayin Gopalganj on Monday, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be known yet.Md Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Kashiani police station, said the bus overturned on the road as its driver lost control over the steering and hit a stationary truck in the area at 11:30am, leaving two people dead on the spot.Two of the injured died on way to hospital.Fire service and police rescued other injured passengers and admitted them to Kashiani Upazila Health Complex while five severely injured were taken to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital.
Listen 00:00 /01:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share – / 6A previous version of this story erroneously referred to 2100 Memorial as assisted living.Dozens of volunteers were walking the 14 floors at 2100 Memorial Drive, checking on residents and supplying them with food, water or medical needs.The former Holiday Inn started flooding on Saturday night when Buffalo Bayou went over its banks. It got about five feet of water on the first floor.Fortunately, the residents’ rooms start on the second level.Dana Tucker with Lynd, the company that manages 2100 Memorial, said one of the biggest challenges was that the water got shut off when flooding caused a short in the downstairs equipment. “We’ve been running hoses and taking water up to people over 14 flights multiple times a day as needed,” he said, “to flush toilets, drinking water, all those things.”He said the community response has been great, with the Old Sixth Ward Neighborhood Association leading the effort, bringing in water and other supplies.About 20 residents evacuated to the George R. Brown Convention Center on Monday. The rest of the 190 seniors stayed put – despite not being able to take showers for days.But 72-year-old Laverne Springer said other Houstonians have it much worse.“Now we’re blessed in this building,” she said.And by mid-day Wednesday, the water came back on. X
Print Friendly Version KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Louisville’s Dominic McClinton and Aaron Johnson wrapped up the first day of competition in 14th and 15th place, respectively, in the decathlon at the Tennessee Relays on Thursday afternoon. Tennessee RelaysTom Black Track | Knoxville, Tenn.April 11, 2019 Story Links Long Jump (Decathlon)11. Dominic McClinton – 6.62m/21-08.7515. Aaron Johnson – 6.33m/20-09.25 Total Points (Through 5 events)14. Dominic McClinton – 3,47415. Aaron Johnson – 3,442 Both athletes also posted top-10 finishes in the high jump. Johnson cleared 1.92m/06-03.50 for 731 points and McClinton jumped 1.89m/06-02.50 for 705 points. 100m (Decathlon)6. Dominic McClinton – 10.968. Aaron Johnson – 11.03 Through five events, McClinton has earned 3,474 points while Johnson has earned 3,442 points. Shot Put (Decathlon)15. Aaron Johnson – 10.71m/35-01.7517. Dominic McClinton – 10.25m/33-07.50 400m (Decathlon)11. Dominic McClinton – 53.2012. Aaron Johnson – 53.28 High Jump (Decathlon)8. Aaron Johnson – 1.92m/06-03.509. Dominic McClinton – 1.89m/06-02.50 Both athletes earned the most points in the 100m. McClinton earned 870 points with a time of 10.96 while Johnson earned 854 points clocking in at 11.03. The final five events will take place tomorrow beginning with the 110m hurdles at 2 p.m. Also tomorrow, the Louisville Invitational will open with the hammer throw at 2:30 p.m.
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. Tying molecules in knots Explore further Called a pentafoil, the five point knot is the most complex kind of molecule synthesized from other building blocks, other than those found in DNA, and having a means for building them could lead to all sorts of new materials that could be both strong and flexible.To build the molecule, the team started with a negatively charged chloride ion, to serve as a pulling force, or anchor. They then added other parts, such as iron ions with a positive charge, and chains of carbon atoms. They then chemically “programmed” the whole works to assemble itself into the pentafoil, with five chains looped over and under one another and connected to form one single knotted strand, with a single chloride ion sitting squarely in the center holding the whole knot together. The finished product is made up of just 160 atoms and very much resembles a traditional two-dimensional five pointed star.As an interesting side note, the researchers found that if they removed the single chloride ion after the knot was completed, they were left with a molecule that was hungry for that missing ion, which could mean they’ve found a new type of chlorine sensor.In devising a means to create a pentafoil, the researchers have created not just a new type of man-made molecule, but a blueprint for creating other types of knotted molecules which could lead to all sorts of new and exotic materials. Citation: Chemists devise a way to create a five point knotted molecule (2011, December 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-chemists-molecule.html (PhysOrg.com) — Chemists have for a long time been interested in a type of molecule that is literally tied up into a knot. This is where atoms are bonded together to form strands, which are then twisted around one another in a way that looks very much like a length of rope tied into an everyday knot. Such molecules when used to make whole structures can provide both strength and elasticity. Unfortunately, forcing atoms to bind together in ways that result in knotted molecules has proven to be an especially difficult task; so much so, that until now, no one has been able to make a molecule that has more than three points. Now, researchers at the University of Edinburgh, have figured out a way to create one with five points, as they describe in their paper published in Nature Chemistry, essentially creating what looks like a flat five point star. More information: A synthetic molecular pentafoil knot, Nature Chemistry 4, 15–20 (2012) doi:10.1038/nchem.1193AbstractKnots are being discovered with increasing frequency in both biological and synthetic macromolecules and have been fundamental topological targets for chemical synthesis for the past two decades. Here, we report on the synthesis of the most complex non-DNA molecular knot prepared to date: the self-assembly of five bis-aldehyde and five bis-amine building blocks about five metal cations and one chloride anion to form a 160-atom-loop molecular pentafoil knot (five crossing points). The structure and topology of the knot is established by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography, revealing a symmetrical closed-loop double helicate with the chloride anion held at the centre of the pentafoil knot by ten CH···Cl– hydrogen bonds. The one-pot self-assembly reaction features an exceptional number of different design elements—some well precedented and others less well known within the context of directing the formation of (supra)molecular species. We anticipate that the strategies and tactics used here can be applied to the rational synthesis of other higher-order interlocked molecular architectures. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Journal information: Nature Chemistry X-ray crystal structure of molecular pentafoil knot Cl(PF6)9. Image: Nature, doi:10.1038/nchem.1193
The setting up of the panel will give a “boost to the speedy implementation” of the pipeline that originate in Uttar Pradesh and ends in West Bengal, the company said in a statement here.The long-delayed Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline is one the projects that form part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of adding 15,000 km of pipeline network in the country in five years. “The pipeline will bring growth in UP as the fertiliser plant of Fertilizer Corporation of India at Gorakhpur may be revived with central government support,” it said. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAlso, new City Gas Distribution networks for retailing CNG to automobiles and piped cooking gas to households are expected to come up in Varanasi, Allahabad, Azamgarh and Gorakhpur. “This will contribute in generating additional revenue for the state government,” it said.The decision to set up the committee was taken at a meeting between senior state government and GAIL officials in Lucknow which was presided over by UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan. GAIL Director (Projects) Ashutosh Karnatak, who headed the GAIL team, apprised about existing as well as upcoming infrastructure of GAIL in UP. “For timely execution of the project, GAIL requested for support from the UP Government and it was agreed to constitute the high power committee consisting of officials of various departments for Single Window Clearance,” it said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsThe committee will help in securing various statutory clearances like forest, environments, PWD, irrigation, industries, and also give administrative support for the pipeline construction activities.During the meeting, the Chief Secretary declared that Sanjiv Saran, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure & Industrial Development, UP would be nodal officer to coordinate all the activities related to Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline project. The nodal officer will review the activities on fortnightly basis.