Sharjah: Wicket-keeping batsman Mohammad Rizwan hit a maiden hundred to guide Pakistan to 284-7 in the second one-day international against Australia in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. The 30-year-old knocked 11 boundaries in his 115 total as Pakistan — who won the toss and batted — once again failed to crack the 300-mark on a flat Sharjah stadium pitch. Rizwan, only playing because regular keeper and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been rested for the series — added 52 for the third wicket with Haris Sohail (34) and an invaluable 127 for the fifth wicket with stand-in captain Shoaib Malik. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAustralia lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first game, played at the same venue, by eight wickets on Friday. Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq without scoring off the fifth ball of the innings from fast bowler Jhye Richardson. Shan Masood (19) and Sohail — who scored his maiden hundred in the first game on Friday — took the total to 35 when Richardson struck again, getting Masood caught at short mid-wicket. But Richardson took 2-16 in his five overs and fell awkwardly in the outfield and left the field in the 11th over. Initial reports suggests he dislocated his shoulder and is doubtful for the remaining three matches. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRizwan, though, lifted Pakistan after Umar Akaml fell for 16, caught off spinner Nathan Lyon. Rizwan improved on his previous best of 75 not out, against Zimbabwe at Harare four years ago and completed his hundred with a single off 114 balls. He fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile to a boundary catch. Nile finished with 2-52. Malik also smashed three boundaries and a six before falling in the 45th over. Pakistan replaced experienced fast bowler Mohammad Amir with rookie Mohammad Hasnain for his first match while Australia remained unchanged.
Kolkata: The Amherst Street police is examining the role of a relativeof the doctor at the Vishudhanand Saraswati Marwari Hospital in the alleged loot of some silver articles and gold jewellery at the doctor’s Amherst Street residence on February 24. Police officers recovered a major chunk of the articles of silver and some gold ornaments from Sodepur in North 24 Parganas on Saturday night though no one has been arrested in this connection. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn the incident day, the doctor’s relative had alleged loot at knife-point by two persons and claimed that she was alone with her 8-year-old nephew when the criminals looted the residence. She claimed that her nephew was fast asleep when the crime was committed. However, the probe in the case and the recovery has revealed that the doctor’s relative is very likely to have hidden the gold and silver articles herself and a fabricated story of the loot. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe had allegedly sold them to a jeweller based in Sodepur in North 24 Parganas from where the police officers recovered a portion of the booty. “It seems to be simply an incident of theft and no loot. We are questioning some people in this connection to fix up the offender,” an investigating officer said. A police source revealed that the doctor’s relative , who is the prime suspect in the case, had been practising black magic for which she needed money. So she deliberately planned the whole episode, the source said. The complaint at the police station stated that the loot continued for 25 minutes and the duo had threatened to kill the victim’s nephew. The two were masked so the victim could not identify them. The police had suspected the role of some insider in the incident from the very beginning.
Handy and Harman fine silver quotations in Canadian dollars:Tuesday $22.167 oz., $712.67 kg.; Monday $22.650 oz., $728.20 kg.
The new 30 member cabinet will be finalised today, the United National Party said.UNP Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake said that talks were held yesterday and more discussions will take place today to select the cabinet. The cabinet is expected to be limited to 30 and will include a few Sri Lanka Freedom Party members who have offered support to new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)
…the power of the elected members to direct the Manager to grant planning permission in a specific case should be subject to increased restrictions.This would include that those members of local authorities who direct the Manager to grant planning permission against the advice of the professional planners, should have to explain their reasons for doing so.The Mahon Tribunal was an inquiry into planning and payments to various parties, and made a number of recommendations in order to combat political corruption.In the Irish Independent, Fionnan Sheahan says that the reforms are also likely to include merging town and county councils, removing town councillor roles and redrawing the electoral map of every county.Speaking in July at the MacGill summer school, Hogan said the programme of reforms – to be called ‘Putting People First’ – would introduce:significant changes to regional, county, city and town governance.He also said that it was extremely likely that he will be cutting the number of councillors and the number of authorities. Hogan had already confirmed plans to merge the separate county councils for North and South Tipperary, and has steered legislation to see the separate county and city councils in Limerick merged. Both pairs of councils will merge in 2014.Read: How to prevent corruption in the future: Mahon’s recommendations>Read: Councils face cull as Hogan reveals plans for local government reform> MINISTER PHIL HOGAN is to bring his reforms of local government services to Cabinet tomorrow.The Minister for the Environment is expected to include reforms that follow from recommendations given by the Mahon Tribunal final report. In the Irish Times, Stephen Collins says these include removing section 140 of the Local Government Act, which would mean councillors wouldn’t be able to direct officials in relation to planning functions.A spokesperson from the Department of the Environment would not confirm the details of any of the proposed reforms. However, he did say that the Irish Independent report of a cut of 500 council staff was not related to the Minister’s Local Government reforms, and was most likely related to the Croke Park Agreement.Mahon TribunalUnder the Mahon Tribunal recommendations, to help improve transparency where planning permission is granted:
Mangez du poisson deux fois par semaine, mais pas plusSelon l’Agence de sécurité alimentaire (Anses), il est préférable de ne pas consommer plus de deux portions de poisson par semaine pour limiter les risques de contamination au mercure ou aux PCB.Si le poisson fait partie des aliments à consommer pour garder une alimentation saine et équilibrée, il ne faut pas en abuser. C’est l’avis qu’a émis vendredi l’Agence de sécurité alimentaire (Anses) en recommandant de ne pas consommer plus de deux portions de poisson par semaine. Pour en arriver là, l’agence indique avoir “étudié différents scénarios”. Elle a ainsi mis en balance les “effets bénéfiques sur la santé” de la consommation de poissons gras riches en oméga-3 (saumon, sardine, maquereau, hareng ou truite fumée) avec les risques de contamination que ceux-ci font encourir aux consommateurs. En effet, ceux-ci contiennent de la dioxine, du mercure, et des PCB (polychlorobiphényles, un isolant utilisé dans l’industrie) “dont l’action toxique est particulièrement importante pendant la période périnatale”.Selon l’agence, il serait donc préférable de ne pas consommer trop de poisson, en particulier pour les populations les plus fragiles comme les femmes enceintes ou les jeunes enfants. Mais les poissons de mer ne sont pas les seuls concernés puisque plusieurs poissons d’eaux douces (anguille, barbeau, brème, carpe, silure) sont également cités.Cette pollution dont sont victimes les poissons s’explique par la déforestation et le déversement dans les lacs et rivières de quelque 260 tonnes de mercure auparavant retenues dans les sols. Par ailleurs, les quantités de mercure présentes dans les 100 premiers mètres de profondeurs des océans ont doublé en 100 ans, relève une étude publiée en janvier dernier.Du poisson d’eau douce également à limiter Citée par l’AFP, l’Anses précise avoir fixé sa recommandation pour la population générale afin de permettre une “couverture optimale” des besoins en nutriments tout en limitant les risques de contamination. L’idéal serait de varier “les espèces et les lieux d’approvisionnement (sauvage, élevage, lieux de pêche) dans le cadre d’une alimentation diversifiée”. Pour ce qui est de poissons d’eau douce précédemment cités, l’agence recommande de ne pas en consommer plus de deux fois par mois.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Il faudrait même se limiter à une fois par mois seulement pour les femmes en âge de procréer, enceintes ou allaitantes ainsi que les enfants de moins de trois ans, les fillettes et les adolescentes. Cette recommandation s’applique également aux poissons prédateurs sauvages tels que lotte, loup ou bar, bonite, anguille, grenadier, flétan, brochet, dorade, raie, thon, espadon, marlin, siki, requin “en raison du risque lié au mercure”.Attention à la cuisson des poissons Toutefois, l’agence souligne que les agents de contamination d’origine humaine ou animale sont majoritairement détruits par la cuisson. Ce sont donc les produits crus qui doivent le plus faire l’objet d’une attention toute particulière, qu’il s’agisse de poissons ou de coquillages. Là encore, la consommation de ces produits, même cuits, est déconseillés aux populations dites “sensibles”. L’Anses rappelle enfin qu’il faut cuire le poisson de mer frais “à cœur” et qu’il faut “éviter la consommation de coquillages s’ils ne proviennent pas d’une zone d’élevage autorisée et contrôlée”.Le 8 juillet 2013 à 18:29 • Maxime Lambert
By Nelson MannehLawyer S. Kenedy, Defence Counsel for Ex-NIA Director of Operations has filed his application for a ‘no case to answer’ submission in the ongoing criminal trial involving former Intelligence Chiefs.Sheik Omar Jeng, an Ex-Director of Operations of the former National Intelligence Agency (NIA), is charged together with eight other former Intelligent Chiefs on a twenty-five count criminal charge which includes murder, torture, and conspiracy to commit felony among others.When the case was called on Tuesday June 17th 2019 before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of the Banjul High Court, Lawyer S. Kenedy told the Court that he has filed his application for a ‘no case to answer’ submission and the State has responded to him.Council for the third accused person told the Court that the response made by the state was late and he could not respond to them on points of Law. He urged the Court to give him time to write his response to the state (Prosecution).Lawyer Antouman A.B. Gaye, the lead prosecutor in the trial in his response to Lawyer S. Kenedy’s, said he has no objection to the request made by the Counsel for the third accused person.At this juncture, the case was adjourned to 24th June 2019 for further hearing.A ‘No case submission’ is made when the defense deems that the prosecution has no evidence, or lacks sufficient legal grounds to make a case against a defendant (accused person).The accused persons in this criminal trial are: Yankuba Badjie, an ex-director of the NIA; Sheikh Omar Jeng, an ex-director of operations of the NIA and the rest are Baboucar Sallah, Haruna Suso, Tamba Mansareh, Lamin Darboe, and Lamin Lang Sanyang. The 2nd accused person Louise Gomez, an ex-deputy director of the said agency, passed away in Government custody, during the course of the trial. However, Yusupha Jammeh, the 6th accused person was discharged by the Court, upon the State’s application.It took the prosecution nearly two years, 35 witnesses and several exhibits to prove the guilt of the accused persons, before closing their case.
Steve Swaney named new chief of Heartland Fire and Rescue FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News Posted: October 17, 2018 October 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove Wednesday named a firefighting veteran of more than three decades as the fire chief of the jointly-managed Heartland Fire and Rescue.Steve Swaney will replace Colin Stowell as Heartland’s fire chief, effective Oct. 20, according to the city managers from El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove.Stowell was sworn in as San Diego’s fire-rescue chief in August after serving as Heartland’s fire chief for two years.Swaney has worked with the City of El Cajon, and subsequently Heartland Fire and Rescue, since 1985. Swaney most recently served as a Heartland division chief, overseeing day-to-day operations of fire stations across the three cities. He has also served as fire chief for the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District and is a Federal Emergency Management Agency- certified canine evaluator.“It is an honor to have been chosen as the next fire chief of Heartland Fire & Rescue and I am excited for the opportunity to lead such a great organization,” he said.The local governments of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove created Heartland Fire and Rescue in 2010 to jointly manage fire safety and emergency preparedness. The three cities share funding duties for the organization and are able to circumvent theoretical concerns of management overlap that separate fire rescue organizations could bring.
LONG BEACH — Razor clam digging will be open Friday through Sunday on Long Beach Peninsula.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has given final approval to six days of digging at various coastal beaches after testing indicated the clams are safe to eat.Twin Harbors is open today through Tuesday. Copalis is open Friday and Saturday. Mocrocks is open Friday through Monday.Low tides will be -0.6 feet at 6:57 p.m. on Friday, -0.7 feet at 7:38 p.m. on Saturday and -0.7 feet at 8:16 p.m. on Sunday.Digging in the fall is allowed only from noon to midnight in the fall and winter.Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, recommended diggers bring a lantern, which is more effective for spotting clams than the direct beam of a flashlight.Diggers can take 15 clams per day and must keep the first 15 dug. Each diggers’s clams must be kept in a separate container.Diggers age 15 and older must have an applicable 2013-14 license. The least expensive option is a three-day razor clam license which costs $8.60.The agency also has scheduled additional digging on Nov. 1 through 8 and Nov. 15 through 20 if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.Tentative digging dates and low tides at Long Beach in November are: Nov. 2, Saturday, -0.6 feet, 6:36 p.m.; Nov. 3, Sunday, -1.1 feet, 6:16 p.m.; Nov. 4, Monday, -1.3 feet, 6:59 p.m.; Nov. 5, Tuesday, -1.3 feet, 7:45 p.m.; Nov. 15, Friday, -0.3 feet, 5:01p.m.; Nov. 16, Saturday, -0.6 feet; 5:42 p.m., and Nov. 17, Sunday, -0.7 feet, 6:20 p.m.
ANACORTES — A final report on the 2010 Tesoro refinery explosion that killed seven employees was presented and approved by the Chemical Safety Board on Thursday night in Anacortes.The report noted that problems in the facility’s safety culture, industry standards and state and federal oversight of the industry helped lead to a catastrophic rupture of a heat exchanger at the refinery, which leaked and ignited hydrogen and naphtha, a flammable petroleum solvent.A draft report detailing investigation findings and recommendations was released by the board in January.After receiving input from the United Steelworkers, the American Petroleum Institute, the Western States Petroleum Association, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and a list of other stakeholders in industry operations and regulation, the board made a few substantial revisions to the report in its final form.The explosion was caused by high temperature hydrogen attack, or HTHA, which severely cracked and weakened carbon steel tubing leading to a rupture, according to the report.The report found the carbon steel tubing that burst in the heat exchanger due to HTHA was estimated to be operating within the petroleum industry’s current Nelson Curve for that material.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A new rule will once again allow the rental of motorized scooters during the month of March in Miami Beach.Last year, Miami Beach officials banned scooter rentals during the month because of a high volume of customers breaking traffic laws.Commissioners passed a new proposal on Wednesday that will now allow customers to rent scooters again throughout March.However, each vehicle is required to have a GPS tracking device.The scooters also need to have the rental shop’s name and number displayed on the vehicle, along with a 24/7 hotline to report rule breakers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
$210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The Cheapskate Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 7 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Gaming Accessories Fortnite Microsoft Razer Windows 10,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It Read the AirPods review Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Razer Turret Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments 0 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 $999 See It Sarah Tew/CNET Tags $6 at Tidal The Razer Turret is a wireless keyboard and mouse combo designed for the Xbox One. Razer Xbox One owners now have a solid alternative to their game controllers: Razer and Microsoft have collaborated on a wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo called the Razer Turret.It features a full-size mechanical keyboard with a dedicated Xbox key that pulls up the Xbox One dashboard. The mouse is modeled after the Razer Mamba wireless mouse and can sit on a retractable base that slides out from the keyboard.In November, Microsoft rolled out keyboard and mouse support for a handful of games including Fortnite, Warframe and Bomber Crew.The Turret mouse and keyboard have 16.8 million different color options. Razer worked alongside developers to support Xbox Dynamic Lighting and Razer Chroma in-game experiences on titles such as X-Morph-Defense and Vermintide 2 among others.The mouse sits on a retractable base that can slide under the keyboard for charging and storage. Razer A single dongle connects the Turret to the Xbox One via a 2.4 GHz connection. Razer claims the keyboard and mouse combo can last up to 40 hours on a single charge. And the Razer Turret can work with a Windows 10 PC, which is great if you split your time between an Xbox One and your computer.The Razer Turret costs $250 which converts to about £200 or AU$350. It’s available for preorder now on the Microsoft Store and each preorder comes with a $25 Xbox gift card.Check out Razer’s website for more information. $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Post a comment $299 at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the Rylo camera preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CES 2019 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 See it What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Boost Mobile $999 Sprint An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple iPhone XS The 28 best games on the Xbox One Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. 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Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioWhat Needs To Be Done To Respond To An Arctic Oil Spill? Steve Heimel, APRN – AnchorageToday the National Research Council released a report on what needs to be done in order to respond to oil spills in Arctic waters. Environmental groups were quick to counter that so much needs to be done, it would be better to not drill at all.Report Not Anticipating Near-Term Arctic Increase In Commercial ShippingLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCDespite reports of a boom in Arctic ship traffic, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office concludes commercial industries aren’t planning to boost shipping through the Bering Strait or elsewhere in the U.S. Arctic over the next decade.While some federal policymakers say now is the time to start building infrastructure to take advantage of shrinking sea ice, the GAO says deep-water ports, mapping and other infrastructure improvements will only go so far in attracting more ships.For the container ship companies, one problem is that Arctic routes would be seasonal, while that industry needs steady year-round schedules. And the cruise industry says mainstream cruise lines aren’t drawn to the Arctic because, according to the GAO report, the 10-day journey is too long, the scenery unvarying and interesting ports too scarce.U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a statement disagreeing with the main message in the report, saying she believes Arctic maritime activity is on the rise and the U.S. needs to think long-term.No End In Sight For Alaska LawmakersAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauIt’s day 93 of the 90-day legislative session, and there’s still not an end in sight. A deal has not yet been made on Gov. Sean Parnell’s education bill. The committee tasked with brokering a compromise has not met at all today, after a series of delays.All this has resulted in canceled plans, canceled plane tickets, and a lot of frustration in the Capitol. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez talked with people still working there to see how they feel about the hold-up.Legislature Passes Bill With Aid For State RefineriesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe legislature has passed a bill containing aid for in state oil refineries.The package, which includes state income tax credits and other provisions, was forwarded by Governor Sean Parnell as a means to ensure Alaska retains its refining industry as cheaper Lower 48 oil makes shipping fuel into the state an option.HB287 also includes a provision that would allow state oil lease holders, who sell crude to an Alaska refiner, to use the agreed to contract price for calculating state royalty payments, a change aimed at making selling oil to Alaska refiners more attractive. The incentives in HB287 would be in effect for five years, and could provide up to $20 million annually to an individual in-state refiner.In an announcement about the bill’s passage, Governor Parnell says healthy in state refineries support a strong military presence in Alaska and jobs. Critics of the bill characterize it as an industry bail out.YK Delta VPSOs Prepare For FirearmsDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelWhen Governor Sean Parnell signs House Bill 199, approved earlier this month by the Alaska Senate, Village Public Safety Officers can legally carry firearms. The Yukon Kuskokwim region has the largest number of VPSO’s in the state.Survey Finds Mat-Su Residents Want To Maintain Rural ProfileEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA survey sponsored by the Nature Conservancy indicates that Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents want to maintain a rural profile a quarter of a century from now. The Institute of Social and Economic Research collected the data used in the survey. The results were released last week.Fairbanks Hatchery Opening Doors To PublicDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Fairbanks will open its doors to the public during this weekend’s Outdoors Show. Public outreach and education are part of the $46 million state hatchery’s mission, and a visitor’s center is required by its borough land lease. The hatchery has been operating for more than 2 years but the visitor’s center hasn’t opened.Moviegoers Get Glimpse Of Katmai Grizzlies In Disney’s ‘Bears’Aaron Selbig, KBBI – HomerMoviegoers across the country got an up-close look at the wild Grizzly bears of Katmai National Park over the weekend. After a two-year shoot at Hallo Bay Bear Camp, Disney’s wilderness feature “Bears” opened Friday.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowVoters in one village were allowed to cast ballots in both primariesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe result of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for House District 40 remains in doubt. And now, there are also concerns over how voters in the Northwest Arctic village of Shungnak were able to cast ballots in both the Republican primary and in the primary for Democrats and others.Sitka brown bear mauling victim medevaced to Sitkoh BayRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaA helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevaced a woman from Sitkoh Bay Thursday afternoon, after she was mauled by a brown bear.\Department of Defense strives to provide better, smarter military healthcareZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Department of Defense is in the middle of a massive makeover in how it provides healthcare to soldiers and their families. The top official in charge of the new Defense Health Agency came to Alaska for her first visit. She spoke about how the military wants to provide care that’s not only better, but smarter.Is the Arctic ready for the Crystal Serenity?Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAs we speak, the luxury liner Crystal Serenity is leaving Unalaska, on the next leg of its trip from Seward to New York City through the Northwest Passage. It’s the largest cruise ship to navigate the route, which hugs the coasts of Alaska, Canada and Greenland. And it’s attracted international attention, with many wondering if it’s a sign of what’s to come as the Arctic sees increasingly ice-free summers.2 bank robbery suspects arrested at Anchorage airportAssociated PressTwo men suspected of robbing an Anchorage bank were arrested early Friday at the city’s main airport.Denali bus employs hybrid technologyDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksDenali National Park is testing 2 new hybrid buses. The vehicles are the final prototypes to be tested by the Park Service at Denali as part of a grant funded effort to reduce pollution.AK: Knowing the unknownHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamWhat’s less visible today than Orthodox crosses and golden cupolas are the Alaska Native belief systems that existed before European contact. KDLG’s Hannah Colton has this story about one Dena’ina man who came to embrace his traditional spirituality, and why he’s choosing now to speak up about it.49 Voices: Omega Smith of AnchorageAmmon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Omega Smith, who manages the UAA planetarium in Anchorage.
ReutersLife without ample water supply is going to be a reality for millions of people living in fastest-growing cities in South Asia and Africa, if the municipal authorities do not invest heavily in water infrastructure, according to a study conducted by World Resources Institute (WRI). Rapid urbanisation and lower investment in water infrastructure could cause a crisis situation in these cities.The study found that nearly half of the population in 15 major cities lacks access to public piped water systems, with access lowest in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. For these households without public piped water, water from other sources is either too expensive or too unsafe, the institute said in a paper titled ‘unaffordable and undrinkable: Rethinking urban water access in the global south.’By 2030,45 cities with populations of more than 3 million, each could experience high water stress. The fastest-growing cities in South Asia and Africa — which will add 1.5 billion residents by 2050 — have the widest gaps in water service.”In an increasingly water-constrained future, cities must take on a new role in managing water. They must ensure there is enough water, and that at it is affordable for all. Growing cities must prioritise water access before disaster hits,” the paper noted.Affordable WaterCities must make water affordable for low-income residents, the paper said, adding that decades of attempts to increase the private sector’s role and govern water as a private good have not improved access.Even access to a public tap does not guarantee safe and reliable water. About 1 billion people receive piped water fewer than 24 hours each day, some of whom have access to water only a few hours a week.Cities in Chile and Colombia have had success in improving access for low-income households by providing direct subsidies. In South Africa, cities provide a monthly allowance of water for free, a policy that stemmed from the national government’s declaration of water as a human right.In Lagos, Nigeria, 16 neighbouring households share a standpipe that has water three days a week—if their landlord makes monthly payments to the city. If not, service is cut off and households must wait in long queues for water from over-extracted boreholes or buy expensive bottled or sachet water. Neither option guarantees safe or affordable drinking water.Of the 15 cities analysed, households in 12 cities did not receive continuous water service. When public piped water is not available, residents are forced to pay several times more to get water from tanker-trucks or vendors. For instance, Mumbai residents pay more than 52 times the cost of public water for privately supplied water. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that households spend no more than 3-5 per cent of their monthly income on water and sanitation.Municipal corporations and water utilities need to commit themselves politically and financially to enhance water availability. “We need to fundamentally recognise that equitable access to safe, reliable and affordable water is a human right necessary for everyone to live, move and thrive,” added the report.
Khaleda Zia.File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to seven years in jail in a graft case, eight months after being imprisoned in another such case.The judge, who delivered the previous judgement, Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5, on Monday handed down the verdict in Zia Charitable Trust, convicting the former prime minister and three others.This time around, the judgement was delivered in absence of the leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda Zia, who is now undergoing treatment at a government facility.The special court conducted its activities in an abandoned jail house in Old Dhaka’s Nazimuddin Road. Before being taken to hospital, Khaleda was kept in another house there.The three other convicts in the case are Harris Chowdhury, political affairs secretary to the then prime minister Khaleda between 2001 and 2006; Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary to Harris; and Monirul Islam Khan, assistant private secretary to former Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.Ziaul and Monirul were, however, produced before the court while Harris Chowdhury had been absconding.The judge read out the verdict a couple of hours after the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court gave a go-ahead signal to deliver verdict in the case despite inability of Khaleda Zia to remain present.A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order rejecting a leave-to-appeal petition filed by Khaleda Zia seeking cancellation of the High Court order clearing the way for continuation of the trial proceedings in the case in her absence.Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last.On 8 August 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
Federico Parra /AFP/Getty ImagesFrom the photo archives: During a protest in Caracas this week, an opposition activist stands near graffiti against a constituent assembly proposed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to rewrite the constitution. A political and economic crisis has spawned often violent demonstrations by protesters demanding Maduro’s resignation.The Venezuela vote over a new constituent assembly Sunday sparked controversy as well as support.The rising tensions over President Nicolas Maduro’s call for a new constitution and resulting reactions from fellow nations can be seen via social media posts. [View the story “Social Media Reacts To Controversial Vote In Venezuela” on Storify] Share
Feb 7Community Development Day in AnnapolisJoin the Community Development Network of Maryland on February 7th, 10am-1:30pm, to tell our legislators to fund the Community Development Fund and pass CDN’s Legislative Agenda. The meetings will be held in rooms 170 and 180 Lowe House Office Building 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. To register contact Odette Ramos for Community Development Network of Maryland at 443-801-8137 or email@example.com .Feb 9Children’s Day at Lexington MarketFree activities for the kids including a magic show, crafts, storytelling and Martial Arts demonstration.Feb 13Tales from the Sweetheart Gang Book SigningCome to the book signing on Feb.13, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at NANCY by SNAC, 131 West North Ave., Baltimore, to meet and have conversations with the local authors of the Sweetheart Gang, group of lady friends who decided to write and share their stories and memories of their mothers. For more information on upcoming events or to purchase the book contact Dorothy Boulware firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.walkingworthynow.com .3rd Annual Galintine’s Day Women form the community are gathering to show love and appreciation for one another. You are invited to come and hang out with ladies from the community for joy, laughter and fun between 3:00pm and 10:00 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Colin’s Seafood & Grill, 3653 Offutt Road, Randallstown, Md. ‘Ladies celebrating Ladies’ is the theme for this annual event. Please dress in red attire.Feb. 16The History of the NAACP: The Baltimore ConnectionThe Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore are hosting ‘Mr. Civil Rights’ on Feb. 16 at noon. Enjoy a living history performance, film and talk about the NAACP and its leaders from the Jim Crow and Civil Rights era. See a living history performance of activist Juanita Jackson Mitchell, hear a lecture on the Baltimore branch by Professor Prudence Cumberbatch and conclude with a film screening of Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP. NAACP artifacts and panels covering 97 years of Maryland history will be on view. For more information visit, https://lewismuseum.org/.Baltimore Talent Showcase Lexington Market will host a showcase of local artists featuring live music and comedy performances.Feb. 17R&B Valentine’s RewindUrban Vibe Entertainment and the FLYWIRE are hosting a R&B concert on February 17th,7:30 p.m. at UMBC Event Center, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland. The concert will feature Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley & Dave Hollister, Dru Hill, Ginuwine, 702, Tony Toni Tone and K-CI OF Jodeci. Tickets are available at UMBC Event Center’s Box Office or Ticketmaster for tickets at the following linkhttps://www1.ticketmaster.com/rb-valentines-rewind-jam/event/1500557EDD1A4877?f_hybrid_map=true&ab=efeat6505v1#efeat6916February 22 – Girls Rockin’ Out featuring Bella Afrika Highlights include a performance by Girls Rockin’ Out featuring Bella Afrika creative movements at Lexington Market. Also performing are the Druid Hill Drummers and Guilford Elementary Middle School.February 23 – University of Maryland Pharmacy School Health Fair at the Market The APhA-ASP Charm of a Million Hearts Fair offers free screenings and demonstrations at Lexington Market.
Explore further More information: Qiancheng Zhao, et al. “Printable ink holograms.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4928046 © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Printable holograms could make holograms more widespread (2015, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-printable-holograms-widespread.html (a) A 2D ink-based holographic signature and (b) a 3D holographic coin, both recorded by single nanosecond-laser interference. Credit: Zhao, et al. ©2015 AIP Publishing Journal information: Applied Physics Letters 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. (Phys.org)—Holograms have a wide variety of applications, from 3D displays to data storage, but the potential applications are currently limited by the complexity and cost of hologram fabrication. In an attempt to simplify the hologram fabrication process, scientists have developed a way to print holograms using a relatively simple and inexpensive laser-printing technique. They hope that the new method will make hologram fabrication more accessible for small-scale and personal use, opening up new types of applications such as integration with smart phones. The researchers, led by Dr. Haider Butt at the University of Birmingham, have published a paper on the printable holograms in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.As the researchers explain in their paper, traditional holography fabrication requires specialized knowledge, expensive equipment, and time-consuming recording techniques. Recently, scientists have developed an alternative technique that uses a laser pulse that is split into two beams to create an interference pattern on a surface, producing the characteristic 3D holographic pattern. However, this approach has its own challenges, as it requires precise alignment of the two laser beams and suffers from low light intensity after beam splitting.In the new paper, the researchers have overcome these challenges by developing a single-pulse laser technique that can rapidly print 2D and 3D holograms in seconds on flat or curved surfaces and on a variety of materials. The nanosecond laser can print 1 cm2 of hologram area in just 5 nanoseconds. The researchers explain that the overall speed is not limited by the laser pulse, but by the need to reposition the surface in between lasing, which could potentially be done much faster using robotics.”The technique is slightly different from the conventional methods, which divide a single pulsed beam using beam splitters and then recombine them to produce holograms and nanopatterns,” Butt told Phys.org. “Here we use only a single beam, which is reflected normally from a mirror. The incident and reflected beams interfere, and this interference pattern is used for writing/printing holograms. The technique requires far fewer optical components, it is very simple, reliable, and can be used for ablating a myriad of materials and substrates.”The scientists demonstrated the new technique by printing a holographic 2D signature and a holographic 3D coin. They expect that the method could be especially useful for printing holograms on sensors and “smart” materials that change in response to various stimuli. Printable holograms could also be integrated into smart phones, where, as the researchers explain, they can be used to interpret colorimetric data in pictures. “The holograms printed with this method can be printed using dynamic materials, which are able to respond to any stimuli in their environments,” Butt said. “And they will change their color in response to any environmental changes. Using smart phone cameras and applications, such colorimetric changes can be read, interpreted, and communicated remotely.”Additional applications may include 3D artwork, smart windows, and bio-sensing, among others.”This work can lead to further applications, such as holographic data storage, optical sensors, and printable optical devices,” Butt said. “We and our collaborators are currently pursuing all these research paths and achieving good results.” Multicolor meta-hologram produces light across entire visible spectrum
Imagine you are attending a soirée at a local château. Now imagine that into the room walks a lion, only it is not a real lion; it is animatronic. Now imagine that it is the early 16th century. This would be surprising to anyone, but perhaps less so if you were in the company of a certain Leonardo da Vinci. Born in Italy as Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci in 1452, da Vinci’s name has become synonymous with invention, engineering, architecture, science, mathematics, astronomy, cartography, and, of course, art.The painter of the Mona Lisa, da Vinci is known to have created numerous other masterpieces throughout his 67 years, including The Virgin and Child with St. Anne in 1510, The Virgin on the Rocks in 1486, and The Last Supper in the 1490s.Leonardo Da Vinci statue, by Luigi Pampaloni, 1839Considered to be a “universal genius”, the scope of da Vinci’s interests were unprecedented. According to art historian Helen Gardner, whose 1926 book Art Through the Ages is still the standard text for American art history classes, da Vinci’s “mind and personality [were] superhuman, while the man himself mysterious and remote.”Although known primarily as a painter, da Vinci’s mind was equally scientific. His drawing of The Vitruvian Man is thought of as a cultural icon and has been reproduced a myriad of times on everything from tote bags and postcards to the Euro.Vitruvian ManDa Vinci dissected 30 cadavers in his lifetime by his own count, creating intricate and highly detailed drawings of both animal and human anatomy. While he never considered himself a medical professional and did not teach anatomy or publish his findings, his drawings have served as the basic principles of modern scientific illustration. But it was his ingenuity with regards to technology that really set him apart from his contemporaries.In his life, da Vinci conceptualized a wide variety of machines and mechanisms, many of which we take completely for granted today. In addition to a type of helicopter, da Vinci drew up plans for a winged flying machine, a double-hulled ship, solar power, an armoured fighting vehicle that resembles an early tank, an anemometer, which measures wind speed, parachutes, scuba gear, a car, a revolving bridge, and a robotic lion.Weapon design by Leonardo Da VinciIn 1517, about a year after he took up residence at Clos Lucé, da Vinci was commissioned to create an automaton for the king, François I. Da Vinci moved to Amboise in 1516 at the request of the king, to be a court painter, architect (he is believed to have contributed significantly to the design of François’ estate at Chambord) philosopher and engineer. Paid 700 gold crowns a year and given the château as his home, he was ordered to “think, work, and dream.”Da Vinci appears to have created three different animatronic lions in his lifetime. The first was in 1509, which was designed for the grand entry of Louis XII into Milan. While it could not walk, it could rear on its hind legs to present a lily – a symbol of France.Château du Clos Lucé. Photo by Nadègevillain CC BY-SA 3.0The second lion, created in 1515, could walk and move its head and was presented to François I when he visited Lyon. When the king tapped the lion with his sword, a compartment opened to reveal a lily.The king was so impressed by this that he invited da Vinci to his court. The artist agreed, arriving by mule and bringing with him many of his paintings, including one of a woman by the name of Lisa Gherardini – the Mona Lisa. It has remained in France ever since.Exhibitions of drawings by Leonardo in the garden. Photo by Als33120 CC BY-SA 4.0Da Vinci’s original lion has long since been lost to time, and no drawings or plans exist, despite the plethora of notebooks that da Vinci left behind. Carlo Pedretti, a da Vinci scholar, wrote: “The irony of the whole thing is that there is not a single hint in Leonardo’s manuscripts of this (which may be his) greatest technological invention… Imagine having a lion walk. This is top technology!”Related Video:However, in 2009, another mechanically-inclined individual named Renato Boaretto used a description of the third lion as inspiration and created his own version: “My big problem was to try to get inside Leonardo’s mind and to try to think as he might have thought, based on the technology which existed or that he envisaged in his sketches for other machines.”Old man with ivy wreath and lion’s head, by Leonardo da Vinci, c.1505Like da Vinci, Boaretto had been commissioned by another François — François Saint-Bris, president of the Château Clos Lucé and surrounding park. Saint-Bris had plans to turn the park into a cultural area, devoted to both da Vinci as well as his renaissance contemporaries such as Shakespeare and Machiavelli.But building the lion was not a simple task. According to Boaretto, “Leonardo’s big problem was to give such a heavy machine – 50 or 60 kilos – enough power in one motor in a limited space to walk forward and to move its head and tail.” All of this had to be done using technology that would have been contemporary to da Vinci.Clos Lucé Lion. Photo by Als33120 CC BY SA 4.0In order to solve this problem, Boaretto used a complex entanglement of pulleys, chains, wheels, gears, axels, and pendulums. The lion can be wound up using a crank, or key, and the handyman of the Clos Lucé is often called upon to turn the crank whenever visitors to the château want to see the lion move.Like the original, it can walk, shuffling forward about 10 steps, as well as move its tail, open its mouth, and rotate its head. And, true to the design of its predecessor, it also has a secret compartment for a fleur-de-lis.Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, by Francesco Melzi, red chalk on paper, c.1515-18In addition to the new lion, four original sketches by da Vinci were put on display at the Clos Lucé as part of the permanent exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and France. It was the first time the sketches, which were housed in the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, were returned to the place where they were created.Read another story from us: The Futuristic Weapon Designs of Leonardo Da VinciBoaretto’s lion, as well as numerous other replicas of da Vinci’s creations, can be seen today at the Château Clos Lucé, in Amboise, France. Da Vinci lived here for the last three years of his life and died in his bedroom in 1519. The chateau has been restored as a museum devoted to this true Renaissance man, his life and his incredible talents.Correction: In the original version of the article we misstated his year of birth of as 1542. The correct year is 1452. We made the correction on 4/8/2019.