25 days agoLiverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staffby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to add another member to his backroom staff.According to the London Evening Standard, Porto coach Vitor Matos is close to joining the Anfield club.The Portuguese will take on the responsibility of closing the gap between the academy and the first-team.It was the role previously held by Pep Lijnders before he was promoted following the departure of Zeljko Buvac.Matos previously worked alongside Lijnders at Porto.The 31-year-old enjoyed a two-year stint in China sandwiched in between spells at the Primeira Liga club. last_img

8 days agoMan Utd teenager Williams signs new contract

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Williams signs new contractby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have tied down Brandon Williams to a new contract.The promising teenager was impressive on debut in the Europa League draw with AZ Alkmaar last month.The new deal will keep him at United until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year.Speaking after the AZ result, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the young fullback.”You won’t see a better full debut from a full back anywhere,” the Red Devils coach said.”The boy is just going to improve and improve. He’s got the right mentality. I’m very pleased for him.” last_img

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a Rivals.com writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

Peter Döhle Sirius Start Crew Management JV in Manila

first_imgzoom German shipping company Peter Döhle Schiffahrts KG and Genoa-based Sirius Ship Management have joined forces to provide recruitment, training and career development to the Filipino seafarers in Manila.Peter Döhle Schiffahrts has already invested in an ETCC (European Training and Competence Centre) in the Philippines, which was established in Manila in 2011. Presently, the ETCC annually sees a number of more than 1,000 course-participants and around 2,000 Pre-Embarkation-Trainees.”This cooperation is very exciting, starting from the determination to manage the market and not be managed by it, to go over the present crisis period that the shipping sector is experiencing, like many others. It is not a secret that skilled and trained crew, grown up inside the Company with the sense of Company belonging are the real key of a successful management of the vessels,” said Roy Machart, General Manager of Peter Döhle Group.  This partnership will cover all activities related to the management, recruitment and training of several thousands of Filipino crew members who, together with seafarers from India, are the majority of the sailing community of the worldwide shipping industry.“The Philippines is one of the largest seafarers’ basins, if not the greatest in the world, so it can ensure, at least for certain types of vessels, an important synergy if matching with the training of Italian personnel, sharing on board the same problems with a common Company’s approach,” said Filippo Guadagna, CEO of Sirius Ship Management.last_img read more

JKs relation with India will end if terms and conditions of its

first_imgSrinagar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday that the relation of Jammu and Kashmir with India will end if the terms and conditions of the state’s accession to the Union were changed.”2020 will also be a deadline from Jammu and Kashmir to the nation. If you remove those terms and conditions on which Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India, our relation with the country will also end,” Mehbooba told reporters after filing her nomination papers from the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. The former chief minister was responding to BJP president Amit Shah’s assertion that Article 35A, which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir in terms of residency rights, will be repealed by 2020. On the Congress manifesto, Mehboba said it was word by word same as the Agenda of Alliance agreed upon between her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the BJP at the time of government formation in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015. “Congress manifesto is same as what Mufti Mohammad Sayeed kept in Agenda of Alliance with BJP…status quo on Article 370, revocation of AFSPA, holding dialogue and reducing army footprint from civilian areas. It is word by word the same thing,” she asserted.last_img read more

Debt burden and BRI

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping will have to hard sell BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) in the 2nd Forum, concluding today in Beijing. BRI envisages massive investment in infrastructure, encompassing marine, rail and road projects across 65 countries from Asian to Europe and Africa, that collectively account for 30 per cent of global GDP. BRI was expected to emerge as a fulcrum to the global economic and political landscape, under Chinese hegemony. However, fear of debt trap for smaller and weaker nations looms large. Further, in the light of the US-China trade war, BRI is losing the steam. Many of the debt-laden countries are scaling down their projects under BRI and some are feared for losing their political sovereignty. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe fallacy of the debt trap lies with China luring small and weaker nations with massive loans in the name of infrastructure development. And, when their debt is not paid, it captures their land and resources. It violates the global norms for a development loan, as it leaves little room for debt relief. Observers and analysts accused China of playing a game of bully with “debt diplomacy”. Certain projects become dormant despite the huge investment. According to the Washington Post, some projects with big investment make no economic sense. In Sri Lanka, Chinese loan was spent in the designated airport to handle a million passengers in a year. Now, it has been dubbed as one of the emptiest airports. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe harsh critic of BRI is Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Mohammad, who demanded re-negotiation of East Coast Rail Link project with Chinese financial support. The project was approved by the previous government. The present government reduced the scope and cost of the project by a third. His Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry accused over-pricing, which created a financial burden on the government. Joining the stream was Pakistan, who recently cancelled Rahim Yar Khan power project, which was part of BRI. It has cut the size of Belt and Road project by US$ 2 billion. The Railway Minister Rashid said that “Pakistan is a poor country that cannot afford huge debt burden” Sri Lanka has already sunk in the debt trap. Its Hambantota Port was taken over by China for a 99-year lease on account of Sri Lanka’s failure to repay the loan. Myanmar announced that it was wishing to scale down the Kyaukpyu Port project. In the Maldives, the ratio of debt to GDP sparked to 70 per cent, believed to be due to BRI. In August 2018, President of Maldives Abdul Yameen inaugurated Chinese–built bridge connecting two islands in the archipelago. One month later, Yameen was voted out and the new government began decoding the mountain of the debt burden. Yameen, a close friend of China, borrowed heavily from Beijing to build a new runway for the airport, housing development and hospitals and a long “China-Maldives- Friendship Bridge”. A study by the Centre for Global Development portrays eight nations vulnerable to Chinese debt trap under BRI. They are mostly African and Eurasia countries, and Pakistan. India is not a party to BRI. It suspected the project is a smokescreen, which China is using to siege strategic control on the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, it poses a big challenge to India to increase hobnobing with its neighbours and friends in Africa. The Chinese debt trap leads to loss of financial sovereignty of these countries. Debts are turning into equity and finally, ownership goes to China. This will weaken trade opportunities between India and its neighbours, some of ASEAN nations and African countries. The growing burden of debt will give more opportunities to China to dominate the terms for trade and investment with the debt-ridden countries. SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Area) and ASEAN are the cases in point. It will be a new turf for Chinese backdoor entry to India through Bangladesh and Nepal and some ASEAN members. The surge in debt burden will increase India’s vulnerability in the emerging trade block, say RCEP (Regional Cooperation for Economic Partnership). The countries which are currently suspected to fall prey to the debt trap are members of RCEP such as Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar. China is the biggest stakeholder in RCEP, which includes ASEAN 10 + 6 (China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and India). At present, India has a trade deficit with RCEP, which is mainly due to China. Given China’s predominance in RCEP, the major concern for India is the trade expansion with debt-laden countries, who are likely to lose trade sovereignty. It will provide a leeway to China for its backdoor entry into India. Apart from trade vulnerability, the debt trap will escalate security concerns. The growing debt burden, which will rip the political sovereignty of India’s neighbours, is feared to escalate security concerns. The acquisition of Hambantota Port in Sri Lank by China is a case in point, where security vulnerability will rise with Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean. The port is likely to be used for China’s military base, as is suspected. Given the deceleration of BRI rhetoric in the wake of rising debt burden for smaller and weaker nations and the trade war between US and China, which hardly foresees cease-fire in the near term, it is imperative for China to reinvent the project. In light of this, India needs a constant watch and dialogue with debt-laden countries from the perspectives of trade expansion and deepening political relations with these countries. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Jet staff knock on Aviation Ministrys doors

first_imgNew Delhi: Faced with the prospect of job loss, the employees of grounded Jet Airways knocked on the doors of government for helping to save the airline. The airline staff from across various departments took out a march on Tuesday in front of Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan that houses the Civil Aviation Ministry. The employees hope government will take note of their situation and act to protect jobs. Facing severe liquidity crisis, Jet Airways suspended all its operations on April 17 leaving its almost 22,000 employees in the lurch. With the financial health of the airline worsening since then and the SBI-led lenders yet to rope in a buyer, the carrier has seen mass exodus of employees especially engineers and pilots. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad A Jet insider now estimates that the staff strength of the airline could have come down by half in over one month. “Now that elections are over we hope that government would take necessary steps to revive Jet Airways. We will try to meet Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola and understand what government could do to protect our jobs,” said a protesting employee working with the airline’s engineering department. Another personnel said that the SBI-led lenders should expedite the stake sale process as there has already been significant delays. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi While lenders are vetting various investment proposals, most of the top airline executives including its CEO, CFO and Company Secretary have resigned from their respective positions citing personal reasons. Close on the heels of resignation by the airline’s whole-time director Gaurang Shetty, Etihad nominee on the board Robin Kamark also resigned on May 16. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which holds 24 per cent stake in the crisis-hit Jet Airways, is currently the only solicited bidder for a stake in the airline. But experts have found its bid unattractive for the lenders given multiple riders attached to it. Besides offering to invest just Rs 1,700 crore against the requirement of Rs 15,000 crore to revive the crisis-hit airline, Etihad has in its proposal put the onus of finding majority buyer on lenders. The Gulf carrier also wants exemption from giving open offer in case its stake goes beyond 26 per cent.last_img read more

Football JT Barrett named finalist for Davey OBrien Award

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks to throw a pass in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett was named a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award Monday.Barrett joins Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph as the three finalists for the award, given out annually to the nation’s top quarterback.Barrett, who was named one of 18 semifinalists on Nov. 7, has thrown for 2,698 yards and 32 touchdowns, the fifth-most in the country. He has rushed for eight more touchdowns and 605 yards.Troy Smith won the Davey O’Brien Award in 2006, the only Buckeye to do so.Mayfield, whose Sooners are No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, has thrown for 3,816 yards and 34 scores. His completion percentage of 70.8 is No. 1 in the nation.Rudolph has the most passing yards in the country, with 4,115. He has also tossed 33 touchdowns.The winner will be announced Dec. 7 at the College Football Awards. read more

Unai Emery names Laurent Koscielny Arsenals main captain plus four Vice

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery has named one of his defenders Laurent Koscielny as his main captain, with Mesut Ozil listed as one of four vice-captains.Koscielny who is currently out with an ankle injury had captained Arsenal in place of Per Mertesacker last season. Mertesacker, on the other hand, retired from playing at the end of the campaign to take up the role of Arsenal’s academy manager.Following Arsenal’s Premier League defeat at home to Manchester City on Sunday, Emery has also named four vice-captains who will assist Laurent the main captain;Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.On the appointments, Emery said as quoted by Sky Sports:“The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment. After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, and Granit Xhaka.“I want leaders in the team – every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have the possibility to be captain.”last_img read more

Rooney I want to become a coach next

first_imgWayne Rooney revealed that he’s already begun work on earning his coaching badges as he enters the final stage of his playing careerThe 33-year-old striker will make an unexpected England farewell appearance against the United States tonight at Wembley.Despite rumours linking him with a short-term loan move back to the Premier League, Rooney will then return to Washington – where he intends to see out the remainder of his career.While his form for DC United suggests that his playing days are far from over, even Rooney knows that time is not on his side.However, the Manchester United legend plans on remaining involved with football by returning to England as a coach.“It is something I am passionate about and I want to do,” Rooney told the United website.“Obviously, I need to complete my badges, which I am doing over in the States.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Hopefully, by the time I come back to England, I will have them completed and be in a position to accept or reject any offers I get.”While coaching is his preference, Rooney wouldn’t rule out working as a TV pundit in the future.Fellow United legends Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have all taken up regular punditry roles.“I would prefer to give coaching or management a go,” said Rooney.“If it doesn’t work out then I am sure there would be opportunities to do TV and whatever feels right for you.”Rooney is contracted at DC until 2021 after joining the MLS club in June.The friendly at Wembley between England and the US will begin tonight at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Frustrated Wagner reflects on Bournemouth defeat

first_imgHuddersfield manager David Wagner has slammed his side’s performance for “giving away presents” in the pitch after their 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.Christmas came early for Bournemouth as Huddersfield Town visited bearing presents, according to Wagner.Poor defending were the presents they gave to Bournemouth as Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser scored to give Eddie Howe’s side a 2-0 lead, but the visitors managed to pull a goal back thanks to Terence Kongolo.“This is very frustrating,” Wagner told Sky Sports.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“It is very disappointing. To make it totally clear I don’t think we deserved anything out of this game because you need your defence and offence to work.“It was Christmas for Bournemouth because we gave away presents at both ends of the pitch, even if performance-wise it was another top-class away performance.“We controlled big parts and we dominated them. We had enough opportunities to score at least two.We needed to score three or four today but we didn’t take them and that is why we have no rewards in terms of points.”last_img read more

WESTERN UNION Reopening

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#gracekennedymoneyservices, #westerunion Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 6, 2016 – GraceKennedy Money Services, home of Western Union wishes to advise, that our agent locations and offices will reopen for business at the regular time today, Wednesday, October 6, 2016.The management and staff of GraceKennedy Money Services joins the rest of the Turks and Caicos Islands in being grateful and giving thatnks that we were spared the full force of Hurricane Matthew.Grace Kennedy Money Services – The home of Western Unionlast_img

DOD to Set Up Sexual Assault Task Force at McSallys Request

first_imgActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is establishing a task force to help “eliminate sexual assault and sexual harassment in the United States military,” according to The Hill.The task force was requested this week by Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a former Air Force squadron commander who recently announced she had been sexually assaulted in the service.“I strongly believe we cannot take responsibility away from commanders due to the unique role commanders play in culture, readiness, good order and discipline, and mission,” McSally wrote in a letter to Shanahan. “However, we cannot accept the status quo.”McSally asked to meet with the task force next week in hopes of having recommendations to include in the fiscal year 2020 defense bill. ADC AUTHORlast_img

International StreamRipping Site Shut Down

first_img Facebook Stream-Ripping Site Shut Down international-stream-ripping-site-shut-down International Stream-Ripping Site Shut Down NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Neil Portnow 59th GRAMMY Speech: Music Binds Us Together Email Operating from Germany, the top infringing site had traffic estimated at 60 million visitors per month and “generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue per month, often from major brands.”Unfortunately, stream ripping has become massive and it’s growing. An Ipsos survey for IFPI found that 53 percent of all 16–24 year-olds use stream-ripping sites or rip streams themselves.Chance The Rapper has been the outstanding example of an artist quickly catapulted by streaming to international stardom, GRAMMY wins and philanthropy. While millions of infringing copies of his work online did not stop his rise, protecting creators’ streaming revenues will be increasingly vital in music’s online ecosystem.”Most fans understand that getting music from a genuine site supports the artists they love and allows labels to nurture the next generation of talent,” said BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor. “Music stands on the cusp of an exciting future in the streaming age, but only if we take resolute action against illegal businesses that try to siphon away its value.”Spotify Captures Half Of British Teens’ Streaming Hours International action by leading music rights organizations takes notorious infringing website Youtube-mp3.org off the internetPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 7, 2017 – 5:14 pm Britain’s British Phonographic Industry, America’s RIAA and international music organization IFPI announced on Sept. 7 that legal action on two continents has resulted in an agreement with top stream-ripping site Youtube-mp3.org that has shut it down permanently. Twitter News last_img read more

Towns Current Bidding and Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsEmployee Uniform Rental Service — Deadline: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:00amInvitations To BidDPW – Screener Rental — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Guardrail Installation — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Pavement Markings — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Roadway Management Services — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Bituminous Products — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Crack Sealing — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Tree Planting Services — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Fire Hydrants — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Valve Boxes & Curbstop Boxes — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Gate Valves — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Miscellaneous Water Supplies — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Ductile Iron Pipe — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Laboratory Services — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Generator Maintenance Contract — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Instrumentation Maintenance/Calibration — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Posts 15 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town Posts 16 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”last_img read more

A fair for the frenzied

first_imgThough his real name is Siddiq Miah, he is quite all right with the local people calling him ‘Siddiq Pagol’ (mad Siddiq).This 60-year-old farmer has been organising a ‘pagol mela’ (mad people’s fair) in his village Kalagaon in Uttar Sreepur union of Tahirpur, Sunamganj district.Previously the fair was held indoors and included a feast and music. This year it was outdoors and on a much grander scale. The fair even had open-air stalls.This Pagoler Mela was held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the the Kalagaon Government Primary School grounds. The local government officials and the common people joined the ‘mad’ people in the fun.Siddiq said as no one pays heed to the welfare of the mad, and so he arranges this fair and invites everyone from the area. He arranges meals for the two days and the locals also help a lot, he said.As a devotee of Maizbhandari, Siddiq said, “This Pagol Mela is both an urs (a religious congregation) and a fair. We sing and chant prayers (zikr) as if in a frenzy throughout the night. No one bothers about the mad people. Since I am one, I think about the others.”Charagaon dweller Tajul said, “I am a disciple of Baba Bhandari and so is Siddiq Pagol. How can a crazed one not respond to this call?”A local, Ali Hossain, said, “There were some stalls this year with more people. There was music throughout Tuesday night and the observation was dedicated to Maizbhandari.”last_img read more

24 arrested as Sri Lanka attack toll hits 290

first_imgA relative of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church, reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersThe death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically Monday to 290 — including dozens of foreigners — as police announced new arrests over the country’s worst attacks for more than a decade.More than 500 people were injured in the Easter Sunday assault that saw suicide bombers hit three high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists and three churches, unleashing carnage in Colombo and beyond.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said Monday 24 people had been arrested. The government is wary of stirring ethnic tensions, and the country remained on edge as a home-made bomb was defused at Colombo airport late Sunday and massive security deployed.A nationwide curfew imposed shortly after the blasts was lifted early Monday, but the government has ordered a two-day holiday and schools and the Colombo stock exchange were closed. Still, a steady stream of people and vehicles were seen on the streets of the capital and Negombo.The attacks were the worst ever carried out against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven per cent of the 21 million population.At least 37 foreigners were among the dead, the foreign ministry said.The government said three Indians, three Britons, two from Turkey and one Portuguese had died, as well as two people holding both British and US passports.”Additionally, while nine foreign nationals are reported missing, there are 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners,” the foreign ministry said.Japan’s foreign ministry said one of its nationals was among the dead.- ‘Bodies everywhere’ -The churches targeted included St Sebastian’s in Negombo, north of the capital, which was surrounded by security forces on Monday.Dozens of people were killed at the church, including friends of 16-year-old Primasha Fernando, who was at her home nearby when the suicide bomber struck.”When I got to the church there were people crying and screaming,” she told AFP.”I saw bodies everywhere,” she added in tears. “I saw parents carrying their dead babies. I saw dead people who had hair but didn’t have faces anymore.””Hands and legs were separate from bodies. There was blood everywhere too. The smell was so strong it made me feel sick.”The church’s roof was largely blown out and pews splintered. The floor was strewn with roof tiles and shards of glass.Outside, 24-year-old Denver Malewama and his mother Sunita handed out tea to security personnel.”We want to say thank you because they protect us,” he said.- Government warned -Some Sri Lankans asked how the attacks could have happened after it emerged that the government had been warned about possible blasts.Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers on 11 April, warning that suicide bombers from a group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) planned to hit “prominent churches”.The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said an investigation would look into “why adequate precautions were not taken”.The government said investigators would look into whether the attackers had “overseas links”.Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.Dilip Fernando, who could not get into St Sebastian’s because the church was already packed when he arrived, said the Christian community would not be intimidated.”We are not afraid. We won’t let the terrorists win, no way,” the 66-year-old told AFP outside the devastated building.- Memories of civil war -For many, the blasts brought back painful memories of Sri Lanka’s civil war, when bomb attacks were a frequent occurrence.”The string of blasts brings back memories of the time when we were afraid to go in buses or trains because of parcel bombs,” said Malathi Wickrama, a street sweeper in Colombo.In total, three churches in Colombo, Negombo and the east-coast town of Batticaloa were attacked, along with three luxury hotels in the capital.A manager at the Cinnamon Grand, near the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo, said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.”He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” the manager said.Two further blasts happened as police staged raids looking for suspects. At least three police officers were killed in one raid.The attacks drew global condemnation, including from US President Donald Trump and the pope.Wickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all”.The archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, described the attackers as “animals” and called on authorities to “punish them mercilessly”.Embassies in Colombo warned foreign nationals to stay inside, while there were chaotic scenes at Colombo airport as travellers formed huge lines at the only taxi counter that was open.last_img

Scientists show how to erase information without using energy

first_img In the study, physicists Joan Vaccaro from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, and Stephen Barnett from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, have quantitatively described how information can be erased without any energy, and they also explain why the result is not as contentious as it first appears. Their paper is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.Traditionally, the process of erasing information requires a cost that is calculated in terms of energy – more specifically, heat dissipation. In 1961, Rolf Landauer argued that there was a minimum amount of energy required to erase one bit of information, i.e. to put a bit in the logical zero state. The energy required is positively related to the temperature of the system’s thermal reservoir, and can be thought of as the system’s thermodynamic entropy. As such, this entropy is considered to be a fundamental cost of erasing a bit of information.However, Vaccaro and Barnett have shown that an energy cost can be fully avoided by using a reservoir based on something other than energy, such as spin angular momentum. Subatomic particles have spin angular momentum, a quantity that, like energy, must be conserved. Basically, instead of heat being exchanged between a qubit and thermal reservoir, discrete quanta of angular momentum are exchanged between a qubit and spin reservoir. The scientists described how repeated logic operations between the qubit’s spin and a secondary spin in the zero state eventually result in both spins reaching the logical zero state. Most importantly, the scientists showed that the cost of erasing the qubit’s memory is given in terms of the quantity defining the logic states, which in this case is spin angular momentum and not energy.The scientists explained that experimentally realizing this scheme would be very difficult. Nevertheless, their results show that physical laws do not forbid information erasure with a zero energy cost, which is contrary to previous studies. The researchers noted that, in practice, it will be especially difficult to ensure the system’s energy degeneracy (that different spin states of the qubit and reservoir have the exact same energy level). But even if imperfect conditions cause some energy loss, there is no fundamental reason to assume that the cost will be as large as that predicted by Landauer’s formula. Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Joan A. Vaccaro and Stephen M. Barnett. “Information erasure without an energy cost.” Proceedings of the Royal Society A. DOI:10.1098/rspa.2010.0577 The possibility of erasing information without using energy has implications for a variety of areas. One example is the paradox of Maxwell’s demon, which appears to offer a way of violating the second law of thermodynamics. By opening and closing a door to separate hot and cold molecules, the demon supposedly extracts work from the reservoir, converting all heat into useful mechanical energy. Bennett’s resolution of the paradox in 1982 argues that the demon’s memory has to be erased to complete the cycle, and the cost of erasure is at least as much as the liberated energy. However, Vaccaro and Barnett’s results suggest that the demon’s memory can be erased at no energy cost by using a different kind of reservoir, where the cost would be in terms of spin angular momentum. In this scheme, the demon can extract all the energy from a heat reservoir as useful energy at a cost of another resource.As the scientists explained, this result doesn’t contradict historical statements of the second law of thermodynamics, which are exclusively within the context of heat and thermal reservoirs and do not allow for a broader class of reservoirs. Moreover, even though the example with Maxwell’s demon suggests that mechanical work can be extracted at zero energy cost, this extraction is associated with an increase in the information-theoretic entropy of the overall system.“The maximization of entropy subject to a constraint need apply not only to heat reservoirs and the conservation of energy,” Vaccaro explained to PhysOrg.com.The results could also apply to hypothetical Carnot heat engines, which operate at maximum efficiency. If these engines use angular momentum reservoirs instead of thermal reservoirs, they could generate angular momentum effort instead of mechanical work. As for demonstrating the concept of erasing information at zero energy cost, the scientists said that it would take more research and time.“We are currently looking at an idea to perform information erasure in atomic and optical systems, but it needs much more development to see if it would actually work in practice,” Vaccaro said.She added that the result is of fundamental significance, and it’s not likely to have practical applications for memory devices.“We don’t see this as having a direct impact in terms of practical applications, because the current energy cost of information erasure is nowhere near Landauer’s theoretical bound,” she said. “It’s more a case of what it says about fundamental concepts. For example, Landauer said that information is physical because it takes energy to erase it. We are saying that the reason it is physical has a broader context than that.” 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.center_img Citation: Scientists show how to erase information without using energy (2011, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-scientists-erase-energy.html Could Maxwell’s Demon Exist in Nanoscale Systems? Maxwell’s demon can extract work from a single heat reservoir at a cost of spin angular momentum. In step (a), the demon has no memory and the gas in the heat reservoir is in thermal equilibrium. In step (b), the demon divides the reservoir in two, trapping the fastest moving molecules on the right side, and uses a heat engine operating between the two partitions to extract work. In step (c), the demon’s memory is erased using a spin reservoir and the two partitions are allowed to return to equilibrium. Image credit: Joan A. Vaccaro, et al. Fig. 1. ©2011 Royal Society. (PhysOrg.com) — Until now, scientists have thought that the process of erasing information requires energy. But a new study shows that, theoretically, information can be erased without using any energy at all. Instead, the cost of erasure can be paid in terms of another conserved quantity, such as spin angular momentum.last_img read more

Supraballs offer a new way to color materials

first_img Play A video shows supraball painted flowers do not change color when the sample is rotated at different angles. Credit: Xiao et al., Sci. Adv. 2017;3: e1701151 Prior research has shown that there are two basic ways to produce color in a material. One is to use materials that have molecules capable of absorbing light, the other is to use materials that cause light to scatter in desired ways using nanostructures. Material scientists have found that using structures to create color has many advantages over those that require absorption, but making them that way has proven to be challenging. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have developed a technique that overcomes those challenges, allowing for the production of colored materials in a way that is fast, simple and scalable.The new technique was inspired by duck and turkey feathers. The team created tiny balls of melanin and then coated them with silica to create structures similar to those found in the bird feathers. Prior research has shown that the spacing between balls of melanin produces different colors. The clear silica coating serves that purpose by forcing the balls farther apart or closer together. The distance is determined by the thickness of the coating—a thick one forces the balls farther apart, while the opposite brings them closer together. Interestingly, observed under a microscope, they are all black. It is only when they are seen from a normal distance that the color emerges. The team notes that changing the size of the balls has no impact on the color produced.The team calls the result of their effort “supraballs.” After creating them and seeing how they worked, they studied them further to understand what was happening. They found that the cores were highly refractive while the shells had a low refractive index, which served to increase reflectance, resulting in colors that were brighter. They note that supraballs could be added directly to paint or plastic base materials to create desired colors and suggest they might also be useful for inks and cosmetic products. Citation: Supraballs offer a new way to color materials (2017, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-supraballs-materials.html Play Journal information: Science Advances A way to laser print colors that will not fade using tiny columns Each column represents supraballs made of different sizes of core-shell synthetic melanin nanoparticles. (A) Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of whole supraball morphologies. (B) High resolution SEM images of top surfaces of supraballs. (C) Cross-sectional transmission electron microscope images of the inner structure of supraballs. Scale bars, (A) 2 micrometers, (B) 500 nanometers and (C) 500 nanometers. Credit: Xiao et al., Sci. Adv. 2017;3: e1701151 An international team of researchers has created a new way to color manufactured materials. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes how they created the new coloring technique and why they believe it provides benefits over conventional methods. More information: Ming Xiao et al. Bioinspired bright noniridescent photonic melanin supraballs, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701151AbstractStructural colors enable the creation of a spectrum of nonfading colors without pigments, potentially replacing toxic metal oxides and conjugated organic pigments. However, significant challenges remain to achieve the contrast needed for a complete gamut of colors and a scalable process for industrial application. We demonstrate a feasible solution for producing structural colors inspired by bird feathers. We have designed core-shell nanoparticles using high–refractive index (RI) (~1.74) melanin cores and low-RI (~1.45) silica shells. The design of these nanoparticles was guided by finite-difference time-domain simulations. These nanoparticles were self-assembled using a one-pot reverse emulsion process, which resulted in bright and noniridescent supraballs. With the combination of only two ingredients, synthetic melanin and silica, we can generate a full spectrum of colors. These supraballs could be directly added to paints, plastics, and coatings and also used as ultraviolet-resistant inks or cosmetics. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further 2017 Phys.org A photo of a rainbow-like flowers, painted with supraball inks made of five different sizes of core-shell synthetic melanin nanoparticles. Credit: Ming Xiao, University of Akron PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mexicos pristine haven Isla Holbox new with Sunwing

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Tags: Mexico, New Routes, Sunwing Friday, March 24, 2017 center_img Mexico’s pristine haven Isla Holbox new with Sunwing TORONTO — Sunwing has added Isla Holbox to its roster of vacation hotspots in Mexico.Part of the Yum Balam Natural Reserve, and pronounced ‘ole-bosh’, Isla Holbox offers a pristine tropical haven away from the throng of more well-travelled tourist hotspots, says Sunwing.With sandy-white beaches and a diverse and protected ecosystem, Isla Holbox is a popular island destination for bird watchers, snorkellers and beach lovers, notes the tour operator.Along with a variety of land and water sports excursions available, travellers in the summer months can also opt to join a snorkeling or boat tour to view the annual migration of the whale sharks that takes place close to the island between June and September.Sunwing has two properties on Isla Holbox and both offer complimentary kayaks and bikes as well as windsurfing, kite surfing and fishing for an additional fee.The family-friendly and newly-built Villas HM Palapas Del Mar is a small, oceanfront hotel where guests can watch the sun set from an infinity pool overlooking the white, sandy beach. There’s also Villas HM Paraiso Del Mar. The tour operator is also offering twin centre packages where guests can enjoy a combined stay of four nights on the peaceful Isla Holbox, and three nights in Riviera Maya at Reef Coco Beach or the HM Playa del Carmen.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureSunwing is offering seven and 14 night packages to Isla Holbox (including twin centre options with Playa del Carmen) from seven gateways this coming season including:  Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Edmonton, Ottawa, and St John’s. All Isla Holbox vacations include onward land and ferry transfers from Cancun.Until Sept. 6 Sunwing has regular Wednesday flights from Toronto to Cancun. Regular Monday flights run from Quebec City or Bagotville to Cancun until April 24. Clients looking to take advantage of the twin centre options will enjoy regular Monday flights from Toronto, Quebec and Montreal to Cancun until October. Posted bylast_img read more