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US$950 Million for BPO and Tourism Projects

first_img The Government has programmed capital expenditure of approximately US$950 million on business process outsourcing (BPO) and tourism projects, through Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), for the 2018/19 fiscal year. Story Highlights Mr. Shaw said US$850 million is earmarked for tourism, for which current investments will add another 2,100 hotel rooms and generate nearly 8,000 additional jobs. This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, while delivering the opening 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 1). The Government has programmed capital expenditure of approximately US$950 million on business process outsourcing (BPO) and tourism projects, through Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), for the 2018/19 fiscal year.This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, while delivering the opening 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 1).Mr. Shaw said US$850 million is earmarked for tourism, for which current investments will add another 2,100 hotel rooms and generate nearly 8,000 additional jobs.He advised that US$100 million is programmed for the BPO sector, which will see the creation of 6,000 more jobs.Mr. Shaw said preliminary figures indicate that JAMPRO achieved capital investment of US$604 million during 2017/18, resulting in the creation of 13,274 new jobs for the period.Meanwhile, the Minister advised the House that JAMPRO’s office in New York is being reopened.Mr. Shaw, who will formally reopen the office on May 14, indicated that he will also use the opportunity to meet with several key investors.He further advised that the Jamaica Investment Forum will again be hosted in Montego Bay in June.last_img read more

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GulfNav Orders Six Chemical Tankers from Wuchang

first_imgzoom Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GulfNav) has placed an order for six chemical tankers at China’s Wuchang Group as part of the company’s strategic long-term partnership with the shipbuilder.GulfNav said that the move aims to meet the increasing demand for transferring chemicals from the UAE and other Gulf countries to global markets.The cooperation “is a significant step that will enable us to strengthen the company’s capabilities by expanding our fleet with modern and advanced tankers. This will enhance our competitiveness in the transfer of chemicals; a market that is steadily expanding and is witnessing increasing demand,” Khamis Juma Buamim, Board Member, MD and Group CEO, said.The agreement includes working to develop the transfer of chemicals from the Gulf countries, encouraging investment in the field of chemical industry and distribution in the Gulf region, and developing investment in the heavy marine industry infrastructure, according to GulfNav.Earlier this week the company revealed its plans to enter into shipbuilding contracts with China Shipbuilding & Offshore International and Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group through its subsidiary GNH Maritime Ship Management & Operations LLC.The move comes on the back of GulfNav’s plans to add new tonnage to its fleet of product and chemical tankers and reinforce its shipping services business.last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon Named As Chief By TsunamiHit Village In Samoa

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of ‘Tupua’ or ‘chief’ in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago.Tsunami-hit community honours Ban with chief title Credit/Copyright: UN Photo/E. SchneiderWearing traditional ‘siapo lavalava’ around his waist and a beaded ‘palefuiono’ with feathers on his head, the Secretary-General sat across from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi in a roofed social centre in Siupapa, a sub-village of Saleapaga.“It has been agreed by consensus that you be confirmed with the title of Tupua,” the Prime Minister said following a traditional ’ava drinking ceremony.Surrounded by more than a dozen chiefs from local families, as well as the Speaker of the Parliament, Afioga Hon Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, and other senior officials, the Prime Minister said the Secretary-General will be addressed as “Your Excellency Prince Tupua Ban Ki-moon of Siupapa Saleapaga.” An elderly woman in the village confirmed that the holding of such an already rare ceremony has never before occurred in the village on a Sunday.Taking a polished coconut with the ‘ava drink, Mr. Ban toasted the village and pledged the UN’s support to working with the local communities: “I know your country is facing a lot of difficulties. First of all by climate change, rising sea tides. That’s why I am here to show my strong solidarity and unity with the people of Samoa and many other small island States.”Seated nearby were Mr. Ban’s own chiefs, of sort, including his Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mary Robinson, and Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Also joining him was Wu Hongbo, who serves as Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which is due to begin tomorrow in the capital, Apia.Among the topics that will be discussed at the summit over the next four days are adapting to and mitigating climate change, building resilience, and sustainable management of oceans.These are important topics for the communities in Saleapaga, which on 29 September 2009 braced an 8.1 magnitude earthquake that caused sea levels to rise up to 46 feet, according to official measures.Lafi Lesa was working in Apia when she heard the news and drove back that morning. There were at least 189 people killed that day, including five from her family.“It was devastating,” she told the UN News Centre. “Sometimes we go back during the day, but not at night, because it might happen again.”After the tsunami, the community moved to its farmland, a 50-minute walk uphill. Instead of fishing, they grow bananas and taro, and raise cattle.The Government has since installed sirens to warn of a potential disaster, and people are educated in how to evacuate quickly. People still go to the beach to enjoy the sun, but the cement foundations of many houses remain desolate under coconut trees, some which are still broken years later.“People want to go back because there was easy access to roads and to operate their small businesses. Up here, because it’s more or less farmland, it is hard for them, and they can hardly adapt to changes,” said Ms. Lesa.Despite having a 25-year-old daughter who works in a bank in the capital, Ms. Lesa decided to remain on the coast after the tsunami. She has a small shop and also represents her family in the village council.With only one road to the village, however, and few opportunities for education and alternative livelihoods, she worries about the future of her community. Ms. Lesa said that she was overwhelmed by the number of delegates participating in the conference, and she hopes that their decisions this week will lead to real action.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

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CSK will look to maintain pole position KXIP to play for pride

first_imgMohali: Already assured of a playoff berth, table toppers Chennai Super Kings will aim to maintain their pole position with a victory over a struggling Kings XI Punjab in their last IPL group league encounter here Sunday. After a defeat against Mumbai Indians in an earlier match, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK bounced back with a massive 80-run win over Delhi Capitals in their last game, to once again capture the No.1 spot. Heavy loss against Mumbai Indians saw their net run-rate falling and now with just a game left in the league stage, the defending champions need a win to maintain their dominance and cement their position at the top. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuWith 18 points from 13 games, a win will give them 20 points, which is unlikely to be achieved by any other team. In their previous match against Delhi Capitals, skipper Dhoni and Suresh Raina guided the team to a challenging 179/4 and then restricted the opponent to just 99. Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja shared seven scalps between them as they wrecked havoc. Dhoni, Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis will look to score big runs in Mohali, while Tahir and Harbhajan will aim to flummox the Kings XI batsmen with their spin magic. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn contrast, Kings XI Punjab, who are already out of the play-offs race, would be playing only for pride. With 10 points from 13 games, they are at seventh spot, a rung above bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore. Inconsistent KXIP’s hopes of making it to the playoffs were dashed in a seven-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match here. Not being in the reckoning for playoffs will be a disappointment for the home crowd in Sunday’s match but they will hope that KXIP finish on a high. In the previous game against KKR, despite posting a challenging 183/6, visitors’ openers Shubman Gill (65 not out) and Chris Lynn (46) took the match away from the KXIP. After the match, KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that powerplay has been one of his team’s “massive problems”.last_img read more

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Huge Fire Breaks out at Food Warehouse in Casablanca

Rabat – Four people, including a member of Civil Protection, were slightly injured in fire that broke out in a health and food products warehouse on Friday morning in Ain Sebaa, Casablanca.The violent fire broke out around 8:45 am in a warehouse located near the prison Oukacha, causing significant property damage but no deaths.The injured were immediately evacuated to the hospital to receive medical care. Firefighters, who were dispatched immediately to the scene of the accident, managed to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to neighboring buildings.While the origin of the fire has yet to be identified,  authorities have initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances and the causes of the incident. read more

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Aeroplan operator Aimia Inc expects to lay off more than 200 employees

MONTREAL — The company that runs Aeroplan in Canada and other customer loyalty programs around the world says its third-quarter results were weaker than anticipated and it’s planning a second round of cost-cutting measures.Montreal-based Aimia Inc. says it expects more than 200 people will exit the business by the end of 2015 and suggested more jobs may be on the line next year.The company says it has already booked $3 million in severance expenses related to a $20-million cost-cutting plan announced in August and expects that number to reach between $10 million and $15 million by the end of December.Aimia also says weak economic conditions in Canada and Europe during the summer quarter have spurred the company to seek a further $20 million in annualized costs savings by the end of 2016.Aeroplan operator Aimia sees a bright 2015 despite recent stock declineAeroplan operator Aimia Inc takes a hit from slowing Canadian economy, restructures to cut costs“Further to these actions and to accelerate the reallocation of capital to higher margin parts of the business, Aimia has also engaged advisors to consider and evaluate potential disposals of non-core assets,” Aimia said in its third-quarter report.The company says it has been hit by a number of factors, including lower billings from Aeroplan — which manages points that can be exchanged for Air Canada tickets and upgrades as well as other goods and services.It says Aeroplan billings were weaker than expected due to more constrained spending on credit cards issued by its banking partners. It also found the Sainsbury’s grocery business in the United Kingdom issued fewer Nectar points than expected because of lower food prices and a change in strategy.Aeroplan is also coping with a change in the way the credit card industry operates behind the scenes, a process that has resulted in less marketing by partners due to negotiations about interchange rates.“We knew that 2015 would be challenging, due to, most significantly, the effects of interchange rate negotiations and the slowing economy,” Aeroplan chief executive Rupert Duchesne said in a statement.“As the impact of some of those issues became clearer, we took decisive action and have identified $40 million of annualized cost savings to be delivered over the next two years, to counter the economic uncertainty we are experiencing.”In the third quarter, Aimia’s gross billings wee down 8.4 per cent from a year ago, falling to $580.3 million, and revenue was down 2.6 per cent to $529.3 million. Those declines would have been even bigger if currency exchange rate were constant.Net loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 was $26.1 million or 20 cents per share, an increase from $24.1 million or 17 cents per share. Adjusted net earnings per common share dropped 22.2 per cent to 14 cents from 18 cents per share.Aimia says the weak quarter has prompted it to lower some of its financial estimates for a second time this year, including a drop in gross billings to a range of $2.4 billion and $2.46 billion for 2015.The company had already lowered the estimate on Aug. 14 to a range of between $2.46 billion and $2.51 billion, down from its Feb. 27 guidance of a range of $2.56 billion and $2.61 billion.The Canadian Press read more

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Weekly photos to chronicle progress of arts school construction

Each week, the Brock News will take a photo of the construction progress at the new home for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.The construction trailers have taken up residency in front of the former Canada Hair Cloth building.Now that work has begun on the new home to the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Brock News will be chronicling the progress of construction with a weekly photo of the site.Over the weeks and months ahead, viewers will witness the transformation of the old factory that backs on to Highway 406 in downtown St. Catharines into a cornerstone of learning and revitalization in our community.The new facility will put about 500 students, faculty and staff into the city’s downtown when it relocates from Brock’s main campus. The school will be adjacent to the city’s new performing arts centre and spectator facility.Bookmark the photo stream on Brock’s Flickr page and check back every Tuesday for the latest addition to the photo chronicle. read more

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UN humanitarian staff begin returning to Côte dIvoire following recent violence

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that a small number returned yesterday to Abidjan, the main city, and more were scheduled to return today. Most staff were relocated to Accra, Ghana, on 10 November due to the seriousness of the situation in Abidjan and other parts of the country.If conditions permit, rapid assessment missions will be conducted in various areas including Guiglo, where thousands of refugees and displaced persons are gathered in camps, and Bouaké in the rebel-held north where cases of forced disappearances, arrests and detention of people accused of supporting President Laurent Gbagbo have been reported.OCHA said the return of the staff would allow resumption of humanitarian operations in all parts of the country – although there are still serious concerns that the crisis could worsen.The latest turmoil began 4 November when Government forces bombed rebel positions in the UN-patrolled Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants. Two days later Government forces bombed French peacekeepers there, killing nine, and French troops destroyed the Government’s air force in retaliation, leading to widespread rioting, looting and harassment of foreigners. read more

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Multipronged plan needed to address regional impact of Ugandan conflict – UN

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland, who is the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, will visit Uganda on 30 and 31 March, at the invitation of the Government to discuss a proposal that all aspects of the issue, including the humanitarian aspect, be more systematically addressed. “This is an important first attempt by the UN to go beyond relief assistance and to try and develop a comprehensive plan of action for the northern Ugandan crisis,” the director of the Inter-Agency Internal Displacement Division of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Dennis McNamara, said today.The delivery of humanitarian assistance in southern Sudan is seriously affected by the activities of the LRA, which has been accused of grave human rights violations, including the kidnapping of thousands of children as fighters or “wives,” and is now estimated to have more fighters in southern Sudan and north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) than in northern Uganda.The insecurity is threatening to disrupt the repatriation process of Sudanese refugees from DRC and the Central African Republic (CAR) to their homes in southern Sudan, where only two days ago unknown intruders attacked a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) compound in Yei, killing a local guard and seriously wounding an Iraqi staffer and a second local guard.The LRA is considered responsible for the January attack on UN peacekeeping troops in Garamba National Park in north eastern DRC, in which eight Guatemalan peacekeepers were killed. Mr. McNamara recently led a week-long multi-donor mission to Uganda, accompanied by representatives of Canada, the European Commission, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States, meeting with senior government officials, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community leaders, both in the capital of Kampala and in the conflict-affected districts of Gulu and Kitgum. He said the situation of the 2 million uprooted people was one of the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis, with crude mortality rates among displaced children in northern Uganda higher than those prevailing in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and three times that of the rest of Uganda. The mission discussed with the Ugandan Government the need for a comprehensive approach covering key areas of conflict resolution and reconciliation, humanitarian assistance, return and reintegration of formerly abducted children and ex-combatants. UN agencies and NGOs “are scaling up their activities to meet the minimum standards for displaced populations while facilitating voluntary return to secure areas,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Kampala, Martin Mogwanja, said. Humanitarian agencies would soon launch a further substantial appeal to ensure implementation of the scaled up response, he added. read more

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IGF report delves into local content policies for resourcerich countries

first_imgA new publication developed by the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is aiming to help resource-rich countries find more sustainable and inclusive economic solutions, fostering stronger linkages between mineral resources and the rest of the economy.IGF Guidance for Governments focuses on local content policies, which are being used more often by governments, and strategies created by agencies requiring mining companies to use local goods and services when operating in another country. It also highlights how countries can move away from commodity dependency and diversify their economic base.Greg Radford, Director of the IGF, said: “An estimated 90 % of resource-rich countries employ some sort of local content policy…In countries where there are only a few other strong sectors, the success of these policies is critical.”Radford said it remained unclear which local content policies work best, produce results and minimise unintended consequences.“Our IGF Guidance for Governments takes these on-the-ground realities into account.”The IGF cautions there is no one-size-fits-all solution for local content policies.“Each country has different resource endowments, different skills sets in their supply and labour force, and different infrastructure assets and investment environments,” it said.Radford continued: “The success of these local content policies depends on the success of other policies and regulations, such as education, science and innovation, infrastructure and finance.”The responsibility for these critical issues is spread across multiple ministries and requires effective coordination and coherence. The publication takes this into account by guiding policy-makers towards workable made-in-country solutions, the IGF said.The guidance document also covers three cross-cutting themes:Ensuring goals are achieved in a gender-equitable wayExploring the relationship between local content policies and countries’ obligations under trade and investment law, andExploring the implications of technological advances on the success of local content policies.The IGF, which receives its core funding from the federal government of Canada, is an international government forum that supports close to 70 nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared.The International Institute for Sustainable Development has served as Secretariat for the IGF since October 2015.The full IGF Guidance for Governments is available here.last_img read more

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KushaigudaECIL road to be widened

first_imgKapra: Mayor Bonthu Rammohan directed officials concerned to take up road widening work from Kushaiguda to ECIL Cross Roads, U-turns from bus depot to Kushaiguda, foot over bridge at ECIL Cross Roads and other development works. The Mayor along with MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy, GHMC Zonal Commissioner Srinivas Reddy, Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Chief Engineer Mohan Naik and officials of traffic, Jalamandali and HMDA toured extensively in ECIL and Kushaiguda in order to make the places traffic-free. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us He directed officials to change the exit of ECIL Bus Station as there was heavy traffic with the present exit. “Land acquisition should be made to develop ECIL junction. Free left should be arranged. Encroachments should be removed. Road blocks on Kushaiguda-Nagaram road should be removed, foot over bridge work in Chakripuram should be commenced immediately, land acquisition for Chinna Cherlapally Bus Bay should be made,” he added. DCP (Traffic) Divya Charan Rao, ACP Ande Srinivas, Kapra DC Dasarath, EE Koteshwar Rao, corporators Golluri Anjaiah, Pannala Devender Reddy, Pavani Reddy, Kotha Rama Rao, Kasam Mahipal Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

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NLU Odisha students on indefinite protest over poor infrastructure fee hike

first_img Close He also said that the students shouldn’t consider the hostel timings as a restraint. Regarding issues related to opacity in faculty evaluation, the VC said on Thursday that a committee would be formed to look into the matter but changed his stance on Friday. “I will talk to the faculty,” he said.The students termed his statements “weak promises” and resolved to continue the protest until they get a satisfactory response. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:48Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:47?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The students termed VC’s statements “weak promises”.Students of National Law University Odisha in Cuttack are on the third day of an indefinite protest alleging “administrative apathy” over poor infrastructure, arbitrary hostel rules, academic policies and a fee hike for incoming batches.The protest, which commenced on July 24, is aimed towards finding specific solutions for the “abysmal state of one of the girls’ hostel, the dilapidated state of the library building, prejudiced and arbitrary policies with regard to examinations and unexplained hike in fees with each upcoming batch, poor efforts to improve placements”.The students have sought special attention towards the poorly constructed girls’ hostel, which has led to “the infestation of fungus, insects and constant flooding in corridors and rooms”. Dilapidated state of girls’ hostel.A statement released by the student body council of NLUO read, “Students have lived in these unhygienic conditions for an exasperating period of time and need visible change. They have taken recourse to every possible means and have been privy to every possible negotiation with the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar, to no avail.”The students also claimed that no basic repairs like lifting fallen trees, cleaning corridors and rooms in the academic block and the hostel took place after Cyclone Fani.VC Srikrishna Deva Rao met the students in a general body meeting to address a few of the concerns on Thursday and Friday. “Take it for granted that the construction will be started,” he said, adding that, “The progress should be slow.” NLUO Protest: Student council chairperson of NLUOlast_img read more

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Trump denies friction with top aides over Iran policy

first_imgUS president Donald Trump to speak at the National Association of Realtors` Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, US on 17 May. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Friday denied friction with his hawkish foreign policy advisers on Iran, specifically giving statements of support to White House national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Trump called “bullshit” a variety of news reports that he had chafed at his advisers and privately expressed concerns that they were trying to steer him into a war with Iran.US officials said on Thursday that Trump had told his advisers, including acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan, that he did not want to get into a war with Iran.”They (the news media) put out messages that I’m angry with my people. I’m not angry with my people. I make my own decisions,” Trump said at a realtor’s convention in Washington. “Mike Pompeo is doing a great job. Bolton is doing a great job.”Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign promised to stay out of conflicts abroad after what he viewed as costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.But he also has said he will do what it takes to protect US interests abroad. The recent deployment of a US aircraft carrier group has raised tensions in the Gulf region and fanned fears of armed conflict.Trump has approved sanctions against Tehran aimed at crippling the Iranian economy and forcing Iranian leaders to the negotiating table. The United States wants Iran to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and stop other activities it believes are destabilizing in the Middle East.Pompeo laid out a lengthy list of demands on Iran a year ago that critics inside and outside Tehran said showed he was pushing for regime change.Bolton has a long reputation as a hawk who believes the United States needs to get tough with Iran and has pushed a hard line inside the administration since joining the White House more than a year ago.While he has been tough on Iran, Trump told reporters last week that he sometimes has to “temper” Bolton.”We are all frustrated with this notion that we are escalating, that we are seeking conflict,” said a senior administration official, who spoke to a small group of reporters under condition of anonymity. “Nothing could be further from the truth. We are seeking de-escalation.”The official was asked about the notion of Bolton and Pompeo trying to “herd” Trump down the path of war. “Herding Trump down any path is an unsuccessful strategy. There are many witnesses to that,” the official said.Bolton’s views on Iran are well-documented, the official said, but stressed, “He has no illusions. He serves the president and he accepted this job because he believes in the president’s policies, and he carries them out.”As for Trump’s overture to Iran seeking direct talks, there are no indications from the Iranians that they are ready to engage, the official said: “Not yet. We’re sitting by the phone.”US intelligence showed heightened activity by Iran or its proxies that US officials took as a threat against American targets in the region.last_img
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Carbon Nanotubes as a SinglePhoton Source

first_img Explore further “A photon correlation experiment measures the probability of arrival of two photons with a given time delay,” Högele explained. “When two photons travel together, an ideal photon correlation setup would detect with a probability of one the arrival of one photon upon the arrival of another. When one of the two traveling photons is delayed, then the photons will arrive consecutively at the detector and the probability of simultaneous photon detection is zero. “The meaning of the vanishing peak at zero time delay is that photons ‘avoid’ each other, and that it is impossible to find a pulse that contains two or more photons. It has been shown previously that such photon statistics cannot be explained using classical Maxwell’s equations; a quantum description of light is necessary to understand the photon antibunching phenomenon.”The researchers found that two different mechanisms ensure the antibunching: Augur processes and low temperatures that suppress the motion of charged particles along the nanotube axis. Together, these two mechanisms lead to a two-photon emission probability as low as 3% at low temperatures. “We were quite puzzled by our first measurement that showed strong antibunching in the photo-emission of single carbon nanotubes,” said Högele. “In consecutive experiments, we identified two key mechanisms that ensure single-photon generation: first, non-linear Auger processes [which cause one out of two pairs of electrons and electron holes to annihilate non-radiatively] play an important role. Second, electron-hole pairs in carbon nanotubes appear to be strongly localized at low-temperatures by trapping centers. The result is a carbon nanotube quantum dot with an anharmonic spectrum.”The researchers hope that these observations could lead to the development of new single-photon sources for applications such as long-distance quantum communication and quantum cryptography. “The potential advantage of using CNTs as single-photon sources is the fact that their emission wavelength can be tuned into the optical communication wavelength window,” said Högele. “The emission wavelength of single-walled carbon nanotubes depends on the tube diameter and is tunable by growth in the range between around 1 and 2 microns.”More information: Högele, Alexander; Galland, Christophe; Winger, Martin; and Imamoğlu, Atac. “Photon Antibunching in the Photoluminescence Spectra of a Single Carbon Nanotube.” Physical Review Letters 100, 217401 (2008).Copyright 2008 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. 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. This atomic force microscope image shows a single-walled CNT with a height of 0.8 nm and length of 800 nm. Researchers found that, under low temperatures, CNTs emit one photon at a time, marking the first demonstration of non-classical optical emission from a CNT. Credit: Högele, Alexander, et al. Citation: Carbon Nanotubes as a Single-Photon Source (2008, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-carbon-nanotubes-single-photon-source.htmlcenter_img For the first time, a team of researchers from the Institute of Quantum Electronics in Zurich, Switzerland, has observed photon antibunching (the characteristic signature of non-classical light) in CNT photoluminescence. The study, which is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, provides the first demonstration of non-classical optical emission from a CNT. Over the past few years, researchers have identified several different systems that can act as single-photon sources. All these systems have a common feature: they confine the motion of charged particles to a very small space in all three dimensions. Physicists describe such systems with restricted particle motion as “quasi-zero-dimensional.” The corresponding phase-space of localized particles is made into discrete areas due to the laws of quantum mechanics. The Pauli Exclusion Principle prevents two particles from occupying identical quantum states, so that only one particle at a time can undergo a transition between two distinct states. The principle inhibits simultaneous two-photon generation, and ensures that the system generates only a single photon. Physical systems such as atoms, ions, molecules, and quantum dots are quasi-zero-dimensional and operate as single-photon sources. In the new study, the researchers show that the same principle applies to CNTs – despite the fact that nanotubes are spatially extended in one dimension.“The fact that carbon nanotubes are nearly-perfect single photon emitters is surprising,” lead author Alexander Högele told PhysOrg.com. “Single photon emission is characteristic of systems with quantum confinement in all spatial dimensions. Carbon nanotubes, however, are axially extended and represent a one-dimensional model system.”The single-walled CNTs that the team studied had diameters of just 0.8 nanometers, along with an average length of about 500 nanometers. The researchers used a laser to excite individual CNTs at temperatures as low as 4.2 K, and caused them to emit light with a wavelength of around 880 nanometers. At first, the researchers observed that individual CNTs emitted photons at a delay of a few nanoseconds, consistent with the repetition rate in the laser pulse train. The researchers then investigated statistic correlations between such consecutively emitted photons. Significantly, they did not detect any photon correlation at zero time delay (t=0), indicating strong photon antibunching. Carbon nanotubes, as true multi-purpose materials, have potential applications in everything from electrical circuits and drug delivery to golf clubs and space elevators. Recently, physicists have investigated single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for one more use: as a single-photon source, where they could help make quantum communication networks extremely secure and efficient. On-demand control of terahertz and infrared waveslast_img read more

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Mozilla may move Firefox New Tab Page settings to Home Preferences page

first_imgMozilla may move Firefox New Tab Page settings to Home Preferences page by Martin Brinkmann on March 21, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: March 21, 2018 – 16 commentsFirefox users who want to modify the look and feel of the browser’s New Tab Page can do so directly on it in all recent versions of the Firefox web browser.A click on the cogwheel icon on the New Tab Page displays options to hide any element displayed by default on the New Tab Page, and to increase the number of Top Sites rows to two (instead of just one).Firefox users who disable all elements on the New Tab Page get a blank page. The cogwheel icon is still there, however, so that users may enable elements again if they want to do so.Firefox Nightly users, the version of the browser is 61 at the time of writing, may have spotted a change in the most recent version of the browser.Note: Any change in development versions of Firefox may or may not land in stable versions of the web browser.A click on the cogwheel icon does not open the New Tab Page settings as an overlay on the New Tab Page but loads about:preferences#home instead.Firefox loads the new preferences page in the same time if no about:preferences page is open in the browser.The current version of the preferences page lists an option to restore the default values, and to define what is displayed when a new tab page, homepage or new window is opened.Future versions will display the New Tab Page elements on the same page so that Firefox users may enable or disable them on the new preferences page as well.Firefox users may set the New Tab Page to the default or a blank page, and the homepage and new windows to the default, a blank page, or a list of custom URLs.You get a blank page if you set the New Tab Page to blank page. The cogwheel icon and other elements are not displayed anymore on the page. The only icon you get on the page is the Firefox icon which loads  a “let’s get started” page right now.The moving of the New Tab Page and Homepage settings to the new Home tab in the Firefox preferences, at least in the current form, creates a usability issue on the about:preferences page.The “when Firefox starts” setting is still listed under the general tab. It gives Firefox users options to define whether Firefox should show the homepage, a blank page, or the windows and tabs that were open the last time the browser was open.You may set it to home page there, but you can’t define the URL anymore under General. You need to switch to Home to set it up.Mozilla may have plans to move the “When Firefox starts” section to the Home tab as well to resolve that, but it is certainly something that needs fixing before it lands on the stable channel of the browser.Now You: Do you use the default New Tab Page or a custom one?Related articlesA history of Fingerprinting protection in FirefoxFirefox 57: disable highlights on the New Tab PageFirefox 60 ships with Windows Group Policy SupportFirefox, DNS over HTTPS and a controversial Shield StudyFirefox’s Password Manager has a flaw, but it will be fixedSummaryArticle NameMozilla may move New Tab Page settings to Home Preferences pageDescriptionFirefox users who want to modify the look and feel of the browser’s New Tab Page can do so directly on it in all recent versions of the Firefox web browser. Mozilla launched a change in Firefox Nightly recently that moves the options to the Home preferences page.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sydney archbishop says samesex marriage made 2017 a horrible year

first_imgThe Archbishop of Sydney has accused same-sex marriage of making 2017 a “horrible year”.In a Christmas message for followers of the church, Anthony Fisher said that 2017 was “annus horribilis”, a Latin phrase meaning horrible year.  eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In the seething attack, he said that the year had been especially challenging for Christians because of marriage equality.“Like any year, this one has had its challenges for our world, our country and each of us individually,” Archbishop Fisher said.Related: MP proposes to his boyfriend during Australia same-sex marriage debateThe religious figurehead also condemned the findings of the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse, despite voting against key recommendations which would have required priests to break the seal of confession to report suspected paedophiles.He added: “For people of faith you might say it has been an ‘annus horribilis’, as our Christian conceptions of life and love have been challenged in the marriage and euthanasia debates, freedom of religion in Australia put in doubt and shameful crimes and cover-ups in our church uncovered by the royal commission.“But the Christmas story insists there is a star in the dark sky, light amidst the fears and failures.”He finished the message by calling on young religious people living in Australia to restore hope for the church and nation.“Our young people are not naive about the shames in our past or the trials in our future, but they want to be part of the answer to both.Related: Emotions run high as same-sex marriage bill introduced in Australia“They are generously responding to the call to be priests and prophets, servant leaders and saints, the spiritual heroes we need for our times,” he added. LGBTQ activists in the country have condemned Archbishop Fisher for the comments.Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said: “It is morally wrong to draw any link between marriage equality and the royal commission. One is about the equal recognition of loving, committed adult relationships while the other is about the church’s failure to stop the sexual abuse of children.“I don’t expect Archbishop Fisher to embrace marriage equality but I’m disappointed he continues to demonise it by association. The Archbishop’s words are particularly disappointing at Christmas time when many Catholic families are preparing for the joyful summer wedding of a loved one.”“Polls repeatedly showed a majority of Catholics back marriage equality, so the Archbishop’s unfair comments will do nothing but weaken his authority.”“The one point at which the Archbishop is correct is when he says young people will right the wrongs of the Church, because young Catholics overwhelmingly support marriage equality.”A plebiscite on same-sex marriage was run in Australia earlier this year, and on November 14 it was revealed that the country had voted yes in the historic vote.Almost 13 million Australians (79.5%) voted in the country’s non-binding postal ballot – a bigger turnout than in even the UK’s EU referendum.Since the plebiscite was held, legislation has been passed to legalise the vote.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Archbishop of Canterbury warns of potential ‘disaster’ amid Church LGBT rowDisappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingLet Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoPINK NEWS-last_img read more

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Fund awareness needs work says TICO These numbers have a ways to

first_img Share TORONTO — Ontario consumers are still not sufficiently aware that they are protected under the Compensation Fund, according to a new TICO survey.Consumer awareness of TICO has increased by 1%, from 33% in 2017 to 34% in 2018.Of those, about three-quarters (73%) understand that they must book with a TICO registered travel agency or website so as not to forfeit the available consumer protection. And just over one-third (38%) knows that TICO manages the Compensation Fund.“These numbers have a ways to go,” says TICO President and CEO, Richard Smart. “We want consumers to be aware that the Fund is available for their protection. Travelling can be very personal and many Ontarians save up for vacations with families and friends, so it’s important for them to know that they can have peace of mind if they book with a TICO registered travel agency or website. Just look for the logo!”Dorian Werda, TICO’s VP, Operations, adds: “More consumers are calling us after they have booked their travel but before they have departed. They have questions regarding the terms and conditions of their booking and want to know their rights, especially as it relates to making changes or cancellation. In the past, we received more calls regarding post-travel issues, but this has shifted as more consumers become aware of TICO.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterMore findings from the survey include:More women are travelling for business. In 2017 female respondents indicated they took an average of 2.5 business trips, compared to an average of 3.5 for men. In 2018 both numbers are up, with women taking an average of 4.3 business trips, an increase of 72%, while men were at 3.8.“Considering we are still in early 2018, that’s quite a significant increase, almost doubling all of last year’s total numbers,” says Smart. “We already know that women tend to book more travel than men and it will be interesting to see if those numbers continue to grow over the course of the year.”The number of respondents who said they book travel with their travel agency via phone or in person was up this year, from 32% in 2017 to 38% in 2018.“The more complex the trip, the more consumers want to speak with someone face to face,” says Werda. “Experiential travel is on the rise, and people are looking for adventure, so they want the reassurance of speaking with a professional travel agent who can answer their questions and provide recommendations.”Consumers who book travel online are becoming more loyal to specific websites. Some 62% in 2018 said they go directly to their favourite website for travel discounts, an increase from 2017 when 58% indicated website loyalty.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemTICO’s survey ran Jan. 26 – Feb. 6, 2018 with a sample of 1,000 respondents in Ontario, 18 years of age and above. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Posted by Fund awareness needs work, says TICO: “These numbers have a ways to go”center_img Tags: TICO Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Water rates increase 25 percent next week

first_imgNo related posts. An increase in water rates will go into effect next Tuesday, according to the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP).The new system for determining residential and commercial rates will bring about an average increase of 25 percent. The increase will show up on the next bill.This means, for example, that a family that consumes 20 cubic meters per month will see an average increase of some ₡5,000 ($10).According to ARESEP, the hike is due to the elimination of a subsidy in rates to commercial and industrial users.The Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) announced Tuesday that it will file an appeal for a revision of the rates as approved by ARESEP, which “should have been higher, especially for business users.”According to ARESEP leadership, the appeal will not stop the new rates from being published in the official newspaper La Gaceta next Tuesday. This will send the new rates into effect. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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