20 October 2010Millions of Afghan children will be protected against malnutrition, retarded growth and development and poor learning ability under a United Nations-backed de-worming campaign launched in schools across the country today. The Education and Health Ministries, supported by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), plan to reach every school-going child with a single 500 milligramme tablet of Mebendazole, consumed simply by chewing or swallowing with a glass of water.The tablets will be administered through Education Ministry outreach workers and complemented by health and hygiene education programmes in schools.Data shows that 60 per cent of Afghan children are infected by intestinal parasites, which consume as much as 25 per cent of what an infected child ingests, causing frequent school absenteeism and even death. Worm infections are common in children with poor hygiene practices and are transmitted through the mouth by eating with dirty hands or ingesting contaminated food and water, and through skin contact with soil contaminated by faeces containing worms or worm eggs. Children who are worm-free are more active, perform better in school, and are more resistant to other diseases. Worm infections can be prevented by improving personal hygiene, practicing proper hand washing, especially after defecating, and before preparing or eating food, cooking meat thoroughly, and keeping food, water supplies and toilets clean. Deworming drugs like Mebendazole are one of the cheapest and most effective public health interventions.Earlier this month another UN-backed initiative targeted 8 million Afghan children for vaccination against polio, and for the first included a de-worming campaign aimed at reaching some 4.6 million youngsters aged between two and five.
Last week the CID questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the assault on journalist Keith Noyahr.Rajapaksa was questioned at his Colombo residence in Wijerama. The CID had informed Rajapaksa that they were told Keith Noyahr was released by his abductors after current Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the then Editor of The Nation newspaper Lalith Alahakoon had telephoned Rajapaksa following the abduction.The former President however said that he could not recall receiving a telephone call from Jayasuriya at the time.Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free. The Speaker had been questioned by the CID in May as he had been in touch with then President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the incident. Jayasuriya said that as someone who follows the law, he agreed to make a statement to the CID after he was given notice to do so by the CID through court. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya insisted today that he was not forced to make a statement to the Police on the abduction and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr.In a media statement, Jayasuriya said that he had given the statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as they had a court order. The former Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper fled the country with his family following the incident fearing for his life. (Colombo Gazette)
A gazette notice has been issued imposing Rs. 25,000 as the minimum fine for seven traffic offences.The seven offences includes driving without a driving licence and driving under the influence of liquor. (Colombo Gazette)
“Since the creation of RRM in October 2004, RRM teams have never before been called into action as much as they are now,” UN country humanitarian coordinator Ross Mountain said in the latest update, which calls for strong donor support to address growing displacement due to military operations and armed clashes in the eastern and southern regions of the country.The RRM, jointly managed by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and implemented in the field by non-government organization (NGO) partners, carried out more than 80 emergency operations mainly in the provinces of Katanga and North and South Kivu as well as in the Ituri District. RRM’s financial resources have been stretched and will need to be renewed if this dramatic trend continues, OCHA said of the first quarter’s total of 356,000 primary beneficiaries. Overall, some 585,000 people benefited directly or indirectly from RRM activities in water and sanitation, emergency food and health care. Nearly 6,500 children also benefited within this framework from UNICEF’s emergency education programme.As the vast country heads for elections, now slated for July, which it is hoped will cement its transition from years of bloody conflict to peace and democracy, the east remains the most volatile area, both for the local population and for humanitarian actors. In Ituri, humanitarian access has been severely reduced in the last few weeks and security remains precarious. In Katanga, a silent crisis continues. In all these areas, access to water, food, and shelters is woefully inadequate. The protection of populations, victims of human rights abuses, violence and other violations must be aggressively reinforced. “Considering this alarming situation, UNICEF and OCHA express their concern regarding the fate of the civilian populations who are victims of armed conflict in the DRC,” OCHA said in a statement.“They call on the government of the DRC to fulfil its responsibility towards the security and protection of civilians and the people. They also appeal to donors to vigorously support the humanitarian action in DRC outlined in the 2006 Action Plan which aims to provide assistance to more than 30 million vulnerable people throughout the country.”
“I was appalled to hear that an unexploded mortar round killed five boys from the same family” on Sunday, said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, in a news release issued yesterday.“The children were playing outside their home […] A family destroyed in seconds – this horror is just one of too many incidents documented at the onset of this fighting season,” he added.The first four months of 2017 witnessed the highest recorded number of child civilian casualties resulting from conflict-related incidents in Afghanistan, including the highest number of children killed, for the same comparable period since the Mission began documenting cases.Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, UNAMA preliminarily recorded 283 child deaths, a 21 per cent increase compared with the same period in 2016. Children are killed by explosive remnants of war in civilian-populated areas and in ground fighting. Many of the more than 700 children injured have suffered life-changing injuries, including loss of limbs, as well as significant and lasting trauma such as witnessing the death of siblings, parents, destruction to their homes or displacement. UNAMA again urged parties to the conflict to prioritize the protection of children and welcomed the commitment of the Government to formally ratify Protocol V to the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons. The Mission urged all parties to the conflict to commence marking, clearing, removing and destroying explosive remnants of war left behind from fighting in areas under their territorial control.
Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL 19,218 Views FOUR TEENAGERS HAVE been arrested in relation to what Gardaí are calling a “suspicious fire” in July, but which is understood to be a suspected petrol bomb attack. Gardaí arrested the four male teenagers this morning during a planned operation in Drogheda. All four are currently being detained at Drogheda Garda station. The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning in Rathmullen Park in Drogheda in July. Two people who were inside the house at the time were uninjured, but Gardaí said at the time that there was “significant damage to the premises”.One of the people in the house was treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. In a statement in July, Gardaí said a person wearing dark clothing was reportedly seen running from the area at the time of the incident. They had appealed for any witnesses to come forward. A Garda spokesperson said that investigations are ongoing. Share44 Tweet Email Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 9:40 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Four teens arrested over house fire in Drogheda The fire took place in July in Rathmullen Park. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Aug 27th 2019, 9:40 PM https://jrnl.ie/4785033 By Dominic McGrath
Une forêt de 300 millions d’années enfouie sous les cendresUne forêt enfouie sous la terre a été découverte par des paléobotanistes dans des sédiments, sur un site situé en Mongolie. Cette ancienne forêt tropicale fut de la même manière que la cité de Pompéi, recouverte de cendres volcaniques il y a quelque 300 millions d’années.Des chercheurs paléobotanistes américains et chinois ont fait une remarquable découverte près de la ville de Wuda en Mongolie intérieure. Sur un site situé dans le nord de la Chine où se trouve une mine de charbon, ils ont mis au jour une ancienne forêt tropicale intacte et préservée depuis des millions d’années par les cendres volcaniques. Une sorte de “Pompéi végétal chinois”. Enfouis sous la terre, de nombreux restes de plantes appartenant à différentes espèces ont pu être identifiées. “Merveilleusement préservées”, elles seraient âgées de quelques 298 millions d’années. D’après les observations, les fougères constituaient l’essentiel de la forêt tropicale. “Nous ne pouvons rester là sans trouver une branche avec des feuilles encore attachées, puis nous trouvons la branche suivante, la suivante et encore la suivante. Et puis nous trouvons la souche même de l’arbre. C’est vraiment excitant”, explique Hermann Pfefferkorn, paléobotaniste à l’Université de Pennsylvanie cité par le Daily Mail. Les chercheurs ont également découvert de petits arbres avec leurs feuilles, leurs branches, leurs troncs et même des cônes intacts.Toutes les plantes fossilisées rencontrées dans ce site de 1000 mètres carrées ont été cartographiées, ce qui a permis d’identifier six groupes d’arbres. Les fougères arborescentes recouvraient le sol forestier et les arbres ont quant à eux poussé jusqu’à 25 mètres au-dessus du sol. “C’est comme Pompéi : Pompéi nous a donné un aperçu de la culture romaine, mais cela n’a rien révélé de l’histoire romaine. D’un autre côté, il s’agit d’une capsule de temps et par conséquent, nous permet de mieux interpréter ce qui s’est passé avant ou après cette période”, explique le chercheur.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il s’agit de la toute première reconstitution de forêt de ce type en Asie. D’où l’importance de la découverte dont les conclusions sont publiées dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Découvrez les images de ce “Pompéi” forestier sur Maxisciences Le 23 février 2012 à 12:49 • Maxime Lambert
Le moucherolle vermillon , l’oiseau qui adapte son chant au bruit de la villePubliant leur étude dans la revue Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, des chercheurs mexicains ont montré que le moucherolle vermillon, un oiseau abondant à Mexico, modifie son chant en fonction de l’heure de la journée, mais aussi du bruit urbain ambiant.Attirer les femelles et éloigner les rivaux : telles sont les fonctions du chant des oiseaux (mâles). Le bruit urbain est donc susceptible d’altérer leur succès reproductif. Si des études ont montré que certains passereaux des zones tempérées peuvent modifier leur chant en conséquence, peu de données existaient concernant des espèces tropicales. L’équipe du Dr Alejandro Ariel Ríos-Chelén, de l’Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, s’est ainsi intéressée au cas du moucherolle vermillon (Pyrocephalus rubinus), un petit passereau d’Amérique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au cours de leur expérience, ils ont enregistré les chants de 29 mâles dans différents parcs et zones urbaines de la ville de Mexico. Afin d’évaluer la polyvalence de ces chant, ils en ont mesuré la durée et compté le nombre total d’éléments sonores les composant, tout en enregistrant le niveau sonore urbain ambiant. Et ce, à différents moments de la journée, notamment avant et après l’aube. Ils ont alors constaté que les mâles qui occupent des territoires bruyants produisaient davantage de vocalisations longues, alors que ceux des endroits plus calmes chantaient autant de mélodies courtes que de mélodies longues.Les mâles, d’autre part, émettent des chants moins changeants en fin de matinée, lorsque le bruit urbain est plus important. “Bien que ces résultats montrent que le moment de la journée a un effet sur la polyvalence individuelle dans les chants, on ne peut écarter l’influence du bruit. Cette étude soutient l’idée que l’adaptation au bruit [chez ces oiseaux] est différente, en degré et en mode, à ce qui se passe [ailleurs], ce qui suggère une hétérogénéité dans la capacité des espèces d’oiseaux à coloniser et à survivre dans l’environnement urbain”, concluent les auteurs.D’ailleurs, les oiseaux ne sont pas les seuls à pouvoir modifier leur chant lorsqu’un environnement bruyant les dérange. Récemment, une étude a démontré que les criquets, eux aussi, avaient tendance à monter le volume pour couvrir le bruit de la circulation ambiante. Le 22 novembre 2012 à 20:17 • Maxime Lambert
Not too long ago I wrote about the inexplicable upcoming remaster of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom and suggested it was caused by memes. SpongeBob SquarePants in general is getting a lot of love these days because of internet memes, and this just seemed like another part of that trend. But then a bunch of you yelled at me for suggesting the game itself wasn’t that great.Well let’s see if that happens again because Garfield Kart is coming back and you better believe it’s because of ironic internet love of a long-running cartoon, not quality.The first Garfield Kart launched six years ago as yet another mascot kart racing game destined to disappoint children who had really asked for Mario Kart or Team Sonic Racing or Crash Team Racing. But then last year, like so many Garfield telephones mysteriously washing up on the beach, Garfield Kart returned as an object of obsession for weird YouTube videos. And if I were the folks behind the game I would also spend a year slapping together a sequel to satiate this new audience.So get ready for Garfield Kart Furious Racing. No, they didn’t make a furry pun. It sounds like what you would expect. Control characters like Garfield, Jon, Nermal, and Odie as you race around “16 iconic tracks from the world of Garfield” in single races or Grand Prix and Time Trial modes. You can customize karts as well use wacky items. We have to imagine Garfield will get a boost from eating lasagna but will they be brave enough to have Jon drink dog semen?Garfield Kart Furious Racing launches November 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. We checked, that’s not a Monday. And if that’s not enough feline irony for you, at that point Cats will be just weeks away. For more on Garfield check out these other remixes of bad comic strips. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form
OLYMPIA — The debate over money for education was heard at the Washington Supreme Court again on Tuesday. But this time it had to do with the state’s new commitment to public charter schools.A coalition of teachers, parents and community groups is suing the state to stop the new charter system from getting off the ground.The discussion Tuesday focused on what the state constitution says about the money to be used to pay for public schools. The central questions were: How many of those dollars are restricted to traditional public schools? How much leeway does the Legislature have in paying for the education of children whose parents decide to send them to charter schools?In September, the Supreme Court heard arguments concerning another state lawsuit on education funding. The court decided later that month that it would hold the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress toward fixing the way the state pays for public education. The court has determined that lawmakers are not meeting their constitutional responsibility to fully pay for basic education and that they are relying too much on local tax-levy dollars to balance the education budget. Both that case, known as the McCleary decision, and this lawsuit focus on the same section of the Washington Constitution, Article IX. Based on the questions the justices asked, their decision on this case may focus on money as well.The justices kept coming back to the way some state dollars are restricted for use in common schools, which are known today as regular public schools. At the core of this case is the question: Do charter schools meet the constitutional definition of common schools?
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, February 20, 2019:#1) Wilmington Senior Center’s Memory CafeThe Wilmington Senior Center’s “Our Moment Cafe” is holding its monthly meeting from 1pm to 2:30pm at the 4th of July Building (142 Middlesex Avenue). A memory cafe is a special gathering place for those dealing with memory loss and their caregivers. The Cafe gives the person with memory loss, and their caregivers, an opportunity to socialize, participate in an activity, and to make new friends in a welcoming and understanding environment. If you have any questions, contact Terri Marciello or Laura Pickett at the Department of Elderly Services at 978-657-7595.#2) State Senator Bruce Tarr Office HoursA representative from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office will be at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) from 11am to noon to answer any questions or concerns you may have. No appointment is necessary, just stop by for a quick visit.#3) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#4) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.#5) Ballroom Dancing Lesson At Windsor PlaceWindsor Place of Wilmington (92 West Street) is opening its door for public dance program at 2:45pm in its Activity Room. Michael Winward, an independent dance artist, will be coming by for another afternoon of ballroom dancing. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet and contemporary dance practices, his work places a strong focus on building connections. Connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience; connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities. In 2016, Michael founded Steps in Time, a program that brings ballroom dance workshops to senior communities. Ballroom dancing provides incredible benefits to older adults. It encourages good posture and it provides low-impact, cardiovascular exercise. All are welcome, whether you’d like to participate or just spectate!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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, March 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Don Young doesn’t hold back. At 81, he still thunders his opposition to the federal government when he gets worked up about it. A speech last month to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce had the ring of a call to arms. He said the feds have been increasing their chokehold on freedom since the enactment of Social Security in 1935.Download Audio“Do you believe you’re in the Last Frontier when you see the Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife, the Forest Service …. walking around with flak jackets and M16 rifles and 9mm Glocks on their hip?” Young asked. “They are supposed to be working for you! And yet they appear as the enemy.”Young has been a Congressman for more than 41 years, spending much of each year in Washington D.C., and he’s not always the firebrand. In an interview in his congressional office, where the walls are crowded with animal heads and hides, he says a lot of his work is helping individual Alaskans solve their difficulties with federal offices.“It’s amazing what happens when you pick up the phone and say ‘why isn’t this occurring?’ and then all of a sudden it happens,” Young says. “Makes you feel very good.”But in a hearing, when it’s Young’s turn to question an Interior Department or Forest Service official, it often becomes a browbeating.“Who brought up this harebrained idea? Whose idea was it?” he bellowed one Interior Department witness earlier this year.He may come across as a charging bear, but former Alaska Teamster leader Jerry Hood, says Young is more Teddy bear than grizzly.“I think Don’s the kind of a guy that he probably cares more about the result than he does the way he gets there. May be people take offense to that from time to time. But he gets the job done,” says Hood, who has worked with Young since the 1970s, and worked for him, as his state director. Now, he’s managing Young’s campaign.Of the events that have put Young in the national news, some of the most memorable involve props. Like the time Young stuck his hand in a leg-hold trap, or the time he waved an oosik in a committee hearing. Hood says people misinterpret Young in these moments and don’t realize that he’s drawing national attention to issues of great importance to Alaska.“There was an episode with a beanie hat in committee,” Hood recalls. “He made the point that a propeller on a hat is not an energy policy. It was very accurate and it got people talking about the lack of a national energy policy in this country.”Hood points out that some of the most powerful Democrats Young has worked with on committees, like Congressman George Miller of California and the late Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, have attested to Young’s willingness to work across the aisle, to hear people out and to seek opposing views, at least behind the scenes.“He’ll tell you — and I agree because I’ve watched him work for all these years — if you ask any member of Congress whose the congressman from Alaska, they’re going to know his name,” Hood says. “They may not like him, but honest to God when it comes to the bottom line, they respect him because they know how effective he is.”But Forrest Dunbar, the 30-year-old Democrat running against Young, recounts other episodes of Young’s that he says are an embarrassment: Last year, when Young used a derogatory term for Latinos. This June, when he caught on C-SPAN with his thumbs in his ears, making faces on the floor of the House. This July, when Young announced his disgust that a Maryland Congresswoman supported the EPA in a bill related to the Pebble mine.“I’ll be damned if I’m going to watch somebody from Maryland or any other state, start telling me or anybody in Alaska how we should be running our state!” Young shouted during a committee meeting.Dunbar says that style doesn’t work now that Young is no longer a powerful chairman of a congressional committee, as he was for a dozen years, ending in 2007.“He was effective once,” Dunbar says. “Now, not only is he not powerful, but he’s also counterproductive, because he still has that same style, so when he’s getting up there and yelling at people and he’s belittling people, they know that he’s speaking loudly and carrying a small stick, and that’s not effective.”Dunbar also says Young has lost clout because of an ethics case that hung over his head for years. What began as a Justice Department investigation fizzled down this summer to a House Ethics Committee letter of reproval. It says Young accepted improper gifts, including hunting trips, and misused campaign funds. To make it right, Young had to repay less than $60,000, half to his own campaign.It was Republican-imposed term limits, though, that forced Young to step down as chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, and then the Transportation Committee. He’s now chairman of the subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, and Young says that’s more than Dunbar would be if he were elected.“Can I be a chairman of a full committee? Probably not,” Young says. “It’s not an impossibility. But that does not make me ineffective. I’m very effective in what I do. I probably get more done than, very frankly, anybody else in the delegation.”In fact, so far in this two-year Congress, three bills Young sponsored became law. In a Congress that passes very few bills, only one member has done better. The non-partisan website GovTrack gave Young high marks for bipartisanship last year, and says he was one of the best at getting bills through committee.Young has, on occasion, apologized for things he’s said or done. At the Anchorage Chamber luncheon, he said those who say he’s obnoxious and a bit of a bully are right, but Young says he’s doing it for the good of the state.“You don’t need somebody who is timid,” he told his constituents. “You don’t need somebody who’s slick. You don’t need somebody that’s going to do everything to make people happy. You need somebody who is going to fight for you and I’ve been able to do that.”
Vijayawada: Union Minister of state for Home G kishan Reddy inaugurated the BJP membership drive on Sunday. He participated in the membership drive organized in a hotel on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion he has appealed to the party workers to strengthen the party from the gross root level. He said political tremors to take place in two Telugu states in the next two years and BJP would be emerged very strong party.Former MP and film actor Krishnam Raju, former Minister P Manikyala Rao and others participated in the membership enrollment drive.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii came out well over a year ago, and almost anyone who’s had a Wii has played the game at one point or another. Nintendo hasn’t announced plans for another Wii-based Mario game since then. In the vacuum left behind, a group of Mario fans have teamed up to build a fan-made, unofficial sequel to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, called Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii.Since Nintendo has said they’re planning to unveil their next generation console at E3, it’s unlikely they’ll put too much additional effort into new titles for the Wii, depending on the timeline for that console’s launch. In the interim, a group of dedicated fans, modders, developers, and homebrew gamers have teamed up to build a successor to the original game.The new game is scheduled for release in November, and the devs behind it plan to release it in a downloadable format that, according to the team, will work on “any homebrew-capable Wii console” and promises you won’t need to resort to “piracy or ISOs” in order to play.All of the similarities and the fact that the modders are using Nintendo’s original art and designs have led to the natural conclusion by many that Nintendo will torpedo this project as soon as it can. Others project that Nintendo will probably wait until the game is near completion and then hit the developers with a cease-and-desist order. Either way, time will tell whether Nintendo will let this one through, although chances are pretty dim that this game will ever see the light of day.Still, Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii will feature over 100 new levels, brand new art, new gameplay styles and power-ups, new maps and enemies, and according to the developers, new “gameplay mechanics,” all designed to create a whole new game – not just a re-skin of the existing game with different terrain. That may have been enough to appease hungry Mario fans anyway, considering how long it’s been since we’ve seen a Wii-based Mario game, but the video looks like we’re about to get much much more.The video shows us we may be in store for ice-covered levels featuring Mario in a penguin suit sliding on his stomach across gaps and obstacles, and mini-Mario levels with super-sized Goombas and Koopas. All of this is side by side with more standard-looking Mario levels that look familiar and easy to jump into and play – that is, if we ever get to play it.Read more at RVLution, via Kotaku
I tweeted to soon… this is my favorite *sips tea* moment of this episode. #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/TueQWf55Zh— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) February 28, 2019Yes, Hiram’s out of the hospital and he’s raring to get back to business. Unfortunately, his stash of fizzle rocks has mysteriously disappeared. Hermione’s told him she needed to dump it because the feds were getting too close, but he doesn’t buy it. He becomes increasingly suspicious when he learns that not only is FP Jones the new sheriff, Gladys Jones has returned to Riverdale. It feels a lot like she’s trying to take over the town, and someone in Hiram’s family has to help her. He mostly suspects his wife, but he makes sure to vaguely threaten his daughter too. Just in case. Love these heartwarming family moments.For her part, Veronica just wants her family to get out of organized crime. A noble goal, if I’ve ever heard one. She asks her dad to go legit. By which she means run his private prison for real. Nothing shady about the for-profit prison industry at all! It only raises his suspicions more when, after asking for a meeting with Gladys, she suggests the same thing. He decides to go along with the “legit” plan anyway, as long as Gladys can guarantee Sheriff FP Jones will arrest enough criminals to keep his prison full. God, Riverdale is getting depressingly too real here. I want my RPG-based serial murderers back. Hiram continues to suspect his family though, and makes cryptic comments about how Hermione won’t be a help or hindrance. That freaks Veronica out enough that, when Hiram call Hermione on a mysteriously large donation to the governor’s campaign, she admits to everything. Hiram says Veronica owes him $75,000, which she accepts. It’s a fair price for her mother’s life, and OH MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS FAMILY? It’s been a long two weeks with no Riverdale. I know I call this show trash all the time, but I need this trash in my life. There are plenty of teen dramas out there, but how many of them have one of the main characters’ mob boss father shaking his own kid down for money? How many of them have a massive gang/cult/drug war brewing over a game of Dungeons & Dragons that’s taken over the town? None of them. That’s why we need Riverdale in our lives. This show is beautiful garbage and I love it.close dialogclose dialogComing back after a brief hiatus, the show is taking its time to build back up again. We last left off with a reset to what must pass for normal in this town. Things are just starting to escalate in this episode. We’re likely in the last 10 episodes of the season, so it’s time to set up the stories that will carry us through to the end. The show is starting fairly slowly (for Riverdale, anyway), and that’s a good thing for now. You don’t want to throw us right back in the deep end. Going full Riverdale right away would be overstimulating. You need to build back up to it. Start small with things like attempted cult murder and family drug smuggling businesses. Excuse me… Gladys lets Jellybean drink coffee??? #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/4OHSI5nKVW— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) February 28, 2019Gladys Jones is totally taking over the town, by the way. All parts of it. FP is so happy to have his daughter back in his house, he’s going along with pretty much anything. Including allowing his son to recruit the Ghoulies back into the Serpents. That doesn’t work out, though. Turns out most of the Ghoulies have joined the Gargoyles, getting way into G&G. That scares Jughead off, but his mom recruits them into the Serpents anyway. He may be starting to suspect his mom’s presence here isn’t entirely on the up and up. I fear that by the time he wises up, it’ll be too late to do anything about it.Over in Archie’s corner (literally), he’s gotten way into boxing now. Most kids would be traumatized by being forced into a teen fight club over an elaborate tabletop RPG quest. Archie just has a taste for the ring now. Tom Keller’s been training him, but Archie’s desperate to have a real match. Keller says he’s not ready, but Archie wants to jump the gun. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a sleazy promoter looking for someone to fight his champ. It wouldn’t be a Riverdale boxing gym without some level of corruption. Archie can have the fight and $5,000 as long as he takes a fall. He agrees, thinking it’ll at least get his name out there. He totally buys the whole “paying your dues” speech. It’s nice to see that, even with all Archie’s been through, he’s still exceptionally dumb.Ashleigh Murray as Josie (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)Fortunately, he’s dating Josie now, who has no qualms telling him how blindingly stupid he’s being. I wish her story wasn’t only here to fix Archie’s mistakes, but at least she has one now, I guess. If it gets us more of Ashleigh Murray singing, I won’t complain too much. They are super cute together anyway. After pointing out that he basically sold himself for $5,000, Archie tries to back out. The promoter won’t let him. If he doesn’t fight, the booker will send all the angry, dangerous bettors after him. And if Archie tries to win the fight, the champ will kill him in the ring. Archie comes crawling back to Tom Keller, who agrees to train Archie again, since the alternative is watching him die. Archie learns to evade as well as give and take punches. During the match, he’s able to hang in there for the full fight, tiring out his opponent. He doesn’t score the knockout, though and the judges give the match to the champion. I’m guessing the promoter bought the judges, because everyone (meaning Keller and Josie) agrees that Archie won.The fight itself was exciting, especially with Josie’s haunting performance building the tension. I always like it when Riverdale cuts between two separate stories reaching their climax, and this was no exception. At the While Archie was trying to not die in a boxing match, Betty was trying to save her mom from possibly dying in a cult initiation. Alice tells Betty at the beginning of the episode that Edgar said she’s ready to be baptized. Betty becomes suspicious of the process when Alice has to sign a waiver exonerating the Farm should any injury or death occur. Betty tracks down someone who escaped the Farm and learns what the baptism entails. They hold a person underwater until they almost drown to death. They believe being that close to death causes them to ascend. Betty picks up on that word too. This is starting to sound like some G&G stuff. That’s an intriguing wrinkle to the season’s big mystery.Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)No time to worry about that now though. Betty runs to save her mom, and arrives just as she stops moving under the water. Betty performs TV CPR on Alice, saving her life. Unfortunately, Alice’s near death experience isn’t enough to convince her that she’s in a dangerous cult. She’s more devoted than ever. Now, she’s going to sell the house and force Betty to live on the Farm with her. In a season full of creepy gargoyles, murders and suicides, this might be the scariest story going. Cults freak me out like nothing else, and I desperately want to see how Betty deals with this new development. I hope we get a lot more of this story next week.Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CWPreviously on Riverdale:Riverdale Season 3 Episode 12 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 11 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 10 Recap SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 Stay on target
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. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Researchers break record for atoms positioned individually in a trap to create defect-free arrays “Finally, we realized that the combination of these scientific developments with advanced optical technologies such as microfabrication of large-scale arrays of microlenses generates an ideal platform for the advancement of scalable quantum technologies,” Birkl said. “Central to our work is that we apply a novel experimental architecture in which we generate a 2-D pattern of optical traps for neutral atoms based on 2-D arrays of microlenses.”Using a large laser beam that illuminates many lenses, the researchers were able to generate several laser traps simultaneously. They generated up to 400 of these traps in parallel and were then able to address them individually.Their experiment had several steps. Birkl and his colleagues started by creating a cloud of rubidium atoms in a room-temperature vacuum system, using a magneto-optical trap (MOT). This allowed them to generate several million rubidium atoms at a temperature of about 100 microKelvin. Subsequently, they turned on the pattern of laser traps and transferred atoms into these traps, with a maximum of 1 atom per trap. Central part of the experimental apparatus for the arrangement of rubidium atoms in defect-free 2D target patterns. The blue laser light is used to initiate coherent quantum operations. Credit: Gerhard Birkl Explore further Citation: The defect-free assembly of 2-D clusters with over 100 single-atom quantum systems (2019, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-defect-free-d-clusters-single-atom-quantum.html “Our research is driven by the observation that physical sciences are right in the middle of a paradigm shift in which the application of quantum physics, i.e. quantum technologies, are becoming the leading technologies in the near future,” Gerhard Birkl, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “A vast list of applications are already foreseeable but I am convinced that of most applications we are not even aware of.”The next step for the field of quantum science and technology is the development of experimental platforms that offer extensive scalability, multisite quantum correlations and efficient quantum error correction. Over the past century or so, researchers have carried out a substantial amount of work on single quantum systems, laying the foundations for current developments. Atomic quantum systems have played a key role in these studies, particularly neutral atoms trapped by light, as they provide well-isolated quantum systems with favorable scaling. “For the upcoming generations of quantum technologies, going to multiple quantum systems, i.e. scaling up the system size is pivotal,” Birkl said. “For that reason we gave ourselves the directive to develop a novel platform that provides highly scalable architectures for atomic quantum systems with full control of all relevant parameters for advancing state-of-the art quantum technologies.”When developing the technological basis for their experiment, Birkl and his students who were involved in the study focused on laser cooled neutral atoms with in optical traps, as these benefit from scientific breakthroughs of the past 25 years. These breakthroughs include laser cooling and trapping, Bose-Einstein condensation, the manipulation of individual quantum systems, and optical tweezers. Researchers at Technische Universität Darmstadt have recently demonstrated the defect-free assembly of versatile target patterns of up to 111 single-atom quantum systems. Their findings, outlined in a paper published in Physical Review Letters, could drive assembled-atom architectures beyond the threshold of quantum advantage, paving the way for new breakthroughs in quantum science and technology. © 2019 Science X Network “We generated patterns that are consisting of trap sites with exactly one or zero atoms,” Birkl explained. “Next, we took an image of the pattern and this allowed us to identify the occupied sites (which required no further action) and empty sites.”Once they determined which sites were occupied and which vacant, the researchers filled all empty sites; picking up a single atom out of a filled site outside the target pattern and transporting it to an empty site in the target pattern. This transport process was carried out using a single focus laser beam that could move in 2-D throughout the whole trap array.”This works like tweezers made out of light, for which reason they are referred to as ‘Optical Tweezers’ and are the invention of Dr. Arthur Ashkin who received part of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for this invention,” Birkl said. “After applying the tweezers for all empty sites, we take another image of the atom distribution and determine success of the process of generating defect-free atom patterns. In case we still have empty sites, we repeat the assembly process one more time. We can do this up to 80 times in one experimental run, which is another reason for our success in generating large defect-free patterns with high probability.”In their study, the researchers operated on a large number of traps (361), placed in a square grid of 19×19, which corresponded to a substantial number of single atoms (approximately 200) and this allowed them to repeat the assembly process numerous times. All these factors ultimately assisted them in breaking the previous record for the assembly of single-atom quantum systems. “The scalability of the physical systems used is pivotal to further progress in this field,” Birkl said. “We were able to significantly increase the pattern size and the success probability of systems based on neutral atoms. No related experiment has demonstrated more than 72 qubits before, needless to say more than 100, or even 111. Our platform has the explicit prospect of being scalable even far beyond that numbers.”Quantum supremacy typically requires over 50 qubits, yet so far only a few quantum technology experiments were able to surpass this threshold. In their experiment, the researchers reached a total of 111 qubits with a clear plan of how to further exceed this number. This is evidence of the scalability of their experimental platform. “In addition, we could get into the regime of quantum supremacy with high success rates, as we demonstrated a success rate of more than 60% for a pattern with 8×8 = 64 qubits,” Birkl added. “With the duration of one experimental run of 1 second, this gives a new defect-free configurations for quantum processing in the regime of quantum supremacy every two seconds.”The study carried out by Birkl and his team could have important implications for several subfields of quantum technology research, including quantum simulation and quantum computing. The researchers are now planning to scale up their platform to 1000 quantum systems, also adding the ability to initiate two-qubit quantum gates between atoms to build a 2-D quantum processor based on Rydberg interactions. In this way, they are also hoping to implement large-scale quantum computing and quantum simulations using their experimental platform. More information: Daniel Ohl de Mello et al. Defect-Free Assembly of 2D Clusters of More Than 100 Single-Atom Quantum Systems, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.203601 Atom pattern assembly: an initial atom distribution with defects is transferred into a defect-free 100 atom target cluster via single-atom transport. Credit: Gerhard Birkl
Kolkata: Popular Bengali actor and Trinamool Congress MP Dev, alias Deepak Adhikari, who is contesting to retain his Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, said on Thursday that his party did not need to indulge in mudslinging as the state government has undertaken numerous development works.Dev, contesting the polls for the second time, also said that he was more experienced this time. “I have worked whole heartedly for the people of Ghatal. The first two years were spent in learning. This time I am more experienced and if I win, you will see a new ‘Dev’. We don’t need to indulge in mudslinging as our Chief Minister has done enough for the state,” Dev said after kicking off his election campaign by offering puja at a temple. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAddressing the people of Keshpur, which is part of his Lok Sabha constituency, the actor elaborated the development works undertaken by the state government and the various schemes that have benefited the people. For Dev, the priority is “to reach out to the people with the development works done by him and the party.” Asked to rate himself as a parliamentarian, he said: “The number keeps changing. As I belong to the film industry, I am used to the fact that if one film is successful, it is not necessary that the next one will do well too.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”I am a very practical person,” he said. Dev mentioned that he read somewhere that in terms of the funds released under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), he occupied the third position, but he never thought about all this while working. “I had spoken about the Ghatal Masterplan in the parliament. It had been sanctioned, but the funds have not been released till date. I also spoke about the railways. In this way, I have learnt how to work,” he said. Appealing to the people to repose their trust in him, Dev said that given a chance, he would do more things that he could not accomplish in his first tenure as the MP. Ghatal goes to the polls on May 12 in the sixth round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. With agency inputs
New Metro changes the way travellers experience Los AngelesNew Metro changes the way travellers experience Los AngelesBeginning May 20, 2016, visitors to Los Angeles will have the opportunity to experience the city’s neighbourhoods like never before as Phase 2 of the long-awaited Metro Expo Line Extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is completed.To commemorate this milestone and celebrate the three-year anniversary of its eco-tourism initiative, carfreeL.A., Discover Los Angeles is unveiling two new self-guided itineraries:DISCOVER DOWNTOWN CAR FREE – Dive deep into one of L.A.’s most talked about neighbourhoods and explore new hotel developments, restaurants and cultural attractionsDISCOVER METRO EXPO LINE CAR FREE – Ride the Metro’s 15 mile (24.1km) stretch from Downtown to Santa Monica and experience neighbourhood gems in between.“The Metro Expo Line Extension marks a significant moment in L.A. County’s transit revolution, making it easier and more convenient to see all that L.A. has to offer,” said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and CEO of Discover Los Angeles.“For the first time in 63 years, residents and visitors will be able to travel between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica aboard a railway. The 6.6 mile (10.6km), USD$1.5billion extension project is proof that our city is committed to changing perceptions of our car-centric roots, while programs like carfreeL.A. enhance the Los Angeles visitor experience without relying on a car.”Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a major renaissance in multiple facets ranging from celebrated cultural institutions and world-class dining to globally-inspired street art and premier entertainment venues. Metro makes navigating these attractions a breeze with several stops located in and around the neighborhood.The new DISCOVER DOWNTOWN CAR FREE itinerary highlights the new SkySlide, a glass-bottomed slide hovering 1,000 feet above city sidewalks; Grand Central Market, a downtown landmark since 1917; The Last Bookstore, California’s largest used and new book and record store, and so much more.The second self-guided itinerary, DISCOVER METRO EXPO LINE CAR FREE, features must-see and -do activities at multiple stops along the 15 mile stretch from Downtown to Santa Monica, where visitors can hop on and off the Metro and get immersed in distinctly different neighborhoods ranging from Exposition Park, home to a world-class collection of museums, sports facilities and recreations areas; La Brea, hub for culture, shopping, art and dining; Culver City, one of L.A.’s most historic and scenic neighborhoods filled with eclectic mix of bookstores, furniture stores and top notch dining; Westwood, cultural mecca and home base for UCLA, surrounded by Beverly Hills, Century City and Brentwood; and Santa Monica, named one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the World by National Geographic.“The Metro Expo Line Extension will offer tourists a convenient and enjoyable way to travel from Downtown L.A. to the beaches of Santa Monica and popular neighborhoods in between,” said Metro CEO Phil Washington. “We are excited to debut the newest extension to our network of railways that connect travellers to various L.A. regions, which is home to world-class entertainment, attractions and cultural institutions including, Universal Studios in Hollywood, Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown and so much more.”carfreeL.A. was launched on Earth Day in 2013 and offers self-guided and curated itineraries to explore the city’s neighborhoods via foot, bike and public transportation. Itineraries are centered on exploring various Los Angeles neighborhoods, attractions and hidden gems. Discover Los Angeles Source = Discover Los Angeles
(L-R: Jim Chung: Director, Global Hotel Chains/Ctrip; Ray Chen: CEO, Accommodation Business Unit/Ctrip; David Zhou: CBO, Accommodation Business Unit/Ctrip; Nayan Peshkar: SVP .Digital, Distribution & Revenue Strategy/MHR; Jun Lai: General Manager, International Market & Hotel Chains/Ctrip; Hana Chlebna: Global Online Distribution Manager/MHR)Ctrip signs China focused Distribution Agreement with Millennium Hotels and ResortsCtrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), one of China’s largest integrated travel services companies (“Ctrip”), today signed an agreement with upscale global hoteliers Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) to develop a global distribution strategy promoting MHR properties to Ctrip’s 300 million strong customer base.The agreement was announced jointly at ITB Berlin by David Zhou, Chief Business Officer for Accommodation Business Unit of Ctrip and Nayan Peshkar, MHR Senior Vice President – Digital, Distribution & Revenue Strategy.It marks the start of an alliance enabling Ctrip to offer MHR’s iconic portfolio of hotels in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia to its China-based business and leisure travel clients. Through the aegis of a strategic collaboration agreement, MHR will partner with Ctrip’s membership program, which will certify its properties as “Chinese Friendly Hotels” and enable them to benefit from Ctrip’s influential ranking system. MHR and Ctrip will also work towards customer initiatives such as the launching of a flagship store on Ctrip’s digital platforms, joint marketing campaigns as well as knowledge sharing and cross exposure programmes for team members.Ctrip is the number one platform for Chinese nationals travelling overseas. About one in four Chinese citizens use Ctrip to book and search for outbound flight tickets, making it the world’s largest outbound travel platform. According to Ctrip’s 2018 Travel Report, its customers’ top destinations are England, France, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, and USA, all of which are home to hotels owned or operated by MHR and its associates.MHR parent company Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. At the end of 2018, it operated or branded a portfolio of 139 properties with over 40,000 rooms. Its respected brands are present in 28 nations around the world, including China where it owns and operates the iconic Grand Millennium Hotel Beijing, as well as operating properties in Hong Kong, Xiamen and other major Chinese destinations. The Group has always had a strong Asian franchise, thanks to its majority ownership by City Developments Limited, one of Singapore’s leading corporations. This, combined with its unique range of iconic properties in popular destinations will make it a valuable addition to Ctrip’s customer offering.David Zhou of Ctrip said, “We are so grateful to be enhancing our relationship with MHR. Chinese outbound tourists reached nearly 150 million in 2018, and the growth for this year remains strong. By signing this China–focused distribution agreement with MHR, we are continuing to offer 300 million members the best hotel experience worldwide whilst enhancing MHR’s presence and boosting new business opportunities for them in the China Market.”Nayan Peshkar of MHR said, “We are delighted to be joining forces with Ctrip and thus raising the profile of our hotel offering in the large and fast-growing China travel market. Asia is our second biggest region of operations, so we already have a deep and embedded experience of what it takes to meet the high demands of business and leisure travelers from China. With hotels located in some of the world’s most attractive destinations, we look forward to welcoming more of Ctrip’s customers in the coming year.”About Ctrip.com International, LtdCtrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading provider of online travel and related services, including accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, package tour and in-destination services, corporate travel management, and other travel related services. It enables business and leisure travellers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. The family of travel brands mainly includes: Ctrip, the largest online travel agency in terms of gross merchandise value and the best-known travel brand in China; Qunar, a leading online travel agency in China; Trip.com, an online travel agency for global consumers; and Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip Group has experienced substantial growth and become one of the largest travel service providers in the world.About Millennium & Copthorne Hotels PlcMillennium Hotels and Resorts is the umbrella brand of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc, a global hospitality management and real estate group, listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MLC).The company owns and/or manages a worldwide portfolio of more than 136 hotels, offering over 40,000 rooms in business and leisure destinations in Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Millennium Hotels and Resorts consist of 4 brand collections: Leng’s Collection, M Collection, Millennium Collection and Copthorne Collection.MHR is a dynamic hospitality group with an outstanding reputation for excellence and taking pride in exceeding the needs of business and leisure travellers. Its properties are well located in the world’s most attractive destinations, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Auckland and Beijing. Millennium Hotels and Resorts offer its guests the perfect address for business and leisure alike. Source = Ctrip.com International
Share Consumers Don’t Understand Mortgage Qualifications Consumer Knowledge Fannie Mae Mortgage Loan Qualifications 2015-12-10 Staff Writer December 10, 2015 544 Views Although credit standards are easing, job markets are improving, and consumers continue to show the desire to own a home, actual homeownership remains at a low level across the nation.So why are consumers not capitalizing on the positive economic conditions the mortgage industry has been experiencing?Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group determined in the recent survey of 3,868 consumers that they just are not knowledgeable about the mortgage qualification process.”Advancing from aspiration to sustainable homeownership is more likely to occur if consumers have an accurate understanding of the requirements to qualify for a mortgage,” Fannie Mae stated in the report. “While it can take years to improve one’s credit score or save for a down payment, undertaking such efforts based on inaccurate information may lead to a needless delay in reaching the goal of owning a home.”The survey showed that consumers lack a basic understanding of minimum mortgage qualification requirements among all consumers, but especially renters that want to buy a home in the next five years.When questioned about mortgage criteria such as down payment, credit score, and debt-to-income ratio, about half of those surveyed could not provide an answer, while only 23 percent are aware of the 3 percent and 5 percent down payment programs.Consumers do appear to check their credit score, with 80 percent of consumers indicating that they have seen their credit score, but 49 percent do not know what their score is or give a number outside of the scoring range.Survey results found that consumers do believe that lenders are the “most influential” source of information for obtaining mortgage advice, followed by family and friends.”Lenders are in a vital position to help close consumers’ knowledge gap of what is required in today’s mortgage market to successfully obtain mortgage credit,” Fannie Mae concluded. “Our results also suggest opportunities to partner with Realtors, counselors, and other groups to help minority consumers build knowledge in the early stages of buying a home. Another element of good news is the large share of “don’t know” responses as it is easier to provide new knowledge than to reverse misperceptions.”Click here to view the full report. in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News, Origination