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As weapons continue to enter western Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region while the Government also violates the arms embargo, a United Nations panel of sanctions experts has called on the authorities in neighbouring countries and others to crack down on unofficial shipments.The four-member panel also recommends in its illustrated report that the Security Council extend and strengthen its embargo and consider designating individuals against whom the sanctions should be applied.“It is clear that arms, especially small arms and ammunition, continue to enter Darfur from a number of countries and from other regions of the Sudan,” experts say in the report. During its investigation, the Panel determined that since the Security Council imposed an arms embargo on all non-governmental groups in 2004, the armed opposition Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) “have continued to receive arms, ammunition and/or equipment from Chad, Eritrea, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, non-governmental groups and other unknown sources.”It cited reports, too, that the two groups receive financial, political and other material support from neighbouring countries, including Libya, Chad and Eritrea, but was unable to determine whether material support for Darfur from the three countries was official, or “the independent actions of Government officials.” But the experts did assert that the Governments of Chad and Libya could do more to prevent the violations. Moreover, “the Panel judges that the Government of Eritrea has provided, and probably continues to provide, arms, logistical support, military training and political support to both JEM and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). Training of JEM and SLA has reportedly occurred at a number of camps in Eritrea on the Eritrea-Sudan border.”The southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) provided training and supplied arms and ammunition to SLM/A, but apparently stopped when it became obvious that its own negotiations on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement with the Government would be finalized. Nonetheless, “there are credible allegations of continued low-level smuggling of weapons and ammunition from southern Sudan into Darfur.”On the Government side, “troops with their weapons being withdrawn from southern Sudan in fulfilment of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement are being transferred to Darfur,” the panel says.In that regard, the African Union (AU) has reported suspicious, unannounced, night-time aircraft landings and departures at El-Fasher and Nyala airports, when they are officially closed and inaccessible to AU monitors, as well as suspicious activities at the airstrip of Tine, according to the report.The Government of the Sudan has reintroduced at least six Mi-24 attack helicopters into Darfur and has used two of them at least once, it adds.Meanwhile, the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMIS) has expressed concern that the Government recently imported certain white aircraft and vehicles into Darfur that could be mistaken for white transport belonging either to AMIS or to UN and other humanitarian agencies, the experts say.The Panel of Experts was set up to help monitor the implementation of the arms embargo imposed by two Council resolutions; inform the Committee about individuals who impede the peace process, violate international law or are responsible for offensive military overflights: monitor the implementation of targeted individual financial and travel sanctions; and develop new recommendations to present to the Security Council. read more

first_imgStock exchange systems around the world rely on computers and their ability to handle orders quickly, and more importantly, correctly. However, on Wednesday the Stockholm Stock Exchange was brought to a grinding halt by an order for -6 futures (which could be an order for stocks, bonds, or currency, for example).That’s clearly a mistake on someone’s part, but surely the stock exchange system should have been able to cope, and why did it cause such a big problem?My understanding of it is this: the reason boils down to how the system reacts to a negative number. It will attempt to convert -6 into a positive number it can then use to trade with. The problem is, -6 gets changed to 4,294,967,290 when converted to an unsigned integer. So rather than carrying out the intended 6 futures purchase, the stock exchange tried to buy 4,294,967,290 futures. Each of those apparently had a value of $107,000, meaning the cost of the transaction to the buyer would be about $460 trillion. That’s many times the gross domestic product of Sweden, so it’s not surprising the exchange couldn’t handle it.The stock exchange managed to get back online a day later on Thursday, with the problem being described as a technical error. But this just goes to show, while we rely on c0omputers heavily, it only takes the simplest of errors to break them. In this case, the development team that created the stock exchange software will be red-faced this week, and a software update is no doubt in the works to handle negative orders properly in future.More at SvD Naringsliv (translated) and the Hacker News discussionlast_img read more

first_imgDes scientifiques recréent le Big Bang en laboratoireSelon la BBC, des scientifiques affirment avoir recréé un mini Big Bang en utilisant le plus grand accélérateur de particules du monde. Dans un tunnel sous terrain près de Genève, en Suisse, l’Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire (le Cern), s’est servie du Grand collisionneur de Hadron, LHC, qui avait coûté 10 milliards de dollars (7,2 milliards d’euros). Son objectif ? En savoir plus sur le plasma qui a formé l’univers une fraction de secondes après le Big Bang, il y a 13,7 milliards d’années.L’expérience a mené aux plus hautes densités et températures jamais créées par des scientifiques, ainsi qu’une matière jamais observée sur Terre auparavant, selon le Telegraph. Elle a ainsi permis d’obtenir une température “un million de fois plus élevée” que celle que l’on retrouve au centre du soleil.”A ces températures, même les protons et neutrons fondent, résultant en un mélange dense et très chaud de quarks (constituants élémentaires de la matière) et gluons (qui confinent les quarks en les liant)”, a expliqué à la BBC le chercheur David Evans de l’Université de Birmingham. Le 9 novembre 2010 à 11:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img20.000 bébés suivis de la naissance à l’âge adulteL’Inserm et l’Ined lanceront fin mars une étude à très long terme sur près de 20.000 bébés nés en 2011. En les suivant de la naissance à l’âge adulte, ils observeront l’impact qu’ont l’environnement, la famille et les conditions de vie sur le développement et la santé des enfants.C’est une première en France. Les chercheurs de l’Inserm (Institut nationale de la santé et de la recherche médicale) et ceux de l’Ined (Institut d’études démographiques) s’apprêtent à lancer une étude à très long terme sur 20.000 bébés nés en 2011. Mentionné jeudi dans Population et Sociétés, le bulletin d’informations de l’INED, le projet a été baptisé ELFE pour “Etude longitudinale française depuis l’enfance” et débutera fin mars. À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgyptePendant près de 20 ans, les chercheurs suivront le développement et la santé des nourrissons de la naissance à l’âge adulte. Ceci afin d’étudier comment l’environnement, la famille et les conditions de vie influencent ces deux paramètres. Ainsi, dès les premiers jours qui suivent l’accouchement, les nouveaux-nés seront examinés et toutes les mères seront questionnées sur le déroulement de leur grossesse, leur alimentation, etc. Les parents seront de nouveau interrogés deux mois plus tard puis aux premier et deuxième anniversaires de l’enfant. Une fréquence d’observations qui diminuera à partir de trois ans. Un suivi très complet De grande envergure, l’étude s’intéressera à une multitude de facteurs aussi variés que : l’exposition aux conditions environnementales, les comportements alimentaires, la situation sociale, les évènements familiaux, le cursus scolaire ou encore les relations aux médias et nouvelles technologies. Le projet permettra donc par exemple d’en savoir davantage sur l’impact aujourd’hui en question des phtalates, bisphénol A, pesticides et autres polluants de l’environnement. D’après l’Ined, des premiers résultats de cette étude totalement inédite en France, pourront être publiés “dès début 2013”.Le 24 février 2011 à 12:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Bees have been mysteriously disappearing for two decades.And while that may be great news for those sensitive to stings, a world without pollinators could be devastating for food production—and, in turn, Walmart’s profits.“Without insect pollination, about one third of the crops we eat would have to be pollinated by other means, or they would produce significantly less food,” according to bee advocate Greenpeace International.Which is why Walmart in 2017 filed a patent for autonomous robot bees pollination drones—a more efficient method of fertilizing crops than blanket spraying.The copyright, recently approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes unmanned vehicles as applicators and detectors, configured to collect pollen from one flower and apply it to another or verify the successful transfer.This is just one of six patents targeting farm automation, according to CB Insights, which first reported the news last week. Additional applications propose using drones to identify pests attacking crops, monitor crop damage, and spray pesticides.Drones, for example, could help identify irritants and shoot targeted sprays of pesticides, CB Insights said. Or simply fly around to shoo off birds—like next-generation “scarecrows or shiny devices,” the patent suggested.“We’re always thinking about new concepts and ways that will help us further enhance how we serve customers, but we don’t have any further details to share on these patents at this time,” a Walmart spokeswoman told Geek in an emailed statement.The retail giant is no stranger to technology: In 2016, it partnered with Five Elements Robotics to create a shopping cart android—a personal bot to follow you around and carry your groceries from aisle to checkout.Last autumn, Walmart introduced a new robotic inventory specialist to scan shelves for issues like blank spaces from sold-out items, incorrect or missing price tags, or misplaced items.Harvard University researchers, meanwhile, have long been developing autonomously flying microbots for use in agriculture. Their so-called RoboBees can fly, stick to walls, and dive into and out of water.Want to support ecological farming and help protect pollinators? Greenpeace suggests buying regional and organic food, avoiding the use of pesticides in your garden, and planting bee-friendly organic flowers.Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 1:50 p.m. Eastern with comment from Walmart. Stay on target NYPD Removes 25,000 Bees From Staten Island Ferry TerminalTruck Crashes While Hauling 130 Million Bees center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgTAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials worked to put of an apartment fire in Tamarac.7 Skyforce HD flew over the scene near Granville Drive and Northwest 75th Street, Thursday afternoon.According to firefighters, rolls of tar paper on the roof caught fire.The building’s residents were forced to evacuate, but no one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_img(WSVN) – People in Miami-Dade and Broward County voted to pass two referendums that will raise revenue for some long awaited improvements to public education and public transportation, respectively.In Miami-Dade, voters approved a property tax hike to increase teacher pay and strengthen school security.Property owners will soon see a tax increase of $75 for every $100,000 in assessed taxable value. About $232 million will be collected by July 2019.The measure passed with 71.10 percent of voters saying “Yes.”Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho reacted to the victory. “It is the community essence saying and expressing its gratitude for unmatched results in terms of academic achievement,” he said. “Two years in a row with no ‘F’ schools, first time ever ‘A’ rated designation given to Miami-Dade, either number one or two in the country, depending on the year in college board advanced placement performance – why wouldn’t the people approve? So I’m here first and foremost to say thank you to the community.”Meanwhile in Broward County, voters decided on a sales tax increase for transportation improvements, including building wider roads and adding buses and bus routes.The county’s tax will increase January 1, from .06 cents to .07 cents for every dollar of taxable goods purchased. The item was a clear victory with 60.4 percent of voters approving.Voters had defeated previous attempts to pass the referendum in 2016, 2006 and 1990.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Email News Pieces Of Woodstock’s Original Wooden Stage Are Now Collectibles Steve Gold followed his personal memories to track down the actual boards trodden by Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, and many morePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2019 – 12:59 pm After history was made by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, and the rest of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival performers in August 1969, 15-year-old festivalgoer Steve Gold helped his girlfriend’s dad move much of the wood on stage to a nearby bungalow colony. Now an experienced music entrepreneur, Gold rediscovered the abandoned boards that had supported the feet of the music legends as they made rock history. The pieces are now being offered as varied, collectible mementos under the banner “Peace of Woodstock Stage.”Gold began the search two years ago. The plywood was located and brought to Wood Science Consulting for authentication, and the manufacturer’s logo, Weyerhaeuser, as well as distinctive paint patterns confirmed they were genuine. “Whether you are a rock and roller like me,” said Gold, “who was there or who lived through it, a Millennial who continues to be influenced by the music and artists who headlined the show, or you are somewhere in between, you can now own a piece of what is the most iconic work of construction in the annals of music.” https://twitter.com/Woodstockstage/status/1108411755363885056 Pieces Of Original Woodstock Stage Now For Sale pieces-woodstocks-original-wooden-stage-are-now-collectibles Twitter Facebook Details of the varied collectible formats are at the Peace of Woodstock Stage website, including peace-sign pendants, a framed plaque and a desktop cube, with solid plywood pieces and a letter of authenticity from Wood Science Consulting. On the most affordable end, two-ounce bottles of sawdust will be put on sale for $19.95 — dubbed “Stardust” after the line in Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock” where she sang, “We are stardust.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities helping Vietnam veterans, the homeless and gun-reform advocacy.Woodstock 50 Performers: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus & More AnnouncedRead morelast_img read more

first_imgTirupati: Lauding the works of famous writer Malathi Chandur, the head of Telugu Department in Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (SPMVV) Prof K Madhu Jyothi has said that the department has taken over the responsibility of preserving her writings for future generations. Malati Chandur has always strived for the good in the society and her writings reflect this nature. She not only contributed several novel and ideal writings but practiced the ideals throughout her life. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us While speaking at Malathi Chandur Memorial Endowment Lecture organised by Department of Telugu of SPMVV on Wednesday, she said that Malathi has always batted for social change which was evident from her writings. The Dean of School of Social Sciences Prof K Murugaiah has remembered that both Malathi and great actress Suryakantham have got Doctorate degrees at the same time. She has contributed several novels, stories, speeches and other works which are quite interesting at all times and attributed all credit to her husband, he said. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us On this occasion, essay writing competition on Malathi Chandur’s literary works was held and distribute prizes to winners. Prof G Aruna Kumari, Y Ramakrishna, Prof Madabhushi Sampath Kumar, Prof N Munirathnamma and Dr D Yuvasri also spoke on the occasion. Dr Y Subhashini, Dr B Lakshmi Priya, faculty of the Varsity, students and research scholars took part in the programme.last_img read more

first_imgHuzurabad: The Huzurabad Area Hospital created a history by conducting a massive blood donation camp under supervision of hospital superintendent Dr V Ravi Praveen Reddy here at the hospital in Huzurabad on Saturday. As many as 119 persons donated their blood during the camp which included journalists, political leaders and other eminent personalities and dignitaries of Huzurabad town. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Hospital superintendent Dr V Ravi Praveen Reddy donated the blood for the 30th time, Jammikunta Area Hospital Superintendent Dr Anitha Reddy donated the blood for 4th time along with the seven councillors, and five journalists, representatives of various people’s organisations and hospital staff. Huzurabad Municipal chairperson Manda Uma, ZPTC Bakka Reddy, District Medical and Health Officer Dr Ram Mohan Rao and Deputy DM&HO Dr Rajamouli and District Coordinator Nagendar also participated in the blood donation camp. The blood bonation camp was held under the supervision of ICTC Sujatha, Nirmala, Nishanth, Kiran, Saraiah, Shankar, Yellaiah, Anitha and John.last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s second largest IT software services company Infosys is being questioned for re-appointing an independent director (Prof Jeffrey Lehman) for a third term, going against the spirit of corporate governance norms. The Bengaluru-based IT software services company proposed the appointment of Prof Jeffrey Lehman as independent director for a two-year term last month. Lehman has already served on the company’s board for nine years. This is being seen as going against the spirit of corporate governance norms as stipulated in the Companies Act 2013 that restricts the tenure of independent directors at 10 years. The Companies Act 2013 begins counting a director’s tenure from when the Act came into force (April 1, 2014). The proposed Infosys resolution had prompted proxy advisory firm Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS) to advise shareholders to vote against the resolution seeking to reappoint Lehman for a third term that would have extended his total tenure in the company beyond 10 years. Infosys justified its decision saying the reappointment was “in compliance with the requirements of the Companies Act and SEBI regulations,” in a filing to the BSE March 22.IiAS responded by saying Lehman’s long tenure on Infosys board removes the “independent” tag from his designation.”Our contention was that the Prof Lehman’s tenure on the board will cross 10 years in April 2016, and therefore, he must not be categorised as an independent director,” it said. IiAS quoted a relevant provision of the Act in support of its argument.” The Companies Act 2013 has set independent directors’ tenure at a maximum of 10 years (2 consecutive terms of 5 years each).” Infosys — co-founded by N R Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilakeni, Kris Gopalakrishnan, S D Shibulal, N S Raghavan, K Dinesh and Ashok Arora — is seeking to appoint Lehman for a short tenure of two years and the company said he “brings to the Board unique and invaluable inputs bridging between past and current perspectives.” Infosys has recently recommended extending MD & CEO Vishal Sikka’s tenure till March 2021.last_img read more

first_imgA 19-member delegation of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States calls on state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam at the ministry in Dhaka. UNB File PhotoA 19-member delegation of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) on Wednesday called for the sustainable return of Rohingyas as the delegation completed a three-day visit to Bangladesh.The delegation members on Wednesday visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district to observe firsthand the situation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar, reports UNB.They called upon all the PUIC member parliaments to continue their efforts together with those of the international community and the UN in order to ensure sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their ancestral homeland in Rakhine State in safety, security, dignity, and with full right of citizenship.Learning about the dire circumstances which forced the Rohingyas to flee their homeland, the delegation condemned the systematic brutal acts committed by the Myanmar forces against this community.They assured Bangladesh of taking up the issue with their respective parliaments, said the foreign ministry.During their visit, the delegation met speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and took a tour of the Bangladesh parliament.They also met state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam at the ministry.The delegation included PUIC secretary general professor Mahmud Erol Klilic and the members of parliament from six member states of PUIC — Algeria, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Sudan and Turkey.The PUIC delegation visited Bangladesh following a decision of the 13th PUIC Conference in Tehran in January 2018, which mandated the member states to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh to take stock of their condition and consider the possibility of extending humanitarian aid to the displaced.The 45th OIC CFM held in Dhaka in May this year garnered special attention and solidarity of the largest association of Muslim countries on the Rohingya issue.last_img read more

first_imgAL general secretary Obaidul QuaderAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said BNP’s demand for deferring the general election to facilitate the foreign observers to monitor the polls is funny, irrelevant, baseless and illogical, reports UNB.”A state can’t defer its election if foreign observers fail to monitor it for their personal reasons,” he said while talking to reporters at the Awami League president’s political office at Dhanmondi.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks against the backdrop of BNP’s allegation that the general election date was fixed on 30 December at the behest of the government to rig vote amid the absence of foreign election observers and diplomats due to Christmas and New Year.He said there are many countries which are friends of Bangladesh. “And our country is not inferior to anyone in respect to dignity,” he said.Replying to a query, the ruling party leader said if BNP tries to wage any movement demanding deferment of the election, the country’s people will resist them.He, however, said the election commission (EC) will decide everything about the polls.Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, “The election date has been set on December 30 so that foreign observers can’t stay here and monitor the polls. The foreign observers, ambassadors, high commissioners and officials of different countries will be on leave on the occasion of Christmas, 31st and New Year.”Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he renewed their demand for deferring the election schedule by a month. “A fresh schedule must be announced further and a level-playing field will have to be created for all the political parties.”last_img read more

first_imgHigh levels of stress in the environment are just as dangerous as toxic chemicals, especially for young children.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children exposed to things like maternal depression, intimate partner violence, extreme poverty, or substance abuse are more likely to develop major emotional and behavioral problems, including depression and drug addiction.That’s where Child First comes in.Child First is an evidence-based model that uses home visits and a network of community services to prevent the devastating effects of adverse childhood experiences. The program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, identifies children and families facing serious challenges and connects them to well-integrated, community-based resources to help them deal with the resulting stress. The program began in Bridgeport, Conn., and quickly spread to other cities throughout the state. It will expand to two other states this year.Check out the video to learn more about how stress affects children, and click here to learn more about Child First.last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics hosted the hearing of the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy from Monday May 27 to Wednesday May 29.  Witnesses from at least 11 countries appeared before representatives to testify on how governments can protect democracy and citizen rights in the age of big data. This section of the hearing, which took place on May 28, includes Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, who talks about how information is powerful and if molded into make-believe lies can turn these lies into facts. In her previous presentation, Maria gave a glimpse of this presentation where she said, “Information is power and if you can make people believe lies, then you can control them. Information can be used for commercial benefits as well as a means to gain geopolitical power.” She resumes by saying, the Philippines, we, here are a cautionary tale for you. An example of how quickly democracy crumbles, is eroded from within and how these information operations can take over the entire ecosystem and transform lies in the facts. If you can make people believe lies are facts then you can control them. “Without facts, you don’t have the truth, without truth you don’t have trust”, she says. Journalists have long been the gatekeepers for facts. When we come under attack, democracy is under attack and when this situation happens the voice with the loudest megaphone wins. She says that the Philippines is a petri dish for social media. She stated, as of January 2019, HootSuite has said that Filipinos spent the most time online and the most time on social media, globally. Facebook is our internet; however, it’s about introducing a virus into our information ecosystem. Over time, that virus lies masquerading as fact, that virus takes over the body politic and you need to develop a vaccine. That’s what we’re in search of and she says she does see a solution. “If social networks are your family and friends in the physical world, social media is your family and friends on steroids; no boundaries of time and space.” She showed that astroturfing is typically a three-prong attack. She has also demonstrated certain examples of how she was subject to an astroturf attack. In the long term, it’s education and you’ve heard from the other three witnesses before me exactly some of the things that can be done in the medium term i.e. media literacy. However, in the short term, it’s only the social media platforms that can do something immediately and we’re on the front lines, we need immediate help and immediate solution. She said, her company Rappler, is one of three fact-checking partners of Facebook in the Philippines and they do take that response really seriously. She further says, “We don’t look at the content alone. Once we check to make sure that it is a lie, we look at the network that spreads the lies”. She says, the first step is to stop new viruses from entering the ecosystem. It is whack-a-mole if one only looks at the content. But when you begin to look at the networks that spread it and you have something that you can pull out. “It’s very difficult to go through 90 hate messages per hour sustained over days and months,” she said. That is what we’re going through the kind of Astroturfing thing that turns lies into truth for us this is a matter of survival. To know more and listen to other questions asked by some other representatives, you can listen to the full hearing video titled, “Meeting No. 152 ETHI – Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics” on ParlVU. Read Next ‘Facial Recognition technology is faulty, racist, biased, abusive to civil rights; act now to restrict misuse’ say experts to House Oversight and Reform Committee Zuckberg just became the target of the world’s first high profile white hat deepfake op. Can Facebook come out unscathed? Facebook bans six toxic extremist accounts and a conspiracy theory organizationlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. A decrease in the price of gasoline was announced Wednesday by the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) and is expected to take effect next week.“Super” gasoline will cost ₡723 ($1.42) per liter (a ₡20 decrease), and “plus” will cost ₡681 ($1.34) per liter (a ₡16 decrease) when published in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Diesel prices, however, will increase ₡5, from ₡604 to ₡609 ($1.20).The price adjustment comes by the automatic calculation system Aresep uses to average the monthly international price of oil with domestic prices.In July, the regulatory agency approved two decreases in fuel prices. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgLed by Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, the €4.7 million European Union ASCENT programme provides access to the European nanoelectronics network and has delivered 100 projects to researchers from 30 countries across the global research community over the last four years. ASCENT has built a community of over 400 researchers from the nanoelectronics modelling and characterisation research community and has provided free-of-charge access to the unique research infrastructure and expertise in three of Europe’s premier research centres.ASCENT opened the doors to the world’s most advanced nanoelectronics infrastructures in Europe in May 2015, when leading European nanoelectronics institutes, Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, CEA-Leti in France and imec in Belgium, entered into this collaborative open-access project to mobilise European research capabilities like never before. Concluding at the end of July 2019, the programme has supported a total of 100 projects from transnational researchers involving customised nanofabrication, a broad range of nano-visualisation and electrical/physical characterisation projects as well as the provision of test wafers, from both imec and CEA-Leti, containing the very latest advanced nano-device technologies.During the course of the programme, ASCENT shared the best scientific and technological practices, formed a knowledge-innovation hub, trained new researchers in advanced methodologies and established a unique research network of advanced technology designers, modellers and manufacturers in Europe. All this helped to strengthen Europe’s knowledge in the integral area of nanoelectronics research.Julie Donnelly, Programme Manager, Tyndall National Institute said: “The three partners each provided researchers with a unique opportunity to access advanced device data, test chips, fabrication facilities and characterisation equipment at Tyndall, imec and CEA-Leti. This enabled the research community to explore exciting new developments in industry and meet the challenges created in an ever-evolving and demanding digital world. During the programme, we undertook an extensive promotion campaign including a series of workshops and a dedicated accelerator programme for PhD students in order to reach as many researchers as possible. The feedback from the users was always very positive and they valued the opportunity to have rapid free-of-charge access to our facilities and collaborate with our experts.”The partners’ respective facilities are truly world-class, representing over €2 billion of combined research infrastructure with unique credentials in advanced semiconductor processing, nanofabrication, heterogeneous and 3D integration, electrical characterisation and atomistic and TCAD modelling. This is the first time that access to these state-of-the-art devices and test structures became available anywhere in the world.The project engages industry directly through an ‘Industry Innovation Committee’ and fed back the results of the open research to device manufacturers, giving them crucial information to improve the next generation of electronic devices.This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 654384last_img read more

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Carter has had a number of senior level vacancies to fill. Gen. Joe Dunford has been nominated as the next chairman of the joint chiefs, which opens up his current job as commandant of the Marine Corps.___AP National Security Writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Last year, Richardson ordered a broad investigation into allegations that a cheating ring had operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site. Nearly three dozen sailors were kicked out of the program after the Navy discovered they were cheating on qualification exams. They were seeking to become qualified as instructors at the nuclear training unit in Charleston, South Carolina.Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy’s 83 nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers.In an interview with The Associated Press last August, Richardson said he was “loaded for bear” early on in the investigation, because he wasn’t convinced the cheating was confined to a single training unit. But he later came to believe it hadn’t spread, which helped the cheating go undetected for so long.During the probe, Richardson met with each of the accused and said he heard at least two common themes: a belief that there was little risk of getting caught, and a work environment at the nuclear training site that created stresses and pressures on the instructors. He said he was taking steps to ease the pressures and to strengthen ethics training. Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories center_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is recommending that Adm. John Richardson, head of the Navy’s nuclear program, be named the next chief of naval operations, U.S. officials said Tuesday.If confirmed by the Senate, Richardson would be the second submariner in a row to serve as the Navy’s top officer. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the current Navy chief, also spent much of his career serving as a submarine officer. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the announcement Wednesday, and will also disclose who he is recommending as the next chief of staff of the Army. A number of senior officers have been discussed as leading candidates for the Army job, including Gen. John Campbell, the top commander in Afghanistan; Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top commander for the Middle East; Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces in Korea; and Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of Army forces in the Pacific. Other names include Gen. Dan Allyn, the vice chief of the Army and Gen. David Perkins, who heads U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the nomination ahead of the announcement so spoke on condition of anonymity.Richardson is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in physics, and he also holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as director of the Navy’s nuclear reactors program since November 2012, and his choice signals the military’s continued emphasis on undersea warfare and nuclear deterrence.One official said Richardson has a reputation in the Navy as an analytical strategic thinker, and that he is expected to continue to make the planned nuclear submarine replacement program a top priority. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Let’s look at some of the most popular, failed, weirdest and even unusual New Year’s resolutions from around the world.Top 10 most broken resolutions:According to Time, these are the top 10 most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions…1 Lose weight and get fit2 Quit smoking3 Learn something new4 Eat healthier and diet5 Lower debt and save6 Spend more time with family7 Travel8 Be less stressed9 Volunteer10 Drink less New Year’s resolution statistics:According to Statistic Brain, these were 2014’s most popular resolutions:11 Lose weight12 Get organised13 Spend less, save more14 Enjoy life15 Stay fit and healthy16 Learn something exciting17 Quit smoking18 Help others19 Fall in love20 Spend more time with family Top weirdest Twitter New Year’s resolutions:21 “New Year’s Resolution- Stop using my cat as an excuse for a boyfriend” – Laura Leigh Gedeon.22 “New Year’s Resolution – Stop fancying a slice of buttered bread with every meal” – Freya.23 “My New Year’s resolution is to never by accident walk in on my dad cleaning the shower naked ever again” – Lauren Brady.24 “My 2013 New Year’s resolution? Have less hairy nipples and more hairy armpits”- jimzwall.Unusual new year’s resolutions:Thanks to Real Buzz, here are some unusual resolutions.25 Take your photo in five interesting places26 Learn a decent party trick27 Break a record28 Make a new friend each month29 Develop a good relationship with your body30 Learn something you didn’t learn as a child31 Try new food each week32 Make the usual unusual33 Sort out financial worries34 Do something nice for someone else every daylast_img read more

first_imgThe ground-breaking ceremo­ny for Fiji Airports’ Nausori International Airport Up­grade and Runway Extension Pro­ject will be carried out by Prime Minister the Voreqe Bainimara­ma.The project worth millions in­volves the expansion of airport fa­cilitiess and includes the construc­tion of a bigger runway and a new terminal.Mr Bainimarama had earlier highlighted at a talanoa session at the Mahadevi Temple at Vuci, Nausori, that the deal to extend the runway at the Nausori Inter­national Airport had been done and approved by Fiji Airports, the Lands Department, iTaukei Lands Trust Board (TLTB) and the land-owners.Attorney-General and Minister responsible for Civil Aviation, Ai­yaz Sayed-Khaiyum, had earlier highlighted that the largest air­craft that lands at Nausori Airport is the Boeing 737-800 that has di­rect flights to Sydney and also to Auckland.However, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this aircraft actually flies not a full load because of the length of the runway.The current runway length he said was about 1868 metres long and 30 metres wide.The ideal length for the Boeing 737 operational on full load capac­ity, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said, was 2100 metres, so this was why all these years when it had been flying it did not take the full load because it needed a longer runway.In July, Fiji Airports successfully commissioned the new Instrument Landing System (ILS)/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) at the Nadi International Airport.Fiji became the first country out­side of Europe to make the transi­tion from a operating ILS to a new ILS/DME with zero downtime.Fiji Airports executive chairman Faiz Khan noted that the installa­tion of the ILS/DME at Nausori Airport will be completed after the runway is extended by 2020.The post Nausori International Airport Upgrade And Extension Project Groundbreaking Ceremony appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more