Militant arrested arms recovered in Manipur

first_imgImphal: A militant has been arrested and a cache of arms and ammunition recovered in separate incidents in Manipur, police said. A team of Manipur Police arrested the militant, belonging to Kangleipak Communist Party (KK Nganba group), while conducting a search operation at Thoubal Bazaar area on Monday, a statement said. Meanwhile, a combined team of Manipur Police and Assam Rifles recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, during a search operation for Kuki National Front (KNF-N) militants, at B Gamnom village in Imphal East district on Saturday, it said. The cache, comprising an AK-47 rifle, a Lethod gun with four shells and a large number of AK-47 bullets were found buried in the ground, it said.last_img read more

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Author and former child soldier Ishmael Beah signs on as UNICEF advocate

“Ishmael Beah speaks on behalf of young people around the world whose childhoods have been scarred by violence, deprivation, and other violations of their rights,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, calling the new Advocate “an eloquent symbol of hope for young victims of violence, as well as those working to demobilize and rehabilitate children caught up in armed conflict.”“As a child soldier, your rights are constantly violated,” said Mr. Beah, who was forcibly recruited in his native Sierra Leone when he was only 13. More than two years later UNICEF negotiated with warlords for the release of Mr. Beah and other child combatants and placed him in a rehabilitation programme.After finding his way to New York and finishing his education, Mr. Beah published his memoir, A Long Way Gone, which UNICEF said has helped to foster better understanding of the life of a child soldier. “For many observers, a child who has known nothing but war, a child for whom the Kalashnikov is the only way to make a living and for whom the bush is the most welcoming community, is a child lost forever for peace and development. I contest this view,” he said. “For the sake of these children it is essential to prove that another life is possible.”The announcement of Mr. Beah’s appointment coincided with the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty created to help prevent the kind of suffering that he endured. Approved by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, the treaty sets the ground rules for a better life for all children, and is the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world. Marking the anniversary in Kabul, UNICEF called on the Afghan Government and civil society to renew their joint commitment to its principles.In a news release, the agency noted that progress has been made since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, with the enrolment of 6 million children in schools, an increase in access to clean water and sanitation for half a million children, the empowerment of 62,500 women with literacy courses, and a reduction in infant mortality from 165 per 1,000 live births in 2001 to 135 per 1,000 live births in 2006. But the agency noted that in Afghanistan, two generations “have grown up knowing mostly conflict, insecurity, displacement and isolation resulting in the breakdown of support mechanisms within families, schools and communities, causing the loss of their rights and ability to reach their full potential.” UNICEF is supporting a government initiative to create Child Protection Action Networks, now active in 29 provinces, which helps to secure the rights of children in Afghanistan. “We have a duty to ensure that children in Afghanistan enjoy their right to live a life free from violence,” said Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan.Meanwhile in Baghdad, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) voiced hope that the country’s children will have the future free from violence or dislocation that they deserve.Commemorating the treaty’s anniversary, the UN issued a news release voicing alarm that only one in three Iraqi children under the age of five has access to safe drinking water. In addition, over one fifth of children under five suffer from stunting and 4.8 per cent from wasting, while 7.6 per cent are underweight. Meanwhile, the infant mortality rate is estimated at 35 per 1,000. “The UN is equally troubled that more than 220,000 school children have been displaced from their homes since early 2006, disrupting their access to proper schooling.” The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, noted that the UN played an active role in child vaccination campaigns, helped fight a recent epidemic of cholera and assisted Iraqi schoolchildren with books and materials. “However, we all need to do much more to relieve the stress of Iraq’s children, and help ensure their proper growth into adulthood as they are the future of the country.” 20 November 2007Author and former child soldier Ishmael Beah was appointed today as a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advocate for Children Affected by War, the agency announced as it marked the 18th anniversary of the landmark Convention on the Rights of the Child. read more

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William Valentine 52 reported missing in Co Offaly

first_imgA MAN HAS been reported missing in Co Offaly, after last being seen at a roundabout in Tullamore.Gardaí at Tullamore said they are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 52-year-old William Valentine from Geashill, Co Offaly.They said that William was last seen on the afternoon of Thursday 10 October 2013 at the Cappincur roundabout in Tullamore.He is described as being 5’ 9”, medium build, grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen, William was wearing navy blue chinos, a white shirt, navy jacket and Timberland boots.Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 9327600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.last_img read more

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Ohio executes man for drugfueled bookstore murder

first_imgI am here for Henry Dupree. I’d like to apologize to the family for what I’ve done. I’m sorry.Treesh also thanked prison staff and his execution team, saying “they treated me well.”Treesh, 48, had exhausted his appeals after 18 years on death row and was denied relief by Republican Governor John Kasich, who had previously commuted the sentences of four other death row inmates and expressed reservations about the death penalty.Treesh was condemned to die for the murder of a 58-year-old security guard and the attempted murder of a 42-year-old salesman in the armed robbery at a bookstore in Eastlake, Ohio. He was arrested after a lengthy high speed chase.The crime capped a three-week spree of violence and sexual assault in five other states (Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin) committed with an accomplice as they sought money to buy more drugs, court documents showed.Living proofTreesh had previously expressed remorse while in prison and said the murder was not premeditated.“I am living proof of what drugs can do to you. If it saves one kid, then maybe my dying is not in vain, this is the only positive thing I can do to try and help right a wrong,” he told the local paper.Treesh is the 50th person executed in Ohio and the 1,324th in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. There are currently more than 3,000 people on death row in the United States.- © AFP, 2013 THE STATE OF Ohio executed a man who killed a security guard while robbing a bookstore amid a drug-fueled crime spree, officials said today.Frederick Treesh, who was stealing money to buy more cocaine at the time of the 1994 murder, is the fourth inmate executed so far this year in the United States.RemorseHis death by lethal injection was declared at 10.37am (3.37pm GMT), a spokesman for the state’s prison department told AFP.He expressed remorse in his last words, telling observers that he wished a photo of his execution could be used to convince others to stay away from drugs.This is where drugs lead you. This is true life.last_img read more

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It feels so cruel Family of critically ill Irish man plead for

first_img Share104 Tweet Email3 By Garreth MacNamee 56,932 Views THE FAMILY OF a man who suffered a serious heart attack in Canada is pleading with the public to help bring him back to Ireland.Ciaran Kelly, from Bray, Wicklow, suffered a cardiac arrest on St Patrick’s Day. He had been living in Vancouver, Canada at the time. Due to oxygen deprivation brought on by the heart attack, Ciaran was left with severe brain damage.The family flew out to be by his bedside but it is costing $15,000 a day just to keep him in hospital.The family is looking for €100,000 to bring Ciaran back to Ireland so he can continue his recovery at home.According to a GoFund me page set up to raise money for the medical bills: “On the 17th of March, our whole life was turned upside down. We received the devastating news that our son Ciaran, aged 32, suffered a cardiac arrest and, as a result of this, his brain was deprived of oxygen.“Upon arrival, we were told the devastating news that Ciaran was critically ill on life support with severe brain damage.” ‘It feels so cruel’: Family of critically ill Irish man plead for donations to bring him home The family is looking for €100,000 to bring Ciaran back to Ireland. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As a family, our main concern is to get Ciaran home to Ireland so we can provide him with the care and support he so desperately requires.

The current cost of Ciaran’s medical care in the ICU in Burnaby Hospital Vancouver is $15,000 a day. At present ,which is only day 5, it has accumulated to $75,000. As you can imagine, the stress and worry of what is happening is unbearable for us and feels so terribly cruel.The family has pleaded with the Irish and Canadian governments for help but they were told that there was nothing which could be done.The statement from the Kelly family added: “We cannot express the urgency of this situation at this horrendous time. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for any donation you can contribute as it will bring us one step closer to bringing Ciaran home.”Read: Hopes that dives to wreckage of Rescue 116 can begin today >Read: Poll: Do you support the strike by Bus Éireann workers? >center_img Short URL Mar 24th 2017, 8:51 AM Friday 24 Mar 2017, 8:51 AM 59 Comments last_img read more

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Sinodinos stands down

first_imgAssistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos stood down on Wednesday from the front bench, amid corruption inquiries into his involvement in the company Australian Water Holdings (AWH).The Assistant Treasurer made a short statement at the beginning of Senate Question Time, after facing three days of damaging media and political pressure about his involvement in AWH, a company associated with corrupt former NSW Labor Minister Eddie Obeid.Senator Sinodinos will stand aside while giving evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in New South Wales.Prime Minister Tony Abbott described his decision as the “right and decent thing”. “I look forward to his restoration to the ministry,” Mr Abbott said. Arthur Sinodinos, along with other labor and liberal operatives stood to gain tens of millions of dollars from a deal involving a company linked to the family of discredited former NSW labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, the corruption inquiry heard on Monday.Sinodinos, treasurer of the Liberal Party in NSW at the time under investigation, was installed on the board of the Obeid-linked Australian Water Holdings (AWH) in 2008 in order to open lines of communication with the Liberal Party’, as it was stated in the ICAC hearing.As an AWH director Arthur Sinodinos was earning $200,000 per anum for approximately 100 hours of work per year, and would have ”enjoyed a $10 or $20 million payday” if Australian Water had won a lucrative contract with the state government owned Sydney Water, according to the hearing. Senator Sinodinos has since abandoned his rights to shares in the water infrastructure company, denies any wrongdoing and is ready to testify as a witness and help the enquiry. Arthur Sinodinos was given 5 per cent of AWH when he became a director in 2008, plus another 2.5 per cent if the deal with Sydney Water was to go through.Source: Fairfax Media Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Why You Should Be Excited For Young Justice Season Three

first_img All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCDC Announces Streaming Service, a Swamp Thing Series & More DCEU News We’ve been hearing rumors for years about a possible third season of Young Justice, and now, it’s officially happening.Warner Bros, along with creator Greg Weisman, who’s been supportive of returning to the program and has pushed for Netflix to pick it up for new episodes, made the big announcement on Monday, followed immediately by everybody on the internet freaking out despite knowing next to nothing. We’re back, baby! #YoungJustice3— Greg Weisman (@Greg_Weisman) November 7, 2016 Stay on target WB makes a little announcement. Internet EXPLODES!Go figure.(Little announcement = #YoungJusticeSeason3)It’s crash. But stay whelmed.— Greg Weisman (@Greg_Weisman) November 8, 2016The short-lived series always had its passionate fans. When it was canceled in 2013, fans took to the internet to try and restart it with petitions and crowdfunding. It’s been consistently on Netflix since then, which has only created more fans.“The affection that fans have had for Young Justice, and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” said Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation.Original producers Weisman and Brandon Vietti (responsible in part for Batman: Under the Red Hood and Superman: Doomsday) will be returning.There’s been a weird hole in the lives of cartoon enthusiasts since Young Justice was canceled. It wasn’t a perfect show by any means, but the DC animated series, which ran for only two seasons, combined intricate plot lines, comic book absurdity, and genuine relationships well, almost never faltering despite its giant cast and its responsibility of introducing audiences to some of the lesser-known heroes.While Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited were able to delve into more detail concerning heroes like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Young Justice starred the sidekicks of these famous heroes. While the recognizable faces still existed in this world, they mostly stayed on the edges, appearing when a team member called for it–like in the case of the awkward relationship between Superboy and Superman–and for overarching plots that forced the young team to rise to the level of their mentors.You’d be pressed to find many differences between Young Justice and a daytime soap opera, minus the source material. In between the fighting, there was romantic and personal turmoil, which was typical of the young teens they were in season one, with one story line usually in place each episode to run parallel to the main action. There were plot twists, just like in any comic book, but they all felt deserved, and most had consequences that were able to better explore the characters. The season two story with Red Arrow, particularly, is heartbreaking because while there’s some science fiction stuff leading the way, it’s joined by strained, realistic relationships between friends, mentors, and lovers.In just two seasons, the show was able to fit in immense amounts of DC history, characters, and stories. Additionally, it seems that each of the characters get a moment to shine with a consistent conflict keeping them motivated. At the least, some of the minor heroes not explored still engage in story arcs on the periphery, and still have implications on the episodes in which they appear.Just think of all the characters that appeared in this show: Superboy, Miss Martian, Blue Beetle, Aqualad, Nightwing, Robin, Wally West, Wonder Girl, Cheshire, Artemis, Red Arrow, and so many others. It was hard to keep track, especially between seasons one and two because of a time jump, but you got to know most of them, even if it was just for 10 minutes.Weisman has worked on cartoons that manage to maintain balance despite story and character bloat. Readers will remember I said something similar about Spectacular Spider-Man, which is another series Weisman oversaw. While television has the advantage of space and time to explore characters, it’s a challenge to make sure none overstay their welcome or audiences don’t feel slighted.Of course, fans still longed for resolution, but only because the show was canceled. There were many questions left unanswered, many of which concerned events that occurred between seasons one and two. When did Dick Grayson become Nightwing? Why did Wally West and Artemis leave the team?This cancellation was partially because Cartoon Network wanted to make room for new DC shows like Teen Titans Go! but also, according to Weisman and Paul Dini, who was working on other shows for the network, toy sales weren’t what executives wanted. Dini stated that many of shows that had a sizable female audience wouldn’t work because they didn’t want to sell toys to girls or older audiences, but to young boys. Weisman confirmed that lacking toy sales was part of the decision to end the show.Bringing Young Justice back is reintroducing this style of cartoon to the masses. While Cartoon Network would come around to shows with more mature themes (such as Steven Universe), at the time, it was looking for random, goofy humor. Young Justice had that as well, but it was more than just a good superhero romp. It made you care. I’m not an executive so I don’t know if I would’ve made the same decision (probably not), but With all the platforms available for watching shows, along with different strategies and audiences, there is now room for it.I remember watching the finale of Young Justice with friends who had been closely following the show. Being a Marvel person and not having watched the show before, I was going in blind. I didn’t even know there was a Kid Flash, let alone cared about what happened to him.However, by the end of the episode, everybody in the room was in tears. One girl was screaming at the television. She had worn Wally West colors for the event and was regretting it. I had barely watched the show, and I cared. Of course, I watched it later and have seen it about three or four times since and there’s still an emotional punch, especially to that finale.And luckily, we’ll be seeing that resolution.last_img read more

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first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYWe have been a witness to the confrontation between the PIU and the civilians near the Bakoteh Dumpsite. It was not the type of situation one would want to witness in a new Gambia.The state would need to investigate through a Coroner’s inquest how the death of Lamin Krubally occurred at the Nema Kunku Police Station.We have heard it said over and over again that civilians are becoming unruly and they need to be taught a lesson. Any government which abandons the rule of law and democratic methods runs the risk of building a security apparatus that becomes an instrument of coercion instead of an instrument of protection.If the tension of the Bakoteh Dumpsite could be resolved, would it be difficult to consider that a reoccurrence could also be prevented through dialogue with the executive and diligent action taken to address the legitimate concerns of the people of the area including the children at SOS Village?If the site remains unmanaged as it is now the smoke may emerge again to haunt the little children. That would be a big shame. The state needs to look inwards and address civil security relations in a democratic manner.last_img read more

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White nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at UF

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) – White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida, after the school changed its stance on allowing the event on campus.Related: UF reconsiders hosting white nationalist event after legal threatRichard Spencer will appear Oct. 19 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.According to the Associated Press, the university has repeatedly stated that it will not be affiliated with the event in any way. However, as a public institution, UF is legally obligated to allow the expression of many viewpoints by external groups, such as Spencer’s National Policy Institute.The AP also reported that the school is charging the allowable costs of $10,564 for rent and security.Spencer led the large group of demonstrators who carried torches in Charlottesville earlier this year. Clashes with counter-protestors a day later led to the death of one woman.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Black Friday 2014 Opening Hours Timing for UK Stores Best Deals and

first_imgA look at some of the best Black Friday 2014 deals, opening timings, and a handy guide to get bargains in the UK Stores.ReutersBlack Friday is here and if one is looking for a bargain before Christmas, it is the day to make the best of your budget. The American import is gaining huge popularity in the United Kingdom as well, with many of the large retailers selling numerous itemsFollowing is a look at some of the best deals, store opening timings, and a handy guide to get bargains in the UK Stores. Click on the links provided to see the best deals the individual stores are offering:Asda: Asda stores will open at 8am (British time) nationwide on Friday, and will run two days of what they have called “earth shattering” prices. Visit the official website for details.Sainbury’s: Almost 485 stores across the UK will have Black Friday discounts on 28 November. The Black Friday sale starts at 1am. See the Black Friday offers page in their official website.Tesco: Starting at midnight at 28 November, Tesco stores will have a lot in store for buyers. Check the offers and deals in the official website.GAME: The store started hourly deals on 27 November at 6 pm ahead of the midnight opening of stores across the country. Check all the hourly deals in the official website.John Lewis: It won’t have any specific Black Friday offers as such. However, its commitment to being “Never Knowingly Undersold” would mean their price will always give competition. Stores will open at 8am on 28 November. Its flagship Oxford Street store in West London will remain open until 10pm. Check the Flack Friday deals online.Argos: The deals and offers were announced at 1am on 28 November. While Argos is encouraging customers to buy their products online, the stores will be opening at normal times. Check the official website for best Black Friday deals and options. Also Read: US stores and opening Timingslast_img read more

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HCL Tech shares plunge 10 on revenue warning

first_imgShare prices of India’s fourth largest IT firm, HCL Tech, plunged on Thursday after the company said that its revenue would be hit by currency fluctuations in the July-September quarter.HCL shares were down nearly 10% or Rs 95 to trade at Rs 886 at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).”During this quarter, revenues to be reported in US dollar would have an adverse impact of 80 basis points on account of sharp depreciation of multiple currencies against US dollar,” HCL Tech said in a statement to the BSE.Growing expectations over interest rate hike by the US central bank this year has resulted in sharp appreciation of the greenback against its major counterparts.”HCL Tech’s revenue growth is likely to be 0 per cent to 1 per cent QoQ in reported US dollar terms for the July-September quarter of 2015. This is against the 3 per cent we had factored in earlier,” Girish Pai of domestic brokerage Nirmal Bang Securities, told NDTV Profit.HCL also warned that its earnings would be negatively impacted by some client-related issue. It sees $20 million revenue loss from differences with one of its major clients.”In one of the multi-million custom application development project being executed for one of the customers…certain differences have arisen on with the customer,” HCL Tech said.Besides, the company cited “skewness in revenue growth due to transition timelines for complex engagements in infrastructure management services (IMS),” as another reason for revenue loss in the first quarter of its fiscal year that starts from July.”We do not view the skewness in complex IMS contracts as an indicator of weak revenue growth in IMS on an annual basis as elongated transition of some contracts is a timing issue and would mean revenues would be recognized with a delay. We witnessed this in 2014 as well when weaker growth in 2Q was followed by strong growth in 3Q,” Goldman Sachs said in a note read more

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Chocolate City Is Older than You Think

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comGeorge Derek Musgrove, an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was the guest speaker at the Ward 8 Democrats meeting on July 22 at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center in Southeast. Musgrove, one of the Washington area’s leading historians, is the co-author of the book, “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.” He told the 50 attendees of the meeting that the District’s history is deeply steeped in race.“D.C. has been a Chocolate City since its inception,” he said. “Blacks, free and enslaved, worked on the building of the U.S. Capitol and other buildings and that was designed to keep White laborers in check. In the 1830s, D.C. became the only slave jurisdiction where there were more free Blacks than enslaved.”George Derek Musgrove, a history scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, new books explores the history of ‘Chocolate City.’ (Courtesy Photo)“Chocolate City” chronicles the Black presence in the District before the country’s founding. Musgrove and his co-author, Chris Myers Asch, noted the nation’s capital is located where it is to appease the slave states of the new United States. The book talks about the struggles of free and enslaved Blacks in the antebellum District and during the Civil War.It also talks about the progress and digression Blacks had during Reconstruction and the period after. In its final chapters, the book talks about the city becoming the first major urban center to have a Black majority in 1957, White flight in the 1960s, Home Rule in the 1970s and the rise, fall and rise of Marion Barry. The book ends with the defeat of Mayor Adrian Fenty by then D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray in 2010.Musgrove said the selection of “Chocolate City” in the title was deliberate. “We chose ‘Chocolate City’ for a title because Washington has always been a chocolate city, with a substantial number of Blacks living here,” he said.Musgrove said another reason for the title is the strong African-American culture that has existed in the District since its founding, mentioning night clubs, Black musicians, and entertainers that had substantial influence in the city and throughout the nation.“Culturally, Black folks were doing something special here,” he said.The third reason for the moniker has to do with the politics surrounding the heavy Black presence. “Washingtonians of all colors want self-determination,” Musgrove said. “Advancements took place during and after the civil rights movement with the 1969 election of a school board and a non-voting congressional delegate in 1971 and culminating in Home Rule in 1973. All of these things took place even in the face of a growing Black population in the city.”Musgrove told the AFRO that Barry, who was born in Mississippi and came to the District in 1966 as the chairman of SNCC, rose to power by paying attention to the needs of working class and low-income Blacks in the city.“Barry knew how to count,” Musgrove said plainly. “While many Black politicians walked away from the Black empowerment message in the 1980s and 1990s, he never did and that is why he was so successful.”last_img read more

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Cantilever bends repeatedly under light exposure for continuous energy generation

first_img(a) An illustration of the energy-harvesting cantilever device. (b) A photo of the cantilever. (c) An optical micrograph and SEM image of the CNF material. Image credit: Venu Kotipalli, et al. ©2010 American Institute of Physics. ( — With the goal to enable small electronic devices to harvest their own energy, researchers have designed a device that can convert light and thermal energy into electricity. When exposed to visible light and/or heat (infrared) radiation, the 20-mm-long carbon-nanotube-film-based cantilever bends back and forth repeatedly, as long as the light and/or heat remains on. This is the first time that such cyclic bending behavior, which the scientists call “self-reciprocation,” has been observed in this kind of system. IMEC reports 40 microwatt from micromachined piezoelectric energy harvester Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. More information: Venu Kotipalli, et al. “Light and thermal energy cell based on carbon nanotube films.” Applied Physics Letters 97, 124102 (2010). DOI:10.1063/1.3491843 The researchers, led by Professor Long Que and including graduate students Venu Kotipalli, Zhongcheng Gong, and other students from Louisiana Tech University, have published a paper on the device in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. In their experiments, they demonstrated that the device could generate 2.1 microwatts of power at a light intensity of 0.13 W/cm2, which is sufficient to operate some low-power microsensors and integrated sensors. The researchers predict that the power output could be significantly improved with further optimization.“The greatest significance of this work is that it offers us a new option capable of continuously harvesting both solar and thermal energy on a single chip, given the self-reciprocating characteristic of the device upon exposure to light and/or thermal radiation,” Que told The 20-mm-long energy-harvesting device consists of a layer of carbon nanotube film (CNF) placed on top of an electrode and a piezoelectric material called lead zirconate titanate (PZT). Since carbon nanotubes are excellent absorbers of photons, the CNF layer efficiently absorbs the radiation and causes the underlying PZT layer to bend. As a piezoelectric material (known for its ability to convert mechanical energy into electricity), the moving PZT layer generates power. The impressive thing about the new device is that, once the cantilever reaches its maximum displacement under the radiation, the displacement decreases, then increases again, and continues this cycle as long as the radiation remains on. When the radiation is turned off, the displacement decreases to zero. As the scientists explain, the self-reciprocation is due to the cantilever continuously absorbing photons, as well as its high electrical conduction and rapid thermal dissipation into the environment. The self-reciprocation characteristic means that the energy-harvesting device has the ability to continuously generate energy without consuming other additional energy, such as for modulating the radiation. “To the best of our knowledge, previous reported research mainly exploited and developed for DC displacement,” Que said. “We observed this self-reciprocation phenomenon in my lab by accident for the first time, and thereafter we did a series of systematic experiments and confirmed that this phenomenon always occurs not only in the lab but also in the field under sunlight. In order to better understand this observation and optimize the performance of this technology, further fundamental investigations have been underway in our lab.” In the future, the scientists plan to investigate the contributions from the light and heat when the device is under illumination, although their observations so far indicate that the thermal portion is the major contributor. The scientists also anticipate that decreasing the device’s internal resistance, and perhaps operating an array of devices, could improve the power output. The energy-harvesting device could potentially be used to power a wide variety of systems, from implanted biomedical devices to remotely located sensors and communication nodes. “I also would like to mention that, given the nature of the cantilever-based device, actually this technology can harvest additional multiple types of energies such as all types of vibrational energies and wind energy as well, which we have already experimentally demonstrated but not reported in this article,” Que said. “This technology is truly a hybrid energy-harvesting technology.”Additional coauthors of the paper are Pushparaj Pathak, Tianhua Zhang, Yuan He, and Shashi Yadav. Citation: Cantilever bends repeatedly under light exposure for continuous energy generation (2010, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Heres how to make difficult New Years resolutions work

first_imgNew Year resolutions are not as hard to stick to as people generally assume if you follow a few simple methods, says a psychology lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Australia.One of the research-supported methods to stick to New Year’s resolutions is to set goals with friends instead of going about it alone, said Lisa Williams in an article published recently in The Conversation, a news and commentary site.“One research study found signing up for a weight-loss programme with friends and having that social support reinforced over time resulted in an increase from 75 percent to 95 percent in course completion. It even resulted in an increase from 24 percent to 66 percent in weight-loss maintenance, compared to signing up alone and receiving treatment not focused on social support,” Williams said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Another way to make resolutions work is to set a range for a goal, rather than making it specific. “Research suggests that setting a range for a goal (planning to lose five to ten kilograms) rather than a specific target (aiming to lose eight kilos) will likely be more effective,” she pointed out.Williams also suggested that recommitting yourself to the goals at regular intervals — for example, on first day of every month or first day of every week can boost your chances of achieving the goals that you have set for yourself.“Clearly, the calendar itself can help in re-committing to goals. From this view, ‘a case of the Mondays’ could be the impetus to revisit the gym, shut off email in the evening, or trade spaghetti bolognese for salad,” Williams noted.last_img read more

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Preparing for Its First Space Trip Richard Bransons Virgin Galactic Breaks Sound

first_imgThe spacecraft reached a maximum speed of Mach 1.2 with its own rocket power. (Mach 1 is the speed of sound.) Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire, which includes space transportation company Virgin Galactic and commercial airline Virgin Atlantic, called the achievement “without any doubt, our single most important flight test to date.” Following Monday’s successful test, the company says it is on track to make its first space flight by the end of 2013, with the goal of beginning commercial space flights the following year.During yesterday’s test, a carrier aircraft brought SpaceShipTwo to an altitude of 44,000 feet before releasing it. At that point, the spacecraft’s pilots triggered its rocket motor, reaching an altitude of 55,000 feet and breaking the sound barrier. 2 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo blew past the speed of sound yesterday, marking a critical milestone in the company’s quest to send paying passengers into space. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Close up of SS2 during successful rocket-powered flightimage credit: Virgin Galactic “The successful outcome of this test marks a pivotal point for our program,” said George Whitesides, president and chief executive of Virgin Galactic, in a statement. “We will now embark on a handful of similar powered flight tests, and then make our first test flight to space.”Virgin Galactic isn’t the only private entity setting its sights beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Elon Musk, founder and CEO of aerospace company SpaceX, took note of yesterday’s milestone. “Congrats to @VirginGalactic and @RichardBranson on supersonic test flight!” Musk tweeted last night. The @VirginGalactic account replied, “Thanks, Elon!”Musk’s SpaceX is developing its own rockets and spacecraft. Last May, SpaceX delivered supplies to the International Space Station on its Dragon spacecraft, becoming the first private company to do so. And earlier this month, the company conducted a successful takeoff and landing test of its Grasshopper rocket, part of a launch system that could carry spacecraft and satellites into space.Watch yesterday’s Virgin Galactic test below.Related: Inside the ‘Insane’ Life of Entrepreneur Elon Musk April 30, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Richard Branson giving a high five to Mark Stuckyimage credit: Mark Greenberglast_img read more

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NCLs 201819 lineup includes Alaska sailings on new Norwegian Bliss

first_img Travelweek Group MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2018/19 deployment includes Norwegian Escape sailings to the Caribbean and Bermuda from New York, Norwegian Breakaway cruising to bucket list destinations in Scandinavia and Russia from Copenhagen, Norwegian Bliss sailing to Alaska from Seattle and new ships in several seasonal homeports sailing to the Caribbean.Here are the highlights:AlaskaThe brand new Norwegian Bliss, arriving in June 2018, will lead Norwegian’s 2018 Alaska fleet with her inaugural season to the region, offering seven-day voyages departing each Saturday from Seattle. The largest ship to sail to Alaska, Norwegian Bliss will be the first cruise ship custom-built for the Alaska cruise experience. Following an extensive renovation in 2017 as a part of the Norwegian Edge program, Norwegian Pearl will sail seven-day Glacier Bay Alaska cruises from Seattle departing on Sundays. Rounding out the Alaska fleet, Norwegian Sun will return to Vancouver and Seward to offer her northbound and southbound seven-day Alaska highlights voyages, offering guests the opportunity to combine back-to-back sailings for an immersive 14-day roundtrip cruise.EuropeNCL will have five ships based in Europe in summer 2018. Norwegian Breakaway will depart her New York homeport on April 15 for the first time since her inaugural season in 2013 for a 12-day transatlantic voyage to London (Southampton). Following her arrival in Europe, Norwegian Breakaway will undergo enhancements in dry dock and then journey to her new seasonal homeport of Copenhagen, where she will sail nine-day Scandinavia & Russia cruises through the summer season.  Norwegian Jade will return to Europe in summer 2018 and sail a series of Norway, Iceland, and North Cape cruises from London (Southampton) and Hamburg. Norwegian Spirit will return as well, sailing longer 10-day Western Mediterranean and 11-day Eastern Mediterranean & Adriatic cruises from Civitavecchia. Norwegian Star will reposition from the West Coast to Venice, sailing a series of seven-day Greek Isles and Adriatic & Greece cruises from The Floating City. Norwegian Epic, which received ship wide enhancements earlier this year during an extensive dry dock, will once again sail seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia, showcasing the best of Italy, France and Spain.In winter 2018/2019, Norwegian Spirit will set sail from Barcelona to the Canary Islands & Morocco on a series of 10- and 11-day cruises.BermudaNorwegian will continue its tradition of sailing from both New York City and Boston to the pink sand beaches of Bermuda between April and September 2018. Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, will reposition for the first time since she was christened in 2015, and will sail from New York City to Bermuda on seven-day cruises to every Sunday. Norwegian Dawn, essentially a new ship after bow to stern enhancements this year, will sail seven-day cruises from Boston to Bermuda, departing every Friday.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemBahamas & FloridaIn summer 2018 Norwegian Gem will set sail for the Bahamas and Florida each Saturday from New York City.  Norwegian Sky will continue to sail three- and four-day Bahamas cruises from Miami year-round.In winter 2018/2019 Norwegian Escape will remain in New York, and bring guests to the tropical beaches of the Bahamas & Florida on seven-day cruises. Norwegian Breakaway will return to New York from Europe and will also sail seven-day Bahamas & Florida cruises from Manhattan during winter 2018/2019.CaribbeanGuests can set sail to the Caribbean on seven Norwegian ships in 2018 & 2019, sailing from departure ports including New York, Boston, Port Canaveral, San Juan, Miami, New Orleans and Tampa.From December 2018 to February 2019, Norwegian Escape will set sail from New York on extended 12- and 14-day Southern Caribbean cruises, as well as 14-day Western Caribbean cruises, which will include a call at NCL’s Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Breakaway will also sail 10- and 11-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from New York. New for 2018, guests cruising from New England can set sail to the Caribbean from Boston on Norwegian Dawn for a 14-day Eastern Caribbean cruise in October 2018.Norwegian Gem will reposition to New Orleans, sailing to the Western Caribbean on seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises from the Crescent City.  Guests sailing from Miami in winter 2018 can cruise to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Getaway, which will sail seven-day cruises that will also include a call to Harvest Caye.  Norwegian Pearl will homeport in Tampa during winter 2018, sailing seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean.Norwegian Dawn will seasonally homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the winter 2018/2019 season, sailing to the heart of the Southern Caribbean on seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises, with calls in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and more. Guests can also sail to the Southern Caribbean from Miami on Norwegian Jade, on a 10-day cruise on select dates from November 2018 – April 2019.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionNorwegian Epic will again return to Port Canaveral in fall 2018, sailing alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises, along with select longer 10- and 11-day Western Caribbean cruises from November 2018 – January 2019 that will include a call at Harvest Caye.Canada & New EnglandNorwegian will offer guests the opportunity for prime “leaf peeping” in Canada & New England on three vessels in fall 2018. Norwegian Escape will be the company’s largest vessel to bring guests on fall foliage cruises, sailing seven-day Canada & New England cruises from New York on select dates in September 2018.  Norwegian Gem will also sail north from the Big Apple in June 2018 on two seven-day cruises, calling in Maine, St. John and Halifax. Norwegian Gem will sail extended 10-day cruises from New York that include an overnight in Québec City, while Norwegian Dawn will sail a series of northbound and southbound seven-day cruises between Boston and Quebec.HawaiiThe recently-refurbished Pride of America will continue to sail her popular seven-day Hawaii itinerary departing from Honolulu every Saturday through May 2019.Panama Canal and Mexican RivieraNorwegian will offer one-way and roundtrip Panama Canal cruises on three ships in 2018/2019. Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Pearl will sail 11-day and 14-day roundtrip canal cruises from Tampa and Miami in 2018/2019. For guests looking for an extended Panama Canal cruise, they can embark Norwegian Star from either Miami or Los Angeles during select dates in January – March 2019 for a 14-day one way cruise that includes a day-time transit of the canal.  Norwegian Pearl will also sail a one-way 15-day Panama Canal cruise from LA to Tampa in October 2018.West coast guests looking for a sun and fun cruise can embark on a seven-day Mexican Riviera sailing from L.A. on select dates in December 2018 and March 2019 that features calls in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.South AmericaNorwegian Sun will sail a series of alternating westbound and eastbound 14-day itineraries between Valparaiso, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina in Winter 2018/2019, featuring a sail around Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego’s fjords. Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, December 15, 2016 Posted by NCL’s 2018/19 lineup includes Alaska sailings on new Norwegian Blisslast_img read more

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