Premier Darrell Dexter today, July 23, congratulated Kristen Roe of Halifax on becoming the first Nova Scotian to successfully swim the English Channel. “To complete what is referred to as the Mount Everest of marathon swimming is a remarkable accomplishment by an outstanding Nova Scotian,” said Premier Dexter. “We are all inspired by Kristen’s drive and determination not only to swim the channel, but also to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in Africa.” Ms. Roe did the swim to help raise $100,000 for the Nova Scotia Gambia Association and Stephen Lewis Foundation. She crossed the English Channel on July 22, arriving in Calais, France 17 hours after departing Drover Harbour in England.
WASHINGTON — Americans lifted their spending 0.4 per cent in November from the previous month, a moderate gain that should sustain steady economic growth.The Commerce Department says personal incomes rose 0.2 per cent, down from 0.5 per cent in the previous month.Consumer spending jumped by the most in 13 months in October, and November’s solid gain on top of that points to healthy spending in the final three months of the year. Economists closely watch consumer spending because it accounts for about two-thirds of economic activity.A measure of inflation slipped, rising 1.8 per cent from a year ago, down from last month’s 2 per cent annual gain.That could add to recent pressure on the Federal Reserve to pause its interest rate hikes, since the Fed usually takes such steps to forestall rising inflation.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
He was granted political asylum in the United Kingdom, after traveling there for medical treatment in January 2016.In June that year, the Supreme Court upheld Nasheed’s conviction, ruling that he had ‘sufficient time to present his defence’ despite the defence’s arguments over the trial that lasted just 19 days.In September 2015, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) ruled Nasheed’s jailing was ‘illegal and politically’ motivated. While Nasheed had been living in a self-imposed exile since January 2016, following former President Abdulla Yameen’s loss in September’s presidential election, Supreme Court cleared way for Nasheed to return to Maldives by issuing a stay order on his sentence.Prior to that, a resolution was submitted to parliament, calling on the Prosecutor General and the Supreme Court to nullify Nasheed’s terrorism conviction.While the parliament passed the resolution with the support of 49 lawmakers from the 85-member parliament, the prosecutor general had asked the top court to review the case. The Maldives Supreme Court today overturned a terror charge conviction against former President Mohamed Nasheed.A three-member bench ruled that Nasheed was “wrongfully charged”, criticizing the lower court for accepting the case and proceeding with it, local media reported. Further noting that the military had failed to complete procedures in arresting the criminal court judge, the ruling stated that the action was ‘void’. It also noted that despite Judge Abdulla being kept in Girifushi island of Kaafu atoll, that it is clear that he had not been abducted or kidnapped. The ruling also noted that prior to the judge’s arrest, there had been police reports of him obstructing their work using his influence within the Government, Raajje TV reported. However, the Yameen administration had rejected the “non-binding opinion.” After accepting the case, the Supreme Court concluded hearings in the case on November 19.The terror conviction led to Nasheed being barred from contesting in the 2018 presidential elections. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was named as an alternative contestant due to the issue. (Colombo Gazette) The ruling also noted that there was no room to charge the former president with terrorism, and that he was convicted despite the state failing to provide sufficient evidence.The former president was sentenced to 13 years in prison in March 2015, after being found guilty of ordering the ‘abduction’ of a judge during his presidency.
TORONTO — The Toronto real estate market appears to be stabilizing following months of payback after last year’s frenzied pace of sales and skyrocketing prices, but home sales sunk to their lowest level since 2009 last month.The Toronto Real Estate Board revealed Thursday that the market saw 7,792 transactions in April, a 32.1 per cent drop from the same period last year when 11,468 homes were sold. Observers believe last April may have been the peak of the market as activity soared ahead of the Ontario government’s package of measures to cool the market that included taxes on vacant properties and a non-resident speculation tax.Sales were also down 1.6 per cent from March, while home prices fell 0.2 per cent compared to the month before.The price decline was much larger on a year-over-year basis. The average home fell by 12.4 per cent from last year, to $804,584 in April.TREB described the month-over-month changes as “minimal” and said sales trends have “flattened out” from the steeper drop-off seen in January and February — an indication that the market could be slowly climbing out of the sluggish state it was in at the start of the year and correcting the overheated conditions that pushed the province and mortgage regulators to introduce cooling measures last year.Activity dropped off in the opening months of the year after cooling pressure at the federal level, including a financial stress test for buyers implemented Jan. 1 for federally-regulated lenders and increases in both variable and fixed-rate mortgage rates as a result of moves by the Bank of Canada and fluctuations in the bond markets.“While average selling prices have not climbed back to last year’s record peak, April’s price level represents a substantial gain over the past decade,” said TREB president Tim Syrianos.However, he said the MLS home price index composite benchmark, which strips out the impact of changes in the mix of home sales, was down 5.2 per cent compared with a year ago and the number of new listings in April had plunged to 16,273, a 24.6 per cent decrease from the 21,571 listings seen last year at the same time.BMO Economics analyst Priscilla Thiagamoorthy declared the market “soggy,” but she said the balance between sales and new listings “looks roughly stable.”Sales in Canada’s priciest market, Vancouver, also fell significantly last month.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said Wednesday that this was its weakest April for single-family home sales in nearly 30 years. Only 171 detached homes in the city were sold that month and regional sales fell to a 17-year low for April. The board said 2,579 detached properties, townhouses and condominiums sold last month in Metro Vancouver, down 27.4 per cent from April 2017.By contrast, sales in Ottawa’s real estate market fared much better in April. Its real estate board announced Thursday that sales reached 2,032 last month, up 13.6 per cent from last year, and the average home price rose by 4.2 year-over-year to hit $455,212.In the Greater Toronto Area, York Region took the most significant hit. TREB numbers show the region saw the biggest year-over-year price declines in April.Those kinds of drops “mask the fact that market conditions should support moderate increases in home prices as we move through the second half of the year, particularly for condominium apartments and higher density low-rise home types,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis.His comments are in line with the rising prevalence of condo sales, which are increasingly being eyed by prospective buyers, searching for moderately-priced housing options in a market where affordable housing is more of struggle to find than in other Canadian cities.TREB pleaded for parties running in the Ontario’s June election to turn their attention to housing, despite the Liberal government’ newly-enacted measures last April that included taxes on vacant properties and a non-resident speculation tax, as well as the introduction by mortgage regulators of a stress test for uninsured borrowers at the start of the year.“We believe the next step should be tax relief, especially from land transfer taxes, both provincial and the Toronto land transfer tax, and efforts to facilitate an increase in the supply of missing middle housing that fills the gap between single family homes and high rises,” said Syrianos.“Furthermore, we believe that any attempt to increase the Toronto land transfer tax should require approval from the provincial government, given the significance of Toronto’s economy to the province and the connections between the Toronto real estate market and that of the broader GTA.”
The Brazilian officer was shot in the chest yesterday during a joint patrol by MINUSTAH military and civilian forces and the Haitian National Police (HNP) in Cité Soleil, according to the mission spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Boulbars Elouafi. The wounded soldier underwent surgery in the neighbouring Dominican Republic and was in a stable condition.The exchange of gunfire between UN peacekeepers and armed groups has intensified since February when there was a successful jailbreak. Some 400 of the escaped prisoners are still at large. In another district, Bel-Air, one of the Brazilian units of MINUSTAH freed customs employee Mariette Thomas, who had been held for two days, and placed her five suspected kidnappers in HNP custody, he said yesterday.During the Bel-Air operation, the unit also seized weapons, valuable objects and a large amount of illegal drugs, Mr. Elouafi said.”An important security apparatus has been put in place to respond to the wave of violence and kidnappings taking place in the Haitian capital,” he said, adding that MINUSTAH was determined to end the state of insecurity.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported sluggish sales and a seven per cent drop in first-quarter profit as worker pay raises, spending on e-commerce and currency fluctuations put pressure on the bottom line at the world’s largest retailer.The company also reported a 1.1 per cent increase for a key sales measure at its U.S. Wal-Mart stores, its third consecutive quarter of increases. However, that growth came below analysts’ expectations.By comparison, Wal-Mart’s Canadian stores performed well with revenue up 3.7 per cent and comparable-store growth of 1.8 per cent, thanks partly to improvements at its food business and strong performance in seasonal items.The company has one fewer rival to contend with since Target closed all its Canadian stores in recent weeks but continues to face stiff opposition from Canada’s domestic retail chains, particularly in the grocery business.Walmart Canada said May 8 that it plans to spend about $350 million to acquire and renovate 13 former Target Canada stores and a distribution centre to add to its own retail network.Overall, Wal-Mart’s profit and total sales missed Wall Street estimates. The weakness adds to questions about the health of consumer spending. The latest government retail sales figures showed spending was flat in April, and Macy’s, Kohl’s and J.C. Penney announced disappointing results despite low gas prices and improvements in the job market.The retail industry also is battling temporary issues, such as the labour dispute at West Coast ports that delayed shipments of merchandise.Wal-Mart itself is a barometer of consumer spending. Its challenges reflect the struggles of its low-income shoppers, who are being squeezed by stagnant wages and higher living costs. Wal-Mart pointed out that its customers were either pocketing tax refunds and their savings from lower gas prices, or using them to pay pay down debt or bills like utilities.Wal-Mart also is facing fierce competition from the likes of online king Amazon.com, dollar stores and grocers. It’s also dealing with a shift among shoppers seeking the convenience of small stores or buying on their mobile devices and PCs.In response, Wal-Mart is rapidly opening smaller stores. It is also increasing its spending for its online operations to between $1.2 billion and $1.5 billion this year, up from $1 billion last year. It announced last week it was testing an unlimited free-shipping service for $50 a year, undercutting Amazon’s popular Amazon Prime, whose annual dues are $99.In Wal-Mart’s U.S. division, the company is trying to improve it selection and customer service, while making sure it has the lowest prices. Wal-Mart is also aiming to improve the freshness of its produce.The company expects to see improved results by the holiday season, according to Greg Foran, who had been president and CEO of Wal-Mart Asia and took over Wal-Mart’s U.S. business last summer.As part of the strategy, the company raised the minimum wages for its hourly workers to $9 per hour in April. By February 2016, all hourly workers will make at least $10 per hour.That comes at a cost. It’s part of a $1 billion investment in its workforce that also includes improved training.Wal-Mart is hoping that by investing in its people, Wal-Mart will improve customer service, resulting in higher sales.“We’re not interested in reaching our goals, but reaching them in a way which is sustainable for the long term,” Foran said. “This requires a steady execution, a pace that is fast but calculated, and one that allows us to get it right.”But such investments are squeezing profits in the short term.Wal-Mart said that net income was $3.34 billion, or $1.03 per share, for the three months that ended April 30. That compares with $3.59 billion, or $1.11 per share, a year earlier.Net revenue was down slightly to $114.0 billion, from $114.2 billion in the year-ago quarter.Analysts were expecting $1.04 per share and revenue of $116.27 billion, according to Zacks Investment Research._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on WMT at http://www.zacks.com/ap/WMT— with a file from The Canadian Press Currency shifts, pay raises put pressure on Wal-Mart profit as revenue declines FILE – In this June 5, 2014 file photo, Rick Patanella, right, offers bacon samples to Karla and Gary Owens at Sam’s Club in Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Sarah Bentham, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2015 9:05 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also urged Lebanese leaders to ensure that the Government would continue to function to address challenges in the country and its international obligations.“The United Nations remains committed to continued partnership with the Government of Lebanon as it works towards achieving these goals,” Mr. Ban said.The term of the current head of state, Michel Sleiman, ends today, and the Lebanese Constitution specifies that parliament members must convene to elect a new president before the deadline passes.Mr. Ban paid tribute to the leadership demonstrated by President Sleiman over the past six years and lauds “his commitment to the unity and stability of Lebanon”, including through the International Support Group for Lebanon, whose members include the UN and the five permanent members of the Security Council, among others, and the implementation of relevant UN resolutions. Earlier in the month, after meeting with Speaker of the Parliament, Nabih Berri, the UN special coordinator for Lebanon, Derek Plumbly, said the country should avoid a vacuum in the presidency. “We earnestly hope that members of parliament will engage fully in the coming days to secure the election of a president by the date set in law,” Mr. Plumbly said in Beirut on 12 May. “We stress again the importance of this for Lebanon if it is to continue effectively to address the multiple challenges it faces, and for Lebanon’s international partners as they seek to support and assist it.”
California and Ohio are two states with seemingly no connection between their different weather and lifestyles. But on the Ohio State softball team, the players embrace their differences, and as a result, have become a more cohesive unit. The Ohio State softball team currently has 19 players on their roster, 10 of which hail from the state of California. “There are a lot of players out there,” coach Linda Kalafatis said. “It is probably the best location in the world for fastpitch softball, and the competition level is pretty consistent. Not only are they able to play more, but they are able to play at a really high level.” Every team in the Big Ten has at least one California player on its roster, but Ohio State’s 10 players are the most in the conference, topping Penn State’s seven. It is no surprise that different backgrounds have forced all 19 players to adjust to each other’s lifestyles. Though change can cause problems, the team has welcomed the differences in a positive way. “There is definitely some friendly jabbing at each other here and there,” All-American catcher Sam Marder said. This was evident in the opposing views of each other’s footwear. “The California girls wear Vans and the Ohio girls wear Crocs,” Marder said. “I just think those are ridiculous shoes, but they think my Vans come from Wal-Mart.” The music scene has also caused the California players to flex their muscles in the locker room. “With music, you don’t get anything out here until four months later,” freshman pitcher Melanie Nichols said. Additionally, Columbus does not seem to exude the same excitement as Southern California. “They are probably more country, while we are fast-paced city people,” sophomore shortstop Alicia Herron said. Not only do the players have to make adjustments on the field, but changes are necessary in the wardrobe department as well. “I never owned a winter coat before I came here, so I wasn’t exactly sure what I was supposed to wear,” Marder said. While the California athletes miss their tans and tantalizing beaches, they have fallen in love with the state of Ohio. Though the cold weather can be a burden for many Ohio natives, the California women appreciate the conditions. “The biggest thing I love out here is the four seasons,” Herron said. “Along with the changing of the leaves, it’s a different wardrobe, weather and climate. I love all that about Ohio.” The biggest struggle for most of the California players is how far away they are from home. “The first couple of weeks I got here it was really hard because I am really close with my family,” Nichols said. “But, they support me in everything I do, so that makes it a lot easier, but of course I still miss them.” While the team depends on Marder most of the time to produce the big hit, she equally depends on her teammates for support off the field. “Ohio really feels like a second home to me because I have been here so long and I go to the girls’ homes for the holidays,” Marder said. “Whether we kid around with each other here and there, the girls welcome us into their home, and at the same time, let us really make it a home of our own. I will always be really grateful for that.” Though the Buckeyes are diverse in background, team chemistry is not an issue. No matter where the player is from, all 19 players have the same expectation: winning. “I think it is one of the beautiful things we do here,” Kalafatis said. “We mesh all those personalities and differences into one cooperating group.” The players have been united under the recruitment and leadership of Kalafatis. Kalafatis believes there is no connection between her alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, and her recruiting strategy.
The 5 at 5: Monday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Monday 25 Jun 2018, 4:48 PM Jun 25th 2018, 4:48 PM By Hayley Halpin Share Tweet Email Image: stockcreations via Shutterstock 7,296 Views No Comments Image: stockcreations via Shutterstock http://jrnl.ie/4091074 Short URL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #CLONDALKIN: Seven people are believed to have been injured, two critically, after a driver struck multiple pedestrians outside a funeral in west Dublin this morning.2. #SCOUTING IRELAND: The board of directors of Scouting Ireland is to resign and a new board is to be elected after a damning report about the handling of a rape allegation.3. #DANO DOYLE: Actor Daniel ‘Dano’ Doyle, who had been in hospital for over a week, has died. He had been an inmate at Mountjoy Prison.4. #TAYTO PARK: Co Meath fun resort Tayto Park has issued a statement denying that it is giving away an amount of free holiday passes.5. #MASS: Culture Minister Josepha Madigan has said the Catholic Church “should be ordaining women” after she stepped up to ‘say mass’ at her local parish on Saturday when a priest failed to show up. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Image: PA Archive/PA Images By Aodhan O Faolain 38,676 Views THE HIGH COURT has directed the District Court to impose a new sentence on a man who admitted taking 12,000 pictures of a female neighbour without her knowledge or consent.In 2018, Mark Mooney of Corish Park, Wexford Town was convicted before the District Court after he admitted harassing a neighbour, contrary to Section 10 of the 1997 Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.The District Court judge hearing the case imposed a nine-month custodial sentence on Mooney, who pleaded guilty, but suspended the final seven months on condition he does not reside within a distance of 8km of the injured party.The District Court also made a separate permanent order preventing Mooney from residing within 8km of the woman.Mooney brought a successful High Court challenge against his sentence in a case against the Director of Public Prosecutions.The DPP opposed the action and argued that Mooney’s complaints should be dealt with by way of an appeal of the District Court’s orders to the Circuit Court.In his judgement last month Mr Justice Garrett Simons agreed that the sentence was disproportionate and that it should be set aside.The matter returned before the High Court yesterday when the Judge was informed that the sides were consenting to the matter being remitted back to Wexford District Court where a fresh sentence would be imposed on Mooney.Concerns over District CourtMr Justice Simons heard from Mooney’s victim, who was not a party to the High Court action, who expressed her unhappiness about the case being remitted back to the District Court.The woman said her health had been badly affected by what Mooney had done to her, and said she was seeking justice and equal rights for herself.In his ruling, Mr Justice Simons, who said he had taken the woman’s victim impact statement into account when hearing the case, said that the High Court could only deal with the limited issues raised before it and could only remit it back to the District Court.He said the woman had raised concerns over the matter being remitted back to the District Court, which can only impose a maximum sentence of 12 months imprisonment, whereas the Circuit Court has the jurisdiction to impose a longer sentence.In Mooney’s case, he said that the DPP had opted to try the matter before the District Court, and a judge of that court had accepted the jurisdiction of the case.The clock could not be turned back in relation to the decision to try Mooney before the District Court, Mr Justice Simons said.The judge said he was “fully aware of the devastating effect” of what Mooney did to her and said he had sympathy for the injured party.He directed that the case be remitted back to Wexford District Court when a new sentence is to be imposed.The court heard the sentence will be imposed by a different judge, as the Judge who imposed the original sentence has retired.Thousands of photosMooney, who is aged in his 50′s, was convicted after he admitted taking thousands of photos of the woman over an eight-year period while she was in the garden of her house.The woman was unaware that she was being photographed. Gardaí recovered the photographs from the hard drive of Mooney’s computer.After the sentence was imposed Mooney brought High Court judicial review proceedings seeking to have the sentence set aside.The action was brought on grounds including that it was unreasonable, disproportionate and adversely affected his constitutional rights.It was also submitted that the District Court orders were made in excess of jurisdiction.Mooney claimed that the order would prohibit him from residing in the town where he has always lived.Mr Justice Simons set aside the sentence imposed on Mooney in its entirety.The restriction imposed on Mooney, he said was “disproportionate in that it involves an unjustified and excessive interference with the applicants right to liberty and his right to free movement within the State.”Comments are closed for legal reasons No Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4804315 Share3 Tweet Email Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 7:41 AM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Man who took 12,000 photos of female neighbour without consent to be re-sentenced Mark Mooney pleaded guilty to harassing his neighbour and was originally convicted last year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wed 7:41 AM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It has been one of the most discussed issues of social welfare policy of the past 20 years, but now that it is coming to be, it doesn’t look very promising. After years of speculation, debate and mismanagement, Greece has finally launched the Single Social Security Entity (EFKA), a fund to cover all the country’s citizens’ health, pension and welfare needs. The fund will incorporate all previous social security funds, such as IKA (the largest fund of the state), OAEE (the traders and business owners’ fund), NAT (for those working in the shipping industry) and so on. This seems to be a long, arduous process, given that the organisational chart of the new fund has not been completed. Also pending is a presidential decree regarding the single regulation of benefits. Until these, as well as other matters, are resolved, all previous social security funds remain active, albeit operating under the EFKA logo. Labor and Social Security Minister Effie Achtsioglou promised on Tuesday to make the transition as smooth as possible and to deal with all the relevant problems, such as the outstanding pensions, which were owed to pensioners by several funds, in certain cases for many years. These will have been issued by the end of 2017; after that, all pensioners should be able to receive pensions within three months of lodging their retirement papers − that is, if the new fund manages to repair its financial problems. At the moment, the fund that has absorbed all social security funds is looking at a deficit of more than €1 billion, given that it has not only been bequeathed 4.2 million worker-members and 2.6 million pensioners, but also the deficits, problems and obstacles of the past.
A parks professional, a neighborhood activist and a recreation enthusiast have been named winners of this year’s Florence B. Wager Awards. The awards honor people who have had a significant impact on development of parks, trails and recreation programs in Clark County; their namesake is a major local parks booster.The Leading Eagle award, recognizing a community leader, goes to Don Cannard. Cannard, a retired Vancouver School District administrator and teacher, is a trails activist who spearheaded the development of the Ellen Davis Trail, co-founded the Chinook Trails Association and has been involved in a “vast array” of similar community projects, according to the Parks Foundation.The V-Formation Flyer, honoring an extraordinary volunteer, goes to Milada Allen, who leads the Felida Neighborhood Association and is a member of numerous boards and volunteer efforts, from the Clark County Planning Commission to the Watershed Stewards.And the The Tributary Award, recognizing an exemplary parks and recreation professional, goes to Vicki Vanneman, a 32-year veteran of the field. She was on the staff of Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation for 10 years, and now leads special assignments related to the department’s recreation transition plan. She is noted for her commitment to addressing the needs of the underserved and her advocacy in securing external funding to maintain youth, teen and senior services and programs.The awards will be presented at the Parks Foundation’s luncheon on June 14 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. The keynote speaker will be Mike Houck, executive director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Visit Parks Foundation of Clark County to purchase tickets and learn more.
HAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews helped save the passengers of a boat experiencing mechanical issues off Haulover Beach.The vessel was carrying several people when it started having some kind of mechanical issue, Monday.Rescue crews managed to tow the vessel back to shore.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Revenue boost: The hike in duty helped government’s excise mop up more than double to Rs 242,000 crore in 2016-17 from Rs99,000 crore in 2014-15. Robust demand: Despite surging fuel prices, demand for fuel in India stays steady. It is a lifeline of Indian economy as it’s needed to ferry essentials such as vegetables and grains from rural areas to towns while fuel alternatives are used in infrastructure projects and other key government investments. Why not bring it under GST? Talks are ongoing to cut state and center-specific taxes and bring petrol and diesel under the common goods and services tax (GST). A sharp cut in petrol price can provide a booster dose to India’s slowing economy.ReutersPetrol price has surged to a four-year high of Rs 73.73 a litre while diesel rates touched an all-time high of Rs 64.58 in Delhi.This is the highest since 14 September 2014, when petrol rates had hit Rs 76.06 due to higher prices globally.At the same time, compressed natural gas (CNG) prices in Delhi have been revised from April 2, and increased to Rs 40.61 per kg, while the piped natural gas (PNG) prices have been hiked to Rs 27.14 per standard cubic meter.But why are domestic fuel prices skyrocketing even when global fuel prices have inched lower? Lets take a took at some of the factors attributing to this rise:Blame it on excise duty: India has the highest retail prices of petrol and diesel among South Asian nations as taxes account for half of the pump rates, according to newswire PTI. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has raised excise duty nine times between November 2014 and January 2016 to shore up finances as global oil prices fell, but then cut the tax just once in October last year by Rs 2 a litre. VAT: Despite repeated calls by the government to lower lower value added tax (VAT), only states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have reduced rates while others continue to charge VAT.
Explore further When water vapor condenses in a nano-sized space between two surfaces, the liquid behaves more like solid ice than liquid water, even at room temperature. This solidification causes water to exert such a strong friction force that it “acts like a glue,” according to a new study. If you’ve ever thought about ice skating on a dry floor – or anywhere besides a sheet of ice – you can easily imagine how you’d ruin your blades and not get very far. Ice skating – like many processes involving moving parts – requires water acting as a lubricant between the blades and the solid ice, reducing friction and keeping the sliding surfaces apart from each other. Now imagine you’re five nanometers tall and want to go ice skating, or that you want to build a nano-sized sliding element using water as a lubricant. Scientists who have recently been experimenting with tiny moving devices have run into problems due to stiction (static friction) forces between moving parts.“Micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) have tiny moving parts typically etched out of silicon,” said J. Frenken, coauthor with K. Jinesh of a recent Physical Review Letter, to PhysOrg.com. “Using special tricks such as under-etching, intricate structures can be formed with cogwheels, hinges, bending arms and sliding elements.” However, mechanical systems on the micro and nano scales endure much greater friction than their macroscopic counterparts.“Many of the designs for such miniature devices are useless in practice because the parts either don’t move at all anymore or they move with very high friction, which leads to excessive wear,” said Frenken. “After a short time, this wear destroys the device. One could state that many MEMS devices work in ‘self-destruct’ mode.”Jinesh and Frenken explain that the reason for these lube problems is that, on the nanoscale, water ceases to be wet and slippery and instead becomes solid and sticky. By studying the atomic and molecular details of water and the surfaces sandwiching the water, the scientists found condensed water is immediately converted into ice, acting more like a glue than a lubricant. This finding contrasts previous studies, which suggested that water acts like a lubricant down to the nanoscale.“In many of these MEMS and NEMS structures, there are elements that are either touching each other or close to touching each other,” said Frenken. “At the locations where two objects approach each other within a very small distance, water from the air tends to condense. This capillary condensation strongly pulls the (nearly) touching objects into intimate contact. To avoid friction and wear, these elements need to be lubricated with a liquid that would remain slippery down to the nanoscale – actually, the lubricant should become even more slippery than it is on a macroscopic scale.” Keep Cool to Reduce Friction,” Suggests a New Study of Nanoscale Water Condensation 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. At a high enough humidity, water vapor condenses in the tiny region between two surfaces (here, a tungsten tip of a friction force microscope and a graphite surface). Scientists have found that – unlike on the macro scale – the “liquid” acts more akin to a glue-like solid at room temperature, creating excessive friction that disables many tiny mechanical devices. Image Credit: J. Frenken and K. Jinesh. In their experiment, the scientists built a friction force microscope, which consists of a hydrophilic tungsten tip scanning back and forth across a hydrophobic graphite surface. In extremely dry conditions, the tip demonstrated expected “stick-slip motion,” meaning it would generally move evenly, while occasionally slipping ahead at regular intervals.At higher humidities (relative humidity greater than 10%), however, the scientists did not observe this motion due to water vapor condensing in the capillary between the tip and surface. The water exerts an elastic force on the tip, and as the tip moves, the water stays connected with it, appearing to stretch across the surface. (See above image.)The static stress and regular structure of the condensate makes the scientists conclude that the condensate acts like a solid. The team observed the tip “write” a stripe of water up to 250 nanometers, which lasted for up to two seconds and beyond the point where the tip scans above the condensate.“Although in many cases, water acting as a glue on the nanoscale is a nuisance, there are also situations where one can take advantage of the stickiness on this small scale,” said Frenken. “On a macroscopic scale, we all know how dental prostheses that can stay in place via the action of bridging water. In this case, however, the water is still completely liquid because of the thickness of the water layers. In the laboratory, we often use capillary condensation to pick up light objects, simply touching a small object with a thin wire, instead of using tweezers. A capillary neck forms between the object and the wire, gluing the two together.” This “nuisance,” then, may lead to more useful applications, in addition to the problem it identified.Citation: Jinesh, K. B. and Frenken, J. W. M. Capillary Condensation in Atomic Scale Friction: How Water Acts like a Glue. Physical Review Letters. 96, 166103 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Citation: Scientists discover water is sticky on a small scale (2006, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-05-scientists-sticky-small-scale.html
Sponsored Stories Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The president’s critics and even a few of her supporters oppose changing the constitution to allow Fernandez to run again in 2015. “No one is irreplaceable,” said conservative Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri, who is among the fiercest critics of Fernandez. He warned against the dangers of “getting embroiled in things of the ego, meanness and individualism.”But Fernandez, and members of her inner circle, have not taken a public position.Some political analysts believe that Fernandez needs to have the possibility of a third term floating in the public’s consciousness to maintain power.“This is a political strategy by the president to survive politically,” said journalist and political analyst Ignacio Fidanza, who runs the political website lapoliticalonline.com. “The subject of a possible third term for Fernandez arises because she needs it as a defense: she needs the threat of her permanence in power to maintain discipline among the Peronists.”Fernandez has headed the left wing of the Peronist party since the death of her husband and predecessor Nestor Kirchner, who was president from 2003-2007. She currently does not have a clear successor who could replace her in three years. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Analysts say Fernandez would need to get the same kind of extraordinary results her party obtained in the 2011 elections to obtain the 172 votes that would be needed for constitutional reform.The ruling party now has 116 members of the Chamber of Deputies and 38 seats are at stake in the upcoming elections, though there are other pro-government lawmakers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) To run for the presidency again, Fernandez will need a much larger majority in Congress than the one she has now in order to change the constitution.Opposition leaders, who have so far failed to produce a viable rival to Fernandez, have launched a campaign to collect signatures against any attempts at constitutional reform that would allow her to remain in power.The opposition is also trying to take advantage of the president’s recent slide in the polls because of unpopular moves such as the imposition of strict exchange controls, and to problems such as crime and inflation.The possibility of a third term for Fernandez is especially unpopular among the middle class, which has been critical of the president, and the prospect of her staying in power was among the main complaints of a recent “cacerolazo,” a protest in which citizens bang pots and pans from balconies and windows. Protesters waved signs reading: “No to reform of the constitution.” Some chanted: The dictatorship of the K is going to end!”The 2013 congressional elections will be key for any attempt by the ruling Peronist party to reform the constitution. A majority of two-thirds in each of house of congress will be needed to change the document. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressBUENOS AIRES (AP) – President Cristina Fernandez is being coy about whether she wants to stay in power after her constitutional term ends.The possibility of “Cristina Forever” was mentioned a few weeks ago by several mayors, governors and lawmakers who want to run again but can’t because of term limits imposed by local constitutions. Fernandez herself won the second of two four-year terms with 54 percent of the vote last October, and cannot run for a third consecutive term unless the national constitution is changed. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis If the possibility of a third presidential term isn’t floated now, Fernandez will lose influence in the 2013 congressional elections and the Peronist movement “will search for new leaders and she will be isolated,” Fidanza said.“The worst thing for Argentina would be to have a powerless president,” said Fidanza. “The Peronists are very harsh in their power struggles, and when a leader loses power, they rebel; Cristina knows this very well.”Among the Peronist leaders with better prospects is the governor of Buenos Aires province, Daniel Scioli. But he has quietly voiced some disagreements with the president’s supporters.“Except Fernandez, there is no figure that could guarantee the continuity of the Kirchners’ project,” said Ricardo Rouvier, from the political consulting firm Ricardo Rouvier y Asociados.Fernandez has not made her intentions clear. A few months ago she said she was “tired” of the duties that come with her office.At a public event on Thursday, she told the audience: “Do not worry, I will be wherever I need to be, and I will continue to do what I have always done, which is to participate and work.” New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 ways to recognize low testosterone
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City Monday chanting “Uber Out!” and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service.Some drove their pink-and-white cabs in ranks, snarling traffic along the city’s main boulevard.The drivers say that Uber and other ride-sharing services evade the tax, registration and safety laws that regular cabs are subject to.Taxi drivers’ leader Eleazar Romero told the rally that “we are not against technology. We just want a level playing field, we want everyone to follow the same tax rules we do.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 0 Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Taxi leaders apologized for affecting traffic, but claimed they were facing unfair competition.Uber responded on its blog by offering Mexico City commuters free rides on Monday, with hashtags that roughly translate as “If Mexico won’t stop, Uber won’t stop.”It said commuters could take up to two rides worth about $10 for free.On Twitter, the hashtag #Ubersequeda — literally, “Uber is sticking around” — was one of the top trending topics in Mexico, though there is a rival hashtag, roughly “Uber is going,” used by people who oppose the service.Mexico City officials have said they would study ways to regulate the app, but also stressed that regular, medallion cabs should bring themselves up to date and use apps as well.Mexico City medallion cabs are sometimes poorly maintained, and have frequently been implicated in assaults on passengers and overcharging.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Sponsored Stories
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