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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed the East Burdwan district administration to launch awareness campaigns on cleanliness and resolve the problems that have cropped up over the issuance of faulty certificates given by the state government. Banerjee chaired the administrative review meeting of East Burdwan at Sanskriti Lokmancha on Monday afternoon.She said some data operators with vested interests are entering wrong spellings of names of individuals in the data bank on the basis of which certificates are being issued. As a result, the persons who have received erroneous certificates are running from pillar to post to get them rectified. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I have received complaints that many people have received faulty digital ration cards which have prevented them from withdrawing food grains. The administration takes a long time to rectify them. The owners of ration shops take advantage of the situation and sell food grains in the market,” she said, adding: “There are some data operators who are entering faulty information in the data bank deliberately to defame the state government, because of their allegiance to the political party which used to rule the state earlier. The confusion creates confrontation and attempts are made to defame Trinamool Congress.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Chief Minister said some officials are unnecessarily harassing those who come for SC and ST certificates. They are asking for documents that are not required. She instructed the district administration to hold special camps to rectify the mistakes. “Hold the camps adjacent to the offices of the Block Development Officers and ask those affected to come there to rectify the errors through the public address system,” she said. Banerjee also asked the district administration to intensify campaigns on cleanliness drives, stating: “For the success of the drives, cooperation of the residents is required. They should keep their houses clean and ensure that the overhead tanks and underground reservoirs are properly covered and there are no patches of accumulated water on the roof.” She asked Firhad Hakim, state minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, to deploy drones to check the rooftops. “Deploy drones in North 24-Parganas first and then at other areas to control dengue,” Banerjee added. She instructed the district administration to expedite the construction of houses under Bangla Aabas Yojna. “Hold a meeting and tell the beneficiaries that they are entitled to get Rs 1.20 lakh for the house and mention how the money will be given to them to avoid any confusion,” she said. Banerjee added that a stoppage for state-run buses will be built at Misti hub to help the passengers buy Sitabhog and Mihidana, the two famous sweets of Burdwan. All the shops at the hub could not be opened as the shop owners are not getting enough buyers. They feel that once the passengers of state-run buses visit the hub, the sale of sweets will go up automatically. Banerjee also laid the foundation stone of many projects and inaugurated the ones that have been completed.last_img read more

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first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,067.48, up 99.76 points)Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down $1.44, or 16.07 per cent, to $7.42 on 74.9 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 10 cents, or 2.94 per cent, to $3.30 on 65.4 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up $1.25, or 18.52 per cent, to $8.00 on 32.5 million shares.Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. (TSX:PEY). Oil and gas. Down 14 cents, or 0.91 per cent, to $15.31 on 13.8 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up $2.90, or 6.34 per cent, to $48.65 on 10.6 million shares. The Calgary-based pipeline company announced plans to raise its 2018 dividend by 10 per cent to 67.1 cents per common share, issue $1.5 billion in common shares and sell off at least $3 billion in assets next year.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up three cents, or 2.26 per cent, to $1.36 on 9.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM). Bank. Up $3.34, or 2.91 per cent, to $118.14 on 3.7 million shares. The country’s fifth-largest bank reported strong domestic earnings and better-than-expected performance in the U.S. after acquiring Chicago-based PrivateBancorp Inc. CIBC earned a fourth-quarter profit of $1.16 billion ($2.81 per share), up from $931 million ($2.60 per share) during the same time in 2016.Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX: PPL). Oil and gas. Up $1.29, or 2.96 per cent, to $44.93 on 2.6 million shares. The company’s board of directors has approved construction of a $260-million export terminal at Prince Rupert, B.C., to be used to send liquefied Western Canadian propane to markets in Asia and Central America.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down $1.81, or 2.41 per cent, to $73.24 on 8.4 million shares. Canada’s biggest lender by assets reported it earned $2.71 billion ($1.42 per diluted share) in its fourth quarter, up from $2.30 billion ($1.20 per diluted share) a year ago, boosted by its Canadian and U.S. retail banking business.last_img read more

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first_imgWashington DC: When the landmass that is now the Indian subcontinent slammed into Asia about 50 million years ago, the oxygen in the world’s oceans increased, altering the conditions for life, scientists say. The collision was already known to have changed the configuration of the continents, the landscape, global climate and more. “These results are different from anything people have previously seen,” said Emma Kast, a graduate student at Princeton University in the US. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportKast used microscopic seashells to create a record of ocean nitrogen over a period from 70 million years ago —shortly before the extinction of the dinosaurs — until 30 million years ago. This record is an enormous contribution to the field of global climate studies, said John Higgins, an associate professor at Princeton In addition to being the most abundant gas in the atmosphere, nitrogen is key to all life on Earth. Every organism on Earth requires “fixed” nitrogen —sometimes called “biologically available nitrogen.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsNitrogen has two stable isotopes, 15N and 14N. In oxygen-poor waters, decomposition uses up “fixed” nitrogen. This occurs with a slight preference for the lighter nitrogen isotope, 14N, so the ocean’s 15N-to-14N ratio reflects its oxygen levels. That ratio is incorporated into tiny sea creatures called foraminifera during their lives, and then preserved in their shells when they die. By analysing their fossils researchers were able to reconstruct the 15N-to-14N ratio of the ancient ocean, and therefore identify past changes in oxygen levels. Oxygen controls the distribution of marine organisms, with oxygen-poor waters being bad for most ocean life. Many past climate warming events caused decreases in ocean oxygen that limited the habitats of sea creatures, from microscopic plankton to the fish and whales that feed on them. Scientists trying to predict the impact of current and future global warming have warned that low levels of ocean oxygen could decimate marine ecosystems, including important fish populations. When the researchers assembled their unprecedented geologic record of ocean nitrogen, they found that in the 10 million years after dinosaurs went extinct, the 15N-to-14N ratio was high, suggesting that ocean oxygen levels were low. They first thought that the warm climate of the time was responsible, as oxygen is less soluble in warmer water. “Contrary to our first expectations, global climate was not the primary cause of this change in ocean oxygen and nitrogen cycling,” Kast said. The collision of India with Asia closed off an ancient sea called the Tethys, disturbing the continental shelves and their connections with the open ocean.last_img read more

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Rabat- Vehicles of the world’s biggest carmaker, Volkswagen, are reportedly using more fuel and still emit four times the allowable level of noxious gases, despite pollution enforcement measures implemented after the worldwide “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal, revealed a study conducted by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) on Monday. The German car manufacturer Volkswagen has come under fire after a group of West Virginia University (WVU) scientists discovered in 2015, that the car manufacturer had installed a “defeat device” into its diesel-engine vehicles to cheat fuel emission tests, angering environmental authorities and car owners alike.Although the affected cars were recalled by VW, the Australian Automobile Association said tests it commissioned on local vehicles before and after being updated showed they were still exceeding regulations in real-world settings, guzzling up to 14 percent more diesel fuel than the standard. “Emissions analysis… found an affected VW diesel vehicle to be using up to 14 percent more diesel after recall, and still emitting noxious emissions more than 400 per cent higher than levels observed in laboratory testing,” the AAA said in a statement. Following the revelations, Volkswagen rejected AAA’s findings on the fuel efficiency of its recalled cars, saying that Germany’s KBA motor vehicle authority had approved its software update, and the fixed vehicles “continue to satisfy European and Australian emissions standards”. The sale of diesel cars in Europe and United States has been in steady decline, as several studies showed that even the newest diesel-engine cars produce pollution far above what is legally permitted. One study carried out by Transport & Environment, a Brussels-based lobby for sustainable transport, has found that “a typical diesel car emits 42.65 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifecycle, or 3.65 tonnes more than a petrol car.” Volkswagen has been under pressure internationally, not only after the company installed misleading gauges to make car engines appear less polluting than they actually were, but also after the New York Times reported on January 25, 2018 that a US institut commissioned by the German auto firm carried out diesel fume inhalation tests on humans and monkeys in 2014. read more

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20 September 2008The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for an immediate ceasefire between the Government and rebels, as new clashes broke out today in North Kivu, leading to further displacement in the troubled region. According to the UN mission, known as MONUC, heavy fighting took place today between DRC armed forces (FARDC) and the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) near the town of Sake, located some 20 kilometres from Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. MONUC tried, unsuccessfully, to obtain a ceasefire between the parties, all the while stressing the impact of the fighting on civilians, particularly the tens of thousands of displaced that are already living in camps in the area. Recent fighting in the eastern part of the vast African nation has been some of the worst in more than a year and a violation of the Actes d’engagement signed by the parties in January.Earlier this week, the Government approved global disengagement plans provided for in the Actes as prepared by MONUC. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Government’s acceptance of the plan and urged it to work closely with MONUC to ensure its timely implementation.In a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also called on the CNDP and all other armed groups “to accept and urgently implement” the disengagement plan without further delay. read more

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleges Jersey City breached agreements with a group of real estate companies because of animosity toward President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.Before he was named senior adviser to the president, Jared Kushner was CEO of Kushner Properties, a major investor in the companies pursuing the $900 million project.The companies claimed the city issued a notice of default last year out of political retribution. They cited critical tweets by Democratic Mayor Steven Fulop. They city denied the allegations.The judge wrote Thursday that the companies didn’t prove the theory in part because the city took its action more than a year after Kushner joined the administration.The companies can still pursue other claims in state court.An attorney representing the plaintiffs didn’t immediately comment.The Associated Press read more

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At times – pointing his finger at Security Council members for emphasis – an animated Mr. Grandi said that the stigmatization of refugees and migrants is “unprecedented,” and that traditional responses to refugee crises appear increasingly inadequate.A refugee crisis…but for whom?Dissecting the term “refugee crisis” itself, Mr. Grandi asked the Security Council to consider to whom, exactly, that applied: “It is a crisis for a mother with her children fleeing gang violence; it is a crisis for a teenager who wants to flee from war, human rights violations, forced conscription; it is crisis for governments in countries with few resources that, every day, open their borders to thousands. For them, it is a crisis.” UN Photo/Evan SchneiderThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, briefs the Security Council. (9 April 2019) But it is wrong, he continued, to portray the situation as an unmanageable global crisis: with political will and improved responses, as enshrined by the Global Compact for Refugees, adopted last December, it can be addressed, and the Security Council has a critical role to play, particularly in terms of solving peace and security crises, supporting countries that are hosting refugees, and working to remove obstacles to solutions.Without conflict, most refugee flows would disappearConflicts, Mr. Grandi pointed out, are the main drivers of refugee flows: of the nearly 70 million people that are displaced, most are escaping deadly fighting. However, from the point of view of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), approaches to peace-building are fragmented; addressing the symptoms, rather than the causes.The UN refugee chief cited the example of Libya – where UNHCR, along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has been working with displaced Libyans, as well as those who have fled conflicts in other countries.The security conditions, said Mr. Grandi, are “at breaking point”: on Tuesday, the Agency relocated more than 150 refugees from an area heavily impacted by military clashes, the first such relocation since the recent escalation of violence. UNHCR’s view is that conditions in the fractured nation are not safe for rescued or intercepted refugees and migrants, and that these people should not be returned there.With several staff removed from the country for safety reasons, the Agency’s work is “very, very difficult and dangerous.” The Security Council must, he said, take unified action to end the current military escalation, issue a strong call to spare civilians, including refugees and migrants trapped in the country, and take steps to address the causes of conflict, a necessity if further violence and subsequent displacement, is to be avoided.The use of the Libyan coastguard was dismissed by Mr. Grandi as an ineffective rescue service, and he condemned the “horrific, unacceptable” conditions for refugees and migrants held in detention camps.The UN refugee chief went on to exhort the Security council to step up support for the developing countries that host 85 per cent of the world’s refugees, to avoid leaving governments politically exposed, and refugees destitute.With regards to the return of refugees and migrants to their countries of origin, Mr. Grandi countered the misconception that UNHCR blocks returns: refugees have both a right to return, and also a right to not return, he said, in the absence of security and basic support. The informed choice of refugees must be respected, and returns must be dignified.Mr. Grandi concluded by returning to the consequences of the toxic language surrounding refugees and migration, citing the example of the recent mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand in March, which left 49 dead.The response of the New Zealand Government should, he said, be seen as an good example of effective leadership and how to respond to such toxicity, in a firm and organized manner, restating solidarity with refugees, and reaffirming the principle that our societies cannot be truly prosperous, stable and peaceful, if they do not include everyone. read more

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She also told an officer posing as an IS fighter that all she needed was a “car and a knife to get what I want to achieve”, the court heard.Mr Atkinson said: “Based in her preparation and discussion, it appears she planned to launch an attack against members of the public selected largely at random in the environs of that cultural jewel and most popular of tourist attractions, the British Museum in central London.”An attack would have caused at least “widespread panic” and was intended to cause injury and death, it was claimed.When she learned Hussain had been killed in April 2017, Boular’s determination was strengthened, the court heard.She was allegedly encouraged by her mother and sister to join her fiance and become a “martyr”.But within days of his death she was charged over her earlier plans to go to Syria in 2016, so was unable to carry out her “chilling intentions”, the prosecutor said.He went on: “However, that those intentions were not just chilling but sincere and determined is demonstrated by the fact that she did not abandon them even when she was unable to put them into effect herself. Rather, she sought to encourage her sister Rizlaine to carry the torch forward in her stead.” Safaa Boular appearing at the Old Bailey in London Credit:Elizabeth Cook /PA Safaa Boular, now 18,  has denied two counts of preparing acts of terrorism. Safaa Boular appearing at the Old Bailey in London  Rizlaine was caught in 2014 but never charged and was returned to the UK, whilst her younger sister attempted to make the journey two years later. She had declared her love for Hussain after the couple had been chatting on social media for just three months, prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said, and she planned to travel to Raqqa where they would don suicide belts and in her lover’s words “depart the world holding hands and taking others with them in an act of terrorism,” jurors heard.After police uncovered Safaa Boular’s plan to travel in August 2016, she allegedly switched her attention to Britain, keeping contact with Hussain on a secret phone through encrypted Telegram chat.But British Security Services had deployed specially trained “role play” officers to engage in online communication with the pair, jurors heard.Mr Atkinson said: “It was clear that Hussain had been planning an act of terrorism with Safaa Boular in which she could engage if she remained in this country. Both Hussain and Safaa Boular talked of a planned ambush involving grenades and or firearms.” But on April 27 last year – the day of the proposed knife attack around the Palace of Westminster – police swooped to arrest Rizlaine Boular, jurors were told.The Old Bailey heard that both sisters had attempted to travel to the Syria to wed Isil fighters. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An all female Isil gang plotted to murder tourists at attractions including the British Museum, a court has heard.Safaa Boular, then 17, planned to “martry” herself  in a bomb and grenade ambush on the museum after her Islamic State fighter fiance was killed in Syria. In what is alleged to be Britain’s first all female terror plot, she was supported by her mother, Mina Dich, and elder sister and intended to carry out an attack using a ‘tokarev’, a type of Russian pistol, or a grenade, referred to as ‘pineapples’.But when Boular was arrested for an earlier attempt to travel to Syria to marry Naweed Hussain, she passed the baton to her sister, Rizlaine Boular, who began plotting a knife attack in Westminster. In calls from jail after her arrest, she talked about a “party” with her 21-year-old sibling, which was said to be a code word for a terror attack which her sister was planning in her place. The pair also made reference to a “Mad Hatter” and having an “Alice In Wonderland” themed tea party, jurors heard.Over the next three days, Rizlaine and their mother, 43, carried out reconnaissance around major landmarks in Westminster and bought a pack of knives and a rucksack, the court heard. Rizlaine Boular, 21, of Clerkenwell, central London, has already admitted planning an attack in Westminster, allegedly involving knives and with the help and support of their mother Mina Dich, 43, the jury was told.”Based on her preparation, reconnaissance and discussion, it appears that (Rizlaine) planned to launch an attack, using knives against members of the public, in the environs of the Palace of Westminster in central London.”Like her sister’s thwarted plan, this was an attack that was intended to involve the infliction of serious injury and death.”Their mother provided “positive assistance and support” to Rizlaine, knowing she would commit a knife attack, but did not necessarily understand it would involve death or injury, the court heard.Police recovered extremist material from her phones, including photos of women holding AK47, one of a child wearing a suicide belt, and images and videos of beheadings, the court heard.She also had an image captioned “Sisterhood in jihad, where we fight together get martyred together and fly together inshallah” and revealed to police she had struck up a friendship with Isil’s female recruiter, Umm Isa Al-Amriki, who was based in Aleppo. Covert recordings from her mother’s home in Vauxhall, south west London, show her laughing about laying flowers at Westminster Bridge after the terror attack there, the court heard. read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slammed the Andrews government and called it “absolutely crazy” for dropping the East West Link.The Victorian premier dumped the proposed $8 billion road linking Melbourne’s East to the West this week and in the process cost taxpayers $339 million.Also gone is the $1.5 billion worth of Commonwealth funds promised to the then Napthine government to build the East West Link. Premier Daniel Andrews has promised he will lobby the federal government to allocate those funds on other transport projects.In the wake of dumping the East West Link, the premier green-lit the long promised $9-11 billion Melbourne Metro project.The rail link will connect North Melbourne to South Yarra but in the process rip up most of Swanston Street and cause huge disruptions to city traffic and businesses. Mr Abbott has agreed to come to the table and offer the funds to other road projects that will ease congestion but has been immovable about funding public transport projects.Mr Andrews says his government will be announcing further “significant and exciting infrastructure announcements in coming weeks” in the hopes of reaping back the billions promised.Victorian shadow treasurer Michael O’Brien says the state can’t afford to sideline one piece of infrastructure for another. “We can’t choose between better roads or better public transport,” Mr O’Brien told a multicultural media conference this week. “We need to build to keep pace with population growth.”Victoria’s population is set to grow to 10 million by 2051, with 2.8 million of that coming from net migration. Opposition leader Matthew Guy says the actions of the Andrews government in tearing up signed contracts and slugging taxpayers with millions on a road that will never be built will hurt them in the long run. “I think the government’s behaviour is going to cost jobs and building projects in the future,” he told a multicultural media conference. “If you trash your reputation on one project, you trash your reputation on all of these projects.” The dumping of the East West Link is a relief for many Greek Australian residents of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, who were at risk of losing their homes. Residents from Ballarat Street, Gold Street, and Bendigo Street in North Collingwood had received letters of acquisition, while others faced the prospect of falling house prices if the neighbourhood became connected to the major freeway.One-hundred-and-two properties were compulsorily acquired and another 46 were purchased on a voluntarily basis in October last year.Many residents are fighting for compensation, with law firm Slater and Gordon saying they are representing an estimated 70 individual parties whose properties have been acquired as part of the East West Link.last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Ryback in Dallas tonight for the Hell in a Cell PPVRyback, who has been out of action with injuries, was flown into Dallas for tonight’s WWE Hell in a Cell PPV. It isn’t known if he will be used on the show as others not on the card are also backstage at the PPV tonight as well.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineTop 10 Hell in a Cell matches of all timeRyan Droste is featuring a look at the top 10 Hell in a Cell matches on Top Rope Press. The list includes the first ever Hell in a Cell match in 1997 between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, the most famous between The Undertaker and Mick Foley in 1998 and more.You can check out the full list at the link below.Top Rope Press: Counting Down The Top Ten Hell In A Cell Matches “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Google+ Pinterest Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Finn Balor removed from WWE Smackville event due to illness, not expected to be out longlast_img read more

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first_imgHoffenheim’s newest Brazilian star Joelinton hopes to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Roberto FirminoThe Liverpool striker previously played for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga between 2011 to 2015.In his time at Germany, Firmino scored 49 goals and added 36 assists in 153 appearances before sealing a reported £29m transfer to Liverpool.Now 22-year-old Joelinton plans to emulate his idol by playing in the Premier League and earning a call-up to the Brazil team.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He (Firmino) is a role model for me. He plays in England and in the national team. He’s a great player,” Joelinton told Sport Bild.“For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. I would like to play there eventually,”“I will do everything to be called up at some point. If I become a national team player someday, then I’ll be a great player.”After two seasons on loan at Rapid Wien, Joelinton has managed eight goals and five assists in 15 appearances for Hoffenheim this term.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Tremezzo empire is expanding.Rick Lowe, owner of the popular Tremezzo Ristorante, opened Josie’s Bakery in April. Now he’s planning on opening a pizza shop in town.Lowe recently confirmed with Wilmington Apple that he is in the final stages of purchasing Uncle Mickey’s, located at 296 Shawsheen Avenue.“The sale is in progress,” said Lowe. “We hope to open by the end of August or early September, pending approvals from the town.”The restaurant, which will be called “Tremezzo Pizzeria,” will specialize in “old-school sheet pizza.” Other unique offerings are promised to be on the menu.Lowe, who opened Tremezzo Ristorante at 2 Lowell Street four years ago, was recently awarded the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce’s “Carmon Cunningham Business Legacy Award” for both his business’s success and generosity to the community.“Rick lives in a neighboring community, but he’s embraced Wilmington. He hires Wilmington kids. He gets to know people by their first names. Rick is an exmpletary business member of this community,” said former Selectman and Chamber member Mike Champoux prior to presenting the award. “So many teams come and have their banquets here. BNI, a business networking group, is hosted here. The Rotary Club is hosted here.  So many organizations call Tremezzo home, and that’s because of the hospitality of Rick and his family and his staff.”“Rick and his staff give back to the community by holding fundraising events that benefit local groups in Wilmington,” added another Chamber member. “Rick also donates his time and food to those in need. Tremezzo has embedded themselves into the fabric of Wilmington since day one of the restaurant’s opening. I am proud of the way that Rick has demonstrated that giving back to Wilmington is a priority for him and his staff.”Tremezzo Ristorante was recently named Wilmington’s “Best Restaurant For Lunch,” “Best Restaurant For Dinner,” “Best Fine Dining Restaurant,” “Best Italian Restaurant,” and “Best Bar” in Wicked Local’s Annual Readers Choice Awards.Lowe hopes to replicate Tremezzo Ristorante’s success and community involvement with his latest venture, Tremezo Pizzeria.The likely future home of Tremezzo PizzeriaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING SOON: Josie’s Bakery Receives Approval From Selectmen, Likely To Open In Mid-AprilIn “Business”Tremezzo Owners Look To Open Italian Bakery In WilmingtonIn “Business”VIDEO: Wilmington’s Josie’s Bakery Featured On Phantom GourmetIn “Videos”last_img read more

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first_imgEnlarge ImageVW Group’s Scania built the R450 Hybrid truck specifically to take advantage of the eHighway trial. Silas Stein/Picture Alliance/Getty Images Many of us have come across a train or bus that takes advantage of overhead power lines, pantographs stretched upwards, providing the vehicle in question with the electricity needed to continue on. Now, the first eHighways in Germany will help electrified trucks roll down the highway without contributing to air pollution.The German state of Hesse on Tuesday opened its first stretch of eHighway, featuring overhead power lines meant to deliver charge to electrified trucks as they travel. It’s still in the pilot phase, covering just a six-mile stretch of autobahn near Frankfurt, but it will function with normal traffic operating around the trucks that can take advantage of the tech. It’ll stay there until 2022, at which point the German government will determine whether to expand the project’s scope.It works just like the overhead power lines you’re used to seeing on other methods of transportation. An electrified truck extends conductor rods to the power lines, creating a connection where power can flow from the lines to the truck’s batteries, giving it enough juice to operate on electricity alone. Once the car disconnects from the system, its hybrid system will function like normal. It’s worth noting that the trucks need to be moving no faster than 90 kilometers per hour (about 56 mph) to take advantage of the power. Of course, not every truck comes equipped with the hardware to make this work, so Germany partnered with VW Group to build a hybrid truck specifically for the eHighway.Siemens, the company behind the eHighway tech, says there are huge benefits to this system. It said that, if 30 percent of trucks on German highways were electrified and relied on renewable energy, the country could avoid dumping an extra 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. On a less macro and more micro scale, Siemens says a 40-ton truck driving 100,000 kilometers (about 62,000 miles) on the eHighway could save 20,000 euro (about $22,000) in annual fuel costs.Siemens has been working on eHighway tech since at least 2012, when it showed off the system at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. In 2016, Sweden implemented eHighway’s setup on a 1.2-mile stretch of highway. The following year, Siemens installed an eHighway in California, between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It would be mighty tricky to get cars on the same system, because height discrepancies between trucks and cars would require the latter to have some properly long (and properly dangerous) pantographs.(Hat tip to Business Insider!)First eHighway in GermanyEnlarge ImageA truck needs more than a bent TV antenna to take advantage of all the juice coming off these lines. Silas Stein/Picture Alliance/Getty Images 2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid first drive: This changes everything Auto Tech Hybrids Trucks Comment 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend Volkswagen 1 Share your voice More From Roadshow Tags 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorerlast_img read more

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first_imgSierra Flores, left, her mother Serena Hinchman, middle, and Raeanne Holmes holds signs at the Miss USA watch party in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau on Sunday, Hinchman and Holmes work for Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)A few more than a dozen fans of Alyssa London, or Miss Alaska, are groaning in disappointment and one resilient fan screams, “We love you Alyssa!” after the last of five Miss USA contestants advance to the next round of the pageant.Alyssa London wasn’t one of them.Listen nowBefore the final five were named, anxiety and expectation were high at the Juneau watch party. Even before London made it to the top 10, her fans thought she had a good chance to win.Yolanda Fulmer said it was exciting.“I think this also shows other young women, in our community as Alaska Natives or Native American women, that their dreams are important, that they should go for them, and that they can accomplish their dreams and dream big,” Fulmer said.Fulmer said it’s disappointing that London didn’t win but she’s proud of what she accomplished.Yolanda Fulmer, left, and other fans watch the Miss USA pageant in anticipation on Sunday. Tommy Gamble is in the far back. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)“Just being able to make it this far and also standing for her community and representing … she has had a strong representation for her culture and her Alaskan community and I’m just very proud of her,” Fulmer said.London graduated from Stanford University where she wrote an honors thesis on economic development in Southeast Alaska. She’s the cultural ambassador of the Sealaska Heritage Institute and she built a business that sells products influenced by Southeast Alaska Native culture.When a Miss USA host asked London what she wanted people to know about Alaska, she singled out Native culture.“I want them to know that we have amazing unique cultures in our state. There are 229 different tribes,” London said. “Tonight you will see me wearing a traditional Tlingit robe over my evening gown emulating our dance robes. It will have a Killer Whale crest on it and I’m very proud of my culture.”After London’s loss, the watch party crowd recorded a video message to show her their support.Outside of the party, Tommy Gamble said he is a friend of London’s and that this loss is not the end for her.“The whole entire journey was the experience that she wanted and she’s going to learn from it and probably even come out on top,” Gamble said. “You can crown a winner for the contest, but because of her name and her culture and everything that she’s supported and is going to continue to support, she’ll always be one of our queens and so I’m really proud of her.”The watch party was organized by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.Kàra McCullough, Miss District of Columbia, won the Miss USA crown on Sunday.last_img read more

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first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker leave to discuss draft agreements on Brexit, at the EC headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on 21 November 2018. Photo: ReutersBritish prime minister Theresa May was headed back to Brussels on Saturday to defend the planned Brexit divorce deal even as Spain threatened to boycott an EU summit meant to endorse it.May has final day talks scheduled with EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, although diplomats said the withdrawal agreement is finished and ready for EU leaders to approve on Sunday.Nothing in the painful 17-month withdrawal process has gone smoothly, and on Friday, Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez warned he might not attend if the leaders do not acknowledge that Madrid holds a veto over the fate of Gibraltar in any post-Brexit negotiation of new EU-UK ties.Visiting Cuba, Sanchez said that Madrid must be allowed to negotiate directly with London on Gibraltar and give its specific assent to any changes to its relationship to the European Union in a future agreement between Britain and Brussels.”If there’s no agreement, it’s very clear what will happen, there very probably won’t be a European Council” summit, he said.Gibraltar, a tiny rocky outcrop home to a port and around 30,000 people, is a British territory claimed by Spain and will be a bone of contention as London negotiates a new relationship with Brussels after Brexit day on 29 March.Luis Marco Aguiriano Nalda, Spain’s secretary of state for European affairs, said Madrid wanted London to put in writing that it shared Madrid’s interpretation of the negotiated Brexit deal texts regarding its stance on Gibraltar.”We have demanded that it be published by the British authorities before the European Council on Sunday,” said in Brussels.In London, however, a Downing Street source said he did not know what document Aguiriano could be referring to and added: “We have negotiated on behalf of the whole of the UK family. That includes Gibraltar and the overseas territories.”In legal terms, Spain’s disapproval would not halt the divorce settlement, but it would embarrass EU leaders keen to show that the 27 are united.More uncertaintyAnd, as Aguiriano noted, any final relationship negotiated between London and Brussels after Brexit day on 29 March would have to be approved by all remaining member states — giving Spain a de facto veto further down the line.May is due in Brussels later on Saturday to see EU Commission president Juncker, head of the bloc’s executive, and EU Council president Tusk, whose institution represents the member states.But European diplomats told AFP no more substantive negotiations would take place and Sunday’s summit would simply see leaders sign off on the fruit of 17 months of dialogue.A European diplomat said the meeting’s minutes would include language stressing the importance of Britain maintaining a level playing field in trade rules during the 21-month post-Brexit transition, and on fishing rights.And the summit will make it clear that the European Council would take the lead over the Commission in negotiating future ties — another measure to reassure Madrid that its voice will be heard before any final settlement is reached.After that, May will still have to sell the deal to the British parliament, an even greater political challenge.May refused to say whether she would resign if parliament eventually votes down the divorce agreement that the EU is set to endorse on Sunday, alongside a shorter political framework to guide talks on future ties.”If this deal does not go through, we are back at square one. What we end up with is more division and more uncertainty,” she warned.last_img read more

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first_imgDuring E3, Microsoft announced the Xbox One S. This updated console would be 40% smaller than the current Betamax-sized Xbox One and would be able to play 4K media. Microsoft said that the system would be released next month, and sure enough, the company has today announced that folks can purchase an Xbox One S on August 2. Well… at least one specific edition of the system.This version of the Xbox One S comes with a 2TB hard drive. Because of that, it’s priced at $399. That’s $50 more than the 1TB model, and $100 more than the 500GB edition. The 2TB version can be pre-ordered now from the Microsoft store, though Microsoft says that it will be in limited supply.While the $399 edition will be available on August 2, the other, non-limited edition consoles, will be sold at a later date, explained Microsoft.Though we know a good deal about the Xbox One S, there are still some questions that need answering. The most important one being: how hot will the machine run? Since the console is smaller, it runs the risk of operating at higher temperatures. Given how Microsoft had a huge overheating issue with the Xbox 360, this is something it would want to avoid. With that in mind, we can assume Microsoft has carried out extensive testing to ensure the  Xbox One S has optimal airflow and a good thermal package. Extensive real-world use will tell us either way.Unlike the current Xbox One, the Xbox One S can stand vertically, though Microsoft hasn’t said if the vertical stand comes with the system or is sold separately. Given how the PS4’s vertical stand doesn’t ship with the console, chances are that the Xbox One S’ vertical stand will also be sold separately.The Xbox One S seems like a good deal, but considering how it is only a few months removed from the holiday shopping season, folks may want to wait before buying one. Microsoft has been known for heavily discounting the Xbox One during the holidays, so it is reasonable to assume it will do so again for the Xbox One S. Even if there is no price cut for 500MB or 1TB versions of the system, we can at least expect console bundles that come with two or more games.last_img read more

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first_img NYPD Removes 25,000 Bees From Staten Island Ferry TerminalTruck Crashes While Hauling 130 Million Bees 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. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img(PhysOrg.com) — By demonstrating how a single artificial atom can be used to amplify electromagnetic waves, physicists from Japan are opening up new possibilities for quantum amplifiers, which can be used in a variety of electronic and optical applications. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: O.V. Astafiev, et al. “Ultimate On-Chip Quantum Amplifier.” Physical Review Letters 104, 183603 (2010). Doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.183603 Explore further From a classical laser to a ‘quantum laser’ Quantum amplification by an artificial atom. Part (a) shows a sketch of a three-level artificial atom in which population inversion can be created by pumping the atom from the ground state to the second excited state. Part (b) shows the spectroscopy of the three-level atom. 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. Citation: Physicists build quantum amplifier with single artificial atom (2010, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-physicists-quantum-amplifier-artificial-atom.html As a device that uses quantum effects to amplify a signal, a quantum amplifier comes in many different forms. Perhaps the most well-known example is the laser, which uses the process of stimulated emission to emit photons from optically stimulated atoms. Like most quantum amplifiers, lasers use intra-atomic transitions with many atoms (or molecules) to achieve signal amplification, and the transition frequencies are not easily tunable.One way to realize a quantum amplifier that is tunable and fully controllable is to create a system that uses only a single atom or molecule. However, single-atom quantum amplifiers have so far been very difficult to realize due to the fact that natural atoms can only be weakly coupled to the electromagnetic waves that they must amplify. Now, researchers O.V. Astafiev and coauthors from NEC Nano Electronics Research Laboratories and RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, both in Ibaraki, Japan, have found a way to overcome this difficulty. In their new study, the researchers have demonstrated how a single artificial atom can be strongly coupled to the electromagnetic modes of open one-dimensional space, resulting in tunable and controllable electromagnetic wave amplification. The quantum amplification is based on the ability to pump the three-state artificial atom from its ground state to the higher of its two excited states. To do this, the researchers applied microwave fields at a specific pumping frequency that propagated along a one-dimensional transmission line toward the point-like atom. The photons induced spontaneous emission from the atom, causing it to generate a scattered wave at a specific frequency, amplifying the overall signal. “The key process is the preparation of population inversion (same as in lasers),” coauthor Abdufarrukh Abdumalikov from RIKEN told PhysOrg.com. “Our atom has three discrete energy levels. We apply a microwave which excites it from the ground state to the second excited state. From the latter the atom relaxes partly to ground state and partly to first excited state. When the population of the first excited state is larger than that of the ground state we have a population inversion. Then we apply another microwave signal which we would like to amplify. It should be in resonance with the ground state – first excited state transition. It stimulates this transition and the atom emits a photon which adds up to the signal. The principle is the same as in lasers.”The researchers calculated the maximal gain to be about 1.09, corresponding to an average of 109 emitted photons for every 100 incident photons. Abdumalikov explained that the maximum theoretical gain is 1.125, or 112.5 emitted photons for every 100 incident photons. Overall, the amplification by a single artificial atom provides an example of an elementary quantum amplifier, which could be used as a building block for large-scale, tunable quantum amplifiers for various applications. In addition, the demonstration of single-atom quantum amplification could open up possibilities for developing new types of on-chip quantum amplifiers and other quantum devices, which could reveal novel quantum optical phenomena due to the devices’ strong coupling, tunability and controllability. “This is the first work of this kind,” Abdumalikov said. “If we use many atoms we can obtain larger gain. Such amplifiers can be used in other research fields where low amplifier noise is needed. One such research field is an on-chip version of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED) that is circuit QED.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Police on Sunday seized banned drugs and arrested three persons, including two students, in this connection during a raid at a city hotel. Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a raid at the hotel and seized 7 gm of MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) – an ecstasy drug, 4 LSD blocks and 3 gm of cocaine from the possession of the trio, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said. The students, aged between 18 and 20, and the man (22) had brought the drugs from Delhi with an intention to use them at parties organised at discos in the hotel, and to sell them at a higher price to customers there, he said. “We are questioning them and trying to find out more details… whether they are members of any drug trafficking racket,” the officer added.last_img read more

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