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First Nations raising funds to challenge west coast oil tanker ban

first_imgCALGARY – A coalition of First Nations is raising money through a GoFundMe campaign to mount a legal challenge to the proposed oil-tanker ban on British Columbia’s north coast.The challenge is coming from the backers of the proposed Eagle Spirit pipeline, a First Nation-led project that would bring oil from Alberta to the northern West Coast.The chiefs’ council leading the project said in a news release Wednesday that they represent more than 30 communities engaged in the project, and that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proposed ban on tankers would harm their communities by causing them to lose out on development opportunities.They said the tanker ban came about because of pressure from U.S. environmental groups and is being imposed without the consultation of key Indigenous stakeholders.“There was no consultation, and the government is responsible to the Aboriginal First Nations to do consultations,” said hereditary chief Gary Alexcee, who backs the energy project.Transport Canada, however, said it held 75 engagement sessions to discuss the proposed moratorium, and that Transport Minister Marc Garneau engaged directly with all Indigenous groups along that would be affected or expressed an interest in the moratorium.The government held 20 meetings with Indigenous groups and received numerous letters on the proposal, said Transport Canada spokeswoman Julie Leroux.Bill C-48, known as the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, passed second reading in Parliament last October. The legislation has the support of many First Nations in B.C., including the nine members of the Coastal First Nations alliance.“We fully support the tanker ban, it recognizes the importance of protecting the coast from oil spills,” said Marilyn Slett, chief councillor of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council.She said Heiltsuk had already experienced the threats of oil spills twice in the past year, with the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat and the stranding of a barge carrying 12.5 million litres of oil.“The vulnerability and risk of these types of incidents is very real, and so our position has been very strong in terms of support of the tanker ban.”The federal government announced it was going ahead with the tanker ban in November 2016, at the same time it approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB)last_img read more

Thomas Cooks German unit gets loan Polish one goes bust

WARSAW, Poland — The German unit of collapsed tour operator Thomas Cook has been promised rescue loans from the government there, though the Polish one has confirmed it is going bust.German airline Condor says it has been promised 380 million euros ($419 million) from the German government and the state of Hesse to meet its cash needs for six months.The airline says it’s profitable but needs ready cash to operate over the winter.In Poland, Thomas Cook’s unit, Neckermann Polska, said Wednesday it is filing for bankruptcy.The announcement by the company’s president Maciej Nykiel came with about 3,600 people who booked vacations with the company outside of Poland.Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel company, ceased all operations Monday, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded around the world.The Associated Press read more

US trade deficit rises in February to 6month high

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US trade deficit rises in February to 6-month high WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit rose in February to the highest level in six months as the growth in imports outpaced a modest rise in exports.The trade gap widened to $47.1 billion, up 2.6 per cent from a January imbalance of $45.9 billion, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.Boosted by stronger sales of U.S.-made autos, exports increased 1 per cent to $178.1 billion. It was the first climb since September. Imports were up 1.3 per cent to $225.1 billion, despite a drop in oil imports which fell to the lowest level in 13 years.Trade has become a major issue in the presidential campaign with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders blaming the deficits on unfair trading actions by countries such as China and Mexico. Higher deficits subtract from economic growth.The deficit for 2015 rose to $539.8 billion, an increase of 6.2 per cent. That shaved 0.6 percentage points from growth. U.S. exporters have struggled with spreading weakness in many major foreign markets including China and Europe. A big rise in the value of the dollar has also hurt because it makes U.S. products more expensive in overseas markets.Analysts said the further widening of the deficit this year indicates that trade will continue to drag overall growth.Steve Murphy, U.S. economist at Capital Economics, predicted that trade would sap economic growth by about 0.5 percentage point in the first quarter, helping to hold overall growth to around 1.5 per cent for period.“While the dollar has actually depreciated recently, the massive earlier surge will remain a big constraint on net exports for the remainder of 2016,” he said.For February, the deficit with China dropped 2.8 per cent to $28.1 billion, still the largest imbalance with any country. U.S. exports to China fell 2 per cent to $8 billion, the lowest level since June 2011. China, the world’s second largest economy, has slowed more than expected this year. The development sent shockwaves through financial markets at the beginning of the year as investors worried about the impact of the slowdown on global growth.The deficit with Canada, America’s biggest trading partner, narrowed sharply to $1 billion, down nearly 60 per cent from January. The deficit with Mexico widened to $5 billion, up 14.5 per cent from January.Oil imports dropped 11.8 per cent in February to $9.9 billion, the lowest level since September 2002. The average price of imported crude oil fell to $27.48 per barrel in February, the lowest level since late 2003.Even with the small increase in February, U.S. exports of goods and services are 5.5 per cent lower in the first two months of this year compared to the same period in 2015. Economists are hoping that strong domestic demand, fueled by rising employment and higher consumer spending, will be able to offset the adverse impact of falling exports on American manufacturers. In this Thursday, March 3, 2016, photo, a sailboat makes its way past the container ship MSC Ivana as she is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for February. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) read more

New 228M annex for Finance Ministry

An architectural impression of the new annexThe Ministry of Finance (MoF) is set to construct a new multi-million-dollar annex at the site of the former sports club of the Guyana National Cooperative Bank (GNCB), on Winter Place and Croal Street in Georgetown.Finance Minister, Winston Jordan on Friday turned the sod at the location, in the presence of contractor, Courtney Benn Contracting company.According to the DPI, the annex which stands at a cost of approximately $228M will house the ministry’s training room, a sports complex, a gym and the Camp Street valuation office.Speaking at a simple ceremony, Minister Jordan said the annex has always been a project he wanted to take on board. Following his appointment as Finance Minister, among his many plans was the modernisation of the ministry.“This is a passion of mine because almost all my life I worked at the Ministry of Finance, with short periods at the State Planning Secretariat. I know the Ministry of Finance very well.”Finance Minister Winston Jordan turns the sod for the new annex as Finance Secretary Hector Butts and Contractor Courtney Benn looks onAccording to Minister Jordan, the Finance Ministry should be the premier institution, and while his travels abroad have proven this to be true, the situation is not quite the same in Guyana. It was further explained that he decided to put in place the necessary human resources and systems to improve the conditions of the ministry.The Minister said with these developments, the population at the ministry has grown beyond the building’s capacity and the building is somewhat unsafe structurally.“You know it is unsafe because we have added more features to the existing building and we have added more buildings within the yard. We have added more electrical equipment in the building and we have not changed the wiring.”Minister Jordan said the construction of the annex is coming at an opportune time.Echoing similar sentiments, Finance Secretary, Dr Hector Butts said the construction of the annex is most welcomed since it is something that the ministry has been pursuing for some time. The building is set to be completed by the end of this year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Board for GRA approved – JordanDecember 16, 2018In “latest news”Budget preparations proceeding apace – Finance MinisterMay 22, 2015In “Politics”Finance Secretary abandons post; new appointment madeSeptember 18, 2015In “Politics” read more

Immersive introduces new dozer operator training tool

first_imgImmersive Technologies has announced a new release of their dozer operator training technology for use with their Advanced Equipment Simulators including the PRO3. The new tool includes extensive new training functionality and support for Caterpillar’s D11T track dozer. Launched in November at the company’s 2011 Asia-Pacific User Group Forum in Queensland Australia, Immersive states that the new Caterpillar dozer simulator was enthusiastically received by the group consisting of over 45 mining professionals who had the opportunity to thoroughly test-drive the unit over the two day conference. The mining group provided positive feedback on the dozer simulator’s visual and handling realism, together with its range of training capabilities. ResCo’s Labour and Training Executive Group Manager, Darren Culley, had the opportunity to trial the Caterpillar D11T dozer simulator at the User Group Forum. He experienced the surface mining operator and trainer and commented: “The realistic feel and exceptional depth perception of Immersive’s D11T simulator is very similar to the real machine. I have no doubt that this training tool will revolutionise the way the mining industry trains people on dozers, especially for its ability to safely and efficiently replicate the tasks required to operate a dozer.”Immersive Technologies’ simulated Caterpillar D11T dozer builds upon the company’s existing Caterpillar D11R dozer module which to date has been deployed to mining companies and contractors in 13 countries around the world since its launch in 2003. Although new to the market, the Caterpillar D11T dozer equipment module has been met by strong demand with 15 orders already received. This latest D11T dozer simulator combines working controls and instrumentation from the real machine, including the Advisor Monitoring System, which operates exactly the same as the system in the real machine. Existing Immersive Technologies’ customers, already utilising dozer simulator training, will also benefit from this “leap forward” in dozer training technology according to Immersive, with many of the advanced new features being included as part of the company’s SimControl 4.2 software release, which is currently being distributed globally to service agreement holders. Dozer enhancements in SimControl 4.2 include a task based operator assessment and reporting system, together with multiple on-screen training assistant tools designed to accelerate learning.Immersive Technologies’ Product Portfolio Manager, Karen Joseph said, “This step forward in dozer training technology incorporates extensive feedback from our large mining customer base, together with expert technical knowledge from engineers at Caterpillar’s headquarters in Peoria, Illinoi. These two factors have proven critical to this and other developments of equipment simulators in order to ensure our products deliver results to our mining industry customers.” Immersive Technologies’ exclusive technical alliance with Caterpillar sees the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) provide proprietary machine technical information and engineering support to Immersive Technologies in the simulated development of CAT equipment.last_img read more

Safety tracking through Becker technology at Tizapa silver mine Mexico

first_imgEs Tu Llave de regreso a casa literally translated as “Your key to return home,” is the central message of Group Penoles’ Tizapa silver mine in Mexico to encourage the workforce to embrace the new high-precision tracking system designed and supplied by Becker’s subsidiary Lasec Telecommunications. The promotional video created by the mine to roll-out the ‘Key Out’ system shows a miner leaving home, using the Becker Lasec system during his daily work and returning safely home to his family at the end of the day.“We are proud that the safety of each and every member of our workforce is paramount to providing a happy, motivated and efficient workforce” stated Ing Guillermo Hernandez, Tizapa General Manager. “It is important to us that every single member of the team gets home to their families every day without problems”The system deployed at Tizapa is a state-of-the-art tracking system using business productivity software from Lasec and leading-edge radio technology from German location-module supplier nanotron. It uses time of flight technology to deliver new levels of tracking accuracy for the underground workforce, providing a non-stop flow of data to locate each worker and asset continuously with a 1 m to 5 m resolution and a 2 s update rate.Each member of the team wears a small robust radio tag which transmits signals to a series of readers located along the drifts throughout the mine. The readers are connected through the mine network to the central control room where software displays the location of each team member together with any important associated emergency information.‘Man down’ situations (when a worker is no longer moving) are detected immediately by the on-board sensors integrated in the tag modules and transmitted to the mine’s central server. A panic button, and emergency LED are also provided to alert the team of any accident or critical conditions occurring in the mine, so that evacuation conditions can be managed and organised efficiently and safely from the central control room. Battery health is also continuously monitored and transmitted to the server to ensure continuous 24/7 operation.Minera Tizapa is at the forefront with the implementation of state-of-the-art solutions to comply with NOM-023-STPS-2012 and today it is one of the few mines in Mexico that has implemented tracking and identification of all personnel entering the mine.The next step in Lasec’s agenda is the implementation of a mineral handling system, traffic control, environmental monitoring, elements that will be a part of the mine’s intelligent integral operational system.Location Running by nanotron – the availability of location information 24 hours a day, seven days a week – has enabled new standards in safety and productivity. Becker Lasec’s solution is extremely well received since both Group Penoles and its workforce benefit from it.last_img read more

Rikke Skov withdraws from Danish NT

Rikke Skov has decided to withdraw from the Danish national team, and will not play for the team at the World Championship in Brazil. The Viborg player, that so far had 122 caps and 344 goals scored, said that this was a very hard decision, but it had to be made, and she made it in advance so the national team can do the preparations without her, citing that at this moment it will be hard to combine club and national team career at the same time. Jan Pytlick described this as a major loss for the national team, and that there is no player of the same calibre which could replace her. ← Previous Story Kiel beats Fuchse in Berlin, title closer! Next Story → South Korea at the Olympic Games 2012! read more

Babestation TV models are coming to Mayo but the minister wont be

first_img Short URL Irish users trying to call the UK-based models instead reached Westport. Image: Twitter/BabestationTV http://jrnl.ie/3203907 50 Comments Irish users trying to call the UK-based models instead reached Westport. Image: Twitter/BabestationTV Jan 25th 2017, 11:04 AM Babestation TV models are coming to Mayo (but the minister won’t be meeting them) A spokesperson for the minister said he will “absolutely not” attend a meeting. center_img 35,018 Views Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 11:04 AM By Rónán Duffy REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTER Michael Ring will not be meeting with models from Babestation TV despite an invitation from the company.Three models as well as company representative Steve Richardson will travel to Westport on Thursday to ease concern from locals who mistakenly received calls intended for the adult chat line.The mix-up happened when Irish viewers didn’t enter the UK international calling code before dialling and were instead directed to people in Westport.Mayo minister Ring had previously said that many people living in the town had been contacted, but a spokesperson for the TD said today that he will “absolutely not” be attending the planned outreach event.Speaking on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ One this morning, Babestation TV’s Richardson said they are “very tame” and are a “responsible company”.He told the show that he hopes to show the Mayo locals this in person.“Babestation is not hardcore pornography and I think I’ve heard it best described by someone as the Benny Hill of adult entertainment,” he said.We’re hoping to bring three of the girls over  and you know what? We’re very proud of this, that they’re incredibly bright. They know what they’re doing. If anything, they are the queens and we are their servants.Richardson said they are flying into Knock tomorrow morning and will be in the town at 2pm.As well as meeting with locals, Richardson said he hopes to meet with the minister so they can discuss how best to ensure that the mix-up doesn’t happen again.The representative also said they would look at potentially changing their number.Read: Comreg to investigate why Westport is being plagued by calls for adult chat line >Read: Adult chat line sending models to Westport after town bombarded with calls meant for Babestation > Share112 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

GOVERNMENT BEGINS TO ARTICULATE POLICY BLUEPRINT

first_imgA retreat is an internal mechanism to enable stakeholders to evaluate their challenges and map out plans of action to address them. The government aims to implement a national development plan. It is yet to articulate the plan. However it has made a declaration of intent indicating its commitment to national reconciliation, adherence to constitutional provisions, promotion of the rule of law and commitment to the establishment of truth and reconciliation commission.Furthermore, it commits itself to development of health and education, agriculture and industrialization.What is absolutely essential now is to have a complete development plan covering all the sectors. We envisage that when the president takes the opportunity to address parliament he will be obliged to lay before the august body his concrete development blueprint. This will enable the nation to know what challenges will be addressed.last_img read more

Local Government Elections Coming

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:amanda missick, donhue gardiner, local government, Pdm, pnp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Oct 2014 – There could be local government elections coming for the family islands of the Turks and Caicos in the next fiscal year… explained by one of the ministers responsible for the implementation of this constitutional requirement. Hon Don Hue Gardiner said there is much to be considered including whether the local government reps will be elected… how they can elected and how much money should be budgeted for them to run the islands’ affairs, themselves. Also speaking to the issue, which has seen a back and forth between the PNP Administration and the PDM Official Opposition was Home Affairs Minister, Amanda Missick who said this financial year could not bear the implementation of the concept. Cabinet has sanctioned a working group to do the leg work ahead of a start next year to local government. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Recommended for youlast_img read more

Bahamas delegation lands this morning for four day Gospel conference in Provo

first_img Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopens Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Jun 2015 – A bought-out Bahamasair flight will bring in over 100 delegates from The Bahamas for the Biennial conference of the Assemblies of God; including former Bahamas Christian Council President and head of AG churches for the two nations – Rev. Dr. Patrick Paul. It is the first time the event will be staged in the Turks and Caicos Islands and a number of country, civic and church leaders will attend the opening at Community Fellowship Center tonight at the church on Leeward Highway. These conferences, which are held every two years serve as a motivation and revival for AG church leaders in the two countries and this year carries an evangelism theme. While the speakers are a dynamic mix from around the region and the US; there is a sense of missing as the key note presenter was to be Dr. Myles Munroe who perished in a plane crash in Grand Bahama with eight others last November. Community Fellowship Center, pastored by Bradley Handfield with Rev Woulieme Pompilus heading up the Creole ministry, has been preparing since last year for the contingent with members and leaders hailing from Abaco, Exuma, Grand Bahama and Nassau. The group arrives around 11 this morning; the services are open to the public and begin tonight at seven. Related Items:assemblies of god, Bahamas Christian Council, Community fellowship center, Dr. Myles Munroe, grand bahama, Rev Woulieme Pompiluslast_img read more

Improving and transforming San Diego Countys transportation system

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Several community leaders gathered Friday to take first big step in creating a new regional transportation vision.A joint meeting of SANDAG Board and Policy Advisory Committees came together to consider initial ideas for transforming the existing system. KUSI Newsroom, Improving and transforming San Diego County’s transportation system Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom April 26, 2019 Posted: April 26, 2019last_img read more

The Top Magazine Industry Deals of 2011

first_imgWhile not a blockbuster year for magazine media M&A, 2011 did have its share of big deals, as well as some that clearly signaled where publishers were placing their bets on future revenues. While Hearst’s purchase of the Hachette brands was the biggest strictly magazine deal of the year, it was nevertheless a relative anomaly. Straight magazine deals on a large scale were almost non-existent and may become a rarity going forward if some industry observers are proven correct. Instead, e-commerce, events, marketing services and digital deals were more the norm as publishers looked for tuck-ins to create an instant revenue source to shore up a flat advertising market.Looking back on 2011, our list includes some big deals alongside others that represented significant milestones for some companies and brands, as well as some smaller deals that were noteworthy in their own right or intersected the magazine industry, such as Glam’s purchase of the Ning community platform or AOL’s acquisition of Huffington Post. PROPERTIES: Lagardere SCA’s Magazine PortfolioHunting ExposLMK AppNing16 Percent Stake In MSLOGeorge Little ManagementQuarkPrimedia Inc.Huffington Postlast_img read more

Worker dies in Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant

first_imgA worker was killed after a pipe fell on his head while extracting sand from Padma River in Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project area in Pabna on Thursday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Saiful Islam, 23, son of Shahid Mridha of Charjonekathi village of Patuakhali.Officer-in-Charge of Ishwardi police station Bahauddin Faruki said Saiful was working for TCL contractor company in the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.The workers were dredging sand from Padma River while a pipe fell on Saiful’s head leaving him severely injured.When he was taken to the upazila health complex, doctors pronounced him dead, he added.last_img read more

Nerf Nitro Blasters Are Guns That Shoot Cars No as Ammunition

first_img Exclusive: Nerf Ups Its Game With New Kid-Friendly ‘Fortnite’…Geek Pick: Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Kronos XVIII-500 Stay on target Hasbro’s been doing some cool stuff with Nerf. They just launched a line of sniper guns with darts designed to corkscrew-like bullets, they have three themed lines of weapons for fighting zombies, wastelanders, and aliens, and they have a tank drone with a camera on it. And now they have guns that shoot cars. Like, as bullets.Nerf Nitro is Hasbro’s newest Nerf sub-brand, and it’s all about rad vehicular stunting. On their own, Nerf Nitro blasters look like nearly any other Nerf Elite N-Strike blaster, with blue and orange designs and very clear grips and triggers. Then you look at the ammunition and realize they have wheels.Hasbro dropped by the lab last week and showed us some of the new Nerf Nitro products, including a handful of blasters and dozens of different cars. All of the blasters work the same way: Load the car, put the blaster on a flat surface, and fire. Most use springs and only hold one car at a time, but the Flashfury can hold up to three and the Motofury is motorized and features a nine-car magazine. Yes, it’s a removable ammo magazine that holds cars. It’s Hot Wheels meets Heckler & Koch in Nerf orange.Each Nerf Nitro set comes with at least one blaster, at least one car, and some form of obstacles. There are little plastic oil barrels, crates, and tire stacks you can arrange to have your cars smash through them, and two types of ramps for high and long jumps. There aren’t any Nerf Nitro tracks, and all blasters are intended for use on a flat floor or table. The blasters also have safety triggers that prevent them from being fired unless they’re placed flat on a surface (though some tape will probably let you launch cars like Nerf darts if you want to go against Hasbro’s safety recommendations).I saw dozens of different Nerf Nitro cars in different color schemes and shapes, but all were vaguely Nerf Mega Dart in size and had identical plastic wheels in the same places for locking into the blasters, so don’t expect much difference in performance between cars. It’s purely about style. Speaking of style, Nerf Nitro cars are just begging for Star Wars and Marvel cars, like the countless licensed Hot Wheels cars out there. Maybe next year, but Hasbro has no comment on licensed Nerf Nitro cars right now.Nerf Nitro will come out this summer and will come in a variety of packages. The least expensive kit, the Nerf Nitro Throttleshot Blitz, will retail for $9.99. The most expensive, the aforementioned motorized, magazine-equipped Nerf Nitro Motofury Rapid Rally set, will be $49.99. The three other Nerf Nitro Blasters available at launch are the $19.99 Longshot Smash, $29.99 Flashfury Chaos, and $39.99 Duelfury Demolition (which includes two blasters) sets.last_img read more

Developing better nanoelectronics by understanding nonadiabatic effects

first_img 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. “Basically,” Michele Lazzeri tells PhysOrg.com, “the Born-Oppenheimer adiabatic approximation tells us how atoms are vibrating.” This adiabatic effect is used to describe phonons, which are modes of vibration that have been quantized. “It’s basic textbook stuff in solid state physics,” Lazzeri continues, “but sometimes the Born-Oppenheimer adiabatic approximation fails.” Citation: Developing better nano-electronics by understanding nonadiabatic effects (2008, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-nano-electronics-nonadiabatic-effects.htmlcenter_img This failure is known as nonadiabatic effects. However, even though the existence of such has been speculated about since the 1960s, measuring – and understanding – how nonadiabatic effects affect solids has been difficult, especially in terms of distinguishing them in new materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. (It is important to note that graphene and nanotubes hold a great deal of interest in nanotechnologies, they are considered as potential components for future nano-electronic-devices.) Lazzeri, along with A. Marco Saitta, Matteo Calandra and Francesco Mauri, all at IMPMC at the University of Paris 6, have created a theoretical framework for explaining nonadiabatic effects, and their differences from adiabatic effects. Their work has been published in Physical Review Letters: “Giant Nonadiabatic Effects in Layer Metals: Raman Spectra of Intercalated Graphite Explained.”“Our work is really a scientific curiosity,” Lazzeri explains. “Efforts have been made to use Raman spectroscopy to detect and measure these nonadiabatic effects in metals.” Nonadiabatic effects can be used to explain certain properties seen due to Raman scattering, including linewidths and shifts. “It’s really about understanding basic principles in quantum mechanics.”What prompted the present work was actually work that the University of Paris team had done earlier, looking for nonadiabatic effects in graphene. “It turns out that graphene dependence to phonon frequency on doping, or adding electrons, is due to nonadiabatic effects.” However, the difference between the adiabatic and the nonadiabatic was not very pronounced in graphene, making it difficult to measure. So the Lazzeri and his peers wondered what would happen if they used layered metals that were truly three dimensional, rather than closer to two dimensional, as graphene is.“We realized that when you have layered material, like the intercalated graphite and the MgB2 [magnesium diboride] used in the experiments we studied, you can do Raman scattering to excite the phonons to where the Born-Oppenheimer approximation fails,” Lazzeri says. This is done, he explains, by probing with a laser direction that is perpendicular to the layers. “We found that the difference between the adiabatic and the nonadiabatic effects were huge in these cases,” he continues. “The difference is much more spectacular in the graphite than in the graphene we studied before.”Lazzeri hopes that the information and first principles that the team articulates can be applied going forward to other new materials to be used in future nano-electronic devices. “It does have a technology application,” he insists. “The study of vibrations is not only interesting from a purely scientific point of view,” he continues. “As a matter of fact, vibrations provide us with one of the most direct access to the properties of matter at the microscopic level.”Copyright 2007 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.last_img read more

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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more August 28, 2008 – The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) has selected renowned pediatric oncologist Audrey Evans, M.D., as its 2008 honorary member. Dr. Evans, who will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, Sept. 23, during ASTRO’s 50th Annual Meeting in Boston, has been on the forefront of the treatment and study of childhood cancer for decades. She was one of the co-founders of the original Ronald McDonald House, which opened in Philadelphia in 1974 and expanded into Ronald McDonald House Charities in 1984 and the Ronald McDonald Camp in 1987. She also developed the Evans Staging System for neuroblastoma and instituted and chaired the initial meetings of the Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Conference, which began in 1975 and continue to this day.Over the course of her career, Dr. Evans has been awarded the Janeway Award from the American Radium Society, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Distinguished Career Award, the American Red Cross Spectrum Award, the Alpha Delta Kappa International Woman of the Year Award and the University of Pennsylvania Osler Award, among many other awards. She also has co-authored approximately 250 papers in peer-reviewed literature.”Dr. Evans is truly a pioneer in the field of pediatric oncology and in patient care,” Louis B. Harrison, M.D., chair of ASTRO’s Board of Directors and a radiation oncologist at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, said. “ASTRO is honored to be able to extend an honorary membership to her in recognition of her admirable career and the contributions she has made to cancer patients and the field of oncology.”Dr. Evans attended medical school at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Edinburgh, UK, and came to the U.S. in 1953 as a Fulbright Fellow at the Boston Children’s Hospital. She became the head of the pediatric hematology-oncology unit at the University of Chicago clinics in 1964 and director of the Children’s Cancer Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1968.From 1969-1989, Dr. Evans served as the chair of the Division of Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was appointed a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1972.ASTRO Honorary Membership is the highest honor the Society bestows on distinguished cancer researchers and leaders in disciplines other than radiation oncology, radiation physics or radiobiology.For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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TPI unveils new logo at annual conference

first_imgTPI unveils new logo at annual conference Share Monday, November 28, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Travel Professionals International (TPI) has announced that after 22 years, it has updated its brand and launched a new logo, which was unveiled at the 2016 TPI Annual Conference, ‘Sea Change’.“Our new brand is a reflection of our legacy of 22 years in the travel industry. TPI’s brand is synonymous with excellence, integrity, and strong relationships. Our network of over 800 travel advisors are truly professionals who have earned the title ‘advisor’ by always exceeding expectations for their clients. Today, our brand retains these same key elements with a new modern style.”The refreshed look builds on TPI’s previous logo while evoking feelings of the ‘Golden Age’ of travel. This new logo reawakens the feelings of the past in a fresh way, as countless studies reveal that more and more travellers are realizing the value of a travel advisor.“Today, advisors heard about how we’re continuing on our innovative journey – expanding on enhanced programs and margin growth for existing advisors – and focusing our recruitment efforts to bring on highly-qualified travel advisors to our team to better increase our buying power for the benefit of all advisors. Continuing on that journey today, we were excited to present a refreshed branding for TPI”, Chia continued.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe 2016 TPI Annual Conference welcomed nearly 200 TPI travel advisors, guests, staff and travel partners. It was presented by TPI and its preferred partners, including Celebrity Cruises, Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations, Allianz Global Assistance and Transat Holidays, among others.center_img Posted by Tags: TPI Travelweek Group last_img read more

AA takeover could see Americanless OneWorld

first_imgAA is the sole American carrier in the OneWorld alliance The OneWorld global airline alliance could find itself without a representative U.S. carrier if a takeover bid by Delta Air Lines for beleaguered American Airlines (AA) were to eventuate and be successful.According to media reports, Delta, which is a member of SkyTeam, is amongst the potential buyers assessing bids for AA’s parent company, AMR Corporation, which also include private equity firm, TPG Capital and US Airways Group.    “Clearly it would be quite negative for all the OneWorld alliance carriers because you’d assume American would be converted to SkyTeam, leaving Oneworld without a U.S. representative airline,” Macquarie analyst Russell Shaw told Deal Journal in Australia, whose flag carrier Qantas is a founding member of the alliance. Similarly, a successful bid for AA by US Airways could see American Airlines converted to the world’s largest alliance, Star Alliance, of which US Airways is a member carrier.   Meanwhile, AA has announced that it will be ending flights between Dallas and Burbank, CA on February 9, as well as flights between Chicago and New Delhi on March 1, leaving American Airlines without a presence on the Indian subcontinent. In addition to closing operations at Burbank and New Delhi airports, AA said it would be separately cutting a further 150 jobs in February. American Airlines and AMR Corporation, which filed for Chapter 11 protection on November 29, said the changes weren’t related to its bankruptcy but rather in response to market pressures to become more efficient. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Fiji Airways starts new flights to LA

first_imgBeginning on June 25, 2015, travellers will have the option to purchase round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Wellington, New Zealand with Fiji Airways.Fiji Airways’ managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler, said New Zealand is an incredibly important market for Fiji Airways, and the new flight option is a testament to Fiji Airways’ strong performance there.“The introduction of this new route reflects our commitment to the New Zealand market, and in growing our global network,” Mr Pichler said.The Los Angeles-Wellington route is made possible by the addition of direct flights from Nadi, Fiji to Wellington.The new Los Angeles- Nadi- Wellington route opens up an additional 328 seats per week between Fiji and New Zealand.United States visitors using Wellington as their New Zealand point of entry have increased by 35 per cent over the last two years.Wellington residents traveling to Fiji and to the United States have grown by more than 20 per cent over the same period.The weekly flight will be complemented by a permanent additional service beginning June 2015.Fiji Airways operates up to 13 weekly services between Fiji and Auckland and Fiji, and two weekly services between Nadi and Christchurch, which will double in capacity next winter.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more