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Morocco Dismantles Seven-Member ISIS Related Cell in Tangier and Meknes

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled on Thursday a terrorist cell linked to ISIS, who were operating in Tangier and Meknes.According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior, investigations show that the cell was supporting and disseminating the propaganda of theme terrorist group. The dismantled cell was intended to attack people and property.The BCIJ dismantled the cell in the possession of various electronic devices and bladed weapons, in addition to books and manuscripts calling for extremist acts. The suspects will be brought to justice for further investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office.Since 2002, police elements of BCIJ have managed to dismantle 174 terrorist cells, including 60 cells linked to terrorist groups in Syria and IraqAccording to Abdelhak El Khiam, the head of the BCIJ, the bureau’s forces have thwarted a total of 352 terrorist attempts aimed at threatening Morocco’s securityOn October 14, 17, and 23, Moroccan police arrested six suspects in the cities of Rabat and Beni Mellal, as well as a village near the city of El Jadida. read more

UN seeks 38 million to help civilians in eastern DR Congo

17 June 2009United Nations agencies and their partners today launched an appeal for $38 million to help nearly 1 million people in need of assistance amid armed attacks and military operations in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the funds would be used for education, logistics, nutrition, non-food items, protection, water and sanitation in North and South Kivu, where renewed fighting has broken out. “The prevailing situation has practically brought us back to square one,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ross Mountain said today in Kinshasa. “New financial contributions would ensure that lives are saved and allow humanitarians to stay the course.”OCHA estimates that there are 780,000 returnees in South Kivu and 300,000 in North Kivu, while a total of 1.7 million people are currently internally displaced in the entire country. The constant movement of population has also affected humanitarian workers as it has made the planning and the delivery of aid more difficult, OCHA said.“Weeks of fighting have left …a dire humanitarian situation characterized by massive population displacement, killings, acts of sexual violence, lack of protection and other human rights violations,” OCHA said. “Humanitarian gaps such as the destruction of schools, the deterioration of water supply systems and health services, and the weak response against acts of sexual violence have grown wider.”Eight months after launching an $800 million appeal for funding, contributions have amounted to nearly $409 million, a “remarkable” 49 per cent, the Humanitarian Coordinator said. Since the beginning of the year, the Pooled Fund – a common funding mechanism established in 2005 through which donors finance projects – has also allocated close to $25 million to cover emergency needs in these two eastern provinces. In addition, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has also been activated over the past six weeks to provide $10 million to cover the needs of 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Haut-Uele in Province Orientale in the east, and $3 million for humanitarian air services.“However, today’s appeal comes as the contributions have been unable to keep pace with the latest emergencies and humanitarian actors fear further degradation,” OCHA said. “Fighters of armed groups such as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, and soldiers of the Congolese army are at the origin of the current protection crisis,” OCHA stated, based on reports from agencies and victims.“The coming months will be trying times for thousands of men, women and children. Once again lives will be at risk, and without additional support, we will fail to meet our responsibility,” Mr. Mountain said on behalf of the humanitarian community. read more

WatchMarijuana companies on hiring spree ahead of legalization — black market experience

VANCOUVER — Canadian marijuana companies are on a hiring spree, looking to fill an array of roles as they gear up for the legalization of recreational cannabis later this year.The workforce is booming, said Alison McMahon, who runs Cannabis At Work, a staffing agency focused on the burgeoning industry.Right now, she’s recruiting for positions in everything from growing and production to sales and marketing, all across the country.Why a U.S. crackdown on legalized pot could be a boon for our cannabis industryMedical marijuana sales surge at Aurora ahead of recreational pot legalizationStigma may once have kept people from applying for work with a cannabis company, but those perceptions have shifted and people are now excited about the opportunities, McMahon said.“I think that the people, at this point, who are looking at the industry and are excited really see the upside and the growth potential,” she said. “More and more people are open to this topic, so it doesn’t end up being that big of a deal.”The buzz around Canadian pot is allowing companies to be picky and choose top talent, said Kerri-Lynn McAllister, chief marketing officer at Lift, a company that puts on cannabis events and runs a website sharing marijuana news and reviews.Marijuana companies are attracting business executives, tech wizards and marketing masters who are at the top of their game. Chad Grant said he’s been working in construction, but wants to get a job growing marijuana.“It’s going to be a big industry, so I’d like to be on the ground floor type thing,” he said.Working with marijuana is nothing new for some of the applicants.Grady Jay said he’s been growing for the underground industry for years. Now he wants to transition to working for the legal market.“I basically want to wake up and do what I love in the morning,” Jay said.Experience is part of what marijuana companies are looking for, particularly when it comes to production, McMahon said, noting that experience could come from working in a commercial greenhouse or the black market.Successful applicants can expect to make salaries comparable to what similar industries offer, McMahon said. A general growing position would probably make about $50,000 per year, she said, while a director of production could expect around $100,000.“Some people seem to think that because it’s cannabis and because of all the growth, the salaries are going to be so high,” McMahon said. “And that’s not the case. It’s a bit more mainstream around the salaries.”Anyone who wants to get into the industry should do their research, she added.“We can have a really great candidate with a great skill set, but if they haven’t looked into what’s happening with the industry at all … that can potentially be a bit of detriment,” McMahon said. “Because of all the excitement, it’s really an opportunity for companies to pick up the A-players in business or whatever field they’re operating in,” said McAllister, speaking from first-hand experience. She recently left a job in the financial tech sector to join Lift.The industry has come out from the shadows recently, McAllister said, and that’s allowing companies to attract business executives, tech wizards and marketing masters who are at the top of their game.Dozens of prospective employees came to meet McMahon and her staff at the Lift Cannabis Expo in Vancouver on Saturday, resumes in hand.People are silhouetted as they gather at a vendor selling LED grow lights at the Lift Cannabis Expo in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday January 14, 2018. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press Postmedia News files read more

Krishnamoorthy back in Chennai as Lankan envoy

Krishnamoorthy had earlier served in various capacities in the Netherlands (2001-04) and China (1992-97). While serving as the minister counsellor at the embassy in the Netherlands, inter alia, he functioned as the deputy permanent representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). He hails from Nuwera Eliya in Sri Lanka, and had his schooling at Hatton Highlands College. He graduated from University of Peradeniya, and took a PG diploma in Educational Management at Maharagama and a masters in foreign affairs and trade from Monash University, Australia. His forefathers had migrated to Sri Lanka from Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu, to work in tea estates in the central province of the island nation. Krishnamoorthy is the first diplomat of Indian Tamil origin to be posted in this sensitive diplomatic mission for the second time. Before his first Chennai stint as deputy high commissioner to India, he served as envoy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Among his many achievements while being posted in Bangaladesh, the one that filled his heart was his having secured the hair-relic of the Lord Buddha to his country from a Buddhist monastery in Chittagong. The relic is being worshiped in a Buddhist shrine in Sri Lanka. Former deputy high commissioner for Sri Lanka in India who served in Chennai between 2009 and 2012 has returned as the deputy chief of mission at the Sri Lanka deputy high commission in the city for a second stint. Ambassador Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, a senior career diplomat, took charge recently, the Times of India reported.Earlier he was handpicked by former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakshe for this important region after the end of the war against LTTE. Now Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has reposed faith in this diplomat of Madurai origin. After the Chennai posting, Krishnamoorthy served as Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and later as Sri Lankan high commissioner in Kenya before returning to Chennai. Chennai has been considered the most challenging posting for Sri Lankan diplomats. read more

Southern Saskatchewan provincial parks getting swimming and campground upgrades

Several provincial parks in southern Saskatchewan will be getting facility and infrastructure upgrades in time for the 2020 camping season.The provincial government is spending nearly $7.8 million on the upgrades, which are listed below.A new swimming pool and related facility replacement at Buffalo Pound. A new campground service centre at Danielson and a service centre upgrade at Douglas. Major road improvements at Echo Valley. A campground electrical upgrade and expansion at Pike Lake and Saskatchewan Landing. Boat launch upgrades at Crooked Lake and Moose Mountain, and completion of boat launch improvements at Buffalo Pound. Full service campsites at Rowan’s Ravine First phase of a water system upgrade at Duck Mountain. Other upgrades to provincial parks that have already been completed include:A new visitor reception centre and full-service campground at Echo Valley. Water system expansions at Echo Valley and Moose Mountain. Campground electrical upgrades and expansions at Moose Mountain and Cypress Hills. Swimming pool building/waterslide improvements and a new play structure at Pike Lake. read more

Dupont appointed Interim Dean of Graduate Studies

Professor Diane Dupont, a respected scholar whose research examines the relationships between economics and environmental resources, has been appointed to a term of up to two years as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.Tom Dunk, Brock’s Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic, said he was thrilled Dupont accepted the role, which is affective Jan. 1, 2018.“Diane is an experienced Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, an active supervisor and participant in graduate programs in two academic units, a very successful researcher, and has a very strong commitment to advancing graduate studies at Brock,” Dunk said.Dupont is a Professor of Economics and member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. She held the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence from 2006-09 and was awarded the Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award in 2012. She is the Scientific Director of the SSHRC-funded Water Economics, Policy, and Governance Network, located at Brock University.She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the North American Association of Fisheries Economists and the Canadian Water Network, and has held memberships on the Executive Council of the Canadian Economics Association and the Scientific Advisory Committee for WorldFish Centre in Penang, Malaysia. She regularly serves as an adjudicator on Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada panels. She is an associate editor for Canadian Water Resources Journal and Water Resources & Economics. read more

NHL AllStar Weekend a first rate event for fans

Children take a ride on a snow slide Jan. 24 at All-Star Winter Park in downtown Columbus. The slide was part of numerous festivities taking place around Nationwide Arena during the NHL All-Star Game weekend.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Lantern reporterThe streets of downtown Columbus were blanketed with a colorful collection of hockey apparel Saturday night, as fans from all over North America voyaged to Ohio’s capital city to experience the NHL’s All-Star Weekend.Three years’ worth of anticipation radiated throughout the town, as Sunday’s matchup was the first time since 2012 that an NHL All-Star Game took place. In 2013, the game, which was originally planned to be in Columbus, was canceled because of a nearly four-month lockout. The Winter Olympics were the reason for the game’s absence the following year.Many fans, though, said the impressive quality of the festivities was well-worth the wait.“This is a first-rate event,” said Peter Gegick, an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan who is considering attending Ohio State as a graduate student.Gegick, along with two friends, spent the late afternoon at the NHL Fan Fair in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. From there, they journeyed over to Nationwide Arena to watch some of league’s top players compete in the Skills Competition.“I am really impressed with the job the city and the NHL have done,” Gegick said. “It’s clear they know how to treat the fans.”The Fan Fair included dozens of interactive activities, including a shooting lane sponsored by Bauer Hockey where participants could test out the company’s latest line of hockey sticks. Upper Deck provided visitors with a chance to make a personalized trading card, and the Stanley Cup was on display for fans to be photographed with.Outside the convention center, the atmosphere was lively. Restaurants along Nationwide Avenue, and all throughout the Arena District, were filled.On Nationwide Avenue, a 34-foot tall snow slide was assembled for fans of all ages. For $2, participants could zoom down the snow covered slide in an rubber inner tube, while spectators that passed by stopped to watch. For much of Saturday night, the slide had a substantial amount of people waiting in line.Near the slide in McFerson Commons, a full-size NHL ice rink was assembled as part of the Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Winter Park. The sound of skates carving up the ice echoed throughout the park, as hockey fans ranging from toddlers to adults took advantage of the rink.Numerous fire pits were scattered around the park to provide warmth for fans. To go along with the rink, the Dispatch Media Group Hockey House was assembled in the park. The tent featured music, food and beverages. Next to the Hockey House, the Kids Zone presented a handful of family-friendly activities, such as a replica Columbus Blue Jackets locker room, face painting and air-hockey tables.It was the combination of all these attractions that left some hockey fans pleased. John Sarkhanian, who flew in from Toronto for the game, had nothing but good things to say about the event. Sarkhanian made his first trip to Columbus with a group of friends and was pleased with the entire weekend. They had tickets for both the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game itself on Sunday.“It’s been a blast,” Sarkhanian said, while wearing his custom Toronto Maple Leafs jersey with his name on the back. “A few years back, the game was in Toronto and I couldn’t even get to it in my own city. It was overwhelming. Everything in Columbus was prepared and put together incredibly.” Sarkhanian said the experience in Columbus, which was his first time attending an All-Star Game, was good enough to make him think about going to another city for the game in the near future. For students Dalton Zemba, a third-year in construction management, and Drew Hill, a fourth-year in actuarial science, a chance to experience the All-Star Game in their own city was too good to pass up. “We just wanted to come down, grab some food and experience All-Star Weekend,” Zemba said. “It’s the first time in Jackets history that they have hosted the game. It’s exciting to be a part of it.” Hill added, “Sometimes the Jackets get overshadowed in the city but having this is great. We could use more things like this.” read more

Scotland approves controversial gamechanger HIV drug

first_imgThe Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland said funding the drug could save the NHS in Scotland £360,000 in lifetime treatment costs for every person it saved from contracting HIV.NHS England has denied that losing the High Court ruling played a direct role in its decision not to proceed with other expensive treatments last year, such as those for some blood cancer patients.Officials have since said that their funding of the trial was made possible by PrEP manufacturers agreeing to lower their prices. Health officials had previously said that funding the expensive drug could mean children with cystic fibrosis, deaf children in need of hearing implants for hearing loss and amputees needing prosthetics could be denied treatment.The SMC ruling follows a fierce legal battle south of the border last year, where NHS England unsuccessfully argued that it was not responsible for providing the medicine.More than 10,000 gay men in England will now be offered the treatment as part of a trial, however it has not yet been approved for routine preventative use.Campaigners said yesterday the “speed and decisiveness of the Scottish process contrasts starkly” with the situation in the rest of the UK.They estimate that up to 1,900 people in Scotland could benefit from the drug, which as the brand name Truvada and costs around £450 a month.SMC chairman Dr Alan MacDonald said: “Prep, when used together with safer sex, practices may help reduce the spread of HIV, which is an ongoing priority for the Scottish Government.” Scotland has become the first part of the UK to approve a controversial new drug which dramatically cuts the risk of catching HIV.The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) yesterday approved the routine use of PrEP, intended as a preventative treatment principally for gay and bisexual men who have unprotected sex.The drug, which studies suggest can reduce the risk of infection by 90 per cent, has been described as a “game-changer” in the fight against the disease but labelled “promiscuity pills” by critics. Prep, when used together with safer sex, practices may help reduce the spread of HIVDr Alan MacDonald, chairman, Scottish Medicines Consortium 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.last_img read more

Man films terrifying video of tornado devastating his house and neighbourhood

first_imgAN ILLINOIS MAN filmed the terrifying moment that a tornado passed right by his house, ripping it apart.Marc Wells and his daughter Josie took shelter as the storm devastated parts of their neighbourhood in Washington.Six people died in storms across the Midwest of the United States on Sunday.Warning: Some (understandably) NSFW language: Source: Marc WellsVia: RedditRead: Six killed as tornadoes tear across America’s midwest>Photos: Oklahoma deals with destruction after worst tornado in decades>last_img read more

Ancient icosahedron 3D printing ressurrects the worlds oldest die

first_imgWhile it’s unlikely that the ancient Egyptians had anything like Dungeons and Dragons (Sarcophagi and Serpents?), we’ve never been shy about misappropriating the discoveries of pre-Christian Pharaohs. Why start now? A few months ago the internet became aware of a 20-sided die carved in serpentine and dated to the first few centuries BC. Inlaid with ancient Greek symbols, it was almost certainly used for gambling and/or simple games of chance, but it was quickly heralded as the originator of the critical hit. Forget 20s — a true gamer rolls Kappas.Now, the inevitable: a 3D-printable model of the die makes it attainable by those of us without a professional art thief on retainer. Starting at $17 and ranging to over $300, depending entirely on the materials and finishing used, this die is sure to spice up any friendly dungeon-crawl.It is also, unfortunately, likely to confuse any such gathering of the nerds, as it features the same Ptolemaic symbols as the original. Unless you’re willing to incorporate yet another chart into your role-playing sessions, this one will likely stay on the shelf as a display.The confluence of nerd interests, increasingly medieval printing materials, and the simplicity of a die’s design has actually led to quite a number of stylistically ancient dice. It turns out that almost any primary sold can look ruggedly ancient when made out of pitted steel.The thorn dice have attracted a fair amount of attention, as heavy metal steampunk or caltrops D4; the sheer variety of the die designs out there should threaten the dice-making industry.last_img read more

Report on the transformation of Clement Howell High School

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – An institution with a great brand will attract strong students and committed teachers.  This is the intention of the new Clement Howell High School says the Director of Education, “The school now has a culture driven by passion, loyalty, input and support which are critical to the its development.”The Ministry of Education received a report from the Director of Education on the progress made in transforming the Clement Howell High School “to become a school of excellence.”Over the past six years, the school has experienced its share of challenges and some of these have resulted in the school being portrayed negatively in the public arena.   The Clement Howell High School was the fastest growing public high school for a number of years registering a total of 1,064 students.  The expansion of the student population coupled with decreasing budgetary allocation placed a strain on the infrastructure of the school and also saw an increase in school “gang-type” violence manifested at the school.During the last two years, under new leadership at the School, Clement Howell High School was tasked with the responsibility of increasing discipline at the school, improve academic performance, improve in extra-curriculum activities, such as sports and performing arts (music club), with a view to improving the school’s academic and non-academic performance, changing its image and the public perception.  The school focused on three different areas to begin the change process: a thematic approach, discipline and academics.  The school currently serves 564 students with a teaching staff of 62 teachers.The new approach saw a culture shift where everyone, particularly the students, were made to understand the role they played in the re-imaging effort as ambassadors of the school by being conscious of their portrayal of the school ethos outside the walls of the school.  School Discipline improved tremendously, for example, in 2014-2015 there were 21 school gang-related violent outbreaks, whereas in 2016-17, the school experienced 6 minor squabbles.Improving the academic performance of students served by the CHHS was a major plank of the re-branding process. Performance in external examination has shown an increase from 71% to 76%.The Government made a significant commitment to upgrade and improve the learning environment of the Clement Howell High School with an investment in the sum of $0.94M during the financial year 2016/17 and a further $2.06M in 2017/18.The Minister of Education Youth Sports and Library Services, Hon. Karen Malcolm stated; “The Government has invested a lot of money into the rebranding of this institution and realized that a rebranding effort will only succeed if the product itself changes.  As minister with responsibility for the education of our young leaders, I am excited by this report, the product and culture of the new Clement Howell High School has changed.A new brand and a fresh start with no negative baggage. The high school is now a strong brand that will attract students and teachers alike, and live up to the promise of becoming a school of excellence with Christian values.   The Government is committed to upgrading all Schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, by strong leadership and providing the necessary infrastructure upgrades and resources the Principals and Teachers need to get the job done.” Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Missing girls dad had previous molestation charge

first_imgSEATTLE — The father of a 6-year-old Washington state girl who went missing over the weekend was charged more than a decade ago with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15, according to court records.James Wright pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court in December 2001 to a misdemeanor assault charge related to the older girl. It was not immediately clear why the molestation charges were dropped. Prosecutors there did not immediately return a call Wednesday.Authorities in Kitsap County are searching for Jenise Wright, who was last seen when she went to bed Saturday night at her home near Bremerton. Bremerton is on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle.Her family didn’t become worried and call for help until Sunday night because the child had left the home on previous occasions and wandered around the neighborhood, authorities have said. They felt it was relatively safe because the mobile home park is fenced.Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson said at a news briefing Wednesday that they’re aware of the past charge against the father, but that officers are focused on finding the girl. “That has nothing to do with this investigation right now,” he said.last_img read more

Move to close down govt schools draws protests

first_imgMusheerabad: President of BC Welfare Association R Krishnaiah on Wednesday warned the state government not to close government schools on pretext of rationalisation. He said that the government was preparing to close as many as 4,000 government schools on the pretext of rationalization. He was speaking at a meeting held by selected teachers’ association here at BC Bhavan on Wednesday. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us R Krishnaiah, who was the chief guest of the meeting, said that it was improper to shut down schools on the pretext of lack of students. He advised the government to take necessary measures to attract more students to government schools in order to increase the strength. He warned of intense agitation if schools are closed. Krishnaiah said that vacant teacher posts were not filled since last eight years and parents therefore preferred to send their children to private schools as there were no teachers in most schools. While as many as 50,000 teacher posts were vacant, the government gave notification to fill only 8,792 posts two years ago, but appointment orders were not given so far, he criticised. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us The association expressed its happiness over the recent government decision to issue GO for the recruitment of the selected teachers. Later, the members of the association felicitated R Krishnaiah who extended his support to their struggle against government. Among those who were present on the occasion include BC leaders Gujja Krishna, Goriga Mallesh, Neela Venkatesh, Lakshman, Jillapalli Anji, Vemula Ramakrishna, K Narasimha Goud, Krishna, Ananthaiah, G Krishna Yadav, Narsimha Naik, Sai Karthik, Mahender Goud, Suchith Kumar and others.last_img read more

Japan Has a Thriving Fake Friends and Family Industry

first_imgStay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan For those without friends and family, life can be a very bleak place. However, in Western society, it’s becoming more and more acceptable to talk about the loss or lack of loved ones. Having outlets like the internet and support groups has made it a lot easier for people in the United States to reach out to those that understand their plight. Japan though, s another story.Japanese culture encourages individuals to be highly insular. Showing personal weakness and emotion in public or to peers is typically frowned upon, and conformity is prized above any unique traits a person has. Of course, this is a pretty bleak description of Japanese personal life, and there are exceptions of course, but for a lot of people there keeping up appearances is a paramount concern.That’s where companies like Family Romance come in. In an interview with The Atlantic, Family Romance CEO Ishii Yuichi went in-depth about his company, which provides professional actors to fill any requested role in a client’s personal life. With a stable of over 800 actors, you can find the grandma, father, boss, or friend you desire.AdChoices广告Family Romance caters to some of the more unique social challenges the Japanese face in their lives. Yuichi gives an example of a mother whose daughter was being bullied because she didn’t have a father. The mother contacted Family Romance, and Yuichi was contracted to play the role of the girl’s father.This whole thing would sound like a sappy Hallmark Movie except the girl doesn’t know Yuichi is an actor. He was contracted when she was 12-years-old, and still thinks he’s her father after graduating high school. Yuichi says for four hours of time he gets around 20,000 yen ($200), plus expenses.If you can think of a role, one of Yuichi’s actors at Family Romance has likely filled it. His actors range from infants to the elderly, and will generally take any job that isn’t illegal or involves sexual contact. In the demanding rigors of Japanese culture, some women may hire a man to take them on a date because they don’t have time to cultivate a relationship.A grandfather may hire an infant on his deathbed so he can pretend to meet his unborn grandchild before he goes. A lesbian might employ a groom and wedding party to get an intolerant and pressuring family off her back. The list goes on and on.Make sure to check out the full interview for a fascinating look at a culture that is in so many ways utterly alien to what we’re used to in the West.last_img read more

Analog of cosmological particle creation

first_img“In cosmology there’s this quantum effect,” Ralf Schützhold tells PhysOrg.com. “In the universe, there is a ground state, where it is empty. But if the universe starts to expand or contract, the vacuum is distorted, no longer empty. Particles are created.” 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. Strange warping geometry helps to push scientific boundaries Citation: Analog of cosmological particle creation (2007, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-analog-cosmological-particle-creation.htmlcenter_img Explore further The quantum effects described by Schützhold, a theorist at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Dresden University of Technology, in Germany, are small right now. “This effect right now is probably very tiny,” he says. “But during the formation of the universe, quantum effects probably played a big role.”Schützhold and his colleagues, Michael Uhlmann at the Institute in Dresden, and experimental scientists Lutz Petersen, Hector Schmitz, Axel Friedenauer and Tobias Schätz at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, hope to model quantum particle creation using an analog of phonons in an ion trap. Their work is discussed in an article titled “Analogue of Cosmological Particle Creation in an Ion Trap,” and published in Physical Review Letters.“In this analog, we expect to see the same effect of quantum particle creation that happened in the universe. But instead of electrons and photons, as are present in the universe, we use phonons in an ion trap,” Schützhold explains. He points out that through such an analog, it would be possible to “see cosmological effects and do experiments.”“One of the basic indications we propose to use,” Schützhold says, “is pairs. Particles created by these quantum effects always come in pairs. In the ion trap, it would be the same thing. If there is a quantum effect, the phonons would come in pairs. If we find that we have two particles instead of one, there is a strong indication of quantum effects.” Such detection in the ion trap would help rule out effects leading to particle creation due to such classical physics effects as heating.Schützhold points out that understanding the quantum effects that lead to particle creation would not directly point to how the universe was formed. “This is a way to help understand possible quantum effects in the early universe, but it is not a direct test of cosmological particle creation.” He pauses before continuing. “In the long run, this could help us understand issues of theory better.”One of the attractive qualities of the ion trap analog proposed by the scientists in Germany is that it is possible to see results using current technology. According to Schützhold, Schätz, head of the experimental group in Garching, says that they have already done a preliminary experiment where they cooled the ions close to the ground state and achieved optical pumping at 99 percent accuracy. “It’s not fully ready, yet,” he concedes, “but it should be ready maybe by the end of this year or the beginning of next year.”This experiment, Schützhold explains, is a way to probe the quantum effects behind particle creation and work toward understanding fundamental questions of quantum physics. “This quantum effect was just calculated in theory,” he says. “Of course now we want to see it in an experiment…It hasn’t been seen practically yet.”And while the technology to directly measure quantum effects in particle creation may be years down the road, Schützhold and his colleagues may have found a way to understand these effects now by using an experimental analog that might possibly model the same effects.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

Hold a Teleconference Anywhere

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens This story appears in the January 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » State and local prohibitions against holding a cell phone while driving don’t have to impede your mobility. Just buy one of those new luxury cars to use as a cell phone dock. Plan B is to spend $150 (street) for Spracht’s Aura Mobile BT, an ultrasmall speaker that can wirelessly connect to a cell phone or plug into any hotel room or trade show landline for teleconferencing on the go.About the size of a pack of index cards, Aura fits easily in a shirt pocket or purse and connects via Bluetooth to a cell phone or laptop for hands-free calling. A clever retractable clip pops right out of the back of the 9-ounce device to hold it securely in place on an automobile visor. The clip disappears automatically when disengaged, letting Aura lay flat on a car console or desktop. It comes with both the traditional AC adapter and one of those cigarette lighter/power connector thingies for recharging in the car. Also included are the cables needed for connecting to traditional desk and cordless phones or to a Wi-Fi router or desktop PC for VoIP calls.Aura performed well in all those connection scenarios, including speakerphone calls in racket-filled places. Its 3-watt amplifier and dual 1-inch speakers put out good–not exactly great–sound. But transmitting voices over varying distances presents unique challenges not encountered with handsets or headsets.To address those challenges, Aura uses its own patented SoundClear signal processor, which provides full-duplex sound without that on/off, walkie-talkie effect that makes speakerphones so annoying. Participants on both sides of a conversation can talk and hear simultaneously. SoundClear also dynamically adjusts to room acoustics, filtering out an amazing amount of background noise. The Aura user’s voice comes through the other end of the line particularly well, especially if the device is 2 to 3 feet away–about car-visor distance for passengers. If needed, a free clip-on microphone eliminates that cave effect you get when moving away from any speakerphone’s mic.Is Aura as clear as holding a phone up to your ear? No. But it is an incredibly small, ergonomic masterpiece that’s very effective under battlefield conditions. 2 min read Listen Now January 1, 2007last_img read more

Interpol seeks London bombing widow after Kenya attack

first_imgLONDON — Interpol asked police forces worldwide to seek and arrest the widow of a London Underground suicide bomber after Kenya charged her with possession of explosives and conspiracy to a felony.A so-called red notice was issued by the Lyon, France-based international police organization for Samantha Lewthwaite, a British citizen nicknamed the “White Widow” by British tabloids. She had fraudulently obtained a South African passport in the name of Natalie Webb, according to Thursday’s Interpol statement.Newspapers in Africa and Britain have speculated that Lewthwaite was involved in this week’s raid on a Kenyan mall in which at least 67 people and five attackers died. Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed told U.S. broadcaster PBS that a British woman who has “done this many times before” was involved in the attack. There’s been no official confirmation on Lewthwaite’s involvement.The Somali-based militia al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for Kenya’s deadliest attack in 15 years, which began when gunmen stormed the upscale Westgate mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21, lobbing grenades and spraying gunfire. Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane warned of “more bloodshed” unless Kenya withdraws its forces from Somalia, where they’re deployed to combat the Islamist group.Lewthwaite, the daughter of a British soldier, was married to Jamaica-born Germaine Lindsay, who like her was a Muslim convert. He was one of the four perpetrators of the July 7, 2005 attacks on London’s transport network, exploding a device on the Piccadilly Line between King’s Cross and Russell Square, killing 26 people.Using Webb’s identity, Lewthwaite traveled in and out of South Africa between July 2008 and February 2011, when the passport was canceled, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor told reporters Thursday in Pretoria. Webb’s British family didn’t immediately respond to telephone messages seeking comment.Lewthwaite rented a property in the Muslim-dominated area of Mayfair in Johannesburg, according to publicly available rental records. She leased another property in Bromhof in northern Johannesburg. A man who lives near the house identified her from photographs shown to him by a Bloomberg reporter, saying he’d frequently seen her though they’d only spoken once and he didn’t know her by name. He declined to be identified citing concern about his security.Kenyan authorities said earlier Thursday that they’ve shared a list of suspects in the mall attack with Interpol, without identifying them. Forensic investigators at the scene are being assisted by experts from Israel, the U.S., Germany, Canada and Britain in a probe that’s expected to last at least a week, according to Interior Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku.Interpol said the charges against Lewthwaite in Kenya date to December 2011. It wasn’t immediately clear why the issuing of the international warrant was delayed until now.“Through the Interpol red notice, Kenyan authorities have ensured that all 190 member countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman,” Secretary-General Ronald Noble said in the statement.Kenya’s relative stability in a troubled region has attracted companies including Toyota Motor and Google to set up bases in the East African nation. The United Nations’ African headquarters are also in Nairobi.With assistance from David Malingha Doya and Sarah McGregor in Nairobi, and Amogelang Mbatha and Christopher Spillane in Johannesburg.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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