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Fire destroys NL apartment complex leaves dozens homeless in St Johns

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A massive, fast-moving fire at a public housing complex has forced about 35 people out of their homes in a blaze that sent large plumes of smoke billowing above St. John’s, N.L.Fire platoon Chief Brian Tucker said Tuesday they were called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Authority apartment units on Froude Avenue at about 6 p.m. Monday, finding flames spewing out of the second storey.“We were there three to four minutes after it started and it was fully engulfed,” he said from the scene, where firefighters were cleaning up and monitoring hot spots. “The fire spread very rapidly.”Everyone in the 12-unit complex was evacuated, but Tucker said one person was taken to hospital to be treated for possible smoke inhalation and other injuries. He said some pets were reported missing.He said the apartment complex was destroyed and had pancaked in on itself, adding that crews may have to bring in additional equipment to tear down the remaining building.Tucker said firefighters had issues with the water supply and had to call in a water tanker for extra support. He said they didn’t have enough water because of the way the water lines are looped between different hydrants.“We did have a bit of an issue with water. With a big fire, we need big water and big water was not available to us here,” he said. “So we brought in our tanker.”He said they determined there was little hope of saving the first building and concentrated on fighting the fire in another one. He says they had it under control by about 11:30 p.m.Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the blaze, with many being driven from their nearby homes due to smoke. The siding on several neighbouring houses melted due to the extreme heat.“There was a big crowd…(the smoke) was noticeable from all over town,” Tucker said.The Canadian Red Cross said it was assisting the 35 residents from 13 families, including adults and children who lived in the three buildings that each four townhouse apartments. It said the housing authority was putting the tenants up at hotels and that some were staying with friends and family.last_img read more

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Nepal must keep up good work to end discrimination says UN rights

Richard Bennett, Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal, stressed that Nepal had taken “significant steps” to address some of the worst examples of discrimination, including caste-based discrimination.He cited the Legislature’s declaration of the elimination of untouchability in 2006 and the election of a large number of Dalits – or so-called “untouchables” – and members of other marginalized communities to the Constituent Assembly, which will be tasked with drafting a new constitution for the post-conflict nation.“However much more should and can be done,” he said, speaking in Kathmandu at the launch of Achhut (“Untouchable”), a new documentary film that draws attention to human rights violations against Dalits in the country’s Terai region.Mr. Bennett said research done by his office found that law enforcement agencies must more effectively enforce existing legislation, including by filing First Information Reports (FIRs). Also, communities must be educated about their existing rights to justice and non-discrimination.“The election of the Constituent Assembly and soon the drafting of a constitution that will reflect the aspirations and recognize the human rights of all members of each community in this very multicultural society are signal events in Nepal’s peace process,” said Mr. Bennett.But he cautioned that while strong laws are necessary, they are, on their own, insufficient to end discrimination. “Effective implementation and access to justice for victims of discrimination are essential. Additionally, recognition at the highest level that discrimination exists, and the political will to confront it, are vital steps.“States, working with national and international partners, should take the lead in promoting non-discrimination and equality in the wider society, including through education and the media,” he stated.“We at OHCHR look forward to seeing the new Government rise to the challenge of effectively addressing long-standing marginalization of certain communities, none of which has been more excluded than Dalits living in the Terai,” Mr. Bennett said. 14 August 2008While Nepal has come a long way in tackling discrimination and the marginalization of certain communities, more can be done to ensure that all of the country’s citizens can enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms, a top United Nations human rights official said today. read more

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Thousands of refugees in Ecuador receive food under largescale UN operation

In the largest such operation in the region since the Central American civil wars of the 1980s, the United Nations refugee agency and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the start of a food distribution programme for 6,300 mainly Colombian refugees and asylum-seekers in Ecuador.The operation is a 10-fold expansion of an existing programme funded by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which provided rations for 600 people. The agency hopes that the increased rations will guarantee food security for vulnerable families in exile in four provinces in the north, two cities in the south, as well as Santo Domingo de los Colorados and the capital, Quito.”UNHCR is proud to participate in this initiative, the largest joint achievement of two UN agencies in Ecuador,” UNHCR country representative José Euceda said.The first distribution started in Ibarra last week, when 310 food packages were loaded onto trucks bound for the northern province of Carchi. Another convoy left for Esmeraldas the following day, while more trucks left from distribution centres in Quito and Lago Agrio.The distributions will continue regularly, weekly in places with high demand, for one year. read more

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Questions arise over antimoney laundering agencys decision not to name bank

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2016 4:10 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Questions arise over anti-money laundering agency’s decision not to name bank TORONTO – A financial crimes expert says the federal anti-money-laundering agency breached its own standards by not identifying the Canadian bank it has fined $1.1 million for not reporting suspicious transactions — an assertion the watchdog denies.On its website, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as Fintrac, says it may name a person or entity that has been penalized if the violation is “very serious,” the penalty is at least $250,000 or it is a repeat occurrence.“It breaches the director’s own standards on when a penalty should be published,” said Matthew McGuire, a financial crimes risk management expert at Toronto-based Securefact, said of Fintrac’s decision to withhold the bank’s identity.“He published … a statement on Fintrac’s website that explains when they would and wouldn’t publish, and this certainly meets the criteria for being published.”But Fintrac spokesman Darren Gibb said the policy also specifies that the agency has the authority to exercise discretion when it comes to naming companies.“Fintrac’s public website makes it very clear that entities subject to an administrative monetary policy may be named,” said Gibb.“In this particular case, we are exercising our discretion to withhold the name.”Experts say that withholding the bank’s name may have been part of an agreement struck between Fintrac and the institution. In exchange for anonymity, the institution may have agreed to forgo a lengthy appeal process in the courts and pay the $1,154,670 fine, they say.“I think that (Fintrac) probably wanted to have this information go out to send a message, and that that was considered more important than publicly naming this bank,” said Koker Christensen, a Toronto-based partner with Fasken Martineau who heads the law firm’s anti-money laundering counsel.“Naming an institution obviously is a way of sanctioning or punishing that institution and also has some deterrence effect. … But I think that having a fine of this magnitude imposed on a bank and having that fact made public also has a deterrence effect.”Gibb would not comment on whether such an agreement took place.However, he did say that the federal agency wanted to send a clear message of deterrence as soon as possible by avoiding a drawn-out appeal process in the Federal Court of Canada.“From our experience in other cases, the review and appeal period can take some time,” said Gibb.—With files from Jim Bronskill in Ottawa.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

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Pete Walker Luis Rivera return as Blue Jays name 2019 coaching staff

TORONTO — New Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo named his coaching staff on Tuesday for the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays season.Montoyo brought back pitching coach Pete Walker and third base coach Luis Rivera, who have spent a total of 16 seasons in Toronto.The Blue Jays also promoted from within the organization, naming Guillermo Martinez as hitting coach and John Schneider as major league coach.Joining bench coach Dave Hudgens, the club hired Mark Budzinski as first base coach, Matt Buschmann as bullpen coach, and Shelley Duncan as Major League field co-ordinator.Montoyo was hired by Toronto as John Gibbbons’s replacement on Oct. 25.The Canadian Press read more

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Manchester Victoria station reopens a week after terror attack at arena

first_imgPolice watch as commuters pass through Manchester Victoria railway station which has reopenedCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Wire “We’ve seen the best of our people, the best of our public services, the whole place has pulled together and helped everybody through what has been our darkest week.”You do see the best of people at moments like this and I think that gives us all something to cling on to in what is a very difficult time and remains so.  The vigil, illuminated by the gentle light from hundreds of tea candles, was a moment of quiet reflection for a city united in grief.British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther said he was “incredibly proud” of the police response at Manchester Victoria station in the immediate aftermath of the blast.He said: “Like many others, their first instinct was to go into the scene – they did a fantastic job.”It never ceases to amaze me how police officers and others in public service step forward into danger when others are fleeing.”I know they did their very best for the people they tended to.”Liam Sumpter, managing director of Northern Trains which run out at Manchester Victoria, said 15 members of staff were among those first on the scene.He said: “They provided first aid and comfort to those victims without any thought to their own safety and without any training in that sort of response. They did the whole industry proud and I’ve got no doubt that they made a big difference on the evening. Police watch as commuters pass through Manchester Victoria railway station which has reopened Twenty-two people were killed and dozens injured after the bomber struck following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling were among those to lay wreaths at the station on Tuesday morning.Mr Burnham said: “The response has been truly phenomenal from everybody. Meanwhile, hundreds of mourners paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack on Monday night, exactly a week after the attack.People of all ages stood alongside each other in quiet contemplation shortly after 10.30pm at St Ann’s Square, the site that has become the unofficial memorial site for those killed and injured in the blast.center_img Manchester Victoria railway station has reopened to services more than a week after a suicide attack at the Manchester Arena.The station, which is attached to the Manchester Arena where Salman Abedi wrought death and destruction on the city, was shut to allow a forensic search of the area to take place. He added: “What’s been extraordinary for me is to see the true character of the place and the people at its most intense way and it’s made me so proud actually.”I want to capture this spirit we have had in the city, this togetherness, and use that to pull communities together to then do a better job of tackling extremism.” “When they first got there the scene they described was foggy, but with walking wounded.”There was some suggestion there might be a secondary device or at least they (police) wanted to make the area safe, so they instructed everybody to leave the area.”But my team refused to do that. Their dedication and bravery in doing that was solely because they couldn’t leave people who were injured.”Many of them had been on shift for 10 or 12 hours before that, and they stayed on shift providing support to the many dedicated emergency service personnel who arrived on scene.”I’m very proud of everyone. It’s just indicative of how everyone responded.” 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

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Miners and investors looking to Indaba 2012

first_imgThe 18th Annual Investing in African Mining Indaba will take place in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6-9, 2012 and will be attended by IM Publisher John Chadwick. With some 6,500 professionals expected, representing more than 1,000 international companies and about 45 African and non-African government delegations from all the major mining countries of the world, Mining Indaba describes itself as “the sector’s largest gathering of influential decision-makers, financiers, investors, stakeholders, mining professionals and governments.”Mining Indaba’s delegations represent 100 countries across four continents. The organisers state: “From Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest mining company to Chief Investment Officers of renownded international banks, you will find an elite gathering of professionals all interested in one common deonominator – fuelling investments in the African mining value chain.” The objective of the conference is to facilitate the capitalisation and development of African mining interests and as a result it is seen as an ideal platform for companies to build a solid shareholder base. Throughout the 18 years of the Annual Mining Indaba, the organisers in collaboration with South Africa and its African partners estimate they have channelled billions of dollars of foreign investment into the African mining value chain.Speakers are hand-selected and by invitation only, with the aim of making sure they represent as much as possible a who’s who of global economists, international commodities experts, analysts and mining executives. The conference programme features corporate presentations, government and agency presentations regulatory issues and economic development opportunities, global demand and supply master sessions on commodities indigenous to the African continent, critical panel sessions on sustainable development in the mining industry and vital discussions on foreign governments partnering with African nations to further their investment in the region. Mining Indaba’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Jonathan Moore comments: “Mining Indaba is a great example of our continued investment in the growth of South Africa. The 2012 conference also reinforces our commitment to offering the widest range of services to maintain Mining Indaba’s renowned event experience, and further validates our position that Mining Indaba is where the world connects with African Mining.”During the 2012 conference, Mining Indaba will also be introducing an addition to its global brand: Investing in Asian Mining Indaba, an annual professional conference dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Asia. Similar to the South African one, the Asian event is targeted at the most influential stakeholders – financiers, investors, mining professionals, government delegations – vested in the acceleration of Asian mining.For booking information as well as media accreditation, visit http://www.miningindaba.comlast_img read more

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The Flash Gets a New Villain and a Daughter at SDCC

first_img Today really was DC’s time to shine. They didn’t just kill it with their movie announcements, the Arrowverse had some big trailers too. DC closed out the day with a peek at Season Five of The Flash. Season Four acted as kind of a reset, getting the show back to the lighthearted Villain of the Week format of Season One. Some episodes it worked and in others, most of the early DeVoe-focused ones, it really didn’t. During a panel at Comic Con, the show debuted a new trailer. In it, we learn more about Barry and Iris’ daughter, and meet a mysterious new villain.This is looking a lot more like the Flash we loved in seasons one and two. We get some intriguing details about Nora in it too. We already knew she was from the future, but now we know she’s stuck here. And it seems like something happens to Barry and Iris in the future. Something Nora’s keeping from them. Hey, that’s a can-I-talk-to-you hallway scene I actually want to watch. The Flash was at its best when it was playing around with time travel, so I’m always happy to see more of it. Also, Barry gets a new costume, and it comes out of a ring. Just to appease all the comics readers out there.Interestingly, Barry’s daughter’s superhero name, XS, doesn’t belong to Barry’s daughter in the comics. The nickname did come from Barry, but it belongs Jenni Ognats, Barry and Iris’ granddaughter. We already know she’s hiding something. Is she hiding the time she’s actually from? Or did the show just decide to skip a generation to make the adaptation smoother? That seems more likely. Especially when, in the comics, Barry named his kids Don and Dawn. Seriously, who does that?Chris Klein in The Flash (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/The CW)But let’s talk about that villain, seen at the very end of the trailer. Entertainment Weekly reports that Chris Klein was cast as this season’s big bad. The trailer doesn’t show you much, but the panel revealed that the main villain of Season Five will be Cicada. In the comics, Cicada has the ability to absorb the life force of other people. He believes his ability comes from the same place as The Flash’s. He becomes a cult leader, and completely obsessed with the superhero. Comic Book describes the show’s version as deviating slightly from the comics. He’ll be a man whose family was torn apart by metahumans, and he’ll be doing away with them one by one. That could make for a pretty scary villain, while setting up some fun metahuman-of-the-week episodes.The Flash started getting away from villain speedsters last season. While it was a little hit-and-miss, it was a refreshing change in direction for the series. The show is more interesting when the solution isn’t just “be faster.” Now that they’ve figured out how to force Barry to use other skills, the show should be better at it in Season Five. Cicada will certainly be a very formidable villain, and executive producer Todd Helbing warned the audience to prepare for tragedy.“There will be a lot of deaths this year,” he said. Oh boy. How important they’ll be, how much will change, we don’t know. Though Nora is sure acting weird toward Iris.As Grant Gustin explains, “We’re all in a different headspace about it. Nora’s really clingy to Barry and we don’t really know why, and a little more distant with Iris.” Oh god, please let Iris be OK. I don’t know if I can take another Savitar-like ticking clock.For a show about speedsters, The Flash will take its time getting back. The show returns October 9, on The CW.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Skating by the Sea returns this holiday season

first_img KUSI Newsroom 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) – Make-A-Wish San Diego teams up with the Hotel Del Coronado this holiday season and you can be involved in this beautiful tradition.Money raised from the hotel’s Skating by the Sea helps grant the wishes of hundreds of critically ill children in San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 27, 2018 November 27, 2018 Skating by the Sea returns this holiday season Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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State raising more cash than expected

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington state government has been raising more revenue than initially expected as the economy continues to improve, officials said Wednesday.The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected that tax collections over the next two years will be more than $200 million greater than expected when state lawmakers adjourned at the end of June. Total revenue over that time period is now forecast to be nearly $33 billion — 7.6 percent more than the previous two-year budget period.Leading budget negotiators from both parties said the revenue boost is relatively small. Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter said it doesn’t create any major opportunities, especially since there are problems that need to be resolved and ongoing litigation that could impact the budget. “This doesn’t drive a lot of behavioral change,” Hunter said.State projections still aren’t accounting for any money that could be raised from looming introduction of taxed marijuana sales. Hunter said lawmakers have no idea how much money that sector could raise for the state, and he doesn’t want to include it in budget projections until the state can actually count the dollars.The extra money in Wednesday’s forecast could help lawmakers as they search for ways to put more dollars into the public education system. Still, forecasters say there are a number of economic risks, including congressional gridlock, rising mortgage rates and possible economic turmoil in Europe. “We do feel that there are substantial downside risks,” said Dr. Steve Lerch, executive director of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.last_img read more

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Pompano Beach mayor holds prayer breakfast

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Pompano Beach Cultural Center hosted a faith-filled event and welcomed the community to take part.The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast took place Tuesday morning in Pompano Beach.Hall of famer Alonzo Mourning was a key-note speaker and joined community leaders, residents and other athletes for the day.“The purpose of our Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is to bring unity to our city to recognize that God is in control and give him the glory today and to be able to come together as one,” said Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher.The breakfast included musical performances by Pompano Beach church choirs and a flag presentation by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Juneau access road proves to be point of contention among officials

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker is facing a major decision on one of Alaska’s oldest and controversial megaproject ideas: whether to extend Juneau’s main road 28 miles closer to Haines and Skagway.Listen Now The route the state previously supported was estimated to cost $574 million, of which the state would pay 9 percent.For Governor Walker, the question is whether this spot should be the road’s end. Walker shut down two megaprojects last year: the Knik Arm bridge and the Susitna-Watana dam. He says he weighed his options during a recent flight from South Korea.The steep mountains that border Lynn Canal have prevented Juneau from being connected to other roads. In 2006, state and federal officials announced plans to design and build the road extension, which would take it to the Katzehin River.But the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, or SEACC, successfully sued to block the decision. A federal judge found that the state hadn’t considered reasonable alternatives.Walker’s options were laid out in a state-funded analysis in 2014 put together by the Juneau-based consultants Milton Barker and the McDowell Group.They range from doing nothing to building the road to Katzehin, to building a separate road extension on the Haines side of the Lynn Canal. Barker said the analysis isn’t the final word.“I can explain how the benefit-cost ratios were derived and what they mean,” Barker said. “But how to weigh those in selecting projects for funding is a decision that rests with the state and federal government.”Listing the pros and cons of the project are well-rehearsed for those who’ve been engaged in the battle over it through the decades. On the pro-side: The federal government is bearing the vast majority of the capital costs. And extending the road would cut hours in travel time to Haines and Skagway compared with current ferry travel.But the anti-road side notes the road would cross a long series of avalanche chutes, which would block traffic in the winter and add high maintenance costs.The 2014 analysis found that none of the options would bring the state more in user benefits than they would cost. It found the extension to Katzehin would only bring in 28 cents of benefits for every dollar of combined federal and state spending. If only the state spending is considered, it would bring 85 cents of user benefits for every dollar.Economic consultant Gregg Erickson recalls telling Walker’s transition team in 2014 that the state could save money by killing megaprojects like the road.“The one I focused on was to end those megaprojects that really don’t pencil out under any calculus in terms of the benefits they would provide to Alaska,” Erickson said.Erickson remembers being asked at the transition team conference whether it would be politically difficult.“My answer was, well, that’s what political courage is all about,” Erickson said. “And I recall Governor-Elect Walker nodding knowingly. “Former state Transportation Commissioner Dick Knapp says the road extension will be worth it.“There are a lot of socioeconomic benefits,” Knapp said. “And they include basically binding together the Southeast . By tying at least three communities together.”Barker notes that the analysis he did with the McDowell Group didn’t consider other factors, such as the effects on economic development and the environment.SEACC Deputy Director Emily Ferry says she’s concerned the road extension will crowd out funding for the Alaska Marine Highway System.“Pretty much, that will be the one and only project we will get in the region,” Ferry said. “And there are a lot other needs. “Ferry also questions whether the road extension would truly improve access.“Driving through 36 avalanche chutes, five tunnels, and an incredibly dangerous road, doesn’t necessarily increase our access and it certainly does not make travel safer,” Ferry said.The state-funded analysis found one alternative to doing nothing that would provide more user benefits than it would cost the state: extending the road a much shorter distance along Berners Bay. If federal money is included, the costs exceed the benefits.Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken said early last year the state risked reimbursing the federal government as much as $27 million. It’s not clear if Walker will announce a decision this year, but he’s actively considering it.last_img read more

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Over 20 trapped as roof of building collapses in Maharashtras Solapur

first_imgThe incidents of building collapse in Maharashtra have exposed the creaking infrastructure of India’s financial capital.Twitter/ANIIn yet another incident of building collapse in Maharashtra, the roof of the building that houses Bank of Maharashtra’s branch in Solapur has collapsed. More than 20 people are feared trapped inside the building while 10 people have been evacuated.About a week ago a building which was 100 years old also collapsed in south Mumbai’s congested Dongri locality. The mishap had killed around 14 people. NDRF teams carried out a massive rescue and search operations for more than 24 hours to bring out survivors from below the pile of debris.The incidents of building collapse in Maharashtra have once again exposed the creaking infrastructure of India’s financial capital.As per reports, there are now over 14,000 buildings in Mumbai that are more than 50 years old. These are at risk of collapse due to age-related instability and lack of maintenance.(This is a breaking story. More details awaited) Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:56Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img 12 dead, 5 rescued in Dongri building collapses in Mumbai, 40 still trapped under debrislast_img read more

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Tiniest spin devices becoming more stable

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. © 2016 Phys.org The problem is that the atoms don’t want to stay in their designated positions for very long. Even the tiniest amount of heat can overcome the weak magnetic coupling between an atom and substrate that helps keep the atom in place. As a result, the spin-based logic device only works at temperatures below 0.3 K, barely above absolute zero.Now in a new paper published in Nano Letters, Wiesendanger’s team has demonstrated spin-based logic devices that are made of molecules instead of atoms. The molecules are held in place by superexchange magnetic coupling, which is much stronger than weak magnetic coupling. The stronger interactions translate to an order of magnitude higher operation temperature, up to 6 K. The molecular spin devices, which are almost as small as the atomic version, have much higher stability and they still offer the same potential advantages of high-speed operation and low-power consumption that make spintronics devices so attractive.”We now have all the building pieces on the surface to create devices out of molecular building blocks,” lead author Maciej Bazarnik, a physicist at the University of Hamburg and at the Poznan University of Technology in Poland, told Phys.org.In general, spin-based devices work by controlling the spins of electrons, just as conventional electronics devices control electron charge. Similar to how charge is considered to be either negative or positive, spin is regarded as being either up or down. By applying a magnetic field, researchers can generate an excess of spin up or spin down electrons, creating a net spin polarization and producing a magnetic spin current.To build an all-spin logic device, the challenge is that the atoms and molecules must be arranged so that they act as wires, junctions, and other building blocks for transmitting the easily disturbed spin information from one place to another. In the new study, the researchers built these components out of coordination compounds, which are magnetic molecules that consist of a central metal atom (here, cobalt) linked to surrounding groups of atoms. These groups are carefully chosen to achieve strong magnetic interactions between the spin-carrying metal atoms of adjacent compounds, allowing the spin information to be transferred. The researchers also engineered the chemical structure to alleviate another problem facing atomic-scale spin devices: by transporting the spin information more directly between junctions, they could greatly reduce unwanted interference with neighboring devices. With their greater stability, the molecular spin logic devices represent a step toward making very small spin devices at higher temperatures, which is necessary for realizing future applications. “We are exploring different magnetic centers in our molecules to achieve stronger magnetic couplings and raise the operating temperature even higher,” Bazarnik said. “Since all-spin devices are ultimately small, using them in future nanoelectronics would be beneficial. They operate on a spin degree of freedom and therefore no flow of [electric] current is necessary for the information to be transmitted. Hence there is no heating and very low power consumption.” Citation: Tiniest spin devices becoming more stable (2016, February 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-tiniest-devices-stable.html A new magnetoresistance effect occurring in materials with strong spin-orbit coupling (Phys.org)—In 2011, the research group of Roland Wiesendanger, Physics Professor at the University of Hamburg in Germany, fabricated a spin-based logic device using the spins of single atoms, a feat that represents the ultimate limits of miniaturization. In these tiny devices, all of the atoms must be precisely positioned so that their spin information can be transmitted from one atom to the next.center_img Explore further A spin-based logic device made of molecules (shown here) is more stable than one made of atoms. Credit: Bazarnik, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Journal information: Nano Letters More information: Maciej Bazarnik, et al. “Toward Tailored All-Spin Molecular Devices.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04266last_img read more

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Report says 2 South Koreans lied about MERS to skip work

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two South Korean women are in trouble with authorities after being caught lying about MERS to get time off work.South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported Friday that police charged a 20-year-old saleswoman at a department store for spreading a rumor online that it was hiding an outbreak of MERS among staff. Her boyfriend was charged for helping her post the rumor on Facebook via another user. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The woman, who lives in Incheon near Seoul, told police that she began the rumor hoping the store would close and she could take time off. The Facebook post was taken down after it prompted a complaint by the department store.More than 120 people in South Korea have contracted MERS and 11 have died since the country reported its first case last month. The outbreak has been contained within hospitals but it has caused widespread fears and rumors. Nearly 3,000 schools and kindergartens remained closed Friday and more than 3,000 people are quarantined at home after possible contact with MERS patients.Another woman living in central Seoul was off work for two days when her employer sent her a text message. A person who identified himself as her husband replied that she was asleep at a hospital after testing positive for MERS.Yonhap said police and health workers found the woman at her home after being called by her employer. She wasn’t exhibiting any symptoms of MERS, such as fever or cough.She told authorities that she did not want to go to work.Among nations in the OECD rich club, South Koreans have the second-longest working hours behind Mexico.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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Builder Confidence Steady Confirms Modest Growth Forecast for 2016

first_img Share January 19, 2016 674 Views Home builder confidence in January 2016 changed very little from December’s level, but this only means that economists were spot on with their predictions for the new year.Last month, builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes decreased to 61 but was later revised to 60. This month, builders’ confidence rests at 60 as well, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).“After eight months hovering in the low 60s, builder sentiment is reflecting that many markets continue to show a gradual improvement, which should bode well for future home sales in the year ahead,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Missouri.The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.In January, only one HMI component experienced an increase, while the other two components decreased month-over-month, the NAHB reported.The component measuring current sales conditions rose two points to 67 in January. The component gauging sales expectations in the next six months fell three points to 63, while the buyer traffic index dropped two points to 44.According to the data, regionally, in terms of three-month moving averages for regional HMI, all four regions decreased slightly. The Northeast, Midwest and West all fell one point to 49, 57, and 75, respectively. The South declined two points to 61.“January’s HMI reading is right in line with our forecast of modest growth for housing,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “The economic outlook remains promising, as consumers regain confidence and home values increase, which will help the housing market move forward.” Builder Confidence Steady; Confirms Modest Growth Forecast for 2016center_img Builder Confidence Home Builders National Association of Home Builders Wells Fargo Housing Market Index 2016-01-19 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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Man appears in UK court accused of Juliana murder

first_imgA 31-year-old man appeared in court in the UK on Wednesday charged with the Christmas murder of pub worker Juliana Tudos who was found dead in a park.Tudos, 22, a Moldovan citizen born in Russia and adopted by her Cypriot step-father went missing on Christmas Eve after she finished her shift bartending at the World’s End pub in Camden.Kasim Lewis is accused of killing Tudos between December 24 and December 27.Tudos, who also called herself Julie, was found dead in Finsbury Park, near her north London home, on December 27.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen and a head injury.Lewis, of Friern Barnet, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and spoke to confirm his name, date of birth, address and nationality.The hearing lasted no more than 90 seconds.Tudos, who police said was of Russian and Greek origin, was last seen by friends at around 8pm on Christmas Eve when she headed for a bus home from Camden.She was due to meet them at another friend’s home in Enfield, north London, later that evening before spending Christmas Day there, but never arrived.Police said CCTV footage showed her on the periphery of the park shortly after 8.20pm.Her body was found three days later in a disused building located in the north-eastern area of the park.Lewis was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchMedical Coding Jobs Are In Demand: See What You Could Earn. Research Medical Coding Class OnlineYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Cole praises House leaderships first bill intro focused on reducing income

first_img13Jan Rep. Cole praises House leadership’s first bill intro, focused on reducing income taxes Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Cole, income tax, reducing center_img This week the Michigan House of Representatives announced a plan to reduce income taxes on Michigan residents.Northern Michigan residents will see an immediate tax relief under the proposed plan to receive additional reprieve every year as the rate decreases over time.“The state has a budget surplus and that money should go back to the hardworking Michigan citizens,” said state Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona. “I am thrilled that this is the very first piece of legislation that Speaker Pro-Tempore Rep. Lee Chatfield is introducing to the 99th Michigan Legislature.“By reducing the income tax we will allow folks to keep more of what they earn, resulting in an even better Michigan to work, play and raise a family.”House Bill 4001 will immediately reduce the income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018 and phase out 0.1 percent every year until eliminated.#####last_img read more

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Hornberger votes to override veto bring faster sales tax relief to Michigan

first_img Categories: Hornberger News,News State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted to more quickly provide sales tax relief for Michigan car buyers, joining her House colleagues in overriding a gubernatorial veto.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“This is good news for the auto industry, and car buyers in Macomb and St. Clair counties,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “It will save money for families. And it will make Michigan more competitive as a location to buy vehicles.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in.#### 17Jan Hornberger votes to override veto, bring faster sales tax relief to Michigan car buyerslast_img read more

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Rep Schroeder invites residents to meet with her on April 22

first_img08Apr Rep. Schroeder invites residents to meet with her on April 22 State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township invites residents to her in-district coffee hour on Monday, April 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Her office hour will be hosted at The Coffee Bucket, located at 3549 Airport Road, Suite 104 in Waterford Township because she feels it is important to help our local small businesses that help our communities.“Talking directly with the people of Oakland County is one of the most enjoyable parts of being your state representative,” Rep. Schroeder said. “I look forward to hearing your thoughts and insights on the issues facing our state and how I can better serve you.”“It is also vital to help our local small businesses, especially ones like The Coffee Bucket that donate their proceeds to victims of natural disasters. A part of the larger group Disaster Relief at Work, or “D.R.A.W.”, this business exemplifies the selfless and best side of Waterford, and Michigan as a whole.”No appointment is necessary and all are welcome to join her. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Schroeder at (517) 373-0615 or via email at AndreaSchroeder@house.mi.gov. Categories: Schroeder Newslast_img read more

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