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Hawaii Volcano Erupts From Summit Sends Huge Plume Into Sky
Hawaii Volcano Erupts From Summit Sends Huge Plume Into Sky

first_imgOfficials have said they didn’t expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people remained out of the closed national park. The explosion came after two weeks of volcanic activity and the opening of more than a dozen fissures east of the crater that spewed lava into neighborhoods, said Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit before dawn Thursday, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It’s one of five volcanoes that comprise the Big Island of Hawaii, and the only one currently erupting. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. An eruption in 1924 killed one person and sent rocks, ash and dust into the air for 17 days. Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983.center_img The lava destroyed has destroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other structures. Scientists predicted it would mostly release trapped steam from flash-heated groundwater released as though it was a kitchen pressure cooker. The crater sits within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11 in preparation for an eruption. Communities a mile or two away may be showered by pea-size fragments or dusted with nontoxic ash, they said. Scientists warned on May 9 that a drop in the lava lake at the summit might create conditions for an explosion that could fling ash and boulders the size of refrigerators into the air.last_img read more

Vendome Group Acquires Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference
Vendome Group Acquires Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference

first_imgHealthcare and real estate media and events company Vendome Group has acquired the Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference (HCap), from Lincoln Healthcare Leadership, the company announced. “We are actively looking at all sorts of investment opportunities in the healthcare market and beyond,” Butler adds. “While events have been a strong focus over the past years, we remain very interested in digital and print media and related areas as well.” “In December of 2015, Vendome’s Behavioral Healthcare business unit launched its first investor-oriented event with great success,” Vendome founder and CEO Jane Butler tells Folio: in an email exchange. “We became aware of the Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference through a mutual exhibitor and saw an immediate opportunity to replicate [that success].” The company declined to share financial terms of the acquisition. In September, the company announced a partnership with credentialing standards developer IC&RC to expand several of its 2016 events with content from IC&RC’s Annual Training Conference. That announcement came just weeks after Vendome acquired the Ben Franklin Institute, an addiction and behavioral healthcare information provider. Most recently, Vendome launched the iASC, which Butler describes as “an ongoing educational warehouse for those who operate and work in long-term care settings.” Over 30 national or regional events are planned for 2016 across Vendome’s various divisions, according to Butler.center_img Launched in 2006, HCap aims to bring together healthcare executives and private equity or venture capital investors. It will join Vendome’s Healthcare group, which produces magazine titles Healthcare Informatics and Addiction Professional, among others, as well as a series of live events such as the National Conference on Addiction Disorders. Dates for the next Healthcare and Capital Markets Conference, traditionally held in Washington, D.C. in November or December, are forthcoming, according to a prepared statement. Within the Healthcare group, HCap will become part of Vendome’s Senior/Long-Term Care unit, which includes the magazine brand Long-Term Living, and will be integrated with Vendome’s newly-launched Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care (iASC). Vendome’s event business has grown exponentially in recent years, Butler tells Folio:, now comprising 40 percent of company revenues.last_img read more

Residents Share Ideas for Study to Remake Ft McPhersons Neighboring Communities

first_imgAbout 70 southwest Atlanta residents met Thursday for the kickoff meeting sponsored by the Fort McPherson LRA for a community study to plan the future for a 1,300-acre area surrounding the former post. The study area covers the neighborhoods most affected by the closure of Fort McPherson, which now offers the promise of revitalization. In June, the city sold about two-thirds of the installation to filmmaker Tyler Perry for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages for a movie and television production complex. But the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority still has about 144 acres of land to convert to civilian use.Perry’s movie studio and the western extension of the Atlanta BeltLine will bring about $150 million in new investment to southwest Atlanta, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. An Urban Land Institute panel recommended a variety of options for the property not going to Perry, including an expanded Veterans Administration medical center, offices for federal agencies, government contractors and media companies as well as retail, restaurants and apartments.One local resident expressed confidence that the neighborhoods around McPherson could support new retailers and restaurants. “Why is everybody else’s stuff getting done and not southwest Atlanta?” Darnetta Nichols asked. “The serious development, we’ve been waiting a long time,” she said.While Brian Hooker, the LRA’s executive director, said he heard both frustration and hope at the public meeting, the latest planning process will benefit from the knowledge that the film studio and the BeltLine — an economic redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta — are moving forward.The months-long community study, which falls under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative, will include an economic study, and more input from residents and developers, Hooker said. Later this month, the authority will hold a festival to gather further community input. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Spencer Wants to Privatize Navy Marine Corps Lodging
Spencer Wants to Privatize Navy Marine Corps Lodging

first_img ADC AUTHOR Navy Secretary Richard Spencer is pushing a plan to fully or partially privatize the lodging facilities used for official travel and by some service members during permanent change of station, Military Times reported, quoting from an internal memo.One DOD source raised questions about timing – with the services scrambling to fix problems with privatized housing.“Why would we use that model to privatize lodging?” the source said, according to the article.Still, Spencer cites the “successes” of privatized housing for proposing the model.“I am committed to realize similar successes by privatizing our lodging portfolio, both appropriated and non-appropriated, using competitive processes to create sustainable financial operations and improve the quality of these facilities,” he wrote.Private management could start by the end of next year under Spencer’s approach.Navy photo from Naval Station Newport, R.I., by MC2 Rawad Madanat last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Im A Recovering Addict The Wilmington Police Saved
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Im A Recovering Addict The Wilmington Police Saved

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a comment posted on the ‘Wilmington MA Community Board Page’ and shared with the poster’s permission:Wilmington is very blessed and lucky to have a Police Chief like Chief Michael Begonis. Police departments talk about how valuable every life is and how they are fighting the opiate epidemic. Chief Begonis and his detectives/officers do what they say they will.I am a two time Iraq Combat Veteran who used heroine to deal with the invisible scars of war. The Chief of Police and his Narcotics Detectives took time out of their busy days to come to my grandparents house to talk to me about getting help and to tell me they were there for me if i ever needed it, no matter what. These men live the true values of to Protect and Serve. Yes, I am one life, but I am one life that was saved because of their love and support. I have zero connection to anyone in the Wilmington Police Department and I am one of many in our town struggling with this horrible addiction. These men made me feel as if I mattered when I thought I was nothing. They showed how much this police department cares about making a dent in this epidemic and that they will do what it takes to save a life no matter how hopeless I seemed.Yes, I understand Wilmington is not the most crime ridden area of this country, but that’s not the point. The point is that the Chief of Police will make the effort for the people of his town even if it takes him coming and just talking to someone. This is not an easy time to be a police officer and i think this town should see how devoted their Chief is to making an impact.Those interactions with his detectives and him were 4 years ago and because of them and others, I will be hitting 3 years in December, in that time I have bought my own home, had a beautiful baby girl and am very close to my Bachelors Degree in Human Services. These accomplishments would never have been possible with out their support and love.These are times when we are losing young people at alarming numbers to the opiate epidemic and there are no easy answers to put a dent in it, but one life is worth the time to the Chief because one life lost sends huge repercussions through whole families and communities.You should be proud to be residents of the Town of Wilmington and should feel pretty damn good that you have a Police Chief who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk and everything starts from the top. I just hope that by the end of his reign as Police Chief that I am one of many saved lives. He deserves to be held in the highest regard by his town because he will fight to protect the lives of every single one of you and that’s not something you can say about a lot of towns.Thank you Chief and your entire department for being a part of saving this one life. I will be eternally grateful to you and will always be proud to say I am from the town of Wilmington. I’m sorry this was so long but I tried to keep it short.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 1)In “5 Quick Questions”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 2)In “5 Quick Questions”Joe Desmond Appointed Permanent Wilmington Police ChiefIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Google Allo shuts down today Heres how to save your chats

1:09 Tags Review • Google’s Allo messenger app is a know-it-all Share your voice Google Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 0 Post a comment Ads coming to Google image search, Samsung already working… Google Allo Today is the last day for Google Allo. Jason Cipriani/CNET Google Allo, the search giant’s smart-messaging app, is shutting down Tuesday. In December, Google announced it was shutting down Google Allo in March. If you go to Allo’s website Tuesday, you’ll see a banner across the top saying goodbye.   The company’s plan is to focus instead on its Google Duo video-call app and Messages, as well as Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers. You can still save your Allo chats before the service is put to rest. To do so, you must have the latest version of Allo. Open the app Tap Menu and then tap Settings Tap Chat Select either Export Messages from Chats or Export Stored Media from Chats. Exporting messages from chats won’t include photos or videos. Exporting media will save photos, videos and other files. Choose where you want to store the files. The messages will save as a CSV file and media attachments will save as a zip file. Find where you downloaded the file once it completes Anything you don’t export will be deleted. If you previously backed up files to your Google Drive, they’ll be inaccessible after Allo goes offline.  read more

Best headphones for dads from 50 to 350

first_img Sony MX-1000M3 ($350) Tribit XFree Tune: $50 As long as you’re OK with a noise-isolating design, the Anker Liberty Air are an excellent alternative to the AirPods and cost half the price ($80). And while they’re available in white (like the AirPods), they also come in black. See at Walmart See at Walmart Jun 14 • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart reading • Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 See at Apple It’s a little expensive at $300, but the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless currently delivers the best sound quality we’ve heard in a true wireless headphone. See at Amazon Samsung Galaxy Buds: $129 See at Amazon Apple’s second-generation AirPods are an incremental upgrade from the original AirPods — and incremental upgrades tend to be a little boring. And on the surface anyway, the new AirPods aren’t exciting. However, thanks to those updated components on the inside, including a new H1 chip that supports Bluetooth 5.0, improved audio synchronization and always-on Siri, they’re definitely better in small ways that a lot of people will appreciate. Even though it’s $40 more at $199, the model with the wireless charging case is probably the one to get — if you giving it as a gift. Best true wireless headphones under $100 The best-sounding bargain wireless headphone Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Bose QuietComfort 35 II review Sarah Tew/CNET Sony’s WH-1000XM3, the third generation of Sony’s excellent wireless noise-canceling headphones, is more comfortable and features even better performance. It’s currently our top-rated noise-canceling headphone. Read the Anker Liberty Air review Read the Samsung Galaxy Buds review Sarah Tew/CNET Tags See at Amazon Read the Bose Frames review Angela Lang/CNET The best true wireless headphones for Dad While its noise-canceling feature and comfort level aren’t quite on par with competing models from Bose and Sony, JBL’s Live 650BTNC ($200) sound measures up well and it’s worth considering if you don’t want to spend $300 or more on a noise-canceling headphone. See at Walmart See at Walmart Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless: $300 The Powerbeats Pro, Beats first true wireless earphones, are larger, sportier versions of the 2019 AirPods. They offer all the same basic conveniences of the AirPods, including fast pairing, rock-solid wireless connectivity and always-on Siri voice-recognition for iOS users, but they deliver bigger sound and have better battery life. Only drawbacks: They’re fairly pricey and have a bulky charging case. Also, there are some delays with shipping times as demand is high and Beats can’t seem to make them fast enough.  Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast 15 Photos Jabra’s Elite Active 65t ($190) are one of the top truly wireless earphones and are superior to Apple’s AirPods in some ways. The step-down Elite 65t earphones aren’t quite as durable, but there isn’t a huge difference and they sometimes go on sale.  See at Amazon Jabra Elite Active 65t: $190 null See at Walmart Read the Apple AirPods (2019) review See also For dads who are sticklers for sound quality Anker Soundcore Liberty Air: $80 Apple AirPods: $159 – $199 Our favorite gifts for Father’s Day 14 great gifts under $50 Gifts for Dad under $100 Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 For the dads who enjoy their booze Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day Laptop and PC gifts for dads Best phones to gift your dad for Father’s Day Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 Best audio gifts for Father’s Day Best Father’s Day gifts to combat dad bod Father’s Day gaming gifts for the badass dad Best Father’s Day gifts for every kind of foodie dad The Cheapskate’s top Father’s Day gift picks Father’s Day gift ideas for your car-loving dad David Carnoy/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Live 650BTNC: $200 A more affordable noise-canceling headphone See All Read the Sennheiser Momentum True review Read the Tribit XFree Tune review For frequent flyer dads See at Amazon With a multitude of models to chose from, it’s not easy to figure which headphone to buy these days. With that in mind, we’re highlighting several of our highest rated wireless headphones — not all of them are pricey — to help narrow down your gift choice this Father’s Day.I have fully reviewed and tested all of these headphones (see the links below), and I’m listing them from most affordable to most expensive. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.  If you’re looking for a headphone gift for an Android users, the Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s latest answer to the AirPods — and they’re a likable set of true wireless earphones. Here’s a way to combine two gifts into one. Yes, the Bose Frames ($199) are both sunglasses and headphones — and they sound surprisingly good for sunglasses headphones. The Frames are available in two models: The Rondo and Alto. You can only get them in black for now. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Beats Powerbeats Pro review If you don’t want to spend a lot on headphone gift but want something that sounds good and is comfortable to wear, the Tribit XFree Tune at just less than $50 is a good bet for a full-size Bluetooth headphone. It doesn’t have active noise-canceling but the earcups passively seal out a fair amount of sound.   Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze For the cutting-edge dad Best noise-canceling headphones for dad Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide Beats Powerbeats Pro: $250 Father’s Day: Clever smart home gadgets your dad will actually love Read the Sony MX-1000M3 review The Bose QuietComfort 35 II got a little upgrade this year with the addition of support for Bose AR (only units manufactured at December 2018 have the upgrade). It’s due for a bigger refresh later this year, but the current version is still a great noise-canceling headphone. But see the Sony below for the one that edges it out by a nose. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Great for running dads Read the JBL Live 650BTNC review Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice 0 • Read the Jabra Elite Active 65t review Bose QuietComfort 35 II: $349 Solid choice for Galaxy phone owners Bose Frames: $199 Great for iPhone owners Mobile Accessories Headphoneslast_img read more

Sega Genesis Mini Retrostyle ad reminds us of antiNintendo 90s slogan

first_img It was always a very pretty console. Sega As Sega Genesis Mini’s Sept. 19 release date draws near, reviews are out and its “Genesis Does” trailer harked back to a ’90s rivalry Wednesday. Sega celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original console’s US release with a retro-style commercial, but removes the iconic “what Nintendon’t” because the companies are pretty friendly these days. We’ve embedded the new and old commercials below so you can get both versions of the catchy jingle stuck in your head. Remembering the Sega Dreamcast at 20 The new device will be based on the original Model 1 Sega Genesis — not the second version that made the rounds toward the end of the console’s lifespan — and 55% of that console’s size. It comes packaged with two replica three-button USB controllers, one USB-to-Micro-B power cable and one HDMI cable. US customers will also get a power cable as part of the package.1-1559642098-virtua-fighter-2-3You can battle it out in Virtua Fighter 2. Sega The trend of rereleasing “mini” versions of once popular consoles was kickstarted by Nintendo with the NES Classic (and later the SNES Classic). Sony followed suit with the less well-received PlayStation Classic. Ever since those consoles were announced, the countdown was on for Sega to jump in.You can find out more and preorder at Sega’s official site.Originally published March 31.Update Aug. 14: Adds Genesis Does trailer. Comments 4 27 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Sega Genesis Mini is so rad 5:49 The console will come preloaded with 42 games:Sonic the HedgehogEcco the DolphinCastlevania: BloodlinesSpace Harrier 2Shining ForceDr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean MachineToeJam & EarlComix ZoneAltered BeastGunstar HeroesCastle of Illusion Starring Mickey MouseWorld of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald DuckThunder Force IIISuper Fantasy ZoneShinobi IIIStreets of Rage 2Earthworm JimSonic the Hedgehog 2Contra: Hard CorpsLandstalkerMega Man: The Wily Wars (This is a compilation of the first three Mega Man games)Street Fighter 2′: Special Champion EditionGhouls ‘n GhostsAlex Kidd in the Enchanted CastleBeyond OasisGolden AxePhantasy Star IV: The End of the MillenniumSonic the Hedgehog SpinballVectormanWonder Boy in Monster WorldTetrisDariusVirtua Fighter 2Alisia DragoonMonster World IVKid ChameleonRoad Rash IIEternal ChampionsColumnsDynamite HeaddyStriderLight Crusadercenter_img Take a look at Sega’s beautiful, doomed Dreamcast (pictures) Share your voice Genesis Mini Sony Nintendo 4:21 The retro mini-console costs $80 in the US, £70 in the UK and $140 in Australia. If you’re in a territory where Genesis was known as Mega Drive, Sega released a trailer for you too.The Europe and Middle Eastern launch will be delayed by two weeks “due to unavoidable logistical challenges,” Sega said last month.CNET sister site Gamespot was among the first to report about the Sega Genesis Mini, which was first announced in late March at Sega Fes 2019 in Tokyo. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Culture Gaminglast_img read more

SpiceJet Supersale Airline Offers 5 Lakh Seats with Fares Starting from ₹1499

first_imgAjay Singh-led SpiceJet Airlines announced a deep-discount airfare programme “Super Sale,” on late Tuesday. The programme offers 5 lakh seats with fares starting from ₹1,499 all-inclusive.The sale is open for booking between 28-30 January and is valid for travel between 15 February and 30 June. ReutersSpiceJet’s Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili said that the sale was meant to price air tickets at attractive fares, in a bid to increase the occupancy rate, in turn improving revenues.The sale proceeds is likely to shore up revenues during the lean travel season that begins in January until the start of summer break in May. “As we continue on our re-structuring path, the return of our Super Sale in 2015 at the onset of low season is a continued vote of confidence in the fact that such sales and promotions, if done right, are a win-win-win for customers, airlines, and the travel ecosystem at large,” NDTV Profit quoted Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer of the airline as saying. SpiceJet is struggling to manage its fleet of aircraft, with the current lessors demanding the planes be returned over non-payment of dues. Singh has indicated that he wants to expand the fleet of planes soon, and plans to re-induct staff laid off in the past few months. Reports suggest that the airline is sourcing leased planes from Middle East to tide over the crisis.The recent weeks has seen a spurt in deals offering reduced air fares by Air India and Air Asia, hoping to tide over the lean season.SpiceJet shares were trading at ₹21.90, down by ₹0.70 or 3.10% at 2:26 pm.last_img read more

Planning for early retirement This is how you calculate if you can

first_imgGeneral view shows tourists on the sandy beach of Olhuveli island in Maldives.ReutersEarly retirement is not a very far-fetched idea anymore.  In fact, more people are retiring early from their jobs and pursuing their dreams of travelling the world or simply spending more time with their loved ones.For instance, Doug Brown and Lisa Zandt, who were sales and marketing managers at major Fortune 500 companies in the US, decided to retire early and spent nine years sailing the world. We were doing well financially and had always been enamored with the sailing lifestyle,” Lisa told Bankrate. “We got to the point where the stress of the corporate life was too much.” The couple then sold their house and cars and bought a sailboat to live their dream. “Living on a boat outside of the US was much less expensive than living in the US,” she said, adding: “You don’t need $10 million to retire.” British author and scriptwriter Jonathan Clements once said: “Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.” So how do you know it’s time to retire and you have enough money to last you a lifetime? A woman reacts as she reads a board showing the Real-U.S. dollar and several foreign currencies exchange ratesReutersThat is when you apply the 4 percent rule. The rule, first articulated by financial adviser William P Bengen, determines the amount of funds that one can withdraw from a retirement account each year – which is 4 percent of your savings — ensuring a steady flow of income where all the expenses are covered. Here’s how it works. Let’s peg your yearly spending at $40,000. That means that in order to retire, you’ll need to get your retirement portfolio to $1 million. Through the 4 percent rule, each year you can withdraw $40,000, which is usually the interest and dividends earned on the retirement account and investment portfolio. While the rule has been followed by many and there have even been a few success stories, many experts argue that the rule, also known as the Bengen rule, does not really apply to everyone. “Retirement experts have clustered around a 4 percent withdrawal rate, but there’s really no one size fits all that works for everyone,” Gerri Walsh, president of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, told the Alert Investor. Experts believe that retirees should calculate their finances as per their needs and not blindly depend on the 4 percent rule. In fact, Bengen himself has said that the “4 percent rule is not a law of nature”.”I always warned people that the 4 percent rule is not a law of nature,” he told the New York Times. “It is entirely possible that at some time in the future there could be a worse case.”last_img read more

Bandhan Express starts journey

first_imgThe new passenger train between Khulna and Kolkata launched its services on Thursday, after almost 52 years.Chief public relations officer of Kolkata Railways (East) Ravi Mahapatra said the train ‘Bandhan Express’ started from Kolkata at 7:10am. It is scheduled to reach Khulna around 12:00noon.The train will leave Khulna on its way back around 1:30pm, reaching Kolkata by 6:10pm, he added.The service has been started in a bid to ease communication between two neighbouring countries.On 9 November, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the train service through a video conference.last_img read more

Faraaz honoured as Righteous in Italy
Faraaz honoured as Righteous in Italy

first_imgGARIWO representative Enza Nunziato is seen planting the tree at Rummo High School in Benevento, Italy.The students of Rummo High School in Benevento, Italy, have accepted Bangladesh’s Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain as the first ‘Righteous’ for he laid down his life for the cause of righteousness.The students and Garden of the Righteous Worldwide (GARIWO), a Milan-based non-profit organisation, remember Faraaz on the European Day of the Righteous on 6 March, according to a message received in Dhaka on SundayA tree was planted in the ‘Garden of the Righteous’ at the Rummo High School.The first tree in the memory of Faraaz was planted in the ‘Garden of Righteous’ in the Italian embassy in Tunis, a few days after his death in 2016.Faraaz is remembered for his extraordinary courageous act that led to sacrifice of his own life during the Holy Artisan attack in Dhaka on 1 July 2016. Twenty people, including Italian and Japanese nationals, were killed in the terrorist attack.In a message to the students, Faraaz’s mother Simeen Hossain said, “As a mother, I know and live with the belief that my son Faraaz has made me more proud than I could ever imagine. He also left behind a legacy of courage, friendship and humanity.”In response, GARIWO representative Enza Nunziato and the students said the example of Faraaz will be the reference point of “our consciousness as humans, who are always able to find a way out, even if the choice could cost us our lives.”GARIWO is an organisation that aims to prevent cases of genocide and crimes against humanity.last_img read more

911 after 16 yrs New Yorkers still on edge
911 after 16 yrs New Yorkers still on edge

first_img.It’s a typical late summer weekend in New York’s Times Square, and tourists from around the world are snapping pictures beneath the commercial hub’s iconic neon billboards-watched closely by a heavy contingent of police.Four cruisers are parked in the middle of the busy intersection, and pedestrian zones have been surrounded by barriers to stop cars from ramming the crowd, a mode of attack favored by violent extremists in recent years.“I don’t like to come to places like this,” says Sue Garcia, a massage therapist from Brooklyn. “Or anywhere where incidents have happened repeatedly-the fear comes to mind.”Fear of an attack. Fear of another 9/11, the deadliest terrorist assault in history, when almost 3,000 lives were extinguished, many in the rubble of the World Trade Center.For New Yorkers who lost loved ones, narrowly survived or just witnessed the event, memories remain fresh and old wounds are re-opened on its anniversary. And a perpetual state of high alert is the new normal.Garcia, now 33, was a high schooler when the planes slammed into the Twin Towers. She saw them burn then collapse, and walked all the way home like hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers that day after metro services were suspended.“I was there, I saw it over and over again, I don’t need to think about it,” she says.But her mind always drifts toward the horrors of that day, whenever it is mentioned on TV, or even “when I hear an airplane: it is like the trigger to the thought. It has subsided over the years but it is still there” she adds.Or while waiting to meet her sister in Times Square, “The Crossroads of the World,” that symbolizes the spirit of New York.Close calls -Twice in recent years, catastrophe loomed. In May 2010, police discovered a car packed with explosives and primed for carnage.In May, a mentally-ill ex-soldier deliberately drove his sedan into 23 pedestrians, killed a young American tourist.The episodes of anxiety described by Garcia are a burden borne by many New Yorkers.For those directly affected, the anniversary of the attacks are the “most dreaded date” of the year and post-traumatic stress can remain for an individual’s entire life, says Charles Strozier, a psychoanalyst and author of a book that documents the experiences of survivors and witnesses.“There was a collective trauma, the sense of having been proven to be not invulnerable,” he says.“To say that New Yorkers are still traumatized is an exaggeration. But they think about it, they are aware of it, they do have active fears just below the surface of consciousness about things like bombs in the subways,” adds the professor, who watched the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) from his office just off Union Square.Many are also convinced that, even though recent terror attacks have focused on Europe, it is New York, the beating heart of the Western world, that remains the prime target.Prime target -“What better target, unfortunately, than NYC?” asks Tim Lambert, an IT consultant.Then, as now, he worked on the southern tip of Manhattan near the WTC site. The city, he says, is a “magnet for people from all over the world… It symbolizes the freedoms that we have, the money that we have. What better way to make a statement?”The 52-year-old says a heavier police presence is now a fact of life that people have come to expect.“I am not comfortable with it, but it is the new norm. The world is changing and the terrorist threat is part of that change,” he adds.They are apprehensions shared by the city’s leaders.“Thank God this is not an act of terrorism. It is an isolated incident,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in June when a doctor went on a shooting rampage in a hospital where he used to work in Bronx, killing one and injuring six.When the car ramming incident happened in May, police chief James O’Neill admitted “the worst went through my mind.”To protect its 8.5 million inhabitants, New York has to remain fully prepared.See something, say something -A 38,000 strong police force that keeps watch over the city’s public spaces, a massive network of cameras providing round-the-clock surveillance and a ubiquitous campaign to remind denizens “If you see something, say something,” are all reminders of the cost of security.Since 2001, the city has had its own anti-terrorist unit, which today has about 2,000 personnel and representatives in several foreign capitals, according to Robert Strang, president of the New York-based Investigative Management Group.The agency has at times courted controversy, notably for its programme that monitored citizens frequenting the city’s mosques which was criticized for being discriminatory.But the intelligence network is essential and overall and has been successful in preventing major new attacks, said Strang.The US financial capital also wants to set an example when it comes to honoring the victims of terror abroad.After recent attacks in Europe, authorities were quick to offer their condolences and assistance, and turned off the lights at the Empire State Building in a mark of solidarity.And the 11 September Memorial, with its two immense black granite craters, built on the site of the Twin Towers, has become a site of meditation and mourning not just for New York but for the entire world.It’s “a memorial to all the terror victims in a way,” said Monique Mol, a 52-year-old Dutch tourist.“It is like these people will live forever-like the pyramids and the mummified pharaohs in Egypt.”last_img read more

3 Houston Highways Named Most Dangerous in The US
3 Houston Highways Named Most Dangerous in The US

first_img Share Three highways in Harris County made the list of the most dangerous roadways in America. US-59, I-10, and US-290 all made the ranking of the most dangerous highways in the U.S. analysis by ValuePenguin using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.The portion of I-10 that runs through Texas from New Mexico to Louisiana is the fifth-most dangerous highway rankings. Most fatal crashes occurred on the segment of I-10 running through Harris County. Overall, a reported total of 585 fatal crashes happened on this highway from 2010 through 2016. US-59 had 390, and US-290 had 212.Click HERE to read the report.last_img read more

The Resurrection of State Center
The Resurrection of State Center

first_imgThe $1.5 billion State Center Project hopes to revitalize several neighborhoods in West Baltimore. The development’s implementation of an Economic Inclusion Plan – perhaps a first of its kind in the city – is attracting attention from other urban communities grappling with similar issues. “From 1930 to 1950 Wylie Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Hill District was one of the swingingest places in town. Not only did many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians grow up on the Hill; other prominent Pittsburgh blacks made names for themselves that stretched far beyond the boundaries of the city’s own version of Harlem,” wrote veteran music journalist Lynne Margolis for the Observer-Reporter of Pittsburgh in 1991. The Hill District in Pittsburgh, like so many other vanguard Black American communities of the past, has been crumbling for decades under the weight of ill-conceived urban renewal policies and various other strains of inner city wretchedness. “The city of Pittsburgh decided to tear down and displace at least 15,000 residents, about 5,000 families. They tore down what was then the real business center of the community and…they did it to build what became the Civic Arena,” said Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle, who represents the city’s Sixth District, about former home of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins, closed in June 2010 and demolished in March 2012.”What I’ve always said … was if we look to rebuild the lower Hill District, I didn’t care about what was actually built. I care about the economics of the building,” Lavelle said. “There’s no way that we are going to rebuild 28 acres of land in the most impoverished African-American neighborhood and not recreate some wealth in this community,” he added. For residents of West Baltimore who still remember the heyday of iconic Pennsylvania Avenue the saga of the Hill should have special resonance.The re-boot of the massive State Center Project promises thousands of jobs for residents of several West Baltimore neighborhoods, which is part of what some characterize as a landmark Economic Inclusion Plan. Other communities of color around the country, like the Hill District of Pittsburgh, are watching closely. “When we first started talking to Caroline (Caroline Moore the lead developer of SCP) a few years ago about the local hiring piece [there] really wasn’t a strong model for us to kind of build a template off of,” said Pastor Sheridan Todd Yeary, of Douglas Memorial Community Church, on Madison Avenue within one of the nine neighborhoods touched by the State Center Project.Douglas is one member of Community Churches for Community Development and Yeary, along with the Rev. Alvin Hathaway of Union Baptist Church (a member of CCCD) have been integral in constructing the Economic Inclusion Plan. Community leaders of the Hill District have reached out directly to Hathaway, Yeary and the CCCD for guidance as they navigate the development process in Pittsburgh. “We’ve got to deliver for the community we’ve got to deliver for other communities that are looking at this for a model,” Yeary said.”We are really, as part of this Economic Inclusion Plan process, trying to change the national conversation around how you do collaborative development that engages the community … from start to finish,” he added.Yeary believes the evolving paradigm of collaborative development has far-reaching consequences beyond West Baltimore. “There is going to be a fundamentally significant transformation of Baltimore City as we know it and its going on (in) real time and if we don’t get engaged in justice as a lifestyle what you’re going to find is that there is going to be mass displacement of some communities to the preference of other types of communities; some of it may be intentional some of it may be unintentional, just part of the process,” Yeary explained.”But, what we have to make sure is that stakeholders and advocates for the beloved community, that we make sure that the least amongst us have as much of a share of the stake in the good outcome of the project as anybody else.”last_img read more

Hogan Secretly Tries to Keep NFL Franchise in Prince Georges County
Hogan Secretly Tries to Keep NFL Franchise in Prince Georges County

first_imgBy Mark Gray, AFRO Staff Writer,  mgray@afro.comWith the District of Columbia ready to make a strong run at luring the professional football franchise back to the place it represents, Gov. Larry Hogan appears ready to call a Hail Mary to try and keep the team from leaving the free state.According to MarylandMatters.org – an independent, non-partisan, non-profit website that covers state politics – the Hogan administration reached the parameters of a deal with the U.S. Department of Interior to gain control of land near National Harbor as part of a strategy to keep Washington’s NFL from heading back to D.C.Oxon Cove Park is one of the sites being considered for the new Redskins stadium. (Courtesy Photo)The memorandum of understating involves a 300-acre tract at Oxon Cove Park, which is located inside the Capital Beltway just prior to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. This clandestine deal was reportedly negotiated between Maryland officials in September 2017 but wasn’t made public until a recent story published in The Washington Post.  It also reportedly involves two separate letters from Hogan and former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker sent to President Donald J. Trump to request the Department of Interior transfer the site to the county.Maryland’s new potential home site being eyed for a possible NFL stadium is home to two popular attractions — the Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm – that were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. According to The Post, the city’s lease on the stadium site, with the National Park Service, states the land must be used for “stadium purposes” or “recreational facilities, open space or public outdoor recreation opportunities,” only excluding commercial development.Washington’s NFL franchise has played in front of more empty seats despite a season where they remain in contention for the playoffs. However, despite the efforts of the new aggressive marketing team, they haven’t been able to improve the overall fan experience. Most games are filled with fans of opposing teams who purchase unused season tickets from disgruntled owners choosing not to brave the elements or deal with traffic problems heading into and leaving games.The original configuration has been altered as the team has removed thousands of seats due to declining fan interest. A new generation of fans – without allegiance to days when the franchise was among the NFL’s elite – have grown alienated and are not continuing the legacy of watching games in the stadium. During this dismal era – since Daniel M. Snyder wrestled the franchise away from Jack Kent Cook heirs – the organization confirms there is no longer a waiting list for season tickets.Another suburban Maryland stadium as home for the franchise appears to be a difficult sell for the fan base that has become disillusioned with traveling to FedEx Field, which has become antiquated.  Despite attempts to remodel the facility it remains less than state of the art by standards set by the new generation of stadiums around the NFL. Snyder reportedly commissioned an architect to begin design work on a new stadium that would revive memories of RFK Stadium although the lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027.The Post also reported that the organization and certain congressional leaders are pushing for a provision in a federal budget deal that would enable the club to build a new stadium at the site of the old RFK Stadium in Northeast, D.C.Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s communications director, reportedly said he has met with Snyder at least twice to discuss the Oxon Cove site as an ideal location for a new stadium.  However, elected officials in Prince George’s County feel they’ve been made bystanders on a high-profile project that would have a major impact on area residents.last_img read more

Congress Is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright Guest Column
Congress Is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright Guest Column

first_imgThe Music Modernization Act, which combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid, was passed unanimously by a House Judiciary Committee earlier this month. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives. Variety has published guest posts both approving and criticizing the act. Here, Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Doug Collins (R-Ga.) present their perspective. Last week, we were happy to join House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) in introducing an historic bill for the music industry, the Music Modernization Act of 2018 (MMA), which passed unanimously out of the Judiciary Committee 32-0. As co-chairs of the Creative Rights Caucus, we have supported music creators since we came to Congress, and we’re gratified to see the MMA modernize music licensing law in a single bipartisan package that addresses a spectrum of issues currently undermining artistic innovation. The simple theme of these reforms is fairness: Songwriters deserve the opportunity to obtain fair rates for the use of their musical works, and music providers should be able to compensate creators with transparency in a way that makes sense for the 21st century.Beyond the provisions of the original Music Modernization Act, this week’s package settles once and for all the debate over whether creators should be compensated for use of work created before 1972. Artists like Smokey Robinson, Booker T. Jones and Emmylou Harris deserve to be compensated for use of their work as much as Outkast and Shawn Mendes do. The pre-1972 qualification reflects a distinction without a difference, one that the MMA resolves by incorporating the CLASSICS Act offered by our colleagues Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).Finally, the MMA recognizes for the first time in law that studio producers play a key role in translating sheet music and live talent into sound recordings. From the days of 78 rpm recordings to the digital audio that flows from our smart phones, studio producers have helped lay down the tracks that we love. These professional catalysts are often compensated for use of their work today through private agreements, and the MMA includes language from the AMP Act to recognize this practice and extend it to all producers.Together, all of these provisions of the MMA modernize licensing on behalf of music creators and the people who love their work. The package has received wide bipartisan support from our colleagues — including a unanimous vote of support from the House Judiciary Committee this week — and enjoy overwhelming consensus among music publishers, songwriters, artists, labels, producers and digital music services.Support continues to flow from the Recording Academy, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Content Creators Coalition, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Songwriters of North America (SONA) and the Digital Media Association (DiMA), which represents Amazon, Apple, Pandora and Spotify, among others, and the Internet Association. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 This week, as music creators travel to Washington for Grammys on the Hill, we are honored to receive the Recording Academy’s award for our work fighting for creators. And while “we thank the Academy” for that award, we want to use this opportunity to highlight the songwriters, artists and producers who have motivated a “coalition of unusual suspects” —as Rep. Jefferies terms us — to collaborate on a bill that brings fairness and transparency into an overregulated industry. With these creators in mind, we urge our colleagues to support the speedy passage of this bipartisan bill that protects music — which continues to be one of America’s greatest innovations and exports — for this generation and the ones to come.center_img Popular on Variety Despite the fact that the music industry has already progressed deep into the digital age with streaming and downloads becoming the norm, it’s still bound by laws enacted before streaming even existed. Some of these laws make it impossible for stakeholders to respond to technological advancements and others thwart free-market forces. Yet asking songwriters to keep the market supplied with new anthems while the government holds payments for those songs below market value is like asking them to keep an anvil afloat in the ocean.To address these problems, the MMA includes several key provisions.The Music Modernization Act, which we introduced with our colleague Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) last December, accounts for the bulk of the language in the new MMA package and levels the playing field for songwriters while increasing operational efficiencies for digital music providers like Spotify and Amazon Music.Both of these goals are achieved in part through a new mechanical licensing collective governed by publishers and songwriters. The database would match songwriters to their songs, making it easier for creators to identify the use of their work and for music providers to fully compensate those creators and avoid copyright infringement.The bill also modernizes how compensation for mechanical licenses (which include digital streaming) is determined. Since 1909 — before music sound recordings even existed — Section 115 of the Copyright Act has regulated musical compositions. At present, the government determines the statutory rates for musical works through the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), using a policy-based standard to set rates that don’t reflect market value for those works. To bring American values to bear on an American marketplace, the MMA establishes a willing buyer/willing seller standard for mechanical licenses.The process for determining performance royalty rates is similarly outmoded, and the MMA injects more fairness into that system by widening and randomizing the pool of federal judges who set performance royalties for the two largest performance rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI. These organizations represent songwriters in their quest for timely, appropriate compensation when their works are publicly performed. The legislation additionally reforms a provision of the Copyright Act that forbids the federal rate courts overseeing the consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI from factoring in sound recording royalty rates as a relevant benchmark. The federal government has had its thumb on these scales for too long, and that ultimately hurts producers or consumers.last_img read more

Nanoscale Coaxial Cables for Solar Energy Harvesting
Nanoscale Coaxial Cables for Solar Energy Harvesting

first_imgOne overarching problem is that current semiconducting materials with the potential for use in renewable energy devices lack one key characteristic. When electrons in these materials are excited by light and jump to higher energy levels (leaving vacancies, known as “holes,” in the lower levels), both the electrons and the holes typically move around in the same region. Thus, they tend to recombine. This is desirable for certain applications, such as light-emitting devices, where electron-hole recombination produces light, but is not ideal for renewable energy devices. A better scenario is the separation of the excited electrons from the holes such that, in the case of solar cells, for example, the electrons can be drawn off and used for electricity.“Our nanowires were designed to provide this feature, along with a superior electrical conductivity,” said NREL materials scientist Yong Zhang, the study’s corresponding researcher, to PhysOrg.com. “Both of these properties are critical in order for renewable energy devices to reach their ultimate efficiency limits.”Conventional coaxial cables consist of a central copper wire symmetrically surrounded by a braided copper conductor, with an insulating spacer material between the two. The braid serves as a return route for electrons that have already passed down the core wire; it can equally be viewed as a channel for holes moving in the opposite direction. The insulator separates the charge passing through the wire and braid.Mimicking this structure, the group designed a nanoscale version consisting of a central wire, the “core,” surrounded by a shell (the shell is not cylindrical like conventional cables, but rather is hexagonal). The researchers used two semiconducting materials: gallium nitride (GaN) and gallium phosphide (GaP). They made two samples, one with a GaN core and GaP shell, and another with a GaP core and GaN shell. Both wires are approximately four nanometers in diameter (according to Zhang, this particular size was chosen by considering the computational effort needed to analyze the wires’ properties, because larger wires, while easier to make, require considerably more computing power and time to model. Similar success, he says, could be achieved with nanowires up to 10-15 nanometers in diameter). In neither sample is an insulating spacer required. This phenomenon is the result of the specific semiconducting behaviors of GaN and GaP. Scientists have designed a new type of nanowire – a tiny coaxial cable – that could vastly improve a few key renewable energy technologies, particularly solar cells, and could even impact other cutting-edge, developing technologies, such as quantum computing and nanoelectronics. Figure 1: A cross-section of a conventional coaxial cable Citation: Nanoscale ‘Coaxial Cables’ for Solar Energy Harvesting (2007, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-04-nanoscale-coaxial-cables-solar-energy.html The nanowire, developed by researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, may solve several problems currently associated with renewable energy applications. Explore furthercenter_img Figure 2: A cross-section of the nanoscale coaxial cable, in which nitrogen, phosphorus, and gallium atoms are shown in blue, yellow, and magenta, respectively. White spheres represent hydrogen atoms, which help render the surface of the wire chemically non-reactive. Can Switzerland succeed without fossil fuels? GaN and GaP, like all semiconductors, are classified by “band gap” – how much energy is required for electrons in the material to jump from the top of the “valence band,” a range of energies for which they don’t participate in conduction, to the bottom of the “conduction band,” a range for which they do participate. When GaN and GaP are combined into a wire, the structure as a whole assumes its own band gap, which is very different from that of either component but much more appropriate for solar energy applications. Besides providing efficient charge separation, the design may be able to remedy several shortcomings of solar-energy applications. For example, they could help widen the coverage of the solar spectrum and minimize energy loss associated with electron-hole recombination.“We can tailor the properties of these cables to address the specific problems associated with each application,” said Zhang. “Beyond renewable energy applications, they could have exciting uses ranging from quantum computing to nanoelectronics.”This research is described in detail in the April 5, 2007, online edition of Nano Letters.Citation: Yong Zhang, Lin-Wang Wang, and Angelo Mascarenhas, “’Quantum Coaxial Cables’ for Solar Energy Harvesting.” Nano Lett. ASAP Article, DOI: 10.1021/nl070066tCopyright 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. 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.last_img read more

Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone Access All Media Content Any TimeAny Where
Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone Access All Media Content Any TimeAny Where

first_img Explore further Nokia launches latest handset: Nokia 6125 What Ainoa Is About:Ainoa 3G is about connectivity and quick and easy access to content via your PC, Playstation 3, a built-in 8.1 MP digital camera, video, music files, movie clips, social networking and in some regions TV. Ainoa has a 3-inch 432 x 240 pixel screen with 16,777, 216 color TFT, 55 MB internal memory with an 8-GB SanDisk micro-SD card slot, with compatibility to the full range of Sony memory cards. The sleek .06-inch depth and stylish 4-inch futuristic design has a retractable keypad, control wheel, an intuitive touch UI in media mode with easily navigable launch buttons for switching to various modes. The Question Is—What Can’t Ainoa Do?Ainoa Media Go allows users to keep up to date with the latest music and videos. Media Go transfers, plays and organizes all your music, photos, videos, podcasts by WiFi directly from your PC. PlayStation 3 owners may control and access media content on the Ainoa handset’s 3-inch vibrant screen any where and any time using Remote Play. Users may opt for local network connections or utilize the Internet with the built-in WAP 2.0 XHTML or Web feed from anywhere world-wide. Sony Ericsson announced the integrating and scintillating new smarter phone, Ainoa also spelled Aino in London on May 28, 2009. By smarter, I mean the future of communications is exemplified by the 4.1-inch x 2.0-inch x .06-inch, 4.7-ounce Obsidian Black Ainoa phone. Ainoa 3G with UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100, UMTS HSUPA 850/1900/2100, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 will hook you up on every device you own, dream of owning or is on the drawing board in a R&D lab. The future is now. Sony Ericsson Ainoa This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Sony Ericsson Ainoa Smarter Phone: Access All Media Content Any Time–Any Where (2009, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-sony-ericsson-ainoa-smarter-access.html I will highlight some interesting features of Ainoa, for a full list see the following link. Ainoa has an 8.1 MP digital camera with a digital zoom up to 16x, picture blogging, geo tagging, image stabilizer, video blogging, picture fix, face detection, photo flash/light, video recording, red-eye reduction and touch or auto focus. As an entertainment device, Ainoa has FM radio with RDS, tracker, video streaming, video viewing, JAVA, motion gaming, 3D gaming and more. Ainoa music capabilities include shake control, Track I.D., MP3, AAC, MegaBass, Bluetooth Stereo A2DP, Media Player and stereo speaker capabilities. Connectivity is Ainoa’s middle name. Ainoa features PictBridge, WiFi, USB support, USB mass storage, synchronization, a modem, Bluetooth technology, DLNA certified, Google Maps and a GPS. Ainoa has all the organizing features one would expect, a calendar, flight mode, timer, world clock, notes and a touch screen. Ainoa’s communications and messaging features include, sound recording, predictive text input, instant messaging, picture messaging, text messaging, exchange active sync and email. As a phone, Ainoa features video calling, vibrate alert, speakerphone and polyphonic ringtones. Ainoa is currently advertised by Sony Ericsson in their Americas web site. It will be available in Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela and Western Europe and eventually world-wide. The current price for the USA is not available nor is the release date. Historically speaking, Ainoa Times refer to the era in Hawaiian history post-Western influence noted for being an era of mixed blessings, marked by the introduction of new diseases and exceptional adaptation to new circumstances.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Sony Ericsson Ainoalast_img read more

New optical technique able to detect a single radio signal amongst background
New optical technique able to detect a single radio signal amongst background

first_img(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the University of California has found a way to pick out a single short radio signal burst among a barrage of background noise. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their technique, how it works, how accurate it is and the possible applications it might be used for. Michael Vasilyev, with the University of Texas offers a Perspectives piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, noting how some human organs have senses that rely on using a similar technique to make sense of the environment. Journal information: Science No extraterrestrial laser pulses detected from KIC 8462852, SETI reports Single-event noise discrimination. Credit: (c) Science 11 December 2015: Vol. 350 no. 6266 pp. 1343-1346, DOI: 10.1126/science.aac8446 More information: Subnoise detection of a fast random event, Science 11 December 2015: Vol. 350 no. 6266 pp. 1343-1346, DOI: 10.1126/science.aac8446ABSTRACTObservation of random, nonrepetitive phenomena is of critical importance in astronomy, spectroscopy, biology, and remote sensing. Heralded by weak signals, hidden in noise, they pose basic detection challenges. In contrast to repetitive waveforms, a single-instance signal cannot be separated from noise through averaging. Here, we show that a fast, randomly occurring event can be detected and extracted from a noisy background without conventional averaging. An isolated 80-picosecond pulse was received with confidence level exceeding 99%, even when accompanied by noise. Our detector relies on instantaneous spectral cloning and a single-step, coherent field processor. The ability to extract fast, subnoise events is expected to increase detection sensitivity in multiple disciplines. Additionally, the new spectral-cloning receiver can potentially intercept communication signals that are presently considered secure.Press release © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img As Vasilyev notes, there are a lot of areas in science that could benefit from an ability to isolate a single short signal amongst a stream of noise—astronomy, is just one example. Currently it is impossible to separate out a unique signal if there is just one burst present—there needs to be multiple examples. That could change in the near future as the researchers on this new effort have developed a way to convert radio signals to optical signals that can be processed to filter, separate and identify individual components.The team started with converting the radio signals to optical signals because the latter are more sensitive to changes in frequency—to make the conversation, the team looped the signals so that they could gather enough data for averaging. Next they used two tunable optical frequency combs—when the spectrums were overlapped it allowed for alignment of the components which caused the signal to be amplified as compared to other background noise, which then allowed it to be uniquely identified. The team tested their technique by running 4,720 detection attempts and found it to be better than 99 percent accurate.The researchers believe their technique can be broadened to include the detection of a wide variety of signals, from optic applications to those that look for microwaves. It could also possibly be modified for use in seemingly unrelated research areas such as sensing the spontaneous decay of a molecule. There also exists the possibility that the new detector could be used to spot signals that to date have gone undetected, perhaps revealing the existence of some new type of phenomena. Explore further Citation: New optical technique able to detect a single radio signal amongst background noise (2015, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-optical-technique-radio-background-noise.html 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.last_img read more