Annie Lennox is set to present a BBC Radio 4 Appeal for homelessness charity Shelter.Each month the BBC highlights the work of a chosen charity in their Radio 4 Appeal. And, on Sunday 5 June, it is the turn of Shelter, with their appeal set to be broadcast at 7:55am and 9:26pm.Annie will tell the personal story of Louise and her family. Homeless, they spent over a year sleeping on people’s sofas and living in one room at a B&B. That is until they turned to Shelter, and thanks to the charity’s support, they have been able to find a safe place to call home.To find out more, click here.
Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We’re pretty excited about the news we’re sharing,” Telefilm’s executive director Carolle Brabant told NOW, an hour after releasing the preliminary results for 2017-2018. The final results will be released in 2018.The projects are either signed or recommended: signed means the films are ready to go into production, while recommended ones are still awaiting a green light pending certain conditions, such as a promised star or other financing partners.READ MORE A year after setting a goal for gender parity in Canadian film by 2020, Telefilm is closer to the finish line than everyone expected.Among the film projects the federal funding agency has in the pipeline for this fiscal year, 44 per cent have a female director attached, 46 per cent feature a female screenwriter and 51 per cent have a female producer.The figure is a heartening leap from the 2013-2014 fiscal year when only 17 per cent of Canadian film projects had women directors. That number plummeted to four per cent for films budgeted over $1 million. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
Liberia’s ex-warlord Charles Taylor was on Tuesday transferred from The Hague to a British prison to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes, the Special Court for Sierra Leone said.“Charles Ghankay Taylor… was transferred today from the Netherlands and the custody of the Special Court to the United Kingdom, where he will serve the remainder of his 50-year sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the court’s Freetown office said in a statement.
TORONTO — Netflix is betting that most consumers are willing to pay an extra $1 a month to binge on “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”The popular streaming service has implemented another price hike for new customers, its second in about a year and a half.Canadians looking to sign up for Netflix’s standard plan will now pay $9.99 a month.The basic plan, which does not offer high definition video quality and only permits one stream at a time, remains at $7.99 a month.The premium plan, which offers up to four simultaneous streams with the same login and ultra high definition 4K content, also holds steady at $11.99 monthly.Netflix last raised the price for its standard service in May 2014, when it asked for $1 more while also launching the basic tier. At the time, Netflix said existing customers wouldn’t see a bill increase for two years.On Thursday, Netflix said standard-plan customers not already grandfathered into a lower price will continue to pay $8.99 until October 2016.Carl Icahn exits Netflix Inc stake after stock split announcementNetflix impressed Wall Street and now its shares are soaringThe company would not say whether the standard plan is Netflix’s most popular in Canada.“To continue adding more TV shows and movies including many Netflix original titles, we are modestly raising the price for some new members in the U.S., Canada and Latin America,” the company said in a statement.In a telephone poll of 4,002 anglophone Canadians conducted for the Media Technology Monitor last fall, 39 per cent said they had access to a Netflix subscription, up from 26 per cent in 2013.MTM also found that 82 per cent of Netflix subscribers said they used the streaming service every week.The results are considered accurate within 1.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20.The Canadian Press
Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando today denied claims that internet broadband speeds will be reduced.Fernando tweeted saying internet broad band speeds will not be affected instead the Government is in the process of strengthening it through FBH (Fiber to Home). (Colombo Gazette)
Thanks to $1.6 million in federal funding, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) is taking the lead on a new project to help combat sexual harassment in the workplace.“We know from the individual complaints we receive that year after year this is definitely quite a large problem,” said Norma Gunningham-Kapphahn, executive director for the SHRC.Over the next five years, a coalition of local stakeholders led by the SHRC will design and implement a strategy that aims to dispel myths and misinformation surrounding sexual harassment, train employers and employees, and increase public awareness.It will also provide access to employment counselling for people in Saskatchewan who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.“We’re hoping that this is going to be very effective in terms of reducing the number of incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace,” said Gunningham-Kapphahn.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Related The cost of a conviction: Sexual assault survivor navigates post-#MeToo world Sask. Human Rights Commission supports removing gender from child’s ID In 2016-17, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety reported 213 investigations related to workplace harassment — not all sexual — and 190 investigations in 2017-18.During that same period (2016-18), 14 per cent of all human rights complaints in Saskatchewan alleged sexual harassment, said the SHRC.But the problem isn’t isolated to just one province.In 2018, Statistics Canada released a study on all forms of harassment in Canadian workplaces. It found 19 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men reported that they had experienced harassment in their workplace and women were more likely to report sexual harassment in their workplaces.“We are going to be developing tool kits, training seminars, workshops, online training tools, for both businesses … and for individual workers that are entering the workforce,” said Heather Heavin, associate dean of research and graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan.The U of S is one of the coalition members.The strategy will roll out over the next five years, but Heavin said the coalition hopes to have some information and training sessions ready next year.The coalition also includes the Saskatoon Industry Education Council, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS).To complement their efforts, the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan will receive separate funding to set up a program that provides free legal advice to people who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.“Part of what goes along with this funding is ensuring a good evaluation of the effectiveness of the activities that we’re going to be engaging in,” said Heavin.The U of S is working on an evaluation model that will include continuous feedback on the activities themselves and the impact they have. Tracking any changes in the number of complaints will be key.“We may see increases initially and that might be a good thing because it might be demonstrating that we actually have more information that’s getting out to workers and more people are comfortable actually coming forward,” said Heavin.Workplace sexual harassment not only impacts the individuals who experience it, but also the businesses they work in, Gunningham-Kapphahn pointed out.That’s why she feels the partnership with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce will be particularly effective.“There are very negative outcomes for businesses that have the atmosphere of sexual harassment in the workplace,” she said. “It impacts their bottom line and the moral of the workplace.“We’re hoping that this project really helps to curb that trend that we see.”This corrects an earlier version that misstated workplace sexual harassment statistics due to incorrect information provided to the Leader-Post.firstname.lastname@example.org
by News Staff Posted Sep 28, 2012 5:16 am MDT TOKYO – Japan’s manufacturing contracted further in August, dropping 1.3 per cent from the previous month on weakening auto and electronics output, as anti-Japanese riots in China darkened an already bleak outlook for both economies.Data released Friday also showed core consumer prices, excluding food, continued to fall last month in another sign that Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy, remains in the doldrums.The weaker industrial output is the fourth straight month of decline and reinforces expectations that Japan’s growth will shrink in the quarter that ends in September. It follows a 1.2 per cent decrease in July.Data for the first 10 days of September show exports to the world plunging 20 per cent year-on-year, said Takashi Shiono, an economist at Credit Suisse in Tokyo.“September exports will probably be very disappointing,” he said. The friction with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea, which boiled over into sometimes violent protests in many Chinese cities, will “have an impact on exports in September.”Despite those gloomy trends, other economic data showed the unemployment rate improved slightly, to 4.2 per cent, while core consumer prices, minus fresh foods, fell 0.3 per cent. That reflects persistent deflation, which also drags on economic growth.Weak global and domestic demand is weighing on manufacturers, particularly electronics makers, who are facing intense competition from South Korean, Taiwanese and other Asian manufacturers. The strong yen, which erodes overseas earnings and makes Japanese-made products relatively more expensive, is also eating into profits.The lift some Japanese industries got from reconstruction following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami is waning as rebuilding slows following the initial rush.Given these factors, Japan’s central bank followed the lead of the U.S. Federal Reserve last week in extending its monetary easing, hoping to help spur lending and other business activity while forecasting that the recovery could pick up momentum late in the year.Japan’s industrial production fell 4.3 per cent in August from a year earlier, as factories reduced output of electronics and components, communications equipment, chemicals and large passenger cars, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.Output is expected to fall further, by 2.9 per cent, in September, the ministry said, a forecast that likely takes the China problem into account, and to remain flat in October. Although Chinese authorities have acted to quell the recent anti-Japanese turmoil, it forced many factories to close temporarily and is hitting sales of Japanese-brand vehicles, further darkening the outlook for manufacturing.An overall slowdown in China’s economic growth has also hit demand for construction materials, iron and steel and other industrial inputs.But the weakness in output also reflects deliberate efforts to keep inventories under control, Shiono said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Japan’s industrial production slides 1.3 per cent in August
A major concern is the displacement of some 355,000 people driven from their homes since the conflict erupted a month ago between President Salva Kiir’s forces and those of former deputy president Riek Machar, throwing into turmoil the agricultural sector at a time when preparations should be underway for plantings or harvests, “generating an alarming risk of food insecurity and malnutrition,” according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“Timing is everything,” FAO country Representative Sue Lautze said today in Juba, the capital. “There are fish in the rivers now, pastoralists are trying to protect their herds and the planting season for maize, groundnut and sorghum starts in March.”The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said yesterday that as it gains access to besieged areas, the number of people killed “must be much higher” than the 1,000 figure given earlier in the conflict.Under the UN Crisis Response Plan, FAO and its partners are seeking $61 million for crucial efforts to get seeds, livestock vaccines, fishing gear and other agricultural inputs and services to vulnerable rural and urban families whose production and income activities are being disrupted.”It is essential that security and stability return to South Sudan immediately so that displaced people can return to their homes, fields, herds and fishing grounds,” Ms. Lautze said. “Even before the recent fighting, which has displaced more than 352 000 people, some 4.4 million people (out of a total of some 11 million) were already estimated to be facing food insecurity in South Sudan in 2014” FAO Emergency and Rehabilitation Division Director Dominique Burgeon said at the agency’s headquarters in Rome. “Of those, 830 000 were facing acute food insecurity.” FAO’s priorities include restoring the animal health system by rebuilding the cold chain needed to store and transport vaccines, reviving community-based animal health networks, increasing access to seeds and micro-irrigation equipment, support for fishing, and promoting the efficient use of fuels by internally displaced persons (IDPs).The conflict is affecting major supply routes, displacing traders and leading to rising food and fuel prices, along with the breakdown of local markets which are crucial to rural farmers, fishers and livestock-dependent populations.”South Sudan was already facing challenges in terms of livestock diseases,” Ms. Lautze said. “In some areas, young animals have been dying at a rate of 40-50 percent. FAO and its partners had recently made progress in partially controlling these diseases and reducing mortality through systematic vaccination, but we estimate that more than half of the country’s capacity for vaccine storage and distribution has been lost and must urgently be restored.” For its part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new $57.8-million emergency operation to expand food aid for up to 400,000 IDPs over the next three months, including specialized nutritional support for new mothers and young children who are most at risk from a disruption in their food supply. “While we and our partners are reaching more people every day, we still face difficulties accessing some areas, and the looting of food and other assets from a number of our compounds and warehouses around the country,” WFP East and Central Africa Regional Director Valerie Guarnieri said on a visit to Juba. WFP fears the impact on food security will be significant for some time even if political talks now underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, succeed in end hostilities. With fighting continuing, aid agencies are having trouble reaching many areas of South Sudan. WFP food stocks pre-positioned at nearly 100 sites around the country facilitate the relief effort but these same stocks are also at risk. So far, WFP estimates that 10 per cent of its food in the country has been looted – enough to feed some 180,000 people for a month. “WFP urges all parties to protect civilians and safeguard humanitarian assets, such as food stocks, so that they can be used to provide critical relief, especially for women and children, affected by the violence,” WFP Deputy country Director Eddie Rowe said. “We join our partners in urgently appealing to both sides to allow access for humanitarian agencies to safely provide assistance to those in need.”Since about 60 percent of South Sudan is inaccessible by road during the rainy season, WFP would, in a normal year, now be beginning the annual effort to pre-position food in remote locations before the rains start in April or May. Conflict makes that difficult or impossible in some places, and it is likely that some communities in need will be reachable only by air.Meanwhile, UNMISS continues to protect nearly 60,000 civilians inside 10 bases across the country, and is creating a new site in Juba, where 30,000 IDPs are already seeking shelter at two UN locations. It said today anti-Government forces are in control of Bor in Jonglei state, amid reports of sporadic gunfire close to the UN base there, while Bentiu in the north, where nearly 9,000 civilians are being protected by 570 UN peacekeepers, remains relatively calm. Aid agencies are extremely concerned about reports of violence against civilians and aid workers, and the looting of humanitarian compounds and commandeering of vehicles. Tomorrow, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic will visit South Sudan to assess the situation amid reports abuses by both sides.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced serious concern about developments in Yemen following the resignation of the country’s President and Prime Minister amid a takeover of the capital by Houthi militants. According to a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson late yesterday evening, the Secretary-General urged all sides to remain “fully engaged” with his Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, who is currently in the capital of Sana’a and is consulting “closely” with stakeholders “to help find a way forward from the current crisis.” The situation in Yemen has steadily deteriorated in recent days as Government forces engaged in intense fighting with rebel groups throughout the capital. Following the shelling of the Presidential palace and reported attacks on the Prime Minister’s residence, both President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah submitted their resignations on 22 January. “In these uncertain times in the country, the Secretary-General calls on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and maintain peace and stability,” the statement continued. Earlier this week, the Security Council also voiced concerns over the situation in Yemen and similarly called on all sides to engage with Mr. Benomar who, the Council said, remained well placed to support parties’ efforts to resolve their differences peacefully.
Detritivore, such as woodlice and worms which provide a crucial leaf eating service which fertilises the oil, were 24 per cent higher on the native plots than the exotic and 36 per cent higher on native than on near-native plots.RHS principal entomologist Dr Andrew Salisbury said: “In order to help create a positive environment for these valuable invertebrates to thrive gardeners should plant plenty of plants from the UK and relax, refrain from spraying plants at the first sign of pest attack, and reduce trimming and allow some plant debris to accumulate in order to support the garden’s food chain.” There were more than three times as many insects like ladybirds in the native species plots The RHS suggested attractive native plants that gardeners can add to borders to boost wildlife include foxgloves, purple loosestrife, common honeysuckle and heather. In contrast avoiding thyme, dahlia and fushia could help native insects.Gardeners were also advised to turn a blind eye to the odd nibbled leaf or pest attack, rather than use pesticides. Pruning should also be used sparingly, the experts advise.“The presence of a wide range of invertebrates, such as ladybirds, springtails, spiders and even caterpillars are indicators of a diverse and well-functioning garden eco-system, and so should be encouraged and supported,” added Dr Salisbury.”While some of these animals, particularly herbivores, are traditionally regarded as pests by gardeners, they are vital to support healthy populations of natural predators which in turn help keep pest populations under control.”And they provide food for garden birds and mammals such as hedgehogs. In short, an abundance of bugs of all types equates to healthy garden ecology.”The study was published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation. Planting honeysuckle can help attract insects Plant-dwelling invertebrates from caterpillars and butterflies to woodlice and weevils play a key role in a healthy garden, providing food for other wildlife such as birds, and include helpful predators such as ladybirds and spiders which keep down pests. Gardeners should switch from exotic plants back to British to help wildlife, the Royal Horticultural Society has advised, following a landmark four year experiment.In 2012, experts at the RHS filled 36 plots of land in Wisley, Surrey, with 14 different species from either Britain, the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere.The plots were then tended like a normal garden for 48 months to see which insects moved in. It is the first research project to test whether the geographical origin of garden plants affect the amount and different types of insects and spiders they support.The experiment showed that insects were more than three times as likely to choose plots with native British plants than exotic species. Out of the 22,000 bugs collected from the patches, 56 per cent of all invertebrates were found in the native ‘gardens’ compared to 26 per cent in the near-native plots, and just 19 per cent choosing the more exotic varieties. 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.
Mobiles : 791.000 changements d’opérateurs en un trimestre L’Arcep indique qu’au premier trimestre 2011, 791.000 utilisateurs de téléphones portables ont changé d’opérateur tout en conservant leur numéro. Ce chiffre record s’expliquerait par la hausse de la TVA qui a autorisé les résiliations de contrat. L’Observatoire des mobiles de l’Autorité de régulation des télécoms a indiqué qu’avec plus de 64% de hausse en un an, la possibilité de garder son numéro de téléphone portable tout en changeant d’opérateur (la portabilité) avait atteint son plus haut niveau historique. En effet, avec la hausse au premier janvier de la TVA ramenant de 5,5% à 19,6% des offres triple-play et forfaits mobiles qui proposent des services de télévision, de nombreuses résiliations ont été enregistrées. À lire aussiOwnFone, le téléphone simplifié au maximumL’Arcep ajoute que les opérateurs qui n’utilisent pas leurs propres réseaux (MVNO) ont vu exploser leurs chiffres de vente au premier trimestre. Si 542.000 clients ont résilié leur contrat, 566.000 cartes SIM se sont vendues chez les MVNO. L’organisme précise que “ces derniers atteignent désormais presque 10% de part de marché”. L’AFP rapporte également un communiqué de l’Association française des utilisateurs des télécommunications (Afutt) qui explique que “la naïveté des utilisateurs des télécommunications et de l’internet a ses limites”. L’association affirme avoir enregistré “un accroissement très net de plaintes (de 240% sur les mobiles et de 225% sur l’internet) lors de l’annonce de l’augmentation de la TVA et des comportements désordonnés des opérateurs à cette occasion”. L’Afutt précise que “ces plaintes concernent les changements affectant les contrats des utilisateurs, y compris les problèmes survenus à l’occasion des demandes de résiliation”. D’un autre côté, le marché général continue de progresser avec 459.000 cartes SIM et un total de 65,5 millions de lignes soit plus de 100% de taux de pénétration. Pour ce qui est des clés 3G, 60% de croissance ont été enregistrés soit une augmentation de 275.000 détenteurs. Au total, 5,6 millions d’utilisateurs en sont équipés (8,6% du total). Le 6 mai 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Twitter Videos Articles Google+ Lindsay Lohan’s Anxiety Music Lili Reinhart is still romancing Cole Sprouse Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The RAW Ratings are in for August 26, 2019.This week’s edition, which took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, drew an average of 2.528 million viewers on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is slightly down from last week’s show that averaged 2.534 million viewers.WWE came in at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics, which is where they placed last week.It should be noted that the MTV Video Music Awards won the night on cable, but it only averaged 1.926 million viewers. However a big demographic rating with females 18-49 put the show over all other shows on cable with a 0.91 rating.The second hour drew the strongest audience (2.686 million viewers). The third hour saw a 16% drop in viewership after numbers maintained for the first two hours.Hourly Breakdowns and Demographics for WWE RAWHour 1: 2.637 (up from 2.546 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.686 (up from 2.634 million viewers last week)Hour 3: 2.260 (down from 2.422 million viewers last week)This week’s RAW, headlined by a United States Championship match, averaged a 0.80 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s 0.81 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipTrending: Orlando Bloom found intimate scenes with Cara Delevingne awkward, Kendall Jenner is accused of cultural appropriation, and MTV removes Michael Jackson’s name from their Vanguard AwardVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:07/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Orlando Bloom Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Kendall Jenner Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Missy Elliott Trending: Orlando Bloom found intimate scenes with Cara Delevingne awkward, Kendall Jenner is accused of cultural appropriation, and MTV removes Michael Jackson’s name from their Vanguard Award Normani bruises knees doing splits at MTV Video Music Awards Normani Got Hurt At the 2019 MTV VMA’s Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight
James Bridger Jr. was driving out of his neighborhood Monday morning when he saw something that didn’t make any sense to him: a police officer slumping to the ground. The 43-year-old had just pulled off Northeast 159th Street when he saw Earlene “Sam” Anderson holding Vancouver police Officer Dustin Goudschaal on the asphalt, with blood surrounding them. He said he parked behind Anderson’s silver Volkswagen Jetta and darted over to them. Anderson bandaged Officer Dustin Goudschaal’s neck as she told Bridger that a man in a black truck had fired on the Vancouver officer. After helping apply pressure to the bandage, he reached across Goudschaal’s chest, grabbed his radio, and yelled: “Code 33!” He said that an officer was shot and that they needed help immediately. Goudschaal couldn’t talk. “We were just looking at each other,” he said. “I can’t believe there’s a human being alive that would … open fire on somebody they don’t know.” Officers arrived first, all of them trying to piece together what had happened just minutes prior. Paramedics relieved Bridger and Anderson shortly afterward.
Flush with funds after the demonetisation move, Indian financial market is likely to give a breather to Indian firms, which are reeling under the burden of high interest cost in recent years.The demonetisation move has seen deposits worth more than Rs 4 lakh crore entering the folds of formal banking system. This, in turn, has pulled down government bond yields by more than 40 basis points (0.4%), which are hovering around 6.61 percent (10-year benchmark) as of now.Softening bond yields have offered an opportunity to Indian firms for raising money through bond sale as borrowing costs will be lower for companies. Around Rs 20,000 crore worth bond sales would hit the bond street in the coming days, reports suggested.”From fund raising perspective, the boardroom level preparation by companies has already started as bond yields have fallen. Investment bankers are also getting enquiries,” Sunil Goyal, managing director of Mumbai-based investment bank, Ladderup, told International Business Times, India.He, however, added that the companies would wait for some more time and are likely to hit the market next month or early next year.With a likely reduction of 0.5 percent in borrowing costs, many public sector firms, including the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Indian Railways Finance Corporation (IRFC), among others, are likely to raise money in the near future.Raising of capital through issuance of corporate bonds is a relatively cheaper alternative to bank loans. India Inc had raised around Rs 6 lakh crore in 2015 via bonds and stocks. Retail issuance of non-convertible debentures (NCDs) by Indian companies was at Rs 34,000 crore during the last financial year.
Julián Aguilar/The Texas TribuneEmilio Gutierrez-Soto and son Oscar reunite after being released on July 26, 2018.A Mexican reporter and his son — who are seeking asylum in the United States — were released Thursday after spending seven months in federal detention in El Paso. Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, 55, and his son Oscar, 25, fled the border state of Chihuahua in 2008 when Emilio Gutiérrez’s reporting on government and military corruption there led to death threats. After living and working legally in the United States for almost a decade, the two were arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in December during what their attorney said should have been a regular check-in with authorities.Their release Thursday comes a day before a court-ordered deadline for Department of Homeland Security officials to turn over to a federal judge in El Paso emails and other correspondence detailing why the Gutiérrezes were placed on a “non-detained target list” created by ICE officials shortly after President Donald Trump took office.Their fight to gain asylum is far from over: the Gutiérrezes’ claim was denied last year and their appeal was initially dismissed in December. But the Board of Immigration Appeals reinstated the appeal, and the board ruled in May that new evidence submitted in the case was worth considering. They are scheduled to appear before an immigration judge next month to argue their case.But for a short moment the father-and-son pair that have garnered worldwide attention were all smiles outside the federal immigration detention center where they had been held since late last year. Gutiérrez and his son were separated for seven months after they arrived in 2008 but were detained together in El Paso since last December.When asked what has kept him going for so long and why he continues to fight, Emilio Gutiérrez didn’t hesitate.“My son. He’s been my inspiration. I understand and I share the pain with all the families who have come to this country in order to save their own lives,” he said, referring to the thousands of families who were separated after seeking asylum under Trump’s zero tolerance policy.In an order issued earlier this month, Judge David Guaderrama said there was evidence to suggest that the government might have detained the Gutiérrezes for nothing more that the older Gutiérrez speaking out against the asylum process.“We believe they detained him in violation of his First Amendment rights in retaliation for criticizing both the [U.S.] immigration process and for criticizing the Mexican government,” said Eduardo Beckett, the Gutiérrezes’ lawyer.The correspondence won’t have to be turned over because the Gutiérrezes were released, Beckett said. But he added that other organizations, including the National Press Club could still argue in court that the exchanges should be released. The National Press Club has been one of Gutierrez’s most vocal supporters and awarded him the organization’s John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award in October, two months before he and his son were detained.In his order, Guaderrama cited the award and the publicity surrounding it as one of the potential reasons ICE may have targeted the Gutiérrezes.“Mr. Gutiérrez-Soto criticized ICE and the government in a very public manner while accepting a prestigious award from the National Press Club. His arrest occurred only a couple months later,” he wrote.Emilio Gutiérrez was also awarded a Knight-Wallace Fellowship for the next academic year by the University of Michigan. The university has offered a $75,000 stipend but needs Gutiérrez in Ann Arbor by Aug. 27.That possibility that will happen looks more likely after Thursday’s development. But Beckett said his first order of business was to get the two to a decent steakhouse and a warm bed in Las Cruces, N.M., where they lived and worked before being detained in December.“We’re thankful for all of the lawyers and the press [who followed the story],” he said. “This victory was a collective effort.” Share
Producing light in the terahertz range gets tricky, though: “Currently, the way to generate this radiation at room temperature involves solid state lasers that are bulky and energy consuming.” In order to facilitate the creation of practical terahertz devices and systems, Belkin points out that “we want to create a compact electrically-pumped terahertz source, similar to semiconductor lasers in infrared and visible that you can fit in a laser pointer, and to be able to operate it at room temperature.” The applications for a laser device operating in the terahertz range include security screening, radio astronomy, biomedical imaging, and spectroscopy. “The main funding for our work comes from the security aspect,” Belkin explains. “Terahertz rays can penetrate through cardboard, plastic, clothing, and many other materials, so that we can image a concealed weapon, or detect chemical and biological agents through sealed packages.” Along with colleagues at Texas A&M University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Belkin believes a first step has been made in developing a practical room-temperature electrically-pumped semiconductor laser device that produces terahertz radiation. The key is to combine, in one device, a dual-wavelength infrared semiconductor laser and giant optical nonlinearity for difference-frequency mixing. Their current device produces approximately 300nW of 5THz radiation at room temperature. The findings are published in the article “Room temperature terahertz quantum cascade laser source based on intracavity difference-frequency generation” in the May 19 issue of Applied Physics Letters.“We undertook an unusual approach to the problem, going around with a dual-wavelength quantum cascade laser operating at room-temperature in mid-infrared and utilizing a nonlinear optical process of difference-frequency generation inside the laser cavity to produce terahertz radiation,” explains Belkin, expounding via email. He continues: “In order to make the concept work, we needed to integrate giant optical nonlinearity inside the laser cavity. This has been done by growing a structure containing a stack of ultra-thin atomic layers of semiconductor materials on top of each other. This approach allowed us to adjust the energy levels in the structure to create an artificial medium with very large optical nonlinearity.”Right now, Belkin admits, the terahertz power output of their current devices is smaller that he and his colleagues would like. However, they have demonstrated the first room-temperature electrically-pumped semiconductor laser source of terahertz radiation. Additionally, the team is already making changes to the design to improve the terahertz power output. “We are confident that the power output of our devices can be improved several orders of magnitude when the structure is fully optimized,” Belkin says. Citation: Terahertz laser source at room temperature (2008, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-terahertz-laser-source-room-temperature.html Engineers demonstrate first room-temperature semiconductor source of coherent Terahertz radiation Explore further “There is a growing interest in utilizing terahertz radiation, or T-rays, for a variety of applications,” Mikhail Belkin, a scientist at Harvard University, tells PhysOrg.com. “The terahertz region is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that lies between the radio waves and infrared/visible light.” 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.
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Yangtze River’s ancient origins revealed More information: Pre-Miocene birth of the Yangtze River, PNAS, Published online before print April 22, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1216241110AbstractThe development of fluvial systems in East Asia is closely linked to the evolving topography following India–Eurasia collision. Despite this, the age of the Yangtze River system has been strongly debated, with estimates ranging from 40 to 45 Ma, to a more recent initiation around 2 Ma. Here, we present 40Ar/39Ar ages from basalts interbedded with fluvial sediments from the lower reaches of the Yangtze together with detrital zircon U–Pb ages from sand grains within these sediments. We show that a river containing sediments indistinguishable from the modern river was established before ∼23 Ma. We argue that the connection through the Three Gorges must postdate 36.5 Ma because of evaporite and lacustrine sedimentation in the Jianghan Basin before that time. We propose that the present Yangtze River system formed in response to regional extension throughout eastern China, synchronous with the start of strike–slip tectonism and surface uplift in eastern Tibet and fed by strengthened rains caused by the newly intensified summer monsoon. Citation: New research suggests Yangtze River is at least 23 million years old (2013, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-yangtze-river-million-years.html Topographic map of East Asia, showing major rivers and the locations mentioned in the text. SBSYB, Subei–South Yellow Sea Basin; BHB, Bohai Basin; ECSB, East China Sea Basin; PRB, Pearl River Mouth Basin; YB, Yinggehai Basin; SPG, Songpan Garze; QB, Qiangtang Block. Red circles show locations of Yellow River samples (31). Major faults marked are taken from Replumaz and Tapponnier (59). Credit: (c)2013 PNAS, Published online before print April 22, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1216241110 (Phys.org) —An exhaustive study conducted by a combined team of Chinese, Japanese, American and Australian researchers has found that the third longest river in the world, the Yangtze, located in China, is at least 23 million years old, but no older than 36.5 million years old. The team describes their research and results in their paper they’ve had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Yangtze (Long River, in Chinese) has a long and varied history, going back thousands of years. But until now, no one has been able to say just how long the river has been in existence. To find out, the researchers studied Lower Miocene sediments and compared them with sediments that came about in modern times. They found virtually no differences between the two which the teams suggests, means that a river very much like the one that exists today, existed as far back as 23 million years ago. The river flows from the mountainous glaciers of the Tibetan plateau 3,988 miles across China to the East China Sea at Shanghai and is responsible for draining a fifth of the runoff that occurs in that country.Most research to date has suggested that the river changed direction during an uplifting of the Tibetan Plateau following an India-Eurasian plate collision millions of years ago. Still, estimates of the river’s age have varied from 45 million years ago, to just 2 million years ago. To get a better estimate, the team studied rocks taken from the Jianghan Basin, downstream from the Three Gorges Dam. The rocks there were virtually indistinguishable from rocks found in the modern era, and because such rocks can only form in the presence of moving water, the researchers concluded that the river must have existed in close to its present state, approximately 23 million years ago—the age of the rocks they examined. And because no such rocks could be found that were dated older than 36.5 million years, the researchers used that number to estimate the earliest possible date of formation of the river.The researchers note that their estimation of the age of the river coincides with both the Tibatan Plateau uplifting timeframe and a permanent increase in summer monsoon rains, which would of course have fed more water to the river contributing to both its size and the path it forged to the sea. 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.
Two 19th century chess pieces discovered hidden in an English barn were most likely placed there as a protective charm, reports local newspaper Skegness Standard. The two pieces, a queen and a bishop which date from around 1850, were hidden in a wooden beam in the barn, which is located in the rural town of Burgh le Marsh, Lincolnshire.Once a remote area rich with tales of sorcery and spirits, the village is three miles inland from the port of Skegness and was situated in — as the name suggests — marshland prior to it being drained for farming in the 18th century.Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, England. Photo by Richard Croft CC BY-SA 2.0Archaeologist Dr Adam Daubney, from Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is such an interesting discovery. We know that in the 1800s, people used to place artefacts at boundaries and thresholds of properties to help ward off evil spirits. These tended to be things like shoes, miniature bibles or mummified cats. We haven’t seen chess pieces before.”The chess pieces are made from either crushed stone or plaster of Paris, and coated in resin to give them a smooth decorative surface. Dr Daubney explained to the Skegness Standard that they were discovered by the barn’s current owners during a recent renovation.“The pieces were found in the beam which was over the main access point of the barn, so I think these have been purposely selected and placed to help keep the occupiers and their livestock safe. It seems likely that the praying Bishop and Queen — the latter which might have served the role of Mary – were carefully selected from the chess set as pieces that might have particular spiritual power to ward off evil.”Concealed objects such as shoes, witch bottles, written charms, and bones, have been found across the British Isles, many dating from the period of the Witch Trials in the 16th and 17th centuries. They were believed to have protective properties — proving that faith in the protective powers of magical charms was just as strong as the fear of the malign powers of witches.Witch TrialsSpeaking to The Vintage News, Brian Hoggard, a researcher into concealed charms and countermagic, noted that objects in barns were unusual, but barns were just as likely to be protected as the family home.“In barns we tend to find protection marks [carved into beams] more often than objects,” said Hoggard. “Livestock were routinely protected, as were people, property and food! Everything was protected to be honest.”Just as the practice of hiding objects around a property to keep the powers of darkness at bay predated the mass moral panic of the Early Modern witch trials, it survived it too.Tituba Teaching the First Act of WitchcraftThe Witchcraft Act of 1735 officially ended witch hunting in Great Britain by making it a crime to both to practice witchcraft or to claim someone had magic powers. This criminalized people who accused others of witchcraft, as well as people who claimed to be witches, but it didn’t mean the fear of crones dishing out curses disappeared as if by, er, magic.“Belief in witchcraft in the 19th century was still very strong,” explained Hoggard. “Literature was also introducing people to other supernatural ideas too. Look at the work of William Paynter from Cornwall (skillfully revived by Jason Semmens), clear witchcraft beliefs at the turn of the 20th century.”Though admitting he’s not familiar with the Burgh le Marsh chess pieces beyond the news report, Hoggard offers an alternative explanation for the choice of the bishop and queen chess pieces — they weren’t necessarily representing religious authority, but acted as supernatural “bait.”Read another story from us: Oldest Periodic Table in Existence Found While Cleaning a Scottish Lab“We need to think of them as anthropomorphic figures. Often the use of anthropomorphic objects is to work as a decoy, to lure the dark forces to attack them rather than the occupants.”Brian Hoggard maintains a database of concealed objects at www.apotropaios.co.uk, and his forthcoming book Magical House Protection: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft will be available on April 1, 2019 from Berghanhn Books.
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A landmark study of the value of cruising has revealed that cruise passengers spend an average of $371 a day in Australian ports, helping push the cruise industry’s total economic contribution in Australia to an impressive $3.2 billion last year.Topping the list of big spenders are international passengers who ring up an average $756 a day on accommodation, shopping, dining and transport before they board their ship.The report was prepared for CLIA Australasia by Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA), and it used a global methodology adopted for economic impact statements on cruise tourism in the US, UK and Europe.Australian cruisers also like to splurge, spending an average $450 a day before they board their ship as well as $156 a day in ports they visit during their cruise.With cruise passengers spending more than $700 million across Australia last year, the study found Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne topped the list in terms of highest daily spend for international passengers pre-cruise.According to the new study, the cruise industry’s economic output in Australia in 2013 reached a massive AUD$3.2 billion, with direct expenditure by passengers, crew and cruise lines accounting for AUD$1.72 billion of this figure.The study found that cruise companies’ four biggest operating expenses were fuel, food and beverages, travel agent commissions and port charges with agent commissions totaling AUD$121 million in 2013.CLIA Australasia chairman Gavin Smith said that the report is a landmark study which clearly captures the far-reaching benefits of a growing cruise industry.“This is the first independent report to draw on cruise line data and passenger surveys to show us how much cruise lines, passengers and crew spend across the country,” Mr Smith said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman