first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Jan 2015 – Islanders more intimately in the know are right now buzzing about an impending Cabinet Shuffle. Media was already invited to attend a press conference tomorrow hosted by the Premier. There is strong speculation that he will reveal the portfolio changes at that time. The Premier will reportedly release his Tourism job and give it to Hon Portia Smith as he takes on Health and Human Services.Magnetic Media is told the Tourism portfolio may be shared and we are also told Hon George Lightbourne will swap with Hon Amanda Missick.If this all pans out as sources say, it would not be the first shuffle by the Premier since being elected in November 2012.The new roles will reportedly take effect January 19. Related Items:cabinet members, premier rufus ewing, shuffle Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

Commissioner reads Proclamations from HE Governor General

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 7, 2017 – Nassau – Today the Commissioner of Police, in his capacity as Provost Marshall read, from the steps of Parliament, two Proclamations from Her Excellency the Governor General.  The first Proclamation Prorogued Parliament on the 7th April, 2017 and the second Proclamation gave Notice of the return to Parliament on 11th April, 2017.The Minister of National Security, responsible for Parliamentary Elections, urged Bahamians to get registered to vote, so that they can exercise an important franchise afforded to lawfully qualified citizens.  The last day to register to vote will be the 10th of April.Registration Centres will be open from 9am to 9pm through Saturday of this week.  On Monday, 10th April all registration centres will open at 9am and close at 5pm.  After this point, no citizens will be able to register to vote in the upcoming elections.Beginning Tuesday 11th April, 2017, registered voters in New Providence will be able to collect their Voter’s Card at the Parliamentary Registration Department Headquarters, Farrington Road, and in the Family Islands at the office of the Family Island Administrator.#MagneticMediaNews#letsvoteBahamas#getoutandregister#BahamasGeneralElections2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

FLOW makes donation of over US4000 in Handsets Services to DDME for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Turks and Caicos, September 6, 2017 – Providenciales – It is always our privilege as the corporate telecommunications partner of DDME to assist during times of natural disaster and emergencies, as our country is anticipating a Category 5 Hurricane in less than 48hrs.    We are happy to announce that we have supplied the DDME with handsets, charging devices, credit and data for the shelters, and first responders valued at over US$4000.00.The presentation was made today by FLOW Country Manager, Mrs Delleriece Hall, and FLOW Marketing Communications Executive, Mr Darron Hilaire to Director of DDME, Dr Virginia Clearveaux and team.“We are super grateful for the donation Flow made to the department today in light of the traveling storm, Hurricane Irma, that is approaching the Turks and Caicos Islands.   This will ensure that we can continue to communicate with our shelter managers, first responders and the general public”, remarked Director, DDME, Dr Virginia Clearveux.Flow will continue to provide SMS updates around the clock—before, during and after the storm as we receive information regarding Hurricane Irma from the DDME.Flow customers are asked to inform family members and friends NOT receiving SMS updates to send an email to to be added to the subscriber list.Be safe, and prepare!Press Release: FLOW Related Items:last_img read more

Jack White Spearheads New Industry Conference Making Vinyl

first_imgNews Jack White Spearheads New Industry Conference jack-white-spearheads-new-industry-conference-making-vinyl NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Jack White’s P&E Wing Speech: “Let The Music Tell You What To Do” Jack White has been a major player in the return of vinyl interest, both before and after the opening his own pressing plant at the Detroit, Mich., offices of his label, Third Man Records.On top of his ongoing contributions to the format, is reporting that White’s label has become a major sponsor involved in launching a new two-day business conference called “Making Vinyl,” which will aim to bring together industry giants to discuss and promote the future of the pressing physical records.Details are still forthcoming, but White is officially signed on as the opening keynote speaker, with Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz onboard to deliver an additional keynote. DMN has also hinted that White will provide attendees with a multi-hour tour of the Third Man pressing plant.Registration for the conference opens on Aug. 21, with the event slated to take place in Detroit on Nov. 6–7.Gibson Guitars Names Slash Global Brand Ambassador The 12-time GRAMMY winner’s label Third Man Records is a major sponsor for a new pro-vinyl industry eventBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 12:33 pm GRAMMY.comIt’s no secret that vinyl is riding a continuing wave of resurgence in sales and popularity. Just this year, it’s been reported that vinyl sales are currently at the peak of a 25-year high, after rising 26 percent in 2016 alone.Even as far back as 2014, indie labels like Asthmatic Kitty, home to Sufjan Stevens, were already reporting a minimum 3-month wait list for getting their artists’ records pressed and ready for distribution, due to rising consumer demands for the once-dying format. Email Jack White Spearheads New Industry Conference “Making Vinyl” Facebook Twitter last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday July 16 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, July 16, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Health MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wilmington Board of Assessors MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Assessors meets at 11am in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) How To Apply Makeup ClassThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a ‘How To Apply Makeup’ Class at 7pm. Presenter Amy Hahn, who is a professional makeup artist,  takes the mystery out of makeup! She will review the basics principles of applying makeup and, using a model from the audience, will demonstrate the correct application techniques.  Amy is happy to answer any questions about your makeup products so feel free to bring them (bring a mirror too if you would like to practice).  Amy will also supply some makeup samples. Register at the Front Desk. $10 supply fee.#4) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 13, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Uber selfdriving car kills Arizona pedestrian

first_imgPilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AFP file photoRide-sharing giant Uber said Monday it is suspending use of self-driving cars after one of the vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the US state of Arizona.The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company.The victim was hospitalized and later died from her injuries.“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” an Uber spokesperson told AFP. “We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”Uber said it had temporarily halted its use of self-driving cars for testing or customer rides in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco.Tempe is one of just two cities—along with Pittsburgh—where the ride-sharing firm has been using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger.The vehicle operator in the driver’s seat was the only person in the car when the accident occurred, Uber said. The car was in police hands on Monday.Sunday’s accident was the first fatal self-driving car crash involving a pedestrian.The first deadly self-driving car accident was reported in mid-2016, and involved a Tesla.Sheriff needed?The Tesla Model S, cruising on “Autopilot,” failed to detect a crossing tractor-trailer against a bright sky, killing the driver—who it later emerged had kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite automated warnings not to do so.Investigators at the US National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Tesla crash was the combination of “a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation.”Autonomous-vehicle technology has been touted as having potential to save fuel, ease congestion, and to save thousands of lives by avoiding accidents due to human error.As with the fatal Tesla crash, however, the deadly Uber accident is likely to stoke concerns that the industry is moving too fast.Google-owned Waymo this month began using its self-driving trucks to haul cargo bound for the internet giant’s data centers in Georgia, while rival Uber announced the use of self-driving semi trucks as part of an on-demand trucking service in Arizona.In September, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released new guidelines that permit more testing of self-driving cars.But America’s non-profit Consumer Watchdog has warned that roads are being turned “into private laboratories for robot cars with no regard for our safety.”The group on Monday called for a nationwide moratorium on testing self-driving cars on public roads while investigators figure out what went wrong in the Uber accident.“Arizona has been the wild west of robot car testing with virtually no regulations in place,” Watchdog technology project director John Simpson said in a statement.“When there’s no sheriff in town, people get killed.”Car vision tests?US states set their own rules for roads, and a handful have passed laws allowing self-driving vehicles.California and Arizona have been particularly encouraging, hoping that companies developing autonomous technology in those states will create local jobs and facilities devoted to a promising new industry.Duke University robotics professor Missy Cummings is among the advocates of slowing down introduction of autonomous vehicles to avoid risk and get proper regulations in place.While machines are better at staying vigilant and reacting to routine situations, human drivers have proven superior at handling unusual or unexpected situations, according to the professor.Cummings reasoned that if people need to pass vision exams in order to get driving licenses, so should self-driving cars.She noted a case in which putting stickers on a stop sign could fool autonomous car sensors into seeing it as a sign indicating a speed limit.“If we are still learning at this rate, and still uncovering major problems, it begs the question of why we are trying to put this technology into widespread use,” Cummings told AFP.“I am a big fan of the technology, but it is very unproven and experimental.”last_img read more

Humanitys next test how to feed 10b people without hurting Earth

first_imgA 72-meter long `torta`, or sandwich, is prepared as an attempt to break the record for the world`s biggest sandwich, in Mexico City. Photo: AFPIt is a question critical to mankind’s survival: how do we grow enough food to sustain our booming population without wrecking our only home and plundering Nature’s bounty?Next week the most detailed scientific assessment yet of how we use the land we need to survive will show in the starkest terms the unpalatable choices facing humanity.The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) special report on land use is expected to warn how industrialised food chains, rampant resource exploitation, and even efforts to stave off the worst effects of global warming, are jeopardising our future ability to feed ourselves.But it will also deliver a withering verdict on global inequality, depicting a planet where billions of overfed people throw away vast amounts of calories at the end of each day as hundreds of millions go to bed hungry.As policymakers from around the world were set to begin poring over the report’s draft text in Geneva on Friday, experts said the importance of using land efficiently had long been overlooked.”When you look at both the effects of the changing climate as well as contributions to climate change, the land sector is incredibly important,” Lynn Scarlett, vice president for public policy at The Nature Conservancy, told AFP.Land use including agriculture and deforestation account for around a quarter of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.”On the impact side, the effects are extensive and they aren’t way out in the future, they are unfolding right now and are critical to the wellbeing of people and Nature,” said Scarlett.’Unsustainable’Agricultural systems now use a third of all land and three quarters of all fresh water on the planet.With the global population set to hit 10 billion by mid-century, there are fears those systems will be stretched to breaking point.Meat is a major problem, as is food waste. It’s estimated as much as 30 percent of all food produced ends up in landfills — with a carbon footprint to match.”Although land provides more than enough food to feed everyone, there are still 820 million who go to bed hungry every night,” said Stephan Singer, senior adviser on global energy policies with Climate Action Network.”Food is being treated in an unsustainable way.”In addition, monoculture crops such as soy used for both energy and animal feed are reshaping the surface of the planet, contributing to the destruction of carbon-absorbing forests.Trade offs?An IPCC report in October on the feasibility of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C (2.7F), in line with the Paris climate accord goals, lit a fire of global protest movements demanding that governments bring their policies in line with the science.The land use report is expected to detail increasing desertification and habitat degradation from agriculture, with an area of tropical forest the size of Sri Lanka lost each year.It will also throw up a number of trade offs.One is navigating the right balance between land used for food and land used to mitigate global warming, such as forests and bioenergy projects.Another is how to protect and empower vulnerable communities, including the women who produce much of the food in developing nations and protect indigenous peoples that safeguard pristine habitats.”This report is coming out at a critical time because agriculture is both a victim and a driver of climate change,” Teresa Anderson, climate policy co-ordinator at ActionAid, told AFP.”We need to move away from harmful industrial agriculture that relies on chemicals, drives deforestation and releases emissions.”The writing is on the wall for big agriculture corporations.”last_img

Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter

first_imgThe high-profile deaths of unarmed Blacks have put the law enforcement profession on the defensive. Their leaders recently responded with a forum explaining their practices and procedures.On Oct. 12, the Office of The U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia sponsored a forum, “Police and Community: Building a Bridge of Trust” that took place at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest D.C. The purpose of the forum was to allow law enforcement leaders to explain their duties and responsibilities to advisory neighborhood commissioners, civic association officers, and community activists.Morgan C. Kaine is the First District commander for the D.C. police department. (AFRO File Photo)“We are out there every day,” said Morgan C. Kaine, commander of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s First District. “Many police officers spend hours in the community on their own time. We sponsor events like ‘Shop with a Cop’ and activities like that.”Kaine said that District residents can get involved in police activities through its junior cadet program for teenagers and the Community Engagement Academy that teaches people what police officers deal with. She encouraged members of the audience to ride along with an officer. “You get to see what police officers have to go through every day,” she said.Kaine said people should remember one critical thing as they observe police officers doing their jobs. “We are human. Our goal is to keep you safe,” she said.Unlike other municipalities, the District has several police agencies operating within its borders because of the city’s federal presence. Lt. James Murphy works for the U.S. Park Service Police Department that is responsible for all national parks in the D.C., New York, and San Francisco metropolitan areas.Murphy said that many residents and visitors don’t understand the jurisdictional lines between the D.C. police department and his agency. “For example, we patrol Lafayette Park across from the White House but when you step outside of it, in front of the White House, you are in D.C. police jurisdiction,” Murphy said. “If you misbehave on national parks lands, we have the same arrest powers as the D.C. police.”Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Malis explained what his office entails and whom they work with and report to. The District of Columbia doesn’t have a local prosecutor therefore the U.S. Attorneys’ Office serves in that capacity. “My boss, Channing Phillips, reports to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch,” Malis said, inferring that he doesn’t answer to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). “Keep in mind that we don’t report to MPD but we work with them on cases.”When it comes to an officer accused of wrongdoing, Malis said the case is prosecuted as fairly and independently as any other case. “That independence is important,” he said.Malis said prosecuting an officer for killing a resident consists of getting an autopsy and gathering evidence to determine whether that officer should be charged on the “reasonable officer” standard. “We look at the facts and determine whether the police officer acted reasonably during the course of action,” he said. “That is a standard set up by the U.S. Supreme Court and we abide by it.”Even though the forum occurred after a recent officer involved-shooting of an unarmed man, Terrence Sterling, in the District, William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office told the AFRO that the shooting did not spark the need for police to explain their tactics.Many people want to file a complaint against an officer but are afraid to because they think it is difficult and there will be retaliation by the police department. “Not so,” says Mike Tobin, the executive director of the District’s Office of Police Complaints.“You can file a complaint with an officer by going to the station, going online or mobile phone, going to our web site or by fax, asking an officer for a form and there are also community groups who can help someone start the complaint process,” Tobin said. “When we get that complaint, we do a thorough investigation and through that we have access to all police reports and camera material. If there is a problem with an officer or his behavior, we recommend mediation.”According to an annual report from the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints, there were 407 complaints against D.C. police officers in 2015. Of the number, 71.6 percent of the complainants were from Black residents and 20.6 percent were from White residents. The report states that more Black officers received complaints, totaling 51.3 percent, while White officers only received 37.3 percent.last_img read more

Plant cellulose prevents short circuits in batteries

first_img © 2016 Citation: Plant cellulose prevents short circuits in batteries (2016, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In a new study published in Nano Letters, researchers from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have designed a cellulose nanomat, or “c-mat,” separator membrane that contains a thin layer of nanoporous plant cellulose on top of a thick macroporous polymer layer. By finely tuning the thicknesses of the two layers, the researchers were able to design a separator membrane that delicately balances the tradeoff between preventing leakage current and supporting fast ion transport. With its tiny pores, the nanoporous cellulose layer prevents leakage current between electrodes, preventing short circuits. On the other hand, the macroporous polymer layer’s porous channels are too large to prevent leakage current between electrodes, but their large size enables them to function like “ionic highways” to rapidly transport charges.The new separator has another major advantage: At high temperatures (60 °C), batteries with the new separator membranes have an 80% capacity retention after 100 cycles, whereas batteries with typical commercial polymer separators maintain just 5% of their initial capacity after 100 cycles at the same temperature.The researchers explain that the large capacity loss in the commercial batteries at high temperature occurs due to unwanted side reactions between lithium salts and water, which produces harmful byproducts such as manganese ions. The nanoporous cellulose-based layer of the new separator membranes has a manganese-chelating ability, so that it binds to the manganese ions and prevents them from participating in the reactions that cause capacity loss. In addition, the macroporous polymer layer captures the acidic reactants that produce the manganese ions, resulting in fewer of these ions in the first place.”We demonstrate in this work that the chemically active cellulose-based c-mat separator can mitigate the manganese ion-induced adverse effects,” coauthor Sang-Young Lee, Professor at UNIST’s School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, told “This enables a remarkable improvement in the high-temperature cycling performance far beyond that which is attainable with conventional membrane technologies.”In the future, the researchers plan to modify the separators for potential use in next-generation rechargeable batteries such as sodium-ion, lithium-sulfur, and metal-ion batteries. “The c-mat separator is expected to be used for next-generation high-performance batteries with high temperature stability—for example, in large-sized batteries for electric vehicles and grid-scale electricity storage systems,” Lee said. In addition to its use as a battery separator membrane, the c-mat separator also has potential applications in membranes for desalination systems, as well as for ecofriendly sensors for heavy metal ions. 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. More information: Jung-Hwan Kim et al. “Functionalized Nanocellulose-Integrated Heterolayered Nanomats toward Smart Battery Separators.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b02069 Journal information: Nano Letterscenter_img Ternary-layered separator to retard the shuttle of polysulfides towards highly-stable lithium–sulfur batteries Cellulose that originates from plant material is used as a thin layer in a new separator membrane for batteries, resulting in a large increase in capacity retention at high temperatures. Credit: Kim et al. ©2016 American Chemical Society Explore further (—In order to prevent short circuits in batteries, porous separator membranes are often placed between a battery’s electrodes. There is typically a tradeoff involved, since these separators must simultaneously prevent leakage current between electrodes while allowing ions to pass through the porous channels to generate current. Conventionally, these membranes are made of synthetic materials, such as polymers.last_img read more