Bengals Panchayat system a model for entire nation says CM

first_imgKolkata: On the national Panchayat Raj Day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the three-tier Panchayat system in Bengal is the model followed by the country.”Today is National #PanchayatiRaj Day. The three-tier #panchayat system in #Bangla is a model for the rest of the country. #Bangla is No. 1 in rural road construction under 100 Days’ Work scheme,” Banerjee tweeted on Wednesday. After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave maximum emphasis on the construction of rural roads and from then till now, over 13,571 km of rural roads connecting different villages with state or national highways have been constructed. It may be recalled that during the Left Front regime, only 10,239 km of rural roads had been built between 2001 and 2011. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring Left Front’s time, the Centre used to fund the entire construction cost of rural roads. From 2015-16, the Centre reduced its percentage and now it is providing 60 percent of the cost of construction. The state government has to give 40 percent of the cost of construction, along with maintenance of the roads. The Panchayat and Rural Development department has started construction of 8,000 km of rural roads and the department proposes to complete 35,000-odd rural roads by December 2019. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe improvement of rural connectivity has improved the standard of living of the rural populace. Because of better roads, business has gone up in the rural belts. More state-run buses have been deployed along with private buses in these areas. Because of road accessibility, the number of school dropouts has been reduced. Many resorts and hotels have also come up to promote eco-tourism, thanks to better connectivity. Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Bengal has done a remarkable job not only in the construction of rural roads, but also in strengthening rural economy. The Panchayat and Rural Development department has also chalked out various schemes to make the Self Help Groups (SHGs) self-reliant. In the construction of rural roads, bricks made of fly ash which are manufactured in brick kilns run by the SHGs, have been used. The department has also excelled in making 19 out of 23 districts open defecation free (ODF). It may be recalled that the three-tier Panchayat system was introduced by the Left Front government. But during their rule, the condition of the villages had turned from bad to worse and the economic condition of the people had reached rock bottom.last_img read more

UK Muslim Baroness Warsi Resigns over Gaza

Meknes- Sayeeda Warsi, the first Muslim to serve in British Cabinet, resigned on Tuesday over Cameron’s government policy on Gaza.The senior minister in Britain’s Foreign Office tendered her resignation to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, over his government stance towards the conflict between Israel and Palestine.Warsi confirmed her resignation in a tweet that she posted on her official twitter account early this morning. With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) August 5, 2014Her tweet has been re-tweeted by more than thirty thousand twitter users and has gained the support of many twitter users.@SayeedaWarsi Respect to this brave lady. #SavaGaza #SavePalestine— Dr Sanjay Gangwani (@GangwaniSanjay) August 5, 2014@SayeedaWarsi At last someone in the Tory party standing up against genocide.— Darryl Collins (@darrylxxx) August 5, 2014A twitter user, who introduced himself as an Israeli, thanked the British minister for this move, admitting that his “government is committing crimes against humanity in #Gaza with UK government complicity”.@SayeedaWarsi Thank you from an Israeli citizen! My government is committing crimes against humanity in #Gaza with UK government complicity— Ofer N (@ofer_n) August 5, 2014In an interview with the Huffington Post after the announcement, Warsi said she “couldn’t sit silently by as the Israeli military committed acts that have been described by (U.N. Secretary-General) Ban Ki-moon as ‘moral outrages’ and ‘criminal acts’”.Warsi is not the first British politician who voiced their support for the people of Gaza who were under Israeli shelling for more than four weeks.British Liberal Democrat MP David Ward created controversial debate after his tweets in favour of Gaza.The MP was under fire for tweeting “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes” read more

UN rights official calls for more donor help for Sierra Leone women

Addressing a press conference in Freetown at the conclusion of her week-long visit to Sierra Leone, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, expressed concern over the social state of women whose condition has been worsened by a decade of civil strife, adding that “the donor community is not responding appropriately.”Ms. Coomaraswamy also said her office was concerned over the country’s commitment to the main international treaty dealing with women’s rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, which Sierra Leone has signed. Other problems confronting women in Sierra Leone included the use of women as sexual slaves, rape, drug abuse, traditional practices that are harmful to women, including female genital mutilation, and discriminatory laws on inheritance, she said.During her visit to Sierra Leone, Ms. Coomaraswamy met with officials from the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), President Ahmed Kabbah and senior members of his Government, foreign diplomats, the high command of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and several women’s organizations. She also visited Kenema, Bo and Makeni, where she heard testimonies from female victims of psychological and physical atrocities perpetrated during the civil war.In response to reporters’ questions on the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Ms. Coomaraswamy said those who had committed atrocities should be held accountable for their crimes. She pointed out, however, that only those who bore the greatest responsibility should be brought before the Court and that this should be done in a manner that does not jeopardize the current peace process. The Special Rapporteur also called for the inclusion of women on the Special Court and related bodies. read more

SubSaharan Africa lags rest of world on track to meet poverty goals

Video of press briefing [48mins] The number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen by 130 million worldwide since 1990, even with overall growth of more than 800 million in the developing regions since then, according to The Millennium Development Goals Report 2005, an interim survey launched by Secretary-General Kofi today in New York.Speaking to correspondents following the launch, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, José Antonio Ocampo said hat contrary to global trends, extreme poverty had actually increased in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1990s. And while about one billion people in the developing world still live on less than a dollar day, in Sub-Saharan Africa, that income actually fell, from 62 cents a day in 1990 to 60 cents in 2001.Describing the Secretary-General’s report, with its comprehensive charts and graphs, as “user-friendly”, Mr. Ocampo, who was joined by the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Obaid, said it was the most authoritative evaluation of progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) globally and regionally. By 2015, the poorest countries in Africa are likely to have a rising proportion of those living in extreme poverty, lacking a primary school education and dying before the age of 5, the MDGs report says. It goes on to detail the trends affecting the achievement of the other Goals in primary, education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, ensuring environmental sustainability, and promoting global partnerships for development.Mr. Ocampo said the report also mentioned some critical factors, such as conflict and natural disaster, that exacerbated poverty and hunger, he added. Facing conflict was a significant part of the war against poverty. Overcoming conflict was crucial to overcoming poverty given the fact that the largest proportion of conflict took place in the poorest countries.On the issue of trade, he said the report pointed out several positive trends, particularly the dynamic growth of trade and the advances made by the middle-income countries in the international trading order. Contrary to the specific measures taken by industrial countries to allow greater access of the goods of the least developed countries to their markets, a growing proportion of exports from least developed countries were not entering duty free into the developed countries, reflecting not only harmful regulations but also their weak supply capabilities.The major issues now on the table was the fact that agricultural subsidies in the industrialized world continued to be at a very high level, and that major manufactures of interest to developed countries continued to have much higher targets than what was typical in international trade today, Mr. Ocampo said.Noting that gender cut across the MDGs as a whole, Ms. Obaid said some progress had been made in fighting poverty, promoting the rights of women and improving maternal health. Some success had also been made in combating HIV/AIDS.An alarm clock of disease, disability and death was ticking, however, and the international community would have to go along way before it could rest, knowing that it transformed the world. Each minute, each day, nine persons contracted HIV, six persons died of AIDS and one woman died bringing life into the world, she said.The report shows that empowering women is a prerequisite to overcoming hunger, poverty and disease, she said. Gender equality and reproductive and maternal health free women to pursue opportunities in education and work, giving them the power to make decisions that improve their families, communities and nations. “This helps attain other development goals,” said Ms. Obaid. read more

UN foodaid agency to address longterm nutrition needs in DPRK

Even though its emergency operation feeding operation for 6.5 million vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is severely under-funded, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today pledged to continue working with the Government and the donor community to ensure that long-term needs are met. “The transition from emergency assistance to the promotion of longer-term food security is an important feature of our operation and will be accelerated,” said Richard Ragan, WFP’s Country Director for the DPRK, which has suffered years of hardship from floods, droughts and economic changes. The aid operation’s shortfalls over the past four years have deprived millions of its beneficiaries of supplementary rations of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and other commodities for long periods, Mr. Ragan said.To date, only 270,000 of the 500,000 tonnes of food needed for 2005 has arrived. Mr. Ragan described as inaccurate recent media reports alleging that the DPRK Government had asked WFP to leave the country by year’s end. “Our counterparts in Pyongyang see us as a valuable partner and want the relationship to continue,” he said. “But they have expressed a clear preference for development-oriented assistance over emergency relief. That shift is already well underway. Three-quarters of our current activities involve some form of capacity-building.”WFP supports food-for-work projects which provide nourishment to participants and their families, create employment opportunities where few otherwise exist, and help build and rehabilitate community-level agricultural and urban infrastructure. “We are discussing with the Government and with donors how our assistance programme can be further refined to support development,” Mr. Ragan said.WFP is by far the largest aid agency in the DPRK, with 40 international staff members and six offices countrywide. According to the agency, it has progressively refined its targeting and monitoring mechanisms since 1995 to ensure that donations channeled through the agency reach the neediest. read more

NYC to pay 625M to man imprisoned for 25 years over killing

NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday.Comptroller Scott Stringer said settling Jonathan Fleming’s claim is “in the best interest of all parties.”“We cannot give back the time that he served, but the city of New York can offer Jonathan Fleming this compensation for the injustice that was committed against him,” Stringer said.Fleming was released last year after the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said it had come to agree that his alibi — which he offered from the start — was valid.His lawyers praised the city for moving expeditiously to settle with Fleming, who filed notice last year that he planned to sue for $162 million.“The swift settlement will enable Jonathan and his family to build a new life without the painful and costly prospect of further litigation” with the city, attorneys Paul Callan and Martin Edelman said. He still has an unresolved claim against the state.But Fleming’s relief was streaked with sadness: Shortly after signing the settlement documents, Fleming, 53, went to a hospital where his mother was near death, his lawyers said.Her only son was behind bars for nearly half his life, convicted of shooting a friend in Brooklyn in August 1989, though he had told authorities he was in Orlando, Florida, at the time and had plane tickets, videos and other material to show it. A woman testified that she had seen him commit the crime.But then that eyewitness recanted, newly found witnesses implicated someone else and prosecutors’ review of authorities’ files turned up documents backing Fleming’s alibi. That evidence included an Orlando hotel receipt he paid about five hours before the shooting and had in his pocket when arrested. Authorities had never given his defence that receipt or a 1989 Orlando police letter telling New York detectives that some employees at the hotel remembered Fleming.“No amount of money will ever give him back that time” he unjustly served, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Tuesday.While the city has a legal department that fields lawsuits, the comptroller also can settle claims. Stringer has made a point of doing that in civil rights cases, saying that resolving them quickly saves the city money on legal fees.He reached a $6.4 million settlement with a man exonerated in the 1990 killing of a rabbi; agreed to a $2.25 million payout to the family of a mentally ill inmate who died in a Rikers Island jail cell that sweltered to 101 degrees because of a malfunctioning heating system; and helped put together a $17 million settlement in the case of three half brothers who spent a combined 60 years in prison before their convictions were thrown out.___Reach Jennifer Peltz on Twitter @ jennpeltz. by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2015 1:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NYC to pay $6.25M to man imprisoned for 25 years over killing while he was at Disney World FILE – In this April 18, 2014 file photo, Jonathan Fleming, who was exonerated of murder after almost 25 years behind bars, listens during a visit with his lawyer in New York. New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to Fleming the city comptroller said Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) read more

Whats next for augmented reality after Pokemon Go

What’s next for augmented reality after ‘Pokemon Go’? by Lou Kesten, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “Pokemon Go” has introduced much of America to augmented reality, a freakish landscape with computer-generated monsters frolicking in the real world. It also has game designers scrambling to create the next AR smash. What classic games could be good choices to make the leap?— “Pac-Man Chomp”: There’d better be a power pellet around the corner, because those ghosts are gaining on you.— “Space Invaders Smash”: The aliens are attacking Mount Rushmore, and your smartphone is the only thing stopping Abe and George from being obliterated.— “Tetris Drop”: Those gaps in the Manhattan skyline need to be filled. Better yet: How many blocks will it take to stuff the Grand Canyon?— “Monopoly Up”: Replace that ugly dump on the next block with a shiny red hotel. Just don’t try to squeeze cash out of passersby, or you might really Go to Jail. (Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.)— “Grand Theft Auto Vroom”: Uh, no.__Follow Lou Kesten on Twitter @lkesten. read more

Polish Fans appeal to the Federation PHF

← Previous Story Rade Mijatović to replace injured Pejanović in Dinamo Minsk! Next Story → Austria (W): Hypo wins 64:15 against Stockerau Plock’s fans don’t want any help from the Federation with cheering in national team match.It is only a month and a few days from the first game for many years, Polish national adult handball players in Plock. There is no doubt that the visit our team in Orlen Arena will be a true celebration of handball and patriotic values.We are confident that fans in Plock will show the whole Poland cheering what people playing with eagles on the chest deserve. At the same fans have a small appeal to Polish Handball Federation:”To match the remaining month in PHF probably will collapse any moment last decisions as to carry out the vision of the event in Orlen Arena. We, the fans of Wisla Plock, at this point we need to ask the federal decision-makers with a heartfelt appeal – Ladies and Gentlemen, do not get ready for us fans activists!Do not spend money on cardboard, or any other “improvers doping”. We do not employ well-known DJs from the retina, or drummers tethered to the electrical system. We show that it can be different! We give you a guarantee that not everything that we fanatics of Plock create a unique atmosphere, which – we hope – also give a boost of energy to our players.Plock fans repeatedly proved that only with their shout and hands, unable to help Polish players to important victories. Cheering Plock’s fans also praised the youth team coach Jaroslaw Cieślikowski, on the occasion of the January matches Polish with Denmark.Plock also falls to invite fans from other cities who want to join us in standing position, without the “modern support” personnel do at the game cheering from the real event. Let the celebration will be Oct. 31 from across the Polish fans!TEXT: Wojciech Wisniewski PlockPolandpoland fanspolish fansWisla Plock read more

Barca could make more signings – Ernesto Valverde

first_imgCoach Ernesto Valverde believes Barca could make more signings this summer following the arrival of Bordeaux winger Malcom.Malcom is the third arrival of the summer at the Camp Nou after the deals for Arthur Melo and Clement Lenglet, however, the coach maintains he needed more strengthening of the central midfield.Even though the club have engaged in one of the biggest football transfers this summer, the ex-Athletic Bilbao boss believes they are not done yet.“We are keeping all our options open,” Valverde told reporters at a press conference via Football Espana.“We have two big departures from the centre of our midfielder and only one has come in (for that position), so yes more signings are likely.samuel umtiti, barcelonaBarca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“Andres and Paulinho have both left but we need to have as strong a squad as possible who can compete on all fronts.“We need players who can fit our style, who can be creative yet also arrive in the box too.”Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Steven N’Zonzi, of Sevilla have been linked with a move to Barca.last_img read more

Davie jiujitsu instructor accused of fondling students hit with additional charge

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A Davie jiu-jitsu instructor accused of sexually assaulting two minors during class has been hit with an additional charge.Hollywood Police charged 34-year-old Joao Da Silva with sexual assault of a minor after, they said, he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old student of his after he told her he would show her how to be with a man.Police said the incident happened when Da Silva went to the beach with a group of students.Da Silva already faces additional counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and sexual assault on a minor after he was accused of grabbing the breasts of a 13-year-oled and 15-year-old at RAVIA Jiu Jitsu.He appeared in bond court Wednesday morning and was denied bond on one count, and $75,000 each for the other three charges. He has also been ordered to stay away from the victims’ homes and schools.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Watch Pleasure P Teams With Flo Rida For Could You Love Me

first_imgGet an exclusive look at the brand-new video for Pleasure P’s new summery single featuring rapper Flo Rida, Black Saint and a cameo by “Love & Hip-Hop: Miami” star Amara La NegraTim McPhateGRAMMYs Jun 1, 2018 – 11:17 am Yes, June is here. Can you feel the summer vibes kicking in? If you need some new music for motivation, GRAMMY.com has the exclusive video premiere for Pleasure P’s new summery single featuring rapper Flo Rida, dance trio Black Saint and Dominican singer/songwriter Amara La Negra, “Could You Love Me.” Exclusive: Pleasure P “Could You Love Me” Video watch-pleasure-p-teams-flo-rida-could-you-love-me-video-premiere Facebook News Watch: Pleasure P Teams With Flo Rida For “Could You Love Me” | Video Premiere Twitter Email Destined to be a love anthem for summer 2018, the pop-infused R&B burner features airy, sparse production that provides the perfect canvas for Pleasure P’s smooth chorus falsetto and Flo Rida’s rhymes.The video for “Could You Love Me,” which mixes dancers and choreography, scenes in the recording studio and atmospheric backdrops, finds Pleasure P doing anything he can to convince the object of his affection that his aim is true. “I would give you the world to make you my own girl,” pledges Pleasure P before giving way to additional testimony from the blinged-out denim-clad Flo Rida and some slippery moves courtesy of La Negra.”Could You Love Me” is the first video from GRAMMY nominee Pleasure P’s new full-length album, Pain And Pleasure, dropping this summer. Featuring production by Lil Wonder, Rico Love and Tank, the LP is an ambitious two-part release — the first portion, Pain, was preceded by the single “You Changed,” with the second part being Pleasure.In the meantime, Pleasure P will join his bandmates in Pretty Ricky, the successful late ’90s R&B/hip-hop group he reunited with in 2015, on the Scream tour in July, which will be followed by the release of new music by the group.Additionally, season two of VH1’s popular “Love & Hip Hop: Miami,” which features Pleasure P, his girlfriend Shay Johnson and La Negra, is set to start production this summer.Pleasure P is a three-time GRAMMY nominee. At the 52nd GRAMMY Awards, he earned nods for Best Contemporary R&B Album for his debut solo LP, The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper, as well as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for his hit “Under.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 1, 2018 – 11:15 am Pleasure P Video Premiere: “Could You Love Me”last_img read more

Sand Point Sees Progress In War On Drugs

first_imgA man allegedly carrying black tar heroin was arrested as he stepped off a plane in Sand Point last month. It’s the most recent development in the town’s fight against hard drugs.Download AudioTwenty-two-year-old Gage Carlson is facing two felony charges after his April arrest: one for transporting heroin with intent to sell it, and another for possession of Oxycodone.Carlson has been in custody in Anchorage, pending another hearing in Sand Point District Court this week.He was allegedly carrying seven grams of black tar heroin when he arrived in town. Police chief John Lucking says that would fetch anywhere from $14,000 to $28,000 on the street. They’re still investigating others who might be connected to Carlson’s case.Lucking says it’s part of slow but steady progress in combating Sand Point’s drug problem. For one thing, he says police have seen an increase in tips about suspected drugs or drug dealers coming into town. That lets them make arrests before suspects even enter the airport.He says they have Sand Point’s grassroots anti-drug group, Reclaim Alaska, to thank for the upsurge of community involvement.Tiffany Jackson is the chair of that group, which is less than a year old. As far as she knows, none of their volunteers were involved in this latest investigation.Jackson says the bust is a good sign. But it also shows that substance abuse is still an issue in town.“But I’m hopeful that the community is making a turn toward being more healthy,” Jackson says. “There seems to be a positive response when we hear that less drugs are making it into the community and there’s less opportunity for people who have addictions to have access to them.”Reclaim Alaska’s volunteers are also working on promoting healthy choices among local youth. They held two “Reclaim Days” at Sand Point’s school this past semester — teaching students about the dangers of drug abuse, and getting them involved in spreading the anti-drug message.Now, the group is brainstorming ways to do more.“It’d be nice if we could figure out some way to formalize the organization [and] get some support to move its mission forward,” Jackson says.She hopes some of that support will come through grants. But she says Reclaim Alaska prides itself on what’s been done without any funding — especially considering what they’re up against. Sand Point is a remote community with a transient population, and a long-standing issue with heroin and meth. Jackson says for residents to organize is a big step forward.“I think the reason it’s been successful so far is that it took community members in Sand Point saying, regardless of the money that’s available, ‘We’ve had enough. We need to take our community back. We need to make this a safe place for our families, for our children, for our future, for right now’ — and taking a stand,” she says.That started even before Reclaim Alaska came together, when a group of Sand Point residents ran a suspected drug dealer out of town. They met the man at the airport last August and bought him a one-way ticket back to Anchorage.Jackson says Reclaim Alaska formed in the wake of that incident, and she says they don’t condone vigilantism. But they are working with other communities, like Dillingham and Bristol Bay, to spread the idea that activism is possible — even without resources.At home in Sand Point, Jackson says her ultimate goal is a totally drug-free community.“I think that it would be difficult to truly achieve. But it’s something that we absolutely work towards,” she says. “The more people that are knowledgeable of what’s going on, of the resources that are available to make any sort of healthy change or choice in their life, the better.”Reclaim Alaska has the support of police, local government and neighboring communities in that mission. Jackson says they’ll keep chipping away at it, one step at a time.last_img read more

Capaldi Hints at Claras Christmas Surprise You May See Her Again

first_img Will she or won’t she? The Whoniverse has been debating for months whether Jenna Coleman will return as Clara Oswald in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.Well, Peter Capaldi may have just put an end to the rumors.Speaking at last week’s San Francisco Comic Con, the Twelfth Doctor suggested that fans “may” see the three-season companion again.In response to a young fan’s query about the fate of his fictional friend, Capaldi took a long pause, raising his famous eyebrows, giving a cheeky smile, and teasing the expectant audience.“I’ll see her again,” he said, pointing to himself with a devilish grin. “You may see her again, too.“But I won’t tell. It’d spoil things,” Capaldi added, before mumbling something unintelligible (probably “What can the BBC do, anyway? Fire me?”).“She’s still there. Everyone in Doctor Who is still there,” the Scotsman explained, signaling the universe’s great unknown.Whispers of Coleman’s homecoming began in April, when British tabloid The Mirror tipped the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey return of the First Doctor, played by David Bradley (reprising the role originated by William Hartnell).Lily Travers and Jared Garfield have already been confirmed to play original companions Polly and Ben, respectively; and the wonderful Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) is coming back. Why shouldn’t we hold out for a final goodbye from Clara?A second Mirror report in July propagated the rumor, which was also picked up by BBC Radio 2 presenter Steve Wright, who seemed stunned by the possibility.The assertion, however, has not yet been backed up by an announcement from the BBC.It’s not entirely out of the question: In 2009, David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor managed a final farewell to Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), and Karen Gillan came back as Amy Pond in a wig to bid her raggedy man (Matt Smith) adieu in 2013.Killed, resurrected, and departed in a stolen TARDIS at the end of season nine, Clara is now traveling through all of space and time, presumably with the immortal Ashildr (Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams). So you’d hope she could make a quick stop for an old mate.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

Researchers speed up transistors by embedding tunneling fieldeffect transistor

first_imgSchematic view of an SFG memory cell. A pn junction diode between the FG and D makes the FG semi-floating. The device’s symbolic representation is also shown. Credit: Science 9 August 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6146 pp. 640-643 DOI: 10.1126/science.1240961 More information: A Semi-Floating Gate Transistor for Low-Voltage Ultrafast Memory and Sensing Operation, Science 9 August 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6146 pp. 640-643 DOI: 10.1126/science.1240961ABSTRACTAs the semiconductor devices of integrated circuits approach the physical limitations of scaling, alternative transistor and memory designs are needed to achieve improvements in speed, density, and power consumption. We report on a transistor that uses an embedded tunneling field-effect transistor for charging and discharging the semi-floating gate. This transistor operates at low voltages (?2.0 volts), with a large threshold voltage window of 3.1 volts, and can achieve ultra–high-speed writing operations (on time scales of ~1 nanosecond). A linear dependence of drain current on light intensity was observed when the transistor was exposed to light, so possible applications include image sensing with high density and performance. © 2013 Phys.org Most modern computers are run with either metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) or a variation of them called floating-gate (FG) MOSFETs. Such transistors are now reaching their physical limit as far as how thin they can be—just a few atoms thick. For that reason, researchers have been looking for other ways to get more bang for their buck. In this new effort, the researchers turned to TFETs, which use quantum tunneling to move electrons through very thin material.TFETs have traditionally been used in very low power devices. In this endeavor, they researchers created a TFET that could be used to control the electrodes that monitor the flow of electricity into a MOSFET—in this case, the floating-gate variety (it has an additional electrode gate that allows a charge to be retained). The idea is that if the gate could be made to open and close faster, the transistor as a whole would operate faster. Current chips require a build-up of charge before the gate can be opened or closed—which requires time. TFETs, because they require less power, don’t take as long to do their work, thus embedding one in a floating gate-MOSFET would alleviate the necessity of power buildup prior to gate changes, allowing for quicker opening and closing. That’s exactly what the team in China has done. Testing thus far has shown MOSFETs with embedded TFETs have improved transistor speeds as well as reduced power requirements.The team reports that because of the way their TFETs are constructed, embedding them in current model MOSFETs should not require reconfiguration or the use of any new materials. This means that the new TFET technology could be put into use almost immediately, bumping up the speed of computers and hand held devices while lessening the amount of energy used, resulting in longer battery life. Citation: Researchers speed up transistors by embedding tunneling field-effect transistor (2013, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-transistors-embedding-tunneling-field-effect-transistor.html (Phys.org) —Researchers at Fudan University in China have discovered a way to speed up traditional computer transistors by embedding tunneling field-effect transistors (TFETs) in them. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how embedding TFETs in such transistors allows for them to be run with less power, which in turn causes them to run faster.center_img Journal information: Science New design reduces the areal footprint of nanowire transistors by a factor of two 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Study shows nursery web spiders offer gift to potential mates to prevent

first_img Journal information: Biology Letters (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark has found evidence that suggests male nursery web spiders offer potential female mates silk covered insect carcasses as a means of protection from being eaten. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Søren Toft and Maria Albo describe experiments they carried out to determine the true reason behind the males offering the females gifts prior to attempting to copulate and what they found by doing so. © 2016 Phys.org Scientists have known for many years that male nursery spiders off up a gift to females prior to attempting to initiated copulation, but until now, the reason behind it has not been tested—possible theories suggested that it was meant as a means to woo the female, that it was meant to show a degree of parental investment, or more importantly, that it served as a possible shield against cannibalism.To get to the correct motive, the team collected 280 pairs of the spiders and ran them through a variety of tests in their lab. Trials were run where males were caused to appear before a female with no gift under different circumstances, such as whether the female had been allowed to eat for a period of time. Identical trials were run where the male was allowed to procure a gift before being presented to the female.In all, the researchers found that when the males showed up without a gift, they were eaten 15 percent of the time, compared to just 3.6 percent of the time for gift-bearing males, and it did not matter how hungry the female was. In actuality, the research pair report, only one male spider that showed up with a gift was eaten, and that was after the two had finished copulating. The researchers also noted that males that showed up with a gift tended to be granted longer access times during copulation than non-gift bearing males, which resulted in more sperm being delivered and a greater chance of producing offspring. Females, they note, mate multiple times, storing up the sperm that is delivered and then using it to fertilize eggs once they are ready. Explore further More information: The shield effect: nuptial gifts protect males against pre-copulatory sexual cannibalism, Biology Letters, Published 18 May 2016.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.1082 , http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/5/20151082AbstractSeveral not mutually exclusive functions have been ascribed to nuptial gifts across different taxa. Although the idea that a nuptial prey gift may protect the male from pre-copulatory sexual cannibalism is attractive, it has previously been considered of no importance based on indirect evidence and rejected by experimental tests. We reinvestigated whether nuptial gifts may function as a shield against female attacks during mating encounters in the spider Pisaura mirabilis and whether female hunger influences the likelihood of cannibalistic attacks. The results showed that pre-copulatory sexual cannibalism was enhanced when males courted without a gift and this was independent of female hunger. We propose that the nuptial gift trait has evolved partly as a counteradaptation to female aggression in this spider species.center_img Female spiders prefer the sperm of gift-bearing males Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis). Female carrying egg sack. Credit: Charlesjsharp/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 4.0 Citation: Study shows nursery web spiders offer gift to potential mates to prevent being eaten (2016, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-nursery-web-spiders-gift-potential.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

A new way to degrade plastics that turns them into fuel

first_img Gut bacteria from a worm can degrade plastic Journal information: Science Advances 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. Explore further More information: X. Jia et al. Efficient and selective degradation of polyethylenes into liquid fuels and waxes under mild conditions, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501591AbstractPolyethylene (PE) is the largest-volume synthetic polymer, and its chemical inertness makes its degradation by low-energy processes a challenging problem. We report a tandem catalytic cross alkane metathesis method for highly efficient degradation of polyethylenes under mild conditions. With the use of widely available, low-value, short alkanes (for example, petroleum ethers) as cross metathesis partners, different types of polyethylenes with various molecular weights undergo complete conversion into useful liquid fuels and waxes. This method shows excellent selectivity for linear alkane formation, and the degradation product distribution (liquid fuels versus waxes) can be controlled by the catalyst structure and reaction time. In addition, the catalysts are compatible with various polyolefin additives; therefore, common plastic wastes, such as postconsumer polyethylene bottles, bags, and films could be converted into valuable chemical feedstocks without any pretreatment.Press release A novel chemical process converts post-consumer polyethylene plastic bottles, bags, and films into liquid fuels and waxes. Credit: Jia et al. Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501591center_img (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of California has found a way to degrade ordinary plastics in a way that allows for fuel to be created from plastic trash. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their technique and their hopes for scaling it up to allow for it to be used in actually reducing plastic trash. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: A new way to degrade plastics that turns them into fuel (2016, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-degrade-plastics-fuel.html Most people know that modern life is filled with plastics, from packaging, to bags and soda bottles—the world has been inundated with them since they became a cheaper alternative to many other products. The problem is, of course, that they break down very slowly, which means they are piling up in landfills and serving as the source material in artificial island creation in our seas. Scientists have been looking for good ways to degrade plastics, particularly polyethylene, the most common kind produced, but until have not been able to find a means for doing so that is both inexpensive and scalable. In this new effort, the researchers report on successes they have achieved in the former and their hopes for the latter.The method by the team involves mixing the plastics with an organometallic catalyst, which was made by mixing readily available molecules that were then doped with metal iridium. The reaction caused the bonds holding the plastic together to weaken, allowing them to be more easily torn apart—after doing, so, the team was able to use the broken down material to create a diesel-like fuel which they claim could be used to power vehicles and other motors—they report that burning the fuel is also cleaner than burning other combustible materials.The team claims that the process is inexpensive and not very difficult, though it is still not clear if it is scalable. The ratio of plastic to catalyst is currently approximately 30 to1, which is not nearly good enough for commercial purposes. Their goal is 10,000 to 1. The team is also looking for something to use as part of the catalyst instead of iridium, because it is both difficult to get in large quantities and too expensive. The team is cautiously optimistic however that they will be able to find a way to change their technique to allow for use in commercial applications, which could mean, future energy seekers might be looking in landfills for a source material, rather than beneath our feet.last_img read more

ASEAN China discuss hotline for sea dispute Philippines

first_imgThe proposed hotline was discussed during a meeting of senior diplomats from China and ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in Tianjin last week, said foreign department spokesman Charles Jose. Jose, whose country is one of the most vocal in the simmering dispute over the flashpoint waters, said the matter had been referred back to a joint working group and was still far from fruition.“Although this was agreed in principle as an early harvest measure, it needs thorough discussion,” he said in a statement to AFP. He stressed the hotline would not be unveiled at an upcoming meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers. Also Read – Afghan peace deal: Trump meets top advisers to discuss progressThe Philippines and fellow ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam have competing claims over the South China Sea along with China and Taiwan.The dispute has grown increasingly tense in recent years with the Philippines at the forefront of accusing China of “bullying” in asserting its claim over the waters which are a crucial sea lane and fishing ground also believed to hold vast mineral resources.In recent months, the Philippines has raised the alarm over China’s land reclamation to turn outcroppings in the sea into artificial islands that can host military outposts. Also Read – Russian opposition to defy authorities with fresh protestsASEAN, which also includes Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand, has been pushing for the establishment of a “code of conduct” with China that would bind the rival claimants not to take actions that could spark conflict in the region.Despite its appeals for unity, ASEAN members have diverging agendas, and the bloc has had difficulty taking a common stand on China which has close relationships with several members.last_img read more

Opera VPN launches for Android

first_imgOpera VPN launches for Android by Martin Brinkmann on August 23, 2016 in Opera – 15 commentsOpera Software released its free VPN application for Android today after making it available to iOS devices earlier this year.The company’s journey as a VPN provider started with its acquisition of SurfEasy VPN. Opera Software promoted services of SurfEasy shortly thereafter in the Opera desktop browser, and launched a free browser proxy back in April 2016.The iOS application followed in May, and today saw the release of the Android application.Opera VPN for Android is a VPN client that is free to use. It is provided by SurfEasy, an Opera company.Tip: Check out the privacy policy and terms of use before you start using the service. Basically, what it states is that you may not use it to break the law or the rights of others, that the service may be limited, modified or discontinued at any time, and that you may be contacted for limited marketing purposes.Opera VPN for AndroidInstallation of the application is straightforward. Since it is a VPN, you will receive a request to set up  a VPN connection on the device. You must accept it or won’t be able to use the service at all.The app displays a short introduction to the features that it makes available. Basically, it offers three features that you may activate from within the app:Connect to the VPN network. Opera VPN connects to the closest region automatically, but displays options to switch the region once connected. Regions that were available during the test were Canada, USA, Netherlands, Germany, and Singapore.Wi-Fi Security. You may use this feature to test the security of the wireless network your Android device is connected to. Opera VPN displays the name of the WLAN and its ID, and whether it is protected or not on the screen. The test performs additional look ups and awards a security score at the end (one when connected regularly, and one when connected to Opera VPN).Guardian. Guardian can be activated to block ad trackers when you are online.The connection speed was quite good during tests but mileage may vary based on the location you connect to the service, the region you connect to, load at that time and other factors.A quick test playing videos on YouTube and other services showed that playback was fluent and without buffering issues or other issues.Since it is a VPN app that runs in the background, all applications you use tunnel their traffic through it.Closing WordsOpera VPN is a free VPN app for Android that does not look that different than other free VPN apps for Android. The inclusion of the WiFi security test — with the foreseeable result that the connection is more secure when you use Opera VPN — and the system-wide tracker blocker are nice to have features.If you trust Opera Software, there is little reason not to use the company’s VPN applications as well. Paid solutions on the other hand offer better privacy, whereas other free solutions usually don’t. Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 4 votes Software Name Opera VPNOperating System AndroidSoftware Category NetworkingLanding Page http://www.opera.com/apps/vpn/android Advertisementlast_img read more

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