Gangwals fears on Bhatia group moves do no credit to directors Damodaran

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid the ongoing feud between promoters, IndiGo Chairman M Damodaran has said Rakesh Gangwal’s apprehension that Rahul Bhatia’s group could push through questionable decisions after board expansion does no credit to the fiduciary responsibilities of directors.In a letter to the board of InterGlobe Aviation on August 5, Gangwal said there are “serious unresolved issues” and that proposed changes to the company’s Articles of Association (AoA) are still an open issue. The differences between the two promoters came into the public after Gangwal, last month, sought markets regulator Sebi’s intervention to address alleged corporate governance issues at the company. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalGangwal, in the latest letter, also said the proposal to have 10 board members came up only at the July 20 board meeting with limited and rushed discussions on its implications. Currently, InterGlobe Aviation — parent of the country’s largest airline IndiGo — has six board members, including Damodaran, Gangwal and Bhatia. The AoA needs to be amended to expand the strength of the board to ten members. Against the backdrop of Gangwal’s letter, Damodaran in an email dated August 5 has said the first vacancy on the board after amendment of the AoA would be filled by a woman independent director (ID). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The second vacancy to be filled will be by a wholetime/ executive director (This is necessary since we presently have 6 NEDs (non-executive directors), including 2 IDs, and no wholetime/ executive director). The third vacancy will be filled by an ID, and the fourth by an IGE nominee. That is the sequence contemplated,” Damodaran said in the email. The email as well as the letter were disclosed to stock exchanges by the company on Tuesday. Bhatia and his InterGlobe Enterprises (IGE) group has around 38 per cent stake in the company. According to the email, in the event of the position of an ID position falling vacant, Anupam Khanna-headed Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) would be required to take steps to fill in the vacancy. “The fear that, in the interim, the IGE group will push through questionable decisions, does no credit to the IDs that will be on the board, or to the fiduciary responsibilities of the directors including those nominated by the IGE group,” he said. In the letter, Gangwal said there is agreement on all the contractual language for the new Related Party Transaction policy, the board size and composition, and closing the large loophole during the transition period. “The only agreement we do not have is to close the large loophole after the transition period,” he said. Shares of InterGlobe Aviation closed flat at Rs 1,493.30 on the BSE on Wednesday. “Subsequent to the board meeting and in finalising the language on the Articles, all of us realised that the proposed board structure created a large loophole that gives the IGE Group additional powers that they do not have today. “Essentially, when there are less than four independent directors, it would allow the IGE Group to pass any company policy that they want just on the basis of their board numbers being larger than all the other board members combined,” Gangwal said in the letter.last_img read more

Survivors of Indian hospitals seeking 11B in damages

first_imgFull episode of APTN Investigates: ‘The Cure was Worse’As well, sometimes patients were subjected to treatments that had been abandoned for non-Indigenous patients.The lawsuit alleges many of the patients were children, and says they suffered from horrific conditions such as being tied or shackled to their beds for weeks or months.It says patients were left with severe physical, psychological and emotional injuries.Lawyers say in the release they are seeking $1 billion in damages for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, and $100 million in punitive damages. APTN NewsSurvivors of Canada’s former Indian hospital system have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $1.1 billion for physical and sexual abuse.The suit, which has to be certified by a judge, was filed Jan. 25 in Toronto by class-action giant Koskie Minsky with Cooper Regel in Sherwood Park, Alta.“It is shocking that in the modern era, Canada would operate a segregated health care system,” Jonathan Ptak, of Koskie Minksy, said in a release Tuesday.“It is necessary to shine a light on this dark chapter in recent history.”“Indian hospitals” is the term used to refer to 29 facilities that operated between 1945 and 1981 for Indigenous peoples.The law firm says there are thousands of potential claimants to the suit, who were sent to these hospitals across the country to be treated for tuberculosis and other ailments.This suit includes patients and family members such as primary plaintiff Ann Hardy, who was a former patient in the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton. She was admitted to Camsell when she was 10, and says she suffered repeated sexual abuse by hospital staff.The statement of claim alleges the hospitals were overcrowded and improperly staffed.APTN Investigates explored this segregated healthcare system and also learned the hospitals were run much cheaper than others.last_img read more

Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter’s rules.The tweet was posted July 20 and includes a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections. Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet “has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.” The email says Woods can use his account again if he deletes the tweet.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Woods said this means he’ll be allowed back on Twitter only if he decides to do what Twitter says. He says he won’t do that, and he won’t delete the tweet.“Free speech is free speech — it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” Woods said, referring to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.Twitter said it doesn’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. A spokesman for the social media platform said by email that he had nothing more to share when asked if Dorsey would respond directly to Wood’s comments.“The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,” Woods said. “Because now, having your voice smothered is much more disturbing than having your vocal chords slit. If you want to kill my free speech, man up and slit my throat with a knife, don’t smother me with a pillow.”Woods said if he deletes the tweet, it would force him to watch his step with everything he says in the future, chilling free speech. The email Woods received from Twitter said Woods would be suspended from the social media platform permanently if there are repeated abuses.He noted that his original tweet was reposted by his girlfriend on Friday and had been retweeted thousands of times by Sunday. His girlfriend’s account wasn’t locked, which he said was proof that he’d been singled out because of his large Twitter following.Woods, who has more than 100 acting credits to his name and starred in several movies including “Salvador,” ”Ghosts of Mississippi” and “Casino,” has more than 1.7 million Twitter followers and is known for his conservative political views. His Twitter page is still online, though he can’t access it. Many of his recent tweets include his views of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago.The meme that Woods posted in July said #LetWomenDecide and #NoMenMidterm. It claimed to be from a Democratic group, but it was determined to be a hoax campaign to encourage liberal men not to vote in November, according to the website called it a parody. In his tweet, he acknowledged the meme likely wasn’t real, saying: “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible …”The tweet is considered to be material that would suppress votes or deliberately deceive, and was found to be in violation of Twitter rules.Social media companies like Twitter have come under pressure to get hate speech and posts that could influence elections offline, learning quickly that they can’t please everyone as they try to act as gatekeepers of discourse. Dorsey testified before the GOP-led House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this month, as the committee examined whether Twitter has censored conservatives.The AP reached Woods on Sunday through his girlfriend’s Twitter account. After he shared information over messaging, he agreed to have a FaceTime conversation so the AP could verify his identity.Woods said he wants open discourse, and called the situation a dangerous one for free speech.“I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it,” Woods said. “This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced — one tweet at a time.”__Follow Amy Forliti on Twitter: . More of her work at read more

Rajitha and PM discuss discipline of Parliamentarians

“We changed the old system. We must ensure discipline in the Government,” the Minister said.The Minister said that the meeting with the Prime Minister took place just before the Prime Minister left for Australia. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discussed concerns on the discipline of some Parliamentarians.Senaratne said he urged the Prime Minister to take measures to protect the ‘good governance’ Government. Senaratne said there cannot be any room for the Government to engage in violence or illegal activities. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs figures over 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia has filed criminal charges against 17 current and former directors at three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB.Malaysian and U.S. prosecutors allege that bond sales organized by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB provided one of the means for associates of former Malaysian leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years from a fund that was ostensibly set up to accelerate Malaysia’s economic development.The government in December filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives for breaches of securities laws including making false, misleading statements to investors.Attorney General Tommy Thomas said Friday the 17 people holding senior posts were charged under the Malaysian Capital Markets and Services Act for conniving to commit the massive fraud.The Associated Press read more

Rest in peace Weigh your needs when considering to buy life insurance

Rest in peace: Weigh your needs when considering to buy life insurance by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 14, 2016 10:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Death isn’t a topic people like talking about, but keeping mum and failing to prepare financially for the inevitable can have a lasting impact on loved ones.So where to begin when digging through the array of life insurance options out there?“It’s not sexy, but financially, (buying life insurance) might be the wisest decision you’ll ever make,” said Mark Coutts, a certified financial planner at Sun Life Financial.“Insurance is always something, in hindsight, that seems like a great idea.”Generally, there are two main types of life insurance — term life policies and whole life policies.Term life insurance is the more popular option because it allows policyholders to buy it for a specific time period — for example, 10 to 25 years. They’re guaranteed to have coverage for that period at a set monthly premium. After the term is over, holders can sign on for a new term (if they are still in good health) but at a new, usually higher rate.A whole life policy can also be purchased for a set period at a set price. But once payments are completed for that time period, the policyholder will stay covered for the rest of their life, however long that may be.With a whole life policy — unlike term insurance — premiums that are paid will be invested by the insurance company. With some whole life policies, consumers also have the option to choose what investment vehicles they want their premiums to go into, including accounts where they can be paid a dividend annually.A whole life policy is also attractive because once all payments are made, it cannot be reneged even if one’s health worsens.So why choose a term policy over a whole life policy? The big difference between the two policies is price.For example, a premium on a term policy can be about $100 a month, while a whole life policy can run up to $500 a month, for the same amount of coverage.Coutts likened the two types of policies to renting versus buying a home.Term policies are more attractive because they’re cheaper over the short term but policyholders are not building up any equity once the term ends.A whole life policy, like a mortgage, is more expensive upfront, but people can maintain coverage and there is more opportunity to take that money and use it for estate, tax and investment planning. It also can be used as a tax shelter later in life.But at the end of the day, what kind of insurance consumers buy depends on three fundamental questions:How much insurance do they need? How long do they need it for? And what is their budget?Coutts said people should consider all the costs associated with their death.If they are the main breadwinner in their family and they have dependents, they should calculate how much money their survivors will need when they die. Funeral costs, mortgage payments, car loans and inheritances should also be taken into account.It’s often recommended that people purchase a life insurance policy between five to seven times their annual salary.“What you don’t want to happen is for the insurance to expire before your need does, and for your health to change in the interim,” said Coutts. “Then we’ve got a problem.”Ron Sanderson with the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association said it’s also important to consider whether there is additional coverage through work or a professional association, and factor that in before buying a personal policy.He noted that term policies are also not forever. Once a young couple ages, they can often convert their term policy into a permanent one if they’ve taken care of most of their financial responsibilities, including maxing out their RRSPs and paying down their debt.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

These violent acts must cease urges top UN envoy in Kosovo in

“These cowardly acts of violence are reprehensible, and they gravely jeopardize security and stability in the region,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Kosovo, Farid Zarif. “These acts of violence must cease.”The incident targeted the home of a Kosovo Serb, Nebojsa Maric, and caused extensive property damage to his house, neighbouring buildings, as well as a vehicle, according to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) which Mr. Zarif heads. He stressed that rule of law authorities must take effective measures to prevent such violent acts. “I have personally received strong assurances from all sides of the debate in northern Kosovo that acts of force and intimidation will not to be tolerated,” Mr. Zarif said.“I look to local leaders to ensure the highest degree of assistance to law enforcement. Any misguided attempt to undermine stability during the elections process should be dealt with as a matter of the highest priority.”The UN envoy urged anyone with information about this incident to cooperate with investigators so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice. read more

UN mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly suicide attack in Kabul

“Once again, anti-Government elements conducted a suicide attack using a car full of explosives in a crowded area of Kabul with complete disregard for the lives of Afghan civilians,” deplored Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.Targeting a convoy from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led Resolute Support Mission, the attack was carried out on a street of the Macorayan area of Kabul, during rush hour and in front of a private hospital, indicates a press release.Three contractors from the NATO mission were among the victims and extensive damage was caused to surrounding homes and property.Extending its condolences to the families of those killed and a speedy recovery for those injured, the UN Mission reaffirmed its “continued support” to the people of Afghanistan read more

BlackBerry PlayBook only gets a few hours battery life says analyst

first_imgResearch in Motion has outwardly seemed pretty confident that they have an iPad killer in the new BlackBerry PlayBook, but a new rumor suggests that the tablet is not ready for primetime, thanks to its abysmal battery life.Long battery life is obviously important in a tablet, but according to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, the BlackBerry PlayBook currently boasts a battery life that lasts “only a few hours.” That’s a far cry from the six hour battery life of the seven-inch Galaxy Tab and the ten hours battery life boasted by Apple’s iPad.The culprit? The new operating system used by the PlayBook, called QNX. Although it seems better suited to the task of touch control than BlackBerry OS, QNX was designed for systems that were always plugging into a larger power source, like an automobile in-dash interface or network equipment. QNX was never built from the ground up to support mobile devices, and that’s a big problem. It is postulated that the battery life considerations are why RIM has delayed the PlayBook until May, 2011… where it’ll be competing directly with the iPad 2. Either way, unless RIM can massively reduce power consumption, the PlayBook is guaranteed to be dead on arrival.Read more at All Things Dlast_img read more

Google What is it and how do I get it

first_imgGoogle announced a new social networking layer that may compete with Facebook but, at the same time, is utterly different. The Google+ project will do some of the same general things as Facebook, such as sending messages to friends, sharing links, chatting, and sharing pictures, but the big difference is that with Google+, you can choose who you want to share these things with. Unlike with Facebook where posting a link will show up on your profile for all of your 500 “friends” to see, Google+ lets you do things a little differently. Here’s how it works:CirclesThe concept of Circles is a major part of Google+. This is where you choose who you want in your contacts. You can have a family Circle, a BFF Circle, a co-workers Circle, and even an “Epic bros” Circle, as Google shows in the demo video below. One of the hardest things about Facebook becoming so popular is that everyone is on it and everyone is friends with you.AdChoices广告Most of us are friends with a lot of family members and colleagues on Facebook, and we enjoy seeing what they’re up to. However, we don’t always want to share everything with them. Google allows you to choose which people you want in what Circle. You then use those Circles for all of your Google+ activity, which we’ll get into more in depth below.SparksSparks is a feature that lets you select certain areas, hobbies, or interests that you particularly like. They’re the things you always ramble on and on about when someone brings it up at a party, like that new album by your favorite musician, or a new comic book. Google wants to keep people searching for content on its site, so Sparks helps by delivering a “field of highly contagious content from across the Internet” on any topic.You can then share it with a particular group of friends who will appreciate the news of a new restaurant opening in your neighborhood, unlike the rest of your 495 friends who live in different neighborhoods and would otherwise be seeing it in your Facebook status.HangoutsHangouts is one of the features I’m not quite sure will catch on, but it’s a cool concept nonetheless. Hangouts aims to bring a group of friends together sporadically by combining casual meetups with live multi-person video. I’m not sure how useful it will be when everyone’s just “hanging out” in different parts of the world, at different time, but the aim is to for people to just stop in when they have the time.MobileIn Q1 of this year, 36 percent of phones being sold were Android devices, so mobile is an important area to Google+, and its mobile features are pretty impressive. First, Google+ allows you to add your location to every post so you can share where you are with your Circles. You also have the option of not sharing, so it’s not a huge privacy issue.The second feature is Instant Upload, which lets you take a photo and instantly upload it to a private album in the cloud. For those of us notorious for snapping photos throughout the day on our phones and then forgetting to upload them by the end of the day, this feature will come in handy. When you get back to your computer, you can simply flip through the photos you uploaded earlier and share them with your Circles.HuddleMaybe one of the best features of Google+ is Huddle, which lets you coordinate with friends and family in real-time. It’s especially useful on your phone when you’re trying to plan something out with a group of people. For example, when you’re trying to pick a place to meet, you don’t have to do the whole “I’ll call Jess and Jim and see if that’s okay and call you back” thing. You can just have a flowing conversation with the people you select in your Circle through text messages.How to get Google+?Google says Google+ is available today on the Android Market, but you actually have to wait for an invite since it’s still in active development. If want to make sure you are on the list, you can sign up here.We’re waiting to get ours, and when we do, we’ll let you know how these features work hands-on. We’ll also let you know when Google+ is out of development and ready to go. Google says “it’s coming soon to the App Store.”What do you think of Google+? Does it look like something you will use, or will you just stick to Facebook and Twitter to relay your updates to all your friends and followers?Read more at Google+ and the Google Bloglast_img read more

Massively ambitious GTA V arrives September 17 on consoles

first_imgRockstar Games has been teasing the release of Grand Theft Auto V since October last year. But up until now we were expecting it to arrive some time in the Spring. The bad news is, that’s no longer the case, but the good news is we now have a specific release date for the game.Rockstar has today announced that GTA V will be available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17. PC gamers will just have to wait and see what happens, but even if the game does appear for Windows, it likely won’t do so until some point in 2014 if past performance is anything to go by.Rockstar has apologized and says it realizes September isn’t a Spring release, but the game had to be delayed a few months. The reason being GTA V is a “massively ambitious” and “complex” title, and the dev team just needs a few more months to get everything finished and polished.People have already started posting abusive comments on the Rockstar post about the delay, which is both unfortunate and predictable. A delay is understandable for such a big game, and it would be much worse to release it full of bugs. A September release also works out better for Rockstar as it gives them a nice window for millions of sales in the run up to Christmas.It’s thought some games were delayed to miss the launch of GTA V in the Spring. Now the release date has changed, we may see some more high profile titles shifting away from a September/October release date.via Rockstar Gameslast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 6 Wilmington Students Graduated From University Of Rhode Island

first_imgKINGSTON, RI — At the University of Rhode Island’s 133rd Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 2019, about 3,400 undergraduate and 740 graduate students became the University’s newest alumni.The following Wilmington students graduated from the University of Rhode Island:Alanna Rae Coughlin received a Bachelor of Science Human Development and Family Studies Magna Cum LaudeKevin Thomas Cummings received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, MarketingNatalie J Lafleur received a Bachelor of Arts Secondary Education Bachelor of Arts EnglishSteven A Mcinnis received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management Cum LaudeRyan Patrick Walsh received a Bachelor of Arts JournalismAshley Rose Weadick received a Bachelor of Arts Psychology Bachelor of Arts Biology Magna Cum LaudeStudents who received the honor summa cum laude graduated with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.7; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of at least 3.50; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of at least 3.3.The University of Rhode Island’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Rhode Island via Merit.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Graduate From Endicott CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Graduate From Emmanuel CollegeIn “Education”7 Wilmington Students Graduate From University of Rhode IslandIn “Education”last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke makes fans depressed after shocking revelation

first_imgEmilia Clarke and Nathalie Emmanuel in a still from Ep 4 ‘Spoils of War’HBOEmilia Clarke has confessed to being depressed after finding out Daenerys Targaryen’s fate. That in itself is cause for concern. Why would any scenario concerning Daenerys Targaryen depress Emilia Clarke? We certainly hope its because a secondary character close to her dies like Grey Worm or someone and not someone like Jon Snow or Tyrion, because if that were to happen we would riot.Reportedly Emilia Clarke, best known as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, says she was pretty bummed out after learning her character’s ultimate fate in the show’s final season.Okay, so she was depressed about her character’s fate, that’s not good. We hope we don’t need to get our tissues ready. But since this is Game of Thrones, we may very well have to.The Independent reports that Clarke was speaking to the UK’s Press Association about the eighth and final season and said she spent hours “aimlessly” walking through London after reading the last script.  Emilia Clarke as Daenerys TargaryenHBO”It might as well have been raining and I would’ve just walked in it not knowing what to do,” Clarke reportedly said. She went on to admit she’d shed “loads of tears” while filming her final moments on screen.”That was the moment I realized that alcohol can also be a depressant,” she said, “I was kind of nursing a glass of wine going, ‘I don’t know why I’m not getting any happier from this!'”It was something of a full circle, apparently, as Clarke also reportedly said she felt “equal amounts of fear” filming both her first and her final scenes.Okay, so characters die, and since this is the final season we’ll just have to deal with it. The final season of Game of Thrones airs in April.last_img read more


first_imgBy Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFROBMA Adds a Lexington Market BranchHey y’all, my lands of mercy! So much is going on in Baltimore that is nothing but some summer fun. I sure hope that your 4th of July holiday was as special as you wanted it to be. Hoping you had a lot of fun, being happy and safe for you and your family. Okay let’s talk!The BMA (Baltimore Museum of Art) has added a branch to the world famous Lexington Market. It is located near the arcade in the East Market.Honey Child! Did you hear about the BMA now has a branch at the downtown, world famous Lexington Market? Well if you heard it let me tell you it is true. I myself think it is a great idea. It opened last week and it will host a variety of art programs and collaborative activities. It will showcase photography created by youth at the Greenmount West Community Center who worked with New Orleans-based artist Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick.Children of all ages will also enjoy the BMA Lexington Market location with arts, history, videos and stories they can relate to.Hey, I know you don’t know these people, I don’t either, but I thought it was important that I mentioned their names. I know they are famous artists. They sound important. Well anyway the branch is located near the arcade in the East Market. It will have regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and it is FREE FOLKS! Check it out! I will meet you there and bring the children. The DipNic Festival is one of my favorite places to go every year and it gets bigger and more fantastic each year. This is a festival for 21 and over, no children are allowedCharles “Rudy” Faison, the founder and CEO of the Faisonian Club and the DipNic Festival, which kicks off July 13, from noon to 8 p.m. (strictly adults only) at the Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road in Reisterstown, Maryland.because this is grown folks time to set back, relax, dance, eat and have fun without running around behind little ones. Check this out! It is July 13, from noon until 8 p.m., at the Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road in Reisterstown, Maryland. It is an outdoor event with acres and acres of land. Now listen to me, rain orshine the event will happen, there is an indoor pavilion too, just in case, but this is a place where you BYOB, bring your own grill, canopy, tents, charcoal, lighter fluid, picnic basket, swimwear, your complete outdoor camping gear with folding chairs and tables, sun umbrella, your deck of cards and a smile on yourface. For more information, call 443- 801-1100.Earlene Reed Harvey, well-known singing artist passed away June 27. Earlene first made her jazz debut on Pennsylvania Ave., with Baltimore’s own legendary Fuzzy Kane Trio. In 1978, James “Biddy” Wood became her manager and Harvey became a solo performer at the Sphinx Club until it closed in 1992. Rest in peace my friend.Look folks, I have to go now, but before I do I want to send condolences to another dear friend of mine and yours from back in the day, Alma Tucker, who was known for cooking some damn good soul food at the different clubs around Baltimore. She passed away last month. Her funeral was June 20th at the Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church. It was her favorite spot to hang out until she got ill was at the Odyssey Club on Presstman Street with “Chilly” who still owns and operates the club today. Condolences to her family. Well, my friends it is about that time, I am out of space, but remember if you need me, call me at 410- 833-9474 or email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.last_img read more

Method to entangle thousands of atoms could lead to record clock stability

first_img The scientists estimate that, if realized, these clocks will have an order of magnitude greater stability than today’s best atomic clocks. Superstable clocks are critical for measuring astronomical effects such as gravitational waves and, potentially, dark matter.The scientists, Peter Kómár et al., have published a paper on the proposed quantum network of atomic clocks in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Currently, the most accurate atomic clocks have cores that are made of ytterbium or strontium atoms. Their “fractional frequency stability,” which is a measure of the time difference between ticks, is just 10-18. That means that these clocks are stable enough that, if they started ticking at the beginning of the universe (13.8 billion years ago), today they would be off by less than a second.In general, the larger the number of atoms in an atomic clock, the more stable it is. In the new study, the researchers showed that entangling the atoms in a clock further increases the clock’s stability. Their proposed protocol consists of five steps, which involve using single-photon pulses to entangle the atoms within each individual ensemble, and then interfering the pulses from two neighboring ensembles to entangle the ensembles. Eventually, entanglement spreads to all ensembles in the network, resulting in a fully entangled state of many thousands of atoms.”Our work shows that utilizing remote entanglement to improve the accuracy of measuring time is within the reach of current experimental technology,” Kómár, a physicist at Harvard University, told “This result will most certainly encourage further efforts towards constructing a prototype atomic clock quantum network, finding even better implementations and discovering new use cases.”The researchers showed that it should be possible to experimentally realize this network of atomic clocks using neutral ytterbium atoms. Even when accounting for errors and physical imperfections, they predict that the entangled atomic clock network will have significantly better stability than non-entangled clocks, making them capable of measuring relativistic effects in the passage of time. “Superstable atomic clocks allow scientist to measure minuscule changes in the speed of passing time,” Kómár said. “Although local time always passes with the same rate for the local observer, time often passes with slightly different rates at different locations. Many physical phenomena can cause the passage of time to slow down or speed up, all of which are tied to large masses and gravity.”By taking advantage of this relationship between mass, gravity, and time, researchers can use it for practical purposes, such as searching for underground oil reserves or gravitational waves in space.”If the rocks under a particular spot are denser compared to the rocks under another spot, then time passes more slowly at the former location,” Kómár said. “By installing two superstable atomic clocks at the two locations, and comparing their signal, one can measure this small difference in the rate of the passage of time—and, in turn, discover hidden ore or oil deposits beneath the ground. “Gravitational waves is another phenomenon that causes time to pass at different rates at different locations. A formation of satellites, each equipped with superstable atomic clocks, can be used as a very precise ‘space-seismograph.’ As the gravitational wave passes through the region occupied by the satellites, their clocks pick up a tiny time difference with respect to each other. This provides a way to detect gravitational waves through the distortions of time as opposed to distortions of space, the method LIGO relies on, providing complementary means of detection.”In the near future, the researchers plan to pursue some of these applications of the entangled network of atomic clocks.”There are already theoretical proposals and drafts on their way assessing the sensitivity of atomic-clock-based gravitational wave detectors,” Kómár said. “Although these require the network to be constructed in space, near future experiments will most likely focus on lab-based and ground-based implementations. Only when the design is perfected will the clocks go on board of satellites.” More information: P. Kómár et al. “Quantum Network of Atom Clocks: A Possible Implementation with Neutral Atoms.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.060506Also at arXiv:1603.06258 [quant-ph] Theorists propose globally networked entangled atomic clock Explore further 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. Schematic of two entangled atomic clocks that are part of a larger entangled network of clocks. Each clock here consists of three ensembles, with each ensemble containing hundreds of entangled atoms. Entanglement is generated among atoms within each ensemble, then between ensembles in the same clock, and then between clocks. Credit: Kómár et al. ©2016 American Physical Society Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2016 Physicists have proposed a method for entangling hundreds of atoms, and then entangling a dozen or so groups of these hundreds of atoms, resulting in a quantum network of thousands of entangled atoms. Since small bundles of these entangled groups can function as atomic clocks, this design is the first detailed proposal for a quantum network of atomic clocks. Citation: Method to entangle thousands of atoms could lead to record clock stability (2016, August 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Smartphone usage raises webdependence anxiety

first_imgSmartphones have given us unlimited access to the internet, but also made people over-dependent on it, to the extent that loss of connection while travelling may lead to irritation and anxiety.According to a new study, a greater dependence on internet leads to the development of web-dependence anxiety. Young people and the better educated, or simply the more information literate, tend to have a greater “smartphone web-dependence,” which can significantly increase without reliable and fast access to the internet, says Hui-Jen Yang from National Chin-Yi University of Technology, in Taichung, Taiwan.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They also relate to attachment theory, which proposes that a person or a group of people have the psychological tendency to gain safety by seeking closeness to another person. They feel safe when the other person is present but anxious when the person is absent. For instance, children and parents alike become anxious when they lose sight of each other in a crowded place, the researchers noted. The study suggests that separation anxiety is just as real for people and their smartphones, although the problem is obviously a one-sided issue.last_img read more

Anticapitalist ecocrusader Naomi Klein hosted at Vatican

first_img Top Stories Klein, a Canadian author and activist, said that the critical state of the planet required unusual alliances to be formed to fight the fossil fuel interests blocking courageous action at U.N. climate conferences. That doesn’t mean everyone agrees on everything or that one side’s world view is “being subsumed by anyone else’s,” she said.“This is an alliance on a specific issue. It’s not a merger,” Klein said. “But when you are faced with a crisis of this magnitude, people have to get out of their comfort zones.”In his encyclical, Francis called for a revolution to fix the “perverse” global economic system in which wealthy countries exploit the poor and pollute the Earth in the process.___Follow Nicole Winfield at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “Given the attacks that are coming from the Republican party around this and also the fossil fuel interests in the United States, it was a particularly courageous decision to invite me here,” she said. “I think it indicates that the Holy See is not being intimidated, and knows that when you say powerful truths, you make some powerful enemies and that’s part of what this is about.”The Vatican has come under fire from conservative Catholics for hosting the U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and economist Jeffrey Sachs at another climate conference, given their support for universal access to contraception.U.S. Republicans largely shrugged off Francis’ encyclical, saying the pope should leave science to the scientists. And the conservative Catholic pro-free-market Acton Institute called the pope’s manifesto “flawed” and “imprudent” given the role capitalism has had in lifting millions out of poverty.Nevertheless, the Vatican is forging ahead to promote the encyclical and the science behind it, hosting Klein at its latest climate conference alongside Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and gearing up for Pope Francis’ trip to the U.S. in September, where he will press his climate agenda before Congress and the United Nations. 0 Comments   Share   VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet.Klein, author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” acknowledged Wednesday that, “as a secular Jewish feminist,” she never expected to be invited to the Vatican.But she told a Vatican news conference that Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment and the global economic system that is threatening it spoke to her. She said the manifesto should inspire those who use the Bible to defend human domination of nature and deny climate change to change their ways. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

May 2 2008 While Paolo Soleri was in Rome

first_imgMay 2, 2008 While Paolo Soleri was in Rome for the conference on sustainability in April 2008, he also went to Naples to attend a special conference organized for him by Professor Luigi Fusco Girard at Naples’ prestigious School of Architecture. [Photos & text: Matteo Di Michele] The conference was attended by about 200 students and professors. Architect Iolanda Lima, author of the book “Soleri, Architecture as Human Ecology” also attended the event. Paolo Soleri’s presentation included a complete slide show of his most recent projects, including SOLARE and the SUN DIAL BRIDGE designed for the Arizona Canal in Scottsdale, AZ. [Photo & text: Matteo Di Michele]last_img read more

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