Marine Forecast

first_img6AM MARINE FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT MONDAY 12THJANUARY 2015.GENERAL SITUATION: HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE WILL SLIDE EAST OF THE AREA TODAY WHILE A COLD FRONT IN THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL BRING SOME CLOUDINESS AND TROPICAL MOISTURE TO THE BAHAMAS BY THIS EVENING.SPECIAL WARNINGS: BOATERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLS MAINLY ALONG THE ATLANTIC EXPOSED SHORELINES AND SWIMMERS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILENT DUE TO THE RISK OF DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS THROUGH WEDNESDAY…BOATERS CAN ALSO EXPECT REDUCED VISIBILITY TO 3NM AND GUSTY WINDS ABOVE 25 KNOTS WITH HIGHER GUSTS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.FOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS:ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THIS MORNING BUT A CAUTION WILL COME INTO EFFECT BY EARLY AFTERNOON.WINDS: EAST-NORTHEAST TO EAST-SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS THEN DECREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS OR LESS BY AFTERNOON.SEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET IN DECREASING SWELLS THIS MORNING, THEN TO 4 TO 7 FEET OR LESS BY AFTERNOON.WEATHER: FEW PASSING SHOWERS LIKELY.FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS:ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT.WINDS: EAST-NORTHEAST TO EAST-SOUTHEAST AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS WITH STRONGER GUSTS.SEAS: 6 TO 9 FEET OVER THE OCEAN BUT HIGHER IN GUSTS.WEATHER: FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS OR THE CHANCE OF AN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM TODAY AND TONIGHT.SUNRISE: 6:57AM MON. SUNSET: 5:40PM MON.MOONSET: 11:24AM MON. MOONRISE: 12:12AMTUE.LOW TIDE: 6:23AM MON. HIGH TIDE:12:21PM LOW TIDE: 6:45PM HIGH TIDE: 1:04AM TUE.EXTENDED FORECAST: A COLD FRONT AND ITS PRE-FRONTAL ACTIVITY WILL AFFECT THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS WITH CLOUDY PERIODS AND SHOWERS AS IT MOVES EASTWARDS. THIS FRONT WILL DISSIPATE NEAR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ON WEDNESDAY AS A PAIR OF LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS DEVELOP, ONE OVER CUBA AND ANOTHER JUST NORTH OF THE BAHAMAS.FORECAST FOR TUESDAY:ADVISORY: SMALL CARFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE SE BAHAMAS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NW BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 12 TO 18 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SE BAHAMAS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NW BAHAMAS, 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 6 TO 9 FEET IN THE SE BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.WEATHER: SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS. FEW PASSING SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL AND SE BAHAMASFORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY:WINDS: E’LY AT 10 KNOTS IN THE NW BAHAMAS, FALLING LIGHT AND VARIABLE AT TIMES AND EASTERLY AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SE BAHAMAS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE BAHAMAS FOR ALL AREAS.WEATHER: FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS. FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS ELSEWHERE. Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Noon Bahamas Marine Forecastcenter_img Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

New AntiCorruption unit ready to tackle Govt complaints

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 27th 2017 – Nassau –It is official. The Commissioner of Police, Ellison Greenslade yesterday confirmed that a corruption unit within the Royal Bahamas Police Force, “the anti-corruption branch”, is now fully operational. The Commissioner said, “We did develop a unit to look at corruption issues,” adding also, “looking now at 11 separate files originating of various departments and various public operations.”Greenslade revealed that the anti-corruption unit is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Rolle, who will lead a team of several officers including a very well trained veteran detective at the Superintendent rank, as well as an authority at law.The special unit has already begun investigating 11 files, according to Greenslade and charges can range from stealing, misappropriation of funds and corruption.  This announcement also comes on the heels of the Minister of Works, Desmond Bannister’s question to the Attorney General to consider whether legal action should be taken against members of the former Christie-administration for abusing their legal authority.However, Greenslade explained, “when things are just allegations and no formal complaints are made, the Commissioner is in a very difficult position,” expounding on the fact that the new unit is yet to receive any official complaints from Government entities. The unit will focus on the Public and Private sector and is located on Nassau Street, just north of Meeting Street.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#AntiCorruptionBranch, #magneticmedianews, #RBPF Royal Bahamas Defence Force Prepare Hurricane Shelter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama Police report on crash landing off West End Bahamas Police makes $2.3M Drug Bust in Biminilast_img read more

Warnock confident despite West Ham loss

first_imgDespite losing 3-1 at West Ham on Tuesday, Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes his team can win games away from home and pick up points.Warnock remains defiant as the loss leaves them just two points outside the relegation zone.Joe Ralls missed a penalty to put Cardiff City ahead in the first half as Lucas Perez netted a brace to help West Ham to a 3-1 victory at the London Stadium.“Tonight showed we can win away games from home,” Warnock told Sky Sports.I pulled Manuel Pellegrini in the technical area and said: ‘how can we be losing 3-0’ – it was a mad 12 minutes, then the penalty miss.“If that goes in then you could sense the crowd was beginning to think it wasn’t going their way.“I refuse to criticize Ralls – he’ll get some stick from the fans but it takes guts to take a penalty. I can’t even watch one. I wouldn’t criticize him.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“How can you legislate for two lads going for the same ball, there’s not a lot we can do. We work on these things in training.“It’s frustrating to concede goals that we’ve done all season not just tonight – you think we don’t work on it, we probably shouldn’t bother. It might work better than that.“We’ve shown we can compete. Tonight we looked a decent side. After we weathered the storm in the first 10 minutes, we played some good stuff.“It would have been interesting to see the penalty go in. It’s another disappointment for me, but I’m going to get those at my age.”last_img read more

Smalling is proud of Uniteds FA Cup history

first_imgManchester United is the second most successful team in the FA Cup, having won the tournament 12 times, just one less than Arsenal.In FA Cup history, Manchester United are the second-most-successful team of the tournament.They have lifted the trophy in 12 occasions, one less than Arsenal who have 13.And for Red Devils footballer Chris Smalling, this is something to be proud of.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We won it [the FA Cup] back in 2016 and reached the final last year – and of course we won the Europa League and the Carabao Cup as well, so that’s at least one cup final in each of the last three seasons,” said Smalling to the club’s official website.“I think, in general, we stand ourselves in very good positions when we go up against teams over 90 minutes in cup ties.”“I think that experience we’ve had over the last few years in all of the cup competitions is very useful and tees us up nicely for another crack at the FA Cup this year,” he commented.“I think it just brings pure excitement for you. No matter what happened the previous year – whether you won the cup or whether it brought you disappointment – it’s like a fresh start all over again and you’ve no idea who you’re going to get in the draw. That’s what makes it so exciting.”last_img read more

Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Issues RFPs for Range of Services Needed to

first_imgPuebloPlex, the local redevelopment authority for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., is soliciting proposals for a range of services needed to carry out its reuse plan following the recent approval of its grant application to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).“We are eager to assemble a world-class consulting team to assist us in implementing our redevelopment plan. The successful redevelopment of PuebloPlex is extremely important for the economic future of southeastern Colorado,” said PuebloPlex CEO & President Russell DeSalvo, who oversees the redevelopment of Pueblo Chemical Depot.The RFP includes a master infrastructure plan and utilities privatization study, business and operations plan, and economic development conveyance application supporting the HUD-approved redevelopment plan. Additionally, PuebloPlex is seeking proposals for engineering, environmental, legal and surveying services.The PuebloPlex RFPs can be downloaded from the following website.Proposals are due by 5 p.m. MST on Aug. 31, and shall be submitted to the attorney of record for PuebloPlex; reference full RFP for delivery instructions. Questions can be directed to Chris Bolt, director of operations, at RFP@PuebloPlex.com or (719) 947-3770.This work is to be performed under a federal grant (Section 12.607) from OEA for community economic adjustment assistance for establishment, expansion, realignment, or closure of a military installation. The grant assists state or local governments to plan and carry out adjustment strategies; engage the private sector in order to plan and undertake community economic development and base redevelopment; and partner with the military departments in response to the proposed or actual expansion, establishment, realignment or closure of a military installation. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SoundCloud Profitability Will Take Years

first_imgNews SoundCloud: Profitability Will Take Years Twitter Email Facebook When Will SoundCloud Be Profitable? soundcloud-profitability-will-take-years A regulatory filing spells out the long road to profit that SoundCloud hopes to travelPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2017 – 1:16 pm Streaming music is succeeding as top services Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify are adding millions of paid subscribers, but the struggle to get into the black and see profit is crucial, especially for the long-term survival of streaming service SoundCloud.An online platform that has helped new stars such as Chance The Rapper and Kygo rise to international prominence, SoundCloud is beloved but love won’t pay the bills. Investors came to its rescue in August to save the nearly shuttered service but SoundCloud’s millions of free users have diminished somewhat and the two tiers of SoundCloud Go premium have not reached the point where it’s profitable.Digital Music News uncovered a German regulatory filing spelling out the tough realities for SoundCloud moving forward. Converting free users to paid subscribers is SoundCloud’s road to survival. Depending on the rate of that growth, fresh investment could be needed “to generate sufficient cash to cover the planned expenditures.”Given the power and scope of the big-league majors, additional music subscriptions are most likely to be a second thought. But fans need to wrap their heads around supporting multiple premium services for many of their favorites to survive long-term.With August’s Investment, SoundCloud Fans Celebrate Its SurvivalRead morelast_img read more

The Jabra Elite 65t hits an alltime low 8999

first_img Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 13 Photos Amazon CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Tags reading • Jabra Elite 65t deal: One of our favorite AirPods alternatives slashed to $89.99 (Update: Sold out) Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand 11 Headphones Apple See It $144 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It $159 Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See it Jabra Elite 65t Comments CNET I’m up early today, cheeps, continuing to put out the brush fire that was yesterday’s Cheapskate Mystery Box email snafu. (OK: email train-wreck.) I mention that simply because there’s a good chance this deal will sell out quickly, perhaps before the West Coast is even awake. But I have to share it, because it’s an all-time low on a popular product.Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the Jabra Elite 65t true-wireless sport earbuds for $89.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers. They’re new, not refurbished. Retail price: $169.99. Best price I could find elsewhere: $139.99. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at WootAs regular readers know, there are now several zillion true-wireless earphones out there, with some wildly different designs, features and prices. For better or worse, we tend to judge them on how they compare to Apple’s AirPods (which are as notorious for their design as they are for their sky-high price).You won’t find the Jabra Elite 65t on CNET’s list of the best cheap AirPods alternatives, which is where I tend to focus my attention. However, it has definitely earned a place on the list of the best true wireless earphones, period.CNET’s David Carnoy first reviewed the 65t back in early 2018, and had this to say: “The Jabra Elite 65t are smaller and fit more comfortably than their predecessors. They sound excellent for truly wireless headphones, perform reliably and are great for making calls, with two microphones in each earpiece. Battery life is decent at 5 hours and the included charging case delivers two extra charges.”Granted, the landscape has changed quite a bit since then, but the 65t’s price hasn’t. So this is your chance to get what appears to be the best deal yet on a top-rated product.Your thoughts? Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $144 Share your voice • See All 2:30 Now playing: Watch this: Jabra’s Elite 65t earphones have some advantages over… Apple AirPods 2019 The Cheapskate $144 Applelast_img read more

Where Is The Venkatalakshmi leaked online for download on its opening day

first_imgWhere is the VenkatalakshmiTwitterRaai Laxmi’s much-awaited film Where is the Venkatalakshmi (WITV) was leaked online on its opening day and the free download of the full movie is likely to take a toll on its collection at the box office.Raai Laxmi, who is known for her item numbers, had released her latest movie Where is the Venkatalakshmi on March 15. The actress, who has promoted the film heavily, is hoping that it will be a big hit of her career. But to her disappointment, a notorious gang has released the full movie for free download.This notorious gang apparently recorded the complete movie of Where is the Venkatalakshmi during its screening in a cinema hall and leaked on its website even before the film completed its first day at the box office. The website offers seven different types of prints ranging from 2.2 GB to 200 MB frp, free download. Some people, who watch this pirated copy, advise others not go for it. Where Is The VenkatalakshmiTwitterWhere is the Venkatalakshmi is a horror comedy film with interesting twists and turns. The movie is about two siblings Chanti Gadu (Praveen) and Pandu Gadu (Madhu), who create a lot of trouble in their village. Both of them fall for a teacher named Gauri (Lakshmi Rai). But to their shock, Gauri is a ghost who forces them to bring a box from the goons. How they manage to save the lives forms the crux.Where is the Venkatalakshmi starring Laxmi Raai, Praveen, Madhu Nandan, Pujita Ponnada and Brahmaji, is a small budget movie and it is said to have earned table profit its producers before its release. The movie was released in a limited number of screens as it clashes with five other new movies. The film has got a good opening at the box office and is able to strike a chord with the viewers. Where Is The VenkatalakshmiTwitterThe word of mouth has boosted its collection on Saturday and Sunday, but many are not able to watch it due to its unavailability in their nearby theatres. This apparently forced some filmgoers to find its pirated copy on torrent sites. The makers need to address the issue quickly. Otherwise, it will affect its collection at the box office.We at International Business Times, India are strictly against piracy of any film and we condemn people who support it. We always stand by the film industry which has suffered huge losses due to piracy. We also request you to join us in the fight against piracy.Say no to piracy and encourage filmmakers by watching films in cinema halls.last_img read more

Heres the firstever photo of black hole and it is undoubtedly stunning

first_imgYouTubeScientists at the European Space Agency have revealed the first-ever picture of a black hole, and as expected, it shows a dark blob surrounded by a ring of bright light. The research report of the study which is now available in the Astrophysical Journal Letters states that this black hole is located in a distant galaxy which is 500 million trillion kilometres away from us.Even though black holes are dark space entities that are not visible to any telescopes, experts have successfully captured the event horizon, which is actually the edge of the black hole where light cannot escape. Scientists made this milestone achievement using an array of event horizon telescope.Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment revealed that the first image of the black hole shows a very intense ring of fire surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole.”What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System. It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe,” Heino Falcke told BBC News.The researcher also added that the bright halo is primarily caused due to the superheated gas falling into the hole. It should be noted that this ‘ring of fire’ light is brighter than all the billions of other stars in the galaxy combined, and it is the main reason why it noticed the attention of human-made telescopes.Dr Ziri Younsi, a top researcher at the University College London revealed that this new picture of black hole falls in line with the popular depiction of these space entities.”Although they are relatively simple objects, black holes raise some of the most complex questions about the nature of space and time, and ultimately of our existence. It is remarkable that the image we observe is so similar to that which we obtain from our theoretical calculations. So far, it looks like Einstein is correct once again” said Younsi.last_img read more

Airtel and Nokia sign Rs 3350crore agreement to expand 4G deployment in

first_imgTelecom operators Bharti Airtel and Nokia on Monday announced that they would expand the deployment of 4G technology across nine spectrum circles in India, as the country prepares itself for the next boom in mobile data demand.According to sources quoted by the Economic Times, the contract is roughly pegged at Rs 3,350 crore (about $500 million). Through this contract, Airtel will expand and ramp up 4G capacities to counter the threat of Reliance Jio.According to the contract, Airtel would extend its 4G technology in three new circles of Gujarat, Bihar and UP (East). It also entails expansion of 4G capacities to six other spectrum circles of Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Kerala.Read: Reliance Jio blames Airtel for call drops”We are pleased to continue to leverage Nokia’s leading radio access technology and services expertise to expand 4G capacity and coverage and increase the quality of service for subscribers,” Airtel said in a statement.The new deployment would give Bharti Airtel more access to faster mobile internet and better coverage. Under this deal, Nokia would also gain access to 3G network in eight of the circles as part of the roll out.Nokia will deploy its 4G technology across nine of Bharti Airtel’s circles in India including the regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East.”We have a long history of working with Bharti Airtel and with this latest agreement we have become the largest supplier of 4G for the company. This network expansion will provide the capacity, coverage and speeds the company needs to meet the next wave of data demand in India,” Sanjay Malik, head of India market at Nokia, said in a statement.The Bharti Airtel stock was trading at Rs 299. 90 at around 10:38 a.m. on Tuesday, down 0.45 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

French ambassador to India inaugurates Michelins RD Centre in Haryana

first_imgInauguration of Michelin India Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana.By special arrangementAlexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, today formally inaugurated Michelin India’s Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana. The new state-of-the-art facility expands Michelin India’s research and innovation capacity and strengthens its commitment to the mobility industry in the region.During the inauguration, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said: “Our vibrant economic partnership with India is boosted by France’s leading companies such as Michelin which actively contribute to ‘Make in India’ and bring research and development technology expertise here. Along with providing innovative products to India and other emerging markets in the region, this technology center will also help augment skilling, thus contributing to the Indian government’s National Skill Development Mission, a key parameter for global competitiveness for India.”With an annual R&D budget of more than €700 million, Michelin has over 6,000 employees engaged in research, development and process engineering at Technology Centers in Europe, North America and Asia.The sprawling 3800-square-meter Materials test laboratory at Manesar is an essential resource, providing support to the Michelin Technology Center in Gurugram. The Technology Center is focused on radial truck and bus tyre R&D and provides technical support to the company’s manufacturing facilities in Chennai, China and Thailand.Speaking at this momentous occasion, Philippe Verneuil, President of Michelin Africa, India and Middle East said: “Michelin Group is committed to bringing innovation quicker to our markets and better delivering on our customers’ expectations. Establishing a Technology Center supported by a materials testing laboratory is a demonstration of the high level of confidence that Michelin Group has for India and the business growth opportunities in the region. This laboratory will provide impetus to our established innovation capabilities in India and will assist with material research for more robust and fuel efficient truck and bus tires.”Serge Godefroid, Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center said: “We have a dynamic team of highly skilled technical experts who have been selected from premier institutes in India. All of them followed intense training at our research and development facilities in France and the US prior to taking their roles in India. Michelin India’s R&D teams are now completely operational to offer our customers across emerging markets more adapted and innovative solutions.”last_img read more

Akshay Kumar stepping into the shoes of Thalapathy Vijay in Kaththi remake

first_imgA collage of Vijay and Akshay Kumar.PR HandoutFor years, the rumours of Tamil blockbuster Kaththi being made in Hindi have been doing rounds. It seems like things are finally falling into place for the project. Akshay Kumar had shown interest in the film and was prepping up for the role, but the movie was delayed as he came across Mission Mangal script.With Mission Mangal ready for its release, Akshay Kumar is now ready to star in the much-delayed remake of Kaththi. Titled as Ikka, the movie will be launched soon and will be directed by Jagan Shakthi, the director of Mission Mangal.”It will resonate with the underprivileged section of the society. With my second directorial, I want to explore action which is presented in a sleek way,” Mumbai Mirror quotes the director, who had worked as an associate with many filmmakers that include Kaththi creator AR Murugadoss, as saying.It has to be noted that Akshay Kumar is already working on the remake of Kanchana remake. Kaththi was not just another routine entertainer, but a movie with a strong message. It was a hard-hitting film on our system, which continues to exploit farmers. The Tamil flick tried to expose the nexus of politicians, media and businessmen.The Tamil movie saw Vijay playing dual roles with Samantha enacting the character of his love interest. Neil Nitin Mukesh was seen as the antagonist in the Lyca Productions-funded flick.The audience liked the engaging story backed by the stupendous performance of Vijay. Anirudh’s music was a major highlight.last_img read more

TCS sued by 3 US citizens over employment discrimination

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) Chief Executive N. Chandrasekaran speaks during a news conference in Mumbai July 18, 2013. [Representational Image]Reuters FileIndia’s Information Technology (IT) behemoth Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have been sued by three US citizens from two different companies for alleged discrimination based on race and national origin. They are seeking exemplary and punitive damages from the IT giant.The Economic Times reported that, in a complaint to the District Court of New Jersey, the three complainants — Darryl Stacy, Donald Stephen Bradley and Hesham Hafez — have alleged that TCS prefers to bring in the human resources from India even though there are able and trained US citizens.The complaint further added that when it comes to hiring local talent, the company prefers Indian and South Asians over US citizens. The complaint is the latest addition to a number of litigations filed against Indian IT companies operating in the US including TCS, Infosys and HCL Technologies.The complaint has come at a time when the United States president Donald Trump has openly opposed immigration in the country. The Trump administration has ordered for an increased inspection on the issuance of the H-1B visa; additionally, it is also working towards withdrawing an Obama-era policy that allowed spouses of H-1B visa workers to work in the US. Employees of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) work inside the company headquarters in Mumbai March 14, 2013.Reuters FileThe complaint said: “TCS’ president for North America Surya Kant and vice president and head of human resources Narasimhan Srinivasan devised and implemented a nationwide ‘leadership directive’ to utilize TCS’s visa-ready South Asian employees (also known as ‘expats’) to the ‘maximum extent’ when filling US positions.”Stacy and Bradley were ex-employees of Southern California Edison, the primary electricity supply company in southern California. While on the other hand, Hafez worked with Royal Bank of Scotland in Connecticut. The complainants are being represented by Kotchen & Low, the firm that is also representing some other employees of Southern California Edison in a class-action lawsuit against TCS related in a similar case of discrimination. It is the same law firm which has filed that case against Infosys and HCL Technologies.However, the TCS management defended the company and argued that “the allegations by the plaintiffs are baseless, and is confident that it will successfully defend itself”.last_img read more

Stop hatching conspiracies over Rohingya issue Quader to BNP

first_imgAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader speaking at a meeting in noakhali on Satuday. Photo: Prothom AloAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday urged BNP to stop hatching ‘conspiracies’ centering Rohingya issue, reports news agency UNB.“BNP has been engaged in a dirty game. They don’t criticise the repression of Rohingyas by the Myanmar authorities…they only criticise the government,” he said.Quader, also the road tansport and bidges mnister, was inaugurating a health complex in Kabirhat upazila of Noakhali.“We’re passing through a tough time… just after huge losses caused by massive flood in haors and coastal areas, we’re struggling with over 300,000 Rohingya refugees who fled their country amid persecution. We’re worried how we will bear the burden of such huge refugees,” he said.Quader further said, “We’re concerned for the fact that with the refugees, illegal arms, drugs and local and international conspiracies are also entering the country. We’ve given shelter to Rohingya Muslims, we’re with them but we’re also contacting the UN, the EU and global communities for their help in sending back Rohingyas to their country.”last_img read more

Bangladesh Myanmar representatives to meet over Rohingyas trapped at border

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamRepresentatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar will meet on Tuesday to discuss the repatriation to Myanmar of more than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries, Bangladeshi officials said.“It is about taking them back to Myanmar,” relief and refugee repatriation commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam, told Reuters on Monday. “They are on the zero line and actually on the Myanmar side.”However, several officials contacted in neighbouring Myanmar said they were not aware of plans for a meeting, which Kalam said would take place on the ‘zero line’ near a place called Gundum.A spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which will not be involved in the talks, said the agency was concerned the Rohingya may be forcibly returned to Myanmar without due consideration for their safety.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state and crossed into Bangladesh since last August, when attacks on security posts by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said amounts to ethnic cleansing, with reports of arson attacks, murder and rape.Buddhist-majority Myanmar denied the charge and says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against ‘terrorists’ it blames for the attacks on the security forces.The vast majority of Rohingya who fled are in camps at Cox’s Bazar on the southern tip of Bangladesh, but several thousand who arrived in a buffer zone along the border are now stuck.Bangladesh security forces have been instructed not to let these Rohingya cross the border, and many of them have said they would rather stay there to avoid becoming refugees in Bangladesh.The no-man’s land, which is about the size of 40 soccer pitches, used to be an area of paddy fields, but is now dotted with the tarpaulin and bamboo shacks of displaced Rohingya.NO TIMELINE FOR RETURNS“We are concerned about the reports of pressures directed at this group of people at the border,” said Caroline Gluck, UNHCR Senior Public Information Officer at Cox’s Bazar.“People who fled violence and discrimination in Myanmar should not be forced to return against their will,” she told Reuters in a message sent on Saturday.Bangladesh’s Kalam said there was no timeline for repatriations, that anyone going back must do so voluntarily and that Myanmar must provide a safe environment for their return.“We cannot send them forcibly,” he said.Most Burmese consider the Rohingya as unwanted immigrants from Bangladesh, and the army refers to them as “Bengalis”.Myanmar has said it will accept back people holding “national verification” registration cards. This card, which falls short of offering citizenship, has been rejected by Rohingya community leaders who say it treats life-long residents like new immigrants.A leader of the Rohingya group in the buffer zone, Dil Mohammed, told Reuters in a text message: “Our no-man’s land camp demands are that there must be a safe return, we need security and all basic rights, including citizenship.”He said the group would never accept the national verification card, that its members must be allowed to return to their own homes, paid compensation for losses and damage, and provided with protection from a U.N. mission.Gluck said the UNHCR was concerned that conditions in Rakhine state were not yet safe for voluntary returns, adding, “We urge both governments to ensure that any return is based on informed consent and takes place in safety and dignity.”last_img read more

US attack on Syria aggression against a sovereign state Russia

first_imgMoscow slammed the US strike on a Syrian airbase Friday as “aggression against a sovereign state”, and suspended a bilateral agreement to help avoid clashes in the skies over the war-torn country.“President Putin considers American strikes on Syria aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international norms, and under an invented pretext,” said the statement by the Kremlin press service posted on the official website.US President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on a Syrian air base at 0040GMT, in retaliation for what he said was a “very barbaric attack” Tuesday that is suspected to have contained a nerve agent.Moscow has been flying a bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since September 2015 and on Wednesday said it would continue to back the regime.The Russian foreign ministry announced the suspension of a memorandum signed with the US in October 2015 which set up a hotline to avoid clashes between their air forces in Syrian airspace as they carried out separate bombing campaigns.“We call upon the UN Security Council to hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the situation,” the ministry said in a statement, calling the strike “thoughtless.”Russia had sought to deflect blame from Assad over the incident, claiming Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot housing “toxic substances” and denying that the regime has access to any chemical weapons.“The Syrian army does not have any chemical weapon stockpiles,” the Kremlin statement said, accusing Washington of trying to “divert attention of the international community from the many civilian casualties in Iraq.”“The fact of destruction of all chemical weapon stockpiles of the Syrian armed forces was recorded and confirmed by the (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).”“This step by Washington inflicts considerable damage to US-Russia relations, which are already in a lamentable state,” the Kremlin said.A White House official said 59 precision-guided Tomahawk missiles hit the Shayrat airfield, from where the US believes the attack was launched.The Syrian army said that six people were killed and serious damage caused by the strike.last_img read more

2020 Census May Ask White People To Get Specific About Their Ethnicity

first_img Share blackwaterimages/Getty ImagesIf the White House approves a proposal to change how the government collects race and ethnicity data, white people in the U.S. may be asked to check off boxes about their ethnic background. But on this 2010 Census form, answering “white” was enough to respond to the race question.“White” has been a constant of the U.S. census.Other racial categories for the national headcount have come and gone over the centuries. But “white” has stuck ever since U.S. Marshals went door-to-door by horseback for the first census in 1790, tallying up the numbers of “free white males” and “free white females,” plus “all other free persons” and “slaves.”Census takers determined who counted as “white” or any other race. That changed in 1960, when U.S. residents were first allowed to self-report their race. Since then, just answering “white” has been enough to respond to the race question.But the upcoming census in 2020 may ask those who identify as white to explore their family tree to share their ethnic background as well. Anyone who checks off the “white” box could also mark boxes for groups such as “German,” “Irish” and “Polish” or write in another option.That change depends partly on whether the White House approves proposals to modify how the federal government collects race and ethnicity data. They originated when President Obama was still in office, and now it’s up to the Trump administration to approve or reject them. If approved, the Census Bureau may move forward with this new way of asking people of all races about their identities on the 2020 questionnaire.Friday is the deadline for the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which sets standards for this kind of data for all federal agencies, to announce its decisions on the proposals. Any policy changes would come at a time of heightened awareness of white nationalist calls against multiculturalism and growing partisan divides over issues about race in the U.S.Research by the Census Bureau suggests the proposals could produce a more accurate count in 2020. In a report released in February, the bureau’s researchers write that the suggested changes are responding to a public “call for more detailed, disaggregated data for our diverse American experiences as German, Mexican, Korean, Jamaican, and myriad other identities.”‘It could change the discussion’ Asking white people about their ethnic background is not a new concept for the census. Recent census forms, including the questionnaire used in 2010, have asked all recipients about their ethnicity specifically in terms of “Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.” A question about a person’s ancestry or ethnic origin was first included in the 1980 Census and remained on some forms as recently as 2000. Past forms have asked for a person’s place of birth, the countries where the person’s mother and father were born and languages spoken other than English.Those questions about ancestry and ethnicity, though, were presented separately from the race question. Asking about race and ethnicity together in a combined question may seem like a minor, technical detail. But some scholars who study white identity say it could have major implications.“I think it could change the discussion,” says historian Nell Irvin Painter, who wrote The History of White People. “Masses of Americans think of their census racial identification as their real identification, as if it carried more than just policy implications.”The federal government has distilled whiteness into a bureaucratic definition to collect information for redrawing legislative districts, enforcing anti-discrimination laws and measuring health effects. Since 1977, “white” in government data describes anyone “having origins in any of the original peoples” of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. (Another proposal the White House is considering could reclassify people of Middle Eastern or North African descent as a distinct racial group separate from “white.”)‘Whiter than others’For many white people, though, whiteness today has more to do with their experience living in the U.S. than their ties to “original peoples.”“The ethnicity component for whites is pretty much meaningless now for people that have been in the U.S. for so long their ethnicity is so diluted,” says Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at La Salle University in Philadelphia who studies whiteness.Gallagher adds that some white people from families with long histories in the U.S. may connect with a “dime-store ethnicity” — an identity they can pick and choose to emphasize from their family trees. It allows white people, he says, to connect with the American immigration story without much, if any, social cost.“At one time if you’re Italian or if you’re Irish in the U.S., it meant quite a bit in terms of having access to resources. That is just no longer the case,” he says.Still, Gallagher worries about the timing of this proposed change to how the Census Bureau asks about race and ethnicity in light of growing attention on white nationalist groups.“This was done basically through a lens of multiculturalism that allowed whites to embrace their own ancestry, as well as other groups doing the same thing. How it could get used in this climate, I think, is a little different,” says Gallagher.“[The alt-right] people are going to mark ‘German’ or they’re going to mark a category that allows them to connect to this idea of Europe,” he says. “But that’s a very small part of the population.”Terry Blastenbrei of Kansas City, Mo., who has identified as white on the census, shares those concerns.“We see some folks as whiter than others as it were. And so that’s, I think, a potential issue that we could see develop if we start breaking it down even further,” says Blastenbrei, who works as an operations manager for what he describes as progressive political campaigns.Still, if ethnicities are added under “white” on the 2020 Census, Blastenbrei says he would consider checking off multiple boxes.“A lot of people assume by looking at my last name that I’m probably German, but I come from so many different backgrounds,” he says, citing ancestors from other European countries including Luxembourg, France and Poland.A ‘bad idea’?For Painter, the historian, drawing ethnic distinctions among white people on the 2020 Census could be seen as harkening to earlier ideas about white identity that valued Anglo-Saxon heritage.“That is a throwback to the early 20th century when educated Americans and non-educated Americans thought there was more than one white race,” she says, referring to days when skull measurements were used to determine racial superiority among white people.Painter does not approve of the government asking white people about their ethnic backgrounds in 2020. The state of white identity today, she adds, is “utter confusion,” largely undefined between two poles of being white – either sharing the extremist views of white nationalists or not having a race in order to be an individual instead.“Given that white identity operates most easily in the shadows, that is to say it’s not queried, I think bringing it out and asking people to dwell on it is a bad idea,” Painter says.But Karen Brodkin, an anthropologist who wrote How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America, would welcome the changes to the census.“I would rather be named and visible in all of my diversity,” says Brodkin, who says she would check off the “white” box and write in “Jewish” on her census form in 2020.Brodkin is concerned that the specified check boxes and suggestions for ethnicities under “white” as currently proposed by the Census Bureau are all from western Europe except for “Polish.” The bureau’s researchers chose the options based on the largest groups from Europe currently in the U.S. As their February report notes, “The categories included in the questionnaire generally reflect social definitions recognized in [the U.S.], and do not attempt to define groups biologically, anthropologically, or genetically.”Still, Brodkin says Jewish identity may be hard to fit into the boxes the Census Bureau is considering. The bureau is not allowed to require people to report their religious affiliation. But some Jewish people who identify as white on the census consider their ethnicity as Jewish, which census participants would have to write in themselves.“I think the debate would be, ‘Gee, we’re not really white,’ ” Brodkin says. “Another would be, ‘I’m Sephardic … and there’s no place for me here.’ “The Census Bureau must submit the final wording of the upcoming census questions to Congress by the end of March 2018.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Delays as Defendant Misses Hearings

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comThe grief and anguish continued for the friends and family of U.S. Army Lt. Richard Collins III as his alleged murderer didn’t make his scheduled court appearance May 30, thus delaying it until June 5.Sean Urbanski, who is charged with first degree murder and committing a hate crime, was reportedly never transferred from the Howard County Detention Center, where he is being held in the maximum security prison, for another set of legal motion hearings before his trial begins, which is scheduled for July 22.   The transfer of those in custody is supposed to be coordinated with the sheriff’s department and corrections officials. However, this time there was an apparent miscommunication which led to another delay in this series of pre-trial proceedings.The hearing in the murder of U.S. Army Lt. Richard Collins III, who was allegedly killed by Sean Urbanski on the campus of University of Maryland due to a hate crime, was delayed after the suspect did not get transferred from the Howard County Detention Center. (Courtesy Photo)Collins was scheduled to graduate from Bowie State before he was allegedly killed by Urbanski while he and two friends waited for an Uber ride back to campus on a bus stop after visiting friends at the University of Maryland in College Park on May 20, 2017. He had recently been commissioned as a U.S. Army second lieutenant.Last week’s delay is the third time that a pretrial motion hearing has been rescheduled, as the defense continues its arguments to have the charges modified or moved from the Prince George’s County Circuit Court altogether.  Those delays have left the case in legal limbo for over two years since the fatal incident.The Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center previously advocated on behalf of the Collins family that the constant delays in the legal proceedings bring undue emotional stress on them.  Last December they lobbied that the family had been detrimentally affected and will continue to be hurt by constant trial delays.“The trial date is a day of both dread, and a hope for resolution,” wrote Pauline Mandel, of the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, on behalf of Richard and Dawn Collins, Richard’s parents.  “The family of the victim has been, and continues to be, severely impacted by this crime. Their life and ability to function is compromised daily by the continuing effects of this (crime).”When the motions hearing are finally held, defense attorneys William Brennan and John McKenna, are expected to argue will three motions that have previously been filed before Judge Lawrence Hill, Jr.  The defense is expected to contend that jurors shouldn’t be able to see or hear about what has been referred to “particularly offensive” racist posts found on his phone along with discussions on his previously deleted Alt-Reich: Nation Facebook page. Urbanski’s contend that material is “extremely prejudicial, highly inflammatory, irrelevant, and should not be admissible as evidence. However, the prosecution is expected to argue that the information helps magnify the motive for the killing.The defense is also  hoping to be granted separate trials for the murder charge and the hate crime charge. Urbanski’s lawyers contend the prosecution’s evidence has to be applied to both crimes, and are expected to argue any racist material would not be admissible if this was just a murder case.Finally, Urbanski’s lawyers are seeking dismissal of the state hate charge, claiming it violates their client’s First Amendment rights.   Urbanski’s trial was initially scheduled to begin in January, but it had to be delayed because of the departure of Joseph Ruddy, who was leading the prosecution at the inception of the pretrial proceedings.Newsradio WTOP-FM in Washington first reported last March that the FBI did not find enough evidence to suggest federal hate crime charges against Urbanski which can be punishable by death in some cases.last_img read more

Semiconducting nanonetwork could form the backbone of transparent flexible electronics

first_img 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. The researchers, led by Kwanghee Lee, a professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, have published a paper on the new material in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “So far, there has been no semiconducting material that simultaneously achieves excellent optical transparency, high charge-carrier mobility, and real flexibility,” coauthor Kilho Yu at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology told Phys.org. “Metal oxides, such as ZnO and IGZO, have excellent transparency and high mobility, but they are brittle and show poor mobility if not treated with high-temperature (>200 °C) processes, which are not desirable for fabrication on flexible substrates. General semiconducting polymers are flexible, but show poor mobility without complex processes and are not very transparent because of their high optical absorption coefficient.”The new polymer blend consists of about 15% semiconducting polymer called DPP2T integrated into an inert polystyrene matrix. The two types of polymers do not mix uniformly, but instead the DPP2T forms a web-like nanonetwork through the inert matrix, creating highly ordered, continuously connected charge pathways for rapid charge transport. So far, transparency has been particularly challenging to achieve in semiconducting polymers because of their inherently high light absorption in the visible range. DPP2T belongs to a newer class of semiconducting polymers in which the light absorption peak is red-shifted to the near-infrared range, so it absorbs much less light in the visible range and has greater optical transparency. However, DPP2T by itself still has a greenish tint. Only by blending the DPP2T with the polystyrene matrix could the researchers fabricate a material that is almost perfectly transparent throughout the visible range.In the final analysis, the researchers showed that the individual materials in the polymer blend cannot achieve all three of the desired properties on their own, but only when blended together. © 2017 Phys.org Field-effect transistors integrated with LEDs, showing transparency and flexibility. Credit: Yu et al. ©2016 PNAS Graphene produces more efficient transport of a semiconducting polymer film Photograph of the flexible, transparent field-effect transistor made of the new material. Credit: Yu et al. ©2016 PNAS Citation: Semiconducting nanonetwork could form the backbone of transparent, flexible electronics (2017, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-semiconducting-nanonetwork-backbone-transparent-flexible.html More information: Kilho Yu et al. “Optically transparent semiconducting polymer nanonetwork for flexible and transparent electronics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606947113 To demonstrate, the researchers fabricated prototypes of colorless, bendable field-effect transistors integrated on top of colorless, bendable light-emitting diodes. The devices could withstand 1,000 bending cycles with no severe performance degradation. (Phys.org)—Researchers may have found a “sweet spot” for organic electronics by fabricating a new 2D semiconducting polymer-blended nanonetwork material that simultaneously achieves excellent charge mobility, high flexibility, and nearly 100% optical transparency—a combination of properties that has so far been elusive for semiconducting materials. According to the researchers, the nanonetwork is the first truly colorless, bendable semiconducting material, as demonstrated by the fabrication of field-effect transistors with integrated LEDs. “The nanonetwork semiconductor can be made very easily and is solution-processable, and it needs no heat treatment or any other complex processes,” Yu said. “It simultaneously achieves excellent characteristics for future transparent, deformable electronic applications. The applicability of the nanonetwork semiconductor was proven by the fabrication drive of prototype FET/OLED integrated devices. In the paper, we also have shown a new paradigm for achieving facile charge transport in semiconducting polymers, which emphasizes the importance of clean charge pathways along the polymer backbone, rather than the degree of crystallinity of the polymer.”The researchers expect that the results will pave the way for the development of a wide variety of applications, such as next-generation “see-through” bendable electronics and skin-attachable medical devices.”We are currently investigating the intriguing charge transport mechanism of the nanonetwork semiconductor using various experimental tools and modeling,” Yu said. “In addition, we are applying this nanonetwork semiconductor toward various electronic applications, in order to make it a platform technology for deformable and transparent electronics.” Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

SBS has renewed its output deal with CBS Studios

first_imgSBS has renewed its output deal with CBS Studios, giving its stations in the Netherlands a raft of the Hollywood major’s TV current and upcoming TV series.The ProSiebenSat.1-owned pan-regional broadcaster runs Net5, SBS 6 and Veronica in the Netherlands and these channels will get free-to-air rights to series including NCIS, Hawaii Five-0 and The Good Wife as well as the series unveiled at this week’s LA Screenings, which include new Sherlock Holmes series Elementary.last_img