first_imgDETROIT – As General Motors reported a healthy $2.5 billion third-quarter profit, the Detroit automaker ramped up its cost-cutting efforts by offering buyouts to 18,000 white-collar workers.The company, while acknowledging it’s in good shape now, said Wednesday it needs to be smaller to prepare for tougher times that might be ahead as it continues to get ready for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles.“Even with the progress we’ve made, we are taking proactive steps to get ahead of the curve by accelerating our efforts to address overall business performance,” GM said in a statement. “We are doing this while our company and economy are strong.”The earnings and buyout news drove GM shares higher in Wednesday afternoon trading. The stock was up 8.6 per cent to $36.43, after mostly falling since June.Buyout offers were made Wednesday to salaried workers in North America with 12 or more years of service. GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey wouldn’t say whether the company has a target number for employee reductions, nor would he say if there will be layoffs if too few employees take the buyouts.“We will evaluate the need to implement after we see the results of the voluntary program and other cost reduction efforts,” he said.Workers have until Nov. 19 to make a decision, and they would leave the company by the end of the year, GM said. The company has 50,000 salaried workers in North America.The offers came as GM’s earnings surprised Wall Street by riding strong prices for much of its model lineup across the globe, especially in the U.S. where it rolled out redesigned versions of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.“Our discipline came through this quarter,” Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara said, adding that she believes strong prices are sustainable as GM builds inventory of light-duty pickups and rolls out heavy-duty versions.The average sale price of a GM vehicle in the U.S. reached $36,000, $800 more than a year ago and a third-quarter record.Even as auto sales started to ebb in the U.S., China and elsewhere, GM said it earned $1.75 per share. Excluding one-time items, the company made $1.87, far exceeding analyst projections of $1.25 per share, according to a survey by FactSet.Revenue jumped 6.4 per cent to $35.8 billion, also topping forecasts. The company was resilient in a declining Chinese market, where it posted record third-quarter income of $500 million from July through September. And its pretax profit in North America, its most lucrative market, rose 33 per cent to $2.8 billion with a profit margin of 10.2 per cent.GM also gave a more optimistic forecast for the full year, saying it expects pretax profits at the high end of its previous guidance of $5.80 to $6.20 per share as it rolls out the new pickups and does its best to battle higher commodity costs.GM’s global retail sales to individuals, on the other hand, dropped 15 per cent during the quarter, to 1.98 million vehicles. But sales to dealers, the point at which GM books revenue, rose 4.5 per cent, to 1.13 million.GM was hit once again by costs associated with its giant recall for faulty ignition switches. The company posted a $440 million charge as it updated estimated costs for legal claims.A year ago, GM posted a $3 billion net loss due to a $5.4 billion charge for selling Opel and Vauxhall to France’s PSA Group.The strong quarter is a result of GM executing well on its game plan, said Edward Jones Industrials Analyst Jeff Windau.“If you’re selling vehicles that have higher price points, you’re able to offset some of those negative headwinds from the commodity prices,” he said.Windau was cautious about GM’s prospects in the long term, rating the company’s shares “hold” due to the risk of rising interest rates, higher commodity prices and the potential that rising gas prices could cut into pickup truck sales.Suryadevara said GM expects tariff-driven commodity price increases to cost the company $1 billion this year, $400 million in the third quarter alone. The Trump administration has imposed 10 per cent tariffs on imported aluminum and 25 per cent on steel.GM reported that its Cruise Automation autonomous vehicle unit spent $200 million during the quarter and said spending likely will rise as the unit heads toward rolling out a self-driving ride-hailing service sometime in 2019.The company’s surprising performance contrasts with crosstown rival Ford, which saw profits plunge 37 per cent during the quarter to $991 million on falling U.S. and Chinese sales.GM has long talked about reducing costs in preparation for an economic downturn. The company is close to delivering on a promise to reduce structural costs by $6.5 billion annually by year’s end.Retired Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens hinted at white-collar cutbacks in April of 2017 when he told analysts that GM is looking for cuts as it simplifies its business after its exit from Europe. Simplification “will allow us to take significant structure out of the business, whether it’s corporate staff, whether it’s engineering staff,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgPossession for the purpose of trafficking CocainePossession for the purpose of trafficking MethamphetaminePossession for the purpose of trafficking GabapentinPossession for the purpose of trafficking CodeinePossession of cash obtained by crimeUnauthorised possession of a firearmUnsafe storage of a firearmTwo counts of failure to comply with an undertaking stemming from previous CDSA charges in November 2017Hamelin (BigCharles) remains in custody and is set to appear in High Prairie Provincial Court on March 26th.Cooperation between the RCMP and the public is instrumental to the success of the Crime Reduction efforts. The simple act of reporting any suspicious activity and/or crime provides the necessary information by which the necessary intelligence is gathered. Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call the local police or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. HIGH PRAIRIE, AB. – The High Prairie Integrated Drug Unit, High Prairie RCMP and members of the Faust RCMP concluded a two-month long Controlled Drugs and Substances Act investigation last week.According to Cpl. Chris Warren, on March 7th, 2018, the RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in High Prairie, where they discovered roughly 100 grams of cocaine and 80 grams of methamphetamine prepackaged for sale, cash, a firearm and prescription pills.As a result, fifty-three-year-old Marilyn Gwen Hamelin (BigCharles) has been arrested and charged with multiple offences including:last_img read more

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first_imgGandhinagar: Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli has disqualified Independent legislator Bhupendrasinh Khant from reserved Scheduled Tribe seat of Morva Hadaf in Panchmahal district. Briefing reporters here on Friday, State Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi said Khant, who won the 2017 assembly elections as an Independent candidate, was disqualified after his Scheduled Tribe certificate was found to be invalid and the matter was in the courts. “The Governor had received a petition in this regard. Yesterday, the Governor sent his order which was received by my office today (Friday). He is, therefore, declared disqualified today and the seat is declared vacant,” the Speaker stated. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh He said the seat Khant contested from was reserved for Schedule Tribe (ST) candidates and the certificate on the basis of which he contested as a Scheduled Tribe candidate was found invalid and therefore he was declared disqualified after a discussion with the Governor. Trivedi said after receiving the petition the Governor had solicited the advice of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and also heard both the parties before making the decision.last_img read more

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Rabat – The family of the Moroccan teenager who fatally killed in Dublin said that they are “resting hope” in the Irish judicial system to hold the suspects involved in the killing of their son accountable, the Irish Times reported.The family of Azzam Reguragi has been mourning their loss since February when police found the body of the 18-year old teenager stabbed at the park.The family of the young man said that the “past few days have been very difficult and challenging.” Quoted by the Irish Times, the family expressed gratitude for the support it received from the community after the incident.Read Also: Irish Police Identify Suspect for Fatal Stabbing of Moroccan Teenager in DublinThe family’s statement also acknowledged the efforts made by Garda to identify the suspects behind the killing.“An Garda Siochana are leading in the investigation to uncover the truth behind our son Azzam Raguragui’s murder.,” the family said.The family added, “We are resting our faith in the Irish justice system to hold the perpetrator(s) to account.”Ragragui’s family also requested “privacy” and “space” to allow them to grieve “as a family.”After the crime, the police ruled out hate crime or racial motives.Read Also: Irish Police Identify Suspect for Fatal Stabbing of Moroccan Teenager in DublinThe Irish news outlet said that the Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin will host a gathering on Saturday to pay tribute to Ragragui.Since Friday, both in Morocco and internationally hundreds of people have reacted to the murder.The Moroccan Community in Ireland shared a post on Facebook to express solidarity with the victim and his family.“It is with a heavy heart we have to inform you that our young Moroccan Irish aged 18 was stabbed in Dundrum in an unprovoked attack and unfortunately he has died.” The Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland also shared a post to announce that a donation page was created to support the victim’s family.“A donation page has been sent up by Azzam’s friends for a well in his name. A sadaqa Jariya (ongoing charity) for him that will by the Grace of Allah help those it waters in this life and keep increasing the good deeds for our young Brother Azzam InshaAllah.”On  Monday, Irish police stated that they have identified one suspect in connection with the murder. However,  as yet no arrests have been made.Investigators are in contact with the suspect and his family.The 18-year-old Moroccan victim was killed while walking to a breaking fast ceremony held in a local mosque. read more

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Paris has an established Tamil community and a growing Pakistani one.Last week Nadarajah Mathinthiran, an activist who supported the separatist Tamil Tiger movement, was shot dead on a street in the capital. (RFI) They and their alleged victims were picked up by police on the A6 motorway just north of Lyon on Friday night. Although they showed signs of having been assaulted, the two Tamils, 25 and 32-years-old respectively, were jailed in a Lyon police station pending charges, according to a police source who blamed the mix-up on language difficulties. All six were later transferred to Bobigny and the Tamils freed.The four Pakistanis have been charged with unlawful detention, assault, use of a weapon and premeditation and an investigation has been launched. Four Pakistanis have been charged with kidnapping and beating up two Tamils after being stopped on the motorway heading south from Paris at the weekend.The four were charged and denied bail on Tuesday night in the Paris suburb of Bobigny. read more

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Ontario passed legislation today that recognizes post traumatic stress disorder in first responders as a work related illness.Under the existing rules, first responders had to prove that their PTSD was directly related to their job in order to be eligible for coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.   Now that this legislation has passed, once a  first responder is diagnosed with PTSD by either a psychiatrist or a psychologist, the claims process to be eligible for WSIB benefits will be expedited, without the need to prove a causal link between PTSD and a workplace event.The government says first responders are at least twice as likely as the general population to suffer from PTSD, and that the condition results in more suicide attempts than all other anxiety disorders.Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown calls the bill a step forward for police, firefighters and paramedics struggling with PTSD, and says he hopes it will save lives. read more

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first_imgThe Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) will host a landmark conference to discuss the future of the diamond industry, October 15-16. In particular, it will examine the changes that are likely as a result of the increasing power of producer countries.  The conference, Producers in transition: the Changing Industry Dynamic, will take place at the Flanders Congress & Concert Centre in Antwerp, Belgium. It will address the major issues facing the diamond industry: whether the shift in power towards diamond producing countries will continue, and what impact this will have on mining companies, diamond cutting and polishing, diamond trading centres, diamond banking, and retailing. The conference has been designed to hear the view of all stakeholders at first hand.   The conference will be addressed among others by Deputy Prime Minister of Angola Aguinaldo Jaime; South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica; Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz; Kimberley Process chairman Karel Kovanda; Sergey Vybornov, President of Alrosa; Gareth Penny, Managing Director of De Beers, and many other leading figures. The conference will also involve the leading mining companies and representatives of all other major producing countries.   The keynote speech at the conference gala dinner will be given by development campaigner Bob Geldof. The gala dinner will be graced with the presence of guest of honor H.R.H. Princess Mathilde of Belgium and H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the president of Liberia who was elected in 2005 and is Africa’s first elected female head of state.  Bob Geldof follows in the footsteps of the major international figures who have been guest speakers at the gala dinner of the three previous Antwerp Diamond Conferences: former US President Bill Clinton, former US Vice President Al Gore, and South African President Thabo Mbeki, who in 2004 used the occasion to announce the imminent launch his government’s beneficiation programme.   This forum will be an invaluable opportunity for all players in the diamond industry to gain insight and engage in the future of their industry. The AWDC has taken the lead to bring together such a diverse group of stakeholders from around the world to directly discuss the most important issue facing this industry.   Further information, including registration is at http://www.antwerpdiamondconference.belast_img read more

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first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY hit back at criticism of the governmnet’s handling of the increasing rate of homelessness today, challenging Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald to talk to homeless people “to learn a lesson as I have done”.McDonald raised statistics published today by Focus Ireland which show it has provided assistance to 9,237 people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness this year, a rise of nearly 1,500 on last year.“Your austerity policies are forcing people out of their homes and onto the streets,” McDonald told the Taoiseach, asking: “When are you going to take this homeless crisis seriously?”Kenny hit back, saying that this is “something that is not simple to sort out” and recalling “meeting someone on the street recently”. ‘Tea and sympathy’McDonald said that “tea and sympathy will not cut it” and called on Kenny to commit more funding to local authorities to tackle the housing crisis.The Taoiseach hit back, saying: “Name me a predecessor of mine who took time to go down to talk to these people… to understand what has them on the streets?“If you think that it’s just a yarn that a person says to me: ‘I’ll tell you where I hide my sleeping bag’… if you think that’s some type of smart aleck remark, then it’s beneath you.”He said this was not an issue “that the Sinn Féin party own” and said that the government has a “duty from a humanity point of view to deal with these issues”.“If you want to take time to go down the streets yourself and talk to some of these people who sleep in doorways then you too might learn a lesson as I have done,” he added.Independent TD Seamus Healy raised the issue of mortgage arrears and banks’ letters threatening to evict some homeowners. Kenny said that such letters are not a solution and said the first thing homeowners should do is “engage with the lender”.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin raised hospital waiting times, saying that there had been a 50 per cent increase in the number of children on such lists in the last year, according to National Treatment Purchase Fund figures.Kenny hit back saying the work of he Department of Health’s Special Delivery Unit had reduced waiting times particularly for those on the lists for as long as three years.“You just ran away from it and didn’t touch it,” Kenny said of Martin’s time as Health Minister.Read: HSE chief to face questions from TDs over ‘top-ups’ and health budget overrunRead: Junior Cycle reform, HSE accounts and everything else happening in Leinster House today “[He] was from a county not from Dublin, had a row with his spouse and was on the streets and will be on them, according to himself, for a couple of weeks,” he said.Kenny said the issue of homelessness becomes more prominent at this time of the year but appeared to question whether figures were entirely accurate when some are based on phonecalls to Focus Ireland.“I think we have a requirement here to get a real accurate focus on what’s happening in Dublin,” Kenny said, noting that 879 people moved from homelessness to independent living in 2012.He continued: “I asked the homeless person the other evening what did he do with all the gear he was carrying, and he leaves it in a particular spot and he goes around his usual haunts to see if he can make ends meet. Not a satisfactory situation.”last_img read more

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first_imgOpen source : création du Conseil national du logiciel libreFrance – L’annonce officielle a eu lieu jeudi. Le Conseil national du logiciel libre (CNLL) voit le jour après deux années de travail en amont. Les dix associations régionales qui le structurent parlent d’une seule voix pour promouvoir le modèle du logiciel libre et obtenir l’aide des pouvoirs publics.”Le CNLL a pour vocation de parler au nom de l’ensemble de la filière économique du logiciel libre, sans discrimination, afin de faire connaître les bénéfices du logiciel libre dans le contexte actuel de relance économique, et de faire entendre les demandes de ses membres auprès des pouvoirs publics” annonce le communiqué. Plus de 200 entreprises se situant dans l’Hexagone seront désormais représentées par cette nouvelle structure. Le CNLL aura notamment pour objectif en 2010 de représenter l’écosystème des entreprises du logiciel libre auprès des pouvoirs publics et des organisations nationales existantes. Mais également d’échanger avec les organisations régionales qui la composent afin de les d’aider et de les soutenir dans leur démarche de valorisation du logiciel libre. “Les représentants des membres se réuniront chaque mois pour faire avancer une feuille de route ambitieuse, avec pour objectif principal de dynamiser et structurer l’ensemble de l’écosystème des entreprises du logiciel libre en France.” Le CNLL, représenté par Patrice Bertrand, directeur général de la société Smile, participera notamment à l’Open World Forum 2010 qui aura lieu en septembre.  D’après le cabinet Pierre Audouin Consultants, le marché du logiciel libre était estimé en 2009 à 1 milliard d’euros en France avec une croissance annuelle estimée à 30%. Et ce, malgré la crise.Le 19 février 2010 à 16:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgRhinocéros de Java : 35 spécimens filmés dans la jungle indonésienneQuelques semaines après l’annonce de la disparition de l’espèce au Vietnam, 35 rhinocéros de Java ont été filmés par des caméras cachées dans un parc national de l’île indonésienne, seule région du monde où l’animal subsiste. 22 mâles, 13 femelles et cinq petits ont ainsi été découverts.35 rhinocéros de Java ont été filmés par des caméras cachées dans le parc national Ujung Kulon, situé à l’extrême ouest de l’île indonésienne de Java, la seule région du monde abritant encore l’espèce menacée. Comme l’a précisé à l’AFP Bambang Novianto, le directeur de la protection de la biodiversité au ministère de la Forêt, des images de 22 mâles, 13 femelles et cinq petits – quatre mâles et une femelle – ont été capturées, grâce aux 44 caméras à infrarouge installées entre janvier et octobre dans le parc national.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosLa présence des cinq petits “montre que la population continue de se développer”, soulignent les autorités indonésiennes. Cependant, le fait qu’il n’y ait qu’une femelle pour quatre mâles est inquiétante pour l’avenir de l’espèce menacée, qui a totalement disparu du Vietnam en 2010 et n’existe désormais plus qu’à Java. “Il y a plus de mâles que de femelles. Nous craignons que cela entraîne des luttes féroces entre les mâles pour la conquête d’une partenaire, qui pourraient se terminer par la mort” explique Bambang Novianto.Afin de protéger les rhinocéros de Java, victimes d’un braconnage toujours plus organisé et armé, et encourager leur reproduction, un sanctuaire est en cours de création dans le parc national. Il s’étendra sur 38.000 des 122.000 hectares de la réserve. D’ici à 2015, les autorités indonésiennes espèrent ainsi voir la population de l’espèce atteindre 70 à 80 spécimens, contre 44 aujourd’hui selon les estimations.Le 2 janvier 2012 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Report James Rodriguez to replace Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez to replace Mesut Ozil in their midfieldThe Gunners’ patience with Ozil is beginning to run out with the German failing to consistently produce the kind of performances that merit a £350,000 a week salary.Manager Unai Emery, who previously revealed that he can only make loan signings for this month’s transfer window, has allegedly been told the club’s wage bill must be lowered in order to sign player’s permanently.Now the Daily Mail reports that the Spaniard is looking to offload Arsenal’s biggest earner in Ozil and could attempt a move for James later this year.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The Colombia international has previously expressed a desire to turn his two-year loan deal at Bayern from Real Madrid into a permanent one this summer.But it’s unclear whether the Bundesliga champions actually intend to go ahead with pursuing a deal for James beyond this season, which could make him available for as little as £3m.Meanwhile, it’s understood that Arsenal have received an £18m offer from Atletico Madrid for Ozil.last_img read more

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first_imgIn 2012, Nellymoser deployed over 800 print-to digital campaigns for 50 of the top 100 magazines. The company offers both a mobile companion application platform with self-service tools and packaged print-to-digital solutions. Campaigns typically include one or more brand activation points such as invisible watermarks, images, NFC and QR codes.“Our customers are basically the top 100 magazines,” says John Puterbaugh, founder and CEO of Nellymoser. “Our goal is to go deeper with the top 100 magazines, but also to be able to go out to a wider array of independent magazines and catalogs, and Brown provides a great vehicle to do that. They want to invest in the business, to grow the business and see mobile activated print as a strategic area.”Nellymoser will operate as a division of Brown, a Gruner + Jahr Company, and will maintain its current operations in the Boston area. Brown will retain the core team and structure to grow the business by continuing to deliver mobile solutions. In the last few years, about 90 percent of Nellymoser’s business has focused on “active print,” as Puterbaugh says. “We didn’t want to go out into the marketplace and try and be experts in digital,” adds Bergin. “We wanted to partner with experts in digital so we could learn and understand the digital marketplace and how it integrates with what we’re currently doing for our customers in print. The integration of print and digital has been really compelling for our customers and fits well with our strategy of bringing the two together. We made the decision to acquire the business because we felt there is such a strong opportunity there.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Connecting print to mobile is a vital way publishers are not only staying competitive, but relevant. In an effort to diversify its portfolio, Brown Printing Company has acquired mobile marketing and technology company Nellymoser.“Print is our core business and we’ve been printing for some of the major publishers and catalogers for over 50 years,” says Jennifer Bergin, vice president of marketing for Brown Printing Company. “We found that our customers increasingly need not only capabilities around print, but they’re also asking for digitally integrated capabilities. Even our large customers are stretched for resources and time, and they’re looking for innovative ways to grow their business digitally and in print—integrating the two is really important.”Bergin declined to comment on financial terms of the acquisition.last_img read more

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Scientists demonstrate more efficient way to connect nanoparticles for singleelectron devices

first_img The researchers, Anne Bernard-Mantel from CNRS and the Universite Paris-Sud in Palaiseau, France, and coauthors have published their study on the new high-yield method of connecting single nano-objects in a recent issue of Nanotechnology. In addition to the increased efficiency at small scales, the new method is also compatible with a more diverse range of materials, such as highly oxygen-sensitive ferromagnetic materials. In contrast, previous methods could not use these metals due to their susceptibility to oxidation problems.In their study, the scientists demonstrated two similar fabrication processes. Both processes start with a bottom electrode and thin layer of alumina. In the first process, an assembly of nanoparticles is deposited, followed by another thin layer of alumina, and then a resist layer. Using a nanoindentation technique, the scientists drilled a nanohole into the resist layer and then filled it with metal to form the top electrode. The bottom of the nanohole comes to an extremely sharp point that connects with only one nanoparticle. In the second process, the only difference is that the alumina assembly is deposited after the resist layer. The final result is a solid-state device consisting of an assembly of nanoparticles, while only one nanoparticle is connected to both the top and bottom electrodes. The scientists demonstrated the processes with nanoparticles as small as 2 nm in diameter. They also used different materials, including metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles, as well as non-magnetic and ferromagnetic electrodes. In contrast with complex and expensive techniques such as electron beam lithography, the new method offers a simpler, cheaper alternative that also provides a higher yield at very small scales. Because the new method is also compatible with ferromagnetic materials, it could be used for investigating nanospintronics. Other possibilities include fabricating chemically grown nanoparticles and molecular nanomagnets.“The next step is now to adapt this technology to connect isolated molecular magnets,” coauthor Karim Bouzehouane of CNRS and the Universite Paris-Sud told PhysOrg.com. NEC Realizes Control of Position & Diameter of Carbon Nanotube Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — By connecting single nano-objects together, scientists can fabricate tiny solid-state devices through which a precisely controlled single-electron current can flow. In the past several years, scientists have been developing different methods for connecting single nano-objects, such as metallic nanoparticles, semiconducting nanocrystals, and molecules. However, as the size of the nano-objects decreases, the efficiency of these methods also decreases, so that most methods result in a low yield at the scale of a few nanometers. In a new study, scientists have developed a new way to connect single nano-objects that could overcome these challenges and enable the creation of new nanodevices. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A. Bernand-Mantel, et al. “A versatile nanotechnology to connect individual nano-objects for the fabrication of hybrid single-electron devices.” Nanotechnology 21 (2010) 445201 (6pp). DOI:10.1088/0957-4484/21/44/445201 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In the two fabrication processes, a hole is created in the resist layer (blue) and filled with metal to create the top electrode. The tip of the top electrode can be sufficiently small to connect to a single nanoparticle of the nanoparticle assembly (yellow dots). Image credit: Bernand-Mantel, et al. Citation: Scientists demonstrate more efficient way to connect nanoparticles for single-electron devices (2010, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-scientists-efficient-nanoparticles-single-electron-devices.htmllast_img read more

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Photography is all about right lighting

first_imgYears of hard work, experiments and trials helped has people in capturing moments to preserve for the rest of their lives. With various technical advancements in the field of photography, creative people have been able to gift the world with their outstanding work. One such creative photographer and an Indian Book of Record holder fought all odds and started a new genre of photography in India. Varun Tyagi, 24, is the country’s leading fitness photographer operating in the Capital. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVarun does not shoot in a studio, rather in a real gym to capture the ambience with a basic DSLR camera. He believes that one does not need a very expensive camera to shoot good photographs. “You don’t need them until you are covering a large frame. It’s all about knowledge and lighting, if your concepts are clear, you can run with a basic DSLR.” He feels photography is not just about the camera, a very important factor is marketing, one must be able to sell his/her work. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVarun’s quest started after he failed to graduate 12th standard the first time. He finished his schooling from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and got admitted to Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS) affiliated to IP University, to pursue an undergraduate course in Mass Communication where he came across Photography. As a student he started shooting in discos and clubs earning Rs 200-500 for four-five hours. “Even though people appreciated my clicks, I wanted to do something different with Photography. To pursue higher study I applied at Jamia Millia Islamia and got through, but after a couple of classes I, myself dropped the course as I could see no future in it. Their syllabus was theory oriented and seemed to be lagging behind. Several people questioned my decision on leaving Jamia and I felt aimless,” recalls Varun. After a gap of several months he initiated the trend of Fitness Photography in 2015, a genre that cannot be found in books. What motivated him to start up a new genre? Studying online and following western photographers, Varun discovered the form. Says Varun, “I am passionate about two things – photography and fitness. Being a fitness freak, I wanted to know if I could combine both my passions together to form a career. I googled ‘Who’s the best fitness photographer in India’ and I wasn’t able to find a single one, who shoot only fitness photographs. Though there were some fashion photographers who sometimes click similar photographs, I saw a career opportunity there, but again people declined the idea saying that I could not make a living out of it since there weren’t many fitness models in India, but I eventually went on to try it.” Talking about how he started his career, Varun who had tried almost every known genre before setting foot into the unexplored genre says, “In 2014 a body builder (Mr Delhi, 2014) had come to me for a shoot, he came back again for another shoot and I started off with him. His circle liked my work and some came to me seeking similar shoots. Through word of mouth and social media people came to know about Fitness Photography. Facebook and Instagram helped me a lot. I struggled till the beginning of 2016 since I could not charge much as a beginner and I was not getting enough shoots.” “I was picked by Fitline India, for whom I did a photoshoot of the five-times Mr India and Mr World and a social media celebrity, which got me a good hike. Then on, I earned recognition and started getting 4-5 shoots per month. It takes a lot of time, hard work and money for someone to build his/her body, and so they want to get clicked as soon as possible when they are in best form,” explains Varun.After Tarun Gill, fitness YouTuber interviewed him, Varun started getting shoot requests from all over India. He had also done the shoot for an entire magazine, which was recently launched by Tarun Gill. “We had planned to shoot those fitness models, who could not afford to get a photoshoot done, for free. With an expectation of 7-8 models turning up we proceeded with the idea but to our surprise 61 models turned up at the event!” said Varun.The young photographer did the unimaginable job of shooting 61 models in 2 hours and 34 minutes entering in the RHR Indian records! Varun also holds a record for making the shortest film without any human character or voice. Fighting off every naysayer and setting up a new trend, Varun has set a clear example of how determination and hard work pays off. His story also points out to the important role social media plays in our lives now and how the correct use of internet can get one to actually live his/her dream.last_img read more

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Art installations give New Town a fresh look

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to give the approach road to Sector V from Chingrighata, Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) has put up art installations to give the area an aesthetic look.Sector V is the electronic hub of Bengal with thousands of IT professionals visiting the area every day. The distance from Chingrighata to Sector V is a long stretch and the art installations have attracted all those who travel by their own vehicles and those who are pedestrians. More such installations will be put up in future. The art installation has been designed by a student of the Government Art College. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataNDITA has chalked out elaborate schemes to beautify and develop Sector V. Pocket parks which are very popular in the Western countries have been set up where IT professionals can come during recess, spend some time and go back to their office to get rid of the stress and tiredness. Some of the roads in Sector V have been widened and a well-knit traffic management system is in the offing. There will be graded paths for cyclists and also for the pedestrians with proper singe. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateRecently, the NDITA officials met their counterparts in the IT companies over fire-fighting measures. The firms will not be allowed to construct mezzanine floors and fire audits will be conducted periodically. In addition to NDITA, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) and Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) have implemented several schemes to beautify the vast areas between VIP Road and Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Chingrighata. The open pillars of Airport-Garia Metro construction have been painted in some areas and columns with climber plants have been installed. New Town is coming up as a clean and green city and various measures have been taken in that direction. Plantation of trees on a large scale has been taken up. HIDCO has set up nurseries to raise plants. Over the years, New Town has come up as an educational, healthcare and cultural hub and shortly it will become a major IT hub in Bengal. Eco Park, the biggest urban park in the country, is a star attraction. The miniature seven wonders of the world is a crowd-puller. The introduction of air-conditioned e-buses for the first time in the state is also a major step towards making it a greener city.last_img read more

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William F Madden 83 of Marlborough

first_imgMarlborough – William “Bill” F. Madden, 83, passed away Aug. 19, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.He was born and raised in Marlborough, the eldest son of the late Joseph L. Madden and Rosella D. (Mousette) Madden. Bill was a graduate of Marlborough High School Class of 1954 and excelled in the vocational program. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army while stationed in Europe.Bill worked as a mechanical engineer/model maker for Kidde-Fenwal for over 50 years. Even in retirement he continued to do contract work for the company. Bill was a member of the Eight Point Sportsmen’s Club and the Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge.Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys, cookouts and gatherings with his entire family, and watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow. Bill could build or fix anything. If there wasn’t a tool that could do a job, he would make one in his workshop. As a labor of love, Bill designed and built his family home with his father and brother by his side. Bill was a gentle, kind-hearted, and generous man who gave so much to so many.Bill has reunited with the love of his life, the late Frances J. (Gaucher) Madden, and two of his sons, William F. and Michael W. Madden in eternal life. Bill is survived by two of his children, Donna M. (Madden) Higgins and her husband Steven of Northborough and James R. Madden and his wife Tina of Woodstock, Conn.; his daughter-in-law, Heather (Lynch) Madden, wife of Michael; his cherished grandchildren, Karena, Mallory, Stacey, William, Bryan, Branden, Michael, and Jessica; his great-grandchildren, William, James, and John; his brother, Joseph E. Madden and his wife Claudia; and many beloved nieces and nephews.Calling hours will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., and a Memorial Service will immediately follow at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson. A private burial service will be held for immediate family at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.last_img read more

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The luxe life in Scottsdale airconditioned sand and a new RitzCarlton

first_imgThe luxe life in Scottsdale: air-conditioned sand and a new Ritz-Carlton Share Friday, January 20, 2017 TORONTO — With a new name and a new marketing campaign, Experience Scottsdale is on a mission: to sell Scottsdale as an authentic getaway in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, while keeping its ever-popular golf courses, spas and other tourism product top of mind with visitors.Formerly the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the tourism organization has rebranded itself as Experience Scottsdale and launched a new campaign with a whole-destination approach that focuses on ‘effortless revitalization’, desert-style.A delegation met with retail partners, tour operators and media yesterday in Toronto to show off the new campaign.In the past Scottsdale did a lot of segmented marketing. “It was like, here’s the product for the golfer. Here’s the product for spa-goer,” said Experience Scottsdale’s Director of Tourism Sarah Kearney. “We realized that everyone wants adventure and relaxation – not necessarily at the same time – but they want the option to do both. Now we’re marketing Scottsdale more as a whole experience and focusing on the Sonoran Desert, where you can unplug and get away from the hustle and bustle.”New ads for Scottsdale now running in select Canadian markets play up the lure of the wild and untamed desert while emphasizing Scottsdale’s foodie scene, nightlife and wide range of hotels (and of course, golf, with just under 200 courses in the region).More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsScottsdale has always had plenty of high-end accommodation with some of the biggest names in the luxury hotel business. Now the Scottsdale area is getting yet another upscale property – a highly coveted Ritz-Carlton – while existing luxury brands in the destination up their game with renovations.The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley is scheduled to open in late 2018 with some 200 casita-style guest rooms. The hotel will offer stunning views of Camelback Mountain and what’s being billed as the longest pool in North America.The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley will also boast 20,000 square feet of function space. Scottsdale continues to draw big numbers from the meetings and incentive market, and the resorts work hard to make sure vacationers get their getaway while corporate guests have their conference, says Kearney. “The hotels do a great job keeping the corporate travellers and leisure travellers separate. Vacationers aren’t seeing lanyards everywhere.”Also new in Scottsdale, Hyatt’s Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa opened in October 2016 with just over 200 casita-style rooms and suites. Opening in March 2017, the reborn Mountain Shadows (formerly Marriott’s Mountain Shadows Resort, which closed down in 2004) will have 175 rooms and close ties to its sister property (and neighbor) Sanctuary Resort.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAmid the arrival of these new hotels, existing properties including Fairmont Scottsdale Princess recently wrapped up a US$60 million renovation that added 102 rooms and a new white sand beach pool (with cooled ‘air-conditioned’ sand, no less).The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, completed a 62-room reno.Altogether Scottsdale has more than 75 properties. While many cater to luxury markets, Scottsdale isn’t just for high-end travellers, says Tourism Sales Manager Nicole Krekeler. Scottsdale is going after more families and has a lot of product for this market, including the OdySea Aquarium – the largest aquarium in the U.S. southwest – as well as Butterfly Wonderland and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). There’s also Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and, coming soon, iFly in Phoenix.Clients heading to the Grand Canyon should also be familiar with the Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn, at the South Rim of the canyon. “Finally there’s a resort-style property at the Grand Canyon,” says Freda Rahnenfuehrer, the hotel’s Director of Sales & Marketing. The Grand Canyon welcomed some six million visitors last year, and there are only about 2,000 rooms in Grand Canyon National Park.For more information about Scottsdale see experiencescottsdale.com. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Arizona, Ritz Carlton << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Home Prices Gain in 19 Major US Markets Redfin

first_img Agents & Brokers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-09-17 Ryan Schuette in Data, Origination, Servicing Home Prices Gain in 19 Major U.S. Markets: Redfin Beating summer expectations, August home prices ticked up 5 percent across 19 major U.S. markets in what real estate broker “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/home called an “”indicator of a housing market getting stronger.””[IMAGE]According to the broker, home sales went up 1.4 percent year-over-year, eclipsing a 2.5 percent decline in July. Home sales increased from 26.7 percent to 27.6 percent last month.Of major U.S. cities, prices in Phoenix went up by 31 percent year-over-year. Home prices meanwhile fell 4 percent from August last year.[COLUMN_BREAK]Homes sold fastest in six markets, including San Jose (52.3 percent), San Francisco (45.6 percent), Ventura (43.5 percent), Inland Empire (42.8 percent), San Diego (41.2 percent), and Los Angeles (39.8 percent). Properties sold less well in Boston (3.9 percent).When it came to inventory, Redfin found year-over-year tailspins in seven markets, with most of them in California. Those included Sacramento at a loss of 65.7 percent; Ventura, at 62.6 percent; Inland Empire, 57.9 percent; San Francisco, 56.2 percent; San Jose, 55.8 percent; San Diego, 52.4 percent; and Los Angeles, 52.3 percent.””In our business, Redfin saw a monster surge in August closings,”” Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said in a statement. “”While September now seems likely to be down nearly 20% from August’s peak, we were surprised after Labor Day to see a relatively large number of new customers begin touring homes for the first time, which has given us reason to be optimistic about the rest of the fall and even the year ahead. “”The main reason there aren’t more sales is that there aren’t more sellers, as most would-be sellers are holding out for more price gains in 2013 before listing their home, and many of today’s move-up buyers just plan to rent out their old place,”” he added.center_img September 17, 2012 449 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Keim addressed the offensive line woes early this

first_imgKeim addressed the offensive line woes early this offseason but wasn’t aggressive filling spots in the draft until the last two rounds, where Arizona selected Georgia center/guard Lamont Gaillard (179th overall) and Morgan State tackle Josh Miles (248th overall).The Pugh position change, plus the health and productivity across the line are all individual question-marks. At center, Shipley could be pushed by Mason Cole, who started every game as a rookie a year ago. The depth might be solid with Cunningham, Gaillard, Miles and free agent addition Max Garcia in the mix; but Cunningham and Garcia (ACL) are coming off their own injuries, while Gaillard and Miles, especially the latter, lack experience.All that put down on paper makes this much clear: What Kingsbury and Murray can produce under all those circumstances might say more about the offensive line than it does about their own viability in the NFL. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Not Kliff Kingsbury’s initiation to NFL life. Not Patrick Peterson’s absence, nor rookie Kyler Murray’s impact.Those are all fine storylines to pay attention to this summer as the Arizona Cardinals put the pieces together under a first-year head coach and a No. 1 overall pick at quarterback. But maybe the subplot that matters most is the one that will have the biggest impact on on the field in 2019. Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) sets to block against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 27-17. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) 20 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires To NFL.com’s Gennaro Filice, the one burning question for Arizona this offseason is the offensive line. “Will the O-line get in the way of everyone’s fun?” he asks.At OU, Murray played behind one of the nation’s best units, a quintet that had four players selected in Rounds 2-4 of this draft. Now he’s getting behind a group that ranked dead last in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus. Granted, Arizona dealt with a lot of injuries up front. And (GM Steve) Keim did sign a pair of veterans … but OG J.R. Sweezy and OT Marcus Gilbert don’t come without risk. Murray’s obviously far more elusive than Josh Rosen, but no quarterback can survive playing behind an absolute sieve.As it stands, Sweezy, a free agent addition formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, and Gilbert, a trade pickup from the Pittsburgh Steelers, are the presumed starters along the right side of the offensive line.Related LinksCardinals’ Budda Baker, Damiere Byrd to race in fastest man tournamentAnother offseason, another stretch of heavy Cardinals roster turnoverPressure is on Cardinals front 7 to improve after disappointing 2018Former starting right guard Justin Pugh, who dealt with multiple injuries last year, has slid to left guard in early practices, where he is in line to replace the departed Mike Iupati.But Injuries to Pugh, Gilbert, center A.Q. Shipley and tackles D.J. Humphries and Korey Cunningham ended their 2018 seasons. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgIn the run-up to the official unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Italia at the Frankfurt Motor Show on the 15th of September, enthusiasts can find out more about the car on www.ferrari.com. There they will find the first photographs of the 458 Italia’s interior and of the steering wheel and instrument binnacle which represent a significant step forward in the concept of the ergonomic interface between driver and car.In fact the main commands are now grouped on the steering wheel, the secondary commands are handily set in two satellite pods either side of the dash and there are now comprehensive instrument displays on the panel ahead of the driver. These solutions represent an important safety aspect, enabling the driver to concentrate fully on driving. Similarly this layout ensures maximum control of the car in high-performance driving, an uncompromising approach that derives directly from Ferrari’s F1 experience.Working closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre, the engineers have thus reinterpreted the positioning of the major commands to provide a truly driver-oriented cockpit. All steering-column mounted stalks have been eliminated, with the indicators, full beam, flash and windscreen wiper functions now being activated by buttons on the steering wheel boss. The button to select the shock absorber setting is now positioned next to the ‘Engine start’ button where it falls readily to hand. Behind the wheel are a number of secondary functions, such as the stereo, while the gearbox paddles are now longer making shifts even easier from any steering angle.The right-hand satellite pod on the dash incorporates controls for the infotainment, the Bluetooth connection, sat-nav, digital speedo and rear parking camera. Clustered on the left-hand satellite pod instead are the optional cruise control, buttons for choosing the video setting of the left-hand dash TFT screen and the on-board computer interface. The latter controls the trip computer, the Vehicle Dynamic Assistance and the display of the car’s set-up.The Vehicle Dynamic Assistance monitors the operating parameters of the most important areas of the car – engine/gearbox, tires and brakes. The VDA is enabled in the following manettino settings – Race, CT off and CST off – and provides visual confirmation of the status of each component based on an algorithm from parameters reading lateral and longitudinal acceleration, revs and speed. This enables the driver to assess the ideal operating conditions for the car. There are three status settings: WARM-UP (operating temperature too low), GO (ideal operating conditions) and OVER (one or more components are no longer at their optimum level and need cooling).Along with the photos now on-line, the Ferrari site also includes an exclusive video interview with Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina S.p.A., who provides in-depth insight into the 458 Italia’s design philosophy and exterior styling.www.ferrari.comlast_img read more

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