New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday ruled himself out of the race for party chief. Speaking to reporters after the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting here, he said: “I am not among those leaders who push their names for the party president’s post. My opinion in this matter is known to all.” The CWC will meet in the evening again for another round of consultation on the election of the new Congress president, Gehlot said.
MONTREAL — A Quebec environmental group says it will appeal a decision last week rejecting its attempt to launch a class action lawsuit against the federal government for what it says is a failure to combat climate change.Superior Court Justice Gary Morrison delivered his ruling Thursday, emphasizing that the cause of environmental protection was of undoubted importance but raising doubts about the nature of the class seeking damages.The action brought by the group ENvironnement JEUnesse would be on behalf of Quebecers aged 35 and under, whom lawyers argue are being deprived of a right to a healthy environment and will suffer the effects of global warming more than older generations.It was seeking $100 for each Quebecer in that age bracket — but given that doling out an award estimated at $340 million would have been complicated and expensive, the proposed action suggested the money be spent on measures to curb climate change.In the decision, Morrison said members of the class would have to be 18 or older.And he said excluding those older than 35 appeared to be a “purely subjective and arbitrary choice” by the organization.“Although the mission and objectives of (the group) are admirable on the socio-political level, they are too subjective and limiting in their nature to form the basis of an appropriate group for the purpose of exercising collective action,” Morrison wrote. The group “can be the ‘voice’ of young people,” he added, “but it does not have the authority to change the legal status and powers of minors.”The organization countered in a statement there is an trend internationally that says children must have access to justice on the issue of climate.Catherine Gauthier, the group’s executive director, says it will appeal the decision.The group is being represented pro bono by Trudel, Johnston & Lesperance, a well-known Montreal class-action firm.The Canadian Press
Celebrated author Arundhati Roy’s new book ‘Ek Tha Doctor Ek Tha Sant’ was launched on April 5, at the Constitution Club, by a noted panel of writers, journalists and activists including Urmilesh Urmi, Dilip Mandal, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Anita Bharti, Manisha Bangar, Sunil Sardar and Anil Yadav. This book is a translation of The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste – The Debate Between B R Ambedkar and M K Gandhi, written by Arundhati Roy. The Hindi book was translated by Ratan Lal and Anil Yadav ‘Jai Hind’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTalking about the book, Roy insists readers must examine both the political development and influence of M K Gandhi, and also why B R Ambedkar’s brilliant challenge to his near-divine status was suppressed by India’s elite. In Roy’s analysis, we see that Ambedkar’s fight for justice was systematically sidelined in favor of policies that reinforced caste, resulting in the current nation of India: independent of British rule, globally powerful, and marked to this day by the caste system. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBoth Ambedkar and Gandhi were their generation’s emissaries of a profound social, political and philosophical conflict that had begun long ago and has still by no means ended. The debate between Ambedkar and Gandhi is not new but the book gave a perspective to the difference. The panel discussed Ambedkar’s arguments in their vital historical context— namely, as an extended public political debate with Mohandas Gandhi. They also discussed some uncomfortable, controversial, and even surprising truths about the political thought and career of India’s most famous and most revered figure.
Rabat – Saad Lamjarred’s 21-year old alleged victim, Laura Prioul, has broken her silence in a video where she explains in details how the Moroccan singer has raped her.In a video published on YouTube on November 12, Prioul explains how her life was “ruined” after the alleged sexual assault .“It has been a year now that I attempted to stay away from lights, hiding from everyone while everyone is talking about me,” Laura said. The victim added that she has never spoken about what happened to her mother because she did not want it publicized . “ I was afraid and I did not want to hear how people spoke about me. I felt really damaged.”. The incident dates back toOctober 2016, when the French woman filed charges against Lamjarred for a sexual assault that allegedly took place at the Marriott hotel in Paris. The singer was scheduled to give a concert on October 31 at the Palais des Congrès.“I was in a nightclub in Paris, it turned out that my aggressor was also there. We had a great night together. He was very nice. He invited me to his table and offered me a drink… All I had was water. Saad, however, was drinking alcohol, a lot of alcohol” she said.Prioul said that Moroccan pop singer asked her then to go to a another nightclub. “I was worried about how I would go home, but he told me he had private drivers and that he could drive me back home.” She went on to add that a car parked near them picked them up and drove them other nightclub. The fact that they were speaking Arabic rose Laura’s suspicions. “I asked him what was going on, and he explained that we are going to a friend’s hotel because the nightclub he told me about was not that good.”Upon their arrival at the hotel, Saad invites her to his room. “(…) we put some music and danced and laughed. We got closer to each other at some point and We kissed. he wanted to kiss me again but turned my head away. He did not like the fact that I refused him, therefore, I was hit […] I wanted to defend myself and this person hit me again, and again and again […] I couldn’t do anything. He was stronger than me. That person raped me.”“After he raped me I locked myself in the bathroom. Then I realized that I had to go back to the room because my phone was there. I had to call someone for help.”Prioul claims that when she returned to the hotel’s room, Lamjarred was trying to act normally. “He asked me why I was crying, If was injured and if I needed some ice?” Prioul added that her alleged aggressor was totally a different person as if nothing had ever happened.“After getting my things ready to leave, I looked him in the eye and told him he was a monster.” His aggressiveness then doubled: “He pushed me on the bed, ripped my clothes and tried to re-rape me.”“I seized him by the throat […] and I managed to escape this time,” claimed the alleged victim, all in tears.The young woman said that her name was leaked to media by a blogger under the name of Jeremstar. Since then she started receiving death threat after people managed to get her address, and phone number. This left her with no choice but to delete her social media accounts.French authorities arrested Saad Lamjarred on October 26. He was released and put under surveillance on April 13. Lamjarred had also faced a lawsuit in the United States for another case of sexual assault.A woman from New York told the American daily, New York Post in May 2016 that the Moroccan singer sexually assaulted her using violence in a Brooklyn apartment in 2010.
NEW YORK — Small business owners worried about the spread of measles may want to be sure their staffers have been vaccinated, but before issuing any orders, they should speak with a labour law attorney or human resources consultant.An employer generally is prohibited from requiring employees to undergo medical procedures including vaccinations under the Americans with Disabilities Act; a company that tries to force staffers to be vaccinated can find itself being sued by angry workers. But there can be exceptions, especially in places where there’s a measles outbreak or where government officials have ordered vaccinations to protect the public’s health.If an employer is sued for requiring vaccinations, or even firing a staffer who refuses to be vaccinated, a court is likely to defer to the judgment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials, says Howard Mavity, an employment law attorney with Fisher Phillips in Atlanta. And the CDC, which has identified nearly 900 measles cases in nearly half the states, has declared outbreaks in parts of New York state and California, and in Michigan, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington state. The CDC considers three or more cases to be an outbreak.The CDC calls measles highly contagious — so much so that if one person has it, up to 90% of those around them will also get it unless they are not protected. It can have serious complications including neurological problems and blindness. The disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but the number of cases has been rising.Owners who want their staffers vaccinated against measles are on the strongest ground in places where there are known outbreaks, Mavity says.“They have a decent chance of prevailing” in the case of a lawsuit, he says.But Mavity says judges’ decisions would rest on the facts of an individual case. What isn’t clear is whether a staffer who claims an exemption under law from required vaccinations because of religious or health grounds can be disciplined or fired for not getting a measles shot.Owners are best advised not to make any requirements about vaccinations, or take any action against employees, without getting legal advice first.Companies should also know that they may not have the same protection when it comes to annual influenza vaccinations as they might have with measles.But health care companies where workers are in contact with patients may have more power to require vaccinations. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December upheld the right of a health care company to fire a staffer who refused to be vaccinated against rubella.At health care companies, management might decide to require unvaccinated staffers to wear masks or work in jobs where they don’t have contact with patients._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
This weekend marks the anniversary of the Welland Canal opening; a momentous occasion marred by the deaths of 137 workers during construction. The project was completed on August 6 1932 and now a number of people are working to ensure those who lost their lives are remembered.Shirley Munro says her husband’s grandfather was one of the 137 men who lost their lives building the Welland Canal. Sixty-four-year-old Joseph Stahl died falling from scaffolding 60 feet high.In 2013 the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force was commissioned after stories of the major losses of life came to light.Yesterday and today cemetery tours in the Niagara-area were held to tell the stories of the workers killed–the youngest only 15 years old.Jill Beluga says her grandfather, George Plummer, also died building the canal after immigrating from England. Jill, however, says her grandfather’s death is not counted in the memorial because it’s not considered a direct result of construction.In 1915, two years after the beginning of canal construction, the Ontario Worker’s Compensation Act was passed, meaning families of workers who died as a result of construction were compensated. Those killed two years prior to the act being passed, on the other hand, received nothing.A book profiling each of the fallen workers will be available at the beginning of next year and an official memorial is set to be unveiled this fall, ensuring the men who lost their lives will be forever remembered.
NEW YORK — Small business owners who want to manufacture their goods overseas may find it’s a daunting prospect, and a venture that has many unexpected pitfalls. Some tips to make the process easier:— Don’t figure it all out on your own. Talk to business owners who have gone through the process. Resources include SCORE, the organization that gives free advice to small business owners; you can find a counsellor with experience in overseas manufacturing at www.score.org . Small Business Development Centers, or SBDCs, also can explain the steps. You can find SBDCs, many of which are on college campuses, at www.sba.gov/sbdc . An accountant or attorney who’s worked with companies that manufacture overseas should also be a good resource.— Get referrals for manufacturers. When looking for a manufacturer, or a company that helps businesses find factories overseas, start by asking business people you know for referrals. Trade and professional groups, chambers of commerce and networking groups are good resources too. A bank that works with small businesses may also be able to help. Ask a lot of questions about what worked and what went wrong in the manufacturing process.— Be careful about payments to companies you don’t know. Talk to a bank that handles payments to overseas manufacturers about the process. Accountants and attorney can also be good guides through this phase of your venture._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
Jan Egeland, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said each one of the four massacres since 16 May had occurred inside camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). “These vicious attacks against some of the most vulnerable civilians are appalling,” Mr. Egeland said, adding that “in many cases, the victims have fled attack after attack, desperate for safety.” He also called on the Ugandan Government to redouble its efforts to protect civilians in the north of the country. In the most recent massacre, a group of about 100 LRA members killed 25 people, including five children, at an IDP camp at Abok on Tuesday. The rebels kidnapped 26 others and burned at least 600 huts – which contained food stores for the IDPs – in the camp. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said aid agencies have since provided some relief for the remaining Abok camp residents. On 3 June, LRA rebels murdered 23 people at an IDP camp at Kalabong, while 20 others are assumed to have been abducted. The most deadly of the recent wave of massacres occurred on 20 May, when the LRA struck the Lukodi camp, killing 41 people. On 16 May, 39 people were killed during an attack on a camp at Pagak. The four massacres are only the latest by the rebel group. In the village of Barlonyo on 21 February, at least 190 people were hacked with machetes or burned to death at an IDP camp. There was another attack in the village of Odek on 29 April. More than 1.6 million people have become internally displaced within northern Uganda since 2002 as the LRA fights the Ugandan Government. The rebel group wants to impose the Ten Commandments of the Christian Bible as law in Uganda. The LRA has also become notorious for its kidnapping of children to serve either as its soldiers or as sexual slaves for its commanders. Mr. Egeland said in April that 10,000 children are estimated to have been abducted for these purposes. As many as 40,000 Ugandan mothers and their children have also become “night commuters,” walking for hours every night to sleep outside hospitals and community centres because they feel it is unsafe anywhere else.
A power surge has affected the Better Hope Water Treatment Plant, according to the Guyana Water Inc (GWI).In an advertisement, GWI said that a reduced level of service is being experienced as a result of the power surge which damaged two motors and electrical systems.GWI said that areas between Grand Coastal Inn, LeRessouvenir and Ogle will experience reduced pressure. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShelter – Belt water treatment plant affected by GPL electrical problemDecember 1, 2014In “Business”GWI says it invested $48M for equipment to swiftly service wellsAugust 7, 2018In “Business”Natural Resources Ministry to provide $80M to water treatment plant in Port KaitumaAugust 28, 2014In “Business”
Edited game trailers and gameplay previews never give a true picture of how a game actually plays. They are typically setup to show the best bits and the game in a very good light. So anyone watching the development of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs with interest will be glad to see an uninterrupted section of gameplay making its way on to YouTube.The video is taken from a longer preview Ubisoft offered some outlets last week and comes across as a GTA-like game, but with a heavy focus on technology. That’s no bad thing. Gun battles and car chases are present, but there seems to be more focus on stealthy takedowns, good use of the environment for moving around unnoticed, and of course, using technology for hacking, spying on people, information gathering, and generally progressing through the game.We also get to see how your character, Aiden Pearce, goes about purchasing goods including the technology and weapons he needs. There’s also the option to steal rather than buy goods, which is sure to have implications in the game as to how people react to you and your ongoing access to different types of store.So what we have here is a thinking man’s GTA. The visuals look stunning, but then they should as the test PC rig was setup to offer the same visuals as a PS4. The gameplay seems to cover the full spectrum of stealth gameplay right through to gun battles and car chases. Overall it makes Watch Dogs look very promising and certainly one to keep an eye on in the run up to its launch.The only negative is how long we have to wait for the game, with it not set to be released until November 19. Lets hope it doesn’t get lost in the marketing buzz surrounding the launch of the PS4 and next Xbox.Now read: Assassin’s Creed 4 launch date revealed through URL trickery
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram US President Barack Obama nominated Northern California businesswoman Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis for Ambassador to Hungary last week. “Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis is a Northern California businesswoman, civic leader and philanthropist. As president of AKT Development Corporation, one of California’s largest land development firms, Mrs. Kounalakis has spearheaded major projects that are now home to thousands of families,” the White House said in a statement over the weekend. Kounalakis served two terms as a California State World Trade Commissioner, where she engaged in the dynamics of the global economy. “She travelled extensively as part of her cross-cultural work with the World Council of Religions for Peace, for which she engaged in the diplomacy of global interfaith dialogue.” Kounalakis is a first generation American and an active member of the national Greek American community. She was the Pan-Arcadian Federation of America’s 2006 person of the year, and was recently awarded the medal of St. Paul, the Greek Orthodox Church of America’s highest honour. Kounalakis is a trustee of Robert Redford’s Sundance Preserve and sits on Conservation Fund’s National Forum on Children and Nature. She earned an MBA from the University of California – Berkeley and her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth. Kounalakis was a fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton in her presidential campaign in 2008.
When you talk with Chef Miguel Sosa at Elements at Willem’s, you can tell he loves his craft. His enthusiasm reminds me of a child just released from school on the first day of summer vacation.This is a guy who loves to cook.Sosa, who began his career at age 16 in Chicago, started washing dishes at one restaurant and, with hard work and desire, later landed a job cooking at the legendary Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Rosemont, Ill. Soon after, he was promoted to sous chef. It was there that he worked with chefs that helped him build on his training in classic French cuisine. These chefs were inspired by Ferran Adra’s molecular gastronomy.“The world just opened up for me with those guys,” he said. “It’s not just meat and potatoes. It’s not just fish and sauce. It’s exploring techniques, flavors, global cuisines.”Sosa and his wife, Allison, moved to Vancouver to be closer to her family. Despite his strong resume, it was difficult for him to find a job as a cook in Portland.“At two interviews I had, the chef said to me, ‘What is your background in Northwest cuisine?’ ” he said. “I was like, ‘Ah, what do you mean? You guys cook salmon, right?’ ” Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at email@example.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.
Hair and beauty online appointment booking organisation Treatwell took 400 of its global employees to Barcelona for a two-day event aimed at increasing team collaboration and engaging staff with the business.The event, which took place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September 2016, saw employees from across the organisation take part in team-building activities as well as an evening party and awards ceremony, where staff were recognised for their contribution to the organisation. The event was also aimed at encouraging a sense of unity among employees following a number of mergers and acquisitions.The organisation selected Barcelona as the location for its annual celebration in order to showcase its newest office to employees. All 460 global employees from the 10 countries in which Treatwell operates were invited to attend.During the day, employees participated in a scavenger hunt around Barcelona, with teams comprising staff from different countries. In the evening, this was followed with a Spanish themed party, which included a red carpet, open bar, DJ, paella and tapas.The party also included the Treatwell Awards. These comprised 10 behaviour-based categories, including unsung hero, highest contributor and positive spirit, where winning employees could take home a personalised trophy.Treatwell covered all of the costs for employees to attend the trip, including flights, accommodation, activities and food.Lauren Michael, HR manager for UK and ROI at Treatwell, said: ““We’ve got all these different [organisations] that have now come together as one. It was a great opportunity for everyone to come together and meet. There are colleagues who work together regularly but may never have had the opportunity to meet.”
Hyderabad: In the view of the safety and security of passengers who travel in auto-rickshaws, Cyberabad Police launched a new initiative of registering auto-rickshaws under “My auto is safe” theme from Friday. According to the Cyberabad police, this is to ensure the safety of women, children and other citizens who travel in auto-rickshaws in the city and to improve road safety by giving information of auto owners or drivers to the passengers as per law. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us There have been large number of complaints of misbehavior, rash driving, overcharging, dangerous driving, missing properties etc., by citizens. Cyberabad police have arranged auto-rickshaw registration centres at police outpost in front of Inorbit mall, Kukatpally Old Traffic police station in front of Metro, Rajendranagar Traffic police station near Aramghar Chowrastha and Alwal Traffic police station near St. Ann’s School Petbasheerabad. All the owners of auto-rickshaws who are desirous of operating their autos in the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate jurisdiction should apply for registration, according to Cyberabad police.
By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgLast week, when CNN’s Jim Acosta engaged in perhaps his most volatile exchange (of many) with Donald Trump, he was accused of manhandling a White House intern (fake news), and had his press credentials yanked by the Trump administration (CNN is suing the White House to have Acosta reinstated).During the incident in the East Room of the White House the day after Trump attempted to spin last week’s midterm catastrophe for the GOP into a “win” for Republicans, NBC’s White House Correspondent, Peter Alexander defended his colleague Acosta. Later, a photo of Acosta and Alexander embracing served as a symbol of journalistic solidarity for many reporters. Further, many news outlets (including Fox News) rallied around Acosta and rebuked the White House’s decision to temporarily suspend Acosta’s credentials.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)The ongoing tumult between Acosta, CNN and Trump has overshadowed Trump’s ongoing racist assault on Black women and specifically his recent denigration of three Black women who cover the Trump White House: April Ryan, Yamiche Alcindor and Abby Phillip.In a period of about 48 hours, Trump referred to Ryan as a “loser,” said Alcindor asked him “such a racist question” and told Philip “you ask a lot of stupid questions.”Here’s the full-Colored commentary on Trump’s racist scolding of these three talented Black journalists:On Nov. 7 in the East Room of the White House Trump, visibly unnerved by the midterm results, muddled through another rambling, paranoid wreck of a press conference. When Ryan, the White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks sensed an opening during the press scrum, she rose to ask Trump a question. “Sit down!” Trump snapped. “I’m not responding to you…Very hostile,” Trump added as Ryan persisted with a question about voter suppression. Later during that same press conference Alcindor of the PBS Newshour asked Trump about his declaration that he is a (White) nationalist, during a campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston, prior to the midterms. Further, the unflappable Alcindor asked if Trump’s declaration is emboldening White nationalists across the country. “What a racist question,” was his response. “Why do I have among the highest poll numbers with African Americans (fake news)…Let me tell you, that’s a racist question,” Trump added.On the morning of Nov. 9, Trump zeroed in on Philip, CNN’s White House correspondent on the White House lawn. Phillip asked Trump about his appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. Specifically, she asked Trump if he wanted Whitaker to “rein in” special counsel Robert Mueller.“What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question,” said Trump. No, perfectly cogent question, stupid, unhinged response. “I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions,” Trump added. But, prior to his vicious attack on Phillip, he went after Ryan again calling her a “loser.”It seems clear Trump has his bloomers in a bunch as a result of the midterm butt-whipping he took, the specter of the Mueller investigation and the possible indictment of his son Don Jr., among other things. But, his unprecedented presidential woes do not excuse his racist invective leveled against Black women (see also his ongoing attacks on Rep. Maxine Waters). And the tired refrain of Trump defenders that he is an “equal opportunity offender” is straight B.S.He reserves his most virulent attacks for Black people and in this case, three Black women doing their jobs in an environment inherently hostile against them. Can you imagine the pressure on them trying to cover a White nationalist in the White House? We’ve seen the mainstream media rally around Acosta (on more than one occasion). But, what is the media prepared to do on behalf of Ryan, Philip and Alcindor in the face of blatantly racist attacks by Trump? Apparently, not much beyond lip service.Trump’s power (diminished significantly in the Congress because of the pending Democratic control of the House) is derived from his command of the megaphone (social media and mainstream media). What if the press snatched that megaphone out of his small, orange hands? Without that megaphone, Trump would lose his mind, what little is left. There has been sporadic talk about a media boycott of the 45th president. But, I’m not going to hold my breath.Instead I argue the Black Press should defend the honor of the three women who have been deeply disrespected by Trump. Why can’t the Black Press black out Trump?To quote Trump, “What the hell do you have to lose?”Sean Yoes is the Baltimore AFRO editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.
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. (PhysOrg.com) — One of the drawbacks associated with using semiconductor lasers is that many of them can only produce a beam of a single wavelength, and can only send that beam in one direction at a time. There have been efforts to tune lasers so that different wavelengths can be achieved, but these lasers still emit light only in one direction, and one wavelength at a given time. All that could change, though. Harvard University scientists Federico Capasso and Nanfang Yu , in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have been working with an international team to develop a laser that offers multibeam emission. Citation: Building a more versatile laser (2009, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-versatile-laser.html Scientists demonstrate highly directional semiconductor lasers The special grating directs laser beams. Illustration by Nanfang Yu, simulation results from the computer modeling and 3D illustration software. Explore further “Usually semiconductor lasers can only emit a single wavelength. Our design, though, allows us to emit beams in different directions, as well as beams of different wavelengths,” Capasso tells PhysOrg.com. Capasso believes that this work with fellow scientists at Harvard, and from the Institute of Quantum Electronics in Zurich, Switzerland, as well as Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. in Hamamatsu, Japan, will lead to a number of uses in a variety of applications in the future. He refers to the group’s efforts as “beam engineering.” The results of the latest simulations and experiments the group has done with multibeam lasers can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “Multi-beam multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers.”The secret to the success of these lasers, Capasso explains, is the specially designed collimator used to direct the beams. “We realized that by designing a special collimator with two different gratings, we could create a beam that comes out to you at a certain angle, and another beam that comes out at a different angle. This essential allows us to use diffraction and interference to design beams to our specifications.”Previously, Capasso and his peers had shown how a plasmonic structure with aperture grating on a laser facet could collimate the beam that emerged. Taking this principle, the international team decided to split the beam of a quantum cascade laser into two different beams by using successive plasmonic gratings to define different lengths and periods on the laser’s facet. The result was that it was possible to create two different beams – of different wavelengths and heading in different directions – with the same laser.“We have created a multi-functional laser,” Capasso insists, “that has a lot of potential. Not only can this add to the functionality of lasers as we have them already, but there is also the possibility of new applications in the future. This beam engineering will make lasers more efficient, since it requires more focus on designing the facet, rather than having to build an entire laser for each application.” Some of the possible applications include fiber optic communications, interferometry, spectroscopy, holography, and LiDAR (light detection and ranging).Capasso hopes that this work can be continued in the future. “We want to be able to steer the beam in real time, rather than having to set it ahead of time. Real time beam steering has been done by using multiple lasers in complicated maneuvers, but we hope to be able to use beam engineering to do it with a single laser.”More information: Nanfang Yu, et. al., “Multi-beam multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers,” Applied Physics Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/95/161108/1 Copyright 2009 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.
Last week, the team behind Ubuntu announced the release of Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Beta, which comes with Linux 5.0 support, GNOME 3.32, and more. Its stable version is expected to release on April 18th, 2019. Following are some of the updates in Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo: Updates in Linux kernel Ubuntu 19.04 is based on Linux 5.0, which was released last month. It comes with support for AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics processor, complete support for the Raspberry Pi 3B and the 3B+, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and much more. Toolchain Upgrades The tools are upgraded to their latest releases. The upgraded toolchain includes glibc 2.29, OpenJDK 11, Boost 1.67, Rustc 1.31, and updated GCC 8.3, Python 3.7.2 as default, Ruby 2.5.3, PHP 7.2.15, and more. Updates in Ubuntu Desktop This release ships with the latest GNOME 3.32 giving it a refreshed visual design. It also brings a few performance improvements and new features: GNOME Disks now supports VeraCrypt, a utility used for on-the-fly encryption. A panel is added to the Settings menu to help users manage Thunderbolt devices. With this release, more shell components are cached in GPU RAM, which reduces load and increases FPS count. Desktop zoom works much smoother. An option is added to automatically submit error reports to the error reporting dialog window. Other updates include new Yaru icon sets, Mesa 19.0, QEMU 13.1, and libvirt 14.0. This release will be supported for 9 months until January 2020. Users who require Long Term Support are recommended to use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instead. To read the full list of updates, visit Ubuntu’s official website. Read Next Chromium blacklists nouveau graphics device driver for Linux and Ubuntu users Ubuntu releases Mir 1.0.0 Ubuntu free Linux Mint Project, LMDE 3 ‘Cindy’ Cinnamon, released
As part of the campaign ‘Xamogelase’ (Smile) against bullying, Hellenic Bank and ‘Hope For Children’ CRC Policy Centre have joined forces to sensitise the local community over dealing with violence and bullying at schools.The programme ‘Peer Support Groups’ has started expanding in more schools, due to Hellenic Bank’s sponsorship.During this period, the programme is being implemented in Kiti gymnasium (Larnaca) and in Ayios Andreas primary school in Nicosia, with the aim to cover at least one school in every district.In this programme, groups of children are being trained by professionals in order to work as anti-bullying ambassadors and as peer supporters in the schools. This idea is based on the philosophy that some messages are better transferred to children by other children.The main aim of the programme is to provide students with not only knowledge about bullying, but most of all life skills, which are useful in the long run for problem solving and dealing with various difficulties apart from bullying.The educational sessions last 12 weeks and consist of experiential activities that focus on four basic cores of skills, co-operation, identification of the peer supporter quality characteristics, communication and active listening and problem solving.The programme is implemented with the approval of the Ministry of Education and Culture, and it will be assessed by administering questionnaires to students before and after the training.You May LikeNerve RenewIf You’re Fighting Neuropathy With B12, Here’s Why It’s Not WorkingNerve RenewUndoReport Globe8 Cutest Exotic Dog BreedsReport GlobeUndoWeLuvPuppies.com9 Happiest Dog BreedsWeLuvPuppies.comUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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