Pamela Anderson Writes To Kim Kardashian After Fashion Week

first_imgAfter hanging out together at Vivienne Westwood’s Fashion Week exhibition last week, PETA US Honorary Director Pamela Anderson sent Kim Kardashian — who recently channeled Anderson in a photo shoot for CR Fashion Book — a letter asking her to channel compassion to animals violently killed in the fur trade.“It was lovely seeing you at New York Fashion Week,” wrote Pamela. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know you over the years, and I can tell you’re a good person with a big, beautiful heart. I’m writing to ask you to extend your compassion to real fashion victims — the animals who are violently killed in the fur trade — by swearing off fur this winter.“I think you’d be horrified to learn that every single fur farm that PETA has exposed has been beyond cruel: Investigators have witnessed and documented that foxes are electrocuted, dogs are bludgeoned to death, and raccoon dogs are skinned alive. Just last month, video footage from a fur farm in Poland revealed that foxes are being kept inside filthy, cramped, dark cages and that some had missing eyes and rotting jaws. The footage was released on the heels of another investigation showing that foxes are being selectively bred to grow to an enormous—and dangerously unhealthy — size so that their pelts will be larger and fetch more money.“Times are changing, though: Gisele Bündchen made a bold statement against fur on the cover of Vogue Paris earlier this summer, and Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, the U.K., and other nations have taken a stand against cruelty by abolishing all fur farms. First lady and former fur-wearer Melania Trump recently swore off fur, following in the footsteps of so many fashion icons and first ladies.“You know I love you, and you can be a hero for animals as well as a great example to all your beautiful followers by swearing off fur. Please do the right thing. You’d be praised all over the world, including by my close friends at PETA.”last_img

Two killed in separate road accidents

first_imgNEW DELHI: Two youngsters have died and two are injured in two separate road accidents in Outer Delhi’s Pashim Vihar. In the first incident, a 22-year-old boy was run over by a speeding vehicle on Thursday Night at around 12 midnight. The boy was immediately rushed to the hospital but he was declared brought dead. The police have regsitered a cae of 279 and 304 A and are looking for the accused driver.In the second incident, a car lost control at Paschim Vihar early in the morning and hit a pole. One of the occupants of the car was also thrown out smashing the windscreen. He died on the spot. The driver of the car and the other occupant also were grievously injured in the accident. “The deceased has been identified as Himanshu, the injured are Sahib and Jayant. They were traveling in a Honda city car,” said a senior police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The passerby told our team that the car was in high speed. They ventured out to have parathas early morning and probably lost control over the car which later hit a pole,” said a senior police officer. The body of the deceased has been sent for post mortem and the injured have been admitted in the hospital. Earlier, five persons died in three separate road accidents in Delhi. In first accident in southeast Delhi, three persons died after the auto-rickshaw they were travelling toppled in NFC area on Thursday night. In second mishap, an ITI student was crushed to death by a speeding DTC bus in Nizamuddin area. While in the third incident in northeast Delhi’s Harsh Vihar area, a youth was mowed down by a tractor late on Thursday night.last_img

Luxembourg Prime Minister Marries Same-Sex Partner

Casablanca – Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel’s marriage with his partner Gauthier Destenay on Friday, November 25 made him the EU’s second leader to marry a same-sex Partner. The 43-year-old Prime Minister of Luxembourg officially married his partner, Gauthier Destenay, last Friday, a few months after the Luxembourg parliament lifted the gay marriage ban.By doing so, the Prime Minister became the second EU leader to marry a same-sex partner after Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland’s Prime Minister, who married her partner in 2010. According to The Guardian, the Christian People’s party banned same-sex marriage in 2007. In 2013, however, 83 percent of Luxembourgers were favorable to changing the law and lifting the ban on same-sex marriage.The same source revealed that Destenay, an architect, is the one who proposed to the Prime Minister. He reportedly asked for his hand shortly after the government ratified gay marriage.The BBC stated that the Prime Minister would not go on a honeymoon as other important missions are awaiting him, like attending an economic forum in Kazakhstan.A friend of the newly wed government official told French news agency AFP that the Prime Minister would like to keep his private life to himself and would not appreciate excessive public attention.

New Toronto detention centre set to open

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is offering tours of a new detention centre that is set to open at the end of the month.Over 1,600 inmates will call the Toronto South Detention Centre home. They will be placed two to a cell, and the only fresh air comes in through windows in certain areas.The facility doesn’t have a prison yard, and inmates will only see visitors through video, meaning no face-to-face contact. Most court appearances will also be done through video link. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

UN hails midwives contribution to maternal health around the world

“Economic differences, inequalities in countries and inaccessibility of services in some areas contribute to a shortage of some 350,000 midwives at a time when the world needs midwives more than ever,” the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Confederation of Midwives said in a joint “statement” to mark the International Day of the Midwife, observed on 5 May.“We urge all nations to work together to address the inequalities and inaccessibility of midwifery services. We encourage them to support quality training, innovative technologies and an enabling environment for midwives to match the vital role they play in communities and societies, especially in developing countries.”According to UNFPA, midwives save the lives of some 300,000 women each year and 10 times as many infants. They are also key in ensuring universal access to voluntary family planning, and this alone could help prevent 87 million unintended pregnancies as well as unsafe abortions and maternal deaths.“About 222 million women want to delay or avoid pregnancies, but lack the modern means to do so,” said the statement. “Midwives’ invaluable counselling skills are instrumental in empowering young couples and women to make the decisions that are right for their particular situations.”In addition to caring for women during and after childbirth, midwives also provide a wide range of assistance in humanitarian agencies, and they train and supervise community health workers to provide information and promote safer practices during crises.In South Sudan, where maternal mortality is estimated at 2,054 deaths for every 100,000 live births, midwives are vital in reducing maternal mortality, as they provide skilled birth attendance, family planning and emergency obstetric care, UNFPA Deputy Representative in South Sudan, Bannet Ndyanabangi said.UNFPA is supporting the Government there to train midwives in four health training institutions – Maridi, Kajo Keji, Wau and Juba College of Nursing and Midwives, with support from the Canadian International Development Agency, Dr. Ndyanabangi said. “We hope that in the next four to five years, about 500 health workers will graduate from these institutions, including 200 to 300 midwives,” he said.

UK automotive sector receives significant investment in regional jobs and growth

Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley and Nissan have been confirmed among a list of 50 companies from across the UK that will receive government support in the first round of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) allocation. General Motors in Luton has also received conditional allocation of funding following the news that the next generation Vivaro van will be built at its plant in Luton, safeguarding around 1,500 jobs.The announcement comes following the first round of bids during which each of the companies demonstrated how they would create jobs, as well as ensure a high level of private sector-led sustainable economic growth in their local communities over the coming years.“Confirmation that these automotive companies will benefit from government’s Regional Growth Fund signifies further confidence from government in the sector’s ability to sustain economic growth through investment in careers and skills,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Industry will work collaboratively with government to maximise the investments made, building expertise and strengthening competitiveness, whilst raising awareness of the increasing job opportunities available.”Over 100,000 new jobs will be created and safeguarded under government plans announced today by the Deputy Prime Minister to invest £450m in businesses across England. The Government expects over 27,000 jobs to be directly created and safeguarded, with close to a further 100,000 jobs in associated supply chains and local economies.The second round of the fund opens to bids today (Tuesday April 12). This round will aim to allocate the remainder of the fund (nearly £1bn). The £450m being invested by the government through the first round of the RGF is expected to leverage more than £2.5bn of private sector investment.The RGF is a £1.4bn fund which is designed to encourage enterprise, growth and jobs in the private sector and support areas and communities that are dependent on the public sector.To promote the second round of the fund and encourage quality bids that meet the objectives and criteria, there will be a series of road shows across England to speak with businesses and organisations with an interest in submitting a bid to advise them on all aspects of the fund. A schedule of the road shows will be available at www.bis.gov.uk/rgf.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Mine 2015 Gloves are off

first_imgThe PWC Mining Group has released its annual Mine report, with analysis of the Top 40 global mining companies:Overall market values plummeted $156 billion due to commodity price declinesFree cash flow moved positive again to $24 billion; but net profit down 9%Capital velocity declined for the first time since 2010 and continues to slowDividend yields at an all-time high of 5%Government intervention and conflict abound with strategy debates as impact of lower prices felt by many2014 was expected to be a tough fight for the global mining industry with commodity prices down and short-term volatility increasing. The initial scorecard for the largest 40 miners was mixed and now the gloves are off for the industry with widespread government intervention, internal industry conflicts and rising shareholder activism, according to PwC’s report.According to new analysis of the largest 40 miners from PwC, the industry trimmed spending and largely managed expectations through higher production and unexpected help from currency devaluations and lower input costs, despite continued headwinds from weak commodity prices.Improved capital management resulted in capital velocity declining for the first time since 2010 to just over 12% and helped the mining companies generate free cash flow and reward shareholders. While market values declined a further 16%, shareholders also benefitted from an all-time high dividend yield of 5%.The success of cost-saving initiatives became more apparent in 2014 as operating costs decreased 5%. While the mining industry had been indicating for the last two years their intention to reduce capital spending, such reductions were actually realised in 2014 as expenditures on significant projects declined 20%.A key measure of the industry’s investment agenda, capital velocity, slowed to just over 12% with further decreases expected in 2015 and for the first time, the total asset base shrunk 1%.While commodity prices decreased across a number of commodities and drove lower revenues, the report found this was partially offset by increased volumes, particularly in iron ore where supply expanded on the back of large expansion programs of the past few years.The decline in the iron ore price is having a significant impact on the top 40 miners. While slower demand from China is making headlines, the price declines are more related to the current oversupply in the market.With few exceptions, market supply and demand trends result in miners operating on the assumption that lower commodity prices will continue and the focus will therefore remain on containing operating costs and maintaining capital discipline.Mine also found, for the second year, the majority of the largest mining companies came from BRICS, rather than OECD markets¹, with another two top 40 BRIC entrants and a lower overall decline of only 7% – compared to an OECD drop of 21% – in market capitalisation. This was in despite of a lower adjusted profit contribution from the BRICS companies.BRICS mining companies tend to focus on mining in emerging markets exclusively whereas those in the OECD tend to have more diverse global portfolios. This divide, coupled with the wealth of new development potential in emerging markets and differing shareholder expectations, continues to create divergence.last_img

UPDATE 16 hurt in Kansas City gas blast fire

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo.-A huge natural gas explosion injured at least 16 people, destroyed a decades-old restaurant and rocked the iconic Country Club Plaza on Tuesday, just before the busy evening rush.Area hospitals reported treating four people with critical injuries including burns and smoke inhalation. One patient was found and transported to a hospital about four hours after the event.One person apparently had not been accounted for.The area was chaotic after the blast, which occurred shortly after 6 p.m. at JJ’s just west of the Plaza“It sounded like thunder, but it felt like an earthquake,” said Tracey Truitt, a lawyer at Polsinelli Shughart, who was working in a nearby building.The force knocked out windows at least a half-block away and was felt nearly a mile away. Flames soared two-thirds higher than the building into the evening sky. Bricks and broken glass were strewn around, and nearby residents and office workers gathered outside and watched as the injured were carried away. The odor of gas remained in the air, causing apprehension about a possible additional explosion.There were no initial reports of deaths, but officials brought cadaver dogs to the scene to explore the ruins.Witnesses reported a strong odor of natural gas in the area, some for hours before the explosion occurred about 6 p.m., and some We don’t know the cause of the accident yet,” Fire Chief Paul Berardi said in the haze of smoke and smell of gas that still lingered near the scene some two hours after the explosion. “We believe it to be a natural gas explosion.”last_img

3 bombs blast in capital of Myanmars Rakhine

first_imgDamage and debris are seen at a bank following a bomb blast in Lashio, Myanmar on 21 February 2018. ReutersThree bombs exploded in different locations around Rakhine’s state capital Sittwe early Saturday morning, including the home of a high ranking official, Myanmar police told AFP, adding that no deaths were reported.“Three bombs exploded and three other unexploded bombs were found. A police officer was injured but not seriously,” a senior officer said on condition of anonymity.The blasts took place around 4:00am (2130 GMT Friday), the officer said.One exploded in the compound of the state government secretary’s home, while the two others hit in front of an office in the city and on a road leading to a beach.A local official from the state government also confirmed the explosions.The extent of the damage was not immediately clear.“Some streets are being blocked by police already because of the bomb blasts,” Zaw Zaw, a local resident of Sittwe, told AFP by phone.Although bombings in the state capital are rare, restive Rakhine state has been roiled by bouts of of communal violence and insurgencies in other parts of the state.Last August, its northern wedge was plunged into crisis after a sweeping military crackdown on Rohingya rebels sparked a mass exodus of the Muslim minority across the border to Bangladesh.In January, seven people were killed and a dozen injured when police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who were trying to seize a government office in the town of Mrauk U.The violence prompted an ethnic Rakhine rebel group in the state to promise “serious” retaliation for the deaths of the protesters.last_img

Nepali Sherpa aims for record 22nd Everest summit

first_imgNepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa walking past the Boudhanath Stupa, where he has a rented room, on the outskirts of KathmanduA Nepali Sherpa is hoping to summit Mount Everest for a record-breaking 22nd time next month, during the busy climbing season that each year sees hundreds of climbers reach the top of the world.But to Kami Rita Sherpa, who has worked as a guide on Everest for over two decades, climbing to 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) is a job not a record-shattering feat.”I did not start climbing to set a world record. But in the course of my work in the guiding industry this is going to be my 22nd ascent. It wasn’t for any competition,” Kami Rita told AFP in Kathmandu before setting out for the mountain.When 48-year-old Kami Rita first summited Everest in 1994, he was one of just 49 climbers to reach the peak.Last year, 634 people made it to the top.Over the last two decades the booming number of climbers on Everest has created a lucrative mountaineering industry in both China and Nepal, which share the peak.In Nepal — home to eight of the world’s highest peaks — the climbers provide vital income: last year the impoverished country netted over $4 million in permit fees on Everest alone.Each year hundreds of climbers begin gathering at the foot of the world’s highest peak from early April, turning the base camp into a bustling nylon tent city.They spend nearly two months on the mountain to acclimatise to the harsh high altitude environment before attempting to reach the summit in May.Spring is the busiest time of year on the mountain as the winds and temperatures are more forgiving than at other times of the year. But nonetheless each spring Everest claims a few lives: last year seven climbers died on the mountain.The rapid growth in the climbing industry has also led to fears of deadly overcrowding on Everest, with the mountain opening up to more people as competition between expedition organisers has seen the costs plummet.The cheapest operators charge clients around $20,000 to take them to the top of the world, a quarter of the amount demanded by the most expensive.That discrepancy has caused tension on the mountain, with the mostly foreign-run companies accusing the largely Nepali-run cheaper ones of skimping on basic safety to keep costs low while also accepting clients who lack high-altitude climbing experience. Cost of inexperienceKami Rita, who has worked for US-based Alpine Ascents for much of his career, said the key differences between the operators is how well they train — and pay — their Sherpa guides.”Some foreigners (climbers) seek only cheap options which means they will get low quality, cheap Sherpa. If they pay high price they will get a high price (quality) Sherpa,” he said.Most paying climbers try to reach the summit with the help of a dedicated Sherpa guide, but the number of experienced Sherpa has not been able to keep pace with demand, warned Kami Rita.”Earlier, we had to knock on the companies’ doors for jobs. Now the tables have turned, the companies have to please the Sherpas to work with them. Why? Because there is shortage,” he said.Last year a record number of rescues were made from the mountain, which observers point as a sign of the growing cost of inexperience — amongst both paying climbers and Sherpa guides — on the mountain.The Nepali and Chinese authorities, who monitor all climbs on the southern and northern faces of the mountain respectively, are yet to release the number of climbing permits issued for this year.But the season — which marks the 65th anniversary of the first summit of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay — is expected to be as busy as last.Meanwhile, for Kami Rita it is just another year of work.”I am not extremely happy, excited or very sad no matter how many times I climb. There are many Sherpas who have held world records, I am just starting.””My life is just normal,” he added as he headed off for the top of the world.last_img

South Africas cannabis ban goes up in smoke

first_imgA man smokes a joint after South Africa’s top court ruled that personal cannabis use is legal on 18 September outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Photo: AFPSouth Africa’s top court ruled Tuesday that private, personal cannabis use was legal in a landmark case that pit law enforcement agencies against marijuana advocates and the judiciary.Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, delivering the Johannesburg-based Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, declared the law banning marijuana use in private by adults “unconstitutional and therefore invalid”.“It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption,” he said, reading the ruling to cheers from the public gallery.The court also ordered parliament to draft new laws within 24 months to reflect the order.Outside, pro-cannabis campaigners lit pipes and rolled joints to celebrate the news, filling the air with the distinctive scent of marijuana.“I’m happy I won’t be getting any more criminal records for possession,” Ruaan Wilson, a 29-year-old wearing shorts and sunglasses, told AFP before pausing for a puff.“Now we can get police to focus on real drugs and thugs,” he added.A court in the Western Cape had ruled in March 2017 that a ban on cannabis use by adults at home was unconstitutional, a move that effectively decriminalised it in the province, which includes Cape Town.But the ministers of justice, police, health and trade challenged that finding, arguing that there was “objective proof of the harmful effects of cannabis.”Tuesday’s ruling will not decriminalise the use of the drug in public nor the offences of supplying or dealing-but cultivation for personal, private use will no longer be illegal for adults.We are free nowPreviously, possessing, growing or using marijuana for personal use, even in small quantities, exposed users to fines of several thousand rand (hundreds of dollars) as well as jail time.Although custodial sentences were rare, penalties for selling the plant were far higher.Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug argued in the Constitutional Court that the prohibition “intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres”.Activists clutching banners reading “Weed are free now” and Rastafari flags gathered outside the court in central Johannesburg.Other boards read “Free the weed”, and “Legalise weed, end economic depression #weedislife”.Some activists also called for cannabis to be decriminalised for public use.“It’s not enough, we also have privacy in person, as we walk in a public space, therefore we should be allowed to carry cannabis in public,” said Jeremy Acton, leader of the Dagga Party in South Africa which advocates for the rights of cannabis users.Previous court hearings on the emotive issue have drawn protests by those opposed to legalising cannabis, as well as by those in favour of decriminalisation.Use of cannabis and medicinal marijuana has gained popularity in many parts of the world to ease suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV and AIDS, and other serious health conditions.Able to develop the plantBut opponents fear crime connected to drug abuse and the risk of users migrating to harder drugs.“The ruling contradicts the efforts of government and the South African society to deal with drug addiction and crime in our country,” said Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the opposition African Christian Democratic Party, in a statement.The country’s Medical Research Council has already launched trials to help guarantee quality, consistency and standards, according to local media.“We have used cannabis to treat anxiety, colic in children and as an antiseptic in secret for many years,” said Phephsile Maseko of the Traditional Healers Organisation. “Now we will be able to develop the plant even further.”The agriculture ministry said in a statement that it noted the ruling, adding that the decision by some US states to legalise the drug showed “a huge potential for job creation”.Globally, the legal status of cannabis varies widely. In Portugal, for example, possession and use is largely decriminalised, while users in Saudi Arabia face the death penalty.The breakthrough for South African cannabis users came just a day after US soft drinks giant Coca-Cola confirmed it was studying the use of a key ingredient in marijuana to make “wellness beverages”.last_img

Attorney General Sessions Testimony To Senate Panel Will Be Public

first_imgSean Rayford/Getty ImagesWhen Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, it will be in a hearing that is open to the public. A Justice Department spokeswoman tells NPR that Sessions requested it be public.The hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET.“The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public. He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee’s questions tomorrow,” said the Justice Department’s Sarah Isgur Flores, in a statement relayed by NPR’s Carrie Johnson.When it was first scheduled, the hearing was part of the annual budget appropriations process. But senators on the committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians — a topic that has come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election.In March, Sessions recused himself from any investigations that look at Russia’s actions in the 2016 campaign. As he did so, he defended himself against allegations of improper contacts, saying, “Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign.”That remark came after revelations emerged that Sessions had met with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he “did not have communications with the Russians.” Sessions, a former senator, later issued a clarification saying he had met with the ambassador.New questions about Sessions were raised last week, after former FBI Director James Comey said that he and other leaders at the agency had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did — and that the reasons behind that thinking are classified. Sessions could be asked about that part of Comey’s testimony as well as his role in Comey’s firing last month.The attorney general has also been the subject of rumors that he might leave the Trump administration. Here’s what Carrie recently reported on All Things Considered:“[Sources] are telling me Trump has been very angry with Jeff Sessions for recusing himself in the Russia investigation to begin with, lots of profane conversations and yelling. Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn’t want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation.”In addition to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s role in U.S. politics, special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an independent inquiry into Russia’s meddling and potential links between Russians and the Trump campaign, after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last month.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img

MovieBob Reviews SICARIO DAY OF THE SOLDADO

first_imgStay on target Is Sicario: Day of The Soldado good?No.So you’re disappointed?Yes, but mostly that it wasn’t the right kind of bad.Explain.Well, you see…  there was this weird period a little over a decade ago where if you had a movie that did decent money and was about the army or cops or just had lots of guns and shooting but it was also actually a smart drama but maybe there was a segment of the audience that had wished it had been only about the shooting. Sometimes the producers would license the title and make a bunch of barely-connected, action-heavy pseudo-sequels on the cheap for quick money. This most infamously happened to Jarhead, where the first movie was a Full Metal Jacket-style serious antiwar drama but then the two sequels were dumb shoot-em-up things.And you thought this was that… why?Because at one point that was supposedly the idea! The original Sicario had its share of action and violence, but it was mainly a nihilistic, pitch-black drama ostensibly about a covert clash between American federal agents and Mexican drug cartels but centered on the slow-slide into a nightmare abyss of despair and disillusionment of an agent played by Emily Blunt as she confronts the utter hopelessness of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Sicario 2, on the other hand, was initially rushed to a greenlight as a cash-in sequel re-centered on Benicio Del Toro’s supporting character from the original; a morally-compromised vigilante who goes through Cartel associates like a human buzzsaw to avenge his murdered family while the Governments of both countries look the other way. Spinning off a compelling but one-note side-character into his own movie and calling it sequel? Sounds like my kind of stupid – sign me up!Ah. So what is it instead?Boring and ugly.You’re going to have to elaborate.Sadly, Day of The Soldado decides to actually try and be a proper sequel to Sicario but with only about 15-20% of the elements that made the original more than the sum of… well, those elements. Del Toro is back being a laconic low-key badass, Josh Brolin is back barking orders and being all Josh Brolin, we’re still working with urban Mexico and La Frontera backdrops as a picturesque milieu, but all the vibe and vigor has been replaced with generic paint-by-numbers plotting and bland dramatics. What’s the fun (or even the point) of that?What’s the story this time?Apparently something dreamed-up by somebody’s terminally-paranoid great-grandfather after a six-day unmedicated Fox News binge, in screenplay format.…come again?Our premise is that ISIS is working in concert with Somali pirates to smuggle suicide bombers into the United States via the Southern border among migrant workers being trafficked by Mexican drug cartels. When a group of such bombers carries out a successful attack, the President designates the Cartels as a terrorist organization; giving Brolin’s black-ops troublemaking outfit a green light to use covert-warfare tactics for which they enlist the aid of Del Toro’s man-on-a-mission killing machine. Their plan: Start a war between the Cartels’ heads by framing one for the kidnapping of another’s 16-year-old daughter, because factional infighting will make it easier for the U.S. to (essentially) invade Mexico and wipe them all out. Brolin believes this plan will work because that kind of instability “made things easier in Iraq.”They do NOT seriously say that last part!!!They do, is the thing.Would I be incorrect in assuming that the plan hits some sort of snag, the less-good-guys in charge want to “get rid” of the girl, but she reminds Del Toro of his dead family so he turns slightly more noble and fights for her?Yeah… it’s almost impressively un-original on the plot side. And all its other sides, too, really.Is there anything else going on? I remember the first one had some parallel narratives happening…There’s a secondary intersecting subplot following the relative ease and rapid speed through which any cherubic, seemingly well-behaved Mexican-American teenager can morph into a violent MS13-style gang foot-soldier without even needing much of a push.Yikes. This feels… ill-timed?And then some! One always wants to be mindful when it comes to gauging the questionable taste (or, at least, fairly uncomfortable timing) of this or that movie, that Sicario: Day of The Soldado isn’t content to simply be the boring version of its predecessor but also the uglier, more shallow, topically tone-deaf version to a degree that borders on… well, I’d hesitate to say “irresponsible,” but definitely in that ballpark. That’s not to say that any film gets or loses “points” for being politically repellant or even simply “read the room” tone deaf; but when a film is ALSO underwritten, generically directed, lazily plotted, vacantly characterized, populated by stiff characters drained of their original essence and lacking any sense of even stylistic effort read more

Physicists Detect SingleElectron Tunneling with Quantum Dots

first_img Recently, a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory and the Toshiba Research Europe Limited, both in Cambridge, as well as the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, have designed an experiment that allows for the observation of single-electron tunneling at the picosecond timescale. In their technique, moving quantum dots that contain single electrons travel through a circuit with regions of different confinement, which excites the electrons into a superposition of states and causes them to oscillate. The physicists could detect oscillations in the resulting current, overcoming many of the challenges in single-electron detection. Their study is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”For the first time, we have detected the coherent motion of a single electron within a quantum dot,” lead author Masaya Kataoka told PhysOrg.com. Kataoka was previously with the University of Cambridge, and is now with the National Physical Laboratory in London. Previously, most approaches to electron detection have involved the application of short pulses to the electrodes of the experimental device. By arranging their device a bit differently, the UK team could avoid the need for these pulses. In their setup, they work with quantum dots, with each containing just one electron. The quantum dots travel at a velocity of about 2,800 meters per second through a channel past a tunnel barrier, on the other side of which is a parallel channel. “Because of the bandwidth limitation, past observations of coherent motion of single electrons were done using a relatively slow process, such as oscillation between two quantum dots,” Kataoka said. “The motion of an electron within a quantum dot, at a single-electron level, is normally much faster. It is not easy to fabricate a single-electron quantum dot, or a quantum dot suitable for high-frequency measurement. Our idea of moving quantum dots through a circuit, rather than using a static quantum dot, seems to work for this purpose.” Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Detecting the coherent motion of a single electron is a challenge, for the simple reason of scale: the timescale of the coherent motion of a single-electron wave function is in the picosecond regime (one trillionth of a second), which presents significant technical difficulties. However, understanding single-electron dynamics is very important for a wide range of future quantum technologies. 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. Excited-state spectroscopy on a nearly closed quantum dot via charge detectioncenter_img In this simplified experimental layout, quantum dots defined by surface acoustic waves each carry a single electron through the top channel. At the weakest point of the tunnel barrier, electrons can tunnel into the open 1D channel and escape into the bottom-right exit. Image credit: M. Kataoka, et al. ©2009 American Physical Society. Citation: Physicists Detect Single-Electron Tunneling with Quantum Dots (2009, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-physicists-single-electron-tunneling-quantum-dots.html The new method is based on the fact that the ground state of an electron in a quantum dot is very fragile, and a sudden change in the confinement potential can excite the electron from the ground state to a superposition of eigenstates. A short tunnel barrier provides just such a change in confinement to produce a superposition. If an electron encounters this tunnel barrier, it achieves a superposition of states, oscillating with a period of about 5 picoseconds and at a frequency that depends on the energy gap between the states. In the setup, an electron wave function oscillates from side to side in the channel, periodically hitting the short tunnel barrier. At the weakest point of the tunnel barrier, an electron can tunnel into a parallel channel and escape into a different exit than the exit at which the electrons that don’t tunnel go to. In other words, the electron oscillations lead to oscillations in the tunnel current, and the physicists could detect the tunnel current oscillations by making a weak, repeated measurement of the current at the second exit. Unlike many previous experiments, this technique doesn’t require the application of short pulses, enabling it to overcome bandwidth limitations.“Basically, read more

VIDEO Proud grandpa crying after his grandsons first NHL goal might make

first_imgTyson Jost was picked 10th by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Draft. Last night, he scored his first career goal on a second period wrister against the Wild.After the goal, the camera turned to his grandfather, who was in the stands watching the action. Gramps got a little choked up from beaming with pride and cried some happy tears. Absolutely no shame in that, sir.It’s always cool to see an authentic emotional moment in sports. Congrats grandpa, you helped raise him right.last_img

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first_imgRelated posts:Industry leaders say Costa Rica’s poor business climate drove out iconic snack food company Appliance company Mabe closes Costa Rica plant, lays off 445 employees Gallito candy, chocolates won’t be ‘Made in Costa Rica’ anymore Dos Pinos acquires candy maker Gallito Costa Rican company Transportes Internationales GASH dismissed 65 workers in early March “due to a recent drop in cargo volumes,” general manager Luis Guillermo Solís Fernández announced in a news release this week.“Cargo volumes have severely declined in the last three months, therefore the company was forced to take the decision to reduce our staff,” the statement said.The general manager said the firm hoped to regain cargo handling levels in the near future “in order to reinstate the dismissed posts and to support the country’s stability and economic growth.”GASH has been in the cargo transport market for over 60 years and currently owns a fleet of 300 semi trailers, according to the company’s website.The company offers transport services throughout Central America and currently has offices in San José and also at Moín and Caldera ports on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. It also owns a terminal in Nicaragua.The layoffs at GASH add to recent announcements from companies closing shops or moving operations abroad, including Wendy’s, Burger King, Bagelmen’s, Incesa Standard and most recently Alimentos Jack’s.Several cited high production costs in Costa Rica, increasing public utility rates and high taxes as reasons for leaving. Facebook Commentslast_img

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke That will be a key for a defense that new coordinator Ray Horton said should be among the league’s best just one season after they were one of the league’s worst.Dockett said it is nice to have the coach’s confidence.“I think he looks at the talent that we have on this team, looks at some things that we’ve done in the past, looks at some things we’re capable of,” he said. “At the end of the day you’ve still got to go out and work, just because he said it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.”True, and Dockett is hopeful his teammates are as ready to get started as he is. That, he said, was his greatest concern during the work stoppage.“As far as a few guys on the team, I never have to question, but some guys I do, and that would kind of wear and tear on me in a hard way, trying to reach out to guys who I know weren’t going to put that great work in like we would have if we would have been here.”ArizonaSports.com’s Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Darnell Dockett is one of the most outspoken players on the Arizona Cardinals roster.Making constant use of Twitter, his adventures during the lockout were as entertaining to fans as they were frustrating to his coaches. But it is time to get back to football, and the Cardinals defensive lineman is ready to go.“I’ve been training, been ready, just sitting back and waiting for the call,” he said at the team’s facility Tuesday. “So hopefully we get up there, and hopefully the guys on our team have been working out and are in shape, so when we get up there there are no excuses.”center_img Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories last_img

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Free agent defensive back Robert McClain will visit the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday as general manager Steve Keim weighs his options to fill the team’s second cornerback spot, reports ESPN’s Jenna Laine.On Monday, the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson reported that Arizona and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had shown interest in McClain.The 29-year-old appeared in 14 games for Tampa Bay in 2017, finishing the year with 50 tackles and a career-high three picks. Prior to his single year with the Bucs, McClain played 14 games in 2015-16 under new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, who was then the defensive backs coach for the Carolina Panthers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) dives away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Robert McClain (36) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 9 Comments   Share   The 5-foot-9, 195-pound corner appeared in three games for the San Diego Chargers in 2016.Related LinksCardinals’ top leaders attend QB Sam Darnold’s pro dayIn between stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2011) New England Patriots (2015), McClain was a key player for the Atlanta Falcons from 2012-14.McClain was drafted by Carolina as a seventh-round pick in 2010. He played his first stint with the Panthers from 2010-11. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img

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