Deadly Indonesian earthquakes leave 75 dead and thousands trapped UN reports

30 September 2009Humanitarian AidDevastating back-to-back earthquakes have rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra today, killing at least 75 people and leaving thousands trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported. A powerful 7.9-magnitude tremor, originating from the same fault-line that produced the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, struck near the city of Padang at 5:16 pm local time, and was followed by a quake measuring 6.2 about 22 minutes later.Initial reports indicate significant damage to infrastructure and there have also been media reports of several fires in the affected areas along with temporary airport closures in Padang, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). A team of UN agencies will be dispatched to the affected areas in West Sumatra tomorrow to assess emergency relief needs of the population, as well as the damage to the area. OCHA also said that it has offered its services to the Government of Indonesia.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his condolences to the victims of the quake and their families, and said he was closely following reports of the impact of the disaster.At the beginning of the month a 7.3-magnitude quake hit the Tasikmalaya district of West Java, Indonesia, killing at least 64 people and uprooting another 25,000. read more

New chairman of UN disarmament commission predicts challenges amid stalemate

Addressing a brief organizational session of the Commission, which will meet from 9 to 27 April, Elbio Rosselli of Uruguay noted that the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament has been unable to adopt a programme to make it possible to renew substantive negotiations, and the recent Review Conference on the small arms action plan had also failed to achieve solid results.Ten years ago, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) opened for signature, but it had yet to enter into force, he noted, because not enough designated countries have ratified it. In addition, no significant progress had been made on practical steps towards nuclear disarmament agreed at the 2000 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.But he said he looked forward to chairing the Commission and pledged to work closely with the heads of its two working groups. The first, dealing with nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, is chaired by Jean-Francis Regis Zinsou of Benin. The second, on confidence-building in the conventional weapons sphere, is chaired by Carlos Duarte of Brazil. read more

US claims for unemployment benefits rise by 13000

FILE – This Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, shows the Illinois Department of Employment Security office in Springfield, Ill. On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) US claims for unemployment benefits rise by 13,000 by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 20, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in five weeks but still remained close to the recent 43-year lows.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless benefits rose by 13,000 last week to 260,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That was the highest level since an identical 260,000 claim applications were filed the week of Sept. 10.Since that time, claims had fallen to the lowest levels since November 1973. Even with last week’s gain, claims, which are a proxy for layoffs, remain at levels indicating that workers are enjoying job security despite sluggish economic growth.The increase in benefit applications was bigger than economists had been forecasting but some suggested that disruptions in filing applications earlier caused by Hurricane Matthew might have been a factor.Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, said that there were claims increases in North Carolina that could have been hurricane related and he said that big gains in California and Kentucky might be “a garden variety makeup” for lower-than-expected readings in the previous two weeks.The four-week average for claims, a less volatile measure, rose by 2,250 to 251,750 last week.Overall, 2.06 million Americans are collecting unemployment checks, down 6 per cent from a year ago.THE TAKEAWAY: The labour market has continued to show steady improvement this year although at a slower pace than in 2015. Employers added 156,000 jobs in September, fewer than the 167,000 jobs added in August and below last year’s average monthly gain of 230,000.The unemployment rate inched up to 5 per cent in September, compared to 4.9 per cent in August, as more than 400,000 people entered the labour market to look for jobs but not all of them were immediately successful.Still, the unemployment rate is just half the 10 per cent high hit in October 2009 as the country was struggling to pull out of the Great Recession.KEY DRIVERS: Applications for jobless benefits staying close to a four-decade low provides strong evidence that the job market remains resilient despite the fact that economic growth has been anemic so far this year. The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a rate of just 1.4 per cent in the second quarter after an even weaker 0.8 per cent increase in the first three months of the year.Economists believe that growth has accelerated in the just-completed third quarter to around 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent. The government will report that number next week. read more

Brock prof to speak on missing and murdered Indigenous women at book

Robyn Bourgeois, Assistant Professor in Brock’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, will give a public talk and reading at the launch of Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters in Toronto this week.The book, released this month by the University of Alberta Press, features academic and non-academic writing about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Bourgeois, a leading scholarly expert and survivor of violence herself, contributed a chapter entitled, “Generations of Genocide: The Historical Context of MMIWG.”Bourgeois, along with other contributors, will present a panel discussion and engage in a Q&A session with the audience before signing copies of the book.Tickets for the event are available for purchase.What: Book launch for Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters, featuring Robyn Bourgeois and other contributorsWhen: Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Where: CSI Annex Lounge at 720 Bathurst St., Toronto read more

New mining focussed sales office for ContiTech in Peru

first_imgAs a leading manufacturer of conveyor belts for the mining industry, ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group says it offers “flexible, qualified, and customer-oriented service worldwide.” On August 1, 2014, this business unit of ContiTech opened a sales office in Lima, Peru, where the goal is to build up a local service team that supervises projects on location.“Peru’s mining sector is the fastest growing mining sector in South America. Many investments are being planned for the coming years. Furthermore, Peru has a large number of mineral resources that have not yet been tapped into,” said Silvia Braatz, Director of Peru Operations, adding: “Our target groups are therefore primarily mining companies and the mining industry.” The team will focus on the high-quality textile and steel cord conveyor belts made by ContiTech.The sales office will mainly be operated by the ContiTech production location in Santiago, Chile. “With the company strategy ‘ContiTech Conveyor Belts – First Choice,’ we manufacture according to German quality standards and our products profit worldwide from the know-how of our engineers. Furthermore, we are able to guarantee short transport routes this way,” explained Braatz. In addition to the sale of textile and steel cord conveyor belts, like ContiTech STAHLCORD for example, the development of a service team is also being planned. Amongst other things, the employees will handle assembly work as well as repairs directly at the mine operators in Peru.last_img read more

British divorcee confesses to killing children by slitting their throats

first_imgShe said: ‘He has killed them’. I tried to comfort her saying we didn’t know as yet although I knew at the bottom of my heart that they were dead.Ahmed Benguedda, another neighbour, told AFP the couple had divorced “two or three years ago” and that the man had drinking problems and was a wife-beater.After the divorce the wife, who worked as an assistant accountant, moved out of the apartment they had jointly bought and was living in the Isere region of eastern France.But the children were “well-balanced”, said Benguedda, whose seven-year-old daughter often played with them.“All the people in this building are in a state of shock,” Benguedda said.- © AFP, 2013 A 48-YEAR-OLD DIVORCED Briton locked in a bitter custody battle has confessed to killing his two young children by slitting their throats.The bodies of the boy, 10, and girl, 5, were discovered yesterday afternoon in the man’s apartment in Saint-Priest, a southeastern suburb of the eastern city of Lyon.The unemployed man confessed to the gruesome crime “but did not go into details of the motive”, prosecutors said.The tragedy was “linked to a bitter separation” and “the state of his visitation rights which he considered insufficient”, another judicial source told AFP.“In 2010, there was an incident of violence with his spouse which led to restrictions on his visitation rights,” the source said.He was arrested on yesterday evening in Lyon and placed in custody. A judicial official said a knife, which is thought to have been the murder weapon, had been found.The man had visitation rights but only in the presence of another person, the official said, adding that this was the first time he had brought the children home to his apartment on the second floor of a four-storey building.“We understand that a British national has been arrested in France,” a UK Foreign Office spokesman told AFP. “We are in contact with the French authorities and we await the outcome of their investigation.”Several witnesses said the man fled on roller skates after his former wife encountered him on the stairwell of the building and saw him with bloodstained clothes. She immediately alerted the police.A neighbour said the mother was soon joined by relatives, including her brother-in-law and the children’s grandparents, and was lucid although in shock.A psychiatrist from the emergency services was immediately dispatched to give her counselling.“They were devastated but relatively composed,” the neighbour said, speaking on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

De la glace qui brûle extraite pour la toute première fois par

first_imgDe la “glace qui brûle” extraite pour la toute première fois par le JaponMercredi, des chercheurs japonais ont pour la première fois réussi à extraire des fonds sous-marins du gaz d’hydrates de méthane, une ressource également appelée “la glace qui brûle”. Si cette ressource parvient à être exploitée, elle pourrait bien sauver le Japon de l’impasse énergétique dans laquelle il se trouve.Comme l’a expliqué mercredi à la presse le ministre japonais de l’Industrie, Toshimitsu Motegi, des préparatifs étaient en cours depuis des années et le test a enfin débuté. En effet, pour la première fois, des chercheurs japonais sont parvenus à extraire des fonds sous-marins, à environ 80 kilomètres au large de la péninsule d’Atsumi, du gaz d’hydrates de méthane. Découverts il y a deux siècles déjà, ce gaz a longtemps été négligé en raison des difficultés techniques et économiques que présentait son exploitation. C’est donc une première mondiale que d’être parvenu à extraire ce gaz des fonds marins dont les Japonais ont vanté les mérites. En effet, le gaz extrait des hydrates de méthane est adapté au transport sur de longues distances et pourrait à terme concurrencer le gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL), voire le gaz de schiste. Un de ses principaux avantages réside dans le fait que les conditions de température et de pression nécessaires à sa stabilité sont moins draconiennes que celles requises pour le dit GNL.”Notre ambition est de fiabiliser les technologies dans le but de parvenir à une exploitation commerciale”, a expliqué le ministre cité par RIA Novosti. “Nous sommes parvenus à produire une certaine quantité de gaz dès ce matin, environ quatre heures après le début de l’expérimentation”, et l’objectif est de parvenir à stabiliser une extraction stable durant environ deux semaines. M. Motegi se réjoui tout particulièrement de cette réussite car, techniquement parlant, la production du gaz d’hydrates de méthane est encore plus complexe que celle du gaz de schiste. Une quantité qui avoisinerait 10 ans de besoins en gaz pour le JaponL’expérience, réalisée à 330 mètres en sous-sol à 1.000 mètres de profondeur, consiste à provoquer une chute de pression pour récupérer le gaz, enfermé avec de l’eau sous forme cristallisée dans les sédiments superficiels des eaux océaniques profondes, sous des conditions de forte pression et basse température. Comme l’explique Chiharu Aoyama, chercheuse spécialiste des ressources énergétiques au Centre indépendant de recherche générale, “le Japon, lui, en est entouré, mais on en trouve par exemple peu le long de l’est de l’Afrique. C’est que les hydrates de méthane sont surtout présents dans les lieux à forte sismicité”. Ainsi, les fonds sous-marins des eaux territoriales japonaises abriteraient de très grandes quantités de ces hydrocarbures qui avoisineraient dix ans de besoins en gaz pour l’archipel. Selon certaines estimations, au total, le Japon en détiendrait pour un siècle ou plus de consommation. Une réelle opportunité pour le pays qui est tributaire de l’étranger, contraint d’importer 95% de son énergie et qui cherche aujourd’hui à réussir sa transition énergétique. D’autant qu’avec l’arrêt de la quasi intégralité de ses 50 réacteurs nucléaires après Fukushima, les Japonais consomment beaucoup plus de gaz qu’auparavant. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Je souhaite qu’arrive au plus vite le jour où le Japon pourra utiliser les ressources naturelles alentour en franchissant un à un tous les obstacles”, a ainsi déclaré M. Motegi.(crédits photo : J. Pinkston and L. Stern/US Geological Survey) Le 13 mars 2013 à 19:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Buffon I didnt join PSG for the money

first_imgItalian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has denied suggestions that he only joined Paris Saint-Germain for one last big chequeThe 40-year-old made the surprise switch to PSG in the summer from Juventus in order to continue his top-flight career.But there have been rumours going about suggesting that Buffon’s main reason for going to France was just for the money with nine of PSG’s players among the Ligue 1’s top 10 earners.The 2006 World Cup winner reportedly earns just under €5m a year at the Parc Des Princes.“There’s always a bit of envy, that’s human too,” Buffon told Corriere della Sera on those rumours.“The first rule is not to be conditioned by the judgements and ideas of others. I will never prostitute my ideals and dreams for money. If I was going to then I’d have done it long before now.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“Money is important, it’s a means to live better, but I’m not venal.“They thought I was a madman, or a statue only missing the pigeons. My enthusiasm makes me young though, and if I want to continue I can’t be like an old grandpa.“Sometimes I’m more ‘stupid’ than someone who is 20 and people don’t realise my age.“I’m very proud to be here, because to receive an offer from a club like this is a big satisfaction.“I always gave my best, I am sure I behaved well and life rewarded me with this bonus.”Buffon has made 13 appearances for PSG in all competitions this season.last_img read more

Podcast Answers Farmers Questions About RoundUp Ready Patents

first_imgASA invites all members with questions about Round-Up Ready 1 and what its patent expiration means to farmers, to listen to the new educational podcast presented by Monsanto Oilseeds Product Management Lead Norm Sissons.Sissons also discusses Monsanto’s website launched by Monstanto to provide information about what farmers can and cannot do with the seeds and help them plan for the next planting season.Click here to listen to the podcast.last_img

Publishers Reveal Digital Storefront Plans

first_imgThe publishers said the goal of the venture is fourfold: to create a highly featured common reading application capable of rendering the distinctive look and feel of each publication; to create a robust publishing platform that’s optimized for multiple devices, operating systems and screen sizes; to create a digital storefront offering an “extensive selection” of reading options; and to create a selection of advertising opportunities.For advertisers, the group said this new initiative will provide them with innovative ad formats that “benefit from the highly engaging, interactive nature of this new medium.”It was not immediately clear if the group is developing the technology behind the initiative in-house, or has partnered with a technology vendor. It also wasn’t clear how much each publishing partner has invested in the project so far. A spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.The publishers said they collectively represent an audience of 144.6 million, according to MRI figures. As was expected, a consortium of some of the industry’s biggest magazine publishers today unveiled plans to develop open standards for a new digital storefront à la iTunes, as well as the related technology to allow consumers to access magazines on portable digital devices.Publishers involved in the venture include Time Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst and Meredith Corp. News Corp. also is part of the initiative. The group said it will eventually welcome other publishers to use the technology, too.As was previously reported, Time Inc. executive vice president John Squires will lead the initiative, at least in the interim, as managing director. “For the consumer, this digital initiative will provide access to an extraordinary selection of engaging content products, all customized for easy download on the device of their choice, including smartphones, e-readers and laptops,” he said in a statement announcing the initiative. “Once purchased, this content will be ‘unlocked’ for consumers to enjoy anywhere, anytime, on any platform.”last_img read more

Wilmington Community Fund Giving Away Reusable Tote Bags On June 23

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Community Fund is helping residents reduce waste by helping to protect the environment in a more sustainable day-to-day effort. Their reusable tote bags offer many environmental benefits, as well as convenience, value and ease!The Wilmington Community Fund wants to help by giving away reusable bags (1 per person) at the following locations on Sunday, June 23, 2019, starting at 10am:Elia’s Country StoreFarmers Market (140 Middlesex Avenue)Lucci’s SupermarketMarket Basket Plaza The giveaways are on a first-come-first-serve basis.​Be sure to bring your Wilmington Community Fund tote bag on your next grocery trip. While you’re there, consider donating a non-perishable food item to the Community Fund’s Food Pantry. With your help, WCF can achieve its motto, “People Helping People”.​To learn more about how you can support WCF, click HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Fund.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Wilmington Community Fund To Give Away Reusable Tote Bags On June 23In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, June 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, June 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

They couldnt have been saved even if the operation was launched earlier

first_img*The piece originally came up in Prothom Alo print edition is rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir Monirul IslamOn the one-year anniversary of the militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, Prothom Alo speaks to the police’s Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit chief, Monirul Islam. He speaks in detail about the government’s anti-militancy programme.Sohrab Hossain and Sheikh Sabiha AlamProthom Alo: How strong is the counter-terrorism unit at present?Monirul Islam: The counter-terrorism unit was launched on February 2016, but actually began functioning from the last week of May. If we make an assessment of the past year, then we are quite ahead of what we had aimed to achieve in this span of time. We did not imagine that the events would take place so rapidly. They Holey Artisan Bakery incident pushed our backs to the wall. That is why, in addition to increasing our efficiency, we are also placing emphasis on operations.Prothom Alo: Where does the capacity of the counter-terrorism unit stand at present, particularly when it comes to training and personnel?Monirul Islam: The capacity of just a counter-terrorism unit is not enough to contain militancy. We have the manpower, more or less. There is training at various levels too. The officers are being trained at home and abroad. As this crime is of a different nature, the relevant persons are being given regular training. The militants use the internet, they deftly utilise cyberspace and our personnel are being trained accordingly. But we do have problems when it comes to the hardware and software required for cyberspace policing. These are being arranged.Prothom Alo: According to the media, the US and the European countries no longer extend cooperation to the Bangladesh government’s anti-militancy programmes because of human rights violations.Monirul Islam: That does not apply to us. The US is extending cooperation to us in the field of capacity building. We have held talks with the UK on this issue too. Australia and Canada have also provided quite a lot of training. Japan has extended cooperation too. We have to keep in mind that these countries will move away if any human rights violation takes place.Prothom Alo: Have you asked for assistance from neighbouring India to tackle militancy?Monirul Islam: We have coordination with India. We have real time intelligence sharing with India. Many of our officials have been trained there. There is an exchange of experiences.Prothom Alo: With which other countries does Bangladesh have real time intelligence sharing?Monirul Islam: Mostly with our neighbour India. None at all with Myanmar. With China, to an extent, but that does not entail intelligence sharing. If the need arises, we will have that with China too.Prothom Alo: The operation at Holey Artisan Bakery was launched 11 hours after the attack. Experts contend that many lives could have been saved if the operation was launched earlier. Was this a mistaken decision, then?Monirul Islam: Taking everything into consideration, I do not think this was a wrong decision. We had never faced such a situation before. This was the first such incident in Bangladesh. When the hostage situation emerged, we had no information at that moment as to how many persons were inside, what strength they had, what their aim was. Later investigations revealed that the killings had taken place before the first team of police reached there. So even if the operation was launched earlier, the people couldn’t have been saved. From the eye-witnesses who were rescued and from the planners of the Holey Artisan attack who were arrested alive, it was confirmed that the militants killed everyone except one within 10 to 15 minutes of entering the place.Prothom Alo: Who was that one?Monirul Islam: He was a Japanese national. He was hiding in the chiller. But later he was killed too.Prothom Alo: At the conference of police heads from various countries held in Dhaka a few months ago, terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna said that IS had carried out the attack on Holey Artisan. What would you say?Monirul Islam: He is an academician. He perhaps drew this conclusion from his academic research. But those who were caught here, some of them saying they were involved in 22 or 23 incidents, did not say they had connection with IS. Even those who are being caught now are not speaking of any IS connections.Prothom Alo: How can you be so sure that the attackers had no connection with IS?Monirul Islam: All the militants killed inside Holey Artisan Bakery were Bangladeshi nationals and none of them had dual citizenship. Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury has dual citizenship. He came from Canada and organised neo-JMB and used these militants for the Holey Artisan killing. Even back in 1992 when Harkatul Jihad was created, they too followed foreign militant outfits.Prothom Alo: So is neo-JMB an organisation that follows IS?Monirul Islam: They accept many interpretations of IS. It can be said that militant organisations of Bangladesh follow IS, Al Qaeda models, they believe in their philosophy. But they do not have direct organisational contact.Prothom Alo: Have anyone else in neo-JMB, like Tamim Chowdhury, come from outside?Monirul Islam: No one of Tamim’s level. After Tamim was killed, a certain Mainul Islam alias Musa reorganised the group. But all their preparations were destroyed in the operations last March and April.Prothom Alo: Is Major (retd) Ziaul Huq under your surveillance?Monirul Islam: Major Zia hasn’t been apprehended as yet. We learnt seven years ago that he was in Bangladesh. We do not have any information regarding him in the past few months. He may have gone abroad. But what we can say is that he is not active at present. We would have received information had he been active.Prothom Alo: Have you noted any change in the militants’ strategy before and after the Holey Artisan attack?Monirul Islam: The militants have changed their strategy. Prior to the Holey Artisan attack, they carried out many individual attacks. They killed many persons in North Bengal and in the southwest. They had a significant supply of arms at the time. After the Holey Artisan incident and our continued operations, their arms supply was disrupted and now they lean more towards put more emphasis on explosives. They are now more concentrated on organising themselves and gathering new members rather than launching attacks.Prothom Alo: Has your strategy undergone any change?Monirul Islam: We have a research cell. The cell reviews everything after each operation, the cell carries out a review and determines the next strategy based on information received from the the arrested militants. We always want to catch the militants alive because this provides us with a storehouse of information.Prothom Alo: The mode of every operation is almost identical, giving rise to doubts in public mind regarding the efficacy of the operations.Monirul Islam: The militants use the same strategy. So when one side uses a certain strategy, is has to be countered accordingly too. They had weapons before, they fought, now they have no weapons, they use explosives. They have been told that death is better than being caught. And if they can take someone along with them when they die, it’s all the better.Prothom Alo: Before the Holey Artisan Bakery attack, the militants had been killing writers and bloggers. At a policymaking level and from the law enforcement agencies, it was laid out what should be written and what shouldn’t. Didn’t that go in favour of the militants?Monirul Islam: In the long run, the law enforcement moves did not go in favour of the militants. After April last year, they couldn’t carry out any more killings. Many of them have been caught over the past one and a half years. The mystery behind many of the killings has been unearthed. Enough evidence has been found to be produced before the court. Even the names of those who haven’t been caught have been revealed. Son their organisation is now shattered.Prothom Alo: There seems to be a lack of coordination is some instances of the anti-militancy drive.Monirul Islam: Coordination is a relative matter. A commission had been formed after the Twin Tower attack. It came up with a 400 or 500-page report. It was evident from the report that one agency had no communication with another agency. We are better than that in a sense. However, there is room for improvement.Prothom Alo: Don’t you feel that any anti-terrorism operation should be conducted under the unit formed to counter terrorism?Monirul Islam: A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being prepared. The SOP will determine the responsibilities assigned to concerned units.Prothom Alo: A commission was formed after the Twin Tower attack. Why wasn’t any such commission formed in Bangladesh?Monirul Islam: We have the National Committee for Intelligence Coordination (NCIC). They recommended that the SOP be prepared.Prothom Alo: Over the past one year, militant dens were uncovered in Sylhet, Jhenidah, Chittagong, Chapainawabganj, doesn’t that suggest that they have a nationwide network?Monirul Islam: They haven’t spread to a dangerous extent. They built up their hideouts in a few specific districts where they carried out their recruitments. They have had their activities in certain districts in North Bengal such as Bogra, Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Kurigram, Dinajpur (relatively less), Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj. And they had some activities in Chittagong Hill Tracts in December last year, particularly in Naikhangchhari of Bandarban and in the southwest, basically in Jhenidah.Prothom Alo: In many cases though political leaders are not granted bail, militants are often released on bail. Why?Monirul Islam: The matter of bail depends on the strength of the case. Someone may have committed 22 murders or may have been directly involved in the Holey Artisan attack. But someone may have just supported this. That can’t be given the same treatment. Those who have been granted bail recently, had lent their support. Even such support is a crime in the eyes of the law.What we haven’t been able to do so far in this regard, is carry out a de-radicalisation process within the prisons, so that these persons can emerge as normal individuals after they spend six months or a year in jail. And as for those who are released on bail whom we deem important or we apprehend may get involved in militant activities, we try to keep them under surveillance.Prothom Alo: Who are more active in militancy in the country, IS followers or al-Qaeda followers?Monirul Islam: Ansar Al Islam to an extent follow al-Qaeda ideology. They are basically involved in killing bloggers and atheists. They have become inactive since April last year. Neo-JMB, which do not IS follow per se, but accept their interpretations, have displayed the most brutality. After the Holey Artisan Bakery attack, their only successful operation was in Sylhet. That organisation too is now shattered. But there is no room for complacence. The drives against them must continue.last_img read more

Preparing for E3 Nintendo launches a Wii U showcase in Downtown Disney

first_imgAs we get closer and closer to the biggest gaming event of the year, it is becoming clear that Nintendo’s approach to showcasing the Wii U and new titles headed for the console are slightly more hands on than their competitors. Downtown Disney, the massive Disney themed shopping center just outside of their Florida parks, is about to play home to a huge hands on Wii U experience.Nintendo has has trouble with the Wii U since the day it was announced, when it wasn’t totally clear whether the company was releasing a new console or a new controller for their existing popular console. The new console was released with very little excitement and even fewer sales, and the lack of new titles for the console since launch has not done much to encourage new users to buy.There are signs all over the place that seem to indicate the Wii U is not long for this world. Not to be deterred by the slow progress of the console, Nintendo decided to offer gamers the ability to play the next wave of games to be announced at E3 the very next day at participating Best Buy locations. Keeping on that same path, the company is now setting up a massive gaming experience in Downtown Disney to showcase the best features of this not-quite-next-gen console.According to ThrillGeek, Nintendo has started rolling in huge cases designed to operate as standalone console demo stations. Everything from Wii U chat in separate booths to demo stations for current popular titles. When E3 starts, several stations are to be setup just like the Best Buy locations to allow players a hands on look at the titles that were only announced hours ago at the gaming convention.It’s also rumored that at least one of the demo stations will be used to showcase the upcoming Skylanders competitor, Disney Infinity. These demo stations are expected to stick around in Downtown Disney until June 23, with Nintendo staff on hand while they are open to answer any questions about the console or games. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Wii U Nintendoland DemoWii U Nintendoland DemoWii U Mario U DemoWii U ChatWii U DemoWii U SMB U DemoWii U Pikmin Demolast_img read more

Micromacro entangled cat states could one day test quantum gravity

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters In order to extend quantum effects to the macroscopic level, physicists are working on creating entanglement between a macroscopic and microscopic system. This situation is very similar to that of the entanglement between the quantum state of the macroscopic cat and that of the microscopic decaying nucleus. So far, micro-macro entanglement has been experimentally demonstrated in optical systems, and is currently being pursued in other areas, such as electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical systems.In a new study published in Physical Review Letters, physicists Roohollah Ghobadi, et al., have proposed a method for generating optomechanical micro-macro entanglement. One of the most intriguing outcomes of bringing quantum effects to the macroscopic level using this approach is that it could allow researchers to test for wave function collapse due to quantum gravity, which is predicted to occur on a much shorter timescale than wave function collapse due to environmentally induced decoherence.”Our proposal allows for observation of the genuine macroscopic superposition of massive objects,” Ghobadi told “It also looks promising to test some collapse models.”The proposed method involves storing one component of an entangled state of light (consisting of just one or a few photons) in a mechanical resonator (consisting of billions of atoms). During this process, the initial microscopic entangled state of photons is amplified with a strong coherent beam, the photons are converted into phonons, and then the entangled states are retrieved. This approach makes it possible to create optomechanical “cat states,” in which the quantum states of the photons and phonons are in superposition. The researchers write that the scheme is realizable with current technology, and if realized, would be the second demonstration ever of optomechanical entanglement. To test proposals for quantum gravity-induced wave function collapse, future experiments could be performed that compare the collapse time (estimated to be on the order of microseconds) to the collapse time of environmentally induced decoherence (on the order of milliseconds).”It is interesting to do the proposed experiment for different masses in order to distinguish the decoherence due to a collapse model from conventional environmentally induced decoherence,” said coauthor Christoph Simon, Physics Professor at the University of Calgary.In addition, by varying other factors such as the amplification and the number of phonons, researchers could use this method to look for other types of deviations from quantum physics in this little-explored regime of micro-macro entanglement and superposition.”One possible direction is to apply the method proposed here to create cat states in other systems,” Ghobadi said. “It is also interesting to look at its application in quantum information processing.” ( —In Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment, a cat’s quantum state becomes entangled with the quantum state of a decaying nucleus, resulting in the odd situation that the cat is both alive and dead at the same time. The thought experiment was originally intended to convey the absurdity of applying quantum mechanics to macroscopic objects, but recently physicists have been questioning whether “quantum” effects such as entanglement and superposition may apply on all scales. 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: R. Ghobadi, et al. “Optomechanical Micro-Macro Entanglement.” PRL 112, 080503 (2014). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.080503 © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img What if quantum physics worked on a macroscopic level? Citation: Micro-macro entangled ‘cat states’ could one day test quantum gravity (2014, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Proposed setup for generating optomechanical “cat states,” a form of micro-macro entanglement in which the quantum states of photons and phonons are in superposition. Credit: R. Ghobadi, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society Explore furtherlast_img read more

Aggressive driving a reflection of surrounding culture

first_imgAggressive driving behaviour is a reflection of a person’s surrounding culture, both on the road and on a broader social level, says a study.The findings suggest that some countries and cultures may be more susceptible to aggressive or competitive driving behaviours due to their social environment, and that improvements in that arena would also be seen in driving behaviour.“The choice to be competitive versus cooperative always starts with culture, by the influences around us and the way other people behave, ‘said one of the researchers Haizhong Wang, assistant professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University in the US.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“And it’s clear there’s a role for education and experience, where studies have shown the value of young drivers participating in driver education programmes and receiving positive guidance from their parents and peers,” Wang noted.The study also implies that different social conditions might ultimately translate into better drivers.However, these dangerous behaviours are becoming a worldwide phenomenon of almost epidemic proportions partly as a reaction to overcrowded road networks, the researchers said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe findings, published in the journal Procedia Engineering, showed that such behaviour is more pronounced in men than in women.The research was done with drivers in China where competitive driving is very common. The problems in China as it becomes increasingly crowded with drivers, however, reflect similar concerns at varying levels around the world, Wang said. In this analysis, the researchers concluded that drivers in congested situations generally believed that the chaotic traffic state was responsible for their competitive behaviour and they had no option other than to compete for space, the right-of-way, and gain advantages through speed and spacing.In simple terms, it was right and proper that they should try to keep up with or get ahead of traffic; that was the example being set for them, and they drove that way because everyone else did.However, the study also suggested that “personality traits draw on and are influenced by aspects of one’s social environment.” It is prevalent in India too where the surroundings play an important part.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Dedicated Mediterranean

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterDedicated Mediterranean-style wine bar and kitchen Mister Percy has opened in Pyrmont, Sydney. The new kitchen is housed in the heritage-inspired designer boutique hotel, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour.It is named after Percy Ewart, a former wool classer at the original wool store who made his mark by etching his name in the sandstone building. Mister Percy offers both a menu and wine and drinks list inspired by the arc of countries surrounding the Mediterranean.The former 19th-century warehouse fronting Murray Street – home to one of Sydney’s oldest saw-tooth roofs – has been re-imagined by renowned Sydney interior designers Luchetti Krelle, melding vintage decor with the contemporary to create an eclectic bistro-style aesthetic with a twist.Open every night of the week from 6pm and seating up to 60, Mister Percy is destined to become an inner-city haven known for its charming food and warm surrounds, invigorating wine offering and classic cocktails – all delivered with a touch of old-school cheek.The foodRenowned Sydney chef, Justin North, has collaborated with Ovolo Hotels and head chef Luca Guiotto (ex-A Tavola, Catalina) to develop a coastal European menu showcasing Mediterranean flavours and techniques, anchored by seasonal and mainly local produce.It’s a menu that has been designed to enjoy with a glass in hand (or quartino) and includes a selection of skewered snacks or pinchos, small and larger share-style dishes and Australian artisan cheeses, such as Holy Goat and Pyengana. Signature plates include Citrus-cured Hiramasa Kingfish with Horseradish Yoghurt, Verjuice and Carasau Bread, Gnochetti with Zucchini, Cime di Rapa, Fine Herbs, Chilli and Grana Padano and pinchos such as Manchego, Prosciutto and Picholine Olives or Crushed Broad Beans, Bocconcini, Sage and Lemon Croute. There are many vegetarian options available, such as tortelli of local halloumi, watercress, and lemon with broccoli purée.Justin North said: “We’re taking our diners on a journey throughout the sun-drenched Mediterranean and showcasing the best local ingredients. We’ve drawn on flavours from around the Mediterranean arc and it’s not surprising that it’s exactly what we like to eat and drink here.”The drinksOvolo Hotel’s Group Wine Curator, Shun Eto, has collaborated with Justin and Luca to curate the 100-strong list mainly of Mediterranean-style wines and varietals. In keeping with Mediterranean style many of the wines are offered by quartino (250ml pours) and have been chosen to closely match the mod-Med menu.There’s a bent towards smaller producers and left-of-field varietals so expect Mencia and Cinsault from southern Europe and closer to home, with Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio from Victoria’s King Valley. Diners can also find plenty of food-friendly old and new world rosés and Prosecco.Mister Percy’s cocktails share the same European flavour so expect a great Negroni or Aperol spritz plus a strong selection of aperitifs and digestifs. Craft beer is sourced locally with New South Wales favourites Young Henry’s and Murray’s, while also offering a selection of European beers like that of Spanish Moritz Lager, and the beloved Italian Peroni.The designWhile the interiors by the award-winning outfit, Luchetti Krelle, pay homage to the former wool-store – one of the earliest and finest examples of Victorian warehouses in Sydney – Mister Percy has been re-imagined with an assortment of antique, classic and modern pieces from around the world such as France, Italy and the US, featuring a mix of materials such as plush fabrics, leather, marble and cane.It’s an eclectic but stylish space, inviting diners to relax on oversized lounges with a glass in hand or dine on bar stools, or at timber bistro chairs and tables. Lighting is a combination of table lamps and pendants, and blackboards and on-display wine storage adds an industrial vibe.Local artist, Oliver Watts, was commissioned to paint in the style of ‘environmental art’, a modern twist on Venetian-painted antique furniture. Inspired by gum trees and featuring a palette of greens, reds, blues and pinks, the art adds a true Australian feel.Principal Rachel Luchetti said: “We didn’t just want to make it a snapshot of time. We wanted Mister Percy to reflect how we eat and drink today, but with plenty of charm. It’s a really inviting space.”Two separate dining rooms (both seating 10) can be booked for private use or wine tastings. The venue aims to be a comfortable meeting place for guests, neighbourhood friends and inner-west residents to drink, graze and – perhaps – spin a yarn, just like Percy.GM Amanda Cottome said: “When we came to choosing a name we jumped at the opportunity to pay homage to Percy and the building’s rich history. 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