Standardisation to Drive Shippings Digital Transformation

first_imgzoom Standardisation can enable the effective collection, storage, exchange, analysis and use of data, while contributing to improved data quality and sensor reliability in the maritime industry, a new paper by classification society DNV GL shows.The position paper sets out the importance of standardisation in enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry.Whether for operational optimization, model calibration for digital twins, design optimization or other applications, the maritime industry is exploring the opportunities offered by digital technologies. The first demonstration and pilot projects are already well underway and the industry is asking what is needed to transform these into fully scalable products. The answer could be a greater emphasis on standardisation.“Standards are used in many industries to advance efficiency, safety and environmental performance,” Pierre Sames, Group Technology and Research Director, DNV GL, said.“With the rise of the Internet of Things in shipping, we believe that many stakeholders can benefit from developing a standardisation strategy to take advantage of a more digital maritime industry,” Sames added.DNV GL’s new position paper discusses the need for standardisation in six key areas: Ship data models, sensor naming and referencing, maritime taxonomies and code books, sensor metadata, shipboard data recorder, as well as sensor quality and reliability. However, as future technologies develop, there may be a need for new standards to support other applications, such as model-based simulations and autonomous ships.“Standards are a key factor in removing barriers and enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry and we hope this study will inspire others to invest in the development and adoption of standardisation,” Sames concluded.last_img read more

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Premier Recognizes Excellence in Public Service

first_imgEach year the province honours the exceptional efforts of public servants who deliver high-quality programs and services to Nova Scotia families, communities and businesses. Premier Stephen McNeil recognized 21 outstanding public servants today, June 9, with the Premier’s Award of Excellence. “I am so impressed by the remarkable work being done every day by public servants,” said Premier McNeil. “Today, we celebrate and thank some outstanding employees who are doing great things. Their work is making positive differences in the lives of our friends and neighbours across the province.” This year’s recipients are: The Premier’s Award of Excellence is the most prestigious award a government employee can receive. It symbolizes the outstanding contributions of employees and teams in five criteria: Ron Follett, Health and Wellness, a programmer analyst who developed innovative software to make it easier for elderly Nova Scotians to apply for long-term care The MyPATH team, seven employees from Labour and Advanced Education, who developed an online tool that allows Nova Scotia students to apply for financial assistance anytime, anywhere The Diversity Planning Committee, 13 employees from various departments across government, who organized the first Public Service Diversity Leadership Conference to educate public servants on the importance of diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and how we deliver services to Nova Scotians every day management and career excellence innovation and creativity client service delivery relationship building and partnering healthy workplaces A selection panel evaluated 12 nominations. “This award is a high honour and recognizes some of the impressive achievements of our skilled and dedicated public servants,” said Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis. “The recipients of the Premier’s Award of Excellence are truly inspirational.” For more information about the award, this year’s recipients and their work, visit www.novascotia.ca/pae .last_img read more

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Cheating caseBuilder DSKs brother detained at Mumbai airport

first_imgMumbai: Pune-based builder D S Kulkarni’s brother Makrand Kulkarni, an accused in a Rs 2,000 crore cheating case, was detained at the Mumbai airport on Tuesday when he was about to fly to the US, police said. Pune police in May last year filed a charge sheet against D S Kulkarni, also known as DSK, his wife and others for allegedly cheating nearly 33,000 depositors and investors of nearly Rs 2043.18 crore. Makrand Kulkarni is also an accused in the case and a look out notice was issued against him by Pune police earlier, since he was on the run after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by a court. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Based on specific information, a team of Mumbai police on Tuesday detained him before he could take a flight to the US,” a senior police official here said. The Mumbai police personnel later informed their Pune counterparts about Makrand Kulkarni’s detention. A team of Pune police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) subsequently left for Mumbai to take him into custody, he said. “After completing formalities of his arrest, Makrand Kulkrani will be produced in a Pune court later in a day,” the official said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K According to a complaint filed in 2017 by one of the depositors, Jitendra Mulekar, investors put in lakhs of rupees in a deposit scheme of DSK Developers, but they neither received the interest nor the principal amount for months. The EOW earlier booked Kulkarnis under various provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act, and Indian Penal Code Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 34 (common intention). Around 15 people have been named as accused in the case and 10 of them have so far been arrested, including DSK and his wife. A charge sheet was earlier filed by police against DSK and his wife, who are currently lodged at Yerawada jail in Pune, the official said.last_img read more

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Chicago investment firm takes majority stake in Whataburger

SAN ANTONIO — An investment firm has purchased a majority stake in Whataburger as the Texas-based fast-food company seeks to expand in an increasingly competitive market.Whataburger announced Friday that the purchase by Chicago-based BDT Capital Partners should be finalized by the end of the summer and will be subject to regulatory overview. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.BDT will provide long-term capital and guidance as Whataburger, which has its headquarters in San Antonio, competes at a time when convenience stores are offering more food options and eating into market share.The firm often invests in family-owned companies.The first Whataburger opened in 1950 as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi. It now has nearly 700 restaurants in Texas and more than 150 others in southern states extending from Arizona to Florida.The Associated Press read more

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Television business drives Corus Q2 revenue higher beats estimates

TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc.’s television business is regaining popularity with advertisers, chief executive Doug Murphy said Friday after the company’s revenue growth beat analyst estimates in the second quarter.The Toronto-based owner of the Global television network, specialty TV channels such as HGTV Canada, local radio stations and content production studios, said its overall revenue for the quarter totalled $384.1 million.That was up four per cent from $369.5 million in the same quarter last year and above the Thomson Reuters Eikon estimate of $373.8 million.“We are very pleased with the results this quarter and it further validates that our strategic priorities are working as we compete in this dynamic and fast-changing media marketplace,” Murphy told analysts on a conference call.Media companies with conventional print and broadcasting businesses have generally seen a serious decline in revenue as audiences and advertisers shift to video-on-demand, streaming video and audio content, and digital publications.Corus has responded by experimenting with new ways to attract advertisers, including a new approach to selling audience segments, as well as new video and audio formats delivered by social media and downloads.Related Stories:HBC Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results“We are committed to following our viewers and listeners across new and growing platforms and making smart investments in growth opportunities,” Murphy said.He said television ad revenue in the second quarter was up 11 per cent, which Murphy said was above the company’s expectations. He added that TV ad revenue will also be up in the third quarter that ends May 31.Overall television revenue from all sources rose 5.1 per cent to $353.5 million from $336.2 million a year earlier, while the revenue from the Corus radio division fell 7.8 per cent to $30.6 million from $33.2 million.Murphy said Global Television is benefiting from the audience success of New Amsterdam, a medical-themed drama that launched last fall, and year-over-year audience growth at its HGTV, Food Network and W Network specialty channels.At Nelvana and Corus Studios, which produce TV programming for both Corus and for international buyers, there are more than two dozen series that are in production or have approval to go into production.“Our owned content investments drive audiences on our networks and diversify our revenues through international content sales. We call this our Corus advantage,” Murphy said.However, an accounting change in how Corus values its television brands contributed to a drop in its second-quarter profit compared with a year ago.Its profit attributable to shareholders for the quarter ended Feb. 28 amounted to $6.3 million or three cents per share. That’s down from a profit of $40 million or 19 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Corus reported a profit of seven cents per share for the quarter, better than analyst estimates but down from an adjusted profit of 20 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts had estimated adjusted profit of five cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.One analyst noted during the conference call that general and administrative costs at the TV segment increased for the first time in several quarters and asked if Corus would pursue further cost-saving efforts to limit expenses.Chief financial officer John Gossling agreed there’s pressure for general and administrative expenses and programming expenses to start moving up, following a three-year period of reductions since it bought the Shaw Media business, which included Global.Gossling said that Corus will “obviously focus us on . . . efforts to counter that but, given the kind of top line revenue we’re driving, it’s OK in terms of what’s variable with the revenue line.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B) read more

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UN agency releases new guidelines on depleted uraniums effects on health

The monograph, Depleted Uranium: Sources, Exposure and Health Effects, provides a number of recommendations regarding DU — a byproduct of nuclear power which has been used for heavy tank armour, anti-tank munitions, missiles and projectiles. The substance has 60 per cent of the radioactivity of natural uranium and “significant chemical toxicity,” according to the agency.”DU has the potential to have chemical and radiological effects on health, but we found in the review that exposure to DU would have to be significant before any health effects are observed,” said Dr. Mike Repacholi, WHO’s Coordinator for Occupational and Environmental Health.Among other recommendations, WHO suggests that measures be taken to prevent against DU exposure of young children, who may face particular risk. Heavily affected DU munitions zones should be cordoned off and then cleaned up and treated as if any other heavy metal waste had contaminated the soil.The disposal of DU fragments should follow appropriate national or international recommendations for discarding radioactive materials. Concerned individuals who believe they have been exposed to the substance should see their medical practitioner, the agency says, noting, however, that it is not necessary to conduct general population screenings in areas where DU munitions have been used.The greatest potential for DU exposure occurs after conflicts when people living or working in affected areas could inhale dust or consume contaminated food and drinking water, WHO observes. The agency warns that after DU munitions are used, “in some instances the levels of contamination in food and ground water could rise after some years and should be monitored and appropriate measures taken where there is a reasonable possibility of significant quantities of depleted uranium entering the food chain.”The monograph states that the substance potentially has “chemical and radiological toxicity with the two important target organs being the kidneys and the lungs.” Noting that DU munitions have been used only relatively recently and the science has not yet thoroughly addressed the effects, the monograph recommends further research, including studies to clarify the extent of kidney damage and its possible reversibility. read more

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UN mission kicks off disarmament programme in Liberian capital

At a ceremony conducted at UNMIL’s force headquarters in the capital, Monrovia, the first two weapons – formerly owned by combatants in the long-running Liberian civil conflict – were symbolically destroyed, according to a statement issued by UNMIL.Jacques Paul Klein, the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Liberia and UNMIL chief, led the ceremony, which was attended by senior figures from all Liberian parties to the Accra Peace Accord, as well as several ambassadors to the country.The attendees included Guyde Bryant, the chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia; former President Moses Blah; Thomas Nimley, the chairman of Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL); and Chea Doe, deputy chairman of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD).Mr. Klein said the launch of DDRR represented the start of “the time of peace” for Liberia.”Together, our task will be to provide for a better future for over 40,000 combatants from the former GoL (Government of Liberia), MODEL and LURD forces. But our greater objective will be to actively participate in the architecture of a more secure, more stable and certainly more prosperous Liberia,” he said. read more

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UN Middle East Coordinator strongly condemns arrests and violence by Hamas security

Alarm over ‘brutal beating’ of journalistsWith news reports suggesting that the violent suppression of demonstrations by Hamas security forces included efforts to confiscate reporters’ phones and evidence of the heavy-handed response, Mr. Mladenov said that he was “particularly alarmed by the brutal beating of journalists and staff from the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) and the raiding of homes.”News reports said that hundreds of those who took part in the demonstrations, were begin held in detention over the weekend.“The long-suffering people of Gaza were protesting the dire economic situation and demanded an improvement in the quality of life in the Gaza Strip”, said the UN Special Coordinator, adding that it was “their right to protest without fear of reprisal.”Mr. Mladenov urged “Palestinian factions to engage in earnest with Egypt in order to implement the Cairo Agreement in full”, referring to the stalled deal in October 2017, between Hamas and Fatah, that it was hoped would end more than a decade of disagreement, beginning with Hamas’s victory at the polls in Gaza, in 2006.“The United Nations will continue its efforts to avoid escalation, relieve the suffering of people in Gaza, lift the closures, and support reconciliation,” said Mr. Mladenov. Palestinians took to the streets on Thursday and Friday, according to news reports, after months of disputes and deadlock both between the extremist Hamas faction, and the Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority in the West Bank, together with Israeli authorities, which control all access into Gaza under a years-long blockade policy.Electricity supplies have been sporadic for months, with Israel also withholding fuel deliveries in retaliation for rocket attacks, and lately, Israel decided to withhold around $140 million in tax revenue transfers to Palestinians.It is their right to protest without fear of reprisal – Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special CoordinatorHamas has imposed extra taxes on basic products across Gaza, one of the issues which also fuelled this week’s protests against the economic crisis there, where mainly youth-led marches reportedly displayed banners citing “down with price hikes”, and “the revolt of the hungry”.”I strongly condemn the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past three days” said UN Coordinator, Nickolay Mladenov, in a statement issued on Sunday. read more

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Smartphone app to protect pilots from dazzling midair laser attacks

first_imgScientists at the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have now developed an app that can be used on smartphones in the cockpit to log, analyse and share data about attacks.The laboratory has signed a deal with a firm called Profound Technologies to commercially develop and market the Laser Event Recorder app (LERapp) which is likely to be available by the middle of next year.Air crew will be able to mount a smartphone in a hands-free cradle in the cockpit and the app will use the phone’s camera and GPS to log details of the attack. Information could then be passed to the police and shared with other planes to warn them of the hazard.Craig Williamson, who developed the app, said: “The LERapp has the potential to significantly improve aviation safety. It is another example of the innovative and exciting work that Dstl is doing. Like much of our work, there are clear uses outside the military and security environments.”The Civil Aviation Authority logs around 1,500 dazzle attacks each year affecting both military and civilian aircraft. Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester were last year the worst affected airports.Attackers can be charged with recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft, which can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison, or the lesser crime of shining a light on an aircraft in flight, which carries a maximum £2,000 fine. The LERapp laser dazzle has been developed for a standard smartphone The LERapp has been developed for a standard smartphoneCredit:Crown Copyright Defence scientists have developed a smartphone app that could be used to prevent dazzling mid-air laser attacks on pilots.The danger from people shining hand-held laser pointers into cockpits is so high that earlier this year a pilots’ union called for the devices to be classed as offensive weapons.Official figures show that more than 10,000 aircraft in the UK alone have been targeted by hand held lasers since 2009, in attacks that can distract or temporarily blind pilots.Attacks are punishable by up to five years in prison, but pilots and police often struggle to pinpoint where the laser beams are coming from so that the culprits can be found and charged. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Violin prodigy 17 found dead in Kensington mansion amid warning of calvin

Katya Tsukanova, 17, one of Britain’s leading young musicians, died from a suspected overdose only days after giving a concert at the Royal Opera House. On Thursday night her devastated father Igor, a millionaire philanthropist, revealed how he found Katya’s body at the family home after she returned from partying with friends. “She was such a smart girl, and she made one bad choice. What can we parents do? The children will do what they want anyway, and they never tell you the… A teenage violin prodigy was found dead at her father’s Kensington mansion amid warnings of a new “calvin klein” drugs craze. “My daughter was so happy, and she had such a bright future,” Mr Tsukanov told the Telegraph.

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Eurozone economy shrinks by 06pc in last quarter of 2012

first_imgTHE SIZE of the Eurozone economy fell by 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012 – its steepest fall in nearly four years.Figures produced by Eurostat showed that the combined economies of the 17 countries that use the euro produced 0.9 per cent less in the fourth quarter of 2012 than they had in the equivalent period of 2011.When all 27 EU member states are taken into account, growth fell by 0.5 per cent from Q3 to Q4, and by 0.6 per cent in a year.The 0.6 per cent fall is the worst since the immediate onset of the financial crash in 2008; a single quarter has not seen a decline so steep since the first quarter of 2009 when the Eurozone economy shrank by a whopping 2.8 per cent.In that case, the decline levelled off to 0.2 per cent in the second quarter and back into growth three months later.Portugal had the steepest decline of any country; its economy shrank by 1.8 per cent in the fourth quarter, while Cyprus saw a drop of 1.0 per cent and Italy – where Mario Monti completed his final quarter as stand-in prime minister – shrank by 0.9 per cent, equalling the fall in Hungary.Latvia had the strongest growth, at 1.3 per cent, ahead of nearby Lithuania on 1.0 per cent and Estonia at 0.9 per cent.The figures do not include Ireland, which is not due to confirm fourth quarter figures until the end of March, but the figures are still bad news for Ireland – with general acceptance that trouble for economies in mainland Europe will impede the chances of an export-led Irish recovery.On an annualised basis, Latvia had the highest annual growth at 5.7 per cent; Estonia is the highest of the euro users with 3.4 per cent.At the other end, Greece’s economy shrank by an estimated 6 per cent in 2012, while Portugal fell by 3.8 per cent and Cyprus by 3 per cent.The UK economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter, and grew by 0 per cent in 2012 as a whole.last_img read more

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I wonder how long before theres a liberal Bishop Eamonn Casey moment

first_img By Daragh Brophy If this is all sexist I’m very sorry, I can’t keep up.Some shows in the coming season will feature an all-female panel, he explained.We’ll see what the energy is like there, and then ultimately they’ll probably replace me with a woman, put it on in the afternoon and call it Loose Women.Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge returns on Wednesday 22 March on RTÉ One.Read: We made Ryan Tubridy take our ‘How Ryan Tubridy Are You’ Quiz > Read: We asked Ray D’Arcy about criticism of his Eighth Amendment coverage > Share Tweet Email1 Short URL 19,897 Views Subscribe for more videos HAVE THE LIBERAL commentariat taken over a space once occupied by the Catholic Church in Ireland, when it comes to deciding what’s acceptable and what’s not in Irish public discourse.It’s arguable, reckons Brendan O’Connor.These days, bishops rarely weigh in on what a guest or an audience member might say on the Late Late Show. But, says O’Connor, anyone who goes on live television these days is well aware that there’s an army of Twitter users out there ready to pounce if they should happen to utter an out-of-fashion or simply contrary comment.“This is one of the things that is exciting and scary about doing live television,” said O’Connor, who returns at the helm of his Cutting Edge series this coming Wednesday.Somebody says one thing wrong or if I say one thing wrong, the hordes will be out. And you can be a goner in two seconds these days for making one wrong comment – we all know that.It’s a familiar talking point for the presenter and columnist. Speaking to George Hook in the wake of the broadcasting veteran’s on-air row with Collette Fitzpatrick, O’Connor talked about “Twitter thought police” and said he was concerned that the Irish media was being divided into opposing camps – with one side airing conservative ‘Catholic’ views and the other broadcasting liberal views and assuming that “all right minded people have certain opinions”.Coverage of Bishop Eamonn Casey’s death got him thinking about the subject in recent days, he said, as he dropped into TheJournal.ie‘s newsroom for an interview this week.“I was watching the stuff about Eamonn Casey last night, and you’re looking at a situation where here were these guys who put themselves out there as being incredibly virtuous, and moralised and lectured at everybody else … virtue signalling about themselves, almost.They ran the country with an iron fist, and then suddenly this happened with Casey – and it was the first inkling that people got that actually these guys are only human. This sort of thing is unlikely to feature in O’Connor’s ‘Cutting Edge’. It’s no secret that O’Connor wasn’t happy with the decision to end The Saturday Night Show, which he presented for five years until 2015.Two years on, is he happy that he no longer has work within such a tried-and-tested format, interviewing celebrities about their latest projects?“Clearly is a huge market for it,” comes the response – Irish audiences will always be willing to tune into a live chat show.With traditional chat shows, viewers are waiting for arguments, “they’re waiting for something funny to happen, they’re waiting for something awkward to happen, they’re waiting for a sense of jeopardy”.“I always think it’s like a blood sport and Irish audiences are at the edge of their seat waiting for somebody to cock up.”One benefit of his current project, he reckons, is that “we offer more opportunity for cock-up, for argument, for things to get awkward … and I suppose for things to sort of get intimate as well”.In a new departure for the coming series, which features a mixture of well-known and less-well-known panelists sitting around a table debating the issues of the day, O’Connor and the producers are planning to gradually phase out male guests.Why?“Well if you take the traditional model of discussing anything in Ireland – for years it was two men in suits arguing with each other, and nobody moving on their position. And I think we know that that model of argument is dead.“And what happens on Cutting Edge is hopefully that people actually have to listen to each other a bit, and people might move a bit in their convictions.Said O’Connor:The thing that you start to realise is that actually women are probably better at that – you’ll have a much more interesting conversation with women there because there’s nuance… Bishop Eamonn Casey Source: Rollingnews.ieO’Connor’s heading into the third season of his Cutting Edge show this year. He said he had given up watching other chat shows in recent years – going back to when he first started presenting the Saturday Night Show (in a slot now occupied by Ray D’Arcy).“When I started out in television I did a comedy panel show – Don’t Feed the Gondolas. And when I did that for some reason I never again watched a comedy panel show, maybe because you know too much?“Then I did a TV talent show, as strange as that sounds now. I was a judge on a music show. And after that I never really watched X Factor or any of those things – because, again, maybe you just know too much.While I was doing a chat show you don’t really watch other chat shows because … part of it was that if you did watch the Late Late Show on a Friday night you might get depressed because of the guests they had on. Since then I have no interest in watching chat shows – but I think that’s just because, you know, I’ve done that. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube http://jrnl.ie/3291504 Source: TheJournal.ieSaid O’Connor:“You think about it now, and we have a new orthodoxy in public discourse and it’s the virtuous liberals who are good people and calling out anybody else who says anything bad or wrong, or whatever.“Look, I’m liberal myself. But at the same time they’re like the Church these days. And I think, if the interesting thing to do 20 years ago, 10 years ago was to kind-of call out the church on things, I think in a way the interesting thing now is to start calling out the liberals.But I wonder how long before there’s a liberal Bishop Eamon Casey moment and suddenly the scales fall from their eyes – the liberals are only humans too, you know what I mean? Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 11:30 AM ‘I wonder how long before there’s a liberal Bishop Eamonn Casey moment?’ Have the liberal commentariat taken over a space once occupied by the Catholic Church, Brendan O’Connor asks. Mar 19th 2017, 11:30 AM 60 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Un tombeau maya mis au jour par les archéologues

first_imgUn tombeau maya mis au jour par les archéologuesMexique – Creusée au pied d’un des plus anciens temples du site de Tonina, au sud de l’Etat du Chiapas, une tombe vieille de 1.100 ans pourrait permettre aux archéologues de connaître les causes du déclin de la civilisation maya.Dans ce lieu de repos mortuaire, plusieurs poteries accompagnent un sarcophage de pierre en forme de bol.  Son lourd couvercle abrite les ossements d’une femme dont le crâne a été, comme l’exige la coutume maya, volontairement déformé.Aucune inscription gravée sur le socle du sarcophage. Pour Juan Yadeun, archéologue, et ses collègues de l’Institut mexicain d’anthropologie et d’histoire, c’est le signe que cette tombe correspond à l’ère toltèque, une période à mi-chemin entre l’ère de l’histoire écrite et celle de l’oralité. Cela fournit la preuve qu’un autre groupe pré-colombien a habité la région après la disparition des Mayas. Cette découverte permettrait aux archéologues et aux ethnologues de comprendre les circonstances du déclin de cette civilisation, pourtant très organisée et parfaitement établie. Plusieurs hypothèses ont déjà été énoncées : guerres entre les cités, famine ou dégradation de l’environnement. Mais aucune n’a pour le moment été confirmée.A l’heure actuelle, les scientifiques tentent d’analyser les ossements retrouvés afin d’identifier le groupe auquel cette femme appartenait.Le 7 février 2010 à 13:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des pélicans déroutés par le changement climatique

first_imgDes pélicans déroutés par le changement climatique Une demi-douzaine de pélicans roses est arrivée dans l’Altaï, au sud de la Sibérie. Pourtant, leur destination initiale était, comme chaque année, l’Afrique.Les six pélicans roses qui ont été recueillis étaient épuisés. Un zoo du pays a pris en charge les oiseaux qui “ne tenaient plus sur leurs pattes”, après les avoir trouvés et mis au chaud avec les canards des paysans russes locaux. Grâce aux soins qui leur ont été prodigués et au poisson dont ils ont été nourris, les oiseaux ont repris des forces. Mais la neige qui envahit peu à peu la région les aurait sans aucun doute tués très rapidement.Normalement, ces pélicans devaient rejoindre le continent africain. Seuls quelques uns vont parfois jusqu’à la Volga mais uniquement en été. Ils n’auraient pas été capables de survivre au rude climat hivernal de la Sibérie.Ces pélicans auraient été détournés des masses d’air chaud en provenance d’Asie centrale, à cause des changements climatiques. Ils ont ainsi pris une mauvaise trajectoire.Le 28 novembre 2010 à 13:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Hizbul militant killed in encounter

first_imgSrinagar : A Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a police official said. Acting on a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces at Bugam in Chadoora area. He said during the search operation, a militant fired on the search party. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The fire was retaliated to, leading to an encounter in which the militant was killed and his body was recovered along with arms and ammunition. The militant has been identified as Hilal Bhat from Armulla area of Pulwama district of south Kashmir, the official said. Bhat was affiliated with the proscribed outfit HM and was involved in several terror cases, he added. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the Central government on Sunday approved extension of service for one year each for two top officers in Jammu and Kashmir – IAS officer Basheer Ahmad Khan and his brother and IPS officer Muneer Ahmad Khan. According to the orders issued by the Department of Personnel and Training and the Union Home Ministry, the state government’s recommendation for extension of one year beyond the date of superannuation has been approved for both officials, who would have otherwise retired on Sunday.last_img read more

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Asifabad Respond immediately to petitions

first_imgAsifabad: District Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu instructed the district officials to respond immediately to all the petitions received through Grievance Day.He received grievances from the public during the Prajavani programme at the Collectorate in Asifabad on Monday. Kishtaiah of Bodanpalli village of Koutala mandal requested the Collector to make some important spelling corrections in his pattadar passbook while Sampath of Tatipalli village requested to provide pattadar passbook to him. Vijayashanthi of Sirpur mandal sought a job to her and Pravalika of Asifabad requested the Collector to provide inter-caste marriage financial assistance to her. Lakshmi of Kagaznagar submitted a petition requesting provision of Rythu Bandhu to her. Joint Collector Rambabu, Rural Development Officer Dattu, DRDA PD Venkata Shailu and others were present.last_img read more

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Simulations show a single photon can simultaneously excite two atoms

first_img © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters Scientists have known for several years that it is possible to have a single atom absorb two photons, causing it to move to a higher energy state. The process has actually been observed many times and is now used in microscopy and spectroscopy—its reverse, extracting the two photons from a single atom, has also been used as a means for producing entangled photons. In this new effort, the researchers wanted to know if the same would hold true for causing a single photon to be absorbed by two different atoms—theory has already suggested it should be possible.To find out, the team created a simulation in which two atoms were held in place by mirrors inside of a chamber—creating a virtual optical cavity. They reasoned that the size of the cavity should be based on the frequency and wavelength of the photon that would be introduced (i.e. it should be double that of the photon). They then introduced the photon and found that in such a circumstance, both atoms were able to absorb the photon—each grabbing half of its energy—and moving into a higher energy state. And because the process could be reversed—the two atoms together producing a single photon, the team believes it might be possible to use the phenomenon in a quantum system—one of the atoms would theoretically serve as a qubit, carrying information. To give up its information, the qubit would move the information to the cavity where the second atom could be used to control transmission.The researchers found that the simulation worked for three atoms and one photon, as well—the energy from the photon was equally divided between the atoms. Sharing the limelight. Two or more atoms in an optical cavity can absorb a single photon, according to theory. The cavity allows standing light waves of a single frequency (red glow), which can be limited to one photon. Credit: APS/Joan Tycko/via Physics, 9, 83. Explore further , arXiv More information: Luigi Garziano et al. One Photon Can Simultaneously Excite Two or More Atoms, Physical Review Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.043601 , On Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1601.00886ABSTRACTWe consider two separate atoms interacting with a single-mode optical or microwave resonator. When the frequency of the resonator field is twice the atomic transition frequency, we show that there exists a resonant coupling between one photon and two atoms, via intermediate virtual states connected by counterrotating processes. If the resonator is prepared in its one-photon state, the photon can be jointly absorbed by the two atoms in their ground state which will both reach their excited state with a probability close to one. Like ordinary quantum Rabi oscillations, this process is coherent and reversible, so that two atoms in their excited state will undergo a downward transition jointly emitting a single cavity photon. This joint absorption and emission process can also occur with three atoms. The parameters used to investigate this process correspond to experimentally demonstrated values in circuit quantum electrodynamics systems. Researchers discover a way to avoid decoherence in a quantum system Citation: Simulations show a single photon can simultaneously excite two atoms (2016, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-simulations-photon-simultaneously-atoms.html (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with affiliations to institutions in Italy, Japan and the U.S. has created a simulation that suggests that it should be possible for a single photon to simultaneously excite two atoms. In their paper published in the open access journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes the process leading to their simulation, what it showed and why they believe their findings have applications in quantum computers. 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.last_img read more

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Industry first new event calendars go live

first_imgTogether with the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and the Association of National Tourist Office Representatives (ANTOR), e-Travel Blackboard has launched a unified industry events calendar.e-Travel Blackboard general manager Anthony Valeriano is eager to be a part of this much-needed, free service.“The industry is lacking one source to find out what’s happening and where,” he said.ANTOR, AFTA and e-Travel Blackboard have combined efforts to provide a more comprehensive, detailed and succinct scheduling system.“There have been numerous occasions in the past where industry events had overlapped and clashed.“No one was winning, no one was benefitting and there was a score of missed opportunities,” Mr Valeriano said.The collaborative calendar aims to solve these issues by offering unique services such as the ability to automatically send events to your email inbox, upload images and make changes to events.AFTA marketing and communications manager Melinda Brown says AFTA is pleased to play a part in making this tool available to the industry.”A single, unified travel industry events calendar is a really useful resource when everyone is so time poor.”It allows guests to plan ahead so that they can attend the widest range of industry events and it allows the organisers to maximise attendance at their event by not clashing with other functions,” she said.The online datebook incorporates new innovations, such as providing users the option to RSVP online as well as pinpoint the locations of an event using the calendars portal to Google maps.“Anyone can gain access to this one of a kind service we’re providing,” Mr Valeriano said.People planning an event can go online, check the calendar first and find out whether other industry members have organised functions or meetings to avoid confusion and clashes.Bring the industry together and upload your events for the year TODAY.e-Travel Blackboard’s event calendar is LIVE NOW.AFTA’s event calendar is LIVE NOW.ANTOR’s event calendar is COMING SOON. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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On Saturday Feb 4 the Pro Football Hall of Fame

first_imgOn Saturday, Feb. 4, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will decide on who will make up its class of 2017.Kurt Warner is among 18 finalists who are up for enshrinement, and we here at Arizona Sports wanted to take a look back at his storybook career as well as the impact he had on the Arizona Cardinals.In the second installment of “Kurt: A Retrospective Video Series,” we talk about the most memorable games he ever played as a Cardinal. – / 29 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

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