“Armed combat, presence of irregular groups, targeted killings and landmines all contribute to the rising trend of forced displacement,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond said of the latest incident involving 1,018 Awá in southern Colombia, almost half of them children under16. The local authorities have delivered food for the past three days, a doctor is on site and UNHCR has offered to meet the needs in water, sanitation and accommodation, Mr. Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. The area is part of the department of Nariño, which in recent years has suffered some of the worst violence in Colombia. Since the start of 2007, there have been 18 cases of mass displacement involving more than 50 people moving at one time within Nariño, forcing more than 10,000 people out of their homes. The four decades of conflict between Government forces, leftist guerrillas, rightist paramilitaries and criminal gangs has not only affected the south of the Andean country. Over the past year the violence has also uprooted indigenous communities in north-western Chocó region near the border with Panama. UNHCR has repeatedly warned that some indigenous communities, displaced from land to which they are tied by their culture and traditions, are in danger of disappearing altogether. Under the UNGuiding Principles on Internal Displacement, the State has a special duty to prevent the forced displacement of indigenous people and others with a special relation to the land and Colombia’s Constitutional Court is holding a hearing today to seek more information from the Government on measures to protect indigenous people. Indigenous representatives from all over Colombia, including the Awás, are to present the situation in each community, and at the Court’s invitation UNHCR will take part. Last year, the Court found that there were “persistent gaps” in specific attention to the rights of indigenous people, which could put at risk the cultural survival of displaced communities. There are 87 different indigenous groups in Colombia, making up 3 per cent of the population of 42 million. They comprise one of the richest and most varied indigenous heritages in the world. 21 September 2007More than 1,000 indigenous Colombians have taken refuge in a school to escape fighting between the army and an irregular armed group, the latest victims of more than 40 years of conflict which has uprooted 3 million people and has recently had a disproportionate effect on the country’s original inhabitants, the United Nations reported today. read more

TORONTO — Consumer protection agencies are warning those shopping for used cars to stay alert as some vehicles damaged in the recent floods south of the border may appear on the Canadian market.The agencies say vehicles caught up in hurricane Harvey and other disasters will likely be disposed of by insurers but some may be imported into Canada and sold to unsuspecting drivers.They say the vehicles may seem to be in perfect condition because the damage caused by flooding can take months or even years to manifest.The Automobile Protection Association says the issues may not be flagged in a history report or come to light in an inspection.It recommends buying from a dealership or finding out where a used vehicle comes from and steering clear of those from the areas hit by extreme weather.The association’s director, George Iny, says no cases have been reported so far, likely because any flood-related problems have not yet emerged.“It wouldn’t happen so quickly, that a consumer would become aware of that,” he said.Typically, vehicles damaged in floods make their way across the border after being sold for parts, then are cleaned up and reassembled, he said.“They would put it on the road and it would be retailed to someone here, possibly as a U.S. vehicle, but they wouldn’t tell you it was a U.S. write-off,” he said.Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator and Quebec’s consumer protection agency both issued warnings this month about flood-damaged vehicles from the U.S.“Authorities in the U.S. have told us they expect about half a million vehicles to be flooded as a result of hurricane Harvey alone,” said Tom Girling, director of investigations for the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. “And they expect many of them will end up being exported — including to Canada.”Water is “insidious,” said the council’s director of communications, Terry O’Keefe. “It gets into everything and causes corrosion.”Over time, water damage can keep airbags from deploying, cause the car’s computer to shut down or ruin electric steering systems, he said.Registered dealers are legally required to disclose if a vehicle has been declared a total loss or has sustained flood damage, among other things, but private sellers are under no such obligation, the council said.It also said to beware used vehicles priced below market value. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2014 7:41 pm MDT Loose crabs in plane’s cargo hold briefly delay New York-to-North Carolina flight NEW YORK, N.Y. – If passengers on a delayed flight from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, got a bit crabby, no one could really say they were being too shellfish.Their flight left LaGuardia Airport about a half-hour late Thursday evening because some live crabs got loose in the cargo hold.US Airways spokesman Josh Freed tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1rTg05H ) it’s unclear how the crustaceans got out of their container or what species they were but there were “a lot of them.”It’s unknown who was shipping them.Workers swept the crabs out of the hold, and the flight went on its way. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

first_imgIt was only a matter of time. Sony has decided to wake up and smell the coffee, revealing that it ended production of the ill-fated PSP Go handheld.The device was a smaller, sleeker version of the PSP with no UMD slot and a dedicated focus on digital download titles. At $250, it was more expensive than a regular PSP, the Wii, low-end Xbox 360s, and all DS models, and just $50 cheaper than a PS3.The announcement comes as Sony is no doubt shifting resources to the Next Generation Portable (NGP), which may or may not come out by the end of this year. Production of the much more popular PSP-3000 remains intact.Via InquirerMark Raby, BloggerAdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgMan brings High Court challenge against Irish State and Secretary for Northern Ireland over border poll Raymond McCord wants both governments to set out the criteria for the holding of a border poll. Share37 Tweet Email3 Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair signing the peace agreement in 1998. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland No Comments 19,646 Views Feb 25th 2018, 9:31 AM Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 9:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/3862615 Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn A BELFAST MAN, who described himself as both an Irish and British citizen, as well as a unionist, is challenging the Irish State’s alleged failure to have or disclose any policies it has on the calling of a border poll in Northern Ireland.Raymond McCord, a campaigner for victims of the Troubles, had his High Court case adjourned this week until the end of March.According to the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), a border poll can only be called by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (currently Karen Bradley).The agreement says the secretary can order a border poll: Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair signing the peace agreement in 1998. if at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should …form part of a united Ireland.The agreement also provides for the people of the island of Ireland to exercise their right of self-determination by agreement between the people of North and South.The GFA states:It is for the people of Ireland alone, by agreement between the two parts respectively and without external impediment, to exercise their right of self-determination on the basis of consent, freely and concurrently given, North and South, to bring about a United Ireland, accepting that this right must be achieved and exercised with and subject to the agreement and consent of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland.If such a vote passed, the process of Irish unification would begin.McCord, aged 62, is taking simultaneous action against the Irish State and the Northern Ireland Secretary. His case was first heard in the High Court in Dublin on December of last year.At the time, he was granted permission by Justice Seamus Noonan to bring the action against the Irish State, with the judge allowing the case to proceed for a judicial review in the High Court.Set out criteria for border pollMcCord has claimed that there is “an absolute imperative” that the Irish State and the British government publish policies setting out, in detail, the conditions and criteria for the holding of a border poll.In his affidavit to the court, McCord states that he is a strong advocate of the Good Friday Agreement. He said he hoped the agreement would bring about a peaceful and democratic era for all the people on the island of Ireland.However, he claims that it is not clear in the Good Friday Agreement or Article 3.1 of the Irish Constitution if a majority in favour of a united Ireland is required in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland or if a combined majority of the people of Ireland is all that is required in order for a border poll to be called.McCord states he is concerned about the government-supply agreement reached between the DUP and the British government, particularly how it could impede a border poll being called.A deal was done between the Conservatives and DUP to prop up Theresa May’s minority government following the last UK general election.He also added that he is deeply concerned about the recent “undermining of the Good Friday Agreement” and about the “damaging” impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.‘Constitutional importance’He argues that as a matter of “transparency” both governments should set out their policies, stating that it is a “matter of fundamental constitutional importance” for the citizens of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Britain and the EU.“Uncertainty and the lack of transparency in Northern Ireland have historically not be good for peace and open to abuse,” he said.McIvor Farrell Solicitors, acting on behalf of McCord state they have written to Irish government requesting details about its policies on a border poll. The affidavit states they have not received any substantial reply from the State.While McCord’s High Court case against the Taoiseach, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Attorney General is being heard in Dublin today, McCord has also brought similar proceedings before the Belfast High Court against the Northern Ireland Secretary of State over the lack of clarity or criteria in which a border poll can be called.That case is due before the High Court in Belfast on 1 March.McCord’s Counsel argue that he has grounds for action due to the Irish government’s alleged failure to disclose or publish policies on the holding of a border poll.As custodians of the Good Friday Agreement, McCord states that it “unreasonable” for the Irish State to take such action.Comments have been closed due to ongoing court proceedings Explainer: Why UK Brexiteers have been told to ‘sod off’ away from the Good Friday Agreement>Most of those living in Ireland think the Irish language should be legally protected in the North> Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion were beaten at Leicester 2-0 and it was a bitter defeat – Glenn Murray could have given the lead to the Seagulls in the 77th minute but he failed to convert a penalty.However, after that Vincente Iborra and Jamie Vardy scored two goals for the home side and secured a victory for the Foxes – and the coach of the guests felt like it was a very underserved one.The talented manager spoke about his side’s bitter loss as he claimed, according to Sports Mole:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s hugely disappointing and a game that we didn’t deserve to lose.”“They got a bit of momentum after the penalty and that gets them the first goal. It was up to us to regroup again and look to get that goal or not to concede, and unfortunately, we did. It’s a very unfair scoreline but that’s the game and it can hurt you.”last_img read more

first_img To report ongoing traffic problems in your neighborhood, call the Vancouver police traffic hotline at 360-487-7402.Greg Martin has lived off West 39th Street in the Lincoln neighborhood for 30 years. He said he and his neighbors have been facing a new problem recently: semi trucks rolling through their neighborhood.“Trucks are tearing this neighborhood apart,” Martin said from his kitchen, which faces the busy arterial. Several semis passed by during an interview with a reporter — often the trucks could be heard before they could be seen. “It’s worse than Fourth Plain now,” Martin said of the truck traffic.The problem dates to the completion of the 39th Street overpass in 2010. The feature directly connects Lincoln with the Fruit Valley neighborhood, crossing above a set of railroad tracks that previously delayed drivers dozens of times each day.Martin says the overpass now makes 39th Street a convenient shortcut for trucks traveling between the Fruit Valley industrial areas and Interstate 5. The route is more direct than Northeast 78th Street or West Mill Plain Boulevard, he said.Loretta Callahan, spokeswoman for Vancouver Public Works, said 39th Street has been designated as an arterial for many years, which means it is meant to serve some commercial traffic along with residential vehicles. Click to enlarge.last_img read more

first_imgA more normal winter across much of Alaska bodes for more normal river breakup conditions this spring. National Weather Service Alaska region climate science and services manager Rick Thoman said after three years of generally below normal snow and ice, and above normal temperatures, Alaska was more on track with historic averages this winter.Listen now”And with the forecast of increased chances for cool weather the rest of this month over the eastern Interior and the Yukon, and somewhat above normal over Western Alaska, there’s the potential protracted snow-melt and breakup.”Thoman said the forecast for a warmer spring in western Alaska, and somewhat cooler conditions to the east, also would ease breakup along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers.”Melting and weakening the ice faster than normal in the West, and it’s a slower process in the East. So you reduce the risk that there’ll be this big flush of water coming down the rivers and then running into solid ice.”Thoman cautioned that the outlook is based on modeling, and that there’s always potential for a sudden big warm up, like the one that resulted in a major ice jam flood at Eagle in 2009.”That is a possibility. There’s no sign of any big warm-up like that on the horizon, but the end of April is a ways away yet.”Breakup timing is forecast to be normal in Northern Alaska, one to three days early across the state’s mid-section and two to four days early in southern areas.last_img read more

first_imgJacqueline FernandezPR HandoutBollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is said to be considered for the role of the female lead opposite actor Junior NTR in Baahubali director SS Rajamouli’s much-talked-about movie RRR.It is well-known that SS Rajamouli is in search for an actress to play a British Colonial woman in RRR after Daisy Edgar Jones. Instead of a newcomer, he is said to be on the hunt for an experienced actress this time. Some B-Town actress including Shraddha Kapoor was linked with this movie, but none of them became true. The latest buzz in the industry is that Jacqueline Fernandez is being considered for this role.It is rumoured that SS Rajamouli sought the help of Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who recommended the name of Jacqueline Fernandez. Now, the director is considering casting her to play the female lead in RRR. The film unit feels that she will be a perfect match for the role of a British lady in the movie.Born in Bahrain, she hosted television shows in Bahrain at the age of fourteen. After pursuing a degree in mass communication from the University of Sydney in Australia, she worked as a television reporter in Sri Lanka. In 2006, she was crowned as the winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant and represented Sri Lanka at 2006 Miss Universe pageant in Los Angeles.Jacqueline Fernandez made her acting debut with Bollywood film Aladin in 2009 and has starred in around 20 movies in her career spanning 10 years. She has worked with popular Bollywood actors like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff and Siddharth Malhotra.Jacqueline Fernandez, who fantasised about becoming a Hollywood movie star at a young age, has a huge fan following not just in India, but also in some international markets. The actress, who is quite active on social media, boasts of 13.70 million followers on Twitter, 12.90 million followers on Instagram and 22.57 million fans on Facebook. Her addition will make a huge difference for RRR.last_img read more

first_imgAli RezaScreenshot of Hotstar videoThe audience is happy with Ali Reza’s performance to become a celebrity in Bigg Boss Telugu 3 for a week, but upset with his bad behaviour and heated argument with Mahesh Vitta on Thursday.Sreemukhi and Baba Bashkar were judges of the task on Bigg Boss Telugu 3 on the Thursday episode and they decide that Varun Sandesh, Ali Reza, Ravikrishna and Mahesh shall compete in the next round.All of them gave good performances. Ali Reza and Ravikrishna emerged as the finalists of the task and Ali was voted by the housemates as the winner. He became the celebrity of the week and he would be treated as one by others.Ali Reza, who won everyone’s heart with his mono act of a tragic love story, ended up becoming a villain on the same day. In the next task, the housemates were asked to write their complaint about their co-inmate and captain Siva Jyothi was to solve the complaints. During this task, Mahesh complained that Ali disrespects housemates. Ali Reza responding to Mahesh Vitta’s complaintScreenshot of Hotstar videoTalking about it, Ali Reza said that he was talking to inmates when Mahesh tried to interfere. He warned the latter not to enter their personal talk. He told Mahesh that it is not good behaviour and warned him. Mahesh countered saying that his way of speaking was not right. This led to a heated argument between the two.When it reached the peak, captain Siva got up, silenced both and said that both of them had issues with their tone and behaviour and they should correct it. But both continued to argue with each other. When she found that she could not solve it, Siva Jyothi asked Ali Reza and Mahesh Vitta to discuss personally and sort it out. Mahesh Vitta with Baba Bashkar in Bigg Boss Telugu 3Screenshot of Hotstar videoHowever, the fight between Ali Reza and Mahesh Vitta is creating a lot of buzz on social media with many expressing their displeasure over Ali’s behaviour. Here is what the viewers have to say.P Suman @penchalsuman Some reason I don’t like Ali behavior. @MaheshVitta need to raise voice otherwise he will become bad in #BiggBossTelugu3 those are funny awards, but Ali using that name to do bad @iamnagarjuna should raise this weekend let us see!!! @StarMaa Kalyani @kalyaniTweetz Mahesh was right, he tried to explain what baba wanted to say.Ali has lost his cool completely I support mahesa. #BiggBossTelugu3 Ammu @Mannepallisri1 The only reason behind #Mahesh vs #Ali is #Sreemukhi undoubtedly. @iamnagarjuna gaaru Give strong warning to @MukhiSree Thane recchagodthundi andarni ,okko week okkakarni target chesthu. @RajivAluri @RaghuStarMaa #sreemukhi #BiggBossTelugu #BiggBoss3Telugu #BiggBossTelugu3 Ali’s performance was top notch but attitude sucks #BiggBossTelugu3 Rahul @Rahulkajuju Ali wasn’t being cool while discussing and instigated Mahesh right from the beginning of discussions. Why should Mahesh hide his emotion when he feels he is not wrong? Is Ali being cool to question Mahesh’ anger? #BiggBossTelugu3 The fight is not about Mahesh putting pullalu or Sreemukhi intention. You can clearly see how Ali is behaving aggressively. Mahesh point is why should I receive it on my end? Ali Ni ala behave cheyamani kuda Sri ye cheppindha? Mari cool cheyadanki endhuku tried? #BiggBossTelugu3 Bigboss Fan @Bigbossking3 funnyworld @funnywo43823771 I dont understand hatred for #AliReza .he has right to nomiate. Baba fans saying its silly reason .tell me one task he has taken seriously .if he has to do comedy show not bb. by the way didn’t baba nominate anyone till now .weren’t his reasons silly ? #BiggBossTelugu3 Everyone is supporting Mahesh because Ali is wrong. But Mahesh has always manipulated minds of few people around him to hate the PVVR batch. #BiggBossTelugu3 Aruna vedula karra @Arunaved272 Rey #Ali antha manchi performance chesav Kani Ne attitude tho adi antha marchipoyaru andaru… Ila aithe kasram… #BiggBossTelugu3 @$h0k.. @ashokrajub Abbaba em barre gontu ra Ali needi #BiggBossTelugu3 Chandini @laughaholic95 #RRR ᴺᴷᴾ TamilThalaivas @UrsRvs bigbosslove @bigbosslove2center_img Worst attitude shown by ali today…i thought he was bad mouthed but today when mahesh was defendng himself this fellow was giving worst expressions…he might look good from outside but from inside he is UGLY #BiggBossTelugu3 venkatesh @venktesh47 Visa Sriram@visasriram BB2-Navy @alex77917754 #BiggBossTelugu3 ali sreemukhi eliminate avvali nag made wrong statment on mahesh real ga pullalu pettedhi sreemukhi next punarnavi Inka ee nag aa ali gadni lepadu vadu rechipotunnadu atleast mahesh feelings artham chesukovalsindi i like varun but ali ni support cheyadam bad Mahesh best ananu … kani Ali looks nastier.. his attitude sucks #BiggBossTelugu3 Ali reza must hold his temper to win the title #BiggBossTelugu3 #BiggBossTelugu3 super ali .. Keep that attitude going.. HONEST BOSS @telugubiggbosss Yaaaaaa Ali you’re not gonna win with this arrogance. The point was that he’s disrespectful and he tries to justify that by being more disrespectful…lol the irony. And Punarnavi…girl sit down Man imagine if they were actual celebrities #BiggBossTelugu #BiggBossTelugu3 krishna @krishnas1433 @iamnagarjuna basis of nag comments, Ali gadu over action chestunnadu Mahesh mida..nagarjuna Garu malli Ali gadiki warning ivvali..alaney srimukhi ki kuda Rahul vishayam lo over action chestundi..#BiggBossTelugu3 Mahesh Faan @__sadhu ChandlerBing @unreallyreal_13 Swaraj @swaraj991 Okay now why is everyone making this “contestants are feeling Mahesh is a country person(thakkuva ga chusthunaru)”. Nobody said or felt like that. His actions are wrong, he should’ve just accepted it and kept shush about it. And ali should’ve explained it calmly #BiggBossTelugu3 ali reza gadu chaala cheap ga chustunadu manushulni house lo minimum respect lekunda worst member of the house #BiggBossTelugu3 oka sari nominations lo chudalani undi vedni Ali’s performance was good His behavior is ‍♀️#BiggBossTelugu3last_img read more

first_imgMap of BrahmanbariaMembers of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) held 17 Rohingyas from Nayanpur Bazar in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria on Thursday.Those held include five men, seven women and five children, reports UNB.Maniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Kasba police station, said the BGB men held the Rohingyas while heading towards Cox’s Bazar by CNG-run auto-rickshaws for meeting their relatives.They were handed over to police.The Rohingyas will be sent back to Rohingya camps, the police said.last_img read more

first_imgA female footwear factory worker was killed in a fire that broke out at her house at Gilarchala village in Sreepur of Gazipur early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Selina Akhter, 35, daughter of Nurul Haque of Daulatpur village in Kamarkhand upazila in Sirajganj and a checker of a footwear factory.Al Amin, station officer of Sreepur Fire Service Station, said the fire originated following a gas cylinder blast while Selina was taking preparation for cooking in the kitchen.The fire also gutted four tin-shed rooms, he said.Selina was burned alive as she could not get out of the kitchen, said the official.On information, police recovered the body, said Ahsan Ujjaman, sub-inspector of Sreepur police station.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Color-changing water reflects a rainbow of colors and beyond (2016, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-color-changing-rainbow.html The uniqueness of the new colloid dispersion comes from its long periodic structure, as mentioned above, which in turn arises because the colloid is highly electrically charged. The titanate nanosheets have a very strong negative charge, so that the 0.75-nm-thick sheets strongly repel each other. Normally, this repulsion is greatly reduced by a cloud of positively charged Q+ ions in the quaternary ammonium that surround the titanate nanosheets. The Q+ ions effectively screen much of the negative electrostatic repulsion between the titanate nanosheets. However, the scientists found that, by removing some of the Q+ ions through centrifuging (the process by which they were originally trying to separate the colloids based on size), the colloidal dispersion turns purple. Without the Q+ ions to screen the repulsion, the titanate nanosheets spread themselves as far apart as possible. As a result, the entire fluid becomes highly structured, with long periodic distances that cause the fluid to reflect long wavelengths of light. In contrast, ordinary water lacks this highly ordered, long-period structure, and so it reflects light with wavelengths that are much shorter than those in the visible range, making it transparent.The researchers demonstrated that the color of the photonic water can be rapidly and reversibly changed by placing the colloidal dispersion in a strong magnetic field, which causes the titanate nanosheets to align perpendicularly to the field. Similarly, heating and cooling the photonic water changes the separation distance between nanosheets, and therefore the color. Even small changes in pH cause the color to change from red (7.9) to green (7.7) to blue (7.3), again due to changing the electrostatic repulsion and therefore the structure and color of the photonic water.In general, photonic materials that reflect light in the near-infrared range have important applications in telecommunications, although they are currently very difficult to fabricate. Photonic water may have potential uses in this area and others. 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. (Phys.org)—Scientists have created a water-based mixture that rapidly changes color when exposed to a variety of stimuli, such as a change in magnetic field, temperature, or pH. The scientists call the mixture “photonic water,” and it can reflect any color of the visible spectrum, as well as parts of the ultraviolet and infrared regions. This color-modulation range is the widest that has ever been reported for any material, either solid or liquid. The researchers, Koki Sano et al., from various institutions in Japan, have published a paper on the photonic water in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”Our photonic water realizes two seemingly contradictory features: fluidity and order,” coauthor Yasuhiro Ishida at the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Saitama, Japan, told Phys.org. “This is quite different from the generally conceived notion that photonic materials should be composed of hard materials.”The researchers stumbled upon the unique mixture somewhat by accident when they were attempting to separate certain particles based on size. Although those experiments were unsuccessful, the scientists were surprised to find that, when placing one of the products in water, the water turned a vivid purple color.Investigating further, the scientists found that the colorful mixture displays both fluidity and order, which seems contradictory because fluids are typically very disordered. But the new mixture has the unusual property that it is highly ordered, like a crystal structure. Further, the periodic distance (the distance between repeating units) is extremely large, up to 675 nm. This separation corresponds to a reflection wavelength of 1750 nm (in the infrared region), and when tuned appropriately, the fluid can reflect light across the entire visible spectrum, which consists of wavelengths from approximately 400 to 700 nm. The reflection range also extends down to 370 nm, in the ultraviolet region. This range of 370 to 1750 nm is the widest color-modulation range that has ever been reported for any photonic, or “light-modulating,” material. How does the fluid reflect all of these colors? As its name suggests, photonic water is mostly ordinary water: it is more than 99.5% water by volume. The remaining 0.5% contains the “active ingredients,” which are titanate nanosheets and quaternary ammonium (Q+ ions). When added to water, these ingredients don’t dissolve like salt or sugar, but instead remain intact, like sand in water. The non-dissolving particles are called colloids, and when dispersed in water, they form what’s called a colloid dispersion—but one that is unlike any other colloid dispersion known so far. Play Drops of photonic water exhibit vivid colors that can be tuned across the full visible spectrum and beyond. Credit: K. Sano et al. ©2016 Nature Communications “Considering the stimuli responsiveness and the wide-range color modulability, our photonic water may find various applications as smart optical devices, including optical sensors and displays, near-infrared band filters for telecommunications, variable photonic lasers, etc.,” Ishida said.The researchers expect that the results will have applications beyond fluids, as well. For example, the method they established here for enhancing the electrostatic repulsive forces between titanate nanosheets can be applied to titante nanosheets that they recently developed into soft materials with unique functions due to their internal electrostatic repulsion. Extending even beyond titanate nanosheets, the researchers hope that the surprising discovery of photonic water will “breathe new life into the traditional field of colloidal sciences.” “Not only for titanite nanosheets, but also for other colloidal systems, the enhancement of electrostatic repulsive forces would have a large impact on the physical properties of these materials,” Ishida said. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Koki Sano et al. “Photonic water dynamically responsive to external stimuli.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12559 (Left) Three optical images and (right) three polarized optical images of photonic water. Credit: K. Sano et al. ©2016 Nature Communications Journal information: Nature Communications Structurally reinforced hydrogel material developed using electrostatic repulsive force between nanosheets Explore further A drop of photonic water, taken from the video. Credit: K. Sano et al. ©2016 Nature Communications © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_img Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Cursor Wrap – allows the user to quickly move between screens in a multi-display environment, reducing hand strain; and Cursor Genie – saves time and the frustration of a user’s cursor getting stuck in the corners of a display; The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black ImagingJune 18, 2019 — Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display lines ranging from 3MP to 8MP in resolution. DBI’s new clinical offering includes their new 27-inch 8MP Clinical LED backlit display. The DBI CL8MPS includes a front sensor for auto-DICOM calibration, and is specifically designed for use in clinical review areas, for modality imaging or as a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) worklist display. This 27-inch 8MP unit features a 350 cd/m2 peak luminance, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and HDMI and Display Port inputs.Double Black Imaging’s newest diagnostic displays, the next-generation N series and Gemini Series LED backlit display solutions, feature higher luminance and contrast ratios, enhanced viewing of multimodality images and integrated Hybrid Gamma Correction (HGC). Next-gen displays include 3, 4, 5.2, 6 and 8.8MP solutions, with the 5.2MP and 8.8MP displays cleared for breast imaging, including tomosynthesis.All PACS and breast imaging displays from Double Black Imaging are equipped with built-in front sensors for hands-free automatic DICOM 3.14 calibration, as well as backlight sensors and ambient light sensors to maintain stability and accuracy over time. The CFS Calibration Software Suite for remote calibration, conformance, report generation and non-conformance alerts via the web is included with all DBI diagnostic displays.The inclusive CFS Productivity toolkit consists of several utilities designed to improve user workflow, enhance visual clarity and reduce distraction, ultimately diminishing visual strain.  The CFS toolkit increases cursor movement efficiency while minimizing hand strain, fatigue and frustration. The toolkit is adjustable by user and application. CFS toolkit features include: PinPoint – enables the user to concentrate on key areas of interest; News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more AutoDim – eliminates distractions and eye strain from bright neighboring monitors; In addition to displays, DBI is focusing on personalizing solutions for the radiology reading room.  Double Black Imaging will partner with providers for an individualized consultation to customize a solution that will improve their health and increase productivity. DBI enhances the ergonomic experience by ensuring the user is paired with the correct workstation, allowing the individual to sit, stand or recline with the push of a button. Eye strain reduction, ambient noise absorption and comfortable air circulation are a few of the features DBI offers to customize a desk for each individual. Double Black Imaging is able to provide a comprehensive workstation by combining high-quality displays, CPUs, desks and space planning.For more information: www.doubleblackimaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Cursor Locator – rapidly locates the cursor and allows the user to return to work quickly without frustration Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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first_img October 27, 2016 612 Views The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a letter of warning to 44 mortgage lenders and brokers that they may be in violation of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).HMDA, originally enacted in 1975, requires financial institutions to collect data related to mortgage lending activity such as home purchase loans, home improvement loans, refinancings they originate, purchase, or for which those institutions receive applications. HMDA’s goal is to monitor whether financial institutions are serving the needs of their communities, attract private investment, and identify possible discriminatory lending patterns.Data collected as required by HMDA is reported to appropriate regulators annually and made available to the public, according to the CFPB.The CFPB finalized a rule in October 2015 that updated the reporting requirements of HMDA to improve the quality and type of data that institutions are collecting. Most of the final rule’s provisions will go into effect on January 1, 2018.“Financial institutions that fail to report mortgage information as required make it harder to identify and address discriminatory lending,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “No mortgage lender that is required to report their loan data can avoid this responsibility.”The CFPB identified the 44 companies to which it is warning of possible HMDA violations by reviewing available bank and non-bank mortgage data. The warning letters note that companies that meet certain requirements are subject to HMDA oversight, which means they are required to collect and report data on mortgage lending.In the letter, the Bureau encourages the companies to review their practices to ensure they are complying with the law, and if they are not, to advise if they have taken or will take steps to become compliant. By sending the letters, the CFPB is not stating that a HMDA violation occurred.Click here to view a sample of the warning letter issued by the CFPB. CFPB Flags Lenders for Possible HMDA Violations CFPB HMDA Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Mortgage Brokers Mortgage Lenders 2016-10-27 Seth Welborncenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

first_imgAs you settle back into your seat, there are many things on planes that we take for granted, like why are the windows round, or why is there a tiny hole in the middle of the window.Or how about, smoking has been banned on planes for twenty years or so, but there are still ashtrays in the bathrooms…Why doesn’t your seat line up with the window? If these questions and other aviation trivia have been exercising your mind, oyster.com has the answers. oyster.comlast_img

first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineITALIAN BLOOD No one could be more pleased that the HBO hit True Blood is gaining popularity in Italy than Joe Manganiello, who plays the hot werewolf Alcide Herveaux, since it affords him the opportunity to travel the country while promoting the show. “[Italy]is the only place other than the States I could live,” says Manganiello. “It’s the Roman Empire, Michelangelo, Versace. It’s my heritage.” His family hails from southern Italy, though the 6-foot-5 heartthrob admits, “I’m very tall for a Sicilian… It’s interesting when I’m over there because with the hair, people come up to me and start talking to me in Italian because I look like them. I’m learning. I have the Rosetta Stone [software] at home. I have to. I want to live there someday. My joke is I don’t speak the language but I eat the food.”CHANGING LANES Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, an Emmy winner, has adapted his traveling habits since he and his wife Holly adopted daughter Frances. “We used to travel a lot,” says Burrell, who has visited Paris, Italy, Morocco, London, Canada and other international destinations with Holly. The family now often goes to Utah, where they have a home. Showing the humor he displays on his award-winning show, Burrell says of his daughter, “Her problem is not that she hates flying; it’s that she loves flying. So she’s everywhere. She loves it so much that she’s [with] the people in front of us [on the airplane], the people behind us, she’s in the aisle.” Next winter they plan to put their little one on the slopes. “I’m excited about that,” Burrell says. “She’s super courageous and crazy bold. She’ll be a better skier than all of us.”SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Rex Lee, best known for playing Ari Gold’s assistant Lloyd Lee on Entourage, never expected to travel to India. But that’s exactly where he found himself for a week after accepting a friend’s wedding invitation. “When people would talk about going to India for spiritual reasons, that talk made me dream about visiting but I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to go,” says Lee, who now can be seen on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. “And then I went. It was amazing. I really thought about my spirituality and my place in the world. The interesting thing about India is the wealthy and the poor live mixed [in] with each other. It’s a very beautiful society where they live in the caste system, but they believe in reincarnation. I don’t think the wealthy look down on the poor so much because they’re like, ‘Oh, they’re going to be the wealthy in their next life.’ It’s really interesting.”last_img read more

first_imgIdeally located on Passeig de Gràcia, at the very center of the city’s commercial and entertainment district, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona opened its doors on November 26. The opening was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebratory gala event, attended by Barcelona’s society elite.“We are delighted to be bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned hospitality into Spain for the first time, and are excited about opening such a luxurious hotel in Barcelona’s lively and sophisticated center,” said Luis Marco, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s General Manager.To celebrate the opening of the Group’s first hotel in Southern Europe, guests booking a two night stay at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona can enjoy the opening package providing a third night’s complimentary accommodation in any category of guestroom or suite. This offer is available for bookings up to March 31, 2010 and is subject to availability.www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

first_imgChairman of the parliamentary finance committee and president of Disy Averof Neophytou said that a number of political parties have agreed to give borrowers the right to challenge foreclosures in court in fast-track procedures which may allow the formation of a majority faction in parliament.The inclusion of this clause followed an intervention from Diko chairman Nicholas Papadopoulos which led to ‘an updated and final document’ being prepared, on which President Nicos Anastasiades is expected to comment in writing, Neophytou told reporters on Friday after a meeting of the finance committee which reviewed the proposed legislative amendments.Hours later, Neofytou said that Disy and Diko are supporting the bill after Edek, which initially also did so, backed down after some of its proposals were included in the foreclosure bill.The court will have to issue its final ruling within two months after a borrower files an application, Neophytou said, adding that a citizen’s right to resort to justice is enshrined in the constitution. The initial draft of the foreclosure bill, which is part of a bundle of reforms to help banks speed up the reduction of their delinquent loans and one of the European Commission’s conditions for approving Hellenic Bank’s deal to acquire the Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s operations, gave borrowers no right to resort to the courts, raising questions over the constitutionality of the provision. The Commission asked for reforms in the legislation and the judicial procedures. Delays in Cyprus judicial system, known for dragging its feet, are to blame for lengthy foreclosure procedures resulting in increased provisions for Cypriot lenders.The banks, currently struggling with a mountain of €22 billion in non-performing loans or 45 per cent of the total, are facing new stress tests and, depending on assumptions on how quickly they can recover terminated loans, they may be asked to find fresh capital. Concerns over the adequate capital levels of the Co-op prompted borrowers to withdraw €2bn in deposits in the first quarter of the year.This, in turn, compelled the government to hasten the process of seeking to sell the bank’s operations, which ultimately led to the deal with Hellenic Bank which provides for the transfer of the Co-op’s healthy part, including €9.7bn in deposits, the bulk of which is insured by the taxpayer. Last week, Co-op depositors began to withdraw deposits again on fears the parliament would reject the deal with Hellenic.Neophytou also said that foreclosure procedures will require, in addition to two valuations of an affected property, another carried out by the department of lands and surveys.“I once again want to assure that on Sunday, the debate of all matters concerning the country’s financial stability will have been completed,” Neophytou said. “I once more express my certainty that the entirety of the bills as well as proposal to guarantee part of the asset transferred by the Co-op to Hellenic will be approved by the plenary.”Neofytou said that there is unanimity about some of the proposed bills, convergence in the case of others and substantial political differences on other issues.Disy, which has 18 lawmakers, and Diko, with 10 deputies, will be able to form a small majority in the 56-seat house after the supreme court cancelled the election of a Solidarity lawmaker. Akel, which is the largest opposition party, with 16 deputies is opposing foreclosures.The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported that the finance committee will hold a closed session on Saturday morning to debate the amendments. The session will be completed by noon to give the groups time to decide ahead of Sunday’s plenary.The Republic’s law office, the ministry of finance and Disy believe that the bill on foreclosures, which is the only source of controversy among political parties, provides as it stands sufficient protection for borrowers. Opposition parties, CNA added, proposed stronger formulations, which Neofytou rejected on the grounds that the bills have undergone several changes already.“If the parties proposing changes have a majority, they will vote down the bill,” the Disy chairman was cited as saying. “If they have a majority to pass their bill, there’s no need to propose amendments. If they have a majority, they will pass the bill they propose which goes in the opposite direction of the government bills”.Concerns expressed by Edek chairman Marinos Sizopoulos, who after meeting with Anastasiades on Thursday received assurances that specialised courts would be set up to handle such cases within months, had been addressed in an absolute manner, Neophytou continued.Costas Melas, the chairman of the borrowers’ association was dismissive of the provision granting borrowers the right to challenge a foreclosure at the court, which he described as ‘ridiculous’.Neophytou said that if the bills are watered down parliament will have to again debate about foreclosures in coming years.You May LikeBest BikesTop 10 Best Bikes in India 2019- Price Mileage Images FeaturesBest BikesUndoDefinitionAmazing Inventions That Make Life LiveableDefinitionUndoMonagiza29 Adorable Cats Sleeping In Funny PositionsMonagizaUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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