Parliamentarians debate today question on expensive Civil Recovery

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe House of Assembly is in session today and based on the order paper, there will be a question from Deputy House Speaker, Hon Josephine Connolly about the expenditure on the Civil Recovery process.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Connolly has been critical about the over $1 million spend on the process during the last fiscal year especially in relation to the report that there were no recoveries last year.  The Administration side will also be called on to respond to whether or not there is consideration being given, to insuring public schools.  Among the bills to be tabled are:  the RBC Loan Funding Capital Expenditure, the Control of Drugs Bill and the Flag and Coat of Arms Regulation Bill.last_img read more

Karting Summer Camp Gears Up Ready Set Drive August 7

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Nassau – Registration opens this week for the 5th annual EduKarting Summer Camp, two, one-week sessions beginning August 8 that allow young Bahamians to experience the speed and adrenaline-pumping excitement associated with the traditional sport that mixes thrills with  important life lessons.“Thanks to the continuing support from the FIA, our sponsors and the Ministry of Education which allows us to use the grounds of Doris Johnson High, we are able to keep our fees at $25 per camper per week, including lunch,” said Bahamas EduKarting founder and coordinator David McLaughlin.    “We wanted to keep fees reasonable so every young person who wants to participate, regardless of financial status, can take part in the camp designed to teach the values of self-discipline and teamwork.    And the best part is students are learning useful skills while having a great time zipping around the course in a kart they have taken apart and rebuilt.”    Most importantly, said McLaughlin, beyond the basics of mechanics, campers learn what it takes to make a team of people who never knew each other before perform.    “There is art, design, public relations and marketing,” he says.    “Each team has to create a business plan, present and ‘sell’ it to a sponsor who provides virtual funding for uniforms, helmets, tires and parts.”“Nearly every famous Formula One or NASCAR racer got his or her start in karting, said McLaughlin, Bahamas and Caribbean Motor Sport Development Director of FIA, the motor sports association under the auspices of the International Olympics Committee.    “Who knows?   The Bahamas, which has produced great athletes in track and field, basketball, tennis and swimming, may one day produce a great race car driver.   Look at Lewis Hamilton of Grenada and the U.K. who got his first go-kart at the age of six and showed so much promise by the time he was a teen that his father gave up his career and sometimes worked as many as three jobs to support his son’s ambition in motor sport.    Today, he is the most famous Formula One driver alive.”Each EduKarting summer camp is open to a maximum of 30 participants ages 11-17. Sessions run August 8 – 11 and August 14-18 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Doris Johnson High on Prince Charles Drive.    Sponsors include Caribbean Bottling and Aquapure, both of whom provide beverages daily. Other partners and sponsors include the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Julius Bar, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Rotaract, Bahamas Waste, Diane Phillips & Associates, Oasis Furniture, Valvoline, Battery & Tyre and the FIA.“We have seen high school students come out of school and immediately into a job because of the skills they learned in EduKarting,” said McLaughlin. “Two of them are working for a large auto dealer now in the service division and another has gone on to become a pilot.”To register, call 432-1845, 815-8907, email edukartingbahamas@gmail.com or go to the EduKarting Facebook page.Release: DPA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he cant understand the Scouse accent

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says he is finding it difficult to understand some of his team-mates who have different accents.The Brazilian says he struggles to understand teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and also has to contend with Mackem Henderson, Glaswegian Robertson and Yorkshireman Milner.The shot-stopper who arrived Anfield from Roma last summer says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.Allison says it is very difficult for him to understand Brummie and Yorkshire accents and also the scouse twang of Trent Alexander-Arnold and some other  training staffAlisson told the Daily Star via The Mirror: Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Alisson has had a brilliant season so far.last_img read more

New Mexico Official Demands 25M from Air Force following Dispute over Wind

first_imgNew Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is asking the Air Force to pay the state $25 million to compensate it for the loss of lease revenue from a wind farm project in central New Mexico after DOD said over half of the planned turbines would interfere with the Air Force’s use of a military training route. In a letter sent Tuesday to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Dunn emphasized that money generated from state trust lands support New Mexico’s schools and hospitals, reports the Albuquerque Journal. “I believe that the military should not be uniquely and unduly burdening state trust lands by effectively prohibiting the investment-backed activities of state trust land leases unless it is willing to pay appropriate compensation,” wrote Dunn, who is running for the U.S. Senate this year.An Air Force spokeswoman said the service tries to not to restrict the activities of private industry. “Our primary focus is the Air Force mission,” said Ann Stefanik. “When possible, we work with industry and government partners to allow for development that makes sense for all parties.” A spokesman for wind developer Avangrid Renewables said the company would continue discussions with DOD. “We are going to continue to work with the DOD clearinghouse to help balance the protection of national security with responsible and reasonable siting of our turbines to benefit all parties,” said Paul Copleman.The dispute echoes one three years ago between the Pentagon and SunZia over its plans to build an extra-high-voltage transmission line through parts of White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.Photo by Michael Zamora Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

In defense of GEs stupid smart bulb reset video

first_img1:33 Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Now playing: Watch this: See All reading • In defense of GE’s stupid smart bulb reset video Light Bulbs CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) A C by GE smart bulb, the internet’s latest punching bag. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Screw in a smart bulb and turn it on. Then pair it with a control app on your phone or with a voice assistant such as Alexa, Siri or the Google Assistant. The benefits are plain to see — convenience, automation and security. There’s also accessibility, something that’s particularly important to people with disabilities and other mobility issues.And, unlike a lot of today’s smart home tech, smart bulbs are accessible to most budgets, too. With perfectly decent bulbs available for as little as $10 each, it’s one of the easiest and most affordable entry points into the connected home — and one that doesn’t harbor the same sort of privacy concerns as things like smart security cameras and smart speakers that are always listening for a wake word.None of that stopped the internet from being the internet and crapping all over the category this Wednesday after a tutorial video from GE Lighting went viral on Reddit.In it, GE demonstrates how to manually reset one of its Bluetooth smart bulbs by turning the switch on and off five times — 8 seconds on, 2 seconds off, repeat. GE shows how it works in real time, with repetitive voiceover instructions at each step. Yes, it’s a little bit cringey to watch — especially when it’s devoid of any context. • Tags Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected But that context matters. For starters, just about every smart bulb on the market today features a manual reset feature like this. It’s nothing new. And it isn’t a mandatory part of the setup process or anything. It’s an option for people who might want to give their smart bulbs to someone else and need to erase their automations and third-party connections first, or for folks who want to start organizing their smart home gadgets from scratch, maybe after switching from one control platform to another. It’s a nice option to have, and also easier for manufacturers to implement than putting a physical reset switch on the bulb. That helps them keep costs down. Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Comments 8 Share your voice CNET Smart Home Get your smart lights in line with a manual reset GE And if the 8 seconds on, 2 seconds off approach sounds arbitrary, well, it isn’t. It’s designed to be specific enough that your kids won’t accidentally reset your bulbs if they’re playing haunted house and flicking the lights on and off. Sure, you might need to pull up GE’s video to see how to do it — but once you do, I suspect you’d actually appreciate GE’s clunky, real-time approach. Just follow along and turn your lights on and off at the same time, and you won’t even need to count.And, honestly, is it really that hard to turn a light switch on and off five times?  What really annoys me the most here are my fellow tech journalists, many of whom were quick to pile on and decry GE’s video as evidence of smart bulb stupidity simply because such a notion was trending on Reddit. That’s good for easy clicks, I suppose — but a major part of our jobs is to put tech into the proper context. We don’t always get it right, but we ought to try. In this case, GE’s video was taken completely out of context, and most of the internet’s takeaways were misinformed. Call me a dork, call me a buzzkill, call me whatever, but tech journalists shouldn’t run with bad information about new and worthwhile technology just because it’s trendy to do so. But hey, on the bright side, at least we all know how to reset GE’s smart bulbs now.last_img read more

Jony Ives 15 most iconic Apple products and designs

first_img • reading • Jony Ive is leaving Apple: 15 of his most iconic products and designs Jony Ive Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Comments Jony Ive at WWDC 2019. James Martin/CNET Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, announced Thursday that he’s leaving the company later this year. He will start his own design firm, for which Apple will be a primary client. During his nearly 30 years working for the tech giant, Ive designed several of the company’s most memorable hardware products, including the iPhone and iMac, and had a hand in other significant projects as diverse as iOS 7 and Apple Park.Ive’s singular focus on minimalism and simplicity shaped Apple’s design language, and he was a key part of Apple’s comeback in 1997, along with former CEO Steve Jobs. In recent years, Ive has taken on more of a managerial position, but his influence and original designs still endure. To see the legacy and impact of Ive’s tenure at Apple, check out this roundup of his most important products. 4:26 Our first MP3 players: iPods, SanDisk Sansas and more See All 19 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 5 iMac G3 (1998)  Apple iMac G3 (Bondi Blue) Hardware ShootThe iMac G3 in Bondi Blue. iCreate Magazine/Getty Images A computer that wasn’t just a grey box? In a dull world where almost all computers looked the same, Ive decided that color was the answer. First available in a bright shade called Bondi Blue, the iMac G3 later added 10 other colors, from Lime to Strawberry, and two patterns. A plastic translucent shell allowed you to see inside the all-in-one machine; there was no floppy drive, the mouse was round and it was the first Apple computer to use USB ports. As Steve Jobs said, “It looks like it’s from another planet. A good planet. A planet with better designers.”iBook G3 (1999)Apple Museum in KievThe iBook G3 NurPhoto/Getty Images The translucent, colored panels from the iMac G3 quickly migrated to other products. The slim case of the iBook G3, made of rubber and plastic, bundled a large keyboard and a 12.1-inch display. It looked sort of like a handbag, and it even had a handle for easy carrying. G4 Cube computer (2000)Apple Museum in KievThe Power Mac G4 Cube. NurPhoto/Getty Images Another computer that didn’t look like a computer, the G4 Cube wrapped the guts in a clear polycarbonate skin. It was shiny, sure, but some users later reported hairline cracks. Apple brushed off the complaints by calling the cracks “mold lines” formed as “a part of the injection molding process.”   G4 Cube speakers (2000)apple-pro-speakers-primary-100632055-largeApple G4 speakersChristopher Phin/MacworldLike a collection in a fashion show, these ball-shaped speakers were a perfect accessory to the angular G4 Cube computer. The actual speakers were Harmon Kardon, and they were powered by a USB port.Apple iSub speakers (2000)41wche1wcflApple iSub speakers Amazon Also a collaboration with Harmon Kardon, the iSub looked like it should be in a lab holding a specimen for analysis. Or maybe it looked like a jellyfish, but it was another conservation piece that perfectly fit the G4 Cube collection. Apple_iBook_G4.jpgThe iBook G4. Apple iBook G4 (2000)After the audaciousness of the iBook G3, Ive returned to a more traditional laptop design with the iBook G4. It ditched the bright colors for a solid-white polycarbonate shell and, though boxier than its predecessor, the rounded corners kept it from being a brick.iPod (2001)design-museum-london-california-exhibit-22The first iPod. Andrew Hoyle/CNET It wasn’t the first MP3 player, but the incredibly simple design — the genius scroll wheel let you scan through a long song list quickly — and user interface made it fun to use. Of course, the iPhone would eventually cannibalize the iPod line completely, just as the iPod consigned the portable CD player to history.   Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 18 Apple products that changed the world Share your voice Apple head of design Jony Ive departs to start his own… 10:17 Apple iMac_G4_CNET.gifThe iMac G4 on the cover of Time magazine Courtesy of Time iMac G4 computer (2001)The iMac G4’s design was as big of a departure from the iMac G3’s as that machine was from any computer before it. Most remarkable was Ive’s success in cramming everything electronic into a dome-shaped base that even had an optical drive. Meanwhile, the super-thin display was suspended on an arm that you could swivel and tilt. Colors were gone as well, in favor of a white and silver scheme. The device looked so unusual, it landed on the cover of Time magazine. “At best, people thought it was rather odd,” Ive told CNET at the time. “I actually think this is less shocking than the [original] iMac was.” apple-imac-g5-1-9ghz-17-inch_1.jpgThe iMac G5. Apple iMac G5 (2004)With its sturdy L-shaped stand, deep bottom bezel and large display, Apple’s all-in-one iMac G5 would become the template for all subsequent iMacs. Though it’s been nearly 15 years since its launch, you can still see its aesthetic influence in today’s aluminum iMacs and the iMac Pro. To Ive, the screen was always the centerpiece of the device. In 2009 when he introduced that year’s iMacs, Ive said: “There’s not a detail there that doesn’t need to be there. There are no visual interruptions, distractions. There’s just no other noise. Everything is about the display.”iPod Mini (2004)Apple Releases New iPodsThe iPod Mini. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As the smaller and more affordable version of the iPod, the iPod Mini was extremely popular and came in a variety of bright colors. Encased in an elegant unibody design, the device introduced Apple’s famous “click wheel,” or as Jobs described it at the time, a “solid-state scroll wheel.” The space-saving wheel enabled users to navigate the iPod by turning and pressing down on the large white wheel located in the center. At its launch, Jobs praised the device’s small size and said it was “pretty stunning” and “really, really beautiful.” The iPod Mini was replaced in 2005 with the even slimmer iPod Nano. iPhone (2007)All the iPhones, from the 2007 original iPhone to 2018's iPhone XS.All the iPhones, from the 2007 original iPhone to 2018’s iPhone XS. Angela Lang/CNET Perhaps no other tech device has had more of an impact than the iPhone. Combining the capabilities of an iPod, a phone and a handheld computer that connects to the internet, the iPhone revolutionized how we communicate and access information. When Jobs unveiled the first iPhone, he emphasized its 3.5-inch touchscreen and said Apple “designed something wonderful in your hand.” It shared a nearly identical design motif as the first iPod Touch (a line of devices that continues today). Fast-forward to 2017: When Ive introduced the 5.8-inch iPhone X, he described it as a “physical object that disappears into the experience.”iPad (2010)034-ipad-pro-2018The Apple iPad Pro. Sarah Tew/CNET At first it might have seemed hard to convince some people that the iPad was simply more than a larger iPhone, but to its credit the iPad did help usher in a new era of large-screen tablets. Equipped with a 9.7-inch display and a physical home button, the iPad was a sleek and powerful tablet, and it now comes in a variety of sizes. In a promo video introducing the iPad, Ive said, “When something exceeds your ability to understand how it works it sort of becomes magical — and that’s exactly what the iPad is.”iOS 7 (2013)Septimius_07_610x436.jpgiOS 7 on the iPhone 5S. CNET staff In addition to hardware, Ive was heavily involved in the design of Apple’s 2013 mobile operating system iOS 7. It was one of the biggest overhauls the OS underwent, and ushered in an era that replaced a dated skeuomorphic interface with a more modern, flat aesthetic. Bright pastel colors, translucent notification shades and a homescreen with a parallax depth effect breathed new life into the iPhone. To Ive, iOS 7 represented simplicity. “[Simplicity is] about bringing order to complexity,” he said in a 2013 promo video. “iOS 7 is a clear representation of these goals.”Apple Watch (2014)apply-watch-comparison-8The Apple Watch Series 3 and 4. Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s first fitness tracker, the Apple Watch, debuted in 2014 and featured a stainless steel body, a rectangular display, a digital crown and swappable bands. It was one of the best-designed wearables at the time, but compared to rivals like the Pebble Steel, the Watch was expensive and had a short battery life. That didn’t stop Ive from singing its praises, and in 2018, when he introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, he said it was, “a device so powerful, so personal, so liberating; it can change the way you live each day.”Apple Park (2017)apple-park-steve-jobs-theater-3860Apple Park James Martin/CNET Apple’s new headquarters, which sprawls across 2.8 million square feet and houses over 10,000 employees, features a huge circular building (nicknamed the Spaceship), an auditorium dedicated to Steve Jobs, and over 9,000 trees. Though the main architect was Norman Foster and his firm, Ive contributed heavily to the campus’ design. In an interview with the design magazine Wallpaper, Ive noted that he expected the campus to adapt along with the company. “The building will change and it will evolve,” he said. “And I’m sure in 20 years’ time we will be designing and developing very different products, and just that alone will drive the campus to evolve and change.” Mobile Phoneslast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi offers to resign as Congress chief resignation rejected at CWC

first_imgCongress chief Rahul Gandhi offers to resign at the Congress Working Committee meeting today.TwitterAfter Congress’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, party president Rahul Gandhi took full responsibility for the Congress’s poll defeat. The Congress chief has offered to resign at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today.However, senior party leaders are persuading him not to resign. It has been reported that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul’s sister Priyanka Gandhi, too, tried to persuade him not to resign.The first review meeting of the Congress party after its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections included 52 members of the CWC, which includes party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and the chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states – Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.At the CWC meeting, several party leaders including Rahul Gandhi gave their assessment of what went wrong and the remedial steps that must be taken. However, top party leaders claimed that Rahul Gandhi’s relentless “chowkidar chor hai” campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “negative” in its tone.READ: Rahul Gandhi offered to resign after Lok Sabha elections flop show?The meeting of Congress’s highest decision-making body, the CWC, commenced at 11 am today.While the Congress won 52 seats in the 542 Lok Sabha constituencies, the BJP-led NDA has swept back to power in a landslide by winning a record 303 seats out of 542. Congress suffered a loss for the second time in a row at the hands of the Narendra Modi-led BJP.Earlier, sources had said that Rahul Gandhi’s resignation offer was rejected by Sonia Gandhi. However, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot called the reports “baseless and irrelevant”. “We shall never forget that it was because of Rahul Gandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put up a strong challenge to the NDA government,” he said.After the 2019 mandate, rumors of Congress President’s resignation are baseless and irrelevant. We shall never forget that it was because of Sh. #RahulGandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put up a strong challenge to NDA government.1/2— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 24, 2019Also, senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam asked why should Gandhi resign when the entire party fought “bravely” under his leadership. He said that the election loss was their “bad luck” but that shouldn’t raise questions on the leadership. “Under the leadership of Congress President @RahulGandhi we fought this election bravely. He worked very hard undoubtedly. Our bad luck,we lost. Why should he resign? No. He should continue to lead the party. We will fight back under his leadership and come back soon,” tweeted Nirupam.last_img read more

BCL men commit excesses admits AL

first_imgObaidul QuaderPrime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina is aware of the excesses committed by the activists of ruling party-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League during the recent quota protests.Saying this on Sunday, Bangaldesh Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said Sheikh Hasina has also warned the BCL leaders and activists of stern actions, should there be complaints like their role in the students’ demonstration demanding reforms in public service quota.Quoting the prime minister, Quader said at a press briefing at the secretariet that Hasina issued a note of warning when the BCL leaders approached her as she was getting down from the stage of the party’s reception accorded to her on Saturday.“I have received many complaints of excesses against Chhatra League over the quota issue. I don’t want to hear such complaitns any longer,” Quader said quoting Hasina.On more than one occasions recently, BCL men attacked the students and teachers of various educational institutions including Dhaka University, who were demanding reform in existing quota system in public services.Dwelling on the next general election likely to be held on December, Quader said an election-time government will be formed any time in October. A small cabinet comprised of the parties representing in parliament would be formed, he iterated.Refering to the BNP’s insistance that it would not go to polls without release of its jailed chairperson Khalaeda Zia, Quader said, his party will prevent any attempt to foil the election.He also said, the BNP has given conditions to contest the election which are not likely to be met. The election would be held as per constitution, he added.Professor Emajuddin Ahmed, a former vice chancellor of Dhaka University, on Saturday said, the next general elections would be held only if four conditions including release of former prime minister Khaled Zia are met.Quader, however, said that the BNP will participate in the elections for their own sake. ‘It’s their right to participate in the elections but democracy would take its own course if they don’t take part,’ he added.Regarding public sufferings in mass reception accorded to the prime minister on Saturday, Quader said, “We organised the rally on Saturday so that the people don’t have to suffer. Still, I am seeking apology had there been any incidents of public suffering.”last_img read more

Musical robots perform duets w Video

first_img New robot skier takes to the slopes (w/ Video) Waseda Flutist Robot This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A flute playing robot unveiled by Waseda University last year has been joined by a robot saxophonist in a Classical music duet. The aim of the project was to design robots that could respond to each other’s visual and aural cues. Explore furthercenter_img Early in 2008 other research teams, with Honda and Toyota, unveiled a robot conductor, and a trumpet player. Professor Takanishi’s ultimate goal is to create an entire robot orchestra, and the duet playing robots take him one step closer.More information: • Takanishi Lab page• Waseda Flutist Robot page© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Musical robots perform duets (w/ Video) (2009, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-musical-robots-duets-video.html The researchers, Atsuo Takanishi and colleagues from Waseda University in Japan, want eventually to develop a robot capable of playing multiple instruments and interacting with human musicians in jazz-style improvisations. The flutist robot was unveiled in mid 2008 after Professor Takanishi, of Waseda’s engineering department had spend many years perfecting it. The saxophone player took much less time to develop but is much less android in appearance than the flute-playing robot. Professor Takanishi said the saxophone player was easier to develop because it is easier to get a sound from a reed instrument than it is from a flute.last_img read more

New 311mph maglev train in Japan passes initial tests

first_img 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) —Engineers with Central Japan Railway Co. have put their newest maglev L0 train through initial testing and report the new high-speed train is on course for commercial deployment by 2027. The train will eventually carry up to 1000 passengers at a time in 16 carriages (traveling at speeds up to 311mph / 500kmph) between Tokyo and Nagoya, cutting current travel time from 90 to 40 minutes. Explore further The initial test of the train was a simple trial to ensure soundness—the lead car and four other carriages were pulled along a track using a maintenance vehicle. An official test of the train is expected to be carried out in September. The maglev train, like others of its kind, is held in the air by magnets as it’s traveling cutting down on friction between wheels and rails.Japan was the first country to introduce maglev trains. They built and used one to transport spectators at speeds up to 130mph to and from venues at the 1964 Olympics held in that country. Since that time, virtually all other technically advanced countries have built so-called bullet trains and have put them into service. The title of worlds fastest is currently held by China’s Shanghai maglev train—it’s capable of running at speeds of up to 268mph, though it generally operates at closer to 150mph due to track length restrictions. A train running at 311mph would set a new bar, likely prompting others to see if that speed can be topped.Japan has set itself apart in high speed rail—its current network of trains run at speeds averaging a world-best 199mph over 1,400 miles of track. Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city is approximately 218 miles west of Tokyo—the the span between them is currently serviced by the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. Plans call for the rail line to be extended all the way to Osaka by 2045. Government officials have indicated that the overall plan is to add high-speed service between all of the major cities on Honshu, the country’s main island. Credit: TokioTimes When complete, each of the new trains will feature 16 carriages—plus the streamlined nose car positioned at the front. Each passenger car will be 24.3 meters in length, giving riders more room than conventional railcars, though there will be one extra seat per row. © 2013 Phys.org Japan’s newest floating train is one blistering maglev Citation: New 311mph maglev train in Japan passes initial tests (2013, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-311mph-maglev-japan.htmllast_img read more

When bingewatching means freedom

first_imgDoes boredom makes you snuggle in your bed and finish a complete season of your favourite TV series in one day? Then, my friend, you’re addicted to binge-watching.Binge watching as a term was often used in the 90’s where the DVD’s comprised of all the seasons of a particular TV show. But now with the coming of Netflix, the prevalence of torrent downloads and YouTube where seasons are available, one is easily able to watch their favourite shows in one go. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But why is it that some people watch the whole season consisting of more than 10 episodes (half an hour long episodes) in one go? Ayush Madan, a third year college student from Indraprastha University said: “I have the patience to see the whole season in one day. The anticipation of what happens next in the plot of the particular series makes me impatient. It is hard to even wait for the next day’s sun to rise.”For some, priorities are set where they have fixed their time for fun. Akash, an IT professional has fixed half an hour everyday to see his favourite TV show ‘Game of Thrones’. He said: “I do not want to fall sick binge watching TV shows for hours. I love watching the TV series but it is hard to just lay in your bed and watch them all in your laptop. I take my time and watch a TV series like it comes on TV, the only difference being that I pause and play when I like.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWeekends are people’s only hope for some fun as the weekday’s grinding takes a toll on the soul. College students, office-goers and some of the enthusiasts are willing to give up on their sleep to watch certain shows. According to senior Psychologist Dr Vasantha R Patri, parents are to be blamed for such behaviour in their kids. She said: “When the child’s travelling and socialising becomes expensive for the parents and they refuse to send their adult dependent children to explore some other entertainment options, this continuous TV-series watching becomes the source of their entertainment and such exposure makes them addicted.” It is also assumed that some TV shows create a kind of crisis in the heads of those binge viewers after a season ends and the new one is awaited and to this Dr Patri said: “TV show producers always have something new to give to the viewers so that they can get hooked on again and hence it becomes easy for an individual to move on from one TV show to another.”But for a young DU student like Aishwarya, binge watching is the only source of freedom. She says, “I don’t care what people say but I feel a sense of loss when a series ends. Like people are still waiting for a Harry Potter Prequel, I am waiting for my favourite TV show. I don’t like to socialise much and hence my laptop with unlimited internet is my happiness.”last_img read more

KIIT and KISS to host 39th edition of World Congress of Poets

first_imgJointly organised by World Academy of Arts and Culture (WAAC), USA; KIIT and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) will be held in October 2019 at KIIT and KISS premises.The announcement was made by Professor Achyuta Samanta, President of the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) and Founder, KIIT and KISS in a press conference held at the Constitution Club on December 20. The conference was attended by Jacob Isaac, Executive Board Member of World Congress of Poets and World Academy of Arts and Culture (WAAC), USA; Dr R K Das and Dr B N Nanda, Senior Advisors, KIIT and KISS. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe poetry event is expected to be attended by more than 500 poets from 100 countries. Besides that, 2000 writers and poets from India and another 2000 from Odisha are expected to join, informed the President of the event. Speaking at the conference, Professor Samanta said, “It is a matter of pride that KIIT and KISS will be hosting the 39th World Congress of Poets in India from October 2, 2019, coinciding with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. There will be a good academic exchange as poets and writers from across the globe will come together. So it will definitely give a very good boost to poets and writers in our state Odisha and India also.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHe further stated that Odisha state government will cooperate to make the World Congress of Poets a grand success, and the institution also seeks support from Ministry of Culture, Government of India. As WCP is being organised on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Golden Jubilee WAAC, it has been decided to name the award on Mahatma Gandhi, besides other D Litt awards. As the representative of World Congress of Poets, Jacob briefed about the history of the event. Followed by Nanda who threw light on the organisation of this prestigious meet in India. In order to conclude the conference, R K Das proposed the vote of thanks. At the 38th WCP hosted in Suiyang County of China’s Guizhou Province, the Executive Board Members of WAAC like President of WAAC, Dr Maurus Young, Sr. Vice President, Professor Ernesto Kahan and General Secretary Dr. Maria Eugenia Soberanis announced that the 39th edition will take place in the KIIT and KISS premises. For the third time, the World Congress of Poets is going to be held in India. In a preliminary meeting, it is tentatively decided to hold the forthcoming World Congress of Poets from October 2 – 6, 2019. The inaugural ceremony will be held on October 2, 2019, coinciding with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It has been planned to hold a session on tourism poetry at Konark and a session on spiritual poetry to promote tourism of Odisha, in particular, and of India, in general.last_img read more