first_imgA $937,400 road-paving contract for Old Guysborough Road in the Dollar Lake Provincial Park area has been announced, by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The contract was awarded to Basin Contracting Ltd. and involves repaving on Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road. “Our department is working hard on an aggressive program to improve Nova Scotia’s highways,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Since 2000-01 we have more than tripled our construction budget and Nova Scotians are starting to take notice.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: Haryana government has eased the rules for the private developers for creating new townships. Now rather than a colony being developed in 100 acres of the area, it can also be developed in the area of 25 to 50 acres.The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The move is being mulled to check the mushrooming of illegal colonies in Gurugram and Faridabad that continues to be a major challenge for the government. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”In areas like Gurugram and Faridabad where there is a huge demand for accommodation we have eased the rules for developing the new townships. Now rather than a colony being developed on 100 acres there will be flexibility in reducing the area to25 and 50 acres,” said a senior public official. The Haryana government had earlier cleared the hurdles by increasing the floor to area (FAR) ratio in the residential colonies of Gurugram. Now there will be no hurdles in building four floors as compared to three that had to build as per the guidelines. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn addition to providing the leeway of building four floors, the Government is also providing a fillip to setting up of the green buildings. The new building plan has allowed the increase of area by more than 15 per cent. In order to deal with the parking problems that is plaguing most of the residential colonies in Gurugram all the new houses that will have four floors are mandated to build the stilt parking. The move by the Haryana government comes at a time when there are challenges of not increasing the sagging sales of residential housings but also solve the crisis of providing affordable housing.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – The NAFTA negotiations could continue for a while, with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer signalling he wants significant changes in multiple areas and isn’t interested in a quick, limited deal.Here are some key flashpoints involving Canada:—Autos: This is the sticking point countries have spent the most effort trying to solve. The U.S. wants to stem the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico. Canada broadly shares that goal. However, the issue has prompted some concern, and not only from Mexico. While the U.S. has significantly softened its earlier demands, it still wants 40 per cent of every car built in a high-wage jurisdiction; 75 per cent of all parts to be North American; and 70 per cent of steel to be North American. Critics of the plan say it could backfire: if auto-makers decide they don’t want to deal with all this red tape, they can just ignore NAFTA and simply pay the 2.5 per cent U.S. tariff on cars. Critics say that won’t create jobs — just more expensive cars, and less economic activity.—Pharmaceuticals: It’s the stated goal of U.S. trade policy to make other countries pay more for drugs, so that foreigners shoulder more of the burden of research and development costs. The U.S. has a particular gripe with Canada: it’s reduced Canada’s ranking in an annual report card on intellectual property, partly over policy changes at Canada’s Patented Medicine Prices Review Board. The U.S. wants more transparency in how drug prices are set in Canada. Its industry is also pushing for greater ability to appeal pricing decisions. Such objectives place it in direct conflict with the Trudeau government, which wants to create a national pharmacare plan and intends to argue that its policy is consistent with that of President Donald Trump, who campaigned on controlling drug prices.—Dairy: The U.S. has two problems with Canadian dairy policy. First, Canada limits imports and sets fixed prices under a supply-management system, and does the same for poultry and eggs. Second, Canadian producers who are protected from competition are at the same time selling surplus ingredients onto the world market for cheese-making, contributing to a global glut. The U.S. has demanded an end to these surplus sales, and also an end to supply management within 10 years. Canada’s counterpoint is that the U.S. engages in its own protections, supporting farmers during boom-bust cycles; it argues that Canada’s system at least has the benefit of being stable, and not requiring periodic bailouts. If past history is any guide, a middle-ground compromise might be possible: in agreements with Europe and the TPP countries, Canada opened up its dairy market by several percentage points.—Dispute settlement: NAFTA is enforced by three main systems for settling disputes: Chapter 11 lets companies sue governments for unfair treatment, Chapter 19 lets industries fight punitive duties, and Chapter 20 lets countries sue countries. The U.S. wants to weaken two of the three, and entirely end Chapter 19. It’s a historically emotional issue for Canada, as Chapter 19 was the original make-or-break condition for free trade with the U.S.; it’s also been used to fight softwood lumber duties. However, some observers question the relevance of Chapter 19 today, as other forums exist for fighting duties. Take the spat against Bombardier, in which duties were overturned in the U.S. court system. As for Chapter 11, Canada has less of a historical attachment, although it’s extremely popular with those business allies in the U.S. fighting to preserve NAFTA. The Trump administration’s trade czar dislikes all these systems — Lighthizer sees them not only as a violation of national sovereignty: he argues that Chapter 11 helps companies do the dirty deed of outsourcing jobs. He argues that if companies want to shift plants elsewhere, the U.S. government should not be in the business of protecting their legal rights in, for instance, Mexico.—De minimis: Americans are allowed to spend $800 online before they pay duties on a foreign purchase; Canadians can spend $20. It’s one of the lowest rates in the world. Lighthizer says it might not be necessary to match the U.S. amount, but he says that 40-fold difference is unreasonable. Retailers argue that shifting the de minimis level would fuel a commercial real-estate crisis, and disproportionately benefit American tech companies which enjoy economies of scale.—Intellectual property: The U.S. complains about Canada’s border controls on counterfeit goods. It says it’s concerned that Canada doesn’t provide customs officials with the ability to inspect, seize, and destroy pirated goods moving through Canada to the United States. It complains that there were no known criminal prosecutions for counterfeiting in Canada in 2017, calling Canada an outlier among developed countries. It also bemoans what it calls excessive use of education-related exceptions to copyright laws, which it says have damaged the market for educational publishers and authors.—Procurement: Canada’s aim is to increase companies’ access to public-works contracts abroad, expanding that access from federal contracts to state/provincial and local ones. Currently, subnational procurement rights are negotiated on a case-by-case basis. The U.S. has the opposite goal: It wants to limit the access Canadian and Mexican companies already enjoy at the federal level, restricted to whatever amount of contracts American companies win in the other countries.—Sunset clause: One of the most controversial ideas of this negotiation. The U.S. has pushed for a clause in the deal that would cancel NAFTA after five years, unless every country agrees to keep it. Critics say this is a recipe for permanent uncertainty. They ask how a car company, for instance, is supposed to invest in all the assembly-line changes demanded in this deal, when the whole deal could be over in five years. They also point out that NAFTA already has a termination clause, which countries can invoke if they’re unhappy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ridiculed the sunset idea in a public event in New York. He used a real-estate metaphor and made clear he was addressing President Donald Trump: What developer would build a skyscraper on a piece of land, Trudeau asked, if access to that land was only guaranteed for five years?—Professional visas: Canada wants to modernize the list of professions eligible for a NAFTA work visa under Chapter 16. The current list of jobs eligible for these visas is decades old, and features almost nothing for the tech industry. Companies complain this makes it hard to send their own employees to branches across the border. The U.S. has put up some resistance, as any expansion of work-related migration risks being wrapped into the heated U.S. immigration debate.last_img read more

25 April 2007For the first time, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will hold its annual high-level meeting – which will be attended by over 400 delegates, including heads of Government and ministers from the organization’s 62 members – in Central Asia. For the first time, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will hold its annual high-level meeting – which will be attended by over 400 delegates, including heads of Government and ministers from the organization’s 62 members – in Central Asia.The meeting, which is set to take place from 17 to 23 May in Kazakhstan’s capital, Almaty, will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Commission’s creation.Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev will deliver the opening address at the Ministerial Meeting on 21 May, which will be preceded by two days of meetings among senior officials.Following established practice, the Foreign Minister of the host Government, Marat Tazhin, is expected to be elected as the session’s Chairperson.The Commission, meeting in its 63rd session, will include a panel discussion on “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Asian and Pacific Region.” Participants will confer on a regional road map for achieving the goals to slash social ills, including extreme poverty and hunger, by 2015.UNESCAP’s Special Body on Least Developed and Landlocked Developing Countries will gather just ahead of the high-level meeting from 15 to 16 May, while the Asia-Pacific Business Forum, which brings together the area’s business leaders, will take place from 18 to 19 May.In another development, UNESCAP is organizing a two-day meeting to examine how regional policies to reduce violence against women can be strengthened.To be held from 26 to 27 April at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, the meeting for the first time will focus on addressing harmful traditional and cultural practices.In his 2006 report “In-depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women,” the Secretary-General wrote that half a million girls have gone missing yearly for the past two decades due to prenatal sex selection and infanticide in India. According to one study, half of all ethnic Kyrgyz marriages in Kyrgyzstan were the result of kidnappings, of which as many as two-thirds were non-consensual. Meanwhile in Pakistan, 4,000 men and women – with women outnumbering men two to one – were the victims of honour killings between 1998 and 2003.Experts at the meeting – including include UN representatives, academics, human rights organizations and Government officials – will determine how to implement the Secretary-General’s recommendations, and will examine how to address the socio-cultural root causes of violence against women in the Asian-Pacific context. They will scrutinize practices violating women’s rights including sex-selective abortions, female infanticide, dowry deaths, honour killings, forced marriages and sex slavery. read more

On the positive side, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy cited a recent agreement with the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which fought a two-decade-long war with the Government until a peace accord in 2005.Under the so-called action plan, the SPLA will discharge child soldiers and allow access to its camps to verify implementation, she told a news conference in New York on her return from a week-long visit to Sudan.“I visited Sudan two years ago and I must say that since then there has been quite a bit of progress,” she said, also citing an acceptance of international standards among a large cross-section of people, a willingness by the Government and rebel groups in the strife-torn Darfur region to talk about an action plan and a Government commitment not to execute children sentenced to death.She noted that all parties, including the Government, are on the list of those using child soldiers, and during her visit she broached the issues of rape and sexual violence, killing and maiming of children, especially in recent tribal conflicts in the south, targeting of humanitarian workers, denial of humanitarian access and combating of impunity. “Despite this progress, I must say that of course there is a great deal of challenges that exist, there are still a large number of children that are associated with armed groups,” she said, although she added that she was unable to give specific figures.Ms. Coomaraswamy underscored the difference between the SPLA and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) factions in Darfur on the one hand, and the LRA on the other, which after being pushed out of Uganda has taken its atrocities to neighbouring Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR).In the case of the SPLA, for example, most of the children she saw were orphans thrown out by their families or who came to camps for refuge because it was the only institution available.“As opposed to that, I met LRA children, which if you meet them you will just be shocked, there is no light in the eyes from years of abuse, the marked contrast is really quite remarkable and these children talked to us of terrible abuse, sexual and other,” she said. Asked about allegations that children abducted by the LRA are required to kill one of their parents as proof that they will participate, she replied. “It is prevalent, it’s the LRA tactic… that’s their trademark… that you have to go and commit an atrocity against your own family, own village… If you meet these children, you can see in their physical being that they have been subject to great abuse and trauma and psychological damage.”She met six children who had just been brought in. “Both I and my team were horrified by it, by their expression, by their body language. It’s really quite awful,” she said, noting that in other groups some children join voluntarily, but with the LRA they are abducted. “They’re forced to join the LRA and then as children they’re kind of brainwashed,” and threatened if they don not comply, she added.Asked about the situation in northern Yemen where fighting between the Government and rebels has displaced some 150,000 people, she said there were allegations of large numbers of children being used by both sides, but this was not yet verified. “We are watching the situation in Yemen,” she added. 25 November 2009Despite progress in Sudan in the past two years in tackling the problem of children in armed conflict, many challenges remain, ranging from reintegrating child soldiers to dealing with youngsters abducted by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) who have been brainwashed into killing their own parents, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

Tamil Nadu Fishermen had recently issued an ultimatum to Sri Lanka and India, demanding that concrete steps be taken to address the Indo-Lanka fishing dispute, failing which the situation may spiral out of control.The warning was issued after a Tamil Nadu fisherman was killed and fingers were pointed at the Sri Lanka Navy. He said the Government is also looking at resolving the Indo-Lanka fishing dispute in a diplomatic manner and talks will be held as scheduled next month. The Minister also said that while investigations are ongoing, there is no proof the Navy was involved in the killing of an Indian fisherman at sea recently. Tamil Nadu fishermen have also demanded that the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India be expelled over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil Nadu Fishermen’s Association President S Emiret had told the Colombo Gazette that the incident must be fully investigated.He claimed that some 500 Indian fishermen have been killed over the years at sea yet no one has been held accountable.“There is no point denying the latest incident. There is proof that the Tamil Nadu fishermen was shot dead by the Sri Lanka Navy,” he said. The Government says Indian fishermen will continue to be arrested if they poach in Sri Lankan waters despite the recent shooting incident.Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today that while Indian fishermen have been released their boats have not. Emiret said that a demand has been made for those involved in the shooting to be brought to India and tried before an Indian court. read more

TORONTO — The self-employed are among the growing number of Canadians turning to private lenders in order to obtain a mortgage.While many prospective homeowners are driven to alternate lenders because of government-mandated stress tests and poor credit scores, the self-employed often have additional burdens to overcome in proving their income.“There’s more and more people seeking private loans than ever before and that’s a direct result of government making it more and more difficult to qualify,” says Dan Caird, a mortgage agent with Dominion Lending Centres.According to the Bank of Canada, private lenders have doubled their share of the mortgage market since 2015, accounting for eight per cent of Canadian mortgages in 2018, and an even greater share in the hot real estate market of Toronto.These lenders are less concerned about income and more focused on the property’s value in case they have to foreclose. The tradeoff is higher interest rates and fees.Still, the option can be helpful for the self-employed who expense as much as they can in order to reduce their taxable income and who have a strategy to beef up their credit score with a goal of returning to a traditional lender.Related Stories:Ottawa’s homebuyer plan may offer little help in Canada’s pricey marketsCaird said it’s usually more financially advantageous to “expense the heck out your business” and show less income.“Sure you’re going to pay a half a per cent, a per cent, sometimes two to three per cent 1/8more3/8 on your mortgage but …they usually end up coming out ahead by claiming less income and just paying a bit more on the mortgage,” he said in an interview.However, the writeoffs make it harder for lenders to obtain the 35 to 44 per cent debt-to-income ratio sought by traditional lenders.Proving a sufficient track record of income to qualify for a mortgage can be the biggest challenge for people who work for themselves.“Assuming a self-employed borrower had great credit and ample equity, we used to be able to simply state their income to the bank and show a notice of assessment to prove no taxes owing,” said Robert McLister, found of mortgage news website RateSpy.com“Those days are long gone.”The government now wants verifiable proof of true earnings while the stress test makes the hurdle even higher by requiring almost 20 per cent more provable income to qualify for the same mortgage available in 2017, he said.That has pushed more people to alternate lenders.“Self-employed mortgages without traditional proof of income are a different animal from your cookie cutter AAA bank mortgage,” McLister added.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is trying to ease the paperwork required to obtain mortgage loan insurance, said Carla Staresina, vice-president risk management, strategy and products.It introduced changes last October that suggest additional factors lenders could consider if the borrower has been operating their business for less than two years, including having sufficient cash reserves, predictable earnings, acquisition of an established business and previous training and education. It is also encouraging acceptance of a broader ranger of documents.“Our aspiration really is to make sure everyone in Canada has a home they can afford and that meets their needs,” Staresina said from Ottawa.“We know self-employed Canadians make up about 15 per cent of Canada’s labour force and so we want to make sure that any difficulty that they have in qualifying for a mortgage is mitigated and that we’ve got some options for them.”McLister said the program will help “at the margins,” particularly those who recently started a business or bought an established operation.Caird said there’s been some other steps in the right direction. He pointed to a new product from the Bank of Nova Scotia that allows incorporated companies to use retained earnings in the business to help applicants qualify.Genworth Canada and Canada Guaranty also have programs to help self-employed borrowers, but require the business be open for at least two years.The mortgage broker’s task is to convince lenders that the borrower is a good credit risk by adding back specific deducted expenses to net income to improve the debt-to-income calculation, said Caird.While having a sound credit history is very helpful, mortgages can still be obtained for those with less-than-stellar records, for a cost.Three essentials for borrowers are to have up-to-date taxes, be organized and consult a mortgage broker long before the mortgage is required.“If your taxes aren’t up to date it’s going to be next to impossible to get a lender to give you a mortgage at any sort of reasonable rate or term.” read more

“There is no doubt that the disappearance of these great wetlands of the Tigris-Euphrates river delta represents a major environmental catastrophe that will be remembered as one of humanity’s worst engineered disasters,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said today on the release of the report at the Eleventh Stockholm Water Symposium. “Environmental degradation on such a scale and at such speed dramatically reveals how we are thoughtlessly imperilling our fragile blue planet,” he said. “These actions are undercutting our own livelihoods and will haunt future generations for years to come.”Comprising an integral part of the Tigris-Euphrates river system, the marshlands are located at the confluence of the two rivers in southern Iraq, and partially extend into Iran. The UNEP study, drawing on historical and new satellite imagery, shows that these vast wetlands, which once covered between 15,000 and 20,000 square kilometres, now cover less than 1,300 square kilometres.The report, entitled “The Mesopotamian Marshlands: Demise of an Ecosystem,” blames the immediate cause of marshland loss on the massive drainage works implemented in southern Iraq in the early 1990s, following the second Persian Gulf war. UNEP said that some of the engineering works were expanded into “a full-fledged scheme to drain the marshlands.”In releasing the report, UNEP called on Iraq and other countries along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to give the Mesopotamian marshlands “a new lease on life by re-evaluating the role of water engineering works and modifying them where necessary, with a long-term view to reinstating managed flooding.” read more

Acting unanimously, the United Nations Security Council today adopted humanitarian exemptions to the sanctions imposed on Usama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, the Taliban and their associates.The sanctions date back to 1999, with the Council’s adoption of resolution 1267 in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of United States embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. They were subsequently tightened by resolutions 1333 (2000) and 1390 (2002). Under those texts, States are required to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group. Countries are also obliged to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, States must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities.By the resolution adopted today, the Council decided that these measures do not apply to funds and other financial assets or economic resources that have been determined by States to be “necessary for basic expenses, including payments for foodstuffs, rent or mortgage, medicines and medical treatment, taxes, insurance premiums, and public utility charges.”Also exempted are funds “exclusively for payment of reasonable professional fees and reimbursement of incurred expenses associated with the provision of legal services, or fees or service charges for routine holding or maintenance” of the frozen resources, as well as funds “necessary for extraordinary expenses.”Countries must notify the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions of any plans to exempt funds. Access can then be authorized “in the absence of a negative decision by the committee within 48 hours of such notification.” read more

Verizon 2Q profit increases 93 per cent thanks to Vodafone deal, tops forecast by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2014 5:35 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Verizon reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after it secured full ownership of Verizon Wireless.Profit jumped to $4.32 billion from $2.25 billion, or 78 cents per share. Net income per share grew, but at a lower rate, to $1.01 per share from 78 cents per share. That’s because Verizon issued shares in February to pay Vodafone Group PLC shareholders for their share of Verizon Wireless.Adjusted for non-recurring gains, chiefly from the sale of spectrum licenses to T-Mobile US, earnings were 91 cents per share. That just edged out the 90 cents per share that analysts were expecting, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue rose 5.7 per cent to $31.48 billion from $29.79 billion last year. Analysts expected $31.09 billion, according to Zacks.Before February, Verizon Communications Inc. owned only 55 per cent of Verizon Wireless, which is vastly more profitable than the Verizon’s wholly-owned landline and FiOS properties. Vodafone, a British cellphone company, owned the rest until it was bought out for $130 billion in cash and stock.Verizon Wireless, the country’s largest cellphone carrier, continued its strong run in the second quarter. It added a net 1.4 million devices to Verizon-branded services, for a total of 104.6 million. Revenues grew 7.5 per cent year over year. Tablets were a chief driver: Verizon added three tablets for every new smartphone.Verizon shares rose 23 cents to $50.93 before the opening bell. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Workers pour the foundation for the Maj. Gen. Sir Isaac Brock sculpture, which will be unveiled in front of Schmon Tower in October. Construction has begun on Sir Isaac Brock Plaza, the prime site in front of Schmon Tower that will this fall become the home to a new bronze sculpture of the University’s namesake.Over the next two months the project, which is fully funded by a donation to the University, will change the look and feel of the area that is essentially the University’s “front door”, and will include new pedestrian routes, bus stops and of course the double-life-sized sculpture of Maj. Gen. Sir Isaac Brock.It will also make the area more of a meeting place where people gather or just linger.“There are no people here,” Brock Facilities Management project director Scott Roper said of the grounds in front of the Tower. “People are all inside at Brock, and it’s easy to walk through Walker Complex and Welch Hall … and go back over to Mackenzie Chown and bypass this completely. But if we put something here that will occupy this space and give people a reason to be out here, I think it could transform all this.”Workers poured the 6.5 x 4-metre foundation for the sculpture last week. It will be raised a half metre and provide a base for the statue, surrounded by gardens and benches.“The donor (longtime Brock supporter and former Board of Trustees Chair David Howes) doesn’t want to create a figurehead, as much as he wants to reinforce a sense of tradition for the University on a social scale and for students to understand the basis on which this University was founded,” Roper said.The $1.2-million sculpture is scheduled to arrive in October and will be officially unveiled this fall as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.“Every angle was not only really nice, but it was fantastic,” said Roper, who saw a three-foot replica in December. “This statue expresses character.“(It) is better than I thought we’d ever get.”In addition to the sculpture, the bus stop along Sir Isaac Brock Blvd. in front of Schmon Tower will also be renovated. Workers will replace the asphalt with concrete and expand the area in which students and staff waits for buses.A crosswalk will also be added connecting the current sidewalk from Taro Hall, across Sir Isaac Brock Blvd., to the Brock sculpture platform.It’s all about enhancing the experience, as well as making it safer, Roper said. Construction should be completed by the end of August.“It’s the centre of the university, buildings on two sides … this is a beautiful place,” Roper said. “It should have people.” read more

Earning millions of dollars and national recognition as professional football players might make some forget where they came from and how they got to where they are, but Malcolm Jenkins and James Laurinaitis don’t fall under that category. Jenkins and Laurinaitis were invited by RealLife, a Christian student organization at Ohio State, to speak Thursday night at its weekly meeting in Independence Hall. The two discussed some football but also their relationships with God and the lessons He has taught them during their journeys to become NFL stars. “I got to Ohio State as a 17-year-old freshman, so you can only imagine where that went from there,” said Jenkins, current defensive back for the New Orleans Saints. “I kind of forgot about God, really.” Jenkins said he wasn’t living a Christian lifestyle when he first arrived, but it all changed one night when former OSU teammate Antonio Smith read a Bible story to some of his teammates. “What really changed my life around was when one of my teammates did a chapel the night before one of our games,” Jenkins said. “I began really living for (God) and seeking Him.” Jenkins and Laurinaitis, who now plays for the St. Louis Rams, talked about how their religious beliefs helped lead them to the right places in their professional careers, though they admitted they weren’t excited when they were drafted by their current teams. Laurinaitis was considered a top prospect for the NFL after his junior season. He was all but a lock to be a top 10 pick in the annual NFL draft, which would have earned him a multimillion-dollar contract. Laurinaitis said he pondered the matter and left much of his decision on whether to go pro or stay at OSU to prayer. “I felt that God was telling me, ‘You have more to do at Ohio State,’” he said. And so Laurinaitis returned for another season of donning scarlet and gray on Saturday afternoons. But after another impressive season, Laurinaitis wasn’t quite as big of a prospect after his senior year, though he said he felt like it was just as good as his previous year. The draft came around, and he didn’t go in the top 10. He didn’t even go in the first round. He fell to the second round, where St. Louis took him with the 35th overall pick, a spot he wasn’t satisfied with. “I had a lot of prayers and conversations with God, where I was just like ‘Why? What did I do to deserve this?’” Laurinaitis said of how his draft stock fell. But as Laurinaitis arrived and began to settle in St. Louis, he said, he came to the realization that this was the way God meant for it to be. “Now that I look back, it was such a blessing that I went 35th,” he said. “Just have faith that God is going to take care of you. He used something that I looked at, at the time, as something terrible that was happening in my life and turned it into an unbelievable lesson.” Jenkins said he also had to remember that, regardless of his stature as an athlete, his purpose in life was to serve God. “When I was going to the league, people were saying: ‘You don’t want to be a Chad Johnson or a T.O. Are you going to change your last name to dos and … whatever else?’” Jenkins said, drawing laughter from the crowd. “You are no more important than me, and I am no more important than you. We all have our own responsibilities and purposes.” During their time at OSU, Jenkins and Laurinaitis were affiliated with Athletes in Action, a sector of RealLife. When RealLife reached out to the two NFL stars, they were happy to speak to at the organization’s weekly meeting. “They’re superstars in the world’s eyes, but at the same time, they’re still humble,” said Jacob Beach, vice president of RealLife. “You ask either of them, and the most important thing in their lives is their relationship with Jesus Christ.” And that was the message the former Buckeye football stars wanted to push across Thursday night. “If you leave here tonight knowing about Jesus Christ and want to go back and crack open your Bible and just kind of learn about him, then that’s great,” Laurinaitis said. “That’s why we do this.” read more

Ohio State’s junior-forward Mason Jobst (26) steals the puck away from NotreDame’s sophomore forward Mike O’Leary (19) during a Big Ten conference matchup at the Schottenstein Center on November 3, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 1-4. Credit: Alex Hulvalchick | For the LanternOn St. Patrick’s Day, the Ohio State men’s hockey team fell behind at a boisterous Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Indiana, against a Notre Dame team that rarely found itself in the loss column this season.The Buckeyes trailed by two goals less than 15 minutes into the Big Ten tournament championship game. Although they clawed back to force overtime, the Buckeyes fell in the extra frame, unknowingly learning a lesson to apply in the upcoming NCAA men’s hockey tournament.It has worked, and they won’t want to forget learning the difficulties of coming back after falling behind early when they take on Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four April 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota.“It’s so hard to dig out of those holes against really good teams like we saw against Notre Dame,” junior forward Mason Jobst said. “We came back, but taking it to overtime. It’s hard to get three goals past [Notre Dame goaltender Cale Morris.”Grabbing an early lead is a good first step for any team. But with Ohio State, the step proves to be a giant leap. The Buckeyes have a record of 19-0-3 when scoring the first goal and an unblemished 16-0-0 record when leading after the first period.Jobst said those records have echoed around the locker room in preparation for anticipated tight games against top teams in the NCAA tournament with the team looking to dictate the pace of the game and not chase a two-goal deficit.“I think we really hammered it home in the locker room,” Jobst said. “Our coaches hammered it home all week that you just can’t afford it this time of year to give up a couple of goals early.”As a result, in the two NCAA tournament games against Princeton and Denver, the Buckeyes never trailed. The quick starts allow an Ohio State team to play to its strength, suffocating the opposition with sound defensive play. The Buckeyes have been able to hold onto these early leads thanks in large part to the third-best scoring defense in the country, which allows just 2.08 goals per game.Redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo said his game does not change whether his team leads or trails, but that getting the lead helps the team settle down defensively.“My job stays the same, but it definitely makes you feel a lot better looking up and seeing you have a lead,” Romeo said. “I think it gives the team confidence and helps us flow better.”Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik has repeatedly said this year’s success has been a product of all 27 players buying into a defensive structure that might not have been the most comfortable of moves coming from a team last year that was so offensive-minded. But here the Buckeyes are in the Frozen Four after a 20-year absence, thanks to that five-man connected defense. When a team falls behind the Buckeyes, the deficit forces it to get ahead of itself, acting uncharacteristically to try to cut corners to get back in the game. Rohlik said the self-applied pressure feeds into the defensive play of the Buckeyes. “All of the sudden, you get one goal, the other team is already going, ‘Boy, we got to get two to win.’ You score two. ‘We got to get three to win,’” Rohlik said. “Now, it starts putting the pressure on the other team. I think, really, that’s what that is.”Rohlik said he does not expect to see Minnesota-Duluth, the next opponent for the Buckeyes, “cheat the game.” “[If Minnesota-Duluth] gets down one or up one, it’s not going to change them. I feel we are not going to change either,” Rohlik said. “No matter what the score is, we are going to go 60 minutes. If we got to go longer, then we’ll go longer and I think they’ll do the same thing.” read more

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first_img Share7 Tweet Email Short URL Varadkar said he and Johnson will also discuss the ongoing political impasse in Northern Ireland, which has been without a functioning government since January 2017.“Separate from the major issue of Brexit, there is the ongoing suspension of the Assembly and the Executive in Northern Ireland. The Tánaiste and I are working very hard with the Secretary of State to get those institutions up and running – we think that can be done,” Varadkar said.Backstop The Taoiseach and the EU have repeatedly said that the backstop element of the Withdrawal Agreement – which would see Northern Ireland stay aligned to the regulations of the single market and the customs union if there is still no other solution that would avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland – cannot be removed from the deal.Johnson disagrees and wants this and other elements of the deal to be renegotiated. The EU has consistently said the only deal available is the one already on the table.Varadkar said this evening that there would be plenty of “lead-in time” if checks near the border are introduced in the event of a no-deal Brexit.The House of Lords earlier today approved a bill that would force the UK government to seek a three-month extension to the Brexit deadline if no deal has been agreed with the European Union by 19 October. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Queen Elizabeth on Monday.On Wednesday night, British MPs voted against holding a general election on 15 October. MPs are due to vote again on Monday in relation to an election; opposition parties have said they will not back the motion. Speaking at an event in Yorkshire yesterday, Johnson said he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than seek another Brexit extension from the EU. The current deadline is 31 October. Sep 6th 2019, 9:51 PM ‘I don’t expect any breakthroughs on Monday … ‘: @LeoVaradkar on his expectations for his meeting with @BorisJohnson on Monday #Brexit pic.twitter.com/SpsVCBKmDL— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 6, 2019 20 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4799474 Varadkar ‘doesn’t expect any breakthroughs’ in meeting with Johnson on Monday The two leaders have very different views on Brexit. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Friday 6 Sep 2019, 9:51 PM 10,539 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Source: RTÉ News/Twitter File photo of Leo Varadkar Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieTAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said he doesn’t expect any breakthroughs in relation to Brexit during his meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson next week.The two leaders are due to meet in Dublin on Monday. It will be the first time they’ve met since Johnson succeeded Theresa May in July.Speaking in Waterford this evening, Varadkar said: “I don’t expect any breakthroughs on Monday.“It is the first time that we’re meeting as Taoiseach and Prime Minister.“It’s an opportunity to establish a personal relationship, an opportunity for us to talk about each other’s positions in relation to the European Union and the Withdrawal Agreement, to explore where there might be common ground,” Varadkar told RTÉ News. last_img read more

first_imgFrance : 1,3 million de mètres cube de déchets nucléairesFin 2010, la France comptait 1,3 million de mètres cubes de déchets nucléaires en tous genres. En 2030, ce volume devrait avoir doublé révèle l’inventaire de l’Agence nationale pour la gestion des déchets radioactifs (Andra).Si en 2010 la France abritait 1,32 million de mètres cube de déchets nucléaires en tous genres, ce volume devrait atteindre 2,7 millions en 2030. L’inventaire publié par l’Andra indique que ces déchets radioactifs proviennent essentiellement des centrales nucléaires (59%). Derrière elles, les laboratoires de recherche émettent 26% de ces déchets, les activités militaires 11%, l’industrie non nucléaire 3% et le secteur médical 1%.Ainsi, les déchets sont d’origine et de nature variés et ne présentent pas tous les mêmes risques (les plus dangereux étant ceux “de haute activité” [HA] issus du traitement des combustibles usés dans les réacteurs nucléaires).L’Andra révèle également que 43 sites pollués par la radioactivité avaient été recensés en France fin 2010 mais que depuis, la plupart ont été réhabilités ou sont en passe de l’être. Cet organisme est en effet chargé de concevoir des solutions pour les stocker en toute sécurité.”En France, la production de déchets radioactifs représente l’équivalent de 2 kilos par an et par habitant”, souligne l’Andra dans son rapport. Comme le précise 20minutes.fr, François-Michel Gonnot président de l’Andra a indiqué que cet inventaire est “un outil de gestion” et un moyen “d’anticiper les besoins de stockage” pour l’avenir mais aussi une source d’informations précise pour le citoyen.Le Centre industriel de stockage géologique ouvrira en 2025 On apprend par exemple que fin 2010, les déchets HA représentaient 2.700 mètres cube du total (0,2%) et qu’ils contiennent à eux seuls 96% de la radioactivité des déchets nucléaires, à raison de plusieurs milliards de becquerels par gramme. Leur volume devrait également doubler (à 5.300 mètres cube) d’ici 2030. Leur période radioactive (temps nécessaire pour que la radioactivité diminue de moitié) peut dépasser pour certains, deux millions d’années, à l’image du neptunium 237.En ce qui concerne les déchets de “moyenne activité à vie longue” (MA-VL), dont la période radioactive dépasse 31 ans (40.000 mètres cubes fin 2010, soit 3 % du total), ils sont surtout issus des gaines entourant les combustibles nucléaires. L’Andra envisage d’enfouir HA et MA-VL à grande profondeur dans le Centre industriel de stockage géologique (Cigéo). Le site devrait ouvrir en 2025 à la limite de la Meuse et de la Haute-Marne.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylPour l’heure, ces déchets sont entreposés sur les sites dans lesquels les colis de déchets sont produits, à La Hague (Manche) et à Marcoule (Gard). Le reste des déchets de faible et moyenne activité à vie courte (63% du volume total pour 0,02% de la radioactivité) sont produits par les laboratoires de recherche ou médicaux. Ils sont pris en charge dans l’Aube depuis 1992.Enfin, les déchets de faible activité à vie longue (7% du volume total et environ 0,01% de la radioactivité) sont le plus souvent entreposés sur les sites qui les ont produits, faute de solution définitive. Ils incluent également des milliers d’objets radioactifs anciens (fontaines au radium, paratonnerre au radium, vieux détecteurs d’incendie, etc.).Le 13 juillet 2012 à 20:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!I’m no big fan of fan films. Maybe it’s because I saw too many friends at film school waste their talent on them but too many fan films come across as either #brand-worshipping fan fiction with a budget or just technical demo reels for desperate folks in L.A. But a big exception for me is the 2009-2010 Nintendo-themed web series There Will Be Brawl. And although the series is shockingly cinematic, being based on a game qualifies it for Game of the Year.At first, There Will Be Brawl’s premise sounds about as insufferable as any other fan film. A dark, gritty, sexual reworking of Nintendo’s cuddly mascots? Remove the live-action element and every other video on Newgrounds is an edgy parody like this, especially during the height of Super Smash Bros. Brawl hype the show was operating in. Why not throw in Batman and Predator while you’re at it?Fortunately, across its ten episodes ranging from 12 to 35 minutes, There Will Be Brawl avoids the lazy, hacky pitfalls it could have easily stumbled into by fully committing to itself. There are gags, but its smart writing treats its characters and storylines completely seriously, which is maybe the funniest joke of all. I personally find it very inspiring for my own creative endeavors.The urban Mushroom Kingdom, which has since annexed other Nintendo locales like Zelda’s Hyrule and Kirby’s Dream Land, is in decline. Princess Peach, here acting more like a politician, has gone missing. With the perpetually angry, violent, and impotent Mario no use to anyone, it’s up to the world-weary Luigi to unravel the mystery and atone for his old sins. Meanwhile, monster cannibal Kirby lurks in the shadows. Despite the Paul Thomas Anderson joke in the title, the overall storyline is more of a riff on Silence of the Lambs, especially by the crazy finale.While the drama itself is decently tense, the real joy is in seeing dozens of depressing reimaginings of Nintendo characters and concepts. There are the old Mafia dons like Bowser and Ganondorf. Sword-wielders like Link and Marth make up the corrupt police force. Solid Snake is a homeless man living in a box next to spacey drug-dealer Captain Olimar, and a hooker with a heart of gold Samus does her best to shield innocent Pokemon Trainer/musician Red from the dangers of the real world. The performances and character depth go a long way towards getting you to see past the cosplay-level production value, but honestly seeing Diddy Kong as a cheap gorilla suit with a realistic gun has its own bootleg charm as well.There Will Be Brawl was created by Zach Grafton and Matt Mercer. Mercer also acts in the series, and you may recognize him as the voice Overwatch’s McCree, Leon S. Kennedy in recent Resident Evil games, Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, and a bunch of anime roles. After the show, the two collaborated on a Game of Thrones parody called School of Thrones as well as violent fairy tale princess farce Muzzled the Musical.It’s tough to describe just how excited I was for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It’s still the only game I’ve ever camped out for. My all-consuming hype for the series, along with my Wii love, is what first got me into There Will Be Brawl. But I’m glad I stuck around because the dark and ambitious little web series, the Game of the Year, is totally a rewarding watch in its own right. I would love to see a follow-up. Imagine what the team could do with new Smash Bros. characters like Duck Hunt Dog, Bayonetta, and Ice-T.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!View as: One Page Slides1/51. There Will Be Brawl is a dark fan film reimagining of Nintendo’s cuddly mascots.2. The show mostly follows a world-weary Luigi.3. Mario is angry, violent, impotent, and of no use to anyone.4. Princess Peach is more like a politician in this urban Mushroom Kingdom.5. Wario isn’t all that different in the grand scheme of things.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgFig. 1. Surface-wave bending around sharp corners. (A) A U-shaped surface-wave waveguide with grooves on its surface covered by glass is illuminated by a dipole antenna. The two sharp corners are covered by two corner cloaks (i.e., layered structures with subwavelength foam and ceramic materials). A second dipole antenna located at the output of the waveguide measures the transmission. (B) Simulation of a surface wave when it encounters a sharp corner that is not covered by a cloak. (C) Simulation of a surface wave when the sharp corner is cloaked by a corner cloak. (D) Photo of a fabricated model. The transmitter is shielded by the microwave absorber material. (E) Measured normalized transmission of surface waves through the waveguide. Exp., experimental data; Sim., simulation data. Credit: Xu S, et al. (2015) Broadband surface-wave transformation cloak. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(25):7635-7638. (Phys.org)—Today’s photonic and plasmonic devices – the latter based on surface plasmons (a coherent delocalized electron oscillations that exist at the interface between metal and dielectric) and combining the small size and manufacturability of electronics with the high speeds of optics – need the ability to guide surface electromagnetic waves around disorder, such as ultrasharp corners and bumps, without disturbing the wave amplitude or phase. That being said, achieving this preservation of phase and amplitude has been difficult due to the fact that light momentum must be conserved in a scattering event (that is, when electromagnetic radiation or particles are deflected or diffused by localized non-uniformities in the medium through which that radiation is passing). However, scientists at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology created (so-called invisibility) cloaks based on specifically-designed nonmagnetic anisotropic, or directionally dependent, metamaterials that achieve nearly ideal transmission efficiency over a broadband frequency range. The researchers state that results the viability of applying transformation optics – which applies metamaterials to produce spatial variations, derived from coordinate transformations, which can direct chosen bandwidths of electromagnetic radiation – to plasmonic circuits, and in so doing could lead to high-performance, large-scale integrated photonic circuits. Zhang lists the three key insights and innovations the researchers used to address these challenges: Fig. 3. A Gaussian-shaped pulse propagates on the patterned metal. A point source (port 1) generates the pulse at 0 ns. The bandwidth of the pulse is 6 GHz, and the center frequency is 3 GHz. The magnetic field distributions for three cases [(A) the corner cloaks, (B) the carpet cloak, and (C) the straight waveguide reference] are plotted to show the propagation of the pulse at five equivalent temporal sampling points. Credit: Xu S, et al. (2015) Broadband surface-wave transformation cloak. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(25):7635-7638. The paper also discusses the interesting point that transformation optics effectively warps electromagnetic space in a manner analogous to how gravity curves space in general relativity. “The macroscopic performance of warping electromagnetic space can be expressed by constitutive parameters in a new coordinate system.” (Constitutive parameters describe the desired or actual performance and responses of a metamaterial.) Specifically, Zhang notes, these new constitutive parameters can be isotropic, anisotropic, or bianisotropic (that is, identical in all directions, directionally dependent, and asymmetrically anisotropic, respectively), and might be realized by metamaterial design and fabrication. “With this procedure,” he emphasizes, “we’d have the ability to operate and control electromagnetic waves in exactly the way we want.”Another important point in the paper was overcoming the issue with previous cloaks requiring that the phase velocity of light being guided around the cloaked object had to exceed the vacuum speed of light. “Cloaking from free-space electromagnetic waves suffers from narrow bandwidth because the phase velocity,” which depends on both frequency and medium, “is required to be greater than the speed of light. In our work, given that the surface wave propagates much more slowly than the speed of light, we can avoid superluminal propagation in free space cloaking.”Finally, the key result being reported is that unlike topological electromagnetic surface states, in the new approach phase is preserved when surface waves are perfectly guided by the cloaks. “Sharp bending of surface waves was previously achieved only in topological electromagnetic edge states,” Zhang tells Phys.org. “Because the required materials generally are magnetic, it suffers from narrow bandwidth. In our work, however, the use of anisotropic non-magnetic materials and transformation optics ensure the phase preservation of surface waves.”Chen says that the scientists plan to extend their experimental demonstration from microwaves to higher frequencies, including infrared and visible light. “This may push our work much closer to practical application. Moreover, scientists have extended the concept of transformation beyond electromagnetic fields to other types of physical fields, such as heat, diffusive light, acoustics, and static fields. “No matter which kind of physical field it is, the fundamental point is to control the propagation of the waves and the distribution of the field,” Chen concludes. “Our work can therefore be extended to many other areas of research.” ● Overcoming the challenge of momentum mismatch by adopting strict transformation optics with anisotropy in the design – a strategy that can also work for ultrasharp corners and bumps● Realizing broadband performance by employing an area-preserving coordinate transformation, which can produce non-magnetic constitutive parameters for a surface plasmon polariton (SPP –an electromagnetic excitation existing on the surface of an appropriate metal) wave cloak● Experimentally demonstrating SPP cloak performance by designing a layered metamaterial composed of microwave ceramic plates and low-permittivity foam with subwavelength periodicity (in which the periodicity of the metamaterial is much smaller than the wavelength of the electromagnetic wave being cloaked) In terms of likely applications of transformation optics in plasmonic circuits and high-performance, large-scale integrated photonic circuits, Zhang points out that over the last few decades, surface plasmons have attracted substantial research effort because they offer the potential for merging electronics and photonics on the same chips by reducing the size of photonic components to the nanoscale. “Therefore, plasmonics is a key technology for interconnects – but guiding light around sharp bends is one of the main limiting factors for plasmonics.” (The other limiting factor is loss, which also occurs in straight waveguides.) “In this study we made plasmonic technology the main motivation and tried to solve the scattering issue during wave propagation across disorder. In short, our research focuses on scattering-free guiding.”The paper also mentions other applications resulting from switching from free-space electromagnetic waves to surface electromagnetic waves. “Free-space electromagnetic invisibility cloaks and other free-space devices based on transformation optics have the property of superluminal propagation,” Zhang explains. “This will fundamentally introduce narrowband.” (Narrowband refers to signals over a narrow range of frequencies.) “However, if we can transition from free-space waves to surface waves, we can take slow waves into consideration and achieve broad bandwidth.” As a result, scattering-free surface plasmon polariton wave guidance can be used in a wide range of applications, such as plasmonic phase modulators (which slows plasmons, leading to what is essentially an optical switch) and beam steering changing the direction of an electromagnetic signal). Prof. Hongsheng Chen at Zhejiang University and Prof. Baile Zhang at Nanyang Technological University discussed the paper that they and their colleagues published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “In overcoming narrow-band light transmission limitations and disorder-related phase disturbances in guiding surface electromagnetic waves, the fundamental challenge lies in realizing broadband scattering-free propagation – that is, how to match momentum when the surface wave propagates before or after the disorder in a broad band,” Chen tells Phys.org. In other words, surface waves suffer from scattering loss as a result of momentum mismatch when encountering sharp corners or other irregular disorders.A related obstacle was demonstrating – both theoretically and experimentally – broadband surface electromagnetic wave guidance around ultrasharp corners and bumps with no perceptible changes in amplitude and phase. “Theoretically, transformation optics can potentially provide a solution to guide the surface wave by warping the electromagnetic space around ultrasharp corners, so that electromagnetic surface waves will be deceived as if they were still propagating along a flat surface without any corner,” Chen explains. However, he adds, since this generally requires both electric and magnetic anisotropic materials and is therefore difficult to implement, the main theoretical challenge in cloaking disorders is to design a feasible coordinate transformation with anisotropic parameters. “Experimentally,” Chen continues, “the main challenge is designing and implementing a feasible non-magnetic metamaterial that meets the parameter requirements derived from transformation optics, because a stable magnetic response is difficult to realize over a broad frequency band.” A third fundamental issue facing the researchers was the design of inhomogeneous metamaterials that control light. “Realizing a continuous inhomogeneous metamaterial is very difficult in practice,” Chen points out. “Generally, we can use artificial metamaterial units with different subwavelength geometries, similar to the atoms in natural media, to realize inhomogeneous electromagnetic parameters – but this requires very fine nanofabrication procedures.” More information: Broadband surface-wave transformation cloak, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015) 112(25):7635-7638, doi:10.1073/pnas.1508777112 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2015 Phys.org Engineers give invisibility cloaks a slimmer design Explore further 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. Citation: Clever cloaks: Unique metamaterials preserve phase while guiding surface waves around ultrasharp corners and bumps (2015, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-clever-cloaks-unique-metamaterials-phase.html Fig. 2. Surface-wave carpet cloaking. (A) A straight surface-wave waveguide with a sharp bump is illuminated by a dipole antenna. The surface of the metal base is grooved similarly as that in Fig. 1A. The sharp bump is covered by a carpet cloak (i.e., a layered structure with subwavelength foam and ceramic materials). A second dipole antenna located at the output of the waveguide measures the transmission. (B) Simulation of a surface wave when it encounters the sharp bump without a carpet cloak. (C) Simulation of a surface wave when the sharp bump is cloaked by the carpet cloak. (D) Photo of a fabricated model. The transmitter is shielded by the microwave absorber material. (E) Measured normalized transmission of surface waves through the waveguide. Exp., experimental data; Sim., simulation data. Credit: Xu S, et al. (2015) Broadband surface-wave transformation cloak. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(25):7635-7638.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In the Beginning Freedom to CreateIn early 2003, Hae Yoon was ridingher dirt bike in the hills of Bishop, California, with her friends,enjoying the rush of the wind in her face. Far off was the highway,with a truck barreling down it, and Yoon couldn’t resist tryingto race it. My family shouldn’t worry, Yoon thought, giddy.Riding a dirt bike is perfectly safe, as long as you know whatyou’re doing…Then she noticed the barbed-wire fence in front of her.Yoon, now 32, had quit her job as a marketing manager for anevent-planning company in November 2002. She was planning to starther own business in the yoga industry, when she discovered dirtbiking isn’t really perfectly safe. After a successful backsurgery, Yoon moved in with her brothers, recovering and living offthe money she had saved for her business. By the time she felt upto striking out on her own, it was spring 2004. She moved back toLos Angeles and attempted to reignite the business she had almoststarted.She planned to produce yoga-mat bags, among other yoga-relatedaccessories, but after spending several thousand dollars on someprototypes, she realized it was too expensive a venture toattempt–and besides, her savings were almost depleted. WithChristmas coming and no career to speak of, she was beginning tofeel a bit demoralized.About that time, she found some cashmere sweaters at a greatdiscount and started selling them on eBay just for the fun of it.”It was just something I stumbled on through a friend,”says Yoon. “He mentioned a place where he got all this greatmerchandise for outrageous prices. I put [the sweaters] on eBay tosee what would happen, and I sold out in 48 hours.”Yoon was enlightened. Yoga wasn’t the answer; eBay was. Shebegan selling women’s apparel full time this January, andalready, her business is on track to pull in between $300,000 and$400,000 in 2005. “The benefits have been enormous,” saysYoon, whose hallway and dining room are full of inventory, thoughshe eventually hopes to move to an office and have employees.”I want to work 10 times harder than I ever did at my previousjobs. It feels great to know you’re creating something and notworking on a project for somebody else.”Brick, Mortar and MoraleThe 21st century had arrived, but nobody at MachineryValues felt like celebrating. In 2001, founder and CEO GeneValitt, now 64, was afraid he would be putting up agoing-out-of-business sign instead of celebrating the company’s30th anniversary. The industrial machine dealer in Harrison, NewJersey, had gone from 70 employees to 35, from making $20 millionannually to less than $10 million. The way it looked, the futurepartners–Valitt’s sons Andrew and David, 39 and 36,respectively, and Rick Lazarus, 37, who all work in variouscapacities at Machinery Values–had little future to looktoward.COO Art Lazarus, who had become a partner in 1995, kept tryingto think of a way to stop the damage. “We went through a verydifficult time–the recession, 9/11 and a three-and-a-half yearperiod where business was really lousy in our industry,” saysArt, 59. “People weren’t expanding, prices dropped, andour revenue dropped. We were losing money.”The breakthrough came when Art began to think about their”dead inventory,” $250,000 worth of metalworks equipmentand odds and ends. It was all perfectly good material, but wasinexpensive enough that they could never justify spendingadvertising money to alert customers it was available. So they justkept collecting a warehouse full of items. “We said,’Business is lousy, we’re sitting around here–we shouldput people to work clearing this stuff out, cleaning it,photographing it and selling it on eBay,'” Artrecalls.Everything sold, to the point where Machinery Values wasbringing in as much as $20,000 a month. Art started scrapping thecatalogs they produced two or three times a year–which cost thecompany about $100,000 each time–and began marketing theirproducts through eBay instead. Now, a few years later, the companybrings in over $1 million a year–or about 15 percent of itssales–from eBay. Art says eBay has also introduced many customersto their business, bringing traffic into their warehouse. Countingindirect sales, Art credits eBay for bringing in 30 percent to 40percent of business–and saving the company.It’s Good to be HomeDralle believes eBay has saved her quality of life. And whyshouldn’t she? After her grandmother passed away in 2000 at theage of 88, Dralle kept the antiques store running for a while, buthad to close up shop two years later. The overhead was too high,and a lifetime of memories lingered. Running the business withouther grandmother around just wasn’t the same. Meanwhile, Drallehad visions of working out of her house so she could be with herkids.Today, Dralle’s website links to her eBay Store, which bringsin approximately $250,000 a year selling antiques. That’s noteven counting her earnings from her series of eBay books withtitles like The 100 Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay.And just as she hoped, she sees her children a lot more than sheever did when she put in 50 hours a week at the store.”Now, I take them to school and pick them up, and they knowthey can come in [my home office] and do their homework,” shesays. When they aren’t in school, they can ride around withDralle, who spends much of her time canvassing garage sales andlooking for treasures she can sell on eBay. She cites a recentexample of a wood carving of a bird, which she recognized as apiece of work by a master carver. She paid $2 for it, but plenty ofcollectors were quick to recognize its value. The top bid for thecarving was $2,052. “Those are the ones that make me jump upand down,” says Dralle. “Really, I’m just so happythat I can live wherever I want, and I love what I’mdoing.” It’s one of those intangibles that nobody can puta price on.Geoff Williams is a writer in Loveland, Ohio.center_img August 31, 2005 Lynn Dralle got her start on eBay the way many people did in thelate 1990s–she was searching for Beanie Babies to buy.For those who are too young to remember, or for those whosepop-culture memories are fuzzy, this was a decade in which tiny,furry stuffed animals created by Ty Inc. were decreed collectibleitems because of their limited availability and short manufacturinglives. It was an age in which otherwise rational people weresuddenly buying the stuffed animals by the dozen and occasionallypaying hundreds or thousands of dollars for an individual stuffedBeanie Baby, certain they would recoup their investments tenfold.It was an age of Beanie Baby magazines, books and collectors’cases.”They will come back again,” the Palm Desert,California, entrepreneur says confidently, citing a Beanie Baby sherecently saw on eBay with a bid of $1,150.Whether Beanie Babies will be as good an investment as old coinsor comic books remains to be seen, but in that period, they were aprofitable venture for entrepreneurs like Dralle, who bought BeanieBabies on eBay to sell as future collectibles in hergrandmother’s antiques store. The experience went so well, shecouldn’t help but start shopping on eBay for herself. “Mygrandmother bought me a vase when I was 13, and I had never foundanother piece like it,” explains Dralle, 42. “Now, I have13 of those vases, and every time I buy one, it reminds me of mygrandmother.”Silly, sublime, sentimental or strange, every entrepreneur has astory about how he or she started on eBay. While the tales aredifferent, one plot element remains the same: eBay improved theirquality of life–not to mention their income.Nomad No MoreSix years ago, Tim Siegel, then 30, was going places.Specifically, he was driving from Minnesota to Guatemala, after afriend convinced him that he could make a lot of money sellingmedical equipment down there. It was worth a shot. Siegel’sdegree in criminology had led him into a job managingtelemarketers, which he considered the worst job he ever had, andthen into management at a hospitality company. The upside of hissecond job was that he got to visit far-flung lands like Guam andMalaysia. So when a friend convinced him of the financial gains tobe found selling medical equipment in Guatemala, Siegel figured hewould, at the very least, get to do something he loves: travel.True enough. But while the 3,000-mile trip by truck–and schoolbus–was at first an adventure, it eventually became exhausting.Siegel’s friend had been right. Because Guatemala’sinfrastructure is so poor, those with money are willing to pay topdollar for what they need to buy. As Siegel says, “If asurgical table is worth $1,000 here, an end user in Guatemala wouldpay two to three times [that]. That is also true with vehicles orjust about anything else. So many people currently export downthere, I would guess it’s very tough to make a profitnow.”But not back then. Siegel would always sell his vehicle afterall the goods were sold, then fly home. But it was still achallenging journey.In 1999, the same friend suggested he try selling hismerchandise on eBay, and Siegel leapt at the chance. A fetalmonitor bought for $250 sold for $500, and Siegel knew he was nevergoing back to Guatemala. Today, Siegel has an eBay-based companycalled Matrix Medical that sells mostly medical anddental equipment to buyers around the world, with about 5 percentof sales from other products.Siegel hopes to eventually have his own warehouse, a biggertruck and employees. In a recent month, he brought in $36,000, andhis 2005 gross sales should be just under half a milliondollars.”It’s nice not risking my life driving 3,000miles,” says Siegel. “These days, I’ll buy anything,because I know I can sell it. My confidence level has risen a lot.When you buy something for $500 and can sell it for $8,000, itreally blows your mind. I’m sure without eBay, I’d havebeen successful, but it’s hard to say what would have happened.Would I have kept going to Guatemala and crashed somewhere? Now Ican buy something and literally have the money for it today, asopposed to waiting.” And driving. 9 min readlast_img read more