Clemson Star Defender Will Miss Georgia Tech Matchup Due to Injury

first_imgA view of Clemson's stadium during the day from high up.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the start of the Miami Hurricanes against the Clemson Tigers game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)While the Clemson Tigers have been impressive through three weeks, Dabo Swinney’s squad will face a tough challenge to start their conference schedule. Despite Georgia Tech’s record, the Yellow Jackets could present mismatches with their dynamic offense, especially considering the recent injury update coming out of Clemson.There’s no lack of talent when it comes to the Tigers’ defense, but they’ll be without one of their best linebackers tomorrow. After suffering a groin injury during practice this week, Kendall Joseph will be out of action.UPDATE: Clemson starting LB Kendall Joseph will miss the Ga Tech game with a groin injury.— ESPNUpstate (@ESPNUpstate) September 21, 2018It’s hard to place a player of Joseph’s caliber, but Clemson could turn to J.D. Davis or Shaq Smith to fill the void.Joseph is considered the quarterback of their defense, registering 11 tackles and a sack in three games. Without him on the field, the Tigers could struggle against Georgia Tech’s offense, which utilizes the triple option.Clemson and Georgia Tech will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be available tomorrow on ABC.last_img read more

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Crowleys Giant LNG Storage Tanks Arrive in Jacksonville

first_imgzoom Image Courtesy: CrowleyTwo massive cryogenic storage tanks have been delivered and are being installed by Texas-based bulk LNG provider Eagle LNG Partners for Florida’s shipping company Crowley Maritime at a new shore-side LNG bunkering facility at the Port of Jacksonville’s (JAXPORT) Talleyrand Marine Terminal.The LNG bunkering facility, expected to be operational in late summer 2017, is said to be among the first of its kind in the US and will fuel Crowley’s two new LNG-powered, combination container/Roll-on/Roll-off (ConRo) ships.Eagle LNG’s Maxville natural gas liquefaction plant, which also is under construction, will supply LNG for the tanks.The 260-ton tanks, which are 170 feet long – exceeding the width of an American football field – were manufactured by Chart Ferox in the Czech Republic.Crowley’s logistics group managed the transport of the tanks, first via river barge to Hamburg, Germany, and then via a heavy-lift ship that sailed more than 4,000 nautical miles to arrive in Jacksonville on March 26 for offloading.Each of the tanks can hold 1,000 cubic meters of LNG – a sufficient product to fuel Crowley’s two LNG-powered vessels within an eight-hour period.Designed specifically for service between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico, the Commitment Class ConRos, El Coquí and Taíno, will use clean LNG as their primary fuel, providing reductions in emissions as compared to existing fossil fuels.El Coquí, which was launched on March 20, is expected in service in the second half of 2017, and Taíno is expected to begin service in the first half of 2018.The Commitment Class project by Crowley features a USD 550 million investment that includes the next generation ships as well as a new 900-foot pier, three new specialized cranes, and new gate and terminal operating systems at the company’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.last_img read more

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Maritime Museum Announces Winner of LEGO Prize Draw

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Lego Users Group and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic have proven the old adage, it you build it, they will come. More than 7,000 people have visited the LEGO: City by the Sea display since its debut Dec. 9. The 225 sq.-ft. model city was built by talented volunteers from the Nova Scotia LEGO Users Group (NovaLUG). This weekend is the final chance for visitors to enjoy the display as it closes Sunday, Feb. 8. Part of the display was a prize draw for three Lego building sets. Five-year-old Charlotte Adams, of Scotsburn, Pictou Co., was randomly selected from 2,154 entries. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.last_img

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Qatar 2022 World Cup logo reflects move to winter tournament

first_imgDoha: Flashed on big screens and projected onto landmarks worldwide, the 2022 Qatar World Cup logo was revealed on Tuesday with a design that reflects both the tournament’s compact infrastructure and winter schedule. Using the colors of the Qatari flag, the white emblem is set against a maroon background and it finally provides an image for soccer’s most controversial tournament beyond construction sites. It was inspired by the contours of the World Cup trophy with the unbroken loop depicting a figure of eight – the number of stadiums built for the Middle East’s first World Cup in the tiny Persian Gulf nation. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh FIFA said the design also draws “inspiration from a traditional woolen shawl,” a winter garment reflecting the World Cup being played in November and December 2022 to avoid the fierce summer heat in June and July when the tournament is usually played. The reveal came at 2022 local time (8:22 p.m.) in Doha and the image was projected onto buildings in the Qatari capital, including the Al Zubarah Fort, and appeared at sites in Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Some other countries in the region played no role in the launch due to the ongoing political tensions. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been boycotting Qatar economically and diplomatically since 2017, and its severing of travel links could prove problematic for fan travel in 2022. Among the international sites where the logo was displayed on Tuesday were the Arch of Peace in Milan, trains stations in Paris and Rio de Janeiro and Times Square in New York. Ten sites were used in Turkey, reflecting Qatar’s deepening alliance with a regional ally that has helped it circumvent the Gulf boycott impact on food and construction supplies. Qatar won a FIFA vote in 2010 that has been dogged by controversy. A FIFA investigation found that some of Qatar’s conduct “may not have met the standards” required while concluding there was no “evidence of any improper activity by the bid team.” Working conditions and rights for migrant labourers building the stadiums in Qatar were also criticised, forcing standards to be raised.last_img read more

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Teens to appear in Montreal court this week in alleged gang rape

first_imgMONTREAL – Three teens are set to appear in a Montreal courtroom later this week in the alleged gang rape of a 13-year-old girl last month.In total, five teens aged between 13 and 16 — one girl and four boys — were arrested last Thursday.Three of them — the girl and two boys — were arraigned a day later and ordered detained until a bail hearing this Wednesday.A Crown spokesman says the three were charged with gang sexual assault; armed sexual assault; unlawful confinement; and production, possession and distribution of child pornography.One of the two other teens is to be charged Thursday with similar offences, while the fifth adolescent has yet to be charged.Initially, Montreal police had given out a slightly different list of charges and had said a court appearance was expected Monday.Const. Andree-Anne Picard says the alleged attack occurred in an apartment on March 24.They say they were informed on March 30 about the alleged assault.Police say the teens all knew each other and were attending a party together.Cogeco Nouvelles reported the teens filmed the scenes and then shared them on WhatsApp and Snapchat.The station says it was the alleged victim’s older brother who saw the images and recognized his sister before alerting their father.Picard says investigators don’t have reason to believe there are other alleged victims.(Cogeco Nouvelles)last_img read more

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BC researchers get patent to develop potential vaccine for syphilis

first_imgVANCOUVER – Researchers at the University of Victoria have been granted a patent to develop a potential vaccine against syphilis as rates for the sexually transmitted disease soar worldwide.Microbiologist Caroline Cameron said a vaccine would complement current treatment with penicillin.The infectious disease often goes undetected and is increasing in epidemic proportions among some populations, including men who have sex with men, she said.Researchers are trying to understand the function of a protein that works to prevent syphilis bacterium from entering the bloodstream and spreading throughout the body as they work on a vaccine, she said Tuesday.Trials have shown an immune response to the protein, which is the component of the vaccine that has been patented, Cameron said, adding a vaccine may be over a decade away from development.“The World Health Organization is promoting vaccine development for sexually transmitted infections and it has become a priority because of the increased number of cases around the world,” she said.Scientists elsewhere around the globe are also working on possible vaccines for gonorrhea and chlamydia, said Cameron, who is president of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research.The B.C. Centre for Disease Control said in 2016 that syphilis rates had reached a 30-year high, with almost 500 cases of the disease reported in 2015, nearly double the number from a decade earlier.The centre urged regular testing and launched a campaign targeting gay and bisexual men because they were over 90 per cent of those infected.Health officials in Alberta said last November that online hookup sites such as Tinder, Pure and Grindr have contributed to the hike in sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis.The highest rate of infection was in 15- to 26-year-olds, but no sexually active group was immune without using protection.The Public Health Agency of Canada said syphilis rates have been rising steadily since 2001, and it is the third most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the country, following chlamydia and gonorrhea.Between 2010 and 2015, the syphilis rate increased by nearly 86 per cent in Canada, especially among young men, consistent with trends in the United States and Europe, it said.The disease is passed through contact with a syphilis lesion and may increase HIV transmission.Congenital syphilis may have severe consequences for newborns, including cerebral palsy, hearing loss and even death, with risk of transmission at more than 70 per cent, depending on the stage of the mother’s disease, the agency said.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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Even as longform census data returns Statcan readies for day without it

first_imgOTTAWA – As a political brawl played out on Parliament Hill seven years ago over the cancellation of the long-form census, Statistics Canada quietly kept the mandatory survey on life support, waiting for the day it might again come in handy.The fruits of that foresight will become apparent Wednesday when the agency delivers the latest tranche of data from the 2016 census — and the first details from that resurrected mandatory long-form questionnaire after a 10-year hiatus.It’s the latest layer on the paint-by-numbers population portrait Statistics Canada began unveiling earlier this year: a population boom out West and a spike in the number of households; a historically high number of seniors; children living at home longer; and more generations than ever living under a single Canadian roof, among other flourishes of fact.Wednesday’s release is expected to show immigrants making up a larger share of the population, with more and more of them settling in western Canada, along with additional insight into how they, their children and their grandchildren are doing at making ends meet.The census will also provide details on Indigenous Peoples, whose numbers are growing faster and skewing younger than the non-Indigenous population. Their numbers are expected to be close to 1.7 million with about one-quarter expected to be under age 15, said Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics.After the previous Conservative government cancelled the long-form census in 2010, Wayne Smith, then the country’s chief statistician, was among the senior managers who had agency workers quietly prepare a mandatory survey that would be ready for a government change of heart — or a change of government.It’s not clear whether the agency will make any comparative use of 2011’s national household survey, a voluntary substitute that was quickly panned due to problems with data quality. Instead, Statistics Canada is expected to focus on comparing the latest numbers to their 2006 counterparts — a sign the agency would rather forget what Smith called a difficult period that produced a blip in census history.That blip, however, continues to have ripple effects on the long-form questionnaire.When the previous Conservative government cancelled the mandatory survey in 2010, citing privacy concerns, Statistics Canada invested in efforts to create a statistical register of the population from government holdings, known as administrative data. Michael Wolfson, a former assistant chief statistician, said the national household survey gave the agency “the raison d’etre to for a much stronger push into developing administrative data sources.”Agency officials had previously been uneasy about the concept, fearing a leak of details would result in a “privacy Armageddon,” Smith said. But the Conservatives were nonetheless keen on creating the digital register.So census officials mined government information holdings like birth certificates, immigration records, driver’s licences and tax files with greater zeal to build profiles of almost every Canadian, plug any data gaps in the voluntary survey, and potentially replace large swaths of the questionnaire.This year, for example, the income data in the census came entirely from tax return information held by the Canada Revenue Agency, eliminating one question on the long-form survey.In an August report, Statistics Canada said it had used CRA’s administrative data, federal immigration and citizenship records — along with details from provinces and territories — to create national, provincial and territorial population counts it says are comparable to the 2011 results. Only in cities and small towns did the model fall short.The agency hopes to use parts of statistical register in time for the 2021 census and potentially replace the short-form questionnaire beginning in 2026.Eventually, the figures could be updated in real-time rather than updating population counts every five years.“You can have the equivalent to census data for a large number of variables every year, or even continuously for that matter,” said Smith, who oversaw some of the work before resigning last year as chief statistician.That could free up resources to focus surveys on items captured in the census that aren’t available in any administrative source, such as ethnicity, visible minority status and Aboriginal identity — all questions the statistics office will answer this week, said Michael Haan, an associate professor in the school of sociology at Western University in London, Ont.Other countries that created statistical registers have sent out shorter questionnaires annually on many of those topics, Haan said.“You won’t have to fill out lots of information on your household composition because we can get that from other data sources,” he said. “But those files will be supplemented by a shorter survey about the things that don’t exist on administrative files.”— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

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Veteran Finnish diplomat named winner of prestigious UNESCO peace prize

16 May 2008The former Finnish president and current United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari was named today as the winner of the annual peace prize of the Organization’s cultural agency. The former Finnish president and current United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari was named today as the winner of the annual peace prize of the Organization’s cultural agency. Mr. Ahtisaari, who also founded the non-governmental organization (NGO) Crisis Management Initiative, was chosen for “his lifetime contribution to world peace,” said the head of the international jury that awards the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Expressing his great pleasure at this recognition, the agency’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said that Mr. Ahtisaari’s career in promoting dialogue and world peace mirrors UNESCO’s ideals. This year’s winner, who served as the President of Finland from 1994 to 2000, has carried out many peace missions for the UN in such places as Jenin and the Horn of Africa and has previously served as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo. In the framework of the Crisis Management Initiative, he organized a week-long meeting between Iraq Muslim Sunni and Shiite groups to kick-start dialogue between the communities. Additionally, he facilitated the peace process between Indonesia and Aceh separatists, which led to the signing of a peace treaty, bringing an end to the province’s conflict. The Prize was established in 1989 by UNESCO’s General Conference to honour living people or institutions which have contributed significantly to the promotion, research or safeguarding of peace while complying with the Charter of the United Nations and UNESCO’s constitution. It was named for the first president of Côte d’Ivoire, the late Mr. Houphouët-Boigny. Previous winners include South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk; Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat; King Juan Carlos of Spain and former United States President Jimmy Carter; and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade. read more

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Judge Fans challenge to allornothing pro sports TV packages can proceed as

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A federal judge in New York says a lawsuit challenging all-or-nothing sports TV packages that require purchasing all professional hockey or baseball games can proceed as a class action.Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHEER’-uh SHIND’-lin) ruled Thursday. She says all fans with some appetite for watching hockey and baseball broadcasts are affected by league policies requiring consumers to buy all league games rather than just the games of one team or a few teams. Her written decision follows a three-day hearing in March.Lawyers for the leagues have said fans who brought lawsuits against Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League had failed to show common injuries warranting a class.The judge ruled last summer that baseball’s antitrust exemption didn’t shield it from the litigation. by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2015 8:58 pm MDT Last Updated May 15, 2015 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge: Fans’ challenge to all-or-nothing pro sports TV packages can proceed as class action read more

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Arms race in Syria must be stopped to reduce civilian suffering says

Speaking to UN Radio ahead of an informal gathering with members of the Security Council, the Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria underscored that there is no military solution to the conflict and echoed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s calls for an arms embargo on the country.“This arms race must be stopped,” said Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro. “We would like very much that the different Member States will interrupt their support in terms of weapons, of arms, for both sides.”He said that bombardment of civilian populations by the Syrian air force and non-State armed groups continues, along with shelling of civilians and torture. “We continue to have full-fledged impunity in Syria,” Mr. Pinheiro said. “All parties are committing these horrendous violations and nobody is answering to what is required.”He noted that it is ultimately up to the Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to establish a special tribunal, but so far little action has been taken. “We are teaching that accountability is completely absent in this conflict,” noted Mr. Pinheiro. He added that the Commission continues to document data and collect evidence which will one day be used for accountability, “but this conflict is already in its fourth year and this impunity continues unabated.”He also reminded the parties that they are obliged to respect the Geneva conventions and human rights treaties. “And we will continue to repeat to the Council that victory is an illusion, there is no military solution, only a negotiated settlement,” he underscored.Established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011, the Commission also includes experts Karen Koning Abuzayd, Carla del Ponte and Vitit Muntarbhorn. It has been mandated to investigate and record all violations of international human rights law during the Syria conflict.Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Ms. Abuzayd confirmed that the Commission has four lists of suspected perpetrators, which include individuals, such as those who command airports from which bombings take place and detention centres. Names of foreign fighters are also listed even though the groups are fragmented and do not have formal command chains. The Commission is expected to present its latest report to the Human Rights Council on 17 September. read more

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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4618956 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #CERVICALCHECK: The High Court has ruled that Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey and her husband are to be awarded €2.1 million in damages in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy.2. #FAI: The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement wants the High Court to determine if documents given to it by the Football Association of Ireland contain privileged legal material.3. #UK ELECTIONS: The Conservative and Labour parties have taken a significant hit in the UK’s local elections.4. #ANNA KRIEGEL: The judge in the Ana Kriegel murder trial has barred the media from publishing any of the evidence relating to the trial until either a verdict is reached or he makes another order. 5. #REVAMP: Plans to redevelop parts of Dublin’s major thoroughfare O’Connell Street as an urban quarter have been welcomed by business groups.  No Comments 6,342 Views Image: Shutterstock.com Friday 3 May 2019, 4:49 PM Share2 Tweet Email1 The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… By Cónal Thomas May 3rd 2019, 4:49 PM Short URL Image: Shutterstock.comlast_img read more

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CSA President VP ready to represent

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCongratulations came from the Premier, Hon Rufus Ewing; the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams and the Opposition PDM for the new executives of the Civil Servants Association elected on Thursday. Patterson Williams is the new president and outlined his plans now that he is in office. “The Civil Service Association, through the civil service itself is going to have a greater presence in the communities.” Temard Butterfield was bullish in his vision for a better public sector. “As we go forward, my theme, or my rally or campaign slogan was, “Lets make it happen”. And we can assure that as of today we’re gonna start to make the work happen.”The pair won following a national election within the public sector on April 7, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Vancouver raises property tax levy by 1 percent

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to approve a 1 percent increase in the property tax levy, the maximum annual increase allowed.The increase will generate $419,438 in new revenue that councilors pledged to put toward public safety.According to an example provided to the council, the owner of a property assessed at $200,000 would have paid $634 to the city’s general fund in 2013. In 2014, assuming the property value increased by 8.5 percent, the residence would be valued at $217,000 and the homeowner would owe $640 in city taxes, an increase of $6 for the year.If the value declined or remained the same, the increase in annual taxes would be less.Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilors Jack Burkman, Bart Hansen, Jeanne Harris, Jeanne Stewart and Larry Smith supported the increase, while Councilor Bill Turlay cast the dissenting vote without comment.Last week, Turlay was critical of the process and said he wished councilors would have received the levy information earlier to allow for a thorough discussion.Because voters approved Initiative 747 in 2001, capping annual levy rate increases at 1 percent, the city has opted for the increase every year except 2010.The slowed growth in revenues “has impacted the city’s ability to provide services to the community commensurate with population growth and inflationary increases, resulting in the city’s structural deficit,” Lloyd Tyler, the city’s chief financial officer, and city Treasurer Carrie Lewellen, wrote in a memo to the city council and City Manager Eric Holmes.Voicing opinionsThe city’s general fund is $351 million for the 2013-14 biennial budget.Had the council opted not to increase the levy, the pre-vote memo said, the 2013-14 budget “will remain in balance with the use of short-term, one-time resources from outside agencies that will expire” in the next few years. “However, the city’s ability to fund a stable and balanced set of core services that reflects the community’s priorities will be diminished.”last_img read more

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LUI Che Woo Prize names its three 2019 laureates

first_img Load More Galaxy boss Francis Lui pleased by Yokohama’s IR bid JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner The LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilization has announced the three laureates for 2019. The LUI Che Woo Prize, awarded by Galaxy Entertainment Group Chairman Lui Che Woo, promotes the building of a better world by properly recognizing those people or organizations who have made remarkable contributions to the welfare of mankind and encouraging them to persevere with their efforts in the same direction.Commended for their exceptional achievements to promote world civilization for a better world, the 2019 laureates are: RelatedPosts Sustainability Prize – The Nature ConservancyWelfare Betterment Prize – Dr Jennifer A. DoudnaPositive Energy Prize – Ms Fan JinshiThe Nature Conservancy is a global environmental non-profit organization with the mission “to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” It brings together individuals, local communities, government departments and private businesses to collectively tackle the natural world’s biggest and most important challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and food shortages.With the support of more than 400 scientists and over one million members, it is positively impacting conservation work in 72 countries across six continents; making it one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental groups in the world since it was founded in 1951.The Nature ConservancyDr Doudna, winner of the 2019 Welfare Betterment Prize, is an American biochemist and co-inventor of CRISPR-Cas9 – a revolutionary genome-editing technology allowing genetic material to be added, removed or altered in animal and plant cells.Faster, cheaper and more accurate than any previous gene-editing tools, CRISPR-Cas9 has been called one of the world’s most monumental discoveries and could be the key to treating or preventing inherited genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease, as well as more complex diseases such as cancer, heart disease and HIV. The technology could also help to engineer plants that are resistant to climate change and crops with better nutritional value.Dr Jennifer A. DoudnaMs Fan Jinshi, winner of the 2019 Positive Energy Prize, has earned the nickname “Daughter of Dunhuang” for her dedication to studying and preserving the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, China, which are a significant cultural site housing one of the world’s most important collections of Buddhist culture.A rare woman in her field, Ms Fan has overcome many social and financial challenges and remained heroically committed to her duty for 56 years – greatly advancing the archeological and historical understanding of this significant cultural treasure. Her major contributions to its digital preservation and broad dissemination have defined new standards for successful cultural preservation.Ms Fan JinshiDr. Lui Che Woo, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Governors cum Prize Council of the LUI Che Woo Prize said, “I am deeply honoured to unveil and collectively celebrate our three laureates of the 2019 LUI Che Woo Prize. Each has made enormous contributions to world civilization – enhancing sustainability, bettering the welfare of humankind, and promoting positive energy. My sincerest congratulations to the laureates, and my heartfelt gratitude to the Prize Council, the Prize Recommendation Committee and the Selection Panels for their concerted efforts to help us recognize these exceptional laureates. Together, we will go forth in our mission to sow the seeds of goodwill and use the international platform of the LUI Che Woo Prize to help build a better tomorrow.”The Award Presentation Ceremony of the 2019 LUI Che Woo Prize will take place on 3 October 2019. Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchlast_img read more

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Wrangell gets first pot dispensary

first_imgKelsey Martinsen is the owner of Happy Cannabis, Wrangell’s first marijuana dispensary. (June Leffler/ KSTK)Wrangell’s first marijuana dispensary opened this week. Happy Cannabis owner Kelsey Martinsen says he’s been working towards opening day for about two years.Listen now“Our biggest problem was getting the mechanical work done in a timely manner, since this is kind of a hard-to-get to place,” Martinsen said.The city of Wrangell approved his endeavor last spring. Happy Cannabis has seven strains of pot available at its store behind the now-defunct Diamond C Café, a downtown restaurant Martinsen owned. The pot comes from Common Collective, a grower in Houston, Alaska.Martinson does not sell edibles or paraphernalia right now. He is cultivating pot that he would ship off the island, and possibly sell at his store.Plenty of Southeast towns already have dispensaries. Those include Juneau, Skagway, Petersburg, Sitka and Ketchikan.last_img read more

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4hr gassupply suspension for Mirpur Thursday

first_imggasLike other Thursdays, the residents of Mirpur and adjoining areas will have to remain without gas for four hours from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on this Thursday, 3 August.A short message of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, which is responsible for gas supply in Dhaka city, said the gas supply across vast areas of Mirpur will remain shut from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday due to relocation of gas pipelines to facilitate the construction of Mass Rapid Transit Development under the Dhaka Metro Rail Project.According to the message, the areas where gas supply will be suspended are located on both sides of the Zoo road, Mirpur sections 1, 2, 6, 7, west side of Mirpur 10, 11 and 12, Eastern Housing, Rupnagar, Arambagh, Alubdi, Mirpur Cantonment and its adjoining areas.The supply will disrupt all kinds of consumers, including household, commercial and industrial, in these areas.last_img read more

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After Outcry Judge Delays Sanctions In Immigration Case

first_imgLexey Swall/TexasTribuneTomas Martinez, with GLAHR, a grass roots organization from Atlanta, chants to excite the crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 18, 2016. Hundreds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action as the Court hears oral arguments on the deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.The Texas-based judge that last year put a hold on President Obama’s executive order on immigration decided on Tuesday to also suspend a controversial punishment he had recently issued to the administration’s attorneys.U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen asserted in May that the federal government’s attorneys intentionally misled his court during last year’s proceedings over the Obama administration’s order on immigration, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.As punishment, Hanen ordered the government’s attorneys to attend ethics classes in the 26 states that filed suit while directing the Department of Justice to turn over the names and confidential information of about 50,000 undocumented immigrants he said benefited from the administration’s plan prematurely.On Tuesday, however, Hanen put his own order on hold and instead scheduled a status conference on the issue for August. The decision came after critics blasted Hanen’s order as a potential breach of privacy for the tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants.“Judge Hanen was very thoughtful in the way he approached the idea that the 50,000 [deferred action] recipients are really innocent bystanders in this,” said Nina Perales, the vice president of litigation at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF.Perales’ group represents three South Texas mothers who intervened in the immigration case, which has been put on hold since Hanen stopped it in February 2015. His decision was upheld twice by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the case was argued in April before the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to issue a decision later this month.Perales said the case related to Hanen’s May order could hinge on what the high court decides on the immigration case.“We’ll be checking in (in August) on whether or not there was a Supreme Court decision, which way it goes, what remains of the case and what to do about the sanctions issue,” she said.Perales added that despite Tuesday’s ruling, Hanen doesn’t appear eager to dismiss the matter altogether.“It’s clear he is still very upset about what he sees as misconduct,” she said. MALDEF has also asked the 5th Circuit to stop the order outright, a request the group said it would continue to pursue.Hanen’s decision comes after the National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project and the ACLU of Texas filed a separate request to the 5th Circuit to order Hanen to halt his sanctions.Edgar Saldivar , the senior staff attorney at ACLU of Texas, said his group is in a holding pattern following Tuesday’s decision, but added Hanen’s stay is a victory for immigrants and their supporters.“From my standpoint, and the ACLU standpoint, this is a victory for a group of young immigrants who decided to fight back to protect their privacy rights,” he said.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/06/07/judge-puts-hold-sanctions-issued-immigration-case/. Sharelast_img read more

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Review Nintendo Labo VR Kit Is Totally Good Enough

first_imgStay on target If you don’t count Nintendo’s own Virtual Boy (and you shouldn’t) then the Oculus Rift arguably kicked off this modern era of virtual reality gaming we’re currently in. It also gave us Palmer Luckey but nobody’s perfect. And at GDC the Facebook subsidiary announced its latest headset, the Oculus Rift S. It’s an impressive piece of tech, a relatively affordable $399 high-res PC VR headset with room-scale tracking through “Oculus Insight.” But it all just seems too much for virtual reality, an experience I’m still not convinced is worth much more than a couple of minutes of amusement park fun.So for just $80 and a couple of cardboard kits I already know are fun to build, Nintendo Labo VR Kit is much closer to what I think is actually appropriate for consumer VR. This is especially the case after building all the toys, playing the games, and finding out it didn’t make me sick, aside from a slight delayed headache.People were concerned that the relatively low-res 720p Nintendo Switch screen would lead to motion sickness as a VR headset. And it’s true I could count the pixels I was seeing like a screen door or old-school standard definition tube television. Plus seeing your Switch that close made me way more self-conscious about how dirty mine was with smudges and dust.Still, maybe it’s because game performance seems so well optimized, or the fact that I naturally move the strapless headset with my hand to maintain comfort with squeezing my head with heavy pressure, but my Nintendo Labo VR experience wasn’t nearly as sickening as, say, my Bethesda VR experience a year ago. You don’t even need special frame for it to work with glasses. And if you’re even more sensitive than me each Labo VR game can be played in 2D with the Switch tablet slotted in the cardboard like a viewscreen.With that big comfort question out of the way, how’s Nintendo Labo VR Kit as a game experience? Is it the smart pivot needed to save the somewhat beleaguered (at least according to childless adult dude game pundits) Nintendo Labo? Here’s what I thought of each toy after spending a whole week building and using them, and listening to the chill almost vaporwave new menu music.Toy-Con VR BlasterThere’s a reason why this is the toy bundled with the VR starter kit. It’s still so impressive the quality of the toys Nintendo manages to help you build from regular cardboard. The Toy-Con Blaster is just a great fake gun. Whatever rubber band mechanisms it has going on feel fantastic to cock back and fire. It feels better than some real plastic light guns, even if cocking with too much force feels risky. The fact that you are playing with a toy makes it easy to forget you basically need to hold this big thing up to your face the whole time you’re playing. The artifice of the device also complements the inherent artifice of VR. The game itself is a pretty basic cartoon shooting gallery with a time-stopping gimmick. And trying to pick out specific targets can be tough when things get blurry. But the gun itself won over Nerf connoisseurs like us. With so much going on this is also the most fun (if time-consuming) toy to physically construct.Toy-Con VR ElephantIf you thought this would just be a game about putting out fires with water in your trunk or whatever the Toy-Con Elephant is way more ambitious. It turns out the “trunk” is actually a clever metaphor for keeping the two Joy-Con aligned and facing the tracking tape on your face to act as a fully functional motion controller for manipulating objects in 3D space. It works as well as a Vive or Oculus Rift controller, picking up virtual objects in front of you or drawing in a 3D paint app. Writing out “NO POLICE” was a breeze. I’m afraid about how well this will hold up over time though. Even without playing it that much my Toy-Con piano already warped so much the keys don’t function correctly. The Elephant relies on a lot of constant bending that may wear out the arts and crafts materials.Toy-Con VR BirdAs fun as it is to stick your face in a bird’s butt and flap its wings, the actual game for Toy-Con Bird was maybe the most disappointing. You’re supposed to feel like you’re flying, turning your body to turn the bird and flapping to gain speed. But it’s too slow and I didn’t feel like the bird fully responded to my movements, creating a weird disconnect. And again blurry visuals take away from the sense of place. At least initially. Over time though this actually might have been my favorite game. Open-world island flight is an incredibly chill and great fit for VR. You’re just gathering food for your chicks, man. And this Toy-Con plays the best with others like the Wind Pedal described below and a pinwheel that responds to you blowing on it.Toy-Con VR Wind PedalThe Toy-Con Wind Pedal is the biggest stroke of weird cheap gimmick genius only Nintendo would’ve thought to add to VR. Pushing on the pedal causes your in-game character to jump and avoid objects. But pushing the pedal also moves a big cardboard flap in front of your face, hitting you with a gust a wind that’s supposed to make you feel like you’re whooshing through the air, too. It’s like something from those 3D short film rides at amusement parks that spray you with water or vibrate your chairs and it’s delightful. It also works with Toy-Con Bird which helps both products feel more airy and immersive.Toy-Con VR CameraThe Toy-Con camera convinced me Nintendo should totally make a new Endless Ocean or Pokemon Snap (or Fatal Frame) in Labo. You’re just underwater looking around and taking pictures of fish for fun and points. Or you can spy on the little monster from the Toy-Con house. Either way, constantly zooming in and out, readjusting the focus, in this case successfully distracts you from the blurry visuals. Manually moving the cardboard lens, complete with fake clicking noises, also adds tactile reality to the shaky virtual reality. A friend can wear a (flimsy) snorkel mask with IR tape the infrared Joy-Con can then see and put in the game.Toy-Con VR GaragePrevious Labo kits had the nifty Toy-Con Garage mode letting kids design new uses for the cardboard while learning basic programming concepts in the process. But the new Garage mode in the VR kit is a much more robust game creation suite, almost on the level of Nintendo’s own Super Mario Maker or the upcoming Dreams on PlayStation 4, albeit without any online sharing features which is disappointing. People need to play my game where spelling out “NO POLICE” in blocks causes a celebratory explosion. But still there’s so much more that can be done creating and arranging objects in 3D VR spaces, programming them with various behaviors, and setting unique win conditions.Alongside the games I just mentioned, there are also 64 included VR minigames made with this level editor, which at the very least give the VR kit more substance compared to past Labo kits. But along with playing little VR platformers and pinball tables and fighting games and a legit scary first-person riff on Five Nights at Freddy’s, you can look under the hood to see how they’re constructed and make whole new games yourself with their assets. Even without the VR component, which again is totally optional, this kit is a great tool for creative expression.The base games with the Toy-Con VR, while still slight, are already more interesting than the previous Labo kits thanks to the novelty of VR working well with Nintendo’s overall inventive spirit. But it’s the Toy-Con Garage VR that really makes this the definitive Labo kit, and a VR kit Nintendo fans should buy for reasons other than Mario and Zelda. The detailed but accessible documentation for not just how the toys work but how the level editor functions proves Labo’s worth as game development education software.Playing Nintendo Labo VR Kit feels like seeing the next layer in a series of nesting proofs of concept. The Wii U tech demo Project Giant Robot served as inspiration for Labo’s Robot Kit. The Wii U itself is pretty much a beta version of the Switch. Labo answered many questions about seemingly random Switch hardware features like HD Rumble, a touch screen, and an IR camera. And Labo VR shows the value of cheap cardboard alternatives of more intimidating cutting-edge tech.Heck, we’re probably not even finished yet. If the rumored upgraded Switch revision includes a higher-res screen, then turning the tablet into goggles becomes that much more appealing. But even now, while you should limit your time with it, Nintendo Labo VR Kit is probably the most actual fun I’ve had with virtual reality in the real world.For more on VR games check out our recent hands-on with Iron Man VR and No Man’s Sky VR. Good Vibes, Weird Hardware at the Game Devs of Color Expo‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Is Still Majestic in VR last_img read more

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Threedimensional femtosecond laser nanolithography of crystals

first_img Explore further Wet etching nanopore lattices engineered by 3DLW in YAG. a) Nanopore lattice etched for 120 hours with average pore dimensions (257 ± 7 nm and 454 ± 13 nm) along x and y directions and 1 mm length along z. b) Vertically overlapping nanopores after 2 h wet etching (average dimensions of 131 ± 5 nm and 1,300 ± 35 nm along x and y, and 1 mm lengths). c) Top optical microscope view of nanopores along the z direction etched for 1 hour (129 ± 6.8 µm length). Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9 Etching nanopores in YAG along mm to cm scale lengths. (A) Optical microscope side view of etched pores. (B) Optical microscope top view of etched nanopores. (C) SEM side view of etched nanopores. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9. Subwavelength diffraction gratings and MOW (micro optical waveguides) in YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) crystals. a) Image of a centimeter-long, 700 nm pitch grating under visible light illumination. b) Experimental and calculated absolute diffraction efficiencies of a subwavelength grating (700 nm pitch) with 1,070 nm wavelength. Efficiency is calculated as the diffracted power divided by the power incident to the embedded grating. Error bars correspond to the experimental standard deviation of ~0.07%. Inset: scanning electron microscopy (SEM) close-up image of the fabricated grating. c) Optical waveguide with hexagonal structure, 500 nm horizontal pore-to-pore spacing, mean pore size of 166 × 386 nm^2 and 4 mm length. d) Simulated intensity mode profile at 1,550 nm with full-width at half maximums (FWHMs) of 862 nm (vertical) and 972 nm (horizontal). e) Diffraction- limited near-field image of the waveguide output mode measured at 1,550 nm, with a FWHM of ~1.5 µm. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9 Within 170 hours, the scientists achieved nanopores with cross-sections of 368 x 726 nm2 and lengths of 3.1 mm; to show that nanopores with millimeter-scale length could be engineered in a single etching step. Nanophotonic devices typically require such lattice dimensions from the micrometric to the centimeter scale, without brittle fracture of the crystal due to excessive stress. In this way, the scientists implemented a scheme to homogenously etch nanostructures and microstructured optical waveguides (MOWs), on the desired scale across the whole sample.To test if the observed selectivity of nanopore etching with YAG was transferrable to other crystal types, the scientists conducted similar experimental nanostructuring with sapphire. They found a parallel nanopore etch rate of ~1 x 105 in sapphire, similar to YAG and higher than the rate previously observed with microchannels etched in sapphire. Ródenas and co-workers formed millimeter-long nanopores in sapphire with cross-sections as small as ~120 nm and tested the feasibility of the method by engineering nanopore lattices etched for 170 hours without fracturing the crystal. The results showed an etching selectivity at a value larger than 1 x 105 at the molecuar level between the modified and pristine crystalline states, hitherto not observed in a photo-irradiated material. The observed value was approximately two orders of magnitude higher than that of alumina etch masks on silicon. Ródenas et al. determined the etching rate of unmodified YAG at ~1 nm/hour. The proposed method allowed the design and fabrication of nanophotonic elements inside a crystal that could provide the desired optical responses, at the subwavelength structure. The scientists were able to control the features of pore direction, size, shape, filling fraction and length of nanopore lattices in YAG crystals by combining 3DLW and wet etching.The YAG lattice was etched for 120 hours to obtain average pore dimensions in the x and y directions. The pore shape and size were controlled by tailoring the laser power and polarization. The diameter of etched nanopores depended on the laser power and could be studied for both linear and circular laser beam polarizations. As limitations of the technique, they found that 3-D photonic structures were characteristically isolated in space, needed supporting walls, and suffered shrinkage and a low optical damage threshold. Optical properties of materials are based on their chemistry and the inherent subwavelength architecture, although the latter remains to be characterized in depth. Photonic crystals and metamaterials have proven this by providing access through surface alterations to a new level of light manipulation beyond the known natural optical properties of materials. Yet, in the past three decades of research, technical methods have been unable to reliably nanostructure hard optical crystals beyond the material surface for in-depth optical characterization and related applications. The capability to control lattice formation down to the nanometer scale will be useful in practical photonic applications. For instance, photonic bandgap lattices can be designed with stopbands in the visible to mid-infrared range in solid-state laser crystals for photonic information technology. To further expand the potential of the 3-D nanolithography technique, Ródenas et al. engineered MOW (microstructured optical waveguides) with different lattice spacings and cavity sizes. They obtained dimensions in the range of a centimeter in length, with 700 nm pitch grating observed under visible light illumination. Ródenas et al. conducted theoretical and simulation methods of the subwavelength gratings prior to their material fabrication. For the numerical simulations, they used the finite element method (FEM) in COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2 software. The scientists used the same FEM software and method to model YAG MOWs prior to fabrication.This ability to create controlled 3-D nanostructures of crystals opens up new routes to design compact, monolithic solid-state lasers. The resulting crystals can incorporate traditional cavity elements (gratings, fibres, microfluidic cooling channels) or novel microresonators inside the crystal. The prospect of engineering large, nanostructured laser crystals will provide a new basis for precision technology in metrological applications and allow for potentially new applications with ultra-strong deformable laser nanofibers in microelectronics and for drug delivery in medicine. © 2019 Science X Network (1). Evolution of pore size and cross-sectional aspect ratio as a function of laser power for linear and circular polarizations in YAG. (A) Power dependence of pore widths (in red) and heights (in blue) for linear (LP) and circular (CP) polarizations, measured from pores etched for 1h. (B) Dependence of cross-sectional pore aspect ratio (height divided by width) for linear and circular polarizations. (2) Etching crisscrossed nanopores. (A) The large index contrast between etched and un-etched pores is depicted in a raw bright-field transmission image. (B) 3D sketch of 90º crossing pores at different vertical offset positions. (C, D) SEM pictures of crossing pores at 90º and different crossing heights. Ag sputtered nanoparticles are also visible on the main surface. (E) Close-up view of the inner smooth surface of a pore. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9 Journal information: Nature Photonics In the experiments, the scientists used a standard 3DLW with an ytterbium mode-locked ultrafast fiber laser (1030 nm wavelength and 350 fs pulse duration). A 1.4 numerical aperture (NA) oil-immersion objective was used to tightly focus the laser pulses inside the crystals. Ródenas et al. used computer-controlled XYZ linear stages for 3-D nanopositioning of the samples. After laser irradiation, they laterally polished the crystals to expose the irradiated structures followed by wet chemical etching. For this, the YAG crystals were etched in hot phosphoric acid in deionized water. A key technical limitation of the etching process was the difficulty in refreshing the exhausted acid inside the nanopores fabricated using the method detailed. , Nature Materials (1) Scheme to achieve infinitely long and homogeneously etched nanopore lattices by means of 3D-connecting etching pores. (A) 3D sketch of the vertical etching channels architecture for etching microstructured optical waveguides (MOWs). (B) SEM of a polished cut through a MOW partially revealing 3D etching pores. (C) Microscope top view of an etched array of MOWs with vertical etching channels every 80 µm. (2) Etching mm long pores in sapphire. a) Dark-field image of three arrays of 1-mm-long pores after 170 h of total etching time. Pores on each array were written at ~10 mW and at depths ranging from 4 to 30 µm. b) Example of pores written at medium power (9.4 mW) and 29 µm depth, after 30 min etching. c) Example of two pores written at 24 µm depth and at the photo-modification power threshold (~4 mW) for which no secondary pores are observed. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9. 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: Three-dimensional femtosecond laser nanolithography of crystals (2019, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-three-dimensional-femtosecond-laser-nanolithography-crystals.html More information: Airán Ródenas et al. Three-dimensional femtosecond laser nanolithography of crystals, Nature Photonics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9Markus Deubel et al. Direct laser writing of three-dimensional photonic-crystal templates for telecommunications, Nature Materials (2004). DOI: 10.1038/nmat1155 Amit Banerjee et al. Ultralarge elastic deformation of nanoscale diamond, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4165 , Science For example, laser lithography developed by the semiconductor industry is a surface-processing technique used for efficient etching of a range of materials, including silicon, silica glass and polymers. The process can produce high-quality two-dimensional (2-D) nanophotonic devices that can be extended to 3-D, which was demonstrated two decades ago with infrared femtosecond laser direct writing. However, the photopolymerized structures are impractical as they cannot be interfaced with other photonic elements. While 3-D nanostructured optical fibres have delivered functionalities well beyond those possible with ordinary unstructured glass to revolutionize nonlinear optics and optical communications, reliable manufacture of materials in crystalline media has remained elusive.Alternative methods include direct machining 3-D nanostructures with laser-induced dielectric breakdown and micro-explosions triggered inside transparent crystals to form voids and induce sub-micrometer structures within them. But such methods occurred at the risk of extended lattice damage and crack propagation. Therefore, despite efforts, a standard method for large-scale, 3-D volume crystal nanostructuring remains to be reported.In a recent study published in Nature Photonics, Airán Ródenas and co-workers at the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology and the Department of Physics departed from existing methods of engineering the crystal nanoarchitecture. Instead, they proposed a method whereby the inner chemical reactivity of a crystal, given by its wet etch rate, could be locally modified at the nanoscale to form dense nanopore lattices using multiphoton 3-D laser writing (3DLW). The interdisciplinary scientists showed that centimeter-long empty pore lattices with arbitrary features at the 100 nm scale could be created inside key crystals such as yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and sapphire, typically used for practical applications. Ródenas et al. performed direct laser writing before etching, creating the desired pore architecture inside the solid-state laser crystal for photonic applications. New insight into nanopatterning diamond The scientists engineered the photonic structures using circular polarization to reproducibly create air pores in the nanoscale region below 200 nm. The nanophotonic structures (air pore photonic lattices) created in the crystal maintained spatial resolution equivalent to that obtained with state-of-the-art multiphoton polymerization lithography. For practical applications, nanophotonic devices require robust and efficient optical interconnections to form large, complex circuit designs with other optical elements. To achieve this, Ródenas et al. controlled the differential etch rate to maintain large pore lengths between the photomodified volumes and the surrounding crystal. They used scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to observe and prove the 3-D etching process. last_img read more

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Mamata leaves today for 3day Delhi visit to attend meet on 150th

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will set out for her three-day-long visit to Delhi on Tuesday.Banerjee will be attending a meeting, where there will be discussion over the programme schedule to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be present in the meeting of the national level committee, comprising all chief ministers, Gandhians and eminent people from different walks of life. The Bengal government will also celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation and it will begin from October 2 at Gandhi Bhavan in Beliaghata. The state government has set up a 46-member committee with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as its chairperson and the committee has already held its first meeting. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe state government has taken all necessary measures for restoration of the Gandhi Bhavan. Besides organising essay competitions and publishing booklets, the state government has also decided to place a permanent chair in the name of Gandhiji at Calcutta University.The Chief Minister will be staying in Delhi till May 3. Though the main objective of her visit is to attend the May 2 meeting over the programme schedule to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, her visit has come up to be a crucial one, at a time when anti-BJP leaders from different states are in constant touch with her to form the Federal Front, to ensure a one-to-one fight in the general elections in 2019. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that during her last visit to Delhi in March, she had met former Congress president Sonia Gandhi. She had held meeting with eminent leaders, including National Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar. In a recent development in connection with the formation of an anti-BJP front, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and DMK working president MK Stalin had a telephonic conversation with Banerjee on Sunday. It may be recalled that Rao had held a meeting with Banerjee in Nabanna on March 19.last_img read more

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