NextDecade Looks to Build LNG Terminal at Port of Cork

first_imgzoom LNG development company NextDecade has signed an agreement to investigate the development of a new floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and LNG import terminal at Ireland’s Port of Cork.Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the potential development at the Port of Cork would receive LNG from NextDecade’s planned Rio Grande LNG project in South Texas.NextDecade believes the Port of Cork facility could support imports of up to 3 mtpa from RGLNG.“The MOU commits the parties to undertake exclusive negotiations to develop the LNG import project,” NextDecade said. The development would provide “competitively priced energy solutions” to Ireland and its regional partners under long-term contracts.In late 2016, NextDecade agreed with FSRU provider FLEX LNG for the joint development of a full value chain infrastructure solution utilizing FSRU and dockside regasification import technology. FLEX LNG will be supporting the company to provide a fully integrated regas import solution for the proposed LNG terminal at the Port of Cork.The company is in discussions with European energy companies to enter into long-term purchase contracts for delivery of LNG at the Port of Cork.Additionally, NextDecade will manage shipping from its proposed RGLNG export facility at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas to the Port of Cork.last_img read more

Oneday marketing conclave at KIIT

first_imgThe 10th national marketing conclave of KIIT School of Management (KSOM) held on September 14. The day long deliberation was held on the theme ‘Delivering Customer Value Proposition through Marketing Analytics’.In his welcome address Professor Anil Bajpai, Director, KSOM spoke about how marketing analytics is fundamentally changing both business and consumer marketing across the customer life cycle. He was of the strong opinion that analytics is going to form the backbone of new age marketing strategy and is going to result in better cash-flow. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe event had three panels – the first panel comprised of Navoch Mohanayak, Strategy Consulting Leader, Frost and Sullivan; Pallavi Palkar, National head – Tier 2 business, Bigbasket; Rajni Ranjan, Co-founder, Kraftbuy.com and Siju Narayan, GM – APAC, Loyalty Juggernaut Inc. discussed on ‘Mapping Customer DNA’. The key insight from discussion was that with a proper understanding of customer DNA, organisations will be able to bring customers to the center of the business equation. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn the second panel, Lalatendu Panda, Sr VP and CMO –Value Format, Reliance Retail; Parthasarathy Vallabhajosyula, Co-founder – Analytics Quotient; Rahul Sarangi, Global Head – Content and Business, The Viral Fever and Vinamra Pandiya, Founder and CEO –Qtrove discussed on ‘Marketing Analytics will replace Marketers with Machine’, and Banoja Acharya, Sr VP – Nielsen moderated the discussion. The panel agreed that in future we can expect more localised, personalised value offerings setting a globalised context for customer expectations. Ending the conclave, panellists including Chiradeep Samal, Product Manager, Global Marketing Effectiveness – Nielsen; Vikas Lachhwani, Director and Co-Founder – Mcaffeine and Yuvraj Mehta, Head – Corporate Brand Management and Communications – Larsen and Toubro discussed ‘Is Conventional Marketing getting Disrupted?’ The conclave was received enthusiastically by industry professionals, academia and students.last_img read more

Tyson Chandler Named As UNICEF Ambassador

first_imgThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced that NY Knicks’ Tyson Chandler is the newest UNICEF Ambassador.Chandler — the first American NBA player to be named a UNICEF Ambassador — will fundraise, educate and advocate on behalf of vulnerable children around the world.In his first role as UNICEF Ambassador, Chandler will light the UNICEF Snowflake this Friday on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. The lighting ceremony will help raise awareness of areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster. UNICEF is providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine. Designed by Ingo Maurer and dedicated to UNICEF by The Stonbely Family Foundation in 2002, the Snowflake serves as a beacon of hope and compassion.Following his gold medal win with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team at the London Olympics, Chandler travelled to Tanzania with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. While in Tanzania, Chandler visited UNICEF-supported programs that provide children with life and vocational skills training and health centers for mothers of children with HIV/AIDS.“Traveling to Africa with UNICEF and seeing kids who don’t have access to an education, or who are living on the streets was a life-changing experience for me,” said Chandler. “I’m incredibly honored to help raise awareness of UNICEF’s work that’s truly making a difference for the lives of children.”In the U.S., Chandler has served as a strong advocate for the organization, raising awareness of emergency relief efforts and campaigns such as the UNICEF Tap Project to millions of basketball fans. An aspiring photographer, Chandler hosted a photo gallery exhibit in October 2012. Featuring powerful images from his trip to Tanzania, the exhibit generated thousands of dollars for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Additionally, Chandler donated the exclusive opportunity to spend a day with him during NY Knicks practice as part of the 2012 UNICEF Snowflake Ball live auction.“Tyson’s deep commitment to saving and improving the lives of children is evident to those around him,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We’re excited that he’s using his voice to help shine a light on the issues that children around the world face every day, such as lack of access to clean water or medicine.”Chandler – who is in his third season with the Knicks after joining the team in 2011 – has quite a few career accomplishments. In 2012 he was selected for the NBA All-Star team and named the Defensive Player of the Year. In 2011 he helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to their NBA championship. Off the court, Chandler, with his wife Kimberly, is devoted to philanthropic efforts. In addition to their work with UNICEF, they launched ‘Rebound 4 Rockaway’ to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy in Far Rockaway, New York.Chandler joins a roster of celebrities who have supported UNICEF over the years, from Danny Kaye and Audrey Hepburn, to Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez, Angie Harmon, Tea Leoni, Lucy Liu, Alyssa Milano, and Sarah Jessica Parker, among others.last_img read more

9 Labrador demonstrators charged with ignoring court order over MuskratFalls project

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsNine people were arrested during a blockade at Muskrat Falls in Labrador.The Inuit fear the $11.4 billion dollars hydroelectric project will poison their food sources downstream from the dam.See related stories here: Muskrat Falls The group, including Inuit leaders, spend the weekend camped out in front of the site.A judge issued an injunction prohibiting demonstrators from blocking the site Sunday.On Monday, Yvonne Jones, the Liberal MP for Labrador told APTN National News that she has requested Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to review the permits issued for the project.troache@aptn.calast_img

Maximum retail price imposed on white sugar

Accordingly the maximum retail price for a kilogram of non-packeted white sugar is Rs 100 and the maximum retail price for a kilogram of packeted white sugar is Rs 105.The CAA also said that importers have been prohibited from selling or displaying for sale, white sugar at a price higher than Rs 92 per kg. (Colombo Gazette) A maximum retail price has been imposed on white sugar, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) said.The CAA said that the maximum retail price has been imposed on packeted and non-packeted white sugar with effect from midnight today.

UN expert on internally displaced persons to visit Philippines

Travelling at the Government’s invitation, Francis M. Deng will be in the country from 6 to 13 November with a view to better understanding the situation of internal displacement in the Philippines through dialogue with the Government, civil society, the UN team and other international partners. The visit is also considered a good opportunity to explore how to enhance national and international responses to the plight of the internally displaced. While in the country, Mr. Deng is expected to visit several communities of internally displaced people in Mindanao, where he will also meet with regional and local authorities as well as groups directly assisting the population affected by displacement. Mr. Deng’s programme will include meetings with senior government officials, regional and local authorities, the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, representatives of humanitarian, human rights and development non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and representatives of the international community. read more

SecretaryGeneral appoints Stéphane Dujarric as Spokesman

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed France’s Stéphane Dujarric de la Rivière to be his next spokesman, succeeding Fred Eckhard, who retires at the end of the month. Previously an associate spokesman, Mr. Dujarric worked for more than nine years for ABC News in various capacities in the network’s New York, London and Paris news bureaux. As an assignment editor and field producer for ABC, he travelled extensively in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.Mr. Dujarric is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. As an alumnus of the United Nations International School in New York, he served on its Board of Trustees for three years. The 39-year-old Mr. Dujarric was raised in Paris and New York.Also today, the Secretary-General appointed Marie Okabe as his Deputy Spokesman. Ms Okabe, a former associate spokesman, was a UPI news writer. read more

UN agencies helping Bangladesh Myanmar prepare for Tropical Cyclone Mahasen

“Mahasen could be life threatening for millions of people in Bangladesh, Myanmar and India,” warned Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. “Humanitarian organizations are working with Governments in Bangladesh and Myanmar to help people prepare for the cyclone.”While the storm has weakened, it remains a category-1 cyclone, with wind gusts of 85 to 90 kilometres an hour. It is expected to hit just north of the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong, near the border with Myanmar, according to an update issued today by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is headed by Ms. Amos.“This part of the world is regularly hit by major cyclones and so everyone is taking this threat extremely seriously and making sure the right measures are in place to mitigate the impact and place everyone on alert,” Oliver Lacey-Hall, the head of OCHA’s regional office for Asia and the Pacific said earlier.In Bangladesh, the Government has raised the cyclone signal level to seven – on a scale of 10 – and humanitarian agencies in areas most likely to be affected have started preparedness activities, including pre-positioning emergency supplies. OCHA also reports that the Government has ordered the evacuation of some 1 million people from 15 coastal districts. The low-lying, heavily populated and disaster-prone country has carried out a number of measures, including the training of community volunteers, the establishment of disaster-preparedness drills and the construction of cyclone shelters, which have helped to reduce the impact of cyclones.The devastating 1971 Cyclone Bhola claimed an estimated 400,000 lives in Bangladesh. In 2009, when Cyclone Aila struck, volunteers helped evacuate thousands of people from the disaster area, saving countless lives. The death toll from that tragedy was less than 200.While preparations were under way in Myanmar, one of several boats carrying people from a flood-prone and exposed camp in Rakhine state hit rocks and capsized on Monday. Fifty-eight people remain missing and are feared drowned, according to the Government. Ms. Amos expressed her sorrow at the tragedy and stressed the need for the Government to ensure that people can reach safety before Mahasen hits.In Rakhine, the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have started to implement a preparedness and contingency plan developed in March, which also supports the pre-evacuation plan the Government has developed in recent days. In addition, authorities have started the process of evacuating tens of thousands of people who were displaced by inter-communal violence over the past 12 months, and moving them from camps to safe buildings or shelters.“We are very concerned about the situation of displaced people in Rakhine state, particularly those in low-lying camps, and we are working urgently with the Government to find solutions that are viable,” said Mr. Lacey-Hall. “But we are running against time and lives are at risk.”OCHA said that, according to the Rakhine authorities, some 36,000 displaced people have relocated as Cyclone Mahasen approaches. Humanitarian agencies report some reluctance by the uprooted to move due to a lack of understanding and fear that they will not be relocated back to the locations where they are currently living. Aid organizations in Rakhine, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and OCHA, are monitoring as many of the relocations as possible. They are providing the uprooted with information on the storm, on the need to move to safe places and on the Government’s preparedness plan.The government in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, today asked community leaders of both the Rakhine and Rohingya communities to help with the relocations by explaining to the communities the need to move to safe areas. UN agencies and their partners have stressed with both communities and the Government the importance of ensuring safety and the protection of people at risk. OCHA reports that the Myanmar Government says it has 33,000 gallons of gasoline on stand-by in the event generators are needed due to power outages. The Ministry of Health says that it has disaster kits for 30,000 people on stand-by. For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has sent additional staff to Sittwe in the past two days. It is also looking to increase its preparedness in other parts of the country, such as Chin State, Mandalay region and Kachin, where strong winds and heavy rainfall may further worsen the situation of vulnerable communities. read more

Sakai update planned for this weekend

Brock University’s Sakai learning management system will be updated with a new version this holiday weekend.Scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, the Sakai 12 update is expected to be complete by mid-afternoon. Isaak-Sakai will be unavailable during this time.The update brings some tidying to the interface, a better mobile experience, automatic favouriting for new sites and speed improvements to many Sakai tools. The full list of changes and features can be accessed in Sakai 12 update notes.Faculty and staff interested in learning more about the updates are invited to one of two guided presentations of the changes on Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.Questions, comments or concerns can be directed to the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation at edtech@brocku.ca or x4734.

Lozano injures knee

Demetrio Lozano will have to make few weeks break as he has injured his knee, in the previous game against Ademar Leon, which Aragon won with 30:26. They are currently 5th on the table, with a game against Torrevieja in their next game. The 36-year old is formerly THW Kiel player, and he decided to join Aragon over San Antonio and Barcelona. This year Aragon is in the Cup Winners Cup, and plays against Borac Banja Luka. ← Previous Story 10,000 tickets sold for the VELUX EHF FINAL4 Next Story → EC 2012 Quals (W): Czech Republic surprises Austria!

Madeleine McCann jewel thefts and mortgages The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.141,520 – The number of homeowners who are in arrears with their mortgage according to new figures from the Central Bank. It is the first time in four years that the arrears figures have declined.5,000 – The number of phone calls and messages received by police in the UK in the six weeks after a new appeal was made for information about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.1,258 – The number of unfinished estates in Ireland.130 – The number of companies that went insolvent this month, a significant drop on previous months. However more than half of hotels and restaurants remain at a “high risk of collapse”.124 – The number of civil partnerships which have taken place in Ireland in the first six months of this year.67  – The new world ranking of the Irish football team – their lowest ever placing on the FIFA list.30 – The percentage of women in Ireland who have a pension, significantly lower than the corresponding figure for men at 51 per cent.27 – The number of seconds it took for a thief to steal €103 million worth of jewels at a hotel in Cannes earlier this year, which can be seen in newly-released CCTV footage.16 – The number of families becoming homeless in Dublin every month, according to one charity which says there has been a massive jump in the figures for this year.10 – The percentage unemployment rate that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to see in Ireland by 2016.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

NASAs nasal spray for motion sickness being commercialized

first_imgThe technology we use to explore space is impressive on its own. But in our quest to travel beyond Earth, we’ve invented a lot of technology that’s not obvious when you see space missions in action. Over the years NASA has spent sending rovers, shuttles, and full human beings into space, they’ve pioneered lots of new ideas and tools that eventually found application elsewhere. Some of NASA’s inventions were big, high-tech stuff like satellite communications, but many others were simple ideas that became the basis for everyday products, like cordless tools and activated charcoal water filters. The latest daily-life benefit to come from our excursions into space is INSCOP, a nasal spray that fights motion sickness.Astronauts undergo far more powerful forces than most people experience while trying to read in the backseat of a moving car, so motion sickness is a problem NASA knows a lot about. One of the treatments they use is a drug called scopolamine, which is already used to treat sea-sickness in scuba divers. The drug is normally taken orally as a tablet, but researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center found that a precise dosage taken in spray form works faster and more reliably.Epiomed Therapeutics Inc. has signed an agreement to develop and commercialize INSCOP (short for intranasal scopolamine), and will be working closely with NASA on clinical trials. There’s no telling when we’ll see the new treatment available for general use, but when it does it will be another example of how trying to accomplish something big inspired a useful new tool.via Phys.orglast_img read more

LOCAL BAMBOO KETCHUP NOW AVAILABLE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:BAMBOO KETCHUP, Chevaughn Bowen, Indigenous Materials Advisory Council, Jamaica Promotions Corporation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec. 30 (JIS): As the Government moves to further the development of the bamboo industry, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is currently encouraging investors to take advantage of by-products in the sector.Already, there is organic bamboo charcoal on the market, and the latest being the Bamboo Tomato Ketchup, which was developed by a recent university graduate, and head of Jamdun’ Food Processing, Chevaughn Bowen.Several other value added products are being looked at by the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Council (BIMAC), spearheaded by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Mr. Bowen informs JIS News that he got the idea to make the bamboo tomato ketchup while in discussion with Director of Special Projects at the BSJ, Gladstone Rose, who heads the Government’s bamboo programme.He then went to China to have a first-hand look at that country’s bamboo industry, and to do further expert research on the properties in the bamboo edible shoots. After he returned, he began producing the bamboo ketchup, which is available locally.The young innovator, who copped the 2010 Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) top prize for his hot and spicy barbe‐fry sauce, says young people who have innovative business ideas should ensure that they are written, and placed in the marketplace for development.“Idea on paper is no idea at all. Putting a prototype together, and trying to get it out there in the market is best. Your idea sitting on paper, it makes no sense. I believe that everybody coming from university should have that state of mind, to become innovative,” he tells JIS News.For State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce,Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, the product (bamboo ketchup) is the first of its kind in the world, offering a number of vitamins.“This is one of the products for diversification, our own bamboo indigenous ketchup. There are several things that we can do with bamboo…there is bamboo pharmaceutical, the bamboo charcoal, bamboo flooring, furniture, bamboo to feed animals, and the bamboo fabric that is in demand, fetching a high price on the world market,” she told JIS News, at the recent opening of the first bamboo charcoal factory, in Pembroke Hall, St. Mary. “We are looking at the tourism industry, because instead of buying and selling things from other countries to our tourists, we can give them authentic Jamaican products, made in Jamaica. That is what people want when they come on a vacation,” the State Minister said.Meanwhile, Export Development Manager at JAMPRO, Marlene Porter, says the bamboo ketchup will be showcased at an upcoming business show in Montego Bay.“The bamboo ketchup is one of the areas where we are working with the BIMAC team, to see how we can push it more. There is significant opportunity for this product. We are looking at inviting the manufacturer to be part of the upcoming linkages event that we are having in Montego Bay, on January 21, where the hospitality sector will be coming to meet with local manufacturers. This is an excellent product that we want to showcase at the meeting,” Ms. Porter tells JIS News.“JAMPRO’s main role now is to help to identify potential investors to work with (bamboo) products. There are significant opportunities here, and we need to make them happen to realize the extensive benefits that we see from the bamboo programme,” adds Ms. Porter.Chairman of the BSJ, Professor Winston Davidson, lauds the bamboo ketchup as a “manifestation of a new industry being developed in Jamaica, and an industry which is also sustainable.” “The product is indigenous to Jamaica, and it is also part of the strategy for decreasing the impact of climate change on the country. It (bamboo) is able to trap carbon in the atmosphere,” the Professor states.The BSJ is spearheading a bamboo development strategy to facilitate the establishment of bamboo factories in four zones across the island. Zone 1 would include Hanover, Westmoreland and St. James. These would produce bamboo board, furniture and charcoal. In Zone 2 (St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas), factories would produce edible bamboo shoots, charcoal and preserved bamboo sticks.For Zone 3 (St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Clarendon), the factories would produce bamboo sawdust, pellets, shipping pallets, preserved bamboo yam sticks, charcoal, and water and air filters. In Zone 4 (St. Elizabeth and Manchester), factories would produce edible bamboo shoots, charcoal and preserved bamboo yam sticks.“Inclusive development with bamboo has provided secured livelihoods for many thousands of rural producers on all continents. The same can be done for Jamaica,” Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams told Parliament, earlier in the year.last_img read more

HOA Opens slew of Health Bills on Agenda Key questions to Border

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouse of assembly is opened for business today and there will be six first reading of bills most of which come from the Ministry of Health & Human Services and include the Mental Health Bill and Health Appeals Tribunal Bill.There are eleven parliamentary questions including a request for update on the escaped detainees from the Detention Center; whether there will be more police added to the squad in South Caicos; how many new people were hired in the public sector and of the Border Control Minister, why he suddenly ceased processing of status documents for a month this past April, with less than a day’s notice.Top on the HOA agenda is the presentation by the Finance Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Financial Statements for the year ended, March, 2015. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:HOA, house of assembly, Minister, ministry of health, politicslast_img read more

ExBrighton star wary of Eden Hazard threat

first_imgGary Chivers believes it’s essential that Brighton & Hove Albion find a way to stop the ever impressive Eden Hazard ahead of today’s game against ChelseaThe Seagulls will host Chelsea at the Amex Stadium looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley.The last time Brighton faced Chelsea at home came in January, where they lost 4-0 after Hazard’s brace.And Chivers, who played for both teams in his playing career, warned Brighton they must find a way to stop the Belgian superstar this time around.“From Brighton’s perspective it’ll be a tough one because although Chelsea are a side who’ve been a bit indifferent in recent weeks, their last performance in the league against Manchester City was a great one,” Chivers told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The side took their chances last weekend – Eden Hazard playing up front was their trump card in many ways because not many people expected that.“Most would assume that either Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata would play as a striker, but Hazard went into that role. He had pace either side of him and when they had the ball it really looked dangerous.“Hazard drifts into spaces between the back four and middle four, you don’t want him running at you with the ball because he’s one of the best players in the Premier League – if Albion are to get a result then they’ll have to stop him as well as being solid overall defensively.”The Brighton-Chelsea match will begin at 14:30 (CET) today.last_img read more

Navy San Diego Community Partners Sign Agreement to Explore Point Loma Transit

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Navy, the Navy’s Southwest Region Command and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) have entered into new contract to explore development of a major public transit hub to be located at Naval Base Point Loma, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.The proposed transit station, locally nicknamed as “San Diego Central Station,” would need space allocated at the 70-acre base that overlooks Interstate 5 in Point Loma. It would serve as a future transportation hub that connects all rail types and provides access to San Diego International Airport, according to the report.“This is the beginning of what I expect to be a long partnership with the Navy,” said Steve Vaus, who chairs the SANDAG board and is the mayor of Poway. “The MOU creates the opportunity for SANDAG and the Navy to do something very special in the region, clearing a path for us to work on a major transportation hub and providing a transit link to the airport,” he added.Located close to downtown San Diego and its airport, the expansive property could feature millions of square feet of multi-purpose office space as well as multi-family housing towers and some retail.The Navy eventually plans to seek redevelopment proposals for the property in exchange for new facilities for the installation’s on-base missions, according to the report.“The Navy remains dedicated to creating a more modern, efficient workspace … while working closely with SANDAG and other entities to foster robust community engagement for this project,” said Capt. Mark Edelson, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Derek Harkinslast_img read more

After free drinks and food Tata Starbucks woos employees with 5day week

first_imgTata Starbucks employees are being wooed with a benefit that many employees long for: five-day week. The employees (baristas) at Tata Starbucks coffee stores already enjoy two free drinks and free food. The latest is a move by the company is a step forward in employee engagement and talent retention.From May 15, all the 1,200 employees of Tata Starbucks working at its 83 stores across India will be working five days a week.  What’s more, they get to choose their weekly off.  “The five day work schedule marks a first-of-a-kind initiative for a food and beverage retailer in India,” Tata Starbucks said in a statement. The company is a 50:50 joint venture between India’s Tata Group and Starbucks.No wonder, the employees are happy. “It is definitely good for the employees, we are happy,” Atul Inderyas, Assistant Store Manager of a Tata Starbucks outlet in Bengaluru told International Business Times, India Edition.”Most of the employees are between the age group of 20-27…young people. Making it a 5-day work schedule will not be a burden as we do not have any fixed day off. It’s flexible. The main aim is to increase efficiency and effectiveness. If any employee comes with a request, we are flexible to change the roaster and give them offs,” he added.In other countries where Starbucks, employees enjoy even more privileges. For instance, Starbucks China announced a monthly housing allowance subsidy to help China partners overcome the financial challenges of beginning their careers. In yet another initiative, Starbucks UK in 2015 launched the “Home Sweet Loan” programme wherein an interest-free loan is given to help partners pay rental deposits when they move into a new home.Tata Starbucks also has its share of unique benefits for its employees. “We are entitled to three drinks and one food item free of cost every day,” Indreyas said.Sumitro Ghosh, CEO, Tata Starbucks, said the company recognises the significant role of its employees in the success of the venture.  “We acknowledge that our success would not be possible without the contributions our partners make on a daily basis to provide an exceptional third place experience for our customers and we are pleased to adopt a five day work schedule that also recognizes their commitments outside of their work,” Ghosh said in the statement.The move, according to Tata Starbucks, is in line with its goal of becoming an “Employer of choice in India”.Ready to join Tata Starbucks?last_img read more

Is dark matter made of axions

first_img Citation: Is dark matter made of axions? (2008, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-dark-axions.html Explore further Tevatron experiments report latest results in search for Higgs boson Aaron Chou and William Wester run their Fermilab experiment looking for axions. Photo Credit: Femilab 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.center_img Wester, a scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, worked closely with Aaron Chou, now at New York University, and a group of scientists from Fermilab and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to design an experiment to test the existence of axion-like particles within a certain range. Their results can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Search for Axionlike Particles Using a Variable-Baseline Photon-Regeneration Technique.”Axions are hypothetical particles that have a small mass in the milli-electronvolt (eV) range, making them 500 million times lighter than an electron. Additionally, an axion should have no spin. “Normally,” Chou points out, “we can only detect these kinds of particles with telescopes, looking out into space. And then it is only an indirect detection.” The idea was to create conditions allowing them to detect particles in the milli-eV range during a lab experiment.“For particles that interact strongly enough for us to detect, there are constraints on where they could exist or not,” Chou continues. “For the specific region of our experiment, no one would have thought to look into it without the PVLAS experiment.”Wester explains that the PVLAS collaboration did an experiment in which a signal that could have been an axion was detected. “We wanted to see if we could get the same results,” he says. The PVLAS experimenters eventually ruled out the signal after Wester and Chou started to work with their peers on this experiment. However, there were still some innovations that encouraged the Fermilab group to move forward.“We set things up a little differently,” Wester says. He points out that the Tevatron magnets used in the Fermilab experiment were stronger and better suited for experiments in the milli-eV range than those used in previous experiments. With the magnetic field in place, a laser was aimed down the middle. A “wall” was placed in the middle of the magnetic field as well. The magnetic field would possibly change some of the photons from the laser into axions. The wall would stop the photons, but the axions would emerge on the other side. “There were four different configurations,” Wester continues. “We also had the blocking mechanism placed off to the side to change the effective length of the magnetic field. We also did it with two different polarizations, vertical and horizontal.”Wester says that, unfortunately, the experiment found “no evidence of new particles.” But, he insists, “It turns out we’re able to exclude any possible particle of this type a little more stringently. It extended the region to be excluded.”Chou thinks that maybe, with a stronger magnetic field, it might be worth re-exploring this region. “The effect we are looking for gets stronger as the magnetic field does.”Both scientists are interested in the future possibilities. “There is a proposal out there that involves putting very precisely controlled optical cavities before and after the wall, and using stronger and longer magnets,” Wester explains.Chou also points out that the data from the Fermilab experiment is still being examined. “There is speculation about particles called chameleons, which take on the properties of their environments.” These chameleon particles would have a small mass in low energy density, and large mass in environments of high energy density. “We are continuing analysis to see if maybe we can find a chameleon particle.”In the search for dark matter particles, Wester is optimistic about the role he and his colleagues are playing. “We did a serious measurement and excluded a region,” he says. “If our small experiment helps heighten awareness and leads to more experimental efforts, even using other techniques as well, it will be a huge benefit that we have done this.”Find out more about the Fermi Lab experiment by visiting gammev.fnal.gov .Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. One of the mysteries of our universe is that of dark energy and matter. Scientists all over the world are attempting to discover what particles make up dark energy and matter. “Axions are one of the particles considered for dark matter,” William Wester tells PhysOrg.com. “We were hoping to get a signal proving that they exist with this experiment.”last_img read more

Social media outcry after mother denied breastfeeding on mall floor

first_imgKolkata: Be it in any corner of the world, breastfeeding mothers, knowingly or unknowingly, face criticism for feeding their babies in public. As it continues to be a deeply held taboo in our society — the shamers also keep rising in large numbers.In a weird incident, a mother was asked by a staff of South City Mall to breastfeed her child inside the washroom instead out in the open. When the woman narrated the incident in detail on a social media channel, the admin of the South City Mall Facebook page replied to her post saying that breastfeeding is not allowed on the Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefloor of the mall. Within sometime, the post went viral with several people sharing the thread and criticising the comment. However, the mall authority removed the comment. The incident occurred on last Tuesday when a woman was breastfeeding her baby on the floor of the mall. On noticing her breastfeeding, a security person allegedly asked her to go to a washroom and do the same as apparently it is not allowed at the mall premises for various reasons. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough she asked about a place where she could go and feed her child as there was no designated place, the security person again asked her to move inside a washroom. Later, the woman took to Facebook to vent her anger. The mall authority was quick enough to reply saying an open place like their mall is not a place for breastfeeding which should be done at home. The comment read: “Please make sure you do your home chores at your home and not in the mall or at least plan it before hand…” It also said the mall authority cannot compromise the privacy of other people in public places. Though the mall authority claim that the privacy of other people in the mall was at risk, surprisingly, not a single person raised any objection on seeing the baby being breastfed. The admin, however, removed the comment and apologised. Outrage poured in from various corners of the society with people posting on their Facebook page. People reacted and condemned the mall authority on various other posts related to shopping products on their Facebook page. Many of them even feel the mall should be boycotted where a baby was denied to be breastfed. The chairperson of the state woman’s commission, Leena Ganguly condemned the statement made on behalf of the authority. She strongly reacted and said the woman’s commission is going take steps and will ensure that no such incidents take place in the state again. “We are concerned about the matter. The statement from the authority is not at all acceptable. If they had any such rule in place, they should have mentioned and displayed it. They did not because there is no such real restriction against it. We will inform the concerned department about it. This is human rights violation,” she added.last_img read more

Bromantic photos of American Civil War soldiers

first_imgWhen we think of war, we’re liable to brood on all the bad things that happened. In the case of the Civil War, we remember think how this was the conflict that caused the most significant loss of life in American history. The number of war dead is estimated at 625,000 people. Some 210,000 of the total were soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefields.One story of interest, which makes clear the family divisions created by the struggle, is that of the Crittenden brothers. They were both generals, but one brother sided with the North, and the other served the South.Forgotten memorabilia, such as this collection of photographs, remind us of the amazing affection that soldiers expressed for each other at that time, through all the horror of war.Army men of the era were prone to share their affection and empathy for one another.Private Charles Chapman of Company A, 10th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, left, and unidentified soldier.Sgt. Robert Black and Pvt. Herman Beckman in Union uniforms.Pvt. Reggie T. Wingfield and Pvt. Hamden T. Flay in Confederate uniforms.Unidentified soldiers in Confederate battle shirts.Unidentified sergeant and corporal in Union uniforms in front of painted backdrop.Pvt. Hiram J. Gripman, with his brother Pvt. William H. Gripman.Pvt. Henry Luther and his brother, 1st Sgt. Herbert E. Larrabee.Soldiers often chose to be photographed with a comrade they were close to. Note their stance and how many of them have their arms gently laid on one another.Not all men have been identified.Some men from the photographs are perhaps feeling proud that they wear the Union or the Confederate uniforms.Others look like real gentlemen, especially when we can observe their complete outfit: the boots are on, dress gloves cover the palms of their hands, and perhaps the forage caps adorn their heads.Two unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms with cigars.Two unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms with cigars in mouths in front of American flag.Unidentified Union soldiers.Two unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms in front of painted backdrop showing trees.Unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms, one in corporal’s uniform and dress gloves.Two unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms and forage caps with saber and musket.Three unidentified Union soldiers in front of painted military camp scene backdrop.Unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms holding cigars in each others’ mouths.Unidentified soldiers in Union shell jackets, young soldier on the right with a cavalry saber.Three unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms and Company E, 8th Regiment forage caps.Sgt. Robert Black and Pvt. Herman Beckman of Company F.Unidentified soldiers in Union 1st Lieutenant, 1st Sergeant, and Master sergeant uniforms.Unidentified soldiers in Trans-Mississippi Confederate battle shirts.Unidentified soldiers in Mississippi battle shirts with double barrel shotguns.Unidentified soldiers in Confederate uniforms.Pvt. William Savage Moore and his brother, Pvt. John C. Moore.Along with them for photo day, some soldiers have their weapon ready: a barrel shotgun or a cavalry saber.One of the most “bromantic” pairs of all is probably the one where the two men are holding their cigars in each other’s mouths.On a few of the photos, you will notice the American flag too. Everything is frozen in that moment of compassion.Read another story from us: The Horrors of Battlefield Surgery During the Civil WarSo yes, apparently, beyond the horrors, the American Civil War was a time of personal loyalty as well. The friendship of the men can be seen so vividly in these images. It is also quite possible that some of them never saw each other again after taking the photograph.last_img read more