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Australia Joins USLed Coalition to Protect Ships in Hormuz

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Australia has decided to join the United States-led mission to ensure freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran.According to the country’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Australia would deploy a frigate in January 2020 for six months, a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for one month before the end of 2019 and ADF personnel to the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.This mission will see the Australian Defence Force work alongside its international partners to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.“We have been working closely with our allies and partners, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom, on this issue, which impacts global security and stability,” Morrison said.“Freedom of navigation through international waters is a fundamental right of all states under international law. All states have a right to expect safe passage of their maritime trade consistent with international law.”“It is in Australia’s interest to work with international partners to uphold these rights.”last_img read more

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Cabinet approves duty free CCTV

first_img CCTV protocol closer for Jamaica High Grade CCTV for Grace Bay Area; Seven Stars invests $200,000 Related Items:cctv, crime fighting, duty free, video security Cabinet approves private airport for Grand Turk; duty free concessions on CCTV Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – Video security in the Turks and Caicos Islands is about to get much less expensive as government continues to support a tax break on surveillance equipment. During Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Government went ahead and approved a change to the import duty on CCTV security video equipment for both domestic and commercial use. The tax break will take the import duty rate from a whopping 30% to zero. It is just one of the crime fighting measures as government aims to get a grip on the rise in crime. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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China plans bullet train to Kolkata via Bangladesh

first_imgChinese consul general in Kolkata of West Bengal in India Ma Zhanwu on Wednesday said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the bullet train project. Photo: flickrChinese consul general in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu has said his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh, reports NDTV.With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities, Zhanwu said at a conference in Kolkata on Wednesday.“It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kunming if the rail link becomes a reality,” he asserted.The envoy also said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the project, the report added.“We may have a cluster of industries along the route. That increases the possibility of economic development of countries involved in the 2,800 km-long project,” he maintained.The project had also found mention at the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) meet in Kunming in 2015, he said.The rail route was aimed at boosting trade flow in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor, Zhanwu said, adding that his country has been striving for the revival of Silk Route to increase connectivity from Kunming to Kolkata, the report further said.Asserting that the much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not a scheme designed by China to conquer the world or its neighbourhood, the consul general said the project is all about “shared benefits and development” through consultations and discussions.last_img read more

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Cylinder blast kills 2

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationTwo workers were burned to death while another injured in a gas cylinder blast at an oxygen factory in Nasirabad, Chattogram on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Pabitra Kumar Das, 60, from Barishal and Md Sabed, 30, from Feni.The fire broke out following a cylinder blast at ‘Siraj Anu Oxygen Limited’ owned by Shafiqur Islam Chowdhury around 7:00am, said Md Jasim Uddin, deputy assistant director of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defence.On information, four fire-fighting units from Nandankanon, Agrabad, Chandanpura and Bayazid stations rushed to the spot and doused the fire.The firefighters rescued the three workers as burn injured. Among them, one died on the way to hospital while another died at the hospital, said Md Jahirul Islam, in-charge of Chattogram Medical College Hospital police outpost.Injured Nurul Islam is undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added.last_img read more

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Stuck in tailback woman gives birth on road

first_imgA woman gave birth to a baby girl on the road at Tangail on Tuesday morning on her way to Kurigram from Gazipur to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with her near and dear ones. Photo: CollectedStuck in long gridlock for hours, a woman gave birth to a baby girl on the road at Tangail on Tuesday morning on her way to Kurigram from Gazipur to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with her near and dear ones, reports UNB.The newborn was named ‘Swarani’ to remember the incident.Baby’s father Habib Hossain of Porarvita village in Kurigram Sadar upazila said he along with his pregnant wife started for their village home from Gazipur by a bus in the early hours.They got stuck in a long tailback on the Dhaka-Tangail highway and reached the roundabout of the Bangabandhu Bridge around 10:00am when her wife went into labour, he said, adding that then they got down from the bus.Later, his wife gave birth to a baby girl through normal delivery by the road around 10:30am, Habib said.In the meantime, a passenger of the bus called national emergency helpline 999 for help, he added.Two nurses from Bhuapur Upazila Health Complex rushed in by an ambulance and they provided the mother and the baby with primary treatment.Sajeda Khatun, senior nurse of the hospital, said the baby was born before they arrived at the spot.Both the mother and the baby girl were doing well, she said, that the couple started for their home again along with the baby girl.Day-labourer and part-time rickshaw-puller, Habib lives in Gazipur with his wife. They were going to their village home to celebrate Eid with other family members.last_img read more

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The Long and Forgotten History of Texas Mutualistas

first_img Share If you’re a life-long Texan, you may have heard of a mutualistas. These mutual aid societies were part of a long tradition in Mexico, and found their way into Texas in the late 1800s. The organizations worked to provide low-income families with resources they otherwise might not have access to. While most disappeared in the 30s and 40s, throughout Texas today there are still a small number of in operation, including one thriving community mutualista in Waco that’s been around for more than 90 years.  As Louis Fajardo opens the doors to la mutualista sociedad de jornaleros, he walks towards a concrete wall. “Let me turn the lights on so you can see what I’m talking about,” Fajardo says. Hanging on the wall are black-and-white photos, memories of the organization’s earliest days. Fajardo is a member and president of the group. He points to one specific photo.Louis Fajardo is a member and president of la mutualista sociadade de jornaleros. Today, the group continues the work it originally began more than 90 years ago.“In 1924, these gentleman right here, on this particular day, under this tree which still exists, are the ones that decided to make the mutualista.”The Waco mutualista came together under the banner of union, fraternity and progress, with a specific interest in watching over the working-class community it came from. Its name even reflects that mission: In English, jornaleros means laborers. This idea – says University of Texas professor Emilio Zamora – is the main reason Mexicans that settled in Texas established these groups.“They had to develop new methods for survival and advancements,” Zamora says. “And one of them was the formation of organizations – mutual aid societies.”Across Texas, these groups provided services their community members were being denied, things like education and healthcare. Mutualistas also negotiated for better working conditions, and created insurance funds to take care of members. That made a huge difference in quality-of-life, according to Ernesto Fraga. He publishes El Tiempo, Waco’s local Hispanic newspaper, and his grandparents were some of the earliest members of Waco’s mutualista. Fraga says the mutualistas also preserved culture. “And they were the ones that allowed for the voice of the Mexican-American community to pass on to the next generation and the generations after that.” Heading into the 1900s, the popularity of mutualistas swelled, with more than 100 estimated to be in Texas. That boost — Zamora says – happed, because at that time an “increasing number of Mexicans are brought in to fill the low-skilled occupations and low-waged occupations in the developing industries of the American southwest: ranching, farming, the railroads and mining” The mutualista hall hosts quinceaneras, baptisms and receptions. The money made from rental fees goes towards funding community projects.But during the Great Depression, mutualistas faced financial hardships, and many closed their doors. Today, there’s about 6 still operating in Texas. Waco mutualista president Luis Fajardo says finances are still a concern for these groups.  But the one in Waco has – in part – been buoyed for decades by the dance hall they own, and rent out for baptisms or quinceañeras.La mutualista’s dance hall can fit about 400 people. On one night in December,  it’s packed with teenagers dancing to cumbias, little kids running around and adults trying to talk to each other over the music. Nights like this one translate to money for the mutualista. Which, Fajardo says, they’ll use to pay bills.  “Then the other part,  we take when we make a certain amount of money and we’ll say OK this is going into the scholarship fund, OK this is gonna go here, this is going there,” Fajardo explains. On a recent afternoon, the Waco mutualista hosted a Christmas gift giveaway.  Part of the money Fajardo and the membership made this year went towards buying nearly $3,000 worth of toys – like dolls, trucks, and bikes, all given to neighborhood kids, like two-year-old AraBella Chavez.“She just won a bike and that’s what she’s been wanting” says Misty Chavez, AraBella’s mother. Chavez is a mother of 5 and knows volunteers at the mutualista. “So just having something like this is fun and its exciting for them, “Chavez says. “Especially if we ourselves cant afford to get something they want or need.”  Filling that gap is why mutualistas were founded in the first place. Fajarado says, even though the times have changed – la mutualista sociedad de jornaleros mission hasn’t. And he’s dedicated to making the mutualista stronger.“I’ll do whatever it takes, along with the membership, to open up and succeed for the mutualista,” Fajardo says. “Now and in the future.In the New Year, Fajarado says the mutualista will continue with building improvements – they’ve already opened up the dance floor and updated light fixtures. But they’ll also look to encourage others to visit – people not just from their South Waco neighborhood, but the community at large. Copyright 2016 KWBU-FM. To see more, visit KWBU-FM.last_img read more

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The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Makes Some Noise

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A group of physicists studying heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a large particle accelerator located on Long Island, New York, recently showed that the collisions can create acoustic shock waves — sonic booms. This new information could be used to learn even more about the intriguing state of matter produced during the collisions. Explore further The matter, known as a quark-gluon plasma, is produced because the collisions are so energetic and hot that the ions’ constituent particles, quarks and gluons — known collectively as partons — which are normally tightly bound together, “melt” into a fluid-like particle soup.”What does a quark gluon plasma sound like? We wanted to find out,” said Duke University physicist Bryon Neufeld to PhysOrg.com, the paper’s corresponding author. “Sound waves are commonly used as a probe of everyday matter. But sound may also be a useful tool for researching matter at temperatures many thousands of times hotter than the sun.”Our work addresses the question of sound from a different perspective: What is the sound generated by highly energetic particles moving through the quark-gluon plasma, and how can we use it to explore the properties of the plasma?”Neufeld co-authored the paper on this research, appearing in the October 13 edition of Physical Review C, with physicists Berndt Mueller (Duke University) and Jorg Ruppert (McGill University, Montreal, Canada and J. W. Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany).The group was looking for evidence of a Mach cone — the cone-shaped shock wave caused by the pressure difference created when an object, like an airplane or particle, exceeds the speed of sound in that particular medium (the speed of sound is different in different media).Said Neufeld, “Highly energetic particles traveling faster than the speed of sound may produce characteristic sound patterns, such as Mach cones, which create distinctive experimental signatures. These experimental signatures can help determine certain characteristics of the medium they are traveling through, such as the speed of sound and viscosity.”After the heavy-ion beams collide (in this case the beams consisted of either gold or lead nuclei), some partons back-scatter into the plasma rather than out of it. The physicists modeled the case of a single parton moving through the plasma, depositing energy and momentum in its wake. They took that model and used it to solve the hydrodynamic equations of the plasma. The solutions show that, mathematically, if the parton is moving faster than the speed of sound in the plasma a Mach cone trails behind it.Citation: Phys. Rev. C 78, 041901 (2008)Copyright 2008 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. Citation: The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Makes Some Noise (2008, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-relativistic-heavy-ion-collider-noise.html New tool predicts how electrical stimulation promotes healing An aerial view of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. Image: AIPlast_img read more

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ZSW engineers build lithiumion battery able to last for 27 years

first_img © 2013 Phys.org 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. More information: www.zsw-bw.de/uploads/media/pi … hiumbatterien_EN.pdf (Phys.org) —Officials at Germany’s Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, (ZSW) have issued a press release describing improvements they’ve made to lithium-ion batteries. They claim their improvements allow a single battery to be recharged up to 10,000 times while still retaining 85 percent of its charging capacity. Such a battery, if used in an electric car, they note, would allow its owner to recharge the battery every day for 27.4 years. Citation: ZSW engineers build lithium-ion battery able to last for 27 years (2013, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-zsw-lithium-ion-battery-years.html Besides the initial high cost of car batteries for electric vehicles, one of the main factors preventing further adoption of electric vehicles is the knowledge that the batteries will need to be replaced after just eight to ten years of use (and in some cases as few as just 3). Batteries that could last 25 or 30 years would likely outlive many of the other cars’ parts, or the car itself, and if not too expensive, could finally give car buyers a compelling reason to switch from those that still rely on gasoline.ZSW’s announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to most in the auto industry—the company published a paper in Journal of Power Sources last year describing ongoing research into electrode manufacturing process improvements that they claimed could dramatically improve the longevity of lithium-ion batteries. They noted then that electrode thickness changes, how much the electrodes compact during use and the type of conducting agent used in their construction when engineered in a new way, could help such batteries endure more recharging.The newly redesigned batteries have approximately four times the density of current batteries (1,100 Watts per kilogram) and have been designed for use in storing power created by wind and solar farms and also in automotive vehicles.ZSW doesn’t say in its press release when they expect to deliver their new battery to manufacturers for use in actual cars or alternative storage devices. This likely means the company is still testing its concept to ensure that not only will the batteries hold up to claims of longevity but are safe in other ways as well. The company also noted that it has designed the new cell type itself as well as developing the manufacturing process used to make the battery. They’ve also made several prototype batteries in the 18650 format. Explore further Credit: ZSW Understanding the life of lithium ion batteries in electric vehicleslast_img read more

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Bucknell calls for pvt investments to restore heritage assets

first_imgKolkata: Private investment is required to restore the heritage assets here, British Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell said. Fortunately the private sector is coming forward to save many such sites of heritage, Bucknell told reporters after unveiling of the restored RNM Galleria by a heritage conservationist in the city last evening. Stating that the city has rich associations in so many places, Bucknell said he would certainly work towards drawing the attention of the private sector to support the cause. “I am very supportive to various organisations working with this objective”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Observing that there are not just buildings retaining British or European architectural style, he talked about some of the lesser known terracota temples in different parts of Bengal. He said one should keep in mind that architecturally preserved places could draw more visitors from outside and not just Britishers. “I am delighted to be here to support this fantastic building (RNM Galleria) where restoration took five long years with private investment. It is a labour of love,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The building was constructed in 1910 and restored in the past five years. Referring to the ‘Danish Tavern’ restored in Serampore and serving customers as a cafeteria, he said “such social models may make an impact on heritage restoration. If you can’t generate income you can’t preserve.” US Consul General Craig L Hall said Kolkata remained special because of its rich US connections “having one of America’s oldest diplomatic posts in the city as President George Washington nominated the first American Consul to Kolkata in 1792. Kolkata has also been a very enriching place and “we have so many common interests of things in which we work together – from culture to science,” he said. The RNM Galleria will promote performing art, house The Calcutta Heritage and Art Club and a Cafe Galleria 1910 on its different floors.last_img read more

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Why Your Password is Hackerbait Infographic

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 27, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Another day, another warning of potential password pitfalls. Is it just us or do the days of handwritten letters and carrier pigeons seem to be increasingly appealing?We recently wrote about the fact that people are still using terrible passwords. The passwords themselves are just the beginning. A new infographic compiled by password-management firm Meldium shows some interesting (read: frightening) statistics on how our online behavior is leaving us vulnerable to cyberthieves.Related: Does President Obama’s Bid to Bolster Cyber Security Go Far Enough?Did you know, for instance, that 90 percent of employee passwords can be cracked in six hours? That’s less than a full work day! Moreover, nearly two-thirds of people use the same password for their many different accounts. Imagine if whomever you shared your Seamless account password with also had your online banking password. Not a pleasant thought.The infographic below offers a look at the common ways of keeping track of various passwords, and how often people forget the magic word or phrase for a site.Click to EnlargeRelated: 12 Tips to Protect Your Company Website From Hackers Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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Motorists race along here at more than 90mph Families back calls for

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailResidents and community leaders are calling for the speed limit to be slashed on a busy road where motorists hit speeds of more than 90mph. Dozens of accidents have been reported on the section of the A51 – between Aston Marina, on the outskirts of Stone, and the A34 roundabout – in the past decade. It has sparked calls for the speed limit to be cut from 60mph to 40mph. Now Stone Town Council is writing to Staffordshire County Council to urge them to take action. Families say that stretch of the A51 is ‘dangerous’. The A51 at its entrance to Aston Marina, near Stone Councillor Mike Williamson said: “As a keen cyclist I used to cycle along the A51 to go to Sandon. But I have stopped doing that – it’s much too dangerous to consider going on a bicycle. “If I want to go to Sandon I go to The Star and cycle along the towpath. I would rather fall into the canal than be hit by someone going at 60mph.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive A stretch of the A51 between Aston Marina and the A34 roundabout Gill Howe, from Aston Lodge, said: “I’ve lived here for 22 years and this road has always been a problem. I nearly get taken out most days and I think the filter lanes confuse people. Getting out of Aston Marina and pulling into Stone, when you need to slow down or speed up, is dangerous.” Read MorePlans revealed to fit all taxis with CCTV cameras to keep passengers safe – do you think it’s a good idea?   Kat Davis, aged 40, added: “It will be a good idea to reduce the speed limit. There have been accidents and 40mph would be a sensible speed. I’ve witnessed a few near-misses and the bend in the road doesn’t help when people are doing 60mph. The filter lanes also mean that traffic is in the middle of the road with fast cars going past either side.” The roundabout of the A34 and the A51 near Stone A number of residents have written to the town council to support the campaign. Read MoreWatch the moment police catch this driver speeding between cameras on the A34   Town councillors have backed the speed reduction calls. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womanlast_img read more

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