Alaska House Backtracks On Full Dividend Vote

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House’s populist vote to pay Alaskans the full amount for their oil-wealth fund checks has been undone. Lawmakers rescinded the vote Friday after debate over Alaska Permanent Fund dividends derailed efforts to pass a state operating budget. Monday’s vote for a fully funded dividend, held during a drawn-out budget debate, split the House majority and spurred minority Republicans to seek bigger budget cuts to win over their members. The size of the oil check was cut roughly in half the last two years amid gridlock over Alaska’s budget deficit.center_img A handful of majority members who supported a full dividend Monday backed undoing that vote Friday. Rather than a full payout, estimated at about $2,650, lawmakers voted for a $1,600 dividend this year.last_img read more

Community Hosted DriveThru Emergency Item Distribution Event

first_imgIn the event of a widespread outbreak, this exercise is a practice drill for receiving preventative medication, such as Narcan.  Narcan is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose. According to Conner there will be a total of 400 kits to be distributed during the event, each will contain a Narcan kit. The total process should take roughly 10 minutes per vehicle. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Change 4 the Kenai and other community partners are hosting a drive-thru distribution event of emergency preparedness items. Conner: “The community that participates and practices with us will get the necessary training so that they are prepared for a potential overdose in the community.” center_img Serenity House intake coordinator Shari Conner: “It will be a drive-thru clinic. You’ll drive in, and there will be people leading traffic where you know exactly where you need to go. You’ll file out intake forms, then go into dispensing and they will provide you the Narcan kits, you will go through training, and then you will go through exit and submit the intake forms. At the end you will be provided with a free emergency preparedness kit that has multiple items your family might need in an emergency.”  The event will take place on Saturday, October 20, from 10-2pm, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex parking lot.last_img read more

Dry Conditions Fuel Unplanned Wildfire

first_imgIn a press release, ninety-nine percent of all wildland fires on that occur on the Chugach National Forest are caused by humans. Everyone plays a role in preventing human-caused fires. Campfires left unattended could potentially result in an unplanned wild fire ignition which could threaten public safety and fire fighters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Chugach National Forest fire danger status is very high over most the forest. Over the weekend a fire (Trail Lake Fire) broke out at mile marker 27 of the Seward Highway on Kenai Peninsula Borough land. Firefighters from University of Alaska at Fairbanks Nanook Firefighting Crew were called to assist. Smoke jumpers were engaged and a 20 person fire crew is mopping up, utilizing water and hand tools to extinguish any remaining heat sources. The low smoke fire was approximately three acres in size and is now contained. Extinguish all campfires completely before leaving the area – fires should never be left unattended.Please use these guidelines to extinguish campfires:Allow the campfire to completely burn to ash, if possibleDrown all embers, using lots of water, until the fire no longer hissesStir the ash and water with a shovel, stick, or other toolScrape any remaining logs to remove possible embersMake sure everything is cold to the touchIf water is not available, mix sand or wet dirt into the fire pitDo not bury the fire – it will continue to smolder and may ignite roots and duff below the surfacelast_img read more

Hill AFB Naval Station Key West Fort Hood Top DOD List of

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Pentagon has updated its list of top military installations at the most risk from extreme weather events over the next 20 years. DOD sent the list in a letter last week to Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who chairs the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities.The top bases on the list include Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Naval Station Key West, Fla.; and Fort Hood, Texas, according to The Hill.The list “includes scoring and weighting of the five climate-related hazards (recurrent flooding, wildfire, drought, desertification and permafrost thaw) based on the immediacy of the threat,” Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, wrote in the letter, which Langevin released this week.The updated at-risk list is in response to Democratic lawmakers’ questions for more detailed information after a broader Pentagon climate change report Jan. 17 that they said was not comprehensive enough, as reported by On Base.DOD photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Leelast_img read more

HER Honors Aretha Franklin With A Spare Soulful Cover Of I Say

first_img H.E.R. Pays Tribute To Aretha Franklin her-honors-aretha-franklin-spare-soulful-cover-i-say-little-prayer Her tribute and many more will air on CBS on March 10 as part of “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 1, 2019 – 10:59 am She may be just 21, but rising R&B artist H.E.R. began playing music from a young age while listening to her father’s soul and blues record collection. Now, shortly after earning her first GRAMMY nominations at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, where she went home two wins, including Best R&B Album, H.E.R. is honoring the late Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin with a paired-down cover of “I Say A Little Prayer.”  NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 1, 2019 – 10:47 am H.E.R. Honors Aretha Franklin H.E.R. Honors Aretha Franklin With A Spare, Soulful Cover Of “I Say A Little Prayer” Facebook Email News Twitter Following Aretha’s passing last August, the music world united in celebrating her legacy—most recently on the 2019 GRAMMY stage. Now, her admirers and contemporaries are celebrating her life with a star-studded, music-filled memorial.Shortly before the GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy brought together many of these artists to sing Aretha’s praises—and her unforgettable songs—for a powerful tribute concert, airing on March 10 on CBS.H.E.R. chose to sing one of her favorite Aretha covers, “I Say A Little Prayer,” which the singer earned a GRAMMY nomination for at the 11th GRAMMY Awards. (Aretha released her version in 1968, one year after Dionne Warwick originally recorded the timeless track.)”She’s a legend. She inspired, I’m sure, all of the singers that are doing this tribute tonight,” H.E.R. said before the concert. “She’s such an inspiration to me, and this is bringing women together, so it’s really dope to see that as well.”Tune in to hear H.E.R.’s full performance when “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” airs on Sun., March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS.Aretha Franklin’s GRAMMY History: Remembering The Queen Of Soullast_img read more

Avengers Endgame 4K Bluray hits stores today for 30

first_img See the best Marvel Avengers cosplay from San Diego Comic-Con 2019 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! Bring home Marvel Studios’ @Avengers: Endgame on Digital July 30 and Blu-ray August 13: https://t.co/6wVet96bw0 pic.twitter.com/luboLlLCvL— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) June 26, 2019 Share your voice Comments Now playing: Watch this: 30 Photos TVs Blu-ray Players Media Streamers TV and Movies Avengers: Endgame could have been very different Amazon Fire TV Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of merchandise featured on this page.   Getting a disc or digital version with the directors’ commentary and deleted scenes will shed some new light on the movie, even for hardcore Marvel fans.  See Avengers: Endgame (plus bonus features) at AmazonAlso notable for the home release is that Endgame is one of the first movies to support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on the Movies Anywhere service — at least when viewed on 4K-capable Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV hardware on compatible 4K TVs. Those premium HDR video and surround audio features will also be retroactively added to some previous 4K Movies Anywhere releases throughout the summer and fall. See Avengers: Endgame in 4K HDR at Movies AnywhereBefore you plunk down more cash to see it again, however, keep in mind it’s also slated to hit the Disney Plus streaming service on Dec. 11. That online channel arrives in November and will cost $7 per month. Avengers: Endgame takes disc form today. Marvel Studios The humble Blu-ray disc hasn’t been Thanos’d yet. Avengers: Endgame, the biggest movie in the world, hit stores today on Blu-ray, UHD 4K and DVD, joined by a handful of older Marvel films.Avengers: Endgame is now available at most outlets for $22.99 (1080p), $29.99 (UHD 4K Blu-ray). Best Buy has an exclusive SteelBook version for $34.99 — basically, a fancy case — while Target has a version with an exclusive book — Avengers Initiative: The First 10 Years — for the same price.The release of Endgame is accompanied by five other remastered Marvel titles on UHD 4K Blu-ray — Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World — with more expected soon.See Avengers: Endgame SteelBook Edition at Best BuyThe $20 digital version of Endgame was released earlier this month on sites such as Amazon, iTunes and Vudu. In July, Endgame surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, thanks in part to a theatrical re-release in recent weeks that included a post-credits scene and Stan Lee tribute. Marvel Thor Amazon Iron Man 3 News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming Tags 2:00last_img read more

Honda Recalls 42672 Units of Second Generation City Sedans

first_imgHonda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) on Saturday said it will recall its second generation City sedan from the market for replacement of a certain part.The company’s City cars which were manufactured in 2007 and 2008 will be recalled for a repair in power window switch. Around 42,672 vehicle units will be taken back and the replacement will be done free of cost.”HCIL would carry out preventive part replacement of power window switch of 42,672 units of previous (2nd) generation Honda City, manufactured in the year 2007 and 2008,” the company said in a statement.HCIL also added that the third generation City cars which are currently in the market do not require any part replacement, and the company maintained that the present exercise has been carried out voluntarily. Owners of the vehicles will be contacted directly by dealerships across India about the recall.”Honda Cars India is carrying out the part replacement as part of a global exercise by Honda Motor Company to ensure stringent quality standards for its products,” the company added.Meanwhile, Honda’s US subsidiary will also recall around 143,000 units of its compact Fit hatchback cars for the correction of window switches that pose fire threats. The company will recall Honda Fits from the 2007 and 2008 model. This is the second fix for these particular Honda Fit models since January 2010.last_img read more

Tehran says Trumps genocidal taunts wont end Iran

first_imgIran`s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: AFPIranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the “genocidal taunts” of US president Donald Trump will not “end Iran”, as tensions spike between the two countries.”Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.”Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect — it works!” he added.In another tweet, Zarif accused Trump of allowing his team to “trash diplomacy” and “abet war crimes — by milking despotic butchers via massive arms sales”.The riposte by Iran’s top diplomat follows an ominous warning by Trump, who on Sunday suggested the Islamic republic would be destroyed if it attacked US interests.”If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump tweeted.Relations between Washington and Tehran plummeted a year ago when Trump pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and imposed tough sanctions.Iranian officials have repeatedly slammed the unilateral US sanctions as “economic terrorism,” saying that they have impeded the flow of essential goods.Tensions have risen further this month with Washington announcing more economic measures against Tehran, before deploying a carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over unspecified alleged Iranian “threats”.The Trump administration last week ordered non-essential diplomatic staff out of Iraq, citing the danger posed by Iranian-backed Iraqi armed groups.On Sunday a rocket was fired into the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which houses government offices and embassies including the US mission. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.While the US claim of Iranian “threats” has been met with widespread scepticism outside the United States, the mounting tensions have sparked growing international concern.”I would say to the Iranians, do not underestimate the resolve on the US side in the situation,” British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told reporters on Monday in Geneva.”They don’t want a war with Iran, but if American interests are attacked they will retaliate,” he added.Hunt said that Britain wanted “the situation to de-escalate” and urged Iran “to pull back from the destabilising activities it does throughout the region.”- ‘Goaded’ into war -US media reports say Trump’s hawkish national security adviser John Bolton is pushing for war with Iran, but others in the administration are resisting.Zarif’s tweet said Trump is being “goaded by B Team,” a term he coined to refer to Bolton as well as Israel’s prime minister and the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who are all pushing a hard line on Tehran.Before Trump’s Twitter threat, Zarif had downplayed the prospect of a new war in the region, saying Tehran opposed it and nobody was under the “illusion” the Islamic republic could be confronted.Iran is exercising “maximum restraint” in the face of an “unacceptable” escalation by the United States, Zarif said on Thursday.Tehran has threatened to gradually withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if partners still in the agreement — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — do not help it to circumvent US sanctions.Saudi Arabia on Saturday called for emergency regional talks to discuss the mounting Gulf tensions.It came days after mysterious sabotage attacks on several tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and drone strikes on a Saudi crude pipeline by Yemen rebels who Riyadh claimed were acting on Iranian orders.Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said Sunday his country does not want to go to war with Iran but would defend itself.Saudi Arabia “does not want a war, is not looking for it and will do everything to prevent it,” he said.”But at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with strength and determination to defend itself and its interests.”last_img

Dengue claims another life

first_imgDengue infected patients are seen hospitalised at the Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2 August 2019. Photo: ReutersA vegetable vendor died of mosquito-borne disease dengue at Khulna Medical College Hospital here on Monday morning.The deceased was identified as Mizanur Raham, 40, son of late Md Akher Ali of Rupsha upazila in the district.Dr Sailendranath Biswas, resident medical officer of the hospital, said Mizanur was admitted to the hospital with dengue fever on 15 August and breathed his last around 7:00am today.Five people have so far died of dengue in the district since April.At least 20 new patients were admitted to different hospitals in the district in the last 24 hours till Monday morning while 69 patients are undergoing treatment.At least 1,706 new patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till Sunday morning across the country, according to Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The number of dengue patients was 1,460 on Saturday, 1,719 on Friday while 1,929 on Thursday, 1,880 on Wednesday, 1,201 on Tuesday and 2,097 on Monday last.The rate of new infections fluctuated around the last week even though it showed a slight fall on Friday and Saturday but increased again on Sunday.Meanwhile, the number of new infections in district level also increased in the last 24 hours from Saturday’s 839 to 972 on Sunday.The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.Currently, 7,168 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, less by 7 per cent than Saturday. Of them, 3,668 are hospitalised in the capital and 3,500 around the country.last_img read more

House Tweak To Houston Pension Bill Could Buy Firefighters Fund More Time

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneRetired Houston firefighters and police officers packed the Texas House gallery on May 8, 2017, as they await debate on a municipal pension bill that would affect their retirement payouts.The Texas House gave early approval Monday to a bill that would reform Houston’s three problematic pension funds, which have caused financial woes and spurred political battles for years.The 112-28 vote for Senate Bill 2190 came after lawmakers made some key changes to the bill, including a provision that could let the firefighter pension fund bear a smaller burden for shoring up billions in shortfalls. But State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, who authored the House version of the bill, worried that the Senate may not like the changes. “This is an amendment that could very well derail the bill,” Flynn said Monday from the House floor.Meanwhile, firefighters who could benefit from one of the amendments remained cautious after the bill’s preliminary vote.“We have to see how the rest of the process unfolds,” said David Keller, chairman of the Houston firefighter pension fund.SB 2190 would cut some retiree benefit features, increase some employee contributions to funds, and infuse the police and City Hall employee funds with $1 billion, which the city plans to finance through bonds.Firefighters opposed the bill, which still needs a final vote in the House, because it cuts some of their retirement benefits more than they anticipated when their fund is not in nearly as bad of shape as the police and municipal funds. City officials, though, said firefighter benefits were more generous than police and municipal benefits and were too costly to taxpayers. State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, successfully got his House colleagues to amend the bill so that the firefighter pension fund has an opportunity to lower what its members give up in order to help close a large funding gap.For months, city and state leaders have accused the firefighter pension fund of withholding actuarial data that would prove it could shore up its shortfall with fewer cuts to members’ benefit features. In the absence of such data, city leaders and state lawmakers put together SB 2190 and a House companion — authored by Flynn — that the firefighters opposed.Keller said the retirement system wants to protect individual members’ information and has offered the city data under licensing agreements that included confidentiality provisions. He said he was surprised that became an issue on the House floor considering all firefighter salary information goes through City Hall.“They know what each of us makes,” he said. “There’s nothing surprising in our data we hold.”Huberty’s amendment will give the firefighter fund a deadline to provide the data to the city. It passed 90-42 over the objections of Flynn, who said the firefighter fund had months to help reach a compromise and that such a change could sink the bill when it goes back to the Senate. “At this point it’s really too late to change the critical aspects of this bill,” Flynn said.When the amendment passed, applause broke out from the House gallery above, where scores of Houston first responders had gathered to watch the vote. “I’ve presented many bills this session, and I’ve never said it’s too late,” Huberty said. Flynn’s companion bill was slated to be voted on by the full House on Monday. Instead, Flynn put forward the Senate version, which includes provisions requiring future employees to be switched to a different kind of retirement system if the current funds’ shortfalls exceed certain thresholds in the future.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city’s police and fire chiefs had warned of first responder shortages if legislation overhauling the pension funds didn’t pass this session. Lawmakers supporting SB 2190 said several times Monday that if a bill didn’t come from the Legislature, the pension funds would fail. State Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, also successfully amended the bill to prevent changes in the bill from affecting current retirees. And state Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Katy, tacked on an amendment that would nullify benefit cuts the pension funds agreed to if Houston voters don’t sign off on a plan to infuse the police and municipal retirement funds with $1 billion in pension obligation bonds.Flynn opposed Schofield’s amendment, saying it could have unintended consequences. Yet he almost immediately allowed it to be added onto the bill.“I’m going to go ahead and accept it at this time and we’ll deal with it later,” he said. After the vote, Flynn said it was “good news” that the majority of his House colleagues want to fix the pension systems. But he also wished some of the changes hadn’t been made. He called Huberty’s amendment a “campaign speech” and again criticized firefighter pension board members.“They’ve refused to negotiate,” Flynn said. “They’ve never worked with us in good faith.”Keller said Monday that he didn’t know whether the firefighter pension board would vote to release the data referenced in the amendment.“We’re still working on that,” he said. “I’m just one vote on the board, and the rest of the board will have to have that discussion.” Sharelast_img read more

Full Show New Sandra Bland Video And Barbara Bush The Matriarch May

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:51center_img X On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in 2015. Now, a newly uncovered video of her arrest is raising questions about how the case was handled. We examine Bland’s arrest and suicide further with Brian Collister, who is a reporter for Investigative Network.Also this hour: On May 8th, 1980 the World Health Organization announced smallpox was eradicated. But, in 2019, more than 700 cases of the measles have been reported in 22 states with ten of them confirmed here in Texas as of March. We examine what lessons can be learned from efforts to eradicate smallpox, polio, and other diseases that we couldn’t accomplish with measles.Then, journalist Susan Page discusses The Matriarch, her biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush.And Houston’s very first poet laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda tells us about the stories and authors featured in her new anthology Houston Noir and how our city lends itself to the noir genre.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Cards Down Hoosiers 52

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby connected on a three-run homer and picked up the save in the circle to help the University of Louisville softball team beat Indiana 5-2 Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals (21-10) will return to ACC play this weekend when they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on No. 24/19 Virginia Tech in a three game series. Tara Trainer (18-5) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on five hits and striking out five in 3.0 innings. Lambert led the Hoosiers with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Print Friendly Version Louisville tacked on another insurance run in the sixth when junior Caitlin Ferguson doubled, took third on Roby’s groundout and crossed the plate on sophomore Kyra Snyder’s bunt.   Live Stats Story Links Louisville jumped to a 1-0 lead when Funke led off the bottom of the first by taking the first pitch she saw over the fence in right centerfield for her second home run of the season. Photo Gallery Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster center_img The Cards countered behind Roby’s three-run homer in the third. Hensley reached on a fielder’s choice and freshman Rebecca Chung singled to set up Roby’s towering shot over the left field wall for her second homer of the season. Preview Indiana answered in the second inning with an RBI triple by Taylor Lambert. Louisville 5 – Indiana 2 Grayson Radcliffe’s solo home run in the fourth cut the Hoosiers’ deficit to 4-2. Senior Megan Hensley (9-1) got the win after giving up two earned runs on five hits and striking out three in five innings. Roby struck out one and scattered two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. The Cards used eight hits, including home runs from Roby and junior Celene Funke to power past the Hoosiers (25-10). Next Game: at Virginia Tech 3/29/2019 | 6:00 p.m.last_img read more

Superconducting motor to increase power density

first_imgThe scientists’ experimental setup: (1) stationary cryostat; (2) induction motor; (3) belts; (4) sliding, contacts—(a) brushes, (b) rings. Image credit: Ailam, et al. ©IEEE 2007. Explore further To test the performance of the motor, the scientists calculated the magnetic scalar potential, which tells the strength of a magnetic field in a certain area, and then determined the magnetic flux density, which is the quantity of magnetism in that area. As the scientists explained, the maximal value of the flux density exists in between two of the bulk plates, while the minimum value exists behind the plates; a large difference in magnetic flux density maximizes the motor’s performance by generating a more powerful magnetic field.The group experimentally demonstrated a performance of 118.8 volts for the motor. Further, they calculated a theoretical generated voltage of 172.5 volts, and explained that the difference is due to an uncertain value for the difference in the maximal and minimal values of the magnetic fields around the bulk plates, which was not directly measured. Improving this difference in magnetic flux density will hopefully increase the motor’s voltage. “As we demonstrate in another paper, under realization, using this structure with several superconducting wires and 20 mW generated power decreases the inductor volume 20-50 percent in comparison to a classical electrical machine,” Ailam said.In the near future, the group plans to design and construct a 100 kW superconducting machine using the same configuration.“The major advantages of these motors are a high power-volume density and a high torque-volume density, and less vibration than for the conventional motors,” Ailam said. “I think that the maritime propulsion can and the electrical traction generally can benefit principally to these motors.”Citation: Ailam, El Hadj, Netter, Denis, Lévêque, Jean, Douine, Bruno, Masson, Philippe J., and Rezzoug, Abderrezak. “Design and Testing of a Superconducting Rotating Machine.” IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2007.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. Recently, scientists El Hadj Ailam and colleagues working at the Université Henri Poincaré in Nancy, France and the Center for Advanced Power Systems in Tallahassee, Florida, have designed and tested a superconducting rotating machine based on an unconventional topology. Their results, which are published in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, show promising opportunities for the motor.“This work has two goals,” Ailam, who is currently with the Centre Universitaire Khemis Miliana in Algeria, told PhysOrg.com. “The first is to show the feasibility of an electrical motor based on the magnetic flux density, and the second is to demonstrate that superconductors can significantly ameliorate the electrical machine performances.”Building on high-temperature motors designed over the past few years, Ailam et al.’s motor is a low-temperature, eight-pole machine with a stationary superconducting inductor. Unlike copper coils, the niobium-titanium (NbTi) inductor coils in this design have no electrical resistance, which is one of the greatest advantages of superconductors.When the two NbTi coils are fed with currents moving in opposite directions, the currents create a magnetic field. Located between the two coils, four superconducting bulk plates (made of YBaCuO, or yttrium barium copper oxide) shape and distribute the magnetic flux lines, which then induces an alternating electromagnetic field based on the magnetic concentration. A rotating armature wound with copper wires then converts the electrical energy to mechanical energy, which is eventually transferred to an application.In this design, the entire inductor is cooled to 4.2 K using liquid helium to enable zero electrical resistance in the coils. (The scientists explain that high-temperature wires could also work in this configuration.) As with all superconducting motors, the superconducting wire can carry larger amounts of current than copper wire, and therefore create more powerful magnetic fields in a smaller amount of space than conventional motors.“For the majority of electrical superconducting machines, the structure is a classical one, and the magnetic flux is a radial one,” Ailam explained. “[However,] for our machine, the inductor magnetic flux is an axial one.” The field of electric motors has recently entered a new era. The electric motors that you see today in everything from washing machines, toys, and fans use the same basic principles as motors from 50 years ago. But with the realization of using superconducting wire to replace conventional copper coils, motors are becoming more compact, more energy efficient, and less expensive, which will have advantages particularly for large industrial applications.center_img Theory explains ferromagnetic superconductor behavior Citation: Superconducting motor to increase power density (2007, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-05-superconducting-motor-power-density.html 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.last_img read more

Field study suggests wealthy less willing to tax rich when poor people

first_img(Phys.org)—A study conducted by a researcher with Harvard University suggests that wealthy people are less likely to support income redistribution through a tax on the very rich after having recently been exposed to an obviously poor person. In her paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Melissa Sands describes a study she carried out using volunteers in wealthy neighborhoods, what she found and her opinions regarding the impact it could be having on domestic policy decisions. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Melissa L. Sands. Exposure to inequality affects support for redistribution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1615010113AbstractThe distribution of wealth in the United States and countries around the world is highly skewed. How does visible economic inequality affect well-off individuals’ support for redistribution? Using a placebo-controlled field experiment, I randomize the presence of poverty-stricken people in public spaces frequented by the affluent. Passersby were asked to sign a petition calling for greater redistribution through a “millionaire’s tax.” Results from 2,591 solicitations show that in a real-world-setting exposure to inequality decreases affluent individuals’ willingness to redistribute. The finding that exposure to inequality begets inequality has fundamental implications for policymakers and informs our understanding of the effects of poverty, inequality, and economic segregation. Confederate race and socioeconomic status, both of which were randomized, are shown to interact such that treatment effects vary according to the race, as well as gender, of the subject. Most people are aware of the growing divide between the very wealthy (the so-called 1 percent) and everyone else in the United States. The issue has led some to call for income redistribution by forcing the very rich to pay more taxes with the extra money going to help the poor. For such actions to actually happen, ordinary people would have to support such an initiative led by politicians. To learn more about how people might react to such an initiative in the form of a petition in a public place, Sands enlisted the assistance of several volunteers.The study consisted of having male volunteers (some white, some black) pose as either a reasonably affluent person or as someone obviously very poor. The volunteers were stationed in affluent areas in places where affluent people would have to walk past them to reach their destination, but just before arriving, they would be asked by another volunteer dressed as an affluent person to sign one of two petitions. One of the petitions supported a way to reduce the use of plastic bags (the control), while the other sought support for a 4 percent income tax increase for anyone making more than a million dollars a year. The idea was to see if people felt differently about signing a petition to tax millionaires after exposure to a rich or poor person.The researchers surveyed 2,519 people and found that contrary to what might seem logical to some, affluent people were less likely to support taxing millionaires after having met a poor person than if they had just seen someone more affluent—those surveyed were approximately twice as likely to sign the tax petition after seeing an affluent man than a poor white man. Interestingly, they were less impacted by the sight of a poor black man. Sands suggests the sight of a poor white man may have caused the affluent people to be more judgmental due to a feeling that such a person should be doing better without assistance. 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 © 2017 Phys.org Credit: George Hodan/public domain Citation: Field study suggests wealthy less willing to tax rich when poor people are around (2017, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-field-wealthy-tax-rich-poor.html Support for democracy linked to income inequalitylast_img read more

Genetic study of 15th century samples shows adaptive changes in bacteria that

first_img © 2018 Phys.org The skeleton (right) excavated at the St. Nikolay Church in Oslo, which carried sequences for the pathogen of louse-borne relapsing fever. Credit: PNAS Citation: Genetic study of 15th century samples shows adaptive changes in bacteria that cause relapsing fever (2018, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-genetic-15th-century-samples-bacteria.html More information: Meriam Guellil et al. Genomic blueprint of a relapsing fever pathogen in 15th century Scandinavia, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1807266115 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore furthercenter_img Gene study pinpoints superbug link between people and animals Relapsing fever, as its name implies, is an ailment whereby an infected person experiences a fever several times following a single infection. If untreated, it is fatal in 10 out of 40 cases. It is transmitted by fleas and lice. Back in the 15th century, it was responsible for killing millions of people in Europe—today, it is mostly confined to several countries in Africa. In this new effort, the researchers conducted a genetic analysis of the bacteria that caused the disease 600 years ago and compared it to bacteria causing the same disease today. Samples of Borrelia recurrentis were retrieved from skeletons excavated from St. Nikolai Cemetery in Old Oslo—they have been dated to between 1430 and 1465.After generating a genetic assembly, the researchers compared it with genetic assemblies created by prior researchers studying the genome of the modern form of the bacteria. This allowed them to see how the bacteria has evolved over time.The researchers report that they were able to sequence approximately 17 percent of the bacterial genome from skeletal bones which they bolstered by sequencing samples taken from teeth. Using data from both, they were able to sequence approximately 98.2 percent of the main chromosome. Comparing the findings with modern strains, they found that the earlier strains lacked three variable short protein genes and one plasmid found on modern strains. Prior research has shown that the proteins act as proinflammatory agents for the bacteria, which, the researchers note, are key elements of the relapsing nature of the disease. They note further that such changes likely account for the differences in relapse rates—the disease tended to relapse just once or twice back in the 1400s, but is known to relapse up to five times in people afflicted today. A team of researchers with members from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research has conducted a genetic analysis of the bacteria that causes relapsing fever obtained from 15th century skeletons in Norway. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and what they found when they compared their results with the genome of modern bacteria. 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.last_img read more

Youngsters at play

first_imgTheatre lovers of the city have  reasons to rejoice. Shatiya Kala Parishad, Department Of Art, Culture and Language, Government Of Delhi, have organised the Yuva Natya Samaroh 2013 under the ideology of ‘amateurs of today-masters tomorrow’.The 10 day long festival that started on February 11 will be staging plays of writers like Vijay Tendulkar, Mohan Rakesh, Surendra Sharma, Neil Simon, Avinash Chander Mishra, Bhishan Sahani, Mahakavi Bhaas. While plays like Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ashadh ka Ek Din, Kabira Khada Bazaar mein and Qaid E-Hayat is about the life of Kalidas, the Indian saint poet Kabir and Galib, the plays like Khamosh — Adalat jaari hain talks about social and family problems. Aadhe Adhoore, directed by Chander Shekhar Sharma, is a family drama which talks about values and principles governing a particular family whereas Khamosh —Adalat Jaari hain, directed by Rohit Tripathi, focuses on the patriarchal society and how the male-dominated politics tears down a woman’s life, exposing her private life to moralistic critique. The other plays that are to performed are Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBada Natakia Kaun, directed by Prakash Chander Jha, Khusar Fusar (the Hindi translation of Neil Simon’s Silence) and Pratigya Yogandhrayad, directed by Bhumikeshwar Singh.Chander Shekhar Sharma, director of Aadhe Adhoore, feels that even though the play was written so many years back, it has a contemporary feel and is as relevant today as it was back then. The male-female relationship which had  been delved into intensly is true even today. Talking about the play Khamosh —Adalat jaari hain, director Rohit Tripathi calls it ‘a drama within a drama which has been portrayed in a very realistic form.’ And referring to theatre performance, he said: ‘More and more audiences are getting attracted towards theatre. So even though movies have a bigger reach, live performance will never lose its sheen’.The variety in the content of play is sure to keep the audience interested. One will get to see the use of music and lights in a totally different perspective. The festival also is a form of encouragement and motivating factor for young and aspiring artistes.‘Through the medium of play, youngsters will get to know more about their past and about the lives of famous entities. The festival also provides a huge platform for the actors as well as the director to explore their talent,’ said Bhupen Joshi, director of Asadh Ka Ek Din.Go watch.DETAILAt: Shri Ram Centre, 4 Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House On Till: 21 February Timings: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Why Women Leave Tech It Isnt Because Math is Hard

first_imgOctober 2, 2014 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 7 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. I knew something was up when Sandhya, a talented project manager I only knew slightly, asked me if we could have lunch.She had recently come back from maternity leave. In her note, she said she wanted some advice from another mom.Over lunch, she confided in me that she was thinking of quitting. It was too hard to juggle everything. Her manager had pressured her to return from leave early, and was pushing her again to take a business trip and leave her nursing infant at home. She wasn’t sleeping. She felt like she was failing her job and her child at the same time.I assured her that her feelings were normal and that much of it would pass. I encouraged her to say no to her manager. I offered to speak to him on her behalf. Although she earned more than her husband did, she quit two weeks later.That was four years ago, and Sandhya still hasn’t returned to the tech industry. She has no plans to. She has since had another baby. Her story has haunted me since. She came looking for support, and I felt like I failed her.Over the last month, I have collected stories from 716 other women who have left the tech industry. Their average tenure in the industry was a little over seven years. All of them shared their single biggest reason for leaving, their current employment status, and their desire (or not) to return to tech.Motherhood as just the final pushLike many of the women I surveyed, Annabelle is highly educated; she has a PhD in linguistics and a master’s degree in computer science. She is one of 484 women to cite motherhood as a factor in her decision to leave tech. Unlike the 42 women who said they wanted to be stay-at-home mothers, Annabelle’s decision to leave was not planned:”I was the first and only person at my small company ever to take maternity leave. They had no parental leave policy previously even though they had been around for about a decade, and, having under 50 employees, weren’t covered by FMLA. I (cluelessly!) agreed to go back to work part-time starting when my daughter was six weeks. There was no set place for me to pump [breast milk] while I was at work, so it was perpetually inconvenient and awkward to work at the office for longer than a couple hours at a time.”Eighty-five women cited maternity leave policy as a major factor in their decision to leave their tech jobs. That’s over 10% of the women I surveyed. Caitlin, who worked as a data center developer for over a decade, said the following:”I negotiated 12 unpaid weeks off when my son was born. Only it wasn’t really time off. I didn’t have to go to the office every day, but I was expected to maintain regular beeper duties and respond within 15 minutes any time there was a problem. I’d be nursing my screaming baby and freaking out that I was going to get fired if I didn’t answer the beeping thing right away.”Many women said that it wasn’t motherhood alone that did in their careers. Rather, it was the lack of flexible work arrangements, the unsupportive work environment, or a salary that was inadequate to pay for childcare. As Rebecca, a former motion graphics designer, put it, “Motherhood was just the amplifier. It made all the problems that I’d been putting up with forever actually intolerable.”“Everyone’s the same, and no one’s like me.”One-hundred-ninety-two women cited discomfort working in environments that felt overtly or implicitly discriminatory as a primary factor in their decision to leave tech. That’s just over a quarter of the women surveyed. Several of them mention discrimination related to their age, race, or sexuality in addition to gender and motherhood. Dinah was a front-end developer for eight years before deciding to call it quits:”Literally 28 of the 30 people in our company were white, straight men under 35. I was the only woman. I was one of only two gay people. I was the only person of color other than one guy from Japan. My coworkers called me Halle Berry. As in, ‘Oh look, Halle Berry broke the website today.’ I’m pretty sure for some of them I’m the only actual black person they’ve ever spoken to. Everyone was the same, and no one was like me. How could I stay in that situation?”Never going backOf the 716 women surveyed, 465 are not working today. Two-hundred-fifty-one are employed in non-tech jobs, and 45 of those are running their own companies. A whopping 625 women say they have no plans to return to tech. Only 22—that’s 3%—say they would definitely like to.Stella, a senior leader with almost 20 years of experience in engineering, talks about her experience quitting and starting an ecotourism travel company:”I love coding. I have a masters in CS [computer science]. I worked in tech for two decades. So many women like me, so highly trained and for what? It was hard enough being the only woman on most projects. Try being the only woman over 40. Doesn’t matter how good you are, or even if your colleagues respect you. Eventually you get tired of being the odd duck. I took all my experience and started my own thing where I could make the rules. I’m never going back.”The pipeline isn’t the problemIt is popular to characterize the gender gap in tech in terms of a pipeline problem: not enough girls studying math and science. However, there are several indications that this may no longer be the case, at least not to the extent that it once was. High school girls and boys participate about equally in STEM electives. Elite institutions like Stanford and Berkeley now report that about 50% of their introductory computer science students are women. Yet just last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that men are employed in STEM occupations at about twice the rate of women with the same qualifications.Almost everyone I spoke with said that they had enjoyed the work itself. Most mothers added that they would have happily returned to their jobs a few months after giving birth, but their companies didn’t offer maternity leave and they needed to quit in order to have their kids. Some women felt that their work environments were discriminatory, but most reported something milder: the simple discomfort of not fitting in in an otherwise homogenous setting. It may not sound like a big deal if you’re used to being in the majority, but it was enough to drive many qualified engineers to quit.There may be work to do on the pipeline, but the pipeline isn’t the problem. Women are leaving tech because they’re unhappy with the work environment, not because they have lost interest in the work.As cultural issues go, this is an incredibly expensive problem. Like my friend Sandhya, these women are educated, highly trained, and weren’t planning to quit. We’re losing them anyway. And once we’ve lost them, we almost never get them back.last_img read more