New material can fold itself into hundreds of shapes

first_img The steps that the new material goes through to change from one shape to another. Call it one small step for material science, one giant leap for origami. Researchers have created the first heat-reactive polymer material that can not only remember its current shape but also memorize new ones. The material—which currently requires high temperatures to change shape and reset its memory—could lead to a new generation of reusable self-folding materials that could be useful for everything from medical implants to shape-shifting electronics.Self-folding materials aren’t new. The first generation of shape memory polymers folded into a single predetermined shape whenever they were heated. Later generations could be triggered by other stimuli, such as light, electrical charges, or a magnetic field. But they all relied on a property known as elasticity. When cool, their stringy polymers coil up. They straighten out into a new shape when heated, and then they bend right back to the default shape once they cool off again. In this way, they keep a “memory” of their original shape.But elastic shape memory materials can only memorize two or three shapes. A 2005 Science paper offered a possible route to hundreds or even thousands: Rather than elasticity—the tendency for a material to come back to the same shape—the paper demonstrated a way to trigger a change in a material’s plasticity, that is its ability to be reshaped. “The question was … can we incorporate these two shape-shifting behaviors in one polymer?” says Tao Xie, a chemical engineer at the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering in Hangzhou, China.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To make a material that is both plastic and elastic, Xie and colleagues started with a known elastic material: crosslinked poly(caprolactone), or PCL. To give the material plasticity, they added a chemical called 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (TBD). If it works, then above and below PCL’s elastic temperature point the material should flip between a default shape and one other shape. But if the temperature is raised above the plasticity threshold, then the TBD kicks in by creating chemical bonds between the polymer chains. If you physically manipulate the material into a new shape before this plastic “annealing” process starts, then the default shape gets replaced.But the trick for Xie was to combine PCL and TBD in such a way that the elastic and plastic temperatures were far enough away from each other that the material can switch cleanly between its different shapes. Otherwise, it could become a chaotic shape-shifting mess, like the death scene of the liquid metal T-1000 in the film Terminator 2. (You’re welcome, sci-fi geeks.)After months of fine-tuning the mixture of these chemicals, the team nailed the critical temperature gap. The new substance has transition temperatures of 70°C and 130°C for elasticity and plasticity, respectively. To demonstrate its multishape capabilities, Xie’s team turned a 30-millimeter square of the material into an origami masterpiece that could fold between two shapes using elasticity and change into other shapes using plasticity. Drs. Qian Zhao and Tao Xie center_img Not only did the material fold into multiple different shapes, but it could also snap between them hundreds of times with little sign of fatigue—a critical feature if the material is to be used in real-world applications, they report today in Science Advances.The team is already working on a version of the material that works at lower temperatures. “The biggest challenge for us is not necessarily technical, but rather our imagination of what the possibilities are with this type of shape-shifting behavior,” Xie says. He considers flexible electronics to be one possible “killer application.” Imagine an electronic newspaper that becomes plastic in the heat of your hands but always folds back down when you’re done reading it.The new material is a “step forward” in shape-programmable systems, says Timothy White, a chemical engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, who was not involved in the research. Among the possible applications on his mind is a “reconfigurable antenna.” Not only could it be bent into many different shapes, but it would still always be able to retract.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal: Thought of quitting last year

first_imgCrediting U. Vimal Kumar for her silver medal-winning performance at the recently concluded World Badminton Championships, Saina Nehwal on Tuesday said the coach helped her resurrect her career after a string of injuries made her think of quitting the game last year.Saina was laid low by a toe fracture in 2013 and was forced to miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year due to a blister on her leg. Her struggles with fitness reflected on her performances and prompted her to shift to Bengaluru to train under Vimal Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Academy.According to the World No.2, Vimal gave her the confidence and the right guidance required to improve her game.”I was thinking about quitting (last year) because I thought I was getting irritated with the kind of performances I was giving. I was not happy with the way I was playing. It was not happening, I was not finding out ways to win. It was getting challenging for me because I knew I was a world class player,” Saina told a news channel.Also read: A huge burden is off my shoulder, says Saina Nehwal”Losing without a fight was not me. That moment Vimal Sir joined the Uber Cup team after a long time. He worked on my game and I started winning games in Uber Cup and then I won the Australian Open. “Now I have become World no. 1, won China and India Open, reached the finals of All England and World Championships. All these happened only as I moved to Bengaluru. I wanted to improve and I think it (shifting from Hyderabad to Bengaluru) was a good decision,” the Olympic bronze medallist added.advertisement”Vimal Sir’s influence is the biggest change. I really want to thank him for spending so much time with me in the court and making me believe everyday that I am a champion, I can be number one.”Saina, who lost to Spanish top seed Carolina Marin in the final in Jakarta, created history by becoming the first Indian to bag a silver medal at the World Championships. The 25-year-old said that former national chief coach Vimal gave a lot of “personal attention” for her growth as a shuttler.”Even physically I am feeling much better. It’s because, when you get personal attention you are naturally going to improve. The whole attention is on you. He is working on areas in which I am weak,” Saina said.The Hyderabad ace said that she is looking forward to a strong show at the 2016 Olympic Games after an impressive performance at the Worlds.”It’s (World Championship medal) one of the special medals because it will give me lot more confidence to be ready for the Olympics. In the Olympics the same players will also compete. Olympics come every four years. It will be lot more pressure. But same kind of players will be there,” she said.last_img read more


first_imgTeam coach and former off spinner Ashish Kapoor said he Team coach and former off spinner Ashish Kapoor said he too did not have an idea about the youngster before today. “Unheard of and unseen by a lot of people including me. Just saw him today. Last night I told him to show his bowling action on his phone,” said the former India player. “Hes played three (Ranji Trophy) games, is an exciting prospect. Selectors and other people have seen him and feel hes got something. If you find someone clocking 140-plus (KPH), then straightway pick him and dont make him wait.” Kapoor also talked about the three spinners selected for the game. “We are waiting for the selectors who are coming this evening. We will talk to them and see whether we have to play all three. “If I see an off spinner with a clean action getting wickets I am excited. Over the last couple of months I have worked with Jayant Yadav in Delhi. I have seen him over the last 2-3 years, seen the difference in his bowling, in what he was and what he is now. Hes still a long way to go, but has potential.” Pujara said tomorrow he and Kapoor will talk to the South African think tank and decide whether more than 11 players can be fielded in the match. “We will have a word with the South African team and see how they want to go about it and then take a call,” he said. PTI SSR NRB FK FKadvertisementlast_img read more

Our first Freelance 360 event in Portland, OR!

first_img@MarkPowers: Finding sources of passive income is a great way to stabilize your finances & have financial predictability. #freelance360— Copywriter Conclave (@CC_PDX) November 22, 2013Portlanders, if you didn’t make it, we hope you join us next time! Pro tip from @OneHotMamaGuide : “Only work with the people you really think you can help.” #freelance360— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) November 22, 2013 Freelancers Union had an awesome time in Portland last week!Dozens of freelancers joined us for a panel discussion on work/life balance at Ecotrust, where expert panelists Mark Powers, Erin Cox, and Tiffany Estes shared their tips for how to balance work and life by outsourcing, finding clients, how/why to get rid of bad clients, and more. Everybody stayed late to network and chat, and we’re so glad we got to meet you all.Missed this event? Have no fear: we’re hosting a networking event on 12/10 and a workshop with Erin Cox on 12/11. Go there and RSVP now — the first 30 people will get a free “Freelance Ain’t Free” print by Mikey Burton.If you’re interested in getting involved in future Freelancers Union events in Portland, be sure to reach out to Rebecca Shapiro, our local Portland organizer! You can email her at rshapiro [at] photos from the event:Full house at Ecotrust and Freelancers Union’s first panel event in PortlandOur lovely panelists, Mark Powers, Tiffany Estes, and Erin Cox (from right)Attendees got a free copy of The Freelancers Bible by Sara HorowitzFounder of Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz​The event ended with some questions from the audience.Some live tweets:Question of the evening: are there times when you need to fire a client for your own sanity? #freelance360— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) November 22, 2013last_img read more

IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma fined Rs 12 lakh for MI’s slow over-rate vs KXIP

first_imgMumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma was fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Mohali.As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Rohit was fined Rs 12 lakh on Saturday.In the match, KL Rahul’s laborious unbeaten 71, along with some notable top-order contributions, guided KXIP to a comfortable 8-wicket victory over MI.Despite putting a fighting total of 176/7, Mumbai bowlers failed to contain the Punjab batsmen as apart from Rahul, Chris Gayle (40 off 24) and Mayank Agarwal (43 off 21) also contributed with the bat to help their side register it’s second win in the tournament.Chasing the target, openers Rahul and Gayle provided a solid start to Punjab as the hosts raced to the 50-run mark in 6.5 overs. However, Krunal Pandya drew first blood for Mumbai, dismissing a dangerous looking Gayle in the eighth over.Agarwal and Rahul were then involved in a crucial 64-run second wicket partnership, which set the platform for victory.last_img read more

Man City hit out at La Liga president

first_imgTransfers ‘Pure fiction’ – Man City brand comments from La Liga president Tebas as false Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 05:16 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Tebas La Liga Roslan Rahman Transfers Manchester City Metz v PSG PSG Ligue 1 Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Manchester City v Liverpool Premier League Neymar After the La Liga chief called for spending to be restricted, the Premier League side hit out with some strong words Manchester City have claimed comments made by the president of LaLiga about the club’s spending are “pure fiction”.Javier Tebas, speaking at a Soccerex event on Wednesday, suggested super-rich clubs including City and Paris Saint-Germain have an unfair advantage over European rivals despite Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.City 17/20 to beat Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Tebas commented specifically on Neymar’s world-record move from Barcelona to PSG, saying the Ligue 1 side were caught “peeing in the swimming pool” while the Brazilian “peed from the diving board”.LaLiga’s outspoken president also warned City – linked with a stunning move for Lionel Messi, who has a €300million release clause, even larger than the €222m paid for Neymar – could complete similar massive deals due to their riches.”Manchester City with all this oil [money] will take all these players and we need to protect ourselves,” Tebas said.UEFA is investigating PSG over the club’s deals for Neymar and Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, but the governing body has confirmed no such probe is under way to examine finances at the Etihad Stadium, even though the club spent more than £200million on players in the transfer window.And City responded strongly to accusations from Tebas regarding the bankrolling of the club by owner Sheikh Mansour, of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family.”We note the public comments made by Mr Tebas today and earlier this week,” City Football Group said in a widely-reported statement on Wednesday.”UEFA’s statement of the 4th of September is clear and based on accurate information. By contrast, Mr Tebas’ statements are ill-informed and in parts pure fiction.”As you would expect, Manchester City Football Club and the City Football Group are seeking appropriate legal counsel and will act accordingly on that advice.”The French Professional Football League (LFP) has also hit out at Tebas over his comments about Neymar’s record-breaking transfer, condemning the LaLiga president’s “insulting remarks”.”These unworthy remarks do not live up to an institution as respectable and efficient as LaLiga,” said the LFP in a statement.City, who were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group nine years ago, were sanctioned by UEFA over a breach of FFP regulations in 2014, while PSG have also been punished for breaking financial rules by Europe’s governing body.last_img read more

Tallinn Shipyard Completes Modernisation of …

first_img Print  Close zoom Modernisation of passenger ferry Flekkeroy ordered by Norwegian company M Hjorteseth Shipping has been finished.During the time that the ship spent in Tallinn Shipyard, it has passed through a complete makeover: the hull was rebuilt, the interior was fully renovated and the vessel freshly painted. After modernisation is completed, the ferry will be used for transporting materials, equipment and personnel along Norwegian coastline.“For us, this project turned out to be unique for several reasons. First of all, the amount of works increased as compared to the initial plan. Furthermore, the nature of the project was very peculiar. The thing is that by the time we started works, the customer did not have the refurbishment project ready yet, so we did not have a clear idea about the installation of supplied equipment. That is why we stayed in close contact with designers, as well as with the representatives of equipment supplying companies while carrying out the works”, – says Gabriel Avanesov, the Marketing Director of Tallinn Shipyard. BLRT Group, April 9, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road West Shore Road West in Middleton will be reduced to one lane for road, culvert, and guardrail upgrades until Friday, Oct. 31. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgading, gravelling and repaving from the intersection with Trunk 16 and Half Island Cove, west for 4.7 kilometres, until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Traffic on sections of Highway 105, west of Exit 3, is restricted to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111, eastbound, from Exit 5 at MicMac Boulevard to Lake Banook will have one lane closures because of work for the North Dartmouth Trunk Sewer project until Friday Oct. 31. Signs, cones and barrels are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 3 pm. KINGS COUNTY: North River Road North River Road, starting about 12 kilometres from English Mountain Road and going west for about 2.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30, It will be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice. DIGBY COUNTY: Exit 25 Trunk 1 and Back Road at Exit 25 on Highway 101 will be closed for construction of a new interchange until Monday, Dec. 15. There will be a detour on Acacia Valley Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 VICTORIA COUNTY: Route 223 Sections of Route 223, from west of Portage Road to Peter Maclean Road in the Estmere area, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for repaving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from the Fire Hall at Salmon River Lake east for 5.5 kilometres will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge on Trunk 3, will be closed for repairs until Sunday, Nov. 30. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. Drivers are advised to obey signs and reduce speed on the temporary bridge and in the work zone. CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Bridge Cambridge Road will be closed for repairs to Cambridge Bridge until Friday, Oct. 31. The detour is on Trunk 1, South Bishop Road, Loretta Avenue, Roland Avenue, Riston Avenue and Cambridge Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 between Boylston Bridge and the Department Of Natural Resources office, will be reduced to one lane and traffic will be detoured around the work site to allow for slope repairs and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site during the day and traffic signals will operate at night. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday and possibly some Sundays. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive About one kilometre of St. Margarets Bay Road from Albert Walker Driver to Northwest Arm Drive will have one-lane closures for clearing, subgrading, gravelling and paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville will be closed indefinitely for structural repairs. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 will have alternating one lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from Phillips Harbour east for 2.8 kilometres to Half Island Cove until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Keltic Drive Sections of Keltic Drive, between Seaview Drive and O’Neils Road, will be restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Repaving Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), south from the Path End Bridge, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for paving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Little Judique, north for 5.2 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.center_img Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188 Local Area Office: 902-679-6414 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: (902)-798-2369 Fax: (902)-798-2927 KINGS COUNTY: Ridge Road Construction Sections of Ridge Road, between White Rock Road and Greenfield Road, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-424-5328 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Detour Traffic on Route 215 in the Urbania area near Stewiacke will be detoured because of damage to a culvert. A two kilometre detour is provided on Ox Bow Road (known locally as Old Loop Shore Road) until further notice. Signs and barricades are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There is a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 (Prospect Road) between Beechville and Prospect Bay will be reduced to one lane to construct a bicycle lane. All lanes will remain open during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Work is scheduled for completion by Friday, Oct. 31. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will have alternating one lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, Oct. 31. There is a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, traffic cones and traffic control people on site. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road About 6.4 kilometres of Aylesford Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Morrison Road Sections of Morrison Road, between Birch Grove Road and the intersection of Trunk 22, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-749-6180 Fax: 902-742-6000 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection at Margaree Forks for eight kilometres south to the intersection with Route 395 at South West Margaree. Signs and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 31. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Oct 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August 2009. Traffic lights are in place. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but will have no exit. PICTOU COUNTY: East River St. Marys West Side Road The Gunns Bridge on the East River St. Marys West Side Road will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 28, to replace the bridge. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murray Truss Bridge Murray Truss Bridge on the Murray Hill Road is closed because of storm damage. The road remains closed until repairs are completed. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 366 The section of Route 366 at Amherst Shore Park will be closed for installation of a new culvert until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is posted. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 -30-last_img read more

PM Modi made lot of efforts to enhance Indias economy Chinas CPC

first_imgGuizhou (China): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a “lot of efforts” to enhance India’s economy and improve people’s livelihood in the last five years, a senior official of the ruling Communist party has said. Mu Degui, a member of the standing committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Guizhou Provincial Committee, said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, governance in India has improved. “India and China share a long-time friendly relations,” he told PTI here. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Asked about his reaction on Prime Minister Modi’s victory in the 2019 general elections, Mu praised him and his efforts. Mu, who is also the Director General of the CPC Guizhou Provincial Publicity Department, said: “We have noticed that after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the office, he has made a lot of efforts to enhance India’s economy and improve people’s livelihood and governance”. China on Friday said it attaches high importance to its bilateral relations with India and is keen to work with Prime Minister Modi to deepen the political trust and mutual cooperation for closer partnership. President Xi Jinping on Thursday skipped protocol and congratulated Modi even before the formal declaration of the poll results. In a first back-to-back majority in the Lok Sabha polls for a single party in over three decades, the Modi-led BJP won 303 seats out of 542 in the Lok Sabha polls, handing out a crushing defeat to the Congress and many other political opponents.last_img read more

Demi Moore And Ashton Kutchers DNA Foundation Renamed THORN

first_imgThe DNA Foundation has announced a new name and refined mission for its organization.DNA will now be known as THORN: Digital Defenders of Children. The foundation will focus on the role technology plays in crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children – including the buying and selling of children for sex around the world, soliciting sex with children, and the proliferation of child pornography across the Internet. THORN’s goal is clear – to disrupt and deflate predatory behavior in the fight to end child sexual exploitation.“For the past three years we have focused our work broadly on combatting child sex trafficking. It has become crystal clear in our efforts that technology plays an increasingly large role in this crime and in the sexual exploitation of children overall,” said Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Co-Founders,THORN. “We believe that the technology-driven aspect of these crimes demands its own attention and investment.”The statistics are staggering. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), reports that the number of child pornography files reported for victim identification has exploded from 450,000 digital images and videos in 2004 to over 17 million in 2011. THORN is working to make the Internet a more hostile environment for those who seek to exploit children.According to Sergeant Byron Fassett, Dallas Police Department, “We are increasingly rescuing child sex trafficking victims who are either recruited through online channels or bought and sold over the Internet. THORN is addressing a real need within the area of child exploitation.”THORN’s work focuses primarily on four areas: research, deterrence, innovation and industry initiatives. The foundation will continue to work closely with law enforcement, other NGOs, the private sector and its own “Technology Task Force” to create tools, policies and programs that will work to bring an end to these illicit activities and protect children.THORN Technology Task ForceWe know that predators now use technology to exploit children, so THORN is determined to turn the tables and use technology to protect children and deter predators. To do that, the foundation has created the THORN Technology Task Force — a group of more than 25 tech companies that collaborate on technological initiatives to fight child sexual exploitation. Companies include Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Symantec, SV Angel, Blekko, BlueCava, Connotate, Conversion Voodoo, DataXu, Hang, Irdeto, Mozilla, SalesForce Foundation, Digital Reasoning, Palantir and others.“THORN works tirelessly to develop technological solutions to end child sexual exploitation,” said Joe Sullivan, Facebook Chief Security Officer. “Facebook is proud to partner with THORN and the entire Tech Task Force to end the exploitation of children. Developing innovative and robust solutions to keep children safe is critical.”THORN has also partnered with San Francisco advertising agency Goodby Silverstein Partners – on a pro bono basis – for brand consulting, strategy, research and creative development.For more information on THORN, please visit, follow us on Twitter @THORN and read more

UN Industrial Development Organization Wants to Strengthen Partnership with Morocco

Rabat – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has set its eyes on Morocco’s industrial development plan, commending the country’s recent progress in inclusive and sustainable industrial development.During a two-day visit to Morocco, UNIDO Director General Li Yong met with the Head of Government, Saad-Eddine El Othmani, to discuss ways to advance inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Morocco and strengthen collaborations and strategic partnerships with UNIDO.El Othmani said at the meeting that “the government of Morocco acknowledges the leading role that industrialization can play in further advancing the inclusive and sustainable development of our country and looks for increased cooperation with UNIDO in the area of sustainable industrial development.” Director General Li also attended a roundtable discussion on UNIDO-Morocco partnership perspectives chaired by the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, during which Morocco’s industrial acceleration plan was discussed.Yong recognized the government’s continued support for UNIDO’s activities and commended the country’s recent progress in inclusive and sustainable industrial development.Yong also held meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Bousaid.“I would like to commend Morocco for its clear vision of industrial development and underscore the great potential of the country to become a manufacturing hub,” said the Director General.UNIDO’s cooperation with Morocco mainly focuses on improving national infrastructure, including skills development and vocational training in the heavy construction sector.In its 2014 annual report, the UNIDO said that it had has created over 20,000 jobs and provided training to more than 50,000 students in countries including Morocco, Algeria, Brazil, China, and Egypt, steering “a clear course towards sustainable economic and industrial development.”The report noted that UNIDO had work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Volvo group in a public-private partnership to operate a vocational training academy in Morocco on heavy construction equipment and commercial vehicles, in order to promote economic growth, youth employment, and gender equality in North and West Africa.UNIDO also aims to enrich the food value chain development and environmental protection in the kingdom. The organization has assisted Morocco to pioneer a contest for origin-linked products, as part of Morocco’s strategies to achieve its national green plan, which gives priority to small-scale farmers and producers. read more

Statistics Canada reports manufacturing sales fell 13 per cent in July

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 1.3 per cent to $57.2 billion in July as sales in the primary metal and motor vehicle industries moved lower.The agency says sales were down in 11 industries in July, representing 66.8 per cent of total manufacturing sales.Economists had expected a decline of 0.2 per cent, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Statistics Canada says primary metal industry sales fell 7.3 per cent in July as every primary metal industry except alumina and aluminum production and processing reported lower sales.Motor vehicle industry sales dropped 4.7 per cent due in part to an extended shutdown at a major assembly plant for maintenance projects to support new model production.Manufacturing sales in constant dollars were down 1.6 per cent in July, indicating that a lower volume of products was sold. The Canadian Press read more

Orders placed with US factories rose 15 per cent in June to

WASHINGTON – Orders placed with U.S. factories rose to a record high in June, boosted by strong demand for airplanes, machinery and autos.Factory orders rose 1.5 per cent in June compared with May, when orders had risen 3 per cent, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The gains pushed total orders to a record $496.7 billion.It was the second month that factory orders have been at an all-time high, surpassing the previous record set in June 2008. Demand for factory goods had plunged during the recession.Orders in a key category that tracks business investment rose 0.9 per cent in June, the fourth consecutive monthly gain.Manufacturing struggled in the early part of this year, held back by weaker global growth and steep government spending cuts. But those trends may be starting to reverse.Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, rose 3.9 per cent in June. That represented a slight downward revision from a preliminary report which had put the increase at 4.2 per cent.Orders for nondurable goods such as chemicals, paper and food fell 0.6 per cent in June after a 0.8 per cent increase in May.Demand for machinery increased 2.6 per cent in June, led by a 44.1 per cent surge in oil and gas drilling equipment.Demand for transportation products rose 12 per cent, reflecting a 32.1 per cent jump in orders for commercial aircraft. Demand for autos was up 2 per cent.Aircraft orders are volatile from month to month. Boeing said it received orders for 287 planes in June, up from 232 in May. Excluding transportation goods, orders fell 0.4 per cent in June after a 1 per cent rise in May.The Institute for Supply Management reported Thursday that its index of manufacturing activity jumped to 55.4 in July. That was the fastest pace in two years and up from a June reading of 50.9. A reading above 50 indicates growth.The gain in the index showed that factories revved up production to meet a surge of new orders in July.Stronger growth at U.S. factories could aid a sluggish economy that has registered tepid growth over the past three quarters. And it could provide crucial support to a job market that has begun to accelerate but has added mostly lower-paying service jobs.Businesses are placing more orders that are likely to be filled in the next few months. Steady gains in new-home sales and construction are supporting strong growth in industries such as wood products, furniture, and electrical equipment and appliances. And healthy auto sales are buoying growth in the production of metal parts and components.Auto companies reported solid sales gains for July on Thursday. Ford, Chrysler and Nissan each saw sales grow 11 per cent compared with the same month a year ago.The economy grew at a lacklustre 1.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter. That’s better than the 1.1 per cent rate in the first quarter, but it’s still far too sluggish to quickly reduce unemployment. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 10:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Orders placed with US factories rose 1.5 per cent in June to record with aircraft demand up read more

Ohio State baseball wins home opener on walkoff hit by pitch

Junior pitcher Jake Post (10) delivers a pitch during a game against Northern Kentucky on March 11 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State baseball team took to Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium for the first time this season a day late and came away victorious.Senior catcher Connor Sabanosh was hit by a pitch from Northern Kentucky junior and Delaware, Ohio, native Tyler Miller with the bases loaded as OSU walked off with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night.OSU’s home opener was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but the game was called off because of rain in Columbus.The Buckeyes (8-4), were powered by sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson, whose two-run home run in the bottom of the first careened off the scoreboard in right field to give OSU an early 2-0 lead.OSU held the lead until the top of the fifth inning, when Northern Kentucky senior outfielder Cole Bauml doubled off the Buckeye’s starting pitcher, freshman Jacob Niggemeyer, to knot the game at two apiece.Niggemeyer left after the sixth inning after giving up eight hits, two earned runs and two strikeouts.Coach Greg Beals said he was very impressed with how the freshman threw in his first game at Bill Davis Stadium.“We played great defense and got a quality start out of Jacob Niggemeyer,” Beals said in a press release. “The rookie gets the ball for the first time in his career in a home opener and gave us six innings with two earned runs. The bullpen held their own tonight as well.”Redshirt-junior Michael Horejsei pitched a scoreless seventh and junior Jake Post tossed a scoreless eighth. Dawson came to the plate with one out in the bottom half of the eighth inning and reached first on a successful bunt attempt.With redshirt-junior infielder Nick Sergakis at bat, Dawson drew a pickoff throw from Northern Kentucky sophomore pitcher Evan Korson, which went wide of the first baseman.Dawson scored on the error all the way from first to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead heading into the top of the ninth.The sophomore outfielder was responsible for three of OSU’s four runs.Senior pitcher Trace Dempsey came out and breezed through the first two hitters before surrendering a walk and two hits as the Norse were able to tie the game at three, sending the game into the bottom of the ninth before Sabanosh drew the walk-off hit by pitch.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Friday as they are scheduled to begin a three-game series with Evansville. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. read more

ShellyAnn FraserPryce Flashes to Take 100m Gold at World

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dominated the rest of the field to win the World Championships 100-meter title in Moscow Monday.The sprinter improved on her world leading time, finishing in 10.71 seconds, ahead by .22 seconds from silver medalist Muriel Ahoure of the Ivory Coast.Fraser-Pryce was in the clear lead by the 50-meter mark and none of her competitors were able to make up any ground on the Jamaican in the latter half of the race.The 26-year-old has established herself as the top sprinter in the world in recent years. She won the same title in Berlin in 2009, as well as the Olympic gold in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.“I had my obstacles – I was starting to feel pain under my left butt cheek,” Fraser-Pryce said. “It was really hurting but I knew what I worked for.”“I am surrounded by great people, I came here and did my best and actually won,” she said.Defending world champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States settled for the bronze medal. read more

Period dramas should not be criticised for a lack of black actors

first_imgHis comments come after The Print Room theatre in west London was hit by protests over “yellowface” casting in a production of Howard Barker’s In The Depths of LoveCredit: Alastair Muir Lord Fellowes has previously spoken about the race issue when discussing Downton Abbey, having introduced the show’s first recurring black character, the jazz singer Jack Ross, in May 2013 after he said he wanted to “open up the show ethnically”.Yesterday, he said black and ethnic minority performers were owed more chances than they are getting. “We are trying to reproduce Folkestone in 1900, and I think you must produce something that is believable,” he said. He pointed out this his other two West End shows to launch this year, Wind In The Willows and School of Rock, have “colour-blind” casting.His comments come after The Print Room theatre in west London was hit by protests over “yellowface” casting in a production of Howard Barker’s In The Depths of Love.A 50-strong crowd gathered outside the theatre earlier this month to protest after it emerged that, although the play is set in ancient China, all the actors are white.Campaigners also wrote to the theatre’s patron, Princess Eugenie, asking her to condemn the show by withdrawing her support.A student production of Verdi’s Aida at the University of Bristol was also cancelled in October amid claims the makers were guilty of “cultural appropriation” when white actors were cast as Ancient Egyptians and slaves. His comments come after The Print Room theatre in west London was hit by protests over “yellowface” casting in a production of Howard Barker’s In The Depths of Love Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said: “I feel very strongly that there are certain times when you’re trying to replicate a truthful period, and that may limit you. But in any modern drama I simply can’t understand why more black actors play parts where their colour is irrelevant.“A white actor plays a perfectly ordinary part in a police drama, there’s no point to the fact he’s white – why can’t a black actor play that part?”He went on: “If you saw Henry V played by a black actor you would not give it any thought. These roles are not dealing in a kind of filmic reality. Funnily enough, you can’t go the other way. It isn’t right any more to have a white Othello.“Othello is the great classical black role and I think for a time it should be played by black actors. I grew up in the era of Laurence Olivier’s Othello, much lauded and rewarded, so it’s very recently that white actors still saw Othello as simply one of their roles.“But I look forward to a time, perhaps after my time but I hope not, when we have a black Henry V and a white Othello and nobody bats an eyelid.”Adrian Lester played Henry V at the National Theatre in 2003. Other black actors in leading Shakespearean roles include Ray Fearn in Macbeth at the Globe, Don Warrington in King Lear at the Royal Exchange and Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet at the RSC. If you saw Henry V played by a black actor you would not give it any thought. These roles are not dealing in a kind of filmic realityLord Fellowes Period dramas should not be criticised for a lack of black actors, Julian Fellowes has suggested, as his new musical became the latest theatre production to be drawn into a race row.The Downton Abbey creator has written the book for a revival of Half A Sixpence. The show’s all-white cast has drawn ire from The Stage, whose critic wrote: “In a cast of 26, there is not one non-White face. That, for a new production, is unforgivable.”But, as he made the case for more black and ethnic minority performers to be given roles, Lord Fellowes said it was important for some productions to be historically accurate. We are trying to reproduce Folkestone in 1900, and I think you must produce something that is believableJulian Felloweslast_img read more