The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: The first true American supercar

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers There are a few monuments moments in American history: signing of the declaration of independence, the moon landing, and the unveiling of the 2015 Corvette Z06 here in Detroit.If you think I am overselling this debut, you might be right. If you have even a modicum of American pride pumping through your veins, you might well agree with me. Honestly, the now-unveiled Z06 is already a thing of legend and stamp on the history books.HighlightsLet’s start with the highlights – and one I think perfectly encapsulates the adroitness of the Z06. When fitted with the Z07 package, the Z06 – even during preliminary testing – has already recorded some of the fastest lap times ever for a Corvette, surpassing even the last-gen ZR1. Let that sink in for a second.How has it bested its older brother? It’s the first Z06 model to offer a supercharger. That’s right; Chevy wedged the all-new 6.2-liter LT4 V8 under the hood that makes over 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. Backing that up is either a seven-speed manual or an all-new eight-speed automatic developed in-house by Chevrolet. Z06 grips the road like never before thanks to its downforce-inducing body.And oh what a body it is. Look at the damn thing. With that massive carbon fiber splitter, it looks like evil incarnate. I joked when we saw a teaser image of the Z06 that it was slathered in ‘combat yellow’ paint. Seeing the Z06 in its full livery is truly awe-inspiring. I’d say that, even with that yellow paint, the Z06 looks less combative than it does ominous. It draws you in with its razor-edge beauty but makes you a bit nervous for what’s in store for you behind the wheel.Muscle to the nth degreeChevrolet has made supercharged pushrod V8s for decades. None, however, is like the all-new 6.2-liter LT4.Engineers were able to fit the supercharger and intercooler down into the valley of the motor, making it only about an inch (25 mm) taller than the standard, naturally aspirated LT1 V8 that powers the Stingray. Amazingly, for as compact as it is, the LT1 makes 37 percent more horsepower and 40 percent more torque.Engineers didn’t just get tricky with the supercharger packaging; they also added cylinder deactivation, direct injection, and variable valve timing. The result is a hunk of American aluminum built in Tonawanda, New York that makes at least 625 hp and 635 lb-ft.Sending that power to the rear wheels is the standard seven-speed manual or the all-new 8L90 eight-speed automatic, which, as I mentioned before, was designed in-house by Chevrolet. Shifted manually with paddles behind the steering wheel, owners can enjoy the comfort of an auto without sacrificing the sportiness of on-demand shifting.Why did Chevy take on the challenge of making its own transmission? Simply, it couldn’t find an automatic that could handle the torque put out by the LT4 while also offering high-speed shifts. What does that look like in the real world, exactly? The 8L90 shifts up to eight-hundredths of a second faster at full throttle than the seven-speed dual clutch transmission in the new Porsche 911. When was the last time you thought you’d ever read about a Chevy out-doing a Porsche for precision?Don’t think that’s all the benefits offered by the 8L90. No, it also weighs eight pounds less than a six-speed automatic. Astonishing.DownforceYou know how some brand names become synonymous with a concept? Think about it, we don’t call them tissues; we call them Kleenex, which is a brand name.That same way, I think we ought to just start calling ‘downforce’ simply ‘Z07’. When the Z06 is fitted with the Z07 performance pack, it pushes the Michelin Sport Cup tires so feverishly into the pavement at high speed; it’s likely to tear up most track tarmac.When fitted with the Z07 package, which includes a carbon fiber front splitter with extended winglets and a see-through rear spoiler, the Z06 produces “the most amount of aerodynamic downforce of any production car that GM has tested.”In addition to the new front splitter and winglets, the Z06 also features a distinctive front fascia with a new mesh grille that not only looks menacing but also improves airflow over a blank opening. The Z06 designers explained this phenomenon to me like this: “It’s like the aerator on your faucet. Without it, water would just go every which way. Give it that disruption, and you can route it more efficiently.”It’s not just the front that’s been embiggened, the sides and rear-end of the Z06 are wider, too. The front wheel arches are 2.2 inches wider in the front and 3.15 inches winder in the rear. Designers stretched the rear fascia out to match, making the distinctive square taillights three inches further apart than they are on the Stingray.Stiff, open-top motoringWith the last Z06, buyers had to forgo open-top motoring in order to enjoy a rigid body structure. In the 2015 Z06, they won’t have to. Just like the Stingray, the Z06 will have a removable hardtop roof. Pop it out and the all-new Z06 will be an admirable 20 percent stiffer than the last-gen, fixed-roof model. Click the roof back I, though, and the new Z06 will be 60 percent stiffer than its processor. The C7 Corvette chassis is so firm and planted; it remained virtually unchanged in the C7.R racecar.American supercarI hope you now agree with me that the 2015 Corvette Z06 is not only an awe-inspiring Corvette, it’s carbon fiber nose to carbon fiber nose with number of European supercars that cost three times as much money.Ultimately, though, I can’t give my final diagnosis on the Z06 until I’ve driven it, which I hope will be later this year, as the 2015 Z06 goes on sale late this year.What do you think of the Z06? Tell us in the comments.Want to know what else is debuting? Make sure to check out our 2014 Detroit Auto Show for full details. 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Grammy Winners Join Tour To Raise Money For Refugee Education

first_imgProduced by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA), in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees is raising awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through JRS’s Global Education Initiative.Funds raised from the tour help refugees heal, learn, and thrive.Performing this year are Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Lila Downs, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, James McMurtry, Buddy Miller, Alynda Segarra, and Lucinda Williams – all Grammy winners and Grammy nominated artists who are donating their talents this October in eight cities for Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees.“I believe that education is the key to everything,” remarked Emmylou Harris following her visit last year to Ethiopia to visit JRS programs there. Harris visited one of many education programs JRS provides, including primary, secondary, and vocational livelihoods training, in 42 countries around the world.The Lampedusa 2017 tour will reach eight markets:Oct 3: Seattle, WA, The Moore TheatreOct 4: Portland, OR, Aladdin TheaterOct 8: San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly BluegrassOct 10: Los Angeles, CA,The Wiltern TheatreOct 12: Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson TheatreOct 13: Albuquerque, NM, The KiMo TheatreOct 14: El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez TheatreOct 15: Dallas, TX, The Majestic TheatreThe tour stop at the Bay Area’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival will be webcast live and archived for rebroadcast.Last year’s Lampedusa tour played in eleven cities across the U.S. and Canada and with a lineup that included music legends Robert Plant, Dan Lanois, and Ron Sexsmith in addition to many of the artists returning this year: Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Baez.“Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees. With Lampedusa, we hope people are inspired by the music and are compelled to get involved,” says David Robinson, Executive Director of JRS/USA. JRS/USA calls on all attendees and supporters to visit concertsforrefugees.org to stand with and support refugees.“For children forced to flee their homes, school provides security, stability and opportunity when everything else in their lives is uncertain and unrecognizable,” says Matthew Reynolds, UNHCR regional representative for the United States and the Caribbean.last_img read more

LNG Canada deal has Horgan juggling Greens Liberals environmentalists

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The prospect of billions of dollars in liquefied natural gas revenues has British Columbia’s government preparing for a political and environmental juggling act as Premier John Horgan attempts to hold together his minority government while appeasing ever watchful climate guardians.Horgan said LNG Canada’s decision to build a $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C. ranked on the historic scale of a “moon landing,” emphasizing just how much the project means to an economically deprived region of the province.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, former Liberal energy minister Rich Coleman and Skeena Liberal MLA Ellis Ross, a former Haisla Nation chief and early LNG backer in Kitimat, were present at the signing ceremony with Horgan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and representatives from the five international energy giants behind the LNG Canada project. “It will be significantly challenging for all of us but with the revenue, some $23 billion coming to the province from this project, we will be able to innovate, work with renewables, work with Shell and the joint venture partners to bring down emissions over the long term.”Horgan also directed senior officials to hold a background briefing at the legislature on the government’s plans to move LNG issues through the legislature and address climate goals.The officials, speaking on a not-for-attribution basis, said no LNG legislation is coming this fall and a repeal of the former Liberal government’s LNG income tax will not be tabled until the LNG Canada project is about to go into production by 2024.A cabinet order was signed Tuesday, bypassing debate in the legislature and exempting the provincial sales tax during the construction phase of the project. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver did not attend.Weaver, whose three members of the Green party caucus have an agreement to support Horgan’s New Democrat government, stood up in the legislature Tuesday and accused the NDP of being part of a “grand hypocrisy,” for its criticism of past proposed LNG projects.But Horgan was already setting in motion plans to bring the Greens, Liberals and environmentalists on side.“Mr. Weaver has been very clear on his view on LNG and he can certainly speak for himself, but we are working, he and I and the government, on putting in place our climate action plan this fall and it will include LNG,” he said in an interview after the LNG announcement.Wilkinson’s Liberals issued a statement saying they have supported LNG from the outset and are looking forward to backing any legislation concerning the Kitimat project.The premier said during the news conference that his government will meet greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the federal government.center_img The officials said B.C.’s proposed climate plan will be designed to meet legislated targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, 60 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050.Much of the reductions will be achieved by B.C. moving towards electrification, primarily in the transportation and industrial sectors. The officials said the plan will offer industry rebates on carbon tax payments if they meet global clean-energy targets.The officials said the LNG Canada project is forecast to emit 3.45 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.Clean energy advocate Pembina Institute said it is waiting to see how the government reconciles LNG’s carbon pollution with its climate goals.B.C. currently emits about 63 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually and its goal is to get that number down to about 13 megatonnes by 2050, said Karen Tam Wu, Pembina’s B.C. managing director.She said the province has a long way to get there, but Tuesday’s LNG announcement and the coming climate plan set targets and the climate agenda.“Now we have to really accelerate where and how we decarbonize the building sector, the transportation sector and of course, industry,” she said. “The natural gas sector has some work to do as well.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

UN expert urges greater help for 26 million displaced people worldwide

13 March 2009Over 26 million people have been uprooted by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide, a United Nations independent expert said today, urging bolstered efforts to address urgent displacement crises. “There is an urgent need for the international community to pay more attention to some of the worst crisis situations,” Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), said, citing Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan as being among the worst-affected countries. In Somalia, over 1.3 million people have been forced from their homes and are “struggling to survive in a void created by the absence of functioning State authorities that could protect them,” he said after briefing the Human Rights Council in Geneva.These IDPs face life-threatening situations given their lack of access to water, food and health services, the expert added.In nearby Sudan, nearly 5 million people – including 2.7 IDPs – have been impacted by hostilities in the war-torn Darfur region and rely on humanitarian aid. Mr. Kälin voiced his concern over the Sudanese Government’s recent decision to expel 13 major international aid organizations and revoke the licenses of three national non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The decision came last week, immediately after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.“We could see a humanitarian catastrophe in the region,” the Special Representative noted, stressing that due to the Government’s decision, “the rights of large numbers of internally displaced persons to life, food, water and the highest attainable standard of health may be gravely affected.”Regarding the conflict in Sri Lanka, where many civilians are trapped by fighting between the Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Mr. Kälin called on both sides to do their utmost to prevent civilian casualties.He also appealed to the Government and rebels to allow civilians to evacuate the conflict zone in the island nation’s north.The expert urged the Government to provide all IDPs – who, as citizens, retain their right to freedom of movement and should not be confined to camps – with necessary protection and assistance.Also driving displacement is climate change, which threatens to increase the frequency and severity of natural disasters, leading to ever-greater numbers of IDPs, he said. “Governments have to make a greater effort to prepare for natural disasters and, in particular, to protect disaster-affected populations, including the displaced.” read more

Standard and Poors cuts Saskatchewan credit rating cites low commodity prices

REGINA — Weak commodity prices and higher government capital spending have prompted Standard and Poor’s to downgrade Saskatchewan’s credit rating.The agency says it has lowered the rating to double-A from double-A plus.Standard and Poor’s says the downgrade reflects Saskatchewan’s weakened budget performance and growing debt thanks to low oil, natural gas and potash prices.The agency says despite some tax reforms and cuts in the government’s recent budget, the province’s position is now weaker than it was last year.It also cites higher spending plans under the Saskatchewan Builds Capital Program.On the upside, Standard and Poor’s says the outlook for the province is stable and forecasts the economy will record modest growth in the next two years.“Weaker commodity prices and elevated capital spending are negatively affecting the Province of Saskatchewan’s budgetary performance and debt burden,” the agency said Wednesday.“S&P Global Ratings lowered its long-term issuer credit and senior unsecured debts ratings on the province … to ‘AA’ from ‘AA+”.At the same time the agency affirmed its ‘A-1+’ global scale and ‘A-1 (High)’ Canada scale short-term debt ratings on the province.This is the second time the agency has cut Saskatchewan’s credit rating over the past 12 months.Last June, Standard and Poor’s downgraded the province’s credit rating from triple-A to double-A plus due to low resource prices.Credit ratings can affect how much a government pays to borrow money. read more

Contract train drivers who did not report to work to be fired

All train drivers employed on a contract basis, who did not report to work today are to be fired.The Department of Railways said that railway guards employed on contract basis will also suffer the same fate. The Department of Railways has decided to consider train drivers and railway guards employed on contract basis, who did not report to work today, as having vacated their posts.The move follows a protest staged by railway unions today.

Salisbury doctors did not believe Skripals would survive Novichok poisoning

She said she remembered thinking: “‘have we just gone from having two index patients [to] having something that actually could become all-consuming and involve many casualties?’ because we really didn’t know at that point.”  Sergei and Yulia Skripal photographed having a meal while fit and healthyCredit:supplied by pixel8000 Members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits afix a tent over the bench on which the Skripals were foundCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP All three have now been discharged, with Mr Skripal leaving hospital the most recently, on May 18, after 10 weeks of treatment.In her first appearance since leaving hospital, Ms Skripal spoke to the news agency Reuters at a secret London location last week. She said she felt she and her father were “lucky to both have survived this attempted assassination”. Medical staff also said they had no idea of the future prognosis for any of those affected by the nerve agent. Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director at the hospital, told the programme, “the honest answer is we don’t know”.The medical team at the hospital had also been helped by their proximity to Porton Down laboratory, they revealed, as it offered to carry out testing and give advice on the best therapies. Dr Duncan Murray, head of the intensive care department, said “international experts” had helped the three to recover, alongside the “excellent teamwork by the doctors, fantastic care and dedication by our nurses”.  The doctors who treated the Skripals following the Salisbury Novichok attack did not believe the former Russian spy and his daughter would survive, they have revealed. Medics at Salisbury District Hospital said that the prognosis for Sergei and Yulia Skripal was not good when they first arrived in the Accident and Emergency department on March 4 after collapsing on a park bench in the city. Dr Stephen Jukes, Intensive Care consultant, told BBC Newsnight: “When we first were aware this was a nerve agent we were expecting them not to survive. We would try all our therapies. We would ensure the best clinical care. But all the evidence was there that they would not survive.”He added that the medical team initially thought the pair had succumbed to an opioid overdose, but the diagnosis quickly changed  to nerve agent poisoning. They were heavily sedated and given large doses of drugs designed to help their bodies produce a key protective enzyme.  Sergei and Yulia Skripal photographed having a meal while fit and healthy Members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits afix a tent over the bench on which the Skripals were found She added: “I don’t want to describe the details, but the physical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing.” Staff were concerned that the illness could spread, particularly after PC Nick Bailey, a police officer who became unwell after visiting Mr Skripal’s home, was also brought in for treatment.  Lorna Wilkinson, the Director of Nursing at the hospital, said: ” “I suppose the key marker for me was when the PC [Nick Bailey] was admitted with symptoms – there was a real concern as to how big could this get.” 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. The British government has accused Russia of being behind the attack, expelling 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation. It has denied any involvement and expelled British diplomats from Moscow, as well as questioning the legitimacy of Ms Skripal’s statement. In a statement, it said: “The UK is obliged to give us the opportunity to speak to Yulia directly in order to make sure that she is not held against her own will and is not speaking under pressure.” read more

I keep telling him to work on that voice Joan Burtons advice

first_imgIT’S ONE OF his most famous or infamous impressions but Joan Burton always tells Mario Rosenstock that he has a bit of work to do to get her voice just right.The comedian and impressionist has done various sketches involving the Labour deputy leader including one particularly infamous one of her singing a version of Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball‘.But what does the Minister herself make of the impressions?We asked Burton towards the end of a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie this week and here’s what she said: Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeVIDEO: Joan Burton on how austerity affects her and Sinn Féin being an ‘intensely populist party’last_img

Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning

first_img Short URL Jan 17th 2017, 9:49 PM Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning Her sentence is now set to expire 17 May. Share62 Tweet Email 31,421 Views PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA has commuted the final 31 years of the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning.Manning was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment in August 2013, but Obama has commuted the sentence, meaning it will end in May.Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Her sentence is now set to expire 17 May.She was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest.Obama is also pardoning 64 people, including retired General James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.Most of the other people receiving commutations were serving sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.However, the New York Times quotes White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as saying there is a “pretty stark difference” between Manning and Edward Snowden.“Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing.”Read: US Governor tells black congressman ‘a thank you would suffice’ for the abolition of slavery By Paul Hosford 83 Comments Image: US Army via AP, File Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 9:49 PM Image: US Army via AP, File http://jrnl.ie/3191810 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hilton and Salesforce among 2017s Best Places to Work in Australia

first_imgAdobe, Hilton, Intuit, and Salesforce are among the organisations that have been recognised on 2017’s Best Places to Work in Australia list, compiled by Great Place to Work.The annual study, which is in its 10th year, primarily ranks organisations using an anonymous employee survey. Employees are asked to provide feedback on the workplace behaviours that help to create a trusting workplace environment, as well as comment on how credibility, respect and fairness are expressed at work, and the levels of pride and camaraderie in the workplace. The lists are also based on a culture audit management survey, which analyses organisations’ values systems, programmes and practices in order to understand an organisation’s workplace culture.For 2017, 60,956 employees across 150 organisations took part in the anonymous employee survey.Manufacturing organisation Mars Industries topped the 2017 list for organisations with over 1,000 employees, followed by retail business Mecca Brands and hospitality organisation Hilton. For the 2017 list that recognised employers with between 100 and 999 employees, healthcare organisation Stryker ranked the highest, with IT organisations Salesforce and Atlassian coming in second and third, respectively. Avenue Dental was ranked first in 2017’s list for organisations with under 100 employees, followed by IT businesses Canva.Other organisations to feature across 2017’s lists include professional services business Nova Group, construction organisation Summit Homes Group, manufacturing firm SC Johnson and Son, and hospitality group Marriott Hotels and Resorts Australia.The top five Best Places to Work in Australia with over 1,000 employees 2017 are:Mars AustraliaMecca BrandsHiltonCampbell Arnott’sMarriott Hotels and Resorts AustraliaThe top 10 Best Places to Work in Australia with between 100 and 999 employees 2017 are:StrykerSalesforceAtlassianBirdsnestNous GroupThe BlueRockThe Physio Co.NetApp AustraliaSummit Homes GroupAdobeThe top 10 Best Places to Work in Australia with under 100 employees 2017 are:Avenue DentalIntuitCanvaInsentraStacklaRackspaceMeltwaterMexiaCobildZincMark Innes, general manager and executive vice president, Asia-Pacific (APAC) at Salesforce, said: “For us, culture is not an accident, nor is it a throwaway line. We’re as intentional about the kind of culture we want to create as we are about the technology products we build, sell and service. Creating a robust workplace culture is an ongoing commitment. It’s something that requires daily work, and everyone needs to walk the walk. It means keeping our core values, of trust, growth, innovation and equality for all, at the centre of everything we do.“To be recognised, once again, as one of the best places to work in Australia is an honour, and a reflection of the incredibly talented team we have here at Salesforce, along with the effort we put into cultivating our culture every single day.”Zrinka Lovrencic, managing director at Great Place to Work Australia, said: “Being a great workplace is no longer seen as ‘nice to have’; today it is imperative to business vitality and success.“Having a culture of trust benefits the organisation at every level; employees are more innovative, creative, loyal, demonstrate respect, and genuinely care about each other and the [organisation]. Leaders at these [organisations] know that what is good for the workplace is also good for business, and that being a great workplace and having great employees leads to increased client retention, customer satisfaction, and in turn a healthier bottom line.”last_img read more

22 million employees missing out on legal holiday entitlement

first_imgThe Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned today (Friday 27 July 2018) that one in 12 UK workers – an estimated 2.2 million people – are not getting their legal holiday entitlement. Of these employees, 1.2 million have not received any paid leave at all.UK workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid leave under the Working Time Regulations 1998, which equates to 28 days for a typical five-day working week, including public holidays, with pro-rata entitlement for those who work fewer than five days per week.Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, said: “We’re now in peak holiday season. But while many workers are away enjoying time off with friends and family, millions are missing out. And that puts them at risk of burnout.”The TUC’s analysis, based on unpublished data from the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Labour Force Survey, found that UK workers are losing almost £3 billion of paid leave per year, and that 9.2% of female employees are not getting their full holiday entitlement, compared with 7.2% of male workers.Agriculture (15%), mining and quarrying (15%) and accommodation and food (14%) are the sectors in which staff are most likely to lose out. Meanwhile, the sectors with the highest overall numbers of staff missing out on paid leave are retail (348,000), education (342,000) and health and social care (291,000).The TUC suggests that the key reasons for the loss of paid leave include unrealistic workloads, employers deliberately denying holiday requests, and organisations failing to remain up-to-date with the legal requirements.The TUC states that HMRC should be granted new powers to clamp down on those employers that deny their workers their statutory entitlement, including the power to ensure staff are fully compensated for missed holidays.“Employers have no excuse for robbing staff of their well-earned leave,” said O’Grady. “UK workers put in billions of hours of unpaid overtime as it is. The government must toughen up enforcement to stop bosses cheating staff out of their leave.”last_img read more

Amazon donates hightech gadgets to Miami Gardens elementary school

first_imgDr. Steve Gallon III celebrated Barbara Hawkins Elementary being awarded a $10K donation in technology and related equipment by Amazon in support of its STEM Initiatives. @MDCPS @MDCPSNorth @BHEHornets pic.twitter.com/Myc9Ivd0od— Dr. Steve Gallon III (@docstevegallon) March 7, 2018The supplies will help advance hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering and math — all subjects that make up the STEM program.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida school has received a generous donation of high-tech gifts from Amazon.Amazon made the donation to Barbara Hawkins Elementary School in Miami Gardens, Wednesday.The company gave the school $10,000 worth of gadgets, including 3-D printers, laptops and robotics kits.last_img read more

Amid turmoil Kumaraswamy holds a meeting with Karnataka Water

first_imgBengaluru: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday held a meeting of the Board of Directors of Krishna Bhagya Water Corporation, Kaveri Irrigation Corporation and Karnataka Irrigation Corporation in Krishna, amid the political upheaval in the state. Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar, Chief Secretary to Government Vijayabhaskar, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) Prasad, Water Resources Department General Secretary Rakesh Singh and other senior officials and board members were also present at the meeting. The 13-month old Congress-JDS government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 11 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly last week. Latest to join the bandwagon was Congress leader Roshan Baig, who resigned from his membership of state Assembly on Tuesday.last_img read more

Gold slips as dollar climbs to 14year high

first_imgGold eased on Wednesday as the dollar climbed to a 14-year high against a currency basket, extending a week-long rally driven by a surge in Treasury yields after Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency.The metal has shed more than $100 an ounce from last Wednesday’s post-election high on the back of the sharp rise in bond yields and burgeoning appetite for risk.Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,225.06 an ounce by 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT), while U.S. gold futures for December delivery settled down 0.05 percent at $1,223.90.”It’s consolidating the Trump action here … above $1,200,” said Joe Foster, portfolio manager and strategist of VanEck International Investors Gold Fund in New York.”The dollar’s a bit stronger today and gold’s not changing much so that to me is a sign of base building and consolidation.”Major banks and investors have begun to debate the possibility of another move towards parity between the dollar and the euro, as the U.S. currency benefited from expectations of an inflationary push from the incoming Trump administration.”Gold is trying to stabilise despite continued headwinds from rising real rates and a stronger dollar,” Saxo Bank’s head of commodity research Ole Hansen said.”Following the initial reset of expectations after the election, the market will begin to ask questions about how much of his pledges Trump will be able to carry out,” he said.Investors resumed post-U.S. election selling of bonds and buying stocks on Wednesday after a pause earlier this week, albeit less aggressively.Gold is also expected to be feeling the pressure from an imminent hike in U.S. interest rates, which are tipped to rise for only the second time in nearly a decade next month.It would need a surprise for the Federal Reserve not to raise rates in December, one of the U.S. central bank’s policymakers, James Bullard, told reporters at a banking conference on Wednesday.Investor appetite for gold remained slack, with the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Shares, saying its holdings fell to a 4-1/2-month low on Tuesday.In the major physical markets, some Indian gold traders are placing bulk short-term import orders on fears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi might soon curb overseas purchases of the metal.Silver was down 0.8 percent at $16.94 an ounce while platinum turned up 0.9 percent at $943.5. Palladium climbed by as much as 2.2 percent to a six-week high at $721.40.last_img read more

Researchers build acoustic tractor beam

first_img Physics duo create tractor beam using dual Bessel beams More information: Acoustic Tractor Beam, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 174302 – Published 30 April 2014. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.174302ABSTRACTNegative radiation forces act opposite to the direction of propagation, or net momentum, of a beam but have previously been challenging to definitively demonstrate. We report an experimental acoustic tractor beam generated by an ultrasonic array operating on macroscopic targets (>1  cm) to demonstrate the negative radiation forces and to map out regimes over which they dominate, which we compare to simulations. The result and the geometrically simple configuration show that the effect is due to nonconservative forces, produced by redirection of a momentum flux from the angled sides of a target and not by conservative forces from a potential energy gradient. Use of a simple acoustic setup provides an easily understood illustration of the negative radiation pressure concept for tractor beams and demonstrates continuous attraction towards the source, against a net momentum flux in the system. (a) Nonconservative pushing force exerted on an object by a plane wave as a result of strong backscattering. (b) Decreasing of the pushing force due to an enhanced forward scattering in a nonparaxial beam. (c) The authors used a target designed to maximize the forward scattering of acoustic radiation, leading to a pulling nonconservative force towards the source: an acoustic tractor beam. Credit: APS/Alan Stonebraker (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the U.K., Scotland and the U.S. has built a functioning acoustic tractor beam in a lab—one that is able to pull objects of centimeter size. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they built their device, why it works and to what applications it might be put. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Because of the stipulations required to make it work, applications that could make use of such a tractor beam are clearly limited, though the researchers suggest it might prove useful in some medical situations. Experimental configuration to demonstrate negative radiation forces with a planar ultrasonic array. (a) Scaled cross-sectional geometry of the 550 kHz planar matrix array source and hollow, prism-shaped targets suspended above the array. Linear phase gradients applied to the array elements produce wave fronts steered at θ=50.6° towards the array center line. Active subapertures, forming a hollow core with diameter Δxn, are stepped towards the center line by the array element pitch, with a corresponding lateral (±x) shift in the transmitted local wave fronts and an axial (−z) shift of the intersection with the axis. (b),(c) Normalized maps of simulated instantaneous pressure field and (d),(e) measured magnitude of the pressure field produced by the transmitting subapertures illustrated under the field maps. Credit: (c) PRL, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.174302center_img Tractor beams, as we all know are a staple of science fiction—a beam is emitted from a spaceship that can be used to lock on to other objects, such as another space ship, and then used to move that other object in any direction, most interestingly, in the same direction from which the beam is being emitted—pulling it in. Tractor beams seem counterintuitive as beams of light tend to push objects away, rather than attract them—but, as prior research has shown, optical tractor beams can be created at the nanoparticle level, e.g. optical tweezers. In this new effort, the research team has extended the abilities of a tractor beam by using one based on acoustics, rather than optics.Sending a beam (wave) at an object and having it pull the object closer rather than push it can work because of the scattering of the wave that occurs when it collides with the object and if the wave is sent at an angle to the object. If the scattering and angle are controlled just right, a low pressure zone can be created in front of the object, in effect, pushing it back towards the origin of the beam. In the lab, the researchers used ultrasonic sound waves in a tank of water. They put an array of ultrasound emitters at the bottom of the tank and used a hollow isosceles triangular prism as the object to be pulled. Using an array of emitters allowed for very precisely controlling the wave, which allowed for directing energy onto the outer surface of the object, causing backscattering that led to the frontal low pressure zone, which in turn led to pushing the object back towards the wave source. An analogy would be squeezing a chocolate chip with your fingers, forcing it to move in whatever direction you choose. Citation: Researchers build acoustic tractor beam (2014, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-acoustic-tractor.html Explore further © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Powerful people rely more on gut feelings for decisions

first_imgPeople who have social power tend to rely a lot on their internal body cues when taking important decisions, suggests new research. “Our research suggests that the powerful more strongly rely on gut feelings and internal cues when they make judgments about what they like, what is true, and what they should do,” said lead researcher Karl-Andrew Woltin from Royal Holloway, University of London. The research looked at how the easiness of high power individuals’ motor actions impacted their judgments. To illustrate, in the experiments people wrote about situations in which they had power over someone else or in which someone else had power over them. “Our findings suggest that mechanisms need to be put into place that make sure power holders do not favour internal cues over other information available to them when they make important decisions,” Woltin noted. The study was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.last_img read more

Cancun airport set to land one of its largest planes

first_imgThe Spanish charter Evelop Airlines took possession of their first A350 plane March 28 of this year and anticipate an A350-900 wide-body aircraft next year. The company, which is based in Madrid, uses the planes for routes to various Caribbean destinations. Cancun, Q.R. — Air control personnel at the Cancun International Airport are set to land one of its largest clients, an A350. The large evelop! plane is set to land at the Cancun airport May 6 from its origin city of Madrid. The plane, which has a seating capacity of 432, is covering the new Madrid-Cancun route. Although the route has been in operation already, this is the first time an A350 from that city will be landing at Cancun. “Evelop belongs to the Barceló group which allows us a greater number of seats arriving at the destination from Europe,” he said. The Spanish market into Cancun has grown by 4 percent year-over-year for the last three, with nearly 184,000 Spanish tourists landing in Cancun last year.center_img Evelop Airlines are a subsidiary of Barceló Group and operates short and long-haul flights on behalf of tour operators, mainly out of Spain and Portugal. They make two flights per week into Cancun. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, explained that the aircraft will cover the Madrid-Cancun route, and although this route is already operating, the significance of the occasion is the size of the plane, adding that a reception is being prepared at the Cancun airport.last_img read more

Sydney shines in NBC Today Show live broadcast

first_imgSydney shines in NBC Today Show live broadcastSpectacular fireworks over Sydney Harbour featured in a special live broadcast by NBC’s TODAY show, which has 5.6 million viewers in the United States.Set against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the live broadcast was hosted by Australian-born TODAY co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. It was the grand finale to a visit by the top-rating breakfast show that took in many of the city’s sights and activities.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said, “Last night we saw Sydney’s name up in lights across the USA, with millions of potential visitors to the city taking in the sights, sounds and experiences that make Sydney Australia’s number one visitor destination.“I was delighted to welcome Savannah Guthrie and the TODAY crew to Sydney, a visit secured by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with Qantas Airways.“Securing this broadcast is a huge coup for Sydney, and a chance to showcase our city to the third-largest source market of visitors to NSW, helping us drive further visitation to the State.”Highlights of the broadcast included a visit to Bondi Beach, sailing on Sydney Harbour with Sydney-based singer Jessica Mauboy, a BridgeClimb, and a visit to Paddington and Surry Hills for some of Sydney’s best shopping.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said audiences were also treated to a special preview of Vivid Sydney, with Arclight – an installation co-created by Australian/US artist Chris Knapp.“With Vivid Sydney less than three weeks away, it was the perfect opportunity to show people in the U.S. what they can expect when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas transforms our city for 18 nights from 22 May to 8 June,” Ms Chipchase said.“TODAY’s audiences were introduced to some of Sydney’s friendly lifesavers and nippers from North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club. They also met a bilby, wombat, joey and koala from Featherdale Wildlife Park.”Viewers were treated to a special Sydney cheer by Air Born Cheerleading from Sydney’s Woonona, an all-girl troupe that has won more than 30 National Titles.Uncle Max Eulo, Aboriginal Elder from the Budjedi tribe of western NSW, performed a smoking ceremony on the broadcast site.“TODAY boasts more than 10.5 million visitors to its website each month, more than 4 million Facebook fans and about 2.5 million Twitter followers, so tapping into this market is a huge opportunity,” Ms Chipchase said.“As well as the broadcast, last night marked the start of a sweepstake promotion giving TODAY viewers the chance to win a trip to Sydney, and the commencement of a digital campaign by Destination NSW and Qantas to promote sale air fares.“The NBC broadcast has given millions of TODAY fans a sample of Sydney’s many great experiences, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the U.S.A. to our beautiful Harbour City to experience it themselves.”Minister Stuart Ayres visited the set on Monday night to welcome Savannah and her mother Nancy, who travelled to Sydney with her daughter. Mr Ayres presented Savannah with two books for her 9-month-old daughter Vale; Alphabetical Sydney by Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti, and Diary of a Wombat by NSW author Jackie French.For more information on Sydney go to www.sydney.comSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more