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Neighborhood Church: Big Saturday Sign Ups Begin

By on June 12, 2021

first_img 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Faith & Religion Events Neighborhood Church: Big Saturday Sign Ups Begin On Sunday, March 22nd, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Article and Photo courtesy of NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH Published on Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 1:47 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Neighborhood Church will once again participate in this nationwide volunteer event that mobilizes over 50,000 volunteers all over the LA area – the biggest community service volunteer event in the country!Neighborhood Church is continuing on its tradition of building school gardens (this time two!) at Pasadena’s Washington Accelerated Elementary. All hands-on-deck needed, and all ages welcome. There will also be spring-cleaning with teachers and flower pot making.Free Childcare available for 1-3 year olds and free lunch for everyone at 1:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to make a big difference in the local community. Contact Matt Vasko at [email protected] or Beth Colcord at [email protected], Social Justice Coordinator, for more information.Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 449-3470 or visit neighborhooduu.org. HerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a commentlast_img read more

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National Science Foundation Supports Caltech-Led Global Project to Study Cosmic Flashes

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first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News Mansi Kasliwal, Assistant Professor of Astronomy. Credit: Image courtesy Mansi Kasliwal/CaltechAn international project led by Caltech astrophysicist Mansi M. Kasliwal has been selected to receive $4.5 million over five years by the National Science Foundation through its Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. The project aims to improve our understanding of cosmic transients—extremely bright flashes of light that suddenly appear in the night sky, shining like new stars, a million to a billion times brighter than the sun, and then quickly fade away.The project, dubbed Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen (GROWTH), is a collaboration among six universities in the United States and six abroad. It formally establishes a network of telescopes at longitudes throughout North America, Asia, and Europe (see illustration at right) to extend the hours of night-time observing, enabling researchers to continue monitoring cosmic transients that might otherwise disappear before the next night in a single location.“There are many questions in astrophysics that depend on these hour timescales, where all the action happens in that first night,” says Kasliwal, a new assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech. “So we aim to stay unbeaten by sunrise.”This is the fifth round of PIRE funding since the program started in 2005 with the goal of supporting innovative, high-quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration.“In astronomy, where international collaboration is the norm, the PIRE award provides the resources for students and postdocs to interact closely with international partners through extended visits and internships. Such experiences will be invaluable in their future scientific careers,” says Tom Prince, an investigator on the GROWTH project, professor of physics and director of the W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech, and senior research scientist at JPL.Many GROWTH observations will begin with a transient candidate discovered in the data stream generated every night by the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF), a fully automated, wide-field survey systematically searching for such flashes using a camera mounted on the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory.“GROWTH is extremely timely. By 2017, we will have commissioned the Zwicky Transient Facility, or ZTF, at Palomar, which will be an order of magnitude more sensitive than PTF. GROWTH follow-up of these transients should result in spectacular science,” says Shri Kulkarni, an investigator on the GROWTH project, principal investigator on PTF and ZTF, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science, and director of the Caltech Optical Observatories.If a transient candidate looks promising, Kasliwal might trigger larger optical telescopes like the Gemini North telescope or the W. M. Keck Observatory, both in Hawaii, gaining three additional hours of darkness. After collecting data there, the team might contact members of the network in Japan or Taiwan, then India, Israel, Sweden, and Germany. “We just go around the globe and keep passing the baton so that the sky remains dark,” says Kasliwal.While supernovae—explosions related to the collapse of massive stars—typically fade over months, some cosmic transients, especially rarer events such as the merger of two extremely dense stellar remnants called neutron stars, or the merger of a neutron star and a black hole, are believed to disappear in a matter of hours—a day at most. Some of these more exotic transients are thought to be the source of heavy elements, such as gold and platinum. But no one has seen, in action, the process that creates them. “None of the explosions that we’ve found so far has been extreme enough to actually synthesize enough heavy elements,” says Kasliwal. “As you try to find these rarer and rarer events, you need to be able to respond quickly because the flash of light they produce is even more short-lived, and that’s where GROWTH becomes necessary.”Even being able to observe supernovae within a few hours of the blast yields important information that is lost if observations are completed later. That is because after the initial burst flash-ionizes everything, a shock wave follows, sweeping up all the surrounding material. And with that material goes a lot of data about the progenitor, the star that exploded.“If you respond quickly enough to a young supernova, you can get direct clues about the progenitor system,” explains Kasliwal. “With our network, the most common events that we will follow up are very young supernovae that are within a few hours of explosion. For the first time, we’re seeing certain ionization lines, which tell us what sort of star it was that just died and gave rise to this particular supernova.”Beyond rapid response, the GROWTH network is also able to use ground- and space-based telescopes to observe cosmic transients at X-ray, ultraviolet, infrared, optical, and radio wavelengths. “Within minutes to hours, we will be able to get a panchromatic picture,” says Kasliwal.That will be key for the network’s coordination with Advanced LIGO (aLIGO). That project, led by Caltech and MIT, is searching for gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of space and time that are predicted to accompany violent events in the universe such as the merger of a neutron star with a black hole. PTF will receive notifications of events that aLIGO identifies as possible sources of gravitational waves. But aLIGO can only narrow the source down to a swath of the sky that is hundreds of square degrees (the full moon on the sky covers about half a degree). PTF will image that swath of sky and pinpoint new transients within it, most likely identifying tens of thousands of events. Then, using new software, the researchers will be able to narrow those down to just a few promising candidates, which will then be fully investigated by the GROWTH network.“Then we will have data to actually inform us that this one is just a blip, this one is a supernova that has nothing to do with an Advanced LIGO event, and this one is the real counterpart,” says Kasliwal. “You need the full picture to be able to get to the heart of the physics.”In addition to its work with transients, the GROWTH network will also help detect and characterize small near-Earth asteroids—those with a diameter smaller than about 140 meters, which can still do significant damage.“I am very excited about GROWTH’s capability for following up detections of small near-Earth asteroids,” says Prince. “Determination of the orbits of such objects is critical, and the GROWTH network of telescopes will allow us to make such determinations much more effectively.”Additional participants in the consortium include Lin Yan, a staff scientist at Caltech; Bryan Penprase of Pomona College; Robert Quimby of San Diego State University; Przemek Wozniak of Los Alamos National Laboratory; Stuart Vogel of University of Maryland College Park; David Kaplan of University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Nobuyuki Kawai of the Tokyo Institute of Technology; Chow-Choong Ngeow of National Central University in Taiwan; G. C. Anupama of Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bengalore, India; Varun Bhalerao of The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India; Eran Ofek of Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel; Ariel Goobar of Stockholm University in Sweden; and Marek Kowalski of Humboldt University in Germany. 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Jim McGuinness to stay as Donegal manager for 2014 season

By on May 27, 2021

first_img By News Highland – September 14, 2013 Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Twitter Jim McGuinness to stay as Donegal manager for 2014 season It has been confirmed that Jim McGuinness will continue as Donegal manager for the 2014 season.Following a meeting on Saturday morning, McGuinness confirmed a willingness to stay on in the role despite a disappointing season.McGuinness steered Donegal to an Ulster and All-Ireland title in 2012 but this season, suffered relegation in the league and defeat in the Ulster decider against Monaghan and a quarter-final All-Ireland exit to Mayo.Earlier in the week, Donegal clubs agreed a new championship structure paving the way for  McGuinness to remain at the helm.The Championship will not commence in 2014 until after Donegal exit the Ulster and All-Ireland Championships.The decision was was made by the clubs of the county last night with a margin of 26 to 6 in favour. WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers center_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal News Pinterest Previous articleGardai appeal for information following attempted armed robbery at Letterkenny casinoNext articleFinn Harps and Drogs must do it again on Monday following FAI cup draw News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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The Curious Case Of Serajuddin Ansari

By on May 26, 2021

first_imgColumnsThe Curious Case Of Serajuddin Ansari Senior Advocate Anjana Prakash17 April 2020 12:05 AMShare This – xThis is the story of one Serajuddin Ansari resident of Bikram, Distt Patna, Bihar. On 15.2.1984, he asked his mother for milk to which his mother answered that she could not bring it because he had not given her money for it. A minor altercation took place between the mother and son and on the spur of the moment, he picked up a stick used for stirring rice and struck her on the head due…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThis is the story of one Serajuddin Ansari resident of Bikram, Distt Patna, Bihar. On 15.2.1984, he asked his mother for milk to which his mother answered that she could not bring it because he had not given her money for it. A minor altercation took place between the mother and son and on the spur of the moment, he picked up a stick used for stirring rice and struck her on the head due to which she died. He was arrested and remanded to judicial custody on 16.2.1984. Thereafter, between 28.2.1984 and 14.10.1985, on 30 dates spread over a period of more than 20 months, roughly 600 days, Serajuddin was routinely remanded to judicial custody even while the Police failed to file the charge-sheet within the stipulated time. It is elementary that Section 167 Cr.P.C mandates that an accused is to be released on default bail if charge sheet is not submitted within 60/90 days but nothing happened. Order sheet reveals that on 28.11.1985 the Investigating Officer filed a petition before the Magistrate that Serajuddin was mentally unbalanced and required treatment at Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH); so the Magistrate ordered likewise. However, he was produced before the Magistrate on next seven dates but not once did the Magistrate follow up his earlier order. On 19.3.1986, the Magistrate took note of the application of the Investigating Officer and that the Doctor was of the opinion that Serajuddin was required to be admitted in the Hospital for a week and so he directed the Dy.SP to arrange an escort for him. Two days later Serajuddin was produced before the Magistrate and routinely remanded. This continued till 15.5.1986 on which date the Magistrate again directed the Dy.SP to arrange a Police escort for Serajuddin. The escort was not provided; but the Magistrate took no action against the erring officials and instead routinely remanded Serajuddin on the next three dates. For whatever it was worth, on 26.6.1986 the Magistrate seemingly having gone through the records, found that the charge sheet was not yet submitted in the case even though two years four months had elapsed and thus granted him bail u/s 167 Cr.P.C. Needless to say, for obvious reasons Serajuddin was unable to furnish bail bonds and was not released from custody. We know the law is that if a person is unable to furnish bail bonds he should be released on Personal Recognizance. But we also know that law, at most times, operates on a level which does not touch the lives of the needy. To continue with the story, Serajuddin was continuously remanded by the Magistrate on next 22 dates till 23.7.1987 on which date, the Magistrate acceding to the request of the Phulwarisharif Jail Doctor that Serajuddin required specialized treatment at Ranchi Mental Asylum, directed that he be sent to the Mental Hospital but it appears that he was sent there more than 3 years later on 11.9.1990 . Six months later on 29.5.1991, the Supdt. Ranchi Mental Asylum reported that Serajuddin was cured and arrangements be made for his return. A reminder was again sent by him on 14.6.1991 but he could return only 3 ½ years later on 4.12.1993. Ten years after the occurrence finally on 22.1.1994, the case was committed to the court of session numbered as ST 917/94. On the next dates till 6.9.1995 either the Public Prosecutor(PP) was absent or the accused was not brought from jail and therefore charges could not be framed. When charges were to be framed on 6.9.1995, the Court noticed that Serajuddin was not behaving normally when charged; so he directed the Civil Surgeon to examine Serajuddin. Similar orders were passed on 28.9.29.11/ 20.1.1996/ 15.4.1996/23.2.1996/ 22.3.1996. Finally on 16.4.1996, a letter of the Civil Surgeon PMCH was placed before the Court that he was unable to assess the mental condition of Serajuddin and so he be sent to Ranchi Mental Hospital. On 9.5.1996, the Trial judge directed the Supdt. Central Jail and the SP to make arrangements for his removal to Ranchi Mental Hospital but he was not sent there despite reminders dated 6.7.1996/13.8.1006/6.9.1996/4.10/1996. Thereafter the case stood transferred before another Judge on 29.11.1996 who adjourned the case for 14 dates till 10.2,1998 asking for production of witnesses even without framing of charges. In an effort to put the case back on track on 23.2.1998, the case was posted for charge on 11.3.1998 on which date, Serajuddin was present but PP was absent; so no charge was framed. In the midst of all these perfunctory dates, on 26.6.1998, the court received a communication from Supdt. Central Jail that Serajuddin could not be sent to Ranchi for want of police escort. On 23.9.1998, the Court noted Serajuddin was mentally fit to face trial and fixed the case for framing of charge. Serajuddin submitted that he was indigent and he be provided a lawyer from the panel. On the next few dates either Serajuddin was not produced from jail or the PP was absent but finally charges u/s 302 IPC was framed on 30.10.1998. The Trial Court on 1.12.1998 noted that there was a direction from the High Court to expedite the trial; hence directed for production of witnesses. Finally on 4.1.1999, two witnesses were examined and statement u/s 313 was recorded and Serajuddin was acquitted of the charges on 12.1.1999. He was also awarded compensation by Patna High Court in Cr WJC 717/1998 which had in the interim period directed for expeditious disposal of trial. One may argue that the story of Sirajuddin is not an example of the general. Even conceding that his is undoubtedly a gross case but legal practitioners know for a fact that such examples abound on various scales and every scale, no matter how miniscule, upsets the notion of Justice and we know for sure nothing even close to what happened to Serajuddin would have happened to a moneyed person. There is no doubt, that the case involve multiple complex problems and equally baffling solutions, but my observation is that most of the time a Judicial officer has no clue how many cases are pending in his Court. Record keeping is still a very neglected aspect of Court management despite active steps towards computerization. My experience as a High Court Judge was that there was a huge mismatch in the figures of cases entered in the computer and actual number of physical files. Data entry is on the basis of entries in multiple registers, though maintained, but not always updated. Figures of pendency of cases are therefore not reliable. This malady, only the Institution as a whole, can rectify. The institution will have to have a plan, a will to execute a concerted action, and have a lot of devotion to undertake this arduous task. I would suggest that each High Court undertakes a vigorous exercise of physical verification of each record in every Court. I am aware that the present number of staff is woefully inadequate for such an exercise so my further suggestion is that retired experienced court staff be engaged for a fixed period of time for this purpose. Further each Judicial Officer should be encouraged to get keep a list of cases in his Court with details as to at what stage, and, why the case was pending, as a ready reckoner. While conducting a similar exercise as an Inspecting Judge we found that that some cases were pending for many years even at the stage of argument. Next is physical verification of Prisoners. Part of duty of every Distt Judge is to periodically inspect jails but due to his multiple duties, or lack of motivation he seldom does so. If inspections are conducted a lot of ills in the jails could be corrected. Also, as per the Jail Manual, there is a system of appointment of Jail visitors who are meant to be from all walks of life and supposed to oversee general condition of jails, provisions of parole, calculation of remissions, which in most cases is arbitrary, and are required to report about the special needs of prisoners old and infirm etc. Most often than not, Board of Visitors which would ensure transparency are not appointed. I had a unique experience in Patna. When I was in the initial and enthusiastic stage of practice as a lawyer I learnt that there were only 2 copies of Bihar Jail Manual available in the whole of Bihar – one was with the IG Prisons and another was with a PP who would just not part with it. The level of secretiveness about the working of jails and resistance to publishing Bihar Jail Manual was so great that it was only after months of struggle that we could finally get it published in 1999. . Now that we have reached the end of the story, my question to the reader is, “Why are the likes of Serajuddin denied Justice?” Yes, I heard your answer – It is not poverty of Serajuddin alone, though it is a major contributing factor, but the real reason is insensitivity. The answer being correct, I like Betaal, return to my tree.Author is a Senior Advocate at Supreme Court of India and a Former Judge of Patna High CourtViews Are Personal Only. Next Storylast_img read more

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Tectonic evolution of the Pacific margin of Antarctica 2. Structure of Late Cretaceous-early Tertiary plate boundaries in the Bellingshausen Sea from seismic reflection and gravity data

By on May 9, 2021

first_imgInterpretations of multichannel seismic (MCS) reflection and potential field data suggest that some prominent gravity anomalies in the Bellingshausen Sea are associated with plate boundaries that were active during the Late Cretaceous and early Tertiary. Between 83degrees and 93degreesW, a belt of negative anomalies extends along the West Antarctic continental slope, which we term the continental slope gravity anomaly (CSGA). MCS profiles show that the CSGA coincides with an acoustically opaque structural high imaged beneath the lower slope. We interpret this structure as the upper part of an accretionary prism which formed during southward subduction of the Phoenix and Charcot plates, before Chatham Rise separated from West Antarctica. MCS profiles crossing the same margin to the northeast show no evidence of an extensive buried accretionary prism, but instead reveal an abrupt northeastward steepening of the continental slope near 78degreesW. We attribute this change in tectonic style, at least in part, to subduction erosion resulting from subduction of rough oceanic basement which formed at the Antarctic-Phoenix ridge after an abrupt decrease in spreading rate at chron 23r (52 Ma). Near 95degreesW, the Bellingshausen gravity anomaly (BGA) consists of a prominent low-high gravity couple which crosses the West Antarctic continental shelf, slope, and rise. The BGA corresponds to a buried asymmetric basement trough, where Cretaceous oceanic basement dips beneath more elevated basement to the east. The trough probably formed after subduction of Charcot plate ocean floor stalled at the nearby Antarctic Peninsula margin, near the end of the Cretaceous Normal Superchron. Ocean floor to the east of the BGA became attached to the Antarctic Peninsula, and the BGA trough subsequently accommodated a small amount of convergent motion between the Antarctic Peninsula and the ocean floor to the west (initially part of the Marie Byrd Land plate and later part of the Bellingshausen plate). Tectonism probably ceased at the BGAat chron 27 (61 Ma), as a result of a general plate reorganization in the South Pacific.last_img read more

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British Food Fortnight starts tomorrow

By on April 21, 2021

first_imgBritish Food Fortnight begins tomorrow (18 September) and bakers are gearing up to promote their British wares.Now in its ninth year, the event will run from 18 September – 3 October and endeavours to show the best of British food from across the country.The Tiny Cake Company will be at Richmond Indoor Market promoting its locally sourced ingredients. Wonderland Bakery said it will also be promoting the event at local farmers’ markets where it sells cupcakes, and will be offering a special seasonal flavour.“This year’s British Food Fortnight is a rallying cry for shops, pubs, restaurants and councils to start planning their Olympic promotions now so their customers can feast on British food as they cheer on our medal hopes,” commented organiser Alexia Robinson.“The eyes of the world will be on Britain in 2012 and patriotism will be at fever pitch. Food and sport go hand in hand and we want British food to be at the heart of everyone’s Olympic celebrations.”Visit www.lovebritishfood.co.uk to find out more.last_img read more

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Press release: National Drought Group agrees support for farmers and wildlife

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgA full position statement from the NDG is available on gov.uk.Despite reservoir storage decreasing during May, public water supplies are looking more stable. Reservoir stocks for public water supply are just below average for the time of year. During the meeting, water companies also set out the action they are taking to maintain water supply over the coming months, including: Allowing farmers to flex abstraction licence conditions to take more water, wherever this can be done without damaging the environment, in order to safeguard food production and animal welfare. So far in 2019, the EA has approved 90% of requests. Extending the licence trading map from East Anglia to Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, East Midlands and West Midlands, to help abstractors look for opportunities to access other abstractors’ unused water Working with the NFU, CLA and AHDB to hold advice sessions for farmers since January 2019. Following the meeting, Environment Agency Chief Executive Sir James Bevan said: Lower than average rainfall, continuing through April and May – particularly in the East of England – has seen some river flows decline to lower than normal for the time of year. In the south and east, rainfall has not replenished groundwater stores, with levels now declining. While there is no threat to public water supply, these conditions are putting particular pressure on the environment and agriculture.Farmers in East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire have reported they are facing significant pressures with irrigation. Environment Agency monitoring has shown a decline in water available so there were discussions about how the water companies and the Environment Agency can help farmers during the growing season, particularly in the east of England.Environment Agency Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan met with government departments, the Met Office, National Farmers Union (NFU) and water company CEOs to agree the action needed to support farmers and wildlife as well as conserve water supplies if the dry weather persists.The NFU urged farmers to consider how they could be affected by running out of water and to make plans, where possible, to manage water shortages. The EA set out a number of steps it has taken to support farmers including: Ahead of the summer months, the National Drought Group met to agree action to reduce the risk of drought measures and damage to the environment. Some rivers and groundwater supplies are below average so the Environment Agency is ready to respond to incidents over the summer and we are supporting farmers where possible by flexing water abstraction licences and with water trading. We welcome action the water companies are taking to ensure maintenance of supply over the coming months. The water that comes from the tap is taken from rivers and reservoirs and the amount we use has direct effect on wildlife, the environment and agriculture. The National Drought Group collectively asks industry and the public to use water wisely. In his “Jaws of Death” speech Sir James Bevan recently called for more discussion about water use and a concerted effort to explain to the public that wasting clean tap water has an impact on the environment.With the climate emergency and population growth we will have hotter and drier summers in the UK. There will be more extreme weather events, with decreases in summer rainfall and increases in winter rainfall. That will mean more water shortages and a higher risk of more frequent and more extreme droughts.The National Drought Group members renewed their commitment to collaborate on actions to address this long term challenge and explain the need for reducing water use. operating compensatory pumping schemes to support low river flows, such as the Slea augmentation scheme in Lincolnshire. installing aerators on the Ouse washes to enhance oxygen levels to protect fish, and by loaning aerators and dissolved oxygen meters to angling clubs and fisheries across East Anglia. continuing enforcement activity to ensure abstractors comply with their licences to help minimise the impact on the environment. During last year’s heatwave, the environment suffered the driest May to July across England since 1921 and it was the joint hottest summer on record. The Environment Agency reported a 330% increase in environmental incidents related to the dry weather as teams acted to protect wildlife and rescue fish struggling due to low river flows.At today’s NDG meeting the group heard that there is growing concern over the potential impacts of prolonged dry weather on the environment and the cumulative effect from last year. Environmental incidents such as wildfires, algal blooms and fish rescues have already been reported comparatively early for the time of year.The EA has taken proactive action to protect wildlife and the environment including: taking action to find and reduce leaks. making water transfers around their networks and between companies to meet demand and rest some sources. ensuring that all potential sites are application-ready for drought permits. working with farmers locally to identify ways to sustain and share water supplieslast_img read more

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Paul UK rolls out nationwide delivery of bread-baking kits

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first_imgPaul UK is rolling out nationwide delivery of its bread-baking kits and product bundles under a range called Paul At Home.It features eight bundles – including two bread kits, jams collection and coffee and hot chocolate kit – all of which are available for next day delivery across mainland UK as of Friday 11 September.The bread-making kit, priced at £33, contains 500g strong white bread flour, 15g active dried yeast, a bread proving basket, a Paul cotton sac a pain for keeping bread fresh, a dough scraper, and recipe booklet. The larger bread kit includes rolled oats, 1kg of strong white bread flour and 1kg of multigrain bread flour for £38.“We are thrilled to be launching our ‘at Home’ range and expanding our delivery operation UK-wide,” said Paul UK CEO Mark Hilton.“Artisan freshly baked bread is synonymous with the Paul brand so launching with a bread-making kit was a no brainer. The plan is to expand the range further with new items scheduled to be released later this year and into 2021.”Paul UK is also expanding its delivery service across Greater London with a next day delivery service (when ordered by 12 noon) across Zones 1 and 2, and a newly launched range available on Amazon Fresh, which is available in most parts of London, Surrey and Hertfordshire.The bakery, which has 38 shops nationwide, has diversified its product portfolio in recent months. In April it started selling own branded fresh yeast and flour for the first time, and, in June, it introduced a range of celebration cakes for home delivery and click-and-collect.last_img read more

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Flying Lotus And Anderson .Paak Get Animated In Sci-Fi-Themed Video For “More” [Watch]

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgFlying Lotus has shared the colorful new video for “More”, his recent collaboration with Anderson .Paak. The video sees Flying Lotus teaming up with director Shinichiro Watanabe to produce a futuristic sci-fi storyline where the two artists step into an animated world of alien robots with built-in turntables and psychedelic space exploration.Related: Flying Lotus Releases “Spontaneous”, “Takashi” Off Forthcoming ‘Flamagra’ LPThe video features Flying Lotus as an astronaut who has crashed onto a desolate planet, only to stumble upon a robotic DJ, filling in for .Paak’s presence on the hip-hop track. The video presents a visual masterpiece as Watanabe and his team provides viewers with an abundance of lush color schemes and psychedelic animation styles as the song plays throughout. Watch the entire new video below.Flying Lotus – “More” (feat. Anderson .Paak) [Video: Flying Lotus]Flying Lotus (real name, Steven Ellison) and Watanabe had also recently collaborated for a film short titled Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, for which Ellison had curated the soundtrack.“More” will be included in the mix of recordings featured on Flying Lotus’ forthcoming Flamagra LP, due out on May 24th via Warp. Speaking of new albums, Anderson .Paak also released his own new collection of songs just last month with the arrival of Ventura on April 12th.Fans can catch Flying Lotus live, even in 3D at some shows, as part of his 2019 summer tour schedule. Fans can head to his website for tickets and tour info.last_img read more

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Luminaries Podcast Episode 29: Complete the World’s Toughest Endurance Yacht Race…With Rugged Tech

By on February 27, 2021

first_imgWhere can technology take your business? Join hosts Mark Schaefer and Douglas Karr on an IT transformation expedition. Listen in as they have in-depth conversations with technology luminaries who clear the path for your business growth – hear from analysts, partners, your peers and leaders across Dell Technologies. Find research, best practices and tools to make your IT transformation real.In this excerpt from Luminaries—Talking to the Brightest Minds in Tech, hosts Mark Schaefer and Douglas Karr speak with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, (referred to as SIR JOHN, below), Founder and Chairman of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world.So tell us a little bit about the Clipper RaceSIR JOHN: Well, the Clipper Race, it’s an idea I got, I was up in Greenland mountaineering with a friend of mine, and he told me how much it cost him to climb Mount Everest. And it seemed an awful lot of money. And I thought, well, now, what’s the sailing equivalent? And I came to the conclusion it was a circumnavigation.And I thought, well, heck, there must be a load of people out there who’d love to do that, but don’t have enough confidence or not enough money to buy a boat. Supposing I supplied a boat and training and, you know, all the backups needed and offered it, how much would that cost? I worked it out on the back of an envelope, and it came to about half what it cost to climb Mount Everest. So, I met up with William Ward, and we put an advert in the papers saying we were planning on doing this, and got 8,000 answers.Once you’ve launched an idea like that, if you don’t do it, someone else will. So, we said, right, we’d better go ahead with this. So, in 11 months, we built eight boats. We recruited people, skippers, trained up the crews, and arranged a route around the world and started the first race. And really, the race is open to ordinary people who just want to go out there and do something extraordinary with their lives.So, we say to them, look, you don’t have to have any sailing experience, we’ll train you. In fact, I have to say, in many cases, the people who’ve never sailed before, easiest to train. They haven’t got any bad habits. But so, we train them up, and we put on the boats, and with professional skippers. And then we run a race around the world, calling at various places along the way.Now, we’ve been doing this for 23 years now, and we’ve taken some 5,000 people. Really given them an experience of a lifetime. And it’s fascinating to watch how they change. You know, the 18-year-old, a year later, is 24 in maturity terms. But even the chief executive of a company, who’s 60, comes back just standing that little bit taller. They’ve taken on nature in the raw, and they’ve looked it in the eye and they’ve survived it. They’ve something to be proud of.Sir John, of course this is a podcast about technology and digital transformation. Can you tell us what the onboard communication technology was like when you circumnavigated the globe in 1994?SIR JOHN: Well, Douglas, in fact, the first time I went around the world was 1968, ’69. And that was non-stop. And of course, one very simple thing you’ll recognize immediately, no satellites. So, there was no GPS. There was no satellite communication. We used single-side band radios, very low-powered. If you could get through, it was a miracle. But after two and a half months, mine broke down anyway. So, for the next eight months, I had no communication.So yeah, that was quite funny, because when I got back after passing New Zealand, where I saw some fishermen, no one heard anything of me for four and a half months, until I ran into some ships off the Azores. I remember a lady coming up to me and saying, weren’t you worried when you were missing? I said, madam, I knew exactly where I was.So, talk about the technology today, because it’s quite different. And you have this partnership with Dell, and this Rugged computer system that they’re providing to you. So, talk a little bit about the importance of technology today. And you know, you’ve talked quite a bit about the training and the safety. And it seems like technology plays a big role in all of that for the sailors of today.SIR JOHN: Well, you’re absolutely right. I mean, we have to move with the times. We have to accept what’s available to us. Our boats typically have three different satellite systems on them now. So, I can be anywhere in the world and call them up wherever they are. It doesn’t matter. Middle of the Pacific, middle of the Atlantic, I can get straight through to them on my mobile phone.This is a big safety thing, of course, but it’s a bit more than that, because we’ve got GPS, we’ve got satellite systems, we’ve got plotters. We’ve got our computers, which are fundamental to making these systems work. So, if you don’t have a good computer, you can’t work them. And then, of course, the next thing is you had a boat that’s rolling around, being smashed about a bit, water everywhere. You’ve got to have a tough computer, because otherwise they just don’t last.I mean, there were times in the past when we’ve probably renewed all the computers during the course of a race because they’ve just collapsed. And glad to say that’s no longer the case. But it was the case in the past.That’s just amazing. And when you really think about it, it’s amazing how this technology has advanced. I mean, just to look at in just a few short years, in a couple of decades, how we’ve come to rely on this technology, and how it’s all integrated through satellites. And Dell has this Rugged computer system that can withstand saltwater and everything you can throw at it.To listen to the full interview with Sir John, download the “Complete the World’s Toughest Endurance Yacht Race…With Rugged Tech” episode of Luminaries—Talking to the Brightest Minds in Tech. Discover Dell Technologies’ vision for the future and learn new capabilities, how to reinvent processes, innovate faster and create value that will change the game for your business & career. Register for Dell Technologies World today.last_img read more

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