Sciencefest Science On Tap At projectY: Dr. Hunter McDaniel On Feeding The Future With Quantum Dots

first_imgLACD News: UbiGro is a nanotech-enabled greenhouse film by UbiQD, Inc. that red-shifts the sun’s spectrum using quantum dots for improved crop yield and quality. UbiGro has been shown effective for various high-value crops in multiple climates, and is currently installed in greenhouses in five states and four countries. Los Alamos-based UbiQD enabled this innovation with its safer, cheaper, and more reliable quantum dot technology. More information about Science On Tap and other Bradbury Science Museum programs and events can be found at https://www.lanl.gov/museum/events/. Dr. Hunter McDaniel Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome! On Tap is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Arts Council/Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center. This event 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at projectY cowork and will feature a conversation with Dr. Hunter McDaniel, founder and CEO of UbiQD. Courtesy/LACDcenter_img To learn more about other 2019 ScienceFest events, check www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com and find them on social media, via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for a special ScienceFest edition of Science On Tap. “Our story is about leveraging nanotechnology for sustainability, licensed out of world-class research institutions like Los Alamos National Lab and M.I.T. targeting big, fast growing market opportunities,” McDaniel said. “We use nanotechnology to make plants grow faster. Growers know that the late summer often provides the best crop outcomes, and UbiGro simulates the late summer sun year round.” Registration for this event is not required. Admission is free. UnQuarked Wine Room by Sirphey will be offering a wide selection of wines at this event. The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation; a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, Los Alamos Creative District, projectY cowork Los Alamos, and the Los Alamos Research Park.last_img read more

British Land pulls into Euston

first_imgThe £1bn-plus regeneration project will involve tearing down the existing 1960s structure and replacing it with a larger scheme with more office and retail space. The number of platforms will be increased from 18 to 21. The scheme covers 15 acres of land around the station, where 4.2m sq ft of space will be created.Network Rail is upgrading its main London stations. Hammerson has been appointed to upgrade Victoria. And US group Hines is about to secure the £360m redevelopment of Cannon Street in the City.last_img read more

Matheson Tri-Gas buys Polar Cryogenics

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Clarity on TUPE

first_img Hugh Barrett, Executive director for commissioning, Legal Services Commission In your article titled ‘Law Society calls for halt to BVT rollout’, [Law Society chief executive] Des Hudson expressed concerns about BVT (see [2009] Gazette, 21 May, 3). Since this is a consultation, and I cannot anticipate its result, I will not address Des’s point about timelines. However there is one point I can clarify for the benefit of your readers. Des says we are ‘strangely silent’ on the question of TUPE. In fact, we set out in detail our understanding of the law at paragraphs 4.87-4.88 of the first consultation on BVT (December 2007). This made it clear that in our view TUPE is unlikely to apply to the form of tender that would take place under our BVT proposals, and explained why. Our position on this issue has not changed.last_img read more

Travellers, homelessness and bricks and mortar

first_img Per the 18 January 2001 decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Chapman v UK (App No 27238/95): ‘The vulnerable position of gypsies as a minority means that some special consideration should be given to their needs and their different lifestyle both in the relevant regulatory planning framework and in arriving at decisions in particular cases.’ According to Newman J in R (Margaret Price) v Carmarthenshire County Council [2003] EWHC 42 (Admin): ‘In order to meet the requirement to accord respect, something more than “taking account” of an ­applicant’s gypsy culture is required. As the court in Chapman stated, respect includes the positive obligation to act so as to facilitate the gypsy way of life, without being under a duty to guarantee it to an applicant in any particular case.’ Again, per Price, article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights does require an authority to carefully examine a gypsy’s claim for special consideration and, if satisfied that it is genuine, whether in all the circumstances it should attempt to meet it and if so how. However, if despite such consideration (including appropriate and genuine ‘consideration of ways and means of meeting the gypsy’s claim’), a failure to provide a caravan site or pitch would only breach statutory duty (section 193) or article 8 if the offer fell below the Wednesbury minimum line. Consequently, where suitable land is not available to meet traveller requirements, ‘it is open to a local authority to provide other accommodation of the conventional bricks and mortar kind, providing that it satisfies the Wednesbury minimum line of ­suitability’. But what of potential psychiatric harm in respect of the homeless applicant? Patten LJ considered that a cultural aversion to bricks and mortar is ­insufficient to make such an ­accommodation offer Wednesbury unreasonable even if it may risk bouts of depression. In relation to Mrs Sheridan, it is ‘reasonable for those to be treated if they occur in just the same way as she has sought and obtained treatment for depression in the past’. His lordship said that the physical separation of Mr and Mrs Sheridan is the inevitable result of their lawful removal from Dale Farm, ­coupled with their decision not to seek joint accommodation as a single family unit. Given that the risk of psychiatric harm was an existing problem which would not be avoided within the terms of their separate accommodation applications, it was not Wednesbury unreasonable for the council to ­proceed on the basis that the ­psychiatric problems should be dealt with through use of local NHS services. Dr Nicholas Dobson is a senior consultant with Pannone specialising in local and public law. He is also communications officer for the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors ‘…suitability has to take account of practicality. There is no point in… [an] authority being required to provide sites which do not exist’. ‘…suitability is not itself an absolute concept. It may have various levels, though there is a Wednesbury minimum depending on the circumstances of each case, below which it cannot fall’. Although financial constraints and limited housing stock can be taken into account in determining suitability (per Collins J in R v Newham LBC, ex parte Ojuri (No 3) [1998] HLR 452): ‘There is a minimum and one must look at the needs and circumstances of the particular family and decide what is suitable for them, and there will be a line to be drawn below which the standard of accommodation cannot fall.’ If the accommodation falls below that line, and is accommodation which no reasonable authority could consider to be suitable to the needs of the applicant, then the decision will be struck down, and an appeal to the resources argument will be of no avail (see Dyson J in R v Newham London Borough Council, ex parte Sacupima and others (26 November 1999)). Where a local housing authority is shown to be doing all it could, ‘the court would not make an order to force it to do the impossible’. Suitability should be regarded as an elastic concept, with Wednesbury marking the line below which no reasonable authority could consider accommodation to be reasonable. Relevant case law principles Section 193 duty Potential psychiatric harmcenter_img The court noted various principles and approaches developed by the courts where (as at present) ‘the challenge to the suitability of the accommodation is not directed to the standard of the accommodation but to its type’. For instance, in Codona v Mid-Bedfordshire District Council [2004] EWCA Civ 925, the applicant was also a gypsy who refused conventional bricks and mortar accommodation. On the issue of whether a present lack of available land for use as a caravan site should be taken into account in deciding whether the bricks and mortar accommodation offered to Mrs Codona and her family was suitable, Auld LJ (among other things) noted from relevant case law and otherwise that:Patten LJ also noted from the judgment of Longmore LJ in Lee v Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council [2008] EWCA Civ 1013 that, since homelessness applications are expected to be determined within a short timescale using existing resources, and since acquiring a new caravan site will involve potentially lengthy planning processes, to expect a housing authority to do so where appropriate in the discharge of its homelessness duty would be inconsistent with the promptness and otherwise required by the relevant statutory scheme. The court noted that previous legislation dealing with the needs of gypsies and other travellers gave authorities no powers to override normal planning procedures. Similarly, the 1996 act is not legislation specifically designed to cater for the needs of gypsies and travellers. It contains ‘general statutory powers and duties designed to deal with the problems of homelessness’ and (per section 193) those having a priority need. As Patten LJ noted, section 193 (when read with section 206) requires ‘suitable accommodation’ to be made available to the eligible applicant. ‘Suitable’ means suitable as accommodation for the person to whom the duty is owed. Available sites The complaint was that, since the council had consciously chosen not to make adequate site provision for ­gypsies and travellers within its area, it could not rely on the absence of ­available sites as a relevant factor in assessing the suitability of offered accommodation. Nevertheless, while Patten LJ acknowledged that the points raised were ‘powerful’, he was not persuaded that this could be addressed through a homelessness appeal to the county court (section 204 of the Housing Act 1996). For it would be ‘completely unrealistic’ for a housing officer on a section 202 review to conduct a ­general inquiry into homelessness strategy and the adequacy of site ­provision. This would involve matters outside housing officer expertise and would require detailed and probably extensive evidence. The review must have been intended to have a much narrower focus of whether the accommodation offer from within the authority’s existing resources adequately met the applicants’ needs. The court, also on the evidence, accepted that the council had taken the necessary reasonable steps to identify a possible site or sites on which the appellants could live in their caravans. In the circumstances and on the evidence, the Court of Appeal found no error of law in the council’s relevant decisions and therefore dismissed the appeals. Basildon Borough Council did not act unlawfully when offering bricks and mortar accommodation to homeless former Dale Farm travellers. So found the Court of Appeal on 21 March 2012 in Sheridan and others v Basildon Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 335, which also usefully considered the extent of a housing authority’s homelessness duties in this context. Judgment was given by Patten LJ in which the chancellor of the High Court (Sir Andrew Morritt) and Pitchford LJ expressed one-line agreement. The case concerned former residents of the unauthorised Dale Farm site which was subsequently lawfully cleared. All three appellants (Mr and Mrs Sheridan and their children and Mrs Flynn) were eligible for housing assistance, not intentionally homeless and were in priority need. They were therefore covered by section 193 of the Housing Act 1996 which (per section 193(2)) provides that, unless the authority refers the application to another housing authority, it ‘shall secure that accommodation is available for occupation by the applicant’. Under section 206(1) a local housing authority may discharge its homelessness functions only as specified. This is by: (a) securing that suitable accommodation which it provides is available; (b) securing that the applicant obtains suitable accommodation from some other person; or (c) providing the applicant with ‘such advice and assistance as will secure that suitable accommodation is available from some other person’. Mr and Mrs Flynn were separated and made separate housing applications rather than be accommodated together. Since there was no prospect of suitable accommodation being provided by a third party, the council made accommodation offers from within its housing reserve. The applicants were offered conventional bricks and mortar accommodation, but rejected this as unsuitable and sought a statutory review under section 202 of the 1996 act on the sole basis of aversion to such conventional accommodation. As for Mr Sheridan, a report from a consultant psychiatrist concluded that there would be a significant risk of Mr Sheridan suffering psychiatric harm if forced to accept the accommodation in question and this ‘could amount to a death sentence for him’. Regarding Mrs Sheridan, the report indicated the possibility that ‘her distress about what she would see as an impossible situation might drive her to deliberately harm herself’, albeit not with fatal intention.last_img read more

Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgDB Cargo UK has installed a Hegenscheidt wheel lathe at its Toton depot and its Axiom Rail workshop in Stoke-on-Trent has recieved Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme accreditation for the production of powered wheelsets. ‘These developments build on DB Cargo UK’s ability to service its own fleet and add to the services it can offer to external companies’, said Head of Maintenance Andrew Byrne.Embedded computing supplier Kontron has signed a framework agreement with Bombardier Transportation extending a previous preferred technology supplier MoU into a joint design and development relationship.Wagon leasing company Wascosa has opened a Polish office in Warszawa.Addnode Group’s TechniaTranscat subsidiary has signed a new agreement to supply Stadler with more than 2 000 user licenses for its product lifecycle management software, used to optimise product development and improve efficiency in larger processes as well as information flow. It is based on the 3dexperience platform from Dassault Systèmes and proprietary software from TechniaTranscat.On October 13 Deutsche Bahn issued a seven-year bond with a volume of HK$350m via its Dutch financing subsidiary Deutsche Bahn Finance BV. The bond bears a coupon of 2·07%, and the issuing price was 98·8% resulting in a yield of 2·10%. To be used for refinancing a loan of a subsidiary, the bond was privately placed with institutional investors in the Asia-Pacific region and will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange with a denomination of HK$2m. It bond was placed via Goldman Sachs.last_img read more

Brittany Ferries to launch Cherbourg – Spain rail motorway service

first_imgThe service is to be organised in co-operation with SNCF-Réseau and Lohr Industrie, which would provide piggyback wagons similar to those used on the existing Calais – Orbassano (Torino) service.From Cherbourg, the trains would run via Mézidon, Argentan and Tours, requiring three road bridges to be modified at cost of €2m. Trains would switch to diesel traction at Poitiers, reaching Bordeaux using a regional line via Niort and Saintes which would upgraded at cost of €6m. This avoids four tunnels with restricted clearances on the direct route, although it is envisaged that these could be upgraded from 2024 subject to funding being made available.The overnight service would be operated by two dedicated 22-wagon rakes, with daily departures from Cherbourg at 18.46 arriving in Mouguerre at 09.25 and northbound trains leaving at 16.29 and arriving in Cherbourg at 09.14.The road-sea-rail-road traffic is estimated at 25 000 trailers/year, generating a 10% increase in trailer-carrying train-km in France and saving 1 tonne of CO2 for each trailer transferred from the roads.The overall cost of the wagons and the Mouguerre terminal is put at slightly more than €30m.In the longer term, Brittany Ferries plans to create another terminal at Sète on the Mediterranean coast which would also be served by trains to and from Cherbourg. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# FRANCE: Brittany Ferries has announced plans to launch its first rail motorway service in 2021, a 980 km landbridge carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between the Channel port of Cherbourg and Mouguerre close to the Spanish border near Bayonne.The rail service is intended to complement its existing shipping routes linking the UK and Ireland with Spain. It would also be available for French domestic traffic.The ferry company is seeking to increase the number of unaccompanied vehicles it carries; this currently accounts for 20% of its traffic and more than 25% of direct traffic between the UK and Spain.It envisages that unaccompanied trailer traffic could increase as freight hauliers seek to avoid the costs of paying lorry drivers while they wait to pass through future border controls arising from Brexit.Cherbourg has been selected as the only suitable port in the western Channel with an existing rail link close to the ro-ro ferry linkspan. Ports de Normandie will undertake the required infrastructure works, installing facilities for loading and unloading trailers.The southern terminal at the Centre Européen de Fret site will be able to handle 750 m trains without interfering with the other operations.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Zimbabweans in Namibia asked to pay to see President Mnangagwa

first_imgZimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa officiates at the swearing in ceremony for his cabinet at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa officiates at the swearing in ceremony for his cabinet at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe December 4, 2017. REUTERSZimbabweans living in Namibia have expressed shock and disappointment at their embassy for requiring ordinary local and Zimbabwean citizens to pay $16 in order to see visiting President Mnangagwa, local online website, the Villager reports.According to The Villager, it is widely known that the embassy is broke and is using President Mnangagwa’s visit to make money. The embassy had booked more than 300 seats at Safari hotel where Mnangagwa was set to address people.A number of attendees were disappointed with some saying that despite having paid, they were not able to get access to the venue.“We were made to pay N$200 but some of us have been barred. Others couldn’t come and we asked if we can get in on their behalf and they refused. When we are supposed to vote we do not pay, but for me to see my president I have to pay. This is embarrassing,” said one irate Zimbabwean.President Emmerson Mnangagwa is visiting his Namibian counterpart, Hage Geingob, before heading to Zambia.It’s Mnangagwa’s third trip since taking office late last year. The two leaders are expected to discuss political developments in Zimbabwe.Mnangagwa’s strategy appears to be meeting with his neighbours first, to appraise them on the dramatic developments in Zimbabwe that led to his ascendancy.“Obviously you realize there could be more sympathisers to the Mugabe regime who need explanation, who need a stand point going forward, who need assurance that the removal of President Robert Mugabe was meant for the better of Zimbabwe and not necessarily a victory for one of the political factions in ZANU-PF.” Alexander Rusero, a political commentator said.The Zimbabwean president is also using the whirlwind regional tour to cement his position ahead of his first African Union summit later this month.The 15-member Southern African Development Community has been an influential player in Zimbabwean politics – supporting the country during many long years of international isolation and brokering a government of national unity after the disputed 2008 elections.“You look at 2000 onwards its only SADC which stood by Zimbabwe and President Mnangagwa is really convinced that once he receives legitimacy and acceptance art regional level then the region can be used as a springboard to the international community.” Rusero added.During his inauguration, Mnangagwa pledged to re-engage with the international community.The success of that process hinges on the conduct of elections due this year, which Mnangagwa has said will be free and fair. Close attention is also being paid to implementation of reforms meant to bring about economic recovery.“It could come if the new political dispensation is sincere with what it is saying; if the political dispensation desists from speechifying and indulges more in action.” Rusero said.Later this month, Mnangagwa will travel further afield to the World Economic Forum in Davos , the first time Zimbabwe will have presidential representation at the global summit.last_img read more

Mahaut man jailed after breaching suspended sentence

first_img Share Rod Bertrand of Mahaut is now an inmate at the state prison for failure to pay a forthwith fine of $850.00 after committing several offences while on a two year suspended sentence. In a magistrates court on Friday Bertrand pleaded guilty to seven charges; refused to stop scooter when directed to do so by police, operated the same scooter without proper license, refusing to give his name and address to police, hindrance, obstruction and threats to police.The incident occurred on 9th January 2013 at Massacre.According to the prosecution, about 3:30 p.m. the female police officer was on her way to work when she encountered the scooter being driven by the defendant on the public road with no head lamp.She instructed him to stop which he did and parked the bike before walking to where she was standing.She questioned him about the head lamp and he informed her that he was involved in an accident.She requested the particulars for the bike and was told by the defendant that he was not obligated to comply to her instructions since she was not a traffic police.He eventually gave her the particulars for the scooter and she observed that the insurance was intact but the license had expired.He was instructed to take the scooter off the road and park it in the foot path where the officer was standing.The defendant did so, but then started insulting the female officer, using indecent languages.The defendant then attempted to retrieve the particulars for the scooter from the officers’ hand which he succeeded in doing; he then jumped on it and rode off.The prosecution informed the court that since the incident in January, the defendant had gone into hiding was only seen on 14th February when he was arrested.In October of 2012 Bertrand received an $850.00 suspended sentence for two years or five months imprisonment for malicious damage to property.That fine was offered to be paid forthwith or he would spend five months in prison.For refusal to give name he was fined $100.00 to be paid my 31st march 2013 or 3 weeks in prison in default of payment.For obstruction he was further fined $250.00, payable by 30th April 2013 or one month in prison.On the charge of threats, he was place on bond to keep the peace for one year or pay a fine of $800.00 or spend three months in prison.For the unlicensed scooter he was fined $300.00 to be paid by 31st July 2013 or spend one month in prison.For failure to stop when ordered to do so, he was reprimanded and cautioned.There were no separate penalties for hindrance and refusal to give address.The sentences are to run consecutively.The defendant, who did not have an Attorney, told the court that the police officer had blown the situation out of proportion because she wasn’t pleased with the “compliments” he was giving her.Magistrate Ossie Lewis presided over the matter.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Mahaut man jailed after breaching suspended sentence by: – February 16, 2013 13 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Sunday vs. Saturday? Tough turnaround after title games

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Kentucky will carry a perfect record into the NCAA Tournament after cramming in one more win a few hours before everyone’s attention turns toward brackets, seeds and office pools.It might mean one less day of rest for Wildcats than some of their top competition in the NCAAs, too.While most of the conferences that wrapped up their tournaments this weekend finished Saturday, the Southeastern and Big Ten conferences were the only power-five leagues to wait until Sunday afternoon, shortly before the NCAA selection committee announces the pairings.In the SEC, Kentucky beat No. 21 Arkansas 78-63 in Nashville, Tennessee, and No. 6 Wisconsin got past Michigan State 80-69 in overtime in Chicago to win the Big Ten crown.“Obviously, (a Saturday final) would be the best thing, but it’s above my pay grade to make that decision,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said after Saturday’s semifinals. “So if we have to play on Sunday, we’ll play on Sunday and that’s fine.”Badgers coach Bo Ryan said it’s really tough to play Sunday and then open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.“So what we ask for — I’m on the board of directors of the (National Association of Basketball Coaches) — we ask for if anybody is playing in a conference final on Sunday to not play until Friday,” Ryan said. “That’s been the case most of the time.”But not every time.Since 2004, 21 teams have entered the NCAAs with a No. 1 seed after playing a league tournament game on a Sunday. Nine of those ended up with the shorter turnaround and started on a Thursday, including Florida last season and 2012 champion Kentucky, according to STATS.Most conferences don’t have to worry about it.Only five of the 19 league tournaments finishing this weekend have a Sunday title game this year, according to STATS. Three of the power-five conferences — the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 — finished play on Saturday.The ACC joined the Saturday group this year, moving from its traditional Sunday afternoon finish that it had held since 1982 to a Saturday prime-time TV slot as part of the league’s new look with the additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey said he, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim worked to sell the other ACC coaches on the merits of playing a Tuesday-to-Saturday schedule like the trio knew from their days in the old Big East. Brey said they sold the buzz — both in the arena and on TV — of playing a Friday night semifinal set followed by a Saturday night championship game, along with the fact that it would get the teams a little more time to regroup after playing in the title game.“I would think all the coaches would think it’s a great benefit,” Brey said after his team upended No. 2 Duke in the semifinals before beating No. 19 North Carolina in the title game. “We also felt, and now that I’m in it, I sure would like another day to get my legs under me before we go into the NCAA tournament instead of playing Sunday afternoon. It would be nice.”Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson said it would also be a little easier on the NCAA selection committee. A committee member from 1996-99 and its chairman in 2000, Thompson said those Sunday games make the seeding “brutal” with the 6 p.m. deadline looming.Look no further than the Big Ten final, which went to overtime and finished less than 20 minutes before the NCAA announced the 68-team field.“The preference from a committee perspective would be to have all the games done on a Saturday night,” he said. “Not possible. Not probable. CBS has games on Sunday, ESPN and others, and they like that programming and the lead into selection, it’s perfect for TV, but it’s tough for the selection committee.”___AP Basketball Writer John Marshall in Las Vegas, and AP Sports Writers Jay Cohen in Chicago and Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this report.___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardaplast_img read more