Alaskans accept responsibility for preventing suicide.Alaskans prevent and mitigate the impact of trauma, substance abuse, and other risk factors contributing to suicide.Alaskans communicate, cooperate, and coordinate suicide prevention efforts.Alaskans have immediate access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services they need.Alaskans support survivors in healing.Quality data and research is available and used for planning, implementation, and evaluation of suicide prevention efforts. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council released an updated five-year State Suicide Prevention Plan for the state of Alaska. The action plan stresses that all Alaskans play a role in building resilient individuals and resilient communities. Council Chairperson Sharon Fishel: “We’ve seen tremendous progress in public understanding that people can support mental health like they can physical health, and mental illnesses such as depression and substance misuse disorder are chronic conditions that should be managed like heart disease and diabetes.” The plan referred to as “Recasting the Net” builds on the 2012-2017 state plan, with updated information and resources and broken down to six main goals. Fishel: “We’re excited to build on the progress we’ve made with help from community partners like You Are Not Alone clubs in high schools.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-suicide-prevention-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-suicide-prevention-plan.mp300:00RPd
CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment 2:54 Apple Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers TV Accessories News • Photos of Huawei P30 Pro next to a Sonos One leak ahead of Paris launch event reading • Sonos launches Google Assistant on Sonos One and Beam speakers today 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $199 Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Bluetooth Google Apple $199 See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mentioned Above Sonos One (Black) Crutchfield See it $199 $198 Tags See It Review • Sonos One review update: Damn, Alexa and Google can rock! 21 Photos Sonos Beam sound bar: Alexa lives in a compact TV speaker Sonos One See All See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Google Assistant is now available on Sonos One smart speaker, joining Amazon Alexa to provide a choice in voice assistants. Sarah Tew/CNET Google Assistant will finally come to the Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam sound bar, which already support Amazon Alexa, making the company the first to support multiple assistants on one device. Sonos demonstrated the voice assistant on its One speaker at CES 2019 , and is in the process of rolling out firmware enabling Google’s voice system on its smart speakers in the United States today. Sonos announced multiple voice assistant support in 2017, but Sonos owners can now choose between either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. However they won’t be able to switch between them on the fly, and will have to choose one during setup. Sonos users in Europe, Canada, and Australia will be able to download the update in July. Share your voice Adorama Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Both speakers have long supported Amazon’s Alexa and can be controlled from Siri on iOS devices via AirPlay 2. The speakers will support several Google actions from the start including Continued Conversation (where the mic waits for more instructions without saying the wake word) and Broadcast mode (or personal address mode). The company says that calling, voice match, purchases, interpreter mode and setting routines in the Google Home app will not be available at launch.Read more: Which Google Home speaker should you buy?Marshall is another company that has announced support for multiple assistants on its Acton II and Stanmore II speakers coming in 2019, while LG OLED TVs will support both assistants in 2019. Sonos Beam offers big sound at a more affordable price Now playing: Watch this: • Best Buy
Anil Ambani, facing the worst time of his business career, has reportedly decided to monetize Reliance Center in Santa Cruz, while moving back to the old premises in Ballard Pier. Credit: ReutersAnil Ambani’s reported decision to take the headquarters of his group companies back to the Ballard Pier office, which the group quit a few years back, and monetise the swanky Reliance Center in Santa Cruz is part of the overall strategy to cut the group’s debt into half.Reports say the younger Ambani sibling, whose companies are facing a huge debt burden with some facing bankruptcy proceedings, is in talks with some private equity firms to raise about Rs 3,000 crore from the sale or long-term lease of the Reliance Center in Santa Cruz. The 7 lakh square feet property has a leasable area of 6 lakh square feet and some sources estimate the value at Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore.The group companies, Reliance Capital Ltd, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, and Reliance Power Ltd, are struggling under heavy debt and their shares have plummeted in the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange. The group’s defunct telco Reliance Communications is facing bankruptcy proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code after creditors and lenders took it to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Reliance Communications’ bid to reduce its debt by transferring its broadband spectrum to the elder Ambani sibling’s Reliance Jio hit a hurdle after the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) raised objections over unpaid spectrum dues. The deal fell through after Mukesh Ambani’s company refused to give DoT a guarantee for the past dues. Some estimates value Reliance Center in Santa Cruz at Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore. Anil Ambani will find it difficult to realize Rs 3,000 crore from the property and may also have to reckon with a pending court case.twitterReliance Capital, which has Rs 18,000 crore debt, is following the “death of debt” mantra, a recent report in the Economic Times quoted Anil Ambani as saying. The group plans to reduce debt by 50 per cent this financial year through stake sales. The office property monetization is seen as a major step towards debt reduction. “While an outright sale will generate windfall cash, a long-term lease should help the group to raise money quickly through multiple lease agreements,” a report in the Economic Times said quoting an unidentified source.”Plans are afoot to make the group debt free in the next one year.”However, market observers say it may not be easy for Anil Ambani to monetise Reliance Centre as the property owned by Reliance Infrastructure (R-Infra) is the subject of a court case involving the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). A group of consumers had also approached the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (Aptel) with the argument that the property needs to be transferred to Adani Transmission Ltd, which bought Reliance Infra’s retail power distribution business in 2017 or users should get a concession on their bills equivalent to the proceeds of the sale of about Rs 2,000 crore. The case is pending before Aptel.
“For key markets like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, India has freight advantage over Thailand. This will help even in 2018,” the Mumbai-based dealer said. riceIndia’s rice exports likely jumped 22 percent in 2017 to a record 12.3 million tonnes as neighbouring Bangladesh ramped up purchases after flooding hit its crops, industry officials told Reuters.The boost in shipments from the world’s top exporter of the grain is set to extend into 2018 as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka continue to buy aggressively amid depleting inventories in No.2 exporter Thailand, the officials said.“Bangladesh was actively buying throughout 2017. It offset the impact of slightly weaker demand from African countries,” said M. Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, a leading rice exporter located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Bangladesh’s purchases likely lifted India’s non-basmati rice exports by 38 percent in 2017 to 8.4 million tonnes and total exports to 12.3 million tonnes, the officials and exporters said. That would surpass 2014’s record of 11.5 million tonnes.They based the 2017 export figures on their estimates for December shipments plus previously issued government data for January to November. Government numbers for December are expected to be released around the start of next month.India exports non-basmati rice mainly to African and Asian countries and premium basmati rice to the Middle East, the United States and Britain.Traditionally the world’s fourth-biggest rice producer, Bangladesh emerged as a major importer of the grain in 2017 after floods damaged crops and pushed domestic prices to record highs.Bangladesh sourced more than 80 percent of its 2017 imports of 2.4 million tonnes from India, said Badrul Hasan, head of Bangladesh’s state grains buyer.The South Asian nation’s overseas rice purchases are likely to remain robust until supply rises after its summer crop, also known as Boro, in May, Hasan said.Boro contributes more than half Bangladesh’s typical annual rice output of around 35 million tonnes.Last year Bangladesh reduced import taxes on rice to boost private buying. It also bought rice from India in state-to-state deals to quickly raise supplies and try to rein in prices.But rice prices stayed high in Bangladesh despite the largest imports in nearly two decades, which will encourage farmers to expand the amount of land used to cultivate the staple crop, Hasan said.NON-BASMATIIndia’s rice exports in 2018 depend largely on non-basmati shipments as basmati exports are likely to remain more-or-less steady at around 4 million tonnes, said Vijay Setia, president of the All India Rice Exporters’ Association.“Non-basmati exports depend on stock positions in importing countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” Setia said.African nations stepped up buying from Thailand last year, but that could ease in 2018 as state stockpiles are depleted in the Southeast Asian country, potentially boosting appetite for Indian supply, said a Mumbai-based dealer with a global trading firm.
The authorities of Bangladesh Railway have decided to start the sale of advance train tickets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on 1 June, a day ahead of its earlier announced date.Railways minister M Mazibul Hoque came up with the announcement at a press briefing at his Railway Bhaban office in the city on Thursday.Tickets for 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 June will be available on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 June respectively, the minister said.Besides, the return tickets for the journey of 19 June will be available on 10 June and that for 20 June on 11 June, for 21 June on 12 June, for 22 June on 13 June and for 23 June on 14 June and for 24 June on 15 June.The sale of tickets will begin at 8:00am and each passenger will be able to buy maximum four tickets.There will be 26 tickets counters and two of them will be kept aside for female commuters at Kamalapur railway station, Mazibul Hoque said.During the briefing, the railways minister also said five pairs of special trains will run on several routes from 13 June to 15 June and 18 June to 24 June.These trains are Dewanganj Special (Dhaka-Dewanganj-Dhaka), Chandpur Special-1 and Chandpur Special-2 (Chattogram-Chandpur-Chattogram), Parbatipur Special (Parbatipur-Dhaka-Parbatipur), Rajshahi special (Rajshahi-Dhaka-Rajshahi).Besides, two more trains — Sholakia Special-1 (Bhairab-Kishoreganj-Bhairab) and Sholakia special-2 (Mymensingh-Kishoreganj-Mymensingh) — will run on the Eid day to carry commuters interested to join Sholakia Eid jamaat, said the minister.The inter-city trains will remain in operation from 11 June till the day before Eid-ul-Fitr while plying of goods-laden train will remained suspended three days before Eid.There will be 1405 coaches with 229 locomotives, according to the minister.The leave of railways staff and employees has been cancelled from 10 June to 15 June, he said.Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway Nirapatta Bahini (RNB), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be deployed at all big stations for preventing black market sales while the deputy commissioners concerned will conduct mobile courts.Meanwhile, plying of Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree Train will remain suspended from 15 June to 18 June.Earlier on 21 May, Bangladesh Railway director general Md Amzad Hossain told UNB that they have primarily decided to start the ticket sales on 2 June.
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump cancelled a press conference planned for Saturday at the G20 summit, saying he wanted to show respect to the family of late president George HW Bush.”Out of respect for the Bush Family and former president George HW Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference,” Trump tweeted.Bush, the 41st president, died Friday at 94.
Share Todd Wiseman / The Texas TribuneState Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveil the text of Senate Bill 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and universities based on “biological sex,” on Jan. 5, 2017.With the measure scheduled for a committee hearing Tuesday, Texas Republicans are expected to offer a new version of the controversial “bathroom bill” with two significant changes.The modified bill removes a section that would have increased penalties for certain crimes committed in a bathroom or changing facility, according to a copy of a committee substitute obtained by The Texas Tribune. It also adds a new “legislative findings” section that would write into statute the reasoning that the bill’s lead author, Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, has provided in pushing for the bill.Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities that match their “biological sex.” The measure would also pre-empt local nondiscrimination ordinances that allow transgender residents to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.Those regulations are largely unchanged in the substitute language expected to be presented tomorrow, but the modified bill does not include a lesser-known section that would have increased penalties for certain crimes in bathrooms by one degree. That would have meant that the punishment for an individual who commits an assault, for example, would have been higher if the assault occurred in a bathroom versus a parking lot or on a sidewalk.The new “legislative findings” section appears to be intended to lay out the purpose of the bill. That section states that the “federal government’s mandate to provide students access to bathrooms, showers and dressing rooms based on an individual student’s internal sense of gender is alarming and could potentially lead to boys and girls showering together and using the same restroom.”That appears to be an apparent reference to since rescinded guidelines issued by the Obama administration that directed public schools to accommodate transgender students. The Trump administration pulled back those guidelines on Feb. 22.The “legislative findings” section goes on to explain that “it is the public policy of this state that residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy when using intimate facilities” controlled by governmental entities and that “protecting the safety, welfare, and well-being” of children and Texas residents “in intimate facilities” controlled by the government is “of the utmost priority and moral obligation of this state.”That echoes previous arguments made by Kolkhorst and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a champion of the bill, who insist the legislation is meant to increase privacy and the safety of women in “intimate settings.” Opponents of the bill, including LGBT advocates and parts of the Texas business community, have decried the bill as discriminatory, particularly as applied to transgender students in public schools.The Senate State Affairs Committee is set to take up the legislation on Tuesday morning where Kolkhorst is expected to lay out the committee substitute. Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the substitute.More than half of the Senate has signed on in support of the measure, which is likely to face opposition in the Texas House.As of Jan. 30, 14 other senators had endorsed Kolkhorst’s bill and signed on as co-authors. On Tuesday, state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. — a Democrat from Brownsville — also announced his support of the bill, and two more Republicans — state Sens. Konni Burton of Fort Worth and Charles Schwertner of Georgetown — were added to the list of co-authors, bringing to 18 the number of Senators on record supporting SB 6. Under Senate rules, 19 senators are needed to bring up a bill in the chamber.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/06/republicans-expected-tweak-texas-bathroom-bill/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Share Former President George H.W. Bush is complimenting the medical workers helping him recover from an infection at Houston Methodist Hospital. But he said that once doctors give him the OK to leave, “I’m outta here.”Quite moved by this announcement by @MethodistHosp. The atrium is beautiful, but recent developments notwithstanding I have not taken up residence here. The doctors, nurses and support staff are so nice, but the second I get the green light I’m outta here. https://t.co/VkWHmxzI6c— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) May 3, 2018The 93-year-old Bush was admitted to the Methodist on April 22, the day after attending the funeral for his wife, Barbara. The pair were married for 73 years.Bush tweeted on Thursday that everyone at the hospital has been “so nice,” and that he was especially moved when a three-story atrium at the hospital was named to honor him and his late wife.But he jokes that he doesn’t want people to think he’s “taken up residence” at the hospital.Family spokesman Jim McGrath has said the nation’s 41st president has been regaining his strength.
Viewing child porn not a risk factor for future sex offenses: study More information: Milton Diamond, “Porn: Good for us?”, The Scientist. Available online. (PhysOrg.com) — The arguments against pornography are many, ranging from insistence that porn degrades women and is morally reprehensible to the assertion that pornography viewing is the cause of sex crimes. However, over the years, there have been numerous studies done on this subject. And, reports The Scientist, it appears that there are links between sex crimes and pornography. Just not the sort of links many of us might have expected. Instead of causing sex crimes, porn might actually contribute to reducing their incidence. Explore further Here is what The Scientist reports on the matter:Over the years, many scientists have investigated the link between pornography (considered legal under the First Amendment in the United States unless judged “obscene”) and sex crimes and attitudes towards women. And in every region investigated, researchers have found that as pornography has increased in availability, sex crimes have either decreased or not increased.While that is far from a ringing endorsement, it does at least seem to indicate that pornography isn’t contributing to sex crimes. While some naysayers may point out that most offenders in prison have been exposed to porn, the fact of the matter is that nearly every male — and a good number of females — is exposed to pornography at some point. It stands to reason that most offenders have viewed porn. But other studies found that being punished for porn use might contribute to someone becoming a rapist, and not the porn use itself. Indeed, continues The Scientist, a repressive religious upbringing might be more of a factor in rape than porn:Looking closer, Michael Goldstein and Harold Kant found that rapists were more likely than nonrapists in the prison population to have been punished for looking at pornography while a youngster, while other research has shown that incarcerated nonrapists had seen more pornography, and seen it at an earlier age, than rapists. What does correlate highly with sex offense is a strict, repressive religious upbringing. Richard Green too has reported that both rapists and child molesters use less pornography than a control group of “normal” males.This sort of assertion is bound to raise a few eyebrows and even cause a little controversy. Especially when taken alongside studies that seem to indicate that porn doesn’t result in feelings of misogyny. Additionally, while there is anecdotal evidence that porn users are abusive toward their female partners, there is no evidence that pornography use is the cause of these actions. Perhaps there are other factors, such as alcoholism or violent tendencies, that are bigger influences.In any case, while such studies do not prove that porn is actively good for society, they do seem to imply that pornography isn’t actively bad for us. Image source: cambridge.gov.uk © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Could Porn Be Good For Society? (2010, March 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-porn-good-society.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
“Our experiment is based on the wave–particle duality, which is a basic concept in quantum mechanics,” Wieland Schöllkopf, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “The idea that microscopic particles such as electrons, neutrons, atoms or even molecules exhibit wave-like behavior dates back to the 1920s, when Louis de Broglie introduced the particle wavelength, which today is referred to as the ‘de Broglie wavelength.'” Since de Broglie first developed his theory, researchers have carried out numerous experiments observing diffraction and interference, two wave phenomena that cannot be explained in a particle picture. The main aim of the study carried out by Schöllkopf and his colleagues was to investigate novel matter-wave diffraction methods that allow for coherent manipulation of atomic and molecular beams. “We observed diffraction of He atoms and D2 molecules scattering off from a grating structure,” Schöllkopf explained. “The latter is formed by a periodic array of polymer film structured on a gold-coated glass substrate. A variety of grating structures, all with identical period, but differing in the width of the polymer stripes, were made at UNIST in Ulsan, Korea. These gratings were used in the diffraction apparatus at the Fritz-Haber-Institut in Berlin, Germany.” The apparatus at the Fritz-Haber-Institut allowed the researchers to generate an intense beam of He or D2 with extremely narrow angular divergence. The generated beam is incident to the grating under grazing conditions, hence, the particles’ velocity component perpendicular to the grating surface is very small. “In previous experiments carried out at our lab, we have observed coherent reflection and diffraction from a grating structure under grazing incidence conditions,” Schöllkopf said. “This was attributed to ‘quantum reflection,’ which is a reflection mechanism different from classical reflection.” In classical reflection, as atoms or molecules approach a surface, they are affected by the atom-surface van der Waals force. This force leads to an acceleration towards the surface, with the particle ultimately bouncing off from the surface. On the other hand, in quantum reflection, the atoms or molecules already bounce back from the region in space dominated by the van der Waals force. Researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), in Korea, and Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, in Germany, have recently conducted a study investigating matter-wave diffraction from a periodic array of half planes. Their paper, published on Physical Review Letters (PRL), reports on the reflection and diffraction of He and D2 beams from square-wave gratings of a 400−μm period and strip widths ranging from 10 to 200 μm at grazing-incidence conditions. Explore further A schematic picture of half-plane array diffraction. Credit: Lee et al. More information: Ju Hyeon Lee et al. Matter-Wave Diffraction from a Periodic Array of Half Planes, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.040401Hilmar Oberst et al. Fresnel Diffraction Mirror for an Atomic Wave, Physical Review Letters (2005). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.013203 A third reflection mechanism, which differs from classical and quantum reflection, is based on the diffraction of the de Broglie waves of atoms or molecules from the edges of half planes, which are very narrow ridges on a surface. This mechanism, first observed in Japan by Prof. Shimizu and his colleagues, is now referred to as “Fresnel diffraction mirror” due to its analogy with the edge diffraction of light waves in optics. In their study, Schöllkopf and his colleagues observed fully resolved matter-wave diffraction patterns, including specular reflection and diffracted beams up to the second diffraction order. They also found that as strip width decreased, diffraction efficiencies transformed from the known regime of quantum reflection to the regime of edge diffraction. “In our experiment, we observed the transition from quantum reflection for relatively large widths of the grating stripes to the regime at small stripe widths where edge diffraction dominates,” Schöllkopf said. “Furthermore, in addition to the specular (mirror-like) reflection seen previously, we observed intense grating diffraction beams up to second order.”The experimental findings collected by the researchers confirm a previously developed single-parameter model, which is commonly used to describe a variety of phenomena, including quantum billiards, scattering of radio waves in urban areas and the reflection of matter waves from microstructures. Moreover, their observations suggest that neither classical nor quantum reflection mechanisms are essential for the reflective diffraction of matter waves from a structured solid, as this can result exclusively from half-plane edge diffraction. “Our observations allowed us to make a quantitative analysis of the reflection and diffraction efficiencies,” Bum Suk Zhao from UNIST, the principle investigator of the study, told Phys.org. “This, in turn, allowed for an experimental test of the Bogomolny-Schmit model of half-plane array diffraction. According to this model description the phenomenon is fully scalable with respect to the wavelength and the dimensions of the half-plane array. As a result, for a given incidence angle, the scattering of atomic matter waves of 1 nm de Broglie wavelength from a 4-μm-period array of parallel half planes shows identical diffraction effects as, e.g., the scattering of 1-cm-wavelength radio waves off buildings separated by 40 m.” The study conducted by Schöllkopf, Zhao and their colleagues provides a clear confirmation of the Bogomolny-Schmit model. In the future, their findings could also be used as a test bench for models of quantum reflection from microstructured surfaces that need to account for half-plane edge diffraction. In their next studies, the researchers plan to apply half-plane array diffraction to the investigation of weakly bound molecules, such as the He dimer and trimer.”Due to their extremely small binding energies, these di- and triatomic helium molecules are not amenable to many experimental tools,” Bum Suk Zhao explained. “For instance, classical scattering of He2 from a solid surface will inevitably lead to break-up. To overcome these limitations, more experimental techniques allowing for non-destructive manipulation of these species are needed. Half-plane array diffraction is a well suited method for this purpose.” ‘Meta-mirror’ reflects sound waves in any direction Journal information: Physical Review Letters “This counter-intuitive quantum effect of attractive forces, effectively resulting in recoil of the particle, can only be observed if the incident velocity in the direction perpendicular to the surface is very small,” Schöllkopf explained. “This is why, in our experiment, we can only observe quantum reflection at near grazing incidence conditions.” © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Observing matter-wave diffraction from a periodic array of half planes (2019, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-matter-wave-diffraction-periodic-array-planes.html A photograph of the research team taken inside a lab at Fritz-Haber-Institute, in Berlin. Credit: Lee et al. 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.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Port Trust has taken a significant stride in simplifying the transhipment process from Kolkata to Nepal by substantially reducing the documentation process. KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar on Friday evening flagged off the first train of containers from Netaji Subhas Dock under the new system.The facility, which was first adopted at Visakhapatnam Port has been extended to Kolkata Port on request from the Nepal government. Under this system, the Indian Customs have waived the requirement for a Nepal’s importer of filing a Customs Transit Declaration (CTD) at Kolkata Customs. The entire documentation for transit of container is provided by the shipping line and Nepal’s traders are not required to exchange an interface with the Indian Customs. The import for Nepal’s traders is expected to be seamless. Earlier, a Nepal importer had to send seven original documents to get the cargo cleared from the Kolkata Port. This has been reduced to one document that is electronically transmitted. The Indian Customs seals the containers using the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) and containers are evacuated from the port to Nepal by rail. The GPS enabled ECTS-seals are used to track the containers throughout its journey till Nepal. “The new process greatly reduces time and the end-to-end cost for Nepali traders (roughly per container savings of $200). The volumes of Nepal imports through Kolkata are expected to see an increase after the adoption of this process,” a senior KoPT official said.
4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 11, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Most people don’t realize that simply firing up their laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile device contributes to massive use of energy. When we think of energy, it tends to be in very broad-based terms: electric companies, oil refineries and green energy solutions. Technology companies, however, are playing a growing role in the energy sector.Opportunity awaits.It seems as though we’ve recently hit a wall in finding solutions for a greener world. We’ve harnessed wind power, converted solar rays and mass-produced electric cars. In the past few years, organizations have sprung up to help advance the greening efforts. But with fierce competition for capital, the kind of green that spends often is in short supply for sustainable causes. In contrast, the tech space is constantly innovating and appears to have no shortage of funders on the horizon.Related: 5 Exploding Niches Within TechAs companies realize the vast energy needed to operate cloud-based platforms and other emerging technologies, they understand they must do more than switch to smart bulbs and mobile-controlled thermostats. At the same time, energy companies are starting to see the need for updated technology. During the past three years, technology has skyrocketed in the energy sector. That’s particularly true for data collection services such as locating and extracting real-time information.New technologies allow oil and gas companies to monitor their equipment from start to finish. This gives them opportunity to streamline the refining process and produce more at a lower cost. The problem lies in maintaining profit upstream while lowering prices for consumers downstream. The tech industry isn’t quite ready to provide these solutions. Budgets of more than $20 million upward are projected to fund analytical programming capable of tracking all this streamlined data. In other words, huge business opportunities exist for tech companies who can take advantage of the increasing cloud-based need to run the energy sector more efficiently.Skepticism still exists.It remains to be seen whether the tech industry can build solutions that are appealing enough to be acceptable for major players in the energy industry. There’s plenty of skepticism about allowing technology to do the job of consulting. And there’s at least one self-fulfilling reason why: Data drawn from technology is consistently more simplified than data gathered by consultants. Related: How Analytics and Data Can Undermine LeadersMany energy companies make the issue even more convoluted. Leaders as Opportune LLP confirm that “energy firms have been widely reported as delaying or cancelling many billions of dollars in capital project additions. Technology consulting firms are vital to improving the capabilities of current working assets to optimize output until additional units can be put in service.” No one wants to reinvent the wheel — or the microprocessor chip. But it wouldn’t hurt to make the ride a little smoother. In the very near future, companies will need to adapt if they wish to reduce production costs and achieve greater efficiencies.Technology is just part of the solution.While data processing will continue to become more tech-savvy, we’ll still need analysts to sort through the data and provide context. Technology merely makes it easier for those analysts and consultants to find solutions that don’t require customers to pay higher prices. Energy leaders who loosen the reigns a bit will discover real excitement. After all, these very changes will allow their companies to perform at extremely high levels while enjoying lower costs.Visionaries who helm the largest energy companies stand to face the most resistance to new business models. The conventional wisdom has been to supplement upstream costs with downstream cash from end-users. But as oil prices drop for consumers, energy companies haven’t done much to change how they acquire it, or the expenses they incur. Energy companies already use technology to find stable wells below the surface. But they’re only starting to apply technology’s power to the analytical process and inform their consulting efforts. But there’s no denying technology is poised to become a huge player in the energy marketplace. And once analytical tech is implemented, energy companies will really start to fire on all cylinders. Related: This is Why You Should Become Green Energy Entrepreneurs Register Now »
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April 5, 2010 This continues the March 17. 2010 report about construction of the heat duct tunnel. Concrete walls have been completed down to the level below the foot bridge to the pool. In the last posting we saw images of a concrete pour for footings at this level. Wall forms are being installed on top of those footings and between same footings the crew prepares for a floor slab. [photo: Colleen Reckow & text: sue] With the large addition of workshop participants, many hands help with this concrete pour. [photo: Colleen Reckow & text: sue] The mixed, very heavy concrete is transported in wheel barrows to the pool foot bridge and moved down a shoot right into the prepared form for the floor slab. [photo & text: sue] This images explains the location of the work area right below the S.O.D. Office Building. We can see activity at the top of the tunnel, finishing of the floor slab and preparation of a large wall form. [photo & text: sue] The crew at the top of the tunnel is working on the rebar extensions. More about this on 4/7/2010. [photo & text: sue]
NBC Universal’s female skewing cable broadcaster Style Network is to expand its international channels arm and ramp up its licensing and merchandising and digital businesses with the creation of a new umbrella company.The firm has launched Style Media, which will bring together Style International, Style Digital, Style Licensing & Merchandising and Style Experiences into one company, operated by network boss Salaam Coleman Smith.The move is similar to that of the move made by NBC Universal’s Bravo and comes just over a year after Style parent Comcast completed its acquisition of NBC Universal.“Style is a powerful brand that resonates with women on multiple platforms and across the globe. The creation of Style Media will broaden our business and allow us to capitalise on Style’s strong consumer base of savvy women with immense purchasing power,” said Coleman Smith.
Russian broadcasting infrastructure provider RTRS has selected the system integrators that will be responsible for building the country’s second digital-terrestrial multiplex.The winning bidders in the tender process were TD Svyaz Engineering, NPP Triada-TV, TekhnoServ AS, Rossiyskiy Institut Moshchnogo Radiostroyeniya, Almaz-Antey Telekommunikatsii, Moshchnaya Apparatura Radiovesshchaniya I Televideniya, Telekom-Proyekt-5 and Soyuz-Telefonstroy.TD Svyaz Engineering will act as the lead integrator on the project, with a RUB14.5 billion contract to supply engineering services and equipment.RTRS plans to construct a DVB-T2-based network based on 4,956 sites.