CALGARY – Mayors from both ends of the proposed Energy East pipeline are calling for the National Energy Board to reverse its requirement that upstream and downstream emissions be included in its review of the $15.7-billion conduit.Saint John Mayor Don Darling, who said he was in Calgary to attend a wedding, paired up with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at a joint news conference to voice their support for the project which they say will create jobs and prosperity across Canada.Project proponent TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) of Calgary put its application on hold for 30 days earlier this month after the national agency said it would consider indirect greenhouse gas emissions in evaluating the proposed 4,500-kilometre oil pipeline from Hardisty, Alta., to Saint John, N.B.Darling said the ruling is unfair and amounts to changing the rules three years after the company started the process.Nenshi said the change was “madness” because upstream and downstream industries already have their own environmental processes.Environmental groups, however, support the NEB ruling which has also been backed by the federal government.
An unprecedented 225 middle and high schools are participating in Get Schooled’s Fall Attendance Challenge.More than 215,000 students in 80 cities across 28 states will engage in Get Schooled’s ‘friendly competition’ to boost student and school engagement and attendance rates. The size of the Challenge reflects increased national attention on attendance, as educators and communities focus on improving student achievement and graduation rates.To energize students and families alike, celebrity superstars One Direction, Ciara, and Rise of the Guardians star, Chris Pine have lent their voices to encourage middle and high school students to boost their attendance.According to a 2012 study by Johns Hopkins, 7.5 million students in the United States miss a month or more of school, putting them at risk for failing to learn key skills and potentially dropping out of high school. In a Get Schooled poll of middle and high school students released last month, students said celebrities, along with parents or a trusted teacher, are most likely to get them on a path to getting to school every day.“Schools and educators recognize we need to bring new energy and excitement to motivate students,” said Marie Groark, Executive Director of Get Schooled. “We are thrilled to have so many schools participate in our challenge and bring A-list partners on board this fall like One Direction, Ciara and Rise of the Guardians to motivate students to get to school and focus on their education.”One Direction, the global superstar group from the UK, taped a wake up call encouraging their fans to get the education they need to reach their dreams. As a bonus, students who sign-up on GetSchooled.com to receive a wake up call will be eligible to win a school notebook signed by One Direction.“Good Morning” the One Direction message says to students receiving the calls, “we’re not used to calling people this early, so you know this is important.”This is Get Schooled’s fourth, and largest, attendance challenge. Last Spring, Get Schooled led a Metro Detroit Attendance Challenge in partnership with Viacom, the United Way for Southeast Michigan and Chevrolet. More than half of all schools posted attendance increases during the challenge, with the winner, Lincoln High School, posting a remarkable eight percent gain.Get Schooled has also recruited some of the nation’s most innovative entertainment and educational gaming companies to support the Fall Attendance Challenge including Dreamworks Animation, Game House, The Jason Project, College Board, MTV and Cable in the Classroom.Get Schooled, Dreamworks Animation and Paramount Pictures have collaborated on a series of activities designed to inspire and motivate students during this challenge.Chris Pine, who stars in the film, has recorded a wake up call and loudspeaker announcement. Schools with the most engaged students early in the challenge have the opportunity to earn a private screening of Rise of the Guardians before its theatrical release.The winning school – with the highest attendance gains and highest levels of engagement –earns a Celebrity Principal for the Day. Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Ciara, is acting as the ‘face of the challenge’. While finishing her upcoming album, One Woman Army, she is using her voice to encourage schools and students to get active in the challenge and in their education.“Music has always been my passion, but school was always my priority”, said Ciara. “Education is the building block for everything we will do in our lives, without it, it is hard to say where any of us would be. I’m proud to be involved in a campaign that inspires and reminds today’s youth to get up, get out of bed and ‘Get Schooled!’”The Challenge launched October 1 and runs through November 30. To see a full list of schools participating, including current leaders, in the Fall Attendance Challenge, go to www.getschooled.com.
Creator and Host of the six-time Emmy Award winning “Sport Science” and author of the New York Times Best Seller “The Perfection Point”, John Brenkus, and thirteen-time Pro Bowl, two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP, Ray Lewis, have announced that the Ray Of Hope Foundation will be holding a kick-off fundraising event on Monday, September 18th at SignatureFD Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.The financial planning corporation, SignatureFD and SignaturePRO, whose purpose is to help empower athletes to live with purpose and confidence in their relationships and actions, has partnered up with the Ray of Hope Foundation for the event.Longtime friends Brenkus and Lewis bonded over one common principle: sending positive energy to those in need. It all started one day when Brenkus asked Lewis to record a short encouraging video for a friend who was fighting stage 4 brain cancer. The very next day, a friend of Brenkus asked him to record a short, uplifting video for a high school athlete who was paralyzed in a football accident. Six months after receiving the personalized videos, both have made incredible strides in recovery.The uplifting video requests for both Lewis and Brenkus kept coming. The simple favor soon became a passion and the positive energy began to perpetuate itself. Together these two positive, inspiring men started The Ray of Hope Foundation, an organization built on the premise of bringing hope to those in need via uplifting personalized video messages.The roster of celebrities who have already signed up to send out personalized, inspirational videos to those in dire need include: Olympic champions Michael Phelps, Summer Sanders and Apolo Orno; former NFL athletes Trent Dilfer, Lewis Howes, Takeo Spikes, Merril Hoge, and Eddie George; Musical Artist Joey McIntyre; Comedians Adam Carolla and Bill Engvall; Actors Randy Couture and Bryan Callen; Sportscaster Ernie Johnson; CEOs Daymond John and Phyllis Newhouse…and many others.Brenkus, Host of “The Brink of Midnight Podcast,” and Lewis, co-Host of “The Tackling Life Podcast,” will hold a joint, live podcast where they will interview the original “Ray of Hope” recipients. The event will also feature a Silent Auction including a remarkable G2G Collection vacation, a live painting by Jared Emerson, trips to Park City, UT and Cabo San Lucas courtesy of the Montage, and many more items. Musical guest Eric Dodd from Nashville, and Brenkus’ own band “Brink of Midnight” which he formed with his wife, Lizzie Brenkus will perform. The gathering will also feature prime cocktails, authentic Atlanta eats.Notable guests in attendance include Super Bowl champions and New York Giants Safeties Deon Grant and James Butler; Jarius Wynn from the Green Bay Packers; former NFL stars Michael Jenkins, Terance Mathis, Ovie Mughelli, Adrian Clayborn, and Trevor Knight; former Georgia Bulldogs turned NFLers Rennie Curran, Fernando Velasco, and Drew Butler; Auburn War Eagle, Jason Campbell and Hannibal Navies.The list continues with more pro athletes like Sherrod Martin, Stevie Baggs, Jr., Ryan McNeil, and Vonnie Holiday; former #1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft and Clemson legend Kris Benson; Longtime college hoops Coach Al Skinner; Audio Adrenaline frontman Adam Agee, and a pack of other music, sports and business luminaries.For more information about Ray of Hope Foundation, click here.
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 40.31 points to 15,858.31.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 148.82 points to 23,311.86.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 12.36 points to 2,574.46.The Nasdaq composite index was up 33.77 points to 6,638.84.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.30 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 80.14 cents US.
Marking 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated a call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.“Now is the time to end the conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel,” Mr. Guterres said in his statement on the 50 year occupation. The occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan, which displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians, has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people, he said. Among them are generation after generation of Palestinians who have been compelled to grow-up and live in ever more crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty, and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children, he added. Ending the occupation that began in 1967 and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, he stressed. “Now is not the time to give up on this goal” but is the time to return to direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, agreements and international law, Mr. Guterres said. He warned that continued settlement construction and expansion, violence and incitement and the illicit arms build-up and militant activity in Gaza risk creating a one-state reality that is incompatible with realizing the legitimate national and historic aspirations of both peoples. He recalled that in 1947, the world recognized the two-state solution and called for the emergence of “independent Arab and Jewish states” on the basis of UN General Assembly resolution 181.On 14 May 1948, the State of Israel was born, but almost seven decades later, “the world still awaits the birth of an independent Palestinian state,” he said, offering once again to work with all relevant stakeholders to support a genuine peace process.
Belzona has released a new epoxy-based material to, it says, resist the harshest abrasive environments typically found in the mining, cement, pulp & paper, biomass and other industries.Belzona 1814 can be applied with a brush or a float to protect assets preventing metal loss and subsequent downtime, either on its own or as part of a system with alumina tiles, the company says.Supplied in 30 kg units, compatible with mechanical mixers and boasting a long working life, Belzona 1814 is most suited for application to large assets, including chutes, hoppers and screw conveyors, according to Belzona.Belzona R&D Manager, Jason Horn, said: “There was a need for a lasting abrasion protection system, which can be easily mixed in large volumes and applied over sizeable areas.“Our second objective was to create a formulation with performance equal to our existent abrasion resistant materials, while keeping the costs down – the benefit of which could then be passed onto our end users.“We believe, with Belzona 1814, we have produced a high performance and cost-effective system.”
Nintendo has just released the latest “Iwata Asks” transcript where Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata holds a discussion about what is happening at the company and with its products. This time, the focus is on the Wii U hardware and some of the challenges faced when designing the new machine. Present at the session are four representatives from Nintendo’s hardware, software, and research divisions.What we learn from this discussion is the main objectives Nintendo set out to achieve with the Wii U hardware. They were:A console focused on HD content and outputVery low power useAs small a console as possibleBackwards compatibilityThe key to achieving those goals turned out to be something the processor industry is increasingly turning to: multi core processors that integrate a GPU.For the Wii and Gamecube before it, Nintendo used a separate CPU and GPU inside the machine, but for the Wii U that changed. Everything is integrated on to a single multi chip module (MCM), with parts provided by IBM, AMD, and Renesas.By taking this approach Nintendo only has a single heat source to deal with. That meant more efficient cooling and a smaller overall console. Even so, the Wii U understandably uses a larger heatsink and fan than the Wii due to 3x the heat production, but the multi core processor still runs cool enough that it doesn’t require a fan mounted directly on top of the heatsink.One efficient, cool running module ensures very low power use, but with multiple companies involved in manufacturing that module Nintendo had issues with handling bugs. More specifically, when an issue occurred who’s fault was it? Nintendo solved this by employing a “prove your innocence” method of testing and feedback where each company had to prove it wasn’t their fault. Apparently it worked very well as teams are more inclined to prove they did nothing wrong than check whether they did.It’s also interesting to note that many of the engineers working on the Wii U had a hand in developing the Wii. This turned out to be a major advantage when it came to ensuring backwards compatibility as things “just worked” without additional hardware being required to ensure Wii games ran as intended. That also suggests Nintendo won’t follow Sony in removing backwards compatibility in order to save on manufacturing costs in the future.Nintendo refers to the Wii U console as a “stagehand,” meaning it’s a box you can hide away and forget about. The focus is, after all, on the tablet controller for players, and it looks as though they have achieved that goal. Now we just need to get our hands on it to see just how good Nintendo’s first HD console is.More at Nintendo
From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?We’re directly across the shed ‘A’ at the Vic Market. Although the market side of Peel St is alive and vibrant with the fruit and veg stands, Peel Street has never had anything to attract people across the street. So, we’d always envisaged creating something special for the area, something that would eventually become a landmark. To attract people’s varied tastes, we decided to make two distinct and cosy shops – a cafe and the Grill. The aim of the two shops is to provide patrons with a really nice place were they can be assured to find the best quality, value and variety.Did your Greek Australian background help you or impede you during your early days?I am CPA qualified with over 20 years accounting experience, but I reminisce the days as a kid working in the take-away shop, as most Greeks did when their parents migrated here. Nothing beats chatting with friends – and friends you make in the shop. Annie has a teaching background, but the shop allows her to express her passion for cooking, like all Greeks. What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?We have a lot of pride in what we do. Our shops are clean, fresh and cosy: our food is fresh, tasty, and good value and the staff are the very best!How is business currently?The cafe, which has been only open several weeks, is a big success on the weekends with us having to turn people away on a few occasions because of a lack of seating. The Grill is also doing well. Traditionally we’re known for our souvlakia. Now we’re doing flame grilled burgers and developing a die-hard following for our burgers.What is your vision for the future of your business?We’re in the process of upgrading the outdoor seating, which will increase our capacity to accommodate more patrons. In the process, we will be making planter and glass barriers which will make the area even more inviting and a very special place for people to retreat and observe the market with the city as a backdrop.Do you have any tips for young entrepreneurs?Be cashed up: Starting a good business is expensive. Be committed to what you believe, and have pride in what you do. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Hundreds of people of all ages have visited the popular Mendenhall Glacier ice cave each weekend since the freeze-up of Mendenhall Lake this winter. This group visited March 3, 2019. (Photo by Skip Gray)As most of Juneau can tell you by now, the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves are a sight to behold.Although the famous blue caverns from several years ago have disappeared, word of a new cave spread over social media this winter and brought crowds of locals to the glacier.But while hiking to the cave is a remarkable experience, it also comes with a fair amount of risk.On a sunny day in February, several dozen people were walking across frozen Mendenhall Lake toward the western corner of the glacier.Some were on skis. Others had dogs or pulled kids on sleds.One by one, they passed by a yellow sign near the visitor center warning about unpredictable ice conditions.To enter the cave, hikers must make a dubious choice between sliding down a chute or crouching under low-hanging ice at the back.Inside, they find themselves in a narrow chamber made of brilliant blue ice.Open shafts create natural skylights in the roof overhead. The ground is ice, with a layer of silt that provides some — if not much — traction.A 360° video taken from inside a Mendenhall Glacier ice cave. Click and drag to look around. (Video by Matt Miller and David Purdy/KTOO)Toward the back of the cave, huge hunks of ice litter the floor.Walking around inside feels like being in the center of a wave that froze just as it was about to crash.About a month later, the weather had warmed up and the crowds had waned.Professional photographer Matt Brown was still out at the lake exploring.He said he’d been out to the glacier just about every weekend this winter, photographing the cave and venturing on top with climbing buddies.“The ice caves that we see right now are just more of an overhang cave, and those ones are really dangerous,” Brown said while standing on the frozen lake.He said the caves that were popular several years ago were much larger and were carved out by water, growing bigger over time.That means they were more stable.But Brown said the caves this winter are actually shrinking. He doesn’t expect them to last long.“Even though it may be 20 feet thick, you’re looking for cracks and fractures that might calve off, because they can come off at any time,” Brown said.The Mendenhall Glacier ice cave in March 2014. This view shows daylight streaming in from above the moulin. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Brown considers himself an ice cave enthusiast. He’s about as close to a local expert as you can find.When people ask him for advice about visiting, he tells them not to go without the right gear — crampons, a helmet and a backpack with emergency supplies.He said everyone needs to understand the risks involved when getting up close and personal with a glacier. You never know what can happen when ice is involved.That’s why he gets nervous when he sees people heading out there with small kids.“I warn people all the time, but they continue to go out with their infants and children,” Brown said. “I say ‘Hey look, you have a choice, your child doesn’t.’”This winter, Capital City Fire/Rescue made several rescues at the glacier.One was in December when a biker fell through the ice. Others were for people injured at the ice caves who couldn’t hike back out.Everyone ended up fine, but in at least one case, staff said the individual was not properly dressed.“People coming out here get hurt wearing shorts and tennis shoes, so it’s never safe when you do that,” Brown said.The U.S. Forest Service doesn’t monitor the ice caves or the thickness of the ice on the lake.Laurie Craig is a retired naturalist with the Forest Service. She worked at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for 15 years.She said she used to join the crowds of people out on the lake each winter, but stopped when she began working there.“It was only when I got to look out those windows for 15 winters,” Craig said during a recent interview. “It really opened my eyes to how volatile the situation is.”Matt Brown (back row, second from right) poses with members of Juneau’s Hidden History, an exploring club, after a climb on the glacier. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Craig is quick to point out that the body of water around the Mendenhall Glacier is not a typical lake.Underwater currents mean the thickness of the ice varies depending on where you are. Parts of it are also surrounded by steep rock walls and a shelf of ice.She has seen rockslides and calving events send splinters across the frozen lake in seconds.Even though it wasn’t part of her job, she said started keeping an eye on people from the visitor center as they were out on the ice.“It’s the conditions that we can’t count on that are unpredictable that could just really take everybody out, and I would hate to see that,” Craig said.Thankfully, the worst-case scenario Craig fears hasn’t happened.While injuries and deaths can and have happened at the lake in years past, they’ve been relatively few.“We’ve seen some pretty sad things out there, but I knock on wood all the time that we’ve been very fortunate,” Craig said. “If the glacier has a spirit, it’s a kindly one.”By this point in the year, warm weather has caused large chunks of lake ice to break up near the face of the glacier.Walking across is not an option anymore.The ice cave itself, if Brown is correct, likely won’t last long either.But he said continually melting ice and changing seasons mean more caves will probably form in the future.And as long as there are caves, people will want to see them.
Kamal Haasan on Bigg Boss Tamil 3Screenshot of StarVijay videoSinger Chinmayi Sripada slammed Bigg Boss Tamil 3 contestant Saravanan and host Kamal Haasan for normalising the sexual harassment of women and rape culture in the public transport on Saturday, July 27.As usual, Kamal Haasan appeared on Bigg Boss Tamil 3 and interacted with the contestants on Saturday night. At some point in the show, the host raised the issue of the trouble in boarding public bus. He said, “To travel on a busy bus is a big hassle. While there are people who are rushing to reach office on time, there are those who get in just to touch women inappropriately.”Saravanan, who is one of the participants of Bigg Boss Tamil 3, was quick in responding to him, by raising his hands up and admitting it. Kamal Haasan apparently felt that he used to punish the molesters. But Saravanan went on to make the big startling revelation that he used to board the public bus to molest women during his college days.Saravanan’s shocking admission of molesting girls on the bus was met with a cheer from the audience. He did not stop there, as he went on to justify his action by saying “It was long back when I was in college”. Saravanan on Bigg Boss Tamil 3Screenshot of StarVijay videoKamal Haasan is not only an actor but also the chief of the political party Makkal Needhi Maiam. He is the responsible persona and he should have condemned Saravanan’s brazen admission. But he failed to do it, as he went to normalizing rape culture, saying, “He (Saravanan) has gone beyond all that and is now become pure and holy.”Sexual harassment of women is one of the most debated topics in India in recent years. Here, a person is proudly admitting the crime against women, the TV host is normalising his act, audience receiving these stuff with laud cheer and the owner of the TV channel are irresponsibly telecast this scene.Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who is a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, took to Twitter to blast all of them. She retweeted a video clip showing this and wrote, “A Tamil channel aired a man proudly proclaiming he used the Public Bus Transport system to molest/grope women – to cheers from the audience. And this is a joke. To the audience. To the women clapping. To the molester. Damn.” Chinmayi Sripaada.PR HandoutIn this thread of her Twitter post, Chinmayi Sripaada wrote a detailed note, condemning contestant, Host, Bigg Boss Tamil 3 organisers and audience for promoting rape culture in the public transport bus. Here is her lengthy comment.I mean, do NONE of these people understand that millions of kids get molested on the bus? And that it is traumatic?!! How is anyone supposed to get justice in a society like this that cheers molesters? I took the PTC bus and then the MTC bus to school and even thereafter until I could get a second hand LML Trendy. There are some men in buses USE the crowd as an excuse to push their genitals into women AND younger men who are so traumatised that they don’t even know how to process it! When I attended German class, a guy told us that he gets molested by older men in the bus. Until then I had no idea boys get molested too. Thankfully he was strong enough to poke and even break the fingers of such men. Most girls cry. Or we numb ourselves. Saying it is normal. We begin normalising such behaviour and then train ourselves to never speak up or create a scene. Coz, hey, we need to go to college and school and work! Bus la nerusal irundhaalum, illaattalum, mela vandhu vizharavan nerusal naala vizharana, nerusal a saakka vechuttu molest panraanaa-nnu, adha anubhavichu tholanjavangaluku dhaan teriyum. ii,A Tamil channel aired a man proudly proclaiming he used the Public Bus Transport system to molest/grope women – to cheers from the audience.And this is a joke. To the audience. To the women clapping. To the molester.Damn. https://t.co/kaL7PMDw4u— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 27, 2019
Transmission of green laser light (532 nm) along the low-loss plasmonic waveguide, a) SEM image of a single crystalline flake (top) and fabricated DLSPP waveguide atop of the Ag plate (bottom), b) optical characterization of the waveguide for parallel (top) and perpendicular (bottom) polarizations of 532 nm laser light, c) bright-field microscopy images of the fabricated waveguides of different lengths on the Ag flake (inset shows an image of the grating couplers at the end of the waveguides used to maximize the in-coupling efficiency of DLSPPWs), d) measured propagation length of 11.8 µm for the DLSPPW on the Ag flake at 532 nm. Credit: Light Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0062-5. Quantum emitters can be integrated in monolithic nanoscale plasmonic circuitry via low-loss plasmonic configurations to confine light well below the diffraction limit. In integrated quantum plasmonics, waveguides based on surface plasmon polariton (SPP) modes that propagate electromagnetic waves along metal-dielectric or metal-air interfaces are superior to dielectric-based (and therefore diffraction-limited) photonic waveguides. The observation is in respect to the available Purcell enhancement from embedded quantum emitters and the ongoing trend toward on-chip integration and miniaturization to realize optical signal processing and integrated circuits. Different metal-dielectric configurations have been developed for strong light-matter interactions at the scale of the single photon to support the propagation of plasmonic modes confined beyond the diffraction limit. The property can enable unique prospects to design highly integrated photonic-signal processing systems, sensors and optical imaging techniques with nanoscale resolution. Efficiency of the GeV-DLSPPW platform compared with other hybrid quantum systems, a) the dependence of the simulated plasmonic decay rate was observed for the DLSPPW coupled GeV center. The inset showed the cross-section of a y-oriented dipole emitter located within the DLSPPW waveguide, b) distribution profile of the emission efficiency (β-factor) for a distribution inside the GeV center within a nanodiamond, where each colored square represented the central value of the corresponding in-plane dipole position, c) figure of merit (FOM) and transmission length of hybrid quantum plasmonic systems of GeV-DLSPPW on the Ag crystal compared with other quantum emitter plasmonic waveguide (QE PW) hybrid systems. Credit: Light Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0062-5. The study was the first to detail the synthesis and characterization of the GeV nanodiamonds. The nanodiamonds were produced using the high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) method; Ge was introduced during the growth process to incorporate single GeV centers. The scientists proposed and demonstrated a hybrid approach for nanofabrication using DLSPPW structured on single silver (Ag) crystals that considerably lowered SPP dampening rates, compared to Ag films fabricated by other techniques. The method facilitated sufficiently long SPP propagation at the excitation and emission wavelengths of GeV centers in nanodiamonds incorporated within a plasmonic chip. © 2018 Phys.org The structure of the synthetic GeV nano and microdiamonds were observed in the raw sample using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Synthetic nanodiamonds were spin coated onto Ag-coated silicon wafers and scanned with confocal fluorescence microscopy. Measured data indicated ultrabright, spectrally narrow and stable single photon sources based on single GeV centers in the nanodiamonds, suitable for highly integrated circuits. The polarization characteristics of the GeV nanodiamonds were measured using an analyzer in the detection pathway to determine the projection of single photons emitted on the surface plane. The data measured for a single GeV nanodiamond fit the model polarization characteristics of diamond color centers based on group-IV elements in the periodic table (e.g. silicon-vacancy SiV, germanium-vacancy GeV, and tin-vacancy SnV). More information: On-chip excitation of single germanium vacancies in nanodiamonds embedded in plasmonic waveguides, www.nature.com/articles/s41377-018-0062-5 Siampour et al, 12 Sept 2018, Light Science & Applications.Plasmonics beyond the diffraction limit www.nature.com/articles/nphoton.2009.282 Gramotnev & Bozhevolnyi, 29 Jan 2010, Nature Photonics. Citation: On-chip excitation of nanodiamonds embedded in plasmonic waveguides (2018, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-on-chip-nanodiamonds-embedded-plasmonic-waveguides.html Journal information: Light: Science & Applications Additionally, the authors used a single crystalline Ag flake instead of Ag film to significantly enhance the DLSPPW propagation length. Green laser light transmitting through the DLSPPW mode was optically characterized as polarization along the waveguide axis. Transmission was measured for several waveguides of varying lengths to show extraordinary propagation lengths (~11.8 µm) for the green laser light through the low-loss DLSPPW. Using a similar set-up, the scientists proceeded to demonstrate and confirm remote excitation of the GeV center coupled to the DLSPPW mode. Subsequently, the GeV decay rate was simulated using the finite element modeling (FEM) method and a decay rate of up to four-fold was predicted for a GeV center in the waveguide compared to its emission in vacuum. The system demonstrated superior performance when compared with previously demonstrated systems, the observed Purcell factor can be further enhanced in future studies by using a larger refractive index dielectric such as titanium dioxide (TiO2). The study opens the way to integrate an excitation laser, quantum emitter and plasmonic circuit onto the same chip. Previous strategies have demonstrated the detection of single plasmons and two-plasmon interference on a chip. By combining all three technologies on a single chip, the authors envision that it will be possible to integrate all elements of a quantum plasmonic circuit on a chip in the near future. Schematic illustration of the device layout and working principle for on-chip excitation of a nanodiamond. The nanodiamond carries spectrally narrow single GeV quantum emitters embedded in a DLSPP waveguide. Credit: Light Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0062-5. A variety of SPP-based structures created in the past include metal nanowires (NW), parallel NWs, V-grooves (VGs) and wedge waveguides that have demonstrated single plasmon guidance for potential quantum applications. The practical realization of such integrated quantum photonics has remained elusive due to several challenges, including high propagation losses of SPP modes and the limited control on single quantum emitters. More recently, studies have nanofabricated low-loss, dielectric-loaded SPP waveguides (DLSPPWs) structured on a silver film for simple quantum plasmonic circuits composed of embedded nanodiamonds with nitrogen-vacancy centers.Now writing in Light Science & Applications, Hamidreza Siampour and co-workers have taken a step forward in the field of integrated quantum plasmonics by demonstrating on-chip coupling between a single photon source and plasmonic waveguide. In the approach, the physicists engineered a nanodiamond featuring a germanium vacancy (GeV) center that emits single photons, embedded inside a plasmonic waveguide composed of dielectric hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) atop a layer of silver fabricated using electron-beam lithography. When a green laser light (532 nm) was coupled to one end of the waveguide via grating couplers to propagate to the nanodiamond, it excited the GeV center, which emitted a single photon that coupled into the plasmon mode of the waveguide. In the work, the researchers achieved long waveguide transmission lengths (33 µm) and efficient coupling (56 percent) to open new avenues in the development of chip-based quantum circuitry. Switchable plasmonic routers controlled by external magnetic fields by using magneto-plasmonic waveguides Explore further On-chip excitation of a single GeV nanodiamond (ND) assigned via controlled placement in a device fabricated with hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) atop Ag film a) the sample layout and working principle of direct excitation of a GeV nanodiamond embedded in a plasmonic waveguide, b) AFM image of the fabricated waveguide (left), CCD image of the whole structure where the nanodiamond is excited (right). The three spots ND, A and B showed excitation and emission of the GeV emitter (ND) as well as coupling of GeV to the DLSPPW mode, propagation and out-coupled radiation from the two ends (A and B). Credit: Light Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0062-5. Characterization of the nanodiamonds: a) SEM images of the GeV nano and microdiamonds of the raw sample after HPHT synthesis, the TEM image is seen inset. b) the Ge atom is located in the middle of two empty lattice sites, which includes inversion symmetry, c) the system includes an electronic structure and optical transitions similar to the group IV family of diamond color centers, d) the normalized photon rate for a single GeV nanodiamond in the Ag plane versus the analyzer angle, measured (dot) and model fit (solid). Credit: Light Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0062-5. The observed capacity for single-photon emission in diamond nanocrystals can enable hybrid quantum-plasmonic systems that can facilitate remote excitation of the GeV centers incorporated in a plasmonic chip. Siampour et al. elegantly demonstrated the efficient long-range delivery of the GeV-DLSPPW system compared with other hybrid quantum plasmonic systems. An exceptional figure of merit (FOM) of 180 was revealed in the study due to a ~six-fold Purcell enhancement, 56 percent coupling efficiency and ~33 µm transmission length at a wavelength (λ) of 602 nm. Electron beam lithography was used to fabricate the waveguides with HSQ resist on Ag-coated substrates to contain the nanodiamonds featuring single GeV centers – added via controlled placement into the device. The technology provided ~30 nm precision in placement, enhanced via observations with SEM imaging, limited by the size of nanodiamonds, which could be fabricated down to 1 nm using existing diamond synthetic technology. The fabricated waveguide was visualized with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and with a charge coupled device (CCD) camera after nanodiamond excitation via a green pump laser. , Nature Photonics 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. 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Kolkata: The West Bengal government will seek Centr’s intervention in some recent actions regarding the city-based PSU Hindustan Steelworks Construction Ltd (HSCL) by its parent NBCC India. “I am in the process of sending a letter to the union housing and urban affairs minister seeking his intervention in protecting this company from getting virtually shifted and preventing job losses of the 478 contractual employees,” state Power Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay told PTI. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Chattopadhyay, who is also an INTTUC leader, alleged that the HSCL was not implementing the agreements signed with the union recently and was now engaged in unproductive expenses worth Rs 43 crore in buying unnecessary property that would hurt the company’s financials. HSCL Managing Director Neelesh Shah dismissed the allegations and said the company had acquired the property to expand operations as it required better infrastructure in Delhi for liasoning with its parent NBCC and clients. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed HSCL Contractual Employees Association has alleged that NBCC India is drying up cash reserves and transferring funds in order to wind up the HSCL. “Though HSCL already has a full-fledged functioning regional office in Delhi at Scope Minar, Laxminagar, NBCC has transferred HSCLs fund of Rs 43 crore into its account by purchasing an office space for HSCL in Delhi (a property of NBCC) which is illogical and breach of agreement,” the association’s general secretary Joydeep Lahiri said in a statement. The construction work of the proposed new corporate office of the HSCL in Kasba area in Kolkata is also not taking off till date, he said. In April 2017, NBCC acquired HSCL as its subsidiary by holding 51 per cent of the equity shareholding. In December, the steel ministry agreed to transfer its entire 49 per cent stake in HSCL to housing and urban affairs ministry.
The season of rain, love, freshness is here, after the long summers and we can’t be more excited. But all good things come with some cons. And, when it comes to monsoon, the most tricky thing is to decide what to wear and how to wear it.Dressing up while keeping in mind your comfort as well as the latest trends can definitely be a challenge this season, but don’t let the weather dampen your young and restless spirit. Abhishek Yadav, Design Head Spykar Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd; Hopscotch’s leading stylist, Neelima Kamboj and Isha Shah, Fashion Stylish, GetNatty have some tips and suggestions for monsoon fabrics. Take a look: Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”One should refrain from wearing fabrics that can stick to the skin and absorb moisture. Knits and linens are a total no. Whatever you opt for wearing should dry off easily and should not turn sheen on getting wet,” says Isha. “Always opt for lighter fabrics like cotton as they dry faster and are best for sensitive skin of kids. Fabrics like heavy knits and woollens are a complete no as they retain water and stick to the body. Even the heavier fabrics like denim and jeans are to be strictly avoided as they take a longer time to dry,” suggests Neelima Kamboj. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Cotton Cotton being the evergreen fabric is one of the best options to be worn in monsoons. Cotton is absolutely an excellent material for the humid climate as it allows air to flow in and around the skin. Don’t forget to pick the bright colors. Crepe Opt for a crepe with a range of mixed fabrics including cotton, chiffon, and rayon. The best part about this fabric is that it drapes really well. An added benefit of crepe is it being completely wrinkle-free. Look uber stylish in crepe dresses and trousers without the hassle of ironing or waiting long for the fabric to dry. Lyocell Lyocell or modal fabrics are eco-friendly, comfortable alternatives to cotton that have a great hand feel and are naturally wrinkle-resistant. Made from the wood pulp of trees, they are breathable and with absorption properties comparable to cotton. Apart from the fabrics mentioned above, you can even look out for Nylon, Khadi, and Silk – which will be comfortable withous messing up with your style quotient.Apart from clothes, monsoon’s arrival also demands a perfect pair of footwear to keep you going without any glitch. So, say goodbye to pretty heels and hello to sandals and flip flops. It’s time to swop summer staples with more monsoon friendly style. Therefore Surabhi Agrawal Head – Merchandising, Crocs India, suggests some options for crocs that are perfect for monsoon season : Swiftwater Tropical Teal/Light Grey Women Sandal These super versatile, multipurpose sandals are ideal for an evening outing to date night in the monsoon season. Flexible, comfortable straps do a great job of hugging your feet while still allowing you to pull them on and take them off with ease. Women’s Swiftwater Mesh Sandal The adventurous and amphibious mesh sandals are the most active water-friendly sandals for monsoon adventures. Soft mesh uppers offer maximum breathability, while hook & loop adjustable straps and pull tabs at the heels offer quick on and off. Crocs Laura Flat Classically feminine, with all the versatile simplicity required to become your next favorite pair of flats this monsoon is Laura.It features heel cut-outs for additional breathability, a closed-toe design for all occasions, and the easy-going the comfort of a single-mold construction that can do playful, pretty and everything in between. Crocs Bayaband Black Casual Sandals What happens when you combine two of Crocs most iconic silhouettes, the Baya and the Crocband, into one special pair? You get these Bayaband slides, a style that takes the fashion-athletic spirit of the originals to another level.
New Twitch Prime games for August 2018 by Martin Brinkmann on August 02, 2018 in Games – No commentsTwitch Prime customers, those who have linked an Amazon Prime account to the game streaming platform Twitch, get free games and digital items regularly each month.The last month was filled with an impressive list of free games that Twitch Prime users could add to their account. Among the many games made available during the time were smash hits such as Tyranny, Serial Cleaner, The Bridge, Tacorna, or the SNK Bundle.Twitch continues the spree by providing customers with another set of free games and virtual items that that can add to their account.Note that games and items remain accessible even if you decide to cancel your Prime membership.The Twitch Prime loot bundle of August 2018A total of five games are listed currently on Twitch when you are signed in to an account that is eligible for the offer (read Amazon Prime account linked to the Twitch account).The five games in question are:Wizardry Bundle (August 1 – 31)Jotun: Valhalla Edition (August 1 – 31)Antihero (August 1 – 31)SteamWorld Dig (August 1 – 31)Death Squared ( (August 1 – 31)All you need to do to claim the offers is to click on “claim offer” under each of the listed games to add them to the account.You need the Twitch Desktop App to play the games on your Windows PCs. All released games are only available for Windows.Wizardry BundleWizardry Bundle includes Wizardry 6, 7 and 8. Wizardry is a classic RPG series that was very influential. The games are classic games that don’t look too good on today’s systems. Wizardry makes up for it with great gameplay if you like roleplaying games.Jotun: Valhalla EditionJotun: Valhalla edition is an action-style viking adventure game by Thunder Lotus Games.AntiheroAntihero is a fast-paced multiplayer turn-based strategy game that plays in Victorian London.SteamWorld DigSteamWorld Dig is a platform minding adventure with strong Metroid and Terraria influences.Death SquaredDeath Squared, finally, is an addictive puzzle game that you play in co-op. The game is all about cooperation to solve each level and move on to the next in line.Apart from the listed games, digital loot is also available. Digital items are available for RuneScape, Overwatch, PUBG, Warframe, and Call of Duty WWII.To claim one, some or all of the offers click on the crown icon on the Twitch website after you have signed in and linked your Amazon Prime account to Twitch. You find all offers listed on the page.Now You: What is your take on the free loot that Twitch hands out monthly?SummaryArticle NameNew Twitch Prime games for August 2018DescriptionTwitch Prime customers, those who have linked an Amazon Prime account to the game streaming platform Twitch, get free games and digital items regularly each month.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Montego Bay on Jamaica north’s coast is celebrating its fifth Pride. GAYSTARNEWS- Montego Bay Pride in 2016. | Photo: aidslaw.ca The capital of Saint James Parish and a popular cruise ship port, the city will host its own LGBTI festival on 8-14 October.The celebrations are meant to be a counterpart to those in Kingston, on the eastern side of the island.‘Many persons on the western side couldn’t get across to enjoy and participate in the activities there, so that’s why we started Montego Bay Pride,’ Maurice Tomlinson told jamaica-star.com.Tomlinson founded Montego Bay Pride in 2014. He is a lawyer, an LGBTI rights advocate and HIV activist in the Caribbean.The events of Montego Bay PrideMontego Bay Pride will kick off with a launch party at the Round Hill Hotel on October 8. Other events also include panels and a free movie festival, screening LGBTI movies such as Indian film Evening Shadows.The protest will take to the streets on Sunday 14 October. Departing at 10:30am from Hotel Gloriana, the walking groups will reach the airport roundabout.‘We put a lot of stock on visibility, we make sure that people know that we are here. We do pop up protests by driving into town and jumping out with rainbow flags and placards so that people know we are here,’ Tomlinson said. ‘They only hear one side of the story’He furthermore added: ‘The challenge in any society with accepting or understanding LGBT people is that they only hear one side of the story. That’s what is preached by the churches that we are all pedophiles and all these ridiculous things.’Tomlinson said LGBTIs who experience loneliness and depression need to know that there is a support system in Montego Bay.‘They are not alone. In fact, there is a community there to support them in case anybody is in crisis. As you would have seen, we’ve had some unfortunate instances of abuse, so we want them to know that there are people to rely on.’Jamaica has been deemed one of the most anti-LGBTI countries in the world due to the high rate of hate crimes. Moreover, Gay sex is illegal and men face life imprisonment or hard labor for that.Watch a video of 2017 Montego Bay Pride below:[embedded content]Read more from Gay Star News:Curaçao celebrates Pride with annual Navigaytion cruise in the Caribbean Sea Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) When is Pride? Check out our international Pride calendar 2018Pretoria to host a spectacular Cirque du Soleil inspired Pride paradeHong Kong’s Pink Season is the LGBTI festival the whole Asia is talking aboutRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/montego-bay-pride-jamaica/
M6, A500 and A50 Stoke-on-Trent Newcastle Borough Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stoke-on-Trent this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the city between Monday November 12 and Sunday November 18 2018. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Stoke-on-Trent. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from November 12 until November 18 Staffordshire Moorlands Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter South Cheshire Bentilee: Multi-way traffic signals on Dividy Road between number 101 and number 171 from September 7 until December 7 Cobridge: Roadworks and road closure on Grove Street from November 12 until November 23 Dresden: Two way traffic signals on Cocknage Road near Chaplin Road from October 12 until November 16 Dresden: Carriageway incursion on Lightwood Road from November 12 until November 14 Etruria: Roadworks and road closures at junction of Etruria Road and New Century Street from 9.30am and 3.30pm from November 13 until November 15 Goldenhill: Give and take traffic control on High Street at Newark Grove from November 5 until November 25 Hanford: Two way traffic signals on Queen Mary Road from October 30 until November 12 Hanford: Multi-way traffic signals on Wilson Road from October 30 until November 13 Hartshill: Multi-way traffic signals at The Avenue/Albany Road from November 12 until November 14 Joiners Square: Two way traffic signals on A52 Leek Road near Lime Kiln traffic lights from November 14 until November 16 Longton: Two way signals on Heathcote Street from November 13 until November 16 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Market Street, Sutherland Road, Anchor Road and Commerce Street from June 5 until November 30 Penkhull: Roadworks and road closure on Oxford Street from November 14 until November 30 Shelton: Roadworks, traffic control and lane closures on Shelton New Road, Shearer Street, Bedford Road, Bedford Street, Lower Bedford Street, Davis Street and Lomas Street from October 19 until November 26 Sneyd Green: Roadworks and road closures on Bagot Grove from November 13 until November 30 Sneyd Green: Two way traffic signals on Berwick Road from October 22 until December 21 Sneyd Green: Roadworks and road closures on Moxley Avenue, Raymond Avenue, Langdale Crescent and Melrose Avenue from November 5 until November 16 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on Hartshill Road in Stoke from November 5 until November 16 Trent Vale: Carriageway incursion on A34 Newcastle Road near B&M from November 9 until November 13 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on Harewood Street from September 25 until January 14 2019 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 16 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Queens Avenue from November 5 until November 23 Weston Coyney: Multi-way traffic signals on Weston Coyney Road and Carberry Way on November 13 Wide load set to travel through area Full list
5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The crew includes New Zealanders, Australians, Chinese and one American, according to the center. The boat has anchored at a jetty because Norfolk Island, home to about 2,000 people, does not have a port or marina. The island is about 500 miles northwest of New Zealand.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Eighteen sailors whose yacht was badly damaged during a race from New Zealand to New Caledonia have reached the safety of remote Norfolk Island.The crew on the 24-meter (79-foot) vessel Beau Geste contacted rescue teams Monday after the boat’s hull and deck were damaged during stormy weather about 100 nautical miles east of Norfolk Island. New Zealand’s Rescue Coordination Centre arranged for a fishing boat to accompany the sailboat as it limped to the South Pacific island overnight. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden presents Governor Abercrombie with a commemorative plaque Hundreds of Elvis fans have gathered in Hawaii as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of The King’s “Aloha from Hawaii” concert that was simulcast to over one billion viewers worldwide on 14 January 1973. Guests have had the opportunity to attend exclusive events including Elvis-themed dance parties, performances and interviews with Elvis’ co-stars, friends and fellow musicians.The first-ever Hawaiian celebration will culminate in a one night only screening of the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert at Neal Blaisdell Arena on 14 January 2013. Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden attended an exclusive gathering at Washington Place this week to present a plaque to the Governor of Hawaii in commemoration of the historic event.“In Memphis, Tennessee we are very proud of our Southern hospitality,” Mr Soden said.“We believe that we are the most hospitable place on earth – well we did until a couple of days ago when we came to Hawaii and experienced Hawaiian hospitality and we couldn’t be more happy.” The plaque will be on display in the Governor’s office.“He felt the aloha spirit, he lived the aloha spirit. We are happy to claim Elvis Presley as one of our own,” Governor Abercrombie told e-Travel Blackboard. “A keiki o ka’aina – a child of the Islands.”The unveiling took place in front an audience including radio DJ and legendary concert promoter “Uncle” Tom Moffatt, actor Jim Nabors, performer Jimmy Borges, Elvis’ former co-stars and band members and representatives from Elvis Presley Enterprises. Governor Abercrombie also acknowledged the little-known fundraising efforts that Elvis undertook for the world-renowned Arizona Memorial located at the site of the Pearl Harbour bombings. “It was Elvis Presley who was the catalyst for allowing us today to recognise the singular importance of the memorial,” Governor Abercrombie said.“Elvis represents to us and to the rest of the world a humanity that connects us all.”“Elvis Presley was our shining national guitar.”Click here to view entire photo gallery. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact However, there will undoubtedly be a market for a player with more than 900 career receptions, 12,000 yards and 89 touchdowns if he should be come a free agent, which are numbers Fitzgerald should easily reach and surpass this season. Top Stories Over the course of his 11-year NFL career, Larry Fitzgerald has emerged as the face of the Arizona Cardinals as well as one of the best receivers the game has ever seen. And during that time, he also got paid very, very handsomely for his efforts. Fitz and the Cardinals restructured his contract in February, and though it bought both time to sort things out in 2014, in a way it just delayed the inevitable decision that is going to have to be made. Though Fitzgerald got off to a slow start this season, he’s certainly come on strong in recent weeks, bringing his season line to a team-best 44 receptions for 625 yards. The third-overall pick in the 2004 draft is still an effective player, and the Cardinals have consistently maintained they’d like him to finish his career in Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 31-year-old is scheduled to make a substantial amount of money next season, and chances are the team has little interest in paying him that kind of coin. And according to ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Fitzgerald’s is one of the six most onerous contracts in the NFL.Full deal: Seven years, $113 million through 2018 Relevant terms: Fitzgerald has an $8 million roster bonus due in 2015, along with a cap number of $23.6 million and total cash compensation of $16.25 million. Analysis: Fitzgerald is on pace for his first 1,000-yard season since 2011 and almost certainly has a number of productive seasons remaining in his career. But his elite-level contract makes him vulnerable at age 31 and in the presence of young Cardinals receivers Michael Floyd and John Brown. The 2015 offseason will be the first time the Cardinals could save cap space ($9.2 million) by releasing Fitzgerald. It’s possible he would agree to a pay cut or a restructure, and in truth he could help the Cardinals for years to come. But his contract is an obstacle that seems likely to force a move that otherwise wouldn’t be contemplated. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
GRACANICA, Kosovo – A musical about the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic was staged in Kosovo on Tuesday, drawing strong emotions in the nation still reeling from a bloody war that the former strongman waged here 20 years ago.“Lift: Slobodan Show” premiered at a packed theatre in Gracanica, a Serb-populated town outside Kosovo’s capital of Pristina. It was performed by a local theatre group and artists from Serbia.Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority shunned the play, reflecting the continued ethnic divisions in the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Milosevic’s brutal crackdown on Kosovo’s separatist ethnic Albanians in 1998-99 killed some 10,000 people.Independent analyst Shkelzen Maliqi wrote in the newspaper Express: “I do not intend to see the show. I would not like to listen to the text with quotes from Slobo.”The play deals with Milosevic’s era in power as well as the lives of ordinary people in Kosovo. It combines historic events, personal moments between Milosevic and his wife, Mirjana Markovic, and real-life stories of the actors, most of who come from Kosovo.Focused on the late 1990s during the bloodshed in Kosovo, the play also relates to the period after Milosevic’s ouster in a popular revolution in 2000 and his subsequent U.N. war crimes trial.Director Nenad Todorovic, a Serb from Kosovo, explained that “the theme (of the play) is Milosevic because he is the last Serbian taboo.”Milosevic is widely seen as the main architect of the bloody Balkan conflicts, but Serbs in both Kosovo and Serbia remain divided over his historic role even though his rule brought sharp economic decline, international sanctions and a crackdown on political opponents.Tens of thousands of Serbs fled Kosovo after the war, while those who stayed behind live mostly in the Serb-dominated north or in Serb-populated enclaves elsewhere in the country.Spiced with humour and music performed by a choir, the Milosevic play drew laughter from many in the audience with details from Milosevic’s family life, but it also angered some who walked out before it ended. Those who stayed gave it a long applause.In Pristina, Agim Selimi, the ethnic Albanian dean of the Kosovo Arts Faculty, said that “any topic may be treated” artistically.“I believe that everybody, especially in the Balkans, should discuss both positive and negative sides of anything because that is very important for the future of the Balkans,” he said.Milosevic died in 2006 while on a genocide trial at the tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.___Associated Press writers Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia and Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, contributed to this report. Mixed reactions in Kosovo to Slobodan Milosevic musical by Florent Bajrami, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2018 2:10 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An actress makes final preparations before appearing on stage in a musical dubbed The “Lift: Slobodan Show” about late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic premiered Tuesday, March 6, 2018, before a packed theatre in Gracanica, a Serb populated town outside Kosovo’s capital of Pristina. A musical about late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic has been staged in Kosovo, drawing mixed reactions in the nation still reeling from a bloody war he waged there twenty years ago. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)