Share Posted by Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Porter back to Stephenville for the holidays Tags: Newfoundland, Porter Airlines TORONTO — Porter Airlines is returning to Stephenville, Newfoundland, this holiday season.The holiday schedule offers roundtrip service on Wednesdays on Dec. 20, 27 and Jan. 3. Service is also available to Ottawa International Airport and to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the same aircraft.“Porter recognizes these flights are an important connection for the community and we’re happy to be a part of bringing families together, especially around the holidays,” said Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines.“As we celebrate Porter Airlines’ fourth summer of success in Stephenville, today’s announcement carries a very special significance for families in western Newfoundland,” said Brenda Martin, CEO of Stephenville Airport. “Our customers have asked for more Porter flights to Stephenville, and by adding three flights for the holidays we are thrilled to make the region more accessible than ever for our customers coming home for Christmas.” Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Colombo, Aug 29 (AFP) Sri Lankan cricket’s anti-corruption unit detained two Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during a domestic Twenty20 league game, officials said today. The men were apprehended after officials spotted them behaving suspiciously and making repeated calls on their mobile phones during the match between Galle and Dambulla at Pallekele, in the island’s central hills. “We saw suspicious behaviour of the two Indians and ACU (anti-corruption unit) officials handed them over to the police for further investigations,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) official told AFP. The arrest comes a day after SLC issued a new match-fixing alert after a group of spectators were asked to leave another venue after officials suspected them of involvement in attempted match-fixing. The ongoing T20 tournament features solely Sri Lankan cricketers after plans to emulate the massively lucrative Indian Premier League and attract foreign stars to Sri Lanka fell through. Authorities say the scaled-down competition is still attracting match-fixers, and have increased the deployment of officials at games and team hotels, while players have been warned to inform the authorities of any attempt to approach them to fix matches. Sri Lanka has also announced plans for tougher laws against sports corruption and a special police unit to deal with match-fixing following an Al-Jazeera documentary exposing corruption in global cricket in which three Sri Lanka officials were filmed agreeing to sway matches. (AFP) ATKATK
On Tuesday, the Undergraduate Student Government Senate discussed and clarified an invalid motion made to indefinitely censure Vice President Blake Ackerman last week.Ackerman was censured by senators after they received screenshots of online comments Ackerman made allegedly condoning hazing. He promptly left his chair for the remainder of the meeting once the censure was passed.Parliamentarian Emily Donahue said the censure was incorrectly deemed “indefinite” and was reported as such in the Daily Trojan. Since a censure is not the same as removal or suspension, Donahue said the action voted on last week was invalid since censures cannot be indefinite. Unlike what happened during last Tuesday’s meeting, a censure does not require a member of USG to leave their seat since there are no direct consequences associated with it, according to USG bylaws, Donahue further explained. A valid censure would result in Ackerman temporarily yielding his chair to the speaker pro tempore, who would assume the vice president’s ability to censure. The vice president would then resume responsibilities immediately after the censure was issued. “Because that language was used, the censure was invalid and [Ackerman] should have been returned to his seat,” Donahue said regarding the term “indefinite.” The Senate addressed the mistakes made in last week’s meeting amid confusion from the audience, one of whom called the censure “petty politics.”“All of us are trying to do our job as senators being a check for executive members and making sure that we’re all upholding the standards of integrity that we agreed to,” Sen. Meagan Lane said. Due to the confusion, Ackerman explained that USC Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards and USG are not conducting investigations into the allegations against him. USG only has authority over its own Bylaws, Constitution, Code of Ethics and Elections Code, and its authority does not include the ability to independently investigate a member of USG, according to Donahue.“Hazing and other issues that potentially were brought up [against Ackerman] are outside of our realm, so those shouldn’t and will not be discussed in this area,” Donahue said. “We’re all students and we don’t have authority over those [issues].”According to USG’s bylaws, a formal complaint must be hand delivered to the speaker pro tempore indicating a violation of one of the realms of USG jurisdiction stated above for any kind of action within USG to be taken against Ackerman.No official action or investigation against Ackerman was announced by time of publication.
Silkworms Engineered to Produce Spider SilkNanotube “Rebar” Makes Graphene Even Stronger Stay on target Graphene: It’s what’s for dinner.Scientists at Rice University are testing new ways to embed graphene patterns onto food, fabric, wood, and other objects.Famed for its toughness and conductivity, the basic structural element has been touted as a “miracle material,” ideal for use in fast-charging batteries and edible electronics.AdChoices广告It’s the latter that most interests Rice chemist James Tour, who is leading an investigation into ways to embed conductive identification tags and sensors directly into products.Rice University chemist James Tour shows a potato enhanced with a conductive pattern of laser-induced graphene (via Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The process is an extension of the Tour lab’s ongoing experimentation with laser-induced graphene (LIG).Most recently, researchers developed a method for making graphene foam—a two-dimensional form of carbon—that can be written into materials and used in various applications (like heat-activated clothing or RFID food tags).“This is not ink,” Tour said in a statement. “This is taking the material itself and converting it into graphene.”Multiple laser passes with a defocused beam allow scientists to write LIG patterns (in this case, the Rice “R” and own logos) into cloth, paper, potatoes, coconut shells, cork, and toast.“Very often, we don’t see the advantage of something until we make it available,” Tour said. “Perhaps all food will have a tiny RFID tag that gives you information about where it’s been, how long it’s been stored, its country and city of origin, and the path it took to get to your table.”LIG tags could also help detect E. coli or other harmful microorganisms.“They could light up and give you a signal that you don’t want to eat this,” Tour suggested. “All that could be placed not on a separate tag … but on the food itself.”Rice scientists used a laser to burn graphene in the form of a Rice Owl into a piece of cloth (via Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Read more about the procedure and its potential functions in a paper published last week in the journal ACS Nano.Tour co-authored the study with Rice graduate students Yieu Chyan and Yilun Li, alumnus Ruquan Ye, and postdoctoral fellow Swatantra Pratap Singh and Christopher Arnus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.