Breathing In vs. Spacing Out

first_imgThe New York Times:Two and a half millenniums ago, a prince named Siddhartha Gautama traveled to Bodh Gaya, India, and began to meditate beneath a tree. Forty-nine days of continuous meditation later, tradition tells us, he became the Buddha — the enlightened one.More recently, a psychologist named Amishi Jha traveled to Hawaii to train United States Marines to use the same technique for shorter sessions to achieve a much different purpose: mental resilience in a war zone.“We found that getting as little as 12 minutes of meditation practice a day helped the Marines to keep their attention and working memory — that is, the added ability to pay attention over time — stable,” said Jha, director of the University of Miami’s Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative. “If they practiced less than 12 minutes or not at all, they degraded in their functioning.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

LAPD Offers Reward On Los Alamos Business Break-In Spree

first_imgScene of the break-in overnight at Viola’s Restaurant at 1360 Trinity Dr. Photo by John McHale/ Scene of the break-in overnight at Top Nails & Spa in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comBy CAROL A. CLARKLos Alamos Daily Postcaclark@ladailypost.comLos Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cmdr. Oliver Morris spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning and shared details on the break-ins overnight at multiple businesses around the community.Cmdr. Morris confirmed that the thief or thieves broke into Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Gym at 1183 Diamond Dr., stole keys to a van and took it on a break-in spree of businesses around town. The van also was used to ram into the front glass window at Subway on Central Avenue to gain access to petty cash and other items.Other known businesses broken into overnight are Viola’s Restaurant at 1360 Trinity Dr., three businesses in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center including Daniel’s Cafe, China Palace and Top Nails as well as Petree Garden Center & Florist at 2470 East Road.“Officers responded to the initial alarm within five minutes of the call at 1:35 this morning, arriving at 1:40 a.m.,” Cmdr. Morris said. “We had two detectives respond and have stepped up all of our business checks. We are committed to our small businesses … we will make these cases a top priority.”Chief Sgambellone explained that many businesses are closed down due to the pandemic. People are out of work and some of those people are getting desperate.“We want to encourage businesses to be extra vigilant and not leave any valuables inside their businesses,” Chief Sgambellone said. “We are asking anyone with information about these break-ins to contact us.”Cmdr. Morris expressed his anger that these crimes occurred in this community.“This infuriates me … our small businesses are complying by being closed during the COVID-19 public health emergency and we are not going to let Los Alamos be a place where criminals come to burglarize our businesses,” Cmdr. Morris said, adding that police have now acquired video footage of the suspects and will be sharing that with the community shortly … check back at police department is offering a $250 reward to anyone with information that leads to the identification or arrest of the culprit or culprits involved in these break ins, Cmdr. Morris said. Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Alamos Police Department at 505.662.8222 or crime stoppers at 505.662.8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous. Scene of the break-in overnight at Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Gym at 1183 Diamond Dr. Photo by John McHale/ Scene of the break-in overnight at China Palace in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comcenter_img Scene of the break-in overnight at Daniel’s Cafe in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Photo by John McHale/ Scene of the break in at Petree Garden Center & Florist at 2470 East Road. Courtesy/Petree Gardens FBlast_img read more

Registration Open for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2013

first_imgYou are invited to join us in Amsterdam for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2013 at Amsterdam RAI on October 15 & 16.Meet new customers and partners, as well as strengthen your relations with existing clients. Explore best practices and new developments. Whether you are interested in doing business in Europe, looking for European partners or promoting your global presence. Let Offshore Energy be your platform for the future!Registration is FREE for attendeesREGISTER NOW! See you in Amsterdam!Date: 15-16 October 2013Venue: Amsterdam RAI, the NetherlandsOrganizer: Navingo BVSupported by: IRO, NOGEPA, Holland Shipbuilding AssociationIn association with: Development Company Holland North (NHN)Website: Add Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2013 dates to your Outlook calendar (select Open when prompted).center_img Visit Offshore Energy and meet:> 8,500 visitors> 500 exhibitors> 900 conference delegateslast_img read more

Ready for his closeup now…

first_imgIt’s no secret that not all members of the Lords were desperately keen on upping sticks and moving to some new fangled Supreme Court. But former lord chief justice, Lord Phillips (pictured), was always in favour. He was conscious of the importance of a visible separation between the parliamentary chamber and the judicial court, of course. But in a speech at Gresham College last week, Phillips shed some light on a few of the other perks that have been garnered from the move. ‘Working conditions were not ideal in the law lords’ corridor, even if they were the envy of other members of the House, and our judicial assistants had to be housed in the attic, their numbers restricted by constraint of space,’ he said. But in the new court, ‘the justices are well accommodated in spacious rooms, albeit that most of these are in the attic. There is an excellent open plan office for our secretaries and judicial assistants. We have a handsome library, a well-proportioned dining room and a sitting room’. It is always good to know that the senior judiciary has been provisioned with suitable creature comforts. But was there perhaps just the slightest hint of envy in Phillips’ observation that: ‘The grandest accommodation has been allocated to the lawyers, consisting of a suite of panelled rooms.’ More pleasant amenities are not the only improvement on the old gaff, however. Phillips also approves of the new, more media-friendly setup of the court. And it turns out he has quite a flare for playing to the gallery. He explained: ‘Where a judgment is delivered… the judge delivering [it] will prepare a short oral statement of its effect. Where the case is one of general public interest this is likely to be broadcast as part of the news.’ With uncharacteristic immodesty, he added: ‘I have become quite good at this and am at risk of turning into a TV personality.’ Quite so. Obiter looks forward to Phillips’ forthcoming jungle appearance in the next series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.last_img read more

Lifting the lid on ‘hackgate’

first_img Gill Phillips is director of editorial legal services at Guardian News & Media Ltd As we all now know, News International last month settled 37 of the civil claims brought against News Group Newspapers (NGN), the publisher of the now defunct News of the World (NoW). The total declared damages (not including costs) was £645,000, although the actual figure is certain to be higher as a number of people have not revealed the details of their settlements. These follow a number of earlier high-profile settlements with celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Andy Gray and Kelly Hoppen. In October, Milly Dowler’s family accepted £2m in compensation over revelations that their daughter’s phone was hacked by the NoW. What is stunning about last month’s High Court proceedings is the sheer breadth and impact of hacking on its victims. It seems, by all accounts, to have been a systemic approach to doing journalism at the newspaper over a long period. In June 2008, after the convictions of Glenn Mulcaire and Clive Goodman in 2007, NGN settled, on confidential terms, a number of civil claims for breach of privacy, with large sums being paid to Gordon Taylor and Max Clifford. The NoW said at the time: ‘From our own investigation, but more importantly that of the police, we can state with confidence that, apart from the matters referred to above, there is not and never has been evidence to support allegations that News of the World journalists have accessed the voicemails of any individual.’ The Press Complaints Commission also investigated and concluded that phone hacking was a minority activity, confined to one rogue reporter, and that the practice had been thoroughly investigated and stamped out. Continuing the legal paper trail, in 2009 a group of claimants issued proceedings against NGN. In early 2010, applications for disclosure were made in the case of Sienna Miller, forcing NGN to reveal evidence, which referred to another senior journalist on the NoW. The cat was out of the bag. In April 2011, Mr Justice Vos – who presided at last month­’s hearing – decided that all the claims should be heard together with certain lead claims being treated as test cases. NGN continued to defend almost all the claims. By October 2011, more than 60 claims had been issued and 12 firms of solicitors were working together as a coordinated group. This group obtained a number of crucial disclosure orders from the court. As a result, documents relating to the nature and scale of the alleged conspiracy, cover-up and destruction of evidence (including email archives) by NGN came to light. Last month’s announcements have been carefully worded. NGN agreed to compensation being assessed ‘as if’ senior employees and directors of NGN knew about the wrongdoing and sought to conceal it by deliberately deceiving investigators and destroying evidence. NGN made no formal admissions of guilt. The sums paid are higher than the usual range of compensation payments for misuse of private information, reflecting the aggravating features in these cases and the strong public revulsion they engendered. The statements were made by NGN, as the first defendant, and not by Mulcaire, who has said that he was not involved in agreeing to these statements. While this might be the end for a considerable number of the victims, it is in reality only the tip of the iceberg. While the High Court was told that a number of other victims are also close to settling, some, including singer Charlotte Church, Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes and sports agent Sky Andrew are still intending to pursue their actions to trial, due to start on 13 February. The trial is expected to give guidance on damages for current and future lawsuits and out-of-court settlements. The ongoing police investigations will continue. The Leveson Inquiry, currently engaged in an analysis of the culture, practices and ethics of the media, still has to look at the relationship between the press and the police, and the press and politicians. What Leveson has heard to date has turned the heat up on demands for reform of the PCC, not least when it comes to policing the conduct of journalists. There is an emerging consensus for reform, with a reshaped PCC, independent of the press and government, and recognised by statute. The idea of the reformed body acting as a tribunal to adjudicate in the first instance on defamation and privacy claims is also gaining ground, and has been floated by the commission’s new chairman, Lord Hunt of Wirral. There is, indeed, much more of this story to come.last_img read more

Operail seeks to enter Finland’s rail freight market

first_imgFINLAND: Estonian freight operator Operail has established Operail Finland Oy with the aim of entering the country’s rail market.It plans to invest €50m to develop the business and acquire rolling stock, as part of its strategy of diversifying its activities with new services, products and markets.Management board member Paul Lukka said Operail would be able to provide added value through the provision of high quality and reliable services. ‘We have received a very positive response from Finnish customers and various stakeholders’, he said. ‘Further competition in the market is welcome and will contribute to the competitiveness of the whole sector.’Operail Finland is headed by Ilkka Seppänen, who formally worked for Finnish national railway group VR’s freight business. ‘Seppänen knows all the important stakeholders and customers, and his knowledge and experience in the railway sector is undoubtedly extraordinary and invaluable’, said Lukka.last_img read more

Military airstrike kills armed bandits in northwest Nigeria

first_imgArmed gang kills at least 20 in northwest Nigeria Nigeria’s military commanders shift command base Nigerian troops are already fighting the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency in the northeastern part of the country and were deployed last year to the southern Niger Delta region, and the southeast, to ward off oil vandalism and decrease the influence of secessionists. Image courtesy: Nigerian Army Nigerian troops conducted an airstrike killing several bandits in Northwest Nigeria. Image courtesy: Nigerian ArmyAn airstrike by Nigerian troops has destroyed a camp of an armed group inside Kagara Forest in the northwest state of Zamfara and killed several bandits, a military spokesman said Wednesday.The mission was conducted on Monday after intelligence reports indicated heavy presence of the armed bandits, along with a large number of rustled livestock, in a portion of the forest, said John Enenche, a military spokesperson in a statement reaching Xinhua.He said the intelligence was later confirmed by series of aerial surveillance missions, leading to the air bombardment on the location.According to the spokesman, the command in charge of that part of the country dispatched air force fighter jets to engage the location, with their ammunitions hitting the targets leading to the killing of some of the armed bandits.He said some of them who were seen attempting to escape camouflaged in between the livestock were taken out in follow-on attacks.Relatedcenter_img Armed bandits kill at least 18 in Nigeria’s Katsina statelast_img read more

RUBIS celebrates 5 years in Dominica

first_img Sharing is caring! 390 Views   no discussions BusinessLocalNews RUBIS celebrates 5 years in Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – October 14, 2016 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Five years after commencing operations in Dominica, RUBIS Caribbean has reported a return to profitability.RUBIS is an established international brand that distributes high quality products including petroleum and aviation fuels, LPG and lubricants.In 2011, RUBIS acquired the Texaco assets owned and operated by Chevron in the Eastern Caribbean, including Dominica. It has a nine member – staff compliment here and manages a network of seven service stations.“So when we first started in Dominica five years ago we faced some serious challenges here in this beautiful country,” Chief Executive Officer of RUBIS Caribbean, Mauricio Nicholls told a cocktail reception at the Fort Young Hotel to celebrate the company’s five year anniversary on Thursday 13 October 2016.“Our operations were losing money, our LPG prices were below our landed cost, the equipment and appearance of our service stations was completely unacceptable, and the regulated fuel margins, which had been frozen for many, many years were simply insufficient to cover our operating costs,” Nicholls indicated. The company’s first task here, Nicholls said, was “turn the operation to a profitability, and you know many aspects of the operations were so wrong that it took us more than a year to turn the financial operations of Dominica around”.After that was done, the second task was to plan the introduction of a RUBIS brand since it didn’t exist anywhere in the world.“So it was not a matter of copying something that existed in other places, it was creating a new brand with the advertising agency; its look and feel, our RUBIS jiggle, our TV ads, our radio ads, our print ads, it was creating our performance fuel brand, Ultra Tec and our LPG brand Rubigas,” he noted.“In five years we have become an iconic brand and our brand resonates rationally and emotionally with our consumers. So we believe that we have become the preferred fuel brand in all the Caribbean markets where we operate,” Nicholls added.From a corporate social responsibility perspective, Nicholls said RUBIS has demonstrated “commitment to communities in Dominica through various corporate and social responsibility initiatives over the years in the areas of education, health, arts and culture”.In 2014 RUBIS upgraded the Wesley Community Preschool by installing a ceiling in the school building to enhance the environment for the children and co-sponsored the ‘Walk for Cancer Care’ in 2015 and 2016.RUBIS Caribbean operates in 16 territories and manages two hundred and thirty service stations.– / 41last_img read more

MagnaChip Unveils 0.18 Micron RF SOI Process for Enhanced Switching Performance

first_imgMagnaChip Semiconductor, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, announced that it now offers a new 0.18 micron RFSOI process with enhanced switching performance. Compared to the previous 1.5/2.5 V process, this new switch-centric process created specifically for 2.5 V, reduces manufacturing cost and time-to-market while providing competitive and superior performance for antenna switches used in mobile and Internet-of-Things devices for wireless connectivity.There are several benefits to using the new 0.18 micron 2.5 V RFSOI process. The primary benefit is that it is a cost effective process. It offers a 150 fs of Ron*Coff using aluminum for metal1 and reduces the number of photo steps by approximately 15% as compared to the industry standard by one poly silicon layer and four metal layers (1 P4M). By reducing the number of mask layers, customers will reduce costs and improve their time-to-market with a shorter turnaround time in the fab. Ron*Coff is a figure of merit used to rate the performance of an RF switch.Another important benefit includes, robust breakdown at above 4 V while also maintaining Ron*Coff at 150 fs. Through high BV (Breakdown Voltage), the stack number of switch is reduced, resulting in chip size reduction.The new 0.18 micron RFSOI process reduces insertion loss by 20% at 2 GHz and enables low harmonics of better than -60 dBm at a 35 dBm power level. This process, which has successfully been demonstrated with an SP8T (Single Pole Eight Throw) switch, builds on a trap-rich, high-resistivity substrate to suppress harmonic distortion. It also provides additional transistors with useful options such as floating body, low leakage, and enables a reduction in area of approximately 18%, from our previous process, for the integration of multiple RF and analog functions onto a smaller die. Available process options also include a 27-volt metal-inductor-metal capacitor, geometry scalable inductor, high resistivity poly resistor, MOS varactor, and up to 4 layers of metal with 4-micron thick top metal for rich power handling.last_img read more

Cavs Handle Business North Of The Border, Defeat Raptors 128-110; Three Takeaways From The Victory

first_imgThe Cleveland Cavaliers went into Toronto with a mission to take at least one of the first two games north of the border. Well, the mission was accomplished times two.Cleveland handled the Raptors by a final score of 128-110 on Thursday night. LeBron James led all scorers with 43 points and Kevin Love returned to All-Star form with 31 points.A strong second half blew the game open for Cleveland and Toronto would never recover. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 45 points, barely eclipsing James’ point total. The bench didn’t add a ton either to help the cause, leading to the Game 2 defeat.Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from the Cavs’ Game 2 win.1. The Grim Reaper- LeBron James has to be the last guy any Raptors fan ever wants to see. In fact, the whole city of Toronto seems to lose their composure when The King is in their city.After an “off-night” In Game 1, James went bonkers on the Raptors and had a ton of fun in the process. LeBron appeared to be relaxed in a way, toying with defenders throughout the contest.It’s safe to say this is the most comfortable he has looked this postseason. After battling a tough Pacers team last round, seeing his old friends in Canada seems to have been the perfect remedy for the team to give him some support on the court.2. Love Is Back- For the beginning of this postseason run, many were wondering what had happened with Kevin Love. The Cavs power forward had seen his role upgraded to the second option this season and the same would apply to the playoffs. But Love hadn’t been able to get it going through eight total games and it was hard to miss the fact that something appeared out of sync with his game.Thursday might’ve changed Love’s fortune.Love was able to prove he’s the best big man on the floor in this series. He not only dropped 31 points but also secured 11 rebounds. He created a mismatch with Jonas Valanciunas in the inside-out game and as the three-ball started falling, it gave Toronto a further glimpse of their future in this series.When Love’s on, the Cavs are scary. Nothing has changed that fact.3. Raptors Bench Adding No Production- It was heralded all season long but when the real season began, the Toronto bench has been nowhere to be found.Toronto’s bench combined for 43 points, which really does nothing when LeBron and Love tally 74 themselves. Fred VanVleet is the only second unit player adding solid production but he’s being expected to add quality in big minutes. It’s just not working for Toronto, no matter what they try. Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Eli Mooneyhamcenter_img Related Topics2018 NBA PlayoffsCavaliersCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersKevin LoveLebron JamesNBAToronto Raptorslast_img read more