Unilever shareholders support London-base move

first_imgSuch flexibility is key to Unilever’s ambition to shift its portfolio into higher-growth areas like premium beauty. Unilever has said this will become even more important as a result of the pandemic. The maker of Dove soap, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream said the dual structure hampered its ability to conduct acquisitions and asset sales quickly, such as the planned sale of its tea business. The move will consolidate 2,000 members of staff from five existing sites in London and Surrey, including many from its Victoria Embankment headquarters.  Share whatsapp Unilever’s shareholders have approved the multinational’s plan to end its 90-year-old dual-headed structure in favor of a single London-based entity. whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast Factorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreaker Show Comments ▼ Unilever recently unveiled plans for a new Unilever headquarters in Kingston-upon-Thames, which will consolidate the conglomerate’s offices across London and Surrey.  Unilever aims to move to a new headquarters in Kingston-upon-Thames in 2023. (AFP via Getty Images) Reuters center_img New Kingston headquarters If the scheme is given the green light the consumer goods giant will move in at the end of 2023 or beginning of 2024. Tags: Unilever The proposal passed with the support of more than 99% of shares voted. Unilever wants to unify on Nov. 29, ending a hybrid structure that dates back to the merger of British soap maker Lever Brothers and Margarine Unie in the Netherlands. The results were released during shareholder meetings streamed online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Investors in Dutch-listed Unilever NV approved the move with 99.4% support last month. Unilever shareholders support London-base move Tuesday 13 October 2020 8:03 am The final steps towards completing the unification include UK High Court hearings on Oct. 23 and Nov. 2, with the Dutch-listed shares ceasing trading after Nov. 27. Dual structure last_img read more

MCAN founder to run for Don Young’s seat in Congress

first_imgFederal Government | Juneau | PoliticsMCAN founder to run for Don Young’s seat in CongressJune 8, 2017 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Greg Fitch poses for a portrait in Juneau on Thursday. Fitch filed paperwork to run for Republican Don Young’s seat in Congress in 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Greg Fitch, founder of the Juneau-based Mental Health Consumer Action Network, has filed to run for Republican Don Young’s seat in Congress.Fitch, 47, is a Democrat. According to the Alaska Division of Elections, he’s the third person to file for the 2018 election.Longtime incumbent Don Young and political newcomer Dimitri Shein of Anchorage are the other candidates.Young, 83, has held Alaska’s sole seat in the U.S. House since 1973.Shein, 36, is an Anchorage CPA and businessman running as a Democrat.Fitch had resigned on May 24 as executive director of his fledgling nonprofit. At the time, he said he intended to run for Republican Dan Sullivan’s U.S. Senate seat in 2020, but says he is no longer pursuing that. Part of Fitch and MCAN’s ethos is to destigmatize mental illness. Fitch says he has schizoaffective disorder. Before founding MCAN last year, he’d worked as a community organizer with ACORN in the Lower 48.Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Dimitri Shein was misidentified as having no party affiliation. Shein is running as a Democrat.Share this story:last_img read more

JP Morgan’s lead over broking rivals increases

first_img Tags: NULL whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times US INVESTMENT bank JP Morgan increased its dominance in corporate broking in the UK, gaining two new listed clients in the past year, according to a study out today from Adviser Rankings.JP Morgan has 204 listed clients, up from 202 a year ago and well above second-placed Numis’ 160 clients.Panmure Gordon is in third place with 116, followed by Cenkos Securities which has 115 clients.Finncap rounds out the top five with 112 clients, also up two on the year.It comes after a turbulent week in the corporate broking sector, as both Barclays and RBS are putting their broking positions out to tender.Corporate broking is an unusual activity. The bankers do not charge for their services, and advise firms on investor relations and on their financing arrangements. In return, they hope for a lucrative position advising firms when they undertake capital markets or merger and acquisition activity.Looking at the FTSE100 index of the largest firms, JP Morgan tops the list with 33 clients. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is next with 28, followed by Morgan Stanley with 22.UBS is fourth with 21 clients, and Barclays fifth with 16 clients. Show Comments ▼ JP Morgan’s lead over broking rivals increases center_img Sunday 31 May 2015 11:40 pm Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Express KCS last_img read more

News / Already hard-hit feeder operators paying the price as bunker costs soar

first_img Bunker prices doubled last year, ending at around $300 per tonne for heavy fuel oil (HFO) and $450 per tonne for low-sulphur marine diesel oil (MDO), putting more pressure on the already slim margins of feeder operators.So the fourth-quarter surge in container rates was timely for ocean carriers with ultra-large containerships burning over 100 tonnes of fuel a day.Although the freight rate increases will take some time to show up on carriers’ top lines, their pro-forma calculations will already be looking much healthier.2016 was not a great year for feeder operators. Rates were squeezed even harder by deepsea container lines and the Hanjin receivership left them with millions of dollars of unpaid invoices. So they have yet to enjoy the same improvement in fortunes as their deepsea customers.And because their ships must use the more expensive low-sulphur fuel in the Emission Control Areas (ECAs) – notably in the busy feeder lanes of the North Sea and Baltic – the cost impact is far greater.One feeder operator told The Loadstar that fuel grew from representing 12% of its operating costs to 20% in the last quarter of 2016.He added that approaches to feeder clients for increases to mitigate the fuel price hike had “fallen on deaf ears”.One client had had told him “it was not the right time” to discuss a rate increase and instead pointed to the cheaper and more flexible charter market as the best way to reduce vessel operating costs.And carriers involved in mergers, acquisitions and container business integrations are not prepared to discuss rates and have temporarily stood down their procurement teams.“It is a tough time of year for us anyway,” said the feeder source. “Bad weather delays at sea and at ports cost us extra days on our ships, and this often requires additional charters, which the lines won’t pay for.”And the big feeder operators are reluctant to play hardball with the carriers yet, not least because of the current wave of liner consolidation. They know from experience that the end result of the M&A activity will be a reduced customer base and whatever agreed rate they had with two or three carriers will be reduced to the lowest common denominator at best; and possibly even lower, given the combined volume clout of the new entity.Furthermore, the launch of two new vessel-sharing alliances in April will pose further rate challenges for feeder operators, as well as costly adjustments to schedule and vessel sizes. And with less than three months to go before the Ocean and THE alliances commence operations, the latter is still to nominate its UK hub port or ports. By Mike Wackett 12/01/2017last_img read more

Amazon Alexa is now HIPAA-compliant. Tech giant says health data can now be accessed securely

first_img Tags BostonHealth ITmedical technology “Every day developers are inventing with voice to build helpful and convenient experiences for their customers,” Amazon wrote in a blog post announcing the news. “These new [Alexa] skills are designed to help customers manage a variety of healthcare needs at home simply using voice.”advertisement @caseymross The announcement is the latest of several moves telegraphing Amazon’s effort to make inroads into the nation’s $3.5 trillion health care market.Just in the past year, the company bought the online pharmacy PillPack for $1 billion, presumably to begin selling and shipping prescription drugs. It expanded its business selling supplies to hospitals and launched an exclusive line of over-the-counter products. It also introduced a product called Amazon Comprehend Medical, a machine learning tool that allows users to extract relevant clinical information from unstructured text in patient records.In addition, the company has formed research partnerships with several major hospitals, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. And it is working with Accenture and the pharmaceutical giant Merck to create a data-driven drug development platform on Amazon Web Services, its cloud service. Amazon unveiled software on Thursday that allows health care companies to build Alexa voice tools capable of securely transmitting private patient information, a move that opens the door to a broad array of uses in homes and hospitals.The announcement was accompanied by the launch of six voice programs built by large health businesses ranging from Boston Children’s Hospital, to the insurance giant Cigna, to the digital health company Livongo. The new tools allow patients to use Alexa to access personalized information such as progress updates after surgery, prescription delivery notifications, and the locations of nearby urgent care centers.Perhaps more significant than the individual uses is Alexa’s ability to now traffic in patient information that is protected by the U.S. health privacy law known as HIPAA — a step many stakeholders in the industry have been anticipating. The company said its Alexa Skills Kit, a collection of tools for building voice programs, can be used by health firms to create products that transmit and receive patient data. The move will embolden hospitals, insurers, and other health care firms to expose Alexa to more sensitive details of patients’ lives and medical conditions, and potentially embed the technology deeper into clinical settings.advertisement STAT+: Casey Ross By Casey Ross April 4, 2019 Reprints Related: National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech.center_img ROBERT LEVER/AFP/Getty Images About the Author Reprints The company sees its voice technology as one of the most promising lines of business, one that could be used to give patients and caregivers more timely information to help manage their conditions and access services. These are the Alexa tools unveiled Thursday:Cigna created a voice program to allow employees of its large national clients to manage their health improvement goals and earn wellness incentives.Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefit manager acquired by Cigna, built a tool to allow people to check the status of home delivery prescriptions.Boston Children’s Hospital built a program enabling parents and caregivers to provide clinicians with updates on their progress after surgery and get information on post-operative appointments.Providence St. Joseph Health, a network of 51 hospitals in seven states, created a tool enabling customers to search for a nearby urgent care center and schedule a same-day appointment. Atrium Health, which operates more than 40 hospitals and 900 clinics in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, built a similar tool.Livongo, a digital health company that helps users manage chronic conditions, launched a program that allows people to query their last blood sugar reading and blood sugar measurement trends, and receive personalized health advice.Alexa itself was still catching up to the news Thursday morning. Asked whether it was HIPAA-compliant, it responded: “Sorry, I don’t know that one.” New voices at patients’ bedsides: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. [email protected] So far, Amazon has only invited the six companies to use its HIPAA-compliant skills kit to build voice programs. But the company said Thursday that it expects to enable additional health companies to access it as well. HealthAmazon Alexa is now HIPAA-compliant. Tech giant says health data can now be accessed securely last_img read more

Law Commission of Ontario proposes new rules relating to POAs

first_img The Law Commission of Ontario has submitted new rules for assessing capacity, regulating guardianship and structuring powers of attorney (POA) to the provincial government. Keywords Power of attorney Patricia Chisholm The 58 recommendations, which stem from two years of study, amount to proposals for a sweeping reform of the way vulnerable people are assisted in areas that range from finances to health care. If the province adopts the changes, they could help financial advisors with clients who require the assistance of the person appointed to act on their behalf under a POA. (Under Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada rules, advisors may not accept POA appointments from clients). This is most likely to be clients who are older, and indeed, the report notes that, “There is particular concern about financial abuse of older persons through POAs.” Read: The increasing complexities of senior clients with POAs Several of the proposals are aimed at making the significant powers granted by POAs, which are often poorly understood and implemented, easier to administer. The proposals also suggest that regulators will be seeking to make POAs more transparent — and those who act under these sometimes hard-to-access documents more accountable. In particular, three core changes have been recommended for POAs. First, when a person agrees to act as a POA, he or she must sign a mandatory, standard “Statement of Commitment” form, which would clearly define their responsibilities under the POA agreement. A second requirement appears aimed at plugging a gap that can create issues in the use of POAs; specifically, communication to those around the person who granted the POA (the grantor) that it’s now being actively used. That requirement will be delivery of a “Notices of Attorney Acting” when the attorney first begins to act. The document would be delivered to the “grantor, the spouse, any previous attorney and any monitor appointed, as well as for any other persons identified in the POA instrument,” the proposal says. A third component would be the naming of a separate person, called a monitor, who would have statutory powers to “visit and communicate with the grantor, and to review accounts and records” retained by the attorney, the proposal says. The proposals contain a wide range of other recommendations for the reform of laws designed to protect the disabled, accompanied by a broad discussion. They include approaches to decision-making when dealing with vulnerable persons that use a “functional and cognitive approach to legal capacity,” paired with a newer style of helping the vulnerable that aims to support their decision-making where possible, with the aim of improving their self-determination. In this regard, the proposal recommends that, “The human rights concept of accommodation be incorporated into approaches to legal capacity.” The Law Commission also proposes that a new body be created to deal with disputes in this area instead of relying on the costly and lengthy court system. Specifically, it calls for a specialized, expert tribunal with the ability to provide a flexible and holistic approach to resolving disputes. Access to legal aid for this purpose should be strengthened for these types of litigants, the proposals also suggest. Photo copyright: nan728/123RF POAs on the radar of regulators Raymond James adding trust company services in Quebec Law Commission of Ontario proposes new rules relating to POAs Share this article and your comments with peers on social media How to avoid abuse by PoAs for property Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Boscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE)

first_imgRelatedBoscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE) RelatedBoscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE) Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says that Cabinet has approved the development of the Boscobel Aerodrome, St. Mary, as an International Port of Entry (IPE).Mr. Vaz, who made the announcement during the weekly Post Cabinet press briefing Wednesday (October 21) at Jamaica House, said this development will enable international flight operations by general aviation-type aircraft.“The development of the aerodrome is expected to attract operators of privately-owned aircraft in significant numbers to the North Coast, thereby providing an enhancement to the tourism industry,” the Minister said.He noted also that the facility will allow private jet owners to land directly at the Boscobel Aerodrome, without having to go through either of the two international airports.“That is something that is very acceptable throughout the Caribbean and South America, and it is the difference between vacationers coming here on their private aircraft, and not coming as a result of what they feel is the hassle of them having to clear at an international port and then fly into a private airstrip,” he pointed out.The establishment of an IPE requires that appropriate border controls, law enforcement, health and aviation security systems are instituted. It will also require the extension of the runway, an apron for parking aircrafts, a new terminal building, new runway lighting and other ancillary facilities.As such, Cabinet has given approval for the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to proceed with the capital development programme, including the runway extension, a new terminal building, apron construction, a fire truck garage, air-filled lighting, airside markings and navigation aids, perimeter fencing, a standby generator and the upgrading of the electrical power supply and aviation security.In addition, approval has been given for the Ministry of National Security to assign Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) personnel to undertake duties at the IPE, in keeping with the requirements of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Act, and for the relevant Airports Authority Act Regulations to be amended to make pertinent provisions in respect of the Boscobel IPE.With over $100 million already spent, the development is projected to cost about $300 million, and should be completed by the first quarter of next year.Mr. Vaz also recalled that he and Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, toured the facility weeks ago.“I think what is left there to be done, really, is the paving of the aerodrome, along with the finishing up of some of the structures that are to be implemented,” he said.center_img RelatedBoscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE) Boscobel Aerodrome to Become International Port of Entry (IPE) TourismOctober 21, 2009last_img read more

UBCO economist says private security systems bar others from protection

first_imgUBCO economist says private security systems bar others from protection UBCO research shows that people are not uniformly protected by police services and it demonstrates a classic case of inequity between segments of society.Economically speaking, these systems only benefit a certain segment of societyNew research has determined the prevalence of private security systems may be robbing the general public of the police services they need.Dr. Ross Hickey is an economist in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Management and the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Along with a team of researchers, Hickey examined data from a social survey of Canada victimization, where people answered whether they had added security measures to their homes to protect themselves from crime.“We are seeing more expenditures on private security systems installed in homes and, as economists, we have to ask why. We know that crime rates are down and expenditure on police is up,” says Hickey. “But private security purchases are at an all-time high.”Hickey says the research team first thought about the classic supply and demand equations. The government provides the supply, or resources, for policing and there is a demand for public protection. However, when you combine a supply of private security products, then add criminals to the mix, Hickey says the basic supply and demand equation doesn’t add up.There are many different types of security measures people can take-anything from putting bars on windows to getting a dog, or adding motion-detection lights, house alarms and security cameras. And while they may make people feel more secure, it’s also been proven that a barking dog may deter a thief more effectively than cameras and alarms. Hickey says security systems that automatically alert police, even though it may be a false alarm, can divert police from other duties.“All of these innovations in private security don’t prevent the crime, they increase the chances of the person getting caught. When the police are called to homes using these technologies, we see the police being taken away from responding to another, perhaps, more urgent call,” says Hickey.Hickey says their research demonstrates a classic case of inequity between segments of society.“This is a dimension of inequity that doesn’t show up directly,” he says. “The inequity is in how some people are accessing this public good. It is available for everybody but some people are getting more of it, because they have chosen to install these private systems. And police are responding to those systems.”The research, says Hickey, means that municipalities should consider police budgets differently than they currently do. Right now, just adding more money to the system does not change the inequity that will continue with the prevalence of home security systems.“We need to think more carefully about this. In a world where private security investments are happening, we may need to look at different methods of funding the police,” he says.Hickey says just adding extra funding into the mix is not the solution. Currently, people are not being uniformly protected by police services. And the police are being drawn toward particular segments of society who have privately invested in their own home protective measures.“Are the people with lower incomes, or those living on the street, getting the same service from police? And we have to ask-if the city adds more police services next year, is that really going to make downtown much safer?”The research was published recently in the Journal of Public Economic Theory.About UBC’s Okanagan campusUBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning founded in 2005 in partnership with local Indigenous peoples, the Syilx Okanagan Nation, in whose territory the campus resides. As part of UBC-ranked among the world’s top 20 public universities-the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world in British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, Canada, community, crime, education, Government, Indigenous, police, research, resources, Ross, security, Society, students, survey, university, University of British Columbia, worldlast_img read more

New CU-NIST Optical Atomic Clock Demonstrates Most Precise 'Ticks' Ever

first_imgNIST news release Using an ultra-stable laser to manipulate strontium atoms trapped in a “lattice” made of light, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado at Boulder have demonstrated the capability to produce the most precise “ticks” ever recorded in an optical atomic clock. The techniques may be useful in time keeping, precision measurements of high frequencies, and quantum computers using neutral atoms as bits of information. The JILA strontium lattice design, described in the Dec. 1 issue of Science, is a leading candidate for next-generation atomic clocks that operate at optical frequencies, which are much higher than the microwaves used in today’s standard atomic clocks and divide time into smaller, more precise units. JILA is a cooperative institute of CU-Boulder and NIST. The JILA group, led by Fellow Jun Ye, of NIST and CU-Boulder, achieved the highest “resonance quality factor” — indicating strong, stable signals when a very specific frequency of laser light excites the atoms — ever recorded in coherent spectroscopy, or studies of interactions between matter and light. “We can define the center, or peak, of this resonance with a precision comparable to measuring the distance from the Earth to the Sun with an uncertainty the size of a human hair,” says first author Martin Boyd, a CU-Boulder graduate student. This enabled observation of very subtle sublevels of the atoms’ electronic energy states created by the magnetic “spin” of their nuclei. The new strontium clock is among the best optical atomic clocks described to date in the published literature. It is currently less accurate overall than NIST’s mercury ion, charged atom, clock. Although the strontium clock operates at a lower optical frequency, with fewer than half as many ticks per time period, the JILA clock produces much stronger signals, and its “resonant” frequency — the exact wavelength of laser light that causes the atoms to switch back and forth between energy levels — was measured with higher resolution than in the mercury clock. The result is a frequency “ruler” with finer hash marks. Improved time and frequency standards have many applications. For instance, ultra-precise clocks can be used to improve synchronization in navigation and positioning systems, telecommunications networks, and wireless and deep-space communications. Better frequency standards can be used to improve probes of magnetic and gravitational fields for security and medical applications, and to measure whether “fundamental constants” used in scientific research might be varying over time — a question that has enormous implications for understanding the origins and ultimate fate of the universe. One of JILA’s major innovations enabling the new level of precision is a customized probe laser that is highly resistant to “noise” caused by vibration and gravity, based on a compact, inexpensive design originally developed by 2005 Nobel laureate Jan Hall, a fellow and senior research associate at JILA. Hall also is affiliated with the CU-Boulder physics department. The laser can be locked reliably on a single atomic frequency, 430 trillion cycles per second with a “linewidth” or uncertainty of under 2 Hertz, 100 times narrower, or more precise, than the Ye group’s previously published measurements of the strontium lattice clock. The lattice consists of a single line of 100 pancake-shaped wells — created by an intense near-infrared laser beam — each containing about 100 atoms of the heavy metal strontium. The lattice is loaded by first slowing down the atoms with blue laser light and then using red laser light to further cool the atoms so that they can be captured. Scientists detect the atoms’ “ticks” — 430 trillion per second — by bathing them in very stable red light at slightly different frequencies until they find the exact frequency that the atoms absorb best. Optical lattices constrain atom motion and thereby reduce systematic errors that need to be managed in today’s standard atomic clocks, such as NIST-F1, that use moving balls of cold atoms. Lattices containing dozens of atoms also produce stronger signals than clocks relying on a single ion, such as mercury. In addition, the JILA clock ensures signal stability — a particular challenge with large numbers of atoms — by using a carefully calibrated lattice design to separate control of internal and external atom motions. Similar work is under way at a number of standards labs across the globe, including the NIST ytterbium atoms work. The JILA work may enable quantum information to be processed and stored in the nuclear spins of neutral atoms, and enable logic operations to proceed for longer periods of time. The enhanced measurement precision also could make it easier for scientists to use optical lattices to engineer condensed matter systems for massively parallel quantum measurements. Published: Nov. 29, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Gov’t trains employees in energy conservation

first_imgRelatedGov’t trains employees in energy conservation RelatedGov’t trains employees in energy conservation RelatedGov’t trains employees in energy conservation By ATHALIAH REYNOLDS, JIS Reporter Gov’t trains employees in energy conservation TechnologyApril 27, 2011 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Government workers from various ministries, departments and agencies on Thursday April 21 were recognised for completing a two-week energy conservation and efficiency management training course, which forms part of Government’s efforts to reduce spending on energy. Speaking at the closing ceremony, at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) auditorium, New Kingston, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hilary Alexander, noted that the ministries’ energy and conservation programmes play a significant role in the country’s energy policy. “It is something that is so seminally important to the future of this country, that I cannot stress it enough,” she told the course participants. “We have a special policy that is going to directly treat with energy efficiency and conservation in the public sector and now what we’re doing is depending on you, who are going to be the leads in your Ministry, to take it forward, to implement it and to share your knowledge with others,” Miss Alexander said. She encouraged the employees to pass on what they have learnt, as it was important to take the energy conservation message to the public sector, as well as the general public. The training course, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), aims to train public sector workers in energy conservation, efficiency and management, in the hope that they will become Energy Monitors in their various ministries, departments and agencies. UNDP Resident Representative, Akiko Fujii, said the agency was very pleased to be partnering with the Energy and Mining Ministry on the issue of energy conservation. She said the UNDP has supported the ministry, throughout the process of developing Jamaica’s energy policy, and currently provides assistance on the policy’s Next Steps programme. “Diversification of energy sources and energy conservation and efficiency management, are among the most urgent development challenges of our time,” she said. Miss Fujii noted that the public sector was a significant player in the country’s efforts to reduce spending on energy, as it currently accounts for 12 per cent of national energy consumption. She said the UNDP was therefore pleased to see the combination of training and awareness building of public officials in energy conservation, efficiency and management. “We urge you to pass your knowledge on to your colleagues, to implement effective energy management and efficiency plans, programmes and strategies in your respective agencies, and to document and report on the impact of your efforts. Such monitoring, measurement and documentation will provide much needed data to inform further decision making,” she advised. Course participants were presented with certificates and energy saving light bulbs.last_img read more