Month: August 2019

Creating a memory device out of paper

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The voice is key to making sense of the words in our brain (PhysOrg.com) — As technology continues to shrink, and as memory needs become more demanding, the industry dealing with microelectronics requires devices that are cost-efficient and lightweight. And, while organic materials have shown some promise, they still lack some of the essential qualities needed for application in a wide variety of fields. “The longest time that has lasted from organic memories,” Rodrigo Martins tells PhysOrg.com, “is about 5,000 seconds. This just doesn’t allow for practical use in many cases as a memory device.” Martins, a scientist at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, continues: “What we have shown is that it is possible to store information on paper, electronically, for more than a year and a half.” Martins is part of a team that includes Pedro Barquinha, Luís Pereira, Nuno Carreia, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Isabel Ferreira and Elvira Fortunato. The group has demonstrated memory performance using a field-effect transistor built on paper. Their work is published in Applied Physics Letters: “Write-erase and read paper memory transistor.”“What we are doing is exploiting the memory effect,” Martins explains. “We have a sort of type of integrated foam composed of fibers set up that increases the capability of storing carriers – or charges – in our paper.” These charges allow the paper to display information that is also erasable – and the paper is rewritable so that additional information can be added.One of the attractive features of this memory paper is that it is produced at room temperature, meaning that it does not need special conditions for its manufacture. To create the paper, long fibers from pine and polyester were mixed together and put into an ionic resin matrix. The fibers were then coated with gallium indium zinc oxide, using magnetron sputtering. “We have integrated discrete fibers, and contacts are applied on the extremes of the channel region to allow the induced carriers to move,” Martins says. “Electrons move along the fibers.”Martins points out that another of the attractive features of this paper is its ability to hold multiple layers of information. “If I want my paper to catch information,” he explains, “I can apply a signal of, say, five volts. And it writes on the paper. If I want to erase the information, I basically apply minus five volts – the opposite. But, at the same time, I can write another layer of information using 10 volts. The paper can distinguish between the two, and even if I erase the five volt information, the 10 volt information remains.”The main applications that Martins sees for this work right now involve product information for merchandise. “You can have multiple layers of information on a product label,” he says. “Instead of just the expiring date, you can have more than this, including information about when it went on the shelves.” However, Martins also sees the potential for this paper’s use in books. “You can create a display, bringing a new dimension to the paper,” he says. “You push a button and it changes. You can see a static or dynamic picture, or even another page.” “Such technology,” he cautions, “is still some years away. It will take five or six years to really work out how to use this technology to such an effect. But we do know that paper can store a great deal of information. We have the paper transistor; we have the memory. We have everything we need to make this happen.”More Information: Rodrigo Martins, Pedro Barquinha, Luís Pereira, Nuno Correia, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Isabel Ferreira, and Elvira Fortunato. “Write-erase and read paper memory transistor,” Applied Physics Letters (2008). Available online: link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/93/203501/1 .Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. center_img Citation: Creating a memory device out of paper (2008, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-memory-device-paper.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Microsoft Reviews HTML 5 Standards

first_img Citation: Microsoft Reviews HTML 5 Standards (2009, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-microsoft-html-standards.html Adrian Bateman stated: “As part of our planning for future work, the IE team is reviewing the current editor’s draft of the HTML5 spec and gathering our thoughts. We want to share our feedback and discuss this in the working group.”The current draft of HTML 5 includes number of important advancements that will render web pages more dynamic. Some of the HTML 5 features will include built-in video and audio with the ability to store web applications on your computer so that they can be used offline. This approach would increase web application response time. Google, Apple, and Mozilla are using some of HTML 5 features in their latest browsers; however Microsoft is being more cautious. Internet Explore 8 supports some of HTML 5 features like, the DOM Store, Cross Document Messaging, Cross Domain Messaging, and Ajax Navigation. In a CNET interview, in July, with Amy Barzdukas, general manager for IE, Amy commented; “The support of ratified standards (that Web developers) can use is something that we are extremely supportive of.” “In some cases, it can be premature to start claiming support for standards that are not yet in fact standards.”The message that Microsoft is trying to convey is that they are now focusing more on the HTML 5 specifications. Microsoft’s philosophy in the past has been that they would determine what technology IE should support. As we all know, Microsoft Internet Explore has been steadily loosing market share with their competitors and realizing now that they need to change their old philosophy. Via: CNET© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Web browser enters a golden agecenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Program Manager, Adrian Bateman will be reviewing the specifications for HTML 5 that has been taken more seriously by Apple, Google, Opera, and Mozilla.last_img read more

Israeli astrophysicists say neutron star collisions can help detect gravity waves

first_imgNeutron star collision. Image: NASA/Dana Berry This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Can you hear black holes collide? Citation: Israeli astrophysicists say neutron star collisions can help detect gravity waves (2011, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-israeli-astrophysicists-neutron-star-collisions.html (PhysOrg.com) — Neutron stars are what’s left over from supernova explosions; so dense that protons and electrons are crushed together forming neutrons. The result is something relatively small in size, but incredibly dense. But what happens when two such stars capture one another in their respective gravity fields? More information: Detectable radio flares following gravitational waves from mergers of binary neutron stars, Nature (2011) doi:10.1038/nature10365AbstractMergers of neutron-star/neutron-star binaries are strong sources of gravitational waves. They can also launch subrelativistic and mildly relativistic outflows and are often assumed to be the sources of short γ-ray bursts. An electromagnetic signature that persisted for weeks to months after the event would strengthen any future claim of a detection of gravitational waves10. Here we present results of calculations showing that the interaction of mildly relativistic outflows with the surrounding medium produces radio flares with peak emission at 1.4 gigahertz that persist at detectable (submillijansky) levels for weeks, out to a redshift of 0.1. Slower subrelativistic outflows produce flares detectable for years at 150 megahertz, as well as at 1.4 gigahertz, from slightly shorter distances. The radio transient RT 19870422 has the properties predicted by our model, and its most probable origin is the merger of a compact neutron-star/neutron-star binary. The lack of radio detections usually associated with short γ-ray bursts does not constrain the radio transients that we discuss here (from mildly relativistic and subrelativistic outflows) because short γ-ray burst redshifts are typically >0.1 and the appropriate timescales (longer than weeks) have not been sampled. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Ehud Nakar and Tsvi Piran, university professors in Israel, say they circle one anther until eventually colliding and unleashing an enormous amount of energy. In their paper published in Nature, the two describe how a simulation they’ve created shows that energy particles emitted from such an occurrence could reach speeds of one tenth to one half the speed of light. They also write that such an event could produce measureable gravity waves.Gravity waves are something Einstein predicted as part of his theory of general relativity. Also described as the result of a space-time warp, gravity waves are thought to occur due to the existence of large mass objects. One analogy is a small stone placed upon a sheet of linen. Nothing happens. But when a large rock is placed on it instead, the linen bends around beneath it. The problem with trying to measure such gravity waves though, is that they dissipate as they move, just as do waves in water. Thus, waves that reach us after traveling billions of miles tend to be rather weak. Another problem is that they are one shot deals. Studying events in space is far more difficult than studying objects as they only last for a short while. Nakar and Piran believe that waves from a collision between two neutron stars would only be observable for a few months. Luckily, two new telescopes are currently being built to observe such phenomena; one in the US and one in the Netherlands.In order to prove their theory, the duo needs to come up with some evidence to show that measurable energy from such a collision has reached the Earth before. And they think they have found it: RT 19870422, a transient object discovered in a previous study by astronomer Jeffrey Bower. Its properties seem to match those created in the simulation. But of course if it sent gravity waves our way they are long gone, thus looking towards the future, the two will have to find two neutron stars that are on the verge of colliding, then hope that they will be able to capture the results when it happens.last_img read more

Researchers devise a way to measure volatile organic compound exchange in the

first_img VOCs are organic chemicals that exhibit high vapor pressure under normal conditions. Their high vapor pressure tendencies are due to their low boiling point, which in turn result in their molecules evaporating and winding up in the atmosphere. Prior research has shown that there are a large number of such chemicals in the atmosphere, but environmental conditions have made it difficult to isolate and identify these chemicals from any given sample. For that reason, researchers have primarily focused almost exclusively on a chosen few, such as isoprene, methanol, and various terpenes. In this new effort, the team has put together two devices that allow not only for monitoring all of the VOCs that exist in the air at a certain location, but also whether the VOCs are being emitted or deposited.Neither device is new, they are just being used in a new way. The first is a mass spectrometer. The team installed it atop a pole at Gordon Ranch along with gas inlets and an anemometer. The spectrometer collects chemical samples while the anemometer detects changes in wind direction. This combination allows the team to discern if readings picked up by the spectrometer are from chemicals being put into the air (wind moving upwards) or taken out (wind moving downward). This novel arrangement allows the researchers to monitor the total exchange of VOCs in the air above the orange grove for a short period of time.Going in, the team expected to find a few new compounds in the air—they were surprised, however, to find they had detected hundreds of VOCs. Their effort marks the first time a research team has been able to identify the entire exchange of VOCs in a portion of the atmosphere.The team notes that their research effort was limited to one site and that monitoring other sites could result in vastly different findings. More importantly, it appears their technique could be used to monitor sites all around the world, giving environmental scientists much more information about what is going on in the atmosphere, including of course, global warming. Explore further © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the U.S., the Netherlands, and Italy has found a way to detect and measure the exchange of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they used a new technique to measure VOC concentrations in the air above an orange grove in California. Scent of melanoma: New research may lead to early non-invasive detection and diagnosis Citation: Researchers devise a way to measure volatile organic compound exchange in the atmosphere (2013, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-volatile-compound-exchange-atmosphere.htmlcenter_img More information: Active Atmosphere-Ecosystem Exchange of the Vast Majority of Detected Volatile Organic Compounds, Science 9 August 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6146 pp. 643-647 DOI: 10.1126/science.1235053ABSTRACTNumerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) exist in Earth’s atmosphere, most of which originate from biogenic emissions. Despite VOCs’ critical role in tropospheric chemistry, studies for evaluating their atmosphere-ecosystem exchange (emission and deposition) have been limited to a few dominant compounds owing to a lack of appropriate measurement techniques. Using a high–mass resolution proton transfer reaction–time of flight–mass spectrometer and an absolute value eddy-covariance method, we directly measured 186 organic ions with net deposition, and 494 that have bidirectional flux. This observation of active atmosphere-ecosystem exchange of the vast majority of detected VOCs poses a challenge to current emission, air quality, and global climate models, which do not account for this extremely large range of compounds. This observation also provides new insight for understanding the atmospheric VOC budget. Journal information: Science . Flux contribution by chemical composition. Credit: Science 9 August 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6146 pp. 643-647 DOI: 10.1126/science.1235053 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

8000year old underwater burial site reveals human skulls mounted on poles

first_imgThe researchers are unable to offer an explanation for what they have found at the site, though they suggest it was possible the victims had died or been killed elsewhere and then transported to the burial site. Possibly because they were considered exceptional in some way. Explore further People living during the Mesolithic were hunter-gatherers, the researchers note, which is why the burial site and its contents are so surprising. At the time of its use, the burial site would have been at a shallow lake bottom covered with tightly packed stones upon which the remains of humans had been laid. The remains were all skulls, save for one infant. The adult skulls (except one) were missing jawbones, and at least two of the skulls showed evidence of a stick thrust through the opening at the base through the top of the skull—normally associated with posting a skull to scare enemies. But hunter-gatherers were not known for posting skulls or engaging in gruesome funeral rituals. Instead, they were known for disposing of their dead in simple, respectful ways.The gravesite was found in what is now southern Sweden, near an archaeological site known as Kanaljorden. Archeologists have been working at the site since 2009, but it was not until 2011 that the human remains were found—until that time, researchers had been finding animal remains. To date, the researchers have found the remains of 11 adults. In another surprise, the team discovered that all of the adult skulls bore signs of trauma—each had been whacked in the head multiple times. But the trauma was inflicted differently depending on gender. The males were hit on top or near the front of the head, while the females were typically hit from behind. None of the wounds appeared life-threatening, however, though without the rest of the corpse, it was impossible to identify what had killed them. Cranium F318 with wooden stake. Photograph: Fredrik Hallgren. Credit: Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.210 Citation: 8000-year old underwater burial site reveals human skulls mounted on poles (2018, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-year-underwater-burial-site-reveals.html Anterior view of crania F296 showing well-preserved facial bones. Photograph: Sara Gummesson. Credit: Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.210 A team of researchers with Stockholm University and the Cultural Heritage Foundation has uncovered the remains of a number of Mesolithic people in an underwater grave in a part of what is now Sweden. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the group describes the site where the remains were found, the condition of the remains and also offer some possible explanations for the means by which the remains found their way to the underwater burial site.center_img © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Antiquity This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Sara Gummesson et al. Keep your head high: skulls on stakes and cranial trauma in Mesolithic Sweden, Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.210AbstractThe socio-cultural behaviour of Scandinavian Mesolithic hunter-gatherers has been difficult to understand due to the dearth of sites thus far investigated. Recent excavations at Kanaljorden in Sweden, however, have revealed disarticulated human crania intentionally placed at the bottom of a former lake. The adult crania exhibited antemortem blunt force trauma patterns differentiated by sex that were probably the result of interpersonal violence; the remains of wooden stakes were recovered inside two crania, indicating that they had been mounted. Taphonomic factors suggest that the human bodies were manipulated prior to deposition. This unique site challenges our understanding of the handling of the dead during the European Mesolithic. Skulls suggest Romans in London enjoyed human blood sportslast_img read more

Protein chains that selfform into helical braids

first_imgSEM micrographs of braid topologies observed in gels of 2. a, Cartoon diagrams showing two-stranded entanglements and their corresponding braid words. The braid word describes the pattern of crossings in the repeat unit, which must conform to certain topological constraints. b,c, Commonly observed entanglements in gels of 2: double helices (b) and larger helical bundles (c). d,e, Three- and four-stranded entanglements observed in gels of 2: three-stranded Brunnian braids (d) and tentative examples of nested homochiral double helices (e). Credit: Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0222-0 A team of researchers from Durham University in the U.K. and Shaanxi Normal University in China has discovered a type of protein that forms naturally into two main types of helical braids. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the group describes extracting an achiral oligo peptidomimetic compound from a urine sample and observing its unique properties. More information: Christopher D. Jones et al. Braiding, branching and chiral amplification of nanofibres in supramolecular gels, Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0222-0 Tiny protein coiled coils that self-assemble into cages Citation: Protein chains that self-form into helical braids (2019, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-protein-chains-self-form-helical-braids.html Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Prior research has shown that proteins can form themselves into interesting shapes because they develop naturally into chains. Scientists have also learned that the shape a chain takes depends on its amino acid sequence. The study of protein shapes assumed great importance in recent years after it was found that misfolding can lead to conditions such as mad cow disease, in which amyloid fibers form braids and clump together, causing neural damage. The formation of amyloid fibers is also a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. In this new effort, the researchers took a closer look at a protein that exists naturally in urine to learn more about its shape characteristics.The researchers found that the protein naturally takes on one of two main types of shapes—one is a four-strand braid in a quadruple helix, and the other consists of pairs of double helices that weave themselves together into a single strand.The researchers found that aggregating the helices resulted in the formation of braided fibrils. They also found that branching occurred in the braids when errors cropped up, resulting in the formation of intricate patterns of connected braids. They also discovered that mixed-chirality helices assembled themselves into complex braid formations, but sometimes formed bundles if they underwent chirality inversion. They also noted that the protein chains were very sensitive to chiral amplification, which makes them good candidates for creating gels. The researchers created a gel using these chains in their lab, and report that it was similar in some respects to other gels already used in pharmaceuticals They also report that the gel is stickier than those typically used in pharmaceutical applications, which might make them good candidates for new applications. They also point out that the way the braids are formed can be engineered, which means it should be possible to create gels with different characteristics. © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Nature Chemistrylast_img read more

How Smartphones Are Affecting Our Relationships

first_imgIn their paper, Sbarra and his coauthors go beyond the idea that technology is simply attention-grabbing to suggest that there may be an evolutionary mismatch between smartphones and the social behaviors that help form and maintain close social relationships. “Smartphones and their affordances create new contexts for disclosing information about who we are and for being responsive to others, and these virtual connections may have downstream unwanted effects on our current relationships,” Sbarra said. “When you are distracted into or by the device, then your attention is divided, and being responsive to our partners – an essential ingredient for building intimacy – requires attention in the here and now.” “Between 2000 and 2018, we’ve seen the largest technological advances, arguably, at any point in the last 100 years,” he said. “We are interested in understanding the role of social relationships in human well-being. We can understand this from the level of what individuals do in relationships, but we can also understand it at the level of societal changes and societal forces that may push on relationships.” Sbarra doesn’t believe smartphones are all bad. In fact, he and his coauthors acknowledge that the devices offer several benefits for health and well-being, and texting provides many couples a route for connecting in a meaningful way. But they say more research is needed to fully understand the impact that virtual connections may have on our real-world relationships and the ways in which the pull of our phones may diminish immediate interactions and lead to conflict. Humans are hard-wired to connect with others, Sbarra and his colleagues argue. In the course of evolutionary history, we have relied on close relationships with small networks of family and friends for survival as individuals and as a species. These relationships were based on trust and cooperation, which is built when people disclose personal information about themselves and are responsive to others. Whether at the supermarket, in the doctor’s office, or in bed at night, it can be tempting to pick up the device and start scrolling through social media or text messages at any moment. But anyone who has done so in the presence of a close friend, family member, or romantic partner may have left that person feeling ignored, annoyed, or even pushed away. That’s according to a growing body of research on “technoference,” or the potential interference smartphones and other technologies can have in our face-to-face social interactions. From there, the authors outline a research agenda they hope can guide future studies. Those studies will be increasingly important as new technologies evolve and become more integrated in our daily lives, Sbarra said.center_img “The draw or pull of a smartphone is connected to very old modules in the brain that were critical to our survival, and central to the ways we connect with others are self-disclosure and responsiveness,” Sbarra said. “Evolution shaped self-disclosure and responsiveness in the context of small kin networks, and we now see these behaviors being cued more or less constantly by social networking sites and through our phones. We now have the outer-most edges of our social network cue us for responsiveness. Look no further than the next person you see scrolling through Facebook and mindlessly hitting the ‘like’ button while his kid is trying to tell him a story.” Divided attention, Sbarra and his colleagues say, may lead to relationship conflict. For example, the review paper cites a study of 143 married women, more than 70 percent of whom reported that mobile phones frequently interfere in their relationships. “We stay away from the question of whether social networking sites and smartphone use are good or bad, per se,” Sbarra said. “Technology is everywhere, and it’s not going away, nor should it. In this paper, we are interested in answering two basic questions: Why do the devices seem to have such a powerful pull on us? And, what is the state of the science on the effects of being pulled away from our in-person interactions and into the virtual world?”  In a review paper forthcoming in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, University of Arizona psychology professor David Sbarra and his collaborators at Wayne State University in Detroit examine existing research on technoference. They propose an explanation for why humans are so drawn to their smartphones, even when the devices take us out of the moment in our close relationships. It’s because of our evolutionary history, they say. Smartphones, and the constant access they provide to text messaging and social media, make it easier than ever for people to disclose personal information and respond to others in their social networks. And these networks are much larger and more far-flung than those of our ancestors.last_img read more

South Korea To Scrap Military IntelligenceSha

first_img HOW Hwee Young South Korea To Scrap Military Intelligence-Sharing… by NPR News Sasha Ingber, Anthony Kuhn 8.22.19 12:43pm Updated at 11:35 a.m. ETSouth Korea plans to terminate a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, prompting concerns about security cooperation between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington as North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats loom over the Korean Peninsula.It’s the latest breakdown between Seoul and Tokyo: Earlier this month, Japan removed South Korea from its “whitelist” of favored trade partners, prompting a retaliation in kind.The Blue House, South Korea’s presidential residence in Seoul, announced Thursday that it will end the General Security of Military Information Agreement — a pact pushed by the Obama administration and signed in 2016 as a way for the two countries to exchange valuable information on potential threats posed by North Korea, China and Russia.”The government of the Republic of Korea decided that maintaining this Agreement, which was signed to facilitate the exchange of sensitive military information, does not serve our national interest,” Kim You-geun, deputy director of the country’s National Security Office, said in a statement.Seoul’s decision was made public before a Saturday deadline that would have automatically renewed the agreement for another year. South Korea appeared to be preparing for an extension, but that changed after Japan abruptly dropped the country from its list of preferred trade partners.On Thursday, Kim blamed Tokyo for altering their relationship through the downgrade, providing “no concrete evidence” for the decision. Japan has also imposed export controls on products that are essential to South Korea’s booming technology industry.Tokyo said the move was made on national security grounds. But the two countries’ disputes also trace back to Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea between 1910 and 1945. A South Korean Supreme Court ruling last year allowed Korean victims of forced labor during World War II to seek compensation from Japanese firms. South Korea also shut down a Japanese-funded foundation that supported Korean comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery during the war. Both actions incensed the Japanese government.Japan’s downgrading of trade ties with South Korea escalated tensions between the countries and triggered protests outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed that “we will never again lose to Japan.” And the prospect of pulling out of the military intelligence-sharing agreement began.According to South Korea’s Joongang Daily newspaper, Seoul and Tokyo have communicated about military intelligence matters at least seven times this year. That includes exchanges on the North’s recent spate of short-range missile tests, even after Tokyo’s decision to downgrade its trade relationship with Seoul.Last month, Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tokyo would prefer to continue sharing intelligence, especially on North Korea. On Thursday, Taro said Seoul’s decision “completely misreads the security situation in Northeast Asia,” according to the Kyodo news agency.South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters on Thursday that the decision amounted to a “trust issue.” She said Seoul is preparing to explain the decision to both Japan and Washington — and that the decision is “a separate issue from the South Korea-U.S. alliance.”Washington has long sought to build accord between Seoul and Tokyo as another mechanism to confront North Korea and a burgeoning China.Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told NPR that the Department of Defense encourages Japan and South Korea to work together to resolve their differences, and he said he hoped it could be done “quickly.””We are all stronger — and Northeast Asia is safer — when the United States, Japan, and Korea work together in solidarity and friendship,” Eastburn said. “Intel sharing is key to developing our common defense policy and strategy.”Both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and special envoy on North Korea Steve Biegun have reportedly nudged America’s allies to patch up their differences. But critics accuse Washington of letting the bad blood boil between Tokyo and Seoul for too long before intervening.Foreign policy experts also note that the U.S. faces a challenge in countering the deep veins of nationalism that both Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have mined for their own political gains.Whether or not there is an immediate response from North Korea, China or Russia, those countries are likely pleased with the growing rift inside the U.S. web of alliances.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Want to continue with theatre

first_imgMaking a comeback to theatre is a fascinating experience for Bollwyood’s well-known actor Om Puri, who will be performing in the Capital, offering a complete treat to Delhiites. This marks the veteran actor’s return to the stage after 25 years.He will stage a comeback with Teri Amrita at the Punjabi Theatre Festival. This play is an Indian adaptation of AR Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letters (1988). The play will highlight the professional journey of Puri and Divya Dutta, who will play the roles of Zulfikar Haider and Amrita Nigam, respectively. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Talking about making his way back to acting on stage, Om Puri said: ‘I was very nervous initially when I decided to make a comeback. I started off with theatre as a teenager and was spotted by directors of the Punjab Kala Manch at a college play. Now at this point of life, when I am turning 64, I want to continue with theatre. I want to act and will be producing theatre from now on.‘I have no illusions about myself. It’s very difficult to get good meaningful roles in films today, unless you happen to be a huge star, where roles get specially written for you,’ admits Puri. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis play is a love story told through letters exchanged between the two protagonists, Zulfikar Haider and Amrita Nigam, over 35 years. Set during the time of Indo-Pak Partition, the two meet as children and form the bond which has been depicted by the play. It reflects the passage of time through the soured dreams and doomed love between the two lovers who pursue different paths, yet keep the flame of love alive through their evocative letters. A girl with soaring aspirations, Amrita (Divya Dutta) writes about her deepest emotions to her childhood beloved Zulfi (Om Puri), who reciprocates his unconditional love in his replies to her. Punjabi Theatre Festival will be organised by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, under the government of India and Punjabi Academy. This is an initiative taken by chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit.‘We are very excited to showcase the event. The return of famous actor Om Puri will stir up the audience. We are expecting a huge footfall at the event. I am very thankful to actors like Om Puri and Divya Dutta who have made a comeback to theatre. This will not only promote theatre but will encourage a lot number of famous celebrities to come back to theatre,’ said Rawail Singh.DETAILAt: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House When: 19-22 December 19-22 Timings: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Magazines take flight

first_imgMaXposure Media Group to introduce inflight magazine of Biman Bangladesh Airlines The national carrier of Bangladesh, Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ flies to 18 destinations, including 14 international cities. Leaving behind seven publishing houses from UK, Fiji, India and Bangladesh, MaXposure Media Group (MaXposure) has bagged the contract for publishing Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ inflight magazine. MaXposure Media Group is scheduled to bring out the bi-monthly issue of Biman Bangladesh Airlines  (Biman) inflight magazine from September 2013 onwards. Keeping the airline’s wide network in mind, the magazine would be bilingual – to be published in English and Bengali. The name of the magazine will be announced soon.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking on the occasion Prakash Johari, Managing Director and CEO, MaXposure Media Group said, ‘I am proud to announce that MaXposure Media Group has won the bid to publish Biman inflight magazine.  This is inline with MaXposure’s Internationalisation strategy. Bangladesh with a population of 163 million enjoys a GDP growth of 6.1% and this makes it an ideal time for us to enter this growing market. Bangladesh is a strategic market for us and we intend to play a key role in its publishing industry.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKevin J Steele, Managing Director and CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines said, ‘Biman Bangladesh Airlines is delighted to be working with MaXposure on the new Biman inflight Magazine. MaXposure has a pedigree of working with top quality brands like Lufthansa and Mercedes, which adequately reflect the brand aspirations of Biman.  This is a win-win situation for both parties, and Biman is delighted to once again have a quality inflight magazine to offer its customers, yet another step in its major refocus on the customer.’ In the inflight segment, MaXposure currently publishes Shubh Yatra, the inflight magazine of Air India – India’s national carrier as well as Spiceroute, the monthly inflight magazine of SpiceJet Airlines.  After consolidating its position in India, the company has recently entered the international market after bagging the magazine publishing rights of Fly Africa, a South African low cost airline. With Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ magazine, MaXposure has put its mark in South Asia as well.  Talking about the inflight magazine Vikas Johari, Publisher and COO said ‘With MaXposure’s experience in publishing several global inflight magazines, we are looking forward to delivering an equally exciting world-class magazine for Biman. The magazine would aim at not only giving a pleasant reading experience to the flyers but also act as a mouth-piece to communicate with its stake holders.’last_img read more

Pink Floyd rolls out plans for The Endless River first LP in

first_imgIt is the band’s first album since their 1994 album The Division Bell. It is mainly a four-sided instrumental album with one song Louder Than Words, which will include new lyrics by Polly Samson.The album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, be released on Columbia Records on 11 November. Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth, and Andy Jackson have produced it.Gilmour said the idea to bring The Endless River came when he and drummer Nick Mason started sorting through the music that they had made for Division Bell sessions with Rick, who died in 2008. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen‘We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire,’ Gilmour said in a statement. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanMason said he was reminded of Rick a lot while working on the new music.‘The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was,’ Mason said. The artwork of the album, of a man rowing on a ‘river’ of clouds was created by Ahmed Emad Eldin, an 18-year-old Egyptian digital artist.The tracks on the album include Things Left Unsaid, It’s What We Do, The Lost Art of Conversation, Night Light Autumn’68, Sum, Skins, Unsung, Anisina, Calling, Eyes To Pearls, Surfacing and Louder Than Words.last_img read more

Glimpses from Yellowstone

first_imgA photographer, a writer and an IPS officer, Somesh Goyal has enthralled the audiences across India through his rare collection of photographs. Goyal who has been into photography for the last four decades has now come up with his work Yellowstone: The Artist’s Point. Art lovers can head over to AIFACS to get a glimpse of the world first national park. The show exhibits the pictures taken by him at Yellowstone. Yellowstone is the world’s first national park and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. The park is located at the headwaters of the Yellowstone river, from which it takes its historical name. Home to a remarkable diversity of mammals, birds and fish, it’s one of the world’s foremost wildlife sanctuaries.  Here, every season brings special wonders and each of the park’s varied landscapes offers a range of exciting experiences. The park is home to seven species of conifer trees, more than 1,000 species of native vascular plants, 67 species of mammals and more than 320 bird species!Where: AIFACS, Rafi MargWhen: On till April 14 , 2015last_img read more

Adhikari lays foundation stone for 2 new plants of Exide Industries

first_imgKolkata: Suvendu Adhikari, state minister for Transport and chairman of Haldia Development Authority, laid the foundation for two plants at the Exide Industries premises in Haldia on Tuesday.The battery manufacturing expansion project and the greenfield battery recycling plant will be funded by the company’s internal reserves. In the current financial year of 2018-19, the company has planned a capital expenditure of Rs 1,100 crore. The bulk of that will be spent on these two projects. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn collaboration with Italy’s Energitech Technologies, one of the leading players in this field, the lead recycling plant in Haldia will have a monthly capacity of 15,000 metric tonnes, making it the country’s largest lead recycling plant. The plant will employ environmentally safe and latest state-of-art technologies, conforming to technical norms set by the Basel Convention.”We are embarking on a two-pronged strategy to make Haldia one of the largest and integrated self-sufficient battery-making centres in South-East Asia, where we manufacture everything from recycled lead to finished battery,” said Gautam Chatterjee, managing director and CEO of Exide Industries.last_img read more

Condition of Kolkatas roads better than any metro in India Mayor

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Sovan Chatterjee claimed on Tuesday that the condition of roads in the city is better than any other metro city in the country, even during the monsoon season.Responding to allegations from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay at the monthly meeting of the civic body that the roads in the city are in poor condition, Chatterjee said: “It is easy to accuse us saying that work is not happening. I wish you take the effort to go to Diamond Harbour (DH) Road and find out on your own whether it has been repaired or not. We are already carrying out repair works in every possible dry spell that we are getting and before the Pujas, all the roads in the city will be spruced up.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUpadhyay had alleged that DH Road and the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass were two of the most important city roads that are in deplorable condition.Chatterjee said that DH Road is under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department (PWD), while the EM Bypass is under Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).”We had held a meeting with both of these agencies and had prodded them to carry out repair work and it is going on. In EM Bypass, Metro project work is being done by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, which is leading to damage of the road. One has to understand that complete repair work cannot be taken up now and hence we can only do patchwork for the time being. However, full-fledged repair work will be completed before the Pujas,” the Mayor added.He maintained that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given out strict instruction to repair all the roads. It was decided that the KMC would act as the nodal agency in repairing the roads, including the ones that fall under the jurisdiction of other state government agencies and would later settle the costs with the concerned agencies.last_img read more

US Pacific Air Forces Commander visits Delhi

first_imgUS Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen Lori J Robinson is on an official visit to the capital for strengthening Indo-US military cooperation, especially in the wake of America’s “rebalance” to Asia Pacific.“I’m truly grateful to be invited to see the Indian Air Force (IAF) up close and learn more about their mission,” Robinson said, adding that both forces have much to learn from one another.last_img

Eat apple berries to cut flab

first_imgEating fruit, such as apples, pears, and berries, and vegetables that contain high levels of flavonoids, may be linked to less weight gain, finds a study.The findings of the study, which was published in The British Medical Journal, revealed that increased consumption of flavonoid subclasses was associated with less weight gain.Dietary flavonoids are natural compounds found in fruits and vegetables linked to weight loss, but most studies have looked at a particular flavonoid found in green tea, and have mostly been limited to small samples. This is the first study to examine the associations between consumption of seven flavonoid subclasses and weight gain in a large sample study of 124,086 participants based across the US between 1986 and 2011. The participants self-reported their weight, lifestyle habits, and any recently diagnosed diseases via questionnaire after every two years and also self reported their diet after every four years.Losing or preventing even small amounts of weight can reduce risk of diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, the study suggested.The scientists added that people may be able to maximise the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables by choosing those with high levels of flavonoids, such as apples, pears, and berries.last_img read more

Address drinking water crisis in the pockets Mamata

first_imgPurulia: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed the district administration to address drinking water scarcity in some pockets in the region.Addressing the administrative review meeting here on Tuesday afternoon, she said a project to augment drinking water at an estimated cost of Rs 1,100 crore has been taken up and it will be ready by 2022. Once the project is ready, the drinking water crisis in Purulia during summer will be a matter of the past. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe also asked the District Magistrate to prepare a plan to supply drinking water in the drought-prone areas. “The District Magistrate should coordinate with other departments to ensure that people living in the drought-prone areas get drinking water in summer.” A Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles (MSME) park will come up on 25 acre of land at Hura. District Magistrate Alokesh Prasad Das said he had sent the proposal to the MSME department. The Chief Minister said plates from saal leaves have a bright future which can be kept at the Biswa Bangla store as well. She asked the mask maskers to reduce the size of the Chau masks that are being sold. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”People now stay in flats and if the sizes of the masks are reduced, then more people will buy them and use them as room decoration pieces.” Banerjee also asked the district administration to expedite construction on Kisan mandis and criticised the nationalised banks for not giving credit to the farmers. She asked the cooperative banks to come forward and bail them out. The Chief Minister said Raghunathpur is coming up as an important trade centre as it is situated off the freight corridor. She warned that no attempt should be made to extort money from businessmen and said stringent action will be taken against those against whom charges of extortion will be proved. She urged people to lodge complaints with the administration against the extortionists. “I want to make this point categorically clear that no ration shop owner or anyone else will keep the cards of the beneficiaries. They will keep their own cards as no one has the right to keep them in their possession,” she said. The Chief Minister also maintained that many development works have been carried out throughout Bengal and it is the duty of the administration and the Trinamool Congress to make people aware of them. “The BDOs should visit the ICDS centres and intensify public contact.” She urged the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samity members to build contact with the people. “Those who want to do politics staying in their homes have no place in this party. Go out and talk to the masses, listen to their grievances and try to resolve their issues.”last_img read more

47 ration dealers showcaused for supplying less quantity rice

first_imgKolkata: The state Food and Supplies department has show-caused 47 ration dealers based in four districts in Jangalmahal for supplying less quantity of rice to the beneficiaries under the “Khadya Sathi” scheme.”We have hardly received any complaints regarding the quality of rice but there has been a number of complaints about ration dealers depriving the beneficiaries of their proper share under the “Khadya Sathi” programme by providing less amount of rice. We have show-caused 47 ration dealers after prima facie verification of the complaints,” state Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick said on Saturday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe recently formed grievance cell at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) at Nabanna has also registered a number of complaints on the issue. “We have formed two vigilance teams for each of the districts like Purulia, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Bankura. This team will start doing the rounds in these districts from Wednesday to ensure that no one is deprived of his due quantity of rice. The vigilance team comprising a food service officer, quality control inspector, chief inspector and inspector will camp in the districts for six months,” the minister added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Food department is also appealing to the beneficiaries to collect their earmarked quantity of rice once in a week rather than going to the ration shops once in every week. “There have been cases when dealers have kept their shops closed on certain days in a week and people have not received their due share. So we are urging every beneficiary to purchase their share of 5 kg rice at Rs 2 per kg at the beginning of the month from the ration shops,” a senior official of the Food department maintained. Among other measures to prevent such incidents, the department will soon introduce three separate WhatsApp numbers — one for rice, one for atta and the third for sugar in which people can register their grievances if any. The complaint once lodged will automatically reach the district controller, the department’s head office and the sub-divisional controller. “We will soon organise hearing at the district level and also at the sub-divisional level once in a week on Tuesday from 2 to 5 pm where people can come up with their grievances regarding food and steps will be taken to address their problems at an earliest,” Mallick said. The maximum number of irregularities have been noticed from Purulia and vigilance teams have already been activated there. It is learnt that 200 applications of grievances have reached the CMO at Nabanna among which 47 cases have been taken up by the Food department.last_img read more

5 Assassinations that Changed the World

first_imgHolding a position of power can sometimes come with a threat towards your own life. History tells us of more than one case where a famous and influential person ended up fatally wounded. Their assassination, the public demise arranged for these people has almost always triggered shock and sometimes worldwide havoc.Such was the case of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination marked the beginning of a war of previously unimaginable magnitude.The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wifeThe Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, June 1914.Gavrilo Princip was only 18 years old when he successfully aimed his pistol at Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg.Gavrilo Princip, cell, headshot. Photo by Unknown photographer – ap998281903921. media.npr.org CC BY-SA 4.0The Archduke was a possible heir to the throne of the mighty Austro-Hungarian empire. The event took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina on June 28, 1914, with fatal consequences for the world.Drawing of Achille Beltrame depicting Gavrilo Princip killing Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo.Franz Ferdinand’s visit to Sarajevo that month was much anticipated by a group of dissident young men who were angry about the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Austro-Hungarian empire. Supported by a terrorist movement known as the Black Hand, who armed the revolutionists, a plot to murder Archduke Ferdinand was hatched.The 1911 Gräf & Stift Bois de Boulogne phaeton automobile in which Archduke Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated. It is now displayed in the Museum of Military History in Vienna. Photo by Alexf CC BY SA 3.0On the final day of the archduke’s visit, the men took up positions along the published route that his motorcade was to take through Sarajevo. Nedeljko Cabrinovic tried but failed to blow up their car. When the bomb he threw bounced off the hood and exploded under the next vehicle, the rest of the group lost their nerve.However, after continuing on to complete their official engagement, the archduke insisted on traveling to the hospital to see his injured officers. Quite by chance, the driver took a wrong turn down a side street and then stalled the car — right in front of Gavrilo Princip, who was still carrying his pistol.Latin Bridge in Sarajevo – the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Photo by sundeviljeff CC BY 2.0Princip fired two shots at point-blank range, killing both Franz Ferdinand and his wife. He then tried to take his own life but without success. Princip was sentenced to 20 years in prison but passed away from tuberculosis in the spring of 1918.In the aftermath of the assassination, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and other countries were quick to take sides. Millions of people died over the next four years as the war spread across the globe like a plague.Franz Ferdinand’s blood-stained uniform.The wounds of World War I never truly healed. Just two decades later, the world was plunged into an even deadlier war, the one that also introduced us to the horrors of the Holocaust and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The assassination of President John F. KennedyPhoto portrait of John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.President Kennedy was due to hold a speech at the Dallas Trade Mart on November 22, 1963, when his motorcade, progressing through downtown Dallas, was intercepted with gunfire. He was one of the most beloved U.S. presidents, yet his name grew almost synonymous with the word assassination itself.According to the official report, three shots were fired by assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. While the first one missed President Kennedy, the second struck him at the neck and the third was the deadliest — in his head. It was a sudden, violent, and shocking death.The Kennedys and the Connallys in the presidential limousine moments before the assassination in Dallas.Oswald fired his weapon from the nearby Texas School Book Depository, stationed on the building’s sixth floor. He was a trained U.S. marine, discharged from service, and noted for his attempt to obtain Soviet citizenship afterward.Only two days passed and Oswald himself was killed by one Jack Ruby, who later claimed his motive to eliminate President Kennedy’s assassin was to help the former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, avoid having to face the court trials against Oswald.President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was assassinated later in the day.The obscure details surrounding JFK’s death have invited the wildest conspiracy theories to explain what happened on November 22, 1963 for years to follow.Murder at the Ford’s Theater: President Lincoln’s deathShown in the presidential booth of Ford’s Theatre, from left to right, are assassin John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris, and Henry RathboneIn another notorious episode involving the assassination of a U.S. head of state, President Lincoln was attending a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.. It was April 14, 1865, not a week after Confederate troops had surrendered in Virginia, marking the end of the blood-soaked American Civil War.President Lincoln’s Chair. Photo by Jodelli CC BY 2.0President Lincoln’s assassin approached from behind at the balcony where the President was seated alongside his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. He was John Wilkes Booth, a noted theater actor and even better noted for his public support towards the Confederates.Painting depicting Lincoln’s assassination.In cold blood, he would fire a bullet into President Lincoln’s head. The assassin then leaped from the box and managed to flee the venue, even with an injured leg from the jump.Ford’s Theater Scene in the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Photo by Winonave CC BY-SA 3.0According to History, the search for John Wilkes Booth engaged 10,000 federal troops, detectives and police — one of the largest manhunts ever.Unbelievably, someone who was there in Ford’s Theater that night when Lincoln was assassinated lived long enough to tell about it in a 1950s game show:Mahatma Gandhi met his assassin with a smileMahatma Gandhi.Political leaders have been assassinated elsewhere around the world. In India, the great Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, met his own violent death on January 30, 1948 when he was fatally shot in the chest and stomach by Nathuram Godse.Funeral procession of Gandhi, passing the India Gate, Delhi.After World War II, the rule of the British Raj came to an end and India was declared an independent nation. This was not a straightforward deal, as part of the process was to split the Indian subcontinent into two independent countries — India and Pakistan. The main aim of the Partition of India was to create separate Hindu and Muslim states, and this triggered mass migration as people found themselves cut off from their kin. Tensions across India were set at boiling point.Mahatma Gandhi was a strong and respected voice who advocated a peaceful transition. His message was not admired by nationalists from all sides — Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh. His own assassin was Hindu fanatic.The trial of persons accused of participation and complicity in the assassination at the Special Court in Red Fort, Delhi on May 27, 1948.Gandhi was 78-years-old the day he greeted his assassin in the gardens of his residence — Birla House, in Delhi. The peace leader was on his way to prayer and was armed only with his smile when Nathuram Godse approached, holding a Beretta automatic gun.Mahatma Gandhi with the Mountbattens.Gandhi died within a half an hour of the shooting. Nobody called a doctor in the entire confusing scene that unfolded.Nathuram Godse was convicted of murder and sentenced to death later that same year.The violent end of Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King Jr. at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.In a dark episode for the United States, much-cherished and admired champion of the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968.King met his death in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel second-floor balcony, close to the room where he was staying. He was fatally wounded in the neck by one James Earl Ray.Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 Washington D.C. Civil Rights March.Five years before he was assassinated, King appeared as one of the key figures behind the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was one of many of his jubilant moments.The 1963 march assembled around 250,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and it was here that Martin Luther King would address his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.The day before his death, King delivered his very last speech in Memphis. With an eerie sense of premonition, he said the following as he took the floor at the Mason Temple Church: “I am not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”Read another story from us: Last Surviving Witness of Lincoln’s Assassination Recounted the Event in a 1950s Game ShowAs King fell victim to James Earl Ray shortly after uttering these words, rioting broke out in cities across America. The assassin was eventually jailed and sentenced to long years in jail, though more than once it has been considered that perhaps there was a deeper plot behind the case.last_img read more

WHS student athletes give back to community with day of service

first_imgBy Bonnie Adams, Managing EditorJulia French (r) led the event, along with assistance from Julia Desmond (l) and Samantha Stucchi Westborough – Westborough High School’s (WHS) student athletes have been busy over the past few weeks preparing for their soon-to-be here fall season. But on Aug. 20, they took a break from their practices to participate in what has become a beloved annual tradition – Rangers Give Back.Although Athletic Director Johanna DiCarlo and other administrators offer support and guidance, the day is organized by the students themselves.This year, rising junior Julia French, along with assistance from Julia Desmond and Samantha Stucchi, led the event.“Rangers Give Back is an opportunity for student athletes from WHS get to show their compassion for their community that does so much for them. They go to their old schools, help out at senior’s homes/senior centers around town, and this year we were fortunate enough to visit the Sugar Shack as well, all to ‘give back,’”  French explained.The morning of Aug. 20 started off warm and humid but the students were energized and ready for their assignments. Before they left, DiCarlo addressed them, reminding them of the day’s mission.“You have no idea the impact this day has,” she told the students. “You have the ability to make a huge impact not only on the town but also yourself.”After the students left for their assignments, DiCarlo praised the students who, she said, were always excited to participate in the event as a way to give back to the community.“The entire town of Westborough has always been so generous when it comes to the schools,” she said. “This is a way to give back and say thank you.”“Many of [the students] came back from vacation early just so they could participate today,” she noted.“It really is one of the best days of the year for us,” she added.French agreed with the AD.“One of the greatest components to this event is how it is very much student-led; all of the captains organize their teams and are in charge of completing the work given to them on their own. The kids really make an impact on the town, and this event is only possible because of each of their decisions to help out and make a difference,” she said. “It is an awesome feeling to witness all the hard work that the students put into this day and the appreciation received from the community.”Student-athlete assignments included: The cheerleading team made candy bags at The Sugar Shack with students from the BORO program.The volleyball team visited residents at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.The golf team mulched and the girls’ soccer team made up first day packets at the Mill Pond School.The boys’ cross country team mulched and did garden clean up school at the Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School.The field hockey team painted paw prints, mulched and gardened at the Annie E. Fales Elementary School.The boys’ cross country team mulched and the girls’ cross country made up first day packets at the J. Harding Armstrong Elementary School.Volleyball team members talk with a Beaumont resident..photo/Michelle FrenchVolleyball team members talk with a Beaumont resident..photos/Michelle French(l to r) Cheerleaders Izadora Oliveira, Ella Sung and Daphne Cabrera hold mugs of treats made at the Sugar Shackphoto/Bonnie AdamsMembers of the golf team work at the Mill Pond School.photo/Bonnie Adams(l to r) Aya Rhouat, Michelle Mihaiu, Anna Rhouat and Emma Hung weed at the Fales School.photo/Bonnie AdamsMembers of the cheerleading squad work with the BORO students at the Sugar Shack.photo/Erin LaPradJulia French addresses the students prior to everyone leaving for their assignments.photo/Michelle FrenchDrew Stanton works at Mill Pond School.photo/Michelle Frenchlast_img read more