first_imgCoated magazine paper manufacturer NewPage Corporation announced today a restructuring plan to integrate the former Stora Enso North America facilities and services, which the company officially purchased earlier this month.As part of the plan, NewPage in February will close a Stora Enso paper machine in Rumford, Maine, which produces coated freesheet and groundwood papers for magazines. About 60 employees will be affected by the shutdown. By April, the company also will close a pulp mill and two paper machines in Niagara, Wisconsin, affecting more than 300 employees. The machines annually produce 230,000 tons of lightweight coated groundwood that’s used in magazines.NewPage also will close a paper machine in Kimberly, Wisconsin, and a converting facility in Chillicothe, Ohio. The Kimberly mill, which is set for closure by the end of May, produces coated freesheet papers. Nearly 200 employees will be affected by these closures.According to NewPage chairman of the board and CEO Mark Suwyn, the SENA restructuring “will create the platform essential to become one company, remain competitive in the marketplace, serve our customer more efficiently and reach $265 million of synergies we have committed to achieve. Despite the permanent closures … we are merging the operations in a manner that will actually increase our 2008 North American production by three to eight percent compared to the combined production in 2007.” NewPage says it will inform personnel of the company’s long term plans for each of its departments.In other paper news, Verso Paper is finalizing the size and price range for the company’s proposed initial public offering of common stock. The offering price could reportedly reach $345 million, and 30 to 40 percent of the company could be sold.last_img read more

first_imgTesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 viewsTesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Tesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 viewsBusinessTesla released fourth quarter earnings late Wednesday that put the brakes on the luxury electric car maker. Costs from expanding its global sales network and developing the Model X crossover nearlyVentuno Web Player 4.50Tesla released fourth quarter earnings late Wednesday that put the brakes on the luxury electric car maker. Costs from expanding its global sales network and developing the Model X crossover nearlylast_img read more

first_imgMentioning the proposed Digital Security Act as a threat to the freedom of speech, expression and the safety of the citizens, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) called for the amendment of the draft law on the basis of the opinion of all stakeholders, reports UNB.TIB in the statement on Thursday said, “The proposed ‘Digital Security Act of 2017’ comes in contradiction to the constitutional rights of free speech and opinion and the International Convention on the Rights of the People. The government should amend all the controversial clauses of the law and revise it on the basis of the respective experts and partners immediately.”TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, “Due to the scope of defamation, fraud and misuse, it will push the people and their right guaranteed by the constitution rather at risk, instead of ensuring the national security, freedom of speech and expression.”He said, “It is the updated version of section 3 of the Official Secrecy Act of 1923 on the spying. The law has inserted many clauses in the proposed Digital Security Act under section-32.The misuse of the proposed law, TIB feared, would hinder rights ensured by the Right to Information Act 2009.Iftekharuzzaman said the possibility of disclosure of true information through the internet and social media will face hindrances if the proposed digital security law is approved in parliament.The practice of democratic and fundamental rights will be hampered which will be the suicidal approach for the country’s democratic advancement, TIB added.TIB feared wide misuse of the proposed law by investigation officers as it has given them the power to check anyone without any warrant and arrest.Earlier on 29 January, the cabinet approved the draft of the Digital Security Act-2018.last_img read more

first_imgnonameRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has decided to see a test of its main rival, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the election to two city corporations, according to senior AL leaders.A central leader said they are taking preparations to hold elections in Gazipur and Khulna city corporations to assess the popularity of the BNP, before elections elsewhere.The election schedules of Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be announced on 31 March, the election commission’s secretary Helal Uddin told journalists. The elections may be held in May.In fact, party leaders indicated, the ruling AL has no interest in holding elections to city corporations before the all-important national elections to be held at the year end.The AL could not forget its 2013 experience, when its mayoral candidates all five city corporation elections to the BNP nominees.The AL, however, wants to see how the BNP’s capacity without its chairperson Khaleda Zia campaigning in Gazipur and Khulna city corporation elections.On the basis of results of these two city corporations, the government will make plans for the elections to the rest of the city corporations where tenures of office-bearers are schedule to expire.Accordingly, the election commission can hold elections to Gazipur City Corporation any time. It can hold elections to Khulna City Corporation after 30 March.The elections to Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) can be held after 9 April, in Sylhet after 11 April and in Barisal after 27 April.According to the EC and the government, there is no legal issue that can halt elections to five city corporations. It is possible to hold elections to all five city corporations simultaneously after Eid-ul-Fitr.However, apart from the AL’s reluctance to hold elections to all city corporations at a time, the ruling party is focusing on the process of national elections that is expected to begin after Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated in June.Earlier, the EC announced the schedule of by-elections to Dhaka North City Corporation on 26 February. Following a court order, the election was halted. The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant after the death of Annisul Huq.Elections to RCC, KCC, SCC and BCC were held in June of 2013 ahead of the 10th national elections held in 5 January of 2014 and all AL candidates were defeated then. The AL also lost the GCC elections held in July of 2013. BNP candidates won mayoral posts of all five city corporations.According to the AL’s own assessment, the party is not in a position to beat the BNP in elections to the five city corporations.A central leader of AL, preferring not to be named, said the people criticised the government for not holding elections to DNCC out of fear of defeat after the election was halted by a court order.The government will be liable if the elections to other city corporations are halted as well, the leader said adding the BNP has claimed that their popularity has increased after the former prime minister was sent to jail in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The ruling party leader said they want to see whether the BNP joins the elections and how they perform in the elections.Some of the AL leaders believe the AL’s position is better in Gazipur this time while the position of BNP is better in Khulna. If the party wins at least one of two city corporations elections, their prestige will be saved, the leaders feel.AL presidium member and member of nomination board for local government elections, Abdur Razzak told Prothom Alo, “There was no formal discussion over the city corporation elections. Formal process can’t be started before the announcement of the election schedule.”He said the AL is not scared of elections. AL candidates will also win in the city corporation elections as the party has brought about massive development in the country in the past nine years, Razzak expressed his optimism.Elections to three city corporations were held in one and half years. The AL candidate won in Naryanganj, the BNP in Comilla and Jatiya Party in Rangpur. The AL was sure of winning Narayanganj for personal image of Selina Hyat Ivy.AL was not interested in holding elections to DNCC as there was no ‘guarantee’ of its win in the elections.      The ruling party has unofficially directed some aspirants to work for city corporation elections. Of them, former mayor of Sylhet City Corporation Badruddin Ahmed Kamran and Rajshahi city unit president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton have received green signal from party president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina.AL central leaders asked Gazipur city AL leader Jahangir Alam to work for the upcoming elections.Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, son of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s cousin and Barisal AL president Abul Hasnat Abdullah, and Hasina’s cousin Sheikh Jewel are in talks to get nomination for the election respectively from Barisal and Khulna.Former city mayor Talukdar Abdul Khalek is also a contender for the party nomination in Khulna. But, he is a member of parliament from Bagerhat-3 constituency. If he wants to participate in the city corporation election, he has to resign as MP.“I’m not interested in participating in the election,” he said. “Despite development works, I lost the city corporation election. So, I no more want to go back there,” he added.On the contrary, Sheikh Jewel is yet to participate in any elections.In Gazipur, city AL president Azmat Ullah Khan and general secretary Jahangir Alam are hopeful of winning the party ticket.In the last Gazipur city polls, held on 6 July, 2013, Azmat Ullah Khan was the AL candidate while Jahangir Alam contested the polls as a rebel candidate.According to party insiders, Jahangir has been instructed to work for the elections.“I’ve been working since the last city corporation election. I was also told to work for the polls. Other formalities will start after the schedule of the election is announced,’’ he told Prothom Alo. * This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossainlast_img read more

first_img.A young man drowned and two others went missing after a trawler carrying them capsized in the Rangamati river at Goma in Barishal’s Bakerganj upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Anwar Hossain, 42, from Khodabashkathi village of the same upazila while the identities of disappeared could not be known immediately.Witnesses said the trawler sank around 6:30pm, leaving one dead on the spot.On information, firefighters rushed in and recovered the body from the river, said Md Habibur Rahman, station leader of Barisal Fire Service and Civil Defense.last_img read more

first_imgA neighbour looks out from a window near the building where 11 family members were found dead inside their home in the neighbourhood of Burari in New Delhi on 1 July 2018. Police have cordoned off the home in Burari in the north of the capital where the bodies of seven women and four men were discovered July 1. `10 of the 11 family members were found hanging when we reached the house. The last, a 75-year-old female, was dead on the floor,` a Delhi police official told AFP. Photo: AFPA family of 11 found dead at their home in New Delhi had been observing “spiritual, mystical practices”, police said Sunday.Officers cordoned off the property in the north of the capital where the bodies of seven female and four male victims were discovered early Sunday morning.”Ten of the 11 family members were found hanging when we reached the house. The last, a 75-year-old female, was dead on the floor,” a Delhi police official said.”It is still too early (to know what happened). It is an ongoing investigation and we haven’t ruled out anything.”A police statement drew attention to the family’s spiritual beliefs.”During search of the house, certain handwritten notes have been found which point towards observance of some definite spiritual, mystical practices by the whole family,” the statement said.”Coincidentally, these notes have strong similarity with the manner in which the mouths, eyes etc of the deceased were tied and taped,” it added.The police said that the house had not been robbed or ransacked, and detectives await the results of post mortem examinations on the bodies.The dead included two brothers, their wives, five children and a 77-year-old woman. The youngest to die were two 15-year-old brothers.Local news reports said a neighbour made the grisly discovery after checking on the family after they failed to open their shop.Their bodies were hanging from an iron grill in the ceiling.Police are questioning neighbours and scanning CCTV footage in the area for leads.last_img

first_img Journal information: Nature Communications Explore further More information: Jay Shah et al. “The oldest magnetic record in our solar system identified using nanometric imaging and numerical modeling.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03613-1 © 2018 Phys.org Magnetic induction map of a magnetically non-uniform kamacite grain (consisting mostly of iron), which is encased within a dusty olivine crystal in a meteorite. The arrows and the color wheel indicate the direction of magnetic induction. Scale bar: 200 nm. Credit: Shah et al. Published in Nature Communications 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.center_img The researchers, Jay Shah and coauthors from the UK, Germany, and Norway, have published a paper on the discovery of the oldest magnetic record in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”Our study shows that magnetic fields that were present during the birth of our solar system are credibly contained within meteorite samples that we have in our collections,” Shah told Phys.org. “With a better understanding of these complex magnetization structures, we can access this magnetic field information, and deduce how our solar system evolved from a disk of dust to the planetary system we see today.”In the field of paleomagnetism, the main objects of study are ancient rocks and other materials which, as they cooled during their formation, acquired a thermoremanent magnetization imparted by the magnetic fields present at the time. By studying these magnetic materials, researchers can find clues as to what kinds of magnetic fields existed in the early solar system.As the researchers explain in their paper, the underpinning hypothesis in paleomagnetism is Néel’s single domain theory, which predicts that uniformly magnetized grains can retain their magnetic states over geological timescales. However, Néel’s theory says nothing about non-uniformly magnetized grains, which are the most abundant form of magnetism present in rocks and meteorites. Although some research has suggested that non-uniform magnetization states do not retain their magnetization very well, the question has remained unanswered until now.The new study shows, for the first time, that iron with non-uniform magnetization states can retain magnetic recordings from more than 4 billion years ago. To show this, the researchers used cutting-edge imaging techniques (nanometric magnetic imaging and off-axis electron holography) to study the magnetic grains in dusty olivine, which are a few hundred nanometers in size. In tests, the researchers heated the grains above 300 °C, the highest temperature that these meteorites would have experienced since forming 4.6 billion years ago, and observed that the grains retain their magnetic states. As the thermal relaxation times at this temperature are longer than the age of the solar system, the results strongly indicate that the thermoremanent magnetization imparted during their formation has remained stable to the present day.The researchers expect that the results will lead to a better understanding of the magnetic field in the early solar system, and even how the solar system originated.”I hope that this study can drive a better understanding of complex magnetization structures that will result in more sophisticated analyses of ancient magnetic fields throughout the solar system, including those on Earth,” Shah said. Citation: Oldest magnetic record in the solar system discovered in a meteorite (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-oldest-magnetic-solar-meteorite.html Researchers have found that an iron-containing mineral called dusty olivine, present in meteorites, retains a record of the magnetic field from the early solar system around 4.6 billion years ago. The results are surprising, as the magnetism in dusty olivine is non-uniform, and non-uniform magnetic materials have previously been thought to be poor magnetic recorders. The discovery may lead to new insight into how the solar system formed—with the help of magnetic fields—from a protoplanetary disk. Magnetic fields frozen into meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birthlast_img read more

first_imgReporting by WVUA 23 Reporter Erin McNallyThis week’s gloomy weather could not keep Tiffany Lawrence’s spirits down, as she and her two daughters will finally move into their new home, built by Habitat for Humanity.Seventh Street now looks a little more cheerful. Lawrence applied to Habitat for Humanity 18 months ago with hopes that they could help her build a much-needed new home for her and her two daughters. But she was not just handed this. When the single mother wasn’t working full-time at the Mercedes Plant in Vance, she was using her own two hands to get to work.“Once she was approved by our committee and then by our board, she had to do 250 hours’ worth of work on her own Habitat House and other people’s habitat houses,” Ellen Potts, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said. “And so she has worked so hard to get to this day.”The house was built by volunteers who said giving the Lawrence family their time was worth it to be a part of their lives.“Knowing that I’m standing beside the person that will eventually own the home and being able to build something and say, ‘You know what, I’ve been a part of making a difference in not only one person’s life, but children’s lives as well,’” volunteer Larcia Warthaw said. “Again, it’s all about impacting the future.”Thanks to the hard workers and volunteers, Lawrence and her daughters can move into their own home.“We’ve just seen so many, so many people from our community, from people out of state coming to help this family and it’s just really an outpouring of love,” Zac Carden, the project’s site supervisor, said. “And that’s a very motivating, powerful feeling to be around so much positive energy.”In addition to the construction of the home, various companies, churches and outreach organizations have donated books to the family, stocked their pantry and offered to furnish the home. And for 7-year-old Cordaisa, she has lots of plans for her new room.“I think I’m going to have like, flowers hanging above the door, that way it’ll be like I’m walking through a jungle of flowers,” she said.To donate time or money to Habitat for Humanity, visit habitattuscaloosa.org/give.last_img read more