VANCOUVER – Vancouver firefighters have responded to more than 6,000 overdose calls this year, a 28 per cent increase over last year with a month remaining in 2017.Mayor Gregor Robertson says the numbers highlight the magnitude of the “horrific” opioid crisis that is tearing through the city, province and country.The city says the high volume of calls is putting a continued strain on services and front-line workers.Last week alone, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to 81 overdose calls, while Vancouver police reported five suspected overdose deaths.Four of the deaths occurred outside the troubled Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, which the city says highlights the need for extended services and supports.Capt. Jonathan Gormick says the service has begun more frequently rotating staff through the fire hall that has been most affected and has added a second medic unit.He says these strategies have made the workload manageable, but further increases in calls could leave crews searching for new ways to provide care and keep staff healthy and safe.“Most troubling has been the increase in overdose calls and overdose deaths outside of the Downtown Eastside,” he says.Gormick says people in the community are needlessly dying because they are using alone or don’t have naloxone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids.“It is critical that anyone who uses any kind of drug that did not come from a pharmacy have a naloxone kit, and notify someone when they use,” he says.“The tragedy of dying a preventable death far outweighs the stigma of speaking openly about drug use.”Robertson says far too many lives have already been lost to preventable overdoses and too many families are grieving.“While I commend and want to thank our heroic first responders, city staff and community service workers for their extraordinary efforts to save lives, the impact is taking a significant toll on them,” he says in a statement.“We will continue to push hard for significant investments and a co-ordinated national response by all orders of government — including other municipalities, federal and provincial governments and First Nations — to end this tragic epidemic.”The city says it’s encouraged by the British Columbia government’s recent commitment to create a new overdose emergency response centre at Vancouver General Hospital.The centre will bring together provincial, municipal, Indigenous and law enforcement resources and include a team of experts and staff.Toxicology reports on the most recent deaths are not yet complete, and final overdose death numbers need to be confirmed by the B.C. Coroners Service, the city says.The most recent numbers from the coroner say more than 1,100 B.C. residents have died from illicit drug overdoses in 2017 as of the end of September.(The Canadian Press, News1130)
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DALLAS — Pilots at American Airlines are asking for more training with the automated anti-stall system on certain new Boeing jets. The system is under scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia.Pilots union spokesman Dennis Tajer said Thursday that the request followed a meeting between several American Airlines pilots and Boeing representatives. Boeing also met with Southwest Airlines pilots.Indonesian investigators are probing whether pilots on an Oct. 29 Lion Air flight were overwhelmed when faulty sensor readings activated the anti-stall system and automatically pushed the nose of their plane down. The Boeing 737 MAX plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people.The anti-stall system differs from those in previous Boeing 737 models.Boeing says the MAX is safe and there is a procedure for stopping the nose-down command.David Koenig, The Associated Press
by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2014 1:57 pm MDT Crude oil falls to near US$100 after China’s improving but weak trade data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil workers stand at a facility site in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, on Nov. 21, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali The price of oil declined Thursday but stayed above US$100 a barrel after data showed subdued imports by China, the world’s largest crude consumer.China’s customs data showed that imports rose 0.8 per cent in April. That’s an improvement from the previous month’s 11.3 per cent decline, but still weak.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery fell 51 cents to close at US$100.26 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, U.S. crude jumped $1.27 after a surprise decline in the nation’s stockpiles.Brent crude, a benchmark for international varieties of oil used by many U.S. refineries, fell nine cents to close at US$108.04 in London.The weak Chinese imports reflect slowing economic growth there, which means less demand for gasoline, diesel and other fuels made from crude oil.The conflict in eastern Ukraine — where pro-Russian insurgents said they would go ahead with a Sunday referendum on autonomy — and another twist in Libya’s efforts to increase oil exports kept prices from falling further.Analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt noted rebels in Libya “have broken off talks on the opening of the country’s two biggest oil terminals and have additionally threatened to reoccupy the two already opened oil terminals.”Libya’s exports have dropped to less than 300,000 barrels a day compared with around 1.4 million barrels a year ago.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, — wholesale gasoline fell 1.3 cents to close at US$2.905 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litre), heating oil fell 0.7 cents to close at US$2.92 a gallon and natural gas fell 16.8 cents to close at US$4.572 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE)
Officials from Brock University are continuing mediated contract negotiations with CUPE 4207 (Unit 1) in an attempt to reach a collective agreement before the union’s strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 14.The union represents teaching assistants, part-time instructors, course co-ordinators, lab demonstrators, marker-graders at Brock.On the opening day of weekend talks, which are being assisted by a provincially-appointed mediator, negotiators worked from Friday morning to 4 a.m. Saturday.Talks are to resume on Sunday, when Brock’s negotiating team will respond to a proposal from the union.Monitor this website throughout the weekend for updates on the negotiations.– Collective Bargaining site
King James had a unforgettable 12 months as he secured his second NBA title, his fourth MVP Award, and a second Olympic Gold Medal. The All-Star player is now in an exclusive group of four Hall of Famers with his fourth MVP title after the 2012-13 season.Other than that, James is in a league of his own as the NBA’s biggest endorsement star, thanks to deals with Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Samsung and others. Sales of his signature Nike shoes rose 50% to $300 million in the U.S. during 2012. He outsold his nearest NBA competitor by a 6-to-1 margin in the U.S. In the video above, Darren Rovell examines LeBron James’ deal with Nike and the rest of his endorsement portfolio, which is reportedly worth over $40 million annually.
Source: anirishmanabroad1. An Irishman AbroadComedian Jarlath Regan chats with famous Irish ex-pats. The result? Interviews with a diverse offering of guests, all brimming with insight. Guests have included Chris O’Dowd, Jack Reynor, Sonia O’Sullivan and more, but with forty-five episodes and counting, there’s plenty to chew on.2. Second CaptainsEven if you’re not a giant sports fan, Second Captains is still required listening. In addition to the banter and sports news, the podcast consistently boasts high-calibre guests (see: this week’s interview with Michael Parkinson) and uncovers interesting stories that are of interest to sports fans and non-sports fans alike. (See: this episode featuring Irish racecar driver Rosemary Smith and sports journalist Melissa Ludtke.)3. Doc on OneRTÉ Radio 1′s Doc on One consistently produce quality radio documentaries that garner acclaim at home and abroad and with over 1,000 podcasts in the archive, there’s plenty of gems to trawl through and unearth. (Here’s a good place to begin.)4. Weekly General MeetingYears ago, Nial Conlon (Delorentos) and Shane Langan (Diet of Worms) developed Monthly General Meeting, a night of storytelling, discussion and music. Weekly General Meeting is the podcast equivalent and presents the best of Irish comedians, writers and musicians as recorded live in Dublin.Arts/Culture Source: Maximum Fun1. BullseyeJesse Thorn is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to podcasting. Since 2006, he has built an audio empire in the form of podcast network, Maximum Fun. Bullseye is the network’s banner show, a smart, fun exploration of pop culture, touching on everything from rap to serious documentaries and featuring guests as diverse as Werner Herzog and RuPaul. Do it.2. Desert Island DiscsAlthough it’s an institution at this stage, the long-running BBC radio show shows no sign of slowing down. An achingly simple idea – a well-known figure selects what eight records they would take with them to a desert island – it’s consistently a joy. The online archive is filled with oldies but goodies, too.3. The New Yorker Fiction PodcastIf you’re a fan of short stories, this is where it’s at. The podcast features well-known authors such as David Sedaris, Jonathan Safran Foer and Colm Toibin, to name but a few, read the work of other authors and discuss them afterwards. It’s brilliant and a must for bookworms.Miscellaneous Source: KALW1. 99% InvisibleThis independent and impeccably produced podcast, hosted by the brilliantly named Roman Mars, is enormously popular and focuses on design and architecture. Episodes generally don’t exceed 20 minutes in length, meaning you can listen to several in one sitting. Ira Glass is a fan and you should be, too.2. Welcome to Night ValeWelcome to Night Vale has a slightly off-the-wall premise, as it’s presented as a radio show produced for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events occurring within. It might sound mad, but it’s a veritable phenomenon. The podcast travels to Dublin in October for two live shows and tickets for the first show sold out in thirty minutes. Jump in and see what the fuss is about.3. Planet MoneyGiven that we’ve all become fluent in economic jargon over the past few years without necessarily having a full grasp of the issues at play, Planet Money is necessary listening. Its approach to economics reporting is fun and palatable, explaining things in layman’s terms and making the subject accessible for the average citizen. A+. Source: podbean4. FreakonomicsInspired by the book of the same name, Freakonomics applies economic theory to all kinds of topics and real-life situations. Thought-provoking and enlightening, it’s sure to make you look at things in a slightly different way.5. No Such Thing As A FishThe writers of QI sit around microphones, discussing the best things they have found that week. Expect silly facts for you to rattle off in the pub and lots of laughs.Of course, this is just a small sampling of all the great podcasts out there. Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments.14 early Oscar contenders you should get excited about >Explainer: Why is ‘Confused Cats Against Feminism’ taking over the internet? FANCY MAKING YOUR morning journey to work go that much quicker? Give podcasts a chance. As the medium has exploded in recent years, there are literally hundreds of thousands of podcasts to choose from.So, where to start?Here are a selection of our favourites that will entertain, enlighten and, crucially, make your commute *that* bit easier.Comedy Source: iTunes1. WTF with Marc MaronEveryone from Josh Groban to Will Ferrell has appeared on WTF with Marc Maron, an interview series hosted by comedian/nicotine gum addict Marc Maron. A skilled interviewer who is always striving for authenticity, Maron’s chats typically touch on everything from neuroses and relationships to the mean world of showbiz.It also helps that Maron has beef with basically everybody, making for some awkward chats. (See: his interview with Louis CK.) Worth a dive into the archive.2. You Made It Weird with Pete HolmesTaking a leaf from Marc Maron’s book, albeit with a lighter approach, Holmes’ podcast is a treat. Each episode sees Holmes chat with fellow comedians about career struggles, sex and religion with each installment running for anything up to two-and-a-half hours.Guests have included David O’Doherty and Aziz Ansari, but really every episode is worth a listen.3. Comedy Bang BangA wonderfully silly and entertaining mix of interviews, improv and music, Comedy Bang Bang is consistently funny. Hosted by Scott Aukerman, it typically features the crème de la crème of alternative comedians and it has been so successful that it has been adapted for TV, with its third season currently airing in the US. Get acquainted with it. Source: iTunes4. How Was Your Week with Julie KlausnerIn the sort of male-dominated sphere of comedy podcasts, How Was Your Week is a refreshing departure from the norm. The show features host Julie Klausner riffing on pop culture events or her cat before interviewing one guest – usually a comedian, writer or actor – per episode.(Warning: only a small number of episodes are available to non-premium subscribers, but still worth your time.)5. How Did This Get Made?How Did This Get Made? is a weekly podcast that looks back on awful films and poses the question: how did this get made? Bad sequels, made-for-TV movies and action movies are all up for dissection here here. Always hilarious and required listening for anybody who has sat through a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.Storytelling Source: KTEP1. This American LifeWe’d be remiss if we didn’t mention This American Life, the Big Daddy of Podcasts. You know the drill: each week features a different theme that invariably leads to some seriously compelling storytelling and some of the best reporting you’ll ever hear. Don’t know where to start? This selection of favourites serves as a good jump-off point.2. The MothSince launching its podcast, The Moth has grown into a phenomenon, which given the simple format – live storytelling – is impressive. Each episode features contributors ranging from ex-Milli Vanilli members to former Sex and the City writers telling true stories. Eclectic and a little bit addictive.3. Snap JudgementMore fast-paced compared to the likes of This American Life and The Moth thanks to its short length and musical accompaniment, Snap Judgement is a vibrant storytelling series that’s teeming with energy – host Glynn Washington makes Ira Glass seem positively lethargic by comparison. Excellent and even ideal for listening to while running, thanks to the great beat.Irish
Le service de musique illimitée de Nokia ferme dans 27 paysNokia a décidé de fermer son service de musique illimitée dans 27 pays. Ovi Music Unlimited est un échec. Nokia Ovi Music Unlimited devait être une alternative à l’iTunes d’Apple. Le service de musique proposait un choix illimité de morceaux en échange de l’achat d’un terminal et d’un abonnement sous 12 mois. Mais il fermera ses portes car il n’a pas su séduire le grand public. Néanmoins, le logiciel restera ouvert en Afrique du Sud, Turquie, Chine, Inde, Indonésie et Brésil. Le géant finlandais a une stratégie hésitante avec l’apparition tardive du portail Ovi Store, selon NouvelObs.com. Nokia perd du terrain en ce moment dans le secteur du smartphone mais prévoit d’autres projets musicaux pour les mois à venir. Le 18 janvier 2011 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
By Sulayman BahMuhammed Sumareh, a Gambian winger, was over the weekend voted star player in a game in the Malaysian Super League.Despite getting booked in the 26th minute, the tricky wing-man was a handful for opposing team Selangor’s defence as he turned provider in club side Pahang FA’s 3-1 win on Saturday.The weekend’s duel was the 23-year-old’s fourth straight start after making twenty-one appearances the previous league term scoring six goals.Pahang now sits third in the Super League, collecting seven points, two behind leaders Johor Darul.Muhammed has been on the radar of the Malaysian FA who’d tried to get him switch allegiance to their national team.
The AC Milan Brazilian legend has said his fellow countryman will have a “bright future” in the Italian Lega Serie ACampeonato Brasileiro club Flamengo and Italian Lega Serie A side AC Milan are currently negotiating for Lucas Paqueta.The footballer will be transferred to the Rossoneri in the January transfer window.And many have compared Paqueta with former AC Milan Kaka.“He’s a player who has a bright future ahead of him,” the former midfielder was quoted by Football Italia.“He’s already been called up to the Brazilian national team, but it’s better for him that we don’t make comparisons.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’ve seen so many of them in recent days, with me, with [Alexandre] Pato, with Ronaldinho, Cafu, Rivaldo… with all the Brazilians who have been part of Milan’s history,” he added.“We need to avoid these comparisons so he can come here and play calmly and peacefully. I’m confident.”Would Kaka ever return to AC Milan? This is what he said:“I spoke with Leo[nardo] and Paolo [Maldini]. Right now I’m closest to Milan but that’s all it is, my priority is still to be close to my family, Luca, and Isabella, who are 10 and 7-years-old.”“I’ve spoken a lot with Leo, to try and understand how to become a director, and I’m doing a sports management course in Brazil,” he commented.
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Zainul Abedin. File PhotoThe country is facing an extreme political crisis, Supreme Court Bar Association president Zainul Abedin observed on Sunday.He alleged that some members of the law enforcement agencies are framing activists of the opposition parties in false cases to be in the good book of the ruling party, Bangladesh Awami League (AL).Zainul said this at a traditional reception accorded to new chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at the CJ’s office.”It is your duty to restore the people’s trust in the judiciary now. It will be a challenge for you to repair the damages that have been done to the judiciary and the rule of law,” Zainul said addressing the new CJ. Mentioning that an independent judiciary is a cornerstone of a democracy, Zainul said, “Our judiciary, especially the lower court, is still ruled by the government entities. Even the Supreme Court Bar Association members were not spared from false cases.”He hoped that the High Court will consider introducing anticipatory bail to avert torture in police custody.
Image: Wikipedia 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. Simple technique results in surprising repellency results Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Anyone who has ever swum around near the bottom of a swimming pool, or flippered along an ocean floor for any length of time without benefit of an air supply knows that there is a decision making process going on from the moment the dive begins: when to surface? In people, the process clearly involves some calculating. The deeper a person dives, the more time must be allotted to reach the surface. A miscalculation can result in panic, or worse tragedy. But then, people aren’t exactly at home in the deep water; but penguins are. So, how do they figure out when it’s time to surface? Surely they’re not thinking it over the whole time, that would take away from focusing on the reason for the dive. Finding and eating fish. That’s what Dr Kozue Shiomi and his colleagues from the University of Tokyo wanted to know, so they set about studying emperor penguins to find out. As it turns out, as they explain in their paper published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, it’s not so much about timing as it is about energy used in flapping their wings underwater to chase after prey.Dr. Shiomi and his team studied the penguins in their two major diving environments: in open water, and when diving from and returning to a hole in the ice. In both cases, the birds were timed to see how long their foraging expeditions under the water lasted.When fishing in open water, the ten free-rangers studied, over the course of 15,978 dives stayed under for an average of 5.7 minutes. When fishing from a hole in the ice however, the three birds under study dived 495 times but stayed under much longer, which led the researchers to believe that the penguins’ decision to end their time under water wasn’t about how long they’d been under at all. This led them to consider the possibility that it was based on energy expended instead, which is how they came to start counting how many times the penguins flapped their wings to propel themselves while chasing after fish.Turns out regardless of whether the penguins are fishing in open water, or through a hole in the ice, they flap on average 237 times before surfacing. Thus, it seems rather clear that they are basing their time spent under water on energy spent flapping, rather than on some predetermined time span; though, how they count and keep track, is still anyone’s guess. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Point of no return in diving emperor penguins: is the timing of the decision to return limited by the number of strokes? J Exp Biol 215, 135-140. January 1, 2012. doi: 10.1242/jeb.064568AbstractAt some point in a dive, breath-hold divers must decide to return to the surface to breathe. The issue of when to end a dive has been discussed intensively in terms of foraging ecology and behavioral physiology, using dive duration as a temporal parameter. Inevitably, however, a time lag exists between the decision of animals to start returning to the surface and the end of the dive, especially in deep dives. In the present study, we examined the decision time in emperor penguins under two different conditions: during foraging trips at sea and during dives at an artificial isolated dive hole. It was found that there was an upper limit for the decision-to-return time irrespective of dive depth in birds diving at sea. However, in a large proportion of dives at the isolated dive hole, the decision-to-return time exceeded the upper limit at sea. This difference between the decision times in dives at sea versus the isolated dive hole was accounted for by a difference in stroke rate. The stroke rates were much lower in dives at the isolated hole and were inversely correlated with the upper limit of decision times in individual birds. Unlike the decision time to start returning, the cumulative number of strokes at the decision time fell within a similar range in the two experiments. This finding suggests that the number of strokes, but not elapsed time, constrained the decision of emperor penguins to return to the surface. While the decision to return and to end a dive may be determined by a variety of ecological, behavioral and physiological factors, the upper limit to that decision time may be related to cumulative muscle workload. Citation: Researchers find clue to explain how penguins know when to surface (2011, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-clue-penguins-surface.html
In the present work, Andersen et al. used electrically gated graphene devices fabricated on diamond and silicon/silicon dioxide substrates, encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) at cryogenic temperatures (T= 10 to 80 K) to conduct the proposed experiments. The experimental setup provided low-bias transport properties for the ultraclean graphene system with a mobility ranging from 20 to 40 m2/V.s at a carrier density (2 x 1012 cm-2), corresponding to nearly ballistic transport. Due to high mobility, carriers could be accelerated by an electric field to high drift velocities to observe nonlinear current response, while a disordered device contrastingly showed linear ohmic behavior. To study the nonequilibrium behavior, first, Andersen et al. measured the global noise in the source-drain current with a spectrum analyzer, while varying the applied bias power (P). The results indicated a new source of noise in graphene devices with low disorder, encapsulated in hBN. To gain insight to the observed anomaly, the scientists performed spatially resolved noise measurements by constructing graphene devices on diamond substrates with shallow nitrogen-vacancy color-center impurities of 40 to 60 nm in depth. They measured the atom-like spin qubits using confocal microscopy and probed the nanoscale current noise by measuring the resulting magnetic fields. Andersen et al. probed the spatial dependence of the anomalous noise by optically observing single NV centers along the device to measure their spin relaxation rate . The noise exhibited clear symmetry with the direction of the current, an unexpected outcome since global noise and transport properties are independent of the direction of the current. Then using the device gate, Andersen et al. demonstrated that the local noise signal depended on the flow direction of momentum and not charge. The scientists also showed that the noise was small at the carrier entry point but grew exponentially as the carrier flowed across the 17-µm long device. Journal information: Science Understanding nonequilibrium phenomena to effectively control it is an outstanding challenge in science and engineering. In a recent study, Trond. I. Andersen and colleagues at the departments of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering in the USA, Japan and Canada used electricity to drive ultraclean graphene devices out-of-equilibrium and observe the manifested instability as enhanced current fluctuations and suppressed conductivity at microwave frequencies. Nonequilibrium dynamics in graphene, probed both globally and locally. (A) Device schematic: hBN (hexagonal boron nitride) -encapsulated graphene device on diamond substrate containing NV (Nitrogen-Vacany) centers for nanomagnetometry. (Inset) The optical image of clean hBN-encapsulated device A1 (6 μm x5.4 μm) (B) Condition for Cerenkov emission of phonons: when vD>vs, stimulated phonon (ph) emission dominates over absorption (right). (C) Two-probe resistance versus carrier density of device A1 (T = 10 K). (D) Current density as a function of applied electric field (T = 80 K) in clean device A1 (blue) and disordered device B1 (7 μm by 18 μm, black). The gray dashed line indicates where vD=vs for the longitudinal acoustic mode. (E) Global electronic noise PSD (averaged over 100 to 300 MHz) as a function of bias power in devices A1 (blue) and B1 (black). Blue curve satisfies vD>vs for P > 0.12 μW/μm2. (F) Local magnetic noise (measured by NV nanomagnetometry) versus applied bias power in clean device C1 on diamond substrate. Error bars represent 95% confidence intervals. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw2104 Using the experimental setup, they found that direct current at high drift velocities generated a large increase in the noise at gigahertz frequencies and the noise grew exponentially in the direction of the current. Andersen and co-workers credited the observed emission mechanism, to the amplification of acoustic phonons by the Cerenkov effect (a characteristic blue glow resulting from charged particles passing through an insulator at a speed greater than the speed of light in that medium) and have now published the results on Science. The scientists spatially mapped the nonequilibrium current fluctuations using nanoscale magnetic field sensors to reveal that they grew exponentially along the direction of carrier flow. Andersen et al. credited the observed dependence of the phenomenon on density and temperature, to electron-phonon Cerenkov instability at supersonic drift velocities. Supersonic drift velocities occurred when the population of certain phonons increased with time due to forced Cerenkov emission, when the drift velocity of electron conduction was greater than the velocity of sound (VD>VS) in the medium. The experimental results can offer the opportunity to generate tunable terahertz frequencies and construct active phononic devices on two-dimensional materials. Nonequilibrium phenomena driven in electronic and optical systems display rich dynamics, which can be harnessed for applications as Gunn diodes and lasers. Two-dimensional materials such as graphene, are an increasingly popular new platform to explore such phenomena. For instance, modern ultraclean graphene devices demonstrate high mobilities and can be driven to high electronic velocities with predicted instabilities to include hydrodynamic instabilities in electronic fluids and Dyakonov-Shur instabilities where the driven electrons can amplify plasmons. Since the Cerenkov amplification is sensitive to the phonon lifetime, the scientists expected the effects to intensify at lower temperatures due to slower anharmonic decay. However, as Andersen et al. reduced the temperature from 300 to 10 K, they observed a strong increase in noise – in clear contrast to the decreasing thermal noise observed at low drives (vD≲vs), suggesting that the amplification process was limited by scattering with thermally occupied modes. In this way, Andersen et al. extensively detailed how nonequilibrium dynamics stemming from electron-phonon instability could be demonstrated in a 2D material. In the experiments, the driven electron-phonon system showed rich nonequilibrium dynamics that merit further investigations using new techniques to directly characterize the phonon spectrum and gain further insights. Previous theoretical studies had predicted amplified phonons in graphene with frequencies as high as 10 THz, substantially higher than those in several other materials. The experimental system can offer pure electrical generation and phonon amplification in a single micrometer-scale device with wide frequency tunability. Andersen et al. envision applications that will explore coupling to a mechanical cavity to develop a phonon laser, and outcoupling of the amplified sound waves to far-field terahertz radiation for medical imaging and security screening imaging (due to the degree of imaging transparency offered), wireless communications, quality control and process monitoring in manufacturing applications. The results by Andersen et al. represent a promising step towards the development of new-generation active phononic and photonic devices for multidisciplinary applications in future work. The study of electronic properties of graphene under extreme nonequilibrium conditions therefore provides a productive testbed to assess and monitor exotic transport phenomena. In addition to the use of high-frequency signal generation, Andersen et al. investigated the underlying non-equilibrium dynamics during electron transport in ultraclean graphene devices containing an extremely high electron drift velocity. Understanding nonequilibrium dynamics is vital for many technical applications of graphene; including high frequency transistors, ultrafast incandescent light sources and flexible transport interconnects. However, it is difficult to realize the electronic stabilities in practice, due to increased phonon scattering at high drift velocities. Dependence on bath temperature and charge density. (A) Global noise PSD as a function of bath temperature at constant drift velocities and n = 2 × 10^12 cm−2. (B) Calculated peak phonon emission frequency, which can be tuned via the graphene carrier density (blue: Te = 0 K; red: Te = 320 K). (C) Normalized global current noise as a function of carrier density for different device lengths (j = 0.6 mA/μm). Solid curves show predicted total phonon emission. (D) The charge density at which the noise peaks (npeak) for a wider variety of samples than in (C), with fit (blue). Error bars represent sampling spacing of carrier densities. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw2104. © 2019 Science X Network The scientists consistently explained all observations using the electro-phonon Cerenkov instability. As a key insight of the study, Andersen et al. showed that when the electronic drift velocity exceeded the speed of sound (supersonic drift velocity), the forward-moving acoustic phonons experienced a faster rate of simulated emission than absorption. Pristine graphene also exhibited long acoustic phonon lifetimes; therefore, an emitted phonon could stimulate the emission of exponential growth in the setup. When they modelled these effects mathematically, the results agreed well with experimental outcomes, while the anomalous noise further increased with increasing device length. The model predicted that the observed electron-phonon instability would give rise to a conductivity spectrum. The scientists continued to explore the nonequilibrium dynamics using models of the electron-phonon system. Amplifier for terahertz lattice vibrations in a semiconductor crystal TOP: Measurement circuit. Circuit diagram for the measurement of noise (red box) and AC differential conductivity (yellow box). LEFT: Device fabrication on diamond substrate. (A) Device schematic: Monolayer graphene (grey chain) was graphite contacted and encapsulated with hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). Few-layer graphene (FLG) was used as topgate. (B-H) Micrographs of device fabrication, with 40 µm scalebar in (B)-(G) and 500 µm in (H). (B) Exfoliated graphene. White dashed line indicates monolayer region. (C) Complete stack on diamond substrate with shallow implanted (40 − 60 nm deep) NV centers. (D) Initial contacts and wire for delivering reference noise (left-most electrode). (E) Device after etch to define geometry. (F) Edge contacts constructed through etching and subsequent thermal evaporation. (G) Device with etch mask for disconnecting topgate from edge contacts. Note that ripples visible in the image are entirely contained in the top gate graphene and are not expected to affect the transport properties of the channel graphene, due to the thick (∼ 90 nm) hBN dielectric. (H) Entire (2×2 mm2 ) single crystal diamond, with wire bonded device. RIGHT: Device fabrication on Si/SiO2 substrate. (A) Device schematic: Monolayer graphene (grey chain) was encapsulated with hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). Silicon substrate was used as a global backgate. (B)-(F) Micrographs of device fabrication, with 20 µm scalebar. (B) Exfoliated graphene. (C) Complete stack on substrate. (D) Initial contacts. (E) Edge contacts constructed through etching and subsequent thermal evaporation. (F) Device after geometry-defining etch. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw2104 More information: 1. Electron-phonon instability in graphene revealed by global and local noise probes DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw2104 , https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6436/154 Trond I. Andersen et al. 12 April 2019, Science.2. Cerenkov emission of terahertz acoustic-phonons from graphene aip.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1063/1.4808392 C.X. Zhao et al. 2013, Applied Physics Letters.3. Nanoscale magnetic sensing with an individual electronic spin in diamond www.nature.com/articles/nature07279 J.R. Maze et al. 2008, Nature. 4. Acoustic amplification in semiconductors and metals www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10 … 7?journalCode=tphm19 A.B. Pippard, 1962, The Philosophical Magazine: A Journey of Theoretical Experimental and Applied Physics. Spatially resolved local noise measurements with NV magnetometry. (A) Fluorescence image of NV centers underneath device C2, with false-colored contacts and borders added. (B) NV spin relaxation from polarized to thermal state (dashed line), when current densities j = 0 mA/μm (dark blue) and j = −0.19 mA/μm (light blue) are passed through the device. Solid lines are fits. ms, spin quantum number. (C) Local magnetic noise near drain contact as a function of graphene current density (device C1) in electron (e)– and hole (h)–doped regime (blue and red, respectively). (D) Spatial map of the local magnetic noise (device C2) at j = 0.18 mA/μm and n = 0.92 × 1012 cm−2. The spatial profile is consistent with the exponential growth of phonons due to Cerenkov amplification (cartoon, top). Dashed black curve shows the theoretically predicted excess phonon population (offset to account for background noise). a.u., arbitrary units. (E) The growth direction is reversed by changing the current direction (left) or the charge carrier sign (right). Error bars represent 95% confidence intervals. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw2104 Explore further In principle, while phonon scattering loss is typically irreversible, long-lived phonons can act as a dominant source of instability within the experimental setup. When the electronic drift velocity (VD) exceeds the velocity of sound (VS), phonon emission becomes greater than phonon absorption, resulting in an exponential growth of the phonon population, known as phonon Cerenkov amplification. The phenomenon was long explored in theory as a technique to produce high-frequency acoustic waves, with accompanying experimental evidence in bulk systems and semiconductor superlattices obtained using acoustic and optical measurements thereafter. Slow dynamics in global electronic measurements. (A) Global noise spectra at n = 2 × 1012 cm−2. Colored curves: clean device A2 (9.5 μm by 11 μm) at bias ranging from 0 to 0.8 V (bottom to top). Black curve: disordered device B1 at maximum power applied to device A2 (scaled 7×). (B) Ac differential conductivity spectra (excitation: −20 dBm) (19) with biases 0 to 0.8 V [top to bottom, colors same as in (A)]. The real (Re) component is suppressed at low frequencies. Gray curve: imaginary (Im) component at 0.8 V. Black curves are fits. (C and D) Features in noise and conductivity spectra shift to higher frequencies in a shorter (6-μm) device (device A1) under similar electric field as maximum in (A) and (B). (E and F) Extracted traversal time from (B) and (D) as a function of drift velocity and device length. Dashed curves correspond to speed of sound in graphene [light gray, transverse acoustic (TA); dark gray, longitudinal acoustic (LA)]. (G) Cartoon of important rates in the driven electron-phonon system. During Cerenkov amplification, the correlation time observed in electronic measurements is limited by the phonon traversal time, tT=L/vs. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw2104 Citation: Electron-phonon instability in graphene revealed by global and local noise probes (2019, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-electron-phonon-instability-graphene-revealed-global.html 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.
An average person spends around half of their waking hours at jobs, and along with the pay cheque, stress and unhealthy behaviour come for free. These unhealthy habits can be hazardous to your health and inimical for your day to day activities hence it is very important for a person to be in a healthier place, whether it is your home or your workspace. To keep your workspace healthy and not letting it affect your life, experts list some simple ways to make your office space a healthier place to be in. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSit less and involve yourself in mini workouts: As you spend long 8-9 hours daily in office and people with desk jobs have to sit continuously for these long hours. Sitting for this long stretch can lead to problems like pain in the shoulders, cervical and various spine related problems. Thus, to avoid these health issues little breaks in between long hours are very much required for a little walk and mini workout. Install air purifiers and green plants to purify the air: A breath of fresh air goes a long way in benefitting our health and mood. Fresh aroma leads to better creativity and better outputs are generated. Installing air purifiers and keeping easy to care for indoor plants near your workstation can serve the purpose. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInstall a standing desk: Though sitting at a desk may sometimes not seem harmful but it certainly is. There are provisions for standing desk also. So, divide your work and time to avoid sitting for very long hours and utilize standing desks for good. Embrace Zen philosophy: Design philosophy plays a major role balancing mind, body and work. From Zen gardens to small vivid libraries, creating a personal space that can evoke the spirit and fill the atmosphere with enthusiasm is quintessential to make a healthier workspace. The reason to embrace Zen is to progress towards your goals with a holistic approach. If you have positivity around you, success will become your true companion. Personalize your space: Paint your workspace is a vivacious colour like green or any bright shade that brings warmth and calmness to the surroundings. Decorating the workplace with personal belongings will not just give it an emotional statement but also make overall aura more conducive and refreshing.
FAIRFIELD — Riviera River Cruises, the largest European river cruise operator in the U.K., has appointed Marilyn Conroy as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North America.In her new role, Conroy will oversee a team of Regional Sales Directors at Riviera, which has an office in Fairfield, Connecticut. Six months ago, the company retained David Morris International, where Conroy is Executive Vice President, to assist with growth in North America.Due to the positive feedback from the travel agent community, Conroy has taken on sales and marketing of Riviera in Connecticut on a full-time basis.“We’re thrilled to have Marilyn Conroy as our new Vice President of Sales and Marketing as we continue our expansion in North America,” said Jana Tvedt, Riviera River Cruises’ Executive Vice President. “She brings a wealth of expertise in the cruise industry and a proven record for growth, and we look forward to her leadership in our sales efforts.”More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksConroy is a travel industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience in cruise line sales and marketing. She spent 20 years with Cunard, starting in the hotel division and later joining the shipping division, which at the time had a fleet of 17 vessels that included the Queen Elizabeth 2. She rose to become Vice President of Sales at Cunard Line, making her the youngest and only female Vice President in the cruise industry.Conroy later joined Crystal Cruises as Vice President of Sales in 1995, and Silversea Cruises as Vice President of Sales in 2004 before being promoted to Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Sales. Eight years ago, Conroy and her business partner David Morris formed David Morris International, assisting niche cruise lines in launching their product in the North American market.Riviera River Cruises is entering its 11th year of operations, and offers 13 itineraries on nine rivers and waterways that include spacious cabins and suites, four-course dinners and expert-led excursions. It currently boasts a fleet of 12 ships, 6 of which were launched in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, the company will launch the MS George Eliot and MS William Wordsworth. Tags: New Hires, Riviera River Cruises Travelweek Group Cruise industry vet is Riviera River Cruises’ new VP of Sales & Marketing, North America Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Facebook Comments Jewish families throughout Costa Rica and the world are preparing to celebrate Hanukkah, sometimes referred to as the Festival of Lights, which starts on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the lunar Jewish calendar and lasts eight days. Most years, it falls solidly in December in the secular calendar, but Hanukkah’s week-plus occasionally begins in late November and, in rare years, can spill over into early January. This year, it will begin at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 6.The holiday commemorates the victory by the Jewish Maccabean army over Greek occupiers in 165 B.C. and the subsequent rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem following its desecration by the invaders. Just a scant amount of clean oil was available to light the temple candelabrum for rededication ceremonies, but it burned for eight days.This miracle evolved into the holiday’s most recognizable symbol, the eight-candled (or eight-lamped) menorah, patterned after the temple candelabrum and lit each of the eight nights in Jewish homes here in Costa Rica and around the world.As in previous years, many members of Costa Rica’s Jewish Community will get together at the Israeli Zionist Center of Costa Rica to mark the beginning of Hanukkah and be part of a special celebration. This Sunday’s festivities will include a wide range of activities, especially for children, and are capped off when the community gathers in the synagogue for the lighting of the shamash (the ninth candle in the center of the menorah, used to light the other eight). During last year’s celebration, President Luis Guillermo Solís lit the candle; this year, the honor goes to Foreign Minister Manuel González.The celebration begins at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Israeli Zionist Center, located in the western San José neighborhood of Rohrmoser. Any person from the Jewish community interested in attending is welcome, but must follow the security protocol, which consists of confirming notifying the Center of planned attendees’ names and ID numbers before the event. For more information or to confirm attendance, visit the Center’s website, call 2520-1013 or write email@example.com. Related posts:‘Park of Life’ honors 190 Holocaust survivors who made a home in Costa Rica Festival de la Luz to take over San José Saturday Can’t-miss events for a truly Costa Rican Christmas PHOTOS: San José’s ‘tope’ takes spectators on a colorful ride
Comments Share 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Associated PressMAFRAQ, Jordan (AP) – In an isolated stretch of Jordanian desert, a heavily guarded, secret compound houses 1,200 senior police and army officers who defected from nearby Syria.The men live in trailers with fans but no air conditioning, surrounded by barbed wire, and they pass their days browsing the Internet and watching TV for news of Syria’s civil war, longing to join the fight _ but they are largely unable to leave. “It’s good to be here, away from the tension and war, but this is not what I had hoped for,” he told the AP.“I wanted to be part of the rebel movement fighting to liberate Syria,” Khaldoun added. He said he spends most of his day watching TV, exchanging gossip, or browsing the Internet for news on the violence back home.“It’s difficult to watch the war in Syria on TV and the Internet and not be part of it,” he added.Khaldoun defected to Jordan in January at the height of the Assad regime’s crackdown on his hometown, the central city of Homs, which became the hub of the uprising that began in March 2011. Hailing from a prominent Sunni Muslim family, he served in the 7th Armored Division for 23 years until his escape.The security defectors range in rank from corporal to general _ but they said their access to state and military information was limited because as Sunnis they were kept in the dark by the inner circle of the ruling Alawite minority _ a Shiite Muslim offshoot _ that surrounds Assad.The Jordanian security officials said access to the defectors was restricted because of concerns that pro-Assad elements could try to attack them. Sponsored Stories Top Stories “I had no real job, just drinking tea and watching TV,” the 45-year-old said.He said he decided to defect when the security forces “decided to militarize the conflict in order to end the crisis.”Rahal predicted the Free Syrian Army would ultimately get the weapons it needs to finish off Assad.“The Free Syrian Army is like a group of birds on a tree. If the regime tries to shoot one of the birds, the group flies off to another tree. The regime will never get them all,” he said.___Gavlak reported from Irbid, Jordan.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Maintaining control over the refugees poses a security threat to the small, tightly controlled kingdom. Jordanian security officials and refugees have said there were pro-Assad “sleeper cells” in Jordan that could act against the refugees.Jordan has rejected several requests by the Assad government for the extradition of the defectors and has allowed entry to hundreds of Syrian rebels who move freely around the country. It also has helped the refugees by giving them medical treatment.It is not clear if former Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab, the most prominent defector to flee to Jordan, is housed in the desert facility or one elsewhere. Hijab fled under a plan coordinated between the Amman government and the Free Syrian Army.The Associated Press asked to visit the desert facility but was denied access. However, the AP spoke to two of the camp residents who described the conditions there.Khaldoun, a 47-year-old former Syrian army brigadier, said there were dozens of trailers housing up to seven men each, with fans stirring the desert air. Armed Jordanian soldiers guard the compound around the clock, he said.The men spend their days exercising and playing backgammon and chess, and the Jordanians provide them with access to the Internet, TVs, cellphones and computers, said Khaldoun, who insisted on being identified by his first name only, citing concern for the safety of relatives in Syria. A handful of other senior military and police defectors are kept at a secret location elsewhere, one of the security officials said, including Syrian air force Col. Hassan Hammadeh, who flew his MiG-21 to Jordan on June 21.Most of the defectors were seen as “small fish” who for the most part did not provide actionable intelligence, according to the Jordanian security officials and a Jordan-based Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because identifying him would compromise his ability to gather information on Syria.Still, one of the defectors at the desert compound said that as a colonel in the military, he held such a high rank that the Assad regime would go to great lengths to strike back at him.“They would destroy a whole suburb if they think one of us is there,” said the colonel, who identified himself only as Rahal, citing fears of retribution against relatives still in Syria.“This is why I had to get out of Syria,” he added.Rahal said he and 37 other officers were jailed shortly after the start of the uprising, but a number of them were given amnesty and released in May. The regime told him to report to work but merely shuffled him from one office to another, he said. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix A series of attacks on Syrians in Jordan has led refugees and Jordanian officials to believe agents of the Assad regime are operating in the kingdom on a campaign to hunt down opponents and intimidate those who have fled. Jordan has also arrested supposed defectors on suspicion that they were spying on Syrian refugees and dissidents.The camp housing the defectors is near Jordan’s largest air force base, which had been used as a training facility for U.S. forces in the past two decades during and after the wars in neighboring Iraq.Jordanian government officials have refused to comment about the desert camp, saying that they have little information about the defectors.The camp’s refugees fled in batches since the uprising began, with most of them smuggled through a northern border fence by the Free Syrian Army and later interrogated by Jordanian intelligence to verify their identities and the authenticity of their stories, one of the Jordanian security officials said.The defectors are between 40 and 60 years old, and some have chronic ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes and back problems that prevented them from being in the frontline in Syria or joining the rebels, the officials said. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The Jordanian military runs the camp near a site formerly used by the U.S. to train some its forces for the war in Iraq, and the defectors are debriefed by intelligence agents. Access to them is tightly restricted for their own protection. They are even separated from their families, who live outside the camp near the northern border city of Mafraq but can get special police permits to visit.The defectors in the camp are allowed to communicate with the rebel Free Syrian Army in Jordan and abroad, both in person and through telephone and Internet communications, but do not have what is considered valuable intelligence, according to Jordanian security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to make press statements.The facility is a sign of Jordan’s growing role as a quiet supporter of Syria’s opposition. But at the same time, Jordan wants to avoid aggravating tensions with its more powerful northern neighbor, fearing that President Bashar Assad may remain in power.There are more than 160,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, and their number is increasing by the thousands every day. About 8,000 live in a newly set up camp on the border, while the rest are scattered across Jordan. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Check your body, save your life Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police issued an arrest warrant Thursday for an Australian doctor who appeared in an Islamic State movement recruitment video urging Western medical professionals to join him in Syria.Tareq Kamleh, a 29-year-old Australian born and educated doctor who had worked in several Australian public hospitals appeared in the video in April describing his medical work in Syria as his “jihad for Islam.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments Share The blue-eyed son of a Palestinian father and German-born Muslim convert mother, who grew up in the Australian west coast city of Perth, has said his only regret about leaving Australia last year to join the Islamic State movement was that he had not left sooner.Australian Federal Police said in a statement that Kamleh, who now uses the name Abu Yusuf al-Australi, would be arrested if he returned to Australia on three terrorism charges that carry a maximum total of 45 years in prison.The charges include being a member of and recruiting for a terrorist organization.He also faces a charge under new counterterrorism laws of remaining in a terrorism no-go zone, the Islamic State group stronghold of al-Raqqa province in Syria. Australia banned travel to al-Raqqa in December and to the Iraqi city of Mosul in March, under laws which critics argue put the onus on defendants to prove they have not engaged in terrorism.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
“In spite of the current political situation, we are very pleased that many buyers and sellers are still assured to attend Thailand Travel Mart,” TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik said. “This is a major vote of confidence in Thailand, the quality of our tourism products and services, and the determination of the travel trade to go on with business as usual.” The theme at this year’s TTM+2014 is “Experience with Us”, and was chosen to reflect the trend of leisure travel shifting away from just recreational holidays to more experiential, interactive and fulfilling experiences, with the exhibition area divided into product-based and leisure categories. Despite a curfew policy currently in place between the hours of midnight and four am, its business as usual on the streets of Bangkok as Thailand’s security gets back on track and protests in the capital’s streets are cleared. Meanwhile, officials continue to reassure visitors that Bangkok is “safer than it has been for nearly a decade” due to the increased presence of military and police since last week’s martial law came into place. “Today’s travellers want to “experience” something new, learn something, and satisfy a deeper need for participation, creativity, community, and idealism, which is why we launched “Thainess”, our way of life as embodied in our culture, art, food and way of life.” An industry forum will be held on the topic of “Amazing Thailand – Simplicity to Luxury”, with media briefings given by TAT, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, before the final closing ceremony on 6 June. Set to take place between 4 to 6 June at the IMPACT Muang Thing Thani, Thailand’s biggest travel industry event will promote the country’s diverse tourism industry offerings, with buyers and media able to experience a full range of related tours showcasing the region’s natural beauty and rich culture. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that despite the ongoing political unrest in Bangkok, which saw martial law take affect last week, the 13th annual Thailand Travel Mart 2014 Plus (TTM+2014), will still be going ahead as planned. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
NSW Government needs to differentiate between “genuine sharing” and commercial short-term lettingAustralia’s accommodation sector says the recommendations of a NSW Legislative Assembly Committee Inquiry into short-term letting –tabled today in Parliament – were a first-step towards achieving ‘sensible regulation’ of the sector, but that it was important for the State Government to differentiate between genuine sharing and commercial operators involved in the sector.Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) said that it had no major issues with a lessening of regulations for property owners who provided genuine share accommodation by offering a room in their house or apartment on an occasional basis.But TAA called on the NSW Government to ensure that regulations which already existed to restrict short-term letting of whole houses and apartments were clarified and strengthened to protect guests, residents and communities from commercial operators. To achieve this, TAA advocated for a specific time limit to be placed on short-term letting of non-resident properties, which would allow owners to rent out their property while on holidays – but not as a commercial business.TAA welcomed the Committee’s recommendation designed to protect against the establishment of “party houses”, but TAA said the prospect of inner-city apartment blocks being turned into ‘quasi hotels’ was a greater issue that required more transparent regulation.Research shows that 37% of Airbnb listings in Sydney are available 365 days a year and being operated as fully commercial property businesses, while InsideAirbnb estimated that 61% of Sydney listings were for full houses or apartments, involving no ‘sharing’.In a statement, TAA CEO, Carol Giuseppi, said she welcomed the Legislative Assembly Committee Inquiry’s report and while there were areas that required clarification, the accommodation sector was happy to work with the Government to implement “sensible and proportionate regulation” to allow greater flexibility in the sector, while protecting the interests of guests and residents.“We are not against genuine ‘sharing’, but we believe there needs to be adequate regulations imposed on non-resident commercial property investors – especially multiple-property owners – who rent out full apartments for short term stays,” said Ms Giuseppi“With a large supply of apartments coming into the market any relaxation of regulations on commercial short-stay accommodation could have serious implications for resident owners and long-term renters in apartment blocks which are effectively turned into ‘quasi hotels’. It will lead to overcrowding, potential safety and insurance issues, parking problems and, most importantly, higher rents and lower availability for long-term renters.”“It will also be important for Government to ensure that the online operators who’ve been offering unregulated short-term accommodation are held responsible for only listing compliant properties and ensuring they do not exceed the agreed letting limits.”Source = TAA