WILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidWater & Sewer Division – Fire Hydrants — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Valve Boxes & Curbstop Boxes — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Gate Valves — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Miscellaneous Water Supplies — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Ductile Iron Pipe — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Laboratory Services — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Generator Maintenance Contract — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Instrumentation Maintenance/Calibration — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Screener Rental — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Guardrail Installation — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Pavement Markings — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Roadway Management Services — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Bituminous Products — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Crack Sealing — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Tree Planting Services — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW — Stormwater Pond Maintenance Service — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town Posts 15 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding and Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”
Share Houston Public Media talked with Peter Herrick, spokesperson for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), to dispel rumors about everything from centers closing, to the area running out of federal funds, to even concerns over immigration status of applicants.In this part of the conversation we explore where centers are located, which one you should go to, and if they collect immigration information:Video 2 addresses how you can use your FEMA grant money, and how they can help you get additional help and services: Video 3 looks at the impact other disasters have on our local funding, and how funding is determined:For more information visit disasterassistance.gov
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton supports U.S. diplomatic ties to Cuba. (Courtesy Photo)On July 1, President Obama announced that the U.S. is ending the stalemate with Cuba. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), among other people and groups, praised the president for his actions in restoring relations with the island nation.“The announcement of re-opening embassies and re-establishing diplomatic relations is a historic moment for the U.S. and Cuba as we move toward reshaping our relationship to meet conditions in the 21st century,” Norton said. “A U.S. embassy in Havana is the best way to continue our efforts to support the desire of the Cuban people for democracy and increased economic opportunities. Re-opening the embassies at the very least can begin Cuba’s exposure to American values and democratic principles.”The U.S. embassy is scheduled to open in Havana on July 20. The Cuban embassy in D.C. will open on the same day.America and Cuba relations were on solid ground until revolutionary leader Fidel Castro kicked out the unpopular dictator Fulgencio Batista in early 1958 in a violent overthrow. Castro was declared prime minister of Cuba on Feb. 16, 1959, and began to take a leftist position on world affairs, such as aligning his country with the Soviet Union in the Cold War and supporting progressive people-oriented power movements and leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.Throughout his decades in power, Castro supported Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress in South Africa, and liberation movements in Angola and Zimbabwe.On June 29, 1984, the Rev. Jesse Jackson persuaded Castro to release 16 American prisoners that were detained in Cuba. Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan has visited Cuba several times and is treated as a head of state while there.The Congressional Black Caucus has long questioned the value of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba (imposed on Oct. 19, 1960) and, if Obama selects an ambassador to the country, political observers say that it could be U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), because of her passion in restoring ties with the country.“I am glad to be co-sponsoring ‘The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act’ and ‘Free Trade with Cuba Act’ to forge a new path forward,” Lee said recently.In addition, Cuba has a large African descent population, with estimates as high as 62 percent of Cubans possessing Black blood, according to a study by the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. Measuring the Afro-Cuban population is complicated because many dark-skinned Cubans consider themselves Hispanic and not Black.Despite the enthusiasm for re-establishing ties with Cuba, many conservative Republicans, a few Democrats, and many mainland Cubans are opposed to Obama’s initiative. They oppose any attempt to negotiate with the Castro regime because of its repressive human rights violations.The opponents vow to block any ambassador that Obama names to the country and to keep the trade embargo in place.However, there is a movement in the District to embrace Cuba. University of the District of Columbia Interim President James E. Lyons recently announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the university and the University of Havana. The universities will start their collaboration in January 2016 and will have an exchange program among their academic and administrative staffs, researchers, visiting scholars, as well as professional, graduate and undergraduate students.“The initial areas of agreement will be between UDC’s David A. Clarke School of Law and the Law College at Havana University, where Fidel Castro attended law school more than 70 years ago,” Lyons said.The arrangement was initiated and coordinated by UDC’s law school’s dean, Shelley Broderick.D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large), who chairs the council’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, said that Obama normalizing relations with Cuba is a good thing.“It opens up borders and opens up opportunities for trade,” Orange said. “There are opportunities for travel and tourism with Cuba and that will benefit everybody in the city.”Andy Shallal, the owner of the successful Busboys and Poets franchise in the Washington region, said he is excited about re-establishing ties with Cuba. “I would love to open up a Busboys and Poets in Havana,” Shallal said.
Using Russia’s Spektr-R space telescope (also known as RadioAstron), astronomers have conducted high-resolution observations of the blazar S5 0716+71. The results of these observations, presented in a paper published February 12 on the arXiv pre-print server, provide insights into the structure of the blazar’s jet. More information: E. V. Kravchenko et al. The jet of S5 0716+71 at μas scales with RadioAstron. arXiv:1902.04369 [astro-ph.GA]. arxiv.org/abs/1902.04369 Citation: High-resolution observations uncover detailed structure of blazar’s jet (2019, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-high-resolution-uncover-blazar-jet.html Explore further © 2019 Science X Network Luminous gamma-ray flare detected from the blazar DA 193 (uv)-coverage (left) and polarimetric RadioAstron image of 0716+714 (right) made on January 3-4, 2015 at 22 GHz, using uniform weighting. Credit: Kravchenko et al., 2019. Blazars, classified as members of a larger group of active galaxies that host active galactic nuclei (AGN), are powerful sources of emission across the electromagnetic spectrum from radio to very high-energy gamma frequencies. Their characteristic features are relativistic jets pointed almost exactly toward the Earth.In general, blazars are perceived by astronomers as high-energy engines serving as natural laboratories to study particle acceleration, relativistic plasma processes, magnetic field dynamics and black hole physics. Therefore, high-resolution observations of blazars and their jets in different wavelengths could be essential for improving the understanding of these phenomena. BL Lacertae objects (BL Lacs) are a type of blazar showcasing lower-power jets and higher Doppler factors than other blazars. S5 0716+71 is one of BL Lacs known for its extreme variability across the electromagnetic spectrum, including the so-called intraday variability (IDV). While the IDV phenomenon still baffles scientists, there is evidence that it is being produced by processes intrinsic to the relativistic jet. S5 0716+71 is currently one of the best candidates for having an intrinsic origin of the observed IDV. Hence, a team of astronomers led by Evgeniya V. Kravchenko of Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute, Russia, decided to use Spektr-R to investigate S5 0716+71’s jet structure at the finest angular resolution and to investigate the origin of its IDV.”Here, we report on RadioAstron observations of the BL Lac object S5 0716+71, performed in a framework of the AGN Polarization and Survey Key Science Programs at 22 GHz during 2012-2018. We obtained the highest angular resolution image of the source to date, at 57×24 μas,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.Spektr-R’s 10-m radio telescope (SRT), with angular resolution of about 7.0 microarcseconds (μas) at 1.3 cm, allowed Kravchenko’s team to find essential information about S5 0716+71, especially regarding the structure of its jet.The observations revealed a complex bent structure in the central 100 μas core region, consisting of an unresolved core and two nearby components, designated C1 and C2, located at approximately 41 μas and 58 μas from the core respectively. The size of the core was estimated to be not greater than 60 μas, while C1 and C2 have sizes of around 32 and 19 μas respectively.According to the paper, S5 0716+71’s jet initially extends towards the south-east, at a position angle of 153 degrees, followed by a sharp bending of about 95 degrees towards the north-east. The jet maintains that direction for about one milliarcsecond (mas) until another sharp bend towards the north-west is observed on the images provided by SRT.The researchers detected linear polarization in the core and jet areas at the projected baselines up to about 5.6 Earth diameters. They also obtained the observed brightness temperatures in the rest frame of the source, which turned out to be greater than 22 trillion K for the core, at a level of about 699 billion K for C1, and around 1.2 trillion for C2.In concluding remarks, the astronomers underlined that in the case of S5 0716+71 the intrinsic processes in jet can explain its variability on the time scales of a days to week. They added that their study confirms Spektr-R’s powerful capabilities to investigate relativistic jets in the vicinity of central black holes. 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.
Kolkata: Actor-tuned-politician Nusrat Jahan, who is contesting from the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency on Trinamool Congress’ ticket, averted an accident on Wednesday when a portion of the makeshift dais she was sitting on caved in.The incident took place at Jogardanga village in Goyaltore where she went to campaign in favour of the Trinamool Congress candidate Birbaha Soren, who is contesting from Jhargram. The incident triggered panic among the other Trinamool Congress leaders who were on the stage. None of them suffered any serious injuries in the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to local administration, it is suspected that more persons climbed on the dais as a result of which a portion of it collapsed. The stage had a capacity to bear the weight of 10 to 15 people. But, more than 30 persons were on the dais when it collapsed. The police personnel deployed at the ground brought the situation under control. The exact cause of the incident is yet to be confirmed by the police. They have started a detailed probe into the incident. Cops are trying to find out if there was any negligence on the part of the decorators. A senior police officer in the district said there had been adequate deployment of police force at the spot. The exact cause is yet to be ascertained.