Minnis Says Politicians should not be exempt from rule of law

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Bahamian politicians are not so special that they should be exempt from the rule of law, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said Wednesday.Prime Minister Minnis announced that his Administration will implement changes to prevent fiscal mismanagement in governance going forward and that Administration officials are identifying loopholes so as to avoid repeat corrupt practices.“I will not comment specifically on cases concerning alleged bribery and corrupt practices by public officials, but I do note the following; individuals should be treated equally before the law, “ Prime Minister Minnis said.“If judicial or police officials do not have the requisite paperwork necessary to charge any citizen regardless of standing in the country, that individual should not be charged until the appropriate time.“If all people deserve to be treated equally before the law, I find it disturbing that some people believe that politicians in The Bahamas should be above the law and should not be held accountable for malfeasance or misdeeds while in office.”Delivering his inaugural national address as the nation’s Chief Executive Officer, Prime Minister Minnis said politicians “around the world” are often charged for certain crimes and when found guilty, have to pay the penalty for their crimes.“Political leaders next door in the United States of America regularly are charged and found guilty of certain crimes. Bahamian politicians are not so special that we should be exempt from the rule of law. This includes members of my party and my government.”Prime Minister Minnis said public corruption places a heavy toll on a country.“Foreign investors become frustrated, or often stay away because of corruption. Millions that can be used for the public good, too often end up in private pockets. Public finances are wrecked when there is mass corruption by politicians and public officials.”Prime Minister Minnis said the Watchdog group, Transparency International, has reported often on the toll corruption takes on national development including in developing countries such as The Bahamas.“It is unfair, and unjust, for politicians to accumulate considerable wealth from corruption while the citizens of a country – especially the poor – are left behind.”Prime Minister Minnis said the country needs a new era of public integrity and reform.“This era is upon us,” Prime Minister Minnis added. Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Holographic lens printing method could allow printing of telescope lenses in space

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Researchers have developed a method for printing optical holographic lenses that could greatly simplify their fabrication. Because the method can be performed quickly and easily, it could potentially be used by astronauts to print lenses while in space for holographic lens telescopes. More information: Qiancheng Zhao, et al. “Printable Nanophotonic Devices via Holographic Laser Ablation.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b03165 Group webpage: HB-Nanophotonic Group at the University of Birmingham Explore further The researchers, led by Dr. Haider Butt at the University of Birmingham in the UK, along with coauthors from there and the Harvard Medical School and Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US, have published a paper on the new holographic lens printing method in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”Using the novel technique of holographic laser ablation, which we previously used for printing holograms, we have demonstrated the printing of optical lenses made of a variety of materials,” Butt told Phys.org. “A complete lens can be fabricated with a single nanosecond laser pulse. Hence the method is fast, flexible, and inexpensive.”While current holographic lens fabrication methods are often expensive, time-consuming, and labor-intensive, the new printing method can produce a lens in just a few seconds using only a single step. The method uses a nanosecond laser pulse to create interference patterns on a transparent substrate coated with light-absorbing materials. The laser is reflected off a concave mirror back onto itself, so that interference occurs between two laser beams traveling in opposite directions. The resulting interference pattern, consisting of circular fringes, is “printed” on a substrate between the two beams, storing the optical information as a holographic lens. The resulting flat, ultra-thin lenses consist of hundreds of nanoscale circular zones that contribute to focusing light.Using this new method, the researchers demonstrated that they could achieve mass production within a few minutes. The method should also work with a wide variety of materials on substrates that are semitransparent, with geometries that are flat, curved, or of other arbitrary form. Besides having niche applications like printing telescope lenses in space, the new printing method could also be used for security, data storage, and biosensors. Due to the flexibility of the fabrication method, lenses can be printed on certain materials that are not compatible with conventional fabrication techniques. In the future, the scientists plan to use the method to print lenses on thin films of semiconductors, with applications in applied optics and infrared imaging. Printable holograms could make holograms more widespreadcenter_img The flat lens is made of a 4-nm-thick gold layer and has an approximate diameter of 1 inch. Scale bars = 200 μm. Credit: Zhao, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Diagram of the fabrication method for printing holographic lenses. Credit: Zhao, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: ACS Nano Citation: Holographic lens printing method could allow printing of telescope lenses in space (2015, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-holographic-lens-method-telescope-lenses.htmllast_img read more