Related Items:BBB+, financial, rating, standard & Poor’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jul 2015 – Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has maintained its BBB+ rating with a stable outlook for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it announced Tuesday, 30th June 2015.This strong grading follows TCI’s first sovereign rating in 2014 which provided global recognition of its financial reforms and fiscal success.A team from S&P visited the islands in May and met with a range of politicians, officials and business leaders as part of the annual review process.“This is further expert recognition of our tremendous progress in making the TCI one of the fastest recovering economies in the Caribbean,” said Minister of Finance, Washington Misick.“S&P has recognized our ongoing success in consolidating public financial management reform and improving our fiscal resilience. BBB+ means that we are more highly rated than many countries in the Caribbean.”S&P again made clear that TCI’s close relationship with the UK, as an Overseas Territory, was a key factor in its rating calculation.One of the benefits of maintaining a BBB+ rating is in strengthening the TCI’s negotiating position as it holds discussions with financial institutions ahead of refinancing its UK-guaranteed $170m bond, when it matures in February 2016.The TCI plans to issue invitations to tender for its refinancing requirement in September 2015. It is TCI’s intention to use $110m already held in a sinking fund, plus an additional contribution from the first half of financial year 2015-16 to repay most of the bond, with the balance being covered by new bank debt. The BBB+ rating is a strong factor in attracting foreign direct investment to TCI and building confidence amongst its existing business community. The TCI economy grew by an estimated 4.6% in 2014 and is forecast to grow an average of 2-3% per annum over the next three years.The TCI government generated a US$77.3m operating surplus and a 16% increase in recurrent revenue to $246.5m for the financial year ending March 2015.The surplus further consolidates the Islands’ position as one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean region. In March 2015 the TCI government’s net debt to GDP ratio was approximately 24%, while its revenue to GDP is 30%. S&P Reaffirms FortisTCI Rating of ‘BBB’ Outlook: Stable FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL REPORT 2015/2016 Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Party
Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho has thanked the club for the first team opportunities he has gotten since joining in the summer of 2017.The newly capped England international signed for Dortmund from Manchester City last year citing a lack of first-team opportunities with the Citizens for his decision to leave England.The teenager expressed his gratitude for being afforded “opportunities at such a young age” after helping Bundesliga league leaders Borussia Dortmund move three points clear with a 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.The 18-year-old has repaid the club’s faith by hitting the ground running in impressive fashion in the 2018/19 campaign. Despite making just two starts, Sancho has had a hand in eight goals in as many games in the Bundesliga this season.After opening the scoring in Saturday’s victory, the Manchester City academy product underlined what Dortmund opening the door to regular first-team football means to him.Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“Honestly, them giving me opportunities at such a young age, I just have to thank the club and all my family that have been behind me from the start,” Sancho told bundesliga.Playing regular first-team football is exactly why the rising star decided to blaze a trail by leaving Manchester City to join Dortmund at the age of 17.City boss, Pep Guardiola was convinced he had a bright future, but Sancho was desperate to demonstrate that he was ready to play more regularly rather than get stocked playing with the reserves.Lucien Favre’s Dortmund dared to do what City didn’t, and the teenage sensation is repaying their faith in droves.
KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man convicted of sex crimes against children was released from custody and placed in an East County home.Despite public outcry, sexually violent predator Alan James will live in a house in Jacumba Hot Springs.A judge had ordered James be released from custody by April 25th.Alan Earl James, 56, was convicted in 1981 and 1986 of numerous sex-related felonies involving several minor victims — which included James’ younger relatives– and sentenced to 28 years in state prison.James, who is classified as a “sexually violent predator,” was committed to Coalinga State Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment “for an indeterminate term,” until he petitioned for a monitored conditional release last summer, prosecutors said.RELATED: Hearing held to determine placement of convicted sex offender Alan James Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 11, 2019 Alan James placed in Jucumba Hot Springs home April 11, 2019
Physicists add amplifier to quantum communication toolbox Practically speaking, single photon detection has not been something pursued very heavily at the wavelengths used for telecommunication signals. Part of the problem is that performance of single photon detectors are rather constrained at such long wavelengths. But, says Robert Thew, a scientist at the University of Geneva, the time is coming when single photon detectors may be needed in telecommunications. Citation: Single photon detectors for telecommunications wavelengths (2008, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-photon-detectors-telecommunications-wavelengths.html Explore further 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. “Up until now,” Thew tells PhysOrg.com, “classical communication has not done too badly with the detectors available now. But now they are getting pushed to the limit as optical communications explodes. Single photon detectors are becoming more important.”In order to improve the ability of a single photon detector to work with signals with telecommunications wavelengths (about 1550 nanometers), Thew and his colleagues at the University of Geneva, Zbinden and Gisin, suggest a scheme that involves upconverting these signals using a tunable pump source to a silicon detector. Their work is published in Applied Physics Letters: “Tunable upconversion photon detector.”“Photon detection in general is a key enabling field of research,” Thew explains. “And it is improving all the time. Photon detection is used for quantum cryptography and computing as well as for metrology and telecommunications. Our experiment is one that shows how telecom wavelength photons can be converted into the regime of silicon detectors.”These Silicon detectors, Thew explains, are useful because they offer a high temporal resolution. While experiments have been done showing upconversion of silicon detectors, this Geneva group has added another element: tunability.Usually, upconversion experiments do not feature a simple and practical method of controlling wavelengths. “These systems are dedicated at well-defined wavelengths,” Thew says. “This works well for some things, but sometimes you want to be able to change the wavelength. That is what we are working on.” Of those that do seek for tunability, they can rely on temperature control to change the wavelength or use the nonlinear phase matching scheme with different poling periods. Thew and his peers decided to make a tunable photon detector using laser tuning.“All upconversion schemes rely on mixing two lasers to generate a third with the desired wavelength by a nonlinear process,” Thew explains. “Our practicality comes from the choice of components. The precision comes from the choice of silicon detector. The tunability comes from being able to tune one of these lasers that are initially mixed.” Not only is this detector tunable, but it is also compact and more cost efficient than similar photon detectors. And, as telecommunications continues to advance, this could be a good way to continue the improvements seen in the last few years. “[F]aster communication systems necessarily have to work with lower intensities (fewer photons) and it is here that the single photon detection technologies will be needed,” Thew explains. “This offers practicality and low cost. The idea is that we keep simplicity, but gain the advantage of tuning wavelengths.”“Things are improving all the time in this area of study,” Thew continues. “Having tunable photon detectors would be helpful for many experiments and applications. We are taking advantage of being able to do this with a silicon detector. What we have done offers a huge advantage for this type of approach.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
Kolkata: To Curb the growing number of drug abuse cases in Kolkata, the city police has chalked out a plan to raise awareness among people in the run-up to June 26, International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.This year, the theme is #unitedagainstdrugs. The Kolkata Police has planned to reach out to maximum people through a competition. “Take a picture while performing any activity such as dancing, reading, running, sleeping, singing, playing, studying, writing or laughing. Put it up on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook with caption — “SAY YES TO (the activity that is seen in the picture eg. reading, running etc); SAY NO TO DRUGS”. Hashtag it with #kolkatapolice #unitedagainstdrugs in Instagram/Twitter/Facebook”, said a senior police officer. The three most innovative pictures will be felicitated by the Kolkata Police.(With inputs from Indian Express)