WHITTIER — City officials Tuesday outlined for the City Council their case for revoking the permit that allows Rome Fine Dining to sell alcohol. Police officers and other staff members testified that Rome Fine Dining, formerly known as Ibiza Steak and Lounge, has violated a conditional-use permit issued on Jan. 25. The public hearing was continuing late Tuesday night. Assistant city prosecutor Greg Palmer said many of the violations may seem technical, but they’re not when they happen repeatedly. ??They have over and over violated (the city’s) conditions,” said Palmer. ??They can call it Rome Fine Dining, Club Rome or Ibiza Steak and Lounge, but it’s a nightclub. A nightclub isn’t a permitted use in Uptown Whittier.” Attorneys for Rome Fine Dining have contended in the past that the city was overreacting. Rome Fine Dining co-owner Ralph Verdugo at a July 5 Planning Commission meeting accused the city of being racist, saying that city officials wanted the establishment out of town because it attracts Latinos. Verdugo and Rome Fine Dining, which was called Ibiza Steak and Lounge until last month, were convicted in April 2004 of misdemeanor charges related to a male G-string review the club hosted the previous year. In response to the convictions, the City Council considered revoking the club’s business license, but instead decided to enforce about 60 restrictions noted in the club’s business permit. The new conditions reduced the hours the club could serve liquor, demanded that the club notify the city before any major acts performed and required that all potential club managers go through a background check by the city before they were hired by the club, among other things. These conditions also required Tuesday’s review. During the presentation, police officers and other city officials told the council that Rome Fine Dining hasn’t provided videos as required, built an elevated platform without getting permits from the city and doesn’t provide needed outdoor security. Capt. Kenton Rainey said that after a shooting on April 17, Rome Fine Dining never supplied a surveillance video. ??It impacted a pending criminal investigation,” Palmer said. ??(The video) could have been the investigative lead needed to be followed up. It could be that the shooter had a confrontation with the victim on the inside.” During the June 20 Planning Commission, Verdugo said that he believes he and his employees are doing a good job of providing security and that he has turned away patrons and business opportunities to comply with the city’s conditions. He also said that other businesses in Uptown would be hurt if Rome Fine Dining closed. Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at email@example.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second right), converses with Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland (right) during a meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday (September 25). Looking on are Under-Secretary for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Ann Scott (left); and Jamaica’s Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Courtenay Rattray.
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WILMINGTON, MA — Rudolph Technologies, Inc. recently announced that it has received orders for over $15 million of legacy and new process control systems from a memory manufacturer based in Asia. The systems will be used by a top-tier memory chip maker as they rapidly transition high-end DRAM (DDR4, DDR5) and HBM DRAM packaging from wire bonding to advanced packaging architectures. The shift from wire bonding is needed to achieve higher data speeds, superior power distribution and thermal properties using copper pillars, micro-bumps, and through silicon vias (TSVs) for stacked chip-to-chip interconnects.Delivery of systems will be completed by the end of the first quarter, with additional orders expected throughout 2019 as memory manufacturers transition their high-speed DRAM from wire-bonded architecture to advanced packaging.“Rudolph began working with our customers’ R&D teams nearly ten years ago to develop 2D/3D measurements of the emerging copper bump process. That long-term customer engagement has resulted in systems and software that we believe to be the industry standard for advanced packaging metrology,” stated Cleon Chan, vice president of global field operations at Rudolph. “Stacking die using TSVs and micro-bumps for HBM DRAM packages requires precise control of the copper features that will ultimately make the electrical connections between the stacked memory chips and the logic chip in the same package. After significant development in the package and the process control methods, these devices are now beginning high-volume manufacturing, which is being driven by the data speed and capacity demands from big data servers and graphics applications. These new, non-wire bonded memory architectures are creating a very healthy demand for our back-end process control systems. This customer is also using Rudolph systems for post-saw film-frame inspection looking for package defects.”A combination of Rudolph’s 2D/3D inspection systems and metal metrology systems provide a total process control solution to help assure that height, diameter, location and coplanarity of copper micro-bumps, pillar bumps, and TSVs are precisely controlled. After the packages are molded and separated by sawing, additional Rudolph inspection systems provide outgoing quality checks for sidewall delamination and/or hairline cracks, which are considered killer defects for advanced memory packages.About Rudolph TechnologiesRudolph Technologies, Inc. is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of defect inspection, lithography, process control metrology, and process control software used by semiconductor and advanced packaging device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph delivers comprehensive solutions throughout the fab with its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down costs and time to market of their devices. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.rudolphtech.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Rudolph Technologies via BusinessWire.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Receives $8M Order From Leading Asian Memory ManufacturerIn “Business”Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Unveils New Inspection Suite For Semiconductor ManufacturingIn “Business”Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Receives $11 Million OrderIn “Business” read more
Shares of companies in the energy space are poised to buzz when markets open for trading on Monday after the first-ever auction for wind energy saw tariff plunge to a record low of Rs 3.46 per unit. One of the four successful bidders was Inox Wind, listed on the bourses. Stocks that could witness heightened activity include Suzlon Energy, NTPC, Power Grid Corporation and PFC.On Thursday (February 23), Inox Wind shares ended at Rs 178 apiece, NTPC at Rs 165, PFC at Rs 135, PGC at Rs 199 and Suzlon Energy at Rs 18 (face value of Rs 2 each). Stock markets were closed on Friday on account of Maha Shivratri.Read: Bidders push wind energy tariff to record low in India auction Suzlon Energy is one of the other companies in the wind energy space while NTPC has interests in thermal and solar power. Power Grid Corporation (PGC) is a transmission company, while Power Finance Corporation (PFC) is into funding power projects.On Friday, bidding for 1 giga watt (GW) wind energy generation saw four firms bagging contracts to produce 250 mega watt (MW) each at Rs 3.46 per kilo watt hour (kWh). The other three successful bidders were Mytrah Energy, Green Infra and Ostro Kutch Wind.Firms that were in the race but could not win included ReNew Power Ventures, Gamesa Renewables Pvt. Ltd., Hero Future Energies Ltd and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group’s CESC Ltd.The auction was conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).Inox Wind has three state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh with a cumulative manufacturing capacity of 1,600 MW and manufactures components for wind turbine generators.The plant near Ahmedabad (Gujarat) manufactures blades & tubular towers while hubs & nacelles are manufactured at the company’s facility at Una (Himachal Pradesh). The new integrated manufacturing facility at Barwani (Madhya Pradesh) manufactures blades & towers, and will manufacture nacelles & hubs in the future, according to a company update.The company posted net profit of Rs 107 crore on total sales of Rs 1,160 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016.NTPC is India’s largest power producing company, both in terms of installed capacity and output. The state-run company that generates and sells power in bulk supplies reached 48,143 MW in power generating capacity with the commissioning of the 115 MW Bhadia Solar Power project in West Bengal recently. The public sector company’s power generating capacity is almost a fourth of the country’s total.For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, its net profit and revenues stood at Rs 2,468 crore and Rs 19,395 crore, respectively.Private sector company Suzlon Energy has an installed capacity of 15.5 GW globally. In India, it has about 100 wind farms in nine states with a capacity of 10 GW.In Q3, the company earned net profit of Rs 304 crore on total turnover of Rs 3,307 crore. It sold 462 MW power during the quarter and 1,019 MW for the nine months ended December 2016.The order book as of December 31, 2016 stood at 1,231MW valued at Rs. 7,523 crore, including new orders for 557 MW in the third quarter. Suzlon Energy’s net debt excluding FCCBs was Rs 6,538 crore. read more
Cutlery18%12% The GST tax structure for various services has been devised under four broad slabs — 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent — along with a cess on luxury and demerit goods such as tobacco, pan masala and aerated drinks.The GST plan envisages that the Centre compensate the states for revenue losses from abolition of taxes like the VAT (value added tax), octroi and implementation of GST. The compensation from the Centre to the states will be met through levy of a ‘GST Compensation Cess’ on luxury items and goods like tobacco, during the first five years of implementation of the GST regime.Filing limits raisedJaitley said that the limit under the GST Composition Scheme has been raised to Rs 75 lakh. Taxpayers coming under this scheme will be required to file summarized returns on a quarterly basis, instead of three monthly returns. Under the scheme, a registered taxpayer will pay tax at a rate not more than 1 percent for manufacturers, 2.5 percent for restaurants and 0.5 percent for other traders.The GST Composition Scheme was introduced under GST law to lower the burden of compliance for small businesses, where assessees have to pay tax at a minimum rate based on their turnover. This is similar to the provisions in VAT law. Any assessee who deals only in supply of goods can opt for this scheme, which means this provision is not applicable for service providers. However, restaurant service providers are excluded.Only businesses participating in intra-state supply of goods are eligible to enter the GST Composition Scheme.Most services, except those in the negative list of essential services such as healthcare and education, are expected to come under GST. Exercise books28%12% School bags28%18% Plastic tarpaulin28%18% Pre-cast concrete pipes28%18% Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has revised tax rates levied on 66 items under the GST scheme to be rolled out on July 1. In this file photo, he addresses a GST Council meeting held in Srinagar last month.IANSMoving to placate key sectors of the industry which have raised concerns about the high rates of taxes under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime eating into their operational viability, the GST Council on Sunday announced that it is revising the GST rate on 66 categories of goods and services.Addressing a press conference after the 16th GST Council meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the reductions were based on the two major principles of maintaining equivalence and the change in utilisation behavior.The Council’s move is expected to come as a relief to small and medium enterprises in trading and manufacturing as well as restaurants. Under the revised tax rate scheme, packaged food like vegetables, pickles and sauces, as well as dental wax, insulin, agarbattis, school bags, exercise and colouring books for children, cutlery and computer printers will be cheaper by 6-10 per cent (see chart).The new tax rates proposed for goods and services under the GST rollout planned for July 1 are expected to come bundled with a range of cesses on luxury and premium goods as well as on tobacco and high-end liquors.The Finance Ministry tweeted on Sunday that it had received representations for about 133 items, out of which rates have been reduced on 66 items.Cinema gets a breatherBesides, reductions will be carried out on two categories of GST rates which were planned to be imposed on cinema-goers – 28 per cent tax will be levied on tickets priced at above Rs 100 and 18 percent on tickets costing up to Rs 100.This notwithstanding, single-screen cinemas are likely to be hit the hardest by the proposed 28 percent tax rate.Jaitley later said on the Twitter handle of the Union Ministry of Finance that the new concessions would come at the cost of revenues. “FM @arunjaitley said that rates on goods decided today would make the goods cheaper for common man but may cost to revenue of Govt,” the finance ministry tweeted.For workers in industries like textiles and diamond processing where the workers take their work home, tax rate will be revised to 5 percent from the 18 percent currently being charged. This is owing to GST for these sectors being revised as well.Till date, the GST Council has fixed rates of more than 1,200 goods and 500 services. Last Saturday, it finalised rates for a few contentious goods such as gold and jewellery, agricultural implements, biscuits, footwear and textiles.A few of the items on which tax rates were revised at Sunday’s GST Council meeting:ItemsItemsOld rateOld rateNew or revised rateNew or revised rateItemsPackaged goods (vegetables, pickles, sauces)Old rate18%New or revised rate12%ItemsCashewOld rate12%New or revised rate5%ItemsAgarbattiOld rate12%New or revised rate5%ItemsDental waxOld rate28%New or revised rate8%ItemsInsulinOld rate12%New or revised rate5%ItemsPlastic beadsOld rate28%New or revised rate18%ItemsPlastic tarpaulinOld rate28%New or revised rate18%ItemsSchool bagsOld rate28%New or revised rate18%ItemsExercise booksOld rate28%New or revised rate12%ItemsColouring booksOld rate12%New or revised rateNilItemsPre-cast concrete pipesOld rate28%New or revised rate18%ItemsCutleryOld rate18%New or revised rate12%ItemsTractor componentsOld rate28%New or revised rate18%ItemsComputer printersOld rate28%New or revised rate18% Plastic beads28%18% Colouring books12%Nil Computer printers28%18% Packaged goods (vegetables, pickles, sauces)18%12% Cashew12%5% Dental wax28%8% Insulin12%5% Tractor components28%18% Agarbatti12%5% ItemsOld rateNew or revised rate read more
Journal information: Nature © 2016 Phys.org 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. Three graphene ribbons formed from a fretted contact by self-assembly Credit: (c) James Annett Self-animated graphene sheets assemble spontaneously into multi-layer ribbons. Credit: (c) Domhnall Malone (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Trinity College in Ireland has found that graphene sheets are capable of spontaneous tearing when heated, which results in peeling and the creation of ribbons. In their paper published in the journal Nature, James Annett and Graham Cross describe how they happened across the new property of graphene, their studies of it, and possible ways it might prove useful. Citation: Poking graphene results in peeling and self-assembly of ribbons (2016, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-graphene-results-self-assembly-ribbons.html More information: James Annett et al. Self-assembly of graphene ribbons by spontaneous self-tearing and peeling from a substrate, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature18304AbstractGraphene and related two-dimensional materials have shown unusual and exceptional mechanical properties, with similarities to origami-like paper folding and kirigami-like cutting6, 7 demonstrated. For paper analogues, a critical difference between macroscopic sheets and a two-dimensional solid is the molecular scale of the thin dimension of the latter, allowing the thermal activation of considerable out-of-plane motion. So far thermal activity has been shown to produce local wrinkles in a free graphene sheet that help in theoretically understanding its stability8, for example, and give rise to unexpected long-range bending stiffness6. Here we show that thermal activation can have a more marked effect on the behaviour of two-dimensional solids, leading to spontaneous and self-driven sliding, tearing and peeling from a substrate on scales approaching the macroscopic. We demonstrate that scalable nanoimprint-style contact techniques can nucleate and direct the parallel self-assembly of graphene ribbons of controlled shape in ambient conditions. We interpret our observations through a simple fracture-mechanics model that shows how thermodynamic forces drive the formation of the graphene–graphene interface in lieu of substrate contact with sufficient strength to peel and tear multilayer graphene sheets. Our results show how weak physical surface forces can be harnessed and focused by simple folded configurations of graphene to tear the strongest covalent bond. This effect may hold promise for the patterning and mechanical actuating of devices based on two-dimensional materials. Graphene continues to be the focus of studies by researchers around the globe, due of course, to its interesting properties—and as a result, researchers are finding out about more and more of its characteristics. In this new effort, the researchers report that when a sheet of graphene experiences a small puncture, parts of the sheet peel back, creating small ribbons of graphene. They came across this finding by accident. They note that as they were testing sheets of the material for friction properties after heating them to 150° C, a small, flower-shaped defect appeared in one.A closer look revealed that the defect had been caused by a single hole in the original sheet. Intrigued, the team heated another sheet and then poked it with a bit of diamond that had a sharp, three-sided point. The researchers watched as the material around the hole peeled back spontaneously, creating three tiny strips of graphene that lay flat against the original surface. It was the creation of the ribbons that excited the researchers, not the hole—in its native state, the strips grew wider as they grew longer. In one test, they noted that the individual ribbons were approximately 0.6 micros at their thinnest end and tapered at a 15 degree angle—they grew to be approximately 1.5 microns wide at the other end. They report also that rubbing a newly made hole with the tip allowed them to control the peeling to a minor extent. Spontaneous growth of graphene ribbons from a fretted contact by self-assembly. Credit: James Annett The researchers plan to continue their study of the peeling effect, looking for a way to cleanly control the process—they believe doing so might present a new way to create transistors, capacitors or other electronic devices. Explore further Germs add ripples to make ‘groovy’ graphene read more