Green Party announces candidate to run in Federal Election for Prince GeorgePeace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Another candidate is being added to the ballot for the October Federal Election in the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding.On Sunday, September 8, the Green Party had announced that Catharine Kendall, of Eaglet Lake, was nominated to run as a candidate in this Fall’s election.Kendall will be looking to run against incumbent Conservative Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer. Zimmer is looking to run for his third term as MP. Another candidate to be running this Fall for the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding is Ron Vaillant of the People’s Party of Canada. Vaillant is a parachute candidate from Lacombe, Alberta.As of Monday, September 8, the Liberal and NDP Parties have made no announcements for candidates.The 2019 Federal Election will be taking place on October 21.last_img read more

Cong picks Pawan Kumar Bansal for Chgarh upsets Navjot Kaur

first_imgChandigarh: Former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu doesn’t’ hide her disappointed over the Congress decision not to field her from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency, where she had already started holding public meetings in anticipation of a party nomination.I would have loved it if they had respected a lady trying to showcase her individual work, she told PTI Wednesday, flagging also the fact that she left her profession – she was a gynaecologist – to devote herself to politics. She was asked if she was disappointed over the party’s decision. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Reposing faith in an old war horse, the Congress has nominated four-time MP and former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal for the seat. Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, and former Union minister Manish Tewari had also staked their claims to the ticket from the seat that is often considered a party stronghold. In 2014, however, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kirron Kher won. But it is okay. That is how the party works, Sidhu, the former BJP MLA from Amritsar (East), said after signalling her disappointment with the Congress decision announced Tuesday night. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSidhu was meeting her supporters who had been with her for the last one and half months, as she held a series of public meetings in Chandigarh. She said she didn’t have anyone to represent her before the party leadership. I was a loner. I went and applied myself and I was fighting my own case, she said. She said after applying for Chandigarh, she never thought about the possibility of contesting from anywhere else. But Sidhu went on to endorse Bansal as the party’s choice, even suggesting that there was no competition because of his seniority. I welcome the decision. He is such a senior leader. It is not that he is a new leader, she said. The people are actually the judges of a candidate, she said, adding they will decide on the party’s choice. Asked if she would campaign for Bansal, Sidhu replied, If he needs me. I do not think he needs me. But if he calls me I will fully support him, she said. Navjot Kaur Sidhu and Navjot Singh Sidhu switched sides from the BJP to the Congress ahead of the last assembly elections in Punjab. As a member of the state cabinet, Navjot Singh Sidhu has had an uneasy relationship with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.last_img read more

Morocco Highlights Importance of Common Values in Raising Climate Awareness

Buenos Aires  – President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) and of the Scientific Committee of COP22, Nizar Baraka, highlighted in Buenos Aires, the importance of common values in raising climate awareness and encouraging responsible commitment to the environment and future generations.“Notwithstanding our differences and our origins, we must seek in our religions, cultures and beliefs shared values that are necessary for the promotion of responsible commitment to nature and future generations,” he said Friday in a speech during a preparatory meeting for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).He also stressed the need to share the values of peace, commitment and solidarity with the greatest number of people to give hope for “a better future,” noting that everyone must make his ethical contribution to ensure the right to life for future generations. The president of the scientific committee of COP22 called for promoting cooperation and sharing responsibility, each at his level, to lay the foundations of a sustainable and integrated development.In this regard, Baraka announced that the CESE will hold on November 3 in the city of Fez a “Summit of Consciences” to provide the various parties to COP 22 with a roadmap for a common environmental commitment read more

Despite fewer casualties in Darfur conditions steadily deteriorating – Annan report

While deaths from clashes between Sudanese Government forces and armed factions in Darfur have declined, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in a new report that the ensuing “descent into lawlessness” – looting and rebel attacks against civilians and aid workers – has only intensified insecurity in the war-torn region. “While the daily rate of casualties from fighting has declined in recent months, the damage to the social and economic fabric in Darfur and the longer-term costs of this conflict are steadily becoming clearer,” says Mr. Annan in his monthly report to the Security Council, which notes that as of 1 July, 3.2 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance and 1.9 million were living in crowded camps in Sudan. The Darfur conflict erupted in February 2003 when rebel factions demanded an end to economic marginalisation and sought power-sharing within the Sudanese state. The ensuing 28-month civil war waged by the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) armed movements against the Government and its allied militia has killed nearly 180,000 people and driven more than 2 million from their homes. “I urge both parties to recognise that despite some stabilization of the security situation in Darfur, at a deeper level, living conditions are steadily deteriorating,” Mr. Annan says in the report, urging the parties to control their military commanders and reverse the slide into “predatory warlordism” and criminal behaviour. “The longer the parties allow this climate of ‘no war, no peace’ to continue, the higher the price to be paid for restoring safety, dignity and prosperity to the lives of all people in Darfur,” he says. The Secretary-General says that the parties have a clear responsibility to improve the situation, particularly “descent into lawlessness by the armed movements, the targeting of relief workers, harassment and looting of civilians and “unprecedented criminality” in the town of Nyala, which are part of the “dangerous pattern” of violence caused by the prolonged conflict. “Economic life in Darfur has been depressed to the extent that declining revenue for Nyala has reduced the town’s administrative structures to a point of near breakdown,” he says, noting that internally displaceed persons (IDPs) crowded into camps for an indefinite period and cut off from their traditional patterns of living are vulnerable to psychological as well as physical insecurities, falling prey to rumours that inspire acts of violence directed even at those who have come to Darfur to help them. Recalling that the signing of a preliminary agreement with the Government in July aimed at ending the fighting, Mr Annan said that when African Union-led peace talks reconvene next week, the parties must seize the opportunity to honour the memory of former First Vice-President John Garang by negotiating an end to the conflict and giving the people of Darfur a full voice in the future of a just, prosperous and united Sudan. read more

Whats open and closed during the holidays

University buildings throughout the Main Campus, East Campus and Satellite locations will be locked and closed during the holidays from 6 p.m. Thursday, December 24, 2015 and will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, January 4, 2016.Individuals who have passcard (proxy/swipe) access to buildings (exterior doors) can enter the building if they are authorized to do so during this time. For your personal safety, we ask that you contact Campus Security at Ext. 3200 to advise them of your location and to contact them when you leave the building. Please ensure that you have your Brock identification with you and able to produce it if asked.If you do not have passcard access, you must enter through the front of the Schmon Tower and register at the Welcome Desk. Campus Security officers will be stationed at the Welcome Desk between 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. You will be asked for identification, the reason for your visit, and length of your stay. Please contact Campus Security at Ext. 3200 when you leave. If there is no one at the Welcome Desk, contact Ext. 3200 or via the emergency phone at the podium pillar at the front of the Schmon Tower. An officer will meet you there.Personal safety is paramount – Lab activities cannot be conducted alone. You must make sure someone knows where you are.In Case of Fire or other serious emergencies: Call 911 – then phone Campus Security at Ext. 3200 to pinpoint the location and facilitate response. Pull Fire Alarm if there is a fire and leave the building.Schmon TowerThe main entrance doors will be accessible from Friday, December 25, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 9-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. for faculty, staff and others who do not possess access cards or keys and have a legitimate reason to enter the University – For your safety EVERYONE MUST sign in at the Welcome Desk.Campus Security – if you are aware of any work via contractors or you are planning to attend the University, we request you e-mail Campus Security Services at prior to December 15th with specified times and dates. Brock University identification or contractor identification must be produced.James A. Gibson LibraryThe Gibson Library / Matheson Learning Commons will close at noon on Thursday, December 24, 2015 and re-open on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. The Map, Data & GIS Library will close at noon on December 24, 2015 and re-open at 8:30 a.m. on January 4, 2016.Walker Complex Seasonal Operational Hours:December 24 – 6:30 a.m. to noonDecember 25 and 26 – CLOSEDDecember 27 – 31 – Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.January 1, 2016 CLOSEDJanuary 2 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.January 3 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.From December 27 to January 3 please enter the Walker Complex via the doors by the tennis courts. No access on January 1, 2016.Buildings with Passcard (Proxy/Swipe) AccessThe buildings will be accessible to those who have the authority and legitimate reason to enter during off hours and holidays. Please remember that the Auto Alarm Systems are still in effect for off hours, so have your code ready if necessary. Only selected buildings have Auto Alarm. If you have not been given an access code then your building is not affected. Also, contact Campus Security x3200 to inform them that you are in the building. This is essential for safety and security reasons.The Buildings with Passcard Access are listed below:573 GlenridgeInternational CentreBrock Research and Innovation Centre “BRIC”Cairns Family Health & Bioscience Research ComplexInniskillen Hall (Proxy entrance)Mackenzie Chown Blocks “D”, “F”, “J” (Swipe entrances)Mackenzie Chown Blocks “B”, “H” (Proxy entrances)Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsPlaza BuildingTaro HallThe Cairns Family Health & Bioscience Research ComplexTheal HouseWelch HallThe Cairns Family Health & Bioscience Research ComplexAccess is available to those who have the authority and legitimate reason to enter during the holidays. Please remember that the Auto Alarm Systems are still in effect during this time, so have your code ready if necessary. If you have not been given an access code then your building/area is not affected. Also, contact Campus Security x3200 to inform them that you are in the building. This is essential for safety and security reasons. Personal safety is paramount – Lab activities cannot be conducted alone. You must make sure someone knows where you are.The Cairns building will require passcard access at all times. Temporary passcards will not be issued for the holidays.Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsAccess to the Marilyn I. Walker School (MWS) is available to those who are authorized to enter during the holidays. All doors to the MWS will be closed and locked with access to the building via passcard (proxy/swipe) access. Please sign in when you arrive with Campus Security at their office which is located off the main Lobby and contact them at x6300 to inform them when you leave the building. If you need a door unlocked to a particular room/area in the building and do not have access to it, you must contact Campus Security at x6300 for access. You may be asked to show your Brock ID so please have your identification with you at all times. This is essential for safety and security reasons. (If you need access to the building over the holidays, but do not yet have passcard access to the exterior doors, please contact Campus Security at x6300.)Residence Winter Break (all residences except Gateway Suites Residence) When: December 23, 2015 – noon. – January 3, 2016 – noon.All residences (except Gateway Suites Residence) will be closed for the Winter Break from noon on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 until noon on Sunday, January 3, 2016.For further information and details regarding this closure please refer to the End of Term Notice on the Department of Residences web site at and Campus RoadsShould a significant snowfall occur, major campus roads will be cleared, including Lots D and P. These are the parking lots that should be utilized by all visitors, faculty, staff and students. There will be no charge for permit holders to park in these lots over the holiday period.Facilities Management – In the event of a building or grounds-related emergency during the period of December 24, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (inclusive) please call Campus Security Services at ext. 3200 who, in turn, will inform the applicable Facilities Management staff to best address the situation. Heating setbacks and ventilation reductions will be in effect during the Holiday Schedule. For all building related emergencies or issues of an urgent nature during the closure, such as broken glass, loss of power, or flooding, please contact Campus Security at ext. 3200.Custodial Services will be provided at the Walker Complex during hours of operation over the Holiday Season.No Food Service will be available on campus after noon on December 24, 2015 until Saturday, January 2, 2016 (other than vending machines). Regular hours of operations commences on Sunday, January 3, 2016 (Guernsey Market opens 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Tim Hortons Tower re-opens at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016. However, there are a number of private food outlets open on the east side of Glenridge Avenue, immediately opposite the main campus.If you have further questions regarding this notice after December 23, 2015, please contact Campus Security Services at ext. 3200. read more

Eagles Mourn Death of Andy Reids Son Garrett

The Philadelphia Eagle are moving on with practice with heavy hearts, as they deal with the weekend death of head coach Andy Reid’s son, Garrett.The mood has been described as shock, sorrow and sadness at the team’s training camp at Lehigh University, where Garrett Reid, 29, was found dead Sunday.Police said the death was not suspicious, and the cause was under investigation. The coach’s oldest son had a long history of drug problems, once admitting ”I liked being a drug dealer” and went to prison for a heroin-fueled car crash.Reid’s death, of course, stunned the Eagles, who took the field only because their coach wanted them to continue with their scheduled practices.Michael Vick, Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Avant spoke briefly following the afternoon practice, each offering prayers and condolences to the Reid family. Owner Jeffrey Lurie fought back tears when talking to reporters and general manager Howie Roseman broke down after delivering the news in the morning.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Broomall, Pa. Tuesday is a scheduled day off from camp, so the team will be in attendance.A few players went out to dinner later in the evening and took a solemn, solitary moment to toast Garrett Reid, calling him ”a part of the family.””This is a very difficult situation for us all to deal with,” Vick said. ”Coach has always been a great supporter of us, as a team, as an organization. He’s been a rock for us and a big teddy bear for us, so we’re going to lean on him and we’re going to be there for him and we’re going to stay strong for him until he comes back and can lead us on.”Lurie met with the team on the field and told reporters afterward he expected Reid back this week, ending any speculation the coach may not return.Reid, a father of five, took a leave of absence during the 2007 offseason to spend more time with his family after Garrett and his second-oldest son, Britt, were sentenced to prison on the same day for separate incidents.The Eagles play host to Pittsburgh in the preseason opener on Thursday night.”I’ve watched Andy try so hard with his family over the years,” Lurie said. ”You see a man that really cares. He loves his players, he loves his coaches. He feels so bad that he’s even interfering with their success today, tomorrow. He knows they’re in good hands with our coaches, but actually in this moment of terrible pain, he’s reaching out to all of us.”The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m. about Reid, and that he was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. The police and the Northampton County coroner were investigating.Shupp said ”there were no suspicious activities.” Reid had been staying at the camp where he assisted the Eagles’ strength coaches in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches’ sons. read more

Apple expected to release yet another iPod Nano redesign

first_imgThe iPod Nano is truly the chameleon of personal media players. It has gone through several distinct design phases over the years, from tall and skinny, to short and wide, to teeny-tiny and finger-friendly. Now the rumor mill indicates that Apple is at it again; the Nano as we’ve come to know it is slated to change.A new report claims that the device announced at Apple’s annual fall music event this year will be of the tall and skinny variety once again, but will still have a multitouch screen. In fact, the screen is rumored to be a little larger this time. Interestingly, it is also reportedly going to feature an iPhone-style home button.The current iPod Nano uses a very small multitouch screen, and has an iOS feel to the software. The new bigger Nano would make that software experience better, but I doubt it will be running iOS. More than likely, it’s just going to look and behave a lot more like the iPod Touch without running apps.The current Nano’s square design has encouraged some uber-nerds to turn the device into a watch, but that may be a thing of the past. The larger form factor would also open up the possibility of returning the camera to the device, which was ditched in the last minimalistic re-design.There are also some more shady rumors about a new iTunes service launching in tandem with the new Nano, but no specifics were forthcoming on that front. With people increasingly shifting to smartphones, I’m not sure it’s even worth the R&D on a mid-range media device like this.More at Macotakara, via Cult of Maclast_img read more

Goodbye 2018 Lionel Messis on top of La Liga

first_imgThe Argentinean superstar is the Spanish League top scorer so far this season with 15 goals; last season he scored 34 to win the “Pichichi” awardIn the 2017-2018 season, and after 38 matches, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi ended up winning the “Pichichi” award for being the most lethal player in La Liga.The award is given to the top scorer and the Argentinean scorer 34 goals in 38 matches for the Blaugrana.His closest follower that season was former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who managed to get only 26 goals.And this year, without Ronaldo in the picture, things seem like they will go the same way for Messi.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).The Argentinean footballer is currently in first place of the top goalscorers with 15 goals.He is followed closely by teammate Luis Suarez from Uruguay with 11.Meanwhile, Christian Stuani closes the Top 3 with 11 goals for Girona so far.Do you think Messi will become La Liga’s top goalscorer again at the end of the season?last_img read more

Commodity Classic Session Videos Available Online Next Week

first_imgMore than two dozen 2015 Commodity Classic grower education videos are available to view online next week. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon.Full-registrants to 2015 Commodity Classic receive complimentary access to view video recordings of the 2015 educational sessions. Non-attendees may purchase access to the educational sessions and one-day registrants may purchase access at a discounted rate.Purchase access next week and have the opportunity to watch the videos at your leisure from now until March 1, 2016.The 21st annual Commodity Classic will take place March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans. Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. Starting in 2016, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and many of its members will be joining the event.Click here for more information about Commodity Classic.last_img read more

Family displaced after car crashes into Fort Lauderdalearea home

first_imgNEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — A sports car came barreling into a house in unincorporated Broward County, Friday evening, leaving a family homeless for the holidays.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Ford Mustang crashed into the front wall of the house along Northwest 31st Avenue and Fifth Street, near Fort Lauderdale. The vehicle almost went inside the home.Firefighters had to cut the driver out of the car. Officials did not specify whether the motorist sustained any injuries.The family of five that resides at the home was not inside at the time of the crash, but now they have to find another place to spend Christmas.Crews towed the car away, rescued the family’s cat and brought them the Christmas gifts from under their tree.Friday night, the American Red Cross was helping the displaced family relocate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Polls open in Fort Lauderdale mayor runoff election

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Polls in Fort Lauderdale opened Tuesday morning as their residents vote for a new mayor in a runoff election.Dean Trantalis is a lawyer hoping to become the first openly gay mayor of Fort Lauderdale, and he’s facing off against the city’s former police chief and current Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts.In January’s primary election, Trantalis won 46 percent of the vote and Roberts brought in 31 percent.Since neither candidate won 50 percent of the vote, Tuesday’s runoff election will determine the next mayor. The election winner succeeds mayor Jack Seiler, who was first elected nine years ago and has reached his term limit.You must vote at your precinct. To find your precinct, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Borough Assembly Votes Against Utilizing The Land Trust Fund

first_imgAssemblymember Kenn Carpenter introduced the ordinance to draw $1,750,000 from the fund “in order to help fund the expenditures approved in the fiscal year 2019 budget.” Assemblymember Willy Dunne spoke out against the ordinance: “We did pass a balanced budget even though there was a deficit, what we are looking at now is perhaps a $2.7 million dollar deficit, we will still have the minimum required in our fund balance. I don’t think this is necessary right now.” The assembly defeated a previous ordinance that would have transferred $3,000,000 from the land trust fund to the general fund. The ordinance failed 5 to 4, the yes votes were cast by Fischer, Carpenter, Blakely, and Ogle.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted against transferring $1,750,000 from the Land Trust Fund to the General Fund. According to Carpenter the reduction in the new ordinance that failed last night was meant to partially split the difference and reduce the impact on the land trust fund.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Sept 3 2015

first_imgRep. Young avoids POTUS hooplaLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageAlaskans of all stripes came out this week for a chance to shake hands with President Obama, or at least glimpse his motorcade, but one person not on hand for the big visit was Don Young, Alaska’s only member of the U.S. House of representatives.Obama wraps up his tour on the front lines of climate change: the ArcticMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeAlaskans of all stripes came out this week for a chance to shake hands with President Obama, or at least glimpse his motorcade, but one person not on hand for the big visit was Don Young, Alaska’s only member of the U.S. House of representatives.Denali Commission to spearhead relocation effortsZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageFor the groups working on the relocation of threatened coastal communities in Alaska, the president’s speech in Kotzebue on Wednesday announced that the Denali Commission will lead efforts is significant news.Sunken seiner leaks oil near SitkaEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaA 58-foot seiner that sank Wednesday is now estimated to have spilled 10-30 gallons of oil in Sitka waters. The incident took place half a mile from the mouth of Indian River.Uber agrees to pay state $78k for misclassifying employeesAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageUber, the taxi-like ridesharing service, has agreed to pay the state nearly $78,000 because they misclassified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.Alaska National Guard family program seeks Mat-Su supportEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Alaska Forget Me Not Coalition met with Matanuska Susitna Borough service providers in Wasilla on Thursday to coordinate with organizations that support veterans.National arts endowment leader explains why art is worth itJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauThe leader of the National Endowment for the Arts is in Alaska this week and made a stop at KTOO to talk about what she looks for in potential grantees.Restoring the ‘Tall One’ to its Athabascan rootsLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageAlaskans have been celebrating the federal government’s decision to officially recognize Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain.Juneau Library to launch Alaska Native stories projectLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe Juneau Public Library system is collecting Alaska Native stories on educational experiences as part of an oral history project. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

US Navy ship changes course after Iran vessel interaction

first_imgThe Military Sealift Command missile range instrumentation ship USNS Invincible in Arabian Sea. Reuters file photoMultiple fast-attack vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came close to a US Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, forcing it to change direction, a US official told Reuters on Monday.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the boats came within 600 yards (meters) of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, and stopped. The Invincible and three ships from the British Royal Navy accompanying it had to change course.The official said attempts were made to communicate over radio, but there was no response and the interaction was “unsafe and unprofessional.”The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could not immediately be reached for a comment.Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year after a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But serious differences remain over Iran’s ballistic missile program and conflicts in Syria and Iraq.While still a presidential candidate in September, Donald Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the US Navy in the Gulf would be “shot out of the water.”Similar incidents happen occasionally, but the last serious one was in January when a US Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down.“Well I don’t know how much of a pattern it is, we actually had seen quite an improvement in Iran’s behavior until recently,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.Davis said that dangerous interactions were a matter of concern because they could lead to a “miscalculation or an accidental provocation.”last_img read more

Subarnachar gangrape suspects placed on remand

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA Noakhali court on Sunday placed four accused on remand for different terms in a case filed over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman in Subarnachar upazila, reports UNB.Judge Nobanita Guha of the Cognisance Court-2 granted a two-day remand for the key accused Bechu Majhi while one-day one for Rubel, Arman and Raihan.Besides, the court sent another accused named Fazlu, son of Siraj Mia of Uttar Bagya village, to jail when he surrendered before the court in the morning.Inspector (investigation) of Char Jabbar police station Ibrahim Khalil, also investigation officer of the case, said a total of five accused have so far been arrested while three others surrendered before the court in the case.The victim, a mother of six, was ‘gang-raped’ while her husband was tied to a banana tree at the Uttar Bagya village on 31 March reportedly following a dispute over voting for the post of upazila vice chairman during upazila parishad polls.The victim’s husband filed a case with Char Jabbar police station, accusing 12 people, including four unnamed ones.last_img read more

McFerran Named to Irelands Euro Championships Roster

first_imgStory Links Former University of Louisville field hockey standout Ayeisha McFerran was selected to Ireland Field Hockey’s roster for the Euro Hockey Championships. The Green Army will take on England, Germany and Belarus in Pool B of the Championship with their opening match against England taking place on Sunday, August 18. The goalkeeper is in her sixth year as a member of the Irish National Team which is set to compete in the European Championships in August. She was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2018 World Cup after leading Ireland to a silver medal. She was instrumental in the Green Army’s historic run, surrendering only three goals in their first five matches, and dominating in a pair of shootout victories as they entered the finals. McFerran (Larne, Northern Ireland) graduated from UofL in May 2019 after becoming the program’s first four-time NFHCA All-American. She finished her career ranked among the school’s top three in career victories (50) victories and shutouts (20) and goals against average (1.40). Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Gamers pwn young doctors at robotic surgery

first_imgThe next time you have to go under the knife, you might want to ask the doctor if he’s played any good video games lately. According to a new medical study, gamers have are more likely to have the strong hand-eye coordination skills required for robotic surgery than non-gaming medical residents.Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston took a sample of high school sophomores as well as college students, all of whom said they played video games for multiple hours every day, and then tested their skills in a robotic surgery simulator. The same tests were also given to a sampling of the medical school’s residents.Their performance was rated across 20 different parameters. Surprisingly (but perhaps not), the high school students — average age 16 — had the best average scores. The college students had the second best scores, while the UTMB residents were at the bottom of group.As if that wasn’t evidence enough, the entire idea for the study was sparked when lead author Dr. Sami Kilic took was with his son, an “avid gamer,” at a medical convention. Kilic said he was amazed when he saw his son try out a robotic surgery simulator that was on display. He was “immediately at ease with the technology,” Kilic said.Robotic surgery is quickly becoming a highly practiced form of medicine. From robotic prostate removal to incredibly precise eye surgery, this emerging form of medical technology is safer, and drastically cuts back on patient recovery time.It is not that surprising that gamers would be able to grasp the controls and have the precision required for such a task. And in fact, there are actually video games that simulate surgery. So if games can teach people how to drive, why not surgery too?via Eureka Alertlast_img read more

Researchers observe drop of resistance in the flow of a superfluid Fermi

first_imgPrinciple of the experiment. Credit: Nature, 491, 736–739 (29 November 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11613 Researchers have known about superfluidity – materials that have particles that are able to flow with minimal resistance – for approximately 75 years, but up till now have never been able to observe the drop in resistance in an atomic gas superfluid. In this new work, the researchers built an apparatus that allowed them to do just that using nothing but lasers, magnetism and lithium gas.The team first created a cloud of supercooled lithium gas, then manipulated its shape using laser beams. In so doing they created a dumbbell shaped cloud – two chambers with a channel running between them. Another laser was used to block the lithium atoms from moving across the channel between the chambers serving as a gate. By forcing one chamber to have more lithium atoms than the other, the researchers created an imbalance between the two which caused atoms to flow naturally from one chamber to the other when the laser gate was “lifted.” In this controlled manner, the researchers were able to measure the rate at which the atoms moved across the chamber. In a normal state, they found it to be approximately 5 millimeters per second.In the second stage of the experiment, the researchers added a magnetic field to the same dumbbell shaped lithium cloud to cause the gas to become a superfluid. This time they found when lifting the laser gate and measuring the rate at which the atoms moved across the channel, their speed had risen to 30 millimeters per second. The increased speed came about due to the absence of resistance.The creation of this simple apparatus marks the first time that scientists have been able to observe the changes that occur when a Fermi gas moves from an ordinary gas to one that is a superfluid. The researchers suggest that observing gases changing this way could lead to advances in supercomputing devices and might even be used to serve as models to help describe the history of the early universe. (—Physicists working at the Institute for Quantum Electronics in Switzerland have succeeded in building an apparatus that has allowed for the observation of the drop of resistance in the flow of a superfluid Fermi gas. They describe their work in a paper they’ve had published in the journal Nature. More information: Observing the drop of resistance in the flow of a superfluid Fermi gas, Nature, 491, 736–739 (29 November 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11613AbstractThe ability of particles to flow with very low resistance is characteristic of superfluid and superconducting states, leading to their discovery in the past century1, 2. Although measuring the particle flow in liquid helium or superconducting materials is essential to identify superfluidity or superconductivity, no analogous measurement has been performed for superfluids based on ultracold Fermi gases. Here we report direct measurements of the conduction properties of strongly interacting fermions, observing the well-known drop in resistance that is associated with the onset of superfluidity. By varying the depth of the trapping potential in a narrow channel connecting two atomic reservoirs, we observed variations of the atomic current over several orders of magnitude. We related the intrinsic conduction properties to the thermodynamic functions in a model-independent way, by making use of high-resolution in situ imaging in combination with current measurements. Our results show that, as in solid-state systems, current and resistance measurements in quantum gases provide a sensitive probe with which to explore many-body physics. Our method is closely analogous to the operation of a solid-state field-effect transistor and could be applied as a probe for optical lattices and disordered systems, paving the way for modelling complex superconducting devices. Explore further Journal information: Naturecenter_img Watching a gas turn superfluid © 2012 Citation: Researchers observe drop of resistance in the flow of a superfluid Fermi gas (2012, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

The Seahawks are Officially Russell Wilsons Franchise Now

first_imgThe Seahawks are officially Russell Wilson’s franchise nowIn somewhat surprising news, Russell Wilson has given the Seahawks an April 15 deadline to get contract extension done that would pay him in line with the other top NFL QB’s. The power move not only signals a departure from Wilson’s ‘aw shucks’ persona, and also demonstrates that the franchise is his now, not Pete Carroll’s.Wilson has all the leverage in the situation, because clearly Seattle doesn’t want to let him walk. He was initially a key piece to Pete Carroll’s franchise rebuilding puzzle, but this move makes it clear that it’s not just his team anymore, it’s his franchise. Also:– Zion needs to go to the Knicks– Mike McCarthy’s Aaron Rodgers comments speak volumes– Stop asking if the Warriors can ‘flip the switch’– LeBron has turned the Lakers into Cavs-West– Buy, Sell or Hold Guests:Nick Wright, Marques Johnson, Reggie Bush, and Ric Bucherlast_img read more

Thailand set to make a civil partnership law for samesex couples

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘The department aims to have this draft law promulgated within the term of this present government,’ a source the ministry’s Rights and Liberties Protection Department (RLPD) told Nation Multimedia.Official recognition of partnerships will help same-sex couples get the same rights as heterosexual partners and spouses.Last year, the Justice Minister promised to act on a petition asking for the government to act on a stalled gay rights Bill.Many are hopeful the new partnership law will be a positive step towards achieving marriage equality in Thailand. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Let’s hope they come throughLGBTI advocates welcome any kind of progress but also are aware that the government will be conscious of protecting Thailand’s traditions.‘So, most of the time, the content of the law remains within the limits set by these rules and traditions that it doesn’t guarantee the rights of the people,’ said advocate Naiyana Supapueng she said.‘Like in the former draft, they did allow same sex marriage but then so many restrictions and conditions were present. It showed that the state still had a homophobia mindset.’Thailand is one of the most progressive country’s in Asia when it comes to LGBTI issues. But many hoped when nearby Taiwan legalized marriage equality last year, it would propel the issue at home.Thailand introduced a Gender Equality Act in 2015 to protect LGBTI from discrimination based on sexuality and gender. But same-sex couples do not have the same rights as their straight counterparts.Advocates hope the new law will achieve equality on issues such as, property rights, hospital visitations and inheritance.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Thailand’s government has made moves to create a law allowing same-sex couples to have their partnerships officially recognized.A subcommittee in the Justice Ministry has been drafting the Bill. It will present the draft to the Cabinet for approval in May. Same-sex civil unions one step closer to becoming a reality in ThailandThai Government wants to ‘quickly’ pass same-sex civil union lawCzech Republic introduces draft law to legalize same-sex marriageRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more