Panel Urges Nova Scotians to Act Now to Improve Education System

first_img The survey, discussion guide and submission information are available at http://novascotia.ca/review . The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 13. The panel looking for views on education has issued a challenge to all Nova Scotians: if you want change, get involved. Myra Freeman, chair of the Minister’s Panel on Education, launched the challenge today, May 8, while visiting students at Prince Andrew High School who were filling out the education review survey. Ms. Freeman encouraged the teachers and students to spread the word among their peers. “This is the first opportunity in 25 years for Nova Scotians to effect change in the education system,” said Ms. Freeman. “We want everyone including students, parents, educators and community members, to help us shape the future of education in Nova Scotia.” The Ivany Report challenged Nova Scotians to think differently and the review is one of the first opportunities Nova Scotians have to express their personal opinions on changes that need to happen. Panel members also led discussion groups around the province using the guide that was developed to help gather feedback. Gordon MacInnis led a session at a library in Sydney with parents and business leaders, Donna O’Connell led a session in Amherst with students from Amherst Regional High School, and Tina Dixon met with community members in Bear River. They are encouraging all Nova Scotians to do the same. “The guide will enable like-minded groups to come together to identify issues and bring them forward to the panel,” said Ms. Freeman. “I challenge students, teachers, parents and guardians, community and business partners, education groups and others to meet as a group to talk about the school system.” The guide provides a series of questions and conversation starters and each section includes facilitator notes, discussion questions and space to record input. Summaries of group discussions can be sent to the panel by e-mail or post. Nova Scotians can also share comments, ideas and feedback by e-mailing educationreview@gov.ns.cacenter_img phoning 1-844-424-3777 tweeting at @NSEdReview mailing them to the Minister’s Panel on Education c/o Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9.last_img read more

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Trudeau shoots back at Chinas claim it is being naive in courting

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today that President Donald Trump made good on his pledge to raise the plight of the two Canadians imprisoned in China with President Xi Jinping.Trudeau says Trump did raise the cases Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with Xi during their meeting at the G20 leaders’ summit in Japan this past weekend, just as he pledged to do in their White House meeting last month.Trudeau also shot back at a Chinese government spokesman who accused Canada on Wednesday of being “naive” in assuming that Trump did it any favours by raising the matter with Xi.Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, twice derided Canada for relying on a “so-called” ally and said China would allow no interference in its affairs.On the contrary, Trudeau says, Canada, the United States and other allies are telling China they’re all concerned about its behaviour and that it needs to follow the rule of law and other international standards.Trudeau says Canada, along with its allies, will continue to push that message on Beijing as China’s international economic influence grows, and while still trying to ensure the safety of Kovrig and Spavor.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Pediatric Patients Meet With First Lady to Advocate for Childrens Hospitals

first_imgFifty-four pediatric patients from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico visited with First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday while raising awareness for children’s hospitals.The kids are serving as Champions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a weeklong tour of Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Fla. They are sharing their inspiring stories and how local children’s hospitals changed their lives.The First Lady thanked the Champions for their courage and strength, while accepting their hugs and compliments. On behalf of the group, 4-year-old Carly Kudzia, the Champion from Ohio, presented the First Lady with a card signed by the Champions and a Miracle Bear.Kudzia is one of 18 children in the United States with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes dysmorphic features, accelerated aging, small stature and a shorter life expectancy. Kudzia, whose personality is anything but “small,” serves as a spokesperson for the disease. CMN Hospitals funds, essential for providing crucial pediatric services, allow her caretakers to collaborate with global experts on progeria and pay for diagnostic equipment.“These kids will forever remember how warmly the First Lady greeted them,” said Craig Sorenson, chief concepts officer for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.At the White House, Champions also were treated to a special viewing of Disney’s Doc McStuffins. The kids’ television show was introduced by its creator, Chris Nee, whose son’s asthma inspired the show. Champions and their families also visited Capitol Hill to share their stories with legislators from their respective states.“Our Champions know firsthand the quality pediatric care that can be provided when people donate to their local children’s hospitals. They represent the 10 million kids who are treated for severe illnesses and injuries in our 170 hospitals each year,” said CMN Hospitals’ Sorensen.Champions will head to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday to continue sharing their inspirational stories and messages. Accompanying the Champions throughout the trip is Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, who is serving as the charity’s National Goodwill Ambassador.The 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Champions” program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS.To meet the Champion from your state, click here.last_img read more

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Celebrities Come Out to Support All It Takes Youth Leadership Fundraiser at

first_imgEarth Friendly Products, the maker of ECOS environmentally friendly laundry detergent and household cleaners, culminated its year-long 50th anniversary celebration Saturday night as the presenting sponsor of the All It Takes annual fundraiser for its youth leadership programs.Kendrick Sampson, Isidora Goreshter and Shailene WoodleyCredit/Copyright: Vivien Killilea/Getty ImagesThe “Lasting Legacy” reception and dinner under the stars was held at Earth Friendly Products’ carbon neutral, Platinum Zero Waste-certified headquarters in Orange County, California.Hollywood celebrities including Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time, Twelve Years a Slave), Francis Fisher (Titanic, Fargo), and Kendrick Sampson (Vampire Diaries, How to Get Away with Murder) joined Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies, The Descendants) and Lori Woodley, founders of All It Takes, to celebrate the success that the organization has had in transforming the lives of tens of thousands of middle school students. Douglas Smith (Big Love, The Bye Bye Man), Isidora Goreshter (Shameless, Petal Pushers) and Ricky Garcia of Forever in Your Mind, which performed at the event, were also among the celebrities at the event.All It Takes Youth Leadership Programs teach young people to create sustainable, positive change among their peers, family members, society and the environment through on-site school programming and overnight trainings. “Our programs teach young people at a critical life stage to practice empathy, compassion, responsibility and purpose to create sustainable, positive change in school, at home and in their communities,” said Lori Woodley.“All It Takes and Earth Friendly Products share the same goal of creating bold and compassionate leaders for the next generation who will help create a safer, greener planet,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products. “Last year I sent my daughter and her Girl Scout Troop to the All It Takes camp in Malibu, California, where they had amazing, life-changing experiences,” she added. “They came away with greater confidence and more empathy for themselves, each other, their families, and our environment.”Lori Woodley, who founded All It Takes with her daughter Shailene Woodley, the multiple award-winning actress, said, “Earth Friendly Products embodies everything All It Takes believes our future can be, if the next generation can learn to look out for and care for one another. Earth Friendly Products — which provides its employees a high minimum wage and family-friendly benefits — is committed to investing in our youth, the environmental stewards of tomorrow.”For more information about All It Takes, please visit allittakes.org.last_img read more

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Uganda concerned by mounting violence against civilians UN official urges protection

In a report released today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour urged the Government of Uganda to curb violence and human rights abuses voiced concern over escalating violence against civilians in Karamoja in the north-east of the country, where almost 70 people have been killed since last November.Between 16 November 2006 and 31 March 2007, “the indiscriminate and excessive use of force” by Government forces, known as UPDF, has lead to the deaths of at least 69 civilians, including women and children, as well as 10 cases of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR) said in a statement released in Geneva. Additionally, 400 cattle and many traditional homesteads, or manyattas, have been destroyed in Karamoja. The High Commissioner also expressed serious concern over a “climate of fear and insecurity” in the area where armed Karimojong have reportedly killed seven UPDF soldiers, eight civilians and almost 300 cattle. Ms. Arbour, who issued a report last November calling on Uganda to end a forced disarmament exercise, deplored the failure of the Government to implement her previous recommendations. Allegations of human rights violations and criminal acts have persisted since the strategy was launched last May. “I call on the Government of Uganda to respect its obligations to protect the human rights of all individuals under its jurisdiction at all times,” Ms. Arbour said, appealing for an end to the indiscriminate and excessive use of force against men, women and children. The High Commissioner added that the country must also “take all necessary measures, including reviewing the ongoing disarmament process, to prevent any further human rights violations in Karamoja,” as well as implementing sustainable development initiatives to bring stability to the region. She also stressed that instead of pursuing a solely military response, the Government should create civilian mechanisms for the legal arrest, detention, prosecution and punishment of armed Karimojong who commit crimes. 19 April 2007In a report released today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour urged the Government of Uganda to curb violence and human rights abuses voiced concern over escalating violence against civilians in Karamoja in the north-east of the country, where almost 70 people have been killed since last November. read more

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Crude oil rises above US95 a barrel on improved US jobless claims

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose above US$95 Thursday as the U.S. jobs market showed more signs of recovering.The government said the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery gained $1.59 to close at US$95.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s the highest closing price this month.Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes, gained $2.02 to US$110.08 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline added eight cents to US$2.74 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose five cents to US$3.01 a gallon and natural gas advanced three cents to US$3.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil rises above US$95 a barrel on improved US jobless claims by The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2013 4:25 pm MDT read more

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Mens hockey No 13 Ohio State ends home schedule with 53 win

OSU senior forward David Gust (17) skates toward the puck while Michigan State defenseman Carson Gatt (18) looks to slow Gust in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerAfter finding themselves dumbfounded and on the wrong side of 5-4 scoreline in Game One Friday night, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team relied on its Big Ten-leading powerplay efficiency to carry them to a victory in Game Two.Converting on 3-of-4 powerplay opportunities, the Buckeyes (18-10-6, 9-8-1-1) closed out their home slate of the 2016-17 season with a 5-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans (7-22-3, 3-13-2-0) on Senior Night.Senior forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forwards Mason Jobst and Dakota Joshua all found the back of the net for OSU in the victory. Jobst, Joshua and Schilkey also registered assists in the game, as well as three helpers from senior defenseman Josh Healey and one from sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran.Senior goaltender Matt Tomkins proved effective between the pipes for the Scarlet and Gray despite allowing three goals, notching 22 saves.“I just think our guys were going to be determined to win a hockey game tonight for a lot of reasons,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “I think most importantly it was the group in the room — they just weren’t going to let each other down tonight, and I think that was our attitude.”The OSU penalty kill was on display early in the first period, as Joshua entered the penalty box twice in the first six minutes. But after warding off two Spartan powerplays, the Buckeyes earned one of their own and quickly capitalized on the opportunity.Jobst took a pass from Healey, and the sophomore fired a wrister from the slot into the top corner to put the Scarlet and Gray up 1-0 with 7:55 remaining in the period with his 16th goal of the season and second of the series. Schilkey also recorded a helper on the play, his 13th of the year.The lead, however, quickly disappeared as Michigan State freshman forward Sam Saliba cashed in on a power play just 36 seconds later to tie the game at one with his second goal of the weekend.With three minutes left in the first, the Spartans found themselves on the penalty kill for a second time — and the nation’s most efficient powerplay offense again took advantage of the extra man.Off a pad save from Michigan State freshman goaltender John Lethemon, Gust one-timed the rebound from the point into the back of the net to put OSU in front 2-1 heading into the first intermission with his 15th goal of the season and third point of the series. Healey and Schilkey each notched their second assist and point of the game on the goal.Out of the locker room, the Scarlet and Gray lead swiftly vanished as the Spartans tied the game at two just 52 seconds into the period when freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko tapped in a pinpoint pass from outside the crease on the powerplay. Less than two minutes later, the Scarlet and Gray regained the lead as Miller’s shot deflected over Lethemon and trickled into the net to put OSU back in front 3-2 on the junior forward’s 10th goal of the season. With 16:18 remaining in the period, however, the visitors netted their third goal of the night on the rush as Saliba buried his second of the contest.Chances remained abundant for both sides throughout the final 10 minutes of the period, but as the horn sounded around the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes and Spartans entered the locker room in a 3-3 deadlock.Five minutes into the final frame, it was the OSU powerplay again. Jobst pushed a pass to Joshua behind the Michigan State net, and the Dearborn, Michigan, native carried the puck to just outside the crease and wristed a shot past Lethemon for his 10th goal of the season and second point of the night. Healey also notched his third assist of game on the go-ahead goal.With time winding down, both OSU and Michigan State produced opportunities to extend or cut the lead. The Spartans emptied their net and controlled the puck with less than a minute remaining, but a sloppy pass in the neutral zone turned into Schilkey adding another for the home side with an empty-net goal with under 10 seconds left.After 60 minutes, OSU captured three important conference points on Senior Night to close out the home slate of the season with a 5-3 victory. “I think we just played a better team game tonight, especially in the third,” Healey said. “The boys knew what was on the line… and every win is important, so we just came out in the third, locked it down and did everything we could to limit their chances.”One series remains on the schedule for the Scarlet and Gray, as they will travel to the Kohl Center for two conference clashes with the Wisconsin Badgers. With that, Rohlik said his team will have to continue to make adjustments down the stretch, and that refining skills in certain parts of the game will lead to more success on the ice.“We’ve got to still become a better five-on-five team,” Rohlik said. “We’re understanding that it takes a lot of hard work five-on-five to get to the dirty areas, and I think if we can improve in that area, if we can improve on the (penalty kill), I think our best hockey is still ahead of us.” read more

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Womens tennis No 4 Ohio State protects home court against No 10

​The legacy of the rivalry between Ohio State and the University of Michigan is historically centered around football. However, ill will and passion for beating the other team holds no barrier between sports. The OSU women’s tennis team celebrated that thrill of victory defeating Michigan Friday afternoon, 5-1.OSU and Michigan came into Friday’s match ranked fourth and 10th nationally, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.After reaching the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships before losing to North Carolina, the win against the Wolverines was a nice rebound for the Buckeyes.Starting off in doubles, OSU was awarded the doubles point after winning two of three matches to take the early 1-0 advantage.The senior duo of Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis won a close set by tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2). Seniors Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz 6-1 victory compensated for Michigan’s lone doubles win over Buckeyes sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and junior Anna Sanford, 6-3.Three-time ITA national champion and top-ranked Di Lorenzo led the way first for the Buckeyes, disposing of Michigan sophomore Brienne Minor in straight sets, making quick work and another point for the Buckeyes, 6-1, 6-2.Kowase followed with another victory for the Buckeyes to stretch the lead to 3-0, defeating Michigan junior Mira Rider-Hook in similar fashion, 6-0, 6-3.Needing only one more point for the clincher and the match victory, OSU needed just one of four remaining singles matches to capture the win.They’d get two out of three wins, with De Santis winning 6-3, 6-3 and Angeles Paz finishing off freshman Valeria Patiuk 6-3, 6-1, with the final score being 5-1 OSU and the two remaining matches being abandoned.“You couldn’t ask for anything more, to be able to rebound and a chance to play Michigan at home in a couple days. So, it’s something that these guys definitely get up for and try to move on from the tough loss,” OSU coach Melissa Schaub said. “We’re going to come in here and fight hard. We were just able to get it done in front of our fans.”Di Lorenzo echoed her coach’s sentiment about bouncing back for a team win against a top-ten opponent in rival Michigan.“It feels really good and it was a quick turnaround, having to play Michigan, they’re our rival and they’re an unbelievable team and very competitive and strong,” she said. “Although we had a tough loss last weekend, we’re going to have to come back stronger and forget about it and just learn from it and move on, and I think that’s what we did today.” read more

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Lawmakers look to the north as Juneau prepares for Arctic Council meeting

first_imgThe flags of the eight Arctic Council member states and six indigenous permanent participant organizations. (Photo by Linnea Nordström/Arctic Council Secretariat)On a cold, sunny day in Juneau, about 40 people gathered in the Capitol to eat lunch and learn about the Arctic. Juneau will host an Arctic Council meeting later this week, and state lawmakers got a visit from national and international scientists, policymakers and researchers on Tuesday.Listen nowRoberta Burns chairs the Sustainable Development Working Group for the Arctic Council. She started the lunchtime presentation with a geography quiz, asking which countries were permanent, participating members of the council.“Norway,” “Russia,” “Greenland,” the crowd shouted answers, eventually coming up with all eight Arctic countries. As part of the council, representatives from these countries work on the scientific, social and economic problems facing their shared regions, and collaborate with indigenous groups throughout the Arctic.The U.S. currently chairs the council, but will be handing control over to Finland later this year.Burns said that while the council has been led by the U.S. it has been focused on economic and living conditions in the Arctic, working on projects designed to combat suicide and improve rural water and sanitation.Lawmakers in a House committee focused on the Arctic also heard from the Institute of the North and ended their day with a group from Nome.Ukallaysaaq Okleasik bounced his six-month-old daughter in his hands and kept a close eye on his son, during a break in the meetings.Okleasik is Inupiaq and Qawiaraqmuit. He was in Juneau on behalf of the Sitnasuak Native Corporation. He said he and has family have been adapting to a region that is very different from the one his ancestors knew.And alongside those changes in weather, shrinking ice coverage and open Arctic water, shipping traffic has moved into the region. And Okleasik said Nome wants to evolve with those changes and expand its port.But, he said, he also wants to personalize the region for policymakers.“I think I’d like to say the Arctic is a place, the Arctic is also the people and the Arctic is also communities and so, when we talk about the Arctic, there’s a sense to make it abstract or make it a place only, and we forget that it is a people and its has been our homeland for many generations,” Okleasik said.The Arctic Council will meet in Juneau on Wednesday and Thursday, March 8th and 9th.last_img read more

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Telangana MLAs MLCs to get Rs 3 crore each for constituency

first_imgThe government is all set to provide Rs 3 crore each to MLAs and MLCs for the development of their constituency. The funds will be released to District Collector and kept with CPO of the district. The legislators can suggest the works and with the approval of the district collector, the funds will be given to engineers to execute works. The engineers estimate the project cost suggested by an MLA/MLC instead of calling of tenders. The work is then divided into bits of 4.99 lakhs (less than 5 lakhs) and alloted as suggested by the MLA/MLC. Taking advantage of GO cited which states that “The execution of works with an upper limit of Rs 5 lakh may be entrusted to village works committees/ self help groups/ user groups consisting of stakeholders.”last_img read more

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White Texas Officer Who Mistook Black Neighbors Apartment for Her Own Before

first_imgBy The Associated PressA White Dallas police officer who says she mistook her Black neighbor’s apartment for her own when she fatally shot him was arrested on a manslaughter charge.Botham Jean, a devout Christian, was gunned by a Dallas police officer returning home, after she said she mistook his apartment for her own. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP)Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail after being taken into custody Sunday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release. The department said the investigation in the off-duty shooting is ongoing and that no additional information was available.A jail employee said Guyger was released on bond.Guyger fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday at Jean’s apartment. Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest, saying the fact that she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable treatment. They held a news conference Sunday night, shortly before the arrest was announced, making another plea for the officer to be taken into custody and saying their team had presented new evidence — a witness and video footage — to prosecutors. They didn’t provide details.The family’s attorneys weren’t available to comment after the arrest came.On Saturday, one of the attorneys, S. Lee Merritt, said the man’s loved ones weren’t calling on authorities to jump to conclusions or to deny Guyger her right to due process. But he said they wanted Guyger “to be treated like every other citizen, and where there is evidence that they’ve committed a crime, that there’s a warrant to be issued and an arrest to be made.”The group Mothers Against Police Brutality said the arrest is a “first step” toward justice and accountability but should have come sooner. Co-founder Sara Mokuria said the group expects transparency in the case going forward.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted a statement Sunday night in which he thanked investigators, asked for continued prayers for Jean’s family and said he appreciated that citizens and community leaders “were so respectful of the investigative process over these past few days.”Police Chief U. Renee Hall said the day after the shooting that her department was seeking manslaughter charges against Guyger, 30, a four-year veteran of the police force. But Hall said Saturday that the Texas Rangers, who have taken over the investigation, asked her department to hold off because they had learned new information and wanted to investigate further before a warrant was issued.Meanwhile, Jean’s family also hired attorney Benjamin Crump, who is best known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.According to police, Guyger shot and killed Jean after returning in uniform to the South Side Flats, where they both had apartments, following her shift. She reported the shooting to dispatchers and told officers who responded that she had mistaken Jean’s apartment for her own.Rawlings said Sunday that Guyger had parked on the wrong floor of the building’s parking garage. But many questions remain about what led her to shoot Jean. Hall said the officer’s blood was drawn at the scene so that it could be tested for alcohol and drugs. Investigators haven’t released the results of those tests.Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, wondered whether race could have been a factor. Her son, who grew up in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia before attending college in Arkansas, is Black. Guyger is White.“If it was a White man, would it have been different? Would she have reacted differently?” Allison Jean said Friday.Jean wasn’t the first person shot by Guyger. She shot another man, Uvaldo Perez, on May 12, 2017, while on duty.According to an affidavit in the case filed against Perez, police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third. Perez got out of a car and became combative with Guyger and another officer. A struggle began and Guyger fired her Taser at Perez, who then wrested it away from her. She then drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.Guyger was not charged in the 2017 shooting.Sgt. Mike Mata, president of Dallas’ largest police employee organization, the Dallas Police Association, on Saturday called for an “open, transparent and full investigation of the event,” the Dallas Morning News reported. He described Jean as an “amazing individual” and said that “if the grand jury deems necessary, this officer should have to answer for her actions in a court of law in Dallas County.”Friends and family gathered Saturday at the Dallas West Church of Christ to remember Jean, who had been working for accounting firm PwC since graduating in 2016 from Harding University in Arkansas, where he often led campus religious services as a student. They described Jean as a devout Christian and a talented singer.“Botham did everything with passion,” Allison Jean told the prayer service. “God gave me an angel.”His uncle, Ignatius Jean, said the killing has devastated the family and left it searching for answers.“You want to think it’s fiction … and you have to grapple with the reality,” he said.last_img read more

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Scientists overcome fundamental atom laser limit to build brightest atom laser to

first_imgThe new atom laser technique can be used to create different types of lasers. These figures show the atom density distributions of (a) a well-collimated atom laser beam, (b) an ultra-high flux atom laser, and (c) an atom beam combining an atom laser and thermal emission. Credit: Bolpasi, et al. ©2014 IOP Publishing © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: New Journal of Physics Explore further Stimulated mutual annihilation: How to make a gamma-ray laser with positronium (Phys.org) —In an atom laser, millions of individual atoms propagate through space with minimal spreading, just like photons propagate in a coherent photon laser beam. Although both types of lasers are similar, atom lasers are still in the early stages of research with much work to be done before they can be used for applications, which may include atom lithography, atom interferometry, and magnetometry (measuring magnetic fields).center_img Citation: Scientists overcome fundamental atom laser limit to build brightest atom laser to date (2014, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-scientists-fundamental-atom-laser-limit.html A key factor for both types of lasers is their flux, which is the rate at which the atoms and photons are emitted. In current atom lasers, the flux is fundamentally limited by the same outcoupling process that is used to create the atom laser in the first place. Now in a new study published in the New Journal of Physics, researchers from Greece and Singapore have demonstrated a novel, ultra-bright atom laser that overcomes this fundamental atom laser limit, achieving a flux of 107 atoms per second, which is seven times brighter than the brightest atom lasers to date. Using the same technique, the researchers also created an ultra-cold atom beam, which at just 200 nanoKelvin (nK) is two orders of magnitude colder than any atom beam reported to date. As the researchers explain, atom lasers are usually made from clouds of atoms that are magnetically trapped and cooled to temperatures near absolute zero, the so-called Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). A BEC is so cold that many of its atoms occupy their lowest energy states, or ground states. In this state the atoms lose their individual identity and form one single quantum state. These atoms join the other atoms in the ground states by bosonic stimulation, in a process that is very similar to the amplification process in optical lasers, in which large numbers of photons are created at the same frequency and same spatial distribution. In both cases, many particles occupy the same quantum level.To get the BEC to emit a coherent beam of atoms, radio frequency (rf) fields are applied to the BEC to change the atoms’ trapped states to “propagating” states. This process is called “outcoupling,” and causes the atoms to accelerate out of the BEC and form the atom laser beam. The acceleration occurs due to a combination of factors, including gravity, magnetic forces, and interactions with other atoms.In current atom lasers, the rf fields used in the outcoupling process are relatively weak. When increasing the rf field intensity bound states appear, and the output becomes irregular. As a result, the laser output can eventually shut off, creating a bottleneck to improving the flux.To overcome this problem, the researchers in the new study used very strong rf fields, which rather than changing the atom’s states deform the trapping potential. The strong rf fields form a trap with a controllable hole that causes the atoms to spill slowly out of a small opening in the bottom edge of the BEC. Whereas a weak rf field outcoupler cannot improve the flux past a certain point due to the formation of bound states, a strong rf field outcoupler can emit atoms from the BEC at an almost arbitrary rate, leading to a very high flux. In experiments, the researchers achieved a flux of 7.4 x 107 atoms per second originating from only 9 x 104 atoms initially in the BEC. This flux is seven times larger than the previous maximum flux even though it uses less than half the number of atoms. The researchers predict that larger condensates combined with faster rf field pulses will further increase the flux by an order of magnitude.In the second part of their study, the researchers used the strong rf field to create an atom beam that contains an atom laser and a thermal atom beam at the same time. This is the first time that this kind of hybrid atom beam has been demonstrated, and it is also the coldest atom beam ever reported. Even though the flux of the thermal atoms is low, the ultra-cold thermal beam may still be useful for high-resolution spectroscopy of ultra-cold collisions. More information: V. Bolpasi, et al. “An ultra-bright atom laser.” New Journal of Physics 16 (2014) 033036. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/3/033036 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

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Mosquito larvae found inside Jadavpur University campus

first_imgKolkata: A team from Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) found mosquito larvae near Triguna Sen auditorium inside Jadavpur University campus on Saturday.A team led by Atin Ghosh, Member, Mayor-in-Council (health) reached the University campus in the afternoon as a part of an anti-larvae drive. Aedes Aegypti larvae were found in the accumulated water that was kept in containers. The KMC team cleared the water. Also, Aedes Aegypti larvae were found inside the lift well of a building which is under construction. Larvae were also found inside the unused iron almirahs that are kept beside the office of the ground supervisor. A senior civic official said the authorities of institutional buildings have been requested to ensure that empty plastic tea cups are cleaned from the roofs and unused almirahs and furniture are removed from the premises. The team found that the garbage accumulated near the School of Environment and School of Physical Education was not removed. Aedes Aegypti were found inside the earthen pot kept outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das. The garbage that was dumped near the teachers’ quarters has been removed. The KMC authorities will conduct anti-larvae drives throughout the city. A high level-meeting was held last week that was attended by the officials of state and central government offices. The KMC will serve notices if the instructions are flouted and will file cases in the Municipal Courts. The court can slap fines up to Rs 1 lakh.last_img read more

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8 LS seats go to polls in Bengal in 6th phase

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission is putting foolproof measures in place for fair and peaceful voting in the sixth phase of elections in Bengal on Sunday. An electorate of around 1,33,56,964 will decide the fate of 83 candidates spread over eight Parliamentary constituencies that are going to the polls.Elections will be held in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram (ST), Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur (SC). Among the 83 candidates in the poll fray, only five are women. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs per the final deployment pattern decided by the Commission, 743 companies of the Central Forces will be deployed on Sunday which will ensure 100 percent coverage of the 15,428 booths. The highest deployment of the Central Forces which is 190 will be for the East Midnapore district. Bankura will have 145 companies, Jhargram 114, Paschim Midnapore will have 174 companies, East Burdwan 11 and Purulia will be given 109 companies. In addition to deployment of forces at all polling stations and mandatory Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), 547 Quick Action Teams (QATs) headed by Company Commanders and 108 additional QATs headed by Commandants have also been instructed to be on the move. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTo ensure full security in the Jangalmahal area, the EC is also planning to use satellite phones and drones. Districts like Jhargram, Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore which were once hotbed of the Maoists are going to polls and the Commission has identified 1,085 booths spread over 1,011 premises as Maoist-affected and has made special arrangements for them. In the Tamluk seat, the BJP has fielded Siddhartha Shankar Naskar against sitting TMC MP Dibyendu Adhikari. The Left Front constituent CPI(M) has nominated Sk Ibrahim Ali, while the Congress has nominated Lakshman Seth, who was earlier with the CPI(M). In Kanthi, TMC MP Sisir Adhikari is contesting against BJP’s Dr Debasis Samanta. The Congress has nominated Deepak Kumar Das and the CPI(M) has nominated Paritosh Pattanayak. In Ghatal, TMC’s sitting candidate Deepak Adhikari (Dev) will lock horns with BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer. The Congress has nominated Khandakar Md Saifullah and the Left Front constituent CPI(M) has nominated Tapan Ganguli. In the Jhargram (ST) seat, TMC’s Birbaha Soren (Tudu) will contest against Kunar Hembram of the BJP while the Congress has fielded Jageswar Hembram and the CPI(M)’s candidate is Deblina Hembram. Manas Ranjan Bhunia is the TMC candidate from Medinipur and is contesting against BJP’s state president Dilip Ghosh. The Congress has nominated Sambhunath Chattopadhyay, while the CPI(M) has fielded Biplab Bhatta. In Purulia, sitting MP Mriganka Mahato of the TMC will contest against BJP’s Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato. The Left Front constituent All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) has nominated Bir Singh Mahato and the Congress has fielded Nepal Mahato. In Bankura, TMC’s Subrata Mukherjee will contest against Dr Subhas Sarkar of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Amiya Patra. This seat will witness a triangular contest. Shyamal Santra of the TMC will contest from Bishnupur (SC) seat against BJP’s Saumitra Khan. The CPI(M) has nominated Sunil Khan and the Congress has fielded Narayan Chandra Khan from there. The Election Commission has ordered re-polling in two poll booths in Barrackpore and Arambag (SC) Parliamentary constituencies on May 12, according to a notification. Both the Parliamentary constituencies voted in the fifth phase on May 6.last_img read more

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Satiate your hunger pangs this winter

first_imgThe other day, while on an errand to the local grocery mart, I was thunderstruck to see a bunch of ripe fresh mangoes on the pretty shelves, along with other alien looking fruits. Mangoes! In December! Dumbfounded as I was and trying to figure out an appropriate mental response to the sacrilege, my mind couldn’t but help recalling the sheer lingering we as kids used to experience while waiting for the luscious fresh mangoes to arrive in the peak of summers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBelonging myself to a mango farming family, I couldn’t fathom what my village folk would think if I told them we had fresh mangoes in the winters, here in Kolkata. I can clearly envision that the Langda will limp to astonishment, the Himsagar will go back to its hills and the Dussehri will have ten thoughts on its worth if we even so much as try to delink summers from mangoes. Similarly, now we in the big cities miss the craving for the fresh white radish and cauliflower, green peas and gloriously fragrant mustard leaves in winters and gourd, cucumber and the rotund brinjals in summers since almost all these are available the entire year around. That brings us to the larger point. Is there any seasonality left in the produce anymore? Thankfully the mango tasted dreadful and thankfully the answer is a resounding Yes. Most people still understand the concept of seasonal produce and prefer to eat fresh, seasonal, and well, cheap since seasonal is also inherently cheaper. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWinters = Hungrier This is a well-accepted fact that in winters we tend to eat more. But have we analysed why that happens? We tend to generally believe ‘when the weather is frightful, the food is delightful’, but is there more to it? There is certainly. In winter months, when the air temperature drops, our body temperatures also drop and the body kind of kicks into a self-conservation mode that tells it to stock up on food. The body also then craves for foods that can heat us up faster, normally meaning foods that are rich in carbohydrates and fats. Another reason is that we generally drink lesser water in the winter months and the body needs to compensate that with more food. The cold weather, shorter days and early darkness also go on to translate into people staying home more and resultantly eat more. Generally, therefore, the winter foods tend to be richer, heavier, and well, tastier. What to eat in winters Unfortunately, when we think of a hot, comforting winter meal, set up in a cosy warm setting, carrot sticks and lettuce are the last things that come to mind. What we generally end up having are fat rich curries and roasts, warm desserts and for some of us, I included, an avoidable amount of the hard liquor or wines. Whereas it is perfectly all right to indulge once in a while in some rich food, we must also look at balancing it out with foods that are healthy and provides the much needed immune busters for the winter months which also bring in various diseases and infections. To really know what we must eat in winters, especially at home, we actually don’t need to look far away from home. Our parents and their parents and theirs have all unwittingly laid down certain guidelines that we should also adhere to, for they make complete sense. We all know about how our grandmothers used to make ghee rich food and sweets during winters and coax us into eating food with millets and nuts, well, they were bang on. Ghee, as it turns out is a rich source of moisture and energy and also has fat-soluble vitamins that improve immunity, all required during winters. Nuts and root vegetables provide warmth, high dose of iron and calcium as well as fill us quicker for longer, again all required during winters. Culinarily, it makes sense to eat foods that are moist, such as porridges and soups as well as foods that are cooked with a lot of spices and herbs, since these improve metabolism and keep us warm. Cheeses are also a great to eat as it is and also use in various recipes since it ticks all the correct boxes as a winter food. Here I present a recipe that we make quite often, specially when serving to guests in winters since it is a dish with easily available winter ingredients, tastes fantastic, is quite filling and rich and is packed full of nutrients. I would rather have this soup on a cold winter night, may be a couple of helpings, with some nice crusty bread and not want anything else at all. Recipe: (Robust Pumpkin and Almond soup)-Yellow Pumpkin cubed500g-Olive oil20ml -Butter20ml -Soaked, peeled and pasted -almonds100g -Cream25ml -Salt and Pepperto taste -Onion chopped25g -Garlic chopped15g -Carrots chopped50g -Celery chopped20g -Cumin roasted and powdered2gm -Chicken/ Vegetable stock500ml Method Heat the olive oil and the butter together, put the onion, garlic, carrots and leeks and sauté till fragrant. Add the pumpkin, stock and simmer for about 15 minutes. Blend the mix into a smooth puree, sieve. Put the soup back on the flame; add the cream, salt and pepper. Serve scalding hot. It can also be topped with some micro greens and extra olive oil.last_img read more

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VIDEO The Clemson team scared the hell out of Dabo Swinney with

first_imgDabo Swinney got a Halloween trick, courtesy of his team at yesterday’s team meeting. When he began to address the team the lights mysteriously went out.After they came on, someone dressed in a costume that had lurking behind a curtain emerged creeped up on Swinney from behind and scared the bejeesus out of coach.No “frauds” here, this is an A+ prank on Dabo.– ? “Coach Swinney will have fun with this right?”– “It’s Coach Swinney.”– “Say no more.”Happy Halloween, #ClemsonFamily. ??? pic.twitter.com/zo5UbH9NaR— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 1, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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IBM Says Cloud Business Enjoying Breakthrough Year

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters IBM aims to expand the number of data centers it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a “breakthrough year” in 2014 for its cloud computing business.IBM has quadrupled the number of cloud data facilities it offers around the world to 49 in the past 18 months, responding in part to laws requiring the local retention of data following revelations over U.S. government Web surveillance as well as increased corporate compliance rules.The company said on Wednesday it has now struck a partnership with data center provider Equinix Inc for nine more cloud centers in Australia, France, Japan, Singapore, The Netherlands and the United States.In addition the company is opening up three new cloud computer facilities of its own in Germany, Mexico and Japan.The information technology giant, which is contending with a change in its classic business mix of software and outsourcing services as corporate clients focus on reaching their customers via the Internet and mobile phones, said its own cloud business is having a banner year.”We have had a really good year. We would call it a breakthrough year in cloud,” Angel Luiz Diaz, vice president in charge of IBM’s cloud computing business, told Reuters.IBM’s cloud revenue amounted to $4.4 billion in 2013 and was up by 50 percent in the first nine months of this year, it reported in October, making it one of IBM’s fastest-growing businesses, although it still accounts for only a fraction of the $94 billion in total revenues which IBM is expected by analysts to generate this year.Diaz declined to comment on the company’s performance during the fourth quarter but IBM has announced multi-year deals in recent weeks worth a total of more than $4 billion that are fuelling the company’s expansion in data centers.The company’s cloud computing services let companies mix classic computing jobs with new ways of working, a twist on the largely consumer-facing cloud services made popular by Amazon’s Web Services, Google and Microsoft.IBM, along with rivals Hewlett-Packard and EMC’s VMware, offer “hybrid cloud” services that let customers run key business data on private, internal networks along with consumer-facing public cloud systems.Such hybrids provide companies with certain speed, security and regulatory advantages but at similar costs as public clouds, said industry analyst Charles King of the firm Pund-IT. Mixed systems also let customers move their existing business software to the Internet over several years rather than in one big leap.So far this quarter IBM has set major deals with airline Lufthansa, Dutch bank ABN AMRO, advertising giant WPP, audio electronics maker Woox Innovations in Hong Kong and the Dow Water arm of Dow Chemical.IBM has also put in place a variety of technology partnership deals with SAP, Microsoft, Tencent, AT&T and Intel to give its customers more flexibility in running other major business systems on IBM cloud networks.IBM also said on Wednesday it had reached a cloud services deal with National Express Group Plc to enable the UK-based bus and trains operator to offer commuters up-to-the-minute train schedules and what it said would be Britain’s first postcode-to-postcode journey planner.(Editing by Greg Mahlich) Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 3 min read December 18, 2014 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Mercury contaminating Crucitas water threatening ecosystems warns UNA study

first_imgRelated posts:What’s going on at Crucitas? Operation Lapa-1 in Crucitas Oscar Arias’s Crucitas case dismissed; prosecutor plans appeal Canadian mine case against Costa Rican ex-president reopened A recent study by the National University (UNA), through its Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances, warned of a “very probable” and “significant” affectation of aquatic ecosystems at Crucitas, which has been contaminated by mercury used by illegal mining groups to extract gold from the area.The institution took samples of fish, plants, water and sediments, inside and outside the areas that are being used for illegal mining (from the Caño Crucitas micro basin and the lower Infiernito river basin to its mouths in the river San Juan), igniting alarms about a probable and “important affectation of the aquatic ecosystem, both local and downstream.”According to the preliminary study, dated Sept. 19, “the highest levels (of mercury) were present in the samples taken directly in the impact areas.” However, “the high removal of soil material, the expansion of the water bed by the amount of sediment in suspension, the release of organic matter, all in combination with heavy rains in the area, would generate a displacement of mercury” in the zone.The study was carried out at the request of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, and the objective was “to identify the presence of mercury in the affected area.”The report says it will seek to “a second phase of long-term monitoring of the environmental behavior of biota, water and soil, as well as of residents in direct or indirect contact with the metal” to “identify the areas of greatest risk and to support with scientific data the actions of the state entities.”Concerns about health impacts in the area have existed since the beginning of 2017, when the presence of non-sanctioned mining groups in the area increased.Crucitas was the planned mine location for Canadian company Infinito Gold during the administration of President Óscar Arias. However, that initiative was suspended in 2010 after pressure from activist groups, academics and environmentalists, who questioned the imminent environmental impact a gold mine would have in the country.However, the territories are now overrun by amateur gold-seekers, who use mercury to amalgamate the gold they extract from the stone fragments in the area.The UNA report says mercury is “a highly toxic metal, both due to its easy migration between different environmental behaviors, as well as its persistence and ability to bioaccumulate, biomagnify and to form organic compounds.”This, warns the document, is a “potential risk” for birds, otters, sloths and other species that feed on affected fish and plants, whose exposure to mercury — once ingested — can cause behavioral disorders and health problems.In addition to all these damages, the specialists of the UNA determined that the gold miners generate other environmental damages in the surrounding wetlands, where they wash rocky material in the gorges, undermine roots of the trees, widen channels 10 times or more their original width, remove substrates and leave plastic trash.The report was released on in mid-December by the faction of the National Liberation Party (PLN) in the Legislative Assembly, where its head, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, denounced “the attention of the current authorities” who feel the results of “the previous government, which allowed hundreds of illegal gold minders to enter that area and have been amassed large businesses through illegal extraction.” Semanario Universidad LogoThis story was originally published by Semanario Universidad. It was translated with permission by The Tico Times. Read the original report here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Get your chopsticks ready for Contiki Asias Same Same b

first_imgThe Two Tims with Tammy Marshall Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Contiki has released Same Same, but Different, a fly-on-the-wall style documentary starring travel’s most dynamic duo, the Two Tims. The 15-minute movie offers a tantalizing taste of the Contiki Asia experience, with the perfect mix of authentic activities, quality accommodation and amazing sights. Contiki’s 2010-11 Asia program features four fantastic itineraries covering the unique destination highlights in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The documentary follows the Two Tims on Contiki Asia’s 14-day Asian Adventure as they taste deep-fried insects from vendors in Bangkok, participate in prayer with Buddhist monks, take part in a cooking class in Chang Mai and try out their mahout skills in Laos. Tammy Marshall, managing director, Contiki Holidays said, “The release of Same Same, but Different, marks yet another creative initiative Contiki has adopted to help consultants communicate with the youth market. “The footage can be used as a sales tool at a sell level, and at film nights, conferences and trade shows to help generate new sales and interest within the youth market travelling to Asia. “Contiki really broke the mould with our new Asia program.  It was the first of its kind in terms of product and quality available in the region and Same Same, but Different really demonstrates how the brand has evolved to suit this exotic destination. “Accommodation is almost entirely made up of quality three star hotels, with a couple of cool local digs thrown to enhance the experience such as locally owned and operated guesthouse in Pakbeng and the Mekong Delta, plus an awesome overnight junk boat cruise on Halong Bay. “Plus, each Asian itinerary features unique transport modes including tuk-tuks through Laos, overnight train in Thailand, wooden boats on the Mekong, dragon boat in Hue, pedal power in Cambodia, flights and much more.” Tammy said that Contiki Asia had been very successful since its launch late last year and she also hinted that a number of new destinations would be added to the program by year’s end.  last_img read more

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