UK says no to Constitutional change too risky House Speaker urges preparation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – It was labeled a ‘slap in the face’ to the Turks and Caicos and its bi-partisan Constitutional Review process, which was wholly rejected by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “The response received from the United Kingdom to the deliberations of this House embodied in the matter sent to the UK pertaining to the Constitutional Review Committee; I find it quite insulting and a slap in the face that in this day and time, a couple of gentlemen would sit in London and basically tell us what is good for us.”Peeing on his foot, calling it rain… just one of the sharp phrases the Hon Robert Hall, Speaker of the House of Assembly expressed after reading the letter from HE Peter Beckingham, the letter from the UK Foreign Office and his reply to them, also by letter. This news came during today’s session via the Governor from UK Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rt. Hon. Grant Chaps, who said ‘no’ to changing elements of the 2011 document given to the TCI as its Constitution and which is believed in many quarters to be regressive and archaic. The UK government, in this July 20, 2015 correspondence, says it in essence believes there have been too many gains with the current constitution to turn back now. Robert Hall is the Speaker of the House, and he hotly rejected the rejection. From the FCO: “One of the key lessons was the need to put in place a series of robust checks and balances, to ensure that TCI meets international recognized standards of good governance, the rule of law and sound financial management. The present constitution and later legislation have been and continued to be important legislations to deliver positive change in TCI. The turn-around in TCIs economy over recent years has been remarkable; of course it was driven in part by increase in tourist numbers but it is also as a result of the hard work that was done in TCI to reframe its constitution and to put in place the measures highlighted above,” the letter goes on to say, “It is against this background that I have accessed the Committee’s report and have concluded that to amend the constitution in ways proposed, would risk the hard won progress that was made, I do not believe this is a risk we can afford to take.”The response to this process which toured each of the islands, in some cases twice and which provided not only a formal document but video and audio evidence of what the people of the Turks and Caicos want, has now ignited a fresh call for the country to step out of the shadow of the British and shine on its own as an independent nation. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “Turks and Caicos you better stand together otherwise, you gonna fall individually. Start planning now more than ever before to pull down that Union Jack and raise whatever you design Turks Island, you gatta move ahead.” Related Items:constitution change, hon. grant chaps, robert hall, UK, union jack Recommended for you SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENS PDM writes House Speaker in push to launch investigation of TOLCo Rows break out in House of Assembly; Speaker demands apologies and withdrawalslast_img read more

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FNMs first budget presentation Economy worse than PLP said

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 31st 2017: DPM and Finance Minister Peter Turnquest in his maiden Budget Communication said the economy is bleaker than expected; $400M worse than stated.In making the FNM Government’s first Budget presentation since taking oath two weeks ago, Minister Turnquest says while he cannot justify the actions of his predecessors, coming into office has presented the situation bleaker than they first imagined, and says the former administration left a bare cupboard.The Finance Minister says the Perry Christie Administration misled the people of Bahamas by initially stating debt at $100M, however Minister Turnquest says in actuality it stands at a staggering $500M.The debt is attributed to expenditure incurred post Hurricane Matthew, and to policies implemented in days just before the lead up to the May 10th polls.The situation, Minister Turnquest says, has caused the FNM government to defer its manifesto plans for tax relief measures until a decrease in the country’s fiscal burden.Minister Turnquest says however, some reduction in taxes will be implemented.The Opposition PLP will no doubt challenge this report when it gets a chance to speak during Budget Debate.  Members of the party are already on record accusing the Minnis-led administration of misleading the public.#MagneticMediaNews#BudgetPresentation20172018#FinanceMinisterPeterTurnquestSaysEconomyWorstThanPLPSaid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Humidity decreases in time for ComicCon weekend

first_img Posted: July 20, 2017 July 20, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Humidity decreases in time for Comic-Con weekend KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A low pressure system that brought humid conditions to the region will begin to make its way out starting Thursday.Morning clouds and fog will stretch inland until mid-morning Thursday, allowing for mostly sunny skies Thursday. Morning fog will allow for cooler temperatures throughout the day.Conditions will be slightly more comfortable as humidity levels continue to lower through the weekend.Temperatures Thursday are expected to be 76 degrees along the coast, 85 degrees inland, 84 degrees for the mountains and 106 degrees in the deserts.last_img read more

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Cruise Ship Traffic Continues Full Steam Ahead

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Seward Port Manager says that the Gateway to Alaska can expect up to 70 cruise shipdockings in 2018, with six double ship days. The World is the largest luxury residential ship on the planet. The residents, from about 45 countries, live on board as the ship travels around exotic ports of call from Antarctica to Greenland, staying in most ports several days. It is also used by several major cruise lines as a “turn around” port for their Gulf of Alaska Cruises. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-cruise-ship-traffice-continunes-full-steam-ahead.mp3 City of Anchorage External Affairs Jim Jager: “Our cruise ship visitation seems to be pretty stable.  I don’t anticipate that we will have a lot of growth just because the other markets – Seward and Whittier -work for most of the cruise ship schedules much better than Anchorage.” While Whittier has been the other end route, Anchorage is starting to fluff her feathers to make her nest more attractive to cruise ship traffic.center_img Holland America, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line all use the Port of Seward as the northern end of their 7-day Alaska Glacier Cruises sailing to and from Vancouver B.C. Anchorage isn’t targeting the cruise ship market in its port development. Holland America Cruises has a special two week trip where the MS Amsterdam stops at nontraditional ports like Homer, Kodiak and Anchorage.  While the number of visits is small, the prestige of the ships that make Anchorage a port of call is large. City of Anchorage External Affairs Jim Jager: “We had ten scheduled visits in 2017, including the World.  So the World stopped in Anchorage.”last_img read more

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Measuring Your App Usage

first_imgWhat Gets Measured?Metrics are similar to what publishers have been tracking on the Web, plus a few extra unique to the mobile platform: unique users, unique sessions, type of device, OS version, as well as location-based metrics.There are three macro areas to focus on:Interaction Rate: This is the rate of people who have downloaded the app and actually use it. If your app produces a high volume of dynamic content, you’d want to see a corresponding interaction rate.Engagement Rate: The next step beyond interaction. What are users looking at and reading? You want to track what sections of content users are reading, how many stories within that section are getting read, and so on.Feedback: This, says Peterson, is what more publishers should be doing. “Have a feedback mechanism,” he says. “Let users have that conversation in the app and then measure the net negative and positive feedback.”There are plenty of ways to drill deeper—what’s getting read, which writers are the most read, and so on—but the platform is so new, publishers should for now be concentrating on what works and what doesn’t.Transparency and ParticipationSarah Ohrvall, who just swapped her leadership role at Bonnier’s Swedish R&D group to head up R&D for the U.S. division, has taken a dual approach to analytics. Ohrvall has spearheaded Bonnier’s development of the Mag+ platform, which Popular Science uses for its iPad edition and which also has its own analytics capabilities baked right in—a prescient move given the recent problems posed to developers by Apple which is currently, according to the language in its Developer Agreement for its upcoming 4.0 operating system, barring third-party in-app measurement software.Ohrvall says analytics can work to the benefit of the publisher and the consumer. She’s looking forward to a day where users can present a “media consumption profile.” In other words, the analytics that are collected on the back end to help drive content, usage and design decisions for the publisher can also be used to enhance user experience and identity, creating a social aspect around content consumption. “Creative publishers can display that data in an interesting way to the consumer,” she says. “We’re trying to find ways to collect analytics that will be a benefit to the user.”More Than Just MetricsMeasuring key interaction and engagement metrics is one thing, says Ohrvall, but those will only go so far. “Of course you need metrics, but [time spent] won’t give you all the right numbers. You can measure what they do, but you can’t see what they don’t do and want to do. This is completely new. We need to understand the behavior behind the numbers,” she says.In that sense, Ohrvall has set a priority to learn about behavior in a context outside of the device itself—in the inherently participatory Web. The transparency of Mag+ carries over to product development as well. Product videos have been posted to the Web. Bloggers are given a peek at production and encouraged to offer opinions and foster discussion. Meanwhile, Ohrvall is watching the Web conversation closely. “We’re getting lots of useful feedback,” she says. “We’re tapping into people’s understanding of the media and their reactions to using it.”On top of that are layered the quantitative tactics and focus groups. “The Web has evolved into a participatory culture and there are ways to use that,” says Ohrvall. Publishers developing apps for mobile and tablet devices have some choices among analytics service providers—as well as some strategic decisions about how that data will be used.Developers can embed third-party measurement software that is integrated and shipped with the app and tracks a variety of usage patterns. The landscape of service providers ranges from outfits like Omniture, WebTrends and Google Analytics, to smaller firms such as Flurry, Localytics and Motally.The bigger providers offer mobile measurement as an add-on to the Web-measurement services publishers may already be getting from them. “It basically prices the same as your fixed Internet,” says Eric Peterson, founder of Web analytics consulting firm Web Analytics Demystified. “You’re tracking events, pages views or clicks, but you basically pay the same rate for mobile apps.”The smaller firms, and Google Analytics, offer free measurement capabilities as well as more robust, fee-based enterprise versions. Localytics, for example, bases their enterprise pricing on the number of active users in any given month. This number can fluctuate, and publishers tend to begin with the free services to benchmark usage before upgrading to an enterprise-level service.last_img read more

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People on the Move 061010

first_imgLongtime Mediaweek editor-in-chief Michael Burgi is reportedly leaving the magazine after 17 years, and is expected to be succeeded by executive editor Jim Cooper. Burgi is leaving to become vice president of communications at cable consortium Canoe Ventures.The Economist Group-owned CQ-Roll Call Group appointed Mark Walters senior vice president of advertising. Walters joins the CQ-Roll Call Group from Dun & Bradstreet, where he served as vice president of advertising at its D & B Digital division.Time Inc.’s Real Simple announced a pair of staffing changes: Didi Gluck was named beauty and health director and Abbey Kuster-Prokell was appointed art director.Kim Kelleher was appointed vice president global sales for Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated Group, becoming the franchise’s first woman ad sales leader in its 55-year history. Previously, Kelleher served as vice president and publisher of Self magazine.Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. named former Real Simple president and publisher Robin Domeniconi senior vice president and chief brand officer for the Elle Group, replacing Carol Smith, who in April was named vice president and publishing director of Condé Nast’s Bon Appétit and the Gourmet brand. Most recently, Domeniconi served as vice president of U.S. advertising sales, marketing and publishing for Microsoft. Hachette says Domeniconi will hire a vice president and brand publisher for Elle in the coming weeks.Paige Rense Noland will retire from Architectural Digest magazine in August after serving 35 years as editor-in-chief. A successor has not been named. Noland will remain on the magazine’s masthead as editor emeritus. The Council on Foreign Relations has appointed Gideon Rose editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, replacing James F. Hodge Jr., who is stepping down. Previously, Rose served as managing editor. Event management and registration software company etouches named Jim Alkon as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Most recently, Alkon served as group publisher of FOLIO: parent Red 7 Media’s events group. Laura McEwen has been named vice president and publisher of Self. Most recently, McEwen served as vice president and publisher of Teen Vogue, a position she held since February 2008.Active Interest Media appointed Gary DeSanctis vice president of sales for the company’s marine group, as well as co-publisher of Yachts International. Previously, DeSanctis served as president and publisher of ShowBoats International. Before that, he served as vice president and publisher of Yachting and Motor Boating under Time Inc.’s former Time4 Media division.Hanya Yangihara was named executive editor of Hearst’s Town&Country, succeeding deputy editor John Cantrell, who is leaving the company next month. Most recently, Yangihara served as deputy editor of Condé Nast Traveler.last_img read more

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NDAA Is Done President Signs Authorization Bill at Ft Drum DOD Extends

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Trump signed the $717 billion fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill on Monday during a visit to Fort Drum, marking the first time the annual defense policy measure has been enacted before the start of the fiscal year since 1996. Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a number of lawmakers. After arriving at the post, the president watched an air assault exercise with troops dismounting from helicopters and taking up firing positions, reported the Watertown Daily Times. Trump noted the persistence of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) in inviting him to make the trip to New York’s North Country. The president had insisted he had a scheduling conflict. “That didn’t stop [her], and here I am,” Trump said. Read the Hill story for an overview of the legislation. … DOD said Monday it is extending eligibility for benefits from Military OneSource — resources and other tools designed to support active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their families and survivors during their transition to civilian life — from the current 180 days to a full year after separation. Services include help with relocation, tax support, financial planning, health and wellness coaching, as well as confidential non-medical counseling and specialty consultations for spouse employment, education, adoption, elder care and special needs, according to a news release. The change went into effect with the enactment of the defense authorization bill.Photo courtesy of DODlast_img read more

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Congressman Seth Moulton Seeking Spring Interns

first_imgSALEM, MA — Congressman Moulton offers internships throughout the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters in both his Washington, D.C. and Salem offices.Internships in the Washington, D.C. office are intended for current undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and students currently enrolled in graduate school. Internships in the Salem district office are intended for current undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and students currently enrolled in graduate school. In some circumstances, high school students intern at the Salem office contingent upon their scheduling availability, and they are highly encouraged to apply.These internships are a great opportunity for interested students to gain hands-on experience in the legislative process. To apply, please fill out this form and attach a cover letter and resume. A staff member will be in touch within a few weeks. Feel free to call the office with any questions you may have.The deadline to submit an application for a Spring 2019 internship in Congressman Moulton’s office is November 9, 2018.(NOTE: The above information is from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCongressman Seth Moulton Seeking Spring InternsIn “Government”Congressman Seth Moulton Seeking Fall InternsIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill To Help Student Loan Borrowers Avoid DefaultIn “Government”last_img read more

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Facebooks Zuckerberg called Pelosi after altered video but she hasnt responded

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Politics Tech Industry 0 Tags Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Would you take a call from this man? Nancy Pelosi apparently didn’t. James Martin/CNET Silence might speak louder than words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has criticized Facebook for not removing a video that was altered to make her seem drunk. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Pelosi to talk about how the company deals with misinformation but that she wasn’t “eager” to hear his explanation and didn’t call back. Their staff members have been in touch, though, according to the Post, which cited unnamed people familiar with the matter. Tensions between the California Democrat and the world’s largest social network have escalated after Facebook decided to leave up the doctored Pelosi clip. Facebook doesn’t label the video itself as manipulated, but on desktop computers it shows articles from fact-checkers alongside the clip, and it reduced the video’s reach on NewsFeed. Twitter also left up the video. Google-owned YouTube took it down. One version of the video, posted by the group Politics WatchDog, got nearly 3 million views, but it’s no longer available. The group claimed last week that Facebook took it down, but the social network said it didn’t. Pelosi said in May that Facebook’s refusal to remove the altered video showed that the company’s leaders were “willing enablers” of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Pelosi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook declined to comment or confirm the Post’s report. On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on manipulated media and “deepfakes,” a technique that uses AI to create videos of people doing or saying something they didn’t. last_img read more

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Airbus EFan becomes first electric plane to cross Channel

first_imgClose The Airbus E-Fan took off from Lydd airfield in Kent and became the first twin engine electric flight to cross the English Channel on 10 July, landing in Calais, France.Professor Simon Bradley, head of the Airbus Global Innovation Network, said it was a historic day in the companys history, more than 100 years after Frenchman Louis Bleriot completed the first flight across the English Channel in 1909.Were obviously always pushing the boundaries. This is the very first time we have flown an all-electric aircraft over the water, across the Channel, he said.Airbus test pilot Didier Esteyne completed the flight in 37 minutes and said that piloting an electric flight felt different from traditionally powered aircraft.Its closer than a glider. Of course, there is a little bit of noise, but less than any other aeroplane first and also, there is no vibration at all. Its smooth and its very quiet. Thats very important. Its a pleasure to fly this plane, he said.The E-Fan is a light two-seater aircraft, weighing 600kg; it can reach a maximum speed of 220km per hour.Professor Bradley said that people shouldnt have safety concerns over electric powered flights.These days, people use batteries in all the devices they have at home. They have batteries in their mobile phones; the batteries we are using today are standard lithium batteries. They are not anything strange. I think people will take it when it has been certified and when it has been proven to be safe. This is one step on that journey, he said.Its hoped that electric powered planes would help to cut carbon emissions significantly from flying.last_img read more

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Reports Of Explosion At Plant In La Porte No Injuries

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @EnerjiPortalSgt. Bennie Boles says officers responded to a gas release and rapid depressurization.Emergency responders said no one has been hurt in a high-pressure release at a gas facility in La Porte.Police in La Porte said the incident, initially reported as an explosion, happened late Wednesday morning at the Linde Gas facility .Sgt. Bennie Boles said officers responded to a gas release and rapid depressurization. Boles said the site was shut down and secured, with no reported injuries.He said the unit was inspected and declared safe. A nearby highway was briefly shut down, as a precaution.A statement from New Jersey-based Linde North America said a line breach resulted in a loud noise, the release of gases was stopped and there’s no risk to the surrounding community.La Porte Fire and EMS are responding to a report of an explosion at a facility located on Strang Road. We are in contact with the facility, and will provide more information as soon as possible. The city is not under a shelter in place at this time. pic.twitter.com/4zmuVHlrGP— City of La Porte (@LaPorteByTheBay) February 14, 2018 Around 11:30 am, Linde Gas on Strang Road experienced a high pressure release in one of their units. They… https://t.co/fQ8XWlrt6A— City of La Porte (@LaPorteByTheBay) February 14, 2018last_img read more

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Using silicon chips to trap ultracold atoms

first_img Explore further Citation: Using silicon chips to trap ultra-cold atoms (2006, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-06-silicon-chips-ultra-cold-atoms.html Ultra-cold atoms deliver cool research The long-term goal of Professor J. H. Thywissen’s physics lab at the University of Toronto is to be able to tailor a system with a Hamiltonian which simulates a high temperature superconductor.center_img “The idea,” Seth Aubin, a post-doctoral researcher in the group, tells PhysOrg.com “is to create your own Hamiltonian for the simulation.” The research at the University of Toronto, published May 28th in Nature Physics, simplifies and accelerates the efficient production of the ultra-cold fermion gases required for the quantum simulations of high temperature superconductors.“The idea of using a silicon chip is novel,” says Aubin. “It’s neat that we’re using these chips with lithographically printed wires. The wires can be used to get tighter traps. It’s the tightness that is important.” Aubin explains that tighter traps allow for a higher rate of collision between particles, as well as a higher re-thermalization rate. And this is important when one is dealing with trapping rare atoms for use in a simulation. The University of Toronto team, which includes Aubin and his professor Thywissen, along with S. Myrskog, M. H. T. Extavour, L. J. LeBlanc, D. McKay and A. Stummer, has created a more effective way to generate ultra-cold Fermi gas with the use of the tighter traps and an apparatus that is both more efficient and more compact: “Before,” explains Aubin, “one uses two connected vacuum chambers. We only use one. A typical time scale for the cycle is between 30 seconds and a minute and a half. We can do it in less than 30 seconds.” The tough part, he says, is evaporative, sympathetic cooling. Along with his collaborators, Aubin has demonstrated how to cut that part of the cycle down to six seconds.Using the tight magnetic trap, microfabricated on a silicon chip, Aubin and his colleagues can perform species-specific evaporative and sympathetic cooling on the trapped atoms. When the process is complete, the fermions can then be loaded into an optical lattice. The fermions represent the electrons in a Hamiltonian, and the optical lattice simulates a crystal lattice. Using the device, arrangements could be made in order to solve various Hamiltonians using the simulation.Aubin admits that while this particular system is usually faster, some non-magnetic traps have accomplished parts of the cycle more rapidly. “However,” he says, “those traps are better-suited for large numbers of atoms. We are working with rarer atoms. The other schemes are less efficient when it comes to using rare atoms.”While there are no immediate applications for the work, Aubin sees a promising future, about 10 years down the road, for physics devices as a result of the work with Fermi degenerate states on chips. Because multiple traps (on the micro level) could be loaded onto a single chip, it would be possible to create quantum systems that interact. This could be a boon for quantum information processing, more precise measuring apparatuses and interferometry. “Fermion interferometers,” explains Aubin, “are expected to provide significant improvement in measurement of both inertial and gravitational forces.” He also touts the usefulness of fermions in atomic clocks, making them more accurate.“Fermions are more accurate than bosons,” Aubin explains. “Degenerate boson gases or Bose-Einstein condensates turn out to be very precise but not very accurate. While a fermion would lose a little in precision—hardly anything at all, though—it would gain enormously on the accuracy.”Using this new ultra-cold fermion production technique will also simplify the study of dual species quantum gases, many-body atomic states, and emerging forms of superfluidity.By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com. 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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Researchers prove dogs are able to differentiate colors

first_img Explore further More information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1356 For much of history, dogs have been assumed to be able to see only in black and white—their ability to differentiate between different colored objects was believed to be due to differences in brightness. In this new research, the team in Russia built on research recently conducted in the U.S. that found that dogs have two cones in their eyes suggesting they should have some ability to differentiate colors. Humans as most remember from grade school, have three cones, which allows for seeing all three primary colors. Since dogs have only two, they should be able to see some colors, but not others—blues, greens and yellows, for example, but not reds or oranges.To find out if dogs are in fact able to see colors and to distinguish between them, the team conducted a clever experiment. First they trained several dogs to respond to one of four different colored pieces of paper: light or dark yellow and light or dark blue (by putting paper pairs in front of feedboxes that contained meat.) The dogs soon learned that certain colors meant they were in for a treat.Next, using the same dogs that had been trained to respond to certain colors, the team placed pieces of paper with the color that they’d been taught to respond to in front of a feed box, along with another piece of paper that was brighter, but of a different color—a dog trained to respond to light blue for example would hopefully respond to dark blue instead of light yellow. The researchers found that a majority of the dogs went for the color identifier rather than brightness identifier most of the time, proving that they were able to distinguish color and were not relying on brightness to find their food treat.The researchers suggest their findings indicate that most animals with just two cones are likely able to differentiate between colors and thus it’s likely they respond in ways that have not been previously studied. 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. A team of researchers in Russia has conducted a series of experiments that prove that dogs are able to distinguish between different colors. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes the experiments with dogs they conducted and the results they found. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B A yellow labrador retriver dog with pink nose. Credit: Wikipedia. Citation: Researchers prove dogs are able to differentiate colors (2013, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-dogs-differentiate.html Dogs may understand human point of view, researcher findslast_img read more

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Dense gas detected in intercore bridges in the S235 starforming region

first_img Explore further Evolution of magnetic field in the star-forming complex G9.62+0.19 revealed by ALMA More information: NH3 Observations of the S235 Star Forming Region: Dense Gas in Inter-core Bridges, arXiv:1908.00954. arxiv.org/pdf/1908.00954.pdf 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. The first and second moment maps of ammonia in S235 and S235AB, shown left and right, respectively. Image credit: Burns et al., 2019. It is assumed that star formation is driven by two groups of mechanisms: spontaneous collapse and triggered collapse. To check which of these mechanisms is dominant and whether these processes can occur together within the same star forming region, astronomers use a technique called ammonia mapping observation. In general, the ammonia molecule has been used to probe the physical conditions in various stages of star formation, including pre-stellar cores, active star formation cores, filamentary structures and large-scale star formation surveys.An international team of astronomers led by Ross A. Burns of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), has conducted radio frequency ammonia transition mapping observations of the S235 star-forming region. The goal of this observational campaign was to map the physical conditions of molecular gas in S235.S235, which belongs to the G174+2.5 giant molecular cloud, is the most active region of star formation in this cloud. It contains multiple dense gas cores that have been extensively studied using ammonia or carbon monosulfide molecular lines. S235 also includes a smaller region, designated S235AB, separated from the “main” body. Observations show that S235AB hosts a younger ionized hydrogen region known as S235A, and hosts very intense star formation indicated by high concentrations of young stellar objects (YSOs).However, although ammonia maps of S235 have been already made, they are dedicated to the well-known dense cores. So the research conducted by Burns’ team focuses mainly on the regions between and around the cores.”Via spectral analyses of main, hyperfine and multi-transitional ammonia lines, we explored the distribution of temperature and column density in the dense gas in the S235 and S235AB star-forming region,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The main finding from the study was the presence of high-density gas in inter-core bridges that physically link dense molecular cores that house young proto-stellar clusters. The gas bridges apparently link the cluster-forming cores in the S235 region.According to the researchers, these bridges appear to be remnants of a fragmentation event that led to the formation of the present day cores from a larger parent cloud. They suppose that the fragmentation was likely driven by impact of the extended ionized hydrogen region to surrounding molecular cloud.”We conclude that the ammonia gas bridges found in S235 likely represent the hyper-critical remnants of CCC-induced [cloud-cloud collision] fragmentation of a gas cloud involving the C&C [“collect and collapse”] mechanism with likely contribution from the RDI [radiation driven implosion] process. Both processes contribute to the proliferation of triggered star formation, driven by the central HII [ionized hydrogen] region of S235.Summing up the results, the researchers added that there are generally two ammonia gas components in S235: old quiescent gas of low brightness temperature and younger, more active star-forming gas interacting with the ionized hydrogen region. They added that their study also identified strong water masers associated with star formation in S235AB and one of the cores of S235. Using the Nobeyama Radio Observatory (NRO), astronomers have investigated a massive star-forming region known as S235. The study resulted in detecting high-density gas in this region, which could be helpful in advancing the knowledge of star-formation mechanisms. The finding is detailed in a paper published August 2 on arXiv.org. Citation: Dense gas detected in intercore bridges in the S235 star-forming region (2019, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-08-dense-gas-intercore-bridges-s235.html © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

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Reexploring cultural heritage

first_imgThe Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented the 59th edition of the spectacular “Ramlila” which is a beautiful amalgamation of reality and idealism. It is about magnificent costumes, masterful lighting, perfect choreography and music. The Ramlila was inaugurated by Kathak Samrat Pandit Birju Maharaj (Padma Vibhushan) on Tuesday.Shobha Deepak Singh’s in-depth, meticulous research on the Ramayan stands reflected in the ‘Ramlila’, which portrays familiar and endearing incidents from the epic Ramayana including the banvas of the revered ‘Ram’, Sita’s unwavering love and faith in the face of several personal predicaments, Ravana’s crafty strategies, Ram’s unquestioning obedience to his father, his graceful acceptance and addressing of adversities of daily existence, his ability to transcend barriers of caste and creed through acceptance of Shabri’s fruits and Hanuman’s gigantic effort in getting the Sanjivani booti.Shobha Deepak Singh said, “As in previous years, this year’s show is also thoroughly researched. The performance has grown in production value such as charisma and authenticity of the costumes, choreography, music, lights and sets. The show is therefore endearing. In Sita’s portrayal there is power to the woman, in her graceful coming in to her own, in the face of trials and tribulations. There is a change in the cast of the lead characters. Also there are new dancers, playing some of the lead roles for the first time.”Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s “Ramlila” has enjoyed the presence of eminent individuals in the audience including Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Late Zail Singh, Late Indira Gandhi, Late Dr Radhakrishnan, Late Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, Late Dr. Zakir Hussain, Shri Sanjiva Reddy and several others.Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s 59th edition of “Ramlila” urges self reflection, guiding aspirations, to embrace and integrate the order of existence with a relevant, modern perspective.last_img read more

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Kolkata Police bans entry exit of 20wheel trucks to unclog traffic

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police prohibited the entry and exit of goods vehicles with a minimum of 20 wheels to ensure smooth commute for motorists in its jurisdiction, according to a notification issued on Monday.”The commissioner of Kolkata Police has ordered that all goods vehicles having 20 wheels or more are prohibited from entering into or existing from the entire Kolkata Police jurisdiction to evade traffic congestion and ensure smooth, nuisance-free plying,” read the notification. This order had already come into force from Sunday. The restriction will continue until further notice, said the notification. Violators will be “punished as per the existing law”. However, truck operators and transporters are not happy with the decision.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Rep Allor invites residents to November office hours

first_img13Nov Rep. Allor invites residents to November office hours Categories: Allor News Wednesday, Nov. 21Cheboygan: 10 to 11 a.m. at Walker Township Hall, 7021 Montgomery Road, in Afton. Tuesday, Nov. 20Alpena: 12 to 1 p.m. at Alpena Community College, Donald Newport Center Room 106, 665 Johnson St., in Alpena. Monday, Nov. 19Presque Isle: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Karsten’s Restaurant, 1072 W. 3rd St., in Rogers City. State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today invited people to get their voices heard during office hours this month in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties.“Office hours are the best way to connect with  people living in northeast Michigan,” Allor said. “I encourage people to attend, share their concerns and ask questions.”The legislator will be available at the following times and locations:Thursday, Nov. 15Alcona: 12 to 1 p.m. at Alcona County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 106 5th St., in Harrisville; andIosco: 2 to 3 p.m. at Big Boy, 1222 S. U.S. 23, in East Tawas. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to talk with the representative, may contact her Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

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LG Smart TV Some 63 of broadband households in th

first_imgLG Smart TVSome 63% of broadband households in the US have at least one TV set that is connected to the internet, according to new research by The Diffusion Group (TDG). The research firm claims that the January 2014 figure compares to a web-connected TV penetration rate of 53% at the beginning of 2013, and includes smart TVs and sets that are connected via devices such as games consoles or streaming dongles.“Though broadband diffusion may be slowing as the market matures, the expansion of broadband-connected TVs continues at rapid clip, up 19% in the last year,” said TDG president and director of research Michael Greeson.Among homes that do have a web-connected TV, some 42% said they have two or more sets configured this way, meaning a large portion of users own multiple net-connected TVs.“Whether net-to-TV video will somehow topple traditional pay-TV service models has been a red herring from the beginning. The real debate is the extent to which the growing availability and expanding use of ‘OTT TV’ services will have on the time viewers spend watching traditional pay-TV given the growing array of sources at their disposal,” said Greeson.“While not a simple a zero-sum game, we are nearing or at that breaking point where the growing use of broadband-based sources simply chips away at time once spent using traditional sources. This is hardly a radical argument, and made all the more inevitable given these new findings.”last_img read more

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UKbased cable and telecom investor Zegona Communi

first_imgUK-based cable and telecom investor Zegona Communications has displaced Basque Country bank Kutxabank as regional cable operator Euskaltel’s biggest shareholder.Zegona notified the operator and regulator the the Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores that the 20 per cent. threshold for disclosure of its increased ownership position in Euskaltel was crossed on April 3 and that it now has a 21% stake in the company.Zegona, which became a 15% shareholder in the northern Spanish operator following the sale of its Telecable operation in Asturias,  announced last year that it would acquire additional shares in Euskaltel, which runs networks in the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia and is expanding into other regions in Spain using Orange’s network, on the open market.The move followed an aborted attempt to acquire an additional 14.9% in Euskaltel through a tender offer.Zegona has set out a plan to change Euskaltel’s management and adopt a more aggressive national expansion strategy than that of the current management team, using the Virgin brand to compete with existing players in the market.Earlier this month, Euskaltel’s management, led by chairman Alberto García Erauzkin and CEO Francisco Arteche, cited shareholders’ approval of the company’s accounts for 2018 and dividend as evidence of support for the existing team.last_img read more

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JAMES McClean and Martin ONeill have escaped bans

first_img JAMES McClean and Martin O’Neill have escaped bans for the Republic of Ireland’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Georgia on September 2.Creggan-born James and O’Neill were reprimanded by FIFA for post-game comments about the referee following the 1-1 draw against Austria on June 11.Their comments were seen by man fans as justified as the referee had an appalling game and appeared to have acting as “12th man” to the Austrian side.It is understood no fine has been issued.An FAI statement read: “The Football Association of Ireland has accepted FIFA’s decision to issue a reprimand to both Martin O’Neill and James McClean following disciplinary proceedings. DERRY’S JAMES MCCLEAN AND MARTIN O’NEILL AVOID BANS FOR CRITICISING REFFIFAgeorgia “FIFA launched their inquiry following comments made by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and midfielder James McClean in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Austria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on June 11.“The ruling by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee came following a breach of Article 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and Article 4 of the Regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup for ‘unsporting behaviour’.”DERRY’S JAMES MCCLEAN AND MARTIN O’NEILL AVOID BANS FOR CRITICISING REF was last modified: July 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

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