Higgs Theorists Win Physics Nobel in Overtime

first_imgThe most eagerly anticipated and potentially controversial Nobel Prize for physics in many years was awarded today—following a nail-biting hourlong delay—exactly according to the expected script: The winners are Peter Higgs and his fellow theorist François Englert for, essentially, predicting the Higgs boson. The winners were much heralded following last year’s discovery of the Higgs by physicists at the CERN particle physics lab near Geneva, Switzerland, using its Large Hadron Collider (LHC).That finding put in place the last piece of the puzzle to complete the standard model of fundamental particles and forces nearly 50 years after Higgs, Englert, and others predicted the existence of the elusive particle. “You may imagine this is not very unpleasant, of course,” Englert told reporters after the announcement. “I am very happy to have the recognition of this extraordinary award.” Higgs, of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, said in a statement released by the university that he was “overwhelmed to receive this award.”Few contest that Higgs and Englert are worthy winners, but, as often happens with Nobel Prizes, it is the “others” that make the prize controversial. It was Englert and his colleague Robert Brout, both at the Free University of Brussels, who first published a theory in August 1964 of how to give force-carrying particles mass without wrecking the symmetry that was key to the quantum field theories at the heart of the standard model. Higgs published his version 7 weeks later. But then in November a third group, made up of Tom Kibble of King’s College London; Gerald Guralnik, now at Brown University; and Carl Hagen, now at the University of Rochester in New York, published a third version, considered by many the most thorough and complete.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)So there are six people with a claim to the prize, although Brout died in 2011. Nobel Prize rules do not allow it to be awarded to more than three people, and it cannot be awarded posthumously. Following last year’s discovery of the Higgs, many physicists felt that it was time to reward these researchers for their achievement, especially as some of them are now in their 80s. But which ones?The scheduled time for the announcement, 11:45 a.m. Stockholm time today, came and went. Journalists and officials waited for more than an hour, without explanation, before members of the Nobel physics committee came out. The laureates are chosen on the day of the announcement, Olga Botner of Uppsala University in Sweden, a member of the committee, explained in an interview afterward. “There was a discussion, a very good discussion,” she said.Frank Close, a theorist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, says there was huge tension building during the wait. “After 50 years, it was worth waiting another hour,” he says. Confirmation of the theory is “a seminal moment in culture,” Close says. “The fact that we are all immersed in some mysterious stuff [the Higgs field] is amazing, and that we can do the experiment to verify that is also astonishing.” But Close thinks this award should also be dedicated to “a triumph of engineering”: the LHC. The fact that it was built, that it works, and that it did what it was designed for in discovering the Higgs boson should be celebrated. “It is experiment that decides what reality is,” he says.Close acknowledges the disappointment for the third group of theorists who missed out on the prize. “They were scooped,” he says. But he thought that Kibble would be named as a third laureate because he went on to explain in another solo paper in 1967 how to keep photons massless in the new theory, work that paved the way for another Nobel Prize for the electroweak force in 1979. That paper “was as profound as the whole lot,” Close says, and Kibble “had been there throughout [the development of the theory].” Kibble says that, because of his group’s later publication, “it was very difficult to include us. But I’m glad they’ve recognized this topic as it is a very important one.”last_img read more

Major works at Kochi stadium to be over by May 15: Ker Min

first_imgKochi, May 7(PTI) Kerala government today assured that all major works at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and training grounds in the city, for the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be completed by May 15.”There is no any need for any concern.. All important works will be completed by May 15,” Kerala Industries Minister A C Moideen said, after inspecting preparation works at the stadium here, one of the six venues for hosting U-17 World Cup matches.During his visit to the stadium last month, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel had expressed disappointment over the delay in completion of works at the main stadium and training grounds for the FIFA U- 17 World Cup.FIFAs inspection team had expressed deep concerns over the pace of work at the stadium, and had set 15 May as the deadline for completing the work.”Though I am disappointed over the delay in completion of various works, the officers have promised me that most of the work, especially at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, will be completed by 15 May,” Goel had said at a press conference.The Local Organising Committee of FIFA U-17 World Cup had earlier this month asserted that Kochi was on its way to complete preparation work by 15 May, rubbishing speculations that the venue could be dropped. PTI TGB ROHlast_img read more

Ferrari to launch GTC4Lusso in India on August 2

first_imgAccording to reports, Ferrari will launch the new GTC4Lusso in India next month, most likely on August 2. While the Ferrari GTC4Lusso made its debut at the Geneva Show last year, it is an all new four-seater which has evolved from sporting Grand Tourer concept by integrating rear-wheel steering with four-wheel drive for the first time. The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso will replace the Ferrari FF in India. While the GTC stands for Grand Tourismo Coupe, the 4 stands for the 4WD and 4-seater option that the family supercar has to offer.Engine:The GTC4Lusso’s 12-cylinder engine delivers smooth, consistent power, punching out a massive 680BHP @8,000 rpm and maximum torque of 697 Nm @5,750 rpm. Transmission duties is taken care by a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The GTC4Lusso also gets 4WD function.Ferrari GTC4LussoDesign:The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is a refinement of the shooting brake coupe. The GTC4Lusso has a sporty soul and styling of the rear where the curve of the roof has been lowered whilst retaining enough volume to guarantee exceptional space and comfort for all four occupants. Ferrari’s signature twin rear lights adorn the tail. These not only emphasise the car’s muscular shoulders and broaden it horizontally, but work visually with the tail pipes to lend a sense of imposing power to the rear.Ferrari GTC4LussoInterior:On the inside, the GTC4Lusso gets dual cockpit architecture among other plethora of equipments. The cabin’s most striking feature is the beautiful craftsmanship of the materials which have been painstakingly selected and combined to enrich the atmosphere on board.advertisementFerrari GTC4LussoThe GTC4Lusso debuts the new Infotainment platform featuring a 10.25-inch HD screen with capacitive touch technology. The new steering wheel is more compact thanks to a smaller air bag and the integrated controls are more ergonomic than ever, making for an even sportier driving experience.  Competition:The Ferrari GTC4Lusso will compete against the likes of Lamborghini Aventador, Bentley Continental GT and Aston Martin Vanquish in India.Ferrari GTC4LussoPrice:We expect the Ferrari GTC4Lusso to come for a price of Rs 4 crore (ex showroom, India) to Rs 5.5 crore (ex showroom, India).ALSO READ:President Donald Trump’s former Ferrari F430 sold offALSO READ:Ferrari 812 Superfast with 800bhp unveiled ahead of Geneva Motor Showlast_img read more

Nicaragua Canal Project Includes Dutch Know-How

first_imgzoom Nicaragua has opted for Dutch know-how in construction of the country’s shipping canal project, which is believed would usher a new age for shippers, especially with respect to fuel savings. Dr. Paul Oquist, a Nicaraguan Minister and an advisor to the President for the Nicaragua Canal project, has visited Deltares, an independent Dutch institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure to talk about feasibility studies for the project.Taking into account the complexity of the project, Deltares is contributing to feasibility studies of the plans, by identifying potential obstacles and possible solutions.The ships passing through the new canal will have to overcome a height difference of approximately 31 metres via locks from the Atlantic Ocean through Lake Nicaragua to the Pacific.The feasibility studies are expected to be finished before the end of this year.Nicaragua is planning to build a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, like the Panama Canal.The new canal will boost not only the Nicaraguan economy but also the global economy.The growing world population and increasing prosperity in countries like India and China is fuelling demand for transport by water with very large bulk and container vessels.In order to accommodate ever larger ships, the Panama Canal is now being widened.But even when that job is completed, it will not be able to facilitate the largest container ships presently sailing our seas, let alone the vessels of the future.An alternative may lie in the Nicaragua Canal, which will be between 230 metres and 520 metres wide and 27.6 metres deep, allowing it to handle bigger ships than the Panama Canal, and thus, adding up to the overall fuel efficiency per cargo unit.Studies show that shippers would save bunker fuel consumption by up to 30% by opting for Nicaraguan route and cut the length of their trip by 6% compared with Panama and by 5.5% compared with Suez.The project is set to commence by December, once the necessary environmental and social impact studies are done.Press Release, August 1, 2014last_img read more

MP Man arrested for raping killing minor girl

first_imgBhopal: A man has been arrested for allegedly raping and killing an eight-year old girl in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bala Bachchan said on Monday.The girl went missing after she came out of her house in Kamla Nagar area of Bhopal on Saturday evening to buy something. Her body was found near a drain in the area Sunday morning. “The accused, Vishnu Mohare, was arrested from Mortakka village in Khandwa district today. Police will present a challan (official documents) in court in 48 hours. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe government will fast track the case and ensure punishment to the culprit within a month,” Bachchan said. The minister said police have collected evidence against the accused. Mohare, who is in his mid-20s, lived close to the girl’s home, Kamla Nagar police station in-charge Alok Shrivastava said. Chief Minister Kamal Nath ordered a financial assistance of Rs five lakh to the girl’s family, state Public Relations Minister P C Sharma said. Earlier, some locals staged a protest outside the Kamla Nagar police station to demand speedy arrest of the accused, who was nabbed around 10 am. The state government on Sunday suspended six police officials after the girl’s family alleged that the security men did not act on their complaint after she went missing. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe girl ventured out of her house in Kamla Nagar area around 8 pm on Saturday to buy something. When she did not return, her family members approached the police that night, a police official said. Inspector General (Bhopal zone) Yogesh Deshmukh earlier said the police searched for the girl in the night and her body was found near a drain in Kamla Nagar area around 5 am on Sunday. According to an initial post mortem report, the girl “died of strangulation after rape”, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Akhil Patel said, adding that they were waiting for a detailed report. On Sunday, the girl’s uncle said after she went missing, they went to the police station, but the cops did not respond and even said she must have gone away with someone.last_img read more

Police identify remains of 19 yearold woman found in Alberta

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe remains of two women have been found near Grand Prairie, Alta.The first to be identified was 19 year-old Rene-Lynn Gunning.She went missing in 2005.Gunning and her friend Krystle Knott, 16, were last seen at West Edmonton Mall in February 2005.They told friends they were planning on hitchhiking home to B.C.Police discovered Gunning’s remains about 60 kilometres south of Grand Prairie.Gunning’s father Jo Gunning said this was not something he wanted to hear, but something he needed to know so he could move on.The remains of another girl found next to her have not yet been positively identified.last_img

UNICEF Khadija Is One among Many

Rabat – Khadija’s alleged rape has caught the attention of UNICEF, which has reacted to the reported kidnapping and rape.In a statement made public today, UNICEF aimed to raise awareness about violence against Moroccan children.Khadija’s case became public in August, when the 17-year-old Khadija spoke for the first time about being raped. The girl said that she was kidnapped and raped by more than 12 people for two months. While media reports have questioned the truth of Khadija’s story, UNICEF argued that it calls for “the rights of children involved in this case to be respected, whether they are victims, witnesses or accused.” The statement added that “the children who could be associated with this case,” remain victims of the “absence of an integrated system of child protection in Morocco,” regardless of their social status.The organization has also published figures about the number of similar cases which were adjudicated in Morocco’s courts. According to UNICEF, courts across Morocco processed 5,980 cases of violence against children in 2017.The number caused UNICEF to call on all concerned parties, including media, to prioritize the issue above any other interests to meet acceptable standards of taking care of victims of violence.The institution also reminded the Moroccan government of its integrated child protection policy to protect children against sexual violence adopted in 2015.The project, which is part of a mid-term evaluation of the National Plan of Action for Children 2006-2015, aims to create a healthy environment for children, safe from all forms of neglect, abuse, violence, and exploitation.According to UNICEF, the case of Khadija “concerns all stakeholders of the urgent need to quickly implement these territorial devices.”The statement added, “The Child Protection Policy Implementation Program provides for the establishment, at the provincial / prefecture level, of a structure for the collection, analysis, evaluation, orientation and monitoring individual situations of children.”.UNICEF’s statement argued that Khadija’s case is not the first and will not be the last case. Sexual assaults publicized on social mediaThis year, a mass outcry erupted several times over cases with similar circumstances as those Khadija alleged.In January, a French pedophile admitted to drugging and raping two girls aged 11 and 14 in Fez. The 58-year-old pedophile claimed that he could give the children “what they were deprived of: toys, food, gifts and money.” He blamed their families for exploiting children.In March, a video of a sexual assault was posted online, featuring a young man assaulting a young girl, while someone else filmed.In 2017, another video posted online shocked Moroccans: it showed more than five teenagers sexually abusing a young girl on a moving bus in Casablanca. Nobody else on the bus appeared to do anything.Besides security authorities, the government did not release any statements regarding the cases, which received widespread outrage on social media. The government has not yet implemented Law 103-13 against gender-based discrimination, which was initially set to go into effect in August.The government, according to a government source will implement the law September 12.President of Tahadi Center and activist Bouchra Abdou condemned the delay in an August interview with Morocco World News, saying that the delay is unexplainable.It remains to be seen whether the government will fulfill its promises and implement the law next week. read more

Mahanama and Dissanayaka further remanded in bribery case

President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff K Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka have been ordered to be further remanded till June 19 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.Mahanama and Dissanayaka had been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs.20 million over a land deal. Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation, P. Dissanayake were arrested at the car park of a Colombo hotel recently while accepting the bribe from an Indian businessman. (Colombo Gazette)

China offers support to develop Sri Lankan economy

Sri Lanka’s three-year extended arrangement was approved on June 3, 2016, to the amount of about US$1.5 billion, or 185 percent of quota in the IMF at that time of approval of the arrangement.Chinese Ambassador Cheng XueYuan reiterated his countries support to the development of the Sri Lankan economy and pledged their support in Sri Lanka’s efforts to re-engage the IMF in a sustainable manner.The meeting was attended by the Secretary to the Treasury Dr.R.H.S. Samaratunga, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mano Tittawella and other senior Finance Ministry officials. (Colombo Gazette) He will be in Washington from 14 – 16 January 2019 to resume negotiations with the IMF on the Extended Fund Facility.The IMF had in November decided to suspend funding for Sri Lanka as a result of the political crisis. Samaraweera will visit Washington next week for talks with the IMF. The Minister apprised the Chinese Ambassador about the Sri Lankan Governments plan to re-engage with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and thanked the Chinese Government for their continued support extended to Sri Lanka. China has offered support to develop the Sri Lankan economy, following talks held in Colombo today.The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera met with the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng XueYuan and a Chinese delegation at the Treasury today. read more

Symphony offers sale on February show

Mary Lou FallisThe Niagara Symphony is offering a buy one, get one half off sale for its Winter Carnival performance Feb. 20.The Winter Carnival concert will feature soprano Mary Lou Fallis as a special guest star, as well as several surprises. John Morris Russell will be the conductor. Until Feb. 12, those who purchase one ticket can get a second for 50 per cent of the regular ticket price.Winter Carnival – a Saturday Night POPS! performance – will be 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. The event is at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.For tickets, contact the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550 x3257 and quote “winter” as the code.Other upcoming events:Promises Made and KeptBradley Thachuk – conductorDavid Louie – pianoSunday, April 11, 2:30 p.m.It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing!Diane Wittry, conductorSaturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.Sunday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m.For more information:Niagara Symphony Orchestra read more

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham uses tattoos to show brutal reality of

These images depict long-lasting scars of violence and abuse that millions of children around the world are subjected to the in spaces where they should be safe – their homes, schools, online and in their communities, said UNICEF in a news release.“Violence and abuse take a terrible toll on children’s lives and futures – harming their bodies, undermining their emotional wellbeing, even interfering with the healthy development of their brains,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. According to the agency, every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. Globally approximately one in 10 girls under the age of 20, or 120 million girls worldwide, have been subjected to sexual violence, and a third of all students between 13 and 15 are regularly bullied. “When we protect children from violence, we prevent individual tragedies – and promote stronger, more stable societies,” added Mr. Lake. Every year nearly a billion children – or six in 10 children globally – between the ages two to 14 worldwide are regularly subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers.UNICEF statistics on violence against childrenIn February last year, after 10 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund.In his campaign against violence against children, the star football player has travelled around the world to advocate for protection of children. Recalling his visit to Cambodia last year, he said:“I was shocked by what I heard and I saw how violence can leave deep and lasting scars. No child should have to endure this. Yet in all corners of the world, in their homes, schools and on their streets, children are suffering similar violence.” “I hope this new project will draw attention to this urgent issue and inspire action. Violence against children is wrong and together we need to end it,” he added. read more

Confidence level renewed for Ohio State womens volleyball after 2 wins

It’s been a season of streaks for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team: the Buckeyes won 13 straight to kick off the season, then lost eight in a row. Now OSU has won two straight and is hoping to build on its current streak.OSU got back to its winning ways Friday in impressive fashion. The Buckeyes swept Indiana at St. John Arena, marking their first three-set victory of Big Ten play. The next night, OSU notched another victory, topping No. 14 Purdue, 3-1.“Our confidence level has been renewed and supported, but I’m not going to sit here and say it’s high,” sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell said after beating the Boilermakers Saturday. “We know we still have a lot to work on.”Regardless of work left to do, freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the pair of wins can be a difference-maker for her team going forward.“It feels like we’re right where we want to be honestly,” she said. “I think that this is going to be the turning point for us — this is just a lot of motivation for us going forward.”Mitchell, who sparked the Buckeyes with 10 kills off the bench against Purdue, said her team was ready from the outset.“Firing from all cylinders, ready to go,” she said. “Everyone’s on top, not only the front row, but the back row — everyone’s working together.”Coach Geoff Carlston praised Mitchell’s play: “It was huge, it was absolutely huge.”Mitchell’s career high in kills was good for fourth on the team, as senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the Buckeyes with 18 kills while Sandbothe and freshman outside hitter Kylie Randall each added 12.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin tallied 48 assists and a service ace against the Boilermakers, despite dealing with an illness the night before against Indiana. Against the Hoosiers, she recorded 30 assists and a service ace.“Taylor Sherwin is sick as a dog, we didn’t even think she was going to play today,” Carlston said after the sweep of the Hoosiers. “If we would’ve played another set, I don’t think she could’ve played.”In the streak-breaking victory against Indiana, Leary tallied 19 kills while Sandbothe chipped in with 14.“(Sandbothe) played really aggressive tonight,” Carlston said. “She’s got a toughness and a swag about her, and I thought she played excellent and showed that.”That aggressiveness paid off as the freshman picked up a kill to close out the sweep for her team’s first win in more than a month.“It’s huge to get that last kill, and it just feels so good and it feels so right for us right now,” Sandbothe said.Leary said the wins were about the team, and not about any individual’s success.“It was just a great team win,” she said. “Our passes were on and our defense was on. (Sherwin) did a great job of finding all of us hitters.”With the sweet taste of victory in their mouths, the Buckeyes will have some time to rest before their next match. OSU is scheduled to travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for a match against No. 11 Minnesota, Friday, before traveling to Madison, Wis., for a faceoff with No. 14 Wisconsin Sunday. read more

Women Parliamentarians Steadfast and Immovable on Equality

first_img The Ministry of Labour and National Insurance CBTUC Strike Action Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAcknowledging that there are elements who would wish the referendum to fail, the bipartisan women’s parliamentary caucus remain “steadfast and immovable” and “are focused on what the intention of these (constitutional) amendments are and that is to provide equality for men and women under the constitution.” This according to Social Services and Community Development Minister Hon. Melanie Griffin as she and fellow Parliamentarians addressed the media on their strategic plan going forward regarding the constitutional referendum. She was joined by Transport and Aviation Minister Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin and Transport State Minister, the Hon. Hope Strachan.Echoing this theme of unity and bipartisanship was Transport and Aviation Minister Hanna-Martin who reiterated that “politics is not separating us (meaning women parliamentarians) on this issue” and women members of both chambers of the House “are ready to go ensure that we achieve this important …objective.” Hanna Martin also pointed out that the current parliamentarians will be calling on former female Parliamentarians to join their “yes” vote campaign and the group is “heating the coals and getting ready to take an aggressing stance (on the constitutional bills).” She strongly believes that an aggressive “yes” campaign in addition to the public education campaign by the Constitutional Commission will “give this referendum the best chance for success. For us, this issue is one where failure is really not an option.”Turning their attention to a possible delay to the announced date of November 6 for the referendum vote and responding directly to newspaper reports that PLP women Parliamentarians want a delay in the referendum, State Minister the Hon. Hope Strachan had this to say: “The PLP women do not want a delay. What the PLP women want is to give this referendum the best chance of success.” She continued that the developing circumstance relative to public education on the constitutional bills “dictates that we proceed with caution” because ostensibly “we want to ensure that we have a level of comfort in terms of the degree of knowledge that our people have before they go to the referendum polls.“So while we do not want a (referendum) delay, we recognize that in the reality of the situation that it may actually require one” said the State Minister.“If it is at the end of the day” said Minister Griffin, “we have to put off the date, I see (nothing) wrong with that…if there is any indication that the people in this country simply need more time to be educated on this issue, that is a preferable path than to go down the path where we know that our chances of success are hindered.” The press conference was held in the Majority Room of the House of Assembly on Wednesday, September 9th. Recommended for you Albury’s Ferry Service Donates $10,400 to Abaco Pathfinders. Related Items:bahams, Community Development Minister, Hon. Melanie Griffin, women empowerment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CROSSING BORDERS!last_img read more

Three deceased in Oceanside car crash

first_img February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:00 PM Posted: February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at approximately 12:54, the Oceanside Police Department responded to calls of a multiple vehicle collision in the intersection of Coast Hwy and Oceanside Blvd. The collision occurred as a 2007 Toyota Tacoma truck, was traveling southbound on Coast Hwy and failed to stop for a red light and collided with a 2003 Mazda sedan traveling eastbound on Oceanside Blvd on a green light.The collision caused the Mazda to spin around violently causing two of its rear seat passengers to be ejected from the car onto the roadway. The Toyota truck stopped just south of the intersection. Emergency personnel arrived on scene within minutes and attended to the victims of the Mazda. Two of the rear seat passengers were declared deceased on scene, one of the ejected passengers was transported to the hospital where she passed a short time later. All three victims were adult females. The other three victims, two males and a female, from the Mazda were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries, but are expected to survive.The driver of the Toyota was evaluated on scene by medics and released. The driver, identified as 19 year old Mason Fish, was evaluated on scene by officers and was later arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.The investigation is still ongoing. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.The Oceanside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team conducted the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Accident Investigator David Paul at (760) 435-4431. Three deceased in Oceanside car crash Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Soy Growers Talk Farm Bill Crop Insurance and More with US Ag

first_imgASA Director Rob Shaffer (right) speaks with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue during his stop in Illinois.Soy growers had the opportunity to discuss important issues with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue this week.Both past and present American Soybean Association (ASA) members met with Perdue during his five state “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, which included stops in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.ASA Director Brad Kremer (right) talks to U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue (left) about about getting more young people and veterans involved in farming.During his first stop in Wisconsin, ASA Director Brad Kremer and former board member Kevin Hoyer participated in a round table discussion with the secretary, where they talked trade, the farm bill and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).“I talked to him about how important the farm bill is to my generation of farmers and the generation coming up behind me,” Kremer said. “We don’t need to lose that generation of farmers.”Perdue asked Kremer to follow up with his office so they could discuss more ways to get young people and veterans interested farming. During their visit, Kremer also expressed concerns about potential tariffs from China.During his meeting with Perdue, Hoyer presented soy grower positions on rural development and infrastructure and market access and foreign trade support.ASA Director Rob Shaffer spoke with the Secretary during his stop in Illinois.“We talked about crop protection, regulations and the red-tape farmers have to cut through and how USDA can help improve these processes, while still keeping the environment and workers safe,” Shaffer said.Shaffer also expressed to Perdue the importance of the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) funding, the farm bill and crop insurance as a safety net.The soybean farmers said their time with Perdue was productive and overall positive.“He’s a farmer and he understands ag,” Shaffer said of Perdue.Kremer agreed. “We’ve got a guy who’s a real farmer advocating in D.C.,” he said.Several other soy growers had the chance to speak with Perdue this past week. ASA Treasurer Bill Gordon and Director George Goblish met Perdue on his stop in Minnesota. ASA Director Kendell Culp saw him in Indiana and ASA Chairman Richard Wilkins spoke with him at the Delaware State Fair.Click here to see more photos of ASA directors meeting with Perdue.last_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE QA OMahony Marsh Reveal The Next Town School Building Projects

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Jomarie O’Mahony, Daryn Marsh, and Kevin MacDonald are running for the seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently vacated by Ed Loud. The winner will fulfill the one year remaining on Loud’s unexpired term.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jomarie O’MahonyThe first municipal building project I would support is the North Wilmington Fire Substation as I believe it is long overdue. Our town has developed and expanded and we now have industry and residences in an area of town where response time from our main safety building would be too long in the event of an emergency, Our police have addressed this growth by adding additional patrol zones and will hopefully have the personnel to support that but the only way for the Fire Department to effectively address this is to be afforded a space to have personnel and the equipment needed for them to respond to emergencies in the North Wilmington area.The second municipal project I would support would be a community center in town that would have an expanded senior center as well as space that could be utilized in the late afternoon and evenings for youth and family activities. Our current Senior Center is too small for our senior community and we do not have a space for children and families to utilize for activities in the evenings and on the weekends. We have done a great job creating outdoor recreational space in town and it is now time to focus on an indoor facility that affords residents of all ages year round access to social and recreational community events and activities.Daryn MarshMr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:——Kevin MacDonaldNo response.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… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Discuss What They Hope To Accomplish During Their First TermIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Grade Town Manager Jeff Hull’s PerformanceIn “Government”last_img read more

SpiceJet Q1 Profit Skyrockets to Rs 72 Crore Shares Gain 5

first_imgDebt-ridden SpiceJet has reported net profit for the second consecutive quarter, showing signs that the budget carrier is on poised to make a turnaround in its operations.The Gurgaon-based airline posted a profit of Rs 71.80 crore for the first quarter of the current fiscal year, compared to a loss of Rs 124.1 crore in the same period last year.SpiceJet, India’s fourth-largest airline by market share, had earned a profit of Rs 22.5 crore in the March quarter against a loss of Rs 322 crore in the same quarter last year.”This is the second consecutive profitable quarter and I am proud of what we have achieved. But there is still a long way to go. I am confident that the best is still ahead of us,” said SpiceJet Ltd Chairman Ajay Singh in a statement.Following the upbeat quarterly earnings, share prices of SpiceJet rose more than 5% on Tuesday, to close at Rs 26.60 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The company was also able to reduce its costs by 42% in the quarter ended June 2015.”The return to profitability in Q4FY15, and the achievement of the best ever Q1 results in our history in Q1FY16, are achievements that even our most hardened naysayers will acknowledge as remarkable”, said Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer, SpiceJet Ltd.However, the company’s revenue was down 34% in the June quarter against the same quarter a year ago, owing to a reduction in its fleet.The struggling carrier was on the verge of collapse before an ownership change in January this year. The company’s board decided to transfer control from the Marans to founder-promoter Ajay Singh, after which Singh acquired the entire 58.4% stake held by the Marans. Under the restructuring plan, Singh is expected to infuse Rs 1,500 crore to turnaround the loss-making airline. SpiceJet has already received Rs 650 crore under the new revival plan.last_img read more

Houston Rents Decline Slightly Only Minimal Increase From Year Ago

first_img Share X Listen 00:00 /01:14 Houston rents went down 0.8 percent from June to July, according to a report by Apartment List. It found the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Houston is $1,160 and $1,500 for a two-bedroom.Andrew Woo, a data scientist with Apartment List, said usually rents tend to go up during the summer, and that is what’s happening in other parts of the state and the country.“Houston hasn’t seen that this year, I think partly because of the oil bust, the economy has slowed down a little bit,” he said. “So rents have tended to be kind of flat or slightly declining.”Rents here grew only 0.1 percent since June of last year. Compare that to 2.1 percent nationwide and 2.9 percent in Texas.Houston renters also fare well compared to similar-sized U.S. cities.Still, incomes are not catching up with rent growth.“In Houston, actually, inflation-adjusted incomes fell from 1980 to 2014 by nearly 10 percent, but rents continued to climb,” Woo said. “They increased by more than 15 percent.”The Museum District, Downtown and River Oaks are among the most expensive neighborhoods in the Bayou City.In the greater metro area, Sugar Land is on par with Houston, although rent here decreased by 5.2 percent from a year ago. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Immigration Raid Underway At Technology Company North Of Dallas

first_img Share Stella Chavez/KERA NewsFamily of employees inside CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas, gather outside the building, where the ICE operation is taking place.Immigration and Customs Enforcement are “conducting an operation in support of an ongoing criminal investigation” at a technology refurbishment and repair company located approximately 30 miles north of Dallas, in Collin County, an ICE spokesman said Wednesday. Collin County is about 275 miles north of Houston.Family members of workers at the CVE Technology Group branch in the city of Allen, especially husbands, have arrived outside the company, waiting for information. One of them got a text from his wife, who asked him to call an attorney.One woman, whose mother is an employee, was also outside waiting, in tears — at first.Maria Soria’s mother, Socorro Lechuga, 46, was released by ICE agents conducting the raid inside CVE Technology.Soria, 24, said her mother, who Soria said has worked for the company for around six years, had a petition for legalization already in place before the raid. Lechuga is originally from Guerrero, Mexico.Soria received a voicemail message around 10 a.m. It was from her mother and it said ICE agents had arrived at the company and she didn’t “know what’s going to happen.”“I was worried at first, because you hear ‘ICE’ and everything goes downhill,” Soria said. “I got myself together,” she added, and left work at a health care insurance company in Las Colinas drive to Allen.She called her mother’s lawyer, who told her not to worry because, he said, “they’ll either release her or set a bond to be released within 48 hours.” He added that “they can’t do anything to her, pretty much, because she does have a petition in place.”“So that gave me a peace of mind, that at least I know my mom will be OK,” Soria said. “As far anyone else here, I really don’t know their status or their situation, so that’s a whole different story.”Employees who are working at the company with legal immigration papers have been given green wrist bands to wear.One of those workers, Mathew Varughese, works “repairing cellphones.”He said ICE agents arrived around 10 a.m. and some people began running. Agents instructed workers to group together by legal status.Varughese said that at that point there wasn’t a lot of reaction from employees: “Standing, no talking. Ladies crying.”He said he estimates that about 60 percent of CVE Technology employees are women.Buses, one of which says LaSalle Corrections Transport on the side, were also on the scene.One woman was in the building applying for a job when ICE agents arrived. She says there were hundreds of people inside.During the raid, a few people gathered with demonstration signs.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Friday Dec 26

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe look back at a powerful conversation we had on raising Black boys at a time when issues of race and police profiling command headlines. Attorney, author and commentator  Lawrence Otis Graham recently wrote that he was misguided in believing he could insulate his children from racism with an “upper class” upbringing, sparking the conversation on raising Black boys. Also, on this first day of Kwanza we revisit our conversation with veteran community activist Charles Dugger on the tenets of the Black American cultural holiday, all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img