Human Rights Inquiry Settles

first_imgA complaint of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual harassment, that was before a board of inquiry, has been settled. The complainant, whose name is banned from publication, claimed that while employed at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville, his co-workers and a supervisor sexually harassed him over a six-year period due to perceptions of his sexual orientation. The institution, as part of the settlement terms, agreed to work with the Human Rights Commission to ensure that practices and services offered within the facility, and in particular to vulnerable groups such as homosexual young persons, are optimal. The settlement agreement does not address financial compensation. The board chair, Cheryl Hodder has concluded the inquiry because of the settlement. In her decision, Ms. Hodder states the settlement is consistent with the purposes of the Human Rights Act and, in particular, with its goals of recognizing individual dignity, equality and the role of public agencies in protecting and promoting the equal opportunity of all persons in the province to enjoy a full and productive life. Krista Daley, CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, said that settlement is the preferred approach to resolving human rights disputes. “The commission is pleased that the case was settled to the satisfaction of all parties. We look forward to continuing to work with Correctional Services on training their staff in the area of human rights.” Before the matter was settled, the inquiry heard evidence that the complainant was subjected to harassment but that he also participated in it. The employer’s evidence showed that front-line management assumed that his participation meant he had consented and therefore it was not an offence under the Human Rights Act. The commission pointed out that the complainant was trying to fit in as a way of avoiding further harassment and questioning of his sexuality so his participation was therefore not true consent.last_img read more

Railway drive to check touts

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to stop touts posing as travel agents and issuing fake tickets, the Eastern Railway has launched has launched a special drive named Mission Takal-07 in Howrah Division a month ahead of Durga Puja.Eastern Railway’s RPF has launched a special drive on Tuesday. A team of 12 RPF personnel, in coordination with Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), nabbed touts involved in e-ticketing scam or selling tickets illegally. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe RPF personnel raided 14 different areas covering the entire Howrah Division viz Ambika Kalna, Azimganj, Barddhaman, two locations at Nalikul (Bus stand & Railway station), Tarakeswar, Bally, Chandanpur, Kuntighat, Raghunathpur, Salkia, Pakur and two locations at Howrah area. During such intensive raids, 15 persons were arrested and 238 tickets worth Rs 3, 79,771 lakh approximately were seized. It might be mentioned that the fake user IDs were generated to book these tickets in an unauthorized manner only for the business purpose. During this operation, articles and equipment used for e- touting were seized by the RPF teams and arrested persons are booked under section 143 of Railways Act. Raids were also conducted at Jamalpur, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj and Malda. As many as 788 cases were detected with realization of Rs 3,51,278 as fare and fine.last_img read more

Stroke deaths last year below 2000 for first time in years

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF stroke deaths in Ireland has fallen below the 2,000 mark for the first time in years, following a 9 per cent fall in mortality in the last four years, figures revealed today.Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures showed the number of deaths nationally fell by 188 to 1,928 to the end of 2012 despite our ageing population and a dramatic increase globally in the incidence of the disease. The figures also confirmed that almost twice as many women as men died from stroke.Today on World Stroke Day the Irish Heart Foundation issued a ‘Red Alert’ to women to be vigilant about the warning signs of stroke after the statistics revealed that 53 per cent more women than men died from stroke here in 2012.The charity’s spokesperson Chris Macey said: “The higher death rate from stroke among women is not widely known. The fact is that stroke kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer in Ireland which is why we are particularly asking women to make a special effort to be aware of the FAST warning signs today on World Stroke Day.”The F.A.S.T. acronym stands for: Face – has their face fallen on one side?Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?Speech – is their speech slurred?Time – time to call 999 if you see any one of these signs.“By knowing the warning signs, people can have a huge influence on their outcome after stroke, but only if they act on them,” Macey said. “The average stroke destroys roughly two million brain cells every minute, so the quicker you get to hospital after a stroke, literally the more of your brain can be saved. But you have to call an ambulance immediately. There’s no advantage in knowing the signs if you don’t act on them.”Read: Two thirds of Irish adults are eating more fat than their body needs>Read: More than half of Irish people over 50 have two or more chronic diseases>last_img read more

Box Hill gets Australian born president

first_imgGeorge Kapnias is the first Australian-born Greek to be elected as President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Box Hill and Districts (GOCBHD) in its 45 year history. Mr Kapnias has been involved in the community for the last five years and was elected president in the last election. “It’s an honour and a privilege to represent such a good benevolent organisation,” he told Neos Kosmos. “The Box Hill community has a long history of philanthropy, they donate thousands of dollars every year to other organisations, the community is tight-knit and is predominately first generation Greeks, and I think their mission is one that needs to be supported and recognised.” The GOCBHD has made donations in excess of $100,000 towards organisations such as the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal, the Queensland Flood Victims Appeal, the Box Hill, Royal Children’s and Peter McCallum Hospitals, The Heart Foundation and many more. The Community also sponsors children in Africa via its ongoing annual contribution to World Vision. “It is so rewarding to be involved in an organisation that is so giving and is true to the spirit of community,” says Mr Kapnias. Born in Balwyn, Mr Kapnias has spent his whole life living in the area and knows too well the needs of the community. “As the first generation Greek migrant population begins to age, it is incumbent upon my generation to take on the responsibilities of operating the Community. We have such a rich inheritance – culture, traditions, language and religion – and are blessed for the fact that we are able to express our heritage in open and democratic Australia.” The redevelopment of the community’s facility is his first task at hand as president, ensuring GOCBHD provides the services that are needed by their community. He says building a new classroom for the community language school – that they provide for free from prep to year 10 – is one of their top priorities, as is ensuring they have the facilities for their elderly citizens group. The GOCBHD has one of the largest and most active elderly citizens group, that meets three times a week, so he says it’s important to nurture and give the ageing population an outlet to meet. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

HP corrige une faille de sécurité touchant ses imprimantes

first_imgHP corrige une faille de sécurité touchant ses imprimantes Le fabricant Hewlett Packard met à la disposition de ses utilisateurs un correctif pour faire face à une faille de sécurité qui affecte potentiellement les imprimantes HP LaserJet.Il y a quelques semaines, deux chercheurs de l’université américaine de Columbia ont révélé l’existence d’une faille permettant de prendre à distance le contrôle des imprimantes LaserJet d’HP mais aussi d’accéder à des données provenant des documents imprimés. À lire aussiHP et Oracle : la guerre aurait pu être évitéeD’après ces chercheurs, la faille pourrait même permettre à un pirate de faire chauffer l’un des modules de l’imprimante jusqu’à ce qu’il prenne feu. Celle-ci serait en fait située dans le système de mise à jour automatique du firmware des imprimantes, qui n’utilise pas systématiquement de certificat numérique pour authentifier le contenu qu’il reçoit. Ce qui est pourtant obligatoire depuis 2009, rapporte Cnet France. Or, si HP avait démenti l’absence de cette sécurité, le fabricant avait reconnu une certaine vulnérabilité de ces produits. Aussi, il vient tout juste de mettre en ligne un correctif pour les imprimantes LaserJet : les utilisateurs doivent juste se connecter à la page d’assistance de leur pays où ils pourront trouver la mise à jour de sécurité. Néanmoins, en plus du système de certificat, il est recommandé de placer son imprimante derrière un pare-feu voire de désactiver la mise à jour du firmware, d’après Cnet France.  Le 27 décembre 2011 à 15:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les hyènes préhistoriques chassaientelles les humains

first_imgLes hyènes préhistoriques chassaient-elles les humains ?Des chercheurs d’Afrique du Sud ont analysé des excréments fossilisés de hyène découverts dans ce pays et y ont montré la présence de poils ou de cheveux humains. Il y a quelque 250 000 ans, l’animal – en charognard ou en chasseur carnassier – se serait donc nourri sur le corps d’hominidés. C’est dans le système de grottes de Gladysvale, dans la vallée de Sterkfontein, en Afrique du Sud, qu’ont été trouvées, voici quelques années, des sortes de ‘latrines’ utilisées par des hyènes il y a entre 195.000 et 257.000 ans. Les excréments fossilisés trouvés à cet endroit viennent d’être analysés par des chercheurs de l’Université de Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). Et surprise, ces derniers contenaient… des cheveux, ou poils, humains.Au total, ce sont pas moins de 48 poils qui ont été extraits de 12 coprolithes (crottes fossilisées) à l’aide de pinces fines. Ils ont ensuite été examinés à l’aide d’un microscope électronique à balayage, puis comparés aux données d’une base documentaire ainsi qu’à des échantillons pileux appartenant à 15 mammifères actuels de la région. Publiés dans la revue Journal of Archaeological Science, les résultats indiquent que les coprolithes appartiennent probablement à des hyènes brunes (Hyaena brunnea), une espèce qui vit encore aujourd’hui.Mais les résultats suggèrent surtout que les hyènes chassaient et dévoraient les hominidés, ou bien, en charognards, se nourrissaient de leurs dépouilles. Deux possibilités que les chercheurs ne peuvent toutefois départager dans le cas présent, les hyènes étant connues pour être à la fois des animaux chasseurs et des charognards.  Des proies comme les autres Cette découverte est un rappel que les humains et nos cousins étaient à cette époque “plus bas dans la chaine alimentaire que nous ne le sommes aujourd’hui”, a commenté dans un mail Randall Susman, paléoanthropologue de la Brook University de New York, non impliqué dans l’étude. “Nos progéniteurs qui vivaient il y a 200.000 ans étaient juste des éléments de la faune, plutôt que les rois de la colline”, a ajouté Susman cité par le National Geographic. Cependant, les chercheurs ignorent à quelle espèce d’humain ces cheveux ou poils appartiennent, dans la mesure où le fossile récolté est ici très limité. Mais l’âge des cheveux (entre 195.000 et 257.000 ans) “couvre le moment juste avant celui où nous pensons que les humains modernes ont émergé et coïncide avec l’existence et la fin des Homo heidelbergensis”, a expliqué Lucinda Backwell, paléoanthropologue co-auteur de l’étude. “Les cheveux pourraient appartenir à l’un des deux, ou bien sûr à une espèce pas encore reconnue”.Un aperçu de l’environnementÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En outre, Phillip Taru et Lucinda Backwell, les auteurs de l’étude, ont trouvé dans ces crottes fossilisées de hyène brune des poils de phacochère, de zèbre, d’impala et de koudou (grande antilope). Un bon aperçu de l‘environnement dans lequel vivaient hominidés archaïques ou proto-sapiens et mammifères, dans l’Afrique méridionale d’il y a un quart de million d’années(Crédits photo : Phillip Taru / Lucinda Backwell)Le 6 octobre 2013 à 13:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE extends television deal in Spain through 2016

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Pinterest Facebook Velvet Sky Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twittercenter_img Videos Articles WWE issued the following press release today:ATRESMEDIA AND WWE® EXTEND PARTNERSHIP IN SPAINMadrid and Stamford, Conn., November 13, 2014 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and ATRESMEDIA announced today that they have extended their television distribution agreement and promotional partnership for two more years through 2016.Since originally partnering in 2013, the ratings for WWE’s flagship program, Monday Night Raw® and SmackDown® have more than doubled over the past year, which has led to the agreement being extended for another two years on ATRESMEDIA’s channel NEOX.Additionally, tonight’s WWE live event at the Palacio Vistalegre Arena in Madrid is sold out, making it WWE’s best-selling event in Madrid since 2006.“We are very excited to continue our partnership with WWE, something we started a year ago with a clear plan to build the brand consistently for the future in Spain. The results are already here and we think that WWE together with ATRESMEDIA is a perfect match both for the audience and for the brand strength,” said Jose Antonio Antón, Director of Programming and Complementary Channels, ATRESMEDIA.“WWE is thrilled to extend our partnership with ATRESMEDIA in Spain for another two years,” said Gerrit Meier, Executive Vice President, International, WWE. “This agreement is a great example of the integrated approach we take with our partners around the world to promote both our television programming and live events to ensure significant growth of our brand.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:13Loaded: 100.00%0:14Remaining Time -0:17 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Broward Animal Care shelter set to host adoption event in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward’s animal shelter is hosting a three-day adoption event this weekend in Fort Lauderdale.The shelter will be waiving fees for all dogs and cats, including the $20 deposit to hold a stray or lost pet.Adopters will receive a special swag bag as part of the promotion.The goal is to empty kennels in preparation for next week’s deep cleaning and sanitization of the entire facility. Officials said the shelter will be closed on Sept. 11 for this to take place.The adoption event will run from Friday to Sunday at Broward County Animal Care, located at 2400 S.W. 42nd St.For more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

COMING TO THE SHRINERS Country Western Night On November 30

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Aleppo Shriners are holding its annual Country Western Night, featuring The Goat Roper Band and DJ Rich & Kathleen Crocker, on Friday, November 30, 2018 in the Fez Room at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). Doors open at 6:30pm. Dance lessons begin at 8pm. Tickets cost $10. Kids 12 and under are FREE. All proceeds will benefit the Shriners Transportation Fund.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… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Country Western Night On August 6In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For November 30, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”SAVE THE DATE: Feztival of Trees Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 22-24In “Community”last_img read more

Polar bear encounter reported in Arctic Village many miles south of normal

first_imgA polar bear on the Beaufort Sea ice in 2010. It’s rare but not unprecedented for polar bears to appear many miles south of the Beaufort Sea coastline. (Creative Commons photo by Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon/NOAA National Ice Center)A man in Arctic Village reports that in early January he encountered and shot a polar bear. That may be an unprecedented event in Arctic Village, which is over a hundred miles south of the Beaufort Sea coastline, far outside polar bears’ normal range.Jim Hollandsworth has lived in Arctic Village for about 30 years. He said he has never seen a polar bear before now. Neither have any of the elders he’s spoken to.“One of the elders had heard about polar bears before, maybe, but no one’s ever actually seen one,” Hollandsworth said.He reported that he went to check a trapline about a week and a half ago and immediately saw evidence of the bear when he arrived at his camp, which is about 20 miles from town by trail.“Tore up one of the snowmachines, flipped it completely over,” said Hollandsworth, describing the damage. “Destroyed everything all around it, um, kinda marking its spot.”Jim Hollandsworth says that the day before he encountered the polar bear, he found it had done damage to his camp, including this snowmachine. (Photo courtesy of Jim Hollandsworth)Hollandsworth didn’t see the bear itself until the next morning, when he stepped outside to put gas in the generator.“My dog barked, and the bear was on my back, right behind me. And I jumped back inside, grabbed my rifle,” said Hollandsworth. “By time I got turned around, it was heading for the door, the open door. Wanted to come in. So they got shot point-blank right there at the doorstep,” he said.Hollandsworth said it was still pretty dark out, and it was only after he’d shot the bear that he realized what it was. He said that the bear appeared to be a young female, probably about two years old.When he reported the incident to the Alaska State Troopers, they put him in touch with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency responsible for managing polar bears.Polar bears are federally protected, but there’s an exception when a bear is killed in self-defense.U.S. Fish and Wildlife did not respond to requests for comment, presumably due to the government shutdown.“It’s not common for polar bears to be way outside of the typical range, but it’s not unheard of,” said Eric Regehr, a polar bear researcher with the University of Washington who’s worked in Alaska.He said that bears in Alaska usually stay within a few miles of the coast, with the exception of pregnant females who may go farther inland to build their dens. But even those bears generally don’t venture as far south as the Brooks Range.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game provided two examples of polar bears appearing unusually far south in the past two decades: one in Fort Yukon in 2008, and the other on the haul road almost to Toolik Lake back in 2002.Regehr said that in individual cases like this, it’s very difficult to attribute cause to why a bear wandered so far from its typical area.“It seems to particularly happen with young bears,” he said. “And it’s not clear if they’re dispersing, looking for new habitat. It’s not clear if they got, you know, mixed up, if they’re just inexperienced and they went the wrong way.”He said that generally, declining sea ice due to climate change may lead some bears to appear in unusual places, but at this time of year — when sea ice is present — it doesn’t seem to him to be a likely explanation.last_img read more

BSE closes points 1036 down on November 27

first_imgNew Delhi, November 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 10.36 points down to stand at 20,414.66. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 2.00 points down to stand at 6,057.10. TTK Prestige and Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.14% and 7.23% along with HDIL and Jaypee Infratech Ltd. with an increase of 5.39% and 4.29% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Wockhardt and Pipavav Defence And Offshore Eng Ltd. with a decrease of 8.70% and 4.91% along with Indian Hotels and JetAir India with a decrease of 4.52% and 4.37% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 123.39 points at 12,267.74, while the banking sector is down 11.57 points at 12,441.76 and the realty sector is down 10.83 points at 1,316.70. The Indian currency is up 0.46 % at Rs 62.21 per dollar.last_img read more

Gold Prices Fall for 3rd Straight Day On Poor Demand Global Cues

first_imgThe weakening global trend in gold prices saw drop in prices for the third consecutive day in India. Gold prices fell further by ₹25 to ₹ 26,650 per 10 gm at the bullion market in Delhi on Monday due to poor demand from jewellers and retailers, reports DNA. Gold prices in Singapore slipped 0.4% to $1,187.27 an ounce, with Indian prices also reflecting a similar sentiment. Silver slid 0.8% $16.15 an ounce, the lowest level since 2 December. Gold prices in Singapore normally dictate price trend in India. An upswing in US employment data and a strengthening dollar has reduced gold’s appeal for investors, and the continued drop in demand from jewellers and retailers has not helped improve sentiment.Gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity fell to ₹  26,650 and ₹ 26,450 per 10 gm respectively. Representational ImageReutersSilver lost ₹ 50 to ₹ 36,650 per kg on the back of reduced offtake by industrial units and coin makers; weekly-based delivery fell by₹75 to ₹36,625 per kg.  traded at ₹62,000 for buying and ₹63,000 for selling of 100 pieces.last_img read more

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza Strip

first_imgPalestinian protesters are seen standing before tear gas fumes during clashes following a demonstration by the border with Israel east of Gaza city on 13 July. Photo: AFPIsrael’s army said it had launched airstrikes targeting Hamas in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, following bloodshed in border protest clashes that saw a Palestinian teenager shot dead and an Israeli soldier injured.The Israeli aerial bombardment came as rockets and mortars were lobbed into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, after a particularly bloody day of demonstrations at the frontier that also left scores of Palestinians injured.Army “fighter jets targeted an offensive terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military said in a statement.According to witnesses in the Gaza Strip, there were no casualties from the airstrikes, which damaged infrastructure controlled by Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, who have been in charge of the area since 2007.The strikes were conducted “in response to the terror acts instigated during the violent riots that took place along the security fence yesterday”, the statement said.It also cited “continuous arson attacks damaging Israeli territory on a daily basis with the launching of arson balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory”.Footage of Friday’s bloodshed by AFP showed one Palestinian teenager shot dead at the fence between the two territories.Fifteen-year-old Othman Rami Halles was killed east of Gaza City, health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qodra said.The ministry said a further 220 other Palestinians were wounded as protests along the frontier spilt over into clashes.The majority were involved in protests and clashes but others were seeking to breach or damage the border fence.Palestinians in Gaza have for months been demonstrating against Israel’s decade-long blockade of the territory and in support of their right to return to lands they fled or were driven from during the war surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.Since the protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30, at least 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.No Israelis have been killed.Israel’s army said grenades, molotov cocktails, flaming tires and stones have been hurled in the direction of its soldiers, one of whom was injured by a grenade.The military said some 17 launches were detected from Gaza during its airstrikes, without specifying the type of projectiles.According to witnesses in Gaza, several rockets were fired as well as around thirty mortar shells.A Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, claimed the launches were an “immediate response” to the Israeli airstrikes.They caused no injuries or damage, according to Israeli media.Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations.It accuses Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks against Israel.last_img read more

How Did a Rape Victim End Up Jailed — And How Can

first_img 00:00 /10:36 Houston Public Media/ArchiveHarris County Criminal Justice CenterLast December , a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said she would not return to testify the next day.Now the woman (referred to as “Jenny” to protect her identity as a rape victim) is suing Harris County, the Harris County Sheriff’s office, a prosecutor and a guard. And her attorney is calling for an independent investigation of the incident.Houston Matters’ producer Edel Howlin explores how the woman ended up housed in the jail in the first place and what steps are being taken to avoid something similar in the future. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X last_img read more

Full Show Government Shutdown Update And How Star Trek Shaped Space City

first_imgWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. On Monday’s Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the government shutdown as it enters the work week.Also this hour: We revisit a discussion on the legacy and impact of Star Trek on Greater Houston with Matt Abbott, flight director at Johnson Space Center, and Dr. Dorit Donoviel, deputy chief scientist with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Then, an exhibit that originated in Houston honoring child victims of the holocaust is headed to the United Nations.And, from the Rockets’ post-game controversy after a recent game against the Clippers, to James Harden returning to the lineup, to the Astros acquiring another front-line starting pitcher, we discuss the latest Houston sports stories with Jeff Balke.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video Sharelast_img read more

Unsustainable Federal Disaster Recovery System And Houston Cyclist Garner International Attention The

first_imgListen X 00:00 /11:05 A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories: A Kinder Institute report says state and local governments need to rethink how they will pay for disaster recovery and mitigationA bloodied, injured Houston cyclist keeps going, and getting international attention for raising $100,000 for his former flood-damaged training facility hereOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Natalie Arceneaux, managing partner of C+A Global Group and co-host of the Dynamic Duo of Defiance podcastJoe Holley, Native Texan columnist for the Houston ChronicleMarcus Davis, owner of The Breakfast Klub restaurant and host of Sunday Morning Live on Majic 102 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

National Capitol Labor Day Concert

first_imgThe Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 3. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on the West Front of the United States Capitol. The National Symphony Orchestra will play. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.last_img

Physicists propose mechanism that explains the origins of both dark matter and

first_imgThis 3D map shows the large-scale distribution of dark matter, reconstructed from measurements of weak gravitational lensing with the Hubble Space Telescope. The field of view covers about nine times the size of the full moon. Image credit: NASA/ESA/Richard Massey. Citation: Physicists propose mechanism that explains the origins of both dark matter and ‘normal’ matter (2010, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-physicists-mechanism-dark.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Through precise cosmological measurements, scientists know that about 4.6% of the energy of the Universe is made of baryonic matter (normal atoms), about 23% is made of dark matter, and the remaining 72% or so is dark energy. Scientists also know that almost all the baryonic matter in the observable Universe is matter (with a positive baryon charge) rather than antimatter (with a negative baryon charge). But exactly why this matter and energy came to be this way is still an open question. In a recent study, physicists have proposed a new mechanism that can generate both the baryon asymmetry and the dark matter density of the Universe simultaneously. UBC physicists make atoms and dark matter add up Explore further The scientists, Hooman Davoudiasl from Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York; David Morrissey and Sean Tulin from TRIUMF in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Kris Sigurdson from the University of British Columbia, also in Vancouver, have published their new proposal in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. They’ve dubbed the new mechanism “hylogenesis” from the Greek words “hyle,” meaning “primordial matter,” and “genesis,” meaning “origin.” “There are two problems in theoretical physics we are trying to address at once,” Sigurdson said. “The baryon asymmetry (why do we have atoms but not antiatoms in the Universe?) has really been a problem since Paul Dirac proposed antimatter in 1928 and it was discovered in 1932. And what is the dark matter? Hints of dark matter have been around since Fritz Zwicky discovered missing mass in the Coma Cluster in 1933, but its identity is still unknown. This mechanism links the formation of atoms and dark matter and helps resolve the baryon asymmetry mystery, as the total dark plus visible baryon balance of the Universe is restored.”In this matter-formation scenario, a new particle X and its antiparticle X-bar (of equal and opposite charge) are produced in the early Universe. X and X-bar are capable of coupling to quarks (the basic components of baryonic matter, e.g., protons and neutrons) in the visible sector as well as particles in a “hidden” sector (so-called because the particles in it interact only feebly with the visible sector). In this scenario X and X-bar would have been produced when the Universe heated up after inflation, in the first moments after at the start of the big bang.Later, X and X-bar would decay, partly into visible baryons (specifically, a neutron made up of one up quark and two down quarks) and partly into hidden baryons. As the scientists explain, X decays to neutrons more often than X-bar decays to antineutrons. By the same amount, X-bar decays to hidden antiparticles more than X decays to hidden particles. In this scenario, the quarks would be the baryonic matter that makes up almost everything we see, and the hidden antibaryons would be what we know as dark matter. Through this yin-yang decay pattern, the positive baryon number of the visible matter is in balance with the negative baryon number of the dark matter. “The energy densities of visible and dark matter are really close to each other (differing by a factor of five),” Tulin said. “In many scenarios, the processes that generate visible and dark matter are unrelated, occurring during widely separated epochs in the early universe through completely different physics. So, this factor of five seems like either a really big coincidence, or it could be a clue that both kinds of matter had a common origin. I think this is the main reason to take seriously these unified models of visible and dark matter genesis.”The physicists predict that this matter-formation mechanism could provide an entirely new way to look for dark matter, since it would leave a signature that could be experimentally detected. As they explain, once in a while a dark matter antiparticle might collide with and annihilate an ordinary atomic particle, releasing a burst of energy. Although this is very rare, there is a chance that experiments on Earth that look for the spontaneous decay of protons could detect dark matter.“We plan to investigate, in more detail, the prospects for dark matter detection in nucleon decay experiments, as this constitutes a distinct signature of our proposal and can open up a new front in the experimental search for dark matter,” Davoudiasl said. “Other potential signals of hylogenesis can appear in astrophysical observations and perhaps particle accelerator data, and we intend to consider these possibilities in our future work as well.” More information: Hooman Davoudiasl, et al. “Unified Origin for Baryonic Visible Matter and Antibaryonic Dark Matter.” Physical Review Letters 105, 211304 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.211304 This document is subject to copyright. 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Chalk River Isotope Reactor Decommissioning Date Set

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Until Oct. 31, 2016, the reactor produced a large percentage of the world’s medical isotopes, used in both the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening diseases. In late 2016, it ended production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the precursor to the making of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most widely used radioisotope for single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging.The 61-year-old nuclear reactor has had safety concerns requiring shutdowns to make repairs and updates over the past decade. Each time the reactor has shut down, there was a shortage of Tc-99m.  This has prompted the United States government to support plans to create a domestic supply of medical isotopes. In February 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) took steps to ensure a stable and secure supply of Tc-99m. 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Senate leadership race shows cracks in Nigerian government

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