Pune: A Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight SG999 was delayed for over nine hours at Pune Airport on Wednesday, as it had to be grounded owing to a broken windshield glass.The airplane was scheduled to take-off from Pune Airport at 7:20 a.m., but it did not get off the ground before 4:35 p.m.According to authorities, the windshield needed urgent repair, and the requisite spares had to be flown in. This caused the delay and inconvenienced the passengers.The flight was rescheduled several times, according to passengers. Shekhar Khakurdikar, a city-based businessman and a passenger on the flight said, “Initially, we were told that there were problems with the windshield glass and that the flight would take-off by 10:30 a.m. It was postponed to another couple of hours later, while repairs were underway, then another couple of hours and so on.”He said, “I left my home at 5 a.m. and have been stranded here ever since. While we appreciate the Airline’s commitment to safety, the planes ought to be serviced more regularly to avoid such delays.”A statement issued by SpiceJet earlier in the day expressed regret for the delay informed and informed that the that maintenance work was underway. It also said some of the passengers had been diverted to other flights.
New Delhi, Jun 15 (PTI) The Union Finance Ministry has accepted the All India Council of Sports recommendation to amend the Indian Companies Act 2013s provisions and widen the scope for CSR activities in sports promotion. As per the letter sent by ministry on June 8, the creation and maintenance of sports infrastructure, upgradation and renovation of existing facilities and sports science support including setting up of Gymnasium and Rehabilitation Centres have been accepted as part of the Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. President of AICS Vijay Kumar Malhotra expressed his thanks to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for accepting his recommendations to amend the Act in respect of utilisation of CSR funds for promotion of Sports. Earlier, CSR funds were required to be spent on training to promote rural sports, nationally recognised sports, Paralympics sports and Olympic Sports. While the corporate world has shown their interest in taking up sports in a big way but the previous was restricted to the extent of sports training only and did not permit CSR funds to be utilised for sports promotion as a whole. While hailing the amendment as a landmark decision, Malhotra said he would once again request the Union Minister of Corporate Affairs to include Sponsoring National and International Competitions for the holistic development of sports in the country. In this connection, Malhotra mentioned that Mission Olympic Cell has been set up under the Chairmanship of Director General, Sports Authority of India to prepare the Indian Contingents for Olympic Games 2016, 2020 and 2024. He has also advised the DG, SAI to convene a meeting of all stakeholders to chalk out a roadmap. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisement read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri coy over Barella bid plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has refused to deny plans for Cagliari attacker Nicolo Barella.The Italy U21 international is under consideration at Chelsea as a replacement for departing midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Sarri said, “If Cesc goes away, we have to replace him. “Barella? I do not want to talk about players from other teams.”Along with Barella, Chelsea are also interested in Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.
The evaluation also indicates that patients had a high level ofsatisfaction with the navigators’ ability to address theemotional impact of the disease, physical symptoms andcomplications, the challenges of travelling to the cancer centresin Halifax and Sydney and associated financial impacts. “We are pleased to have been a pilot site for the PatientNavigation Project,” said Cathy Blades, VP community health,South West Health. “Our patient navigator, Darolyn Walker, hasworked with hundreds of patients and their families to smooththeir journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. She hashelped us establish a district cancer committee that focuses onraising awareness about cancer services. Darolyn is a welcomeaddition to our cancer team.” “When we were faced with my mother’s cancer diagnosis, we didn’tknow how to deal with it,” said Mary Cushing from ShelburneCounty. “The patient navigator, Darolyn Walker, met with us,provided a lot of really helpful information and gave us thecourage and support we needed. Darolyn set us on the right track.She was great.” Dr. Mark Dorreen, medical oncologist and acting head of medicaloncology, Capital Health Cancer Care Program, said patientnavigators are a positive addition to the cancer team. “Navigators prepare patients for their visits to the cancercentres and assist them with issues such as co-ordination ofcare, financial concerns and transportation needs. Because of thepatient navigator, I’m able to concentrate on the medical aspectsof treatment, which is more cost effective and a better use of mytime,” he said. Based on these evaluation findings, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, willcontinue to work with health districts and the Department ofHealth to ensure that all Nova Scotians have access to PatientNavigation in the near future. As a result of preliminaryfindings from the evaluation, South Shore Health and AnnapolisValley Health introduced Patient Navigation in September 2003.Patient Navigation is currently available in five of nine healthdistricts. The evaluation was conducted by Corporate Research Associates,following a competitive bidding process. It incorporated bothqualitative and quantitative research methods. Data was collectedthrough 16 focus groups, 57 one-on-one interviews, 162 patientsurveys and a review of 808 records in the patient navigationdatabase. The evaluation was designed to objectively measure theimpact of Patient Navigation. Patient navigation is the result of extensive consultation withcancer patients, family members, health professionals, communityorganizations and volunteers in Nova Scotia. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families,and the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research. Cancer Patient Navigation — a service which supports cancerpatients, their families and health professionals — has helpedimprove overall cancer care in the South West area, one of thefirst three Nova Scotia health districts to implement it, says anevaluation released today, Jan. 23, by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. The report says the programs in all three districts — South WestHealth, Pictou County Health Authority and Guysborough AntigonishStrait Health Authority — have been well received by healthprofessionals and by patients and their families. It stronglyrecommends that Patient Navigation be implemented in all healthdistricts throughout Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia’s plan for better health care, Your Health Matters,is all about improving care for patients and their families,”said Premier John Hamm. “All Nova Scotians should be proud of theprogress made in cancer care through Patient Navigation.” Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer CareNova Scotia, said the evaluation proves that the program is doingwhat it intended to do — improve community care for NovaScotians. “The navigators, working closely with family doctorsand cancer specialists, improve access to treatment andco-ordination of care, follow-up and support services forpatients and families,” she said. “Nova Scotians can be proud of the work done by Cancer Care NovaScotia,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “By investing inthis program, Cancer Care Nova Scotia reinforces its commitmentto helping Nova Scotians in their communities deal with cancer.” Findings outlined in the evaluation indicate: Patients, families, physicians and health professionals are extremely satisfied; Patients are more knowledgeable about their disease and are better prepared for appointments with cancer specialists, which is resulting in better, more efficient care; Through Patient Navigation, patients are often able to access more services in their home community; Patient Navigation is increasing collaboration among health professionals; and Cancer Care Nova Scotia leadership, district commitment and good communication are critical to the success of Patient Navigation. read more
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is launching a new investor education program, Live Stock Adventure, to help teach safe investing and financial literacy skills to students in grades 6 to 8. The Live Stock Adventure is a fun and educational activity for middle school students, to not only to raise students’ awareness of the value of saving and investing, but also to provide an innovative way to practice specific math skills such as calculating percentages and computing multi-digit numbers. “Our goal is to provide Nova Scotia youth with the skills and knowledge to make smart financial choices,” said Natalie MacLellan, investor education and communications co-ordinator for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “The Live Stock Adventure offers a fun and engaging way for teachers to introduce complex financial lessons into the classroom.” The program, initially developed by the Youth Outreach Project Group of the North American Securities Administrators Association, has been adapted for use in Nova Scotia. Interested teachers can contact the commission to receive a free Live Stock Adventure kit. The kit contains a limited edition deck of playing cards, instruction booklet, score sheets and classroom posters. Teachers can also request a commission staff member to come to present the program to students. For more information, visit the commission’s website at www.beforeyouinvest.ca/2011/10/live-stock-adventure/ . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. The commission is a member of the North American Securities Administrators Association, the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. Its membership consists of the securities administrators in Canada, 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico. read more
CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – More Firefighters from northeast B.C. are headed to help fight forest fires in other areas of B.C.The Peace River Regional District has sent volunteers from the Charlie Lake Fire Department to Burns Lake. The Department will send tender three and two volunteers to help in the wildfire response. According to the PRRD, they will be providing water tender service to wildfire and structure protection crews. Two more volunteers will be deployed in eight days to replace the current volunteers.The Department still has two trucks at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall and 22 volunteers to support any local fire responses. The Pouce Coupe Fire Department has also sent crews to help. Four members from Pouce Coupe Fire and Rescue left on Friday for Dease Lake.Members of the Fort St. John Fire Department left last week to help in Dease Lake/Telegraph Creek. The City said they would be sending three firefighters and a specialized four-wheel-drive wildland fire engine to work with a Structure Projection Specialist and task group to protect homes and businesses affected by the wildfire.Over 560 forest fires are burning in B.C. The Province announced Friday that a campfire and open burning ban would be put in place for Northeast B.C. as of noon on Saturday. Click here for details. read more
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 6, 2017 9:02 am MDT A giant fireball is seen as a wild fire rips through the forest 16 km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta on highway 63 on May 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward TORONTO – The Insurance Bureau of Canada says last year set a record for insurable damage, estimated at more than $4.9 billion.The industry group says that’s $1.7 billion higher than the previous full-year record set in 2013, when insurable damage totalled $3.2 billion.Canada’s most costly disaster last year, according to the Insurance Bureau, was the Alberta wildfires that forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta., and surrounding areas.The Insurance Bureau says the wildfires resulted in about $3.7 billion in insured damage, making it twice as expensive as the previous most expensive natural disaster on record.Insurance Bureau president Don Forgeron says the industry is calling on governments to implement policies that prepare Canadian communities for more severe weather due to global climate change. Alberta fires push Canada’s insurable damage to record $4.9 billion in 2016: IBC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
Oxford University has been contacted for a comment. An Oxford University student has appeared in court charged with raping a woman at a party.Oliver Mears began studying chemistry at St Hugh’s College in September last year. He appeared at court on Monday and spoke only to confirm his name and enter pleas of “not guilty” to rape and sexual assault.The court heard how the 19-year-old scientist has put his studies on hold for an academic year to concentrate on his upcoming trial, which is due to start next year.Defending him, Alphege Bell told Guildford Crown Court that a sexual encounter had taken place at a party in Horley, Surrey, between July 22 and July 24, 2015.The trial was due to last between five and six days and was set to start at the same court on January 22 next year.Recorder of Guildford Judge Robert Fraser was told that “a large number” of people who were at the party when the offence allegedly took place were set to be called at witnesses.Mears, of Horley, Surrey, is due to stand trial at Guildford Crown Court on January 22 and has been released on conditional bail.Judge Fraser added: “I have set the date for your trial. We have brought it forward a month to January 22. You have to be back in court then.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
The Trump Bump? An increase in trust for news media A major new report gives Irish news publications some “chinks of light”, writes Dr Jane Suiter. Share4 Tweet Email Jun 22nd 2017, 9:30 PM Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 9:30 PM TheJournal.ie is now the main online news source for Irish people>Journal Media reporters win five plaudits at Justice Media Awards> Dr Jane Suiter By Dr Jane Suiter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 43 Comments THE NEWS MEDIA has been facing a tumultuous time, but there are some chinks of light emerging. Perhaps it’s a Trump Bump but news consumers across Europe and in Ireland are beginning to trust the media more and in particular the media they consume.At the same time, the gap is widening between trust in the news media and social media. Some 72% of Irish news consumers trust most of the news they receive most of the time and 70% say the news industry does a good job helping them distinguish fact from fiction, according to the latest Reuters’ Digital News Report for Ireland.There is some evidence over the past few years that the rise of social media has led to increased distrust of news media. The possible reasons for this are myriad but include the speed of dissemination of false news, the filter bubbles which social media can engender, and the algorithmic triggering of negative emotions.FacebookGiven the ubiquity of Facebook as a purveyor of news this should encourage the social media giant to do more in terms of helping with fact checking, penalising fake news purveyors and tweaking algorithms to ensure users see a wider range of stories. We also know that the plurality of people do not understand the nature of algorithms and personalisation and indeed there are even questions as to whether Facebook does. But it also provides an opportunity for quality media to demonstrate their unique value and is a welcome platform to build from.Today’s report found that globally only a quarter of global survey respondents think social media do a good job in separating fact from fiction, half the level who believe the news media do so. In Ireland and in countries like the US, and the UK people are twice as likely to have faith in the news media. Only in Greece do more people think social media is doing a better job, primarily because they have very low confidence in news media.Brexit and Trump have had a big impact. Trust has fallen seven percentage points in the UK since the Brexit referendum. There are now valid questions around media practices of simply providing a platform of “he said/she said” to news consumers. More critical engagement and analysis is no doubt required.Encouraging signsBut there are also encouraging signs. The New York Times added some 308,000 (net) new digital subscribers in the first three months of 2017, a record gain that has been partly attributed to the Trump presidency. The same is true of The Economist and The Washington Post among others.In some countries, the report finds a strong link between low trust and perceived political bias and to a lesser extent commercial bias. In the US those on the political right are almost three times as likely to express distrust in news organisations that they see as being part of the “liberal mainstream media” oft touted by Trump. They are also much more likely to trust sources they use themselves, such as Fox News.In Ireland these are not significant factors for most people and more Irish news consumers believe Irish news is free of undue commercial and political influence than the international average but people do still tend to trust their own sources rather than those they do not use.Trust in media?To unpack some of this we added some open-ended questions on why people do or do not trust media and crucially do and do not trust social media. Very encouragingly for Irish news media, three times as many respondents give reasons for trusting the news media as for distrusting it. And most people trust either because they believe in the professional standards, such as verification and sourcing and so on, or they simply believe the news media is generally unbiased.The kind of responses we see are that “they have reliable sources”, “they back up what they say with evidence”, “they call out fake news” and so on. In terms of people’s reasons for not trusting the news the largest category was a belief that journalists were unwilling to reveal the news with typical comments that “there is a lot of scaremongering”, or “they reveal one side” or “they tend to dramatise everything”.Interestingly, when we turn to the reason why people trust or do not trust social media we see that the pattern is reversed. Here we can see that 68% of people give reasons as to why they distrust social media while 32% give reasons to trust. Turning first to those who trust social media, the major reason is the belief that the news here is unfiltered and comes from ordinary people including their friends. However, this only accounts of 11% of those who give a reason for trusting or distrusting social media. Very few believe in either crowd sourcing and even fewer in the access it gives to multiple professional sources.What this all points to is a possible realisation on the part of news media consumers that there is a difference between quality news and algorithmically generated serendipitous news on social media. If that can be built upon more widely that would be a chink of light for the beleaguered industry.Jane Suiter is director of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism at DCU -fujomedia.eu. With support from the BAI, FuJo conducted analysis for the Ireland chapter of the Oxford Reuters Digital News Report (Ireland) 2017. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3458829 2,141 Views read more
Greek Australian Senator Arthur Sinodinos, aged 62, has recovered from cancer and is heading back to Canberra after being away for 16 months.His long battle with stage-four lymphoma required months of chemotherapy, and he was seen in Canberra last August following a call from former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The senator could not refuse Mr Turnbull’s call at a time when the then prime minister’s leadership was at stake. Those who saw him were evidently shocked, as he looked tired and grey.A lot has changed since then. Australia has a new prime minister, foreign minister and attorney general. When Senator Sinodinos was diagnosed he was the minister for industry, innovation and science – a portfolio he was reluctant to let go of, but he had to focus on his health.First symptomsSenator Sinodinos had first noticed that something was amiss with his health when he felt a tingly feeling in his lower lip in the middle of 2017. His legs felt heavy and weight loss was another concern. A lover of his Greek mother’s cooking, the senator who once weighed 100kg is now 70kg.His illness has given him a new focus, and he hopes to turn his attention to the bone-marrow registry that has made his own life possible after a 32-year-old match was found in Germany. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Dans l’intimité des gorilles, des images superbes au coeur du parc national des VirungaRépublique démocratique du Congo – Le parc national des Virunga a été créé en 1925. Il est le plus ancien parc national du pays et abrite, entre autres espèces remarquables, une grande partie des derniers gorilles des montagnes. Situé dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo, le parc national des Virunga couvre partiellement les montagnes des Virunga, près du Rwanda et de l’Ouganda. Riche d’une faune et d’une flore exceptionnelles, il est notamment réputé pour les importantes populations de gorilles des montagnes qu’il abrite. Menacés par les braconniers, la destruction de leur habitat, le commerce de la viande de brousse mais aussi par certaines maladies humaines qui provoquent leur mort, ces grands primates sont aujourd’hui en grand danger. À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosLeur présence permet pourtant à la région de bénéficier des revenus du tourisme (même si cette activité présente elle-aussi des dangers pour les animaux). 650 gardes forestiers chargés de protéger les gorilles et, plus généralement, le parc national des Virunga travaillent également au sein de ce cadre naturel. Malgré leur présence, l’Homme et la nature ont encore bien du mal à trouver un équilibre pour vivre et se respecter. Découvrez des images de ces animaux au sein du parc naturel des Virunga : https://www.maxisciences.com/gorille/les-gorilles-du-parc-national-des-virunga_art7624.htmlLe 5 juin 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
Poetry is all about making connections, and Claudia Castro Luna sees deep connections between people and places. As Seattle’s first official Civic Poet, she was the creator of the Seattle Poetic Grid, an online map that links familiar sites in the city to poems people have written about them. Now she’s Washington’s poet laureate, and headed for a visit and reading in Vancouver tonight at the downtown community library.Castro Luna also unflinchingly draws painful links between people, places, politics and history. In a recent open letter to children now seeking asylum in the United States, she recalled a century of U.S. invasions, interventions and manipulations in Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The current flight of desperate people from war, poverty and civil chaos south or our border is nothing but a predictable outcome of reckless American imperialism, she wrote in the piece, published in December in YES! Magazine of Bainbridge Island.“The U.S. has disrupted economic and political life in Central America but now refuses to see in your tired faces the outcome of its opportunistic history in the region,” she wrote.She’s drawing on personal experience. Castro Luna grew up in El Salvador and was 13 years old in 1981, when two men knocked at the family door and asked after her mother. The 13-year-old proudly informed them that her mother was teaching at the local elementary school, she recalled in an interview with Humanities Washington.She didn’t realize she was talking to a death squad. This was at the height of El Salvador’s brutal 12-year civil war; teachers and readers were mistrusted by the right-wing government, and the school’s principal had already been assassinated. The family fled their home immediately upon learning of young Claudia’s accidental reveal, but their new neighborhood was awash in gunfire and grenades. The family eventually immigrated to the United States, safely and sanely — not on foot in a mob — because Castro Luna’s mother had applied, years earlier. read more
Friday — 30,202 adult fall chinook, 4,558 jack chinook, 13,718 adult coho, 362 jack coho, 3,858 steelhead. Water temperature was 67.1 degrees. Streamflow was 80,900 cubic feet per second.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Summer BashThursday, August 9, 5 pm-7:30 pmLocation: Swain Green near 4th of July Bldg.Join us for WML’s third annual Summer Bash! Bring your lawn chairs and your blankets! Relax and enjoy dinner from the Amigos Locos Tex-Mex or Amigos Locos Cantina food trucks (affordable prices plus kid friendly options). Mimzee’s Ice Cream Truck will be there if you want to purchase a cool treat. Music will be provided by Vanessa Trien and the Dancing Monkeys. Children’s games and entertainment will be part of the evening’s festivities. Balloon twister Casper the Spectacular will be making his famous balloon creations!Adult EventsBob Ryan: Boston Sports *RRMonday, August 6, 2:30 pmBob Ryan, retired columnist for the Boston Globe and author of Scribe: My Life in Sports, will share his favorite memories of covering the Boston sports scene. Ryan began writing for the Globe in 1968 and his column still appears occasionally. Ryan is a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters.”Fiction Critique Group*RRMonday, August 6, 7 pmLove writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Podcast Panel *RRWednesday, August 8, 7 pmWant to start a new series but trying to watch less TV? Love audiobooks but short on time? Try a podcast! Join podcasters David Ells and Jill Rogati (Ride Home Reactions), Brad McKenna and Lisa Kapala (Bridging the Digital Divide), and Jennifer Tierney (How to Make a Memory) for a panel presentation on how they got started, why they do it, and what’s to come. Moderated by WCTV’s Executive Director Shaun Neville.Networking for Success *RRMonday, August 13, 2018, 10 amNetworking is one of the best ways to find your ideal job and accomplish your goals, but how many of you do it regularly and enjoy it? How about trying a different no pressure approach? Join Career and Life Coach Clare Harlow for a network check-up and reboot. You’ll have fun while gaining tips and strategies you can use networking and in interviews. You never know- your next best job contact could be sitting next to you!How to Cha Cha Cha! *RRTuesday, August 14, 7 pm“Two, three, chachacha!” Come and learn the cha cha cha with the directors of Dance Fever Studios, Emil and Ruta Ioukhnikov. Learn the rhythm and syncopation of the dance, basic steps, and arm and shoulder movements. Dance Fever is the prime ballroom dance studio in the greater Boston area. Join us as we step, strut, and swing through summer – no partner required.Kids & TeensPJ StorytimeMonday, August 6, 6:30 pmWear your snuggly pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsPreschool Storytime: Mo Willems BooksTuesday, August 7, 10 amThis storytime includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5Travel Club Musical Road Trip: New York City *RRTuesday, August 7, 3 pmJoin us as we explore New York City! We’ll learn about the city, play games, make crafts, and listen to disco music! Grades 1-3R.E.A.D. & Meet the Author *RRWednesday, August 8, 3 pmRead P.S. I Miss You by local librarian-turned-author Jen Petro-Roy, then get to meet her and discuss her book! Grades 5-6Baby TimesThursday, August 9, 9:30 amThis program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. Infants through 24 months.Time for TwosThursday, August 9, 10:30 amThis fun program is for two year-olds and features books, songs, rhymes, music and movement. Parents and caregivers accompany the child into the story room and participate in the activities.Teen Escape the Room: Library Edition *RRFriday, August 10, 2pm, 3pm, 4 pmCompeting with a team of up to 8 people, teens must stretch their problem solving skills and escape the room together before the buzzer sounds! Grades 6-12Library NewsLibrary Hours Friday August 10The library will be closed Friday August 10 from 9 am to 12 noon for staff training. The library will be open from 12 noon to 5 pm that day.Food for Fines in AugustIn lieu of fines, the library will accept items for the Wilmington Food Pantry as payment during the month of August. In support of this effort, we ask that the items brought be comparable in cost to the fines owed.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. 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Politics Walmart Facebook Twitter Share your voice Comments Mourners set up memorials after the El Paso, Texas, shooting. Getty Images Shortly before the alleged gunman behind Saturday’s deadly mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, entered the store, he apparently uploaded a 2,300-word, hate-filled manifesto to the internet. The destination: 8chan, an imageboard that calls itself the “darkest reaches of the internet.” Authorities are still investigating the link between the document and the man who allegedly killed 22 people. But 8chan has already carved out a reputation as a notorious haven for racists, trolls and, increasingly, killers. The gunman who killed 51 people in two New Zealand mosque shootings in March was linked to an 87-page white nationalist screed that appeared on the site before he attacked. Another shooter suspected of killing a person at a synagogue outside San Diego in April posted links to a hate-filled open letter and tried to use 8chan to share a livestream on the site. Copies of the manifesto tied to the El Paso shooting suspect also popped up on Twitter and Facebook. A Twitter spokesman said it was “proactively removing this content.” A Facebook spokeswoman said posting the manifesto to praise or support the shooting violates its rules but sharing excerpts to condemn the violence or inform people about the shooting are allowed. Facebook is also blocking links to sites that contain the manifesto. Online imageboards like 8chan, which allow users to post text and photos, are the latest manifestation of social media as a way to spread racism and white supremacy. Many of these sites have little or no moderation, turning them into online versions of the Wild West. Cloudflare, an internet security company, said it pulled protection from 8chan, which forced the site to go offline, because “they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple deaths.”8chan didn’t respond to a request for comment. Here’s what you need to know about the online messaging board: 8chan went offline after website security company Cloudflare pulled its support. Screenshot via The Wayback Machine. What is 8chan?It’s an online imageboard that was created in 2013 by computer programmer Fredrick Brennan, who came up with the idea while on mushrooms. Unlike other social media sites such as Facebook, users can post anonymously and the company has allowed extremist content. 8chan, which is no longer run by Brennan, has been under fire for being a hub for white supremacists and racists. 8chan lets users post photos and texts about any topic without having to register on the site, according to an FAQ on the site. 8chan has one rule: Don’t post, request or link to any content that’s illegal in the US. But it doesn’t moderate content the way that other tech companies do. Brennan is no longer involved with 8chan. Jim Watkins, a US Army vet, and his son now run the site. What’s been 8chan’s response to the mass shootings?Requests for comment to 8chan’s administrator email address and two Twitter accounts associated with the site weren’t returned.On Tuesday, Watkins said in a YouTube video that the gunman “posted on Instagram and not 8chan” and the company has been working with law enforcement. “Later, someone uploaded the manifesto,” he said in the video. “However, that manifesto was not uploaded by the Walmart shooter. I don’t know if he wrote it or not, but it was not uploaded by the murderer that is clear.”The FBI declined to comment on Watkins’ statement. Facebook-owned Instagram said it disabled an account tied to the suspect on Saturday but the account hadn’t been active for more than a year. “We have found nothing that supports this theory,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement in response to Watkins’ remarks. The founder of 8chan, however, called for the site to be shut down. “Shut the site down,” Brennan said in an interview with The New York Times. “It’s not doing the world any good. It’s a complete negative to everybody except the users that are there. And you know what? It’s a negative to them, too. They just don’t realize it.”Why isn’t the site working anymore?If you try to log on to 8chan right now, you’ll see an error message that reads the “server IP address could not be found.” That’s because a website security company called Cloudflare has dropped the site, making it vulnerable to hackers. Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince called out 8chan’s bad track record when it comes to mass shootings.”8chan has repeatedly proven itself to be a cesspool of hate,” he wrote in a blog post on Monday. 8chan said in a tweet that the site might be down for 24 to 48 hours as it scrambles to find a solution. What are imageboards and where did they come from?8chan and 4chan, another imageboard, have most often made headlines in the US, but imageboards have a long history. Imageboards — message boards that emphasize photos over text and are usually anonymous — originated in Japan two decades ago.The lineage for modern imageboards, according to The Daily Dot, goes back at least to the Japanese site 2channel, launched in 1999 by internet entrepreneur Hiroyuki Nishimura. The forum inspired the popular Japanese site Futaba, which eventually became the model for 4chan. In 2015, 4chan founder Christopher Poole said he was selling his site to Nishimura. Like any other forum on the internet, the content on imageboards can range from mundane to niche and fringe. That includes topics like anime, junk food, cosplay or porn. But platforms like 4chan and 8chan have become notorious as gathering places for people spreading hate or extremism.Why did people flock from 4chan to 8chan?4chan users began to look beyond the platform in 2014, when Poole started to clamp down on threads related to Gamergate. The online movement gained notoriety for its harassment campaigns, as well as becoming an early playbook for the alt-right. As part of the campaign, users began doxxing prominent women in the gaming community, posting personal information like their home address and Social Security numbers, according to Splinter News. Brennan, 8chan’s founder, began to bill his site as a “Free Speech Friendly 4chan Alternative.” In 2015, The Washington Post described 8chan as the “more-lawless, more-libertarian, more ‘free’ follow-up” to 4chan. Originally published Aug. 5, 1:15 p.m. PT.Updates, Aug. 5: Adds comment from Twitter and information about copies of the manifesto. Also adds comment from Facebook. 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End TransmissionSpace Ghost: Coast to Coast ended not with a bang, but with a whimper. 1997 was the show’s peak, with 27 episodes. 1999 had only eight, then they took a year off, and 2001 had eight more. The next year saw the very last Space Ghost: Coast to Coast air on Cartoon Network. In “Live at the Fillmore,” the 93rd episode of the series, the crew runs out of money before they finish and the screen goes dark.What happened? According to an interview I did with animator C. Martin Croker, the production company had 60 interviews in the can and ready to go, including a legendary unseen one with Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers. But 2000’s AOL / Time Warner merger marked the end of the freewheeling days at Cartoon Network, and the crew went their separate ways.The show would be brought back in diminished form a few years later for Turner’s game streaming service GameTap, but without the involvement of most of the original creators it was a shadow of its former self. There were some good jokes, but Space Ghost: Coast to Coast was more than jokes. It was a feeling, a teetering on the brink of chaos where the lead character could spend nine minutes slowly crawling after an ant, or the show could have loud, atonal guitar jazz dubbed over the entire episode.Cartoon Network would bring Space Ghost out of mothballs a few times, including in 2010 when they had him interview The Room director / star Tommy Wiseau in between an airing of his notorious cult movie, and rumblings of a return have circulated through the entertainment gossip mills.Ghost ChildrenThe success — relatively speaking — of Space Ghost emboldened Cartoon Network to create additional programming in the same surreal style. 2000 saw the premiere of Sealab 2021, which recycled assets from dimly-remembered eco-adventure toon Sealab 2020 to produce a surreal workplace comedy. An abandoned Space Ghost episode, Baffler Meal, spun off a trio of anthropomorphic fast food mascots into Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Supporting character Brak got his own series as well. And all of these things came together under the umbrella of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late-night block of shows all hewing to the 15 minute Space Ghost format.For nearly as long as television has been on the air, shows have been 60 or 30 minutes. Halving that curiously gave the Adult Swim crew a new kind of freedom — jokes that would get old in a half hour format worked in half the time, and decisions that were obnoxious or aggravating didn’t wear out their welcome. It’s a direct line from Space Ghost to Eric Andre, Tim & Eric, and meme culture. The whole idea of appropriating an old, disposable cultural product to deliver your subversive message is the core mechanic of the Internet age.An entire aesthetic of comedy grew from Space Ghost’s cowled head. The erratic, awkward editing, mish-mash of visual styles (live action celebrities, dated animated characters and a set that was sculpted out of plexiglass and filmed separately) can be seen all over YouTube. And even though the original show is a quarter century old, it still seems weird and new today. Do yourself a favor and book a trip back to the Ghost Planet, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes.Space Ghost: Coast to Coast is streaming on Adult Swim.More on Geek.com:Remembering ‘Babylon 5,’ One of the Smartest Sci-Fi Series EverThe Story of ‘Warrior,’ Bruce Lee’s Long-Delayed TV SeriesThe Best Adult Animation Anthologies 11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix MoviesRevisiting ‘Passions,’ the Craziest Soap Opera Ever Live From the Ghost PlanetThat first episode aired at 11:00 PM on April 15, 1994. Everything about it was non-standard. Because Cartoon Network had no traditional programming blocks, episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast could clock in at 15 minutes with a single commercial in the middle — half the length of a standard show. And it certainly didn’t scan like anything else on the air. Space Ghost, director Moltar and bandleader Zorak would verbally fence (and sometimes with energy beams) back and forth as their bemused guest tried to keep up with what was happening.The show quickly found its groove, with the writers squeezing every drop of juice they could from the source material. Crawford Communications, a production house in Atlanta, was brought in to create a little new animation to fill gaps. Each episode required as many as 1,000 footage edits, so it wasn’t easy to produce. But it was cheap, and people watched it — new Space Ghost episodes saw Cartoon Network’s viewership jump 20 percent.Those early episodes were edited in a photocopier closet and written in conference rooms at night after Turner execs had gone home. They introduced bizarre subplots and started to stray farther and farther from the format. It wasn’t long before the higher-ups noticed and got Lazzo and crew to lend Space Ghost to another show on TBS, Cartoon Planet, where he and cat-faced villain Brak introduced old cartoon shorts. It’s crazy to think that a bargain basement late-night talk show made from recycled materials could change the face of television, but it happened. The creation of Space Ghost Coast to Coast took a nascent Cartoon Network from a dumping ground for hokey old toons to a daring, edgy original content platform. The surreal 15-minute chat program laid the groundwork for Adult Swim and so many of the tropes and rhythms of modern animation. Twenty-five years after its unassuming premiere, let’s return to the Ghost Planet to see how it all happened.Begin TransmissionTed Turner has always had a reputation for being scrappy. When he got CNN off the ground, the maverick businessman saved money by working as an on-screen anchor. TBS and TNT both filled their airwaves with whatever they could get the rights to in the early days, including pro wrestling andCartoon Network was no different. In 1991, Turner bought the animation library of Hanna-Barbera, which combined with their previous purchases of MGM and Fleischer Studios’ pre-1986 libraries gave them something like eight thousand hours of cartoon programming. Only one problem: most of it was… pretty crusty. Cartoon Network hit the airwaves with pre-1948 Warner Brothers toons, black and white oddities and a few series that were also shown on its sister networks.So Turner had a 24-hour cartoon channel. But running completely on reruns simply wasn’t sustainable. For Cartoon Network to grow, they’d need original programming. Only one problem: they didn’t have any money.Animation is expensive to make — especially 25 years ago, before computer technology became exponentially cheaper. So laying out the budget to create completely new animated series was out of the question for the fledgling network. Programmer Mike Lazzo went to Turner and asked for some cash, only to be told “use what you’ve got.” But not the big names — although Cartoon Network owned the libraries, they didn’t have the rights to the characters, so they couldn’t, say, make new Scooby-Doo adventures.Lazzo and his team started batting around concepts using some of Hanna-Barbera’s also-rans like Wacky Races, and eventually settled on Space Ghost, a forgettable 1966 series about a masked adventurer and his teen sidekicks battling alien villains. But the Cartoon Network crew had a different idea: inspired by the Late Night Wars pitting Leno against Letterman against Arsenio, they would use the character as a talk show host instead. They made a backdoor pilot in a Turner closet using a CNN interview with Denzel Washington and were off to the races. Stay on target read more
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. Citation: Physicists investigate electron fractionalization into not two, but three components (2010, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-physicists-electron-fractionalization-components.html Interestingly, the Higgs boson or something similar to it may also play a role in Xu and Sachdev’s model. As they explain, the Majorana particle can undergo quantum transitions that are associated with the Higgs.“Our parent Majorana liquid can exhibit quantum phase transitions to other many-electron states, in which there is qualitative change in the nature of the forces between the quasiparticles,” Sachdev said. “These forces are mediated by particles called ‘gauge bosons,’ which are similar to gauge bosons in elementary particle physics: for example, the photon that mediates the electromagnetic force, the gluon that is associated with the strong force, and the W and Z bosons that are associated with the weak force. Also in elementary particle physics, the Higgs boson is needed to make the weak force short-ranged; without it, the elementary particles would be in a new phase with a long-ranged weak force that has been presumed to exist only moments after the Big Bang. Similarly, among our many possible quantum states with different types of entanglement and quasiparticles, there are quantum transitions associated with changes in the density of bosons very similar to the Higgs boson of elementary particle physics.”Overall, a better understanding of electron fractionalization could have useful applications, such as in designing quantum computers and achieving quantum entanglement at long scales.“Our theory leads to a deeper understanding of the different types of quantum entanglement in many-electron states at very low temperatures,” Sachdev said. “Quantum computers manipulate the entanglement in a complex manner, and we have shown there is a richer variety of available entangled states and have unified their understanding.” Experiment tests underpinnings of quantum field theory, Bose-Einstein statistics of photons In order for electrons to fractionalize, many of them must be tightly confined so that they repel each other. In trying to stay apart, the electrons modify how they behave so that their magnetism (which is associated with spin) and charge separate into the two new quasiparticles. In condensed matter physics, quasiparticles are phenomena of groups of particles that behave as if they were particles. Physicists first observed spinons and holons in 2009 by confining electrons in a quantum wire and detecting how electrons in a nearby metal could tunnel into the quantum wire by splitting into the two quasiparticles.One unsolved part of electron fractionalization involves figuring out what happens to an electron’s Fermi statistics after spin-charge separation. Fermi statistics describe the properties of all particles that obey the Pauli Exclusion Principle, which says that no two of these particles can occupy the same quantum state. In the Standard Model, these particles include all the fermions, one of which is the electron. The question that physicists ask is, when the electron fractionalizes into its spin and charge, where do its Fermi statistics go?As Xu and Sachdev explain in their new study, there are two main answers to this question. Put simply, the Fermi statistics have previously been proposed to be either with the spin or with the charge. But Xu and Sachdev suggest that these seemingly divergent possibilities can be unified into one picture. The physicists suggest that the electron fractionalizes into not just two, but three components that carry the electron’s spin, charge, and Fermi statistics. While spinons and chargons (or holons) are the first two carriers, the Fermi statistics are carried by a Majorana fermion. The physicists also illustrated these ideas on a honeycomb lattice to demonstrate how the proposal works.“A central problem in quantum physics is understanding the varieties of exotic quantum states of many-electron systems: their long-range quantum entanglement and the nature of their quasiparticle excitations,” Sachdev told PhysOrg.com. “We show that most previous proposals can be unified under a single theory in which the central quasiparticle is a Majorana particle which carries only the Fermi statistics of the electron, but neither its spin nor its charge. Our theory leads to new types of quantum many-electron states, and also provides an improved and unified understanding of the previous disparate proposals.” More information: Cenke Xu and Subir Sachdev. “Majorana Liquids: The Complete Fractionalization of the Electron.” Physical Review Letters 105, 057201 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.057201 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. Explore further One of the many intriguing puzzles in physics is the strange behavior of the electron as it fractionalizes into two separate quasiparticles. These quasiparticles, called spinons and chargons (or holons), carry the electron’s spin and charge, respectively. In a new study, physicists Cenke Xu and Subir Sachdev of Harvard University have investigated this phenomenon, called spin-charge separation, and have developed a model that unifies two previous theories to propose a more complete electron fractionalization process. read more
Cancun, Q.R. — A spray of bullets in central Cancun has left two dead and three injured in a parking area at the Soriana supermarket across from the city’s ADO bus terminal.Witnesses reported the shooting around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when two men on a motorcycle apparently began shooting at a man in SM 2 between Tulum Avenue and Uxmal.According to the 911 emergency report, several people were reported injured by gunfire. Municipal and state police were quick on scene followed by ambulances.The injured have been identified as 43-year-old René N, 25-year-old William N and 29-year-old Leonel N. Also injured was 40-year-old Ingrid N and 27-year-old Abigail N, who received a bullet wound to the head.All injured were transferred to hospitals for treatment. Abigail, who was rushed to IMSS, has since died from her injuries. She was the wife of one of the injured men, 29-year-old Leonel N. They were originally from Puebla.He said he was walking with his wife when he heard the shots. They tried to run but he felt his leg was injured. That was when he noticed his wife lying on the ground.Members of the General State Prosecutor’s Office arrived to take over the investigation along with personnel from the Forensic Medical Service for the removal of the body of the man.The official identity of the deceased man is not known. It is not known if he was one of the listed injured. Police have not released any possible motive for the attack.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) read more
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians had reportedly been after LeBeau as a senior defensive assistant, but the 77-year-old LeBeau won’t take the gig. According to various reports, it appears ex-Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will not be shifting his allegiances to the Arizona Cardinals. Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Gerry Dulac reported Sunday that LeBeau didn’t want to move across the country.Cardinals talked Asst head coach/defense w Dick LeBeau; he didn’t want to move to Arizona.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 26, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona is expected to hire a new defensive coordinator from within the organization. Top Stories 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact read more