Amendments to Education Act Take Effect

first_imgElected school boards can now more effectively manage the conduct of their members after amendments to the Education Act. The amendments give more authority to elected school boards to discipline board members. They also clarify the Minister of Education’s authority when responding to the conduct of school board members. “Nova Scotia has a long tradition of community-based school boards,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “Their work is valuable, and we look forward to strengthening the working relationships within school boards and among all education partners. “These legislative changes ensure that board resources are well-managed, relationships are respectful, and the best interests of the province’s students are considered in all decisions.” The Department of Education consulted with school boards over the past year to establish regulations to support the amendments, introduced in November 2008. Under the legislation, school board members will be required to take an oath of office agreeing to adhere to the prescribed code of ethics. Individual boards may add their own items to their code of ethics as long as they include the standard items. Boards will also be required to adopt standardized procedures for the conduct of meetings. Board members must inform the chairperson in advance if they wish to leave a meeting, to ensure the board has the proper quorum. The new regulations also prohibit board members from disclosing confidential information. Boards will have authority to censure individual members for violating the board’s code of ethics. It includes the power to suspend a member for one to three months, or to recommend to the minister to vacate a member’s seat. A censured board member will have the right to an appeal. The minister will retain authority currently under the act to replace an entire board, but with the ability to appoint one or more individuals to act as the board. The legislation also defines how school board vacancies will be filled. Vacancies less than six months before a school board election will remain vacant. For vacancies six months to two years before an election, the Minister of Education will appoint a person in consultation with boards. Special elections will be called to fill vacancies more than two years before a school board election.last_img read more

Indigenous groups buying stake in new transmission line through northern Alberta

first_imgCALGARY — Canadian Utilities Ltd. says seven Indigenous communities have accepted its invitation to take a 40 per cent interest in a power transmission line between Edmonton and Fort McMurray in northern Alberta.The Calgary-based utility company and its partner Quanta Services Inc. announced in June they had signed a deal to sell Alberta PowerLine for about $300 million and the assumption of $1.4 billion of debt to a consortium including TD Greystone Asset Management.As part of the sale, Indigenous communities along the transmission line route were given the chance to buy up to a 40 per cent combined equity interest, with the final ownership mix based on acceptance.The Indigenous communities that are investing in the line are the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Bigstone Cree Nation, Gunn Metis Local 55, Mikisew Cree First Nation (by way of the Mikisew Group of Companies), Paul First Nation, Sawridge First Nation and Sucker Creek First Nation.Canadian Utilities and Quanta won a bid to build the 508-kilometre transmission line in 2014 that began operation in March. Canadian Utilities will remain as the operator of the line over its 35-year contract with the province’s Alberta Electric System Operator.The agreement is the latest move by Indigenous communities to take energy infrastructure equity. In 2017, the Mikisew Cree and Fort McKay First Nations closed a deal to buy a 49 per cent interest in an oilsands tank farm near Fort McMurray for $503 million from Suncor Energy Inc.“Throughout the project, we developed an exceptional relationship with the teams at Quanta and implemented a comprehensive Indigenous contracting strategy totalling $85 million, which allowed us to complete this state-of-the-art project ahead of schedule and on budget,” said Siegfried Kiefer, Canadian Utilities CEO.“Now, we are pleased to provide Indigenous communities with the opportunity to make a long-term investment in critical energy infrastructure that will provide them a stable source of income for years to come.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Top 100 Canadian CEOs now making 200 times more than average worker

first_imgCanada’s top 100 CEOs are now making 200 times more money than the average worker for the first time in history, according to the latest data from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.Using 2016 earnings, the centre’s report “Climbing Up and Kicking Down” pegs the average for the CEOs at $10.4 million, compared to the average worker’s total of just under $50,000.The report says to put that in perspective, those executives made the average worker’s yearly pay by 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 2.CCPA Executive Director Peter Blair said 2016 data represents many records being broken.“They’ve broken the 200 to 1 barrier,” Blair said, noting the CEOs made 193 times more in 2015, but now it’s 209. “Now the minimum to get into that club is $5.3 million, up from what was $3.7 million, so that’s also a huge jump.”The report notes the difference between CEO compensation and the average workers, specifically around stock-based compensation.For example, base salary only makes up about 11 per cent for the executives, while another 33 per cent is share-based, 26 per cent from a bonus and 15 per cent is option-based.“This is almost certainly due to federal discussions over this period about possibly cancelling or lowering the stock option deduction, a sweetheart tax loophole that reduces the taxes paid on stock options by half,” report author David Macdonald said.Canada’s top 2016 earner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. CEO Joseph Papa is a good example of share-based earnings.While his base salary was just under $1.3 million., he made over $55 million from share-based options, along with over $12 million in bonuses and over $13 million in option-based compensation.The CCPA report suggests comprehensive tax reform and changing the share-based model.“You’re looking at providing motivation to these top CEOs, which is entirely around short-term gains, and not tied to performance, be it profits or revenue and real corporate growth in the long-term,” Blair said.Blair has often heard the criticism that he’s suggesting socialism or communism when he talks about better income equality, but he said that’s not the case and that CEOs should certainly be paid appropriately for company growth.“What we have is a runaway train here that people are getting away with it and just pushing forward and pushing forward and it’s not doing anybody any favours,” he said. “We get the kinds of mergers and acquisitions and other kind of paper deals that generate increases in stock value, as opposed to real infrastructure building, corporate infrastructure building that we all need.”TOP ALBERTA EARNERS:Based on the 2016 data, the top Alberta earner was Canadian Pacific Railway LTD. CEO Hunter Harrison at over $18.8 million for the year, making fifth on the list overall.Other Alberta CEOs in the top 50 include:7 – Encana President and CEO Doug Suttles-$17.5 million20 – Canadian Natural Resources LTD Executive Chair Murray Edwards-$11.8 million26 – Suncor Energy President and CEO Steven Williams-$11.4 million27 – Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco-$11.3 million32 – Shaw Communications Executive Chair James Shaw-$11.2 million42 – TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling-$10.1 millionTo read the full report, click here – read more

Northern Governor notes need to win the hearts of Tamils

The newly appointed Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray today noted the need to win the hearts of the Tamils affected by the war.Speaking at a meeting with the Chief Prelates in Kandy, Reginald Cooray said that while the country has won the war it has yet to win the hearts of the Tamils. Cooray succeeds HMGS Palihakkara, who had completed his term in office. (Colombo Gazette) Cooray took oaths as the new Governor of the Northern Province before President Maithripala Sirisena this week. He said that his role as Governor of the Northern Province will be much easier since the Tamils in the North have accepted his appointment.

Slovakian President calls for reforms to international security sector to ensure peace

The international system must implement security sector reforms to adequately address conflicts and terrorism, as well consolidate peace and the rule of law in post-conflict regions, the Slovakian President told the United Nations General Assembly today.“We cannot have a secure, safe and stable environment without effective arms control and disarmament procedures in place as the basic instrument for conflict prevention,” Ivan Gašparovic told world leaders on the first day of the Assembly’s annual Debate. “The signing of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has shown that the UN has the potential to make history and substantively contribute to increasing security in the world through its shared commitment to taking a responsible approach to arms trading.”Mr. Gašparovic said Slovakia is prepared to do everything necessary to help the treaty enter into force. The ATT is the first international treaty regulating the global arms trade. It was overwhelmingly approved earlier this year in the UN General Assembly. The vote was the culmination of a decades-long push to halt illegal shipments of weapons such as missiles, combat aircraft and attack helicopters.He also endorsed other international treaties that would help address security issues such as the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which would ban all nuclear tests in all environments, for military or civilian purposes, and called on the international community to reach an agreement on a comprehensive convention on international terrorism. “Terrorism continues to remain one of the most serious threats to peace and security. It plays a key role in many conflicts. A majority of its victims are civilians,” he said. “We can find a solution through our joint efforts only, under the UN’s auspices.”In addition, Mr. Gašparovic emphasized that security sector reform is a key component in post-conflict development and in strengthening the rule of law, and reiterated Slovakia’s commitment to work with the UN to build the Organization’s capacities in this regard.“If we cannot give people security, safety, education and jobs, they will be quick to draw guns again in desperation,” he said. “There can be no peace without economic stability and prosperity.”To prevent further conflicts, countries must ensure sustainable development and social stability, two topics which will be addressed during this session of the General Assembly. This has enormous potential to be effective if countries work together, he said, adding that: “Slovakia wants to actively participate in the preparation of development goals beyond 2015 and is getting ready for a new stage in development cooperation.” read more

Mali UN mission says three civilians killed two peacekeepers wounded by mine

“MINUSMA [UN Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission] strongly condemns such acts aimed at paralyzing operations on the ground and indiscriminately targeting the United Nations, or innocent civilians,” the Mission said in statement.Around 12:30, MINUSMA went to the scene to find two peacekeepers wounded – one seriously – following the explosion of another mine 5 km south of the UN mission’s camp in Tessalit.MINUSMA sent its condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery to its peacekeepers.

Alcorn State downs Rust 10366 behind Howard Crosby

LORMAN, Miss. — Maurice Howard set career highs with 26 points and eight 3-pointers, Troymain Crosby added a career-high 22 with three 3s and six assists, and Alcorn State made 15 of 37 3-pointers and ran away early from NAIA-member Rust College 103-66 on Saturday.Reginal Johnson scored 15 points and Kobe Wilson and Jael Scott had 10 each for the Braves (2-6), who shot 54 per cent and 42 per cent from distance and lead the Southwest Athletic Conference with an average of eight 3s per game.Leading scorer Deshaw Andrews, averaging 14.4 points per game, scored nine for Alcorn State, which is 11-0 against non-Division I opponents under coach Montez Robinson.The Bearcats led 10-8 on Kortez Wade’s 3-pointer, but Wilson’s jumper tied it and sparked an 18-1 run capped by Howard’s 3 and the Braves led 52-21 at halftime. Khari Jabriel Allen’s free throws capped a 7-0 second-half run and the Braves led by 23 points, then by 34 on Crosby’s 3 with 7:08 to play.Wade scored 19, Quentin Pough had 18 and Ke’Jerrick Taylor 11 for Rust (0-8), which shot 40 per cent and turned it over 23 times.The Associated Press read more

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Bianchi wants Napoli to overcome victim mentality

first_imgNapoli legend Ottavio Bianchi has urged his former side to get rid of the “victim mentality” if they want to make exploits in the modern game.Bianchi who won the Scudetto with Napoli believes It’s the only area where they haven’t grown exponentially ahead of tonight’s game with Milan.“In some ways, the only area where Napoli haven’t grown exponentially over the years is in their victim mentality. That’s just an extra chance given to the opposition. He disclosed to Football Italia.“In my days, Napoli would fight to avoid relegation one year and finish mid-table the other. At that time, you knew you were representing a great city, but now you are representing a big club too.“Now the club has been at the top for years, a side with a precise identity and Carlo Ancelotti can now ‘make the most’ of Maurizio Sarri’s work, adding his own ideas to build on the existing project.Do not miss out on the Serie A action tonight!⚽️📢AC Milan takes on Napoli by 7:30 pm.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Searching for high odds?🤔Bet on our Special Pick👇🏽— BLACKBET.NG (@BlackbetNG) January 26, 2019“Ancelotti has done really well to not completely tear it down and start again. He is getting the best out of his players with squad rotation, not going overboard. They say the best Coach is the one that does the least damage.”Nonetheless, Juventus are still streaking out in front on their way to a potential eighth consecutive Scudetto.“Juve are putting together results that can never be repeated, but it’s also because all their challengers have fallen at more or less the same time. If Inter, Milan and Roma return to playing at a certain level, it’ll be easier also for Napoli to challenge Juve.”last_img read more

David Wagner admits Huddersfield have problems

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner admits the club has problems both in defense and in attack following their shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Bristol City.The former Borussia Dortmund youth coach admits he faces a tough task of raising the morale of his players after their 1-0 loss to Bristol on Saturday.The Terriers, who are bottom of the Premier League, suffered more misery against th Championship club with Josh Brownhill’s 72nd-minute strike proving the difference between both clubs.“We have lost the last nine games in a row and seven of them have been by one goal,” said Wagner, according to Yorkshire Post.“It’s tough to pick the players up and it’s the same for everyone at the football club.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“We are in a difficult period and I didn’t see it coming, but we have to get through it.”Asked if he felt under pressure, Wagner replied:“To be honest, I’m not the right person to get asked this question, which is why I can’t answer it.”“The fact is the responsibility is mine for what has happened at the football club in the last three-and-a-half years, and that includes what’s happening at the moment.”last_img read more

School bond projects approved for San Diego public schools

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 5, 2018 Posted: December 5, 2018 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, center_img Updated: 7:23 PM School bond projects approved for San Diego public schools 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The San Diego Unified School District is forging ahead with plans to update and modernize its schools. On Tuesday, the SDUSD school board formally approved project plans for Measure YY which was passed by voters last month.To show reporters how the bond money will be spent, we were invited to tour a middle school in Clairemont. Innovations Middle School lives up to its name, in reflecting the latest innovations in school design. The school district’s top priority is to renovate and sometimes replace older school buildings that have exceeded their useful life.On our tour, Lee Dulgeroff, the head of the district’s facilities, planning and construction department shows us a typical classroom which has the digital capabilities to support a student populationthat does most of its learning through computers and other electronic devices.“We have a fiber optic backbone that runs at 10 gigabits per second and a really robust wireless network. It’s costly to provide the backbone but we believe it’s an investment well made because it’s so integral to learning today,” Dulgeroff said.On another part of the campus, we visit a technical education classroom, where students get hands-on experience with computer coding and making objects by using laser cutters and 3-D printers. A dirt lot outside the building is a work in progress.The school bond money will pay for the creation of a grassy park area, which can be used by community members before or after school and on weekends.In a joint use agreement, the school district pays for the land and the city covers the maintenance, so the benefits of using the park can be shared by students and by people in the neighborhood.Measure YY will also pay for upgrades to school security and ensuring lead-free drinking water in the schools.The improvements are planned for faclities throughout the district and Dulgeroff said no school will be overlooked. last_img read more

American Royalty How Our Political Dynasties Relate To British Monarchy

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Americans are fascinated by royalty — just look at how the recent royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle captured our collective attention. The same thing happened in 2011 when Prince William married Kate Middleton. And yet, the United States was founded on the basis of resistance to traditional royalty. Even our first President George Washington purposefully avoided any royal titles or anything resembling what the country had just fought so hard to break free from.However, it does seem that, despite that resistance, we have, over time, cultivated a number of dynastic families that could almost be considered American “royalty.” Think of the Kennedys or the Bushes, two prominent political families where multiple members have held office over a number of years and continue to be part of the public consciousness.So, what is it about these families that sparks our interest? And what about families local to Texas or Houston that carry a similar weight? Houston Matters talks it over with University of Houston historian Nancy Beck Young. Listen The Bush family in the Red Room of the White House (January 2005). Seated left to right: Marvin Bush, Laura Bush, George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, George H. W. Bush, Jeb Bush. Also pictured, from left: Georgia Grace Koch, Margaret Bush, Charles Walker Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Doro Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, Robert P. Koch, Pierce Bush, Maria Bush, Neil Bush, Ashley Bush, Sam LeBlond, Robert Koch, Nancy Ellis LeBlond, John “Jebby” Bush, Amanda Bush, George P. Bush, and Columba Bush. center_img 00:00 /06:30 X Sharelast_img read more

Pioneer previews integrated floating image display technology

first_imgThe Pioneer FV-01 Floating Vision system. FV-01 system The system makes use of a 3D module that has an LCD module mounted on the back. The system then uses a specially designed 3D lens, mounted in the front, which allows the image to appear as if it is floating in space. Since it only relies on one projection, and not the traditional right and left eye perspectives of older 3D systems the screen can project a clear image from a variety of angles and without the use of glasses. At the Embedded Systems Expo demonstration the in-car navigation system was paired with multiple touch panel displays. The system allows a user to select an object on the touch screen panel the same way that you would with most navigation systems. Then once a hand is swiped over the Floating Vision display the image of the object that the user selected is projected into the 3D display map. This system is similar to the FV-01, a PC connection system that creates a floating 3D display, currently being sold by Pioneer. The company hopes to move from the USB connections of the current systems to integrated systems in the future with the use of the Floating Vision system. © 2010 Explore further Japanese Researchers Develop Portable 3D Display System Citation: Pioneer previews integrated floating image display technology (2011, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. ( — Pioneer has recently conducted a demonstration of its floating image display technology, which is being called Floating Vision, that allows for a small sized 3D floating screen to be projected into spaces like the dashboard of a car. The system, which was shown off at the Embedded Systems Expo, uses a set of infrared sensors that allow this projected screen to be used in a manner similar to that of the current touch screen systems in use, in a limited capacity at the present moment. The system was demonstrated both in a car, and in the context of a customer service scenario. last_img read more

Study shows fairy wrasses perceive and respond to their own deep red

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Fluorescence characterization of C. solorensis. (a) Male fish illuminated with broad-spectrum white light; (b) same individual under monochromatic blue illumination. (c) Excitation (dashed line) and emission (solid line) spectra of opercular scales. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0787 Citation: Study shows fairy wrasses perceive and respond to their own deep red fluorescent coloration (2014, May 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Researchers find blind fish use novel type of navigational aid 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. More information: Fairy wrasses perceive and respond to their deep red fluorescent coloration, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 28 May 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0787AbstractFluorescence enables the display of wavelengths that are absent in the natural environment, offering the potential to generate conspicuous colour contrasts. The marine fairy wrasse Cirrhilabrus solorensis displays prominent fluorescence in the deep red range (650–700 nm). This is remarkable because marine fishes are generally assumed to have poor sensitivity in this part of the visual spectrum. Here, we investigated whether C. solorensis males can perceive the fluorescence featured in this species by testing whether the presence or absence of red fluorescence affects male–male interactions under exclusive blue illumination. Given that males respond aggressively towards mirror-image stimuli, we quantified agonistic behaviour against mirrors covered with filters that did or did not absorb long (i.e. red) wavelengths. Males showed significantly fewer agonistic responses when their fluorescent signal was masked, independent of brightness differences. Our results unequivocally show that C. solorensis can see its deep red fluorescent coloration and that this pattern affects male–male interactions. This is the first study to demonstrate that deep red fluorescent body coloration can be perceived and has behavioural significance in a reef fish.center_img © 2014 Explore further Most fish that live in deep ocean water are blue, which is generally thought to be because blue light is able to pass through the water above and other colors are not. That makes it almost impossible for those that reside in such deep waters to see any other color, thus there would be no point in being any other color. No point that is, unless you’re a fish that can not only produce a fluorescent color, but are able to see it as well. That appears to be the case with fairy wrasses (who live at depths of 30 to 200 feet)—the tops of their heads are colored fluorescent red and parts of their foreheads are yellow. Such coloring must have a purpose, the researchers surmised, likely to ward off rivals or predators or to attract a mate—the reasons behind most such coloring in fish that live closer to the surface. To find answers to their questions, the trio ventured to Indonesia, where the fish reside.First they conducted a field study, watching the fish in their native environment. Then, they bought some specimens and put them in water tanks outfitted with mirrors. The mirrors were so the fish could see themselves, obviously, which being creatures with small brains, would naturally assume were other male fish. Upon seeing themselves in all their full colored glory, the males attacked. When filters were put in place that allowed the fish to see themselves without the fluorescent coloring, however, the reaction was much less pronounced, proving that the fish were able to see the coloring and had a tendency to react to it. The study is the first to demonstrate that deep red fluorescent coloration can be seen (and responded to) by a reef fish. The researchers next plan to test females of the species to determine if male coloring is also meant to attract a mate. ( —A trio of researchers with the University of Tübingen in Germany has found that the fairy wrasse (Cirrhilabrus solorensis) is able to perceive its own deep red fluorescent coloring and responds to it in aggressive ways. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Tobias Gerlach, Dennis Sprenger and Nico Michiels describe field and lab studies they conducted that appear to prove that the fish is able to see fluorescent colors.last_img read more

Proposed diamond maser could operate at room temperature

first_img(—Before there were lasers, there were masers—devices that operate in the microwave regime and other wavelengths that are longer than those of visible light. But while the first masers were built back in the 1950s, they have failed to achieve the same commercial success as lasers due to their demanding operating conditions: gas masers require high-vacuum conditions and solid-state masers require ultracold liquid-helium temperatures (about 4 K) to operate. In a new paper published in Nature Communications, Liang Jin, et al., from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Stuttgart, have proposed a concept for a diamond maser that can operate at room temperature. With the potential to achieve a coherence time of a few minutes, the maser could pave the way for widespread applications.The biggest advantage of using diamonds is that diamonds have nitrogen-vacancy center spins that have the longest known lifetime at room temperature of any known solid-state spin, and a long spin lifetime is essential for achieving a key maser mechanism: population inversion. In population inversion, more spins exist in an excited state than in a lower-energy state, and so a long spin lifetime is required. The problem is that the spin lifetimes in most solids at room temperature are much too short—often just a few nanoseconds—to achieve useful population inversion.In contrast, the diamond spins have a lifetime of about 5 milliseconds at room temperature, making them an ideal candidate for a room-temperature maser. These spins can be rapidly pumped to their excited state with the help of a magnetic field, and even though a magnetic field may complicate the device’s experimental realization, the researchers expect that the challenge can be overcome with commercially available magnets.If the diamond maser could be realized in the future, it would be the second room-temperature solid-state maser demonstrated so far. In 2012, researchers from the UK reported in Nature the first such device, which they made out of an organic material (p-terphenyl doped with pentacene), which has a lifetime of about 0.1 microseconds—about 1/50th of that of the proposed diamond spins. Although the pentacene-based device marked an important milestone as the first room-temperature maser ever demonstrated, its spins could not completely reach the ground state but instead existed in an intermediate, metastable state. As a result, the pentacene maser had low efficiency and could only operate in pulsed mode at a low rate. The researchers of the new study hope that the proposed diamond maser will improve in these areas, with the potential to achieve a higher stability, higher efficiency, and longer masing time. “The diamond maser can work at room temperature and in a continuous wave mode, in contrast with the pentacene maser,” coauthor Renbao Liu, Physics Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, told “Also, the diamond material is very stable under high-power pump, which is not the case for organic materials.”If a maser can be realized with these features, it could have a variety of applications for microwave technologies, including radar and high-precision clocks. Portable, room-temperature masers could be used for ultrasensitive magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study minerals. The maser could also be used as a low-noise amplifier for space communication. “Room-temperature microwave amplifiers with a noise temperature of about 1 K can be employed to amplify microwave signals from satellites, or used in space to detect microwave signals from remote universe backgrounds,” Liu said.In the future, the researchers will work on experimentally demonstrating the maser, along with running more realistic simulations and studying the collective quantum coherence effects in the diamond spins when coupled to microwave photons. Journal information: Nature Illustration of the room-temperature diamond maser. Credit: Jin, et al. ©2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited Citation: Proposed diamond maser could operate at room temperature (2015, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from MASER power comes out of the cold: Researchers demo solid-state MASER capable of operating at room temperatures 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. More information: Liang Jin, et al. “Proposal for a room-temperature diamond maser.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9251 © 2015 Explore further , Nature Communicationslast_img read more

The audience witnesses the Bratya magic again

first_img‘Sateroi July’, a post-Godhra carnage play which is written by the actor, director, and playwright Bratya Basu, left a lasting impression in the mind of the audience present at the Academy on the evening of June 1. Protagonist Rakesh Catterjee was played by Bratya Basu who won the heart of the audience despite losing the case in the biased court proceedings led by a public prosecutor, Pankaj Parekh which was played by Biplab Bandyopadhyay. It was a production by ‘Thealovers’, Kolkata on day 4 of the festival. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDay 5 of the International Theatre Festival began with the traditional, ‘Bishnu Basu Smarak Baktrita’, in memory of Late Dr. Bishnu Basu. The speaker was legendary thespian – Meghnad Bhattacharjee, who delivered a lecture on ‘Chemistry between an actor and a director’. The programme was chaired by Bijoy Mukhopadhyay of Ballygunge Swapnasuchona. Followed by two plays, ‘Mulya’ and ‘Char Adhyay’, both written by Bratya Basu. Bratya again showed his supremacy on stage with a completely different style of acting in the play ‘Mulya’ with the packed audience in the room. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProduced by Ballygunge Bratyajon, the play is an adaptation of Asit Mukhopadhyay’s play ‘The Price’ by Arthur Miller. Asit Mukhopadhyay’s daughter, Senjhuti Mukhopadhyay played the female lead in the play.Poulomi Basu took the centre stage as Ela in the next play, ‘Char Adhyay’, written by Rabindranath Tagore in which Bratya Basu gave the theatrical form to the novella and the theatre was produced by Sandarva. The day concluded with the felicitation of two talented theatre artists of Bengal, Rajib Bardhan, and Suvojit Bandyopadhyay.last_img read more

Headon car crash leaves four injured

first_imgA two-car crash involving a Yucatan vehicle and one from Belize has left four injured. The crash happened in the vicinity of the new customs area of Subteniente López near the Belize border.Police report that the two vehicles hit head-on, injuring four people. The accident took place around 1:00 p.m. when the oncoming car invaded the lane of the oncoming SUV. The head-on crash left one person unconscious and trapped inside the SUV. Police say the trapped woman had to be cut out of her vehicle.They also added that the other three people involved in the crash did not suffer life-threatening in injuries.Police, ambulances and nearby firemen rushed to the scene in response to the 911 emergency call. When they arrived, they found a Honda car with Yucatan plates had collided with a Belize-plated SUV.Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.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)last_img read more

Super BowlElections and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgThe Super BowlSunday! Sunday! Sunday! Feb. 2 is going to mean pandemonium in Costa Rica, partly because of a nail-bitingly close election, and partly because of the great battle between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. Lots of expats are already well equipped with high-def TVs and fridges full of Budweiser, but if you’re looking for some company, consider visiting one of the many U.S.-style sports bars in town, such as The Sportsman’s Lodge (Barrio Amón, San José), Chubbs Sports Bar (San José, Escazú), and Goool! Sports Bar (Escazú). There shouldn’t be any shortage of places to catch the game, since pretty much any U.S. chain restaurant will be airing it live.Super Bowl XLVIII takes place Sun., Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. (Costa Rican Time). Info: NFL website.Los Okupas to showcase artistsTwenty artists from the Los Okupas (“The Squatters”) collective will give presentations of their works, from short films to music, dance, and fine art. Catch this diverse showcase at Amón Solar, a cultural space within Bar El Sótano. A free concert takes place at 11 p.m. both nights.El Sótano takes place Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Bar El Sótano, Barrio Amón. 8 p.m. 1,500 ($3). Info: Selma Solórzano, Mauricio Miranda, 8827-9168.Music: SINEM Ensemble features children’s orchestraYoung students from the Carmen Lyra National Children’s Orchestra will show their classical skills in Cartago – the second of a two-part concert series.Concert takes place Jan. 31at Church of Paradise, Cartago. 6 p.m. Free.Art opening: “Spacial Constructions”U.S. native Michael Baker presents his abstract sculptures, shaped from metal, at Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Baker will be there for the grand opening of “Spacial Constructions,” his Calder-esque celebration of physical form.Exhibit opening takes place Feb. 1 at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Liberia, Guanacaste. 1-10 p.m. Free. Info: Hidden Garden website.Historical cartoon exhibitionHow better for kids to understand history than through comic strips? Eighteen illustrated works tell the early history of Costa Rica, thanks to a comics workshop hosted by the Juan Santamaría Historical Museum.Exhibit continues through Feb. 27 at the Juan Santamaría Historical Museum, Alajuela. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Info: Museum Facebook page.Music: Social ClubSocial Club is a showcase series for young and upbeat musicians. Dancing encouraged. Featuring the visual art of Diego Fournier.Concert takes place Jan. 31 at Mundoloco El Chante, San Pedro, San José. 2,500 ($5). 9 p.m. Info: Red Cultura website.Music: TragedyThe Portland-based hard-rock band plays Bar La Burbujita, joined by a host of Costa Rican outfits.Concert takes place Feb. 2. Bar La Burbujita, Barrio San Francisco. 5 p.m. 2,500 ($5). Info: Red Cultura website.More American footballIf the Superbowl just isn’t enough, tune into American football in Costa Rica. A live game happens today in the Central Valley: Bulldogs vs. Saints.Game takes place Jan. 31 at Pipilo Umaña Stadium, San Vicente. 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. ₡2,000, or Free for children 12 and under. Info: Facebook Comments Related posts:A jungle concert, St. Paddy’s Day, and other stuff happening in Costa Rica Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Arts festival, music festival, yoga festival, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

La Negrita please fix my peacock

first_imgMy goal-scoring leg Everything about this person Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Related posts:19 photos from Costa Rica’s annual romería PHOTO REPORT – Faces of the faithful: A journey along Costa Rica’s romería Costa Rica’s patron saint to be enthroned in the Vatican President Solís to sit out annual Costa Rican religious pilgrimage to Cartago Some body part between my upper thighs and chest Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times My severed middle finger On Friday and Saturday, thousands of Catholics will converge on the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles in Cartago for Costa Rica’s annual pilgrimage, theromería. Many pilgrims have already begun their treks from the far corners of the country in order to make it to the church for Saturday’s mass in honor of the country’s patron saint, the Virgin of Los Ángeles.According to the legend, on Aug. 2 sometime in the 17th century, an indigenous woman was gathering wood in the forest when she came across a small statue of a woman holding a baby in her arms. She took the statue home with her and put it on her shelf, but the next day the statue had disappeared. The woman returned to the forest and found the statue in the same spot as before. She took the idol home a second time, but it again returned to the same spot in the forest. After witnessing the phenomenon, a local priest declared that the statue was a message from the Virgin Mary that a church should be built in that spot; that church is now Cartago’s basilica.The main attraction for any romero, or pilgrim, is La Negrita herself. Standing only 20 centimeters tall, the petite statue will be front and center in the church during the romería, surrounded by thousands of people clambering inside for a glimpse. But even those deterred by the idea of wrestling with sweaty pilgrims for a look at La Negrita can still leave an offering for the virgin in the Área de Exvotos in the church’s basement.Like most patron saints, La Negrita is believed to possess healing powers. In order to tap into these abilities, pilgrims bring the statue tiny metal trinkets to represent whatever problem they want solved. The church has collected these offerings for almost 400 years and displays some of them in glass cases in a mini-museum.The actual stockpile of offerings is much too large for the basilica’s meager basement. The overflow — especially the valuable gold overflow — is held in a vault at the Banco de Costa Rica. According to church officials, a large museum is in the works to show off the rest of the artifacts.Many of the museum’s charms are obviously homemade, but for those not well-versed in the blacksmithing arts, the church’s religious artifacts store is right across the street. According to one of the store’s cashiers, Gabriel Cantillo, the store has been taking care of pilgrims’ metal-offering needs since 1982. The religious artifacts store behind the church can take care of all of your tiny metal offering needs. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times“We try to keep every type of offering anyone would want,” he said. “We carry everything from full bodies to cars to eyeballs.”But if the offerings on display are any reflection, the needs of the pilgrims seem to go beyond the imaginations of the church store’s employees. The display cases house everything from the predictable — hearts and lungs — to the abstract — houses and flowers — to the downright eccentric — a peacock. Some carry notes, thanking La Negrita for her help, and others are inscribed with indecipherable symbols.Though the church saves all of the offerings, the stories behind them are lost as soon as the pilgrim leaves the trinket behind, and while the tiny metal body organs carry obvious meaning, the significance of the more esoteric charms will forever remain a mystery.“As for most of the offerings left behind, we can only wonder,” Cantillo said.Here are some of our best guesses.La Negrita, please fix… Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times My lungs My arm My cow Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times My earlast_img read more

Italian chef missing at sea on Princess Cruises cruise

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A search is underway for Italian chef Angelo Faliva, who is believed to have fallen overboard from the Princess Cruises’ “Coral Princess” around Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Angelo was last seen in the kitchen of the “Coral Princess” at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday during his dinner shift. Faliva’s sister, Chiara Faliva, said the family was alerted Thursday that he had been reported missing and that a life preserver was also missing, with its nighttime illumination flares torn off and left aboard the ship.”He surely didn’t jump off. It wasn’t suicide,” she said from the family’s home in Cremona. “We think there was an accident or a homicide.” The “Coral Princess” left Miami on Nov. 23, and was sailing between Aruba and Cartagena, Colombia when Faliva went missing. Colombian maritime authorities are investigating the incident, alongside the Italian foreign ministry and the FBI. The ship is due to dock in Los Angeles on Dec. 7. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more