Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Grand Chief of Treaty 6 in Alberta is calling for an independent investigator to review the RCMP’s data on murdered and missing Indigenous women in response to a decision by the Mounties to back a claim by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt that Indigenous perpetrators are responsible for 70 per cent of the solved murders of Indigenous women.During a press conference in Edmonton Friday, Treaty 6 Grand Chief Bernice Martial said the RCMP’s decision to back the 70 per cent statistic has created the need for an independent review of the data on murdered and missing Indigenous women held by the RCMP.“We demand an independent investigator to collect all information and data of missing and murdered Indigenous women held by Statistics Canada and the RCMP,” said Martial, during the Edmonton press conference. “More questions have been raised than answered. We demand answers now.”On Thursday, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch’s office released to the media a letter written by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and addressed to Martial. In the letter, Paulson said “consolidated data” from about 300 police agencies produced the 70 per cent statistic.Paulson was responding to a letter from Martial who wrote the top Mountie asking for data to back up Valcourt’s claim. Valcourt mentioned the 70 per cent statistic during a closed-door meeting in Calgary last month which Martial attended.The RCMP initially refused to back Valcourt saying its “bias-free policing policy” prevented the federal force from releasing ethnically-based information on perpetrators. Paulson’s decision to confirm the statistic runs counter to the policy.APTN asked the RCMP to explain the decision to release that statistic. The RCMP did not respond.“Why did the RCMP, when for two weeks it stated that they have a bias-free policing policy…all of a sudden change their policy within this time frame?” said Martial.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Friday added his voice to the ongoing controversy and called on the RCMP and Valcourt to share all its information on murdered and missing Indigenous women with First Nations.“It is absolutely unacceptable that important information on a priority issue is being withheld from First Nations,” said Bellegarde, in a statement. “The federal government and the RCMP must immediately release all the information they have to First Nations so we can better understand the current situation and work together toward solutions.”Bellegarde said he would be writing the RCMP to formally request the information.The national chief also took aim at Valcourt for his initial decision to use the statistic to counter public inquiry calls from chiefs during the March Calgary meeting.“Blaming the victim is no longer an option,” said Bellegarde.Martial has called for Valcourt’s resignation.It seems unlikely the RCMP would be willing to release all the information it gathered as part of its project on murdered and missing Indigenous women. While the RCMP released a report last spring and plans to release a second report in May, Paulson said in the letter existing agreements prevented it from releasing all its raw data.Paulson said the RCMP obtained data from Statistics Canada and individual police agencies across the country through signed agreements it would not be disclosing the raw information publicly.As part of its massive project to get a statistical handle on the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country, the RCMP obtained Statistic Canada’s annual homicide surveys ranging from1980 and 2012. In order to receive the information, the RCMP signed a confidentiality agreement with Stats Can. The RCMP also signed agreements with police departments across the country to obtain their information.Stats Can’s information, however, did not have completely accurate data on whether perpetrators were Aboriginal or not. The RCMP filled in the gaps found in the data by going back to individual police departments and manually reviewing the files.“The RCMP is currently the source of the most complete information on the Aboriginal identity of the accused,” said Stats Can in a statement.For the first time this coming December, Stats Can’s annual homicide survey will include the “Aboriginal identity” of victims and perpetrators.University of Ottawa criminology professor Ronald Melchers said the 70 per cent statistic that is causing so much controversy is likely accurate.“It is very consistent with everything I know,” said Melchers, who has extensive experience studying the intersection between criminal justice statistics and public policy. “A lot of people are saying we don’t know this, or we don’t know that, but we do know this very well.”Melchers said the RCMP was put in a complicated spot when Valcourt’s musings leaked into the public domain.“They did not want to do it, it violates their internal policy,” he said. “But they were forced into it…they did an assessment of what was the public interest, and the public interest was to release the information.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsLiberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted his government needs to do more to combat the high number of youth suicides in Canada but could offer no concrete plans on what the Liberals would do if re-elected this fall.Instead Trudeau highlighted what the party has done over the past four years.“[We’ve] made investments in mental health service workers, in a hotline to help out Indigenous communities, investments in education and in new schools and health centres and investments in Indigenous languages and culture,” Trudeau told reporters while in Winnipeg Thursday afternoon.Earlier this week child advocates from across Canada released a new paper on youth suicides.They also called on the federal government to implement a national suicide prevention strategy.Read More: Child advocates call for a national youth suicide prevention strategyTrudeau said it’s not just about creating a strategy it’s about making investments in Indigenous communities.“Everyday longer we take means more kids are struggling for longer,” he said. “But we have to get this right and we have to do it in the full spirit of respect and partnership.“That has been what our government has been focused on and will continue to be focused on.”First Nation people are dying at much earlier than non-Indigenous people in Manitoba, according to a new study released this week by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba.Researchers say early death rates are three times higher for First Nation people.The report also determined, “approximately 23 per cent of First Nations living on-reserve identified suicide as a community challenge.”In August, God’s Lake First Nation activated a state of emergency because of a suicide crisis. Four young people died by suicide over the summer and another 22 attempted to take their own lives.Trudeau said there is still a long way to go, “what took generations and indeed centuries to break is going to take time to fix.”Brielle Beardy-Linklater is a two-spirit advocate in Manitoba.She wasn’t impressed with what Trudeau told reporters Thursday.“What he needs to be doing is listening when people are talking. Not being defensive by reinstating the same thing over and over, which is being recited because it’s all public relations. It’s all a game,” said Beardy-Linklater.She says youth need more resources and they need them now.“It’s a big problem and it’s growing. It’s an epidemic and we’re being ignored,” said Beardy-Linklater.“Our people are not being heard so this is the time to do it.”What are the other federal parties saying?APTN reached out to each major party and asked if they would implement a national suicide prevention strategy if elected.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said on Tuesday he will support the development of a national suicide crisis if elected prime minister.“Especially when it relates to Indigenous Canadians, there’s a unique responsibility for the federal government to do that,” Scheer said. “We had a private members bill in our party for a national suicide prevention strategy. That’s something I certainly supported. And will commit to doing more as prime minister to tackle that very issue.The New Democratic Party did not provide a response from party leader Jagmeet Singh.They did refer to a motion Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus tabled earlier this year – but the statement from the party is vague on a strategy.“Youth need to be an important part of a national suicide prevention action plan. Our motion called for an analysis of priority areas and needs, followed by implementation and regular reports to Parliament on implementation,” the statement said.The People’s Party of Canada said they would not.“Health care and social services, including the issue of youth suicide, is an exclusive provincial jurisdiction. Provincial governments already have such prevention strategies. The People’s Party has promised to respect the Constitution and not intervene in these areas. We therefore do not commit to implementing a national strategy if we form government,” Martin Masse, a PPC spokesperson, wrote by email.The Green Party did not firstname.lastname@example.org
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the amounts of rain experienced for most of the summer in Fort St. John and surrounding areas, it looks like farmers are now getting a break in the weather.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, the crops and fields were affected by the steady rain but are now ready for harvest, starting on canola by the end of this week.“They didn’t mature as fast as we wanted them to because of all the rain and everything but they’re coming along now. We should have some canola start getting swathed down by the end of this week.” As for the peas, Kassian says they will be a bit delayed as they need more sun and time to dry up and mature before they are ready to harvest.According to Kassian, some of the fields were hit hard by the unfavourable weather as some had wet spots and even crops knocked down.Environment Canada is calling for mostly warmer temperatures and sun this week, with a chance of showers on the weekend.
WILMINGTON, MA — Domenic R. Danieli, Sr., age 98, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2018.Domenic was born in Boston, MA on February 23, 1920; he was the dear son of the late Lorenzo and Antoinetta (Conti) Danieli. Dom was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and was a graduate of Somerville High School.Dom enlisted in the United States Army on October 21, 1940; he bravely served in the Southern Philippines, the Northern Solomon Islands and at Guadalcanal during World War II. Dom received several commendations including the Good Conduct Medal GO 35 Headquarters 182nd Infantry 44, the Presidential Unit Citation GO 67 Headquarters American Division 43, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon as well as the Marksman Rifle 43 Combat Infantry Badge. Dom was honorably discharged on August 21, 1945 and returned home to his family.Following his return from the Army, Dom, went to work at the Cozy Grill in Somerville before taking a position as a Machinist for the Wakefield Engineering Company. Dom was a very hardworking and dedicated employee; he made lots of friends with his co-workers throughout the years.Dom then married his beloved wife Mary. The couple moved to Wilmington where they raised three wonderful sons, Dom Jr., Tom and Arthur. Dom and Mary shared many wonderful years together before her passing.Dom met Florence Lawrence and the couple became inseparable. Dom instantly became a member of the “Lawrence Clan” and he and Florence married shortly after. Dom and Florence loved spending time with their blended family in Wilmington and also heading to Pompano Beach, Florida during the winter where they had many friends.In his spare time, Dom liked to go walking, swimming in the pool and attending many potluck parties in Florida, family cookouts, and cooking. Dom was always cooking for his family and friends; he loved having everyone around the table for a good meal.Dom will be fondly remembered as a quiet and happy guy who loved being with family and friends. Dom would do anything for anyone and he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.Domenic was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Conlin) Lawrence, devoted father of Domenic Danieli & his wife Jeryl of Cornish, NH, the late Gloria, Thomas and Arthur Danieli, loving “Gramp” of Domenic, Eric & his wife Vicky and Teresa, loving great-grandfather of Noah, Kaya and Lynzie, step-father of Robert Lawrence of Wilmington, Linda Maloney & her husband Robert of The Villages, FL, Donna Blizzard of Wilmington and Jeanne Schneider of Tilton, NH, also survived by many Lawrence family grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Domenic was the husband of the late Mary Danieli and son of the late Lorenzo and Antoinetta (Conti) Danieli. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, June 14th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.Domenic R. Danieli, Sr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Charles G. Reekie, 88In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 10, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Mary R. (Causi) Marinello, 94In “Obituaries”
An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo See It Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X There are a lot of iPhones out there. Angela Lang/CNET Apple may not share how many iPhones it sells each quarter anymore. But it did offer a tantalizing tidbit as part of its latest earnings.The consumer electronics giant has an active install base of more than 900 million iPhones, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestra said on a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. The number is up year over year, with 75 million units added to the total over the last 12 months, he said.The number offers a little clarity on the health of Apple’s iPhone business, which suffered a 15 percent decline in revenue in the fiscal first quarter. But be wary of these types of numbers: companies tend to cherrypick the statistics they share to put their business in the most favorable light. Maestra said Apple would share the active installed base figure “periodically.” See It Comments Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags 2 Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Apple $520 at HP See at Amazon reading • Apple says there are more than 900 million iPhones in the wild See It $60 at Best Buy • Share your voice Read the AirPods review See All Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See it Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Phones Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 7 $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Earnings Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See at Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Comments Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS Share your voice Tags The Cheapskate Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy
Local people look on in a jade mine where the mud dam collapsed in Hpakant, Kachin state, Myanmar on 23 April 2019. Photo: ReutersMore than 50 people are feared killed after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly regulated industry concentrated near the country’s border with China.Local police described a freak accident in Kachin state on Monday night so big it created a huge “mud lake” that buried the miners as well as some 40 vehicles.”Fifty-four people are missing in the mud,” a duty officer from Hpakant township police station told AFP, asking not to be named, adding that only two bodies had been recovered so far.”There’s no way they (the missing) could have survived.”The Ministry of Information confirmed the accident and number of missing, adding that the area was mined by Myanmar Thura Gems and Shwe Nagar Koe Kaung companies.Myanmar Thura Gems director Hla Soe Oo told AFP by phone he was en route to the site but did not have further details.Local media shared images, unverified by AFP, that showed the walls of a mine stretching vertically a couple of hundred metres above a vast pool of mud, revealing only the tops of two yellow excavation vehicles.Local people look on in a jade mine where the mud dam collapsed in Hpakant, Kachin state, Myanmar on 23 April 2019. Photo: ReutersHundreds of onlookers gathered nearby, staring at the disaster site and taking photos with their phones.Fatal landslides are common in the mines with victims often from impoverished ethnic communities looking for scraps left behind by big firms.A major landslide in November 2015 left more than 100 dead.The jade industry is largely driven by an insatiable demand from neighbouring China.Watchdog Global Witness estimated that it was worth some $31 billion in 2014, although very little reaches state coffers.Northern Myanmar’s abundant natural resources — including jade, timber, gold and amber — help finance both sides of a decades-long civil war between ethnic Kachin insurgents and the military.The fight to control the mines and the revenues they bring frequently traps local civilians in the middle.A 17-year ceasefire broke down in 2011 and since then more than 100,000 people have been displaced by fighting.On coming to power in 2016, civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi promised to make the peace process with the country’s myriad armed groups her top priority — a pledge that has yet to yield significant results.
Citation: Scientists find first evidence that many universes exist (2010, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-scientists-evidence-universes.html (PhysOrg.com) — By looking far out into space and observing what’s going on there, scientists have been led to theorize that it all started with a Big Bang, immediately followed by a brief period of super-accelerated expansion called inflation. Perhaps this was the beginning of everything, but lately a few scientists have been wondering if something could have come before that, setting up the initial conditions for the birth of our universe. More information: Stephen M. Feeney, Matthew C. Johnson, Daniel J. Mortlock, and Hiranya V. Peiris. “First Observational Tests of Eternal Inflation.” arXiv:1012.1995v1 [astro-ph.CO]via: The Physics arXiv Blog Scientists glimpse universe before the Big Bang The signatures of a bubble collision: A collision (top left) induces a temperature modulation in the CMB temperature map (top right). The “blob” associated with the collision is identified by a large needlet response (bottom left), and the presence of an edge is determined by a large response from the edge detection algorithm (bottom right). Image credit: Feeney, et al. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com In the most recent study on pre-Big Bang science posted at arXiv.org, a team of researchers from the UK, Canada, and the US, Stephen M. Feeney, et al, have revealed that they have discovered four statistically unlikely circular patterns in the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The researchers think that these marks could be “bruises” that our universe has incurred from being bumped four times by other universes. If they turn out to be correct, it would be the first evidence that universes other than ours do exist.The idea that there are many other universes out there is not new, as scientists have previously suggested that we live in a “multiverse” consisting of an infinite number of universes. The multiverse concept stems from the idea of eternal inflation, in which the inflationary period that our universe went through right after the Big Bang was just one of many inflationary periods that different parts of space were and are still undergoing. When one part of space undergoes one of these dramatic growth spurts, it balloons into its own universe with its own physical properties. As its name suggests, eternal inflation occurs an infinite number of times, creating an infinite number of universes, resulting in the multiverse.These infinite universes are sometimes called bubble universes even though they are irregular-shaped, not round. The bubble universes can move around and occasionally collide with other bubble universes. As Feeney, et al., explain in their paper, these collisions produce inhomogeneities in the inner-bubble cosmology, which could appear in the CMB. The scientists developed an algorithm to search for bubble collisions in the CMB with specific properties, which led them to find the four circular patterns.Still, the scientists acknowledge that it is rather easy to find a variety of statistically unlikely properties in a large dataset like the CMB. The researchers emphasize that more work is needed to confirm this claim, which could come in short time from the Planck satellite, which has a resolution three times better than that of WMAP (where the current data comes from), as well as an order of magnitude greater sensitivity. Nevertheless, they hope that the search for bubble collisions could provide some insight into the history of our universe, whether or not the collisions turn out to be real. “The conclusive non-detection of a bubble collision can be used to place stringent limits on theories giving rise to eternal inflation; however, if a bubble collision is verified by future data, then we will gain an insight not only into our own universe but a multiverse beyond,” the researchers write in their study.This is the second study in the past month that has used CMB data to search for what could have occurred before the Big Bang. In the first study, Roger Penrose and Vahe Gurzadyan found concentric circles with lower-than-average temperature variation in the CMB, which could be evidence for a cyclic cosmology in which Big Bangs occur over and over. 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.
April 25, 2008 [front row from left]: David Tollas – Construction Manager, baby Sasha Tollas, Nadia Begin – Ceramics Staff, Matteo Di Michele – Workshop Coordinator, Italian Project coordinator, Erin Jeffries – Public Relations, and Bernadette O’Neill – Landscaping Crew. [behind Erin Jeffries and Bernadette, from left]. Tomiaki Tamura – Cosanti Foundation Director, Mary Hoadley – Cosanti Foundation Director and Treasurer, David DeGomez – Maintenance Crew. [sitting on the steps, from left]: Mario Andres Botero Giraldo – Planning Intern, Anna Greenberg – volunteer in the Foundry and Bakery, Ron Chandler – Landscaping Coordinator, Colleen Reckow – Ceramics Staff, Starlyn Cag [red sweater, Arcosanti Scholarship], Shara Brown – Construction Volunteer. [second row from top, from left]: Gabriel Hendrix – Foundry Crew, Scott Riley – Utilities Manager, in front of Lisa Willott is Melissa Soluskie – Construction Crew and Garden Volunteer, Joelle McTigue – Ceramics Staff and Archives Volunteer, Gregg Elliott – Workshop participant, Yong Su Park – Workshop participant, Antonio De Biase – Workshop participant, Jose Masaoy – Bakery Crew and Garden Volunteer, Daniel Copperman – Workshop participant, Anuj Dayal – Construction Intern, Stefano Galimberti [yellow shirt, Visitor]. [upper row from left]: Paul Vigne – Purchasing and Recycling, Amber Klatt – Archives, Graphics Volunteer and Tour Guide, Jeffrey Michael Graphics Department, Alfonso Elia – Planning Volunteer, Lisa Willott – outgoing Agriculture Manager, Nelson DeLa Rosa – Construction Crew, Cliff Hersted – Foundry Crew and Tourist Office, Brendan Scott – Construction Crew, Maggie Lamb – new Agriculture Manager, Ivan Planes Llull – Visitor. [Not in the photo]: Sue Anaya – Archives, Virginia Bateman – Gallery Crew, Michael Bittman aka Dr. Sparks – Site Electrician, Nick Bortel – Construction Crew, Andy Chao – Foundry Crew, Thomas Crowe – Café Staff, Dean Thomas – Gallery Crew, Cabiria Dourte – Foundry Crew, Linda Fournier – Ceramics Staff and Accounting, Amarillis Fuentes – Café Staff, Shane Hayden – Workshop participant, Will Holman – Construction Crew, Jim Hornberger – Foundry Manager, Melanie Husband – Accounting, Workshop Coordination Staff and Café Staff, Carri Krueger – Guest Services and Café Staff, Peter Lindgren – Café Manager, Rebecca Manning – Cermiacs Staff, Murray Natkie – Bakery Staff, Kelly Pai – Foundry Staff, Katie Schroeder – Garden Crew, Randall Schultz – Maintenance Manager, Paolo Soleri – Chief, Darina Trendafilova – Garden and Archives Volunteer, Errin Turner – Café and Gallery Staff, Ed Werman – Ceramics Manager, Tucker Zenskie – Foundry Staff. Kids: Tristan Tollas, Zeb, Jasper and Cyrus Hornberger, Charlie Wicker. [Photo & text: sa]
Tags: Rep for a Day, student, Victory 29Sep Rep. Victory welcomes local student as ‘Rep. for a Day’ Categories: Featured news,News,Photos,Victory News,Victory Photos ##### Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, welcomed Bauer Elementary student Nicholas Gunnik to the state capital to take part in the “Rep. for a Day” event on Sept. 29.Bauer Elementary student Nicholas Gunnik, left, spent the day in the state capitol building with Rep. Roger Victory during the ‘Rep. for a Day’ event.Among the highlights for the students was a swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, a tour of the Capitol building and participation in a mock committee hearing.“We presented an (mock) amendment to declare the favorite state dessert to be pie with ice cream,” Nicholas said. “It was a good committee. There have been a lot of new things to learn.”Students and parents from across the state came to learn about the legislative process and take part in the daily activities of a state representative. Selection was based on a summer reading contest, where students submitted special bookmarks to lawmaker offices and local libraries.“This has been a great event and privilege,” Rep. Victory said. “Reading is so important, and it is vital for students to continue to develop their reading and educational skills year around.”During the summer program, Nicholas read 10 different books. Visiting the Capitol was a great way to end the program, he said.“It was really cool,” Nicholas said. “I got to see how everything works. It’s a different type of thing to learn.”
James MurdochJames Murdoch is to return to Sky as chairman in a move that many believe could presage a renewed attempt by 21st Century Fox to consolidate the pay TV giant by acquiring the 60.4% of the organisation that it does not already own.Current chairman Nicholas Ferguson will step down at the end of April after 12 years on the Sky board.Martin Gilbert has been appointed as Deputy Chairman, with Andrew Sukawaty taking over his former role as Sky’s Senior Independent Director.Murdoch remained a non-executive director of Sky after stepping down as chairman in 2012 in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that scuppered what was then News Corp’s attempt to consolidate the operator.Last October, Murdoch stimulated speculation about Fox’s future intentions when he said that the group’s lack of full control of Sky was not a natural end state.“It’s difficult to find the right time to step down from chairing a great company and working with an outstanding Board and management team. I joined the Board 12 years ago, in 2004, meaning that I have been with Sky for nearly half its life. When I became Chairman in 2012, I wrote in the Annual Report that I would stay on long enough to ensure continuity,” said Ferguson.“The then virtually new Board is now seasoned and bedded in. We have completed major international acquisitions in Germany and Italy; they are running to plan and we have first-class management in place. Sky continues to grow impressively, to innovate with wonderful products and to serve its customers to the highest standard. So now is the right time for me to step back. I am sure that the company will continue to prosper under the leadership of Jeremy supported by James and the Board.”Murdoch’s taking the reins as chairman comes after strong first half operating and financial results for Sky, with 337,000 new customers and 1.1 million new product sales in the second quarter of its fiscal year. Sky had 21.477 million retail customers across all its five European territories at the end of December, 870,000 year-on-year, taking 55.866 million products, up 3.914 million.Sky in the UK and Ireland reported its strongest Q2 operating results n a decade, adding 205,000 customers and 778,000 paid for products. This included 146,000 new TV customers and 144,000 broadband customers.Sky added 120,000 in Germany and Austria with paid for product growth of 345,000. In Italy, where the company said it was hit by discounting from competitors and the loss of its Champions League rights to Mediaset, the company added 12,000 customers and 23,000 paid for products.The company saw churn fall from 10.5% to 10.2% year-on-year in the UK and Ireland and from 10% to 9.9% in Italy, but it rose in Germany from 8.3% to 9.8%.Sky posted revenues of £5.718 billion for the first half, up from £5.437 million (€7.123 billion)year-on-year at constant currency. The company posted an operating profit of £747 million, up from £667 million at constant currency, with strong growth in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. Only in Italy did it see a sharp revenue fall, with revenues dropping from £978 million to £953 million at constant currency – which included a positive currency impact of £101 million – and operating profit dropping from £31 million to £25 million, again at constant currency.Sky also highlighted a series of content initiatives including a deal with Showtime that will enable it to offer drama series including forthcoming Billions exclusively to its subscribers, along with new seasons of Twin Peaks, Ray Donovan and The Affair.Sky said it also had over 100 dramas in production or development, including nine returning series.