Halifax tech incubator Volta Labs triples in size touts track record

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax tech incubator is tripling in size to become what the province says will be one of Canada’s largest technology hubs.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced $2.25 million in funding Tuesday for Volta Labs over three years.“This funding will give more entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia the support they need to start great companies,” McNeil said. “It will also help our vibrant startup community continue to grow.”Volta’s space in a downtown office building is expanding to 60,000 square feet, from 20,000, allowing more space for startups, as well as an event space.Volta Labs, established in 2013, says more than 50 early stage companies have worked out of its Maritime Centre space, and 70 per cent of its companies are still in business.It says those companies have raised more than $50 million in equity funding and currently employ more than 290 full-time staff.Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs, said in a statement the money allows it “to be the place where high-potential founders come together, learn from each other, and build globally competitive companies.”“This investment will help us support entrepreneurs and create a home for the technology community in Halifax,” he said. “This is key to building Halifax’s innovation district.”Since launching in 2013, Volta has received more than $6 million in funding, including $3.1 million from the province and another $2.9 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.Volta offers various programs and support to resident startups, such as sales and marketing training, design resources and one-on-one sessions with in-house experts in finance, legal, public relations and other areas.The tech incubator also hosts retreats to help entrepreneurs “get away from it all to recharge and provide support to each other,” according to the website.last_img read more

Australia refers India to WTO over sugar cane subsidies

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia — Australia is referring India to the World Trade Organization over subsidies it pays its sugar cane farmers, which Australia says creates a surplus that’s affecting its own farmers.Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says Australia made the WTO referral after previously raising concerns with India over what Canberra says are more than $725 million ($1 billion AUD) in subsidies paid to Indian farmers.Birmingham says while the case may take a long time to be resolved, he hopes it will prompt India to changes its mind on the subsidies.Initial discussions on Australia’s case would take place at the WTO’s Committee on Agriculture meeting later this month.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stats demonstrate economic importance of automotive industry in Canada

OTTAWA — The automobile and auto parts manufacturing industry remains a key driver of Canada’s economy. Here’s a look at the numbers, taken from a report published in April by McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre:— An average of 2.4 million vehicles were built annually in Canada over the past five years.— The automotive industry directly employed 140,404 Canadians in 2016, an increase of almost 15,000 since 2012.— Three Ontario auto assembly plants — Ford in Oakville, Toyota in Cambridge and Fiat Chrysler in Windsor — are among the six biggest employers in manufacturing and resource extraction in Canada. Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor plant is the largest manufacturing workplace, with more than 6,000 employees.— Canadian-owned automotive parts manufacturers employ 51,923 people — more than half of all employment in this sector globally.And according to the U.S.-based Observatory of Economic Complexity:— Vehicles were Canada’s second largest export, right behind crude petroleum, in 2015. They accounted for $44.9 billion worth of exports (11.5 per cent of a total $389 billion in exports).— Vehicles were also Canada’s No. 1 import — $26.2 billion worth. read more

UPFA tops votes in the Matara District

Frontline Socialist Party2540.05%0 The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has secured the most number of seats in the Matara District at the 2015 Parliamentary election.The UPFA got 250, 505 votes in the District and secured 5 seats while the United National Party (UNP) got 186,675 votes and 3 seats. United People’s Freedom Alliance250,50552.44%5* Independent Group 022,3320.49%0 TOTAL POLLED490,40978.61% * Including a bonus seat. People’s Liberation Front35,2707.38%0 Nawa Sihala Urumaya330.01%0 United People’s Party2420.05%0 Independent Group 04950.02%0 Sri Lanka National Force240.01%0 Independent Group 03450.01%0 The Liberal Party210.00%0 Independent Group 011,1600.24%0 REJECTED VOTES12,6922.59% Sri Lanka Labour Party190.00%0 Our National Front2620.05%0 REGISTERED NO OF ELECTORS623,818 Jana Setha Peramuna940.02%0 United National Party186,67539.08%3 TOTAL VALID VOTES477,71797.41% PARTY/GROUP NAMEVOTES OBTAINEDPERCENTAGENO OF MEMBERS Democratic Party5210.11%0 Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya1650.03%0 read more

Wirtgen in Russia selective limestone mining

first_imgZAO Kavkazcement is located near the Black Sea in Russia and is one of the largest cement producers in the Northern Caucasus. In the selective mining of limestone, Wirtgen surface miners guarantee constantly highly daily rates without drilling or blasting. Since 2005, operations here have relied on mechanised surface mining. The mining performance of the two 2200 SM – the smallest surface miners from the broad Wirtgen product range – that were initially ordered impressed Eurocement so much that, in 2008, the next larger size was ordered – the 2500 SM.It was important for Eurocement was that the surface miners should deliver the required mining tonnage with high productivity and at low operating costs, that the material should be reliably crushed within the prescribed size range and that the miners should suit the existing mine structures optimally. Three 2500 SM units are currently operating in the mine.One of the main advantages of surface mining over drilling and blasting is that the limestone can be loaded directly onto trucks by means of a powerful transfer system. Eurocement makes use of further loading methods, however.If, for example, material is required for temporary embankment stabilisation, the surface miners discharge the cut limestone sideways onto a pile. One benefit here is that the cutting process is always entirely independent from the truck loading. A further possibility for material loading is to deposit the limestone as a windrow behind the surface miner without the use of the loading conveyor.With Wirtgen know-how from highly developed cutting technology, limestone is mined at ZAO Kavkazcement in a highly environmentally friendly manner without drilling or blasting. Victor Gustov, the Mining Director at Eurocement, sums it up: “The use of surface miners takes a huge strain off the environment during limestone mining in the regions affected – while increasing safety in the mine at the same time.”last_img read more

The Northern Ireland elections explained in five controversies

first_imgThe Northern Ireland elections explained, in five controversies Voters go to the polls tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know. Share67 Tweet Email1 Support for the Irish language (or rather, the lack of it) had become a bone of contention between the DUP and Sinn Féin in the lead up to the political breakdown at the start of the year. It was one of the background factors that lead to McGuinness effectively pulling the plug.Up until the latest Stormont Assembly with Foster and McGuinness at the helm, discussions and policies around Irish language policies had been stagnant at best – with talk around the implementation of an Irish language act rumbling on (commitment to preserve, develop and promote Irish is part of the Good Friday Agreement).But recently DUP members had begun to implement more regressive policies with regard to the Irish language – such as the new Agriculture Minister renaming a boat from the Irish ‘Banraíon Uladh’ to ‘Queen of Ulster’ at a cost of £302. Martin McGuinness, who has stepped down from politics due to ill-health, alongside Michelle O’Neill. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesIn December, the Assembly’s Communities Minister Paul Givan withdrew funding for the Líofa Irish language bursary fund, which was worth about £50,000 per year (the funding cut was later reversed).Political commentators have suggested that Sinn Féín is under pressure from its support base to stop compromising with the DUP on core issues – which led to poor nationalist turn-outs in the last election.The issue of the Irish language has raised its head more than once on the campaign trail. Naomi Long, leader of the smaller Alliance party, was forced to defend her use of Irish on planned election posters, after online criticism.3. ‘Vote 1 UUP, vote 2 SDLP’The fortunes of the more-centrist UUP and SDLP have been fading in the North ever since the days of David Trimble and John Hume. The fortunes of the UUP and SDLP have taken a slide since the days of Trimble and Hume. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesLast year, the two parties formed the first official opposition in the assembly and the two leaders, the UUP’s Mike Nesbitt and the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood, have said they’ll work together if necessary if their parties are returned as the two largest.Nesbitt said he was telling voters to “vote Ulster Unionist and then vote for any candidate that you trust will deliver for your community, for your constituency and for this country”.However, he went too far for some supporters when he said he would select the SDLP as his second preference on his ballot paper when he cast his vote. (It’s not party policy, it should be pointed out – he just said he planned to do it in his area).“The ethos of our party is destroyed,” UUP councillor Carol Black said, as she quit the party in disgust, the Belfast Telegraph reported.The DUP and SDLP are lagging well behind their rivals in their respective communities, based on last year’s election results. The number of seats in the assembly drops from 108 to 90 this year. The change was decided on last year as a cost-saving measure.Here’s the breakdown of seats, based on last May’s vote: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 1st 2017, 6:00 AM DUP: 38SF: 28UUP: 16SDLP: 12Alliance: 8Others: 64. Michelle O’Neill’s speech honouring IRA menMichelle O’Neill, who was selected as Sinn Féin’s leader in the North in the wake of McGuinness’s resignation due to ill health, spoke at an event last month honouring four IRA men shot dead by the British Army in 1992. The IRA men had earlier mounted an attack at an RUC station. Source: PA Wire/PA Images“It is dancing on the graves of the innocent victims of the IRA campaign by a Sinn Féin leader and glorifying those terrorists who met their just desserts at the hands of the SAS in 1992,” Jim Allister of the Traditional Unionist Voice said. Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP later called on O’Neill’s party to consider its ”deeply sectarian attitude”.The whole affair is typical of the sort of tit-for-tat political attacks now commonplace in peacetime Northern Ireland. Addressing a commemorative event for IRA volunteers is hardly out-of-the ordinary for a Sinn Féin leader, and only serves as a further signal to the party’s nationalist base.Similarly, the response from the unionist side is to be expected. Arlene Foster has repeatedly mentioned Gerry Adams in speeches and interviews recently – appealing to her own base with reminders of their old foe.5. ‘Like Isis’DUP MP Sammy Wilson sparked criticism at the weekend when he said he agreed with a Belfast mural comparing Sinn Féin to Isis.“There has always been an affiliation between Irish republicans and terrorist groups, especially in the Middle East,” Wilson claimed in an interview with a US broadcaster, before he was pushed on whether he agreed with the message of the mural.“Yes I do,” he responded. Source: Youtube/PBSWilson’s comments, like those of his DUP’s colleague and the TUV’s Jim Allister, are another example of the unionists playing to their base.Foster mentioned Adams – who, of course, doesn’t hold a seat in the North – 12 times at her manifesto launch, according to one report.Recent polling, she said, “confirms that this election will be neck and neck between Gerry Adams’ Sinn Féin and the DUP. The other parties are trailing far behind.”Sinn Féin would use election success to justify a border poll, Foster insisted (the decision to grant a border poll is in the gift of the Secretary of State. You can read more about the process here).Polls open at 7am across the North’s 18 constituencies tomorrow, with each area returning five MLAs. The polls close at 10pm.- With reporting from AFP and Gráinne Ní Aodha  Read: New poll shows that support for Sinn Féin is at its highest level in a year >Read: Hard border fears as government accused of seeking out locations for customs posts > Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 6:00 AM Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesNORTHERN IRELAND HEADS to the polls tomorrow for its second assembly elections in less than a year.Politicians have been going door-to-door to drum up votes ahead of the ballot, amid not-insignificant public frustration with the current political system.Many voters, asked for their opinions in radio and TV vox-pops in recent weeks, have questioned why the scandal that brought the latest power-sharing administration down couldn’t have been resolved without the need for an election.If you haven’t been keeping track of what’s been happening, here’s a quick run-down of the lie of the land, and the controversies that have been hitting the headlines.1. Cash for AshThe controversy that brought the whole house of cards down in the first place…Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigned in protest over the botched green heating scheme at the start of the year, following weeks of tensions with the DUP.The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was instigated by First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster when she was economy minister.She repeatedly refused to step aside temporarily to allow an investigation into a scheme which could cost Northern Ireland taxpayers up to £490 million (€560 million euros).McGuinness accusing Foster of “deep-seated arrogance” over the move. The two parties – who have held the co-equal First Minister and Deputy First Minister posts since power-sharing was restored in 2007 – have each accused the other of bringing down the administration.He effectively put Foster out of office with his resignation, and set in train a sequence of events that meant an election was inevitable unless the DUP made a significant move on Cash for Ash. Source: Niall CarsonThe RHI aimed to encourage businesses (and later individuals) to switch to more environmentally-friendly heating methods. Subsidies paid to companies were not capped and the more heat a business generated, the higher the subsidy it received.You can read more about Cash for Ash here >“I think we will take hits in middle-class areas where there is anger over the RHI scheme and our defence of it. But I still think we will get ahead of Sinn Féin and return as the largest party,” a DUP source told the Guardian this week.Foster declined to take questions on the RHI (or anything else for that matter) at the launch of the DUP manifesto last month, citing ‘man flu’.2. ‘Don’t feed the crocodile’Foster came in for criticism for saying her party would never agree to an Irish language act in the North. Referring to Sinn Féin’s calls for more supports for the language, she told supporters, “If you feed a crocodile it will keep coming back for more”. 43 Comments Short URL In her speech today DUP leader Arlene Foster mentioned Sinn Fein 24 times, Gerry Adams 12 times, RHI six times and equality once.— Rodney Edwards (@rodneyedwards) February 6, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3263425 By Daragh Brophy Source: Rodney Edwards/Twitter 11,297 Views last_img read more

Once again Donald Trumps travel ban has been rejected by the courts

first_img Image: Andrew Harnik/PA Images Image: Andrew Harnik/PA Images Jun 12th 2017, 7:47 PM Once again, Donald Trump’s travel ban has been rejected by the courts The ban has been rejected twice before – once in January and again in March. Monday 12 Jun 2017, 7:47 PM 74 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3440661 Share149 Tweet Email1 A US APPEALS court has ruled to maintain a block on President Donald Trump’s travel ban which targets citizens from six Muslim-majority nations – the latest in a string of judicial blows for the controversial measure.The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit largely upheld an injunction on the ban issued by a lower court, but however said the government was within its right to review the vetting process for people entering the country.“Immigration, even for the president, is not a one-person show,” the ruling said. “The president, in issuing the executive order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.”The decision came just ahead of a deadline for states challenging the ban to submit briefings before the US Supreme Court in response to the Trump administration’s request that the nine justices hear the case.The US Justice Department filed an emergency application to the Supreme Court on 1 June, urging it to undo two lower court rulings blocking Trump’s decision to prevent entry to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.The Trump administration argues the ban is needed to ward off terrorist attacks in the country.Critics say the ban is discriminatory and violates the US constitution by specifically targeting Muslim-majority countries.The Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit are also due to rule on the legality of the travel ban.© – AFP, 2017Read: Bill Cosby elects not to testify as defence calls just one witness in sexual assault trialRead: Republican who bodyslammed reporter sentenced to 20 hours of anger management By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 14,072 Views last_img read more

Riding the rails a family affair

first_imgIn 1976, Tom Smith, a longtime locomotive enthusiast, rode an Amtrak train from Delaware to Chicago, mainly to absorb the sights along the way. The most consequential sight, however, was already inside the train — his future wife, Karen Smith.“I looked across the aisle and she was right there,” Smith said. “I asked her on a date, and here we are, in a nutshell.”The Smiths were some of the more than 100 people aboard a 1941 Alco diesel train as it chugged about seven miles along the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad south from Yacolt Station, 207 Railroad Ave., to the Heisson area. The annual Father’s Day ride — one of four throughout the weekend — typically involves a 1929 steam train. But the nonprofit organization that hosts excursions on the railroad hit a snag as it awaits a permit from the Federal Railroad Administration to operate steam engines, volunteers said.Tom Smith, now 73, of Camas, said his love of trains formed at a young age, when he could hear them passing his Delaware home. He worked as a freight conductor with Union Pacific Railroad for roughly 20 years, has been on a train in every state but Hawaii and even had his honeymoon on a locomotive.The couple’s son, Allen Smith, 36, sat next to his parents on the train Sunday along with his wife, Ruth Smith, 37, and three young children. Allen Smith, who also spent his honeymoon on a train, is part of a Lego train club in Portland.last_img read more

Poultry Feed Quality Improves Through ASAWISHHs AMPLIFIES Ghana Project

first_imgFeed millers in the West African country of Ghana have improved the quality of their feeds, thanks to the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded AMPLIFIES Ghana Project.Feed experts from AMPLIFIES partner Kansas State University have trained feed millers like Alfred Okyere, who operates a toll mill that manufacturers feed for hundreds of poultry farmers.After assessing his production capacity and conducting feed uniformity tests, AMPLIFIES Ghana was able to show Okyere that the mill’s improperly mixed poultry rations were curbing growth rates in his customers’ flocks, as well as increasing the mill’s electricity costs.To address the problem, AMPLIFIES advised Okyere to change his worn feed mixer augers and make other adjustments He followed the recommendations, resulting in immediate feed uniformity improvements while reducing manufacturing times and electricity costs. Poultry farmers are now testifying that they see the benefits to their flocks and are recommending Okyere’s feeds to other farmers.Grateful to the AMPLIFIES project, Okyere is determined to continue to implement project recommendations to further improve his business prospects. Importantly, his customers will also continue to benefit from higher-quality poultry feeds, creating demand for improved livestock feeds that can be manufactured with U.S. soy.ASA/WISHH connects trade and development through AMPLIFIES Ghana and other initiatives that leverage state soybean checkoff support with government and other resources.last_img read more

Weather Eye April showers could give way to 80degree day on Tuesday

first_imgIt certainly seems like April paid an April Fool’s Day joke on us. With fairly dry weather and nice conditions earlier in the day, clouds rotated around a low-pressure system to our south and brought rain in the evening.This is an unusual pattern; our clouds and rain usually come in at us from the west. The dark clouds loomed off to our east in the late afternoon and evening hours, then rain began and fell steadily until midnight or so. I recorded a third of an inch Tuesday. There were reports of thunder and lightning as well around Clark County.Folks in Central Oregon were fooled, as well, with enough snow to cover the ground in the Bend/Redmond area. Was this really April 1? Yep. I mentioned here the other day that March was a fickle month, but April always holds a few surprises in its pocket, too.High pressure is still slated to take over Monday, after some rain between now and then. The biggest question is how warm will it be Monday through Wednesday next week? It could be in the 60s, or we could see our first 80 degree day Tuesday. No promises quite yet, but I’d favor the 75-80 degree range. Yippee!With the onslaught of more rain up north, the National Weather Service Office in Seattle was predicting about two inches of rain Thursday through Sunday near Oso. This will muddy things up again for those working on cleaning up after the March 22 mudslide and raise the stream modestly.last_img read more

Woman expected to survive after being shot by neighbor

first_imgA fundraising Web page to help cover the Mounces’ medical expenses is atwww.gofundme.com/AbigailMounceThe Clark County woman shot in the head Friday by her next-door neighbor is expected to survive her injuries, her husband said Sunday. After undergoing facial reconstruction surgery, Abigail Mounce, 33, was alert, talking and able to walk on Sunday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, husband Erich Mounce said. She was admitted to the hospital in critical condition Friday after her neighbor, 59-year-old John Kendall, shot her while his car was stopped alongside the Mounces’ car at a red light.“I’m thankful she’s alive and I love her very much,” Erich Mounce, 46, said. “She’s doing really well. She has her mental capacity.”His wife’s eye, which was split in two during the shooting, will likely need to be removed, and she has temporary hearing loss in one ear. The bullet entered through her cheek and splintered into fragments, Erich Mounce said. Some of those fragments will remain in her brain.“It’s just too dangerous to remove it,” he said. Abigail Mounce will need to be on anti-seizure medication because the bullet fragments could trigger seizures, her husband added.The shooting occurred around 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Northeast 63rd Street and Andresen Road. Kendall fled the scene, prompting a manhunt by law enforcement. At about 9:30 a.m., police converged on an area near North Blandford Drive and East Evergreen Boulevard, where they eventually found Kendall dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.last_img read more

Modi govt mulls extra cess on petrol and diesel vehicles in a

first_imgBuyers of petrol and diesel vehicles may have to pay an extra green cess as the government is planning to tweak its electric and hybrid vehicles promotion strategy.The government plans to revamp the Fame-India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicle) scheme to shift the focus away from subsidies, according to reports.The scheme under which the government has disbursed Rs 305 crore to about 2.6 lakh vehicles is set to end on March 31, 2019. The government launched it on April 1, 2015, initially for two years. It extended the scheme four times, each time by six months, after the initial period ended on March 31, 2017.The scheme has so far helped save 3.75-crore litres of fuel preventing the release of 9.37-crore kg of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.Though the government earlier indicated it would launch Fame-2 once the current period of extension end on March 31, 2019, it is yet to release the details. Instead, it has been pushing the production of lithium-ion batteries that are necessary for electric vehicles.The new approach will be to use the funds raised from the green cess to provide infrastructural incentives to producers of electric and hybrid vehicles, news reports say. The calculation is that increasing cost of owning petroleum-fuelled vehicles will encourage prospective owners to look at electric and hybrid options.This will help the authorities reduce the direct subsidy on electric and hybrid vehicles, including two and three-wheelers, under the Fame scheme.”Instead of increasing the finance department’s burden of providing subsidies to electric vehicle buyers through a timeless scheme of incentives, the government is actively considering putting a green tax on all petrol and diesel cars,” MoneyControl website reported quoting a source.The subsidies that the government pays range from Rs 7,500 on low-power electric scooters to Rs 61 lakh on hybrid buses and nearly Rs 1 crore on fully electric buses.The sales of electric vehicles have begun to pick up only from mid-2017. Automakers have been reluctant to launch bigger cars and SUV powered by an electric motor because of the high initial cost that might deter buyers.”An additional Rs2,000 or Rs2,500 on a car or Rs300 on a two-wheeler will not put any significant burden on the buyers, but will generate a huge corpus for the government,” the source said.last_img read more

Sirajuddoula charged for sexually harassing Nusrat

first_imgPrincipal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa SM Sirajuddoula. Prothom Alo File Photo A Feni court here on Wednesday took cognisance of charges against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, in a case filed for sexually harassing Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, reports UNB. Senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain accepted a charge-sheet after inspector Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also the investigation officer of the case, submitted it before this court. The court also fixed Thursday to begin the charge-framing hearing in the case. The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case. On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day. On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case. She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital. Meanwhile, Nurul Amin, an office assistant of the madrasa, testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here on Wednesday in the murder case filed over the killing of the madrasa girl. Judge Mamunur Rashid of the tribunal also fixed Thursday for recording the testimony of madrasa guard Mostafa. All the 16 accused in the case were produced before the court around 11:00am amid tight security.last_img read more

New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle

first_imgThe hemisphere with the “preferred” direction on the left, in contrast to the opposite hemisphere on the right. The color of the dots represents the sign and magnitude of the anisotropy level. Image credit: Cai, et al. Statistical modeling could help us understand cosmic acceleration But a few recent studies have found the possible existence of cosmological anisotropy: specifically, that the universe’s expansion is accelerating at a faster rate in one direction than another. In the most recent study, scientists have analyzed data from 557 Type 1a supernovae and found, in agreement with some previous studies, that the universe’s expansion seems to be accelerating faster in the direction of a small part of the northern galactic hemisphere.The researchers, Rong-Gen Cai and Zhong-Liang Tuo from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, have posted their study at arXiv.org. A valuable tool for cosmologists, Type 1a supernovae serve as “standard candles” due to their consistent peak luminosity, allowing researchers to measure their distance with high accuracy. Observations of these supernovae famously revealed in 1998 that the universe is not only expanding, but is doing so at an accelerating rate. And now, some observations of Type 1a supernovae at different locations in the sky hint that the acceleration is not uniform in all directions.In their analysis, Cai and Tuo looked at the deceleration parameter, q0, to quantify the anisotropy level of the northern galactic and southern galactic hemispheres. As the scientists explain in their study, the direction with the smaller value of q0 is expanding faster than the direction with the larger value. The researchers analyzed the data using both a dynamical dark energy model and a standard model without dark energy, and found that both models revealed similar results: an anisotropy deviation of 0.76 and 0.79, respectively, and a preferred direction of (309°, 21°) and (314°, 28°), respectively. As noted by the Physics arXiv Blog, this direction of greatest acceleration is in the faint constellation of Vulpecula in the northern hemisphere.But as Cai and Tuo note in their study, the case is far from closed. In contrast with the current results, some previous analyses of Type 1a supernovae data have not found any statistically significant evidence for anisotropies. And many other data – such as that for the cosmic microwave background radiation, galaxy statistics, and dark matter haloes – strongly support the assumption of homogeneity and isotropy on the cosmic scale. Yet considering that the cosmological principle is one of the pillars of modern cosmology whose fundamental importance is difficult to exaggerate, threats to its credibility won’t be taken lightly. If the cosmological principle turns out to be wrong, it would dramatically change the way we look at the world. (PhysOrg.com) — According to the cosmological principle, there is no special place or direction in the universe when viewed on the cosmic scale. The assumption enabled Copernicus to propose that Earth was not the center of the universe and modern scientists to assume that the laws of physics are the same everywhere. Due to the cosmological principle, scientists also assume that the universe is “homogeneous” – having a uniform structure throughout – and “isotropic” – having uniform properties throughout. More information: Rong-Gen Cai, et al. “Direction dependence of the acceleration in type Ia supernovae.” arXiv:1109.0941v2 [astro-ph.CO]via: Physics arXiv Blog 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-evidence-spacetime-cosmological-principle.htmllast_img read more

The One Google Docs Trick That Will Save You a Ton of

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Oxcarts wheel through San José

first_imgRelated posts:Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Bullfights, punk bands, and other happenings around Costa Rica PHOTOS: Bulls, beer and injuries at Costa Rica’s annual Zapote festival A chili festival, an ultra-marathon, and other happenings around Costa Rica A teamster drives his oxen down San José’s Second Avenue on Sunday morning during Costa Rica’s annual Oxcart Parade. The event is just one of countless celebrations taking place in December and January. The parade commemorates the elaborately painted oxcart, one of Costa Rica’s prominent cultural symbols. Thousands of people participated and watched the Nov. 30 event, including President Luis Guillermo Solís. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Total Mortgage Adds New National Sales Manager

first_imgTotal Mortgage Adds New National Sales Manager “”Total Mortgage Services, LLC””:www.totalmortgage.com/, has announced the appointment of a new national retail sales manager. Joining Total Mortgage with more than 25 years of industry experience, Neil Bader will now be responsible for leading the company’s retail origination channel.[IMAGE]Prior to teaming up with Total Mortgage, Bader performed as the national retail sales manager at “”Guaranteed Home Mortgage Company””:www.ghmc.com/ where he built and expanded the entity’s national retail operations. In his new role, Bader is charged with leading and growing Total Mortgage’s retail channel nationwide, and he will report directly to the company’s president, John Walsh.In addition to his sales position with Guaranteed, Bader has also worked for “”Wells Fargo Home Mortgage””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/mortgage/ as its area sales manager in New York. During his time with the company, Bader’s retail and private mortgage banking teams grew into the largest volume originator in the New York region. Commenting on Bader’s hiring, Walsh said, “”Neil is a focused and experienced mortgage professional, who has demonstrated consistent success in expanding and managing sales teams, while increasing their production in the most responsible manner.””Walsh continued his positive statements, adding, “”We are excited to have someone with Neil’s entrepreneurial and leadership background to help us build out our retail production platform. Our ability to close mortgages in 21 days or less is a tool that Neil will utilize in expanding this channel.””Earlier in his career, Bader operated as the chief executive for Skyscraper Mortgage Company after joining the entity in 1989 as a sales manager. Following Skyscraper’s merger with IPI in 1999, Bader took over as the chief executive for the resulting conglomerate, “”IPI Skyscraper””:http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=24269866, during which time he oversaw $2.5 billion in originations. Bader has acted as the vice chairman of “”Habitat for Humanity NY””:www.habitatnyc.org/, and he is still an active member of its board of directors. While serving Total Mortgage, Bader will be based in Milford, Connecticut. Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-01-12 Abby Gregory January 12, 2012 393 Views last_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Cardinals will remain on the road for a second straight week when they travel to play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The matchup will feature two defenses looking to make significant improvements. Friday, September 23, 2011• NFL Preview – Arizona (1-1) at Seattle (0-2)After a tough start to this 2011 campaign, Carroll could have one of his biggest offseason additions in the mix for the first time if Sidney Rice can get on the field for the Seahawks’ home opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. • Seahawks notes: Pete Carroll says Tarvaris Jackson isn’t missing open receiversThe most notable error Seahawks coach Pete Carroll found when reviewing film of Tarvaris Jackson’s performance in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers actually came on the team’s longest play from scrimmage.Tuesday, September 20, 2011• Carroll’s tinkering has Seahawks strugglingSeattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that he expected his offense to struggle early on. • Robert Gallery out a month to six weeks with groin injuryIf a shutout loss in Pittsburgh wasn’t bad enough, the Seahawks got some bad injury news the day after the game. Left guard Robert Gallery, who missed the season opener with a knee injury, then returned to play against the Steelers, will be out for a month or more with a groin injury that will require surgery. Monday, September 19, 2011• Seahawks’ offense must struggle before it growsThe Seahawks’ offense was blanked Sunday against the Steelers 24-0. The team punted eight out of 10 offensive possessions and didn’t run a play on the Steelers’ side of the field until 9:39 in the fourth quarter. The struggles on offense are probably due to the teams youth, something a Cardinals defense could benefit from. • Headcoach Carroll hopes wide out Sidney Rice will play against CardinalsThe young offense may get a boost if wide receiver Sidney Rice can play, but it was reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that Rice has a torn labrum the same injury that claimed Seahawks TE Jon Carlson for the season. However, Carroll still has confidence that Rice will be available for the teams home opener. • 6-foot-4 rookie cornerback Brandon Browner a weak spotSteelers’ wideout Mike Wallace torched the Seahawks’ secondary for 126 yards most of which came when he was lined up against rookie Brandon Browner. The Steelers continued to target the four year CFL veteran as he continued to struggle with the speed of their wide receivers. • What to take away from the 24-0 loss to the SteelersAmong the many problems the Seahawks already have more came to light Sunday. Some of the problems include defense isn’t as good as first thought, protection isn’t the offense’s only problem and the lack of Seattle’s pass rush. One of the offense’s problems has been the inability to run the ball, but that could change against the Cardinals 29th overall total defense. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation • Seahawks’ Brandon Browner will stand tall to CardinalsOne reason Seattle coach Pete Carroll signed the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Browner out of the CFL was he believed his length and size would matchup well against Larry Fitzgerald, the talented, 6-3, 218-pound Arizona receiver.• Pete Carroll talks about Arizona, pursuit of Kevin Kolb Thursday, September 22, 2011• Will Seahawks regret passing on quarterback Kevin Kolb?The Seahawks won’t just see the path not chosen on Sunday afternoon, they will face it when Kevin Kolb drops back to pass for the Arizona Cardinals.• Seattle Seahawks team report: Rice practices without limitationReceiver Sidney Rice practiced without limitation Wednesday, and while his status remains day-to-day, the Seahawks are hoping he is ready to make his Seahawks debut on Sunday.Wednesday, September 21, 2011• The Arizona Cardinals could be just what the struggling Seattle Seahawks offense needsThe Arizona Cardinals could be just what the struggling Seattle Seahawks offense needs.• Blaming Tarvaris Jackson for losses is amateurishJeff Foxworthy might put it this way: If you saw both Seahawks games this year and blame Tarvaris Jackson for the 0-2 start, you might be an amateur. If you read these statistics of Jackson’s first two games and think he should be replaced with backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, you might be an amateur. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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