Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co. is closed because of a culvert failure until Friday, July 18. Traffic control consists of barricades. Detour signs are in place. PICTOU COUNTY: East River West Side Road Closed The East River West Side Road in Eureka Mills will be closed until Saturday, July 12, to repair the bridge. A marked detour is provided on River Road, Springville Road and Route 348. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Lane Closure Northbound sections of Highway 102, between Exit 12 and Exit 13, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, July 18. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. Traffic delays are expected. Drivers should allow for extra travel time and drive with extra care in construction zones. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge in the community of Grand Etang will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 from Brierly Book Road, west for 8 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, quardrail and culvert installation until Friday, July 18. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Barronsfield Road Barronsfield Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, July 31, from the intersection of Route 242 north toward Minudie. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Sherman Lake Road to Hiltz Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert work, patching and paving until Thursday, July, 31. Traffic control people and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30 to be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-637-4104 Fax: 902-447-4105 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 321 Route 321 will be reduced to one lane for paving from the intersection of Wyvern Road and Route 321, west for 6 kilometres, until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-863-7527 Fax: 902-863-7482 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 336 Route 336 from the intersection of Southside Road, south to the county line, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, culvert installation and repaving, about 8 kilometres, until Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of barrels and cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 Fax: 902-447-2891 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There will be a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Alder Point Road About 5.7 kilometres of Alder Point Road will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, June 30, from the train tracks to the end of the road. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 About 8.8 kilometres of Route 333, from Blind Bay east to Shad Bay, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-325-1946 VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Big Baddeck Road will be reduced to one lane from the Old Margaree intersection north for five kilometres for pipe installation, ditching, guardrail installation and paving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-637-4105 Fax: 902-447-4104 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for crack filling, sealing and seal coat from 0.9 kilometres north of River Denys Mountain Road going north for 5.2 kilometres from Tuesday, July 1 to Friday, July 4. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-227-7452 Fax: 902-756-3313 Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188 Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 Fax: 902-896-8859 KINGS COUNTY: Route 358 There will be a one-lane closure until Friday, Oct. 31 to repave Route 358 from Route 341 (Canard Street) north for three kilometres to Route 221 in Canning. Also, repaving will take place on Route 358 from Route 221 (at the town monument) north for three kilometres to Woodside Road. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the end of existing twinning east for about 9.8 kilometres to Exit 27A, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Monday, June 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 256 Route 256 from the intersection of Matheson Brook Road, east to the intersection with Route 326, about 5.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for shoulder gravelling until Saturday, July 5. Traffic control consists of barrels and cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: Road Closure Flooding has closed two sections of Six Mile Brook Road in the Salt Springs area until further notice. The first section is at Morrison culvert south of Graveyard Road. The other section is for about one kilometre north of Morrison Culvert. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 from Garden Road in Nine Mile River to Trunk 2 in Milford will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 Fax: 902-896-8859 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107 will be reduced to one lane from Exit 19 to Exit 21, including ramps at Exit 20 and the William Porter Connector. Also, East Jeddore Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection at Trunk 7 for 3.8 kilometres. Work takes place until Thursday, July 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Route 348 in Pictou County will be closed north of Greens Point Road at the Big Gut Bridge for replacement of the bridge until Tuesday, Aug. 5. Detour routes are available via Egypt Road or Chance Harbour Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Skye Glen Bridge Skye Glen Bridge on Cross Road will be closed to replace the bridge until Wednesday, July 9. Alternate routes are Route 252 and East Sky Glen Road. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-752-7184 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from the Highway 101 connector in Greenwich to the Wolfville town line will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Highway 103 Lane Closure A section of Highway 103 over the Roseway River, 500 metres west of Exit 26 at Shelburne, is reduced to one lane until Thursday, July 31, to allow for bridge repairs. Traffic delays are expected. Drivers should allow for extra travel time and drive with extra care in construction zones. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for paving from Exit 7 (Enfield) to Exit 5A (Aerotech), including ramps, until Monday, June 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from the Trenton Connector north for about 5.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Petite Riviere Bridge Closed The Petite Riviere Bridge on Route 331 will be closed until Friday, July 11 to allow repairs to the bridge deck. A marked detour route is provided on Wentzell Road and Petite Riviere Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure from starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 and going for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu from Monday, June 30 to Friday, Oct 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 105 Route 105 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving for about a half kilometre east of Northside River Denys Road until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive will have lane closures for widening at various times until Friday, Aug. 1. Gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving will take place from Commodore Drive to Exit 3 and from the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Little Pond Road Little Pond Road will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, June 30, from the intersection of Route 305 (Florence Corner) for 4.5 kilometres to Schoolhouse Road. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Louisbourg Highway Sections of the Louisbourg Highway (Trunk 22) between Landry Crescent and Albert Bridge will be reduced to one lane for repaving, until Thursday, July 31. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 335 Route 335 near West Pubnico, from the intersection of Green Grove Road east for 6.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, July 25 for repaving. Traffic delays are expected and the rough surface during construction will require extra caution by cyclists. Drivers should use extra care in construction zones. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 -30-last_img read more

Spanish Police Arrest 16 Moroccans for Trafficking Minors to Europe

Rabat – Spain’s Guardia Civil busted four rings composed of 16 members of Moroccan origins on charges of trafficking minors.According to the Spanish news agency Eldiario, the ring, which operated in the Spanish cities of Cadiz, Seville, Morocco, and Gibraltar, smuggled Moroccan minors seeking to reach Europe.The suspects used boats to take kids from the Gibraltar peninsula to cities such as Barcelona, Bilbao or Valencia. Read also: Spain’s Civil Guardia busted a ring trafficking minors, consisting of 16 Moroccan nationals, operating in Spain and Morocco.According to a statement from Civil Guardia, upon landing in Gibraltar, where the children were kept in houses run by the organization, the ring contacted the families of the children to settle on a price of $600 to $800, before transferring the children to other cities.The ring smuggled the children onboard chartered petras and inflatable boats which were unfit for open water, and at times snuck them in trucks and buses, to transport the minor migrants across the Mediterranean Sea.According to the Civil Guardia, starting at the end of last year, security forces executed a raid on a camp in Seville, where they found that 253 minors had escaped from the reception facilities in Seville.The authorities also nabbed a second organization operating in Algeciras and San Pablo de Buceite village in the province of Cadiz. The ring had branches in Morocco. Authorities also seized computer equipment and marijuana. The ring members are being charged with crimes against the rights of foreign citizens, illegal immigration, illegal detention and for belonging to a criminal organization. read more

UN in talks to set up independent panel of experts to probe

15 December 2010The United Nations is exploring the establishment of an international scientific panel to look into the source of the cholera epidemic in Haiti. “We are calling for an international panel and we are in discussions with WHO [the UN World Health Organization] to find the best experts to be in a panel, completely independent… [and] have the best investigation on the source of the outbreak,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Alain Le Roy, told a press conference at UN Headquarters.The Department later added that the Secretary-General is in discussions with interested stakeholders, including WHO, and that the panel will be completely independent and will have full access to all UN premises and personnel. The specific terms of reference will be established in the coming days and the SG may have more to say on this on Friday.Haiti’s cholera epidemic, which broke out in October, has already killed more than 2,000 people, according to figures from Haiti’s Ministry of Health, with over 44,000 others hospitalized, even as the country struggles to recover from the January quake, which killed 200,000 people and displaced some 1.3 million others – most of whom are still living in crowded and unsanitary tent camps.There have been widespread media reports claiming that UN peacekeepers from Nepal, serving with the UN stabilization mission in Haiti, are the likely source of the epidemic, with infected water having spread from their base into a nearby tributary of the Artibonite River.Mr. Le Roy said experts who have studied the epidemic have so far come up with different theories on the origin of the infection. “There is no consensus among scientists on this issue,” he noted.The peacekeeping chief added that none of the Nepalese peacekeepers had tested positive for cholera or shown any symptoms of the disease, and that repeated analyses of water from their camp have not detected the strain of the disease blamed for the epidemic.On the controversy surrounding the provisional results of the general elections in Haiti, Mr. Le Roy reiterated the need for all candidates to file any complaints through legal means and to help avoid further violence. Candidates had until 4:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday to lodge complaints with Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council, which has proposed setting up a special verification committee to adjudicate the complaints.The Caribbean nation, which has been dealing with the aftermath of January’s devastating earthquake and the cholera outbreak, went to the polls on 28 November to elect the president, senators and members of parliaments in constituencies where elections were due. Incidents of violence have been reported amid allegations of ballot rigging by some candidates.Protesters have accused the ruling government coalition of rigging the results. Provisional tallies put former first lady Mirlande Manigat and the candidate of the outgoing President Rene Préval’s party, Jude Celestin, in first and second place, thus qualifying for January’s run-off.Popular musician Michel Martelly was less than one percentage point behind in third place, but thus excluded from the run-off, and his supporters have been involved in the burning o timber barricades, boulders and flaming tires.The UN’s stabilization mission, known as MINUSTAH, with nearly 12,000 military and police personnel currently on the ground, has been in Haiti since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. read more

Three flights heading to BIA diverted to Mattala and India

Three passenger flights heading to the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) were diverted to the Mattala airport and Cochin airport in India owing to bad weather.An Airport Spokesman told Xinhua that Malindo Air and Jet Airways was diverted to Cochin and Fly Dubai was diverted to Mattala. (Colombo Gazette)

Hamilton police seize heroin fentanyl during traffic stop

Four people are facing charges after officers seized heroin and fentanyl during a traffic stop in Hamilton. Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, police say a “known suspended driver” was pulled over in the area of King St. East and Holton Ave. North. Officers arrested the 26-year-old woman and removed her from the car. Police say as an officer returned to the vehicle, he noticed the two rear passengers were attempting to hide something.“Those items were later identified as a digital scale and a clear baggie, both containing a white powder residue,” said Hamilton police. Police searched the vehicle and found several items containing suspected heroin and fentanyl as well as drug paraphernalia. A 60-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The 26-year-old woman appeared in court on Monday while the other three people have been scheduled for future court dates. read more

UN envoy congratulates new president of Kurdistan regional Government

In other news, Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, welcomed the role that the Secretary-General of the Iraqi Islamic Party, Mohsen Abdel Hamid, is playing along with other Sunni political leaders in supporting the constitutional process.The recent discussions between the two men focused on the efforts underway to enable groups and parties that were not represented in the Transitional National Assembly to participate in the drafting of the constitution and participate in the subsequent referendum and elections scheduled for October and December this year.

Millions announced in Alberta for 6 projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2012 6:44 pm MDT EDMONTON – A non-profit corporation created by the Alberta government has announced $46 million for six new projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. says the total value of the projects including private sector and some federal money is $327 million.Eric Newell, chairman of the corporation, said the funding and projects are hard proof that Alberta is developing technology to reduce its carbon footprint.“The carbon capture projects and cleaner energy projects that reduce emissions from our traditional fossil fuel energy sources are key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta over the long-term,” Newell said Thursday.“We are funding projects that have tremendous potential.”The projects include the development of an Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) process that involves injecting organic solvents into the ground to recover oilsands bitumen instead of using steam.Imperial Oil says its $100 million Cyclic Solvent project will reduce the generation of greenhouse gasses and the use of water.MEG Energy Corp.’s $100 million project is to develop a process to convert bitumen into a less gooey crude that can more easily be transported through pipelines without using caustic solvents to break down the heavy oil.MEG (TSX:MEG) says eliminating the use of hydrocarbon solvents reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can increase how much bitumen can flow through pipelines.Other companies receiving funding include Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE), Husky Energy (TSX:HSE), Inventys Thermal Technology and N-Solv.The $46 million comes from fees the government collects from corporations that produce high levels of carbon dioxide.Companies that produce more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions pay $15 for every tonne over the limit into a fund.The emissions management corporation is responsible for awarding grants from the fund, which raises about $60 million per year.Newell, former CEO of Syncrude Canada, said it may be time to increase the per tonne fee.“I personally think that $15 over the long run is a low number and it should go higher,” he said, but declined to say by how much.Researchers at the Pembina Institute have said it will be difficult for Alberta to reach its climate change goals with its current policies.Pembina has recommended the government should apply its greenhouse emission fee policy to all industries, not just heavy emitters, and double the fee to $30 per tonne.Its researchers have noted that the B.C. government’s carbon levy is double that of Alberta’s and applies to a broader part of the economy.Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen said her department is reviewing the idea but hasn’t made any decisions yet.“Can’t answer that question right now because we are taking a bigger look at our climate change strategy,” she said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Millions announced in Alberta for 6 projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions read more

Somalia Security Council strongly condemns most recent terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

The members of the United Nations Security Council have condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent attacks by the insurgent group Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu against the presidential palace and seat of Government, as well as on the Somali Parliament and its members.The 8 July attack on the presidential palace, known as Villa Somalia, was the latest in a series of attacks by Al-Shabaab against the country’s political institutions.“The members of the Security Council reiterated their resolve to continue to stand by the people and Government of Somalia, in the face of deplorable terrorist attacks, as they seek to establish peace and prosperity across their country,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press on Friday night.The statement followed a briefing to the Council from the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somali (UNSOM), Nicholas Kay, on the security situation in Mogadishu.Council members paid tribute to both the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Security Forces for their effective response to the attack against Villa Somalia, while also underlining the urgent need to support the National Security Forces for it to be able to assume full responsibility for security in Mogadishu and beyond. read more

Thunderbolt 20 doubles in speed so maybe youll use it now

first_imgFor the uninitiated, Thunderbolt is a hardware interface through which peripherals can be connected — similar to — but faster than — USB, and not nearly as prevalent. Intel and Apple teamed up to create the interface, and released the first iteration of it back in 2011, which appeared on the 2011 MacBook Pro. As something of a noble endeavor, Thunderbolt was intended to be the solution to tidying up that drawer full of wires you have sitting next to your computer desk. The interface is designed to work between mobile, desktop, and laptop, so you only need the one wire. Of course, USB can already do this (though more slowly), but the real problem is that hardware needs to actually include the appropriate port. Any iPhone owner that forgets his or her cable at work and lives with roommates who only have Android devices can attest to this. Now, Intel has announced that Thunderbolt 2.0 will jump from the standard 10Gbps to 20Gbps, and in both directions.Compared to USB 3.0, which theoretically maxes out at 5Gbps, the original Thunderbolt should have been a no-brainer alternative. However, the fastest or highest quality product isn’t always the one that wins out, and USB — as you may have noticed — is as the name suggests: universal. Perhaps with a doubling of speed from 10Gbps to 20Gbps, the advantage of Thunderbolt will now be significant enough to spur widespread adoption.Thunderbolt 2.0 will be backwards compatible, and along with being able to run 20Gbps in both directions through its now thinner cable, it is fast enough to simultaneously transfer and display a 4K video file. Unfortunately, 4K video is currently even less widespread than Thunderbolt. The new cables are set to turn up production sometime next year, so 4K video will have a bit of time to figure out how to exist before we have cables that can transfer it.last_img read more

Killer Dupas likely to remain locked away

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Triple homicide killer Peter Dupas, serving three life sentences for the murder of three women, is likely to have an appeal request application dismissed after failing to meet the deadline. Dupas put forward an application last year after he was served a third life sentence without parole, for the murder of 25-year-old Mersina Halvagis in 1997. However, the third sentence has no practical effect on his sentence as he was already serving two life sentences for the murders of Nicole Patterson and Margaret Maher. The 58-year-old killer remains a suspect in the murders of three other women, and has served time in jail prior to his murder conviction. Dupas will still be able to file a new application seeking leave to appeal but would be required to meet higher criteria.last_img read more

Let us marry before we die

first_imgA Sydney gay couple in their eighties are appealing for Australia to back same-sex marriage before they die.John Challis (87) and Arthur Cheeseman (80) have been life partners for over 48 years, after meeting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1967.“We just happened to walk out the door of the gallery together and smiled at each other, and went off and had a cup of coffee and there you are,” said Challis.“We found that we were very compatible, we had a lot of common interests in music, in gardening, in architecture.”With Mr Cheeseman’s health deteriorating in recent years, his partner took to the media recently to complain about the government’s position on gay marriage. “I’m not going to live forever,” Mr Challis said, stressing that his partner “is getting frail”.Mr Challis, who worked for the ABC before retiring in 1988, became one of the leading campaigners for same-sex marriage equality.With the devoted couple having to survive on income from his superannuation, the legal status of marriage would have far-reaching benefits for John and Arthur.“If I had a wife or a female de facto, if I died she would get two thirds of my pension for life. If I die first, Arthur gets nothing. That’s the issue,” he said.Challis has declared his utter disappointment in Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s decision not to resolve the issue until the next election.“We want the right to be able to marry before we die,” he says. “I’m sure our relationship is just as devoted as his … why [should] we be looked at in any different way?” John and Arthur have little interest in any sort of great marriage celebration. Their wish is to attend a registry office in the company of few close friends to ensure their union obtains legal status.“Our relationship has exactly the same status, exactly the same dignity and exactly the same standing as Tony Abbott’s relationship with his wife,” says John. “But the way things are going I doubt if it will happen in my lifetime.”Source: ABC Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une lionne échappée dun parc abattue au Kenya

first_imgUne lionne échappée d’un parc abattue au KenyaJeudi, les autorités kényanes ont annoncé avoir dû abattre une lionne à quelques kilomètres du parc national de Nairobi. L’animal s’en était échappé il y a quatre mois avec ses quatre lionceaux et rodait depuis dans les environs.Aucune autre solution n’a pu être trouvée à temps. Il y a quatre mois, une lionne et ses quatre lionceaux sont parvenus à s’échapper du parc national de Nairobi, situé à une quinzaine de kilomètres de la capitale. Depuis, les fuyards s’invitaient régulièrement dans un quartier adjacent du parc, a raconté l’autorité de gestion des parcs kényans, le Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), dans un communiqué relayé par l’AFP. S’il “était difficile de localiser la lionne, nous savions qu’elle était (dans les environs) parce qu’elle avait été repérée grâce à des appareils photos cachés par un résident”, a ajouté le KWS.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Depuis quatre mois, les rangers multipliaient donc les tentatives pour capturer la lionne et lui faire regagner le parc ou l’envoyer dans une autre réserve. Dans ce but, sept pièges avaient été installés mais la femelle, habile, est parvenue à tous les déjouer. Toutefois, mercredi matin, la lionne et ses petits ont finalement été localisés. Mais les choses ont mal tourné. Quand une équipe de vétérinaires et de rangers ont tenté de l’attraper jeudi après-midi, la lionne a commencé à charger, et il a fallu l’abattre, a poursuivi KWS. Néanmoins, “les quatre lionceaux, en bonne santé, ont pu être secourus et se trouvent à l’orphelinat des animaux de Nairobi”, a assuré le KWS. Bien que tous les fuyards aient donc été rattrapés, l’organisme de gestion des parcs a tout de même invité les habitants à faire preuve de vigilance et à lui signaler toute présence d’éventuels autres prédateurs rôdeurs. En effet, le parc de Nairobi compte une trentaine de lions, a précisé le porte-parole du KWS, Paul Udoto. Et “il est possible que plus d’un lion se soit échappé du parc”.Le 4 mai 2012 à 11:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Residents of Del Mar respond to proposed fence along train tracks

first_img October 4, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:34 AM Posted: October 4, 2018 Residents of Del Mar respond to proposed fence along train trackscenter_img 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 SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – For as long as anyone can remember, the locals in Del Mar have been “crossing the tracks” to get to the beach. It’s illegal and potentially dangerous. But the locals know that, and they take their chances everyday of every year.Now, there’s a plan to ‘fence off’ the tracks’ and cut off the access. This is not going over well with, well, anyone we spoke with. “You know, it’s dangerous everywhere. If you walk across the street, if you ride a bike. I don’t think they can ‘legislate safety’, we just need to have common sense”, says George Grecco of Del Mar.This latest plan to stop the locals is a direct reaction to the most recent ‘cliff collapse’ near 9th street, a very popular spot for surfers to cross over. “I think that’s it not a great approach. No matter what, people will find a way. They will go over, or cut through it”, says Andy Shumaker, a local surfer.Over the years, the North County Transit District has tried a variety of ways to stop the locals from crossing over. Last year, they started handing out expensive tickets. As a result, the locals try to avoid those transit cops and get to the beach, one way or another.“This is a way of life around here. I’m all about safety. But you can’t tell people where to go, especially in this case”, says Kyra Oliver.Depsite an enormous outcry from the people who live there, the NTCD claims they are moving ahead with their plans for a ‘two mile fence’ anyway. They even have a completion date for next year.That may or may not happen, depending on how many people stand up and fight.KUSI’s Dan Plante visited Del Mar where he spoke to surfers and residents to see what they thought. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Summit to Honor Great American Defense Communities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The inaugural class of ADC’s Great American Defense Communities program will be honored during next month’s Defense Communities 2016 National Summit in Washington, D.C.A reception, on June 21 at the Columbus Club at Union Station, will celebrate the 10 communities selected earlier this year for providing unwavering support to service members and military families. The event will feature members of Congress, DOD officials and community leaders.On Tuesday, ADC President Mike Cooper joined leaders from Colorado Springs, Colo., at a media event recognizing the region’s selection as one of the Great American Defense Communities. Cooper cited the region’s historical connection with the military, broad range of missions at a variety of installations and the exceptional quality of life the community provides military families.“Our selection committee specifically was very impressed with the great work being done by the Pikes Peak Military Care Network and your community’s focus on military child education,” he said.ADC launched the Great American Defense Communities program to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. This inaugural class of communities was selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.In addition to Colorado Springs, the inaugural class of honorees includes:Dayton, OhioEglin-Hurlburt Community, Fla.Fort Leonard Wood Region, Mo.Goldsboro, N.C.Grand Forks, N.D.Lawton, Okla.Flint Hills Region, Kan.Monterey, Calif.South Puget Sound, Wash.RSVP for the reception by June 3 to Eliana Brown at ebrown@defensecommunities.org.last_img read more

New Mexico Music Legend Al Hurricane Dies At 81

first_imgNews New Mexico Music Legend Al Hurricane Dies At 81 new-mexico-music-legend-al-hurricane-dies-81 New Mexico Music Legend Al Hurricane Dies At 81 Twitter Known as “The Godfather of New Mexican Music,” Hurricane blended native corrido and Tejano music with rock, pop and country Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2017 – 12:11 pm New Mexico has lost one of its most influential musical legends. Al Hurricane, the man known as “The Godfather of New Mexican Music” died on Oct. 22. Hurricane was 81 years old.According to Billboard, Hurricane’s son revealed that his father’s death was caused by complications related to a long battle with prostate cancer. Two years ago, Hurricane embarked on a farewell tour after announcing he had Stage 4 prostate cancer and kept performing through chemotherapy treatment.Born in 1936 in Dixon, N.M., Hurricane’s musical career began with performances in restaurants in Old Town Albuquerque.  He released his first recordings in 1962 with his band, Al Hurricane & The Night Rockers. In 1967 he released his first album, Mi Saxophone, containing the ballad “Sentimiento,” which he wrote for his wife, that was eventually recorded by Latin pop superstar Selena.During his career, Al Hurricane recorded more than 30 albumsr, received several awards and travelled the world with his music. His unique blend of traditional New Mexican musical elements with other popular genres as well as his integration of Spanish and English vocals contributed to a lasting legacy that lives on in his music and the many musicians he influenced.Read More: The Enduring Beauty of Selena’s LegacyRead more Facebook Email last_img read more

Delhi received 46pc less rains between July 19 not much

first_imgNew Delhi: The national capital may have to wait longer for heavy monsoon showers as the weather department has predicted only very light precipitation during the next two to three days. On Wednesday, very light rain or thundershowers are expected in Delhi towards the afternoon, a MeT department official said. Since the onset of monsoon on July 5, the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, has recorded 25.4 mm of rainfall. The observatory received 0.4 mm of rains in the last 24 hours, ending at 8:30 am. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Overall, the weather station has gauged 26.8 mm of rains from July 1 to July 9 — only 1.4 mm of precipitation occurred in first five days of the month, meaning Delhi received 46 per cent less rainfall during the period. Normally, it records 49.9 mm of rainfall in the first nine days of July, according to officials. One of the primary reasons behind scant rainfall is the delayed onset of monsoon in the region, they said. The IMD on July 5 had declared the onset of monsoon over the national capital. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Normally, the wind system reaches the city by June 29. A senior scientist at the IMD said though cloudy conditions will prevail in Delhi, no much rainfall is expected in the next two to three days. At 8:30 am on Wednesday, the city recorded a low of 28.2 degrees Celsius, a notch more than normal, and humidity levels at 80 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 36 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Marathi 2 Meet the contestants From Kishori Shahane to Surekha

first_imgBigg Boss Marathi 2TwitterBigg Boss Marathi 2 has finally raised its curtains with its grand premiere on Sunday (May 26) and the final list of contestants is here as well. Take a look.Kishori Shahane: Kishori ShahaneColors MarathiThe 51-year-old actress is the first contestant to enter into the house. She has worked in more than 40 Marathi films and is also known for her roles in Hindi film industry. She has already become household with her roles in Marathi and Hindi TV serials.Neha Shitole: This Marathi actress is known for playing the role of Katekar’s wife in Sacred Games and her hard-hitting performances in Marathi films like Deool and Sur Sapata.Digambar Naik: Digambar NaikColors MarathiHe is known for his impeccable comic timing and has worked in hit films like Gaon Thor Pudhari Chor, Bumper Lottery, Teen Bayka Fajiti Aika and Namdar Mukhyamantri Ganpya Gawde.Abhijeet Bichukale: Abhijeet BichukaleColors MarathiHe is a political personality from Satara. His friends call him Kavi Manache Nete.Veena Jagtap: Veena JagtapColors MarathiShe is a popular name in the Marathi industry and is known for her role in Radha Prem Rangi Rangali which was also her first break in the industry.Vaishali Mhade: She is the winner of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009 and has lent her voice to the title tracks of Marathi daily soaps like Honar Sun Me Ya Gharchi and Mazya Navryachi Baayko. She also made her Bollywood singing debut with Himesh Reshammiya in Damadamm.Shivani Surve: Shivani SurveColors MarathiShe is known for her roles in Devyani but she is more seen in Hindi TV serials like Laal Ishq, Ek Deewana Tha and Jaana Na Dil Se Door.Shiv Thakre: Shiv ThakreColors MarathiHe is known for his stint in Roadies Rising. He is a good dancer and works at event management company.Surekha Punekar: Apart from being the Lavani Queen of Maharashtra, Surekha Punekar is also known for judging dance reality show Apsara Ali.Madhav Deochake: He made his acting debut in popular TV show Hamari Devrani. But he was destined to work in the Marathi industry and went on to bad a role in Ninad Vanage’s Mazha Mee. He has also acted in Marathi movies like Aga Bai Arechyaa 2, Gondan, Citizen and Chintamani.Rupali Bhosale: She has appeared in many Marathi TV shows like Man Udhan Varyache, Don Kinaare Doghi Apan, Kanyadaan, Dilya Ghari Tu Sukhi Raha and Mahasangram. She is also known for her role in Badi Door Se Aaye Hain.Abhijeet Kelkar:He is a popular in both Marathi TV and cinema. He is known for working in movies like Me Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy, Balgandharva and Kaksparsh and TV show like Tuza Maza Jamena, Oon Paus and Madhu Ithe Ani Chandra Tithe.Vidyadhar Joshi:He is known for appearing in supporting and character roles in the Marathi industry. He has worked in more than 20 films and most of them were mighty hit.Maithili Jawkar:She has worked in movies like Aai Mala Maaf Kar, Marmbandh, Chabu Palali Sasarla, Sansarachi Maya and Mulga.Parag Kanhere:He is popular chef who was a part of a cooking show called Aamhi Saare Khavayye.last_img read more

BNP chiefs adviser Habib injured in road accident

first_imgHabibur Rahman Habib at Gurudaspur Upazila Health Complex. Photo: Prothom AloBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Habibur Rahman Habib and his family members sustained injuries in a head-on collision between their car and a truck at Natore’s Gurudaspur on Sunday.According to the police, Habib was returning to Dhaka with his family members after celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr in his village home in Pabna’s Ishwardi.When Habib’s car reached a place near Gurudaspur on Banpara-Hatikumrul highway around 3:30pm, it collided head-on with a Natore-bound truck, said Banpara highway police sergeant Shahadat Hossain.All aboard – Habib, his wife Nazma Habib, 50, two daughters Anita Habib, 12, and Bubli Habib, 18, and his car driver Nishan, 35, – received injuries.All of them, however, returned to Dhaka after taking first aid at Gurudaspur Upazila Health Complex.Police seized Habib’s damaged car and the truck, but truck driver and his associates managed to flee from the scene.last_img read more

AdamTots Presents The Truth About Thanos

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Gravitys lingua franca Unifying general relativity and quantum theory through spectral geometry

first_img(Phys.org) —Mathematics is, in essence, an artificial language for precisely articulating theories about the physical world. Unlike natural language, however, translating different classes of mathematics can be difficult at best. Such is the case encountered in the attempt to unify general relativity and quantum theory, since they are expressed in differential geometry and functional analysis, respectively. That being said, spectral geometry – a field in mathematics which concerns relationships between geometric structures of manifolds and spectra of canonically defined differential operators – may resolve this long-standing quandary by allowing spacetime to be treated as simultaneously continuous and discrete, essentially relating the frequency-based ringing of the fabric of spacetime to its manifold-based shape. Recently, scientists at California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Waterloo, and University of Queensland normalized and segmented spectral geometry into small, finite-dimensional steps. They then demonstrated their approach of calculating the shapes of two-dimensional objects from their vibrational spectra as being viable in two, and possibly more, dimensions. 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. Explore further , New Journal of Physics Snapshots of the algorithm starting with a sphere and finding the cube from its spectrum alone. Courtesy and acknowledgement Achim Kempf. Copyright 2013 by The American Physical Society. Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Shape from sound: New methods to probe the universe Prof. Achim Kempf discussed the research he, David Aasen, Tejal Bhamre conducted. “Before the new results,” Kempf tells Phys.org, “it was thought that spectral geometry is too nonlinear – and therefore simply too hard to use – for the purpose of unifying general relativity and quantum theory. In the new paper, however, we showed that spectral geometry can be tamed and made into a very useful practical method, namely by suitably cutting it into small linear, and therefore manageable, pieces.”Kempf notes that in special cases, spectral geometry has certain ambiguities: mathematically, such as special curved shapes in high dimensions that have the same spectrum – that is, they would sound the same of we could detect higher dimensions. “The worry has been that if there were too many such ambiguities also in our three-dimensional world, this could make spectral geometric impractical as a tool in physics,” Kempf explains. “In the new paper we showed that, fortunately, the small linearized steps that we take are almost always ambiguity-free – and for two dimensional shapes in three dimensions, we didn’t find ambiguities at all. Relatedly, it would be very interesting to extend spectral geometry from a description of space at each time to a unified description of both space and time. This still needs to be developed further.”That being said, Kempf points out that their idea – addressing spectral geometry’s difficulty and ambiguities by regularizing and segmenting spectral geometry into finite-dimensional steps – works very well. “The computation time can be a little long,” he notes, but we think that we will be able to significantly speed up the calculations. We’d like to be able to run them, for example, on a smartphone.”A single key insight enabled the researchers addressed these challenges in two ways. Essentially, as far as the mathematics is concerned, the problem was to find a method that would allow one to calculate the shape of an object from the sound that it makes when vibrating. “To this end, the key insight was that this spectral geometric problem, in spite of being highly nonlinear, can actually be tamed with our strategy, which has two components,” Kempf explains. “First, make the nonlinear calculations manageable by cutting them into small doable steps.” In practice, he notes that the computer does this by starting with some random shape, such as the shape of a sphere. Then, while it keeps comparing the sound of the sphere to the sound of the object that it needs to identify, the computer will change the shape of the sphere until it reaches the shape of the object that it had to identify. More information: Shape from Sound: Toward New Tools for Quantum Gravity. Physical Review Letters 110, 121301 (2013), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.121301Related: 1Generalized uncertainty principles and localization of a particle in discrete space. Physical Review D 86, 085017 (2012), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.86.085017Spacetime could be simultaneously continuous and discrete, in the same way that information can be. New Journal of Physics 12 115001 (2010), doi:10.1088/1367-2630/12/11/115001 “The second step is to regularize – that is, don’t try to get all of the shape’s details at once,” Kempf says. “Instead, calculate the rough shape from just part of the sound spectrum.” By then incrementally using more of the sound spectrum, this approach allows them to specify the shape with increasing accuracy. “The beauty of our new spectral geometry is that it allows us to describe the shape of a vase, or eventually the shape of the fabric of spacetime, through so-called invariants – that is, by quantities that do not depend on any choice of coordinate system,” Kempf adds. “This is important because if we’re to develop a theory that unifies quantum theory and general relativity, key quantities fundamentally cannot depend on man-made choices, such as which coordinate system one wants to use.”Kempf then summarized the relation of their approach, which offers a gauge-independent identification of the metric’s degrees of freedom in terms of invariants that should be ready to quantize, with several other mathematical attempts to unify general relativity and quantum theory.Loop quantum gravity and string theory: “The new spectral geometric methods are deeply related to generalized Heisenberg uncertainty principles – and in fact, the new work grew out of studies of such principles, which have been shown to be related to loop quantum gravity as well as to string theory by myself and in collaboration with Martin Bojowald1.”Causal sets: “Perhaps, but it’s not clear if there’s a connection.”Garrett Lisi’s E8 proposal: “Probably no connection.”Noncommutative geometry: “Alain Connes’ program of noncommutative geometry shows that curved spaces can be described by a spectral triple, which includes the spectrum of the Dirac operator. It’s not clear if the spectrum of the Dirac operator alone is sufficient to calculate the shape of a curved space. The new spectral geometric methods that we present here can be used to explore this interesting question further, and in fact we’re working on this.”Supergravity: “Our new results apply to gravity and do not require supersymmetry. This is good because there’s still no solid evidence that supersymmetry exists in nature.”Twistor models: “No connection known.”Moving forward, says Kempf, the scientists are working on generalizing the new methods to shapes that are curved in both space and time, since that will then be useful for addressing some of the key questions of cosmology – including the question of how it all began.” More specifically, Kempf adds that while quantum fluctuations are today almost immeasurably small, it’s thought that spacetime itself arose from a kind of quantum jump. “Our results bring us a step closer to being able to explicitly calculate the quantum ringing of spacetime, which could then tell us more about the origin of our universe.”In terms of other areas of research that might benefit from their study, Kempf points out that experimentalists still have a long way to go to measure quantum gravity effects directly. “However,” he adds, “our new methods can also be used to program a computer to calculate the shape of objects from their sound. Moreover,” he concludes, “we’re planning to improve our algorithm to make it much faster. This could open up engineering applications, for example, by allowing machines to quickly identify shapes from a simple spectral fingerprint.” Citation: Gravity’s lingua franca: Unifying general relativity and quantum theory through spectral geometry (2013, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-gravity-lingua-franca-relativity-quantum.html , Physical Review Dlast_img read more