The Canadian Press Quebec’s justice minister has asked the province’s judicial council to investigate a municipal judge who reportedly acquitted a friend over a traffic violation the day before he was set to retire.Sonia LeBel said Tuesday she sent a letter to the judicial council after reading about former municipal court judge Jean Herbert in the Journal de Montreal.The Journal reported that last Feb. 4, Herbert moved forward a friend’s court date so it wouldn’t interfere with her planned vacation and then took 42 seconds to acquit her of a traffic violation. Before his retirement, Herbert sat on the bench in Longueuil, south of Montreal.Herbert told the newspaper the woman acquitted, Diane Lelievre, was an artist and he had once bought a painting from her. Lelievre told the newspaper the judge was a patient of her spouse, an ophthalmologist.Herbert also told the Journal he helped other friends by changing their court dates.LeBel said she considers the facts reported in the article to be serious but declined to comment further.
Red Cross Distributes Sandbags and Disaster Response Kits Red Cross Gala near sold out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Nov 2015 – This weekend war veterans will be remembered in a series of services to be held around the world, including right here in the TCI. Governor Peter Beckingham, will on Sunday place a wreath at the War Memorial in Grand Turk, while Deputy Governor Anya Williams will lay the wreath here in Provo. In Grand Turk, the remembrance of the Allied, Commonwealth and British personnel who fought in the two world wars of the 20th Century and in subsequent conflicts will be paid homage at the 9:45am service at the St Mary’s Pro Cathedral on Front Street in the capital; a similar commemoration will take place at the St. Monica’s Anglican church at 12:30pm in Providenciales – both on Sunday November 8th. Also joining the wreath laying will be, the Hon. Premier; the Leader of the Opposition; TCI Ex-Services Legion; the Commissioner of Police; TCIG Medical Department; the Scouts, Guides and Brownies; Rotary International; Soroptimists International and the Red Cross. His Excellency Beckingham said: “I look forward to attending again the Remembrance Service in Grand Turk, which is always one of the most moving and solemn occasions, and an opportunity to remind ourselves of the sacrifices of others.” Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation Announces Donation To Rotary Club Of The Bahamas For Relief Efforts In The Bahamas Related Items:Guides and Brownies, his excellency beckingham, red cross, remembrance day, Rotary International, Soroptimists International, TCI Ex-Services Legion, TCIG Medical Department, the Scouts Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 31, 2017 – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, attended and spoke at a meeting of the Native Men’s Fellowship in Providenciales on 29 January, during which he praised the Fellowship’s voluntary work in the community and spoke on the dimensions of belief in today’s society.On the morning of 30 January, His Excellency the Governor received at Waterloo the Reverend Laish Loyd, the Anglican Bishop of The Turks and Caicos Islands and Bahamas and learned at first-hand about the Anglican community in TCI.#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting
Custom publisher and marketing communications firm the TDA Group has been acquired by South Asia publisher CyberMedia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Los Altos, California-based the TDA Group, which serves the global IT industry, provides marketing consulting, content development and graphics design services. CyberMedia publishes 15 titles in the IT, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and biotechnology industries, and produces events, Web sites and television.According to CyberMedia chairman Pradeep Gupta, the purchase of the TDA Group is a move toward growing the company’s content-based services business.Media investment bankers DeSilva + Phillips represented the TDA Group in the deal.
ING, the Dutch multinational banking and financial services company, is likely to sell a part of its 6.42 per cent in Indian private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank. The emerging reports indicate that the stake sale could be in the range of 1.39 per cent to 2.54 per cent, corresponding to $300 million and up to $550 million.Reuters said a spokeswoman for the bank confirmed the bank’s plans of selling its stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank. “We will disclose further details at closing,” the agency quoted the spokeswoman as saying.ING held a 6.42 per cent in the Indian bank via ING Mauritius Investments as on June 30, according to a regulatory filing by Kotak Mahindra Bank to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Kotak Mahindra Bank shares closed at Rs 782.80 on the BSE on Wednesday. The lender will be declaring its second quarter results on October 25.The bank earned net profit of Rs 742 crore on total income of Rs 2,652 crore for the first quarter ended June 30. Net non-performing assets rose to 1.21 per cent of advances that stood at Rs 1,20,765 crore, of which retail loans constituted Rs 49,548 crore.Kotak Mahindra Bank had acquired ING Vysya Bank and the merger was approved by the Reserve Bank of India with effect from April 1, 2015. In 2014, the bank had entered general insurance business.
Dave FehlingThe dam at Barker Reservoir in February 2016Back in April when a foot and a half of rain fell west of Houston, it nearly filled up both the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs that lie along the Katy Freeway at Highway 6. Since then, millions of gallons have slowly been released through dam gates into Buffalo Bayou.Richard Long with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the dams. We talked with him Tuesday afternoon.“Well the reservoirs are in real good condition right now. Addicks Reservoir emptied out overnight, actually, just last night, and Barker Reservoir will empty in the next couple of days. So we will be basically through with all the Tax Day floodwater and all the rains that have occurred since then,” Long said.The dams were built in the 1940s and have been deemed “extremely high risk” because of their age and the potential for billions of dollars in damage to Houston should they fail.A $75 million renovation was just getting started when the Tax Day flood hit. Construction stopped and it was only Tuesday that crews could access the site and resume their work.“Over the next few weeks and months, after the reservoirs are empty, we’ll be doing a detailed inspection of the entire dam, but at this point we don’t expect to find anything glaring that would cause us any concern,“ said Long.Long said he’s confident the reservoirs are ready for next big one, which he hopes won’t be anytime soon. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:15 Listen Share
Rice UniversityDr. Stephen Klineberg has been conducting the Houston Area Survey since 1982. Houstonians, not surprisingly, are more concerned about flooding than in the past. And that concern is growing to rival traffic as the issue most on the minds of residents.That’s just one of many findings in the 2018 Houston Area Survey from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Now in its 37th year, the survey is the nation’s longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life experiences, beliefs, and attitudes.Dr. Stephen Klineberg, the survey’s author and the institute’s founder, tells Houston Matters that traffic is still the biggest concern of Houstonians — as it has been for the last five surveys. However, flooding and the after-effects of Harvey are the new second-biggest concern.“Traffic is the new normal. It’s the central challenge we face,” Klineberg told Houston Matters host Craig Cohen. “And now flooding has become another new normal and a new recognition that the city has to rethink how it grows if it’s going to prepare itself for success in the 21st century.”Effects of HarveyDavid J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.Klineberg said 55 percent of those surveyed suffered no real personal damage from the storm, while 45 percent did. Regardless, that had no impact on how concerned respondents were.“It’s a reminder that so much of the experience was seeing the day-after-day coverage of a city in the throes of just major destruction,” he said. “Far greater it looked on television than in reality, I guess.”And the survey showed Montgomery County residents were just as likely to cite flooding as a major concern as those in Harris County, even though Montgomery County suffered less damage.Gradually Shifting ConcernsAs is common in every survey, gradual shifts can be seen year by year regarding Houstonians’ biggest concerns. Last year, 24 percent said it was traffic. This year, that increased to 26 percent. In 2017, 16 percent cited the economy as the region’s biggest issue. But, this year, that fell slightly to 14 percent. Klineberg said that echoes the slow, modest recovery from the drop in oil prices of recent years.“It’s a reminder that Houston is no longer the fastest growing city in America with the most vibrant and powerful economy,” he said. “It is struggling with a whole bunch of issues that have to do with the need to make new kinds of investments if the city is going to succeed.”Partisan DividesAPPresident Donald Trump speaks at the White House on Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The survey asked whether people think the country is headed for better times or worse times. In the past, results were pretty evenly split along party lines. During the Obama presidency, Democrats tended to think America was on the right track while Republicans did not. Not surprisingly, when Donald Trump was elected president, the 2017 results flipped. However, Klineberg said he expected those numbers to temper a bit this year, but that was not the case.“So, it’s a reminder that we are in a time of increasing partisan polarization — partisan divides,” he said. “And you see that in the way Houstonians understand the world and America’s future — much as you do across the county.”CrimeIn the 2017 survey, 15 percent of respondents cited crime as the region’s biggest concern, which was the lowest figure since 2003. However, that number ticked up slightly this year to 16 percent. “Crime is not the great fear that it once was in Houston, and that’s, of course, a very positive thing,” Klineberg said.A City Coming TogetherMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneEvacuees flee flooding in a boat with a nearly submerged Houston sign behind them, on Aug, 29, 2017.The survey asks Houstonians if they think that most people can be trusted. In the aftermath of Harvey, more people are saying yes.“That, I think, comes from that experience — even if you weren’t effected — of watching so many people reaching out to other people,” Klineberg said. “So, there’s a sense of a city coming together.”EducationThe survey has periodically asked questions about school funding. In 2009, and again in 2018, the question was asked whether schools have enough money (if used wisely) or if schools need more money. For the first time, a clear majority of respondents said Houston schools need more money (56 to 40 percent). Even more people (67 to 30 percent) indicated they were in favor of raising taxes to pay for universal preschool.“That awareness of the critical importance of education and the critical need to increase our investments in education in this city is something that is new this year,” Klineberg said.Slow But Steady ChangeKlineberg said the lesson from each survey is that, regardless of where people live in Greater Houston, their attitudes are changing slowly but steadily regarding issues from embracing diversity, to desiring more public transit, to wanting more walkable cities.“It’s a sense of we are in this together,” he said. “We are one, multi-centered metropolitan region that is confronting a whole range of different interesting challenges as we position this region for success in the 21st century.”In the audio above, Dr. Klineberg expands on the findings of the 2018 Houston Area Survey. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X 00:00 /24:15
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Universe offers ‘eternal feast,’ cosmologist says (PhysOrg.com) — Over the past few decades, the idea that our universe could be one of many alternate universes within a giant multiverse has grown from a sci-fi fantasy into a legitimate theoretical possibility. Several theories of physics and astronomy have hypothesized the existence of a multiverse made of many parallel universes. One obvious question that arises, then, is exactly how many of these parallel universes might there be. The strongest limit on the number of possible universes is the human ability to distinguish between different universes. Credit: Linde and Vanchurin. Explore further Citation: Physicists Calculate Number of Parallel Universes (2009, October 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-physicists-parallel-universes.html In a new study, Stanford physicists Andrei Linde and Vitaly Vanchurin have calculated the number of all possible universes, coming up with an answer of 10^10^16. If that number sounds large, the scientists explain that it would have been even more humongous, except that we observers are limited in our ability to distinguish more universes; otherwise, there could be as many as 10^10^10^7 universes.To work these numbers out, Linde and Vanchurin looked back to the time shortly after the Big Bang, which they view as a quantum process that generated lots of quantum fluctuations. Then during the period of inflation, the universe grew rapidly and these quantum fluctuations were “frozen” into classical perturbations in distinct regions. Today, each of these regions could be a different universe, having its own distinct laws of low energy physics.By analyzing the mechanism (called “slow roll inflation”) that initially generated the quantum fluctuations, the scientists could estimate the number of resulting universes at 10^10^10^7 (a number which is dependent on the model they used). However, this number is limited by other factors, specifically by the limits of the human brain. Since the total amount of information that one individual can absorb in a lifetime is about 10^16 bits, which is equivalent to 10^10^16 configurations, this means that a human brain couldn’t distinguish more than 10^10^16 universes.Requiring that the human brain must be able to count the number of parallel universes may seem inappropriate, if not arrogant, but Linde and Vanchurin explain that dealing with the quantum world is different than our everyday lives in which quantum effects can be safely ignored. A crucial part of their calculation here is an investigation of quantum effects on supergalactic scales. In this kind of scenario, the state of the multiverse and observations made by an observer are correlated (similar to the Schrodinger cat experiment, where the outcome can be determined only after it is registered by a classical observer). “When we analyze the probability of the existence of a universe of a given type, we should be talking about a consistent pair: the universe and an observer who makes the rest of the universe ‘alive’ and the wave function of the rest of the universe time-dependent,” the scientists write. As the scientists explain, the calculation of the number of universes is an important step toward an even larger goal: to find the probability of living in a universe with a particular set of properties. What are the chances that we live in a world in which the laws of physics are these laws that we currently observe? Answering this question requires finding probabilities that depend on knowing about other universes, among many other challenges. • Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter!More information: How Many Universes are in the Multiverse? arXiv:0910.1589v1via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com 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.
Giant panda. Credit: Yange Yong (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in China have been so successful at breeding giant pandas in captivity that they are now planning for their reintroduction to the wild with 15 years. Explore further Citation: Plan to reintroduce giant pandas to the wild (2010, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-reintroduce-giant-pandas-wild.html The giant panda, which is classified as an endangered species, is a difficult animal to breed in captivity because the females are on heat for only 72 hours a year, and there is only a 12-24 hour window in which they can become pregnant. Another difficulty is that the males have short penises and the mating couple must adopt an exact position if the mating is to be successful, and yet the pandas in captivity appear to have little knowledge of this position.Scientists at the world’s most successful panda breeding center, the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre in China have been trying to breed captive pandas for decades and have overcome many obstacles, including the short period of fertility, which necessitates them taking daily urine samples to monitor hormone levels, and close observation of panda behavior.Another challenge facing conservationists is that pandas are “turned off” by being in captivity and do not seem interested in mating. The Chengdu researchers have tried arousing male pandas by using bamboo poles laced with the scent of fertile females, but few encounters were fruitful and some ended in aggressive behavior and violence. The scientists also tried Viagra and resorted to showing sex education videos to the captive bears, both with little success.The scientists then tried artificial insemination, but this was also a challenge because of the variation in gestation, which can last anywhere from 11 weeks to 11 months, and which can be undetectable until shortly before the birth. Again, the scientists needed to closely observe the bears, and they developed a crucial form of intervention to ensure the survival of cubs, which was necessary since pandas give birth to twin cubs around 50 percent of the time, but they usually only care for one of them.The intervention is called a “twin-swapping” technique, in which an abandoned cub is immediately moved into an incubator. The scientists then surreptitiously rotate the twin cubs between mother and incubator to trick the mother into caring for both of them. Using this technique the survival rate has risen to 98 percent. By the end of 2009, 168 cubs had been raised at the center.The success of the breeding program has led conservationists to believe it will be possible to reintroduce giant pandas into the wild, and they have used some of the profits made from lending their pandas to overseas zoos to buy panda habitat in the Sichuan mountains in south west China and to begin construction of the first dedicated giant panda reintroduction facility. 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. China panda baby boom aids against extinction © 2010 PhysOrg.com