ESB WARNS PEOPLE NOT TO SWIM IN DONEGAL RESERVOIRS DURING GOOD WEATHER

first_imgThe ESB is reminding people that swimming is not allowed in any of its reservoirs – including one in Co Donegal.In a statement, the electricity supplier said its reservoirs are deep and fast flowing with uneven ground making them extremely dangerous for swimming.They include the reservoir in Assaroe in Ballyshannon. The warning is being made as a result of the current spell of warm weather.  ESB WARNS PEOPLE NOT TO SWIM IN DONEGAL RESERVOIRS DURING GOOD WEATHER was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Assaroe ReservoirBallyshannondonegalESBswimmersWarninglast_img read more

Even for Quantum Particles, Time Flows One Way

first_imgClaims of time symmetry at the quantum level have been discounted by a high-reliability experiment by the Department of Energy.A press release from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory announced:Time marches relentlessly forward for you and me; watch a movie in reverse, and you’ll quickly see something is amiss. But from the point of view of a single, isolated particle, the passage of time looks the same in either direction. For instance, a movie of two particles scattering off of each other would look just as sensible in reverse – a concept known as time reversal symmetry.Now the BaBar experiment at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has made the first direct observation of a long-theorized exception to this rule.Digging through nearly 10 years of data from billions of particle collisions, researchers found that certain particle types change into one another much more often in one way than they do in the other, a violation of time reversal symmetry and confirmation that some subatomic processes have a preferred direction of time.Reported this week in the journal Physical Review Letters, the results are impressively robust, with a 1 in 10 tredecillion (1043) or 14-sigma level of certainty – far more than needed to declare a discovery.The BaBar experiment was an ideal test of the CPT (charge-parity-time) Theorem that states, “the three symmetries must remain in balance for any given particle system. If one of the symmetries is out of whack, at least one of the others must be, too.”  Since 10 years of BaBar data already had evidence of CP asymmetry in hand, physicists thought it “was a good place to look for violation of time reversal symmetry that would serve to balance CPT as a whole.”  Other hints of time reversal were harder to test.  This one shows that the rate of time reversal for quantum events is outmatched: “the changes are happening at a different rate as time moves forward than when it is reversed,” a diagram caption states.One researcher said, “It was exciting to design an experimental analysis that enabled us to observe, directly and unambiguously, the asymmetrical nature of time.”  BaBar also had another goal: “BaBar, which collected data at SLAC from 1999 to 2008, was designed to tease out subtle differences in the behavior of matter and antimatter that might help account for the preponderance of matter in the universe.”  The “antimatter problem” still is a puzzle for modern cosmology.  See also Science Daily‘s coverage.It appears that time asymmetry, a consequence of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, is more firmly established by this experiment (confirmation to a one part in a tredecillion is pretty rare!), but we will leave it to the specialists to explain the implications.  What impact will this have on cosmology? (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Orange Farm gets connected

first_img19 July 2005From a group of brick buildings surrounded by clusters of shacks, a number of community members are trying to take Orange Farm in Johannesburg from a low-tech informal settlement to a centre of modern technology.The Orange Farm ICT Hub is housed in the settlement’s library. Through it, 15 community members have already been trained to use computers for office and administrative purposes.The hub forms part of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector support programme in the City of Johannesburg’s department of economic development, marketing and tourism.Centre Manager Aubrey Cwathi has been at the hub since its inception. He had basic computer skills to begin with, which he has been able to expand through working at the centre.The hub is promoted mainly through leaflets distributed to community members, by posters and by word-of-mouth.“There are two three-hour classes daily, from Monday to Thursday,” Cwathi says.Computer literateMost of those who completed the six-month course have matriculated, but would like to become computer literate and increase their chances of finding employment.According to Kabelo Mphafi, operations manager for poverty alleviation in Johannesburg’s Region 11, the hub also secured a sponsorship from US firm Computer Science Corporation to assist with items like furniture, stationery, office equipment and projectors.“We want to create a professional environment within the Orange Farm ICT Hub, to make it totally different from what you will see outside the centre,” said Douglas Cohen, the programme’s consultant at the Council.James Sekhonyane, who has been a trainer at the hub since December 2004, says students are taught various skills, from a basic introduction to computers and using Microsoft Office, to using the internet and learning about desktop publishing.“We are also working towards getting accreditation from the Isett seta [information systems, electronics and telecommunications technologies sector training and education authority],” he said.Wireless Internet and VoIPIn a boost for the hub, one of the country’s major internet service providers, Internet Solutions, has decided to use it as a test bed for wireless internet and voice over internet protocol (VoIP).VoIP is a technology that allows voice to be sent using an internet connection rather than the telephony technology now being used. This could lead to cheaper calls.Internet Solutions has decided to erect a base station at the hub that will provide connectivity to centres located within a 15km radius.A company report states: “Initially five separate locations within Orange Farm will be connected back to the base station to provide internet connectivity and VoIP services to PCs and phones at these locations.”Those members of the community who help run the centre are excited about the prospects that such a development will bring.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

6 Members Of UNLV’s 1990 Title Team Got Matching “R.I.P. Coach Tark” Tattoos

first_imgNCAA basketballs sitting in a ball rack on the court.SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)The 1990 UNLV basketball team, which defeated Duke by 30 points in the NCAA title game to win its only national championship, was one of the most tightly-knit squads in the sport’s history. And while 25 years may have passed since the team accomplished the feat, it’s clear that they’re still as close as ever.Earlier this week, former Runnin’ Rebels head coach Jerry Tarkanian passed away at the age of 84. To pay homage to their former coach, six former UNLV players – Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, James Jones, Anderson Hunt, Mo Scurry and Chris Jeter – got matching tattoos celebrating his life and their 1990 squad.Johnson and Augmon documented the entire process on Twitter early Wednesday morning.Rip coach Tark LJ Ice Hunt Nice Jeter Mo Scurry pic.twitter.com/4U3cekWNYc— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015This is how we remember Coach Tark pic.twitter.com/y3UESuDDcH— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015Roommate first, Ice pic.twitter.com/aw7moxPLTX— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015MVP Hunt Nice pic.twitter.com/wckyWkplw1— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015It’s on me now. pic.twitter.com/k9k0wKSv5m— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) February 18, 2015James jones pic.twitter.com/tCh9XmWsRu— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015Chris jeter pic.twitter.com/XxY995GuB3— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015Anderson hunt. MVP pic.twitter.com/TGaJkKEq5v— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015Mo scurry pic.twitter.com/Oc3JNdQOvF— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015RIP COACH TARK pic.twitter.com/QyetgoAQFy— realstaceyaugmon (@staceyaugmon) February 18, 2015Very cool. We’ll see if any other members of the team follow suit.last_img read more

CoucheTard hasnt given up hope of selling cannabis in Western Canada CEO

first_imgMONTREAL – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. hasn’t given up hope of selling cannabis as some Western Canadian provinces turn to the private sector for over-the-counter sales, the convenience store operator’s CEO said Tuesday.Brian Hannasch said the large convenience store chain, which operates as Circle K outside Quebec, has a proven track record of selling age-restricted products like cigarettes and beer.“We welcome the opportunity to work with one of the provinces here in Canada to demonstrate we can be a good partner in the space,” he said during a conference call about its second-quarter results.“And we are open to other formats that in the near term meet the concerns of these regulators.”While most provinces plan to sell marijuana in government-owned stores, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba are looking at partnering with the private sector.Hannasch told analysts that he anticipates more markets around the world opening to cannabis sales.His comments came in response to an analyst’s questions after he discussed Couche-Tard’s strong quarterly results.The Quebec-based retailer’s earnings surged 35 per cent to a record US$435.3 million in its latest quarter as the CST Brands acquisition more than offset the negative impact of hurricanes in the U.S. south.The company, which reports in U.S. dollars, said it earned 76 cents per diluted share in the second quarter of its fiscal year, up from 57 cents or $321.5 million a year earlier.He said the strong performance was realized despite challenges from hurricane Harvey in Texas and hurricane Irma in the southeast United States.“At one point we had over 1,300 of our stores closed during the storms, including every store at one time in our Florida market,” he said.No employees were injured but the company took a $4.8-million financial hit from the loss of sales, incremental expenses to replace inventories and cleaning up costs.Excluding one-time charges, Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) earned $458 million or 80 cents per share for the three months ended Oct. 15. That compared to $328 million or 58 cents per share in the prior year.Analysts expected Couche-Tard would report 71 cents per share in adjusted profits, according to analyst Derek Dley of Canaccord Genuity.“This was notably impressive as the company was unfavourably impacted by numerous store closures related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma during the quarter,” he wrote in a report.Revenues were $12.1 billion, up 44 per cent from $8.44 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.Hannasch said the company took a hit that likely equalled more than one per cent of sales because of distribution problems in Quebec following the acquisitions of Esso and Ultramar.“We underestimated the impact of adding both these networks to our Quebec distribution centre and we had significant supply disruptions.”Hannasch said the U.S. industry faces challenges as shoppers, particularly low-income consumers, reduce the number of automobile trips that spawn convenience store sales.“Despite an eight-year bull run in the stock market, real wage growth in much of our geographies have been fairly anaemic,” he said.In Canada, Couche-Tard faces minimum wage increases in Ontario and Alberta that is forcing it to become more efficient and reduce costs, in part, through the use of new technology, said chief financial officer Claude Tessier.Couche-Tard’s shares hit a 52-week high of C$66.53 in early Tuesday trading but closed up just 49 cents to C$64.75.last_img read more

Regulator schedules hearings for BC LNG natural gas pipeline challenge

first_imgCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:TRP) The Canadian Press CALGARY — The National Energy Board is scheduling hearings over the next three months to consider a jurisdictional challenge of the approval of a pipeline needed to supply natural gas to the recently sanctioned $40-billion LNG Canada project.The hearings are to determine only if approvals given by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline are sufficient — if not, the NEB says the proponent will have to make a formal NEB application and undergo another separate process to win federal approval.The NEB actions are in response to a challenge by B.C. resident Mike Sawyer who argues that because TransCanada Corp. will operate the proposed pipeline and the connected Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system together, they form a single pipeline which crosses the Alberta-B.C. boundary and therefore must be regulated by the federal government.The NEB says on its website it will accept additional written evidence from the builder late this month, take written evidence from interveners in January and gather information requests and responses from parties in January and February before holding final oral arguments in March.The 670-kilometre, 48-inch diameter natural gas pipeline would bring natural gas from prolific wells in northeastern B.C. to the proposed liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat on the West Coast.LNG Canada announced in October its partners — Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., Petronas, PetroChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp. — had made a final investment decision to proceed with the project after delaying it in 2016 due to poor global prices for LNG.TransCanada’s contract to build the $6.2-billion pipeline was conditional on partner project approval.last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP seek public assistance to locate missing youth

first_imgWEMBLEY, A.B. – Beaverlodge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16 year old Madison Dugray. Madison was last seen on January 23, 2019 in Wembley.Madison is described as:– Indigenous female– 5’6″, 160 lbs.– Brown hair, brown eyes– Wearing a red sweater and jeans The investigation is ongoing and there is a general concern for her well-being. If you have information on the whereabouts of Madison Dugray please call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2955 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.last_img read more

BJP has deviated from path of truth, says Priyanka Gandhi

first_imgAgra: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday alleged that the BJP had deviated from the path of truth and it seemed that the saffron party neither has faith in democracy nor in the people.The Congress secretary general in-charge for Uttar Pradesh (East) also said the BJP instead of speaking about India and what it had done for its youth was talking about Pakistan. “It seems that the government has faith neither in democracy, its institutions nor the people..had they been real nationalists they would have tread the path of truth. “They would have understood that this country is based on truth and those who deviate from it are not let off…you will also not be excused as you, too, have deviated from the path of truth long ago,” she said at a rally here. The Congress leader was campaigning for the party’s Fatehpur Sikri Lok Sabha seat candidate and Uttar Pradesh unit president Raj Babbar. Lashing out at the BJP government, Priyanka Gandhi said during election time, they are talking about nationalism and Pakistan. “They must talk about India, what they have done for the youth, farmers and other sections of society. They must tell what their agenda for women and women security is,”she said. Taking a dig at the BJP publicity campaign, she said the truth is being “drowned” in such campaigns. “I have seen the reality in the eyes of youth who complain about jobs, seen it in the eyes of potato growers who come to Rae Bareli and Lucknow to tell about their loans and the high costs that they have to bear,” Priyanka Gandhi said. Citing the example of a farmer here who reportedly sold his produce for Rs 490 and send the money to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a mark of protest, she said,”He sent this money to the PM to apprise him about the truth of the country and its farmers.” “The truth is being drowned in publicity…you all know better…whenever a question is raised the questioner is told that he is an anti-national,” Priyanka Gandhi said. She, while talking about the Congress manifesto, mistakenly said that “aisi yojnaein ghoshna patra mein hai jisse aapko swastha sarkari aspatalon mein muft milega (There are schemes in the manifesto through which you will get free health in government hospitals)”. However, the Congress leader was quick to realise her mistake and smilingly remarked, “Swastha nahin… matlab swastha ki jaanch aur swastha ka ilaj muft milega (Not swasth (health)…I mean diagnosis and treatment will be free).” She quipped that “swastha bhi mil jaye toh achcha hain (It will be great if health can be given for free)”.last_img read more

Gay ExNFL Player Wade Davis Trying To Help Others

Former NFL cornerback Wade Davis played for three teams in his four-year NFL career. He did not make much of an impact on the field, however after coming out as gay, he has been quite productive off the field.Davis’ work with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning youth has helped him find an avenue to make a much larger influence than he ever made as a player.“I started to realize that — you know what? —  there’s an opportunity here for me to really make and effect change, not only within myself but in the world.” Davis told SBNation’s Amy Nelson.“I think, subconsciously, I understood that being gay . . . the way I was raised. . . was wrong, and there was no way that my family, at least in my mind, would accept me. And also that my football family would [not] accept me, just because of the perception of being gay meant that you’re less masculine.”Davis, who played for the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, said sharing a locker room with heterosexual players was not a treat. “I never even remotely got aroused in the locker room,” he said. “You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family. Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family.”While Davis is comfortable with his sexuality, he still showed some hesitation when asked if a non-star NFL player could ever come out as gay. Davis said, “I’ll be flat-out honest with you, it probably shouldn’t be if he wants to keep his job. If he’s a free agent who’s fighting for his job, maybe he shouldn’t. I don’t want to tell someone to give up their lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.”Davis suddenly changed his mind. “You know what?” he said. “Yes, it should be. Screw it. I don’t want to be in the business of telling anybody they cant live their life authentically.”He works now as a staff member at the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth in New York City. “It’s a one-stop shop for not only gay and lesbian youth,  but also non-conforming youth, to find really great services and a sense of family, if they don’t have that,” he said. “I tell people often that I’m living my second dream, because I get to do a job every day that really changes lives.” read more

Mens soccer SIUEdwardsville pounces on OSU Buckeyes drop to 37

OSU junior forward Nate Kohl (27) heads the ball in the second half against SIU-Edwardsville at Jesse Owns Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28. Credit: Michelle McDonnell | Lantern PhotographerFor the Ohio State men’s soccer team, home field has provided a much needed advantage.Coming into Wednesday’s game, OSU was riding a three-game home winning streak, averaging 2.67 goals per game while only allowing 0.67 goals per game over that stretch.The home cooking would sizzle out as the Buckeyes lost a back-and-forth contest against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 3-2, the first loss in their last four matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.“It was a hard night,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “SIUE is struggling a little bit like we are so they were hungry to get a win. It felt like we were playing against 12 guys tonight.”The momentum was hard to grasp in the first period, as both teams seemed to score at will.Just eight minutes into the match, sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed floated a cross from the right side of the net to the left that allowed senior forward Danny Jensen to slide in and bury just past the goalkeeper, giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.It was the fourth goal of the season for Jensen, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.The teams traded goals right up to the whistle. As the Buckeyes looked to take a 2-1 lead into halftime, the Cougars continued to fight and were rewarded for their efforts.In the last 10 seconds of the period, SIUE senior midfielder Gabe Christianson was able to get a header to fall off a corner kick from senior defender Andrew Kendall-Moullin, tying the game up at two a piece just before the break.  The score would remain at 2-2 for most of the second period, but the Cougars would deal the final blow.With just two minutes remaining, SIUE junior forward Devyn Jambga took a heel-kick pass at the top of the box and launched the ball into the back right corner, handing the Buckeyes their first home loss since Aug. 28.The Cougars brought a couple familiar faces to Columbus.Head coach Mario Sanchez played under Bluem when the two were at Fresno State.“[Sanchez] was one of the best players I have ever had and I have been coaching Division I soccer for a long time,” Bluem said. “When he played for me he was a coach on the field and he is a very good coach now. I have a ton of respect for him.”Along with Sanchez, the Cougars brought to town a transfer from Ohio State, sophomore midfielder Greg Solawa. Solawa made five starts for the Buckeyes a year ago, appearing in 11 games.“It’s always fun coming into the game knowing that you’re going to play against a guy you used to play with,” said Austin Bergstrom, OSU senior defender. “You always want to be the one on top when the last whistle blows. Unfortunately, he got the best of us tonight.”Solawa recorded one assist in the game against OSU.Despite scoring both of their goals in the first period, the Buckeyes were statistically better in the second period, outshooting the Cougars 7-4 after getting outshot 7-3 in the first period.“I was happy that we did create more opportunities in the second half,” Bluem said. “I think we were hurt by some critical mistakes and that has kind of been the story of the season this year. We punish ourselves by making stupid mistakes.”The Buckeyes will have to find a way to fix their mistakes before Sunday, when they take on Big Ten foe Michigan State at home. While just 3-7 overall on the season, the Scarlet and Gray could advance to 3-1 in conference play with a win over the Spartans.“We learn the most from our losses,” Bergstrom said. “I think we just got to come out on Sunday and know that we can’t have any letdowns. We’ve got to go forward having our heads up.” read more