Expert considers dark matter

first_imgTheoretical particle physicist Patrick Fox from Fermilab served as the keynote speaker for a physics department colloquium that focused on evidence for dark matter’s existence and the means by which the scientific community could learn more about its properties in the future.“I’m a theorist in particular,” Fox said. “I am beyond the standard model theorist, so my day-to-day job is to think up extensions of the standard model that experiments can look for, or if experimenters have seen things that don’t make sense, I can try to interpret it and build models that explain those observations.”Fox said the standard model remains a powerful tool that explains most natural phenomena by defining the elementary particles of matter, but it is far from perfect or all-encompassing. Although this model explains things observed at the sub-nuclear level, Fox said these particles should all be massless, a very different world from the one present.Emmet Farnan | The Observer “There’s an explanation for that problem,” he said. “There’s a particle that is responsible for giving the other particles their mass, and that is the Higgs-Boson particle. The Higgs Boson was the last piece of the Standard Model to be discovered, and with it’s discovery, all the phenomenon in the natural world could seemingly be explained.”Even after the discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle, Fox said a lot of exciting physics remains to be done, such as research on the mysterious dark sector.“We like to think we’re doing a good job of explaining the phenomenon that can be observed,” he said. “It turns out, once you dig into it, that we can only explain roughly 5 percent of everything.“This other 95 percent is broken up into two categories. There’s stuff that behaves with respect to gravity just like the matter that makes up you and me, known as dark matter, and then there’s dark energy, which is very different than matter and dark matter in that it is not affected by gravity. Dark energy is what’s responsible for the expansion of the universe speeding up.”Fox said the explanation for dark matter’s mysterious name is intuitive in comparison to the rest of the dark sector.“Dark matter gravitates and attracts matter in the same way that you or I do, but more importantly, they don’t feel the affects of photons,” he said. “Light does not reflect off them, and dark matter and photons do not interact.”Although dark matter certainly exists, Fox said modern physicists still have questions to answer.“We know that everyone in this room is made out of matter and not antimatter, but the laws that govern the standard model are symmetric,” he said. “If you replaced everything in this room with antimatter, it would behave in exactly the same way. We don’t know why there’s only matter inside us and zero antimatter.”The evidence for and against explanations of dark matter can be confusing, and Fox said this means it’s time to start working to make the evidence more consistent.“Dark matter is one thing we know for sure that is not explained by the standard model, but we know for sure it’s out there,” he said. “We don’t know more than that, but we have some good ideas that we are working on to try and squeeze all the information out of all the avenues of attack that we have.“There have been a lot of recent advances both on the theoretical front and the experimental front. The coming decade will be a very exciting time for particle physics.”Tags: dark matter, Fermilab, Higgs-Boson, Patrick Fox, physics colloquiumlast_img read more

Show Tunes Brought Andrew Rannells & Anne Hathaway Together

first_imgTony nominee Andrew Rannells stopped by The Today Show on September 23 to discuss his role in the new Nancy Meyers film The Intern. While there, he revealed that he didn’t have much internship experience of his own, aside from a gig during his freshman year at a talent agency, where he faxed headshots. Maybe he can get back into the biz with his Book of Mormon co-star and part-time agent Rory O’Malley? Unsurprisingly, Rannells and Oscar winner/musical theater enthusiast Anne Hathaway had a lot to bond over on set: “we nerded out a few times,” he said, and admitted that show tunes were indeed sung between takes. Check out the clip below, and catch The Intern in theaters beginning September 25. View Commentslast_img read more

Bee Institute, May 10-12

first_imgFaculty members from Young Harris College and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host their annual Bee Keeping Institute, May 10-12 in Young Harris, Ga. For the past two decades, the Young Harris Bee Keeping Institute has provided professional and backyard beekeepers with the up-to-date information needed to keep their hives healthy and productive. The two-day event will provide classes for everyone from novice beekeepers to experts and will provide a testing opportunity for beekeepers seeking their Georgia Master Beekeeping certifications. The conference will also include certification training for the North America’s first licensing program for honey judges. The Beekeeping Institute’s organizers have collaborated with the Welsh National Bee Keepers’ Association to provide this training. Attendees should register for the institute by April 30, and this year’s institute will be capped at 150 attendees. Those seeking more information about the classes offered at the institute or the cost of the program can visit the UGA Honey Bee Program’s website at www.ent.uga.edu/bees, email YHCbees@uga.edu or call Samantha Holland at (706) 769-1736.last_img read more

Costa Rica’s Special Operations Unit Cracks Down on Organized Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo February 05, 2016 International cooperation is a key component of Costa Rica’s strategy to combat transnational criminal organizations. The country’s security forces cooperate with those of partner nations, including countries in the region and the U.S. Costa Rican security forces are continuing to crack down on organized crime in 2016. During the first 20 days of January, the Special Operations Unit, the Drug Enforcement Police (PCD), the National Coast Guard Service (SNG), the Air Surveillance Service, and the Regional Drug Enforcement Program seized 548 kilograms of cocaine, 1,750 doses of crack, and two tons of other narcotics, the Public Security Ministry reported on January 21st. The Special Operations Unit within Costa Rica’s Public Security Force has been highly successful in its fight against narcotrafficking and organized crime groups since its inception in October. Transnational criminal organizations engage in drug trafficking and other illegal activities in Costa Rica because of its strategic geographic location, which makes it a key transshipment point for South American cocaine. Drug traffickers transport cocaine from Costa Rica to the United States and Europe or sell it within the country, according to “Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime Threats in Costa Rica, 2013,” report published by the OIJ and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Special Operations Unit’s success has helped reduce the level of violence in Costa Rica, which has a population of nearly five million. Thirty-seven homicides were recorded nationwide during the first 20 days of January – a mark well below the about 60 that were documented monthly in 2015, according to Mata. The unit, which is made up of specially-trained officers from the PCD, the Police Intervention Unit, and the Operational Support Group, “has led to important changes in the operations that target micro-trafficking and seizures of weapons being carried illegally,” Mata stated. “These security personnel have contributed to the recognition of our special forces.” Serving in the Special Operations Unit is dangerous, as “the challenge of safety is one of the most important challenges facing this unit,” Mata stated. “Organized crime is made up of very violent people.” “The countries in this region must work together to address the criminal element in this region if we are going to see any results,” Mata explained. “The idea is to work uniformly, to build ties and conduct joint operations so we can make progress,” Reduction in homicidescenter_img Cooperating with the U.S. Military is an important facet of Cost Rica’s approach to fighting organized crime. The importance of such cooperation was underscored on January 4th when the SNG, in cooperation with the PCD and the U.S. Coast Guard, intercepted a vessel in the Pacific Ocean with 83 kilograms of cocaine and three Costa Ricans on board. “It is important to check cars and motorcycles because those vehicles are used to transport criminals when committing their offenses,” Mata explained. “We have also seized significant sums of money as proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs. Operations are conducted in a precise and coordinated manner, wherever gang members traffic drugs or commit murder or in areas throughout the country with high crime rates.” “We are going to keep it [the Special Operations Unit] going,” Mata added. “We are seeing a significant reduction in murders. In [January we saw] positive results.” The Special Operations Unit’s 500 agents “have managed to seize 114 kilograms of crack, equivalent to approximately 100,000 doses of the drug, in addition to 114 firearms,” Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata Vega told Diálogo in an interview. The unit also has seized “a significant quantity of ammunition and magazines. The results are positive and compelling.” Much of the country’s violence is connected to drug trafficking and organized crime. In 2015, the country recorded more than 500 homicides – about 200 of which were linked to drug trafficking – and had a homicide rate of 11.4 killings per 100,000 residents, Walter Espinoza, the director of the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ) told the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación. Drug trafficking groups from Mexico and Colombia are operating in Costa Rica, according to the OIJ and UNODC. Costa Rica “will give no quarter to organized crime or allow it to grow in our country,” Mata said. “This is a country of peace and democracy. It is a country built on citizen security. Therefore, there is no room [for organized crime]. We are taking timely measures.” Transnational criminal organizations During their first three months on the streets, the agents investigated more than 34,450 people and searched more than 3,800 motor vehicles and more than 2,240 motorcycles. Checking cars, trucks, and motorcycles for suspects, drugs, and other contraband is a key component of the unit’s mission. last_img read more

In the pre-season, most arrivals come from Germany, Austria and Slovenia

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of June, 6,4 million arrivals (+ 12%) and 25,4 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. (+ 10%). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 5,5 million arrivals (+ 12%) and 22,2 million overnight stays (+ 10%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 10% and in overnight stays by 11%.  During the six months, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (7,4 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County 4,5 million overnight stays were realized, ie 4,3 million overnight stays in Kvarner. They are followed by Zadar and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties with 2,6 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin county with 1,4 million overnight stays, Zagreb with 1 million overnight stays and Lika-Senj county with 681.000 overnight stays. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 452.000 arrivals (+ 12%) and 905.000 overnight stays (+ 13%), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (172.000), Krapina-Zagorje (160.000), Osijek-Baranja. 91.000), Međimurje (81.000) and Zagreb County (80.000).At the national level, during the first six months, most overnight stays came from Germany (5,1 million), Austria (2,3 million), Slovenia (2,3 million), the United Kingdom (1,4 million) and Poland (1,3). , 9,2 million), and looking at the accommodation segment, most overnight stays were realized in hotels (6,5 million) and in household facilities (4,6 million) and camps (XNUMX million). Top destinations in the first six months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Zagreb, Poreč, Split, Umag, Medulin, Mali Lošinj, Zadar and Tar.In June, successfully maintained a positive trend In June, there were 2,8 million arrivals and 13,8 million overnight stays in Croatia, which compared to June 2017 represents an increase of 4% in arrivals, while the number of overnight stays was realized at the level of last year ‘s result.  In June, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (4 million), Split-Dalmatia County (2,6 million) and Kvarner (2,4 million). They are followed by Zadar County with 1,7 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1,2 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 853.000 overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 437.000 overnight stays and Zagreb with 249 thousand overnight stays. In June, 117.000 arrivals (+ 10%) and 213.000 overnight stays (+ 11%) were realized on the continent, of which most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (69.000), Krapina-Zagorje (27.000), Zagreb (22.000), Osijek-Baranja. 18.000) and Međimurje County (16.000).Looking at the destinations, in June at the national level most overnight stays were realized in Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Poreč, Medulin, Umag, Split, Mali Lošinj, Tara, Crikvenica and Novalja.Related news:TOURISM REVENUES INCREASE 14 PERCENT IN THE FIRST QUARTERlast_img read more

ESG roundup: Beware a ‘diesel moment’ for chemical sector

first_imgRegulatory pressure has been increasing for the world’s economy to become more “circular”, meaning that plastics and other materials no longer become waste but are re-incorporated into the system as a resource. Investors should be alert to the possibility of the chemical sector facing a regulatory clampdown due to its links to plastic packaging that ends up as waste, CDP has suggested.“Just as carmakers faced a regulatory backlash when the consequences of diesel on air pollution became clear, chemical companies could face a similar ‘diesel moment’ because of their links to plastic packaging,” the research provider said upon releasing a report on the chemical sector, ‘Catalyst for Change’.Some 8m tonnes of plastics end up in the oceans every year, and it is estimated that there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025.“Plastic packaging, which accounts for 26% of the total volume of plastics used, has come under increasing scrutiny as it clogs up our urban infrastructure and pollutes our oceans and seas,” said CDP. Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ben MierementThere is interest in the circular economy, in particular at the level of the European Union.Plastics consume the majority of petrochemical products, using 6% of global oil consumption a year, according to CDP. MEPs urge fossil fuel divestmentA resolution passed by the European Parliament on Wednesday states that pension funds should commit to divesting from fossil fuels. The relevant passage of the resolution, which was adopted by a show of hands, states that the European Parliament: ”Calls on governments and public and private financial institutions, including banks, pension funds and insurance firms, to make an ambitious commitment to aligning lending and investment practices with the global average temperature target of well below 2°C, in line with Article 2(1)(c) of the Paris Agreement, and divesting from fossil fuels, including by phasing out export credits for fossil fuel investments; calls for specific public guarantees to promote green investment and labels and offer fiscal advantages for green investment funds and the issuing of green bonds.”Finnish first for IIGCCElo Mutual Pension Insurance Company has become the first Finnish member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).Hanna Hiidenpalo, Elo’s chief investment officer, said: “We recognise the importance of international collaboration with other investors and are proud to become the first Finnish investor to formally recognise the importance of IIGCC’s work.”Kirsi Keskitalo, the pension investor’s responsible investing specialist, added: “We look forward to supporting IIGCC’s efforts going forward, particularly their dialogues with policy makers and their growing programme of collaborative investor engagement to drive corporate climate action to strengthen governance, business strategy and disclosure.” Elo has €21.8bn of assets under management, according to IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds survey.NILGOSC voting activityThe Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) has published figures about its shareholding voting activity. It said that during the 12 months to 30 June it cast a total of 8,143 votes, including 30.6% against management recommendation. It voted at meetings held by companies listed in various countries, voting in 30 jurisdictions in total. ‘Out of whack’ CEO payPay taken home by chief executive officers at US listed companies is just as out of line with long-term shareholder returns as awarded pay, according to MSCI.Awarded pay sets out the range of their potential earnings, while realised pay is how much the CEOs actually pocket after exercising equity grants.MSCI said it found that realised pay was just as poorly aligned with long-term performance as awarded pay.“More than 61% of the companies we studied exhibited poor alignment relative to their peers,” it said.It found little correlation overall between realised pay and long-term investment returns. ”These findings suggest that the 40-year-old approach of using equity compensation to align the interests of CEOs with shareholders may be broken,” said MSCI.Ethical funds: Not what they say on the tin?Vanguard, Aberdeen and Friends Life offer funds with holdings that are at odds with the funds being billed as sustainable, according to a review of UK ethical and environmental funds by financial adviser Castlefield.It categorised them as “spinners”, potentially misleading negatively screened funds with some investments in companies contributing to environmental and social problems.At Vanguard, Castlefield took issue with its SRI European Stock Fund because it featured British American Tobacco and Royal Dutch Shell in its top 10 holdings. In the case of the Aberdeen Ethical World Fund, it felt the inclusion of EOG Resources – a US crude oil and natural gas company that uses flaring and has faced accusations of illegally burying waste – was at odds with the fund’s ethical label.The adviser also felt the Friends Life Stewardship Fund’s holdings in mining companies Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton were misaligned with the fund’s investment remit. The Friends Life business is run by Aviva. Management of the Stewardship fund range has been outsourced to Schroder Investment Management.The WHEB Sustainability Fund, Liontrust UK Ethical Fund and Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund were Castlefield’s “winners”. The adviser saw them as organisations “demonstrating transparency whilst making a significant contribution towards the growth of the responsible investment market”.The adviser is calling on the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority to change marketing rules to stop “greenwashing”. Its report, which relays comments from some of the managers, will be publicly available on its website from Monday.last_img read more

Church of England investment arm names new chief executive

first_imgThe Church Commissioners, the Church of England’s investment arm with an £8.2bn (€9.4bn) portfolio, have nominated Gareth Mostyn as their new chief executive, starting on 1 February 2020.Mostyn is currently chief finance and operations officer (CFOO) for the National Church Institutions of the Church of England, which encompass the Church Commissioners, Church of England Pensions Board and Archbishops’ Council.In his new role, he will also become secretary to the Church Commissioners, reporting to the First Church Estates Commissioner and the board of governors.  He will support the Commissioners in strategic policy and prioritisation, and take responsibility for strategic leadership of the investments team, among other roles.His tenure of office, which is subject to approval by the Church Commissioners at an extraordinary general meeting to be held in November, will follow the retirement of current CEO Andrew Brown at the end of January 2020. Mostyn joined the National Church Institutions in 2018 from diamond company De Beers plc, where he was the board director responsible for strategy and corporate affairs, before which he was chief financial officer. Gareth Mostyn has been proposed as the Church Commissioners’ new CEOLoretta Minghella, first Church estates commissioner, said: “Since his arrival as CFOO, [Mostyn] has demonstrated a clear-eyed commitment to delivering sustainable financial support to the Church over the long term to help the Church meet its mission priorities.”Minghella continued: “He has a thorough understanding of the oversight required for an endowment of our size and significance, a solid grasp of our requirements as a leader in responsible and ethical investment and a real appreciation of the broader role the Commissioners play in support of the Church’s work.”Mostyn has also held senior finance roles with Anglo American and The BOC Group (latterly The Linde Group).The Church Commissioners made an investment return of 1.8% for the 2018 calendar year, although the average return over the past 30 years is 8.9%, above the Commissioners’ 8.2% target.The Commissioners promote socially responsible investment and engagement with investee companies, and in 2018 voted against or withheld votes on 15.6% of resolutions presented at company meetings, most commonly on executive remuneration.last_img read more

Concerns raised over habouring Dominican children

first_img Share LocalNews Concerns raised over habouring Dominican children by: – June 28, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Photo credit; arvaghgfc.comA Dominican magistrate has raised concerns over the harboring of Dominican children.Magistrate Gloria Augustus told a Pichlein village council meeting on Sunday that the law makes provisions for people to be penalized if they are responsible for juveniles not being at school.“For those who encourage other people’s children to come and stay at their homes. Young people run away and go and stay by friends, boyfriends…this has been happening. If your boy or your girl brings someone here, try and find out why they are at your home. If they come in late, give them sleep and then take them to the authorities for help…do not harbor them at your home,” she said. She said the legal system is being too lenient on such matters.“We are going to get very tight on that. There are people harboring children at their home even on school days,” she said.Dominica Vibes News 18 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Loss of spiritual values blamed for crime surge in Dominica

first_img 20 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Loss of spiritual values blamed for crime surge in Dominica by: – June 27, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share The loss of spiritual values and the worship of money and material possessions could be contributing factors for the surge of violent crime in Dominican communities.Richard Charles a resident of Marigot made that observation at a cabinet organized forum on crime and violence in Marigot earlier this week.He said the values that existed before have been lost.“The values that we learnt from the good book the bible, we have lost that. Some of us have set ourselves for the dollar and material things and these are the areas that we are gravitating towards”.Charles says these behaviours have caused many people to lose their moral integrity.“We lose all principle and we just go out to “bling” or to get certain things no matter what the cost. Whether we prostitute ourselves or we kill our neighbour’s child with drugs or whatever we do once we make the dollar that is what is important to some of us”.Mr Charles is also laying blame to irresponsible behaviours of some adults within the society.“Some adults in society always beat up on the young people but the youth can only relate to what they see. When a child misbehaves in school and it’s brought to the parents’ attention, sometimes the way the parents respond is questionable, there are some parents who go to the school to fight with teachers and students”.Charles is suggesting that parents carefully examine the manner in which they respond to conflicts with their children as negative behaviours will eventually filter down to the child.“When the parents make certain comments at home the child is hearing. Children are very smart and they are hearing what is going on and are very observant. We as adults fail to realize that the children are learning from us the good and the bad.”Our behavior in society now is to bring down people, beat up on people there is no love….Charles added.Over the past few months the Government of Dominica has embarked on a number of forums geared at getting to the root of the cause of crime in Dominica with the hope of identifying ways in which criminal activities could be minimized.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Juventus 2020-21 kit leaked

first_imgThere are reports the 2020-21 Juventus kit will bring back the black and white stripes – albeit only three of them – with gold lettering and inserts. The shirt is therefore primarily white, but with strong gold inserts on the club logo, shoulders, shorts and socks, reminiscent of Real Madrid kits. The Juventus away kit is expected to be a deep indigo blue with white sleeve cap and shoulder inserts. read also:Juventus swap deals for Pogba Their third strip is bright orange with a black blotch pattern across the shirt, details and logo in white. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The alleged Adidas kit was leaked by La Maglia Bianconera and appeared on TGcom, scrapping the controversial two-tone black and white form of the current campaign. It brings back the stripes, but only three choppy black streaks down the front, trailing off at the end like strokes of paint.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtMesmerizing Pictures Of World’s Most Beautiful Staircases8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more