Simdega (Jharkhand): A Simdega court has sentenced a 38-year-old man to life imprisonment for killing his pregnant wife last year. Principal District Judge, Kumar Kamal, awarded life imprisonment to Birsu Lohara on Tuesday after convicting him in the case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him, Public Prosecutor Mahendra Singh said. In case the convict failed to deposit the money then he would have to undergo further imprisonment for six months, Singh said. Lohara had hit his 35-year-old wife with a stick and killed her following a fight at their home at Tutikel-Kumahartoli village. The public prosecutor, who produced seven witnesses during the trial, said that Lohara also confessed to the crime during interrogation. The court directed the District Legal Services Authority to take initiatives to help Lohara’s four children.
The Art Of Peace Foundation will celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday on July 6 with a new installment of “Songs For Tibet.”Songs For Tibet II will feature artists such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, Lorde, Kate Bush, Elbow, Duncan Sheik, Howard Jones and Of Monsters And Men, and will be a celebration of the Dalai Lama’s philosophy of peace, non-violence and compassion.The Dalai Lama is a unique beacon of wisdom and insight for millions of people throughout the world. His message of compassion and nonviolence resonates at the core of our common humanity, regardless of nationality or religious background. This era of universal admiration and respect for a spiritual leader is unparalleled in history.The Dalai Lama turns eighty on July 6, 2015. To recognize and celebrate this milestone, the Art of Peace Foundation is producing an album to honor the Dalai Lama’s vision of compassion, non-violence and peace. It is a moment for musicians and the world to show their appreciation for the Dalai Lama, what he represents and the benefits received from both his teachings & Tibetan culture.Proceeds from the album will be used to help preserve and promote the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan culture. This project is a gift to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan people and future generations around the globe.This is a follow-up to the Grammy nominated Songs for Tibet album produced by The Art of Peace Foundation. The Art of Peace Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit founded on the Dalai Lama’s belief of “Universal Responsibility.” Regardless of nation, culture or religion, skillful compassionate actions can reduce suffering while promoting happiness. The Foundation funds peace-related missions and Tibetan cultural preservation projects. The album is designed to focus people’s attention on the global significance of the Dalai Lama and his teachings.To find out more about the album, click here.
Today, global music and entertainment streaming platform TIDAL announced the lineup for the 4th Annual “TIDAL X: Brooklyn” philanthropic concert will include performances from Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Meek Mill, Anderson .Paak, Kaskade, Normani, Kodak Black, Teyana Taylor, Bazzi, Lil Skies, Mozart La Para, Black Thought, Queen Naija, The Lox, Vic Mensa, BlocBoy JB, DaniLeigh, Danielle Bradbery, Jay Critch, Snoh Aalegra, SiR, Westside Gunn, Conway, Arin Ray, Jacob Banks, Cautious Clay and Patrick Droney.This year’s performers are coming together to support criminal justice reform across the country. Thanks to this year’s sponsors including Puma, D’USSE, American Family Insurance, Stoli Crushed, Sprint and Barclays Center, one hundred percent of net ticket proceeds and donations will support criminal justice reform non-profit organizations such as #Cut50, Equal Justice Initiative and Innocence Project and REFORM.Fans worldwide can learn more, purchase tickets, make donations and tune-in to the show’s livestream on October 23rd here: TIDAL.com/BROOKLYN.Over the past three years, the TIDAL X benefit concerts have raised more than $10 million for social justice, disaster relief & recovery, and education causes. Each year, iconic superstars and emerging artists support those in need around the world and past performers have included Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Alessia Cara, Jessie Reyez, Usher, Common and many more.TIDAL X: BROOKLYN furthers TIDAL’s commitment to supporting philanthropic endeavors and key social issues that the music community is passionate about, including Lil Wayne’s Social Wave For Change, T.I.’s TIDAL X: Money Talk Education Challenge as well as social justice initiatives from A$AP Ferg, The LOX, Damian Marley, Dec. 99th and more.
Mumbai: The key Indian equity indices opened on a negative note on Monday. At 9.33 a.m, the Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded at 11,256.55, lower by 22.35 points or 0.20 per cent from the previous close of 11,278.90 points. The BSE Sensex traded at 37,454.25, lower by 8.74 or 0.02 per cent, from the previous close of 37,462.99 points. It opened at 37,491.30 and has so far touched an intra-day high of 37,505.66 and a low of 37,319 points.
Rabat – Chelsea has its eyes on Porto’s midfielder Ruben Neves and it is said that the British club is preparing a €40 million bid to purchase the Portuguese star next season.Following a weak Premier League season start and a controversial loss against Porto, Chelsea is already looking for new players. According to the British daily London Evening Standard, José Mourinho wants his fellow Portuguese Ruben Neves to join the ‘blues’.The 18-year-old has allegedly impressed Chelsea’s boss enough that the British club is willing to put €40 million on the table to sign him at the next transfer window. Neves has been with Porto for 10 years. He joined the club’s youth program at 8 years old. His great performances on the pitch fascinated Porto’s manager, Julen Lopetegui, who put him to play in first-team.The youngster made his debut during last season’s Portuguese League at only 17 years old and became the ‘youngest player’ in Porto’s football history to score a goal in the competition when Porto won 2-0 over Marítimo.He also debuted in the Champions League as the ‘youngest Portuguese’ to ever play in the European Cup.According to Spain’s Merca, Ruben Neves has been compared to Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets in his skill, good technique, great vision of the game, and amicable personality.The Portuguese midfielder is leaving a mark every time he plays and several clubs are reportedly looking to sign him. Chelsea could face strong competition as Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona have also shown interest in Neves.It remains to be seen if Porto’s president Pinto Da Costa will release Neves at Mourinho’s alleged price of EUR 40 million, or if he will make it difficult for the Portuguese boss to get what he wants.
VANCOUVER – A company associated with former QLT chief executive Robert Butchofsky has acquired an exclusive right to negotiate the purchase of a business line from the eye drug developer (TSX:QLT).Under the deal announced Monday, Mati Therapeutics has paid $500,000 for a 90-day exclusive option to buy the assets of QLT’s punctal plug system, which is used to deliver a variety of drugs to the eye.If Mati decides to buy the punctal plug assets, it will pay an additional $750,000 on closing as well as certain milestone payments and a low single digit royalty on net sales of products using or developed from the technology.Butchofsky left QLT this past summer after a proxy battle waged by some of QLT’s shareholders brought in a new board.“Among the goals the board set for the company in July, the divestiture of QLT’s punctal plug technology was an easily identifiable measure for rationalizing and refocusing the company’s strategy on its synthetic oral retinoid program,” QLT chairman Jason Aryeh said in a statement.“Hopefully, Mr. Butchofsky’s extensive experience with and passion for the punctal plug delivery system put him in the best position to realize potential future value from this program, if acquired, and therefore recapture some tangible value from QLT’s ongoing financial interest in the technology.”The exclusivity option may be extended by Mati up to three times by 30-day periods for an additional $100,000 for each extension.Earlier this month, QLT announced it was cutting 27 jobs or roughly 42 per cent of its remaining workforce as it focused its efforts on the clinical development of synthetic oral retinoid program.The cuts followed a move earlier this year to cut 146 of its 214 jobs at the time.QLT has struggled since use of its drug Visudyne — a treatment for a major cause of blindness in the elderly — started to fall.Sales of the drug, which uses a combination of injections and light therapy to treat AMD, plunged after the introduction of Genentech’s Lucentis and off-label use of cancer treatment Avastin.In September, QLT signed a deal to sell Visudyne to Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX).The company agreed to pay $62.5 million to acquire the U.S. rights to Visudyne, and another $50 million for rights to the non-U.S. royalties.QLT is also eligible for up to $5 million in contingent payments relating to the development of its laser program in the United States, up to $15 million related to the non-U.S.. royalties.QLT shares closed down 17 cents at $7.70 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Eye drug company QLT signs option agreement to sell punctal plug delivery system by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 24, 2012 4:14 pm MDT
For men of a certain age, Playboy was a glamorous rite of passage by Robert Jablon, The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2015 12:25 am MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2015 at 1:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Six decades can change things. Playboy — once considered racy, even obscene — has become a benign and perhaps even stuffy icon of an era when sex was … well, sexy.With explicit Internet sex available in a nearly infinite variety, Playboy decided skin — no matter how gorgeously photographed — was no longer paying the bills. More than a year ago, it banned full nudity on its website, and on Tuesday announced it would do the same for its U.S. print edition.Still, generations of men fondly remember Playboy as a rite of passage._____Ken Williamson, 65, of Palmdale, California, remembers being busted around 1960 when he took a Playboy to class to read.“I thought I could get away with it because I had a really big textbook,” he said.His teacher confiscated it, and he was given after-school detention. But when Williamson looked into class at lunchtime, “the teacher was at her desk reading it,” he recalled.The magazine offered far more than just naked women.“It was the epitome of male sophistication,” Williamson said. “This was in the era when (Hugh) Hefner was building the Playboy clubs. People joke that they only bought it for the articles, but they did have some interesting interviews.”Edwin Sierra, 59, of Los Angeles, remembers Playboy as his first introduction to female nudity. He hid the magazine in his room but “it wasn’t sleazy at all,” he said.“It was kind of the celebration of a woman’s body,” he said. “And it’s the first time seeing it exposed as a kid, you go ‘Wow! Man!’”Like the James Bond movies of the period, the magazine offered a glamorous view of a life full of voluptuous women, sophisticated clothing and fancy mansions, Sierra said.“I learned a lot about (men’s) fashion,” he said. “It always stays with me a little bit.”Plus “they had great cartoons,” he said.Andrew Derkrikorian, 27, last looked at a Playboy magazine a decade ago.“Even at that time, there was the Internet, so there was no reason to go out and buy it” because the news articles and stories about celebrities were all available online, not to mention porn.So why did he buy it?“The girls,” he said. The models all appeared to be natural rather than cosmetically enhanced, shot in beautiful or intricate settings.“They were classier,” he said. “Besides just the nudity, there was a purpose behind every image.”“Compared to the girls in the photos today, that was art,” he said. “A lot of the girls that pose for photos on social media are a lot more skanky.”Burlesque queen and Playboy cover girl Dita Von Teese agrees.“I used to steal my dad’s Playboys from underneath the bed, and it’s where my obsession with garters and stockings comes from,” she said in an email. “Those sumptuous, glamorized, lingerie-clad pinups are part of what snowballed my career from pinup girl to burlesque star to lingerie designer!”__Chris Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this article.
400 suspected paedophiles are arrested every monthCredit:Alamy A leading police officer has said that paedophiles who view indecent images should not be charged and taken to court unless they pose a physical threat to children.Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, said low level offenders should simply be placed on the sex offenders register and given counselling and rehabilitation instead.He said that would free the police to deal with the core of dangerous paedophiles who are seeking out and exploiting children in order to rape and carry out “the most awful sexual abuse” against them.Mr Bailey said he acknowledged that many people would be “nervous” about his proposals.But he said it was time to look at alternatives to prosecution because reports of sexual abuse have reached “saturation point”. He said that although police were arresting over 400 men every month for viewing indecent images of children this was just “the tip of the iceberg” and that a new approach was needed.“We’re able to asses whether a paedophile viewing indecent images of children is posing a threat of contact abuse and in circumstances where that individual does not pose a threat of contact abuse they should still be arrested, but we can then look at different disposal orders than going through the formal criminal justice system,” said Mr Bailey.“They will still become a registered sex offender and that means that they’re still being managed. But that gives us the capacity to deal with the scale and the volume of referrals that we’re consistently getting.”The number of child abuse reports has mushroomed by 80 per cent in the past three years, with police receiving an average of 112 complaints a day.There are more than 70,000 complaints into child abuse a year and police forces are also preparing an estimated 40,000 reports of abuse from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which began hearing evidence on Monday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Let’s be really clear: somebody going online and using their credit card to direct the abuse of a child in the Philippines should be locked up, categoricallyCh Con Simon Bailey Mr Bailey said: “We’re struggling to maintain the capacity and ability to deal with the increasing numbers that are coming through. We just can’t cope with it.”He added: “There are tens of thousands of men seeking to exploit children on line with a view to meeting them with a view to then raping them and performing the most awful sexual abuse on them. That’s where we believe the focus has got to be, because they’re the individuals that pose the really significant threat.”Mr Bailey earlier told The Times: “Let’s be really clear: somebody going online and using their credit card to direct the abuse of a child in the Philippines should be locked up, categorically.”That individual who is not in contact with children and doesn’t pose a threat to children and is looking at low-level images … when you look at everything else that’s going on, and the threat that’s posed of contact abuse to children, we have to look at doing something different with those individuals.”But welfare groups have voiced their fears that Mr Bailey’s proposals will be interpreted as a liberalisation and watering down of child protection laws.The NSPCC said: “It is clear from these staggering levels of recorded child sex offences that police have a huge number of cases to investigate, often with limited resources.”Prison sentences serve a vital purpose in reflecting the severity of the crime, protecting the public, acting as a deterrent, and helping a victim see their offender deservedly brought to justice.”But we cannot arrest our way out of the situation – if we are to stem this tide and protect more children we must make prevention and rehabilitation a priority.”With the right support we can prevent offenders from abusing and help those who do harm children change their behaviour.”
Poll Results: C – I don’t know (979) SWAMPED IN A sea of green, I stood looking at the tricolours, the banners and the ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’ t-shirts and badges. Fifth Avenue on 17 March is a sight to behold. On this one day every year everyone seems to be Irish, or at least wants to be.The Irish are revered in New York on St Patrick’s Day, not to mention the thousands of other places around the world that celebrate our national day. We are revered for our culture, our global impact and our ability to welcome people with open arms.It struck me standing there how other nations must sit back and wonder how a small country like Ireland charmed the world into turning green and celebrating its national holiday every year.We get unrivalled coverage throughout the globe, gain access to the White House and our representatives are welcomed around the world with open arms.Why do we grumble about ‘paddywhackery’?But back in Ireland people grumble. They grumble about our politicians jetting off around the world. They grumble about the green-clad tourists. They grumble at all the ‘paddywhackery’ that takes place.But love it or loath it, Ireland is represented by shamrocks and leprechauns on St Patrick’s Day.Indeed, when I was on the streets of New York witnessing people of every colour and creed embrace what it is to be Irish, the only place where there was any hint of Irish bashing was probably back home in Ireland.Last year we bashed the Gathering, and the very idea of tempting people with Irish connections to return. While this year we’ve been bashing Bono, for trying to promote the Irish people and nation in front of government leaders around the world.Ireland IS a special placeBut standing on Fifth Avenue I realised that for the people there it did not matter who was dressed as a leprechaun, who was wearing a green wig or who was just standing admiring the spectacle — they all knew that this day was about celebrating what a uniquely special place Ireland is. And many of us have lost sight of that.We have turned into cynics. Indeed, it is often true what Bill Clinton says — the world thinks more of the Irish than the Irish think of themselves.So, this St Patrick’s Day we should join the rest of the world and celebrate the good things about Ireland and being Irish.Because, at the end of the day, we have the 365 days every year to turn our attention towards trying to solve the bad things about our small nation.Paul Allen is Managing Director of Paul Allen and Associates PR, www.prireland.com.Do you agree with Paul Allen?Do the Irish spend enough time celebrating what it means to be Irish? B – No, not enough (808) A – Yes, we do (180) A – Yes, we doB – No, not enoughC – I don’t knowVoteRead more: New York City mayor refuses to take part in St Patrick’s parade>
Stay on target Stolen parcels is a frustrating problem in the U.S., but a YouTuber has created the ultimate “sparkly” karma for package thieves: a glitter bomb box that releases fart odors.On Monday, Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, shared the glitter bomb trap on his YouTube Channel. In the video titled “Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap,” Rober said he developed the glitter bomb trap after police refused to help him investigate missing parcel incidents.The glitter bomb trap, which is disguised as an Apple Home Pod package, instantly surprises perpetrators when they open it. Within seconds, they’re covered with a “butt load” of fine glitter and repeatedly showered with fart spray. The best part? Rober captured all the perpetrators’ reactions in his popular YouTube video.Building the glitter bomb trap wasn’t an easy process though: Rober and his buddy, Sean, had to address some challenges before diving in. Their shiny revenge device had to look like a typical parcel, detect when it would be picked up from a porch, unleash the glitter and fart smell on time, provide a location post-stealing, and ultimately capture each thief’s reaction.After six months of designing and testing, the team unveiled their glitter bomb trap. Disguised as an Apple Home Pod package on the outside, the trap is much more high-tech on the inside.A custom circuit circuit board will check the GPS location of the package when it’s moved from the porch. If it’s moved, it signals four LTE-data smartphones inside the trap to start recording footage. Nestled inside the box is a can of fart spray and a compartment with glitter, which are automatically activated once the lid is lifted from the parcel. To top it off, the fart spray is programmed to emit gross odors five times, which prompts package thieves to immediately toss it.Because the box is equipped with GPS technology and the LTE-data smartphones, Rober will know where the package is and receive good video evidence of perpetrators’ reactions. Visit Rober’s YouTube channel here to see the hilarious video, which features package stealers freaking out over their “Apple Home Pod box” discoveries.More on Geek.com:Ford’s Noise-Cancelling Kennel Aimed at Distressed DogsGoogle Assistant Will Now Alert You When It Predicts Flight DelaysFacebook Photo Bug: How to Check If You Were Impacted SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit
SKAMANIA COUNTY — As he stood along a recently cleared access road south of Archer Mountain, Chris Werner’s eyes remained glued to a few small flames that crackled as they danced on the forest floor about 10 feet away from him.“At any time, anything can happen,” he said. “You always have to be ready.”It’s tedious work, but Werner spent Wednesday keeping the flames from getting too high and spreading past the south line of the wildfire, which has grown to about 75 acres in the two days since it sparked from the Eagle Creek Fire raging in Oregon.Werner and 65 other firefighters with the state Department of Natural Resources battled steep terrain, falling ash and heavy smoke to keep the fire from spreading. Their main goal was to stop the blaze from spreading south toward houses, but they also were working to minimize the damage to the forest green backdrop of the Columbia River Gorge.“The goal is to keep the fire in the footprint that it’s already in,” said DNR spokeswoman Nancy Marvin.While crews on the ground worked to hold the fire’s perimeter and crews in the air poured water from helicopters, the wind was the real safety assistant, moving the fire north and east away from homes.Officials downgraded an evacuation order for some Skamania County residents who had previously been told to leave their houses.Residents on Smith Cripe Road and a series of private roads that feed into the county roadway were downgraded to a Level 2 (be ready to go) evacuation notice. Evacuation orders for those living on Mabee Mines Road and on private roads connecting to it were downgraded from Level 2 to Level 1 (be aware/get ready).
NAFTA Progress Promising for U.S. Soy, Livestock ExportsMexico talks swing in a positive direction, bringing trade agreement closer to reality, boding well for future agreements to expand soy and livestock marketsWashington, D.C. August 27, 2018. Renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, is looking more promising after President Trump announced today that the U.S. and Mexico have reached an “understanding” regarding sensitive bilateral issues. That news also opens the door for Canada to return to the table and move the trilateral agreement one step closer to ratification. This is exciting news for soy growers anxious to expand existing markets and pursue new ones.American Soybean Association (ASA) President John Heisdorffer, a soy grower from Keota, Iowa, said, “We need NAFTA and new free trade agreements to build and ensure the certainty of our markets for soy and livestock product exports. Approval of NAFTA would be a big step in the right direction for us, with the uncertainty and market loss resulting from China’s tariff on U.S. soybeans. We are hopeful that a new NAFTA agreement will set the tone for more trade agreements to come.”The American Soybean Association (ASA) represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important to the soybean industry. ASA has 26 affiliated state associations representing 30 soybean producing states and more than 300,000 soybean farmers. More information at https://soygrowers.com/.###
Anyone who believes Vancouver can insulate itself against the ultimate arrival of light rail would do well to review light rail systems in other cities where folks believe it’s good to expand transportation alternatives.We can start that analysis in Portland, which has seen a mixed bag of light-rail news recently. MAX light rail lines are part of the TriMet public transit system, which only last month resolved a $12 million budget shortfall, largely through fare increases and service cuts. Union problems are simmering, and Clackamas County has an anti-light-rail measure on a September ballot.But there’s no denying the growing popularity of light rail among its users. Although MAX ridership was down in June 2012 over June 2011, ridership increased 2 percent in Fiscal Year 2012 over the previous year.More than 42 million rides are taken on MAX lines annually. Beyond environmental gains, imagine the money saved in gasoline not burned and parking fees not paid. Light-rail critics complain about costs, but in conducting a cost-benefit analysis, they often ignore the second part of the task. They’re not much interested in the financial benefits of light rail.In a related matter, TriMet has tightened enforcement against fare cheaters on MAX lines, increasing the force by one-half to 18 officers. The result was a nine-fold increase in citations in June, compared with June 2011.
Is this your European vacation? If so, Vancouver police want you to have your camera back. Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle Oct. 12 and the driver was arrested. Officers found several pieces of stolen property inside the vehicle, including a digital camera with photos of two couples who appear to be on a European vacation that dates back to June 2010, according to a news release from the Vancouver Police Department. The agency’s Evidence Unit has held the camera ever since and has not been able to find the owner. The owner of the camera should call the Evidence Unit at 360-487-7404 and provide identifying information related to the camera and reference case number V10-1854.
Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab have found the right momentum leading into their match on Monday. While Punjab knocked aside Mumbai Indians, Delhi held their nerves to topple Kolkata Knight Riders. They seem quite settled now and this match at Mohali has all the bearings of a real humdinger.For Delhi, Rishabh Pant is their man – the young wicket-keeper has been quite fluent in the middle order and considering his form, the management can bump him up the order. Against Punjab, he is on the cusp of achieving a unique record. File image of Rishabh PantIANSNow he needs to score 74 more runs and will then overtake David Warner in the list of most runs scored for Delhi in the mega-league.For Kings XI Punjab, they have their own ace in Christopher Henry Gayle. The big Jamaican has been in good form this year and has been giving KXIP consistent starts over the first three games. He smacked he slammed a powerful 79 against Rajasthan Royals. In the next two matches, Gayle has looked good with scores of 20 and 40 against Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab respectively.Iyer can toss the ball to Chris Morris Chris GayleIANSHowever, for Shreyas Iyer, there is a bowler who can take care of a rampant Gayle. Chris Morris, who joined the team in the previous match, has bowled 34 deliveries to Gayle and has only given away 40 runs. In this bargain, he has also dismissed Gayle thrice over the seasons. A battle which will be an interesting one. Mayank Agarwal is the man in form for KXIP this season, he has been consistent at the top of the order for his side. His scores in first three match of this IPL are — 22, 58 & 43 and hence, having the best average and strike-rate this season as compared to previous editions.Amit Mishra is only one wicket away from completing 150 wickets in IPL. If he does get to this feat he will be only the second bowler after Lasith Malinga to go past this landmark the cash-rich league. For Mohammed Shami, the IPL continues to be an expensive affair. In two out of the three innings this season, the fast bowler has conceded runs at an economy rate of over 10 rpo. His overall economy of 9.21 in IPL is the second worst in the tournament for bowlers to have delivered more than 500 balls.
“If, however, I had a sample with an unknown mix of Danes and Norwegians, I could estimate the fraction of Danes knowing only their heights.”Using this premise, and some very sophisticated analysis techniques, D0 physicists first narrowed down a million billion proton-antiproton collisions worth of data to about 1,400 events that may have produced a single top quark. From there, they determined that 60 of these were single-top events.The co-leader of the team who performed the analysis, Ann Heinson from the University of California, Riverside, told PhysOrg.com, “These 60 events differed only in the tiniest details from the rest of the sample of 1,400 events. We had to use three independent methods to combine multiple measurements of different properties of the events to be able to distinguish the signal events from the background ones. We then combined the three results for maximum sensitivity.”These three discrimination methods had not been used in a search before. The graduate students and postdocs who did the analyses really broke a lot of new ground.”Single top quarks, as well as the Higgs, are predicted by the “Standard Model” of particle physics, the broad theory that describes elementary particles, three fundamental physics forces—strong, weak, and electromagnetic—and the relationships between them.At very high energies, like those produced in accelerators, the weak and electromagnetic forces are often thought of as two aspects of the same force, and are therefore sometimes collectively referred to as the electroweak interaction. The Standard Model states that the electroweak interaction can produce a top quark together with either a “down” antiquark, a “strange” antiquark, or (the vast majority of the time) a “bottom” antiquark.This is unlike strong-force interactions, in which the top quark is always produced with a top antiquark. It was from these interactions that physicists from both of Fermilab’s main experiments, D0 and CDF, were able to first discover the top quark in top-antitop pairs.Citation: Physical Review D 78, 012005 (2008)Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The results, published in a recent edition of Physical Review D, affirm and improve upon preliminary data published last year in Physical Review Letters, which pointed to the production of single top quarks but were not precise enough to claim true discovery.Fermilab physicists hope that the techniques they used to find the single top quark could help them in their search for the proposed Higgs boson, a particle that exists so far only in theory but if actually found would have a huge impact on physics. The Higgs is expected to reveal such basic information as why nature assigned certain masses to certain particles—the origin of mass, essentially.The results are the product of a long period of analysis by Fermilab’s D0 (“D-Zero”) collaboration, an international group of physicists from 90 institutions. The group studies data from particle collisions that occur within the D0 particle detector; in this case, data generated by collisions between a beam of protons and a beam of antiprotons. D0 is a building-sized cylindrical device that surrounds the collision site, measuring and recording the energies and trajectories of the many, many particles produced when the beams are smashed together.Isolating one signal of interest out of the massive amounts of data collected by the D0 detector, the “signature” of a certain particle or event, is an extremely difficult task.“I would say that the single top is the most subtle signal that we have been able to successfully extract from our data,” said D0 co-spokesperson Darien Wood, of Northeastern University, to PhysOrg.com. “In the end, the signal is based on only a few events, but it is not particular events that you can point to. Instead, it is a subtle statistical difference in the population of events that tells you that the single top is in the mix.”He clarified, “For example, I could say that the population of Danes is on average slightly taller than the population of Norwegians. But I cannot say that if I randomly pick one Dane and one Norwegian, the Dane will be taller. Nor can I look at someone’s height and determine whether that person is Danish or Norwegian. (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists at the world’s largest fully operating particle accelerator, the Tevatron at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, have discovered convincing evidence suggesting the existence of top quarks that are not coupled to their antiparticle, the antitop. These “single” top quarks have been hunted since Fermilab scientists first discovered top-antitop pairs in 1995. 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. 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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throw under pressure against the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Similar to the 2007 Giants, Barnwell said in his 2017 NFL season preview that this year’s Cardinals are a veteran team that frustrated fans last season but should not be written off.Barnwell notes the obvious, the Cardinals struggled last season to a 7-8-1 record. In addition, he pointed out the team lost five of their top seven defenders in terms of snaps to free agency this offseason.But the overall picture might not be as doom and gloom as he appeared to first present.The cupboard isn’t exactly bare, though, and it’s not difficult to imagine a scenario where the Cardinals are able to restock and keep up on defense thanks to a healthier Tyrann Mathieu, returning veterans like Karlos Dansby, and impact rookies like Haason Reddick and Budda Baker. If the offensive line is healthier and gives Carson Palmer more time to throw, the passing attack could look more like the juggernaut of 2015 than the inconsistent offense of 2016. No team in the league has a wider range of plausible outcomes this season than the Cardinals, which doesn’t bode well for their average performance but fits perfectly in a best-case scenario outlook like this one.Barnwell presents an interesting and, at least on paper, fairly accurate comparison. Remember the 2007 New York Giants?The team that dropped its first two games before Eli Manning and company won six in a row made the playoffs as a wild card and eventually denied the New England Patriots a perfect season in Super Bowl XLII.According to ESPN writer Bill Barnwell, the 2017 Arizona Cardinals have more similarities to that team than you may think — other than that the Giants took down Tom Brady in the same place the Cardinals play their home games. 11 Comments Share Top Stories After appearing in the NFC Championship Game in 2015, the 2016 Cardinals failed to live up to expectations.With a new season set to kick off this Sunday, Sept. 10 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, the Cardinals’ fate appears to rest on a group of veterans.Arizona may have All-Pro running back David Johnson, but the offense’s success could rest on the right arm of Carson Palmer. After all, head coach and “quarterback whisperer” Bruce Arians has been known to take a risk or two down the field.As Barnwell pointed out, if the offensive line can protect Palmer, the 37-year-old veteran gunslinger can be a handful for any defense. In 2015, the passing game was dynamic and the Cardinals finished 13-3. In 2016, a less-potent air game contributed to a down year.A comparison to the 2007 Giants does not mean the Cardinals are going to win the Super Bowl. In fact, Barnwell listed the Cardinals odds to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy at 2.3 percent.But this time of year, every team has a shot and Arizona’s chances would look a lot better if the offensive line can keep Palmer upright.RELATED: Protecting QB Carson Palmer paramount for Arizona Cardinals Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – British singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas started her career with a successful major label debut in the United Kingdom and writing songs for other British pop acts. After crossing the Atlantic for Nashville, she’s found her voice again as a skilled and independent retro pop stylist.Silvas, born in the U.K. but raised in New Zealand, said that after the second record came out in the U.K. in 2006, she was already feeling like she was moving in a different direction from her music label. She found a new musical community in Nashville, where she’s been welcomed by the city’s songwriters and artists.“It felt like running away at first,” Silvas said. “What I found that I had either missed or wasn’t finding in the U.K. at that time was just a musical community, or a feeling I could get back to writing and just singing songs without feeling like I had to be something, that I had to be on a particular path.”Even as a non-country artist without the backing of a major label, she’s been opening for country artists Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert. “E.G.O.” is the second record she’s put out since moving to Nashville, and she explores pop music’s soul and rock origins with lyrics crafted as a seasoned storyteller.“I love all things ’70s,” Silvas said during a recent interview at H. Audrey, a clothing boutique owned by Holly Williams, granddaughter of country icon Hank Williams. “With the album, I wanted to bring something like that in. But I don’t want to be so throwback that it doesn’t feel new and new to me and new to anyone else.”Silvas teamed up with longtime friend and British producer-writer-artist Jon Green (James Bay, Kylie Minogue) to draw on various musical inspirations, including Motown, the Beach Boys and Bonnie Raitt. But Nashville songwriters and musicians are also all over this record, including acclaimed session guitarist Derek Wells, hit country songwriter Natalie Hemby and her husband, John Osborne of the country duo Brothers Osborne.“With ‘E.G.O.’ suddenly I was at a point where I am still independent and I’ve toured with these amazing country artists,” Silvas said. “Who is it that I am? Who is it that I’m happiest being? I’ve got a lot of things that I want to draw from, but I want to do something that is truly unique to me. I don’t want to worry too much about where this places me because I just want to go in and record songs I love.”The title track, which stands for “Everybody Gets Off,” is an “anti-pop pop song,” Silvas said. It’s a tongue-in-cheek takedown of celebrity culture and egotism in the age of social media.“It’s become so convoluted having your normal life on social media and it’s really bothered me for a long time and yet I’m completely part of it,” Silvas said. “Because there are days when you feel like you’re invisible if you’re not posting something or you’re not being seen. That’s a real problem.”Similarly she addresses the pressures of living up to unreal expectations, especially for women, on the song “Black Jeans,” a Fleetwood Mac-inspired dreamy rock ballad with harmony vocals.“I’m not here to keep up with a trend,” Silvas said of the meaning of the song. “I’m not here to be judged on my appearance or anything that appears to be a success or failure.”And the album’s opener, “Kite,” sets the tone for Silvas’ new chapter with a foot-stomping track about a woman who can’t be tethered by any man.“I feel like that independent woman a lot of the time because of the circumstances I find myself in musically,” Silvas said. “I feel like I’ve got a great, small team around me that is able to partner with great people just to put this music out on our own terms.”__Online:www.luciesilvas.com__Follow Kristin M. Hall at Twitter.com/kmhall British singer Lucie Silvas finds independence in Nashville by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Sep 7, 2018 5:56 am PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Sept. 5, 2018, photo, Lucie Silvas poses in Nashville, Tenn., to promote her new album, “E.G.O.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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