first_imgThe Olympic flame that will burn in Rio in August for the first Games in South America was handed over to Brazil on Wednesday in the marble stadium that hosted the first modern Games in 1896.After a six-day trek across Greece, the flame that was lit last Thursday by the sun’s rays at the birthplace of the Games in Ancient Olympia was presented to the Brazilian organisers.From its overnight perch at the Acropolis museum, it travelled through the streets of Athens before being carried into the stadium – which was built in 330 BC – by Greek high jump Olympic medalist Niki Bakoyianni.After a relay in the stadium, Greek rowing champion Katerina Nikolairou lit the golden cauldron, surrounded by priestesses in long pleated dresses, and the crowd erupted into cheers.”We … promise (to) deliver great Games,” Rio Games chief Carlos Nuzman said at the handover ceremony.Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics from Aug. 5-21 but preparations have been plagued by the country’s worst recession in decades and attentions distracted by political turmoil.Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is facing impeachment for alleged budget fraud and federal prosecutors are investigating Olympic projects for suspected corruption.Ticket sales have lagged compared to previous Games, with just 62 percent sold so far, according to the Rio 2016 organising committee.Organisers have also grappled with pollution in waters off Rio where sailing and rowing events will be held, and an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to birth defects in hundreds of children in northern Brazil.advertisementThe flame will be flown in special safety lanterns to Switzerland for a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday.It arrives in Brazil on May 3 for a relay across the country in the hands of 12,000 torch-bearers before reaching in Rio for the opening ceremony on Aug. 5.Greece hosted the Summer Olympics in 2004.last_img read more

first_imgDefending champions Mumbai Indians and league debutants RisingPune Supergiants have opted for Visakhapatnam as their new home for theremainder of the Indian Premier League season.The teams are complying with Bombay High Court’s recent orderof shifting the matches out of Maharashtra due to the drought crisis in thestate.The IPL Governing Council met on Friday to finalize the newhome venues for the affected teams and also decide on the venues for the firstqualifier and the tournament final.Cricket fans in the capital also have cause for celebration as Delhi has been awarded the two qualifiers which were originally scheduled to be held in Pune and Nagpur.”The governing council extended gratitude towards the government of Rajasthan and thanked the Rajasthan sports minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar for the efforts to get the Sawai Mansingh Cricket Stadium ready for hosting the matches. However, due to paucity of time and uncertainty surrounding whether the matches will be held or not, the governing council decided that Vizag will be neutral venue for both Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced in a statement.”Both the IPL franchises have expressed satisfaction and are keen to embrace Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag as their home ground for the upcoming matches,” the statement added.”The above-mentioned changes have resulted in change of timing for two games on May 15, 2016. The Kings XI Punjab vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad match at Mohali will now be played at 4 pm and the Mumbai Indians vs. Delhi Daredevils (match) will be played in Vizag at 8 pm.”advertisementThe Bombay High Court had ordered that all IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra after April 30 must be relocated due to the prevailing water crisis in the state. The court later modified the order, allowing Rising Pune Supergiants to host Mumbai Indians on May 1.The cricket associations of Mumbai and Maharashtra had appealed to the Supreme Court against the high court’s ruling, but the apex court upheld the order. A total of 12 matches have been affected by the decision, including two of the three IPL play-offs and the final.Qualifier 1 will be played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on May 24 as originally scheduled. Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla will host the Eliminator on May 25 and the Qualifier 2 on May 27. The IPL final, originally scheduled to be played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, will now be held in Bengaluru on May 29.last_img read more

first_imgZalgiris Kaunas bounced back from a 14-point deficit to keep its playoff challenge alive with a 64-58 victory over Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens. The Lithuanian champs improved to 11-14, while the Greens dropped to 14-11. The win came courtesy of a 30-point fourth quarter by the home team, nearly doubling its output from the opening three periods thanks to a burst of three-pointers. Leo Westermann was the outstanding individual performer with a game-high 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while backcourt partner Kevin Pangos dished a career-high 9 assists. Arturas Milaknis scored 13 points and big men Paulius Jankunas and Brock Motum netted 11 apiece. Panathinaikos center Ioannis Bourousis grabbed 5 boards to overtake Felipe Reyes as the league’s all-time leading rebounder. The visitors’ attack was led by Nikos Pappas with 13 points and Chris Singleton with 11, but they were ultimately undone by failing to sufficiently extend their lead during the long periods when Zalgiris’s offense was faltering.After a low scoring start, Singleton’s triple sparked a 0-9 run for the visitors to give Panathinaikos a 3-11 lead, before Westermann scored 4 to narrow the gap. The defenses were held strong during the early stages of the second quarter, with the two teams combining for only 6 points in the first five minutes. A close-range bucket from Bourousis and a fastbreak slam by James Feldeine made it 11-25, before Zalgiris stopped the rot with triples from Milaknis and Westermann, and a ferocious dunk by Edgaras Ulanovas. Pappas responded to give Panathinaikos a 19-31 half-time lead. The start of the second half was also low scoring, with Panathinaikos netting just 2 points in the first five minutes. Zalgiris narrowed the gap with triples from Pangos and Motum to bridge the third and fourth quarters, before Motum tied it with seven minutes remaining, and another downtown strike from Westermann gave Zalgiris its first lead since the third minute. Pappas converted a basket-plus-foul to make it 56-54 with two minutes left, but Jankunas scored 5 consecutive points and there was no way back for the visitors. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking feedback from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) on the Sunshine Coast. Below is a link to the TFA Event Survey and we would encourage those that attended to complete by clicking on the link below: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013_NYC TFA is committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at its national events, and your responses to the questions within this survey will greatly assist us in this regard. Please let us know through the survey process any issues you experienced so we can try and resolve them for the 2014 and 2015 NYC events.Related LinksNYC Event Surveylast_img

first_img​Zenit set to reject Chelsea bid for Paredesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have turned to Leandro Paredes as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.The Evening Standard believes the Zenit star is now the man they want to add competition in midfield.But the Blues opening bid of £26.8 million and bonuses is seen as too low.It is likely it will be rejected by Zenit, as it is the same figure they paid to get the player from Roma in 2017.The Russians will only sell the 24-year-old central midfielder if they can make a tidy profit.It means Chelsea will have to stump up close to double their initial offer for a realistic chance at signing the player this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgEconomic issues dominated discussion today, Oct. 29, between Premier Rodney MacDonald and members of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. It was the latest in a series of meetings with business leaders in Nova Scotia. Premier MacDonald said that with the global economic situation dominating headlines, now is the time for the people of the province to work together to ensure stability. “We will get through these difficulties,” said the Premier. “Government needs to show leadership in times like this, but part of leadership is working with people, listening to their ideas, and getting feedback on initiatives that have already begun.” The Premier reiterated his commitment to a balanced budget. He said if that means making hard decisions regarding spending, then he is willing to make those decisions. “Other provinces are running deficits, but we are not going to run a deficit,” he said. “I am absolutely committed to that.” Chamber officials told the premier that so far, consumer confidence in Nova Scotia remains strong, and urged the premier and government to take action to ensure that businesses and consumers remain optimistic about the province’s economic situation. “So far, business hasn’t been affected too much, but it can take six months or so for the impact to start showing up in stores and businesses around the province,” said Valerie Payn, president of the Halifax Chamber. “We need to work together to ensure consumer confidence doesn’t erode.” Other issues discussed at the meeting included downtown Halifax development, the province’s tax review, and the shortage of skilled labour in Nova Scotia. The premier will meet with the Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce next month. Last week, he met with members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. The premier will also attend the first ministers meeting on the economy being hosted by the prime minister in early November.last_img read more

The Security Council today extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) through mid-December while noting the current stalemate on the issue.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also reaffirmed that the “status quo is unacceptable, that time is not on the side of a settlement, and that negotiations on a final political solution to the Cyprus problem have been at an impasse for too long.”The resolution referred to a July 2006 Agreement “stressing that a comprehensive settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation and political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, is both desirable and possible and should not be further delayed.”In a report released earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended the extension of UNFICYP’s mandate, and the Council today echoed his “firm belief that the responsibility of finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves.” 15 June 2007The Security Council today extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) through mid-December while noting the current stalemate on the issue. read more

Today’s arrival at the airport in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state and the headquarters of UNAMID, completes the full deployment of the Egyptian engineering company, which consists of 335 personnel.The mission said today that the next major deployment will be of the Ethiopian battalion, which is expected to take place this weekend.UNAMID is supposed to have more than 26,000 uniformed personnel, including peacekeepers and police officers, when it reaches full deployment. But currently only about 10,000 blue helmets have arrived.The mission said it hopes it will soon reach the capacity it needs to fulfil its mandate and meet the expectations of both the people of Darfur and the international community.Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that UN agencies continue to deliver aid to all accessible areas of Darfur, despite targeted attacks against relief workers, restrictions by the Sudanese Government and aerial bombings by the Government.Last month the number of targeted attacks against humanitarian groups reached alarming levels, with one guard for a non-governmental organization (NGO) being killed, six aid workers wounded and 21 vehicles stolen or hijacked. Armed men also broke into 33 premises belonging to humanitarian operations. 12 August 2008The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reports that 129 Egyptian engineering personnel arrived today in the western Sudanese region to join the force that is trying to quell the deadly fighting and humanitarian suffering that has raged since 2003. read more

“It is only when members of the international community share each other’s burden and work together in a mutually complementary manner towards the common good that an ‘eco-systemic development’ of the world can be achieved,” Mr. Lee told the Assembly’s annual general debate.He said foreign aid must be directed to sectors that form the basis of economic development such as infrastructure and international trade.The Republic of Korea’s leader promised that his country would double overseas development aid (ODA) to enable developing countries achieve genuine growth, including achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Mr. Lee also told the Assembly that nuclear terrorism remains the greatest threat to international peace and security, and called for international cooperation to prevent it. He noted that the Republic of Korea would host a nuclear security summit in Seoul in March 2012 and pledged that his country would ensure that the meeting will be an opportunity for the international community to build a solid system of cooperation to prevent nuclear terrorism.Cautioning against “reckless economic growth that ignores environmental warnings,” Mr. Lee said humanity must protect the environment while promoting economic development.“We must use less fossil fuel and more renewable energy, while promoting the use of safer nuclear energy,” said Mr. Lee. “The green technology devoted to meet these goals will create more jobs for people and enable us to attain sustainable economic growth for decades to come,” he added.He said hoped to see the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) enjoy peace and prosperity, and become a responsible member of the international community.“When DPRK chooses the path to mutual benefit and common prosperity, we will be ready to help in this endeavour along with the international community. I sincerely hope that this will transform the Korean Peninsula from a place of conflict and strife into a bedrock of peace in North-East Asia and the world,” he said.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Japan’s recently appointed Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the United Nations and expressed appreciation of the country’s active participation in the Organization’s affairs. Mr. Ban also reiterated the UN’s support for the reconstruction work in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.The two leaders also discussed nuclear safety and exchanged views on the situation in Korean Peninsula.Separately, Mr. Ban also had a meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, during which they exchanged views on the situation in the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East peace process, Sudan and Libya. 21 September 2011The widening gap between the world’s rich and poor poses a threat to global peace, the President of the Republic of Korea, Lee Myung-bak, told the General Assembly today, urging affluent nations to step up their efforts to help developing countries achieve economic growth and development. read more

Praising the State unit of his party, the student community and the film fraternity for spearheading a movement for Lankan Tamils, the Rajya Sabha member said the issue of Tamils in the island country was a national issue and not of one state alone. “If a BJP-led government comes to power, we will implement our policy.” At the same time, he also cautioned that any future action should be taken with care so that the interests of the Tamils were not further endangered. Taking at a dig at “those who have remained unperturbed and undisturbed,” when the photograph of slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran’s son was published, he said the boy had fallen like a man with bullet wounds on his chest: “That is the spirit of the Tamils of Sri Lanka.”Drawing a sharp contrast between the policy of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government and the Congress-led UPA coalition on the issue, the former foreign minister said there was a ceasefire between the then Lankan government and the LTTE when the BJP came to power. “We made it clear to the Sri Lankan government that it had to be a peaceful, negotiated settlement and that India will not agree to a military solution.” Claiming that Colombo accepted New Delhi’s advice, he said a ceasefire came into effect in 2002. Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha urged Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to skip the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka from November 15 to 17, the New Indian Express reportedAddressing a hall meeting on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue in Chennai, Sinha said India was the pivot of the Commonwealth body. “If India does not go there, CHOGM cannot be held,” he said. When the Congress-led UPA came to power in 2004, the intention from the beginning was to play second fiddle to the Lankan government. Stating that there can be no parallel between the situation in Sri Lanka, which is an internal uprising, and Kashmir, which is facing external aggression, Sinha stressed that New Delhi should also shed fears that if it was “too harsh” on Colombo, China would then move in. “China is already all over the place. What is it we have achieved?” he asked.Calling for an India-sponsored resolution at the UNHRC, he said Lanka should vacate all its forces from the north and eastern provinces of the island. Elections should be held at the earliest under international supervision. There should be an independent inquiry of the atrocities committed against the Tamils.Refraining from extending any overt support to the demand for a separate Tamil Eelam, he pointed to Bangaldesh, East Timor and North and South Sudan, where people overthrew suppressive regimes and warned Rajapaksa to reform. The Indian media report said that the BJP leader also called for the suspension of Sri Lanka from Commonwealth membership by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group for violations of the Harare Declaration. “The CMAG is responsible for protecting democratic values and any country which acts in violation of those norms or human rights can be suspended if allegations are proved,” he said. “This is where India should take action and see that Sri Lanka is suspended.” read more

by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 2:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – Sports equipment maker Adidas lowered its full-year profit target on Thursday, citing among other things increasing risk in the Russian market amid mounting political tensions over Ukraine.Russia’s economy and currency have weakened this year due to uncertainty over the potential damage from Western sanctions. The U.S. and European Union this week approved a new round of tougher penalties aimed at hurting Russia’s economy, punishment for alleged Russian support for Ukrainian rebels.“The recent trend change in the Russian ruble as well as increasing risks to consumer sentiment and consumer spending from current tensions in the region point to higher risks to the short-term profitability contribution from Russia” and other former Soviet republics, Adidas said in a statement.Adidas — a sponsor of the World Cup, which is to be held in Russia in 2018 — said it has decided to “significantly reduce” its store opening plan in the region for this year and next, and to increase the number of store closures. It said it nevertheless “remains very encouraged by increasing brand momentum” for both the Adidas and Reebok brands.Shares in the company plummeted 12.1 per cent in Frankfurt trading to 61.63 euros.Adidas AG, based in Herzogenaurach, Germany, said it now expects net profit of about 650 million euros ($870 million) this year, down from its previous forecast of between 830 and 930 million euros. It forecast that sales will grow at a “mid- to high-single digit” rate in currency-neutral terms, after previously saying they would grow at a high-single digit rate.Tensions over Russia weren’t the only trigger for the profit warning. Adidas also cited “poor retail sentiment and the slow liquidation of old inventory” worldwide in the golf business. It said it would launch a restructuring program at its TaylorMade golf unit, cutting costs “to match lower expectations for the golf industry’s development.”Adidas also said that, following a strong performance at this year’s World Cup and “improving momentum” at its main brands, it would step up marketing investments over the next 18 months, particularly in markets such as North America and Western Europe. Adidas lowers 2014 profit target, citing risks in Russian market and weakness in golf sector read more

Debbie Slade, director, Centre for the ArtsDebbie Slade, director of Brock’s Centre for the Arts, has been recognized as the 2011-12 National Arts Presenter of the Year by CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association).She received the award at the association’s 25th Anniversary Awards Gala Dinner in Toronto on Jan. 26.“I am much honoured to have been selected by my peers to win this very important award,” said Slade when receiving the award. “As one of several hundred multidisciplinary presenters across the country helping to facilitate engaging performing arts experiences, there is no greater award than to provide a valuable legacy of cultural enrichment and creativity in our community.”The award recognizes excellence in the field of performance touring and presenting as chosen by CAPACOA members from across the country.“The work of presenters … ensures access to the live performing arts for all Canadians and is a key component of societal well-being,” said Erin Benjamin, CAPACOA’s Executive Director. “It is with deep sense of honour that we celebrate this year’s CAPACOA award recipients and their impact on our communities.”Slade has been director of the Centre for the Arts at the University since 1987.During her time at Brock, she has earned a reputation as one of the most respected university/community presenters in North America. Her work at the Centre is also considered one of the most wide-ranging and successful presenting programs in Canada.Slade has helped local, national and international artists get their touring legs through booking and commissioning unknown artists and giving them their first exposure to wider audiences. She also helped to expand the scope of programming at the venue from 12 shows in 1987 to more than 70 productions annually today.Slade is a former national president of CAPACOA (1999-2001), and has also been awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture (2001), the Niagara Women in Business Award for Community Spirit (2010) and the Ontario Presenting Network Presenter of the Year award (2010).To date, the Centre for the Arts at Brock University has presented more than 1,000 artists and entertained two million people throughout its 43-year history. read more

He’s yet to take even his first NFL snap, but already Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is being mentioned with some pretty heady company.Teammate Joshua Morgan has seen fit to already liken the former Heisman Trophy winner to icons Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick.“I love him to death and can’t say enough great things about him,” the fifth-year wide receiver out of Virginia Tech was quoted as saying by a local sports website.“He came in so humble and so focused you don’t have any choice but to just rock with him,” Morgan said, which is also fine.“He’s as fast as Michael Vick but he can make all the throws that Peyton Manning can make and he can make all the reads Tom Brady can make,”Redskins coach Mike Shanahan didn’t exactly try to temper the expectations on the second overall pick of the April NFL Draft either, saying, “the NFL is not used to…a quarterback with his type of speed and his type of throwing ability, so I think we can do some things that people haven’t done.”RGIII has been impressive in the preseason, completing 65 percent (20 of 31) of his pass attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.In addition to his precision passing and nimble feet, Griffin II has shown a tremendous poise and command in the pocket that belays his youth.The Redskins gave up a lot to acquire him, trading up with the St. Louis Rams from the sixth slot to the second to take the highly productive Baylor quarterback.The move to land their franchise quarterback cost Washington its sixth overall pick in 2012, as well as its first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, and a second-round pick in 2012.RGIII signed a contract with the Redskins in July that is worth more than $21 million over four years, including a $13.8 million signing bonus. read more

With two wins this week, coupled with a loss by previously No. 1-ranked Duke, Ohio State has ascended to the top of The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll for the second time this season. The Buckeyes (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten) were previously No. 1 for a four-week stretch, Week 11 to Week 14, before a loss at Wisconsin moved them out of the top spot. OSU received 45 first-place votes, with No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 BYU receiving 14 and five first-place votes, respectively. Duke, which still received a lone first-place vote despite its loss to unranked Virginia Tech on Saturday, is tied at No. 4 with Pittsburgh. OSU’s 27-2 start to the season is the best under coach Thad Matta and with two games remaining in the regular season, the Buckeyes are first in the Big Ten, one game ahead of second-place Purdue. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 6. The Buckeyes are also No. 1 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. OSU jumped from No. 3 despite No. 2 Kansas winning both its games last week. read more

← Previous Story RNL celebrate second Bundesliga trophy – Six teams qualify for Europe Next Story → Jorge Dueñas to lead Brazilian ladies until Tokyo 2020! French Handball League presented the best in the season 2016/2017. As Paris Saint Germain Handball won the Championship, Nikola Karabatic is voted as the Most Valuable Player of the season, while best coach is Thierry Anti from the second best team – HBC Nantes.MVP: Nikola Karabatic (Paris) avec 24% des voixBest young player: Melvyn Richardson (Chambéry) avec 42,5% des voixBest coach: Thierry Anti (Nantes) avec 52% des voixBest left wing: Uwe Gensheimer (Paris) avec 64% des voixBest left back: Mikkel Hansen (Paris) avec 72% des voixBest Playmaker: Nikola Karabatic (Paris) avec 44% des voixBest right back: Jure Dolenec (Montpellier) avec 48% des voixBest right wing: David Balaguer (Nantes) avec 69% des voixBest line player: Ludovic Fabregas (Montpellier) avec 59% des voixBest goalkeeper: Vincent Gerard (Montpellier) avec 52% des voixBest defensive player: Ludovic Fabregas (Montpellier) avec 61% des voixGoal of the season: Valentin Porte (Montpellier) avec 32% des voix read more

first_imgNinth annual Puppy Love 5K helps find homes for pets affected by hurricanes Dave Scott Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Helen Woodward Animal Center’s ninth annual Puppy Love 5K took place Sunday from the Embarcadero.The race, which featured people running with their dogs, included three adopted Hurricane Harvey rescue animals.Proceeds from the event will benefit efforts to help more Texas pets find homes after the hurricane. Posted: March 18, 2018 March 18, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgWhat’s a freeholder?Clark County voters will soon choose 15 people from a field of 110 county residents to draft a charter for a new county government.The winners of the election will become freeholders, and form a board to meet until a charter is created.The charter will then be submitted to voters for a final approval.Freeholders will have the power to arrange the county government in any way they see fit, as long as it follows the laws of the state and abides by the U.S. Constitution.The board can choose to grant voters the power of initiative and referendum authority within the county; expand the number of commissioners serving on the board; separate legislative and executive powers by electing a county executive; make elected officials nonpartisan; or change some elected positions, such as clerk or treasurer, to appointed roles.The candidates for freeholders face off in the Nov. 5 general election.Each of the three commissioner districts has five at-large positions, meaning voters may choose one candidate in each of five different races.Where do the candidates stand on an elected county executive?DISTRICT 1Support an elected executiveGarry Lucas (Position 1)Morris Foutch (Position 1)Ron Onslow (Position 1)Donald A. Leonard (Position 2)Doug Ballou (Position 2)Tom Lawrence (Position 2)Bridget Schwarz (Position 3)Jacqueline “Jackie” Lane (Position 3)Rob Lutz (Position 3)Ben Meyer (Position 4)Steve Foster (Position 4)Troy Van Dinter (Position 4)Patricia Reyes (Position 5)Patrick Bourcier (Position 5)Ralph Akin (Position 5)Randy Mueller (Position 5)Oppose an elected executiveMarlene (Korczakowski) Adams (Position 1)Scott McElhaney (Position 1)David A. Darby (Position 3)Scott Edwards (Position 3)Tim Podhora (Position 3)Peter Silliman (Position 4)David Standal (Position 5)UndecidedAnn Rivers (Position 2)Dan Sockle (Position 2)Richard “Dick” Rylander (Position 3)Chris Lockwood (Position 4)Fiona Humphrey (Position 4)Dick Deleissegues (Position 5)Wendy Lyn Smith (Position 5)Did not respondDale Smith (Position 1)Darren S. Wertz (Position 1)Joseph Zarelli (Position 3)John Main (Position 4)Mark Gawecki (Position 4)Sharon Ferguson (Position 4)Patrick O’Rourke (Position 5)R. “Bob” Freund (Position 5)Sherry Erickson (Position 5)Troy Maxoy (Position 5)DISTRICT 2Support an elected executiveCheryl Bledsoe (Position 1)Diana H. Perez (Position 1)Joel Littauer (Position 1)Debbie Abraham (Position 2)Esther Schrader (Position 2)Lloyd Halverson (Position 2)Judie Stanton (Position 3)Paul Dennis (Position 4)Adam Baldwin (Position 5)Oppose an elected executiveJamie Hurly (Position 1)John Burke (Position 3)Russell Boten (Position 3)Jacob “Jake” Smith (Position 5)UndecidedNan Henriksen (Position 1)Rob Perkins (Position 1)John Bryden (Position 2)Jim Martin (Position 3)Liz Pike (Position 3)Did not respondThomas Hann (Position 1)Ken Kakuk (Position 2)Tracy S. Wilson (Position 2)Dimitry Mishchuk (Position 4)Roger Neilson (Position 4)Anthony “Tony” McMigas (Position 5)Bentley Brookes (Position 5)Chuck Miller (Position 5)Marc Boldt (Position 5)DISTRICT 3Support an elected executiveCraig Riley (Position 1)Val Ogden (Position 2)Jim Moeller (Position 3)Adrian Gomez (Position 4)Don Yingling (Position 4)Frank L’Amie (Position 4)Kyle Greenwood (Position 4)Michael J. Barry (Position 4)Jackie Marsden (Position 5)Jim Dunn (Position 5)Jim Mains (Position 5)John Caton (Position 5)Oppose an elected executiveJeanne Schaefer-Ringo (Position 2)Alex Veliko (Position 4)Jerry Oliver (Position 5)Mark Monroe (Position 5)Mike Yancey (Position 5)UndecidedPat Jollota (Position 1)Carolyn Crain (Position 2)Alice Anne Williams (Position 3)David Gray Jr. (Position 3)Sally Fisher (Position 4)Temple Lentz (Position 4)John Jenkins (Position 5)Did not respondRyan Palmer (Position 1)John Lowell Gilbert (Position 2)Bruce A. Samuelson Sr. (Position 3)Debbie Peterson (Position 3)Jerry Keen (Position 3)Keith E. Bellisle (Position 3)Lowell D. Miller (Position 3)Mike Woodward (Position 3)Bill Hughes (Position 4)Dan Barnes (Position 4)Gene C. Ringo (Position 4)Kris Fay (Position 4)Winde Bekins Chavez (Position 4)Bill Cismar (Position 5)Bob Carroll (Position 5)Jack Harroun (Position 5)James “Jimmy Tee” Taylor (Position 5)Thomas Richard Higdon (Position 5)Candidates address other questionsSee more answers from freeholder candidates who answered The Columbian’s survey. Select District 1, 2 or 3 above the map, then click “Search.”A survey of freeholder candidates by The Columbian shows the creation of an elected county executive will likely be one of the stickiest subjects discussed during the drafting of a new county charter.last_img read more

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help finding a woman who went missing in Northwest Miami-Dade.Sixty-two-year-old Ana Moron was last seen walking on foot in an unknown direction from the 500 block of Northwest 165th Street Road, Dec. 14.Moron stands 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has medium-length white hair and green eyes.Police said Moron is in the early stages of dementia. They said she takes medication and may be in need of medical attention.If you have any information on her whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_img 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. (Phys.org)—Like Einstein, the philosopher Karl Popper was a realist who was deeply bothered by some of the odd implications of quantum mechanics. Both Popper and Einstein disliked the idea in Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, for instance, that precisely measuring one property of a particle means that the particle’s conjugate property is completely undetermined. This idea undermines the basic principle of common-sense realism: that every particle’s properties must have precise pre-existing values, which do not depend on being measured. Both Popper and Einstein proposed thought experiments critiquing the uncertainty principle. But while Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen’s EPR experiment is quite famous, Popper’s experiment is not as widely known.Popper first published his proposed experiment in 1934, and in 1999, physicists Yoon-Ho Kim and Yanhua Shih realized Popper’s experiment for the first time. In what came as a surprise to many, their results agreed with Popper’s predictions, yet are not generally considered to be a true violation of the uncertainty principle, as Popper believed. The findings ignited a great deal of critique, both of Popper’s original ideas and how they might be realized and interpreted.Now in a new study published in EPL, Shih and coauthors at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and Oakland Community College in Waterford, Michigan, have again realized Popper’s experiment using a different approach. Once again, their results agree with Popper’s predictions, yet still do not violate the uncertainty principle. However, the researchers explain that the results do reveal a concern about nonlocal interference, as the observations suggest that a pair of particles is instantaneously interfering with itself, even across large distances. Tale of two particlesThe uncertainty principle places a fundamental limit on the precision with which conjugate pairs of physical properties of a particle, such as position and momentum, can be determined simultaneously. Mathematically, this means ΔpyΔy ≥ h, where p and y are the momentum and position of a particle, and h (Planck’s constant) is the minimum amount of uncertainty required. In his thought experiment, Popper considered what the uncertainty principle might mean for a pair of particles that are entangled, meaning the particles have both position-position correlation and momentum-momentum correlation with one another. The EPR thought experiment, published in 1935, similarly considered the case of an entangled pair of particles.Theoretically, if the position or momentum of one entangled particle is measured, then this knowledge can be used to instantly determine the position or momentum of the second particle—and with exact certainty, since the particles’ properties are inherently correlated. Citation: Popper’s experiment realized again—but what does it mean? (2015, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-popper-againbut.html “Perhaps, deep in his mind, Popper could never accept the idea that the measurement of the position of particle one can simultaneously affect the position of particle two,” Shih told Phys.org. Ghost imaging experimentsPopper’s experiment can be realized in a couple different ways. Kim and Shih’s 1999 experiment was performed using entangled photon pairs generated by a spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) source, which is commonly used to generate entangled particles.In that experiment, Kim and Shih first confirmed that the entangled photon pair can achieve a position-position correlation by means of a technique called ghost imaging. In ghost imaging, the two entangled particles can “image” a real slit from the path of photon one onto the path of photon two at a distance, creating a so-called “ghost slit” for photon two. While photon one is restricted within the real slit, photon two must also be instantly restricted within the ghost slit. Kim and Shih then compared their measured diffraction pattern from the ghost slit with the diffraction pattern of a real slit in place of the ghost slit. It was a surprise to everyone, including Kim and Shih, that their experiment agreed with Popper’s prediction: the diffraction pattern from the ghost slit was much narrower than that of the real slit. Just as Popper had predicted, particle two was not affected by a measurement made on particle one.In the new paper, Shih and his coauthors observed the same results, but instead of using entangled photon pairs, they used randomly paired photons in a thermal state. Using similar ghost imaging technology, the physicists confirmed that the randomly paired photons in the thermal state are able to produce a ghost slit at a distance. They then compared their measured diffraction pattern from the ghost slit with the diffraction pattern from a real slit in place of the ghost slit. It was a surprise again to find that the new experimental results agree with Popper’s prediction. The important difference with the second experiment is that the randomly paired photons do not have any pre-prepared entanglement, which means they are considered to be a classical system. This raises the question, how could a classical system produce the same result as a quantum system? Shih is confident that they will soon find an answer. Uncertainty preserved, nonlocality in questionAlthough it may seem like the above two experiments violate the uncertainty principle because the results show a smaller-than-required degree of uncertainty, Shih and his coauthors explain that no violation has occurred due to the fact that the experiments involve photon pairs rather than individual photons. The scientists argue that Popper’s original thought experiment was based on a misunderstanding of the proper context of the uncertainty principle: it governs the behavior of single particles only, not the “correlation” of two particles. In a sense, the entire thought experiment is flawed, at least in terms of what it means for the uncertainty principle. However, the researchers think that Popper’s (and EPR’s) concern about the nonlocal correlation of distant particles is still reasonable and fundamentally sound. As the researchers explain, the results of Popper’s experiment still reveal some important insight because the observations suggest that the photon pair is interfering with itself instantaneously in a phenomenon called nonlocal interference. In the new experiment, the randomly paired photons have two different yet indistinguishable probabilities to be simultaneously annihilated at two distant photodetectors. The observations are the result of the superposition of these two probability amplitudes. In this sense, the physicists explain that the same question that faced Popper and Einstein is still facing physicists today, which is, how long does it take for nonlocal interference to occur?”Assuming the two random photons are separated by one light-year, how long does it take to force particle two to appear at a certain position after observing the first particle?” Shih said. “In the view of quantum mechanics—specifically, the theory of two-photon interference—a precise measurement of the position of a particle would instantly determine the position of its entangled twin at a distance. As a believer of realism and relativity, Popper had to ask these questions, similar to Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen.”In addition to the analysis in this latest paper, there have been a wide variety of other criticisms of Popper’s experiment over the past few decades. Although Popper’s experiment may not have been the perfect way to test the uncertainty principle, it has nevertheless succeeded in opening new perspectives on a model of the world that may never be completely understood. More information: Tao Peng, et al. “Popper’s experiment with randomly paired photons in thermal state.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/109/14003Yoon-Ho Kim and Yanhua Shih. “Experimental Realization of Popper’s Experiment: Violation of the Uncertainty Principle?” Found. Phys., 29 (1999) 1849 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1018890316979 Illustration of the new experimental set-up used to realize Popper’s experiment. One entangled photon travels through slit A, while the other travels a different path through slit B, which can be adjusted to be the same width as slit A or wide open. Credit: Tao Peng, et al. ©2015 EPLA Popper wondered what would happen if the position of one of the entangled particles were restricted within a narrow slit, Δy. Even if no slit were placed in the way of the second particle, the position of the second particle would also be restricted within the narrow range of Δy, due to the position-position correlation between the two particles. In this case, would the second particle be “diffracted” by a nonexistent “slit” in order to preserve ΔpyΔy ≥ h? Popper believed no, that the diffraction of the second particle would happen only in the case of a real slit, and not by a nonexistent “slit.” He predicted that, without the use of a real slit, the second particle should not be diffracted at all. However, this prediction means that the second particle’s position has a precise value, so that ΔpyΔy < h. Popper considered this result a violation of the uncertainty principle, as it seems to show that the uncertainty is less than the minimum requirement. Duality principle is 'safe and sound': Researchers clear up apparent violation of wave-particle duality © 2015 Phys.org Illustration of Popper’s experiment realized with randomly paired photons in a thermal state. In the second set-up, there is no “slit B” for the photon on the right. The new results show that this photon is not affected by a measurement on the left photon (which does travel through a slit), in agreement with Popper’s prediction. Credit: Tao Peng, et al. ©2015 EPLA Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) Explore furtherlast_img read more