APTN Face To FaceINSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is a groundbreaking exhibition recently unveiled at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, focused on Indigenous artists from across Canada who are pushing boundaries with their work.It is also largest contemporary Indigenous art show in Canadian history curated solely by Indigenous curators.Co-curators, Dr. Julie Nagam and Jaimie Issac join host Dennis Ward on Face to Face to discuss the importance of the exhibition and how art provides a powerful platform for ideas, conversations and understanding.
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member of Parliament and former Minister Dullas Alahaperuma was questioned by the Presidential Commission investigating allegations of large scale corruption today.
“We urge all parties to uphold the rule of law and the constitution, and find a peaceful solution to the current situation,” the Foreign Ministry said. A delay by the Maldives government to free the political prisoners has resulted in street protests led by the Maldives opposition.Attorney General Mohamed Anil however assured the media that the Maldives Administration was working with all relevant authorities of the State, to carrying out the speedy implementation of the Supreme Court ruling. Sri Lanka has called for a peaceful solution to the situation in the Maldives.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Sri Lanka is observing the evolving situation in the Maldives. He said that he has held discussions with the Chief Justice and raised the Administration’s concerns over the court’s ruling, to release detainees from custody, with regard to the nature of their offences such as terrorism, corruption, embezzlement, and treason.The Attorney General stated that the Administration has highlighted concerns over the consequences that maybe presented in the immediate implementation of the court’s ruling.The Attorney General also highlighted that the Chief Justice had advised the Administration to proceed with implementation within due process. In this regard, the Attorney General said that the Prosecutor General was currently in the process of examining the cases to determine the best way to proceed with the implementation of the Supreme Court’s ruling, and that the Prosecutor General would present recommendations at the earliest. Maldives has been tensed after a supreme court ruling on Thursday which ordered the release of nine key political prisoners, including exiled former leader Mohamed Nasheed. Anil further reiterated the high priority accorded by the Administration to ensure the security and safety of the Maldivian people, and maintain the peace and stability of the country – going on to commend the efforts of the Ministry of Defence and National Security, Ministry of Home Affairs, Maldives National Defence Force, and the Maldives Police Service for their contributions. (Colombo Gazette)
The announcement yesterday in the port town of Buchanan by Abou Moussa, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Liberia, now enables the humanitarian agencies to expand their work throughout the war-torn West African nation, which last year ended nearly 15 years of bloody civil conflict.Mr. Moussa said the opening of the field offices in rural Liberia represented a milestone in the UN’s efforts to bring the providers of aid closer to their beneficiaries. They “will help WFP work with local government and communities to monitor their food aid requirements, identify needs and design more efficient criteria for targeting beneficiaries,” he noted.The expanded network of field offices will also significantly assist in the return of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), ex-combatants and host communities who absorb them, he added.
Mr. Ocampo is to observe the current situation in Bolivia and report back to the Secretary-General, a UN spokesman said today. Mr. Ocampo is also expected to meet with all parties concerned during his trip.Last week, in announcing plans to send Mr. Ocampo to Bolivia, Mr. Annan said through a spokesman that he strongly believes that Bolivians should resolve their differences peacefully and democratically and that the rule of law should be respected in resolving the current political crisis in the country.
In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body strongly condemned the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches on 3 July and 28 July, which the country has stated were of “intercontinental” range. The Council reaffirmed previous Council decisions that the DPRK not conduct further launches using ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests, or any other provocation. The Council moved to significantly strengthen the sanctions on the DPRK, imposing a full ban on the export of coal, iron and iron ore from the DPRK. Previously these items could be exported for livelihood purposes, for a limited amount. The Council also prohibited countries from increasing the total number of work authorizations for DPRK nationals. It banned new joint ventures or cooperative entities with DPRK entities or individuals as well as additional investments in existing joint ventures. Member States are requested to report to the Security Council, within 90 days of the adoption of this resolution, on concrete measures they have taken to effectively implement this resolution. The Council also designated several additional individuals for a travel ban and assets freeze, as well as designating entities for an assets freeze. On the political front, the Council calls for resumption of the Six-Party Talks and reiterated its support for the commitments set forth in the Joint Statement of 19 September 2005 issued by China, the DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The commitments included that the goal of the Six-Party Talks is the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner, and that the United States and the DPRK respect each other’s sovereignty and exist together peacefully.
Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo hits the ball during a match against Nebraska Oct. 25 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Brandon Klein / Lantern photographerAfter a 2-8 start in Big Ten play, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is focused on returning to its winning ways.“We’re craving for a win right now,” senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said.The Buckeyes, who fell out of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll Monday for the first time all season, are scheduled to travel to Michigan for two more conference matches against ranked opponents Friday and Saturday.OSU is set to take on No. 14 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., at 6:30 p.m. Friday before heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a match against No. 17 Michigan at 7 p.m. Saturday.After a 13-0 start to the season, which included a 3-1 win over then-No. 10 Michigan to open Big Ten play Sept. 27, the then-No. 13 Buckeyes fell to then-No. 15 Michigan State 3-0 Sept. 29. That loss sparked a 1-8 stretch for OSU, including the team’s current six-match losing streak.“I felt like the first half of the season, we were there, but it just got away from us a little bit,” Mandolfo said.Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said having another crack at the Spartans could spark the team as it enters the second half of the conference season.“I feel like beating Michigan State will be a really upbeat positive for us, just to prove to ourselves that we can do this the second time around,” she said. “It will probably bring a big positive energy throughout our team.”Freshman outside hitter Kylie Randall called the prospect of beating Michigan State “awesome,” especially on the road.“We’ve grown as a team since then and we’re both kind of struggling right now,” Randall said. “I think it will be great to beat them at their place.”The Spartans (17-5, 6-4) are in the midst of a four-match losing streak of their own. They dropped their most recent outing to unranked Indiana Oct. 26. The Hoosiers, whom OSU beat in five sets Oct. 5 in Bloomington, Ind., are tied for last in the conference with Iowa at 1-9.While the Buckeyes and Spartans will battle to end their respective losing streaks, OSU must also prepare for a date with the Wolverines . Even though OSU has beaten the Wolverines this season, Mandolfo said the Buckeyes will not overlook Michigan.“Every game is a huge game, regardless of if we have beaten Michigan before,” she said. “They’re just as hungry for a win as we are.”Randall said she is excited about the chance to play more home games the rest of the way.The trip up north will mark the end of a stretch of five of six games on the road for the Buckeyes. From that point on, OSU is scheduled to play five of its final eight matches in Columbus.While playing at home can be a boost, Sekinger said “doing the little things” will help the Buckeyes improve on their rough start.“Covering hitters, passing balls, hitting smarter shots, just the little things and getting back to the basics of playing volleyball (will help),” she said.After the road trip, OSU is scheduled to host Indiana at St. John Arena Nov. 8.
Late last year, the Federal trade Commission suggested the creation of a “Do Not Track” option in every browser, which would create a digital analogue to the national Do Not Call registry.The idea is simple: it would allow users to opt out of ad-based tracking, which is when the advertisements you see on commercial websites will track where you’ve been, where you’re going and where you’re coming from invisibly, all to serve you even more strongly targeted ads.AdChoices广告It’s a good idea: the problem is how to implement the feature. Microsoft has led the way in this regard, announcing a Do Not Track feature for Internet Explorer 9 way back in December. Now Chrome and Firefox are catching up.On Mozilla‘s part, they are adding a feature to Firefox that will allow users to set a preference that will add a “Do Not Track” HTTP header to every page they view, effectively opting them out of ad-based tracking… as long as the websites decide to recognize the opt-out, which they may not do.Google is taking a different tack, though: they’re handling this by releasing a free extension called Keep My Opt-Outs, allowing you to permanently opt out of ad tracking cookies.The FTC seems pleased with Mozilla and Microsoft’s response to their call for a Do Not Track feature, but they’re none too happy about Google’s optional, extension-based approach. It makes sense, though, that Google would be dragging their heels on this: after all, they’re the operators of AdSense, which is only the biggest online ad network on Earth.Read more at Read Write Web
Share256 Tweet Email7 So on the one hand you’re saying that this unborn has the right not to be deported, not have their mother deported, but on the other hand can be aborted here.He said that immigration was the most pointed example of this “slightly awkward clash of different rights”, which was why the State had sought clarification.Although Judge Humphreys is not the only judge to comment on the definition of “unborn” in the Constitution, his definition is seen as the most definitive, which is why the State decided to pursue further clarification.McDermott said that the complication and significance of the judgement could mean that it would take more time than other Supreme Court rulings.“Presumably the court is aware that this could impact on the referendum,” he added.Cases are usually listed up to three months to allow time for a judgement to be given – three months after that would mean the decision was published at the end of May, which is the time the government has indicated the referendum will be held. The 25 May is the rumoured date for the referendum. Source: PA ImagesAnother thing that could happen during this judgement is the court could make a comment about the Eighth Amendment generally.“I’d imagine the Supreme Court would try to be careful to not be seen to interfere with the referendum or influence it, it will try to stick to the narrow question – but you couldn’t rule out the possibility that it might say something in its judgements that might throw a light on what the current [Eighth Amendment] wording means,” McDermott said.Rights of ‘the unborn’ before 1983Last month, the government published a summary of the legal advice it received from the Attorney General Seamus Woulfe on the proposed wording for the Eighth Amendment referendum.Rather than adopting the recommendation from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to have a straight repeal, the government opted for an enabling clause to be included in the Constitution giving the Oireachtas the power to legislate on abortion. Pro-choice campaigners on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin last March. Source: PA ImagesThe reason the Attorney General gave for this approach is that if Article 40.3.3 was simply repealed, it could be argued before the courts that the unborn has residual constitutional rights, which “could continue to restrict the power of the Oireachtas to legislate on the issue”.McDermott said that this is something that will form part of the discussion around what the definition of “unborn” is, and whether there are constitutional protections for the unborn before that Amendment was inserted in October 1983. Feb 1st 2018, 12:06 AM The Supreme Court case that needs to be resolved before the Eighth Amendment referendum A ruling by the High Court in 2016 found that references to the “unborn” in the Constitution meant an unborn child. Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 8:25 AM But that opens a whole other can of worms for the State such as social welfare – should the unborn’s mother be entitled to child benefit? Should the Census start counting a foetus as a child? And mortality rates – miscarriages count for 20% or 30% of pregnancies, so think of the effect on mortality rates.She said that these wouldn’t necessarily come to pass if Humphreys’ ruling is upheld, but said that based on her reading of the case, “it didn’t seem necessary to reach that issue”.“The principle of making a constitutional decision, you have to make sure that it’s necessary and I wouldn’t really find it necessary,” she said, saying that there were enough grounds for the couple to avoid deportation without concluding that “the unborn” meant “unborn child” with rights beyond the right to life.PredictionAlthough judges have commented on the definition of unborn before, this case is unprecedented in that a specific definition has never been sought before.The wording for Ireland’s constitution is also unique, as there aren’t many cases that afford such strong legal protection to the “unborn”. This will make it difficult for judges to seek previous cases in which to base their judgement on.“Our constitution has had its own peculiar history on this issue,” McDermott says. It’s hard to compare it with any other country because we’ve had two referenda, we’ve had the X Case, there’s been so many twists and turns it’s probably hard to look at any other country and say that’s just like ours.“I would imagine that whatever happens in the referendum, this Supreme Court judgement could be one of the most important judgments of the year, or the decade maybe.”Claim dismissedOn 7 February, a three-judge panel ruled against the Pro Life Campaign’s application to become a legal adviser in the case.Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell, Mr Justice William McKechnie and Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne rejected the application for the Pro Life Campaign to become an amicus curiae or an impartial adviser, saying that this was a “pure issue of law, with no medical or social issue”, and both parties in this case were already legally represented by “experienced teams”.The panel of judges also questioned the impact the groups involvement would have in the context of the upcoming Eighth Amendment referendum, and asked why they had waited until the last minute to lodge the application to become an amicus, when when the appeal was lodged in the summer of 2016.Read: Abortion referendum proposed for May, but 12-week law goes too far for CoveneyRead: Explainer: What is the 8th Amendment? 167 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL Source: Niall Carson via PA ImagesThis article was first published on 1 February. It has been updated and republished today ahead of the hearings next week. THE SUPREME COURT is to expand on a High Court ruling that found that the “unborn” has rights beyond the right to life, which would have significant ramifications in the event of a ‘repeal’ vote in the proposed Eighth Amendment referendum.The case is to appear before a panel of seven judges on Wednesday 21 February with hearings expected to last two days.The State is appealing a High Court decision handed down in July 2016 where Judge Richard Humphreys ruled that the use of the word “unborn” in Bunreacht na hÉireann meant an “unborn child”, with the unborn’s rights extending beyond the right to life.The judgement was made in a case of a man and a woman and their unborn child, now two years of age. The man, who’s originally from Nigeria, was facing a deportation order after being refused asylum in 2007.During the case, the legal team representing the Department of Justice argued that the couple had no constitutional right to remain here because they weren’t married, and said that the only right the unborn had was the right to life.But in his ruling, the judge said that argument was “entirely without merit”, expanding beyond that to say that references to “the unborn” in the Constitution was “clearly a child”.“In my view, the unborn child is clearly a child and this, protected by Article 42A. Any other conclusion would fly in the face of the ordinary meaning of language, the use of the term child in numerous statutory contexts prior to the adoption of Article 42A, and the sheer social biological and human reality that an unborn child is, indeed, a child. Ask any happily expectant parent.”The judgement continues: http://jrnl.ie/3824130 What has never been clear is – before 1983, did the unborn have protection in the Constitution even though there was no expressed reference to them? And if the answer to that is yes – and some judges had said yes, the unborn were protected – does that just mean they had a right to life protected, or did they have other rights?Under the Children’s Rights referendum, the State has a duty to protect all children; in his ruling Judge Humphreys said it was his view that those rights afforded in 2012 cover the unborn as well.“Insofar as Article 42A of the Constitution protects ‘all’ children, such protection covers the child both before and after birth,” he said in his judgement.But other High Court judges have made the opposite ruling, so there’s never been a definitive ruling with regards to the unborn in the Constitution and what it means.The ruling wouldn’t have a bearing on the right of the unborn to citizenship, as the Twenty-Seventh Amendment of the Constitution specifically refers to that right being given to someone who is “born in the island of Ireland” and who has at least one Irish parent.The context in which questioning of the definition arose was within immigration, which McDermott argues is where it’s “particularly acute”.“If you’re an unborn being carried in the womb of a mother in Ireland, and if your mother has been deported to a country that’s dangerous or with very poor healthcare, that can have a big impact on your life.”Immigration solicitor Wendy Lyon of KOD Lyons told TheJournal.ie that if the judge’s ruling is upheld, it could “potentially be very serious”.“It could be very useful in immigration law if a client is expecting a child that would be good grounds to remain – a child who is Irish or an EU citizen would have very strong rights to remain, so in that respect it’s useful. A snippet from the 2016 High Court judgement that says the Constitution protects all children ‘both before and after birth’.The judge revoked the Nigerian man’s deportation order, saying that the Minister for Justice needed not only to consider the unborn’s right to life, but the legal rights received upon being born. This included safeguards inserted as part of the Children’s Referendum that the State had a duty to protect all children.If this ruling was to be upheld, it could cause complications for the State in the context of the Eighth Amendment referendum, as barrister Paul Anthony McDermott explained.“If you now say the unborn has rights other than the right to life, if the unborn is defined from week zero, you come to a slightly strange scenario where on one hand the Supreme Court is saying, for example, that an unborn has a right to stay in Ireland, but on the other hand, the Oireachtas is saying there’s a right to abort that unborn. 33,129 Views The unborn child enjoys significant rights and legal position at common law, by statute and under the Constitution, going well beyond the right to life alone. Many of these rights are actually effective rather than merely prospective. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target Good Vibes, Weird Hardware at the Game Devs of Color Expo‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Is Still Majestic in VR The thing about being a Nintendo fan that’s so painful is that because the company has such a massive roster of amazing franchises, each with their own passionate overlapping fanbases, no one can ever be completely satisfied at once. Nintendo could reveal awesome new entries in the Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Metroid, Bayonetta, and Smash Bros. series, but fans would be bummed to see WarioWare, Kirby, Advance Wars, F-Zero, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out!!, Mother, and whatever else left out in the cold.That’s why it’s up to fans to preserve these Nintendo legacies while Nintendo itself is preoccupied. Trying to make your own game will more than likely cause you some legal trouble. However, making your own Nintendo Labo toys and games is precisely how Nintendo wants you to play with its programmable cardboard. Check out this custom Nintendo Labo AR game that’s basically Luigi’s Mansion 2.5.Luigi’s Mansion is Nintendo’s inexplicable Ghostbusters homage starring the famous second-tier plumber solving puzzles and capturing ghosts inside big spooky houses. In the official games players do this with a regular old video game controller steering Luigi and his special Poltergust phantom-fighting vacuum.However, with this Nintendo Labo creation, fan Eisuke Fujinawa transports the concept into the real world with a very Pokemon Go-style augmented reality take on the formula. The cardboard Poltergust combines a Labo motorcycle handle with a clever box that uses the Nintendo Switch’s screen and magnifying glasses to project light ghosts onto walls in dark rooms. Using infrared tape as markers, players then target the ghosts to zap them, shake them around, and suck them back into Heck like in the other games. It’s a really impressive DIY project, just look at the code, and it especially reminds us of the limited edition Luigi’s Mansion arcade game from last year.This is just further proof of how deceptively powerful Nintendo Labo is and how with the right creative thinking it totally gives you the tools needed to make some super cool stuff.For more on Nintendo Labo read our original review, our reminder on how it’s totally still a thing, and be on the lookout for our impressions of the upcoming Vehicle Kit coming soon.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Santiago Solari confirmed that the tragic events at Flamengo on Friday has indeed affected Vinicius Junior.In the early hours of Friday morning at Flamengo’s Ninho do Urubu training base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a fire broke out as the club’s youth players slept in their dormitories.The incident saw 10 people tragically lose their lives with three teenagers being sent to the hospital in a serious condition.Tributes from all over the world have since been coming in for Flamengo and the families involved.Speaking ahead to Real Madrid’s derby against Atletico Madrid later today, Solari confirmed that former Flamengo prodigy Vinicius has indeed been affected by the events back in his homeland.“Obviously he is affected. It is his home, that’s normal,” said the Real Madrid coach, according to FourFourTwo.“I insist, it’s something very sad, especially for the families who are affected for whom we want to send them our thoughts and our condolences.”The 18-year-old winger joined the Flamengo youth academy in 2010 and spent his formative years at the club learning his trade before making his senior-team debut on 13 May 2017 as a second-half substitute against Atlético Mineiro in a league match.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…10 days after making his debut, Vinicius was signed up by Real Madrid in a €46m deal but had to wait until last summer before he could complete the move as he wasn’t 18 at the time.The Brazilian took to social media on Friday shortly after the news emerged of what had occurred at his old club.“What sad news! Praying for everyone! Strength, strength, strength,” Vinicius wrote on Twitter.Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has also mourned the 10 people who tragically lost their lives on Friday.The fire took over two hours to get under control after it first broke out and there has been no word yet on how it came about in the first place.Só de lembrar as noites e dias que passei no ct, é de arrepiar. Ainda sem acreditar, mas em oração por todos! Que Deus abençoe a família de cada um! 😢 pic.twitter.com/RcBsdH3GME— Vinicius Jr ⚡️ (@vini11Oficial) February 8, 2019
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Madhapur: GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore and West Zone Commissioner Hari Chandana held a review meeting on the issues of obstacles and obstructions on free flow of rainwater along with engineering officials, at Cyberabad Police office on Sunday. Later, accompanied by officials, they inspected the various parts of the Hi-Tec City.Around 500 personnel of various departments pressed into service during monsoon Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Officials asked to remove all obstructions to free flow of water and enlarge vents They are told to impose heavy fines on those dumping construction & debris material Dana Kishore disclosed that GHMC was taking major steps to tackle the situation of inundations in the city. Overall, the civic body identified 197 major inundation points in the city, of which 37 were solved permanently. Remaining 160 points were categorised into in A, B and C grades, depending on the severity of the scene. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us For ‘A’ Catogory points, GHMC would install a motor pump on permanent basis and deploy manpower to pump out the water as and when it accumulates. At ‘B’ category points, motors would be installed at business establishments, residential areas etc. Altogether, there are around 500 personnel of various departments like, Monsoon Emergency Teams, DRF Team and Disaster Management Cell are pressed into service during the monsoon period. Advertise With Us The GHMC officials visited various places, along with Laxman Rao, a JNTU professor, and made suggestions on how surplus rainwater can be diverted into open places by making percolation tanks near Shilparamam, Nector Gardens and Durgam Cheruvu. The Commissioner instructed officials to cut and remove private cables which are left unattended as they are obstructing free flow of water. Further, he instructed them to enlarge vents at footpaths wherever possible so that the water recedes quickly. At SRDP works, the staff were asked to ensure no sand and metal accumulate. Sign boards also should be put up, cautioning commuters to take precautions at such spots. Safety measures for workers’ safety were also asked for. The Commissioner ordered the officials to impose heavy fines on those dumping construction and debris material on roadside.
Police arrested a member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) along with 2,000 yaba tablets from a bus at a bus station at Hneela union in Teknaf upazila on Sunday night, reports UNB.The arrestee was Mohammad Enamul Haque, 35, sepoy of BGB-2 Teknaf battalion.Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf model police station, said that on information, a team of police raided the Dhaka-bound ‘Saint-Martin Service’ bus around 9:00am and arrested Enamul along with the yaba tablets.
More information: Tamar Goldzak et al. “Light stops at exceptional points.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.013901, Also at arXiv:1709.10172 [physics.optics] Light, which travels at a speed of 300,000 km/sec in a vacuum, can be slowed down and even stopped completely by methods that involve trapping the light inside crystals or ultracold clouds of atoms. Now in a new study, researchers have theoretically demonstrated a new way to bring light to a standstill: they show that light stops at “exceptional points,” which are points at which two light modes come together and coalesce, in waveguides that have a certain kind of symmetry. ‘Exceptional points’ give rise to counterintuitive physical effects Explore further Unlike most other methods that are used to stop light, the new method can be tuned to work with a wide range of frequencies and bandwidths, which may offer an important advantage for future slow-light applications.The researchers, Tamar Goldzak and Nimrod Moiseyev at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, along with Alexei A. Mailybaev at the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro, have published a paper on stopping light at exceptional points in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the researchers explain, exceptional points can be created in waveguides in a straightforward way, by varying the gain/loss parameters so that two light modes coalesce (combine into one mode). Although light stops at these exceptional points, in most systems much of the light is lost at these points. The researchers showed that this problem can be fixed by using waveguides with parity-time (PT) symmetry, since this symmetry ensures that the gain and loss are always balanced. As a result, the light intensity remains constant when the light approaches the exceptional point, eliminating losses.To release the stopped light and accelerate it back up to normal speed, the scientists showed that the gain/loss parameters can simply be reversed. The most important feature of the new method, however, is that the exceptional points can be adjusted to work with any frequency of light, again simply by tuning the gain/loss parameters. The researchers also expect that this method can be used for other types of waves besides light, such as acoustic waves. They plan to further investigate these possibilities in the future. Citation: Speed of light drops to zero at ‘exceptional points’ (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-exceptional.html © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters Artistic image. Credit: pixabay 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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Refinance applications climbed to a three-month high last week, giving a boost to total application volume for the fourth straight week.[IMAGE]The Market Composite Index in the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) weekly applications survey rose a seasonally adjusted 1.8 percent for the week ending April 26, the group reported. Unadjusted, the index was up 2 percent week-over-week.The Refinance Index increased 3 percent from the previous week, rising to its highest level since the week ending January 18. The refinance share of total mortgage activity remained flat at 75 percent, however. The share of refinance applications done under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) increased to 34 percent, its highest level since MBA began tracking HARP applications in February 2012.Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index fell 1.4 percent from one week earlier, while the unadjusted index dropped 0.5 percent. Even with the decline, the unadjusted index was still 13 percent higher than the same week last year, MBA reported.The average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.60 percent last week, down from 3.65 percent the week before. Last week’s rate was the lowest recorded by MBA since December 2012, matching the trend of weekly declines reported by “”Freddie Mac and Bankrate.com””:https://themreport.com/articles/downward-trend-continues-for-mortgage-rates-2013-04-25 over the last several weeks. in Origination May 1, 2013 460 Views Refinance Demand Lifts Mortgage Application Volume Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-05-01 Tory Barringer Share
Share Conference Board Jobs Unemployment 2014-09-08 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Following Friday’s report of ongoing—albeit disappointing—employment growth in August, another indicator of labor market trends shows continued steady improvement.The Conference Board released Monday its Employment Trends Index (ETI) for August, reporting a slight increase from July to a reading of 121.29.Compared to a year ago, August’s ETI was up 6.4 percent, reflecting strong gains made earlier this year as monthly payroll growth topped 200,000 for six straight months.”The strong increase in the Employment Trends Index in recent months signals robust job growth through the fall,” said Gad Levanon, director of macroeconomic research at the Conference Board, adding that August’s lower-than-expected employment numbers “seem to be a one-month deviation from a stronger trend.”August’s increase was driven by improvements in seven of the eight indicators used to calculate the index, the group reported, with the percentage of firms unable to fill positions right now contributing the most.The index was also boosted by a drop in the percentage of Americans who say jobs are currently hard to get, which fell marginally to 30.6 percent in the Conference Board’s latest Consumer Confidence Index.Also measured in the group’s monthly report are government data on initial jobless claims, the number of employees hired for temporary help, and job openings, all of which are reported by the government.The one indicator not included in August’s improvement was the government’s weekly estimate of initial jobless claims, which hovered around the 300,000 mark throughout August. September 8, 2014 433 Views Employment Trend Index Inches Up in August
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