PDA says Elections will be in 2016

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:2016, elections, oswald skippings, pda Bahamians Reject Govt’s Gender Equality Referendum Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Feb 2016 – The Premier has the constitutional prerogative to select the day of a General Election and according to Hon Dr Rufus Ewing, it could be as late as February next year. We asked PDA Leader, Oswald Skippings, who has announced three rallies for next week, what he thinks of the announcement. Skippings said, “Elections will be in 2016, the PDA will see to that.” The first rallies will be held in Grand Turk, Provo and North Caicos and it will be the Progressive Democratic Alliance, PDA which is first out of the gate. In Grand Turk on Monday, the venue is KISHCO Parking lot next to the Victoria Public Library; in Provo on Wednesday, the PDA rally is at Sam’s Building and climax will be in North Caicos on King Road on Friday February 12. The PDA party says you can meet their candidates at these rallies. They are calling their slate, “dynamic”. PDA Leader calls for Ministry of Health to be more visible in their fight against Zika Hotels clean up four islands for Earth Day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Vazquez Real Madrid are angry with draw

first_imgReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez admits they’re angry with themselves following a 2-2 draw at Villarreal on ThursdayRaphael Varane and Karim Benzema goals cancelled out Santi Cazorla’s early opener at the Estadio de la Cerámica to put Real in the lead.However, Los Blancos suffered a lapse of concentration towards the end of the game with Cazorla punishing them with an 82nd-minute equaliser to settle things at 2-2.Speaking afterwards, a clearly frustrated Vazquez rued the points Real dropped in their opening La Liga game of 2019.“We head home angry because it was a game we wanted to win and we let it slip with a lapse in concentration,” said Vazquez on the club website.“The game was going how we wanted it to at 2-1, and they levelled with 82 minutes gone.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We didn’t have time to react and we go away with a bitter taste in our mouths, having dropped two points.“We struggled to play through their press in the second half and so we were sat deeper, and they got a chance and scored their goal.”Despite now being seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona in the table, Vazquez is confident Real can end the season with silverware.“Given this team’s recent history, we deserve to retain people’s faith in us,” added the Spaniard.“We’re going to give it our all like we do every year and come the end, I’m sure we’ll achieve great things. We’ve got another game on Sunday to do the best we can.”Santiago Solari’s side, who remain fourth in La Liga, will go up against Real Sociedad this weekend.last_img read more

Dark Energy And The Inverse Square Law

first_img Citation: Dark Energy And The Inverse Square Law (2007, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-01-dark-energy-inverse-square-law.html “Newton’s inverse-square law has been around for a while,” Daniel Kapner tells PhysOrg.com. “But, by testing this law, we’re looking for new physics.” The new physics Kapner and his colleagues are looking for in their recent Physical Review Letters submission deals with dark energy. “Dark energy is an unknown driving force behind the acceleration of the universe, and we’re measuring the inverse-square law below the dark-energy length scale to look for a possible new gravitational phenomenon.”Kapner and his colleagues are associated with the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Their Letter, “Tests of the Gravitational Inverse-Square Law below the Dark-Energy Length Scale,” addresses questions of dark energy gravity possibilities. “As the universe expands, gravity should be slowing down that expansion,” explains Kapner. “But that’s not what is happening. Astrophysical measurements show that the expansion is speeding up. The unknown mechanism behind this accelerated expansion is termed Dark Energy.” Kapner and his colleagues use a sensitive device called a torsion balance to test the inverse-square law, attempting to shed some light on dark energy. “This is one step more complicated than the old mass on the end of a spring,” Kapner says, referring to the classic physics class demonstration of measuring a force by the distance a spring stretches. While the earth’s gravity pulls straight down, a sideways force can induce a very small twist of the balance. “This is done a vacuum chamber,” explains Kapner, “so there is no friction. This is essentially the best you can do with a direct measurement. If standard physics has new particles or exchange forces which act at this length scale, this apparatus would be sensitive to it.” The group’s torsion balance can measure gravity-strength forces down to distances of 55 microns.And the results regarding the dark-energy length scale? “There are no deviations from the inverse-square law,” Kapner insists. “We see it behaves just as Newton predicted.” The test, he says, establishes that there is nothing new at the dark-energy length scale. So the continuing acceleration of the universe remains a mystery.But the test used by Kapner and his colleagues is not limited to questions of dark energy. The torsion balance measurements can be used to constrain other models that suggest new exchange forces and particles. “We’ve used this to test other models, such as large extra dimensions in string theory,” he says. “And we could test any other models which predict deviations from the inverse-square law.”Kapner says that the next version of the project is being built now. “We can go to even smaller lengths, and get results that are 100 times better.” Kapner thinks that the current test pretty well ruled out that dark energy holds nothing new regarding short-distance gravity, but another test would make the team’s assertion stronger. “We want to keep refining this technique as far as technology will allow.”After all, Kapner points out, “Even though the obvious answer wasn’t there, this technique still holds promise for discovering something new.”By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2007 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.center_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.last_img read more

New evidence backs up claim of dinosaur soft tissue find

first_img Explore further Citation: New evidence backs up claim of dinosaur soft tissue find (2011, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-evidence-dinosaur-soft-tissue.html (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study, biochemist James San Antonio and colleagues offer evidence to support the claims by Mary Higby Schweitzer back in 2005, that she and her colleagues had unearthed a soft tissue specimen that belonged to a Tyrannosaurus rex. Roundly criticized by many in the science community, the specimen, discovered inside a femur fragment, has yet to be proven to be anything else. Now, in a paper published on PLoS ONE, San Antonio and his colleagues (including Mary Schweitzer) claim they’ve found a plausible explanation for the survival of soft dinosaur material after some 68 million years. The team focused on bits of collagen found in the remains, which are a group of proteins found in the flesh and bones of animals; it grows in a triple helix, which when it winds together, is known as a microfibril. When thousands of microfibril wind together, as they often do, they are known as microfibrils. After carefully studying 11 fragments of collagen recovered from the T. rex bone and then comparing them to similar fragments in modern rat and human collagen, the team discovered that the found fragments all came from the same innermost part of the fibrils that make up microfibrils. San Antononio likens them to tiny fibers that sit at the very innermost part of a very thick strong rope.In their paper, the research team suggests that because they were so tightly wound, the microfibrils could have survived over millions of years. They also note that the specimens also contained very few amino acids, which are very susceptible to decay.To back up her claims, or to quiet the naysayers, Schweitzer points out that if the specimens found were actually contaminants from other more recent organisms, as some have claimed, there should have been more randomness to the collagen, instead of the strict uniformity that was found. She also notes that two other labs have corroborated her results.The unfortunate side story to all the research done so far though, including these latest findings, is that thus far there is no way to definitively prove whether the soft tissue found inside that T. rex bone was in fact a remnant from its original owner, or something that came after. Thus, claims from both those supporting the idea that dinosaur tissue could have survived for millions of years, and those that think it’s nonsense, are likely to continue. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: San Antonio JD, Schweitzer MH, Jensen ST, Kalluri R, Buckley M, et al. (2011) Dinosaur Peptides Suggest Mechanisms of Protein Survival. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20381. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020381AbstractEleven collagen peptide sequences recovered from chemical extracts of dinosaur bones were mapped onto molecular models of the vertebrate collagen fibril derived from extant taxa. The dinosaur peptides localized to fibril regions protected by the close packing of collagen molecules, and contained few acidic amino acids. Four peptides mapped to collagen regions crucial for cell-collagen interactions and tissue development. Dinosaur peptides were not represented in more exposed parts of the collagen fibril or regions mediating intermolecular cross-linking. Thus functionally significant regions of collagen fibrils that are physically shielded within the fibril may be preferentially preserved in fossils. These results show empirically that structure-function relationships at the molecular level could contribute to selective preservation in fossilized vertebrate remains across geological time, suggest a ‘preservation motif’, and bolster current concepts linking collagen structure to biological function. This non-random distribution supports the hypothesis that the peptides are produced by the extinct organisms and suggests a chemical mechanism for survival. Tyrannosaurus rex femur (MOR 1125) from which demineralized matrix (insets; bars, 20 µm) and peptides were obtained. Image: PLoS ONE 6(6): e20381. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020381 Proteins, Soft Tissue from 80 Million-Year-Old Hadrosaur Add Weight to Theory that Molecules Preserve Over Time 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.last_img read more