Quantum gas microscope offers glimpse of quirky ultracold atoms

first_imgHarvard physicists have created a quantum gas microscope that can be used to observe single atoms at temperatures so low the particles follow the rules of quantum mechanics, behaving in bizarre ways. The work, published this week in the journal Nature, represents the first time scientists have detected single atoms in a crystalline structure made solely of light, called a Bose Hubbard optical lattice. It’s part of scientists’ efforts to use ultracold quantum gases to understand and develop novel quantum materials.“Ultracold atoms in optical lattices can be used as a model to help understand the physics behind superconductivity or quantum magnetism, for example,” says senior author Markus Greiner, an assistant professor of physics at Harvard and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms. “We expect that our technique, which bridges the gap between earlier microscopic and macroscopic approaches to the study of quantum systems, will help in quantum simulations of condensed matter systems, and also find applications in quantum information processing.”The quantum gas microscope developed by Greiner and his colleagues is a high-resolution device capable of viewing single atoms — in this case, atoms of rubidium — occupying individual, closely spaced lattice sites. The rubidium atoms are cooled to just 5 billionths of a degree above absolute zero (-273 degrees Celsius). “At such low temperatures, atoms follow the rules of quantum mechanics, causing them to behave in very unexpected ways,” explains first author Waseem S. Bakr, a graduate student in Harvard’s Department of Physics. “Quantum mechanics allows atoms to quickly tunnel around within the lattice, move around with no resistance, and even be ‘delocalized’ over the entire lattice. With our microscope we can individually observe tens of thousands of atoms working together to perform these amazing feats.”In their paper, Bakr, Greiner, and colleagues present images of single rubidium atoms confined to an optical lattice created through projections of a laser-generated holographic pattern. The neighboring rubidium atoms are just 640 nanometers apart, allowing them to quickly tunnel their way through the lattice. Confining a quantum gas — such as a Bose-Einstein condensate — in such an optically generated lattice creates a system that can be used to model complex phenomena in condensed-matter physics, such as superfluidity. Until now, only the bulk properties of such systems could be studied, but the new microscope’s ability to detect arrays of thousands of single atoms gives scientists what amounts to a new workshop for tinkering with the fundamental properties of matter, making it possible to study these simulated systems in much more detail, and possibly also forming the basis of a single-site readout system for quantum computation.“There are many unsolved questions regarding quantum materials, such as high-temperature superconductors that lose all electrical resistance if they are cooled to moderate temperatures,” Greiner says. “We hope this ultracold atom model system can provide answers to some of these important questions, paving the way for creating novel quantum materials with as-yet unknown properties.”Greiner’s co-authors on the Nature paper are Waseem S. Bakr, Jonathon I. Gillen, Amy Peng, and Simon Foelling, all of Harvard’s Department of Physics and the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms. Their work was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.last_img read more

Rangers level in the Niko time

first_img Press Association Midfielder Niko Kranjcar curled in a late free-kick to earn QPR a 2-2 draw against Stoke at Loftus Road. Stoke, managed by former QPR boss Mark Hughes, had taken the lead after 11 minutes through Mame Biram Diouf, only for Peter Crouch to stab a header from QPR defender Steven Caulker into his own net just before the break. Crouch, who played at QPR as a youngster, looked to have secured victory when he swept home from close range after 51 minutes. The home side were level just before the break. A corner from Jordon Mutch on the left floated over to Caulker at the back post. His header down into the crowded six-yard box was toe-poked up into the Stoke net by Crouch – with two other defenders ready to hack clear on the line. QPR were forced into another change just after the restart when Mutch hobbled off, replaced by Karl Henry, and Stoke regained the lead in the 51st minute. Moses, on loan from Chelsea, caused problems down the left, squirming to the touchline before cutting the ball back into the six-yard box. Crouch, who had been linked with a summer move to QPR, dropped off Ferdinand, which gave him the time and space to fire a left-footed shot past Green for a first Premier League goal – at the right end – in 10 games. Stoke should have sealed victory on the break when Charlie Adam picked out Steven Nzonzi arriving in the right side of the penalty area, but his sidefooted effort was wide. QPR felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross appeared to pull Caulker’s shirt, but referee Martin Atkinson was not interested. With eight minutes left, there was a flashpoint as Shawcross clattered Kranjcar with a late sliding challenge, with Leroy Fer squaring up to the Stoke captain. Eventually, the referee booked both players, which did not go down well with the frustrated home support. Loftus Road was, though, soon rocking when, after being fouled by substitute Steve Sidwell, Kranjcar clipped a free-kick up over the wall into the top right corner, past the diving Asmir Begovic. However, with two minutes left, Croatian Kranjcar clipped in a fine 20-yard free-kick to earn Harry Redknapp’s men a share of the points in the Barclays Premier League tussle. Hughes – sacked following a testing 10-month spell in November 2012, after which the west London club slipped to relegation amid financial turmoil – was expecting plenty of abuse from the home supporters, and it was only a few minutes before chants against the former QPR boss rang around Loftus Road. The Welshman has, though, steadily rebuilt his reputation at Stoke, whom he guided to an impressive ninth-placed finish last season, and Hughes was pumping the air as Stoke went ahead. The ball was played out to Victor Moses on the left, and his lofted cross was headed down by Crouch, who held off former England team-mate Rio Ferdinand, and Diouf nodded it past Robert Green. The visitors remained a threat on the break, but Diouf chose the wrong option when shooting at the edge of the penalty area when he had men over on both sides. Crouch was then unfortunate not to make it 2-0 after another quick break when played in by Moses at the edge of the penalty area. He took the ball in his stride before drilling a low effort just wide of Green’s right-hand post. At the other end, Kranjcar fired a 25-yard effort just over the angle of post and bar. QPR captain Joey Barton, whose inclusion was one of four changes to the side beaten 4-0 at Manchester United, had to be replaced because of injury, with Matt Phillips coming on. last_img read more

GFF pleased with Guyana’s showing at CONCACAF U-15 Championship

first_imgDESPITE winning only one of four games, head coach Bryan Joseph and Technical Director Ian Greenwood have both labelled Guyana’s showing at the CONCACAF U-15 Championship a success and a step in the right direction.Guyana was among 39 countries that participated in the August 13-19 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-15 Championship, which was said to be the largest CONCACAF tournament ever, including 39 member associations and over 700 youth players from across the Confederation.The developmental tournament featured 81 matches played entirely at the world-renowned IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida.The Guyanese opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against St Kitts and Nevis, but were beaten 3-1 by rivals Suriname. Guyana wrapped up Group F with a 1-0 win over St Lucia, but later on had their hearts broken by Puerto Rico, who edged them 6-5 on sudden death after finishing regulation 1-1.Joseph hailed the players’ competitive nature but stated that the team lacked the concentration to focus for 90 minutes. He said this was evident since in every match, Guyana were first to get on the scoreboard.However, Joseph pointed out that they received positive feedbacks from spectators, and forecast that in time and should the players continue along the path set by the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Technical Director Ian Greenwood, they will have a bright future representing both club and country.Meanwhile, Greenwood, who touted players’ development from the youth level since arriving at the GFF, said the team’s showing is a reflection of the players’ commitment to the ongoing work done at their respective Academy Training Centres (ATC).Greenwood, while hailing their good showing at the CONCACAF tournament, challenged them to keep working hard, since there are both local and overseas players who are just as talented, who are “putting in the work” for a chance to represent Guyana.President of the GFF, Wayne Forde, said his federation was “extremely proud” of the team, calling the ATC and Greenwood’s youth development initiative “a worthwhile investment.”Forde pointed out the GFF’s commitment to not only ensuring that the players are afforded the opportunity to train on a continuous basis and at an enabling environment, but also promising to provide a platform for them to showcase their talent both locally and overseas.last_img read more

Grades: Badgers stumble, especially with poor special teams play

first_imgDespite ultimately finishing with a 5.0-yards-per-carry, Montee Ball and Wisconsin’s rushing attack took a while to get going Saturday night. UW finished with only 89 yards.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports will look back and evaluate the most recent game by the Wisconsin football team on a scale of zero to five.The Badgers suffered their second consecutive loss Saturday night, falling to Ohio State 33-29 at Ohio Stadium. The loss drops Wisconsin into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten Leaders Division, with a conference record of 2-2 (6-2 overall).Quarterbacks – 4 out of 5Fifth-year senior Russell Wilson had a more polished game than he did against Michigan State, completing 20 of 32 passes for 253 and three touchdowns. His feet allowed him to avoid some sacks as well, and he was especially savvy in UW’s last two drives, throwing a perfect ball to Jared Abbrederis in the back of the end zone during the first and finding him wide open downfield on the second.Nevertheless, Wilson’s decision-making was suspect at times. He began the fourth quarter with a costly intentional grounding call that moved the Badgers to their own 6-yard line, and his second-to-last throw of the game was to a wide receiver that was not open and unable to score. However, a flag for pass interference gave him another chance.Backfield – 3 out of 5The Wisconsin backfield was held to under 100 yards rushing for the first time in nearly two years, but the blame doesn’t rest squarely on the backs, nor can one forget about the production in the air.Running back Montee Ball and fullback Bradie Ewing provided an essential safety net for Wilson to rely on throughout the game, combining for six catches, 67 yards and one touchdown.Tight ends – 3 out of 5Redshirt sophomore Jacob Pedersen started strong for UW, catching two passes for 11 yards and one first down in the first half. However, Pedersen became pretty quiet after that, catching only one more pass the rest of the game.Wide receivers – 3.5 out of 5Redshirt sophomore Abbrederis came up big for Wisconsin in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns and finishing the night with six catches for 113 yards. But Wilson didn’t have many other options at wideout as fifth-year senior Nick Toon had another quiet night with 39 yards on three catches.Offensive line – 2.5 out of 5Wisconsin’s front five were dominated by Ohio State’s front seven all game long and could not get anything going on the run, producing just 89 yards on the night. Take away a fourth-quarter 40-yard dash by Ball, and the running game averaged just 1.75 yards per carry.Pass protection was not much better, either, as Wilson was sacked three times and chased around all evening.Defensive line – 3 out of 5On an astounding 58 rushing plays, Ohio State rattled off 268 yards rushing – an average of 4.6 yards per carry. On several occasions, the Badger D-line was able to apply pressure on Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller but only contained him once when redshirt junior Brendan Kelly earned the unit’s lone sack in the first quarter.Miller ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns on the night.Linebackers – 4 out of 5With such a profusion of rushing attacks from Ohio State, the Wisconsin linebacking corps was forced to play a more aggressive game and answered the call with all the starters leading the team in tackles. Redshirt junior Mike Taylor gobbled up an incredible 22 stops on the night, while sophomore Chris Borland pitched in 13 more. Senior Kevin Claxton totaled 10 tackles and scored 2.5 tackles for loss, including one sack.Secondary – 2 out of 5Ohio State didn’t pass the ball much – just 12 times – but it was ultimately the secondary that came away with the most egregious – and costly – of errors. Miller’s 40-yard heave with 20 seconds left landed in the hands of Devin Smith in the middle of the endzone with no defensive back in position to make a play, losing the game for the Badgers.Specialists – 1 out of 5In more ways than one, the special teams unit can claim a good amount of responsibility for Saturday’s loss, as well. The most memorable instance is, of course, the blocked punt in the third quarter, which led to the Buckeyes taking a 17-7 lead.Later in the fourth quarter, Abbrederis opted to field a punt inside his own 5-yard line rather than let it bounce for a touchback. UW eventually punted from its own 6-yard line on that drive, allowing OSU to get a field goal out of its gifted field position.Then, after Wisconsin took the lead with 1:18 remaining, UW’s kickoff team allowed a 42-yard kick return to the OSU 48, setting up the game-winning score.The unit’s only redeeming quality was a fourth-quarter fumble recovery by linebacker Andrew Lukasko on a punt, which eventually led to a Badger touchdown.last_img read more

MSP Warns Residents to Lock-Up Their Vehicles

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis After a busy week of multiple complaints, the Michigan State Police is encouraging residents to lock up their vehicles. Last week troopers responded to a couple of larceny from motor vehicle complaints.They’re now reminding residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times. According to the Michigan State Police, a vehicle is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States. Nearly half of those thefts occur because a door was unlocked or keys were in the ignition.To avoid this, troopers say owners should avoid leaving valuables in their car, park in well–lit areas, turn on exterior lights at night, and install a car alarm. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 2 Men Arrested in Connection with Hale MurderNext Exercise Northern Strikelast_img read more

MANDELLA’S WILD AT HEART MUCH BEST IN GRADE III, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES AS SHE WINS BY 3 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; INDIAN CHARLIE MARE GETS MILE ON FAST MAIN TRACK IN 1:36.48

first_imgSWITCH FROM TURF TO DIRT RESULTS IN SIX SCRATCHES, GRADED STATUS TO BE DETERMINED ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2017)–Originally categorized as a Grade II and scheduled for a mile on turf, Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes was shifted to the main track due to heavy rains on Friday, resulting in six late scratches, but Richard Mandella’s Wild At Heart was undeterred, as she streaked to a 3 ½ length win under Flavien Prat while getting a flat mile on a fast track in 1:36.48.A close third moving into the far turn, Wild At Heart pounced on pacesetters Hillhouse High and Lily Pod three furlongs from home, shook loose of the latter straightening for home and won as much best while notching her first added money victory.The 3-2 favorite in a field of five older fillies and mares, Wild At Heart, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Indian Charlie, paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.60.“After the scratches, the race got a bit easier,” said Mandella, who was also instrumental in Prat’s development as one of America’s bright young riding stars.  “We were anxious to see what she could do on the turf, but I’ll take what happened here today…You know I’m partial to Flavien.  To me, he looked great when he was 18 years old (now 24).  I think he does make a difference.  I think he’s one of the best that we’ve seen in a long time.”Owned by Ramona S. Bass, LLC, Wild At Heart, who was a well beaten fourth here in the Grade II La Canada Stakes on Jan. 14, got her third win from 11 starts and with the winner’s check of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $331,305.“The pace was fast, but that’s the way it set up today,” said Prat, who is also Santa Anita’s leading rider through 31 days with 35 wins.  “She won pretty easy though.  She was much better today than last time out.”Ridden by Martin Garcia, Lily Pod sat a close second most of the trip and maintained that position late, finishing 6 ¼ lengths in front of Hillhouse High.  Off at 7-2, Lily Pod paid $4.00 and $3.00.Hillhouse High, who had no answer for the winner around the far turn, held third by a nose over Jeremy’s Legacy.  Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Hillhouse High was off at 5-1 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.97, 45.89, 1:10.22 and 1:23.00.Note: The American Graded Stakes Committee will review the result of the Buena Vista in the next week and will determine whether it will remain a Grade III or be restored to its original Grade II status.last_img read more

Powell poised to extend ring success

first_imgThe Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series’ preliminary round was scheduled to end tonight with a fight that had all the ingredients for a classic battle between two experienced welterweights, Daniel Powell (11-0) and Miguel Antoine (17-4-1).However, a last-minute pullout by Antoine has changed the equation, as his replacement, Charwin Estwick, has a record of no wins and two losses.Powell and Estwick will fight for the final place in the quarter-finals tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, starting at 9:30.Powell, whose father is Jamaican and flaunts his Jamaican roots, is 31 years old and has been a professional boxer since February 4, 2012. He has won eight fights by technical knockout, one by knockout and two on decision, but has not really met a quality opponent.Tonight is not going to be much different. Estwick, who is 38, was on the Contender roster last year and clashed with Richard Holmes on April 22. That fight went the distance, with one judge giving all six rounds to Holmes and the other two giving Estwick two rounds.Guyanese Estwick, who lives in Barbados, has not had a fight since then, while Powell had his last fight in June last year, so both men have been inactive recently.DEFENSIVE SKILLSEstwick showed in his fight here last year that he has good defensive skills. Against Holmes, who was trying for a knockout from the first round, he managed to tie up his opponent, shortened his range and made it difficult for him to land a knockout punch.It could turn out to be an interesting fight, with Powell trying for a knockout and Estwick using his defensive skills to frustrate his opponent.The winner tonight will join previous winners Holmes, Demarcus Coley, Tsetsi Davis, Revlon Lake, Michael Gardener, Ramel Lewis and Rashid Stevens in the quarter-finals. Four boxers will be seeded and they will draw their opponents for the next round.The winner of the series will, in addition to the title and belt, take home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.The fight will be broadcast live on TVJ.last_img read more

South Africa’s transport network

first_imgSouth Africa has a modern and well-developed transport infrastructure. The air and rail networks are the largest on the continent, and the roads in good condition. The country’s ports provide a natural stopover for shipping to and from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.South Africa’s total road network is about 747 000km, the longest network of roads of any African country. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe transport sector has been highlighted by the government as a key contributor to South Africa’s competitiveness in global markets. It is regarded as a crucial engine for economic growth and social development, and the government has unveiled plans to spend billions of rands to improve the country’s roads, railways and ports.Ports and shippingMajor shipping lanes pass along the South African coastline in the south Atlantic and Indian oceans. Approximately 96% of the country’s exports are conveyed by sea, and the eight commercial ports are the conduits for trade between South Africa and its southern African partners as well as hubs for traffic to and from Europe, Asia, the Americas and the east and west coasts of Africa.The commercial ports are: Richards Bay and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal; East London, Port Elizabeth and the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape; and Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha in the Western Cape.The state-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (NPA) manages the ports, while Transnet Port Terminals, formerly known as SAPO, is responsible for managing port and cargo terminal operations.The Port of Ngqura was completed in 2006. Developed off the coast from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Nqura is the deepest container terminal in Africa, and is a key part of Coega, one of the country’s strategic industrial development zones (IDZs).Durban is Africa’s busiest port and the largest container facility in southern Africa, while Richard’s Bay is the world’s largest bulk coal terminal.Located between these two ports is the Dube Trade Port. Launched in March 2012, the port includes King Shaka International Airport. Operated by the Dube Trade Port Corporation, a state-owned company, the port includes a cargo terminal, trade zone, agrizone and IT and telecommunications platform.The old Durban International Airport will be turned into a multibillion-rand dug-out port by Transnet. Expected to be ready by 2019, development plans include the creation of an automotive component supplier park around the port.RoadsSouth Africa’s total road network is about 747 000km, the longest network of roads of any African country. The drive from Musina on South Africa’s northern border to Cape Town in the south is a 2 000km journey on well-maintained roads.While the Department of Transport is responsible for overall policy, road-building and maintenance is the responsibility of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) as well as the nine provinces and local governments.Sanral is responsible for the country’s network of national roads, which cover around 16 200km. There are about 185 000km of provincial roads, and the municipal network totals around 66 000km, according to the SA Institute of Civil Engineering.Around 19% of the national roads are toll roads, most of which are maintained by Sanral, while the rest have been concessioned to private companies to develop, operate and maintain.A multi-billion rand freeway improvement scheme has significantly eased congestion on the roads in Gauteng, the country’s busiest province.S’hamba Sonke (“walking together’) is a labour-intensive road maintenance programme, with projects run by the provinces to upgrade and repair roads in rural areas.South Africa’s Public Transport Strategy plans to integrate rail, taxi and bus services in co-operation with private operators, both operationally and through ownership. Johannesburg’s successes with the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) has led to it being adapted and implemented in other South African cities, including Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Rustenburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.As the vast majority of South Africans use taxis as their prime transport, the government has introduced compulsory safety standards and a taxi recapitalisation programme, which gets rids of unsafe taxis through a scrapping allowance.RailwaysSouth Africa has an extensive rail network – the 14th longest in the world – connecting with networks in the sub-Saharan region. The country’s rail infrastructure, which connects the ports with the rest of South Africa, represents about 80% of Africa’s total.Improving the country’s 20 247km rail network is a top government priority, with projects aiming to increase freight rail volumes and increase market share of container traffic.The rail network is managed by the Department of Public Enterprises via Transnet. Transnet Freight Rail is the largest railroad and heavy haulier in southern Africa, with about 21 000km of rail network, of which about 1 500km are heavy haul lines. Just over 8 200km of the lines are electrified.Passenger rail is also being completely overhauled, with a 20-year fleet renewal programme in place to buy more than 7 200 new trains. Managed and implemented by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the programme focuses on revitalising the local industry through local manufacturing of components. The existing rail network will be upgraded to take advantage of the new coaches’ technological features.Around 2.2-million people travel by train every day in South Africa. Metrorail commuter services can be found in Cape Town, the Eastern Cape Province, Durban, and greater Johannesburg and Pretoria, focusing mainly on poorer South Africans.Tourists and well-heeled passengers can travel on the Blue Train, one of the world’s most famous luxury trains, while Shosholoza Meyl transports passengers between the country’s major cities.The Gautrain, Africa’s only high-speed train, was opened just days before the start of the World Cup in 2010. Servicing Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport, it is supported by a network of feeder buses. About 40 000 people use the service every day.The Gautrain can travel at speeds of 160 km/h, enabling commuters to make the trip from Johannesburg to Pretoria in less than 40 minutes.Airports and airlinesSouth Africa’s 10 airports handle more than 98% of the country’s commercial traffic, with 200 000 aircraft landings and 10-million departing passengers annually.The R20-billion airports upgrade ahead of the World Cup in 2010 focused on OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, Cape Town International, and the new airport, King Shaka International, outside Durban. The seven smaller airports are domestic airports: Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberley, Upington and Pilanesberg.State-owned Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is responsible for managing the country’s airports and improving productivity of its airports. Other airports include Lanseria (Midrand), Gateway (Polokwane), Nelspruit and Kruger (Mpumalanga).In 2012, South African Airways (SAA) was voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row by UK global aviation research organisation Skytrax.South African Airways (SAA) is by far the largest air carrier in Africa, with connections to more than 28 cities across the continent. As a Star Alliance member, SAA also offers its customers 1 356 destinations in 193 countries and 21 500 flights daily.Reviewed: 20 November 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ottawa introduces legislation aimed at overhauling criminal justice system

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has introduced legislation aimed at overhauling the criminal justice system — including making good on a promise to change the way juries are selected.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a massive bill today that also includes measures aimed at tackling court backlogs plaguing the criminal justice system that has seen more than 200 charges dismissed following a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 2016 on court delays.They include restricting the use of preliminary inquiries to cases where the offender is facing the possibility of a lifesentence.The bill would also eliminate the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process.A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded from the jury that last month acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Speaking through a family friend, Boushie’s mother Debbie Baptiste says she’s pleased about the proposed changes and hopes the presence of Indigenous jurors will translate into more justice for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.The bill will also address a Liberal campaign promise to crack down on intimate partner violence, including by reversing the onus on bail for those previously convicted of violence against a current or former spouse, common-law partner or dating partner.Intimate partner violence would also be considered an aggravating factor in sentencing.last_img read more

School in Colville Lake has students using buckets for toilets NWT MLA

first_imgAPTN National NewsA small school in the Northwest Territories has been without running water or a proper washroom for the last eight years.That’s according to one MLA who feels that enough is enough.The school in question is in Colville Lake, a remote fly-in community of about 130 residents.Kids attend school in two buildings, both equipped with slop pails in instead of regular toilets.The MLA for the region, Norman Yakeleya, recently brought up the matter in NWT’s legislative assembly.He called the situation unacceptable and compared the school to an episode of the television series, Hoarders.last_img read more