Premier Stephen McNeil and the leaders of the Progressive Conservative and New Democratic parties are calling on the federal government to launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. “The tragic death of Loretta Saunders reminds us violence against women is a serious issue that must be dealt with,” said Premier McNeil. “I want to express my deepest condolences to Ms. Saunders’s family and friends, and the aboriginal community for their loss.” “I commend the federal government for its efforts so far, but I urge my federal colleagues to take this work one step further. It is time to launch a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls,” said Premier McNeil. The premier wrote to the federal Ministers of Justice, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the Status of Women today, March 6, calling for the inquiry. “My heart breaks for Ms. Saunders’ family and friends. More must be done to end violence against women,” said Jamie Baillie, leader of the Opposition. “I appreciate the steps by the federal government to form a committee and investigate cases of missing aboriginal women and girls. A public inquiry is an important next step.” The federal government appointed a parliamentary committee to conduct hearings on the matter of missing and murdered aboriginal women. On March 7, the committee will table its report. “The tragic death of Loretta Saunders has brought attention to what is a troubling pattern all levels of government must work together to address,” said Maureen MacDonald, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP. “Efforts must be made to examine and understand more fully what steps must be taken to end the unacceptable rate of death and disappearance among aboriginal women in Canada.” Violence against aboriginal women is an issue across Canada and a national approach is needed. The province continues to support initiatives that address violence against women. This work focuses on prevention, as well as, services for victims. During the July 2013 Council of the Federation meeting, premiers unanimously supported an inquiry. Premier McNeil, Mr. Baillie and Ms. MacDonald also thanked leaders of Nova Scotia’s aboriginal communities for their unwavering commitment to this significant issue.
A preliminary hearing of the independent human rights board of inquiry into Mark Thomas v. Halifax Water Commission is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 24. Mr. Thomas alleges that he was discriminated against on the basis of his physical disability and race and/or colour while employed by Halifax Water Commission. Halifax Water denies the allegation. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Board of Inquiry Hearing Room at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission office, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Suite 305, Halifax. The board chair, Dennis James, is independent of the commission, which is representing the public interest. -30-
OTTAWA — A Toronto-based activist is calling on Canada’s political parties to nominate more black candidates in winnable ridings in this fall’s federal election in order to enhance the chances the community is better represented in the next Parliament.Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including a handful of Liberal MPs who are seeking re-election, said Velma Morgan, the chair of Operation Black Vote Canada, a not-for-profit, multi-partisan organization that aims to get more black people elected at all levels of government.There are currently just seven black MPs in the House of Commons — three each in Quebec and Ontario, and one in British Columbia.“Six MPs belonging to one political party and one Independent is clearly not enough to represent our voice adequately,” Morgan said. “We do need to be able to elect more black Canadians, (that’s why) we need more black Canadians nominated.”The number of black people living in Canada doubled between 1996 and 2016, with 1.2 million, or 3.5 per cent, identifying as black in the 2016 census, Statistics Canada says. More than 627,000 live in Ontario, followed by Quebec with 319,000 and Alberta with 130,000.When it comes to increasing the number of black and other ethnic Canadians on Parliament Hill, the main challenge is getting them to run for public office in the first place, said Greg Fergus, a Liberal MP from Quebec and the head of Parliament’s cross-partisan black caucus.The colour or gender of the candidates don’t play into their chances of success — “the real issue is getting through the nomination process,” Fergus said in an interview.Oftentimes, he said, the misguided perception that a candidate of colour is somehow unelectable is what prevents them from winning the nomination — or even seeking it in the first place.“If you don’t have history of it — of having diversity in your candidates — some people might assume that person couldn’t win,” Fergus said. “My argument will be: No, present yourself. People are more generous if you give them a chance. Don’t self-censor.”Challenges, however, remain.In February, Speaker Geoff Regan apologized on behalf of the House of Commons after an apparent case of racial profiling at a lobbying event aimed at using Black History Month to encourage more black voices in politics. The Federation of Black Canadians said several participants were referred to as “dark-skinned people” and asked to leave a parliamentary cafeteria.The Parliamentary Protective Service apologized and promised a full investigation, adding it has zero tolerance for any type of discrimination.Just days earlier, Fergus had told a national summit on the issue that despite a recent call to action from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he feared that the effort to attract more black voices to politics and confront systemic issues facing the community were at risk of stalling. Prior to this year’s federal budget, the Liberals promised $19 million over five years for mental health and youth programs for black communities, and $23 million more over two years that included money for a broader anti-racism strategy.Morgan, meanwhile, is working with her colleagues to encourage more black people to participate in Canadian politics.One of the most significant barriers is a lack of access to information on how to participate, she said: “They don’t know that they can be part of a riding association, they can volunteer in a campaign.”Her organization hosts community events, workshops and training to provide the community with information about politics and elections and to highlight the black candidates.“Some people think, ‘I can’t leave the house,’ but Elections Canada will come to your house to do a ballot.”Black Vote Canada’s board of directors comprises members from across Canada’s political spectrum, she added. “We don’t tell our community who to vote for…. we want to have representation of each of the political parties.”Their efforts are meant to challenge the stereotypes about black people, so the young people of the community can see them in the government. “You can’t be what you can’t see.”Fergus said those efforts are starting to show dividends.He’s beginning to notice more black people getting involved in Canadian politics at all levels, citing a “very successful” fundraiser recently that focused on the black community for the Laurier Club, the Liberal party’s top donor tier. “There’s a real awareness that we have (got to) take our place,” he said. “The first party to understand that will really have a head start, and I believe that party is the Liberal party.”Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON – Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age.The justices’ 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain information that phone companies collect from the ubiquitous cellphone towers that allow people to make and receive calls, and transmit data. The information has become an important tool in criminal investigations.Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court’s four liberals, said cellphone location information “is detailed, encyclopedic and effortlessly compiled.” Roberts wrote that “an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements” as they are captured by cellphone towers.Roberts said the court’s decision is limited to cellphone tracking information and does not affect other business records, including those held by banks. He also wrote that police still can respond to an emergency and obtain records without a warrant.But the dissenting conservative justices, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, cast doubt on Roberts’ claim that the decision was limited. Each wrote a dissenting opinion and Kennedy said in his that the court’s “new and uncharted course will inhibit law enforcement” and “keep defendants and judges guessing for years to come.”Roberts does not often line up with his liberal colleagues against a unified front of conservative justices, but digital-age privacy cases can cross ideological lines, as when the court unanimously said in 2014 that a warrant is needed before police can search the cellphone of someone they’ve just arrested.The court ruled Friday in the case of Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced to 116 years in prison for his role in a string of robberies of Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores in Michigan and Ohio. Cell tower records spanning 127 days, which investigators got without a warrant, bolstered the case against Carpenter.Investigators obtained the records with a court order that requires a lower standard than the “probable cause” needed for a warrant. “Probable cause” requires strong evidence that a person has committed a crime.The judge at Carpenter’s trial refused to suppress the records, finding no warrant was needed, and a federal appeals court agreed. The Trump administration said the lower court decisions should be upheld.The American Civil Liberties Union, representing Carpenter, said a warrant would provide protection against unjustified government snooping.“This is a groundbreaking victory for Americans’ privacy rights in the digital age. The Supreme Court has given privacy law an update that it has badly needed for many years, finally bringing it in line with the realities of modern life,” said ACLU attorney Nathan Freed Wessler, who argued the Supreme Court case in November.The administration relied in part on a 1979 Supreme Court decision that treated phone records differently than the conversation in a phone call, for which a warrant generally is required.The earlier case involved a single home telephone and the court said then that people had no expectation of privacy in the records of calls made and kept by the phone company.“The government’s position fails to contend with the seismic shifts in digital technology that made possible the tracking of not only Carpenter’s location but also everyone else’s, not for a short period but for years and years,” Roberts wrote.The court decided the 1979 case before the digital age, and even the law on which prosecutors relied to obtain an order for Carpenter’s records dates from 1986, when few people had cellphones.The Supreme Court in recent years has acknowledged technology’s effects on privacy. In 2014, Roberts also wrote the opinion that police must generally get a warrant to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Other items people carry with them may be looked at without a warrant, after an arrest.Roberts said then that a cellphone is almost “a feature of human anatomy.” On Friday, he returned to the metaphor to note that a phone “faithfully follows its owner beyond public thoroughfares and into private residences, doctor’s offices, political headquarters, and other potentially revealing locales.”As a result, he said, “when the government tracks the location of a cellphone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user.”Even with the court’s ruling in Carpenter’s favour, it’s too soon to know whether he will benefit from Friday’s decision, said Harold Gurewitz, Carpenter’s lawyer in Detroit. The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will have to evaluate whether the cellphone tracking records can still be used against Carpenter under the “good faith” exception for law enforcement — evidence should not necessarily be thrown out if authorities obtained it in a way they thought the law required. There also is other evidence implicating Carpenter that might be sufficient to sustain his conviction.
Mumbai: Kareena Kapoor Khan she says she has taken a conscious decision to do films that are socially relevant. Some of her recent outings such as Udta Punjab, Ki and Ka, Veere Di Wedding and her next two releases Good News and Angrezi Medium deal with various social issues like substance abuse, feminism, surrogacy and education. “There is conscious effort to do movies that have social topic and subjects and stories that can touch hearts. Even if my part is smaller, I want to blend in films that are relevant.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”Films like Veere Di Wedding broke boundaries in many ways, it was a story of four friends, no one addressed their issues in public domain. Similarly, Udta Punjab talked about an important topic,” Kareena said. Her next release Good News with Akshay Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani is slated to release on December 27. Kareena is hopeful the film will do well commercially. “Today it is all about stories and that has been proved with the response to films. Good News has shaped up well. We will get the collections as we have Akshay Kumar as well. We have a great cast and story.” The actor will begin working on Angrezi Medium in June before moving on to Karan Johar’s directorial Takht in February next year.
17 May 2011The United Nations entity tasked with supporting rural development and the United States State Department today launched an initiative to help tap the resources of emigrant communities for investment in agriculture in their countries of origin. The United Nations entity tasked with supporting rural development and the United States State Department today launched an initiative to help tap the resources of emigrant communities for investment in agriculture in their countries of origin.The Diaspora Investment in Agriculture initiative (DIA), unveiled today in Washington by the US and the UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), will work with emigrants wishing to invest in agricultural projects in their home communities, with a focus on post-conflict countries and fragile States.“Diaspora communities from developing nations save a total of $400 billion every year. Many would like to support their home countries through investment. Money is not the problem. Good opportunities and clear mechanisms for making those investments are what is required,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, the President of IFAD.“DIA will help identify opportunities and models for sustainable investment,” Mr. Nwanze said at the Global Diaspora Forum, hosted by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.“It will build the capacity of individual investors, diaspora organizations and those implementing projects on the ground. And it will encourage lasting partnerships that achieve financial returns for investors, while fostering stability and opportunity,” said Mr. Nwanze.With the support of the State Department and other international partners, IFAD will work to involve migrant entrepreneurs, diaspora organizations and key strategic entities to implement projects that stimulate the development of the agricultural sector. In particular, the initiative will seek to identify and co-finance viable ideas and models linking food security, diaspora investment and agricultural value chains.With more than 215 million people – or three per cent of the world’s population – now living outside their home countries, diaspora communities already play a vital economic role in many nations.Currently they remit more than $325 billion a year to developing countries and, in many cases, have become among the largest sources of cash and investment for home countries, surpassing the total official development assistance (ODA) and foreign direct investment (FDI).“Over the next five years, diasporas throughout the world will send home more than 1.5 trillion dollars,” said Mr. Nwanze. “If together we can encourage the diaspora to invest a fraction of this money in rural agriculture, it will contribute significantly to creating jobs, enhancing food security and fostering stability in countries emerging from strife,” he added.
A 38-member delegation of Sri Lankan monks performed religious rituals for the first time at an ancient Buddhist historical site in northwest Pakistan.The monks conducted rituals during Visak festival at Buddhist remains in Takht-e-Bahi tehsil of Mardan and Hund area of Swabi districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Press Trust of India reported. The delegation visited the old Buddhist sacred places and offered worship there. Later, the delegation visited Hund Museum in Swabi and witnessed the sacred statues of Buddhist gods. (Colombo Gazette) The delegation comprising ministers and professors from different universities of Sri Lanka and 13 pilgrims visited the Buddhist worship places. A member of the delegation C M Madduma Badara said that they were very fortunate and privileged to visit the sacred places in Pakistan.Pakistani officials said that in future Buddhists from all over the world would be invited to visit their sacred and worship places in Pakistan.
“[The Secretary-General] extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Cameroon, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured in the terrorist attacks,” said a statement issued today by a UN spokesperson.Encouraged by the measures already taken by the Government of Cameroon to counter the Boko Haram threat, Mr. Ban, adds the statement, commends the authorities and people of Cameroon for welcoming refugees from the region since the beginning of the crisis.“The Secretary-General expresses his support for the Government of Cameroon and countries of the region and encourages them to further strengthen their cooperation in addressing the threat posed by Boko Haram, as well as ensuring strict compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law.”According to media reports, Boko Haram militants are suspected to have committed a twin suicide attacks in Fotokol late Sunday, killing at least a dozen people, including the two assailants.
TAMPA, Fla. — Cam Newton and Jameis Winston know there’s no surefire way for a quarterback to lead a team out of a funk.What works in one situation may not necessarily be the answer in another.Newton’s second-place Carolina Panthers (6-5) have lost three straight games following a 6-2 start, moving closer to the bottom of the NFC South than the top.Winston’s getting another chance to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) out of the division cellar after spending a month on the bench because of his propensity for making costly mistakes.“In the NFL, part of winning is not losing, not beating yourself,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said, reflecting on Winston delivering his best performance of the season to help Tampa Bay stop a four-game skid last week.“You have to just keep it simple,” said Winston, who lost his starting job after turning the ball over 11 times in 14 quarters.The fourth-year pro said the difference during last week’s 27-9 rout of San Francisco was his decisiveness with the football.“I’m thinking about one play at a time, one completion at a time, one game at a time,” Winston said. “It’s easier to keep it simple when you’re decisive, making quick decisions and getting the ball out of your hands.”The Panthers haven’t won since beating the Bucs 42-28 at home on Nov. 4. Kicking woes factored in narrow losses the past two weeks to Detroit and Seattle, however, and Newton said he’s focused on the next opportunity to get back on track.Win or lose, he has learned you give yourself 24 hours to get over the excitement or disappointment.“You can either celebrate or sulk and sob,” the Carolina quarterback said. “After that 24 hours is up, let it go. That has been so helpful for me in my growth as a man.”For Winston, Sunday’s game against the Panthers represents the next test in what amounts to an audition to determine if he’s Tampa Bay’s quarterback of the future.The 24-year-old didn’t face the Panthers last time. He was benched after throwing four interceptions the previous week at Cincinnati.Some things to watch when the NFC South rivals meet:NEWTON LIKES WHERE HE’S ATNewton said this week he’s playing the best football of his career, despite a three-game losing streak.Newton has thrown at least two TD passes in 10 straight games and seems to be thriving in Norv Turner’s offensive scheme.“I’m just feeling in control,” Newton said. “There are no question marks. My assuredness of every single play I know exactly what I’m supposed to do.”McCAFFREY ON THE RUNChristian McCaffrey last week became the first Panthers running back to eclipse 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game. His 237 yards from scrimmage against the Seahawks were the most in franchise history.McCaffrey had 157 yards from scrimmage and two TDs rushing in the last meeting with the Bucs.Newton joked that you shouldn’t call the 5-foot-10, 205-pound McCaffrey “small,” because he hates being labeled a small back.“C-Mac has defied all odds,” Newton said. “With C-Mac, he has always been a workhorse. He’s always been a playmaker. There’s no denying that. My thing is when you draft a person, is he comfortable with the game on the line?”WHERE ARE THE TURNOVERSCarolina’s defence has thrived on takeaways over the years, but they have been struggling in that area of late. The Panthers haven’t forced a turnover in the three games since they last played the Buccaneers. In that game they intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick twice.EVANS VS. BRADBERRYIn the last meeting, Carolina cornerback James Bradberry put the clamps on Bucs receiver Mike Evans, holding Tampa Bay’s top receiver to one catch for 16 yards on 10 targets in a 42-28 victory at home.However, Bradberry has struggled in three games since giving up big plays in each of those games in losses to Pittsburgh, Detroit and Seattle.Bradberry is expected to draw Evans again.“They game-planned really well,” Evans said. “Even though they’re a one-high team, it felt like Eric Reid was just coming to me no matter what. And then Bradberry was underneath just pressing. So, I’ve got to be better, more physical, faster and stronger, and I think I will be this time around.”___AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLFred Goodall, The Associated Press
TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Twins15108379+2036152 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have been stuck behind somebody in this division for most of Mike Trout’s stellar career, whether it be the Rangers and A’s early on or the Astros most recently. This season is supposed to be the start of something different, from the signing of Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani (more on him later) to other solid, under-the-radar pickups such as Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart. Still, the forecast systems aren’t totally sure what to make of the Halos yet, penciling them in for win totals between the upper 70s and mid-80s. The best-case scenarios there probably won’t be enough to run down the Astros, but they might just be enough to snag the Angels a wild-card berth.Rebuild alert: Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers. Billion-Dollar Billy Beane and the Athletics have been rebuilding ever since going for broke (and coming up short) in the 2014 season. That probably won’t change this year, even though Oakland’s farm system is improving and showed some signs of life at the MLB level last season. Perhaps more interesting is the question of whether Texas will also commit to resetting things this season. If you squint, you can see the potential for a bounce-back Rangers season behind an overhauled pitching staff; easier to see, though, is the potential for another frustrating summer in Arlington.Player to watch: Mike Trout, Angels. I wanted to choose someone else here, I really did. But Trout is still the “player to watch” among any group of players you might ponder watching. Sadly, after last season’s campaign was limited by injury, he is no longer able to say he was the best player (by WAR) for any age at which he played a full season. (Ty Cobb finally got his revenge!) But Trout played so well when he was healthy that he may be primed for a comeback season for the ages. (Note: He was still the fifth-best player in baseball last season despite missing about 50 games.) Keeping tabs on Trout and his statistical feats is a duty — and joy — that falls on the shoulders of every baseball fan.Biggest enigma: Shohei Ohtani, Angels. Ohtani came to the U.S. with immense expectations, and it would be unrealistic to expect him to deliver an instant payoff — particularly as the first legitimate hitter/pitcher in decades. All rookies need time to adjust, especially one who’s in a new country, facing a completely different style of opponent. That said, Ohtani has been unable to pitch or hit effectively this spring. His numbers have been so poor that analysts are wondering if he should make the team. Even that is a testament to his talent — who else’s spring stats are getting this much scrutiny? — but it also might make Ohtani the most uncertain player in the major leagues this season.Read our National League preview, and check out our latest MLB predictions. It’s opening week in the major leagues, and that means it’s time to catch up on what’s been happening in baseball over this very odd offseason — and time to look forward to the season ahead. To do that, we’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model (publishing Wednesday), which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also gone through and highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) Play ball! Orioles14757290-8493<1 Athletics14907686-47166<1 Yankees15659567+12574%48%10% How Elo is forecasting the AL East race Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… AL CentralTeam to beat: Cleveland Indians. With a 79 percent chance of winning the Central, Cleveland is our model’s strongest division favorite for 2018. Sure, the Tribe lost a few recognizable names (Carlos Santana, Jay Bruce) over the winter, and this year’s roster is probably not as talented as the version that snapped off a 22-game winning streak last August and September. But they still boast ace starter Corey Kluber (whom FanGraphs projects to be the most valuable pitcher in baseball), ace fireman Andrew Miller (projected as the fourth-most valuable reliever in baseball) and a bevy of dangerous hitters (such as Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor). There’s more than enough talent here for the Indians to comfortably claim another division crown. How Elo is forecasting the AL West race Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Minnesota Twins. The range of predictions for the Twins is actually quite small: From Vegas to the computers, most forecasters basically call for Minnesota to win 82 or 83 games this year. But that’s a little difficult to reconcile with the team’s 85-win season a year ago and the flurry of improvements it made in the offseason — to say nothing of the ongoing strides expected from its core. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Twins end up beating that projection.Rebuild alert: Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals. One of the big reasons that Cleveland is such a strong favorite in this division — and why the Twins can be optimistic, too — is that the Central is home to numerous, um, “rebuilding” efforts. The White Sox have been engaging in one of the most extreme multi-year teardowns ever and probably won’t begin to emerge from it until next season. The Tigers finally admitted to themselves that their early-2010s heyday was over and became sellers at last year’s trade deadline. The Royals are just now embarking on a reboot of their own. This division might be formidable in several years as a result of the tank-fest, but for now it contains a bunch of teams that aren’t even trying to compete.Player to watch: Jose Ramirez, Indians. Ramirez turned in a perfectly solid 2016 season manning third base for the AL champion Tribe, hitting .310 during the World Series. But he vaulted himself into another stratosphere last year — and squarely into the MVP conversation — with a .318/.374/.583 batting line and plus defense. Cleveland’s chances won’t hinge on him repeating those numbers, but in his age-25 season, it should be fun to see if Ramirez can keep up his ascent.Biggest enigma: Lucas Giolito, White Sox. As a rookie with Washington in 2016, Giolito struggled horribly, posting a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings with a shockingly poor 8.21 fielding-independent pitching (FIP). Then he was shipped to Chicago as part of the Adam Eaton deal — and, superficially, the change in scenery helped: Giolito bounced back in 2017 with a far healthier 2.38 ERA. Trouble is, he also benefited from allowing an unsustainably low .189 batting average on balls in play, masking a FIP that remained pretty unimpressive. The former first-round pick and top-five prospect still has plenty of potential, but nobody is really sure what kind of season to expect from him in 2018. Astros15779765+15181%66%14% AL WestTeam to beat: Houston Astros. The defending world champs also enjoyed one of the better offseasons of any team when they hauled in starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in a January trade. Now Houston boasts a deep rotation with Cole, Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel (among others), plus it hung on to practically all of the cogs in an offensive machine that led the majors with 896 runs scored last season. While no favorite is unbeatable — the Astros finished third in the division as recently as 2016 — anyone other than Houston winning the West would be a stunning development. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Indians15769963+17488%79%14% TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Red Sox15499171+8961336 Tigers14496894-12342<1 Blue Jays15078181-227102 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have had a pattern of up-and-down seasons in recent years, and the projections don’t quite know what to do with them this year, either. If you ask PECOTA, Tampa could potentially factor into the playoff mix; if you ask the Las Vegas books, it might sink down into the basement of the East. Our model basically splits the difference and calls for the Rays to post 78 wins.Rebuild alert: Baltimore Orioles. Going into the spring, O’s GM Dan Duquette scoffed at the notion of rebuilding. But he may have no choice with Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Zach Britton all up for free agency after the season. If the Orioles falter early — and our projections don’t see much hope for them this year — Baltimore could be due for a fire sale.Player to watch: Mookie Betts, Red Sox. Two seasons ago, Betts was the American League’s most valuable player not named after a freshwater fish, but last year his production was down amid a power outage and a 54-point drop in batting average. The difference between an MVP-caliber Betts and a merely pretty-good version might be the margin in this division race; Boston fans should be encouraged by Betts’s strong finish last September and outstanding numbers this spring.Biggest enigma: Aaron Judge, Yankees. Judge’s roller-coaster 2017 season was remarkable enough on its own. But add his terrible debut season in 2016, and it becomes almost impossible to predict how Judge will perform in 2018. The projections that FanGraphs lists are all over the map, from 3.8 wins above replacement on the low side to 6.2 WAR on the upper end. (And remember, he had 8.2 last year.) Judge could be great again, or he could just be good — we really have no idea yet. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series White Sox14577092-10462<1 How Elo is forecasting the AL Central race AL EastTeam to beat: New York Yankees. Our simulations show the AL East as the tightest division battle of the 2018 season, but we’re giving the Yankees a slight advantage over the Boston Red Sox here. While both teams used the winter to put more distance between themselves and the rest of the division — New York added Giancarlo Stanton and Boston signed J.D. Martinez — the Yankees still appear to have the edge in bullpen depth and marquee talent. (And don’t forget about their impressive farm pipeline; touted infield prospect Gleyber Torres could make an impact before the season is done.) That said, we also give Boston a 61 percent chance of making the playoffs, so this renewed rivalry might well extend into October either way. Angels15108181-427112 Mariners15088082-726102 Rangers14977884-291971 Rays14957884-321961 Royals14597092-10172<1
Rahman came to the attention of police in July last year when he complained he was being blackmailed, but failed to attend an appointment.In August last year, he was arrested on suspicion of sending indecent images to under-age girls, but never charged. An examination of his mobile phone raised concerns he was harbouring extremist views. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman bought a rucksack from Argos before he was arrested An Islamic State terrorist who plotted to kill Prime Minister Theresa May has been jailed for at least 30 years.Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, planned to bomb the gates of 10 Downing Street, kill guards and then attack Theresa May with a knife or gun.He had pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and collected what he thought was an explosives-packed puffa jacket and rucksack when he was arrested last November.The drifter, originally from Birmingham, thought he was being helped by an Isil handler when in fact he was talking to undercover officers.He was snared by a network of undercover counter-terrorism officers from the Metropolitan Police, the FBI and MI5. Court artist sketch of Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman at the Old BaileyCredit:Elizabeth Cook /PA Rahman, from Finchley, north London, was found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism despite claiming he was set up.During his Old Bailey trial, he admitted to helping a friend to join Isil in Libya by recording an IS sponsorship video.Following his conviction, he told a probation officer that he would have carried out the attack if he had been able to.The “clever and cunning” young man had the potential to “operate below the radar to dreadful effect”, according to a pre-sentence report. A fake bomb was given to the would-be attacker Mr Justice Haddon-Cave concluded: “Rahman is a very dangerous individual and it is difficult to predict when, if ever, he will become de-radicalised and no longer be a danger to society.” After his uncle’s death, he became even more determined and turned to the internet for help in his attack plans.Rahman made contact with an FBI agent posing as an Isil official online, who introduced him to an MI5 role-player.The defendant revealed his plans, saying: “I want to do a suicide bomb on Parliament. I want to attempt to kill Theresa May.”There are lorries here with big gas tankers, if a brother can drive it next to Parliament I will bomb.”He later described using a suicide belt, a drone, an IED and poison, referred to as “P” or “curry mix”.By early November last year, he appeared settled on an attack on 10 Downing street with a suicide bomb, gun or knife. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said Rahman’s plan was to cause carnage in Downing Street, by blowing up the gates, killing or disabling security guards then entering Number 10 armed with a knife and explosives with Mrs May being “the ultimate target”.He said: “I am sure… Rahman believed the devices to be real and capable of the most serious harm – he was told and believed that the rucksack bomb would be capable of causing casualties on a scale comparable to those caused at the Manchester Arena to police officers, bystanders and tourists in and around the entrance to Downing Street.”He was told and believed that the suicide vest within his jacket would be capable of creating a lethal area of 10 metres to his front, with some degree of lethality to the rear. Both devices were expertly constructed and indistinguishable from the real thing.” The judge sentenced Rahman to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years.For the Isil sponsorship video, Rahman was handed six years in prison to run concurrently.The judge stressed the undercover officers involved in the case were “scrupulous” at all times and Rahman was the “instigator and author” of his own actions. On November 18 last year, Rahman carried out reconnaissance around Whitehall.Two days later, he bought a rucksack from Argos before meeting an undercover officer in Brixton for it to be fitted with explosives.On November 28 last year, the officer handed back Rahman’s rucksack and coat, now packed with dummy explosives, and replica pepper spray.Rahman told the officer he was “good to go”, but was arrested as he walked away carrying the fake bomb, in Kensington.Rahman claimed he had been set up by security services online, but a jury rejected his explanation and convicted him after 13 hours of deliberations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The coat found with Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman had what he wrongly thought were explosives He told an undercover officer: “(God willing) will be very big if I’m successful. I can’t mess up. I can’t get (martyrdom) if I get caught.” Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman had what he thought was an explosives-packed coat when he was arrested
Lego is great but it’s made even greater when it’s brought to life. There have been many builds of the Tumbler vehicle from the Batman movies, we’ve even seen a motorized version before, but this one blows it out of the water.Paul, an avid Lego assembler from Poland, has created a Batmobile that has full suspension, realistic steering, a jet engine effect and front cannons that fire remotely. He says creating the model was actually a huge challenge and he’d been trying to build one ever since the first Nolan Batman movie was released. What caused most of the issues was the front suspension as Paul wanted it to work exactly like the real Tumbler and this took him years to figure out how to make it work.The chassis and suspension arms had to be heavily reinforced so the structure was rigid enough not to bend so the wheels could be kept straight. The frame of the model was also very complex, the RC unit sits in the middle and two RC motors were used as part of the bearing structure. He used axles and connectors to support the sides of the hull’s middle.Even working out how to steer the front wheels was a problem for Paul. He had trouble finding a simple way to connect them to the RC unit’s steering output without creating a backlash. Eventually the backlash was evened out between the two wheels and a simple connection meant that the Tumbler ended up being just as easy to steer as any other RC car.The Tumbler is powered by two RC motors geared down 1:3 which are coupled through an adder and the drive is transferred to the rear axle using a ball joint. Two Lego spring cannons were fixed to the front of the Batmobile and can be activated remotely using a Lego Power Functions medium motor connected to the RC unit’s output. To finish off the look, Paul created a jet engine by getting a Lego flame to rotate while the car drives around which is lit up by a single red LED. A small Lego trains battery box stored inside the car powered the LED lights.Paul thinks that aesthetically, the Batmobile could have looked better and it probably could be rebuilt in a different way but overall, he’s pleased. So he should be, not only does it look great, it drives just like the real thing as the video shows. But as this build seems so difficult to do, I don’t think I’ll be adding motors to my own Lego Tumbler any time soon.via Sariel
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We have separate jobs, political affiliations and attend different churches, noted Sister Beth Sermet of the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington.“So, how can we become more together?” she asked the dozens of people gathered Thursday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Vancouver for the annual interfaith prayer breakfast. The Interfaith Coalition of Southwest Washington hosts the breakfast at a different church each year and also holds an interfaith Thanksgiving service.“Coming together, breaking bread together, really brings that community feeling,” said Khalid Khan, who’s part of the Interfaith Coalition and the Islamic Society. Sermet said she regularly advocates for Muslims, typically an insular group, to get more involved in the broader community and cooperate with other groups. She invited others to do the same — to reach out to Muslims or people of different faiths and work together. Removing evil is imperative to not just the Muslim faith but all faiths, she said. “Think about what evil you see and can you take action,” Sermet said. The Rev. Joe Scheeler of All Saints Episcopal Church said First Nations people braid their children’s hair while reciting “self, family, community.” The mantra is meant to remind us that when self, family and community are all woven together, they’re protected; they become strong, like a rope. The Traveling Day Society, a ministry of All Saints, performed music throughout Thursday’s breakfast.Pawneet Sethi of the Oregon and Southwest Washington Sikh community spoke about fulfilling humanity’s basic needs as a stepping stone to spiritual growth. What kind of society would we be if our neighbors’ basic needs were met and they could “fulfill their divine potential,” he said. He presented a check to Concerned Humans Against Poverty, or CHAP, a local nonprofit that regularly serves lunches to homeless people.
The team had the chance to score many goals against Hannover today, but the game ended up only with a 1-0 Werder victory.Werder Bremen had many chances today against Hannover in the German Bundesliga.The “Greens” dominated the field from start to end, but the game finished 1-0.“It’s crazy that it only finished 1-0,” said coach Florian Kohfeldt after the game to the team’s official website.Klaassen is happy the pre-season is over Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 Werder Bremen footballer Davy Klaassen is ready for the start of the 2019-2020 German Bundesliga season, as they meet Atlas Delmenhorst in the DFB-Pokal.“I saw the consistency that we needed today. I had a feeling. The boys wanted to win.”“On the whole, I’m pleased. It’s not easy to say where you stand and how you’ll start again after four weeks off,” he added.“The conditions today were very different to the training camp in South Africa, and there were different requirements.”“You never know how it’ll go. I think that we deserved to win the game. When you leave it open until the end, it’s always dangerous. Hannover never gave up, so it was exciting,” he concluded.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras at a Southwest Miami-Dade CVS Pharmacy captured an armed subject who tried robbing the business.Video shows the man hiding his hand under his shirt, holding onto a possible gun.The thief demanded cash from the clerk, but the clerk refused to hand it over. The robber eventually left empty-handed.The attempted robbery took place Sept. 10 at the CVS Pharmacy located near Southwest Eighth Street and 122nd Avenue.If you have any information on who this crook might be, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 2018 Seward Polar Bear Jump took place over last weekend, on Saturday, January 27. According to the American Cancer Society website 24 teams and 93 participants raised over $107,000 to help fight cancer. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-Seward-jump.mp3VmJennifer-Seward-jump.mp300:00RPd The first Seward Polar Bear Jump was held in 1986. Individuals dressed in costumes and jumped into Resurrection Bay, and that tradition has continued throughout the years. Each year the fundraiser collects donations to help in the Society’s fight to end cancer, specifically by investing in research of the disease as well as providing services and help for people facing cancer. This year the event took place at the Seward small boat harbor, and the water was around 43º. Twelve members with the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang attended the Polar Bear Jump in Seward, and the crew won best costume and parade entry.
Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen made the announcement in her report to the council set to be released at Wednesdays council meeting. The Parks Dept. sent out a reminder that Centennial Park isn’t just for camping. There are places to picnic, and has accessible elevated boardwalks for river-access. The park has over 176 designated campsites. Some are along the river; all come with picnic tables, fire pits and lots of trees for added privacy. Centennial Park is a referred to as the “wilderness in the city”. It is a very large wooded park with over a mile of frontage on the Kenai River, and is separated from the adjacent Regional Sports Complex by a steep wooded slope. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Parks & Rec Department announced that Centennial Campground will be open for the summer season on May 15.
7 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo 7:25 Read Google Home Hub review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidal $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags $520 at HP I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sprint Phones Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Boost Mobile $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Meet the Moto G7 budget phones for 2019 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Apple iPhone XS The Cheapskate Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express $999 $299 at Amazon 31 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon Angela Lang/CNET Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy Tags Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review Juan Garzon / CNET T-Mobilers: If you’ve been waiting for the Moto G7 with a hopped-up battery, it’s now available for $10 a month.The deal comes to $238 for a 24-month contract or to buy outright. It’s available in local T-Mobile stores and will be coming to the company’s Metro by T-Mobile plans on the other side of the weekend, April 29.The phone, part of the Moto line we think are the best budget phones available (here’s how it differs from its Play, Plus and standard mates), initially went on sale at the end of March. See it Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Moto G7 review: A budget phone doesn’t get better than… Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Best Buy 2 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Comments JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Motorola T-Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays
Journal information: Science Explore further Citation: Measurement of the fine-structure constant casts doubt on dark photon theories (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-fine-structure-constant-dark-photon-theories.html NA64 hunts the mysterious dark photon Precision measurements of the fine-structure constant. A comparison of measurements. “0” on the plot is the CODATA 2014 recommended value. The green points are from photon recoil experiments; the red ones are from electron ge − 2 measurements. The inset is a close-up view of the bottom three measurements. Error bars indicate 1s uncertainty. StanfU, Stanford University; UWash, University of Washington; LKB, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel; HarvU, Harvard University. Credit: Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aap7706 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. A team of researchers from the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted an ultra-precise measurement of the fine-structure constant, and in so doing, have found evidence that casts doubts on dark photon theory. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their measurement process and what they found by using it. © 2018 Phys.org More information: Richard H. Parker et al. Measurement of the fine-structure constant as a test of the Standard Model, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aap7706AbstractMeasurements of the fine-structure constant α require methods from across subfields and are thus powerful tests of the consistency of theory and experiment in physics. Using the recoil frequency of cesium-133 atoms in a matter-wave interferometer, we recorded the most accurate measurement of the fine-structure constant to date: α = 1/137.035999046(27) at 2.0 × 10−10 accuracy. Using multiphoton interactions (Bragg diffraction and Bloch oscillations), we demonstrate the largest phase (12 million radians) of any Ramsey-Bordé interferometer and control systematic effects at a level of 0.12 part per billion. Comparison with Penning trap measurements of the electron gyromagnetic anomaly ge − 2 via the Standard Model of particle physics is now limited by the uncertainty in ge − 2; a 2.5σ tension rejects dark photons as the reason for the unexplained part of the muon’s magnetic moment at a 99% confidence level. Implications for dark-sector candidates and electron substructure may be a sign of physics beyond the Standard Model that warrants further investigation. The fine-structure constant is a number that characterizes the strength of the force of electromagnetic interactions between charged particles, such as those that are involved in keeping electrons from traveling outside of their atoms. Up until now, it has been derived using the magnetic properties of electrons and calculations that are still considered to be theoretical. As the researchers note, more precise measurements allow for testing the Standard Model of particle physics. To that end, they sought to measure the constant through more direct means. To accomplish this feat, they aimed a laser at cesium-133 atoms (matter-wave interferometry) to force them into quantum superposition and then took a close look at what happened between them as they relaxed back to their natural state. The interference that occurred, the team reports, revealed the speed at which the atoms traveled when they were struck by the laser—they used that number to determine the fine-structure constant. They claim their work has allowed for calculating the fine-structure constant to better than one part per billion.The researchers report that the number they determined has closely matched the theory, which offers some confirmation of theories that suggest electrons are not made up of smaller, unknown particles. But it also casts doubt on theories surrounding the existence of dark photons.Dark photons, theory has suggested, are particles nearly identical to photons, but have mass. They may also interact with other particles. If proof could be found of their existence, it would bolster theories regarding dark matter in general, because dark matter theory suggests they would be the force carrier. On the bright side, because the number they extracted was close to that theorized, but not exact, there is still room for other particle theories to explain the discrepancy.