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OBITUARY Frederick J Lena 76

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Frederick J. Lena, age 76, of Wilmington, passed away March 7th, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Patricia A. (Carvalho) Lena of Wilmington, devoted father of Jean Reed & her husband Orrin of Candia, NH, the late Vincent Lena, Leonard Lena & his wife Suzanne of Manchester, NH, Kerry Oliveri & her husband Timothy of Billerica, Michael Lena of Wilmington, Jodie Walsh & Kevin Messier of Tewksbury, Anthony Carvalho and Rita Carvalho, loving “Grampy” of Jason, Carrissa, Anthony, Amber, Kayla, Nicholas, Megan, Madison, Alyssa, Sheri, Austin, Jack, Annmarie, Russell and Derek, great-grandfather of 6, cherished son of the late Leonard and Jennie (Perkins) Lena, dear brother of Richard Lena & his wife Fabiola of Tewksbury, Rita Richardson, William Lena both of Litchfield, NH and the late Ronnie Lena. Fred is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, for a funeral service on Wednesday, March 13th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, March 12th, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.Frederick J. Lena(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Francis J. Zizis, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Imran Khan vows to hold peace talks with India

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first_imgPakistani prime minister Imran Khan. Photo: RuetersPakistani prime minister Imran Khan Tuesday vowed to hold peace talks with arch-rival India following elections in the neighbouring country, after a similar offer from the former cricketer was “rebuffed”.Khan made the announcement during a speech at a Saudi Arabian investment conference where the newly minted leader launched a charm offensive targeting potential investors as Pakistan seeks to secure funds amid a yawning balance of payment crisis.“When I won the elections and came to power the first thing I tried to do was extend a hand of peace to India,” Khan told the crowd at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, saying the overture was later “rebuffed” by Delhi.“Now what we are hoping is that we wait until the elections then again we will resume our peace talks with India,” he added, referring to upcoming nationwide polls scheduled to take place by mid-May.In September India pulled the plug on a rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of a UN summit—a move that was termed “arrogant” by Khan and unleashed a barrage of insults from both sides.India has long accused Pakistan of backing militants in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between the two countries but claimed in full by both since independence in 1947.Delhi has stationed about 500,000 soldiers in the portion of Kashmir it controls, where separatist groups demand independence or a merger with Pakistan.Khan’s call for peace talks comes as his administration is desperately seeking funds from “friendly” countries, including Saudi Arabia, to shore up Pakistan’s deteriorating finances.The prime minister’s attendance at the FII comes as leading policy-makers and corporate chiefs shunned the conference in response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.During his address at the FII Khan confirmed that Pakistan was also in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a new bailout.Since taking power in August Khan has also sought loans from allies such as China and Saudi Arabia, promised to recover funds stolen by corrupt officials, and embarked on a series of high-profile populist austerity measures.But help has been in short supply and economists’ warnings have grown increasingly urgent.last_img read more

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Why Airbnb Produced Documentary Gay Chorus Deep South Its FirstEver Film EXCLUSIVE

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first_imgThe latest player to hit the film-festival circuit may be a bit unexpected: Airbnb, the travel-accommodations booking marketplace, developed, financed and produced documentary film “Gay Chorus Deep South,” set to premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on April 29.It’s the company’s very first feature film. Directed by David Charles Rodrigues, “Gay Chorus Deep South” follows the 300-member San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on a 10-day tour across the Southeastern U.S. with the goal of inspiring conversation around inclusivity and civil rights. The film documents the challenges the singers faced as they brought their music into people’s homes, churches and concert halls.Why did the Silicon Valley commerce company decide to dive into film production? James Goode, Airbnb’s head of creative, explained that the film aligns with its corporate values that all people should not only be treated with dignity and respect but should be welcomed and celebrated. Popular on Variety “Gay Chorus Deep South” also is currently scheduled to screen at three other fests: Reel Out Charlotte in North Carolina (April 28-May 5); QDoc Queer Documentary Film Festival in Portland, Ore. (May 2-5), and New Jersey’s Montclair Film Festival (May 3-12).As for what Airbnb’s distribution plans are following its festival run, Goode said that’s still to be determined but he allowed that it might include scoping out a deal with a streaming platform. “We will want as many people as possible to see this film,” he said. “How that happens, we don’t know yet.”Goode declined to say how much Airbnb spent on “Gay Chorus Deep South.” Right now, the company doesn’t have any other feature-length film projects in the works.Among its other original content initiatives, Airbnb publishes a six-times-yearly magazine in association with Hearst Magazines and Goode’s team creates content for Airbnb’s website highlighting some of the listed properties. Founded in 2008, the San Francisco-based company provides access to more than 6 million rental locations in more than 81,000 cities and 191 countries.Watch the trailer for “Gay Chorus Deep South”: Outfest Film Review: ‘Changing the Game’ Relatedcenter_img James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems Buys Controlling Stake in Tribeca Enterprises “When we first heard about it two yeas ago, the reasons for their tour was very much in line with our values,” Goode told Variety. “Airbnb is in the space of telling stories of belonging and acceptance.”Of course, it also serves as marketing for Airbnb, although Goode said he and his team never considered it branded content per se. “We wanted to support the chorus and make the highest-quality piece of content we could,” he said.Airbnb has long been committed to supporting the LGTBQ community, according to Goode. The company was a founding member of the Human Rights Campaign Business Coalition for the Equality Act, which advocates for comprehensive legal protections for LGTBQ people.“Gay Chorus Deep South” follows the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, led by conductor Tim Seelig, on their Lavender Pen Tour in 2017, which they embarked on in response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 U.S. presidential election. The movie is executive produced by Goode and Tony Högqvist, executive creative director at Airbnb.The deal came together after Rodrigues reached out to Goode about the prospect of working together on a documentary about the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus tour. Crew members from Airbnb’s creative production team then accompanied Rodrigues and producers Bud Johnston and Jesse Moss as they set out with the chorus on the road trip, which traversed Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.“Making this film with Airbnb and the chorus has been an experience of a lifetime,” Rodrigues, a Greek-American-Brazilian filmmaker and equal rights activist, said in a statement. “When we learned about the tour, I immediately saw a rare chance of telling an emotional story in divisive times. What we saw up close, was a positive movement of acceptance and belonging.”Following the 100-minute film’s April 29 premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus are scheduled to perform. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Astronomers observe a unique multiplylensed supernova

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first_img Hubble captures first-ever predicted exploding star The MACS J1149.6+2223 field, showing the positions of the three primary images of the SN Refsdal host galaxy (labeled 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3). SN Refsdal appears as four point sources in an Einstein Cross configuration in the southeast spiral arm of image 1.1. The highlighted box is shown at the same scale in panels on the right side, which illustrate the removal of contaminating diffraction spikes from a difference image. Each difference image is centered on the location of the contaminating star (top panel), then rotated clockwise by 90 degrees (middle panel). The rotated difference image is then subtracted from the initial difference image, removing most of the flux from the contaminating diffraction spike at the location of the SN Refsdal point sources (bottom panel). Credit: Steven A. Rodney et al., 2015. 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. © 2016 Phys.org More than a year ago, four images of SN Refsdal were detected by Hubble as part of the Grism Lens-Amplified Survey from Space (GLASS) program. GLASS acquires near-infrared grism spectra of massive galaxy clusters with the primary goals of studying faint, high-redshift galaxies and spatially resolved intermediate-redshift galaxies, as well as characterizing the cluster galaxy population. The images obtained by Hubble show SN Refsdal shining brightly from the arm of a spiral galaxy that lies far beyond another galaxy between the supernova and our planet. SN Refsdal as a background source is strongly lensed by galaxies and a galaxy cluster massive enough to bend the light into multiple images.The astronomers then predicted that the supernova will soon reappear in the cluster field. Their predictions were correct, as SN Refsdal reappeared once more between mid November and Dec. 11, 2015. The exact date is uncertain by approximately one month, which is the interval between two consecutive Hubble observations.This reappearance was a great occasion for a team of scientists led by Steven A. Rodney from the University of South Carolina to sum up the findings since previous sightings of SN Refdal in 2014. Moreover, the team managed to measure time delays for the four images obtained over a year ago.The researchers found that the observed shape of SN Refsdal has distinct similarities with supernova SN 1987A. They also noted that the studied supernova is most likely a member of the peculiar Type II sub-class defined by the SN 1987A prototype.To conduct precise measurements of relative time delays and also magnification ratios from the SN Refsdal data, the scientists used two methods: light curve template matching and flexible polynomial light curve models. They constructed their models based on supernovae like SN 1987A, which has a well-sampled light curve coverage. The researchers note that the use of two different methods yields complementary results.”Even the best fit, template-based model shows systematic residuals and does not provide a good representation of the observed data. SN Refsdal is not quite a clone of other observed 87A-like Type II supernovae. Thus, as a second approach for measuring the time delays between the four Refsdal sources, we used a series of flexible light curve models—splines and polynomials—to represent the underlying light curve shape. By adopting these free-form curves in place of the rigid SN light curve templates, we can derive time delays that are agnostic about the classification of SN Refsdal,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.Rodney and his team determined these time delays with a precision of two to eight days. According to their study, the time delay between the first and the fourth image is about 26 days.”This level of precision is promising, as it suggests that a similarly cadenced monitoring campaign could deliver a relative precision of 1 percent on the time delay to the next image,” the paper reads.SN Refsdal, as the first multiply-imaged supernova ever seen, will be a target of numerous observations conducted by scientists studying lens modeling methods. The researchers concluded that with a sufficiently rapid observational cadence and concerted lens modeling efforts, it will be feasible to use measurements of these lensed time delays as cosmographic tools. Cluster-lensed supernovae such as SN Refsdal could, indeed, contribute to future time delay cosmography efforts. (Phys.org)—SN Refsdal is a peculiar supernova visible within the field of the galaxy cluster MACS J1149+2223. Discovered in November 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope, this supernova is the first that was seen multiple times thanks to gravitational lensing. Now, an international team of astronomers has published a paper on Jan. 15 summarizing one year of Hubble observations of SN Refsdal. The research is available online on the arXiv pre-print server. More information: SN Refsdal : Photometry and Time Delay Measurements of the First Einstein Cross Supernova, arXiv:1512.05734 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1512.05734AbstractWe present the first year of Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the unique supernova (SN) ‘Refsdal’, a gravitationally lensed SN at z=1.488±0.001 with multiple images behind the galaxy cluster MACS J1149.6+2223. The first four observed images of SN Refsdal (images S1-S4) exhibited a slow rise (over ~150 days) to reach a broad peak brightness around 20 April, 2015. Using a set of light curve templates constructed from SN 1987A-like peculiar Type II SNe, we measure time delays for the four images relative to S1 of 4±4 (for S2), 2±5 (S3), and 24±7 days (S4). The measured magnification ratios relative to S1 are 1.15±0.05 (S2), 1.01±0.04 (S3), and 0.34±0.02 (S4). None of the template light curves fully captures the photometric behavior of SN Refsdal, so we also derive complementary measurements for these parameters using polynomials to represent the intrinsic light curve shape. These more flexible fits deliver fully consistent time delays of 7±2 (S2), 0.6±3 (S3), and 27±8 days (S4). The lensing magnification ratios are similarly consistent, measured as 1.17±0.02 (S2), 1.00±0.01 (S3), and 0.38±0.02 (S4). We compare these measurements against published predictions from lens models, and find that the majority of model predictions are in very good agreement with our measurements. Finally, we discuss avenues for future improvement of time delay measurements—both for SN Refsdal and for other strongly lensed SNe yet to come. Citation: Astronomers observe a unique multiply-lensed supernova (2016, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-astronomers-unique-multiply-lensed-supernova.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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SC to hear plea challenging WBs decision to grant funds for Durga

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear tomorrow an appeal challenging the West Bengal government’s decision to grant Rs 10,000 each to puja committees in the state for Durga Puja celebrations. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was apprised that on Wednesday the Calcutta High Court had refused to interfere with the Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to grant money to Puja committees in the state. The bench also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph was told by lawyer Saurav Dutta, who had filed an appeal against the high court’s decision, that the decision of the state government was against the established principle of law and sought an urgent hearing on his plea.last_img

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