Baloney Meter Did Liberals create 60 per cent more fulltime jobs than

first_imgOTTAWA – “Since we formed government, the Canadian economy has created over 60 per cent more full-time jobs than the Conservatives did over the same time period.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Aug. 14, 2018.___Hoping to beat back Conservative claims that their environment-friendly agenda is a costly jobs killer, the Liberal government has been burnishing its economic record lately, insisting that it has done better at creating jobs than its Tory predecessor.It’s an important exercise in spin for a government whose central brand is about convincing Canadians that “the environment and the economy go hand-in-hand” — that fighting climate change, in other words, needn’t come at the expense of economic growth.Hence the recent message from Trudeau and other cabinet ministers that since being elected in 2015, the Liberal government has created 60 per cent more jobs in Canada than the Conservatives did during the same time period.Are they telling the truth?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSOfficials in the Prime Minister’s Office pointed to Employment Minister Patty Hajdu’s office to provide a breakdown of how Trudeau came up with that 60 per cent figure.Veronique Simard, a spokeswoman for Hajdu, said the Liberal government created 542,500 full-time jobs in the 33 months since winning the 2015 election, while the Conservatives under former prime minister Stephen Harper “created just 322,300 full-time jobs in its last 33 months in office.”Trudeau wasn’t the only one spreading the message: in a response to Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre deriding the Liberal carbon plan as a “job killer,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna tweeted, “Our government has created 60 per cent more jobs than the Harper Conservatives did in the same time period.”“The Canadian economy is humming,” she wrote. “Our emissions are dropping. We have a plan and it’s working.”THE NUMBERSTo calculate the number of jobs created over a specific period, The Canadian Press relied on figures from Statistics Canada for full-time jobs each month. The agency reports the total number of people employed monthly, which stood at 15.1 million full-time workers in July.Calculations by CP confirmed the data provided by Hajdu’s office: 542,500 new full-time jobs between October 2015 and July 2018, and just 322,300 new jobs between January 2013 and October 2015 — a difference, for the record, of 59.4 per cent.But there’s more to the claim than just the numbers.THE EXPERTSFor one thing, there’s the familiar political convention of taking credit for economic growth — a practice that brings to mind the old saw about “lies, damned lies and statistics.”Any suggestion that the Liberals are “somehow responsible” for those numbers confuses the sequence of events with causality, said Stephen Gordon, an economics professor at Laval University.“The fact that this is done so often doesn’t make it any less wrong,” said Gordon — no fan, he said, of using such statistics to suggest that the arrival of any new government results in more jobs.But for the sake of argument, the Liberals should be comparing their first 33 months not with the end of the Harper era, but the beginning — a period that saw 635,400 new jobs between January 2006 and October 2008.“If you’re going to argue that the arrival of a Liberal government leads to increased employment, you might as well argue that the arrival of a Conservative government has an even stronger effect on employment,” Gordon said.“It’s a stupid game to be playing, and I wish politicians would stop playing it.”Governments often “claim credit for — and take blame for — economic performance for which they often have little control,” added Emmett Macfarlane, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo.“Stephen Harper was no more responsible for the 2008 global recession than Justin Trudeau was for job growth in the month he was elected.”Using month-by-month statistics to measure performance in the job market can be unreliable, since the story can change dramatically, depending on which months are chosen as reference points, said Sheila Block, senior economist from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.During the Conservative government’s first 33 months in office, the economy was booming, while their last 33 months included a collapse in oil prices, she noted.THE VERDICTIn truth, governments of all stripes take credit for short-term and medium-term economic indicators that are actually beyond their control. And they are selective about the data they choose to promote, as well as the time frames, to ensure it supports their narrative.Indeed, by contrasting their first 33 months with the Conservative government’s last 33 months, they are effectively comparing apples and oranges.METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurate.A little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required.Some baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing.A lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.Full of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurate.last_img read more

Phylicia Rashad To Be Honored With Women of Power Legacy Award

first_imgBlack Enterprise will present its highest honor, in recognition of the achievements of black women during the Women of Power Legacy Awards, on March 9, 2017, at the 2017 Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women, annually attracting more than 1,000 corporate executives, professionals, and businesswomen from across the country. The Women of Power Summit, hosted by ADP, will take place March 9-12, 2017, at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa.The Women of Power Legacy Awards recognize outstanding impact, achievement, and leadership by women in business, the arts, education, government, and other areas of influence.Honorees to be recognized at the 2017 Women of Power Summit Legacy Awards Gala, hosted by PepsiCo, include the following outstanding achievers:Ursula Burns is Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation. During her tenure, she has helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Burns has spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history; the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services.Phylicia Rashad is a Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and stage director. She first became known for her stage work, with a string of Broadway credits, but is perhaps best known for her television role of Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. In 2004, she became the first African American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.Marcia Ann Gillespie became Managing Editor of Essence magazine in 1970, shortly after the African American publication was founded. While at Essence, she transformed the magazine into one of the fastest growing women’s publications in the United States, and in 1971, she was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. She joined Ms. magazine as a contributing writer and editor in 1980, and was named Editor-in-Chief of the publication in 1993. With this appointment, Gillespie became the first African American woman to achieve this position at a mainstream publication dedicated to discussing feminist issues.Pastor Shirley Caesar is an iconic gospel music artist, who has traveled the world spreading the Gospel and breaking down barriers for gospel artists. She has received multiple Grammy Award nominations, winning this coveted honor 11 times, and she has released over 30 albums throughout her career. Truly exemplifying gospel music to the core, Caesar has sung for presidents and world leaders, yet still remains an active pastor, preaching at her thriving home church in Raleigh-Durham, NC.“We are thrilled that we will have this opportunity to honor to women who are gifts to the world,” says Women of Power television show host and Editorial Director of the Women of Power Summit, Caroline Clarke. “Their examples pay proper tribute to the Legacy Award honorees before them, and will serve as powerful motivation for those to come.”The Women of Power Summit will host more than 1,000 attendees that will engage in three immersive days of executive development sessions and activities designed to train, equip, and encourage industry leadership, career strategies, as well as effective peak-performance and work-life balance techniques. Topics will include navigating corporate politics, career development, strategies for the C-suite, and opportunities for one-on-one coaching.Confirmed speakers include former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands Ann Fudge; Head of Global Consumer Marketing at Apple Music and iTunes Bozoma Saint John; Chief Leadership Officer at Levo Tiffany Dufu; Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth; Founder and President of ColorComm Lauren Wesley Wilson; Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Bernard Tyson, and more.The host sponsor of the 2017 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include General Motors, Dell, Macy’s, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, Walmart, and The Walt Disney Company. Platinum sponsors include Southwest Airlines and State Farm, and the corporate sponsors are The Island of the Bahamas, Carnival Corp. & PLC, and FedEx Express.For more information on the speakers and agenda of the 2017 Women of Power Summit, go to For updates via Twitter and other social media sites, check the hashtag #BEWPS.last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline a step backward says former US vice president Al

first_imgAPTN NewsFormer U.S. vice president Al Gore has waded into the Trans Mountain pipeline debate, siding with the First Nations and Canadian politicians fighting to stop the expansion project.Gore posted his stance on Twitter Thursday, condemning the “destructive” Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion that would triple the amount of diluted bitumen from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. He said he’s taking a stand with B.C. Premier John Horgan, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Indigenous people in their pipeline opposition.The Kinder Morgan pipeline carrying dirty tar sands oil would be a step backward in our efforts to solve the climate crisis. I stand with @jjhorgan, @MayorGregor, and all of the Canadians – including the First Nations – who are fighting to stop this destructive pipeline. #StopKM— Al Gore (@algore) May 10, 2018Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project, as the federal government figures out a way to reassure the Texas-based company that the pipeline will be built despite opposition.Gore posted the tweet almost three weeks before Kinder Morgan’s self-imposed deadline of May 31. The company has threatened to pull out of the project by then if B.C., Alberta and Ottawa cannot come to an agreement.The Liberal government approved the pipeline expansion in 2016, but the B.C. government has been fighting it. The project is also facing a number of legal challenges.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Trans Mountain is in the “national interest” and his government is exploring all legislative and financial means of pushing it through.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,090.27, down 10.67 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down seven cents, or 0.85 per cent, to $8.12 on 17.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 98 cents, or 4.59 per cent, to $20.37 on 17.1 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Healthcare. Down seven cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $7.03 on 15 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down one cent, or 0.28 per cent, to $3.53 on 9.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up 26 cents, or 6.06 per cent, to $4.55 on 8.5 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Energy. Up 10 cents, or 0.86 per cent, to $11.71 on 7.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO). Base metals. Up 34 cents, or 9.9 per cent to $3.76 on 3.9 million shares traded. The miner restarted its La Arena gold mine in Peru following an agreement to end a protest and begin a formal dialogue to resolve complaints raised by members of the community of La Ramada. Work at the mine had been suspended for eight days starting on Aug. 30 due to protests by an estimated 80 to 100 people from La Ramada.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Up 32 cents or 1.68 per cent to $19.39 on 671,000 shares traded. The Ontario electricity distributor named former CIBC executive Tom Woods as its permanent chairman after serving in the role on an interim basis since Aug. 14. He was among 10 new directors named as replacements for the company’s previous board, which resigned along with the CEO amid pressure from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government.last_img read more

Nepal top UN envoy says conducive climate for upcoming elections crucial

Preparations for the upcoming Constituent Assembly election – slated to be held on 22 November – are underway, but “considerable challenges” remain, Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Nepal Ian Martin told reporters in New York after briefing the Security Council. Although the country’s peace process started out focused primarily on ending the conflict between the Maoists and the State, it has become increasingly more complicated as traditionally marginalized groups ask for fair representation in the process, Mr. Martin noted.“Dialogue with these groups needs to continue to ensure that there is a consensus so that the electoral system will operate fairly so far as all groups are concerned,” he said.While satisfying these groups’ concerns will contribute to improving public security, cooperation among local political parties is also crucial.“I don’t believe that public security can be assured by policing alone,” said Mr. Martin, who also heads the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).Since the Nepalese police are “significantly demoralized, political parties have to cooperate amongst themselves to create a situation in which they respect each other’s rights to campaign and to avoid the intimidation of voters,” he added.Hoping to take full advantage of the international presence in the country both before and during the election, the Government and the Election Commission have invited as many international observers as possible, he said. UNMIN itself is also increasing its presence in Nepal.Regarding the second stage of registration at Maoist cantonment sites, Mr. Martin noted that there have been difficulties. However, after discussions with Maoist Chairman Prachanda, there is now an “agreement in principle to proceed.”In a related development, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that over a million people in Nepal are in danger of food insecurity after a series of natural disasters have wreaked havoc on crop production.According to a joint report, prolonged drought, hail storms and flooding in the most agriculturally productive areas has led to a grain deficit 225,000 metric tons, with 42 of the country’s 75 districts reported to be food deficient.“This is particularly troubling during this highly sensitive post-conflict period,” said Richard Ragan, WFP’s representative in Nepal.He added that those living in the remote areas of mid- and far-western Nepal are suffering as a result of consecutive years of drought and enduring impacts of the 11-year insurgency.WFP hopes to reach 1.2 million people through a new $49 million Peace and Recovery Programme, and appeals to donors for support.“The process of national reconciliation can only make headway if the whole country shares in improved access to food and markets, lower rates of malnutrition and a determined risk management strategy for food security,” said Henri Josserand, Chief of the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System.The report recommends bolstering irrigation availability, strengthening the Government’s agricultural monitoring systems and providing immediate food support for drought and conflict-affected communities. 26 July 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Nepal said today that while the peace process in the Himalayan nation is on track, it is vital to create a conducive political and security climate for the holding of credible elections next month. read more

Central African Republic UN envoy warns about troubled northeast

The situation in the north-eastern corner of the Central African Republic (CAR) remains precarious after recent attacks by armed rebels and bandits against civilians, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today, warning that aid operations are suffering because of the insecurity.Victor da Silva Angelo, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission to the CAR and Chad (known as MINURCAT), told Council members during an open meeting on the mission that “the gravity of the situation” in the Vakaga region now “goes beyond our capacity to respond to all the security needs.”Armed men attacked the region’s biggest town, Birao, which lies close to the border with Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan, on two occasions last month. At least 27 people were killed in the clashes, while nearly 4,000 others were forced to flee into surrounding bushland and more than 600 homes were burned.Large segments of the town’s population have not yet returned to Birao, Mr. Angelo reported, although MINURCAT forces are stationed in the area and are working with local authorities to try to strengthen security.But he stressed that the insecurity is hurting humanitarian operations, leaving Vakaga “in a precarious situation… The region requires the sustained attention of the Government of the CAR and the international community. This includes the areas of Sam Oundja and Sikikede, which for the moment are effectively without a security presence. They are home to refugees and displaced populations.”The arrival of the annual rainy season is also hampering humanitarian efforts as it renders most roads impassable and delays the arrival of aid to those in need.Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, voiced similar concerns when she visited Birao on Sunday as part of her week-long visit to the CAR.Today Ms. Bragg – who is also Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator for the UN – travelled to the north-western Central African town of Kabo, where she met with internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in nearby bushland and also held talks with local authorities and representatives of UN agencies which are operating in the area.“I was very moved by what I was told by the people who fled into the bush because they feared for their safety,” she said. “The conditions are totally deplorable: no shelter, little food, no water, no medical services, [and] parents are worried about children who are hungry and sick.“We, the humanitarian community, are trying to bring aid to these people but it’s not easy while the community has to take ownership of its recovery. We also call on those in power to follow through on the peace agreement and to contribute to the peace and security of this area and to alleviate the level of fear of the populations so that they can return home and to normal life.”In his address to the Council Mr. Angelo also voiced concern at the slow deployment of MINURCAT forces – currently it has only 46 per cent of its mandated strength. The mission has only four out of a planned 18 military helicopters, which Mr. Angelo described as unacceptable. 28 July 2009The situation in the north-eastern corner of the Central African Republic (CAR) remains precarious after recent attacks by armed rebels and bandits against civilians, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today, warning that aid operations are suffering because of the insecurity. read more

Nova Scotia introduces bill to ban fracking

The Nova Scotia government introduced legislation Tuesday that would place an indefinite moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas from shale deposits.But the legislation would provide an exemption for fracking used for testing and research purposes.Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act will not provide a loophole for the shale gas industry.Mr. Younger, who first announced the government’s plans to implement a fracking moratorium nearly a month ago, says the legislation makes it clear that commercial fracking will not be allowed without a public debate in the legislature.He says the government plans to draft regulations to define what high-volume fracking is and describe the process the government will follow before reconsidering the moratorium.The minister says the government won’t consider lifting the ban until the it is convinced fracking can be done safely under a set of stringent new rules and regulations. read more

Space telescope offers rare glimpse of Earthsized rocky exoplanet

Direct observations from a NASA space telescope have for the first time revealed the atmospheric void of a rocky, Earth-sized world beyond our own solar system orbiting the most common type of star in the galaxy, according to a study released on Monday.The research, published in the scientific journal Nature, also shows the distant planet’s surface is likely to resemble the barren exterior of the Earth’s moon or Mercury, possibly covered in dark volcanic rock.The planet lies about 48.6 light years from Earth and is one of more than 4,000 so-called exoplanets identified over the past two decades circling distant stars in our home galaxy, the Milky Way.Known to astronomers as LHS 3844b, this exoplanet about 1.3 times the size of Earth is locked in a tight orbit – one revolution every 11 hours – around a small, relatively cool star called a red dwarf, the most prevalent and long-lived type of star in the galaxy.The temperature contrast on this planet is about as big as it can possibly beThe planet’s lack of atmosphere is probably due to intense radiation from its parent red dwarf, which, though dim by stellar standards, also emits high levels of ultraviolet light, the study says.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The study will likely add to a debate among astronomers about whether the search for life-sustaining conditions beyond our solar system should focus on exoplanets around red dwarfs – accounting for 75 per cent of all stars in the Milky Way – or less common, larger, hotter stars more like our own sun.The principal finding is that it probably possesses little if any atmosphere – a conclusion reached by measuring the temperature difference between the side of the planet perpetually facing its star, and the cooler, dark side facing away from it.A negligible amount of heat carried between the two sides indicates a lack of winds that would otherwise be present to transfer warmth around the planet. NASA: Metals manufacturer supplying faulty material caused $700M mission failures Relive the Apollo 11 moon landing in NASA footage and photos “The temperature contrast on this planet is about as big as it can possibly be,” said researcher Laura Kreidberg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is lead author of the study. Similar analysis previously was used to determine that another exoplanet, 55 Cancri e, about twice as big as Earth and believed to be half-covered in molten lava, likely possesses an atmosphere thicker than Earth’s. This exoplanet, unlike LHS 3844b, orbits a sun-like star.The planet in the latest study was detected last year by NASA’s newly launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, an orbiting telescope that pinpoints distant worlds by spotting periodic, dips in the light observed from their parent stars when an object passes in front of them.But it was follow-up observations from another orbiting instrument, the Spitzer Space Telescope, which can detect infrared light directly from an exoplanet, that provided new insights about its features. read more

Arizona appeals court grants selfhelp authors request to drop appeal in sweat

Arizona appeals court grants self-help author’s request to drop appeal in sweat lodge case by The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2013 2:12 pm MDT PHOENIX – A jury’s decision to convict a self-help author in the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony will stand.The state Court of Appeals has granted James Arthur Ray’s request to drop his challenge of the case, and also dismissed a cross-appeal.Ray says he wanted to avoid the possibility of a retrial and resentencing. He maintains that his convictions on three counts of negligent homicide were flawed, but the state Attorney General’s Office disputed that.Dozens of people participated in Ray’s sweat lodge ceremony near Sedona in October 2009. The three who died were Kirby Brown of Westtown, N.Y.; James Shore of Milwaukee; and Liz Neuman of Prior Lake, Minn.Ray remains in Arizona on community supervision. He’ll be allowed to leave the state next month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Vocalist Fides Krucker to open Walker Cultural Leaders Series

An innovative lecture and performance by renowned vocalist Fides Krucker will open the annual Walker Cultural Leaders Series when it returns to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) on Wednesday, Sept. 19.Krucker, a teacher, interdisciplinary artist and singer, will present in Studio C, located in room MWS 251 of the MIWSFPA.Working across Canada and internationally, Krucker has devoted 35 years to contemporary vocal practice. Her experience as a singer of contemporary opera and her interest in non-verbal human sound textures, as well as her strong belief in sustainable vocal practices serves as the basis for her emotionally integrated voice teaching method.Brock Assistant Theatre Professor Danielle Wilson is especially looking forward to bringing Krucker to the series this year, as her own research on voice and embodiment techniques in the rehearsal process has links to the work Krucker does.“I am excited for her to share her unique perspective on the connectivity of breath, voice, body and creative impulse,” said Wilson. “I had heard of Fides for years as a pioneer of voice work and when I saw In This Body, her show at Canadian Stage this past spring, I knew I had to work with her.”In her lecture and performance, Krucker will explore voice through non-verbal vocalization. She offers a unique opportunity for connection through breath; to slow down and connect to the deeply felt, unseen parts of body and mind.Wilson and Brock Associate Theatre Professor Gyllian Raby had the opportunity to work with Krucker once before on Sabina’s Splendid Brain, a production opening Friday, Sept. 14 at the Walker School.That collaboration further cemented Krucker’s well-deserved place as the series’ opener this year.“The connection to breath is at the heart of life,” Raby explained. “Fides is an acting teacher who can sing in five octaves and knows the human shape of poetry. I am honoured and inspired to see her work with our students.”Krucker’s concert and demonstration is free and open to the public.Seating is limited and is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.The concert marks the first event in another great lineup of workshops and performances in this year’s Walker Cultural Leaders Series, bringing leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to Brock’s MIWSFPA.Elizabeth Vlossak, Director of the Walker School, said the series aims to engage students and the community with outstanding programming and cultural opportunities.“Our dynamic and impressive lineup of professionals in this year’s series will present content that is engaging and lively while also being challenging and thought-provoking,” she said. “These sessions celebrate artistic endeavour and achievement, as well as the indelible role of culture in our society.”2018-19 Walker Cultural Leader Series:Alejandro CartagenaPublic lecture: Oct. 17, 6 p.m., Robertson Theatre, FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreExhibition opening: Oct. 17, 5 p.m., VISA Art Gallery and Student Exhibition SpaceExhibition runs: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7Christine CuccinielloZine-making workshop: Oct. 18, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., MWS 229A (inside the Learning Commons).To reserve a spot, please contact Catherine Parayre at cparayre@brocku.caDavid JalbertMasterclass for piano students: Nov. 16, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts CentrePublic recital (part of the Encore Series): Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, at 7:30 p.m.David PsalmonPublic talk and workshop: Towards a Contemporary Political TheatreJan. 10 at 7 p.m., Marilyn I. Walker TheatreAlinka EcheverriaPublic lecture: Looking Back to Look Forward: The History of Photography in Contemporary Image-MakingMarch 7 at 6 p.m., Robertson Theatre, FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreThe Road to Tepeyac: Opening Reception March 7 at 5 p.m., VISA GalleryExhibition runs March 5 to 26Walker String QuartetVera Alekseeva and Anna Hughes (violin), Faith Lau (viola) and Gordon Cleland (cello)RBC Music@Noon performance: March 5, Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreAdam DickinsonAuthor’s talk: March 18 from 1 to 2 p.m., MWS 156Shawn Serfas, Adam Dickinson and Lorène BourgeoisSerfas, Dickinson and Bourgeois will be celebrated during a book launch through Small Walker Press, which publishes books by professors and students at the MIWSFPA and in the Humanities.Guest speaker: acclaimed artist/critic John KissickTBD, week of May 6, MWS 156 read more

Pro Wrestling in Senegal Is Battle of the Spirits

Earlier this week wrestling fans rushed to the Demba Diop Stadium in Senegal to see the monumental match up between Yahya Diop (Yekini) and Omar Sakho (Balla Gaye 2). The event didn’t start until seven in the afternoon but at nine in the morning fans were already camped outside the stadium. Laamb wrestling has become even more popular than soccer in Senegal, according to Magatte Diop, the director of sponsorship at Sonatel, Orange’s Senegalese subsidiary.Despite the massive size of the two combatants, the two wrestlers gracefully performed the “dance of champions” as drums and musical odes welcomed them into the arena. The dance was meant to repel black magic from the wrestlers before they stepped foot into the ring. Their “uniforms” consisted of magical talismans called gris-gris and before the match both men poured a protective bath all over their bodies. According Mbaye Gueye Dieng, a spiritual guide or marabout in the mystical Sufi tradition, “The gris-gris and baths are just for protection against negative tongues and eyes.” Despite all the physical training that goes on in order to get the wrestlers prepared for the big matches, many spectators believe that the spirits are the ones who determine the winner.“The most important preparations are made in the home of the marabout,” Dieng added.In order to be victorious in laamb, the wrestler has to get his opponent’s head, back, or both hands and knees to the ground. Only certain matches of laamb allow for punches, and these matches often gain the most publicity.Malick Thiandom, a sports broadcaster for Senegalese Radio and Television, said, “We used to wrestle for the honor of the village. Today…with the sponsors who inject lots of money to have visibility, it has become a breadwinner for lots of wrestlers.” Orange has become a major sponsor for the Senegalese sport. The most successful laamb wrestlers earn more than $100,000 per match, but the odds of most wrestlers gaining this much success are slim. Thiandoum admitted that he is constantly telling the youth not to pursue this sport in an attempt to gain financial success because there is a “gap” between what they believe and reality. Most combatants will earn less than $2,000 a year in the ring.The recent match between Yekini and Balla Gaye 2 was an example of one of the rare high-profile and high paying matches. Sources told the New York Times that each combatant received about $300,000 for the match. Yekini was defeated after two minutes and six seconds, his first defeat in over 15 years. Promoters are currently trying to arrange a match between the victor, Balla Gaye 2, and the last wrestler who was able to defeat him, Eumeu Sene. read more

Sony shutting down 4 niche multiplayer games this month

first_imgIt’s always sad to hear of an online game being shut down, because invariably it’s going to impact at the very least a small group of players who were really enjoying it. So for Sony to announce four MMOs are being turned off is a bit surprising.The only upside is, at least 3 of these games you may have never even heard of before. The games on the chop list include:Cosmic RiftInfantryEverQuest Online AdventuresStar Chamber: The Harbinger SagaAll the names in that list may mean nothing to you except the highly recognizable EverQuest. This version launched on the PS2 back in 2003, so has had a very good run considering the console is effectively a dead platform now. Even so, Sony is offering players 3 months of Gold Membership in alternative titles EverQuest or EverQuest II. That’s a clever move as it could keep some player playing and therefore paying.Cosmic RiftAs for the other three games, there’s no such freebie on offer. Cosmic Rift is a 2D, top-down science fiction space-based shooter that saw a release back in 2001. Its main draw was a 4-on-4 league, but that ended in 2005 and apparently no one has been playing it since.InfantryInfantry is an isometric combat game that varied the gameplay and weaponry depending on which zone you spawned into. It was released in 1999, and much like Cosmic Rift, had its player base die off around 2005. It has since limped along with Sony mostly ignoring it in terms of development and support.Star Chamber: The Harbinger SagaFinally, we have the third game you may never have known about: Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga. It’s an online collectible card game first released in 2003 and is free to play, although extra cards cost money. Sony seems to have removed the game’s page from the Station website already, but you can still find information about it on the Matrix Games website.EverQuest Online Adventures players will receive their free Gold Memberships on March 16. All of the games being shut down will see their servers turned off on March 29, so you’ve still got some time to sample the games if you have a Station account.via Sonylast_img read more

Decision not to prosecute man over sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workers

first_img Feb 9th 2017, 3:28 PM Share8 Tweet Email Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 3:28 PM Dealing with the past in a manner respectful of all will help Northern Ireland move forward.Inquest proceedings were adjourned to allow for the criminal investigation to take place and the PPS said the coroner has now been advised of the decision.Read: Over 40 years later, arrest made over sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workers>Read: Gardaí have finally started handing over their files on massacre of Protestants> 11,956 Views Image: Niall Carson/PA Image: Niall Carson/PA Updated at 9pmTHE PUBLIC PROSECUTION service of Northern Ireland (PPS) has decided not to prosecute a man who was arrested on suspicion of the murder of 10 people in the notorious Kingsmill massacre in Co Armagh in 1976.On 5 January 41 years ago, a group of textile workers who were pulled over by men disguised as British soldiers were lined up against a wall and asked their religion.The gunmen then opened fire and ten men were killed. An 11th man, Alan Black, survived despite being struck 18 times and another man was allowed to flee when he said he was Catholic.No one has ever been charged over the massacre, though a 2011 inquiry found that the attackers were members of the Provisional IRA who were acting under the name ‘South Armagh Republican Action Force’.However, in August last year, police arrested a 59-year-old man after new evidence was identified during inquest proceedings.Outlining the decision today, Assistant Director of Central Casework Michael Agnew said the PPS had given “careful consideration” to all of the evidence and applied the test for prosecution.“We have concluded that there is no reasonable prospect of a conviction based on the available evidence,” he said.“We are mindful of the disappointment that this decision will bring to the surviving victim and families of those who were killed. Although 41 years have passed since this atrocity, we are conscious that their pain endures.” Beatric Worton, whose son Kenneth was among those killed. Source: Niall Carson Decision not to prosecute man over sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workers No one has ever been charged over the massacre. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We have informed the families this morning of our decision and the reasons for it, and have offered to meet with them to answer any further questions that they may have.Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, said that the decision not to prosecute was a ”disappointment to families that have waited so long for justice”.He said the inquest should now be re-opened and concluded, and that the Irish Government was fully co-operating with the inquest and with the Coroner’s Service of Northern Ireland. 50 Comments Short URL By Michelle Hennessylast_img read more

Megawide cancels plans for casino development near MactanCebu International Airport

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August But those plans have now been quashed with Megawide telling the Philippine Stock Exchange in a filing on Monday that it was no longer pursuing the casino project due to its proposed partner, businessman Dennis Uy, having pushed forward with his own US$300 million casino project on Mactan Island through his company Udenna Corp.Instead, Megawide will develop three new hotels near the airport complex with construction of the first 350-room hotel to commence before the end of the year and be operational within the next two years.“We will soon sign an agreement with an international hotel operator to manage the hotel,” Megawide’s Chief Corporate Affairs and Branding Officer Manuel Louie Ferrer told the Manila Standard.“There is a huge demand for hotel development in Cebu as well as for MICE, particularly in Mactan.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More Philippines-based Megawide Construction Corp has dropped plans to develop a casino alongside the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.Megawide revealed in 2016 that it was planning a multi-use development on six hectares of land adjacent to the airport, stating at the time that there was an “opportunity for a casino” and that it had held discussions with a numbr of large international gaming companies. RelatedPostslast_img read more

FCCs Ajit Pai tells carriers to combat spoofed robocalls or else

first_imgFCC’s Ajit Pai calls on carriers again to implement caller ID authentication systems.  Getty Images Relief from scam calls may be on the way. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday again called for phone companies to implement robust caller ID authentication systems to combat illegal robocalls and spoofing. “Uniform adoption will help improve authentication throughout the network and make sure no consumer gets left behind,” Pai said in a press release (PDF). “This goal should be achievable for every major wireless provider, interconnected VoIP operator, and telephone company — and I expect those lagging behind to make every effort to catch up.”This isn’t the first time Pai has called on carriers to step up their game in combating spoofed calls, which come from numbers that may appear familiar but in fact are hijacked by scammers. Pai in November sent letters to the heads of AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile, Sprint, Google and others, urging them to adopt a caller ID authentication system and get it done in 2019. Some carriers have already committed to rolling out the caller ID authentication system in the upcoming months, but others haven’t, according to the release. Pai said if major carriers don’t implement this system by the end of this year, the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.” The FCC on Thursday released a report on robocalls, saying that “available data indicate that robocall volume remains high and may be increasing.” The report detailed the agency’s progress on combatting spoofed robocalls and the importance of implementing caller ID authentication systems. First published on Feb. 13, 11:02 a.m. PT.Update, Feb. 14, 11:36 a.m. PT: Adds FCC on Thursday released a report on robocalls.  Share your voice $155 at Google Express $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Comments 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). 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. $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $60 at Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See it $299 at Amazon See at Amazon Read Google Home Hub review See It 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Sprint 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. Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Mobile Tech Industry Politics,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. See It $59 at eBay Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $6 at Tidal 4 Angela Lang/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read the AirPods review See at Turo 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. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. $520 at HP Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Best Buy $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET 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 Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo Apple iPhone XS $210 at Best Buy 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. 7 Sarah Tew/CNET See It The Cheapskate Chris Monroe/CNET Amazonlast_img read more

A history of persecution

first_imgRohingya BangkokNearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled renewed violence in Myanmar, crossing the border in Bangladesh in waves following a military crackdown the UN says amounts to ethnic cleansing.It is the latest chapter in a long and tumultuous history of the Rohingya, the world’s largest stateless population.Before the most recent surge of violence, there were over one million Rohingyas in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state.But the questions of who they are, how many live in Myanmar and when they arrived is hotly disputed, highly emotive and behind much of the current unrest.Many of the Muslim minority trace their lineage in Myanmar back generations, but were effectively stripped of their citizenship by the former junta and are demonised among the Buddhist-majority population as illegal immigrants.Here is a brief history of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.When did they first arrive in Myanmar?By some accounts, they are descendants of Arab, Turkish or Mongol traders and soldiers who in the 15th Century migrated to Rakhine state, previously called the Kingdom of Arakan.Other historians say they emigrated from Bangladesh in several waves, a widely held view among most Burmese.For centuries the small Muslim minority lived peacefully alongside Buddhists in the independent kingdom, some were even advisors to Buddhist royals, according to historians.Upheaval ensued from the late 18th century.In 1784 the kingdom was conquered by the Burmese and later by the British following the first Anglo-Burmese war of 1824-1826.Under British rule, a large number arrived to work as farmers and later as military recruits.”In the 1830s there was a massive influx of Muslim peasants from neigbouring Bengal, mostly to work in the agriculture sector,” said Sophie Boisseau du Rocher, Southeast Asia expert at the French Institute for International Relations.By 1912, more than 30 percent of the population of Arakan state were Muslim, up from five percent in 1869, according to British census data cited by historian Jacques Leider.When did tensions start?Tensions between the Rohingya Muslims and the Buddhist majority date back to the beginning of British rule in 1824.As part of their divide-and-rule policy, British colonists favoured Muslims at the expense of other groups. They recruited them as soldiers during World War II, pitting them against Buddhists aligned with the Japanese as the war played out on Burmese soil.”Both armies, British and Japanese, exploited the frictions and animosity in the local population to further their own military aims,” said Moshe Yegar, author of a book about Muslim communities in Southeast Asia.Their status was fortified in 1947 when a new Constitution was drafted, enshrining them with full legal and voting rights — which would be later stripped and render them stateless.Rakhine has a poverty rate nearing 80 per cent, double the national average, kindling resentments over ethnic claims to the area.What happened under the junta?A 1962 military coup ushered in a new era of repression and brutality. The country’s ethnic minorities like the Rohingya did not fare well.Most were effectively rendered stateless in 1982 when the junta issued a new law on citizenship, requiring minorities to prove they lived in Myanmar prior to the first Anglo-Burmese war in 1823 to obtain nationality.After the junta was dissolved in 2011, the country saw a rise in Buddhist extremism which further sidelined the Rohingya and marked the beginning of the latest era of tensions.The 20th century saw a series of military crackdowns against the group: in 1978 and 1991-2, which prompted hundreds of thousands to flee to Bangladesh.Some were sent back by Dhaka, and the United Nations questioned the supposedly “voluntary” nature of the repatriations.What’s behind the latest violence?They have been subjected to restrictions on movement, employment and access to basic services since another outbreak of violence in 2012.Tensions mounted again in October 2016, when a small and previously unknown militant group — the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) — staged a series of deadly attacks on Burmese military forces.The army responded with a massive security crackdown, sparking a new wave of refugee arrivals into Bangladesh.On 25 August, ARSA again launched an early morning attack on army installations in Rakhine, triggering a brutal military campaign in response.An estimated 391,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in the last three weeks, according to the United Nations, which has said the military crackdown amounts to ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.last_img read more

Astronomers detect synchronous Xray and radio mode switching of the pulsar PSR

first_img Citation: Astronomers detect synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching of the pulsar PSR B0823+26 (2018, August 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further 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. Mode changing and giant pulses found in a millisecond pulsar © 2018 More information: Discovery of synchronous X-ray and radio moding of PSR B0823+26, observations of PSR B0823+26 with ESA’s XMM-Newton, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope and international stations of the Low Frequency Array revealed synchronous X-ray/radio switching between a radio-bright (B) mode and a radio-quiet (Q) mode. During the B mode we detected PSR B0823+26 in 0.2−2 keV X-rays and discovered pulsed emission with a broad sinusoidal pulse, lagging the radio main pulse by 0.208 ± 0.012 in phase, with high pulsed fraction of 70−80%. During the Q mode PSR B0823+26 was not detected in X-rays (2 σ upper limit a factor ~9 below the B-mode flux). The total X-ray spectrum, pulse profile and pulsed fraction can globally be reproduced with a magnetized partially ionized hydrogen atmosphere model with three emission components: a primary small hot spot (T∼3.6×106 K, R∼17 m), a larger cooler concentric ring (T∼1.1×106 K, R∼280 m) and an antipodal hot spot (T∼1.1×106 K, R∼100 m), for the angle between the rotation axis and line of sight direction ∼66∘. The latter is in conflict with the radio derived value of (84±0.7)∘. The average X-ray flux within hours-long B-mode intervals varied by a factor ±20%, possibly correlated with variations in the frequency and lengths of short radio nulls or short durations of weak emission. The correlated X-ray/radio moding of PSR B0823+26 is compared with the anti-correlated moding of PSR B0943+10, and the lack of X-ray moding of PSR B1822-09. We speculate that the X-ray/radio switches of PSR B0823+26 are due to variations in the rate of accretion of material from the interstellar medium through which it is passing. An international team of astronomers has detected synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching between radio-bright and a radio-quiet modes in the pulsar PSR B0823+26. The discovery marks the second time that such synchronous mode switching has been observed in a pulsar. The finding is detailed in a paper published August 6 on GMRT observation at 325 MHz of PSR B0823+26 on 2017 April 20, showing as a typical example PSR B0823+26 in B mode during 2500 single-pulse sequences, or ∼ 22 minutes of the total duration of ∼ 7.5 hours in B mode. Observation time versus pulsar phase centred on the main pulse with underneath the integrated profile of the main pulse, and to the left the average energy per pulse in arbitrary units. Credit: Hermsen et al., 2018. To date, synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching has been identified only in one old and nearly aligned pulsar known as PSR B0943+10. Therefore, astronomers are interested in finding such behavior in other objects in order to improve knowledge about the poorly understood mechanisms behind this activity.The new study, conducted by a group of scientists led by Willem Hermsen of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, presents another example of a pulsar experiencing synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching. The discovery was made as a result of observations with ESA’s XMM-Newton spacecraft, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in India and international stations of the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR).”We observed the radio-mode switching PSR B0823+26 for about 39 hours simultaneously in X-rays and the radio band and report the discovery of synchronous correlated X-ray and radio mode switching,” the researchers wrote in the paper.PSR B0823+26, located some 1,000 light years away from the Earth, is one of the brightest radio pulsars in the Northern sky. It has a period about 530 milliseconds, a spin-down age of approximately 4.9 million years and an inferred magnetic field of around 980 billion G.The observations performed by Hermsen’s team allowed the researchers to find that PSR B0823+26 switches between a radio-bright (B) mode and a radio-quiet (Q) mode. In particular, the pulsar was found to be in the radio B mode during five out of six XMM-Newton observations and in the Q mode during only one observation. Moreover, the pulsar spent only approximately 15 percent of the time in Q mode over entire radio observational campaign with GMRT and LOFAR.Notably, during the Q mode, the researchers did not detect PSR B0823+26 in X-rays with an upper limit almost an order of magnitude lower than the reported flux in the B mode. They emphasized that this is a surprising result, as PSR B0943+10 is known to showcase anti-correlated mode switches.The authors of the paper also try to explain the nature of the observed synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching in PSR B0823+26. They assume that at the moment, the most plausible hypothesis is that this behavior is due to variations in the rate of accretion of material from the interstellar medium through which it is passing.”We are speculating that in PSR B0823+26, we are not seeing ‘true’ mode-changing but the sudden appearance of strong bursts whose intensities follow a self-similar (i.e. fractal) distribution over a wide range of timescales. Such a system could be identified as exhibiting self-organized criticality. In this context, we speculate that PSR B0823+26 is accreting material from a debris disk or the interstellar medium through which it is passing, to explain some of its X-ray characteristics,” the astronomers concluded.last_img read more

Metro sets up water treatment plants at 5 depots

first_imgSimilar plants have also come up at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s residential colonies at Shastri Park, Sarita Vihar and Yamuna Bank where about 260 kilolitres of water is being reused, primarily in watering gardens and toilets.The five depots where the facilities have been installed are – Sarita Vihar, Shastri Park, Yamuna Bank, Sultanpur and Khyber Pass.The plants at Najafgarh and Dwarka are under renovation.Officials said plans are afoot to have similar facilities in the depots which are going to come up as part Phase-III of expansion and “feasibility studies” are being conducted to explore the possibility of installing similar plants at other locations.As part of its water conservation efforts, DMRC also has 470 rain water harvesting pits at 99 locations with a total capacity of 7,844 cubic metres, a statement said. It is also developing an “Environmental Management System” to promote awareness on the need to conserve water among employees and stakeholders.last_img read more

Long Drives Fatal For Babies

first_imgInfants and new born kids, if seated in cars for more than 30 minutes, may be at a risk of suffocation, suggests a study published in the Daily Mail.According to the study, very young babies whose neck muscles are not strong enough to stop their heads flopping forward could stop breathing. This increases the risk they will be unable to breathe — with potentially fatal results.“There should be separate advice for very young babies. If you can avoid a journey, it’s probably better to do so, restricted to no more than half an hour or so. But try to avoid unnecessary car journeys with young babies,” said Peter Fleming, Pediatrician at the Bristol University. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearch carried out by the researchers used a laboratory in a laboratory to replicate the effects of sleeping in a car seat during a car journey at 30mph.After half an hour in the seat, the amounts of oxygen in the blood of babies under two months old were found to have dropped ‘significantly’ while their heart rates increased.The authors said their findings still mean babies should travel in a properly secured child seat during car journeys — as is required by law. But they advise that an adult should sit next to the baby to make sure the infant is breathing properly.“There have been reports of deaths of infants who have been left in a sitting position, including in car seats both on journeys, and when parents have used it as an alternative to a push chair or cot for the infant to sleep in,” he added.last_img read more

A cornerstone to help the needy in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite On Sunday (September 17), Project Cornerstone co-ordinator Mr K Bihaspat and Mr W Khumalo made their way to the heart of needy communities. This time the team visited C-Section Orphanage in Ezakheni.Project Cornerstone is one of the community outreach projects undertaken by the Royal Hotel and is directly involved in providing a soup kitchen and distributing lunch packs to communities that are disadvantaged, twice a week for a complete month. Project Cornerstone and team distributed 40 lunch packs consisting of a sandwich, fruit and juice to the children at C-Section Orphanage.Mr Bihaspat also delivered a motivational message titled the “Love of Jesus” and a song of praise was sung at the end. Mr Bihaspat emphasised that God isn’t going to compare you to anyone else. He has made you to be you. You are His masterpiece and God is going to help you reach your full potential.“Surely God has not forgotten you! It is a delay by design. God knows what you are going through. He wants to build your character and God wants you to trust in Him. Count on Jesus. Don’t fear,” was the powerful message.If any individual or business would like to make a contribution to Project Cornerstone, please visit reception at the Royal Hotel or contact Mr Bihaspat on 0366330218 after 3pm.Thought for the week: “When you’ve done everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more