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The star that exploded at the dawn of time

By on December 3, 2019

first_imgTo probe the dawn of time, astronomers usually peer far away; but now they’ve made a notable discovery close to home. An ancient star a mere thousand light-years from Earth bears chemical elements that may have been forged by the death of a star that was both extremely massive and one of the first to arise after the big bang. If confirmed, the finding means that some of the universe’s first stars were so massive they died in exceptionally violent explosions that altered the growth of early galaxies.Theorists have long suspected that the universe’s very first stars were massive, because early gas clouds favored the formation of heavy stars. The big bang produced only hydrogen, helium, and a little lithium, and gas clouds containing only these elements can’t cool. Cooling requires heavier elements that didn’t exist then. When clouds cool, they split into smaller parts and collapse, forming smaller stars. Because the primordial gas clouds stayed warm, more gravity was needed to overwhelm the gas pressure and make them collapse, so they spawned massive stars. And some of these brilliant stars, those born 140 to 300 times as massive as the sun, exploded in a way unseen in the Milky Way today.Wako Aoki, an astronomer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Tokyo, and his colleagues have discovered a star bearing signs of just such an explosion, they report online today in Science. “This is a unique example,” Aoki says. 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The star belongs to the Milky Way’s stellar halo, the ancient population that surrounds the galaxy’s bright disk. Like other halo stars, it has little iron, because it arose before most of the stellar explosions that spewed the element into space.Aoki says the star likely formed from a gas cloud enriched by a pair-instability explosion, which is 10 to 100 times more violent than an ordinary supernova. Such a blast marks the death of a star so luminous that photons hold up its weight; but the star is so hot that the photons can convert themselves into pairs of electrons and antielectrons, which exert little outward pressure. So the star starts to collapse, which heats the gas, promoting more nuclear reactions, which heat the gas further, inducing yet more nuclear reactions, until the whole thing blows up. During the explosion, helium nuclei bombard one another, creating elements as heavy as nickel. Because helium is atomic number 2, elements with even atomic numbers vastly outnumber odd-numbered ones, which is exactly the pattern that Aoki’s team finds in the star in Cetus.Volker Bromm, an astronomer at the University of Texas, Austin, calls the discovery very important. “It really is a new window into star and element formation in the early universe,” he says. He adds that pair-instability explosions were so powerful they altered the growth of galaxies shortly after the big bang.”It’s always interesting to see a star with abundances like no other,” says Stan Woosley, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. But he’s not fully convinced those abundances signify a pair-instability supernova rather than an ordinary one. To distinguish between the two, he’d like observations of additional elements.last_img read more

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Amid acute poverty, M.P.’s Saharia children battle malnutrition

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgOn July 9, when Akki Adiwasi returned home after working in the fields, she found her 18-month-old son lying unusually quiet, with eyes closed. She nudged him — even shook him — but to no avail. By then, Amir Awadesh, his chest shrivelled and cheeks sunken, had died of hunger.“He didn’t die of hunger. Usse sookhe ki bimari ne cheen liya (the disease of drought snatched him away),” quips Akki, a resident of Tiktoli village in Sheopur district.While her husband is away in Gujarat for three months to work as an agricultural labourer for ₹150 a day, their half-an-acre arid field here lies fallow. Only milk from a few goats, shoring up their one-room ramshackle hut, and wheat given by neighbours, keep Akki, who is pregnant, and her other son, aged three, alive.Loss of livesAcute malnutrition among Saharias, a particularly vulnerable tribal group, due to crushing poverty, delayed breastfeeding, premature pregnancies and seasonal migrations is continuing to take away lives. As a result, every second child under five in the Shivpuri and Sheopur districts of central India is underweight. Even the country, in the 2018 Global Hunger Index, ranked an abysmal 103 out of 119 countries, consistently showing a downward trend on wasting and undernourishment parameters.Mitti Adiwasi, an anganwadi worker in Nonheta Khurd village in the Shivpuri district, breastfed her 10 children, two dead now, for the first time, three days after being delivered of them. Until then, they were fed only jaggery syrup or honey.“The first milk is impure. That’s because it is extracted from breasts after nine long months,” she says.Chipping in, Danmati Adiwasi, wife of a school teacher who earns ₹22,000 a month, says, “Moreover, women become polluted at the time of a delivery. They need to bathe after three days and only then feed newborns, otherwise the milk would only cause them harm.” Right after the birth of her son a few years ago at a hospital, when she was prompted to breastfeed him, she just put his mouth to her breast, and received ₹1,400 in the name of an institutional delivery.According to the National Family Health Survey 2014-2015, just 43.2% of children under three were breastfed within the first hour of their birth in rural parts of Sheopur district.Seasonal migrationAlmost all the 35 families in the village, taking their children along and leaving behind the elderly, migrate to Rajasthan and Agra to harvest wheat and potatoes every year.When families returned in July this year, the anganwadi workers noticed that more number of children had come back weaker. While three boys and four girls out of 83 children were underweight in April, 15 girls and four boys are in the category this month.“Girls are most affected as parents mostly take them along with them to fields where they are neglected, wander under the sun, don’t get food, and contract diseases easily during the monsoon,” says an anganwadi worker.For each bigha of wheat they harvest in Rajasthan, 6-7 labourers get a quintal in return. And each villager manages to bring back at least two quintals. Individual families have no more than two acres each to themselves, mostly arid, and completely dependant on rain.“When we run out of it, we barter PDS (public distribution system) rice,which is unsavoury, in exchange for wheat from a local vendor,” says Parmal Adivasi. Married at 15, he lost two infants who were born weak. In the past fortnight, two meals of chappatis with dry onions or chilli chutney is all he and his wife have been eating.“We don’t have breakfast. A vegetable dish or dal is a luxury. And children don’t get to eat until they start howling out of hunger. Toddlers get only a roti each in a day,” he says. Seven individuals in the village, including children, suffer from tuberculosis (TB). Ajay Yadav, a social worker who has been working in the area for 18 years, believes higher incidence of tuberculosis among Saharias is linked to the high malnutrition level among them and vice versa. An Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study revealed that, among Saharias, TB prevalence is an alarming 1,995 per 1,00,000 persons.last_img read more

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Shane Warne backs out from coaching team India

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgA day after he put his hat in the ring to replace outgoing Indian coach Gary Kirsten, former Australian bowler Shane Warne has now backed out from coaching Team India. The legendary leg-spinner has done a remarkable volte-face, ruling out any association with the Indian team in the near future. Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, Warne has confirmed that he does not intend to coach India. Warne emphaised it would be difficult for anyone to emulate Kirsten’s hugely successful tenure, but made it clear ‘It cannot be him’. “Whosoever becomes the next coach will have to fill in big shoes. Gary has done a fabulous job. But it is not going to be me,” said warne. Interestingly, Indian captain M.S Dhoni too stopped short of ruling Warne out from the list of potential contenders stating, with Gary having set a high benchmark, the next coach will have big shoes to fill.  Kirsten’s successful behind-the-scenes approach worked wonders with Team India and after the nightmarish experience with former Australian captain Greg Chappell, Dhoni & Co will understandably be apprehensive of brining in a flamboyant character to coach them in the difficult season ahead. On Sachin Tendulkar and cricket Warne was effusive in his praise for Sachin Tendukar, who realised his World Cup dream on Saturday, saying, he is ‘the best batsman that I have played against’. Asked to speak on his statement about ‘Sachin giving me nightmare’ after Australia’s 1998 Test series in India, Warne said, it was ‘a tongue in cheek remark’.   What keeps him going? “I love cricket. It’s my passion,” said the leg-spinner. On playing in the IPL, Warne said, “I enjoy captaining the Jaipur team.” On his colourful life outside the playground, Warne said, “I may not have been the best husband but I have been the best father.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Cost of 2020 Tokyo Olympics ceremonies up 40 percent

By on November 27, 2019

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town In this Feb. 12, 2019, photo, a worker walks past one of construction sites for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent according to numbers released by the organizing committee. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent.Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday the cost for the ceremonies would be capped at 13 billion yen, about $118 million. Tokyo estimated that cost at 9.1 billion yen — about $82 billion — in 2013 when it was awarded the games.ADVERTISEMENT Despite the increase, Muto said the privately funded operating budget of 600 billion yen — about $5.5 billion — would be unchanged. He said there was a reserve fund for such increases.“Using London Olympics spending as a model, this is the minimum we need to spend to get the job done,” Muto said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOverall, Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to ready the city for the Olympics. Excluding the operating budget, the rest comes from the national, city, and regional governments.Mansai Nomura, a renowned actor in traditional Japanese theater, is the chief creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LOOK: Centuries-old Indian pole wrestling goes global Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Leroy Sané emerges from chaos to rewrite City’s knockout nightmare

By on November 16, 2019

first_img Show European club football Pep Guardiola: ‘Still we are not ready to fight for the Champions League’ – video Yet City do have Sané, who may not be able to autopilot them to European success but is amassing a body of work that may one day rival those Barça greats. If the plan was to smuggle him in and out of his old stomping ground then Guardiola had to opt for emergency measures as City struggled for long spells to break Schalke’s resistance.But he became the story and showed that, even if the wider doubts linger, quality of this level may still write his side the most thrilling tale of all. Share on Twitter Topics Sportblog It was worth cutting him some slack. This was hardly the stage to reassert that Guardiola is the most influential manager of the past decade. Of the Premier League’s triple-header against German opposition it was comfortably the least-feted; Schalke’s domestic form offered them little outward hope and for City this was an occasion to knuckle down and keep doing what you do, a night at the Ruhr coalface with scant prospect of settling spurious internet arguments.Yet by the end Guardiola had succeeded in coming away victorious and keeping the squabbles alive. “We’re not ready to fight for the final stages,” was his assessment and there was enough evidence to suggest that this time he was being sincere.When the Sané nobody had expected – Schalke’s centre-back, Salif – helped hand City an early lead they were purring. The home side had barely been afforded a kick but, by the interval, Nabil Bentaleb had beaten Ederson twice from the spot. Concerns about the overwrought VAR delay for his first, as well as the issue of whether a system that slows an action down to become virtually unrecognisable can ever be honest in a sporting sense, will linger but City’s biggest problems screamed of recidivism. A nagging problem for much of the season has been the sense that when the waters ahead shimmer that bit more invitingly they are easily distracted. It happened at Newcastle last month after Sergio Agüero had given them an even earlier leg-up and it happened against Crystal Palace and Leicester, too; in the moments before Bentaleb’s first strike they had allowed Schalke a morsel or two of encouragement and that, for anyone insisting on comparisons with Barcelona 2009-2011, is hardly the gimlet-eyed insistence of serial European champions. Twitter Share on Facebook 0:46 Share on LinkedIn Pep Guardiola happy with Manchester City’s win but concerned by gifted goals Facebook Share on Pinterest With five minutes left this had looked certain to be a hefty dose of medicine in Manchester City’s heaving, enervating tilt at a clean sweep of all four major trophies. Their away record in Champions League knockout games going into this fixture, five of their previous eight ending in defeat, rolled off the tongue at that stage and felt significant when set alongside their recently discovered taste for letting gilt-edged situations slip. A narrow reverse would still have made them favourites to progress but the victory, crowned by Raheem Sterling’s route‑one goal near the end, was sealed exuberantly enough to postpone some awkward questions.A few had been sneaked in before the game. On Tuesday, Guardiola had been asked whether his eight‑year Champions League drought might be ascribed to the fact that, on the two occasions he won it with Barcelona, he was endowed with an array of talent that rendered coaching ability incidental. After all, could anybody screw up a bequest of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta? From there it is only a small leap to the awful “Is Pep a fraud?” debate and Guardiola has suffered it all before. “I’m sorry, I was lucky,” he offered with indulgent exasperation, throwing in a laugh that fooled nobody. Share via Email Pinterest Champions Leaguecenter_img Perhaps, if Pep Guardiola learned anything from a chaotic night in Germany’s industrial heartland, it was that you cannot keep a good narrative down. Leroy Sané had been left on the bench for his return to the Veltins Arena and, aside from any tactical considerations, it did not seem an unreasonable decision given the imperative that Manchester City went about their business quietly and clinically. Then he set off a rocket and, given the quandary his team had landed themselves in by that point, cool logic could wait for another day. Was this helpful? Schalke Read more Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Share on Messenger Hide Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Read more features Play Video Raheem Sterling gives Manchester City crucial advantage over Schalke Manchester City Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrate City’s late winner. Photograph: Jörg Schüler/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Play Rugby League this winter

By on November 7, 2019

first_imgWith competitions running from early childhood all the way through to masters, winter is the perfect time to play Rugby League. Playing Rugby League is the perfect complement to a summer of Touch Football action, helping to keep fitness and skills high throughout the year. Competitions are run throughout all areas of Australia and registering your interest with a local club is a simple three step process. As an added incentive all registered Junior League, officials and volunteers will automatically become a member of the PLAY NRL Rewards Program. This program entitles members to a host of benefits, including one free ticket to a game every round of the NRL Premiership season. For more information and to find your nearest club please visit www.playnrl.com. Related Filesposter-pngRelated LinksPlay Rugby Leaguelast_img read more

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‘Napoli are the best option for James’

By on October 26, 2019

first_imgNapoli are “the best option” for James Rodriguez, claims the Colombian’s father, with a transfer to Italy favoured over one to England if another move away from Real Madrid is made.The South American playmaker has registered on the recruitment radar of those in the Premier League for some time, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United credited with interest.Speculation has surfaced again this summer, with the exit door having been flung open at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? James is back in Spain after a two-year loan spell at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.They will not be taking up a purchase option and the 27-year-old is expected to remain out of favour in Madrid with Zinedine Zidane back at the Blancos’ helm.With another change of scenery likely, James’ father believes a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti in Serie A – a coach the former Porto star has previously worked with at Real and Bayern – makes the most sense.“I think a new change is what he needs for his career now, and [fellow Colombian] David Ospina is at Napoli now and I think he is very important,” Wilson Rodriguez told CalcioNapoli.“Napoli are the best option for him.“He has character and personality. Even at times of adversity, he’s always come out strongly. He was born for this, thank God.“Between him and Ancelotti, there was immediately a lot of respect. James is grateful to Carlo for what he did, he knows how to get the best out of him and that contributed to their great friendship.“The coach has always been very happy with his performances. I’ve heard about [the speculation] and I think a change is what he needs right now.”James, who also took in a spell with Monaco in Ligue 1 before heading to Madrid in 2014, is considered to have played the best football of his career to date under current Napoli boss Ancelotti.“Porto, Spain, Bayern, are all very different situations that I believe he has always faced with the same attitude,” Rodriguez senior added.“His best season remains that in Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti, but I am optimistic for the future.”last_img read more

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Get Folk-ed Up On Bob Dylan’s New Whiskey Line: Heaven’s Door Spirits

By on October 24, 2019

first_img Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Gab BonghiYou may have been excited about Wu-Tang Clan’s new vodka , but if your spirits and Spotify preferences lean toward the acoustic end of the spectrum, Bob Dylan’s new whiskey might be more your pace.Don’t think twice — just accept that Bob freakin’ Dylan is now in the whiskey business.In partnership with Spirits Investment Partnership (SIP), the iconic singer-songwriter has created Heaven’s Door Spirits. This won’t look like your standard whiskey line, though. Indeed, times they are a changin’, because instead of creating one type of whiskey with one master distiller, Heaven’s Door Spirits is set up to be an evolving portfolio of small-batch whiskeys in collaboration with multiple renowned distillers.Michael Persico“By working with different whiskey artisans for each new expression, the portfolio would be more diverse and eclectic,” says Marc Bushala, CEO of SIP.Bushala is the man who was able to convince The Voice of a Generation to get into the whiskey biz after learning that Dylan had a registered trademark application for “Bootleg Whiskey” in 2015. They met via a mutual friend and got to talking about art and craft.Heaven’s Door Spirits marks Dylan’s first consumer brand partnership in over 50 years. (At 76 years old, maybe it was the last road he needed to walk before he could be called a man?) So yeah, it’s safe to say Dylan is not only excited about distilling new whiskies, but more of an expert than we might think.Gab Bonghi“I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer,” Dylan says. “This is great whiskey.”Dylan is talking about Heaven’s Door’s inaugural portfolio, which includes:Straight Tennessee Bourbon that uses 30 percent “small grains” to complement the character imparted from spending almost seven years in new American Oak barrels.Double Barrel Whiskey, a distinctive blend of three different whiskeys, finished in new American Oak barrels for a secondary aging worthy of another year’s wait.Straight Rye Whiskey finished in “cigar” barrels from Vosges, France.Ryan Perry, who leads whiskey development for Heaven’s Door, says, “We weren’t restricted by deadlines, budget, or a particular taste profile. Working with master distillers like Jordan Via enabled us to establish creative collaboration as a foundational principle of the brand.” Zimmy might be the only musician we’d trust to make a premium whiskey, which has already taken home medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Ultimate Spirits Challenge.Gab BonghiBob Dylan’s artwork is featured on the packaging of each whiskey (you didn’t know he’s an artist?). Iron gates, found farm objects, and pieces from scrapyards bring Dylan’s Americana folk vibe to the forefront, which preps you for a similarly themed taste inside the bottle. In 2019, Heaven’s Door Spirits will release something called “The Bootleg Series” showcasing Dylan’s paintings on rare whiskey stocks and special blends. As expected, these will be very limited.Also in 2019, Heaven’s Door will open a distillery in a 140-year-old Nashville church. Trip to Nashville, anyone? 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Falllast_img read more

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Hutchison Ports ICAVE Starts Operations in Veracruz

By on October 23, 2019

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image by Navingo Port operator Hutchison Ports officially launched operations in the new port of Veracruz on July 1.The first operation of Hutchison Ports Internacional de Contenedores Asociados de Veracruz (ICAVE) within the modernization of the Port of Veracruz was undertaken with the visit by CMA CGM White Shark.Featuring a length of 294.12 meters, the Malta-flagged ship has a capacity of 5,095 TEUs.The vessel arrived to the terminal in the morning hours and unloaded the first of millions of containers that are expected to arrive at the new ICAVE Terminal.The port of Veracruz, considered as a millenary gateway to world diversity, gained strength with the latest upgrades, while the port operator said that the move was “a small step for Hutchison Ports ICAVE, but a great step for the Mexican Port System.”last_img read more

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Funding Targets Shared with School Board Chairs

By on October 22, 2019

first_imgThe province today, Feb. 8, provided school boards with budget targets designed to put children and learning first while ensuring Nova Scotia continues on a path to living within its means by matching funding levels with the decline in student enrolment. “I have always said I want to put children and learning first,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “I’ve instructed school boards to protect students and special education.” Conditions attached to funding will direct boards to make savings primarily through teacher and staff retirements and significant reductions in administration, while maintaining quality in the classroom. “We said we would start by cutting administrative spending, which has grown 30 per cent over the past decade, and that’s what we’ve done,” said Ms. Jennex. In a letter to board chairs, the minister requested boards achieve targets under these conditions: — Teacher and support staff reductions must be achieved, as much as possible, through retirements and attrition. This will keep the student-teacher ratio below 15 to 1, which is the lowest ratio in a generation. — Provincial supports for students with special needs must be protected. The province will maintain funding for special education at $125 million, the same level as 2010-11. — Boards must target at least a 15 per cent reduction in administration in 2011-12 and plan for a 50 per cent reduction in board consultants over the next three years. — The direct provincial funding for mentors for teachers must be reduced by 50 per cent in 2011-12. — Provincial funding for targeted initiatives (for example IB, O2 and Healthy Living) will remain at 2010-11 levels. — Redirect a portion of funds for Reading Recovery, which will be phased out, into early reading intervention programs that will benefit more students. — The province requires boards maintain the cap on class size from Primary to Grade 3. But it will permit boards to add no more than two additional students per class, in cases where this represents the best option to protect the quality of education in the classroom. For example, situations where the increase will allow boards to avoid split or combined classes. “We must ensure our considerable investment in education matches the needs and numbers of students,” Ms. Jennex said. “We must do our part to help the province live within its means. Otherwise, the students who are in the classroom now will be paying for it well into the future.” Between 2000-01 and 2010-11, funding for school boards increased by more than $320 million or 43 per cent, even as enrolment dropped by almost 30,000 students. Over the next three years, about 1,000 teachers will retire and close to 7,000 fewer students will be attending school, creating big challenges for boards. The province will reduce the $1.07 billion in funding to Nova Scotia’s eight school boards by $17.6 million, a 1.65 per cent reduction. The funding targets are in keeping with a provincial enrolment decline next year of two per cent, or 2,500 students. Like other departments and agencies funded by government, boards will also have to manage their own costs. Ms. Jennex said advice from respected educator Ben Levin will also help government and boards maintain quality while managing change brought on by ongoing enrolment decline. Mr. Levin, who is expected to deliver his report at the end of February, will focus on ideas such as improving teaching practices and learning, and making better use of facilities and resources.last_img read more

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Site C Construction Schedule for July 22nd – August 4th 2019

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgOld Fort Road  Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic.  Gravel sections have developed near 85th Avenue.  Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks.  Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B.  Excavation of a short section of Old Fort Road will result in small detours, increased noise, dust and vibration. Highway 29: Construction-related traffic and investigation equipment will travel along Highway 29. Visit drivebc.ca to get the latest traffic advisories. Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads. Equipment  Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas.  Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works. Noise and vibration  Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Pile driving may take place near the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands.  During noxious weed inventories, crews will travel through areas to capture data. Areas, where herbicide has been applied, will be signposted.  Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markings. Transmission work may occur on the 138 kV right-of-way within the dam site.  Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River.  Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. We will use the tower and mobile cranes. 85th Avenue Conveyor  Construction and assembly continue on the conveyor between the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands and the dam site.  Paving will occur on Old Fort Road.  Work will use heavy machinery, resulting in noise, dust and vibration. Typical work hours are 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Periodic sweeping or dust suppression will occur. Highway 29 Noxious weed inventory and treatment may occur along Highway 29 and in Wuthrich, Portage Mountain, and West Pine Quarries. Construction will continue at Cache Creek West. This will include grading, road construction, and drainage work. Portage Mountain Quarry haul road construction will continue. Archaeological data recovery will occur at Cache Creek East and Halfway River. Reservoir area  Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations will continue along the reservoir area.  Road construction activities will occur in the preparation of clearing on the south bank, eastern reservoir, and north bank near Halfway River.  Archaeological investigations may occur in support of reservoir access road design. Transmission works  Transmission line construction will continue. This includes helical pile foundation installation, testing and welding, and tower assembly.  Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor.  Clearing activities may occur. This includes selective hand-falling and hauling logs to local mills. Wood waste will be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or hauled off-site.  Road construction will occur in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas, as well as on the south slope of the dam site.  Upgrades will continue at the Peace Canyon Generating Station. Other areas  Geotechnical investigations will occur on the south bank of the Peace River, across from Lynx Creek. Helicopters will move equipment and workers from a staging area on the north side of the river.  Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel enhancements.  Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29. WHAT TO EXPECT Work will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect: Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for July 22nd – August, 4th, 2019.Dam site area – north bank and south bank  Noxious weed inventory and treatment will occur in the main civil works area, on the banks of the Peace River.  Large sections of penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries.  Construction of a wash station to limit the migration of invasive species continues.  Contractors will continue to move equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road. Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas. This includes the main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. last_img read more

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Blackbuck case Fresh notices to Tabu Sonali Saif Neelam

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgJaipur: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday served fresh notices to Bollywood stars Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Dushyant Kumar, a local resident, in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case following the state government’s appeal against their acquittal. On the state government’s plea, the High Court earlier issued notices to the five respondents on March 11. On Monday, Justice Manoj Garg issued them fresh notices after prosecution counsel Mahipal Singh told the court that none, except Neelam Kothari, received its earlier notices. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The court asked all the five respondents to reply to the notices within eight weeks. In its plea filed on April 5 last year, the Rajasthan government questioned the acquittal of the five persons for lack of evidence, when actor Salman Khan, who was accompanying them, was proven guilty. Khan was awarded a five-year imprisonment, along with a penalty of Rs 10,000, after being held guilty under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act for killing two blackbucks in 1998 during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hai. His appeal is pending in the High Court.last_img read more

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African Union and UN agree to try to strengthen cooperation to promote

By on October 11, 2019

23 September 2011The leaders of the United Nations and the African Union today agreed to step up the joint peace efforts of the two organizations on some of the major conflicts and security issues across the continent. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping, in a meeting on the margins of the current 66th session of the General Assembly, focused their discussions on existing UN-AU cooperation and on recent developments in Africa, especially in Libya, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, according to information released by his spokesperson.Since 2008 the two organizations have operated a joint peacekeeping force in the western Sudanese region of Darfur (UNAMID), while in Somalia, the UN backs an AU-force known as AMISOM. read more

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Canadas digital strategy aims to get 98 of Canadians on highspeed Internet

By on October 8, 2019

WATERLOO, Ont. — Ottawa has unveiled a digital strategy it says will keep pace with Canadians’ use of technology, but some critics say it comes up short and late for the fast-moving digital world.Industry Minister James Moore said Friday he will table the Digital Privacy Act next week with updated measures to improve protection for Canadians’ online privacy and security.“We have to make sure that Canadians have confidence that their online presence and their online transactions are secure and that their privacy is protected and that their families are safe from online threats and cyberbullying,” Moore said via webcast from Waterloo, Ont.His announcement included new and ongoing initiatives by the Conservative government.But while critics had some praise for Moore moving ahead with a strategy, others described it as  “warmed up leftovers” and the the equivalent of slow tech in a high-speed world.Associate prof. John-Kurt Pliniussen of Queen’s University said it’s a step in the right direction, but noted that Canada lags behind other G7 industrialized countries when it comes to a digital strategy.“We’re at first base and they’re at third base on all measures,” said Pliniussen, who teaches Internet marketing and innovation at Queen’s in Kingston, Ont.“No one has said, ‘We want to be the best in the world,”’ he said.Liberal Industry critic Judy Sgro called it a “rehash.”“I was expecting they were going to layout a digital railway for the 21st century, so it was a disappointment,” Sgro said. Moore made several references to the Internet being the modern equivalent of Canada’s railways in bringing the country together.“The railway is going nowhere,” Sgro said.Law professor Michael Geist said it’s positive the government is moving forward on digital issues, but the strategy has its shortcomings.“In some ways, this feels more like a report card on what the government has accomplished in the past as opposed to a document talking about where it wants to take us in the future,” said Geist, the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa.Ottawa said it’s aiming to have more than 98% of Canadians with Internet service fast enough for high-resolution video. To achieve that, Moore said the government will provide about $305 million to extend and enhance high-speed Internet services for about 280,000 households in rural and remote areas of the country by 2017, recently announced in the federal budget.Ottawa will also table legislation to ensure that networks are protected from terrorist or domestic threats, Moore said, adding that Canada has been “lagging behind” on that front. He didn’t provide further details.A report last month found that Canada’s Internet service providers have been less than forthcoming about how they handle customer information — including whether they routinely give personal data to spy agencies. Internet software companies have also warned that corporate data and intellectual property are facing an increase in hacking threats.NDP MP Charmaine Borg, the party’s digital issues critic, said the changes won’t be fully in place until 2017.“Pretty much what we’re seeing here is a dial-up strategy for a broadband world,” Borg said.Advocacy group OpenMedia.ca called Moore’s announcement “warmed up leftovers” and said a number of the measures announced aren’t new, such as giving rural Canadians high-speed Internet and more wireless competition.“This reads like the digital strategy for the last five years, not for the five years ahead,” OpenMedia executive director Steve Anderson said in a statement.The government will provide $36 million in new money to repair, refurbish or donate computers to libraries, not-for-profit organizations and in small and aboriginal communities, Moore said.In addition, the digital strategy calls for the Business Development Bank of Canada to invest an additional $500 million on behalf of the government, with $300 million going to digital tech companies and $200 million for businesses adopting new technology.Moore added the government will invest $40 million in new money to support 3,000 internships for young people to get experience and skills in high-demand jobs.Moore repeated his pledge to have more competition in Canada’s wireless industry, which is dominated by Rogers, Bell and Telus. read more

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Broadbased rally boosts SPTSX composite US stock markets also gain

By on October 7, 2019

TORONTO — A broad-based rally helped lift Canada’s main stock index into record territory in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also surged higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 96.86 points at 16,897.00, after going as high as 16,901.76 earlier in the morning.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 67.77 points at 27,214.85. The S&P 500 index was up 10.96 points at 3,017.69, while the Nasdaq composite was up 50.19 points at 8,227.58.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.38 cents US compared with an average of 75.35 cents US on Wednesday.The November crude contract was up 53 cents at US$58.57 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 7.9 cents at US$2.56 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$7.70 at US$1,508.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.25 of a cent at US$2.61 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

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Applications for US jobless aid drop back below 300000 evidence of continued

By on October 4, 2019

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2014 6:43 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months.Weekly applications fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 4,750 to 299,000.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. As fewer people seek unemployment benefits, it suggests that employers are holding onto more workers and potentially looking to bolster their hiring.Applications have been under 300,000 for 11 of the past 12 weeks, an unusually low level that suggests employers are anticipating stronger economic growth. The four week average for jobless claims has plummeted 9 per cent over the past 12 months.Such sharp declines in applications are unlikely to continue, analysts said. But at sub-300,000 levels, they point to better job gains in the Labor Department’s employment report, said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.“The trend probably has now flattened off, but at an extraordinarily low level, consistent with very strong payroll numbers,” Shepherdson said.The decline in application for unemployment benefits has been matched by a surge in hiring.Employers have added an average of 228,500 jobs a month this year, putting 2014 on pace to be strongest year for hiring since 1999. That’s up from an average of 194,000 last year. The unemployment rate has fallen to a six-year low of 5.8 per cent, down from 7.2 per cent just a year ago.The November jobs report being released Friday is expected to show gains of 225,000 last month, according to the data firm FactSet.The payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private companies added 208,000 jobs in November.Even with gains this year and five years removed from the end of the recession, nearly 9 million people are out of work. Before the recession began in 2007, there were 7.6 million unemployed Americans. Less than a quarter of the people counted as jobless by the Labor Department are collecting unemployment benefits.The recent job gains have not lifted wages by much, stifling the potential for the economy to grow more quickly. Average hourly pay rose 3 cents in October to $24.57. That’s just 2 per cent above the average wage 12 months earlier and barely ahead of a 1.7 per cent inflation rate. Applications for US jobless aid drop back below 300,000; evidence of continued hiring gains FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, automotive service technology students work on a car at the Community College of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) read more

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Repaying debt a priority of Canadians with extra money report says

By on October 3, 2019

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 9:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Repaying debt a priority of Canadians with extra money, report says OTTAWA – Low oil prices may be putting a few extra dollars in the pockets of Canadians, but record debt levels have us taking a conservative approach to spending, a new report says.The review by market intelligence agency Mintel, released Wednesday, found Canadians are focused on paying off debts and making cutbacks when it comes to their finances.“There is a glimmer of hope, however, with consumers still looking to treat themselves to long- and short-term rewards, creating a mood of sensible spending for 2015,” said Carol Wong-Li, senior lifestyle analyst at Mintel.“We’re predicting food-related categories like dining out and groceries will experience reasonable growth this year.”Nonetheless, paying down debt was the top response when those surveyed were asked where their extra money was being spent. Thirty-four per cent listing it as an option.Other popular answers included long vacations, dining out and “small extras” for family members.The report also found nearly a third of Canadians expected to spend more on food at home.Mintel noted that Canadian consumer spending rose to $1.084 trillion in 2014, up 4.7 per cent from 2013.The report said housing was the biggest category at about 25 per cent of all Canadian consumer spending, followed by transportation and personal finance expenditures including savings, investments and insurance.Total Canadian consumer spending is forecasted to grow by 4.7 per cent over the next five years and top $1.2 trillion in 2019. read more

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Global stocks extend European stimulusinspired rally

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FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, people walk to work on Wall Street beneath a statue of George Washington, in New York. Global shares rose on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, following upbeat trade data from China. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Global stocks continued to rise Friday as investors remained buoyed by the European Central Bank’s decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. South Korea’s benchmark slipped as lawmakers voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.2 per cent to 6,944 and France’s CAC 40 was up 0.6 per cent at 4,762. Germany’s DAX rose 0.3 per cent to 11,209. U.S. shares looked set for more gains, with Dow futures up 0.2 per cent and S&P futures almost 0.1 per cent higher.EURO WATCH: The European Central on Thursday extended its bond-buying economic stimulus program, known as “quantitative easing,” as investors expected. It pushed out the earliest end date for its bond-buying program to the end of next year, from March previous. However, starting in March it will begin spending less on bonds per month. The extension adds $579 billion, seen as a hedge against political uncertainties such as Italy’s recent referendum and elections next year in France, Germany and the Netherlands. China’s slowdown, U.S. rate hikes and the impact of President-elect Donald Trump on growth and global trade also loom large.ANALYST’S TAKE: “The ECB’s policy change looks like a typical compromise” between those in favour of extending the stimulus and those who wanted to start phasing it out, said CMC’s chief market strategist, Ric Spooner. “The bottom line for markets is that (the stimulus) will continue at a substantial rate for another 12 months with the possibility of being increased if conditions deteriorate.”U.S. RATE HIKES: The Fed is expected to raise its key interest rate by 0.25 per cent at its policy-setting meeting next week, a year after its last rate hike. Investors are watching for clues about whether the Fed will stick to “gradual rate hikes” and how significant fiscal stimulus will be under Donald Trump. U.S. data remains solid, with non-manufacturing business conditions index rising, job openings and hiring remaining strong and jobless claims low.SOUTH KOREAN IMPEACHMENT: South Korean lawmakers voted to impeach Park over a corruption scandal that drew millions of demonstrators into the streets demanding she step down. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will assume leadership until the country’s constitutional Court rules on whether Park must go for good. Park has denied allegations she colluded with a confidante who extorted companies and manipulated state affairs. South Korea’s KOSPI fell 0.3 per cent to 2,024.69, closing as the vote was underway.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 1.2 per cent to 18,996.37 as the yen weakened against the dollar. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.5 per cent to 3,232.88. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.3 per cent to 5,560.60. Indexes in most Southeast Asian countries also rose but Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.4 per cent to 22,760.98 and India’s Sensex was up 0.3 per cent at 26,778.58.OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 40 cents to $51.24 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $1.07 in the previous session. Brent crude, the international standard, added 22 cents to $54.11 a barrel in London. It rose 89 cents on Thursday.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 115.09 yen from 114.20 yen. The euro fell to $1.0561 from $1.0603. by Eileen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2016 8:10 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Global stocks extend European stimulus-inspired rally read more

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University looking for honorary degree nominations

By on October 2, 2019

Brock University is again ready to honour those in the community or within a particular discipline who deserves to be recognized for their exceptional work.The Office of the University Secretariat is looking for worthy recipients to be considered for honorary degrees.“In awarding honorary doctorates, Brock University has the opportunity to recognize those whose significant achievements and contributions to society have made a difference, whether here in Niagara, nationally or globally,” said Senate Chair Scott Henderson. “The award is a means of honouring leaders in their fields, while reinforcing for our graduates and alumni the University’s own values and ideals, evident in the achievements of each recipient.”Honorary degrees are conferred at Spring and Fall Convocations, with the recipients delivering the Convocation address.There’s no deadline for nominations, but they’re reviewed by the Governance Committee of Senate in early spring. The committee then makes recommendations on which nominees should be placed on a list of proposed honorary degree recipients to be selected by the President.Nominations may be submitted using the form on the honorary degree section of the University Secretariat website. The site also contains the procedures and guidelines for submitting a name to be considered, including the requirement of having at least two statements of support. read more

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Bet Their Mammies Are Proud Pic of the Day

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgCHECK OUT THE look of concentration on the faces of these rather adorable tiny Irish dancers.The photo was taken at the launch of the Carlow Pan Celtic International Festival where the dancers showed off their skills. We bet their mammies are proud.(Image: Carlow Pan Celtic International Festival) Read: Inventions wanted: Digital Irish dancing shoes, ‘keepy uppy’ counter >last_img

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