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Average payments on new mortgages climbing faster than inflation CMHC says

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s federal housing agency says the average scheduled monthly mortgage payment for new loans climbed to $1,328 in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 4.6 per cent from $1,269 a year ago.The increase came as house prices continued to rise, particularly in the cities of Toronto and Vancouver and their surrounding areas.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the fact that the average scheduled monthly payment is growing faster than inflation is concerning because it suggests that homeowners could struggle to make their payments going forward.In Toronto, the average payment was $1,826 during the fourth quarter of last year, up 11.5 per cent from $1,638 a year prior.In Vancouver, it rose by 4.5 per cent to $1,936 from $1,853 in the fourth quarter of 2015.CMHC, which obtained the data from credit monitoring agency Equifax, says mortgage delinquency rates during the fourth quarter of 2016 were 0.34 per cent nationwide compared with 0.35 per cent a year earlier.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.last_img read more


Stocks shrug off an early slide and turn higher led by tech

NEW YORK — Stocks shook off an early slump and turned higher in morning trading Wednesday, led by solid gains in Microsoft, Facebook and Google.Banks were still lower following a steep drop in bond yields. Bond yields fell after some surprisingly disappointing economic data in the U.S. including weak figures on retail sales and industrial production. Macy’s rose after turning in solid quarterly results.The early flip-flop marked the latest reversal for a stock market that has been whipsawed by worries over the worsening trade relationship between China and the U.S. and the fallout it may have on the broader global economy. The market plunged Monday, bounced back Tuesday and see-sawed in early trading Wednesday.Weak signals on economic growth drove investors to push bond yields sharply lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which is used to set rates on many kinds of loans including mortgages, fell to 2.38% from 2.42% late Tuesday.That drop in yields particularly hurts banks because it cuts into profit from interest on loans. Bank of America fell 1.2% and JPMorgan Chase fell 0.7%.Technology stocks were mixed. Microsoft rose 1.3%, but chipmakers, which are heavily dependent on China for sales, remained weak. Nvidia fell 1.4%.Safe-play stocks held up well. Real estate companies and makers of consumer products rose. PepsiCo rose 1%.Analysts have been warning that the stock market will remain volatile as long as the U.S. and China remain locked in their latest spat. The latest flare-up began early this week when President Donald Trump decided to raise more tariffs on Chinese goods. China responded with plans for its own increased tariffs on U.S. goods.The escalation surprised investors who had been expecting a resolution. That confidence was a key component of the stock market’s sharp gains so far this year.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.3% as of 10:40 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 20 points, or 0.1%, to 25,551. The Nasdaq rose 0.7%POSITIVE FLOW: Progressive rose 3.7% after it gave investors a solid first quarter earnings report and renewed its stock buyback plan.The insurance company reported a sharp rise in written premiums.RECALIBRATING: Agilent plunged 9% after cutting its revenue forecast for the year following a disappointing first quarter. The scientific instruments maker reported first quarter profit and revenue that fell short of Wall Street forecasts.SHOPPING FOR PROFIT: Alibaba Group Holding rose 1.2% after the online retailer blew past Wall Street forecasts for first quarter profit. The Hong Kong-based company also beat revenue forecasts for the quarter.MACY’S: Macy’s rose 0.8% after reporting its sixth consecutive quarter of increases in comparable store sales. That is a key measure of a retailer’s health. The department store chain also blew past first quarter profit forecasts and reported higher online sales growth.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more


Psychologist approved Jeffrey Epsteins removal from suicide watch

WASHINGTON — A psychologist at the federal detention centre in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.The disclosure came in a letter dated on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd and addressed to the leaders of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking details about the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death earlier this month.Epstein, who was 66, was found dead Aug. 10 in his cell inside a segregated housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan. An autopsy concluded that he hanged himself.His death triggered investigations by the FBI, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which runs the detention facility.The Boyd letter, provided to Reuters on Friday, confirmed that Epstein had been placed on suicide watch in July, a status under which the designated prisoner is held in a special cell under constant observation by staff or “inmate companions.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Epstein was “later removed from suicide watch after being evaluated by a doctoral-level psychologist who determined that a suicide watch was no longer warranted,” Boyd wrote in the three-page letter.The letter did not state precisely why a suicide watch had been ordered for Epstein. But Epstein in July had been found unconscious on the floor of his cell with marks on his neck, and officials had been investigating that incident as a possible suicide attempt or assault.In addition to being housed in a special chamber affording an unobstructed view of the occupant and easy entry from the outside, inmates on suicide watch are evaluated daily by a psychologist, the letter said.Typically imposed as a short-term restriction, suicide watch in Bureau of Prisons facilities can only be terminated by a bureau psychologist following a face-to-face evaluation of the inmate, Boyd wrote. No reason was given for Epstein’s removal.At the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed overnight, a source has told Reuters.U.S. Attorney General William Barr last week ordered the reassignment of the warden in charge of the Lower Manhattan detention facility, along with a temporary replacement and the placement of two corrections officers assigned to Epstein’s unit on administrative leave for the duration of the probes.The staff shakeup came hours after President Donald Trump called for a full investigation of the matter.Epstein, who once counted Trump and former President Bill Clinton as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of girls as young as 14.Just two days before his death, Epstein had signed a will placing all of his property, worth more than $577 million, in a trust called the 1953 Trust, after the year of his birth, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters. Three more women sue Epstein’s estate over alleged abuse Prince Andrew ‘appalled’ by pal Jeffrey Epstein’s sex scandal Official autopsy concludes Epstein’s death was suicide by hanging read more


Divisions among Somali leaders persist as peace talks enter final stage Annan

Divisions among Somali leaders persist, even as the reconciliation process gears up for its third and final phase of negotiating the formation of an all-inclusive government, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report.In his latest report to the Security Council on political and humanitarian conditions in Somalia since February, Mr. Annan notes that some leaders have absented themselves from the ongoing Somalia National Reconciliation Conference at Mbagathi, Kenya, alleging insufficient representation.They have also protested the role of some Frontline States at the Conference, which is organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Mr. Annan reminds the Somali leaders that, “the final results will be only as good as the substantive agreement reached by the Somalis themselves on the structures of future governance and their commitment to abide by the obligations they have accepted.”He stresses that the future of the reconciliation process continues to rest largely in Somali hands, and that the international community can only assist the Somali efforts and commitment to end years of conflict and deprivation. He also calls on all parties to refrain from hostilities and acts likely to increase tension at this final stage.To handle the persistent problems relating to representation at the Conference, Bethuel Kiplagat, the Secretary-General’s envoy for Somalia, has under taken several initiatives, including setting up an arbitration committee whose 15 members comprise three persons from each clan, the report says.On the humanitarian front, Mr. Annan says the Somali people continue to struggle with chronic food insecurity, poverty, disease, drought and severely limited educational and employment opportunities. He says it is imperative for the international community to enhance access to basic services and support peace building efforts.”Without increased and sustained donor commitment, the outlook for Somalia remains grim,” Mr. Annan warns. “Any reduction in existing efforts, both for short-term relief and for the medium-to-long term, could upset the precarious balance achieved, with devastating effects, particularly on women and children.” read more


Uganda UN appeals for calm over escalating deaths in disarmament operation

“The United Nations urges the restraint of all arms carriers in relation to the ongoing process of disarmament in order to avoid further escalation of insecurity and to minimize the impact on innocent civilians, especially on the lives of children and families,” the acting humanitarian coordinator in Uganda, Theophane Nikyema said in a statement.An interagency assessment team sent to the area on Tuesday 7 found evidence of significant loss of life and property, including food reserves, in villages within and surrounding the parish of Lopuyo and civilians remain displaced, although some have begun returning home.“The team received multiple allegations of serious human rights abuses committed on all sides that warrant further detailed investigation,” Mr. Nikyema said. “The team was disturbed by the apparent lack of reconciliatory or confidence building initiatives being undertaken to avoid future such incidents.He urge national and local authorities to “undertake all measures required to protect the civilian population, including children and women,” and called for a review of the implementation of the disarmament process by the national authorities and the establishment of an adequate monitoring mechanism.Through its specialized agencies and partners, the UN has already released food and supplies to support civilians affected by the violence. Work is also underway to ensure adequate protection and access to heath services and water and sanitation facilities. read more


Brig Gen James Mwakibolwa New method of combating violence in the DR

Less than two months after arriving in North Kivu to lead the newly-established Force Intervention Brigade against rebels from the 23 March Movement (M23), the Brigade’s commander, voices a deep sense of duty and purpose to the Security Council mandate and to contributing to peace in the Great Lakes region. “It should be understood that our first concern should be the protection of civilians as we take on the armed groups,” he concluded. “A UN peacekeeper is a person who must protect UN staff and UN property but, above all, he must protect the civilians.”In March, the Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within the existing UN peacekeeping operation in the country (MONUSCO) to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.The brigade – which will be based in North Kivu province and total 3,069 peacekeepers – is tasked with neutralizing armed groups, reducing the threat posed to State authority and civilian security and make space for stabilization activities.The first contingent of Tanzanian soldiers forming part of the Brigade arrived in Goma earlier this month.Since taking command, Brig Gen Mwakibolwa has focused on putting the team together and getting them ready for the mission. “When you are selected and made commander of a new mission, you feel great about yourself,” Brig Gen Mwakibolwa said. “I have to make sure that I deliver. That I meet the expectation of the international community and the United Nations which formed the Force Intervention Brigade and ultimately agreed to make me commander.” Brig Gen James Mwakibolwa, Commander of the UN intervention brigade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, welcomes Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on arrival in Goma. Photo: MONUSCO/Clara Padovan Brig Gen James Mwakibolwa greets Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous on arrival in Goma. Photo: MONUSCO/Clara Padovan ‹› Nevertheless, Brig Gen Mwakibolwa, with more than three decades of experience as a general in the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force, is quick to emphasize that while he heads the brigade, he is not the head of the UN force in the country. “We are part of MONUSCO and our instructions come from the Force Commander of MONUSCO,” Brig Gen Mwakibolwa stressed. “How, where and at what time it will happen depends on the Force Commander.”A military man who believes a soldier is better judged in the field of action than in the talking fora, Brig Gen Mwakibolwa acknowledged that there are fears among some in the civilian population that the Brigade will exacerbate the already tenuous atmosphere. “Perhaps they expect collateral damage and this and that to the extent that several people are not positive about the brigade,” the Brigadier General said. Noting that this is his first UN peacekeeping mission, Brig Gen Mwakibolwa is experienced in the region. He served as commander of the Military Assessment Team of the International Conference on Great Lakes region (ICGLR) in October 2012 to assess the military situation in eastern DRC and come up with a concept of operation.“I think this contributed to my nomination as commander of the brigade because of the fact that I was the one to come and assess the situation.” read more


Brock prof applauds move by Gucci others to stop using Size 0

Two and a half years ago, Brock University research showed that customers prefer if fashion brands used average-sized models to sell their clothing.Finally, this week, two French fashion companies whose brands include Gucci, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and others announced they would stop hiring excessively thin models.Kai-Yu Wang, a professor of marketing in Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, applauded the decision.“As a researcher, I’m glad to see these companies are working toward this. Our study showed that with these famous brands, using Size 0 or average-sized models doesn’t make any difference in how consumers evaluate their products,” he said. “I think they made the right decision.”Wang’s research, published in the European Journal of Marketing in April, 2015, showed that female shoppers wanted to see fashion models who looked more like them rather than the super-skinny models brands were typically using. It also revealed that new fashion brands would have more success with their advertising campaigns if they hired average-sized models.The professor is now delving deeper into the topic — researching who is the driving force behind the use of super-skinny models: The fashion brand designers, the fashion show directors or the models themselves. read more


TLDR the important bits from the Luis Suarez bite judgement

first_imgPeter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images5. They were influenced by the fact that the incident trended on Twitter“Within a few hours of the match, reference to the incident was both headline news around the country and the top trend on twitter worldwide.”6. And they were worried about the damage done to English football’s image“Whilst we accepted that Mr Suarez’s reputation had been impacted, these unsavoury images would have given a bad image of English football domestically and across the world alike.”7. The panel ruled that the bite was “significantly more serious” than an incident involving Brighton’s Ashley Barnes, who was banned for seven games for tripping the referee“Accordingly, the punishment should be significantly higher.”Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images8. Suarez’s argument that he only deserved a three-match ban backfired“When these were read in conjunction with Mr Suarez’s denial of the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for violent conduct is clearly insufficient, it seemed to us that Mr Suarez has not fully appreciated the gravity and seriousness of this truly exceptional incident.”9. The panel insisted on sending a “strong message” as well as punishing Suarez“The purpose of our decision should not only be a punishment to Mr Suarez for the offence committed, but must also be sending a strong message that such deplorable behaviours do not have a place in football.”You can read the written decision in full here >‘I really want to learn from what has happened’: Suarez won’t appeal 10-match ban THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION this afternoon published the written reasons behind Luis Suarez’s 10-match ban for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic.To save you reading the whole 21 pages, we’ve done it for you. Here are the important bits:1. The FA argued that Suarez may have been trying to provoke Ivanovic.“It was entirely possible – indeed it may have been one intention [of Mr Suarez] – that the attack would provoke a violent response from Mr Ivanovic which would have resulted in the latter being dismissed from the field of play.”Jon Super/AP/Press Association Images2. The panel found that the incident was “truly exceptional”“We also found that the deliberate, purposeful, unprovoked, off the ball attack of this nature truly exceptional.”3. The FA tried to argue that it was more serious because Suarez had stayed on the pitch and scored the equaliser“Whilst we could understand and sympathised with The FA’s submission that Mr Suarez not being dismissed after the incident had an impact on the game, we believed that this outcome could not be classed as a contributor towards the circumstances of this incident being truly exceptional.”4. The panel were worried about copycat incidents among younger players“We agreed that the incidents of biting an opponent in football are very rare at the moment and, because of this situation, we need to ensure that it will remain so. We have the responsibility for the whole game of football in England, down to the youth football at grassroots level. We believe it is our duty to discourage any players at any level from acting in such a deplorable manner or attempting to copy what they had seen on the television.”last_img read more


Five women killed and four injured after gunman opens fire on churchgoers

first_img Share107 Tweet Email1 Feb 18th 2018, 3:19 PM Updated at 4.30pmFIVE WOMEN HAVE been shot dead in an apparent radical Islamist attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan, officials and local media said.According to local press reports an unidentified gunman fired at worshippers at an Orthodox church in the town of Kizlyar in the mainly Muslim region.“An unknown man opened fire with a hunting rifle in Kizlyar, fatally wounding four women,” the regional internal affairs ministry said in a statement.A fifth woman died of her injuries in hospital, health ministry spokeswoman Zalina Mourtazalieva told TASS news agency.Two Russian police officers were injured in the attack.The attacker was “eliminated” by police fire, the regional internal affairs ministry added.According to a local official the assailant was a local man in his early twenties, the Interfax news agency reported.The Russian RBK daily quoted an Orthodox priest saying the attacker had opened fire on churchgoers following an afternoon service.“We had finished the mass and were beginning to leave the church. A bearded man ran towards the church shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is greatest’) and killed four people,” Father Pavel told RBK.“He was carrying a rifle and a knife,” he added.Dagestan, bordering Chechnya, is one of the poorest and most unstable regions of Russia.Islamist rebels from the region, which lies immediately east of Chechnya, are known to have travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group.In 2015, IS declared it had established a “franchise” in the North Caucasus.It has claimed a number of attacks on police in Dagestan in the last couple of years that have involved guns and explosives, as local security forces battle a simmering Islamist insurgency.Sunday’s shooting comes exactly one month before the March 18 presidential election that Vladimir Putin is almost guaranteed to win.© – AFP 2018Read: Man seriously injured in potential hit and run in DublinMore: Gardaí recover knife used in stabbing incident as 21-year-old man remains in critical condition Short URL Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 4:30 PM Image: Google Maps 18,709 Views By AFP Image: Google Maps 32 Comments Five women killed and four injured after gunman opens fire on churchgoers in Russia The shooter opened gunfire at people leaving a church service in Russia’s Dagestan region. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mohamed Salah to travel to Spain for treatment on shoulder injury

first_imgThe initial fearful speculation was that Liverpool star, Salah suffered shoulder dislocation and will not be in World Cup for his home Egypt, but those fears were doused with the news that the Egyptian FA were optimistic enough that he will be in Russia for his country.But now Mohamed Salah will have to travel to Spain this week for treatment on that his shoulder injury. It was announced that he will travel to Spain, along with the Liverpool medical staff, to start treatment and his rehabilitation programme in clear preparation for the World Cup that is weeks away, according Metro Uk.The Liverpool star was pushed off in the first half in tears during the Saturday’s Champions League final. He had collided with Madrid defender Ramos and had brutal fall with Madrid defender Ramos.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Salah is supposed to meet the Egyptian FA president and team doctor as he plans to be fit enough to play in Russia.last_img read more

Kamala Harris cosponsors bill to let Dreamers work on Capitol Hill

first_img WASHINGTON (KUSI) – Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that lifts the ban on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients from working on Capitol Hill. I’ve met with countless DREAMers over the past few years who inspire me & I’m going to share a few of their stories with you today. We’re fighting to lift the ban on DREAMers working or getting paid internships in Congress & it’s so important that they are seen and heard.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) April 3, 2019 April 3, 2019 Posted: April 3, 2019 “I came to the United States from El Salvador when I was 5 years old. I want people to judge me for the person I am & not on the fact that I don’t have a piece of paper that says I belong here. I’m pursuing an education in Social Work & doing my best to help my community.” –Doris— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) April 3, 2019 DREAMers are American in every way but on paper. They grew up here, serve in our military & contribute to our economy. And they should not be prevented from serving their country on Capitol Hill.Today I’m introducing legislation to lift the ban on DREAMers working for Congress.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) April 3, 2019The American Dream Employment Act is co-sponsored by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NM), and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill). It was first introduced in the House by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and gained the support of 57 bi-partisan co-sponsors, including San Diego’s Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA).  You can see the list of 57 by clicking here.The bill would “enable the payment of certain officers and employees of the United States whose employment is authorized under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and for other purposes.”In a statement, 2020 Democrat hopeful Kamala Harris said, “The giant sign outside my office says ‘DREAMers’ Welcome Here’ because we know and value the contributions that these young people have made to their communities. But right now, those same young people are banned from giving back to their country by working for Congress. That has to change.”Harris’s office says the bill would apply to employment in both the House and Senate.Tuesday, Harris put out multiple tweets detailing her support for the bill. Kamala Harris co-sponsors bill to let ‘Dreamers’ work on Capitol Hillcenter_img Updated: 12:00 PM This sign has stood outside my office since 2017 because I want every DREAMer to know they belong here. It’s time for Congress to ensure that they can work here.My bill with @SenCortezMasto, @SenatorDurbin & @RepKirkpatrick would lift the ban on DREAMers working for Congress.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) April 3, 2019 Mike McKinnon III Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Kamala Harris FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III, last_img read more


In Utqiaġvik learning about climate change includes studying your backyard

first_imgPeople in Utqiaġvik are already experiencing impacts from that warming, like changes in the sea ice they hunt from, and increased coastal erosion as the period of time when the shoreline is protected from storms by sea ice has gotten shorter. In Utqiaġvik, the average temperature has risen over 7 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 50 years. That’s among the biggest jumps in Alaska and the world. People shout out answers: “Polar bears!” “Seals!” “Walrus!” “Whaling!” (Graphic courtesy Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy) “Why else is the ice important?” he asks his students. Third period is about to start at Eben Hopson Middle School, as science teacher Kevin Neyhard stands at the door to his classroom and ushers in the last stragglers from the hallway. “I want you to talk to people,” he tells them. “That’s the whole point, is to get you to actually talk and learn from people in the community.” “They ask about how it’s affecting a lot of the animals: seals, bowhead of course is a big one, polar bears, caribou,” he said. This is the part of eighth grade science where students in Utqiaġvik learn about climate change. There is also a set of locally-developed Iñupiaq standards that relate to the environment and influence how Neyhard teaches this course. For example, they include an expectation that students show responsibility toward the environment by “comparing and contrasting conservation-oriented behaviors with irresponsible behaviors.” Graph showing long-term warming trends in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. (Graphic courtesy Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy) He also brings in area scientists to answer student questions. The shorefast sea ice off Utqiaġvik, which local whalers use as a platform for their spring hunt, April 21, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) “Have you seen anything in your life that you would say is a result of climate change?” he reads out loud to the class, as he goes over the homework. “You know, examples,” he continues. “What have they seen change, if they’ve seen things change?” Neyhard has a lot to get through in this class period. The section he’s teaching right now sometimes gets a bit squeezed, since it’s at the end of the year. But for the past six years he’s been teaching here, he always gets to it eventually. An illustration of the greenhouse effect on the wall of Kevin Neyhard’s classroom. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) “I do lean towards the human influence of things,” he said. And in eighth grade science, students in Alaska’s northernmost town study climate change in a way that encompasses the global picture, but pays particular attention to what’s going on in their own backyard.center_img He also gets the students out of the classroom for their climate change education. Each spring he takes them out onto the shorefast sea ice for a day-long field trip. His curriculum is largely shaped by a growing national model for science education called the Next Generation Science Standards, which the North Slope Borough School District has adopted. The state of Alaska hasn’t adopted the next generation science standards yet, though they’re considering a framework incorporating it. The standards say students should be able to “ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century,” with emphasis on “the major role that human activities play.” Just half a degree Celsius of warming could mean an ice-free summer on the Arctic ocean, he explains, which would lead to even more warming. Climate change is personal to the students here, where many people use the land and ocean to access subsistence resources, and even residents as young as these 13- and 14-year-olds have seen a change in the coastline due to erosion. “Basically, I want to try to teach in accordance with what this community is feeling and thinking,” he said. The majority of the responses to the survey reflect a belief that human activity is either partly or fully responsible. So that’s the way he teaches it. In today’s class, Neyhard is showing the class data reflecting how carbon dioxide levels and temperatures are rising, and how that corresponds with a decline in Arctic sea ice. But Neyhard also takes cues from the responses he gets to the annual survey. Science teacher Kevin Neyhard spends the end part of each school year teaching his eighth grade science students in Utqiaġvik about climate change. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) He keeps track of the adaptations that are being discussed in Utqiaġvik, and shares them with his students — like the idea of building a rock wall along the beach to slow erosion. Neyhard also has students do a final project where they research a particular approach to a climate change problem. Neyhard tells the students what he doesn’t want is for them to go home and say, “Here Mom, you have homework.” When students come back to class with stories from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other adults, it becomes a sort of crowd-sourced teaching tool. Neyhard puts the answers in a database, and they go over it in class. Neyhard’s approach to this subject gets personal too. He usually starts this unit by handing out a homework assignment where students have to ask an adult outside of school a series of questions about climate change. Neyhard does talk about the challenges and potential consequences of climate change in this class — and that can be scary to some students. But he ends by talking about the ways that people are trying to address some of those challenges. “They get the traditional, ecological perspective on sea ice and how it’s changing and shifting from the whaling crews and whaling captains,” Neyhard said. “And then they come back to a home base area … and we drill cores through the ice to learn about it from that perspective.” He wants them to walk away from this class not just with a better sense of how their world is changing, but also how people are trying to respond to that change — both globally and here at home.last_img read more


Alia Bhatt wins hearts with her befitting response to Kangana Ranauts sister

first_imgAlia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan reacts to allegations made by Kangana Ranaut’s sisterVarinder ChawlaOf late, Alia Bhatt is being constantly targetted by Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel be it for the lack of support to the Ranaut sisters or for her getting compared with Kangana as an actor. However, the 26-year-old has remained unfazed taking all the criticism in her stride and given a befitting response to Rangoli’s recent allegations against her and her family. A few days ago, Rangoli had accused Mahesh Bhatt of flinging a chappal (footwear) at Kangana during her initial days in Bollywood. She even slammed Soni Razdan for claiming that Mahesh Bhatt gave Kangana her break in the industry. So when Alia was asked about her reaction to Rangoli’s statements against her family at the Critics’ Choice Awards 2019, she chose to shut her down in the most dignfied way. “If I am mature, then my family is 10 times more mature and stronger than I am. I dontd want to get into this. I just want to be happy, positive, hard work, be a better version of myself everyday. I should not pay attention to what people are saying. Everyone has the right to say and what they want to say. I’ll remain quiet and this is my stand,” Alia Bhatt said. Alia also admitted to the poor performance of her recently released film Kalank and said that if the audience has rejected it, there’s no way the film would perform good at the box office. She said that she won’t analyse the failure of it but will to work hard and try not to disappoint the audience the next time.last_img read more


Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengal Warriors Preview Schedule

first_imgJaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengal Warriors.TwitterThe Jaipur Pink Panthers will fight it out against the Bengal Warriors in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League 2019 at the Dome@NSCI, SVP Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, July 27. The Pink Panthers started their campaign in style and will look forward to continuing their good form whereas the Bengal Warriors are also riding high on confidence after a massive 31-point victory against the UP Yoddhas.Preview, Prediction and Schedule The Jaipur Pink Panthers began their season in style in this year’s edition of the tournament. They defeated the U Mumba by a margin of 19 points and will be hoping to replicate the same performance against the Bengal Warriors. Captain Deepak Niwas Hooda is in super form and he scored 11 raid points in the previous encounter along with the support of Deepak Narwal and Nitin Rawal. Amit Hooda was solid in defence and scored a High 5.On the other hand, Bengal Warriors also achieved a massive win against UP Yoddhas. Their Iranian recruit this year, all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh, played a major role in their victory scoring a brilliant Super 10. Captain Maninder Singh was also in good form scoring nine raid points. In the defence, Baldev Singh played superbly, scoring seven tackle points with Rinku Narwal giving a good account of himself, finishing one shy of a High 5.According to past records, Bengal Warriors are ahead but going by current form, both teams are in the same position and have decent chances of winning the encounter. It will turn out to be a hard-fought game.The Jaipur Pink Panthers-Bengal Warriors match will start at 8.30 PM according to IST.TV listings and Live StreamingThe broadcasting rights of the tournament are held by Star Sports and the matches will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Marathi. For live streaming on the internet, the platform will be Hotstar.last_img read more

Gov Greg Abbott Says Mistakes Were Made In His Fundraising Letter Before

first_img Share Jesus Rosales for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott met with El Paso-area state legislators Aug. 7, four days after a mass murderer killed 22 people at a Walmart.Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that “mistakes were made” in his fundraising letter that used alarmist language in calling to “DEFEND” the Texas border and was dated one day before a deadly shooting that targeted Hispanics in El Paso.Speaking to reporters ahead of the second meeting of the newly formed Texas Safety Commission, Abbott said he talked to members of the El Paso legislative delegation about the mailer and “emphasized the importance of making sure that rhetoric will not be used in any dangerous way.”“I did get the chance to visit with the El Paso delegation and help them understand that mistakes were made and course correction has been made,” he said. “We will make sure that we work collaboratively in unification. I had the opportunity to visit with [the El Paso delegation] for about an hour to fully discuss the issue.”In his short remarks, Abbott didn’t address the specific language of the letter, what mistakes were made or what course correction has been made on his end. His apology comes nearly a week after The Texas Tribune first reported on the letter, which cautioned of supposed political implications that could come with unchecked illegal immigration.“The national Democrat machine has made no secret of the fact that it hopes to ‘turn Texas blue.’ If they can do it in California, they can do it in Texas — if we let them,” Abbott wrote in the fundraising appeal.The governor signed off with another pointed warning: “Unless you and I want liberals to succeed in their plan to transform Texas — and our entire country — through illegal immigration, this is a message we MUST send.”Members of the El Paso legislative delegation were not immediately available for comment on Abbott’s remarks about the letter, but before Thursday’s meeting, a handful told the Tribune that they were ready to leave any ill will in the past, put politics aside, and focus on healing and rebuilding their community.“I think our community is healing, and I think those kinds of comments are hurtful and our delegation acknowledged that publicly,” said state Rep. César Blanco, a Democrat whose district encompasses the Walmart where the shooting took place. “We need to move forward and make sure we do the business of the state. … That’s paramount, and that’s what we’ll be focused on.”The Texas Democratic Party, meanwhile, demanded the governor apologize for his “racist fundraising mailer” and “answer questions about ending his racist rhetoric immediately.”“The first step in solving a problem is admitting we have one. In that respect, this Texas Safety Commission meeting is a step in the right direction,” Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement. “However, let’s be clear: Governor Abbott and the Republican Party’s white supremacist rhetoric, like that seen in Abbott’s fundraising mailer the day before the El Paso shooting, continues to be a major part of the problem.”Twenty-two people were killed and more than two dozen were wounded in the El Paso shooting. The gunman, whom Abbott previously called an “enraged killer,” was arrested and charged with capital murder.In a manifesto published just before the shooting, the man railed against a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and told authorities he was targeting “Mexicans” when he surrendered. After the discovery of the manifesto, federal authorities began investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.Before asking reporters to leave the room where the commission was slated to meet, Abbott decried what happened in El Paso as “racist hate.”“The killer in El Paso definitely was a racist, and he was intent on acting out on his racism,” he said. “If you look at his manifesto, you will see time and again his target was Texas — the Texas culture, the Hispanic community and blended communities.“Some of the victims of this horrific crimes are blended communities. My family is blended communities. My wife is the first Hispanic first lady in Texas. Her family came from Mexico. We need to address this attack on who we are as Texans.”Disclosure: Walmart has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

MAXI J1957032 contains a neutron star Swift observations suggest

first_imgObservations conducted with NASA’s Swift space telescope have provided more insights about the nature of a compact component of the transient low-mass X-ray binary named MAXI J1957+032. Results of these observations, available in a paper published April 1 on, suggest that the system hosts a neutron star. Explore further AstroSAT observations reveal quasi-periodic oscillations in the X-ray binary GX 5-1 Generally, X-ray binaries are composed of a normal star or a white dwarf transferring mass onto a compact neutron star or a black hole. Based on the mass of the companion star, astronomers divide them into low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXB) and high-mass X-ray binaries (HMXB).In the case of MAXI J1957+032 (other designation IGR J19566+032), the nature of its components is still debated, while some studies even propose that it is a triple star system. Previous observations have shown that MAXI J1957+032 is located in our Milky Way galaxy, with uncertain distance estimates (from 6,500 to 26,000 light years from the Earth), and classify it as a transient faint low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB), given that it sporadically experiences outbursts.MAXI J1957+032 was observed by the Swift telescope during its outbursts in 2015 and 2016. According to a team of astronomers led by Aru Beri of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in India, these observations, complemented by data from Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) instrument on the International Space Station, could answer the question whether the compact object in this system is a black hole or a neutron star.”In this paper we present the evolution of all the outbursts observed with MAXI and Swift, and we used the results obtained by Wijnands et al. (2015) to try to get more insights into the nature of MAXI J1957+032,” the researchers wrote in the paper. Studying outbursts in MAXI J1957+032 Beri’s team found that the spectra soften as the luminosity increases, noting also that the observed value of power-law index is at a level of about 2.5 near the end of the outbursts. In particular, they found that while the power-law index generally increases with time, the 0.5–10 keV absorbed flux decreases, which clearly shows an anti-correlation between power-law index and observed flux.The scientists added that the measured value of power-law index, when compared to other LMXBs with a neutron star, suggest the presence of such star in MAXI J1957+032 as in other faint systems of this type this value can be even as high as 3.0.Furthermore, the neutron star scenario is also supported by the observed thermal emission in the X-ray spectra of MAXI J1957+032. According to the paper, the obtained values of blackbody radius are very similar to that have been found in other systems proposed to contain neutron stars or in confirmed systems hosting such objects.All in all, the astronomers concluded that assuming the distance to MAXI J1957+032 to be around 13,000 light years, the results of the study suggests that the system indeed harbors a neutron star. However, they underlined that the currently available data does not allow them to conclusively state whether this system contains a neutron star or a black hole. The four outbursts observed in MAXI J1957+032. Credit: Beri et al., 2019. More information: Aru Beri et al. Unveiling the nature of compact object in the LMXB MAXI J1957+032 using Swift-XRT. arXiv:1904.00914 [astro-ph.HE]. Citation: MAXI J1957+032 contains a neutron star, Swift observations suggest (2019, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2019 Science X Network 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.last_img read more

Win a European cruise with Transats newest agent incentive

first_imgTags: MSC Cruises, Transat Share Monday, April 10, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img MONTREAL — Every MSC Meraviglia booking agents make during the month of April with Transat comes with a chance to win a sailing for themselves on the new ship.The prize includes a cruise package for two aboard the MSC Meraviglia, sailing from Marseille, France, including roundtrip flight, cruise, transfers and taxes and an Option Plus upgrade for two on Air Transat.Agents also earn 15% commission on every MSC Meraviglia booking.New to Transat’s cruise program this summer are exclusive sailings aboard MSC Meraviglia from Marseille, with ports of call in Genoa, Naples, Sicily, Malta and Barcelona. According to Transat, the new ship offers an outstanding guest experience on board, featuring entertainment by Cirque du Soleil.Cruise packages include roundtrip flights with Air Transat, transfers and the cruise. With Transat’s Flight Protection, travellers are guaranteed to get to their cruise even if their flight is delayed. Transat’s program features 13 cruise lines and more than 60 itineraries in Europe and the Caribbean.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJClients can also choose to extend their trip, at no extra charge, by moving up their departure date up to 14 days before their cruise or postponing their return to Canada up to 14 days after their journey at sea. Win a European cruise with Transat’s newest agent incentive Travelweek Group last_img read more

Canberra ranked 3rd best city in the world to visit

first_imgSource = Visit Canberra Canberra ranked 3rd best city in the world to visitCanberra ranked 3rd best city in the world to visitLonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher, today named their hottest destinations in the world to visit in 2018 with Canberra ranking third on the exclusive cities list.At number three, Canberra has achieved the highest ever listing of any Australian city in this annual global publication.“This is a significant acknowledgement of the evolution of our city in the past few years, “ ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA said. “Our focus on connecting Canberra internationally, through direct international flights and attempts to attract international business to the Territory, is clearly working and putting our city on the map.”“Having been the Tourism Minister of the ACT for more than 10 years, I have seen how hard the industry has worked with the Government to continually grow and attract more people to our city. This news is a testament to the industry and I’m confident that the increased exposure of Canberra will further support the growth of our tourism sector.”ACT Chief Minister Barr said Canberra has much to offer tourists from around the world.“We have Australia’s best national attractions, world-class food and wine and unprecedented access to some of the best natural settings Australia has to offer,” he said.“There is a lot to look forward to in 2018 for Canberra – the first stage of the city’s light rail service will begin to take place and we will welcome our second international airline. The Government will also continue to look globally to attract more visitors and businesses to our city.”Each year a panel of Lonely Planet’s international travel experts contribute to their Best in Travel 2018 guide, compiling a list of the world’s most travel-worthy locations, scoring each destination on topicality, excitement and ‘x-factor’. The company’s Best in Travel 2018 showcases some of the world’s most appealing, interesting and diverse destinations.Author of the publication’s Canberra chapter, Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher says Canberra is the perfect choice for such an accolade.“Canberra is a bit of a hidden gem that has been hiding in plain sight. Rich with history, culture and entertainment, it offers something for every kind of traveller. “Recent revitalisation efforts have given Canberra a new lease of life, establishing a truly contemporary and unique sense of style, with boutique precincts emerging throughout the city, bursting with cool bars, cafes and restaurants. With endless family-friendly and adventurous activities, opportunities to connect with nature or indulge in a range of gastronomic delights, along with a smorgasbord of cultural, artistic and sporting events, Canberra should be on everybody’s 2018 travel wish list,” Zeiher said.last_img read more

The newest ship in Vikings fleet Viking Orion w

first_imgThe newest ship in Viking’s fleet, Viking Orion, will home-port in Australia for three months every year from December 2018. Viking Orion will arrive in Darwin on 4 December as part of Viking’s Komodo & the Australian Coast Bali to Sydney itinerary, and will then spend the next three months sailing between Sydney and Auckland on the new Australia & New Zealand cruise route. Viking Orion will depart Sydney in early March 2019, recommencing the Komodo & the Australian Coast itinerary. Following her first visit to Australia in February this year, Viking Sun will also be travelling back Down Under again in March 2019 on Viking’s 128-day 2019 Viking World Cruise itinerary. Viking Sun’s journey includes stops in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth – and it will be the first time a Viking ship has visited the latter two cities. Viking will be hosting a number of ship inspections for travel agents at each Australian port. To gain access, travel agents will need to register in advance and Viking will confirm their attendance closer to the inspection date.IMAGE: Viking Sun in Sydney agentsaustraliahome portViking OrionViking Sunlast_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter If you could go anywhe

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIf you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Now you can turn fantasy into reality as Cathay Pacific puts the World on Sale with special deals on flights to 65 cities across Hong Kong, China, Asia, North America, the UK and Europe. You have to act now as special fares are for new bookings made from now until 17 June 2016.Cathay Pacific believes that travelling well is an important part of living well, and to encourage Australians to live a Life Well Travelled, it has special return Economy Class fares for travel between October and November 2016. Flights start from $1642 return to London, $1456 return to New York, $643 return to Shanghai and $688 return to Tokyo.Those who want to travel in ultimate luxury and style can take advantage of special return Business Class fares to select destinations across Hong Kong, China, the UK and Europe, for travel between June and August 2016. Fares from Brisbane to Hong Kong start from $5396 return, Paris from $7290 return and Rome from $7211 return.With a vast network of 190 destinations around the world, some of the best deals can be found on destinations where the airline and sister airline Dragonair fly direct, including 10 destinations in Europe and seven destinations in North America, and over 70 destinations in Asia.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more