For many Canada 150 celebrations pale in comparison to nostalgia of Expo

first_imgTORONTO – Dominic Ardonato doesn’t see much reason to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.The retired high school teacher complains about a disappointing economy, racial divides, and political squabbles that dominate his life in Montreal. He’d much rather reminisce about the magic of Montreal’s Expo 67, the spectacular world fair that marked Canada’s centennial and served as the country’s global coming-out party.“It was the best of times. And now it’s the worst of times,” the 69-year-old declares over the phone while reminiscing about Montreal’s extravagant birthday bash.“(There was a) new metro, a new world exposition site, a new downtown, all kinds of high-rise buildings. It was just growing. Growing and growing. And lots of money. And now there’s no money.”It’s hard for any celebration to compete with the memory of Expo 67, which drew more than 50 million people to the city and established a national pride among those Canadians eager to distinguish themselves from their colonial roots. It even had its own theme song, Bobby Gimby’s “Canada,” which gained widespread popularity.Contrast that to the lineup of events marking Canada’s 150th, which “just sounds like some government program,” says political analyst Nelson Wiseman.“There’s nothing special about 150 for the rest of the world,” says the director of the University of Toronto’s Canadian studies program.“I don’t hear any of my students talking about Canada 150, it’s largely a bureaucratic creation. I mean it’s there on the calendar and I think more Canadians are going to be visiting Ottawa this year, I think more Canadians are going to travel across the country — but it’s not in the league of 1967.”It’s not for lack of trying.Parks Canada is offering free admission to national parks and historic sites this year, a program that crashed its website when launched in December.And the federal government is spending $500 million across the country to fund parties and promote “12 days of celebrations” that kicked off June 21. That was National Aboriginal Day, the first of four key events including Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.Canadian Heritage has set the bar high for their success: “In honour of Canada 150, this year’s edition will be the most spectacular in Canadian history,” promises one government press release.U2’s Bono and the Edge have been enlisted to help build buzz for Parliament Hill’s July 1 festivities, with the rock ‘n’ roll superstars booked to play one song at around noon. Other performers include Gordon Lightfoot, Dean Brody and Alessia Cara.But on the whole, Canada 150 events seem to have fallen “with a bit of a thud,” says Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs.If there’s any hubbub, it’s more frequently centred on criticisms — that the celebrations ignore atrocities against Indigenous Peoples that went hand-in-hand with the country’s formation; that there’s little resonance for many Quebecers, especially amid 375th birthday plans in Montreal; that public funds should have been spent elsewhere.It doesn’t help that the party comes just two years after Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a damning report detailing the horrific sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect that indigenous children suffered in residential schools over more than a century, says Rima Wilkes, sociology professor at the University of British Columbia.“There’s a lot more awareness now that Canada is not a perfect country with a perfect history. So, given what we now know from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, how excited are we supposed to get?” says Wilkes.One could argue this is also just a sign of our skeptical times — we’ve entered an age filled with anxiety and distrust of authority and institutions.“People are a lot less keen to wave the flag for a nation state, especially in Canada, which has always been kind of an ambivalent nation anyway,” says Trent University Prof. Christopher Dummitt, citing the often fractious relationship between this country’s French, British and Indigenous Peoples.But many young people, too, have a hard time viewing their future with optimism, note Wiseman and Bothwell.So many of today’s millennials are struggling with a tough job market and soaring housing costs, and the path to building wealth is proving much steeper than the one travelled by their parents.“When I was looking for work in the 2000s it didn’t seem that great,” says Wilkes, born in 1971. “But even compared to that it seems worse now.”Contrast that to the promise of the late ’60s, an era ripe for reinvention and idealism.Bothwell points to steady economic growth, deeming it “absolutely the peak of Canadian prosperity.”Those were the years Canada passed Medicare, enhanced the Canada Pension Plan, and ditched the British Red Ensign in favour of a new Maple Leaf flag.“You could see that there was a future. It was exciting,” he says, noting evidence of centennial largesse — including marquee landmarks — remain strewn across the country.Centennial investments funded some 860 buildings, including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, N.L., and the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.Wilkes wonders if the bigger problem with Canada 150 is an apparent lack of focus to various activities.“There’s no event. When we had the Olympics here everyone was super into it and excited but there’s no thing that this is being tied to,” says Wilkes.Nevertheless, Bothwell believes Canadian nationalism hasn’t wavered that much and will be made apparent on July 1.“I intend to raise a glass to Canada on July the first. And I think Canadians — in our quiet way — will do that.”last_img read more

Killer of Calgary Stampeder player to learn his sentence

first_imgAt times wiping away tears, she told court that her son, “with an almost jungle-like mentality, safely walked through the fire of Detroit,” yet didn’t last one year living in Calgary. CALGARY — The killer of a Calgary Stampeders football player is to find out today how long he must wait before he can seek parole.A judge found Nelson Lugela guilty earlier this year of second-degree murder in the death of Mylan Hicks.Hicks, a 23-year-old player on the practice roster of the Canadian Football League Stampeders, was shot outside Calgary’s Marquee Beer Market in 2016.READ MORE: Nelson Lugela guilty in shooting death of Calgary StampederLugela faces an automatic life sentence and the court must determine how long he should serve before he can apply for parole.The Crown has asked for an ineligibility period of between 17 and 19 years, while the defence said 14 years is appropriate.The trial heard that several Stampeders, including Hicks, had been celebrating a victory when a disagreement over a spilled drink in the bar intensified in a parking lot after closing time.Witnesses testified that after some pushing and shoving, a person who appeared to be holding a handgun opened fire at Hicks as he was running for cover.Hicks was hit twice, in the abdomen and chest, and died in hospital.Court heard Lugela and two other young men jumped into an SUV and sped away. Three people were arrested about 45 minutes later when they returned to the scene.Several witnesses identified Lugela as the man holding the gun.Hicks’s mother, Renee Hill, who travelled to Calgary from Detroit, told Lugela’s sentencing hearing last week that she’s angry her son survived the crime-filled streets of his hometown only to be gunned down in Canada. Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TSX US markets up as oil hits threeyear high Loonie down

first_imgRising oil prices boosted Toronto’s main stock index Monday while rebounding tech stocks lifted markets south of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 79.23 points to 15,808.63, mainly on the back of climbing oil prices, which settled above US$70 per barrel for the first time in more than three years.The June crude contract soared US$1.01 to US$70.73 per barrel. It last closed above the US$70 mark on Nov. 26, 2014.The commodity prices rose due to concerns around global supply disruptions, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.Those concerns include possible new U.S. sanctions against Iran.“I think we’re seeing those supply concerns manifest in higher oil prices,” he said.That lifted the heavily-weighted energy sector on the TSX’s main index where shares gained an average of 0.21 per cent of their worth.U.S. indices also made gains, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 94.81 points to 24,357.32, the S&P 500 index up 9.21 points to 2,672.63 and the Nasdaq composite index up 55.59 points to 7,265.21.“The bigger impact on the U.S. markets is coming from the rebound in the technology sector,” Fehr said.A correction earlier in the year beat up the tech sector pretty badly, he said, and now some optimism has returned with recent earnings coming out. Apple Inc., specifically, served as a catalyst for the sector after reporting strong results earlier this month.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.74 cents US, down 0.01 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the June natural gas contract gained three cents to US$2.74 per mmBTU. The June gold contract fell 60 cents to US$1,314.10 an ounce and the July copper contract retreated about a penny to roughly US$3.08 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Japan Extends Ghosns Custody as Financial Misconduct Scandal Persists

Rabat – The Tokyo District Court approved a request from the prosecutors on Wednesday to hold Carlos Ghosn and Nissan Representative Director Greg Kelly  for an extra 10 days, Japanese Kyodo reported Wednesday.Japan arrested Ghosn for alleged on Monday for alleged financial misconduct by underreporting his salary by a total of $44 million over five years since 2011. An internal investigation, based on a whistleblower report, found that “over many years, both Ghosn and Kelly have been reporting compensation amounts in the Tokyo Stock Exchange securities report that were less than the actual amount, in order to reduce the disclosed amount of Carlos Ghosn‘s compensation.” Nissan also accused Ghosn of using company assets for his personal use.Read also: Renault, Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn Faces Dismissal for MisconductMore allegations of financial misconductDuring the five-year period, Nissan’s chairman is suspected of not stating more than $886,000 worth of annual remuneration in the company’s annual securities reports from a Dutch-based subsidiary,” sources acquainted with the case told the Japanese Kyodo outlet Wednesday.Ghosn is allegedly suspected of underreporting the amount of his salary by billions of Japanese yen over the past three years, “although the company’s annual securities reports stated that the sum was about 2.9 billion yen.”Tokyo prosecutors claim the subsidiary has a serious role in the financial scandal.Ghosn is also suspected of using residences in Brazil, France, Lebanon, and the Netherlands. The Dutch subsidiary purchased the residence “without paying rent or reporting that benefit as part of his compensation.”The Japanese prosecutors consider Ghosn’s “alleged receipt of income from the subsidiary and bonus scheme, as well as the benefit, should have been reported as part of his remuneration,” according to Kyodo.Read also: Renault Names Interim CEO After Carlos Ghosn’s ArrestA legal affairs executive operating under Kelly is believed to be involved in the purchases of the overseas residences, according to  the sources.Kelly is believed to have given instructions to the executive and other officials “to make false statements” in Nissan’s securities reports.If guilty, Ghosn and kelly could face a punishment of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $88.5 thousand.Ghosn planned to merge Nissan and RenaultGhosn’s arrest caused a shock in the automotive industry, especially because Ghosn, who leads the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, is considered a highly influential executive within the global automotive industry.The alliance sold over 10 millions vehicles worldwide in 2017.On Tuesday, Nissan’s shares fell by 5.45 percent, while Mitsubishi’s were down 6.85 percent. On Monday, Renault shares tanked more than 8 percent in European trade.Before his arrest, Ghosn had been planning a merger between Nissan and Renault. However, Nissan’s executives opposed the deal, the Financial Times reported. Ghosn’s objective behind the merger was to make “the partnership ‘irreversible.’”َ”A merger was likely to happen ‘within months,’” said a source close to Nissan board quoted in the British newspaper. read more

LacMegantic victims aim to sue Ottawa for allegedly failing to stop railway

MONTREAL — Victims of the Lac-Megantic train disaster are aiming to sue Ottawa for allegedly failing to prevent a railway from shipping highly explosive cargo through their town.A runaway train carrying crude oil derailed last summer and exploded in the centre of the Quebec community, killing 47 people and destroying part of the downtown core.The lead lawyer for an existing class-action suit has now expanded the long list of defendants to include the Attorney General of Canada.That office delegates regulatory powers to the Canadian Transportation Agency and Transport Canada.Lead lawyer Daniel Larochelle alleges Transport Canada did not sufficiently sanction the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, even though the department was aware of the company’s repeated violations, including train drivers allegedly failing to apply a sufficient number of brakes.The motion alleges Transport Canada was “grossly negligent” in its oversight role related to the MMA. read more

John says abortion LGBT rights will not be legalised

Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said recently that cabinet will discuss the proposal on making abortion legal once it is received.He said that making abortion legal is only a proposal discussed at a meeting recently. He said that even if the cabinet considers it, both he and the Prime Minister will strongly oppose it. The Government says abortion and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights will not be legalised.Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that he had received an assurance from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that abortion will not be legalised. The Minister also said that there will not be any move to include LGBT rights in the Constitution. Issuing a statement the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka said it was deeply concerned at the news that a cabinet decision has been made to legalize abortion on two counts and is to be presented to the Parliament.The Church condemned the Government decision to legalize abortion under two instances saying that the Catholic Church believes that life begins at conception and no one has the right to take a life. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The Minister said the proposal has not been put forward to the Health Ministry or the Government.He however said that once the proposal is received it will be discussed by the cabinet.The proposal was based on the right a mother should have if pregnant as a result of rape or if a serious medical disorder is detected in the embryo. Recently the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka expressed concerns over moves to legalize abortion under special circumstances and urged the Government not to legalize abortion under any circumstances. read more

In Bulgaria living conditions for asylumseekers improves but gaps remain UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency applauded today the “significant efforts” made recently by the Bulgarian authorities and their partners to improve living conditions for asylum seekers in the country. While planning to lift its January call to temporarily suspend the transfer of refugees from European countries back to Bulgaria (under the Dublin Regulation), the UN Office of the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) stresses that “serious gaps” in the system remain, and warns against transferring individuals or groups considered most vulnerable.In the past three months, UNHCR noted improved conditions particularly in the Harmanli centre, a former military base near the Turkish border where refugees were living in tents just four months ago.“Today, asylum-seekers living in the centres receive daily hot meals, are accommodated in renovated buildings or accommodation in the process of being renovated, with heating, and have access to health care,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming at a press briefing in Geneva, adding that “with more staff, all asylum-seekers have been registered and progress is being made on asylum decisions.”However, the UN agency says that accommodation and sanitary conditions in two Sofia centres, Vrazdebhna and Voenna Rampa, remain insufficient. “UNHCR is also concerned about the lack of identification, referral and support to individuals with specific needs; the barriers children face in accessing formal education; and the lack of a sustainable integration programme,” said Ms. Fleming. Reiterating concerns expressed in January, the UN agency warned against measures implemented since Novembre 2013 by the Bulgarian authorities to restrict access to the territory along the Turkish border. “These have resulted in a marked decrease in the number of arrivals since December 2013, and could be preventing people in need of international protection from entering and requesting asylum in Bulgaria,” stressed Ms. Fleming. According to UNHCR, an increasing number of individuals have allegedly been forcibly expelled from Bulgarian territory without being able to apply for asylum, which has resulted in family separations in some cases. UNHCR has received several reports of these alleged “push-backs” from Bulgaria concerning nationals of Syria, Afghanistan and Sudan, as well as Palestinians from Syria.In 2013, 7,144 people sought asylum in Bulgaria, a sharp increase from an annual average of 1,000 asylum-seekers in the past decade. The recent influx, mostly due to the Syrian conflict, has put significant pressure on an ill-prepared system. Currently Bulgaria is hosting some 5,500 asylum-seekers. About 63 per cent are from Syria, with approximately 2,000 people from Afghanistan.“UNHCR remains committed to working closely with the Bulgarian authorities, and other partners to address existing gaps and to continue the consolidation of the progress achieved,” said Ms. Fleming. read more

Hasan Salihamidzic reacts to Bayerns UCL draw

first_imgBayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insists the team’s UEFA Champions League second round which pits them against Liverpool is a tough one.The German champions who were seeded for the draw which took place on Monday morning, will face Jurgen Klopp’s team over two legs when the knockout stages begin in February.“They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.” Salihamidzic said, according to the club’s official website.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy. You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Andres Jung, another board member of the German club, said:“Liverpool are one of the strongest teams we could’ve got. We’ll prepare well and certainly have no fear. It’ll be a great away game but the stadium isn’t that big, so we won’t have many tickets for our fans. We have respect for every team, and certainly for Liverpool. They’ll be two great games.”last_img read more

Residents irked over illegal constructions

first_imgKapra: Acting on a complaint by residents of Jai Jawan Colony stating that illegal construction has come up in the land belonging to park, Local corporator Pavani Reddy, MRO Nagamani, Kapra DC Dasarath, TPS Madhu Kumar and municipal staff visited the place on Wednesday.They inspected the colony layout and found that there were 333 plots in the colony. The colony association members said that using fake documents the encroachers obtained permission for the building in the land bearing survey numbers 376 and 377/1 which belong to the park. They expressed worry stating that children wouldn’t have place for recreation. They urged the corporator and officials concerned to come to their aid. The colony association members Tirumalaiah, Mallikarjun Rao, Prasad Rao, Polraju Saheb were present.last_img read more

Heres What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

first_imgYes. Never look directly at the sun during the eclipse without appropriate eye protection. And no, sunglasses don’t count. Real solar viewers are thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses.As NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce reports:“The only time it will be safe to look with the naked eye is during the brief window of so-called totality, when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. … When any part of the sun is uncovered and the eclipse is only partial, viewers need eye protection — even if there’s just a tiny crescent of sun left in the sky, [says Ralph] Chou, [a professor emeritus of optometry and vision science at the University of Waterloo].” ‘That crescent of sun is glowing every bit as brightly as it would on a day when there isn’t a solar eclipse,’ he says. ‘The difference is that instead of leaving a round burn on the back of the eye, it will leave a crescent-shaped burn at the back of the eye.’“Don’t think it’s safe to take quick, surreptitious glances, he warns.” ‘Actually, those quick little glances do add up,’ says Chou, ‘and they can, in fact, accumulate to the point where you do get damage at the back of the eye.’ “If you’re buying eclipse glasses, beware of scammers selling fraudulent products. The American Astronomical Society has a list of legitimate brands.Wait, what is a total solar eclipse again?A total solar eclipse is when the moon, the sun and the Earth all line up such that the moon completely blocks out the sun to viewers on part of Earth’s surface.It’s easier to imagine with a diagram.We residents of Earth are pretty lucky to see total solar eclipses. A lot of factors all need to align (so to speak). The moon needs to be just the right size and distance from Earth, and that’s before you even consider the cosmic fluke that is humans with eyes living on solid ground and able to turn our faces to the heavens.And in about 600 million years, earthlings won’t see total solar eclipses anymore, because the moon is still moving away from Earth.Are scientists really still interested in eclipses?Total solar eclipses have been happening for as long as humans have been around, but there’s still a lot to learn.For one thing, it’s a very useful moment for people who study the flaming corona of the sun that’s left exposed during the eclipse. The corona is the outer atmosphere of the sun, and during a total eclipse, the moon exposes part of the corona that is particularly interesting to researchers because it’s involved in space weather.But the moon moves quickly, giving scientists in any one location just a couple minutes to study the corona. To buy more time, volunteer citizen-scientists will take photos at 68 sites across the U.S. as part of Citizen CATE: the Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse experiment.“With that many telescopes, you can get continuous coverage of the eclipse from coast-to-coast during totality,” Bob Baer of Southern Illinois University told NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce. If everything goes as planned, the CATE team will end up with 93 minutes of continuous total eclipse.What if I miss the eclipse?Despair not. There will be solar eclipses visible from parts of the contiguous U.S. on Oct. 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024. The one in 2024 will be a total solar eclipse visible from Texas to Maine.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Joel Ryan/APNeza Pintaric, 9 and sister Ula, 11, right, from Slovenia watch the partial eclipse of the sun through solar glasses in Hyde Park in central London, Friday August 1, 2008.On Monday, the moon will completely eclipse the sun, and people all over the U.S. will watch.For those who have been boning up on eclipse trivia for weeks, congratulations. For everyone else, here are the things you need to know about the phenomenon.Where can I see the eclipse?A partial solar eclipse will be visible everywhere in the contiguous United States, but to see the total solar eclipse, you’ll need to be in a sash of land that cuts from Oregon to South Carolina. Source: NASA Credit: Katie Park and Leanne Abraham/NPRA total solar eclipse happens when the moon, the sun and the Earth all line up such that the moon completely obscures the sun to viewers on part of Earth’s surface.A lot of people are extremely excited, and are traveling enormous distances (and paying lots of money) to get to the the so-called path of totality. This is the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. People in parts of the contiguous U.S. last saw a total solar eclipse in 1979.NASA is also live-streaming the eclipse for four and a half hours, beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET.Can the eclipse hurt my eyes?center_img Sharelast_img read more

Sports Monday Astros Up 20 On Yankees And Rockets Season Preview

first_imgDavid J. Phillip/APAstros’ second baseman Jose Altuve scores the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS over the New York Yankees to give Houston a 2-0 lead in the 7-game series. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /07:19 The Astros take on the Yankees tonight (Oct. 16) in Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-0 after two thrilling wins at Minute Maid Park over the weekend, including a walk-off win the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday.Also, the Texans roughed up the winless Cleveland Browns Sunday, 33-17. The Rockets prepare to start the regular season (with a new owner) by traveling to Golden State Tuesday night (Oct. 17) to face the defending champs. And the Dynamo secured a playoff spot.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.center_img Listen Sharelast_img read more

Evidence found for existence of intermediate size black hole

first_img HLX-1 has been described as being discovered almost by accident, as the research team at the time was instead focused on its host spiral galaxy. Black holes are generally more likely to sit at the center of galaxies such as the one that is believed to exist at the center of our own Milky Way. But HLX-1 was found, uncharacteristically, out in the spiral. It came to notice only because it was spewing a lot of x-rays and radio flares.Because of those findings, this new research team began to focus exclusively on the black hole, hoping that it would be the first example found of an intermediate sample. To figure out if it was, the team took measurements from around the time HLX-1 was first discovered and applied theoretical formulas that have been derived over the years to predict the behavior of intermediate black holes. Then, last year, they made a second round of observations and found they matched almost perfectly with what the theories had predicted leading the researchers to proclaim HLX-1 as the first discovered intermediate mass black hole. Citation: Evidence found for existence of intermediate size black hole (2012, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-evidence-intermediate-size-black-hole.html 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. Explore further An arrow shows the location of the black hole HLX-1 in the galaxy ESO 243-49. Credit: NASA, ESA and S. Farrell (U. Sydney) Journal information: Science (Phys.org) — Over the years, cosmologists have found ample evidence of just two kinds of black holes: stellar mass black holes and supermassive black holes. The former are considered small by most standards, just several times the weight of our sun; the latter, as their name implies, huge and as heavy as millions of our sun combined. Not so easy to find have been those that lie somewhere in-between, and because of that, their existence has been mostly speculative. Now, it appears that has changed as a group of international researchers has found evidence that suggests one such black hole appears to be on the order of 90,000 of our suns. The team has found as they explain in their paper published in the journal Science, that ESO 243-49 HLX-1, first discovered in 2009, appears to have the characteristics of an intermediate mass black hole. Galaxy ESO 243-49, about 300 million light-years away, is home to the newly found black hole. Credit: NASA, ESA and S. Farrell (U. Sydney) © 2012 Phys.org , Science Express More information: Natalie Webb, David Cseh, Emil Lenc, Olivier Godet, Didier Barret, Stephane Corbel, Sean Farrell, Robert Fender, Neil Gehrels, Ian Heywood. “Radio Detections During Two State Transitions of the Intermediate Mass Black Hole HLX-1.” Science Express, 5 July 2012. DOI: 10.1126/science.1222779ABSTRACTRelativistic jets are streams of plasma moving at appreciable fractions of the speed of light. They have been observed from stellar mass black holes (~3−20 solar masses, M☉) as well as supermassive black holes (~106−109 M☉) found in the centres of most galaxies. Jets should also be produced by intermediate mass black holes (~102−105 M☉), although evidence for this third class of black hole has until recently been weak. We report the detection of transient radio emission at the location of the intermediate mass black hole candidate ESO 243-49 HLX-1, which is consistent with a discrete jet ejection event. These observations also allow us to refine the mass estimate of the black hole to be between ~9 × 103 M☉ and ~9 × 104 M☉.Press release How intermediate mass black holes have come to exist is still not very well understood however. Some suggest they may have sprung into existence as tight clusters of stars collapsed into one single black hole. Others theorize that they may have come about as entities all on their own in the aftermath of the big bang; others yet say that maybe they started out as massive black holes that shrunk over time for unknown reasons. Because of the many possibilities, researchers will undoubtedly be kept busy for many years trying to find the best possible explanation, but at least now they will have a real one to study. Black hole came from a shredded galaxylast_img read more

Five books to look forward to in February 2018

first_imgAfter an exciting start to the New Year with releases of over 30 books across genres in January, the upcoming month is once again dotted with several interesting titles that may catch the attention of bibliophiles. Narrowing down a list from dozens of books releasing in February, here are some recommendations for the month, dominated largely by fiction and accompanied by a memoir and a commentary on Pakistan, is both subtle and appealing at the same time. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHere are the five books that we cannot wait to read this February:1. A Century is Not Enough, by Sourav Ganguly A sporting classic and a manual for living Sourav Ganguly’s life has been full of highs and lows. Arguably among India’s greatest cricket captains, he gave confidence to the team, re-energised it and took India, for the first time, to spectacular overseas victories. But Ganguly’s story also came with great challenges – from his early days when he had to wait four long years before being included in the team to the ugly battle with coach Greg Chappell. He fought his way out of every corner and climbed back up from every defeat, becoming India’s ultimate comeback king. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat does it take to perform when the pressure is sky-high? How do you fight back and win? How do you make a name for yourself when you are young and have started the journey which is closest to your heart? As Sourav takes you through his life, he looks at how to overcome challenges and come out a winner. Time and time again.2. Do We Not Bleed? Reflections of a 21st-Century Pakistani, by Mehr Tarar This is a passionate, illuminating book about contemporary Pakistan. Comprising original profiles of diverse Pakistanis – some of whom are internationally feted and many others who are relatively unknown – as well as essays that examine the major fault lines in Pakistani society, the book offers the reader an insider’s perspective on the state of affairs in the country today. The book is divided into five thematic sections, each corresponding to a subject that the author feels strongly about. ‘Religious Persecution and Other Discontents’ delves into the killings and oppression generated by religious discord that are now a routine feature of life in Pakistan. ‘The Pakistan You Do Not Know’ shows us little known aspects of everyday life in Pakistan. And the other three sections of the book too focus on similar aspects and bring many unknown facets to the fore.3. Karmachari: Short Stories About Ordinary People, by Vasant Purushottam Kale and Vikrant Pande You who stand in a queue, who try to board a running local, who tolerate your boss’s snide remarks and the trials and tribulations of marital life – you still manage to discuss politics with enthusiasm, to finish a game of cards, to laugh and to make others laugh… You are a true karmachari.A collection of unforgettable short stories about ordinary people, Karmachari is a mirror held up to society. Set in suburban Mumbai of the 1970s, yet universal, it is peopled by characters we might meet in real life. They come alive under V. P. Kale’s sharp but compassionate gaze, and prod us gently towards a world of greater kindness and understanding.4. On The Road To Tarascon, by Arnab NandyA lover’s note among a senile woman’s possessions sets off a chain of events that could lead to the discovery of a Van Gogh masterpiece – one of the most important paintings to have been lost in World War II. When travel writer Neil Bose falls for Eva Schicktanz, he does not know he is getting involved with much more than a dimpled girl in nerd glasses. Neil and Eva must stay ahead of unknown pursuers after a common goal, and follow an unusual trail charted in 1945. But after so many years, does the trail even exist? A quest spanning continents and seven decades, this edge-of-the-seat thriller keeps you hooked till the last page.5. A Murder on Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey Sujata Massey is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed mystery writer best known for her Rei Shimura series. Set in the multicultural mix of 1920s’ Bombay, ‘A Murder on Malabar Hill’ expertly combines the delights of Agatha Christie with the period charm of Downton Abbey. Intrepid and intelligent, young Perveen Mistry joins her father’s prestigious law firm to become one of India’s first female lawyers. Her tumultuous past also makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s rights.When Mistry Law is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy mill owner, Perveen’s suspicions are aroused by a curious provision which could disinherit Farid’s three widows and leave them vulnerable. Are the Farid widows – who live in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to men – being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen decides to investigate, but when tensions escalate to murder, it becomes clear that her own life is in mortal peril and she will need to use everything in her power to outwit a dangerous criminal.last_img read more

Juggling between two worlds

first_imgDivyenndu is one of those actors who gets into the skin of the character he plays, brings it to life on screen and makes his audience feel every emotion that the character is experiencing. That is why as much as we love the aggressive yet sweet Liquid of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnaama’, the evil Munna Bhaiyya from ‘Mirzapur’ fills our heart with anger and hate. To prove his acting skills yet again, Divyenndu is back with Zee5’s feature film ‘Badnaam Gali’ and Season 2 of ‘Mirzapur’. Read what he has to say about playing two entirely different characters at the same time. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHow is it to work on two different characters at a time (in Mirzapur and Badnaam Gali). My character in ‘Mirzapur’ is entirely different from what I am playing in Badnaam Gali, and it is tricky to keep the two worlds separate. It gets even more difficult when I have group reading and rehearsal sessions for ‘Mirzapur’ and Badnaam Gali happening simultaneously. Though I can’t do much about it, I try and concentrate on one project at a time and not think about the other. This helps in keeping things sorted to an extent. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePeople have high expectations from you after ‘Mirzapur’. Does that scare you? I actually don’t think about anything apart from my work. I believe in honesty and 100 percent involvement. That is why audience’s expectations don’t scare me, instead they inspire me to improve my craft. Moreover, I think, as actors, our only job is to work hard and enjoy every bit of what we do. Do you agree that web platforms give more artistic freedom to the actors. How? Yes, I totally agree with it as web platforms have no restrictions or rules. There is all the freedom to present a story in whichever way you want. Also, unlike movies, you don’t have to be worried about the weekend’s collection. You don’t compete with anybody and anything. All these factors have made web actors more fearless and creative, thereby giving them the scope to explore and experiment. If given a choice between web shows and movies, what will be your pick? That’s really difficult! But honestly, the platform doesn’t really matter to me. I would have been equally excited to play Munna Bhaiyya if ‘Mirzapur’ had been a film. It’s not the medium but the content that tops my checklist. I pick projects according to the content, character, and story. What’s your most prized possession? It might sound like a cliché but people who like and appreciate my work have a belief that ‘if this guy (me) is there in the film, then there must be something special about the project’. This appreciation towards my work…towards my craft… is what I value the most. Your feature film Badnaam Gali revolves around surrogacy – an extremely sensitive topic. Did you have inhibitions while signing a film, which discusses surrogacy in a humourous way? Not really, because it totally depends on the intention of makers and how they want to present it. What hit me was the fact that it is important for us to talk about things like surrogacy as normally as possible, without considering it a taboo. It is not something to be ashamed of, rather it’s a great way to give hope to couples who can’t have a child due to biological issues. Tell us about your character in the film. On a scale of 0-10, how challenging was it? It was quite challenging because I was playing a Punjabi guy who comes from a well to do family and is extremely confused in life. For somebody who is not a Punjabi, it is challenging to get the dialect right and maintain the essence. I had to pay attention to minute details and that consumed a lot of energy. So, I would say it was 8/10 for me. The story is focused on Patralekha’s character. Was it difficult to make your character look equally prominent? Not really! The story justifies both the roles equally. The story is about how Randeep Singh Sodhi (played by Divyenndu) comes to this Badnaam Gali and meets Patralekha (who is playing a surrogate mother). It revolves around how people have different opinions about her, consider surrogacy as a taboo, and create negative views in their mind. Randeep stands along with her all the while and appreciates her effort in helping couples who are biologically incapable of having a baby. So, both the characters are equally important for the story to progress.last_img read more

Amazon Blames Human Error for Sharing 1700 Alexa Audio Files

first_imgDecember 21, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This week, Amazon is having to apologize for allowing some 1,700 audio recordings made by one Alexa user to be shared with another Alexa user. The reason given is one of “human error.”As Reuters reports, an Amazon customer in Germany had asked Alexa to allow him to listen to his activities as logged by the voice assistant through is smart speaker. Instead, he was sent a link which allowed access to 1,700 audio files from another Alexa user he had no association with. The recordings apparently consisted of conversations between a man and woman.When the customer who received access to the recordings reported it to Amazon, he did not get an immediate response, but the files were removed from the provided link soon after. However, the recordings had already been downloaded by the customer leaving it up to him to delete them.Related: The Most Successful Companies Led By EntrepreneursAn Amazon spokesperson responded to news of the incident by explaining, “This unfortunate case was the result of a human error and an isolated single case … We resolved the issue with the two customers involved and took measures to further optimize our processes. As a precautionary measure we contacted the relevant authorities.”What’s surprising here is that a human was involved at all in the retrieval of audio files by an Alexa user. I’d expect that to be an automated process linked to the customer’s account, but clearly that isn’t the case, at least in this instance. The fact Amazon is referring to this as an isolated case suggests it may be an automated system, but human intervention was required which resulted in a mistake being made.If nothing else, this acts as a reminder that your data online is only private as long as the servers storing it and the gatekeepers guarding access to it don’t mess up. If they do, then your privacy is gone and all we’re left with is apologies and our privacy fears heightened. Register Now »last_img read more

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Conquers Industry Awards

first_imgDedicated employees and innovative ideas have helped Australia’s largest vacation ownership company, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, win five accolades at the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council’s (ATHOC) National Industry Awards.The 2011 National Industry Awards were held at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Friday night, recognising contributions to the success and continued growth of the vacation ownership industry across Australia.Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific received awards in the categories of Corporate, Sales and Whole of Industry – Excellence Awards.The award winners were:Melanie Hardie, Owner Services Inbound Manager – Excellence in ServiceWynnie the Wallaby initiative – Industry Innovation AwardFrederich Becker, Project Director at WorldMark Resort Denarau Island – Sales Manager of the YearKirra Beach Sales – Sales Team of the YearTullika Deswal, Corporate Upgrades – Sales Performer of the YearWyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific CEO and Managing Director, Barry Robinson said the company’s success at this year’s awards demonstrated the continued dedication and commitment of its employees to the vacation ownership industry.“Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific is fortunate to have a talented group of employees who go above and beyond to create invaluable ideas and innovations to contribute to the vacation ownership industry.”“Just to be nominated for these awards is a great achievement and puts you amongst the best in your field. All our nominees should feel honoured that they were recognised for their contribution to the industry and to Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific,” Barry added.ATHOC is the representative body for the Australian timeshare (vacation ownership) industry. With just 16 peer-nominated, nationally judged awards available and only one nominee permitted per category, per company, the industry awards are highly sought after.Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific develops and manages resorts for its vacation ownership club, WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham. WorldMark South Pacific Club currently has more than 44,000 vacation ownership owners and 21 resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s2011 ATHOC Award nominees. L-R: Toni Traicos, Markus Sigmann and AngieChristofis from Wyndham collecting the IndustryInnovation Award for Wynnie the Wallaby. center_img Source = Wyndham Vacation Ownershiplast_img read more

The Week Ahead The Beige Book

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share The Beige Book 2017-09-03 Brianna Gilpin Other Events in the Week Ahead: Freddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. EDT.Fed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. EDTSenate Banking Executive Session, Thursday, 9 a.m. EDT The Week Ahead: The Beige Book This Wednesday, the main indicator for a change in interest rates will be released— the Beige Book.Roughly two weeks before monetary policy meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Beige Book depicts an overheating economy or inflationary pressures, according to Bloomberg Markets. Since it is released in advance of FOMC meetings, investors can take a look at one of the many indicators Federal officials use to determine interest rate policy and position their portfolios accordingly.In June 2017’s Beige Book, economic activity was up in all 12 Federal Reserve Districts, with the pace of growth ranging from slight to moderate. Many districts experienced softer consumer spending and loan demand was steady.Residential construction activity was flat to expanding in most districts. Four out of six First District states reported year-over-year changes to April 2017. Single-family home sales were down by moderate margins, according to the report, attributed to a decline in inventory rather than weak demand.At the time, the report said most were optimistic about market activity and continued strong buyer demand, in part because of high consumer confidence due to low unemployment rates. However, some were still concerned that first-time homebuyers could be priced out of the market.How will consumers feel in the incoming beige book? Take a look this Wednesday at 2 p.m. EDT. September 3, 2017 568 Views last_img read more

Frequent Flyersqantas

first_imgFrequent Flyersqantas From 1 August 2017, Bronze and Silver members can now earn three Qantas Points for every dollar they spend on their join and annual Qantas Club membership fee using cash or their bank card.And, for the first time in three years, there are also new Qantas Club join and renewal membership fees with a small price increase of less than six per cent on Individual, Partner, and Corporate memberships to reflect the investment made in new lounge facilities across the network. For example, the one year Individual membership will increase from $510 to $540 which would earn Qantas Frequent Flyer members 1,620 Qantas Points if paying with cash or card.For Qantas Frequent Flyer members who choose to use points rather than cash to join or renew Qantas Club membership, the number of Qantas Points required for redemption will also increase.Qantas Frequent Flyer members with a Qantas Points earning card like the Qantas Premier Mastercard® could earn five points per dollar on their Qantas Club join or renewal payments as using this credit card on Qantas spend means members earn two points per dollar. For example, members who purchase a four year Individual membership using a Qantas Premier credit card could earn 9,250 Qantas Points – enough for a return Classic Flight Reward from Sydney to Melbourne.Qantas Frequent Flyers will continue to have the option of using Qantas Points to join or renew their membership, but will not earn points on the redemption. Customers have a choice of renewal periods with Individual and Partner membership options of one, two or four years and Corporate membership options of one or two years. The longer the renewal period, the greater the savings.Qantas Business Rewards members will continue to receive 10 per cent off the Qantas Club Individual Membership fees (including join and membership fees). There is no increase to the Guest membership fees: valid for 12 months, the Annual Guest Card allows one additional guest to enter the lounge if accompanied the Individual member.*T&Cs apply. Visit Qantas Frequent Flyer. last_img read more

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first_imgFollow Adam Green on Twitter Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Then when I started doing right-handed pass sets, it’s like this kind of feels like the same thing,” he said, with a chuckle.Veldheer understands that no matter what he does now to prepare for the move, the next step in the process will come when he lines up on the field against a defender, such as linebacker Markus Golden. If nothing else, he is enjoying the challenge.As for being comfortable on the right side, that, Veldheer admits, may never come.“You never really get too comfortable being a tackle, in general,” he said, with a laugh.There’s no place like homeOf all the Cardinals who were slated to hit free agency, it seemed all but certain that Andre Ellington’s chances of returning to Arizona ranked near the bottom. Yet, on March 13, he and the team agreed to a one-year contract.Surprised? Ellington said he feels like Arizona is home, and he could not imagine being anywhere else.As for his role, which decreased last season to the point where he had career lows in rushing attempts, rushing yards, receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, Ellington said it was greater than people think.“Even though I didn’t get on the field, I still had a significant role out on the practice field, and for them to have trust in me to try me at receiver going forward,” he said, “I got an opportunity to play a little bit of it last year towards the end of the season, which I enjoyed, but yeah, I can’t imagine being anywhere else right now.” Top Stories “But if you can get out there and catch balls running routes, you’re pretty special.”Coming up nextAt this point in the offseason, most of the heavy lifting for free agency is done.“Pretty much on to the draft,” Arians said of what happens now. “We’ll wait and see — there are a couple guys I’d love to have back; they know it. Just to fill us with good depth before the draft.”In terms of holes the Cardinals still have left to fill, one could point to cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson as well as wide receiver. They could also use help at linebacker, on the offensive line and at safety. Oh, and quarterback, where a young option to groom for the future would not be a bad call.Just once in four drafts with Arians as coach have the Cardinals chosen a quarterback — in 2014, when they nabbed Logan Thomas in the fourth round — and some think this might finally be the year they spend a top pick on one.“If the right one falls,” Arians said. “I’ve been really impressed with some of them, now that I’ve met them and worked them out and there are six good arms in the draft. There’s more than just one quarterback.” The topic of Ellington at receiver came up in mid-November, when the Cardinals explored the possibility while dealing with a rash of injuries at the position. At that time, head coach Bruce Arians said it was a matter of ensuring the team would have more depth, if necessary.Ellington said the idea to switch to the position full-time was the team’s, and while acknowledging it’s an experiment said it means something to him that Arians has faith in him to get the job done.A sixth-round pick out of Clemson in 2013, Ellington said when he first joined the team Arians said he envisioned him playing receiver later in his career. Ellington may not be late in his career now, as he enters his fifth NFL season, but he said now is a good time to make the switch.Though he caught just 27 passes over the last two seasons, Ellington hauled in 85 his first two, so him catching the football for the Cardinals is not necessarily a foreign concept.“Being a running back here, you’ve got to be somewhat of a receiver as well,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield, run routes. It gives you that hump, and that direction you want to go as far as expanding your game. That idea continued to not only persist, but ultimately it become the plan.For Veldheer, 29, that has meant learning a position he has never played. But until he could really work on that, he had to heal.“It’s going really good,” he said of his recovery. “I’ve got a lot of strength back in it; my right arm pretty much looks like my left arm and I’m ready to start rolling here when spring ball starts.”The trick now is getting his new position down.“I’ve been working a lot on right tackle stuff,” he said. “At the end of the day, whatever makes us the best line possible, that’s what I’m going to do.“It makes our job all the better if we can be a better unit, and I’m all in for that. It’s been good, having that idea going into the offseason, that way I’ve been able to kind of prepare for that in a sense, not something that’s sprung on you at the last second.”Preparation for right tackle, Veldheer said, involves setting up in a way that he’s never had to before, building up muscle memory. He compared it to what he went through after he hurt his right tricep, when he had to get used to doing things left-handed.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling CHANDLER, Ariz. — Jared Veldheer signed with the Arizona Cardinals to be their left tackle, and since 2014, that has been the position he has played for the team.Halfway through the 2016 season, however, he suffered a torn right triceps in Week 8, and while he was out of commission the team’s 2015 first-round pick, D.J. Humphries, got a brief audition at the position.A left tackle in college who was playing on the right side for the Cardinals, the 23-year-old Humphries played well enough to where the Cardinals were considering making the younger lineman the permanent left tackle. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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