Doubts Shroud Big Bang Discovery

first_imgTwo months ago, a team of cosmologists reported that it had spotted the first direct evidence that the newborn universe underwent a mind-boggling exponential growth spurt known as inflation. But a new analysis suggests the signal, a subtle pattern in the afterglow of the big bang, or cosmic microwave background, could be an artifact produced by dust within our own galaxy.For the full story, see this week’s issue of Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Panama Papers: Massive data on offshore accounts leaked by news group

first_imgAn international coalition of media outlets on Sunday published what it said was an extensive investigation into the offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous, based on a vast trove of documents provided by an anonymous source.The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, said the cache of 11.5 million records detailed the offshore holdings of a dozen current and former world leaders, as well as businessmen, criminals, celebrities and sports stars.A co-founder of the Panamanian-based law firm where the documents originated confirmed the authenticity of the papers being used in articles published by more than 100 news organizations around the world. Ramon Fonseca told Panama’s Channel 2 television network that the documents were obtained illegally in a hacking attack.The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said it first received the data more than a year ago. The Munich-based daily was offered the data through an encrypted channel by an anonymous source who requested no monetary compensation and asked only for unspecified security measures, said Bastian Obermayer, a reporter for the paper.The data concerned internal documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. Founded by German-born Juergen Mossack, the firm has offices around the globe and is among the world’s biggest creators of shell companies, the newspaper said.Ramon Fonseca said most of the people being named in news reports about big offshore accounts were not the firm’s direct clients, saying the accounts were mainly established by financial intermediaries. He also said the firm did not engage in any wrongdoing.advertisement”We are not responsible for the actions of a corporation that we set up,” he said in the TV interview.Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela issued a statement saying his government would cooperate “vigorously” with any judicial investigation arising from the leak of the law firm’s documents. He said that the revelations shouldn’t detract from his government’s “zero tolerance” for any illicit activities in Panama’s finance industry.ICIJ said the law firm’s leaked internal files contain information on 214,488 offshore entities connected to people in more than 200 countries and territories. It said it would release the full list of companies and people linked to them early next month.Obermayer said that over the course of several months Sueddeutsche Zeitung received about 2.6 terabytes of data more than would fit on 600 DVDs. The newspaper said the amount of data it obtained is several times larger than a previous cache of offshore data published by WikiLeaks in 2013 that exposed the financial dealings of prominent individuals.”To our knowledge this is the biggest leak that journalists have ever worked on,” Obermayer said.The newspaper and its partners verified the authenticity of the data by comparing it to public registers, witness testimony and court rulings, he told the AP. A previous cache of Mossack Fonseca documents obtained by German authorities was also used to verify the new material, Obermayer added.Among the countries with past or present political figures named in the reports are Iceland, Ukraine, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Argentina.The Guardian newspaper, which took part in the investigation, published a video on its website late Sunday showing an interview with Iceland’s prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. During the interview with Sweden’s SVT television, the prime minister is asked about a company called Wintris. He responds by insisting that its affairs are above board and calling the question “completely inappropriate,” before breaking off the interview.In Russia, the Kremlin last week said it was anticipating what it called an upcoming “information attack”.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that the Kremlin had received “a series of questions in a rude manner” from an organization that he said was trying to smear Putin.”Journalists and members of other organizations have been actively trying to discredit Putin and this country’s leadership,” Peskov said.The office of Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, confirmed on Sunday that the business group owned by his family set up Fleg Trading Ltd., an offshore company based in the Bahamas. But it said Macri himself had no shares in Fleg and never received income from it.Macri’s office commented after La Nacion, an Argentine national newspaper, reported that he and his family had links to Fleg.Mexico’s tax office announced late Sunday that it would check on any Mexican resident or company mentioned in news reports on the leaked documents to see if there was any wrongdoing was involved.The ICIJ said the documents included emails, financial spreadsheets, passports and corporate records detailing how powerful figures used banks, law firms and offshore shell companies to hide their assets. The data spanned a time frame of nearly 40 years, from 1977 through the end of 2015, it said.advertisement”It allows a never-before-seen view inside the offshore world providing a day-to-day, decade-by-decade look at how dark money flows through the global financial system, breeding crime and stripping national treasuries of tax revenues,” the ICIJ said.According to the media group’s website, global banks including HSBC, UBS, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and others have worked with Mossack Fonseca to create offshore accounts.”The allegations are historical, in some cases dating back 20 years, predating our significant, well-publicized reforms implemented over the last few years,” HSBC spokesman Rob Sherman said in an emailed response to an AP request for comment.”We work closely with the authorities to fight financial crime and implement sanctions,” he said.UBS, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Also Read:Panama Papers name Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai among 500 Indians with hidden assetsPanama Papers list Putin’s aide, Nawaz Sharif, hundreds of Indians: 10 things to knowlast_img read more

7 reasons more women should play golf

first_img“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots-but you have to play the ball where it lies.” – Barry JonesGolf, a game that perhaps has always been viewed through a sexist glass–a men’s game, a boring, slow sport that is played usually to strike business deals, right? Wrong! Well, if anything, golf rakes in more moolah than cricket and competes in this league with tennis and football.The best is–you can start it as early or as late as in your 60s, and still beat the younger lot! Why encourage women? The right question should be, why not?1. How does burning 1500 calories sound to you?That’s right–playing active golf helps you stay fit and how! A good exercise in the morning coupled with a few right shots and you’re good to go for the whole week. Burn those calories off in one day and leisurely choose your workouts for the rest of the week, or not!2. Benefits your work environmentMeeting your colleagues over a game of golf helps you get a peek into their personalities much more than you can at work. It’s a game of integrity, where players call penalties on themselves. You would want to work with someone who takes defeat sportingly.3. It teaches you to stay calm in crucial timesThis game requires you to think strategically before making any moves. Like they say, ‘The most important shot in golf is the next one.’ A good shot after a series of bad ones can only come if you keep your cool, pause and think.advertisement4. Helps you reconnect with natureAfter those long, dreary hours at the office, shut behind doors, away from sunlight and breeze, a day outdoors seems like a treat. Golf helps you find what they call inner peace. Greens are usually away from the bustle of the city, providing you the time you need to savour Mother Nature.5. It’s a great way to make friendsYou can’t always go with a friend, and it’s obviously a group sport. Therefore, you get to play golf with new people. Every sport provides you with this opportunity, really, but not every sport allows you to have a chat under a tree or talk over miles.6. 16 or 60, we’re gameGo to a golf course and you see people of all ages playing (pretty much all the time) with the same enthusiasm. Post-retirement plans or a sabbatical, you can master the game any day, at any age.    7. A study reveals that bosses who play golf earn 17% moreGreens are that one place where you can safely and successfully merge business with pleasure and get rewarding results out of it. Crack those business deals and mint more money. You go, girl!last_img read more

Despite different paths to finals, UST and Ateneo brace for all-out war

first_imgTruly an MVP The Blue Eagles, owners of the past two championships, received an automatic finals ticket courtesy of their 14-0 sweep while the No. 4 Growling Tigers had to go through a three-game gauntlet to reach the final round.Yet for all the differences these two teams have, there’s one statistical figure that has drawn them closer than ever—7.5 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThat mark is Ateneo’s average winning margin over UST and the 7.5-point differential is also the closest any team has gotten against the Blue Eagles the whole tournament.Ateneo has also made a reputation of being nearly robotic, a notion that head coach Tab Baldwin was quick to dispel, blowing out opponents every step of the way but the Growling Tigers were the only team the Blue Eagles nearly lost to when their first meeting ended in a 71-70 thriller. Nevertheless, the Blue Eagles bounced back with a 66-52 victory in Round 2.In those games between the two finalists, two-time Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena emerged as Ateneo’s top player averaging 17 points and 9.5 rebounds a game.UST, meanwhile, had two separate players to tow its load in the award-winning partnership of Soulemane Chabi Yo and Mark Nonoy.Chabi Yo, who will be named Season 82 MVP, was marvelous in the first round meeting, putting up 25 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks while Nonoy, the Rookie of the Year, had 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting in the second match.Going back to the team aspect, Ateneo also made sure to slow down UST’s perimeter shooting—the area that the trigger-happy Growling Tigers have made a living out of.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas had wildly different paths to the championship round of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Priority legislation in the 18th Congresscenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis MOST READ UST averaged 41.2 perimeter points against all the other teams in the league but the Growling Tigers had difficulty finding their rhythm against the Blue Eagles scoring an average of 30.5 points outside the paint. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

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UEFA Charges Greek Champion AEK for Price Gouging Away Fans

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — AEK Athens faces UEFA punishment for price gouging fans when Bayern Munich visited for a Champions League game in October.UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case on Dec. 13.It’s the second time UEFA has intervened when Bayern fans were overcharged in the Champions League.Anderlecht was ordered by UEFA last season to pay Bayern fans 30 euros ($34) compensation after charging 100 euros ($114) to see a group-stage game. The Belgian club had to arrange payments within 15 days.UEFA safety rules say tickets for away fans “must not exceed the price paid for tickets of a comparable category” for home fans.Bayern fans were reported paying 35 euros ($40) to see their team’s 2-0 win while AEK fans paid 15 euros ($17).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img



Prof launches petition to change Clan team name at Simon Fraser University

first_imgVANCOUVER – For more than 50 years, Simon Fraser University’s sports teams have played under the name The Clan, to honour the Scottish heritage of the school’s namesake.But now, amid violent neo-Nazi marches in the United States, some professors and students are sounding the alarm that the name evokes a very different clan — the Ku Klux Klan.Philosophy professor Holly Andersen has launched a petition to persuade the university to change the name, saying the word “clan” sounds the same spelled with a “C” or a “K” and is associated with a horrible history in the U.S.She said SFU is the only Canadian school to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a league dominated by American teams, and it’s disrespectful to competitors, especially African-Americans, to force them to play against a team named The Clan.“It is not that the term clan is itself racist. The issue is the context: in Canada that term is neutral, but in the U.S. it is as bad as a pretty bad swear word. Quite literally, it is a term that silences normal conversation,” she said in an email.“U.S. teams know we don’t mean that Klan. But they also know that we know what it means in the U.S., and choose to play under that name anyways, which makes us look quite naive and disrespectful.”The university was founded in 1965 and named after Simon Fraser, who explored the Pacific Northwest in the early 19th century. The school embraced Fraser’s Scottish roots with a pipe band and by adopting the nickname “Clan” for its athletic teams.SFU spokesman Kurt Heinrich said the concern about the team name is not new, but it has been given new impetus by recent events in the U.S. The university is sensitive to the issue, especially given its commitments to equity and diversity, he said.“We will be reviewing the situation in light of recent events, and will consider what further steps, if any, might be taken to avoid possible misunderstandings relating to the use of this name by our athletic teams,” he said in a statement.Andersen said a name change could be a positive thing that recognizes the Scottish heritage of the school. She suggested the Tartans, the original name of the student newspaper, or the Pipers, since the pipe band consistently rates among the top few in the world.The word “clan” in the Scottish tradition means a kinship group, such as the Clan Fraser.Student wrestler Aliocha Perriard-Abdoh said the name used to represent family and sisterhood to her, but after reading the petition she sees that it’s insensitive and potentially hurtful to African-American competitors.“It’s a luxury for us to say, ‘That’s not how we mean it,’ but without taking into account someone else’s feelings,” she said.Perriard-Abdoh said she’d like the university to poll student athletes, or students in general, about whether the team name poses a problem. Then there should be a discussion about a strong name that would unify and inspire players, she said.More than 300 people have signed the online petition. One commenter wrote that when she hears The Clan, she immediately thinks of the KKK, and as a black SFU student, she didn’t think that was fair.Another said they were a former student athlete and their team resorted to calling themselves “The Clams” to avoid embarrassment.But at least one signatory had a different view: “This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” he wrote.Heribert Adam, a SFU sociology professor specializing in comparative racism and multiculturalism, suggested the school do a better job of communicating the meaning of the name rather than change it.He also said a more relevant debate would be a discussion of the role of Scottish settlers in Canadian colonialism.“A petition is useful to create a debate and more knowledge about history,” he said. “If the word ‘clan’ leads to a discussion about racism in both countries, then it’s useful.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Prince of Wales Speaks At Meeting On Forests And Climate Change

first_imgThe Prince of Wales has described climate change and sustainable development agreements expected at major summits this year as a “Magna Carta” for the planet.His Royal Highness has called on world leaders to seize the “crucial opportunity” afforded by the summits in 2015 to set an ambitious framework governing a range of areas from poverty and climate change to disaster risk reduction.The Prince’s comments were made as he addressed The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit meeting on forests, climate change and development in central London.He also mentioned his unborn grandchild, urging delegates not to earn the “condemnation of our grandchildren” for failing to safeguard their future.He added: “With a new grandchild on its way into this increasingly uncertain world. I certainly do not.”The Prince told delegates, who included Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary: “In the 800th anniversary year of the Magna Carta, perhaps this year’s agreement of the new Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate agreement in Paris should be seen as a new ‘Magna Carta for the Earth, and humanity’s relationship with it’.“It is worth remembering that two years after the agreement of the Magna Carta, in the year 1217, a Charter of the Forest was also signed, under King Henry III, setting out the rights, privileges and uses of forest land for the people of this country.“Some things really are timeless. Even after almost 800 years, the new agreements on climate change and sustainable development goals still need to have forests and sustainable land use at their heart.”In September the Special Summit on Sustainable Development will be held at the UN headquarters in New York where world leaders are expected to agree to a new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals, expected to provide a blueprint for action until 2030.Three months later positive climate change agreements are also expected to be reached by countries attending the UN climate conference in Paris.The Prince, who has been an environmental leader for more than four decades, added: “It is clear to me, as I hope it is to all of you, that this year provides an absolutely crucial opportunity – if not the last chance before we end up in an irreversible situation – for the international community to establish a new set of interlocking, coherent and ambitious frameworks governing human development, poverty, disaster risk reduction, the natural environment and climate change.“We could, and should, see an agenda set for the coming decades that is capable of transforming the prospects for humanity by improving and nurturing the state of the planet upon which we all depend.”The Prince has been a strong advocate of taking action to protect the environment for many years.In 2007 he set up the Prince’s Rainforest Group to find a solution to save the world’s threatened forests. He addressed a UN international climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009 and the following year he gave a keynote speech to the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference.The Prince’s Rainforests Project is now part of the International Sustainability Unit, an organisation created by the Prince of Wales to help build consensus on how to develop the durable solutions required to meet the challenges of climate change and natural resource depletion.Brendan Cox, director of policy at Save the Children and spokesman for campaigning initiative action/2015, said: “It’s not often you talk about the Prince of Wales, Shakira and Matt Damon in the same breath, but the scale of the change possible in 2015 is creating a unique campaigning coalition.“Action/2015 launched days ago and is already garnering support from around the world and it’s great to have the Prince of Wales join that grassroots movement.”Read an article by Tony Juniper for the Huffington Post on why we need forests for the read more

Closing Bell TSX ends lower as data shows contracting Chinese manufacturing sector

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as traders balanced surveys that showed Chinese manufacturing shrank in April for a fourth month in a row against data that indicated a strengthening American economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,697.03-68.12 -0.46%S&P 500 —  1,884.66+3.520.19%Dow — 16,530.55+17.66 0.11%Nasdaq — 4,138.06 +14.16 0.34%The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 68.12 points to 14,697.03, led by declines in mining stocks after the HSBC index of Chinese factory activity rose by 0.1 point to 48.1 in April on a 100-point scale in which readings below 50 indicate contraction.The gauge also fell short of its already weak preliminary result, raising another round of questions about the health of China, the world’s second-biggest economy. But analysts noted that the recent mass of data indicates that the global economy is still moving in the right direction.“It is not a surprise to anybody that the Chinese data is showing the economy growing at slower pace,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Broadly, the economy backdrop continues to move in a favourable direction and so any data to the contrary, even if it is data that was expected like the Chinese PMI data, is enough to get investors to perhaps take a step back and exercise a little more caution.”The Canadian dollar was up 0.24 of a cent at 91.31 cents US.U.S. indexes were largely lacklustre but well off the worst levels of the session as other data showed greater than expected expansion in the American service sector. The Institute for Supply Management’s index hit 55.2 in April versus the reading of 54 that economists had expected.The Dow Jones industrials recovered from a triple-digit tumble to edge up 17.66 points to 16,530.55. The Nasdaq rose 14.16 points to 4,138.06 and the S&P 500 index was 3.52 points higher at 1,884.66.Andrew Grantham, economist at CIBC World Markets, called the ISM report “further encouraging evidence that the US economy is bouncing back strongly in Q2 following a weather-impacted first quarter.”The TSX base metals led decliners, down 2.33% as the Chinese data helped push July copper down two cents to US$3.05 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 69 cents to $20.86.The energy sector declined 0.41% as June crude in New York slipped 64 cents to US$99.12 a barrel.The gold sector drifted about 0.13% lower as worries about deteriorating conditions in Ukraine pushed gold higher for a second day, up $6.40 to US$1,309.30 an ounce.The telecom sector was up slightly with shares in BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) up nine cents to $48.96 a day before the telecom posts quarterly earnings.It’s a heavy earnings week in Canada, where investors will also take in reports from other major companies, including Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF), pipeline company Enbridge (TSX:ENB), Kinross Gold (TSX:K), Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM), Tim Hortons (TSX:THI), Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ), Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX).On the corporate front, retailer Target announced Monday that chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down nearly five months after the retailer disclosed a massive security breach that has hurt its reputation among customers and greatly hurt its business. The company has also struggled with its expansion into Canada, its first foray outside the U.S. and its shares fell 3.45% to US$59.87 in New York.TOP STORIESBlackBerry Ltd reveals deal to sell Canadian real estate assets to Spear Street for $305-millionCMHC sees amount of mortgages it insures shrinking amid tighter housing market rulesTarget CEO exits in wake of devastating cyber attack and ‘disastrous’ Canadian expansionWarren Buffett and Charlie Munger wow the Woodstock of capitalismPartners REIT cancels Ontario deal after pressure from U.S. activistWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise trade balance: (March): Economists expect $300,000 10 a.m.Ivey Purchasing Managers’ Index (April): Economists expect reading of 54.5, down from last month UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Goods and services trade balance (March): Economists expect deficit of $40-billion CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAgrium Incorporated Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 42¢ a share BCE Incorporated Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share Centerra Gold Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect loss of 4¢ a share Dundee Precious Metals     Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 8¢ a share George Weston Limited    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 73¢ a share Iamgold Corporation Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 2¢ a share Sun Life Financial Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 66¢ a share Westjet Airlines Ltd    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 62¢ a share UNITED STATESWalt Disney Company Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 95¢ a share Electronic Arts Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 11¢ a share First Solar, Inc. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 56¢ a share Marathon Oil Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 72¢ a share Whole Foods Market Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 41¢ a share read more

Fake white van abduction foiled

He said that a group of six males, claiming that they were from the security forces, had abducted a family of four (father, mother and two children) from Thunmankerni on Tuesday.  People in the area have alerted the Army and in turn the police in the area had been alerted. At Manoonai, the police seized a White Van with 10 passengers which included 6 abductors and 4 victims.  The man sitting in the front seat who was involved in the crime had claimed that they were going to an Army Camp in the Akkaraipattu area. The army says a group of men have been arrested when they posed as security forces personnel and abducted a family in Batticaloa in a white van.Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that the police had arrested the men at Manmoonai in Batticaloa. On being further questioned the group of six abductors had confessed that they carried out the abduction due to a personal dispute.  The Kaththankuddi police is carrying out further investigations.“This is yet another attempt by criminal elements to use the security forces as their cover and if not for this timely arrest there would have been many allegations leveled against the security forces by the interested parties.  This time there was a timely alert which helped police in arresting the culprits,” the army spokesman said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadian dollar heads lower as gold oil and copper all strengthen

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved lower Friday amid rising commodities prices and disappointing manufacture data.The loonie dropped 0.33 of a cent to end at 96.72 cents US.Statistics Canada reported manufacturing sales fell in June for the fourth time in six months, dropping 0.5 per cent to $48.2 billion.In commodities, December gold bullion rose $10.10 to US$1,371.00 an ounce, closing at its highest level since June 19. September copper gained 2.6 cents to US$3.36 a pound.September crude contract rose 13 cents to US$107.06 a barrel as supply concerns returned following renewed unrest in Egypt.Though not an oil exporter, Egypt controls the Suez canal that links the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea, giving it a crucial role in maintaining global energy supplies.“Commodities have found some support in the unlikely ally of a softer U.S. dollar, at least against the other majors,” said BMO chief economist Doug Porter in a note.“While Fed tapering still appears likely to commence this fall, markets have been underwhelmed by U.S. growth in 2013. This week brought another round of uninspiring results, as each of retail sales, industrial production and housing starts came in shy of consensus for July.”The U.S. Commerce Department reported that builders began work last month on houses and apartments at a faster pace. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of starts was up six per cent to 896,000. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2013 11:59 am MDT Canadian dollar heads lower as gold, oil and copper all strengthen read more

Cypriot woman wins over state to hide religious record

first_imgElena Milioti has become the first Cypriot citizen to remove her religious creed from state records. She disputed that this information was far too personal to be found on the state record and had it removed after a rigorous procedure.Upon her request’s success in June, the Civil Registry Department of Cyprus had revised her record in reference to her religious creed and modified it from ‘Cristian Orthodox’ to ‘unspecified’.Milioti’s reasoning behind her stance was based on the General Data Protection Regulation, applying to people in the European Union and the European Economic Area, which states that data collected on people should become anonymous, and also that public information should be consented upon before processed. These factors helped her case immensely.Milioti originally took her quarrel to the church, which informed her that she would have to first be excommunicated before she could stop being referred to as Christian. The woman had no intention of creating problems with the church, and realised that the real issue was with the state, not the church.“I fully respect the beliefs of all people and, regardless whether I myself believe or not, I think that the state has no justification to know, and to hold records, about a citizen’s convictions,” she told Politis newspaper.Milioti next went on to the Nicosia District Office. While she says she found the help and understanding she needed, when asked for an affidavit, she refused, highlighting that this would defeat the whole purpose of her request.“Even atheism is a creed, in a sense. What I wanted is for any reference to my religion to be deleted. The fact I applied for the deletion of my religious creed is irrespective of whether I believe or not,” she explained.Milioti’s request was accepted by the District Office and an application was sent to the state, mentioning that she refused to provide an affidavit and in the end, had her request approved.News of the case has seen a large number of people submitting applications. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Weather Eye Warm temperatures will soon be coming to an end for

first_imgPatrick Timm Hey, how do you like our run of 80-degree high temperatures? Impressive, don’t you think? We talked about this a month ago in my column, about how we can still get warm weather in the first half of October. Not uncommon in the least. The current stretch, though, is the warmest since about 1993. And we have managed to get into the mid-80s, with a couple reports Sunday and Monday of near 90 — unofficially, of course. The warm weather has caused the influx of stink bugs to be rather aggressive, making their way into for homes for the winter. They know it is going to get cold.Today may be our last 80-degree day this year as a change in the weather pattern is looking more likely. By the weekend we get a flow of moist air off the ocean with an increasing chance of rain, maybe moderate. The heaviest will be up to our north. We’ll see if high pressure rebuilds next week but right now most computer forecast models are keeping us damp.Weather enthusiast Rob Woodard sent me a message the other day about his search for the woolly bear caterpillars. He saw about 20 of them between Battle Ground Lake and Hockinson. They averaged about four segments of orange with more black bands in the front.By going along with extensive folklore on the subject, I would say this is leaning toward a winter maybe trending toward cooler than normal in the latter half of the season. Studies have shown that if the orange band is toward the rear of the critter that is when the cold or mild spell will occur. So maybe we will turn chilly in January of February? Usually I like to see two or three bands of orange, which calls for a cold winter. Four segments could go either way but I like to lean toward the cooler side of things. Five or more almost always mean a mild winter. I have been doing this for nearly 40 years, mainly for fun. Nothing scientific, of course. Insect experts say the orange bands are a reflection of the previous winter as these little crawlers winter over before transitioning into the Isabella moth.Enjoy the sun and warmth while you can. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.comlast_img read more

Thieves steal 60000 worth of cookies and crackers

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Thieves used two trailers to steal $60,000 worth of snacks from a warehouse in Weston, back in November.Surveillance video captured two tractor trucks pulling into a warehouse parking lot near Commerce Parkway and Weston Road. The thieves then hooked up two trailers and took off with the snacks.Dashcam from one of the trucks caught a glimpse of one crook’s face.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Business Leaders Offer Advice for Keeping Fort Monmouth Reuse on Track

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR To motorists passing by the former Fort Monmouth on the New Jersey Shore, it’s easy to get the impression that reuse efforts are going slowly, with little visible progress to see more than four years after the post closed.But the truth is that momentum has been building through the efforts of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, and more concrete signs of redevelopment are just around the corner, according to the LRA.“We really see next year as being the turning point for the redevelopment of the fort,” said David Nuse, the LRA’s director of real estate development. “They’ll see buildings being renovated, companies moving in, some tangible changes that will really set the table for what the fort is going to be in the next 10 years,” Nuse said, reported the Asbury Park Press.The redevelopment authority so far has obtained about 550 acres of the property from the Army and it plans to complete the purchase of another 550 acres by this coming spring, he said.One of the reuse project’s first major successes was attracting a new $146 million headquarters for Commvault on a 55-acre tract. The building, paid for by the technology firm, opened one year ago.At a forum sponsored by the Asbury Park Press, eight local business leaders last week proposed several ways for the reuse project to pick up speed:find more Commvaults — additional property sales would help fund efforts to spruce up the site and attract more businesses and residents;do a better job of opening up the site to the public;foster the growth of startups;improve the region’s commuter train service; andadd other missing pieces, such as a high-speed, fiber optic network and light rail service on the Jersey Shore.“I don’t want to have to move to Boston or Austin. I love it here. It’s a matter of putting the pieces in place that will create a self-organizing system, which will then create momentum,” said Jennifer Crews, the founder and CEO of Flock, a technology company in nearby Red Bank.last_img read more

Troopers Maintaining Presence In Tanana

first_imgAlaska State Troopers are maintaining a presence in the village of Tanana. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says Troopers do not have a post in the village and the assignment of officers there is temporary.Download Audiolast_img

Texas Currently Has 10 Cases Of Measles Surpassing 2018 Numbers

first_imgThe Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting ten cases of measles as of Wednesday, surpassing the total number in all of 2018 when the state registered nine cases. In 2017, Texas only had one case of measles.The 10th case is an adult traveler visiting Guadalupe County from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak. Harris County has the most cases in the state, with four reported by health officials. The other counties with confirmed cases are: Bell, Denton, Galveston, Guadalupe, Jefferson and Montgomery.Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)DSHS has issued a health alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses and immediately report suspected cases to public health authorities.The alert also provides advice to medical providers about limiting the spread of measles in a health care setting and options for preventing illness for susceptible people who have been exposed.Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes virus particles into the air.The best way to prevent getting sick is to be immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine. DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children receive one dose at 12 to 15 months of age and another at 4 to 6 years.A large study by the Annals of Internal Medicine released on Monday provided strong new evidence that the childhood vaccine for measles is safe, and does not increase the risk for autism in children.  Sharelast_img read more

Beehives Kept on the Roof of Notre Dame Remarkably Survived Through the

first_imgIt’s a little known fact that Parisians are keeping beehives on the rooftops of their best-known buildings. Not all, but bees are found for instance at the Musée d’Orsay, the Grand Palais, and Palais Garnier, as well as Notre Dame — which on April 15th, was sadly engulfed by a huge fire in which its spire and most of the roof collapsed within a few hours. Early investigation results have shown that the fire may have spread due to a possible fire alarm system sensor issue. The fire may also be related to the building of elevators for construction work that was ongoing in the cathedral at the time. Investigators are also seeking to find out whether an electrical short-circuit led to the appalling event.Photo by Philippe Wang/Getty ImagesBut back to the bees. For the past few years, Notre Dame has been the home of approximately 180,000 bees. Their three hives are secured on the first floor roof above the sacristy of the Gothic structure. It was initially thought that the colony must have perished in the fire but Notre Dame’s own beekeeper (apiculteur in French), Nicolas Géant, has confirmed that against all odds, the bees made it through the blaze.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe news that the Notre Dame bees are safe and sound was shared also by French urban beekeeping company Beeopic Apiculture, who posted a confirmatory Instagram photo on Thursday, April 18th.Notre-Dame after the fire. Photo by Pyb CC BY-SA 4.0However, in the days in between, everyone remained worried about Notre Dame’s smallest, honey-making tenants. As French officers were examining the building if it has any weak points that may still threaten structural failure, not even Mr. Géant was allowed to take a look at the hives. Géant had in the meantime received hundreds of messages asking about the bees. Aerial photos of Notre Dame’s roof previously showed the hives themselves had survived the great calamity.The bees living on Notre Dame’s roof survived the fire— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2019Géant has been taking care of the cathedral’s bees since 2013, the year this sort of clandestine activity first started there. Bee-keeping was introduced on Notre Dame as part of an effort to increase the number of bees across Paris. Honeymaking has since rooted in businesses within the French capital, with some of its honey being sold at double the prices of brands produced in the countryside.Photo by Remi Mathis CC By SA 4.0The Notre Dame beehives were located on the top of a sacristy on the south side of the cathedral, roughly 100 feet away from where the blaze was ravaging. That was enough distance for the hives to remain intact. But had they been closer to the fire, or in the middle of it, the wax within the hives would have easily melted, trapping the hard-working insects inside. Géant commented that the survival of the bees was like a miracle. “Thank goodness the flames didn’t touch them,” he said in a statement for CNN. Take a closer look with this video:Typically for bees found in Europe, the ones on Notre Dame would have sought shelter inside the hives upon sensing the imminent threat nearby. The biggest threat for them would have been the extreme heat of the raging flames, but as Mr. Géant also explains, they were exposed to the smoke which has a specific effect on bees in general.180,000 bees were living on top of Notre Dame when the fire broke out – and they survived— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2019“Instead of killing them, the carbon dioxide makes them drowsy, puts them to sleep,” Mr. Géant told the AP. Smoke is frequently used by beekeepers to sedate bee colonies. This allows for the beekeeper to approach the hive and access the much-treasured honey produced there. “I was incredibly sad about Notre-Dame because it’s such a beautiful building,” Mr. Géant commented.Photo credit LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images“But to hear there is life when it comes to the bees, that’s just wonderful,” he said.Read another story from us: How the Hunchback of Notre Dame Once Saved the Crumbling CathedralBeekeeping on Parisian rooftops has increased in popularity within the past decade. Just ten years ago, the city reportedly had approximately 300 hives, and today there is an estimated 700. More often than not, the general public is unaware of where these hives are being quietly kept. In his media statements, Mr. Géant was also noted as saying that it had always been one of his dreams to take care of bees atop “the most beautiful church in the world.”last_img read more

A refreshed stay experience at Penang beachs leading resort

first_imgSource = PARKROYAL Penang Resort A refreshed stay experience at Penang beach’s leading resortA refreshed stay experience at Penang beach’s leading resortPARKROYAL Penang Resort celebrated in style today, unveiling a refreshed resort after an MYR55 million transformation. More than 200 guests witnessed this milestone as the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, launched the resort’s newlogo identity to mark a new chapter for the resort.Located on Penang Island’s famous Batu Ferringhi beach since 1990, PARKROYAL Penang Resort has undergone several refreshments over the years to stay relevant in Penang’s hospitality landscape. Over the past year, MYR55 million was invested to fully refurbish the resort’s public guest areas, rooms and suites, all-day dining restaurant and lounge.The resort is ready to welcome discerning leisure and business travellers as a premium deluxe resort. Reservations can be made on or by calling 1800 220 021 or +60 4 886 2288.Seamless Arrival ExperienceUpon arrival, guests will receive a warm welcome at the resort’s porte cochere and reception, which open out to the palm-fringed sea. With an elevated ceiling and light-filled spaces with timber furnishings and soothing lights, as well as thoughtful touches such as local artwork which lend a strong sense of connection to the destination, the relaxing ambience at the lobby immediately puts our guests at ease within its tropical surrounds.PARKROYAL Penang Resort’s reception features high ceilings and light-filled spacesContemporary Comfort in a Tropical SettingEach of the resort’s 308 rooms, ranging from 23 to 94 square metres, has been completely renovated. PARKROYAL Penang Resort now offers ten room categories across 284 guestrooms and 24 suites, including the new Two-Bedroom Family Seaview unit, which is specifically designed to accommodate families and groups.At 50 square metres, the Two-Bedroom Family Seaview unit is larger than the One-Bedroom Family Seaview (38 square metres), and offers guests greater flexibility of space to interact and bond with one another. In addition, spacious day beds make the Deluxe Rooms, Family Seaview Rooms, Premier Seaview Suites and Pulau Pinang Suites ideal sanctuaries to lounge by the window or balcony while overlooking the sea or garden grounds.The Two-Bedroom Family Seaview room offers 50 square metres of flexible spaces for bondingFresh Ingredients for Local and Asian fare for New Dining ConceptPARKROYAL Penang Resort is also introducing Cinnamon, a 281-seater modern and casual restaurant with an inviting ambience. A new dining concept, Cinnamon emphasises fresh ingredients and the generous use of spices and herbs in its cooking to bring out authentic flavours in local and Asian cuisines. This focus on freshness is reflected in the restaurant’s interior design, which is bright, vibrant and uplifting throughout. Guests can enjoy their meals in air-conditioned comfort (with private rooms available for meetings and groups) or in the outdoors, complete with views of our expansive gardens and beautiful shorelines.Cinnamon’s communal dining table is perfect for large gatheringsUpgraded Lounge for Entertainment or RelaxationThe refreshed 80-seater Javana Lounge now features versatile seating which encourages our guests to interact with one another. Oversized, stylish fans create an airy environment, while sofa beds and spacious workstations offer spaces for guests to relax over our delicious cocktails, surf the web, or simply connect with family and friends, all while overlooking the resort’s outdoor gardens and swimming pools, which have been upgraded with enhanced LED lightings as part of our energy conservation efforts.Mr Edward Kollmer, General Manager, PARKROYAL Penang Resort, said, “Tourism is thriving in Penang. Malaysians and foreign visitors flock to Penang for its unrivalled local food, culture, and even ecotourism. The state continues to innovate and develop the tourism sector to maintain Penang’s pole position, and we are fortunate to be part of Penang’s growth. We are proud of our heritage and will keep working hard to remain one of Penang’s top resorts. As PARKROYAL’s flagship resort, we will fly the flag high in our continued commitment to celebrate the best in people as we bring our utmost to ensure unwavering sincerity in service and product.”last_img read more