IMF urges Ottawa to cut back on mortgage insurance through CMHC

Ottawa should consider phasing out insuring home mortgage through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.[np_storybar title=”According to the IMF, Canada has the most overvalued housing market in the world” link=””%5D [/np_storybar]The advice is contained in the IMF’s latest economic report card on Canada, which projects modest economic growth of 2.25% for the country next year.Such a recommendation, surprising from an international financial organization, appears to side with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who has recently questioned whether the federal government should be in the business of insuring higher-risk mortgages at all.Some analysts have credited the system for providing much needed confidence in Canada’s housing sector during the 2008-09 crisis, which many believe was sparked by a crisis in the U.S. mortgage market.The IMF concedes that the current system has its advantages for stability. But it says it also exposes the government, or taxpayers, to financial system risks and might distort the market as a whole in favour of mortgages over more productive uses of capital.[np_storybar title=”Homeowners feel the pinch of rising prices, mortgage rates” link=””%5DRBC’s latest research on how much income is needed to maintain a home shows that affordability deteriorated over the summer, the second consecutive drop. Find out more [/np_storybar]“We think banks lend too much to mortgages and too little to small and medium enterprises,” Roberto Cardarelli, the IMF mission chief for Canada, told reporters in a briefing in Toronto.“We suspect the fact that banks may benefit from government-backed insurance on mortgages (…) it sort of makes it easier for banks to do mortgages than other kinds of lending which presumably, we think, is going to be more useful for the real economy.”The Washington-based financial institutions said further measures should be considered to “encourage appropriate risk retention by private sector and increase the market share of private mortgage insurers.”It cautioned, however, that if any structural changes are made, they should be gradual to avoid unintended consequences.The IMF report, released Wednesday morning, forecasts that Canada’s economy as a whole will start benefiting next year from a pickup in the U.S. economy, leading to greater demand for Canadian exports and renewed business investment.Read more on the IMF’s forecast for Canada: Bank of Canada can afford to put off rate hike until 2015 read more

Samaranayake new Presidential spokesman

The current spokesman for the President is former Daily News Editor Bandula Jayasekera. Sri Lanka Rupavahini Chairman Mohan Samaranayake has been tipped to be appointed as the new Presidential spokesman, unconfirmed reports said.When contacted Samaranayake said that he had also heard of the move but has not been officially informed.

US salmon spill should spur pursuit of Canadas landbased prowess experts

by Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 12:35 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Critics of open-net fish farms say the escape of Atlantic salmon from a Washington state pen that held 305,000 fish should spur Canada to support a transition to land-based aquaculture because it’s already leading the world with the most facilities using that method.Steve Summerfelt of the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W. Va., said three of the world’s 13 land-based salmon facilities are in Canada, while China has the largest production capacity with its two operations, followed by Denmark.Kuterra, based in the Vancouver Island community of Port McNeill and owned by the Namgis First Nation, is the leading closed-containment Atlantic salmon company in Canada, followed by Sustainable Blue in Dartmouth, N.S.The First Nation, which received part of its funding from Tides Canada on the basis that it provide open access to its knowledge, has enabled Kuterra to become an industry leader, Summerfelt said Friday.“All across the globe, people are following Kuterra very closely,” he said. “It’s been a great project for the whole industry to see the transparency, to see what their performances were, what their challenges were and what worked really well.”He said two Nova Scotia companies have produced salmon on a smaller scale, positioning Canada as a global leader in the industry though investors have taken a wait-and-see approach.The water recirculating technology to grow salmon has steadily improved over the last three decades, Summerfelt said, adding the system uses less water and draws out waste that’s turned into fertilizer instead of being dumped in the ocean.“The challenge is it’s a higher capital (venture) than putting a net in the ocean. Building these controlled environments that pump water that’s in a building is more costly, it’s a trade-off.”Compared with Canada, two closed-net commercial farms are currently producing Atlantic salmon in the United States but they are not expected to start selling it until next year, he said, adding there isn’t enough wild salmon to meet worldwide demand.“Farmed salmon now exceeds wild salmon consumption and the only way it’s been done effectively until now is in ocean pens. We’re trying to do it differently so we can do it in places where it’s not going to impact our marine ecosystems and we have to do it cost effectively.”Josephine Mrozewski, spokeswoman for Kuterra, said part of the company’s funding came from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, an arm’s-length foundation created by the federal government, though it’s just breaking even after three years of operating.She said Kuterra has broken even after distributing its salmon to one retailer in B.C. and chains in Toronto and Washington state but is looking for investors by the end of September to take the company further.Bob Chamberlin, chairman of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, said the Washington state spill earlier this week near B.C. waters requires investment by government and industry for more sustainable ways to farm salmon.“The government’s infatuation with open-net cage fish farms means there’s not the necessary government support with programs, tax breaks, capital incentives and so on to facilitate the flourishment of the closed-containment industry in Canada,” he said.“What I say to Canada is that they provided that same level of resourcing and tax incentives and so on to the fish-farm industry to operate as they are today. My question is, why did they not provide that same framework and support and incentives for the necessary economic environment for the closed-containment industry to be successful?”Jeremy Dunn, spokesman for the BC Salmon Farmers Association, said the Washington spill involved an outdated salmon-farming structure that isn’t used in the province, where he said 109 farms exist, though the industry remains controversial.“Well over 90 per cent of salmon is raised in open net-pens,” he said of the global aquaculture business, adding concerns about Atlantic salmon are continually addressed through innovation, adding any escapees are typically killed by predators.“Our members have decreased their use of antibiotics and we have developed new vaccines to protect against pathogens endemic to the Pacific Ocean,” he said about issues raised in an inquiry that produced dozens of recommendations in 2012 to protect salmon in B.C.Fin Donnelly, federal NDP fisheries and oceans critic, said he organized a visit to Kuterra last fall with support from some Liberal members of Parliament and Green Leader Elizabeth May but his bill to ban open-net cage salmon farms was defeated last December.“You can totally support your wild salmon fishery at the same time that you transition the harmful technology out of the salmon-farming system,” he said, adding the two Nova Scotia companies that have private investors, Sustainable Blue and CanAqua, are “the ones to watch” if Canada is to become a world leader in land-based salmon farming.“But the government is not making it easier for companies like that because they’re still subsidizing the open-net farms by giving them such reduced licence fees.”— Follow CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said there are four facilities in Canada. U.S. salmon spill should spur pursuit of Canada’s land-based prowess: experts read more

At UN Assembly Pacific small islands urge collective action against climate change

. “As small island Pacific countries, we are no longer protected by our isolation,” said Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the Prime Minister of Samoa, adding: “Climate change, like other global challenges, cross borders seamlessly. It has no respect for sovereignty and does not discriminate countries between rich or poor.” “Its dire consequences are real including [for] those who remain in denial,” he underscored, urging global leaders to collectively prioritize the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Also in his address, Prime Minister Malielegaoi, spoke of the importance of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted that, for small island development States, the 2014 ‘Samoa Pathway’ is their sustainable development roadmap which highlights their key tasks and priorities and links closely with the 2030 Agenda. The Samoa leader also noted the escalating crisis in the Korean Peninsula and called for visionary leadership to ensure that peace is given a chance. Concluding his remarks, he also informed the General Assembly of the Summit of Leaders of discussions and outcomes at the Pacific Island Forum, which Samoa hosted earlier this year.Full statement available here Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga of Tuvalu addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak President Tommy Esang Remengesau, Jr. of the Republic of Palau addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Also delivering his address before the General Assembly, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu stated that the United Nations offered the “best hope and catalyst” for addressing global challenges including those related to peace and security, as well as the environment problems.In particular, he said that as the impact of climate change continues to grow unabated, world leaders must consider a legal framework to address the issue of climate change refugees, who would be left stranded once their homes and lands disappear. In his remarks, the Prime Minister also called on Security Council to move beyond political interests of its members and to find compromise solutions. He also said that his country supports Security Council reforms to accord fairer regional representation.Further in his address, Prime Minsiter Tabimasmas underscored the importance of implementation of the Paris Agreement and he urged the United States to reconsider its decision on the Agreement and to support its full implementation.Turning to crisis emanating from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea nuclear weapons development programme, the Prime Minister reaffirmed his country’s commitment to denuclearization of the Pacific region and welcomed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Full statement (in French) available here Joining the Pacific leaders expressing concern over the threat posed by climate change, Enele Sosene Sopoaga, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, also underscored the importance of the Paris Agreement, especially for the tens of millions living in low-lying islands and coastal areas around the world.“The Paris Agreement is our common hope of a decent life on a sustainable planet. For Tuvalu, it is our hope of security and survival,” said the Prime Minister, noting however, that the hope, is however, “dimmed with the announcement by the United States that it will abandon the Agreement.” In his remarks, the Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of the 2030 Agenda and referring to challenges within his country in its implementation, thanked the international community for their help in overcoming them. He also expressed his country’s support for a ‘global pact on the environment,’ explaining that it would be an international legally binding agreement on the protection of rights to a safe and clean environment. “We are but on one canoe for humanity, no one country must jump ship! We either must paddle together to keep us afloat and safe. Or allow the canoe to sink, and we all drown. It is our hope, that with this ‘Global Pact’ and the Paris Agreement, the canoe, we can save Tuvalu, and if we can save Tuvalu we can save the world.” Full statement available here Also addressing the general debate today, Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr., the President of Palau, said the natural disasters wreaking havoc across many parts of the world are a “harbinger of wars to come on a hotter planet,” underscoring the need to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. “Palau in the Pacific have experienced, first hand, the impact of climate extremes,” he said, adding: “[Climate change impact] is a ticking time-bomb – no one knows when or where the next disaster will strike – but we are a keenly aware that it can wipe out years of progress in a span of hours.” Noting the importance of expanding cooperation with all stakeholders, including with the private, public and non-profit sector, to address the complex challenges facing the planet, he added that UN is the crucial link that can bring global efforts together, and that concerted and united efforts are also crucial to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Concluding his address, President Remengesau also spoke of the need of strong multilateral efforts, within the UN framework, to resolve challenges ranging from international peace and security, global terrorism, large-scale migration and many other difficult issues. For the success of such efforts, the UN system must be strengthened so that all its Member States can believe in the fairness and effectiveness of the overall international negotiation and dispute resolution process. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas of the Republic of Vanuatu addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak read more

Thesis defences — Nov 20 to 24

Mackenzie Hunter, a candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, will defend his Master of Science thesis on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in STH 361.His thesis is titled, “Intra-mitochondrial location of the skeletal muscle perilipin 3 and 5 proteins at rest and following electrically stimulated contraction.”His examination committee members are Dr. Sandra Peters, Supervisor; Drs. Paul LeBlanc and Jeffrey Stuart, Advisory Committee; Dr. Michaela Devries-Aboud, External Examiner (University of Waterloo); and Dr. Rene Vandenboom, Chair. The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Nov. 20 to 24.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Science thesis defencesMohamed Rezk, a candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will present his Master of Science thesis defence on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. in WH 147.His thesis is titled, “The effect of Resveratrol on the upregulation of Ngb.”His examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Sandra Peters, External Examiner, (Brock University); Dr. Jeffrey Stuart, Supervisor; Dr. Debbie Inglis and Dr. Aleksandar Necakov, Committee Members. Brent Wakefield, a candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, will defend his Master of Science thesis on Friday, Nov. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. in STH 361.His thesis is titled, “Bone structure and bone mineral density is largely unchanged while intestinal integrity is maintained in growing male CD-1 mice when vitamin D and calcium are fed at levels lower than those present in the AIN-93G reference diet.”His examination committee members are Dr. Wendy Ward, Supervisor; Drs. Philip Sullivan and Elena Comelli, Advisory Committee; Dr. Harvey Anderson, External Examiner (University of Toronto); and Dr. Andrea Josse, Chair. read more

Baseball Ohio State comes out on top of wild 123 win against

Ohio State sophomore pitcher Jake Vance (3) throws a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe combined pitching staffs of Ohio State and Youngstown State dragged on a Wednesday night matchup for three hours and 26 minutes, struggling to find the strike zone while issuing a combined 17 walks. The difference for Ohio State (25-10, 6-3 Big Ten) was its ability to strike out batters, 15 in total, with the team cruising to a 12-3 victory against Youngstown State.  (10-23, 7-7 Horizon).“We can’t create that type of help for our opponent if we’re gonna beat a really good team,” head coach Greg Beals said.Youngstown State’s control issues began early. Junior starter Kip DeShields walked four batters, threw a wild pitch and surrendered three runs on one hit while recording just one out before being pulled.The Penguins’ pitching struggles continued in the third, when the Buckeyes strung together five straight hits to extend their lead to 6-2.Youngstown State’s pitching staff finished with 10 walks, a hit batter, four wild pitches and a balk.Ohio State sophomore first baseman Conner Pohl extended his hitting streak to 15 games, swatting a three-run home run in the fourth. He finished the day 2-for-4.“[I’m] not chasing any off-speed, just playing my game honestly,” Pohl said. “I’m a fastball hitter and just seeing fastballs to hit.”Youngstown State trailed the game by seven runs late in the game and had back-to-back innings with the bases loaded, but both times failed to capitalize.Ohio State sophomore Jake Vance got off to a rocky start on the mound with a 43-pitch first inning, but smoothed things out in the second and finished with one earned run and five strikeouts in three innings.Redshirt sophomore second baseman Matt Carpenter recorded his first career hit in the victory.“You could tell by the reaction from the dugout tonight, that tells you what type of teammate he is,” Beals said. “Speaks to the talent that’s up and down the lineup and throughout that locker room. There’s guys that aren’t getting regular playing time that can play.”Redshirt senior Austin Woodby pitched a pair of innings for the Buckeyes and received his first win of the season.Even with the 12-run performance on Wednesday, Ohio State had the opportunity to do more damage against Youngstown State. The Buckeyes left 12 runners on base while the Penguins left 14 runners on base and scored only three runs. After scoring 31 runs in their past two games, the Buckeyes will begin a three-game set with Indiana on Friday. read more

Government accused of massaging immigration statistics in run up to Brexit vote

It is thought that the proposed 11-month visa for low-skilled workers would help to ensure that a post-Brexit Britain would be able to maintain and control a workforce in a variety of sectors that rely on short-term contract employees.   Sunder Katwala, the director of British Future, a think-tank specialising in integration and migration issues, said the Government’s decision to cap migration for low-skilled workers at 11-months raised questions about the motives, particularly because trust surrounding immigration is currently so “low”.In a tweet he asked: “Was the main reason that you chose 11 months visas, not 12, because 12 months counts in immigration stats, while 11 months is immigration that you don’t count?“The real answer is yes!”It is understood the proposals will be part of the Government’s long awaited migration White Paper due to be unveiled in the week beginning December 3.It is anticipated that Mrs May will then try to frame the Brexit debate around migration, claiming her EU deal fulfils the referendum pledge of taking back control of UK borders. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Leaked Cabinet papers reveal Home Office plans for a new 11-month low-skilled migrant visaCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Jonathan Portes, professor of economics and economics and public policy at King’s College, London, said: “In theory these people coming into the UK under this visa would not be immigrants and would not be counted as immigrants.“I would call it a pretty transparent attempt to massage the immigration figures.”Immigration statistics are based on the International Passenger Survey in which up to 800,000 people arriving and leaving the UK each year are asked a series of questions, including how long they intend to stay or have stayed in the country. The results are used by a number of Government departments and contribute to the official statistics on the number of immigrants coming to the UK. The Government has been accused of a cynical attempt to massage immigration statistics after it emerged Theresa May will announce a curb on low-skilled foreign working arriving in Britain.Leaked Cabinet papers revealed how the Home Office has drawn up plan to issue low-skilled migrants with 11-month visas “with restricted entitlements and rights” while they live in the UK. The move was seen as an attempt by the Prime Minister to win support among Eurosceptic Tory MPs in the run up to the Brexit vote.But, immigration experts and campaigners yesterday warned that the proposals would mean that those arriving under the 11-month visa would not be counted as immigrants.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Leaked Cabinet papers reveal Home Office plans for a new 11-month low-skilled migrant visa While anyone remaining longer than 12 months is deemed an immigrant, someone staying 11-months or fewer would be classes as staying a “short term” and so not ratchet up the official immigration figures.“If you’re coming to the country for more than one year then you count as a migrant,” Professor Portes continued. “But, if you say you’re on an 11-month visa then you are not recorded as an immigrant.” read more

Bisphénol A linterdiction pour début 2015 adoptée à lAssemblée nationale

first_imgBisphénol A : l’interdiction pour début 2015 adoptée à l’Assemblée nationaleMercredi, l’Assemblée nationale a adopté l’interdiction générale du bisphénol A (BPA) dans les contenants alimentaires pour janvier 2015.Dès janvier 2015, le bisphénol A serait définitivement banni de tous les contenants alimentaires. Mercredi, l’Assemblée nationale a en effet adopté en deuxième lecture la proposition de loi du député PS Gérard Bapt sur “la suspension de la fabrication, de l’importation, de l’exportation, et de la mise sur le marché de tout conditionnement à vocation alimentaire contenant du bisphénol A”. Une proposition qui avait déjà été adoptée par le Sénat le 9 octobre dernier. Les députés de tous bords ont ainsi souligné la nécessité de “légiférer pour éviter un nouveau scandale sanitaire” et pour trouver des substituts alors que “la controverse scientifique n’a plus lieu d’être” sur la nocivité du bisphénol A considéré comme un perturbateur endocrinien. Néanmoins, si c’est un réel pas en avant, il a été contesté notamment par les écologistes en raison de la date de mise en application de cette loi. En effet, alors que la proposition mentionnait le 1er janvier 2014, le Sénat avait repoussé l’interdiction générale du BPA au 1er juillet 2015, avant que la commission des Affaires sociales de l’Assemblée nationale ne la ramène à janvier 2015. Aussi, seuls les contenants de produits alimentaires destinés à des enfants de moins de trois ans, auront pour obligation de se conformer au texte dès 2013. Mais le groupe écologiste continue a plaider en faveur d’une interdiction générale à partir de 2014. L’écologiste Jean-Louis Roumégas estime ainsi qu’”un an, c’était suffisant aux industriels pour s’adapter”. Selon cet élu, “le délai choisi n’est pas anodin, car potentiellement 1,2 million de nourrissons qui naîtront dans cette période pourraient être soumis au risque”. Une pétition allant dans ce sens a d’ailleurs été signée en dix jours par pas moins de 45.000 personnes à l’initiative d’associations de santé environnementale.Un rapport sur l’innocuité des substituts au BPA À lire aussiles perturbateurs endocriniens encore trop présents dans les produits de beautéDe son côté, la ministre de la Santé, Marisol Touraine a indiqué que “le choix d’opérer en deux étapes” est réfléchi vu “la nécessité de trouver des produits de substitution qui ne présenteront pas de nouveaux risques”. Le gouvernement devra présenter un rapport au Parlement en juillet 2014 pour s’assurer de l’innocuité des substituts. Quant aux députés qui ont réclamé un report à juillet 2015 voire 2016 pour laisser le temps aux industriels de trouver des substituts, ils se sont vu répondre par la ministre que “deux ans était un délai suffisant qui permet aux entreprises de s’adapter”. Une “solution de sagesse”, selon M. Bapt.Le 29 novembre 2012 à 12:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

We Never Knew We Needed Gundam Barbie This Badly Until Now

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You’ve never seen Barbie like this before. Did you know the popular doll was actually an otaku all along? This amazing concept, created by model maker Akira Tange, is called “Gundam Shojo,” and it was created for the Japanese Wonder Festival event celebrating action figures. It didn’t end up being used in the festival, but it’s far too cool not to share, and way too amazing to not become a real product you can buy in the future. That’s just criminal!Barbie rocks some icy gray hair beneath her Gundam helmet, and is kitted out with form-fitting armor that makes her look half-human, half giant robot. It’s an awesome setup, and she’s painted red, yellow, and blue like that of the RX-78 Gundam. She’s wielding an enormous rifle as well as a shield too, so you know she means serious business. Her mask can be removed as you please as well, and she looks absolutely amazing! This is truly some excellent work. ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… 〈お知らせ〉#タンゲ・アキラ 氏が7月29日のワンフェスでカスタム創作品『ガ〇ダム少女』を展示するそうです。卓番は「6-22-05」(完成品工房アトリエ)。ぜひ、お立ち寄りください。— おおこしたかのぶ (@octopus_catcher) July 8, 2018Tange also posed Barbie in some immaculate ways that you can check out in the Twitter post, which honestly just makes us want her more. This should be real, dang it!AdChoices广告This is the first time we’ve seen anything like an attempted Barbie and Gundam crossover. Unfortunately, the real Barbie brand doesn’t cover much in the realm of tech, gaming, and anime, except for that super sweet Game Developer Barbie we saw not long ago. But with Gundam’s wild popularity, it’s a bit hard to understand why not.If you’re a Barbie and Gundam fan (and you can absolutely be both, don’t let anyone tell you can’t!) which Gundam design would you most ideally want to see next? How about Duo Maxwell’s Deathscythe from Gundam Wing? Now that would be pretty sweet. Imagine a Wing Gundam version next, too. The possibilities are endless.last_img read more

Portland State University faculty announce strike

first_imgPORTLAND — The union representing faculty at Portland State University says it will strike on April 16.The president of the PSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors, Mary King, says the notice was delivered Thursday to the administration. She says it would be the first public university strike in Oregon’s history.Negotiations have been underway for about a year as administrators deal with a projected $15 million budget deficit for the 2014-15 year.Portland State officials have said they’ll work diligently to avoid a strike but procedures are in place to maintain operations if there’s a walkout.In addition to wages, the union is concerned about the number of part-time faculty and students who are increasingly being taught by professors on one-year contracts.last_img read more

Weird asteroid gives scientists very big surprise by changing color

first_img Unusual asteroids Tags Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects 1 NASA wants to save the Earth from asteroids (with a giant… Space The rocky asteroid is located far away between Mars and Jupiter. It has been on astronomers’ radars since it was first discovered in 1988, but it didn’t stand out from the crowd until recently. Observations from late 2018 and early 2019 showed the space rock was kicking out two dust tails, a rarity for an asteroid.A closer look at 6478 Gault revealed the asteroid’s unexpected color shift. The researchers suspect the asteroid is spinning very quickly and shedding its old surface dust to reveal fresh material below. Kind of like a space snake ditching its skin.The MIT-led research team published its findings in Astrophysical Journal Letters on Friday. Share your voice Originally published Aug. 30, 2:17 p.m. PT.  Asteroid suddenly shows off a comet-like tail See the funky double asteroid that zipped by Earth Enlarge ImageThe Hubble Space Telescope captured this view of asteroid 6478 Gault and its two tails. NASA, ESA, K. Meech and J. Kleyna, O. Hainaut Asteroid 6478 Gault is an oddball. It sports a comet-like dust trail and, even more weirdly, it changed color from red to blue. “It is the first time scientists have observed a color-shifting asteroid, in real time,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said in a release on Thursday.The change wasn’t as dramatic to the naked eye as an octopus or chameleon shifting its colors. Astronomers witnessed the asteroid’s activity in the near-infrared spectrum, which isn’t visible to the human eye.MIT postdoc Michael Marsset called the shift “a very big surprise,” saying, “We think we have witnessed the asteroid losing its reddish dust to space, and we are seeing the asteroid’s underlying, fresh blue layers.”  Asteroid 6478 Gault may not be long for this universe. NASA said those tails could be “key evidence that Gault is beginning to come apart.” If it does end up disintegrating, then at least it will have gone out in spectacular style. 27 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 4:55 Sci-Tech Commentlast_img read more

No Special Category Status to AP Major setback for Jagan Mohan Reddy

first_img No Special Category Status to AP: Major setback for Jagan Mohan Reddy’s poll promise In a blow to the poll promises made by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has ruled out the possibility of granting Special Category Status (SCS) to the state.In a reply to Bihar MP Kaushalendra Kumar, Sitharaman said that there is no proposal under consideration of the central government to grant SCS to any state. Kumar had questioned Sitharaman about the government considering the demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and some other economically backward states.Sitharaman said that the centre was receiving requests for SCS from Odisha, Rajasthan, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, and Chattisgarh.”SCS for plan assistance has been granted in the past to some states that are characterised by a number of features necessitating special consideration,” said Sitharaman.”These features include hill and difficult terrain, low population density or sizeable share of tribal population, strategic locations; economic and infrastructural backwardness and non-viable nature of state finances. Special Category Status for plan assistance to any state has been granted based on an integrated consideration of these criteria,” she added.Sitharaman also said that the SCS for plan assistance granted by National Development Council does not provide for any special measure for growth of industries. The reply by Sitharaman comes in the backdrop of CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s resolve to get SCS for Andhra Pradesh. SCS in ParliamentThis reply by the Union Finance Minister comes in the backdrop of CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s resolve to get SCS for Andhra Pradesh. A day before the parliamentary session began, Jagan had told his 22 Lok Sabha and two Rajya Sabha MPs to put pressure on the centre to grant SCS to AP.”Voters elected 22 of you as MPs and they expect that you will fight for SCS in Parliament. Raise the issue of promises made to AP in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. Ask them why the promises made in the Parliament are not being fulfilled,” said Jagan.He had demanded the same during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. He had also reiterated the demand during the NITI Aayog meeting.AP got a raw deal in the division and people of the state stayed deprived of a capital city though they opposed bifurcation, Jagan said at the meeting.On June 18, the AP Assembly had adopted a resolution requesting the centre to confer the SCS with all financial benefits and industrial incentives without further delay. The Assembly had also asked the Union government to fulfil all provisions and assurances incorporated in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, in letter and spirit. The Cabinet Ministers of Andhra Pradesh along with Governor Shri Narasimhan and Chief Minister Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.Twitter IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:59Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

You Can Finally Play Xbox One in Peace With Do Not Disturb

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. SCUF Prestige Falls Short of Being a Must-Have Premium ControllerOrigin PC Ends Console Wars With PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Combo Case center_img While video games are great for bringing people together, there are times when you may want to play them without disturbances. The PlayStation 4 has had the ability for players to appear offline for some time now. This hasn’t been the case on Xbox One. If you’re connected to the internet, folks can see you and hit you up. The Xbox One is getting a number of new additions soon, and one of them is a “do not disturb” feature. Finally, players can enjoy playing games in peace.Selecting “do not disturb” prevents other players from sending you messages, party invites, or any other notification while you’re online. You will of course still receive all of these notifications; you just won’t see them pop up on the screen while you’re playing. Anyone who is signed up to the Xbox Insider beta can try the feature out right now. Users not in the beta should get the feature sometime in the near future.Another neat feature coming to the Guide is “Next Achievement.” Now, users will get to view and sort a cross-game list of upcoming achievements. You can see which achievements you’re closest to getting and quickly jump into a game to nab them. Mini Game Hubs will be available right in the Guide, allowing you to see friends who are currently playing, upcoming achievements, group posts, and more. You can see the full list of new features over on广告On PS4, I almost always have it set to “offline,” so it’ll be nice to finally have this type of feature on Xbox One. It’s not that I don’t want to interact with others, but it always seems folks want to hit me up when I’m in the middle of a boss fight or big narrative scene. I’m sure users with a lot of people on their friends list will appreciate the “do not disturb” feature as well.last_img read more

Territorial defense by the Taiwanese Kukrisnake

first_img © 2010 While territorial behavior is common in other reptiles, such as lizards, snakes normally rely on mobile food sources and rely on hunting. Once a meal is found, they move on. However, the Kukrisnakes of Orchid Island have found themselves a defendable source of food and they are standing their ground, especially the females.Orchid Island is home to many turtle nesting grounds and those nests are where the snakes have set up camp so to speak. These nests contain upwards of 100 eggs which take two months to hatch. This provides the snake with a food source that can last weeks without going bad.Researchers discovered it is usually the male snakes which find the nests first; however, if a female snake should happen upon the same nest, it is usually the female who wins out.Kukrisnakes have very large blade-like teeth and are very aggressive. They also fend off attackers by raising their tail in order to mimic another head. Unfortunately for the male snake, the tail area also contains their manhood. Male Kukrisnakes, having what is called a hemipenis, or twin penis, also evert these to further confuse predators. Unfortunately, when fighting a female with large teeth, it appears these male snakes would rather give up the nests than risk injury and loss of reproductive function, even though by size they are much larger than their female counterparts.Huang found however, if another female happened upon a nest already occupied by another female snake, they seem to stick together and share the contents of the nest. 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. Fragmented forests result in more snakes, fewer birds The Taiwanese Kukrisnake. Image: robferblue/flickr Explore furthercenter_img ( — In a first documented case of territorial behavior by a species of snake, a team led by Wen-San Huang of Taiwan’s National Museum of Natural Science and Cornell University discuss the Kukrisnakes from Taiwan’s Orchid Island in a report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Citation: Territorial defense by the Taiwanese Kukrisnake (2011, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The Taiwanese kukrisnake. More information: Territorial behavior in Taiwanese kukrisnakes (Oligodon formosanus), PNAS, Published online before print April 18, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1101804108last_img read more

Tip use cache to load cached website copies in most browser

first_imgTip: use cache: to load cached website copies in most browser by Martin Brinkmann on August 06, 2018 in Internet – 3 commentsSearch engines like Google or Bing maintain a cached copy of sites they crawl. They need to do this for a number of reasons, for instance to find out if content on a site changed.One side-effect of search engines keeping a copy of any site they crawl is that some provide frontend access to the cache so that users may load it.Useful if the website is down, has been deleted, or has changed in the meantime. Google and other search engines that provide access to cached copies do so only for the most recent snapshot. Other services, The Wayback Machine for example, provide access to all cached versions.While you can load your favorite search engine, run a search, and click on the cached link that it may display next to search results, you may find the following faster option useful.First reported by Lifehacker, all that it takes is to prepend cache: in front of the address or search term to open a cached page of a website in any browser.The main caveat is that the method works only if Google Search is the default search provider as cache: is only recognized by Google. You may still use the feature even if Google is not the default search provider as you may open Google Search directly and run the cache: query there directly.It is still faster than searching for the address on Google and selecting the cached link from the extra menu that is displayed next to each search result.Another caveat is that the method works only if Google has a cached copy of the website. Sites may request that no cached copy is kept.Browsers that support keywords support the trick even if Google Search is not the default provider. All it takes is to write keyword cache:URL, e.g. g cache: if g is the keyword for Google Search.The trick works in most browsers but not all; it works fine in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Vivaldi. The only browser that I could not get it to work was Microsoft Edge as it redirected the query to a Store search.Plenty of extensions are available to load cached or archived copies of web pages in web browsers.Other options mentioned in the past here on Ghacks:Archiver Menu: archive web pages and load cached copiesLoad cached website copies in Chrome when loading failsWebsite Downloader: download entire Wayback Machine site archivesNow You: Do you access cached versions of sites occasionally?SummaryArticle NameTip: use cache: to load cached website copies in most browserDescriptionHere is a quick tip to load the cached copy of a site quickly: append cache: in front of the address to load it provided that Google Search is the default search engine.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Sydney in top five best places in the world to visit

first_imgSydney in top five best places in the world to visitSydney has once again been recognised as a top tourist destination with the world-class city ranked number five in the U.S News top 25 World’s Best Places to Visit list.U.S News compiled the list of destinations using opinions and recommendations from travel experts and users, with Sydney the only Australian city to make the final list.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the US is one of the international priority tourism markets for NSW.“This remarkable result solidifies our position as Australia’s number one visitor destination. We look forward to welcoming more and more visitors from the US to Sydney which is truly like no other city in the world,” Mr Ayres said.“Sydney never fails to impress with its iconic landmarks, beautiful beaches, vibrant food and wine scene and world-class events so it is no wonder people are choosing Sydney as one of their top travel destinations.”In the year ending September 2014, more than 323,000 visitors travelled to NSW from North America. These visitors stayed 4.3 million nights, providing a $535 million boost to the local economy.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said the recent broadcast of NBC’s TODAY in Sydney, followed by the impressive ranking on the U.S News top 25 travel list, is a testament to the success of the targeted marketing, events and industry partnership campaigns secured by Destination NSW.“We are excited to be listed as one of the world’s top places to visit by the US and confident that this recognition will help drive visitation to Sydney and encourage visitors from around the world to experience Australia’s number one State,” Ms Chipchase said. Visit Sydney Visit NSW Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

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