A strange type of star never before found near the Milky Way’s center is providing new clues about the bizarre behavior of the supermassive black hole lurking at the heart of our galaxy.The black hole, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short), is as massive as 4 million suns and is thought to have played a critical role in shaping the Milky Way. Yet it somehow devours only a tiny fraction of its available food supply—a smorgasbord of gas and dust cast off by nearby stars, notes radio astronomer Heino Falcke of Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. That’s a puzzle astronomers have been trying to solve for years.Observations of an elderly, rapidly rotating star known as a pulsar in the vicinity of Sgr A* have now provided the first sensitive measure of the magnetic field associated with the black hole. 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When the waves pass through a magnetized region, the polarization changes direction in proportion to the strength of the local magnetic field.That’s why Falcke and his colleagues rushed to the Effelsberg radio observatory near Bonn, Germany, last April when two x-ray spacecraft hinted at the presence of a pulsar only a third of a light-year from Sgr A*. “People have been trying to find a pulsar around the galactic center for decades,” Falcke notes.Using Effelsberg and several other radio telescopes to measure the polarization of the pulsar, the team found that the magnetic field near the star is at least 2.6 milligauss. Although that’s only about 2% of the magnetic field at the surface of Earth, it’s still surprisingly large, Falcke says. Moreover, much closer to the black hole, the field could be as great as several hundred gauss, the team estimates.“We always knew the magnetic field was important but we never quite knew how strong to dial it in in our models,” says theoretical astrophysicist Christopher Reynolds of the University of Maryland, College Park, who was not part of the study. Gas and dust pulled close to a black hole resists falling directly into the gravitational maw because it possesses rotational energy, or angular momentum—the same reason that Earth doesn’t fall directly into the sun. Small magnetic fields generate a kind of turbulent friction that robs the gas and dust of some of its angular momentum, facilitating its infall. But according to some models, larger magnetic fields, comparable to that estimated in the new study, may act in the opposite fashion, suppressing the infall of material and potentially placing a black hole on a starvation diet, Reynolds says.Every large galaxy is believed to house a supermassive black hole, and the masses of the galaxy and the central black hole grow in lockstep, numerous observations have shown. Gaining a better understanding of how much mass black holes accrete may therefore provide new insight on how galaxies pack on the pounds, astronomers note.The new magnetic measurement will also need to be taken into account as a slew of telescopes track a gas cloud called G2, which is expected to fall onto Sgr A* sometime next year. The light show that G2’s demise may produce and just how quickly the cloud will accrete “will be very strongly dependent on the magnetic field,” Reynolds says.
Zebras’ bold striped patterns have puzzled scientists for nearly 150 years. Researchers have offered a lengthy list of possible explanations, from confusing predators by creating a distracting dazzle when a herd gallops away, to helping the animals avoid biting flies. Support for the dazzler hypothesis comes from computer tests using people, who have trouble tracking striped, moving objects on a computer; while other studies have shown that the flies prefer to land on uniformly colored, not striped, surfaces. Now, a team of scientists reports online today in Nature Communications that it has tested these hypotheses—as well as suggestions that the stripes might cool zebras down or make them more attractive to mates—to see which one makes the most ecological sense. The winner: those pesky, blood-sucking, disease-carrying (such as parasitic trypanosomiasis) biting flies. The team discovered that the ranges of the horse fly and tsetse fly species and the three most distinctively striped zebra species (Equus burchelli, E. zebra, and E. grevyi) overlap to a remarkable degree. They did not find a similar ecological match for any of the other hypotheses, not even those involving predators. Instead, the researchers argue that biting flies are the most likely reason that zebras, such as those shown above grazing in Tanzania’s Katavi National Park, evolved their distinctive ornamentation. The insects, they note, harass the equids almost year-round, and are known to torment domesticated horses in these areas. The zebras’ black-and-white patterns, which others have shown seem to interfere with the flies’ vision, at least give them a bit of a break. Why equids are so susceptible to the flies’ attacks remains mysterious, but, as the researchers found, the zebras’ short coats may make them particularly vulnerable, and the diseases the flies carry are often fatal.See more ScienceShots.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(*)
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Greater Noida: Bengal Warriors produced a clinical performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 33-29 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Wednesday.Sukesh Hegde (6 raid points), Mohammad Nabibakhsh (7 points) and Rinku Narwal (High 5 with 5 tackle points) impressed for the Warriors as they clinched the win to go to the top of the PKL standings at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex. Rahul Chaudhari scored seven points for the Thalaivas as they finished their woeful campaign with another loss.The star-studded Chennai-based team managed only four wins in the entire season.Tamil Thalaivas approached the match with confidence, having beaten Jaipur Pink Panthers in their previous outing, and opened a lead in the early minutes, thanks to Ajith Kumar and Rahul’s raids.Rahul moved well on the mat to pick up valuable points but Bengal’s defence got into the game with Nabibakhsh impressing.Soon Bengal were in the lead but Thalaivas regrouped well to stay in the match.Bengal looked like a side who had their eyes set on the semi-finals clash next week, and their lack of ruthlessness allowed the Tamil side to make a comeback and level the points. The first half ended with the scores 13-13.Bengal Warriors stepped up their game in the second half, thanks largely to raiders Nabibakhsh and Sukesh.Though Ran Singh pulled off a super tackle in the fifth minute of the half it was just a case of delaying the inevitable with the Warriors picking up their all-out in the eighth minute to open up a six-point lead.Thalaivas’ Ajith was in no mood to be contained though and his raids made it a two-point game soon after the all-out.But Rinku Narwal produced a super tackle with seven minutes remaining to halt Thalaivas’ domination.Sourabh Tanaji Patil also chipped in with valuable raid points for the Warriors as they once again opened up a six-point lead with two minutes remaining.The Bengal defence held firm in the final minutes to clinch a victory. Bengal Warriorsbengal warriors vs tamil thalaivaspklPKL 7 First Published: October 9, 2019, 11:14 PM IST
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar today rated the current Indian side as the best in the world, asserting that the team reminds him of the batch of 2002-03.”The current bunch of cricketers remind me of the team we had in 2002-2003. We had (Virender) Sehwag opening the innings, Rahul (Dravid) came at No.3, followed by me in No.4, Sourav (Ganguly) at No.5 and (VVS) Laxman at No.6,” Tendulkar said during an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. (Sachin Tendulkar bats for two pitches in single Ranji Trophy game)”I see the same team in the present one. To me, it is the best side in the world.””We have the right balance as far as quality fast bowlers and spinners are concerned. We have a well balanced side with a very strong batting line-up,” he added. (Sachin Tendulkar transformed Virat Kohli into a run-machine)The 43-year-old, who retired from Test cricket in 2013, also maintained that the team only needs “direction” and has the best man to guide them in current coach Anil Kumble.”They have got an ideal man to guide them in Anil Kumble. To have Anil in the dressing room is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is fantastic to have him,” Tendulkar said.
India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha on Friday said he never found former India head coach Anil Kumble “strict”, adding incumbent Ravi Shastri always encourages them to go out there and kill the opposition.Leg-spin legend Kumble resigned as coach before the West Indies tour after skipper Virat Kohli had raised objection over his style of coaching. Kumbe in his resignation letter had written that their relationship had become “untenable”.”I did not feel that way. As a coach, he has to be strict in some way or the other. Some have felt he is strict, some have not. I have never felt that way under Anil bhai,” Saha told reporters on arrival from Sri Lanka where India completed a 3-0 whitewash.Asked to differentiate between the two coaches, Saha said: “Anil bhai always wanted us to score 400, 500, 600 and the opponent will be all out by 150-200. That is not always possible. Ravi bhai always tells us to go out there hit the opponent out of the park. This is the only difference I could see. Rest both were positive all the time.”Moving on, the three-match sweep over Sri Lankan was India’s 8th consecutive series win — with the stretch beginning over the Islanders in 2015.Since then, India have clinched Test series against seven different opponents: South Africa (3-0), West Indies (2-0 overseas), New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0), Bangladesh (1-0), Australia (2-1) and Sri Lanka (2015 & 2017).Asked about India’s imperious form. Saha said since their loss at Galle two years back, they have had a team meeting and that was the cornerstone to their change in fortunes.advertisement”We lost the Galle Test. Then all the players had a meeting and we are maintaining the momentum from there. It has helped us recharge our batteries. We stuck to a plan and have been executing it so far,” the Bengal batsman noted.On a personal note, Saha said injury kept him out the last time India won against Sri Lanka, so he is happy to be part of an historic triumph this time around.”I did not play in the first series. In the next two I played. I could not be there during series win last time, this time I was there to witness the 3-0 whitewash. So it’s a good feeling,” he felt.Saha played the first two Tests in 2015 and was replaced by Naman Ojha in the third as he was injured.Since then the 32-year-old Bengal player has improved leaps and bounds taking some exquisite catches and scoring runs too with the bat. Saha now has amassed 1112 runs in 28 Tests with three centuries and five half centuries.Shastri recently said he is just next to Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the pecking order and one of the best keepers in the world. The coach also compared him to former England keeping great Bob Taylor.”I have not seen Bob Taylor’s keeping. I have tried to give my best all the time. I am always ready to create a chance. I am always alert in my area,” a humble Saha said.On his partnership with Bengal pacer Mohammed Shami, who also drew praise from Shastri, Saha said: “It’s great that Shami is continuing his aggression after coming back from injury. It is good for him and the team.”He always creates a wicket taking opportunity. He swings the ball and gets the outside edge of the batsman. I take the catch.”Saha said skipper Kohli bonds with the team really well and that is one sign he likes about the Delhi batsman.”He is improving with time and his association with players has increased. We dine together and go for outings also together. He is always mingling with us which I see as a plus point in him,” he said.That Sri Lanka’s batting temperament was weak helped India prey on them, Saha added.”Their temperament was weak from the batting point of view which helped us. One session they held fort but we knew their patience would go up in smoke in the next session. That has helped,” he analysed.
The successor to the Mi Mix 2, aka Mi Mix 3 is coming soon. To recollect, Xiaomi had launched the Mi Mix 2 in September last year. It is in the same month this year that the company may launch the successor device. This means we can witness Xiaomi launch the Mi Mix 3 in September this year. The Chinese OEM, however, is yet to reveal the launch timeline details of the phone. Months before the launch, rumours and leaks about the Mi Mix 3 have started making rounds on the internet. A new leak suggests, unlike the Mi Mix 2, the Mi Mix 3 will feature a Vivo Nex like pop-up selfie camera on the front.Overall, the design of the Mi Mix 3 will be a lot different from that of the Mi Mix 2, suggests newly leaked renders. To recollect, the Mi Mix 2 has the selfie camera placed in the bottom bezel. The scenario will not be the same for the Mi Mix 3. The alleged renders of the Mi Mix 3 show a Vivo Nex like pop up selfie camera (see picture above).If you remember, back in 2015, Xiaomi had filed for a patent for the front-facing camera which revealed that the company may introduce a pop-up selfie camera technology in the near future. Looks like, the patent is going to be a reality soon, with the Mi Mix 3. How will the pop-up camera work? On selecting the selfie camera option on the phone camera app, the front pop-up camera will rise (or pop-up) and retract from the top edge of the phone and click the selfie. The renders of the Mi Mix 3 show that the pop-up selfie camera will come with a LED-flash, to capture clear selfies in low-light.advertisementIn addition, the leaked renders also show the Mi Mix 3 with no rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Meaning, the fingerprint sensor on the Mi Mix 3 will be placed under the display just like the Mi 8 launched only recently. The renders show the Mi Mix 3 with ultra-slim bezels on all sides.The leaked renders not only show the front design of the Mi Mix 3, but also the design of the rear panel. Going by the renders, the Mi Mix 3 will come with dual cameras on the rear panel, where the two cameras will be separated with a LED flashlight. The positioning of the dual rear cameras looks a lot like the iPhone X. The renders show the Mi Mix 3 in white colour. Xiaomi, however, may introduce more colour options for the phone.For now, not a lot is known about the Mi Mix 3. All we know for sure is that the device will come packed with some flagship specifications like Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor, Android 8.1 Oreo and more.
Madrid, Oct 22 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui steps into the last chance saloon when his side takes on Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday.Lopetegui will take his seat in the Madrid dugout after having survived Real Madrid’s home defeat to Levante on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency. Many thought that defeat would have cost the coach his job by the end of the weekend. Although he has made it through to Monday, his future is still in doubt after Madrid dropped to seventh in the Spanish La Liga.Most commentators expect the former Spain boss to be sacked if Madrid don’t win away to FC Barcelona next Sunday, but failure to win on Tuesday will bring that sacking forward.A poll taken in sports paper ‘Diaro AS’ after Saturday’s defeat showed most fans blame Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, rather than Lopetegui for the club’s plight, but that will do little to strengthen the coach’s position.It says much about how confident most are that Lopetegui won’t survive past next weekend that the Spanish sports media are not speculating on whether or not he will keep his job, but about who will replace him, with Real Madrid B-team coach Santiago Solari, former player Guti Hernandez and former Juventus and Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte thought to be the front runners.Lopetegui will almost certainly bring Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema back into his starting 11 after they began Saturday’s game on the subs’ bench, while Dani Ceballos also has a chance of coming into the side.He is also likely to maintain his policy of playing Keylor Navas in Europe, with the Costa Rican replacing Thibaut Courtois in goal for Real Madrid against the Czech side, who have just one point from their two group games so far, having drawn 2-2 at home to CSKA Moscow and losing their last game 0-5 away to Roma.Real Madrid’s 0-1 defeat to CSKA Moscow means they can’t afford to drop points against the weakest side in their group, but with just one goal in their last five matches, Lopetegui doesn’t need to win, he needs to win and to convince and then he needs to win again at the weekend.–IANStri/sedadvertisement
An all-round England on Sunday snapped India’s unbeaten streak at World Cup 2019 to keep themselves alive in the semi-finals race but a victory for the hosts at Edgbaston changed the qualification scenarios for the other teams, particularly Pakistan.England had put a 338-run target for India, but the Virat Kohli-led team fell 31 runs short in the chase to spice up the semi-finals race.Prior to the game, social media was abuzz with Pakistani fans tweeting in support of their arch-rivals India as had they beaten England, Pakistan would have to just win their last game against Bangladesh to see themselves in the last four.However, after England’s win, the probabilty for Pakistan’s qualification has taken a huge blow.Pakistan are currently placed at 5th spot on the points table with 9 points and for them to reach semi-final, England must lose to New Zealand in their last game or India must lose both their remaining games by very huge margins.During the 338-run chase, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli stitched a 138-run partnership for the third wicket. Rohit smashed his 3rd World Cup hundred while Kohli hit his 5th consective fifty. The chase was tough, but Hardik Pandya’s cameo still kept the hopes alive for India. But a slow approach from MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav took the match away from India.As Dhoni finished with 42 off 31 balls while Jadhav remained unbeaten on 12(13)in India’s losing cause, Pakistan fans criticized the two batsmen for making the semi-final qualification next to unrealistic for Pakistan. Here is a glimpse:advertisementI hate you thala M.S Dhoni , You proved your patriotism, and Hurt our feelings and emotions ??????O bhai maaro mujhe ????#indiavsEngland pic.twitter.com/EdvOrvHHsozoya???? (@zoyaaf) June 30, 2019Pakistan is supporting India and India starts playing like Pakistan ??????Meanwhile Pakistanis #INDvENG#indiavsEngland pic.twitter.com/ayl3zS70MvAyesha Noor (@ayesha_noor_) June 30, 2019Pakistanis right now:::.??#indiavsEngland pic.twitter.com/pVNGheB0PeSa?raßh ?athak (@pathak_says) June 30, 2019Fixed……#indiavsEnglandASFAND ALI KHAN (@ASFANDALIKHAN7) June 30, 2019???? ?????????! ??????? ???? ???#INDvsEND #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/AqEK8uZa4NXami Niazi?? (@Xamy_99) June 30, 2019Pakistanis Right Now #INDvsEND pic.twitter.com/k1WisDSmwVRana Shazib (@RmShazib) June 30, 2019Unbelievable batting by Dhoni.. didnt even try to win it…even Pandiya lost it in the end before he got out…commentators cant beleive it.. fans cant believe it…Shahzeb Khanzada (@shazbkhanzdaGEO) June 30, 2019And Allah is the best planner. “Al Quran”.#CWC19#indiavsEnglandJaved Ahmed (@iamthejaved) June 30, 2019Pakistan will face Bangladesh next on July 5.Also Read | England vs India: Jonny Bairstow 1st player to hit hundred vs India in World Cup 2019Also Read | India vs England: Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record with 3rd World Cup 2019 hundredAlso See
24 October 2008From a concert in New York by world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to a tree-planting ceremony in strife-torn Darfur to a blood donation drive in Namibia, celebrations were held across the globe today to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. To mark United Nations Day, virtuoso cellist and UN Messenger of Peace Yo-Yo Ma performed tonight with the Silk Road Ensemble in the annual UN Day Concert in New York. “This is a very special way to celebrate the day that the Charter of the United Nations came into force,” General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto told those gathered for the concert.“He is a man who, through his wonderful music, is able to convey to us the values of the United Nations and inspire our commitment to them. Compassion, cooperation and communication, strength through diversity – these are some of the values that seem to be absent or inconsequential in international relations, yet these values should underpin all the undertakings of our great Organization.”Also in New York, UN staff and senior officials visited schools across the city to provide an overview of the Organization’s work, share their own experiences and interact with students in a campaign called UN4U, orchestrated by the Department of Public Information (DPI). Some 3,500 students heard from UN officials such as Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka; the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy; Executive Director of the Capital Master Plan Michael Adlerstein; and the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, Rachel Mayanja.The UN has also launched a newly redesigned website (unic.un.org) that serves as a portal to the network of 63 UN Information Centres (UNICs) around the world, whose efforts are crucial to telling the UN story to people in their own languages.Among the many events held worldwide was a ceremony in Moscow to mark UN Day as well as the 60th anniversary of the UN presence in that country. In a message to the event, Mr. Ban noted that 󈬬 years on, our world and our Organization have changed beyond recognition. The problems we face have grown much more complex, impacting all of us around the globe.” In Addis Ababa, the celebration at the Economic Commission for Africa marks not only UN Day, but also the 50th anniversary of the Commission. It includes the launching of the ECA Jubilee Book, which chronicles the Commission’s main contributions to African development over the past five decades.Meanwhile, week-long events in Colombia include a seminar by the UN refugee agency for refugees, a forum on avian influenza, and a photographic exhibition on UN activities in the South American country. In Windhoek, Namibia, UN staff participated in a blood drive, organized in part by the World Heath Organization (WHO).The joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in the Sudanese region of Darfur – known as UNAMID – marked the Day with a tree-planting ceremony, as well as music and dance, while the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) honoured Lebanese staff who have served with the mission for more than 25 years. In Haiti, there was no celebration of UN Day as the occasion comes at a very difficult time for the island, as noted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country, Hédi Annabi.Mr. Annabi said that Haiti has suffered a crushing loss of lives and property during this year’s hurricane season, with the overall material damage estimated at over $1 billion by the World Bank. All efforts are now geared toward finding urgent humanitarian assistance for millions of suffering Haitians.The Special Representative urged UN staff in the country to take part in conferences, television and radio programmes and other public forums to advocate for greater humanitarian assistance to Haiti.In a related development, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, who today wrapped up a two-day visit to Haiti, expressed his willingness to make an additional allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to fund the urgent humanitarian needs of people affected by the recent hurricanes.UN Day has been celebrated on 24 October every year since 1948, exactly three years after the UN Charter entered into force. In 1971, the General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending that the Day be observed as a public holiday by Member States.
The Toronto stock market was lower Tuesday amid relief that there was a clear-cut winner from Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, with Barrack Obama winning a solid majority of electoral college votes over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.But that sentiment was tempered by the realization that there will likely be some tough slogging ahead as Democrats and Republicans try to extricate the government from automatically imposing tax hikes and steep spending cuts at the end of the year.Investors worry this so-called fiscal cliff scenario would send the U.S. back into recession.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 82.91 points to 12,278.29 as Canadian investors also absorbed earnings reports from the resource and industrial sectors — with several heavyweights missing estimates. The TSX Venture Exchange was 4.34 points lower to 1,298.8.The Canadian dollar was down 0.16 of a cent to 100.67 cents US as commodities backtracked and traders took in another reminder of the fragile state of Europe’s economy while looking ahead to a crucial vote in the Greek parliament later in the day.New York markets were deep in the red as the Dow Jones industrials tumbled 174.56 points to 13,071.12, the Nasdaq composite index dropped 37.94 points to 2,973.99 while the S&P 500 index fell 19.21 points to 1,409.18.There had been concern that America would have to endure a re-run of the protracted election of 2000.But its arms of government remain divided, with the Democrats holding onto their majority in the Senate and the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives. That could still lead to a logjam in policymaking, not least over the state of the country’s public finances.“In other words, it’s like nothing ever happened,” observed Andrew Pyle, investment adviser at ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.“And that may not be great news for the markets, especially as there are no concrete signs that either Republicans or Democrats are any more willing to reach across the isle and compromise on the key components to real sustainable fiscal reform.”Greece was also back in focus ahead of a crucial vote in its parliament later in the day that could determine whether the country stays in the eurozone. If lawmakers don’t back a C13.5 billion package of spending cuts and tax increases, the country faces the prospect of losing access to its bailout lifeline and potentially defaulting on its mountain of debt and leaving the monetary union.The European Union has also downgraded its economic forecasts for the 27-country bloc. The EU’s executive arm says it now expects the region’s gross domestic product to contract by 0.3 per cent on an annual basis this year, rather than remaining flat as it predicted in the spring. It also said that the 17 countries that use the euro will contract, with GDP falling 0.4 per cent, against a previous expectation of a 0.3 per cent fall.Commodity prices turned lower following sharp gains on Tuesday.The base metals sector led losers, down two per cent as December copper shed five cents to US$3.46 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) declined $1.06 to $32.46.The energy sector fell 1.3 per cent as the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $2.04 to US$86.67 a barrel after gaining $3 Tuesday. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) lost 58 cents to $29.62.The industrials sector was also a weight as transport giant Bombardier Inc.’s (TSX:BBD.B) net income rose to US$212 million or 12 cents a share in the third quarter. But its revenues slipped to US$4.3 billion, down about $300 million from the third quarter of 2011, lighter than analysts had expected as weakness at its rail equipment division continued and its shares fell 13 cents to $3.48.Elsewhere in the component, WestJet (TSX:WJA) shares gained 40 cents to $18.36 as profits soared almost 80 per cent in the third quarter to $70.6 million or 52 cents per diluted share, up from $39.3 million or 28 cents per share a year ago. Revenue rose to $866.5 million from $755.3 million.The financials sector was also a weight as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) gave back 22 cents to $12.30.The gold sector was the sole advancer, up 0.85 per cent while December bullion was off $7.60 to US$1,722.60 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 54 cents to $44.28. Franco-Nevada Corporation (TSX:FNV) turned a profit of US$52 million, or 36 cents per share in its third quarter. Revenue fell to $105.2 million from $113.3. Earnings on an adjusted basis rose to $45.3 million, or 31 cents per share, beating expectations by three cents. The mining financier also raised its monthly dividend by 20 per cent to six cents per share and its shares rose $1.65 to $57.70.Meanwhile, pipeline company Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) posted net profit of $189 million or 24 cents per share, compared with a small net loss of $5 million or one cent a share last year. Adjusted earnings rose to $269 million or 34 cents per share, a penny below analyst estimates. Enbridge’s total revenue was $5.79 billion, down from $6.28 billion a year earlier. Its shares slipped 19 cents to $39.90.Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) reported it had $129 million or 80 cents per share in net income, down from $293 million or $1.85 per share a year earlier. Ex-items, the Calgary-based fertilizer company’s net income would have been $215 million or $1.34 per share, well below a consensus analyst estimate of $1.76 per share and its shares gave back $7.58 or 7.1 per cent to $98.82.In the U.S., Kraft Foods’ net income rose 13 per cent in the third quarter to US$470 million, or 79 cents per share, 10 cents above estimates. Revenue rose three per cent to $4.6 billion.European bourses headed lower in the wake of the latest grim economic news as London’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.49 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was down 1.23 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 shed 1.02 per cent.
Nearly 200 garment factory employees in Kandy fell sick this morning and were admitted to hospital.The Police said the employees had fallen sick after having breakfast.
“What we are seeing now is a huge process of urbanization in the south which goes hand in hand with development. You cannot have one without the other. The problem is that the institutional architecture cannot keep pace with urbanization,” said the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos at the opening of the 6th World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy.“If there is no proper anticipation urbanization becomes a mess and if you try to correct the problem afterwards it costs a lot to fix. Countries are overwhelmed by urbanization. It’s like a tsunami. Urbanization goes faster than the capacity to manage it,” Mr. Clos said. “We need to re-design our cities to face these challenges.”Mr. Clos stressed the importance of urban planning at national, state, and local levels to avoid informal settlements and slums, as well as high concentrations of people in mega capitals.He stated that planning policies would help countries provide their citizens with jobs and prosperity while still tackling environmental challenges.The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. Organized jointly by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the city of Naples, the theme for this year’s meeting, which will be attended by more than 3,000 participants, is The Urban Future.
“Bureaucratic obstructions on the delivery of assistance must stop. We don’t have the time for arbitrary restrictions on how and to whom we are allowed to deliver aid,” Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, told Security Council members in a closed-door session.Through a resolution adopted in February, the Council demanded “that all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access for UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners, including across conflict lines and across borders.”The Council also insisted that all parties cease attacking civilians, including through the indiscriminate use of weapons in populated areas, such as shelling and aerial bombardment with barrel bombs, whose use has been condemned by the UN.Today, Ms. Kang, who is also the Deputy Eme4rgency Relief Coordinator, noted with deep regret that “violence continues relentlessly” as do “flagrant violations of international humanitarian law and human rights by all parties.” Women, children and men are being killed and maimed, and an estimated 2.5 million population in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.“We once again appeal for rapid, unhindered and safe access to every Syrian in need,” Ms. Kang told the Council. “All delivery routes must be made available to us – both cross-line and cross-border. Medical and surgical supplies urgently need to reach the wounded and sick.”She added that UN agencies and partners are doing everything possible to address mounting needs “but the solution to this crisis does not lie with us.”Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos is expected to brief the media early next week on the situation in Syria, according to her office (OCHA).
A Kent Police spokesman said the force had received a number of reports about the suspicious activity in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.It is reported the scammer then tries to claim money to get rid of the infestation and for other unnecessary work.On one occasion the man is reported to have produced a dead squirrel and demanded £300 from the homeowner.The victim later got their roof inspected by a reputable company which verified there had been no infestation or damage which could have been caused by squirrels.Sergeant Andy Miller said: “This man targets people by cold calling and demanding cash up front. Work then carried out is either minimal, or nothing has been done at all.”We are continuing to investigate a number of complaints related to these incidents and our advice remains the same for anyone dealing with cold callers.”Do not deal with people who knock on your door offering work on your home or garden and if you have any concerns about their behaviour call the police.” 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. A dead squirrel is being used by fraudsters as a decoy to scam residents out of hundreds of pounds.Police in Kent are hunting doorknockers offering roof repairs after several homeowners reported suspicious activity.Rogue traders would offer to inspect victims’ roofs then claim there was an infestation of squirrels which were causing the damage.They would then produce the dead animal to the unsuspecting resident as evidence for the sham infestation. The dead squirrel scam in Kent is one of the more bizarre I’ve heard of in recent years!— Antony Thrower (@AntonyThrower86) May 8, 2017
Ms Petrova said she thinks it is “unlikely” that it was the Russian Secret Services who were behind the attack, explaining: “They lived in moderation, Yulia posted all sorts of photos … she posted photos with papa, if she would have feared something she wouldn’t haven’t posted.”However, the old friend of Skripal, who has known her for decades, admitted the young woman was an “ice queen” and would be unlikely to speak of any threats. She said there “there should be video” of the attack, and that it was strange there was limited information or pictures from the street where it happened, explaining that in Moscow there is CCTV on most of the streets. She said: “No she didn’t express (fear), but she was closed, ice queen even, if she was worried she was worried inside herself , I found out that her mom died and asked, she said yes, she was very restrained, I asked about dad, she said he’s great, he’s working.”If her papa was a spy by specialty, Yulia was closed off … she always smiled, she never told anyone about her problems, never looked worried, maybe she did have problems but we didn’t know about this. … she never said anything extra, she never shared problems, she was light, just smiled, didn’t talk about problems, she was like Americans and Brits, not typical Russian.”Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in critical condition in Salisbury District Hospital after being attacked with potent Russian nerve agent Novichok. Friends of Yulia Skripal have accused the British Government of covering up her “death”, as they say they doubt she is still alive.Yulia Ni, who is listed as one of the poisoned 33-year-old’s five best friends on the popular Russian social networking site VK, said: “I need some undeniable proof that she is actually alive, because we have suspicions that the truth about Yulia’s and her father’s conditions are being held from us.”She said that friends back in Russia were desperate for further details about Ms Skripal’s condition, and found the scarce information offered by the British government suspicious.Ms Ni told The Telegraph: “It appears to be very strange that there is not more concrete information available. The week has passed since they went into a comatose state.”Can they breathe on their own or are they on a respirator? Do they react to light or have any other basic reflexes? The authorities should have already released some information to the public!” A childhood friend of Ms Skripal, Irina Petrova, told The Telegraph she was suspicious of the police investigation into her friend’s poisoning. 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.
IT WAS A week dominated by the abortion debate as the government appeared to get itself in a muddle over the implementation of X Case legislation.The Luis Suarez biting incident had plenty of people talking while the Taoiseach took aim at Fianna Fáil’s jobs record and Michael Healy-Rae had an interesting and controversial idea.All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:
Daylight savings ends this weekend as clocks go back at 3am on Sunday.People across much of eastern Australia will get a little extra sleep and residents of Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and the ACT will now share the same time zone as Queensland.Up until 2000, daylight savings ended in Victoria during the last week of March, but it was extended by a week in 2000 so that the state fell into line with NSW for the Olympic Games. A few years later, common daylight savings dates were formalised so that businesses didn’t have to negotiate different time zones.Victorians have to endure late sunrises without daylight savings. Dawn in Melbourne during this year’s winter solstice on June 21 will be at 7.36am, whereas tomorrow the sun will rise at 7.38am.In Greece, daylight savings ended on March 31. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Tesla’s Model X can haul 7 adults for about 300 miles without breaking a sweat. Hold my beer, says Proterra. Their all-electric bus has room for a driver and 40 passengers and they just drove one 1100 miles on a single charge.There’s an asterisk next to that impressive feat, namely that the Proterra E2 Max that recently broke the EV distance record didn’t have any passengers on board. Still… they drove a 15-ton bus pretty much the distance between New York and Minneapolis on one charge.That’s an impressive feat, and one that requires an equally impressive battery pack to pull off. The E2 Max sports a 660 kWh battery, which is more than six times the capacity of the Model X.As big as its battery pack is, the buses also recharge quickly thanks to another one of Proterra’s creations. Last year they unveiled a a 1400-amp rapid-charging system that can fully replenish the E2 Max’s cells in about an hour. Most consumer EVs on the road need at least 3 hours to recharge.The coolest thing about Proterra’s charger? That they’re totally cool with sharing the particulars of its design with other companies. CEO Ryan Popple says that keeping Proterra’s system locked down would be bad for their business “because it tends to slow down the adoption of new technology.”Proterra believes they’re poised to make a big splash in mass transit with the E2 Max. They note that its “low operational cost per mile compared to conventional fossil fuel powered buses” makes it a very attractive option. Even when it’s fully loaded, the E2 Max won’t have any trouble making the rounds in a major city. The average bus only logs somewhere between 100 and 200 miles, so range anxiety shouldn’t be an issue with this big, green behemoth.The E2 Max has other advantages, too. Proterra says that it has 30% fewer parts and requires 75% less brake maintenance, and, of course, no messy oil changes. Over the average life of a bus, The E2 Max costs nearly a quarter million dollars less to operate than a comparable diesel hybrid.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy announced on Tuesday the future deployment of approximately ten soldiers from the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment to the U.S. southern border. The deployment, which will begin April 1, 2019 in support of aerial patrol operations on the Arizona/Mexico border, comes following a request for National Guard volunteers through the National Guard Bureau, according to a release from the Governor’s office. This is the first deployment of the Alaska National Guard to support the current border security mission. Alaska’s support for this request is not expected to impact any scheduled local training, deployments or domestic operations commitments, including fire suppression operations. This deployment to the U.S. Southern border will be funded by the federal government. Governor Dunleavy: “Alaska stands ready in support of the President’s mission to secure the southern border. While this emergency may be thousands of miles away, we must be vigilant in our shared responsibility to address this crisis. I thank the numerous guardsman, and their families, for answering the call of duty and volunteering to serve in these important support roles.”