Canadas return to peacekeeping five things to know about the details

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finally unveiled Canada’s long-awaited commitment to United Nations peacekeeping efforts, and it’s getting mixed reviews. Some observers wonder if it will be enough to help Canada secure a coveted UN Security Council seat in 2021. Here are five things to know about the federal government’s plans:Contributions: The prime minister has offered up to six helicopters and two transport aircraft, plus crews and support personnel, as well as a 200-member quick reaction force for UN operations. He also says the government remains committed to its original promise of up to 600 soldiers and 150 police officers.Women: Canada has also has also pledged $21 million to help double the number of women deployed on peacekeeping operations. Trudeau said women bring a “unique” perspective to conflict resolution. Women now make up only seven per cent of 13,000 police officers deployed as peacekeepers and two per cent of the country’s 87,000 military personnel.Training: Canada will offer a training and advisory team which will work with nations planning peace operations, to better help such countries contend with the challenges of peacekeeping themselves. The trainers will be prepared to accompany the trainees on their deployments.Child Soldiers: Trudeau said Canada will promote a set of principles dealing with the use of child soldiers. They support the reporting of abuses against children in armed conflict, call for the inclusion of child protection expertise in peacekeeping operations and highlight the need for proper psychological support for peacekeepers who face child soldiers. The UN says thousands of children and have been recruited or coerced into fighting factions around the world.Reaction: While some welcomed the announcements as a renewal of Canada’s long-standing commitment to the UN and peacekeeping, others panned it. Walter Dorn of the Royal Military College, an expert on peacekeeping, said Canada is still “delaying and dithering.” Retired general Lew MacKenzie, who led a famous Canadian peacekeeping mission in Sarajevo in 1992, called it “condescending.”last_img read more

Trudeau says country must talk about how and where to rebuild after

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t close the door Sunday on using federal dollars to help relocate communities facing the recurring threat of severe flooding.Flooding in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario has forced the evacuation of thousands, and threatened more property as water continues to rise with peaks not expected along the Ottawa River until Tuesday.Since the Liberals took office in late 2015, the government has approved almost $1.27 billion in funding for 41 projects deemed “disaster mitigation,” according to federal figures. The numbers show that only a handful of projects have started and many will take years to complete.In the meantime, Trudeau suggested, the federal government needed to make sure future infrastructure spending hit the “right” projects to “protect our communities and ensure their prosperity long-term.”He said the country needed to look “new ways of ensuring” Canada was doing just that.“Once we secure the situation through this spring flooding season, we will have to have significant reflections and conversations on how we move forward,” he said at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.“(T)here is always much more to do and as we have conversations around how we build back, how we build back better and where we build back, indeed, the federal government will be a partner to the provinces and to the municipalities.”Flooding is the most common disaster event in Canada and has been a focus of funding through the $2 billion, 10-year Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund that Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne oversees.Champagne plans to fast-track projects that could prevent flooding in areas currently under siege, but warned in a recent interview that not every project would be approved, particularly those that might not be able to hold back Mother Nature.Federal assistance to provinces for natural disaster costs is estimated to be $198.35 million this fiscal year, which ends March 2020, even though last year’s estimates pegged the cost at $609 million.On CTV’s Question Period, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the program, called the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement, has paid out more in the last six years than it did in the previous 40 years. He said the government would look at Quebec’s proposals, and referenced the decision in High River, Alta., to not allow redevelopment in flooded areas.“Building better infrastructure, protective devices is also part of the equation, but we’ll look at the proposal for relocation,” Goodale said in the interview televised Sunday morning.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Astronomers capture first ever image of a Black Hole

first_imgPARIS: Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered throughout the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. The image of a dark core encircled by a flame-orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma looks like any number of artists’ renderings over the last 30 years. But this time, it’s the real deal. Scientists have been puzzling over invisible “dark stars” since the 18th century, but never has one been spied by a telescope, much less photographed. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe supermassive black hole now immortalised by a far-flung network of radio telescopes is 50 million lightyears away in a galaxy known as M87. “It’s a distance that we could have barely imagined,” Frederic Gueth, an astronomer at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and co-author of studies detailing the findings, said. Most speculation had centred on the other candidate targeted by the Event Horizon Telescope — Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the centre of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBy comparison, Sag A* is only 26,000 lightyears from Earth. Locking down an image of M87’s supermassive black hole at such distance is comparable to photographing a pebble on the Moon. European Space Agency astrophysicist Paul McNamara called it an “outstanding technical achievement”. It was also a team effort. “Instead of constructing a giant telescope that would collapse under its own weight, we combined many observatories,” Michael Bremer, an astronomer at the Institute for Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM) in Grenoble, said. Earth in a thimble Over several days in April 2017, eight radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona, Spain, Mexico, Chile, and the South Pole zeroed in on Sag A* and M87. Knit together “like fragments of a giant mirror,” in Bremer’s words, they formed a virtual observatory some 12,000 kilometres across — roughly the diameter of Earth. In the end, M87 was more photogenic. Like a fidgety child, Sag A* was too “active” to capture a clear picture, the researchers said. “The telescope is not looking at the black hole per se, but the material it has captured,” a luminous disk of white-hot gas and plasma known as an accretion disk, said McNamara, who was not part of the team. “The light from behind the black hole gets bent like a lens.” The unprecedented image — so often imagined in science and science fiction — has been analysed in six studies co-authored by 200 experts from 60-odd institutions and published Wednesday in Astrophysical Journal Letters. “I never thought that I would see a real one in my lifetime,” said CNRS astrophysicist Jean-Pierre Luminet, author in 1979 of the first digital simulation of a black hole. Coined in the mid-60s by American physicist John Archibald Wheeler, the term “black hole” refers to a point in space where matter is so compressed as to create a gravity field from which even light cannot escape. The more mass, the bigger the hole. At the same scale of compression, Earth would fit inside a thimble. The Sun would measure a mere six kilometres edge-to-edge. A successful outcome depended in part on the vagaries of weather during the April 2017 observation period. “For everything to work, we needed to have clear visibility at every [telescope] location worldwide”, said IRAM scientist Pablo Torne, recalling collective tension, fatigue and, finally, relief. ‘Hell of a Christmas present’ Torne was at the controls of the Pico Veleta telescope in Spain’s Sierra Madre mountains. After that, is was eight months of nail-biting while scientists at MIT Haystack Observatory in Massachusetts and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn crunched the data. The Universe is filled with electromagnetic “noise”, and there was no guarantee M87’s faint signals could be extracted from a mountain of data so voluminous it could not be delivered via the Internet. There was at least one glitch. “We were desperately waiting for the data from the South Pole Telescope, which — due to extreme weather conditions during the southern hemisphere winter — didn’t arrive until six months later,” recalled Helger Rottmann from the Max Planck Institute. It arrived, to be precise, on December 23, 2017. “When, a few hours later, we saw that everything was there, it was one hell of a Christmas present,” Rottmann said. It would take another year, however, to piece together the data into an image. “To be absolutely sure, we did the work four times with four different teams,” said Gueth. Each team came up with exactly the same spectacular, history-making picture of a dark circle encased in a flaming-red halo.last_img read more

Rise in extreme weather events fuelling demand for UN disaster management expertise

23 December 2008The United Nations disaster management team was kept busy this year by the rise in hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters caused by extreme weather as well as by increased demand from Governments worldwide for disaster-awareness training. Sixty-seven countries, including Spain and the United Arab Emirates which joined this year, are now part of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system to better manage emergency relief after natural disasters strike, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today in a press release. “This ensures that more of the world’s disaster managers are available to the international community to share their valuable knowledge and expertise on how to prepare for and respond to disasters,” said Arjun Katoch, head of OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch. In 2008, UNDAC – which helps disaster-stricken countries rapidly assess priority needs and coordinate relief on-site – sent teams of disaster-management professionals to 16 areas, including 10 stricken by floods and hurricanes. UNDAC also organized disaster-awareness training programmes in Russia for members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and in the Middle East. Next year, it will organize training for the West African region. All countries who join the UNDAC system must receive the training.UNDAC has deployed 183 missions since its inception in 1993, including five missions to tsunami-affected countries in late 2004 and early 2005, and to Pakistan after an earthquake hit there in October 2005. read more

Use of child soldiers in Chad an ongoing problem – UN chief

14 February 2011The recruitment and use of children by armed forces and other armed groups in Chad persists, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, while noting that reduced tensions last year enabled many children to leave such groups. The report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict in Chad, which covers the period from July 2008 to December 2010, also notes that children continue to be targets of sexual and gender-based violence, and that mines and other explosive remnants of war continue to expose children to danger.Attacks on humanitarian workers in eastern Chad on many occasions adversely impacted children’s access to humanitarian aid, including education and health care, according to the report.Presenting an overview of the general security situation in Chad, Mr. Ban highlights how the insecurity in the eastern region that prevailed in 2008 and 2009 improved markedly in 2010, and the impact that had on efforts to protect children.“Progress in the relations between Chad and the Sudan from mid-2009 onwards resulted in the thawing of political tensions. This allowed for operational military arrangements, such as the establishment of a Chad-Sudan joint border force in April 2010, which, together with the improved operational capacity of the Détachement intégré de sécurité [DIS], had a positive impact on the security situation and the protection of children,” the Secretary-General says.The DIS is an integrated security unit of the Chadian Government which the UN has been helping to train and support to ensure the protection of civilians following the departure of the UN mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT).The report takes note of efforts by the Government of Chad to address the issue of recruitment and use of children. Those efforts culminated in the holding of a regional conference to end child recruitment, as well as Chad’s hosting of the first meeting of the monitoring committee to follow up on the N’Djamena Declaration, which was adopted at the conference.In his recommendations, the Secretary-General urges Chad to issue clear orders to its military chain of command, including at the local level, prohibiting the recruitment and use of children in line with its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, and to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of all children.He voices deep concern over continued incidents of rape and other forms of sexual violence, including those perpetrated by members of the armed forces. He encourages the Government to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators, and to strengthen prevention and response strategies.Mr. Ban calls on all opposition armed groups to stop using anti-personnel mines, and urges the Government to ensure that humanitarian de-mining programmes are in line with international standards.He voices encouragement at the measures take by Chadian authorities to ensure better security and protection of civilian populations in and around refugee camps and internally displaced persons sites.In light of the withdrawal of MINURCAT, Mr. Ban encourages the donor community to provide support to the Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting to maintain the mission’s previous monitoring and reporting role.He also urges the donor community to provide additional support to programmes by the national authorities, UN entities and non-governmental organizations working in Chad. read more

TNA wants army out of Jaffna

The TNA leader said that his party had mentioned this even in parliament but it was never denied by the government. He said that there are 15 army divisions in Jaffna and in each division there are some 10,000 soldiers. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says contrary to claims by the military, thousands of troops are still in Jaffna.TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that while the army claims there are only 13,000 soldiers remaining in Jaffna, in reality the figure is over 100,000. He noted that while the army has vacated some private homes and land in Jaffna more remains to be handed over to the rightful owners.Sampanthan said the government must keep its promise to the UN and the international community and withdraw the army from Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette)

With planting season weeks away millions in droughthit southern Africa need support

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), if farmers are not able to plant by October, the result will be another reduced harvest early next year, severely affecting food and nutrition security as well as livelihoods in the region.“The main way people are able to access food is through what they themselves produce. Assisting them to do this will provide lifesaving support in a region where at least 70 percent of people rely on agriculture for their livelihoods,” David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, said in a news release issued by the agency.“We must make the most of this small window of opportunity and make sure that farmers are ready to plant by October when the rains start,” he added.To respond to this developing humanitarian situation, FAO aims to ensure that seeds, fertilizers, tools, and other inputs and services, including livestock support, are provided to small-holder farmers, agro-pastoralists and pastoralists to cope with the devastating impact of an El Niño-induced drought in the region.The agency has estimated that at least $109 million is required to provide this urgently needed support.The precarious situation has been brought on by the worst drought the region has witnessed in 35 years, with widespread crop failures exacerbating chronic malnutrition. Vulnerable families in rural areas have been hit hardest by the ensuing increase in prices of maize and other staple foods. Barren fields due to the impact of El Niño-induced drought in the Southern African nation of Lesotho. Photo: FAO Furthermore, as the impact of El Niño continues to be felt in the region, FAO has projected that almost 40 million people could face food insecurity by the peak of the coming lean season, between January and March 2017, when the effects of the drought are expected to peak.All countries in southern Africa are affected and more than 640,000 drought-related livestock deaths have been reported in Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe alone due to lack of pasture and water as well as outbreak of diseases.In the news release, FAO urged investments that equip communities with the ability to produce drought-tolerant seed and fodder, along with climate-smart agriculture technologies like conservation agriculture. The aim is to enable rural families to build resilience and prepare for future shocks.Meanwhile, El Niño’s counter-phenomenon, La Niña, is likely to occur later this year and while it could bring good rains needed for agriculture, the agency noted that measures must be taken to mitigate the risk of floods which could destroy standing crops and threaten livestock. Such measures could include strengthening river banks and stockpiling of short-cycle crop varieties which can be planted after flooding subsides and still yield a decent crop Separately, concluding a week-long visit to southern Africa, the Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang called for increased efforts to help mitigate the impact of the La Niña weather phenomenon.Coordinated regional responseGiven the complexity and scale of the crisis, FAO is working closely with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) an inter-governmental organization that is working to promote socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among its fifteen southern African member countries. FAO is also collaborating with other UN agencies, humanitarian partners, regional authorities and national governments.The agency’s call for more funding comes on the heels of an SADC regional humanitarian appeal, launched in Gaborone on 26 July by the SADC Chairperson and President of Botswana, Seretse Khama Ian Khama.The SADC appeal put the overall price tag of helping all sectors of the region’s economy recover from the 2016 El Niño at $2.7 billion, of which $2.4 billion is yet to be funded. read more

Amid dwindling donor support one million displaced Somali refugees grow hopeless UN

“There is a growing sense of helplessness in the camps because people are feeling forgotten,” said Mohamed Abdi Affey, the Special Envoy to the Somali refugee situation for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The Somali refugee crisis is one of the longest-running in the world, with people who have been displaced for more than 20 years. Some one million live in camps throughout the Horn of Africa, while an additional 1.1 million are displaced within Somalia.“There has been some real progress in Somalia over the past few months, including the successful organization of elections inside the country,” acknowledged the Special Envoy. “What’s needed now is to build up infrastructures across the country so refugees do not suffer when they go back.”UNHCR is backing a regional summit, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa, which will take place in March to determine lasting solutions for Somali refugees. A proposed regional response would provide continued protection to 262,000 Somali refugees in a camp in Kenya that has been hosting people for more than 20 years. When a decision was made last year to close the camp, UNHCR lobbied the government with a new plan of action and successfully delayed its closure. After spending six years in Dadaab, Somali refugee Amal has decided to return to Somalia with her three-year-old twins Fawzan and Furad. Photo: UNHCR/Assadullah Nasrullah “Nobody wants to be a refugee forever. A regional solution is the most viable solution for the Somali situation,” said Mr. Affey.Mr. Affey, who previously served as the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister in Kenya, spoke in Geneva yesterday following a visit to Somalia and to refugee camps in Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda, where 905,060 Somalis live – some since the 1990s. He also visited Yemen last month, where refugees face increasingly desperate conditions in a country torn apart by war. Because of emergencies elsewhere – particularly in Syria and South Sudan – donors have been unable to continue their support.“Meanwhile, hunger is growing; meanwhile, frustration is growing; meanwhile, desperation is setting in and people are becoming angry,” reported the Special Envoy.In addition to dwindling food rations, Mr. Affey said that the ongoing drought in East Africa has led to further complications, including limited access to education and skills training, especially for young people.“Refugees should be skilled enough, trained to prepare them for an eventual return so that they can participate in the reconstruction of their country. So that they don’t go back after 30 years without skills – within the camps we must create these conditions and possibilities.” UNHCR began supporting the voluntary return of Somali refugees from Kenya in 2014. Since then, a total of 39,316 have returned. However, Mr. Affey noted that security and socio-economic conditions in many parts of Somalia are not yet where they need to be in order to support large-scale returns. He appealed to the international community to strengthen efforts to build stability in a country that has suffered under more than two decades of armed conflict. read more

Brock joins provincewide discussion with students and parents

Brock University is getting involved in a province-wide conversation about how universities can be more responsive to the hopes and concerns of students and their families.Brock and the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) want to know what excites and concerns families when it comes to the future.The COU kicked off the #futuring campaign Friday at an event at the Ontario Universities Fair.“The campaign is reaching out to students and their families to find out opinions on everything from the economy and jobs to environmental sustainability and technology,” said Gord Hunchak, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Brock. “Taking the pulse of what’s important to people will help make Brock more responsive to the needs of our students and prospective students.”Students and parents are asked to participate in an online survey and Brock will reach out to the broader community throughout the year-long campaign, asking businesses, health and social service agencies, arts and culture creators, researchers, non-profits and governments what they think about the future.“We’re asking people ‘what keeps you up at night?’” says David Lindsay, President and CEO of COU, noting the initiative involves all 21 Ontario universities. “The world is changing so quickly and in ways we couldn’t have imagined possible. Disruptive technology, demographic shifts and globalization bring tremendous opportunities, but all that uncertainty can also make people anxious. Universities want to have a conversation about what we can all do together to help shapetomorrow, and to make sure no one is left behind.”Survey questions include what skills students and parents think Ontarians need to prepare them for the future. Is it problem-solving, or communication? Just-in-time knowledge, or the ability to adapt to change? Leadership qualities, or an entrepreneurial spirit?Universities want to hear ideas and advice, for example, on how, together, we can build strong industries and jobs for the future, how we can strengthen our growing service sectors, how we can support our artists, how we can protect our natural heritage and how we can promote good health.Students, parents, faculty, staff and community members are asked to imagine the future and their place in it, in an online survey at ontariosuniversities.ca. They can also join the conversation on social media @futuringON and #futuring. read more

ATM ripped from bank wall using digger in early morning raid

first_imgUpdated at 11.19pmA DIGGER WAS used to rip an ATM from the wall of a Sligo bank in the early hours of this morning.The raid on a branch of Bank of Ireland in Tubbercurry occurred at 5.30am, just 200 metres from the local Garda station.The machine was discovered soon afterwards, having been removed from the area using a van.It was found 20km from the town in Coolaney.Both scenes have been sealed off for a forensic examination.last_img

All nonurgent outpatient procedures in Leinster and Munster cancelled

first_img 15 Comments Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 5:45 PM By Michelle Hennessy Updated 5.45pmTHE HSE HAS said non-urgent outpatient procedures and most elective work will be cancelled tomorrow and Friday.In an updated statement this evening, it said the decision was made earlier that only essential public services would operate over the next two days in the areas where a red warning exists, ie Munster and Leinster.“In light of this, our Hospital Groups and Community Health Organisations will prioritise critical services and other services will not operate over those two days,” it said.“For our hospitals this will mean cancellation of non-urgent outpatients and most elective work. Other non-essential services in Munster and Leinster will not operate over Thursday and Friday and the national Directors in those divisions will advise their staff on which services are essential over this period. ”In Connacht and Ulster where an orange warning exists the HSE anticipates “some difficulties for both staff and patients in getting to work and appointments”. Local service managers in those areas will make decisions based on the prevailing weather.“We are endeavouring to ensure that where appointments, clinics and certain services are cancelled and postponed that our staff contact those affected directly. However, if anyone is due to attend at an appointment in the affected areas over the next two days they should ring in advance and check that it is still going ahead.”The HSE said it will continue to do everything possible to maintain all essential services; particularly services to vulnerable people at home in the community.“We are appealing to people to check that they are stocked up with any medicines and health care supplies they may need this week. Remember, you may not be able to get to a pharmacy due to poor conditions.”Children’s hospitalsIn a joint statement, the Children’s Hospitals Group also said they wish to advise patients and their families that all three hospitals are cancelling planned admissions and outpatient appointments for the next two days.The group comprises of Tallaght Hospital, Temple Street, and Our Lady’s, Crumlin.All appointments cancelled during this period will be rescheduled as a priority and families will be advised of their new appointment by their relevant hospital.“The three children’s hospital are operating and their Emergency Departments are open and we wish to reassure patients that those who attend the EDs will be seen,” they said.To keep up to date with each of the children’s hospitals for further information please see:http://olchc.ie/About-Us/News/Message-for-Families-re-Storm-Emma-28-Feb-2018.htmlhttps://www.cuh.ie/2018/02/outpatient-clinics-elective-routine-procedures-scheduled-today-temple-street-cancelled/http://www.tallaghthospital.ie/“We wish to thank our staff who are making significant efforts to maintain services across the three children’s hospitals during very difficult and challenging conditions today.”Read: Dublin homeless executive received over 200 reports about rough sleepers overnight>Read: Live traffic and travel updates as the Beast from the East hit Ireland overnight> Feb 28th 2018, 11:03 AM Image: Shutterstock 11,371 Views All non-urgent outpatient procedures in Leinster and Munster cancelled Three children’s hospitals are also cancelling planned admissions and outpatient appointments. Short URL Image: Shutterstock Share78 Tweet Email4 http://jrnl.ie/3876370 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Almost €700 million paid to private landlords in rent subsidies last year

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 8:15 AM Short URL Feb 24th 2019, 8:15 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald https://jrnl.ie/4507508 Almost €700 million paid to private landlords in rent subsidies last year €276,600,000 was paid in HAP to landlords via HAP last year. It represents bad value for money for the taxpayer as well as the ‘casualisation’ of social housing into short term insecure tenancies that are bad for tenants and for communities.Ó Broin said that while rent subsidies for low income households were important, the government was relying too much on the private rental sector to meet people’s housing needs. “This policy must be urgently reviewed and a plan put in place to reduce the number of subsidised social housing tenancies in the private rental sector,” he said. Separately, the Central Statistics Office reported this week that 18,072 brand new dwellings were built in Ireland last year. center_img Image: Shutterstock/Artiy Image: Shutterstock/Artiy 72 Comments 19,575 Views CLOSE TO €700 million was spent last year on rent subsidy schemes paid to private landlords by the state.Figures obtained by Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin show that in total, €695,346,000 was spent on rent subsidy schemes throughout the course of the year in 2018.The spending comes from both the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Housing, and shows the millions that is put into the private rental sector to support tenants in housing. Construction of housing has been ramping up from a low base over the past three years since the launch the government’s Rebuilding Ireland Housing Action Plan in July 2016. The plan set targets to combat spiralling rents and a growing homelessness problem by building more general and social housing, coming up with ways to keep people in their homes and improving rights in the private rental sector. Last week, it was revealed that 4,251 new social houses were built in 2018, slightly below government targets for the year. The target for new-build social housing builds for 2018 was 4,409.As well as new builds, the government in its housing plan places a large emphasis on providing “social housing solutions” to households via the private rental sector by paying subsidies to landlords on behalf of renters.In recent years, this payment has come in the form of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), which is paid the landlords via the Department of Housing. Last year – according to Ó Broin’s figures – €276,600,000 was paid in HAP to landlords to support 43,443 tenancies. As well as this, further hundreds of millions of euros were paid to private landlords for other rent subsidies, including rent supplement, the Rental Accommodation Scheme and long-term leasing.The total in the year was €695,346,000 an increase on last year. Ó Broin predicts that the figures will continue to rise over the next number of years and eventually top €1 billon.“This is a massive transfer of public money to private landlords,” said Ó Broin. Share516 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Timeless has fun first outing despite underdeveloped characters

first_img New Buck Rogers movie happening if a court decides the name is public do… Stay on target Introducing a new TV series to the masses is always hard, especially when the premise involves anything complicated like time travel. You have to introduce all new characters, explain the premise of the show in a way that gets everyone watching on board, and tell a compelling story that lays out a blueprint for episodes to come. With all those plates in the air, it’s not surprising that one of them drops sometimes.After watching the pilot episode of NBC’s new time travel drama, Timeless, I don’t yet feel like I really know who these characters are. We’re told about their pasts. Delta Force Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) is depressed over the loss of his wife. History professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) has dedicated her life to her department out of obligation to her dying mother. Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) is… well we don’t know that much. He’s a nerdy coder who has serious (understandable) misgivings about traveling back in time as a Black man. And that his boss, the inventor of the time machine, Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) has asked him to spy on his co-travelers.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)We don’t really know much about their personalities just yet, and in the pilot, they all come off as one-dimensional. Wyatt and Lucy are no-nonsense and focused on getting the mission done. What brief fun there is in Lucy being awestruck at suddenly being in the 1930s is quickly forgotten after Wyatt brings her attention to the task at hand. When she returns to the present to find out how things have changed, the only things we know for sure is that she’s happy her mother was now never sick, but distraught that her sister never existed. Reactions literally any human would have. The other news, that she has a fiance in this timeline, is glossed over. We have no idea how she feels about that or if she even wanted one in the first place.Wyatt meets a woman who looks a lot like his wife and learns she’s destined to die in the Hindenburg accident, and predictably tries to save her. (Hey Timeless writers, I too enjoyed “The City on the Edge of Forever.”) While that’s an interesting dilemma, it doesn’t tell us much about his character or what we can expect from him. Unless he’s going to meet a woman that looks like his wife in every time period, they travel to.Rufus ends up being the most interesting, partly because the funny nerd of the group will always stand out among flat characters, but mostly because he’s actually given something to push against. He steps out into 1937 and is immediately treated like a second-class citizen. He isn’t allowed to go into the same places as the other two. When the group is arrested, he is placed in a different cell and almost beaten. The stakes in this world are higher for him, and if future episodes focus more on his character, the show will be better for it.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Paterson Joseph as Connor Mason — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)All that said, despite the lack of character development, the pilot episode of Timeless gave us a fun, exciting time-travel adventure. The world of 1937 is recreated perfectly, and there is enjoyment to be had in guessing how everything the characters do is going to affect the present. The story itself is also intriguing. Goran Visinjic plays Garcia Flynn, a criminal who has stolen a time machine to unmake the United States by changing certain historic events. While our three heroes can track him to a specific time, they have no way of knowing his location.In the pilot, Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt are sent to the day of the Hindenburg explosion, thinking he intends to kill someone in the explosion who was meant to survive. They are surprised to learn that he actually prevents the explosion. When Rufus discovers one of Flynn’s henchmen’s walkie-talkie has been converted into a detonator, they figure out that Flynn actually meant to postpone the explosion until the next day—when some very important historical figures would be on board.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: Goran Visnjic as Garcia Flynn — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)The show also sets up an intriguing mystery to tease us into coming back next week. Flynn has a diary that Lucy will write in the Future and directs her to ask why she was really brought in on this mission. We’d all probably guessed there would be some bigger conspiracy going on. Nearly every new show has at least one. But that doesn’t mean I’m not at least interested to find out what it is.It’s possible I’m just easily won over by time travel stories, but Timeless delivers a genuinely interesting premise, with fun anachronistic one-liners, which helps overcome its weaker elements. The promise of seeing exactly how much each mission changes the present alone is enough to keep me coming back.last_img read more

Board Of Fisheries To Present Integrated Report On Water Quality Of Kenai

first_imgThe public has until 5 p.m., January 29, to comment on DEC’s findings in the draft 2014/2016 Integrated Report. A public meeting is also scheduled for January 4, in Anchorage. Robert Ruffner, a member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries will be presenting the report at the Kenai City Council meeting on, Wednesday, January 3. According to the DEC, about 7 miles of the river exceeds the water quality standards for turbidity. Turbidity is a measurement of water clarity, and increased turbidity is caused by sediment particles and other organic matter becoming suspended in the water column. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Board-of-fisheires-on-water-quality-in-Kenai.mp3VmJennifer-on-Board-of-fisheires-on-water-quality-in-Kenai.mp300:00RPd The measure was high enough to exceed the baseline measure, but not enough to exceed the amount judged as damaging to fish and aquatic wildlife. DEC’s Water Division Director Andrew Sayers-Fay: “In placing a waterbody on the list of impaired waters, this opens up a dialog with the public on how best to address the water quality concerns.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The  2014/2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report was released on December 15, with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  proposal to add the Kenai River to Alaska’s list of waters that are not meeting all water quality criteria.last_img read more

Drunken lady who created nuisance at KBR Park took into police

first_imgHyderabad:The BanjaraHills police took a lady into their custody who created nuisance at KBR Park in the early morning hours on Sunday. According to police, the lady in a drunken state fought with other five ladies and created nuisance on the road for an hour. The lady tried to pelt stones on the passerby vehicles due to which the commuters faced problems. Based on the complaint, police rushed to the spot and took the lady into their custody. The probe is on.last_img

China resists UN push for Myanmar probe of Rohingya attacks

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersChina is resisting a British push at the UN Security Council for a statement calling on Myanmar to try those responsible for attacks on the Rohingya, according to a draft seen by AFP on Tuesday.Back from a visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh last week, the Security Council is holding negotiations on a statement that would spell out how to address the crisis from the forced exodus of 700,000 Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar.Britain last week circulated a text that stressed the importance of “credible and transparent investigations” of human rights violations and urged Myanmar to hold those responsible for the violence to account.China, a supporter of Myanmar’s former ruling junta, on Monday put forward an amended statement that dropped all mention of investigations or accountability.Myanmar has come under international scrutiny since a military campaign launched in August drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes in northern Rakhine state.China’s draft statement stresses “the need to address the root causes of the issue” and calls for investment in Rakhine state to “achieve stability through development.”Diplomats said Britain, backed by France and the United States, had rejected the proposed changes by China and negotiations were continuing.The 15 ambassadors last week met with traumatised Rohingyas living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh and toured burned-out villages in Rakhine state.The council adopted a statement in November that called on Myanmar to rein in its military, but there has been no resolution, a stronger measure that China would likely block as one of the veto-wielding permanent members.Myanmar has said the military operation in Rakhine is aimed at rooting out extremists and has rejected accusations from the United Nations, Britain, France and the United States of “ethnic cleansing.”The council has urged Myanmar to allow the safe return of the Rohingya and take steps to end decades of discrimination that the Muslim minority has suffered in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.last_img

Time travel experiment demonstrates how to avoid the grandfather paradox Update

first_img More information: Seth Lloyd, et al. “Closed Timelike Curves via Postselection: Theory and Experimental Test of Consistency.” Physical Review Letters 106, 040403 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.040403 Avengers: Endgame exploits time travel and quantum mechanics as it tries to restore the universe Citation: Time travel experiment demonstrates how to avoid the grandfather paradox (Update) (2011, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-grandfather-paradox.html “Although one would need a real general relativistic CTC actually to impose final conditions, we can still simulate how such a CTC would work by setting up the initial condition, letting the system evolve, and then making a measurement. One of the possible outcomes of the measurement corresponds to the final condition that we would like to impose. Whenever that outcome occurs, then everything that has happened in the experiment up to that point is exactly the same as if the photon had gone backward in time and tried to kill its former self. So when we ‘post-select’ that outcome, the experiment is equivalent to a real CTC.”To demonstrate, the scientists stored two qubits in a single photon, one of which represents the forward-traveling qubit, and one of which represents the backward-traveling qubit. The backward-traveling qubit can teleport through a quantum channel (CTC) only if the CTC ends by projecting the two entangled qubits into the same state.After the qubits are entangled, their states are measured by two probe qubits. Next, a “quantum gun” is fired at the forward-traveling qubit, which, depending on the gun’s angle, may or may not rotate the qubit’s polarization. The qubits’ states are measured again to find out if the gun has flipped the forward-traveling qubit’s polarization or not. If both qubits are in the same state (00 or 11), then the gun has not flipped the polarization and the photon “survives.” If the qubits’ states are not equal (01 or 10), then the photon has “killed” its past self. The experiment’s results showed that the qubits’ states were almost always equal, showing that a qubit cannot kill its former self.The scientists noted that their experiment cannot test whether an actual CTC obeys their new theory, since it is currently unknown whether CTCs exist at all. In the future, they plan to perform more tests to better understand time travel paradoxes.“We want to perform the so-called `unproved theorem paradox’ experiment, in which the time traveler sees an elegant proof of a theorem in a book,” Lloyd said. “She goes back in time and shows the proof to a mathematician, who includes the proof in the book that he is writing. Of course, the book is the same book from which the time traveler took the proof in the first place. Where did the proof come from? Our theory has a specific prediction/retrodiction for this paradox, which we wish to test experimentally.” Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img This graph shows that, as the accuracy of the quantum gun increases (from 0 to 180 degrees) so that it is more likely to flip a qubit’s state, the probability of successful self-consistent teleportation (red dots) decreases. While the theoretical probability of teleportation of qubits in opposite states is zero, the experimental probability of qubits in opposite states (blue diamonds) is about 0.01. Image caption: Seth Lloyd, et al. ©2011 American Physical Society. In a new study, a team of researchers has proposed a new theory of CTCs that can resolve the grandfather paradox, and they also perform an experiment showing how such a scheme works. The researchers, led by Seth Lloyd from MIT, along with scientists from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy; the University of Pavia in Pavia, Italy; the Tokyo Institute of Technology; and the University of Toronto, have published their study in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. The concepts in the study are similar to an earlier study by some of the same authors that was posted at arXiv.org last year.“Einstein’s theory of general relativity supports closed timelike curves,” Lloyd told PhysOrg.com. “For decades researchers have argued over how to treat such objects quantum mechanically. We believe that our theory is the correct theory of such objects. Moreover, our theory shows how time travel might be accomplished even in the absence of general relativistic closed timelike curves.”In the new theory, CTCs are required to behave like ideal quantum channels of the sort involved in teleportation. In this theory, self-consistent CTCs (those that don’t result in paradoxes) are postselected, and are called “P-CTCs.” As the scientists explain, this theory differs from the widely accepted quantum theory of CTCs proposed by physicist David Deutsch, in which a time traveler maintains self-consistency by traveling back into a different past than the one she remembers. In the P-CTC formulation, time travelers must travel to the past they remember.Although postselecting CTCs may seem complicated, it can actually be investigated experimentally in laboratory simulations. By sending a “living” qubit (i.e., a bit in the state 1) a few billionths of a second back in time to try to “kill” its former self (i.e., flip to the state 0), the scientists show that only photons that don’t kill themselves can make the journey. “P-CTCs work by projecting out part of the quantum state,” Lloyd said. “Another way of thinking about closed timelike curves is the following. In normal physics (i.e., without closed timelike curves), one specifies the state of a system in the past, and the laws of physics then tell how that state evolves in the future. In the presence of CTCs, this prescription breaks down: the state in the past plus the laws of physics no longer suffice to specify the state in the future. In addition, one has to supply final conditions as well as initial conditions. In our case, these final conditions specify the state when it enters the closed timelike curve in the future. These final conditions are what project out part of the quantum state as described above. (PhysOrg.com) — Among the many intriguing concepts in Einstein’s relativity theories is the idea of closed timelike curves (CTCs), which are paths in spacetime that return to their starting points. As such, CTCs offer the possibility of traveling back in time. But, as many science fiction films have addressed, time travel is full of potential paradoxes. Perhaps the most notable of these is the grandfather paradox, in which a time traveler goes back in time and kills her grandfather, preventing her own birth. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img

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