Young professionals leaving Vancouver over high cost of housing

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Iain Reeve and his wife moved from rental home to rental home in Vancouver but their final solution for secure housing was to move to Ottawa and buy two houses — one for them and another for his parents.He and his wife, Cassandra Sclauzero, are professionals in their mid-30s who wanted to start a family but they couldn’t afford to buy in the city.“We wanted to own a home to have stability, and peace of mind and flexibility,” Reeve said.“The rental market didn’t have stability. We both had settled into pretty good first jobs. But as much as we loved the city and had these connections it wasn’t worth it.”They were “kicked out” of a few places in three years through no fault of their own, he said, adding that it was because people were selling or flipping properties.Reeve grew up and went to university in Vancouver.“I also have parents who live in the Vancouver area who don’t own a home and are working class and not a ton of money saved for retirement, and I’m an only child,” he said. We just couldn’t even get our foot in the door in terms of stable housing.”    Reeve said he knows a number of people who are thinking of moving out of the city simply because of the housing market.  “Life is challenging enough, it’s so hard when you have (housing) insecurity all the time.”Statistics show that Vancouver, and B.C. generally, is losing skilled workers to other parts of the country.CMHC spokesman Leonard Catling said one of the main reasons people between the ages of 21 and 25 come to Metro Vancouver is for university but they move out as they get older.A December news release from Statistics Canada shows that B.C.’s population crossed the five million mark for the first time because of international migration.However, it lost about 1,200 people to other provinces in the third quarter of 2018 after 21 quarters of gains. Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia had the largest gains in population from other provinces.Andy Yan, director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, said Vancouver is mostly able to attract people early in their careers, whether they come for education or a job, but it has a problem retaining talent.Even if they earn a relatively high wage, he said they can’t afford anything except condominiums.“In a world like that, the labour pool has options,” he said, noting that other provinces offer much more housing for their salaries.Finance Minister Carole James said in an interview “there’s no question that Vancouver is facing a brain drain.” “Crisis is not too strong a word to describe the challenges we are facing, not just in Vancouver, but other urban settings around our province,” she said. In her budget speech last year, she said young professionals are moving out of the province because they can’t find housing.Yan said Vancouver is losing people in certain age groups. Those between 35 and 45 are usually at the apex of their careers and thinking about their first or second child. But they might find themselves still having to share housing if they stay in Vancouver, he said.“It doesn’t become cool when you’re 37 and have a roommate.”In its December report on the housing market, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver pegged the average price of a detached home at a little more than $1 million. An apartment was about $664,100 and an attached home stood at about $809,700.Figures from BC Assessment, the Crown agency that develops and maintains property assessments in the province, show the housing market is moderating with estimated value of some homes in Metro Vancouver dropping about 10 per cent.Nationally, experts have said higher interest rates and a new mortgage stress test have also had an impact on property prices across the country.Yan said despite those changes housing in the Vancouver area remains unaffordable.Kevin Olenick, who is in his mid-40s, moved back to Vancouver earlier this year. He grew up in Calgary and spent about six months in Kamloops.“I’m one of the minority who would say moving back here makes sense,” he said, adding that the creative field he works in provides for more opportunities in Vancouver than in other places.But he said he understands the challenges of living in Vancouver.“You wouldn’t want to move here if you have a family. It’s especially tough to find a home and buy a home,” he said. “I’m renting … but if you’re looking to start a family I can certainly understand why you’re moving out of Vancouver.”B.C. Ministry of Housing spokeswoman Melanie Kilpatrick said the government has announced measures that are helping to cool the real estate market and moderate prices with a 30-point housing plan.Yan said that a study he did in 2018 shows that while home prices in Metro Vancouver were still the highest in Canada, median household income was the lowest. The study also showed that Vancouver remained the least affordable city in the country. Since both ownership and rental is becoming more and more difficult, other problems with the labour force are becoming clearer, he said.James said the government is aware of the problem and working on it.Jas Johal, the jobs critic for the B.C. Liberal party, said the NDP government needs to focus on increasing the supply of housing, not taxes. The NDP government has limited rent increases to 2.5 per cent per year, starting this month. A speculation and vacancy tax was also introduced, aimed at moderating the housing market and creating more homes for renters.But Yan said neither the speculation tax nor the vacancy tax will make much of a difference and if the city continues to lose workers it will lose its competitive edge.“And I think that one of the biggest challenges is that how do you build an economy — one that’s knowledge based — when that population seems to be leaving the city?”last_img read more

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GuineaBissau needs to do more to fight transnational drug trade says UN

25 February 2011Guinea-Bissau still has a long way to go in fighting impunity, drug trafficking, organized crime, and other “remaining triggers of instability” in a country that has for years been dogged by war, coups, coup attempts and assassinations, a senior United Nations official warned today. “Much progress is yet to be made,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Joseph Mutaboba told the Security Council, while acknowledging some positive steps towards  civilian control and reform of the security sector, with a roadmap plan already drawn up in cooperation with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP).The plan is now awaiting final endorsement by ECOWAS heads of State and government, and he stressed the urgency for the reforms to be put into effect in a country which has long seen military intervention in politics and has more recently raised international concerns as a transit point on major drug trafficking routes from South America to Europe.In a press statement issued after the meeting, the Council voiced continued concern at the insecurity and growth in trans-national organized crime, including illicit drug trafficking, which it called a threat to regional peace and security. It called on the authorities to intensify efforts “in creating the enabling environment for enhanced civilian control and reform of the security sector, fighting against impunity, and tackling illicit drug trafficking.”Mr. Mutaboba was presenting Mr. Ban’s latest report on the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), set up last year as a successor to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), which had been in the country since 1999 as part of international efforts to help it recover from civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes.In the ensuing years, the country has still been plagued by instability, most recently with the assassination of President João Bernardo Vieira in 2009 and the brief detention on 1 April last year of Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior, the Chief of General Staff and other senior military officers by other members of the armed forces.Stressing the “positive momentum” generated by the partnership with ECOWAS and the CPLP and its “critical impact” on the political and security environment, Mr. Mutaboba noted that long-standing tensions between Mr. Gomes and President Malam Bacai Sanhá had eased in recent months, with the two men maintaining a close dialogue on major domestic issues.On the fight against impunity, he noted the release in December of a former army chief of staff and other officers detained without due process since the 1 April incident but said that not much progress had been made on other fronts such as investigating Mr. Vieira’s assassination.Turning to drug smuggling, he cited recent actions such as the closure of an air strip used for illegal flights and the burning of seized drugs, but he stressed the need for the Government to “continue to demonstrate its resolve to fight this scourge” by mobilizing adequate human and financial resources and allowing foreign vessels to patrol Guinea-Bissau’s territorial waters and conduct joint policing activities.Prime Minister Gomes told the Council that his country needs additional financial, material and technical support from the international community, highlighting the dangerous link between drug trafficking and terrorism. “Guinea-Bissau is not a narco-State and by itself it does not have the conditions necessary to successfully face drug trafficking and terrorism,” he said. “Recent developments in the economic plain are very promising and the gains that we have made can be amplified if the engagement and continued support of the international community is assured,” he added, citing the recent $1.2-billion debt agreement, stressing that the country still remained mired in poverty and pledging intensified structural reform. “The Government continues to insist on the need for greater involvement of the international community.”Brazilian Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, head of the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s panel on Guinea-Bissau, called for increase international support. “The window of opportunity has re-opened for Guinea-Bissau,” she said, while urging further concrete steps in fighting impunity and promoting civilian control of the military. “We need to support capacity building and assist the country revitalize its economy…“We must take advantage of this positive momentum. More than ever engagement and cooperation with Guinea-Bissau is necessary to assist the country in building democratic governance and effectively addressing key challenges. The international community should step up its support.”Guinea-Bissau is one of six countries currently on the agenda of the Commission – along with Burundi, Guinea, Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Liberia – set up in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict make an irreversible transition from war to sustainable peace.In his report, Mr. Ban stressed the need for political stability but sounded a positive note on the economy, noting that despite continuing structural fragility, Guinea-Bissau has continued to pursue important reforms enabling it to make significant progress in managing its debt burden, thus opening up opportunities to stabilize the economy and promote economic growth. read more

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WatchWall Street TSX turn positive after Yellen says Fed proceeding cautiously on

TORONTO — Dovish comments from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen helped propel North American stock markets higher Tuesday as investors were buoyed by reassurances that interest rates hikes won’t be happening any time soon.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 36.04 points to 13,426.23, reversing a triple-digit decline earlier in the day. Gold stocks led the way, rising almost 4.4 per cent and offsetting declines in the energy, consumer staples and health-care sectors.The Canadian dollar added 0.67 of a U.S. cent to 76.54 cents US.Much of the strength in the loonie was attributed to a weakened U.S. dollar as investors turned bearish on the currency following Yellen’s speech to the Economic Club of New York. The head of the U.S. central bank told the audience that the Fed will move slowly on rate increases because global economic issues could still harm the U.S. economy.John Stephenson, president and chief executive of Stephenson & Co. Capital Management, said Yellen’s comments signalled to investors that she was going to “double down” on what the Fed had already reiterated in its statement in March: that it was in no hurry to raise rates.“It was so dovish,” he said. “Essentially saying extreme caution was warranted. That was basically her language. Central banks have been largely responsible for the gains in the markets for the last number of years. It’s been their policies… they’ve all been aimed at keeping rates low, keeping (the) money supply flowing.”Stephenson said the market still thinks the earliest the Fed will hike rates from their current lows will be at their meeting in June.“If things aren’t strong enough for the U.S. to raise rates, the underlying message is that the economy isn’t strong enough,” he added.Meanwhile, weakness continued in the energy sector as the May contract for benchmark crude oil slipped for a fifth straight session, down $1.11 at US$38.28 a barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, June gold rose $15.50 to US$1,237.50 a troy ounce, while May natural gas added five cents to US$1.98 per mmBtu. May copper shed three cents to US$2.21 a pound.In New York, lacklustre markets reversed course as the Dow Jones industrial average rose 97.72 points to 17,633.11, while the broader S&P 500 composite added 17.96 points to 2,055.01. The Nasdaq shot up 79.83 points to 4,846.62.Among the Nasdaq winners was tech giant Apple (Nasdaq:APPL), which climbed US$2.49 to US$107.68 after the FBI dropped its legal efforts to force it to break into the iPhone used by San Bernadino, Calif., shooter Syed Farook who, along with his wife, killed 14 people in December. The FBI said it was able to hack into the phone on its own. read more

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Pakistan to return Airbus obtained on lease from Sri Lanka

The Airbus-330 was acquired on lease for the premier service of PIA. The PIA has paid over $19 million to Sri Lankan authorities in terms of wet lease for this aircraft during span of six months. Stats revealed every flying-hour of Airbus-330 cost PIA over 8,000 dollars. Seat and load plan for London-bound flights did not work according to plan. PIA Spokesperson Danyal Gilani articulated that the aircraft was acquired at market rate. In August 2016, the PIA had acquired three A-330s from Sri Lanka on wet lease in a bid to revive glorious past of the national flag career. (Colombo Gazette) Pakistan is returning an Airbus-330 obtained on lease from Sri Lanka, The News in Pakistan reported.The news report said the management of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is returning a premier service aircraft to Sri Lanka. read more

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BUSU offers bus pass subsidy for spring term students

The Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) has made cash available to help subsidize St. Catharines transit passes for students taking classes during the spring term.The subsidy will be $50 per transit pass for eligible students.“This subsidy is important to ensure that the summer pass is more affordable for students who live in the city during the summer months, allowing them easier access to campus,” said Chris Yendt, BUSU’s vice-president of finance and administration. “This service is the only mode of transportation for many students at Brock.”The subsidy will be available starting Monday, May 13 until Monday, May 27, 2013. BUSU subsidize passes for the first 1,100 students that come to the BUSU office during this time with a valid Brock University ID, and proof of purchase from St. Catharines Transit.Funding for this program is covered by a surplus of money in BUSU’s existing universal bus pass account.Visit BUSU online for more information or contact Yendt at vpfa@busu.net. read more

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Canadian citizen no longer subject to sanctions against AlQaida Security Council panel

The Security Council committee set up to monitor sanctions imposed on the Taliban has removed the name of a Canadian citizen from the list of those subject to measures against the Al-Qaida terrorist organization.The panel said on Wednesday that its decision to take Liban Hussein off the list “is based on information provided by a Member State.”In making its announcement, the committee also recalled “the obligation of all States to comply with the mandatory measures adopted by the Security Council in the fight against terrorism” and pledged to continue updating the list on the basis of new information.The list includes over 150 people subject to Council resolution 1267 (1999), which was adopted in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of United States embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. Under that text, all States are required to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group.In a second section, where Liban Hussein had previously been included, the list provides the names of individuals and groups subject to Council resolution 1333 (2000), which obliges all countries to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization. read more

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UN mission calls for caution after two men killed near LebanonIsrael border

The two men killed were handed over to Lebanese authorities by Israel through the UN earlier today, a spokesman for the UN, Fred Eckhard, told the daily briefing in New York.The men – who were shot as they crossed the Blue Line from the Lebanese side near the village of Ghajar – were Lebanese civilians who were reportedly carrying hunting guns.Mr. Eckhard said that General Lalit Tewari, Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has been operating in southern Lebanon since 1978, had expressed his anguish over the shooting incident and urged all parties to “exercise caution and prudence in the charged atmosphere prevailing along the Blue Line.” read more

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First octocore Exynos 5410 dev board goes up for presale

first_imgSamsung’s octo-core Exynos 5410 is headed to the DIY scene very soon. One online retailer has started serving up a pre-order page and will begin shipping boards in July… though, curiously, no actual price has been set yet.This is the same processing beast that will power the Samsung Galaxy S4 in select markets (read: not in the U.S.). It’s not an 8-core chip like those made by Intel or AMD. The Exynos 5410 packs four high-output ARM-A15 cores and slaps on four additional low-power Cortex-A7 cores to handle less intensive processing chores and extend battery life. ARM refers to the pairing as big.LITTLE technology.CNX Software spotted the new Arndale board from InSignal over on Howchip.com. Details on the actual board remain a bit sketchy. So far, the Howchip listing only specifies that it will include gigabit Ethernet connectivity, HDMI output, and both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. An SD card slot provides a home for expanded storage while a serial port enables hassle-free debugging hook-ups.The usual assortment of dev board peripherals will be offered, too. Howchip will soon have add-on sound, camera, connectivity (presumably including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), camera, and LCD boards up for sale.Apart from the price and specs, a few other key pieces of information are still missing — like the dimensions of the board. It’ll probably arrive close to the dual-core board Arndale that’s already available to purchase, though you may want to hold off 3D printing a fancy case until you’ve got concrete measurements… and an email confirming that you’re actually getting a unit shipped to you.Software support details also haven’t been added to the product page yet, but you can bet that both Android and ARM-compatible Linux distributions will run just fine on this octo-core beast.last_img read more

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UK says no to Constitutional change too risky House Speaker urges preparation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – It was labeled a ‘slap in the face’ to the Turks and Caicos and its bi-partisan Constitutional Review process, which was wholly rejected by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “The response received from the United Kingdom to the deliberations of this House embodied in the matter sent to the UK pertaining to the Constitutional Review Committee; I find it quite insulting and a slap in the face that in this day and time, a couple of gentlemen would sit in London and basically tell us what is good for us.”Peeing on his foot, calling it rain… just one of the sharp phrases the Hon Robert Hall, Speaker of the House of Assembly expressed after reading the letter from HE Peter Beckingham, the letter from the UK Foreign Office and his reply to them, also by letter. This news came during today’s session via the Governor from UK Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rt. Hon. Grant Chaps, who said ‘no’ to changing elements of the 2011 document given to the TCI as its Constitution and which is believed in many quarters to be regressive and archaic. The UK government, in this July 20, 2015 correspondence, says it in essence believes there have been too many gains with the current constitution to turn back now. Robert Hall is the Speaker of the House, and he hotly rejected the rejection. From the FCO: “One of the key lessons was the need to put in place a series of robust checks and balances, to ensure that TCI meets international recognized standards of good governance, the rule of law and sound financial management. The present constitution and later legislation have been and continued to be important legislations to deliver positive change in TCI. The turn-around in TCIs economy over recent years has been remarkable; of course it was driven in part by increase in tourist numbers but it is also as a result of the hard work that was done in TCI to reframe its constitution and to put in place the measures highlighted above,” the letter goes on to say, “It is against this background that I have accessed the Committee’s report and have concluded that to amend the constitution in ways proposed, would risk the hard won progress that was made, I do not believe this is a risk we can afford to take.”The response to this process which toured each of the islands, in some cases twice and which provided not only a formal document but video and audio evidence of what the people of the Turks and Caicos want, has now ignited a fresh call for the country to step out of the shadow of the British and shine on its own as an independent nation. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “Turks and Caicos you better stand together otherwise, you gonna fall individually. Start planning now more than ever before to pull down that Union Jack and raise whatever you design Turks Island, you gatta move ahead.” Related Items:constitution change, hon. grant chaps, robert hall, UK, union jack Recommended for you SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENS PDM writes House Speaker in push to launch investigation of TOLCo Rows break out in House of Assembly; Speaker demands apologies and withdrawalslast_img read more

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New research study inches closer to peanut allergy cure

first_img(WSVN) – A peanut allergy cure is close, especially after a recent research study cured many participants.According to Fox News and Newser, Australia’s ABC reported that, in a study, 82 percent of those with peanut allergies were cured within the first 18 months of treatment.Forty-eight children were researched out of Australia’s Murdoch Childrens Research Institute for the study. Fox news reported that some were given an immunotherapy treatment and some given a placebo.The Guardian reported that, four years later, 80 percent of the participants continued to be peanut-allergy free, while 70 percent passed another test to conclude long-term peanut tolerance.Lead researcher Mimi Tang told Fox News that those cured were eating peanuts freely in their diet. She also added that the cure combined a probiotic with a method known as peanut oral immunotherapy.Tang explained to Fox news that the probiotic calms the immune system and reduces allergic reactions.Within five years, Tang remains hopeful that a product can hit the market for the masses. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday May 20 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Alaska man given Coast Guard medal years after girl’s rescue Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. State officials say they’ll soon begin shipping water to Yakutat after PFAS contamination was found in wells near the Southeast city’s state-owned airport. University of Alaska archaeologists have announced the discovery of an 1,800-year-old human footprint at a site south of Fairbanks. It’s the oldest such footprint ever found in the North American subarctic, and it’s helping archaeologists understand more about the ancient people who lived at the site for more than 14,000 years. Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka From Texas to Colorado to Scotland, ANWR drilling opponents take their case to CEOs Scientists find 1,800-year-old footprint near Fairbanks Negotiations over Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact break down between state and tribes Associated Press Pink salmon fisherman still waiting for federal relief funding after season disaster State to ship water to Yakutat following PFAS contamination at well Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Dan Bross, KUAC Two Interior Alaska State Troopers killed in the line of duty are having bridges named after them. A small crowd marched on BP’s American headquarters in Denver today, demanding the oil conglomerate not drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It’s part of a larger effort by environmental groups to target oil companies and also banks. Two bridges named after fallen Interior State Troopers An Alaska man has received the U.S. Coast Guard’s second-highest civilian honor for saving a girl from drowning when they were both children more than 20 years ago. Kavitha George, KMXT – Kodiak The 2016 pink salmon season qualified as a federal disaster, but relief funding is stalled on the Office of Management and Budget desk in D.C. Until it gets approved, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, local representatives, and pink salmon fishermen themselves are stuck in a holding pattern, not knowing when the money is coming or even who is eligible to receive it. Author, radio host honored as Alaska’s ‘Distinguished Artist’ for 2019 Negotiations broke down Friday over a compact between Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations and the state Department of Health and Social Services. You won’t find the work of the 2019 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist hanging in any gallery or echoing through a concert hall. Richard Nelson is a scientist and author foremost, but he is also a performer of the airwaves.last_img read more

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A dedicated player has finished Pokémon Go

first_imgIn just two short weeks, a Reddit user known as ftb_hodor has done the seemingly impossible and captured every available digital creature in Pokémon Go. However, despite capturing 142 Pokémon, the user hasn’t technically captured them all.According to the Reddit user’s game, he walked 153km during his Pokémon hunt. Walking nearly 96 miles to catch Pokémon is impressive already, but the user says that he actually walked more than that. While playing, he used a separate health app that says he walked 129.04 miles (roughly 200km) during his travels. Whatever the case may be, it cannot be argued that the user is in better shape now than when they first started playing.As for the elusive Pokémon mentioned earlier, the ones missing from the user’s collection are: Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, and Mew. The last six of those are supposedly the rarest Pokémon in the game and there is no record of them naturally appearing anywhere in the world. The first three of those, however, are believed to be region specific. Farfetch’d is supposedly an Asian exclusive, Kangaskhan resides in Oceanic territories, and Mr. Mime can be found in Western Europe.Unless ftb_hodor plans to travel outside of the United States to catch those region-specific Pokémon, he can take a much deserved respite after completing such a long journey. This user is the first, but certainly won’t be the last person to complete Pokémon Go. That is, until Nintendo updates the mobile game with a fresh batch of new monsters for people to collect. There are hundreds more to choose from. Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>last_img read more

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Research team claims to have directly sampled electricfield vacuum fluctuations

first_img © 2015 Phys.org Scientists ‘squeeze’ light one particle at a time Theoretical physicists believe that empty space is not empty at all, instead it is filled with quantum particles that pop in and out of existence creating what are known as electric-field vacuum fluctuations. Prior research has led to efforts that have measured such fluctuations indirectly, but no one, until now, has claimed to be able to measure them directly.The experiment conducted by the team in Germany involved using a long pulse of light to study a shorter pulse of light by firing both through a crystal at the same time. The long pulse had a horizontal polarization while the shorter pulse had a vertical polarization. In such an arrangement, properties of the crystal are dependent on the electric field that exists inside of it, which in turn causes a change in the polarization of the beams that are fired into it and then emerge on the other side. The researchers adjusted the timing of the light pulses to map out fluctuations in the electric field. To offset vacuum fluctuations related to their own existence, they put in just the probe pulse—nothing else. When repeated many times, the researchers found the polarization varied slightly, which the researchers attributed to vacuum fluctuations. To be able to actually see what was going on, the team varied the width and duration of the pulses but not the number of photons in a given beam. They noted that the shot noise should have stayed constant as the pulse grew in size, but it did not, which the team claims was due to electric-field vacuum fluctuations.Not everyone is convinced—many in the field on reading the paper by the team were quick to point out that variations in the pulse could just as easily have come from something else. Clearly more work will have to be done before the claims made by the team are accepted by the physics community. Journal information: Science Citation: Research team claims to have directly sampled electric-field vacuum fluctuations (2015, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-team-sampled-electric-field-vacuum-fluctuations.html Explore furthercenter_img Vacuum fluctuations may be thought of as a flickering of the quantum light field even in total darkness. The positive (red) and negative (blue) regions are randomly distributed in space and they change constantly at high speed – similar to black-and-white noise on a TV screen with no signal input. 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. More information: “Direct Sampling of Electric-Field Vacuum Fluctuations.” Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aac9788ABSTRACTThe ground state of quantum systems is characterized by zero-point motion. Those vacuum fluctuations are generally deemed an elusive phenomenon that manifests itself only indirectly. Here, we report direct detection of the vacuum fluctuations of electromagnetic radiation in free space. The ground-state electric field variance is found to be inversely proportional to the four-dimensional space-time volume sampled electro-optically with tightly focused few-femtosecond laser pulses. Sub-cycle temporal readout and nonlinear coupling far from resonance provide signals from purely virtual photons without amplification. Our findings enable an extreme time-domain approach to quantum physics with nondestructive access to the quantum state of light. Operating at multi-terahertz frequencies, such techniques might also allow time-resolved studies of intrinsic fluctuations of elementary excitations in condensed matter.Press release (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the University of Konstanz, in Germany is claiming to have directly sampled electric-field vacuum fluctuations, which would be the first ever made. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes an experiment they carried out and a part of it which they claim indicates that they have measured vacuum fluctuations directly for the first time.last_img read more

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Dense gas detected in intercore bridges in the S235 starforming region

first_img Explore further Evolution of magnetic field in the star-forming complex G9.62+0.19 revealed by ALMA More information: NH3 Observations of the S235 Star Forming Region: Dense Gas in Inter-core Bridges, arXiv:1908.00954. arxiv.org/pdf/1908.00954.pdf 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. The first and second moment maps of ammonia in S235 and S235AB, shown left and right, respectively. Image credit: Burns et al., 2019. It is assumed that star formation is driven by two groups of mechanisms: spontaneous collapse and triggered collapse. To check which of these mechanisms is dominant and whether these processes can occur together within the same star forming region, astronomers use a technique called ammonia mapping observation. In general, the ammonia molecule has been used to probe the physical conditions in various stages of star formation, including pre-stellar cores, active star formation cores, filamentary structures and large-scale star formation surveys.An international team of astronomers led by Ross A. Burns of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), has conducted radio frequency ammonia transition mapping observations of the S235 star-forming region. The goal of this observational campaign was to map the physical conditions of molecular gas in S235.S235, which belongs to the G174+2.5 giant molecular cloud, is the most active region of star formation in this cloud. It contains multiple dense gas cores that have been extensively studied using ammonia or carbon monosulfide molecular lines. S235 also includes a smaller region, designated S235AB, separated from the “main” body. Observations show that S235AB hosts a younger ionized hydrogen region known as S235A, and hosts very intense star formation indicated by high concentrations of young stellar objects (YSOs).However, although ammonia maps of S235 have been already made, they are dedicated to the well-known dense cores. So the research conducted by Burns’ team focuses mainly on the regions between and around the cores.”Via spectral analyses of main, hyperfine and multi-transitional ammonia lines, we explored the distribution of temperature and column density in the dense gas in the S235 and S235AB star-forming region,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The main finding from the study was the presence of high-density gas in inter-core bridges that physically link dense molecular cores that house young proto-stellar clusters. The gas bridges apparently link the cluster-forming cores in the S235 region.According to the researchers, these bridges appear to be remnants of a fragmentation event that led to the formation of the present day cores from a larger parent cloud. They suppose that the fragmentation was likely driven by impact of the extended ionized hydrogen region to surrounding molecular cloud.”We conclude that the ammonia gas bridges found in S235 likely represent the hyper-critical remnants of CCC-induced [cloud-cloud collision] fragmentation of a gas cloud involving the C&C [“collect and collapse”] mechanism with likely contribution from the RDI [radiation driven implosion] process. Both processes contribute to the proliferation of triggered star formation, driven by the central HII [ionized hydrogen] region of S235.Summing up the results, the researchers added that there are generally two ammonia gas components in S235: old quiescent gas of low brightness temperature and younger, more active star-forming gas interacting with the ionized hydrogen region. They added that their study also identified strong water masers associated with star formation in S235AB and one of the cores of S235. Using the Nobeyama Radio Observatory (NRO), astronomers have investigated a massive star-forming region known as S235. The study resulted in detecting high-density gas in this region, which could be helpful in advancing the knowledge of star-formation mechanisms. The finding is detailed in a paper published August 2 on arXiv.org. Citation: Dense gas detected in intercore bridges in the S235 star-forming region (2019, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-08-dense-gas-intercore-bridges-s235.html © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

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Governing body of Behala College will be dissolved says Partha

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday that the governing body of Behala College in Parnasree will be dissolved. The decision of the minister came in the wake of disturbance in the college since Saturday, following alleged attempts of extortion by the students’ union. The Trinamool Congress controlled students’ union at the college has already been dissolved on Wednesday.Chatterjee visited the college on Thursday morning, which happens to be under his own constituency Behala West and held a meeting with the college principal and senior officials of the college and also spoke with the students. “I am shocked over the events that have unfolded in the college during the last few days. Such incidents of disturbance in the college will not be tolerated. The governing body of the college will be dissolved,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe reiterated on bringing back the academic ambience of the college. “I have spoken to all concerned in the college. I am hopeful that things have been settled. The students have been advised to attend their classes on a regular basis. We are constantly trying to boost education in our state,” Chatterjee said. The committee formed by the principal that was responsible for running the college’s administration, was also dissolved on Thursday. The agitating students had alleged involvement of outsiders in the college union and indulgence in extortion. It was alleged that the union was extorting money from students with low attendance, with the promise of making arrangements for them to sit for examination. Around 200 students had less than 60 percent attendance in the college. A clash had broken out in the college on Wednesday and a student had sustained injuries.last_img read more

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Restricted beach access a problem around Mexico

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Officials with the government of Mexico say people cannot continue to confuse a concession with privatization, preventing free beach access to the public. “Three months ago, this access was made, but we will work with the municipal president of Manzanillo, Griselda Martínez and the Manzanillo API to reopen the initial access,” he said. “Mexico’s tourism policy will be in accordance with what the law says,” he confirmed. Dr. Simón Levy-Dabbah In many areas around the state of Quintana Roo, beach access points in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Xcacel, Xcacelito and Chemuyil are only some of the places where businesses with concessions have attempted to make their beach private by either preventing access, or preventing the public from walking on the beach, which is a federal zone. “No beach in Mexico will restrict the way to what is owned by all Mexicans. Free public beach access. The beaches of Mexico belong to everyone,” he stressed. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Restricted beach access is an issue in other areas of the country including Manzanillo. Levy-Dabbah said that public access for pedestrians to Las Brisas Beach in the tourist city of Manzanillo, was closed several years ago. Levy-Dabbah said that no national beach will restrict the way to what is owned by all Mexicans. Dr. Simón Levy-Dabbah, Subsecretario of Planeación y Política Turística del Gobierno de México says “one cannot continue to confuse a concession with the right to prevent the passage of citizens to privatize public access to beaches. last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more July 17, 2012 — The American College of Radiology’s (ACR) national standard for imaging protocols — ACR Appropriateness Criteria (AC) — is now available in a digitally consumable format to be incorporated into computerized ordering and electronic health record (EHR) systems. ACR has entered into an exclusive agency agreement with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to provide the technical platform, support and licensing of the AC under the name ACR Select. NDSC, serving as the licensing agent for the ACR AC, will provide EHR vendors with a direct method for healthcare organizations to easily integrate and effortlessly use the Appropriateness Criteria guidelines in daily practice.ACR AC is a comprehensive clinical decision support database with more than 130 topics and 614 variant conditions that provide evidence-based guidance for the appropriate utilization of all medical imaging procedures. More than 300 volunteer physicians, representing over 20 radiology and non-radiology specialty organizations, participate on the ACR AC expert panels, continuously updating these transparent guidelines and providing real-time access, via ACR Select, to the latest medical imaging procedure guidance.“ACR Select will have a substantial impact on the healthcare community by bridging the gap between medical providers and the ACR AC guidelines,” said Paul H. Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, chair of the ACR board of chancellors. “The commitment from major EHR technology providers to integrate these standards is a testament to the importance of promoting appropriate medical imaging use.”Although Medicare imaging use is down since 2008 and imaging is the slowest growing physician service among privately insured Americans according to the Health Care Cost Institute, opportunities remain to ensure appropriate ordering of scans and maximize the value of these lifesaving tools. By integrating ACR AC with EHR technology providers via ACR Select, physicians are able to order the right imaging examination at the right time. EHR technology platforms, powered by ACR Select, can improve quality, reduce unnecessary scans and lower imaging costs. The platform can be integrated with a wide variety of solutions for payers and providers.“We are very excited about our relationship with the ACR,” said Michael Mardini, CEO, NDSC. “Through ACR Select, we’re able to electronically deliver ACR AC in its complete form and uphold the promise of making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.”This new partnership between the ACR and NDSC delivers on the promise of appropriate medical imaging, which reduces the number of invasive surgeries, unnecessary hospital admissions, shortens length of stay and greatly contributes to improved patient care.For more information: www.nationaldecisionsupport.com, www.acrselect.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | July 17, 2012 ACR Chooses NDSC to Deliver Comprehensive EHR-Enabled Medical Imaging Clinical Decision Support Platform News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more center_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read morelast_img read more

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Heritage title for Japan industry sites draws mixed reaction

first_img Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday at a regular briefing that “Japan should win trust from its Asian neighbors and the international community with practical actions.”___AP writer Emily Wang contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Though the number of survivors is dwindling, some of those who endured starvation, abuse by their captors and bombardment are still seeking redress, or at least apology.Until recently, Seoul had objected to the listing by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee unless the role of Korean prisoners forced to work at the sites during World War II was formally recognized. The two countries sparred for weeks but eventually reached a compromise that finessed the issue. It is unlikely to entirely finish it, however.“Japan is prepared to take measures that allow an understanding that there were a large number of Koreans and others who were brought against their will and forced to work under harsh conditions in the 1940s at some of the sites,” the Japanese delegation said in a statement.South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said the country was pleased that the sites were recognized “in the form that takes account of our legitimate concerns.”“We have achieved our principle and position that historical truths must be reflected as they are,” he said.Japanese officials expressed their delight with the UNESCO listings, which include Gunkanjima, or “Battleship Island,” a former coal mine on a fortress island off Japan’s southwest coast. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Kenji Kitahayashi, the mayor of Kitakyushu, a city where the Yawata steel mill, which used thousands of forced laborers, is located, said the value of places that “became the driving force of Japan’s industrial development has gained global recognition.”Japan’s foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, said in a statement that Japan would “sincerely address the recommendations by the International Council on Monuments and Sites,” which asked that Japan acknowledge that foreign workers were forced to labor at many of the sites and that its exhibits reflect the entire history of those places.But Kishida emphasized that Japan had not budged in its stance that any issues related to compensation, including forced labor, were settled decades ago.China’s official Xinhua News Agency cited Beijing’s UNESCO envoy as questioning Japan’s recognition of that past.“There still lacks an adequate account from Japan of the whole facts surrounding the use of forced labor,” it cited Zhang Xiuqin, the UNESCO ambassador, as saying. She urged Japan to ensure that “the sufferings of each and every one of the forced laborers are remembered, and their dignity upheld.”center_img 0 Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials Monday celebrated the U.N. cultural body’s approval of world heritage status for 23 historic sites showing the country’s transformation from feudal isolation into an industrial power at the end of the 19th century.Seoul portrayed the decision as a diplomatic win after Japan also agreed to acknowledge its history of forcing tens of thousands of South Koreans, Chinese and World War II prisoners of war to work at dozens of factories, mines and other industrial facilities, conscripted to fill labor shortages especially toward the end of the war. China called for a better accounting from Tokyo on its past forced labor practices. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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Mortgage Professionals Work Better Together

first_img MReport talks with seasoned Five Star Conference goer, Hector Alvarado, Advantage Realty Group to discuss the importance of mortgage professionals coming together to work to better the industry, saying “Five Star does it right.” See the exclusive interview here.On September 16-18, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas, the Five Star Institute will host the largest event in mortgage servicing, 2018 Five Star Conference and Expo. Previously, this event featured vibrant keynote presentations featuring former U.S. presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice to name a few, while attracting award-winning entertainment such as Wynona, Trace Adkins, and Styx. December 1, 2017 634 Views Share Mortgage Professionals Work Better Together To register, click here. five star conference 2018 HOUSING mortgage 2017-12-01 Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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Limassol sea cleaners tackle remnants of oil spill

first_imgExperts on Thursday said they were trying to clear a ‘tar ball’ from an oil spill that has spread across the Limassol bay sea area.According to Dr Costas Papastavros director of VSS-EPE Environmental Protection Services Ltd, the company contracted to patrol the sea and beaches in Limassol and collect garbage and other sources of pollution, the tar balls are remnants of an oil spill.“There is no way for knowing where it came from, it was probably illegally discharged from a vessel and by the time it arrived in the beach area the volatile organic compounds evaporated leaving tar balls,” Dr Papastavros told the Cyprus Mail.Reports said that the spill stretches from the height of Poseidonia beach hotel up to the twin towers.Dr Papastavros said it would take between two to three days to clear the tar balls from the seaHe said his company has renewed their contract with the local government authorities and started their patrols at the beginning of May.The crews have already found some solid rubbish floating in the sea and foam which authorities are investigating.The Limassol municipality said earlier in the week that the agreement covers services by a vehicle and a vessel and specialised personnel in marine pollution.The vessel patrols the sea area between the boundary of the bathers’ area and the Limassol port’s anchorage while the second is a wheeled vehicle that will patrol the coastal road and intervene to tackle any pollution spots within the bathing area.Sea and land patrols were introduced last year by the municipality following incidents of heavy sea pollution in some areas in Limassol and many complaints by bathers, locals and tourists. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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