USChina relations near new low amid trade battle

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and China have gone through rough patches before.The American public recoiled — and the U.S. government imposed sanctions — after the People’s Liberation Army slaughtered hundreds of civilians in the streets of Beijing in June 1989, crushing the Tiananmen Square protests.Ordinary Chinese were outraged 10 years later when the Americans bombed China’s embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, rejecting the U.S. insistence that it was an accident.And tensions crackled when China detained an American Navy flight crew following the midair collision of a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese fighter in 2001.But U.S.-Chinese relations may be testing a new low.“The United States and China are on a collision course,” the Asia Society concluded in an assessment of the two countries’ relations in February. “The foundations of goodwill that took decades to build are rapidly breaking down.”Likewise, Michael Swaine of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace declared in January that “the U.S.-China relationship is confronting its most daunting challenge in the 40 years since the normalization of relations. Current trends portend steadily worsening relations over the long haul.”The world’s two biggest economies are engaged in the bitterest trade war since the 1930s. President Donald Trump more than doubled import taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods Friday — the same day that U.S. and Chinese negotiators ended their 11th round of trade talks without reaching an agreement. After the Chinese left town, the U.S. announced plans to target the $300 billion in Chinese goods that don’t already face tariffs.But the widening divide between Washington and Beijing goes beyond trade.China is engaging in a massive military buildup. It is flexing its maritime muscle, claiming ownership of the South China Sea and disregarding the territorial claims of its neighbours and a 2016 ruling by the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. It is cracking down on political dissent in its ostensibly autonomous region of Hong Kong. And it is turning up pressure on Taiwan, an island that enjoys de facto political independence but which Beijing views as a renegade province that must one day reunite with the motherland.Under President Xi Jinping, who took office in 2012, the Communist Party has grown increasingly repressive. In the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in western China, it has detained up to 2 million minority Muslims and forced them to undergo reeducation. Xi himself has overturned a four-decade tradition of collective leadership in Beijing and essentially established himself as president for life.“With the large number of issues we have with China, I wouldn’t rank the trade issues so high,” said David Dollar, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former official at the World Bank and U.S. Treasury. “And I’m an economist.”The developments are a bracing rebuke to the optimists in America who assumed that China’s 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization would lead Beijing to embrace economic and perhaps political openness, that China would become more like world’s industrialized democracies.“Many countries, the U.S. being one of the prime players, gave China pretty much a bye for a number of years during the honeymoon period right after its entrance in the WTO,” said Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally appointed watchdog.The financial crisis and ensuing 2007-2009 Great Recession helped change the way the countries viewed themselves and each other. Suddenly, the United States looked less like the world’s invincible lone superpower and more like a deeply divided nation that had to struggle to meet the challenge of the deepest economic downturn in seven decades. China’s response was sharp contrast: It quickly enacted a massive stimulus campaign that super-charged economic growth and helped pull the entire world economy out of the ditch.Newly confident, China began to expand its ambitions. After Xi took office, Beijing announced an initiative called Made in China 2025 designed to make Chinese companies world leaders in advanced fields like robotics and artificial intelligence.But the U.S. says China is trying to meet its aspirations by cheating — stealing trade secrets, forcing foreign companies to hand over technology, subsidizing its own firms and burying in red tape foreign competitors that want to compete in the Chinese market. Those allegations are at the heart of the yearlong trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and cast a cloud over the prospects for world economic growth.In the ongoing trade talks, the U.S. is insisting that China change its ways and agree to let the United States check and enforce compliance.Andrew Nathan, a China specialist at Columbia University, said the Chinese would be perfectly willing to buy more American products and put a dent in America’s trade deficit with China, a record $379 billion last year.But abandoning their grander economic vision is another matter.“For the Chinese, the bottom line is, they can accept no effective limitation on their race to the technological summit,” Nathan said. “If you want them to bury the Made in China 2025 program, they will never stop that program, but they can stop talking about it. If you want them to stop the PLA from industrial espionage, they can make the PLA do it more secretly. … If you want them to stop ‘coerced technology transfer,’ they can change the language of the relevant rules so that the same thing happens in a less blatant manner.”The two countries have very different views of the sources of their troubles.“Many American opinion makers are starting to see China as a rising power seeking to unfairly undercut America’s economic prosperity, threaten its security, and challenge its values,” the Asia Society declared, “while their Chinese counterparts are starting to see the United States as a declining power seeking to prolong its dominance by unfairly containing China’s rise.”___Follow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at Wiseman, Jill Colvin And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press read more

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Canadian dollar falls on lower current account deficit weaker commodity prices

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was lower Thursday amid weak commodity prices and some positive trade data.The currency was down 0.23 of a cent to 97.52 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that the country’s current account deficit on a seasonally adjusted basis decreased $800-million to $17.3-billion in the fourth quarter.The agency said that the deficit on trade in goods was reduced by $2.3-billion in the fourth quarter to $2.8-billion. It said that this largely reflected increased exports, led by energy products and by farm, fishing and intermediate food products.Total exports of goods were up $1.7-billion to $114.5-billion in the fourth quarter. Energy products accounted for $1.6-billion of this increase, led by higher prices as volumes were down.Total imports were down $600-million to $117.3-billion in the fourth quarter.The current account is the difference between a country’s total exports of goods, services and transfers, and its total imports of the same.Other data showed the U.S. economy grew instead of contracting in the fourth quarter of 2012. The first revision to the gross domestic product report showed growth of 0.1%, against the earlier read that showed a 0.1% contraction.In the background on financial markets were worries about an Italian election earlier this week which failed to yield a clear winner and the looming U.S. sequestration. That’s the name for a series of automated, across the board spending cuts of US$85-billion set to take effect Friday.The planned sequester could hit U.S. growth if no deal is reached to avoid it. Previous experience, however, suggests a last-minute deal will be cobbled together.Commodity prices were weak with April crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down nine cents to US$92.67.April bullion was down $5 to US$1,590.70 an ounce while May copper was unchanged at US$3.57 a pound. read more

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In presidential statement Security Council condemns attacks against UN Golan force

In a presidential statement issued, the 15-nation body urged UN Member States with influence to convey strongly to non-State armed actors in the area the need for an immediate halt to all activities that endangered UN peacekeepers and impeded them in their Security Council mandated duties.The measure comes after dozens of UNDOFF troops were detained three weeks ago by armed elements of the opposition in the vicinity of Quneitra amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed groups.The Council reiterated that the mandate of UNDOF and its impartiality, operations, safety and security must be respected, and called upon parties to ensure full security of its personnel and full implementation of the 1974 agreement, stressing that there could never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of United Nations peacekeepers.Noting with concern the deteriorating security situation in UNDOF’s area of operation due to the ongoing Syrian conflict and the activities of non-State armed actors, including Al-Nusra Front, and the risk it poses to the disengagement agreement and to UN peacekeepers serving there, the Council “recognizes the necessity of efforts to flexibly adjust UNDOF’s posture to minimize risk to UN personnel as UNDOF continues to implement its mandate.” read more

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Gay rights groups welcome marriage referendum plan Catholic Bishops dont

first_imgTHE BISHOP OF Kildare and Leighlin says that the same-sex marriage debate is “not about equality”.Bishop Denis Nulty says that the issue is about “the very nature of marriage itself and the importance society places on the role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children”.Nulty says that the Catholic Church will continue to argue that children “have a right to a mother and father”.He said that marriage between a man and a woman has a “special benefit” to society.“To change the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society,” said Nulty.He added that while Christians would treat homosexuals with “sensitivity, compassion and respect”, it was not homophobic to oppose gay marriage.“It is not lacking in sensitivity or respect for people who are homosexual however to point out that same-sex relationships are fundamentally different from opposite sex relationships and that society values the complementary roles of mothers and fathers in the generation and up-bringing of children.”The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), however said that they were “delighted” by the cabinet’s announcement that a vote on the issue will take place in 2015.““We are delighted with the Taoiseach’s announcement of his strong support for civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples. It is a momentous and proud moment when our Taoiseach and the leader of our country endorses and supports full citizenship in the Constitution through civil marriage for lesbian and gay people” said GLEN Chair Kieran RoseWith the support of the Taoiseach and of Labour and Fine Gael in Government, and with the support of the other Political Parties, we believe that the people of Ireland will support the final step to full constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people and families in the referendum in 2015.The Justice Minister this morning said that he didn’t believe that people should be discriminated against because of their sexuality.Alan Shatter told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the decision was “historic” and that it was a “good news story”.“I don’t think anyone would be surprised by the views of the church. The church is entitled to express its views. It is for us as politicians to address what is happening in reality in society.”Column: Let’s see a vigorous, successful campaign for marriage equalityRead: Same-sex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to be held in 2015Read: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriagelast_img read more

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St Vincents Healthcare Group called on to explain finances

first_imgST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL Group is the latest organisation to be called out in the ongoing controversy over the use of HSE funding.Fine Gael TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee Simon Harris says he is keen to “seriously question” the group on its corporate governance and pension funding.The Wicklow deputy has called on its representatives to come before the PAC to reveal the true financial state of the organisation.PAC chairman John McGuinness told that any group who is found not to be compliant with government policies on public pay in a report next week will be called to an Oireachtas committee hearing.Currently, St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is just one of a number of groups which has been found to be non-compliant.“The HSE audit into Section 38 bodies revealed that St Vincent’s had declared itself compliant, however, a letter sent by St Vincent’s to the HSE outlined that not all staff at the organisation were in line with health sector pay policy,” explained Harris.He said that he had explored the group’s accounts further, discovering a number of issues “which need to be urgently addressed”.Harris revealed that there is a “very strong ‘adverse opinion’” made by the group’s auditors on page six of its accounts for 2011.According to him, the report states that “the financial statements do not include the pension costs, pension liabilities and pension assets of those staff who are members of the Voluntary Hospitals Superannuation Scheme as required by Financial Reporting Standard 17″.“It goes on to state that due to the significance of this matter ‘the financial statements do not give a true and fair view in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practice in Ireland’.”Harris also questions what ‘Directors’ remuneration for other services’ of €554,377 in the 2011 accounts relates to.I am extremely concerned that a set of accounts show such a negative opinion expressed by an auditor, which in reality means that theses accounts cannot be relied upon to give a true and fair view of the financial state of the organisation.“It is also worrying that the 2011 accounts were only filed in recent weeks and that the 2012 accounts cannot be located on the Companies Registration Office website which leads me to believe that they have yet to be filed. Each of these points needs to be addressed immediately.”He also wants to know if St Vincent’s is compliant with the ‘one person-one salary’ rule, as well as the thinking behind why four of the directors of St Vincent’s Foundation are also on the board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group did not respond at attempts by to contact it today.Since the Section 38 charity scandal came to light, fundraising at organisations has fallen by about 40 per cent.Read: Former CRC boss agrees to appear before Dáil committeeMore: Fundraising ‘down 40 per cent’ as top-up controversy continuesPoll: Has the CRC scandal affected how you give to charity?last_img read more

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The Evening Fix now with added deer on a city bus

first_imgA man jumps from a diving board into a swimming pool on a hill overlooking Kabul in Afghanistan today. The swimming pool built by the Soviets more than 30 years ago has rarely been used. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#ABORTION: Ireland can expect roughly 100 maternal deaths over the next decade and of these, just two or three could be affected by the proposed abortion legislation – that’s according to a doctor from a Limerick hospital who was speaking at the first day of the Oireachtas hearings on the planned new laws. We’ve been liveblogging the hearings all day and you can catch up here.#PENALTY POINTS: Independent TD Mick Wallace says allegations made against him by justice minister Alan Shatter on live television last night are a “serious abuse of the Minister’s powers” and that he is lodging a formal complaint. Shatter alleged that Wallace had been cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone but had avoided penalty points – but Wallace says he has no idea what Shatter was referring to. The TD says Shatter’s comments were in breach of the legally binding code of conduct for public representatives.#TEACHERS: Primary school teachers have voted to go on strike if the government decides to make cuts to their pay. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation said its members had not taken the action lightly. The union also agreed to accept an invitation to attend talks at the Labour Relations Commission over pay.#MADELEINE MCCANN: British police have identified a handful of “people of interest” as part of the investigation into the disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann from Portugal in May 2007. Scotland Yard said a review of the case had brought up new leads which will be explored further.#SEXUAL ASSAULT: A man in his 60s has been arrested in Waterford over allegations of sexual assaults which took place in the 1980s.#MAGDALENES: The Justice for Magdalenes group has announced it is to end its political campaign, saying it believes it has achieved all it can by way of political advocacy. The group, which began in 2009, had campaigned for an apology from the Irish State and a compensation scheme for survivors.THINGS WE LOVED(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)This looks inexplicably appealing. People stick their heads out from holes in a large piece of fabric as part of an exhibition in Hong Kong today. Hopefully no-one farted.Over the course of 10 days in November 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly started a nuclear war over a military exercise – something that was kept quiet for almost 30 years and only came out in newly declassified documents over the past few days. This piece from Wired notes that a single false alarm or miscalculation could easily have brought on Armageddon.Not to make you feel like an underachiever or anything, but here’s the story of an 8o-year-old who wants to become the oldest man to climb Mount Everest. Well that’s… ginormous. The art work, called ‘Untitled’ is on display at a museum in Berlin from today. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber). THINGS WE SHAREDYou’ve seen Sean Combs (aka P Diddy, aka Puff Daddy) in Downton Abbey, right? RIGHT? Even if you don’t like the period drama, this is still funny. Best bit: when he rejects (and then accepts) the advances of Thomas. Or maybe when he tries to get Lady Grantham and Mrs Crawley to kiss.This poor deer crashed through the front window of a city bus in Pennsylvania and then panicked when it couldn’t get out. Don’t worry though: in an article accompanying the piece, a local newspaper quotes a spokesperson for the bus company who said that the deer managed to just walk off the bus after the driver opened the doors. Phew.(Video: TribuneDemocrat/YouTube)last_img read more

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Electric Lightwave sale official jobs cut at Vancouver site

first_imgAround 40 local jobs at Electric Lightwave have been eliminated after its new Colorado-based owners took over Wednesday.The layoffs were confirmed in an email by Shannon Paulk, a spokeswoman for new owner Zayo Group. Twenty percent of the company’s nearly 1,200 workers will be laid off, she said, and 10 percent of its Washington staff.Before the layoffs, 440 people worked at Electric Lightwave’s offices in the Fisher’s Landing neighborhood, she said, with another 60 or so working in offices in Kent and Spokane. Paulk said all impacted employees were offered severance packages, and around 400 Vancouver workers were offered jobs with the new company.Parts of the company will be absorbed into other divisions of Zayo Group Holdings Inc.Electric Lightwave, formerly Integra, has offices in 10 states, including one in Portland.The Columbian reached out to employees for comment but did not hear back by press time.The $1.4 billion deal was first announced in November. The deal overall creates a bigger footprint for Zayo, a telecom infrastructure company with more than $2 billion in revenues.The company has 115,400 miles of fiber-optic cable in North America and Europe, supplying rapid communications between organizations and companies.last_img read more

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Immigration Concerns Highlighted at Public Press Conference

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Border Control Minister meets with local Haitian Officials Related Items:detention center, illegal immigration, premier rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Sept 2015 – While there were some serious matters on the agenda at Monday nights Public Press Conference, there was a slight moment of laughter as the Premier told Turks and Caicos Islanders to walk with their status cards as they too could be picked up by immigration officers and sent to the Detention Center. But it is no laughing matter, as Hon. Rufus Ewing weighed in on the recent immigration raids targeting illegal migrants. Ewing said officers have beefed up patrols during the past few weeks in response to the illegal immigration problem in the Turks and Caicos Islands.The Premier said that “some Turks and Caicos Islanders were pulled over in jitneys, they were not carrying proper identification so they were placed in the Detention Center; it was humiliating. He advised TCIslanders to walk with their Belonger Card and those with Work Permits should do the same, otherwise you will be collected and put in the Detention Center because they’re trying to clean up the streets.”Hon. Ewing said the TCI must step up its defense by providing additional resources and manpower to fight illegal immigration. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more

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Ann Keil

first_imgBe sure to check out her personal blog at and follow her on social media where she stays active. Story ideas are always welcome!Twitter: ann_keilFacebook: Ann KeilCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ann Keil was excited to join WSVN in October 2015. As a tenacious reporter with an eye for issues of importance, she knows she is a part of the right team.Follow @ann_keilBefore moving back to her hometown of Miami, Ann was a special projects reporter at WOFL-TV in Orlando, FL where she regularly tackled exposés centered around societal concerns including immigration policy, hate groups, and repeat sex offenders among others. She also introduced a series to aid in the search for missing people.She spent the three years prior in Indianapolis, Indiana as a city beat reporter and fill-in anchor at FOX59 where she was awarded an Emmy for an in-depth investigation into an emergency medical alert system. During her time there, she received Emmy nods for her live coverage of a decorated police officer’s funeral and devastating tornadoes.Ann got her start at WATE-TV in Knoxville, TN. Beyond her duties as a general assignment reporter, she tackled multiple investigative pieces on the coal mining industry in both Tennessee and West Virginia as well as a massive coal ash spill aftermath.Ann studied journalism and political science at Boston University. Then, she attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs.In her spare time, Ann loves to be outdoors in the South Florida sunshine especially if she can head to the keys for an all day fishing trip! She spends as much time as she can with family. She loves taking pictures, getting involved with area non-profits, painting, cooking, and blogging. last_img read more

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CBI to search Arabian sea for weapon used to kill Narendra

first_imgPune: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday informed the Pune court that it has got a clearance from Maharashtra’s environment ministry to conduct a search operation in the depths of the Arabian sea to find out the weapon used to murder rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. The request to conduct a search in the Arabian sea was pending for clearance from the ministry. A foreign company has been given a contract to conduct the operation. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Dabholkar was shot dead by bike-borne men while returning home from a morning walk on August 20, 2013. Advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, an accused in Dabholkar murder case, has been charged with helping Sharad Kalskar, who had allegedly shot the rationalist, in dismantling the weapons. Last month, Punalekar was granted bail by Pune sessions court on a surety amount of Rs 30,000.last_img read more

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Towing Fees Another Burden On Houston Flood Victims

first_img 00:00 /01:40 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Andrew SchneiderCars abandoned 288 near Binz Street on Monday, April 18, 2016.Regina Wright lives at the Arbor Court apartment complex in Greenspoint.She said last Monday morning, her father-in-law pounded on her and her husband’s bedroom door.“‘Hey, hey, it’s flooding again, move the cars.’ We had to drive the cars through the water and trying to get to safety,” Wright said. “One of the cars we had to park on the property of Arbor Court in the grass. The other vehicle, which is a truck, we had to park on Hardy Toll Road.”The water didn’t get to the truck, but a wrecker did, and Wright is now stuck with the towing fee. She said she isn’t the only one.“We have a lot of people stranded,” Wright said. “They’re having to pay $245 just to go get their vehicle, and we’ve lost everything. Some don’t even have IDs to even go to show to say, hey, this is my car.”The Houston Police Department said as of Friday, SafeClear wreckers have towed 562 abandoned vehicles since the beginning of the flood.Mayor Sylvester Turner said there’s not much the city can do to relieve flood victims whose cars got towed.“No-one is taken advantage of. I don’t want that to happen,” he said. “But these are private companies, private businesses. But, you know, we’ll certainly take a look at it.”Turner is calling on towing companies to consider the circumstances of those who lost everything in the flood and didn’t have a choice in where to put their cars.If your car was towed in Houston, you can go to to locate it.You will have to have your driver’s license to prove you’re the owner when you pick it up.The standard tow rate for abandoned cars is $155.50, but storage fees apply after the first 48 hours. Xlast_img read more

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Researchers study the opaque accretion disk of Beta Lyrae A

first_imgPhase coverage of spectro-interferometric observations of β Lyr acquired by different instruments. δ denotes the relative declination (positive toward the north), and α the relative right ascension (positive toward the east). The black line shows the size and orientation of the β Lyr orbit in the sky, the blue dots show orbital phases corresponding to NPOI observations, the magenta dots to CHARA/VEGA observations, the green dots to CHARA/MIRC observations acquired in 2013, and the red dots to CHARA/MIRC observations acquired in 2006/2007. An arbitrary vertical shift of 0.2 mas is added to separate the various orbits. Credit: Mourard et al., 2018. Located some 1,000 light years away from the Earth, Beta Lyrae is a multiple star system consisting of at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. One of its components, Beta Lyrae A, is a bright binary of spectral type B. It has an effective temperature of 13,300 K and a steadily increasing orbital period of 12.94 days. The binary is currently in a phase of rapid mass exchange with the mass-losing component (donor) being the less massive (about 2.9 solar masses) than its companion (about 13.3 solar masses).Given that the donor has transferred most of its mass over to its companion, the secondary star is now more massive and exhibits an accretion disk created from this mass transfer. However, the disk blocks the view of the companion, making it difficult for observers to unveil the detailed properties of this star.Studying Beta Lyrae A, including its disk, could therefore be essential for astronomers to better understand mass exchange in close binaries. Thus, a group of astronomers led by Denis Mourard of the University of Côte d’Azur in France, has performed an analysis of the available data obtained during visible and infrared spectro-interferometric observations of Beta Lyrae A.”A series of continuum visible and NIR spectro-interferometric observations by the NPOI, CHARA/MIRC and VEGA instruments covering the whole orbit of β Lyr A acquired during a two-week campaign in 2013 were complemented with UBVR photometric observations acquired during a three-year monitoring of the system. We included NUV and FUV observations from OAO A-2, IUE, and Voyager satellites,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Based on the observational data, Mourard’s team tested various models of the disk. They found that the opaque parts of the accretion disk have the outer radius of about 30 solar radii, the semithickness of approximately 6.5 solar radii (for “slab” and “wedge” shape models), or equivalently the scale-height multiplication factor of 4.3 (for “nebula” model). Moreover, the researchers estimate that the minimum mass of the disk should be between 0.0001 and 0.001 solar masses. When it comes to the parameters of the Beta Lyrae A system, they found that its orbital inclination is 93.5 degrees. They also measured the probable distance to the binary – about 1,042 light years.In concluding remarks, the researchers revealed that they plan to publish further analyses of the Beta Lyrae A binary, focused mainly on the optically thin circumstellar medium in the system. “Using a series of spectroscopic and spectro-interferometric observations of strong emission lines we intend to resolve and describe the structure and kinematics of the optically thin medium within this remarkable system. Consequently, it should be possible to better determine the radial profiles of the disk atmosphere,” the authors of the paper noted. An international team of astronomers has conducted a study of the opaque accretion disk of the multiple star system known as Beta Lyrae A (β Lyr A for short). The research reveals important insights into nature of this disk and also discloses some parameters of the system. The study was presented in a paper published July 12 on © 2018 Journal information: Astronomy & Astrophysics Astronomers detect a doubly eclipsing quadruple star systemcenter_img More information: Physical properties of β Lyr A and its opaque accretion disk, Astronomy & Astrophysics manuscript no. bl22saga Explore further Citation: Researchers study the opaque accretion disk of Beta Lyrae A (2018, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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 read more

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Mezcal Mexicos new revolution

first_imgMezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave plant native to Mexico. Once considered ‘cheap fire water,’ the agave-based alcohol has now become one of the country’s most popular liquors.Source: BBClast_img

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Mike Sando, ESPN NFL Insider center_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals are undoubtedly still devising their plan to replace linebacker Daryl Washington, who will miss the entire 2014 season because of a drug suspension handed down Friday.They are big shoes to fill, no doubt. But one NFL insider thinks even though Washington’s absence will be an issue, the pressure is on another Cardinals unit this upcoming season.“I think the offense in Arizona is the most important thing,” ESPN’s Mike Sando told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It was much better in the second half of last year, I think quietly so. I think Carson Palmer was much better. “I think that is going to be even more important now — that Bruce Arians’ stamp on that side of the ball pays off and takes pressure off the defense so they don’t have to carry it every week like it felt like they did at times early in the year.”Sando’s assessment is statistically proven. In the first half of 2014, the Cardinals averaged 20 points and 314.5 yards per contest. Those numbers jumped up to 27.4 points and 378.3 yards per game after their Week 9 bye. Turnovers were also down substantially from 2.3 per game in the season’s first half to 1.6 per contest in Weeks 10-17.Sando believes that improvement was not an anomaly.“I kind of trust Bruce Arians to have the offense going,” he said. “They’re going to miss Daryl Washington. The defense may not be quite as good, certainly at that position, but that’s not the whole team, either and that’s not the whole part of their plan. “The offense, to me, has to take the next step, and it started to last year.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Qataris refuse to be bowed by blockade

first_imgBy Evie AndreouThe blockade imposed on Qatar by its neighbouring countries and Egypt has not affected its relations with Cyprus which continue to develop, the country’s ambassador to Nicosia, Sultan Al-Mahmoud has told the Sunday Mail in an interview.Almost three months after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates decided to cut off diplomatic and consular relations and close all land, sea and air ports with Qatar, the small peninsular Gulf country, has been able to recover swiftly by seeking alternative markets to import goods and avoid shortages, he said.These measures include importing some 4,000 cows to help meet milk demand and arranging to import foodstuff from Turkey and Iran.“You may have followed the speech delivered by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and his assertion that the Qataris have been subjected to an unprecedented blockade in international relations. However, life has been going on in Qatar since the beginning of the blockade,” the ambassador said. “The daily lives of Qataris and residents have not been affected, although the blockade was a surprise and in violation of international humanitarian law and all the customs of the region and of humanity as a whole.Sultan Al-Mahmoud“The Qatari government has been able to provide all the needs of life quickly and without scarcity of goods or affecting services so that some of the parties from the four countries were very disappointed,” the ambassador said.But the social impact of the blockade has been truly regrettable, the ambassador said, as family relations have been cut and mixed families prevented from communicating with their relatives. The blockade is “punishing our citizens in a way that did not observe the traditions of the Gulf people and their noble morals”.The blockade has also directly affected the lives of a large number of Qatari nationals, as violations of the rights to freedom of movement, residence and private property have been recorded in the blockading countries, the ambassador said. Thousands of Qataris who own buildings, companies and businesses in these countries have been forced to leave within 14 days.A total of 6,474 violations of the right to family reunification were recorded involving Qatari men married to Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini wives and Qatari women married to men from these three countries.The blockade has also affected the education sector, where a large number of Qatari students had to leave the blockading countries and were not allowed to complete their final exams.But crucially, according to ambassador Al-Mahmoud, the blockade has not affected Qatar’s economy. “As you know, our economy is based on a solid base of $340 billion in cash reserves […]. With this balance and monetary reserves, Qatar can face all the challenges and emerge stronger and more dignified among the developed nations,” he said.He said that Qatar will continue to implement its ambitious plans at all levels, including in the aviation sector and business transactions. “Qatar Airways is reaching all destinations and will add 24 new destinations this year, our trading is continuously growing, and you can ask our business partners about it,” he said.On July 12, Qatar signed an agreement with the US to combat the funding of terrorism but Egypt, Bahrain, UAE and Saudi Arabia, said this was not enough and claimed that Qatar is a sponsor of terrorism, a claim Qatar vehemently denies.“The State of Qatar does not finance terrorism and fights it in all its forms and prevents its funding, and does so with full conviction and continuously develops all its means, including bilateral and international laws and agreements. This has been witnessed by many international actors in this regard,” the ambassador said.“Qatar became the first country to sign an agreement with the United States to combat the financing of terrorism, which the US State Department considered a good example for other countries, before expressing its hope that other countries would attach importance to that issue,” he said.FILE PHOTO: The Al Jazeera Media Network logo is seen on its headquarters building in Doha, Qatar June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon/File PhotoThe ambassador also said that the blockading states ought to “sign such a memorandum, rather than take their negative position and describe the memorandum as insufficient”.Since the beginning of the crisis, the ambassador said, Qatar has been calling on the blockading countries to sit down and discuss the reasons that prompted them to take these measures, instead of launching unsubstantiated accusations.“These states have so far failed to respond to calls for dialogue and have not provided evidence to substantiate their allegations.”Shutting down Qatar’s Al-Jazeera media network was one of 13 demands, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt made to lift the blockade. Qatar immediately rejected it.Al-Jazeera TV, the ambassador said, broadcasts different opinions, and the demand to shut it down reflects these countries’ inability to tolerate freedom of opinion and expression. 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