Early Years Health RoundUp at Totem Mall

first_img Dental Checks Hearing Information Vision Information Early Literacy Activities Infant Development Information Resource and Community Information Development Questionaire Childcare InformationThe goal of the event is to help provide;-Increase universal screening options for 0-5-year-olds-Connect parents with existing community resources-Raise awareness about the importance of the early yearsThis FREE event will have face painting, prizes galore and answers to your questions.For more information check out fsj.familyfriendlycommunity.ca or call 250.785.5701To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Early Years Health Round-Up is on Wednesday, March 13th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Totem Mall for the free event for children aged 0-5 years.The Family Friendly Coalition, Children First and Success by 6 are coming together to help parents connect directly with local community experts. With interactive booths set up, parents can learn about their children’s development progress.Things parents will be able to learn about include;last_img read more

Ramadan Around the World Longest and Shortest Fasting Hours

By Rania TaziRabat – Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, consists of fasting from dawn to sunset. For any healthy Muslim who is not pregnant or travelling, observing the month of Ramadan is mandatory. The holy month of fasting, prayer and spiritual purification is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.The duration of the daily fast depends on the amount of hours between sunrise and sunset, which is affected by which season Ramadan falls on. During summer months, those observing the month of Ramadan have to fast longer hours due to the longer days, which vary in length depending on the country they live in. In addition to the longer summer days, Muslims living in arid desert climates experience blazing temperatures. EuropeThis year, Nordic countries will have the longest fasting days;  Denmark will have 21 hours of fasting, and Sweden, Iceland and Norway  20 hours of fasting.Muslims in the Netherlands and Belgium will fast for 18 hours, while those observing Ramadan in Spain and Germany will fast for 16 hours..Middle East and North AfricaThe Middle East and North Africa region will experience fasting hours slightly shorter than those in Europe. Fasting will occur for 14 hours in Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Sudan and for 15 hours in the U.A.E and Saudi ArabiaAsia and AustraliaIn Asia, most Muslims will fast for 14-16 hours. Pakistan and Bangladesh will fast for 15 hours, while India will fast for 14.Australia’s period of fasting is only shorter side, lasting 11 hours.North/South America Muslims in the United States and Canada will fast for 16 to 19 hours, depending on the exact location. Muslims in Brazil will fast for 11 hours, and those in  Argentina will fast for nine hours and thirty minutes, the shortest fasting time this Ramadan. read more

Newly released documents detail EPAs concerns over PolyMet

MINNEAPOLIS — Environmental Protection Agency documents show that its staffers were critical of how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. And they show the officials concluded the permit would violate federal law because it lacked specific water pollution limits.The EPA released the documents after a court challenge by WaterLegacy and other groups.WaterLegacy attorney Paula Maccabee says that while the EPA had serious concerns, they weren’t reflected in PolyMet’s final permit, which did not set limits for specific pollutants.EPA staffers read one document over the phone to staff at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last year but never filed formal written comments expressing concerns.The Minnesota agency said it was preparing a statement. EPA officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy cautiously optimistic on upcoming Afghan polls

14 September 2010Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary polls will be “far from” perfect, but they should be much less marred by fraud than last year’s presidential elections, the top United Nations envoy to the country said today. Due to the efforts of the Afghan authorities and the Independent Election Commission (IEC), “we feel they are going to be much better than the previous ones,” Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, told journalists today in Kabul, ahead of the 18 September polls.He said that it is “almost a miracle” that elections are going to be held so soon after last year’s presidential elections, eventually won by incumbent President Hamid Karzai, were dogged by widespread fraud.“Just the fact that these elections take place and so many candidates are exposing their own faces, their own names, and their own campaigns, and hopefully many Afghans will go and vote for them, is something that Afghanistan should be proud of,” Mr. de Mistura stressed.He cited several reasons why he believes the upcoming polls will be better than last years.For starters, Mr. de Mistura noted, it has been recognized – both inside Afghanistan, internationally – that the chair and members of the IEC are trustworthy.The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), he said, has been “renewed” with a new chair and two international members.Additionally, additional security arrangements have been made to ensure the integrity of elections materials – such as ballots, tamper-proof bags and ink – the envoy pointed out.Addressing the same press conference, Fazal Ahmad Manawi, chair of the IEC, told journalists that the ink to be used in upcoming elections is 25 per cent silver nitrate, the compound that stains the skin, compared to between 10 and 18 per cent in ink used for elections around the world.“If our polling staff applies [it] properly, no one will be able to vote more than once,” he said.Mr. de Mistura today also said that 6,000 staff from previous polls have been removed, with field officers having been reshuffled to ensure that “there are no excessive loyalties.” Nearly 300,000 party agents and other observers will be taking part in the polls, further preventing the possibility of large-scale fraud.He refuted media claims that fake voting cards were the largest source of fraud in the previous election. Rather, he said, it was the fact that polling centre locations were not revealed until two days before the elections that was the main reason for irregularities.To avoid a similar situation, the polling centre list was distributed on 18 August – one month before the parliamentary polls.All of these actions, the official said, will help Afghans “do what they feel they have the right to do: vote in order to push for democracy.” read more

Caterpillar boosts 2012 outlook after 2Q profit surges 67 pct on equipment

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Funk, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2012 11:50 am MDT Caterpillar’s second-quarter profit soared 67 per cent because of growing demand for its construction and mining equipment, and the company boosted its outlook for the year.Shares jumped more than 4 per cent before giving up some ground to trade at US$83.01 in morning trading — a gain of $1.58 or about 2 per cent.Caterpillar is the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, and its results are watched closely because they are considered an indicator of industrial activity and the health of the overall economy. CEO Doug Oberhelman said Caterpillar is prepared to cut costs if the economy does weaken significantly, but he remains cautiously optimistic, despite widespread fears of a slowing global economy.“The good news is, this doesn’t feel like 2008. Interest rates are low, central banks are prepared to inject more liquidity if needed, and housing is coming off lows, not a peak, and seems to be improving,” Oberhelman said Wednesday.Most countries are already taking the actions needed to stimulate economic growth in the future, Oberhelman said. For example, the monetary moves China is making will likely help economic growth there later this year and next year.The Peoria, Illinois, company reported $1.7 billion in net income, or $2.54 per share, from April through June. That’s up from $1.02 billion, or $1.52 per share, a year ago. Revenue increased 22 per cent to $17.37 billion from last year’s $14.23 billion.Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Caterpillar to report earnings per share of $2.28 on $17 billion in revenue.Caterpillar now expects earnings per share of $9.60 in 2012. That’s up from a prediction in April of $9.50 and tops analysts’ expectation of $9.54.But the company tightened its revenue forecast for the year to between $68 billion and $70 billion from a previous prediction of between $68 billion and $72 billion. Analysts expect $69.44 billion.Credit Suisse analyst Jamie Cook said Caterpillar delivered a phenomenal quarter. She is looking for more from executives as to what they expect for the rest of the year.Caterpillar’s higher quarterly sales volume and prices provided a $2 billion boost, with sales rising in every region worldwide. Last year’s acquisitions of mining equipment maker Bucyrus International and engine maker MWM Holding GmbH also provided a $1.37 billion boost to sales during the quarter.The biggest sales improvement came in North America, where sales grew 31 per cent as construction firms upgraded their aging fleets even though construction activity remained slow. Sales in Asia grew 25 per cent because increases in Australia and other countries offset a decline in China.Caterpillar said controlling costs also helped boost profits in the quarter. The company’s costs increased about 17 per cent to $14.8 billion while revenue grew 22 per cent.Through the first half of 2012, Caterpillar Inc. reported $3.3 billion net income, or $4.90 per share, on revenue of $33.4 billion. That’s 47 per cent higher than last year’s $2.2 billion net income, or $3.36 per share, on $27.2 billion revenue. Caterpillar boosts 2012 outlook after 2Q profit surges 67 pct on equipment demand, shares rise read more

Donna Karan will step down from daily responsibilities as chief designer of

FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, designer Donna Karan makes an appearance on the runway at the conclusion of the presentation of the Donna Karan New York Fall 2015 collection in New York. Karan will step down from daily duties as chief designer of her namesake company to devote more time to her foundation. She’ll remain a close advisor, according to a company statement released Tuesday, June 30. Karan, 66, co-founded the company with her late husband, Stephen Weiss, and Takiyho Inc. in 1984. It went public in 1996 and in 2001, LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton invested and helped grow it into Donna Karan International. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Donna Karan will step down from daily duties as chief designer at her namesake company, Donna Karan International, to devote more time to her philanthropic foundation.She’ll remain a close adviser, according to a company statement released Tuesday.Karan, 66, co-founded the company in 1984. It went public in 1996. And in 2001, LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton invested and helped grow it globally. It now sells apparel, sportswear, accessories and shoes under the Donna Karan New York and DKNY brands.The company said it will not immediately seek to replace Karan as designer, suspending runway shows and collections for a “period of time.”Karan, known for helping women streamline their look through basic pieces, expressed gratitude and “my deepest feelings” to colleagues.“Donna Karan New York is a part of me, past, present and future,” she said in the statement. “It has been an honour to speak woman to woman about seven easy pieces that forever changed the way women dress.”Reaction was swift as insiders lauded Karan as a visionary, with the Council of Fashion Designers of America tweeting: “The end of an era! Donna Karan departs DKI.”Karan said she made the decision after much “soul-searching,” adding: “I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential.”She was referring to Urban Zen Company and Foundation, a philanthropy that works around the world on health care and education. Urban Zen sells luxury goods in partnership with artisans, with proceeds benefiting projects.Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group, called it a privilege to collaborate with Karan and said LVMH was committed to “staying true to the spirit and value Donna has championed” for more than three decades.Early on, Karan’s seven easy pieces provided a modern system for women with the goal of simplifying their wardrobes without sacrificing elegance or sensuality. With a younger, urban customer in mind, she added DKNY five years after starting the company.Among numerous accolades, the CFDA has honoured her with its lifetime achievement award. Former President Bill Clinton presented her the Clinton Global Citizen Award. Donna Karan will step down from daily responsibilities as chief designer of her company by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 5:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 8:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In special address Chiles President spotlights efficacy of UN Human Rights Council

“I raise my voice in support of the efficacy of the United Nations and the Human Rights Council,” said Michelle Bachelet, stressing the need for the UN to increase a regular budget allocation to the human rights agenda from the current three per cent. “In my opinion, it is important to preserve the essence of the Council and to prevent it from being used for alternative purposes by any one State. We are all responsible for ensuring that the international system works as it is supposed to,” she said. “One fundamental element is the principle of adherence to international law, which includes respect for treaties and preventing the misuse of mechanisms or institutions designed to resolve differences,” she added. Chile has resisted dictatorship and has taken charge of the burdensome legacy of brutal human rights violations, she said. Among other things, Chile has made a commitment to head an initiative against torture to prevent this crime from occurring and promote ratification of international instruments related to the issue, said Ms. Bachelet. VIDEO: Human rights: the pillar that sustains core purpose of the UN says President of Chile. Credit: UN News After having received numerous recommendations, Chile in November 2016 modified the Penal Code that defined the crime of torture according to three categories: physical, psychological and sexual violence. The Government is also working on efforts to present a bill that would create a national preventative mechanism against torture within the national human rights institution. In his video message, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said that Chile has long been a strong human rights advocate at the international stage. Chile has made great strides since the end of the dictatorship, but too many families still do not know the truth about what happened to their loved ones. The right to truth for victims of gross human rights violations is inalienable. Any potential measure of pardon or early release for perpetrators must be carefully considered in light of human rights law, he said. read more

Touchscreen keylogger created using accelerometer movement during typing

first_imgSoftware security vendors are in a never-ending cat and mouse game trying to stay one step ahead of the hackers with the protection they offer. For mobile platforms, security is still a relatively new idea in terms of using a software suite to protect your data, but there’s already new challenges appearing that may warrant their use. Not only does security on a mobile device have to take into account the software and OS being used, but the hardware features included with smartphones and tablets may also present a threat.Hao Chen, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, has discovered that the accelerometer and gyroscope that now come as standard on many phones and tablets is a security weak point. Why? Because the movement of a device while typing on a touchscreen can be translated into which keys are being pressed with a high degree of accuracy. In other words, the accelerometer and gyroscope can be taken advantage of as a form of keylogger.Chen’s initial experiments created a keylogger called TouchLogger that used a HTC Evo 4G running Android and a numbers-only touchscreen keyboard layout. He discovered that the shift (striking force of finger tap and supporting hand resistance) and rotation (landing location of finger and supporting hand location) of a device can be tracked by logging the movement of the smartphone in the x and y-axis. In total, 449 keystrokes were logged of which 321 were guessed correctly. Although not perfect, that’s still 71.5% accuracy on a first test. That is sure to improve with more development time.The experiment has pointed to a lack of security on mobile devices that have either or both an accelerometer and gyroscope. In fact, the W3C supports access to such movement information using the DeviceOrientation Event Specification in JavaScript on both Android and iOS platforms.Chen’s future work will involve using a full keyboard layout on smartphones rather than just numbers, as well as also trying the system on tablets. For now, it’s clear that some form of secure access to accelerometer and gyroscope data needs to be considered on all platforms to ensure mobile keyloggers cannot be uploaded to an unprotected mobile device.You can watch Chen’s talk about the TouchLogger experiment below. It was presented during the HotSec ’11 conference held in San Francisco last month:via The H Securitylast_img read more

Android 30 arrive en octobre et menace liPhone

first_imgAndroid 3.0 arrive en octobre et menace l’iPhoneÉtats-Unis – Android 3.0 sera commercialisé dans deux mois et peut faire trembler Apple. Les “Googlephones” sont plus présents sur les marchés américains que les iPhone ou les Blackberry.Android 3.0, surnommé “Gingerbread” sera commercialisé en octobre et, avec lui, arrivent de nouvelles fonctions. Google en profiterait pour lancer son application Music, un concurrent féroce pour iTunes. Pour en bénéficier, il faut que les smartphones soient dotés au minimum d’un processeur de 1 GHz, de 512 Mo de RAM et d’un affichage 3,5 pouces. Les “Googlephones” ont le vent en poupe sur le marché américain, puisque 200.000 terminaux tournant sous Android seraient vendus chaque jour dans le monde. A ce rythme là, en 2012, ils seront plus répandus que les iPhones d’Apple.Le 11 août 2010 à 12:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Under I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi

first_imgAS Roma’s Cengiz Under has spoken of the sensation he felt playing against his childhood hero Lionel Messi, after their shock win against BarcelonaThe Giallorossi produced one of the biggest and surprising comebacks in the history of the Champions League on Tuesday night, where they overcame a 4-1 deficit from the first leg to defeat Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and progress to their first semi-final appearance since the 1983/84 season.Under was on the bench for the decisive encounter, but came on for Patrick Schick in the 73rd minute and played a critical role by assisting Kostas Manoles nine minutes later for the decisive goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.In an interview with Sporx, the Turkey international was still getting over the sensation of having played against Messi and revealed his delight with the win.“I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi,” said Under, according to Football-Italia.“That’s how it was since I was 10. Playing on the pitch with him was indescribable, and obviously I’m delighted with this win.”last_img read more

SDSU reopens negotiations with city over Qualcomm Stadium site

first_img Posted: July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom SDSU reopens negotiations with city over Qualcomm Stadium site Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 26, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University officials have reopened discussions with the mayor’s office and members of the City Council over the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.The talks have been in person and over the phone with mayoral staff, but Mayor Kevin Faulconer has not been directly involved, Gina Jacobs of SDSU told City News Service. School officials also sent a letter to the mayor’s office and council members.The mayor’s office confirmed that conversations took place last week. “We stand ready and willing to lead in this effort in partnership with the city of San Diego in order to best address SDSU’s needs and the city’s objectives,” Jacobs told council members. “We recently have been in preliminary conversations with the mayor’s office, and we look forward to working with him as we do all of you.”Her comments came as the City Council voted to refer the issue of future use of the stadium property to its Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, for discussion within the next four months. A plan to declare the site to be surplus property fizzled following advice from the City Attorney’s Office. The stadium property became available when the Chargers left for Los Angeles. City leaders hope to shutter the aging, money-losing facility after the 2018 college football season. Talks between SDSU and the city come with a backdrop of the stalled SoccerCity proposal for the land. Developers led by FS Investors of La Jolla want to tear down the stadium and replace it with a hybrid facility for professional soccer and college football, along with parkland, housing, offices and shops.FS Investors qualified an initiative in support of the project but a vote isn’t likely until November of next year, after the City Council recently rejected a proposed special election for this fall.Meanwhile, SDSU officials have eyed the land for years for campus expansion, and now need somewhere for the Aztecs football team to play in the future. The school and developers failed to reach agreement on how to share the property.The five-page letter from SDSU Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Tom McCarron, delivered earlier today, comments on various legal issues and reiterates SDSU’s vision for campus expansion.The document calls for many of the elements in the FS Investors’ plan, such as parkland, housing, office space and retail development. It includes a 35,000-40,000-seat multi-use stadium, and office space that will be initially open to private interests but eventually taken over by the university. Housing would be for graduate students, faculty and staff, and the general public. “It’s a rare opportunity for SDSU and one that will not come again,” Jacobs said. “The Mission Valley site is the only proximate piece of land capable of  solving SDSU’s long-term expansion needs.”Jacobs said a more detailed plan will be unveiled in the coming months. Faulconer’s press secretary, Craig Gustafson, told City News Service that Chief of Staff Aimee Faucett has been meeting with various stakeholders on several issues in her first days on the job. “She met with SDSU officials last week and the future of the stadium site was one of the topics discussed,” Gustafson said. “Finding a solution for SDSU’s future needs remains an important part of any discussion related to the stadium site.”Faulconer has endorsed the FS Investors project and has held previous meetings with SDSU executives about campus expansion.  KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Essence Fest 7 Female RB Acts You Need To Know

first_imgNews Essence Fest: 7 Female R&B Acts You Need To Know Twitter The annual music event introduces a slew of rising R&B starsGRAMMYs Jul 8, 2018 – 11:27 am Essence Fest is the ultimate celebration of Black women and music. And while it manifests that mission through dynamic headline shows featuring some of music’s biggest acts (Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu), it also serves as a major introduction for a slew of up and coming artists. And this year was certainly nothing different. Over the course of the three day event, we have spotted seven rising female acts whose music you need to explore right now.Ella MaiThe summer (and in part Essence Fest) belongs to Ella Mai. Her chart-topping breakout single “Boo’d Up” has induced instant sing-a-longs all week, and the recent release of a remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Quavo of The Migos, shows that the British R&B singer is not slowing down. Denisia If you’re a New Orleans native, Denisia is certainly not a new artist. She first garnered mainstream attention back in 2015 when she was featured on YaBoyBigChoo’s cover of Adele’s hit “Hello”, remixed in the locally popular bounce music style.H.E.R.The mysterious R&B singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose identity at one point didn’t go beyond a shadow and silhouette, is fully stepping into the spotlight—albeit with her face still slightly concealed by oversized sunglasses. After her soul-stirring performance at the 2018 BET Awards went viral, H.E.R. (an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed”) hit the Essence Fest Superlounge to a massive crowd.YaninaA student at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, rising songstress Yanina made her Essence Fest debut this year. Currently working on a yet-to-be-titled EP, she is making her mark thanks to her powerhouse voice, dancing ability and a striking stage presence.June’s DiaryGroups formed via reality shows typically have a shelf-life that expires at the end of a TV season. But every so often there are exceptions. Enter June’s Diary. Formed on the Kelly Rowland-executive produced BET show Chasing Destiny, this talented line-up of singers have the harmonies, moves, and style that puts them on par with the great girl groups of the past.Mykia JovanMykia Jovan is proving to be a name bubbling in the progressive soul music scene. The New Orleans native’s unique vocal quality has been compared to the likes of Erykah Badu and the late great Billie Holiday. Her debut album Elliyahu is currently available at mykiajovan.com.Victory BoydAfter one hears Victory Boyd’s voice, it becomes clear why Jay-Z signed the New Jersey-native to his Roc Nation music label after hearing her perform just two songs. Many have placed her vocally in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. However, her approach to soul and folk music is so fresh and youthful, that she is in a lane of her own.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Read morecenter_img Email Facebook 7 Female R&B Acts You Need To Know essence-fest-7-female-rb-acts-you-need-knowlast_img read more

Volkswagen will let other companies use its MEB electriccar platform

first_img • Geneva Motor Show 2019 71 Photos Volkswagen’s I.D. Buggy is the electric dune buggy of our dreams Tags Electric Cars Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better See All reading • Volkswagen will let other companies use its MEB electric-car platform Enlarge ImageVW says that MEB would be ideal for low-volume specialty vehicles. Volkswagen Volkswagen’s plan to offer a wide range of electric cars — one the company has affectionately called a rollout of “electric cars for millions, not millionaires” — is all based around its new MEB modular EV chassis. At the Geneva Motor Show, VW announced it’ll open things up and let other companies use MEB to make their own EVs, too.The decision serves two purposes for Volkswagen. First, by selling more MEB chassis kits, it can amortize the cost of developing the new battery-electric technology. Second, it furthers the automaker’s stated goal of encouraging electric mobility in the fight against emissions.”The MEB is to establish itself as the standard for e-mobility. Based on the MEB, we will make individual mobility CO2-neutral, safe, comfortable and accessible to as many people as possible,” Herbert Deiss, Volkswagen AG CEO, said in a statement.The first such partner is Aachen, Germany-based e.Go Mobile, which will use MEB to make a new electric car. Neither company has said what the vehicle will be, but Volkswagen says that MEB is flexible enough that it can be used for small-volume, unconventional vehicles. Perhaps the best example of that is the I.D. Buggy concept shown at Geneva: Like the original Meyers Manx, VW hints the I.D. Buggy’s body could easily be separated from its mechanical chassis. Best of all, VW may even build an electric buggy inspired by the concept.Volkswagen says it expects a “first wave” of 15 million vehicles to be built on the MEB platform. That’ll include the I.D. family models under the VW brand as well as potential models from other brands, like Seat, Skoda and Audi. Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8scenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Volkswagen Share your voice More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019 Volkswagen 0 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Post a comment Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refreshlast_img read more

Study unveils detailed properties of the eclipsing binary KOI3890

first_img Citation: Study unveils detailed properties of the eclipsing binary KOI-3890 (2019, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-unveils-properties-eclipsing-binary-koi-.html © 2019 Science X Network Eclipsing binaries with red giants exhibiting solar-like oscillations are a rare find. When searching for new systems of this type, astronomers are especially interested in finding ones that showcase ellipsoidal variations in their light curve caused by large tidal distortions of the surface of the star during periastron. Due to these variations, such binaries were dubbed the “heartbeat” systems. Heartbeat systems with solar-like oscillations can be characterized in great detail using radial velocity data and by conducting astroseismologic studies. For instance, astroseismology enables determining the obliquity (the angle between the stellar rotation axis and the angle normal to the orbital plane) of these systems and stellar parameters of their oscillating red-giant primary components.KOI-3890 (aka KIC 8564976 and 2MASS J19350531+4438185) has been initially classified as a potential planet-hosting star. However, follow-up observations show that it is a heartbeat system—in particular, a highly eccentric 153-day-period eclipsing binary consisting of a red giant showing solar-like oscillations and an M-dwarf companion. A team of astronomers led by James Kuszlewicz of Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany decided to conduct a comprehensive study of KOI-3890 using various methods to reveal detailed properties of the system.”In this work, we aim to derive the properties of the components of an eclipsing binary system through the use of asteroseismology, eclipse fitting and radial velocity analysis. In addition, we aim to constrain the geometry of the system by inferring the inclination angle of the red giant primary to then obtain the obliquity of the system, which gives information as to whether the system is aligned,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The study found that red giant KOI-3890 A is almost six times larger than the sun (5.8 solar radii), but its mass is comparable to that of the sun (1.04 solar masses). The M-dwarf, named KOI-3890 B, was found to be approximately four times smaller and less massive than our sun (0.26 solar radii and 0.23 solar masses).Astroseismic studies of KOI-3890 allowed the team to calculate the system’s age. They found that the binary is about 9.1 billion years old. Moreover, astroseismic analysis revealed that the inclination angle of the rotation axis of KOI-3890 A is approximately 87.6 degrees. When it comes to the obliquity of the system, it was estimated to be at a level of approximately 4.2 degrees, which means that the plane of the orbit of KOI-3890 B is perpendicular to the stellar rotation axis of the primary star.In addition, the astronomers estimated that the orbital eccentricity of KOI-3890 is about 0.61 and that the stars are separated from each other by around 0.19 AU. They also drew some conclusions regarding further evolution of the system.”As the primary continues to evolve the M-dwarf may become embedded in the expanding envelope, leading to mass transfer between the stars in a common envelope phase. Additionally the strong drag forces on the secondary in such a configuration may lead to the ejection of the common envelope, and a significant decrease in the orbital period,” the researchers concluded. Astronomers discover an M-dwarf eclipsing binary system Explore further The power spectrum of KOI-3890 is shown in black alongside the fit to the background (excluding the Gaussian component describing the power excess) in red. Credit: Kuszlewicz et al., 2019. 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: James S. Kuszlewicz. KOI-3890: A high mass-ratio asteroseismic red-giant+M-dwarf eclipsing binary undergoing heartbeat tidal interactions. arXiv:1905.00040 [astro-ph.SR]. arxiv.org/abs/1905.00040 By combining transit photometry, radial velocity observations, and asteroseismology, astronomers have gathered important information about the properties of a highly eccentric, eclipsing binary system known as KOI-3890. The new findings are presented in a paper published April 30 on arXiv.org.last_img read more

Niyogi Books make World Hindi day special

first_imgOn January 9, the day preceding the World Hindi Day (January 10), Niyogi Books launched its latest imprint ‘Bahuvachan’, dedicated to the Hindi titles. Through this new imprint, the attempt was to celebrate the state language Hindi – which is not only one among the most spoken languages in India, but also a global language today.Bahuvachan endeavours to further consolidate the publishing house’s ethos of bringing fine publishing within reach. The first 12 books, which have been brought out in this imprint are illustrated titles of international standard, with which its intended to take Hindi books to the global market. The shorlisted books which range across diverse subjects, including biographies, travel, food, and culture include ‘Antarctica: Bharat ki Himani Mahadwip ke liye Yatra’, ‘Apne Bachchon ko Kaise Khilayen? (Aur Iska Luft Lein)’, ‘Avadh ke Zaike: Shahi Dawat se Ghar ki Rasoi Tak ka Safar’, ‘Bhartiya Shastriya Nritya’, ‘Bismillah Khan: Banaras ke Ustad’, ‘Dagar va Dhrupad: Divya Virasat’, to name a few. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn launching the imprints, Dr Karan Singh, Indian politician, philanthropist, poet, and a member of the Rajya Sabha, said: “I love all languages. My mother tongue Dogri, my national language Hindi, and my official language English. I would request you all to not disapprove of any language, but rather be supportive of all. A good book is the lifeblood of civilization.” He also expressed his regrets on the gradual disappearance of the reading culture amongst children and youngsters, who are so engrossed in gadgets today that they have lost their learning skills. Bikash De Niyogi, MD, Niyogi Books stated, “With this initiative, we aim to take the language to greater heights.” The publication house started 2018 with launching three new imprints to pigeonhole their diverse subjects and genres of publication in Jnauary itself. And, coming towards August, they launched the first signature bookstore in Kolkata.last_img read more

Nim 019 a statically typed and compiled language is out with Nimble

first_imgEarlier this week, the Nim team announced the release of Nim 0.19 with many language changes, async improvements, and support for the latest Nimble 0.9.0. Nim is a systems and applications programming language, which aims for better performance, portability, and expressiveness. It is a statically typed and compiled language which comes with unparalleled performance in an elegant package. Its common features include: High-performance garbage-collection Compiles to C, C++ or JavaScript Runs on Windows, macOS, Linux What’s new in Nim 0.19? Language changes and additions The nil state for strings/seqs is no more supported and their default value is changed to “” / @[]. In the transition period you can use –nilseqs:on. It is now invalid to access the binary zero terminator in Nim’s native strings, but internally it can still have the trailing zero to support zero-copy interoperability with cstring. In the transition period you can compile your code using the new –laxStrings:on switch. Instead of being an all-or-nothing switch, experimental is now a pragma and a command line switch that can allow specific language extensions. You can make dot calls combined with explicit generic instantiations using the syntax x.y[:z], which is converted as y[z](x) by the parser. You can use func as an alias for proc {.noSideEffect.}. Nim now supports for-loop macros to make for loops and iterators more flexible to use. This feature enables a Python-like generic enumerate implementation. In order to implement pattern matching for certain types, case statements can be rewritten via macros. Keyword arguments after the comma are supported in the command syntax. Declaration of thread-local variables inside procs is now supported. This implies all the effects of the global pragma. Nim supports the except clause in the export statement. Async improvements Nim’s async macro now works completely with exception handling. The use of await in a try statement is also supported. Supports Nimble 0.9.0 This release comes with Nimble 0.9.0, which was released recently in August. This version contains a large number of fixes spread across 57 commits. One breaking change that you need to keep in mind is that any package that specifies a bin value in its .nimble file will no longer install any Nim source code files. Breaking changes The deprecated symbols in the standard library such as system.expr or the old type aliases starting with a T or P prefix have been removed. SystemError is now renamed to CatchableError and is the new base class for any exception that is guaranteed to be catchable. Read the full announcement on Nim’s official website. Read Next Rust as a Game Programming Language: Is it any good? Java 11 is here with TLS 1.3, Unicode 11, and more updates The 5 most popular programming languages in 2018last_img read more

Police release Zimbabwe pole dancers

first_imgPolice detained the women after complaints that their routines exceeded the country’s deeply conservative attitudes towards public obscenity.The promoter says the dancers do not strip naked and that police found no case against them. He says weekend shows will be held for the dancers’ night club audiences.The dancers say they introduced “gymnastic-style, exotic” pole dancing in Zimbabwe for the first time two years ago.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – A Zimbabwe entertainment promoter says police have released two popular dancers without charge after questioning them under the nation’s strict indecency laws.Happers Mapimhidze said Friday the women, both in their 20s and known for routines that triggered a pole dancing craze across Zimbabwe, held performance licenses and their scant costumes were approved by the state Board of Censors. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams 26

first_imgArizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams (26) breaks up a pass intense for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) TEMPE, Ariz. — The flip side to Marcus Cooper’s rise in last Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the fall of Brandon Williams.At least, that’s how some perceived it to be.After playing every one of the defensive snaps in the season opener against New England, Williams was in for just 34 percent of the plays against Tampa Bay.In the days following the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians made sure to say that they thought the rookie out of Texas A&M played well, but with what Cooper was doing, it made no sense to take him out. It’s difficult to imagine Cooper not being the guy, though until it is, Williams still has a chance. And whether he starts or not, the third-round pick sees his current situation as the perfect one for him.“That way I can see how the game is supposed to be played from those guys, because all those guys can play,” he said. “When I get my opportunity I can mimic the older guys and kind of elevate my game, because I’m seeing how it’s done, and it’s being done right.”Injury updateThe official injury report can be seen here, and since Arians was not available to the media Thursday, there is not much else to go off of. The only change from Wednesday is that Jared Veldheer and Larry Fitzgerald each got in a full practice (they were limited Wednesday).Bettcher doesn’t pass the buckMuch has been made of Arians taking responsibility for the team’s Week 1 loss to the Patriots, as he told Sirius XM Radio that he got too involved in the defensive gameplan and called for a lot more zone than the team would normally play.That would seem to vindicate Bettcher, who had come under fire a bit after his team struggled against a patchwork offense, but on Thursday, the defensive coordinator had little interest in giving away some of the blame. “But I don’t think it would change their gameplan significantly. Those guys still want to take their shots with 88 (Marquise Goodwin), try to get the ball to 14 (Watkins) — he’s more of the deep, over guy, stop, comebacks-type of guy. But I don’t think it’s going to change, dramatically, their gameplan at all.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Williams said he thought he played fine against the Bucs and is progressing at a good pace, though when asked what part about being an NFL cornerback has been the biggest surprise, he could not pinpoint any single thing.“Technique-wise, adjustments — just everything about the position, period,” he said.Williams, of course, has been playing cornerback for a little more than one year. The idea that he has plenty to learn is not foreign, nor is it all that outlandish. While confident in his abilities, Williams seems to understand that there is plenty he does not yet know, and it’s why he had no problem ceding snaps to Cooper on Sunday.While the newfound depth and competition may rub some players the wrong way, Williams sees it as a positive.“It helps me out a lot because all those guys have been in the league for four-plus years, so it helps me out a lot because I get to learn from all of them, that’s what I like about it,” he said.Both Arians and defensive coordinator James Bettcher have said that while Cooper stepped up last week, Williams could still start for the team against the Bills. The competition is ongoing, Bettcher said Thursday, and whoever plays the best in practice and shows they know the job and responsibilities that are involved in starting will get the nod. Comments   Share   “The first thing is we needed to tackle better in that game; we did not tackle well, we did not leverage well. Our communication wasn’t good enough,” he said. “I stood in front of you guys (the media) and I’ll say it again: That starts with us on the defensive side of the ball, coaches and players, and we have to get that done.“I love Coach’s (Arians’) input. He is one of the smartest men I’ve ever worked around. Not only is he the best head coach in the National Football League, he is a smart, smart football coach and I’m fortunate to work for him and we’re fortunate to be here working for him.”Bettcher went on to say the defense needs to tackle well, leverage the ball and get their eyes right. That is the same for all defenses, he said, and added it has to happen every week.“It starts with us as coaches. Me, as a coordinator, I’ve got to make sure those things are emphasized and those things get done from a week-to-week basis, from a day-to-day basis,” he said. “But you know what? I think our guys are getting better. We’re improving on defense. We still have things that we need to improve, and we’re going to keep grinding and working, and the great thing about it is we’ve got the right character in the room, defensively, from the coaches and players standpoint, to get done what we need to get done.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Struggling Sammy?Last week, Patrick Peterson was readying to face a star in receiver Mike Evans. The same could be said for this week, too, except for the fact that Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins is struggling with a foot injury that has kept him out of practice.Watkins caught 60 passes for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns last season, and if healthy, is a dynamic offensive threat for Peterson to match up with.“Yeah I saw that,” Peterson said of Watkins being hurt.Peterson said if Watkins does not play it will throw a wrinkle in the gameplan, but they’ll have to see what happens come Sunday morning.“I don’t play close attention to the injury reports,” he said. “I just want to go out there and make sure that I prepare myself the best way possible to make sure I’m in the best position possible.”If Watkins plays, the question will be at what level. 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Motorcyclist in serious condition after accident

first_imgA 19-year-old man is in serious condition at the Nicosia general hospital with neck injuries after the motorcycle he was riding overturned on Friday afternoon in Protaras.The accident took place at around 3pm when the 19-year-old lost control of the motorcycle causing it to overturn.No helmet was located in the scene of the accident, police said.He was initially taken to the Famagusta general hospital and was later transferred to the Nicosia hospital.His condition is deemed as serious.You May LikeScreenKleanScreenKlean | Get Crystal Clear Screens & Fight BacteriaScreenKleanUndoNutrition Expert11 Foods to Get Rid of Joint Pain NaturallyNutrition ExpertUndoiDailyinfosThe Most 13 Best Affordable Cars for College StudentsiDailyinfosUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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