The stand-off between television artistes and a section of producers of Bengali serials was resolved on Thursday following the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Chief Minister appointed a “Conciliation Committee”, headed by veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, to look into the matter.Owing to disputes relating to regularisation of artistes’ payments and working hours of technicians, the shooting of a number of Bengali TV serials was stalled since August 18. After holding a meeting with different stakeholders at the State Secretariat during the day, Ms. Banerjee announced that shooting of television serials will resume from Saturday morning.“I thank all the members of the industry, especially the Chief Minister, for a peaceful resolution and helping us in forming this committee for our future endeavours,” Mr. Chatterjee said, expressing satisfaction at the outcome of the meeting. Mr. Chatterjee was once closely associated with the CPI(M).Ms. Banerjee said the television industry not only employs a lot of people but also has a lot of potential. “As someone from the audience I want the shooting to start. These days many women and men watch these serials. The viewership of these television serials is more than news channels,” she said.According to the Chief Minister, the issues in the industry are like a’ “minor illness” that can be sorted out by discussions. Ms Banerjee said that Joint Conciliation Committee will have members comprising artistes, writers, producers, technicians who will hold a meeting every month.
An Indian-origin techie was jailed for nine years on charges of a “brazen sexual assault” against a fellow female passenger inside a commercial airplane early this year.Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 35, who came to the U.S. on an H-1B visa in 2015 and originally from Tamil Nadu, will be deported after he serves his sentence, a federal court in Detroit said after sentencing him.Judge Terrence Berge hoped it would be grave enough to deter others from committing similar crimes. Federal prosecutors had sought 11 years of imprisonment for Ramamoorthy, PTI reported.“Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on airplanes. We will not tolerate the behavior of anyone, who takes advantage of victims who are in a vulnerable position. We appreciate the victim in this case for her courage to speak out,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said after the sentencing.Ramamoorthy was convicted in August after a five-day trial that was conducted before U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg. The jury deliberated approximately three-and-a-half hours before returning the guilty verdict, the Indian news agency reported.According to the evidence presented during the trial, on Jan. 3, Ramamoorthy had engaged in a sexual act with a female, while she was sleeping on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit. Ramamoorthy was seated along with his wife when he sexually assaulted his co-passenger, PTI reported.During the trial, the government admitted evidence demonstrating that Ramamoorthy had digitally penetrated the woman sleeping next to him during the overnight flight. The sexual assault woke her up, she found her pants unbuttoned and unzipped, and sought help from the flight attendants, PTI wrote.The sentence was proof that the safety and security of all aircraft passengers was a priority for the FBI, Timothy R Slater, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the FBI said.In recent years, several Indian nationals have been arrested or charged with sexual assaults inside a plane. The FBI says airplane sexual assault is a serious offense that is on the rise. FBI statistics indicate that investigations of mid-air sexual assaults increased by 66 percent from 2014 to 2017, PTI reported quoting data.That was in part due to increasingly “cramped, confined spaces; alcohol and drugs; fewer flight attendants; and dark cabins on night flights” – factors that “likely embolden offenders” – the FBI said in a recent report.During his trial, Ramamoorthy presented himself to the court as a confused man stranded in America without English language skills despite his sophisticated technological job, federal prosecutors alleged. “His lack of empathy and remorse should not go unnoticed by this court,” they argued, seeking nearly 11 years of imprisonment for him. Related Items
The 36-year-old striker made more than 100 appearances for the Ivorians and played in three World CupsDidier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football after 12 years playing for the Ivory Coast.The 36-year-old striker made more than 100 appearances for the Ivorians and played in three World Cups, most recently in Brazil this summer. He also played in two editions of the African Cup of Nations.Drogba says he is “proud … to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football.”The two-time African Footballer of the Year returned to Chelsea for a second spell at the London club this summer.
New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was today appointed as Lt Governor of Puducherry, a post which was under the additional charge of Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island for nearly two years.A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said “the President has been pleased to appoint Ms Kiran Bedi, to be the Lt. Governor of Puducherry with effect from the date she assumes charges of her office.” “I look forward to giving every bit of myself to the responsibility. I am there for the benefit of the country. I am here to give my best every day, each day. I am grateful for the governments decision. They trusted me,” said 66-year-old Bedi, who is the countrys first woman IPS officer and who had led the BJP campaign for the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls without any success, The appointment came three days after the Congress-DMK alliance won 17 seats in the 30-member state Assembly. AIADMK, which contested the elections on its own, won four seats while BJP could not get even a single seat.The LG post in the Union territory had been lying vacant after the Narendra Modi Government had sacked UPA nominee Virendra Kataria on July 12 barely a year after he had been appointed. Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island Lt Gen Ajay Singh had been given additional charge of Puducherry.Born on June 9, 1949, Bedi had led the BJP campaign in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections but had to face the worst defeat in her maiden political innings with Arvind Kejriwal- led AAP winning 67 of the 70 seats.advertisementAn IPS officer of 1972 batch, Bedi had sought voluntary retirement from the service in 2007. She was then posted as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development.A sports lover and an author, Bedi is a recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award as well as UN Medal for outstanding service. She was one of the pioneers of anti-corruption crusade in 2011 along with Anna Hazare and Kejriwal against the then UPA government.She also earned a law degree at Delhi University in 1988 and a PhD from IIT Delhis Department of Social Sciences in 1993. PTI SKL GSN GSN
New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) The recent four-match Test series between India and Australia has drawn a record number of eyeballs. As India consolidated their position as the No. 1 Test team having defeating Australia 2-1 during the series that concluded last month, Star Sports delivered record viewership numbers. “The #TestofTheBest campaign for the India-Australia Test series delivered on its promise becoming the highest rated Test series in the history of BARC,” a statement from Star Sports said. The Test series delivered a total of 1.1 billion gross impressions with the third Test match itself recording 383 million viewership. Year 2017 for cricket started with a bang as the ODI series between India and England became the highest rated bilateral ODI series in the last five years. PTI CM CM
ESPN released their midseason All-American Team earlier this week, and Oklahoma State star wideout James Washington has earned midseason honors. Washington is the only representative from the Big 12 conference on the list.Washington ranks ninth nationally in receiving yards per game, and ranks No. 2 nationally in that same category since week 3 after a slow start to the season.Through 6 games, he already has 36 receptions for 731 yards through the air and 6 touchdowns, averaging a gaudy 20.3 yards per catch nearly matching the 20.5 he finished with last season.Oklahoma State also placed two players on the midseason All-Big 12 list in senior safety Jordan Sterns, and junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Transfers ‘Liverpool should get Eriksen & Alli’ – Collymore calls for summer spending spree Chris Burton 01:28 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Transfers Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The former Reds striker wants Fenway Sports Group to back Jurgen Klopp with considerable funds and mount a Premier League title challenge Liverpool should be looking to sign the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli this summer, says Stan Collymore, with Fenway Sports Group called upon to back an elaborate spending spree by Jurgen Klopp.The Reds did break their transfer record when landing £75 million ($100m) man Virgil van Dijk in January, while Naby Keita is set to arrive in a £52m ($69m) deal, but there are funds available from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and a run through to the Champions League final.Collymore wants to see those invested back into the squad, with it vital that the Anfield board display some ambition in the next window if the gap is to be closed on Manchester City in the Premier League and progress maintained in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The former Reds striker wrote in a column for the Daily Mirror: “The pressure is on the Fenway Sports Group – and now they have to deliver for Jurgen Klopp.“Liverpool’s owners need to use the Champions League Final as a platform to build a squad that is capable of standing squarely toe-to-toe with those being assembled in Manchester.“The first XI put together by the affable German has shown that, on its day, it can compete with the very best.“It has dismantled defences across Europe. It has shredded a lot of reputations in the Premier League as goals have rained down.“But, for all of their promise in the second half of this season, Liverpool do not have the strength in depth of their two great rivals.”Collymore added: “If the Reds are to close the gap, they need genuine A-listers as back-up. And I believe now is the time to strike.“By reaching two European finals in three seasons, Klopp has shown he can manage.“And now FSG have to demonstrate their commitment too by using the £75m-plus generated by this run and back their man in the transfer market.“I am not talking about signing the likes of Andy Robertson – as good as he has been.“I am talking about wandering into White Hart Lane, plonking £150m on the table in front of Daniel Levy and saying: ‘I’ll give you that for Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli.’“I would still like the owners to give the green light for three or four marquee signings.”Liverpool are being linked with several high-profile signings, with it possible that additions could be made across the board.A disastrous showing by Loris Karius in a 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid has reignited calls for a new goalkeeper to be found, while defensive issues remain and greater options are required in the final third to support the ‘Fab Three’ of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
zoom Australia’s Eastern Iron Limited has received a scoping level report from independent shipping consultants, Innovative Shipping Group Pty Ltd (ISG), which has investigated the potential to load iron concentrate directly to suitably configured bulk carrying vessels directly off the Victorian coast some 20 kilometres from the Nowa Nowa mine site.ISG has advised that “the study has clearly demonstrated that the technologies required to deliver a slurry to ship logistics solution are already available, proven mature technologies.”The combined use of a slurry pipeline and self-decanting bulk carriers has shown the potential to deliver an upgraded iron product at an all in FOB cost of approximately AUD 41/t (USD 34.8/t). This transport solution will significantly reduce road transportation of iron product from 234 to 15 kilometres.It is proposed that mined and beneficiated iron ore would be delivered from the mine either by truck or slurry pipeline some 15 km to a point close to the coast. The iron ore would then be stockpiled and during ship loading, mixed with water at a specified solid to water ratio, loaded into a slurry line and pumped offshore directly onto +100,000 tonne vessels.The bulk carrier would be attached to a single-point bottom-anchored mooring. The slurry line is secured to the sea floor and enters the vessel at the mooring point.Selected shipping operators have been involved in the study and have advised that minimal modifications would be required to existing +100,000 tonne ore-bulk-oil vessels for the purpose.Eastern Iron Chief Executive Officer, Greg De Ross said: “We are excited by the potential benefits of a slurry operation and at an FOB cost of AUD 41.1 per tonne the project has the potential to be viable even under the current depressed market conditions but with significant leverage to a return to higher prices in the future. We will be working with our consultants over the coming months to further optimise this proposal.”Press Release
By Amal El AttaqThe World Health Organization (WHO) has found that immigrants from Morocco are more likely to have diseases in Europe than other Europeans.In the Netherlands, migrants from Morocco “had a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases than the host majority population, and this risk did not change with duration of stay or cultural adaptation,” said the WHO report. Ill health may be linked to weight problems. WHO added that “some evidence suggests that, in Europe, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is higher for migrant children of both sexes from Morocco and Middle East.”The report also found that girls with migrant background were more likely to be overweight or obese than migrant boys.Read Also: Morocco Thwarted 88,761 Irregular Migration Attempts in 2018The report related that national laws can conflict with international ones in providing the fundamental right to health.The WHO attributes the higher prevalence of diseases to a lack of adequate medical care and highlighted the case of pregnant women. “Frequently, irregular migrants do not have access to antenatal and postpartum health care services and are often limited to emergency care services,” said the report.The report noted higher rates of cardiovascular diseases among migrant populations and speculated “prevalence may be linked as much to socioeconomic factors as to migration-specific factors.”The report called for European countries to provide medical services for migrants and ensure they have access to medical facilities with good diagnostic methods.According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Moroccans were the second most common national to immigrate to Europe during 2018. A total of 12,745 Moroccan immigrants attempted to get to Europe via the Mediterranean; among them, 11,342 migrants survived the journey to the continent.
Ambassador John Negroponte of the United States told reporters that during its private meeting this morning, the Council had been briefed by Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi on the latest developments in East Timor and the work of the UN Mission of Support (UNMISET).According to Mr. Annabi, UNMISET’s mandate implementation programme was on track and East Timor had taken steps towards establishing itself in the international community, including by joining the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ambassador Negroponte said. He added that Council members praised the Government and the UN operation for their successful cooperation during the first months of the Mission.In addition, the East Timor Defence Force was taking over operational responsibilities from UN peacekeepers as planned, and the country’s civilian police units were replacing UN police in a timely fashion, Ambassador Negroponte said.Mr. Annabi also explained that work could be moving a bit faster in the justice sector and in filling appointments of civilian experts to support the government, but that the United Nations and the Timorese authorities were working to keep things on track, Ambassador Negroponte said.Council members recognized that capacity building amongst the East Timorese was extremely important he said, adding that another important work in progress was border normalization, with full delineation of borders due for completion by the summer of 2003.”I’m sure I can speak for all of my Security Council colleagues in saying that we all look forward with great pleasure to welcoming East Timor as a full member of the United Nations in September,” Ambassador Negroponte said.
Tudor House, Pinner Credit:Tony Palmer Dr. Pillaye added that she took to recording their confrontations on her phone, saying her neighbour would abuse her from an upstairs window. A solicitor who engaged in four-year row over a wheelie bin row has been cleared of harassing his doctor neighbour after a judge ruled he was entitled to protect his property.Hugh Clement Sorrell, 76, was arrested and prosecuted after repeated quarrels with Dr. Jayshree Pillaye, 72, over the land outside apartments in Pinner, north west London.The pair repeatedly moved each other’s bins out of the way and accused one another of digging up their flowers. Dr. Pillaye, a Harley Street doctor, also accused Sorrell of moving her Hindu artefacts and leaving her in fear.Both Sorrell and Dr. Pillaye have resided in their Tudor House apartments for over thirty years, with the lawyer telling the court he tried to keep her: “As distant as possible.”Giving evidence behind a screen, Dr. Pillaye told the trial at Willesden Magistrates’ Court: “I was in fear every time I stepped out to my bins. Sorrell said things that were hurtful, fearful and caused me to panic.”He said that I didn’t own land to the side of my kitchen, that I was squatting and trespassing and that I didn’t own my part of the freehold.” But on Friday, District Judge Dennis Brennan found Sorrell, a property law specialist, not guilty of harassing Dr. Pillaye by abusing her between February 17 and August 20 last year. “The defendant did nothing more than protect his proprietary rights, apart from one incident in four years when he called her a bitch,” ruled District Judge Brennan.Sorrell had told the trial Dr. Pillaye’s behaviour was motivated by civil court defeat to other leaseholders of the property in 2013, after which she was ordered to pay £450,000 court cost”She did not like that she was condemned to indemnity costs,” he said.”She would move her bins onto land comprising my lease and I would move them off. She put her bins totally in my area virtually on a daily basis.”After the not guilty verdict was announced the court heard Dr. Pillaye made a further complaint to police, regarding more recent incidents, which may be subject to investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
When Amazon launched the Kindle Fire tablet, it put a question mark over what will happen to the Kindle eBook reader in future. Will Amazon continue to offer the thinner, book-only device, or will it eventually be replaced by the Kindle Fire offering a full tablet experience along side book reading features?According to the Economic Daily News (EPD) Chinese newspaper, the Kindle is definitely sticking around and will get an update later this year with a color display.EPD believes that E Ink Holdings has received an order from Amazon for 6-inch color E Ink displays. Those screens will begin shipping to Amazon no later than March, suggesting we could see a Kindle refresh around the middle of the year. It’s no small order either, with 3 million displays shipping every month going forward.The most recent update to the Kindle range saw the keyboard removed, a touchscreen option added, and the device shrink in size. Adding a 6-inch color screen to the line-up shouldn’t change the form factor at all, but it will open Kindle up to more material, for example, comics, magazines, newspapers, and textbooks. It’s important to point out that a color E Ink display would not turn the Kindle into a tablet device. E Ink displays, color or not, do not enjoy the refresh rates of an LCD touchscreen. However, they used very little power so you can go months before a recharge is required, and the screen technology allows them to be read in direct sunlight.The display that Amazon has most likely ordered from E Ink is called Triton. It combines the 16-level monochrome display used in the existing Kindles with the ability to display 4,096 colors. Resolution is 200dpi or higher, screen refresh times range from 120-980ms depending on the content, and the display film is just 1.2mm thick. via DigiTimes
Ed Wesley, 2016 candidate for Senate Seat J in Anchorage (Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)Ed Wesley is more than your average tax adviser. Wesley is also a community activist, has been for decades, and has served as the state Democratic Party’s national committeeman and as president of both the Alaska NAACP and Alaska Black Leadership Conference, among many other organizations.Still, ask Wesley about his history as an African American leader, especially in the context of Black History Month, and he mostly defers to give credit to the contributions of others. But Wesley does tell a story that shows — from his arrival in Alaska with the Army, to working security during construction of the pipeline and later settling in Anchorage — he has a sense of civic responsibility that formed during the civil rights movement that has stayed with him over the years.Wesley spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove.Wesley: In 1955, August the 28th, when Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi, African Americans from all over Mississippi gathered in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. And this is where we believe the Civil Rights Movement was launched from. So the protests had started, there was a consciousness that was taking place in this country, and I come from that area of Mound Bayou.My family have been involved, so at 17 years old, I was out there and involved. We have been active. In 1968 I was in Grant Park along with the Chicago Eight in the protest about the Democratic party and what was going on in the country and the war. And that’s where I kind of began my activism. Guess I kind of started there. In ’77, when I relocated from Delta Junction to Anchorage, I immediately got involved here and became the youth adviser for the Anchorage branch (of the NAACP) and then became the president.The major accomplishment, I think, during my term, we brought in the Justice Department and we fought to change the deadly force laws, which we did, from “fleeing felon” to “life in immediate danger.”Grove: I think that’s probably something people maybe don’t know, that if the police were pursuing you they could shoot at you and be sort of justified, and that that is something that the NAACP in Alaska fought to change for everybody.Wesley: Of course and they could fatally wound you. Say for instance you had stole something of a value over $500, which made it a felony, and you were running away. They could shoot you in your back. It would be considered justifiable homicide. And so we fought that and brought about that change here.I think another thing that we did here under an organization that I helped organize, African American Business Council. In the ’90s, we fought to open up the banks, in terms of employment. So we had to call on the bank examiners out of San Francisco and bring them in to Anchorage, Alaska in the early ’90s. As a result of that, we put 23 African Americans to work at the National Bank of Alaska, and we had three intern managers. They stayed on became managers.Grove: You know as a country, but also just in Alaska, where are we at with issues and problems around race and inequality in this country, and in the state, here in 2019?Wesley: Racism still exists. It’s more subtle and more institutionalized. There’s room for a lot of improvement. And that racism exists, it exists in our politics, it exists in our daily lives. White Americans that live under the privilege of the institutionalized racism are not aware of our flight.I get a kick out of, when I hear the rich people screaming about socialism and, “How would you dare consider anything else? Capitalism, this is the way.” The thought that goes to my mind when I hear that is my ancestors cry from 200 years of forced labor that capitalism was built on in this country. Free labor that I didn’t get to benefit from, and others that are living today are still benefiting from what took place back in that time. They don’t have a consciousness. So that’s why it’s so, so very important for us to tell our story.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Florian MartinHarris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez wants to end the 287(g) program because he deems it can violate due process and it is an unnecessary strain on the resources of the Sheriff’s Office.Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick supports a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities, which are communities that don’t fully cooperate with the federal government in turning over undocumented immigrants, but the next Harris County Sheriff wants to work less with the feds.Harris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez wants to eliminate the 287(g) program, by which the Sheriff’s Office alerts immigration authorities when they have undocumented immigrants in the county jail.Gonzalez argues the program can violate due process and it is an unnecessary strain on the resources of the Sheriff’s Office.He is also worried about distrust because immigrant communities get the impression that “the Police are now basically deportation agents.”Additionally, Gonzalez argues the program can lead to racial profiling, but some disagree.That is the case of Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism at NumbersUSA, a group based in Virginia that advocates for reducing the levels of legal immigration to the United States and ending illegal immigration.“I don’t think the intent of the program is to single out people who may be in the country illegally. I think the intent of the program is just to help assist the federal government in enforcement of immigration laws,” Chmielenski says.So, what do two top politicians in greater Houston think about eliminating the 287(g)?Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says he didn’t follow “any of the political campaign so, no, I have no comment.”And Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner comments he will leave that “concern” to the County.Doing away with the program could mean trouble for Harris County because Patrick says eliminating sanctuary cities is one of his priorities for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature.Republican State Senator Charles Perry has already introduced a bill which requires that city and county jails cooperate with immigration authorities and, if it becomes law, the State could deny funding for those that don’t comply.An example of that funding is the one that pays for some law enforcement programs, according to a person familiar with the bill.Gonzalez acknowledges he is concerned about possible punishment by the State if he eliminates the 287(g), but he hopes things will not come to that because of the political negotiations in Austin.“There’ll be strong dialogue on both sides of it,” Gonzalez notes “and I hope that we could move away from regressive type of policies that are impactful, especially to one large segment of the community, which is the Latino community in this case.”Gonzalez takes office next January. 00:00 /02:26 Share
Two members of Baltimore’s “Up da Hill” (UDH) gang, based in the city’s Cherry Hill neighborhood, were sentenced to long jail stints Friday for their roles in the gang’s activities.Steven “Cutty” Jackson, 25, and Alonzo “Zo” Clea, 26 were sentenced to 25 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, after pleading guilty to conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise.In his plea agreement, Jackson admitted to the 2006 shooting of a rival gang member, a 2007 armed robbery and, along with another man, the 2011 shooting death of a member of the rival “Little Spelman” gang. Clea admitted to possessing a firearm on three different occasions between 2008 and 2014.“Many shootings and murders in Baltimore City involve disputes between rival gangs,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, who announced the sentences along with other law enforcement officials. “Police and prosecutors are saving lives by holding accountable the criminals who turned Cherry Hill into a war zone.”Jackson and Clea’s sentences bring to 35 the number of gang members from the Cherry Hill neighborhood who have pleaded guilty to being involved in racketeering conspiracies, Rosenstein said.
More information: Discovery of optical flickering from the symbiotic star EF Aquilae, arXiv:1702.08243 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1702.08243AbstractWe report optical CCD photometry of the recently identified symbiotic star EF Aql. Our observations in Johnson V and B bands clearly show the presence of stochastic light variations with an amplitude of about 0.2 mag on a time scale of minutes. The observations point toward a white dwarf (WD) as the hot component in the system. It is the 11-th object among more than 200 symbiotic stars known with detected optical flickering. Estimates of the mass accretion rate onto the WD and the mass loss rate in the wind of the Mira secondary star lead to the conclusion that less than 1 per cent of the wind is captured by the WD. Eight further candidates for the detection of flickering in similar systems are suggested. (Phys.org)—European researchers have detected optical flickering from a distant symbiotic star known as EF Aquilae (EF Aql for short). The new findings, presented Feb. 27 on the arXiv pre-print server, offer important hints on the nature and composition of this binary star. Citation: Astronomers detect flickering from the star EF Aquilae (2017, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-astronomers-flickering-star-ef-aquilae.html Located about 11,000 light years away from the Earth, EF Aql is a symbiotic star, a member of the symbiotic Mira subgroup. Symbiotic stars are long-period interacting binaries consisting of an evolved giant transferring mass to a hot compact object – usually a late-sequence red giant providing material to a white dwarf. Although EF Aql was identified as a variable star in 1925, it was confirmed as a symbiotic star in 2016. However, this star has not been thoroughly studied yet, and its nature is still poorly understood.To gain more insights about EF Aql, a team of astronomers led by Radoslav Zamanov of the National Astronomical Observatory (NAO) Rozhen in Bulgaria has recently carried out a series of CCD photometric observations of this star. For this job, they employed five telescopes equipped with CCD cameras between August and November 2016—four located in Bulgaria and one in Spain.These photometric observations allowed the researchers to detect rapid aperiodic brightness variations, like the flickering seen from cataclysmic variables.”Our observations in Johnson V and B bands clearly show the presence of stochastic light variations with an amplitude of about 0.2 mag on a time scale of minutes,” the team wrote in the paper.Such flickering in the form of stochastic photometric variations on timescales of a few minutes with amplitude of a few 0.1 magnitudes is typical for accreting white dwarfs in cataclysmic variables and recurrent novae. Therefore, it strongly indicates that the hot component in the studied symbiotic star is, indeed, a white dwarf.”The presence of flickering strongly suggests that the hot component is a white dwarf,” the paper reads.The researchers estimated that EF Aql’s mass loss rate is about 2 millionths of the mass of the sun year-1, which means that the white dwarf is capturing less than 1 percent of red giant’s stellar wind.”Estimates of the mass accretion rate onto the white dwarf and the mass loss rate in the wind of the Mira secondary star lead to the conclusion that less than 1 percent of the wind is captured by the white dwarf,” the scientists concluded.The research adds EF Aql to the currently very short list of symbiotic stars with detected optical flickering. Although there are more than 200 symbiotic stars known to date, only 10 of them show flickering activity, namely: RS Oph, T CrB, MWC 560, Z And, V2116 Oph, CH Cyg, RT Cru,o Cet, V407 Cyg, and V648 Car. The team also noted that the flickering source in EF Aql is similar to the flickering source in T CrB and RS Oph, which also contain a red giant mass donor. The mysterious cataclysmic variable star Mu Centauri (Update) 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. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Detection of optical flickering of EF Aql. In each panel two check stars are also shown on the same scale. It is clearly seen that EF Aql varies with an amplitude larger than 0.15 mag. Credit: Zamanov et al., 2017.
Kolkata: In a significant stride towards overhaul of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the state, the Technical Education department has decided to review the process of selection of the private companies with which the state has joined hands in running some of these institutes. There have been complaints of improper administration, particularly against those ITIs that are run under public-private mode.There are 76 ITIs in the state that are run under public-private mode. As per terms and conditions, the state allocates the building, designs the course curriculum, earmarks the fees and arranges Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeadmission for 80 percent of the students in these institutes. The equipment, faculties and other infrastructure are provided by the private body that is selected through tendering.”We have withheld tenders of as many as 19 ITIs after there were complaints regarding administration. We are conducting a probe and there will be re-tendering. Some private companies were having administrative control of a number of institutes and in the process, were unable to run them in proper manner. A single company will not be allowed to run four or five institutes,” Basu said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior official of the department indicated that heads will roll at the top level of some of these institutes.It may be mentioned that state Technical Education minister Purnendu Basu had himself conducted visits at a number of ITIs across the state, to devise means of overhauling the infrastructure of ITIs, wherever needed.Technical Education has seen a major infrastructural boost under the Mamata Banerjee government since 2011. “When we assumed office there were 80 ITIs. Now we have 248 ITIs – both government and private,” the minister added. The department has also decided to upgrade the course curriculum at the ITIs keeping in pace with market demand. “A number of machines are lying defunct at workshops of some of our old ITIs. We will repair some of those and will replace the outmoded ones,” Basu maintained.Upgradation of the hostels are also under the radar of the department with segregation of the students of first year. “Sometimes there are complaints of ragging by first year students against the seniors. So we have decided to have separate hostel facilities for first year students wherever possible,” the minister said.
Imagine snapping a photo with your smartphone that you can step into. And once you’re immersed inside this 3-D photo, being able to walk around the space or fly above an open floor plan.The technology isn’t quite available at everyone’s fingertips. But some Silicon Valley heavyweights are putting big money behind one startup that’s trying to get us there.Related: Wish You Could See the World Through an Instagram Filter? Now You Can.Mountain View, Calif.-based 3-D camera maker Matterport announced a $16 million round of funding today, according to venture capital database CrunchBase. The large round, which was Matterport’s Series B, came from a number of high profile venture capital houses including DCM, AME Cloud Ventures, Greylock Partners and Qualcomm Ventures. Other participants in the round include Lux Capital, Lux Capital, Felicis Ventures, Navitas Capital and AMD Ventures.Matterport’s Pro 3D Camera sells for $4,500 and has sensors that are able to both capture the visual look and dimensions of a space. The associated iPad application then allows a user to generate an immersive, 3-D model of the space. Once the model has been generated, any user with access through a web browser can walk through and around the space from any perspective.Related: Google’s Next Tablet Will Be Able to 3-D Map Your SurroundingsMatterport is working with Google’s Tango project and Intel’s Real Sense project, which are bringing 3-D sensors to mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Beta versions of smartphones with first generation 3-D technology have been distributed to limited groups of developers and early adopters. “The future of 3D media is mobile,” says Matterport on its webpage about the partnerships.While that’s likely true, the most immediately available application of Matterport’s technology is called Showcase and it’s for the real-estate industry. Showcase allows potential renters and buyers to walk through apartment and house listings from their computers (see example here). The technology also allows users to see the apartment from a top down perspective, as if looking at a doll house.Related: Google Unveils ‘Project Tango’: A Smartphone That Sees in 3-D July 7, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
No related posts. Sadly, Harry Bodaan will be taking at least a two-month break from being the president of the Chamber of Commerce. He would like to give the other board members a chance to catch up on their respective committee agendas and municipality leadership an opportunity to make critical decisions before his return.Kids Saving the Rainforest wants to thank the community for supporting its Wildlife Rescue Center Fundraiser. Here are some of the people the organization is grateful to: Anita Myketuk, Amigos del Río, Arenas del Mar, Aguas Azules Parasailing, Brisas de Nara, Byblos Hotel, Finca Amanecer, Jungle Juice, La Foresta Nature Resort, Le Priss, Lost in Translation, Mark Goldstein, Mass Surf School, Massage Pura Vida Os, Rainforest Adventures Team, Sanchos Restaurant, Spa Holis, Sunset Sails, Titi Canopy, Rafiki Tours, Victoria Restaurant, Portasol, Raphael’s Terraza, Safari Mangrove Tours and the many more who are trying to help KSTR save the rescue center!–Jennifer Ricejennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org Facebook Comments
Sales of new single-family houses in May came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 551,000, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.This is 6 percent below the revised April rate of 586,000, but 8.7 percent above sales figures from last May. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of May was 244,000, a supply of 5.3 months at the current sales rate, which has been the norm for several months.The median price of new houses sold in May 2016 was $290,400, with the average coming in at $358,900.Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, acknowledged May’s falloff, but said that the drop was to be expected, given April’s large jump in sales. “To put it into perspective,” McLaughlin said, “May’s figure of 551,000 is the second largest annual rate over the past year, eclipsed only by last month’s revised figure of 586,000.”Also, he said, the share of all home sales composed of new homes ticked downward to 10 percent in May, but new residential construction “continues to slowly ease the crunch of low existing inventory.”“Homebuyers, constrained by persistent low inventory of existing homes, are increasingly turning to builders to satisfy their demand,” McLaughlin said.The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) noted that the May HUD/Census Bureau numbers are up from the average pace of 524,000 in the first quarter.“The monthly numbers can be volatile and subject to revision,” said Robert Denk, assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis at NAHB. “April’s initial 691,000 pace was revised down to 586,000 in May, but the upward trajectory beginning in 2012 is clear and continuing. New home sales, as well as single family housing starts, are still well below pre-housing boom norms but up from the depths of the 2011 trough.” New Home Sales Reverse Course June 23, 2016 506 Views Share Census Bureau Housing Supply HUD New Home Sales 2016-06-23 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Headlines, News